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GIANT Rummage Sale will be at Normandy Park Cove on Sunday, June 5

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 16:03

A GIANT Rummage Sale will be held at the Normandy Park Cove on Sunday, June 5, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Over 40 booths inside and out!

Normandy Park Cove
1500 SW Shorebrook Drive
Normandy Park, WA

Sunday, June 5:
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More info here: http://www.npcove.org

PHOTOS BY ISABEL: Over 1,300 help at Highline High ‘Pirate Pride Cleanup Day’

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 14:54

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now in her second year with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 12-year old Isabel Herbruger – Local Girl Scout, 4-H member, and aspiring photojournalist. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 12

Last Friday, May 20, 2016, the Highline High School campus was taken over by more than 1,300 students, staff, and volunteers to spring clean the failing 92-year old building. I stopped by to see how things went.

“This is OUR school. This is all we got.”

As many adults know, two recent bonds have failed to pass for the district. This has been hard on students, who talked to staff about how rundown the school looked and the impact it was having on them. They wanted to do something about it. It took three months to plan this first “Pirate Pride Day” which included deep cleaning, painting and fixing garden beds on the campus.

Principal Vicki Fischer gave a tour to show off the work done by students, staff, and community volunteers. By the east entrance, staff was cleaning a sign hidden behind bushes and years of dirt. They were very excited by their treasure.

I met Pastor Dan from Four Square Church and Burien City Councilmember Austin Bell, who were working on garden beds by the cafeteria. Neither had gone to Highline but felt it was very important to be involved in the community.

“Highline is at the center of this community and we should take pride in how it looks,” said Mr. Bell.

Around the next corner was Stan, from the class of ’95. He took the day off to bring his pressure washer to clean the foyer between the main office and cafeteria. The ‘heart’ of the school used to be dark and forgotten but now was looking very bright and cheery.

In one of the staging areas I met Guy from facilities. He spent the last few months preparing for this day. Sixty yards of bark is a lot to move in a few hours, and the Pirates of Highline did an incredible job at it. They also filled two large trucks with garbage from the campus, with more piles waiting for pick-up. Inside the school, fresh paint went on some walls, others were washed down, lockers were scrubbed, and trophy cases shined.

I am sure the list was much longer, but it was time to eat burgers and play on the front lawn. Some of the Senior Pirates told me:

“Even though we are graduating, doing this for our school gives hope to the others here. It feels hopeful here now.”

Out on the front lawn I spotted a few firefighters and asked if they had come to help. They hadn’t been able to, but wanted to show their community support. I also spotted Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield incognito. When I asked if she helped with the cleanup, she smiled, “Yes. I scraped weeds off the front sidewalks and steps over there and flipped burgers!”

Then I asked how she felt about the day.

“It went really well but I wish more community members could have been involved today. It is important to show support for our students,” she said.

The campus still has lots of projects waiting to be done, but that is okay. As one person put it, “I am looking forward to the next one. This was fun and we made a huge difference!”

One thing I discovered on my tour was a plaque for Matt Pauls. After being an online detective, I learned he was 16 when he died in a car accident in Burien 26 years ago. I wonder what other hidden history will be discovered in the next Pirate Pride Day…?

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

Principal Vicki Fischer

Bark in front of the school.

Garden spaces inside the school.

“Look what we found!”

Sign rediscovered!

Pastor Dan and Councilmember Bell at work.

’95 Graduate Stan finishing up his pressure washing.

The foyer is bright and cheery now.

Guy from facilities, one of the coordinators of the day.

One of the staging areas at the end of the day.

One of the piles of debris waiting to be hauled off.

Memorial sign found.

One of the walls repainted.

One of the walls cleaned up.

Food and games on the front lawn.

Food and games on the front lawn.

Superintendant Enfield with firefighters.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H.
Official “Unofficial Pirate Photographer”
and aspiring Photojournalist

PHOTO: Panoramic photo of puffy clouds over Puget Sound from Burien

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 15:54

Courtesy resident Elston Hill comes this great panoramic photo of Puget Sound showing some nice puffy clouds over Vashon and Blake Island on Saturday morning (May 21) shot from the hills above Three Tree Point (click image to see larger version):

PHOTOS BY ISABEL: Highline High Pirates Track, Soccer, Baseball & Softball

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 12:21

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now in her second year with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 12-year old Isabel Herbruger – Local Girl Scout, 4-H member, and aspiring photojournalist. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 12

Here is an update of the Pirate sports this month. I can’t wait for Highline Bears season, it starts the day after I turn 12!

