Salmon Days Festival returns for 41st year, attracts crowd

October 2, 2010

NEW — 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 2010

The opening day of the Salmon Days Festival attracted tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Issaquah under gray skies and in a cool, early fall temperatures to a celebration the annual salmon migration.

The festival returned Saturday for a 41st year, as Issaquah residents and out-of-towners packed the cordoned-off downtown to browse booths packed with artwork and snacks.

Festivalgoers crammed the bridge across Issaquah Creek at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery to watch chinook fight the current.

The festival opener — the Grande Parade — attracted almost 100 entrants, including high school marching bands, phalanxes of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, supporters of nonprofit organizations, and representatives from the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival and other Evergreen State events.

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Why do salmon counts vary from year to year?

October 2, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Oct. 2, 2010

Salmon populations have booms and busts, just like the stock market. And, like the market, some salmon are experiencing a recession of sorts — some of it due to natural causes, and others because of human-related factors.

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery docents learned about salmon population trends during a training session Sept. 11 in preparation for tours and Issaquah’s biggest festival of the year, Salmon Days.

“We’re always trying to give our docents a little something extra,” said Gestin Suttle, executive director of Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. “We’re always trying to learn more about the salmon. We always get questions that delve a little deeper into conditions.”

About 50 volunteers listened as Ed Connor, an aquatic ecologist with Seattle City Light, wheeled through a PowerPoint presentation and congratulated them on their perceptive questions regarding fish.

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Chow down on festival food and other goodies at Salmon Days

October 2, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. Oct. 2, 2010


Despite the name, the Salmon Days Festival is about a lot more than fish. (Though the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah prepares a lovely grilled coho.)

Find other festival treats throughout Salmon Days and at Foods of the World near the historic Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. Think barbecued beef, gyros Philly-style cheese steaks, tacos and Thai noodles, plus corndogs and funnel cakes aplenty.

Stop by Gibson Park, along Newport Way Southwest across from the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, for the Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue.

Kiwanians grill fresh coho salmon and serve up lunch and dinner to festival-goers. The event also serves as a major fundraiser for the service organization, and  all proceeds go to the organizations the Kiwanis Club supports.

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October 2, 2010

Salmon Days raffle benefits Issaquah food pantry

October 2, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 2, 2010

Stop by the DownTown Issaquah Association booth at the Salmon Days Festival — and help the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

Look for the association booth in front of the historic Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., and enter a $1 raffle to win a soon-to-be-famous stainless barbecue grill, plus baskets loaded with items donated by Issaquah businesses. Watts Properties donated the grill.

Proceeds benefit the food bank.

Overall, more than 50 nonprofit groups and service organizations participate in the festival. Salmon Days serves as a major fundraising activity for the year. Proceeds raised at the festival then get put to work in Issaquah and other Eastside communities.

The Issaquah Press receives more than 25 journalism, service honors

October 2, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 2, 2010

The Issaquah Press has received statewide recognition for community service efforts to raise awareness about the Tent City 4 homeless encampment.

The paper documented the camp from the relocation announcement in November 2009 to the day residents settled at Community Church of Issaquah in January until Tent City 4 departed for Kirkland in late April.

The effort earned the 110-year-old publication the top community service award in the Washington Newspaper Publisher Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The Press, alongside sister publications Sammamish Review and SnoValley Star, picked up more than 25 journalism and service awards Friday night at the association’s annual conference in Wenatchee.

The award haul reflected a broad range of coverage by the publications.

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Skyline swimmers win battle of champions

October 1, 2010

NEW — 11:40 a.m. Oct. 1, 2010

Katie Kinnear won two events and swam on a winning relay Thursday as she led the Skyline High School girls swim team to a dramatic 95-91 nonleague victory against host Mercer Island at Mary Wayte Pool.

The meet pitted Skyline, the defending 4A state champions, against Mercer Island, the defending 3A state champions.

Skyline, which hasn’t lost a dual meet since 2008, got victories from Kinnear, Meghan O’Keefe, Maria Volodkevich and Stephanie Munoz.

Kinnear won the 100 freestyle in 52:02 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 57:39. She was the leadoff swimmer on Skyline’s winning 200 medley relay, which posted a time of 1:51.47. Jessie Dart, Nina Zook and Volodkevich were other members of the relay.

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Find the Roving Fish Fan and win Salmon Days prizes

October 1, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 1, 2010

Seek out the Roving Fish Fan at the Salmon Days Festival — and reel in prizes from ohfishal spawnsors.

Spot the Roving Fish Fan at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

If you find the Roving Fish Fan first at the different locations at the festival, he or she will provide you with a booth number or business card to claim a prize.

Find real-time clues to find the Roving Fish Fan on Twitter. Use the hashtag #FishFan to track him or her, find out what he or she is wearing, and learn secret words to become a winner.

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Registration remains open for Issaquah Run at Salmon Days

October 1, 2010

NEW — 9:55 a.m. Oct. 1, 2010

Runners can still reserve a spot in the 34th annual Issaquah Run at Salmon Days on Sunday.

Participants can run in the 10K race, the 5K run/walk/crawl or the 1K kids dash. Some of the proceeds benefit the nonprofit Issaquah Schools Foundation. The race is produced by the Issaquah Rotary Club.

Register Saturday at Issaquah FootZone, 755 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite J, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Or register on race day near the starting line. The starting line is near Sports Authority, 1185 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Find registration fees here.

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Mayor unveils proposed 2011 city budget Monday

October 1, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 1, 2010

Mayor Ava Frisinger plans to roll out a proposed 2011 city budget Monday night and outline spending priorities after a year of cost-cutting measures.

Frisinger is due to present the proposal to the City Council at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The council meets in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.

The announcement launches at least a month of deliberations between council members and city staffers to produce a final budget.

The process starts Tuesday night, as leaders from nonprofit organizations — Village Theatre, DownTown Issaquah Association, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Issaquah Historical Society, Issaquah Valley Senior Center and AtWork! — present requests to the council. City department chiefs present budgets to the council Oct. 13 and 20.

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