FISH offers Feb. 20 free screening of Elwha River film

February 13, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 13, 2015

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery will offer a screening of the film “Return of the River” (The Elwha) on Feb. 20 in the Watershed Science Center at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

The screening is open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m.; the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. The film runs 70 minutes. There will be a sampling of salmon hors d’oeuvres and a discussion following the viewing. The event is free but contributions will be gratefully accepted.

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FISH seeks new executive director, apply by Feb. 18

February 10, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 10, 2015

The board of directors of the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is seeking an executive director to replace Jane Kuechle, who is retiring.

Applications for this part-time position must be in by the end of day Feb. 18. Read the full job description at

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New Taco Time raises $2,500 for FISH

November 18, 2014

The new Issaquah Taco Time NW Restaurant recently presented a check for $2,500 to the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

The money was raised during the grand opening of the new prototype restaurant. For the grand opening, Taco Time NW donated 50 percent of the day’s sales Aug. 20 to FISH.

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Issaquah Salmon Days Festival 2014 Coho Mojo

October 4, 2014

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Head to the FISHop during Salmon Days

October 4, 2014

NEW — 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4, 2014

Salmon Days is a good time to stop in at the FISHop.

The store for salmon souvenirs will be open the same hours as the festival — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A new image representing the city’s favorite swimmer is a chalk board rendition of a coho available on collectible lapel pins, drink coasters, postcards, holiday ornaments, coffee mugs and dish towels.

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Get special presentation, tour at hatchery Sept. 19

September 16, 2014

The public is invited to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery for a special tour and presentation — “Salmon Recovery…We Can’t Do It Alone” — Sept. 19.

Learn about the impact on the Lake Sammamish watershed of human activity and ways individuals and policy makers can create an environment in which salmon can thrive. The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery has invited those who make decisions within their respective jurisdictions that impact the watershed to this special presentation.

Speakers will include:

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Hatchery needs new education coordinator

September 9, 2014

Celina Steiger is leaving her position as education coordinator with Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Her last day is Sept. 12.

She is taking a position with Homewaters, a program of Islandwood, an organization that helps children and adults discover a new way of seeing nature, themselves and one another. She joined FISH in 2007.

Read the job description here, or call 392-1118.

Apply by mail, fax or email. Send a cover letter and résumé to Jane Kuechle, executive director, FISH, 125 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027. Fax to 392-3180 or email to


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Issaquah hatchery gift shop is open for salmon season

September 5, 2014

NEW — 9 p.m. Sept. 6, 2014

The FISHop, a salmon-themed gift shop, has opened to greet the salmon returning to Issaquah Creek.

The shop sells salmon souvenirs, gifts and children’s activities. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until mid-November.

The shop is at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, at 125 W. Sunset Way. Proceeds from the shop, staffed by volunteers, are used to support the salmon education programs of the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

New items include a salmon-shaped oven mitt, fish collars for large and medium-sized dogs who love water, and bone necklaces carved in the shape of a salmon. The shop also carries notecards, postcards, hats with the hatchery logo, key chains, magnets and tree ornaments.

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Taco Time grand opening to benefit FISH

August 18, 2014

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 18, 2014

The city’s second Taco Time franchise will host a special opening day fundraiser Aug. 20.

A portion of proceeds raised from the new restaurant that day will go toward the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, which helps to safely bring the salmon home every year.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and is at 5611 221st Place S.E., across the street from Brown Bear Car Wash.

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Volunteer with the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

August 18, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2014

With spawning season coming up, it’s a good time to volunteer with the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

The hatchery is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hatcheries, with thousands of visitors every year.

FISH relies on a committed team of docents to provide tours and educate visitors about the salmon in Issaquah Creek. Adult volunteers are needed from September to mid-November.

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