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O’Reilly Auto Parts to provide healthcare coverage to same-sex couples

O’Reilly Auto Parts to provide healthcare coverage to same-sex couples

by Jack Mayne O’Reilly Auto Parts has agreed to provide healthcare coverage to same-sex spouses of its employees in Washington and other states recognizing marriage equality, effective April 1 (read... [Read more]

State investigates four area O’Reilly Auto Parts stores for discrimination

State investigates four area O’Reilly Auto Parts stores for discrimination

by Jack Mayne O’Reilly Auto Parts – which runs four auto parts stores in South King County – is being investigated by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office to determine if the company... [Read more]

Buses get short-term reprieve from state

Buses get short-term reprieve from state

by Jack Mayne The danger of widespread cancellation of local Metro bus service is still looming, but major cuts this year in South King County have been relieved by a Washington transportation department... [Read more]

Drug treatment van to remain on Ambaum Blvd. SW at SW 134th

Drug treatment van to remain on Ambaum Blvd. SW at SW 134th

by Jack Mayne That van than many noticed and wondered what it was doing parked on Ambaum Blvd. SW near SW 134th weekday mornings is a place where people with opioid drug dependence must visit six days... [Read more]

SeaTac’s Prop. 1 still passing by 43 votes

SeaTac’s Prop. 1 still passing by 43 votes

From our sister site The SeaTac Blog: by Jack Mayne Almost miraculously the Tuesday evening (Nov. 12) count of Proposition 1 maintained the same 43-vote plurality, despite the addition of 278 more votes... [Read more]


SeaTac’s $15 minimum wage appears close to losing in latest tally


SeaTac’s $15 minimum wage appears close to losing in latest tally

From our sister site The SeaTac Blog: by Jack Mayne The opponents of SeaTac’s $15 an hour minimum wage law are within 43 votes of moving to the win column with an estimated 900 or so uncounted ballots. A... [Read more]

Long dispute over Westmark’s ‘Emerald Pointe’ ends with agreement

Long dispute over Westmark’s ‘Emerald Pointe’ ends with agreement

by Jack Mayne After 23 years of battling between Neighbors of Seahurst Park and Westmark Development Corp., the two sides reached an agreement Friday, Sept. 13, that frees the developer to use its clearing... [Read more]

Award-winner Betsy Smith came home from Wyoming for the summer

Award-winner Betsy Smith came home from Wyoming for the summer

by Jack Mayne Elizabeth J. Smith, the University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science who recently won its top award, came home for the summer and she makes it clear she feels Wyoming... [Read more]

Burien campaign signs allowed with few restrictions

Burien campaign signs allowed with few restrictions

by Jack Mayne Political signs and campaigning on city property is a relatively open opportunity for candidates, according to Craig Knutson, Burien’s interim city manager and city attorney. “In response... [Read more]

Hanbleceya and its leaders fined for investment law violations

Hanbleceya and its leaders fined for investment law violations

by Jack Mayne Two people involved in Hanbleceya, the now defunct Normandy Park mental health treatment and housing program, and the ownership corporation have been fined assessed costs totaling $18,500... [Read more]

Andrea Reay’s campaign claims Debi Wagner violated disclosure laws

Andrea Reay’s campaign claims Debi Wagner violated disclosure laws

Burien City Council candidates Debi Wagner, left, and Andrea Reay at the July 23 B-Town Blog Candidate Forum. Photos by Michael Brunk. by Jack Mayne The campaign manager for Burien City Council candidate... [Read more]

Burien City Council Candidates argue talking points at 2nd B-Town Blog Debate

Burien City Council Candidates argue talking points at 2nd B-Town Blog Debate

by Ralph Nichols Hopefuls for Burien City Council positions Three and Five in the Aug. 6 primary election exchanged views on a variety of issues at a candidates’ forum, sponsored by the B-Town Blog,... [Read more]

Packed house hears lively debate at B-Town Blog Candidate Forum Tuesday

Packed house hears lively debate at B-Town Blog Candidate Forum Tuesday

by Ralph Nichols Hopefuls for Burien City Council positions One and Seven discussed their views on a variety of issues at a candidates’ forum presented by the B-Town Blog at the ERAC building on Tuesday... [Read more]

REMINDER: The B-Town Blog Candidate Forum is TONIGHT at 7 p.m.!

