History Section

FREE ‘Beginning your Genealogy’ class at El Dorado West on Saturday, June 3

FREE ‘Beginning your Genealogy’ class at El Dorado West on Saturday, June 3

Designed by Freepik A FREE “Beginning your Genealogy” class will be held at El Dorado West Retirement Community (1010 SW 134th Street) on Saturday, June 3, starting at 3:30 p.m. “Interested... [Read more]

REMINDER: ‘The Woodmont Dock Raid Story of Roy Olmstead’ is TONIGHT

REMINDER: ‘The Woodmont Dock Raid Story of Roy Olmstead’ is TONIGHT

REMINDER: Local historian/lawyer/writer Steve Edmiston (pictured, left) will present ‘The Woodmont Dock Raid – Story of Roy Olmstead’ at a fundraiser for the Des Moines Historical Society... [Read more]

Learn about ‘The Woodmont Dock Raid-Story of Roy Olmstead’ on Wed. May 10

Learn about ‘The Woodmont Dock Raid-Story of Roy Olmstead’ on Wed. May 10

Local historian/lawyer/writer Steve Edmiston (pictured, left) will present ‘The Woodmont Dock Raid – Story of Roy Olmstead’ at a fundraiser for the Des Moines Historical Society on Wednesday,... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: Concrete walled industrial building to replace historic Furney’s

FOLLOWUP: Concrete walled industrial building to replace historic Furney’s

By Jack Mayne Furney’s Nursery – which recently announced that it will be closing by the end May – will be replaced by an $80 million production facility on Pacific Ridge that the Des Moines City... [Read more]

BREAKING: After 70 years, Des Moines business Furney’s Nursery is closing

BREAKING: After 70 years, Des Moines business Furney’s Nursery is closing

After 70 years in business in Des Moines, Furney’s Nursery announced on Monday, April 24 that it will be closing at the end of May. Staff from the historic nursery, located at 21215 Pacific Highway... [Read more]

Resolution recognizing ‘The Maury Island Incident’ passed in State Senate

Resolution recognizing ‘The Maury Island Incident’ passed in State Senate

Sen. Keiser with the “Maury Island Incident” team: Steve Edmiston, Scott Schaefer, Shelli Park and John White, taken April 18th, 2017. On Tuesday, April 18, the Washington State Senate passed... [Read more]

Author Sherman Alexie will be at Highline College’s Diversity Celebration April 27

Author Sherman Alexie will be at Highline College’s Diversity Celebration April 27

Among this year’s notable presenters at Highline College’s Unity Through Diversity Week will be Sherman Alexie, a National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author. The public is... [Read more]

South King Media’s Scott Schaefer awarded ‘Paul Harris Fellow’ by Rotary

South King Media’s Scott Schaefer awarded ‘Paul Harris Fellow’ by Rotary

South King Media Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer was honored Wednesday (April 5) with a Paul Harris Fellow award from the Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park, WA. The award was presented at the Rotary... [Read more]

Highline College seeking nominations for Distinguished Alumnus Award

Highline College seeking nominations for Distinguished Alumnus Award

Highline College is seeking nominations for its 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award, which honors former students who have made notable achievements in their profession or community. Highline began the award... [Read more]

‘J. Edgar Hoover’s Flying Discs: Maury Island Incident’ at Norwescon April 13

‘J. Edgar Hoover’s Flying Discs: Maury Island Incident’ at Norwescon April 13

Local filmmakers and historians Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer will be presenting ‘J. Edgar Hoover’s Flying Discs: The Maury Island Incident’ at the 40th Annual Norwescon from 3 – 5... [Read more]

Has American politics always been so crazy? Expert will discuss this Sunday

Has American politics always been so crazy? Expert will discuss this Sunday

Back by popular demand – has American politics always been so crazy? Come find out from Cornell Clayton, Director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington... [Read more]

Former Blog Sales Manager Janet Grella has passed away

Former Blog Sales Manager Janet Grella has passed away

Janet Garrott Grella: October 2, 1949 – February 23, 2017 Janet and her husband Michael. On a scooter in Italy. We’re incredibly sad to report that Janet Garrott Grella – South King Media’s... [Read more]

Highline College to host free Summit for Latino Students on Saturday, Feb. 25

Highline College to host free Summit for Latino Students on Saturday, Feb. 25

High school students in south King County are invited to Highline College for the 2017 Latinx Summit, a free, day-long event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25…

‘Rainier Drive South’ street sign will be officially unveiled on Tues., Feb. 21

‘Rainier Drive South’ street sign will be officially unveiled on Tues., Feb. 21

On October 27, 2016 the City Council Approved Resolution No. 1344, which officially established a commemorative street name of “Rainier Drive South” for the portion of 19th Ave South between South... [Read more]

Former Mayor Dave Kaplan announces he won’t seek re-election to city council

Former Mayor Dave Kaplan announces he won’t seek re-election to city council

Longtime Des Moines City Councilmember and former Mayor Dave Kaplan announced Tuesday, Jan. 31 that he won’t seek re-election this year. He serves in Position #7, and his term expires Dec. 31, 2017. Kaplan... [Read more]

4Culture offering grant money for creative projects; deadlines are March 1 & 8

4Culture offering grant money for creative projects; deadlines are March 1 & 8

The Three Yells present Giselle Deconstruct. Photo by Tim Summers. 4Culture – King County’s cultural funding agency – is currently offering grants to support projects for individuals and groups... [Read more]

Learn about ‘Breaking the Aviation Glass Ceiling at Boeing’ on Thursday, Feb. 9

Learn about ‘Breaking the Aviation Glass Ceiling at Boeing’ on Thursday, Feb. 9

Captain Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann – a recent retiree who served as Chief Pilot of Boeing Flight Services – will be sharing stories from her 40+ year career on Thursday, Feb. 9, starting at 7 p.m. at... [Read more]

Highline College celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. with free events Jan. 17–20

Highline College celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. with free events Jan. 17–20

The public is invited to free events and workshops Jan. 17–20, 2017, as Highline College hosts its 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Fear,... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD VETERAN’S DAY: Empty Plate.

FEEL GOOD VETERAN’S DAY: Empty Plate.

by Dave Markwell A couple of years ago, after an evening out, my wife and I headed to Denny’s for the obligatory late-night gut-bombing. Per normal procedure, my wife drove as I was, once again, over-served... [Read more]

With the cut of a ribbon, the renovated Redondo Boardwalk is officially open!

With the cut of a ribbon, the renovated Redondo Boardwalk is officially open!

Photos by Steven Goegebuer With the cut of a ribbon, the Redondo Boardwalk in Des Moines was officially re-opened on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 5. The boardwalk has been open to the public for a month... [Read more]