By Jack Mayne

The City of Des Moines has joined SeaTac city officials in wanting consideration of a second international airport, and says a potential connection of the state ferry system could be another way to accommodate the huge growth proposed by the Port of Seattle.

City Manager Michael Matthias told the Council he wants the city to rejoin the Puget Sound Regional Council to better push for airport noise, pollution and traffic considerations during the Thursday (Feb. 15) City Council session.

The Council unanimously approved the move.

Citizens critical of growth
At the outset of the Council session, a number of people repeated yet again that the city needs to get more involved in fighting the plans of the Port of Seattle to increase capacity to 66 million passengers a year from the just under 47 million in and out of the airport in 2017. The airport is the 28th busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, and the Port has said that by 2034, airport traffic is projected to reach a staggering 66 million passengers and 750,000 metric tons of cargo annually.

Several citizens said the city has not fully engaged with the Port over the effects of such growth – “you have failed” in the words of one speaker. Another citizen said nothing will happen “if you don’t ask for it.”

Sheila Brush, a member of Quiet Skies Puget Sound in Des Moines, said “micro meetings” in neighborhoods of the city provide “an awareness of how bad is it and how bad is it going to be.”

“We are look at the same blueprint as Dallas-Fort Worth … it rests on 17,000 acres, the Port (of Seattle) rests on 2,500 acres,” said Brush. “They are going to devastate our communities, they are going to devastate the whole belt and region, adding “we are losing time” and urged the Councilmembers to become experts on the growth plans.

‘Negative impacts’
City Manager Matthias said that one of the ways the city can better participate in discussions about a future new airport would be to rejoin the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) which the city quit a few years ago. He sought a Council resolution rejoining the Council as a “financially contributing member.”

The Council approved the $9,600 annual cost 5 – 0 with two councilmembers excused to be absent.

That countywide group of officials represents all levels of government leaders.

“They are going to be involved in coordinating a process of siting a second airport – beginning that discussion which is a long-term solution, but it is a solution,” Matthias said.

The city has addressed a letter to the PSRC that Des Moines’ primary concern “has to do with the asymmetrical relationship between the public benefit of economic activity coming from airport operations (specifically Sea-Tac International Airport) and the disproportionate negative impacts experienced by our city in proximity to this major airport.”

The letter signed by Mayor Matt Pina also said the city understands the statewide needs but “nonetheless Sea-Tac is the largest component in the statewide aviation system.”

Des Moines also told the regional group that sustainability of the airport must consider air and water quality which “must be critical considerations in the decision to site new airports.”

“Without the ability to implement sustainable measures, future Sea-Tac Airport growth in both operations and capacity, should be constrained,” the city said.

A new ferry passenger terminal should be considered for Des Moines.

“The city is actively working on potential passenger ferry service to Seattle and Tacoma,” the city letter to the PRSC said. “The city’s proximity to light rail and a fast-growing employment base serve to make passenger ferry service in Des Moines a viable alternative mode of transportation.”

Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding six Open Houses this weekend!

The first home is an immaculate, 2-level, loft-style end unit condo at The Commons in Federal Way:

Immaculate 2 level, loft style, end unit at The Commons.

Walk to transit, future light-rail, groceries, restaurants and Steel Lake.

Open vibe w/ vaulted ceilings feels much bigger.

Large master w/ walk in closet & en-suite full bath. Spacious deck for bbqs & a nice breeze.

Well maintained grounds with a pool, sauna and clubhouse.

Large pantry & laundry off the kitchen w/ new washer & dryer.

Great natural light.

Covered parking right out front and additional guest spots.

An amazing opportunity awaits!

WHEN:

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

WHERE: 512 S. 317th Street, Unit #304, Federal Way, WA 98003 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $149,950
  • MLS Number: 1242135
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1980
  • Approximate House SqFt: 819 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Balcony/Deck/Patio
  • End Unit
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Hot Tub
  • Pool-Outdoor
  • Sauna
  • Clubhouse

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

Click here to see the full listing.


The next Open House is a comfortable, 3-bedroom Federal Way Rambler:

Convenient and comfortable Federal Way Rambler.

3 bedroom 1.75 bathroom with 2 car garage!

Light flooded Open floor plan!

Kitchen, dining and living room flow together.

Large sliding glass door opens to a covered patio, perfect for outdoor living all year round.

Fully fenced level back yard is pet and play friendly! Wood burning fire place.

Master with 3/4 bath plus 2 other good size bedrooms.

Flooring and paint will make this cosmetic fixer shine!

Easy access to I-5, HWY 18 and Tacoma.

WHEN:

  • Friday, Feb. 16: 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 17: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 18: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 35829 13th Ave SW, Federal Way, WA 98023 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $300,000
  • MLS Number: 1244602
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1969
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,140 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windows
  • Cable TV
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Patio

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

Click here to see the full listing.


The next home is a move-in ready, bottom floor unit, 3-bedroom condo in Renton:

FHA approved, in the final stages of a renovation with new hardwood floors, new appliances, new carpet.

