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

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Off The Press — Surprises can still be found on government beat

March 10, 2015

A weird thing just happened in the city of Sammamish.

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

The final word has yet to be written, but local officials and residents have reason to be optimistic, maybe even happy.

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Officials say there is no chance of large-scale landslide locally

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.

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City leaders say county may be softening stance on trail issues

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.

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Off The Press — A list of thankful things cures a crazy world

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.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

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!

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Sammamish woman mixed wine with Ambien before fatal crash, according to vehicular homicide charges

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.

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Lake Sammamish boat docks receives $1 million funding

November 25, 2014

For the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, the proposed floating docks are part of an overall plan that predates even the founding of the group and that has been in the works for between five and 10 years.

In early November, the group received word that the plan for new boat docks off the shores of Sunset Beach has received approval from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

“We want to see the currently developed areas of the park improved,” said Chris Kovac, president of the Friends group.

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Exhibit examines Prohibition in Issaquah

October 28, 2014

If you find yourself in downtown Issaquah the night before Halloween, you may catch a glimpse of a gaggle of historical characters rampaging through the area.

Issaquah History Museums Local residents are photographed at an illicit Prohibition party during the 1920s.

Issaquah History Museums
Local residents are photographed at an illicit Prohibition party during the 1920s.

The History Pub Crawl is a partnership between the Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums to diversify the way local history is taught and to bring Issaquahans out in downtown on a Thursday night.

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Run with the Kokanee Oct. 18

October 14, 2014

Trout Unlimited will host its third annual Run with the Kokanee, a run through Lake Sammamish State Park benefitting the group’s work to protect kokanee salmon, on Oct. 18.

The flat course starts on paved park paths and finishes on wide, grassy trails. Runners can choose to do a 5K or 10K.

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Sunset Beach parking area closes for winter

October 14, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission recently released its 2014-15 winter schedule, with more than 60 parks remaining open seven days a week for camping and day-use activities.

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