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Highline Schools praised as President announces Computer Science Initiative

Highline Schools praised as President announces Computer Science Initiative

The White House cited Highline Public Schools as a leader in computer science education, as President Obama announced in his weekly address a $4 billion plan to give all students across the country the... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Rambling about Ramblings

The Marine View Driver: Rambling about Ramblings

Wherein the author encounters a tiled traveler’s greeting. By Mike Smith I’ve read a lot of heartfelt messages in my time on this orb. I’m a husband a father and a grandfather. Messages from... [Read more]

‘Landmark on the Sound’ sold for $14 million; city wants to retain its façade

‘Landmark on the Sound’ sold for $14 million; city wants to retain its façade

by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was told the Masonic ‘Landmark on the Sound’ has been sold for “in the area of $14 million” and the city will meet with representatives of the new owners... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: I Hate Heroin

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: I Hate Heroin

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:] I Hate Heroin. You go to bed thinking... [Read more]

Berkshire Hathaway Open House: Contemporary Normandy Park home

Berkshire Hathaway Open House: Contemporary Normandy Park home

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this Saturday, Jan. 30 and Sunday, Jan. 31 – is a lovely contemporary 5-bedroom Normandy Park home... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: True Story of <i>The Finest Hours</i> Worth Seeing

Past the Popcorn: True Story of The Finest Hours Worth Seeing

by Jeff Walls Less than a month into 2016 and we have already gotten two movies with the word “hours” in the title that each tell stories about men who put their own lives in danger to save the lives... [Read more]

UPDATE: WSDOT inspects bridge; Des Moines Creek Trail remains closed

UPDATE: WSDOT inspects bridge; Des Moines Creek Trail remains closed

An overhanging strut on the left has moved. It should be flush like the one on the right, according to City of Des Moines staff. On Wednesday (Jan. 27), the Washington State Department of Transportation... [Read more]

MaST Center promotes education, installs signs for local crab fishermen

MaST Center promotes education, installs signs for local crab fishermen

Highline College’s Marine Science and Technology Center, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the City of Des Moines Marina recently created multi-lingual signs to help reduce illegal harvesting... [Read more]

No School? Come to the Pool! Special event at Mt. Rainier Pool this Friday

No School? Come to the Pool! Special event at Mt. Rainier Pool this Friday

There is no school for middle and high school students in the Highline School District this Friday, so that means that Mt. Rainier Pool is having another “Not in School? Come to the Pool!”... [Read more]

Neighborhood meeting about Des Moines Marina Redevelopment is Wednesday

Neighborhood meeting about Des Moines Marina Redevelopment is Wednesday

The Des Moines Marina Association, in conjunction with the Des Moines Yacht Club, will be holding a community and marina stakeholder meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the yacht... [Read more]

Movement in bridge struts causes closure of Des Moines Creek Trail

Movement in bridge struts causes closure of Des Moines Creek Trail

The City of Des Moines announced Tuesday morning (Jan. 26) that the Des Moines Creek Trail has been closed until further notice, due to movement detected in concrete caps that sit atop struts on the Marine... [Read more]

Des Moines Council hears about 2,000 new jobs, tall trees & pot sales locations

Des Moines Council hears about 2,000 new jobs, tall trees & pot sales locations

by Jack Mayne For years, the financially struggling city of Des Moines has cut staff and scratched some plans, but the future will be brightening over the next couple of years, the Des Moines City Council... [Read more]

VIDEO PODCAST: Major drug bust disrupts quiet neighborhood & more…

VIDEO PODCAST: Major drug bust disrupts quiet neighborhood & more…

Here’s episode #35 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Old dogs and men…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Old dogs and men…

by Dave Markwell Last night, after a longer than normal day of work and meetings and just “stuff”, I opened my front door to let my dogs outside. Being uncomfortably familiar with my old dog, Diego’s,... [Read more]

Berkshire Hathaway Sunday Open Houses: 2 amazing 3 Tree Point homes!

Berkshire Hathaway Sunday Open Houses: 2 amazing 3 Tree Point homes!

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest will be holding TWO Open Houses this weekend – from Noon – 3 p.m. this SUNDAY, Jan. 24! Here’s the first home: Enjoy amazing Puget... [Read more]

CONTEST: Win 2 tickets to the Poverty Bay Wine Festival, coming March 4-5!

CONTEST: Win 2 tickets to the Poverty Bay Wine Festival, coming March 4-5!

Win 2 tickets to the 12th Annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival! The Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park is proud to present the 12th Annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival at the Des Moines Beach Park... [Read more]

FREE Financial Aid event to be held at Highline College on Saturday, Jan. 30

FREE Financial Aid event to be held at Highline College on Saturday, Jan. 30

College Bound in the Fall? Now is the time for college-bound students—including qualifying immigrants—to apply for financial aid, and a FREE event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Highline... [Read more]

Construction alert: Expect delays near South 200th Link Extension

Construction alert: Expect delays near South 200th Link Extension

A new, temporary traffic signal on S. 200th Street near Des Moines Creek (map below) may cause traffic delays beginning as early as Monday, Jan. 25. Crews will be building a new retaining wall on the south... [Read more]

UPDATE: Suspect wanted in connection with North Hill burglaries arrested

UPDATE: Suspect wanted in connection with North Hill burglaries arrested

The Des Moines Police Department announced Tuesday (Jan. 19) that a suspect wanted in connection with burglaries in the North Hill neighborhood had been arrested (read our previous coverage here). “We... [Read more]

PODCAST: Fatal shooting victim identified; Jack Mayne Commentary…

PODCAST: Fatal shooting victim identified; Jack Mayne Commentary…

Here’s episode #34 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

The Elephant in the Locker Room: If You Lose Containment, You Lose the Game

The Elephant in the Locker Room: If You Lose Containment, You Lose the Game

By Greg Wright Early in the week, Colin Cowherd did an amazing takedown of a Minnesota fan who wanted to argue that Sunday’s game came down to mere luck. I wouldn’t have been as vicious as... [Read more]

Robbery results in shooting, injury & school lockdowns in Des Moines

Robbery results in shooting, injury & school lockdowns in Des Moines

Police are reporting that a robbery and shooting – which injured one person – also resulted in the lockdowns of Midway Elementary, Pacific Middle and Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines Friday afternoon,... [Read more]