Bottom floor unit with a patio looking out to the yard.

1 Covered parking space, close proximity to shopping, schools and a daycare.

Property is vacant and move in ready.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Feb. 17: 2 – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 18: 2 – 5 p.m.

WHERE: 11002 SE Petrovitsky Rd, Unit E101, Renton, WA 98055 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $260,000
  • MLS Number: 1241415
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1993
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,237 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Club House
  • Exercise Room
  • Fire Sprinklers
  • Game/Rec Rm
  • Outside Entry
  • Sauna

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

Click here to see the full listing.


The next Open House 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, Feb. 17: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 18: 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.


The final Open House is a 5-bedroom modern built Green Oasis home::

This 5 Bed/3.5 Bath Modern Built Green Oasis features a bonus/media room & full bath off the lower floor to entertain your guests.

As you make your way to the main floor your enchanted with high ceilings centered on a full kitchen & formal living/dining room areas.

The master suite features a floor to ceiling window view crowned around the preserved old growth tree in the back yard.

Enjoy the luxuries of urban living with your own spacious roof top deck.

Minutes to Burke G. trail & PCC!

WHEN:

  • Sunday, Feb. 18: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 6246 33rd Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $2,095,000
  • MLS Number: 1236910
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,611 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 5,000 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Mountain/Territorial View
  • Covered Parking for 2
  • Radiant, Wall, Ductless HP MiniSplit Heating

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

Click here to see the full listing.

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

UPDATE: After reports of gunfire being heard just before 9 a.m. Friday morning (Feb. 16), and a lockdown on the Highline College campus, Des Moines Police reports that an initial investigation indicates that there was no active shooter on campus.

Police followed up with a secondary sweep of the campus, and an ‘all clear’ was announced at 11:38 a.m.

The first alert went out at 8:55 a.m., advising all “to lock down all offices and classrooms until further notice.”

A huge police response resulted, with roads around the campus closed – including southbound I-5 for a while – and heavily armed police slowly sweeping the campus, building to building.

Later reports indicate that the actual cause of the “gunfire” may have been fireworks.

Classes were canceled for the rest of the day.

Also, nearby schools Parkside, Mount Rainier, Midway, Pacific and Des Moines went into lockdown as a precautionary measure. Highline Public Schools says its Security was in direct communication with police “to ensure that our staff and students stayed safe.”

Here’s information released by the Des Moines Police Department:

On Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at about 8:52 a.m., the Des Moines Police Department received multiple reports of shots being fired at Highline College.

Initially there were conflicting reports as to the exact location of the reported shots on campus.

The entire campus was put into lockdown at 8:57 a.m.

First responders from multiple law enforcement agencies, federal & state agencies, along with fire and emergency medical service personnel responded to the call. The first officers arriving at the campus did an initial sweep of the campus and did not locate a shooter, any victims or evidence of a shooting.

SWAT units from multiple agencies searched every building on the campus to look for any potential victims.

The lockdown was lifted at about 11:45 a.m.

The Des Moines Police Department will continue to investigate this incident.

If you were on campus and saw or heard anything, you are asked to contact Des Moines Police at (206) 878-3301. If you would like to contact Highline College. send en mail to [email protected].

And here’s an email that was sent out by Highline College’s Interim President Friday afternoon:

Dear Campus Community,

Around 9 a.m. today, Public Safety received multiple reports of possible gunfire on Highline’s campus. The campus was placed on lockdown while law enforcement investigated. Officers searched all buildings and the campus itself to determine whether gunfire had been the cause of the noise.

We are relieved and grateful that no active shooter was found and that no one was injured. Nevertheless, out of caution, we have closed campus and cancelled classes for the rest of the day.

The police investigation is ongoing.

I want to thank our Public Safety team and our first-responders for their professional, collaborative, and effective response. I also appreciate the cooperation of our faculty, staff, and students in initiating the lockdown, sheltering in place, and evacuating in such an orderly manner. I know that it was a stressful experience for everyone, especially in light of recent events.

Highline’s Public Safety staff and area law enforcement agencies take all reports seriously and will not take any chances when potential threats are reported. They responded to this situation — and will in the future — with the campus’s safety utmost in mind.

Campus operations and classes will resume tomorrow.

Our staff and our partner agencies have already begun the process of debriefing. We will hold a campus forum late next week to provide updates and to hear your questions and concerns. We will use what we hear to make our safety procedures even better.

In the meantime, we continue to encourage anyone to report anything suspicious to Public Safety immediately at (206) 592-3218.

– Jeff

Jeff Wagnitz
Interim President
Highline College
[email protected]

“We have completed our search and have not located any injuries or indications of a shooting. We are working with Highline CC to remove lockdown and the investigation into the initial call will continue,” Kent Police Tweeted at 11:49 a.m. “Thank you for your patience.”

Police also announced that Parents can re-unify with students in the Lowes parking lot on Pacific Highway.

UPDATE: South King Fire reports that – as of 9:59 a.m. – “There are no known victims at HCC.”

