Salmon Days Festival / Oct. 6-7, 2012

October 6, 2012

Hatchery celebrates 75 years as Salmon Days returns

October 6, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 6, 2012

Salmon Days draws an average of 150,000 visitors to the streets of Issaquah. However, over the course of the fall season, between 9,000 and 10,000 students alone journey from all over the Puget Sound region to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery to learn more about the star of the show.

Celebrating its 75th year in operation, the hatchery has evolved to include more learning opportunities for the young and young-at-heart. Bringing that history lesson to the masses via PowerPoint is Jane Kuechle, hatchery executive director.

The hatchery site actually was once part of the aptly named City Park, connected to downtown Issaquah via a wooden bridge over Issaquah Creek. The park, with its bandstand and speaking platform, played host to holiday celebrations and many a family picnic along the creek.

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Spot Salmon Days’ Roving Fish Fan for prizes

October 6, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 6, 2012

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 on Saturday and Sunday for a chance to win.

Find real-time clues to find the Roving Fish Fan on Twitter to find out what he or she is wearing, and learn secret clue words to become a winner.

The first person to find the Roving Fish Fan at different locations within the festival is provided with a booth number or business card to claim a prize.

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

King County Elections to open Saturday for voter registration

October 5, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 5, 2012

King County Elections is open Saturday to accommodate high volumes of voter registrations and updates to voter registration information.

The elections office, 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. so voters can register and update information in person. Saturday is the deadline for mail-in registrations and updates. Monday is the deadline for online registrations and updates.

Monday is Columbus Day, but the elections office and the Voter Registration Annex, 500 Fourth Ave., Room 311, Seattle, remain open for voters.

The elections office is usually open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The annex is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Department of Natural Resources extends burn ban — again

October 4, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. Oct. 4, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources took the unprecedented step of extending the statewide burn ban through Oct. 15, more than a week after the earlier burn ban extension had been set to expire.

Officials attributed the longer ban to a prolonged stretch of unusually dry weather in Western Washington since July and extreme risk of wildfire.

The ban on outdoor burning applies to all Department of Natural Resources-protected public, private and tribal lands, including Tiger Mountain State Forest near Issaquah.

National Weather Service forecasters expect the current danger of extreme fire weather in Western Washington to continue into the weekend. Washington has had no measurable rain in August, and September ranked as the third driest on record.

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Skyline High threat suspect faces felony harassment charge

October 4, 2012

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Oct. 4, 2012

King County prosecutors filed a felony harassment charge Thursday against the 16-year-old Edmonds boy connected to the online shooting threat against Skyline High School.

Police said Parker N. Mace posted the Skyline threat on the online bulletin board 4chan just before midnight Sept. 19. Issaquah School District officials closed Skyline the next day and raced to notify parents into the early morning hours.

The maximum penalty for felony harassment is up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

On Wednesday, King County Chief Juvenile Court Judge Helen Halpert ordered electronic home detention and restricted computer access for Mace.

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October, Disaster Preparedness Month, includes earthquake drill

October 4, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 4, 2012

October is Disaster Preparedness Month in Washington.

In a Disaster Preparedness Month proclamation, Gov. Chris Gregoire urged residents to take appropriate actions to prepare for future emergencies. The observance also includes a statewide drop, cover and hold earthquake drill.

The drill, dubbed the Great Washington ShakeOut, is scheduled for 10:18 a.m. Oct. 18. The regional earthquake exercise includes participants in California, Idaho, Oregon and across the border in British Columbia.

The effort is designed to emphasize the importance of emergency preparedness at home, school and the workplace.

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King County parks host GPS-driven treasure hunt

October 4, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 4, 2012

King County Parks is launching a GPS-driven treasure hunt on Cougar Mountain to recognize land protected in the last 30 years.

Starting Saturday, participants can join the King County Conservation Futures GeoTour. The treasure hunt to 20 King County Parks cache sites is designed to raise awareness about the 111,000 acres of land the Conservation Futures Program has preserved in the last 30 years.

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Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day comes to Duthie Hill Park

October 4, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 4, 2012

Duthie Hill Park hosts Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, as Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and Cascade Bicycle Club offer a free mountain biking event.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and includes trail riding, a children’s obstacle course, a jump show from local and pro riders, a free barbecue and prizes at the park near Issaquah. The event is open to all ages, and parents can ride with children.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is a yearly celebration meant to encourage communities around the globe to join together and ride mountain bikes with youths. In 2011, the Duthie Hill Park event hosted more than 100 children.

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Issaquah’s Lakemont Orchard Apartments sell for $39.5 million

October 4, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 4, 2012

Issaquah’s Lakemont Orchard Apartments sold last month for $39.5 million, according to King County property records.

MainStay Investments, a division of New York Life Insurance Co., bought the 17-building complex from Invesco, a Dallas-based investment firm. The complex includes 201 units at 18305 S.E. Newport Way, near the Issaquah-Bellevue city line.

The complex opened in 1992. Invesco bought the apartment complex for about $21 million in 1998, according to county property records.

Issaquah annexed the area from King County in the 2006 Greenwood Point-South Cove annexation. The annexation extended city boundaries to include about 3,700 people.

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