Politics Section

King Co. Councilmember Upthegrove delivers ‘retired’ van to Des Moines Parks

King Co. Councilmember Upthegrove delivers ‘retired’ van to Des Moines Parks

Councilmember Upthegrove hands over keys to Des Moines Mayor Dave Kaplan. On Thursday (July 10), Metropolitan King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove handed over the keys of an eight-passenger van to... [Read more]

Highline School Board extends contract with Dr. Susan Enfield through 2017

Highline School Board extends contract with Dr. Susan Enfield through 2017

The Highline School Board unanimously approved a contract extension for Superintendent Susan Enfield at its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 9. Dr. Enfield’s contract now runs through 2017, coinciding... [Read more]

Highline College Foundation receives donations for MaST Center

Highline College Foundation receives donations for MaST Center

Highline College’s Marine Science and Technology Center (MaST) recently received two generous donations to support their annual “Summer on the Sound” Marine Science Camp. Totem Ocean Trailer Express... [Read more]

No marijuana store will open in Des Moines – at least for now

No marijuana store will open in Des Moines – at least for now

by Jack Mayne There will be no immediate retail marijuana store opening in Des Moines because the top-ranking applicant has not sought any of the necessary city permits for tenant improvements or for a... [Read more]

REMINDER: Fireworks are illegal in the City of Des Moines

REMINDER: Fireworks are illegal in the City of Des Moines

The Des Moines Police Department would like to remind everyone that as outlined by Des Moines Municipal Code the possession and use of “Fireworks” within the City limits of Des Moines is prohibited: 9.42.030... [Read more]

New street lights will save Des Moines taxpayers $45,000 a year

New street lights will save Des Moines taxpayers $45,000 a year

by Jack Mayne Des Moines city officials expect to save over $45,000 a year by replacing the city’s 1,021 street lights more energy efficient LED lights, a move communities all over King County and the... [Read more]

Port of Seattle approves lease for 87-acre Des Moines Creek Business Park

Port of Seattle approves lease for 87-acre Des Moines Creek Business Park

The Port of Seattle Commission on Tuesday (June 10) gave final approval to a lease for developing the 87-acre Des Moines Creek Business Park, which is projected to create over 1,600 new jobs. The approved... [Read more]

Highline Public School Board votes to place bond measure on Nov. 4 ballot

Highline Public School Board votes to place bond measure on Nov. 4 ballot

The Highline Public School Board voted this week to place a school construction bond to repair or replace deteriorating schools and ease overcrowding on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot. If approved, the bond would: Rebuild... [Read more]

Farmers Market posters presented to Des Moines City Councilmembers

Farmers Market posters presented to Des Moines City Councilmembers

At the Des Moines City Council Meeting on May 22, the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market presented to the Mayor and Council Members framed posters of their first 8 years of doing business. The posters... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools Board to vote on Bond Measure June 4

Highline Public Schools Board to vote on Bond Measure June 4

A bond to fund construction of four schools and make critical improvements districtwide was proposed to the Highline Public Schools Board at its May 28 meeting; the board will vote on June 4 whether to... [Read more]

New Des Moines Marina project will take three to five years to finish

New Des Moines Marina project will take three to five years to finish

by Jack Mayne It will be three to five years to complete the waterfront marina project, the developer said two months after the Des Moines City Council approved the outline of the project. At the March... [Read more]

Meet the finalists for Des Moines Assistant City Manager on Wed., May 28

Meet the finalists for Des Moines Assistant City Manager on Wed., May 28

The public is invited to meet the finalists for the Des Moines Assistant City Manager at a reception hosted by the City on Wednesday, May 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Des Moines Activity Center,... [Read more]

There are two retail pot sales candidates in Des Moines

There are two retail pot sales candidates in Des Moines

by Jack Mayne The recent Washington State Liquor Control Board lottery for a license to run the single retail store allotted to Des Moines has produced two candidates. They are, in order of their ranking: Greenside... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Some council members want to tell us when we can trim our trees…’

LETTER: ‘Some council members want to tell us when we can trim our trees…’

[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:] Some council members want to tell us when... [Read more]

Highline Mayors update Chamber members on local economic rebound

Highline Mayors update Chamber members on local economic rebound

Story by Ralph Nichols Photos by Scott Schaefer Highline cities have weathered the recession and now their economic futures look bright, mayors of four area cities told members of the Southwest King County... [Read more]

Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce’s Mayor’s Luncheon is Friday

Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce’s Mayor’s Luncheon is Friday

The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce will hold its April Membership Luncheon this Friday, April 11, at the Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center. The Mayors of Burien, Des Moines, SeaTac... [Read more]

Who will ‘Walk the Plank’ at April Pools Day at Mount Rainier Pool April 19?

Who will ‘Walk the Plank’ at April Pools Day at Mount Rainier Pool April 19?

Ten public officials including the mayor, police chief and a King County Councilman are teaming up this month to combat drowning in Des Moines and Normandy Park – but which one(s) will ‘Walk the... [Read more]

City begins marina floor development plan

City begins marina floor development plan

by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council has taken the first tentative steps toward developing the city’s marina floor from a collection of older buildings, boat storage sheds and parking lots into... [Read more]