Volunteers sought to help restore state park natural areas Sept. 26

September 24, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 24, 2015

Celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 26 at Lake Sammamish State Park by joining volunteers from the National Park Service, Washington State Parks, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and REI to restore habitat in the park’s natural areas.

The volunteer event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. Register for it or other volunteer opportunities at mtsgreenway.org/volunteer.

Help remove invasive weeds, such as blackberry, that reduce the habitat quality along salmon-bearing Issaquah Creek. The creek provides important space for fish and wildlife, including spawning and migratory habitat for threatened species of chinook and kokanee salmon.

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Editorial — Help salmon and visitors to Salmon Days Festival

September 9, 2015

NEW — 5:13 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015

It’s that time of year again — time to step up to help the amazing salmon that are returning home and the crowds of people that will follow them.

Our Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, with thousands of visitors every year, is the most visited hatchery in the state.

There are many ways to do right by the salmon and visitors: Read more

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Angels in wait: Issaquah High School program helps students in need

August 27, 2015

NEW — 3:25 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

It can be unsettling for a high-school student who can’t afford functional clothing, prom attire or the fees to participate in certain classes, clubs and sports.

Issaquah High School began addressing those issues three years ago when its PTSA formed an Angel Program that collects a wide range of items and distributes them anonymously to students and families.

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Annual Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival is June 6

June 5, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. June 5, 2015

The public is invited to celebrate the sixth annual Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival at Duthie Hill Park on June 6.

The festival features fun challenges and activities for adults and children, bike demonstrations, and more than 40 vendor and sponsor booths. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to attend.

Attendees are invited to try out bikes, join skill clinics, enjoy guided rides and take part in a pump track challenge. The activities cost $10 for Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance members and $20 for nonmembers.

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Editorial — Get ready for election season

April 14, 2015

If you’ve been thinking about taking on an important leadership role within the city of Issaquah, the time has come to take the next step. Candidates must file for election by May 15.

The terms for three Issaquah City Council positions are set to expire at the end of the year — council position No. 2 (Nina Milligan), council position No. 4 (Joshua Schaer) and council position No. 6 (Paul Winterstein).

Milligan and Schaer announced last week that they will not seek re-election.

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Editorial — Volunteer now to help your city

January 20, 2015

The city of Issaquah needs volunteers for various boards and commissions.

The number needed is in parentheses, followed by a brief job description:

Arts Commission (three) — support and encourage visual and performing arts

Cable TV Commission (one) — regulate and oversee the operations of cable television in Issaquah.

Cemetery Board (two) — advise the mayor in connection with the management and control of the city-owned cemetery, including perpetual care, improvements and expansion. Read more

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Earth Day volunteers needed for trail work April 22

April 21, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. April 21, 2014

Volunteers are needed for High Point Trailhead work from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22.

The restoration project involves removing invasive plants from the property. Tools and snacks will be provided.

Learn more or sign up by calling David Kappler at 652-2753.

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New Eastside Friends of Seniors director sees vision come true

March 25, 2014

Retired transportation economist and Redmond City Councilman Hank Myers is the new director of the volunteer organization Eastside Friends of Seniors.

He was doing volunteer work in his community when he proposed the idea of creating a nonprofit organization to help seniors maintain their independence by providing essential services that allow them to remain in their own homes.

“My friend said that agency already exists,” Myers recalled. “That’s when she told me about Eastside Friends of Seniors.”

The organization operates out of offices in the basement of Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church on the Sammamish Plateau.

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