Hazen’s Graham Manson takes second at 5K

April 30, 2015

Contributed Newcastle resident Graham Manson runs at a recent Hazen High School track meet.

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Newcastle resident Graham Manson runs at a recent Hazen High School track meet.

Newcastle runner Graham Manson posted a career finish at the Mercer Island 5K on March 22.

Manson, a 16-year-old Hazen High School junior, earned second place overall. He outran 833 competitors and was first in his age group, finishing the race in 18 minutes, 57 seconds. Read more

Art installation recalls Cougar Mountain’s coal mining past

April 3, 2014

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is now home to a unique land-art installation that pays tribute to the area’s coal mining past.

The project, entitled “Black Forest (29,930,000 tons),” is spread across the forest floor in the form of nearly 50,000 pounds of biochar, environmentally friendly charcoal that appears similar to the coal that was once mined from the mountain.

“It was kind of the launching point,” artist Hans Baumann said, “this idea about rethinking what the park was, and trying to reinterpret its history in a way that might be visually compelling.”

By Kate Smigiel Artist Hans Baumann spreads bio-carbon, a black charcoal often used as a fertilizer for agricultural crops and ornamental plants such as orchids, as part of a large-scale art installation on Cougar Mountain.

By Kate Smigiel
Artist Hans Baumann spreads bio-carbon, a black charcoal often used as a fertilizer for agricultural crops and ornamental plants such as orchids, as part of a large-scale art installation on Cougar Mountain.

The Cougar Mountain trails hold the stories of the region’s past, which included about a century of mining. Park visitors literally stand in the midst of history as they pass abandoned mine shafts, find remnants of carts and railroads, and discover stray pieces of coal.

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New art installation recalls Cougar Mountain’s coal mining past

March 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 14, 2014

By Kate Smigiel  Artist Hans Baumann spreads bio-carbon, a black charcoal often used as a fertilizer for agricultural crops and ornamental plants such as orchids, as part of a large-scale art installation on Cougar Mountain.

By Kate Smigiel
Artist Hans Baumann spreads bio-carbon, a black charcoal often used as a fertilizer for agricultural crops and ornamental plants such as orchids, as part of a large-scale art installation on Cougar Mountain.

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is now home to a unique land-art installation that pays tribute to the area’s coal mining past. 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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YMCA hosts trail walk Saturday

October 21, 2010

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Oct. 21, 2010

The Coal Creek YMCA will host a family trail walk along the rebuilt Coal Creek Trail from 10 a.m. – noon Saturday.

Walkers will congregate at the trailhead in the YMCA parking lot before taking to the 1.5-mile trail to the Red Town Trailhead.

YMCA members and nonmembers are invited, as are singles and families.

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YMCA hosts family trail walk Saturday

October 21, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 21, 2009

The Coal Creek YMCA will host its first family trail walk at 10 a.m. Oct. 24.

The 1.5-mile walk will begin at the Coal Creek YMCA, and proceed down the new trail connecting the YMCA parking lot to the Coal Creek Trail.

The walk will follow the Coal Creek Trail upstream until reaching the Red Town Trailhead of Cougar Mountain Park. Organizers said the walk follows the old Seattle and Walla Walla railroad most of the way, and passes by waterfalls and historic sites.

Historian Milt Swanson will open his coal-mining museum to visitors arriving at Red Town.