Here’s episode #61 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for July 22-25, 2016: Port of Seattle asks Burien to vacate land in NERA; Burien City Council extends CARES; Highline Public Schools bond will be on Nov. ballot; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne on local election issues; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this SUNDAY – is a great, hard-to-find Rambler located next to a Renton Park!

Much attention has been paid to both the front and back yards, with raised garden beds that produce both fruit and flowers.

The amenities of the home include a 50-year roof, heat pump providing A/C, bay windows in both the living room and master bedroom, hardwood and laminate floors, a wood stove and gas furnace and a ramp in the garage providing handicap access.

See it this Sunday!

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

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House.

WHEN: Sunday, July 24: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 17226 130th Ave SE, Renton, 98058 (MAP, also see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $339,900
  • MLS Number: 1002192
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1968
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,470 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 8,010 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Skylights
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Fruit Trees
  • Garden Space

Marketing Remarks:

Great hard-to-find rambler located on a dead end street and backing to Renton Park providing a very private setting.

Much attention has been paid to both the front and back yards with raised garden beds producing both fruit and flowers.

The amenities of the home include a 50 year roof, heat pump providing a/c, bay windows in both the living room and master bedroom, hardwood and laminate floors, a wood stove and gas furnace and a ramp in the garage providing handicap access.

See it this Sunday!

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.

Here’s the #SouthKingSlowdown schedule for this weekend – July 22-25:

Southbound I-5 weekend-long lane reductions from I-405/SR 518 to SR 516/Kent Des Moines Road will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 22.

By 10 p.m. Friday, traffic will be reduced to two lanes through 5 a.m. Monday, July 25. This work is weather dependent.

The following ramps will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday with signed detours in place:

  • The southbound I-405 ramp to southbound I-5.
  • The South 188th Street/Orillia Road on-ramp to southbound I-5.
  • The southbound I-5 off- and on-ramps at South 200th Street /Military Road South.

An additional lane may be closed during the overnight hours from 11 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, 11:59 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday and 10 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Drivers are advised to use alternate routes.

This image displays a map that shows the closure area where WSDOT will be doing construction work and reducing southbound I-5 to two lanes. All closure information is listed above the image on the webpage.

Special events:

Friday, July 22:

  • The String Cheese Incident concert, 6 p.m., Marymoor Park

Saturday, July 23:

  • Kenny Chesney concert, 5 p.m., CenturyLink Field
  • Willie Nelson & Family concert, 7:30 p.m., Marymoor Park

Sunday, July 24:

  • Seafair Triathlon, 6 a.m., Seward Park to Mercer Island via I-90

HMSHOST TO HOST JOB FAIR FOR VARIETY OF RESTAURANTS
AT SEATTLE-TACOMA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT JULY 26!

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 1 Sous Chef, 2 Shift Managers, Baristas, Cooks, CSA/Cashier, Food Preps.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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.

Onsite Contact:  Allison Newsham, Allison.Newsham@hmshost.com – 206.433.5644

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 www.HMSHost.com for more information.

We can also be found on Facebook at fb.com/HMSHost and on Twitter at @HMSHost

EOE | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity | DFWP | Background checks will be required prior to beginning employment.

CFAC members tour 90-year-old Des Moines Elementary School.

CFAC members tour 90-year-old Des Moines Elementary School.

A community-led plan for a school construction bond will go before voters on Nov. 8, 2016, Highline Public Schools announced Thursday morning, July 21.

The proposed bond would fund repair or replace deteriorating schools, ease overcrowding, and make safety improvements at all Highline schools.

The School Board passed the resolution at its Wednesday night (July 20) meeting to place the bond measure on the ballot.

The proposed $299 million bond measure contains all the projects recommended in Phase 1 of the plan developed by the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC), a 39-member, community-led committee.

CFAC is composed of Highline residents, staff, and students. CFAC committee members spent the past year intensely studying the district’s facility needs and creating a long-range facilities plan and bond proposal.

The committee was chaired by former Burien City Councilmember Rose Clark, SeaTac resident Danielle Houle, and Health Sciences & Human Services High School student Larissa Hueta-Merlo.

“This was truly a community-driven process. It was important to us to recommend a plan that the community can pay for and support,” said Clark.

Committee members studied enrollment projections, building capacity, building conditions, financial constraints, related legislation, additional funding available, construction costs and other factors. The committee then developed a priority list of problems to be solved and defined a solution for each.

“The committee dug into the data and developed a plan that will meet the capital facilities needs across our district, based on all the data,” said Houle.

If approved, the bond would:

  • Fund security improvements at all schools in the district.
  • Rebuild Highline High School, preserving as much of the façade as structurally and financially feasible.
  • Begin design of new Evergreen and Tyee campuses.
  • Build new school on the district-owned Zenith site to house Des Moines Elementary students, with room for growing enrollment.
  • Build a new middle school on the district-owned Glacier site.
  • Replenish the capital fund, which will be depleted in 2017-18. This fund covers critical needs and emergency repairs.
    Make required improvements to the Olympic site, so it can be used to house students during the HHS construction and future school construction projects.

