More than 180,000 people migrate to Salmon Days

October 6, 2009

Students from Discovery and Clark elementary schools and from the Center for Dance in Preston perform a dance Oct. 3 to depict the life and return of salmon, in the Festival Spectacle show at Veterans Memorial Field during Salmon Days. The dance, choreographed by returning European artist Jeroen Mourik, is becoming a regular festival tradition. See video of another tradition, the Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue, at www.issaquahpress.com/category/videos. By Greg Farrar

Students from Discovery and Clark elementary schools and from the Center for Dance in Preston perform a dance Oct. 3 to depict the life and return of salmon, in the Festival Spectacle show at Veterans Memorial Field during Salmon Days. The dance, choreographed by returning European artist Jeroen Mourik, is becoming a regular festival tradition. See video of another tradition, the Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue, at www.issaquahpress.com/category/videos. By Greg Farrar

Salmon Days Festival attendees packed like sardines on the bridge across Issaquah Creek last weekend. Leaning over the bridge railing, thousands of festivalgoers watched the main attraction, hundreds of salmon, attempt to jump over the hatchery dam.

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Executive Director Gestin Suttle said crossing the bridge — a seconds-long trip on most days — took 15 minutes on the second day of the festival.

Sunshine and mild temperatures drew huge crowds to the Salmon Days Festival. Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said more than 180,000 people trekked downtown Oct. 3-4 for the annual festival. Robin Kelley, festivals director at the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Salmon Days organizer, said attendance “comes down to the weather one way or the other.” Read more

Council approves key I-90 Undercrossing pact

August 25, 2009

After business leaders and residents voiced support for the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, the City Council set aside environmental concerns and voted Aug. 17 to approve a pact crucial to the development of the roadway. Read more

City Council approves key I-90 Undercrossing agreement

August 19, 2009

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Aug. 19, 2009

After business leaders and residents voiced support for the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, City Council set aside environmental concerns and voted Monday to approve a pact crucial to the development of the roadway.

Residents raised concerns in July about wetlands on U.S. Postal Service property near the undercrossing site, prompting officials to review the development agreement. City and postal service officials negotiated a development agreement to allow the city use of a right of way on the land.

Councilman David Kappler supported the agreement, but said before the vote that he had concerns with “the sausage making of this process.”

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City celebrates 4th of July

June 30, 2009

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and so are the festivities.

From the Heritage Day Parade to Providence Point’s annual barbecue, you can stay busy in Issaquah all day long.

But remember, when it comes to private events, you need a city permit to use or possess fireworks, since they are banned within city limits. Issaquah’s fireworks ban includes things like sparklers, cones, fountains and roman candles. Anyone caught in possession of or caught using fireworks will be cited. The city passed the ban in 1993.

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Nominate outstanding citizens for Hall of Fame

April 28, 2009

Community leaders and city officials will bestow the annual Issaquah Community Awards next month. Read more

Santa lights up the town

December 8, 2008

For lovers of the Christmas traditions, there could hardly be more cherished moments than a child’s visit with Santa and the lighting of the tree.

The city's Christmas tree comes to life with lights, and Santa Claus hands candy canes to children of all ages, during the annual tree lighting ceremony. Photo by Greg Farrar.

The city's Christmas tree comes to life with lights, and Santa Claus hands candy canes to children of all ages, during the annual tree lighting ceremony. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Both took place Dec. 6 at the corner of Rainier Boulevard Northwest and Front Street North, where the annual tree-lighting party and Santa appearance drew a crowd of about 100. Read more

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