A Burien woman was killed after her truck was struck by a suspected drunk driver Thursday night on the West Valley Highway in Tukwila, police said.

Tukwila deputies responded to an accident report near S. 180th Street and West Valley Highway (map below) at 11:40 p.m., where they found the crash scene.

Police say that a southbound pickup truck had t-boned the woman’s truck, which was turning left onto S. 180th Street.

The female driver of the turning truck was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the second vehicle was taken into custody, and police say it appears that alcohol was a factor in the fatal collision.

The female victim was a 64-year old resident of Burien. Her identity has not yet been released.

The driver – who was arrested – was a 27-year old male from Utah.

The Tukwila Police Traffic Unit is conducting an investigation.


Seattle City Light announced this week that it will be installing new utility poles around the region – including Tukwila – with taller ones that include wireless utility data collection equipment.

The new poles will be 70 feet tall, which is about 20 feet taller than existing poles.

Installation in Burien will happen at 40th Ave S. and S. 126th Street, and will start in December:


This project is part of the communications network to support Advanced Metering, which will automate meter reading and enable enhanced services.

There are no maintenance power outages planned for this work. Some traffic and parking impacts are expected in the immediate work areas. Crews will be careful to maintain access to driveways.

Daily work hours are from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In most instances, the work to transfer existing equipment and install the data collection equipment can be completed in one day.

Customers can contact JoAnna Perley, Advanced Metering Deployment Manager at (206) 733-9648 or [email protected].

Here’s more from City Light:

This project is part of the communications network to support Advanced Metering, which will automate meter reading and enable enhanced services.

Advanced Metering will provide more accurate billing and reduce City Light’s environmental impact by eliminating 200,000 driving miles each year by meter readers.

During this project, City Light crews will also have the opportunity to upgrade its infrastructure and replace poles that are in poor condition.


  • There are no maintenance power outages planned.
  • Some traffic and parking impacts are expected in the immediate work area.
  • Traffic control flaggers will be used where needed on residential streets.
  • Crews will be careful to try and maintain access to driveways.

A small grant application is available beginning Dec. 1st, to be submitted on or before Jan. 20, for small capital projects that encourage active transportation (bicycling or walking) or transit use to contribute to the reduction of air pollution, traffic congestion, and fuel consumption in South King County.

Creative projects that involve public art or other innovative ways to activate the public realm are encouraged.

Eligible projects must be within the cities of Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, SeaTac, or Tukwila and may be proposed by cities, businesses, community organizations, schools, or neighborhood groups.

Approximately 6-12 small grants will be available.

Whether you have an idea for a project to improve bicycle or pedestrian access or you would like to install a bike rack at your location, we encourage you to apply for this funding opportunity.

Detailed grant information can be found at http://tukwilawa.gov/SmallGrantApplication.

Please contact Rose Warren with any questions at 206-431-3687 between 8:30AM-5PM or send an email to [email protected].

A PDF of the grant application can be found at http://www.tukwilawa.gov/wp-content/uploads/DCD-CTR-Small-Grant-Application-Form.pdf.

The King County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit, in conjunction with King County Search and Rescue, conducted an evidence search in Tukwila Saturday morning for victim remains of Green River killer Gary Ridgway.

The area searched was on S. 178th Street, near I-5, south and west of the Southcenter Mall in Tukwila.

As with the search last week near Duvall, this search was based on continuing re-evaluation and analysis of information provided by Ridgway in 2003 regarding the location(s) of possible victims.

These were the first searches of these sites. Neither site was specifically identified, or pinpointed by Ridgway at the time of the 2003 interviews with KCSO.

These searches represent the results of a continuing effort by KCSO to clear up matters related to Gary Ridgway and the Green River cases.

UPDATE FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016: The Tukwila Police Department announced Friday night that missing 16-year old Aviation High School Josiah Hokanson has been found and is now safe with his family.

As we previously reported, Josiah left the Tukwila campus after school on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and did not arrive home.

He lives in the Sumner/Bonney Lake area, and it was believed he was using Metro Transit to go home.

It was reported that the teen was found in Portland.

“Thank you to everyone who assisted with locating him for your efforts,” police said.



The Tukwila Police Department is seeking the public’s help finding a missing 16-year old male named Josiah Hokanson.

Josiah is a student at Raisbeck Aviation High School.

Police say that he left the Tukwila campus after school on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and did not arrive home.

He lives in the Sumner/Bonney Lake area, and it is believed he was using Metro Transit to go home.

If you have any information about, or if you see Josiah, please contact the Tukwila Police Department at (206) 433-1808.

“Our thoughts are with Josiah and his family – as well as the entire Raisbeck Aviation community – during this difficult time,” reads a statement from Highline Public Schools.

To download a flyer you can print and share, click here (PDF file).

The Museum of Flight will be honoring U.S. veterans and current U.S. military personnel by providing free admission all day on Friday, Nov. 11.

The museum will also be hosting its annual Veteran’s Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The celebration includes a musical performance by the Boeing Employees Stage Band.

Following the performance will be a Veteran’s Day Ceremony that will feature a color guard, as well as presentations by both the Mayor of Tukwila, Allen Ekberg, and Brigadier General, Bruce C. Linton.

The museum is located at 9410 E. Marginal Way South:

pastedGraphic.pngThe Tukwila Historical Society’s 2016 Holiday Gathering will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Historic Nelsen House, located at 15643 West Valley Highway (map below).

Special Guest Speakers will be Pulitzer prize nominee Tom Reese & Eric Wagner, presenting photos from the recently published book “Once and Future River: Reclaiming the Duwamish.”

