King County Section

Sheriff Steve Strachan Says Downward Spiral Over, Now Hiring More Deputies

Sheriff Steve Strachan Says Downward Spiral Over, Now Hiring More Deputies

by Jack Mayne Steve Strachan says the reason he wanted the job of sheriff is because its move into contracting with other cities and agencies is the wave of the future, both in King County and nationally. He... [Read more]

King County Sheriff’s Office Announces Plan to Hire 14 More Deputies

King County Sheriff’s Office Announces Plan to Hire 14 More Deputies

From left: King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, Executive Dow Constantine, Councilmember Kathy Lambert and Sheriff Steve Strachan. The King County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday (Oct. 12)... [Read more]

Map Showing Pesticide-Free Places for Kids & Pets to Play Released by County

Map Showing Pesticide-Free Places for Kids & Pets to Play Released by County

King County this week released a new, interactive map that shows users where to find pesticide-free or reduced places for kids and pets to play in the area. To find Pesticide-Free Places, just click here... [Read more]

Animal Control is Not Always a Public Hot Button

Animal Control is Not Always a Public Hot Button

by Jack Mayne There is nothing better to stir up a local controversy than to discuss how animals are controlled and treated by governments because no matter what is done, some will say it is a foul deed... [Read more]

REPORT: ‘Systemic Inequalities’ Plague South King County Residents

REPORT: ‘Systemic Inequalities’ Plague South King County Residents

Equity And Social Justice Report from kcexec on Vimeo. by Jack Mayne The first-ever Equity and Social Justice report reveals King County is now nearly half populated by non-whites and those living in... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS: Some Early Returns from Tuesday’s Primary Election

ELECTION RESULTS: Some Early Returns from Tuesday’s Primary Election

The first round of results for Tuesday’s Primary Election have been released, and the early tally shows Rep. Jim McDermott leading in Congressional District No. 7 with 70.51% of the vote, ahead of... [Read more]

Navos Mental Health Solutions Gets Grant, Names New Coalition Coordinator

Navos Mental Health Solutions Gets Grant, Names New Coalition Coordinator

Navos Mental Health Solutions announced Friday (July 27) that it received a King County grant to create a community-based coalition for drug free youth in the Burien/White Center communities and has appointed... [Read more]

King County Health Closes Beaches to Shellfish Harvesting Due to ‘Red Tide’

King County Health Closes Beaches to Shellfish Harvesting Due to ‘Red Tide’

Public Health – Seattle & King County announced Friday (July 20) that Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP), also known as “Red Tide” has been detected, and all county beaches have been closed... [Read more]

Fire Marshal Calls for County-wide Burn Ban; In Effect until Sept. 1

Fire Marshal Calls for County-wide Burn Ban; In Effect until Sept. 1

A county-wide burn ban was declared Tuesday (July 17) by the King County Fire Marshal in conjunction with Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties. This ban was prompted by forecasts calling for... [Read more]

Burien CARES Animal Control Passes Health Inspection, to Open Tuesday

Burien CARES Animal Control Passes Health Inspection, to Open Tuesday

by Jack Mayne Debra George of CARES says the new animal shelter facility on SW 151st in Olde Burien passed its health inspection Monday and will open for business Tuesday (July 17). “We passed, we have... [Read more]

Local Politicians Respond to US Supreme Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act

Local Politicians Respond to US Supreme Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act

As many of our Readers already know, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, deciding that the individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance is valid as a tax. Several local politicians... [Read more]

Dow Constantine Recommends Expansion of Metro’s RapidRide Line

Dow Constantine Recommends Expansion of Metro’s RapidRide Line

King County Executive Dow Constantine this week recommended alignments and station locations for two more RapidRide lines connecting Burien with Renton, and Shoreline with Seattle. “RapidRide is a cost-effective... [Read more]

Municipal League of King County Seeking Candidate Investigators

Municipal League of King County Seeking Candidate Investigators

The Municipal League of King County announced that they are seeking Candidate Investigators for their 2012 evaluation program. “Our program provides the region’s only independent, non-partisan,... [Read more]

LETTER: If N. Highline Annexed, ‘Burien Will Have to Provide Animal Control’

LETTER: If N. Highline Annexed, ‘Burien Will Have to Provide Animal Control’

