FISH volunteers to open gift shop at Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

August 30, 2011

Future visitors to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery will be able to take a piece, or at least a souvenir, of the hatchery home with them.

“A gift shop has been a dream of a lot of people for a long time,” said Jane Kuechle, executive director of the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

As many know, FISH operates various programs at the state-owned hatchery. It also will operate what will be the facility’s first gift shop and the nonprofit group has set a tentative opening day of Sept. 10, Kuechle said.

Right now, she added, organizers are in the midst of ordering merchandise for the shop. That merchandise includes T-shirts, posters, pins and various books. The last will be for adults and children, Kuechle said.

At least initially, the gift shop will only be open on weekends. Staff will consist of FISH volunteers.

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Migrating chinook reach Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

August 30, 2011

The autumn salmon spawning season in Issaquah Creek started early Aug. 23 as chinook reached the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Hatchery Foreman John Kugen spotted a pair of female chinook, or hens, in the creek just north of the bridge across Issaquah Creek on the hatchery grounds and alerted Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Executive Director Jane Kuechle at about 9 a.m.

“I was here and I was kind of fiddling around the office and all of the sudden he popped his head and he said, ‘The chinook are here!’” she said.

The announcement came as a tour group explored the hatchery. Docents led the guests to the creek bank to see the fish.

“I’m just excited to see the fish come and for things to get started around here,” Kuechle said.

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Migrating chinook reach Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

August 23, 2011

NEW — 9:40 a.m. Aug. 23, 2011

Chinook salmon reached Issaquah Creek at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery on Tuesday morning, marking the start of the fall spawning season in the creek.

Hatchery Foreman John Kugen spotted a pair of female chinook, or hens, in the creek just north of the bridge across Issaquah Creek on the hatchery grounds, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Executive Director Jane Kuechle said.

The summer and fall chinook salmon returns to Puget Sound should reach about 243,000 fish — more than the 226,000 fish projected for last year.

In 2010, FISH volunteers and hatchery workers spotted the first salmon of the year in Issaquah Creek in mid-July — more than a month before the fish usually arrive.

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is fishing for volunteers

August 2, 2011

Jane Kuechle

Onlookers teem to the bridge across Issaquah Creek and Issaquah Salmon Hatchery grounds each fall as coho and chinook salmon complete a long journey from the Pacific Ocean.

In order to share information and tales about the salmon species’ life cycle, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery needs volunteers to serve as guides. The spawning season stretches from September through November.

FISH, a nonprofit organization, conducts educational tours for school groups and other hatchery visitors on weekdays each autumn, as traffic transforms the quiet hatchery grounds into a bona fide tourist destination.

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Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is fishing for volunteers

July 27, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. July 27, 2011

Jane Kuechle

Onlookers teem to the bridge across Issaquah Creek and Issaquah Salmon Hatchery grounds each fall as coho and chinook salmon complete a long journey from the Pacific Ocean.

In order to share information and tales about the salmon species’ life cycle, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery needs volunteers to serve as guides. The spawning season stretches from September through November.

FISH, a nonprofit organization, conducts educational tours for school groups and other hatchery visitors on weekdays each autumn, as traffic transforms the quiet hatchery grounds into a bona fide tourist destination.

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FISH hires new executive director

May 31, 2011

Jane Kuechle spent many hours as a girl on family road trips to out-of-the-way Oregon places.

Jane Kuechle

“Wherever we went, we would stop whenever we saw a salmon hatchery,” she recalled.

Kuechle, a longtime leader in local nonprofit organizations, is about to spend more time at a salmon hatchery. The expert in fundraising and nonprofit management is the next executive director of Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, the nonprofit group responsible for education and tours at the downtown hatchery.

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Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery selects leader

May 26, 2011

NEW — 3:30 p.m. May 26, 2011

Jane Kuechle

Jane Kuechle spent many hours as a girl on family road trips to out-of-the-way Oregon places.

“Wherever we went, we would stop whenever we saw a salmon hatchery,” she recalled.

Kuechle, a longtime leader in local nonprofit organizations, is about to spend more time at a salmon hatchery. The expert in fundraising and nonprofit management is the next executive director of Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, the nonprofit group responsible for education and tours at the downtown hatchery.

Mayor Ava Frisinger, FISH board president, said members selected Kuechle from more than 30 applicants.

“The board went through a very long and rigorous process of selecting people,” Frisinger said after announcing the appointment Thursday.

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Issaquah mayor lauds AtWork!

October 19, 2010

Mayor Ava Frisinger has declared October as Jobs Powered by AtWork! Month in Issaquah.

The proclamation, issued Oct. 4 at a City Council meeting, commended AtWork! for supporting people with developmental disabilities in their quest to seek and maintain employment. Frisinger also commended 14 local businesses for hiring AtWork! clients.

In addition, the proclamation commended the nonprofit organization for supporting 24 Issaquah residents and AtWork! clients. The proclamation lauded the organization for empowering clients to lead productive and meaningful lives, provide support for their families and develop the skills necessary for long-term employment.

AtWork! Chief Development Officer Jane Kuechle accepted the proclamation from the mayor.

Issaquah mayor lauds AtWork! for employment efforts

October 8, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 8, 2010

Mayor Ava Frisinger has declared October as Jobs Powered by AtWork! Month in Issaquah.

The proclamation, issued Monday at a City Council meeting, commended AtWork! for supporting people with developmental disabilities in their quest to seek and maintain employment. Frisinger also commended 14 local businesses for hiring AtWork! clients.

In addition, the proclamation commended the nonprofit organization for supporting 24 Issaquah residents and AtWork! clients. The proclamation lauded the organization for empowering clients to lead productive and meaningful lives, provide support for their families and develop the skills necessary for long-term employment.

AtWork! Chief Development Officer Jane Kuechle accepted the proclamation from the mayor.

Who’s News

June 1, 2010

AtWork! official earns national certificate of achievement

Jane Kuechle, chief development officer for AtWork!, has been awarded a National Certificate of Achievement in Community Rehabilitation Management by the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators.

To receive the certificate Kuechle, of Issaquah, successfully completed more than 60 hours of instruction in financial management, marketing, human resources and leadership for rehabilitation programs. The Community Rehabilitation Management Certificate Series is taught by training specialists and instructors through the Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation at the University of Washington’s School of Rehabilitation Medicine Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center Northwest.

AtWork! is a 47-year-old private nonprofit company, based in Bellevue and Issaquah, that provides employment services to people with disabilities throughout King County, by helping them learn marketable skills; find and keep good jobs in the community; and earn wages and benefits that help them escape poverty.

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