The Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) and the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce announced a partnership on Tuesday (April 26) with the intent “to better promote the regional destination, bolster tourism and drive economic vitality” of the region.

What was known as the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce will become the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce.

The partnership is made effective through a memorandum of understanding, in which both organizations will leverage the Seattle Southside name.

“There is an increasing understanding of the value of a singular place brand,” said Katherine Kertzman, president and CEO of the Seattle Southside RTA. “The more we can all rally around the Seattle Southside region, the more we will all benefit.”

Both organizations will remain independent of the other, while realizing the benefits of co-branding the Seattle Southside area. This will create a uniform voice in the destination brand of Seattle Southside, while also increasing efficiencies through joint marketing efforts and maximizing available funds, including shared collateral materials.

“There is strength in numbers and we’re all working toward the same goals,” said Dena Guttridge, CEO of the Chamber. “Increasing our collaboration is a big win for the entire community. Our Chamber mission remains the same but this allows us to reduce costs for our members while greatly increasing our exposure with amplified marketing efforts.”

About Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority
Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) is the official destination marketing organization for South Seattle. The organization is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal travel destination for leisure and business travelers who wish to explore Western Washington and an idyllic place for meeting and event planners to hold their events. The Seattle Southside RTA is funded by a self-assessed hotel fund and supported by a lodging tax from the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines. For more information, please visit www.seattlesouthside.com or call 877-885-9452.

About the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
We are committed to growing and supporting the business community. Through educational programs, networking opportunities, business resources and strategic partnerships, we empower businesses to succeed. For more information, call 206-575-1633.

Aditya Sood, the Hollywood producer who brought Andy Weir’s book, “The Martian,” to the screen, will talk about that process in a special public conversation at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field on April 16 at 2 p.m.

Following the program will be an open reception with Sood in the Museum’s Space Gallery. The event is free with admission to the Museum.

After reading Weir’s book in 2013 he was instrumental in securing an adaption by Drew Goddard, then director Ridley Scott, Twentieth Century Fox and actor Matt Damon to make one of the biggest hits of 2015. In addition to “The Martian,” Sood was executive producer of “Deadpool” (2016) and is currently executive producer on the upcoming “Deadpool 2.”

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Tukwila, Exit 158 off I-5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors 65 and older, $17 for active military, $12 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available.

For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org

The Washington State Patrol is seeking the public’s help for information about a drive-by shooting that injured a motorist on I-5 March 23, 2016 at approximately 12:51 a.m.

According to the victim, the suspect, a single occupant driving a white, mid-1990’s van, fired multiple rounds at his vehicle while traveling on southbound I-5 near Southcenter in Tukwila.

The van is described as having solid white panels with no windows in the rear.

The suspect vehicle was last seen exiting to northbound I-405 from I-5.

The victim, who was transported to Harborview Medical Center, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call or contact Detective Brodie Ford at [email protected] or 425-401-7742.

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Everyone was taught the “three R’s” in school, and starting this spring, drivers who use southbound I-5 between Tukwila and Federal Way will learn a new meaning for that phrase – Replace, Repave and Resurface.

Starting Monday, March 21, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin an 18-month project to rehabilitate nearly 13 miles of the interstate – replacing expansion joints and concrete panels, repaving sections and resurfacing other sections.

This $27.3 million project will require the crews to reduce southbound I-5 to two lanes for five weekends in July and August 2016. The work will also require frequent overnight lane reductions.

“This section of southbound I-5 is more than 50 years old, and it’s showing its age,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Mike Askarian. “It’s time to restore it. With several months of work, we can keep traffic moving on our region’s main highway for decades to come.”

The three R’s of freeway rehabilitation:
To renew this section of the interstate, contractor crews from MidMountain Construction will:

  • Replace 235 concrete panels that are damaged beyond repair and the expansion joints on the southbound I-5 Duwamish River Bridge.
  • Repave southbound I-5 between South 188th Street in SeaTac and South 219th Street in Des Moines, as well as shoulders, lanes and several on- and off-ramps in SeaTac and Des Moines.
  • Resurface the freeway by grinding out ruts and cracks in several sections, leaving a smoother driving surface.

What drivers should expect:
Most of the work will be done during overnight lane reductions, mostly between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday nights to Friday mornings.

On five weekends in July and August, southbound I-5 will be reduced to two lanes for about 3.5 miles, starting near the southbound State Route 518 on-ramp. The dates have yet to be scheduled.

“Southbound I-5 usually handles about 86,000 cars a day between Southcenter and Des Moines on weekends,” Askarian said. “To limit congestion, we need about 50 percent of drivers to use other routes or postpone their trip on the weekends when southbound I-5 is reduced to two lanes.”

During the lane reductions, drivers should plan to use alternate routes like State Route 167 to the east and State Route 99 and State Route 509 to the west, or buses or light rail.

The weekend-long lane reductions are needed to replace the expansion joints on the Duwamish River Bridge and for the paving work between South 188th Street and South 219th Street.

A house fire in the 5600 block of S. 150th Street in Tukwila (map below) Friday is being investigated as arson.

