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BREAKING: New Non-Profit Group Will Take Over Burien Animal Care & Control

BREAKING: New Non-Profit Group Will Take Over Burien Animal Care & Control

BREAKING: The newly formed Community Animal Resource Education Society (CARES) will be granted a three-year contract to manage Burien Animal Care and Control effective May 1. That was the decision made... [Read more]

BREAKING: Steve Gilbert Resigns As Executive Director Of Discover Burien

BREAKING: Steve Gilbert Resigns As Executive Director Of Discover Burien

In a surprise move, Discover Burien Executive Director Steve Gilbert resigned at Wednesday night’s (Jan 26th) Steering Committee Meeting, to “pursue full-time opportunities,” according... [Read more]

BREAKING: Burien Council Chooses 3 Finalists For Kathy Keene’s Seat

BREAKING: Burien Council Chooses 3 Finalists For Kathy Keene’s Seat

Burien City Council members discuss candidates being considered to replace Kathy Keene on Monday, Nov. 15. Photo by Michael Brunk. Burien City Manager Mike Martin announced late Friday afternoon (Nov.... [Read more]

BREAKING: King County Gives Up Puget Sound Park To Burien

BREAKING: King County Gives Up Puget Sound Park To Burien

by Ralph Nichols King County will cede previously contested Puget Sound Park to Burien when the city annexes much of the North Highline unincorporated area, county Executive Dow Constantine and Mayor... [Read more]

Scott LeVielle Resigns As North Highline Fire Chief

Scott LeVielle Resigns As North Highline Fire Chief

Scott LeVielle by Ralph Nichols North Highline Fire Chief Scott LeVielle announced on Monday (Dec. 21) that he will step aside, clearing the way for adoption of a reduced but balanced 2010 budget for Fire... [Read more]

BREAKING: Fred Jarrett Pitches County’s Plan For Puget Sound Park To Burien Council

BREAKING: Fred Jarrett Pitches County’s Plan For Puget Sound Park To Burien Council

by Ralph Nichols Deputy King County Executive Fred Jarrett spoke to the Burien City Council Monday night (Dec. 7th) about the Puget Sound Park issue, expressing Executive Dow Constantine’s hope that... [Read more]

BREAKING: Bonney-Watson Site Will Pass Away For New Fire Station

BREAKING: Bonney-Watson Site Will Pass Away For New Fire Station

by Ralph Nichols Fire District No. 2 commissioners voted at their Dec. 2 meeting to purchase the Bonney-Watson funeral chapel property at 900 SW 146th St. for a new fire station for the Burien/Normandy... [Read more]

BREAKING: ‘Missing’ Nicholas Francisco Found Alive In Another State, Living Under A New Name

BREAKING: ‘Missing’ Nicholas Francisco Found Alive In Another State, Living Under A New Name

RELATED: VIDEO: Remember Nicholas Francisco? His Life is Now a Lifetime Movie Sgt. John Urquhart of the King County Sheriff’s Department reported Monday (Nov. 9, 2009) that Nicholas Francisco, a... [Read more]

UPDATE: Police Shoot Christopher Monfort, Cop-Shooting Suspect; Attended HCC, Considered “Lone Domestic Terrorist”

UPDATE: Police Shoot Christopher Monfort, Cop-Shooting Suspect; Attended HCC, Considered “Lone Domestic Terrorist”

UPDATE Sat. 11/7/09: The Seattle Police Department released more information Saturday about Christopher J. Monfort, the suspect shot Friday in Tukwila after being approached about his car, a Datsun B-210... [Read more]

Burien Nissan Hiring, Expected To Re-Open Within Weeks; “Very Good News” For The City

Burien Nissan Hiring, Expected To Re-Open Within Weeks; “Very Good News” For The City

by Ralph Nichols The return of Burien Nissan at 16042 First Avenue South, which closed for business in May, is anticipated in mid-September. “We understand it’s going to be a Nissan agency,... [Read more]

BREAKING NEWS: Burien Nissan Is Now Officially Closed

BREAKING NEWS: Burien Nissan Is Now Officially Closed

Story by Janet Grella
Photos by Michael Brunk

UPDATE 8pm 5/12/09: According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, a company called MD Johnson is advising Burien Nissan’s owner, Rainier Automotive, on the sale of this as well as the Auburn Nissan dealership.

PREVIOUSLY: It’s official – Burien Nissan is now closed.

When we attempted to reach John Antonelli, Sales Manager, he actually hung up on us!

That’s right – rather than talk with us about what’s going on, he hung up the phone. The last time we spoke with Mr. Antonelli (March 30th), he claimed “It’s still business as usual. Should have some good news on financing in a few weeks…”

We then called the dealership’s number and received the following recorded message – listen closely as the woman’s voice cracks on the last sentence (“…and wish you all well.”):

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“Thank you for calling Burien Nissan. At this time our dealership is closed. We have enjoyed being a part of your lives and a part of the Burien community. We appreciate your business over the years and wish you all well.”

According to manta.com, Burien Nissan employed 40 people and had estimated sales of $14.3 million in 2008.

Burien Nissan was part of the Rainier Automotive Group that included Auburn Nissan, along with Eastide Subaru and Eastside Hyandai, both in Kirkland.

At Auburn Nissan the phone rang so long it went to busy (they are closed for business also). At Eastside Subaru we were told that “parts and service are still open and we’re going through a change of ownership and should be open for sales in the next couple of weeks.”

At Eastside Hyandai we got only a voicemail box.

