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

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

City, county commemorate National Police Week

May 12, 2015

NEW — 3:15 p.m. May 12, 2015

The Metropolitan King County Council and Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri joined municipalities across the country in recognizing National Police Week.

National Police Week, May 10-16, recognizes the men and women of law enforcement who have fallen in the line of duty.

The city of Newcastle understands the weight of those sacrifices more than most, after King County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Richard Herzog lost his life protecting the citizens of Newcastle June 2, 2002.
“It is always an honor to recognize and remember those that have fallen in the line of duty,” King County Councilman Reagan Dunn said in a statement.

“I want to thank Mayor Buri, the City Council and all of the residents of Newcastle for continuing to honor the memory and sacrifice of Deputy Herzog.” Read more

Mayor Steve Buri will not seek re-election

May 11, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. May 11, 2015

File Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri (right), seen here giving David Harris the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Mayor’s Award at the 2014 Diamond Awards, will give his State of the City speech Feb. 11.

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Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri (right), seen here giving David Harris the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Mayor’s Award at the 2014 Diamond Awards, announced he will not seek re-election.

Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri announced today that he will not seek re-election.  Read more

Liberty baseball team advances, Highlanders done

May 10, 2015

NEW — 1:50 p.m. May 10, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School first baseman James Workman claps as he trots to home plate, after scoring the Patriots' first run in a 10-0 win over Foster May 9.

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Liberty High School first baseman James Workman claps as he trots to home plate, after scoring the Patriots’ first run in a 10-0 win over Foster May 9.

Despite a regular season record below .500, and a seventh-place finish in the eight-team KingCo 3A/2A Conference, the Liberty High School baseball team is headed to state. Read more

Highlanders clinch share of Seamount League title

May 5, 2015

NEW — 10:55 a.m. May 5, 2015

Contributed The Hazen High School baseball team hosts the league trophy, after earning a share of the Seamount League title May 4.

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The Hazen High School baseball team hoists the league trophy, after earning a share of the Seamount League title May 4.

The Hazen High School baseball team clinched a share of the Seamount League title after the Highlanders defeated Tyee 5-1 May 4.  Read more

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