Where do all these people come from????

Amazed by another huge crowd, I walked thru the market introducing myself and asked people where they lived. I was blown away – half the people I talked with did not live in Des Moines. Here are just some of the places people came from: Kent, Federal Way, Tacoma, Auburn, Kirkland, Normandy Park, Burien, Sea-Tac, Tukwila, Renton, White Center, West Seattle, Seattle, Everett and as far away as Florida, California, Germany, Oregon and Japan. Almost all of them said they came on a regular basis because of the friendliness of everyone here and of course the fabulous venue. Four ladies from Kirkland carpool a couple times a month.

The Clutter to Cash Sale was a huge success and both shoppers & vendors said they would like to see more. Right now the market is looking to set aside a date in August. Keep checking this column, the market’s web site and information booth for more details.

DMFMWineTo help celebrate the 4th of July, we are having Farmers Market Wine Sale, purchase any four bottles and receive a 20% discount and a free canvas wine tote.

GingersTreatsVendor Profile: This week we are featuring Ginger’s Treats, offering gourmet USDA organic dog snacks with handcrafted flavor and quality. Owner Katie Metz says “we are a local company and our treats contain No wheat, No soy, No corn, No preservatives, No artificial flavors and No artificial colors. We want nothing more than to have happy healthy dogs everywhere.” When she isn’t at the market, you can stop by the Wine Tasting booth for coupons and free samples for your doggy.

Music: PK Dwyer

Food Trucks: Curb Jumper, Fish Basket, Hot Revolution Donuts, Lumpia World, Nibbles

New Vendor: Bear’s Breath: Ketchup for the Bold

Market sponsor: Law Offices of Gehrke, Baker, Doull & Kelly donated their booth space this week to Friend to Friend America which recruits and matches volunteers to visit (one-to-one) with elderly and disabled persons who live in nursing homes, assisted living and retirement homes. The volunteer friends make a commitment to visit at least twice a month at their convenience, for a minimum of one year.

Seniors don’t forget that the market and the King Conservation District, along with partner Senior Services, are offering the HYDE Shuttle providing local door to door transportation to the market to seniors 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and this year Sea-Tac.

Sunset Markets happen every Wednesday from 3-7pm in July and August. There will be over 30 vendors, some that will be new to us and plenty of Food Trucks. After shopping and eating people can walk into the beach park and enjoy the Des Moines Art Commission’s free summer concerts at 7pm.

The Farmers Market is reaching out to support local business this season. To any Des Moines brick and mortar, independent, locally owned and operated business, the market is offering a free booth space for one market day during the 2015 season to promote their business. To make it easy, canopy, table & chairs will be provided. To participate, go to www.DMFM.org and download the application and mail it in.

The Des Moines Area Food Bank kids free summer meals program is every Saturday at the market. Snacks are served from 10-11am and lunch from 11:30 to 1pm. There will also be free meals at the Sunset Markets starting Wednesday July 1st. Snacks are from 3-4pm and dinner is 4:30 to 6:30pm.

Upcoming Events:

July 4th –    Fireworks over Des Moines.

July 18thWaterland Festival Activities.

Remember to PITCH IT IN.

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A high-speed crash into a utility pole at S. 216th and Pacific Highway South in Des Moines early Thursday morning (July 2) sent one to the hospital with serious injuries, according to South King Fire & Rescue.

Officials add that before emergency personnel arrived on the scene, some alert citizens helped the injured driver out of the smashed-up car.

Here are some relevant Tweets about the incident:

Late Wednesday afternoon (July 1), local dignitaries, residents and former campers gathered in the sweltering heat for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly-restored Des Moines Beach Park Dining Hall, also known as the Covenant Beach Bible Camp.

Built in 1934 and located in the Covenant Beach Bible Camp Historic District at Des Moines Beach Park, the building has been closed since 2002 due to the Nisqually Earthquake and Des Moines Creek flood damage. Since that time, the City of Des Moines has worked extensively with federal, state, King County and heritage leaders to save, preserve and reopen this iconic building.

The Dining Hall was designed by Marvel Johnson, a former camper and one of the first female graduates of the University of Washington School of Architecture.

The Covenant Beach Bible Camp Historic District consists of eight rustic craftsman-style camp buildings influenced by Swedish heritage, located within the 18-acre Des Moines Beach Park. The setting includes Des Moines Creek which opens onto the saltwater beach of Puget Sound, archaeological components, natural features and a system of paths and trails connecting to the Des Moines Marina.

