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

County offers projects grants

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

King County is offering its fifth year of grant opportunities for unincorporated Community Service Areas.

A total of $60,000 in King County Community Service Area Program grant funding is available for projects costing less than $5,000. Project examples include:

  • Initiatives that engage youths,
  • Events such as concerts, festivals and educational and safety projects,
  • Neighborhood improvement projects such as tree planting, graffiti removal and cleanup,
  • Community-led planning or training,
  • Signs for a neighborhood or community.

Read more

Paving work could cause delays

September 28, 2015

NEW — 3:32 p.m. Sept. 28, 2015

Paving work along Newcastle Way could cause delays Sept. 29 to Oct. 2.

The city will reduce the road to one lane between 116th Avenue Southeast and 119th Avenue Southeast from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. those days, weather permitting.

Questions? Contact Assistant City Engineer Kerry Sullivan at kerrys@ci.newcastle.wa.us.

Rainworks piece pops up at Lake Boren Park

September 25, 2015

NEW — 12:42 p.m. Sept. 25, 2015

City of Newcastle photo The Rainworks team created one of its rain-activated, positive message art installations in Lake Boren Park.

City of Newcastle photo
The Rainworks team created one of its rain-activated, positive message art installations in Lake Boren Park.

The Rainworks team left a little piece of magic at Newcastle’s Lake Boren Park. Read more

Aurora Bridge crash triggers emergency call for blood donors

September 24, 2015

NEW — 2:42 p.m. Sept. 24, 2015

Bloodworks Northwest has issued an urgent appeal to blood donors to help meet critical needs in the wake of today’s Aurora Bridge bus accident.

“With up to 40 people with injuries, we are responding quickly to additional orders for blood components from multiple hospitals receiving people injured in the crash,” said James P. AuBuchon, M.D., president and chief executive officer. “We need to meet this emergency demand and also to replenish supplies so that we can continue to meet normal patient needs.”

“To avoid a crisis for the local blood supply we’re asking donors who have not donated recently to schedule an appointment as soon as they can at one of our twelve centers, or to find a mobile drive in their community close to where they live or work,” AuBuchon said. “There is a special need for O-positive and O-negative blood types.” Read more

Property values mailed to area residents

September 23, 2015

NEW — 4:17 p.m. Sept. 23, 2015

The office of King County Assessor Lloyd Hara mailed the 2015 property valuation notices for Area 64 — Newcastle.

Residential properties increased 12 percent in Area 64; however, individual property values may vary.

The Assessor’s Office sets property valuations. It does not set taxes and there is not a dollar-to-dollar correlation between property value increase and future property taxes. King County taxpayers who need advice and assistance with property tax-related matters, including appeals, should call 206-477-1060 or email taxadvisor@kingcounty.govRead more

Progress continues on new middle school

September 21, 2015

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 2015

NAC Architecture Designs for the future Newcastle middle school show an open plaza entrance with benches for seating, and lots of windows in the two-story building.

NAC Architecture
Designs for the future Newcastle middle school show an open plaza entrance with benches for seating, and lots of windows in the two-story building.

Construction on the new Renton School District middle school is on time and on budget. Read more

Prepare for Newcastle Golf Club Road closure

September 17, 2015

NEW — 4:25 p.m. Sept. 17, 2015

A portion of Newcastle Golf Club Road will be reduced to a single lane beginning Sept. 21.

Construction on the AvalonBay project requires an around-the-clock one-lane closure of the road segment just west of the Coal Creek Family YMCA.

A portable signal will guide drivers, allowing traffic to alternate in each direction.

Flashing signs on the road indicate the lane closure will last until Oct. 21, but the city says it will more likely be a three-week closure. Read more

Weed Warriors to host Saturday knotweed workshop

September 15, 2015

NEW — 6:11 p.m. Sept. 15, 2015

Newcastle Weed Warriors, the city of Newcastle, King Conservation District and the King County Noxious Weeds Program will show residents how to combat invasive knotweed at a Sept. 19 workshop.

The workshop will address how to use herbicide injections to control and eradicate knotweed, which is invading parks and open spaces across King County.

Sign up for the workshop by contacting Weed Warriors founder Grace Stiller at 206-795-5783 or gracestiller@comcast.net.

The workshop will use the best management practices as outlined by the Washington State Noxious Weeds Program. It goes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at Fire Station No. 9, 12412 Newcastle Way.

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