Candidates talk about the issues, vie for newspaper endorsement

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:16 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Candidates for the only contested Newcastle City Council race separately convened in Issaquah Sept. 25, where they met with The Issaquah Press newspaper group General Manager Charles Horton and Managing Editor Kathleen R. Merrill.

Newcastle News is one of four newspapers in that group.

Victoria Sandoval

Victoria Sandoval

Linda Newing

Linda Newing

Horton and Merrill quizzed Victoria Sandoval and Linda Newing on everything from traffic to city finances, as the two made their cases for a Newcastle News endorsement. Newcastle News previously asked the candidates a series of questions here and profiled them here in the lead-up to the election. Read more

Windy weather could cause power outages

August 29, 2015

NEW — 11:51 a.m. Aug. 29, 2015

An August windstorm is already causing scattered power outages across the area.

Puget Sound Energy offers up-to-date outage information, including restoration estimates, on its outage map here. Customers can also get the most up-to-date outage information, or report an outage, by downloading the myPSE app for smartphones here.

Do not call 911 if your power is out, unless your safety is at risk. Report the outage to PSE online, or by calling 1-888-225-5773.

During storms, customers should keep an emergency kit handy and stay away from downed power lines, according to advice posted on PSE’s website. Read more

Packed Aug. 18 council meeting includes Energize Eastside presentations

August 17, 2015

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Aug. 17, 2015

If you want to get a seat at Tuesday’s Newcastle City Council meeting, you better get there early.

Puget Sound Energy’s Energize Eastside project is on the Aug. 18 agenda, and whenever that’s the case, it always draws a large crowd.

Puget Sound Energy and the Coalition of Eastside Neighborhoods for Sensible Energy will both give presentations about the proposed plans to include a new electric substation and higher capacity transmission lines through Newcastle, Redmond, Bellevue, Renton and Kirkland.

Those presentations begin at 6 p.m., an hour before the regular council meeting begins. Read more

More than 300 without power in Newcastle

July 31, 2015

NEW — 10:40 a.m. July 31, 2015

More than 300 people are without power in Newcastle, according to Puget Sound Energy’s outage map.

The outage’s start time was just before 10 a.m. Friday. Crews are dispatched and the company estimates a noon restoration time.

The cause of the outage is currently unknown.

Get the latest outage updates on the company’s outage map here.

High wire act

June 4, 2015

By Public Works Director Jeff Brauns About 100 people attended the fourth of five Energize Eastside scoping meetings May 28 in Newcastle. The meeting provided an opportunity for commenting on environmental impacts of the Puget Sound Energy project to build a new electric substation and about 18 miles of high capacity electric transmission lines from Renton to Redmond, through Newcastle. Learn more at www.energizeeastsideEIS.org.

By Public Works Director Jeff Brauns
About 100 people attended the fourth of five Energize Eastside scoping meetings May 28 in Newcastle. The meeting provided an opportunity for commenting on environmental impacts of the Puget Sound Energy project to build a new electric substation and about 18 miles of high capacity electric transmission lines from Renton to Redmond, through Newcastle. Learn more at www.energizeeastsideEIS.org.

To the Editor — June 2015

June 4, 2015

We need more than ‘reasonable’ with PSE’s Energize Eastside

The independent technical consultant hired by the city of Bellevue to assess the need for PSE’s “Energize Eastside” project, U.S.E., was expected to do its own independent future peak load forecast. Instead, it reviewed PSE’s forecast and found it “reasonable.”

If you want a second opinion from a doctor, would you be satisfied if he/she just looked at the medical records from the first doctor and thought her diagnosis was “reasonable”?

What U.S.E. finds “reasonable” is PSE’s new forecast of electricity demand growing at 2.4 percent per year from 2014-2024. By comparison, Seattle City Light is forecasting demand growth of 1.2 percent for Seattle. Why can’t we get independent verification that the Eastside is now growing twice as fast as booming Seattle? That seems totally implausible. Read more

Energize Eastside scoping meeting comes to Newcastle May 28

May 27, 2015

NEW — 5:15 p.m. May 27, 2015

The fourth of five Energize Eastside scoping meetings comes to Newcastle Thursday night.

The meetings are a part of the Energize Eastside Environmental Impact Statement, a legally mandated process that will critically evaluate potential significant environmental impacts associated with the project and project alternatives.

It began in earnest this month with a 45-day comment period, highlighted by five community scoping meetings where residents are invited to share their thoughts about Energize Eastside.

“I view it as one of the most, if not the most, critical projects on the radar for Newcastle,” said Tim McHarg, Newcastle’s director of community development. “So we’re hoping that a broad cross-section of folks will come and attend.” Read more

Energize Eastside scoping meetings begin

April 30, 2015

A slew of Eastside cities are ready to take the next step in exploring Puget Sound Energy’s Energize Eastside project.

Led by the city of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Renton and Newcastle will work together to provide an environmental review of PSE’s proposal to build about 18 miles of high-capacity electric transmission lines from Renton to Redmond.

The Energize Eastside Environmental Impact Statement is a legally mandated process that will critically evaluate potential significant environmental impacts associated with the project and project alternatives.

It begins in earnest this month with a 45-day comment period, highlighted by five community scoping meetings where residents are invited to share their thoughts about Energize Eastside. Read more

Editorial — It’s your city; get involved in decisions

March 5, 2015

Sue Stronk. Larry Johnson. Jessaca Jacobson. Sonny Putter.

With the exception of the last name, you’ve likely never heard of these people. But make no mistake, the Newcastle City Council knows who they are, at least they should.

They are examples of just a few Newcastle residents who have come to at least one council meeting in the past year to voice their opinions.

They are, essentially, examples of democracy in action, a far too rare scene witnessed in the perpetually empty Newcastle council chambers. Read more

Chamber hosts PSE at Jan. 14 luncheon

January 12, 2015

NEW — 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 2015

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce will kick off 2015 with its first luncheon of the year Jan. 14.

Puget Sound Energy representatives will be on hand talking about the company’s myPSE mobile app which gives customers the opportunity to report and track power outages.

Keri Pravitz, Puget Sound Energy community projects manager, and Andy Swayne, municipal liaison manager, will answer questions, as well.

The January luncheon begins at 11 a.m. Jan. 12 at Tapatio Mexican Grill. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-members.

Learn more here.

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