The MaST Center will be celebrating the 7th annual OCTOPUS GRADUATION from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 13!

“We will release Melanie into Puget Sound so that she can apply the knowledge she gained at Highline’s MaST Center and do great things in her community,” reads an announcement.

The release will stream live from the MaST’s diver’s cameras to the aquarium.

Release is scheduled for Noon, with a graduation party to follow.

Light refreshments and cake will be served.

“Come early – we get pretty full for this event!”

The MaST Center is located at 28203 Redondo Beach Dr. S. in Des Moines.

For more info, visit

2015 Summer Concert Series Poster

The FREE Des Moines Beach Park 2015 Summer Concert Series will run on Wednesday nights, starting July 1 and continuing to Aug. 12.

The concerts will be from 7 – 8:30 p.m., and Des Moines Beach Park is located at 22030 Cliff Ave South.

“Summer weather has finally arrived! Join us every Wednesday night for our outdoor concert series beginning July 1, weekly through August 12, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Des Moines Beach Park on the shores of Puget Sound.”

Enjoy your evening-out with great music, food and drink! Come early and get all your food from the Waterfront Farmers Market Wednesday Sunset Market taking place on the Marina Floor prior to the concerts. The Market will open at 3 p.m. and run through 7 p.m. Destination Des Moines’ will host a Beer and Wine Garden on the deck of the Founders Lodge. ***Must be 21 or older to be in the Beer Garden.

Bring a blanket and enjoy the show, staged in the meadow of Des Moines Beach Park.  Do not miss your chance to see great talent in our community free of charge!  Donations are always appreciated! For more concert information, call (206) 870-9370 or visit

Here’s the lineup:


It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and Advertiser Priceless Pet Clinic has some tips:

  • Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
  • Almost 1 in 5 (800,000) people bitten by dogs require medical attention; at least half of them are children.
  • Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
  • Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
  • Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.
  • Letter carriers and delivery drivers are frequent victims

Big or small, male or female, young or old, any dog can bite. Even the most well tempered dog can bite under the right circumstances. Certain breeds receive more attention than others, but this does not guarantee either danger or safety. It has been my experience that small breed dogs are much more likely to bite than large breed dogs. Small breed dogs don’t receive the same attention as large breed dogs because the severity of the bites tend to be less damaging or life threatening. There are breed predilections to be aware of, but the environment and training are equally important.

Dogs bite as a reaction to something. If the dog finds itself in a stressful situation, it may bite to defend itself or its territory.Dogs can bite because they are scared or have been startled. They can bite because they feel threatened. They can bite to protect something that is valuable to them, like their puppies, their food or a toy.Dogs might bite because they aren’t feeling well. They could be sick or painful due to injury or illness.

One of the more common situations I’ve seen are when owners are injured while trying to break up a fight between dogs playing together. Off leash parks are becoming more and more popular and can be great places for dogs to get exercise. The draw back is, these are very common places for dog fights. I have seen countless injuries that took place in these semi-controlled environments. Owner’s are often injured trying to separate dogs or trying to protect their own pet. Lots of bites to owners occur by their own pet after the fight because the pet is scared or painful. Bite wounds are some of the worst injuries to deal with from a medical standpoint. What appears to be a small bite, can have severe crushing injury below the surface of the skin. Big dog, little dog fights are very common and often result in tragic consequences.

Educating yourself and the children you know on how, or if, they should approach a dog is also very important when it comes to preventing dog bites. Information is one of the best ways to prevent dog bites.

  • If the dog is not with its owner stay away.
  • If the dog is with its owner but the owner does not give permission to pet the dog, or the owner does not have control of the dog with a leash.
  • If the dog is on the other side of a fence, don’t reach through or over a fence to pet the dog.
  • If a dog is sleeping or eating.
  • If a dog is sick or injured. Call your local animal control agency, or the police department
  • If a dog is resting with her puppies or seems very protective of her puppies and anxious about your presence.
  • If a dog is playing with a toy.
  • If the dog is a service dog. Service dogs are working animals and shouldn’t be distracted while they are doing their jobs.
  • If the dog is growling or barking.
  • If the dog appears to be hiding or seeking escape.

