June 5, 2014
Newcastle Public Works Director Mark Rigos has only worked with the city for three years, but his impact on the community is so great that when he announced his resignation, at least one resident became emotional at the thought of losing him. Read more
June 5, 2014
The community will lose an important asset this month, when Public Works Director Mark Rigos leaves for the same position at North Bend.
North Bend’s population is smaller than Newcastle’s, by about 4,000 residents, but it offers greater responsibilities, including managing the city’s water and sewer district.
Rigos was only with Newcastle for three years, but it has certainly felt like much longer than that, given the way he has fully ingratiated himself within the community.
In his time with Newcastle, Rigos redefined what it meant to be a public works director, when he equally prioritized public safety and customer service. Read more
May 15, 2014
NEW — 12:15 p.m. May 15, 2014
May 15 is Peace Officers Memorial Day, part of National Police Week, which recognizes the men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. In honor of the day, we went through our archives and found this guest editorial penned by then-Newcastle Mayor John Dulcich in the July 12, 2002 Newcastle News issue. It is reprinted below in recognition of Deputy Rich Herzog’s sacrifice to the Newcastle community. Read more
May 1, 2014
UPDATED — 9:45 p.m. May 1, 2014
*This story has been updated to reflect the following change: The initial version, and the one seen in the May 2 print edition, stated that Larry Johnson and the Olympus Homeowners Association would get a chance to give their own presentation about Energize Eastside at the May 6 Newcastle City Council. That has now been rescheduled for a later date to be determined*
Upgrades to infrastructure needed
When Newcastle neighbors Larry Johnson and Dave Edmonds peer into the backyards of their Olympus homes, transmission lines and power poles greet them.
It’s not the best view, but residents have learned to live with the 60-foot beams that carry 115 kilovolt power lines. The infrastructure has been there since long before the city was incorporated 20 years ago.
Those poles could get a lot taller, with lines that carry even more power, if Puget Sound Energy upgrades that corridor as part of its Energize Eastside project.
May 1, 2014
The city of Newcastle’s annual town hall meeting will be held in June this year, instead of October.
The date was changed so the City Council can get the benefit of citizen input earlier on in the budget process. Town hall meetings are a chance for residents to tell representatives what they’d like to see happen in their city.
Electronic polling devices will be used to gather opinions, and this year’s event will feature additional time for residents to speak. The town hall meeting is from 7-9 p.m. June 3 at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane.
April 9, 2014
NEW — 4:10 p.m. April 9, 2014
Newcastle was named a Tree City USA for its seventh straight year in honor of Arbor Day April 9. Read more
April 3, 2014
After evaluating City Manager Rob Wyman’s performance in several closed executive sessions, the Newcastle City Council approved a $10,000 raise for the position at its March 18 meeting.
The raise, retroactive to Jan. 1, increases Wyman’s annual salary from $120,000 to $130,000. The council also granted Wyman two days of merit leave, the same as last year.
Wyman was hired as interim city manager in January 2010, and the council selected him as the permanent city manager that August. This is the third consecutive year that the council awarded him a raise, and it’s his highest yet. He received a $6,000 raise in 2012 and a $4,000 raise in 2013.
April 3, 2014
A trained, professional canvasser working for Regional Animal Services of King County and the city of Newcastle will soon go door-to-door in an effort to ensure pets living in the city are properly licensed.
The canvasser will visit homes on weekends April 5 through 27 and on May 4. The person can be identified by a county name badge and logo shirt, and will carry business cards and pet licensing documents.
All cats and dogs 8 weeks old and older living in Newcastle are required to be licensed by King County. Canvassers will not give citations for unlicensed pets, but will issue temporary licenses, which allow 30 days for the purchase of permanent tags.
April 3, 2014
If you happen to catch a knight in shining armor meandering across the Lake Boren Park lawn April 19, don’t be alarmed, it’s just one of the newest attractions at the city’s sixth annual Earth Day celebration.
The medieval flare comes courtesy of the Knights of Veritas, a group of performers that call upon the code of chivalry and the values of knighthood to educate audiences.
“In our case, they’ll be teaching the importance of environmental chivalry,” event Chairwoman Grace Stiller said.
March 5, 2014
The Newcastle mayor made his annual visit to the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce luncheon, and for the first time, it was newly elected Mayor Steve Buri who spoke to the audience of residents and local business leaders Feb. 12.
In an approximately 20-minute address, Buri talked about his love of Newcastle’s sense of community, and he updated citizens about improvements to Lake Boren Park, development of the Mutual Materials site and a potential new project to expand the May Creek Trail.
Buri, who assumed the mayor’s role in January, introduced himself before discussing city matters. He moved to Newcastle in 1998, he said, where he and his wife quickly fell in love with the city.