Salmon Days Festival 2011 / Oct. 1, 2011

October 1, 2011

Salmon Days Festival returns to downtown Issaquah

October 1, 2011

Girl Scout Troop 42127 members ride on a flatbed truck decorated with salmon Saturday during the annual Salmon Days Festival Grande Parade. By Greg Farrar

UPDATED — 12:50 p.m. Oct. 1, 2011

The ode to salmon migration, Issaquah’s iconic Salmon Days Festival, returns to downtown Issaquah on Saturday.

The festival is expected to lure more than 100,000 attendees to the city Saturday and Sunday for a parade, carnival games, street snacks, arts and crafts, and, of course, a chance to see migrating chinook in Issaquah Creek.

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Spot Salmon Days’ Roving Fish Fan for prizes

October 1, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 1, 2011

Find the Roving Fish Fan at the Salmon Days Festival to reel in prizes from the pun-happy festival’s ohfishal spawnsors.

Spot the Roving Fish Fan at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday.

If you find the Roving Fish Fan first at the different locations at the festival, he or she then tells you a booth number or offers you a 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. Find clues on Facebook, too.

Use the hashtag #SalmonDays to join the festival on Twitter.

Roving Fish Fan prizes include $100 gift certificates to Virginia Mason Medical Center’s MediSpa, plus prizes from BECU, Swedish/Issaquah, Orthopedic Physician Associates, CleanScapes, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Coldwell Banker Bain and Seattle Children’s.

Salmon Days offers much more fare than fish

October 1, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 1, 2011

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

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.

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Hatchery salmon make ultimate sacrifice for species’ survival

October 1, 2011

Concrete troughs hold young hatchery-bred salmon at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Contributed

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 1, 2011

There are steps in the process that may not be pretty, but it’s all aimed at aiding in the survival of Pacific salmon.

In hopes of eventually releasing millions of young salmon back into local waters, workers and volunteers at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery harvest nearly 2,000 mature chinook and coho salmon annually. They also take in kokanee from Lake Sammamish.

The chinook and coho check into the hatchery via Issaquah Creek. This year, the first fish arrived Aug. 23. Those tabbed to help with ushering in a new generation don’t check out.

Some people are surprised to learn mature salmon are killed for artificial breeding purposes, admitted Darin Combs, hatchery manager. Visitors can watch the fish being collected and processed. Combs said somewhat surprisingly to him, adults have the strongest negative reactions. Children aren’t as offended, sometimes asking to see the fish remains. The important thing to remember, Combs said, is that all salmon — males and females — die after spawning.

The first salmon to reach the hatchery are chinooks. Biologically driven to go upstream to spawn, the fish only have one way to go once they reach the facility, Combs said, and that is up the hatchery fish ladder and into holding ponds. The first harvest of male and female chinooks is completed in late September.

“You have to get your hands on the fish,” Combs said. “So you get in the water in your waders and you grab the fish by the tail one at a time.”

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Entertainment options abound on Salmon Days stages

October 1, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 1, 2011

From blues to bluegrass, folk to funk, and rock to R&B, musicians cover a broad spectrum on Salmon Days Festival stages.

The action is spread across five stages situated throughout the festival grounds.

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Skyline Spartans score early, often in Redmond rout

September 30, 2011

NEW — 11 p.m. Sept. 30, 2011

The Skyline Spartans looked its usual self at home Friday night, scoring early and often on its way to a 56-17 rout of the Redmond Mustangs.

The team improved to 3-2 on the season.

Skyline quarterback Max Browne completed 15 of 19 pass attempts for 215 yards and three touchdowns, while backup quarterback Nate Gibson completed all seven of his passes and two touchdowns.

Running back Damian Greene ran eight times for 52 yards and receiver Mason Gregory finished with four catches for 69 yards. Altogether, Skyline compiled 428 yards of offense, scoring 21 in the first quarter, 28 in the second and easing off with just one touchdown in the second half.

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Police locate Issaquah gunman’s abandoned car at airport

September 30, 2011

NEW — 6:15 p.m. Sept. 30, 2011

Port of Seattle police located Issaquah gunman Ronald W. Ficker’s abandoned car in a Seattle-Tacoma International Airport parking garage Friday, ending a six-day search for the missing vehicle.

Investigators started searching for Ficker’s silver Hyundai Accent not long after the gunman died in a hail of gunfire from Issaquah police officers Sept. 24. Ficker  rented a similar vehicle — a silver Kia Forte sedan — and drove to Issaquah.

Investigators said Ficker, 51, rented the Kia sedan at 11. a.m. Sept. 23 from a Seattle car rental counter near the airport. Police said he put about 450 miles on the vehicle before he abandoned the sedan at a downtown Issaquah intersection. (The vehicle has California license plates.)

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School board delays bond ballot question, changes project line-up

September 30, 2011

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30, 2011

After roughly four hours of discussion, the Issaquah School Board voted 4-1 to place a revamped $219 million capital improvement bond package before voters.

But in a decision that came earlier in the course of their regular meeting Wednesday, the board voted unanimously to mount the levy in April instead of February as previously planned.

The issue will appear on ballots for an April 17 election. In 2014, voters also may decide a capital improvement levy — not a bond issue — to pay for some items removed from the original proposal for the 2012 bond question.

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Vote Liberty High School as area’s most spirited school

September 30, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Sept. 30 2011

The Liberty High School band is looking to get the school selected as the most spirited school in the area.

Voting is being done online. The balloting is part of Evening Magazine’s Best of  Western Washington contest.

Learn more or cast your vote at http://best.king5.com. Voting ends Oct. 9.

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