There are additional steps to prevent dog bites that should be observed.

Make sure your pet is socialized as a young puppy so it feels at ease around people and other animals. Gradually expose your puppy to a variety of situations under controlled circumstances; continue that exposure on a regular basis as your dog gets older. Don’t put your dog in a position where it may feel threatened or teased.

Never leave your child alone with a dog. Some suggest waiting until your child is older (Over 4 years of age) because so many dog bite injuries happen to young children.

Train your dog. The basic commands “sit,” “stay,” “no,” and “come” can be incorporated into fun activities that build a bond of obedience and trust between pets and people. Avoid highly excitable games like wrestling or tug-of- war. Use a leash in public to ensure you are able to control your dog.

Keep your dog healthy. Have your dog vaccinated against rabies and preventable infectious diseases. Parasite control and overall health care are important because how your dog feels directly affects how it behaves.

Neuter your pet. The available science suggests neutered dogs may be less likely to bite, roam, etc.
Be alert to your pet’s behavior, changes in health, attitude, etc. We hear the statement “he/she’s never bitten before” all the time. Though you know your pet better than anyone else and they may not bite you, does not mean they can’t or won’t bite.

Be a responsible pet owner. License your dog with your community as required. Obey leash laws. If you have a fenced yard, make sure the gates are secure. Dogs are social animals; spending time with your pet is important. Dogs that are frequently left alone have a greater chance of developing behavioral problems. Walk and exercise your dog regularly to keep it healthy and provide mental stimulation. Links to the local licensing agencies are below.

Priceless Pet Clinic
Normandy Park Towne Center
19893 1st Ave South
Suite 202
Normandy Park, WA 98148



  • MWF: 9am-7pm
  • T & TH: 10am-7pm
  • Sat: 9am-5pm

The family of Carmen Scott regrets they had to cancel the community-wide Celebration of Life they had planned for her on May 31.

Instead the family will be holding a private memorial.

As many of our Readers may recall, Carmen passed away on Thanksgiving night 2014 (read about her here). Carmen had suffered from numerous brain tumors, which were diagnosed in May, 2013.

The paved trail running from the Marina to the turnaround at the start of the Des Moines Beach Park Trail was re-named in her honor. She long ago recognized its’ historical importance, as well as the importance of the Beach Park to the community of Des Moines.

Carmen’s obituary appeared in the Seattle times on Sunday, May 24 – read it here.

“Carmen truly loved the community of Des Moines and the support Carmen and the family received during her illness showed it was reciprocated,” said her sister Margaret Leaf. “The family can’t thank you enough.”

Here’s episode #3 of our SoKing News Podcast, 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:

The community is invited to enjoy Highline College’s student art show, to be held June 1–2 on campus:

This event is free.

WHAT: 2015 Highline College Art and Design Portfolio Show

WHEN: June 1–2, 2015, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 5 – 8 p.m.

COST: Free

WHERE: Highline College’s main campus; Building 8, Mt. Constance/Mt. Olympus rooms; Highline College’s main campus is located midway between Seattle and Tacoma at South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South (Highway 99); address: 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines, Wash.

INFO: Highline College is holding the annual Art and Design Portfolio Show on June 1–2, which features the work of graduating students from the Fine Art, Visual Communications (Graphic Design), Interior Design, Drafting Design and Photography departments.

The public is welcome to view and celebrate the work and achievements of Highline’s graduating students. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Sponsored by: Highline College Arts and Humanities division

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, May 24 – is a beautiful Normandy Park home with plenty of room for everyone and lots of room for entertaining – all on a 1/4 acre lot!

With 4 large bedrooms, 3 baths, craft room, office and incredible out door spaces, this home is waiting for you, with a beautiful deck for summer BBQs and a fully fenced yard.