Scott Schaefer was on hand and he took these photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):











Here’s more info on this project:

Phased construction projects over an eight year period include: Phase 1 (2008): Structural stabilization and construction of a new steel foundation spanning the creek, lifting the building three feet above the 100 year flood level, disconnection and capping and/or removal of deteriorated building utilities at a cost of $1,207,011; Phase 2 (2011-2012): Construction of ADA access to the building via ramps, decking and the replacement of exterior apron around building at a cost of $476,450. Phase 3 (2012) Modifications to Des Moines Creek with an extensive berm walls, deepening and widening of the creek to keep it within its banks and to protect the Historic District at a cost of $1,241,892 and Phase 3 (2013-2015) Reopening of the Dining Hall and Kaffe Stuga construction to install structural posts, beams and framing, repair dry rot, replace insulation and plywood sheer walls, install a fire suppression system and grease trap, update interior restrooms for ADA access, replace and reconnect utilities, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and HVAC systems, replace flooring, restore windows, replace doors, replace roof, gutters, downspouts, repair exterior siding and trim, add exterior lighting and paint the building at a cost of $1,292,623.

Giving credit to the champions that worked with the City of Des Moines to save this resource by providing matching funds totaling $1,934,000 include: 4Culture, King County Preservation Office, Washington Department of Commerce and Economic Development, Washington Historic Commission and Washington Heritage Capital Fund with leadership by former Gov. Christine Gregoire, State Senator Karen Keiser and State Representatives Tina Orwall and Dave Upthegrove, and King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Giving praise to the people and organizations that advocated tirelessly to save this resource include: Artifacts, Des Moines Creek Basin Committee, Des Moines Historical Society, Des Moines Landmarks Commission, Des Moines Legacy Foundation, Northwest Covenant Church Council, Seattle Southside Visitors Services, Washington Department of Archeology, Historic Preservation, and, especially to the current and past Des Moines Mayor and City Council’s who’s vision for the City is: An inviting, livable, safe waterfront community embracing change for the future while preserving our past. Lastly, this project would not have come to pass with the tireless leadership, dedication and passion of former Councilmembers Carmen Scott and Susan White.

by T.M. Sell

If you build it, they will come – if you build it in the right place.

Sound Transit soon will decide where to site its extension of the light rail from Angle Lake toward Federal Way. The two main options bring the route along Interstate 5 or along Pacific Highway South.

Local cities are lining up in favor of Interstate 5. Des Moines apparently fears the temporary disruption a Pacific Highway route will produce, while Kent sees the economic development potential of having the rail line run within its borders.

It’s a great leap forward to even get to talk about where to put the rail line. Going back to 1968, local voters consistently rejected transit funding measures. In the late 1980s, a Bellevue mayor publicly questioned why we needed a rail line to South King County, opining “Nobody lives there.”

That’s been the flaw in transportation planning in this region since they built Interstate 5, which at its busiest point goes from six lanes down to two. Planners couldn’t foresee anything different than people driving into and out of Seattle – never through. And so we have one of the most dysfunctional stretches of urban freeway outside of Canada (where, at several major cities, the freeways just end).

So we do need a rail line, for all of the reasons we’ve always needed a rail line. Until we decide to fill in either Elliott Bay or Lake Washington, or start bulldozing the Cascades, we don’t have room for more roads. Anything we do to get cars off the roads saves us money both in time, traffic congestion and pollution costs.

From the perspective of Highline College, naturally we want to see a station as close to the college as possible – on the west side of Pacific Highway. Unlike the rest of Des Moines, we don’t have enough parking. The state will not pay for anything that doesn’t include a classroom, let alone a parking garage.

It is the city’s parking problem that makes its decision to favor the I-5 route so curious.

Des Moines’ issue is that there’s no reason to park there. I meet a lot of people who say “I’ve never been there!” and unless you work here, attend Highline, or own a boat, there’s no reason to come here.

The problem isn’t new. For decades, city government purposefully made it difficult to do business in Des Moines.

The City Council tried to make redevelopment of a restaurant contingent on the developer building a parking garage underneath. The city tried to make a building permit for the college contingent on the college building a sidewalk on a street away from the college. Many business owners who wanted to expand or locate in the city concluded that it was just too difficult and chose to go elsewhere.