TRACK
Pirate Track ended with a fun meet against Evergreen and Tyee on May 6. There were many Pirates trying different events at this meet, which made it exciting to watch. I even caught Luana from Evergreen during her PR (personal record) throw in discus.

The Pirates had new javelins to use after parents and teachers worked together to buy some for the team. The Pirates had been practicing with broken ones for most of the season and had to borrow javelins from other teams at meets.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

Districts for Track are at Bremerton High this Friday and Saturday. More photos are at Pirate Track and Field by Isabel.

SOCCER
Pirate Boys Soccer lost the last game of the season 0-1 to Lindbergh on May 3. It was an exciting game with lots of attempts on goal and tough play. The game came down to a last kick, which was almost a direct kick in! The Pirates ended the season 3 wins – 8 loses – 3 ties, which meant they missed going to the playoffs. Evergreen went instead, which was still good. Sadly, Evergreen lost their first playoff game on May 12, 2016, against Franklin Pierce.

More photos and stories are at Pirate Soccer by Isabel.

BASEBALL
Pirate Baseball beat Lindbergh 6-0 on May 2. They ended their season 10-4 and made it to the playoffs. There, the Pirates lost to Sammamish, beat White River and Olympic and then lost 2-1 to Port Angeles on Saturday May 14. While they did not officially place in District, they were one of the top eight teams. Nice!

More photos and stories are at Pirate Baseball by Isabel.

SOFTBALL
Pirate Softball also made the playoffs. They also ended their season with a 10-4 record. I had never shot softball so I went to their game on Thursday, May 12 to try. The umpires never showed up. I learned there is an umpire shortage in our area, so the last game of the season had to be cancelled. It was so nice out, the Lady Pirates held practice in uniform so I could get them in action. It was fun to take shots on the field while they ‘played’ around me! They play either Forest Ridge/Bear Creek on Friday, May 20, 2016. Good luck Ladies!

More photos and stories at: Pirate Softball by Isabel.

Isabel adds:

“Since school is almost out (and my 4-H record book has to get done), I decided to count my blog stories and figure out how many Pirates I shot (with a camera) this year. Did you know this is blog story number 65 (35 this school year) and there are 57 Pirate galleries on Seamount League from me? The softball game Friday is my 59th Pirate sport this year! Wow! Can you believe all this started a year ago with Pirate wrestling?”

Thank you for liking the Facebook pages, reading the stories, leaving nice comments, and helping support the Pirates and other high school athletes.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

– Isabel H.
Official “Unofficial Pirate Photographer”
and aspiring photojournalist

PODCAST: 17-year old boy shot; pot store moratorium; Jack Mayne & more…

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 18:05

Here’s episode #52 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Weekly News Recap for May 20-22, 2016: 17-year old boy shot in Burien; online ‘date’ ends up in shooting & carjacking; Des Moines Police arrest 13-year old; county issues moratorium on new pot stores; Jack Mayne Commentary on pot; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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PHOTOS: Hardhat tour shows progress on new Merrill Gardens, Pillar Properties

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 17:35

Rendering shows what the completed new Pillar Properties apartment (on the left) and Merrill Gardens senior housing will look like when completed.

Developers behind the new Merrill Gardens Senior Housing and Pillar Properties apartments – both being built on SW 150th near Burien Town Square – gave a sneak peek hardhat tour this week, and BTB Publisher Scott Schaefer was there to take some pics.

As we’ve previously reported, both of these new projects are being developed with Legacy Partners. The four story Merrill Gardens will have a total of 126 senior apartments and 70 parking spaces, and the six-sory Pillar Properties apartments will have 228 apartments and 248 parking spaces.

Construction is expected to be completed by late this summer, with a projected fall opening.

Fifty deposits have already been made on the senior housing, and developers announced that they will be hiring staff soon.

At one point, Burien City Councilmembers Bob Edgar, Debi Wagner, Lucy Krakowiak and Nancy Tosta were told to separate into different hardhat tours, in order to avoid accidentally creating a quorum.

Phase One of the Town Square development opened in 2009 with a library/city hall combination, along with the Town Square condo-retail complex, which has 124 units.

