Energize Eastside, marijuana and more on April 1 City Council agenda

March 31, 2014

NEW — 4:05 p.m. March 31, 2014

The Newcastle City Council is expecting a full house at its April 1 meeting, when it hosts representatives from Puget Sound Energy.

Puget Sound Energy will be on hand to answer questions about its Energize Eastside project. The project, in response to the region’s growing power needs, will bring new higher capacity electric transmission lines to the Eastside.

The new lines will extend from a substation in Redmond to Renton, but the exact route the lines will take is currently unknown. One of the proposed routes directly affects the Olympus neighborhood. Several residents plan on attending the April 1 meeting.

Also on the agenda is another discussion about marijuana legalization and its impact on the city of Newcastle. In December, the council decided against imposing a marijuana moratorium, electing instead to employ a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the drug.

View the full agenda here.

Newcastle Historical Society hosts mine tour April 3

March 28, 2014

NEW — 11:10 a.m. March 28, 2014

By Bob Cerelli Newcastle's Baima House is one of the oldest buildings in King County. The property's owners, Pam and Gary Lee, have fixed it up as seen in this recent photo.

By Bob Cerelli
Newcastle’s Baima House is one of the oldest buildings in King County. The property’s owners, Pam and Gary Lee, have fixed it up as seen in this recent photo.

The Newcastle Historical Society invites residents to learn about their city’s history with an April 3 mine tour. Read more

PSE hosts Energize Eastside workshop March 27

March 25, 2014

NEW — 2:15 p.m. March 25, 2014

Puget Sound Energy invites the community to the first in a series of workshops, as part of the company’s Energize Eastside project.

The project, in response to the region’s growing power needs, will bring new higher capacity electric transmission lines to the Eastside.

The new lines will extend from a substation in Redmond to Renton, but the exact route the lines will take is currently unknown. One of the proposed routes directly affects the Olympus neighborhood.

Puget Sound Energy has formed sub-area committees to delve further into three geographic sub-areas on the Eastside. At the workshop, these committees will work side-by-side with community members to learn more about the project, understand local area issues and assess potential route segments against community values. Read more

Friends group hosts book sale March 26-29

March 22, 2014

NEW — 12:15 p.m. March 22, 2014

Julia Hunter, Friends of the Newcastle Library President arranges materials on the shelf of the library’s ongoing book sale. The Friends group will host a large book sale in March. File

Julia Hunter, Friends of the Newcastle Library President arranges materials on the shelf of the library’s ongoing book sale. The Friends group will host a large book sale in March.
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The Friends of the Newcastle Library will host its annual book sale March 26-29. Read more

Historical Society hosts March 22 cemetery cleanup

March 20, 2014

NEW — 9 a.m. March 20, 2014

File The Newcastle Historical Society will host a cemetery clean up March 22.

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The Newcastle Historical Society will host a cemetery clean up March 22.

The Newcastle Historical Society will host a March 22 work party to clean and spruce up the city’s iconic cemetery. Read more

Newcastle City Council roundup — March 18

March 19, 2014

NEW — 2:05 p.m. March 19, 2014

The Newcastle City Council held its second meeting of the month March 18. Here is the Cliffs Notes version of what happened at City Hall. View the full meeting agenda online here.

Put up a parking lot

The City Council approved a zoning code amendment allowing offsite parking for nonresidential uses in residential areas.

Residents won’t likely see a proliferation of parking lots in their neighborhoods though, since there are some specific criteria that must be met to allow the parking lot. Read more

City reports high volumes of car prowls

March 18, 2014

NEW — 11 a.m. March 18, 2014

The Newcastle Police Department received reports of higher-than-usual volumes of car break-ins this past week, Chief Melinda Irvine said in a city e-alert.

The thefts occurred at night all across the city. Some of the vehicles were accessed through unlocked doors, some by breaking a window and some by breaking into the locked door.

Items of value that were stolen had been left in plain sight or placed in the glove box or center console in many of the cases.

According to weekly reports Newcastle News receives from the King County Sheriff’s Office, the majority of the thefts were reported to police on March 11. Read more

Social media, city manager contract and more on March 18 Council agenda

March 17, 2014

NEW — 2:55 p.m. March 17, 2014

The Newcastle City Council will review a proposed zoning code amendment, review a social media policy and more at its March 18 meeting.

The meeting will begin with a presentation from David Della, who will deliver Waste Management’s annual report.

The first item under general business is an ordinance amending home occupation standards. The amendment would allow offsite parking for nonresidential uses in residential areas based on specific criteria.

Since it is an ordinance, a public hearing will be held before any final action is taken by the City Council. Read more

New art installation recalls Cougar Mountain’s coal mining past

March 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 14, 2014

By Kate Smigiel  Artist Hans Baumann spreads bio-carbon, a black charcoal often used as a fertilizer for agricultural crops and ornamental plants such as orchids, as part of a large-scale art installation on Cougar Mountain.

By Kate Smigiel
Artist Hans Baumann spreads bio-carbon, a black charcoal often used as a fertilizer for agricultural crops and ornamental plants such as orchids, as part of a large-scale art installation on Cougar Mountain.

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is now home to a unique land-art installation that pays tribute to the area’s coal mining past. Read more

March is music month for Renton Schools

March 12, 2014

NEW — 9 a.m. March 12, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy Members of the Hazen High School jazz band perform during a practice last year.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Members of the Hazen High School jazz band perform during a practice last year.

The Friends of Renton Schools are on a mission to raise $10,000 for Renton School District music programs in the month of March. The goal is to strengthen music programs in the district and make those programs accessible to as many students as possible. Read more

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