The Frank Hansen Memorial Race Regatta will be held on Angle Lake on Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

This race, which is presented by the Seattle Outboard Association, will feature outboard hydroplanes and runabouts, with speeds expected up to 100 MPH. Boats will race Three Laps on the approximate 3/4-mile course

The race course will be in the south portion of Angle Lake, and only the north section 
will be available for the general public.

Angle Lake Park will remain open to the general public 
during the event – however, the boat launch will be closed.

The City of SeaTac recently approved a Special Use Park Permit for this event.

Speed of the hydroplane boats may reach a maximum of 100 MPH, according to the permit. 
Homeowners within 300 feet of Angle Lake have been sent a Preliminary Decision Notice and have until Sept. 8 to respond with comments.

Frank Hansen was a retired airline pilot who served 16 years on the SeaTac City Council, including three terms as Mayor.

“Frank was SeaTac’s first mayor and is still considered by many to be our best,” according to the Angle Lake Shore Club.

The Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park’s 7th annual Blues & Brews Festival fundraiser grossed over $64,500 at Des Moines Beach Park on Saturday, Aug. 27.

100% of net proceeds will benefit Highline Music4Life and other local non-profits supported by the Rotary.

Bands featured at this year’s festival included the CD Woodbury Trio, Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method, the Randy Oxford All Star Slam Band and the Rafael Tranquilino Band.

Below are photos from the event by Elston Hill (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):













And more from Scott Schaefer (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):












[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

Phony stakeholder meetings short on stakeholders

If you were going to lose thousands in equity in your property because of regulatory changes would you start changing those regulations? Of course you would, but some City of SeaTac staffers don’t think so.

Calm down. Not ragging on the staff in general. I will name the proper names.

Don Robinett is SeaTac’s Storm Water Compliance Manager and Low Impact Development (LID) a Subset of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

Mr. Robinett chose to invite contractors and suppliers who would profit from LID to a stakeholders meeting and exclude those stakeholders who would have to pay for it. Anyone having a property of 14,400 Sq Ft or more (dividable and developable property), the costs of tests, monitoring, and inspections will come right off the top of your equity regardless if you sell it to another developer or not. These are the real stakeholders and could cost them/you $10,000 and up of value (I’m being very conservative).

Do we even need a Strom Water Compliance Manager (with two subordinates)? Unless they are inserted into our drainage systems during a storm to divert water, I would say not.

Tree retention was also included in the LID proposal by Mr. Robinett (which took a two-year Herculean effort for the Citizens to defeat in 2008. Private Citizens had to organize/contact stakeholders to allow us to grow, maintain, and cultivate trees on our own private property. Some of those honored citizens now sit on our Council. Again this was one “Richard Head” (French for Steve Butler-former SeaTac Director of Planning) staff member making his own fiefdom and grinding the Citizens and businesses under his heal. This is a story in itself and is extremely germane to the current $18.3 million judgment against the city. Mr. Butler has escaped justice thus far. That story will have to wait. Let’s continue.

LID forces property owners/developers to use methods of construction and materials in storm water control that are known to fail, known for high maintenance, and yet they must be warranted by the builders/property owners. The peddlers of this stuff/crap were the ones invited to the “stakeholders” meeting.

Will Appleton, SeaTac Public Works Director-Robinett’s boss and Traffic Impact Fees (TIF).
Should anyone subdivide (properties (14,400 Sq Ft) you will find your TIF tripled for peak trip hours. Mr. Appleton drove this effort. He had a stakeholders meeting AFTER the Planning Commission made their recommendation and one day before the Council meeting where action was to be taken. Again the same affected property owners were not invited to this designed to be useless stakeholders meeting.

Systemic/intentional exclusion and limitation to property owners/stakeholders input
Some members of staff (both past and present) and previous councilmembers have vigorously fought attempts by the citizens and businesses of this city to be informed of changes that directly affect the use/rights of their property, the costs, and loss of equity as a result. Mr. Robinette and Mr. Appleton of the present staff (coincidently or not, both coming from the City of Federal Way), by their recent actions are of this ilk and need to resign/move on or change. If you are a property owner in SeaTac, they are currently not your friends and the rules don’t apply to them (kind of like Congress).

Property owners/businesses have become Enemies of the State and a cash cow for expanding bureaucratic fiefdoms. Our SeaTac Citizens and businesses have fought hard to maintain our property rights but it has become Whack-a-Mole and a full time job to monitor the “Richard Heads” as they plan the past, present, and future rape of your wallet, rights, and any equity you may have built. The will even steal your property (Kingen V SeaTac). I have just identified the two most recent moles on our staff that need whacking.

