Use safety precautions to stay cool as temperatures rise

August 15, 2012

NEW — 1:05 p.m. Aug. 15, 2012

The mercury is expected to surpass 90 degrees in the days ahead, and as temperatures rise, so do the risks for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle forecast highs of 89 for Wednesday, 95 for Thursday and 96 for Friday — hot enough to trigger a regional excessive heat watch. Thursday and Friday could rank among the hottest days of 2012.

State public health officials recommend for people seeking relief from high temperatures to visit air-conditioned places, such as public libraries, shopping malls or movie theaters. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help people stay cooler once they get back into the heat. Read more

Public hearing on update to city’s parks, trails plan rescheduled

August 15, 2012

NEW — 12:45 p.m. Aug. 15, 2012

A public hearing on the park, trail and recreation chapter of the Comprehensive Plan will take place on Sept. 4.

The public hearing was supposed to take place on Aug. 9 before the Parks Commission, but was rescheduled because the Parks Commission meeting was canceled due to a lack of quorum.

Residents may provide public feedback as the city of Newcastle finalizes the process of updating its park, trail and recreation chapter of the Comprehensive Plan. Read more