April 30, 2012
NEW — 4:30 p.m. April 30
Overlake advanced to its eighth win of the season with a 17 – 2 boys high school lacrosse defeat of Liberty on April 27 at Liberty High School in Renton. With the win, the Owls maintained the pace they’ve set for the season, two games ahead of second-place Mt. Si for the Division II Evergreen Conference.
Barrett Jenness had six goals and Eric Risa had four goals, four assists and 12 ground balls in the win.
Anthony Mantz scored both Liberty goals, while Sam Dodt, Wyatt Johnson and Jeffrey Arnevick combined for 17 ground balls on defense.
Liberty (3-6-0) next faces Mt. Si (8-2-0) May 2 in a 7 p.m. start at Liberty High School in Renton.
Overlake 17, Liberty 2 ( Barrett Jenness, OV, 6 goals; Eric Risa, OV, 4 goals, 4 assists, 12 ground balls; Curtis Yokoyama, OV, 3 goals, 1 assist, 2 ground balls; Anthony Mantz, L, 2 goals, 2 ground balls; Sam Dodt, L, 6 ground balls; Wyatt Johnson, L, 6 ground balls; Jeffrey Arnevick, L, 5 ground balls; Roland Deex, L, 8 saves)
April 24, 2012
NEW — 5:10 p.m. April 24, 2012
The Bellevue Fire Department will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar checks during “Heart Week” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 5 and May 8 at the Coal Creek YMCA. It will also offer the same services from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 9 and the Coal Creek YMCA and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. May 10 at the Newcastle City Hall in the Newcastle Professional Building.
During “Heart Week,” firefighters will provide screenings for high blood pressure or high blood glucose, which are associated with heart disease and diabetes.
Heart Week allows firefighters to help residents avoid or treat illnesses that are leading causes of death in the United States, and gives residents a chance to meet with firefighters in a non-emergency situation, according to the department.
April 20, 2012
NEW — 10:05 a.m. April 20, 2012
Washington State Patrol leaders need 60 trooper cadets — and fast.
The agency just received approval to run the 101st academy class in state patrol history. The class is scheduled to start in October, as the milestone 100th class concludes.
“We hear of agencies hiring five or six at a time, and we’re trying to find 60 top-notch people in just a couple of months,” said Capt. Jeff DeVere, commander of the state patrol’s Human Resources Division. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for anyone considering a career in law enforcement.”
But potential recruits need to act fast. The state patrol is testing candidates in late April and early May.
April 19, 2012
NEW — 4 p.m. April 19, 2012
The approval rating for a $97 million school bond in the Renton School District continued to increase today as unofficial election results continue to trickle in. The bond reached a 60. 55 pass rate with 10,246 voters in favor of the measure, with 6,676 residents voting against it.
The results will be finalized April 27.
Voters in the Renton district cast ballots for the second time this year April 17 that would finance a new middle school in Newcastle and facility improvements to Lindbergh High School’s pool, among other projects.
The bond needs a 60 percent yes vote and a minimum turnout of 10,582 people. More than 22,200 ballots were cast in the election.
The bond originally came up two points shy of the 60 percent needed to pass in the Feb. 14 special election.
April 19, 2012
NEW — 11 a.m. April 19, 2012
Children and parents alike are encouraged stop by the Coal Creek Family YMCA for a free community event April 28. The YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, which is the nation’s largest health day for families, will center around the theme “Play, Learn, Connect.”
The event aims to inspire healthy lifestyles and physical activity year-round, a commitment to educational activities over the summer and closer connections in the community for local families.
“Healthy Kids Day opens families to all the activities the Y has to offer to keep them moving during our rainy, blustery seasons and to prevent learning loss during the summer,” Regional Executive Marcia Isenberger said. “We strive to keep kids and families physically and intellectually active throughout the year.”
April 19, 2012
The sustainable gardening class that was scheduled for April 19 at the Coal Creek Utility District Office has been cancelled.
Future classes will be offered through www.Savingwater.org. There were not enough sign ups for this round of classes, but residents can attend other free Savvy Gardener classes in coming weeks.
Go to Savvy Gardener Classes to view more classes at www.savingwater.org/savvygardenerclasses.htm.
April 18, 2012
UPDATED — 4:55 p.m. April 18, 2012
While a $219 million school bond on the April 17 ballot from the Issaquah School District is heavily favored by voters, a $97 million construction bond in the Renton School District is too close to call after the second day of election results.
The Issaquah bond is passing by 69 percent, and the Renton bond is just more than the supermajority needed to pass at 60.28 percent, according to King County’s special election results.
April 17, 2012
NEW — 11 a.m. April 17, 2012
The city of Newcastle and Waste Management will receive a Washington State Recycling Association Recyclers of the Year award May 1 for their competitive project to increase neighborhood recycling last year.
Recipients are selected by a panel of WSRA members representing several aspects of the recycling industry, including collectors and processors, government agencies, businesses and nonprofits.
“Through innovative programs like the recycling challenge, cities and other organizations can assist in reducing environmental impacts,” Newcastle City Manager Rob Wyman said in a statement. “Newcastle is proud of the award and of its citizens who rose to the challenge.”
April 16, 2012
NEW — 4:45 p.m. April 16, 2012
King County Council members decided Monday to put a $200 million property tax levy to construct a juvenile detention facility on the August ballot.
The proposal is to fund a replacement for the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle. The facility is a collection of decaying buildings constructed in the 1950s, 1970s and 1990s. Officials deemed the electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems as beyond repair.
Judges and commissioners at the juvenile court on site handle 3,700 cases per year at the detention facility. The complex houses about 65 children and teenagers from throughout the county.
April 12, 2012
NEW — 12:10 p.m. April 12, 2012
Encompass, an independent and non-profit children’s and family-services organization established in 1966 with a mission to nurture children, enrich families and inspire community, is looking for volunteers for two spring fundraisers, including one in Newcastle.
The organization’s “Dream with Me” Spring Gala will be held April 21 at The Golf Club at Newcastle and its SipFest fundraiser will be held May 18 at the Pickering Barn in Issaquah.