June 10, 2015
More than a half-century has passed since Roger Wilson founded the Issaquah High School wrestling program, and many things surrounding the sport have changed.
When Wilson came to Issaquah in 1961, there were only about 60 high schools statewide offering the sport, a number that has exploded to more than 350 today. And Issaquah — whose mascot was the Indians, not the Eagles — was the smallest school in its league at the time, with fewer than 400 students in three grades.
May 12, 2015
The name Roy Malmassari has been associated with Ford motorcars since before the Edsel.
The 86-year-old native of Hobart hung up his Kelly Blue Book and his dealer license plates for the last time April 30 after being in the car business for almost seven decades. He has been associated with the Ford dealership in Issaquah since 1981.
March 17, 2015
The first post-retirement vacation for many couples might include lounging on a sunny Hawaiian beach, enjoying a moonlight stroll through the streets of Paris or driving across the country to visit their grandchildren.
Jane and Steve Schwartz chose something slightly different — hike to the top of a 19,341-foot mountain.
March 17, 2015
I spend a lot of time thinking about local people and things, and I’d like to point out some of them here.
Kudos to the parents of young Maddie Sprague, Jeannie and Colin Sprague who met Maddie when she was only a couple of weeks old. Although they knew about her health problems — she had open-heart surgery the day she was born — they adopted her anyway.
December 31, 2014
Annexations, retirements, plastic bags, development, a looming school closure, retail marijuana, bank robberies, the Concerts on the Green series, and business and occupation taxes made the list of the top 10 news stories of the year in Issaquah.
Here are those stories, in no particular order:
Klahanie-area annexation issue moves to Sammamish
Issaquah residents voted no, for the second time, on the city of Issaquah annexing the Klahanie area. The King County Growth Management Planning Council then unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s.
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.”
Now, 40 years later, Berto is indeed ready to retire, having worked from advertising representative to publisher of the 114-year-old newspaper.
May 28, 2013
The Issaquah School District is hosting an open house for retiring Superintendent Steve Rasmussen on June 5.
Rasmussen is retiring after more than four decades in education, according to a press release from the district.
The open house is from 4-6 p.m. at the Administration Building, 565 N.W. Holly St. Remarks will begin at 5 p.m.
April 23, 2013
IHOP institution, Susie Nutzhorn, is ready to hang up her apron after 30 years
Longtime IHOP waitress Susie Nutzhorn has a certain philosophy about her line of work.
The way she sees it, she doesn’t really work for the famous pancake house, rather her true employers are the men, women and children who enter through the Issaquah restaurant’s doors every day.