VIDEO: ‘Vote YES for Highline Public Schools’ kicks off Nov. 2016 campaign
On the front steps of Burien's deteriorating Highline High School on Saturday (July 23), families, residents, students and teachers came together to help kick-off Highline Public Schools’ Nov. 8 bond. “Now is the time, we must join together to support our students and schools here in the Highline School District,” said Chuck Tuman, campaign co-chair. “We have a strong plan, developed by a citizen committee, to meet the immediate needs of our district, and also plan for the future.” Speakers at the kick-off – which was hosted by Tuman – included Sen. Karen Keiser, Highline High alum Maya Mendoza-Exstrom, and Benji Box, a current student: Here's a video of ...
PODCAST: Port seeks more land; school bond on ballot; weather & more…
Here's episode #61 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab's Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation: SoKing News Weekly Recap for July 22-25, 2016: Port of Seattle asks Burien to vacate land in NERA; Burien City Council extends CARES; Highline Public Schools bond will be on Nov. ballot; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne on local election issues; ‘The Final Take’ & more… Please share this Podcast – just press the Menu button above and elect 'Share'! You can ...
School Board votes to place community-led Bond Measure on Nov. 8 ballot
[caption id="attachment_59128" align="aligncenter" width="490"] CFAC members tour 90-year-old Des Moines Elementary School.[/caption] A community-led plan for a school construction bond will go before voters on Nov. 8, 2016, Highline Public Schools announced Thursday morning, July 21. The proposed bond would fund repair or replace deteriorating schools, ease overcrowding, and make safety improvements at all Highline schools. The School Board passed the resolution at its Wednesday night (July 20) meeting to place the bond measure on the ballot. The proposed $299 million bond measure contains all the projects recommended in Phase 1 of the plan developed by the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC), a 39-member, ...
Past the Popcorn: No, the Ghostbusters Reboot is NOT a Complete Travesty
by Jeff Walls The new reboot of Ghostbusters is the second movie this year to get totally trashed by Internet commenters prior to anyone actually seeing the movie. Whereas Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice did not do much to save its reputation upon release, Ghostbusters is likely to fare much better. Why? Principally because it is full of a crucial entertainment element that the DC Comics film just failed to provide: fun. The movie starts out very much like the 1984 original: three scientists encounter a ghost, lose their jobs at a University, and start their own business as sort of a ...
Meet the four finalists for the City of Des Moines’ new City Manager
The City of Des Moines on Thursday (July 14) announced the names of the four finalists in the search for its new City Manager. The four candidates have been invited for interviews, to be held on July 19 and 20. “The City received an incredible number of highly qualified applicants for the City Manager position,” according to Mayor Matt Pina. “We are extremely impressed with all four of the selected finalists and we are focused on hiring a dynamic and visionary leader who is the absolute best fit for the City.” The City Council selected Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to conduct and ...
PHOTOS BY ISABEL: Washington State Little League Baseball Tournament
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now in her second year with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 12-year old Isabel Herbruger – local Girl Scout, 4-H member, and aspiring photojournalist. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours [email protected]!] Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 12 I went with the Highline Bears to watch two games of the Washington State Little League Tournament going on in Des Moines until this Friday (July 15, 2016) at the Steven Underwood Memorial Fields. The teams playing Monday night were from Vancouver, North Kitsap, and Bellevue. Click images to see larger versions/slideshow: Hazel ...
Water rescue retrieves two crabbers off Normandy Park Cove
A water rescue occurred off the shores the Normandy Park Cove on Saturday night, July 9. Authorities say that a 12-foot aluminum boat with no motor and two occupants capsized while crabbing, knocking them into the cold waters of Puget Sound. Neighbors on paddle boards hit the water and accessed the patients, who were both brought to shore safely. "A lot of things went well on this call," Burien/Normandy Park Fire Chief Mike Marrs told The B-Town Blog. "Boat 28 had a quick response to Three Tree Point to launch, and we had one FF/Rescue. A swimmer deployed and swam out to where the ...
Drone operator gets stung by bees during Des Moines’ 4th of July celebration
On Monday night, during Des Moines' July 4th celebration – while crowds were gathering – a small drone was seen and heard flying just inside the entrance to the beach park. Des Moines Police say that the beach park was abuzz with people waiting for the fireworks to begin when something went awry. Less than a minute after the drone started flying, it got stuck in a tree. The drone operator tried to get it out of the tree on its own power but was unsuccessful. "A short time later, an individual came to the police command post and said that he ...
Past the Popcorn: Spielberg Finally Finds a Way to Film The BFG
by Jeff Walls Author Roald Dahl published his children’s novel The BFG in 1982, the same year filmmaker Steven Spielberg released his classic film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Now thirty-four years later, those two powerhouses combine for the movie version of The BFG. Spielberg is directing from a script by the late Melissa Mathison, her first produced script in nearly twenty years. Mathison, by the way, wrote the script for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Like the 1982 classic, The BFG is about a young child who meets a mysterious stranger who brings a certain level of magic into her life. The young protagonist is Sophie, ...
PHOTOS: 40-foot Cabin Cruiser catches fire at Des Moines Marina
Photos courtesy South King Fire & Rescue A 40-foot wooden cabin cruiser docking at the Des Moines Marina fuel dock experienced a dramatic engine fire Thursday morning, June 30. The boat owner – who was not injured – tried to extinguish the blaze with his fire extinguisher, but it continued to grow. South King Fire & Rescue arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze, utilizing both their marine unit and hand-lines from the dock. There was minimal fuel spilled, which was contained within a boom which was quickly deployed. After the fire was completely extinguished, water was pumped from the vessel and the marina boat lift was used to remove the ...
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