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Former Normandy Park Mayor Susan West is a March #HighlineAlum

Former Normandy Park Mayor Susan West is a March #HighlineAlum

Former Normandy Park Mayor Susan West is featured in this month’s Highline Public Schools’ #HighlineAlum social media campaign. West is a 1985 graduate of Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines. West... [Read more]

Former Mayor & Councilmember Don Wasson has passed; memorial March 12

Former Mayor & Councilmember Don Wasson has passed; memorial March 12

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was revised on Feb. 29, 2016: Former Des Moines Mayor and longtime councilmember Donald F. Wasson passed away on Feb. 20, 2016. Wasson was 90-years old, and was a well-known... [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]

$4.7 million, re-built Redondo Boardwalk scheduled to open this Summer

$4.7 million, re-built Redondo Boardwalk scheduled to open this Summer

Artist rendering of re-designed Redondo Boardwalk courtesy City of Des Moines. A public update meeting was held on Friday, Jan. 8 at the MaST Center, and City of Des Moines Transportation Engineer Andrew... [Read more]

Highline College to host Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration Jan. 19-25

Highline College to host Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration Jan. 19-25

The public is invited to free events and workshops Jan. 19–26, 2016, as Highline College hosts its 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration. United by the theme “Justice: Beyond a Dream,”... [Read more]

Remembering Rosie the Newfoundland 5 Years after she was shot, killed

Remembering Rosie the Newfoundland 5 Years after she was shot, killed

Memorial where Rosie the Newfoundland was shot on Nov. 7, 2010. by Ralph Nichols A tranquil November Sunday in Des Moines five years ago was shattered when a gentle Newfoundland named Rosie was murdered... [Read more]

Des Moines Historical Society discussing the Depression in Des Moines TONIGHT

Des Moines Historical Society discussing the Depression in Des Moines TONIGHT

The Des Moines Historical Society will be discussing the 1930’s Depression in Des Moines TONIGHT – Tuesday, Nov. 10 – at Des Moines United Methodist Church. located at S. 223rd Street and 9th Ave... [Read more]

Des Moines Auxiliary of Seattle Children’s Hospital Fall Luncheon is Oct. 15

Des Moines Auxiliary of Seattle Children’s Hospital Fall Luncheon is Oct. 15

The Des Moines Auxiliary of Seattle Children’s Hospital will be presenting its annual Fall Luncheon on Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at the Des Moines United Methodist Church, 22225 9th Ave South. The... [Read more]

Fundraiser Screening & Presentation of ‘The Maury Island Incident’ Oct. 25

Fundraiser Screening & Presentation of ‘The Maury Island Incident’ Oct. 25

A full screening and special presentation of the locally-made, award-winning historic UFO film “The Maury Island Incident” will serve as a benefit for the Tukwila Historical Society on Sunday, Oct.... [Read more]

Berkshire Hathaway Open House: Amazing waterfront at 3 Tree Point!

Berkshire Hathaway Open House: Amazing waterfront at 3 Tree Point!

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Sept. 27 – is an amazing 3-bedroom waterfront home near the tip of Three Tree Point! This... [Read more]

Vandals cause over $15,000 of damage to Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium

Vandals cause over $15,000 of damage to Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium

Seven large colored glass windows and one of the entrance doors at the Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium were smashed with rocks by unknown vandals this past weekend, sometime between early Sunday... [Read more]

Des Moines Historical Society presenting ‘Andy’s Diner Remembered’ Sept. 23

Des Moines Historical Society presenting ‘Andy’s Diner Remembered’ Sept. 23

A mile from the old Kingdome on 4th Ave S., a unique diner was created from reclaimed railroad cars, and on Wednesday, Sept. 23, Andy Yurkanin will share how Andy’s Diner came to be a must stop for... [Read more]

ANALYSIS: State law says Des Moines officials cannot stop drug recovery facility

ANALYSIS: State law says Des Moines officials cannot stop drug recovery facility

News Analysis by Jack Mayne Blaming the Des Moines City Council, mayor or city manager for the placing of the Valley Cities’ Woodmont Recovery Campus on Pacific Highway South is like blaming the Weather Service for... [Read more]

Learn about WASP – Women Air Force Service Pilots – at Sept. 15 event

Learn about WASP – Women Air Force Service Pilots – at Sept. 15 event

Learn about Women Air Force Service Pilots – aka “WASP” – on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Des Moines Normandy Park Activity Center. A $2 donation is requested. Here’s more... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Scenes from Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting at renovated Dining Hall

PHOTOS: Scenes from Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting at renovated Dining Hall

Late Wednesday afternoon (July 1), local dignitaries, residents and former campers gathered in the sweltering heat for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly-restored Des Moines Beach Park Dining Hall,... [Read more]

OPINION: Pacific Highway transit route makes more long-term sense

OPINION: Pacific Highway transit route makes more long-term sense

by T.M. Sell If you build it, they will come – if you build it in the right place. Sound Transit soon will decide where to site its extension of the light rail from Angle Lake toward Federal Way. The... [Read more]

Five stories from Military Road’s past to be revealed in Renton June 17

Five stories from Military Road’s past to be revealed in Renton June 17

Steve Edmiston, screenwriter and independent film producer, will present “FINDING STORY IN HISTORY: a screenwriter’s journey into adapting history to film” at the Renton Carco Theatre on Wednesday,... [Read more]

Des Moines’ historic Dining Hall renovations to be unveiled July 1

Des Moines’ historic Dining Hall renovations to be unveiled July 1

A grand opening celebration for the Dining Hall, built in 1934 and located in the Covenant Beach Bible Camp Historic District at Des Moines Beach Park (former home to the City’s Senior Services) will... [Read more]