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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 10, 2015
A weird thing just happened in the city of Sammamish.
The final word has yet to be written, but local officials and residents have reason to be optimistic, maybe even happy.
December 23, 2014
At 10:37 a.m. March 22, one of the largest landslides in the history of the state happened between the towns of Arlington and Darrington and became generally known as the SR 530, or Oso, landslide.
The slide killed 43 people, destroyed more than 40 homes and other structures, and grabbed national attention.
December 16, 2014
While they all seemed to agree it is way too early to tell for sure, after meeting with King County leaders, city of Sammamish officials say there may yet be some give and take to be had as construction of the East Lake Sammamish Trail moves forward.
The trail is a major sore spot with numerous residents living near the pathway, which follows the old railroad route around the edge of Lake Sammamish.
December 9, 2014
Since this week’s column is in that sweet spot halfway between Thanksgiving and Christmas, here is something your friendly photographer has never written before — a quick list of the things in life that I am thankful for.
Sure, it could be a list of problems and gripes, but maybe in this cattywampus world we need to exercise our thankful muscles a bit!
December 8, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 8, 2014
A 68-year-old Sammamish woman was charged Dec. 5, accused of mixing wine and sleeping pills when she crashed her Jeep through her lakefront home in May, killing her husband and son-in-law and seriously injuring her daughter.
Carol Fedigan, who also is accused of endangering her young grandson who was seated on her lap at the time of the crash, was briefly booked into the King County Jail in May but was conditionally released, jail records show.
“We had to wait for the toxicology report to come back,” Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, said explaining why it took nearly seven months to file charges.