Volunteers needed for Arbor Day tree planting

September 21, 2011

NEW — 11:40 p.m., Sept. 21, 2011

Volunteers are needed to plant 250 trees from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 8 along the new East May Creek Trail.

Interested participants will meet at the access road on 89th Place, west of Coal Creek Parkway. Follow the signs to parking.

Construction of the East May Creek Trail began several months ago in cooperation with the city of Newcastle, Newcastle Trails, Weed Warriors, the Boy Scouts and a group of volunteers.

The Arbor Day tree planting offers a preview to the trail that takes walkers down the canyon to May Creek.

The city of Newcastle will supply the trees, gloves and shovels.  Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes.

Get more information by calling Newcastle’s Public Works Director Mark Rigos at 425-649-4444.

Newcastle city clerk resigns from position

September 9, 2011

NEW — 3:55 p.m., Sept. 9, 2011

Newcastle City Clerk Bob Baker announced Friday he will resign from the position after working for the city for nearly six years, citing new opportunities to work closer to home and more time to pursue other interests.

His last day working for the city will be Sept. 23.

In an email to city staff and the City Council, he said his departure is bittersweet, stating while  it isn’t easy to resolve every issue, “each of us has an opportunity to make a difference when we maintain an open mind, put aside personal differences and realize each of us wants what’s best for ourselves, our constituents and the community as a whole.” 

“After nearly six years of service to customers – internal and external – in this great community, I am proud to say we set goals, met goals, and together, accomplished some outstanding results,” he wrote.

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