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Port of Seattle’s public meeting on SAMP will be at Highline College Mon., Sept. 10

Port of Seattle’s public meeting on SAMP will be at Highline College Mon., Sept. 10

The Port of Seattle will be holding a Public Meeting on its ‘Sustainable Airport Master Plan’ (SAMP) at Highline College on Monday, Sept. 10, and all residents who have concerns about increased... [Read more]

Des Moines Council told city has become ‘solvent, strong and sustainable’

Des Moines Council told city has become ‘solvent, strong and sustainable’

By Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council held its first budget session on Thursday (Aug. 2) for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year, the first of many meetings ahead leading to a potential final decision by... [Read more]

Candidate Forum for 30th District will be Wednesday, Sept. 19

Candidate Forum for 30th District will be Wednesday, Sept. 19

The League of Women Voters and the Resident’s Council of Foundation House will be sponsoring a forum for the 30th district legislative candidates on Wednesday night, Sept. 19. The free and open event... [Read more]

City seeking public input for Des Moines Shoreline Master Program review

City seeking public input for Des Moines Shoreline Master Program review

The City will be holding two Open Houses to solicit feedback on the ongoing Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review, on Aug. 14 and Nov. 13. Also, an Information Booth will be at the Waterfront Farmers... [Read more]

Police Chief Thomas sends out another letter about criminal activity in Redondo

Police Chief Thomas sends out another letter about criminal activity in Redondo

On Monday, July 30, Des Moines Police Chief Ken Thomas sent out another letter to the community, addressing recent criminal activity. This is Thomas’ second letter about crime, and like the first –... [Read more]

Port of Seattle now accepting comments on its ‘Sustainable Airport Master Plan’

Port of Seattle now accepting comments on its ‘Sustainable Airport Master Plan’

The Port of Seattle began the environmental review process of the Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) Near-Term Projects for Sea-Tac Airport on Monday, July 30, by asking for public comment on environmental... [Read more]

Chief says ‘tough week’ for Des Moines Cops who backed Kent Police

Chief says ‘tough week’ for Des Moines Cops who backed Kent Police

By Jack Mayne Des Moines Police Chief Ken Thomas said it had been a “tough week for the officers” in light of the early Sunday morning (July 22) tragedy when a Kent Police Officer was killed when... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: ‘The Legacies of Thelma and Louise.’

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: ‘The Legacies of Thelma and Louise.’

By Dave Markwell Last night I attended a grand event. It was a retirement party for two of Des Moines finest gals, Sue Padden and Patrice Thorell. For twenty-plus years, these two forces of nature led... [Read more]

Des Moines Clerk Bonnie Wilkins honored as summer doldrums hit Council

Des Moines Clerk Bonnie Wilkins honored as summer doldrums hit Council

By Jack Mayne The major item on the Des Moines City Council agenda on Thursday night (July 29) was the oft postponed interlocal agreement with Highline College for the College Way connection project –... [Read more]

Des Moines City Council approves small cellular antenna ordinance

Des Moines City Council approves small cellular antenna ordinance

By Jack Mayne The Council approved by a 5 – 1 vote a draft ordinance that would allow the expansion of new low-powered cellular networks to provide cellular and data coverage to smaller geographic areas... [Read more]

VIDEO: ‘The Briefing #9’ Port of Seattle public comment episode released

VIDEO: ‘The Briefing #9’ Port of Seattle public comment episode released

‘The Briefing Episode #9: By the Numbers’ – Steve Edmiston’s ongoing attempt to “take on the Port of Seattle, one public comment at a time” – has been released: This... [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]

City Manager responds to comments from last week’s Council meeting

City Manager responds to comments from last week’s Council meeting

By Michael Matthias City Manager, Des Moines In response to certain statements and questions that have been circulating and were brought forward at a recent Des Moines City Council meeting, I offer this... [Read more]

Senior Center Director Sue Padden says she’s innocent, now retired after 22 years

Senior Center Director Sue Padden says she’s innocent, now retired after 22 years

By Jack Mayne When Des Moines City Manager Michael Matthias personally and publicly ordered longtime Senior Services Director Sue Padden out of the senior center at lunch hour on June 14 – just days... [Read more]

VIDEO: Watch Public Comments from Port of Seattle’s SAMP meeting in Burien

VIDEO: Watch Public Comments from Port of Seattle’s SAMP meeting in Burien

On May 30, 2018, the Port of Seattle gave a presentation on its Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) to nearly 150 residents at the Burien Community Center. This was the Port’s first open house... [Read more]

Adam Smith introduces legislation to support airport impacted communities

Adam Smith introduces legislation to support airport impacted communities

On Wednesday, June 20, Congressman Adam Smith introduced the ‘Aviation Impacted Communities Act,’ which – if passed – will help communities located near airports. As airline travel has... [Read more]

Des Moines Police Chief issues letter to community regarding recent crimes

Des Moines Police Chief issues letter to community regarding recent crimes

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, new Des Moines Police Chief issued a letter to the community discussing some recent crimes in the area. The letter discusses recent crimes, including an assault at a boat launch,... [Read more]

UPDATE: Local Filmmaker gives Port of Seattle Commissioners an ‘Intermission’

UPDATE: Local Filmmaker gives Port of Seattle Commissioners an ‘Intermission’

Local attorney, activist and filmmaker Steve Edmiston took a break from his ongoing project – to brief the Port of Seattle Commissioners on the impact of aircraft operations on our communities – to... [Read more]

Des Moines seeks state probe of deleted city records over senior center

Des Moines seeks state probe of deleted city records over senior center

By Jack Mayne Des Moines City Manager Michael Matthias has asked Washington state investigators to probe charges that a city employee purposely deleted city records regarding the change in management of... [Read more]

VIDEO: Mayor Matt Pina speaks at Chamber’s ‘State of Our Cities’ luncheon

VIDEO: Mayor Matt Pina speaks at Chamber’s ‘State of Our Cities’ luncheon

On Friday, June 8, the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce held its annual ‘State of Our Cities’ membership luncheon, with guest speakers from five regional cities, including Des Moines Mayor... [Read more]