Help shape future look of King County’s new 730-acre Cougar/Squak Corridor Park

June 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 14, 2015

Learn about Cougar/Squak Corridor Park, hear draft recommendations for park uses and amenities, and share your ideas about the park’s future at a June 17 public meeting, sponsored by King County Parks.

Set from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, the meeting will include information from King County Parks Division representatives about the 730-acre park and draft recommendations about uses, according to a county news release. At a community meeting in May, participants generated ideas for uses and amenities in the park, and the draft recommendations reflect that input.

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Teen driver flips car on Squak Mountain

June 3, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue responded with three units at about 7 p.m. May 30 when a car flipped over on Squak Mountain.

With a teenaged driver behind the wheel and one teenage passenger, the car was headed up the mountain when the driver hit a switch back and apparently lost control of the car, EFR Battalion Chief Glenn Huffman said.

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Public invited to discuss uses for King County’s Cougar/Squak Corridor Park

May 25, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 25, 2015

Come to a May 27 public meeting to learn about King County’s Cougar/Squak Corridor Park, and share ideas for future uses and amenities in the park.

The meeting is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Issaquah Middle School commons, 400 Second Ave. S.E. King County Parks Division employees will provide information about the 730-acre park and gather ideas from the community about uses and amenities at the park, which was recently expanded by more than 200 acres.

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May’s Hometown Hero Bill Merritt saves lives

May 12, 2015

Bill Merritt is in the business of saving lives.

By Greg Farrar Collin Skone (left), of Klahanie, receives a lesson in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from volunteer Bill Merritt, at the Issaquah Citizens Corps information booth during the 2011 Issaquah-Sammamish Health and Safety Fair at Pickering Barn.

By Greg Farrar
Collin Skone (left), of Klahanie, receives a lesson in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from volunteer Bill Merritt, at the Issaquah Citizens Corps information booth during the 2011 Issaquah-Sammamish Health and Safety Fair at Pickering Barn.

The fourth-generation Issaquah resident has worked as a firefighter, an EMT and now operates his own emergency training education business.

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Runners invited to Squak Mountain event April 11

April 7, 2015

The Squak Mountain Trail Run is from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11 at Squak Mountain State Park.

The event will include 12-kilometer, half-marathon, marathon and 50-kilometer trail options on the 2,024-foot mountain. The courses are well-marked and several aid stations will be in place.

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Unforgettable fog

January 20, 2015

By Larry Lusch Hikers to Poo Poo Point recently capture a majestic view of the valley fogged in.

By Larry Lusch
Hikers to Poo Poo Point recently capture a majestic view of the valley fogged in.

It was a sunny January morning on Snoqualmie Ridge — a good day to hike up to the paragliding launch site on Poo Poo Point in Issaquah. Read more

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Learn about ‘Issaquah’s Architecture’ in free event Jan. 10

January 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 5, 2015

Join the Issaquah History Museums on Jan. 10 for Charlie Sundberg’s take on Issaquah’s history as seen through architecture.

The free program will be at 11 a.m. at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.

From the original mining company houses on Squak Mountain, to the re-created Pickering Barn, to the expansion of new neighborhoods throughout the community, people continue to shape history and the community with more than wood and concrete.

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What’s brewing? — Issaquah Brewhouse grows local, becomes Rogue’s cidery

December 3, 2014

Regulars to the Issaquah Brewhouse may have noticed a few new selections among the 40 brews it has on tap.

By Stacey Weeks Dave Hutchison, Issaquah Brewhouse head brewer, checks the progress of hops he and manager Stacey Weeks planted in the rear of the brewery.

By Stacey Weeks
Dave Hutchison, Issaquah Brewhouse head brewer, checks the progress of hops he and manager Stacey Weeks planted in the rear of the brewery.

The member of the Rogue chain of breweries has been brewing up its own IPAs with locally grown hops and was selected to brew its own ciders.

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Celebration for Squak Mountain land acquisition is May 10

May 6, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 6, 2014

A public celebration of a recent Squak Mountain land acquisition is at 10 a.m. May 10, when partnership leaders and environmental supporters will make brief remarks and invite everyone to take any of several short, guided hikes through the forest.

The event includes options for hikes of varying lengths through the property. Access to the celebration location is at 10610 Renton-Issaquah Road S.E.

The entire parcel was 226 acres that was set to be logged a year ago.

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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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