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Academy Schools will be hosting a special screening of the award-winning documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, at the Foster High School PAC Theater in Tukwila on Saturday, March 19 at 6 p.m. 

There is no charge for admissions, however seating is limited and attendees must register through the Eventbrite link on the Academy Schools website:

http://www.academyschools.org/

Here’s a trailer:

This screening is just the beginning of a serious conversation between educators, school administrators, parents, and leaders of education agencies on the state and federal level.

“The 21st century is going  to be all about building,  creating, and innovating.  This remarkable film shows  a path of how we can  empower all of our children  to do that.” Sal Khan, Khan Academy

Film Synopsis:

For most of the last century, entry-level jobs were plentiful, and college was an affordable path to a fulfilling career. That world no longer exists. The feature-length documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education, revealing the growing shortcomings of our school model in today’s innovative world.

Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been named “among the best edu-documentaries ever produced” by Education Week.  The Huffington Post stated that Most Likely to Succeed “delivers a message Americans need to hear, and desperately.”  Film Threat said, “This film should be a required course for all parents and educators.”

Noteworthy Statistics:

  • 53% of recent college graduates are under—or unemployed.
  • Student engagement in school plummets as they get to higher grades—from 80% in elementary school to just 40%   by the beginning of high school.
  • Just 11% of employers—yet 96% of academic provosts–believe colleges are effective in preparing graduates for the workplace.
  • A Lego Foundation study reports that students lose more than 90% of their creative capacity during their school years.
  • Gallup found that college grads who had opportunities to apply classroom learning to internships, jobs, or ambitious   projects are twice as likely to be engaged in work later in life.
  • 65% of today’s grade-school children will end up in jobs that haven’t been invented yet.
  • The current length of a job for a millennial is an average of 2.6 years, and millennials will have 15-20 jobs over   the course of their working lives.
  • By 2020, 40% to 50% of all income-producing work will be short-term contracts, freelance work and so-called SuperTemps.
  • 45% of recent college graduates return home to live with their parents.

Please join us for this critical event.

The Foster PAC is located at 4242 S. 144th Street in Tukwila.

About Academy Schools:
Academy Schools is a Pre-K through grade 12 independent, inclusive, and diverse school with small classes (1 to 10 teacher-student ratio) where students discover the joy of learning and explore their creative potential. Academy Schools serves typically developing, gifted, and LD students employing a variety of instructional methodologies, including highly structured lessons with predictability and hands-on learning activities, supporting a challenging, personalized curriculum, knowing that each child learns differently.

At Academy Schools we pride ourselves in taking curriculum a step further and address each student’s academic strengths and weaknesses. Our curriculum meets or exceeds all Washington State Grade Level Standards for Grades pre-K through 12. Our High School curriculum also meets the College Admission Standards for Washington State Universities, as well as most other national and international universities.

What makes Academy Schools’ program unique is that we deliver instruction in a manner that allows each child to excel.  Our small class size ensures that teachers are able to monitor student progress and comprehension and quickly respond to student questions.  This enables us to ensure that all students are challenged, and that any skill or content deficits are addressed.  Our highly trained staff delivers instruction in a variety of modes in order to accommodate diverse learning styles.

In addition to rigorous academics, our curriculum emphasizes the development of character.  We model, teach, and practice community citizenship.  We emphasize responsibility, concern for one another, and a commitment to excellence.  Our students learn and utilize conflict resolution and other problem solving skills.

For more information, contact:

Jennifer H. Sargent
Executive Director
Academy Schools
14601 Interurban Ave. S.
Tukwila, WA 98168

(206) 588-0860

[email protected]

www.academyschools.org

The City of Tukwila is in the process of demolishing four motels on Tukwila International Boulevard, and on Feb. 24 the Spruce Motel, located at 14442 Pacific Hwy S., bit the dust:

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Reports are that these motels were all so crime-ridden that they were seized by the federal government, then boarded up in 2013.

When the owners were sentenced to prison, the city bought the properties, which they are demolishing.

The city hasn’t yet decided on what to put in place of these buildings, but reports are that we’ll see grass in place of pavement by spring.

The City of Tukwila is seeking park name suggestions for the Chinook Wind and Duwamish Gardens habitat restoration sites located on the north side of the river between East Marginal Way South and Tukwila International Boulevard (click image to see larger version):

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Currently these are two separate projects on the Duwamish River that will provide aquatic shelter for threatened Chinook salmon, other fish and wildlife species. Eventually, they will be combined to make a passive park that will include walking trails, viewing areas with panoramic views of the river, a hand-carry boat launch, interpretive signage and art, a gathering circle, informal park lawn and small parking areas. It is expected that the Duwamish Gardens, on the east side, will be completed later this year and Chinook Wind, to the west, will be developed in the next few years.

Like much of the surrounding area, these sites have historic and cultural importance, particularly to the native Duwamish people who called the area home until the 1850s when federal policies relocated them to reservations. The City has already preserved the nearby Duwamish Hill Preserve (also known as “Grandmother’s Hill”), which is an important landmark and part of the native Duwamish’s creation story. Later, the sites became farms managed by prominent Tukwila families, such as the Carosino and Ray families who farmed the site for over 100 years. The location also served as a community center for the area’s Italian-American immigrant community.

