Issaquah School Board earns distinction honor

November 5, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. Nov. 5, 2015

The Issaquah School Board was one of nine entities labeled a “Board of Distinction” by the Washington State School Directors’ Association Nov. 4.

Issaquah joined school boards from Auburn, Ferndale, Kent, Puyallup, Riverview, South Kitsap, University Place and West Valley (Spokane).

“Each of these boards is a great example of the excellent work of Washington’s 295 school boards and 1,477 school board members,” said Chris Nieuwenhuis, president of the association. “We applaud their commitment to their students and communities.” Read more

10th annual Diamond Awards is Nov. 19

November 4, 2015

NEW — 5:43 p.m. Nov. 4, 2015

It’s time to once again roll out the red carpet for the Newcastle community’s top contributors.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Diamond Awards ceremony, honoring community members who do good things in the greater Newcastle area, is Nov. 19 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The recipient of a Diamond Award is chosen based on his or her contribution to the community. Winners, selected by the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Board, and nominees demonstrate dedication, integrity and caring, with a passion for doing what needs to be done.

Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. They are available online at The community celebration is not exclusive to chamber members or nominees. Appetizers and a no-host bar will also be available. Read more

Linda Newing leads in early election results

November 3, 2015

NEW — 9:10 p.m. Nov. 3, 2015

Newcastle City Council candidates Linda Newing and Allen Dauterman lead their races in early election results.

Newing is currently edging Victoria Sandoval for City Council Position 1, while Dauterman is winning his bid for Position 3, after opponent Rob Lemmon dropped out before the race even started.

King County Elections will update results daily at 4:30 p.m. weekdays until certification Nov. 24. Here are the early results: Read more

CCUD commissioner to serve on state board

November 2, 2015

NEW — 5:19 p.m. Nov. 2, 2015

Coal Creek Utility District Commissioner Pam Martin is the Washington Association of Sewer & Water Districts’ new treasurer.

General members elected her and she will serve through 2017, when she will be eligible to serve for another three-year term.

The Washington Association of Sewer & Water Districts represents the state’s special purpose water and sewer districts. There are 176 in the state. Special purpose sewer and water districts provide services to 25 percent of the state’s residents.

The association provides education and training for elected district commissioners and certified water and wastewater treatment plant operators. It also acts as a legislative advocate on issues relating to the water and sewer industry.

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, 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.

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

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