By Jack Mayne

The fledgling Quiet Skies Puget Sound group in Des Moines has severely criticized the city administration and its City Council over its refusal to participate in an April 26 public meeting to explore how to fight increased noise flights to and from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

City Manager Michael Matthias said in a letter that city officials and councilmembers “will be unable to attend, as we are putting our time and resources into other actions to address noise and health impacts,” and the wellbeing of Des Moines citizens “is always of paramount concern to city staff and the City Council.”

While Mayor Matt Pina and most councilmember have not spoken about the proposed meeting, former Mayor Dave Kaplan said he “can’t speak for my fellow Councilmembers, or the Council as a whole, but I’ll speak for myself” and that he considered attending, then decided not to because “it is unclear what this group is looking for … what the specific complaints are.”

If the Quiet Skies Puget Sound meeting was to be a “general session to complain about the airport” then Kaplan said “then I believe there are alternative and more constructive ways to get the issues addressed.”

Michael Matthias

As of late Thursday (April 20) it appeared only City Manager Matthias might attend, even with Quiet Skies’ apparent intention to leave seven vacant chairs on view to illustrate the lack of City Council attendance.

The Quiet Skies challenge
To begin with, this Quiet Skies is not the same group as the one that encouraged Burien to seek legal action against the Federal Aviation Administration over its order to send propjet planes over Burien on takeoff, an order since rescinded.

This allied group is called Quiet Skies Puget Sound and is headed by Des Moines attorney Steve Edmiston, along with activist Sheila Brush, who wrote a long letter to the city on April 17.

“We are deeply concerned that no member of the Council deems that engaging the citizens of Des Moines in an open dialogue about new Sea-Tac flight paths, NextGen implementation, aircraft noise, declining property values, or human health and environmental issues arising from airport operations is sufficiently important such that they would attend the community forum,” Edmiston wrote to the city.

He added, “No member of the Council has cited a single scheduling conflict. Worse yet, the ultimate reason cited for not attending (apparently signed-off upon by all seven Council members) is cringe-worthy” and cited Matthias’ comments about using “our time and resources into other actions to address noise and health impacts on behalf of our residents.”

But Edmiston said the “rationale is even stranger when considering no evidence is offered to establish exactly what ‘other actions’ that each member of the Council is going to be undertaking on the evening of the forum.”

“We profoundly disagree with your position that listening to and answering questions from your own citizens is not worth City time and resources. We respectfully request that each member of the Council reconsider his or her decision,” Edmiston wrote of the city. “We will hold the invitation to participate open indefinitely, for one or all.”

As of Thursday, no councilmember indicated publicly their intent to be at the meeting next week.

Bad report card
The city also complained that after the first invitation from Quiet Skies to attend the meeting, it released “a similar” invitation on The Waterland Blog also “contained a number of different aspects of the event that were omitted from the City Council invitation. These omitted details included a presentation from Quiet Skies on “who the heroes and villains are shaping up to be.”

But what really piqued the displeasure of the city was the possibility of “a presentation of the ‘City of Des Moines 2017 Report Card,’” and that the “forum is being recorded for a documentary film.”

Edmiston said it was true that Quiet Skies Puget Sound was “issuing the city a report card” for the first quarter of 2017.

“Candidly, it is not a good report card for the city,” Edmiston said. “We hope the council will learn from the report, and take the feedback constructively. It will be published to the community before the community forum – in the interests of transparency and so that there are no surprises.”

Then the documentary being made without “informing the City Council flies in the face of transparency,” Matthias said.

The city manager added, “Without assurances of integrity in the editing of the film any perspective chosen by the documentary maker can be presented. These omissions, intentional or not, are troubling and unfortunate in that they suggest an adversarial tone between Quiet Skies and the City, which clearly would not be productive to addressing extremely important issues for our community.

‘Heroes and villains’
Edmiston writes about city concerns about an alleged ‘adversarial tone” and lack of transparency of the Quiet Skies efforts.

The assertions are “disturbingly unfounded and easy to rebut.”

“The flawed ‘lack of transparency’ logic becomes clear when considering that all information about the event has been shared publicly through traditional and social media outlets – even the original invite to the Council.”

“It is absurd to argue that the order of these events was somehow designed to trick the Council,” Edmiston wrote. “If we did not want the Council to know what we intended, we would not be continually sharing all program updates with the entire community.”

The Quiet Skies Puget Sound leader also suggested “complaints about a documentary are similarly unfounded.”

Edmiston said that he has been a filmmaker “for nearly 30 years … I suggest that you misunderstand the journalistic ethics of documentary filmmaking. You would not be granted editorial control of a documentary – if you were in control, it would cease being a documentary and would instead be a commercial. We are not seeking footage for a commercial, nor are we in any way even certain at this time about the story that might be told in a documentary. We are capturing footage.”

He added that concerns about “unfair editing” are unfounded.

Not special
Kaplan in his response to Edmiston’s charges, said he is “less than inclined to attend a meeting that implies or characterizes typical conspiracy theory nut concepts (i.e. – ‘why no one told you about it.’ and “who the heroes and villains are shaping up to be”), or presumes to give a “report card” on the City Council, simply because we haven’t done things on the group’s timeline or in manner the group wishes to have issues addressed.

