By Jack Mayne

Des Moines city government is questioning a large new traveler holding room at the south end of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport because city residents are constantly challenged by noise and health impacts.

The Port of Seattle had said the facility was a not a significant structure, but the city objects and wants more discussion.

Airport Committee
During comments at the opening of the Des Moines City Council meeting Thursday (June 22), Mayor Matt Pina reminded residents the city is now taking applications for its new airport advisory committee.

That newly established group is intended to guide the city as Sea-Tac Airport moves forward with massive expansion plans and increases of passenger and freight air traffic.

The questions were about the impact on the city of a proposed 25,000 square foot international traveler holding room at the south end of the airport.

Newly hired development director Susan Cezar (pictured, left) told the Council she wrote the Port a letter saying the city felt there are problems with the Port’s determination that the proposed new concourse D holding room is of “non-significance.”

Cezar’s letter said:

“Des Moines experiences disproportionate impacts from aircraft operations because of our proximity to Sea-Tac International Airport, and Des Moines residents are constantly challenged by noise and health impacts.

“As a result, the city continues to request that any enhancements to the airport facilities are thoroughly analyzed in a comprehensive matter for impacts to our residents, and appropriate mitigation provided.”

Matthias said the airport is always building something new and the city must watch protect itself from airport changes.

In this case, as soon as the city sent the letter, the Port extended the comment deadline.

Legislature, new development
State Rep. Tina Orwall told the Council the still-in-session Washington Legislature should wrap it up next week, indicating that there will be some sort of public school financing solution.

“Nothing is for sure, but we’re moving in the right direction,” she said.

Dale Bright, president of the King County Labor Council and political director of the Laborers Union Local 242, told the Council the union plans to build affordable public housing along with union training facilities and a meeting on property it has on Pacific Highway.

“We are going to develop a pre-apprentice program, offer training … so we see this all as a perfect fit … and to reach into this community and become a true community partner here in the south county,” Bright said.

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce held its annual Mayors’ Luncheon at Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac on Friday, June 9, and below are videos and photos from the event.

On hand at this annual event were representatives from five local cities:

  • Des Moines City Manager Michael Matthias
  • SeaTac Mayor Michael Siefkes
  • Burien Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta
  • Normandy Park Mayor Jonathan Chicquette
  • Tukwila Mayor Allan Ekberg

This luncheon also included a panel discussion and Q&A, moderated by Scott Schaefer of South King Media, where viewers and attendees texted in questions to Chamber President/CEO Andrea Reay.

Here’s an edited (for time) video of the event (total running time 47:57):

Below are the speeches from each city representative:






Click images to see larger versions/slideshow, courtesy Andrew Crain Photography:

More info at

A Business Recycling Collection Event will be held on Thursday, June 29 at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Normandy Park:

WHAT: Business Recycling Collection Event

WHEN: Thursday, June 29, 2017, 11 am – 4 pm

WHERE: NEW LOCATION: John Knox Presbyterian Church, 109 SW Normandy Rd., Normandy Park, WA

FEES: Fees for computer monitors, TV sets, and for refrigerators/freezers/CFC

Additional Info (PDF file)

It was nice to see the berries and other fruits finally arriving at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market  last Saturday – especially my favorite, Rainier Cherries.

Again this weekend there will be NO paid parking. The start date has been set for after the Fourth of July.  When it does start, we will validate 2 hours free parking. Just show your purchases at the market info booth. If you are a Des Moines resident and have a vehicle registered in Des Moines, you can get a yearly ($30) pass at the Marina office for $15 for the rest of this year.

This Saturday is our first of the season Clutter 2 Cash sale. It’s a chance for shoppers to pick up some great items at bargain prices. Look for the sale in the horseshoe parking lot in front of the Marina office. There still are a few spaces left. If you feel the urge to raise some extra cash, call this number 206-824-1066 to reserve your space. The cost is $20. The next sale will be July 22nd.

This year’s market poster (picture above) is becoming a collector’s item as the photo is from former City of Des Moines Councilmember, Carmen Scott’s Collection. You can purchase them at the Market’s Wine Tasting booth for $1. All proceeds go to the Market’s Foundation.

The Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park has a booth every Saturday to promote their Annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival. The festival this year is on August 26th at the Beach Park. At their booth you can buy your discount tickets in advance ($35, $40 at the event). The proceeds benefit the Highline Music 4 Life program which puts instruments in the hands of kids who otherwise might not be able to afford them.

Welcome new vendor Lowrider Baking Company, whose name is in reference to the owner’s two dachshunds – Smokey and Riley. They are a pop-up cookie shop and you can find them at select farmer’s market, breweries, and events in the Seattle area. They also cater, so if you think cookies would be a good addition to your event, please go to their catering tab and fill out the catering form. Their mission is to provide you with the ultimate cookie experience. From classic to more adventurous flavors, you will never be bored.