“This is not a drill. Close doors, close windows. Police are responding to campus. Do not come to campus if you are on your way. More details to come”

From: <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 8:55 AM
Subject: Lockdown – This is not a drill
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

We have reports of gunfire on campus. Please lock down all offices and classrooms until further notice.

From: <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 9:10 AM
Subject: Lockdown: This is not a drill
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Lockdown: This is not a drill. Close doors, close windows. Police are responding to campus. Do not come to campus if you are on your way. More details to come.

From: <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 9:18 AM
Subject: Remain in lockdown – This is not a drill
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

All Buildings need to remain in lockdown. Barricade doors and windows. Police are responding and we will have further details shortly.

From: <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 9:26 AM
Subject: Remain in lockdown – This is not a drill
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Police are responding and evacuating buildings. Remain in lockdown position. We will update you as further details become available. This is an unfolding situation.

From: <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 9:57 AM
Subject: Remain in lockdown – This is not a drill
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Police are clearing buildings. Please remain in lockdown until police have cleared your building. Parents can re-unify with students in the Lowes parking lot of Pacific Highway.

From: <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 10:57 AM
Subject: Remain in lockdown
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Students and employees should remained in lockdown while buildings are being evacuated by law enforcement. Classes are cancelled for Friday, Feb. 16. For reunification, please meet students in Lowe’s parking lot on 24050 Pacific Highway.

Courtesy Author/Photographer George Matthew Cole comes these great photos that showcase the beauty of our region (click images to view larger versions/slideshow):

A view of Mount Rainier from a neighborhood in Des Moines.

A Great Blue Heron stands on barnacle encrusted rocks in Des Moines.

The sky over the Puget Sound in red as the sun sets.

See more of George’s photos at www.georgemcole.com.

The second round of results for Tuesday’s Special Election were released on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and the Highline School Levy has grown to nearly 58% approval:

Highline School District No. 401 Proposition No. 1 Replacement of Expiring Educational Programs and Operation Levy
Measure Vote Vote %
Yes
 
 
10,247 57.94%
No
7,438 42.06%
Total Votes (not including write-ins) 17,685

 

Federal Way School District No. 210 Proposition No. 1 Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy
Measure Vote Vote %
Yes
 
 
9,834 57.54%
No
7,257 42.46%
Total Votes (not including write-ins) 17,091

Here’s a video message sent out by Superintendent Susan Enfield:

NOTE: The next round of results will be released Thursday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m., and final certification will be Feb. 23.

The new ‘potential purchasers’ of Des Moines’ historic Landmark on the Sound will be holding an Open House on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This historic property was built in 1926, originally as a retirement home for Freemasons on a ridge with a commanding view of Puget Sound in the then-town of Zenith, which is now part of Des Moines. Constructed of slate and copper, Terra Cotta and Terrazzo, marble and stained glass, this majestic “castle on the hill” has played host to the Des Moines Poverty Bay Wine Festival and numerous other events in the past, event serving as an event center in its last incarnation. Its elegant, 5-story, 118,000 square foot main structure, along with 1960s addition of 3 wings (65,000 SF) sit on 27 acres of gentle sloped property w/16 acres of wooded land.

According to a recent MLS listing, the Landmark was priced at $20 million, and the sale is pending.

While the identity of these mysterious buyers/developers remains a secret for now, here’s what we know so far about this Open House:

Come tour the Masonic Home/Landmark on the Sound and be a part of the future vision.

Friends of Masonic Home want to hear what our friends and neighbors of Des Moines could benefit from most in their community with this transformation. Food, refreshments and music will be provided in the main lobby. Raffles will be held with prizes for families to enjoy. Stop in for a bite to eat, get informed on exciting plans for the Masonic Home and grab a sweet treat on your way out.

Stations will be located inside the Masonic Home for the community to participate and provide input. The preservation of the Masonic Home and features for the community to enjoy will mark the success of this iconic site.

The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Landmark on the Sound, located at 23660 Marine View Dr. S. Des Moines, WA 98198.

Parking will be available on the grounds.

“We look forward to meeting you.”

Landmark on the Sound is located at 23660 Marine View Dr. S.:

By Scott Schaefer

It’s an amazing (make that‘Amazonian if you like your local Yodeling Dominatrix’ tall) night of ‘Love, Chaos and Dinner‘ in an authentic spiegeltent at Teatro Zinzanni, and it makes for a perfect Valentines Day gift!

[NOTE: If you’re a Tardy Cupid, it’s not too late to buy tickets online and gift them to your Valentine – read our review below, complete with a heart-saving link for a gift that is far superior to the usual:]

As you’re settling in to an evening inside the historic red velvet spiegeltent, notice what’s going on around you. Sure…servers are serving and taking orders, but why is a bumbling dishwasher stumbling by your table?

That very tall woman – why is she yodeling over there? Wait…is that a robot woman?

And what’s with the janitor lady walking by, wielding a toilet brush?

