By Jack Mayne

The arrest last week in Des Moines of a 23-year-old Mexican man brought as a child illegally into the United States but who was given a “Dreamer” work permit under the Obama administration was not assisted by Des Moines Police, the City Council was told Thursday (Feb. 15) by Chief George Delgado.

Since the arrest, the Seattle Times reports that Daniel Ramirez Medina was detained and a petition filed that challenges the immigration detention and seeks his release. His attorneys say he was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents conducting an action at his father’s house.

But the newspaper said ICE countered in an email Tuesday (Feb. 14) night that Medina — whom they identify as “Mr. Ramirez” — was a “self-admitted gang member” encountered during the arrest of a felon who had previously been deported.

Medina is in custody at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma “to await the outcome of removal proceedings,” said ICE Northwest spokeswoman Rose Richeson.

Des Moines Police not involved
Assistant Des Moines City Manager Dan Brewer said that on Feb. 10, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents did arrest Medina in Des Moines.

Police Chief George Delgado told the City Council that a surveillance was at the address where Medina was arrested and that ICE would “not require our assistance and such a notification is pretty common – we get them up to three or four times a month from any number of agencies, federal, state and local” and “no Des Moines police personnel were at the location or assisted in that investigation or operation.”

Delgado said his department was not aware of an arrest until “the news broke.”

“We had not had contact with Daniel Ramirez Medina, we have no information on him within our city, contact-wise,” the chief said, despite ICE suggestions the youth was a gang member.

But the arrest brought a lot of notice to Des Moines.

“Since then we’ve been contacted by CNN, BBC and Citylab Latino from Washington D.C., KIRO-TV and, my favorite, KING 5,” Delgado said.

The chief said that since the event, the department has been asked about ICE.

“We will treat them, we will continue to treat them like any other agency partnership that we have,” Delgado said. “We have a policy in place on our role in community with immigrants. Our role as a police agency is to provide protection for all members of this community. We don’t ask for documentation, it is not our role, not our job. The person resides in our community or coming through out community, we will treat everybody fairly and accurately. That being said, if asked to offer assistance to ICE, we would offer them the same assistance we would any other agency.”

“Other than the numerous inquiries we have had, we have not done any more with it,” Delgado said.

Councilmember Melissa Musser asked if city police stopped and asked people about documentation and Delgado said, “No, that is none of our business.”

No notice required
The Des Moines chief said that federal agencies don’t have to tell the city they are in the community to enforce a federal law, but “as a courtesy they do tell us they are here – primarily for safety reasons for any operation that goes on in our city.”

If something “potentially happens” the courtesy notice allows his department to prepare “to go in and be prepared to help and know what we are going into.”

An outside agency could ask for and get Des Moines Police assistance for someone who happens to be undocumented but has a “violent history.”

It is not uncommon for other police agencies, local, state or federal to come into the community to enforce appropriate laws and sometimes Des Moines officers go into other communities for similar reasons and “we make that courtesy notification also.”

Delgado said that such federal actions in the community could increase fear in the city but “my message to my officers was to continue that service, continue to do the outreach….”

He said he wanted residents to know that “we are still here to protect them.”

Keiser expresses concern
State Sen. Karen Keiser of Des Moines released a statement Thursday (Feb. 16) on the Medina arrest.

“I am deeply concerned by the intrusive action taken by ICE agents to arrest a lawfully permitted resident in our community,” the 33rd District state lawmaker said. “In Washington, we have codified on a bipartisan basis opportunity and access to higher education for those who were brought into this country as children…

“This is because we value and stand in solidarity with immigrants in our community who are contributing to our state, not only economically, but in our civic institutions and neighborhood organizations.”

Video of Arrest
KING5 posted this video which shows the actual arrest of Medina by ICE agents in Des Moines. The video was shot on a cell phone by his 24-year-old brother, who was there as both his father and brother were taken into custody:

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the Port of Seattle will be conducting noise testing at Highline High School and Des Moines Elementary as part of their continued partnership with Highline Public Schools on airplane noise mitigation.

Loudspeakers will be set up outside the schools, and noise levels will be measured outside and inside the buildings.

Testing at Highline High School will be conducted from 1 – 5 p.m.

Testing at Des Moines Elementary will be conducted from 8 a.m. – Noon.

