Save Lake Sammamish founder Joanna Buehler departs

January 3, 2012

 Joanna Buehler, founder and president of Save Lake Sammamish, has planted and kept runoff-filtering native wetland species on the lakeshore of her longtime South Cove home. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah trailblazer led efforts to protect lake from threats for decades

Joanna Buehler earned top honors for environmental efforts for decades spent on a difficult struggle to shield Lake Sammamish from constant pressures from a population boom occurring along the tree-lined shore.

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Who’s News

November 1, 2011

Thomas Harms earns Eagle Scout

Thomas Harms, of Troop 609, obtained his Eagle Scout rank this summer.

He has been part of the Issaquah troop for six years.

For his project, he built the entrance kiosk at Timberlake Park along Lake Sammamish in conjunction with the city of Issaquah and Matt Mechler, of the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department.

In addition, Harms also procured the necessary supplies.

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Lake Sammamish is ultimate summertime destination

July 2, 2011

Kyle Ritland, working for his mother Barbara Gronseth, of Issaquah Paddle Sports, takes inventory on Sunset Beach of the paddle boats, canoes and paddleboards, and kayaks for one, two or three passengers. By Greg Farrar

The crystalline lake is much more than a swimming hole

It has a sunken forest, great blue and green herons, and canoes dipping up and down in the waves. At seven miles in length, Lake Sammamish is a refuge and an entertainment spot for boaters seeking solitude or a good time.

Whether on a motorboat or in a kayak, or balancing on a paddleboard or a Ski-Doo, outdoor enthusiasts flock to Lake Sammamish for its views, wildlife and watery expanse.

Boat owners can purchase a $7 daily watercraft-launching permit at the park if they choose to use Lake Sammamish State Park as their take-off point.

Teresa Eneix, of Marysville, took her boat out on the water with her family on a warm day June 5 to go “droll cruising,” a term she defined while laughing as “looking at all the neat houses that we could never afford.”

She said she spotted a brace of ducks and a gaggle of geese, but the best part was that boaters don’t use Lake Sammamish as much as Lake Washington, meaning the water is less choppy.

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Ahoy! Explore a sunken forest in Lake Sammamish

July 2, 2011

Branches poke from a sunken forest in Lake Sammamish. By Paul Scott

The pillars rise from Lake Sammamish, as large as whalebones and faded to a ghostly gray.

Embedded in the lake near Timberlake Park is a submerged forest heaved into the lake during a long-ago landslide and earthquake.

Kayak Academy and Issaquah Paddle Sports owners Barb and George Gronseth point out the landmark on frequent kayaking expeditions around Lake Sammamish. The primeval stumps poking skyward elicit strange looks from outdoor enthusiasts.

“They never believe me when I tell them there was a landslide,” Barb Gronseth said.

Indeed, the state Department of Natural Resources detailed the ancient earthquake on the nearby Seattle Fault — a shallow seismic zone stretched along the interstate from Puget Sound and east through lakes Washington and Sammamish. Geologists determined a major earthquake about 1,000 years ago dislodged old-growth forest from a hillside. The shifting land collapsed and slid into the lake.

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South Cove residents lose power for several hours

June 7, 2011

Residents in the neighborhoods near Timberlake Park, along Lake Sammamish’s southern shore, lost power for several hours June 3 after a cable failure.

Puget Sound Energy estimates 65 customers lost power at about 4 p.m. due to the underground cable failure near Southeast 43rd Place in a neighborhood east of the park. Crews restored power to 15 customers by 5 p.m., tracked down the source of the outage by 7:15 p.m. and restored power to the 50 remaining households by 10:30 p.m.

PSE does not yet have information about the cause of the cable failure.

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Firefighters: Generator caused blaze at Issaquah home

March 4, 2011

Flames roared through a South Cove home after a generator caught fire in the garage Thursday. Contributed

NEW — 10 a.m. March 4, 2011

Firefighters treated a South Cove resident for a minor injury Thursday evening after fire roared through a garage.

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Fire roars through Issaquah house after explosions

March 3, 2011

NEW — 9 p.m. March 3, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to a residential fire near Timberlake Park on Thursday evening, after neighbors reported explosions and thick, black smoke billowing into the air.

The blaze started before 6 p.m. inside a garage in the 18000 block of Southeast 43rd Court, a neighborhood along Lake Sammamish’s southern shore.

Fire destroyed the garage, but did not reach the attached house. The residents escaped the blaze, and residents escaped without major injuries.

The blaze could have started after a generator in the garage caught fire.

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City rolls over dog ban at Timberlake Park

January 11, 2011

By Greg Farrar New signs at Timberlake Park outline updated pet rules for the park in the South Cove neighborhood.

The city has lifted the dog ban at popular Timberlake Park along Lake Sammamish after 17 months.

City Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said the city decided to rescind the ban, because the regional animal services agency has promised to be more responsive to dog incidents at the 24-acre park. Read more

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City lifts dog ban at lakefront Timberlake Park

January 5, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 5, 2011

The city has lifted the dog ban at popular Timberlake Park along Lake Sammamish after 17 months.

City Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said the city decided to rescind the ban, because the regional animal services agency has promised to be more responsive to dog incidents at the 24-acre park.

City crews removed the “No Dogs Allowed” signs at Timberlake just before Christmas. The city has added signs listing a contact number for Regional Animal Services of King County in order to report issues.

Though the city allows dogs in the park again, canines must be leashed and cannot be on the beach or go into the water.

McGill said the real test should come in the summer, as crowds thicken at the park and parkgoers start to use the tree-shaded beach.

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Updated animal services program debuts

July 6, 2010

The way King County, Issaquah and 26 other cities handle animal control, sheltering and pet licensing services changed last week.

The updated plan took effect July 1, as 27 cities and the county signed a cost-sharing agreement to provide animal services.

Officials hope the changes help the county move beyond a troubled, unprofitable era in animal services. Problems with King County Animal Care and Control leadership, organization and operations led to public outcry and legal challenges, prompting the King County Council to direct County Executive Dow Constantine to make changes late last year.

The two-and-a-half-year agreement divides King County into four animal control districts, each staffed by at least one animal control officer. Even the name — King County Animal Care and Control — changed to Regional Animal Services of King County.

The agency handles responses to complaints about vicious animals, animal-cruelty investigations and pickups of stray animals.

The updated agreement calls for similar services, but puts more emphasis on pet licensing to help fund the agency. The county estimates pet licenses can raise most of the $2.5 million needed to pay for the bulk of the program.

Issaquah City Council members agreed last month to join the regional plan.

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