Please send your ideas for names of this newest park to Mike Perfetti at [email protected]

King County Elections initial results – as of 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 – indicate that all three of the Tukwila School District ballot measures are on their way to passing.

Results will be updated daily until certification on Feb. 19.

“Thank you to the entire community for investing in our children and our future!” the district said.

Tukwila School District No. 406 Proposition No. 1

  • Yes: 999 • 69.86%
  • No: 431 • 30.14%

Tukwila School District No. 406 Proposition No. 2

  • Approved: 963 • 67.11%
  • Rejected: 472 • 32.89%

Tukwila School District No. 406 Proposition No. 3:

  • Yes: 1023 • 71.14%
  • No: 415 • 28.86%

Also, a celebration is planned for Friday, Feb. 19 at the Tukwila Community Center:

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Superintendent Dr. Coogan wrote the following letter to the community:

From: Dr. Coogan, Superintendent
To: The entire school community

THANK YOU. Thank you. Thank you. While the official results won’t be certified by King County until Feb. 19, last night’s initial count indicates that we have soundly passed our school construction bond and two levies.

To say that I am humbled and grateful is an understatement; these ballot measures were born from this community—formed by a large, representative committee of educators and stakeholders—and they will transform this community—helping every Tukwila child, from birth to graduation and beyond, acquire the education, skills, creativity, and resiliency they need to fill the most in-demand jobs of the 21st Century. Quite simply, you have invested in our collective future.

Another blessing for me through this election cycle has been the opportunity to hear from community members in every corner of the district. I’ve been knocking on doors, making phone calls, and sitting at information booths at many events, and it has been amazing. Whether your family has lived in Tukwila for generations or you are new to this country, the passion and dedication that you have for educating children is universal. I am so proud to call Tukwila home. You have provided me with feedback, suggestions, and priorities that I am going to follow through on.

Again, thank you. In particular, thank you to those of you who cared deeply enough to run and participate in the citizens’ campaign to emphasize the urgency behind the school ballot measures. Leanna Albrecht and Luke Ford co-chaired the effort, and under their leadership many, many others hit the streets—visiting homes, waving signs, spreading the message. I probably personally owe a few of you new walking shoes!

With passage of the bond and levies, now comes the important part: I am committed to using your tax dollars to meet the promised education goals in the most efficient, transparent, and accountable ways possible. I do not take the responsibility of your investment lightly, and neither does my staff. (My technology manager recently told me that, every time he makes a purchase using levy dollars, he imagines the sacrifices and tradeoffs that struggling residents have had to make to fund the levy; then he redoubles his efforts to be accountable, strategic, and smart in stretching those dollars to educate students—that’s the personal responsibility we all feel.) We are going to have an online site where you can track the bond projects, including the plans, renderings, budgets, and timelines. We are going to regularly provide reports about what we are doing with the Technology Levy to enrich student learning and 21st-Century skills. We will continue to inform you about our daily operations, supported by the School Programs and Operations Levy, and how we are in alignment with the Strategic Plan.

Before we get to that stage, however, I invite you to be a part of the planning. Each bond project will have a committee with educators, parents, students, and community members who plan and oversee the work. We need to ensure the finished construction meets the real-world use and needs of students, which is why we are front-loading the process to get everyone’s best thinking. If you are interested in participating or have initial ideas, please contact me ([email protected] or 206-901-8006).

To both celebrate and kickoff the work ahead, please join me and Mayor Allan Ekberg for a community-wide celebratory reception from 6-7 pm. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S. We will be on hand to answer questions and share information—including current renderings and timelines—for the bond projects. We also want to get feedback about your own hopes and vision for the future of the Tukwila School District. We hope to see you there!

All I can say in closing is, once again, thank you. You have put children and community first, and I promise to be the best steward I can with the gift of these levies and bond.

In Service,
—Dr. Nancy Coogan,
Superintendent, Tukwila School District

Robbins & Co. is looking to hire an Office Assistant at their Burien office:

  • Compensation: Starting at $16-$18 DOE
  • Employment type: full-time

Office assistant needed for small family-owned construction company that has been in business since 1952 and is located in Burien.

Join our happy team of 30 employees.

Hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

We offer a competitive salary and complete benefits.

Our company has a very low turnover rate.

We are looking for an applicant with the following skills and mindset:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Good proofreading skills
  • Pays attention to detail and accuracy
  • Works independently and takes initiative to stay busy
  • Thrives in a small office environment and wears several hats
  • Answers phones and communicates in a friendly manner while working in a hectic and busy environment
  • Must be an optimistic, independent thinker who wants to be a “team” player
  • Knowledge of double entry accounting, ACT sales management software, payroll and job costing is a plus but we are willing to train the right person.

Please no phone calls.

You may respond by sending a resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please explain:

  • Why you would thrive in a small office environment with a family owned business
  • A time when you learned a new skill or job function effectively
  • A time when you effectively multi-tasked in a busy environment
  • A time when you spoke to an upset customer and helped them recover with a satisfied experience

Please send resume to [email protected]

THANK YOU!