Editorial: Teachers, Dems are at fault for waiver loss

May 1, 2014

The impacts of the state losing its No Child Left Behind waiver are unlikely to be profound locally, but they are still an embarrassment — an embarrassment that could easily have been avoided.

Washington, along with 42 other states, was operating under a waiver that allows the state to essentially ignore some portions of the federal law. But that waiver was revoked last week.

We are in this mess because the state teacher’s union and Democrat members of the Legislature were unwilling to allow test scores to be a factor in teacher evaluations.

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A mighty wind

May 1, 2014

In September, we rented a large houseboat on Lake Roosevelt with my sister Susie and her husband. After taking possession, we cruised up the lake and found a perfect spot for the night: a protected little bay, embraced by wooded peninsulas. The Sainted One ran the boat on shore and we tied up.

That was the night the Seahawks game was delayed due to a freak windstorm, and to get to Qwest Field, it had to get across Eastern Washington — and Lake Roosevelt — first.

It was hot and still when we retired early, so I was pleased when a breeze blew through the open stateroom window until that breeze grew into something less appealing. Staggering out of our staterooms, we had to hold onto the walls to keep from hitting the deck. We turned on our phones and they began simultaneously ringing: High wind warning, the messages from the marina said. Batten down the hatches, because something wicked this way comes.

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Annual town hall meeting is June 3

May 1, 2014

The city of Newcastle’s annual town hall meeting will be held in June this year, instead of October.

The date was changed so the City Council can get the benefit of citizen input earlier on in the budget process. Town hall meetings are a chance for residents to tell representatives what they’d like to see happen in their city.

Electronic polling devices will be used to gather opinions, and this year’s event will feature additional time for residents to speak. The town hall meeting is from 7-9 p.m. June 3 at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane.



Schools win academic awards

May 1, 2014

The Issaquah School District announced that 10 of its schools received Washington Academic Achievement Awards, the top honor for schools in the state.

Apollo Elementary School, Newcastle Elementary School and Liberty High School were among the winners.

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Bellevue P.D. concludes investigation into New Year’s Eve incident

May 1, 2014

The Bellevue Police Department has completed its investigation into a King County Sheriff’s deputy who was arrested in Newcastle last New Year’s Eve.

Police arrested the deputy in Newcastle Dec. 31, after a citizen called to report an officer was passed out behind the wheel in a parked patrol car. The deputy was placed under arrest for physical control of a motor vehicle, the legal equivalent of a DUI when no driving is observed.

The officer was not a member of the Newcastle Police Department, according to an email from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine, and wasn’t working overtime in the city.

A certified drug recognition expert conducted the three-month investigation and showed the deputy was impaired by prescription medications, according to a release from Bellevue Police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate.

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Police blotter

May 1, 2014

Library disturbance

Police responded to the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way, on April 2 after a Newcastle mother reported her teenage son refused to come home and was instead watching pornography on the library computers. Police were eventually able to escort him home in a patrol car.


Take it away

A woman turned in an unwanted air pistol to Newcastle City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, on April 4. The pistol belonged to her ex-husband and she did not want it in her home.

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May 1, 2014


Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 14, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., guest speaker is U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, $20/members, $25/nonmembers, 206-618-5641

Chamber Networking Breakfast, speaker Calvin W. Goings, regional administrator for the Small Business Administration, 7:15-8:30 a.m. May 28, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, free, register at newcastle-chamber.org

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Larry R. M. Hitchcock

May 1, 2014

June 13, 1938 – April 17, 2014

Larry was the head cross-country and track coach and athletic director at Newport High School.

Friends are invited to view photos and service information, share memories and sign the online guestbook at www.flintofts.com.

— Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home, 392-6444


May 1, 2014

Mr. Smith goes to Newcastle

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will host special guest speaker U.S. Rep. Adam Smith at its May 14 luncheon.

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (center) visits the grand opening of Newcastle’s east portion of the May Creek Trail last September. Smith is returning to Newcastle May 14 to speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon. By Christina Corrales-Toy

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (center) visits the grand opening of Newcastle’s east portion of the May Creek Trail last September. Smith is returning to Newcastle May 14 to speak at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon.
By Christina Corrales-Toy

Smith represents the state’s 9th Congressional District, an area that stretches from Bellevue to Tacoma and includes Newcastle.

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Charity golf tournament helps underprivileged youths

May 1, 2014

Showtime for Stars, a mentor youth program created by former National Football League player Reggie Jones, will host a charity tournament at The Golf Club at Newcastle on May 31.

All proceeds from the event go to the organization, which promotes youth development through mentoring, apprenticeship, team activities and college preparation.

The event includes a day of golf, a welcome reception, banquet dinner and silent auction. Learn more at http://birdeasepro.com/showtimeforstars.

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