Students will be out of school on mid-winter break on Tuesday.

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Wine, music and a great cause – the annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival – presented this year on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 at the Des Moines Beach Park Event Center – is proud to be donating a majority of the proceeds to Highline Music4Life.

This noble non-profit helps underprivileged kids to acquire musical instruments. For the founder of Music4Life, Dave Endicott, it’s personal: “Music saved my life, got me off the streets.”

Last year, more than 720 guests of the Poverty Bay Wine Festival helped to provide funds for the Music4Life organization. This is the 13th year of the popular event put on by the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park (add link).  With a record breaking attendance expected this year, Music4Life will be able to put instruments in the hands of hundreds of eager young musicians.

If you would like to join this entertainment-filled fundraiser, be sure to get your tickets ASAP before the price goes up. Tickets come with 10 tasting tokens and can be purchased right now at a discounted price of $35 at DrinkToMusic.Org. Tickets will be $40 at the door.

Join the fun with live music from some of the Northwest’s best blues artists, 20 local wineries, plus a brewery and a cidery. Besides drinks and music, a variety of tasty food items will be provided by Nibbles Seattle, Ivars Chowder and Fred Meyer.

Music Lineup:

  1. Danny Welsh @ Friday Evening 6:00 to 9:00 PM

  2. Eric Madis @ Saturday 2:30 to 4:00 PM

  3. Scott Lindenmuth @ Saturday 4:30 to 6:00  PM

  4. Brian Butler @ Saturday 6:30 to 8:00 PM

The fun doesn’t stop there for this year’s Poverty Bay Wine Festival. Put some money down for the Wine Grab, a chance to win a super-premium bottle of wine. In addition, each night you’ll have a free chance at a door prize. On Friday, someone will take home a stunning hand blown vase valued at over $400 from the Seattle Glass Blowing Studio. On Saturday, you’ll be entered to win a spectacular gourmet dinner for four prepared in your home by Chef David Boyd with Down to Earth Cuisine.

And yes, there’s more! Buy one or more $5 raffle tickets (add link to reservation page) for a chance to win two round trip tickets to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies. A second winner gets two season passes to Centerstage Theatre – a $660 value.

This year’s Poverty Bay Wine Festival kicks off the day before (Thursday, March 2) at Des Moines legendary Lighthouse Lounge. There’s live music featuring The Avengers, tasty food and drink, a showcase winery, door prizes and free admission.

The Poverty Bay Wine Festival is a 21-and-over event located at the Des Moines Beach Park Event Center. Volunteers are welcome and will receive all the benefits of admission: contact Patrice at [email protected]. Parking is free and ADA assistive animals are allowed.

Looking for your next great adventure – how about Scuba Diving?

Come on out to TL Sea Diving’s Discover Pool Night on Thursday, March 2, 2017 and discover a Scuba intro, Dry Suit experiences, Peak Performance Buoyancy, and the excitement of a DPV underwater scooter!

Local gem TL Sea Diving is your launchpad for exploring the Puget Sound or tropical waters in far flung locales. It all starts at TL Sea where friendly staff LOVE to welcome those new to the sport or seasoned divers of all kinds. Working from their own passion for diving adventures, they offer courses and all the equipment to turn you into a diving enthusiast too!

Discover pool night is a great time to refresh skills or see if diving is right for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to embrace a new adventure all in a comfortable and safe environment. Space is limited, register today.

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At a recent Des Moines City Council meeting, Village Concepts donated $32,000 to the Des Moines Legacy Foundation.

This 501c3 foundation, formed in 1999 to support Des Moines parks, recreation and senior services will use the funds to support the community’s programs and services for older adults.

“We’re honored to become a part of the fabric of the growing Des Moines community,” said Stuart Brown, Village Concepts CEO. “We’re excited to offer the Adriana as the premier community retirement location in the Des Moines area.”

The opening of The Adriana will help fulfill the need for affordable housing for seniors and contribute to the revitalization goals of Des Moines’ marina district. Residents of the new assisted living facility will be able to stroll through the nearby Saltwater State Park, visit the public library or take classes at Highline Community College. The Adriana will feature 119 units spanning across five stories and is slated to open fall of 2016.

