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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Trio reunites to wrap up album ‘35 years in the making’

February 22, 2011

The Halyards are (from left) Larry Mason, Chris Funk and Eric Tingstad. By Karen Moskowitz

Eric Tingstad, half of the Grammy-winning duo Tingstad and Rumbel, has been quite busy over the past two years collaborating on six albums with other artists.

But it is his latest project that the Sammamish resident is perhaps most excited about. The Halyards’ “Fortune Smiles” represents for Tingstad an artistic reunion with his high school buddies Chris Funk and Larry Mason. The album’s sound is unmistakably Americana, the fastest growing musical genre in popularity, Tingstad said. It’s a sound that is decidedly a far departure from the last time the three played together in the prog-rock band Pegasus in the 1970s.

“You could say this is the CD we started 35 years ago and just now got around to finishing,” Tingstad said.

Funk and Mason had been performing together for years, when after a stint in New York and a return to the Seattle area, they reconnected with Tingstad. He invited them to lay down a couple of songs at his Beaver Lake home recording studio, Cheshire Records.

“We accepted his invitation without any idea it would turn into a new album,” Funk said from his Capitol Hill home. “But we all just fell back into it. It was such a good feeling to be together again that it did result in something wonderful.”

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EFR agrees to purchase boat

February 22, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue increased its ability to rescue citizens trapped in rivers, lakes or rising floodwaters.

At its Feb. 10 meeting, the agency’s board of directors agreed to buy a used boat from the Duvall Fire District for $10,000.

The district is replacing the 1982 Wooldridge Extra Plus 21-foot jet boat with a newer model. EFR Deputy Chief Jeff Griffin said the district has taken excellent care of the old boat and that the 200 horsepower Yamaha outboard motor has plenty of life left in it. Griffin estimated a brand new version of a similar boat would cost the district $40,000 or more.

“This gives us a capability for water rescues and to deal with issues on our lakes and rivers,” EFR board Chairman Ron Pedee said. “It seems to me to be a great capability for the agency at a remarkably affordable price.”

EFR has an inflatable raft for water rescues but no jet boat. The boat will likely be stationed near Carnation, which most often sees water rescue calls due to its propensity for flooding.

Griffin said that water rescues in Lake Sammamish are the responsibility of officials at Lake Sammamish State Park at the south end of the lake. Given the difficultly of quickly moving a rescue boat, Griffin said firefighters making a water rescue on Beaver or Pine lakes will usually ask to borrow a nearby resident’s boat.

The board s also approved spending up to another $5,000 on repainting the boat, installing a radio and doing other necessary modifications.

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State will stock rainbow trout in Beaver Lake on Nov. 8

November 2, 2010

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to release 2,300 hatchery-raised rainbow trout into Beaver Lake soon.

The access site at the lake is due to close at sunset Nov. 7 to prepare for the Nov. 8 release. The lake reopens at sunrise Nov. 9, but the lake is open to fishing even as the access site is shut down.

The rainbow trout had been part of a display at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

State Fishery Biologist Aaron Bosworth said Beaver Lake is best fished by small boat, although anglers also can be successful fishing from shore.

Beaver Lake is among a group of Western Washington lowland lakes open to fishing year round. The state prohibits internal combustion boat engines on the lake. All anglers 15 and older must have a valid fishing license to fish at Beaver Lake. The daily bag limit is five fish — only two of the fish can exceed 15 inches in length — and bait anglers must keep the first five trout caught.

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Issaquah officer collars Beaver Lake Triathlon

August 24, 2010

Jason Houck wins men’s division; Seattle’s Kara Nielsen takes womens group

Jason Houck, of Issaquah, crosses the finish line first during the 17th Beaver Lake Triathlon on Aug. 21 in Sammamish. By Christopher Huber

Jason Houck took his night shift with the King County Sheriff’s Office off Aug. 20 to rest up for the early-morning start of the Beaver Lake Triathlon the next day. He needed to save his energy to perform at his peak. Plus, he had to work the night after the race, too. Read more

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More than 500 expected to enter Beaver Lake Triathlon

August 17, 2010

Athletes prepare to enter the water to swim the first leg of the 2009 Beaver Lake Triathlon. By Greg Farrar

Ed Bullock has competed in prestigious Ironman triathlons in New York, California and Canada in recent years. Yet, the high point of his triathlon season every year is the Beaver Lake Triathlon. Read more
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Beavers cause sinkhole at state park

July 6, 2010

Small sinkholes opened at Lake Sammamish State Park last week, after beavers burrowed beneath a park road.

Rangers cordoned off the area, and placed plywood sheets atop the holes to prevent parkgoers from crashing through.

Beavers built dams on a nearby creek, raising the prospect of flooding upstream during heavy rainfall. The state could hire a trapper to remove the animals if the problem persists.

Sammamish faced a similar problem last month. The city hired a trapper to remove beavers from Laughing Jacobs Creek after the animals constructed a dam on the waterway. The blockage caused the water level in Beaver Lake to rise — and submerged some docks — during rainy weather last month.

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NEW — Thursday sports update

November 5, 2009

NEW — 9:35 a.m. Nov. 5, 2009

Football teams seek state berths

Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty high school football teams will seek berths in next week’s state tournament when they enter preliminary-round games Nov. 6-7.

Issaquah and Liberty will be on the road, while Skyline, the defending 4A state champions, will be home.

Skyline, 7-2, entertains Kentridge, the No. 3 team from the South Puget Sound League’s North Division, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in a 4A preliminary contest. The Spartans are coming off a tough 25-20 defeat to Bothell in last week’s 4A KingCo Conference championship game. Kentridge enters the contest with victories in three of its last four games. Defense has been one of the Chargers’ strengths. Dylan Zylstra, of Kentridge, is regarded as one of the state’s top linebackers. Other defensive standouts are linebacker Harrison Rozane and defensive back Sean Ringor.

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Woman drowns in Beaver Lake

October 20, 2009

The way Anil Kumar will remember his friend Lavi is as a 20-something girl who imbued life with a sense of hospitality in a strange, new place. Read more

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