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Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium honored by MOHAI

Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium honored by MOHAI

Congratulations are in order for the City of Des Moines! The newly-restored Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium has been selected for a John D. Spellman Historic Preservation Award given by King County’s... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Good Wins.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Good Wins.

[In light of the circumstances in Boston, I felt that this repeat column was an appropriate reflection of my feelings on this sad day. Although the circumstances are different, unfortunate parallels can... [Read more]

Retired Flight Attendant Mary Patricia Laffey Inman to Speak Tuesday, April 16

Retired Flight Attendant Mary Patricia Laffey Inman to Speak Tuesday, April 16

You may not be familiar with her name – Ms. Mary Patricia Laffey Inman – but she changed everything in regards to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1966 for women and the airline... [Read more]

VIDEO: KOMO News Does Report on ‘The Maury Island Incident’ Film/Stunt

VIDEO: KOMO News Does Report on ‘The Maury Island Incident’ Film/Stunt

A gorgeous new photo-realistic mural, painted by Seattle Artist Zach Paul, suddenly appeared on the east side of Howard & Marge in Olde Burien Friday. It depicts story elements from “The Maury... [Read more]

Realtor Matt Parker Offers Reward for Finding Sasquatch in Eagle Landing Park

Realtor Matt Parker Offers Reward for Finding Sasquatch in Eagle Landing Park

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a paid Advertisement:] Eagle Landing Park, a popular beach park in Seahurst, has always been a safe spot for locals…until now. An unnamed Gregory Heights resident, one... [Read more]

REMINDER: Today (Sunday) is the Final Day of the Poverty Bay Wine Festival!

REMINDER: Today (Sunday) is the Final Day of the Poverty Bay Wine Festival!

Very cool, historic Masonic symbols can be found all around the “haunted” Landmark Event Center. REMINDER: Today – Sunday, March 3 – is the FINAL day of the 9th Annual Poverty Bay Wine... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Original Lady Rams Reunite at Mt. Rainier High School Game

PHOTOS: Original Lady Rams Reunite at Mt. Rainier High School Game

On Tuesday night, Feb. 12, a group of women got together to commemorate the game of basketball at Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines (click images to see larger versions): Top Left: Patti Bjorneby,... [Read more]

Thursday’s ‘DUI Joe Show’ will Feature Tom Taaffe Talking about Rev. Jim Jones

Thursday’s ‘DUI Joe Show’ will Feature Tom Taaffe Talking about Rev. Jim Jones

A brand new DUI Joe Show will air on our sister site SoKing Internet Radio this Thursday, Jan. 24, with special guest Tom Taaffe, who will discuss cult leader Rev. Jim Jones. “James Warren Jones... [Read more]

Hear Tales from Boeing Test Pilot Capt. Emily Bliss Feb. 5 at Activity Center

Hear Tales from Boeing Test Pilot Capt. Emily Bliss Feb. 5 at Activity Center

Boeing Test Pilot Capt. Emily Bliss will share her real-world aviation experiences at the Des Moines Activity Center starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, in a presentation hosted by retired Flight Test... [Read more]

PHOTOS: 2012 ‘Spirit of Des Moines Awards’ Given Out at Council Meeting

PHOTOS: 2012 ‘Spirit of Des Moines Awards’ Given Out at Council Meeting

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer At a packed city hall, the Des Moines City Council presented the 2012 “Spirit of Des Moines” Awards at the start of Thursday night’s meeting (Jan.... [Read more]

Founder of Piledriving Company Goes ‘APE’ Over Upcoming Local UFO Film

Founder of Piledriving Company Goes ‘APE’ Over Upcoming Local UFO Film

John White, Founder of American Piledriving Equipment (APE) and an area resident, has stepped up to pile on the majority of funding for an historic local UFO conspiracy movie that will begin filming this... [Read more]

Happy Thanksgiving! Here are Some of the Things We’re Thankful For…

Happy Thanksgiving! Here are Some of the Things We’re Thankful For…

It’s Thanksgiving Day across America, and we’d like to take a moment from our usual local news and events postings to reflect on what we’re thankful for… Mostly, we want to send... [Read more]

Longtime Volunteer Hyde Shuttle Driver Gene Moon Retires; Drivers Still Needed

Longtime Volunteer Hyde Shuttle Driver Gene Moon Retires; Drivers Still Needed

Some say ‘all good things come to an end,’ but those milestones are worth noting when they go by. “We are blessed to have had so many years of service and dedication from Gene Moon,... [Read more]

Local B-17 Bombardier Recalls ‘Wing and a Prayer’ Mission on the All American

Local B-17 Bombardier Recalls ‘Wing and a Prayer’ Mission on the All American

Ralph Burbridge of Des Moines, a B-17 bombardier in World War II, holds the encased flag that the 414th Squadron, which he flew with, raised in his honor earlier this year above their base in Turkey. He... [Read more]

Des Moines Celebrates Grand Opening of Beach Park Auditorium

Des Moines Celebrates Grand Opening of Beach Park Auditorium

After a multi-year renovation project that was at times tumultuous, the Beach Park Auditorium was officially dedicated this past Wednesday (Jul 11) with a grand party that included historical displays... [Read more]

‘Maury Island Incident Historical Society’ Posits New Theory About UFO Incident

‘Maury Island Incident Historical Society’ Posits New Theory About UFO Incident

Closeup of a piece of mysterious ‘slag’ found on a nearby beach. Could it be from the Maury Island incident some 65 years ago? Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer At a gathering on a Woodmont... [Read more]

World War II Fighter Pilot Recalls Dangers Escorting Allied Bombers

World War II Fighter Pilot Recalls Dangers Escorting Allied Bombers

by Ralph Nichols, with photos by Michael Brunk WWII Veteran John Hauff shares a log book entry to Ralph Nichols “It was a lot of fun until they started shooting at us.” So quipped John Hauff, a World... [Read more]

Poverty Bay Wine Festival: Grand Master’s Grand Daughter Toasts Ancestor

Poverty Bay Wine Festival: Grand Master’s Grand Daughter Toasts Ancestor

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story first ran on March 1, 2009; we’re re-publishing it today because of its significance to the Poverty Bay Wine Festival, which continues through Sunday, March... [Read more]