Logging company files new application for Squak Mountain

April 5, 2013

NEW — at 1:59 p.m., April 5 2012

Erickson Logging Inc. turned in a new application to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, seeking logging rights to Squak Mountain on April 2, not two weeks after the removal of their first.

The revised forest practices application differentiates itself from the former in several key areas. The most notable change is the halving of projected harvest acreage, from 195 acres of the parcel’s available 216 to 95 acres. It also stipulates that the steep gradient of the land will necessitate extra equipment, something the previous application failed to list. In addition, the proposed road construction needed was greatly reduced, from 3,800 to 1,900 feet.

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“Influence the Choice” video contest winner announced

April 5, 2013

A winner was announced on April 2 for the “Influence the Choice” video contest, led by the Issaquah Community Network and Drug Free Community Coalitions.

Issaquah High School student Hannah Balducci won the grand prize of $800 from her submission of a produced two minute video that tried to influence friends and other teenagers to resist using alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs.

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Newcastle geography bee champ heads to state

April 4, 2013

NEW — 2:55 p.m. April 4, 2013

Newcastle Elementary School geography bee champ Nathan Jackson (left) qualified as a state semifinalist.

Newcastle Elementary School crowned fifth-grader Nathan Jackson as the school’s geography bee champion at the end of November. Read more

Issaquah Plays in High School Classic Baseball Game / March 30, 2013

April 3, 2013

Issaquah Sammamish Home and Garden Show Registration Form

April 3, 2013

The 2nd Annual Home and Garden Show will be held Saturday May 11, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pickering Barn.

Each year the Issaquah Press group of newspapers hosts a home and garden show that allows local community members the opportunity to get to know your services and products you have to offer.

The show is held in conjunction with the weekly Issaquah Farmers Market the day before Mother’s Day when foot traffic at Pickering Place is at its highest.

Vendor space is limited to less than 25 booths and go fast, so sign up quickly.

A full-color program with ads for each vendor will be distributed to 30,000 homes in Issaquah and Sammamish via the award-winning Issaquah Press and Sammamish newspapers.

Each vendor receives a 10’ x 15’ space inside Pickering Barn.
Registration also includes a Full-color quarter-page ad (5” x 5”) in the event program.

Space is very limited!

Reserve your space today by filling out the form below or by contacting us at 425-392-6434.

Business/Organization Name
Contact Full Name
Phone Number
Organization Address (billing)
Yes, I need an electrical outlet for my booth.
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What products will you have available for purchase at the show? (must be approved)
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Let’s Go! April 4-10

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Council approves easement for dam renovation project

April 2, 2013

Contributed The Issaquah Creek dam, which sits about a half-mile upstream from the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and diverts a portion of the water to rearing ponds at the hatchery, is seen in a recent photo.

The Issaquah Creek dam, which sits about a half-mile upstream from the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and diverts a portion of the water to rearing ponds at the hatchery, is seen in a recent photo.

Overhaul on a 60-year-old dam in Issaquah Creek required an easement of land ownership from the City Council at its March 18 meeting.

Working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife since 2007, the city has mapped out most of the logistics in turning an aging, uninviting water maintenance tool into an accessible fish ladder that still diverts the water needed for the nearby stated-owned hatchery. Through past natural damage and structural weakness, the dam is in critical need of attention.

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New pope galvanizes local Catholics

April 2, 2013

As much of the world knows, Cardinals in the Vatican elected a new pope March 13 and local churches celebrated the news.

Pope Francis, the taken name of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, stands out from the church’s 2,000-year tradition in a number of ways. Not only is he the first to take the name Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi, but he is also the first pope raised from the Jesuit order.

Most notably, the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires is the first South American to become the Holy See. Previously, Cardinals elected leaders of the Catholic Church exclusively from European countries.

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Season’s first bears are spotted locally

April 2, 2013

Welcoming back spring also means welcoming back bears.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife heard the first spring reports of bears in the Issaquah and North Bend area during the week of March 18. Though wildlife appearance is a little early for the season, the department credited the abnormally mild winter with disrupting regular hibernation habits. That means regions of Issaquah should begin looking out for the scavenging animals.

“The Issaquah Highlands and Mirrormont are probably one of our biggest focus areas,” said Rich Beausoleil, department bear and cougar specialist.

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White River purchase leaves logging opponents optimistic

April 2, 2013

While King County’s recent purchase of development rights for 43,000 acres in the White River Forest may sound like bad news for proponents trying to save Squak Mountain from logging, it could be a positive sign.

With Erickson Logging operators planning to harvest the 216 acres soon, local residents and downstream property owners have shown increasing concern for the effects logging would have on the ecology and value of living in the area.

On March 21, the county paid $11.1 million to the Hancock Timber Resources Group for the development rights to the forest south of Enumclaw.

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