Join leaders to release threatened kokanee salmon

April 16, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. April 16, 2011

Darin Combs, Issaquah Salmon Hatchery manager, lifts a screen to reveal a tray of 3,100 fertilized Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon eggs. File

King County and Eastside leaders plan to gather along Lake Sammamish on Monday to release kokanee salmon fry into the wild.

King County Executive Dow Constantine, Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, Sammamish Mayor Don Gerend and Bellevue Mayor Don Davidson, plus representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and local organizations plan to participate and mar the conclusion of another season of Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon restoration work.

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Environmentalists wait to learn fate of Lake Sammamish kokanee

February 23, 2010

Hans Berge, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks biologist, holds kokanee salmon retrieved from Lewis Creek during a restoration project. Contributed

Conservationists continue to await a decision by the federal government about the status of the dwindling Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon — years after rules required the federal government to act.

Environmentalists and local government officials estimate the population of adult kokanee at a few hundred. Before a species can receive protection under the Endangered Species Act, the animal or plant must be placed on the federal list of threatened endangered species.

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Environmentalists wait to learn fate of Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon

February 16, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 16, 2010

Conservationists await a decision by the federal government about the status of the dwindling Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon — almost two years after the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recommended the species for review.

Environmentalists have petitioned for the salmon to be included on the endangered species list. Before a species can receive protection under the Endangered Species Act, the animal or plant must be placed on the federal list of and threatened endangered species.

After the agency receives a petition, officials must determine within 90 days whether the petition merits further action. Officials issued the initial finding in May 2008, and recommended the species for further review.

But a backlog of endangered-species petitions has slowed a decision on the salmon, Jeff Chan, a fish biologist with the federal Fish & Wildlife Service at the agency’s Lacey office, said last week.

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Top 10 news stories of 2009

December 29, 2009

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Sisters Jennifer Davies, Julianne Long and Mindy Heintz (from left) retrieve belongings Jan. 8 from the toppled guesthouse at the home of their parents, Jack and Karen Brooks, beside Issaquah Creek in the 23300 block of Southeast May Valley Road. — By Greg Farrar

Growth slowed and the economy cooled throughout 2009. The watershed moments in Issaquah hinged on expansion and recession. Leaders broke ground for a major new employer, even while other businesses left town for good.

Issaquah began the first decade of a new century as a fast-growing city, a title the city held for years. As 2009 reached a close, however, officials pared the size of government to face the new economic reality.

From January floods to record July heat and brutal December cold, 2009 was jam-packed, but the year was never dull.

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Spawning Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon decline

February 2, 2009

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Fish Journal

A census of the number of remaining kokanee salmon on their way to spawning in creeks feeding Lake Sammamish has been announced.  The total number of spawning adult kokanee was 90, significantly less than the 147 counted last year and 713 counted two years ago.

The counts were made in the Lewis, Laughing Jacobs, Pine Lake and Ebright creeks, the last known spawning creeks for the remaining runs of the threatened species. Read more

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