It’s got hardwood floors, a new furnace (2015), and a large family room with a fireplace downstairs in fully finished basement.

Oh, and there’s also a fireplace in the dining room for cozy dinners.

This home is located on a quite dead end street with plenty of parking.

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


















Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, May 24 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 203 SW 176th Street, Normandy Park, WA 98166


  • List Price: $562,950
  • MLS Number: 777713
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1969
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,590
  • Lot Square Footage: 11,520

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Fully
  • High Speed Internet
  • Patio
  • Bath Off Master
  • Built-In Vacuum
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings

Marketing remarks:

This beautiful Normandy Park home offers plenty of room for everyone and lots of room for entertaining all on a 1/4 acre lot!

4 large bedrooms, 3 baths, craft room, office and incredible out door spaces.

Beautiful deck for those summer BBQs and fully fenced.

Hardwood floors, new furnace (2015), large family room with a fireplace downstairs in fully finished basement. Fireplace in dinning room for cozy dinners.

This home is located on a quite dead end street with plenty of parking.

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.


On May 14, the City of Des Moines proclaimed June as “Music4Life Month.”

The local program – “Highline Music4Life” – provides musical instruments to fifth and sixth graders who qualify for free and reduced-priced meals. In special circumstances, they can also provide instruments to older children, as well.

Highline Music4Life also provides violins, violas, guitars, and ukuleles to support new string instrument programs at the middle school level. The program’s expressed goal is to enable as many young people as possible to take advantage of instrumental music opportunities. People are encouraged to support this program by donating instruments and funds. Details on ways to help can be found at

For the past several years, The Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park has been holding a major fundraiser called the Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival, which donates a majority of the event’s net revenues to benefit Highline Music4Life. This year, the 6th annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews event will take place at the Des Moines Creek Park on Aug. 29, 2015.

Check the Waterland Blog for more details about the upcoming festivities.

At the Des Moines Yacht Club this past Thursday evening (May 19, 2015) students, parents and members of the local community gathered for the annual Dollars for Scholars award reception.

Des Moines Dollars for Scholars is a non-profit organization affiliated nationally with Scholarship America. They work to help hometown students get connected with organizations, endowments and businesses in the community that provide scholarship funds.

You can learn more at the Des Moines Dollars for Scholars web site.

Thursday’s celebration was an opportunity to recognize local students who were selected as scholarship recipients for 2015.

Here are this year’s scholarship winners:

  • Des Moines Rotary Scholarship – Gurleen Grewal
  • Des Moines Rotary Scholarship – Jessalyn Henry
  • Recology/CleanScapes Scholarship – Bethany Shimasaki
  • BJ and Anna Bjorneby Scholarship – Daniel Inman
  • Ronald Millheisler Scholarship – TeRessa Giamatti
  • Steven J. Underwood Memorial Scholarship – Kennedy Bryant
  • Southwest Seattle Business & Professional Women Scholarship – Cassandra Larson
  • Geraldine Sorensen Scholarship – Megan Reissig
  • Des Moines Dollars for Scholars – Navath Nhan
  • Des Moines Dollars for Scholars – Hannah Van Wyk
  • Des Moines Yacht Club First Mates Scholarship Honoring the 2014 Man & Woman of the Year – Courtney Jolley
  • Des Moines Yacht Club Ken Higgins Memorial Scholarship – Ryan Snow
  • Des Moines Yacht Club Darrel Miller Memorial Scholarship – Allison Wick

Photographer Michael Brunk was at the event and shot the following photos. You can click individual images to view them larger.

