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OBIT: Walter Lynn Edmiston passed away July 20, 2018; memorial will be Aug. 25

OBIT: Walter Lynn Edmiston passed away July 20, 2018; memorial will be Aug. 25

Walter Lynn Edmiston In the presence of his loving wife and family members, Walter Edmiston died peacefully on July 20, 2018, following complications from surgery and a fight against cancer that stretched... [Read more]

VIDEO: Here’s our raw footage of Saturday’s Waterland Parade

VIDEO: Here’s our raw footage of Saturday’s Waterland Parade

We live-streamed video of the Waterland Parade Saturday night, July 21, and below is the raw footage, which runs around 1-hour, 15-minutes. To be alerted when we next broadcast live, be sure to “Like”... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: ‘The Legacies of Thelma and Louise.’

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: ‘The Legacies of Thelma and Louise.’

By Dave Markwell Last night I attended a grand event. It was a retirement party for two of Des Moines finest gals, Sue Padden and Patrice Thorell. For twenty-plus years, these two forces of nature led... [Read more]

Des Moines Clerk Bonnie Wilkins honored as summer doldrums hit Council

Des Moines Clerk Bonnie Wilkins honored as summer doldrums hit Council

By Jack Mayne The major item on the Des Moines City Council agenda on Thursday night (July 29) was the oft postponed interlocal agreement with Highline College for the College Way connection project –... [Read more]

Bob and Jean Green of B&E Meats Honorary Grand Marshals this Saturday

Bob and Jean Green of B&E Meats Honorary Grand Marshals this Saturday

“RESPECTFUL and FRIENDLY” Two words that describe Bob and Jean Green…who have been selected as the Honorary Grand Marshals for the Des Moines Waterland Grand Parade, to be held this Saturday,... [Read more]

VIDEO: Area residents read the Declaration of Independence

VIDEO: Area residents read the Declaration of Independence

We first posted this video on July 4, 2010, but we love it so much we thought it was worth a rerun on this national holiday: Out of the red, white and blue, it occurred to us that our third President,... [Read more]

Senior Center Director Sue Padden says she’s innocent, now retired after 22 years

Senior Center Director Sue Padden says she’s innocent, now retired after 22 years

By Jack Mayne When Des Moines City Manager Michael Matthias personally and publicly ordered longtime Senior Services Director Sue Padden out of the senior center at lunch hour on June 14 – just days... [Read more]

Here’s the schedule for the 4th of July ‘Fireworks Over Des Moines’

Here’s the schedule for the 4th of July ‘Fireworks Over Des Moines’

Here’s the schedule and info for the 4th of July Celebration with Fireworks Over Des Moines on Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Family Friendly day of fun in celebration of the 4th of July Independence... [Read more]

VIDEO: Community celebrates nation’s first UFO & ‘Man In Black’ sighting

VIDEO: Community celebrates nation’s first UFO & ‘Man In Black’ sighting

Hosted in Des Moines by the Woodmont Country Club, the Maury Island Incident Historical Society’s Annual 2018 Meeting was highlighted recently with a solstice-sunset bonfire and “burning of the saucer,”... [Read more]

Celebrate 130 years of service at Des Moines United Methodist Church Sunday

Celebrate 130 years of service at Des Moines United Methodist Church Sunday

Celebrate 130 years of service at Des Moines United Methodist Church this Sunday, June 10! Events begin at 9:30 a.m. with a Church Service, which will include stories of their history. Tours of the church... [Read more]

Memorial Day Celebration will be at Underwood Memorial Park Mon., May 28

Memorial Day Celebration will be at Underwood Memorial Park Mon., May 28

A Memorial Day Celebration “like never before” is planned for the City of Des Moines on Monday, May 28 at Underwood Memorial Park. This event will run from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. near the park’s... [Read more]

OBIT: Earline Lucile Byers has passed away; memorial will be Tues., May 1

OBIT: Earline Lucile Byers has passed away; memorial will be Tues., May 1

Earline Lucile Byers 10/1929 to 2018 Earline was born in Seattle along with her twin brother Earl; they remained as close as you can imagine during their long and fulfilling lives. She was very proud... [Read more]

Nominations now open for Highline College’s next ‘Distinguished Alumnus’

Nominations now open for Highline College’s next ‘Distinguished Alumnus’

Nominations are now open for Highline College’s 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award, which honors former Highline students who have made notable achievements in their profession or community. The award’s... [Read more]

VIDEO: Local Activist Steve Edmiston’s third ‘Briefing’ to Port of Seattle

VIDEO: Local Activist Steve Edmiston’s third ‘Briefing’ to Port of Seattle

Des Moines resident Steve Edmiston last week provided the third two-minute public-comment segment of his ‘Briefing’ to the Port of Seattle Commissioners. Edmiston is responding to an FAA and... [Read more]

Burien UFO Festival will feature guest speakers for first time on Thurs., April 5

Burien UFO Festival will feature guest speakers for first time on Thurs., April 5

The Burien UFO Festival is returning on Thursday, April 5 after a one-year hiatus (some say abduction), and new this year will be guest speakers giving presentations in The Tin Theater. This fun annual... [Read more]

Grant allows group to honor Carmen Scott through waterfront sculpture

Grant allows group to honor Carmen Scott through waterfront sculpture

By Omie Drawhorn Port of Seattle Three years ago the City of Des Moines lost Carmen Scott (pictured above), a beloved community member who devoted her life to making the area a better place. Members of... [Read more]

Historical Society to showcase local prohibition legacy this Saturday, Mar. 17

Historical Society to showcase local prohibition legacy this Saturday, Mar. 17

The Historical Society of Federal Way will kick off St. Patrick’s Day with a party, presentation, and fundraiser this Saturday, March 17, all focused upon bootlegging legend Roy Olmstead’s life... [Read more]

UPDATE: Sneak peek at what’s planned for historic Landmark on the Sound

UPDATE: Sneak peek at what’s planned for historic Landmark on the Sound

The Waterland Blog has learned that ‘Friends of Masonic Home’ is the name of the group that has plans for the historic Landmark on the Sound site in Des Moines. An Open House is planned for... [Read more]

Former Mt. Rainier basketball star has brought Stanford back from the dead

Former Mt. Rainier basketball star has brought Stanford back from the dead

By Sue Favor, Editor of womenshoopsworld.com: Brittany McPhee doesn’t like waiting. Yet, after a stellar junior year last season and playing for USA Basketball’s Under-23 team in Japan over the summer…

Potential purchasers of Landmark on the Sound holding Open House Feb. 24

Potential purchasers of Landmark on the Sound holding Open House Feb. 24

The new ‘potential purchasers’ of Des Moines’ historic Landmark on the Sound will be holding an Open House on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. This historic property was built... [Read more]