Save-the-Date

‘April Pools Day’ is coming to the Tukwila Pool on Saturday, April 18, from 1 – 3 p.m., and all are invited!

Over 100 kids collected eggs from the shallow end to the deep end at the pool at the Easter Egg Hunt. Jayden, Gavin and Ava were the 3 winners in the cannonball contest, and Anders guessed the jelly bean jar with 2009, taking home all the beans!

The Tukwila Pool is located at 4414 S. 144th St. Tukwila, WA 98168, between Foster High School and Showalter Middle School.

For more information, visit http://www.tukwilapool.org.

Have you heard the news? The Community Power Works program recently expanded to include all Seattle City Light customers in Tukwila, Burien, SeaTac, Shoreline, and Lake Forest Park. Upgrades like a new energy-efficient heating system and insulation can help Seattle City Light customers increase the warmth and comfort of their home, while reducing energy use and saving money!

Weatherizing a home is easier and more affordable than ever with generous rebates, high quality contractors, and a customer service team to help customers along the way! The program starts with a low-cost home energy audit of only $125, which includes the use of specialized equipment, such as infrared cameras, to pinpoint insulation gaps in your walls, ceilings, and floors. Additionally, an energy auditor will perform a blower door diagnostic test to determine home leakiness and will uncover the source of drafts. Customers are provided a customized report that identifies recommendations and available rebates for upgrades.

After the audit, the Community Power Works customer service team provides customers with a list of participating contractors who will provide bids and complete the energy upgrades. Seattle City Light customers may be eligible for up to $4,500 in rebates for energy-efficient upgrades including: heating systems, insulation and air-sealing, windows, and water heaters. Plus, our program offers affordable financing options for all your energy efficiency related work. The program team is available to provide quality oversight on each project to make sure customers maximize available rebates and to ensure things go smoothly.

Past program participants have seen as much as 30-50% reduction of their energy bills resulting in big savings! For more information about Community Power Works:

Community Power Works

home@communitypowerworks.org

(206) 449-1170

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 12.48.41 PMThe Seattle P-I on Sunday posted a very interesting story about the local film “The Maury Island Incident,” in which journalist Jake Ellison dives deep into a ‘rabbit hole’ about the 1947 UFO case and uncovers some great new information about an FBI agent.

“But soon after my first interview with the moviemakers, I found myself on a little trip through the looking glass into a world where coincidence spawns suspicion, and fact and myth get all tangled up,” Ellison writes, “…when I settled in to do a brief story on the movie’s latest successes … a simple question derailed me for a spell: Did the FBI agent who wrote the declassified FBI memos central to the movie even exist?”

The film, which was shot in Tukwila, Burien, Des Moines, and off the waters of Maury Island, world premiered last year at the Big Island Film Festival in Hawaii, then had its North American premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival. Since then it has played over a dozen festivals and screenings, and won two awards – audience choice award for “Best Short” at the Gig Harbor Film Festival, and “Best Short” at the International UFO Congress in Tempe, AZ. It also premiered as Indieflix’ first “Original Series” and six webisodes can be seen for free on Hulu here.

The film will screen next at the Burien UFO Festival on April 1st.

Read Jake’s full story – which includes a video interview with filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer – here.

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An ‘Egg-citing’ Egg Hunt is coming to the Tukwila Pool on Saturday, March 21!

Celebrate spring with the Tukwila Pool staff:

  • Swim and collect your eggs in the pool
  • Trade in your eggs for prizes
  • Egg hunts organized by age range
  • Enjoy spring treats
  • Photo ops

Please note that Egg hunters 6 or younger must be accompanied by an adult in the pool.

The Tukwila Pool is located at 4414 S. 144th Street.

More info at www.tukwilapool.org.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Tukwila Blog nor its staff:]

Dear Editor,

In the city of Tukwila, there are three City Council seats and one Mayor’s positions expiring at the end of this year. Council Members Robertson, Kruller, and Hoggardy currently occupy the Council seats. Mayor Haggarton’s term is expiring. You may contact Tukwila City Hall or King County Elections for more information:

Because of the poor economy, it is imperative that we elect people dedicated to bringing service-costs within our ability to pay for them. Currently, the City of Tukwila is raising fees and taxes that fall most heavily on those of us in our community least able to pay for them. Answer this question; is the amount of spending more this year than last year?

Filing dates are:

  • Consult the earlier listed links to King County Elections and Tukwila.
  • In lieu of sufficient funds to pay the filing fee, you may submit a filing fee petition.

If you would like to run for one of these seats and serve the people of our city, it isn’t too early to announce your desire to serve. Then those of us in the community who may help you can begin to learn about you and the resources you need to run a campaign.

Here are some suggestions: Announce your intent at a city council meeting. There is usually a newspaper reporter covering the meeting. Write a letter to the newspaper. Tell the newspaper’s political reporter you are running.

No special education or experience is required – just a desire to serve. Young people are especially attractive to me because they are so underrepresented in local government. Much is happening in the city of Tukwila – too much for us to manage a city by losing seats to professional politicians by default.

Yours truly,
Paul Willoughby

[Have an opinion or concern you’d like to share with our local Readers? Please send us your Letter to the Editor via email. Include your full name, please remain civil and, pending our review, we’ll consider publishing it.]

by Jack Mayne

Tukwila City Councilmember De’Sean Quinn on Tuesday (Feb. 24) announced his candidacy for mayor of Tukwila.

Quinn has been on the Council for six years, now serving his second term that expires in 2017.

“My goal has been to improve the quality of life for Tukwila’s citizens,” Quinn said. “I am proud that my efforts have enhanced public safety measures, ensured that fiscally-responsible decisions were made, and improved the city’s communication with its residents.”

He said he learned he had to “put in the time to understand how city government works, and that leadership and progress is defined by your willingness to take action.”

Quinn said he remains committed to protecting the quality of life, enhancing public safety, preserving open space and parks, and protecting Tukwila’s environment.

He grew up in Seattle attended University of Washington, served as the community relations manager for former County Executive Ron Sims then became the King County Council’s council relations director. He is currently a water quality planner and project manager with the county Department of Natural Resources and Parks where he works with community relations, public involvement strategies and represents the agency on various intergovernmental planning groups.

“My vision for Tukwila is a vibrant, creative and culturally-diverse community that is livable, affordable, safe, environmentally sustainable, and fosters growth and opportunity throughout its distinctive neighborhoods,” Quinn said.

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Daylight shows the extreme damage to the two vehicles. Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol.

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The embankment the suspect drove down. Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office is reporting that Tukwila man was sentenced on Friday (Oct. 31) to nearly 11 years in prison for a multiple-vehicle collision on SR-509 in December 2013 that killed a 54-year-old woman (read our previous coverage here).

Prosecutors say the defendant, Christopher Wittman, 25, was impaired by a combination of alcohol and marijuana and was distracted by using a cell phone when he crashed his car through a fence and over an embankment onto Highway 509, where his car landed on top of the victims’ vehicle.

Barbara Eakin died from her injuries, while her husband Clay Eakin was injured in the collision.

The driver of a vehicle that collided with the defendant’s disabled car was also injured.

Several other cars were involved in the chain reaction collision and those drivers also received various injuries.

Wittman pled guilty last month to charges of Vehicular Homicide (DUI), Vehicular Assault (DUI) and Reckless Endangerment. The standard sentence range was nine to just over 12 years.

Wittman was sentenced before Judge John Chun at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.

The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Feedheim, paralegal Lindsey Thomas, and victim advocate Karen Kunde.

Below are some Tweets sent out about the tragic crash:

Here’s a pic of the crash scene Tweeted out by Noah Bond: