Vigil held for political prisoners

April 9, 2009

Bahai members hold out hope for Iranians charged with treason

Mojdeh Azizi, of Newcastle, with a photograph of her father and uncles, who were executed by the Iranian government for being members of the Baha’i faith. By Jim Feehan
Mojdeh Azizi, of Newcastle, with a photograph of her father and uncles, who were executed by the Iranian government for being members of the Baha’i faith. By Jim Feehan

 

Forming a solemn circle at the picnic shelter at Lake Boren Park, about a dozen members of the Baha’i faith from Newcastle sent their prayers east. 

Last month’s vigil was meant to draw attention to seven Baha’is held on charges of espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic republic. Read more

Fred Jarrett enters county-exec race

April 9, 2009

State Sen. Fred Jarrett, who has been considering running for county executive in November, said he’s entering the race.

Two Metropolitan King County Council members — Larry Phillips and Dow Constantine, both of Seattle — announced earlier this year they were entering the race to replace Ron Sims as county executive. Read more

Council says no to 4 percent utility tax

April 9, 2009

The City Council voted unanimously March 10 to reject imposing a 4 percent utility tax to help pay for city services. 

“The economy has tanked and this is no time to ask for a tax hike,” said City Councilman Sonny Putter. “I don’t feel it’s in the best interest of our residents to pony up more money.” Read more

City’s crime rate down in 2008

April 9, 2009

Out-of-towners are main perpetrators, police chief says

The crime rate in Newcastle went down in 2008, according to the annual police report.

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Developer outlines plans for new City Hall

April 9, 2009

The city is working with a developer to possibly build a new City Hall that could include housing and other amenities.

A representative from Lorig and Associates presented two possible options at a March 10 special meeting of the City Council. Read more

Letters to the editor

April 9, 2009

Choose to refuse

One of the last actions President Bush took before leaving office was putting in place the “conscience clause.” Read more

Editorial: Thanks to all for our 10 years in Newcastle

April 9, 2009

Newcastle News celebrates 10 years with this edition. While there are only 10 candles to blow out, it’s an occasion worth noting

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Dental office offers free care for children

April 9, 2009

Factoria Dentistry is offering free dental care for children from April 6-10. 

Exams, X-rays and cleaning will be provided. The service is available to Newcastle and south Bellevue residents. 

Factoria Dentistry is at 4301 Factoria Boulevard S.E.

County officials plan for region’s steady growth

April 9, 2009

King County officials are considering updating growth targets for the region in anticipation for about a half-million more residents in the next 22 years.

“King County is growing faster than projected,” Michael Hubner, Suburban Cities Association buildable lands and land use manager, said at the March 17 City Council meeting. Read more

Bus stop project to detour traffic downtown

April 9, 2009

Motorists can expect delays as the city’s main intersection is ripped up for construction for the downtown bus stop project.

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