March 23, 2013
The Washington Festivals and Events Association honored Issaquah’s annual Salmon Days festival not just once, but seven times March 19.
The Salmon Days Festival theme presented to the Washington Festivals and Events Association was “Thrills and Gills.”
The Salmon Days festival received silver in the Grand Summit Award category, along with three gold awards for Best Event Program, Best T-shirt, Best Other Merchandise and three silver Summit Awards, for Best Commemorative Poster, Best Promotional Brochure and Best Website within its budget category of $150,000 and over.
February 26, 2013
Funding for parts of Salmon Days could be in jeopardy if the state Legislature doesn’t pass a bill under consideration in the house and senate.
Since 2007, localities in the state have been able to use money from the lodging tax, taxes paid by hotel guests, to help fund special events or festivals and also nonprofit organizations that promote tourism. The provision that allows those uses expires June 30.
Localities would still be permitted to collect the taxes, but they would have more restrictions on the ways they could use the money. In Issaquah, that means funding for some parts of the Salmon Days festival and other activities would be in jeopardy.
January 29, 2013
Salmon Days Festival organizers adore puns. For the next festival theme, expect a blend of homespun and high-tech.
The theme for the October celebration is “Streaming Live” — a nod to instantaneous communication and salmon habitat.
“Even after 44 years, our Salmon Days Festival promises to be more current than ever,” Robin Kelley, lead Salmon Days organizer, said in unveiling the theme Jan. 24. “Innovation and interpretation, pixilation and Pinterest, in the cloud, going viral, browsing and blogs. This year’s theme is today and looking to the future.”
December 25, 2012
Challenges — whether economic, political or social — defined the year.
December 25, 2012
Entertainment came to Issaquah in some surprising forms throughout 2012.
Besides the usual retinue on the page, stage and screen, a documentary peeled back the layers at Costco and big-name authors signed books for local readers.
The city hosted celebrities, spotlighted residents on the national stage and celebrated big debuts in recent months. The boldface names earned cred through stints on reality TV, titles on bestseller lists and hardware aplenty — a Tony Award, a National Book Award.
Reality TV plugs in local contestants
Lindzi Cox pursued “The Bachelor” and Lizzie Parker competed for the title “Fashion Star” as local women added grace to reality TV contests.
Cox, a 2003 Liberty High School grad, competed against 24 other bachelorettes to win a rose from the titular bachelor, Ben Flajnik, and reached the final round on the ABC dating game.
November 6, 2012
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is planning to release some of those big rainbow trout you may have seen in a rearing pond at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. In fact, you may have fed them through the fence with fish food provided by the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery during Salmon Days.
Beaver Lake in Sammamish will be the fortunate recipient site. The department announced it will release about 2,000 rainbow trout weighing from 2-3 pounds, and open the lake for fishing at sunrise Nov. 8. The lake was to be closed for fishing Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the reopening.
The daily limit for Beaver Lake is five fish of which only two may exceed 15 inches in length. Two of those big trout should be more than enough to feed most families.
Now, here is an easy-to-access, urban lake that is close by and only 15 minutes from downtown Issaquah. To cast and wade from shore, do so from Beaver Lake Park, maintained by the city of Sammamish. It has a lot of parking and is accessible from Southeast 24th Street that intersects 228th Avenue Southeast at Discovery Elementary School.
October 9, 2012
Unseasonably warm weather greets visitors for fun, sun
The calendar says it is October. The changing colors of the tree leaves suggest that autumn is in the air and the endless stream of chinook congregating at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery definitely confirms it.
October 9, 2012
October 7, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 7, 2012
In addition to the Roving Fish Fan hunt at the Salmon Days Festival, the downtown Issaquah Salmon Hatchery features “Gill”-iver’s Travels — a chance for children and adults to assume the role of a migrating salmon.
(Trust us, nobody dies at the end of the journey.)
The experience starts at the entrance of the hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way. Then, participants head to booths to answer questions about salmon, the environment and water quality. Show the passport to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife at the end of the journey to receive a fishy treat.
The program comes together through the efforts of the state fish and wildlife agency, the state Department of Natural Resources, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and King County.
October 6, 2012