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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 14, 2014
NEW — 1:45 p.m. Oct. 14, 2014
The city of Newcastle is still looking for a volunteer to serve on the Community Activities Commission.
Seven Newcastle residents serve on the commission, facilitating events and programs in the city. The city is looking for enthusiastic candidates, ready to enhance the quality of life in Newcastle.
“Commissioners are an important part of making Newcastle unique due to their involvement in projects that improve the city’s extensive trail system, create awareness of Newcastle’s historical and cultural heritage and provide opportunities for people to volunteer,” city staff wrote in a press release. “The work of this Commission directly contributes to the distinguishing characteristics of this city that lead Money magazine to name Newcastle one of the best small towns in America.”
Applicants must be Newcastle residents, at least 18 years of age and have an interest in community events, city parks and recreational programs. Read more