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go digital in camera Issaquah grad Jon Harding conquers Rotary Run 5K Sports, Page CI See Page C6 LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1900 * 75 CENTS aAA-- BY GREG FARRAR Students from Discovery and Clark elementary schools and from the Center for Dance in Preston perform a dance Oct. 3 to depict the life anti return of salmon, in the Festival Spectacle show at Veterans Memorial Field during Salmon Days. The dance, choreographed by returning European artist Jeroen Mourik, is becoming a regular festival tradition. See video of another tradition, the Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue, at www.issaquahpress.com/category/videos. Local musician named to .... Iowa's hall of fame Page B4 ::: :, ....... LEO eyes new , See Page B1 WEDNESDAY~ OCTOBER 7~ 2009 V, ).40 By Warren Kagarise deep at points lined the parade Issaquah Press reporter route to watch marching bands from Issaquah, Liberty and Salmon Days Festival attendees Skyline high schools, elaborate worked as a docent, Crouch said packed like sardines on the bridge floats and the dancing Sammy the he has been asked everything across Issaquah Creek last week- Salmon mascot -- more than 80 from, "When will the salmon be end. Leaning over the bridge rail- entrants in all -- file down Front allowed upstream to spawn?" to BY GREG FARRAR Mohammed Obeldat, of Mercer Island, is a strong father, carrying daughters Leila, 4 (lelL) and Jenin, 6, while they watch the Salmon Days Grande Parade. ing, thousands of festivalgoers watched the main attraction, hun- dreds of salmon, attempt to jump over the hatchery dam. Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Executive Director Gestin Suttle said crossing the bridge -- a seconds-long trip on most days -- took 15 minutes on the second day of the festival. Sunshine and mild tempera- Street North and Northwest"How much does salmon cost at Gilman Boulevard. the Kiwanis barbecue?" The annual Kiwanis Club ofArtist Lola Wilson said she Issaquah salmon barbecue was enjoys returning to Salmon Days another big draw. to bask in "all the good Northwest Councilman Fred Butler, a energy" the festival generates. member of the local Kiwanis Club, Wilson and her husband, Mikel, stepped back from a cloud of alder travel from Castle Rock to sell smoke to ready coho fillets for the ethereal blown-glass creations of grill. Salmon Days, Butler said, aquatic life, cluding seashells "has gotten better and improved and, of course: almon. turps drew huge crowds to the every year." Lola Wilson said the artwork Salmon Days Festival. Issaquah Kiwanians coated 1,000 pounds represented "beautiful things in Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said of wild salmon in a secret sauce nature, and you want to share." more than 180,000 people and then grilled the pink flesh for Even as the Wilsons dial back trekked downtown Oct. 3-4 for the annual festival. Robin Kelley, festi- vals director at the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Salmon Days organizer, said attendance "comes down to the weather one way or the other." Crowds two and three people long lines of festivalgoers. "People cannot resist coming to try the salmon," Butler said. On the hatchery grounds, FISH docent Dee Crouch held aloft a sign imploring visitors to ask questions about salmon. During the five Salmon Days' he has the number of events where they exhibit their works, she said Salmon Days is a reliable place to sell the shimmering shells. Across East Sunset Way from See SALMON DAYS, Page A5 !r . Voters can learn what Issaquah City Council and Issaquah School Board candidates think about key issues at an Oct. 8 forum spon- sored by The Issaquah Press. The 7 p.m. event will be tele- vised live from City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way, on Issaquah Channel 21. Got questions for candidates? Send them to IssaquahForum@gmail. com. Questions submitted by e-mall, as well as queries from audience members, will be asked during the forum. Arrive early to meet City Council hopefuls Maureen McCarry, Joan erobala, Tola Marts and Nathan eerea, and school board candi- dates Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel. A candidate meet-and-greet starts at 6:30 p.m. The forum opens at 7 p.m. with questions for school board candi- dates. Questions for council candi- dates will be from 80:30 p.m. Issaquah Press Publisher Debbie Berto will moderate. The forum will be rebroadcast on Issaquah Channel 21 every Friday, Sunday and Tuesday at 7 a.m., noon and 9 p.m. until Election Day, Nov. 3. City Council candidates will also answer questions from the public from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 15 at Grimaldi's at Gilman Village. Berto will facilitate. The Issaquah PTSA will also host a candidate forum for school board candidates at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 to answer questions from PTSA representatives. The forum will be held in the commons at Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, 24635 S.E. Issaquah-Hobart Road. The public is welcome. (DO* C0 o~ 0 _.. o ~ ,0, rrl o ;0 .