2015 Scholarship Winners

2015 Scholarship Winners

Angela Engel, Dollars for Scholars Board President

Angela Engel, Dollars for Scholars Board President

Tony Piasecki & Gurleen Grewel

Tony Piasecki & Gurleen Grewel

Photo by Michael Brunk /

Tony Piasecki & Jessalyn Henry

Dan Bridges & Bethany Shimasaki

Dan Bridges & Bethany Shimasaki

Daniel Inman, Anna Bjorneby & BJ Bjorneby

Daniel Inman, Anna Bjorneby & BJ Bjorneby

Felicia Doubek, Guest Speaker & Previous Scholarship Recipient

Felicia Doubek, Guest Speaker & Previous Scholarship Recipient

TeRessa Giamatti & Vickie Bergquist

TeRessa Giamatti & Vickie Bergquist

Dick Underwood, Kennedy Bryant & Officer Bob Crane

Dick Underwood, Kennedy Bryant & Officer Bob Crane

Cassandra Larson & Margaret Way

Cassandra Larson & Margaret Way

Megan Reissig & Nancy Sorensen

Megan Reissig & Nancy Sorensen

Kurt Hollingsworth & Navath Nhan

Kurt Hollingsworth & Navath Nhan

Hannah Van Wyk & Virg Staiger

Hannah Van Wyk & Virg Staiger

Photo by Michael Brunk /

Trish Keenan & Ryan Snow

Allison Wick & Marilee Wamsley

Allison Wick & Marilee Wamsley

2015 Scholarship Awards Reception

2015 Scholarship Awards Reception

Des Moines Police are investigating a mysterious shooting that sent one man to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon (May 20).

The shooting happened just after 1 p.m. at a 7-11 convenience store located at 260th and Pacific Highway South.

Police say that a white town car with two adult males, one female and a child, was parked on the north side of the store’s parking lot.

Minutes later, a dark SUV pulled in and a man got out. The man approached the town car, spoke to the passengers, then turned and walked away.

Moments later, the man stopped, turned around and walked back to the car, now holding a gun in his hand. He shot the driver once, then returned to the SUV and took off.

The SUV escaped.

The female in the town car managed to drive the shooting victim to a nearby fire station, where he was treated by medics before being taken to Harborview.

Sgt. Doug Jenkins told The Waterland Blog that the shooting – which they have seen on a poor quality surveillance video – is currently a mystery.

“It could be random, or if could be that the shooter knew the victim,” Jenkins said.

Police were still on the scene investigating as of 4:30 p.m.

As we gather more information, we’ll update this post…

Wanolitto says it is a little more than two weeks until Opening Day – Saturday, June 6 – for the 2015 Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market!

Coming off another very successful season, the Market will be bringing you many special events for its 10th Anniversary Season.

The word “Waterfront” will be prominent again at The Des Moines Marina, where you will be able to enjoy your favorite market vendors and sample many prepared foods. Opening day will also feature our Food Truck-In, with 12 trucks including your favorites and some new ones. Look for them in the horseshoe drive in front of the marina office.

“The market again will have many of your favorite artisans and crafters as well as some surprises,” said Rikki Marohl, market manager.

Also returning will be the market’s own wines, including last year’s favorite Waterfront Red, a fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon, with all the proceeds going toward the market’s Endowment Fund. Look for our wine booth where tasting once again is encouraged.

Don’t forget to bring your old musical instruments to donate them to the Highline Music4Life program. They will be at the market every Saturday in June. The program refurbishes the instruments and gives them to the Highline School students who wouldn’t be able to afford them. The local Rotary Club of Des Moines recently made a $13,000 donation to this wonderful program thru its annual Blues & Blues Festival, it will be held this year on August 29.

Aileen Evans, assistant manager, added “the market was able to obtain two grants this season for a total over $40,000. The grant from King Conservation District is the Healthy Eating with Farm Fresh Foods program that provides low income Senior Citizens age 55 and older to $10 every market day to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from our local farmers. Just bring your pictured ID to our information booth to receive your tokens to use as cash. The other grant is to educate and feed low income families with healthy foods. It is called the Fresh Bucks Eating Initiative where you can double your EBT dollars up to $10/market day. Qualified participants can sign up at the market information booth.

