December 10, 2013
As a cold freeze covers the Pacific Northwest this holiday season, consider that the only source of heat for Marty Wright’s Issaquah-area home is a wood-pellet stove.
The stove is only effective, though, when it has the pellets, something the 26-year-old veteran could not afford.
Issaquah Community Services gave Wright the benefit of heat by funding the delivery of more than $200 worth of pellets, courtesy of The Grange Supply.
“It meant a great deal,” Wright said. “It kept me from freezing and actually allowed me to move around my house, because I do have fractured bones so when it does get cold in here I can’t really move around.”
December 3, 2013
The people that turn to Issaquah Community Services for assistance are often in dire need.
These are families that could lose their home if the nonprofit didn’t step in with the next payment; these are people who would live without electricity if Issaquah Community Services didn’t exist.
Just ask Maria, an Issaquah resident who recently received a helping hand from the organization that provides emergency financial aid to residents of the Issaquah School District in the form of utility payments, rent assistance and other miscellaneous contributions. (Maria’s last name isn’t being used for her safety.)
“The people that are going to ICS, they really, really need help,” she said.
November 26, 2013
When popular Bellevue eatery Lil’ Jon restaurant went up in flames June 13, it was a heartbreaking blow for regulars that frequented the spot, known for its breakfasts.
It was even worse for Issaquah resident and Lil’ Jon server Marita Davidson, who temporarily lost her job, as the restaurant underwent a major rehabilitation.
“It’s been there so long and nothing tragic has ever happened there before, so we were all in shock and devastated by that,” she said. “It was hard to regroup after that with the loss of income.”
November 19, 2013
In 2008, former Issaquah resident Ellen Loney had arguably the worst month of her life.
In the span of just 30 days, Loney lost her job and her mother. She would have lost the roof over her head, too, if it weren’t for the generosity of a local nonprofit organization.
“It was a very bad month, a very bad time, and Issaquah Community Services saved the day,” Loney said in a phone interview from her new home in Lynnwood.
November 5, 2013
Joe Heslet has been named general manager of The Issaquah Press. He will focus on the business side, primarily in advertising sales.
Heslet’s more noteworthy career experiences include his tenure as director of sales and advertising at the Puget Sound Business Journal, general sales manager for Fisher Communications’ KOMO and KVI stations and founding and leading his own research firm.
October 15, 2013
Mayoral and school board candidates will face the public and each other during a forum sponsored by The Issaquah Press and Issaquah’s Cable TV Commission Oct. 17.
Beginning at 7 p.m., in Council Chambers at 135 E. Sunset Way, mayoral Candidates Fred Butler and Joe Forkner, as well as school board candidates Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan, will have a three-minute opening statement followed by a round of questions submitted by The Issaquah Press, then a round of public questions, followed by candidates asking a question of their rival.
The candidates will be allowed one-minute answers. Issaquah Press Publisher Debbie Berto will moderate the event.
If unable to attend, email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a name and phone number.
August 13, 2013
Detectives have located a suspect in the springtime burglary of the new Issaquah Press office; coincidentally, other authorities found him first.
“We really didn’t have a whole lot of leads,” Issaquah Police Detective Brian Horn said about the March 27 burglary.
At least 12 computers and miscellaneous equipment were stolen.
March 12, 2013
The Issaquah Press will relocate its offices March 20, leaving historic downtown for more efficient office and warehouse space in Cascade Business Park, one block east of the transit center.
The newspaper office has been in the same location on Front Street for about 85 years. Its current building was built 25 years ago when the former building was demolished. The Press does not own the building.
“Our needs have changed,” Publisher Debbie Berto explained. “We just don’t need as much space. We no longer need dozens of file cabinets, or the darkroom, or four bathrooms. And the downtown location is not as important now that walk-in customers are rare, not like the days when readers hand-carried in their wedding photos and advertisers came in to pay bills.”