“We have deteriorating buildings that must be replaced or repaired in order to provide safe, modern facilities for students that meet today’s learning standards. We also need to build new schools to make room for a growing student population, and voter-approved bonds are our only method to do that,” said School Board President Michael Spear. “The Board truly appreciates the work and the recommendation by the Committee and the time it took to develop.”

Why run the bond in November? The district listed three reasons:

  1. Higher than average voter turnout is expected, due to the presidential election, so more community members will participate in the decision.
  2. Sharing the ballot with other measures reduces the costs the district must pay the county for the election.
  3. With construction costs rising, the sooner construction begins the less expensive it will be.

To learn more about CFAC, please visit highlineschools.org/CFAC.

This summer KUOW Radio hosts, reporters, editors and web staff are reaching out to meet folks in eight locales – including SeaTac – to learn how “we can do better service for the community.”

Organizers will be in SeaTac at the Valley View Library on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

They’re seeking area residents to interview.

“We’d like to hear from a representative group that cares deeply about SeaTac,” they told The SeaTac Blog. “We’d like to learn how growth has affected the place you live (i.e. transportation and housing). Beyond growth we want to learn about other issues that affect people and what questions we can help answer through our reporting. Our goal is to find the stories we might not be hearing about. The meeting is not for broadcast, although we may have recording equipment on hand to record when we’re done.”

To RSVP, please email [email protected].

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King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove is joined by King County Elections Director Julie Wise in front of the new ballot drop by at the Valley View Library in SeaTac.

A brand spankin’ new ballot drop box has been installed at the Valley View Library in SeaTac, and it awaits ballots for the upcoming Aug. 2 primary election (and beyond).

Valley View is located at 17850 Military Rd S. (map below).

Other new ballot drop boxes have been installed in the area, and all are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until 8 p.m. on election day.

No postage is required at the drop box locations.

“Voting is the cornerstone of democracy and it’s important that everyone is able to participate,” said Metropolitan King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove. “The new ballot drop box locations will make it easier for South King County residents to have their voices heard.”

“These new drop boxes are the result of an amazing partnership between the Department of Elections, the King County Council, the Executive, the Seattle and King County library systems, and numerous other property owners” said Julie Wise, King County Elections Director. “This election, voters will have more options than ever to return their ballot by August 2.”

South King County locations include:

  • SeaTac: Valley View Library
    17850 Military Rd S
    SeaTac, WA 98188
  • Burien: City of Burien Town Square Park (Corner of 5th Avenue SW & SW 152nd St)
    400 SW 152nd St
    Burien, WA 98166
  • Kent: Regional Justice Center (near parking garage entrance)
    401 4th Ave N
    Kent, WA 98032
  • Renton: Fairwood Library
    17009 140th Ave SE
    Renton, WA 98058
  • King County Elections
    919 SW Grady Way
    Renton, WA 98057

An additional 14 ballot boxes will be installed in time for the November general election, bringing the countywide total to 43. Visit the King County Elections website to view a full list of ballot box locations.

Here’s episode #60 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for July 15-18, 2016: Boat capsizes, two rescued; Burien business owners warned of scam; $18 million lawsuit hits SeaTac; City of Burien pays $1.75 million for fatal SR 509 crash; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne on the August election; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY and SUNDAY – is a completely remodeled 1912 Craftsman Home with sweeping views of the Sound & Mountains!

This lovely home includes a gourmet kitchen with solid slab granite counters, custom cabinetry, along with Viking and Bosch appliances.

Romantic top floor master retreat has a gas fireplace, 2 view decks, office/library, incredible glass block shower, custom cabinetry and lighting.

Solid old oak floors, thermal leaded glass windows, covered portch, glass knobs and much more.

This West Seattle Home blends the highest quality materials & workmanship with Classic Craftsman Charm!

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

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House.

WHEN: Both SATURDAY, July 16, & SUNDAY, July 17 from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 3707 SW Webster St, Seattle 98126 (MAP; also, see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $800,000
  • MLS Number: 964339
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 1912
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,690 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 4,142 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Built-In Vacuum
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Fireplace in Mstr BR
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Security System
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Dog Run
  • Shop
  • Sprinkler System

Marketing Remarks:

Completely remodeled 1912 Craftsman Home with sweeping views of the Sound & Mountians.

Gourmet kitchen with solid slab granite counters, custom cabinetry, Viking and Bosch appliances.

Romantic top floor master retreat with gas fireplace, 2 view decks, office/library, incredible glass block shower, custom cabinetry and lighting.

Solid old oak floors, thermal leaded glass windows, covered portch, glass knobs…

This Home blends highest quality materials & workmanship with Classic Craftsman Charm!

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.

Major construction work begins this Friday night, July 15, on a project that will reduce southbound I-5 to two lanes between SeaTac and Des Moines for the entire weekend.

WSDOT says that this is the first of five weekends of southbound lane closures spread out during the months of July and August to complete crucial pavement repair work on the aging interstate. Several ramps in the area will also be closed.

Work was scheduled to begin last weekend, but was postponed by rainy weather.

Drivers beware!