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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]

Joe Van appointed to Highline School Board at special meeting Wed. night

Joe Van appointed to Highline School Board at special meeting Wed. night

The Highline School Board voted to appoint Chung (Joe) Van of SeaTac to the Director District 3 position during a special meeting on Wednesday, April 15. He participated in his first School Board meeting... [Read more]

Open House for Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail will be April 30 at City Hall

Open House for Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail will be April 30 at City Hall

Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail is coming to Des Moines, and the City Council will be holding an Open House on Thursday, April 30, starting at 5:30 p.m. The event, which is open and free to the public,... [Read more]

Jeremy Nutting announces that he will run for re-election to City Council

Jeremy Nutting announces that he will run for re-election to City Council

Councilmember Jeremy Nutting on Monday (April 13) announced his intention to seek a full term on the Des Moines City Council. Appointed in May 2013 to the seat vacated by former Councilmember Dan Caldwell,... [Read more]

Upthegrove: ‘Sound Transit route should align with I-5′ through Des Moines

Upthegrove: ‘Sound Transit route should align with I-5′ through Des Moines

King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove said on Friday (April 10) that “the future of light rail in the City of Des Moines (should be) along Interstate 5.” Upthegrove, a member of the Sound... [Read more]

Highline School Board to appoint Chung (Joe) Van as new member April 15

Highline School Board to appoint Chung (Joe) Van as new member April 15

The Highline School Board is scheduled to appoint a new member – Chung (Joe) Van of SeaTac – on Wednesday, April 15, during a special meeting. Van is a finalist for the vacant Director District 3... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘I urge a yes vote on the election of the bond for South King Fire & Rescue’

LETTER: ‘I urge a yes vote on the election of the bond for South King Fire & Rescue’

[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:] I urge a yes vote on the April 28th... [Read more]

Luisa Bangs throws her hat into the ring for a seat on Des Moines City Council

Luisa Bangs throws her hat into the ring for a seat on Des Moines City Council

Resident Luisa Bangs announced this week that she will be running for a seat on the Des Moines City Council. Bangs works for the Port of Seattle at Sea-Tac Airport, and has lived in Des Moines for 15... [Read more]

TRAFFIC ALERT: City of Des Moines closes roads due to landslide

TRAFFIC ALERT: City of Des Moines closes roads due to landslide

The City of Des Moines announced Monday (March 30) that, due to the recent landslide (read more here) that 8th Place S between S. 251st and S. 252nd Streets will be closed until further notice. Here’s... [Read more]

After 20 years in public service, former Mayor Bob Sheckler is retiring

After 20 years in public service, former Mayor Bob Sheckler is retiring

After 20 years in public service – current city councilmember and former Mayor Bob Sheckler announced his retirement at Thursday night’s Des Moines City Council meeting (March 26). Sheckler,... [Read more]

Next presentation on Sea-Tac Airport expansion plan set for Tuesday night

Next presentation on Sea-Tac Airport expansion plan set for Tuesday night

Photo by Francis Zera | zeraphoto.com The presentation by Sea-Tac Airport staff will take place on Tuesday, March 24, at the SeaTac City Council meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the SeaTac City Council... [Read more]

Workshops scheduled for potential school board candidates; Burien one is May 5

Workshops scheduled for potential school board candidates; Burien one is May 5

The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) announced that it will hold a series of 14 free workshops throughout Washington – including Tuesday, May 5 in Burien – to encourage... [Read more]

Highline Public School’s newest buildings rate higher than state standards

Highline Public School’s newest buildings rate higher than state standards

The results of a recently completed, state-required evaluation show all 13 Highline Public Schools funded with 2002 and 2006 bonds exceed standards for buildings of their age laid out by the Office of... [Read more]

Concerned about airport growth? Opportunity to comment will be March 24

Concerned about airport growth? Opportunity to comment will be March 24

On Tuesday, March 24, the public will be allowed to comment on the long-term plan for airport growth that will increase take-offs and landings by more than 50 percent over the next 20 years. Forecasts... [Read more]

Gordie Olson leaving South King Fire & Rescue for Fire Chief gig in Colorado

Gordie Olson leaving South King Fire & Rescue for Fire Chief gig in Colorado

Gordie Olson, Chief of Operations for South King Fire & Rescue, has accepted an offer from Thornton Colorado to be their new Fire Chief, SKF&R announced on Facebook. Gordie will be leaving the... [Read more]

Seattle Southside RTA accepting applications for advisory committee

Seattle Southside RTA accepting applications for advisory committee

Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (SSRTA) – the official tourism and destination marketing organization for the cities of Des Moines, SeaTac and Tukwila – announced on Monday (March 9) that... [Read more]