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Former Mayor of Burien and police officer seriously injured in accident

Former Mayor of Burien and police officer seriously injured in accident

Sgt. Wing Woo – who served as Mayor of Burien from 2002-2003 – was involved in a tragic accident this week while vacationing with his family in Maui. Reports are that Woo was body surfing with his... [Read more]

Fireworks illegal in Burien, but not Normandy Park or unincorporated areas

Fireworks illegal in Burien, but not Normandy Park or unincorporated areas

Fireworks are illegal within Burien city limits, so even if you’re ‘safe and sane’ and only setting off a Sparkler, or one of those classic old ‘Snakes’ that spew a strange... [Read more]

Longtime local champion/activist Jeanne Moeller has passed away

Longtime local champion/activist Jeanne Moeller has passed away

Des Moines/Burien native and longtime resident/activist Jeanne Moeller passed away on June 16, 2016. She was 90 years old. A rosary and funeral will be held at St. Francis of Assisi (15246 21st Ave SW)... [Read more]

PODCAST: Gunshot puts campus into ‘Shelter-in-Place’ mode; Jack Mayne…

PODCAST: Gunshot puts campus into ‘Shelter-in-Place’ mode; Jack Mayne…

Here’s episode #57 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]

Highline School Board to decide July 20 on $299 million November bond election

Highline School Board to decide July 20 on $299 million November bond election

By Jack Mayne There will be a new Highline School District bond issue on the November ballot if the school board approves a proposal from the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee. The amount of the new... [Read more]

Burien City Council gets mired down with update of city’s strategic plan

Burien City Council gets mired down with update of city’s strategic plan

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council spent a lot of time Monday night on a what became a confused and dissembled discussion on wording of an update to the city’s strategic plan, which was largely made... [Read more]

AUDIO: Bob Edgar discusses new Burien projects at Mayor’s Luncheon

AUDIO: Bob Edgar discusses new Burien projects at Mayor’s Luncheon

Story, Photo & Audio by Scott Schaefer The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Mayor’s Luncheon on Thursday, June 18, with representatives from Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park,... [Read more]

City of Normandy Park selects Daniel W. Yourkoski as new Chief of Police

City of Normandy Park selects Daniel W. Yourkoski as new Chief of Police

From our sister site The Normandy Park Blog: The City of Normandy Park announced Tuesday (June 21) that it has made a conditional offer of employment to Captain Daniel W. Yourkoski of the Medina Police... [Read more]

PODCAST: Inquest into police shooting; beaches closed; weekend weather, more

PODCAST: Inquest into police shooting; beaches closed; weekend weather, more

Here’s episode #56 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]

Former Burien City Manager Mike Martin investigated for ‘gender discrimination’

Former Burien City Manager Mike Martin investigated for ‘gender discrimination’

Ex-City Manager Mike Martin at a 2009 Burien City Council meeting. By Jack Mayne Former Burien City Manager Mike Martin is under investigation in Lynden, Whatcom County, after three female department heads... [Read more]

Kennedy president backs away from blaming city for blocking football facility

Kennedy president backs away from blaming city for blocking football facility

By Jack Mayne The president of Kennedy Catholic High School has backed away from his earlier comments in a letter to all of the school’s parents and others that officials at the City of Burien had... [Read more]

LETTER: Reader thinks $$ for CARES should have gone to homeless shelter

LETTER: Reader thinks $$ for CARES should have gone to homeless shelter

[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:] The Burien City Council C.A.R.E.S Vote: On... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools seeking feedback to help prioritize school ideas

Highline Public Schools seeking feedback to help prioritize school ideas

Last month, nearly 1,000 citizens provided input in a three-part online conversation about possible school schedule changes being considered by Highline Public Schools. In the second phase – which recently... [Read more]

PODCAST: ‘Citizen of Year’ awarded; CARES renewed; Jack Mayne & more…

PODCAST: ‘Citizen of Year’ awarded; CARES renewed; Jack Mayne & more…

Here’s episode #55 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]

Lisa Marshall will be Burien’s new City Attorney

Lisa Marshall will be Burien’s new City Attorney

This month, the City of Burien will welcome Lisa Marshall as its next City Attorney, the city announced Friday, June 10. Marshall replaces Soojin Kim, who will soon leave to build her own law practice. Marshall... [Read more]

Highline Superintendent Enfield receives Communication Technology Award

Highline Superintendent Enfield receives Communication Technology Award

Highline Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield recently won  the inaugural 2016 Communication Technology Award for Superintendents by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). Judges... [Read more]

CARES approved until end of 2017 on split vote; Cassidy Huff honored

CARES approved until end of 2017 on split vote; Cassidy Huff honored

By Jack Mayne The big news from Monday night’s (June 6) meeting was the discussion to give CARES a new and extended contract through 2017, or to return animal control to King County animal control. To... [Read more]

Burien City Council votes to extend CARES Animal Control contract

Burien City Council votes to extend CARES Animal Control contract

Screengrab of the CARES 4-3 vote (NOTE: Lauren Berkowitz voted Yes via phone). By a vote of 4-3, the Burien City Council voted to extend the contract for CARES Animal Control at Monday night’s meeting... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools holding forum on Youth Violence Tuesday, June 14

Highline Public Schools holding forum on Youth Violence Tuesday, June 14

Highline Public Schools will be holding an open, public meeting about addressing issues behind recent incidents of youth involved in gun violence in our community on Tuesday, June 14, from 7 – 8:30... [Read more]

PODCAST: Fundraisers for crash victims, cancer; Jack Mayne on homelessness…

PODCAST: Fundraisers for crash victims, cancer; Jack Mayne on homelessness…

Here’s episode #54 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]

Highline Schools Capital Facilities Advisory Committee prioritizes solutions

Highline Schools Capital Facilities Advisory Committee prioritizes solutions

The Highline Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) is narrowing down a list of solutions for facility concerns facing Highline Public Schools, and on Tuesday (May 31) released their priorities. Initial... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: Former Seattle City Light ‘Cherry Tree Lot’ is up for sale

FOLLOWUP: Former Seattle City Light ‘Cherry Tree Lot’ is up for sale

The former Seattle City Light lot located at Ambaum Blvd. SW and SW 144th Street (map below) has been listed as “For Sale,” which means that a grassroots campaign to save an endangered, ~68-year... [Read more]

PODCAST: 15-year old arrested for horrific crash; Jack Mayne on CARES…

PODCAST: 15-year old arrested for horrific crash; Jack Mayne on CARES…

Here’s episode #53 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]