“It doesn’t make me feel ‘special’ to be invited to what amounts to an attempt at public shaming,” Kaplan said. “And, given my personal experience with many of the people involved (in regard to other issues), I’m wondering why I would invest my time addressing what likely are real issues of concern, with people who have attacked my personal character, shown me nothing but contempt, made rash and unfounded accusations against me and many of my fellow Councilmembers, and who seem to have jumped from issue to issue to issue … most of which don’t directly impact the residents of Des Moines,” Kaplan wrote.

Kaplan was apparently referring to a run-in with Ms. Brush at a 2015 hearing on the Valley Cities drug rehabilitation site.

Deflecting transparency
Edmiston said the city is troubled by lack of transparency about forum contents.

“This argument fails when considering you did not contact us about the forum at all until well after all information about the forum had been published and you requested a phone call to discuss the forum on March 30,” Edmiston said. “We discussed and answered all your questions about the forum on the call with you and the city attorney on the 30th, and ultimately even agreed to your request for a change in the structure of the program, granting a period of time for the City to make a full five minute presentation in addition to the Q&A. This was confirmed to you in writing on March 31st.

“It is impossible to see how, now another two weeks later, the Council has a basis for complaining about ‘transparency,’ except as a way to seek deflection from the fallout that might arise from the Council’s non-attendance.”

Edmiston said the “lack of transparency” logic becomes clearly flawed “when considering that all information about the event has been shared publicly through traditional and social media outlets – even the original invite to the Council. We published the Council’s invite to the community; we published the poster to the community; we published the 20 questions to the community.”

Finally, Edmiston said a dialogue has been sought with the full Council and between the council and the residents since November of 2016.

“By way of example, you can revisit our presentation slides from the January meeting, titled “The Ask for Des Moines – Help us Help You” and “The Five Most Discouraging Things Des Moines Can Do”:

No public discussions
When it became clear to us that the City did not intend to engage its citizens on Airport issues in the normal course of business, we determined we had no choice but to act independently. Hence, the community forum. Quite honestly, it’s astounding that after rebuffing QSPS for four months, the City now contends it should have had some say or control or approval over the event, its structure, and how it is promoted. We believe the magnitude of the proposed growth of SeaTac Airport operations is largely unknown to your citizens, and presents the greatest risk to health, property values, the environment, and the quality of life in Des Moines. These are, in essence, life and death issues from a human perspective, and life and death issues from the standpoint of a city’s survival. We will advocate wholeheartedly for the City and City’s Airport initiatives when the City demonstrates publicly what the details of the initiatives are (hence, the 20 questions we’ve asked). We look forward to that time! If you are authentically desiring a greater degree of trust and support, if you want a relationship that is “mutually advocative,” then rest assured the absolute worst thing you can do is to attack the volunteer citizen activists, fail to show up and listen to and talk to the citizens, and inflate a historical track record of “action.”

‘Adversarial’ concerns
Edmiston said the city “seems overly concerned that QSPS is being ‘adversarial.’

“We respectfully contend that this concern is misplaced,” he wrote. “We believe the city is confusing the concept of ‘being adversarial’ with the notion of ‘being held to account.’

That is a marker of “effective government that citizens ask questions, and continue to compel answers and actions, when the responses are incomplete or unsatisfactory.”

Quiet Skies Puget Sound suggests Des Moines “should embrace and provide leadership for this citizen activism, as opposed to attacking it.

“We believe the City is confusing the concept of ‘being adversarial’ with efforts required by citizens to propel action by a Council that has taken little or none, to date, on the issues,” Edmiston wrote to the city. “We understand you would prefer a partnership rather than a relationship that appears accusatory rather than mutually advocate.

“Unfortunately, with no dialogue between city and citizens, the city forces us first to seek information and accountability as a foundation for future collaboration.

“The predicate to accountability is actual knowledge of what the City is doing,” Edmiston wrote. “We also have limited ‘time and resources’ that might be better spent. However, unlike the council, we are not quitting on the need for dialogue between the city and our citizens. We are showing up for the forum.”

REMINDER: Volunteer are needed to help celebrate Earth Day this Saturday, April 22 by working on restoration efforts along Des Moines Creek.

All volunteers are welcome to join.

NOTE: **The marina parking lot gate will be closed and locked for an event. Please show up with your vehicles before 9am so we can shuttle in together.** If you happen to be late, please park near the pier and walk upstream in the north section of the park. We will be by the circular driveway

Hello volunteers! Join our next event on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. – Noon in celebration of Earth Day.

If you haven’t done already, please email [email protected] with how many people will attend for planning purposes. Please forward this to others who might show interest.

For more info, visit Laura’s website here:

To inquire about ongoing volunteer opportunities with Friends of Des Moines Creek, or to suggest a project with your own group, please email [email protected]. Please include “Volunteer” in your subject line.

If you have questions please call Laura Hartema in advance of Saturday at 206-650-9001.

“Thanks all for being stewards in our community. See you soon!”


Sen. Keiser with the “Maury Island Incident” team: Steve Edmiston, Scott Schaefer, Shelli Park and John White, taken April 18th, 2017.

On Tuesday, April 18, the Washington State Senate passed Resolution #8648, recognizing the historic significance of ‘The Maury Island Incident,’ an historic UFO sighting which took place 70 years ago on June 21, 1947.

The Resolution was sponsored by Sen. Karen Keiser, who represents the 33rd District, where several scenes in the locally-produced independent film were shot.

