Nightmare at Beaver Lake / October 2011

October 21, 2011

Nightmare at Beaver Lake taps phobias for Halloween scares

October 18, 2011

Nightmare at Beaver Lake taps phobias for Halloween scares

Dana Young stands next to the optical illusion of a skull and a mirror to double the effect, in a haunt at Nightmare at Beaver Lake. By Greg Farrar

Some people flinch at spiders. Others cower from needles. Clowns send others into a panic.

Nightmare at Beaver Lake taps into the most common phobias — and some not-so-common fears — to scare the estimated 10,000 people expected to embark on a fear-fueled trek through a dense Sammamish Plateau forest.

“It’s death. It’s needles. It’s the dark. It’s spiders. It’s clowns,” said Norm Bottenberg, a Rotary Club of Sammamish past president and Nightmare at Beaver Lake volunteer.

The setup — not just a mere haunted house, but a forested trail and 8,000 square feet inside buildings and pavilions — is the largest Halloween haunt in the Puget Sound region and, perhaps, in the West.

“It’s a long, dark walk into the woods — with monsters,” Dana Young, Scare Productions secretary and a lead Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizer, added during a stroll through the uncompleted sets.

Scare Productions and the Rotary Club of Sammamish partner to produce the annual haunt. The community organization uses funds from admission fees for scholarships, polio eradication and other causes.

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Sammamish man overcomes aquaphobia to log fastest local time in triathlon

August 23, 2011

A triathlete removes his cap while sprinting out of the water to start the cycling leg of the 18th annual Beaver Lake Triathlon on Aug. 20. By Christopher Huber

A year ago, Ryan Mongan, 45, of Sammamish, would not have considered competing in the Beaver Lake Triathlon.

He was nowhere close to ready for the quarter-mile swim, he said. Swimming in open water freaked him out. He would panic and start swallowing water.

“Swimming’s my weak spot,” he said. “A year ago, I couldn’t swim.”

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Athletes gear up for Beaver Lake Triathlon

August 16, 2011

An athlete speeds around a corner on West Beaver Lake Drive Southeast, at the beginning of the 13.8-mile cycling leg of the 2010 Beaver Lake Triathlon. By Christopher Huber

Local triathletes and others from around the Puget Sound will soon be at it again. The 18th annual Beaver Lake Triathlon will return Saturday, Aug. 20.

The race, which will begin, transition and end at Beaver Lake Park, will include a quarter-mile swim, a 13.8-mile bike and a 4.3-mile run.

The swim portion of the race will be in Beaver Lake. The bike route will take competitors northeast over Duthie Hill Road, which offers views of the Cascade Mountain Range, Mount Si and the Snoqualmie Valley. Bikers will then head east on Redmond-Fall City Road and back up the plateau along a 2-mile hill. The run will take participants through hills that circle Beaver Lake and finally to the finish line.
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Trout Unlimited hosts fly-casting clinic at Beaver Lake Park

August 2, 2011

The Trout Unlimited Bellevue-Issaquah chapter is holding a fly-casting clinic from 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Beaver Lake Park pavilion. The clinic is free.

At the clinic, beginning anglers may learn basic casting techniques while seasoned anglers can fine-tune their skills or learn new techniques from professional fly casters.

Anglers can bring their own gear or test new casting gear and systems.

Teens injured in crash near Beaver Lake

July 26, 2011

Injured occupants cut from mangled Subaru after high-speed crash

Medics rushed three people to the hospital early July 21 after a high-speed crash near Beaver Lake.

Police said a speeding car lost control, tore through a fence and then slammed into a tree near Southeast 25th Way and Beaver Lake Way Southeast, about a half-mile east of Beaver Lake Park.

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews extricated the occupants from the mangled wreck of the white Subaru Impreza and transported them to the hospital. Officials described the occupants’ injuries as serious but not life-threatening.

Officials identified the driver as an 18-year-old Fall City man and the occupant of the passenger seat, another 18-year-old man, as his brother.

The front-seat passenger managed to escape from the wreck. The emergency crew found him outside of the vehicle.

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Issaquah grad earns first win

July 26, 2011

Former Issaquah High School pitcher Matt Wickswat, who is playing for the Winston-Salem Dash in the Class A Carolina League, recorded his first victory of the season July 8 by blanking Myrtle Beach 5-0 in a rain-shortened home contest in front of a sellout crowd of 6,673.

The contest was stopped in the bottom of the eighth because of rain.

Wickswat, in his second start with Winston-Salem, cruised through the Myrtle Beach lineup. After allowing a one-out double in the second inning, the lefthander retired 15 straight batters. He finished with a two-hitter and five strikeouts.

Wickswat followed with a 6-3 victory against Lynchburg on July 14.

He was also selected Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending July 10.

On July 19, Wickswat improved his record to 3-1 when the Dash defeated Kingston 11-6.

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Teens hurt after high-speed crash in Sammamish

July 21, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. July 21, 2011

Medics rushed three teenage boys to the hospital early Thursday morning after a high-speed crash near Beaver Lake.

The speeding car lost control, tore through a fence and then slammed into a tree near Southeast 25th Way and Beaver Lake Way Southeast, about a half-mile east of Beaver Lake Park.

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews extricated the boys from the mangled wreck of the white Subaru and transported them to the hospital. Officials described the injuries as not life-threatening and expect all of the teenagers to survive.

Crews had to use the Jaws of Life to pull two of the boys from the crashed car.

Residents in the area called 911 just after midnight to report a loud crashing noise.

The investigation into the crash continues.

No license is required during Free Fishing Weekend

June 10, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. June 10, 2011

Anglers can reel in catches from Beaver and Pine lakes, and other state Department of Fish and Wildlife-managed waters, without a license Saturday and Sunday during Free Fishing Weekend.

For the event, no license is required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington. In addition, no vehicle use permit is required during Free Fishing Weekend to park at any of the 600 water-access sites maintained by the fish and wildlife agency.

“Free Fishing Weekend is a great time to revive an old hobby or to introduce friends and family to fishing,” agency Fish Division Manager Craig Burley said in a news release. “Adults can introduce kids to fishing on a wide variety of waters around the state.”

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Catch a license before state fishing season starts

April 19, 2011

State fish hatchery crews continue to stock more than 20 million fish in Washington waterways before the fishing season opens April 30.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is preparing for the state’s single biggest fishing season opener, and the state expects at least 300,000 anglers to turn out.

The agency manages Beaver Lake on the Sammamish Plateau.

In order to participate, anglers need a state freshwater fishing license valid through March 2012. Purchase licenses online, Call 1-866-246-9453 or visit licensing vendors across the state. Find a list of vendors at the agency website,

Licenses cost $26 for residents aged 16 to 69, $11 for 15-year-old and disabled anglers, and $8 for seniors 70 and older. Children 14 years of age and younger do not need a fishing license.

Anglers parking at agency-managed water-access sites must display a Department of Fish and Wildlife vehicle-use permit. Every person buying a fishing license receives a permit as well. Purchase additional permits for $6 each to license buyers.

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