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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2009 * A3 Education and policy leaders health, and nutrition, and must submitted a draft plan to get early have had developmentally appro- learning education on track in the priate social and emotional growth state Dec. 1. and education. The plan, built by the , Ready and successful parents, Department of Early Learning, families and caregivers: Groups state Superintendent of Public and individuals supporting chil- Instruction's Office and Thrive by dren's growth must have access to Five Washington, a public-private educational resources, training parmership of education and busi- and must have a voice in shaping ness leaders, creates a system that policies and systems that affect ensures school readiness and suc- children. cess of children, birth through , Ready and successful early-learn- third grade. The draft was given to Gov. Chris ing professionals: A fully-developed quality rating and improvement sys- Gregoire after she requested it be tern will be in place to monitor early created, learning and school-age providers. The plan includes recommenda- All families will have access to tions, strategies and a plan for affordable, quality early-education implementation that could begin programs for their children. as early as the coming year. , Ready and successful schools: "The time is right," said Bette Schools are ready for children to Hyde, director for the Department learn and capable of preparing of Early Learning. We have a gov- children to maximize their individ- ernor who clearly prioritizes our youngest learners, and communi- ties who understand the incredible amount of growth and develop- ment that happens in a child's ear- liest years. This plan is a roadmap for coordinating in the services and programs that prepare all kids for school and life." Recommendations were built around five key areas: Ready and successful children: All children must have affordable optimal physical, mental and oral ual gifts and needs, level of knowl- edge, skills, social-emotional and physical development, and their cultural background and language. Ready and successful system and communities: The early-learn- ing system in Washington will use evidence-based and/or demon- strated best practices to support families in fostering children's healthy development and learning. See the draft plan and recommen- dations at www.del.wa.gov/partner- ships/elac/elp.aspx. Fewer people died as a result cases. The office assumed juris- of traffic crashes last year than in diction on 2,121 deaths: 871 the previous decade and suicides deaths due to natural causes, 738 dropped to the lowest number accidental deaths, 210 suicides, since 2002. But the figures -- 163 traffic deaths, 85 homicides from the 2008 King County and 53 deaths as a result ofunde- Medical Examiner s report termined causes. released last month -- showed a Officials recorded more homi- rising number of homicides, cides and fewer fatal traffic The report offered detailed crashes last year than in 2007. analyses of suspicious, sudden, During the same period, acciden- unexpected and violent deaths tal deaths and deaths from natu- last year, as well as trends in ral cases increased. drug overdose deaths, homicides The most common cause of and traffic fatalities. Read the accidentaldeath--323 deaths-- full 2008 report at www.king- was falls; 261 of the accidental county.gov/health/examiner deaths caused by falls involved "Medical examiner death people 70 years old and up. reviews are crucial for Public Firearms were the most fre- Health because we can target quent instrument of death in prevention efforts based on our homicides and suicides, Officials understanding of circumstances, recorded 139 firearm deaths risk factors and trends of these last year: 93 suicides, 45 homi- deaths," Dr. David Fleming, cides and a single accidental director and health officer for death. Public Health - Seattle & King "Our hearts go out to the County, said in a news release, friends and families who have "For example, we're able to suffered losses. Every death we identify the leading causes of review received our fullest traffic fatalities -- including respect and attention," Dr. alcohol and drug impairment, Richard Harruff, the county s speed and failure to wear seat chief medical examiner, said in belts -- and work to address a news release. "Our staff them." strives to investigate deaths and About 13,340 people died in resolve the manner and cause of King County last year, and the death as quickly as possible, so medical examiner's office per- grieving loved ones can find formed autopsies in 1,232 of the some solace." By Chantelle Lusebrink 45-minute lessons, designed for Issaquah Press reporter middle-school teachers to easily embed into their health and Issaquah School District middle social skills curricula during the and high school teachers will school year. meet with district officials next Students engage in interactive month to discuss adopting a exercises, classroom discussions, state-produced suicide curricu- role-play practice and observa- lure -- Look, Listen, Link. tion through an accompanying Officials at the Youth Suicide DVD produced by Youth Suicide Prevention Program of Prevention Program officials and Washington State and the state the Spokane-based North By superintendent's office developed No, hwest. the statewide curriculum. Stress and coping skills are The most recent Washington part of our health curriculum, State Healthy Youth Survey -- a said Sara Niegowski, district survey taken every other year by director of communications. "We students in sixth through 12th currently do not have a district- grades-- indicates nearly 25 per- adopted curriculum for suicide cent of eighth-graders have felt prevention other than what is depressed. Fourteen percent said addressed in the health curricu- they had seriously