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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]

Saturday’s Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival will also benefit wildfire victims

Saturday’s Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival will also benefit wildfire victims

Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival from Olav on Vimeo. This year, the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park will be supporting families impacted by forest fires in Washington with ticket sales... [Read more]

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

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

The free $10 voucher healthy eating initiative program for qualifying seniors is really taking off as more and more people learn about this program brought to you by partners, the Des Moines Farmers Market... [Read more]

‘Blues & Brews Pre-Funk’ will be Friday night at Normandy Park Towne Center

‘Blues & Brews Pre-Funk’ will be Friday night at Normandy Park Towne Center

A special ‘Pre-Funk’ party for Saturday’s Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival will be held this Friday night, Aug. 28, at the Normandy Park Towne Center, from 5 – 8 p.m. There... [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]

Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Fest will raise funds for needy kids Saturday, Aug. 29

Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Fest will raise funds for needy kids Saturday, Aug. 29

by Tess Riski On Aug. 29th from Noon-8 p.m., the Des Moines Rotary Club will host the 6th annual Blues & Brews Festival. As Pacific Northwesterners flock from near and far, the Des Moines Beach Park... [Read more]

PODCAST: Mental health clinic protest; Bank robbed; community advocate killed

PODCAST: Mental health clinic protest; Bank robbed; community advocate killed

Here’s episode #16 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]

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]

The Marine View Driver: A Return to Quietude

The Marine View Driver: A Return to Quietude

In which the author looks optimistically at auto repair. By Mike Smith For the half a dozen or so that read this column, you may recall that I have owned about 18 different cars. I’ve owned many models... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Lucky.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Lucky.

by Dave Markwell While walking around the supermarket the other day, I saw an older, kind of chubby guy wearing a pair of blue and white striped coveralls. They weren’t the working type of coveralls.... [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]

Past the Popcorn: Cruising with <i>Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation</i>

Past the Popcorn: Cruising with Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

by Jeff Walls Ever since Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt ran away from a crashing fish tank in 1996, the Mission: Impossible movie series has been all about the big stunts.  The same is true of the latest... [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]

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Jimmy Graham… Cracker Jack or the Next Harvin?

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Jimmy Graham… Cracker Jack or the Next Harvin?

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]

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]

Enter to win 2 tickets to the 6th annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival!

Enter to win 2 tickets to the 6th annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival!

Want to go to the bestest, bluesiest and brewiest music festival of the summer? Here’s your chance – just enter to win 2 Tickets to the 6th Annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival, coming... [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]