A Ribbon Cutting for the the completion of a road improvement project for Military Road South, S 176th St. to S 166th St., will be held on Tuesday, May 12.

Parking for the event will be at Safeway.

WHAT: Military Road South Ribbon Cutting

WHEN: 5/12/2015 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

WHERE: Integration Peace Park
4034 S 166th St (NW Corner of S 166th & Military Rd S)
SeaTac, Washington 98168


Daystar_Discover_edited-1Advertiser Daystar Retirement Village will be holding an Open House on Thursday, May 14, from Noon – 2:30 p.m. at the Parkview Building on their campus at 2615 SW Barton Street.

“Come enjoy light lunch and refreshments while you mingle with residents and learn why Daystar Retirement Village makes it easy to live life your way,” reads an announcement. “The natural beauty, active lifestyles and caring staff are just a few of the reasons many people call Daystar home.”

“Join us to tour homes and discover the joys of independent living and choices for assisted living.”

Daystar Retirement
2615 SW Barton Street
West Seattle 98126

(206) 937-6122


“Like” them on Facebook here.



Photo of 16L/34R construction in 2009.

The Port of Seattle announced Friday (April 24) that it is set to begin reconstruction of the center runway (designated as 16C/34C) at Sea-Tac International Airport, closing it down between May 4 and Oct. 20, 2015.

The runway was originally built in 1969, and the Port says that reconstruction is not expected to impact flight schedules, passenger traffic, or any other airport operations.

The project will also include installation of a new LED runway lighting system and an automated electronic Foreign Object Debris (FOD) detection system to provide additional safety on the runway. Portions of connecting taxiways will also be replaced and/or repaired, along with associated electrical, water, and aging storm water infrastructure.

During the reconstruction all air operations (takeoffs and landings) will be directed to the airport’s two other runways. Nearly 1,000 daily operations occur on the airfield and detailed plans have been developed to minimize conflicts between construction activities and aircraft operations.

Upon completion of the project, all three of Sea-Tac’s runways will have been constructed or rebuilt within the last seven years. Sea-Tac’s third runway (designated as 16R/34L) was built in 2008, while the longest runway (16L/34R) was reconstructed in 2009. The lifespan of the reconstructed center runway is estimated to be 40 years.

The project will cost approximately $95 million. The port has received $15 million in FAA grants and anticipates another $10 million in future FAA grants. The remaining funding was allocated from Airport Development Funds, Airport Improvement Project Grants, and future revenue bonds.

Additional Project Facts:

  • The center runway, 16C/34C, is the oldest runway at Sea-Tac having been built in 1969.
  • 16C/34C is 9,426’ in length. (Runway 16L/34R is 11,901’ and runway 16R/34L is 8,500’).
  • The runway surface is made up of 4,000+ concrete panels, each measuring 20’ X 18.75‘. Over the course of the last 20 years, 600+ panels have been replaced to keep the runway operational.
  • The concrete from the runway will be recycled and crushed on site into gravel that will be used as the sub-base for the new runway, resulting in over 300,000 Square Yards (SY) of recycled concrete being used for this project.
  • Over 200,000 SY of new concrete will be poured for the new runway.
  • The new runway will consist of eight inches of crushed rock sub-base, four inches of asphalt, and 18 inches of Portland cement concrete.
  • Over 16,000 linear feet of new storm drain pipe will be installed.

For more information visit: http://www.portseattle.org/Business/Construction-Projects/Airport-Projects/Pages/center_runway.aspx

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Sound Transit is asking for public comments on the extension of Link light rail south from SeaTac’s Angle Lake Station at S. 200th Street, and will be holding meetings on May 6 and May 7.

Alternatives for the 7.6-mile route include corridors paralleling Interstate 5 and State Route 99/International Boulevard.

On April 10, Sound Transit and the Federal Transit Administration published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for extending Link light rail to Kent/Des Moines—also known as the Federal Way Link Extension. The DEIS answers questions such as:

  • Could the project change the look of my neighborhood?
  • How much could the project cost?
  • How many people could ride light rail each day?
  • Would traffic improve or get worse?
  • How many homes or businesses could be displaced?
  • How much noise could the project create?

Service on the new extension to Kent/Des Moines will begin in 2023 and extend to Federal Way when funding becomes available. The Sound Transit Board is scheduled to identify a preferred alternative this summer.