In addition to commemorating one of the first UFO sightings (and “Man In Black” encounters) of the modern era, the Resolution also acknowledged the first two fatalities of the then newly independent U.S. Air Force – Intelligence Officers Capt. William L. Davidson and 1st Lt. Frank M. Brown, who were tragically killed when their B-25 mysteriously crashed near Kelso, WA. The airplane was allegedly carrying evidence from their investigation into the incident.

“I was happy to sponsor a Senate Resolution this week acknowledging the 70th Anniversary of the mysterious sighting of flying saucers over Maury Island,” Keiser said in a statement. “As you may know, Burien has celebrated the ‘Season of the Saucers’ with an annual UFO festival for the past few years. I was very pleased that the director, executive producer, and screenwriter of the short, award-winning film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ were able to join me in Olympia for the presentation and passage of the resolution. A little levity on the Senate floor was welcome this week.”

Here’s video of the resolution, which includes acknowledgment of some core members of the film’s producing team who were present:

Here’s full text of the resolution (download PDF here):

By Senators Keiser, Nelson, Palumbo, Hunt, Zeiger, McCoy, Conway, Rivers, Miloscia, and Fain

WHEREAS, On June 21, 1947, Tacoma resident Harold Dahl and his son allegedly sighted six flying discs over Puget Sound near Vashon- Maury Island, an event now commonly known as “The Maury Island Incident”; and

WHEREAS, On June 22, 1947, Mr. Dahl alleges he was warned not to talk about what he saw by a man dressed in a black suit; and

WHEREAS, On June 24, 1947, pilot Kenneth Arnold alleges he saw nine unidentified flying objects (“UFO’s”) near Mt. Rainier; and

WHEREAS, These controversial sightings helped launch a pop culture phenomenon of UFO sightings across the United States during the summer of 1947, which became known as “The Summer of the Saucers”; and

WHEREAS, On August 8, 1947, two weeks after the Washington sightings, a UFO is alleged to have crashed outside Roswell, New Mexico, and this alleged crash has since become the most well-known alleged UFO incident in history; and

WHEREAS, On August 1, 1947, Army Air Corp Intelligence Officers Capt. William L. Davidson and 1st Lt. Frank M. Brown, who interviewed Harold Dahl about his sighting, lost their lives when the B-25 Bomber they were piloting crashed outside of Kelso, Washington; and

WHEREAS, Following the tragic deaths of Davidson and Brown, Harold Dahl publicly claimed his sighting at Maury Island was a hoax; and

WHEREAS, Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted an investigation of the deaths of Davidson and Brown and ultimately concluded that Dahl did not recant his story but that his claim of hoax was itself a fabrication to avoid further public attention and ridicule; and

WHEREAS, The FBI’s conclusions and Dahl’s secret were sealed for fifty years; and

WHEREAS, The Maury Island Incident and its surrounding circumstances have made immeasurable contributions to Washington State’s cultural heritage and to popular culture worldwide, including most recently the 2014 award-winning motion picture “The Maury Island Incident,” and the 2015 web series “The Maury Island Incident,” produced in conjunction with the Washington FilmWorks Innovation Lab and Motion Picture Competitiveness Program; and

WHEREAS, On April 1, 2017, the 3rd Annual Burien UFO Festival will be held in the newest hipster hangout of downtown Olde Burien with wide community participation and good humor; and

WHEREAS, On the seventieth anniversary of the seminal UFO sightings events, the Washington State sightings should be recognized for both their prominence and primacy in the modern era of UFO popular culture;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate pause to acknowledge the seventieth anniversary of the June 21, 1947, Maury Island Incident; the 1947 “Summer of the Saucers” popular culture phenomenon launched worldwide by these controversial events; and the first reference to the characters now popularly known as “men in black”; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate recognize and honor the heroism and service of Army Air Corp Intelligence Officers Capt. William L. Davidson and 1st Lt. Frank M. Brown, who lost their lives following their investigation of the Maury Island Incident when their airplane crashed outside of Kelso, Washington, on August 1, 1947; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the Air Force Historical Research Agency, to the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association, to the Des Moines Historical Society, to the Highline Historical Society, to the Burien Historical Society, to the Longview-Kelso Historical Society, and to the Washington State Historical Museum.

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REMINDER: A public meeting on Marina & Beach Park Paid Parking will be TONIGHT – Wednesday, April 19, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Des Moines Activity Center.

Here are the details:

Please attend one of our community meetings open to the public. Held every third Wednesday of the month.


WHEN: Wednesday April 19, 2017: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

WHERE: Des Moines Activity Center
​2045 S 216th St.
Des Moines, WA 98198



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Among this year’s notable presenters at Highline College’s Unity Through Diversity Week will be Sherman Alexie, a National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author.

The public is invited to celebrate and explore diversity and contemporary social justice issues at the college campus between April 24–28, 2017.

Alexie, who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, has published 26 books. He also wrote and co-produced the movie “Smoke Signals,” winner of the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

“Our Highline Public Schools Native Education Program is proud to partner with Highline College on this special event. Alexie’s contributions to the world of arts and letters, the Native community throughout the U.S., and specifically our American Indian and Alaska Native students — members and descendants of modern sovereign tribal nations — are deeply valuable,” said Sara Marie Ortiz, who manages Highline Public Schools’ Native Education Program.

“Alexie provokes, delights, educates and challenges. We hope to do all of this and more with all of our Highline Public Schools Native Education programming. Alexie’s contributions at this event are a culmination and an exemplar of sorts, an expression and reminder of what should always be offered and accessed by our amazing creative intellectual Native community — and all our diverse communities — in South King County. This is just the beginning.”

