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




Volunteers are needed for some upcoming restoration events in Tukwila:

Save the Salmon and Help Restore the Duwamish Shoreline – February 12, 2016 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm – 12770 Gateway Drive, Tukwila, 98168

Spend a lovely afternoon along the Duwamish River clearing out invasive weeds along the shoreline. We’ll have a great view of an osprey nest and some occasional otter and bunny sightings while we work next to the river. What greater way to start you weekend than by getting your hands dirty, convening with nature and doing something great for your community and the environment.


Plant Native Berries at the Duwamish Hill Preserve – February 20, 2016 – 9:00am – 12:00pm – 3800 S 115th St, Tukwila, WA 98168

Come join us at our first volunteer work party of the New Year at the Duwamish Hill Preserve! Join volunteers to help restore this culturally significant preserve and city park while we will be plant native shrubs and remove invasive plant species.


Work Outside and Help Restore the Duwamish Shoreline – March 11, 2016 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm – 12770 Gateway Drive, Tukwila, 98168

Spend a lovely afternoon along the Duwamish River clearing out invasive weeds along the shoreline. We’ll have a great view of an osprey nest and some occasional otter and bunny sightings while we work next to the river. What greater way to start you weekend than by getting your hands dirty, convening with nature and doing something great for your community and the environment.


For more information:

Nicole Marcotte
Stewardship Associate | Forterra
901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2200
Seattle, WA 98164
206-905-6924 EXT 324| W

The Tukwila School District announced Wednesday, Jan. 13, that a bomb threat made against Showalter Middle School has promoted police to respond.

The threat – made on Facebook – caused police to bring in a K-9 unit. Police swept the entire Showalter building and found no signs of anything suspicious. They also said that they were able to identify and apprehended the person behind the threat, who confessed to making the threat.

Police say they are now confident that there was “zero credibility to the threat, and that school can operate normally tomorrow.”

“We have no reason to believe that any of our other school campuses are impacted,” the district said in a statement. “You will likely notice additional police presence on campus this afternoon and tomorrow, and that’s a good thing. Although alarming, police have let us know that the follow-through on threats like this is very low; however, we always err on the side of extreme caution.”

At this point, authorities are expecting Showalter to have a regular school day tomorrow.

“If we receive any updates, we will post them on the district’s homepage throughout the evening and morning,” the district said. “If police have reason to believe there is an elevated safety risk to students and staff tomorrow morning, we will let the Showalter community know via auto-dial if there is a schedule change. We do expect the situation to be resolved by then.”

“Safety is our number-one priority, and we thank the Tukwila Police Department for such quick and thorough action,” the district added.

Showalter Middle School is located at 4628 S 144th Street in Tukwila:

Job Fair Flyer FINAL

Highline Public Schools will be holding a Job Fair on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 3 – 5:30 p.m. at the Highline Central Office at 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW in Burien (near Azteca).

“Make a difference in the life of a child!”

Positions open include:

  • Teachers
  • Schools Psychologists
  • Custodians
  • Kitchen Helpers
  • Safety Officers
  • Paraeducators
  • Cashiers
  • Nurses
  • Sign Language Interpreters
  • Bus Drivers
  • Athletic Coaches

For more information, please contact Jennifer Young at, or call (206) 631-3175.

An impaired drive struck and killed a pedestrian in the 15000 block of Military Road in Tukwila Monday night, Dec. 28, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The tragic accident occurred around 5:32 p.m.

One pedestrian was killed, while a second is “expected to be ok,” police said.

Police added that the two pedestrians were not using a crosswalk, and the road was dark.

Police arrested the driver for DUI.


REMINDER: Northwest Associated Arts Christmas Concert will be held this weekend – on Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13 – at the Highline Performing Arts Center.

There will be 7 ensembles, 190 singers, in one unforgettable show.

The entire Burien community will come together to celebrate as the NWAA musical family presents its fun- lled Christmas Concert extravaganza, featuring all SEVEN of our ensembles and nearly 200 singers.

ChoralSounds, SilverSounds, and Youth choruses will put joy into YOUR family’s season as we bring you cherished holiday musical traditions from around the world. Songs from Spain, South Africa, France, Latvia, and England combine with your festive and familiar favorites!

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. & Sunday Dec. 13, 2 p.m.

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd Street (two blocks east of 1st Ave S., next to Highline High School)

TICKETS: Prime reserved – $25 · Festival seating – $20 · 17 & under FREE with adult.


NWAA is proud to have received funding for the 2015-16 Concert Season from the following:

  • The City of Burien
  • 4Culture
  • Tagney-Jones Foundation
  • 909 Coffee & Wine Bistro
  • Tin Room Bar & Theater
  • JR Mailing Services, Inc.
  • Countless individuals, businesses and families who believe in our work.

Group discounts are available by phone: (206) 246-6040.


Holidays can be stressful, why not make plans to relax at the Tukwila Pool Winter Fiesta on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 1 – 3 p.m.

Family swimming, cannonball contest and icebergs in the shallow end!

Avoid the last minute shopping crowd and come to the Tukwila Pool Winter Fiesta for a cool dip and stress free fun.

