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

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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Issaquah Alps club announces scholarship topics

April 15, 2014

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club has announced the topics for its annual Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship.

Longwell was a longtime club member who taught English at Hazen High School for many years. He was an avid hiker and trail builder who, often with the help of his students, was responsible for building and maintaining many of the trails on Tiger and Squak mountains.

Each year since his death in 2007, the Issaquah Alps Trails Club has offered a $1,000 scholarship available to graduating seniors at Issaquah, Liberty, Skyline and Hazen high schools. Often, runners-up qualify for smaller awards.

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After Oso, fears of local landslides arise

April 8, 2014

After the devastating Oso mudslide March 22, long-held fears arose in Issaquah.

“It’s scary,” resident Philip Cherian said about the large hill steeply rising over Southeast Black Nugget Road, blocked from the roadway, Home Depot and Fred Meyer by a wall. “We live in the area and drive by there, and you can see water seeping through.”

Rapid earth movement at that site, and at others around town, has long been a concern for the city. Public Works Engineering Director Sheldon Lynne said the city has remained vigilant over the Southeast Black Nugget Road site, performing studies on the private property.

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Celebration is May 10 for Squak Mountain land

April 8, 2014

A public celebration is set to commemorate preservation of 226 acres of high-quality forestland in the Issaquah Alps — the result of a partnership between King County and The Trust for Public Land.

The acquisition adds to King County’s Cougar-Squak Corridor parkland. The area was set for logging more than a year ago.

“Our partnership to protect Squak Mountain’s irreplaceable fish and wildlife habitat is cause for celebration,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release. “I want to thank The Trust for Public Land and the people of King County on behalf of generations who will enjoy hiking, viewing wildlife and other recreation in this forest.”

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Old year brought new problems

December 31, 2013

Top news stories of the year

Many new things happened in Issaquah this past year and not all of them were greeted warmly.

While most people saw new parks and a new mayor as positive changes for the city, contention rose around new technology, new development standards, new fish ladders, new plastic bag ordinances and a newly legalized drug.

Much of what happened in 2013 spells more growth for Issaquah in the years to come and even more changes ahead. The year 2014 can learn much from the lessons taught by this past year of transformation.

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