Don’t forget the Des Moines Area Food Bank’s “Picnic in the Park” free summer lunch program for all school age kids. Look for them in the grassy area next to the marina office. And if you can’t wait until noon, they will serve free snacks from 10 to 11:30am and lunch from 11:30 to 1pm.  A child does not need to be a Highline Public School student to participate. They will be there every Saturday until school starts.  If you would like to volunteer to help with this program, contact the Food Bank 206-878-2660.

Be sure to check to see if you qualify for our healthy eating initiative for low income families called Fresh Bucks, Come to the market, swipe your EBT card and it will double your dollars (up to $10) per person. This program is good for all market days (Sat & Wed).

Seniors don’t forget that the market and the King Conservation District, with partner Sound Generations, are offering the HYDE Shuttle providing local door to door transportation to and from the market to seniors 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and Sea-Tac. Call 206-727-6262 to schedule a ride. The rides are every other week: July 1,15,29; August 12,26; September 9,23.

Upcoming Events

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the website and this weekly column. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the market’s Facebook page. We have discontinued the e-newsletter.

Thanks to our sponsors:

The market takes place in the north Des Moines Marina parking lot, at 22307 Dock Ave S.:

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding one Open House this weekend, on both Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25.

Open for review is this 3-bedroom home on an enormous lot in North Burien:

This enormous corner lot features one of North Burien’s truly unique homes.

Set with 3 bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms, a grand living room and formal dining area this home also has the makings for a 2nd kitchen in the basement.

Armed with a detached 1 car garage and plenty of parking for a boat or RV, this property is truly a blank canvas ripe for your imagination!

Come take a look and see if this house can become your home!


  • Saturday, Jun 24: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 25: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 1327 SW 116th Street, Burien, WA 98146 (MAP, or see below).


  • List Price: $420,000
  • MLS Number: 1145469
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1946
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,620 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 12,066 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Corner Lot
  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Paved Street
  • Sidewalk

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.

Destination Des Moines and sponsors are returning with the BEST 4th of July community celebration, which will start at Noon and end with fireworks a 10:15 p.m.:

We work all year to raise money and plan for a fun day at the Des Moines Marina & Beach Park. This is a free community event, but as we all know, free isn’t free. This event costs over $40,00, all privately funded or through regional tourism grants. We appreciate your monetary support.

We also NEED VOLUNTEERS. Volunteers at the Kids Carnival will include free kids passes to play in the bounce houses. Contact us at [email protected] if you would like to volunteer. We also need entry volunteers and trash pick up throughout the day. Great opportunity for community organizations and businesses to wear your organizations shirts and support community events.

The day will start a little earlier this year with a noon start time for a Kids Carnival and Food Trucks on the Marina Floor.

Dock Street & the Fishing Pier will be closed all day.

Merry Makers is our new vendor for the Kids Carnival on the 4th of July and for Waterland Festival this year. They will have bounce houses, obstacle course, bungy run, climbing wall, and more to entertain the kids. Tickets sold at the event.

There will be 6 – 10 food vendors.

The Beer Garden will be located on the west edge of the marina parking lot near the fishing pier. $10 entry fee includes your first beverage.

Fireworks start at Dark.. roughly 10:30pm

Please make note of the items that are NOT ALLOWED:

All bags, purses, strollers, coolers, etc will be checked at all points of entry to the marina by professional staff.

Please respect the following NO’s:

  • No personal Fireworks
  • No personal BBQ’s
  • No bicycles, skateboards, or recreational wheels with the exception of ADA medical wheels
  • No alcohol or drugs. It is illegal to smoke cannabis in public and therefore not allowed at the event.
  • No pets (please leave your furry friends safely at home)

Absolutely bring your family, friends, lawn chairs, blankets, sunscreen, WATER, and smiling faces for a fun day in the sun!

Please also note: all ADA and access vans will not be able to leave the marina floor until all of the foot traffic clears.

South King Media Blogger (and Mt. Rainier High School student) Cassidy Huff recently had an emergency visit to Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she underwent her 41st surgery this week for an infection on her spine.

Aside from writing for our blogs, Cass of course is known as the City of Burien’s 2016 “Citizen of the Year,” which she earned by showing her service to special needs students while at Sylvester Middle School (Cass raised money to purchase iPads for the students – read more here).

