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

Mayor touts ‘small-town feel’ of city

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.

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Help plant trees for Arbor Day Saturday

October 7, 2010

NEW — 2:35 p.m. Oct. 7, 2010

Newcastle will celebrate Arbor Day from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday by hosting a work party to plant 300 conifer trees in the May Creek Basin.

Volunteers should come dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes, as much of the work will be on steep slopes, said Newcastle Weed Warriors founder Grace Stiller, who is helping organize the event.

Stiller said there would also be an area atop the steep slope for children to work.

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Volunteers needed for this weekend

September 8, 2010

NEW — 6 p.m. Sept. 8, 2010

Residents looking to help out in the community can do so this weekend.

Newcastle Days volunteer coordinator Grace Stiller is seeking volunteers to help with parking, lines at the bouncy toys, and setting up and taking down booths at the Newcastle Days celebration Saturday. The celebration is from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. in Lake Boren Park.

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Newcastle receives $30,400 grant from King Conservation District

September 16, 2009

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16, 2009

The city of Newcastle has just received a $30,400 grant from the King Conservation District. The grant will fund a project, Newcastle Goes Green, incorporating the

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following programs:

  • Removal and monitoring of invasive knotweed along May Creek in conjunction with the Newcastle Weed Warriors
  • “Green Growing” classes for Newcastle residents with lawn and gardening tips to reduce water and herbicide/pesticide use
  • Outreach at local schools regarding environmental stewardship
  • Special-edition newsletter mailed to all households with information about the city’s storm water management efforts, along with practical household tips

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