Newcastle selected as a Tree City USA community for sixth straight year

April 12, 2013

NEW — 3:30 p.m. April 12, 2013

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has recognized 82 cities — including Newcastle — that have been chosen as a Tree City USA for their efforts in keeping urban forests healthy and vibrant. It is the sixth year Newcastle has been recognized as a Tree City.

Washington celebrated Arbor Day on April 10. There are events in communities throughout the state during the month of April to celebrate Arbor Day.

To be acknowledged as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a city must designate staff to care for trees, appoint a citizen tree board to advocate for community forestry, establish a tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on tree care and celebrate Arbor Day.

Learn how to properly plant and care for new trees by going to the International Society of Arboriculture website at

Coal Creek Family YMCA celebrates Healthy Kids Day

April 12, 2013

NEW — 1:10 p.m. April 12, 2013

On Saturday, April 27, the Coal Creek Family YMCA is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event to get more families moving, learning and living healthier.

Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the Y, features fun, educational activities, obstacle courses, archery, tumbling, rock climbing and more. Group Health, Youth Eastside Services, Usborne Books, Waste Management, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Cummins Chiropractic and Hope Heart Institute will be in attendance.

“At YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, we are focusing on health and education to ensure fewer children are at an increased risk for childhood obesity and more children succeed in school,” said Kim Von Wald, Family Programs director at the Coal Creek Family YMCA. “But it’s not just a single day of fun, active play and learning – it’s a kick off to helping parents get a jump on creating a healthier summer.” Read more

Liberty students explore history’s newsmakers

April 12, 2013

NEW — 12:40 p.m. April 12, 2013

Liberty High School freshman Tania Nambo-Escobar could literally talk for hours about the history of Che Guevara.

“I love presenting about Che Guevara in general,” she said. “Ask me a question and, whether you like it or not, I will give you a full speech about it.”

Nambo-Escobar knows a lot about the subject, after she spent months researching and putting together an exhibit to enter into the local History Day competition.

At the end of March, Nambo-Escobar and a handful of her classmates took their projects to the regional competition at Green River Community College. Eight student projects did well enough to advance to the state contest held at Bellevue College in May. Read more