Cassidy was born with a rare genetic condition called Conradi-Hunermann Syndrome, which affects her spine so she has scoliosis and kyphosis for which she had two VEPTR’s (titanium ribs) to help keep her spine straighter. Now she has two permanent rods and 19 screws fused into place. These were placed in May, 2016 after 6 weeks in halo traction. She has limb length issues. Her right side is shorter and she wears foot on foot prosthesis.  Her vision has now been corrected in her right eye. She had a very severe cataract in that eye that has now been replaced with a lens. We call it the bionic eye! She also has some patchy alopecia (otherwise known as bald spots). Cassidy also has some hearing loss in her left ear. This has been corrected with a hearing aid that she wears most days (it even has bluetooth in it!).  She has had 40 surgeries and hopefully we are finished. If you are interested in reading our journal on our other page please feel free to do so. You can find it at; Thanks for checking up on us! Please feel free to email me with any questions. Much love!

Here are some updates from Cass’ Mom, Shannon Reynolds, in reverse chronological order:


Hi Everyone,

Cassidy had another great day yesterday and a good night with restful sleep. She had a few visitors and was able to go to the rooftop garden twice.

Plan for today is to remove her drain and ensure her incision looks good. This should happen sometime around 12:30. Then we wait. Wait to see how she’s feeling and how her back looks. As long as it’s doing what it should we can go home tomorrow.

We’ve been here for 8 days now. Not as long as some stays or others we know but it’s been a long haul this time. We will all be thankful to go home. I’m grateful that I have an employer that understands and my team members step in and take care of business. The outpouring of support I receive from work is amazing.

We are still up for visitors and would love to have people come see Cassidy here or at home.

Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers. They mean so much to us.


Cassidy had a successful 41st surgery and we are back in her room.

When we went up for surgery earlier the anesthesiologist came over to discuss the plan. Cassidy asked him where his accent was from and he said Hogwarts!! Cassidy was sold!! He came up with a great plan and Cassidy did great going off to to sleep.

After surgery was over we met with the surgeon. He said that there was infection pockets around her right rod. They exposed it and cleaned and put antibiotic powder in. Cassidy made a special request to have an even number of staples put in and Klane actually counted them! 50 to be exact!

She does have a hemovac drain in that will stay for a few days and we will be here to watch her for fevers, etc. and make sure her incision is healing well.

Tonight we settle in and keep her comfy. She’s already had jello and sprite. She’s singing and chatting on the phone with friends.


Cassidy is at Seattle Children’s on the surgical unit. She didn’t have surgery but let me tell you what has been going on.

Tuesday morning she woke up in extreme pain and was not really able to get out of bed well and stayed home for the day. When we both got home from work we asked her if she had kept up on her Tylenol etc and she said no so she was hurting even more. We managed to get her to eat and drink a little and get her back on some OTC meds. She rested well and woke up Wednesday in more pain. By the time I got home Wednesday night she was not improved. Her dad and I made the decision that it was best that I bring her in to get checked out.

Wednesday evening I arrived at the Urgent Care and they took one look at her, the history, and her current symptoms and sent us to the Emergency Department. The ED wait took many hours and finally around midnight were called back to a room. They started an IV and took blood for labs, and decided to call Ortho in. Meanwhile we had x-rays done. The resident came in and talked to us. Determined that we needed further imaging and he would like to admit Cassidy. We waited for a bit longer and finally received a room assignment, headed to CT before going to the floor. Made it to the room around 6am.

Yesterday was a quiet day with a few team members rounding on her. Ortho is great and came by to ensure that things were ok. She did have several bouts of nausea and then subsequent vomiting so that was frustrating. Not eating much and having a fever made for a long day, coupled with very little sleep for both of us.

Last night I was finally able to shower and get into bed. After being awake close to 42 hours straight it was time for rest. They did come in many times to check fever and give meds, do vitals etc so Cassidy’s sleep was broken up and not very restful. She still looks really tired today too.

This morning after a urinalysis it was determined that she has a raging UTI. We are adjusting her antibiotics as her counts were still very high this morning even with close to 24 hours of antibiotics on board. This seems a little odd to the team and they are having Infectious Disease team come round on her later. Funny tidbit that Ortho and ID don’t see eye to eye all the time so we are hopeful that the Cipro does the trick for Cass and we can be seeing better response from her body soon.

We are staying another night to ensure that she has no fever and starts eating and keeping food down. Please continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers as we hang out here today. We welcome visitors as long as you are well. Can visit until 8pm tonight. Cassidy is in pretty good spirits but is sad that she missed her last week of school with her friends. Please be sensitive to that when you come visit.

Say a prayer or send a positive message to/for Cass, or donate to (and read more about) her here:

The Pac Highway Chargers are a youth football team out of Des Moines – ages 6 to 14 years old – and they are looking for players, coaches, volunteers and donations.

