Politics Section

It’s official – Valley Cities will no longer pursue Woodmont Recovery Center

It’s official – Valley Cities will no longer pursue Woodmont Recovery Center

On Thursday, March 10, Kenneth Taylor, CEO of Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care – which had been planning on building a recovery center in Des Moines’ Woodmont neighborhood – sent a letter... [Read more]

Des Moines’ finances ‘definitely looking better’; union spat delays contract

Des Moines’ finances ‘definitely looking better’; union spat delays contract

by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was told the city ended 2015 with a positive balance of $1.3 million on revenues of $18 million and expenditures of $17.4 million. The Council also delayed approving... [Read more]

Dept. of Ecology seeking public comment on Des Moines cleanup site

Dept. of Ecology seeking public comment on Des Moines cleanup site

The Washington State Department of Ecology announced that it is seeking public comment on a cleanup site in Des Moines: The 1989 and 1998 cleanup of contaminated soil at the Davis Construction site,... [Read more]

PODCAST: Fire displaces 44; man beaten in Burien; Jack Mayne Commentary…

PODCAST: Fire displaces 44; man beaten in Burien; Jack Mayne Commentary…

Here’s episode #40 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]

Des Moines City Council opposes Tacoma methanol plant

Des Moines City Council opposes Tacoma methanol plant

by Jack Mayne A proposal for a $3.4 billion methanol plant in Tacoma’s tide flats has been put on hold, and the Des Moines City Council unanimously approved a resolution opposing the plant at Thursday’s... [Read more]

Local educators honored by Legislature for leadership in civic education

Local educators honored by Legislature for leadership in civic education

Legislators honored a select group of educators from around the state this week as a part of Civic Education Day on Presidents Day, including two locals – Professor T. M. Sell, a political science and... [Read more]

Washington State Caucuses will be this Saturday, Feb. 20 & Saturday, Mar. 26

Washington State Caucuses will be this Saturday, Feb. 20 & Saturday, Mar. 26

Presidential Caucuses for Washington State will be held this Saturday, Feb. 20 (for Republicans), and March 26 for Democrats. To vote in the 2016 Presidential Primary, you must be a registered voter in... [Read more]

PODCAST: Police seeking armed robbery suspect; boom truck goes boom…

PODCAST: Police seeking armed robbery suspect; boom truck goes boom…

Here’s episode #38 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]

PODCAST: Obama cites Highline Public Schools; change in weather & more…

PODCAST: Obama cites Highline Public Schools; change in weather & more…

Here’s episode #37 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]

Furloughs delayed by Des Moines City Council, but chickens are promoted

Furloughs delayed by Des Moines City Council, but chickens are promoted

by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was expected to discuss furloughing city staff this year to save nearly $286,000 and moved the issue to the Council meeting of Feb. 11, but the Council did hear... [Read more]

Massive demand for release of cities’ public records dropped by Tim Clemans

Massive demand for release of cities’ public records dropped by Tim Clemans

THEN: InsideYourGovernment.com promised “to make government transparent by default and to do as much good with that transparency as possible…” NOW: Not so much… by Jack Mayne The... [Read more]

Highline Schools praised as President announces Computer Science Initiative

Highline Schools praised as President announces Computer Science Initiative

The White House cited Highline Public Schools as a leader in computer science education, as President Obama announced in his weekly address a $4 billion plan to give all students across the country the... [Read more]

‘Landmark on the Sound’ sold for $14 million; city wants to retain its façade

‘Landmark on the Sound’ sold for $14 million; city wants to retain its façade

by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was told the Masonic ‘Landmark on the Sound’ has been sold for “in the area of $14 million” and the city will meet with representatives of the new owners... [Read more]

UPDATE: WSDOT inspects bridge; Des Moines Creek Trail remains closed

UPDATE: WSDOT inspects bridge; Des Moines Creek Trail remains closed

An overhanging strut on the left has moved. It should be flush like the one on the right, according to City of Des Moines staff. On Wednesday (Jan. 27), the Washington State Department of Transportation... [Read more]

Neighborhood meeting about Des Moines Marina Redevelopment is Wednesday

Neighborhood meeting about Des Moines Marina Redevelopment is Wednesday

The Des Moines Marina Association, in conjunction with the Des Moines Yacht Club, will be holding a community and marina stakeholder meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the yacht... [Read more]

Des Moines Council hears about 2,000 new jobs, tall trees & pot sales locations

Des Moines Council hears about 2,000 new jobs, tall trees & pot sales locations

by Jack Mayne For years, the financially struggling city of Des Moines has cut staff and scratched some plans, but the future will be brightening over the next couple of years, the Des Moines City Council... [Read more]

VIDEO PODCAST: Major drug bust disrupts quiet neighborhood & more…

VIDEO PODCAST: Major drug bust disrupts quiet neighborhood & more…

Here’s episode #35 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]

PODCAST: Fatal shooting victim identified; Jack Mayne Commentary…

PODCAST: Fatal shooting victim identified; Jack Mayne Commentary…

Here’s episode #34 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]