I attended the NHUAC meeting where King County Animal control did a presentation about the services they provide to their members. I was very impressed with the services they provide to the unincorporated... [Read more]

King County Offering 0% Home Repair Loans for Eligible Homeowners

King County Offering 0% Home Repair Loans for Eligible Homeowners

The King County Department of Community and Human Services is offering zero-percent loans for low and moderate-income homeowners needing help with home repairs. “Loans are available for up to $25,000... [Read more]

Big Picture High School Student to be Honored as ‘Earth Hero’ by King County

Big Picture High School Student to be Honored as ‘Earth Hero’ by King County

A Big Picture High School student is one of 22 who will be honored by King County Executive Dow Constantine at the County’s annual “Earth Heroes at School” ceremony on April 26…

PHOTOS: Sylvester Road Bridge Construction in Home Stretch

PHOTOS: Sylvester Road Bridge Construction in Home Stretch

Story & Photos by Brett Fish We’re really in the home stretch now completing the bridge! Friday, the approach slabs at both ends were poured, the giant support towers are being moved out from... [Read more]

Burien Largely Unaffected By Metro Transit Bus Route Changes

Burien Largely Unaffected By Metro Transit Bus Route Changes

Reduced evening hours on Metro’s Route 139 from the Burien Transit Center to Highline Medical Center will begin in June. The change is one of many revisions to Metro bus routes that was approved Monday... [Read more]

Joe McDermott Named Chair Of County Council’s Budget Committee

Joe McDermott Named Chair Of County Council’s Budget Committee

King County Councilman Joe McDermott was selected by the King County Council as chairman of the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee. McDermott, whose District 8 includes Burien and North Highline, will... [Read more]

Suffer Damage From The Storm? Here’s How To Report, Collect Damage $

Suffer Damage From The Storm? Here’s How To Report, Collect Damage $

The King County Office of Emergency Management is collecting information from County residents and businesses on damage and losses suffered during the January 16-23, 2012 snow and ice storm – if your... [Read more]

Stage 1 Burn Ban Issued For Western Washington

Stage 1 Burn Ban Issued For Western Washington

A Stage 1 burn ban was issued Wednesday morning (Jan. 11) for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish Counties, banning the use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves until air quality improves. “To... [Read more]

New Employee Latest In Unrest Surrounding Burien Animal Control

New Employee Latest In Unrest Surrounding Burien Animal Control

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in an ongoing series on animal control in Burien. Upcoming articles will tell how King County operates their shelter and control system and another will be on the... [Read more]

LETTER: Less Revenues Forecast For Area Y By King County

LETTER: Less Revenues Forecast For Area Y By King County

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a letter sent to the Burien City Council, and re-printed here with permission: Please exercise your fiduciary responsibility before proceeding any further down the... [Read more]

King County Warns Of Apparent Property Tax Email Scam

King County Warns Of Apparent Property Tax Email Scam

King County on Friday (Dec. 16) announced that they are warning of an apparent email scam. “The county has received calls from people and businesses within and outside of King County, including individuals... [Read more]

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg Stops By The B-Town Blog For A Chat

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg Stops By The B-Town Blog For A Chat

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg stopped by the B-Town Blog office in Olde Burien for an interview recently, at our invitation. We covered several topics, including Operation Center of Attention…

Final Redistricting Plan For King County Approved; Burien Now In Two Districts

Final Redistricting Plan For King County Approved; Burien Now In Two Districts

The King County Districting Committee on Tuesday (Nov. 15) unanimously approved new county district boundaries, effectively splitting Burien into two districts – #8 (which it previously was in) and #5. Burien... [Read more]

As Of Today, You Can No Longer Smoke In Burien Parks Or Playgrounds

As Of Today, You Can No Longer Smoke In Burien Parks Or Playgrounds

On the 36th national Great American Smoke-Out (Thursday, Nov. 17), the City of Burien joined five local communities as having tobacco- or smoke-free parks…

King County Public Health Closes Al-Ameen Market In Burien Wednesday

King County Public Health Closes Al-Ameen Market In Burien Wednesday

Public Health – Seattle & King County announced Wednesday (Nov. 16) that the Al-Ameen Market, located at 630 153rd Street in Burien, was closed by a food inspector at 3 p.m. for the following... [Read more]