U.S. Attorney General threatens sanctuary cities like Burien, Seattle
By Jack Mayne The City of Burien was categorically threatened by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday (March 27) when he threatened to strip some “sanctuary cities” of coveted Justice Department grants for state and local law enforcement, saying those places that did not comply with a particular federal law on immigration would not be eligible for money, the Washington Post reported. Burien joined Seattle earlier this year in declaring itself to be a sanctuary city that would not work with federal agents to arrest illegal immigrants. Seattle earlier became a sanctuary city, and the King County Sheriff’s Office has a ...
Highline High’s Robotics High Tekerz win ‘Engineering Inspiration Award’
Highline High School’s 4H and FIRST® Robotics (FRC) Team 3574 – the High Tekerz – were recognized with the FIRST® 'Engineering Inspiration Award' at their first 2017 district-level competition at Wilsonville High School in Oregon on March 9-11, 2017. The High Tekerz aim to uplift our community by turning dreams into action, as well as promote STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) within our school and community. This award “celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.” The team played nearly back-to-back matches all day on Friday and resolved a number of challenges ...
PHOTOS: Recent storm over ‘The Brothers’ & Orcas in Puget Sound
Courtesy Elston Hill comes more great photos of the beauty of our region as seen from Burien: First, a storm hits 'The Brothers' peaks in the Olympic Mountains Saturday morning (click images to see larger version/slideshow): And second, Orca whales seen swimming south past Burien in Puget Sound Sunday afternoon:
‘J. Edgar Hoover’s Flying Discs: Maury Island Incident’ at Norwescon April 13
Local filmmakers and historians Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer will be presenting 'J. Edgar Hoover’s Flying Discs: The Maury Island Incident' at the 40th Annual Norwescon from 3 – 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 at the Doubletree Inn in SeaTac. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Summer of the Saucers, the filmmakers will provide a special lecture presentation, “J. Edgar Hoover’s flying discs: why the Maury Island Incident is the seminal event in modern popular culture relating to UFOs, conspiracies, and cover-ups,” followed by the screening of the multiple award-winning 30-minute film, 'The Maury Island Incident,' as well as an audience Q&A session. Norwescon is the ...
SAVE THE DATE: Reception to meet new City Manager finalists will be April 7
The public is invited to attend a Community Reception to meet the finalists for the City of Burien City Manager position on Friday, April 7, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at City Hall Guests will be asked to submit their comments about the fnalists. The City Council will review comments prior to making their final selection. This selection process is meant to find a replacement for Tony Piasecki, who has been serving as Interim City Manager since Kamuron Gurol was fired last September. More event info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/279788482462989/ City Hall is located at 400 SW 152nd Street: EDITOR'S NOTE: Names of the finalists, along with bios and photos, ...
Quiet Skies Puget Sound to hold Community Forum April 26 at Mt. Rainier
The Des Moines Chapter of the National Quiet Skies Coalition will hold a Community Forum on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Rainier High School. This free and open meeting will discuss new fight paths over the City and related noise, the status of NextGen flight procedures, and the overall impacts of Sea-Tac Airport operations on human health and the environment. The group will provide a comprehensive half-hour overview presentation titled “Fight the Flight 101: everything you ever wanted to know about why those jets are flying low, new routes over our cities,” followed by several expert speakers to be ...
Highline Schools Foundation announces winners of 2017 Gold Star Awards
The Highline Schools Foundation announced the winners of the 2017 Gold Star Awards at the annual Gold Star Awards BASH at the Beach Park Event Center in Des Moines on March 16, 2017. District teachers, administrators and community supporters were in attendance, many rooting on their friends and fellow co-workers who were award nominees. 2017 Gold Star Award Winners (pictured from left to right): Outstanding Administrator – Gil Parsons, Chinook Middle School, Assistant Principal Outstanding Volunteer – Chuck Tuman, Community Volunteer Outstanding Classified Staff – Kathy Allen, Madrona Elementary, Family Support Gold Star Rookie Teacher of the Year – Micah Gronvold, Technology, ...
Berkowitz lawyers say Burien can’t enforce ‘no social media’ during meetings
By Jack Mayne A letter from lawyers representing Burien City Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz says it would be illegal for the city to enforce a blanket ban or censure her for her use of social media during Council meetings. Seattle attorney Stephen A. Teller wrote in a letter sent to Burien City Attorney Lisa Marshall that Berkowitz could continue to Tweet or post on Facebook or other social media. Otherwise the city would violate the Constitution. Hanging in the balance is a proposed censure of Berkowitz for social media use during official council deliberations. The censure move by Councilmember Bob Edgar was slated for ...
