The department of Public Health — Seattle & King County closed the Newcastle Beach in Bellevue and Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland yesterday...

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The department of Public Health — Seattle & King County closed the Newcastle Beach in Bellevue and Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland yesterday because of high bacteria levels in the water.




Recent tests on the water at those beaches have shown levels of bacteria, such as fecal coliform, that make it unsafe for people to swim or wade. The closures will remain in effect until the bacteria drop to safe levels again.




Juanita Beach is at 9703 Juanita Drive. Newcastle Beach Park is at 4400 Lake Washington Blvd. S.E. The five other beaches in Bellevue have been tested and are safe and open to swimming.




For more information about the beach-monitoring program, visit the King County Natural Resources and Parks Department Web site at http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/waterres/swimbeach/default.aspx.



Kenmore



State panel to vote on proposal for park




The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday to vote on a Portland-based brewery chain’s proposal to lease the old seminary building in St. Edward State Park in Kenmore.




A public hearing will take place before the vote.




McMenamins hopes to turn the building into a hotel with a restaurant and conference center. Its proposal comes one year after the state hired a development management firm to explore private investment in 11 public parks, including St. Edward.




If the commissioners approve the plan, the state will begin a planning process with McMenamins.




The meeting will be held at Coupeville Elementary School, 6 S. Main St., Coupeville, Island County.