This week iLoveKent.net and South King Media, owner of six local blogs – including The B-Town and Waterland Blogs – celebrated their 10-year anniversaries with a big announcement. 

Effective January 1, 2018, South King Media will take over the day-to-day operations of iLoveKent.net, a Kent-based blog started by freelance writer and publisher Dana Neuts in September, 2007. Scott Schaefer will be responsible for the editorial side of the business, and Theresa Schaefer will manage the business side including sponsorships and advertising.

iLoveKent celebrated its 10-year anniversary last Friday at Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons in downtown Kent with about three dozen guests in attendance, including readers, sponsors, advertisers and friends. Neuts made the announcement that evening.

“I started iLoveKent ten years ago to fill a growing media gap in South King County. The site has grown beyond my expectations, particularly in the last year with our rebranding, participating in community events and hosting of two Kent political candidate debates,” Neuts said. “It is time to take the site to the next level, and I know that the Schaefers and their team are the right people to do that. They will retain all of our strengths and build upon our successes.”

South King County media will keep Michelle Teeter and Kara Hackney of the iLoveKent team on to assist with the transition and future growth. Neuts will stay on as an advisor and occasional writer, and the Schaefers will be responsible for all editorial and operational decisions starting January 1.

“This is a very exciting opportunity,” Schaefer said. “Our goal is to utilize what we’ve learned over ten years of producing local, award-winning reporting and translate that to iLoveKent. Dana has done a terrific job building her site up, and we will work hard to replicate what we’ve done in our other markets – in this case our goal will be to make this the leading news source for Kent.”

Kent is the sixth largest city in the state, and third largest in the county, with a population of 126,952.

iLoveKent will be the seventh local news blog that South King Media publishes in the region.

For more information:

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding FIVE Open Houses this weekend, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

The first home is a totally renovated Craftsman in the heart of Seahurst, just minutes away from Olde Burien:

Just a few of the upgrades include copper plumbing, updated elect, vinyl windws, gas furnace & H2O tank.

Spotless flooring throughout!

Airy kitchn w adjoing finished rm. Generous size 4 bedrms, 1 on main & 3 up (including master w adjoining deck).

Possible 2nd master on main neighbors a large 5 peice bth.

Tons of potential in bsmnt for fam rm, office & wine cellar?

Peaceful yet convenient location!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 16: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 15110 14th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $579,000
  • MLS Number: 1226603
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1930
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,350 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,181 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially

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

Click here to see the full listing.


The next home is a charming 3-bedroom home on a huge lot in Burien:

Endless possibilities on this charming .0445 sub-dividable lot.

Fully fenced.

Gardeners will love the established vegetation.

3-bedroom 2bath 1980 sq ft basement rambler with hardwood floors.

Beautiful brick fireplace with large entertainment size deck off dining room.

Downstairs family room has lots of space and extra storage.

Massive 780 sq ft detached garage/shop wired for 240.

Plus tandem garage on main house.

RV /boat parking.

Cute chicken coop to raise chickens!

WHEN:

  • Friday, Dec. 15: 3 – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 16: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dc. 17: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 842 SW 132nd Street, Burien, WA 98146 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $500,000
  • MLS Number: 1224164
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1949
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,980 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 19,404 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Deck
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Gas Available
  • Green House
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Shop
  • Chicken Coop!

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

Click here to see the full listing.


The next two homes are newly constructed, two-story, 5-bedroom homes on the large, level Westview Estates in Burien:

Westview, Lot 3. 1 of 5 homes.

This newly constructed two story is on a large, level lot.

It has five bedrooms, 2.75 bathrooms and a 3-car garage, mud room and an option for another bedroom upstairs.

The main floor living space is an expansive open area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room, great room and outdoor living space.

The first floor features a guest room or den.

The master suite has a five piece bath and walk-in closet.

Located minutes from downtown, services and airport.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 16: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 17: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 184 S. 181st Court, Burien, WA 98148-1876; NOTE: enter site at 18052 Occidental Ave S. (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $774,950
  • MLS Number: 1095190
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,001 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,728 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to see the full listing.

For more information call:

Stuart Steadman
Realtor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
206-409-4220


The second Westview Estates home is also a brand new 5-bedroom:

Westview, Lot 4. 1 of 5 homes.

This home offers plenty of natural light & nine foot ceilings throughout.

This two story home has 5 bedrooms, 2.75 baths, and a four-car tandem garage.

The main floor living space is an expansive open area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room & great room.

The master bedroom is complete with a 5-piece master bath and a walk-in closet.

Upstairs also features an over-sized leisure loft.

Located on a large lot, all within minutes of downtown Seattle!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 16: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 17: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 177 S. 181st Court, Burien, WA 98148-1876; NOTE: enter site at 18052 Occidental Ave S. (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $789,950
  • MLS Number: 1095207
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,306 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,848 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.

For more information call:

Stuart Steadman
Realtor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
206-409-4220


The final Open House – open Sunday – is one of the finest waterfront homes in Normandy Park:

Imagine yourself here!

Step onto the beach waterfront home on Normandy Terrace.

100 (per KCR) of no bank Puget Sound waterfront footage.

Finest waterfront home opportunity in a long while in Normandy Park.

Expansive, wide views of Puget Sound, Mountains & shipping traffic.

Ideal outdoor deck and hot tub.

All located on a large, fully fenced, gated flat lot with ample parking.

Home is move-in ready w/new carpets.

