By Jack Mayne

The Des Moines Quiet Skies group has issued what can only be labeled as an extremely negative view of the City Council in what it calls a quarterly report card on the seven-member governing body (download PDF here).

“This is a very poor report card, and we gave the city a heads-up that this was coming,” said Quiet Skies Puget Sound (QSPS) member Steve Edmiston.

“The good news is that this is only for one single quarter, and there are definitely places where the City can immediately, substantially, and measurably improve if it wishes to do so.”

‘Antagonistic choice’
City Manager Michael Matthias did comment that the report card “was an arbitrary and antagonistic choice.”

“It is unproductive, does not promote communication on this important issue, and reveals a serious lack of understanding of this very complex situation,” Matthias said. “Further, it does not reflect the many actions the City has in fact taken.”

The “report card” was issued a day before Quiet Skies is slated to hold a public meeting on the city’s performance (more info here), a meeting that Council and staff at one time said it would not attend. Last week City Manager Michael Matthias indicated he “might” attend.

Quiet Skies Puget Sound said it would place seven chairs for councilmembers in a central place at the meeting, apparently suggesting that vacant chairs meant the Council was uninterested in airport noise and pollution problems.

“I am really glad we will be creating an Aviation Advisory Committee soon,” Councilmember Robert Back told The Waterland Blog. “I attended the meeting at the Port of Seattle on Tuesday to listen to the FAA and the Port make their presentations as well as listen to the concerned people from all around the Puget Sound area. There are a number of complex issues at hand here, and having a special committee task group for this subject will be a great benefit for our community.”

High grade was ‘D’
Total failure grades of “F” were given to the Des Moines’ Council for its “Transparency” and “Leadership.”

“Results” of the Council on airport issues got the body a D- and then the private group assigned D+ grades to the Council for “demonstrated knowledge/expertise” and for “cooperation with others.”

The most positive grade was a straight “D” assigned to the Des Moines Council for “communications/responsiveness” and for “mission/vision consistency.”

Edmiston, who says he is only a member of the group, but appears as its spokesman in recent public discussions, said the grades were figures “using measurable factors.”

Situations about Seattle-Tacoma International Airport were crosschecked “with the actions of other neighbor cities. For example, it was easy to determine that Burien, SeaTac, and Federal Way have airport committees or task forces that include citizens.”

“Des Moines does not.”

City works with airport
Matthias said Wednesday that the city “does not control Sea-Tac airport, although we communicate and work with them.”

“Every day the city works with our neighboring cities, the mayor’s council, our state and federal elected officials, the Port of Seattle, the FAA and the airport to assure that the impacts from airport operations are addressed before the airport continues to grow.

“The City Council is creating an Aviation Advisory Committee to work with us and take a serious look at these complex issues,” said Matthias. “The committee will include a broad range of residents to provide input and share their experiences.”

The city manager said Mayor Matt Pina endorsed the Council’s ongoing action to address airport problems.

City ‘failed’ to act
Quiet Skies Puget Sound said it measured whether Des Moines “responded to their requests made in January” and whether it took any action.

It said the city did “did not grade well in response to these requests,” because it failed to “engage publicly on airport issues.”

“Des Moines simply didn’t choose to do its airport issue work publicly.”

“There was simply no way to know the mind of each Councilmember on airport issues – where they stand and what specific actions they seek on new noise, NextGen implementation, new flight procedures and paths, impacts of Sea-Tac growth on human health, the environment, and property values,” said Edmiston.

“NextGen” refers to the Federal Aviation Administration’s upgrade of technical and physical handling of aircraft during landing and takeoffs. It is a way to channel planes that supposedly will cut down their impact on nearby residents.

Des Moines did on Tuesday (April 25) announce a new “Airport Advisory Committee” (read about that here). Quiet Skies said that if it had done so earlier and had “responded to citizen questions like the unanswered 20 questions … and if the Council spoke publicly on airport issues at Council meetings – with all seven Councilmembers engaging – it is easy to imagine substantial grade improvements for transparency, communications, and expertise,” said Edmiston.

The bad grades “could be a really fast turnaround if transparency and two way communications can kick in,” the advocacy group said.

Quiet Skies Puget Sound said its grades of the Council were not based on its refusal to attend the meeting tonight at Mt. Rainier High School that was to be a session “to discuss the new fight paths, related noise, the status of NextGen flight procedures, and the overall impacts on human health and the environment and property values.”

By Jack Mayne

Furney’s Nursery – which recently announced that it will be closing by the end May – will be replaced by an $80 million production facility on Pacific Ridge that the Des Moines City Council approved April 13.

The 70-year old Furney’s has a “deep and storied history in the Pacific Northwest” when Everett and Edith moved the nursery to Des Moines to start an orchard stand by the side of old Pacific Highway.

