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.


If you are a resident of West Seattle, then the idea that Boeing Field will become a major short-haul airline terminal for Southwest Airlines, and maybe others, is one to be immediately and strongly resisted.

But, if you are a frequent business flyer and must spend your work week going to and from an airport and getting the best deal for your dollar, then Southwest's desired move is one you will find attractive.

The immediate objection is the potential noise that upward of 200 flights in and out of what is officially known as King County International Airport will mean t


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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


A report on the reaction of focus groups in the North Highline area to the prospect of annexation by Burien or Seattle indicates that residents are cool to the idea.

In fact, residents were not really hot about anything except keeping the status quo, the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council was told Aug.



Kenny Pittman, a Seattle senior policy analyst, talks at a North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting about the impact on services if Seattle annexed North Highline.

Independent candidate for King County Council, District 4, Ed Pottharst, said he admits he doesn't have all the answers to the diverse transit, maintenance and education problems afflicting Ballard and other neighborhoods. But he believes that by working together with community groups and other organizations, the issues can be resolved.

"Accessibility is the key to success," he said in an interview last week.


When I moved from Ballard to South Park not five months ago I had no idea what I was getting into. Maybe a little more crime nearby, maybe it'll be harder to get groceries after hours, but I knew I'd be speaking Spanish more often and I was eager for the change of scenery.

What I found in South Park is nothing short of the most welcoming, vibrant cluster of engaged neighbors I've experienced since my childhood in Maine.


None in West Seattle, but 20 state liquor stores elsewhere will participate in a two-year pilot program beginning Sept. 4 to determine if Sunday sales are economically feasible.

The Sunday sales pilot program was established by the Legislature.

A list of the state stores chosen to participate in the program will be posted on the Liquor Control Board's website -

The 20 state stores will open from noon to 5 p.m. except on Sundays falling on state holidays.


A few minutes after a corps of Seattle city department heads outlined the fact taxes would not soar nor would services be severely curtailed in the unincorporated North Highline area of it annexed to the city, a report on four focus groups showed residents of the area are not really hot about anything except keeping the status quo.

One of the four groups couldn't come to any decision on whether the area should remain in King County, become their own city, join Burien or annex to Seattle.

"To conclude, age, taxes and lack of information made for an often inflexible discuss


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With the walls cluttered by poster boards tacked behind her, Jeanne Moeller, a resident of Des Moines since 1921, addressed 60 other city residents seated at round tables before her.

"I've lived in Des Moines for a very long time," Moeller chuckled as she reminisced about her seven-bedroom home that housed her large family. Her voice then dropped to a serious tone.

"I love Des Moines because it has an ambiance to it. It's a small town; the people here are remarkable.


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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

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