The origins of the China Creek name

April 2, 2015

Within Newcastle we have the China Creek and China Falls neighborhoods, China Creek Golf Course, and of course, China Creek itself. Did you ever wonder how those names came to be?

When the original mining town of Old Newcastle was established in 1863, the primary source of drinking water was a little creek to the south that began up on Cougar Mountain and emptied into what is now Lake Boren.

It was normally a gentle flow of water, but during heavy rains the creek would overflow and created a large flood plain to the north of the current lake. The lake was bigger and deeper than it is today, and also was swampy on the Eastside.

Chinese workers came into the area in the early 1870s, primarily to work on the railroads, but some came to Newcastle and worked for the mining company. Read more

Chief justice, Hazen grad to headline fundraiser breakfast

April 2, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: Barbara Madsen is no longer headlining the annual breakfast. Instead, Seahawks digital media host, and Newcastle resident, Tony Ventrella will headline the April 27 breakfast.

The Friends of Renton Schools will host its sixth annual benefit breakfast, headlined by speaker Barbara Madsen, the chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court, on April 27.

Madsen, a 1970 graduate of Hazen High School, earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington before going on to Gonzaga University School of Law.

After earning her law degree, Madsen worked as a public defender in King and Snohomish counties. She was first appointed to a bench in 1988, when then-Seattle Mayor Charles Royer added her to the Seattle Municipal Court, where she served as presiding judge.

Voters elected her the third woman to serve on the Washington Supreme Court in 1992, and re-elected her in 1998, 2004 and 2010. She began her second term as the 55th chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court after colleagues unanimously elected her Oct. 31, 2012. Read more

Education and roads key topics as state lawmakers visit area

April 2, 2015

State legislators descended on their Eastside jurisdictions March 14, holding an open house in Bellevue.

At Somerset Elementary School, one main topic was education, with dozens of teachers outside, and later inside, carrying signs mostly declaring, “It’s time to fully fund education.”

The state Legislature still is working on meeting the demands of the state supreme court in the now famous McCleary case, said State Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island.

State Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn, both D-Mercer Island, joined Litzow for about a two-hour question-and-answer session with residents. Read more

LifeWire gala to raise money for domestic violence prevention

April 2, 2015

LifeWire, the state’s largest domestic violence service provider, will host its 2015 benefit gala and auction May 2 at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center.

The funds from the World of Hope Gala and Auction provides services in east and north King County to victims of physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

The money collected also assists the organization in preventing domestic violence through advocacy, education and support.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a wine reception and silent auction, followed by a 7 p.m. live auction and dinner led by emcee Molly Shen, a news anchor at KOMO-TV. Read more

Bellevue Fire Department names new chief

April 2, 2015

Bellevue City Manager Brad Miyake appointed interim Fire Chief Mark Risen as the permanent fire chief, effective immediately, the city announced March 24.

Miyake promoted Risen to the interim position last June, following the retirement of former Fire Chief Mike Eisner. Since that time, Miyake said, Risen has continued to move the department forward, striving for excellence.

“Over the past year, Chief Risen has proven to be a steady commander. This is the type of leader a department with a stellar performance record — like ours — needs,” Miyake said. “I could not be more proud of what Chief Risen has been able to achieve.” Read more

March police blotter

April 2, 2015

Dress for less

A credit card was stolen from a wallet in a vehicle parked in the 12600 block of Southeast 81st Place between March 7 and 8. The resident reported the thief used the card for a more than $250 shopping spree at a Ross department store.

Stolen plates

A license plate was taken from a car parked in the 6900 block of 115th Court Southeast March 7.

Burgled renovation

More than $1,250 worth of tools was taken from an unoccupied house undergoing renovation in the 7600 block of 116th Avenue Southeast. Read more

Newcastle Fruit and Produce almost open for business

March 31, 2015

NEW — 4:05 p.m. March 31, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy The Newcastle Fruit and Produce stand is set to open April 4.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
The Newcastle Fruit and Produce stand is set to open April 4.

It isn’t really spring in Newcastle until a familiar red-and-white tent stands at the corner of Newcastle Way and Coal Creek Parkway. Read more

Apply by April 13 for ISF scholarship

March 30, 2015

NEW — 3:10 p.m. March 30, 2015

The Issaquah Schools Foundation has created a new scholarship to help Issaquah School District juniors and graduating seniors continue their educational journey.

The foundation’s new Impact Scholarship will be awarded to students who submit essays about the ways foundation-funded programs have enriched their education.

The Impact Scholarship will be awarded in two categories. Entries to the Written category will be judged on answers to two essay questions. Students who enter under the Presentation category will be judged on a five-minute oral presentation of their written essays.

Winning students may be given the opportunity to tell their story at the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 14 or second annual Nourish Every Mind Breakfast on May 20. Read more

Newcastle man celebrates National Kidney Month by helping others understand the disease

March 25, 2015

NEW — 12:45 p.m. March 25, 2015

By C.B. Bell Newcastle residents Alan Hoshino and his wife Cheryl Hoshino are sharing their story to raise awareness about kidney disease.

By C.B. Bell
Newcastle residents Alan Hoshino and his wife Cheryl Hoshino are sharing their story to raise awareness about kidney disease.

Alan Hoshino knew for years he had kidney issues, but he was mostly able to avoid serious medical problems, thanks to his own vigilance about his health and great medical monitoring. Read more

Issaquah schools seek student art for calendar

March 23, 2015

NEW — 2:40 p.m. March 23, 2015

Issaquah School District students are invited to submit their artwork for possible publication in the district’s 2015-2016 student art calendar.

The calendar is distributed free of charge to every family and staff member in the district. All current students are eligible to submit up to three pieces.

Art should be submitted in a high-resolution digital format through email attachments, and can be sent to Melissa Johnson at with the words “Art Calendar” in the subject line.

Be sure to include the student’s name, grade, school, and teacher, as well as parent name and email in your message. Make sure your digital pictures are taken straight on (eye level, not crooked) and without flash/lighting irregularities.  Read more

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