“It is with heavy hearts that we must announce that Furney’s Nursery will be closing its doors at the end of May,” they said in a statement. “This includes both the wholesale and retail divisions. We are saddened to have come to the end of an era, but we will look back at our 70+ years of business with great pride!”

The development for the North Des Moines commercial area will include a production facility of some kind. A tenant in the Panattoni Development’s building has not been announced. The development includes the under construction regional Federal Aviation Administration offices.

“The project will include two tilt up concrete buildings,” said an architect with Craft Architects, that will orient the building so that blank walls, storage areas on “more unsightly areas will be oriented away adjacent properties and more inward.” Offices will face 24th Avenue South and Pacific Highway.

Bart Brynestad, a Panattoni partner, told the Council that the current Phase 4 of the development “is where we want to invest another $80 million in 512,000 square feet.”

He said the company still does not know how many jobs will be created by this development.

Come on out to TL Sea Diving’s ‘Discover Pool Night’ on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 7 – 10 p.m. and discover a Scuba intro, Dry Suit experiences, Peak Performance Buoyancy, and the excitement of a DPV underwater scooter!

Explore it all for a low $15.00 registration fee.

The team at TL Sea Diving  are friendly and LOVE to welcome those new to the sport, or seasoned divers of all kinds. They are passionate about diving adventures and offer courses and all the equipment to turn you into a diving enthusiast too!. Whether your dream is exploring the Puget Sound or tropical waters in far flung locales, it can all start at TL Sea Diving, conveniently located on Pacific Hwy S. in DesMoines, WA.

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.

23405 Pacific Hwy South
Des Moines, WA 98198



Concerts in the Park at Des Moines Beach Park will feature tribute bands Bowie Vision (David Bowie), Cherry Cherry (Neil Diamond), Mantra (Santana) and many others, on Wednesday nights from July 12 – Aug. 23.

Bring the whole family, your camping chair, a picnic and enjoy a variety of music enjoy the sun and sunset of Puget Sound.

Donations always welcome and appreciated to keep the arts alive in our beautiful city!

Concert dates are on Wednesdays from 7–8:30 p.m., from July 12th – August 23rd.

For more information, click here.

REMINDER: The Des Moines Chapter of the National Quiet Skies Coalition will hold a Community Forum this Wednesday, April 26, 2017, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Rainier High School.

This free and open meeting will discuss issues with new fight paths over the City and related noise, the status of NextGen flight procedures, and the overall impacts of Sea-Tac Airport operations on human health and the environment and more.

The group will provide a comprehensive half-hour overview presentation titled “Fight the Flight 101: everything you ever wanted to know about why those jets are flying low, new routes over our cities,” followed by several expert speakers.

The meeting will also include the unveiling of a ‘Report Card’ for the City of Des Moines regarding this issue.

For the event’s final segment, the group has invited each member of the Des Moines City Council to attend the meeting in order to participate in a question and answer session.

A copy of the event flyer is here (PDF file).

Quiet Skies Puget Sound is the 29th chapter of the National Quiet Skies Coalition  The Des Moines group works with citizen groups all over the Puget Sound region, including the Burien Quiet Skies Coalition.

Mt. Rainier High School is located at 22450 19th Ave South:

The City of Des Moines on Tuesday (April 25) announced that the City Council will be voting to create an Aviation Advisory Committee to review the impacts of Sea-Tac Airport on the citizens of Des Moines.

The vote will most likely take place at the council’s next scheduled meeting, set for Thursday, May 11.

On the eve of a community forum put on by the Quiet Skies Puget Sound group, the City said it has taken a number of actions to identify and address impacts in recent months, including contributing funds to support an airplane emissions study, retaining a lobbyist in Olympia to advocate on these matters, and publicly supporting state and federal legislation related to the study of airport and airplane impacts on surrounding jurisdictions.

“While the City has made attempts to publicize these actions, it has become clear that the communication utilized has not reached all of our citizens impacted by airport operations,” the city said in a statement. “With that in mind, the City Council will be voting on a motion to create an Aviation Advisory Committee. This Committee will provide their insight and perspectives and make recommendations for the City Council to consider when addressing impacts from Sea-Tac Airport operations.”

Mayor addresses Port of Seattle and FAA on airport impacts
On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Mayor Matt Pina addressed the Port of Seattle Commission – after high-ranking representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had left the meeting – regarding the disproportionate impacts on the City of Des Moines from increased operations at Sea-Tac Airport.

“Des Moines residents are constantly challenged by noise impacts and health impacts,” Pina said. “As the implementation of NextGen by the FAA results in the narrowing of the bandwidth of aircraft overflights – departures and landings – the disproportionate impacts suffered by some of our residents’ increases. Those living directly under the overflights suffer increased noise and potential health impacts.”

