School renovations at Apollo, Liberty a priority for $219 million bond

March 23, 2012

Susan Mundell, Apollo Elementary School principal, checks some deterioration on a two-unit portable classroom dating from 1995, the oldest of three on the school grounds. By Greg Farrar

For Liberty High School, passage of the April 17 Issaquah School District bond would mean completion of the reconstruction and modernization plan now under way thanks to a 2006 voter-approved bond.

At the same time, Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools would receive sizable space additions, making room for 120 additional students at each building. Both schools would benefit from some much-needed maintenance, according to the principals of each school.

Outside of schools being rebuilt or transplanted, Liberty, Apollo and Issaquah Valley are the three individual school facilities that would receive the most attention in terms of dollar value should the district win passage of its current bond proposal.

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Hazelwood PTSA hosts auction at The Golf Club at Newcastle

March 23, 2012

NEW — 10:45 a.m. March 23, 2012

The Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA will host its spring fundraiser and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. today at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The event will feature the silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar when the doors open with a live auction and dessert dash to follow.

There will be many items to bid on, including fun and creative class projects.

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Volunteers needed for May Creek Trail project

March 21, 2012

NEW — 3:55 p.m. March 21, 2012

Volunteers are needed for work that will resume March 24 on the May Creek Trail extension east to Coal Creek Parkway.

A work trail party will take place from  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a break for lunch around noon. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

Boy Scout Nolan Palzer of Troop 498 is organizing the work as part of his Eagle project.  The work will include clearing brush, removing organic matter from the soil and contouring the trail bed.

Trail tools will be provided by Newcastle Trails and the Scouts for the events. Attendees are encouraged to wear long pants, sturdy shoes and gloves. Newcastle Trails generally provides gloves and water.

Contact Nolan at, call Peggy Price at 425-829-2196 (cell) or email to volunteer.

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King County seeks volunteers to help find lost pets

March 21, 2012

NEW — 1:45 p.m. March 21, 2012

Regional Animal Services of King County is joining the nonprofit Missing Pet Partnership to help pet owners search for lost animals.

Through the program, Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets, Regional Animal Services volunteers can receive training from the Missing Pet Partnership to offer hands-on assistance to people searching for a lost cat or dog. Volunteers can also learn to find the owners of lost pets already at the shelter.

The training session is 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the King County Pet Adoption Center, 21615 64th Ave. S., Kent.

“When a pet goes missing, it can be very upsetting,” said Sarah Luthens, manager of volunteer programs for Regional Animal Services of King County. “Nationally, only 16 percent of lost dogs, and just 2 percent of lost cats, are ever reunited with their owners. The Mission Reunite program is a highly innovative, volunteer-based program that can improve those odds and reconnect lost pets with their families.”

People interested in the program should RSVP to or call 206-296-3946.

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Voter registration still available for upcoming ISD, RSD school bonds

March 20, 2012

NEW — 11:35 a.m. March 20, 2012

Issaquah School District and Renton School District voters face a choice about a $219 million school construction bond and $97 million building improvement bond, respectively, in special elections next month.

Qualified residents can register to vote in person at King County Elections in Renton or a registration annex at the King County Administration Building in Seattle. The deadline for first-time voters to register in person is April 9.

In order to register as a Washington voter, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a Washington resident, at least 18 by Election Day and not under the authority of the state Department of Corrections.

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Jarvis nets hat-trick as Liberty lacrosse downs Klahowya

March 20, 2012

NEW — 10:35 a.m. March 20, 2012

Nate Jarvis completed a hat-trick to lead Liberty to its first boys high school lacrosse win of the season with an 11 – 5 defeat of Klahowya on Saturday at Maywood Middle School in Renton.

Sam Dodt, Colin Ross and Colin Larson all netted a pair of goals and Roland Deex had eight saves and six ground balls for Liberty in the win.

Liberty (1-2-0) next faces Redmond (0-1-0) at 7 p.m. March 21 at Liberty High School.

Klahowya (0-1-0) next faces Gig Harbor (2-1-0), Tuesday, March 20, in a 5 p.m. start at Central Kitsap Junior High.

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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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