Calendar — October 2015

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:44 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015


Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch with King County Metro’s ‘In Motion’ campaign, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 14, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., $20/members, $25/nonmembers, register at

Newcastle Trails board meeting, free and open to the public, 7-9 p.m. Oct. 28, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, Read more

Editorial — Linda Newing for Newcastle City Council

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:37 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

It takes courage and stamina for someone to throw his or her hat in the ring and run for public office. You have to be prepared for any question, any issue. You also have to become an expert on many topics.

That’s why we commend Linda Newing and Victoria Sandoval for coming forward to run for Newcastle City Council Position 1 in the Nov. 3 election.

Both women came to our offices for an interview last week so we could ask them questions about various issues, including the possible Energize Eastside route coming through Newcastle, how to involve residents in the city’s growth and what they would do to raise revenue for the city.

Both gave great answers, but we have to choose Newing as our preferred candidate for the position. Read more

Little penguin inspires local author’s first children’s book

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:32 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Writing a book was never in Lillian Reinys’ life plans.

That is, until the longtime Newcastle resident met a little penguin that stole her heart on a 2008 expedition to the Antarctic region.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Lillian Reinys, of Newcastle, tells the story of Sebastian, a wayward penguin trying to find his way home, in her first book ‘Sebastian’s Journey.’

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Lillian Reinys, of Newcastle, tells the story of Sebastian, a wayward penguin trying to find his way home, in her first book ‘Sebastian’s Journey.’

Reinys fondly remembers an excursion that took the group to an area filled with penguins on the once-in-a-lifetime trip made possible by a niece’s invitation. Read more

Here’s what to expect on your November ballot

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:26 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Former Newcastle Planning Commissioner Rob Lemmon’s voters’ pamphlet statement begins with a declaration.

“I’m Rob Lemmon, and I was a candidate.”

“Was” is the operative word there, as Lemmon withdrew from the Newcastle City Council Position No. 3 race shortly after he filed. Due to what he called a “logistics” issue, King County Elections did not receive his withdrawal paperwork in time, so his name will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.

But make no mistake, he is not a candidate for the Newcastle City Council, Lemmon said. Read more

Allen Dauterman is lone candidate for City Council Position No. 3

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:21 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Newcastle City Council candidate Allen Dauterman takes his unique situation in stride.

Dauterman, chairman of the city’s Planning Commission, is running unopposed for council Position No. 3. Yet, the general election ballot will tell a different story.

Allen Dauterman

Allen Dauterman

Rob Lemmon’s name will appear alongside Dauterman’s, but Lemmon, a former planning commissioner himself, has made it clear that he is not a candidate. Read more

Candidates talk about the issues, vie for newspaper endorsement

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:16 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Candidates for the only contested Newcastle City Council race separately convened in Issaquah Sept. 25, where they met with The Issaquah Press newspaper group General Manager Charles Horton and Managing Editor Kathleen R. Merrill.

Newcastle News is one of four newspapers in that group.

Victoria Sandoval

Victoria Sandoval

Linda Newing

Linda Newing

Horton and Merrill quizzed Victoria Sandoval and Linda Newing on everything from traffic to city finances, as the two made their cases for a Newcastle News endorsement. Newcastle News previously asked the candidates a series of questions here and profiled them here in the lead-up to the election. Read more

Newcastle railroads — Here yesterday, gone today

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:05 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

There is not a single foot of railroad track in Newcastle today, but the railroads played a big part in the development of the coal fields and eventually the city.

Parts of Coal Creek Parkway, the May Creek Trail, Coal Creek Park, Southeast 60th Street and 112th Avenue Southeast are on top of original track beds.

BackTrackingTransporting the coal from the mines to the port in Seattle was a daunting task when production began in 1863. At first, the coal was moved via tramways, wagons, canoes and barges to docks at King and Pike streets, where it was loaded onto ships bound for San Francisco and, later, to Hawaii and Australia.

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Silver Alerts begin in Washington, first one is used in Issaquah

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

On Aug. 27, law enforcement agencies in Washington began using a new notification to alert the public of missing persons who fit the criteria for a Silver Alert.

On Sept. 10, the first Silver Alert was issued for Bryant Merrick after a report was taken by the Issaquah Police Department. The alert went out at 9:30 a.m., and was posted on state Department of Transportation digital billboards in three counties. Merrick was located by the Seattle Police Department the next morning and was safe.

A Silver Alert will be activated when a missing person 60 years of age or older, suffering from a form of dementia, is not able to return to safety without assistance.

When vehicle information is associated with the Silver Alert, the DOT highway signs and highway advisory radio messages will provide a brief description of the vehicle and license plate number. Read more

Students named Merit scholarship semifinalists

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:59 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Several local high school seniors were among about 16,000 semifinalists for the annual National Merit Scholarship.

The high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half
of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. Read more

To the Editor — Vote for Linda Newing for City Council seat

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:56 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Newcastle has the opportunity to elect an excellent candidate to Position 1, City Council: Linda Newing.

I have had the honor of working with Linda for the past two years. She has served as vice chairwoman of the Community Activities Commission and I have been impressed with her conscientious devotion to the CAC’s work and its charter.

The CAC is comprised of seven community members who volunteer time and expertise to serve as a review and advisory body to the City Council on city parks, trails, recreation programs and special community events. Read more

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