Newcastle, Renton men arrested for BUIs on same boat

August 10, 2011

After more than 550 boats were contacted by officials during Seafair on Aug. 7 on Lake Washington, one boat in particular was in hot water.

In just four hours, two drivers were arrested in separate incidents for boating under the influence for operating the same boat.

At about1:30 p.m., the Impaired Operator Emphasis on Lake Washington stopped a boat for a no go zone violation. Emphasis patrol officials arrested the operator, Joseph Dalrymple of Renton, on investigation of BUI.

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King County imposes summertime burn ban

August 9, 2011

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9, 2011

Dry conditions and forecasts calling for continued dry weather prompted the King County fire marshal to call for a fire-safety burn ban in unincorporated areas.

The ban started Aug. 8 and runs until Sept. 30.

The latest burn ban is in addition to a state burn ban on forestlands, such as Tiger Mountain, and a summer burning moratorium in the Eastside Fire & Rescue service area, including Issaquah. The state and EFR bans remain in effect until Sept. 30 as well.

The county burn ban applies to all outdoor burning, except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or owner-approved fires on private property.

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Sunshine Day Camp returns for summer

August 6, 2011

Sunshine Day Camp, run entirely by local teenagers, will be back again this year, from Aug. 8-12 at the Lake McDonald Club House.

For $20, children who are potty-trained and up to age 8 can enjoy a week of snacks, games, water activities and lunch.

“We are having special guests throughout the week, including a hip-hop teacher and possibly a clown or magician,” said founder Sada Adams, 14.

Adams started the camp in 2008 at age 11.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, and all profits will be donated to the American Diabetes Association. Camp organizers ask parents to pay more than $20 if they can to help support the cause.

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Newcastle’s Mikie Coffman is hen to Seattle’s Ride the Ducks brood

August 5, 2011

Mikie Coffman, of Newcastle, general manager of Ride the Ducks, stands near one of the business’ 17 duck tour vehicles. Contributed

As general manager of Seattle’s Ride the Ducks, Newcastle resident Mikie Coffman gets a hefty dose of quacking on a daily basis.

“It’s nonstop fun. You have to be half crazy to work here,” Coffman said.

Originally from Redmond, Coffman moved to Newcastle five years ago. In college she studied political science at the University of Washington.

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Remaining candidates gear up for primary election

August 5, 2011

Although Andrew Shelton has dropped from the race for City Council Position 4, there will still be a primary election this month. Shelton, Gordon Bisset and Frank Irigon will be on the ballot.

The top two finishers will advance to the general election in November. Ballots for the primary election must be postmarked by Aug. 16.

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Newcastle Days 2011 lineup is taking shape

August 5, 2011

The Newcastle Days Committee announced more details in July about the 2011 celebration, including the stage lineup.

This year’s celebration will be Sept. 9 and 10, with a downtown sidewalk sale the first day and a celebration in Lake Boren Park the second day.

The 17th annual Newcastle Days, which celebrates the formation of the city of Newcastle, will have Lance Lambert, of the “Vintage Vehicle Show,” as emcee. The car show, which returns this year after a one-year absence, will run from noon to 4 p.m. at the north end of the park.

For the second consecutive year Valley Medical Center will be the event’s major sponsor, Lewis said.

Another returning attraction is the 5K race. Registration forms can be found at, or register in person until 8 a.m. the day of the race, Sept. 10. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by Sept. 3.

Family entertainment on the main stage begins at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 with the Rainier Ballet Academy and continues with performances by young magician Matt Wells, children’s musician Tim Noah and Blue Dog Dance.

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City to pursue more aggressive investments

August 5, 2011

The City Council voted at its July 5 meeting to invest its extra money more aggressively than it has in the past, switching from Bank of America to KeyBank for the task.

The council will likely decide this month what it will invest in, but City Manager Rob Wyman said it would likely invest in government-backed treasury bonds.

The choice to depart from Bank of America came down to poor service, Wyman said.

By banking and investing with KeyBank, the city will get a discount on its investment broker fees.

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Mark Greene to run for county elections director

August 5, 2011

Newcastle resident Mark Greene has filed to run for King County elections director in this November’s election.

“If elected to the director position, I will closely monitor the Secretary of State election rules and follow them closely, as would be my obligation according to the law,” Greene wrote in an email.

Greene said he would give as much leeway as possibly to petitions and bring about reforms in matching hand recounts of optical scanning machine results. Specifically, he said he would call for 2 percent to 5 percent of ballots to be recounted in randomly selected precincts in all elections, regardless of how close the vote is.

He said he would also call for more checks and balances with the postal voting system, open source inspection of vote tabulating machines, and systematic and renewed training for election workers, especially regarding the county’s 2012 redistricting.

Greene said he has been an election reform activist since 2000 and active in politics for decades. He is the founder of an election practices committee called Democracy in Election Process.

Letters to the editor

August 5, 2011

Gordon Bisset is the right choice

I returned from California to the good news that Gordon Bisset is running for the Newcastle City Council. I had urged him to do so, and I support his election.

Gordon is a long-time neighbor, a capable and active member (currently president) of our Hazelwood Community Association, who has served with distinction on Newcastle’s Planning Commission and City Council.

He’s been deeply involved in Newcastle since its founding, and is one of those rare civic-minded folks who attend council meetings year after year, maintain a deep knowledge of city issues and frequently speak out — about a wider range of issues than most of us can manage.

Gordon gets things done: he helped the Hazelwood Community Association make Donegal Park a reality, and he’s led the successful effort to raise funds for a memorial barbecue in the park. And he’s a realist who understands budgets; who wants a lean, efficient government that sticks to basics.

Given Newcastle’s dire financial situation, his voice is needed on the council.

Garry Kampen


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Laughing all the way – 10 things I learned about house remodeling (and lived to share)

August 5, 2011

1 If you are not actually changing the footprint of your kitchen, then according to my status-conscious friends, it’s not really a “remodel.” But you know what? No matter what you call it, it’s still a big, giant pain in the butt.

2 If you can’t find your favorite 15-year-old cutting board a month after moving all of your stuff from the kitchen cabinets to the garage and back, then just face it, honey — it’s gone.

3 If the brand new refrigerator has an irritating whine when it runs, your significant other will claim that he can’t hear it at all, which I find very hard to believe.

4 If you’ve had knobs on your drawers for years, consider adding them to your new cabinetry or risk fingernail loss from trying to pry the cabinets open.

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