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Learn to ‘Wreck Dive’ off Vancouver Island with TLSea Diving Feb. 16-18

Learn to ‘Wreck Dive’ off Vancouver Island with TLSea Diving Feb. 16-18

Learn to “Wreck Dive” off Vancouver Island with TLSea Diving Feb. 16-18! Did you know that the world’s largest underwater artificial reef is just a few hours away off of Vancouver Island? The wrecks... [Read more]

Mark William Van Gasken passes away; memorial will be this Saturday, Jan. 13

Mark William Van Gasken passes away; memorial will be this Saturday, Jan. 13

Mark William Van Gasken Mark was born on November 29, 1928 to Gladys and Mark E. Van Gasken, both long-time residents of Des Moines. (His grandparents’ home, overlooking the marina, was recently purchased... [Read more]

Week of free events on Martin Luther King Jr. begins Jan. 16 at Highline College

Week of free events on Martin Luther King Jr. begins Jan. 16 at Highline College

The public is invited to free events between Jan. 16–19, 2018, as Highline College hosts its 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration. United by the theme “50 Years Later: Dreams vs. Reality,”... [Read more]

Jack Kniskern – the man who helped design Des Moines – has passed at 91

Jack Kniskern – the man who helped design Des Moines – has passed at 91

Sadly, longtime Des Moines resident and local icon Jack Kniskern passed away at the age of 91 on Dec. 21. A memorial is planned for Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Des Moines United Methodist Church. Jack... [Read more]

South King Media to expand into Kent with acquisition of iLoveKent.net

South King Media to expand into Kent with acquisition of iLoveKent.net

This week iLoveKent.net and South King Media, owner of six local blogs – including The B-Town and Waterland Blogs – celebrated their 10-year anniversaries with a big announcement.  Effective January... [Read more]

COMMENTARY: South King Media would not exist if not for Michael Brunk

COMMENTARY: South King Media would not exist if not for Michael Brunk

Michael Brunk By Scott Schaefer Founder/Publisher Michael Brunk is one of the most impressive, creative and talented media professionals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with. As we... [Read more]

OBIT: Otto Wieland passed away tragically Nov. 21

OBIT: Otto Wieland passed away tragically Nov. 21

Otto Konrad Wieland, 86, died tragically on Nov. 21, 2017 after apparently jumping from the Des Moines fishing pier (read our previous coverage here). Rescuers from the Coast Guard, South King Fire &... [Read more]

Des Moines Council honors retiring Highline College President Bermingham

Des Moines Council honors retiring Highline College President Bermingham

By Jack Mayne At the Des Moines Council meeting Thursday (Nov. 30), Mayor Matt Pina honored outgoing Highline College President Jack Bermingham, 68, who is retiring next week after 22 years heading the... [Read more]

North Hill residents can learn about their new high school neighbors Nov. 16

North Hill residents can learn about their new high school neighbors Nov. 16

Do you live in Des Moines’ North Hill neighborhood or have students at North Hill Elementary? Come to a community meeting if you have questions about what it will be like when Highline High School... [Read more]

Haunted Highline: Where to find ‘Real’ local Ghosts and Hauntings

Haunted Highline: Where to find ‘Real’ local Ghosts and Hauntings

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a rerun of a story originally posted in in 2010: By Joanne Dyer You know random and creepy bits of trivia about buildings you’ve never been in. You’re dying to see George... [Read more]

Burien’s annual Día De Los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration is Fri., Nov. 3

Burien’s annual Día De Los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration is Fri., Nov. 3

Burien’s annual Día De Los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration will be held at the Community Center from 6 – 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3. Don’t miss this fun-filled evening to learn about the rich... [Read more]

Local Boy Scouts have completed Des Moines’ Barnes Creek Trail Project

Local Boy Scouts have completed Des Moines’ Barnes Creek Trail Project

The Barnes Creek Trail project has been completed, and here’s a first-hand account of it courtesy Boy Scout Joel Mensonides: I and other boys in my troop collaborated and conspired with city employees... [Read more]

Open House for historic Van Gasken ‘Red House’ will be Saturday, Oct. 28

Open House for historic Van Gasken ‘Red House’ will be Saturday, Oct. 28

An Open House for the historic Van Gasken ‘Red House’ Property will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the house at 402 S. 222nd Street (map below). “Join the City of... [Read more]

See the design & help name new school at Zenith site TONIGHT

See the design & help name new school at Zenith site TONIGHT

What will floor plans for the new elementary school in Des Moines look like? Who will attend? What will the school be named? If you have questions for district staff or the architects – or just want... [Read more]

REVIEW: BAT’s ‘Ben Butler’ is witty and eye-opening & worth drive to Burien

REVIEW: BAT’s ‘Ben Butler’ is witty and eye-opening & worth drive to Burien

At left, Major Cary (Dave Tucker) of the Confederate State of Virginia demands that Major Benjamin Butler (Michael Mendonsa) of the Union Army return escaped slaves while Lieutenant Kelly (center) looks... [Read more]

No tree cutting planned on private land near airport despite concerns, Port says

No tree cutting planned on private land near airport despite concerns, Port says

By Jack Mayne The Port of Seattle is starting the removal and replanting efforts for over-height trees next week only in two Port-owned locations south of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and not... [Read more]

Madi’s Grill opens at old Scotch & Vine location

Madi’s Grill opens at old Scotch & Vine location

According to a Facebook post by owner Mica Purcell, Des Moines’ brand new Madi’s Grill will be opening today – Wednesday, Sept. 20 – at 4 p.m. This restaurant has taken over the location... [Read more]

Port of Seattle Commission Candidate Forum will be Wed. at Highline College

Port of Seattle Commission Candidate Forum will be Wed. at Highline College

Community members in South King County can question Port of Seattle Commission candidates at a Candidate Forum this Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Highline College. Sponsored by the 33rd District Democrats, this... [Read more]

Bronze sculpture worth $14,500 stolen from Des Moines Marina Promenade

Bronze sculpture worth $14,500 stolen from Des Moines Marina Promenade

The City of Des Moines needs your help! This bronze sculpture – entitled “Beginning” by artist Sabah Al-Dhaher – was stolen recently from the Des Moines Marina Promenade: “We do... [Read more]

South King Fire & Rescue will commemorate 9/11 on Monday, Sept. 11

South King Fire & Rescue will commemorate 9/11 on Monday, Sept. 11

South King Fire & Rescue will be commemorating the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies with speakers and a ceremony on Monday, Sept. 11, starting at 1 p.m. in Federal Way at Fire Station 64... [Read more]