And who the heck is that creepy looking dude in the tux and tails who seems to be following them all?

Wait, they’re not part of the wait staff…are they?

No, what you’re initially seeing is some of that night’s performers slowly sneaking into the scene. Look at them and try to figure out what their special talents are – will that janitor lady reveal something else? (yes!) Will the bumbling dishwasher show off some hidden talents? (for sure!)

And why are they all running from that creepy pale dude who probably has fangs?

This slow reveal process – all while you’re enjoying a drink and the first plate of an imaginative European style four-course meal – is really fun and makes Teatro Zinzanni much more than just dinner and a show – it’s an immersive experience.

And sometimes, these oddball staffers will even interact with you. You might also be selected to join the performers onstage and truly become part of the show.

It’s all part of the magic of “Love, Chaos and Dinner,” the charming new cabaret dinner show running now through April 29 at Teatro Zinzanni’s current location in the midst of Marymoor park. Worth the drive and so much more, this delightful comedy concoction mixes equal parts Ratatouille, Hotel Budapest and Fawlty Towers, stirs with a romantic twist or two and serves up sheer comedy bliss all in a luxurious and cozy ambiance of red velvet and sparkle.


From the moment you step through the doors into the 100-year-old spiegeltent (“mirror tent” in Dutch) you will be transported into another world where performers break free from the confines of the stage and the action unfolds all around you. No two performances are alike as the wall between artist and audience disappears.

The story evolves around the staff of a “new” fine dining establishment seeking a positive review from an ever-so-stringent and exacting “critic.” As you might guess, just when they need everything perfect, all manner of mishaps erupt, producing entertainment, amazement, chaos and lots of laughs. The delicious winter menu began with a piquant and colorful salad, followed by a creamy and rich braised corona bean bisque soup, choice of perfectly cooked salmon or sultry short ribs in cabernet demi-glace or root vegetable and quinoa Tangine, as a vegetarian option. The grand finale is a decadent warm chocolate cake “Madame Zinzanni” with cherry compote and dulce de leche caramel sauce. Hmmmm the memory lingers on…

SHOW DATES:

  • Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday evenings at 6 p.m.

TICKETS
Pricing starts at $99 (per person) and varies depending on seating section, day of week, and capacity already sold for the performance.

Your ticket price includes the 3-hour show experience and accompanying 4-course meal. On the night of the show, you will be responsible for an $8 per person base meal gratuity for the service of the meal as well as any food upgrades and/or drinks you decide to purchase.

And for all you tardy cupids, you can make your reservations online at any time, 24 hours a day:

BUY TICKETS HERE

LOCATION:

Teatro ZinZanni
at King County’s Marymoor Park
6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE,
Redmond, WA 98052

Email: [email protected]

Administrative Offices: (206) 802-0011

Hey…did I mention the incredibly tall Oktoberfest-looking woman? She looks familiar, and sounds even more familiar when she yodels!

Yes, that’s your incredibly talented Normandy Park neighbor Manuela Horn! And just wait until she reveals her dark, commanding personality a bit later.

Here’s a taste of what you might see Manuela doing during any given performance:

Here’s Manuela’s bio:

Manuela Horn, also known as the Austrian Amazon, is a yodeling, dancing, acting comedic force of nature. After small roles in independent movies and her own German children’s TV show, she turned her 6′ 2″ height into an asset as a host for corporate events and galas across the globe. Imported from Berlin’s Pomp Duck & Circumstance in 2001, Teatro ZinZanni has given her the performing home she always wanted. This is her 16th year with ZinZanni. In 2009, one of her characters, the yodeling dominatrix, made it to the semifinals of the TV show America’s Got Talent. With an appearance in the movie Rent, Manuela earned her SAG membership. Manuela regularly performs in numerous cities in Europe with other dinner cirque company’s like Palazzo, Da Capo and Teatro. Since 2010, Manuela has become “The Queen of Oktoberfest” by performing Yodel versions of popular songs.  With the motto “It’s always Oktoberfest Somewhere” Manuela headlines the biggest Oktoberfest’s across America.

More info on Manuela here:

B-TOWN BONUS
Mention that you’d like to meet Manuela Horn (via The B-Town Blog) to the maître d’ upon checking in, then hang around afterwards to meet her for photos and fun!

The first round of results for Tuesday’s Special Election were released, and the Federal Way School District Levy is passing by a 56.53% approval:

Federal Way School District No. 210 Proposition No. 1 Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy
Measure Vote Vote %
Yes
 
 
8,288 56.53%
No
6,373 43.47%
Total Votes (not including write-ins) 14,661

The first round of election results are in for the Feb. 13 Special Election, and it looks like the Highline School District’s Replacement of Expiring Educational Programs and Operation Levy is passing.

“I am grateful to voters for their support of our students and schools. Local funding for our schools is critical,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “It allows us to provide the quality education our community expects for our children, which goes beyond the minimum funded by the state.”

