December calendar

December 10, 2015


All government buildings and libraries will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Public meetings

All city public meetings are at City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200. Call 649-4444.

Community Activity Commission — 7-8 p.m. Dec. 9

Economic and Community Development Committee — 4 p.m. Dec. 15 Read more

Hazen High School closed Thursday

December 10, 2015

NEW — 6:56 a.m. Dec. 10, 2015

Hazen High School is closed Thursday due to a power outage.

The Renton School District says Puget Sound Energy cannot provide the school with a timeline to restore power today.

“We will continue to work today to restore power so that all schools are back on schedule tomorrow,” the district said.

The district also closed Sierra Heights and Honey Dew elementary schools. Read more

Windy weather causes power outages

December 9, 2015

NEW — 8:54 p.m. Dec. 9, 2015

Some residents are waking up to power outages after a stormy, windy night.

Several people in nearby Newport Woods are without power. The Bellevue School District closed Newport Heights Elementary due to the outage.

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. Read more

Issaquah Press group names new editor

December 7, 2015

NEW — 1:18 p.m. Dec. 7, 2015

Scott Stoddard is the new editor of The Issaquah Press newspaper group. He started Nov. 30.

He replaces former managing editor Kathleen R. Merrill, who left The Press in October.

Scott Stoddard

Scott Stoddard

Stoddard comes from The News Tribune in Tacoma, where he was a news designer since 2012. In his 27-year career, Stoddard has worked for papers large and small, doing everything from page design and copy editing to reporting and photography. Read more

Prepare for weekend closures on I-90

December 4, 2015

NEW — 4:37 p.m. Dec. 4, 2015

Headed to Seattle this weekend? Choose your route carefully.

From 11 p.m. tonight to 5 a.m. Monday, the state Department of Transportation says westbound Interstate 90 will be reduced to a single lane near Bellevue Way Southeast, and traffic will be rerouted to the express lanes.

Also, drivers wanting to access Mercer Island while traveling westbound on I-90 will need to exit at East Mercer Way. There are no westbound exits to Mercer Island from the express lanes. And once across Lake Washington, drivers will be unable to exit to Rainier Avenue South. They should follow a signed detour using 4th Avenue South and eastbound I-90.

Lake Boren — The old swimming hole

December 4, 2015

What do we do when the temperature is 90 degrees? Sit in an air-conditioned house, go to an air-conditioned movie theater, take a drive in an air-conditioned car, or maybe go to Renton’s Coulon Park and enjoy the water. In 1890, the kids of Newcastle went to Etta Cartney Lake while their parents went to work or did their chores under the hot sun. The swimming hole was along the northeast shore near a steep embankment. A large tree supported a rope swing that would drop the kids 20 feet. There was also a submerged tree out farther that the kids would swim to and stand on its end with their heads above water.

Cartney was a young woman living in the area, and for a reason unknown to this author, had the local coal range named after her along with what is now called Lake Boren (It had also been called Little Lake). The lake was the recreation center for the residents and, along with serving as the local swimming hole, it was a great spot to fish. In 1883, the lake was 90 feet deep. Today, the deepest part measures only 34 feet. Over the years, great amounts of run-off have come down China Creek and filled in the lake. Read more

Chamber hands out 2015 Diamond Awards

December 4, 2015

In Mayor Steve Buri’s mind, the Newcastle City Council made one of its best decisions ever in 2013.

That was the year the council voted to bump Newcastle Detective Christy Marsalisi from part time to full time.

By Greg Farrar The 2015 Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Diamond Award winners.

By Greg Farrar
The 2015 Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Diamond Award winners.

Marsalisi started as the city’s full-time detective in 2014. She is the primary reason Newcastle has seen a reduction in property crimes, Buri said. That’s why she received a 2015 Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Diamond Award. Read more

Laughing all the way — It’s About Time

December 4, 2015

We have four clocks in our home if you don’t count the digital readouts on nearly a dozen  pieces of electrical equipment. That means that every power flicker lasting longer than a nanosecond requires us to re-set everything, a task of which we never tire. And if you believe that, I also have a friend from Nigeria who is a princess and could use your help. We also have a voice messaging system that refuses to believe it’s not 2008, the year that we bought it. No matter how many times we change the date, it still insists on informing us in an unruffled and certain voice that it’s 2008. To mitigate the tedium of the futile reprogramming process, I pretend that I’m a rap disk jockey and make the voice stutter as it rolls through the years to 2015, which it will later reject when I’m not paying attention.


So getting our home to accept the changes of Daylight Savings Time can take us the better part of a day, saves us nothing, and requires a scramble to find the manuals that came with the electronics that don’t change automatically. Read more

Notes from Newcastle — Liberty fall sports season one for the ages

December 4, 2015

You’ll likely notice that there was a lot to cover in this months’ Newcastle News sports section.

That’s because it was a marquee fall sports season for Liberty sports teams. Patriot Athletic Director Loren Krogstad must be proud after his teams won two state titles and excelled across the board.

Let’s start with the swim and dive team. Coach Kris Daughters led her girls to a second straight championship, making Liberty’s one of the premier swim programs in the state.

I watched Daughters’ teams hoist the first-place trophy both times. Last year, the title was Liberty’s before the meet even started, but this year’s meet was a nail biter. Nearly every Patriot swam better on the season’s final day, and that’s what clinched the championship. Read more

To the Editor — Healthy Youth Survey shows kids not getting enough sleep

December 4, 2015

The Issaquah School District is seriously studying school start times, acknowledging that many people in our district want this change. In your Oct. 30 article, Superintendent Ron Thiele commented that the student population’s possible need for sleep can’t be the only consideration. There is overwhelming data from our own Healthy Youth Survey that the vast majority of our teenagers are not getting enough sleep. The 2014 HYS shows that 58 percent of eighth graders, 80 percent of 10th graders and 84 percent of 12th graders in the Issaquah School District report sleeping less than eight hours on an average school night. Given that the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Institute of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Sleep Foundation have stated that teens should get between eight to 10 hours of sleep each night, it seems to me that our adolescent student population definitely needs more sleep than they are currently getting.

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