Donate blood Saturday

March 18, 2010

NEW — 3:25 p.m. March 18, 2010

Newcastle Jewelers will sponsor a blood drive in the parking lot of Coal Creek Village Shopping Center from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday.

A bus will be in the parking lot to host the drive.

Newcastle Jewelers is working in conjunction with Puget Sound Blood Center on the blood drive. Appointments are required to donate, so call Newcastle Jewelers at 603-9030 to make an appointment.

City Council approves budget cuts that create surplus

March 17, 2010

NEW — 1:16 p.m. March 17, 2010

At its regular meeting last night, the City Council approved an $186,000 cut to the operating budget. Through the cut and re-appropriation other city funds, the $364,000 budget deficit has been changed to a $53,000 surplus.

The City Council approved the cuts with a 5-1 vote, with Councilman Sonny Putter dissenting and Deputy Mayor Steve Buri absent.

Interim City Manager Rob Wyman recommended the cuts to the operating budget after being directed by the City Council at the Jan. 12 meeting to cut operating expenses by 3 percent.

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Police bust car prowler

March 10, 2010

NEW — 4:15 p.m. March 10, 2010

Newcastle Police arrested a car prowler the morning of March 4 for possession of stolen property. Most of the stolen property in the man’s possession was linked to car prowls that had been committed several hours earlier in the Olympus and Highlands neighborhoods.

Also among the items police found in the man’s possession was a unique purse, but the owner of the purse has not been identified.

If your car was broken into the night of March 3-4 and you have not filled out a police report, do so by calling police at 206-296-3311.

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Eye surgeon charged in murder plot awaits trial

March 8, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 8, 2010

Newcastle man Michael Mockovak — who pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal solicitation to commit first-degree murder — appeared in court Feb. 18 for a case setting hearing. Another case setting hearing has been scheduled for May 27.

King County prosecutors said in charging papers that Mockovak, an eye surgeon for Clearly Lasik, sought to have his business partner, Joseph King, and former Clearly Lasik President Brad Klock killed.

After his arrest, Mockovak paid his $2 million bail. Although he remains out of prison while he awaits trial, he is prohibited from contacting King and his family, and Klock and his family.

The state Department of Health also suspended Mockovak’s medical license.

District names new Newcastle Elementary principal

March 4, 2010

NEW — 3:10 p.m. March 4, 2010

Apollo Elementary School Principal Marla Erath will be the next principal of Newcastle Elementary School.

Erath will start at Newcastle in July, and the news was announced in a letter sent to families March 3.

“This was a very difficult decision for me to make. I will miss everyone at Apollo tremendously,” Erath wrote. “However, I am following an important life lesson that we try to teach all of our students: Challenge and change are often necessary for growth and fresh perspectives.

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Editorial: School tax change needs explanation

March 4, 2010

A proposal in the state Senate that would shift property taxes from local districts to the state in order to fund education has the seed of good public policy, but must be explored further.

The bill (SB 6858) generally proposes that local school districts have their levy lid decreased, meaning less local school taxes. In exchange, the state would increase its property tax rate by a corresponding amount. Read more

KCLS details plans for Newcastle Library

March 4, 2010

The Newcastle Library, which will be at the corner of Newcastle Way and 129th Avenue Southeast, will be 11,000 square feet with several distinguishing features, including a grand entryway. Drawing contributed by KCLS

King County Library System officials released detailed plans for the Newcastle Library last month. The library will be 11,000 square feet with 44 parking stalls, and most of the stalls will be in an underground parking garage beneath the library.

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Levy voter turnout exceeds 40 percent

March 4, 2010

The election to determine the financial future of the Issaquah School District attracted more than 22,000 voters, final King County Elections results released last week show.

Turnout reached 40 percent — or 22,629 ballots cast — as voters approved three levies meant to supplement district coffers with more than $214 million by 2014. The levy package included $172.5 million for maintenance and operations, $1.7 million for transportation and $38.4 million for technology and critical repairs. Read more

Revenue 11 percent less than predicted

March 4, 2010

City officials recently released finance statistics from the fourth quarter of 2009. During the past year, the city collected a total of about $5.75 million, 11 percent less than the city had budgeted. Read more

Transit center functional, awaiting final installations

March 4, 2010

The Newcastle Transit Center is now fully operational, with King County Metro Transit routes 240, 114, 219 and 925 making stops.

Routes 240 and 114 began stopping at the Newcastle Transit Center Feb. 6, but routes 219 and 925 had previously made stops at the location prior to the construction of the transit center. Read more

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