Renton School District to host budget meeting Thursday night at Hazen

January 27, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Jan. 27, 2011

Officials from the Renton School District will host a meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 27 at Hazen High School, 1101 Hoquiam Ave N.E., Renton, to gather input regarding budget priorities.

In December, lawmakers cut $850,000 from the district’s 2010-2011 budget. Also, Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed 2011-2013 budget calls for more extensive cuts during the next two school years.

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Police Blotter for Jan. 26

January 26, 2011

NEW — Noon Jan. 26, 2011

Hanging out with Rolling Rock

Police responded at 2:20 a.m. Jan. 16 to the intersection of Southeast 72nd Street and 115th Place Southeast, where a car was parked in front of a partially constructed home. The officers found two men in the second story with cans of Rolling Rock beer, and the men said they were just hanging out and did not intend to steal anything. They both appeared to be intoxicated, and police released them to a family member.

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Register for baseball by Jan. 31

January 21, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 21, 2011

Although it may not seem like it, baseball season is right around the corner. Click here to register your child for the Newcastle Baseball League.

The league is open to children ages 5-14, and registration closes Jan. 31. Those who join also receive a free Newcastle Baseball Club T-shirt.

Police Blotter for Jan. 20

January 20, 2011

NEW — Noon Jan. 20, 2011

Mail theft

A woman reported her mail was stolen from the 9000 block of 133rd Avenue Southeast between noon and 1 p.m. Jan. 3. She reported three outgoing checks were stolen.

Car break-ins

A man reported his 1999 Toyota 4Runner had been broken into at the Wilderness Creek Trailhead, 10400 Renton-Issaquah Road S.E, between 2 and 2:45 p.m. Jan. 4. The rear, passenger-side window had been shattered, and he reported that a bag of camera equipment, several knives and other miscellaneous items had been stolen. He valued his losses at $7,821.

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Parks Commissions recommends dog park at sports park site

January 18, 2011

$25,000 ruled not enough to create, maintain potential park

NEW — 5 p.m. Jan. 18, 2011

After holding two public hearings, the Parks Commission unanimously passed a recommendation to the City Council Jan. 12  that an off-leash dog park be constructed at the site of the future sports park on Southeast 95th Way.

However, the commission also unanimously voted that the council’s recommended budget of $25,000 would not be enough to construct and maintain a dog park, given that it would only be enough to build a one-acre park and maintain it for one year.

City Manager Rob Wyman said the City Council will likely review the commission’s recommendation at its Feb. 1 meeting.

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Comment period extended for large Renton development

January 17, 2011

UPDATED — 4:30 p.m. Feb. 1, 2011

The public comment period for the Quendall Terminals development in Renton has been extended to 5 p.m. Feb. 9. Send written comments to this address:

City of Renton

Planning Department

Attention: Vanessa Dolbee, senior planner

1055 South Grady Way, Sixth Floor

Renton, Wash., 98055

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Memorial service for Jim Simpkins Sunday

January 14, 2011

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Jan. 14, 2011

James Delzon Simpkins of Bellevue passed away peacefully Jan. 6. A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Newport Hill Pool Clubhouse, 5464 119th Ave. S.E., Bellevue.

Jim was born Nov. 22, 1932 in Bronxville, N.Y. Jim grew up in New York and was an Eagle Scout. Jim served as Corpsman in the Navy. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in pharmacy in 1956 and then worked for Burroughs Wellcome where he covered the entire state of Montana.

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State minimum wage increases to $8.67 for 2011

January 13, 2011

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Jan. 13, 2011

The state minimum wage increases 12 cents to $8.67 per hour for 2011.

The minimum wage applies to workers in agricultural and nonagricultural jobs, though 14- and 15-year-old employees may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $7.37 per hour.

The state Department of Labor & Industries adjusts the minimum wage each year in September as required by Initiative 688.

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Snow forecasted for this afternoon

January 11, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11, 2011

Snow is forecast to start falling after 4 p.m. today — just in time for the afternoon commute.

National Weather Service forecasters said the Newcastle area could receive 1 to 3 inches of snow tonight. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

Residents should also brace for strong winds, including gusts up to 29 mph.

The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for the area from 4 p.m. Tuesday until 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Meteorologists said the temperature and the snow level should rise Wednesday. Expect rainy conditions for the rest of the day and Wednesday night.

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Police Blotter for Jan. 10

January 10, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 10, 2010

MySpace attackers

Police responded to Southeast 88th Street and 116th Avenue Southeast just before 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23. A man had jumped from a moving white, four-door Toyota Corolla and been pepper sprayed. The man said he had met two women on MySpace and met them at a Bellevue mall. Together they drove to Newcastle, and the women stole the man’s cell phone — worth $21 — and told him they were going to kill him. As the car slowed, the man jumped from the car, and one of the women got out and sprayed the man in the face. Witnesses came to help the man, and the women drove away.

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