SR 900 crash injures Newcastle man

May 23, 2010

NEW — 12:40 p.m. May 23, 2010

A late-night crash left a Newcastle man with serious injuries Saturday after a speeding car hit his pickup from behind.

Washington State Patrol investigators said the accident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. on state Route 900 near 172nd Place Southeast, southwest of Issaquah. Troopers said a 25-year-old Issaquah woman driving a Ford Focus headed eastbound on SR 900 struck the Ford pickup driven by the 35-year-old Newcastle man.

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Liberty to host bicycle safety rodeo Saturday

May 20, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. May 20, 2010

Liberty High School will host a bicycle safety rodeo from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday.

Officials from the King County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to provide bicycle safety lessons, helmet fittings, low-cost helmets for purchase and an actual bicycle course to practice riding skills.

Bring your bike and helmet to join in on the activities.

City investigates proposal to install off-leash dog park

May 19, 2010

UPDATED – 2:24 p.m. May 19, 2010

Newcastle City Council members voted unanimously to investigate possible solutions to the lack of an off-leash dog park in the city at their meeting Tuesday night.

Councilwoman Lisa Jensen was not in attendance, making the vote 6-0.

The direction to the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, to research the issue grew amid resident concerns over leash laws that will begin to be enforced in coming weeks.

Dogs must be on leashes within the city. To date, city officials and police haven’t enforced the laws.

The announcement came in response to limited incidents of off-leash dogs at Lake Boren Park, city officials said.

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City investigates proposal to install off-leash dog park

May 18, 2010

NEW – 9:56 p.m. May 18, 2010

Newcastle City Council members voted unanimously to investigate possible solutions to the lack of an off-leash dog park in the city at their meeting Tuesday night.

The direction to the city’s parks and recreation department to research the issue grew amid resident concerns over leash laws that will begin to be enforced in coming weeks.

Dogs must be on leashes within the city. To date, city officials and police haven’t enforced the laws.

The announcement came in response to limited incidents of off-leash dogs at Lake Boren Park, city officials said.

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Newcastle Elementary School’s sustainability programs win state award

May 18, 2010

NEW — 3:30 p.m. May 18, 2010

Newcastle Elementary School was the recipient of a $300 grant from the state Department of Ecology given today.

The annual Terry Husseman School Awards program recognizes and rewards schools for their commitment to ongoing sustainable programs, including waste-reduction efforts, creating new environmental awareness programs, and developing and implementing innovative curricula, a press release said.

Newcastle is one of 45 public and private schools from the state to win an award ranging between $150 and $3,150. More than 70 applications were received.

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Level-three sex offender moves to Newcastle

May 17, 2010

UPDATED — 11 a.m. May 21, 2010

Level-three sex offender Joseph Pershing Hemmert has moved to the 7000 block of 122nd Avenue Southeast, according to officials from King County Sheriff’s Office. Level-three sex offender offenders are considered most likely to re-offend.

An open was held May 20 at City Hall to notify the community about Hemmert.

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Trails at Newcastle to give tours, host potluck Saturday

May 13, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. May 13, 2010

Trails at Newcastle will give tours of its future construction site, built east off of Coal Creek Parkway between Southeast 79th Street and 135th Avenue Southeast, from 3-5 p.m. Saturday.

The site tours will be followed by a potluck at Lake Boren Park from 5-6 p.m.

School board to meet with legislators

May 11, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. May 11, 2010

Issaquah School Board members will meet with local legislators at 6 p.m. May 12 at the school district administration building, which is at 565 N.W. Holly St. in Issaquah.

The meeting is open to the public.

The purpose of the meeting is to talk about the impacts to the school district from the most recent legislative session and plan action for the next session.

Afterward, school board members will hold a regular business meeting.

Renton School District to host budget meeting at Hazen Wednesday night

May 10, 2010

NEW — 4:40 p.m. May 10, 2010

The Renton School District will host budget meetings this week to report to the community how the state budget has been set, as well as lead discussions about how the district budget should be balanced.

In addition to the meeting in the Hazen High School library at 7 p.m. Wednesday, district officials are also hosting a meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the Lindbergh High School cafeteria and another at 7 p.m. May 18 in the Renton High School cafeteria.

Nominate eco-friendly workplaces for county award

May 8, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. May 8, 2010

King County Solid Waste Division officials seek nominees for the fourth-annual Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction list.

The award spotlights businesses with strong recycling, reuse and waste-prevention efforts. The list, formed in 2007, recognizes the accomplishments of small and large businesses for conserving natural resources, as well as reducing the amount of recyclable materials headed to landfills.

“King County businesses are not only helping conserve resources and protect the environment, but they’re also cutting costs when they cut waste,” Program Manager Karen May said in a news release. “Many of the best practices for resource management are really easy to do.”

Businesses operating in King County outside of Seattle can apply. Complete the application at http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/garbage-recycling/apply-best-workplaces.asp. Entries must be submitted by May 24. The list will be announced in June.

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