January 2017

Tukwila Police seek assault suspect

Assault took place during airport demonstration Jan. 28

News release from the Tukwila Police Department

On 01/28/2017, the Tukwila Police Department along with various other agencies responded to a mutual assistance call by the Port of Seattle Police Department to assist with crowd management for a demonstration which was underway. During the demonstration, no Tukwila officers deployed pepper spray. However, officers assisted with taking several demonstrators into custody and several low level uses of force were reported by officers to command staff. Per our normal protocols, all uses of force are reviewed by the department.

During the course of the demonstration, a traveler with a red suitcase was denied freedom of movement to get to his flight by several individuals who were participating in the demonstration. The traveler was pushed against a wall where he was surrounded by a large group of demonstrators. Approximately six of these demonstrators continued to push and assault the traveler impeding his ability to travel. Upon observing this, officers quickly moved in to stop the assault, detain those involved and safely extract the traveler from the area.


The Burien Birdfest is scheduled for February 18, 2017 and The Great International Backyard Bird Count will be February 17-20, 2017.

Burien-area volunteers are needed!

What began in 1998 with just 500 volunteers has grown into an annual event spanning hundreds of thousands of people and more than 100 countries around the world. It’s the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), organized initially by the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In 2016 the participants to this event submitted 162,052 bird observation checklists. You can easily be one of those citizen scientists who helps with the count in 2017.

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is now a partnership between the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (database center for bird research in the world), and Bird Studies Canada as the official Canadian partner. It is an annual four-day event that engages people of all ages across North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, India and Australia in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Anyone can participate, from beginners to experts. You can count for as little as 15 minutes on a single day, or for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps to protect the birds.


Sports Roundup for 1-30-17

By Tim Clinton

Saturday, Jan. 28

Boys basketball
Seattle Lutheran 76, Quilcene 49
Seattle Lutheran scored a decisive Sea-Tac League victory Saturday.

Girls basketball
Seattle Lutheran 37, Quilcene 33
Seattle Lutheran also beat Quilcene on the girls side Saturday only in a much closer game.

Friday, Jan. 27

Boys swimming
Blanchet 130, West Seattle 24
Blanchet 130, Chief Sealth 23
Blanchet splashed to victory over both West Seattle and Chief Sealth in Friday's Metro League action.

Rogers 48, Highline 26
The Pirates were pinned with a non-league loss Friday.

Boys basketball
Chief Sealth 62, Roosevelt 48
The Seahawks downed the Roughriders in a Friday Metro League game.
Fife 70, Foster 47
Foster fell to Fife on Friday.
Highline 77, Renton 72
Highline outscored the Indians in Friday action.
Mt. Rainier 54, Kennedy 52
The Rams slipped past the Lancers in Friday's North Puget Sound League finale.


Sportswatch for Feb. 1-7

Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton

High schools

Boys basketball
West Seattle visits Chief Sealth for an 8:30 p.m. game Friday as the Metro League regular season concludes.

Girls basketball
West Seattle and Chief Sealth also finish off their regular Metro League seasons against each other, doing battle in the Seahawks' home gymnasium at 7 p.m. Friday as the first part of a double-header with the boys teams.


Seattle will play host to the Kamloops Blazers at 7:35 p.m. Friday at the Showare Center in Kent before visiting the Portland Winterhawks for 7 p.m. Canadian Hockey League action Saturday.
The Thunderbirds will pay a visit to the Victoria Cougars at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.

Tacoma drops in on the San Diego Sockers for 7:35 p.m. men's professional indoor soccer action Friday.


Husky men


James (Jim) A. Rick

October 26, 1931-January 19, 2017

Jim was a dedicated educator in the Highline School District, having completed all 30 years of his educational career with Highline. Jim began his career as a teacher at Lakeview Elementary School in 1957. During the next six years, he taught 5th and 6th graders at Boulevard Park and Hilltop elementary schools. Once Jim began his teaching career he immediately went back to college to earn a Masters Degree in Administration and was soon hired as principal at Boulevard Park Elementary School in 1962. As a district person once said, “His abilities and personality became so obvious to our school district leaders that they finally decided to make a principal out of him.” Maywood and Sunny Terrace students enjoyed his guidance during the next nine years. He then held principalships at Cedarhurst, Maywood, Parkside, Mt. View, and Southern Heights elementary schools.



