State opens mountain bike trail on Tiger Mountain

September 5, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 5, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources opened a mountain bike trail in Tiger Mountain State Forest on Wednesday.

The 1.4-mile East Tiger Summit Mountain Bike Trail is the first new mountain bike trail built on Tiger Mountain in 20 years.

The state joined the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance on the project. Crews from the Department of Natural Resources, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Washington Conservation Corps — as well as volunteers — dedicated hundreds of hours to support the project.

The trail is accessible from the Tiger Summit Trailhead along state Route 18 southeast of Issaquah.

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Motorists should prepare for East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast lane closures

September 5, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 5, 2012

Motorists should prepare for lane closures on East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast near the roundabout at Southeast 43rd Way.

Nighttime crews plan to continue paving portions of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday.

Though crews do not plan to completely close the roads, motorists should expect possible delays from lane closures.

Issaquah company is finalist for small business honor

September 5, 2012

NEW — 3:35 p.m. Sept. 5, 2012

Issaquah-based Trans-NET Inc., a shipping company focused on Far East ports in Russia, is a finalist for a countywide small business honor, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Wednesday.

The company is nominated in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category alongside Seattle-based Enprecis and Kent-based Pacific Metallurgical.

Trans-NET Inc. is the only Issaquah business nominated. In the inaugural awards last year, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in won Minority Small Business of the Year. Trans-NET Inc. received a nomination in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category last year, too.

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Salmon Days Festival fun launches with volunteer sign-up party

September 5, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 5, 2012

Salmon Days Festival organizers need volunteers to staff the annual celebration.

The festival staff is hosting a volunteer sign-up party at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Participants receive a free dinner and a the Ohfishal Salmon Days volunteer T-shirt.

Participants can sign up to take to man a Salmon Days booth, serve as a Refuse Ranger or drive a shuttle bus.

The opportunity to volunteer at Salmon Days is open to everybody age 8 and older, though children should be accompanied by adult volunteers.

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No. 1 Skyline Spartans defeat No. 5 Bothell Cougars, 33-21

September 4, 2012

Nic Sblendorio, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, makes it onto three highlight reels as he eludes Bothell’s Sam McPherson on his 60-yard punt return touchdown during the second quarter. By Greg Farrar

In the moments with the game on the line, when a play here or there could have been decisive, the Skyline High School team kept its cool like a team that had been there before.

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Jack Gellatly rushes Issaquah High School Eagles to first win

September 4, 2012

Issaquah High School’s football season opener was scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 31, but neither team showed up until the third quarter. Fortunately for Eagles head coach Chris Bennett, running back Jack Gellatly was the one who woke up, leading the Eagles to a 24-13 win over Interlake.

Gellatly had three rushing touchdowns for the night and ran for more than 80 yards en route to the Eagles’ first victory of the year. The first Gellatly score came right off the bat on the Eagles first drive.

“We went down and scored on our first possession and then after that to be honest we weren’t very good,” Bennett said. “We were kind of our own worst enemy. I can’t tell you how many turnovers we had. When you turn the ball over like that you don’t win, so we feel very fortunate to win. But we just couldn’t get going. We threw the picks, and in the run game we’d get a run here or there. Give credit to Interlake and their coaching staff, they did a nice job.”

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Turnovers plague Liberty High School Patriots in season opener

September 4, 2012

Coming into the season, Liberty High School head coach Steve Valach stressed the importance of fundamentals for his young Patriots squad, in particular, taking care of the football.

But it was turnovers that put Liberty in the hole early, as the Patriots fell to Eastside Catholic, 41-14, in their season opener.

On the very first play of the game, Liberty fumbled the ball to the Crusaders. Eastside Catholic capitalized on the turnover for a quick score. The Patriots would go on to turn the ball over three more times, with two fumbles and an interception in the game.

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2012 Issaquah/Sammamish Amateur Photo Contest winners

September 4, 2012

Issaquah School District football preview ’12

September 4, 2012

Issaquah High School roster

Liberty High School roster

Skyline High School roster

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery celebrates 75 years

September 4, 2012

See salmon, Snoqualmie carver at open house

Members of Girl Scout Troop 200 and some Canadian Girl Scout guests sit at the edge of one of the fish ponds Oct. 3, 1970, during a tour of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery given by Mayor Keith Hansen (far left) during the first Salmon Festival. File

Salmon reached the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery late last month, but the arrival is not the only celebration at the downtown landmark.

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