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PODCAST: Woman critical after colliding with bus; Pokémon Go, weather & more

PODCAST: Woman critical after colliding with bus; Pokémon Go, weather & more

Here’s episode #65 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Loud planes and a new biennial budget at Monday Burien City Council meeting

Loud planes and a new biennial budget at Monday Burien City Council meeting

By Jack Mayne A new budget with thoughts of tax increases and the invasion of low flying and noisy turbojet planes were featured at the special meeting of the Burien City Council Monday night. The meeting... [Read more]

King County Executive Dow Constantine responds to letter writer about pot stores

King County Executive Dow Constantine responds to letter writer about pot stores

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an open letter by King County Executive Dow Constantine, written in response to a Letter to the Editor from Mark Johnston posted on our site site The White Center... [Read more]

PODCAST: Man shot, killed; Burien Police save O.D. victim; Jack Mayne & more

PODCAST: Man shot, killed; Burien Police save O.D. victim; Jack Mayne & more

Here’s episode #64 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Huge new cold storage plant to be built in Burien’s Northeast Redevelopment Area

Huge new cold storage plant to be built in Burien’s Northeast Redevelopment Area

By Jack Mayne A huge new cold storage facility will be completed in Burien in a few months, following the earlier $4.5 million sale of 14 acres of city-owned land in the Northeast Redevelopment Area. Bridge... [Read more]

Special Burien Council meeting to discuss possible financial policies Monday

Special Burien Council meeting to discuss possible financial policies Monday

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was revised with updated information on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016: The Burien City Council will be holding a special meeting starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22, to discuss... [Read more]

Former Highline teacher says school suspension policy wrong; needs changing

Former Highline teacher says school suspension policy wrong; needs changing

By Jack Mayne Former Highline High School teacher Jasmine Kettler has forcefully condemned the “out of school suspension policy” that has been cited by Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan... [Read more]

City of Burien hires Casey Stanley as its new Recreation Manager

City of Burien hires Casey Stanley as its new Recreation Manager

Later this month, the City of Burien will welcome Casey Stanley back to its Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services (PaRCS) Department to replace Debbie Zemke as Recreation Manager. Zemke retired from... [Read more]

Probe says former City Manager Martin innocent; lawsuit remains unsettled

Probe says former City Manager Martin innocent; lawsuit remains unsettled

By Jack Mayne Former Burien City Manager Mike Martin was found not to have discriminated against three female former Lynden, Wash. city officials in one investigation, but a multi-million dollar lawsuit... [Read more]

PODCAST: Fire destroys new home; Jack Mayne commentary, more…

PODCAST: Fire destroys new home; Jack Mayne commentary, more…

Here’s episode #63 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Part of Eagle Landing Park stairs – closed since Dec. 2014 –may be re-opened

Part of Eagle Landing Park stairs – closed since Dec. 2014 –may be re-opened

Photos from 2015 courtesy City of Burien By Jack Mayne Whether or not to re-open the stairway at Eagle Landing Park is still under consideration by Burien officials following a report from a consultant... [Read more]

ELECTION RETURNS: Normandy Park Police, Fire District leading in 1st round

ELECTION RETURNS: Normandy Park Police, Fire District leading in 1st round

King County Elections released the first round of returns for Tuesday’s (Aug. 2) Primary Election, and here are the early results: City of Normandy Park Proposition No. 1: Yes: 947 67.16% No: 463... [Read more]

Objectors stall request to add 2 Burien cops; Council okays new teen program

Objectors stall request to add 2 Burien cops; Council okays new teen program

By Jack Mayne A move to add two officers to the Burien Police Department at an estimated cost of $415,000 was debated for over an hour at Monday night’s Burien City Council meeting, drawing heavy fire... [Read more]

PODCAST: Recap of this week’s news; weather forecast; Jack Mayne & more…

PODCAST: Recap of this week’s news; weather forecast; Jack Mayne & more…

Here’s episode #62 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Burien youth programs a hit with teens – fun instead of being on the phone

Burien youth programs a hit with teens – fun instead of being on the phone

By Jack Mayne At least a couple of Burien teens credit a city-sponsored youth program with helping them make friends which one said was much better than spending time with a smart phone. At a special meeting... [Read more]

Council hears Superintendent on Nov. bond issue; begins biennial budget work

Council hears Superintendent on Nov. bond issue; begins biennial budget work

By Jack Mayne Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield briefed the Burien City Council on Monday (July 25) about the critically needed $299.4 million bond issue, which is seeking voter approval... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Open letter to Dow Constantine regarding county’s marijuana policies’

LETTER: ‘Open letter to Dow Constantine regarding county’s marijuana policies’

[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:] Dear King County Executive Constantine, If... [Read more]

VIDEO: ‘Vote YES for Highline Public Schools’ kicks off Nov. 2016 campaign 

VIDEO: ‘Vote YES for Highline Public Schools’ kicks off Nov. 2016 campaign 

On the front steps of Burien’s deteriorating Highline High School on Saturday (July 23), families, residents, students and teachers came together to help kick-off Highline Public Schools’ Nov.... [Read more]

PODCAST: Burien vacating land to Port; school bond on ballot; weather & more…

PODCAST: Burien vacating land to Port; school bond on ballot; weather & more…

Here’s episode #61 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

‘Vote Yes for Highline Schools’ kick-off event for new bond will be Saturday

‘Vote Yes for Highline Schools’ kick-off event for new bond will be Saturday

The ‘Vote Yes for Highline Schools’ group will be holding a kick-off event to celebrate the district’s Nov. 8 bond this Saturday, July 23. The event will begin at 11 a.m. on the front... [Read more]

Burien City Council asked to vacate streets on Port-owned land in NERA

Burien City Council asked to vacate streets on Port-owned land in NERA

By Jack Mayne The Port of Seattle is asking the Burien City Council to vacate all the streets in the part of the Northeast Redevelopment Area that it plans to develop. The property is bordered by South... [Read more]

School Board votes to place community-led Bond Measure on Nov. 8 ballot

School Board votes to place community-led Bond Measure on Nov. 8 ballot

CFAC members tour 90-year-old Des Moines Elementary School. A community-led plan for a school construction bond will go before voters on Nov. 8, 2016, Highline Public Schools announced Thursday morning,... [Read more]

CARES gets new contract; ‘cancer of hate’ & new parking study before City Council

CARES gets new contract; ‘cancer of hate’ & new parking study before City Council

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council approved an extended animal control contract with CARES, along with being told of unhappy parade goers pelting a Trump for President truck in the holiday parade were... [Read more]