Mayor Pina continued, “These impacts come from more focused aircraft operations and from increased number and frequency of aircraft operations. The NextGen impacts are attributable to the FAA. The increase in aircraft activity is the responsibility of the airport.”

In relation to the Port of Seattle’s Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) currently being developed, Mayor Pina stated the Plan, “is being developed to increase growth in operations at Sea-Tac over the next 20 years” but does not include “sufficient attention paid to noise, environmental and health impacts. The Plan provides for sustainable operations on the airfield but does little to address sustainability, in terms of airport operations as they impact the surrounding cities.”

The Mayor stated that he believes that the airport has an obligation to address these impacts and that mitigation should include:

  • Effective implementation of the home insulation program, expanding in scope and quality.
  • Financial compensation to those homeowners living under the flight paths in any situation where the value of the home is negatively impacted.
  • Port of Seattle and FAA support of ongoing studies and subsequent action on the results to ensure that the health and safety of Des Moines residents receives the priority that it deserves.

The City will continue to be proactive in addressing the airport impacts on our residents and will continue to be engaged in the Port of Seattle’s development of their Sustainable Airport Master Plan.

Based on FAA comments regarding transparency and increased community engagement made today at the Port of Seattle Commission meeting, the City will renew efforts to hold a Study Session to include the FAA and Sea-Tac airport in discussions about overflights and operational frequency issues.

Highline Premier FC has had fantastic tryouts for all age groups up to this point and formed some solid teams for the 2017/18 season, and next up are for girls and boys born in 2006 and 2007 with tryouts set for April 25, 26 & 28 at Walt Hundley:

  • Girls: 5:45 – 7:15 p.m.
  • Boys: 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.

Also, because of strong demand, they will be holding additional supplemental tryouts for the 2009 age group on April 25 & 26 at Walt Hundley from 5:45 – 7:15 p.m.

Take this opportunity to register your child by clicking here – Team Tryouts – and have them showcase their skills with some of the best talent in the surrounding area and receive some amazing coaching to boot.

“See you on the pitch!”

Walt Hundley Park is located at 6920 34th Ave SW in West Seattle:

A ‘Garden Gala’ Plant & Garden Sale fundraiser will be held this Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the North Hill Community Club, located at 20827 3rd Ave South.

This event will benefit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

  • Indoor/Outdoor Plants
  • Handcrafted Garden Art
  • Refurbished Garden Tools
  • Meet Master Gardeners
  • Learn about Mason Bees & Worm Culture

After 70 years in business in Des Moines, Furney’s Nursery announced on Monday, April 24 that it will be closing at the end of May.

Staff from the historic nursery, located at 21215 Pacific Highway South, announced the closing on Facebook.

“It is with heavy hearts that we must announce that Furney’s Nursery will be closing its doors at the end of May,” they said in a statement. “This includes both the wholesale and retail divisions. We are saddened to have come to the end of an era, but we will look back at our 70+ years of business with great pride!”

Furney’s has a deep and storied history in the Pacific Northwest that dates back to 1901, when Everett Furney was born. In 1929, Everett and his wife, Edith moved from Seattle to Des Moines to start an orchard stand by the side of old Pacific Highway. Back then, Pacific Highway was just a dirt road, not the bustling commercial corridor that it is today. In fact, the Furney family orchard was pretty much surrounded by trees! Edith Furney was an avid gardener, and she kept a beautiful garden at their house by the side of the road. The customers at their orchard stand loved her garden so much that they started asking Edith to find plants for their own gardens. Before long, they were selling more plants than fruit, and Furney’s Nursery was officially born in 1946.

Furney’s Nursery grew quickly and became South King County’s most beloved nursery. Furney’s Nursery was so successful that, for a time, two satellite nurseries were opened in Bellevue and Bremerton. The Furneys also purchased 150 acres of farmland in Oregon to help supply the nursery with plants. Eventually, Edith and Everett turned over the reins of their nursery to their son, Robert, who remains the owner and president to this day.

Furney’s Nursery has left an impact on this region that will live on long after the nursery closes its doors for the final time. Over the years, gardeners and landscapers have planted millions of our plants in landscapes all over the Pacific Northwest. Many of those plants are still happily growing in gardens and landscapes today. In fact, many of the trees we have sold over the years will still be around 100 years from now!

“We would like to thank you for growing with us all these years,” they added. “We hope we have inspired you to continue planting! After all, the world could use a little more green!”

The next Waterland Wine & Art Walk will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., along S. Marine View Drive at four great family-friendly locations.

“Join Destination Des Moines with the Des Moines Arts Commission and the Des Moines Area Yacht Club as we host the
Waterland Wine & Art Walk in benefit of the Waterland Festival events & Des Moines 4th of July Fireworks.”

Wine tastings are $1 per tasting. Cash only please.

Donations will be accepted at each location to support the DDM Fireworks Event in July.

Locations, Artists and Wineries will be announced soon.

