Student League hosts mountain bike program

September 17, 2013

The nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s Washington Student League hosts the Dirt Explorers Club for students in grades seven through 12.

The Dirt Explorers Club lets teens explore new trails, make new friends, work on basic mountain bike skills, stay fit and have fun riding in the outdoors. Dirt Explorers is open to bike riders of any ability or fitness level.

The club meets from 10 a.m. to noon:

  • Sept. 21 and 28 — Des Moines Beach Park, Des Moines
  • Oct. 5 and 12 — Philip Arnold Park, Renton

Read more

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance hosts first Dig-A-Thon

August 27, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 27, 2013

Join the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance during its first ever Dig-A-Thon, a project that relies on volunteers to build and maintain trails statewide, until Sept. 29.

Participants who volunteer for at least three hours at a trail work party can enter a raffle for prizes, including a Diamondback Sortie 29-inch mountain bike frame valued at $2,000. Evergreen will draw for raffle prizes during the grand finale barbecue Sept. 29.

Volunteers of all ages, experience and fitness levels can participate. Most of the trails are multi-use, and all are open to mountain bikes.

Read more

Tiger Mountain is test for commissioner of public lands candidates

October 30, 2012

Tiger Mountain is a destination for hikers, mountain bikers and loggers, and the official responsible for acting as a referee to balance the competing interests is the state commissioner of public lands.

Clint Didier

Peter Goldmark

Republican Clint Didier is challenging the incumbent, Democrat Peter Goldmark, to serve as the top natural resources official in Washington.

The commissioner of public lands leads the state Department of Natural Resources, and oversees about 3 million acres of forests, agricultural land and other properties, as well as about 2.6 million acres of shorelines, tidelands, lakes and rivers.

The position carries outsized influence in the Issaquah area. The agency is often a factor in local policymaking, due to the connections among the Department of Natural Resources, Issaquah City Hall and outdoor recreation groups.

Read more

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day comes to Duthie Hill Park

October 4, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 4, 2012

Duthie Hill Park hosts Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, as Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and Cascade Bicycle Club offer a free mountain biking event.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and includes trail riding, a children’s obstacle course, a jump show from local and pro riders, a free barbecue and prizes at the park near Issaquah. The event is open to all ages, and parents can ride with children.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is a yearly celebration meant to encourage communities around the globe to join together and ride mountain bikes with youths. In 2011, the Duthie Hill Park event hosted more than 100 children.

Read more

Evergreen Enduro Race / Sept. 22, 2012

September 25, 2012

Evergreen Enduro Tiger Mountain Bike Race comes to Issaquah Alps

September 18, 2012

For the first time, the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance will present the inaugural Evergreen Enduro Tiger Mountain Bike Race on Sept. 22.

More than 150 racers will assemble in the upper Tiger Mountain Summit parking lot off highway 18 between 8 and 9 a.m.; racing will get underway at 10 a.m.

All proceeds from the race will go toward building and maintaining mountain bike trails on Tiger Mountain, which have been in operation for the past 20 years, but have never served as a venue for a race.

Read more

Local mountain biker to represent U.S. at international orienteering championship

August 14, 2012

Rebecca Jensen trains for the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships by riding through trails at Issaquah’s Grand Ridge Park. For this photo, she set a camera in the trees and put it on a timer to get the shot. Contributed by Rebecca Jensen

Rebecca Jensen loves mountain biking.

The only reason she moved to Issaquah in 2010 was to take advantage of the trails around the area.

Read more

Student cyclers take second at state mountain biking race

May 8, 2012

Silas Harrison, Issaquah High School student and Eastside Composite team member, navigates a curve in the trail during the Washougal MX Challenge on April 15 in Washougal. Contributed

Game day looks and feels a little different to coach Phil Therrein and his crew of 18 student athletes.

“Nobody sits on the sidelines,” he said.  “Everybody races on race day.”

Therrein, the coach of an Eastside composite competitive high school mountain biking team since the Washington High School Cycling League’s inception two years ago, said he wouldn’t have it any other way.

The team took second place overall out of 19 teams at the Washougal MX Challenge on April 15 in Washougal, including a first-place finish in the varsity girls category from Mercer Island student Mikayla Davis.

Members of the team include four Mount Si students, as well as athletes from Issaquah, Skyline and Mercer Island high schools.

The Mount Si students include freshmen Nate Lewiston, Nick Larson, Joe Steenvroode and sophomore Boone Hapke.

Read more

Join hike, barbecue to celebrate Grand Ridge Park milestone

April 3, 2012

The effort to link the High Point Trail to Duthie Hill Park on the Sammamish Plateau consumed almost a decade and more than 40,000 hours from Washington Trails Association volunteers.

The public is invited to join King County Parks and the Washington Trails Association on April 5 to celebrate the yearslong push to complete the trail connection. Citizens can join a hike through Grand Ridge Park and a barbecue at Duthie Hill Park.

Read more

Issaquah City Council sets goals for 2012

June 21, 2011

Less than a month after gathering to brainstorm ideas for the coming year, City Council members set ambitious goals for 2012, including possible solutions for cash-strapped Lake Sammamish State Park, a more citizen-friendly budgeting process and a commission to address economic vitality.

The council OK’d the list June 6, and sent Mayor Ava Frisinger priorities for the months ahead. The decision represents the initial step in the process to shape the 2012 municipal budget. The unanimous decision came after council members met for a rare Saturday meeting May 14 to outline goals.

“In my view, these are a balanced set of goals that cover just about every aspect of city government,” Councilman Fred Butler said during the June 6 meeting. “There’s something in there for everyone.”

The list calls for the city to join with the DownTown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce to determine options for a structured parking study. Issues related to downtown parking — a headache during ArtWalk, Fenders on Front Street and other summertime events — emerged as the top priority at the retreat.

Read more

Next Page »