Neighborhood Groups

A giant salmon will swim into Burien Town Square next week.

Actually, it’s FIN, a fiberglass salmon that children can walk through and learn about the life cycle of the salmon. It will be at the square next to the Burien Library, 400 S.W. 152nd St., on Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18, noon-7 p.m. each day.

The fun educational opportunity is hosted by Sustainable Burien and the Community Salmon Investigation (CSI.)

Burien resident Grace Stiller rented the fiberglass salmon from the North Olympic Salmon Coalition for display at Newcastle’s Earth Day celebration, beginning April 20.

Stiller contacted Sustainable Burien to see if the group wanted to display FIN before it swam over to the east side.

Besides volunteers to help with the educational display, Sustainable Burien is seeking a budding actor to “embody” or, more accurately, “in-body” the costumed Bert the Fish, who also may make a Town Square appearance.


Unfortunately, the landslide that caused widespread destruction near Coupeville may soon be repeated in Burien if the Westmark Emerald Pointe project continues to move forward.

Westmark recently obtained from the city of Burien a permit to clear ALL but 8 significant trees from 9.62 acres of steeply sloped terrain directly above the Highline School District Puget Sound Skills Center, the Environmental Science Center and its fish hatchery and wetlands at the north end of Seahurst Park.

With hundreds of trees removed and less than 1 significant tree per acre, what will be left is sparse unprotected slopes unable to absorb rainwater and run off. This land in question is clearly marked as landslide area on the City of Burien's own Critical Areas map (

Every year slides occur on or within close proximity of the land in question. In the recent past there has been the Maplewild Avenue Slide, Cove Point Road Slide, Goat Hill Slide, and multiple Three Tree Point Slides. It is the structural and environmental soundness of the Westmark Emerald Pointe project that continues to concern citizens.


April 5 Update:
Press release:

I am sorry to have to announce that due to security concerns tomorrow's fundraiser event, for shooting victim Nick Lindsay, @ Zenith Park in Des Moines has been cancelled.

It is a damn shame that we cannot publicly honor our dear friend without facing cowardly threats to public safety.

Thank you all for your support


Here is our previous coverage:

Press release:

To whom it may concern,

I am sure you have already heard about the shooting that took place this last Sunday (Easter morning) at the Sports Page in Auburn Washington. A terrible tragedy that took the lives of three young men from our community.

In honor of one of the deceased Nicholas Lindsay we will be conducting a fund raiser event, "Fit For Nick", this Saturday April 6th 2013 at Zenith Park in Des Moines Washington. Nick was a father of two young sons, small business owner, and highly respected personal trainer who lived and worked in Des Moines WA. In order for this event to achieve maximum success we are in need of your assistance.


For the past three years, it has been an extraordinary honor to be President of the White Center Chamber of Commerce. The 14 members of the Chamber Board of Directors have been fantastic, and to the person, they are passionate and excited about the future of White Center. Proudly, they are also doing much of the community building needed in any community if it is to move forward.

Many of your readers see some of our many Chamber successes every day. Our five new “Welcome” signs in 50 languages, our new website, where over 200 White Center businesses are listed for free, and our dozens of colorful murals that grace walls throughout White Center that were previously graffiti sites.

Update: New speaker on Yard Care

Press release:

The Environmental Science Center (ESC), Sustainable Burien, Permaculture Now! and Sustainable West Seattle ( with support from the city of Burien, King County, and The Russell Family Foundation are sponsoring a free workshop for the public. Please join us in the Multipurpose Room at the Burien Library (400 SW 152nd Street, Burien) on Sunday, March 10th, 2013 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

The workshop Don’t Feed the Monster will now include a presentation from Jenny Pell from Permaculture Now! She will speak on ways you can improve your yard to become more functional as well as benefit our watershed. Puget Sound diver, Laura James, will still present on the health of Puget Sound and seven easy ways we can all help protect it.

Practicing sustainable yard care can be beneficial not only to the environment, but also to your pocketbook. Simple practices such as using natural pesticides and organic fertilizer from yard waste help protect waterways from being polluted with toxic chemicals.

A Sense of Place: In My Garden, Under the Sea – Four Highline Quilt Artists

Press release:

The Highline Historical Society is pleased to announce that it will showcase the work of four outstanding Highline-area quilt artists for two weeks at the end of March.

“A Sense of Place: In My Garden, Under the Sea – Four Highline Quilt Artists” will feature the work of Marie O’Kelley, Carla Stehr, Sonia Grasvik and Linda Johanson.

It will be available for viewing from March 18-29 at the Burien Community Center (14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien) during that facility’s regular open hours. Admission is free.

The exhibit will be curated by Lloyd Herman, a Highline Historical Society board trustee and Director Emeritus of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and by Highline Historical Society curator Nancy Salguero McKay.

The Historical Society seeks a few more volunteers to staff an exhibit information table in 4-hour shifts (3 shifts/day on Monday through Thursday, and 2 shifts on Fridays).


Press release:

Following up on the introductory genealogy classes it offered last year, the Highline Historical Society this spring will be offering an intermediate series of classes in genealogical research.

This three-class series will focus on census records, vital records, immigration records, and passenger lists. Instructors Winona Laird and David Liesse of the South King County Genealogical Society will present lectures on finding and researching these resources, and then will assist students who are pursuing their personal research projects.

Sessions will be held from 1-3 PM on the Saturdays of March 23, March 30, and April 13. Classes will take place in Burien.

Pre-paid registration is required. Requested donation for class is $40/person. Please mail your checks to the Highline Historical Society at PO Box 317, Seahurst, WA 98062.

Your registration in the class will be confirmed.

For more information, visit the Highline Historical Society at

Name of Robinson Communications winner still top secret

Press release:

Discover Burien will be hosting their 2013 Annual Awards Dinner and
Silent Auction Fundraiser March 1, 2012 at the Burien Community Center (14700 6th Ave SW, Burien) from 6 – 10 pm. Tickets can be purchased for $40 in advance or $50 at the door.
The 2012 Leadership awards were selected from nominations from the community and voted upon by the Discover Burien Board of Directors.

The award recipients are as follows:
 Business Leader of the Year – Scott Schaefer, SoKing Media/B-Town Blog
 Student Leader of the Year – Sierra Flanagan, Senior, Highline High School
 Discover Burien Volunteer of the Year – Denise Ferguson
 Team Clean Sweep Recognition of the Year – Alestaire Echavia
 Non-Profit Leader of the Year – NAVOS

Burien’s CC’s Lounge serves best soup

Press release:

The 8th Annual Burien Empty Bowls was a great success! A huge thank you to the Burien community for joining us for a meal and helping raise $16,762 for the Highline and White Center Food Banks! Over 930 people came to the event on Friday, Jan 25th.

This annual fundraiser, always on the last Friday in January, is a great opportunity to support the food banks and have a meal with your neighbors! All the food is donated by local businesses, and all the bowls are made and donated by potters at the Moshier Community Art Center…and even past potters from as far away as Chicago! The event is hosted by Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services and Discover Burien.

We would like to thank our wonderful donors:


Press release:

Boy Scout Troop 375 will host its annual Christmas Tree Recycle this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 and 6 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Southwest 160th Street and 1st Avenue South (the Herr lumber site) in Burien.

We ask for a $5 donation per tree. Funds go to our scout camp and other troop activities so that all our 28 boys can go to summer camp regardless of their family economic situation.

Free hot chocolate will be served. And our polite boys will remove your tree from your car and share a smile.

Free bags of our "Good Karma Christmas Tree Compost" are available for the asking. Bring a bag!

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