Halloween windstorm causing power outages

October 31, 2015

NEW — 1:12 p.m. Oct. 31, 2015

A Halloween windstorm is causing scattered power outages across the area.

Puget Sound Energy offers up-to-date outage information, including restoration estimates, on its outage map here. Customers can also get the most up-to-date outage information, or report an outage, by downloading the myPSE app for smartphones here.

Do not call 911 if your power is out, unless your safety is at risk. Report the outage to PSE online, or by calling 1-888-225-5773.

During storms, customers should keep an emergency kit handy and stay away from downed power lines, according to advice posted on PSE’s website. Read more

Issaquah School District sends $533.5 million bond issue to April ballot

October 30, 2015

NEW — 3:08 p.m. Oct. 30, 2015

The Issaquah School District is asking voters to approve a $533.5 million bond sale that will appear on the April 26 ballot.

The Issaquah School Board unanimously approved the issue at its meeting Oct. 28 following months of discussion.

If approved, the money will go toward a fourth comprehensive high school at a cost of $120 million, along with the district’s sixth middle school with a price tag of $74 million.

The district also is hoping for two new elementary schools — numbers 16 and 17 — with price tags of $36.5 million and $38 million. Read more

City sees rash of evening garage burglaries

October 27, 2015

NEW — 4:05 p.m. Oct. 27, 2015

Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine is asking residents to take precautions to protect property after a recent rash of evening residential garage burglaries.

The suspects are getting into cars in front of houses and using garage door openers to gain entry, Irvine said in an e-news blast. Suspects are going through and taking items from the cars and garages, she said.

Residents should call police if they see anything suspicious at home or on surveillance video. Call 911 or the non-emergency dispatch number 206-296-3311. Read more

City looking for witnesses in Oct. 20 traffic incident

October 23, 2015

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23, 2015

Police are seeking witnesses of an Oct. 20 traffic incident along Coal Creek Parkway.

There was a reported confrontation between a bicyclist and a white van along southbound Coal Creek Parkway from the area of Southeast 84th Way (Lake Boren Park) to the left turn on to Southeast May Valley Road. It occurred at about 7 p.m. Tuesday.

If you saw any part of an exchange between the van and bike or the van driver and rider, contact Detective Christy Marsalisi at 206-263-9140 or email her at Christy.Marsalisi@kingcounty.gov, referencing case number C15291901.

You can also file an anonymous tip here.

Coal Creek Family YMCA to host Fall Festival

October 22, 2015

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Oct. 22, 2015

Coal Creek Family YMCA will host its Fall Festival from 6-8 p.m. this Saturday.

Billed as a family-friendly community event, the festival allows the Y to celebrate the season and kick off its annual food drive. The Fall Festival will feature games, a pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, mini golf and more.

The first 100 youth attendees will receive a free YMCA orange drawstring bag. Families should bring donations of non-perishable foods to help the Y kick off its food drive.

The Coal Creek Family YMCA is at 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road. Learn more here.

Hazen’s girls cross-country team wins league title

October 21, 2015

NEW — 12:50 p.m. Oct. 21, 2015

The Hazen High School girls cross-country team won the 2015 Seamount League title. It’s the girls’ first since 2004.

Senior Kate Lilly was the Highlanders’ top finisher, placing second overall with a time of 20 minutes, 15 seconds. Teammate Shannon Gifford finished just behind her, earning third overall in 20:15.10.

Keara Daley, Daniela Reyna, Sarah Hart, Rachel Dennis and Cassandra Slaugh rounded out the rest of the Hazen finishers.

Liberty students to spend spring break building school in Nepal

October 20, 2015

NEW — 6:34 p.m. Oct. 20, 2015

Liberty High School freshmen Quinlan Gray and David Morris already have their spring break plans squared away, months before the weeklong respite from school.

No, they’re not going to some exotic locale to sit by a pool and soak in the rays. In fact, they won’t be doing much relaxing at all the week of April 11-15.

By Julie Dunnwald Liberty High School freshmen (from left) Cassidy Hay, David Morris, Ty Aramaki, Brian Fitzgerald, Melody Behan, Quinlan Gray, Ryan Kirschner, Toshin Rao and Ian Kirksey dress up to create a video encouraging people to help them raise money to build a school in Nepal.

By Julie Dunnwald
Liberty High School freshmen (from left) Cassidy Hay, David Morris, Ty Aramaki, Brian Fitzgerald, Melody Behan, Quinlan Gray, Ryan Kirschner, Toshin Rao and Ian Kirksey dress up to create a video encouraging people to help them raise money to build a school in Nepal.

Gray, Morris and seven of their classmates will break a sweat during their spring break as they help build a school in Nepal. Read more

Newcastle Elementary seeking Spanish language volunteers

October 19, 2015

NEW — 6:17 p.m. Oct. 19, 2015

Newcastle Elementary School administrators are looking for community members who can speak Spanish.

The school needs two volunteers who are “conversant” in Spanish for two classrooms this fall.

Those that have time, Spanish language skills and the willingness to help in a classroom or two should email Principal Rich Mellish at mellishr@issaquah.wednet.edu to get involved.

Week 6 — Newcastle football scores

October 16, 2015


Council to review 2016 preliminary budget Oct. 20

October 16, 2015

NEW — 12:06 p.m. Oct. 16, 2015

The Newcastle City Council will review City Manager Rob Wyman’s preliminary 2016 budget at its Oct. 20 regular meeting.

City department directors will convey their budget needs during a 6 p.m. study session. During the regular meeting starting at 7 p.m., the City Council will offer a public hearing for citizens to comment on the budget.

Other than the recent budget retreat, this will be the first time the City Council truly combs over and discusses the 2016 preliminary budget at a regular meeting.

If you cannot attend, but would still like to comment, email City Clerk Sara McMillon at saram@ci.newcastle.wa.us.

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