Issaquah Salmon Hatchery school tours return

September 23, 2014

By Greg Farrar Chris Blau (left), with Aquarium Concepts, changes the water after cleaning a 175-gallon aquarium as Issaquah Valley Elementary School students look at fingerlings enjoying the gravel, driftwood and river rock habitat inside the main double doors of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. From Sept. 19 through the end of October, classroom tours are booked solid by Puget Sound-area schools as they learn about the salmon life cycle by exploring the fish ladders, rearing ponds, fish viewing windows and education displays at the hatchery.

By Greg Farrar
Chris Blau (left), with Aquarium Concepts, changes the water after cleaning a 175-gallon aquarium as Issaquah Valley Elementary School students look at fingerlings enjoying the gravel, driftwood and river rock habitat inside the main double doors of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. From Sept. 19 through the end of October, classroom tours are booked solid by Puget Sound-area schools as they learn about the salmon life cycle by exploring the fish ladders, rearing ponds, fish viewing windows and education displays at the hatchery.

Snoqualmie Tribe becomes Salmon Days Title Spawnsor

September 23, 2014

Earlier this year, the Salmon Days Festival was in need of a new Title Spawnsor. As one of the largest events in the state, we knew it wouldn’t be difficult to attract a large corporation that wanted the exposure, but our ideal partner was a local organization that shared our love and support of salmon.

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Check out the salmon at several locations

September 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 22, 2014

Spot the Spawners in the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed this fall.

Salmon are returning to streams and rivers around Puget Sound. Watch for these natural beauties at the viewing sites around the watersheds as they make their seasonal journey. Local viewpoints include:

Lake Sammamish State Park — 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, through October. Learn more here.  

Issaquah Creek — Self-guided tours along the creek, culminating at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, through Nov. 16. Learn more here.

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Miracle salmon, public need your assistance

September 9, 2014

The first fish have been sighted at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and it’s that time of year again — time to step up to help the amazing salmon that are returning home and the crowds of people that will follow them.

The hatchery, with thousands of visitors every year, is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hatcheries.

There are many ways to do right by the salmon and visitors:

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$800,000 could go to protect Issaquah Creek

July 22, 2014

Issaquah Creek might receive some tender love, care of federal Cooperative Watershed Management Program grant funding.

Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Resource Inventory Area 8 recommended the King County Flood District award four of nine grants toward restoration of Issaquah Creek and protection of its salmon population.

The grants, totaling $816,500, would go to controlling knotweed along the creek bank, restoration at Lake Sammamish State Park, and conservation and restoration of the Juniper Street Park, according to the Cooperative Watershed Management project subcommittee report.

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FISH needs volunteers to help this fall

July 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 14, 2014

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is gearing up for its busy fall tour season and needs many volunteers, including tour guides, helpers in the gift shop or around the hatchery.

Volunteers will receive training, a mentor and a lot of opportunities and support to ease them into their roles.

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New Salmon Days logo has 70’s ‘mojo’

June 10, 2014

The 2014 Salmon Days Festival will be groovy, baby.

Event organizers exclusively announced to The Issaquah Press June 4 that they’ll throw it all the way back to the festival’s 1970’s origins with this year’s theme — “Coho Mojo.”

“The salmon are going to shag this year, instead of spawn,” joked Robin Kelley, festival director.

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Editorial — Turns out you can fight City Hall after all

April 15, 2014

Turns out you can fight City Hall after all

While it may be true that you can’t fight City Hall and win, you might be able to win it over.

So, it seems, is the case with Save Squak in its battle over Squak Mountain land that was set for logging a little more than a year ago.

In January 2013, 15-year Squak Mountain resident Helen Farrington was concerned that clear-cutting 216 acres of forest could impact a fork of May Creek. Salmon had just returned to the area, and residents feared that with logging, they would be gone again.

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Issaquah Creek dam project finish pushed back to Nov. 30

November 19, 2013

By Greg Farrar Construction continues Nov. 14 on the new Issaquah Salmon Hatchery intake (right) at Issaquah Creek, above the sloping fish ladder weir system, which is complete and handling the creek flow.

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Construction continues Nov. 14 on the new Issaquah Salmon Hatchery intake (right) at Issaquah Creek, above the sloping fish ladder weir system, which is complete and handling the creek flow.

November could end before the Issaquah Creek dam project.

Originally slated for completion Sept. 15, the replacement of the old creek dam with a series of sloping weirs has fallen well off schedule. Tim Ward, project manager with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, now says he expects completion around Nov. 30.

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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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