King County Council designates March as Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month

March 20, 2012

NEW — 10:25 a.m. March 20, 2012

King County Council members — led by Newcastle-area Councilman Reagan Dunn — sought to raise awareness of a life-threatening condition Monday, and proclaimed March as Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month.

Dunn, a local representative on the council, sponsored the proclamation to honor his late mother, former U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn. The elder Dunn died in September 2007 from a pulmonary embolism caused by deep-vein thrombosis.

“DVT awareness continues to grow in the public realm, but more needs to be done so people understand the signs and symptoms of DVT and can reduce their risk,” Reagan Dunn said. “In honor of my mother, I have worked across the country to raise awareness of this serious, yet preventable, condition.”

Jennifer Dunn, a former state GOP chairwoman, represented the 8th Congressional District in Washington, D.C., from January 1993 to January 2005.

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Event featuring Seattle Seahawks standout Mack Strong to raise money for charity

March 19, 2012

NEW — 4:15 p.m. March 19, 2012

Newcastle residents will have the opportunity to meet Mack and Zoe Strong from 4 to 6 p.m. April 28 at the Newcastle Professional Center. A portion of the event’s profits will go toward the TEAM-WORKS Academy,  a program of the Washington Chapter of HOPE worldwide.

HOPE worldwide is a faith-based relief and development organization founded in 1991 that is dedicated to serving the poor and needy.

After 15 years in the NFL as a Seattle Seahawks fullback, Mack and his wife Zoe run the Mack Strong Team-Works Academy helping disadvantaged and at risk kids. The Strongs were named Washingtonians of the Year by Lt. Governor Brad Owen in 2011.

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King County Sheriff Sue Rahr to resign March 31

March 14, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. March 14, 2012

Sheriff Sue Rahr plans to step down as the top law enforcement officer in King County on March 31 to join the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Sue Rahr

The outgoing sheriff designated the No. 2 official at the King County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy Steve Strachan, to serve as interim sheriff after she resigns.

“I made the decision to leave the sheriff’s office before the end of my term for a number of reasons,” she said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. “First, and foremost, I have complete confidence in Chief Deputy Steve Strachan and the rest of the command staff to effectively lead the sheriff’s office and continue to protect and serve the citizens of King County. I would not and could not leave this post without that confidence.”

Rahr had been expected to resign since accepting the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission post in late February. The organization trains all law enforcement officers in Washington, except for Washington State Patrol troopers.

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Leaders invite civic-minded citizens to serve on King County Board of Ethics

March 14, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. March 14, 2012

Newcastle residents interested in ethics and law can apply for a seat on the King County Board of Ethics, a watchdog group.

The position, for a three-year term on the five-member citizen advisory board, is open to all King County residents.

The board provides guidance on allowable actions and interests defined by the King County Code of Ethics. The board also supports the county policy for the private conduct and financial dealings of public officials and employees to present no actual or apparent conflict of interest between the public trust and private interests.

In addition, the board oversees the administration of transparency programs requiring financial disclosure by elected officials, designated employees, and board and commission members, as well as disclosure by consultants doing business with the county.

The board is also responsible for interpreting the ethics code through advisory opinions and hearing appeals.

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Liberty High School PTSA organizes electronics recycling drive

March 13, 2012

NEW — 6:50 p.m. March 13, 2012

Newcastle residents will have the opportunity to donate unwanted items at the Liberty High School PTSA electronics recycling drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 at Briarwood Market Place at the corner of 164th Street Southeast and Southeast 128th Street.

The collection location will be in the back parking lot behind Doofers Bar and Grill.

Accepted items include working and broken electronics, appliances, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trucks, batteries, fitness equipment, medical equipment, lawnmowers and barbecues.

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Newcastle Library group to approve bylaws, elect officers

March 13, 2012

NEW — 1:40 p.m. March 13, 2012

An important Friends of the Newcastle Library meeting will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Newport Way Library on April 7. The Newport Library is located at 14250 S.E. Newport Way in Bellevue.

The meeting will lay the groundwork for the library and elected officer positions that will form the Friends of the Newcastle Library. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Made up of volunteers, friends groups act as advocates for local libraries and primarily focus on fundraising. The funds earned go to programs such as summer reading programs and other library system initiatives.

Topics to be discussed at the meeting will include approving of the group’s official bylaws, electing the group’s officers, viewing updated plans of the Newcastle Library and planning for the Newcastle Library’s opening day activities.

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City seeks name for small park near Hazelwood Gardens

March 13, 2012

NEW — 10:20 a.m. March 13, 2012

The city of Newcastle is seeking suggestions from the public to name the small park at the intersection of 113th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 80th Street near Hazelwood Gardens.

Submit your ideas by mailing in an entry form or sending an email to by 5 p.m. March 23. The city’s Parks Commissioners and the City Council will select the winning name.

Park amenities include several picnic tables, benches and a gravel pathway.

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Meteorologists issue wind advisory for Puget Sound lowlands

March 11, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. March 11, 2012

National Weather Service meteorologists issued a wind advisory due to the potential for winds of more than 30 mph and gusts of more than 50 mph.

The advisory — for Issaquah and the East Puget Sound lowlands — is in effect until 1 p.m. Monday.

Forecasters issue a wind advisory if the possibility exists for sustained winds of 30 to 39 mph and gusts of 45 to 57 mph.

The advisory comes as a strong front makes landfall Sunday night and early Monday.
Strong winds can topple trees and cause power outages.

Newcastle runner wins national 50K championship

March 9, 2012

NEW — 4:25 p.m. March 9, 2012

Newcastle resident Joseph Gray, 28, was the overall winner of the Merrell of Huntington Village Caumsett 50 Kilometer Run on March 4.  The run, for the fifth straight year, was the USA Track and Field National Road 50 Kilometer Championship.

A newcomer to the 50 kilometer ultramarathon distance,  Gray clocked a winning time of 2 hours, 56 minutes and 43 seconds, which is one minute and 41 seconds shy of Michael Wardian’s course record that was set in 2008.

Wardian came in second during the event with a time of 3:02:55.

Wardian was the runner up at the 2011 IAU 100 Kilometer World Championships and was named USATF’s Ted Corbitt Award winner for Ultra Runner of the Year, while Gray was last year’s USATF Mountain Runner of the Year.

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$219 million bond calls for Liberty High School improvements

March 8, 2012

NEW — 4:30 p.m. March 8, 2012

Voting by mail in the weeks leading up to April 17, roughly 58,000 registered voters in the Issaquah School District will have the chance to decide whether the schools can sell $219 million in bonds to pay for major renovation and maintenance projects throughout the district.

The capital improvement plan presented by district officials includes a wide variety of projects, including replacing several schools, and installing new roofs and carpet at other facilities. The plan was created by a long process that started in early 2011 with meetings of a bond feasibility and development committee. That group made recommendations to Superintendent Steve Rasmussen and the package eventually had to earn the approval of the school board.

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