Salmon Days Festival volunteer sign-up party is Sept. 10

August 30, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 30, 2013

Salmon Days organizers need all the help they can muster to accommodate the more than 150,000 visitors expected to stream into Issaquah for the annual festival Oct. 5-6.

Prospective volunteers can join the iconic festival at the annual Salmon Days volunteer sign-up party Sept. 10. Organizers need volunteers for a variety of activities, including manning booths, selling souvenirs and cleaning up after the event concludes.

“We look forward to seeing the smiling faces of longtime volunteers as well as meeting new members of the community, who we hope, like our salmon, return each year,”  Salmon Days Festival Director Robin Kelley said in a statement.

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A dam shame

August 29, 2013

Salmon Cartoon copy

Hatchery to drive salmon upstream due to dam construction delay

August 27, 2013

By Greg Farrar Workmen with SNC-Lavalin place a temporary lateral brace lowered by crane Aug. 16 for permanent sheet pile walls, which will surround the new hatchery water intake structure at Issaquah Creek.

By Greg Farrar
Workmen with SNC-Lavalin place a temporary lateral brace lowered by crane Aug. 16 for permanent sheet pile walls, which will surround the new hatchery water intake structure at Issaquah Creek.

With the Issaquah Creek dam renovation falling behind schedule, trucks will take spawning salmon upstream.

For a number of reasons, some vague, the project completion date has been pushed back from Sept. 15 to sometime in early to mid-October. That will heavily interfere with the spawning run of returning chinook and coho salmon. As a contingency, Issaquah Salmon Hatchery workers will gather the fish, truck them to a point beyond the construction and return them to the creek.

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Issaquah Creek Hatchery Intake Dam Construction / Aug. 22, 2013

August 27, 2013

Beaver Lake will get
 1,200 large hatchery rainbow trout for Aug. 21

August 16, 2013

NEW – 5:45 p.m. Aug. 16, 2013

Get out your fishing pole. It will soon be time to catch large trout in Beaver Lake, thanks to the release of about 1,200 hatchery rainbows averaging about 1 pound each.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is scheduled to release the fish Aug. 20. The agency will close the Beaver Lake access site at sunset Aug. 19 and reopen the site at sunrise Aug. 21. Beaver Lake, however, will remain open to fishing while the access site is closed.

The trout are part of an educational display at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

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Learn about FISH plans for aquarium July 26

July 23, 2013

Volunteer organization Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery will host an informational and fundraising meeting July 26.

In an attempt to outline a newly launched project, FISH invites the public to learn about replacing the aquarium exhibit in the entrance to the hatchery.

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Hatchery eyes new aquarium exhibit

July 16, 2013

Volunteer organization Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery looks to replace an exhibit aquarium and is holding a fundraising meeting July 26.

In the public entryway to the hatchery, an aquarium gave an underwater view of the spawned salmon. After the old aquarium sat on display for more than 10 years, the hard-working docents who give their time to educate the community determined that it would be better for hatchery tours if the tank were replaced.

“It was just a real chore to keep the aquarium clean,” FISH Executive Director Jane Keuchle said. “Volunteers discovered that the whole thing needs to go. Then, they got this idea to make it like Issaquah Creek.”

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Kokanee release celebrates species recovery

April 30, 2013

Marking the fourth year of a successful effort, The Kokanee Work Group, along with the cities of Issaquah and Sammamish, held its annual kokanee fry release last week with the help of area fourth-graders.

On a sunny and mild April 26, a group of students from Elizabeth Blackwell Elementary School placed several hundred young kokanee salmon into their home waters of Ebright Creek. The concentrated effort to save the species, which lives most of its life in Lake Sammamish, celebrated the results of a recovery after the fish had hovered on the edge of extinction.

By Peter Clark King County Executive Dow Constantine (left) and mayor Ava Frisinger release kokanee salmon fry from their plastic cups into Ebright Creek April 26, during the annual celebration of the continuing restoration effort for the endangered species.

By Peter Clark
King County Executive Dow Constantine (left) and mayor Ava Frisinger release kokanee salmon fry from their plastic cups into Ebright Creek April 26, during the annual celebration of the continuing restoration effort for the endangered species.

Sammamish Mayor Tom Odell praised the citizens who have come together to help the native fish.

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Kokanee Fry Release To Issaquah Creek / April 19, 2013

April 23, 2013

Salmon Days Festival is ‘Streaming Live’

January 29, 2013

2013 Salmon Days Festival logo

2013 Salmon Days Festival logo

Salmon Days Festival organizers adore puns. For the next festival theme, expect a blend of homespun and high-tech.

The theme for the October celebration is “Streaming Live” — a nod to instantaneous communication and salmon habitat.

“Even after 44 years, our Salmon Days Festival promises to be more current than ever,” Robin Kelley, lead Salmon Days organizer, said in unveiling the theme Jan. 24. “Innovation and interpretation, pixilation and Pinterest, in the cloud, going viral, browsing and blogs. This year’s theme is today and looking to the future.”

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