Mat Classic XXVI State Wrestling Tournament / Feb. 21, 2014

February 28, 2014

Newport Hills hosts Oscar party

February 27, 2014

NEW — 3:50 p.m. Feb. 27, 2014

The Newport Hills Community Club and a local restaurant have again teamed up to bring the Oscars to Newport Hills.

Newport Hills residents and surrounding neighbors, including those from Newcastle, are invited to attend a viewing party March 2 at the Mustard Seed Pub and Grill.

The fun includes a red carpet with photographer, door prizes and awards for those who correctly guess the Oscar winners. Food and drink specials will be available. Red carpet wear is encouraged, but not required. Children are welcome.

Red carpet coverage starts at 4 p.m., while the actual ceremony begins at 5:30.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to the event by Feb. 28 with an email to president@newporthillscommunityclub.org.

Highlanders earn fifth place at state swim meet

February 26, 2014

NEW — 2:55 p.m. Feb. 26, 2014

By Greg Farrar Hazen High School’s 200-yard medley relay team of (from left) Malcolm Mitchell, Nolan Hoover, Derek Wei and Connor Broughton stand on the podium with their medals after a fourth-place finish  in 1 minute, 39.64 seconds at the 3A state swim championships.

By Greg Farrar
Hazen High School’s 200-yard medley relay team of (from left) Malcolm Mitchell, Nolan Hoover, Derek Wei and Connor Broughton stand on the podium with their medals after a fourth-place finish in 1 minute, 39.64 seconds at the 3A state swim championships.

A certain sense of uncertainty surrounded the Hazen boys swim team at the beginning of the season. Read more

Haythorne shines for Hazen at Mat Classic XXVI

February 24, 2014

NEW — 2:50 p.m. Feb. 24, 2014

By Greg Farrar Malik Haythorne (left), Hazen High School senior, works to get a takedown against Decatur senior Christian Aragon in his first round 152-pound bout during the 3A state wrestling championships Feb. 21 at the Tacoma Dome. Haythorne won by pin at 5:51 in the match on the way to his second place state award.

By Greg Farrar
Malik Haythorne (left), Hazen High School senior, works to get a takedown against Decatur senior Christian Aragon in his first round 152-pound bout during the 3A state wrestling championships Feb. 21 at the Tacoma Dome. Haythorne won by pin at 5:51 in the match on the way to his second place state award.

Malik Haythorne’s senior season of wrestling was emblematic of his entire Hazen High School team – growth was evident. Read more

City will honor volunteers at Feb. 27 event

February 24, 2014

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Feb. 27, 2014

Mack Strong headlines speaking program

File  Former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong (right), pictured here with wife Zoe, will speak at the city of Newcastle's volunteer appreciation event.

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Former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong (right), pictured here with wife Zoe, will speak at the city of Newcastle’s volunteer appreciation event.

A strong culture of volunteerism is one of Newcastle’s greatest points of pride. Read more

Historical Society honors its founder

February 21, 2014

NEW — 11:05 p.m. Feb. 21, 2014

Milt Swanson

Milt Swanson

Newcastle Historical Society members will share their memories of founder Milt Swanson at a special meeting Feb. 22.

The public is invited to express their remembrances of Swanson from 3-5 p.m. at the Newcastle Library. Refreshments will be served.

Swanson, who was born and raised in Newcastle, spent all of his 95 years living in the same area, 90 of which were in the same company house that still stands at the edge of town near the Cougar Mountain trailhead. Read more

41st District lawmakers host town hall meetings

February 18, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. Feb. 18, 2014

State Sen. Steve Litzow and Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn will host a Feb. 22 town hall meeting in Newcastle.

State Sen. Steve Litzow and Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn will host a Feb. 22 town hall meeting in Newcastle.

Residents can join local legislators to discuss the ongoing session in Olympia at town hall meetings in Sammamish and Newcastle this Saturday. Read more

Hazen, Liberty wrestlers punch ticket to state

February 17, 2014

NEW — 5 p.m. Feb. 17, 2014

By Rob Nichols Hazen High School wrestling team members (from left) coach Rory Magana, Tyson Mowery, Derek Nichols, Zach Moore, Malik Haythorne, Jairo Barahona and coach Aaron Martin, are all smiles after a strong showing at the regional competition at Skyline High School.

By Rob Nichols
Hazen High School wrestling team members (from left) coach Rory Magana, Tyson Mowery, Derek Nichols, Zach Moore, Malik Haythorne, Jairo Barahona and coach Aaron Martin, are all smiles after a strong showing at the regional competition at Skyline High School.

As the winter sports season comes to a close, wrestlers from Liberty and Hazen high schools aren’t ready to hang up their singlets just yet. Read more

Coal Creek Parkway lane closures return Feb. 18

February 14, 2014

NEW — 4:50 p.m. Feb. 14, 2014

Coal Creek Parkway will again be reduced to one lane in each direction beginning Feb. 18 as the city of Bellevue starts Phase 2 of its project to replace an aging culvert.

The closures will occur between Forest Drive Southeast and Southeast 60th Street, and will remain that way until October. The speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph through the work zone.

The city of Bellevue’s project to build a new bridge replacing a 45-year-old deteriorating culvert began last year. One-lane closures started in May, before the parkway reopened in December. Read more

Liberty teens get candid about marijuana

February 13, 2014

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Feb. 13, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School students (from left) Jenna Purkis, Neil Chakravarty and Ashton Herrild talk about the effects the legalization of marijuana has on teens at a Drug Free Community Coalition forum held at Liberty on Feb. 6.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School students (from left) Jenna Purkis, Neil Chakravarty and Ashton Herrild talk about the effects the legalization of marijuana has on teens at a Drug Free Community Coalition forum held at Liberty on Feb. 6.

Not much has changed about the perception of marijuana among teens since voters elected to legalize the drug with the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012.

If anything, legalization has made the drug seem more acceptable, according to a group of Liberty High School students at the third and final forum hosted by the Drug Free Community Coalition Feb. 6.

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