More info:

NOTE: these first two aerial photos are courtesy Compass General Construction, showing the overall progress so far:

Here are photos from the hardhat tour:

Burien City Manager Kamuron Gurol kicked off the tour with a brief history of Town Square.

General Manager Debbie Woodworth spoke about the new properties.

Development Manager Alexis Chartouni.

View of a future restaurant from the upper level of what will soon be an exercise/yoga area inside Pillar Properties..

Alexis gives a tour of one of the apartment units under construction.

The view looking south towards City Hall/Library from inside Merrill Gardens.

Hi-Liners holding Clothing and Textile Drive at Burien Annex on June 17-18

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 09:38

Burien’s Hi-Liners will be holding a Clothing and Textile Drive on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 at the Burien Annex.

“We all have unwanted textiles that are out of fashion, not needed, or no longer fit,” reads an announcement. “Instead of discarding surplus clothing and household linens, give them a second life through Clothes for the Cause.”

Donating these items to The Hi-Liners Clothing Drive allows them to be re-worn, recycled or repurposed for the good of our cause and our planet.

Clothing new and gently used. SHOES paired only. TOWELS, STUFFED ANIMALS, HATS, SHEETS, BLANKETS, QUILTS, BEDSPREADS, DRAPES, PURSES, BELTS… All items must be dry, clean and in a tied plastic bag.

*We cannot take glass, breakables, electronics, pet beds, bed pillows, carpeting, uniforms, or hotel linens or items previously for sale at a thrift store.

This is not a rummage sale; we cannot accept donations of household goods or furniture.

  • Friday, June 17: 4 – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 18: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Questions or Donations?
Call 206-617-2152 or email [email protected]

The Hi-Liners is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, accordingly, donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Canadian Artist will display dynamic works at Burien Arts Gallery in June

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 16:59

Multi-talented Vancouver B.C. artist Josh Byer displays his colorful “Faux Fauvism” paintings in June at the Burien Arts Gallery, located at 826 SW 152nd Street.

“My technique, Faux Fauvism, attempts to capture the moment immediately before a composition disintegrates into pure abstraction,” Byer explained.

The technique, inspired by Henri Matisse, celebrates elements of Fauvism, Cubism, Pointillism and street art.
The Opening Artist’s Reception for Byer’s exhibit is Friday, June 3, 5-8 p.m. at the Gallery. The exhibit runs June 1-June 25.

Byer’s work has been displayed at the Canadian Fine Arts Gallery in Toronto and the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.
In addition, he has been a featured artist or cover artist in numerous publications.

Byer earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and an Ontario Regional Arts Certificate in Visual Arts at Canterbury Regional Arts School.

Besides his visual arts talents, the prolific artist also has earned extensive credits as a screenwriter, director, producer and actor in television, film and games.

His writing career includes stints in public relations, copywriting, journalism and prose.

Also in June at the Burien Arts Gallery, Artists United presents a small works show of affordable art by over 20 local artists. The show will feature a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, collage, photography, mixed media, fiber and colored pencil. All artwork will be less than 12 inches by 12 inches.

The Burien Arts Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, Noon-6 p.m.

For more information visit www.burienarts.org or call 206-244-7808.

Tickets for Highline Garden Tour – coming Saturday, June 11 – are on sale now

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 16:21

The featured gardens in Burien, SeaTac and Normandy Park this year all demonstrate ingenious alternatives to lawns – from creeks and ponds to botanical located beneath the 3rd runway.

This popular annual event will take place on Saturday, June 11, and tickets are now on sale. The self-guided tour includes artists and musicians in the gardens, and several types of interesting garden art.

Discount coupons and other specials are being provided by tour sponsors: Wild Birds Unlimited, Burien Bark, The Bean, The Bite Sandwich Company, and Rain City Sewer and Plumbing. Additional support comes from John L. Scott realtor Susan Plecko.

If you are a member of the Highline Historical Society, show your membership card and buy your Highline Garden Tour ticket for $8. (For this discount to apply, only memberships are accepted, not Admit One coupons.) Otherwise, advance tickets for the tour are $15 in advance, with group rates of $12 per person if bought in groups of four or more. Non-member tickets will be $18 on the day of the tour.

