History Section

OBIT: Alan Bestor Phillips, 98; memorial will be Saturday, Feb. 17

OBIT: Alan Bestor Phillips, 98; memorial will be Saturday, Feb. 17

Alan Bestor Phillips 8/9/1919 – 2/4/2018 Al was preceded in death by Ilmi Salmi, his beloved wife of 68 years. Loving father of Jeanne Marie Anglin (Don) and Susan Phillips Hamm (Bob); grandfather... [Read more]

Happy Birthday to Burien resident Barney Wilcox, who turns 100 Sunday!

Happy Birthday to Burien resident Barney Wilcox, who turns 100 Sunday!

By Cydney Moore On Feb. 4th, 1918, Barnard Oren Wilcox was born to parents Isabel and James in a hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Isabel was rushed to the delivery room in an electric car at a top speed... [Read more]

Burien welcomes new Art Spaces to town

Burien welcomes new Art Spaces to town

By Maureen Hoffmann Special to the B-Town Blog Have they caught your eye? Piqued your curiosity? Thanks to Merrill Gardens and The Maverick Apartments, Burien has innovative, new spaces devoted to the... [Read more]

SAVE THE DATE: Burien UFO Festival is returning on Thursday, April 5, 2018!

SAVE THE DATE: Burien UFO Festival is returning on Thursday, April 5, 2018!

BUFO is coming back! After a year off (missing time?!), the 2018 Burien UFO Festival will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018! New this year – live UFO-related seminars with guest experts! Details to... [Read more]

REMINDER: Celebrate Highline High’s Gym during last games this Wednesday!

REMINDER: Celebrate Highline High’s Gym during last games this Wednesday!

REMINDER: All are invited to come celebrate – and say goodbye to – Highline High School’s Gymnasium this Wednesday, Jan. 31, when the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams host Evergreen High School. These... [Read more]

Applications now open for Linda Dougherty Memorial Arts Scholarship

Applications now open for Linda Dougherty Memorial Arts Scholarship

In honor of Linda Dougherty, Burien Arts established a scholarship for graduating high school seniors going on to study the arts. Sadly, Linda passed away on July 7, 2015. Linda was an active member of... [Read more]

A few moments with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A few moments with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: We are re-posting this column (originally run Nov. 2, 2008) in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, whose life and work we celebrate today:] “When machines and computers,... [Read more]

Sponsored Post Learn to ‘Wreck Dive’ off Vancouver Island with TLSea Diving Feb. 16-18

Learn to ‘Wreck Dive’ off Vancouver Island with TLSea Diving Feb. 16-18

Learn to “Wreck Dive” off Vancouver Island with TLSea Diving Feb. 16-18! Did you know that the world’s largest underwater artificial reef is just a few hours away off of Vancouver Island? The wrecks... [Read more]

Celebrate Highline High’s Gymnasium during last games on Wed., Jan 31

Celebrate Highline High’s Gymnasium during last games on Wed., Jan 31

All are invited to come celebrate – and say goodbye to – Highline High School’s Gymnasium on Wednesday, Jan. 31, when the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams host Evergreen High School. These... [Read more]

Kennedy Catholic’s Sam Huard named to MaxPreps ‘Freshman All-American’ team

Kennedy Catholic’s Sam Huard named to MaxPreps ‘Freshman All-American’ team

Photo courtesy Scout.com MaxPreps named Kennedy Catholic High School’s Sam Huard to its Freshman All-American team. Huard is a freshman quarterback for the team, is the son of legendary former UW... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Yes, we had a White Christmas!

PHOTOS: Yes, we had a White Christmas!

