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Fran Woodard will be this weekend’s Waterland Parade Grand Marshal

Fran Woodard will be this weekend’s Waterland Parade Grand Marshal

Destination Des Moines and the Waterland Festival & Parade are proud to announce the 2017 Waterland Grand Marshal – Fran Woodard. Fran Woodard is a dedicated volunteer and active steward of the... [Read more]

WATERLAND BLOG VOTERS’ GUIDE: Q&As with Council Pos. #7 Candidates

WATERLAND BLOG VOTERS’ GUIDE: Q&As with Council Pos. #7 Candidates

On July 6, 2017, we emailed out a list of 10 Questions to all candidates running for Des Moines City Council in the Primary election, which has an Aug. 1 voting deadline. This is the final post in our... [Read more]

WATERLAND BLOG VOTERS’ GUIDE: Q&As with Council Pos. #5 Candidates

WATERLAND BLOG VOTERS’ GUIDE: Q&As with Council Pos. #5 Candidates

On July 6, 2017, we emailed out a list of 10 Questions to all candidates running for Des Moines City Council in the Primary election, which has an Aug. 1 voting deadline. We will be posting additional... [Read more]

Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market

Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market

The beautiful sunny days just keep coming at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market! It is so nice to see new fruits and vegetables ripening and on display. We are expecting another record day for the Waterland Festival weekend…

WATERLAND BLOG VOTERS’ GUIDE: Q&As with Council Pos. #3 Candidates

WATERLAND BLOG VOTERS’ GUIDE: Q&As with Council Pos. #3 Candidates

On July 6, 2017, we emailed out a list of 10 Questions to all candidates running for Des Moines City Council in the Primary election, which has an Aug. 1 voting deadline. We will be posting additional... [Read more]

WATERLAND BLOG VOTERS’ GUIDE: Q&As with Council Pos. #1 Candidates

WATERLAND BLOG VOTERS’ GUIDE: Q&As with Council Pos. #1 Candidates

On July 6, 2017, we emailed out a list of 10 Questions to all candidates running for Des Moines City Council in the Primary election, which has an Aug. 1 voting deadline. We will be posting additional... [Read more]

Waterland Festival, Parade, Car/Boat Show & more is weekend of July 21–23

Waterland Festival, Parade, Car/Boat Show & more is weekend of July 21–23

The annual Waterland Festival – a full weekend of fun summer events celebrating our Waterland Community – will be held from July 21 – 23. This event is brought to you by Destination Des Moines as... [Read more]

Des Moines Legacy Foundation: Every kid deserves the chance to play outdoors!

Des Moines Legacy Foundation: Every kid deserves the chance to play outdoors!

The Des Moines Legacy Foundation has mounted a fundraising drive to replace all of the worn-out and aging playground equipment across the city’s parks system, plus add equipment at both the Beach... [Read more]

Paid Marina parking start went well; Police Chief says 4th of July ‘trying time’

Paid Marina parking start went well; Police Chief says 4th of July ‘trying time’

By Jack Mayne The first day of paid parking at the Des Moines Marina went well, with about 1,200 tickets sold Thursday (July 6), but that number does not include marina tenants or those who have a... [Read more]

Des Moines City Council objects to new airport passenger holding structure

Des Moines City Council objects to new airport passenger holding structure

By Jack Mayne Des Moines city government is questioning a large new traveler holding room at the south end of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport because city residents are constantly challenged by noise... [Read more]

Scotch and Vine closes, just days after celebrating 6-year anniversary

Scotch and Vine closes, just days after celebrating 6-year anniversary

The Scotch and Vine Restaurant – which just last weekend celebrated its 6th anniversary with a big ribbon cutting – was closed suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 14. We first heard a rumor... [Read more]

Council approves aviation advisory committee; second airport said needed

Council approves aviation advisory committee; second airport said needed

By Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council unanimously approved a new airport advisory committee to guide the city as Sea-Tac Airport moves forward with massive expansion plans and increases of passenger... [Read more]

‘Welcome to the Beach’ – how to enjoy your Waterland City this Summer

‘Welcome to the Beach’ – how to enjoy your Waterland City this Summer

If beaches, parks and sea life are on your list of things you love, point yourself in the direction of your Waterland City – Des Moines – this Summer! Offering stunning views of the Olympic Mountains... [Read more]

Three-alarm house fire extinguished in Des Moines

Three-alarm house fire extinguished in Des Moines

South King Fire & Rescue, Puget Sound Fire Regional Authority and Burien/Normandy Park Fire were all onscene to extinguish a three-alarm house fire on Sunday afternoon, June 4, at 1015 S. 202... [Read more]

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: <i>Building a Culture of Collaboration</i>

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: Building a Culture of Collaboration

By Andrea H. Reay In our extremely polarized political climate, it can be tempting to tune out, put your head down and run for the wall. Unfortunately, that’s not how progress is made at any level... [Read more]

Des Moines Court faces increased case load from city’s red light cameras

Des Moines Court faces increased case load from city’s red light cameras

By Jack Mayne Judge Lisa Leone – in her second state of the city court address on May 11 – said the mission of the court is to provide fair, impartial and timely administration of justice while being... [Read more]

South King Fire & Rescue responds to dramatic, fast-moving house fire

South King Fire & Rescue responds to dramatic, fast-moving house fire

A fast-moving fire engulfed a house on 20th Place South near S. 288th Street in Federal Way (map below) on Thursday afternoon, May 25. The house fire was at 75% involvement as South King Fire & Rescue... [Read more]

Local Attorney Fred Mendoza awarded MLK Medal of Distinguished Service

Local Attorney Fred Mendoza awarded MLK Medal of Distinguished Service

Councilmember Dave Upthegrove (right), with Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service recipient Fred Mendoza. Fred Mendoza has never strayed far from the South King County communities he was... [Read more]

ELECTION: 2 seek to replace Mayor Matt Pina and 5 run to replace Musser, Kaplan

ELECTION: 2 seek to replace Mayor Matt Pina and 5 run to replace Musser, Kaplan

By Jack Mayne As the filing deadline passed, two candidates want to replace Mayor Matt Pina, and incumbent Councilmember Vic Pennington has one person seeking his job for election in 2017. Another three... [Read more]

Highline Public School’s COO & Rotary find funding to replace Food Bank Freezer

Highline Public School’s COO & Rotary find funding to replace Food Bank Freezer

This is the story of Highline Public Schools Chief Operating Officer Scott Logan and the freezer that stopped working at the Des Moines Area Food Bank…