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CLIFF’S EDGE: An opportunity to reconnect with my family’s past

CLIFF’S EDGE: An opportunity to reconnect with my family’s past

Along with retirement has come the opportunity for me to work with my wife on genealogy research of our respective families. We’ve been pursuing it off and on for several years, but it seems particularly... [Read more]

REMINDER: ‘Burien Man’ arts fest SeaCompression is this Saturday night

REMINDER: ‘Burien Man’ arts fest SeaCompression is this Saturday night

REMINDER: SeaCompression – an arts-centric fundraiser festival – is returning to Burien this Saturday, Oct. 14, from 4 p.m. – Midnight. This year’s event will be FREE, all ages/kid-friendly... [Read more]

LETTER: Rose Clark responds to concerns about Highline High’s façade

LETTER: Rose Clark responds to concerns about Highline High’s façade

[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:] I am Rose Clark. In 2015 and 2016 I had... [Read more]

History, Beer, Flying Saucers & ‘Maury Island Incident’ film Thurs., Oct. 26

History, Beer, Flying Saucers & ‘Maury Island Incident’ film Thurs., Oct. 26

The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of two of history’s most notable UFO sightings with a 21+ evening of beer tastings and all things flying saucers... [Read more]

Historian Feliks Banel will discuss Northwest Radio History on Sun., Oct. 15

Historian Feliks Banel will discuss Northwest Radio History on Sun., Oct. 15

Join the Highline Historical Society for a special program next Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15 (the Seahawks have a bye), when local historian Feliks Banel will speak about Northwest Radio History at SeaTac... [Read more]

Open House for historic Des Moines ‘Red House’ will be Saturday, Oct. 28

Open House for historic Des Moines ‘Red House’ will be Saturday, Oct. 28

An Open House for the historic Van Gasken ‘Red House’ Property will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the house at 402 S. 222nd Street (map below). “Join the City of... [Read more]

Former Highline Schools Superintendent Dr. Kent Matheson has passed away

Former Highline Schools Superintendent Dr. Kent Matheson has passed away

Dr. Kent D. “Matt” Matheson, former Highline Public Schools Superintendent, passed away recently, the district announced…

CLIFF’S EDGE: Las Vegas shooting, journalism & local student’s experiences

CLIFF’S EDGE: Las Vegas shooting, journalism & local student’s experiences

Considering the millions of words published and voiced since the shootings last Sunday in Las Vegas, one might think we know precisely why and how they happened. But we don’t. We do know that in our... [Read more]

Get the scoop on Highline High’s façade straight from architects Oct. 19

Get the scoop on Highline High’s façade straight from architects Oct. 19

The public is invited to ‘get the scoop’ on Highline High School’s façade straight from the architects at an ‘Ask the Architects’ community meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19. This... [Read more]

REVIEW: BAT’s ‘Ben Butler’ is a witty and eye-opening historical comedy

REVIEW: BAT’s ‘Ben Butler’ is a witty and eye-opening historical comedy

At left, Major Cary (Dave Tucker) of the Confederate State of Virginia demands that Major Benjamin Butler (Michael Mendonsa) of the Union Army return escaped slaves while Lieutenant Kelly (center) looks... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: Get angry, but for a worthwhile purpose…

CLIFF’S EDGE: Get angry, but for a worthwhile purpose…

I love this country. To some degree I respect everyone with whom I share it. So why do I make a point of saying this now? Because I’m trying to reassure myself that I still know what love of country... [Read more]

LETTER: Former Normandy Park Mayor upset about losing Highline High façade

LETTER: Former Normandy Park Mayor upset about losing Highline High façade

[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. This Letter comes from the Correspondence... [Read more]

No tree cutting planned on private land near airport despite concerns, Port says

No tree cutting planned on private land near airport despite concerns, Port says

By Jack Mayne The Port of Seattle is starting the removal and replanting efforts for over-height trees next week only in two Port-owned locations south of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and not... [Read more]

COUPON: Save $5 off tickets to see BAT’s ‘Ben Butler,’ which opens Friday

COUPON: Save $5 off tickets to see BAT’s ‘Ben Butler,’ which opens Friday

Burien Actors Theatre’s historical comedy-drama ‘Ben Butler’ opens this Friday night, Sept. 29, and you can save $5 off tickets by clicking, printing and using our coupon below! SYNOPSIS: Two... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: District says unstable front of Highline High School must be rebuilt

FOLLOWUP: District says unstable front of Highline High School must be rebuilt

It took the money from the voter approved recent bond election to give the Highline School District enough money to find out whether the front wall façade…

After tech evaluation, looks like Highline High’s front façade cannot be saved

After tech evaluation, looks like Highline High’s front façade cannot be saved

Highline Public Schools on Monday (Sept. 25) announced that – after a full evaluation – the technical team has concluded that the front façade/north wall of Highline High School is “not stable enough to be safely shored up…

Re-Dedication of the ‘Downtown Burien’ Arch will be this Friday, Sept. 15

Re-Dedication of the ‘Downtown Burien’ Arch will be this Friday, Sept. 15

A re-dedication of the newly-built and installed ‘Downtown Burien Arch’ is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. this Friday, Sept. 15. As we previously reported, the previous arch was destroyed by a crane... [Read more]

Immigrant shares her story about growing up & living as a ‘Dreamer’ in Burien

Immigrant shares her story about growing up & living as a ‘Dreamer’ in Burien

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story is published with permission from a Burien-based ‘Dreamer’ who first posted it to Facebook on Friday, Sept. 8. Seeing how immigration is a hot-button... [Read more]

Puget Sound Skills Center’s new Health Services Building opens Fri., Sept. 22

Puget Sound Skills Center’s new Health Services Building opens Fri., Sept. 22

How many new high school buildings have a working dental lab, a hospital ward with eight beds, and a medical laboratory with a centrifuge and cell incubators? There is a brand new one in Burien –... [Read more]

REMINDER: ‘Arts-A-Glow’ promises a magical night this Saturday, Sept. 9

REMINDER: ‘Arts-A-Glow’ promises a magical night this Saturday, Sept. 9

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Burien’s magical 2017 Arts-A-Glow event will feature dozens of light art installations scattered throughout Dottie Harper Park’s mature fir tree forest this Saturday,... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Ash from wildfires falls like snow in region, affecting even spider webs

PHOTOS: Ash from wildfires falls like snow in region, affecting even spider webs

On Tuesday (Sept. 5), you most likely noticed some very small white or gray stuff falling from the sky, covering your car and other outdoor items, as well as perhaps making you look like you had a major... [Read more]

POLL: Should DACA be preserved and continued in South King County?

POLL: Should DACA be preserved and continued in South King County?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – also called DACA – was instituted in 2012. Under the program, those who immigrated to the United States illegally as children could apply to work... [Read more]

Holiday weekend 3-park ‘Walk-n-Talk’ will be this Sunday, Sept. 3

Holiday weekend 3-park ‘Walk-n-Talk’ will be this Sunday, Sept. 3

From our friends at WABI Burien: Arbor Lake Park Entrance – Photo by Michael Brunk, NW Lens Let’s discover 3 of Burien’s 25 City Parks on September’s Walk-n-Talk! For a small city, we have many... [Read more]

Phoenix airport noise case may provide roadmap for challenging FAA at Sea-Tac

Phoenix airport noise case may provide roadmap for challenging FAA at Sea-Tac

By Jack Mayne A federal appeals court decision released on Aug 29 threw out changes the Federal Aviation Administration made to its landing and takeoff routes over and involving Sky Harbor International... [Read more]