Friends of Youth will host Rise and Thrive Breakfast to support Issaquah schools

November 6, 2014

NEW — 3:20 p.m. Nov. 6, 2014

Group to raise funds for counseling, prevention services

As the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting rocked communities across the state, Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele sent a message to parents.

In it, Thiele expressed his condolences to the victim’s families and provided insight into how the district prepares for the rare possibility of a local school shooting.

He mentioned active-shooter trainings for staff and students, improving situational awareness and the need for mental health services.

“Last year, we began a partnership with Swedish Hospital to provide mental health counseling in our high schools,” Thiele wrote. “Additionally, we work with Friends of Youth to provide mental health and drug and alcohol counseling.”

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Incumbents get the call in early election results

November 4, 2014

NEW — 8:45 p.m. Nov. 4, 2014

The voters have spoken, and after early election results trickled out Nov. 4, it appears that local incumbents won’t be leaving their seats anytime soon.

All candidates representing Newcastle in both the state Legislature and on Capitol Hill, have healthy leads over their opponents after King County released the first batch of Election Day results at 8:15 p.m.

In the 9th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D) is well on his way to re-election with 69 percent of the vote. Republican challenger Doug Basler received about 30 percent of the vote.

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Essay contest open to eighth graders

November 4, 2014

NEW — 9:40 a.m. Nov. 4, 2014

The King County Civil Rights Commission invites all eighth-grade students to write essays about the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The top three writers in this 16th annual writing contest will receive trophies.

Essays should focus on the theme of voting rights and include ideas about Dr. King’s legacy of peace and justice.

King County’s 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is Jan. 15. Read more

Local issues, national candidates in Nov. 4 general election

October 30, 2014

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Oct. 30, 2014

The Nov. 4 general election has several incumbent legislators, both national and local, up for re-election.

The ballot also features initiatives seeking voter input on the future of K-12 classroom size and the enforcement of background checks for gun purchasers.

Here’s a quick look at the candidates and initiatives. Learn more by reading the complete voters’ guide online.

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Liberty soccer team hosts Down syndrome awareness night

October 27, 2014

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27, 2014

On April 29, 2002, Melissa Wyman and husband Kevin won what she calls, “the ticket of a lifetime.”

It was the day the Liberty High School soccer coach welcomed her son, Campbell, now a sports-loving, determined 12-year-old that just happens to have Down syndrome.

“It wasn’t easy in the beginning. You don’t know what to expect,” Wyman said. “You hear people say he’s not going to be able do this or that, but I sure wasn’t about to let someone tell me what or who my son should be. He will be Campbell.”

Inspired by Campbell, Wyman, who coaches the Patriots’ C team, and sister-in-law Demaree Kieburtz, who coaches Issaquah’s C team, worked together to create an event that raises awareness about Down syndrome. Read more

Newcastle PD warns public about phone scam

October 23, 2014

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Oct. 23, 2014

A phone scam seen throughout the nation and, more locally, at the county level, has recently targeted Newcastle residents, according to a news release from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

During the fraudulent call, the caller states he or she is from the King County Sheriff’s Office and goes on to report that the resident has a warrant our for his or her arrest due to a missed jury duty. Sometimes the caller says that the targeted resident’s child or grandchild is in police custody.

“The caller tells the victim that they need to either provide information or go to a store and get a Green Dot cash card, then provide that information to the caller in order to clear the warrant,” Irvine said. “They tell the victim they will be arrested and thrown in jail if they do not cooperate.”

This is a scam, Irvine said. The King County Sheriff’s Office does not call people asking for money to avoid arrest. Never release personal information over the telephone to any unknown caller. Read more

Cold and flu season is here

October 22, 2014

NEW — 3:40 p.m. Oct. 22, 2014

Thorough hand washing is your best defense. Now is the time to review good hand washing practices with children, and if your diligence has slipped, it is time to recommit.

The common cold and the flu are different illnesses caused by different viruses, but they share similar symptoms. Both can cause cough, sore throat, sneezing, fever, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chills, tiredness, diarrhea and vomiting. In fact, it can be difficult even for doctors to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

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City to unveil 2015 preliminary budget at Oct. 21 meeting

October 20, 2014

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 2014

Newcastle Finance Director Christine Olson will present the 2015 preliminary budget at the City Council’s Tuesday meeting, according to the Oct. 21 agenda.

It also represents the first of three public hearings, giving residents a chance to comment on the document. According to a preliminary budget calendar, the council will also hold public hearings on Nov. 4 and 18.

The budget is slated for adoption Dec. 2, though dates are subject to change.

Mayor Steve Buri is also expected to make an appointment to the Community Activities Commission. The city is still seeking applications for a spot on the advisory board, since more than one seat was vacant. Learn more here.

The Tuesday City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 12385 Newcastle Way, Suite 200. View the full agenda here.

Register now to vote in Nov. 4 election

October 18, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. Oct. 18, 2014

People need to be registered by Oct. 27 to vote in the Nov. 4 general election in King County.

To register, you have a choice of going to Renton or Seattle.

The King County Elections Office, 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton, is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Seattle Voter Registration Annex is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. It’s in the King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave., Room 440, Seattle.

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City celebrates Arbor Day on Saturday

October 17, 2014

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 2014

The city of Newcastle will celebrate Arbor Day with a tree-planting event Oct. 18.

From 10 a.m. to noon, volunteers will dig and plant several honorary trees at Donegal Park on the corner of 123rd Avenue Southeast and Southeast 74th Street.

The city will provide refreshments, tools and gloves. Volunteers can earn community service hours.

Arbor Day is in April, but the city celebrates it now due to better planting conditions. The city’s annual celebration is one of the reasons the Washington State Department of Natural Resources recognizes Newcastle as a Tree City USA community.

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