On Thursday, June 13, 2019, the Tukwila Fire Department was dispatched to investigate an odor of natural gas in the 1200 block of Andover Park East.

Working with Puget Sound Energy, firefighters determined that the odor was coming from an underground propane tank located near the intersection of Costco Drive and Andover Park East. The tank is a large,12,000-gallon tank that possibly has two smaller tanks connected to it for a total of 16,000 gallons of propane. The cause of the leak is faulty piping.

On Sunday, June 16, 2019, a contractor will be brought in to remove the liquid propane. The work will begin at 5:00 am and continue until approximately 10:00 am. The area and businesses surrounding the work will be closed to the public during this time period as a necessary emergency safety precaution.

The City has determined the boundaries of the exclusion zone to be as follows: south of Minkler Blvd; east of Andover Park West; north of the Green River, approximately S. 180 Street; west of the West Valley Hwy, and surrounding trails. A map of the boundaries will be displayed on the City’s website.

The Tukwila Fire Department is asking local news agencies to use their resources to inform the public of the exclusion zone and closure times. Information regarding the incident and updates will be posted as they become available at the City of Tukwila website (www.tukwilawa.gov) and on the City’s Facebook page at facebook.com/cityoftukwila/.

From 04:00 am to 04:15 am Sunday morning, Fire Chief Jay Wittwer will address the media and answer questions at the intersection of Costco Drive and Andover Park East.

Today, Tukwila Police and Fire departments have been notifying all businesses in the exclusion zone to inform them that no one will be allowed into the exclusion zone until the onsite Incident Commander determines that it is safe to do so.

The public’s assistance and cooperation are appreciated and necessary for the health and safety of all.

For more information, please visit www.tukwilawa.gov or call the Tukwila Emergency Operation Center at (206) 971-8748.

On Saturday night, June 8, a sneak preview of the brand new Highline Heritage Museum was held for volunteers and community members, including Elston Hill, who shares some great photos below.

“We are so fortunate to have Nancy Salguero McKay and all the people who worked with her!” Elston said.

GRAND OPENING IS THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 14!
The Highline Heritage Museum will be celebrating its Grand Opening & Community Ribbon Cutting Celebration this coming Friday, June 14, from 4 – 6 p.m. But this won’t be your usual ribbon cutting ceremony – ALL are invited to “come cut the ribbon with us! Literally, please bring scissors and let’s do it as a community!” (we recommend finding the oldest, most historic scissors you can)

The new museum is located at 819 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien, on the southwest corner of SW 152nd Street and Ambaum Blvd. SW.

And some additional pics by Scott Schaefer:

Some late 1920s Sunnydale School kids weren’t too happy about having their photo taken!

More info here:

The Highline Heritage Museum is located at 819 SW 152nd Street in Burien:

Join Action Tukwila at the Foster High School Performing Arts Center on Wednesday night, June 18 for a free screening of DAWNLAND (2018), a feature-length documentary film about the forced removal of Wabanaki children by Maine’s child welfare system as part of a systematic effort to coercively assimilate them into white dominant culture, in violation of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (1978).

The film tells the story of the truth and reconciliation commission that was created in Maine by Wabanaki mothers, grandmothers, social workers, and their allies, to give victim-survivors of forced removal a chance to tell their stories, often for the first time.

A facilitated conversation about the film will follow the screening.

Here’s the trailer:

DAWNLAND Official Trailer from Upstander Project on Vimeo.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 19, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

WHERE: Foster High School Performing Arts Center, 4242 S 144th St, Tukwila, WA 98168

INFO: Learn more about the film at www.dawnland.org.

Brought to you by Action Tukwila. Special thanks to Emma Sanchez for organizing this event.

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/302669863975810/?ti=icl

On Saturday, June 8, volunteers from Delta Air Lines, Impact Public Schools and the community transformed an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at Impact | Puget Sound Elementary School in Tukwila.

The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in Tukwila.

In April, students, faculty, and community members came together to design their dream playground. The playground is grounded in this community design process and will provide Impact’s growing school community with a great, safe place to play over its lifetime.