The end result is that Des Moines has the lowest per capita tax base of any city over 10,000 in the entire state. I’ve lived in Des Moines for nearly 30 years, and I like it. But if I want to shop, I go to Burien.

The City Council has recognized its problem, which became serious when the car tab tax was slashed and the sales tax equalization fund that bailed out bedroom communities such as Des Moines was ended. And that train isn’t coming back.

Which brings us to the light rail. Serious studies show that transit development produces benefits both in terms of retail development and activity, and in higher land values.

However, these benefits will be reduced by putting the route, and especially the stations, farther away from where people actually live.

For example, the Tukwila station hasn’t produced much of anything, being located away from someplace people might actually want to go, such as Southcenter. It’s great to have a station in South King County – we could use a few more – but one located near a major draw would have produced benefits for nearby businesses and hence for the local community.

Even more than where the line runs, it matters where the stations are located. Experience and multiple studies show that if something is not within walking distance, people don’t use it.

At least one local city councilmember is apparently convinced that the Kent-Des Moines Park and Ride fills up every morning with Highline College students, so they won’t be discouraged by a light rail station just as far from Highline and CWU-Des Moines.

This is absurd. The park and ride is small – it fills up with commuters by 7:30 a.m. — and it’s a mile from the college. A walk from there requires crossing two major arterials, Pacific Highway South and Kent-Des Moines Road.

Nonetheless, it’s somewhat understandable why local leaders want to see the rail line essentially run along I-5. Extending the line along Pacific Highway South will cause more short-term disruption. In the case of Des Moines, any disruption of business threatens the city’s finances.

But while the city has recognized that it needed a different approach to economic development, pushing the rail line east to the freeway only makes sense in the short term. If there is any business development along I-5, it will be in Kent.

Sound Transit predicts a healthy amount of ancillary development around its Angle Lake station, which is just off Pacific Highway, and not without reason. The line will run from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to the Angle Lake Station at South 200th Street, and so far the project hasn’t torn a hole in the heart of SeaTac.

Des Moines should favor the Pacific Highway/SR99 route, because in the long term, it will mean a more vibrant community.

Not everyone is going to agree with this (and that’s OK). The SR99 route costs half a billion more dollars than the I-5 route, and it displaces more businesses.

But it also generates three times as much commercial development potential, and is expected to attract 3,000 more riders a day. That’s a lot of cars off the road. The I-5 route also displaces five times as many homes as does the SR99 route.

So while in the short term it will cause some disruptions, in the long term it will mean more commercial development and more retail sales tax revenue for the city.

Obviously, this really matters to the college. The fact that it does should matter to everyone else.

Because of lower rents, South King County has attracted a large number of immigrants and lower income people. Their best hope of gaining the skills necessary to get better employment is education and training.

Highline College is the leading institution for providing that training. One-quarter of our 10-15,000-strong student body are ABE/ESL (Adult Basic Education/English as a Second Language) students. The college has made great progress in convincing these students to stay longer than it takes to learn basic English, to stay long enough to get added job skills and a better-paying career.

To the extent that students can get to campus, more of them will come. And the more students we have, the less likely the college is in jeopardy of losing state funding.

Moreover, putting a station a mile east of the college increases the likelihood that Metro will move more bus routes there and away from Highline, further reducing students’ access to higher education.

Before you respond that you don’t have any kids in or about to be in college, try to look at it all with a slightly longer view: The students at Highline, today and in the future, are your employees, customers, clients and, for some of us, our caretakers of tomorrow.

As Highline economics professor Dr. James Peyton has adroitly said, we should be investing for our grandchildren, not for ourselves.

T.M. Sell, Ph.D. is professor of political economy at Highline College, and the author of Wings of Power: Boeing and the Politics of Growth in the Northwest, and An Introduction to Politics.

A man was shot in the abdomen in the parking lot of the Red Robin in Des Moines Tuesday afternoon, sending him to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Sgt. Doug Jenkins of the Des Moines Police Department told The Waterland Blog that around 2:05 p.m., police received several 911 calls about a shooting outside the restaurant.

Two men – who knew each other – apparently decided to meet at the Red Robin parking lot, where they got into verbal argument. This argument escalated into a physical confrontation, where the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot the victim once in the abdomen.

The suspect remained on the scene, waiting for officers – a “rare occurrence,” according to Jenkins.

