1 Designer builds treehouses See Page B4 Skyline quarterback Jake Heaps commits to play football at BYU Sports, Page C1 Issaquah woman trains for marathon with new lungs Community, Page B1 THEISSAQUAHPRESS Locally owned since Cents New business plaza planned See Page A6 Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Vol. 110, No. 23 Candidates file for City Council, school board, more Mayor Frisinger unopposed BY WARREN KAGARISE AND CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK Mayor Ava Frisinger will run unopposed for a fourth term and seven City Council candidates will battle for four seats, according to unofficial King County Elections filings. The deadline for candidate filing was 4:30 p.m. June 5. During the five-day filing period, Frisinger, seven council candidates and three Issaquah School Board hopefuls declared their candidacies for the nonpartisan seats. Candidates have until June 11 to withdraw. Council incumbents Eileen Barber, David Kappler and Maureen McCarry entered the race. Newcomers Mark Mullet, Joan Probala, Tola Marts and Nathan Perea will seek council seats as well. Candidates running unopposed could still face challenges from write-in candidates. The last day to file for election as a write-in candidate is Aug. 17. The primary election will be held Aug. 18; the general election is Nov. 3. Barber, a former Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce president, was elected in She will run unopposed for a second term as the Position 3 councilwoman, according to county filings. Kappler, a longtime councilman, was first elected in His opponents for the Position 7 seat See CANDIDATES, Page A3 John Rittenhouse bows out BY WARREN KAGARISE John Rittenhouse opted last week not to seek another City Council term but the first-term councilman said he plans to return to city politics. Rittenhouse said the time constraints of serving as a councilman have led him to re-evaluate a reelection bid. He explained his reasons in a June 6 to The Press. There are several things that I ve been wanting to do in the last year or so that I have had to put off because of time constraints from serving on the council, Rittenhouse wrote. I had decided not to run for re-election, so that I can get caught up on those things I need to take care of. He indicated he could run for city office in the future, possibly as early as the next municipal election in My wife has encouraged me not to throw out my old campaign signs, he wrote. If in the next year or two, I can finish those things I have been deferring, I will look forward to asking the citizens of Issaquah for the privilege of serving them again in the next election cycle. Issaquah Highlands resident Mark Mullet is running unopposed for the seat held by Rittenhouse. Candidates can withdraw from the race until June 11, and candidates running unopposed could still face challenges from write-in See RITTENHOUSE, Page A3 Brian Yorkey wins Tony for best lyrics PHOTOS BY ADAM ESCHBACH A roarin day at the park At top, spectators watch from the shores of Lake Sammamish as hydroplanes race by at speeds exceeding 130 mph in the Grand Prix finals at Tastin n Racin. The June 6 events brought in more than 18,000 visitors. Far right, Kirk, Shelly and Nolin Brown (from left) watch the hydroplane races while enjoying corndogs, ice cream and root beer floats. Below right, 2-year-old Kai Hogan-Emmons, from Greenlake, plays on an inflatable slide at one of the event s many activities geared toward children. Getting ready to dance with a beer in one hand, a couple enjoys themselves to the music of the band Slacker in the beer gardens. See a video from inside a hydroplane at The Village Originals musical Next To Normal took home three Tony Awards at the 63rd Annual Tony Awards Ceremony June 7. The awards were Best Original Score (music by Tom Kitt; lyrics by Brian Yorkey), B e s t Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley) and Best Orchestrations (Michael Starobin and Kitt). Brian Yorkey Next To Normal (formerly titled Feeling Electric ) began as a staged reading at Village Theatre in March The creative team went on to develop the production further as a Village Originals workshop in June Yorkey, former associate artistic director for Village Theatre, was a pioneering force behind the kids program KIDSTAGE. Next to Normal started at Village Theatre and I started at Village Theatre, and this just seems like a great night to celebrate Village s commitment to new musicals, Yorkey said. I was so glad to have Robb there to cheer us on, and celebrate, and I m proud to say that Village Theatre is a big part of the Next to Normal story. It was exciting to be there to support Brian and Tom, and wonderful for Village Theatre to be recognized, said Robb Hunt, the theater s executive producer. Yorkey will be with Village Theatre this summer to direct one of the six new works included in the ninth annual Festival of New Musicals. He is also set to direct Lost In Yonkers, the third production in Village Theatre s Season line-up. School buses evacuated to escape nearby brush fire BY ADAM ESCHBACH A brush fire at the Issaquah School District Transportation Center prompted the evacuation of 20 school buses from the burning area at about 