Fees are $150 for new football players and $125 for returners and it is $200 for cheer…and be sure ask about their Military and DSHS Discounts and payment plans.

“Our organization is based on the belief that our members needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry of youth sports.”

Signups are every Thursday at the old Country Buffet in federal Way from 6-8 p.m., and this week they will be outside the Dollar Tree in downtown Des Moines.

More info at, or email with any questions: [email protected].

Mount Rainier Pool’s junior lifeguard cadets recently visited the Des Moines station of South King Fire & Rescue to learn first-hand what happens when a lifeguard has to call 911 and triggers an emergency response.

It’s part of the pool’s effort to solve one of the major problems facing pool operators these days — finding enough lifeguards and swim instructors. There are literally hundreds of unfilled lifeguard positions, so much so that neither SeaTac or Federal Way will be guarding Angle and Steel lakes this summer. The same shortage is true for indoor pools.

Organizers at Mount Rainier Pool are determined to “grow our own pool of lifeguards through our junior lifeguard program that we call AquaGuards.”

“We’re taking middle schoolers and both familiarizing and preparing them to eventually take their Red Cross Certification tests when they turn 15,” they added.

There is an additional purpose. The pool management is intent on making the diversity of the guard staff reflect that of the community. That means hiring more people of color and addressing language barriers.

Part of the education of our AquaGuard cadets is to acquaint them with a global perspective of what being a lifeguard entails.
This week we visited the fire department to learn how the Medic One crews respond, as well as the firefighters. Under the watchful eye of Capt. Jeff Bellinghausen, our young people explored both the Medic One and Fire & Rescue equipment. They were able to question actual paramedics and firefighters.

“We’re intent on making sure these young people not only have the physical skill sets necessary to be lifeguards, but also an appreciation of how important their role will be in the community,” said Gene Achziger, Outreach coordinator for Mount Rainier Pool.

Future trips will be to a dispatch center, and to the fire and rescue boats moored at the Des Moines Marina.

“We are also working to give our cadets instruction in customer service and conflict resolution, skills that will benefit them both on the job and in their personal lives,” Achziger said. “We’re looking to produce well-rounded and responsible young adults.

The cadets recently helped with a fundraiser to assure that younger kids will also have an opportunity to learn to swim and participate in the AquaGuard program. They raised $600 for swimming scholarships at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market recently.

Mount Rainier Pool’s dedication to training new lifeguards has caught the attention of healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente. Victoria Garcia, the Community Health Manager for Kaiser wrote:

“We are impressed with your visionary approach to building lifeguard skills among youth younger than 15 years old given the shortage of lifeguards in the area – particularly among youth of color. We very much like the water competency, safety and workforce development aspects of the program.”

Kaiser Permanente granted $10,000 to fund the program.

The Port of Seattle announced that it will be offering environmental grants to airport communities:

Organizations encouraged to submit applications for ecology projects

WHAT: New $1 million program to fund environmental projects in communities near Sea-Tac Airport
Tree planting; tours of Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden

WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden, 13735 24th Ave S, SeaTac


  • Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton
  • Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden Board Vice Chair Wendy Morgan
  • Forterra President Gene Duvernoy
  • Representatives from SeaTac, Burien, and Des Moines

WHY: The Airport Community Ecology (ACE) Fund offers grants to organizations to improve the natural environment, especially through planting programs to add trees and green spaces. The Fund recognizes that neighborhoods that experience more impacts from airport operations should also experience additional benefits.

Burien, Des Moines and SeaTac are the three eligible municipalities for this pilot program.

Another part of the Ecology Fund – the Green Cities Partnership Program – will help the cities start initiatives to expand and nurture urban forests, actively involving people of all ages in projects like clearing invasive plants, preparing sites for trees, and, with the help of experts, planting saplings and helping them thrive.

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

The first Open House is in Normandy Park, and will be held this Friday, June 16, Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18:

Spacious home on nearly a 1/2 acre secluded lot in desirable Normandy Park.

Enjoy peek sound & mountain views from the entertainment size deck or head to The Cove w/your lot A Beach Rights.

The expansive park-like backyard will accommodate all of your outdoor activities.

Newly remodeled kitchen w/custom cabinets, granite countertops & upcycled industrial lighting.

Artistic flare throughout this incredibly solid 3200 sq ft home with many updates.

Conveniently close to downtown Seattle & airport.


  • Friday, June 16: 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jun 17: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 18: 2 – 5 p.m.

WHERE: 159 SW 192nd Street, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below).


  • List Price: $745,000
  • MLS Number: 1142860
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1956
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,500 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 20,868 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Patio
  • RV Parking

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

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

The second Open House is an amazing 5-bedroom view home located just a block away from the Redondo Boardwalk in Des Moines – open both Saturday and Sunday:

Captivating and unobstructed panoramic views of the Puget Sound, Mountains, Shipping Traffic and Redondo Boardwalk.

