September 22, 2015
NEW — 5:08 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015
Residents will have up to three chances to hear from the five people running for the Issaquah City Council in November.
There are two contested council seats up for grabs in the Nov. 3 election. The council will have at least two new faces in 2016 as incumbent council members Joshua Schaer, Council Position 4, and Nina Milligan, Council Position 2, have chosen not to run for re-election. The Position 6 seat currently held by Council President Paul Winterstein also expires this year.
September 4, 2015
NEW — 4:39 p.m. Sept. 4, 2015
The Issaquah Alps Trails Club invites the community to take photos of the Issaquah Alps and enter the Picture the Alps Photo Contest to win one of four $50 REI gift cards.
The Issaquah Alps includes Cougar Mountain, Grand Ridge, Squak Mountain and Tiger Mountain.
April 14, 2015
The Issaquah Alps Trails Club annually sponsors the Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship, available to this year’s graduating seniors at Hazen, Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools.
The top prize is a $1,000 scholarship, with second place getting $500 and third place receiving $250. The deadline is May 1.
January 20, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 20, 2015
The Issaquah Alps Trails Club has just published its new hike schedule for January, February and March.
April 15, 2014
Turns out you can fight City Hall after all
While it may be true that you can’t fight City Hall and win, you might be able to win it over.
So, it seems, is the case with Save Squak in its battle over Squak Mountain land that was set for logging a little more than a year ago.
In January 2013, 15-year Squak Mountain resident Helen Farrington was concerned that clear-cutting 216 acres of forest could impact a fork of May Creek. Salmon had just returned to the area, and residents feared that with logging, they would be gone again.
April 15, 2014
The Issaquah Alps Trails Club has announced the topics for its annual Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship.
Longwell was a longtime club member who taught English at Hazen High School for many years. He was an avid hiker and trail builder who, often with the help of his students, was responsible for building and maintaining many of the trails on Tiger and Squak mountains.
Each year since his death in 2007, the Issaquah Alps Trails Club has offered a $1,000 scholarship available to graduating seniors at Issaquah, Liberty, Skyline and Hazen high schools. Often, runners-up qualify for smaller awards.
April 8, 2014
A public celebration is set to commemorate preservation of 226 acres of high-quality forestland in the Issaquah Alps — the result of a partnership between King County and The Trust for Public Land.
The acquisition adds to King County’s Cougar-Squak Corridor parkland. The area was set for logging more than a year ago.
“Our partnership to protect Squak Mountain’s irreplaceable fish and wildlife habitat is cause for celebration,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release. “I want to thank The Trust for Public Land and the people of King County on behalf of generations who will enjoy hiking, viewing wildlife and other recreation in this forest.”
March 11, 2014
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is now home to a unique land-art installation that pays tribute to the area’s coal mining past.
The project, entitled “Black Forest (29,930,000 tons),” is spread across the forest floor in the form of nearly 50,000 pounds of biochar, environmentally friendly charcoal that appears similar to the coal that was once mined from the mountain.
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.
“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.”
May 28, 2013
The Issaquah Alps Trails Club has announced the winners of its annual Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship.
First place for $1,000 has been awarded to Joseph Domek, of Issaquah High School. Domek has a grade point average of 3.91, and is active in Issaquah-Sammamish Young Life, Relay for Life and Running Start classes. He plays football, wrestles, runs track and is college bound to Pacific Lutheran University.
Second place for $500 has been awarded to Jennifer Duff, also of Issaquah High School. Duff has a 3.93 grade point average, is treasurer of the Internet Service Club, is active in the Multicultural Club and Honor Society, and runs track. She plans to attend Pepperdine University next year.