This playground is part of a broader effort led by Delta Air Lines and KaBOOM! to ensure communities have great PLAYces for kids and families. Delta has built 28 playgrounds in partnership with KaBOOM!, and this is the airline’s fifth playground build in Seattle. Through this partnership, Delta Air Lines and KaBOOM! are creating an oasis where kids feel valued and loved, and where their potential is supported, nurtured and celebrated.

Play is essential to physical, creative, cognitive, social and emotional development. Currently, Impact Public Schools is on a mission to prepare a diverse student population to succeed in college and impact communities as the next generation of equity-driven, innovative leaders. Impact currently serves 177 scholars in kindergarten and 1st grade, and will eventually grow to serve scholars in grades K-5 at the Impact | Puget Sound Elementary campus. The students are 81% students of color, 68% low-income, and speak 11 different languages. A key component to a thriving elementary school community is having a safe, joyful, and shared space for the scholars to play.

Tony Gonchar, VP Seattle addresses Delta employees and local community volunteers before they join to build a KaBOOM! playground at the Impact school in Tukwila, Washington on June 8, 2019, Chris Rank, Rank Studios

Delta employees volunteer to serve the armed forces aboard the USS New York during Fleet Week in New York, New York on May 23, 2019, Chris Rank, Rank Studios

Delta employees and community volunteers join to build a KaBOOM! playground at the Impact school in Tukwila, Washington on June 8, 2019, Chris Rank, Rank Studios

Delta employees and community volunteers join to build a KaBOOM! playground at the Impact school in Tukwila, Washington on June 8, 2019, Chris Rank, Rank Studios

Delta employees and community volunteers join to build a KaBOOM! playground at the Impact school in Tukwila, Washington on June 8, 2019, Chris Rank, Rank Studios

Delta employees and community volunteers join to build a KaBOOM! playground at the Impact school in Tukwila, Washington on June 8, 2019, Chris Rank, Rank Studios

Delta employees and community volunteers join to build a KaBOOM! playground at the Impact school in Tukwila, Washington on June 8, 2019, Chris Rank, Rank Studios

Delta employees and community volunteers join to build a KaBOOM! playground at the Impact school in Tukwila, Washington on June 8, 2019, Chris Rank, Rank Studios

Delta employees volunteer to serve the armed forces aboard the USS New York during Fleet Week in New York, New York on May 23, 2019, Chris Rank, Rank Studios

Delta employees and community volunteers join to build a KaBOOM! playground at the Impact school in Tukwila, Washington on June 8, 2019, Chris Rank, Rank Studios

Delta employees and community volunteers join to build a KaBOOM! playground at the Impact school in Tukwila, Washington on June 8, 2019, Chris Rank, Rank Studios

Delta employees and community volunteers join to build a KaBOOM! playground at the Impact school in Tukwila, Washington on June 8, 2019, Chris Rank, Rank Studios

Delta employees and community volunteers join to build a KaBOOM! playground at the Impact school in Tukwila, Washington on June 8, 2019, Chris Rank, Rank Studios

Impact | Puget Sound Elementary is located at 3438 S. 148th St., Tukwila, WA 98168.

On Wednesday afternoon (June 5) there were reports of a Showalter Middle School student possibly carrying a handgun near the Foster High School campus in Tukwila, the Tukwila School District reported.

Late Wednesday night, Tukwila Police confirmed with the district that the student was not carrying a handgun or pistol, but BB gun.

Police say that the student claimed to be carrying the weapon because they wanted to show it off to friends.

The student has since been disciplined according to TSD policy.

At the time of the incident, the Tukwila Police Department, a School Resource Officer, and Tukwila School District Administration were immediately contacted. A description of the student was given to authorities by witnesses. A student was identified based off of those descriptions. That student’s parents were notified and the incident continues to be thoroughly investigated.

“We have no reason to believe that our students and staff were in any immediate danger at that time, or are currently in any danger,” officials said. “The safety of our students and staff are our primary concern at all times.”

Tukwila School District adds that they will continue to monitor the situation and notify families with more information as necessary.

UPDATE: Oliver the dog is now home safe and sound!

