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The ’12th Man’ will be out in full force in SeaTac this Sunday morning, Jan. 25, when the Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks travel to Sea-Tac Airport to fly south to Arizona.

Fans are invited to line a 1.1-mile route on S. 188th Street starting at 46th Ave S. towards 28th Ave S. at 9 a.m. in SeaTac to show support for the team. Fans are encouraged to bring 12 flags, signs, Seahawks attire and loud voices as the team buses pass.

WSDOT says that from about 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., ramps to and from S. 188th Street and I-5 will be shut down. During that time, crazed fans will line up and cheer the ‘Hawks to the Super Bowl for the second straight year.

“To ensure the safety of everyone involved we have developed a crowd/traffic control plan that includes the closure of key roads for a short period of time,” reads an announcement from WSDOT.

Here’s a list of planned closures:

  • 6:30 a.m.: SeaTac Public Works staff will set up lane modifications on S. 188th Street between Military Road S. and 28th Ave S. The road will be open during this preparation but the center turn lane will be impacted.
  • 8:30 a.m.: Washington State Patrol will close I-5 exit #152 (188th Street and Orillia North and Southbound). There will be no stopping, exiting or access to 188th from I-5. Both directions of S.188 St. from Military Road to International Blvd. will be closed.
  • 9:15 a.m.: SeaTac Police will close north and southbound International Blvd. as well as eastbound S. 188th at Des Moines Memorial Drive, to make final crowd control preparations. Both directions of International Blvd and Eastbound S. 188 St. will be closed.
  • 10 a.m.+/-: SeaTac Police will reopen S. 188th Street and International Blvd. in both directions.

“Throughout the listed time frame, Police and Public Works start will be posted on the roadway for traffic and crowd control,” officials added.

Here are some parking suggestions:

  • Chinook Middle School, 18650 42nd Avenue South, SeaTac
  • Tyee Educational Complex, 4424 S188th #800, SeaTac
  • Bow Lake Elementary School, 18237 42nd Avenue South, SeaTac
  • SeaTac City Hall, 4800 South 188th Street SeaTac
  • Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Boulevard, SeaTac
  • SeaTac Airport- (Paid Parking), 7801 International Boulevard
  • Alaska Airlines Headquarters 20400 block of International Boulevard

Drivers wanting to travel to SeaTac and the airport during these times are advised to use alternate routes such as SR-518.

Please visit the following page to view the route, road closures, detours and available parking areas: http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/seahawks. The page also contains a link to Seattle Southside’s restaurant listings.

For mobile devices, visit http://bit.ly/1uwAW6m.

STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, Jan. 24 – is a beautiful, modern designed home with city views!

Impressive, tasteful finishes include: stainless steel appliances, 8-foot glass front door, modern base trim, upgraded interior doors, skylight and soaring ceilings.

The main floor is very open with great room and open concept kitchen complete with eating bar and pantry.

The master bedroom has its own full bath and walk-in closet.

A second master bedroom has a full bath and walk-in closet.

All located on a large lot with generously-sized patio and plenty of parking. Must see!

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

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 24, Noon – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 223 SW 102nd Street, Seattle, WA 98146

INFO:

  • List Price: $459,950
  • MLS Number: 729869
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2015
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,600
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,563

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing remarks:

Modern Designed Home with City Views!

Impressive, tasteful finishes including: stainless steel appliances, 8 ft glass front door, modern base trim, upgraded interior doors, skylight and soaring ceilings.

Main floor is very open with great room and open concept kitchen complete with eating bar and pantry.

Master bedroom has its own full bath & walk-in closet.

Second master bedroom with full bath & walk-in closet.

All located on a large lot with generously-sized patio & plenty of parking. Must see!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The SeaTac Blog nor its staff:]

WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM?

It is important that the citizens of the Highline School District understand the enormous commitment they are being asked to make by the Highline School District Board on February 10th. For this reason, Karen Steele, Normandy Park resident, founded an educational committee called Sensible Spending on Our Schools (SSOS). She feels that every citizen should know the breadth and scope of this Bond and its effect on their lives.

Unfortunately, Lois Schipper, President of Highline Citizens for Schools, in an attempt to quash the opposition to the Highline School Consruction Bond, felt compelled to file a complaint with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). Lois Schipper claims that the proper paperwork was not filed with the PDC. However, contrary to Lois Schipper’s notions, Karen Steele assures that all necessary paperwork has been filed with the appropriate agencies and that nothing illegal or improper has occurred. And while the PDC is doing it’s duty and looking into Lois’s complaint, SSOS has not been charged with any wrong doing.