11:40 a.m. June 2. INSIDE THE PRESS The flames were put out by 11:55 a.m. I thought that a bus was on fire. There was a large billow of black smoke, said Jesse Provine, a mechanic at the transportation center and the first on the scene. Provine warned transit center A&E B6 Classifieds... D4-5 Community... B1 Obituaries.... B3 Opinion A4 Police & Fire.. C5 Schools C6 Sports..... C1-2 staff to start moving buses, called Eastside Fire & Rescue and by the time he arrived back on the scene with a fire extinguisher, the brush fire had jumped the curb and was See FIRE, Page A3 YOU SHOULD KNOW Seniors and disabled people may qualify for a property tax exemption. An owner is exempt from all excess and special levies, and possibly regular levies. The exemption is available to people 61 and older with an annual household income of $35,000 or less. A payment deferral program is available for seniors and disabled people earning up to $40,000. Call the King County Tax Advisor s Office at to learn more. 27-year-old Issaquah man dies in Hobart Road rollover BY KATHLEEN R. 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2 A2 Wednesday, June 10, 2009 BY WARREN KAGARISE Two of six vehicles parked along Klahanie Drive Southeast still sit after being smashed into by a 29-year-old Bellevue man driving under the influence of alcohol May 22, according to the King County Sheriff s Office. Drunken driver hits vehicles in Klahanie BY WARREN KAGARISE Several Klahanie residents had a rude awakening last month after a drunk driver smashed into parked vehicles just after midnight May 22. Sgt. John Urquhart, King County Sheriff s Office spokesman, said a man heard screeching tires and a crash near Summerwalk Apartments, 3850 Klahanie Drive S.E., at about 12:30 a.m. When deputies arrived, they discovered a damaged maroon Dodge pickup. The driver had sideswiped six vehicles parked along Klahanie Drive Southeast. Urquhart said the crash caused at least $10,000 worth of damage. After the accident, the driver a 29-year-old Bellevue man got out of the truck to retrieve some items from the truck bed. He and his female passenger then walked off. He was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident. Law enforcement officials have not released his name. Urquhart said a blood-alcohol level was not available for the driver. The legal limit is.08 percent. Most of the damaged cars were still parked along tree-lined Klahanie Drive Southeast last week. Broken glass surrounded a maroon Saturn sedan with a shattered rear window. A driver s side mirror hung limply from the car. A blue Dodge Durango was damaged as well. The rear driver s side tire on the sport utility vehicle was also flattened during the accident. A maroon Toyota Corolla was struck and had its driver s side mirror clipped. A damaged tailgate on a red Ford F-150 appeared to be another sign of the accident. Except for the F-150, the vehicles were parked on the east side of the street. Some of the vehicle owners are residents of the nearby Summerwalk Apartments. Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at , ext. 234, or Comment on this story at Deadline extended for Salmon Days artists The deadline has been extended to June 25 for area artists to create a special artist edition retail item for this year s Issaquah Salmon Days Festival. Festival organizers will not produce a limited-edition print this year, but are instead having someone create a retail item for the festival s 40th year. Artists are invited to submit artwork for this special project. Artwork should reflect the festival and the salmon (returning, spawning, life cycle, etc.) and can be done in any medium that can be reproduced for print, screen printing or perhaps embroidery. Submissions must be original artwork not previously used in any commercial reproduction. The selected artist will be compensated for artwork based on final usage, i.e., public recognition, monetary, final item samples. Artwork may be submitted by mail, on disk, electronically or in person. Electronic submissions should be minimum 300 dpi. Lower-resolution pdfs for review are allowed, but must be available in higher resolution if selected. All artwork must be received at the Festivals Office, 155 N.W. Gilman Blvd., or sent to no later than 5 p.m. June 25. All original artwork will be returned to artists. Nancy S. Whitten The Issaquah Press Next arrival at Cougar Mountain Zoo could be cheetah Administrators chase big cat as they form plan for latest acquisition BY WARREN KAGARISE A cheetah could be the next addition to Cougar Mountain Zoo s big cat collection, a zoo administrator said last week. General Curator Robyn Barfoot said she hopes to open a cheetah exhibit with a single animal within a year. If Barfoot and her team were successful, Cougar Mountain Zoo would be the only facility in the state to exhibit the world s fastest land animal. First, zoo administrators must raise nearly $2 million to ready the exhibit and obtain the cheetah or cheetahs from a breeding facility in South Africa. Cheetahs have long been part of the zoo s collection plan, Barfoot said. Plans call for the cheetah habitat to eventually house two or three male animals. A zoo map near the main entrance shows the location of planned