Photos by Michael Brunk

Review by Shelli Park

A play entitled ‘Sex with Strangers’ can be a bit provocative if the subject of sex makes you feel uncomfortable.

Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) is currently running a production of the play, written by Laura Eason, as you may have heard. You may be thrilled at the courage it takes for a small theatre company in a small town to produce a play with such a potentially controversial title. Or you may be offended by the seeing the word sex displayed on advertising all around town.

If you are offended, let me assure you that this play is not pornographic. And while sex figures off-stage, it is a thoughtfully written play about a love affair (yes, there is PG level intimacy), how the world, and technology, is rapidly changing; about having passion for writing, and reading; and about honesty with others, and with oneself, to name a few themes.

The play opens on a scene of a quaint cabin living room. A woman, Olivia (Alexandra Novotny) sits in a large, soft chair reading what looks to be a manuscript and drinking a glass of wine. Her peace is shattered when she hears the crunch of tires on snow, then more crunching as feet approach the door of the cabin. Enter, center stage, the force of nature which threatens to uproot her cozy existence, Ethan (J. Woody Lotts).

Chemistry between characters in a two person production is vital. Lotts and Novotny have plenty of it. Eason’s dialogue is witty and poignant, shooting straight for the tender heart balanced by a very healthy sense of humor. Our actors finesse their parts, bringing them to life. It is easy to identify with the characters.

Lotts is perfect in the role of the e-connected hipster. He is brash, but sensitive. His character is a classic narcissist, but not without heart.

Novotny carries the feeling of a woman nearing middle age who has settled. She barely hides the hope she carries for a different reality.

The journey through this complex relationship is satisfying. Flynn and Larrick partner well to guide their actors with their collective experienced wisdom.

The music, designed by Eric Dickman, delights, adding on-point layers to the production. Albie Clementi’s set is a feat of engineering and sets good tone for the two acts. The only weakness in the production, in my opinion, is Olivia’s costuming. Olivia may have settled in life, but I don’t think she has given up.

Burien Actors Theatre’s production of ‘Sex with Strangers’ is not to be missed. What a gift it is to have great, challenging theater in our town.

Organizers of the Burien UFO Festival (BUFO) – which is taking a sabbatical this year – want to offer our Readers FREE tickets to this great production!

All you have to do is use the codeword BUFO when ordering tickets online, and you’ll get a pair for FREE:

  • Friday, February 17, 2017: 8:00 pm – Purchase
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017: 8:00 pm – Purchase
  • Sunday, February 19, 2017: 2:00 pm – Purchase
  • Friday, February 24, 2017: 8:00 pm – Purchase
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017: 8:00 pm – Purchase
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017: 2:00 pm – Purchase
  • Friday, March 3, 2017: 8:00 pm – Purchase
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017: 8:00 pm – Purchase
  • Sunday, March 5, 2017: 2:00 pm – Purchase


  • Click on the “Purchase” button for the date you want
  • Enter BUFO as the Promotion Code
  • Enjoy two FREE tickets!

These FREE tickets are courtesy a generous grant to BAT by BUFO Founder/Organizer John White!

You can save $5 off tickets by using this Coupon:

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Also, during this production, BAT will be hosting Burien Arts with an exhibit of photos by the Artful Activists of the Backbone Campaign. The show is called ‘Love Wins.’

The photos feature ordinary people expressing their love and passion for Puget Sound while raising awareness about environmental stewardship.

Sex with Strangers is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.

Co-stage directors Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick direct the talented cast of Alexandra Novotny (Olivia) and J. Woody Lotts (Ethan)

Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Zanna Paulson, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Tucker O’Connor, costumes; and Eric Dickman, sound.

Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas.

Burien Actors Theatre gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theatre experience with unusual and fantastical productions they can’t see on film or see anywhere else. The company’s mission is to treat audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage and involve both the local and expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region.

BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers.

Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 4th Avenue SW, Burien, WA 98148:

A community meeting for the proposed Marina & Beach Park paid parking program will be held from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Des Moines Activity Center.

This meeting is free and open to the public.

More details here:–beachpark-paid-parking.html

Here’s more from the city:

In response to direction from the Des Moines City Council, the staff has developed a plan for implementing and operating a pay parking system on the Marina floor and in the Des Moines Beach Park.  The Council’s goals are to implement a system that will increase security, reduce the illegal and inappropriate use of the parking lots in the Marina and Beach Park, and create a revenue stream.