Alexie’s April 27 appearance is cosponsored and made possible by Highline Public Schools Native Education Program with additional support provided by the King County Library System and Highline College. (See event details below.)

Now in its 20th year, the free weeklong program looks at the diversity of the south King County community in all forms: race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability and religion.

United by the theme “Intersections of Humanity: Action at the Crossroads,” Unity Through Diversity Week will include free lectures and workshops by a wide range of guest speakers and campus experts.

Doris Martinez, Highline’s Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion, said that while the community has been talking about diversity, intersectionality and inclusion, it is time to do more.

“We are at a critical point in our history where we must be bold in demanding social change. We hope this week serves as a space to celebrate our diversity and inspire our attendees to take action in their communities,” she said.

For more information, contact Martinez at [email protected] or (206) 592-4319 or visit

Event Schedule
All events are free and open to the public and will be held on the college’s main campus, located midway between Seattle and Tacoma at South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South (Highway 99); address: 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines, Wash.

For full descriptions of each event, visit

Monday, April 24, 2017:

  • 10–11:30 a.m., Building 7
    Workshop presented by Nikkita Oliver: “Telling Our Stories Is Resistance”
  • 1:30–3 p.m., Building 8
    Workshop presented by Jason Dorsette: “Some Call It a Mystery, I Call It My Identity: A Paradoxical and Intersectional Approach to Race and Gender Identities”

Tuesday, April 25, 2017:

  • 9–10:30 a.m., Building 7
    Lecture by Dr. Anthony Ocampo: “The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino-Americans Break the Rules of Race”

Wednesday, April 26, 2017:

  • 1:30–3 p.m., Building 7 (English only)
    6:30–8 p.m., Building 7 (Spanish) and Building 8 (English)
    Workshop presented in English by Larissa Garcia, Matt Matera and Alejandra Perez and in Spanish by Maru Mora: “Supporting Undocumented Students and Their Families” / “La guerra en contra de los Inmigrantes Nos defendemos y nos protegemos”
  • 3–4:30 p.m., Building 7
    Workshop by Dr. Kanoe Nāone: “Who Are Our Leaders? A Native Hawaiian Perspective Contextualized in Traditional and Contemporary Times”

Thursday, April 27, 2017:

  • 10–11:30 a.m., Building 7
    Performance by Ernie G.: “Empowerment Comedy Show”
  • 1:30–3 p.m., Building 7
    Lecture by Fawzi Belal and Oussama (Sam) Alkhalili: “ISIS, Islam, and Islamophobia”
  • 7–8 p.m., Building 7
    Highline Public Schools Native Education Program Presents: Sherman Alexie
    A poet, short story writer, novelist and performer, Sherman Alexie has won numerous awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. He has published 26 books, including the forthcoming memoir, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.” Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation and now lives in Seattle with his family.
    Advance and priority seating is for Highline Public Schools and Highline College students and families only, but limited general open seating for the public will be available. Plan on arriving early. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A private pre-reception for Highline College and Highline Public Schools students and families will be held at 5 p.m. RSVP required. Main presentation will be in Building 7, with overflow seating available in Building 2 where attendees can watch a live stream of the author’s appearance. Highline College students may RSVP for the main event and the private pre-reception by sending an email to [email protected]
    Alexie’s appearance is cosponsored and made possible by Highline Public Schools Native Education Program with additional support provided by the King County Library System and Highline College.

Friday, April 28, 2017:

  • 9–10:30 a.m., Building 8
    Workshop presented by Ardo-Khadra Hersi and Asha Heru: “A People’s Movement: No New Youth Jail and Beyond”
  • 2–4 p.m., Building 8
    Workshop presented by Rashad Norris: “Destructions of the Master Plan: Finding Your Voice and Creating Change Through Protest and Boycott”

Highline College is located at 2400 S 240th Street in Des Moines:

In response to community concerns, and to keep neighboring communities updated on operations at Sea-Tac Airport, the Port of Seattle has scheduled a presentation – set for Tuesday, April 25 at 1 p.m. – on aircraft noise, flight paths and the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), which the Federal Aviation Administration describes as “the modernization of our air transportation system.”

Representatives from the FAA will participate in the briefing to describe the NextGen program and its limited implementation at Sea-Tac Airport at the Conference Center of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The Commission will also hear a presentation on aircraft noise and operations level at Sea-Tac.  The Port understands the concerns many in the airport communities have about the impacts of increased flights and has a long record of working with neighboring communities to provide noise mitigation. To update Commissioners and the public on the latest efforts, staff will present on Port efforts to address noise impacts from aircraft flying in and out of the airport.

“As our region grows, local communities should gain improved economic opportunity and quality of life,” the Port said in a statement. “The Port will continue to champion our neighborhoods, and work with the FAA to identify new and improved ways to address community concerns.”

To view Port of Seattle Commission meetings through live streaming or review agendas and past meeting minutes or play back, go to the Port’s webpage here.

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Des Moines ‘Dollars for Scholars’ will hold its annual reception to distribute scholarships to deserving local students on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at the Des Moines Yacht Club.

This is an annual even that honors scholarships to local students.

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Since 2001, Des Moines Dollars For Scholars has awarded over 140 scholarships to local students who live in Des Moines or Normandy Park or go to school in Des Moines.

More information is available at

REMINDER: Classic Eats will feature an AMAZING Easter Brunch this Sunday, April 16 – reserve now!

