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No action taken by council on proposed doubling of Burien’s B&O tax

No action taken by council on proposed doubling of Burien’s B&O tax

by Jack Mayne A proposal by City Manager Kamuron Gurol to increase the city’s Business and Occupation tax on larger businesses and ending it for small businesses was debated at Monday night’s Burien... [Read more]

Downtown shooting prompts Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub to change its format

Downtown shooting prompts Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub to change its format

The Burien Police Department announced on its Facebook page on Wednesday (Oct. 22) that, due to last Sunday morning’s shooting on SW 152nd Street near Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub (we were first... [Read more]

REMINDER: See & Hear ‘The Planets’ with NW Symphony Orchestra Saturday

REMINDER: See & Hear ‘The Planets’ with NW Symphony Orchestra Saturday

REMINDER: The Northwest Symphony Orchestra first concert in its 2014-2015 season – a multimedia extravaganza called “The Planets” – will be this Saturday night, Oct. 25 at Burien’s... [Read more]

Vote LOCAL in KING5’s ‘Best of Western Washington,’ which ends this Friday

Vote LOCAL in KING5’s ‘Best of Western Washington,’ which ends this Friday

KING5’s annual ‘Best of Western Washington‘ contest ends this Friday, Oct. 24, so now would be a good time to cast your votes to help some of our local businesses! Several area businesses... [Read more]

VIDEO: Time-lapse of Tuesday’s storm as seen from Seahurst

VIDEO: Time-lapse of Tuesday’s storm as seen from Seahurst

Burien resident Chris Rimple shot a time-lapse video on Tuesday, Oct. 21, showing a storm system moving through the region. “Here’s a time lapse of yesterday’s storm, from 9:30 a.m. to sunset,”... [Read more]

King County Council approves vital links to Lake to Sound Trail

King County Council approves vital links to Lake to Sound Trail

Legislation linking an important segment of the ‘Lake to Sound Trail’ that will connect the cities of Burien, Renton, Tukwila, SeaTac and Des Moines received unanimous approval by the Metropolitan... [Read more]

Burien Arts Gallery’s November exhibit spotlights two unique Artists

Burien Arts Gallery’s November exhibit spotlights two unique Artists

Kalvin Zane Rutagengwa is a self-taught painter and sculptor who discovered his artistic talent as a 6-year-old boy in Rwanda. Tamara Stephas is a landscape painter and sculptor whose work is deeply... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Young Coyote spotted in Gregory Heights Tuesday morning

PHOTOS: Young Coyote spotted in Gregory Heights Tuesday morning

This young coyote was spotted and photographed by two residents – BTB Reader Kathleen Hardee and Publisher Scott Schaefer – in Gregory Heights Tuesday morning, Oct. 21 (click images to see larger versions/slideshow): As... [Read more]

Soundside Alliance Outlook Breakfast will be Wednesday, Nov. 5

Soundside Alliance Outlook Breakfast will be Wednesday, Nov. 5

The Soundside Alliance – a consortium of cities which includes Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila – will be holding an ‘Outlook Breakfast’ on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from... [Read more]

Proposal to double B&O tax on larger businesses submitted to City Council

Proposal to double B&O tax on larger businesses submitted to City Council

by Jack Mayne In order to seek potential boutique hotels, arts facilities and increased general business, Burien City Manager Kamuron Gurol is proposing to double the city’s Business and Occupations... [Read more]

Two shot on SW 152nd in downtown Burien early Sunday morning

Two shot on SW 152nd in downtown Burien early Sunday morning

Photo showing bullet hole in the window of Burien Tattoo courtesy Roger Arnold. The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that two males received non life-threatening injuries when an unknown... [Read more]

Des Moines Farmers Market’s Annual Chili Cook-Off is this Saturday, Oct. 25

Des Moines Farmers Market’s Annual Chili Cook-Off is this Saturday, Oct. 25

The Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market Annual Chili Cook-Off – coming this Saturday, Oct. 25 – is family friendly and is the culminating event for the market’s 2014 season. It is a fun and delicious... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Large pod of Orca Whales swims past Three Tree Point Friday

PHOTOS: Large pod of Orca Whales swims past Three Tree Point Friday

New pics added, courtesy Elston Hill (click images to see larger version/slideshow): Somewhere out there, in the water beyond this crowd of onlookers, were 50-60 Orca Whales who swam past Burien’s... [Read more]

Local jurisdictions join together to reduce demand for Prostitution

Local jurisdictions join together to reduce demand for Prostitution

Law enforcement and community leaders from across King County have joined together to announce a major initiative to reduce the demand for prostitution where the majority of sex buying now takes place – online…

