Newcastle 5K seeks participants

August 30, 2013

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Newcastle 5K participants bring along their dogs during the 2009 event.

Running enthusiasts can quench their thirst for a scenic jog, and support local students at the same time, with the 2013 Newcastle 5K Run/Walk for Education. Read more

Two candidates vie for council seat 6

August 30, 2013

John Drescher

John Drescher

Mark Greene

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The city’s election lineup is set, and while there are three City Council seats up for election, only one race includes more than one candidate.

John Drescher and Mark Greene will compete to fill the seat that will be vacated by retiring City Councilman Bill Erxleben. Incumbents John Dulcich and Rich Crispo will both run unopposed to retain their positions.

Drescher and Greene will have booths at Newcastle Days to meet with voters ahead of the Nov. 5 general election.

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Council explores impact of I-502

August 30, 2013

The Newcastle City Council conducted its first discussion about recreational marijuana since the passage of Initiative 502, legalizing the drug’s use for adults 21 and older, at its Aug. 20 meeting.

The City Council didn’t say much on the subject, though, preferring instead to take a wait-and-see approach as the Washington State Liquor Control Board continues to refine its rules for the marijuana industry.

However, based on the board’s draft rules, Newcastle Community Development Director Tim McHarg identified three Newcastle properties that are zoned for general retail land uses, and as such, could be potential locations for recreational marijuana facilities.

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Newcastle is nation’s 19th-best place to live

August 30, 2013

CNN’s Money Magazine released its annual list of top places to live in the nation, and Newcastle checks in at No. 19.

It’s not the first time that Newcastle made the list featuring America’s best small towns. The city most recently made the list in 2011 at No. 18.

The publication lauded the city as an “ideal spot for city commuters who want to commune with the outdoors in their downtime.”

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Connect with Newcastle’s history during September

August 30, 2013

The Newcastle Historical Society is bringing the city’s history directly to residents, offering free presentations about the city’s past, and displaying photos of important landmarks at the Newcastle Library throughout September.

The historical group will present three programs that will give residents insight into the city’s former coal production, the people that made up what was once the second largest town in the state and the story of the Newcastle Historic Cemetery.

If you go Newcastle Historical Society programs q Sept. 5 — “The Coal Mines of Newcastle” q Sept. 19 — “The Impact of Newcastle” q Sept. 26 — “Gone but Not Forgotten” All free presentations begin at 7 p.m. at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way

If you go
Newcastle Historical Society programs
Sept. 5 — “The Coal Mines of Newcastle”
Sept. 19 — “The Impact of Newcastle”
Sept. 26 — “Gone but Not Forgotten”
All free presentations begin at 7 p.m. at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way

“People do have a genuine interest in this community and some of its past,” said Russ Segner, president of the Newcastle Historical Society.

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Steve Valach nominated for community leadership award

August 30, 2013

Steve Valach has been the head coach of the Liberty High School football program for 15 years.

Named KingCo 3A Coach of the year multiple times, Valach led four teams to playoff appearances — 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2009, the Liberty football team placed second in state, the same year Valach was named the Seahawks Coach of the Year.

But for as much winning as Steve Valach does on the field, the Liberty community recognizes that Valach offers so much more. He is a leader whose passion and dedication create an extraordinary community. When not coaching football, Valach also teaches English at Liberty.

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Letters

August 30, 2013

Why don’t schools use universal plans to build?

I read the headline, “Renton unveils new middle school designs,” in the Aug. 2 newspaper and thought, “What a waste of money.”

The state of Washington, if it did nothing else, should have well-designed plans already available for school districts to use; this could represent a huge reduction in the cost of new schools. These “universal plans” would be modified for a site and could also include any improvements learned from the previous construction and use of the same plan.

When so little of the school revenues actually make it into the classroom to benefit students, it seems a terrible waste of money to pay architectural fees to build new AND different schools each AND every time one is built. This is such a no brainer, but so much of government waste is.

Inez Petersen, J.D.

Renton

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Editorial

August 30, 2013

Activities commission comes a long way

Newcastle Days will look a bit different this year, adding a pay-for-play area and doing away with the car show, but at its heart, it is still the same annual festival that celebrates the best of the city.

While you’re at Lake Boren Park listening to Alan White rock out on the drums, or relaxing in the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s beer and wine garden, take a moment to recognize the people that made this event come together.

Through the tireless work of event co-chairs Mayor Rich Crispo and Diane Lewis, along with the steady help of members of the Community Activities Commission, the 2013 Newcastle Days will likely be the best yet.

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May Creek trail to be unveiled Sept. 15

August 30, 2013

After nearly two years of work to construct the newest segment of the Newcastle trail system, the city will officially debut the new east portion of the May Creek trail at a Sept. 15 ceremony.

Newcastle Trails, in particular treasurer Peggy Price, Weed Warriors and almost a dozen Eagle Scouts, in conjunction with the city, devoted hours to construct the trail that meanders down a hillside to May Creek itself.

“It wasn’t a real easy trail to put it in,” Weed Warriors President Grace Stiller said.

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41st District Democrats select candidates to replace Marcie Maxwell

August 30, 2013

Mercer Island City Councilwoman Tana Senn emerged as the frontrunner among three possible replacements to fill the 41st District state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell.

Maxwell, a Democrat, resigned her seat July 9 to take a job with the governor’s office. To fill the seat, members of her party nominated three candidates to replace her and presented those nominations to the King County Council.

The 41st district stretches from the northern parts of Renton to the southern parts of Sammamish, encompassing Mercer Island and Newcastle, and parts of Issaquah and Bellevue.

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