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PHOTO: 102-year old schooner ‘Adventuress’ sails past Three Tree Point

PHOTO: 102-year old schooner ‘Adventuress’ sails past Three Tree Point

Dory Hamlyn sent us this photo, showing the 102-year old schooner ‘Adventuress’ as she rounded Three Tree Point and headed south on Friday, April 24: Here’s more info about this schooner,... [Read more]

City Hall/Library doors will now be left open when council meetings run late

City Hall/Library doors will now be left open when council meetings run late

The City of Burien announced Thursday afternoon (April 23) that the City Hall/Library lobby doors will be kept open through the end of City Council meetings on Monday nights, even when meetings run longer... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools seeking feedback on aging facilities & crowding issues

Highline Public Schools seeking feedback on aging facilities & crowding issues

Highline Public Schools announced Thursday (April 23) that it is seeking input from the community on how to address the district’s need to build, repair, and renovate schools to meet educational needs,... [Read more]

VIDEO: Highline High graduate Ryan Brett gets first major league hit vs Yankees

VIDEO: Highline High graduate Ryan Brett gets first major league hit vs Yankees

Last Sunday (April 19), Highline High School graduate Ryan Brett (class of 2010) made his Major League debut for the Tampa Bay Rays vs. the New York Yankees, and when he led off the ninth inning as a... [Read more]

Four all-new plays in 2015 Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival start May 1

Four all-new plays in 2015 Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival start May 1

Four all-new plays by Washington playwrights will be featured in the 2015 Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival, which runs at Burien Actors Theatre from May 1 through May 24. For about the price... [Read more]

Highline Schools Foundation’s Gold Star Awards Breakfast breaks giving records

Highline Schools Foundation’s Gold Star Awards Breakfast breaks giving records

Highline Schools Foundation Alaska Airlines Scholarship recipient Cecilia Vu with Alaska Airlines’ Aileen Cronin (Foundation Trustee) and Brad Tilden. Last Friday morning (April 17), over 200 people... [Read more]

REMINDER: Help beautify Burien during the annual ‘Clean Sweep’ this Saturday

REMINDER: Help beautify Burien during the annual ‘Clean Sweep’ this Saturday

REMINDER: It’s time again to roll up those sleeves to tackle trash and beautify Burien during the city’s annual Clean Sweep, starting at 8 a.m. this Saturday, April 25, and sponsored by Recology CleanScapes. From... [Read more]

Locked door causes 2 Councilmembers to leave meeting Monday night

Locked door causes 2 Councilmembers to leave meeting Monday night

by Jack Mayne A door that has been locked every night at 9 p.m. since 2009 caused two Burien City Council members to walk out of Monday night’s (April 20) meeting because citizens might not have... [Read more]

Southbound SR 509 in Burien to close for 4 nights starting Wednesday, April 22

Southbound SR 509 in Burien to close for 4 nights starting Wednesday, April 22

The Washington State Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that drivers heading to Burien or Sea-Tac Airport should prepare for up to four full closures of southbound SR 509 over the next seven... [Read more]

Auto theft investigation leads to recovery of ‘lots’ of stolen property in Burien

Auto theft investigation leads to recovery of ‘lots’ of stolen property in Burien

What began as an auto theft investigation lead to recovery of “lots” of stolen property from a home near S. 128th and 2nd Ave South in Burien on Monday (April 20), according to police. “While... [Read more]

PHOTO: Amazing red Sunset – due to Siberian forest fires – as seen from Burien

PHOTO: Amazing red Sunset – due to Siberian forest fires – as seen from Burien

On Saturday night (April 18), BTB Contributor Elston Hill took this amazing photo of the sunset (click image to see larger version): “I could not figure out why the sun was so red,” he said.... [Read more]

Protest spokesman silenced by Burien Mayor; then a teaching session

Protest spokesman silenced by Burien Mayor; then a teaching session

by Jack Mayne The usual Burien City Council sport of hearing mostly Seattle-based homeless advocates damning the city for having approved two trespass ordinances they consider to be unconstitutional was... [Read more]

PUGET SOUND WEATHER GEEK: Drought explanation and El Niño outlook

PUGET SOUND WEATHER GEEK: Drought explanation and El Niño outlook

Press “Play” button to view/hear the live, local weather stream. by Chris Scragg Puget Sound Weather Geek Last week I wrote an article about diminishing water concerns. In less than... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Burien Parks’ 360-degree views of Seahurst Park