The victim is a 40-year old Hispanic male, and the suspect is a white male in 20s. The suspect was transported to Highline Medical Center by police for treatment to his arm. He will be treated and questioned by police.

Detectives were still on site investigating as of 3:30 p.m.

Red Robin is located at 22705 Marine View Drive.


Featured artist Michael Sorenson with his artwork.


Featured artist Floyd Tokuda.

The Highline College Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center’s new art display features inspiring artwork by some very inspiring artists.

The pieces – all of which are created by artists with disabilities – highlight the damaging impact of litter and pollution in our world’s waters. The artists channel their unique talents and vision in an effort to motivate others to save our oceans.

“Having an exhibit where differently-abled artists are the voice for marine organisms and their plight is a profound message that speaks to everyone,” said MaST Center Director, Dr. Kaddee Lawrence. “I am incredibly pleased that the MaST Center has had the good fortune to partner with the Elfin Group for this exhibit.”

The Elfin Group is a local organization that is comprised of differently-abled artists.

All of the pieces are for sale and 80 percent of the proceeds will go to the MaST Center to support programs for the public. The display will remain at the MaST Center until the end of August.

The MaST Center offers free exhibit space to artists that feature the natural world of the Puget Sound in their work. For more information on the MaST Center or displaying art at the center, emailmast@highline.edu or visit mast.highline.edu.

WHAT: Marine Life Matters: Differently-Abled Artists Painting the Unheard Voices of Marine Life

WHEN: Saturdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.and Thursdays, 4–7 p.m. through August 29, 2015


WHERE: Highline College’s Marine Science and Technology Center, located on Redondo Beach Drive, next door to Salty’s; address: >28203 Redondo Beach Dr. S., Des Moines, WA 98198.

Sponsored by: The Highline College Marine Science and Technology Center.


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by Chris Scragg
Puget Sound Weather Geek

Thunderstorms rumbled through the South Puget Sound and Cascade foothills early Monday morning (2:00 – 5:00 a.m.). Frequent lightning lit up the horizon for a beautiful, yet ominous display (click image to see larger version):

Photo by Chris Scragg.

Here’s a radar loop showing the thunderstorms developing along the Cascade foothills and South Sound.

These storms came just after another round of storms fired up on Sunday morning.

Thunderstorms today will be confined to the Cascades and Eastern WA which will unfortunately impact their already drastic fire danger.

The skies will quiet down by the middle of this week and our temperatures will hover in the mid 80s.

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The Des Moines Police Department would like to remind everyone that as outlined by Des Moines Municipal Code, the possession and use of “Fireworks” within the City limits of Des Moines is prohibited:

9.42.030 Fireworks Prohibited
Except as authorized by a permit for the public display of fireworks, as defined in RCW 70.77.160, or for religious purposes as authorized by RCW 70.77.311(2), no person, firm or corporation shall manufacture, possess, sell, store, ignite, explode or discharge any fireworks or firecrackers within the city limits of the city of Des Moines. The manufacture, possession, sale, discharge or storage of five pounds or more of fireworks or firecrackers is a misdemeanor. [Ord. 1537 § 1, 2012: Ord. 1362 § 3, As provided for in the Des Moines Municipal Code, any violation of this ordinance is subject to a $513 penalty and confiscation of the illegal “fireworks.”

9.42.130 Penalties
(1) Unless otherwise noted, a violation or failure to comply with any part of this chapter is a class 1 civil infraction. Any person who violates any portion of this chapter shall be subject to having their fireworks confiscated as provided in RCW 70.77.435.

(2) A person is guilty of a separate offense for each action which violates any provision of, or any order, rule, or regulation made pursuant to, this chapter.

(3) Civil proceedings to enforce this chapter may be brought in the city of Des Moines municipal court or in the superior court for King County. [Ord. 1537 § 2, 2012: Ord. 1362 § 13, 2005.]

“The men and women of the Des Moines Police Department encourage you to attend the Fireworks Over Des Moines Celebration at the Des Moines Marina beginning at 10:15 p.m. on Saturday July 4th. We hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July!”

Don’t forget that this Wednesday, July 1 will be the kick-off night for the new Des Moines Waterfront Sunset Market, to be held every Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. in July and August.

There will be over 30 vendors – some that will be new to the market – along with plenty of Food Trucks.