“We were able to spot him in the area we believed he was in last night and do a rescue mission that took 4+ hours and volunteers of friends and a great professional by the name of Jim Branson who owns Three Retriever Lost Pet Rescue,” Taylor O’Brien said. “Thank you again SO much for being willing to promptly put up those postings on the blogs – I am so appreciative and thankful for resources in the community like you at South King Media.”

PREVIOUSLY:

Oliver the dog escaped Sunday, June 2 at around 3:50 p.m. in the Home Depot parking lot in Tukwila:

He ran from the center of the lot across the bridge on S. 180th St near the bike path along the Green River where he slipped out of his harness and we assume fell onto the bike path.

Standard miniature pinscher black and brown with white spot on chest. Docked tail and intact ears. He is fixed. About 13 pounds. He is wearing a green collar with a tag that says Oliver and my phone number on the back. He is microchipped.

It is now going on 48 hours that Oliver has been missing. He was supposedly heard barking this morning at 4:15am along the north side along the Green River Trail in the brush. A trap is set to lure him out later tonight but please please please keep sharing and being on the lookout. I appreciate everyone’s efforts so far to help bring my baby home💔

He is very skittish and very fast so please do not approach/chase – please call me ASAP any time day or night if you see any dog that resembles him. Thank you!!

If you’ve seen him, please call 813-766-3957.

From our friends at the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce:

CORT FURNITURE OUTLET GRAND RE-OPENING JUNE 7th – 9th!
Start your weekend off with food, furniture, and fun!

The Seattle Southside Chamber and CORT Furniture invite you to celebrate their Grand Re-Opening from Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9 at 1230 Andover Park E. in Tukwila.

Come see their expanded inventory of over 20,000 sq. ft of new and previously leased furniture and join in the festivities, including live 92.5 Radio Remote, free food, and giveaways every hour including event tickets, designer handbags, smart TVs, and more!

“We are thrilled to be able to celebrate with CORT Furniture,” said Andrea Reay, President/CEO of the Seattle Southside Chamber, “They have been in our community for over 20 years, and we are excited to be able to celebrate them.”

In addition to the Grand Re-Opening Celebration, CORT Furniture is hosting two events to benefit our community as a part of their #CORTCARES promotion. The first is a month-long food drive in association with our preferred partner Move for Hunger and North West Harvest. With a focus on kids’ snacks, juice packs, healthy non-perishable food items, this drive will support children who receive free and reduced meals at school. The second is “A Tale of Two Schools” contest benefiting Tukwila schools. Visitors will be able to vote for their favorite school—either Foster High School or Showalter Middle School—and the school with the most votes could win up to $1000. The exact amount of prize money will be based on the total number of visitors during the month of June, so make sure to stop by to support our schools!

CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, is the nation’s leading provider of transition services, including furniture rental for home, office, and school as well as party, tradeshow, and events. They locally source new furniture that is inexpensive, modern, and chic, and they sell their new and previously leased furniture at a discount. Their products are designed to stay in use and keep circulating to regenerate and repurpose.

More information about their business can be found on their website www.cortfurnitureoutlet.com or by visiting the Chamber’s member directory: https://www.seattlesouthsidechamber.com/list/member/cort-furniture-795.

About the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business organization that has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila since 1988. The Chamber focuses on business advancement in the region by helping to build and maintain a strong economic environment.

More info here: https://www.seattlesouthsidechamber.com

CORT Furniture Outlet is located at 1230 Andover Park E., Unit B:

From our friends at the Museum of Flight:

For The Community – For The Veterans – For Their Honor

Join us on Saturday, May 25 over Memorial Day weekend for the momentous grand opening and dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park!

The new park will feature our B-52G Stratofortress, memorial statue and a tribute wall with personalized plaques from people honoring the veterans in their lives. The inspiring program begins at 11:00 a.m. and will include aircraft fly-overs, an Honor Guard presentation and a special pinning ceremony for Vietnam veterans in attendance to honor their service.

We’re offering FREE general admission to the Museum for Veterans (plus one adult and any children under 17) for Saturday (5/25), Sunday (5/26), and Monday (5/27) to celebrate this event.

Click here for more info.