Still planning your Easter agenda? Classic Eats in Burien is the place to be for a memorable and delicious brunch.

They are pulling out all the stops with amazing culinary features: Omelette Station, French Toast, Eggs Benedict, Pancakes, Breakfast Sliders, hash browns, breakfast potatoes, chorizo con Huevos, maple sausage, steak ham, apple wood bacon, Kid Breakfast station, Fruit platters, pastry platters, chicken fried steak, biscuits and sausage gravy and complementary Classic hot chocolate.

  • $3 mimosas
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By Jack Mayne

The latest $80 million development for the North Des Moines commercial area that will soon include the regional Federal Aviation Administration offices was unanimously approved at Thursday night’s (April 13) City Council meeting.

The Council also revised the city tax on a gambling facility currently under construction at the new Four Points Sheraton Hotel on Pacific Highway South.

More buildings, tree saved
The Council also approved a new development in the commercial area. Denise Lathrop, Des Moines planning manager, said under this plan, the city believes the Pacific Ridge Neighborhood “is envisioned to become a new urban community.”

Council documents said the “redevelopment of Pacific Ridge is appropriate because this area has excellent access to transportation facilities, view opportunities, and higher-density development which can help Des Moines meet or exceed population and employment growth targets specified by the countywide planning policies for King County.”

During the public hearing on the new construction phase, it was revealed that Panattoni Development’s Seattle arm is the company that is developing the area of north Des Moines, bordering on SeaTac

Bart Brynestad, a Panattoni partner, told the Council that the current Phase 4 of the development “is where we want to invest another $80 million in 512,000 square feet.”

He said the company still does not know how many jobs will be created by this development.

“We do know on phases 1, 2, and 3 it is about 3,000 (jobs) and we have invested about $250 million or we will have when it is built,” said Brynestad, adding it was their intent to be under construction soon “to provide jobs and benefits to all.”

The project will include “two tilt up concrete buildings,” said an architect with Craft Architects, that will orient the building so that blank walls, storage areas on “more unsightly areas will be oriented away from adjacent properties and more inward.” Offices will face 24th Ave South and Pacific Highway South.

Councilmember Dave Kaplan wanted to know about what some consider to be “his tree” on the former Ono property and would it be retained and Brynestad “I love that tree as well … we are going to keep that tree.”

Gambling tax changed
Richard Procter of the Great American Gaming Corp. told the Council that his company was partnering with the Four Points Sheraton on Pacific Highway to develop a casino in the new hotel, and are working with Highline College, the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Hospitality Association to craft an awareness training program “as it pertains to human and sex trafficking in this region.”

He wanted the Council to approve a 1 percent tax rate for the remainder of the year and to increase it later on because of cost overruns on their current local project, a change in their current agreement with the city.

The casino is slated for opening in May, said City Attorney Tim George.

The Council approved a 1 percent rate until the end of the year because of cost overruns on the casino at Sheraton, and to increase it to 4 percent next year and 7 percent in 2019, and 9 percent thereafter.

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the City of Burien received word from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stating they would be ceasing the North Flow flight patterns over Burien.

As we’ve previously reported, the North Flow flight corridor, also known as the “New Route,” has caused significant noise impacts to Burien parks, schools, residential neighborhoods and other noise-sensitive areas.

In the letter, the FAA states they have amended the letter of agreement they hold with Seattle Airport Traffic Control Tower by removing language that allowed propeller-driven aircraft to make automatic turns using the North Flow route. They also state they will returning to previous procedures guiding flight corridor routes.

“We are pleased the FAA recognized our concerns about the impact of low-flying propeller-driven aircraft on our quality of life,” Quiet Skies Coalition spokesperson Larry Cripe said. “The Coalition will continue to work with the FAA to make sure the voices of Burien residents are heard.”

On February 14, 2017, the City of Burien petitioned the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to review final decisions by the FAA related to North Flow flight departures from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The petition asked the Court to review FAA’s denial of requests to modify or cease flights using the North Flow. The petition also asks to review the FAA’s decision to not reopen consultation or conduct the required environmental review of alternative routes that would cause less harm to the City and its residents. The City will continue working with the Quiet Skies Coalition to ensure resident concerns about flight patterns are included in the process.

“We are looking forward to working with the FAA to ensure they use the appropriate process for public engagement and environmental review of future flight patterns,” Interim Burien City Manager Tony Piasecki added. “We will remain vigilant, and continue to protect the interests of Burien residents.”

More information:

About the City of Burien
The City of Burien is a vibrant and creative community, where the residents embrace diversity, celebrate arts and culture, promote vitality, and treasure the environment. For more information, visit

About the Quiet Skies Coalition
Quiet Skies Coalition is a 501c4 organization whose missions to restore the quiet skies over the greater Burien area. For more information, visit

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

The first Open House is this classic 1914 Craftsman in West Seattle, open on both Saturday and Sunday from Noon – 3 p.m.:

Quintessential 1914 Craftsman home is perched in the quiet Pigeon Point neighborhood of West Seattle.

This light filled, move-in ready home features updated kitchen & bathroom, 2 bedrooms plus huge bonus room upstairs.

Large unfinished basement has lots of potential.

This beautifully landscaped home offers private setting, yet easy access to restaurants, freeway, retail & all great things WS has to offer.

WHEN: Saturday, April 15: Noon – 3 p.m. & Sunday, April 169: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 4028 19th Ave SW West Seattle, WA 98106 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $460,000
  • MLS Number: 1104338
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1914
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,430 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 5,000 s.f.

