City Council race gets more competition

July 1, 2011

Candidates file for August primary

Resident Frank Irigon and former City Councilman Gordon Bisset have filed to run for City Council Position 4 in this year’s election.

Gordon Bisset

Frank Irigon

Frank Irigon

Bisset — who served as a member of the council from 2002-2005 — and Irigon will face off against Parks Commission Chair Andrew Shelton in a primary election in August.

The top two finishers will advance to the general election in November.

Councilman Sonny Putter, who holds Position 4, announced in April he would retire from the council at the end of the year.

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Neighborhoods plan for National Night Out

July 1, 2011

Newcastle neighborhoods have started planning for National Night Out. The Aug. 2 event is a nationwide drug- and crime-prevention event from 7-10 p.m. that evening.

The Hazelwood Community Association will hold a community picnic at Donegal Park, 7319 125th Ave. S.E., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. All are welcome attend. A grill will be available for use, but attendees must bring their own food.

Newcastle Police Officer Ryan Olmsted is organizing this year’s event. Call him at City Hall at 649-4444, ext. 120, or email him at if you are interested in setting up a gathering in your neighborhood.

Volunteers get fired up to honor local barbecue legend

April 1, 2011

The record was nine spoonfuls, Gene Porter once said.

That was the largest quantity of his signature, blistering hot sauce anybody could down. It was that hot sauce — known as “the man” — and succulent, Louisiana-style barbecue that launched Porter’s Bellevue restaurant, Dixie’s Barbeque, to fame.

Gene Porter

His friends remember him being as lively as his hot sauce, and it hit the community hard when the Newcastle resident died of bone cancer Feb. 28, 2010.

The Hazelwood Community Association and Newcastle Trails banded together early this year to raise funds for a memorial for Porter in Donegal Park. However, the memorial won’t just be a bench or a tree — it will be a 41-inch-wide charcoal barbecue southeast of the park’s gazebo.

“It’s a totally fitting memorial,” said Garry Kampen, a member of the Hazelwood Community Association board of directors.

Hazelwood Community Association President Gordon Bisset said the group hopes to finish fundraising by June 1 and have the memorial completely installed by Aug. 2, just in time for the annual National Night Out barbecue.

Organizers have already raised more than $1,500 of the estimated $4,500 total cost. If they reach their goal, the memorial could include a plaque with a dedication, trash and ash cans, wood benches and a seat wall on the nearby sloping ground.

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Locations narrowed for city dog park

October 4, 2010

Lake Boren, future sports park are two remaining choices

The Newcastle Parks Commission has cut the Madison Lane and Lake Boren Esplanade from its list of possible off-leash dog park locations, leaving only Lake Boren Park and the future sports park to be located on Southeast 95th Way and Lake Boren Park as potential locations.

Through consensus, the commission decided the sports park would be the preferred location for the park.

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