Impeccable home with inspired Northwest Contemporary Design.

Great room concept main floor is an entertainer’s delight with soaring ceilings and open floor plan.

Entire upstairs is a dream master suite with dual walk-in closets and deck.

Lower level features an indoor hot tub and sauna.

Plus, large rec room.

Located one block from the boardwalk.

This is the home youve been waiting for!


  • Saturday, June 17: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 18: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 28811 Sound View Dr S., Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $1,200,000
  • MLS Number: 1129015
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,800 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 11,761 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Built-In Vacuum
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Sauna
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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.

The Sun Gods were looking down on the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market last Saturday, as everyone was thinking rain. 

Again this weekend there will be NO paid parking. The start date for that has been pushed out to June 19th.  When it does start, we will validate 2 hour free parking. Just show your purchases at the market info booth. If you are a Des Moines resident and have a vehicle registered in Des Moines, you can get a yearly ($30) pass at the Marina office for $15 for the rest of this year.

The Des Moines Area Food Bank “Picnic in the Park” starts their free summer lunch program for all school age kids. Look for them from noon to 1pm in the grassy area next to the marina office. And if you can’t wait until noon, they will serve free snacks from 10 to 10:30am.  A child does not need to be a Highline Public School student to participate. They will be there every Saturday until school starts.  If you would like to volunteer to help with this program, contact the Food Bank: 206-878-2660.

New VendorNino Blanco Salsa  Owner, Darren Donahue (aka Nino Blanco) worked in Mexican Restaurants for about 10 years, and learned a about the culture and how to prepare many recipes. Around 1988 he developed salsa for a family party.  It was a hit and he has been asked to make it regularly for the last 29 years. He said “we put LOVE into our salsa every time we make it, along with fresh ingredients.  It is not a simple process, but we feel it is worth it! My family and friends have pushed me to make the salsa for the public for years.  I have finally decided that now is the time…and so, Niño Blanco Foods was born” The company is in 10 farmers markets throughout King County. Check out their web site for wonderful recipes.

Bloodworks Northwest will have its blood donation van at the market this Saturday from 9am to 11am and continues at noon until 3pm. Please sign up to help this organization fill the ever shortage of blood. Call Kathy at 206-878-0355 or email to set up an appointment. Walk-Ins welcome.

Be sure to check if you qualify for our healthy eating initiative for low income families called Fresh Bucks, Come to the market, swipe your EBT card and it will double your dollars (up to $10) per person. This program is good for all market days.

  • Music – 5 Buck band
  • Food Trucks – Charlies Buns N Stuff, Chick’n Fix, Jemil’s
  • Community Groups – Sounders, Recology
  • Volunteers – Blue Thunder soccer team

Seniors don’t forget that the market and the King Conservation District, with partner Sound Generations, are offering the HYDE Shuttle providing local door to door transportation to and from the market to seniors 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and Sea-Tac. Call 206-727-6262 to schedule a ride. The rides are every other week: June 17; July 1,15,29; August 12,26; September 9,23.

Be sure to get your application for the upcoming Clutter to Cash sale for June 24th. You can sell all that odd ball stuff you have been moving from one side of your garage to the other. The 20 booth spaces are starting to fill up, so we are encouraging people to sign up early. The space fee is $20 and you must provide your own tables, chairs, etc. You can sign up at the information booth or download the application from our web site. July & August dates are also available.

Upcoming Events

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the website and this weekly column. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the market’s Facebook page. We have discontinued the e-newsletter.

Thanks to our sponsors: 

The market takes place in the north Des Moines Marina parking lot, at 22307 Dock Ave S.:

The Scotch and Vine Restaurant – which just last weekend celebrated its 6th anniversary with a big ribbon cutting – was closed suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 14.

We first heard a rumor that here was a rather unusual “Sorry we are closed” sign on the front door before confirming the news with owner Jill Pritchard on Facebook.

Des Moines City Councilmembers helped cut a ribbon to celebrate the restaurant’s 6th anniversary on Saturday, June 10.

“Unfortunately it is true,” Jill told The Waterland Blog.

The popular restaurant, located at 22341 Marine View Drive South, served up “New American” food, along with a nice bar with fine wines, beer and liquor, and of course, Scotch.

Owners closed a second version of their restaurant at the Riverbend in Kent in April. According to officials from the City of Kent, they owed $30,588 in unpaid back rent since opening that restaurant in August, 2016.

Calls to the restaurant were not answered, its website is blank, and the Facebook page appears to have been deleted. And in addition to the hand-written sign on the front door, all the windows have been covered with visibility-reducing adhesive film.

