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A~ * WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Concerned citizens want a move to warmer location; new coop offered By David Hayes Their efforts were met by those Grange years ago during a cus- stand, provided a home upgrade to Issaquah Press reporter who disagreed, saying McNugget tomer appreciation day event, a doghouse and stopped by occa- had ample care at the Your Grange General Manager Gary sionally to feed him. Issaquah icon McNugget the Espresso stand and had survived Olson said McNugget was brought She and Welsh's concern for rooster became the center of con- just fine in previous winters, in as part of the petting zoo, but McNugget peaked when the tem- troversy Dec. 8 and 9 when a "McNugget eats three times asomehow got away. peratures dropped to overnight group of concerned citizens were day and gets fresh water provided The rooster later adopted the lows of 10 degrees. blocked from moving him to a as a second source of water parking lot of the Staples store as "It also looked like his comb was warmer environment, intake," barista Candice Mercado its new home. Employees of the frost-bitten," Welsh said. "I just felt Kristen earshall and her friend wrote in an e-mail. "McNugget espresso stand in the lot adopted so bad for him, standing there Debby Welsh, both of Fall City, uses the small creek mostly for all the rooster and gave him his name shivering while I was feeding him." became worried about McNugget's his drinking needs. He neverand a crate for shelter. Your Parshall said she later offered welfare in the face of temperatures leaves the property and if a rooster Espresso owner MichelleSchneider hundreds of dollars to reaching overnight lows in the were unhappy, he would have left Schneider said customers, baristas purchase McNugget, but the offer teens and below, over five years ago." and local residents all provided was declined. "Our biggest concern is the win- earshall said Welsh called the feed for McNugget over the years, "I would leave them alone if they ters," said Parshall, a former nearby Issaquah Grange Supply enough to give him three square put up a proper coop with a heat- employee of easado's Safe Haven. the next day, this time asking for meals a day. ing lamp," she added. "He needs to be in a coop with a permission to remove McNugget. About three years ago, Parshall, Schneider said that over the past heat lamp." McNugget escaped from the a regular customer of the espresso weekend a couple of her employees BY DAVID HAYES McNugget the rooster, the center of controversy in a dispute to move him to a warmer climate, gets some sun in the Staples parking lot last week. had offered to take McNugget to their family's farm, where they have chickens and a coop. But the offer proved unnecessary. "I called both the Renton Animal Control and King County Animal Control," Schneider said. "Both said to just leave the rooster alone. So, that's what I'm going to do." She added that if animal control officials told her McNugget needed to be moved to a farm, she would have acted without hesitation. 01son offered to provide a chicken coop hand-crafted by a Grange employee should a new home not be found for McNugget. Even so, Olson said a coop does not provide a surefire safehouse for the rooster. "The reality is no chicken is absolutely safe in a coop," he said. "Predators, like raccoons, have gotten into coops on my farm and killed chickens. So, it's not a sure bet, but it is better, keeping him out of the wind." He said providing a coop is still not the end of the situation. Someone has to be committed to stay at the end of the day and lock McNugget safely inside the coop and again let him out in the morn- ing. Those logistics have yet to be worked out. David Hayes: 392-5434, ext. 237, dhayes@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpress, com. |n mm 1S g FROM PAGE A1 In the decades since the disap- pearance, the unsolved mystery baffled investigators and stalled when evidence eluded detectives. The case gathered dust for years at the King County Sheriff's Office, with investigators stymied by scarce evidence and witnesses whose memories were blurred by time and pain. Detectives revived the investigation in April with a federal grant meant to solve decades-old cold cases. Days after authorities announced the new Cold Case Unit, a detective inter- viewed a Lewis County man about the disappearance. But the case has produced no arrests. The events renewed attention, too, in Issaquah, where longtime residents recall the fruitless Tiger Mountain search. The investiga- tion also forced the Adamses to confront the grief and unanswered questions associated with the dis- appearance. BY GREG FARRAR Don and Ann Adams have never moved from the Issaquah area, more than 40 years after their son David disappeared from theirTiger Mountain neighbor- hood. 