Lot A Beach Rights which includes boat launch.

Easy access to downtown and airport.

WHEN:

  • Sunday, Dec. 17: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 18505 Normandy Terrace SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $2,250,000
  • MLS Number: 1166940
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,210 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 28,063 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Wired for Generator
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Gated Entry
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • RV Parking
  • Shop

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

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.

Michael Brunk

By Scott Schaefer
Founder/Publisher

Michael Brunk is one of the most impressive, creative and talented media professionals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with. As we celebrate the 10th blog-iverssary of The B-Town Blog, it is incumbent upon me to recognize the fact that if it were not for the generosity and talent of my esteemed colleague with the big lens and a gift for coding, South King Media would not be what it is. In fact, it most likely would not exist.

Blog readers might not recognize him if he walked past them at the grocery store, but they do know him from hundreds of his amazing photos that have graced the pages of our six South King Media websites over the past ten years.

And while most may know him as an amazing Photographer who has generously taught classes as a volunteer at the Burien Community Center, shot numerous theatrical productions and art events (check out his work at nwlens.com), we have the privilege to also know him as an incredible technical expert (aka our tech/code “god”). He has single-handedly built our websites from scratch using his vast expertise in WordPress, html, css, coding, servers, and much, much more, and our blogs wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him.

Let me repeat that – our blogs would not be here if it wasn’t for Michael Brunk.

It would take way more than the constraints of this post to do Michael’s contributions and talents even a modicum of justice. Coding expert. WordPress expert. Basically anything that makes things work expert.

He has attended and shot dozens and dozens of events for us, most recently the 2017 Dia de los Muertos celebration.

He has an eye for shooting the most majestic, perfectly timed and framed photo. We call it, simply, “Brunksmanship“.

Michael Brunk is an amazing man, highly intelligent with a “keen sense of keenness in the quiet” as a friend of mine once described him. He is a “tenderfoot in the corner” as he shoots, performing his photographic genius.

This is deliberate on his part, because he knows never to “interject himself into the scene” as he shoots, or to distract his camera’s subjects for even a second.

In that mode he was at the 10th birthday bash for our sister site The B-Town Blog on Monday night. So here – where I can’t screw up like I did then – I’d like to pay homage to his unique talents and graces.

Please enjoy this video, which showcases just some of Michael’s amazing contributions and talents – aka “Brunksmanship“!

If you enjoy the Blog, please join us in thanking the man who makes it work!

Thank You Michael Brunk!

Otto Konrad Wieland, 86, died tragically on Nov. 21, 2017 after apparently jumping from the Des Moines fishing pier (read our previous coverage here).

Rescuers from the Coast Guard, South King Fire & Rescue and other agencies searched overnight for Otto, to no avail. Sadly, his body was recovered on Nov. 23 from a beach near Lincoln Park in West Seattle.

Here’s an obituary:

Otto was born December 14, 1930, in Crailsheim, Germany, the son of Conrad and Barbara (Rueck) Wieland. His father had emigrated with two brothers to the United States in 1904, but Conrad returned to Germany for a visit in 1924. Staying at the inn owned by his sister and her husband, he met his future wife, and married in 1927 after a two-year courtship by mail. They decided to remain in Germany and purchased a small inn where the family also lived, located outside the city center. The family experienced terrifying events during WWII, especially in April 1945, when Crailsheim was heavily fire bombed. Otto himself narrowly escaped death in a bunker due to his decision to instead run home to safety. Otto completed his education for chef in Ludwigsburg, and held positions in Stuttgart, Lake Constance, Nuremberg, Bad Honef, Baden-Baden and Aachen. About 1955, he began work as a ship cook for the Holland-America Line. After he emigrated to the United States in 1958, he worked in Madison, Wisconsin and in Chicago, where he became a U.S. citizen in 1965. In 1966, he became a chef for the United Airlines flight kitchen, based in San Francisco and Seattle. He remained with United Airlines until retirement in 1992. The following year he took a 9-week trip across the United States with his nephew Otto. His work with United Airlines also enabled him to return regularly to Germany. He stayed in his old home at the inn, where he enjoyed a big welcome from his family and his friends from his youth, who came from near and far to see “the American”. Although his father had returned to Germany, the Wieland family had maintained contact with the U.S. family. There were joyous reunions in the 1950s when first his sister Margarete (as an exchange student) and later Otto visited their uncle and cousins in New Jersey. Throughout his career, Otto traveled the world and had endless stories to tell. In his 60s he set his mind to climb Mount Rainier, training for it by walking the stairs of Seattle high-rise office buildings.

Living simply for himself, he devoted his retirement years to volunteering. He was proud to be an AA sponsor; he worked three days a week for the Des Moines Food Bank, gathering dated foods from Sea-Tac Airport vendors. Since 1993, he was a faithful member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines. He frequently cooked for the church senior citizen breakfasts, the last time on the day he died.

Otto has two sisters, Eva Kern and Margarete Penzold, who survive him. His brother Conrad died in 2004. He leaves many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Many cousins also remain, both in Germany and in the U.S.

Grace Lutheran Church held a celebratory breakfast in Otto’s honor on Dec. 9. There will be a memorial service at his church in Germany on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

Donations in Otto’s honor may be made to the Des Moines Area Food Bank, 22225 9th Ave. South, Des Moines, Washington 98198 or to the Grace Lutheran Church, 22975 24th Ave. South, Des Moines, Washington 98198.

