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.

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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

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.

From coal mines to golf

February 6, 2015

File Scaffolding and landscaping equipment sit in front of the clubhouse March 1999 as opening day approaches for The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Scaffolding and landscaping equipment sit in front of the clubhouse March 1999 as opening day approaches for The Golf Club at Newcastle.

As you line up your approach shot to the par-3 fourth hole on Coal Creek, did you ever wonder how The Golf Club at Newcastle came into being? Read more

Notes from Newcastle: Library has help when you need it

January 2, 2015

My brother has probably always been mentally ill, but it wasn’t until he was in his late 20s that a psychiatrist confirmed his schizophrenia. Adding to his complexity, he is vulnerable with a developmental disability, a wandering soul and a fierce streak of independence.

Before I became his official caregiver in 1999, my family saw him evicted from apartments, thrown in jail and pursued by collection agencies, and he was one bad break away from becoming homeless. Flash forward 15 years and I’m happy to say, with the proper help from a variety of agencies, my brother is stable.

My personal experiences with my brother and my work as a public librarian make me keenly aware of the challenges some of our community members face. The Newcastle Library doesn’t often see the challenging societal issues some of our other King County Library System branches face, but we remain aware the need for assistance exists in every community, regardless of age, ethnicity or income level. Read more

Invasive mudsnails found in May Creek

August 27, 2014

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Aug. 27, 2014

Contributed Invasive mudsnails like the ones above have been found in May Creek.

Invasive mudsnails like the ones above have been found in May Creek.

A King County report confirmed the positive identification of invasive New Zealand mudsnails residing in May Creek, according to a city of Newcastle news release. Read more

County to host meeting about efforts to keep May Creek clean

June 20, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. June 20, 2014

King County employees will host a public meeting June 23 to discuss their work over the last few months to design roadside bioretention swales.

The swales will help keep May Creek clean, as officials look to improve water quality in the May Creek watershed for the benefit of all.

At the 6 p.m. June 23 Renton meeting, employees will discuss how the locations were chosen, how roadside bioretention swales help clean stormwater runoff and how the project could affect May Creek-area residents.

The meeting is at the Lord of Life Church, 12819 160th Ave. S.E., Renton.

For more information, to request special accommodations, translation or interpreter services, contact Claire Jonson, 206-477-4720 or

King County holds hearing about proposed Metro cuts

May 13, 2013

NEW — 3:05 p.m. May 13, 2013

The King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee will host a special May 14 meeting to hear public testimony about potential Metro Transit service cuts.

Metro is facing a $75 million budget shortfall due to a drop in sales tax revenue, and unless new funding becomes available, the agency will have to reduce the transit system by about 17 percent, which equates to about 600,000 service hours.

Potential service cuts could affect Newcastle routes. Bus route 114 could be eliminated, while route 240 could experience overcrowding and reliability issues if the cuts go through, according to the King County Metro Transit website.

The hearing takes place May 14 in Seattle at Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St. An open house begins at 3:30 p.m., and then testimony starts at 4 p.m. Read more

Show off your pesticide-free yard with a ladybug sign

May 9, 2013

NEW — 3:00 p.m. May 9, 2013

Families that maintain their yards without pesticides can proudly display their healthy-gardening practices with a “pesticide-free zone” sign, courtesy of King County and Washington Toxics Coalition.

Since kids are most at risk from toxins like pesticides, King County would like to recognize lawns and parks that are pesticide free, according to a press release from King County.

Families in King County who take care of their lawns without pesticides can take a pledge and receive the sign to recognize their efforts. The round sign has a ladybug on it and proclaims the lawn as a “pesticide-free zone”. Go to to sign the pledge and get your free yard sign. Read more

King County warns residents about property tax email scam

December 15, 2011

NEW — 4:15 p.m. Dec. 15, 2011

King County officials warned residents about a possible email scam Thursday, after the county received calls from people about a bogus online property tax payment.

The callers reported receiving false confirmation of online property tax payments made through the King County e-commerce system. The county did not send the emails, and the county’s e-commerce system has not been compromised.

“It appears that someone copied our standard payment confirmation email and altered the header in the email so that it appears to be from King County,” county Chief Information Officer Bill Kehoe said in a statement. “These messages did not come from King County, and the recipients have not made any payments with us.”

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Holiday DUI patrols to begin on Thanksgiving Day

November 16, 2011

NEW — 2:15 p.m. Nov. 16, 2011

Thanksgiving is the launch date for a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers throughout the holiday season.

The effort starts Nov. 24 and runs through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Newcastle and King County roads, as the Newcastle Police Department, Washington State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies join the crackdown.

Washington law enforcement officers advise all holiday partygoers to designate a sober driver, call a cab or choose not to drink alcohol.

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