Liberty baseball team makes state’s final four and other high-school sports notes

May 28, 2015

NEW —6:50 p.m. May 28, 2015

Something special is brewing on the Liberty baseball diamond.

The Patriots are in the state’s final four, after a weekend in which they eliminated Tumwater and then North Kitsap at Centralia’s Wheeler Field May 23.

Nate Steffens threw a complete game shutout, while Torey Anderson collected three hits to propel the Patriots to a 3-0 win over Tumwater. The Thunderbirds came into the contest with a 16-6 record and consistently found themselves in the top 10 of state rankings.

Liberty continued to stun spectators with a 4-3 come-from-behind win over North Kitsap. Read more

Energize Eastside scoping meeting comes to Newcastle May 28

May 27, 2015

NEW — 5:15 p.m. May 27, 2015

The fourth of five Energize Eastside scoping meetings comes to Newcastle Thursday night.

The meetings are a part of the Energize Eastside Environmental Impact Statement, a legally mandated process that will critically evaluate potential significant environmental impacts associated with the project and project alternatives.

It began in earnest this month with a 45-day comment period, highlighted by five community scoping meetings where residents are invited to share their thoughts about Energize Eastside.

“I view it as one of the most, if not the most, critical projects on the radar for Newcastle,” said Tim McHarg, Newcastle’s director of community development. “So we’re hoping that a broad cross-section of folks will come and attend.” Read more

Renton teachers to hold after-school walkout Thursday

May 26, 2015

NEW — 1:30 p.m. May 26, 2015

Renton School District teachers will join colleagues across the state in protesting lawmakers’ failure to fully fund public education, but they’ll do it outside of regular school hours.

The district announced today that teachers voted to hold an after-school one-day walkout May 28.

“Teachers in the Renton School District are dedicated to the success of every student. They display that dedication every day in every classroom, and they did so again when union leaders from every school voted to hold one-day walkouts at a time that doesn’t affect classroom learning,” the district said in a statement.

Teachers and supporters will gather at the intersection of Rainier Avenue and Airport Way and the intersection of Rainier Avenue and Grady Way to wave signs at about 3 p.m. Thursday. Read more

Cemetery open for tours on Memorial Day

May 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 22, 2015

File The Newcastle Historical Society will host a cemetery clean up April 26.

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Newcastle’s Historic Coal Miner’s Cemetery is open to the public on Memorial Day.

The community is invited to tour one of Newcastle’s hidden gems May 25. Read more

Renton superintendent resigns

May 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 21, 2015

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Merri Rieger

The Renton School District is back on the market for a new district leader.

Less than two years after she took office, Superintendent Merri Rieger announced her resignation, and the Renton School Board accepted it at its May 13 meeting.

Rieger’s resignation is effective June 30. In order to ensure a smooth transition for the interim superintendent, Rieger will step aside from the daily superintendent duties immediately, according to a statement from the district.  Read more

Candidate filings set up two council races

May 20, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 20, 2015

Current and former commissioners from both the Planning and Community Activities commissions will go head-to-head in this fall’s Newcastle City Council election.

Community Activities Commissioners Linda Newing and Victoria Sandoval both filed to run for council Position No. 1, currently held by Councilwoman Lisa Jensen who announced she would not file for re-election.

Current Planning Commissioner Allen Dauterman and Rob Lemmon, a former commissioner who resigned in December, both filed for Position No. 3. Mayor Steve Buri announced earlier that he would not file to retain his seat.

The terms of Positions No. 2 and 4 are also set to expire at the end of the year. Incumbents Gordon Bisset and Carol Simpson announced they will both run to keep their seats. Neither council member drew a challenger. Read more

Comp Plan public hearing is tonight

May 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 19, 2015

What will the city of Newcastle look like 20 years from now?

Will the city’s downtown core grow? What will happen with Lake Boren? How will neighborhoods and the general populace change?

No one knows for sure how the city will transform two decades from now, but current Newcastle residents have the opportunity to contribute their vision of the city’s future as the City Council puts the finishing touches on an update to the Comprehensive Plan.

The Comprehensive Plan, dubbed Newcastle 2035, is a document that outlines the city’s vision and goals for the future. Read more

Hazen, Liberty soccer teams get to state

May 18, 2015

NEW — 2:30 p.m. May 18, 2015

The Hazen High School boys soccer team is back in the state tournament, and boy, did they earn it.

The Highlanders endured three loser-out games in just five days to qualify for the 3A state playoffs, defeating Prairie, Capital and Shelton in the District 3/4 tournament.

“There is a lot of pressure playing one loser out game,” Hazen head coach Ken Matthews said in a news release. “Imagine what the guys have been going through playing three in five days. It wasn’t easy but they got to The Dance.”

Hazen earned a matchup against KingCo Conference foe Interlake in the first round of the state playoffs. They play the Saints 7:30 p.m. May 19 at Interlake High School. Read more

Cat show fundraiser is May 16

May 14, 2015

NEW — 6:10 p.m. May 14, 2015

Local cat lovers can get their feline fix at the Cedar River Rascals 4-H cat show fundraiser 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Cat Project members ages 5-18 from King and nearby counties will put their skills and knowledge to the test in Fitting & Showing, Type (breed) and Cage Decoration show categories. Members of the club’s Poultry and Rabbit projects will be onsite with their animals. Admission is free. Concessions will be available and a raffle will be held.

“Our show is a fun, low-key way for the kids to gain experience showing their cats in a busy environment prior to the county and state fairs,” Cedar River Rascals parent, and Newport Hills resident, Heidi Dean said in a statement. “It’s also a great opportunity for local kids and parents to inquire about our club and about 4-H in general. 4-H is a wonderful organization.”

Holy Cross Lutheran Church is at 4315 129th Place S.E., Bellevue.

Issaquah teachers plan walkout to protest state funding

May 13, 2015

NEW — 4:25 p.m. May 13, 2015

Issaquah students will not have class May 19, as district teachers join the statewide protest decrying the lack of legislative action to fully fund basic education.

Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele announced the one-day walkout in an email May 13, adding that a make-up day will be added to the end of the school year.

Before-school activities are canceled May 19, but after-school activities, including sports, will continue as usual. Schedules for state assessments underway will be adjusted at the school level, Thiele said.

The superintendent added that he could not “endorse” the walkout, and he regretted the “negative impact” to district students and families. Read more

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