Snoqualmie Tribe becomes Salmon Days Title Spawnsor

September 23, 2014

Earlier this year, the Salmon Days Festival was in need of a new Title Spawnsor. As one of the largest events in the state, we knew it wouldn’t be difficult to attract a large corporation that wanted the exposure, but our ideal partner was a local organization that shared our love and support of salmon.

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Sammy the Salmon seeks Salmon Days festival volunteers

September 23, 2014

The growth of the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival requires more people to help put on the award-winning community celebration Oct. 4-5.

About 100 people are still needed to help the more than 150,000 people who typically come to the festival each year.

Volunteer shifts are available in areas such as the children’s favorite Field of Fun, festival set up, retail support, transportation logistics and more.

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Volunteers needed for fall cyclist, walker count

September 23, 2014

During a three-day survey last year, volunteers counted nearly 66,000 bicyclists and pedestrians across Washington.

About 400 volunteers are needed again this fall to tally the number of people who bike or walk to their destinations.

For the seventh annual survey, Washington State Department of Transportation and the Cascade Bicycle Club are enlisting volunteers and organizations to help count people they see bicycling and walking along paths, bike lanes, sidewalks and other facilities from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Counts will be taken at assigned locations in nearly 40 cities throughout the state.

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Passport services go on holiday schedule

September 23, 2014

If your plans include international travel, prepare for holiday schedule changes to local passport services.

  • Due to Veterans Day, passport services will be available Nov. 10.
  • Due to Thanksgiving, passport services will be available Nov. 24-25.
  • Due to Christmas, passport services will be available Dec. 22-23.

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Issaquah makes top 10 best place to live list

September 23, 2014

Issaquah is one of the state’s best cities to live in, according to financial education website

The Eastside suburb comes in at No. 3 on the top 10 list based on five key factors: odds of being a victim of violent crime, average commute time, average income, percentage of residents who completed some college and number of restaurants per capita.

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Issaquah police investigate stranger who approached student

September 23, 2014

NEW — 11:49 a.m. Sept. 23, 2014

Issaquah police are investigating an incident where a stranger reportedly approached an Issaquah Middle School student this morning on Newport Way.

“The incident happened as the student was walking to school on Newport Way at 7:30 a.m.,” Issaquah Middle School Principal Seth Adams wrote in an email to parents. “A white male described as 50-60 years old, thin, balding with greying hair, marks on his forehead and cheeks, no glasses or facial hair, and driving a newer black Lincoln stopped on the road next to the student.

“It was reported he leaned over, opened the passenger door and said, ‘Get in the car.’ The student did exactly the right thing. She said no, ran away and notified her family.”

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Art by Heart comes to Salmon Days

September 23, 2014

Art by Heart, a nonprofit organization founded by three ninth-graders at Skyline High School, interacts with children with different abilities while spreading awareness about such conditions to the community.

Art by Heart will bring awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder by partnering with the Autism Society of Washington at the Salmon Days Festival Oct. 4-5.

Join these teens at Art By Heart booth No. 653 in the Field of Fun area from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. In addition to learning and spreading awareness about autism, there will be face-painting, drawing, quizzes and a raffle.

Learn more here.


King County Elections debuts Instagram campaign for National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 23

September 22, 2014

NEW — Noon Sept. 22, 2014

National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 23, and election officials remind residents that now is a good time to be sure your voter registration is updated and encourage eligible citizens to register to vote.

In addition, King County Elections has launched an Instagram campaign to encourage voter registration in a new, fun way. Voters can take a “selfie” with a sign saying “I’m registered to vote, are you?”

Tag your photos #kceNVRD and @kcelections and your photo could be featured on its Instagram feed.

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Check out the salmon at several locations

September 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 22, 2014

Spot the Spawners in the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed this fall.

Salmon are returning to streams and rivers around Puget Sound. Watch for these natural beauties at the viewing sites around the watersheds as they make their seasonal journey. Local viewpoints include:

Lake Sammamish State Park — 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, through October. Learn more here.  

Issaquah Creek — Self-guided tours along the creek, culminating at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, through Nov. 16. Learn more here.

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Calling all zombies for downtown walk

September 21, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 21, 2014

The fifth annual Issaquah Zombie Walk returns to downtown Issaquah from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 18.

Zombies of all ages are invited to rise up and meet at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., to creep through downtown and finish with a flash-mob dance performance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on the steps of City Hall.

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