Science Section

Lowest tides of summer = Beach Walks at Environmental Science Center!

Lowest tides of summer = Beach Walks at Environmental Science Center!

This weekend (July 22-23) will host the lowest tides of the summer, so come see the cool critters on the beach of Seahurst Park through free guided walks with Environmental Science Center naturalists: SATURDAY,... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Green algae is blooming in Puget Sound off the shores of Burien

PHOTOS: Green algae is blooming in Puget Sound off the shores of Burien

Courtesy Elston Hill comes these photos – taken on Monday, July 17 – that show green algae blooms on the surface of Puget Sound off the shores of Burien. “Tides and wind bring it in and out past... [Read more]

New ramp on SR 518 will improve access for Burien redevelopment of NERA

New ramp on SR 518 will improve access for Burien redevelopment of NERA

Summer construction in Burien is heating up as crews get ready to construct a new two-lane off-ramp from eastbound State Route 518 to Des Moines Memorial Drive (map below). Contractor crews from Graham... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Numerous responders perform in emergency exercise at Sea-Tac

PHOTOS: Numerous responders perform in emergency exercise at Sea-Tac

Story & Photos by Elston Hill On Wednesday, July 12, a mock fuselage was placed on the north end of the runway at Sea-Tac Airport as part of an emergency exercise. The fuselage was part of a Boeing... [Read more]

Free July 22 Workshop for Marine Shoreline and Bluff Property Owners 

Free July 22 Workshop for Marine Shoreline and Bluff Property Owners 

The King Conservation District will host a free workshop for owners of marine shoreline and marine bluff properties on Saturday, July 22, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Discovery Park Visitor Center. The... [Read more]

Are you ready for the solar eclipse? It’s coming Aug. 21!

Are you ready for the solar eclipse? It’s coming Aug. 21!

By Elston Hill On Aug. 21, a full eclipse will cross the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. I experienced a full eclipse in 1970 and it was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. Starting... [Read more]

Open House at Environmental Science Center is this Saturday, July 8

Open House at Environmental Science Center is this Saturday, July 8

Burien’s Environmental Science Center is opening its doors to you and your family while you visit Seahurst Park this summer, with an Open House being held this Saturday, July 8. Learn about the... [Read more]

Volunteers needed for Work Party to clean up Miller Creek this Saturday, July 8

Volunteers needed for Work Party to clean up Miller Creek this Saturday, July 8

Volunteers are needed for a Work Party this Saturday, July 8, to help clean up Miller Creek: Help remove invasive plant species and plant native species along Miller Creek. You will learn the importance... [Read more]

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]

Master Gardeners expanding their FREE help sessions for 2017

Master Gardeners expanding their FREE help sessions for 2017

The Master Gardeners have increased the frequency of their free plant question/answer clinics for the 2017 season, and wil now be at the Burien Library two days a week, as well as three Saturdays at... [Read more]

City of Burien holding Rain Garden Workshop this Saturday, June 17

City of Burien holding Rain Garden Workshop this Saturday, June 17

Duwamish Infrastructure Restoration Training – aka DIRT Corps – is building ten residential rain gardens in partnership with the City of Burien Government, and will be holding a Workshop on June 17. Participants... [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]

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]

Young thieves rescued after overturning stolen kayak at Three Tree Point Monday

Young thieves rescued after overturning stolen kayak at Three Tree Point Monday

A bit of excitement in Burien’s Three Tree Point Monday night (June 5), as two underage boys (13 & 17 years old) stole a one-man kayak from one neighbor and oars from another, then jumped down... [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]

PHOTOS: Amazing capture of lightning strike as seen from Burien

PHOTOS: Amazing capture of lightning strike as seen from Burien

Elston Hill has done it again – this time capturing an amazing power of a lightning strike and its reflection in Puget Sound, photographed from Burien on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. “We seem to... [Read more]

Volunteers needed for Work Party at Miller Creek on Saturday, May 27

Volunteers needed for Work Party at Miller Creek on Saturday, May 27

Volunteers are needed to help restore the forest near Miller and Walker Creeks tomorrow – Saturday, May 27, from 9:30 a.m. – Noon! Here’s more info: Join us to continue our efforts to remove... [Read more]

Donors needed for Blood Drive on Friday, June 2 at Highline Medical Center

Donors needed for Blood Drive on Friday, June 2 at Highline Medical Center

Bloodworks Northwest will be holding a Blood Drive on Friday, June 2, at Highline Medical Center, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and again from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It... [Read more]

We finally found out who Burien’s ‘Peter Western Bridge’ was named after…

We finally found out who Burien’s ‘Peter Western Bridge’ was named after…

After we posted numerous stories about the closing and demolition of Burien’s Peter Western Bridge, we received a few inquiries asking things like “who the heck was Peter Western?” –... [Read more]

Donors needed for Blood Drive on Friday, May 26 at Five Corners

Donors needed for Blood Drive on Friday, May 26 at Five Corners

Donors are needed for a Bloodworks Northwest Blood Drive this Friday, May 26, from Noon – 6 p.m. at the Five Corners Shopping Center (near Trader Joes). Look for a bus parked near Super Supplements... [Read more]

Elderly Burien man ‘didn’t understand how big of a problem kidney disease is…’

Elderly Burien man ‘didn’t understand how big of a problem kidney disease is…’

By Cynthia Flash Burien resident Gerry Crouch looks back and realizes that perhaps he didn’t take the warning signs seriously enough. High blood pressure. Prostate issues. Time in the hospital. Suggestions... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Sneak peek of Apollo exhibit at the Museum of Flight

PHOTOS: Sneak peek of Apollo exhibit at the Museum of Flight

On Thursday morning (May 18), Elston and Jackline Hill had the privilege of attending the press preview of the new Apollo exhibit at the Museum of Flight, which opens this Saturday, May 20. The centerpiece... [Read more]

VIDEOS/PHOTOS: Peter Western Bridge gets knocked down Friday morning

VIDEOS/PHOTOS: Peter Western Bridge gets knocked down Friday morning

The Peter Western Bridge was knocked down on Friday (May 19), and below are videos (and photos) of B-Town’s own “Galloping Gertie” courtesy the City of Burien (NOTE: the bridge starts... [Read more]

Highline Mathematicians face off at Seahurst Elementary Math Bonanza

Highline Mathematicians face off at Seahurst Elementary Math Bonanza

Every Highline elementary school has excited and talented mathematicians, and two-thirds of them demonstrated this fact at the 2017 Seahurst Elementary Math Bonanza on May 5. 204 students in 4th-, 5th-,... [Read more]