★ FINAL EDITION ★ Issaquah’s only locally owned newspaper
THE ISSAQUAH PRESS
118th Year, No. 8
Thursday, February 23, 2017
JAN. 1, 1900 – FEB. 24, 2017
117-year history of chronicling city’s triumphs and tragedies ends with this edition By Christina Corrales-Toy firstname.lastname@example.org
bout a week after the public learned The Issaquah Press would soon publish its final edition, editor Scott
she’s called home since the 1950s. Sometimes the faces in print were familiar — like her own,
Stoddard called the news team into his office.
when The Press printed her engagement announcement, and
“I want all of you to hear this,” he said, adjusting the volume
again decades later when the paper did a long feature on her
of his voicemail to its highest setting as members of the
50th wedding anniversary in 2005. The paper became a part of the Luse family, she said, so the
newsroom circled around his phone. The voice on the other end was Dolores Luse, a longtime reader calling to express her condolences. Luse, like so many others, grew up reading The Issaquah Press, relying on it to
news of its closure was difficult to swallow. “It hurt,” she said, pausing a moment to fight off tears. “It was like losing a best friend.”
tell her everything she needed to know about the community
In this early 1960s photograph of the interior of the Providence Heights College chapel, sunlight illuminates five of the building’s 14 stained-glass windows crafted by French artist Gabriel Loire. Courtesy of Ateliers Loire
See GOODBYE, Page 11
Reported threat of legal action derails Providence Heights landmark nomination By Lizz Giordano email@example.com The Sammamish Heritage Society withdrew its application to nominate Providence Heights College for consideration as a City of Issaquah landmark only days before a scheduled public hearing on the matter was to take place.
In a letter to the King County Historic Preservation Program, the group said the decision was based on information from the county, which “advised that pursuing the nomination will cause the property owner to initiate legal action against the City of Issaquah concerning the legality of designating and regulating
properties that are owned by religious entities.” The Providence Heights property is currently owned by a limited liability company controlled by leaders of Kirkland-based The City Church. See LANDMARK, Page 12
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