Press publisher to retire Jan. 31

February 1, 2014

40-year career comes to a close

When Debbie Berto assumed the helm of The Issaquah Press in the early 1970s, she was only a couple years out of college and had no managerial experience. To top it off, she was just 24 and pregnant with her first child. But her boss saw something in her that made him confident he’d made the right choice.

“I never had any training in business management,” Berto admitted. “The Press was losing money in those early years, so John Murray didn’t have much to lose by putting me in charge. It wasn’t long before he predicted that I would retire from The Press. I couldn’t imagine that that was possible.”

Debbie Berto Press publisher

Debbie Berto Press publisher

Now, 40 years later, Berto is indeed ready to retire, having worked from advertising representative to publisher of the 114-year-old newspaper.

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Welcome to ’12SAQUAH’

January 31, 2014

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler and Queen Issaquah Audrey Slade of the Chamber of Commerce, read the proclamation Jan. 31 on the city hall steps declaring Feb. 2, the day of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos, to be known as 12saquah (pronounced ‘twelve-sa-quah’) to honor the football team and the ‘12th Man’ by which fans are called.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler and Queen Issaquah Audrey Slade, of the chamber of commerce, read a proclamation Jan. 31 on the City Hall steps declaring Feb. 2 the day of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos, to be known as 12saquah (pronounced ‘twelve-sa-quah’) to honor the football team and the ‘12th Man’ by which fans are called.

2014 Health Fair

January 30, 2014

Voter registration deadline is Monday for special election

January 30, 2014

NEW – 10:30 a.m. Jan. 30, 2014

Citizens who are not registered to vote in Washington state have until 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3 to register to vote in time to participate in the Feb. 11 special election. Citizens must register to vote in person to vote in February.

Sixteen school districts, including Issaquah’s, the city of Issaquah and the Klahanie Annexation Area have measures on ballots this election.

Residents may register at the King County Elections Office, 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or the Voter Registration Annex, King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave., Room 311, Seattle, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2-4:30 p.m. weekdays.

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Bob Brady resigns water district post just two months after election

January 28, 2014

After winning election in November by just 60 votes, Bob Brady has resigned his seat on the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District board of directors.

After the election, Brady began spending time in Arizona as a “snow bird,” someone who lives in warmer climates during the colder parts of the year. He planned to try to serve on the board from long distance when he was away.

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Attorney General: Cities could possibly ban marijuana business

January 28, 2014

As the Issaquah City Council decides how to tailor local regulations for recreational marijuana sales, a recent opinion from state Attorney General Robert Ferguson gave another possibility for it to consider.

Ferguson handed down an opinion Jan. 16 saying he found nothing stopping municipalities from banning or limiting the sale of recreational marijuana.

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Bellevue officer charged with DUI resigns

January 28, 2014

A Bellevue Police officer charged with drunken driving on Interstate 90 near Issaquah has resigned from the department.

“As we move forward, my hope is that we rebuild the public’s trust and continue our focus on the great work that the men and women of this department do every day,” Chief Linda Pillo said in a news release.

On Nov. 20, Bellevue Police Officer Doug Brennan stopped Hanke for swerving and speeding. Instead of arresting the 38-year-old officer, Brennan allowed Hanke’s wife to pick him up. Brennan then reported the incident to his superiors the next day.

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Help the Issaquah Schools Foundation while shopping at Fred Meyer

January 28, 2014

With Fred Meyer’s new Community Rewards Program, you can help earn money for local students and schools each time you shop.

All you have to do is go online to connect your Fred Meyer Reward Card to the Issaquah Schools Foundation. The program begins Feb. 3, but you need to register now.

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Beverly Reeves

January 28, 2014

Beverly Jeanette Reeves, born Jan. 2, 1934, passed Jan. 12, 2014.

Beverly was a third-generation resident of Issaquah. She was the Issaquah Labor Day Queen in 1950. Bev graduated from Issaquah High School in 1952.

Beverly Reeves

Beverly Reeves

On Oct. 29, 1954, she married Robert Bryan Reeves Sr. In 1965, Bev fulfilled a dream when she graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse from the Bellevue School of Nursing. She worked at the Issaquah Villa for 20 years.

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Plastic bag ban should stay put

January 28, 2014

Issaquah city voters, pick up your ballot and vote no to repealing the ban on plastic bags.
Issaquah residents may be even more environmentally minded than their counterparts in Seattle, where the bag ban is a fact of life. While not everyone is happy to bring their own shopping bags to businesses here, the bag ban offers a little “feel-good” moment when you know you’ve done the right thing — whether you opt for no bag at all or choose a 5-cent paper bag.

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