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.
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.
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.
In 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
December 9, 2014
Since this week’s column is in that sweet spot halfway between Thanksgiving and Christmas, here is something your friendly photographer has never written before — a quick list of the things in life that I am thankful for.
Sure, it could be a list of problems and gripes, but maybe in this cattywampus world we need to exercise our thankful muscles a bit!
December 7, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 7, 2014
The Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation environmental policy plan will be presented at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie.
Public input and comments are being sought by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
The corridor includes Tiger Mountain, Rattlesnake Mountain, Raging River State Forest, the state trust lands surrounding the community of Preston, and Mount Si and Middle Fork Snoqualmie natural resources conservation areas.
The area receives more than 800,000 visits from outdoor enthusiasts each year.
The plan includes the State Environmental Policy Act review.
December 3, 2014
Regulars to the Issaquah Brewhouse may have noticed a few new selections among the 40 brews it has on tap.
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.