The levy bridges the gap between what the state funds and the education Highline provides students. The approved levy pays for critical needs, including teachers, staff, school nurses, safety and security officers, counselors, social workers, special education, Camp Waskowitz and athletics.

Initial returns show the Levy with a 57.67% approval:

Highline School District No. 401 Proposition No. 1 Replacement of Expiring Educational Programs and Operation Levy
Measure Vote Vote %
Yes
 
 
8,730 57.67%
No
6,409 42.33%
Total Votes (not including write-ins) 15,139

Learn more about what the levy pays for at highlineschools.org/levy.

NOTE: The next round of results will be released Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m.

Community Salmon Investigation (CSI) for Highline results are in, and they’ll be presented at two community meetings – on Wednesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 14.

All are invited to come to one of these events to see how the local salmon are doing, as well as learn about the data collected by your friends and neighbors. Light refreshments will be provided.

“Bring your family and friends for a fun-filled evening and learn about the status of salmon in your watershed!”

  • Wednesday, March 7: 6 – 7  p.m. at the Burien Community Center, 14700 – 6th Ave SW, Burien
  • Wednesday, March 14: 6 – 7 p.m. at the Normandy Park Community Club (The Cove), 1500 SW Shorebrook Dr, Normandy Park

“A big thank you to all of this year’s volunteers, and the researchers at University of Washington and NOAA for all they do for our watershed and local salmon!”

Please contact Matt Goehring, Basin Steward, at [email protected] or (206) 263-6826 if you have any questions.

The Des Moines Legacy Foundation is encouraging the community to show local kids some love this Valentine’s Week by donating $5 (or more) towards its ‘No Kids Left Inside’ campaign to replace all of the outdoor playground equipment in Des Moines.

For each $5 donation, the foundation will give its contributors a free LED rose to light up Valentine’s Week.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE

Last fall, Legacy announced its goal of raising $205,000 as part of a public campaign to secure $2.5 million to buy new playground equipment for eight parks throughout the City of Des Moines.

Outdoor play is a critical component in the development of preschool children and nearly all of the current playground equipment in Des Moines parks has passed its expiration date. In addition to the current equipment replacement, the campaign will fund the creation of play areas at both Steven J. Underwood Park and at the Beach Park north of the Des Moines Marina.

While big donations are an integral part of the public contribution campaign, Legacy members are concentrating on enabling the broader sector of the community to participate. Many residents cannot afford large donations, but a lot of small contributions by those of modest means can be just as impactful, said Des Moines Legacy President Gene Achziger.

“Big contributions are always welcome, but we’re really encouraged by the number of small donors who are stepping up to help kids,” Achziger said.

“We collected quite a bit with our small donation drive in December when we gave away LED Christmas light bulb necklaces, and we’re hoping for just as great a response during Valentine’s Week when we give away LED lighted roses with each $5 donation,” he added.

To date, Legacy has raised nearly $150,000. Part of that money ($50,000) will be matched against grants such as the recent $245,000 King County Youth & Amateur Sports grant to build an Access for All playground at Steven J. Underwood Park near the Des Moines Post Office on South 216th Street.

“Some people scoffed when we set the $205,000 goal, but we’re [Legacy] highly optimistic given the number of people stepping up to the challenge,” Achziger said.

FOLLOWUP: Des Moines resident Steve Edmiston reports that his new documentary film project – intended to provide a “briefing” to the Port of Seattle Commissioners addressing the harms to airport neighbor communities resulting from aircraft noise and emissions resulting from increased flights at Sea-Tac Airport – is off to a solid start with widespread interest and positive feedback on social media.

Edmiston, a local attorney and filmmaker, must provide his briefing in 2-minute public comment segments, as provided by Port rules. Based upon the Port Commission’s schedule, Edmiston estimates the project will take 9 to 12 months to complete.

“Based upon the comments and sharing we see on social media, and calls and e-mails I’ve received from around the country, it seems fair to say the project is off to a solid start and what that means is that our airport neighbor community, and similar airport communities around the country, are paying attention,” Edmiston said. “I think our citizens want the Commissioners to take this information – that they were not provided by the FAA last year – seriously and that they are watching to see how the Commissioners will react.”

The first episode of The Briefing, titled “The Briefing You Should Have Had,” can be viewed below:

For more information on this compelling new ‘Citizen vs Goliath’ project, visit https://www.facebook.com/thebriefingproject/

Our prior coverage is available here.

On Jan. 30, King County Parks announced that the City of Des Moines Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Department was awarded two 2018 Youth & Amateur Sports Grants based upon scores from the panel of reviewers and agency priorities.

The grant cycle was very competitive, as King County Parks received 96 applications requesting $11 million with $3.6 million in available funding.

“The King County grants provide much needed funding to provide play areas and recreation programs that will help to make Des Moines a great place for our families to live healthy and play,” Parks Director Patrice Thorell said.

The first grant award in the amount of $245,000.00 provides capital funds to build a new “Play for All” play area at Steven J Underwood Memorial Park. The play area is an integral part of the sports facility’s master plan and also provides much needed inclusive outdoor play opportunities serving the greater community and the Pacific Ridge neighborhood. Funding to match the King County grant comes from the City of Des Moines and the Des Moines Legacy Foundation.