Courtesy Elston Hill comes these great photos, submitted as proof that yes Virginia, we had a White Christmas in Burien! “Since the 1890’s, there has been snow on Christmas Eve six times,”... [Read more]

VIDEO: Re-live Burien’s wonderful Dia de los Muertos celebration

VIDEO: Re-live Burien’s wonderful Dia de los Muertos celebration

The City of Burien this week released an excellent video that showcases its annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, held at the Community Center on Nov. 2, 2017. Here’s the video, which features an... [Read more]

Burien Council hears from outgoing members & welcomes three new members

Burien Council hears from outgoing members & welcomes three new members

By Jack Mayne Three new councilmembers along with reelected Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta took their oaths of office Monday (Dec. 18) at the final Burien City Council meeting of the year. Following a reception... [Read more]

Comp. Plan, Transportation, reception & Oath of Office on Mon. Council agenda

Comp. Plan, Transportation, reception & Oath of Office on Mon. Council agenda

On the agenda for Monday night’s (Dec. 18) regular Burien City Council meeting: Comprehensive Plan amendments, Transportation Benefit District, some Proclamations and a reception honoring outgoing... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: Getting to know those we finally get to meet

CLIFF’S EDGE: Getting to know those we finally get to meet

My wife and I sat in on the 10th birthday party of this blog Monday evening, and I came away realizing how little I know about a community in which I’ve lived for some 45 years. For one thing it was... [Read more]

COMMENTARY: South King Media would not exist if not for Michael Brunk

COMMENTARY: South King Media would not exist if not for Michael Brunk

Michael Brunk is one of the most impressive, creative and talented media professionals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with. As we celebrate our 10th blog-ivessary, it is incumbent upon me to recognize…

FOLLOWUP: Highline High School’s new north wall design draws on history

FOLLOWUP: Highline High School’s new north wall design draws on history

Highline Public Schools released new information about the new north wall for Highline High Schools remodel: What will the north wall of Highline High School (HHS) look like? The project team has a recommendation... [Read more]

Happy Birthday to us – 10 years ago today, The Blog started publishing!

Happy Birthday to us – 10 years ago today, The Blog started publishing!

Happy 10th Birthday to Us! Ten years ago today – on Dec. 11, 2007 – the first stories were published on The B-Town Blog, with the hopes of providing an effective, frequently-updated, professional... [Read more]

Despite the sign, Burien’s St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church is NOT ‘For Sale’

Despite the sign, Burien’s St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church is NOT ‘For Sale’

There is a sign outside St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Olde Burien that has led some people to wonder if they were selling or closing: “We are not!” said Fr. John Forman. “In... [Read more]

Celebrate new, outgoing Councilmembers before Dec. 18 City Council meeting

Celebrate new, outgoing Councilmembers before Dec. 18 City Council meeting

A celebration for outgoing Burien City Councilmembers, as well as new/re-elected ones, will be held on Monday, Dec. 18, starting at 6:30 p.m. This free and open event will take place at City Hall, before... [Read more]

Begin Winter attuned to nature at the 4th annual ‘A Bonsai Solstice’ Dec. 17

Begin Winter attuned to nature at the 4th annual ‘A Bonsai Solstice’ Dec. 17

Begin Winter Attuned to Nature with Living Art at the 4th annual A Bonsai Solstice: Take in a big breath of fresh air and enjoy the unique beauty of the bonsai illuminated by serene candlelight. WHAT: A... [Read more]

Drive-through live Nativity will be at Normandy Christian Church Dec. 16-17

Drive-through live Nativity will be at Normandy Christian Church Dec. 16-17

You, your family and friends can be transported to Bethlehem while driving through the parking lot Nativity at Normandy Christian Church the weekend of Dec. 16 and 17, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Scores of... [Read more]

Burien’s annual Tree Lighting will be Wed., Dec. 6 at Economy Wiring

Burien’s annual Tree Lighting will be Wed., Dec. 6 at Economy Wiring

All are invited to come to Burien’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Economy Wiring (633 SW 148th Street, map below) on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 at 6 p.m. Enjoy a special appearance from Santa,... [Read more]

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Highlights from Dia de los Muertos celebration in Burien

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Highlights from Dia de los Muertos celebration in Burien

Last Friday night (Nov. 2), Burien’s annual – and beautiful – Dia de los Muertos celebration took place at the Community Center. It was a fantastic, crowded and wonderful cultural event, full... [Read more]