The public can review and comment on the DEIS at upcoming public hearings, through interactive web tools and by email or regular mail through May 26.

Public meetings:

  • Wednesday, May 6
    4:00 – 7:00 PM – Public hearing begins at 5:30 PM Federal Way Community Center
    876 S. 333rd Street, Federal Way
  • Thursday, May 7
    4:00 – 7:00 PM – Public hearing begins at 5:30 PM Highline College
    Student Union Building
    2400 S. 240th Street, Des Moines

Interactive web tools
Users can go to federalwaylink.org to watch a simulated video, build a route from alternatives and station options, and submit comments using an online form.

The public can also email comments to FWLE@soundtransit.org, or mail them to Federal Way Link Extension, Draft EIS Comments, Sound Transit, 401 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104.

NPB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this SATURDAY, April 25 – is a gorgeous new 4-bedroom home in the desirable Seahurst neighborhood!

This home’s dream kitchen has off-white cabinetry with soft close, heated floors, Franke faucet, quartz, under mount sinks, stainless appliances (refrigerator included).

The front room has built-ins, fireplace and “Smurf tube” for hiding TV/computer/server cables.

Main floor utility with slab quartz (second W/D hook-up upstairs).

The Master suite has double door entry, safe, 5-piece bath with soaking tub and shower.

Large 4th bed or bonus room awaits your magic touch!

Finished and insulated garage, hot/cold hose bib on exterior, and a covered outdoor area w/BBQ hook-up too!

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

















Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, from Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 15115 12th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166


  • List Price: $459,950
  • MLS Number: 762247
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 2015
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,100
  • Lot Square Footage: 3,556

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • High Speed Internet
  • Propane
  • RV Parking

Marketing remarks:

Finished new construction in desirable Seahurst!

Dream kitchen has off white cabinetry w/soft close, heated floors, Franke faucet, quartz, under mount sinks, stainless appliances (refrig included).

Front room has built-ins, fireplace & ‘smurf tube’ to hide TV/computer/server cables.

Main floor utility with slab quartz (second w/d hook-up upstairs).

Master has double door entry, safe, 5-piece bath w/soaking tub & shower.

Large 4th bed or bonus.

Finished & insulated garage.

Hot/cold hose bib on exterior.

Covered outdoor area w/BBQ hook-up!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

The SeaTac Municipal Court announced the event lineup for the 4th Annual 2015 SeaTac Municipal Court Law Week, set to run April 27-May 1.

This year’s festivities are again free to the public and will present a series of events following the American Bar Association theme “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law.”

“I look forward to Law Week every year as a great opportunity to meet the citizens of SeaTac and engage our local students while celebrating our nation’s legal heritage,” said Judge Elizabeth Cordi-Bejarano. “This year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The principles embodied in Magna Carta are as fundamental to our lives today as they were when they were incorporated in our Nation’s most cherished founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Due process, the right to jury trial, and the right to travel are just a few of the freedoms that are attributable to Magna Carta.”

The 2015 Law Week includes the following events:

  • SeaTac Municipal Court Open House – Monday, April 27
    The City of SeaTac will host an open house at the SeaTac Municipal Court with a demonstration of the new electronic forms system created in an effort to go paperless. The event will be held from 3:00pm to 4:30pm, at SeaTac Municipal Court, 4800 S. 188th Street, SeaTac. RSVP by April 24 to Gail Cannon at gcannon@ci.seatac.wa.us.
  • Free Movie Screening: John Adams, Part l – Tuesday, April 28
    There will be a free screening of the 2008 HBO mini-series John Adams, Part l at the SeaTac Community Center. John Adams is a winner of 4 Golden Globes and 13 Emmys and is a mini-series that chronicles the life of Founding Father, John Adams. The film is rated TV-PG and will be shown on April 28, at the SeaTac Community Center, 13735 – 24th Ave S. from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Free popcorn provided!
  • Free Movie Screening: John Adams, Part ll – Wednesday, April 29
    There will be a free screening of the 2008 HBO mini-series John Adams, Part ll at the SeaTac Community Center. The film will be shown on April 29, at the SeaTac Community Center, 13735 – 24th Ave S. from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Free popcorn provided!
  • Student Mock Trial – Friday, May 1
    The City of SeaTac will host a mock trial featuring Chinook Middle School students, moderated by Judge Elizabeth Cordi-Bejarano. The event will allow students to interact with the Judge and walk thru the process of a trial. This will be held from 10:00am to noon, at SeaTac Municipal Court, 4800 S. 188th Street, SeaTac.

