Mack Strong, Zoë Higheagle-Strong named Washingtonians of the Year

September 12, 2011

NEW — 2:20 p.m., Sept. 12, 2011

Retired Seahawks fullback Mack Strong and Executive Director of HOPE worldwide – Washington Zoë Higheagle-Strong will be honored as recipients of the Association of Washington Generals’ annual Washingtonian of the Year award.

Lt. Governor Brad Owen will emcee the Sept. 17 event at Seahawks headquarters to celebrate the couple’s accomplishments.

Strong and Higheagle-Strong are residents of Newcastle.

The reception will start at 5 p.m. at the Seahawks Headquarters/Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. Along with featuring the Washingtonian of the Year and highlights of AWG projects, the event will include tours of the VMAC, Blue Thunder Drum Line, Sea Gals, refreshments and a barbecue.

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Liberty falls to Issaquah, Hazen gets second win in week two action

September 9, 2011

Liberty High School has opened the season with a 0-2 start, losing to the Issaquah Eagles 23-13 in a non-league game Friday night at Issaquah in Gary Moore Stadium.

Starting wide receiver Jake Bakamus sealed the win for the Eagles with an interception from Liberty quarterback Jordan West with 5:54 left in the fourth quarter.

Liberty opened the game with a rushing touchdown from senior running back Hamilton Noel, taking a 7-0 lead on their first offensive drive with 5:11 left in the first quarter.

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Newcastle city clerk resigns from position

September 9, 2011

NEW — 3:55 p.m., Sept. 9, 2011

Newcastle City Clerk Bob Baker announced Friday he will resign from the position after working for the city for nearly six years, citing new opportunities to work closer to home and more time to pursue other interests.

His last day working for the city will be Sept. 23.

In an email to city staff and the City Council, he said his departure is bittersweet, stating while  it isn’t easy to resolve every issue, “each of us has an opportunity to make a difference when we maintain an open mind, put aside personal differences and realize each of us wants what’s best for ourselves, our constituents and the community as a whole.” 

“After nearly six years of service to customers – internal and external – in this great community, I am proud to say we set goals, met goals, and together, accomplished some outstanding results,” he wrote.

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Free knotweed workshop offered Sept. 17

September 9, 2011

NEW — 2:20 p.m., Sept. 9, 2011

Instructor Frances Lucero with the King County Noxious Weed Program will be on hand at a free workshop that aims to educate residents on how invasive knotweed can be controlled and eradicated by use of herbicide injections.

The workshop, which is organized by the Newcastle Weed Warriors, the city of Newcastle and the KCNWP, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at Lake Boren Park.

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Police blotter

September 9, 2011

NEW — 1:10 p.m., Sept. 9, 2011

Car stolen from driveway

A man reported his 1991 red Volkswagen Golf was stolen from his driveway on the 12100 block of Southeast 75 Place on Aug. 26. The theft was believed to have occurred around 4:15 a.m., and the car was worth about $1,500.

Assault arrest

A 35-year-old woman was arrested for fourth degree assault on Aug. 29 at her Coal Creek Parkway apartment after she reportedly bit and hit her male roommate. The incident was reported at about 12:30 that morning.

Trailer spray painted with gang signs

A trailer registered to the Talerico Excavation Company out of Puyallup was reportedly spray painted with gang-related symbols on the 7100 block of 133 Avenue Southeast sometime between Aug. 19 and Aug. 22. The vandalism will cost about $200 to paint over.

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Congregations hold food drive Sept. 17

September 8, 2011

NEW — 3:25 p.m., Sept.8, 2011

Two congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Newcastle area will hold a one-day food drive to refill the inventories of local food bank Sept. 17.

The first annual event was held last year, which raised 4,500 pounds of food for the Emergency Feeding Program. In total, more than 30,000 pounds of food to six Eastside food banks along with $8,000 in cash.

“We were able to feed 5,000 people six meals each,” said Robert Johnson, president of the Bellevue South Stake, who oversees 10 congregations in five cities.

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Carving out a new community

September 2, 2011

Pomegranate Center assists church to build a local public space

Janet Farness (left) and Kimberly Kibby, Bellevue Holy Cross Lutheran Church volunteers, seal stained carvings on a tarp outside Pomegranate Center July 16. By Emily Baer

Members of Bellevue Holy Cross Lutheran Church and the Issaquah-based Pomegranate Center cut, carved, sanded and stained wood planks for 12 hours July 16 to raise money for the construction of a communal area open to the South Bellevue/Newcastle/Newport Hills community.

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Gordon Bisset leads primary for City Council race

September 2, 2011

Gordon Bisset has a commanding lead in Newcastle’s primary race for the fourth position on the City Council.

With about 70 percent — or 1,136 votes — Bisset is well ahead of candidate Frank Irigon, who has gathered 373 votes, or about 23 percent to total votes cast, according to updated information provided on the King County elections website.

Bisset has been a resident of the Hazelwood neighborhood of Newcastle for 41 years and served on the council for a four-year term from 2002-2005*.

Irigon has been a resident of the Rainier Crest neighborhood of Newcastle for 25 years. This is his first time running for the council.

Bisset or Irigon will replace longtime Councilman Sonny Putter, who was elected to the council in 1994*.

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Newcastle chosen among top places to live in the U.S.

September 2, 2011

CNN’s Money Magazine announced Aug. 15 it has selected Newcastle among its top 25 best places to live in the nation.

The town, which earned a No. 18 spot on the magazine’s annual survey of the top places to live in the U.S., was praised for its volunteerism and recreational opportunities.

The survey looks at financial, housing, education and other quality-of-life factors when compiling the list.

The city was also honored as the No. 17 best place to live by Newsweek in 2009.

Mukilteo, selected for the magazine’s No. 9 spot, and Sammamish, ranked No. 15, were the other two cities in Washington selected in the 2011 Money Magazine survey.

Louisville, Colo., was selected as the No. 1 best place to live in the nation.

Check out the full list of selected communities at

Voters overwhelmingly renew Veterans and Human Services Levy

September 2, 2011

The popular Veterans and Human Services Levy garnered overwhelming support from King County voters Aug. 16, as the electorate renewed the measure through 2017.

The levy is expected to generate about $100 million for programs to aid veterans and needy residents. The funding is split 50-50 between veterans programs and human services efforts.

“The citizens of King County have demonstrated their respect for our veterans and compassion for our neighbors most in need by voting to renew the Veterans and Human Services Levy,” County Executive Dow Constantine, a levy supporter, said in a statement Aug. 16.

“I thank the voters for approving the levy and showing, once again, that King County is an extraordinary community in which to live.”

The measure, Proposition 1, garnered more than 60 percent of the vote in the initial results King County Elections. The final votes won’t be official until the elections office certifies them.

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