The Port of Seattle will be holding their third Open House for Sea-Tac Airport’s Flight Corridor Safety Program on Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the SeaTac Community Center.

The Port of Seattle’s Flight Corridor Safety Program and Replanting Plan replaces over-height trees with native, low-growing trees and shrubs in Sea-Tac Airport’s flight corridor. In late 2016, the Port Commission, responding to community concerns, voted to modify the program, approving work on select Port properties while calling for more community engagement before determining the removal and replanting approach for trees on Port property near South 200th Street.

This week, invasive vegetation, tree removal work and site preparation work will occur on Port property on the airfield’s west-side, with replanting to occur in the coming months.

The February 1 open house will be another opportunity for the public to hear about current work and modifications to the program that replaces over-height trees in the Sea-Tac Airport flight corridor with native, lower-growing trees and shrubs.

Port staff will update participants:

  • Seek public input on removal and replanting approaches for specific Port-owned properties along South 200th Street,
  • Provide updates on replanting and removal work under way on other Port-owned properties and,
  • Share information about the Port’s Airport Communities Ecology Fund to invest in environmental projects and programs in the airport communities.

WHAT: Port of Seattle Flight Safety Corridor Update Open House

WHEN: Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Ave. S., SeaTac, WA.  map link

WHO: Port of Seattle Flight Corridor Safety Program project staff

For more information and Frequently Asked Questions on the program, visit the project webpage here or visit

The SeaTac Community Center is located at 13735 24th Ave. S. in SeaTac:

UPDATE: Sadly, the victim of this tragedy has passed away.

A 74-year old man was shot in SeaTac early Thursday morning (Jan. 19) after a bullet went through the wall of his house and struck him in the head as he was sleeping.

Police responded to numerous reports of shots being heard near S. 128th Street and 26 Ave S. (map below) around midnight.

One caller in the 12800 block of 26th Ave S. said their house had been struck multiple times by bullets. When deputies arrived they found shell casings on the ground in front of the house and bullet holes in the walls and a vehicle parked at that location. No one was injured at the house.

Within minutes police received another 911 call from the next door neighbor’s house saying a man had been shot in the head. Deputies ran to the house and found a 74-year old man in bed with a gunshot wound to the head. Police believe a stray round from the shots next door went through the wall of his house and struck him as he slept.

Medics arrived and transported the man to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life threatening injuries. He later died from his injuries.

Detectives have not determined a motive for the shooting, and there is no suspect information at this time.

Phiona Musei – the Ugandan Chess Champion featured in the Disney film “Queen of Katwe” – will be making an appearance at the SeaTac Community Center this Thursday, Jan. 19.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the event beginning at 5 p.m.

Sponsored by SeaTac United, along with the City of SeaTac, Chess4Life and Alaska Airlines, the event will include an opportunity for local youth to play chess with Phiona, meet an inspirational champion and hear a great positive message.

Parents are encouraged to stay through the playing of the quads with pizza being served between rounds of play.

This exciting event will be hosted at the SeaTac Community Center located at 13735 24th Avenue South in SeaTac.

Here’s a trailer for the film that’s baed on Phiona:

Highline Public Schools will be holding an Internet Safety Workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from at 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Pacific Middle School in Des Moines.

Here’s more info:

Pause Before You Post. Think Before You Type. Share Responsibly.

All families and students are invited to our Internet Safety Workshop where you will find out how to stay safe online.

Topics include:

  • What is Bullying?
  • How to Protect Your Online Reputation
  • Internet Safety Tips
  • Staying Out of the News
  • and much more!

*Some content may not be appropriate for young children.

Pacific Middle School is located at 22705 24th Ave South:

[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 [email protected].]

by Earl Gipson

A long and worthwhile road
On January 10, at the RCM (Regular Council Meeting) the Council passed the second part of the Code of Ethics. The Council already passed a code for themselves (electeds) and this part applies to the staff. It was passed without much fanfare but it is a big deal and hard fought for by the Citizens of SeaTac.