~ .:.', r-- ~, ,u -q ~, mr-~o * -~rn : : Z;o-a o~ r By Warren Kagarise look or who.. ,, pmce them. Issaquah Press reporter Rather, the :task force would rec- i ;bmmend the best way to balance A 12-member task force will i land use growth by recom- spend the next year mapping the mending design and development future of the Central Issaquah standards. Plan, a document that will outline growth and redevelopment in the commercial heart of the city. The new Central Issaquah Plan Advisory Task Force will help guide redevelopment in the area. Planners envision the area -- now a string of strip malls along busy thoroughfares -- will evolve into a town center connected by pedestri- an walkways and mass transit, possibly light rail. City officials des- igna ed the commercial area, 915 The task force met for the first time Sept. 29. Forkner said he was unsure before the meeting whether the group could tackle the long list of issues in a year. After the meet- ing, however, he said the group of committed and creative people "Central Issaquah is integral to our economic vitality." - Ava Frisinger Issequek meyor acres along Interstate 90, as the Central Issaquah Sub-area in 2007. Mayor Ava Frisinger announced the creation of the task force last would be able to produce results. month. For the next 12 months, "There is a lot of expertise and a the group will meet to discuss lot of hard workers, he said. housing, parks, transportation and Frisinger also appointed Ken other land use issues. By Konigsmark, a longtime environ- September 2010, the task force is mental advocate, to the task force. scheduled to present a recommen- dation to the city Planning Policy Commission for review. After commissioners and the public review the draft, the docu- ment will head to the City Council for action. If the council approves the plan, the design and develop- ment standards in the Central Issaquah Plan would be used to guide redevelopment in the affect- ed area. Former Councilman Joe Forkner, task force chairman, said the group would not present a spe- cific vision of how buildings should Konigsmark described the mission of the group as "looking ahead 30 years and, right now, planning a conscious effort of how this city can grow." In addition to land-use issueS, Konigsmark said the group would work to define incentives to encourage redevelopment in line with the Central Issaquah Plan and recommendations from the task force. He said it would be crucial for the group to preserve the char- See TASK FORCE, Page A5 By Warren Kagarlse Issaquah Press reporter A Swedish Medical Center cam- pus under construction in the Issaquah Highlands will create generators," Brown said. Excavation work began at the hospital site in mid-Augnst. Gov. Chris Gregoire, Mayor Ava Frisinger and other city officials, hospital executives and dignitaries more than 1,000 jobs, from archi- will attend an Oct. 12 ground- tects to construction workers to breaking ceremony. neurologists. Swedish Medical Center also Kevin Brown, a Swedish Medical operates a standalone emergency Center senior vice president lead- room along Northwest ing the Issaquah expansion, said Sammamish Road. Hospital execu- the new campus would createfives plan to expand the primary- 1,000 to 1,100 jobs. The first 310 care clinic at the existingER and hospital-specific jobs would be cre- shift specialists to the highlands ated when the initial phase of the campus. Brown said the existin sprawling 18-acre hospital campus facility will be renamed opens in 2011. When the rest of Swedish/Lake Sammamish after the facility opens the following year, another 412 hospital-specific jobs would be added Brown said 300 to 350 nonhos- pital jobs would be created as a result of clinics at the new campus. Another 600 to 750 healthcare jobs would be added as well. The project will support 250 to 300 construction jobs. Brown expects about 50 to 60 architect, attorney and consultant jobs to be support- ed by the hospital. Brown said another 1,500 indi- rect jobs would be created in fields such as hospitality and retail as a result of the new hospital. Even Eastside artists will be enlisted to fill public spaces at the new hospi- tal with works. "Hospitals are great economic the highlands hospital opens to avoid confusion between the loca- tions. The new campus will be known as Swedish/Issaquah. Physicians will offer inpatient and outpatient services, such as cardiac care, obstetrics and neuro- sciences at the highlands campus. Brown also addressed environ- mental concerns about under- ground fuel storage tanks pro- posed for the hospital. The bus- sized tanks -- two for fuel oil and another for propane --would be used to run emergency generators. The tanks would hold upt0 60,000 gallons of fuel. Standards Call for hospitals to be serf-sufficient for up See HOSPITAL, Page A5 RAIN GAIN GAS GAI GE A&E ........ B4 Opinion ...... A4 Classifieds. ,: C4-5 Police & Fire .. C5 Community ... B1Schools ...... C6 Obituaries .... B3 Sports ..... C1-3 Ir Residential energy customers can take advantage of up to $8,000 in util- ity rebates and federal tax credits to make energy-efficient home improvements. Puget Sound Energy customers can take advantage of rebates and incentives up to $6,500 for energy-efficiency home improve- ments. 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