exhibits including a cheetah habitat in the southeastern corner of the zoo. Barfoot said the cheetah would be a captive-born animal. She plans to travel to South Africa to pick up the cheetah and help transport the animal to the zoo. Send me now, she said. I want to bring them to the zoo. A collection plan outlines the animals the zoo would like to acquire based on the conservation value and appeal to visitors. The existing collection encompasses 28 species and includes a cougar and a pair of Bengal tigers. More than 50 percent of the species represented at the City to replace water main For about three to four weeks beginning June 15 through midsummer the city of Issaquah will be replacing a water main pipe and service connections as a part of its water main replacement project. New lines will be installed to replace existing, aging pipes. The size of the construction equipment needed for the project will require both lanes of the following narrow street sections to be temporarily closed one location at a time during normal construction hours: First Avenue Northwest from West Sunset Way to Northwest Dogwood Street Northwest Alder Place from First Avenue Northwest to Front Street First Place Northwest from 19 First Place Northwest to 175 First Place Northwest Access to residences and businesses will be provided during construction. Construction hours will vary between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residences and businesses affected by anticipated water shut-offs will be notified 48 hours in advance. Anyone with questions or concerns can call City, fire district weigh Station 72 agreement City officials will consider an agreement with Fire Protection District 10 to help cover the cost of the planned Eastside Fire & zoo are endangered. A lot of research goes into every animal acquisition, Barfoot said. Zoo administrators plan to embark on a fundraising effort in order to build the habitat and acquire a cheetah. Barfoot said she and her team were planning several activities to garner donations for the project. People hear $2 million and it scares them, but even if they donate $1, that s $1 less that we need to raise, she said. Administrators are also planning a fundraiser for late summer in order to raise money for a larger habitat for Taj and Almos, 2-year-old Bengal tiger cubs and a main attraction at the zoo. A cheetah exhibit would set Cougar Mountain Zoo apart from other, larger zoos in Washington. The facility would become the only wildlife park in Washington to exhibit the graceful animals known for their spotted coats and running speeds faster than 60 mph. The closest facility with a cheetah exhibit is in Winston, Ore. Wildlife Safari, a drive-through preserve about 90 minutes south of Eugene, has operated a cheetah-breeding program since Barfoot said there are no plans to establish a similar program at Cougar Mountain Zoo. Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Bott praised the zoo for adding to its roster of family-friendly attractions. Bott and other business leaders launched a tourism push to draw Seattle visitors to the Eastside. Anything that the members of our community can do to distinguish our community as a great place to spend a weekend or an afternoon is a good thing, he said. Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at , ext. 234, or Comment on this story at Rescue Station 72. The station will be constructed on Maple Street Northwest at state Route 900, and will replace the existing Station 72. That station was intended as a temporary structure and has outlasted its original lifespan. City Council members referred the agreement to the Council Services & Operations Committee for review. The committee is set to meet June 18. Since early 2007, city and District 10 officials have discussed the possibility of District 10 helping to pay for Station 72 construction. About 17 percent of the coverage area for Station 72 covers District 10. The district includes Klahanie, Preston, Carnation, Tiger Mountain and May Valley. If the district were to shoulder 17 percent of the construction cost, its total would be about $1.5 million. But District 10 committed $2 million toward the construction of Station 72. The proposed agreement irons out the financing. It would require District 10 to give the city $1 million toward the construction of Station 72. The agreement also provides for an additional $1 million contribution toward the fire station construction. District 10 would continue to receive coverage from three fire stations owned by the city. The $2 million would be paid to the city in four installments. Voters overwhelmingly approved a $4.5 million bond measure last fall to build the new station. Wills & Estate Planning Assists clients with wills, trusts and estate transfer planning Counsels family members regarding estate settlement and probate Structures complex estate planning strategies involving trusts, tax planning and charitable giving Nancy S. Whitten Call ext. 103 or at Carson & Noel PLLC SE 64th Place, Suite 140, Issaquah Local dancer has the right moves BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK Issaquah s Paris Torres has placed in the top 20 on the television show So You Think You Can Dance. I wasn t