The market and King Conservation District, along with partner Senior Services, are proud to once again offer the HYDE Shuttle providing local transportation to seniors 55 and older and the disabled of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and this year, Sea-Tac. Download flyer here.

Clutter to Cash ImageAnother special event this season is the chance to turn your Clutter to Cash on June 27th. You know all that odd ball stuff you have been moving from one side of your garage to the other and trip over every time you try to get into your car. There are only 25 booth spaces so we are encouraging people to sign up early. The space fee is $20 and you must provide your own tables, chairs, etc. You can sign up at the information booth or download the application from our web site.

The biggest news for this season is the start of our Sunset Markets, beginning Wednesday July 1 and running every Wednesday thru August 26. It will open from 3 – 7 p.m., with many new vendors and food trucks where people can shop and eat and then walk to the beach park for the free music series.

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the website and sign up for our e-newsletter that comes out once a week.

You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the market’s Facebook page.

See you on OPENING DAY!

Highline Public Schools Teachers will be “walking out” of classrooms this Thursday, May 21 – all school is canceled for the day – and will be striking at the following sites, including a big rally at Moshier Field in Burien set for 1 p.m.:

“Our walkout is a principled non-violent protest in support of a value we hold deeply — the promise afforded by universal public education to create individual opportunities for our students, and stronger communities for all,” reads an announcement.

Here’s more from the Highline Education Association:

Parents and others in our community support great schools and can be strong allies. You can help build support with them for the issues we care about by helping the community understand what’s at stake and why we’re taking this action.

  • We need less time spent on testing, and more time spent on teaching.
  • We need smaller classes so we can help every single one of our students learn.
  • We need professional pay and benefits so that we can feed our own families, pay our own bills, and afford to stay in our current careers.
  • What do teachers want? We want kids in our community to get a great education.

We’ve tried for years with letters and emails and rallies to convince lawmakers they need to comply with state constitutional mandates and court orders to adequately fund public education, but without success. Answer questions openly and honestly, but avoid getting into a debate or disagreement. If you are talking to parents you know in the community, encourage supporters to join us on picket lines or at our joint rally on May 21 at Moshier Field, 430 S. 156th St, Burien at 1:00 pm.

Spread the word by explaining to their friends why these issues are important, either on social media, or in quick conversations in grocery store checkout lines, or in letters to the editor in local newspapers.

Help feed a hungry child on May 21: Bring a can of food

We’re not just walking in support of public schools on May 21. We’re trying to support another good cause, too: feeding the hungry. To support families of Highline, we are supporting our local food banks. Please bring a can of food or other non-perishable food item to the midday rally at Moshier Field. We’ll have a collection site so that donations can go to help families here in our community.

Join the Sign Waving Efforts on May 21, 2015 – Site Locations:

  • North Zone, Site 1: SW 107th & 16th Ave SW
  • North Zone, Site 2: SW 128th St. and 1st Ave. S
  • North Zone, Site 3: SW 148th St. and 1st Ave. S
  • North Zone, Site 4: SW 160th St. and 1st Ave. S (“Five Corners”)
  • South Zone, Site 5: S 188th St. and Pacific Highway S (99)
  • South Zone, Site 6: S 216th St and Marine View Drive
  • South Zone, Site 7: Kent-Des Moines Road and Pacific Highway S (99)

Map of Locations:


The Mt. Rainier High School Cheerleaders will be holding a Car Wash at North Hill Espresso this Saturday, May 23, to help raise funds for Cheer Camp.

“Please come on out to support the team that supports all the school teams AND get a sparkling clean car!! Go Rams!”

North Hill Espresso is located at 20738 1st Ave South.


On Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m., the Highline Bears will bring Semi-Pro baseball back to the Highline Community for the first time in over 30 years, when they take on the Snoqualmie Hurricanes at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center.

The Bears hope to pack the stadium with hundreds of families, spanning from West Seattle, White Center, Burien, Normandy Park, Des Moines and beyond.

