Get special presentation, tour at hatchery Sept. 19

September 16, 2014

The public is invited to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery for a special tour and presentation — “Salmon Recovery…We Can’t Do It Alone” — Sept. 19.

Learn about the impact on the Lake Sammamish watershed of human activity and ways individuals and policy makers can create an environment in which salmon can thrive. The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery has invited those who make decisions within their respective jurisdictions that impact the watershed to this special presentation.

Speakers will include:

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Charity run benefits lake salmon

September 16, 2014

Help benefit Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon restoration efforts at the Run With the Kokanee 5K and 10K charity race Oct. 18 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Proceeds benefit the Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited and its efforts to save Lake Sammamish kokanee.

Learn more here.

 

Go flying over Lake Sammamish in upcoming courses

September 9, 2014

Washington State Parks offers a Safety in Flight Training course Sept. 10-17 and Sept. 26 through Oct. 1 at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road.

The flying is in the Sunset Beach area, all day.

The course involves experts towing paragliders behind a boat on the lake who instruct students on various safety maneuvers.

 

Standup paddling is all the rage at lake this summer

August 26, 2014

Looking to get away from the shady turf of your office and catch some rays on the sunny surface of Lake Sammamish?

By Jared Poston Lindsay Lambert bends into a scorpion pose on a standup paddleboard, just offshore of Tibbetts Beach.

By Jared Poston
Lindsay Lambert bends into a scorpion pose on a standup paddleboard, just offshore of Tibbetts Beach.

Kayaking, sailing, wakeboarding and waterskiing are still popular, but more people are taking to the water on standup paddleboards — aka SUP: cruising both sides of the lake, checking out the fancy homes, getting close to otters, beavers and bald eagles and maybe getting all Huck Finn with a trip up Tibbetts Creek or Issaquah Creek.

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Talus trees are still standing for now

August 19, 2014

A tussle over trees in Talus continues to take its toll.

After six homeowners applied to the Talus Residential Association to remove 19 trees in a communal area this past spring, a groundswell of protest began aiming to protect the landscape. The homeowner applicants claimed that the trees blocked views offered by the development’s place on Cougar Mountain.

“We had views of Lake Sammamish, downtown Issaquah and the Cascades,” Henry Farber, one of the initial applicants and the attorney representing them, said. “That was part of the interest in buying these houses for all six of us. In the last eight years, all these trees have grown over.”

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Editorial: Kokanee work group does important work

July 15, 2014

The Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group is one of those little committees that government seems to form all the time. Typically, these sorts of bodies get together, author an important-sounding report and disband. The report gathers dust, and nothing actually happens.

This one is different. The kokanee work group has certainly done its share of fact-finding, but the facts are being put to use. The little red fish is recovering, and the efforts of the work group should be applauded.

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Two dead after woman drives through house on Lake Sammamish

May 19, 2014

NEW — 11:35 a.m. May 19, 2014

Two men are dead and a woman critically inured after another woman drove her SUV through her house and nearly into Lake Sammamish May 16.

The woman, 68, seemed to be moving her vehicle, said Sgt. D.B. Gates, of the King County Sheriff’s Office. Her 3-year-old grandson was on her lap at the time, Gates said.

The car drove through her house in the 3400 block of East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane Southeast and out the other side, going across a deck.

In the process a 70-year-old man, the woman’s partner, was killed. The woman’s 40-year-old son-in-law was critically injured and later died at Harborview Medical Center. The woman’s 34-year-old daughter was also critically injured but remained alive as of May 19.

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Sally Jewell announces watershed
partnership

April 29, 2014

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined local conservation leaders April 25 to announce that Lake Sammamish has been chosen as one of eight pilot partnerships nationwide under the Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative.

The partnership will help connect people in the Seattle metro-area to the great outdoors and, in particular, efforts to restore kokanee salmon runs in the Lake Sammamish Watershed.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler (left) shares a laugh with Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, as she meets and greets dozens of local officials April 25.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler (left) shares a laugh with Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, as she meets and greets dozens of local officials April 25.

“Children have become increasingly disconnected from nature,” Jewell said in a news release. “The Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership seeks to reverse this trend by providing meaningful opportunities for urban residents in the region, especially young people, to get outdoors and engage in hands-on learning and conservation of kokanee salmon and its habitat.”

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King County hosts open house series for trail project update

March 11, 2014

Come to any of four King County Parks’ open houses and learn more about design and planning for the South Sammamish segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail project.

King County Parks is hosting the open house series to update residents about converting this portion of the trail from the interim soft surface trail to a master planned trail, including paving, soft-surface shoulders, fencing, landscaping, intersection crossing treatments and more.

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Editorial

March 11, 2014

State park lifeguards worth considering

The park manager at Lake Sammamish State Park is asking Issaquah to consider chipping in for lifeguards at the beaches on Lake Sammamish. The idea is worth considering, but the city must protect its interests.

The state ran a pilot program of placing lifeguards on the beaches in 2007 and 2008. In that time, the number of average daily visitors to guarded beaches rose from about 178 to 267. Considering it sometimes takes time for word to spread of a new program, it’s likely that many of the visitors in the second year heard about lifeguards and made the decision to come to the beach because they knew they and their children would be safe.

If the increase in visitation continues, with a commensurate increase in revenue from fees to enter the park, it would help offset the costs of hiring lifeguards for the swimming season. From a fiscal standpoint, the lifeguards would quickly pay for themselves.

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