Sign up now for kayak tours at Lake Sammamish

March 11, 2014

Kayak Academy is now taking registrations for its annual spring nature tour along the shores of Lake Sammamish.

A professional kayak guide leads the two-hour tour along the shores of Lake Sammamish and up a portion of Issaquah Creek.

During the tour, a state park ranger will present an on-the-water program about the Great Blue Heron.

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Issaquah High School earns Jostens national yearbook design recognition

March 11, 2014

Issaquah High School’s yearbook, “The Sammamish,” has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2014 Jostens “Gotcha Covered Look Book,” celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage.

The “Look Book” is “a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling copy and action-packed photography,” according to the Jostens website. Along with design excellence, the annually published “Look Book” honors the important role well-crafted yearbooks play in helping schools chronicle the experiences, stories and achievements most relevant to students and that academic year.

Issaquah High School’s yearbook

Issaquah High School’s yearbook

The Sammamish was created by Editor-in-Chief Isabel Beaudoin, Student Activities Editor Michelle Yoshihara, Athletics Editor Amanda Kibbel, Academics Editor Melanie Page, Clubs and Organizations Editor Ashley Yeh, People Editor Malia Villani, Senior Ads Editor Jacob Masaki, Index Editor Mitchell Yin, and staff members Songbong Chu, Shane Fong, Alexis Grosclaude, Alex Hagen and Amanda Ulrich under the direction of Ellen Jarvinen, Issaquah High School yearbook adviser.

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Stormwater program invites public comment

February 25, 2014

A draft Stormwater Management Program report is available for public comment through March 24.

The document was created to educate the public about stormwater pollution, outline steps to reduce harmful discharges and limit runoff in environmentally sensitive areas.

Under a municipal stormwater permit for Western Washington, the city of Issaquah is authorized to discharge stormwater into “waters of the state,” including Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish, if the city takes action to prevent stormwater pollution.

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The green necklace: a gift to the city and the environment

February 21, 2014

More and more, people within the city are talking about the planned “green necklace.” It isn’t a gift of jewelry to citizens, but many see it as a gift to residents nonetheless.

The green necklace refers to a circle of parks and open spaces around the city, allowing easy pedestrian and bicycle access. It includes Lake Sammamish and the Issaquah Alps in the goal to surround the city and provide interconnected pathways between open spaces.

By Peter Clark Anne McGill, Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department director, visits the future Phase 3 site of Confluence Park, in an area she hopes the city will name ‘Margaret’s Meadow’ in honor of late park planner Margaret Macleod.

By Peter Clark
Anne McGill, Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department director, visits the future Phase 3 site of Confluence Park, in an area she hopes the city will name ‘Margaret’s Meadow’ in honor of late park planner Margaret Macleod.

Though the idea has existed for decades, the Issaquah City Council expressly outlined a plan to create the network of open space in the Central Issaquah Plan, approved in December 2012.

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Christmas Boat Parade hits Lake Sammamish

December 3, 2013

A new tradition begins this year with the first parade of boats decked out in holiday lights on Lake Sammamish at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 (rain date Dec. 8) at the state park beach.

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park invite the public to sing carols around a bonfire and sip hot chocolate while enjoying the magic of the twinkling lights on the boats from the beach at the park. Visitors will need a Discover Pass to enter the park or pay a $10 admission fee per carload.

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Come see holiday lights at Christmas Boat Parade on Lake Sammamish on Dec. 7

November 26, 2013

NEW — 4 p.m. Nov. 26, 2013

A new tradition begins this year with the first parade of boats decked out in holiday lights on Lake Sammamish at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 (rain date Dec. 8) at the state park beach.

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park invite the public to sing carols around a bonfire and sip hot chocolate while enjoying the magic of the twinkling lights on the boats from the beach at the park.

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Cyclocross comes to Lake Sammamish

September 24, 2013

MFG Cyclocross presents its second leg of its Cyclocross series at Lake Sammamish State Park Sept. 29. The race is a combination of off-road bicycling and running hurdles.

Pre-register by 5 p.m. Sept. 27 online at BikeReg.com for a $5 discount. Day-of-race registration is available.

Adults are $30, beginners are $15, children 10 and older are $10, and children younger than 10 are free. There is a cash prize of $80 for first place, $60 for second and $40 for third. The race is part of a five-part series.

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FISH hosts Public Officials Day Sept. 25; public is invited

September 21, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 21, 2013

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is hosting a special event to educate local elected leaders and the public about the importance of the hatchery and salmon conservation.

Officials from the area have been invited to a special presentation at 2 p.m. Sept. 25. FISH’s board of directors has invited City Council members, school district directors, water district commissioners, Metropolitan King County Council members, and state lawmakers from cities and districts that surround Lake Sammamish.

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Lake Sammamish earns federal designation

September 17, 2013

Lake Sammamish is one of only two places in the nation to earn a new federal designation. While the details of the program are unclear, it seems to mean that local officials will get some federal help in explaining the importance of the lake and its ecosystem.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has placed Lake Sammamish, and Masonville Cove in Baltimore, in its Urban Partnership Program, according to Denise Hawkins, of fish and wildlife.

The idea for the program came from the group that designates wildlife refuges. Typically, that means designating huge tracts of land as a refuge in order to protect wildlife habitat, Hawkins said. These typically end up in more rural areas, so in order to allow more people to be able to visit an area and learn about it, they decided to work in more populous settings.

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Lake Sammamish State Park Boardwalk Opens / Sept 12, 2013

September 17, 2013

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