Get a photo with mermaid at aquarium workshop

August 19, 2014

The Issaquah Petco team will host an aquarium workshop, including a special guest mermaid, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23.

The mermaid will be there to discuss and answer questions about marine biology, teach guests how to set up a new aquarium and best ways to keep aquariums clean and healthy.

People who attend the event will also be able to take photos with the mermaid and learn about local ecosystems.

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Wally & The Beaves perform, costume contest at tonight’s Concert on the Green

August 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 19, 2014

Wally & The Beaves bring back the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll to the Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 19 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m.; bring a blanket. Music is from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so come early to stake out your spot.

Wally & The Beaves, six of the most respected artists and musicians in the Pacific Northwest, formed in spring 2011. The band’s unique show has been gaining a loyal following since.

Each member of the band brings a bit of humor by dressing like well-known iconic characters from the era, from Buddy Holly to Susie Q.

In honor of the decade known for poodle skirts and leather jackets, Rowley Properties Inc. is sponsoring a 1950’s fashion contest during the concert.

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Taco Time grand opening to benefit FISH

August 18, 2014

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 18, 2014

The city’s second Taco Time franchise will host a special opening day fundraiser Aug. 20.

A portion of proceeds raised from the new restaurant that day will go toward the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, which helps to safely bring the salmon home every year.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and is at 5611 221st Place S.E., across the street from Brown Bear Car Wash.

Volunteer with the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

August 18, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2014

With spawning season coming up, it’s a good time to volunteer with the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

The hatchery is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hatcheries, with thousands of visitors every year.

FISH relies on a committed team of docents to provide tours and educate visitors about the salmon in Issaquah Creek. Adult volunteers are needed from September to mid-November.

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State seeks to purchase forest conservation easements

August 17, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 17, 2014

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is seeking landowners who wish to apply for permanent conservation easements through its Rivers and Habitat Open Space Program.

Since 2002, the state of Washington has invested $3.9 million to purchase easements through the program.

This year marks the first time funding has been provided by the state Legislature since the program was revised in 2013 to include habitat for species protected by the state as threatened or endangered.

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Campfire burn ban lifted for Western Washington state parks

August 16, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 16, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has lifted the ban on campfires in Western Washington state parks.

Western Washington is considered the region west of the crest of the Cascade Mountain range. Those include Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park.

Washington State Parks wants the public to know that park managers have the discretion to restrict campfires in campgrounds, based on their assessment of conditions, which may change quickly.

Campfires are allowed in approved fire pits only. Park managers may also require smaller fires than are normally acceptable.

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Train Depot brings railroad history to life Aug. 16-17

August 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 15, 2014

The history of railroads in America will literally come to life Aug. 16-17 in a unique, free event at the Issaquah Depot Museum.

The Suitcases Project, directed by artist Joan Laage, presents alternating scenes throughout the depot and on the passenger trolley that include text, movement and local references to the history of Issaquah.

Erica Maniez, director of Issaquah History Museums, likened the project to a form of performance art or a living, breathing museum.

A cast will continuously perform scenes in and around the depot from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Spectators are free to walk around and observe the cast of railroad workers, passengers, conductors and more.

“It’s really about capturing the mood of an era when railroads ruled,” Maniez said.

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Petty Fever brings Tom Petty’s rock to Concerts in the Park tonight

August 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 14, 2014

The 14th annual outdoor concert series at Pine Lake Park continues Aug. 14 with Tom Petty tribute band Petty Fever.

The concerts in the park are from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 28.

There is plenty of lawn space, so you can bring your own picnic basket. The Rotary Club of Sammamish will sell barbecue dinners and the Kiwanis Club of Sammamish will sell ice cream. No alcohol is allowed in the park.

Petty Fever was named the 2013 Tribute Band of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards. The band’s salute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is known for its high-energy performances.

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Take Issaquah School District online sports survey by Friday

August 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 13, 2014

The Issaquah School District is asking students about their interest in school athletic programs.

The answers will help with future planning of such programs. Responses to the online survey are completely confidential.

Take the survey here. It must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 15.

Motorcyclist tumbles off I-90 overpass while eluding police

August 12, 2014

A motorcyclist suffered severe injuries Aug. 6, after vaulting over the Interstate 90 Highlands Drive exit overpass into the east fork of Issaquah Creek below.

A Washington State Patrol trooper clocked two motorcycles over the speed limit heading eastbound on I-90 and initiated a traffic stop, according to Trooper Karim Boukabou.

“A trooper was working general traffic and saw the two motorcycles accelerate at a big rate,” he said. “They were going about 22 miles over the speed limit.”

By Greg Farrar Washington State Patrol accident investigators look over a yellow Ducati 749 motorcycle that flew off the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass exit ramp to Highlands Drive, and down an embankment.

By Greg Farrar
Washington State Patrol accident investigators look over a yellow Ducati 749 motorcycle that flew off the eastbound Interstate 90 overpass exit ramp to Highlands Drive, and down an embankment.

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