Ceremony Schedule:

  • 10:20 a.m. – Cascade Warbirds Flyover
  • 11:00 a.m.
    • Welcome, Matt Lorch, Q13 FOX Evening News
      • “National Anthem” w/ U.S. Flag raising
      • “Eternal Father” w/ Military Branch Flag raising
      • “Dvorak’s 9th Symphony, 2nd Movement” w/ POW/MIA Flag raising
      • EA-18 Growler Flyover, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island VAQ-135 “Black Ravens”
  • Invocation, Reverend Canon John Fergueson
  • Opening Remarks
    • Allan Ekberg, City of Tukwila Mayor
    • Lourdes “Alfie” Alvarado-Ramos, Washington State Director of Veteran Affairs
    • Matt Hayes, President and CEO, The Museum of Flight
    • Pam Valdez, Vice President of Air Force Services for Boeing Global Services
    • Jim Farmer, Museum of Flight Trustee, Vietnam War B-52 Pilot, and Project Welcome Home Chairman
  • Keynote Address, General Jim Mattis (Ret.) USMC & 26th Secretary of Defense
  • Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony, as part of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, Matt Lorch, Q13 FOX Evening News
  • Huey and Cobra Helicopter Flyover, Northwest Helicopters

Music courtesy of the Boeing Employee Concert Band.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E Marginal Way S. in Tukwila:

Over the past month, Tukwila Police say they have noticed a trend of purse snatching incidents in the South King County area including Tukwila, Renton, Kent, Covington and Auburn.

“Locally, we have had several incidents at Costco in which purses were taken from shopping carts, vehicles and taken by force from victims who were not looking and or loading items into their vehicles,” police said. “Our Community Police Team (CPT) detectives are investigating these incidents.”

Police say that the suspects are males between 16 to 20-years old, and are using newer stolen vehicles and/or vehicles with only temporary tags in the windows to commit these crimes.

“There are usually two to four males in the suspect vehicles at the time these crimes are being committed,” police said. “We believe that these suspects are associated with other incidents in the region and are part of several different crews hitting shopping center parking lots. They are targeting mainly women that appear to be alone with visible purses or handbags.”

Police advise residents to look around before walking to your car, opening your car door, loading groceries, etc.:

  • Look for vehicles slow-rolling through the parking lot and or pulling up alongside or behind you or multiple other cars.
  • Do not leave your purse or handbags unattended in your vehicle while you load items into your vehicle.
  • Do not leave purses or handbags unattended in your shopping cart.
  • If your purse is lost or stolen, immediately notify your credit card(s) company and or bank of the loss and have them deactivate your cards.

It’s Wine Walk season, and the Kent Downtown Partnership’s annual Wine Walk will be this coming Friday, May 17, from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at ten businesses in downtown Kent.

The registration/wine store location will be at Sweet Themes Bakery, located at 317 W. Meeker Street (map below).

Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect, courtesy some of the participating businesses:

Early-Bird tickets are just $25, which gets you 12 tasting tickets, a keepsake Wine Glass, and fun/prizes.

BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE

100% of net proceeds will benefit the non-profit Kent Downtown Partnership’s good work.

This event is only possible because of civic-minded support from The Platform Apartments.

Stops along the walk will include:

  • Altha’s Louisiana Seasoning n Spices
  • Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons
  • Dogwood Cafe and Lounge
  • Seattle Children’s Kent Bargain Boutique
  • Page Turner Books
  • Pixel Parlour
  • Pugerudes Custom Blinds Drapery & more
  • Sweetgyrl Designs’ Retro Emporium
  • Sweet Themes Bakery*
  • Rusty Raven Studio

Featured Wineries bringing two varieties include:

  • Cedar River Cellars
  • Nota Bene Cellars
  • Vino Aquino Winery
  • Moose Canyon Winery
  • Convergence Zone Cellars
  • Sweet Cheeks Winery
  • Ducleaux Cellars
  • Schilling Brewing Company Ciders
  • Naches Heights Vineyard
  • Nightside Distillery and more!

Tickets are just $25 online, and $30 at the gate.

*Registration/Wine Store location:

Sweet Themes Bakery
317 W Meeker Street, Suite A
Kent, WA 98032

*Must be 21 years+ to participate. ID Required at the Door!