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Town Square Park Fountain, hampered by plumbing problems, restarts

Town Square Park Fountain, hampered by plumbing problems, restarts

UPDATE Monday, June 2, 2014: The City of Burien announced Monday that the Town Square Park Fountain has restarted “on a limited basis,”according to a note on the city’s website. “The... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident endorses candidate for Water District #49 Commissioner

LETTER: Resident endorses candidate for Water District #49 Commissioner

[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:] Roger Gee for Water District 49 Commissioner... [Read more]

UPDATE: Water District #54’s ‘Boil Advisory’ lifted after four days

UPDATE: Water District #54’s ‘Boil Advisory’ lifted after four days

From our sister site The Waterland Blog: Water District #54 announced Wednesday afternoon that the ‘boil advisory’ – in effect since Saturday, Sept. 21 – has been lifted. Customers no longer... [Read more]

UPDATE: Water District #54 ‘boil advisory’ still in effect

UPDATE: Water District #54 ‘boil advisory’ still in effect

On Monday (Sept. 23), officials from Water District #54 announced the the ‘boil water’ advisory is still in effect, and “will remain in effect until further notice.” Bottled water... [Read more]

Challenger questions Water District 49 Commissioner’s meeting absences

Challenger questions Water District 49 Commissioner’s meeting absences

Water District 49 serves downtown Burien and several surrounding neighborhoods. by Ralph Nichols Most – but not all – water and sewer district meetings are fairly routine. Commissioners take care of... [Read more]

King Tides to hit local shorelines around 9:30 p.m. tonight; can you take pics?

King Tides to hit local shorelines around 9:30 p.m. tonight; can you take pics?

Area residents are being asked by NOAA to take photos of tonight’s “King Tide,” which should occur around 9:30 p.m., in order to share what impact to property sea level rise might do. Also,... [Read more]

Too hot for ya? City turns on water fountains at Town Square Park

Too hot for ya? City turns on water fountains at Town Square Park

After Monday’s record-setting 86 degree high tied the area with Phoenix as the hottest in the nation, the City of Burien on Tuesday decided to turn on the water fountains at Town Square Park. Temps... [Read more]

Recent Seahurst Slide May Put City of Burien on Slippery Slope

Recent Seahurst Slide May Put City of Burien on Slippery Slope

A recent series of slides – and claims that the City of Burien is knowingly draining run-off water into an earthquake-sensitive slope – has many Seahurst area residents overflowing with anger…

VIDEO: Around 40 Jump Into Burien’s ‘Polar Bear Plunge'; + POV Splash Cam!

VIDEO: Around 40 Jump Into Burien’s ‘Polar Bear Plunge'; + POV Splash Cam!

With the air temp around 53 degrees, it was a very mild, sunny New Year’s Day in Burien Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, when some 40+ locals braved the chilly waters of Puget Sound to participate in the annual... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Scenes From Another, Rather Unusual 4th Of July Parade In Burien

PHOTOS: Scenes From Another, Rather Unusual 4th Of July Parade In Burien

Monday (the 4th of July) marked the premiere of a rather unusual 4th of July parade, one that, unless you were on the beach (or in the water), you missed – the First Annual Three Tree Point 4th of July... [Read more]

City Light’s ‘Powerful Neighborhoods’ Offering Free Energy-Saving Products

City Light’s ‘Powerful Neighborhoods’ Offering Free Energy-Saving Products

Seattle City Light’s ‘Powerful Neighborhoods’ program is offering free energy-saving products to Burien, North Highline and White Center residents. “We will come to your house with... [Read more]

Susan Genzale To Complete Late Husband’s Term As Sewer District Commissioner

Susan Genzale To Complete Late Husband’s Term As Sewer District Commissioner

by Ralph Nichols The Southwest Suburban Sewer District announced Feb. 18 that Susan (Suzy) Genzale has been appointed to complete the commission term of her late husband, Tony, who died of cancer Dec.... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Cold Enough To Freeze Lake Burien? Here’s Photographic Proof

PHOTOS: Cold Enough To Freeze Lake Burien? Here’s Photographic Proof

Courtesy Contributing Photographer Gregory Rehmke comes photographic proof that yes, it’s cold enough to freeze Lake Burien over: First picture is morning of Jan. 1. Maybe ice half way out, but ducks... [Read more]

Beware The Creature: Toxic Algae Still At High Levels In Lake Burien

Beware The Creature: Toxic Algae Still At High Levels In Lake Burien

Looks like the Creature from the B-Town Lagoon is still hanging (or should we say swimming) around – Miller/Walker Creek Steward Dennis Clark reports that this week’s tests of Lake Burien shows... [Read more]

