July 9, 2015
While it might have made great farmland in its day, the property that now makes up Confluence Park does not, in its present condition, make for very good parkland or, probably more importantly, a very good habitat for local salmon.
The first step toward changing that is removal of 8,000 cubic feet of soil that fills what used to be part of the flood plain for Issaquah Creek, said Kerry Ritland, surface water manager for the city.
July 8, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. July 8, 2015
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is leading a hike July 18 to explore some of the lesser-known trails of Cougar Mountain.
But you have to pre-register, so sign up now at www.mtsgreenway.org/trek. Cost is $25 per person.
Cougar Mountain is a favorite destination for trail runners and hikers, but only a small fraction of its trails are well-known. This guided hike will travel from east to west across the mountain, traversing many of its quieter trails.
The Hidden Trails of Cougar Mountain hike is a part of the 25th anniversary Mountains to Sound Greenway Trek, as participants hike and bike across the proposed Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area from Ellensburg to Seattle.
June 3, 2015
A coalition of outdoor recreation groups has collected more than 3,000 signatures calling on Congress to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area.
The signatures were collected between April 15 and May 15 and support formally recognizing the 1.5 million-acre outdoor area connecting Seattle to Ellensburg as a National Heritage Area.
April 14, 2015
Celebrate Earth Day at Cougar Mountain Zoo’s Party for the Planet on April 18.
Special guests include the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society, Mountains to Sound Greenway and many more. Activities include Tobias the Magician, face painting and Earth-friendly arts and crafts, as well as Earth Day-themed mini-lectures for the zoo animals. You can also get your portrait drawn by a caricaturist.
See a complete schedule of mini-lectures at http://bit.ly/1axnfe0.
April 14, 2015
The Issaquah Alps Trails Club annually sponsors the Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship, available to this year’s graduating seniors at Hazen, Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools.
The top prize is a $1,000 scholarship, with second place getting $500 and third place receiving $250. The deadline is May 1.
March 11, 2015
NEW — 2 p.m. March 11, 2015
Leadership Eastside hosts a free State of the Eastside Morning Forum from 7:30-9 a.m. March 12 at the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah Highlands, 930 N.E. High Street.
State of the Eastside Forums represent an opportunity to bring together community leaders, stakeholders and other interests to discuss a specific issue of community importance.
The event is free to public, and anyone who is interested is encouraged to come.
January 6, 2015
Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank — “The working poor. The newly homeless. Struggling seniors. The mentally ill. Whether underemployed or unemployable, the victim of tough times or tough streets, representing a long-term need or a short-term crisis, we try to help everyone who comes to us.” The organization helps people of all ages all year long. You can help by donating food, money or time. Learn more at http://issaquahfoodbank.org.
Simple solution — Pick up a few extra canned goods when you’re doing your own grocery shopping and drop them by the bank at 179 First Ave. S.E. Read more
December 2, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 2, 2014
Time is running out to make a donation to the Mountains to Sound Greenway before the end of the year deadline to qualify for a tax break.
The group’s website has several options to contribute to help with the conservation of its 1.5 million acres under its care.
The group needs people to build and maintain trails, and ensure access, safety and sanitation. It also needs volunteers to clear invasive weeds, help salmon recover and improve habitat for native wildlife.
Donate here to help protect the Mountains to Sound Greenway.
September 16, 2014
A new cycle track now completes the regional trail link between Issaquah and Preston.
King County recently installed a 0.7-mile cycle track along High Point Way, just east of the High Point to Preston regional trail that runs parallel to Interstate 90.
“Filling this gap between Issaquah and Preston allows a cyclist to travel from the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle to an overlook at Snoqualmie Falls, a scenic 50-mile journey,” Cynthia Welti, executive director of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, said in a news release.
July 22, 2014
Issaquah Creek might receive some tender love, care of federal Cooperative Watershed Management Program grant funding.
Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Resource Inventory Area 8 recommended the King County Flood District award four of nine grants toward restoration of Issaquah Creek and protection of its salmon population.
The grants, totaling $816,500, would go to controlling knotweed along the creek bank, restoration at Lake Sammamish State Park, and conservation and restoration of the Juniper Street Park, according to the Cooperative Watershed Management project subcommittee report.