Newcastle candidate forum is Wednesday

October 6, 2015

NEW — 4:57 p.m. Oct. 6, 2015

Meet the men and women vying for Newcastle City Council spots at an October candidate forum.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and the Newcastle Library are jointly hosting a moderated forum Oct. 7 at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way.

The event will feature questions submitted by Newcastle citizens. Candidates for Position Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 are expected to attend.

There are four Newcastle City Council seats with expiring terms, but only one race includes more than a single candidate. Read more

School woods property, marijuana and more on Oct. 6 council agenda

October 5, 2015

NEW — 2:47 p.m. Oct. 5, 2015

The Newcastle City Council will hold its first meeting of the month on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

The evening’s main agenda item, for the second straight meeting, is council consideration of a Quadrant Homes plat application. Plans for the proposed area, more commonly known as the school woods property, have drawn the ire of residents concerned about traffic, drainage and protection of trails.

The council will also discuss recent marijuana legislation adopted after the city extended its marijuana moratorium in June; review the city’s information and technology operations; and examine the city’s inventory of private roads in response to a neighoborhood request for the city to take ownership of a private road in The Madronas subdivision. Read more

Police looking for witnesses in package theft

October 2, 2015

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 2015

Police are looking for witnesses in two separate incidents, after a package was stolen from the front porch of a home in the Milepost neighborhood Oct. 1.

The package was stolen from the 8500 block of 135th Avenue Southeast at about 6-7 p.m. Thursday. During that same time, police said an alert citizen saw suspicious activity in the 7100 block of 134th Court Southeast.

If you noticed anything suspicious at either of these locations during that time, police want to hear from you. They are trying to determine if the incidents are related. Contact Detective Christy Marsalisi at 649-4444 and reference case 15-284901.  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

Issaquah Press group names new GM

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Charles Horton III has been named the new general manager of The Issaquah Press newspaper group. He started in his new role Sept. 14.

Horton replaces former general manager Joe Heslet who left The Issaquah Press in May.

Charles Horton

Charles Horton

Horton comes most recently from the Standard-Examiner, a daily community newspaper in Ogden, Utah, where he served as a vice president and the publisher since 2013. Before that, Horton worked for nine years at the Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, where he started as the circulation director. While at the Sun, Horton moved up through the organization to take on increasing responsibilities in interactive, advertising, and then eventually was named publisher and chief revenue officer. Read more

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