And some memories courtesy Pastor John O’Neal of Grace Lutheran Church:

Otto was a tremendous volunteer here at Grace Lutheran Church and at the Des Moines Food Bank.

Otto was heavily involved with 12 step, and was a sponsor for many in recovery. He also was a gifted chef. He cooked meals for the Graceland Shelter at Grace Lutheran Church, the men’s breakfast and Bible study, and the local Lutheran pastor’s monthly meeting at Grace. He was always available for making post office runs for the church or running any other errands we asked him to. He always helped fold bulletins for Sunday services and the monthly newsletter.

Otto even helped to deliver an ambulance that was donated to the church for Haiti. He drove it all the way to Florida for us so it could be shipped to a hospital in Haiti.

Otto also loved children and they loved him.

Otto was a fine story teller and had lots of wonderful stories to tell. He grew up in Nazi Germany during WWII and had some very interesting experiences that he talked about on occasion.

Area resident Fred Feiertag recently shared his thoughts on Otto as well:

I see many friends have added their own reaction to Otto Weiland’s suicide. It carries all the standard baggage of hurt for the surviving.We all share the feelings of why didn’t he tell us, whey didn’t he reach out, why did he want to hurt us. These are typical but not universal reactions when an acquaintance or friend ends their life.

I don’t have specific answers about Otto. I can guess with some empathy. Otto was living as a single man of advancing age with more than a few medical issues. His life was no longer comfortable. I’m sure he was depressed but as many mentioned he did not show it.

He was a child of the German homeland from WW II. He endured considerable hardship as a child and not an easy adolescence. I’m trying to suggest he had his share of demons inside to battle. What triggered his decision to end his pain and struggle? I don’t know and don’t expect to find out. It is enough for me to imagine the dark feeling of the end approaching without the feeling of having accomplished anything of value in this life . The traitorous mind telling him that there are no friends who will care and that the world will be better without him.

Now we can’t know what parts of this nonsense applied to Otto, but the mind is powerful at selecting what to believe. I feel such pain over losing Otto. He was a friend. That prompts me to admit my feelings of guilt at not being a friend and looking him up and seeing to his feelings and needs.

Here are my final two cents. Otto isn’t alone. There are many single men who have no family ties nearby if at all, who bear scars some you can see. They have lots of meds to take to keep them alive. But if you were to ask them they might admit they don’t know why they are still alive. Many of these fellows are all but invisible. Reach out to them if you are able. Understand that for many reasons they can’t reach out for help by themselves. They probably know it is available.

Otto was a fine guy who even though he was pretty old we lost his light too soon.

The Highline Schools Foundation announced Tuesday (Dec. 12) that they awarded $110,550 in grants to teachers and staff in support of Highline Public Schools this December.

These funds will support activities and experiences that expand the learning process and actively engage students.

“We are all so grateful to the Highline Schools Foundation for supporting our teachers and staff with Excel grants,” said Dr. Susan Enfield, Highline Public Schools Superintendent. “These grants encourage innovation and sustain great practices that benefit our students.”

In addition to books, field trips, technology and supports for special needs students throughout the district, other projects funded this year through the Excel Grant program include bicycle repair and specialized maintenance tools at Big Picture for hands-on learning apprenticeship; Djembes (hand drums) at Cedarbrook Elementary, which will improve their rich and diverse music program; author Jim Whiting will inspire students at North Hill Elementary; a camcorder at Sylvester Middle School will allow grade 8 students to direct and produce the news; and a new range for the kitchen at Tyee High School will be used weekly by 2 ILC classes as well as other special education programs, clubs, sports teams and other classes throughout the year.

“Recently our range that is more than 40 years old broke,” said Linda Lambert, Tyee High School. “As a result, we had to significantly modify our cooking program and independent living skills training because we no longer had the range as a tool to teach cooking. After we went to small schools, the home-ec rooms were taken apart and the kitchen in the ILC program is the only kitchen on campus where students can learn cooking. This Excel Grant made an immediate difference! Just last week we had not only our 2 ILC classes cooking, but also the Tyee Band and the Pacific Islander Club used it for making items to sell in the holiday bazaar.”

The Foundation’s Excel Grant program was created to support classroom innovation throughout Highline Public Schools and to provide teachers resources they need to help students be successful. Some of the Excel Grants were given out via the Foundation’s “Prize Patrol”—surprise visits by Foundation Trustees to staff meetings, classrooms and assemblies during which the checks were presented to excited and deserving district staff.

The Foundation’s Impact Grant awards $10,000 to one school or program in the district for an opportunity that aligns with the Highline Public Schools strategic plan in a way that impacts a large number of students.

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Impact Grant recipient “Equity and Computer Science for All” at North Hill Elementary! “This is the first year an Impact Grant is awarded to an elementary school and we were excited to be able to make such a significate impact on the entire student body.” said Anne Baunach, Highline Schools Foundation Executive Director.

“Equity and Computer Science for All” – May Ovalles at North Hill Elementary School (Pictured (left to right) Scott Logan, Chief Operations Officer; May Ovalles, Assistant Principal; Chau Le, Math; Lisa Juvinall, Science; Trishia Sewell, Literacy; Travis Exstrom, HSF President-Elect; Anne Baunach, Highline Schools Foundation Executive Director, and Kimberly Gilmore, Principal.

