July 2018

Future aviation professionals earn college credits on pathway to career  

Puget Sound Skills Center Aeronautical Science Pathway Program honored for innovation  

information from Highline Public Schools

Students who aspire to touch the sky and join the aviation industry don’t have to wait long to start realizing their dream. The Puget Sound Skills Center Aeronautical Science Pathway program at Highline Public Schools gets students into the pilot’s seat as part of their high school experience. The program’s unique concept earned Highline the national recognition of District of Distinction by District Administration magazine.


Burien releases community survey results

By Jade Buchanan-Moh

Public safety was the top of the list of resident concerns in Burien’s recent community survey.

Emily Inlow-Hood, spokeswoman for Burien, discussed the results during the last city council meeting.

She explained that the city has conducted its survey every two years since 2008 “to assess residents’ perceptions about the general quality of life here in Burien, as well as their satisfaction with city government services.”

The 2018 survey consisted of 53 online questions. To increase accessibility, the poll was available in three languages--English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Responses were collected from 1,317 individuals, and 1,212 identified as Burien residents.

When asked for the most important issues facing the city, 50 percent selected public safety, and 31 percent of responders indicated feeling unsafe or somewhat unsafe.


“Sweet Land” at Taproot Theatre tells story of Norwegian immigrant

By Lindsay Peyton

The play on stage at Taproot Theatre seems to spring right out of the nearby Nordic Museum.

“Sweet Land” tells the story of a Norwegian immigrant Olaf Torvik, played by Tyler Todd Kimmel, who is building a new home and family, in the midst of discrimination from local townspeople.

The only difference between the play and similar experiences depicted in the exhibits at the Nordic Museum is the setting. “Sweet Land” takes place in Minnesota.

Taproot Theater is currently presenting the West Coast premiere of the musical, with book by Perrin Post and Laurie Flanigan Hegge, music by Dina Maccabee and lyrics by Laurie Flanigan Hegge. The show toured around Minnesota before making its way to the Pacific Northwest.

The musical is based on the film “Sweet Land” by Ali Selim and the short story “A Gravestone Made of Wheat” by Will Weaver.


Tea time with West Seattle’s Holly Furen

By Lindsay Peyton

West Seattle resident Holly Furen wants you to take time for a cup of tea.

The owner of Necessitea has made it her business to make sure you’re steeping only the best varieties. She sources top-notch leaves and blends her favorite flavors. The tea is available online – and in West Seattle at Admiral Bird, Bird on a Wire and Bendnmove. Soon, Husky Deli will also carry Furen’s products.

In addition, Furen is available for in-home tea pop-ups, pairings and tea tastings.

She will also be teaching workshops and selling teas at the Northwest Tea Festival from Sept. 29 to Sept. 30 at the Seattle Center exhibition hall. Furen is spreading the tea gospel, drawing attention to a beverage that she believes gets a bad rap in the U.S., even though it’s loved around the rest of the world.

“We’ve been subjected to the worst tea,” she said.


Ballard Historical Society invites all to 30th anniversary celebration

By Lindsay Peyton

The Ballard Historical Society is turning 30—and celebrating over dinner, drinks, music and art.

Head to Hattie’s Hat, 5231 Ballard Ave NW, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 for the occasion. A portion of the proceeds from the dinner will benefit the nonprofit dedicated to preserving the neighborhood’s history.

President Mary Schile said the location selected for the event is an ideal fit. “Hattie’s is the longest continuously running restaurant in all of Ballard,” she said. “They’re historically minded, and we love them.”

The Low Bar Ramblers will provide Americana music and paintings by Ballard artist Matt Bazemore will be on display.

The plein air painter will bring a selection of pieces depicting Ballard. “I’ve been trying to capture something that’s been vanishing from the old Ave,” he said.


Highline Crimes week of 7-30-18

Suspect of assault of Burien Mayor arrested

Around 9 p.m. on Monday, July 23, the 62-year old man from Burien turned himself in as the suspect who assaulted Mayor Jimmy Matta. Burien Police arrested the man and subsequently released pending the investigation outcome. Charges are expected to be forwarded to the Prosecutor Office, recommending malicious harassment charges. Police chief Ted Poe explained that on Saturday evening, July 21, during the Olde Burien Block Party, Matta contacted officers, who were working at the event. He told them that around 7:40 p.m. a man confronted him and threw his arm around the mayor’s neck.

He told Matta that he  “wasn’t going to let your people take over” and that “illegals aren’t going to take over our community.” Mayor Matta later provided a formal statement to detectives and is fully cooperating with the investigation.“We take these allegations very seriously.”

West Seattle Police Blotter week of 7-30-18

Body found and murder suspected

Detectives are investigating after a body was found in the 8400 block of 1 Avenue South just before 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Witnesses told detectives there was a disturbance at the address just before an unknown make and model of car sped away. The witnesses went on to say that a man who had died, was lying on the ground where the car had been.

Detectives will now work with the medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death. This remains an active investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the homicide/assault tip line at (206) 233-5000.

The address listed is for Lion Trucking but no association with that firm has been announced.


Detectives investigate fatal stabbing

Ballard Police Blotter week of 7-30 -18

Police seek woman who assaulted child at community center

Around 4 p.m. on Monday, July 16, a woman in her 50s arrived at a community center in Ballard, located near the intersection of N.W. 60th St. and 28th Ave. N.W.

She tried to enter a restricted area. Staff members confronted her, and he became agitated and walked toward the exit. On her way out the door, the woman shoved a 4-year-old girl to the ground.

The child sustained minor injuries as a result. Officers quickly arrived at the scene but were unable to locate the suspect.

Police are still searching for the woman, who was described as approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with short blonde hair and dressed in all black.

Cleanup begins at Lockheed – West Seattle Superfund site

Cleanup efforts are set to start at the Lockheed Superfund site in West Seattle in mid- August.

Lockheed West Seattle is one of the remaining areas to be cleaned up at the Harbor Island Superfund site.

The Lockheed Martin Corporation, as the Potentially Responsible Party for the cleanup, will remove contamination from a 40-acre area in the northwest corner of the mouth of the West Waterway and north of the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5. An estimated total of 167,000 cubic yards of contaminated material will be removed over the course of the cleanup, reducing site risks to human health and the environment. Of that total, more than 151,000 cubic yards of sediment will be dredged from the sub-tidal area and an additional 15,800 cubic yards will be excavated or dredged from the shoreline and intertidal area.