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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Woman drowns in Beaver Lake

October 15, 2009

NEW — 9:55 a.m. Oct. 15, 2009

Police said a woman drowned in Beaver Lake Oct. 14.

A 33-year-old woman and Beaver Lake resident walked into the lake from the park’s beach area around 8:15 p.m., according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. A dive unit from the sheriff’s office found her 25 feet from shore.

Sgt. Robert Baxter, of the Sammamish Police Department, said there’s reason to believe that the woman did not know how to swim.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the woman, but is not scheduled to release the name until later today.

Medics from Eastside Fire & Rescue responded to the emergency call around 9:15 p.m. and tried to resuscitate her, but she had already been dead for about 40 minutes, Baxter said.

The woman was apparently upset after an argument with her husband and left her house to go for a walk, according to the sheriff’s office. Baxter said a witness saw her walk into the lake and disappear.

On the water with a master canoe carver / June 2, 2009

June 2, 2009

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