Construction to cause lane closures, traffic delays

June 17, 2015

NEW — 11:50 a.m. June 17, 2015

Newcastle drivers should be aware of a few upcoming traffic impacts connected to various construction projects.

First, Lakemont Boulevard Southeast will be closed between Forest Drive Southeast and 155th Avenue Southeast starting at 5 a.m. June 20. It will reopen at 5 a.m. June 22 with alternating one-way traffic.

Drivers will be detoured onto Forest Drive Southeast, Coal Creek Parkway or Newcastle Golf Club Road, depending on where they are coming from. View the full detour map here.

While Lakemont Boulevard is not in Newcastle, many residents use it as an alternate way into the city, especially those coming from Issaquah. The closure is necessary to complete a city of Bellevue roadway improvement project. Read more

Remembering historian Milt Swanson and his stories

March 5, 2015

Whether Newcastle residents know it or not, March 29 is a significant date in the city’s history. On that day, in 1918, Ernest Milton Swanson was born. Milt, as he was known, was born and raised in Newcastle, and is single-handedly responsible for protecting the city’s history.

A founder of the Newcastle Historical Society, Swanson knew more about Newcastle’s history than anyone, because he actually lived it. Swanson died at the age of 95 in January 2014. In this month’s history feature, Newcastle City Councilman, and history buff, Rich Crispo recalls his favorite Swanson stories. Read more

Council passes 2015 budget, taxes to rise

December 4, 2014

Newcastle homeowners can expect to see a rise in their property taxes, after the Newcastle City Council made changes to, and then adopted, the 2015 budget Nov. 18.

In a 4-2 vote, with Deputy Mayor John Drescher absent, the council elected to take an annually allowable 1 percent increase in property tax and a 3 percent banked property tax increase.

The move will bring the city more than $150,000 in revenue, with an eye toward using it to pay for an additional police officer, said Councilman John Dulcich, who made the motion proposing the increase.

“It fixes a lot of problems and it funds a police officer,” Dulcich said. Read more

City Council combs over 2015 budget

November 7, 2014

The Newcastle City Council began reviewing City Manager Rob Wyman’s 2015 preliminary budget at its second October meeting.

The proposed budget places emphasis on public safety, setting the groundwork for an additional police officer in 2016, and outlines a robust capital investment program.

“I truly feel that the budget presented here provides a great value for the residents of Newcastle while reflecting the appropriate priorities, such as public safety,” Wyman wrote in the budget’s introduction.

The city could spend upward of $2.5 million on transportation projects if the budget is approved as is. In addition to the $550,000 the council commits annually to a pavement overlay program, residents could see projects such as pedestrian improvements to Southeast 73rd Place and the installation of flashing left-turn signals along Coal Creek Parkway in 2015. Read more

Public works director leaving for North Bend

June 5, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy Mark Rigos, outgoing Newcastle Public Works director, with his son Alexander, speaks at the May Creek Trail ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 15.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Mark Rigos, outgoing Newcastle Public Works director, with his son Alexander, speaks at the May Creek Trail ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 15.

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

Motorcyclist dies in crash near Newcastle golf course

August 10, 2012

The motorcycle involved in Friday’s accident along Newcastle Golf Club Road rests near a guardrail. By Christina Corrales-Toy

NEW — 2:27 p.m. Aug. 10, 2012

A motorcyclist died after colliding with a guardrail on Newcastle Golf Club Road on Friday morning, according to King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.

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City seeks feedback on Newcastle Golf Club Road landslide repair project

July 16, 2012

NEW — 1:10 p.m. July 16, 2012

Residents have an opportunity to provide feedback on a project that aims to stabilize Newcastle Golf Club Road after a December 2010 landslide caused significant damage to the major arterial that connects Newcastle, Bellevue and Issaquah.

The city of Newcastle is seeking to convert Bellevue Parks property to a Newcastle right-of-way to facilitate the repairs required after the landslide.

The project requires improvements and maintenance of a slope north of the roadway which is located in the city of Bellevue’s Coal Creek Natural Area.

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Free car seat safety checks offered at YMCA

June 28, 2012

NEW — 3:30 p.m. June 28, 2012

In an effort to support parents and caregivers to make sure a child fits securely in a car seat, Public Health – Seattle & King County is hosting free child car seat check-up events — including one in Newcastle— in east and south King County.

The Newcastle event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 29 at the Coal Creek Family YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Road.

Attendees should bring their car, car seat and child/infant to learn how to properly install the car seat. The event will be an opportunity for parents or soon-to-be parents to have their child safety seat checked by a certified child safety seat technician for safe installation.

Educational materials will be available as well.

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Police nab two suspects in home burglaries

April 5, 2012

The Newcastle Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies located two suspects after a home burglary was reported Feb. 29 on Forest Drive in Bellevue, just outside of Newcastle city limits.

The house was occupied during the incident, Police Chief Melinda Irvine said in a statement.

Two male suspects fled into the heavily wooded area toward Newcastle-Golf Club Road. Due to the proximity of the incident to Newcastle, police are looking into possible connections to burglaries in the city.

Newcastle officers, King County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives, and K-9 units from Kirkland and Federal Way assisted Bellevue police.

The suspects were hiding under a foot of leaves in a ravine and were located by the K-9 units.

“We will continue a thorough investigation of the burglaries that have occurred in the city to determine if these men are responsible, and work to locate any stolen property,” Irvine said.

The suspects may be responsible for several burglaries in Newcastle over the past few months.

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