Notes from Newcastle: A tribute to Katie

May 2, 2013

Katie Tinnea

Katie Tinnea

Wearing the color purple will never mean the same to me again.

When I throw on a purple sweater or a lavender scarf, I will know from this day forward that this color is special.

Purple is the color of royalty. It is the color of courage. It is the color of a fighter. Purple is Katie Tinnea’s color. Read more

Editorial

May 2, 2013

Get ready for elections

While flowers begin to bloom around the city and customers file into the Newcastle Fruit and Produce Stand, it can only mean one thing: Spring is officially here.

That also means that election season is right around the corner, and the terms for three Newcastle City Council positions are set to expire at the end of the year.

If you’ve been thinking about taking on an important leadership role within the city of Newcastle, the time has come to take the next step. Candidates must file for election by May 17.

City Council incumbents Rich Crispo and John Dulcich announced that they will seek re-election. Bill Erxleben, on the other hand, has decided against filing for re-election; so far, Parks Commission Chairman John Drescher and Newcastle citizen Mark Greene have said they will seek Erxleben’s seat. Read more

Letters

May 2, 2013

Save Lake Boren

Or not — it’s up to you, the Newcastle city residents.

Lake Boren is filling up and is in jeopardy of no longer being a lake. Just before the turn of the century, the depth of Lake Boren was 90 feet. In the late ‘70s, it was measured at 43 feet. A couple of years ago, it was 34 feet.

The lake bottom consists of nearly a 100 percent silt and mud. The debris enters the lake during high water runoff periods. Storm waters result in the lakes surface water level to fluctuate up to, and at times, over 4 feet. This is also very damaging to the health of the lake. It allows banks to erode, trees and other debris to fall in, and drain field affluent, fertilizers and animal feces to migrate into the lake. Read more

Music is worth the investment

April 4, 2013

The first article I ever wrote for Newcastle News was a 2011 feature about the Renton School District’s after-school music program, East Hill String Lessons.

I was a journalism student at the University of Washington at the time, and little did I know, I would get the opportunity to become the paper’s full-time reporter a year later.

Christina Corrales-Toy

Christina Corrales-Toy

That story about a group of Hazen orchestra students that tutor young students from the district, has always stuck with me, though.

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Letter

April 4, 2013

City councilman wants city to be left in good hands

“You got to know when to hold ‘em … know when to walk away.”

I believe that two terms is enough for any council member. Therefore, after eight years on the City Council, I will not file for re-election this spring.

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Editorial

April 4, 2013

Parks Commission changes are good for the city, council

There is no denying that the Newcastle Parks Commission has gone through a whirlwind of change in the past year.

In August 2012, the number of parks commissioners was reduced from nine to seven, making it easier for the group to reach the necessary quorum for meeting attendance.

At the beginning of the year, Andrew Shelton, a longtime parks commissioner, resigned after he received a job opportunity in another state. Shelton had served on the Parks Commission since its inception.

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Letter

February 28, 2013

Dear friends and families:

For many years, the need for preserving the history and memorabilia of Newcastle has been felt. At last, a small group is reorganizing its historical society in the hopes of restoring interest in this city’s coal mining heritage of more than 100 years. So much has already been lost with the passing of our pioneers.

In order to begin serious work on our project visions, it is necessary to have funds. We have plans for establishing a website where we can share the history of Newcastle, and a newsletter to share stories and events. We would also like to have some small exhibits within the community for each of you to enjoy. We invite your interest, your stories and ancestral ties to this important former coal mining town.

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Notes from Newcastle

February 28, 2013

It’s never too late to follow your dreams

This month’s issue featured two people who stand as prime examples of the old adage that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

Christina Corrales-Toy

Christina Corrales-Toy

Newcastle musician Italene Gaddis and artist Dan Meredith lived full lives before they even began pursuing their passions.

Gaddis was a homemaker and the primary breadwinner once her husband passed away, while Meredith toiled as a carpenter for several years.

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Editorial

February 28, 2013

Interstate 90 toll targets Eastside drivers

When tolling on the Evergreen Floating Bridge was first considered, this newspaper believed it should extend to the Interstate 90 bridge as well, to generate funds for the bridge at a quicker pace and to keep the cost down for any one group of commuters.

However, two years have passed and the notion of extending tolling on I-90 feels more like the Eastside is being picked on.

If Seattle commuters and visitors are asked to help pay for a new bridge, shouldn’t it extend to all, including those coming and going along the Interstate 5 corridor and state Highway 99?

One reason cited for having tolling on only the Evergreen/520 bridge was that it was at maximum capacity and the toll would help drivers find another less-traveled path. Slapping tolls on I-90 would undercut that rationale.

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Rapid Response

January 31, 2013

Are you concerned about the traffic impact that Bellevue’s construction of a new bridge replacing an aging culvert under Coal Creek Parkway, may cause and why?

Yes, I’m very concerned about the impact this will cause. Coal Creek Parkway already gets congested in the morning and evening commute times. This will seriously bring more congestion and I’ll personally look for alternative routes.

— Jackie Foskett

 

Yes. A backup beyond Factoria due to a lane closure for a truck problem at the same location; other bypasses being congested.

— Peggy Price

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