A recent administrative ruling that local governments may not "second guess" the siting of unwanted public facilities within their borders has the city of SeaTac considering amending its zoning code.

The code change relates to "essential public facilities" such as prisons or sex offender housing, which are typically difficult to site.

The Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board recently held that local governments can not revisit a siting decision made by a regional or state government body for such facilities.

The case centered around a decision t


A vote for Bob Polwarth

While you might have seen letters in support of schools from city council candidate Bob Polwarth, many Des Moines voters don't know him well, so I'd like to offer a glimpse into the character of this smart, but quiet man.

Bob has degrees in history from WSU and construction estimating from the UW.

As a student of history, he tends to view events philosophically; as a project manager on public works projects, he sees the realities of what it costs to maintain municipal infrastructures; and as a homeowner, he knows how city amenities both


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The Times/News recently submitted questions to Highline-area candidates on the ballot in the Sept. 20 primary election.

These races include King County Sheriff, the Burien and Des Moines city councils, and tWater District 49 and the Highline Water District.

The candidates' responses appear below . An * by a name denoted an incumbent.

King County Sheriff



There's more than one way to live.

I was reminded of that again in August when Marge's family stayed with us during part of our vacation.

The three of them live in a tiny apartment on the lower east side of New York City.

I love our home in the leafy suburbs. I like to putter in my small garden on the back 40 (feet not acres).

But my brother-in-law feels stranded in the suburbs. He loves his daily walk to the local grocery store to pick up that morning's New York Times and the day's supply of fresh vegetables and fruit.


The Port of Seattle has lost its focus, said candidate for Port Commissioner Richard Berkowitz. He charged that the Port is focusing far too much on real estate and biotechnology, instead of maritime industry related functions.

"They (the Port of Seattle) are working from a business plan," he said.


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The Normandy Park City Council on Aug.


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(Editor's Note: The Highline Times is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month. In two previous articles, Anne Holmes highlighted Highline news from August 1945 and 1965. This week, she focuses on August 1985.)

On the world front, South Africa was in a state of turmoil.

President Ronald Reagan remained an ally to South Africa's president, Pieter W.


With 15 years of memories still fresh in her mind, Chris Green said farewell to a long career of civil service.

In one of her last days on the job, Federal Way's city clerk shuffled a stack of papers, making room for a large bouquet of flowers. A weekly planner, filled with scribbled appointments that end abruptly after the first week of August, covers most of the surface of her desk.


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Chris Green, city clerk since 1995 and Federal Way employee since incorporation, will retire after this week after 15 years of civil service. Green said that they city's early years-when Federal Way's clerks typed public records on second-hand typewriters and worked in an abandoned fire station-rank among the most memorable of her career.

Seventy-eight White Center business owners and employees recently signed a petition asking for help to stop under-age drinking, disorderly conduct, vandalism, loitering, harassment and illegal street vending in the White Center business district.

The petition seeks assistance from the King County Sheriff's Office, Seattle Police Department, the Washington Liquor Control Board and King County zoning code enforcement officials.


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Port of Seattle commissioners have approved the first of three agreements with the city of Des Moines that could lead to development of a business park on 90 acres of Port land near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

This is the first of three properties slated for redevelopment following completion of a study that examined development opportunities on parcels of vacant airport-owned land that can be returned to productive business use.

Construction could begin as early as 2007.

The study was conducted by the airport and

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