Tickets to games are only $3 and kids 12 and under are free. Season tickets are also available for only $40, which includes a free t-shirt.

“We wanted to provide affordable family entertainment for everyone in our community” said General Manager Justin Moser.

In the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s White Center Stadium (now Steve Cox Memorial Park) was the home of men’s semi-professional baseball and professional fast pitch softball teams. Several hundred adults, kids and families would fill the stands and sit along the side fences watching a high level of baseball under the lights on Friday and Saturday nights. The stadium hosted former professional baseball players, college athletes with dreams of making it to the big’s and men’s fast pitch teams like Pay n’ Pak and the King & His Court.sidebar-ad-burien

The Highline Bears are a new expansion team in the Pacific International League. The Pacific International League (PIL) was founded in 1992, the league is considered by many to be the premier Summer Collegiate Baseball league in the Northwest. Sanctioned by the National Baseball Congress (NBC), most PIL players are NCAA eligible and are unpaid in order to maintain their eligibility. The PIL is different from many other summer collegiate baseball leagues in that the league also allows former professionals and college graduates to participate.

The Bears roster is made up of 25 athletes, from all over the country and even one from Brisbane, Australia. The team plays around 40 games in just 60 days. Sixteen of those games are scheduled for Steve Cox Memorial Park. On June 19 the Bears will be hosting the US Military All-Stars for Military Appreciation night.

“We want to bring our community together through the game of baseball,” Moser added.

You can purchase tickets online at or at the gate on May 30. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the first pitch will be at 7 p.m..

The Bears are also still looking for sponsors and volunteers to help throughout the season. For more information, please contact Justin Moser at 253-310-6602 or e-mail

As we reported last week, Highline Public Schools Teachers will conduct a one-day walkout this Thursday, May 21, to make a statement to the state legislature about their repeated failure to provide adequate funding for public education.

Schools will be closed that day, as the district said that it does not have enough substitute teachers to cover all classes.

Highline will make up the school day on May 26, the district’s scheduled snow make-up day.

This action is not targeted against the Highline School District.

The Highline Education Association (HEA) – the teachers’ union – voted by an 88% majority last Tuesday night (May 12) to participate in a one-day walkout on May 21.

According to the union’s website, “teachers and support staff have gone six years without a state cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), the Republican Senate budget only includes a small 3 percent COLA over two years and no increase in health care funding, which means teachers will take home less money next year as health care costs rise. Legislators are in line to get 11 percent raises. Several budget proposals would also unjustifiably restrict school districts’ flexibility to make local decisions about teacher compensation and staffing for student programs.”

Here’s more info from a release sent to The B-Town Blog:

Highline Education Association members, including teachers and other education professionals such as counselors and psychologists, have voted overwhelmingly to join the wave of rolling strikes across the state to protest the Washington Legislature’s failure to fully fund smaller K-12 class sizes and provide professional, competitive pay and benefits for teachers and school employees. This is not an action we have taken lightly, and we have proactively been communicating and cooperating with Highline School District administration to minimize the impact of the May 21st walkout on students and families.

This action is not targeted against the Highline School District, but is a statement to the state legislature about their repeated failure to provide adequate funding for public education.

We are teachers because we care about children’s futures. We want the legislature to do its job, and follow the constitution’s mandate that education is its paramount duty. Our students deserve a world-class education, not a cut-rate legislative compromise. Here are some of the issues we are protesting:

Class Size: Washington ranks 47th in class size. This is unacceptable. Washington residents have voted twice to lower class size. But the legislature decided to stop funding Initiative-728 and plans to rewrite I-1351 to fund K-3 class size reduction only. This would increase class sizes in grades 4-12. State law requires the state to reduce class sizes in all grades, not just some.

Funding for Education: Because the Legislature is not fulfilling its constitutional duty to amply fund education, we helped launch the McCleary court case, which legally forces them to do so. The Supreme Court ruled in our favor. Our legislators, who try to blame teachers, are now in contempt of court.

