Press release:

Congressman Adam Smith will be the keynote speaker at the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce August Membership Luncheon, on Friday, August 10, 2012.

The luncheon will be held on Friday, August 10th, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Embassy Suites Hotel, 15920 W Valley Hwy., Tukwila. Lunch is $20 paid in advance or $35 paid at the door. Sponsored by Aesthetic Rejuvenation by Dr. Brecht, Clean Scapes, Cox Financial, Mendoza Law Center, Republic Services, T-Mobile, and Waste Management.

Register online or call the Chamber at (206) 575-1633.

Smith plans to give a Congressional update and will focus on the debt and deficit situation that is so severely impacting our economy. Audience members are encouraged to bring questions and provide comments about federal issues you want to share your opinion on and ask him to prioritize.


For a third time, SeaTac lawmakers extended July 24 a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and collective gardens.

City Attorney Mary Mirante Bartolo said the city’s dilemma is that the state recognizes medical marijuana and regulates it but federal law doesn’t allow it.

Further complicating the issue is a statewide measure to legalize marijuana on the November ballot, City Manager Todd Cutts noted.

This time around, SeaTac council members approved a work plan with the moratorium. Staffers will analyze marijuana dispensary zoning in other cities and research state law and legal cases. The staff will present their findings to the council.

“Eventually, we will have to make a decision,” senior planner Al Torrico observed.

Lawmakers also added to the final docket of the city’s comprehensive plan amendments two zoning changes. The Planning Commission recommended moving forward on the amendments while planning staff opposed their addition.

The City Council is expected to make a final decision on the two amendments on Nov. 27 following a public hearing and open house on Oct. 16.


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Enjoy the all-too-fleeting summer with outdoor entertainment at the Olde Burien Block Party on Saturday, July 21 from noon to midnight.

Olde Burien will be packed with live music, outside dining and drinking, sausage-eating contest, $500 shopping spree and more. The event is the Olde Burien Retail Group’s way of thanking customers and community for their support.

To be entered into the drawing for a $500 Olde Burien shopping spree, just make purchases at participating businesses that day. What better time to explore the latest offerings of Olde Burien shops and take advantage of spectacular store specials.

Take in a variety of live entertainment while enjoying expanded outdoor dining and drinking provided by Olde Burien eateries:
12-12:50 p.m. – Darrell Data (rock to jazz)
1-1:50 p.m. – Ian Ayers
2-2:30 p.m. - Fashion Show (see the latest looks)
2:30-3:30 p.m. – Tupelo (California country rock)
4-4:30 p.m. – Sausage-Eating Contest
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Pink Torpedoes (classic rock and dance music)
6-7 p.m. – Pat Riefflen (guitar blend of many genres)
7:30-9 p.m.- West Side Sally (rock and blues)
9:30-11 p.m. - Burien City Ballbangers (hard rock)


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Highline Medical Center Foundation is proud to announce a partnership with Car Pros Burien Nissan. With every new car purchase made Memorial Day Weekend, Friday May 25 through Monday, May 28, Car Pros Burien Nissan will donate $200 to Highline Medical Center Foundation benefiting Highline Medical Center and the health of this community.

Individuals who mention Highline Medical Center will qualify for fleet pricing, which is not available to the general public. This pricing is generally thousands off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price depending on the vehicle. Fleet pricing will allow a stream-lined, reduced price, direct buying experience for those who are eligible and participate.

Highline Medical Center Foundation and Car Pros Nissan set a goal to reach $50,000 by August of 2012. Car Pros Nissan has a huge inventory of new, used and certified pre-owned vehicles to choose from.


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Highline Community College is collaborating with The Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI), a pioneer in offering Sustainable MBA and certificate programs, to expand its StartZone program outside the South King County area.

StartZone is a microenterprise development program providing economically disadvantaged residents of South King County with no-cost training, technical assistance and other resources to improve financial self-sufficiency through self-employment and small business ownership.

Established in 2008 through the support of Sen. Maria Cantwell, the program has served over 1,000 emerging entrepreneurs, and its nearly 500 members have accessed over $500,000 in financing (startup or expansion), launched 65 new businesses and created over 100 new jobs.

BGI Dean, John Gardner, Ph.D. stated, “We are excited to have this opportunity to work with Highline, the home for StartZone and the institution who has seen it through the proof of concept stage, to explore StartZone’s expansion.


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Contaminated groundwater and soil under and near a SeaTac property will undergo cleanup with a combination of below-ground air injection, vapor removal, and natural bacterial action, under a proposed legal agreement submitted for public comment by the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the site’s current and former owners.

