Glitch delays ballots for 11,000 Eastside voters, including Newcastle residents

October 28, 2011

NEW — 5:15 p.m. Oct. 28, 2011

King County Elections officials said ballots for 11,000 Eastside voters — including more than 100 people in Newcastle — did not go out last week as planned due to a glitch.

The elections office plans to mail ballots Saturday; voters should receive them early next week. The deadline to return ballots via mail, drop box or accessible voting center is Nov. 8.

Overall, the issue impacted 11,000 Eastside voters, including 54 in Issaquah, 141 in Newcastle and 875 in Sammamish. Some North Bend and Snoqualmie voters also face delays in receiving ballots.

King County Elections started mailing 1.1 million ballots to voters Oct. 19.

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Reduced adoption fees offered by Regional Animal Services

October 25, 2011

NEW — 9:25 a.m., Oct. 25, 2011

Regional Animal Services of King County is offering a treat for Halloween — reduced adoption fees for cats and kittens through Oct. 31.

The agency reduced the adoption fee for cats from $55 to $30 and from $100 to $75 for kittens.

October is also Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month.

Regional Animal Services of King County includes a pet license, neutering or spaying, microchipping and initial vaccinations in the dog adoption fee. The fees range from $100 to $250, depending on the dog’s age and breed.

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Liberty soccer clinches KingCo title, No. 1 seed in state playoffs

October 24, 2011

NEW — 7:05 p.m., Oct. 24, 2011

They’ve already wrapped up the KingCo Conference 3A/2A title Oct. 20 with a 5-3 victory against host Juanita.

They’ve already clinched the automatic No. 1 seed in the Class 3A state playoffs.

But make no mistake — the Liberty High School girls soccer team is still focused on the here and now.

“We’re not thinking about state yet,” Liberty junior Kailiana Johnson said. “We’ve been focusing on games coming up next week and then we’re going to focus on post-season during our off week and get prepared.”

The KingCo title is the second straight for the Patriots, who captured the league’s state 3A berth earlier in the week with a 3-0 win against Lake Washington.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct closure could impact Eastside traffic

October 20, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m., Oct. 20, 2011

The impending Alaskan Way Viaduct shutdown could cause traffic congestion to ripple far from the Seattle waterfront, transportation officials said days before the aging structure closes.

The state Department of Transportation plans to close the viaduct from 7:30 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Oct. 31 as crews demolish viaduct sections, build a bypass at the southern end and construct a southbound off ramp.

The planned closure is the longest ever for a Seattle-area highway. The viaduct serves almost 110,000 motorists each day — and roads throughout the region could clog as commuters seek alternate routes. Read more

Civic theater performance to benefit Hazen pool upkeep

October 19, 2011

 NEW — 2:45 p.m., Oct. 19, 2011

A special Renton Civic Theater preview performance of “The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful” on Oct. 20 will benefit the “Save Renton Pools” fund.

The fund benefits the upkeep of Hazen High School’s pool, which escaped closure for the 2011-2012 school year.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.

The save the pools campaign came in the wake of school officials finding themselves without $60,000 needed to operate the pools at Hazen and Lindbergh high schools for the year.

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Newcastle hosts candidates for governor, attorney general

October 18, 2011

NEW — 10:15 a.m., Oct. 18, 2011 

The Eastside Candidate Forum will offer an opportunity for the community to meet the regional candidates for the Washington offices of governor and attorney general.

The free event will be from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22 in the St. Andrew’s Ballroom at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee, candidates for governor, along with Reagan Dunn and Bob Ferguson, candidates for attorney general, will all speak at the forum.

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Eastside residents call for human services support at county budget hearing

October 17, 2011

NEW — 12:28 p.m., Oct. 17, 2011

As the King County Council begins to listen to hours of public testimony at a series of budget hearings, one overall theme became clear at its Oct. 13 session — support human services now, before it’s too late.

Derek Franklin, a Sammamish resident and representative of the Alliance of Eastside Agencies, said the county must begin to formulate a dedicated and stable long-term funding source for human services, such as those aimed at protecting residents from homelessness, domestic violence and inadequate legal counsel.

“Although sometimes obscured by the high socioeconomic status of the Eastside, human service needs here are quite high,” he said during a public hearing at Pacific Cascade Middle School near Issaquah. “We urge the budget committee to establish a long-term fix for the human services safety net. It’s been significantly dismantled over the years by budget cuts, and people … are beginning to fall through the cracks.”

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City Hall to close for move to professional center

October 13, 2011

NEW — 11:30 p.m., Oct. 13, 2011

City Hall will officially close down its offices located at 13020 Newcastle Way to make the transition to its home in the Newcastle Professional Center at 12835 Newcastle Way. The closure will take place Oct. 24.

The new City Hall will open for business Oct. 25. The city’s 649-4444 phone number will remain the same.

The City Council voted in February to make the move to the second floor of the professional center. The city has been located above Newport Manufacturing for 15 years.

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Nominations for Diamond Awards due Oct. 21

October 11, 2011

NEW — 3:10 p.m., Oct. 11, 2011

Nominations for the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Diamond Awards ceremony are due by Oct. 21.

The event will be Nov. 10 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

A recipient of a Diamond Award is chosen based on their contribution to the community of Newcastle.

The four award categories include business, youth, community service and education.

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‘Do not pass’ sign to be added to Newcastle Way bus stop

October 9, 2011

New “do not pass” street signage has been added near the bus stop on Newcastle Way near the Coal Creek Parkway intersection in an effort to warn drivers not to pass buses loading and unloading passengers there.

The Newcastle City Council voted Sept. 6 to add the sign after members of the community, the council and the city’s Public Works Department expressed concern about drivers performing the dangerous, illegal lane changes.

The sign was installed in the landscape strip on the north side of Newcastle Way before the bus stop.

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