August 12, 2014
NEW — 9:35 a.m. Aug. 12, 2014
Washington State Parks announced today that campfires in all state parks will be prohibited until further notice to help prevent human-caused wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains.
Locally, that includes Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park.
The prohibition on campfires in state parks complies with the announcement Monday by Washington State Department of Natural Resources, which notified the public of a ban on all outdoor burning on lands protected by the department, through Sept. 30.
That agency has fire protection responsibility for all but a few state parks. Prohibiting open fires and campfires in all state parks is intended to minimize public confusion and cooperate with the department’s effort to prevent wildfires.
July 22, 2014
Issaquah Creek might receive some tender love, care of federal Cooperative Watershed Management Program grant funding.
Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Resource Inventory Area 8 recommended the King County Flood District award four of nine grants toward restoration of Issaquah Creek and protection of its salmon population.
The grants, totaling $816,500, would go to controlling knotweed along the creek bank, restoration at Lake Sammamish State Park, and conservation and restoration of the Juniper Street Park, according to the Cooperative Watershed Management project subcommittee report.
July 16, 2014
July 8, 2014
NEW — 11:30 a.m. July 08, 2014
The 5K Foam Fest “adventure run” returns to Lake Sammamish State Park on July 12.
Bounce, slide, leap and run through a course filled with obstacles, mud and fluffy white foam. Runners receive a T-shirt and medal, and for those 21 and older, a free alcoholic beverage at the end of the race.
Race organizers encourage participants to embrace the quirky, dress up in costumes, run with friends and focus on fun, rather than speed.
June 24, 2014
June 17, 2014
Take the morning June 23 to explore a haven for birds and wildlife at a birding walk at Lake Sammamish State Park.
The park offers a wide assortment of birds and habitats in its varied ecosystems. The trip, from 8 a.m. to noon, involves walking 2 to 3 miles.
Dress appropriately (rainproof in layers; some of the trails can be very muddy if wet).
June 10, 2014
Faith United Methodist Church’s volatile decision to host Tent City 4 changed a lot of minds, church leaders said as the traveling homeless shelter moved to its next site May 31.
After leaving Sammamish’s Mary, Queen of Peace in January, Tent City 4 set up for an emergency 30-day stay in Lake Sammamish State Park with the approval of the state. With options running low, the regional shelter petitioned for Faith United, located near the Klahanie neighborhood, to host the encampment.
“We kind of had to scramble to get things together, which we did,” Pastor John Brewer said. “After we got out in front of it, the experience itself of hosting Tent City 4 has gone very, very well. It went really without incident.”
June 10, 2014
You won’t need cash or a Discover Pass on this no-fee June 14 at Lake Sammamish State Park where Eastside Audubon members will guide an easy walk on level pathways in search of baby ducks and woodpeckers.
It’s the peak of the nesting season, so the group will be on the lookout for nests and baby birds. You’ll also be watching (and listening) for zipping hummingbirds, chattering kingfishers and soaring eagles.
Kids will learn from an Eastside Audubon expert about the variety of birds that use habitats ranging from lakeshore to streamside to woodland.
June 9, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. June 9, 2014
The public is invited June 12 to the annual meeting of Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park to hear an update about new developments at the park.
A project manager from the state parks staff will be on hand to outline the process of designing a new “destination” playground for 5- to 10-year-olds. Attendees will also learn about plans for the new bathhouse and new sand for Sunset Beach.
An update on the proposed projects that were submitted last summer will also be discussed.
Friends’ board members will give an overview of the group’s first year and its goals for the coming year.
The meeting will be a dessert potluck with beverages provided. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at the picnic shelter in the park.
May 13, 2014
Issaquah’s Lobbyist Doug Levy tried to make legislator lemonade out of the lemons given in the most recent legislative session.
He presented a post-session update to the City Council during the April 7 meeting and found some positive things to say about a relatively uneventful session.
“My sum up of this session would be there were certainly not areas where we feel like there was any significant harm done,” Levy said. “It’s just that I would have liked to be able to report more progress to you. It was a little bit more of a running-in-place kind of session.”