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Newcastle News

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    UPDATED — 11:50 a.m. Dec. 16, 2010 Newcastle Golf Club Road — which closed Monday between 136th Avenue Southeast and 155th Avenue Southeast due to a landslide that extended to the road — opened to traffic in both directions Wednesday evening. The road had been closed because a gas line runs through the area, and [...]

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    NEW — 4:15 p.m. Dec. 15, 2011 King County officials warned residents about a possible email scam Thursday, after the county received calls from people about a bogus online property tax payment. The callers reported receiving false confirmation of online property tax payments made through the King County e-commerce system. The county did not send the [...]

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    NEW — 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2011 Puget Sound Energy warned customers to beware a fraudulent email meant to mimic a bill-payment notification. The bogus email does not affect PSE customer accounts. The email resembles the notice PSE sends to online-billing customers when a utility bill is ready to be viewed and paid. The message [...]

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    Puget Sound Energy is offering simple spring-cleaning tips to help customers save money, increase recycling options and stay safe. Bellevue-based PSE recommends for customers to: Ditch old bulbs. If a compact fluorescent light bulb burns out, do not toss it into the garbage or recycling bin. PSE offers free recycling at businesses in Western Washington. [...]

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    Puget Sound Energy is providing contractor referrals to residential electric customers interested in installing home solar-electric photovoltaic systems Bellevue-based PSE added 14 solar installers to the Contractor Alliance Network — a group of independent contractors prescreened by the utility to perform energy-related home improvement. Customers interested in installing a solar-power system and in need of [...]

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    Puget Sound Energy has filed a request with Washington state regulators to increase natural gas rates for the upcoming winter season by an overall 1.5 percent, effective Nov. 1. If approved by the Utilities and Transportation Commission, the proposed purchased gas adjustment will increase a typical household’s natural gas bill (based on 68 therms of average […]

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    NEW — 4:05 p.m. March 31, 2014 The Newcastle City Council is expecting a full house at its April 1 meeting, when it hosts representatives from Puget Sound Energy. Puget Sound Energy will be on hand to answer questions about its Energize Eastside project. The project, in response to the region’s growing power needs, will bring […]

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    NEW — 3 p.m. April 2, 2014 The Newcastle City Council held its first meeting of the month April 1. Here is the Cliffs Notes version of what happened at City Hall. View the full meeting agenda online here. Energize Eastside In what was the most well-attended City Council meeting of the last two years, much […]

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    If you happen to catch a knight in shining armor meandering across the Lake Boren Park lawn April 19, don’t be alarmed, it’s just one of the newest attractions at the city’s sixth annual Earth Day celebration. The medieval flare comes courtesy of the Knights of Veritas, a group of performers that call upon the […]

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    NEW — 2:05 p.m. March 19, 2014 The Newcastle City Council held its second meeting of the month March 18. Here is the Cliffs Notes version of what happened at City Hall. View the full meeting agenda online here. Put up a parking lot The City Council approved a zoning code amendment allowing offsite parking for […]

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    NEW — 2:15 p.m. March 25, 2014 Puget Sound Energy invites the community to the first in a series of workshops, as part of the company’s Energize Eastside project. The project, in response to the region’s growing power needs, will bring new higher capacity electric transmission lines to the Eastside. The new lines will extend from […]

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    NEW — 11:05 a.m. April 11, 2014 It was a request heard loud and clear at the most recent Energize Eastside workshop. Residents wanted a forum dedicated to solely asking questions of the Puget Sound Energy representatives. They are now getting that opportunity, as PSE has scheduled a question-and-answer session for April 21 in the Renton […]

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    NEW — 2:55 p.m. April 16, 2014 The Newcastle City Council held its last meeting of the month April 15. Here is the Cliffs Notes version of what happened at City Hall. View the full meeting agenda online here. Impact fees Prior to the regular meeting, council members reviewed an analysis of the city’s traffic and […]

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    NEW — 1 p.m. April 19, 2014 It was a request heard loud and clear at the most recent Energize Eastside workshop. Residents wanted a forum dedicated to solely asking questions of the Puget Sound Energy representatives. They are now getting that opportunity, as PSE has scheduled a question-and-answer session for April 21 in the Renton […]

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  • 05/01/14--09:25: Notes from Newcastle
  • For once, I’m not the only one at meeting I’m used to being the only one at Newcastle City Council meetings. I sit there, alone, as the council conducts its business in front of an audience of one. It can get lonely, I’ll admit, watching council members deliberate as I sit surrounded by a sea […]

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    UPDATED — 9:45 p.m. May 1, 2014 *This story has been updated to reflect the following change: The initial version, and the one seen in the May 2 print edition, stated that Larry Johnson and the Olympus Homeowners Association would get a chance to give their own presentation about Energize Eastside at the May 6 Newcastle […]

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  • 06/05/14--17:24: Letters — June 6
  • PSE power lines will lower property values Puget Sound Energy plans to more than double the power lines in height and in voltage will not only increase the potential ills effects on our health in Olympus, but will destroy the natural beauty of our area. Our skyline will be blocked by these ugly structures, and […]

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    Guest column After having lived in Newcastle for the past 10 years next to the Puget Sound Energy power lines and the Olympic gas pipelines, my wife and I first gave little thought to PSE’s proposed “Energize Eastside” project that contemplates Olympus as part of one of two pre-selected routes an upgrade in PSE’s equipment might […]

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  • 07/02/14--11:15: Letters
  • Mark Rigos and his positive impact will truly be missed Thanks for your first-rate coverage of the departure of Mark Rigos, Newcastle’s Public Works director. Mark is an extraordinary individual who made a huge positive impact on the city and its residents, especially in expanding and improving Newcastle’s trail system, as members of Newcastle Trails […]

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    Andy Wappler, Puget Sound Energy’s vice president of corporate affairs, spoke about the company’s Energize Eastside project at the April 1 Newcastle City Council meeting. Now, it’s the citizens’ turn to give their own presentations about the project. Newcastle resident Keith Hargis and the Olympus Homeowners Association offered their thoughts at the July 1 meeting. […]

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