Magazine names Issaquah a top town for families

July 29, 2015

NEW — 11:33 a.m. July 29, 2015

Issaquah has been named one of the Best Towns for Families in 2015 by “Family Circle” magazine.

To compile the list, the magazine’s team of editors worked with Onboard Informatics, a New York City research firm that provides real estate, demographic and other data, to select 4,500 cities and towns with populations between 10,000 and 100,000. From that, about 1,400 localities having a high concentration of households with median incomes between $60,000 and $110,000 were selected.

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Paragliding flights to benefit Nepal earthquake victims

June 24, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. June 24, 2015

Karma Flights Seattle will hold a unique Issaquah fundraiser to benefit victims of the deadly Nepal earthquake June 27.

The organization, which is made up of paragliding pilots that work around the world to raise money for developing communities, will provide instructional tandem paragliding flights at Tiger Mountain.

“If anyone has ever thought about paragliding, now’s the time to do it,” said instructor Paul Moyes. “Not only is it for a great cause, but it’s a bargain. The minimum donation is $150 whereas commercial tandem flights are typically $200.”

The flights are off of Poo Poo Point on Tiger Mountain. The donation will go directly to a relief team already active in rural Nepal.

Email KarmaFlightsSeattle@gmail.com to reserve your spot in the sky. Learn more about Karma Flights Seattle here.

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All are invited to naked day of music

June 3, 2015

The members of Fraternity Snoqualmie Inc. are hosting Naked Spring Thing, a “groovy, funky, jazzy, naked kind of thing,” from 2-6 p.m. June 13, a day of music and fundraising in the park in celebration of the 70th birthday of their rustic paradise and the birth of a new name: Tiger Mountain Family Nudist Park.

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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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Nudist camp rebrands with new name, logo

April 14, 2015

In 1937, when the group came into being, the name Fraternity Snoqualmie had a different meaning, said Dawnzella Gearhart, spokeswoman for the recently renamed Tiger Mountain Family Nudist Park.

TMFNP NudistLogo 20150400In 1937, “fraternity” simply meant a group of people, Gearhart said. The word didn’t have the “men only” connotation it carries now. As for the “Snoqualmie” part of the title, Gearhart said Tiger Mountain was, at the time, considered part of the Snoqualmie chain of mountains.

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Church has big goals for low-key Run with Faith

April 14, 2015

Race coordinator Douglas Nast certainly knows there is room for growth in Issaquah Christian Church’s annual Run with Faith for the benefit of Compassion House.

In fact, as runners can receive awards in various age categories, he jokes that one year, nearly every runner in the race received a medal of some kind. If you are out to get your name into a record book somewhere, this might be your chance, Nast added.

“Our course records are pretty modest,” he said.

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Nominate someone for city environmental awards

March 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 2, 2015

The city is accepting nominations for the Ruth Kees Environmental Award and the Community Environmental Award.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. March 11.

Kees’ namesake award honors the legacy of a grassroots activist who for more than four decades advocated for the preservation of landmarks and natural areas, sustainable development, recycling programs and the protection of the Issaquah Valley Aquifer and Tiger Mountain.

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Top of the world — Klahanie man prepares to climb Mount Everest

February 17, 2015

Four years ago, Dennis Broadwell came within about 2,000 vertical feet of the top of the world before making the difficult decision to turn around.

Contributed Klahanie resident Dennis Broadwell uses a ladder to cross a crevasse on Mount Everest in 2011. Broadwell is leading another expedition to the world’s highest mountain starting in March.

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Klahanie resident Dennis Broadwell uses a ladder to cross a crevasse on Mount Everest in 2011. Broadwell is leading another expedition to the world’s highest mountain starting in March.

This spring, the Klahanie resident is planning to make a second attempt at summiting Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak at 29,029 feet.

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Off The Press — The trees will speak of Alan Haywood

January 27, 2015

Have you ever tried to listen to the trees?

Sometimes while swinging in my backyard hammock under the maple I try to hear the poetry of the leaves shining in the breeze. Sometimes on a Tiger Mountain hike, in a grove of firs towering above the ferns on the forest floor, I meditate on the hymns they sing. Coming across a gnarled old giant like the Ruth Kees tree at Lake Tradition, I imagine being able to hear lessons from its centuries of wisdom.

Yet my affection for them pales in comparison to the love Alan Haywood has shown the trees and plants of Issaquah for the last 30 years as the city’s professional arborist. He will no longer be employed by the city after the end of March, and I’m going to miss him as a friend and as a walking, talking botany encyclopedia.

Alan is the only person I have ever met who seems to know off the top of his head the Latin name of every single plant and tree in his care! Not only that, he knows each one’s favorite soil, growing season, optimum requirements for sunlight, shade and irrigation, and best pruning practice. Read more

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State updates public on regional corridor recreation plan

December 23, 2014

Hiking was at the top of the wish list followed by mountain biking and camping for the long-planned Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation area.

More than 2,500 people were surveyed as part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources planning process for the 53,500-acre swath of land that runs from Tiger Mountain to the Pratt River and Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River.

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