State won’t rule out further logging on public lands in Issaquah

September 16, 2015

NEW — 6:44 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015

There may or may not be more timber cutting headed to Tiger Mountain and/or other wooded areas in and around Issaquah.

On Aug. 19, the state’s Department of Natural Resources opted to develop a plan to work through what officials labeled a backlog of timber that was not harvested as scheduled from state-owned forests in Western Washington.

At the same time, the board will move ahead with calculating how much timber can be culled from state-owned forests between 2015 and 2024.

That calculation, as well as the plan for working through the harvest backlog, would be subject to public review under the state’s Environmental Policy Act.

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Trails club hosts photo contest, public vote is during Salmon Days

September 4, 2015

NEW — 4:39 p.m. Sept. 4, 2015

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club invites the community to take photos of the Issaquah Alps and enter the Picture the Alps Photo Contest to win one of four $50 REI gift cards.

The Issaquah Alps includes Cougar Mountain, Grand Ridge, Squak Mountain and Tiger Mountain.

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Fantastic Fly-in takes off Sept. 12

September 3, 2015

NEW — 10:57 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015

Expect to see more than your average paraglider landing Sept. 12 during the Fantastic Fly-In.

The Downtown Issaquah Association, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Lake Washington Partners, artEAST and Seattle Paragliding are partnering to launch the first event featuring paraglider floats and costumes at the paragliding landing zone on Tiger Mountain from 2-7 p.m.

DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said she was excited to work with Seattle Paragliding founder Mark Chirico to bring the event to fruition.

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State Route 18 will be closed near Tiger Mountain this weekend

August 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 27, 2015

Drivers who use state Route 18 near Tiger Mountain State Forest should prepare for full closures and detours from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 29 and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 30.

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close both directions of SR 18 between Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast and Interstate 90 for paving, guardrail and tree removal work.

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To the Editor — Aug. 13, 2015

August 11, 2015

NEW — 2:31 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015


Blue Angels’ plane models are beautiful when used for peace

My wife and I attended Seafair on Saturday, Aug. 1, and the air show again amazed me.

As I was watching the precision maneuvers of our Blue Angels and the incredible versatility of the Raptor F-22, it hit me that I am so fortunate that I live in a country where lethal flying weapons are here for my entertainment and not my containment. Read more

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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 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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