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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, September 14, 1983 Opinion Editorial Sit back and watch all that moving dirt "In 1983 a lot of dirt Will be moved in lssaquah. " --The Press, December 29, 1982 Our prediction for 1983 is just begin- ning to happen. Everywhere we go, growth of the city is the prime topic. Bulldozers are beginning to look as familiar as evergreen trees. New businesses are opening doors and "now leasing" signs are appearing so fast it's all a little mind-boggling. Last month bulldozers "broke mud" for the 102,000 square foot Meadows Shopping Center. Last week bulldozers started in on the Waterworks Park pro- ject near the Holiday Inn. The fast food lines are rumored to soon include Dairy Queen, Godfather's Pizza and Taco Bell. Town and Country Shopping Center is tired of waiting. After years of taking their own sweet time to complete building plans, they want a building permit -- now! Gilman Station is about ready to roll. Rowley Agency has a new office building going up almost as fast as Skipper's did. The car dealership has a new occupant, Monohon's Restaurant is planning to remodel and Issaquah U- Rent wants to convert to 7200 square feet of retail space. A car wash is going in at the corner of Front and Gilman. Gilman Village is in its final phase and will have another half-dozen shops open in the next few months. Hi-Lo Center, alias Gilman Square, could soon begin a massive remodeling. A shopping center near Pine Lake will break ground in a few weeks. Pro- vidence Point retirement community is underway. New traffic lights are going in at Sunset and Newport and will soon be in at Front and Sunset. Churches are expanding. New condos are for sale. Housing starts are up. Whew! Are you ready for this? It's been a long time coming and it feels a little scary. But the city seems prepared to deal with it and the Gilman Boulevard improvement district seems likely to tie it all together. It's an exciting time for the city. Let's sit back, hang on tight and enjoy the show! WELCOME TO CANDIDATES NIGHT --LOOK5 LIKE ANOTHER LACKLUSTER LOCAL PRIMARY',,, MY , RECORD GO NOT MY 6O0o Public meetings School Board, Wednesday, September 14, 7 p.m., Administration Service Center. Preliminary enrollment figures will be dis- cussed. Planning Policy Commission, Wednes- day, September 14, 8 p.m., Community Hall. First public hearing on performance standards for implementing zoning on the Interstate 90 area. Fire District 10 commissioners Wednes- day, September 14, 7 p.m., Station one, Newport Way. Scheduled discussions in- clude district/press relationships and tenta- tive approval of union employee contracts. City Council, Monday, September 19, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. Partial agenda planned includes a second reading on annexation guidelines, a discussion of the new street standards regulations, the control of phosphorus and sediment loading in Lake Sammamish, the Gilman Boulevard LID legal services contract, a presentation to the council by the Tiger Mountain State Forest Advisory Committee, and review of an ordinance establishing performance zone amendments to the zoning code. River and Streams Board, Tuesday, Sep- tember 20, 7:30 p.m., City Hall conference room. THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Published every Wednesday since 1900 45 Front St. S. (Box HH), Issaquah, King Co., WA 98027 Phone (206) 392-6434 $10 per year. $17.50 for two years in King County; $10.75 per year outside King County; $5.00 for senior citizens. Deborah Berto, managing editor; Rodi Shemeta Ludlum, associate editor; Terry McLafferty, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan Blincoe, display advertising; Wllma Coleman, classifieds; Marilyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle Winslow, bookkeeper; Roxaine Reynolds, Norma Starks, contributing writers; Fred Marler, contributing writer; Debbie Bruslus, darkroom technician. DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. tse4p# Display Advertising ... ............ Monday, 3 p.m. ,= 'e,, Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m. " Office Hours ............... Mon.-Fri. ga.m.-5 p.m. OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CiTY OF ISSAQUAH Entered as second class matter at the Issa- AOwmonol "t,30ClATIOt\\;'" quah Post Office under Act of March 2, 1897. Muf,ay Pubhshmg Compiny II II I Letters Don't forget Janus With regard to your editorial September 7, I feel it is very important that the voters be aware that the incumbent Com- missioner of Fire District #10 running for election in the pri- mary election on September 20 will be Don Janus. My name will not appear on the ballot until the general elec- tion on November 8, as there are only two candidates for my position. Because of the nature of the fire service, don't expect an all- out feud. We all depend on each other for our own safety and to provide professional emergency services to the people of our community. After the elections we-will all still be fire fighters! Sincerely yours, Earle A. Soderman Candidates needn't sling anything I am still trying to find some reason for the editorial com- ment September 7 on this month's Fire District 10 elections. So, too, I am certain, is Don Janus, a current commissioner whose candidacy was never mentioned. Who, exactly, does the editorialist think should be making more fuss? Certainly not the disgruntled employees or disen- chanted volunteers so ominously lurking in the third paragraph. They aren't running. Perhaps they do have com- plaints. Lord knows, they did when I was chief. My answer is vote for the candidate you think will serve you best. Are you suggesting that any one of the candidates create a ruckus just so the Press staff won't doze off before the elec- tion? If the staff is so bored with this non-action, perhaps they could get out and