Tickets can be purchased at Wild Birds Unlimited, 15858 1st Avenue S, #106; Burien Bark, 13258 1st Avenue S; and Umpqua Bank, 224 SW 152nd Street – and Furney’s at 21215 International Blvd in Des Moines.

Tickets also can be purchased in advance by calling 206-246-6354.

To order tickets: Please mail check with name, address,phone, email and # of tickets requested to:

PO Box 317
Seahurst, WA 98062

For more information about the Highline Garden Tour and about the Highline Historical Society, visit www.highlinehistory.org.

Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market’s Opening Day is Saturday, June 4!

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 10:51

The Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market’s 2016 Opening Day is Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m, with the popular ‘Food Truck-In’ featuring over 10 Trucks.

The Saturday market will run from June thru September this year in the north parking lot of the Des Moines Marina (map below).

Once again, during the months of July and August, the Market and the Arts Commission join to bring you Sunset Markets every Wednesday from 4 – 8 p.m. Patrons can shop, have dinner at the food trucks and then walk a short distance into the Beach Park for the Arts Commission’s Free Music in the Park series.

The Market and King Conservation District is also bringing back by popular demand our Healthy Eating Initiative for qualified seniors in our area. Last season the program issued over $10,000 worth of vouchers. Once individuals sign up they will receive a $10 voucher for purchase of fruits and vegetables. Also included in the program is free door to door pickup service provided every other week by the Hyde Shuttle from Senior Services of King County. Just call 206-727-6262 for pick up.

New this year at the market is another healthy eating initiative; this one is for low income families called Fresh Bucks. Come to the market, swipe your EBT card and it will double your dollars (up to $10) per person. Both these programs are good on Saturday and Wednesday markets.

The Clutter to Cash sale is back again for three days this season. June 25, July 23 and August 13th. People can rent a booth space to sell their clutter (bring your own tables) on Saturday during the Farmers Market.

To follow the market’s happen’n every week, be sure to check our sister site The Waterland Blog for Wanolitto’s Market Musing column, the website DMFM.org or their weekly email newsletter.

Coming soon to the market will be its own cell phone App with all the latest updates posted daily.

Film acting workshop, film contest at Burien Film Office Happy Hour June 7

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 08:17

The next Burien Film Office Happy Hour – to be held at the Tin Room Bar & Theater on Tuesday night, June 7 – will feature presentations on a local film acting workshop, as well as an upcoming weekend film competition.

This free event is open to all ages, and the June one will run from 5 – 7 p.m. Please note that due to time constraints, presentations will begin around 5:45 p.m. (they usually start at 6).

REEL CAMP SEATTLE
Organizers of Reel Camp Seattle will talk about (and show clips from) their film acting workshop, which takes place over a weekend and results in actors getting a professionally-produced, 90-second scene on film:

Reel Camp Seattle video from Adventus Films on Vimeo.

These days, it’s crucial for every actor to have a reel

Now that virtually everything is on the Internet, casting directors, agents, producers and directors want instant access to see you and your work. With the advancement of camera technology in the last decade came the exponential growth of indie filmmaking, allowing actors more opportunities to get in front of a lens. Unfortunately, that didn’t always mean a surefire way for them to showcase themselves for future gigs.

Frankly, it’s a roll of the dice.

Film production doesn’t really cater to the actor and developing their career. Filmmakers are focused on their movie as a whole and understandably so. We know how difficult it can be for an actor to receive usable footage from a short or feature film. It often takes several months, sometimes years, before a movie is released – and in some cases, not at all! Reel Camp, however, does both: catering primarily to the actor and his or her talents while still maintaining high production value of each cinematic “piece” that we produce.

Reel Camp is a weekend workshop designed to provide content for your reel

Our Reel Camp team is the complete package; hair/makeup artist, gaffer, cinematographer, director and producer; all for an experience designed specifically to create a professional short scene for your reel. Whether you’re an actor just starting out with nothing to show or adding to an existing portfolio, we want to help you choose a role that will highlight your image and round out your collection of work. Always cast as the villain? Let’s find a scene that showcases you as say, the “Romantic” or the “Caretaker”. Reel Camp is here to help promote the hungry actor, and to give you a leg up when it comes to casting across several character types.

More info at http://reelcampseattle.com

48 HOUR FILM PROJECT
Krk Nordenstrom from the 48 Hour Film Project will discuss the “wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie – write, shoot, edit and score it – in just 48 hours!!”