Honorable mole mention goes to SeaTac Senior City Planner Mike Scarey who is retiring after giving us his parting gift of the Critical Area Ordinance (which is also being rammed down our throats by the self-serving, self-approving Department of Ecology). His ability not to answer questions, but talking in circles (hours putting you to sleep) is something you had to witness over the years. Happy retirement Mike and we hope you get/have everything that’s coming to you.

Low Impact Development is just another way to shove regulations up your private parts, relieve you of your equity, and to make sure housing remains unaffordable so politicians and City staffs can cry for more money to counteract their own stupidity and lack of economic sense. Defending our property rights is a constant battle as government entities wrest them away from you at every opportunity.

Will get to you….
I am sorry Councilmember “no, the City did nothing wrong” Tony Anderson. I promised I would write about you but more important things keep cropping up. Be patient. You can always step down in the meantime and save me the effort and listening to your B.S. and your ability to tear up on demand (I throw up in my mouth a little when you do that). I know what your response will be. Golly!

Of course the Cactus song selection
I was a fern in a past life.

The Highwayman (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson)- 1985


Here’s episode #65 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 Aug. 26-29, 2016: Woman critically injured in bus vs car crash; fire hits popular SeaTac pub; Des Moines grapples with Pokémon Go players; airplane noise increasing in Burien; Puget Sound Weather Geek; Jack Mayne commentary on Pokémon Go & more…

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Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival from Olav on Vimeo.

REMINDER: The 7th annual “Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival” is this SATURDAY, Aug. 27, at Des Moines Beach Park.

The event will rock out from Noon – 8 p.m., and features blues bands performing live all day, local craft breweries and other beverages, and lots of food.

Tickets are available both in advance and at the gate, and you must be 21 to enter.

Go to http://www.drinktomusic.org/ to get your tickets today!

Blues & Brews is the summertime production of the Des Moines / Normandy Park Rotary Club, and serves as a benefit for Music4Life™ and the club’s other charities.  Music4Life is a non-profit that provides musical instruments to participating schools for students in need. The organization acquires “lovingly used” musical instruments from adults who no longer need them, gets them repaired and then provides them to public schools in Highline, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Seattle and Shoreline.  The non-profit program acquires used instruments from adults who understand that their highest and best use is to put them back into play. Music4Life also accepts donations to help pay for instrument repairs.

“Summer is when we have to focus on getting used musical instruments repaired and ready-to-play so that students this fall can start to use them as soon as they are enrolled,” Music4Life President/COO and co-founder David Endicott said. “The annual Blues & Brews Festival helps draw financial support and attention to this critical educational need.  We are very glad to have the ongoing support of the Des Moines / Normandy Park Rotary Club as we work to fill this need.”

“The reason this is so important is because research shows that students who participate in instrumental music programs tend to do better in math, science, history, literature, computer science, international languages, reading, writing and other academic disciplines,” Endicott added.  “This is in addition to what they learn in terms of teamwork and self-discipline.  All this is true, unless their parents can’t afford to get them a musical instrument in the first place.  And in today’s economy, many parents can’t even afford to rent a musical instrument.  To this extent, Music4Life is just as much an ‘education program’ as it is a ‘music program.’”

One recent national report found that half of all public school students are from income-eligible families that qualify for participation in the Free-and-Reduced-Lunch program.  The Puget Sound area is no exception.

“Our hope is that adults who know of Music4Life will donate their musical instruments to us now so we can get them repaired,” Endicott says.  “An instrument Donor Form must accompany the instrument and is available for downloading on our Website.”

Music4Life enjoys the support of notable music advocates and other community leaders.  Gerard Schwarz, world-renowned conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, has endorsed the program, saying, “This wonderful program begins with children in elementary school at a time when, if they’re interested and talented in any way, they have the greatest chance of success. Many people tell me of the impact that direct knowledge of instrumental music has had on their lives. We intend to give this advantage to all our children.”

