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Burien City Council considers when a tree is ‘significant’ at Monday night session

Burien City Council considers when a tree is ‘significant’ at Monday night session

BEFORE: This tall, historic Sequoia tree located on a lot on SW 160th may have been over 100 years old, but that didn’t prevent it from being cut down on April 28, 2014. AFTER: The tree was cut down... [Read more]

Know of a ‘Waskowitz Tree’? Waskowitz Big Tree Contest underway

Know of a ‘Waskowitz Tree’? Waskowitz Big Tree Contest underway

From the 1960s through the 1980s, 6th-graders in the Highline School District came home from their week at Camp Waskowitz with a fir seedling to plant in their yards as a reminder of lessons about forestry and conservation…

Local Author/Artist Virginia Wright seeking photos for new book about Burien

Local Author/Artist Virginia Wright seeking photos for new book about Burien

Three Tree Point resident Virginia Wright is putting together a new book on the history of Burien, and is seeking photos. “The book will focus primarily on relatively recent history, and will feature... [Read more]

Jerry Robinson, Publisher of the Highline Times, has passed away

Jerry Robinson, Publisher of the Highline Times, has passed away

According to a post on the West Seattle Herald website, Highline Times Publisher Jerry Robinson passed away on Monday, May 26. Robinson, who was born in 1920, was 94…

Tickets now on sale for the Saturday, June 14 Highline Garden Tour

Tickets now on sale for the Saturday, June 14 Highline Garden Tour

Tired of mowing the lawn in his backyard, Dennis Baar installed a creek bed in its place. His garden will be on the Highline Garden Tour this year. Carol Lee Harrison relaxes in front of a garden trellis... [Read more]

Demolition begins at old Herr site for new pharmacy; historic Sequoia to be cut

Demolition begins at old Herr site for new pharmacy; historic Sequoia to be cut

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer Demolition has begun at the old Herr Lumber/King Buffet lots on SW 160th near First Ave South for a new, 16,882 square foot CVS Pharmacy. The main building of the new... [Read more]

Highline High School All-Class Reunion will be Saturday, May 17

Highline High School All-Class Reunion will be Saturday, May 17

Highline High School’s All-Class Reunion will be held on Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the school cafeteria. Cost is $25 per person, and includes lunch, rental of the school and a meet... [Read more]

REMINDER: Kennedy to dedicate Baseball Field to Joe Faccone Friday

REMINDER: Kennedy to dedicate Baseball Field to Joe Faccone Friday

This Friday, March 28, Kennedy Catholic High School will dedicate their home baseball field to long-time coach and staff member, Joe Faccone. The field will be re-named Faccone Field. Mr. Faccone was the... [Read more]

VFW seeking local military personnel who served in Iraq or Afghanistan

VFW seeking local military personnel who served in Iraq or Afghanistan

VFW Post 2413 of Burien is attempting to locate military personnel who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and are returning to their home in Burien. “We feel it is time to properly honor them for their... [Read more]

2nd annual ‘Burien UFO Festival’ will crash land in Olde Burien April Fool’s Day

2nd annual ‘Burien UFO Festival’ will crash land in Olde Burien April Fool’s Day

The 2nd annual ‘Burien UFO Festival’ (aka ‘BUFO’) will crash land in Olde Burien on Tuesday, April 1 – April Fool’s Day – beginning at 7 p.m. in and around The Tin Room Bar…

Baseball Field to be dedicated to Joe Faccone at Kennedy on Friday, March 28

Baseball Field to be dedicated to Joe Faccone at Kennedy on Friday, March 28

The new Baseball Field at Kennedy Catholic High School will be dedicated to longtime coach Mr. Joe Faccone (pictured above) on Friday, March 28 at 3:30 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. “Please... [Read more]

Highline Historical Society presents ‘Coming Home: Baseball’s America’

Highline Historical Society presents ‘Coming Home: Baseball’s America’

The Highline Historical Society will be presenting “Coming Home: Baseball’s America” – a free program – at SeaTac City Hall starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23…

STOLEN: Eagle carving at Eagle Landing Park has gone missing

STOLEN: Eagle carving at Eagle Landing Park has gone missing

The Eagle sculpture at Eagle Landing Park – carved by Galen Willis-Eagle – has been stolen, according to Michael Lafreniere, Executive Director of Burien Parks…

PHOTOS: Scenes from Wednesday’s Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl celebration