The second grant in the amount of $23,000.00 provides funding for the 2018 and 2019 Summer Fun in the Sun program held at Midway Park. This free youth recreation program takes place Monday through Friday throughout the summer alongside the Des Moines Area Food Bank’s free lunch program serving up fun and nutrition for hundreds of neighborhood children.

About King County Parks
King County Parks – Your Big Backyard – offers more than 200 parks and 28,000 acres of open space, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 215 miles of backcountry trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs.

About the Youth and Amateur Sports Grant Program
The YASG program is funded and sustained through a 1-percent car-rental tax authorized by the State in 1993. King County Council restructured the program (formerly Youth Sports Facilities Grants) in 2017 to provide Council-directed grants, as well as competitive grants, to non-profit organizations, local governments, and school districts. Funding is available for sports and recreation programs, as well as for capital improvement projects.

King County has awarded roughly $15 million in grants since the program’s inception in 1993, creating nearly 350 new or renovated youth sports facilities throughout the county.

A Town Hall meeting featuring 33rd District legislators Sen. Karen Keiser, Rep. Mia Gregerson and Tina Orwall will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at LiUNA! Laborers Local in Des Moines.

The goal of this open public meeting will be “to hear directly from state lawmakers about work being done on their behalf and provide an opportunity for constituents to share their opinion on issues in Olympia and the community.”

WHO: Senator Karen Keiser and Representatives Mia Gregerson and Tina Orwall, the 33rd District legislators representing part of King County including SeaTac, Des Moines, Normandy Park, and part of Kent, Burien, and Renton.

WHAT: Town Hall meeting with 33rd District constituents. Live Spanish-language interpretation will be available.

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, February 17, 2018

WHERE: LiUNA! Laborers Local 242, 22323 Pacific Hwy S., Des Moines, WA 98198:

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding seven Open Houses this weekend!

The first home is a great-looking, 3-bedroom, 1960s Rambler on a quiet cul-de-sac in Tukwila:

Outstanding neighborhood and a quiet cul-de-sac location!

This great looking home is one of those rare brick trimmed 1960s ramblers with a 3/4 master bath and a double car garage.

Spacious living room and a corner slate accented fireplace.

Ample dining area.

Ideal family room.

Private back yard with a huge deck.Hardwood floors.

All appliances stay.

Air-conditioned!

Ultra convenient location is minutes from downtown and everything with easy freeway access.This is the one youve been waiting for.

WHEN:

  • Friday, Feb. 9: 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 10: 12 – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 11: 12 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 4906 S. 161st Street, Tukwila, WA 98188 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $399,950
  • MLS Number: 1242841
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1965
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,470 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 9,259 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Pantry
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially

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

Click here to view the full listing.


The next Open House is a move-in ready, bottom floor unit 3-bedroom condo in Renton:

FHA approved, in the final stages of a renovation with new hardwood floors, new appliances, new carpet.

Bottom floor unit with a patio looking out to the yard.

1 Covered parking space, close proximity to shopping, schools and a daycare.

Property is vacant and move in ready.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Feb. 10: 2 – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 11: 2 – 5 p.m.

WHERE: 11002 SE Petrovitsky Rd, Unit E101, Renton, WA 98055 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $260,000
  • MLS Number: 1241415
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1993
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,237 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Club House
  • Exercise Room
  • Fire Sprinklers
  • Game/Rec Rm
  • Outside Entry
  • Sauna

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

Click here to see the full listing.


The next Open House is a brand new, roof top, deck view, 2-bedroom home on Beacon Hill:

Welcome To Beacon Hills exclusive double roof top deck view units that offer a premium Seattle Skyline View.

Enjoy a four minute drive to downtown or walk to the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station.

Enter on the lower floor to a Den, Bedroom, and Bathroom, as you make your way to the middle floor that features your LDK and enjoy the luxuries of urban living with a top floor master suite.

7 homes are available.

APPOINTMENT ONLY, active construction site.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Feb. 10: 12 – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 11: 12 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 1742 12th Ave S., Unit B, Seattle, WA 98144 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $749,999
  • MLS Number: 1236423
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,477 s.f.

Site Features:

  • VIEWS: Bay, City, Lake, Mountain, Sound, Territorial

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

Click here to see the full listing.


The next Open House is a new 2-bedroom Columbia City townhome:

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Feb. 10: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 11: 12 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 3930-B S. Brandon Street, Unit B, Seattle, WA 98118 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $729,888
  • MLS Number: 1234682
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,699 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 1,312 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Security System
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to see the full listing.


Next up is a newly constructed, two-story, 5-bedroom home 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, Feb. 10: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 11: 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: $789,950
  • 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 next Open House is a 5-bedroom modern built Green Oasis home::

This 5 Bed/3.5 Bath Modern Built Green Oasis features a bonus/media room & full bath off the lower floor to entertain your guests.