Music4Life™ is supported in part by grants from the Hazel Miller Foundation, First Choice Health; 4Culture (the former Seattle-King County Arts Commission); the Knossos Foundation; various local Rotary and Kiwanis clubs; the Highline Schools Foundation; Nina McLemore LLC; Barnes & Noble; as well as by the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer; Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Carrabba Violins, GMA Research; Lamar Advertising, the Newspapers in Education Program of The Seattle Times, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Randy Oxford Entertainment, the Edmonds Center for the Arts, Kennelly Keys Music stores, Music & Arts stores, Hammond Ashley Violins in Issaquah, the Guitar Center stores and others.

Des Moines Beach Park is located at 22030 Cliff Ave South:

BHHSLogo16_thumb copySTB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this FRIDAY, Aug. 26 and SUNDAY, Aug. 28 – is a 3-bedroom home nestled in the quaint and convenient neighborhood of Boulevard Park.

This home offers size and amenities that few homes in its price range can compete with.

This home has 3 graciously sized bedrooms and 2 full baths, with a 2 car garage that has ample room for shop space, kitchen with attached eating space, as well as a separate dining room.

Gas heat, bamboo flooring, and updates throughout make this home a must see.

Just 14 minutes to downtown Seattle.

Put this on your list to come see immediately, you’ll be glad you did!

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











Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House.

WHEN: Both FRIDAY, AUG. 26: 1-4 p.m., and SUNDAY, Aug. 28: from Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 1014 S 120th Street, Seattle 98168 (MAP, also see below)


  • List Price: $334,950
  • MLS Number: 1015010
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1968
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,550 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 8,497 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Cable TV
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Patio
  • RV Parking

Marketing Remarks:

Nestled in the quaint and convenient neighborhood of Boulevard Park, this home offers size and amenities that few homes in its price range can compete with.

This home has 3 graciously sized bedrooms and 2 full baths, 2 car garage has ample room for shop space, kitchen has attached eating space and separate dining room.

Gas heat, bamboo flooring, and updates throughout make this home a must see.

Put this on your list to come see immediately, you’ll be glad you did!

Just 14 minutes to downtown Seattle.

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.


Sound Transit’s new Angle Lake Station – located on 28th Ave S. at S. 200th Street – is scheduled to open on Saturday, Sept. 24.

This elevated station – which cost $383 million – is located south of Sea-Tac Airport, near Angle Lake in SeaTac.

The 1,050-stall parking garage connects to the train platform via a covered pedestrian walkway.

Modern elevators and escalators connect riders to the pedestrian plaza at street level. From here, you can ride to Westlake Station in downtown Seattle in 41 minutes, and to the UW in about 48 minutes. Trains come every six minutes during peak hours.


Photo courtesy Sound Transit.

More details courtesy Sound Transit:

  • 1,166 concrete segments create the 1.6-mile elevated guideway from SeaTac/Airport Station to Angle Lake Station.
  • A 50-kilowatt solar power system is installed on the pedestrian walkway of the garage. 60 solar panels on the station platform canopy provide 14 kilowatts of power.
  • Artist Laura Haddad created the public art sculpture “Cloud” above the station platform. Wind activates thousands of individual discs while sunlight makes them shimmer and glow. The Cloud serves as a sculptural barometer of local weather.
  • Artist Jill Anholt’s public artwork “Immerse” appears to hang weightlessly in the portal of the plaza’s grand staircase, with the sculpture’s four delicate arcs transferring light into the parking area below.


  • Construction began: May 2013
  • Length/distance: 1.6 miles from Sea-Tac Airport to South 200th Street
  • Rider projection: 5,400 daily riders coming and going from Angle Lake Station by 2018
  • Budget: $383 million
  • Funding partners: FTA, TIGER III grant funding, PSRC, WSDOT
  • Planning partners: City of SeaTac and Port of Seattle
  • Parking: 1,050 parking spots are planned for the parking garage at Angle Lake Station.

More information at http://www.anglelake2016.org.

Officials are saying that a fire at the Bull Pen Pub Bar & Grill in SeaTac Tuesday night was caused by “discarded smoking material” left near the front entrance.

The fire struck the business – located at 20011 International Blvd. (map below) – Tuesday night (Aug. 23) at around 6:15 p.m.

Officials from the Kent Fire RFA say that a bartender called 9-1-1, then started safely evacuating customers. No injuries were reported.

Fire crews from SeaTac, Kent, South King County, Burien, Tukwila and the Port of Seattle responded to the 2-alarm blaze, which was extinguished quickly.

Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival from Olav on Vimeo.

Get your tickets now – the 7th annual Blues and Brews festival is coming back this SATURDAY, Aug. 27 to the Des Moines Beach Park with music, beer and a great cause.