The Marina staff set up this project web page to provide a place where stakeholders and interested parties can go to get information about the progress of the project.  The staff will post the current plan drawings plus any future revisions and also the schedule for public meetings related to the project.

WHEN: Wednesday February 15, 2017: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

WHERE: Des Moines Activity Center, ​2045 S 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198

Frequently Asked Questions.

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Mount Rainier High School’s Ramen Robotics Team is trying to raise money for is upcoming FIRST Robotics Competition.

This program at MRHS encourages students to pursue a career in the STEM field through friendly competition with other teams around the world.

Right now, they’re collecting donations in order to provide their team with enough supplies to build our robot.

In addition, they need help paying for participation and travel fees for these competitions.

Here’s more info:

We are the Ramen Robotics Team from Mount Rainier High School in Seattle, Washington. Our team works towards encouraging other students like ourselves, to pursue a career in the STEM field through friendly competition with other teams around the world. In our team, we challenge students to explore the different aspects of  these fields. Students are able to cultivate their creativity and inquiry thinking skills by applying various concepts into building, designing, and programming their robot. However, in order to build our robot, we need to provide our members with enough resources to excute our goals.

Additionly, this year we will be particpating in First Robotics Competitions. We will be attending the Pacific North West Auburn Mountainview Event and the Auburn Event, but we will also need to pay for the partipation and travel fees.

As a high school club with limited funding, we do not have sufficient funding to accomplish our goals. Every donation will be used towards our team to pay for materials, travel fare, and particpation fees. If you can, please consider donating to the Ramen Robotics team to help us achive our goals. Thank you so much!

Help spread the word!

If you are interested in donating, please visit the link below:

Organizers are also looking for non-profit companies that can sponsor the team – if you are interested, please email [email protected].

South King Fire & Rescue is reporting that a man in his 70s fell off the stern of his boat on the G dock at about 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12.

A citizen on the docks heard his muffled call for help, and found him going underwater between the swim step and the dock.

The good samaritan held the victim’s head above water until South King Fire & Rescue and Des Moines Police responders arrived.

Lt. Joe Suver, firefighter Patrick Heier and Officer Bob Crane pulled the victim from the water and transferred him to the Medic One unit that transported him to Harborview Medical Center.

The victim was suffering from hypothermia and was admitted in serious condition.

The rescuer on the dock was commended by responders and credited with savings this man’s life.

Photos courtesy Andrew Crain Photography

On Friday afternoon, Feb. 10, the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce held its annual Awards and Recognition Luncheon at the Four Points by Sheraton Seattle Airport South in Des Moines.

The luncheon celebrated local businesses and individuals who have “gone above and beyond for our community and who exemplify our promise to be a voice for business and a leader in our Community.”

Here’s a video of the awards portion of the event courtesy South King Media:

Awards were give out to (with comments from chamber CEO Andrea Reay):

Special Recognition: Natalie Elert of Dollar Rent-A-Car.

Over the past few years, our organization has seen our fair share of transition; both in Executive leadership and in our organizational focus. Our rebranding effort is part of how we are actively sharing our new story and our renewed commitment to work in collaboration with our members, and partners to grow our region. None of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff and all on our board. However, the board did want to specifically acknowledge one individual who went above and beyond in their service to our Chamber.

Natalie Elert is with Dollar Rent a Car and has been on our board since 2006. She has served on our board for just under 10 years. Natalie’s last term ended in 2016. Thank You Natalie.

Ambassador of the Year: Michelle Clark with Courtyard by Marriott Seattle SeaTac

Ambassadors serve an integral role in our Chamber – serving as our representatives, they meet with members and assist staff – thereby increasing our capacity and helping us leverage our resources to better serve our members.

Nominees were Jackie Bea, with Basil’s Kitchen, Michelle Clark with The Courtyard by Marriott Seattle SeaTac, and Steve Emery, with Primerica.

Business Advocate of the Year: Judy Coovert with Printcom

The nominees in this category are being recognized for their tireless efforts to be a voice for business in our region. They exemplify our commitment to lead by example and through service to help leverage and increase opportunities for entrepreneurship and economic vitality in our region.