REMINDER: The B-Town Blog Candidate Forum is TONIGHT at 7 p.m.!

The first of our two 2013 B-Town Blog Candidate Forums, featuring Burien City Council races, is set for TONIGHT (Tuesday, July 16) starting at 7 p.m. at the ERAC building in south Burien. Candidates who... [Read more]

B-Town Blog Candidate Forum is this Tuesday; your questions wanted!

B-Town Blog Candidate Forum is this Tuesday; your questions wanted!

REMINDER: The first of our two B-Town Blog Candidate Forums, featuring the Burien City Council races, is set for this Tuesday, July 16. Candidates who will be participating are: Position One: Lauren Berkowitz Jack... [Read more]

After two years, Hanbleceya will be leaving Normandy Park by July 12

After two years, Hanbleceya will be leaving Normandy Park by July 12

Kerry Paulson of Hanbleceya. by Jack Mayne Kerry Paulson, managing partner of adult care home Hanbleceya says July 12 will be the organization’s last day in Normandy Park. Hanbleceya bills itself as... [Read more]

Normandy Park Mayor withdraws from City Council race

Normandy Park Mayor withdraws from City Council race

by Jack Mayne Mayor Clarke Brant has withdrawn from the race for reelection for City Council saying it is “really time to retire.” The sole candidate in the Position 2 race now is Mike Bishoff. Candidates... [Read more]

No license needed for Hanbleceya’s mental health homes in Normandy Park

No license needed for Hanbleceya’s mental health homes in Normandy Park

by Jack Mayne Hanbleceya is operating four of five facilities in Normandy Park without licenses because there are no health care licenses for their facilities either from the State of Washington or from... [Read more]

Local attorney thinks Governor Inslee ‘going too far’ with tough new DUI law

Local attorney thinks Governor Inslee ‘going too far’ with tough new DUI law

by Jack Mayne Burien lawyer Joe Breidenbach, known widely as “DUI Joe,” believes Gov. Jay Inslee is going too far with the tough new proposed law he unveiled last week following three local... [Read more]

Hanbleceya operating legally, DSHS investigation closed

Hanbleceya operating legally, DSHS investigation closed

by Jack Mayne Hanbleceya’s Normandy Park treatment center is operating in compliance with Washington state law and the Washington Department of Social and Health Services investigation has been closed,... [Read more]

CARES Passes Review, Gains Majority Council Support; But Some Still Complain

CARES Passes Review, Gains Majority Council Support; But Some Still Complain

by Jack Mayne The Burien animal care non-profit CARES passed its first outside review (download PDF here, p.15), drawing raves from City Manager Mike Martin and four members of the City Council – but... [Read more]

Former Burien Red Light Camera Firm Redflex Faces ‘Bribery’ Issues

Former Burien Red Light Camera Firm Redflex Faces ‘Bribery’ Issues

by Jack Mayne Redflex Traffic Solutions, the company that once provided red light photo enforcement cameras in Burien, and currently does in SeaTac, says an internal corruption investigation has found... [Read more]

Burien Property Values Falling 35 percent Faster, Resident Tells City Council

Burien Property Values Falling 35 percent Faster, Resident Tells City Council

The Burien City Council was told Monday night (March 18) that figures from the King County Assessor’s Office show that property values in Burien are falling faster than any of its South King County neighbors…

Locals React to Election of Pope Francis

Locals React to Election of Pope Francis

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or have been hangin’ out in the catacombs), a new Pope was announced Wednesday (March 13) – Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, heretofore known... [Read more]

Highline Schools’ Super Dr. Susan Enfield Seeks Full-time Kindergartens

Highline Schools’ Super Dr. Susan Enfield Seeks Full-time Kindergartens

Highline School District superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield says she hopes to see the district have full-time paid kindergarten for all beginning students and for the Legislature to find a way…

City Questioned on Taxpayer Money Used to Clean Up Foreclosed Property

City Questioned on Taxpayer Money Used to Clean Up Foreclosed Property

by Jack Mayne North Burien resident Dick West wants to know why Burien city government spent upwards of $15,000 to clean up debris and trash from a foreclosed home at 11416 26th Ave. South (map below)... [Read more]