January 27, 2015
Have you ever tried to listen to the trees?
Sometimes while swinging in my backyard hammock under the maple I try to hear the poetry of the leaves shining in the breeze. Sometimes on a Tiger Mountain hike, in a grove of firs towering above the ferns on the forest floor, I meditate on the hymns they sing. Coming across a gnarled old giant like the Ruth Kees tree at Lake Tradition, I imagine being able to hear lessons from its centuries of wisdom.
Yet my affection for them pales in comparison to the love Alan Haywood has shown the trees and plants of Issaquah for the last 30 years as the city’s professional arborist. He will no longer be employed by the city after the end of March, and I’m going to miss him as a friend and as a walking, talking botany encyclopedia.
Alan is the only person I have ever met who seems to know off the top of his head the Latin name of every single plant and tree in his care! Not only that, he knows each one’s favorite soil, growing season, optimum requirements for sunlight, shade and irrigation, and best pruning practice. Read more
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.
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.
June 19, 2012
Four Scouts earn Eagle rank
Four Boy Scouts from Issaquah Troop 609 — Eric Hall, Zach Hall, Ben Fairhart and Jacob Tierney — earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor, at a court of honor ceremony June 4 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Bellevue.
Eric Hall planned and led for his Eagle Scout Project a volunteer effort to build the initial 150 feet of new trail in Squak Valley Park. Eric is an accomplished musician in the Issaquah High School wind ensemble, jazz band and Village Theatre Summerstock pit orchestra. Eric also plays football for the IHS football team and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Zach Hall planned and coordinated Scout and neighborhood volunteers to replace 30 yards of sand at South Cove Beach, repair signage and clean up landscaping. Zach is a proficient musician in the IHS wind ensemble, jazz band, Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Village Theatre Summerstock pit orchestra. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Japanese Club.
Ben Fairhart’s Eagle project involved the restoration of 150 feet of trail in Squak Valley Park. Outside of Scouting, Ben enjoys playing bass guitar with his band, The Greasy Spoon. Together they have performed in Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Buckley and most recently at El Corazon, in Seattle. He has also been active in service projects and mission trips through his church.
For his Eagle Scout project, Jacob “Jake” Tierney planned and organized the construction and ultimate emplacement of five wood duck nesting boxes along the shores of Lake Tradition. During this project, Jake also coordinated and supervised the relocation of wooden benches to a more useful location adjacent to Lake Tradition. Jake graduated with honors from Liberty High School on June 11. He will study engineering at Santa Clara University, in California in September. Jacob is also the proud recipient of a U.S. Air Force ROTC scholarship.
May 8, 2012
Park bond should include new museum
Voters last passed a park bond six years ago.
The city will soon launch a public opinion survey to gauge residents’ interest in what the bond might include. The survey should reach residents by late spring or early summer.
June 17, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. June 17, 2011
Celebrate the season as the Mountains to Sound Greenway Summer launches Saturday and Sunday.
The events start Saturday as the Issaquah Alps Trails Club leads the Olallie Lake hike. Join hike leader Mary Nolan on a moderately difficult, five- to six-mile hike with 1,200 feet gain in elevation to Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area lakes — Talapus and Olallie. Participants need a Northwest Forest Pass. The hike is open to all ages; no reservation is required. Join the hike at the Issaquah Trails House, 110 S.E. Bush St., at 9 a.m. Saturday. Call Nolan at 837-1535.
Learn about the Puget Sound watershed and salmon at the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery open house and tours Saturday. Explore the life of a salmon through hands-on exhibits, tours and a family-oriented open house featuring activities for all age group. Join FISH docents for 30-minute hatchery tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, is open 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
January 11, 2011
The city has lifted the dog ban at popular Timberlake Park along Lake Sammamish after 17 months.
City Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said the city decided to rescind the ban, because the regional animal services agency has promised to be more responsive to dog incidents at the 24-acre park. Read more
August 17, 2010
Henry David Thoreau had the right idea about experiencing nature: You need to clear your mind before taking a walk in the woods, so you can appreciate its peacefulness.
And it’s true, before going for a hike, climb, walk or a jog in the woods, it’s important to file away all of the worries of the world. Even if it’s for just the hour or so it takes to walk around Issaquah’s Tradition Lake.
“I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit,” Thoreau says in “Walking.” “What business have I in the woods, if I am thinking of something out of the woods?”
The city of Issaquah thought so highly of the quote that it put it on one of the educational placards installed along the Around the Lake Trail in the Tradition Plateau/West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area. Read more
July 27, 2010
The only thing better than hiking for exercise is hiking for a worthy cause.
Two local women are participating in the seventh annual Hike-a-Thon, a monthlong benefit put on by the Washington Trails Association each year.
Each registered hiker collects donations and sponsorships for the association throughout July and then, beginning Aug. 1, spends the entire month hiking Washington’s beautiful trails.
Every dollar collected goes toward the maintenance of local trails, as well as creating new trails across the state.
About 60 hikers have registered thus far, including Helen Owen, of Issaquah, and Rosie Sgrosso, of Newcastle.
April 20, 2010
King County Search and Rescue workers located a mountain biker early April 19 who had gone missing near Lake Tradition.
Issaquah Police searched the area for the 41-year-old man late April 18, and then asked the rescue group for assistance. Searchers located the man at about 1:15 a.m., just off a steep trail west of Lake Tradition.
The mountain biker had sustained head injuries due to a fall from his bike. Eastside Fire & Rescue crews transported him to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. His condition could not be determined by press time.
The police became involved after hikers noticed the mountain biker’s cell phone on a trail near Lake Tradition on the High Point Trailhead, and notified a friend of the man who then contacted police.
April 19, 2010
NEW — 7:45 a.m. April 19, 2010
King County Search and Rescue workers have located a mountain biker who had gone missing near Lake Tradition on Sunday.
Issaquah Police searched the area for the 41-year-old man, and then asked the rescue group for assistance. Searchers located the man at about 1:15 a.m. Monday, just off a steep trail west of Lake Tradition. The mountain biker had sustained head injuries due to a fall from his bike. Eastside Fire & Rescue crews transported him to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. His condition could not be determined Monday morning.
The police became involved after hikers noticed the mountain biker’s cell phone on a trail near Lake Tradition on the High Point Trailhead, and notified the man’s friend, who then contacted police.