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Volunteers needed this Saturday to help restore Miller & Walker Creeks

Volunteers needed this Saturday to help restore Miller & Walker Creeks

Volunteers are needed this Saturday, Feb. 6, from 9:30 a.m. – Noon, to help restore Miller and Walker Creeks. “We need at least 8 people to sign up for this event, or it will be cancelled,”... [Read more]

Robotics competition makes Science & Math fun for Boys & Girls Club members

Robotics competition makes Science & Math fun for Boys & Girls Club members

What do Skunks, ducks and robots have in common? They all make science, technology, engineering, and math fun! Members of Skunk Works, Aviation High School’s robotics team, have designed a robotics... [Read more]

Great International Backyard Bird Count & Burien Birdfest coming Feb. 12-15

Great International Backyard Bird Count & Burien Birdfest coming Feb. 12-15

The Great International Backyard Bird Count for 2016 and the Burien Birdfest will be Feb. 12-15, and Burien-area volunteers are needed! What began in 1998 with just 500 participants has grown into an... [Read more]

Oh, the stories the sea could tell (especially about antlers at Three Tree Point)

Oh, the stories the sea could tell (especially about antlers at Three Tree Point)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story is by Pieter Booth, who scuba dives at Burien’s Three Tree Point. Pieter wrote this story as a response to one we posted in Dec. 2014 showing antlers that... [Read more]

Volunteers needed to help restore Walker Preserve this Saturday, Jan. 9

Volunteers needed to help restore Walker Preserve this Saturday, Jan. 9

Please volunteer at Walker Preserve to restore the forest this Saturday, Jan. 9, at 9:30 a.m. And please sign up – a few more volunteers are needed, or the event will be CANCELLED. WHEN:  Saturday,... [Read more]

REMINDER: Next Moonlight Beach Walk is this Saturday night at Seahurst Beach

REMINDER: Next Moonlight Beach Walk is this Saturday night at Seahurst Beach

Burien’s Environmental Science Center Moonlight Beach Walk series continues this month, with the next one set for this coming Saturday night, Jan. 9, starting at 8 p.m. The event is free and family... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Olympic Mountains before Sunrise Wednesday morning

PHOTOS: Olympic Mountains before Sunrise Wednesday morning

Resident Elston Hill was up bright and early Wednesday morning (Dec. 30), capturing these spectacular photos of the Olympic Mountains reflecting the Sunrise (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):  Read More →

Ring in 2016 by diving into the Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge on Friday

Ring in 2016 by diving into the Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge on Friday

Folks will be ringing in 2016 this Friday, Jan. 1, at the annual Polar Bear Plunge, starting at Noon from the beach in the 3400 block of 172nd SW Street (map below) in Burien’s Three Tree Point... [Read more]

PHOTO: A rare, full Christmas Moon shines down on Burien

PHOTO: A rare, full Christmas Moon shines down on Burien

Resident Elston Hill sent us this great photo of the rare, full Christmas Moon over Burien (click image to see larger version): Elston adds: I was excited in anticipation of a full Moon for Christmas,... [Read more]

Mudslide victim tells B-Town Blog ‘it was like a runaway locomotive’ + how to help

Mudslide victim tells B-Town Blog ‘it was like a runaway locomotive’ + how to help

This photo, taken from the water by South King Fire & Rescue, shows the devastation a powerful mudslide caused on Dec. 8. The white Jeep underwater belongs to Greg’s 74-year old Mom. by Scott... [Read more]

Geotechnical report on mudslide released; evacuation for 2 homes still in effect

Geotechnical report on mudslide released; evacuation for 2 homes still in effect

Photo courtesy South King Fire & Rescue. Click image to see larger version. On Thursday afternoon (Dec. 17), the City of Burien received a geotechnical report on the state of the Dec. 8 mudslide... [Read more]

UPDATE 3: Toe of Tuesday’s mudslide still moving, though at a ‘very slow pace’

UPDATE 3: Toe of Tuesday’s mudslide still moving, though at a ‘very slow pace’

The City of Burien released an update Friday morning (Dec. 11) on Tuesday night’s mudslide, stating that reports from the area indicate that the toe of the slide is still moving, though at a very... [Read more]

UPDATE 2: Mudslide victims allowed to retrieve belongings Thursday morning

UPDATE 2: Mudslide victims allowed to retrieve belongings Thursday morning

UPDATE THURSDAY, DEC. 10 12:30 p.m.: On Thursday morning (Dec. 10), City of Burien officials allowed residents who were evacuated from four of the five homes along Standring Lane to return to the area... [Read more]