Interested in running for office? If so, King County Elections might be able to help – they’re hosting two candidate workshops to discuss:

  • How to file for office
  • How to submit your voters’ pamphlet information Campaign sign regulations
  • Basic campaign finance information

WHEN: Friday, April 28 from 2­–4 p.m. & Saturday, April 29 from 9–­11 a.m.

WHERE: King County Elections, 919 SW Grady Way, Renton 98057

RSVP: [email protected]

Drug policy reform activist and long time Des Moines resident Anthony Martinelli filed this week for Des Moines City Council position No. 1, in a bid to defeat incumbent and current Mayor Matt Pina.

Four seats on the council are up for grabs this year, and two current councilmembers – Dave Kaplan and Melissa Musser – have announced that they will not be seeking re-election.

Here’s the lineup so far, according to the PDC (filing deadline is May 19, 2017, at 4 p.m.; * indicates incumbent):

Position No. 1:

  • Anthony Martinelli
  • Matt Pina*

Position No. 3:

  • Victor Pennington*

Position No. 5:
(Melissa Musser*-not running for re-election)

  • Traci Buxton
  • Patricio Mendoza
  • Harry S. Steinmetz

Position No. 7:
(Dave Kaplan*-not running for re-election)

  • Chad Harper
  • Matthew Mahoney

Martinelli, 27 (pictured, right) is a former campaign manager for Democratic King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove and a graduate of Mt. Rainier High School. He studied journalism and environmental science at The Evergreen State College before becoming Communications Director for Sensible Washington, an organization dedicated to reformation of the State’s drug laws.

Martinelli is a father of two, ages four and one, and has a record of success working for progressive causes such as same-sex marriage, animal welfare and environmentalism. He has served as an elected Democratic Precinct Committee Officer since 2012.

In the coming weeks, Martinelli says he will be releasing a bold set of policy initiatives for the City, including proposals on minimum wage, increased police protection, creative sources of new revenue, and ensuring the Des Moines Marina remains free to all residents.

“As a member of the Des Moines City Council, my top priority will be ensuring that City government works for everyday people and not just developers and big interest lobbyists,” Martinelli said in a statement. “I will be spending the coming months knocking on thousands of doors in every neighborhood to ask my neighbors what they really want their councilors to focus on.”

For additional information contact Anthony Martinelli at 206-799-8696.

Have you heard? The Normandy Park Ale House – located in the Normandy Park Towne Center – is under new ownership.

But not to worry, new owner Dave Niederkrome isn’t looking to make dramatic changes. You’ll still find their popular 1/2 price burger Mondays (4:30-9 p.m. every Monday, dine -in only) and signature wide array of craft brews. He does, however, want to listen to his customers and learn what will make YOUR ale house the best it can be – just fill out his survey here:

Everyone who completes the survey will be entered to win a dinner for two, and not only that – they’ll send you a coupon for a FREE day-time appetizer with your next entree!

Dave is a local entrepreneur who was attracted to the Ale House by its current success as an established favorite in Normandy Park. He saw an opportunity to capitalize on the winning formula by adding subtle tweaks, like bringing back monthly Brewer’s nights, and featuring every Seahawks, Mariners, and Sounders game on their big screen TVs.

He also plans to make some improvements on the dining experience both inside (new table tops, and carefully curated found objects ), and outside (they’ll re-do the beer garden a bit)along with some additional menu items in the coming weeks and months. He’s also keeping his ear to the ground to discover what to offer next, based on customer feedback and demand. So…now’s your chance to tell him what you think.

If you’ve never visited the Normandy Park Ale House, no worries! Take the survey and tell him what you would like to see in a great local hang-out. Then, accept his invitation to discover their fine food, ales and spirits. You’ll find a satisfying variety of gourmet touches throughout their menu, such as the Macrina Sodo roll found on the classic Pub Burger or the surprising complexity of the Spinach Apple Fennel Salad, served with candied pecans and balsamic vinaigrette. They strive to offer an elevated American menu that’s distinctive and family friendly, just like their atmosphere. Their dedication to quality means their menu can change at any time to take advantage of the availability of the freshest produce and proteins. You can download a copy of their latest menu here (PDF file).

As always, their premium selection of craft brews, ciders and fine spirits stand ready to enhance your dining pleasure.

Dave and the team look forward to seeing you soon!

Normandy Park Ale House
19803 1st Avenue South
Normandy Park, WA 98148

Phone: (206) 592-6986




REMINDER: The Wastemobile, a traveling household hazardous waste collection service in King County, continues its 2017 season with a collection event at the Des Moines Marina this weekend – Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23.

The Wastemobile will be in the Des Moines Marina parking lot, 22307 Dock St., Des Moines, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Residents can drop off household hazardous waste items including pesticides, oil-based paints, automotive products (oil, antifreeze, lamps, etc.), fluorescent bulbs/tubes and other items without a charge. The service is pre-paid through garbage and sewer utility fees.

