Newcastle woman honors father in Seattle Brain Cancer Walk

August 31, 2011

NEW — 11:10 a.m., Aug. 31, 2011

Kelly Dowell’s father was healthy.
He ran marathons at age 60.

He worked and traveled around the world for The Boeing Co. for 30 years.

He had just traveled home to Newcastle after receiving his marine surveying license in Florida.

But in 2008, Dowell got a call she can’t erase from her mind.

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Hazen boys cross country ranked No. 9 in coaches poll

August 29, 2011

NEW — 4:50 p.m., Aug. 29, 2011

The Hazen High School cross country boys team will start out its season ranked in the top 10 in the state for the 3A Class.

The team was selected for the No. 9 spot in the 2011 Washington State Cross Country Coaches poll that was released Aug. 28.

North Central was selected for the top spot across the state for the 3A class, followed by Bellevue in the No. 2 slot and Kamiakin in third.

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2011 Newcastle Days

August 26, 2011

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Police blotter

August 19, 2011

NEW — 6:25 p.m., Aug. 19, 2011

Car prowl

A woman reported her right front passenger window was damaged and Camel Pak backpack was stolen from her vehicle at the Cougar Mountain Country Park trailhead parking lot on Aug. 2. About $250 worth of damage was done to the car, and about $150 worth of items were taken. The belongings included a backpack containing several articles of identification and a bankcard.

Vandalism at Liberty

Between the hours of 2:30 p.m. Aug. 4 and 6 a.m. Aug 5, the stadium manager for Liberty High School reported about $500 worth of damage to one of the school’s field goal posts. Vandalism is the presumed cause of the damage.

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Passport acceptance agents available at Newcastle Days

August 18, 2011

NEW — 11:40 a.m., Aug. 18, 2011

Two passport acceptance agents will be available at Newcastle Days to assist in the application process for U.S. passports.

With an appointment, residents may apply at the city of Newcastle Passport Acceptance Booth between noon and 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at Lake Boren Park.

Residents must call for an appointment. Set up an appointment and learn what you’ll need to bring by calling city staff at 425-649-4444.

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Bisset pulls ahead in City Council primary

August 17, 2011

NEW — 4:50 p.m., Aug. 17, 2011

Gordon A. Bisset has established a commanding lead in Newcastle’s primary race for the fourth position on the City Council.

With about 70 percent — or 938 votes — Bisset pulls ahead of candidate Frank Irigon, who has gathered 312 votes, or about 23 percent to total votes cast, according to updated information provided on the King County elections website.

Both candidates will advance to the November ballot for the general election.

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Newcastle chosen among top places to live in the U.S.

August 15, 2011

NEW — 4:27 p.m., Aug. 15, 2011

CNN’s Money Magazine has selected Newcastle among its top 25 best places to live in the nation.

The town, which earned a No. 18 spot on the magazine’s annual survey of the top places to live in the U.S., was praised for its volunteerism and recreational opportunities.

The survey looks at financial, housing, education and other quality of life factors when compiling the list.

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Newcastle resident fundraises, volunteers for eye care group in Ghana

August 12, 2011

NEW — 5:36 p.m. Aug. 12, 2011

For about the price of a tank of gas, Newcastle resident Elice Kim is asking for donations to provide life-changing eye care for the people of Ghana.

With a contribution of about $50, the average cataract surgery can be covered by clinics associated with Unite for Sight, a global organization that offers comprehensive eye care in areas where underprivileged people lack access to adequate medical care.

Kim will volunteer with Unite for Sight from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15 in Accra, Ghana.

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Newcastle man enters Alford plea for immoral communication with minor

August 11, 2011

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Aug. 11, 2011

Newcastle resident Gil Furman entered an Alford plea* in King County Superior Court Aug. 9 to two counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

The maximum sentence Furman could face for each count is 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.

One count of third-degree child molestation will be dismissed at Furman’s sentencing before Judge Mariane C. Spearman at 1 p.m. Sept. 16 in King County Superior Court.

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Registration open for Newcastle Days 5K Run/Walk

August 11, 2011

NEW — 9:39 a.m. Aug. 11, 2011

Registration has begun for this year’s Newcastle Days 5K Run/Walk.

Sign-ups for the event are available at, at The Balanced Athlete at the Renton Landing and the FootZone stores in Bellevue and Issaquah. Mail-in registration is available at

Registration is $25 for individuals or $20 each for groups of four people or more. All participants will receive a T-shirt, and medals will be awarded to the top three finishers by gender and age group. There will be a Kid’s Dash following the run/walk.

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