‘Night of 1000 Pumpkins’ will be Saturday, Nov. 1 at Community Center

‘Night of 1000 Pumpkins’ will be Saturday, Nov. 1 at Community Center

‘Night of 1000 Pumpkins’ is returning and will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Burien Community Center from 6-10pm. Entrance to the event is FREE. Wrist bands for unlimited carnival games... [Read more]

Celebrate the opening of Navos’ Independence Bridge on Thurs., Oct. 23

Celebrate the opening of Navos’ Independence Bridge on Thurs., Oct. 23

Navos will be celebrating the opening of its new Independence Bridge facility on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. – Noon, with guest speaker Rep. Jim McDermott set to speak at 10:45 a.m. Independence... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Halloween comes early to this spooky Burien neighborhood

PHOTOS: Halloween comes early to this spooky Burien neighborhood

BTB Reader Elston Hill was out walking the other day around Three Tree Point when he happened upon one of the most decorated and festive homes in the area, owned by Greg and Rhonda Dill and located at... [Read more]

City Council approves parking, impound law despite ‘criminalizing’ charge

City Council approves parking, impound law despite ‘criminalizing’ charge

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council on Monday night (Oct. 13) passed an ordinance on parking and impoundment of some vehicles but only after some acrimony involving three Council members. The Council... [Read more]

Concerns over artifical turf cause Kennedy to modify new sports field materials

Concerns over artifical turf cause Kennedy to modify new sports field materials

After an NBC News report alleged that black rubber “dots” used in artificial sports fields might be causing cancer, Burien’s Kennedy Catholic High School on Monday announced that it will... [Read more]

Burien City Attorney Craig Knutson honored by City Council on his retirement

Burien City Attorney Craig Knutson honored by City Council on his retirement

by Jack Mayne Craig Knutson is retiring this week and the Burien City Council honored him with a unanimously approved proclamation at Monday night’s (Oct. 13) session. “Whereas, in his role as Burien... [Read more]

Police seeking public’s help identifying female victim possibly killed in Burien

Police seeking public’s help identifying female victim possibly killed in Burien

Detectives with the King County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit are looking for any information on an unidentified female who may have been the victim of a homicide sometime since March of this year. Detectives... [Read more]

VIDEO: Camp Waskowitz receives major makeover from 325 Volunteers

VIDEO: Camp Waskowitz receives major makeover from 325 Volunteers

Camp Waskowitz recently received a major makeover by 325 members of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. NAIOP volunteers undertook several much-needed improvement projects on the... [Read more]

Burien Police arrest man who stole 154 keys from local car dealer

Burien Police arrest man who stole 154 keys from local car dealer

The Burien Police Department reported that they recently arrested a man suspected of stealing 154 keys from a local car dealer. Here’s more from their Facebook post: We’ve had an increase in our... [Read more]

Burien City Council to reconsider ‘laughing stock’ ‘body odor’ trespass law

Burien City Council to reconsider ‘laughing stock’ ‘body odor’ trespass law

by Jack Mayne Because it has become an “embarrassment” and a “laughing stock,” the Burien City Council will soon reconsider the so-called “trespass” ordinance passed by the Council on Aug.... [Read more]

Fundraiser for Burien man suffering from Lymphoma will be Friday, Oct. 24

Fundraiser for Burien man suffering from Lymphoma will be Friday, Oct. 24

A fundraiser for resident Aaron Rivera – who is suffering from lymphoma and has been battling for his life – will be held at Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub on Friday, Oct. 24. The event starts at 9... [Read more]

Highline Schools Foundation’s annual Oktoberfest event will be Saturday, Oct. 18

Highline Schools Foundation’s annual Oktoberfest event will be Saturday, Oct. 18

On Saturday, Oct. 18, the Highline Schools Foundation will present its annual Oktoberfest Dinner, Dance and Auction at Normandy Park Cove. “We aim to make this event affordable, casual, and all... [Read more]

Increased sales, property tax revenue in first 2015-16 proposed Burien city budget

Increased sales, property tax revenue in first 2015-16 proposed Burien city budget

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council at its Monday night (Oct. 6) session heard that increasing sales and property tax revenues could permit city lawmakers to increase the next biennial budget over the... [Read more]

Brat Trot raises over $66,000 for Highline Schools Foundation – a record!

Brat Trot raises over $66,000 for Highline Schools Foundation – a record!

Burien Brat Trot organizers announced Thursday (Oct. 9) that the expected income for last Sunday’s epic community event will be over $66,000 – the most ever in the 6-year history of the race! The B-Town... [Read more]