This year’s fundraiser – which runs from Noon – 8 p.m. – is expected to have around 1,800 guests.

Go to http://www.drinktomusic.org/ to get your tickets today!

While listening to blues there will be plenty of local brews to sip on. With over 15 breweries, everyone is sure to find a tasty beverage. A few of the breweries include Airways Brewing, Tin Dog Brewing, and Stoup Brewing. Maybe wine is more of your thing? Well be sure to check out the Rotary Club’s other popular event, the Poverty Bay Wine Fest, which is going on its 13th year.

With the Blues and Brews main beneficiary being Music4Life the cause is personal for some of the band members. Randy Oxford, who is playing during the festival with his blues band Randy Oxford’s All-Star Slam said:

“I strongly believe in how a Musical instrument can change the life of a young person. Getting a Trombone in the 6th grade definitely changed my life.”

Without the help of great sponsors such as Normandy Park Market, this community event wouldn’t be possible. Be sure to thank them, including other valued sponsors that include: Alaska Airlines; Muckleshoot Casino; Lamar Advertising Company; The Waterland Blog; Recology CleanScapes; Marvin J. Osterhout, Family Dental Practice; Burke Law Offices; Seattle Southside; Green Latrine; Doug Myers, CFP with Edward Jones; HC Foundation, Highline College; Wesley Homes; Zenith Holland Gardens; Gehrke, Baker, Doull & Kelly, Attorneys at Law; Olympic View Dental; Judson Park; Snure Law Office, PSC; Club Pilates; Murray’s Carstar; Airport Touchless Car Wash; South Sound Blues Association; Great Northwest Insurance Brokers; Groove Merchant Northwest; Washington Blues Society, Russell Associates, Certified Public Accountants; Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park; Brian Seth with Allstate; Marina Medical; The Razor’s Edge Barbershop Rotary International; and Tall Town Design.

Don’t forget your low back lawn chairs and sunscreen! Free parking will be abundant. Also, please keep in mind that pets are not allowed at this 21 and over event. Additionally, outside food and drink will be turned away. There will plenty to eat and brews to drink in the festival

Go to http://www.drinktomusic.org/
to get your tickets today!

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REMINDER: The Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden Ice Cream Social is SUNDAY, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.!

The gardens are located at 13735 24th Ave S., in SeaTac (map below).

The Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden is one of our area’s wonders. A serene respite for visitors and volunteers throughout the year. It features a Seike garden, which might remind you of Ehime Island in Japan. Seating areas are sprinkled throughout the garden – one beside the reflection pond and another next to a recently installed Little Free Library. Learn the history of the rescued gardens that are home here, take in the beauty of the many species, and please join in celebrating it all at our 10th Annual Ice Cream Social.

The Botanical Garden, at 13735 24th Ave South, SeaTac, will be specially open for the public on Sunday, August 21st from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for the Ice Cream Social. It is always free to visit the garden, but this event has been historically held as a gift to the garden’s many friends who help maintain this botanical preserve. It’s a time to celebrate our members, welcome our new members, receive funding support while everyone comes together to enjoy the garden as well as the various activities that highlight this day.

There will be a pop-up plant sale as well as a planting class. Board member and expert fuchsia gardener, Frankie Dennison, among others, will help participants plant their very own Fall starters in a crafty way. It’s a chance to learn and take home a free seedling or a start. You can partake in a scavenger hunt and maze yourself around the grounds finding your many caches. Be the first, and win a prize. That’s just another way to view all the treasures the garden holds.

Local Furney’s manager and Board President, Jason Billingsley will give a demonstration on how to create a colorful summer planter for your patio or garden. Ceramic pots will be given to current members and new ones. Door prizes, random prizes, and garden tours will be given by the folks that take care of this darling oasis in SeaTac. As always, free ice cream will be given to the first 200 invitees. Everyone is always welcome sun-up until sun-down every day each year.

Wendy Morgan, Highline Botanical Garden Foundation’s partnerships fundraiser, said:

“The garden is often described as the center point and heart of SeaTac’s recreational areas. It is maintained through dedicated garden volunteers and is enjoyed by everyone who visits. This year our need is to generate enough memberships and donations to support building a $37K greenhouse to protect many rare botanical species, which we hope to have in hand by 2017. This is one of many projects we are working on to literally grow our garden. We hope to see you this year at the Ice Cream Social to see what a lovely setting this is and to find out about what’s to come for the gardens!”