Here’s a photo slideshow of what Burien Nissan looks like now, shot Tuesday afternoon by Photographer Michael Brunk, who says that while he was there, a locksmith was changing the locks on the doors:

Click to View Slideshow

All the associated websites are still functioning, with no mention of any closings, as if it’s “business as usual,” when in reality, it’s not.

Previously, we broke the news that Burien Nissan lost its entire inventory when their “flooring” fell through and the financing company basically repossessed their entire car lot over a 24-hour period around March 13th.

No word yet on what will become of this business, nor of the large lot it sits on.

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BREAKING: Boeing 777 Emergency Landing At Sea-Tac

BREAKING: Boeing 777 Emergency Landing At Sea-Tac

At 3:30pm Wednesday (4/29), a Boeing 777 returned and landed safely at Sea-Tac Airport after reporting an engine fire, then dumping its fuel over Puget Sound.

We raced to the airport in hopes of getting a photo, but, alas, we chose the wrong end of the runway, then were thwarted by Port of Seattle security from getting any closer.

Here’s the release issued by the Port:

Media Advisory Uppdate – 3:30pm

The aircraft emergency has landed safely.

At this time there appears to be no other problem.

The aircraft is taxiing to the gate.

Previously…..

Media Advisory – 3:25pm

Sea-Tac Airport is currently responding to an aircraft emergency at this time.

A Boeing 777 aircraft, identified as Asiana Flight #271 has reported an engine fire.

Currently the aircraft is dumping fuel before returning to the airport.

The aircraft is set to arrive on Sea-Tac’s 16 Center runway.

Rescue crews are in place for response.

We will respond with further information as it becomes available.

BREAKING: Annexation Heading Toward Aug. 18th Vote

BREAKING: Annexation Heading Toward Aug. 18th Vote

The city of Burien announced Tuesday (4/21) that its proposed annexation of the southern part of North Highline will be heading toward a vote of residents this summer, after receiving final approval from the Boundary Review Board last Thursday, April 16th.

The proposed election day for the vote is Tuesday, August 18th, so if you live in the affected area (the yellow “Area X” in the map above), be sure to mark your calendars – this will be your chance to help decide whether Burien annexes your community and becomes your new overlord.

Or not.

A simple majority is all that’s needed for this to pass, and if approved, the annexation will take effect in early 2010.

For more information, or to determine if you live in the proposed annexation area, visit the City of Burien website at www.burienwa.gov/annexation, or call 206-241-4647.

BREAKING: Ex-Office Depot Space To House Strip Club

BREAKING: Ex-Office Depot Space To House Strip Club

According to an inside, well-placed source at city hall, a strip club will be taking over the space formerly occupied by Office Depot, located at 15716 First Avenue South in Burien.

The new club, to be called “Red Light Runners” will cater to males over 18 and will be the first all-nude club in south King County to feature the latest trend in adult entertainment – Strippers on Segways

BREAKING NEWS: Mayor Nickels Suffers Injury In Burien

BREAKING NEWS: Mayor Nickels Suffers Injury In Burien

BREAKING NEWS: Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels was slightly injured Wednesday morning around 10:15am during a courtesy visit to Burien. Mayor Nickels was observing improvements to the 1st Ave. South corridor... [Read more]

BREAKING: King County To Fence In North Highline Area

BREAKING: King County To Fence In North Highline Area

BREAKING NEWS: King County ends Annexation debate for North Highline Area, will install chain-link fences around entire boundary. King County officials announced Wednesday plans to install “Physical... [Read more]

Burien Nissan Loses Entire Stock, Now An Empty Lot

Burien Nissan Loses Entire Stock, Now An Empty Lot

Story and Photos by Janet Grella

BREAKING NEWS: Burien Nissan, located at the Five Corners intersection of First Ave South and SW 160th, has lost its entire stock of cars and is now basically an empty lot.

Since Wednesday, numerous auto carrier trucks have been hauling vehicles away from the lot, with a total of 100 new cars removed, which we estimate to be between $2 and $3 million in inventory.

But, according to Sales Manager John Antonelli, “it’s business as usual – we’re still open for business in service, parts and sales. When we get our new financing we’ll re-open in a couple of weeks.”

The hauled-away Nissan cars are apparently being taken to a nearby port, and will be auctioned off in the near future.

Antonelli says that new inventory will likely return in a few weeks, and that Burien Nissan is in the middle of a “financial restructuring.”

Twenty-seven employees have been laid off, with just eight remaining on staff.

Burien auto dealers account for a significant portion of tax revenue for Burien, and Dick Loman, Economic Development Director for the city, said “This sorry economic downturn is just hurting everybody.”

Original owner’s son David Gjersee sits at his desk Friday in-between phone calls with potential buyers. Gjersee’s Father started Burien Datsun on this location in 1969, and he now serves as a Sales Professional. This business is one of the oldest Nissan dealerships in the US.

Gjersee also said it was “business as usual” even though he had no cars to sell.

This Reporter walked on to the empty lot late Friday morning and noticed that while there were no new Nissans on the lot, there were still a few cars present, which were most likely employee vehicles; however, the service department was busy.

As a longtime Burien resident, I found it shocking to see, especially after their $5 million remodel a year and a half ago.

This story is still developing, and we’ll post updates as we get them.

UPDATE: Armored Truck Robbed, Suspect On The Loose

UPDATE: Armored Truck Robbed, Suspect On The Loose

6pm 12/30/08 UPDATE: The Seattle Times reports that “an armored-car guard was slightly injured this afternoon when a thief grabbed a bag of money out of his hands and fled” as the result of... [Read more]