About the Wastemobile
Created in 1989, the Wastemobile was the first traveling hazardous waste disposal program in the nation. It is operated by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program and goes throughout King County from the spring through fall.

Residents help protect the environment and public health by safely disposing of the hazardous materials and keeping them out of drains and landfills. Since first hitting the road, the Wastemobile has collected more than 17,000 tons of hazardous household waste from more than 466,000 customers.

The Wastemobile provides free reusable products to the public, such as oil-based paint, stain and primer, plus wood care and cleaning products. These products are subject to availability, and residents must sign a release form prior to receiving the materials.

More disposal solutions: Visit the permanent collection site
For south King County residents, the Auburn Wastemobile is a convenient alternative for disposing of household hazardous waste. It is located in the northwest parking lot of The Outlet Collection, 1101 Outlet Collection Dr., SW, next to the loading dock and Nordstrom Rack.

Qualifying businesses can also use the no-cost disposal services. Call 206-263-8899 or find details at

For more information
For more information about disposal, including acceptable materials and quantity limits, call the Hazards Line at 206-296-4692, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except holidays. Recorded information is available after hours, or by visiting the Wastemobile website.

The Wastemobile is one of the services provided by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program through a partnership of more than 40 city, county and tribal governments working together in King County to reduce threats posed from hazardous materials and wastes.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding two Open Houses this weekend.

The first Open House is this brand new unit in Ballard, open on both Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 3 p.m.:

Welcome Home to Seattle’s Most Eccentric Neighborhood – Ballard!

Boasting all of today’s finest modern finishes with a touch of elegance, featuring hardwood floors throughout your 1st Floor LDK.

Arrive to your vaulted ceiling den off the 2nd Floor with a convenient bath & full bedroom.

Find your way to the grand top floor Master Suite fitted with your Spa-Size Rainshower.

Lastly – but not to say the very least – enjoy the luxuries of urban living with evenings celebrated on your roof top deck!

WHEN: Saturday, April 22: 1 – 3 p.m. & Sunday, April 23: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 2431 NW 62nd Street Unit A, Seattle, WA 98107 (MAP, or see below).


  • List Price: $735,000
  • MLS Number: 1107422
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,515 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 1,064 s.f.

Here are photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Site Features:

  • Brand new 2017 construction
  • Great Ballard location
  • Finest modern finishes
  • Spa-Size Rainshower
  • Roof-top deck

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

The second Open House is this exceptional 2-level condo in Des Moines, open this Sunday, April 23 from 1 – 4 p.m.:

Exceptional 2-level condo with beautiful walnut flooring and designer touches.

Kitchen boasts SS appliance suite, gas cooking, granite counters and a breakfast bar.

Owner’s suite is a true retreat with spa-like bath featuring heated floors, jetted tub, and big glass shower with dual shower heads.

Guest suite has a private bath.

Cozy deck and patio with lots of greenery and peek water views.

Central A/C and convenient location near the marina, restaurants, parks and the upcoming FAA Headquarters!

WHEN: Sunday, April 23: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 22005 6th Ave S. Unit# 204, Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below).


  • List Price: $475,000
  • MLS Number: 1105364
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1994
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,818 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 9,750 s.f.

Here are photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Site Features:

  • Views: Mountain, Partial, Sound
  • Balcony/Deck/Patio
  • Insulated Windows
  • Jetted Tub
  • Master Bath
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Lobby Entrance
  • Disabled Access
  • Elevator
  • Outside Entry
  • Security Gate

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

By Jack Mayne

The fledgling Quiet Skies Puget Sound group in Des Moines has severely criticized the city administration and its City Council over its refusal to participate in an April 26 public meeting to explore how to fight increased noise flights to and from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

City Manager Michael Matthias said in a letter that city officials and councilmembers “will be unable to attend, as we are putting our time and resources into other actions to address noise and health impacts,” and the wellbeing of Des Moines citizens “is always of paramount concern to city staff and the City Council.”

While Mayor Matt Pina and most councilmember have not spoken about the proposed meeting, former Mayor Dave Kaplan said he “can’t speak for my fellow Councilmembers, or the Council as a whole, but I’ll speak for myself” and that he considered attending, then decided not to because “it is unclear what this group is looking for … what the specific complaints are.”

If the Quiet Skies Puget Sound meeting was to be a “general session to complain about the airport” then Kaplan said “then I believe there are alternative and more constructive ways to get the issues addressed.”

Michael Matthias

As of late Thursday (April 20) it appeared only City Manager Matthias might attend, even with Quiet Skies’ apparent intention to leave seven vacant chairs on view to illustrate the lack of City Council attendance.