5th & 6th grade students at North Hill Elementary have participated in computer science exploration with Code.org’s Hour of Code the past few years. Thanks to funding through the Impact Grant, this year they will be able to go beyond the Hour of Code. This means that not only will students participate during Computer Science Week in December 2017, all our 6th graders will be immersed in a Computer Science Fundamentals unit and the 5th grade team will incorporate coding and computer science lessons into their math or science classes.

“Students are interested in doing more with computer programming. The strong computational thinking, problem-solving, group work and critical internet safety basics incorporated into these game-driven lessons and activities work to engage students while they learn coding and computer science fundamentals,” Assistant Principal May Ovalles wrote in the grant application.

A few this year’s Excel Grant recipients:

Des Moines Elementary (Pictured left to right) Kevin Garber, 3rd Grade Teacher, Crystal Krippaehne, Teacher, Lisa McMullen, 4th Grade Teacher, and Highline Schools Foundation Trustee Chad Harper.

Broadening our Knowledge of Native American Cultures and Traditions – Kevin Garber: Des Moines Elementary 3rd graders are developing their research reading and writing skills through the lens of the different and diverse cultures among the many First nations of North America with newly updated books provided by the Highline Schools Foundation.

4th Grade Waskowitz Outdoor Field Trip – Lisa McMullen: Every year the 4th grade students at Des Moines Elementary attend a field trip at Camp Waskowitz for one day. The curriculum in 4th grade focuses on Washington State History and this field trip provides students with an opportunity to learn more about our state’s history in an environment that is both interesting and engaging. Students will participate in activities that will enrich their understanding of topics learned in class during our Living History day at Camp Waskowitz.

Native American Literacy Project (Pictured left to right) Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield, Highline Public Schools, Amanda Rambayon, Native Education Literacy Liaison, Anne Baunach, Highline Schools Foundation Executive Director and Sara Ortiz, Native Student Success Program Manager. This project supports the Native American Programs at Highline Public Schools by purchasing books and bringing in local Native American presenters.

Native American Literacy Project – Amanda Rambayon: This project supports the Native American Programs at Highline Schools by purchasing books and bringing in local Native American presenters. We currently have a library comprised of Native authored/illustrated books that accurately portray Native people and nations. These funds will help buy new books to add to our library. Also, funds will be used to invite local Native American presenters to share their knowledge at different Highline Schools.

(Pictured left to right) Michelle Mahurin, Stephanie Nelson, Luke Stromberg, Stefanie Skiljan, Anne Baunach, Jerome Upshaw, and Lisa Carlson. Six grants were awarded this year at MRHS to support literacy & arts, career and college readiness, health & Sports and technology.

Continued Chromebook Connections – Michelle Mahurin: My students need Chromebooks in order to complete their assignments, their Advisory requirements, graduation requirements, apply for jobs and do other things that require technology and access to the internet.  Technology is a requirement in this day and age and it’s part of Highline’s Strategic Plan.  My studentss need to be able to learn how to use it responsibly and practically. 

Civic Action Game! – Stephanie Nelson: https://www.politicraft.org/ is an action civics card game that helps students participate  and learn. It is aligned to the C3 standards which are the standards for Social Studies and History.

Choral Clinic with a Professional – Luke Stromberg: Funds to hire Dr. Brad Pierson from the University of Toledo to come lead choral workshops and rehearsal at Mount Rainier High School. Having a choral professional in the choir rehearsal room is an irreplaceable experience that students will remember throughout the school year. This learning experience will give us tools and techniques to use for the rest of the school year and beyond.

Equitable Access to bathrooms at MRHS – Stefanie Skiljan: In order to create a safe, welcoming school for our LGBTQ+ students, students and staff at MRHS will make 4 staff restrooms gender inclusive. These restrooms will be used by staff and students with an access code. This project has been initiated and led by LGBTQ+ students who are advocating for their own sense of well-being. We hope this change can foster a sense of belonging for LGBTQ+ students and staff and make their presence at MRHS more visible.

Come Socialize at the Social Justice Social! – Jerome Upshaw: The Social Justice Social is a new program that cultivates a space for students to discuss and formulate opinions on the many social justice topics that impact them. Each month will focus on a different social justice topic, have different activities each week, and book to support the theme. We hope to have students come together to build their voices in the community. The program will help connect students with teachers who are sponsoring the book of the month. And students will build stronger relationships with their peers which will increase their engagement in school.

World Languages for a Larger Worldview – Lisa Carlson: Recent technologies and social media have made communication and literacy a prime requisite for interacting in the world around us.  Encouraging and supporting bi-lingual and bi-literate skills and education through our school library enhances student learning and promotes greater proficiency.  When students read books in a second or third language, they build vocabulary and grammar skills; they also learn structures in thinking that are unique to each culture.  In turn, this opens students’ minds to other ways of thinking or perceiving the world around them.

About the Highline Schools Foundation
The Highline Schools Foundation was established in 1999 with the purpose of providing community resources to help Highline Public Schools succeed. We believe that by helping to enrich the classroom and school experience, we can engage students to reach a higher level of learning, and the entire community will benefit. The Foundation is governed by a dedicated group of volunteer Trustees and is the only 501(c)(3) organization supporting all Highline Public Schools. For more information visit www.highlineschoolsfoundation.org

Des Moines resident Thomas Escajeda (pictured, left) had big news to share at Thanksgiving dinner this year – earlier that day, he discovered he’d won $180,000 playing the ‘Hit 5’ lottery game.

