Get to know your city

October 3, 2014

The city celebrated its 20th year of incorporation in September, but locals know, at least they should, that Newcastle’s story goes back much farther than that.

Newcastle’s coal-mining history dates back to the mid 1800s, when the city was second only to Seattle in population.

The Newcastle mining site operated for about 100 years, until the mid-1900s. Workers extracted nearly 11 million tons of coal during that period.

Vestiges of that history remain scattered across the city in the form of landmarks such as the Baima House, a century-old company house that used to house miners and their families, and the Newcastle Cemetery, the final resting place for a number of Newcastle pioneers. Read more

Notes from Newcastle: Newcastle Trails at 15

October 3, 2014

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Garry Kampen

This year is the 20th anniversary of Newcastle, a small city that ranks high in livability, and the 15th anniversary of Newcastle Trails, a nonprofit citizens group that has worked for parks, trails and open space, in close cooperation with the city, since 1999.

I’m writing to celebrate Newcastle’s amazing and still-growing trail system, and to encourage you to explore it and enjoy it. Check NT’s website, www.newcastletrails.org; download our latest map and trail guide; join NT by emailing info@newcastletrails.org (for trail news, no dues); attend our Oct. 6 board meeting (7 p.m. at Regency Newcastle); and consider volunteering for the board, or lending a hand with trail work, computer work (GIS, web, writing), lobbying, fundraising — whatever you’d like to do. Read more

Newcastle teen shares first in international competition

October 3, 2014

PianoProdigyMaxMa 20140700Newcastle’s own Max Ma shared first prize in The Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz One-Piano, Four Hands Ensemble in the seventh annual New York International Piano Competition. Read more

Son of Cargo Pants

October 3, 2014

DetmerColumn 20141000This is a sad time of year for The Sainted One, and it’s not because he’s turning 75. He’s melancholy because he will no longer be wearing his beloved cargo shorts. Read more

October Calendar

October 3, 2014

Events

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Oct. 8, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., guest speaker Police Chief Melinda Irvine, $20/members, $25/nonmembers, register at newcastle-chamber.org

Liberty High School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, celebrate homecoming and the completion of Liberty’s remodel, 12:30 p.m. Oct 10., 16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton, 837-4800

Oktoberfest, 21 and older, featuring local breweries with authentic appetizers, games and prizes, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 11, Wooly Toad at The Golf Club Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane, call 793-4646 to RSVP, $30 Read more

Dazzlin’ Newcastle Days

October 3, 2014

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Local students make dean’s lists

October 3, 2014

Washington State University

Chelsea Aleesha Moorhead and Alexandra Stuj, of Newcastle, made the president’s honor roll for the 2014 summer semester at Washington State University in Pullman.

Azusa Pacific University

Nathan Gibson, of Newcastle, made the academic dean’s list at Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa, Calif. for the 2014 spring term. Read more

Liberty SRO honored as best in the state

October 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Deputy Dave Montalvo, Liberty resource officer, is greeted warmly by a visiting graduate near the grandstand student section as he patrols a Sept. 12 football game.

By Greg Farrar
Deputy Dave Montalvo, Liberty resource officer, is greeted warmly by a visiting graduate near the grandstand student section as he patrols a Sept. 12 football game.

Deputy Dave Montalvo has had his fair share of assignments in a 27-year career with the King County Sheriff’s Office. Read more

Old Hazelwood sees its final days

October 3, 2014

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Liberty soccer puts up a touchdown against Hazen

October 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Jordan Hemmen (14), Liberty High School junior defender, watches her header score the first point for the Patriots in a 7-0 win Sept. 9 over Hazen High School.

By Greg Farrar
Jordan Hemmen (14), Liberty High School junior defender, watches her header score the first point for the Patriots in a 7-0 win Sept. 9 over Hazen High School.

If it were a football game being played at Liberty High School on Sept. 9, the 7-0 shutout win for the home team would have told the story of a mostly defensive stalemate between two squads. Read more

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