After shopping and eating, people can walk into the beach park and enjoy the Des Moines Art Commission’s free summer concerts at 7 p.m.

In Beach Park there will be a beer and wine garden service by Destination Des Moines. Also kids’ crafts will be held weekly. There will be shuttle service to all parking lots at the marina.

The Des Moines Area Food Bank kids free summer meals program will have free meals at the Sunset Markets starting Wednesday July 1. Snacks are from 3-4pm and dinner is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Remember to PITCH IT IN!

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.

Here’s episode #8 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:

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WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 – is an amazing 3-bedroom waterfront home near the tip of Three Tree Point!

This home has 60-feet of no bank waterfront with a small boat launch, spectacular views of shipping traffic, ferries and mountains and a front-row seat to all the awesome marine life of Puget Sound.

A world of living awaits, with a massive rock fireplace, two kitchens and great room concept, all in a classic Northwest nautical lifestyle design by Alexander Sasonoff, with an abundant use of natural wood.

It’s also go an oversized garage, large driveway and guest house.

First-time offered for sale, this is the former home of Highline Times and West Seattle Herald publisher Gerald Robinson!

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















Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 3774 SW 171st Street, Burien 98166-3108 (MAP)


  • List Price: $2,125,000
  • MLS Number: 784089
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 1980
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,360
  • Lot Square Footage: 22,394

Site Features:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Loft
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Wet Bar

Marketing remarks:

Dream No More – Near the tip of Three Tree Point!

60’ feet of No Bank Waterfront with Boat Launch (for small boats), Spectacular Views of Shipping Traffic, Ferries & Mountains.

A world of living awaits – massive rock fireplace, two kitchens and great room concept!

Classic Northwest Nautical Lifestyle, design by Alexander Sasonoff, abundant use of natural wood.

Over-sized garage & large driveway.Guest house.

First time offered for sale, this is the former home of Highline Times & West Seattle Herald publisher Gerald Robinson.

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.

Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival from Olav on Vimeo.

Dozens of Micro-Brews, world-renowned blues acts and over 2,000 civic minded individuals are forecasted to attend and support the 6th Annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival located on the shores of Puget Sound at the Des Moines Beach Park on Saturday, August 29th, 2015.

For the past five years the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park have conducted this vibrant event to benefit Highline Music4Life, a program that is dedicated to providing instruments for school-aged children in the Highline School District who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

Music4Life President Steve Swank spoke to the critical nature of the funds received from the 6th annual event:

“For those kids who would like to participate in instrumental music activities but can’t because of limited family income, the Highline Music4Life Program is a godsend. It helps them across the very first barrier they encounter, the acquisition of a playable musical instrument. And it gives them something meaningful, creative and productive to do with their time. That’s why we call it ‘Music4Life’!”

Last year’s event saw record breaking attendance with over 1,600 people from across the Northwest and Canada coming to enjoy world renowned blues and dozens of tasty Micro-Brews. This year, the event is forecasted to grow by over 20%. Des Moines/Normandy Park Rotary member and event organizer Brian Snure attributed the growth due in part to the incredible stable of Blues musicians featured, many whom play for a greatly reduced rate to support the kids and music, “This last year, the Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival was honored to be nominated by the Washington State Blues society for the Best Community Blues Festival for 2015. We’ve seen a steady growth in attendance for this event and we are very grateful for all of those who have attended in the past and those who will ‘Drink to Music’ in support of children and music at this year’s event.”

The Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival’s line includes four acclaimed musical acts:

  • BRIAN LEE & THE ORBITERS: 12:30–2:00
  • STACY JONES BAND: 4:30–6:00
  • CD WOODBURY BAND: 6:30–8:00

One of the key draws to this event will be the 20 plus local and regional Micro-Brewers on tap. This year event will feature Micro-Brews, Hard Cider and Wine from the following:

Georgetown Beer, Diamond Knot Brewing, Fish Tale Ales, Fremont Brewing, Mac and Jacks, Big Al’s Brewing, MT Head, Silver City, Airways Brewing, Pike Place Brewing, Stoup Brewing, Deschutes Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, Elysian Brewing, Schooner Exact, Hilliard’s, Der Blokken, Schilling, Finn River Farms, Wicked Cider, Sun River Vintners.