In August 2014, when Sensible Spending on Our Schools was founded and the PDC was contacted, Karen Steele was directed to file with the Department of Revenue. A separate account was opened at Chase Bank in Burien and every transaction has been recorded and documented and all expenditures accounted for.

Lois Schipper is mortified that anyone would dare oppose the Highline School Construction Bond. The fact that they have raised over $200,000, are calling voters even 3 times a day pestering them to vote yes and mailing out copious amounts of brochures and advertisements to voters, substantiates her view that voters should not have a difference of opinion. Karen Steele says that this is not North Korea; we enjoy our First Amendment right of Freedom of Speech and every voter has the right to vote as they wish.

The Highline School District Bond was Proposition 1 in the November 2014 election and did not obtain the necessary votes to pass. In the February 10th, 2015 election, it is Proposition 2. Is this to confuse the voters? It is the same Bond as before, less 9 million dollars or 376 million dollars and even though the voters have turned it down, the Highline School District Board has ignored this and has put it back on the ballot only 3 short months later..

Susan Enfield, Highline School Superintendent, has declared that she will put it back on the ballot until it passes. Unfortunately, the Highline School District Board has not listened to the voters. The voters have asked for input regarding the contents of the bond but the Highline School District has ignored this request. Now, there are desperate attempts by the HSDB to hold meetings to explain the bond but this should have occurred before the bond was placed back on the ballot, not after. Also on the ballot is the Maintenance and Operations (M & O) Levy which is asking for $170 million over 3 years down from 4 years for our previous Levy. This is a 22% increase over the previous levy. Together with the school bond, the total is 546 million dollars and that is just to start with. There are two previous bonds that we still haven’t paid off. In the year 2035, the total amount paid for these bonds will be over 1 Billion Dollars.

This bond is more expensive than the citizens of Highline can afford. And yet, Susan Enfield has promised that in 3 years or so, another bond will be presented for us to fund. Where is all this money supposed to come from?

In addition, Dow Constantine and Jim McDermott are planning on asking the citizens to pay for a new Light Rail System to Burien next year. Then there is the plan to ask the citizens for money to fund schooling for children in a program called Cradle Through College. Our Police are also going to seek funding for a new radio system throughout King County for a system that is sorely in need of updating. If the Initiative 1351, which calls for a reduction in class size and was approved by the voters last year gets funded to the tune of $5 Billion, what will happen to the schools that the Highline School Board wants to build? The class sizes will be cut in half but where will they put the additional classes and who is going to pay for the additional teachers?

Just where is all this money going to come from? Yes, you guessed it. The voters.

We must send a clear message with our votes that this Bond is not acceptable and we can’t afford it. We have a voice and we have freedom of speech. We must speak out and stop this money grab.

And then there is the maintenance of the new schools should they get built. The maintenance department at Highline was reduced to 28 employees from 53 and the schools have suffered because of this. In speaking to a maintenance person who works at Highline, they said that the pile of requisitions on their desk far exceeds their ability to fix the problems. If the maintenance of the existing schools borders on neglect, than what will happen with the new schools which will have their own set of problems as new construction so often does? Will the HSDB come to the voters once again asking for yet more money to maintain the schools?

The Highline School District Board has a vast staff of 37, all of whom are paid over $100,000 per year. They have Directors and Assistants who are also all paid very high salaries. Even the teachers don’t make $100,000 per year. There has been no effort on the part of HSDB to curtail expenditures and reign in their budgets. It is no wonder that the citizens of the Highline School District have lost faith in the ability of the HSD Board to effectively manage the citizens’ hard earned dollars.

Even in the round robin of meetings taking place right now, the School Board dominates the discussions and there is little input from the citizenry that attend. And while the discussion is directed around the children, it does not get centered around why the citizens, who show up at these meetings, have no input into the composition of the bond.. It is as if the Highline School District is trying to show that they are catering to the citizens when in fact, it is nothing more than a photo op to make it appear as if they care.

The Highline School District Board has got to open their ears and their eyes to the fact that the citizens of Highline will not be played. We are not pawns on their over populated play board to be manipulated and told half truths and moved along to a result that we don’t want.

What we want is a school bond that we can afford; we want remedies that are based on common sense and decisions based on sound economic principles, not some pie in the sky wish list of expensive over the top buildings and a slush fund to satisfy the voracious appetite of this School Board. I urge every Highline citizen to vote NO. Not voting is not a no vote. Putting a check next to REJECT on your ballot is a NO vote. Mail your ballots early and let your voices be heard!

