Compiled by Ralph Nichols


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


Imagine, for just a moment, that you're swimming a half-mile beside 650 other swimmers.

Flailing legs and arms crowd around you. Your lungs ache with a thirst for oxygen, muscles burn from the resistance of the opaque lake water.


Photos by Seth Bynum / Federal Way News

Alyssa Wolf, 12, leads the pack through Steel Lake Park. Last Wednesday, Alyssa, her sister, mother and cousin trained for the 12-mile biking segment of the Reebok Women's Triathlon.

We Care Northwest, a coalition of Highline-area churches, is collecting school clothing for children for distribution to evacuees from hurricane-devastated New Orleans.

The collection center at the former Gottschalks department store at 460 S.W. 152nd St. opened on Sept. 3.

Donations will continue to be accepted by volunteers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at least through Saturday, Sept.


You can help the victims left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina by giving to one of the charities listed below, which are accepting donations to help with the relief efforts.

You can also give through your church or synagogue.

World Vision

P.O. Box 9716

Federal Way, WA 98063-9716


American Red Cross

P.O. Box 3097

Seattle, WA 98114-3097


Special to the Times/News

On an absolutely gorgeous Saturday when nearly 60 busy people attended an invitational Mayor's Leadership (translate work) Summit, it just figures that something "pretty big" is brewing in Des Moines.

Mayor Bob Sheckler said he called an earlier meeting with the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and Business Boosters to discuss ways they can work together in the economic interest of the community.

"It was during this exchange of ideas I suggested a Leadership Summit and later implemented it," he noted.

I'm reminded of those who


Times/News Correspondent

With unanimous approval by the Burien council members last week, the city's first hotel - with a projected value of $70 million - is on the road to becoming a reality.

"This new hotel will change the entire complexion of downtown Burien," said Mayor Noel Gibb, who believes it came about because of the Town Square project.

"It's going to interconnect with local businesses and the Transit Center, and will provide a lot of jobs and revenue for many things," Gibb observed.

Lawmakers authorized sale of the property at Southwe



For the third time in the past five years, the parking lot of Trinity United Methodist Church will serve as host to Tent City, which acts as temporary housing for about 100 homeless people and has moved around the city and its suburbs in the past years.

But unlike past years, when tempers have run high and accusations amuck, hardly any protests have come from Ballardites so far with Tent City's planned visit of Aug.


I liked the cover photo of the "famed Alki flower house." I've often admired it while down at the beach.

However, as to its fame, I wonder how many people know anything about it, such as the location and the identity of the person or persons responsible for the extravaganza of color. Surely the goal was not for the owners to keep a low profile, as anyone who loves flowers must surely slam on the brakes upon seeing the display for the first time. I would love to learn more about it.

On another subject, I want to say how much I appreciate your obituary section.


On July 31, the West Seattle Farmers' Market may be the only place in town you can get a 'poopsicle,' toss a diaper, and help a needy child all in the same place.

Local charitable nonprofit group, Westside Baby, will hold its fifth annual Stuff the Baby Bus With Diapers fund-raising campaign at the market this year. The organization hopes to raise twice the amount of diapers brought in by last year's event, said Lisa Perry, resource coordinator.

"We are asking everyone we know to contribute a pack of diapers," said Perry.


Matthew E. Durham

DIAPER SHOWER. Members of Gatewood School Day Camp excitedly shower the photographer with diapers as they prepare to lend their bus to Westside Baby for a July 31 Diaper Drive.

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