considered lum." killing themselves, according to a The curriculum, if adopted, press release sent out by the state would be supplemental materi- superintendent's office, al. The curriculum was designed At the meeting, teachers and to give students skills to help a district officials will explore how friend in need and earned a place the curriculum might fit within among the federal Best Practices health courses and the benefit it Registry maintained by The may have for students. Suicide Prevention Resource Some schools already use parts Center. It is the first middle of the curriculum through stu- school level suicide prevention dent organizations, like Natural curriculum in the nation to be Helpers or Signs of Suicide clubs, granted that status, the release that educate students about sui- said. cide or depression and provide The materials consist of four peer-to-peer links and help. ' ( PROM PAGE A1 Highlands step forward, one step back Issaquah Highlands residents recorded milestones and headaches throughout the year. ....................... Oct. 12 marked a triumph. Gov. ....................... Chris Gregoire and other digni- miles broke ground for a Swedish Medical Center campus in the com- munity. The hospital create more than 1,000 jobs, from archi- tects to construction workers to neurologists. Phase 1 opens in mid-2011, and the rest of the hos- pital comes online the next year. The community reached another achievement Dec. 7, when officials broke ground for a YWCA afford- able-housing complex: Other highlights: Developer Port Blakely Communities announced a deal to open a Regal movie theater, and the local Habitat for Humanity branch broke ground on houses. But residents also grumbled PHOTOS BY GREGFARI AR about the pace of commercial Above, sisters Jennlfer O~, development in the mostly residen- Jullanne Lang and Mindy Heln~ (from tial community. A plan to allow a leR) retneve belongings Jan. 8 from the highlands gas station sputtered in toppled guesthouse at the home of late December, and deals to bring a their parents, Jack and Karen Brooks, grocery store to the community fal- beside Issaquah Creek in the 23300 tered, block of Southeast May Valley Road. At What's next: Crews will contin- BY GI EO ] AI I AR left, chatting after the Swedish ue work on the hospital andDale Timmons, of Issaquah, purchases a case of motor oil April 10 at Joe's on Issaquah Highlands hospital Oct. 12 YWCA, while Port Blakely will Northwest Gilman Boulevard the day of the liquidation sale announcement for gvoundbreaking ceremony are (from revisit the gas station issue, the sporting goods and automobile equipment chain: left) Judd Kirk, of Port Blakely Communities; Mayor Ava Frisinger; Slow down! You're on camera, festival, more than 180,000 people facilities as 2009 wraps. After Swedish Hospital CEO Rod Hochman; trekked downtown. Robin Kelley, months of penny pinching, officials Swedish/Issaquah Medical Director Police installed a camera system festivals director at the Greater took a dramatic cost-saving step in John Milne (partiaUy obscured); Gov. along Second Avenue Southeast to Issaquah Chamber of Commerce early September, when Mayor Ava Chris Gregoire; and Swedish Senior catch speeders -- even if no offi- and Salmon Days organizer, said Frisinger announced layoffs for 10 Vice President Kevin Brown. cers are around to ticket violators, festival attendance "comes down to city employees. Officers activated a camera sys- the weather one way or the other." The city saved about $2 million tem in March, and sent speeders Organizers hit another jackpot: through layoffs, a hiring freeze and & Recreation Department officials became the first to win consecutive warnings until mid-April, when The festival unfolded in mild a severance program. Layoffs, held an open house at Tibbetts Cy Young Awards. since Randy It's tOO hot, it's too cold, lead-footed drivers received $124 weather, beneath blue skies. Frisinger said, were "not a choice Manor in September to discuss the Johnson won four straight with the it's never just right fines in the mail. The violation is a What's next: The fishy festival we wanted to make." ban; about 70 people attended. Arizona Diamondbacks from 1999 noncriminal infraction, like a park- returns for a 41st year in early fall When key money sources -- Park Board members then to 2002. Issaquah, and the region, was ing ticket. 2010. building permit fees and sales tax reviewed a thick stack of residents' plagued by extreme weather condi- Crews installed the cameras -- revenue -- shrunk, the economy comments from the meeting. Teacher cuts made tions in 2009. and notification signs -- in a busy Businesses take punch forced city officials to make difficult What's next: The mayor and to bridge budget gap Issaquah was hit hard by severe school zone as a speed deterrent, from the ecooomy choices. City Council members will decide weather that started with snow and The stretch includes Clark The cuts hit every city depart- whether the ban should be modi- With the state budget gap of ice in December 2008 and early Elementary, Tiger Mountain The recession pinched Issaquah ment. Officials delayed buying sup- fled or remain in effect, more than $5 billion announced January, which made the return to Community High and Issaquahin visible ways: vacant storefronts plies and equipment, and suspend- this time last year, Issaquah School school and work after the holidays middle and high schools, and undeveloped lots. ed nonessential staff training. After City gets its name In Ii (s District officials and teachers difficult for most residents. Vehicle Within a month or so after police The bad economy claimed Joe's, a midyear, $1.6-million spending braced for major cuts in funding, accidents and tow trucks were activated the cameras, officers said the venerable sporting goods cut was not enough, officials Issaquah hit the big time in '09. For the first time in more