May 2017

Woman suffers fractured jaw in assault near Highline High School; Police seeking public help

On May 5 around 8pm a young woman, age 22, was assaulted near Highline High School. The victim told the King County Sheriff that an unknown Hispanic male, in his mid 20’s, 180 pounds, with a medium build, brown eyes, short black hair, a black jacket, blue jeans, and black shoes, had attacked her about 20 minutes prior to meeting with police.

She said she had never seen the male before. She said she had been walking her dog on the property of Highline High School at 225 S 152nd ST. She said she was in the area of the property on a path by the lunchroom. At the time of this incident she said that there was a sporting event going on at the school and all the people who were attending were leaving the area.

The male approached her from the front and asked her how to get to the game, he told her his name was “Juan.” She gave him directions to the game. Eventually he went over and stood by a tree in the area for a couple minutes before re-approaching her and trying to touch her dog. Her dog began growling and she told him the dog wouldn’t let him pet.


Shoplifting becomes a robbery in White Center

Just before midnight Tuesday night the King County Sheriff received a call regarding a robbery that occurred in the 10600 block of 16th Ave SW in White Center.

Three juvenile males had gone into the Super Saver store and allegedly stolen some drinks. A security guard followed them out of the store. The three suspects went outside and met up with two other juveniles.

The security guard confronted the teens and one produced a handgun and threatened the security guard.

The suspects then ran. Patrol deputies located the suspect who had displayed the handgun and threatened the guard nearby.

He was arrested and booked into the Youth Services Center for robbery.


Port of Seattle to hold update and public workshop on Flight Corridor Safety Program

June 5, 6-8 p.m. at McMicken Heights Elementary School

The public is invited to a Port of Seattle workshop on the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Flight Corridor Safety Program June 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., at McMicken Heights Elementary School, 3708 S. 168th St., SeaTac.

Last year, the Port of Seattle Commission called for more community engagement before deciding on the removal and replanting approach for over-height trees on Port properties along South 200th Street.
This will be the fourth public update workshop on this topic. Child care, food and interpreters will be provided. If you can't make it, visit the online open house website. 

The Port of Seattle's replanting approach in existing mitigation areas near Sea-Tac Airport provides multiple layers of vegetation and diverse native forest. Click to watch a video about similar expectations for the Flight Corridor Safety Area replanting. 

For more information, visit us online beginning June 5 ( to learn the status of the program and share your input.


Registration for Night Out against crime now open; Get signage and more for your event

National Night Out registration is officially open! Registration remains open until 5pm on Monday July 31st.
Night Out is August 1, 2017 generally from 6 to 9pm.

Community members can visit: to register and access printable invitations, street closure signs, and logos for your event.

Night Out is a national event promoted in Seattle by Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention. It is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities.


Burien Seen

with Teanna Gentry

Body & Mind Work Done Right
I am always amazed by how the human body works. Whether it be the way our brains learn or how our skin regenerates there is always something in process! On my stops for Burien Seen this go around, I wanted to learn what's happening in our community when it comes to taking care of our bodies, and our minds.

I didn't have to go far to run into Darla Green, owner of Skinperfect Beauty Bar where the body is what they are all about. We sat down for a Q & A session and she filled me in on what's new and exciting at her business.

Q: Have you had any new hires recently?
A: Skinperfect Aesthetics is pleased to have long-term employees and focuses on cultivating professional relationships; Jennifer Fitzgerald is our longest term employee; with us over 12 years, Carrie Ester has been with Skinperfect for almost three years. Skinperfect is looking for a part-time front desk and spa assistant who is looking for a possible career in Skincare. Once we have this key role hired, we will be seeking a part-time Master Aesthetician!

Q: What special dates or events do you have coming up?