Pitchard did not answer our further inquiries about reasons for the sudden closure.

As we learn more information about this restaurant’s future (or sad demise), we’ll update the blog…

From our friends at WABI Burien:

More opportunities to walk with neighbors and new friends! Meet the Des Moines Waterland Walkers. Our neighbors to the south also have monthly walks, led by former Burienite Gary McNeil.

Gary McNeil

“I am a board member of Des Moines Legacy Foundation, a non-profit that supports and helps fund programs for kids and seniors in Des Moines –  

I was asked to lead walks in the city to explore the great parks and sites in town.  I started the walks early in 2016.”

Time, Place & Details:

Walk time: the 3rd Sunday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

Our primary meeting place is at the base of the fishing pier at the Des Moines Marina, but the day, time, and location are subject to change.  We walk the 2 mile Des Moines Creek Trail quite often, but also explore the Marina, Beach Park, and the other parks up the hill.  We have also walked at Saltwater State Park and around the Redondo Beach area.

The walks average about 2 -3 miles in length and take about  60-90 minutes, and the terrain can range from a flat paved path to hilly trails.  We walk rain or shine, and dogs are usually welcome unless we are entering a business establishment.

Two walks each year include viewing the great sculptures, art pieces, and murals that are part of the Art on Poverty Bay Project, in coordination with the Des Moines Arts Commission.

DMWW-Walk Group

Get more information about the Waterland Walkers:

June Waterland Walk:

Celebrate Father’s Day by walking with your family, getting some exercise, walking thru the woods, and exploring the beach.

Date: The June Des Moines walk is this Sunday, June 18th, rain or shine.

Time: Meet at 11:00 am.

Place: Saltwater State Park, 25205 8th Place South, Des Moines WA 98198.
Meet near the bathrooms next to the lower parking lot.  Come down the hill past the gate, and take a slight left to the bathrooms.

Route: We will be walking about a 2 mile trail around the park, including some hills. It could be muddy if it rains.  We can also walk down to the beach and along a short path along the water.

Parking: A Discover Pass is required to park inside the State Park, or you can buy a daily pass for $10 at the machine at the gate.  For those wishing to carpool or anyone needing a ride please let Gary know.

Questions: Contact Gary with any questions:

UPDATE: Vincent “Gerry” Duque, the missing endangered person we posted a ‘Silver Alert’ about earlier has been located and is safe!

Police say he was actually found prior to the Silver Alert being activated.


Vincent G. Duque (pictured, left), also known as “Gerry,” is missing and endangered, the Des Moines Police Department said.

He was last seen in the 25400 block of Pacific Highway South in Kent (map below) at about 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13.

Mr. Duque is a 72 year old Asian male.

He is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 155 pounds.

He is completely bald, has brown eyes and has a gray goatee.

He is driving a white 1998 Mazda Millenia with Washington plates DP26570. The vehicle has a small spare tire on the right front, and looks similar to this one:

Mr. Duque has been diagnosed with dementia and has other medical conditions that require treatment.

No one knows where Mr. Duque may be headed.

If you see him or his vehicle call 911 immediately.

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We work with executors, administrators and personal representatives, to complete all the duties required by the probate court to settle the estate. Below is a list of just a few of the matters that our firm can manage for our clients.

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Amna Hadzihasanovic (left), Ederly Beausilien, Dmitriy Koval and Boo Park are four of the nearly 20 Computer Information Systems students who are designing the corporate computer network that will be used during the International Collegiate Cyber Defense Invitational, June 20–22, 2017. Organized and hosted by Highline College, the invitational will bring together students from higher education institutions around the world.

Students from around the world will meet June 20–22, 2017, in the International Collegiate Cyber Defense Invitational (ICCDI) at Highline College, the first international event of its kind in the United States.

The invitational will provide students with real-world challenges in thwarting hackers while maintaining a corporate network that cannot be replicated in a typical classroom. This type of practice gives students better training and preparation for the workforce.

Highline has extended invitations to colleges and universities in 10 countries, including Indonesia, Moldova, Namibia, Poland and South Africa. To date, there are four confirmed participants: higher education institutions from Indonesia and Namibia as well as two U.S. universities, University of Central Florida and Brigham Young University (Utah). The team from Indonesia will participate remotely.

“One of the driving forces behind such an event is the globally focused nature of education here at Highline,” said Dr. Amelia Phillips, who is the lead faculty member for Highline’s applied bachelor’s degree program in Cybersecurity and Forensics. “Our campus is as diverse as they come, with over 70 percent students of color and people representing more than 120 cultures and ethnicities. We take great pride in preparing students to live and work in a multicultural world and global economy.”

