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Maury Island Incident Historical Society releases list of Top Songs for UFO Lovers

Maury Island Incident Historical Society releases list of Top Songs for UFO Lovers

The Maury Island Incident Historical Society this week released its list of the top songs for UFO lovers – just in time for National UFO Day (June 24) and World UFO Day (July 2) celebrations. Steve... [Read more]

Des Moines, other cities, hire consultant to seek ways to control airport noise

Des Moines, other cities, hire consultant to seek ways to control airport noise

By Jack Mayne At Thursday night’s (June 5) Des Moines City Council study session, lawmakers heard from aviation consultants the city has hired to help steer the city through increases in aviation... [Read more]

Destination Des Moines ‘Smoke on the Water’ Community BBQ will be July 10

Destination Des Moines ‘Smoke on the Water’ Community BBQ will be July 10

Destination Des Moines’ 2019 Community ‘Smoke on the Water’ fundraiser BBQ will be Wednesday, July 10, from 5– 7 p.m. at Des Moines Beach Park. All proceeds from this community event... [Read more]

After 30 years, Animal Control Officer Jan Magnuson is hanging up her leash

After 30 years, Animal Control Officer Jan Magnuson is hanging up her leash

After 30 years as the Des Moines Police Department’s Animal Care and Control Officer, Jan Magnuson is finally hanging up her leash and retiring. Her final day will be June 15, 2019. Jan started... [Read more]

VIDEO: Watch Mayor Matt Pina’s ‘State of Our Cities’ address

VIDEO: Watch Mayor Matt Pina’s ‘State of Our Cities’ address

On May 10, 2019, Des Moines Mayor Matt Pina delivered his ‘State of Our Cities’ address about the City of Des Moines at a Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce luncheon. In his address, Pina... [Read more]

Betts’ Memorial Boardwalk new name for Redondo Boardwalk; police get raise

Betts’ Memorial Boardwalk new name for Redondo Boardwalk; police get raise

By Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council unanimously approved renaming the Redondo Beach Seawall and Boardwalk Trail to Betts Memorial Boardwalk, along with approving a new police contract for the first... [Read more]

Here’s the list of candidates who have filed to run for Des Moines City Council

Here’s the list of candidates who have filed to run for Des Moines City Council

The deadline to file for running for office in the August 6, 2019 primary election has passed, and here is the most recent list of candidates who have filed for office. The top two vote-getters for each... [Read more]

Iconic new Marinascope dedicated at Des Moines’ South Marina Park

Iconic new Marinascope dedicated at Des Moines’ South Marina Park

Artist George C. Scott at Saturday’s unveiling of his Marinascope sculpture. Saturday’s (May 11) dedication of internationally renowned glass artist George C. Scott’s latest artwork came,... [Read more]

CASSIDY’S COLUMN: Cass performs at the ‘More Music at the Moore’ program

CASSIDY’S COLUMN: Cass performs at the ‘More Music at the Moore’ program

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cassidy Huff is a special needs student at Mt. Rainier High School. In 2016, she was named “Citizen of the Year” by the City of Burien. Hey B-Town Readers! I’ve had... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Take a tour through the new Des Moines Elementary School

PHOTOS: Take a tour through the new Des Moines Elementary School

Courtesy Highline Public Schools comes this photo tour of the new, still under construction Des Moines Elementary School located at 23801 16th Ave South. With passage of the 2016 bond, this new, 700-student... [Read more]

Mayor, Council strongly support City Manager pay raise despite social media flak

Mayor, Council strongly support City Manager pay raise despite social media flak

Mayor Matt Pina By Jack Mayne City Manager Michael Matthias’s pay raise got unanimous Des Moines City Council approval Thursday night (April 11) as Mayor Matt Pina defended the action after a minor storm... [Read more]

After 23 years, Patrice Thorell is leaving a lasting legacy for Des Moines

After 23 years, Patrice Thorell is leaving a lasting legacy for Des Moines

Patrice Thorell, right, helping local Artist George C. Scott with his new ‘Marinascope.’ By Scott Schaefer Patrice Thorell, who retired as the Director of Parks, Recreation and Senior Services... [Read more]

UPDATE: Progress being made on renovation of historic Des Moines Theater

UPDATE: Progress being made on renovation of historic Des Moines Theater

At top, a rendering of what the renovated Des Moines Theater will look like when completed. Below, the theater circa 1948. If you’ve noticed construction work and busy workers around the historic... [Read more]

Mt. Rainier High Orchestra and Band Musicians advance to State Contest

Mt. Rainier High Orchestra and Band Musicians advance to State Contest

Photo by Mari Tamura. Congratulations to the Mount Rainier High School Band & Orchestra at the Soundview Region Solo and Ensemble Contest – Saturday, March 9, 2019 was an exciting day!  The winners... [Read more]

Des Moines Council upgrades zoning to better control mental health facilities

Des Moines Council upgrades zoning to better control mental health facilities

By Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council has unanimously approved changes in the city’s ordinance that would allow them to control any potential “enhanced service facilities” (ESF) or mental health... [Read more]

Suspect wanted in connection with fatal shooting at football game arrested

Suspect wanted in connection with fatal shooting at football game arrested

Des Moines Police on Thursday, Feb. 28 announced that William Oliver Holly – the suspect wanted in connection with the fatal Thanksgiving, 2018 shooting of 21-year old Leuea Loto – has been taken into... [Read more]