Joahn Johannesen was born in Waco, TX December 1, 1934, and died January 21, 2017, at home in Richland WA, exiting her body just in time for her spirit to join 175,000 of her feminist friends in Seattle’s Women’s March. She lived in Burien, WA from 1959 until 2008.

Jo married Jacob Johannesen in 1954. By 1959, they had four children. They raised their children in Burien WA. When her children were mostly grown, she returned to school and completed her bachelor’s degree from Western Washington State University in Human Services. She worked as a counselor at Domestic Abuse Women’s Network in Kent. After retirement and Jake’s death, she lived on the beach on Puget Sound in West Seattle. She moved to Richland in 2012 to escape Seattle traffic after a harrowing pas de deux with a logging truck on I-5.


Sea Tac restaurant closed by health department

Los 3 Cochinitos located at 19616 Des Moines Memorial Dr., SeaTac 98148 was closed by a Public Health food inspector on January 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm for the following food safety violations:
• Operating without a valid permit
• Imminent health hazard: no hot water
• No restrooms available
The establishment will be reopened once the inspector confirms that these issues have been resolved.
The Food Establishment Closures homepage is online at www.kingcounty.gov/health/closures


Medzo Gelato Bar and Travel Café Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony February 10th 2017

Discover Burien is proud to announce new member Medzo Gelato Bar and Travel Café! We would like to personally invite you in helping us host the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, February 10th at 12 pm. Join us for Gelato and Italian Hot Chocolate samples, door prizes and a look into their new location in Olde Burien.

Medzo Gelato Bar and Travel Café offers artisan Italian gelato and sorbets made with organic dairy and natural ingredients. Formerly 5-star rated Gelarto on Alki Beach, Medzo (short for Mediterranean Zone) will offer the same world-class products in a family-friendly environment…but with a twist. In this unique travel café, their 21 and over guests can enjoy dessert wines, sangria or liqueur drizzles in the comfort of a warm and cozy environment, which also offers light food and small bites for those craving a savory experience.

Fareed and Jennifer Al-Abboud, are the owner-operators and Burien residents. Medzo exemplifies the independent spirit of the Puget Sound region and the diversity of our global community.


KCLS 2016 Highlights

It’s hard to believe 2017 is already here. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering, “Where did the time go?” Apparently, it went to the library. Last year, our staff was very busy providing library services throughout the county, and KCLS has many things to celebrate as we close the books on 2016. Here are just a few of the highlights:

K-12 Education
2016 concluded with 16 school districts and over 200,000 students having a KCLS Student Card, providing easy access to the library’s online resources through their student ID.
39 libraries provided afterschool homework support to over 11,000 children and teens.
Nearly 35,000 online tutoring sessions were conducted in all grade levels and in all subjects, via KCLS’ tutor.com online resource.

Summer Learning
KCLS helped more than 42,000 kids and teens avoid the “summer slide” by getting them to read all summer long during the annual Summer Reading Program.
KCLS libraries provided 9,000 meals and snacks to youth during the summer months when school is not in session.
A new adult Summer Reading Program was launched in 2016, with more than 1,500 participating.

Emerging Technology


BECU Burien neighborhood financial center Grand opening and ribbon cutting is Feb. 7

Discover Burien is proud to welcome new business and member BECU Burien Neighborhood Financial Center. BECU will be hosting a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on February 7th, 2017 and you are all invited! Celebrate with refreshments, take a peek at their new location and meet the new Branch Manager Sheldon Garcia. They are located at 508 SW 152nd Street in the Town Square Plaza.

BECU is a not-for-profit credit union owned by its members. Earnings are returned to the members in the form of better rates and fewer fees. With more than 1 million members and over $15 billion in assets, BECU is the largest credit union in Washington and one of the top five financial cooperatives in the country. BECU currently operates over 40 locations in the Puget Sound region. For more information, visit www.becu.org.
We look forward to see you on February 7th at 3pm!