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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Salmon Days attendance soars over 185,000

October 22, 2013

The Issaquah Police Department has compiled the estimated attendance for this year’s Salmon Days Festival.

Warm temperatures and sunshine brought in approximately 185,000 people to the two-day affair, according to Police Chief Paul Ayers.

The number is above last year’s 180,000 attendees, who also experienced temperate, sunny weather.

 

 

Salmon Days Festival Grande Parade / Oct. 5, 2013

October 5, 2013

Come out for food, fun and flair at 44th annual Salmon Days

October 1, 2013

As the salmon return, so do the thousands of people expected for this year’s Salmon Days Festival.

Oct. 5 and 6 will see coho, chinook, sockeye, kokanee and many festivalgoers make their way to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery for a weekendlong celebration full of events, activities, food and music.

The homegrown event celebrates the return of local salmon as they make their pilgrimage from the Pacific Ocean back to the spawning grounds of Issaquah Creek and the hatchery. Approximately 180,000 people attended last year’s event, which was met with sunny, mild weather.

The Grand Parade will kick off the weekend beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 5. It will wind its way down Front Street to the hatchery in a bright display of community spirit and appreciation of the surrounding environment.

By Greg Farrar Two Chinook salmon struggle at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery weir Sept. 26 to return upstream seeking a place to spawn in Issaquah Creek.

By Greg Farrar
Two Chinook salmon struggle at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery weir Sept. 26 to return upstream seeking a place to spawn in Issaquah Creek.

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Help EFR ‘Give Burns the Boot’ during festival

October 1, 2013

The volunteer association for Eastside Fire & Rescue will staff a “Give Burns the Boot” booth during the two-day Salmon Days Festival.

You can easily spot the 5-foot firefighter boot ready for your donation.

This is the Northwest Burn Foundation’s 24th annual “Give Burns the Boot” fundraising event.

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Editorial

October 1, 2013

Rain, rain, go away, Salmon Days here to stay

 

Rain, rain, so much rain. There may be more than one benefit to all the rain of the past few days, but in Issaquah there is one species that is welcoming the rushing creek waters.

Welcome home, salmon. This gush is just for you.

But now that the creek flow is strong and swift, calling the salmon home, the rain can quit. We’ve got a party coming on and 150,000 guests are due to arrive this weekend.

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Wake up, run with the fishes

October 1, 2013

The Issaquah Rotary Run with the Fishes is Oct. 6.

This year’s run is the 37th annual Rotary run. Runners can participate in the Run with the Fishes 5K Run/Walk or the Kids Dash.

For those who want to make a race of it, timing chips will be provided, or participants can just walk or stroll. Event proceeds benefit local charities supported by the Issaquah Rotary Foundation.

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Music Man

October 1, 2013

David Harris is still bookin’ rock ‘n’ roll after 30 years

David Harris’s earliest recollections of Salmon Days are of the festival being more like a town parade that featured the high school band, the Issaquah Indians football team, the National Guard and a fire truck with a guest appearance by JP Patches and Gertrude.

Little did the British expatriate know that in fall 1970, just a year after moving to Issaquah, he’d soon have a hand in shaping the town’s music scene for decades to come.

The 26-year-old had uprooted his wife and two children from southern London to take a job as an engineer with The Boeing Co. in 1965.

“I remember getting on the plane and literally not knowing where we were going,” Harris said.

By Greg Farrar David Harris (right) looks on as Mungo Jerry performs on the Rainier Avenue Stage during the 2009 Salmon Days Festival.

By Greg Farrar
David Harris (right) looks on as Mungo Jerry performs on the Rainier Avenue Stage during the 2009 Salmon Days Festival.

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