The Tukwila Pool is located at 4414 S. 144th Street in Tukwila, 98168-4132; phone: 206-267-2350; email:

Story & Photos by Elston Hill

In 2013, billionaire Jeff Bezos underwrote a private — and secret — expedition to find and recover the Apollo rocket engines that launched astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon.

It was an amazing mission – the rockets ended up three miles deep under the sea, a mile deeper than the Titanic.

Bezos was on board the ship for the three-week expedition when the rockets were found and brought to the surface. He managed to recover rockets from both Apollo 11 (the first moon mission) and Apollo 12 (the second moon mission). Bezos, who says he’s very proud of the Museum of Flight in Tukwila, told NASA that if he could recover two rockets, he wanted one of them to be displayed there.

Here’s a video that shows Bezos’ expedition to find and retrieve the engines:

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A section of the Apollo 12 engine will be previewed at the Museum from Nov. 21 until Jan. 4, 2016. Then it will be moved to the Museum archives until 2017, when it will become part of a new permanent Apollo exhibit.

Bezos was quite animated at the presentation today at the Museum of Flight; here are some photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):












Here’s more info from the Museum of Flight:

On the anniversary of the Apollo 12 Moon landing on Nov. 19, 1969, the Museum of Flight made the first public showing of the restored remains of the F-1 rocket engines used to launch NASA’s historic Apollo 12 and Apollo 16 missions to the Moon. The historic engines were recovered from the sea by Seattle-based Bezos Expeditions in 2013 and have been under conservation at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. At the request of the Bezos Expeditions team, NASA has now given the artifacts to the Museum for permanent display in Seattle. Speakers at the media event included Museum President and CEO, Doug King, and Jeff Bezos, founder of Bezos Expeditions. One Apollo 12 artifact will be on temporary public display beginning Nov. 21.

“These artifacts not only launched humanity’s first expeditions to the Moon, they fired the imagination of young people who are now today’s leaders in the second great era of space exploration,” said Doug King, President and CEO of The Museum of Flight. “We trust that the legacy of these engines will continue to inspire a new generation of explorers who will set foot on Mars and other new worlds.”

These engines boosted the 40-story Saturn V rocket from liftoff until the edge of space, then separated with the first stage of the rocket and fell 40 miles through the atmosphere and into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Subsequent stages of the rocket propelled the Apollo spacecraft into orbit and on to the Moon. For the next 43 years the F-1 engines were lost and beyond our grasp, deeper than the wreck of the Titanic.

Bezos Expeditions found and recovered the engines from the bottom of the Atlantic in 2013. The engines were our last missing links to the first adventures to another world.

“It took a lot of 21st century underwater tech and an extraordinary team of skilled professionals to find and recover these historical treasures and, thanks to them, NASA, and The Museum of Flight, now a whole new generation of young people will be able to see these amazing engines on display,” said Jeff Bezos, founder of Bezos Expeditions. “When I was five years old I watched Neil Armstrong step onto the moon and it imprinted me with a passion for science and exploration – it’s my hope that these engines might spark a similar passion in a child who sees them today.”

“Exhibiting these historic engines not only shares NASA’s storied history, it also helps America educate to innovate,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “This display of spaceflight greatness can help inspire our next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and explorers to build upon past successes and create the new knowledge and capabilities needed to enable our journey to Mars.”

Artifact on Temporary Public Display Beginning Nov. 21
These unique artifacts of history arrive just in time for the anniversary of the Apollo 12 Moon landing on Nov. 19, 1969. The relics are now part of The Museum of Flight, and will be on view for the public for the first time. One section of the Apollo 12 engine-the injector plate-will be previewed at the Museum from Nov. 21 until Jan. 4, 2016. Then it will be moved to the Museum archives until early 2017, when it will return with the rest of the F-1 artifacts as part of a new permanent Apollo exhibit at the Museum. This new permanent exhibit will showcase the salvaged Apollo 12 and Apollo 16 F-1 remains, other Apollo artifacts including lunar rocks, and large display illustrating the career of Apollo 12 Commander Pete Conrad.

DeanGuttridgeDena Guttridge is the new President/CEO of the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce, where she replaces Carol Kolson, who will be exiting and relocating with her family to another state.

The Board of Directors announced her hiring via email on Nov. 3.

Guttridge previously served as Executive Director of the Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce for six years, since 2009.

SWKCC members will have a chance to meet her at the next chamber luncheon this Friday, Nov 13, from 11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel SeaTac Airport.

According to Guttridgs LinkedIn Profile, she has:

“Broad depth of experience and proven effectiveness in all aspects of organization management and development, including business development, strategic partnerships, advocacy and government relations, political action initiatives, strategic planning, program development, public affairs, community outreach and communications.”

The chamber is located at 14220 Interurban Ave South in Tukwila; more information available at

Here’s episode #27 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Weekly Recap for the weekend of Nov. 6, 2015: SeaTac apartment fire displaces 3 families; woman killed in Burien motorcycle crash identified; 16% tax hike coming to Des Moines?; Highline Public School graduation rate rises; Food Bank needs help; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne Commentary and more…

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