Leaping to Newcastle Days

October 7, 2009

Skyler Fuller catches air on the bouncy slide during Newcastle Days Sept. 13 at Lake Boren Park. For a look at the festival.  By Greg Farrar

Skyler Fuller catches air on the bouncy slide during Newcastle Days Sept. 13 at Lake Boren Park. For a look at the festival. By Greg Farrar

Lake Boren water quality stable over past decade

October 7, 2009

Residents say winter quality is another story

In a January 2009 report, the King County Lake Stewardship Program said Lake Boren’s water quality appears to be stable over the past decade. However, residents who live near the lake said they are concerned about the lake’s water quality in the winter months, when large volumes of storm water flow into the lake, bringing silt and potentially bacteria with it. Read more

City revenue looks ‘very gloomy’ for 2010 forecast

October 7, 2009

On Sept. 1, Newcastle Director of Finance Christine Olson presented the City Council with her 2010 revenue forecast. She predicts the city will bring in $5.91 million in 2010, only about $62,000 more than the city will collect this year. Read more

City updates zoning code, would allow new stand-alone library

October 7, 2009

In a 7-0 vote, the Newcastle City Council voted to exempt building projects funded by publicly approved levies from the city’s floor-area-ratio requirement. As a result, the Newcastle library may be built as a stand-alone structure if the KCLS/Lorig Associates agreement to build a mixed-use building containing a library and apartment units dissolves. Read more

Kandy Schendel looks to collaborate constructively on City Council

October 7, 2009

Kandy Schendel has a background of bringing people together. She said she doesn’t want to see the city move backward and that she wants to see residents live, work and play, all in Newcastle. Read more

Former Councilman Bill Erxleben hopes to balance city budget

October 7, 2009

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Bill Erxleben

Bill Erxleben, a 10-year resident of Newcastle and former city councilman, is concerned about the city’s financial situation. He’s also concerned with the amount of new development city officials are planning in the current economic situation, and he said they need to balance the budget and live within the city’s means. Read more

Letters to the editor

October 7, 2009

Pam Teal has dedication needed for Renton School Board

As a Newcastle resident and parent in the Renton School District, please join me in electing Pam Teal for the Renton School Board.

Pam has lived in the district since 1985 and has two sons who have attended Renton schools for their entire public education. Pam was appointed to a vacancy on the Renton School Board on Feb. 3. She is now running for election for a full four-year term. Read more

Editorial: Our recommendations for Newcastle City Council

October 7, 2009

Newcastle voters are lucky to have six candidates running for the three City Council seats up for election this year. We have no doubt that all of the six could do the job.

But there is much contention on the current council, and the three who win election in November must be able to build community consensus, communicate well, understand what’s best for the city, have a long-range vision and be willing to make some tough budget decisions without dipping into reserves. Read more

City celebrates 15th anniversary

October 7, 2009

Prior to 1994, what is now the city of Newcastle was a small community squeezed between Renton and Bellevue. Read more

City appeals to postal headquarters for ZIP code

October 7, 2009

After the United States Postal Service denied Newcastle a unique ZIP code for the third time, the city appealed to the postal service at the federal level, sending a letter to the organization’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Read more

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