This year the nominees for “Business Advocate of the Year” were The Boeing Company – Boeing is proud to work with over 1,700 businesses in Washington to create jobs and economic opportunity as they work together to provide the world’s most advanced aerospace products and services., Judy Coovert with Printcom-Printcom provides quality printing, promotional products, graphic design services, and more……they go above and beyond, partnering with their customers to offer cutting edge account management tools and services and Rich Shockley with the Small Business Development Center at Highline College where they specialize in providing business and training services to entrepreneurs and existing businesses in order for them to be successful in today’s economy.

Outstanding Community Service: Destination Des Moines

Nominees in this category are being recognized for making significant contributions to our community through their time, actions, talents and dedication. All of our nominees serve as an examples of compassion, and service-striving to make our little corner of the world a better place.

Nominees include Destination Des Moines-serving the city of Des Moines, the businesses and community members through active engagement and promotion of the community, Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport-specifically being recognized for their work supporting Genesis Project and Earth Day in the City of SeaTac, and Soroptimist International Seattle South, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting better lives for women and girls.

Destination Des Moines is a nonprofit service organization dedicated to promoting the city of Des Moines as a premier community, rich in natural beauty and opportunity.

Tony Hettler, from John L Scott, is the president of the board and according to the nomination form we received “is the glue that carried the organization through times of trouble and is setting the standard of excellence for the future.”

Destination Des Moines does fundraising for the City of Des Moines Arts Commission as well as organizes logistics for many popular community events such as the Waterland Festival and the 4th of July Fireworks.

Everyday Destination Des Moines is working for Des Moines businesses and promotion of our Des Moines community.

Small Business of the Year: Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC)

The nominees in this category all have 20 employees or less and have achieved excellence through innovative business practices, products, and/or employee programs and community commitment. My father was a small business owner. He certainly taught me that a small business can have a very big impact in their community.

Nominees include Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC)- a statewide, nonprofit 501(c)(3) aerospace and advanced manufacturing registered apprenticeship program, Freedom Snacks-Gourmet Pop Corn “making snacking fun”, and Rainier Cancer Center – passionate about offering the latest in technological breakthroughs to fight cancer precisely and also providing trust, compassion and care for the whole patient.

Washington State has some of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country, and for those between 16 and 19, over 30% are not currently working. In an effort to address those statistics as well as the low high school graduation rate, AJAC saw an opportunity to develop one of the first registered youth apprenticeship programs in Washington State. Since 2010, AJAC has partnered with community and technical colleges to offer aerospace and advanced manufacturing apprenticeships to more than 200 employers. Nationally, apprentices earn an average of $300,000 more in their lifetime compared to non-completers; in Washington State the average manufacturing worker earns $87,756 a year with no college debt. That’s good for our community and good for business-ensuring we have the workforce we need to be competitive today and tomorrow.

The Chamber is proud to recognize AJAC as our Small Business of the year!

Large Business of the Year: BECU

Nominees in this category all have over 20 employees and have achieved excellence through innovative business practices, products, and/or employee programs and community commitment. Business, no matter the size-and contrary to popular belief, is personal. We make our choices-where to shop, what to buy-based on an alignment with our personal values and commitment. Relationships matter.

All of our nominees have achieved excellence, not only in what they have accomplished, but how they achieved their success. With a personal commitment to do more for their customers, give back to their employees and our community – they have set the standard for excellence.

Nominees include Alaska Airlines, our hometown airline committed to caring for their customers, their communities, our environment, and each other; BECU, a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative with more than 925,000 members. BECU is guided by the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.” and Recology CleanScapes, an employee-owned company, sees a world without waste, where resources are used and re-used in a sustainable ecosystem that strives for their best and highest use.

BECU offers services designed to improve the economic and social well-being of all members, and return financial value to them as part of their participation in the member-owned financial cooperative. Their objective is to ensure that all BECU members always experience the best value and service with complete trust.

They are committed to strengthening consumer financial education and literacy, endeavor to preserve credit union democratic principles and recognize the value to demographic diversity.

And their “world headquarters” are located in beautiful Tukwila, just down the street from our Chamber offices.

The Chamber is proud to recognize BECU as our Large Business of the year!

