Politics Section

Re-Elect Susan Genzale for Commissioner, SW Suburban Sewer District

Re-Elect Susan Genzale for Commissioner, SW Suburban Sewer District

It has been my honor to serve as your commissioner these past 5 years. Working with my fellow commissioners and district staff, we have made great strides forward in upgrading infrastructure, staff training,... [Read more]

PODCAST: Burien City Council problems; Sea-Tac’s new airport runway + more

PODCAST: Burien City Council problems; Sea-Tac’s new airport runway + more

Here’s episode #12 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]

Highline Public Schools athletic programs receive $25,000 from Alaska Airlines

Highline Public Schools athletic programs receive $25,000 from Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines has announced a $25,000 gift to Highline Public Schools to support school athletic programs, including the much-needed replacement of athletic equipment. “We are deeply grateful for Alaska... [Read more]

PODCAST: White Center shooting victim ID’d; Burien tire thief escapes & more

PODCAST: White Center shooting victim ID’d; Burien tire thief escapes & more

Here’s episode #11 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]

Look – up in the sky! It’s a UF…Oh wait – that’s a drone over the Car/Boat Show

Look – up in the sky! It’s a UF…Oh wait – that’s a drone over the Car/Boat Show

If you see a UFO hovering over this Sunday’s ‘Wheels and Keels’ Car and Boat Show at the Des Moines Marina, don’t worry, you’re not having a flashback to The Maury Island... [Read more]

PODCAST: Marijuana Dispensaries ordered closed; Des Moines crash, more

PODCAST: Marijuana Dispensaries ordered closed; Des Moines crash, more

Here’s episode #10 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]

Des Moines City Council adds four new utility staffers at Thursday night meeting

Des Moines City Council adds four new utility staffers at Thursday night meeting

by Jack Mayne Four new employees were approved by the Des Moines City Council because virtually all of the Des Moines Building division staff would be retiring in the next five years. New people must be... [Read more]

REBUTTAL: Des Moines Mayor responds to TM Sell’s Sound Transit Editorial

REBUTTAL: Des Moines Mayor responds to TM Sell’s Sound Transit Editorial

by Dave Kaplan Mayor and Councilmember City of Des Moines If you build it they will come – if you build it in the right place. As my good friend Dr. Sell recently noted, Sound Transit will soon decide... [Read more]

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]