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

Site Features:

  • Quintessential 1914 Craftsman Home!
  • Updated Kitchen & Bathroom
  • Large unfinished Basement
  • Beautifully landscaped
  • Great setting in West Seattle!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

The second Open House is this mid-century modern home with sweeping views in Shorewood on the Sound:

Captivating design!

Breath-taking panoramic views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains and shipping traffic.

Each room faces viewward.

Home of the month in 1963, Jerry Gropp Architect.

Contemporary style features massive view windows, spacious angled deck, Columbia River basalt stone fireplace, Shoji Screens, bidet and natural wood finishes throughout.

Umbrella roof and band of windows allows for ideal natural light.

WHEN: Saturday, April 15: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 1820 SW Shoreview Lane, Burien, WA 98146 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $1,175,000
  • MLS Number: 1093486
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.25
  • Year Built: 1963
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,850 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 9,750 s.f.

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

Site Features:

  • Views: Mountain, Sound, Territorial!
  • Bath Off Master
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Gas Available
  • Patio
  • Sprinkler System

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.

Waterland Arcade: Our “WHY?”…And a FUNd-raiser!!!

Last weekend, I glanced over at our air hockey table and saw a little girl, around 5 years old I would guess, playing with her dad. She was a cutie wearing a purple hoodie and pink, Velcro-laced sneakers. She stood on one of our little green boxes to get tall enough to play. Her dad was a kind of gruff-looking construction dude. Upon scoring a goal, the little girl giggled, hysterically, as her dad feigned anger. She continued laughing. He smiled. And then, I smiled. This is our “why?”

Our “why?” is to create a community gathering spot where relationships are built; connections are made; ideas and fun are shared. We believe these things support stronger friendships and families. We also believe that these things make Des Moines better. This is our “why?”, too.

So, while a little girl’s laugh may not show up as a line item on a spreadsheet, it may perhaps possess more value than some of the things that do. At the foundation of our business is this understanding. It is this understanding which motivates us to share more and create more and give more…to the kids and families and friends living in our wonderful little water town. That’s our “why?”…

Part of this “Why?” is service. With this in mind, we are proud to support Jake’s Crew and their efforts to raise awareness and dough for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. This Saturday, April 15, between 3 – 5 p.m., we are hosting a fundraising event/party to help this cause and show some love for some terrific kids and parents living with the challenges of this disease. The party is open to the ALL and includes $10 2 hour unlimited play and Happy Hour prices in the Sandbar. YOU’RE INVITED!!!! Come on in, have some fun, and support good people doing good things!!!!

Dave Markwell
Waterland Arcade- owner/manager
[email protected]

As always, we’re open to hosting your party needs: birthdays, sports teams, fundraising, etc. Let us know how we can help or if you have any questions about how things work…

‘Can’t Stop Smackin’ – located in the Normandy Park Towne Center – is looking to hire Kitchen Help.

This restaurant is a “Southern inspired restaurant with a Pacific Northwest kick.”


They are looking to hire Kitchen Help with the following qualifications:

  • Experience is a plus
  • Food Handlers card needed
  • Able to work weekends, days and/or nights

Resumes are to be submitted to [email protected] or stop in for an application.

Here’s more info on this business from their website:

Tommy Walker turned his love of cooking southern cuisine into Can’t Stop Smackin’, a Southern Inspired restaurant with a Pacific Northwest kick. Having owned a restaurant in the past, Tommy with the help of his wife continued to create fantastic barbeque, fried seafood and chicken, awesome sauces, out of this world sides and don’t forget the delicious desserts.

Specializing in the art of smoked foods Can’t Stop Smackin’ prides itself on doing things the right way in the tradition of its southern heritage – slow and low to ensure a deep and complex smoke flavor. No sauces are added at any time during the cooking process, but feel free to experiment with our two gourmet sauces with a distinctly Pacific Northwest Style – mildly sweet with a gentle kick (our Mild sauce) or a slow rising heat that allows you to taste the food first (our Hot Sauce).
The fried seafood and chicken is lightly battered and fried to perfection so that you can taste the tender meat. Definitely not the heavy greased filled batter that leaves you unsatisfied.

The menu is a fresh homemade take on southern food classics turning old favorites into Can’t Stop Smackin’ originals. Everything is made daily using fresh ingredients and the highest quality products.

Located in Normandy Park, Washington come taste our barbeque and seafood. We guarantee you will not be able to stop smackin!

A truly great barbecue sauce shouldn’t require a call to the paramedics each time you open the lid. That’s why we created Can’t Stop Smackin’ barbeque – a gourmet sauce with a distinctly Pacific Northwest Style – mildly sweet with a gentle kick (Our Mild sauce) or a slow rising heat that allows you to taste the food first (Our Hot Sauce). If you want to enhance – not combust – your beef, chicken or pork, try a jar of Can’t Stop Smackin’. And, it’s not just for barbecue – it also makes a fantastic marinade and it’s even great as a dip for fried fish, french fries and fried chicken.

You will discover a whole new definition of barbeque sauce when you try ‘Can’t Stop Smackin.’


19901 1ST AVE. SOUTH, #407



PHONE: ​(206) 249-8275



The Wastemobile, a traveling household hazardous waste collection service in King County, continues its 2017 season with a collection event at the Des Moines Marina the weekend of April 21-23.