To complement the 6th Annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival, The Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park will be barbecuing Bratwurst and B&E Market’s famous Tri Tip for your dining enjoyment. The Festival will be located on the shores of Puget Sound at the Des Moines Beach Park. This is an outdoor event and will be held rain or shine, and attendees must be 21 or older to attend this pet-free event.

No outside food or beverages allowed. Low lawn chairs and picnic blankets allowed. There will be plenty of free parking with a free shuttle circulating town on a regular basis.

Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased on line at www.bluesandbrewsfest.org. Tickets may be purchased for $30 at the gate while they last. Five tasting tokens included with the price of admission. All beer tastings this year will be one Token! 100% of the net proceed support the Des Moines Rotary’s charitable projects including the primary benefactor Highline Music4Life.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:]

Last night we took our daughter to Steven Underwood park for des Moines rec league baseball practice.

While we were on the field, two cars, ours and another ladies, were broken into.

Our passenger window was busted with a screwdriver and pushed in. We found it lying on the front seat-they must have been scared off, they never touched a thing. The other lady left her purse in her car, car unlocked.

Sadly, I guess we need to start watching our cars while at the ballfields.

Michael Walker

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by Chris Scragg
Puget Sound Weather Geek

Hey folks! Summer is certainly here and you have two weather possibilities for this weekend:

  1. Hot
  2. Or stormy!

Lets talk about it…

The Heatwave: Saturday – Monday

So far this month we’ve been warmer than normal, which is a continuing trend for almost a year and a half. This weekend’s upcoming heatwave will build upon the already warmer than normal temperatures, and boost the mercury up to about 90°F and possibly beyond.

The cause is a combination of a strong dome of high pressure developing over the Western U.S and the excessively long days we’re having due to the summer solstice.

We’ll start our steady climb on Friday and by the end of the day we’ll be into the low 80s. Saturday will be the warmest day of the heat spell, and it will be downright hot. The Puget Sound may see temps in the 90°F range. Sunday may be a dash cooler but the errant 90°F reading is still possible further inland.

These temperature forecasts are subject to change within the next 48-72 hours due to the possibility of additional moisture or thunderstorm activity.

Thunderstorm Possibility: Saturday – Sunday

To understand the complex possibility for thunderstorms this weekend you should first have some context of the basic ingredients that thunderstorms need to develop.

  1. Instability: Where buoyant air rises (like a basketball from the bottom of a pool).
  2. Moisture: Suspended water vapor that condenses into clouds and rain.
  3. Lift: A trigger mechanism which pushes unstable air to finally become a thunderstorm.

Lets take a look at each one of these ingredients forecasted by our weather models to evaluate our chances of seeing storms develop this weekend.

Firstly, instability. The heat caused by the high pressure and 15 hour long days will cause warm currents of air (updrafts) across the Northwest to climb into the sky. This is the primary cause of the unstable atmosphere.

One measurement form of instability is C.A.P.E. (Convective Available Potential Energy).

The WRF-GFS model by the UW is showing a large amount of CAPE located mostly over the mountains on Saturday. The instability does migrate towards the Puget Sound by about 11PM.

On Sunday the most unstable areas in western Washington will be the southern portions of the region.

Instability is mostly harmless unless paired with moisture. Moisture is the fuel that when combined with an unstable updraft can create clouds, and eventually thunderstorms and rain.

As our huge dome of high pressure develops, a swath of atmospheric water vapor will rotate around it and push directly into the Pacific Northwest as seen at 10,000 ft. on this 700mb humidity model run.

The last mechanism needed to spark thunderstorms this weekend is lift. Instability and moisture alone usually aren’t sufficient to create storms. Lift can be generated in many ways, from air being forced up a mountain range, to upper level low pressure systems.

There is a slight inkling that a upper level disturbance might enhance thunderstorm activity this weekend, but the most likely scenario that the only lift available will come from the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.

If your weekend plans take you into the mountains this weekend, make sure you stay updated and keep an eye on the skies!

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Last Saturday was another beautiful sunny day at the Des Moines Marina and the Farmers Market!

Even with other big events all around us, a huge crowd once again made its way to the waterfront and enjoyed all the fresh fruits and vegetables that are starting to harvest.

This is the big Clutter to Cash Sale this Saturday. All the booth spaces are fully booked so look for lots of great buys. The sale takes place in the Horseshoe in front of the Marina Office.Clutter to Cash Image

Seattle’s Child, a guide to a kid-friendly city, just listed us as one of the Best Kid-Friendly Farmers Markets.