Homeless advocates duel with citizens’ crime concerns at Burien Council
By Jack Mayne Homeless or near homeless from Burien and beyond urged for passionate concern and support while other, just as passionate citizens, sought relief from crime and the leftovers of drug addiction in neighborhoods and public spaces at a two hour marathon council meeting Monday night (March 20). The Burien City Council is considering possible solutions to homeless issues, with the potential of opening a day care center. A large number of people spoke for and against the proposal for a shelter, with many pushing beyond the three-minute time limit. At one point near the end of public comments, Mayor Lucy Krakowiak ...
PHOTOS: Crows vs Raptors in the wind
Courtesy Elston Hill comes these great wildlife photos taken in Burien on Monday, March 20. Elston says: "Yesterday it was windy. When it is windy, the raptors arrive. Strangely, a bald eagle and red tailed hawk arrived at the same time. The eagle loved the wind, staying in place for the longest time. Then, just as usually happens when these raptors arrive, the crows attacked. This time it was hawk that became the subject of the crow attack. (It was another dark cloudy day. Lousy for taking pictures. The solution? Convert the pictures to black and white.)" Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:
By Jack Mayne The City of Burien was categorically threatened by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday (March 27) when he threatened to strip some “sanctuary cities” of coveted Justice Department... [Read more]
The King County Council on Monday (March 27) unanimously approved adding service hours to overcrowded Metro Transit routes in Burien, SeaTac, Renton, and Kent, as well as increasing nightly service on... [Read more]
Highline High School’s 4H and FIRST® Robotics (FRC) Team 3574 – the High Tekerz – were recognized with the FIRST® ‘Engineering Inspiration Award’ at their first 2017 district-level... [Read more]
How healthy are the salmon in our local creeks and watershed? Come to the Burien Community Center from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 to hear findings from the Community Salmon Investigation (CSI)... [Read more]
A fundraiser for local animal charities called ‘Drag Air’ will land on Saturday April 8, at 9 p.m. at Black Zia Cantina (15212 6th Ave SW). This is a 21+ fundraiser that will benefit The... [Read more]
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Assistant Food & Beverage Operations Manager Sea-Tac Airport $48k per year Who: HMSHost at Sea-Tac Airport What: HMSHost is now hiring an Assistant Food & Beverage Operations Manager for restaurants... [Read more]
Don’t like your City’s politics? Well then – do something about it! Here’s an event that will take place on Wednesday, April 12: Campaign School is an exclusive one-day course blending the... [Read more]
The next Highline Forum will be held on Wednesday, March 29, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Starfire Sports in Tukwila. At the meeting, Forum co-chairs will lead a discussion about a potential reorganization... [Read more]
Local filmmakers and historians Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer will be presenting ‘J. Edgar Hoover’s Flying Discs: The Maury Island Incident’ at the 40th Annual Norwescon from 3 – 5... [Read more]
The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that on Saturday morning, March 25, a fatal accident occurred near SW 128th Street and Ambaum Blvd. SW (map below). Police say that at around 9:15... [Read more]
[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Greetings Council, As I mentioned in the... [Read more]
The public is invited to attend a Community Reception to meet the finalists for the City of Burien City Manager position on Friday, April 7, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at City Hall Guests will be asked to... [Read more]Sponsored Post
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The Des Moines Chapter of the National Quiet Skies Coalition will hold a Community Forum on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Rainier High School. This free and open meeting will discuss new... [Read more]Sponsored Post
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NW Real Estate Open House: Mid-Century Modern 3-BD Shorewood View Home
BTB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate’s Open House will be a Mid-Century Modern 3-bedroom home with sweeping views in a great Shorewood on the Sound location! It’s... [Read more]
The Highline Schools Foundation announced the winners of the 2017 Gold Star Awards at the annual Gold Star Awards BASH at the Beach Park Event Center in Des Moines on March 16, 2017. District teachers,... [Read more]
The Burien City Council will be holding its Annual Retreat this coming Monday, March 27, from 6 – 9 p.m. at City Hall. This retreat will be an open, public meeting. Please note however that public commenting... [Read more]
If you’re wondering why there was so much police activity in/near Burien’s Shorewood neighborhood Thursday (March 23), here’s what we know – the King County Sheriff’s Office... [Read more]
Burien resident Cynthia Alcaraz and her husband Jose (pictured above) were victims of a burglary at their apartment recently, and all they really want back is a precious, keepsake Bible. “Our home... [Read more]
Join the Burien Lions Club and Environmental Science Center for some spring cleaning on the beach and on the trails of Seahurst Park on Earth Day – Saturday, April 22. This Open House & Clean-Up... [Read more]
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: Pennies for Patients drive is an effort to raise money for blood cancer research, and some local students are seeking your help. All funds raised go towards finding... [Read more]
By Jack Mayne A letter from lawyers representing Burien City Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz says it would be illegal for the city to enforce a blanket ban or censure her for her use of social media during... [Read more]Sponsored Post
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