The college annually hosts the Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (PRCCDC), which serves as the regional competition for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. The ICCDI is modeled after these annual competitions, but is structured as an invitational rather than a competition to encourage the exchange of ideas.

During the invitational, visiting student teams will be participating in a corporate-like scenario created by the Highline College team. Teams may be dealing with unexpected events, people being laid off, installation of a new server or other challenges while being under attack by professional hackers — also known as penetration testers. The hackers will be trained professionals from local government and corporate agencies.

As they did for the PRCCDC, Highline students — with support from the college’s Information Technology Services staff members — are designing the company network that will be used in the simulation, complete with intentional security flaws. These students are enrolled in the college’s applied bachelor’s (BAS) degree program in Cybersecurity and Forensics and several of its applied associate (AAS) degree programs: Network Security Engineer, Digital Forensics and Web/Database Developer.

The global nature of the event is also evident in the Computer Information Systems students designing the scenario. Four of the nearly 20 Highline students creating the simulation represent the diversity of the college’s campus:

  • Ederly Beausilien: Born in Haiti, Beausilien came to the U.S. in 2013 and is now living in Federal Way. He will earn his AAS in Network Security this month and will continue at Highline for his BAS in Cybersecurity and Forensics.
  • Amna Hadzihasanovic: Born in Germany, Hadzihasanovic came to Washington by way of Bosnia and Herzegovina when she was just under 4 years old. She earned her associate degree at Highline as a Running Start student from Foster High School and her bachelor’s degree in Law and Justice at Central Washington University. She has returned to Highline to pursue her BAS in Cybersecurity and Forensics. She lives in Tukwila.
  • Dmitriy Koval: Born in Ukraine, Koval came to the U.S. while in middle school. He discovered his interest in technology as a student in the Technology Academy program at Kent Meridian High School. He will earn his BAS in Cybersecurity and Forensics at Highline this month. He lives in Kent.
  • Boo Park: Born in South Korea, Park came to the U.S. in grade school. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at Western Washington University. He will earn his AAS in Network Security this summer and will continue at Highline for his BAS in Cybersecurity and Forensics. He lives in Kent.

As part of their work, students have been researching the customs and cultures of the participating countries in order to avoid offending visiting students or violating social norms. They have also been studying global information technology terms to ensure they are using terms recognized worldwide. Slang IT terms, especially, can vary from one country to another.

Each participating institution is responsible for paying their own travel expenses and lodging. Phillips said she is pursuing a grant through the National Science Foundation to help support the organizational and infrastructure expenses and looking for sponsors to help pay for meals and other expenses. Highline is holding the event in partnership with and with financial support from CyberWatch West.

The first two days of the event, June 20–21, will be devoted to the simulation with the third day, June 22, reserved for a job fair, sponsor exhibition, debriefings and talks.


About Highline’s Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Department:
The Computer Science and Computer Information Systems department at Highline prepares students for a variety of information technology–related careers, including computer programmers, network specialists, website and database developers, and data recovery and computer forensics specialists. In recent years, the department added an applied bachelor’s degree program in Cybersecurity and Forensics.

In 2013, Highline earned designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education (CAE2Y) from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The CAE2Y designation is awarded to community colleges that have established a high quality cybersecurity program and have mapped their courses to the current national standards of the Committee on National Security Systems.

Being a CAE2Y institution gives Highline unique standing since fewer than 40 of the nation’s 1,100 two-year colleges have achieved the designation.

Looking for the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day this coming Sunday, June 18?

Why not stroll through the Car Show, and cap off the afternoon with a bountiful “Backyard BBQ” at Classic Eats in Olde Burien?

From their fun festive decor celebrating iconic Americana to the friendly atmosphere and outdoor patio, Classic Eats offers the perfect solution for easy breezy family fun celebrating all the Dads in your life.

The BBQ feast includes:

  • St. Louis Pork Ribs
  • Classic Baked BBQ half chicken
  • Corn on the Cobb
  • Classic Cole Slaw
  • Poblano Mash Potatoes covered in 3 pepper cream sauce
  • Grilled garlic bread
  • PLUS $1 Bud Light for all Dads!

Of course you can also choose from their full menu of favorites to create a flavorful and memorable dining experience.

AND…Classic Eats now provides convenient FREE parking behind the restaurant – look for the marked parking stalls!

Classic Eats:

Address: 918 SW 152nd Street, Olde Burien

Phone: (206) 241-6275

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Enjoy a unique, tasty and fun ‘Sunday Brunch with The Maury Island Incident’ on Sunday, June 25 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at The Tin Theater!

