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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]

PODCAST: Luisa Bangs joins City Council; Comment of the Week & more

PODCAST: Luisa Bangs joins City Council; Comment of the Week & more

Here’s episode #8 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence... [Read more]

SAVE THE DATE: National Night Out will be Tuesday, Aug. 4

SAVE THE DATE: National Night Out will be Tuesday, Aug. 4

The annual crime-preventing event National Night Out – a neighborhood block party + crime awareness event – will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4. “Crime Prevention is Everyone’s Business” National Night... [Read more]

Luisa Bangs sworn in as new Des Moines City Councilmember

Luisa Bangs sworn in as new Des Moines City Councilmember

by Jack Mayne Luisa Bangs is now a member of the Des Moines City Council following a unanimous vote Thursday. Bangs will fill out the remainder of the term of resigned member Jeanette Burrage and will... [Read more]

PODCAST: Normandy Park Police arrest Child Rapist, Comment of Week & more

PODCAST: Normandy Park Police arrest Child Rapist, Comment of Week & more

Here’s episode #7 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence... [Read more]

LETTER: Lower speed limit means longer trip between Des Moines and Burien

LETTER: Lower speed limit means longer trip between Des Moines and Burien

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:] Despite being “in the works” since... [Read more]

After 7 months of work, bridge over Saltwater State Park has re-opened

After 7 months of work, bridge over Saltwater State Park has re-opened

Photos courtesy Kelaye Concrete After seven months of work, the Bridge over Saltwater State Park –on Marine View Drive from S. 252nd Street – has reopened as of 8 a.m Thursday, May 28. As... [Read more]

Des Moines Police Department gets State Accreditation from WASPC

Des Moines Police Department gets State Accreditation from WASPC

The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) recognized the Bothell and Des Moines Police Departments and the Mason County Sheriffs Office with Accreditation awards at their Spring... [Read more]

City of Des Moines proclaims June as ‘Music4Life Month’

City of Des Moines proclaims June as ‘Music4Life Month’

On May 14, the City of Des Moines proclaimed June as “Music4Life Month.” The local program – “Highline Music4Life” – provides musical instruments to fifth and sixth graders... [Read more]

MAP: Here’s where striking Highline Schools Teachers will be rallying Thursday

MAP: Here’s where striking Highline Schools Teachers will be rallying Thursday

Highline Public Schools Teachers will be “walking out” of classrooms this Thursday, May 21 – all school is canceled for the day – and will be striking at the following sites, including... [Read more]

Here’s more info on why Highline Schools Teachers are walking out Thursday

Here’s more info on why Highline Schools Teachers are walking out Thursday

As we reported last week, Highline Public Schools Teachers will conduct a one-day walkout this Thursday, May 21, to make a statement to the state legislature about their repeated failure to provide adequate... [Read more]

Bangs, Szabo seek seat Burrage vacated, Nutting wants new term, Beck alone

Bangs, Szabo seek seat Burrage vacated, Nutting wants new term, Beck alone

by Jack Mayne Two candidates have filed for the position vacated when former Councilmember Jeanette Burrage resigned last month. The candidates are Luisa Bangs and Alexander Szabo. Bangs had earlier told... [Read more]

PODCAST: Highline Teachers to walk out, domestic violence crime & more…

PODCAST: Highline Teachers to walk out, domestic violence crime & more…

Here’s episode #2 of our new SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence... [Read more]

South County’s Ken Rogers and Marion Yoshino file for Port of Seattle race

South County’s Ken Rogers and Marion Yoshino file for Port of Seattle race

Ken Rogers, left, and Marion Yoshino by Jack Mayne Two South King County residents have filed for election to the Port of Seattle Commission Position 5 to replace incumbent Commissioner Bill Bryant, who... [Read more]

All Highline Schools will be closed Thursday, May 21 due to Teacher walkout

All Highline Schools will be closed Thursday, May 21 due to Teacher walkout

Screenshot from the HEA Facebook page announcing the May 21 walkout. All schools in Highline Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, May 21 due to a teacher walkout. The Highline Education Association... [Read more]

Homeless encampments, discarded drug trash causes SeaTac Council dispute

Homeless encampments, discarded drug trash causes SeaTac Council dispute

From our sister site The SeaTac Blog: In the south end of North SeaTac Park, near one of the last bogs around – Tub Lake – are several homeless encampments and a tremendous amount of garbage. When... [Read more]

Des Moines City Council seeking applicants for Burrage’s vacated seat

Des Moines City Council seeking applicants for Burrage’s vacated seat

The Des Moines City Council is accepting applications for potential candidates for appointment to fill an unexpired term – vacated by Jeanette Burrage, who resigned April 22 – on the City Council,... [Read more]