– Karen Steele
SSOS
Sensible Spending on Our Schools
17837 1st. So., #276
Normandy Park, WA 98148

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On Wednesday (Jan. 21) around 1 p.m., detectives with the Major Crimes Unit, assisted by tactical deputies, arrested the male and female that police believe are responsible for at least 12 armed robberies over the past few months (read our previous coverage here).

They were arrested without incident when checking out of a hotel in SeaTac in the 19200 block of International Boulevard.

The suspects are in their 20s, and have been living a transient lifestyle and supporting themselves with the proceeds of the robberies.

Police say that 7 of the 12 robberies were committed within the jurisdiction of the King County Sheriff’s Office, the majority of those in SeaTac. The remaining robberies were committed in other south King County jurisdictions.

The suspects were booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery 1st degree.

The lead detective will be working with the other agencies to get the charges filed with the prosecutor’s office.

Here are surveillance camera photos and videos from actual robberies:

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The Matt Griffin Y will be co-hosting the Seattle Elks Lodge #92 National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Competition this Saturday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Prizes and lunch provided for all participants.

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Ages 8-13.

No registration required.

Here’s more info:

The Elks help to sponsor contestants and their families at a levels of the competition. One boy and one girl from each age group will advance to the district competition. From there they can continue to advance through the state, regional, and national competitions.

National finals are held in Springfield, Massachusetts and one boy and one girl will win a national title. National Champions have their names permanently inscribed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and will receive the Getty Powell Award for the best score during finals. These winners and their parents receive a free trip to the Elks National Convention in July.

Read more information about the competition at: www.elks.org/hoopshoot.

For questions about this event, please contact Matt Griffin Y’s Director of Youth & Family Programs, Jessica Rojas at jrojas@seattleymca.org or 206-787-1186.

At about 6:15 p.m. on Sunday evening (Jan. 18) a two-alarm apartment fire in the 20000 block of 30 Ave South in SeaTac ended up displacing five residents.

The first fire department emergency unit arriving reported thick smoke and flames were visible from the front door and windows of the 2nd floor apartment. Due to the number of apartment units in the building a 2nd alarm was called immediately bringing additional emergency units. All residents had evacuated the building upon fire department arrival.

The fire was quickly extinguished and neighboring apartment units and the attic space was searched for fire extension and hidden fires. No fire extension was found. The apartment where the fire started sustained significant smoke, heat and water damage and the apartment below received water damage.

A family of four and one other resident was displaced by the fire. The family of four is receiving housing and other assistance through the American Red Cross and the other resident is staying with friends locally.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and no damage estimates have been provided.

There were no reports of injuries to residents or firefighters.


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by Chris Scragg
Puget Sound Weather Geek

Good Weekend everyone!

Mother nature sure must hate weekends, because we’re going to get slammed with heavy rain and blustery winds this Saturday and Sunday.

Graphic I produced for KOMO 4.

A strong system will traverse into the region with access to a large source of warm subtropical moisture from Hawaii. This all spells out some substantial rainfall for the region. The mountains will see 2-4″ of rain and the lowlands (us) will see 1-2″.

We’ll first see some light rain drops falling Saturday morning but the heavier showers will make their appearance late in the day. The heavy rain will make a march from the south and all of western Washington should be in the wet by about 8PM Saturday evening.

The next element of this storm system will be the possibility of some high winds. As the parent weather system landfalls on Canada, another surface low may develop and impact Vancouver Island. This scenario would create moderate winds for most of western Washington late Saturday night. This won’t be a particularly damaging storm, but winds may gust to 40mph in some exposed locations.

UW MM5 Weather Graphic: The bunched up lines represent higher wind speeds.

By the time the Seahawks vs. Packers playoff game rolls around (Noon Sunday), the weather should be calmed down a little, but a few scattered showers with a couple gusts of wind may still be in the picture.

Enjoy your mostly indoor weekend, and Go Hawks!

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The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that at 5:30 p.m. Friday night (Jan. 16), a SeaTac deputy attempted to stop a Honda that had been reported stolen to Tukwila Police.

The stolen car didn’t stop and fled west on South 200th Street from International Boulevard. Pursuing police cruiser speeds reached 60 miles per hour.

At South 200th and 8th Ave South in Des Moines, the suspect collided with another vehicle in the intersection.