Escajeda purchased his winning ticket – for half of the $360,000 Cashpot due to two winning tickets – at the Safeway located at 21401 Pacific Hwy S. for the drawing on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

The winner told Washington’s Lottery officials that his kids have already given him their Christmas wish list and, after some bills are paid off, he’s excited to be able to put those things under the tree for them

“My daughter had surgery last year at Children’s Hospital, and even with insurance, we were still left with a lot of medical bills,” Escajeda said. “Everyone at Children’s, from the parking attendants to the people selling candy in the cafeteria, are all wonderful. We’re thankful my daughter is well now and we’ll be able to have a bigger holiday than anticipated.”

The winner also shared that his wife loves musicals, so he’s thinking he’ll treat her to a trip to New York City to see a show on Broadway.

Proceeds from Washington’s Lottery benefit the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, providing grants to college students statewide. To learn more about Washington’s Lottery, its beneficiaries and to review all up-to-date winning numbers, please visit www.walottery.com.

Due to sustained stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a Stage 1 burn ban for King County, and is continuing a Stage 1 burn ban for Greater Pierce* County and Snohomish County, except for the city of Darrington.

This ban is in effect until further notice.

Air quality continues to deteriorate across the Puget Sound region. A high pressure system remains over Western Washington, causing cold and calm weather conditions and preventing wind from blowing away air pollution.

We expect the high pressure system to stay in place for the next couple of days, causing similar weather conditions, and potentially deteriorating air quality, through early next week.

The city of Darrington in Snohomish County is experiencing wind and higher temperatures than the rest of the county. Conditions there no longer meet the criteria for a Stage 1 burn ban, so we are lifting the burn ban in Darrington.

The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution that is creating unhealthy air usually due to excessive wood smoke. The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the situation.

* Pierce County residents on the “Pierce Peninsula” (Gig Harbor Fire #5, Key Peninsula #16, Anderson Island #27) and in “South Pierce” county (Roy Fire #17, Eatonville, Ashford #23) are not included in today’s burn ban. Check the Pierce County Burn Ban Area Map for more specific information.

During a Stage 1 burn ban:

  • No burning is allowed in wood-burning fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.
  • The only exception is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ exemption from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
  • No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.
  • Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

The Washington State Department of Health recommends that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors, especially when exercising. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing, and make lung and heart problems worse. Air pollution is especially harmful to people with lung and heart problems, people with diabetes, children, and older adults (over age 65).

Visit pscleanair.org/burnban to view the current burn ban status.

Text Alerts:

Sign up for text alerts by sending the text 313131 with one of these keywords:

  • PIERCEBURN for all of Pierce County
  • PENINSULA for the Pierce Peninsula
  • SOUTHPIERCE for South Pierce County
  • DARRINGTON for Town of Darrington

For more information visit:

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding three Open Houses this weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday.

The first two homes are newly constructed two-story, 5-bedroom homes on the large, level Westview Estates in Burien:

Westview, Lot 3. 1 of 5 homes.

This newly constructed two story is on a large, level lot.

It has five bedrooms, 2.75 bathrooms and a 3-car garage, mud room and an option for another bedroom upstairs.

The main floor living space is an expansive open area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room, great room and outdoor living space.

The first floor features a guest room or den.

The master suite has a five piece bath and walk-in closet.

Located minutes from downtown, services and airport.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 9: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 10: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 184 S. 181st Court, Burien, WA 98148-1876; NOTE: enter site at 18052 Occidental Ave S. (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $774,950
  • MLS Number: 1095190
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,001 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,728 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to see the full listing.

For more information call:

Stuart Steadman
Realtor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
206-409-4220


The second Westview Estates home is also a brand new 5-bedroom:

Westview, Lot 4. 1 of 5 homes.

This home offers plenty of natural light & nine foot ceilings throughout.

This two story home has 5 bedrooms, 2.75 baths, and a four-car tandem garage.

The main floor living space is an expansive open area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room & great room.

The master bedroom is complete with a 5-piece master bath and a walk-in closet.

Upstairs also features an over-sized leisure loft.

Located on a large lot, all within minutes of downtown Seattle!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 9: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 10: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 177 S. 181st Court, Burien, WA 98148-1876; NOTE: enter site at 18052 Occidental Ave S. (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $789,950
  • MLS Number: 1095207
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,306 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,848 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.

For more information call:

Stuart Steadman
Realtor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
206-409-4220


The final Open House – open both Saturday & Sunday – is one of the finest waterfront homes in Normandy Park:

Imagine yourself here!

Step onto the beach waterfront home on Normandy Terrace.

100 (per KCR) of no bank Puget Sound waterfront footage.

Finest waterfront home opportunity in a long while in Normandy Park.

Expansive, wide views of Puget Sound, Mountains & shipping traffic.

Ideal outdoor deck and hot tub.

All located on a large, fully fenced, gated flat lot with ample parking.

Home is move-in ready w/new carpets.

Lot A Beach Rights which includes boat launch.

Easy access to downtown and airport.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Dec. 9: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 10: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 18505 Normandy Terrace SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $2,250,000
  • MLS Number: 1166940
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,210 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 28,063 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Wired for Generator
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Gated Entry
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • RV Parking
  • Shop

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

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.

Highline Public Schools voters will be asked to renew a four-year educational programs and operations levy in February, 2018.

The levy is not a new tax. It replaces the current levy, which is set to expire at the end of 2018.

Levies pay for educating students and operating schools above the costs covered by the state.