Salary losses to inflation: WEA members took an initiative to voters to provide education employees a Cost of Living Adjustment, or COLA. Voters agreed, passing Initiative-732. The Legislature has failed to fund it for the past 7 years, while lining up for an 11% raise for themselves this year. The proposed salary increase in the current budget are as low as 3% and do not make up for the 13% educators already have to inflation. Talented educators are leaving the profession because they cannot support their own families.

Testing: At the same time and against our protests, the Legislature is continuing to support a toxic testing environment that is damaging our students and schools. Legislators are even attempting to mandate the use of state test scores in teacher evaluations, a policy that isn’t based on research and that doesn’t help kids. More likely, it will may drive passionate teachers away from working with students who need their help the most.

Teachers have less time to teach and fewer resources, yet they have more students, more pressure and more red tape than ever before. The state Legislature is making public education worse, not better. Politicians haven’t listened to teachers, and they’re not providing the support students and educators need to be successful. Our schools need funding for smaller classes, adequate materials and professional wages.

Highline teachers and other educators have voted to walk out on May 21 only because we believe it is necessary to do our part to convince the state legislature that they cannot delay any further, and must live up to the promises they have made to students, families, educators, and our community. We hope that Highline families will understand that we are advocating for our students and support us in sending the legislature a clear message that it’s time to fully fund education in Washington State.

More information is available at

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by Jack Mayne

Two candidates have filed for the position vacated when former Councilmember Jeanette Burrage resigned last month. The candidates are Luisa Bangs and Alexander Szabo.

Bangs had earlier told The Waterland Blog that she would campaign for both the short term completing Burrage’s term, and then for the full, four-year term.

“I have lived in Des Moines for 15 years and just celebrated my 30th anniversary working at Sea-Tac Airport for the Port of Seattle, in many leadership positions,” she told the Blog in April. “The past four years I served on the Des Moines Arts Commission, working to bring and sustain art and music to our city.

“I have decided to run for a seat on the council because I believe I can make a significant impact in our community. There is great potential in our community and I believe we need to keep the city moving forward supporting responsible economic development, strengthening public safety and improving our schools for future generations.”

Filing to oppose Bangs was Alexander Szabo, a member of the city’s Human Services Advisory Board.

Incumbent Councilmember Jeremy Nutting is seeking reelection to Council Position 4. No one filed to oppose him.

In the spot being vacated by 20-year incumbent Bob Sheckler, a candidate who has sought the position before, Robbie Back, has declared his candidacy.

Also on the ballot will be newly appointed Superior Court Judge Veronica A. Galvan, seeking to fill an unexpired one-year term. Galvan was for many years the district court judge in Des Moines.

Here’s episode #2 of our new SoKing News Podcast, 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:

See – and hear – all SoKing News Podcasts here.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this Saturday and Sunday – is a charming Craftsman-style Farmhouse!

This 3-bedroom home has two stories, with a fully finished, light, bright basement with large utility room and separate entrance.

Built in 1910, this home has lots of classic character, with loads of updates!

Enter the Living Room with Hardwood Floors and Pillars leading to the open Dining Room.

The Kitchen has a nice Eating Space and Glass Slider to Deck that opens to Backyard.

Excellent location, close to Lincoln Park and Ferries!

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










Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, from Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 10234 40th Ave SW, Seattle 98146 (Map)


  • List Price: $459,900
  • MLS Number: 788357
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1910
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,965
  • Lot Square Footage: 5,618

Site Features:

  • Fruit Trees
  • Garden Space,
  • Paved Street
  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Fully

Marketing remarks:

Charming Craftsman Style Farmhouse with Picket Fence.

2 Stories with a fully finished, light, bright basement w/large utility room and separate entrance.

Character with loads of updates.

Enter the Living Room with Hardwood Floors and Pillars leading to the open Dining Room.

Kitchen with Eating Space and Glass Slider to Deck opens to Backyard.

Excellent location, close to Lincoln Park and Ferries.

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