2013 Winter FreeTime

November 29, 2013

2013 Parents Guide

November 1, 2013

2013 Home Buyers Guide

October 16, 2013

2013 Salmon Days

September 27, 2013

2013 Fall Freetime

September 6, 2013

2013 Lifestyles of the 50+

July 23, 2013

State park centennial

June 25, 2013

Lake Sammamish park readies for a facelift

After a Pacific Northwest fall, winter and spring that seemingly blend together, muddied by a persistent rain, summer can never come soon enough.

When it does, however, it’s a thing of beauty, filled with blue sky, sunshine and a temperate climate that just beckons locals to come outside.

By Greg Farrar Peaches, the giant Schnauzer, looks on with curiosity as her owner Connie Marsh (left) and David Kappler, board members of the recently formed Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, chat at the park’s rotunda shelter built in 1975, when Dan Evans was governor.

By Greg Farrar
Peaches, the giant Schnauzer, looks on with curiosity as her owner Connie Marsh (left) and David Kappler, board members of the recently formed Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, chat at the park’s rotunda shelter built in 1975, when Dan Evans was governor.

There is no better place to soak up those all-too infrequent rays than at Lake Sammamish State Park.

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2013 Summer FreeTime

June 11, 2013

Bomber pilot shares vivid memories of POW camp, raids over Japan

May 22, 2013

Richard Murphy is at a difficult age.

At 90 years old, he can still remember the pain in his leg from the crash-landing on Sakhalin Island in December 1944. He still remembers his crew sitting down to dinner with their Russian captors while they were being held as prisoners of war.

Murphy is also aware that the early stages of dementia have taken away his ability to remember what type of plane he flew, who operated the POW camp, his rank or how he escaped. He becomes frustrated when he is unable to recall his wife’s name or how many children they had together.

By Greg Farrar Richard Murphy (left), wearing his bomber jacket and Army Air Corps cap, and his son Kevin share one of their get-togethers with a visit at Spiritwood Retirement Community at Pine Lake.

By Greg Farrar
Richard Murphy (left), wearing his bomber jacket and Army Air Corps cap, and his son Kevin share one of their get-togethers with a visit at Spiritwood Retirement Community at Pine Lake.

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STILL PAYING TRIBUTE

May 22, 2013

World War II vet recalls the days he took to the air as an eager teen

Contributed Issaquah resident Lou Ortiz served as an aviation radioman and gunner in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Contributed
Issaquah resident Lou Ortiz served as an aviation radioman and gunner in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Before Issaquah resident Lou Ortiz boarded the USS Lexington and conducted missions all around the Pacific, the World War II veteran had to fight a different battle — one with his mother.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the eager 16-year-old was determined to enlist in the U.S. Navy, despite the fact that he was underage.

“I was so upset with it that I just kept saying to my mom, ‘Mom, I want to help. You’ve got to let me join,’” he said.

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