Burien Pride takes place this Saturday, June 3

All Proceeds to Benefit Burien C.A.R.E.S. and LGBT Youth Program Camp Ten Trees

In the spirit of celebrating National Gay Pride Month, Burien is hosting its first pride celebration sponsored by Gay City, Umpqua Bank, Burien Actors Theater, Burien Nursing and Rehabilitation, BECU and South Seattle Community College. The event will take place on Saturday June 3, 2017 at Burien Town Square Park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with FREE admission to the public. All proceeds from this event will benefit Burien C.A.R.E.S., a local Burien animal non-profit organization, and Camp Ten Trees, a wonderful Seattle LGBT youth program.

This exciting event is hosting many specialty vendor booths with artisan crafts, real estate, and prize-winning party games, clothing, jewelry, kids games, and much, much more. This family-friendly event will have a delicious menu for those who want to indulge in the food tent area. For those who are 21+, they can enjoy a refreshing iced cold beer from the beer garden area.


Transit walkway accessibility improvements benefit thousands at Sea-Tac Airport

by Brian DeRoy

Port of Seattle

For most able-bodied folks, a quarter of a mile walk in a covered walkway may not seem like much. But for those with mobility issues, that fraction of a mile could seem more like an uphill climb on Mt. Rainier.
The Port of Seattle’s goal of becoming the nation’s most accessible airport got closer to reality as it unveiled a new electric cart service to and from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport terminal and the Sound Transit Link light rail station.
In the first full month of use, 20,000 people have utilized the free service.
The cart is part of improvements made to the walkway inside Sea-Tac’s parking garage that include putting up plexiglas panels on the north side to shield travelers from wind and rain.
“Knowing 20,000 people have used this free service in just one month is a testament to customer service and our commitment to serving all of our passengers,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Stephanie Bowman. “In the future, we’re working with the Open Doors Organization to go through the entire airport and give us strategies of how to make Sea-Tac accessible to all.”


Highline selects two schools for dual language

Hazel Valley and Midway elementary schools will launch Spanish-English programs in fall 2018

information from Highline Public Schools

Thanks to input from staff and families, more students in Highline Public Schools will have the opportunity for bilingual education. Hazel Valley and Midway elementary schools will transition to English-Spanish dual language schools, starting with students entering kindergarten in September 2018. The two schools will join six other dual language schools across the district.

The addition of two dual language elementary schools supports Highline’s goal for students to graduate bilingual and biliterate by 2026. "We know that becoming bilingual and biliterate gives our students a competitive advantage, and that is why we are so committed to this bold goal,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “Many of our students start school with skills in more than one language, and dual language gives us the opportunity to capitalize on that asset.”

In a dual language program, students learn to speak, read and write in two languages. Half of the instruction is in English and half in Spanish. Students move between two teachers during the day to learn in both languages.


Kennedy duo snags seventh at state tennis tourney

By Tim Clinton

Lily Olson and Lauren Jergens of Kennedy Catholic teamed up to snag a seventh place finish in the Class 4A girls tennis tournament for doubles this past weekend.

Olson and Jergens opened with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Issy Koehler and Marissa Johnson of Glacier Peak before falling to Misa Takami and Sophia Kissin of Hazen, 6-0, 6-0, in the quarterfinals.
The Lancers regrouped to defeat Calley Heilborn and Anna Maracich of Auburn-Riverside, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, in their first consolation match.

That advanced Olson and Jergens to the match for fourth and seventh place, which they narrowly lost to Kaylynn Noyd and Anna Davenport of Wenatchee, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6.


Shimasaki takes first place in pole vault in Class 1A meet

By Tim Clinton

Seattle Christian senior Evan Shimasaki scored a first place finish in the Class 1A pole vault at the lower classification track and field state meet held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney this past weekend.
Shimasaki cleared a height of 16 feet, 00.00 inches in capturing the top spot for this year.

Warriors teammate Michael Johnson also had a good meet.

Johnson finished fifth in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.47 seconds and also took fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.64.

The Seattle Christian boys 400-meter relay secured seventh place, posting at time of 44.54.