The pursuit lasted approximately 90 seconds.

Police say that the suspect – and lone occupant of the stolen car – fled on foot and escaped.

The car he hit was occupied by an adult male and two children. The children were uninjured, but the male driver had serious injuries and was transported to the hospital.

A K9 track was attempted with negative results.

Detectives from the Major Accident Response and Reconstruction (MARR) Unit are conducting the investigation.

There is no description of the suspect.

STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, Jan. 17 (you won’t miss the big game!) – is an absolutely gorgeous 2002 Craftsman home with Lot A Normandy Park Beach Rights!

This home is one of JK Peterson’s Masterpieces and features a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, spacious family room off kitchen with beautiful sandstone gas fireplace, and nice large dining room.

The master suite lives up to its name with a 5-pc. master bath, sitting area and lovely deck.

Outside you will see an immaculately manicured landscaped yard, and dont forget to check out the enormous 3 car garage.

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

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 17, Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 1938 SW 170th Street, Burien, WA 98166

INFO:

  • List Price: $685,000
  • MLS Number: 709070
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2002
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,990
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,400

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Jetted/Soaking Tub
  • Security System
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Gas Available
  • High Speed Internet
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Sprinkler System

Marketing remarks:

Absolutely gorgeous 2002 Craftsman home with Lot A Normandy Park Beach Rights.

This home is one of JK Peterson’s Masterpieces and features a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, spacious family room off kitchen with beautiful sandstone gas fireplace, and nice large dining room.

The master suite lives up to its name with a 5-pc. master bath, sitting area and lovely deck.

Outside you will see an immaculately manicured landscaped yard, and dont forget to check out the enormous 3 car garage.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

[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

Welcome to 2015 and the continuing decrease of IQ of our Public Officials both elected and staff. They didn’t get all they wanted for Christmas, I’m still here and other vocal Citizens continue to demand accountability and the ability to balance a budget. Santa did provide them with a 6 percent utility tax, $2 million cost overrun on the Military Road Project and a possible loss of another $500K annually if the Port goes through will creating their own Surface Water Management utility. Further they just proudly announced a new $3.8 million Fire Station, which, if memory serves me correctly the last $4 million fire station (#46) cost us $7.5 million. Presents for them equals lumps of coal for the rest of us.

Un-elected Mayor Gregerson continues to hold two elected offices (lousy at both in my opinion). The location of the Council Chambers continues to elude Council Member Tony “phone it in” Anderson who was approved for $2.8 K of more travel (on our dime). For some reason some SeaTac Council Members think they were appointed to the United Nations versus elected to the SeaTac City Council.

The Council really had nothing interesting to say (unless you like endless self promotion) except Council Member Bush breaking the law by illegally speaking (RCW 42.17A.555) in favor of the Highline School Bond issue without a Resolution or Public opportunity to speak, so I will write about Public Comment where no one broke the law and had relevant things to say.

Citizen Vicki Lockwood pointed out the fallacy of Social Justice mandates/filters/priority for resources presented by King County during the Council retreat and how it goes against equal treatment and equal opportunity and goes to a separatist ideology. She requested that the SeaTac Council reject these filters as it promotes dependence and an entitlement mentality. She also requested that un-elected Mayor Gregerson not serve as Mayor while she is also a legislator and the Council appoint someone else since she publicly stated she would do what is best for the district versus what is best for the City.

Personally I would like her to resign from both positions and change zip codes considering what her emails/actions reveal what she really thinks of her SeaTac constituents.

National Small Business Award Winner, Mike Condon, owner of SeaTac’s Mike’s Community Cup spoke about the 600 percent increase in his business license and that the alleged small business friendly City of SeaTac (per our ridiculous Council majority’s opinion) is anything but and contemplating relocating elsewhere as others have already done and more are considering it. Same clientele just outside the incompetent City limits. In Council comments, Council Member Ladenburg lauded Condon for his award and how much he has contributed to SeaTac and the community. Then why did he vote for the increase? All I can say Mike is cover your ass. Not because of anything you have done or said but because Council Member Ladenburg will be chasing you around town trying to attach his lips to it. And who wants that?

By the way I did send a letter to the Council, Clerk, City Manager, etc (and copied the PDC) pointing out the specific law that Council Member Bush broke but I doubt this Majority Council cares, however Council Member Fernald did call me (and I know she cares) and apologized for not catching it when it happened. No one else responded. Par.

We Citizens of SeaTac deserve a change of leadership in 2015. How much more abuse will it take?