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ng tor g 2;.- § E I ' I 9 e a a : actwrties . afiim a, a 2: . , g a. 2;; City s m BIRD ' Recreation -" l . full of helped a “‘5' of Mgugto iIDE 2:3 : bird 1“ tside. ’EADS _/ had to 5" glint ha onfined to' he chimnel' ‘JBSCRIPTION: $22 PER YEAR * oard : onders hoolS’ j ture m. ivailable a E REAMER REPORTER °?d with several difficult deci- “1 the wake of the May 19 election failure, the lssaquah ‘1 Board asked publicly for I." I.“ and comments last week. h l " second-time loss of a bond i“ 00 10 build more schools and a ' 010gy levy to continue the dis- Minis"er g Computer programs could “we r ’ slaff layoffs, crowded class- martial-90 year-round scheduling and " 11g resources thin, school ‘ i‘ 8 Suggested. "" immediately, the district :H deGide what to do with the staff erS whose salaries are paid “an ‘1‘ 1y with $200,000 from the 9' Issaq logy levy. The levy expires at 09 ;' 0f the year. ’0‘ addition, development of the ony Meating .W. MALL 9 budget had depended on 1 ~ 'I in the new technology levy ' technology specialists at each It; That capital money would h." een matched With $150,000 day, June 17, , Administration Building Cl Call 837-7004 LA Special work session was ‘2! .1112: for 5 pm. June 17 to i '. dd 'd t fir; {Issues'eCl eon echnology and [P V- elboard also will have to make lWSH r t dSlug-term decisions about :Him “‘0 in lrfiction it will pursue to A-Méide ‘ i Odate rapidly growing an s ent. Of immediate concern l. 4 v 2 ‘her the district should contin— l “tile three land transactions in 5 IS involved currently, using . from its $23 million capital ,3. es fund. Without money to 'pew schools in the future, v “.i°n of land could be delayed llfated, Superintendent Janet 8Elld. competing interests’ 5.. . have three very strong and l L, gazing interests for those funds,” ve- .~ d 0f the capital facilities 11" 3 f3. ’ which includes state match— " a} ersa developer impact fees and ‘1, Contingency money from ,j aCPtlstruction projects. dltion to land purchases, C- r“pairs at existing schools, ‘itt‘citlon of a new school at . S and the installation of . lTables all seek a share of the ! j“ 8",“ of the growth pressure, 9 [/V t“ the board-will need to due n if the district should .- ion t0 fund new school con— ; Qt ' 9r if it should move in dlrection, such as filling uildings with more' stu- a year-round, multi-track . e . . . . . sing ‘” ‘I ebol' With double-shifting or 2211x230 1 . ‘ 0undaries. , See Schools, page A2 SERVING ()UR COMMUNI'I‘Y smcic 1900 Fun at the lake this weekend COMPLETE PROGRAM INSIDE THE ISSAQUAH P RESS VOL. 98, No. 22 - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 1998 Murder trial set for man who once pled guilty STACY GOODMAN PRESS REPORTER A man who pleaded guilty to the brutal murder and attempted murder of local residents nearly five years ago is going to trial June 16. The state Court of Appeals ruled on May 27 that Steven Eckman could withdraw his guilty plea because statements made by a prose- cutor during the original sentencing hearing were prejudicial. Eckman was charged with beat— ing Tom Horn in the head with a lead—crystal vase about 6 am. on Oct. 18, 1993, and slitting the throat of Hom’s wife, Joelee, at the Horns’ Issa- quah apartment. E c k m a n ’ s g i r 1 f r i e n d , Kimberly Talley, was charged as a co-defendant. Joelee sur- vived. But Horn, ‘ then 27 years old, lapsed into a coma and died two days later of massive TOM HORN 1993 murder victim head injuries. Eckman and Talley, who had been living in their car, had been invited to spend the night by Horn, who met the pair at a local tavern. The alleged motive was robbery. Police found two leather coats, a sleeping bag and fanny pack in the suspects’ car. Four missing rings never were found. Eckman, who had been serving an almost-47-year sentence at Walla Walla State Penitentiary, now is being held in King County Jail on $500,000 bail. The appeal doesn’t affect Talley, ' ,Hom’sfmov ; er looks-to put together a suppdrt group for victims of violent crimes A3 who is serving nine years for attempted first-degree murder. “It’s just like .he got arrested and bail was set,” said lssaquah police Sgt. Stan Conrad, one of the original investigators. He called it a “classic case of technicalities.” He also said that Eckman could fare worse because he now will stand trial on robbery charges as well. “He could get more time,” Conrad said. lssaquah police are having to find more than 20 witnesses, some of whom no longer live in lssaquah, and prepare to go to trial in King County Superior Court on a five— year-old case. “Memories fade, and we’ve actu— ally disposed of some evidence,” Conrad said. During last year’s move of the police department to temporary quarters at City Hall South, the King County Prosecutor’s Office advised that some of the evidence could be thrown away, he said. “We know what we have and what we don’t,” Conrad said. “We’ve retained the crucial evidence,” such as the alleged murder weapon. Hom’s mother, lssaquah resident See Trial, page A3 Council approves bid on jail station STACY GOODMAN PRESS REPORTER The new police station will be ready for occupancy in 14 months. The City Council last week unani- mously approved the project that now is a year behind schedule with a cost nearly double its original budget. The $11.34 millionfacility will include a jail, gun range, expanded parking lot and office space for City Hall employees to move back downtown. “We’re looking forward to the start of construction,” said police Chief Dag Garrison. “We’re really happy with the results of reworking the budget. Ecstatic is the word.” George Sollitt Corp. in Mountlake Terrace was awarded a contract of nearly $8 million. The council put off authorizing the remaining contract of $1.2 million. That’s the estimated cost to finish the second floor, and renovate several The $11.34 million facility will include a jail, gun range, expanded parking lot and office space for City Hall employees to move back downtown. other downtown buildings and find more parking in preparation for retuming all City Hall departments downtown. The space needed for the 73 employees includes offices above the police station, the city—owned Aum and Monte houses, City Hall South and possibly the Senior Center when it moves to a vacated library. Councilor Maureen McCarry, in particular, questioned whether the city had set aside enOugh money for See Jail, page A2 ast Village chanes may include fire station STACY GOODMAN PRESS REPORTER A second lssaquah fire station might finally take up residence at East Village on Cougar Mountain. The proposed 1,800-home resi- dential community currently is working its way through the devel- opment process. There were recent “fine tunings” in the layout of the urban village, in response to the draft environmental- impact statement (DEIS) and com- . The city identified a need for a second fire station on the northwest side of town in 1985. ...City officials recently abandoned the idea of building one on city-owned prop- erty next to Tibbetts Manor because of wetland issues. merits made at a public hearing in April, according to Mike Lierman, vice president of Intracorp, deve10p- er of East Village. “We’re not proposing any more residential units,” Lierman told the City Council last week. About 70 percent of East Village will remain designated for open space. One change involves an addition of about 60 acres to the 600-acre pro- ject. At least 10 of those acres are adjacent to State Route 900 and iden- tified for “community facilities.” The property could be used as mitigation for the project land for a school or fire station, Lierman said. “We’re not proposing any private development there,” Lierman said. “We know there’s sensitivity about what kind of development goes (adjacent to SR 900).” However, the site appears to fit the city’s needs for a fire station. The city identified a need for a second fire station on the northwest side of . town in 1985, and has actively searched for a site since 1994. City officials recently abandoned the idea of building one on city-owned prop- erty next to Tibbetts Manor because of wetland issues. See Station, page A2