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Beautiful, sunny skies predicted for  St. Luke’s ‘English Fete’ on Saturday, Sept. 12

Beautiful, sunny skies predicted for  St. Luke’s ‘English Fete’ on Saturday, Sept. 12

What rhymes with “plate“? Why, “Fete” of course! That is if you’re in England and talking about any of the thousands of charming “Village Fetes” that occur all... [Read more]

PHOTOS Over 1,000 brave ‘powerful summer storm’ at Blues & Brews Fest

PHOTOS Over 1,000 brave ‘powerful summer storm’ at Blues & Brews Fest

Over 1,000 people braved what UW Meteorologist Cliff Mass called ‘the most powerful summer storm EVER to hit our region’ last Saturday (Aug. 29) to attend the 6th Annual Poverty Bay Blues... [Read more]

PODCAST: Shooter with ‘HATRED’ tattoo on the run; rain in forecast & more…

PODCAST: Shooter with ‘HATRED’ tattoo on the run; rain in forecast & more…

Here’s episode #17 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Flat Rats.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Flat Rats.

by Dave Markwell While enjoying a ribald boy’s weekend experience a few weeks ago, in between beers, meat and cards, I had a conversation with a buddy. Eric, (Erock to his friends) is an old and good... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Owen Wilson Connects with Audiences in <i>No Escape</i>

Past the Popcorn: Owen Wilson Connects with Audiences in No Escape

by Jeff Walls Actor Owen Wilson is mostly known for his comedies, but over the years he has shown some quality dramatic chops in movies such as Midnight in Paris and Marley & Me.  In the new movie... [Read more]

Spread the Word – Highline Public Schools starts September 3rd!

Spread the Word – Highline Public Schools starts September 3rd!

“Spread the Word – School Starts September 3rd!” (and Kindergartners start on September 9). The first day of school for Highline Public Schools will be Thursday, Sept. 3, for all students except... [Read more]

‘Meet the Candidates’ at Southwest King County Chamber reception Sept. 23

‘Meet the Candidates’ at Southwest King County Chamber reception Sept. 23

The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a “Meet the Candidates” Reception on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Seattle Airport Southcenter. Candidates... [Read more]

City Council wants to move recovery center, but state law could block it

City Council wants to move recovery center, but state law could block it

Mayor Dave Kaplan. by Jack Mayne Mayor Dave Kaplan and Des Moines City Councilmembers say they would like to move the site of the approved Woodmont recovery center, but state law says such “essential... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Up and Running, with a Side of Drama

The Marine View Driver: Up and Running, with a Side of Drama

In which the author talks of high Caliber repair and the transmission of doom. And, some musical theater. By Mike Smith My gosh, I got some heart-felt advice from readers about my car and I really appreciate... [Read more]

No pitchforks, but lots of shouts as residents reject Woodmont recovery center

No pitchforks, but lots of shouts as residents reject Woodmont recovery center

The acronyms “NIMBY = NLMEO” – which meant “Not In My Back Yard = No Longer My Elected Official” was posted on the wall. Photo by Scott Schaefer. by Jack Mayne Woodmont area residents... [Read more]

Large mental health facility approved for Woodmont area; plus, take our Poll

Large mental health facility approved for Woodmont area; plus, take our Poll

Artist renderings courtesy Valley Cities Mental Health. by Jack Mayne A 20,000 square foot mental health and medical facility along Pacific Highway in far southeast Des Moines has been approved despite... [Read more]

SAVE THE DATE: Poverty Bay Arts Gala will be at Beach Park on Saturday, Oct. 10

SAVE THE DATE: Poverty Bay Arts Gala will be at Beach Park on Saturday, Oct. 10

SAVE THE DATE: The Poverty Bay Arts Gala will be held at the Des Moines Beach Park Event Center on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 6 – 10 p.m. Cost is $50, and includes: Fine Art Sale Entertainment Wine Hor... [Read more]

Second annual Des Moines ‘Back to School Resource Fair’ a huge success

Second annual Des Moines ‘Back to School Resource Fair’ a huge success

On Thursday (Aug. 6), the Des Moines community held their second ‘Back to School Resource Fair’ where over 500 backpacks were distributed to students in need. Superintendent Susan Enfield... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools athletic programs receive $25,000 from Alaska Airlines

Highline Public Schools athletic programs receive $25,000 from Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines has announced a $25,000 gift to Highline Public Schools to support school athletic programs, including the much-needed replacement of athletic equipment. “We are deeply grateful for Alaska... [Read more]

Des Moines City Council adds four new utility staffers at Thursday night meeting

Des Moines City Council adds four new utility staffers at Thursday night meeting

by Jack Mayne Four new employees were approved by the Des Moines City Council because virtually all of the Des Moines Building division staff would be retiring in the next five years. New people must be... [Read more]

REBUTTAL: Des Moines Mayor responds to TM Sell’s Sound Transit Editorial

REBUTTAL: Des Moines Mayor responds to TM Sell’s Sound Transit Editorial

by Dave Kaplan Mayor and Councilmember City of Des Moines If you build it they will come – if you build it in the right place. As my good friend Dr. Sell recently noted, Sound Transit will soon decide... [Read more]

High speed crash in Des Moines sends one to hospital early Thursday morning

High speed crash in Des Moines sends one to hospital early Thursday morning

A high-speed crash into a utility pole at S. 216th and Pacific Highway South in Des Moines early Thursday morning (July 2) sent one to the hospital with serious injuries, according to South King Fire &... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Scenes from Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting at renovated Dining Hall

PHOTOS: Scenes from Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting at renovated Dining Hall

Late Wednesday afternoon (July 1), local dignitaries, residents and former campers gathered in the sweltering heat for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly-restored Des Moines Beach Park Dining Hall,... [Read more]

OPINION: Pacific Highway transit route makes more long-term sense

OPINION: Pacific Highway transit route makes more long-term sense

by T.M. Sell If you build it, they will come – if you build it in the right place. Sound Transit soon will decide where to site its extension of the light rail from Angle Lake toward Federal Way. The... [Read more]

Shooting at Red Robin in Des Moines sends victim to hospital

Shooting at Red Robin in Des Moines sends victim to hospital

A man was shot in the abdomen in the parking lot of the Red Robin in Des Moines Tuesday afternoon, sending him to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Sgt. Doug Jenkins of the Des... [Read more]

The Elephant in the Locker Room: What “Meet Russell Wilson” Is Coming to Mean

The Elephant in the Locker Room: What “Meet Russell Wilson” Is Coming to Mean

After two Super Bowl appearances in a row, everyone’s paying attention… yet even with all the scrutiny, it seems that there’s always some key issue that’s getting glossed over.... [Read more]

SAVE THE DATE: Over 2,000 expected to ‘Drink to Music’ at Blues & Brews Aug. 29

SAVE THE DATE: Over 2,000 expected to ‘Drink to Music’ at Blues & Brews Aug. 29

Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival from Olav on Vimeo. Dozens of Micro-Brews, world-renowned blues acts and over 2,000 civic minded individuals are forecasted to attend and support the 6th Annual... [Read more]