The state Supreme Court says schools are not yet fully funded by the state. Our local levy makes up the gap between what the state funds and the education Highline schools provide.

The proposed levy pays for needs the state is not fully funding, like special education, school nurses, school security, transportation, help for students who need additional support and other critical needs.

If approved, the new levy tax rate will be significantly less than the current levy tax rate.

Staff Positions Funded with Levy Dollars:

  • Teachers: additional teachers maintain smaller class sizes
  • School safety & security officers: the state funds 3.5 FTE; Highline provides 14 FTE (FTE = full time equivalent)
  • School nurses: the state funds 3 FTE; Highline has 15 FTE
  • Classroom instructional assistants: additional assistants provide individual and small group instruction
  • Counselors & school social workers: the state funds 38 counselors and 1 social worker; Highline provides 47 counselors and 8 social workers
  • Educational Programs Not Fully Funded by the State
  • Camp Waskowitz outdoor learning experience: includes week-long sixth-grade camp and outdoor education for other grades
  • Special education
  • Athletics
  • Extended learning programs for students who need extra help

The state is providing additional dollars to school districts under its new funding plan but is limiting the amount districts can request in local levies. As a result, even with passage of a renewal levy, we will see a net reduction in revenue after the current levy expires—unless the Legislature makes changes to the current funding plan.

If approved by voters, the new estimated levy rate will be $1.50 per $1,000 assessed home value. Here is the maximum amount that can be collected:

  • 2019: $47,329,540
  • 2020: $48,749,426
  • 2021: $50,211,909
  • 2022: $51,718,266

In comparison, the 2017 levy tax rate is $3.38 per $1,000 assessed home value with a maximum collection of $60.8 million.

Visit the district’s levy web section to learn more and dive into the details.

JOBS: McDonald’s hiring Managers and Crew for local restaurants, Open Interviews Monday

Now hiring crew and managers for McDonald’s Burien, Tukwila, and White Center locations, with a special Hiring Event this Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. featuring open interviews.

The event will take place at their Tukwila Riverton location, located at 15210 Pacific Hwy So. Tukwila, WA 98188 (map below).

Applicants interested in being considered for either of the three locations can attend this central event. They look forward to meeting you!

Additional Info:

Crew Person
You don’t want to work just anyplace, and you don’t want to work just anytime. Maybe it’s breakfast. Maybe it’s lunch. Maybe it’s late nights. Maybe it’s weekends. Whatever it is, you want to be challenged. And have fun. We think we can fit in. For job openings on your schedule, give us a try.

Job Requirements
It’s time you worked for someone who will give you the tools to learn, grow and be what you want to be – both personally and professionally. We’re looking for hard working, enthusiastic individuals who want to be a part of a winning team. If you enjoy working with people and love to learn new things, we want to meet you.

As a Crew Person, you may be responsible for:

  • Greeting customers with a smile
  • Taking accurate food orders
  • Preparing all of McDonald’s World Famous food
  • Partnering with other Crew and Managers to meet target goals during your shift
  • Restaurant Cleanliness
  • Ensuring items are well stocked

By Jack Mayne

The Des Moines City Council approved on Thursday evening (Dec. 7) two ordinances that will establish a framework for handling mitigation for trees removed and replaced around the construction of the Federal Way Link Sound Transit extension, a project expected to take at least the next two years.

During the Council’s comment period, Pacific Ridge resident Elena Rogers suggested her area was being damaged by the increasing lack of trees and other vegetation due to construction of the new FAA headquarters and other airport-related developments in the northern area of the city.

Trees in danger
“Pacific Ridge and Des Moines, as a whole, is literally surrounded by major pollution sources, both noise and air,” she said, adding that noise pollution has be shown to affect health of both adults, and especially the mental and physical development of children. Studies, Rogers said, showed kids with more vegetation in their area have “better attention spans than those with less vegetation in their environment.”

She said she believes that Des Moines is “overburdened with pollution risks” and that vegetation will continue to be reduced as the area is further developed and transportation corridors added.

“I hope we seek ways to increase and not decrease vegetation around the city,” Rogers said.

Later in the meeting, while considering ordinances that would provide a framework to create ways to handle mitigation in the Federal Way construction area, Council was shown photos of many trees with problems. Staff suggested more financial help could help ameliorate these problems, along with using city workers or volunteers to help restore the trees or remove them.

The ordinance passed 6 to 0, with Councilmember Luisa Bangs’ absence excused. The ordinance establishes an off-site mitigation, along with fees paid in lieu program and establishing an associated urban forestry fund.

The city Council also had directed staff to prepare an ordinance that would both minimize the impact of the acquisition of private property for the Federal Way Link Extension while helping to facilitate the project, engage and protect the Pacific Ridge to the FWLE as designed fully mitigates noise from the SR 509 extension and I-5 traffic.

It also passed 6-0.

Under these ordinances, the city could ask the airport to pay for removal of trees they deem harm the aviation flight pay or even provide in-lieu payments the city can later use to support replacement or refurbishment of the tree canopy.

The city will work with Sound Transit over the next eight months to prepare a franchise agreement for construction, operation and maintenance of right of way through Des Moines. Councilmember Dave Kaplan praised the staff for its work on the issue that could help control problems mentioned by Rogers, earlier in the session.

Kaplan noted the processes adopted in the ordinance applied only to light rail extension issue and not to other potential issues of development in the future.