The Quiet Skies challenge
To begin with, this Quiet Skies is not the same group as the one that encouraged Burien to seek legal action against the Federal Aviation Administration over its order to send propjet planes over Burien on takeoff, an order since rescinded.

This allied group is called Quiet Skies Puget Sound and is headed by Des Moines attorney Steve Edmiston, along with activist Sheila Brush, who wrote a long letter to the city on April 17.

“We are deeply concerned that no member of the Council deems that engaging the citizens of Des Moines in an open dialogue about new Sea-Tac flight paths, NextGen implementation, aircraft noise, declining property values, or human health and environmental issues arising from airport operations is sufficiently important such that they would attend the community forum,” Edmiston wrote to the city.

He added, “No member of the Council has cited a single scheduling conflict. Worse yet, the ultimate reason cited for not attending (apparently signed-off upon by all seven Council members) is cringe-worthy” and cited Matthias’ comments about using “our time and resources into other actions to address noise and health impacts on behalf of our residents.”

But Edmiston said the “rationale is even stranger when considering no evidence is offered to establish exactly what ‘other actions’ that each member of the Council is going to be undertaking on the evening of the forum.”

“We profoundly disagree with your position that listening to and answering questions from your own citizens is not worth City time and resources. We respectfully request that each member of the Council reconsider his or her decision,” Edmiston wrote of the city. “We will hold the invitation to participate open indefinitely, for one or all.”

As of Thursday, no councilmember indicated publicly their intent to be at the meeting next week.

Bad report card
The city also complained that after the first invitation from Quiet Skies to attend the meeting, it released “a similar” invitation on The Waterland Blog also “contained a number of different aspects of the event that were omitted from the City Council invitation. These omitted details included a presentation from Quiet Skies on “who the heroes and villains are shaping up to be.”

But what really piqued the displeasure of the city was the possibility of “a presentation of the ‘City of Des Moines 2017 Report Card,’” and that the “forum is being recorded for a documentary film.”

Edmiston said it was true that Quiet Skies Puget Sound was “issuing the city a report card” for the first quarter of 2017.

“Candidly, it is not a good report card for the city,” Edmiston said. “We hope the council will learn from the report, and take the feedback constructively. It will be published to the community before the community forum – in the interests of transparency and so that there are no surprises.”

Then the documentary being made without “informing the City Council flies in the face of transparency,” Matthias said.

The city manager added, “Without assurances of integrity in the editing of the film any perspective chosen by the documentary maker can be presented. These omissions, intentional or not, are troubling and unfortunate in that they suggest an adversarial tone between Quiet Skies and the City, which clearly would not be productive to addressing extremely important issues for our community.

‘Heroes and villains’
Edmiston writes about city concerns about an alleged ‘adversarial tone” and lack of transparency of the Quiet Skies efforts.

The assertions are “disturbingly unfounded and easy to rebut.”

“The flawed ‘lack of transparency’ logic becomes clear when considering that all information about the event has been shared publicly through traditional and social media outlets – even the original invite to the Council.”

“It is absurd to argue that the order of these events was somehow designed to trick the Council,” Edmiston wrote. “If we did not want the Council to know what we intended, we would not be continually sharing all program updates with the entire community.”

The Quiet Skies Puget Sound leader also suggested “complaints about a documentary are similarly unfounded.”

Edmiston said that he has been a filmmaker “for nearly 30 years … I suggest that you misunderstand the journalistic ethics of documentary filmmaking. You would not be granted editorial control of a documentary – if you were in control, it would cease being a documentary and would instead be a commercial. We are not seeking footage for a commercial, nor are we in any way even certain at this time about the story that might be told in a documentary. We are capturing footage.”

He added that concerns about “unfair editing” are unfounded.

Not special
Kaplan in his response to Edmiston’s charges, said he is “less than inclined to attend a meeting that implies or characterizes typical conspiracy theory nut concepts (i.e. – ‘why no one told you about it.’ and “who the heroes and villains are shaping up to be”), or presumes to give a “report card” on the City Council, simply because we haven’t done things on the group’s timeline or in manner the group wishes to have issues addressed.

“It doesn’t make me feel ‘special’ to be invited to what amounts to an attempt at public shaming,” Kaplan said. “And, given my personal experience with many of the people involved (in regard to other issues), I’m wondering why I would invest my time addressing what likely are real issues of concern, with people who have attacked my personal character, shown me nothing but contempt, made rash and unfounded accusations against me and many of my fellow Councilmembers, and who seem to have jumped from issue to issue to issue … most of which don’t directly impact the residents of Des Moines,” Kaplan wrote.

Kaplan was apparently referring to a run-in with Ms. Brush at a 2015 hearing on the Valley Cities drug rehabilitation site.

Deflecting transparency
Edmiston said the city is troubled by lack of transparency about forum contents.

