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Junior Russell Boston’s career game not enough as Liberty loses to Juanita, 55-21 4Sports, Still bookin’ rock ‘n’ roll after 30 years 4A&E, Page B4 Page B8 The IssaquahPress Wednesday, October 2, 2013 Locally owned since 1900 • 75 Cents Traffic talks jam town hall By Peter Clark INSIDE Find schedules, a festival lineup, a dose of hatchery history and a map of festival venues in the Ohfishal Salmon Days Festival Program. IF YOU GO By Greg Farrar Two chinook salmon struggle at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery weir Sept. 26 to return upstream seeking a place to spawn in Issaquah Creek. Come out for food, fun and flair at 44th annual Salmon Days By Peter Clark As the salmon return, so do the thousands of people expected for this year’s Salmon Days Festival. Oct. 5 and 6 will see coho, chinook, sockeye, kokanee and many festivalgoers make their way to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery for a weekendlong celebration full of events, activities, food and music. The homegrown event celebrates the return of local salmon as they make their pilgrimage from the Pacific Ocean back to the spawning grounds of Issaquah Creek and the hatchery. Approximately 180,000 people attended last year’s event, which was met with sunny, mild weather. The Grand Parade will kick off the weekend beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 5. It will wind its way down Front Street to the hatchery in a bright display of community spirit and appreciation of the surrounding environment. Salmon Days also brings artists from the region to show off their talent and sell their expressive wares. With crafts and seasonal goods for sale, more than 250 booths are expected to give plenty for art lovers to see. This year’s festival also brings back the Greenbelt Gallery, the eclectic section along Rainier Boulevard by City Hall South that will showcase local interest topics from sustainability to Issaquah’s sister cities. Do not forget the food. Salmon Day’s organizers promise some of the best local, Northwest and global food. The Kiwanis Club of Issaquah will also fire up the grill for its famous annual salmon barbecue. Live music will sing the salmon home on a total of five stages this year, featuring a number of different musical styles for all audiences. The Front Street Stage will host local, new and upcoming talent of every genre. The Go Fish! Stage will have a mixture of everything from Moroccan sounds to Appalachian clog dancing. The Hatchery Stage is the place to go to experience the toe-tapping sounds of swing and bluegrass. The David Harris Rainier Blvd. Stage will host rock, rhythm and blues, pop, dance and headliner hits. Finally, the Kids’ Stage will live up to its name and deliver everything kids love: music, pup- Salmon Days Festival 410 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 5-6 4Grand Parade: 10 a.m. Oct. 5 4Downtown Issaquah ON THE WEB Celebrate the Salmon Days Festival on Twitter. Use the hashtag #SalmonDays to help others follow the fun. Follow the newspaper at issaquahpress. peteers, magicians and jugglers. Veterans’ Memorial Field will be the site of the Field of Fun, in case there still does not seem to be enough entertainment. While the claim of a “bazillion events and activities” is probably an exaggeration, there still will be plenty to put a smile on the face of every age group. There will be inflatable fun, sports challenges, animals, hands-on projects, arts and crafts, interactive games, cool kid carnival fun and more. The morning of Oct. 6, joggers with time to stretch will hope for nice weather in the Run with the See FESTIVAL, Page A5 Help EFR ‘Give Burns the Boot’ during festival The volunteer association for Eastside Fire & Rescue will staff a “Give Burns the Boot” booth during the two-day Salmon Days Festival. You can easily spot the 5-foot firefighter boot ready for your donation. This is the Northwest Burn Foundation’s 24th annual “Give Burns the Boot” fundraising event. “We not only collect money for the Northwest Burn Foundation, but we also provide burn prevention information to the public,” volunteer firefighter Anita Sandall, EFR Northwest Burn Foundation coordinator, said in a press release. “With so many people attending during Salmon Days, there’s no better opportunity to collect funds for burn survivors then over the two days we will be part of the festival.” Burn victims