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]


UPDATE: Suspect wanted in connection with North Hill burglaries arrested

UPDATE: Suspect wanted in connection with North Hill burglaries arrested

The Des Moines Police Department announced Tuesday (Jan. 19) that a suspect wanted in connection with burglaries in the North Hill neighborhood had been arrested (read our previous coverage here). “We... [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]


Robbery results in shooting, injury & school lockdowns in Des Moines

Robbery results in shooting, injury & school lockdowns in Des Moines

Police are reporting that a robbery and shooting – which injured one person – also resulted in the lockdowns of Midway Elementary, Pacific Middle and Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines Friday afternoon,... [Read more]


Des Moines City Council will explore additional retail marijuana store

Des Moines City Council will explore additional retail marijuana store

by Jack Mayne Since the one retail pot store in Des Moines is “raking in the money,” a realtor came to the City Council to seek an additional opportunity for another store in the city limits... [Read more]


PODCAST: Burglary suspect arrested; bank robbed; Jack Mayne Commentary

PODCAST: Burglary suspect arrested; bank robbed; Jack Mayne Commentary

Here’s episode #33 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]


Matt Pina elected Des Moines Mayor; new court defense contract approved

Matt Pina elected Des Moines Mayor; new court defense contract approved

New Mayor Matt Pina, shortly after he was elected Thursday night, Jan. 7, 2016. by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council elected Councilmember Matt Pina as Mayor and Councilmember Vic Pennington as Mayor... [Read more]


Police seeking public’s help finding this Fedora hat-wearing robbery suspect

Police seeking public’s help finding this Fedora hat-wearing robbery suspect

From our sister site The B-Town Blog: UPDATE WED, 12/30/15: King County Sheriff’s Detectives are still trying to identify the Fedora hat-wearing man pictured below, who police say robbed a convenience... [Read more]


Stolen vehicle suspect eludes Des Moines Police early Monday morning

Stolen vehicle suspect eludes Des Moines Police early Monday morning

A Waterland Blog Reader first alerted us to this – early Monday morning (Dec. 28) around 2:28 a.m., a Des Moines Police Officer observed a stolen vehicle traveling northbound on 1st Ave South at about... [Read more]


LETTER: An update on the Normandy Park Police Dept. fundraising drive

LETTER: An update on the Normandy Park Police Dept. fundraising drive

[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 Editor, Our fundraising drive... [Read more]


Man in critical condition as shots fired at homeless family in Des Moines

Man in critical condition as shots fired at homeless family in Des Moines

A homeless family was shot at by an unknown gunman in Des Moines early Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24), sending one man to the hospital in critical condition, the Des Moines Police Department announced. Police... [Read more]


Des Moines Police seeking public’s help identifying North Hill burglary suspect

Des Moines Police seeking public’s help identifying North Hill burglary suspect

The Des Moines Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect in these surveillance photos: He is associated to one confirmed burglary and at least two attempted burglaries... [Read more]


Des Moines Police Foundation’s 1st-ever ‘Shop With a Cop’ helps 34 needy kids

Des Moines Police Foundation’s 1st-ever ‘Shop With a Cop’ helps 34 needy kids

Bright and early Wednesday morning (Dec. 16), 14 Officers – including Command Staff and 5 Fire Fighters – along with 15 ‘in need’ families (including 34 children) gathered at the Redondo Fred Meyer... [Read more]


PODCAST: Mudslide destroys Burien home; Jack Mayne Commentary & more

PODCAST: Mudslide destroys Burien home; Jack Mayne Commentary & more

Here’s episode #31 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: Jack Mayne Commentary on recent massive public records request

PODCAST: Jack Mayne Commentary on recent massive public records request

Here’s episode #30 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]


BLOTTER: Des Moines Police Dept. Crime Blotter for Nov. 15-Nov. 22, 2015

BLOTTER: Des Moines Police Dept. Crime Blotter for Nov. 15-Nov. 22, 2015

Here’s the Des Moines Police Department Crime Blotter for the week of Nov. 15 –22, 2015 (click images to see larger versions, or download a PDF file here):  Read More →


Utility tax hike, budget approval postponed to Dec. 17 by City Council

Utility tax hike, budget approval postponed to Dec. 17 by City Council

by Jack Mayne The much-debated utility tax increases were put off until December by the Des Moines City Council, because some members were unsure that compromise figures in a solution hammered out during... [Read more]


PODCAST: Mental health facility to be built in Kent; Jack Mayne Commentary

PODCAST: Mental health facility to be built in Kent; Jack Mayne Commentary

Here’s episode #29 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]


Normandy Park citizens launch campaign to raise money to keep police officers

Normandy Park citizens launch campaign to raise money to keep police officers

From our sister site The Normandy Park Blog: by Jack Mayne Citizens of this small city on the shores of Puget Sound have taken the extraordinary step of going to an Internet fundraising website to raise... [Read more]