PHOTOS: Burien Parks’ 360-degree views of Seahurst Park

Our friends at Burien Parks recently shot and created some pretty cool 360-degree photos of Seahurst Park, which may inspire you to make a trip – in real life! – out to one of our city’s wonderful... [Read more]

CEOs from local corporations help close Digital Divide in Highline Public Schools

CEOs from local corporations help close Digital Divide in Highline Public Schools

Photos by Jana Kleitsch On Friday (April 17), top executives from The Boeing Company, Alaska Airlines, and Syntonic visited Chinook Middle School to see and experience digital learning tools that... [Read more]

Expanded Festivities This Mother’s Day at PowellsWood Garden

Expanded Festivities This Mother’s Day at PowellsWood Garden

New garden spaces make it possible for PowellsWood to expand offerings at their annual Mother’s Day weekend event. Each year Monte and Diane Powell offer up a taste of English Garden-inspired hospitality... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Highline High Track vs Hazen by 10-year old Photographer Isabel

PHOTOS: Highline High Track vs Hazen by 10-year old Photographer Isabel

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is another from our youngest-ever Contributor – 10-year old Isabel Herbruger – who has been submitting stories and photos as part of her effort to earn... [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]

Burien/SeaTac 2015 ‘Music in the Park’ Summer concert schedules released

Burien/SeaTac 2015 ‘Music in the Park’ Summer concert schedules released

Summer is just around the corner – can you feel/smell/taste it yet? One sure indicator – aside from the increasing pollen count – is that the City of Burien announced the lineup for its FREE 2015... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools first in county to install bus stop ‘paddle cameras’

Highline Public Schools first in county to install bus stop ‘paddle cameras’

Highline Public Schools announced on Monday (April 13) that it will be the first school district in King County to implement a school bus stop paddle camera enforcement program. The cameras, which... [Read more]

PUGET SOUND WEATHER GEEK: Drought concerns diminish

PUGET SOUND WEATHER GEEK: Drought concerns diminish

Press “Play” button to view/hear the live, local weather stream. by Chris Scragg Puget Sound Weather Geek There’s been some good news for the western Washington region that will,... [Read more]

Flying Saucer crashes into Tin Room Bar Saturday night (no, it really did…)

Flying Saucer crashes into Tin Room Bar Saturday night (no, it really did…)

@btownblog April fools joke gone bad! pic.twitter.com/ZceLCfoVv5 — Andrea Gansz (@Agansz) April 12, 2015 The prop flying saucer that was set up on the roof of the Tin Room Bar & Theater for the... [Read more]

COLUMN: Seeing Downtown Burien through different eyes

COLUMN: Seeing Downtown Burien through different eyes

by Marlaina Lieberg On March 16, 2015, I began to see downtown Burien through very different eyes. That is the day my new Guide Dogs for the Blind guide, Nisha, arrived. Typically, the blind handler goes... [Read more]

4 candidates have filed for 3 available Burien City Council seats, so far…

4 candidates have filed for 3 available Burien City Council seats, so far…

With a May 15 filing deadline just over a month away, four people have filed to run for three open seats on the Burien City Council so far: Austin Bell Holli Giffin Lucy Krakowiak* Joey Martinez *incumbent... [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]

Help the Highline Bears bring Semi-Pro Baseball back to the local community

Help the Highline Bears bring Semi-Pro Baseball back to the local community

The Highline Bears Baseball Organization is a new expansion team in the Pacific International League (PIL), and they’re trying to raise money to kick-off a first season at Steve Cox Memorial Park... [Read more]

Ribbon cut for NERA Stormwater Facility & Miller Creek Greenway Enhancement

Ribbon cut for NERA Stormwater Facility & Miller Creek Greenway Enhancement

Stephanie Bowman, Port of Seattle Commission Co-President, cuts the ribbon with Mayor Lucy Krakowiak. Click image to see animation of the ribbon cutting. Photos by Scott Schaefer The City of Burien, in... [Read more]

Will this be the long, hot summer of Trespass Law battles in Burien?

Will this be the long, hot summer of Trespass Law battles in Burien?

Story by Jack Mayne Photos & Video by Michael Brunk Whether you are for or against Burien’s so-called “Trespass Ordinances,” it seems it will become the debate that never ends, with... [Read more]