and survivors come from many walks of life, with the highest group being children. Approximately 116,000 children are treated for fire/burn injuries each year. The most common rooms in the house for injury are the kitchen and bathroom. In Washington state, scald injuries, caused by hot liquids or steam, are the second leading cause of death to children in the age group 0-4 years of age. Learn more about the fundraiser at Traffic talks are in a jam. To address ongoing transportation problems and lobby for a Legislature special session this fall, local and regional representatives met for a town hall Sept. 26. An overflowing crowd came to Issaquah City Hall to voice concerns about traffic and hear possible solutions. Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Administrator Lorena Eng joined Sen. Mark Mullet, Rep. Jay Rodne, Rep. Chad Magendanz, King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah City Council President Fred Butler, former Bothell City Councilman Dick Paylor and North Bend Mayor Kenneth Hearing to have a discussion in an attempt to resurrect the failed Legislature funding package and hear citizen opinions. ‘Where does that go?’ Eng began by giving a breakdown of transportation spending from taxes and explaining why the budget for the department is so tight. “We pay 37 ½ cents in gas tax. Where does that go?” she asked. She said 14 ½ cents go to pay off improvement debt. Eleven cents goes to cities and counties, and they have to spend it on roads. And 4 cents is to pay off previous transit debt. “That leaves us 8 ½ cents to do all the maintenance and preservation that we have to do,” she said. “We just don’t have the funds to do much because it’s tied up. Zero percent of the gas tax is diverted to other purposes.” Rodne led the panel, giving his view of the current state of transportation and his opinion where the public should put its blame. “Lorena is here as an ambassador,” he said of Eng. “It’s us who should be held accountable. The Legislature has not been doing our job of oversight.” A $10 billion package, which would have included a 10 ½-cent gas tax, failed in the State House June 26. Supporting legislators hoped to fund maintenance, improvements and a bridge connecting Portland and Vancouver, Wash. Though it was a pet project of Gov. Jay Inslee, multiple fears over the tax increase, lack of system reform and the inclusion See TOWN HALL, Page A5 Renamed Whittaker trail honors American climbing legend By Peter Clark It may not be Mount Everest, but it’s still an honor. King County Executive Dow Constantine stood with the first American to climb Earth’s tallest mountain to unveil new names for the Wilderness Peak Trail that winds its way up the southeastern side of Cougar Mountain on Sept. 26. Jim Whittaker, a Seattle native, whipped the burlap off the wooden signs that led the way to the new Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trail and the Nawang Gombu Wilderness Cliffs Trail, named after Whittaker’s Sherpa, who braved all 29,000 feet with him. This year marks the 50th anniversary since the historic ascent. A year later, Gombu climbed to the summit again, becoming the first person to make the trip twice. On a simple wooden bridge, extending over a calm stream, Tibetan prayer flags flapped as Constantine praised Whittaker and Gombu’s bravery. “Today, we are here to honor two men who stood on Earth’s highest point and came back heroes,” Constantine said. “They ran out of oxygen but managed to make the summit. It took courage, perseverance and Jim Whittaker (right) kisses a picture of his deceased Sherpa partner Nawang Gombu as King County Executive Dow Constantine shares the moment. The two unveiled the new names of trails on Cougar Mountain after Whittaker and Gombu, who climbed Mount Everest 50 years ago. See TRAIL, Page A5 By Peter Clark Quotable Inside The Press A&E................ Classifieds....... Community..... Let’s Go!.......... B8 B7 B1 B2 Obituaries....... B3 Opinion........... A4 Police & Fire �� B6 Sports...........B4-5 “Our goal is to see lives changed through the Gospel, but we were always on the lookout for individuals we could train to become Christ’s voice inside the walls.” — Nate Bean Issaquah business owner who travels the world to tell people about God (See story on Page B1.) Social Media Connect with The Issaquah Press on social media at and Scan the QR code to go to


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