Also in attendance:

  • City of Burien: Council Member Bob Edgar
  • City of SeaTac: Council Member Kathryn Campbell
  • City of Tukwila: Mayor Allan Ekberg, Council Member Joe Duffie, Council Member Kathy Hougardy

All are invited to attend the first-ever Waterland Wine & Art Walk in Des Moines on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Six local businesses will host a wine tasting and Art Show, in collaboration with Destination Des Moines and the Des Moines Arts Commission.

$1 per tasting at each location

Bottles will be available for purchase.

Locations & Artists:

  • John L Scott
    2 Artists will display their art:
    Artists: Dave Abeyta & Anita Corby
  • Auntie Irene’s
    Artist: Judy Lane
  • Flora Laura/Village Frame
    Artist: Adrian Vanderhoeven
  • The Scotch and Vine:
    Two artists will display their art-
    Artists: Judy Eckhardt & Chandra Madrona
  • Waterland Arcade
    Artist: Tracy LeMoine
  • EC Computers
    Artist: Fred Andrews

There will be local wineries and artists set up at participating venues with wine and art for sale. Venues are family friendly.

Donations will be accepted for the wine tasting to support the DDM Fireworks Event in July.

“Join us and support local artists and businesses and have a great evening.”

For more information, visit


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Your read that right – just $60.00 for an amazing 3-course dinner for two on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017!

Your sumptuous feast starts with a Ceasar or House salad, crisp and refreshing.

The next act combines a Surf and Turf of two bacon-wrapped Top Sirloin with 6 marinated and grilled Shrimp with not one, not two, but three accompaniments including a blog favorite grilled asparagus.

The grand finale of Ultimate Classic Cookie Supreme rounds out the feast with a pampering spot of sweet. All this luxury for just $60.00, excluding tax, gratuity and beverages.

But hurry! This dinner is sure to sell out – so reserve today at 206-241-6275.

Once the cravings start again, come on back to Classic Eats on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 for a Fat Tuesday Party NOLA Style.

Tony Hayes Presents a live D.J., 21+ fun, and of course delicious specials to tempt your tastebuds.

The fun runs from 5 p.m.-close with a good time to be had by all.

Call or stop by to learn more of what’s in store for Classic Eats Mardi Gras 2017.

Classic Eats:


  • Mon – Thur: 10am – 11pm
  • Fri: 10am – Midnight
  • Sat: 8am – Midnight
  • Sun: 8am – 11pm

Address: 918 SW 152nd Street, Olde Burien

Phone: (206) 241-6275

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Artist Samantha Montes de Oca, a 23-year-old Highline College alumna living in Kent, is a native of Venezuela.

Artwork for the 2017 Latinx Summit was created by Samantha Montes de Oca, who used symbols to represent each Latin country, such as the sugar skull for Mexico, penguins and yerba mate for Argentina, and the mask for carnivals in Brazil.

High school students in south King County are invited to Highline College for the 2017 Latinx Summit, a free, day-long event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25.

This free event is designed to provide students with the tools they need for success in higher education and beyond.

The summit is scheduled for Feb. 25, 2017, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., in Building 2 on the college’s main campus.

It is free and open to all, but registration is required at

Approximately 100 high school students are expected to attend. Event organizers hope to empower Latino/a youth to embrace higher education and knowledge while celebrating their cultural heritage and background.

The summit will include a keynote address by immigrant and storyteller Luis Ortega, workshops, lunch and a closing session with raffle prizes. Guest speakers, including educators from Highline College, will share with attendees their professional and personal experiences.

Artist and newly minted Highline alumna Samantha Montes de Oca contributed her time and talent to this year’s Latinx Summit by creating the artwork and materials promoting the event.

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, and now living in Kent, Montes de Oca said she researched the culture of each Latin country and looked at pictures to find inspiration for the artwork.

“I wanted to create something that represents each and every one of us and the fact that we are present all around the world. We have a lot of similarities such as the use of bright colors, music, patterns, styles, etc. Still, each country has its own identity,” said Montes de Oca, who is proud of her Latin American heritage.

She used a number of symbols to represent each country, such as the sugar skull for Mexico, penguins and yerba mate for Argentina, and the mask for carnivals in Brazil.