Airport lobbyist sought
Resident JC Harris told the Council the city needed a full time person to be an “advocate and a lobbyist to work full time … for the city’s interest, the community’s interests with regard to the airport.” He said that person would replace City Manager Michael Matthias on the airport committee, but would report to the manager.

“It is clear to me that you need somebody in this pivotal year who can devote all of their time with a singular focus toward these airport issues,” he said, noting the Port is building out the facility to create more cargo capacity and “we’ve got to act now.” He said Matthias has done “great things” on developing the city and should not be divided between economic projects and aviation problems.

The Council also accepted a $34,800 grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission to allow formation of a driving under the influence or DUI court in Des Moines.

From Advertiser Matthew R. Hale, Attorney at Law PLLC:

LESSONS FROM LITIGATION: The Big Secret

When we get our driver’s licenses, we enter into a covenant with each. That covenant is that if our driving causes injury to another person, we will be financially responsible to pay for the damages our driving caused. Otherwise, the community is left covering the costs, either through health insurance or other public means. Therefore, in Washington State, we are required to have automobile liability insurance. In this way, we guarantee that we can pay for the damages caused by unsafe driving.

In a trial, the evidence of whether or not the defendant or any party has insurance is not allowed. It is the big secret. A judge will not allow any evidence that may indicate that the defendant driver, whose negligent driving caused damage, had a policy of insurance. Nope, that is a big, open, secret.

When you get hit by someone, who may have been texting or distracted in some way, you will likely exchange information. If they have insurance and a claim is made, you will be contacted by that company’s trained adjuster. This is a person trained by the insurance company to protect the insurance company. He or she will want a “recorded statement” and will likely be recording your phone calls. He or she will try to get you to say you are “okay”. Someone may look at your car and determine how much damage was done. That person will take pictures of the damage and if the car is totaled, someone on behalf of the insurance company will dispose of it. Every word you said in any recorded statement will then be used against you.

Often people come to me after this process, when the insurance company now offers an insulting and paltry sum of money that does not even begin to address the medical bills, the pain, lost wages, and all the other harms caused by the collision. The other driver’s insurance company is firmly in control. And, no one has spoken to the driver who caused the harm, who has really no idea what is going on.

The insurance company may refuse to pay any amount of money that comes close to addressing the harms caused by their insured. As a result, the victim will be forced to file a lawsuit. The insurance company has lawyers and support staff at their disposal, and almost unlimited resources for defending against your claim. The insurance company lawyer will defend the lawsuit and use every statement you made to the insurance adjuster against you. The insurance company may hire expensive experts to say you weren’t harmed in the collision. They will argue that you are just trying to get a “pay day.”

After a long pretrial process, on the day of trial, the jury will never get to hear any of this. Nope. Insurance will not be allowed to be talked about. The insurance adjuster will not be a witness, and the court will make sure that the use of your statement will not tip anyone off that you were talking to an insurance adjuster. The jury will not get to know how much money the insurance company spent to defend against your claim, in order to persuade them you are not harmed. Instead, they will see the poor defendant driver sitting at the defense table looking forlorn, as though the burden of any judgment will be born by him.

That’s the big secret in a civil trial. If it seems unfair it is because it probably is. So, if you question whether or not you need a lawyer to stand for you, think about what is standing against you.

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Boeing Employees Choir will perform a FREE concert at Des Moines United Methodist Church this Saturday, Dec. 9.

The free event will begin at 7 p.m.

“Bring your friends for an inspirational beginning to your Christmas season.”

Des Moines United Methodist Church is located at 22225 9th Ave S, Des Moines 98198; phone: 206-878-8301.

More info at desmoinesumc.org

This Wednesday – Dec. 6 – at 5 p.m. is the deadline to donate to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest’s Diaper Drive for TreeHouse.

“Diapers or cash can be dropped off at our office between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday,” Tay Krull said. “All indications are that we will beat last year’s total and possibly by quite a bit, I’m cautiously optimistic.”

Last year they received around 13,000 diapers!

If you would like to know more about TreeHouse and the opportunities to volunteer or donate to their cause, you can find them at http://www.treehouseforkids.org/.

To see the latest listings and Open Houses from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest, click here.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Realty is located at 930 SW 152nd Street in Burien:

UPDATE Dec. 5, 2017 3:45 p.m.: Chantae Leahy, the missing 40-year old woman, has been located in Lacey by the Lacey Police Department. She is said to be in good health.

PREVIOUSLY:

The King County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding a missing 40-year old woman:

Family members said 40-year old Chantae Leahy was last seen leaving her house in the 25800 block of SE 310th Street in Federal Way (map below) around 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Leahy said she was going to a nearby Wal-Mart but never returned home.

Leahy has medical issues and did not take her medication with her. Family and health care providers are extremely concerned for her welfare.

She is likely disoriented and was last seen driving her 2010 green Kia Soul, WA AWR9811. Leahy was wearing a black fleece jacket and white jeans.

Leahy’s cell phone has been turned off since Saturday.

If you see Leahy or her vehicle please call 911 and report the location.

This year’s Christmas Ship™ Festival sailing departs from the Des Moines Marina this Wednesday, Dec. 6 and sails southbound from 7 – 9:30 p.m.

This appears to be the only sailing from Des Moines this year.

