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Port of Seattle vows to meet Paris Agreement climate goals

Port of Seattle vows to meet Paris Agreement climate goals

The Port of Seattle on Tuesday (June 27) announced that it has joined the national coalition ‘We Are Still In,’ an alliance of governments, colleges, and businesses committed to meeting the... [Read more]

Ribbon cutting held Friday for new cold storage facility in Burien’s NERA

Ribbon cutting held Friday for new cold storage facility in Burien’s NERA

A Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening was held on Friday (June 23), welcoming Western Distribution Services, LLC to their new 241,140 square foot cold storage facility located in the Northeast Redevelopment... [Read more]

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Mayors’ Luncheon

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Mayors’ Luncheon

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce held its annual Mayors’ Luncheon at Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac on Friday, June 9, and below are videos and photos from the event. On hand at this annual... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools’ Capital Facilities Advisory Committee gets back to work

Highline Public Schools’ Capital Facilities Advisory Committee gets back to work

The ‘hometown heroes’ of the last school bond are rolling up their sleeves again – volunteer representatives from all four high school service areas in Highline met last Wednesday to... [Read more]

Rep. Jayapal gets FAA to extend deadline for Burien residents to say ’NO’

Rep. Jayapal gets FAA to extend deadline for Burien residents to say ’NO’

By Jack Mayne Burien residents now have two more weeks to tell the Federal Aviation Administration they don’t want the return of the automatic left turns over Burien when Sea-Tac airplanes take off to... [Read more]

Don’t want return of airplane noise over Burien? Tell the FAA by Wed. at midnight

Don’t want return of airplane noise over Burien? Tell the FAA by Wed. at midnight

By Jack Mayne If enough residents complain to the Federal Aviation Administration by Wednesday (June 21), there is a chance the return of the automatic cacophony of loud airplanes at all hours buzzing... [Read more]

Burien City Council approves contract 5-2 for Brian Wilson as new city manager

Burien City Council approves contract 5-2 for Brian Wilson as new city manager

By Jack Mayne Burien will have a new city manager on July 10 with the approval of an employment contract for Brian Wilson, former chief of staff and police chief of Federal Way. Two-thirds through the... [Read more]

Port of Seattle offering grants to airport communities for planting trees

Port of Seattle offering grants to airport communities for planting trees

The Port of Seattle announced that it will be offering environmental grants to airport communities: Organizations encouraged to submit applications for ecology projects WHAT: New $1 million program to... [Read more]

Help the City of Burien determine what the needs are for local youth and teens

Help the City of Burien determine what the needs are for local youth and teens

The City of Burien is seeking help to determine what the needs are for the youth and teens of Burien, and is looking for people to take a short survey, which they say “is very important for the future... [Read more]

AUDIO/PHOTOS: ‘It’s not about the rock’ at tense Highline High listening session

AUDIO/PHOTOS: ‘It’s not about the rock’ at tense Highline High listening session

By Scott & Theresa Schaefer After a slow, tense start where attendees argued over the format of the event, Highline High School’s Listening Session Thursday night (June 15) attempted to begin to... [Read more]

Sound Transit seeks volunteers to serve on agency oversight panel

Sound Transit seeks volunteers to serve on agency oversight panel

Sound Transit is seeking volunteers from Pierce and South King counties to help the agency succeed in meeting its commitments to the public. The agency has two openings for the Citizen Oversight Panel... [Read more]

Possible deal with new City Manager, FAA & taxes on agenda for Mon. Council

Possible deal with new City Manager, FAA & taxes on agenda for Mon. Council

At the next Burien City Council meeting – set for Monday, June 19 at 7 p.m. – expect a possible announcement of a deal with new City Manager Brian Wilson, along with a report from the FAA, discussion... [Read more]

REMINDER: Community meeting on Highline High’s ‘Spirit Rock’ is TONIGHT

REMINDER: Community meeting on Highline High’s ‘Spirit Rock’ is TONIGHT

REMINDER: A community meeting to discuss recent tensions at Highline High School, open to families and the public, is scheduled for TONIGHT – Thursday, June 15 – from 6 – 7 p.m. at the school cafeteria... [Read more]

Residents invited to help shape the future for Burien Parks ‘PROS Plan’

Residents invited to help shape the future for Burien Parks ‘PROS Plan’

The City of Burien has begun the planning process for a new Parks, Recreation and Open Space plan –otherwise known as a PROS Plan – and they’re seeking residents’ input. Your feedback... [Read more]

Tensions remain high at Highline High over ‘Spirit Rock’; public meeting Thurs.

Tensions remain high at Highline High over ‘Spirit Rock’; public meeting Thurs.

An all-school assembly was held at Highline High School Monday morning, June 12, to address increased tensions since a gay pride message on the ‘Spirit Rock’ on the school’s front lawn... [Read more]

Quiet Skies Coalition member shares letter to FAA regarding comment period

Quiet Skies Coalition member shares letter to FAA regarding comment period

EDITOR’S NOTE: Walt Bala of the Quiet Skies Coalition is a Burien resident and a retired airline pilot and also a former inspector of the Federal Aviation Administration. He is seeking more time... [Read more]

‘Meet the Candidates’ for Burien City Council on SW 152nd Street on June 22

‘Meet the Candidates’ for Burien City Council on SW 152nd Street on June 22

A ‘Meet the Candidates’ event that includes eight hopefuls running for four Burien City Council seats will be held on SW 152nd Street on Thursday, June 22, from 5–7 p.m. The location will... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: Around 60 students walk out of Highline High in protest Friday

FOLLOWUP: Around 60 students walk out of Highline High in protest Friday

On Friday morning (June 9), around 60 students walked out of classes at Highline High School to express their concern about the painting of the ‘Spirit Rock’ and other actions that have made... [Read more]

Political message painted on Highline High Spirit Rock upsets students

Political message painted on Highline High Spirit Rock upsets students

A political message was painted over a previous one declaring tolerance on the “Spirit Rock” on the lawn in front of Highline High School Wednesday night (June 7), and some students are very upset. Apparently... [Read more]

FAA seeks comments on environmental concerns of propjet turns over Burien

FAA seeks comments on environmental concerns of propjet turns over Burien

By Jack Mayne Are propjet passenger planes turning over Burien usually in the winter a problem for the area’s environmental quality” The Federal Aviation Administration wants you to tell them during... [Read more]

Quiet Skies demands Burien let them help city appeal with FAA over plane noise

Quiet Skies demands Burien let them help city appeal with FAA over plane noise

Quiet Skies President Larry Cripe Walt Bala, former airline pilot and FAA inspector John Rizzardi, lawyer To listen to raw audio of Tuesday night’s meeting, click the ‘Play’ button below: http://b-townblog.com/wp-content/images/QuietSkiesBurien060617.mp3 By... [Read more]

Burien to get part of $94 million City Light program for new electronic meters

Burien to get part of $94 million City Light program for new electronic meters

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council on Monday was given a preview of Seattle City Light’s $94 million system-wide advanced metering system replacing 420,000 old meters at homes and businesses. The... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘You’re wasting Our time discussing unfundable Council projects…’

LETTER: ‘You’re wasting Our time discussing unfundable Council projects…’

[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 Council Members, You’re wasting... [Read more]

REMINDER: Quiet Skies meeting is Tuesday at Gregory Heights School

REMINDER: Quiet Skies meeting is Tuesday at Gregory Heights School

REMINDER: The next public meeting for the Quiet Skies Coalition will be this Tuesday, June 6, 2017, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Gregory Heights Elementary School. All residents with concerns about increased... [Read more]