Snoqualmie hydroelectric museum hosts tours

August 27, 2015

NEW — 2:23 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

The Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Museum is offering free tours to the public until Sept. 7.

The hydroelectric project is the world’s first completely underground power plant and is one of the oldest operating power plants in the U.S., continuing to produce clean, cost-effective electricity for Puget Sound Energy customers throughout the state, according to the PSE website.

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To the Editor — 

August 26, 2015

Police

Police can grow their budget and save lives

Police Chief Scott Behrbaum, I know how you can fund your entire budget. I can personally guarantee it’ll work.

Position an officer two blocks west of Zeeks on Northeast Park Drive, the main road feeding homes in the Issaquah Highlands.

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Issaquah History Museums host Discover the Past fundraiser

August 18, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2015

The Issaquah History Museums presents “Discover the Past,” its first planned annual fundraising celebration of the city’s history, from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.

Guests will hear many of Issaquah’s strangest stories from train conductors, former mayors, rodeo riders and other costumed figures from the past. A band will play on the steam donkey in front of the depot. There will be beer served from the Issaquah Brew House as well as fine wine, Italian appetizers and desserts from Forest Fairy Bakery.

The live auction, which helps fund history museum programs, will feature prize packages, including an escape to Bend, Oregon, a behind-the-scenes look at the Cougar Mountain Zoo and an adrenaline-filled combination of outdoor adventures.

Learn more at www.issaquahhistory.org.

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Meet a ‘dangerous German spy’ during July 25 hike

July 16, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 16, 2015

During World War I, Issaquah’s economic success or failure seemed to hinge on the activities of a man whom British Intelligence declared a “dangerous German spy.”

On July 25, Issaquah History Museums will introduce 20 people to the fascinating life of “Count” Gustav Konstantin Alvo von Alvensleben, who built an extensive coal mining operation in downtown Issaquah.

While recounting tales of World War I, von Alvensleben and Issaquah’s dark and dangerous mining past, docent Doug Bristol will lead participants on a loop walk through the scenic remnants of von Alvensleben’s enterprise.

It is easy to get tickets and register on Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/1JZebyu. Advance registration is required. Tickets are $7.50 for general admission or $5 for members. To help ensure the hike is safe and enjoyable for all, participation is limited to a maximum of 20 guests.

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Puzzled about Preston

July 14, 2015

Roots of historical logging town can be tracked back to mysterious railway official

Photo courtesy of Ed Holmes August Lovegren was a Swedish Baptist who left Sweden to seek his fortune and, perhaps more importantly, to escape the persecution of Baptists by a Swedish government, which was something of a Lutheran theocracy. Most of the families who came to work for Lovegren were Swedish Baptists, many recruited directly from Sweden.  Lovegren donated the land and the materials to build the church, completed circa 1904.

Photo courtesy of Ed Holmes
August Lovegren was a Swedish Baptist who left Sweden to seek his fortune and, perhaps more importantly, to escape the persecution of Baptists by a Swedish government, which was something of a Lutheran theocracy. Most of the families who came to work for Lovegren were Swedish Baptists, many recruited directly from Sweden. Lovegren donated the land and the materials to build the church, completed circa 1904.

There has not been much written about the life of railway official William T. Preston, but he must have been quite a guy. 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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Down Home 4th, Heritage Day are pure patriotism; see fireworks at state park

July 2, 2015

Robin Kelley may be kept busiest when it comes to Salmon Days in October. But as director of festivals for the city of Issaquah, she confided that their favorite time of year just might be the Fourth of July.

That’s when the community turns out for Issaquah’s Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day.

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Issaquah City Council approves $250,000 for possible relocation of historic home

May 20, 2015

In an effort to move ahead with the planned revamping of the city’s Confluence Park, the Issaquah City Council recently approved $250,000 that could be used for restoration and relocation of the historic Anderson farmhouse at the south end of the park.

By Greg Farrar The Tolle Anderson farmhouse stands at Issaquah’s Confluence Park on Rainier Avenue North, waiting for its restoration.

By Greg Farrar
The Tolle Anderson farmhouse stands at Issaquah’s Confluence Park on Rainier Avenue North, waiting for its restoration.

The Confluence Park master site plan identified the house as needing to be removed or relocated as part of the park development.

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Costco to host book signing May 9 for local author of ‘Lake Sammamish: Through Time’

May 7, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 7, 2015

Sammamish author Kate Thibodeau will sign copies of her book “Lake Sammamish: Through Time” from 1-3 p.m. May 9 at the Kirkland Costco, 8629 120th Ave. N.E.

Featuring full-color vintage images depicting scenes of days gone by, the book probes into the history of this unique locality.

The shores of the freshwater Lake Sammamish have been home to many, from the Sammamish Native Americans to the current population. In the 19th century, timber companies realized the potential for development along Lake Sammamish, and logging operations thrived for years.

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Issaquah History Museums gets shut out of GiveBIG

May 5, 2015

NEW — 1:45 p.m. May 5, 2015

Issaquah History Museums Executive Director Erica Maniez sent out an email saying that due to a glitch, the nonprofit organization has been shut out of GiveBIG.

However, an anonymous donor has agreed to fill in the gap with matching funds for anyone who donates today.

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