PHOTOS: Scenes from Wednesday’s Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl celebration

th crowd estimates ranging from 700,000 to 1 million, downtown Seattle was jam-packed with throngs of exuberant 12th Fans celebrating the Seattle Seahawks overwhelmingly awesome Super Bowl victory on Wednesday…

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

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

“When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, militarism and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered…”

‘Maury Island Incident’ film historical consultants release new book

‘Maury Island Incident’ film historical consultants release new book

Historical consultants to the locally-produced “The Maury Island Incident” film Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson – of the Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore – have released a new... [Read more]

Neighborhood group appeals Burien’s Shoreline Master Program update

Neighborhood group appeals Burien’s Shoreline Master Program update

A Lake Burien neighborhood organization, along with individual petitioners, have filed an appeal challenging the Washington State Department of Ecology’s (DOE) approval and the City’s adoption of the... [Read more]

Highline Historical Society’s ‘Hope in Hard Times’ closes this Saturday

Highline Historical Society’s ‘Hope in Hard Times’ closes this Saturday

The final day for the Highline Historical Society’s popular “Hope in Hard Times” exhibit about the Great Depression will be this Saturday, Jan. 4. The exhibit of Depression-era artifacts has been... [Read more]

POLL: What was the Top Local News Story of 2013? Help us decide!

POLL: What was the Top Local News Story of 2013? Help us decide!

As we do at the end of each year, we do a big “let’s take a look back” post, where we tell you what WE think are the top local news stories of the year. It was a year full of tragic fires, a very... [Read more]

Military Road to be focus of 2014 site-specific Arts projects

Military Road to be focus of 2014 site-specific Arts projects

Two projects focusing on the historical significance of Military Road (see map below) have received site-specific project funding from 4Culture, the cultural services agency that provides arts and heritage... [Read more]

Comment time extended another month for proposed cleanup at Lora Lake sites

Comment time extended another month for proposed cleanup at Lora Lake sites

The Washington State Department of Ecology announced Thursday (Dec. 12) that it is extending the period for public comments at the former Lora Lake Apartments for another month, accepting feedback until... [Read more]

Happy Birthday to us – The B-Town Blog turns 6 years old today!

Happy Birthday to us – The B-Town Blog turns 6 years old today!

Six years ago today (Dec. 11, 2007 to be exact), on a dining room table in a modest home near Three Tree Point, The B-Town Blog first came unto this planet, chock full of hopes and dreams of informing... [Read more]

Burien native Rob Ketcherside releases his first book: ‘Lost Seattle’

Burien native Rob Ketcherside releases his first book: ‘Lost Seattle’

Burien native Rob Ketcherside has released his first book – called “Lost Seattle” – and as big supporters of local Authors and Artists we thought we’d share his good news. Like Eliot... [Read more]

Normandy Christian Church’s ‘Drive-Thru Christmas’ will be Dec. 14–15

Normandy Christian Church’s ‘Drive-Thru Christmas’ will be Dec. 14–15

Normandy Christian Church’s annual Drive-Thru Christmas Story will be Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 – 15, from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This is a fun, classic (especially if you appreciate American... [Read more]

GUEST POST: Remembering C.S. Lewis on the 50th anniversary of his death

GUEST POST: Remembering C.S. Lewis on the 50th anniversary of his death

by Tobin Wilson Pastor, Lake Burien Presbyterian Church November 22, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of one of Christianity’s modern patriarch’s of the faith – C.S. Lewis. This is... [Read more]

Highline Historical Society’s ‘Hope in Hard Times’ celebrates the holidays

Highline Historical Society’s ‘Hope in Hard Times’ celebrates the holidays

The Highline Historical Society invites the community to take a break from holiday shopping and bring friends and family in to see its “Hope in Hard Times” exhibit in December. The exhibit is located... [Read more]

SLIDESHOWS: Air Force One lands at (and leaves) Sea-Tac Airport

SLIDESHOWS: Air Force One lands at (and leaves) Sea-Tac Airport

President Obama arrived at Sea-Tac Airport on Sunday, Nov. 24 to take part in two fundraisers, and Photographer Francis Zera was on hand to take these photos as Air Force One touched down: Click to Play... [Read more]

Local man Tim Leahy was in Dallas when JFK was shot

Local man Tim Leahy was in Dallas when JFK was shot

[EDITOR'S NOTE: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we're re-running this story we first published on Nov. 22, 2008:] by Janet Grella It is often agreed... [Read more]