History Section

After 20 years in public service, former Mayor Bob Sheckler is retiring

After 20 years in public service, former Mayor Bob Sheckler is retiring

After 20 years in public service – current city councilmember and former Mayor Bob Sheckler announced his retirement at Thursday night’s Des Moines City Council meeting (March 26). Sheckler,... [Read more]

Seattle P-I: Investigation of Maury Island UFO ‘Incident’ haunted by coincidence

Seattle P-I: Investigation of Maury Island UFO ‘Incident’ haunted by coincidence

The Seattle P-I on Sunday posted a very interesting story about the local film “The Maury Island Incident,” in which journalist Jake Ellison dives deep into a ‘rabbit hole’ about... [Read more]

Tukwila’s Foster High School Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary March 21

Tukwila’s Foster High School Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary March 21

The Bulldog community will honor the past, present, and future with a dance- and music-filled evening on Saturday, March 21. In 1915, the United States was on the brink of entering World War I, the 47th... [Read more]

Gordie Olson leaving South King Fire & Rescue for Fire Chief gig in Colorado

Gordie Olson leaving South King Fire & Rescue for Fire Chief gig in Colorado

Gordie Olson, Chief of Operations for South King Fire & Rescue, has accepted an offer from Thornton Colorado to be their new Fire Chief, SKF&R announced on Facebook. Gordie will be leaving the... [Read more]

Highline College seeking distinguished alumni for annual award

Highline College seeking distinguished alumni for annual award

Highline College is seeking nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award, which honors former students who have made notable achievements in their profession or community. Highline began the award... [Read more]

Meet Artist/Developer Dan Spalding, the new owner of the Des Moines Theater

Meet Artist/Developer Dan Spalding, the new owner of the Des Moines Theater

Outboard Portrait V by Dan Spalding. We first announced on Monday that Dan Spalding of Spokane will be the new owner of the Des Moines Theater, which has sat vacant for years at 22325 Marine View Drive. Spalding... [Read more]

Meet the first South Korean Cosmonaut on Tuesday, Feb. 17 in Des Moines

Meet the first South Korean Cosmonaut on Tuesday, Feb. 17 in Des Moines

Come meet Yi So-yeon – the first South Korean Cosmonaut – at the Des Moines Activity Center on Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 7 – 9 p.m. “Our popular aviation history goes into outer space this year,”... [Read more]

REMINDER: ‘Maury Island Incident’ benefit for Historical Society is Feb. 11

REMINDER: ‘Maury Island Incident’ benefit for Historical Society is Feb. 11

REMINDER: A full screening of the locally-produced film “The Maury Island Incident” to benefit the Des Moines Historical Society will be next Wednesday night, Feb. 11, at Mt. Rainier High... [Read more]

Judge Veronica Alicea-Galván is now a King County Superior Court judge

Judge Veronica Alicea-Galván is now a King County Superior Court judge

by Jack Mayne Judge Veronica Alicea-Galván (pictured above, left) believes her most important job as a municipal court judge in Des Moines for the past eight years has been to explain to people the often-mystical... [Read more]

Dorpat and Sherrard will bring ‘Now and Then’ to Highline on Saturday, Jan. 24

Dorpat and Sherrard will bring ‘Now and Then’ to Highline on Saturday, Jan. 24

The Highline Historical Society will be hosting a “Now and Then” presentation by popular documentary photographers/historians/authors Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard on Saturday, Jan. 24, starting at... [Read more]

‘Maury Island Incident’ benefit for Des Moines Historical Society will be Feb. 11

‘Maury Island Incident’ benefit for Des Moines Historical Society will be Feb. 11

A full screening of the locally-produced film “The Maury Island Incident” to benefit the Des Moines Historical Society will be Wednesday night, Feb. 11 at Mt. Rainier High School. Filmmakers... [Read more]

Highline College to commemorate life, vision of MLK with events and workshops

Highline College to commemorate life, vision of MLK with events and workshops

The public is invited to free events and workshops from Jan. 20–23, as Highline College hosts its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week. Presenters will focus on the theme “Many Faces: Responsibility,... [Read more]

The Redondo Christmas celebration is back on, will be Wednesday night, Dec. 17

The Redondo Christmas celebration is back on, will be Wednesday night, Dec. 17

Violent windstorms less than two weeks apart delivered a serious blow to the Redondo community’s boardwalk and then apparently forced cancellation of the annual bonfire celebration that coincides with... [Read more]

Prolific resident Nancy Warren passes away suddenly; memorial will be Sunday

Prolific resident Nancy Warren passes away suddenly; memorial will be Sunday

Nancy Warren, a teacher at Highline College, Des Moines resident, musician and partner for Breeders Theater, volunteer for the Des Moines Arts Commission, loving wife to Dr. TM Sell…

REMINDER: Benefit screening of ‘The Maury Island Incident’ is next Tuesday!

REMINDER: Benefit screening of ‘The Maury Island Incident’ is next Tuesday!

REMINDER: A benefit screening of the locally produced, award-winning UFO film “The Maury Island Incident” – for the Burien Actors Theatre and the Highline Area Food Bank – will take... [Read more]

Benefit screening of local UFO film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ will be Dec. 16

Benefit screening of local UFO film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ will be Dec. 16

A benefit screening of the locally produced, award-winning UFO film “The Maury Island Incident” – for the Burien Actors Theatre and the Highline Area Food Bank – will take place on Tuesday... [Read more]

VIDEO: Saturday’s Storm Batters Des Moines’ Redondo Boardwalk to Pieces

VIDEO: Saturday’s Storm Batters Des Moines’ Redondo Boardwalk to Pieces

KIRO News sent a truck to cover yesterday’s devastating destruction of Redondo’s beloved boardwalk. We’ve included their coverage below. It’s an eye-full, amplifying the fine photos... [Read more]

PHOTOS: After Saturday’s storm, Des Moines’ Redondo Boardwalk lies in pieces

PHOTOS: After Saturday’s storm, Des Moines’ Redondo Boardwalk lies in pieces

Story & Photos by Gene Achziger The Redondo Boardwalk lies in pieces. Across the road. Bobbing on a roiling sea. Anywhere except where it is supposed to be after a powerful wind from the northwest... [Read more]