September 22, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 22, 2014
Spot the Spawners in the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed this fall.
Salmon are returning to streams and rivers around Puget Sound. Watch for these natural beauties at the viewing sites around the watersheds as they make their seasonal journey. Local viewpoints include:
Lake Sammamish State Park — 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, through October. Learn more here.
Issaquah Creek — Self-guided tours along the creek, culminating at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, through Nov. 16. Learn more here.
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:
September 9, 2014
The first fish have been sighted at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and it’s that time of year again — time to step up to help the amazing salmon that are returning home and the crowds of people that will follow them.
The hatchery, with thousands of visitors every year, is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hatcheries.
There are many ways to do right by the salmon and visitors:
September 9, 2014
Once again, a perfectly good vacation moment was ruined by all of the dolts around me.
Nothing sets my blood a boilin’ more than tourists who can’t stop being tourists for one darn second to appreciate what’s before them.
Last month, my wife and I visited my sister outside Baltimore. The last day of the trip, we trekked into Philadelphia to take in a few sites. Top on my list was the Liberty Bell, one of the most iconic artifacts from our history that is uniquely American.
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.
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.
July 15, 2014
Oregon-based muralist Larry Kangas wasn’t born in Issaquah and he didn’t live in the city for any significant amount of time.
But his stamp on the Eastside suburb is so visible that Mayor Fred Butler officially declared July 19 Larry Kangas Day in Issaquah.
Kangas is the artist behind the murals found at points across the city. He died of cancer Nov. 25, 2013, but his memory lives on in the more than 1,000 works he crafted in the Pacific Northwest, including six in Issaquah.
July 15, 2014
The Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group is one of those little committees that government seems to form all the time. Typically, these sorts of bodies get together, author an important-sounding report and disband. The report gathers dust, and nothing actually happens.
This one is different. The kokanee work group has certainly done its share of fact-finding, but the facts are being put to use. The little red fish is recovering, and the efforts of the work group should be applauded.
July 14, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. July 14, 2014
Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is gearing up for its busy fall tour season and needs many volunteers, including tour guides, helpers in the gift shop or around the hatchery.
Volunteers will receive training, a mentor and a lot of opportunities and support to ease them into their roles.
May 20, 2014
The Issaquah City Council has chosen to concentrate on transportation and Olde Town issues in the future.
Senior city administration met with the council during the 122nd-annual goal setting retreat at the Mercer Slough Environmental Center in Bellevue and spent a solid eight hours debating Issaquah’s next steps.
The council members began the day with 17 goals, submitted by council after it asked for citizen input. The day ended with five: Transportation Master Plan, Affordable Housing, Enhance Olde Town Vitality, Central Issaquah Plan Anchor Project and to promote a Safe/Drug-Free Community.