New Tests Show Increase In Toxic Algae In Lake Burien; Arbor Lake Okay

New Tests Show Increase In Toxic Algae In Lake Burien; Arbor Lake Okay

Looks like the Creature from the B-Town Lagoon might be back folks – Miller/Walker Creek Steward Dennis Clark says that the most recent tests for toxic algae in Lake Burien shows a dramatic increase. According... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: Decrease In Toxic Algae In Lake Burien Reported

FOLLOWUP: Decrease In Toxic Algae In Lake Burien Reported

On Thursday (Sept. 9th), we received word from Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward Dennis Clark that the latest water sample taken from Lake Burien for the toxic algae showed an actual 36% decrease (read... [Read more]

UPDATE: Increase Found In Lake Burien’s Toxic Algae; Warning Issued

UPDATE: Increase Found In Lake Burien’s Toxic Algae; Warning Issued

On Wednesday (Sept. 1st), we received an update from Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward Dennis Clark that new tests show an increase in the toxic algae found last week in Lake Burien (read our previous... [Read more]

Toxic Algae Found In Lake Burien By King County Water Resource Staff

Toxic Algae Found In Lake Burien By King County Water Resource Staff

A toxic blue-green algae bloom was recently discovered in Lake Burien, but may not be visible in this panoramic photo (click to see larger image). Photo taken Aug. 12, 2010 by Scott Schaefer. by Scott... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lake Burien – Public Or Private?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lake Burien – Public Or Private?

Lake Burien is a public lake currently serving as a private playground for a privileged few who live on the lake. At the last Burien City Council meeting the council made sure that party boats for the... [Read more]

Burien Council To Review City Manager’s Revised Shoreline Document Tonight

Burien Council To Review City Manager’s Revised Shoreline Document Tonight

by Ralph Nichols First the Shoreline Advisory Committee proposed significant changes to Burien’s Shoreline Management Program. Then came revisions made by the Planning Commission during a three-month... [Read more]

Spend Your Cash And Make A Splash At Today’s Farmers Market

Spend Your Cash And Make A Splash At Today’s Farmers Market

Today’s Burien Farmers Market runs until 6pm, and there are numerous reasons to come over, including the Seattle Humane Society’s MaxMobile, where you can adopt a pet right on site, lots of... [Read more]

UPDATE: Splish-Splash At The Wild Strawberry Festival

UPDATE: Splish-Splash At The Wild Strawberry Festival

At the May 27th Farmers Market in Burien, we noticed work crews laboring away at the splash fountain located in Town Square Park. We snapped a few photos and contacted Michael Lafreniere, Director of... [Read more]

Four Rescued After Boat Overturns Near Des Moines

Four Rescued After Boat Overturns Near Des Moines

The Coast Guard responded to a report of an overturned 18-foot recreational vessel near Des Moines Wednesday evening, March 31st. According to the Coast Guard, authorities were notified after a person... [Read more]

LETTER: Once Annexed, Can Burien Handle An Unhealthy Arbor Lake?

LETTER: Once Annexed, Can Burien Handle An Unhealthy Arbor Lake?

Arbor Lake is one, small, unhealthy lake. Within the next few weeks, the City of Burien will annex this lake into the city. The lake’s health problems, in large part, come from its public access.... [Read more]

(2/22/10) “Tsunami Advisory” Issued For Washington; Will It Hit Puget Sound?

(2/22/10) “Tsunami Advisory” Issued For Washington; Will It Hit Puget Sound?

NOTE: This story is from Feb., 2010 and is related to a tsunami warning issued after the Chilean earthquake. We’re pretty sure that the last time a tsunami hit the northwest coast of the U.S. was... [Read more]

Councilmember Brian Bennett: Open “Limited Secure Access” To Lake Burien

Councilmember Brian Bennett: Open “Limited Secure Access” To Lake Burien

by Ralph Nichols Burien’s “highest priority” in updating its Shoreline Master Program should be assessing “reaches of shoreline where there is no public access,” City Councilman... [Read more]

Shoreline Master Program Meeting Tonight; Some Misinformation Debunked

Shoreline Master Program Meeting Tonight; Some Misinformation Debunked

by Ralph Nichols Concerned citizens who live along Burien’s two residential waterfront reaches – Three Tree Point and Lake Burien – will have yet another opportunity at 7pm this evening... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Burien’s Shoreline Master Program Requires Citizen Involvement

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Burien’s Shoreline Master Program Requires Citizen Involvement

Burien’s Shoreline Master Program will not accomplish its goals without the active involvement of Burien residents. The largest owner of shoreline property is the City of Burien, and city managers... [Read more]