UPDATE: Mudslide area still unstable, evacuation orders remain in effect

UPDATE: Mudslide area still unstable, evacuation orders remain in effect

Photos courtesy City of Burien UPDATE WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9, 4:40 p.m.: The City of Burien has worked throughout the day with geotechnical specialists to assess conditions at the site of the mudslide that... [Read more]

PHOTOS: More scenes from the aftermath of a series of massive storms

PHOTOS: More scenes from the aftermath of a series of massive storms

A series of intense, massive storms full of rain and wind struck the region this week, and Burien has suffered – with a mudslide that destroyed a home, water over numerous roadways, overflowing retention... [Read more]

Weather Geek: The Storms that led to a mudslide, plus a video of stormwater

Weather Geek: The Storms that led to a mudslide, plus a video of stormwater

Press “Play” button to view/hear the live, local weather stream. by Chris Scragg Puget Sound Weather Geek A barrage of strong Pacific storms brought nearly relentless bouts of heavy... [Read more]

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Mudslide destroys home during overnight storm in Burien

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Mudslide destroys home during overnight storm in Burien

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow: Photos courtesy City of Burien A mudslide in Burien destroyed one home during Tuesday night’s powerful overnight storm, and damaged another. There... [Read more]

Puget Sound Weather Geek: A Weather Punching Bag for a Week

Puget Sound Weather Geek: A Weather Punching Bag for a Week

Press “Play” button to view/hear the live, local weather stream. by Chris Scragg Puget Sound Weather Geek Nature has decided that it hates the Northwest and that it’s going to use... [Read more]

PHOTO: Salish Sea at the end of a Rainbow

PHOTO: Salish Sea at the end of a Rainbow

BTB Reader Sally Irvine shares this photo taken from Burien on Friday (Dec. 4), showing the ‘Salish Sea at the end of a Rainbow’ (click image to see larger version): Have a cool photo you’d... [Read more]

WEATHER GEEK: Intense Cyclone to bring Windstorm to Puget Sound

WEATHER GEEK: Intense Cyclone to bring Windstorm to Puget Sound

Press “Play” button to view/hear the live, local weather stream. by Chris Scragg Puget Sound Weather Geek A large weather system has explosively intensified off the CA/OR coast and is... [Read more]

Volunteers needed to help restore Miller Creek & Walker Preserve Dec. 11

Volunteers needed to help restore Miller Creek & Walker Preserve Dec. 11

Help restore our local creeks on Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 9 with your neighbors in this perfect cool fall weather! Join your Miller-Walker Basin Steward and other outdoor enthusiasts as we... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Frozen fog over Vashon Island as seen from Burien

PHOTOS: Frozen fog over Vashon Island as seen from Burien

Reader Elston Hill was up bright and early Monday morning (Nov. 30) to take these great photos of the frozen fog hanging over Vashon Island, as seen from the deck of his home in Burien (click images to... [Read more]

PHOTOS: A full Thanksgiving Moon

PHOTOS: A full Thanksgiving Moon

Courtesy resident Elston Hill comes these great photos of a nearly full Thanksgiving Moon (click images to view larger versions/slideshow): Elston adds: “Yesterday was the official full... [Read more]

Barge used to remove lower section of stairs at Eagle Landing Park Monday

Barge used to remove lower section of stairs at Eagle Landing Park Monday

On Monday (Nov. 23), the failed section of the bottom stairs at Burien’s Eagle Landing Park was removed by a crew using a barge crane. Under city staff oversight, a contractor completed work to... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Jeff Bezos unveils recovered Apollo rocket engines at Museum of Flight

PHOTOS: Jeff Bezos unveils recovered Apollo rocket engines at Museum of Flight

Story & Photos by Elston Hill In 2013, billionaire Jeff Bezos underwrote a private — and secret — expedition to find and recover the Apollo rocket engines that launched astronauts Neil Armstrong,... [Read more]

Volunteers needed to help restore Miller Creek on Friday, Dec. 11

Volunteers needed to help restore Miller Creek on Friday, Dec. 11

Volunteers are needed to help restore Miller Creek by planting natives on Friday, Dec. 11. “Join your neighbors as we restore the forest around Miller and Walker Creeks – we will plant over... [Read more]

Environmental Science Center’s free winter Beach Walks will start Sunday

Environmental Science Center’s free winter Beach Walks will start Sunday

Burien’s Environmental Science Center will be starting its annual winter beach walks this month, with the first set for this coming Sunday, Nov. 22, starting at 8 p.m. Other dates will be Dec. 6... [Read more]