Get Salmon Days/Issaquah gear now, and daylong carnival ride tickets for $20

October 1, 2014

NEW — Noon Oct. 1, 2014

Get your Salmon Days/Issaquah gear before everyone else, and daylong carnival ride tickets at a 20 percent discount!

Festival organizers have set two pre-Salmon Days release events today and tomorrow for locals to purchase the latest in festival gear, including new 2014 Issaquah/Salmon Days hats, T-shirts and outerwear.

Get your deals at the Visitor Information Center/Chamber/Salmon Days Festival office, 155 N.W. Gilman Blvd., from 4-7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow. The retail items include hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, vintage items, Issaquah artist prints and more.

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Editorial — Top 10 reasons to go Salmon Days

September 30, 2014

Here fishy, fishy!

It’s that time, Issaquah. Time to welcome our returning salmon and about 150,000 people to town.

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Off The Press — It’s the unnamed holiday first October weekend!

September 30, 2014

Maybe it goes without saying, but maybe not. Salmon Days is just one heck of a lucky theme for us to have for the annual Issaquah community festival! No one today would ever build a fish hatchery in an urban area like this.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

But more than 75 years ago, with no floating bridge from Seattle, this was about as far out as the boonies as we could imagine. With a big salmon-habitat creek running through a small downtown, with the automobile age in its infancy, what was a logical place for a hatchery has turned out to be a stroke of luck today.

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ArtEAST brings visual arts to Salmon Days

September 30, 2014

ArtEAST Art Center wants to get Eastside residents hooked on art through a variety of free activities at this year’s Salmon Days Festival.

Hands-on activities will happen and innovative displays have been set up at the artEAST gallery, 95 Front St. N.

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2014, the year the Salmon Days’ new carnival came to town

September 16, 2014

I can remember it like it was yesterday. It was Salmon Days weekend, 2014. I’m sure of this because I still remember counting more than 200 mid-term election signs on the way to the festival. I was 12 years old, which meant in my family, this was my 12th Salmon Days.

My sister and I always looked forward to Salmon Days with my parents. My dad would hand each of us $20 to spend on whatever we wanted, much to the disapproval of our mom and dentist.

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Salmon Days is more than fishy fun

September 9, 2014

After 44 years, most people around the Puget Sound area have an awareness of the Salmon Days Festival.

For some out-of-towners, it’s “that arts and crafts festival with the huge salmon in that beautiful Eastside community.” To others it’s “the last big not-to-miss festival of the year.” To those who live in Issaquah, however, the festival is so much more.

To most locals, it’s a yearly tradition spanning generations, a time for the community — businesses, nonprofit organizations, city leaders, citizens, young and old alike — to come together for a weekend of community pride and community showcasing. Some businesses report they have their busiest two days of the year.

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Golf tourney to kick off annual Salmon Days Festival

September 9, 2014

Salmon Days 2014 will introduce a competitive golf tournament to kick off the festival.

The Salmon Days Golf Classic is at The Golf Club at Newcastle, Coal Creek Course, at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

Organizers are trying to make a festive experience for everyone in attendance, so entrance to the event gets you lunch, dinner, drinks, contests and a lot more.

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Joyce Adams named volunteer of the year

April 22, 2014

The Issaquah Valley Grange No. 581 will honor Joyce Adams as its Community Service Volunteer of the Year at 7:30 p.m. April 28.

The public is invited to celebrate Adams and be entertained by The Roving Fiddlers. The celebration will be in the Masonic Hall, third floor (there is an elevator), across Sunset Way from the Issaquah Library parking lot. There will be refreshments after the program.

Joyce Adams

Joyce Adams

The Issaquah Valley Grange is a fraternal organization that supports local agriculture. It also emphasizes community service, including support for other Issaquah organizations like the fish hatchery, VFW and local schools. For 11 years, the organization has given a dictionary to every third-grade student in the Issaquah schools in the Words for Thirds program.

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Mayor states goals in first State of the City speech

February 25, 2014

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler vowed to maintain momentum in his first State of the City speech.

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler is a member of the Issaquah City Council.

Fred Butler


Given during the Feb. 18 regular City Council meeting, the speech laid out what Butler hopes to achieve in the first year of his inaugural term.

“A community is made up of many elements,” he said. “We are blessed with an outstanding school district, an active and professional chamber of commerce, students who are involved, first-class medical facilities and a City Council dedication to regional involvement.”

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Pride of a city

February 21, 2014

Artist’s memory lives on in his many murals

Oregon-based muralist Larry Kangas was a one-man show with a paintbrush.

He had the innate ability to tell the story of a community with paint, ladders, a large blank wall and an unrivaled imagination.

 By Greg Farrar Larry Kangas puts some finishing touches on ‘The Mill Street Logging Scene,’ a mural of turn-of-the-century Issaquah, painted in 1997 on the wall of the Sunset Alehouse at the Downtown Issaquah Plaza.

By Greg Farrar
Larry Kangas puts some finishing touches on ‘The Mill Street Logging Scene,’ a mural of turn-of-the-century Issaquah, painted in 1997 on the wall of the Sunset Alehouse at the Downtown Issaquah Plaza.

Kangas died of cancer Nov. 25, 2013, but his memory lives on in the more than 1,000 murals he crafted across the Pacific Northwest, a few of which grace Issaquah walls.

“Larry never had any children. He was a great uncle for many kids, but he called his murals his kids, his legacy,” said Sandy Kangas, Larry’s wife.

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