expecting anything and I went in with an open mind. If I didn t make it, it s not the end of the world, I d pick it up and keep going, Torres said in a June 9 telephone interview from Los Angeles. But to make this year s top 20, man, is serious business. Daily, I wake up thinking, Wow, how d I make it this far? These dancers are amazing. The 19-year-old, whose specialty is contemporary dance, is a graduate of Skyline High School. She began dancing when she was 6. My parents got me dance lessons for a Christmas present, she said. I looked at the present, which was a piece of paper that said a month worth of dance lessons and thought it was awesome, but where were my other presents? As I got older, it didn t hit me until I was about 13, those dramafilled teen years, that this is the best escape for me, she added. I could go into the dance studio and everything would leave you. Since that time, Torres has been a Miss Washington Teen pageant winner and was a Seattle Storm and Seattle SuperSonics junior dancer from She now lives with her parents and teaches lessons at a dance studio. She tried out for the show last year, but was cut before the Top 20. However, she didn t lose sight of her dream to be a professional dancer. So, she flew to Miami for a second audition with So You Think You Can Dance. If she wins, Torres said she would go on tour with the show s top 10 dancers. After, she said she would finally be able to move to L.A., where she can focus on tryouts for commercials, conventions, musical theater, dance studios and anything else that needs someone with her talents. There are so many opportunities. I want to dibble and dabble in everything, she said. The competition truly begins Wednesday as the top 20 finalists dance for the judges praise and America s votes on the season s first performance show. The 20 are paired into 10 couples who will work with a world-renowned choreographer to compose a dance routine representing their assigned genre. Since arriving on the set of the show, Torres said she hasn t had a lot of time. We wake up at the crack of dawn and go home at midnight. We never stop. And once I m home, I just keep practicing and Power restored after wind causes outage for 1,200 customers Strong winds knocked out power for 1,200 customers in Issaquah and Preston June 4. Issaquah residents and city crews cleaned up fallen tree limbs the next day. Puget Sound Energy spokeswoman MacKenzie McDowell said 1,200 local customers were affected by the outage. She said falling tree limbs pulled down power lines and caused the outage. Most of the customers had their power restored within two to three hours, McDowell said. PSE crews also received a report of a downed power line on 290th Avenue east of 61st Street, McDowell said. Autumn Monahan, city public information officer, said crews from the city Public Works Salon Couture Welcomes Gina Shields, Color Specialist FREE cut w/color service exp. 9/1/ PHOTO BY MIKE RUIZ/FOX Paris Torres, a 19-year-old Skyline High School graduate, has been selected for the top 20 of the television reality series, So You Think You Can Dance. WHAT TO KNOW So You Think You Can Dance 8 p.m. Wednesdays 9 p.m. Thursdays KCPQ 13 practicing, she said. There s never an opportunity to relax, or say I got this, I got this. I have to stay on my toes and I always know there is room to improve. After each Wednesday performance show, the phone lines will open and the fate of these 20 finalists one of whom will be named America s Favorite Dancer will be left up to the voting fans. On the live results shows beginning Thursday, the three couples with the lowest number of votes will be announced. Each week, the six contestants in the bottom three couples will be given a chance to perform solo routines in the hopes of convincing the judges to keep them in the competition. The judges then decide which dancers stay and which two are eliminated. If a couple is split, the two individual dancers who remain become a couple the following week. Thursdays will also feature live performances by today s hottest music stars and dance acts. On June 11, Sean Kingston will perform his new hit single, Fire Burning on the Dance Floor, from his upcoming sophomore album, Tomorrow. It is hard, hard to keep yourself in check and focused, because there is so much going on, Torres said. But I breathe through each moment, really live in each moment, and I m not anxious for what s to come. Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at , ext. 241, or Comment on this story at Operations Department spent June 5 cleaning up debris. She said residents of a neighborhood where a tree went down were working with officials to ensure they abided by city tree codes. The strong gusts followed days of record-high temperatures. School district hosts two ground-breaking ceremonies The community is invited to two school ground-breaking events this month. The Issaquah High School ceremonial ground-breaking event is at 4:30 p.m. June 11 at the northwest corner of the track/stadium. The ground-breaking ceremony for the new elementary school on the plateau, temporarily named Elementary 15 is at 10 a.m. June Front St. N, Suite E Historical Downtown Issaquah Local news, updated daily!