You’ll enjoy brunch, plus view a special, one-of-a-kind screening of the locally-produced, award-winning film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ with LIVE Commentary by Director/Producer Scott Schaefer, Writer/Producer Steve Edmiston, and Actor John Patrick Lowrie (who played J. Edgar Hoover in the film).

This ‘Mystery Science Theatre 3000’-style presentation is part of the Burien Film Festival, and will include behind-the-scenes stories, humor and fun facts, all while enjoying the Burien Cult Classic.

There will also be a reception for Washington Senate Resolution #8648, which is state acknowledgement of the June 21, 1947 Maury Island Incident, and in honor of the 70th anniversary, with Senator Karen Kaiser, the main sponsor.

Tickets are $25 each (limited to just 40 so act soon!) and include a buffet style brunch, along with a one-of-a-kind screening of the locally-produced, award-winning 30-minute film AND a reception with filmmakers and dignitaries afterwards.

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By Jack Mayne

The Des Moines City Council unanimously approved a new airport advisory committee to guide the city as Sea-Tac Airport moves forward with massive expansion plans and increases of passenger and freight air traffic.

The 6-0 vote, with Councilmember Melissa Musser excused, came after a period of Council prompted staff consideration and recommendations that concluded with the recommendation for the committee by City Manager Matthew Matthias.

During his presentation, Matthias said his study enforced the opinion of many that a second major airport be considered for siting elsewhere in western Washington.

More flights, more noise
The Council, prompted by public pressure and concerns over huge growth proposals and plans by the Port of Seattle, had recommended the problems needed involvement of all the surrounding cities. Matthias told the Council this need has spurred the creation on May 11 of an Ad Hoc Aviation Advisory Committee and now he was presenting plans for creation of the new group.

He said that Burien and SeaTac have airport advisory committees and the staff reviewed some other groups around the nation. Input was sought from newly formed Des Moines area Quiet Skies Puget Sound.

Matthias said the city has proposed a committee of seven Des Moines resident members, with the city manager serving as chair and that the group would act as advisors to the City Council. Monthly meetings would be held and regular reports made to the Council.

City residents can find an application for membership on the Des Moines city website. Membership will be Des Moines residents who will be appointed by the mayor and approved by the Council. Applicants should be “interested/concerned about aviation impacts,” open-minded and have a background in aviation, science or medical areas preferred and “available to commit significant time on a weekly basis.”

The weekly time commitment is needed because research will be necessary, as “we want to follow best science as we present impacts to the Council,” he said.

Matthias said there should be consideration of partnerships between various groups to research the issues that will come up over time.

The committee charter should provide comments on environmental impacts, frequency of airport operations, health and noise, plus plane ground movement and the FAA and its proposed next generation of controlling takeoffs and landings.

Councilmember Luisa Bangs said that since she works for the airport, she would take up with the Port when she needs to recuse herself from future participation.

Negative impacts
“We have a long history with Sea-Tac airport all the way back to the fight for the third runway, which cost us millions of dollars which we did not win,” Matthias said. “As a result, the impacts that we feared at that time happening now.

“Passenger growth at Sea-Tac has gone from 26.8 million in 2003 to 45.6 million in 2016,” he said. “Aircraft operations have grown from 300,000 in 2012 to 400,000 in 2016.

“So as operations have increased, impacts have increased.”

Despite the benefits of the increases, he said, “a disproportionate amount of impact, negatively affect the jurisdictions in proximity to the airport.”

The city manager said this was unfair and that impacts must be balanced between the entities, with mitigation for local jurisdictions.

“Washington State is the most trade-dependent state in the United States,” Matthias told the Des Moines Council. “Additional demands of globalization require international travel and logistics capacity” but the impact to local communities “must be addressed.”

That is why the city is establishing the airport committee, Matthias said.

Second airport critical
Matthias said the siting and development of a second Seattle area airport has “been discussed as a remedy to the growth at SeaTac.”

He said he believes sustainability is a “constraint, it’s not a consideration.”

“The impact needs to be addressed from where they are now, not going forward later.”

“That is why the siting, development and look at a second airport is critical.”

Washington state government needs to be involved because it could affect the growth of Sea-Tac airport, he said. The local committee can help decided which agency or group needs to be approached for specific needs to better get results.

Climate sustainability
Mayor Matt Pina read a letter for a Bill Adams regarding President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. The letter endorsed city efforts at promoting sustainability for future generations.

“Protecting our environment has been and will continue to be a paramount concern to the city regardless of actions taken nationally,” the Adams letter said adding a number of other actions the city has taken, including raising the marina bulkhead two feet to accommodate future sea level increases.

Pina then moved and the Council agreed to have the city’s environmental policy be reviewed by the Council’s environment committee to consider additional actions for a sustainable future environment.