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board Q&A , See Pages A2&,43 Big rivalry matchup turns into big blowout: Spartans 42, Eagles 0 LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 19OO 75 CENTS , Sports, Page CI Soldier, squad get warm welcome back from Afghanistan Commun/ty, Page B/ assist in cancer WEDNESDAY~ OCTOBER 21, 4 __~"0 ~>m~ ~ 4~ zoo9 voL By J.B. Wogan The way Anil Kumar will remember his friend Lavi is as a 20-something girl who imbued life with a sense of hospitality in a strange, new place. She was taking care of us," Kumar said. "We were a whole bunch of bachelors. She was the first to give us hot food." Lavanya Tirumalasetty, Lavi to friends, came to the Seattle area by way of Guntur, a city in south India. She knew Kumar, another immigrant from southern India, as a friend to her new husband, Mahesh Tangella. They all ended up in Sammamish. Last week, Kumar and others mourned the loss of their friend after learning she had drowned in Beaver Lake. Tirumalasetty, 33, leaves behind 3-year-old twin daughters and her husband Mahesh. Friends said Tirumalasetty was generous and bubbly. She had a See DROWNING, Page A5 BY KATHLEEN ]~. MERRILL AMIDST THE PUMPKINS Ronan Jenkins (left) and Sylvia Alexakos-Naughton, both 3 1/2 and of Seattle, find a donkey far more fascinating than the pumpkins at Fox Hollow Farm on Oct. 18, The farm, owned by Anthony and Autumn Ridnell, has a Shetland pony, donkey, chickens, geese, ducks, a dog, kittens and horses. Children of all ages can also enjoy a hay bale maze, inflatable castle, and tasty treats and beverages. By Warren Kagarlse Issaquah Press reporter State auditors found no prob- lems with the way city staffers handle Issaquah finances, a recently released 2008 audit shows. The city performed well on the annual assessment of city finances, and staffers took steps to correct a trouble spot auditors dis- covered in 2007. The audit, completed by the state Auditor's Office, also exam- ined how the city complied with federal laws and regulations. The document, released Sept. 30, helps staffers develop better practices, city spokeswoman Autumn Monahan wrote in response to e- mailed questions. "The city is always looking for ways to increase its efficiencies and improve its processes," she wrote. "State audits are one exam- ple of the tools used to help us achieve those goals." After the 2007 audit, for instance, city employees had to take steps to better record assets obtained through annexations and right-of-way acquisitions. "During our 2007 audit, we noted that finance management did not provide adequate oversight of financial reporting," auditors wrote: The oversight was a result of a new reporting requirement that took effect in 2007, auditors said. The state team noted how Issaquah employees took steps to update the methods used for finan- cial reporting, and followed the proper procedures in 2008. Auditors "had a few changes to how Issaquah reported some of its financial items," Monahan wrote. "The city has complied with all of these changes (some of these items were even addressed for 2008 before the 2007 audit began)." During the audit, a team from the Auditor's Office worked at City Hall. "City staff support this process by providing information and answering the auditors' ques- tions," Monahan wrote. See AUDIT, Page A5 By Chantelle Lusebrink Issaquah Press reporter Issaquah School Board mem- bers unanimously voted to ,put three levy measures before voters Feb. 9. The three replacement meas- ply be keeping the taxes they approved for the district from the 2006 levy package for another four years. A person with a $400,000 house would pay $819 on average each year over the life of the mainte- nance and operations levy, similar ures -- a $155.9 million mainte- to what residents are paying now, nance and operations levy, a $1.7 Sara Niegowski, district communi- transportation levy and a $40.4 cations director, wrote in an e-mail. million technology and critical For the transportation levy, the repairs levy -- would sustain owner of a $400,000 home would funding in those areas through pay about $36 in 2011 only. For 2013. the technology and capital levy, If approved, voters would sire- the $400,000 homeowner would pay about $203 each year through ,2010:49 cents 2013, she wrote. ,2011:46 cents This four-year breakdown is ,2012:58 cents based on every $1,000 of taxable ,2013:50 cents assessed property: The measures would ensure district officials are giving stu- Maintenance and operationsdents a basic education, said 2010:$1.93 Issaquah School District 2011:$2 Superintendent Steve Rasmussen, 2012:$2.09 "not what the state calls basic 2013:$2.17 education, but what we call basic education." Transportation 2011:9 cents Technology and critical repairs Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpress, com. City officials will soon cut the ribbon on a new trail along New- port Way Northwest. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 21. The event will be held on the north side of Newport Way Northwest at Northwest Oakcrest Drive. Atten- dees are asked not to park along Newport Way; parking is restricted along both sides of the roadway. Y Residents are invited to join Mayor Ava Frisinger to become the first group to use the new trail. The new trail includes a 12-foot wide paved area with 2-foot gravel shoulders along the north side of Newport Way Northwest and a 3- foot shoulder along the south side of the street. The new trail extends from state Route 900 to Lakemont Boulevard. 9 By Warren Kagarise ' OU can do Band-Aid and lssaquah Press reporter duct tape if (I-1033) happens? City Council members and state - John Traegcr lawmakers gathered last week for what attendees described as a gloomy discussion about the state economy. When the city and state legisla- tors met for dinner at Tibbetts C/ty founea raeraber said the discussion about 1-1033 McCarry said city officials also thanked lawmakers for sending dollars to the state Route 900 widening project. Councilman John Traeger said state legislators raised the prospect of draconian cuts " ffI- 1033 passes. Cities and other local governments would see state sources of funding fall. focused on "how state budget cuts Manor, the discussion centered on in general can and will affect local "You can't do Band-Aid and Initiative 1033, a ballot measure budgets." duct tape if this happens," designed to cap property taxes. City officials also reiterated the Traeger said. 1-1033 would limit the growth importance of the Interstate 90 When council members and of city, county and state revenue Bellevue to North Bend Corridor lawmakers met in the past, city to inflation and populationStudy, a planning process by the officials put in informal requests growth, not including voter- state Department of for state dollars. With the state approved revenue. Any revenue Transportation to determinetrimming services to save money, above the cap would be used to future improvements, city officials withheld requests for lower property taxes. Voters will decide the measure on the Nov. 3 ballot. Council President Maureen McCarry said the initiative would produce "drastic effects on both county and state revenue." Councilman John Rittenhouse During the 90-minute dinner, 2010. over .... chicken stuffed with "The idea of asking for some- Gorgonzola cheese and figs, and thing new was literally not on the greens studded with blueberries, table, Traeger said. officials discussed a handful of local, regional and state issues. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext, 234, or Rittenhouse said transportation wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at issues were another big topic, www.issaquahpress.com. ONE TREE AT A TIME Issaquah REI store man- ager Matt Bergerson was among the 200 volunteers who braved the pouring rain to plant trees at Lake Sam- mamish State Park on Oct. 17. The event kicked offthe Mountains to Sound Green- way tree planting season, and volunteers planted the first 2,000 trees in a cam- paign to plant 25,000 native trees and shrubs this fall. The Greenway Trust is seek- ing volunteers for tree plant- ing events each Saturday. Volunteer by visiting www.mtsgreenway.org/vol- unteer, calling 206-812- 0122 or e-mailing volun- teer@mtsgreenway.org. MOUNTAINS TO SOUND GREENWAY TRUST YOU SHOULD KNOW GAS GAUGE RAIN GAIN A&E ........ B6 Opinion ...... A4 Classifieds ... C4-5 Police & Fire .. C5 Community ... B1 Schools ...... C6 Obituaries .... B3 Sports ..... C1-3 October is Urban and Community Forestry Month. State Forester Chuck qhrley suggests that landowners avoid "topping" and other types of severe tree trimming in the fall. Topping is cutting major branches back to stubs, or removing more than half of the leai~y crown of a tree. Topping stresses trees, causes decay and can be a hazard. The money a landowner saves by topping a tree is spent several times over on additional trimming. (through Monday) 4.05 inches ~. $2.65 - Costco 1801 lOth Ave. N.W. 40.55 inches ' HIGHESI L0f~ Plllff * Total last year: flj/ '~f ~ $2.89 - Shell (through Oct. 19) ". 22631 228th Ave. N.E, 39,35 inches To report gas prices in)eur a~ea, ~ to w~v.seaU~e~.com.