February 10, 2012
NEW — 11:05 a.m. Feb. 10, 2012
Residents can join Newcastle legislators to discuss the ongoing session in Olympia at town hall meetings in Mercer Island and Newcastle next week.
Meet state Sen. Steve Litzow and state Reps. Judy Clibborn and Marcie Maxwell — 41st Legislative District lawmakers — at the Feb. 18 meetings. The sessions come as the Legislature confronts a $1.5 billion shortfall in the state budget.
The bipartisan delegation — Republican Litzow; Democrats Clibborn and Maxwell — plans to answer participants’ questions.
The morning meeting is scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. at Hazelwood Elementary School, 7100 116th Ave. S.E., Newcastle.
February 9, 2012
NEW — 5:45 p.m. Feb. 9, 2012
Newcastle Mayor Rich Crispo stressed financial responsibility and smart economic development — and redevelopment — during the city’s 2012 State of the City address.
The address, given before residents and the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce at its monthly luncheon Feb. 8 at Tapatio Mexican Grill, laid out big-picture goals for the city for the upcoming year and beyond.
The city must find a balance of opening its doors to new growth and redevelopment without losing its sense of identity, he said.
“The first thing we have to do is let people know Newcastle is open for business,” he said. “That may sound kind of trite, but when you think about the 17 years of this city and how many new buildings have been put up here in a commercial sense … you have Valley Medical Center, you have the library that is in construction right now, and you have the professional building. That’s it.”
February 8, 2012
NEW — 3:55 p.m. Feb. 8, 2012
Join the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer’s Kent Henneuse for a discussion on the gear and fundamentals required to climb Washington’s volcanoes at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Coal Creek Family YMCA in Newcastle.
Since 1997, climbers associated with Climb to Fight Breast Cancer have raised more than $5.5 million to fund critical research conducted at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Individuals and teams from all regions of the United States can join the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer. All expeditions are guided by professional guide services and climbs are available for first-time climbers and experienced mountaineers.
February 7, 2012
NEW — 2:50 p.m. Feb. 7, 2012
The Coal Creek Utility District Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the CCUD office at 6801 132nd Place S.E. in Newcastle on the proposed adoption of sewer connection charges related to the Lake Boren Sewer Improvements Project.
The public is invited to attend and address the board regarding the proposed sewer connection charges.
Learn more about the proposed sewer connection charges at the district’s website www.ccud.org or by call CCUD General Manager Robert Russell at 235-9200.
February 7, 2012
February 7, 2012
NEW — 10:25 a.m. Feb. 7, 2012
King County is akin to the Oakland A’s depicted in the film “Moneyball” — nimble and unconventional — County Executive Dow Constantine declared Monday.
“The county used to be a little like the New York Yankees. Its first response to a problem was to throw money at it,” he said. “Now we’re more like the 2002 Oakland A’s depicted in ‘Moneyball’ – smart and scrappy. Finding inefficiencies in the established system – seeking out the highest performance at the lowest-possible cost. Getting the best value.”
February 6, 2012
NEW — 9:15 a.m. Feb. 6, 2011
A residential fire in Newcastle destroyed a home the afternoon of Feb. 3 and sent one of the occupants to the hospital with minor burns. The home is located in the 6400 block of Lake Washington Boulevard S.E.
The fire was caused by radiant heat from the home’s fireplace that ignited a pile of boxes stacked nearby. The fireplace was located in the home’s sun room area. It progressed through the home by burning through a nearby sliding glass door and entering the kitchen.
Because of working smoke detectors, a 22-year-old woman was able to exit the home without injury.
The woman’s stepfather was also home at the time and was taken to the hospital after he was first found unresponsive with burn injuries, said Bellevue Fire Department Lt. Troy Donlin.
“After he left the scene, those turned out to be very minor injuries and very minor burns,” he said.
The owner of a gas station less than a block away called 911 when heard the smoke detectors and saw smoke coming from the home. Firefighters arrived within five minutes to find the back of the home engulfed in flames, Donlin said.