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Des Moines City Council objects to new airport passenger holding structure

Des Moines City Council objects to new airport passenger holding structure

By Jack Mayne Des Moines city government is questioning a large new traveler holding room at the south end of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport because city residents are constantly challenged by noise... [Read more]

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Mayors’ Luncheon

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Mayors’ Luncheon

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce held its annual Mayors’ Luncheon at Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac on Friday, June 9, and below are videos and photos from the event. On hand at this annual... [Read more]

Port of Seattle offering grants to airport communities for planting trees

Port of Seattle offering grants to airport communities for planting trees

The Port of Seattle announced that it will be offering environmental grants to airport communities: Organizations encouraged to submit applications for ecology projects WHAT: New $1 million program to... [Read more]

Council approves aviation advisory committee; second airport said needed

Council approves aviation advisory committee; second airport said needed

By Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council unanimously approved a new airport advisory committee to guide the city as Sea-Tac Airport moves forward with massive expansion plans and increases of passenger... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident gives recap & thoughts about recent Port of Seattle tree meeting

LETTER: Resident gives recap & thoughts about recent Port of Seattle tree meeting

[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:] Dear Port, Thank you for the opportunity... [Read more]

Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District seeking public input June 14

Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District seeking public input June 14

The Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District invites the community to attend a public meeting on June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Des Moines Yacht Club. The District is seeking public input on the need, development... [Read more]

REMINDER: Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Mayors’ Luncheon is Friday

REMINDER: Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Mayors’ Luncheon is Friday

REMINDER: The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Mayors’ Luncheon is this Friday, June 9 at Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac. This is the chamber’s annual Mayors’ Luncheon, where you’ll... [Read more]

Des Moines resident Ken Rogers declares candidacy for Seattle Port Commission

Des Moines resident Ken Rogers declares candidacy for Seattle Port Commission

Ken Rogers (a paid Advertiser) announced this week that he will run for Position Four on the Port of Seattle Commission. With an aviation industry career spanning three decades, Rogers is a uniquely experienced... [Read more]

Des Moines Court faces increased case load from city’s red light cameras

Des Moines Court faces increased case load from city’s red light cameras

By Jack Mayne Judge Lisa Leone – in her second state of the city court address on May 11 – said the mission of the court is to provide fair, impartial and timely administration of justice while being... [Read more]

Council told more planes but no people protection; Marina parking fees coming

Council told more planes but no people protection; Marina parking fees coming

Quiet Skies Puget Sound leader Steve Edmiston told the Des Moines City Council Thursday night (May 25) the city and his group have worked out past differences and have come to an agreement…

Native American Spirituality Interfaith Conversations at St. Luke’s June 7 & 14

Native American Spirituality Interfaith Conversations at St. Luke’s June 7 & 14

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Renton will be holding a series of Native American Spirituality Interfaith Conversations on Wednesdays – June 7 and June 14, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – and all... [Read more]

ELECTION: 2 seek to replace Mayor Matt Pina and 5 run to replace Musser, Kaplan

ELECTION: 2 seek to replace Mayor Matt Pina and 5 run to replace Musser, Kaplan

By Jack Mayne As the filing deadline passed, two candidates want to replace Mayor Matt Pina, and incumbent Councilmember Vic Pennington has one person seeking his job for election in 2017. Another three... [Read more]

New aviation advisory committee approved by Des Moines City Council

New aviation advisory committee approved by Des Moines City Council

By Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council has approved a new aviation advisory committee – to be chaired by the city manager, as well as a pay increase for City Manager Michael Matthias after an “overwhelmingly... [Read more]

Highline Schools seeking community members for Advisory Committee

Highline Schools seeking community members for Advisory Committee

Highline Public Schools is looking for community members to help complete the district’s long-range facilities plan, monitor the progress of school construction, and assist with planning boundary adjustments. If... [Read more]

Des Moines Legacy Foundation launches citywide Playground Project Campaign

Des Moines Legacy Foundation launches citywide Playground Project Campaign

Field House Park Play structure to be replaced. The Des Moines Citywide Playground Project – approved by the City Council in March of this year – will provide designs to repair and replace play structures... [Read more]

450+ expected to Y.E.L.L. for Young Women of Color at Highline College May 20

450+ expected to Y.E.L.L. for Young Women of Color at Highline College May 20

Young women of color are invited to Highline College for the Y.E.L.L. Summit – a free event designed to empower, encourage and educate – scheduled for Saturday, May 20. Y.E.L.L. stands for ‘Young... [Read more]

Memorial for Florence Caroline McMullin will be May 20 at Des Moines City Hall

Memorial for Florence Caroline McMullin will be May 20 at Des Moines City Hall

Longtime Des Moines resident and activist Florence Caroline McMullin recently passed away, and a memorial for her will be held from 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at Des Moines City Hall. Here’s... [Read more]

Quiet Skies says Des Moines City Council failed at handling airport problems

Quiet Skies says Des Moines City Council failed at handling airport problems

By Jack Mayne The Des Moines Quiet Skies group has issued what can only be labeled as an extremely negative view of the City Council in what it calls a quarterly report card on the seven-member governing... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: Concrete walled industrial building to replace historic Furney’s

FOLLOWUP: Concrete walled industrial building to replace historic Furney’s

By Jack Mayne Furney’s Nursery – which recently announced that it will be closing by the end May – will be replaced by an $80 million production facility on Pacific Ridge that the Des Moines City... [Read more]

REMINDER: Community Forum on airplane noise is Wednesday night

REMINDER: Community Forum on airplane noise is Wednesday night

REMINDER: The Des Moines Chapter of the National Quiet Skies Coalition will hold a Community Forum this Wednesday, April 26, 2017, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Rainier High School. This free and open... [Read more]