For more information about the 2015 SeaTac Municipal Court Law Week, please visit www.cityofseatac.com/court. If you have additional questions please contact Gail Cannon at (206) 973-4610 or gcannon@ci.seatac.wa.us.

From our sister site The Waterland Blog:

Des Moines City Councilmember Jeanette Burrage – who has been charged with assaulting a special needs student riding on a Highline School District bus she was driving (read our previous coverage here) – submitted her resignation from the council on Wednesday, April 22.

Burrage, 62, had been driving buses for Highline Transportation since 2012.

She was placed on administrative leave by the school district after this incident, which happened on March 10.

Read the full story here.

Arraignment was held Tuesday (April 21) for Robert L. Studer, charged with Murder in the First Degree for the fatal shooting of his 42-year-old nephew in SeaTac on March 26.

Studer, 68, entered a plea of ‘Not Guilty’ to the charges.

He allegedly shot his nephew, James Studer, at the victim’s wood crate manufacturing business, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

After the murder, Studer fled to California. He was arrested in the town of Taft in central California on March 28 after a standoff with police.

Studer waived extradition proceedings and was brought back to King County and booked into jail on April 15.

Bail is set at $3 million.

Here’s a Tweet sent out by KOMO:

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This column by Earl Gipson is a view of SeaTac city government. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The SeaTac Blog nor its staff. We are seeking additional regular columnists to reflect different opinions and views of SeaTac residents. Those interested can e-mail us at editor@seatacblog.com.]

by Earl Gipson

Council does not endorse King County Prop #1
In a surprise move the SeaTac Council chose not to endorse Dow Constantine’s special election Prop #1 for Emergency Radio’s. It was stated by PSERN (Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network) that the vendor, Motorola, will no longer support the old radios. According to Council Member Ladenburg, that statement cannot be found and the new vendor is also Motorola for a cool $270 million. Nice work if you can get it.

Constantine’s Unnecessary Special Election costs: $1.8 million. Sounds like the Highline School District is rubbing off on someone.

154th Street Station Re-Development Area
CED Director Joe Scorcio and consultants from ULI (Urban Land Institute) briefed the Council on development possibilities. Short answer, not yet. Need more crime and blight (made that up).

Airport Director takes fifth when questioned by Council
I sat in the Sustainable Airport Master Plan Special Council meeting Thursday. It was called a “workshop” so the Public was not allowed to speak. Two hours plus of my life I won’t get back. After being grilled with softball questions and yes/no responses that took 10 minutes each, Airport Director Mark Reis, said absolutely nothing unless “we don’t know”, “we don’t know that either”, “need more meetings”, “we may never know” and “that’s a very good question” counts as answers.

The Airport Master Plan seems to be not to commit to anything but make sure you use the word “sustainable” as many times as possible. Don’t get me wrong here. I’m sure the airport has a plan but if they can avoid telling the Public or our businesses that’s a better plan. This is called community outreach (like SeaTac code enforcement).

As my backside and legs grew weary from sitting for this, un-elected Mayor Gregerson apologized for going over the time, talked for ten more minutes, and in true Valley Girlesk (you know, the question mark inflection at the end of sentences) said nothing and adjourned the “informative” meeting.

If you watch the meeting on video or were there let me know if you heard anything useful. I must have missed it. Should have mowed my lawn.

PDC shows 2 SeaTac Council Members running for re-election so far
Council Member Dave Bush (still has $4,800 leftover from 2011) and un-elected Mayor Gregerson are listed so far. Per the PDC Gregerson can transfer money back and forth from her Council and Legislative seat and shows $2,800 left over from 2011 Council election. If you recall the unions spent $30, 000 on each of them in our last election. What a system. If you need an extra $12,000 a year, sign up soon. That’s what a SeaTac Council Member gets paid. If you have any questions about running for Council you can ask them here and I will answer them as best I can and as time permits.

From our sister site The Waterland Blog:

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by Jack Mayne

Des Moines City Councilmember Jeanette Burrage has been charged with assaulting a special needs student riding on a Highline School District bus she was driving.

King County Sheriff’s detectives investigated the March incident and then recommended fourth degree assault charges be filed against Burrage, a one-time state legislator and King County Superior Court judge.

Read the full story here.