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The Marine View Driver: The Fine Art of Making Things Up

The Marine View Driver: The Fine Art of Making Things Up

In which the author dreams a dream. by Mike Smith I like to entertain myself with questions like: What would I do with a quarter of a million dollars? I mean besides the obvious, “…quit working hard... [Read more]

Former Mayor Bob Sheckler says no rules violated in taking Miami Beach trip

Former Mayor Bob Sheckler says no rules violated in taking Miami Beach trip

Bob Sheckler at the groundbreaking ceremony for the then-Artemis Hotel. Photo by Scott Schaefer. by Jack Mayne A union that represents hotel workers claims Des Moines Councilmember – and former Mayor... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Blake Lively Captivates Stunningly in <i>The Age of Adaline</i>

Past the Popcorn: Blake Lively Captivates Stunningly in The Age of Adaline

by Jeff Walls The thing about a fantasy is that it is by definition unreal and fantastic; it doesn’t need to be grounded in reality.  The Age of Adaline is a romantic fantasy about a woman who does... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools seeking feedback on aging facilities & crowding issues

Highline Public Schools seeking feedback on aging facilities & crowding issues

Highline Public Schools announced Thursday (April 23) that it is seeking input from the community on how to address the district’s need to build, repair, and renovate schools to meet educational needs,... [Read more]

See ‘Dislecksia: The Movie’ for FREE on May 14 at Event Center Auditorium

See ‘Dislecksia: The Movie’ for FREE on May 14 at Event Center Auditorium

Dislecksia 90 Sec Trailer-ProResHQ 1 from Harvey Hubbell V on Vimeo. A FREE showing of ‘Dislecksia: The Movie’ will be at the Des Moines Event Center Auditorium on Thursday, May 14, starting... [Read more]

Help clean up Des Moines at community clean-up event on Saturday, May 9

Help clean up Des Moines at community clean-up event on Saturday, May 9

 The City of Des Moines, Recology CleanScapes, and the Midway Les Schwab Tire Center are sponsoring a Community Clean-up Event on Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., and volunteers are needed!  Teams... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns, commentary by Greg Wright Sergio Leone transformed the American Western. Literally. As one of the major exponents of the low-budget guerilla filmmaking genre dubbed... [Read more]

Kitchen knives, syringes, election signs & more retrieved during Redondo cleanup

Kitchen knives, syringes, election signs & more retrieved during Redondo cleanup

On Saturday (April 18), 56 volunteers teamed up with the MaST Center and AmeriCorps to do a major cleanup near the Redondo Pier in Des Moines. This was the second annual cleanup, which included... [Read more]

PUGET SOUND WEATHER GEEK: Drought explanation and El Niño outlook

PUGET SOUND WEATHER GEEK: Drought explanation and El Niño outlook

Press “Play” button to view/hear the live, local weather stream. by Chris Scragg Puget Sound Weather Geek Last week I wrote an article about diminishing water concerns. In less than... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: The Fine Art of Converting your Car to a Pickup

The Marine View Driver: The Fine Art of Converting your Car to a Pickup

In which the author loads a bit much into his trunk, and other stories. by Mike Smith When I started writing this column I had intended on describing the many times my cars had been stolen and the entertaining /... [Read more]

Expanded Festivities This Mother’s Day at PowellsWood Garden

Expanded Festivities This Mother’s Day at PowellsWood Garden

New garden spaces make it possible for PowellsWood to expand offerings at their annual Mother’s Day weekend event. Each year Monte and Diane Powell offer up a taste of English Garden-inspired hospitality... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Persist.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Persist.

by Dave Markwell Several years ago while neglecting to appropriately monitor my young son; I heard some strange, yet familiar, noises coming from the driveway. The sound was my leaf blower pull cord being... [Read more]

Councilmember Jeanette Burrage charged with slapping special needs student

Councilmember Jeanette Burrage charged with slapping special needs student

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated on April 18, 2015 when the following videos were added: by Jack Mayne Des Moines City Councilmember Jeanette Burrage has been charged with assaulting a special... [Read more]

Joe Van appointed to Highline School Board at special meeting Wed. night

Joe Van appointed to Highline School Board at special meeting Wed. night

The Highline School Board voted to appoint Chung (Joe) Van of SeaTac to the Director District 3 position during a special meeting on Wednesday, April 15. He participated in his first School Board meeting... [Read more]

Open House for Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail will be April 30 at City Hall

Open House for Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail will be April 30 at City Hall

Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail is coming to Des Moines, and the City Council will be holding an Open House on Thursday, April 30, starting at 5:30 p.m. The event, which is open and free to the public,... [Read more]

Volunteers and Scuba Divers needed to help clean Redondo Beach Saturday

Volunteers and Scuba Divers needed to help clean Redondo Beach Saturday

Volunteers and Scuba Divers* are needed to help the MaST Center in making the Redondo Beach waterfront a cleaner space above and below the water’s surface this Saturday, April 18. *Advanced and OWD... [Read more]

Laugh at Motherhood – ‘Listen to Your Mother’ on Saturday May 9

Laugh at Motherhood – ‘Listen to Your Mother’ on Saturday May 9

South King area businesses along with Des Moines resident and past columnist for the Waterland Blog, Joy Steele, are proud to sponsor and produce the Seattle performance of ‘Listen To Your Mother. ‘ Joy,... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools first in county to install bus stop ‘paddle cameras’

Highline Public Schools first in county to install bus stop ‘paddle cameras’

Highline Public Schools announced on Monday (April 13) that it will be the first school district in King County to implement a school bus stop paddle camera enforcement program. The cameras, which... [Read more]