The proposed agreement, called a consent decree, incorporates a cleanup action plan that underwent public review and comment in 2011.

The parcel – owned by Sea-Tac Investments LLC, ANSCO Properties, LLC, and Scarsella Bros. Inc., -- is located at 16025-16223 International Blvd. The site has no connection with the nearby Sea-Tac Airport.

The property has had various occupants and businesses, including a construction yard and tenants who installed underground fuel tanks.

Sampling studies show that contaminants related to gasoline affect ground water under the property’s north end and a surrounding area. A cleanup of contaminated soil occurred in 2001, and pavement on the site prevents people from coming into contact with soil and vapors from the contaminated underground water and soil.

First Large Consolidated Rental Car Facility to Receive Award

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Port of Seattle Commission on Wednesday, April 25 accepted the LEED® Silver award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the design, construction and operation of the soon-to-open consolidated Rental Car Facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. (The facility is set to open to the public on May 17.)

This is currently the largest consolidated rental car facility in the nation to be certified Silver by the USGBC, the nation’s preeminent program for high performance green buildings. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for green building certification.

”We can build a sustainable future while we create jobs,” Port of Seattle Commission President Gael Tarleton said after learning of the award. “All of our partners can take credit for recycling more than 97 percent of construction waste and sourcing nearly 30 percent of building materials from local and regional suppliers.”

Director of International Trade at Microsoft to facilitate and offer expertise

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The Highline Community College Continuing Education department and the Center of Excellence for International Trade, Transportation and Logistics are introducing a new course for individuals who plan to sit for the U.S. Customs Broker’s License Examination this fall.

The ten-week course is one of the first in-class Customs Broker’s Examination prep course options available in the region. It will occur from July 18 – September 19, 2012, and will feature a high-profile facilitator, Microsoft’s Director of International Trade, John Soares. A trade expert with more than twenty years of experience in the industry and a licensed customs broker himself, John possesses an in-depth knowledge of regulatory compliance, customs procedures and trade management.

The new course at Highline will offer comprehensive preparation for the exam. Students will read key source material, learn sound test-taking strategies, take practice exams and engage with fellow classmates in a classroom setting. The course is formatted to encourage student learning and retention of testing material through real-world applications and peer-to-peer discussion.


Discover Burien took in a net total of $10,000 at last Friday’s Burien Awards Dinner and Auction, event manager Debra George reports.

That beats the 2011 net total of $7,500.

George reports total revenues from the dinner and auction of $13,274. After a $1,450 contribution to the Highline Schools Foundation and expenses of $1,742.15 that leaves about $10,000. There are still a few small bills to pay and a couple of auction items to collect on, according to George.

Discover Burien honored Elliott Newson of Highline High as Student Leader of the Year, Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence as Non Profit of the Year, Dan House, owner of Tin Room Bar/Theater, as Business Leader of the Year and Margie Gibb as Volunteer of the Year. Doug Query was awarded Team Clean Sweep Recognition.

Prominent Burien attorney Doug Moreland received the Robby Award from the Highline Times and Robinson Newspapers for his outstanding community service. He was unable to attend.

Discover Burien nets $10,000 from awards dinner and auction
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Burien attorney Doug Moreland proudly displays his Robby Award in front of his law office. Moreland received the award from the Highline Times and Robinson Newspapers for his outstanding community service.

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Alaska Air Group, based in SeaTac, paid annual bonuses totaling $53.8 million today to nearly all of its 12,800 employees for exceeding the company’s 2011 operational and financial goals.

The bonus of about 6.7 percent of annual pay, or more than three weeks pay for most workers, is in addition to $1,000 in bonuses, on average, that each employee earned last year for achieving monthly on-time and customer satisfaction targets. The combined monthly and annual bonuses amounted to nearly $72 million.

“We received several top honors during the past year, including being named the most on-time major airline in North America for the second year in a row and winning our fourth straight J.D. Power award for customer service,” said Brad Tilden, Alaska Air Group’s CEO-elect and president of Alaska Airlines. “We earned these awards because of the hard work and dedication of our people. I want to thank them for their focus on running a safe and on-time operation, and for their commitment to our customers.”

SeaTac's Alaska Airline employees getting big bucks in bonuses
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Alaska Air Group, based in SeaTac, paid annual bonuses to nearly all of its 12,800 employees for exceeding the company’s 2011 operational and financial goals.

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