The Wastemobile will be in the Des Moines Marina parking lot, 22307 Dock St., Des Moines, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Residents can drop off household hazardous waste items including pesticides, oil-based paints, automotive products (oil, antifreeze, lamps, etc.), fluorescent bulbs/tubes and other items without a charge. The service is pre-paid through garbage and sewer utility fees.

About the Wastemobile
Created in 1989, the Wastemobile was the first traveling hazardous waste disposal program in the nation. It is operated by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program and goes throughout King County from the spring through fall.

Residents help protect the environment and public health by safely disposing of the hazardous materials and keeping them out of drains and landfills. Since first hitting the road, the Wastemobile has collected more than 17,000 tons of hazardous household waste from more than 466,000 customers.

The Wastemobile provides free reusable products to the public, such as oil-based paint, stain and primer, plus wood care and cleaning products. These products are subject to availability, and residents must sign a release form prior to receiving the materials.

More disposal solutions: Visit the permanent collection site
For south King County residents, the Auburn Wastemobile is a convenient alternative for disposing of household hazardous waste. It is located in the northwest parking lot of The Outlet Collection, 1101 Outlet Collection Dr., SW, next to the loading dock and Nordstrom Rack.

Qualifying businesses can also use the no-cost disposal services. Call 206-263-8899 or find details at

For more information
For more information about disposal, including acceptable materials and quantity limits, call the Hazards Line at 206-296-4692, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except holidays. Recorded information is available after hours, or by visiting the Wastemobile website.

The Wastemobile is one of the services provided by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program through a partnership of more than 40 city, county and tribal governments working together in King County to reduce threats posed from hazardous materials and wastes.

Limit: 50 gallons per customer per day; no container over 5 gallons:

Alkaline Batteries
Aerosol Cans (if not empty)
Automobile Products (antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline, oil filters; do not mix motor oil with other oil or automotive fluids)
Automobile Batteries (Limit 5 car batteries)
Butane Tanks
Fire Extinguishers (old or partially used)
Flares – Marine – limit 10 (north Seattle, south Seattle and Factoria sites only)
Flares – Roadside
Fluorescent lights (up to 10 tubes and bulbs)
Furniture Stain
Gasoline (30 gallon gasoline limit)
Glue, Contact Cement, Rubber Cement
Household Batteries (alkaline and rechargable)
Household Cleaners
Hobby Chemicals
Lawn & Garden Pesticides
Mercury-Containing Thermometers, Thermostats
Motor Oil
Oil-Based Paint
Propane Tanks
Spray Paint
Swimming Pool & Spa Supplies
Thinners & Other Solvents

Call 206-296-4692 or 1-888-TOXIC ED for safe disposal options for these wastes:

Aerosol Cans (empty)
Bullets, Ammunition, Gunpowder
Cooking Oil
Computer Monitors
Containers of household hazardous waste over 5 gallons – Call 206-296-4692 for a waste clearance.
Contaminated Soil
Empty Containers
Empty Paint Cans
Latex Paint
Light Bulbs (halogen, incandescent)
Medical Sharps, Needles and Syringes
Medical Waste (biomedical waste)
Paint Brushes
Radioactive Wastes
Smoke Detectors

The Des Moines City Council by unanimous vote has agreed to include Sea-Tac Airport in new federal legislation that requires the Federal Aviation Administration to study the health impacts of airplane flights on residents of certain metropolitan areas.

If adopted, H.R. 598 (the “Airplane Impacts Mitigation Act of 2017” or the “AIM Act of 2017”) requires the FAA to contract with universities to study the health impacts of airplane flights on residents exposed to a range of noise and air pollution levels, specifically including asthma exacerbation, sleep disturbance, stress, and elevated blood pressure.

Critically, the AIM Act targets the specific health impacts from “the physical implementation of the NextGen RNAV program on flights departing from or arriving at an international airport.” The Act identifies five metropolitan areas for study (Boston, Chicago, New York, Northern California and Phoenix), and provides for three additional metropolitan areas to be chosen by the FAA.

The AIM Act was addressed by the Des Moines Council as an “emerging issues” in a surprise, three-minute, 38-second period during a work study session on Thursday, April 6, 2017:

Referencing the effort to mitigate impacts of aircraft noise and health impacts from NextGen protocols, City Manager Michael Matthias stated:

“So what we prepared is a letter to Congressman Adam Smith, with a copy to Congressman [Stephen] Lynch [D-Mass]… indicating our interest in Sea-Tac being included in this study and the support for the legislation itself.”

The Des Moines Chapter of the National Quiet Skies Coalition – which has been critical of the Council’s lack of action over the past four months – applauded the move.

“By supporting this federal legislation, the City of Des Moines boldly joins other leadership around the country that challenge the notion that economic development and efficiencies benefiting the aviation industry can move forward without first fully understanding and addressing the negative impacts upon residents of airport communities,” said Steve Edmiston, Des Moines resident and QSPS member.

“Des Moines has now joined with AIM Act prime sponsor Congressman Lynch, who states about Act, ‘While the RNAV procedures of the NextGen system can increase efficiency, the neighborhoods lying beneath flight paths experience extended periods of aircraft noise and exposure to air pollutants, raising health implications and negatively impacting the quality of life for local families,’ and ‘The FAA must put airplane-related health impacts above jet fuel economy as they try to optimize flight path efficiency … The AIM Act is an important step towards ensuring that local communities are heard and the FAA is held accountable for its policies.’ As residents of Des Moines, we know there is much more to do, and we look forward to more action by the Council. However, this is a great step and demonstrates a willingness by the City to put health first and take a position to protect our community even if it results in opposing Port of Seattle, SeaTac Airport, and FAA growth plans. The fact that Mayor Pina stated ‘I think this is a really good thing for us to get behind’ is encouraging,” Edmiston added.