“This argument fails when considering you did not contact us about the forum at all until well after all information about the forum had been published and you requested a phone call to discuss the forum on March 30,” Edmiston said. “We discussed and answered all your questions about the forum on the call with you and the city attorney on the 30th, and ultimately even agreed to your request for a change in the structure of the program, granting a period of time for the City to make a full five minute presentation in addition to the Q&A. This was confirmed to you in writing on March 31st.

“It is impossible to see how, now another two weeks later, the Council has a basis for complaining about ‘transparency,’ except as a way to seek deflection from the fallout that might arise from the Council’s non-attendance.”

Edmiston said the “lack of transparency” logic becomes clearly flawed “when considering that all information about the event has been shared publicly through traditional and social media outlets – even the original invite to the Council. We published the Council’s invite to the community; we published the poster to the community; we published the 20 questions to the community.”

Finally, Edmiston said a dialogue has been sought with the full Council and between the council and the residents since November of 2016.

“By way of example, you can revisit our presentation slides from the January meeting, titled “The Ask for Des Moines – Help us Help You” and “The Five Most Discouraging Things Des Moines Can Do”:

No public discussions
When it became clear to us that the City did not intend to engage its citizens on Airport issues in the normal course of business, we determined we had no choice but to act independently. Hence, the community forum. Quite honestly, it’s astounding that after rebuffing QSPS for four months, the City now contends it should have had some say or control or approval over the event, its structure, and how it is promoted. We believe the magnitude of the proposed growth of SeaTac Airport operations is largely unknown to your citizens, and presents the greatest risk to health, property values, the environment, and the quality of life in Des Moines. These are, in essence, life and death issues from a human perspective, and life and death issues from the standpoint of a city’s survival. We will advocate wholeheartedly for the City and City’s Airport initiatives when the City demonstrates publicly what the details of the initiatives are (hence, the 20 questions we’ve asked). We look forward to that time! If you are authentically desiring a greater degree of trust and support, if you want a relationship that is “mutually advocative,” then rest assured the absolute worst thing you can do is to attack the volunteer citizen activists, fail to show up and listen to and talk to the citizens, and inflate a historical track record of “action.”

‘Adversarial’ concerns
Edmiston said the city “seems overly concerned that QSPS is being ‘adversarial.’

“We respectfully contend that this concern is misplaced,” he wrote. “We believe the city is confusing the concept of ‘being adversarial’ with the notion of ‘being held to account.’

That is a marker of “effective government that citizens ask questions, and continue to compel answers and actions, when the responses are incomplete or unsatisfactory.”

Quiet Skies Puget Sound suggests Des Moines “should embrace and provide leadership for this citizen activism, as opposed to attacking it.

“We believe the City is confusing the concept of ‘being adversarial’ with efforts required by citizens to propel action by a Council that has taken little or none, to date, on the issues,” Edmiston wrote to the city. “We understand you would prefer a partnership rather than a relationship that appears accusatory rather than mutually advocate.

“Unfortunately, with no dialogue between city and citizens, the city forces us first to seek information and accountability as a foundation for future collaboration.

“The predicate to accountability is actual knowledge of what the City is doing,” Edmiston wrote. “We also have limited ‘time and resources’ that might be better spent. However, unlike the council, we are not quitting on the need for dialogue between the city and our citizens. We are showing up for the forum.”

REMINDER: Volunteer are needed to help celebrate Earth Day this Saturday, April 22 by working on restoration efforts along Des Moines Creek.

All volunteers are welcome to join.

NOTE: **The marina parking lot gate will be closed and locked for an event. Please show up with your vehicles before 9am so we can shuttle in together.** If you happen to be late, please park near the pier and walk upstream in the north section of the park. We will be by the circular driveway

Hello volunteers! Join our next event on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. – Noon in celebration of Earth Day.

If you haven’t done already, please email [email protected] with how many people will attend for planning purposes. Please forward this to others who might show interest.

For more info, visit Laura’s website here:

To inquire about ongoing volunteer opportunities with Friends of Des Moines Creek, or to suggest a project with your own group, please email [email protected]. Please include “Volunteer” in your subject line.

If you have questions please call Laura Hartema in advance of Saturday at 206-650-9001.

“Thanks all for being stewards in our community. See you soon!”


Sen. Keiser with the “Maury Island Incident” team: Steve Edmiston, Scott Schaefer, Shelli Park and John White, taken April 18th, 2017.

On Tuesday, April 18, the Washington State Senate passed Resolution #8648, recognizing the historic significance of ‘The Maury Island Incident,’ an historic UFO sighting which took place 70 years ago on June 21, 1947.

The Resolution was sponsored by Sen. Karen Keiser, who represents the 33rd District, where several scenes in the locally-produced independent film were shot.

In addition to commemorating one of the first UFO sightings (and “Man In Black” encounters) of the modern era, the Resolution also acknowledged the first two fatalities of the then newly independent U.S. Air Force – Intelligence Officers Capt. William L. Davidson and 1st Lt. Frank M. Brown, who were tragically killed when their B-25 mysteriously crashed near Kelso, WA. The airplane was allegedly carrying evidence from their investigation into the incident.

“I was happy to sponsor a Senate Resolution this week acknowledging the 70th Anniversary of the mysterious sighting of flying saucers over Maury Island,” Keiser said in a statement. “As you may know, Burien has celebrated the ‘Season of the Saucers’ with an annual UFO festival for the past few years. I was very pleased that the director, executive producer, and screenwriter of the short, award-winning film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ were able to join me in Olympia for the presentation and passage of the resolution. A little levity on the Senate floor was welcome this week.”

Here’s video of the resolution, which includes acknowledgment of some core members of the film’s producing team who were present:

Here’s full text of the resolution (download PDF here):

By Senators Keiser, Nelson, Palumbo, Hunt, Zeiger, McCoy, Conway, Rivers, Miloscia, and Fain

WHEREAS, On June 21, 1947, Tacoma resident Harold Dahl and his son allegedly sighted six flying discs over Puget Sound near Vashon- Maury Island, an event now commonly known as “The Maury Island Incident”; and

WHEREAS, On June 22, 1947, Mr. Dahl alleges he was warned not to talk about what he saw by a man dressed in a black suit; and

WHEREAS, On June 24, 1947, pilot Kenneth Arnold alleges he saw nine unidentified flying objects (“UFO’s”) near Mt. Rainier; and

WHEREAS, These controversial sightings helped launch a pop culture phenomenon of UFO sightings across the United States during the summer of 1947, which became known as “The Summer of the Saucers”; and

WHEREAS, On August 8, 1947, two weeks after the Washington sightings, a UFO is alleged to have crashed outside Roswell, New Mexico, and this alleged crash has since become the most well-known alleged UFO incident in history; and

WHEREAS, On August 1, 1947, Army Air Corp Intelligence Officers Capt. William L. Davidson and 1st Lt. Frank M. Brown, who interviewed Harold Dahl about his sighting, lost their lives when the B-25 Bomber they were piloting crashed outside of Kelso, Washington; and

WHEREAS, Following the tragic deaths of Davidson and Brown, Harold Dahl publicly claimed his sighting at Maury Island was a hoax; and

WHEREAS, Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted an investigation of the deaths of Davidson and Brown and ultimately concluded that Dahl did not recant his story but that his claim of hoax was itself a fabrication to avoid further public attention and ridicule; and

WHEREAS, The FBI’s conclusions and Dahl’s secret were sealed for fifty years; and

WHEREAS, The Maury Island Incident and its surrounding circumstances have made immeasurable contributions to Washington State’s cultural heritage and to popular culture worldwide, including most recently the 2014 award-winning motion picture “The Maury Island Incident,” and the 2015 web series “The Maury Island Incident,” produced in conjunction with the Washington FilmWorks Innovation Lab and Motion Picture Competitiveness Program; and

WHEREAS, On April 1, 2017, the 3rd Annual Burien UFO Festival will be held in the newest hipster hangout of downtown Olde Burien with wide community participation and good humor; and

WHEREAS, On the seventieth anniversary of the seminal UFO sightings events, the Washington State sightings should be recognized for both their prominence and primacy in the modern era of UFO popular culture;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate pause to acknowledge the seventieth anniversary of the June 21, 1947, Maury Island Incident; the 1947 “Summer of the Saucers” popular culture phenomenon launched worldwide by these controversial events; and the first reference to the characters now popularly known as “men in black”; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate recognize and honor the heroism and service of Army Air Corp Intelligence Officers Capt. William L. Davidson and 1st Lt. Frank M. Brown, who lost their lives following their investigation of the Maury Island Incident when their airplane crashed outside of Kelso, Washington, on August 1, 1947; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the Air Force Historical Research Agency, to the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association, to the Des Moines Historical Society, to the Highline Historical Society, to the Burien Historical Society, to the Longview-Kelso Historical Society, and to the Washington State Historical Museum.

For more information on ‘The Maury Island Incident,’ visit:

To view the award-winning 30-minute film at a new, 50% off rate (“get 6 flying discs for the price of 3!”), visit:

**Just in time for Mothers Day**

Come shop with over 30 vendors and crafters at a fundraiser for a local youth Basketball team:

WHERE: 134 So. 206th St. Des Moines WA 98148

WHEN: Saturday May 6 2017: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

NOTE: **If you mention seeing this in THE WATERLAND BLOG — you will get 1 free cup of coffee!!**

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Enjoy a Huli Huli Island style Roasted Chicken and Ribs Plate Fundraising event this Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. until it’s sold out!

WHERE: 19804 8th Ave S., Des Moines, WA 98148 (map below).

WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 10am – Until Sold Out!

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