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 jane@issaquahfish.org.


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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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$800,000 could go to protect Issaquah Creek

July 22, 2014

Issaquah Creek might receive some tender love, care of federal Cooperative Watershed Management Program grant funding.

Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Resource Inventory Area 8 recommended the King County Flood District award four of nine grants toward restoration of Issaquah Creek and protection of its salmon population.

The grants, totaling $816,500, would go to controlling knotweed along the creek bank, restoration at Lake Sammamish State Park, and conservation and restoration of the Juniper Street Park, according to the Cooperative Watershed Management project subcommittee report.

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To the Editor

June 24, 2014

Issaquah Creek watershed

Thanks to the city for its diligence and commitment to salmon recovery

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery want to pass along our congratulations and appreciation to staff with the city of Issaquah for outstanding work representing the city in the most recent WRIA 8 2014 Watershed Management Grant Program.

Out of 15 proposals submitted, nine were selected for site-specific restoration and acquisition projects. Of those nine, four were city of Issaquah proposals. Of the $1,520,273 available for distribution, the funding designated for Issaquah’s projects was $490,000.

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Support Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery by shopping at AmazonSmile

June 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 12, 2014

You can now contribute to the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery automatically, just by shopping on Amazon.

FISH is participating in the AmazonSmile program. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate .5 percent of every purchase you make via smile.amazon.com to FISH. This allows Amazon customers to support FISH at no extra cost.

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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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