find some attribution for these rumors of discontent. They might find that this is the real hot air and that most of the district members are really quite content. And was it necessary to remind anyone that the commis- sioners are responsible to the voters, as if this curcumstance is any different from that of a school board member, sewer commissioner or county councilman? Fire district meetings are conducted under the same open meeting rules as any other public body, and, yes, they file a public disclosure form, the same as the governor. You have to realize that none of the candidates is a veteran campaigner and hence may be wholly ignorant of the re- quirements necessary to titillate an editor. Worse yet, as far as I know, all the candidates are pretty good friends. However that may be, I think it presumptuous of the Press to suggest the lack of mud-slinging bodes ill for the future of the district. Quite the contrary, it is up to thecandidates to set the pace and style of the campaign. PerhaPs the real problem is that.abase elections are jusqo civilized for the editor's sanguinary tastes. ' ' "' ........ Dick Landis Coverage helped the library The memo comes under the heading "Better Late Than Never." I just wanted to thank you for the excellent coverage the Press gave the new lssaquah Library, especially the Open House on August 6. Your mention of us was undoubtedly one of the major rea- sons we had such a good turnout on that day. Thanks again. Marilyn Hawkins King County Library System It's about time they fixed Hi-Lo Well, hooray! The secret's finally out! With the way things were falling apart at Hi-Lo, week after week, month after month, one had to wonder if it was going to just be allowed to collapse under its own weight as an economy measure on demolition costs. Personally, I really like the stores there, but, given my views on making the most of what you've got, I had to wonder what that landlord was thinking to treat his tenants as he did. I am still amazed to note that those who read the information in last week's Press concerning the proposed remodeling plans were well in advance of most of the tenants currently occupy- ing storespace there (and hence, footing a good share of the bill). This Landlord has been full of promises ever since he started collecting a.surcharge on the rent for "maintenance and re-facing" several months back (not to mention charging rent as though the promises were already reality). Not once, until now, has anyone else had a voice in what he's proposing. Whoever his public relations man is, I hope I never make the mistake of hiring him. If you want to force people to help you pay the bill for something, then you should give them a lion's share of the say in how it's to be done. The least you can do is keep them abreast of what's developing. The mysterious voice behind Hi-Lo apparently did none of this. I say, what a shame. It's no wonder people like myself find ourselves mut- tering about "conspiracy." However, I must say I'm glad enough that finally something is to be done. I only hope it doesn't take the rest of us so long to make up our minds and see it approved. Because of some earlier discussions submitted through the Press, let me clear up any misunderstandings, I am by no means a "no- growth" advocate. For the record, I'm prepared to admit that an earlier state- ment that I would boycott "The Meadows" was really stupid. May my friends forgive me, and any newfound enemies overlook this lack of vision as a temporary fit of insanity. In fact, it seems I've been a victim of muddled thinking. Talking about "conspiracy" is for crybabies. My attack on big business and big banking was little more than an attack on the profit motive, clear and simple. And, the profit motive, in this country at least, is the cornerstone of civilized progress. If we'd ever hope to find "rainbow's end," we must accept this premise without question or pause. If you're in business, you're in it to turn a profit, or you're soon not in it at all (unless the banks, hence, the Federal Government, is behind it). I only hope that those who are in- vesting all this money in improvements will be well enough situated to refrain from "profit-percentage" clauses in forth- coming lease negotiations with new and existing tenants. I don't see how anybody can think of going into business when the landlord tempers any notable success by having to skim a share of the action for himself through merely providing a place of business. This sort of thing is really getting out of hand, and if you don't think it's affecting prices at small businesses, better think again! Inflationary pressures are putting us all under the bit, and if we expect to see a strong, supportive tax-base emerge from all these new businesses, toward education, toward parks and streets, toward municipal improvements, then we need to be informed and act on some of the problems facing these businessmen, as they enter the "new look" era here. And, now is the time to move toward this, not a year from now. Sincerely, Allan V. Convey Issy looks better, thanks to volunteers On behalf of the staff and administration of High, I would like to extend personal thanks to volunteers who spent Friday the 26th and Saturday August in an extensive cleanup of our campus. people, including Booster Club families, Keshani and Shamen members, ASB officers, faculty were present. A special thanks goes to J.D. Field and Rod tireless efforts coordinating the Booster Club proximately five dump truck loads of debris were and the Booster Club and counseling staff down beauty bark and provided stain for McDonald's graciously contributed to the hungrey crew so that our work force could continue long days, and we are grateful for their The weeding and trimming effort was campus appearance has been clearly enhanced. This is a year of change for the high school facility new roof, though not highly visible, is