Development raises fears of adding traffic, harm spawning salmon

May 27, 2015

One year ago, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and King County Executive Dow Constantine knelt with schoolchildren to release kokanee salmon fry into a Sammamish creek and celebrate a $300,000 habitat-restoration project.

Down to about 50 spawning fish in 2008, the kokanee, a relative of the sockeye that spends its entire life in fresh water, made a stirring recovery in 2012 with more than 14,000 returning to Lake Sammamish tributaries, about 4,500 of those to Ebright Creek.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times  Wally Pereyra lives on Ebright Creek just across the road from the east shore of Lake Sammamish, and he has worked to restore stream habitat to support spawning runs of kokanee salmon. He spent more than $200,000 to replace a small culvert with this bridge that spans the creek.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times
Wally Pereyra lives on Ebright Creek just across the road from the east shore of Lake Sammamish, and he has worked to restore stream habitat to support spawning runs of kokanee salmon. He spent more than $200,000 to replace a small culvert with this bridge that spans the creek.

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Help salmon, watershed through GiveBIG 2015

April 28, 2015

As GiveBIG 2015 approaches the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery encourages you to use the event as a way to add extra value to your gift.

Your gift will make an immediate difference for salmon and their watershed by supporting FISH’s collaborative efforts to preserve and protect habitat.

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Ava Frisinger earns Kees Environmental Award

April 14, 2015

Ava Frisinger is the recipient of the 2015 Ruth Kees Environmental Award — the community’s highest honor for environmental advocates — and the Issaquah Highlands Community Association is the first Community Environmental Award honoree.

Ava Frisinger

Ava Frisinger

The public is invited to attend a special presentation at the City Council regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 20 as Mayor Fred Butler and council members recognize the honorees.

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Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery hires new executive director

March 31, 2015

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery board of directors recently hired Karen Kane to be the next executive director for the organization.

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Enroll now for FISH “Super Salmon Sleuths”

March 26, 2015

NEW — 3 p.m. March 26, 2015

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is accepting reservations in its preschool program “Super Salmon Sleuths.”

Designed for ages 3-6, it is the perfect introduction to the salmon lifecycle for imaginative and active young children.

Parents may enroll children for this hour-and-a-half program at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery by visiting the FISH website, issaquahfish.org, and clicking on “Education & Programs.” The cost is $12 per child.

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FISH gets $6,000 from Snoqualmie Tribe

March 25, 2015

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery has received a $6,000 grant from the Snoqualmie Tribe.

The generous donation comes from the Snoqualmie Tribe Fund and will be used to support the Salmon In The Schools program.

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Rogue Issaquah BrewHouse donates $1,000 to FISH

March 17, 2015

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery recently received a $1,000 gift from the Rogue Foundation from funds raised during the Rogue Issaquah BrewHouse’s 2014 Frogs & Dogs celebration.

Contributed Stacey Weeks (center), manager of the Rogue Issaquah BrewHouse presents a check for $1,000 from the Rogue Foundation to FISH Board President Ava Frisinger (left) and Jane Kuechle, FISH executive director (right).

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Stacey Weeks (center), manager of the Rogue Issaquah BrewHouse presents a check for $1,000 from the Rogue Foundation to FISH Board President Ava Frisinger (left) and Jane Kuechle, FISH executive director (right).

Rogue’s Stacey Weeks presented the check March 3 to the FISH board of directors.

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Construction has started on Atlas project

February 24, 2015

Lennar Multifamily Communities announced in a press release that it began excavation last week on its Atlas multifamily community.

Located west of downtown Issaquah at Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Seventh Avenue Northwest, Atlas will include three five-story buildings containing 344 apartments, approximately 450 parking stalls (including 310 secure underground stalls), a variety of indoor and outdoor amenities, and a large area of landscaped open space.

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FISH plans dedication ceremony Feb. 21 for Charles Staniforth

February 15, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 15, 2015

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery invites the public to a dedication ceremony to honor Charles “Stan” Staniforth at 10 a.m. Feb. 21.

FISH is planting a tree and installing and dedicating a bench at the hatchery in his name to commemorate his contribution to the hatchery.

Staniforth passed away in September, leaving a long legacy of devotion to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and FISH.

Charles ‘Stan’ Staniforth

Charles ‘Stan’ Staniforth

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Stream of Dreams

November 5, 2014

Permanent fish mural guides the way for drivers, students

What first appeared to be a colorful display for Salmon Days attendees is actually an education project that will last for hopefully a decade or more.

All Issaquah Valley Elementary School students, from preschoolers to fifth-graders, have a fish on the Stream of Dreams.

It was a “massive volunteer effort,” according to Tiffany Aske, who co-chaired the project with Leah Gibson. They were inspired by a similar mural project at Laurelhurst Elementary School in Seattle, and coached through it by the Canadian-based Stream of Dreams Murals Society.

by Greg Farrar Fish swim in swirls (above) on the fence in part of the long Stream of Dreams mural at Issaquah Valley Elementary School on Newport Way Northwest.

By Greg Farrar
Fish swim in swirls on the fence in part of the long Stream of Dreams mural at Issaquah Valley Elementary School on Newport Way Northwest.

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