‘Do not pass’ sign to be added to Newcastle Way bus stop

October 9, 2011

New “do not pass” street signage has been added near the bus stop on Newcastle Way near the Coal Creek Parkway intersection in an effort to warn drivers not to pass buses loading and unloading passengers there.

The Newcastle City Council voted Sept. 6 to add the sign after members of the community, the council and the city’s Public Works Department expressed concern about drivers performing the dangerous, illegal lane changes.

The sign was installed in the landscape strip on the north side of Newcastle Way before the bus stop.

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Longtime Newcastle residents square off in contested race

October 9, 2011

All budgetary options on table as candidates vie for council spot

As the city prepares to hammer out its 2012 budget in mid-October, the two men running for the only contested seat on the City Council say all options are on the table to combat continued decreases projected for the city’s revenue streams.

Gordon Bisset, who dominated the Aug. 16 primary by gathering 70 percent of the votes, said the city must focus on its true needs, not its wants — even if that means laying off some of its staff.

Bisset faces Frank Irigon for the Position 4 seat on the council in November.

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Issaquah School Board delays bond ballot question

October 9, 2011


After roughly four hours of discussion, the Issaquah School Board voted 4-1 to place a revamped $219 million capital improvement bond package before voters.

But in a decision that came earlier in the course of their regular Sept. 28 meeting, the board voted unanimously to mount the levy in April instead of February as previously planned.

The issue will appear on ballots for an April 17 election. In 2014, voters also may decide a capital improvement levy — not a bond issue — to pay for some items removed from the original proposal for the 2012 bond question.

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City to host annual town hall meeting

October 9, 2011


The city of Newcastle will host its annual town hall meeting from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 27 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Residents will be able to provide feedback to city staff and City Council members on issues facing the city for the next year, including the city’s budget.

The event is free and open to the public.

Learn more by contacting the city at 649-4444.

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Rapid Response

October 9, 2011

What should be done about drivers passing buses illegally at the intersection of Newcastle Way and Coal Creek Parkway?

I think they need a legal way to do it so they don’t end up obstructing traffic that may be backed up onto Coal Creek Parkway.

Peggy Price 


Make it not illegal. That “intersection redo” is the biggest waste of taxpayers’ money I have ever seen. Move the bus stop back to in front of HomeStreet Bank.

Gary and Suzi Beerman


The bus stop should have been designed to have a deeper pullout area to get the bus out of the traffic flow, with a merge lane. This intersection and stop should have been a “hub” stop for the area defining itself as our city center. The City Council needs to address this without effecting traffic flow.

Jeff Skocelas

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October 9, 2011

Initiative 1183 — putting liquor sales in the hands of retailers instead of the state —is worth a yes vote.

Last year, voters were asked a similar question, challenging the state’s monopoly on liquor sales. The voters said no. But I-1183 is vastly different.

For one thing, small stores like mini-marts will not be allowed to sell liquor, squelching the fear that teens will have more access than ever. Only stores larger than 10,000 square feet will qualify, unless a smaller store is the only option in town.

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Letters to the editor

October 9, 2011

Wanted: compost bins

As another great summer in Newcastle winds down, we were talking about all of the events that the city held in the park this year.

We live downtown and had a blast on the Fourth of July — being able to walk down to see a great fireworks show was an unexpected perk of moving into the area. The series of Concerts in the Park that were held this year were also great — we love taking walks in the evening after work and running into some free music along the way was a delight.

Wanting to support local business, we purchased some grub from a few of the vendors. Most of the packaging that our food came with (cups, plates, silverware) was clearly marked as compostable. However, when we searched the appropriate compostable bin in which to toss our waste we could not find one. As a result, we were forced to throw our waste in the garbage.

It is a shame that compostable food bins were not set up for these events — think about how much space we could have saved at the landfill! We would just like to raise the issue of having compostable bins at city events and also advocate for home compostable service and pickup like in other local cities.

Justin Norman and Olyvia Velasquez


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Driver hits sergeant’s car, arrested for DUI

October 9, 2011

A Newcastle woman is being investigated for driving under the influence after her car collided with a sheriff’s patrol car Sept. 2 on Interstate 5.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Julie Startup said the woman was traveling south on I-5 near downtown Seattle at about 8:45 p.m. The driver was in the lane to go toward Interstate 90, but at the last minute tried to switch lanes and stay on the mainline of I-5.

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Fine dining for a cause

October 9, 2011

In his several decades of experience as a chef, Elijah Coe has fed the likes of the British Royal Family and presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

But at the 14th annual Chef’s Night Out Culinary and Wine Experience, Coe will create a meal that will benefit a different type of audience — Washington families facing hunger and malnutrition.

Last year’s event raised $51,000 for Cooking Matters, a partnership between Solid Ground and Share our Strength, which offers classes in nutrition and food budgeting for struggling families.

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Puget Sound Energy offers efficiency rebates

October 9, 2011

Puget Sound Energy is offering additional and increased rebates on energy-efficient water and space heating equipment, as well as windows.

The utility offers a selection of rebates and incentives for equipment designed to reduce energy use and lower customer bills. Some rebates qualify for additional promotional offers by using PSE’s contractor referral service.

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