Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery seeks volunteer coordinator

April 11, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 11, 2014

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is looking for an energetic individual with a supportive outgoing personality as its next volunteer coordinator.

The part-time position begins July 1; send applications by May 31. Successful candidates will have experience as a volunteer or a volunteer coordinator, demonstrated commitment to the environment, be at least 21, and have excellent oral and written communication skills.

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Beverly Lee to retire from FISH

April 8, 2014

Longtime volunteer Beverly Lee has announced her retirement as volunteer coordinator of the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, effective June 30.

Lee has lived in Issaquah since 1985, except for two years when she lived in England. She first became a volunteer with FISH in 2002. In 2007, she began assisting with coordinating the volunteer component of the FISH program and assumed the role of volunteer coordinator in 2009.

Lee has brought wonderful innovations to the volunteer program including interviews to help place volunteers in the most appropriate position, and a mentor program that helps new volunteers get off to the best start.

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Earned privilege

March 11, 2014

In a life of milestones, local author meets another with self-published book

Sitting in a ray of sunshine in his “hooray for me” room in his Cougar Mountain home, Randy Harrison paused while discussing his book “West From Yesterday.”

From the window seat in the room (a Southern nickname for a room full of mementos from one’s life), the first-time author said he had shared the manuscript with family and friends before self-publishing it through Amazon.com. They’d realized the tale of Tucker, a post-Civil War-era plantation owner who journeys West in a bout of self-discovery, sounded a lot like someone they knew.

By David Hayes Randy Harrison, author of ‘West from Yesterday’ stands in his Cougar Mountain home’s ‘hooray-for-me’ room where he’s planning his next project — teaching himself to play guitar.

By David Hayes
Randy Harrison, author of ‘West from Yesterday’ stands in his Cougar Mountain home’s ‘hooray-for-me’ room where he’s planning his next project — teaching himself to play guitar.

“They said they found a lot of me in Tucker,” Harrison said. “I realized both me and Tucker were from a Virginia family, had come from a life of privilege only by birth. And we both felt a sense of obligation that we had to earn what comes from that gift of privilege.”

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Pride of a city

February 21, 2014

Artist’s memory lives on in his many murals

Oregon-based muralist Larry Kangas was a one-man show with a paintbrush.

He had the innate ability to tell the story of a community with paint, ladders, a large blank wall and an unrivaled imagination.

 By Greg Farrar Larry Kangas puts some finishing touches on ‘The Mill Street Logging Scene,’ a mural of turn-of-the-century Issaquah, painted in 1997 on the wall of the Sunset Alehouse at the Downtown Issaquah Plaza.

By Greg Farrar
Larry Kangas puts some finishing touches on ‘The Mill Street Logging Scene,’ a mural of turn-of-the-century Issaquah, painted in 1997 on the wall of the Sunset Alehouse at the Downtown Issaquah Plaza.

Kangas died of cancer Nov. 25, 2013, but his memory lives on in the more than 1,000 murals he crafted across the Pacific Northwest, a few of which grace Issaquah walls.

“Larry never had any children. He was a great uncle for many kids, but he called his murals his kids, his legacy,” said Sandy Kangas, Larry’s wife.

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Fond farewell

January 14, 2014

Ava Frisinger reflects on her 16 years as mayor

These days, Ava Frisinger, when not volunteering her time on various councils and boards, is spending a lot of catch-up time with her grandchildren. She won’t say which role is harder, being Issaquah’s longest-serving mayor or that of grandmother.

By Greg Farrar New Mayor Fred Butler (left) presents Ava Frisinger with a gift from city employees as her husband Bill Frisinger looks on.

By Greg Farrar
New Mayor Fred Butler (left) presents Ava Frisinger with a gift from city employees as her husband Bill Frisinger looks on.

“But being a grandmother is a very satisfying job, rewarding as well,” Frisinger said. “It’s neat to watch kids grow, encourage them to do what it is that they want to do.”

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Finley and Gillda have a new fishy friend at the hatchery

January 7, 2014

Finley and Gillda, the two Issaquah Salmon Hatchery mascots, turned in for the night after New Year’s Day, and slept so soundly that they were not awakened by an anonymous overnight visitor with a delivery.

If they have ever yearned for an addition to the family, that wish was being fulfilled while they dreamed.

By Greg Farrar Jane Kuechle, executive director of Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, enjoys the 5-foot salmon chainsaw art mysteriously donated in the wee hours of Jan. 2. The anonymous sculptor left it at the front entrance to the hatchery.

By Greg Farrar
Jane Kuechle, executive director of Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, enjoys the 5-foot salmon chainsaw art mysteriously donated in the wee hours of Jan. 2. The anonymous sculptor left it at the front entrance to the hatchery.

When the two steel sculptures awoke the early morning of Jan. 2, they had a new buddy, 5 feet tall, made of a wooden log, with “Issaquah” carved in its base. The obvious intention was of it being a new permanent artistic attraction for local residents and annual Salmon Days visitors to enjoy.

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Who dropped off mystery fish at Issaquah Salmon Hatchery?

January 2, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 2, 2014

Jane Kuechle, executive director of Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, enjoys the 5-foot-tall salmon chainsaw art mysteriously donated in the wee hours of Jan. 2 by an anonymous sculptor at the front entrance to the hatchery. ‘It’s gorgeous, and thank you,’ is what she said she would like to tell the artist. ‘We’d love to know who did it.’ — By Greg Farrar (See story in the Jan. 8 Issaquah Press.)

Jane Kuechle, executive director of Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, enjoys the 5-foot-tall salmon chainsaw art mysteriously donated in the wee hours of Jan. 2 by an anonymous sculptor at the front entrance to the hatchery. ‘It’s gorgeous, and thank you,’ is what she said she would like to tell the artist. ‘We’d love to know who did it.’ — By Greg Farrar (See story in the Jan. 8 Issaquah Press.)

Come out for food, fun and flair at 44th annual Salmon Days

October 1, 2013

As the salmon return, so do the thousands of people expected for this year’s Salmon Days Festival.

Oct. 5 and 6 will see coho, chinook, sockeye, kokanee and many festivalgoers make their way to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery for a weekendlong celebration full of events, activities, food and music.

The homegrown event celebrates the return of local salmon as they make their pilgrimage from the Pacific Ocean back to the spawning grounds of Issaquah Creek and the hatchery. Approximately 180,000 people attended last year’s event, which was met with sunny, mild weather.

The Grand Parade will kick off the weekend beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 5. It will wind its way down Front Street to the hatchery in a bright display of community spirit and appreciation of the surrounding environment.

By Greg Farrar Two Chinook salmon struggle at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery weir Sept. 26 to return upstream seeking a place to spawn in Issaquah Creek.

By Greg Farrar
Two Chinook salmon struggle at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery weir Sept. 26 to return upstream seeking a place to spawn in Issaquah Creek.

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FISH hosts Public Officials Day Sept. 25

September 24, 2013

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is hosting a special event to educate local elected leaders and the public about the importance of the hatchery and salmon conservation.

Officials from the area have been invited to a special presentation at 2 p.m. Sept. 25. FISH’s board of directors has invited City Council members, school district directors, water district commissioners, Metropolitan King County Council members, and state lawmakers from cities and districts that surround Lake Sammamish.

The purpose of Public Officials Day is to acquaint those who make decisions within the Lake Sammamish watershed with the value of this historic and active facility in their own backyard.

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FISH hosts Public Officials Day Sept. 25; public is invited

September 21, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 21, 2013

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is hosting a special event to educate local elected leaders and the public about the importance of the hatchery and salmon conservation.

Officials from the area have been invited to a special presentation at 2 p.m. Sept. 25. FISH’s board of directors has invited City Council members, school district directors, water district commissioners, Metropolitan King County Council members, and state lawmakers from cities and districts that surround Lake Sammamish.

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