As you make your way to the main floor your enchanted with high ceilings centered on a full kitchen & formal living/dining room areas.

The master suite features a floor to ceiling window view crowned around the preserved old growth tree in the back yard.

Enjoy the luxuries of urban living with your own spacious roof top deck.

Minutes to Burke G. trail & PCC!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Feb. 10: 12 – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 11: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 6246 33rd Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $2,095,000
  • MLS Number: 1236910
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,611 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 5,000 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Mountain/Territorial View
  • Covered Parking for 2
  • Radiant, Wall, Ductless HP MiniSplit Heating

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

Click here to see the full listing.


The final Open House 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, Feb. 10: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 11: 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” and follow them on Facebook.

Sound Transit is reviewing ST Express bus fares with the goal to simplify and make fares easier for customers to use, and they’re seeking public comment through this Sunday, Feb. 11.

To take the survey, please visit:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4086574/Sound-Transit-Express-bus-service-fare-simplification-survey

Simplified fares will:

  • Be easier to understand
  • Speed up boarding
  • Better align fares with other transit agencies

Two options are being considered:

  1. An adult flat fare of $3.25
  2. A route-based fare that eliminates the one-zone fare on routes that serve two counties.  Both options would reduce fares for ORCA LIFT, Youth, Senior, and Disabled riders making two-county trips.

Pending Board approval, Sound Transit expects to implement any fare changes in July 2018, when King County Metro applies its new $2.75 flat fare.

What is the difference between zone-based fares and route-based fares?
For Sound Transit, county lines currently represent fare zone boundaries, and fares are charged based on whether a rider travels across a county line rather than the distance their route travels.  The route-based fare option would set a single fare for each route. Under this scenario, fares would remain unchanged for 93 percent of adult trips. For seven percent of adult trips within one county on a two-county route, fares would rise by $1.00.

How would this help simplify fares between agencies?
Option 1 would align fare levels for reduced fare riders with King County Metro, and align the fare structure with flat fare structures adopted by King County Metro, Pierce Transit, Everett Transit and Kitsap Transit.

Option 2 would align fare levels with King County Metro for adult riders on one-county routes and for all reduced fare riders.

Both options would simplify the design of the next generation ORCA system.

When reviewing the fare simplification options, what other factors did staff consider?

  • Fares must be set in $0.25 increments following our agreement with other transit agencies in the region.
  • Options proposed should keep overall ST Express system revenue as close to revenue neutral as possible.

For more info, visit https://www.soundtransit.org/st-express-fare-change

By Jack Mayne

Des Moines property taxes have gone up 20.66 percent for this year – the largest increase for any city in South King County – says a report from King County Assessor John Arthur Wilson.

Other King County cities fall somewhere in the middle. Kent’s increase is 15.4 percent, and Burien’s increase is 13.7 percent. Seattle’s tax increase is 16.9 percent,

In general, property taxes will increase because the Washington Legislature approved the new school financing scheme resulting from the state Supreme Courts’ so-called McCleary decision by the Washington State Supreme Court.

In Des Moines, the median price of homes went from $267,000 up to $319,000. That means property taxes on that median home increased from $3,735.90 last year to $4,507.66,

General increase of 17 percent
Wilson says that county property taxes will generally increase “about 17 percent on average this year, primarily due to additional taxes passed by the Legislature to increase funding for K-12 education.

“About 57 percent of property tax revenues collected in King County pays for schools. Property taxes also fund voter-approved measures for veterans and seniors, fire protection, and parks among other services,” Wilson says.

The biggest tax rate hit is in the east King County city of Carnation, where the tax rate skyrocketed 37.47 percent.

Legislature acts
The added reason for the hike is the fact that after years of being told by the Washington Supreme Court, the Washington Legislature had to respond to the court’s declaration that it was unconstitutionally supporting the common school.

In 2017, the Legislature wrote new tax code.

“The State Supreme Court ruled that the state must make new investments into public education; as a result the legislature added $1.01 per thousand dollars of assessed value, in King County, to their portion of property tax collection in order to fund the mandate,” says Wilson.

Low-income seniors, veterans and disabled homeowners may qualify for a property-tax exemption offered by King County. Information on how to apply for an exemption, along with other property-assessment-related information, can be found at kingcounty.gov/assessor. Property taxes vary depending upon location, the assessed value of the property, and the number of jurisdictions levying taxes (such as state, city, county, school district, port, fire district, etc.).

With property taxes going up 16.92 percent on average, that means countywide property tax billings will be $5.6 billion in 2018, up from $4.8 billion last year. Aggregate property values in King County increased by 13.41 percent, going from $471.5 billion in 2017 to $534.7 billion in 2018.

To avoid interest and penalties, the first half property taxes must be paid or postmarked by April 30, 2018. The second half property taxes must be paid or postmarked by Oct. 31, 2018.

To view the full report, click here (PDF file).