Choir: Song of Seattle

  • 1st Performance: Des Moines Beach Park @ 7:20 PM
  • 2nd Performance: Redondo Beach @ 8:20 PM

The Lead Boat Experience on the official Christmas Ship™ includes:

  • On board Choir performance from the 2nd deck of the vessel
  • Santa Claus reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
  • Ho, Ho, Ho Contest and other holiday activities
  • Holiday Gift Shop on board
  • Kids holiday craft bags
  • Full-service bar and snacks available for purchase

For more info and tickets, visit https://www.argosycruises.com/argosy-cruises/christmas-ship-festival/

St. Luke Church in Renton will host talks and conversation with two Islam scholars on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Dr. John Morrow and Imam Sheikh Noor-uddin will be joined by Zahra Abidi, Executive Director of Seattle non-profit “Roots of Conflict.”

All are welcome to attend this free event, co-sponsored by St. Luke Church and St. Mark’s Cathedral.

Presented by:
Zahra Abidi, Roots of Conflict Executive Director

Featuring:
Dr. John Morrow, Senior Research Scholar
Imam Sheikh Noor-uddin

Schedule:

  • 4:00 p.m. Welcome
  • 4:05 p.m. Introductions
  • 4:15 p.m. Covenants of the Prophet (pbuh) with all Christians, by Dr. John Morrow
  • 4:45 p.m. Birth of Islam, by Sheikh Noor-uddin
  • 5:05 p.m. Questions & Answers
  • 6:15 p.m. Refreshments & Socializing

St. Luke’s Church:

St. Luke’s is located at 99 Wells Ave S. in Renton:

For 10 of the 12 months of the year, the Des Moines Area Food Bank operates in the red.

With your help though, the Square Meal Drive hopes to balance out this seasonal inequality.

This year the Square Meal Drive – put on by the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park – has a goal of recruiting a minimum of 100 community donors to the program. The program is simple: donors pledge $10 per month via credit card to the Des Moines Area Food Bank.

No need to search your pantry! Simply click here and make a $10 per month pledge before Dec. 22. To further support the Food Bank, participation is encouraged through these events:

  • Des Moines Tree Lighting at Big Catch Plaza put on by Destination Des Moines TONIGHT (Friday, Dec. 1 at 6pm) Look for the Rotary Booth!
  • Normandy Park Winterfest at the Normandy Park Market put on by Normandy Park Economic Committee on Dec. 2nd at 5pm (look for the Rotary Booth)
  • Santa with a Cause at the Normandy Park Market put on by the Lions Club between Dec. 3rd – 23rd at 3pm – 6pm.

Thanks to Destination Des Moines, the Lions Club, and Normandy Park Economic Committee for supporting this drive. In addition, special thanks goes to Rotarian, local businessman and organizer of the event, Patricio Mendoza.

The Des Moines Police Department is reporting that on Tuesday night, Nov. 28, officers were dispatched to the Newport Apartment complex located in the 23600 block of 20th Ave South (map below) for a shooting in the parking lot.

Upon arrival just before 9 p.m., police officers found a 52-year old male with a gunshot injury.

He was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he subsequently died from his injuries.

This is an active investigation being conducted by the Des Moines Police Department Investigations Unit.

By Dave Markwell

Returning home to my dogs after a fine Thanksgiving meal, I was feeling especially gracious – even more so by the exceptionally low standards I have set for my dogs. As I delicately peeled and broke tiny chunks of leftover turkey and placed them in my old, toothless, little dog Grace’s bowl as she looked at me with some surprise and affection, I found feelings of love and kindness and gratitude for this stinky creature I believed to be long gone. Perhaps it was holiday magic, or perhaps unseen sparks of these things still live, waiting for a breeze to blow them to life. This may be representative of other things we think we’ve lost. We probably have many of these things.

Somewhere along the various paths we travel, we get lost and lose stuff. We take our eyes off the road and miss our turn. We get distracted by neon signs pointing to attractive destinations and forget where we want to go, and sometimes, who we are. It’s nice to remember these things…

In the soft glow of twilight, the moon begins its ascent and the world shrinks into its finer bits. The inert and extraneous garnish is removed leaving only true things. Items of value remain clear, unshaded by the distractions of shiny, but often hollow objects of both affection and desire.

Objects of desire may be the most insidious. We will compromise many things to capture an object of desire. We will waste energy and money and time. We will suffer and pay a price that we can’t afford. We will sacrifice peace and health and we won’t care…until we do…until, we realize we’ve lost important things.

“Desire is contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.”

This is a true statement. In the chase for our desire, we miss days. We spend life focused on things we want and overlook what we have. Desire steals valuable days and dreams. It can be a set up for disappointment and heartbreak. It can be a liar and cheat us. The challenge with things like this is knowing the truth. It’s hard to know. Time is the only truth-teller, but often reveals itself too late.

Nonetheless, desire is powerful and, though risks are high, a lived life is full of simply deciding and acting on things we want. Sometimes we will be wrong and sometimes we will be right, and in the moment we won’t be sure which. However, in moments of desire, it may simply be best to wait for the breeze. We, in our desire, can shape and force life upon a wrong thing or a dead thing. A breeze will only ignite a true ember and bring life to a living thing. But, life is short and waiting for a breeze isn’t comfortable either. So, it appears I have no clear answer to this conundrum and no pithy conclusion…HA!! Do what you want. Ultimately, life is just weird…

[EDITOR’S NOTE:”Feel Good Friday” is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, whose first book is called “A Feel Good Life” (buy it on Amazon here). He also runs the Waterland Arcade, located at 22306 Marine View Drive South. Dave extols to all neighbors: “Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!” Also, Dave desperately needs more friends – find him on Facebook here.