Newcastle Elementary honored with King County Earth Heroes award

March 29, 2012

NEW — 10:50 a.m. March 29, 2012

Students, parents, teachers and staff members who share a passion for environmental conservation — including Newcastle Elementary School — will be honored by King County Executive Dow Constantine at the county’s annual “Earth Heroes at School” ceremony in April.

“These stewards of the environment are our heroes – for conserving resources, protecting the environment, and spreading the word about sustainable practices,” Constantine said in a statement. “I am proud to recognize them for their hands-on commitment to the planet.”

As a King County Green School since 2009, Newcastle Elementary School ensures its recycling and composting programs thrive through Waste Watchers, a program where students who monitor the lunchroom containers to ensure proper sorting.

In an effort to save paper, the school’s staff meeting notes are no longer printed out, and teachers and students work together to post signs about conserving resources.

Newcastle Elementary has also increased its recycling rate from 50 to 60 percent.

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Free heart screenings available for high school students

March 28, 2012

NEW — 3:40 p.m. March 28, 2012

High school students (and others aged 14-24) throughout the area can get a free, comprehensive heart screening from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 4 at Hazen High School.

The screenings are offered by the Nick of Time Foundation which brings in doctors and medics to screen students for heart abnormalities, including sudden cardiac arrest — the leading cause of death in exercising young athletes.

The 30-minute exams normally cost up to about $2,500 per individual.  The service is free, but a $25 donation is recommended to high school students from area high schools.

The organization will see between 400-500 students who can only receive the screening by appointment.  Additional information can be found on the Nick of Time Foundation website.

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King County mails ballots for April 17 election

March 28, 2012

NEW — 3:25 p.m. March 28, 2012

Ballots should start to appear in Issaquah and Renton school district voters’ mailboxes in the days ahead.

The Issaquah electorate faces a choice on a $219 million school construction bond in the April 17 election. (The school district stretches from Preston to Newcastle, and from Sammamish to Renton.)

Voters in the Renton district will cast ballots for the second time this year on a $97 million school construction bond that would finance a new middle school in Newcastle, among other projects.

Issaquah School District officials opted not to pay to include a voters’ pamphlet alongside ballots.

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Issaquah bond would finance new fields for middle schools

March 28, 2012

NEW — 3:15 p.m. March 28,2012

There are several themes that come up over and over as backers and school officials talk about the prospect of placing artificial turf on the fields of each of the five Issaquah School District middle schools, including Maywood Middle School.

The upcoming bond package would provide the middle schools with rubberized outdoor running tracks if voters decide to approve the $219 million capital improvement plan on April 17.

District officials hope to install the turf and tracks at a cost of $1.5 million per school, not counting fields that could go in at a transplanted Issaquah Middle School.

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School renovations at Apollo, Liberty a priority for $219 million bond

March 23, 2012

Susan Mundell, Apollo Elementary School principal, checks some deterioration on a two-unit portable classroom dating from 1995, the oldest of three on the school grounds. By Greg Farrar

For Liberty High School, passage of the April 17 Issaquah School District bond would mean completion of the reconstruction and modernization plan now under way thanks to a 2006 voter-approved bond.

At the same time, Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools would receive sizable space additions, making room for 120 additional students at each building. Both schools would benefit from some much-needed maintenance, according to the principals of each school.

Outside of schools being rebuilt or transplanted, Liberty, Apollo and Issaquah Valley are the three individual school facilities that would receive the most attention in terms of dollar value should the district win passage of its current bond proposal.

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Hazelwood PTSA hosts auction at The Golf Club at Newcastle

March 23, 2012

NEW — 10:45 a.m. March 23, 2012

The Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA will host its spring fundraiser and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. today at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The event will feature the silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar when the doors open with a live auction and dessert dash to follow.

There will be many items to bid on, including fun and creative class projects.

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Volunteers needed for May Creek Trail project

March 21, 2012

NEW — 3:55 p.m. March 21, 2012

Volunteers are needed for work that will resume March 24 on the May Creek Trail extension east to Coal Creek Parkway.

A work trail party will take place from  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a break for lunch around noon. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

Boy Scout Nolan Palzer of Troop 498 is organizing the work as part of his Eagle project.  The work will include clearing brush, removing organic matter from the soil and contouring the trail bed.

Trail tools will be provided by Newcastle Trails and the Scouts for the events. Attendees are encouraged to wear long pants, sturdy shoes and gloves. Newcastle Trails generally provides gloves and water.

Contact Nolan at call Peggy Price at 425-829-2196 (cell) or email to volunteer.

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King County seeks volunteers to help find lost pets

March 21, 2012

NEW — 1:45 p.m. March 21, 2012

Regional Animal Services of King County is joining the nonprofit Missing Pet Partnership to help pet owners search for lost animals.

Through the program, Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets, Regional Animal Services volunteers can receive training from the Missing Pet Partnership to offer hands-on assistance to people searching for a lost cat or dog. Volunteers can also learn to find the owners of lost pets already at the shelter.

The training session is 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the King County Pet Adoption Center, 21615 64th Ave. S., Kent.

“When a pet goes missing, it can be very upsetting,” said Sarah Luthens, manager of volunteer programs for Regional Animal Services of King County. “Nationally, only 16 percent of lost dogs, and just 2 percent of lost cats, are ever reunited with their owners. The Mission Reunite program is a highly innovative, volunteer-based program that can improve those odds and reconnect lost pets with their families.”

People interested in the program should RSVP to or call 206-296-3946.

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Voter registration still available for upcoming ISD, RSD school bonds

March 20, 2012

NEW — 11:35 a.m. March 20, 2012

Issaquah School District and Renton School District voters face a choice about a $219 million school construction bond and $97 million building improvement bond, respectively, in special elections next month.

Qualified residents can register to vote in person at King County Elections in Renton or a registration annex at the King County Administration Building in Seattle. The deadline for first-time voters to register in person is April 9.

In order to register as a Washington voter, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a Washington resident, at least 18 by Election Day and not under the authority of the state Department of Corrections.

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Jarvis nets hat-trick as Liberty lacrosse downs Klahowya

March 20, 2012

NEW — 10:35 a.m. March 20, 2012

Nate Jarvis completed a hat-trick to lead Liberty to its first boys high school lacrosse win of the season with an 11 – 5 defeat of Klahowya on Saturday at Maywood Middle School in Renton.

Sam Dodt, Colin Ross and Colin Larson all netted a pair of goals and Roland Deex had eight saves and six ground balls for Liberty in the win.

Liberty (1-2-0) next faces Redmond (0-1-0) at 7 p.m. March 21 at Liberty High School.

Klahowya (0-1-0) next faces Gig Harbor (2-1-0), Tuesday, March 20, in a 5 p.m. start at Central Kitsap Junior High.

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