  • Guests receive 1-year Black River Level with New Membership
  • Appetizers and beverages will be served. Raffle with great gift items
  • Dress Casual

Limited seating – please RSVP at: 206/244-4478 or email [email protected].

“Once and Future River” was called an “instant classic” by the West Seattle Herald. “It is fundamentally a book of hope,” said Denis Hayes, CEO of the Bullitt Foundation.

For more info:

Louise Jones-Brown, President/Tukwila Historical Society

Center phone # 206/244-HIST (4478)

Email: [email protected]


WhiteWater ORCAS 2nd Annual “All Schools Swim Meet” will be on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Tukwila Pool.

Here’s more info:

2nd Annual “All Schools Swim Meet promoting school spirit, swimming safety, physical fitness, and fun! Events include freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke and inner tube races!

Saturday, December 3, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

Local K-8 students and faculty members who can swim 25 yards!

Tukwila City Pool 4414 S 144th St, Tukwila, WA 98168

How do Schools Score Points? You and others from your school sign up and together represent your school!

Individual participants get ribbons, schools in places 1st – 3rd get trophies

$25 Pre-registered (by 11/28/2016) or $30 on race day between 2:30 – 2:45. Entry fee includes a FREE T-Shirt!

Download an entry form at: whitewaterorcas.com

On the web at: whitewaterorcas.com • Email: [email protected]

WhiteWater ORCAS Aquatics Club (ORCA) is a non-profit competitive swim organization for children of all ages, sanctioned through USA Swimming.


Burien’s 1st Pot Shop is now OPEN!

Just 5 minutes from Sea-Tac Airport, Burien’s first Pot Shop – Kush21 – is located at 17730 Ambaum Blvd. South, in the same complex as BZ’s Sports Bar, and across from a public storage facility.

In this prime location Burien’s first Pot Shop is superbly located to offer a premium cannabis shopping experience to both tourists and locals. Visitors will find expert advice and consultation from friendly budtenders who are customer focused, knowledgable and courteous.

Whether you are discovering cannabis products for the first time, rediscovering them, or are a connoisseur, you will appreciate the prompt and courteous service that emanates from their core value of respect. This same respect for the customer is what inspires their commitment to offer premium selection with an eye to value. You will not find artificially overpriced goods, rather Kush21 aims to be your go-to purveyor, at the lowest price possible. For the month of October they are offering an astounding 33% off their entire inventory. But hurry, because come Nov. 1st these deals are gone!

Value can also be found in their loyalty program. This enticing VIP Club offers a 5% discount for every 10th check-in. After registration, simply visit the electronic kiosk on every visit, and before you know it, you’re cashing in on the savings.

Kush21 owners have further plans to enhance your experience with an express window, up-to-date automatically populated online menus and more. For now, they continue to build out their inventory and aim to carry the best that Washington state has to offer at competitive prices.

They are excited and honored to be the first pot shop in Burien. Their neighbor BZ’s Sports bar is too and is celebrating with a welcome party this Sunday, Oct. 23 from 7-10 p.m. BZ’s is just a few doors down from Kush21 at 17730 Ambaum Blvd S.


Here is a little more info from their website:

We carry industry leading products & have a wonderful staff of cannabis enthusiasts for your pleasure. We’ve slashed all of our prices by 33% for the month of October, so get in here and check us out!

We are currently building out our inventory but aim to carry the best that Washington state has to offer, at competitive prices.

To celebreate our soft & grand opening, we have slashed all of our already competitive prices by a whopping 33%! Come in and get the best deals you can find and get to see our brand new store, just 5 minutes from Seatac Airport!

Valid until Oct. 31, 2016.

This discount does not stack with any others. Prices on the products/shelf are already priced with the discount and taxes included.

Address: 17730 Ambaum Blvd. South, Burien 98148 (map below)


  • Sun-Thurs: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Fri/Sat: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Phone: 206.402.6955

Website: http://kush21.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kush21Seattle/

Here’s a look at their brand new store:





Some of their products:











Bring your small household items including clothing and we’ll try to repair them or help you fix them! We want to keep stuff out of the landfill, conserve resources and save you money.

This event is FREE to the public!

This will be the first public repair event in White Center. Two previous repair events in White Center on April 26, 2016, and June 11, 2016, served the King County Housing Authority community Seola Gardens.

You must be present during the repair. We will have people experienced in fixing various things. Sorry, no guarantee an item can be fixed, or that attempting to fix it won’t break it even more. For items needing product-specific parts, we’ll try to tell you exactly what part you need so you can order it online and finish the repair yourself at home.

Please only bring items small enough to be easily carried in by one person. Please do not bring any items that are leaking, dangerous, contain gasoline, or have a strong odor.


WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: White Center Community Center in Steve Cox Memorial Park, 1321 SW 102nd Street, 98146

RSVP: To sign up to attend, or if you have questions, please contact Tom Watson at 206-477-4481.

INFO: To learn more, visit http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/ecoconsumer/repair-white-center.asp

If there is strong interest, we will schedule more of these in the future or on a regular basis, possibly at other locations in White Center. Thanks!

The King County EcoConsumer public outreach program has launched repair groups and events in King County, where people can bring small household items and clothing. Our experienced all-purpose fixers and sewing fixers will work on them, and can help you learn repair too.

Each repair event or group will operate differently, based on the needs of the local community. They might meet only once or twice, or continue meeting every two or three months.

At all of these events, people can bring in household items including small furniture, small appliances, personal electronics and clothing. Our overall success rate at these events for repairing items or helpfully diagnosing the problem (you may need to get a new part, for example) has generally been 70 percent or higher, although some electronics may be difficult to fix.