48 Hour Film Project Documentary – 2012 from Team Awesome Seattle on Vimeo.

48HFP WhyDoIt from kirk nordenstrom on Vimeo.

Filmmakers from all over the Seattle, WA area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours.

The winning film will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2017 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2017, Court Métrage.

More info at http://48hourfilm.com/seattle-wa

Here are two previous films from this competition:

I, Charon from Harvey Brothers on Vimeo.

Monster Mash – Award Winner – 48 Hour Film Horror Project Seattle from Bruce Bracken on Vimeo.

The Burien Film Office Happy Hour will run from 5 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, at the Tin Room Bar & Theater, located at 923 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien.

This is an open, free, all-ages event, and all filmmakers and movie lovers are encouraged to attend!

LETTER: A note of ‘Thanks!’ from the folks at Burien Actors Theatre

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 19:18

From our friends at Burien Actors Theatre:

Burien Actors Theatre’s 36th season has come to a close.

BAT has already begun work on its 37th, the 2016-17, season. But before that adventure gets fully underway, BAT wants to thank its donors, volunteers, sponsors, and patrons, without whom BAT could not survive, much less flourish.

This has been an amazing season. BAT opened with The Addams Family the Musical. It was a smash hit. Full houses left singing and looking for Uncle Fester on the moon.

Next came A Christmas Twist, a comedy mashup of your Holiday favorites, with a little added adventure and characters. A crowd pleaser, to be sure.

Then a Victorian love story, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. History, love, comedy, and vibrators. Who could ask for more? Although the vibrator was just a prop on which to hang the love story, BAT did hear from a few who chose not to come and see what the show was really about. Those who made it to the show heaped praise on BAT and made sizable donations during the run of the show!

Finally, the award-winning psychological thriller, The Letters. This cat and mouse game, with just two actors on stage the whole time, kept everyone on the edges of their seats until the very end. The script, actors and production values were amazing.

Now it is Summer. BAT has a showcase of new works written by its very own playwriting group, the Seattle Playwright Studio, and some sketch horror comedy from Turbo Turkey on tap. A few great weekends of theater, and some upgrades to BAT’s space, and then on to the Fall and yet another grand season of better live theater!

But to be frank, none of this would be possible without BAT’s marvelous donors, volunteers, sponsors, and patrons. Thank you, thank you, thank you all for being part of the BAT family!!! See you at a show!

– Eric Dickman

PS: There is still time to donate this season! https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=97218

SAVE THE DATES: Burien’s ‘Music in the Park’ FREE concert series starts July 7

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 15:55

The City of Burien on Monday released its 2016 ‘Music In The Park’ schedule, and some of the highlights include opening night on July 7 with Gypsy Jazz from Pearl Django and closing with old school soul, funk and rock from the Kim Archer Band.

The Thursday night concert series kicks off July 7 with Pearl Django at Lake Burien School Park, and the Wednesday night series begins July 13 at North SeaTac Park with the Highline Community Symphonic Band.

Wednesday Night Concerts: 6:30–8 p.m.:
North SeaTac Park
S. 128th St. & 20th Ave S.
  • JULY 13: HIGHLINE COMMUNITY SYMPHONIC BAND
  • JULY 20: 14/48 THEATRE PROJECTS—THE SIBLINGS GRIMM: Fairy tales with new twists! Fabulous live theater for all ages!
  • JULY 27: SUPERSONES Cuban Son (Acoustic Salsa)
  • AUGUST 3: LITTLESARA AND THE NIGHT OWLS Classic Soul/Blues

Thursday Night Concerts: 6:30-8 p.m.
Lake Burien School Park
SW 148th and 16th Ave SW
  • JULY 7: PEARL DJANGO Gypsy Jazz
  • JULY 14: SEATTLEWOMEN’S STEEL PAN PROJECT Caribbean
  • JULY 21: THE OLSON BROS BAND Country/Rock
  • JULY 28: CHRIS ANDERSON Classic Jazz Crooner
  • AUGUST 4: ORCHESTRA ZARABANDA Cuban Salsa
  • AUGUST 11: KIM ARCHER BAND Old school soul, funk & rock

PHOTOS: Sailboats frolic off Burien’s shoreline Saturday

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 09:42

Residents Elston Hill and Gregory Rehmke braved the overcast, soggy weather on Saturday, May 14 to photograph the Seattle Yacht Club’s second race in the Tri Island Series – from Vashon to Shilshole – from Burien.

