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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]

Powell Homes & Renovations is selling its Des Moines showroom

Powell Homes & Renovations is selling its Des Moines showroom

Powell Homes & Renovations – which has operated a showroom and Corporate Headquarters at 22211 Marine View Drive South (map below) for 10 years – has announced plans to place the property for... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Scenes from Saturday’s Women’s March in Des Moines

PHOTOS: Scenes from Saturday’s Women’s March in Des Moines

On Saturday, Jan. 20, a group of women from Wesley Homes Retirement Center gathered for Des Moines version of the 2018 Women’s March at Big Catch Plaza. Below are some photos from the event courtesy... [Read more]

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]