The 23-year-old’s artistic talent has been recognized on a number of occasions at Highline, including the college’s recent film contest where she collaborated with fellow alumna Lisa Lopez to take third place for the animated film “Home Is Where the Heart Is,” which can be viewed here

In spring of 2016, she earned the award for outstanding program contribution as a member of the college’s Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) design team.

To see more of her work, visit her online portfolio at

Now in its third year, the summit has undergone a format and name change. Previously held on two consecutive mornings and named Latin@ Summit, the event will now run one full day and is called the Latinx Summit. Organizers are using the term Latinx as a gender-neutral alternative to Latino and Latina, hoping to stress the inclusive nature of the summit.

Highline serves the most diverse community in the state, which is mirrored in its student population that includes more than 70 percent students of color, 17 percent of whom are Hispanic/Latino.

For more information and to register, visit or contact Joshua Magallanes at (206) 592-3998 or [email protected].

Highline’s main campus is located midway between Seattle and Tacoma at South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South (Highway 99).


REMINDER: NBA player and developer Brian Scalabrine will be discussing The Adriana Senior Apartments at a Meet & Greet Pancake Breakfast this Friday, Feb. 10, from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at the Des Moines Activity Center.

The Activity Center is located at 2045 S. 216th Street in Des Moines.

NBA fans will recall Scalabrine from his days at the Boston Celtics – where he was on the World Championship team in 2008 – or Chicago Bulls.

Originally from Enumclaw, he got his start right here in Des Moines at Highline College before going to USC then into the NBA.

The new Ariana Senior Apartments are located at 22525 7th Ave S.

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The Adriana continues to enhance the new skyline of downtown Des Moines! As the framing process continues, we are anticipating the completion of the third floor next week before moving on to the fourth floor and final floor. As the building continues to rise, so does our appreciation of the increasingly stunning views!

Plumbers and electricians continue to diligently follow the framers in order to expedite the completion of this project. Stay tuned for more updates to this exciting project!

Join us Friday, February 10th at the Des Moines Activity Center for a Meet and Greet with Brian Scalabrine and Pancake Breakfast and get more information.

See you there!

Pacific Northwest flagship for Flow Motion aquatic fitness, FITT BALANCE, will be exhibiting at the 2017 Northwest Yoga Conference hosted at Lynnwood Convention Center this Thursday, Feb. 9 – Sunday, Feb. 12.

The Northwest Yoga Conference Marketplace is FREE and open to the public! Explore and sample a unique assortment of health and wellness products and services including the latest wave in aquatic fitness — Flow Motion aquatic fitness! This new modality of on water fitness training was launched in 2016 by Evolve Paddleboards of West Ocean City, MD. Its dedicated team of trainers, paddlers, surfers, racers and creatives collectively share an empowering mission: to reinvent aquatic fitness.

Flow Motion’s unique surface technology — an inflatable, Fitness Mat for indoor/outdoor use —will be featured at the Northwest Yoga Conference Marketplace. Designed for proprioceptive fitness training on water, the Fitness Mat’s surface challenges optimal performance of all ages and levels of physical fitness. On every turn of the mat, you will engage core strength, balance and mobility!

Flow Motion features five types of aquatic fitness programs structured for group exercise, small group training and/or 1-on-1 personal training, in addition to teacher trainings and licensing options for the following:

  • Flow Motion FITT BOOT CAMP – beginner-advanced levels
  • Flow Motion FITT YOGA – beginner-advanced levels
  • Flow Motion KIDS – youth ages 3+
  • Flow Motion SILVER – seniors age 55+
  • Flow Motion THERAPY – rehabilitative exercise

Interested in instructing Flow Motion aquatic fitness programs? Visit our table at the Northwest Yoga Conference Marketplace for a chance to win a FREE Flow Motion teacher training.

Visit for schedule and more details.

On October 27, 2016 the City Council Approved Resolution No. 1344, which officially established a commemorative street name of “Rainier Drive South” for the portion of 19th Ave South between South 223rd Street and South 229th Street in the City of Des Moines.

19th Ave South fronts Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, and the street name designation was a project initiated by the School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) Officers earlier in 2016.

The new signs will be officially installed on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at approximately 4:15 p.m. at the intersection of 19th Ave South and South 223rd Street. Members of the ASB, School District staff, and the Mayor of Des Moines, Matt Pina will be present for the ceremony.