Music: Pure Sparks

Food Trucks: Charlie’s, Fish Basket, Hallavel Falafel, Jemil’s, Mini the DoughNut, Nibbles, Peasant Food Manifesto

Community Groups: MaST, DRMCP(Darcy Read Memorial Co-op Preschool), DM Friends of the Library and Library 2 go bus.

MRHS Groups: Coffee – Dance; Fundraiser – Grad Night/BAM (Boosters @ Mt Rainer).

Sponsor: Marilyn Milano (Click 98.9) Pet fundraiser.

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 5.13.13 PMNew Vendor: Please give a warm welcome to our new fish vendor Jeb’s Wild Salmon. It is a family operation with Jeb being on the boat and son Levi manages the market booth. All their products are wild caught and fresh to you. They are also serving delisious fish sandwiches and different smoked salmons.

July 1st is the kick off to our Sunset Markets every Wednesday from 3-7pm in July and August. There will be over 30 vendors, some that will be new to us and plenty of Food Trucks. After shopping and eating people can walk into the beach park and enjoy the Des Moines Art Commission’s free summer concerts at 7pm.

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 5.17.01 PMYou all have seen the Antique Fire Truck that appears now and then at the market but, did you now the driver, Dick Body, is also a famous wood carver? He is responsible for the salmon totem pole located on the marina boardwalk by the office. On opening day this year Dick presented this carving to the market in celebration of the markets tenth anniversary. It is on display at the wine tasting booth.

The Farmers Market is reaching out to support local business this season. To any Des Moines brick and mortar, independent, locally owned and operated business, the market is offering a free booth space for one market day during the 2015 season to promote their business. To make it easy, canopy, table & chairs will be provided. To participate, go to www.DMFM.org and download the application and mail it in.

The Des Moines Area Food Bank kids free summer meals program is every Saturday at the market. Snacks are served from 10-11am and lunch from 11:30 to 1pm. There will also be free meals at the Sunset Markets starting Wednesday July 1st. Snacks are from 3-4pm and dinner is 4:30 to 6:30pm.

Upcoming Events:

July 1st – first Sunset Farmers Market from 3-7pm; Free Music Series starts; Smoke on the Water BBQ in Beach Park and the grand opening of the Beach Park Dining Hall.

July 4th – Fireworks over Des Moines.

July 18thWaterland Festival Activities.

Remember to PITCH IT IN!


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 markets Facebook page. Looks like another sunny weekend, in the 90s!


The annual crime-preventing event National Night Out – a neighborhood block party + crime awareness event – will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4.

“Crime Prevention is Everyone’s Business”

National Night Out is the one night a year that is dedicated to encouraging neighbors, police and others to improve the quality of life in Des Moines.

With the key message that cohesive, healthy neighborhoods are key to preventing crime and violence in our community.

National Night Out is an opportunity for all parts of the community including businesses, religious institutions and city agencies to come together around the goal of a safe and healthy community.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Registration starts – July 1, 2015

More info at https://natw.org/registration

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LuisaBangs15by Jack Mayne

Luisa Bangs is now a member of the Des Moines City Council following a unanimous vote Thursday.

Bangs will fill out the remainder of the term of resigned member Jeanette Burrage and will face election for a full term in November. Her opponent will be Alexander Szabo, a member of the city’s Human Services Advisory Board.

Deputy Mayor Matt Pina moved her nomination.

“In my opinion, the leadership evidenced and the cooperative style evidenced, I would like to move forward with the nomination of Luisa Bangs to the vacant Council position,” Pina told the Council. He was seconded by Councilmember Melissa Musser.

“With that, Luisa Bangs is a new member of the Des Moines City Council,” said Mayor Dave Kaplan.

After she was sworn in, Kaplan told her, “You’re stuck now,” to general laughter.

Wanted short, long terms
Bangs had said earlier 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 Waterland 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.”

She said earlier she has been “ honored to receive endorsements from the following: Des Moines Mayor Dave Kaplan, Des Moines Mayor Pro-Tem Matt Pina, Councilmembers Melissa Musser, Vic Pennington and Jeremy Nutting.

“Knowing Des Moines’ potential to be vibrant, welcoming and an economically viable city, I am rolling up my sleeves and enthusiastically joining the race to make a difference. While I know there are a lot of challenges ahead, I believe there are a lot more opportunities.”