Down Home 4th, Heritage Day are pure patriotism; see fireworks at state park

July 2, 2015

Robin Kelley may be kept busiest when it comes to Salmon Days in October. But as director of festivals for the city of Issaquah, she confided that their favorite time of year just might be the Fourth of July.

That’s when the community turns out for Issaquah’s Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day.

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Editorial — Be safe in the water in this warm weather

July 2, 2015

Leading up to the long Independence Day weekend, Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are urging everyone to be extremely careful when heading out on the water.

Pine Lake, Beaver Lake, Rattlesnake Lake, Lake Joy, Lake Kathleen, Lake McDonald and Lake Sammamish, along with the Snoqualmie River and its tributaries, attract lots of recreationalists, especially this time of year.

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Corrections

June 17, 2015

In the story “Goo in Tibbetts Creek is deicer, not hazardous,” in the June 4 Press, the first name of Issaquah Sewer/Stormwater Operations Manager Harvey Walker was incorrect.

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Lobby group says state Senate cut funding for rebuilding Sunset Beach

June 10, 2015

The final state budget has yet to be written.

But the state Senate version contains some $68.8 million for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, according to information provided by the Wildlife and Recreation Coalition.

That coalition is a private, statewide advocacy group that supports outdoor and environmental projects across Washington.

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Youth rowers headed to nationals

June 10, 2015

Skyline High School students Isaac Beeman and Adam Rockett qualified for the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships, held June 12-14 in Sarasota, Florida.

Contributed The Sammamish Rowing Association’s Varsity Men’s +8 was one of two championship boats at May’s Northwest regional meet that included local athletes. Pictured above (from left to right): Head coach Steven Freygang, Josh Warnick, Nathan Lewis, Chris Tzekov, Christian Rouhana, Madison Mariani, Elijah Maesner, Tennyson Federspiel, Sam Halbert, Peter Arata and assistant coach Dennis Ferrer.

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The Sammamish Rowing Association’s Varsity Men’s +8 was one of two championship boats at May’s Northwest regional meet that included local athletes. Pictured above (from left to right): Head coach Steven Freygang, Josh Warnick, Nathan Lewis, Chris Tzekov, Christian Rouhana, Madison Mariani, Elijah Maesner, Tennyson Federspiel, Sam Halbert, Peter Arata and assistant coach Dennis Ferrer.

Beeman and Rockett were part of a team that won the gold medal during U.S. Rowing’s Northwest Regional Youth Championships, May 15-17 in Vancouver, Washington.

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Development raises fears of adding traffic, harm spawning salmon

May 27, 2015

One year ago, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and King County Executive Dow Constantine knelt with schoolchildren to release kokanee salmon fry into a Sammamish creek and celebrate a $300,000 habitat-restoration project.

Down to about 50 spawning fish in 2008, the kokanee, a relative of the sockeye that spends its entire life in fresh water, made a stirring recovery in 2012 with more than 14,000 returning to Lake Sammamish tributaries, about 4,500 of those to Ebright Creek.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times  Wally Pereyra lives on Ebright Creek just across the road from the east shore of Lake Sammamish, and he has worked to restore stream habitat to support spawning runs of kokanee salmon. He spent more than $200,000 to replace a small culvert with this bridge that spans the creek.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times
Wally Pereyra lives on Ebright Creek just across the road from the east shore of Lake Sammamish, and he has worked to restore stream habitat to support spawning runs of kokanee salmon. He spent more than $200,000 to replace a small culvert with this bridge that spans the creek.

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Project costs slashed, but Issaquah may still see state transportation dollars

May 27, 2015

While a final answer may not arrive until the end of next month, at least one local legislator is hoping he can bring home some dollars to ease congestion on Interstate 90.

The city was in line for about $126 million for road projects in the Senate version of the state’s latest budget, Mayor Fred Butler said in March.

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Free concert comes to Lake Sammamish State Park on June 6

May 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 27, 2015

Summer Smash, a free concert coming June 6 to Lake Sammamish State Park, will feature Nolan Garrett along with other local groups Cygnus, Last Minute, LocoMotive and the School of Rock House Band.

The backdrop to the stage will be a glorious view of Lake Sammamish.

The concert occurs on a “free day” so no Discover Pass is required to park and there is no admission charge. The concert begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 7 p.m.

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Costco to host book signing May 9 for local author of ‘Lake Sammamish: Through Time’

May 7, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 7, 2015

Sammamish author Kate Thibodeau will sign copies of her book “Lake Sammamish: Through Time” from 1-3 p.m. May 9 at the Kirkland Costco, 8629 120th Ave. N.E.

Featuring full-color vintage images depicting scenes of days gone by, the book probes into the history of this unique locality.

The shores of the freshwater Lake Sammamish have been home to many, from the Sammamish Native Americans to the current population. In the 19th century, timber companies realized the potential for development along Lake Sammamish, and logging operations thrived for years.

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Lake Sammamish State Park hosts kayak nature tour April 12

April 11, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 11, 2015

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Issaquah’s Paddle Sports and Kayak Academy host a kayak tour along the shores of Lake Sammamish to view great blue herons in their nesting habitat.

The tour is from noon to 3:30 p.m. April 12 at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. The park hosts one of the largest heronries in the greater Seattle area with 80 to 100 pairs of nesting great blue herons.

The tour costs $18 per person. Pre-registration is required online at www.kayakacademy.com.

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