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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Seven potential sites eyed for new skate park

March 4, 2014

It looks like the future of skateboarding in Issaquah has plenty of options.

Parks & Recreations Department officials unveiled seven possible locations to build a new skate park Feb. 26. In a public meeting at Tibbetts Creek Manor, more than 30 locals, including parents, skaters and police, attended to hear the city’s plans and weigh in with opinions.

The current skate park borders the woods along the Rainier Trail, neighboring the community center. Last year, in the face of a public outcry around crime-related activities occurring there, the City Council budgeted $350,000 for the demolition and construction of a skate park in a new location.

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Project leader: Issaquah Creek renovation almost complete… again

March 4, 2014

After nearly six months of delays, the Issaquah Creek dam replacement could be finished next month.

Originally slated to be done Sept. 15, the project to remove the 60-year-old dam and replace it with a sloping set of rock weirs experienced weather problems and some undefined setbacks.

State Fish and Wildlife Project Manager Tim Ward said the $3.1 million project is still within the established budget contingency. However, that could change before contractors finish the job.

“Essentially, the contractor incurred some extensions that we’re negotiating right now,” Ward said.

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Pride of a city

February 21, 2014

Artist’s memory lives on in his many murals

Oregon-based muralist Larry Kangas was a one-man show with a paintbrush.

He had the innate ability to tell the story of a community with paint, ladders, a large blank wall and an unrivaled imagination.

 By Greg Farrar Larry Kangas puts some finishing touches on ‘The Mill Street Logging Scene,’ a mural of turn-of-the-century Issaquah, painted in 1997 on the wall of the Sunset Alehouse at the Downtown Issaquah Plaza.

By Greg Farrar
Larry Kangas puts some finishing touches on ‘The Mill Street Logging Scene,’ a mural of turn-of-the-century Issaquah, painted in 1997 on the wall of the Sunset Alehouse at the Downtown Issaquah Plaza.

Kangas died of cancer Nov. 25, 2013, but his memory lives on in the more than 1,000 murals he crafted across the Pacific Northwest, a few of which grace Issaquah walls.

“Larry never had any children. He was a great uncle for many kids, but he called his murals his kids, his legacy,” said Sandy Kangas, Larry’s wife.

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Finley and Gillda have a new fishy friend at the hatchery

January 7, 2014

Finley and Gillda, the two Issaquah Salmon Hatchery mascots, turned in for the night after New Year’s Day, and slept so soundly that they were not awakened by an anonymous overnight visitor with a delivery.

If they have ever yearned for an addition to the family, that wish was being fulfilled while they dreamed.

By Greg Farrar Jane Kuechle, executive director of Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, enjoys the 5-foot salmon chainsaw art mysteriously donated in the wee hours of Jan. 2. The anonymous sculptor left it at the front entrance to the hatchery.

By Greg Farrar
Jane Kuechle, executive director of Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, enjoys the 5-foot salmon chainsaw art mysteriously donated in the wee hours of Jan. 2. The anonymous sculptor left it at the front entrance to the hatchery.

When the two steel sculptures awoke the early morning of Jan. 2, they had a new buddy, 5 feet tall, made of a wooden log, with “Issaquah” carved in its base. The obvious intention was of it being a new permanent artistic attraction for local residents and annual Salmon Days visitors to enjoy.

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Who dropped off mystery fish at Issaquah Salmon Hatchery?

January 2, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 2, 2014

Jane Kuechle, executive director of Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, enjoys the 5-foot-tall salmon chainsaw art mysteriously donated in the wee hours of Jan. 2 by an anonymous sculptor at the front entrance to the hatchery. ‘It’s gorgeous, and thank you,’ is what she said she would like to tell the artist. ‘We’d love to know who did it.’ — By Greg Farrar (See story in the Jan. 8 Issaquah Press.)

Jane Kuechle, executive director of Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, enjoys the 5-foot-tall salmon chainsaw art mysteriously donated in the wee hours of Jan. 2 by an anonymous sculptor at the front entrance to the hatchery. ‘It’s gorgeous, and thank you,’ is what she said she would like to tell the artist. ‘We’d love to know who did it.’ — By Greg Farrar (See story in the Jan. 8 Issaquah Press.)

Issaquah Creek dam project finish pushed back to Nov. 30

November 19, 2013

By Greg Farrar Construction continues Nov. 14 on the new Issaquah Salmon Hatchery intake (right) at Issaquah Creek, above the sloping fish ladder weir system, which is complete and handling the creek flow.

By Greg Farrar
Construction continues Nov. 14 on the new Issaquah Salmon Hatchery intake (right) at Issaquah Creek, above the sloping fish ladder weir system, which is complete and handling the creek flow.

November could end before the Issaquah Creek dam project.

Originally slated for completion Sept. 15, the replacement of the old creek dam with a series of sloping weirs has fallen well off schedule. Tim Ward, project manager with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, now says he expects completion around Nov. 30.

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Salmon Days Festival Grande Parade / Oct. 5, 2013

October 5, 2013

Come out for food, fun and flair at 44th annual Salmon Days

October 1, 2013

As the salmon return, so do the thousands of people expected for this year’s Salmon Days Festival.

Oct. 5 and 6 will see coho, chinook, sockeye, kokanee and many festivalgoers make their way to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery for a weekendlong celebration full of events, activities, food and music.

The homegrown event celebrates the return of local salmon as they make their pilgrimage from the Pacific Ocean back to the spawning grounds of Issaquah Creek and the hatchery. Approximately 180,000 people attended last year’s event, which was met with sunny, mild weather.

The Grand Parade will kick off the weekend beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 5. It will wind its way down Front Street to the hatchery in a bright display of community spirit and appreciation of the surrounding environment.

By Greg Farrar Two Chinook salmon struggle at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery weir Sept. 26 to return upstream seeking a place to spawn in Issaquah Creek.

By Greg Farrar
Two Chinook salmon struggle at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery weir Sept. 26 to return upstream seeking a place to spawn in Issaquah Creek.

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Canoe Carving At The Hatchery / Sept. 21, 2013

September 24, 2013

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