3 Wednesday, June 10, 2009 A3 CONTRIBUTED Goats from Rent-a-Ruminant and Healing Hooves will eat invasive plants in the Issaquah Highlands this summer. Goats have done landscape work for several municipal projects, as shown above. Goats will landscape highlands hillsides BY WARREN KAGARISE Parts of the Issaquah Highlands will resemble a PEMCO Insurance ad in late June and early July, when hundreds of goats start to munch invasive plants on steep hillsides. Some of the goats clearing brush in the highlands were featured in the Goat Renter Guy spot that poked fun at Pacific Northwesterners for relying on ruminants to tame wayward plants. Issaquah Highlands Community Association managers hired a pair of goat herders and about 400 goats to tackle landscaping on stretches of hillside too difficult and expensive for human crews to maintain. I m told they ll eat anything that s green, said Russ Ayers, landscape manager for the highlands community association. Goats will work in the highlands for about two and a half weeks. Ayers said arrival dates for the goats had yet to be finalized. Managers budgeted $27,000 to rent goats from herders from Vashon Island and Edwall. Ayers said the four-legged landscapers are cheaper and willing to work longer hours than their bipedal counterparts. Plus, the sure-footed animals will have little problem scaling steep terrain. Managers expect goats to nosh on high grass, as well as invasive Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom. Ayers said goats would also eat alder seedlings. Crews will protect landscaped planting areas with fencing. Herder Craig Madsen plans to bring about 240 goats to the highlands from his Healing Hooves ranch in Edwall, about an hour southwest of Spokane. He said goats prefer shrubs and plants with broad leaves; they also have a taste for blackberry. Madsen said his herd would begin nibbling across the highlands in early July. Another herd will come from Rent-a-Ruminant, a Vashon Island brush-clearing business. Rent-a- Ruminant owner Tammy Dunakin said goats are able to clear brush in areas that cannot be accessed safely by people or machinery. Goats eat vegetation as they clear it and they fertilize soil with their droppings. Moreover, the rumen part of the goat digestive tract sterilizes most seeds and prevents plants from spreading, she added. They re a very green alternative to using machinery, Dunakin said, adding she plans to bring about 120 goats to the highlands. Highlands residents who hope to watch the goats work will be able to do so from several vantage points. Bystanders will be able to watch herds near South Pond, adjacent to Central Park. Goats will eat across the hillside between the pond and houses on 24th Avenue. Ayers also recommended overlooks and trails on a stretch between 30th and 28th avenues where goats will work. But bystanders should stand back: Goats will be secured behind temporary electric fences. Madsen and Ayers said goats are usually wary of strangers. This is not a petting zoo, Ayers said. He said residents applauded the goat proposal since managers announced it in the monthly highlands community newspaper. People think it s a very clever idea, he said. Of course, no goats have gotten loose yet. Madsen said he plans to transport the goats across the Cascades in a double-decker trailer. After days of tending to the herd, he ll bed down in a sleeper compartment in the cab of his tractor-trailer. Madsen is familiar with the routine. Healing Hooves goats have also tackled municipal landscape projects in Auburn and Tukwila. Association managers said goats could return to the highlands for future landscape projects. We re optimistic about this project and will be considering additional treatment areas for the future, Ayers wrote in a follow-up . There are over 1,400 acres of open space here, and so far, invasive species do not have much of a foothold. Ayers said association managers considered using goats to landscape portions of the highlands for a couple of years. He said the pace of construction kept managers from calling in goats earlier. We re very excited about this, association general manager John Beaman said. Our motto up here in the Issaquah Highlands is living green. A lot of people live here because of our green philosophy. Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at , ext. 234, or Comment on this story at BY ADAM ESCHBACH Firefighters put out a brush fire June 2 in the woods behind the Issaquah School District Transportation Center, 805 Second Ave. S.E. Fire FROM PAGE A1 burning along the fenced area. He said he thought the cottonwood seed fluff could have caught on fire, then the leaves, with flames making their way into the woods next to the Rainier Boulevard Trail. The brush fire started near a portion the new 2008 Thomas buses, with regeneration exhaust systems. At first, fire and district officials thought the new exhaust systems, which eject and burn diesel inside the muffler at very hot temperatures to burn off soot, could have sparked the flames. However, the cause of the fire remains undetermined, according to Sara Niegowski, the district communications director. Fire investigators tried to recreate a situation where a bus exhaust system caused the fire, but couldn t, she