a Other projects will hopefully be following. Agair to the many people who are helping lssaquah create a new image. Acting Assistant Course is on par at Clark A special project that we have been Working 0N Elementary has been a school/community pare( trail. We received a tremendous boost in our plete this project this last summer when Lakeside Gravel donated 130 tons of crushed rock for and 20 tons of pea gravel for the parcourse area. It mendous donation on the part of Lakeside, they nated the gravel but truck and driver time to the gravel. I would like to express my sincere thanks and to Lakeside for their generosity. A thanks of us at Clark. This is also another example of working in Issaquah is so special. Prayer part of school It has come to my attention that prayer was a compulsory District 411 teacher and support ing last Tuesday September 6 at Issaquah High. It is unconstitutional to have compulsory schools. Since our teachers are subjected to table and illegal procedure, what religious practices expect for our school children? Do yourself a favor and ride up the Tiger Moc,i00raJn ' ,/i Rodi Shemeta Ludlum Someday you'll thank me for this. What I'm about to tell you could save you from days of excruciating agony. You see, in two weeks, the Press will publish its annual Visitor's Guide. Inside, will be an article by Harvey Man- ning, president of the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, touting the scenic wonders of the Tiger Mountain Trail. Manning, of course, is a persuasive and eloquent writer. The way he tells it, the peaks of Tiger Mountain are places of spiritual renewal, with their towering clouds and see-forever views. What the good man does not mention is the process of attaining these ethereal heights. One minute he's at his house, gazing longingly at the cloud-covered peak, and a few hours later, he's at the summit, sniffing the breezes. Presumably, he has been transported on winged feet. Well, we needed some photos to go with Manning's article and I noticed the Alps Hiking Club was leading a tour of the Tiger Mountain Trail Sunday. I hesitated a bit when I saw the mileage -- 11.3 -- but figured it would be worth it for the wonderful photos I would get. We set out early and were slogging through the wet leaves by 9:30 a.m. The guide kept a nice easy pace and the trail was almost flat. The sun shone through the fog high in the trees. I congratulated myself for coming along. This was going to be great. That feeling lasted about 20 minutes. What I hadn't bargained on was a flock of gosh-darn Mountaineers coming along on this trip. I should have spotted them right away. They wear huge boots, have skinny legs, wear gaiters on their pants and carry heavy packs. (Probably they fill the packs with rocks to help strengthen their backs and legs.) This easy stroll was positively irritating to them. "Is it going to be like this the whole time?" whined one. "Like what?" said the guide, a bit disconcerted. "This flat," she said. "Aren't we going to hit any peaks? Can we at least go a little faster?" I looked at her with loathing. She was about to ruin my day. Obligingly, the group speeded up and I was soon left to straggle behind. This was no big deal until the trail narrowed to a bunny rabbit path and then disappeared under salal bushes. The speedies got plenty of extra exercise coming back to fetch me as I wailed plaintively, "I'm lost!" The group was all hot to take a quick half-mile jog off the trail to see the peak of Middle Tiger. "Twenty minutes up," the guide promised. Oh well, I could handle that. I was supposed to be taking pictures of ethereal views and all that. Hours later, I was going to severely regret that extra mile. At least half of those 11 miles consisted of walking lopsidedly on the bank of a steep hill, with right leg propelling and left leg keeping me from sliding down the mountain altogether. This was tolerable as long as I could see the path -- all four inches of it -- but later it.too disappeared under bushes. And under those bushes were sneaky Vines, slippery rocks and mole holes. I uttered savage oaths as I slipped, tripped and stumbled, my camera swinging wildly around my neck and beating me about the head and shoulders. By lunchtime, the hiking boots I'd borrowed were cutting into my ankles and blistering my toes. We weren't even halfway done yet. I was ready for a stretcher or wheelchair -- or better yet, a helicopter rescue. By the last five miles, it was a pain in the lungs going up and a pain in the knees going down. Worse yet, a couple of women who had at least 10 years on me and were smoking were chugging along quite cheerfully. Harvey will rhapsodize about the big trees at the High Point end of the trail, and of course they are lovely. I plan to see them someday when my vision is not clouded with tears. I actually started walking backwards downhill for a while to spare my knees when I figured no one could see me. Hearing the cars get louder and louder on Interstate 90 was the only thing that gave me hope at that point. How I envied all those comfortable people sitting in padded seats, whizzing effortlessly down the road. Back at the cars, the group was chirping, "Oh, wasn't that funI We must do it again sometimef" They probably went home and rototiUed their lawns to relax. I headed straight for my Mom's house and jumped in her Jacuzzi. I felt pretty good when I got out, but after lying the fire for an hour, rigor mortis set in and I stiffly home. I will hobble for days. So just keep this in mind, nature lover, when about Tiger Mountain in the Visitor's Guide on you hike every weekend, leap tall boulders in a bound and can sing "The Happy Wderer" with a 60-pound pack, the Tiger Mountain yours. If you've spent the summer in a hammOC have, take my advice and drive to the viewpoint plenty of exercise walking out of the car and the edge. TMT- this sign means you're still far from IIe'