May 12, 2010
NEW — 10:02 a.m. May 12, 2010
One of the most popular trail-running events in the Pacific Northwest returns to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park on Saturday.
The eighth-annual Cougar Mountain Trail Running Series kicks off May 15 with a five-mile run — the first of four races on a portion of Cougar Mountain’s scenic trail network.
Runs of seven, 10 and 13 miles are scheduled in the following three months.
Sponsored by the Seattle Running Club, the race series not only introduces hundreds of people to Cougar Mountain’s 36 miles of trails, but it also benefits King County Parks.
March 16, 2010
John Starbard — the former Newcastle city manager fired by the City Council in January — will spearhead the effort to reform the way King County handles building and land-use permits.
County Executive Dow Constantine appointed Starbard as director of the Department of Development and Environmental Services six weeks after the Newcastle council abruptly terminated his contract without cause. The executive praised Starbard for efforts to upgrade Coal Creek Parkway and remake downtown Newcastle into a pedestrian-friendly destination.
But officials cited issues with the relationship between Starbard and other organizations and residents. Before the council fired Starbard during a Jan. 12 meeting, Newcastle Deputy Mayor Steve Buri said the relationships had “been damaged beyond repair.” Read more