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City Council considers future of Wasson property at Des Moines Marina

City Council considers future of Wasson property at Des Moines Marina

By Jack Mayne When longtime Des Moines Councilmember Donald Wasson died a year ago he left his waterfront property located at the entrance to Beach Park to the city and now City Council and staff are... [Read more]

Chad Harper announces his campaign for Des Moines City Council

Chad Harper announces his campaign for Des Moines City Council

Citizen Activist Chad Harper (pictured above) announced his campaign Wednesday, March 1, to run for Des Moines City Council, Position #7. Although he apparently hasn’t filed yet with the state Public... [Read more]

Melissa Musser will not seek re-election to the Des Moines City Council

Melissa Musser will not seek re-election to the Des Moines City Council

Melissa Musser, who is a Councilmember for Position #5, and whose term expires at the end of 2017, announced Thursday, Feb. 23 that she will not be seeking re-election to the Des Moines City Council. Musser... [Read more]

Local Historians seek state recognition for infamous 1947 flying disc story

Local Historians seek state recognition for infamous 1947 flying disc story

Local historic group the Maury Island Incident Historical Society (“MIIHS”) has submitted a Resolution to Washington State Senators Karen Keiser (33rd District) and Sharon Nelson (34th District)... [Read more]

VIDEO: Port of Seattle does noise testing at Des Moines Elementary

VIDEO: Port of Seattle does noise testing at Des Moines Elementary

On Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, the Port of Seattle conducted noise testing at Des Moines Elementary School as part of their continued partnership with Highline Public Schools on airplane noise mitigation. A... [Read more]

Des Moines Police took no part in ‘Dreamer’ arrest that sparked area outrage

Des Moines Police took no part in ‘Dreamer’ arrest that sparked area outrage

By Jack Mayne The arrest last week in Des Moines of a 23-year-old Mexican man brought as a child illegally into the United States but who was given a “Dreamer” work permit under the Obama administration... [Read more]

Community meeting for Marina & Beach Park paid parking will be Wednesday

Community meeting for Marina & Beach Park paid parking will be Wednesday

A community meeting for the proposed Marina & Beach Park paid parking program will be held from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Des Moines Activity Center. This meeting is free and open... [Read more]

Highline College to host free Summit for Latino Students on Saturday, Feb. 25

Highline College to host free Summit for Latino Students on Saturday, Feb. 25

High school students in south King County are invited to Highline College for the 2017 Latinx Summit, a free, day-long event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25…

‘Rainier Drive South’ street sign will be officially unveiled on Tues., Feb. 21

‘Rainier Drive South’ street sign will be officially unveiled on Tues., Feb. 21

On October 27, 2016 the City Council Approved Resolution No. 1344, which officially established a commemorative street name of “Rainier Drive South” for the portion of 19th Ave South between South... [Read more]

Former Mayor Dave Kaplan announces he won’t seek re-election to city council

Former Mayor Dave Kaplan announces he won’t seek re-election to city council

Longtime Des Moines City Councilmember and former Mayor Dave Kaplan announced Tuesday, Jan. 31 that he won’t seek re-election this year. He serves in Position #7, and his term expires Dec. 31, 2017. Kaplan... [Read more]

Dave Upthegrove calls Trump’s immigration ban ‘unconstitutional’

Dave Upthegrove calls Trump’s immigration ban ‘unconstitutional’

Metropolitan King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove – who represents this area – released the following statement on the President’s “unconstitutional” Executive Actions effectively... [Read more]

Hearing on bill to study air pollution around Sea-Tac Airport will be Thursday

Hearing on bill to study air pollution around Sea-Tac Airport will be Thursday

UPDATE: The date for this hearing has been moved to Thursday, Feb. 2.: A hearing on a bill that would require a State Health Department study of air quality implications of increased air traffic at Sea-Tac... [Read more]

REPORT: Up to 13 detained at airport Saturday as a result of Trump’s travel ban

REPORT: Up to 13 detained at airport Saturday as a result of Trump’s travel ban

From our sister site The SeaTac Blog: KUOW is reporting that up to 13 people may have been detained at Sea-Tac Airport on Saturday (Jan. 28) as a result of President Trump’s executive order that... [Read more]

School Board passes strong ‘Statement of Support for All Students’ resolution

School Board passes strong ‘Statement of Support for All Students’ resolution

Teachers, administrators, and the school board are sending an unequivocal message of support and reassurance to all students and families within Highline Public Schools this week. With a letter from the... [Read more]

Port of Seattle holding Flight Corridor Safety Program Open House on Feb. 1

Port of Seattle holding Flight Corridor Safety Program Open House on Feb. 1

The Port of Seattle will be holding their third Open House for Sea-Tac Airport’s Flight Corridor Safety Program on Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the SeaTac Community Center. The Port... [Read more]

Highline College master plan approved by Des Moines City Council

Highline College master plan approved by Des Moines City Council

By Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council approved a new master plan for Highline College’s proposed redevelopment, without objection from the public, at the Thursday night (Jan. 12) meeting. The project... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools takes first step toward new schools & safety upgrades

Highline Public Schools takes first step toward new schools & safety upgrades

Highline voters approved the sale of $299 million in school construction bonds last November, and on Wednesday, Jan. 11, the first set of bonds was sold. The bond was passed with a 67% majority Nov. 8... [Read more]

City of Des Moines holding Open House on ADA Transition Plan Feb. 8

City of Des Moines holding Open House on ADA Transition Plan Feb. 8

The City of Des Moines will be holding a public meeting to discuss a transition plan for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Des Moines Activity... [Read more]

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: ‘Sanctuary City’ label will change absolutely nothing

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: ‘Sanctuary City’ label will change absolutely nothing

Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne (click “Play” button to hear audio version:) http://b-townblog.com/wp-content/images/Editorial%2012.9.16.mp3 The proposal to make Burien a so-called ‘sanctuary... [Read more]

PODCAST: Armed man causes lockdowns; purse snatcher; Jack Mayne & more

PODCAST: Armed man causes lockdowns; purse snatcher; Jack Mayne & more

Here’s episode #77 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]