Congressmen Smith and Lynch are both members of the Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus, which seeks to raise awareness of the impact of aircraft noise, hold the FAA accountable to the concerns of local communities, and find meaningful legislative and administrative solutions to reduce airplane noise. The caucus consists of members of Congress from across the country whose constituents are severely impacted by the FAA’s NextGen flight system.

Quiet Skies Puget Sound (“QSPS”) is holding a forum on April 26, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., at Mt. Rainier High School, to discuss the new fight paths, related noise, the status of NextGen flight procedures, and the overall impacts on human health and the environment [download PDF flier here]. As reported here previously, QSPS has invited the Des Moines City Council to attend the forum and participate in a question and answer segment. The group still has not received a confirmation of attendance from any member of the Des Moines Council.

“We hope to hear more from the Council about their support of the AIM Act at the forum,” said Edmiston.

Quiet Skies Puget Sound is the 29th chapter of the National Quiet Skies Coalition (  The Des Moines group works with citizen groups all over the Puget Sound region, including the Burien Quiet Skies Coalition.

REMINDER: The MaST Center’s Roadway & Pier Clear event is THIS Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.!

Volunteers are needed to help remove toxic debris from the roadways and underwater habitat around Redondo. Your efforts will benefit fisher folk, boaters, scuba divers, and beachgoers.

Last year, 56 volunteers cleared about 795 pounds of debris from around the pier, including kitchen knives, construction sign tripods, election yard signs, syringes, furniture, diapers, cans and bottles, lures and fishing line, tires and even an old road scooter.

The Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center is the marine classroom, public aquarium, and marine education facility of Highline College in Des Moines, and is located at 28203 Redondo Beach Drive South.

Here’s more info:

Please bring food to share with everyone during our potluck and bring friends, family members, and anyone you want to bring! I have 36 parking passes available for the City of Des Moines parking lot across from the MaST. There is free street parking so you are welcome to park there, or if you want a parking pass it will be a first come first serve on Saturday. Please see the info email below as a reminder for Saturday! Thanks everyone!

Thank you for signing up to help with the Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center’s fourth annual Pier Clear. This email contains a lot of information, but it is important. If you remember nothing else: be at the MaST Center by 8:45am Saturday, April 15th.

PURPOSE: Redondo Beach is a popular beach, fishing, and dive site, and provides habitat for thousands of Puget Sound marine animals. This Earth Day, the MaST Center invites the public to help remove toxic debris from the roadways and underwater habitat around Redondo. Our efforts will benefit fisher folk, boaters, scuba divers, and beachgoers.

ORGANIZATION: The Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center is the marine classroom, public aquarium, and marine education facility of Highline College in Des Moines, WA. Check out our website and Facebook.

PLACE: We will meet at 8:45am at the MaST Center:
28203 Redondo Beach Dr. S.
Des Moines, WA 98198

DIVERS: Orientation will begin promptly at 9am, and we’ll hit the water around 9:30am. Divers will be divided into teams and responsible for cleaning different parts of the Redondo stretch. See “Dive Map” attached for an idea of the sectors. Divers must have at least ONE DIVE BUDDY and must stay within the limits of their dive certifications.


  • Gear
  • Certification cards
  • Knife/snips
  • Flashlight
  • Mesh bag for trash collection

NON-DIVERS: Orientation will begin promptly at 9am. Non-diving volunteers will be responsible for checking divers in and out of the water, collecting debris along the roadways leading to Pacific Highway see “Walking Map” for routes, sorting and weighing trash/recycling, and recording collection data. For a list of volunteer options, please see “Vol Groups” and feel free to email me with your preferences. You can do more than one job. Dress for the weather.


  • Gloves*
  • Grabbers*
  • Appropriate, sturdy clothing
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear

* Not required but may come in handy when removing trash from the roadways and beaches.


  • 8:45 AM: Sign in at registration table next to Salty’s Coffee Shop by public fishing pier & sign waivers (provided with this email-please fill out all forms current volunteer or not)
  • 9:00 AM: Orientation
  • 9:30 AM: First dive & walkers begin
  • 11:00 AM: Second dive & land-based crew start sorting/weighing/recording
  • 1:00 PM: Potluck

FOOD: After the event, we’ll enjoy a potluck lunch. Please bring food if you are able. I am searching for donations of meats and veggie patties for our barbecue – can you provide?

Please be in touch with questions or concerns. We are still looking for more volunteers, so spread the word. Thank you in advance for your work – I know it’s going to be a great event!

In gratitude,
Katy Kachmarik
[email protected]
Citizen Science and Volunteer Coordinator
AmeriCorps Member

Celebrate Earth Day at Saltwater State Park at a free Open House on Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This day includes:

  • Visit Historical CCC Interpretive Center.
  • HIKE 11:00 am 2 1⁄2 mile.
  • KIDS ACTIVITY 10:00 am Fish & Bugs
  • BEACH WALK: 8:30 a.m. with low tide +4.3 @ 9:30 a.m.
  • SCUBA DIVE Meet @ 1:30 Splash 2:00 pm High Tide +8.7 @ 2:30

Saltwater State Park is located at 25205 8th Place S. in Des Moines.

More info: