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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]

FAA announces it will build new facility at Des Moines Creek Business Park

FAA announces it will build new facility at Des Moines Creek Business Park

On Wednesday (April 29), the Federal Aviation Administration announced that its new facility will be built in the Des Moines Creek Business Park, which is under lease to Panattoni Development from the... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS: Emergency radio equipment levy passing with 65%

ELECTION RESULTS: Emergency radio equipment levy passing with 65%

It appears that King County Proposition No. 1, a property tax levy to replace emergency safety radio equipment, will pass easily. The measure requires a simple majority to pass. Here are the first round... [Read more]

REMINDER: Comprehensive Plan Open House is Wednesday night, April 29

REMINDER: Comprehensive Plan Open House is Wednesday night, April 29

The City of Des Moines will be holding an Open House for its Draft 2015 Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday night, April 29, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Activity Center, located at 2045 S. 216th Street. This... [Read more]

LETTER: Luisa Bangs will file for Jeanette Burrage’s vacant city council seat

LETTER: Luisa Bangs will file for Jeanette Burrage’s vacant city council seat

[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:] Because of recent events and after... [Read more]

Former Mayor Bob Sheckler says no rules violated in taking Miami Beach trip

Former Mayor Bob Sheckler says no rules violated in taking Miami Beach trip

Bob Sheckler at the groundbreaking ceremony for the then-Artemis Hotel. Photo by Scott Schaefer. by Jack Mayne A union that represents hotel workers claims Des Moines Councilmember – and former Mayor... [Read more]

Have a cuppa joe with a local Joe Friday at Community Coffee at MaST on May 11

Have a cuppa joe with a local Joe Friday at Community Coffee at MaST on May 11

Have a cuppa joe with a local ‘Joe Friday’ (aka Des Moines Police Officer) on Monday, May 11 at the MaST Center’s ‘Community Coffee.’ “JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS AND POLICE... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools seeking feedback on aging facilities & crowding issues

Highline Public Schools seeking feedback on aging facilities & crowding issues

Highline Public Schools announced Thursday (April 23) that it is seeking input from the community on how to address the district’s need to build, repair, and renovate schools to meet educational needs,... [Read more]

Jeanette Burrage resigns from Des Moines City Council Wednesday

Jeanette Burrage resigns from Des Moines City Council Wednesday

Des Moines City Councilmember Jeanette Burrage – who has been charged with assaulting a special needs student riding on a Highline School District bus she was driving (read our previous coverage here)... [Read more]

Hear personal stories of World War II Internment Camps on Sunday, May 17

Hear personal stories of World War II Internment Camps on Sunday, May 17

Hear personal stories of World War II Internment Camps at a special presentation at Southminster Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 17, starting at 11:30 a.m. Southminster Presbyterian Church is located... [Read more]

Councilmember Jeanette Burrage charged with slapping special needs student

Councilmember Jeanette Burrage charged with slapping special needs student

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated on April 18, 2015 when the following videos were added: by Jack Mayne Des Moines City Councilmember Jeanette Burrage has been charged with assaulting a special... [Read more]