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Phoenix airport noise case may provide roadmap for challenging FAA at Sea-Tac

Phoenix airport noise case may provide roadmap for challenging FAA at Sea-Tac

By Jack Mayne A federal appeals court decision released on Aug 29 threw out changes the Federal Aviation Administration made to its landing and takeoff routes over and involving Sky Harbor International... [Read more]

Des Moines Theater Open House shows off plans for historic building

Des Moines Theater Open House shows off plans for historic building

By Devin Otto Intern, Big Picture High School The Des Moines Theater hosted an open house on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 26. It’s in the process of construction, with plans to add housing to the upper floors... [Read more]

City of Des Moines honors ‘Spirit of Des Moines’ award winners

City of Des Moines honors ‘Spirit of Des Moines’ award winners

At Thursday night’s Council meeting, the City of Des Moines gave out their 2016 Spirit of Des Moines Awards to several notable locals: Lifetime Awards (posthumous): CARMEN SCOTT Carmen Scott was a long-time... [Read more]

Des Moines joins with Forterra to buy property above Marina

Des Moines joins with Forterra to buy property above Marina

By Jack Mayne Des Moines city officials on Thursday signed an agreement with Forterra to purchase a little over a half acre property located above the Des Moines Marina, with the intention of expanding... [Read more]

Get a FREE car wash at Des Moines Brown Bear Car Wash on Thurs., Aug. 24

Get a FREE car wash at Des Moines Brown Bear Car Wash on Thurs., Aug. 24

Brown Bear Car Wash will celebrate its 60th anniversary on Thursday, Aug. 24, by offering free “Beary Clean” car washes at 23 Puget Sound area tunnel wash locations – including in Des Moines –... [Read more]

Watch the Solar Eclipse at the Des Moines Library on Monday, Aug. 21

Watch the Solar Eclipse at the Des Moines Library on Monday, Aug. 21

On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 you can watch the total Solar Eclipse for FREE at the Des Moines Library, starting at 9:45 a.m.. This all ages, free event will run from 9:45 – 11 a.m., and – far as we know... [Read more]

UPDATE: Mount Rainier Pool remains closed through Fall for repairs

UPDATE: Mount Rainier Pool remains closed through Fall for repairs

Des Moines’ Mount Rainier Pool is closed through the Fall for repairs, and here’s the latest update courtesy pool staff: Progress is being made in two key areas: First, the portable bulkhead... [Read more]

Jack Bermingham announces retirement as President of Highline College

Jack Bermingham announces retirement as President of Highline College

In a letter to the college’s Board of Trustees on Thursday (July 27), Dr. Jack Bermingham announced his retirement as president of Highline College, effective next week. The board accepted the letter... [Read more]

Memorial for Evelyn ‘Jean’ Snyder will be Sunday, Aug. 6 at Beach Park

Memorial for Evelyn ‘Jean’ Snyder will be Sunday, Aug. 6 at Beach Park

Evelyn “Jean” Snyder, wife, super mom, and friend to all, went to the promise land 7/22/17 after a lengthy and courageous battle with vascular dementia. With a family built on love and respect by... [Read more]

Des Moines Theater holding Open House on Saturday, Aug. 26

Des Moines Theater holding Open House on Saturday, Aug. 26

The Des Moines Theater – bought and soon to be renovated by Artist/Developer Dan Spalding and Jeff Angell – will be holding an Open House on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, starting at 2 p.m. This will... [Read more]

Fran Woodard will be this weekend’s Waterland Parade Grand Marshal

Fran Woodard will be this weekend’s Waterland Parade Grand Marshal

Destination Des Moines and the Waterland Festival & Parade are proud to announce the 2017 Waterland Grand Marshal – Fran Woodard. Fran Woodard is a dedicated volunteer and active steward of the... [Read more]

Wesley Homes partners with Highline College to create student resident program

Wesley Homes partners with Highline College to create student resident program

Five Highline College students are participating in the first Wesley Homes Students-in-Residence, multigenerational program. “This is such a distinctive program,” said Wesley Homes Director of Sales... [Read more]

Des Moines Legacy Foundation: Every kid deserves the chance to play outdoors!

Des Moines Legacy Foundation: Every kid deserves the chance to play outdoors!

The Des Moines Legacy Foundation has mounted a fundraising drive to replace all of the worn-out and aging playground equipment across the city’s parks system, plus add equipment at both the Beach... [Read more]

VIDEO: Area residents read the Declaration of Independence

VIDEO: Area residents read the Declaration of Independence

We first posted this video on July 4, 2010, but we love it so much we thought it was worth a rerun on this national holiday: Out of the red, white and blue, it occurred to us that our third President,... [Read more]

New Travel Ban doesn’t result in much protest at Sea-Tac Airport

New Travel Ban doesn’t result in much protest at Sea-Tac Airport

By Devin Otto Intern, Big Picture High School On Friday night (June 30), the “new” U.S. travel ban went into place, affecting airports across America, including Sea-Tac Airport. The ban, which... [Read more]

Sunday Brunch + LIVE commentary with ‘The Maury Island Incident’ on June 25!

Sunday Brunch + LIVE commentary with ‘The Maury Island Incident’ on June 25!

Enjoy a unique, tasty and fun ‘Sunday Brunch with The Maury Island Incident’ on Sunday, June 25 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at The Tin Theater! You’ll enjoy brunch, plus view a special,... [Read more]

Meeting to kick-off downtown historic survey will be Wednesday, June 21

Meeting to kick-off downtown historic survey will be Wednesday, June 21

Are you interested in the history of Des Moines? Are you a local business owner? Do you have memories or old photos of downtown to share? Want to learn more about future plans for downtown? Please join... [Read more]

Des Moines Court faces increased case load from city’s red light cameras

Des Moines Court faces increased case load from city’s red light cameras

By Jack Mayne Judge Lisa Leone – in her second state of the city court address on May 11 – said the mission of the court is to provide fair, impartial and timely administration of justice while being... [Read more]

Award-winning ‘Maury Island Incident’ film (& presentation) will be Sun., June 11

Award-winning ‘Maury Island Incident’ film (& presentation) will be Sun., June 11

The locally-produced, award-winning film “The Maury Island Incident” will screen – along with a presentation by filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer – at the Northwest Film Forum... [Read more]

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]