than a everywhere. traffic slowed through the pedestri- retailer. Shoppers flocked to the offered municipal stallers a sever- The city is larger than ever, with decade, teachers were laid off as But the icy roads soon turned to an-packed corridor where the mid-April going-out-of-business ance package, and several long- 26,890 residents: Nearly 16,000 the state's public school system swimming pools as the waters of speed limit is 20 mph. sale and snapped up outdoor gear time employees accepted, people moved to Issaquah during was dealt a $1.5 billion blow to its Issaquah Creek flooded major thor- How the system works: Sensors at deep discounts. The local store, The cuts influenced the mayor the decade, and the city ranked as budget. Issaquah's budget gap oughfares and flowed into parking embedded in the roadway alert barely open 10 years, went under and City Council as they crafted a the fifth-fastest growing in the measured $7.3 million by the time lots, businesses and homes. cameras to speeding vehicles, when the Oregon-based chain2010 budget smaller than the 2009 state, all was said and done. As a result, After the waters receded, Then, a camera records video of entered bankruptcy, plan. Village Theatre alumnus Brian district officials closed the gap by Issaquah was left with $153,980 in the violation and another snaps a Meanwhile, new developmentsWhat's next: Officials said more Yorkey took home a Tony Award in laying off maintenance and admin- damage to public property. photo of the rear license plate, planned for a high-traffic Front midyear cuts and layoffs could June for Best Original Score for istrative workers (saving $2.2 mil- Businesses in the Gi,lman Square What's next: Issaquah Municipal Street North sputtered when the occur in 2010 if the economy fails writing the lyrics for the musical lion), increasing class sizes by one shops, like Lombardi s restaurant, Court employees will develop proce- economy faltered. A planned over- to rebound. "Next to Normal." child in kindergarten through 12th were hit hardest. Business owners dures for speed camera violations, haul at the old ARCO gas station, The production began as a grade (saving another $2.2 mil- there discovered flood waters had 800 Front St. N., slowed to a stand- Dogs no longer w come ill park staged reading at Wfllage Theatre lion) and dipping into reserve risen to nearly 3 feet and damaged Salmon Days hits the big 4-0 still, in March 2002, but the creative funds. As a preventative measure, countless amounts of inventory. ' The city issued a building permit Pet owners howled in late July team went on to develop the play district officials temporarily laid The estimated damage there was Salmon Days opened Oct. 3 with for a 10,500-square-foot commer- when the city banned dogs from further as a V'dlage Originals work- off 158 of the district's 1,097 roughly $600,000, while Issaquah a milestone. The festival marked, cial building at a prime location in Timberlake Park, a 24-acre spot shop in June 2005. From there, the teachers. However, after federal homeowners reported about as banners proclaimed, "40 years February. New shops and restau- popular with pet owners, musical premiered off Broadway stimulus funding came through, $500,000 in damage. of great returns." Days before the rants would rise where Skippers Officials cited safety concerns as and then reached the Great White they were able to rehire many of After a calm and uneventful festival opened, Salmon Days was restaurant once stood. But the site reason for the ban, as city officials Way. spring, the end of July and begin, named the best festival in 2008 at 670 Front St. N. remains unde- received reports of people being Wffiage Theatre Original smash them. , -- What s next: As 2010 budget ning of August sent Issaquah resi- in the world, veloped. The developer has time to knocked down by dogs, dogs fight- hit Million Dollar Quartet also talks begin in the Legislature, dis- dents scurrying to local stores to Since locals established the festi- break ground because building ing with other dogs and dogs dart- found success, as it will be playing trict officials are preparing for buy out entire stocks of air condi- val in 1970, Salmon Days has permits remain active for three ing from trails onto private proper- on Broadway in the spring. After another round of cuts. However, tioning units, fans, wading pools transformed from small-town fair years, ty. Earlier rules allowed leashed opening in Issaquah in 2007, the they're also ramping up efforts for and water. Temperatures on the to regional festival-- and a crucial What's next: Retailers consider- dogs in the park. production moved to Chicago, a Feb. 9 election regarding three mercury rose to at least 103 draw for out-of-towners anding vacant storefronts could take Park Board members said city where it is now playing, replacement levies: maintenance degrees as recorded by Seattle- tourism dollars. Organizers mus- root in Issaquah. pet ordinances should be revised Another local, Liberty Highand operations; transportation; Tacoma International Airport, tered more than 500 volunteers with stronger language about cita- School graduate and Major League and capital repairs, which includes where official records are kept. and corporate backers by the C takes financial hit as well tions and enforcement. Baseball pitcher Tim Lincecum technology and critical repairs What's next: In light of the dozens to put on the salmon-cen- Mayor Ava Frisinger received a won a second-straight National components. In sum, the levies extreme heat and cold, cityofficials tric event. Fewer employees will head to torrent of comments both opposing League Cy Young Award. The San would bring in just over $214 rail- and residents continue to modify During the weekend-long 2009 work at City Hall and other city and supporting the ban. City Parks Francisco Giants right-hander lion through 2014. their emergency plans. i