said. Rittenhouse FROM PAGE A1 contenders. The last day to file for election as a write-in candidate is Aug. 17. The primary election will be held Aug. 18 and the general election is Nov. 3. In the meantime, Rittenhouse plans to help open a human services campus in Issaquah. Officials envision the campus as a central point from which to aid people in need of food, healthcare and employment. I am looking forward to continuing to work on bringing a human services campus to Issaquah, as well as spending time to refine a long-term vision for our community, Rittenhouse wrote. Rittenhouse, a Microsoft program manager, served as an alternate member of the city Planning Policy Commission before running for the Position 1 council seat. He ran for election four years ago as an opponent of the proposed Southeast Bypass. He later voted with other bypass opponents last year to kill plans for the Tiger Mountain roadway. As a councilman, Rittenhouse led the effort to cap campaign contributions for municipal candidates. His colleagues voted last month to place a $500 limit on cash and in-kind donations from a single party. Ironically, he missed the meeting due to illness. Rittenhouse said he also plans to help city officials implement eco-friendly policies. We have correctly put an emphasis on sustainability, but for Issaquah to truly be sustainable and resilient over the next generation, our goals need to holistically change, he continued. Making that happen will take some time and I want to begin developing that framework. Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at , ext. 234, or Comment on this story at Candidates FROM PAGE A1 are Marts, a Squak Mountain resident, and Nathan Perea, a member of the city Urban Village Development Commission. McCarry was appointed to the council in 1998 to fill the seat vacated by Frisinger, a former councilwoman. McCarry served until 2000, but opted not to run then. McCarry ran successfully in She will face South Cove resident Joan Probala a former chamber of commerce president in the contest for the Position 5 seat, according to county filings. Councilman John Rittenhouse, whose Position 1 seat is also open this year, decided not to run for reelection. Mullet is seeking the Position 1 seat. He serves on the board of directors for the Issaquah Highlands Community Association. The race for mayor attracted incumbent Frisinger, who had earlier announced her intentions to seek another term. Frisinger was first elected mayor in 1997 after serving as a city councilwoman. All city voters will cast ballots for municipal positions. Candidates are not required to live within a particular district to run for a specific council seat. Three candidates are running for two open Issaquah School Board positions. Marnie Maraldo, president of the Newcastle Elementary School PTSA, and Wright A. Noel, an attorney at Issaquah law firm Carson & Noel, are running for the Director District 2 position, which serves the south end of the district or schools in the Liberty High School attendance area. Connie Fletcher, who holds the District 2 position and has served on the board since 1993, opted not to run for re-election. Director District 4 incumbent Chad Magendanz will run unopposed. Magendanz was appointed to the position in October. He serves the areas in the southeast corner of the district, including the highlands, Preston, Mirrormont and Tiger Mountain. Although all voters within the Issaquah School District vote for the positions, school board candidates must live within the boundaries of their director districts to be eligible for the post. Some Issaquah voters will also cast ballots for other government boards. Nonpartisan seats on the Fire Protection District 10 and the Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District boards are also open. Incumbent Commissioner Mike Mitchell filed for re-election to his District 10 post. He will run unopposed. The district includes Klahanie, Preston, Carnation, Tiger Mountain and May Valley. Incumbent Commissioner Mary Shustov will run unopposed for her Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District position. The other open seat attracted two candidates who have been vying since February for a seat on the board. Longtime Commissioner Steve Stevlingson held the open seat until he missed several meetings due to illness and was removed from the board by his fellow commissioners. Robert Abbott and Stan Stone both applied for the vacant position in February. They were finalists during the interview process. But commissioners were unable to select a new board member in a timely manner. The decision then fell to King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who has not chosen who will hold the post until the election. Countywide, more than 500 candidates filed for 331 county, city and local taxing district positions on the ballot. Reporter J.B. Wogan contributed to this story. Comment on it at Corrections In a May 20 article titled Sunny Hills Art Fair a scene to remember, Monica Rockwell should have been identified as the Art Fair chair for the event. In the Free Time! Recreation Guide published June 3, the time of the Concerts on the Green was incorrect. 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