'He was a bright little boy. He excelled at school; Ann Adams said. As the decades passed, however, accounts and recollections were muddied because news organiza- tions- including The Issaquah Press The -- repeated incorrect information in the years since the disappearance. garden-vade 8-year-old boy' The year he disappeared, David was a third-grader at Clark Elementary School. to describe her lost son. "He was a bright little boy. He excelled at school." Ann and Don Adams raised a close-knit family -- six children in the house on Tiger Mountain, where the Adamses still live today. A daughter was born a few years after David disappeared. "He was just pretty much a gar- Stephenson also recalls the day David vanished. She was playing in the backyard with her brothers when a neighbor told them David was missing. Rob Killian shared a desk with David at Clark. The boys went to the same church, and attended each other's birthday parties. Killian said he remembers most the brittle silences in the years after David disappeared. "I am not sure if I have blocked all of these memories, but I remember being quiet around his family a lot in the days and months later," he recalled. "There was such fragility and silence." Killian, now a Seattle physician who runs a group family practice and works with HIV patients, said the 1968 school year came to a hushed, somber close. "My desk, the double desk," Killian recalled, "eventually got cleaned out and I sat alone the rest of the school year." A fateful day Friday, May 3, 1968: David rode the bus from Clark to the stop along Southeast Tiger Mountain Road. David and the oldest Adams son, Steven, walked from the stop to the house where the family had moved den-variety 8-year-old boy,less than two weeks earlier. "He was like most any other 8- endearing and frustrating at the After school, David went to play year-old boy, sweet and naughty at same time, said Ann Adams, now with Kevin Bryce, then 6, a friend the same time, loud, and just liked 76. And, she added with a laugh, from church. Although the to play and do the things little boys probably the bane of his teacher's Adamses were new to Tiger play, Ann Adams said when asked existence very often. Mountain, the family had wor- David, the second oldest, had a shipped with the local Church of Merry Christma Issaquah Fund HelpinE neiEhbors help themselves from 91 Total: S donor33 7 2009 Fund Goal: $50,000 Thank You! to this week's donors: Harringtons, in honor of Jerry & Wendy Blackburn Dale & Jeanett DePriest Dorothy Clark St. Michael's Singalong Eastside Home Association Barbara & Matthew LePage Kiwanis Club of Providence Point Ronald & Shirley Koger Susan & Bernard Wright Cougar Mountain Veterinary Hospital Leo & Rose Finnegan L. & R. Skinner Marinell Schmidt Robert & Rebecca Hazel Michael & Sandra Nygaard J.D. & Kit Brown The Rezendes Family Joseph MacDonald Thomas & Sally Montgomery Joyce Johnson Bjorn & Gall Sorensen Beverly Huntington Andrew, Elise, Carolyn & Ned Nelson Nancy Viney Ivan & Diane Lee Hank & Jackie Thomas Mary Ann Hult Dan & Maria Menser Edwin & Joan Smithers Steven & Carla Hoffman Mary Fricke, in memory of James L. Fricke Joyce Kormanyos Five anonymous To donate, send to: Merry Christmas Issaquah c/o The Issaquah Press PO Box 1328, Issaquah, WA 98027 Name will be published unless anonymity is requested. mischievous streak, Ann Adams recalled. She remembered a photo- graph from Easter, with her oldest daughter, Jill, in a frilly Easter dress, and David beside her in a holiday outfit. Look closely at the photo, Ann Adams recalled, and notice David holding fingers aloft above Jill's head to make rabbit ears, with "just a glint in his eye of mischief." David had dark hair and striking blue eyes, like his mother. In the most common photo of him -- the picture reproduced on playing cards with photos of missing peo- ple -- David wears a bright rust- colored shirt, but the eyes capture attention first. Jill Stephenson was not yet a Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregation for years. Don and Ann Adams and their five children settled on the Eastside after Don Adams accepted a job with Boeing. Don Adams, a captain in the Air Force Reserve, was called back to active duty after the Pueblo incident -- a Cold War flashpoint in January 1968, when North Korea seized a U.S. Navy surveillance ship. By early May, Don Adams, now 77, was stationed in Oklahoma for Air Force training. Meanwhile, on the first Friday in May, David and Kevin walked on Tiger Mountain from the Adams house to the Bryce residence. The boys used the fateful shortcut, a path kindergartener when her older beaten across a field. The trail led brother disappeared. Though she behind the Adams house to a gravel recalls little about David, she said road, now 241st Avenue Southeast. she remembers those blue eyes. David and Kevin crunched down the gravel road, crossed a bridge