First, here’s what Elston saw through his lens (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

And here’s what Gregory captured (including what appear to be boats out shrimping; click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

PODCAST: Man with knife shot by police; Jack Mayne on airport noise, more…

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 18:05

Here’s episode #51 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Weekly News Recap for May 13-15, 2016: Man with knife shot by police in White Center; teens arrested for fatal shooting of 41-year old Des Moines man; new Burien/Normandy Park Fire Station opens; Jack Mayne on increasing Sea-Tac Airport noise; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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PHOTOS: Boats, bees & beauty around Burien during recent warm weather

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 20:56

Courtesy resident Elston Hill comes these amazing photos – of boats, bees and beauty in our region over the recent warm days (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Workers and queens have two pollen baskets, one each on the outside surface of each hind leg.

PHOTOS: Residents get up-close tour of SR 99 tunnel construction

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 11:14

Over the weekend, area residents Elston and Jackline Hiil took a tour to see the SR 99 tunnel construction in downtown Seattle.

“The tours are free and fascinating,” Elston said. “We learned so much about how the drilling is done and why we should feel safe driving in the tunnel when it is completed. We walked directly over the location where Bertha is currently drilling, into the construction site, and up to the edge of the viaduct – which was eerie with no traffic.”

The trip begins at 211 First Ave South at the Milepost 31 visitor center, which has fascinating displays on the viaduct, Bertha, and the geology of the Puget Sound.

“Best of all, the visitor center and tour are free!”

Tours can be arranged here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/Tours

Progress of Bertha under the viaduct can be followed here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/99closure/progress

After 10 days of around-the-clock tunneling, the viaduct was reopened to traffic on Sunday, May 8. And there was much rejoicing in commuter land.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

Here’s WSDOT’s drone tour of the Bertha construction put to music:

Click here to view the embedded video.

And just for fun, a clever Star Wars “Death Star” parody video by Sam Veatch:

Click here to view the embedded video.

NY Times Bestselling Author Robert Dugoni returning to Tin Room Bar May 18

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 09:56

New York Times bestselling Author Robert Dugoni will be returning to Advertiser The Tin Room Bar & Theater for a book signing on Wednesday May 18, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Dugoni will be promoting his latest book – “In The Clearing” – which is book #3 in his Tracy Crosswhite series.  

This will include a book sale and signing, with books provided by Burien Books.

Tin Room Bar & Theater
923 SW 152nd St
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 242-8040

PODCAST: 17-year old shooting victim was local student; Jack Mayne & more…

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 18:05

Here’s episode #50 (50 – can you believe it?!) of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Weekly Recap for May 6-8, 2016, 2016: 17-year old female shooting victim identified as local student; Man shot by police in Seahurst was a Contractor; Man in wheelchair killed in hit & run in White Center crosswalk; local chamber of commerce doing major re-branding; Jack Mayne Commentary on former SeaTac City Manager investigation; ‘The Final Take’ monkeys around & more…

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STOLEN: Betty Vacca painting snatched from walls of Tin Room; reward offered

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 09:53

Our friends at the Tin Room Bar & Theater recently had an original, 2009 Betty Vacca painting very similar to this one stolen right off their wall recently:

Painted by award-winning local Artist Betty Vacca – who sadly passed away in March 2015 at the age of 86 – this beloved painting was stolen off the southwest rear corner of the bar, measures roughly 14″ x 16″, and was framed.

“This was stolen right off the walls of the Tin Room,” Owner Dan House told The B-Town Blog. “I am offering a $500.00 reward and 10 margaritas for its return – no questions asked.”

The question in all our minds of course is:

“How the heck could you get this painting off the walls, then avoid being seen or bumping into someone you know with it jammed under your overcoat, all while avoiding security cameras…?”

House adds that Vacca frequented the Tin Room often, where she sipped Manhattans and became a good friend of the bar and its staff. She was a lifelong resident of the area, and attended Highline High School, where she met her late husband of 56 years, Tony Vacca. Together they raised a family of four children. In 2014 she was named the City of Burien’s “Citizen of the Year.”

Betty is of course missed by all, so finding this painting and returning it to its rightful location is important…and don’t forget the handsome reward of $500 bucks and 10 margaritas!

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