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Port of Seattle, neighboring cities launch new ‘Airport Round Table’ group

Port of Seattle, neighboring cities launch new ‘Airport Round Table’ group

The Port of Seattle – in partnership with the cities of Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila – are launching the Sea-Tac Stakeholder Advisory Round Table (StART) to increase... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS 2: Highline School Levy passing by nearly 58%

ELECTION RESULTS 2: Highline School Levy passing by nearly 58%

The second round of results for Tuesday’s Special Election were released on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and the Highline School Levy has grown to nearly 58% approval: Highline School District No. 401... [Read more]

SeaTac City Council wants study on possible additional airport

SeaTac City Council wants study on possible additional airport

By Jack Mayne While it did not appear preplanned, SeaTac City Manager Joe Scorcio said the city is pushing for study of possible new regional airport locations because of the regions’ growth at the... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS 1: Highline School Levy passing with over 57% approval

ELECTION RESULTS 1: Highline School Levy passing with over 57% approval

The first round of election results are in for the Feb. 13 Special Election, and it looks like the Highline School District’s Replacement of Expiring Educational Programs and Operation Levy is... [Read more]

VIDEO: Here’s episode 1 of new ‘The Briefing’ Port of Seattle documentary film

VIDEO: Here’s episode 1 of new ‘The Briefing’ Port of Seattle documentary film

FOLLOWUP: Des Moines resident Steve Edmiston reports that his new documentary film project – intended to provide a “briefing” to the Port of Seattle Commissioners addressing the harms to airport... [Read more]

SeaTac property taxes increase over 18 percent for 2018

SeaTac property taxes increase over 18 percent for 2018

By Jack Mayne SeaTac property taxes are going up slightly more than 18 percent this year but the King County Assessor says not to blame the SeaTac city government – blame the Washington Legislature for... [Read more]

Council Committee unanimously agrees not to support ‘strong mayor’ proposal

Council Committee unanimously agrees not to support ‘strong mayor’ proposal

A SeaTac City Council committee on Wednesday (Jan. 31) unanimously agreed not to support a move by Councilmember Rick Forschler put a measure for a full time ‘strong’ mayor on the ballot. The... [Read more]

Local Filmmaker Steve Edmiston is challenging Port of Seattle Commissioners

Local Filmmaker Steve Edmiston is challenging Port of Seattle Commissioners

Des Moines resident Steve Edmiston on Tuesday (Jan. 30) launched a new project to provide a “briefing” to the Port of Seattle that will challenge the Port to abandon “selective environmentalism”... [Read more]

Meeting to consider ‘Strong Mayor’ will be Wed., Jan. 31; plus, take our Poll

Meeting to consider ‘Strong Mayor’ will be Wed., Jan. 31; plus, take our Poll

The City’s Administration and Finance Committee will hold a Special Meeting this coming Wednesday, Jan. 31 to consider a ballot measure for “a vote of the people to change the form of government... [Read more]

Joe Van elected new President of Highline School Board

Joe Van elected new President of Highline School Board

The Highline School Board has a new leader – the board elected Joe Van (pictured above) to serve as the new board president. Mr. Van has served on the board since spring 2015, representing neighborhoods... [Read more]

Mayor says SeaTac is a ‘very strong city,’ and a ‘better place to live’

Mayor says SeaTac is a ‘very strong city,’ and a ‘better place to live’

By Jack Mayne Mayor Michael Siefkes said SeaTac is not the financial basket-case the Council displaced two years ago thought it was, and it now has a budget surplus and nearly a half billion dollars in... [Read more]

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training begins March 8

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training begins March 8

The next session of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will begin on Thursday, March 8, and registration is now open. When widespread disasters strike – such as floods, windstorms... [Read more]

Siefkes reelected SeaTac mayor, Sitterley replaces Fernald as deputy mayor

Siefkes reelected SeaTac mayor, Sitterley replaces Fernald as deputy mayor

By Jack Mayne At its first meeting of 2018, the SeaTac City Council started a new biennium with its own reorganization and welcoming two new members. Mayor Michael Siefkes was reelected in a voice vote,... [Read more]

Courtney Gregoire selected as Port of Seattle Commission President Tuesday

Courtney Gregoire selected as Port of Seattle Commission President Tuesday

Port of Seattle Commissioners Steinbureck, Bowman, Gregoire, Felleman, Calkins in Commission Chambers at P-69, 9 January 2018. Two new Port of Seattle Commissioners – Peter Steinbrueck and Ryan Calkins... [Read more]

Tuesday night will be the (new) SeaTac City Council’s first meeting of the year 

Tuesday night will be the (new) SeaTac City Council’s first meeting of the year 

This Tuesday evening (Jan. 9), the SeaTac City Council meeting at 7 p.m. will include the traditional swearing-in of two new Councilmembers (Joel Wachtel and Clyde Hill) as well as reelected (Pam Fernald)... [Read more]

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: <i>Economic Forecast – Stronger Together</i>

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: Economic Forecast – Stronger Together

Economic Forecast – Stronger Together By Andrea H. Reay CEO/President Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce John F. Kennedy once said, “A rising tide lifts all boats”. But, did you know that Kennedy... [Read more]

SeaTac Motel 6 implicated in lawsuit filed by State Attorney General

SeaTac Motel 6 implicated in lawsuit filed by State Attorney General

Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Wednesday (Jan. 3) announced a lawsuit against national hotel chain Motel 6 – including the location in SeaTac – for voluntarily providing guest lists to agents of... [Read more]

There’s a new Sheriff in town – Mitzi G. Johanknecht sworn in Tuesday

There’s a new Sheriff in town – Mitzi G. Johanknecht sworn in Tuesday

There’s a new Sheriff in town – Mitzi G. Johanknecht was sworn in as the new leader of the King County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Johanknecht is a 33-year veteran of the sheriff’s... [Read more]

Deadline to submit comments to FAA Aircraft Noise Complaint System is Jan. 2

Deadline to submit comments to FAA Aircraft Noise Complaint System is Jan. 2

The deadline to submit comments to the FAA Aircraft Noise Complaint and Inquiry System is Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Numerous residents have expressed concern over the recent increase in airplane noise from... [Read more]

OP-ED: ‘SeaTac ILA Thoughts and Insight’ by Councilmember Peter Kwon

OP-ED: ‘SeaTac ILA Thoughts and Insight’ by Councilmember Peter Kwon

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following guest Editorial was written by SeaTac City Councilmember Peter Kwon: SeaTac ILA Thoughts and Insight By Peter Kwon Many people have recently come to me with questions... [Read more]