above 15 Mile Creek and headed up the hill toward the Bryce house. The boys used a trail worn by the Bryce children, instead of using the drive- way circling the front of the house. At about 5 p.m., David was due home for dinner. Ann Adams planned to take the children to J.C. eenney in Bellevue to buy shoes. David asked his mother on the telephone if he could stay awhile longer. "I did tell him to come home because dinner was nearly ready and we were going to go down" to Bellevue, Ann Adams recalled. Kevin walked with David to the 15 Mile Creek bridge, and then asked if David knew how to get home. David said he could find the way, and he headed down the trail. After 15 minutes or so, Ann Adams called back to the Bryce house to tell David he needed to leave. David, she was told, left right after she had first spoken with him. Ann Adams and neighbors can- vassed the neighborhood, calling for David and asking others if they had seen the boy. "Hours passed and they couldn't find him. The authorities became involved," she said. Within hours, a massive search would unfold on Tiger Mountain. Neighbors looked through the night. David was nowhere to be found. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. FHOM PAGE A1 Sammamish is willing to take it." Planners in both cities would need to amend the respective com- prehensive plans, or growth blue- prints, to incorporate a redrawn potential annexation area. leaders want to shed the role of managers of unincorporated urban areas, like Klahanie. The park decision became the focus in the annexation discus- sion in August, when then- County Executive Kurt Triplett announced Klahanie Park would be closed. Sammamish officials then moved to secure the park. Issaquah leaders were uninter- ested in taking on the park and Sammamish City Manager Ben associated maintenance costs. Yazici sent a letter to Issaquah Despite the effort to keep Mayor Ava Frisinger in early Klahanie Park open, neighbor- December to ask Issaquah munic- hood residents worry about the ipal staffers to draft a letter to the move by Sammamish into the King County Growth Management Planning Council, the group set up to guide development. Besides approval from the Issaquah and Sammamish councils, changes to the potential annexation area would require nods from the growth management board and King County Council. Issaquah officials discussed the proposal at a Council Land Use Committee meeting last week, where members noted how exist- ing growth plans limit options for the potential annexation area. "As long as that PAA stays in Issaquah's comprehensive plan, there are only two possible actions -- either it stays in the county or Issaquah annexes it," Councilman John Rittenhouse, the committee chairman, said during the Dec. 8 meeting. Another remote option exists: Klahanie residents could incorpo- rate the area as a city, though residents at the meeting said the cost to provide municipal servic- es would be prohibitive. Voters in the potential annexa- tion area defeated a 2005 proposal to join Issaquah, even though 67 percent of voters approved annex- ation. But the Issaquah City Council balked because fewer voters -- 47 percent -- agreed to shoulder a portion of the city's debt. Issaquah and Sammamish offi- cials discussed redrawing the potential annexation area in late 2007, but the proposal withered in both cities. Like King County, Issaquah and Sammamish are under pressure to annex developments just out- side city limits because county community -- a move some Klahanie residents view as a prel- ude to annexation. Klahanie resident Michelle Kolano addressed the Issaquah City Council last week, and said she felt uneasy about changes related to the park transfer. Kolano said residents consider the 64-acre park as a "crown jewel" in the neighborhood. "We've been in existence for 25 years, and to be absorbed or par- tially absorbed by a city who only has 10 years ,u;n, der their belt is very alarming, she said during the Dec. 7 meeting. Development in Klahanie start- ed in the mid-1980s and lasted about a decade. Sammamish was incorporated in August 1999. "We identify with Issaquah, we shop here, we were here before there was a Sammamish,' Kolano said. "It just doesn't make sense to us for a part of our community to be absorbed by Sammamish." In the letter to Frisinger, Yazici noted how Issaquah officials were uninterested in the park. Negotiations between Sammamish and King County officials will enable Sammamish to acquire the park. Kolano urged Issaquah officials to reconsider the decision not to acquire Klahanie Park. "We would really, really appre- ciate it if that sometime the Issaquah City Council would again revisit the idea of annexa- tion," she said. "And, in the inter- im, possibly think about taking over the stewardship of Klahanie Park." Town & Country Square 1175 NW Gilman Blvd. Suite B-4, lssaquah (425) 391-9270