For myself and others this road started a decade ago with a SeaTac Planning Director (Steve Butler) who lied repeatedly about damn near everything. The question was why was this person never disciplined and was allowed to do this. The journey and subsequent queries led to others in the city higher up in the chain including two previous city managers and previous councilmembers who had no qualms about abusing their power and influence. Some continue to do so but are no longer in positions of power in our city. A couple (one in particular) remains but are no longer part of the majority. If he is reading this he knows that I am talking about him. Golly (inside joke #1).

From a personal standpoint
I have my own personal Code of Ethics that I wrote down in my early twenties (had to change). I carried it with me for three decades in my wallet but it is now etched in my mind. They are the rules I live by. They are private but you can do it for yourselves. There must be a point when you say to yourself “I cannot and will not do that” no matter the consequences (there usually are) and be able to look at yourself in the mirror. Does not apply to sociopaths.

My Appreciation
Thank you to Acting City Manager Joe Scorcio, the staff, and the councilmembers who kept their promise to implement the Code/s of Ethics. Welcome 2017. Last year took a bit of a toll on some of us.

Cactus Song selection:
No, I am not going to jump off a cliff or overpass (inside joke #2). Learning to Fly. Pink Floyd 1987:


STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY and SUNDAY – is a new, modern style, 5-bedroom home in the desirable North Hill neighborhood of Des Moines!

Ideal floor plan features 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a real 3-car garage.

Main floor has a second master bedroom or junior master suite.

Chef’s delight kitchen with quartz, stainless and high end flooring.

Upstairs has a spacious master bedroom complete with walk-in closet and 5-piece master bath.

Over-sized upstairs bonus room or possible 6th bedroom.

Located on a large, usable lot. Must see!

Offers: Seller intends to review offers upon receipt.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Open House.

WHEN: Both SATURDAY, Jan. 14 and SUNDAY, Jan. 15: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 20716 2nd Ave S, Des Moines 98198 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $674,950
  • MLS Number: 1066492
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,278 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 8,062 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing Remarks:

Modern style!

New construction home on the desirable North Hill of Des Moines. Ideal floor plan features 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a real 3 car garage.

Main floor has a second master bedroom or junior master suite. Chef’s delight kitchen with quartz, stainless and high end flooring.

Upstairs has a spacious master bedroom complete with walk-in closet and 5-piece master bath.

Over-sized upstairs bonus room or possible 6th bedroom.

Located on a large, usable lot. Must see!

Offers: Seller intends to review offers upon receipt

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 deadline for a small grant application for minor capital improvements or programs to encourage bicycling, walking, or transit use in South King County has been extended to Jan. 31, 2017. 

Eligible projects must be within the cities of Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, SeaTac, or Tukwila and may be proposed by cities, businesses, community organizations, schools, or neighborhood groups.

Approximately 6-12 small grants will be available.  Whether you have an idea for a project to improve bicycle or pedestrian access or would like to install a bike rack at your location, we encourage you to apply for this funding opportunity.

Detailed grant information can be found online at, or send questions by email to [email protected].

A PDF of the grant application can be found at


Multiple opportunities available! Interview directly with hiring managers!

WHO: HMSHost at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

WHAT: Job Fair – HMSHost is seeking to fill restaurant positions at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Positions available include Starbucks Baristas, Sous Chef, and Management positions.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 17th, 2017, 10am – 1pm

WHERE: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 17801 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98158. Room # – MT 272 2F (head towards pre-security Starbucks and you should see the signs) Interviews on site. Immediate hires.

Apply online prior to Job Fair:

Onsite Contact: Allison Newsham, [email protected] – 206.433.5644

For media inquiries about HMSHost, please contact Sarah Cody at [email protected] or 240-694-4403.

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe, including 44 of the 50 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.8 billion and employs more than 37,000 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of around €4.3 billion in 2015, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,200 stores in over 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit for more information. We can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter at @HMSHost.

