Cougar/Squak Corridor Park celebrates grand opening on National Trails Day

July 16, 2015

Metropolitan King County Councilman Reagan Dunn attended the grand opening of the Cougar/Squak Corridor Park last month on National Trails Day.

Courtesy of King County Council  Celebrating the grand opening of the Cougar/Squak Corridor Park are (from left) Paul Kundtz, Washington State director, Trust for Public Land; Kurt Fraese, board president, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust; King County Councilman Reagan Dunn (and daughter Pemberley Jennifer Dunn); David Kappler, president, Issaquah Alps Trails Club; Rhonda Berry, chief of operations, King County Executive’s Office; Rebecca Lavigne, trail program director, Washington Trails Association; and Katy Terry, assistant division director, King County Parks and Recreation Division.

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Celebrating the grand opening of the Cougar/Squak Corridor Park are (from left) Paul Kundtz, Washington State director, Trust for Public Land; Kurt Fraese, board president, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust; King County Councilman Reagan Dunn (and daughter Pemberley Jennifer Dunn); David Kappler, president, Issaquah Alps Trails Club; Rhonda Berry, chief of operations, King County Executive’s Office; Rebecca Lavigne, trail program director, Washington Trails Association; and Katy Terry, assistant division director, King County Parks and Recreation Division.

“In 2012, this land was under threat of being clear-cut,” said Reagan Dunn, whose council district includes the Cougar/Squak Corridor Park. “Thankfully, through the work of many, we are able to celebrate the opening of a new park that provides varied recreational opportunities and protects critical habitat.”

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Base camp bound

July 14, 2015

For Issaquah couple Mitchell and Leslie Hobbs, reaching Everest’s summit wasn’t the goal

Contributed For Issaquah couple Mitchell and Leslie Hobbs, reaching Everest’s summit wasn’t the goal.

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For Issaquah couple Mitchell and Leslie Hobbs, reaching Everest’s summit wasn’t the goal.

It stands as the Holy Grail of mountaineering, towering over the rest of the Himalayas at more than 29,000 feet. For most, climbing Mount Everest — some far away peak in Nepal, featured in big-name magazines as a challenge to conquer the summit — is only a dream. Read more

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Hike explores the hidden trails of Cougar Mountain

July 8, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 8, 2015

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is leading a hike July 18 to explore some of the lesser-known trails of Cougar Mountain.

But you have to pre-register, so sign up now at www.mtsgreenway.org/trek. Cost is $25 per person.

Cougar Mountain is a favorite destination for trail runners and hikers, but only a small fraction of its trails are well-known. This guided hike will travel from east to west across the mountain, traversing many of its quieter trails.

The Hidden Trails of Cougar Mountain hike is a part of the 25th anniversary Mountains to Sound Greenway Trek, as participants hike and bike across the proposed Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area from Ellensburg to Seattle.

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Help shape future look of King County’s new 730-acre Cougar/Squak Corridor Park

June 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 14, 2015

Learn about Cougar/Squak Corridor Park, hear draft recommendations for park uses and amenities, and share your ideas about the park’s future at a June 17 public meeting, sponsored by King County Parks.

Set from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, the meeting will include information from King County Parks Division representatives about the 730-acre park and draft recommendations about uses, according to a county news release. At a community meeting in May, participants generated ideas for uses and amenities in the park, and the draft recommendations reflect that input.

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Public invited to discuss uses for King County’s Cougar/Squak Corridor Park

May 25, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 25, 2015

Come to a May 27 public meeting to learn about King County’s Cougar/Squak Corridor Park, and share ideas for future uses and amenities in the park.

The meeting is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Issaquah Middle School commons, 400 Second Ave. S.E. King County Parks Division employees will provide information about the 730-acre park and gather ideas from the community about uses and amenities at the park, which was recently expanded by more than 200 acres.

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Timber Ridge at Talus to expand by 145 homes

February 17, 2015

Resort-style Continuing Care Retirement Community Timber Ridge at Talus is adding 145 independent living apartment homes, expanding its onsite Briarwood Health Center with 26 assisted living/memory care apartments and nine private transitional care suites in addition to new community amenities including an indoor swimming pool and auditorium, to be completed in fall 2016.

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What’s brewing? — Issaquah Brewhouse grows local, becomes Rogue’s cidery

December 3, 2014

Regulars to the Issaquah Brewhouse may have noticed a few new selections among the 40 brews it has on tap.

By Stacey Weeks Dave Hutchison, Issaquah Brewhouse head brewer, checks the progress of hops he and manager Stacey Weeks planted in the rear of the brewery.

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Dave Hutchison, Issaquah Brewhouse head brewer, checks the progress of hops he and manager Stacey Weeks planted in the rear of the brewery.

The member of the Rogue chain of breweries has been brewing up its own IPAs with locally grown hops and was selected to brew its own ciders.

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Talus trees are still standing for now

August 19, 2014

A tussle over trees in Talus continues to take its toll.

After six homeowners applied to the Talus Residential Association to remove 19 trees in a communal area this past spring, a groundswell of protest began aiming to protect the landscape. The homeowner applicants claimed that the trees blocked views offered by the development’s place on Cougar Mountain.

“We had views of Lake Sammamish, downtown Issaquah and the Cascades,” Henry Farber, one of the initial applicants and the attorney representing them, said. “That was part of the interest in buying these houses for all six of us. In the last eight years, all these trees have grown over.”

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Tempers flare over Talus tree removal

April 29, 2014

The city of Issaquah stopped the removal of Talus neighborhood trees April 27 after residents cried foul.

Work began in the beginning of April to take out some tall trees blocking the view of residents. While the Talus Residential Association remains confident it took all necessary steps to remove the trees, some homeowners remain unconvinced.

“People have been pretty adamant about clearing those trees to have a better view of the lake,” said Talus resident Chad Fletcher said, who is angry about the removal. “Those particular trees were there and always were there.”

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Talus expansion among comp plan considerations

April 15, 2014

King County The outlined area west of the Talus urban village indicates where developers hope to expand the residential subdivision. Talus Management Services have asked for the city to consider annexing the portion, which currently sits in unincorporated King County.

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The outlined area west of the Talus urban village indicates where developers hope to expand the residential subdivision. Talus Management Services have asked for the city to consider annexing the portion, which currently sits in unincorporated King County.

Another annexation will face consideration since the Issaquah City Council approved the docket for a comprehensive plan update April 7.

Developers want to expand the Talus urban village by adding another 49.2 acres to the city. The plan received scrutiny during the March 11 Land & Shore Committee meeting.

“The Talus Management Services request is for an expansion area,” city Long Range Planning Manager Trish Heinonen said. “It has developed all its area, but it still has entitlements left over.”

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