On Jan. 23, 2018 the Des Moines Police Department received a report from the Seattle Police Department in reference to a victim alleging sex crimes that were determined to have occurred – in part – at the Mt. Rainier Pool in Des Moines.

The crimes were alleged to have occurred between 2002 until the victim turned 18 years of age in 2007.

The suspect under investigation was the victim’s swim coach during that time.

After reviewing the information provided, Des Moines Police Detectives contacted the King County Prosecutor’s Office. The Prosecutor’s Office then notified Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) due to potential crimes occurring outside Washington State.

Detectives from DMPD and HSI immediately opened a joint investigation exploring the allegations and other specifics of the case. Currently, detectives are working to determine what crimes are within the statute of limitations, where else crimes may have occurred, and whether other potential victims or witnesses exist.

Because the alleged abuser has not been charged with a crime, his identity is being withheld pending further investigation. Prior to the report made to Seattle Police Department, the Des Moines Police Department had not at any time been made aware of any illegal activity between the victim and the suspect.

They say they’re also not aware of any other victims at this time.

As the investigation continues, the Des Moines Police Department and HSI special agents are committed to keeping the community safe and informed.

Police are asking that anyone with relevant information, questions or concerns contact HSI Seattle at (206) 442-1469 or email information to [email protected].

UPDATE FEB. 8, 2018: The Orange County Register has identified the suspect as Sean Hutchison (as well as the victim) in this story.

Congratulations to the team of students from Pacific Middle School, who won the Washington Regional Future City competition on Jan. 20.

This win qualifies them to compete at the 26th Annual Future City National Finals, scheduled for February 17-20 in Washington DC.

This year there were over 20 teams from Oregon, Washington and Idaho competing in the Regional including 5 other teams from Pacific at the competition which took place at Green River CC.

The students will be traveling to Washington DC with their teacher Sandy Gady and mentor Kathi Dewey. They are ecstatic to be headed to nationals and represent the school and state at this ever-growing engineering competition.

“We are so fortunate to have a teacher like Sandy Gady at Pacific to help our kids prepare to participate in a competition like this.

We have had 2 of our kids take D&E with Sandy and participate in the competition 4 times in the last 5 years and I feel so fortunate to have caring teachers like her making a difference especially at the middle school level to help prepare them for the years ahead.

Congratulations again Sandy and Team Terranova and good luck at nationals!”

Team Azara, placed 6th. Left to right: Francesca Saga, Tsiyon Solomon and Sophie Bergstrom. Photo by Judy Allen.

Team Stella Lucida, placed 26th, and received the “Most Spirited” Award.
Left to right: Sam Becker, Ivan Baez, Mallory Olsen and Celia Harris. Photo by Judy Allen.

Pacific Middle School Future City Competition Teams 2018
Pictured left to right: Front: Julia Blankenship, Wednesday Satterlee, Logan Pinheiro, Matthew Johnsen
Row 2: Ivan Baez, Sophie Bergstrom, Peyton Gendreau, Mari Pangelinan, Clara Sandell
Row 3: Leann Kostek, Francesca Saga, Mallory Olsen, Sydney Willott, Kyan Wills-Davidson, Katie Pacini, Tsiyon Solomon
Back: Karen Pavletich, Sandy Gady, Celia Harris, Ryan Sokoloski
Missing: Sam Becker, Kellen Nelson, Carson Foster, Teddy Kim, Kathi Dewey

Team Nova Stella, placed 7th.Left to right: Teddy Kim, Wednesday Satterlee and Clara Sandell. Photo by Judy Allen.

Team Bienvenida; Clockwise Left to right: Mari Pangelinan, Katie Pacini, Matthew Johnsen, Logan Pinheiro.

Team Velika, placed 2nd and received the People’s Choice Award. Left to right: Kyan Wills-Davidson, Kellen Nelson, Julia Blankenship and Carson Foster.

Big changes are planned this year for the 14th annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival, coming March 2 – 3.

Changes include:

  • Magician Nate Jester from ‘America’s Got Talent’ will be amazing attendees with closeup magic
  • Six Fred Meyer stores will provide support in terms of winery selection and ticket sales
  • A silent auction for a chance to bid on different wines
  • A fun game to test your hand/eye coordination and win drink tokens

Besides the new additions, 18 wineries, one brewery and selected food vendors are expected to be in attendance.

Also, test your luck with the Wine Grab, a game that includes a wide range of differently priced wines. You pick a mystery bottle for a price, and try to win the most expensive bottle of wine.

To get your early bird pricing on tickets, click here. Tickets come with 10 drink tokens which are worth $1 each.

Along with the new changes this year, attendance is expected to break records; as well as with proceeds raised. All money raised will be donated to various beneficiaires selected by the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park. Last year’s festival brought in around $65,000 (gross).

This is a 21 and over event held at Des Moines Beach Park Event Center. A shuttle will be available to take festival goers from the parking at the marina (1$/hour) to the venue. There will be designated driver tickets available at the door for $15 each. Pets are not allowed.

More info at https://www.drinktomusic.org.