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By Jack Mayne

The SeaTac City Council unanimously approved a new employee ethics code Tuesday night (Jan 10) as a city ordinance, not just as management rules as originally planned.

Councilmember Rick Forschler said that city activist and SeaTac Blog columnist Earl Gipson was responsible for pushing the code to reality.

“Earl, thank you from me for your persistence, and every city needs someone like Earl Gipson,” said Forschler.

Gipson expressed his satisfaction that the code after many years was soon to be the law of the city.

‘Highest standards’
The new employee code “upholds, promotes, and requires the highest standards of ethics from its employees for personal integrity, truthfulness, honesty, responsibility and fairness in carrying out their public duties.”

The code also says employees “must avoid any improprieties in their role as public servants and must never use their city position or authority for personal gain” and will “conduct their personal and professional business and dealings in a manner that shall present no perceived or actual conflict of interest between the public trust and an employee’s private interest.”

It contains some “conduct standards” that include employees must act in the best interest of the community by providing “honest, accurate, timely and complete information” and identify “problems and helping create solutions.”

The city manager manages the code at part as his supervisorial role in the city and is required to inform the Council each January of “ethics complaints, investigations and resolutions.”

Disorderly conduct
The Council voted to replace the city’s disorderly conduct law because the one that had been in effect for years was found to be “overly broad” by a King County Superior Court, after a SeaTac citizen appealed a conviction in SeaTac Municipal Court.

Assistant City Attorney Mark Johnsen said the change includes prohibiting intentional “fighting in a public place, or quarreling or inciting or encouraging others to fight in a public place.”

Big hotel bill
During public comment before the main Council meeting, SeaTac resident Vicky Lockwood asked the Council to pull two expense vouchers from the evening’s consent agenda, the place on the council agenda where routine and generally agreed upon measures as given final approval.

There was a National League of Cities meeting on the east coast and Lockwood said one councilmember charged the city “almost double” for a room than did another Councilmember. Lockwood said that Councilmember Kathryn Campbell billed the city $1498 for a hotel room while Councilmember Peter Kwan sought $857 for the same period of time.

“You should, you must ask why and determine whether this charge is legitimate,” Lockwood said.

The SeaTac Blog asked Campbell about the difference, and she said she did not choose the location or the type of room – a person on the city staff made the reservation.

Lockwood also asked for Council oversight on a “reappearing pattern” charge of $75.68 for ink for Councilmember Campbell’s home printer. Campbell said she had trouble with her city-owned printer and the city staff said she needed a new one and ink for it, “I did not ask for that.”

Advertiser ‘In The Northwest’ has a great opportunity to start the new year – excellent schedule, location and room to grow make this a dream job for individuals with the right attitude and motivation.

See more from their job description here:

Immediate opening, Administrative! for Wholesale Pet supply Manufacturer’s Rep firm ‘In the Northwest’!

Harbor Ave, West Seattle

In the Northwest is a Pet Supplies Wholesale Firm.

We are a locally-based business, with an office on Harbor Avenue in West Seattle.

Established for over 20 years, we strive to provide unique products to independent retailers across the nation. We pride ourselves on selling awesome products and providing excellent customer service…

We are seeking Administrative help immediately!

Our intern is going back to school…

Our office manager has been promoted…

Candidates for this Position will be:

  • Customer Service Oriented
  • Proficient in MS Office/esp: Outlook and Excel
  • Able to quickly learn our database program (access based)
  • Highly motivated and able to work well independently
  • Very detail oriented
  • Capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing
  • Mature, Loyal and Dependable
  • Appreciative of the nuances of working for a small business…
  • Able to work approximately 30 hours per week
  • Monday-Fri 9-4
  • Opportunities for Advancement!

We are ultimately hoping to find a great administrator who learns our business well enough to become our general office manager!

Interested parties please e-mail a detailed cover letter and resume to [email protected].