Japan earthquake, tsunami don’t affect Tukwila’s sister city of Miyoshi

The Japanese city of Miyoshi, which has a sister-city relationship with Tukwila, appears to have made it through the weekend's quake and tsunami unscathed. That's the word from the Columbus, Indiana Republic newspaper, which reports on the city of Columbus, which also has a sister-city relationship with Miyoshi.

  • Mar 14, 2011

Somalis speak to Tukwila Equity and Diversity commission about making a life in the U.S.

Mohamed Hassan told the Tukwila Equity and Diversity Commission that it can take many years for Somali refugees to feel comfortable living here because so much is new to them compared to longtime city residents. “Even if you are here 10 years, that’s still new compared to people who were born and raised here,” said Hassan, an employment coordinator with the SeaTac-based Somali Community Services Coalition, at a March 3 commission meeting at Tukwila City Hall. “They still need a lot of assistance and direction whether it’s from police, counselors, teachers or others. Let us learn from each other.” Don Lincoln, Tukwila Police assistant chief, invited Hassan and Subeida Mukhtar, who works with the family support program at the SeaTac office of Refugee Women’s Alliance, to the city’s Equity and Diversity Commission to tell members about the challenges faced by Somali refugees.

Tukwila Comcast subscribers can watch TV Japan for free for news updates

TV Japan is now available for free for Comcast Digital subscribers in order for friends and family to follow the news about the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan Thursday. TV Japan is available on Comcast Digital Channel 245 and free to subscribers with any level of service.

  • Mar 14, 2011

Sounders-Timbers Slide Show

Sounders-Timbers Slide Show

Kiewit-Massman named by King County as apparent low bidder to construct South Park Bridge

King County has announced that the apparent low bidder to construct a new South Park Bridge is Kiewit-Massman, a joint venture of Kiewit Infrastructure West Company and Massman Construction Company. The joint venture’s construction bid came in just over $96 million, significantly less than the County’s initial construction estimate of $98 million - $108 million.

  • Mar 8, 2011

Construction of a new South Park Bridge one step closer to completion – construction to begin in May

The residents and businesses dependent on the disabled South Park Bridge are a step closer to a replacement with the Monday, March 7 unanimous adoption by the Metropolitan King County Council of agreements to fund construction of a new structure. “Our region failed when the South Park Bridge closed last June. Today’s votes take a significant step towards righting that wrong for South Park residents and our region’s businesses,” said Councilmember Joe McDermott, whose district includes the South Park Bridge. “Replacing the bridge will create jobs in the present and support a regional economic hub into the future.”

  • Mar 7, 2011

Space-exploration pioneers featured in 10th annual “Women Fly!” Event at Museum of Flight

March 4-5 marks the return of Women Fly!, The Museum of Flight's annual Women's History Month event for young women interested in aviation and aerospace careers. This year, with a theme of Space Exploration Pioneers, the event features three women who have been on the forefront of space professions from the beginning of the space program to the current exploration of Mars – legendary pilot Wally Funk and NASA Mars rover engineer Z. Nagin Cox.

  • Mar 4, 2011

Tukwila planning 11th Annual Backyard Wildlife Festival May 14

The City of Tukwila has announced plans for the 11th Annual Backyard Wildlife Festival Saturday, May 14, at the Tukwila Community Center.  Attendees will have… Continue reading

  • Mar 3, 2011

Volunteers needed for Tukwila Kids’ Day Festival

Volunteers are needed for Tukwila Kids' Festival Saturday, June 18, from noon to 4 p.m.This is a day full of exhibits, stage entertainment, interactive booths, meet-and-greet characters, and more. The Tukwila Kids’ Festival will provide an educational experience for the family which combines entertainment, exhibits, arts & crafts, kid’s art show and a community resource fair. To volunteer for this event, contact Tracy Gallaway, 206-768-2822.

  • Mar 3, 2011

Association of Washington Business vice president to discuss economic issues

Kris Johnson, vice president of operations for the Association of Washington Business, will speak about how the economy is affecting business and competitiveness at the March 11 membership luncheon of the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Mar 2, 2011

King County Exec: Reforms will put county in position to rebound financially

King County Executive Dow Constantine says reforms to make government more efficient and improved infrastructure will put the county in position to rebound as the economy recovers. Constantine unfurled his plan Monday during his State of the County address at a special Committee of the Whole meeting of the Metropolitan King County Council on the third-floor rotunda at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

37th District lawmakers to conduct town hall meeting

The 37th District legislative delegation of Sen. Adam Kline and Reps. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Eric Pettigrew will host a local town hall meeting in Seattle on Saturday, March 12 at the Garfield Community Center. The event runs 10:30 a.m. to noon, with a meet-and-greet running 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The three lawmakers will provide an update on the 2011 Legislative Session and invite you to share your comments and questions about the most important issues facing the 37th District. The event is free and open to the public. Garfield Community Center is located at 2323 E. Cherry St. The 37th Legislative District stretches from Madison Valley to Renton and includes the entire Rainier Valley as well as parts of Beacon Hill, downtown Seattle, Renton, Tukwila, and unincorporated King County.

  • Mar 2, 2011

Public invited to service for Officer Robin McCuistion

The family of Kent Police Officer Rob McCuistion has invited the public to attend a memorial celebration of his life Saturday, March 5. Services will start 11 a.m. at the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 19800 108 Avenue S.E., in Kent. McCuistion was a 13-year veteran of the Kent Police Department at the time of his death. He died from injuries sustained during an early-morning accident Feb. 24 on Kersey Way Southeast. While driving home, his car left the roadway and collided with a tree. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Auburn Police Department.

  • Mar 2, 2011

Major road project for Southcenter Parkway in Tukwila starts this month

The pieces are falling into place for a major road project on one of Tukwila's busiest retail streets. The Southcenter Access Project is scheduled to begin later this month, and is expected to stretch into this winter, as work crews reconstruct Southcenter Parkway between Strander Boulevard and Tukwila Parkway (between Westfield Southcenter Mall and Interstate 5.) Mike Ronda, construction project manager for the City of Tukwila, said road closures from this project (portions of Southcenter Parkway and Klickitat Drive) are tentatively scheduled to begin March 28. These will be long-term closures, expected to be lifted by November, when substantial completion has taken place. Even so, there are some visible reminders the project will soon begin: utility providers Puget Sound Energy and Qwest have been relocating equipment in the area, to make way for the street work. Ronda said in recent weeks, utility workers have been out pulling lids from utility vaults in the affected area. And at the southwest corner of the Westfield Southcenter Mall, near the Cheesecake Factory, PSE has backhoes out digging a new vault for utilities.

Space fans at Museum of Flight watch live broadcast as shuttle lifts off: See video of the launch

A crowd of space fans from across the nation and around the world converged on the William M. Allen Theater at The Museum of Flight Feb. 24 for the 1:50 p.m. live broadcast of the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery. The launch was preceded by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, a retired astronaut and veteran of five space shuttle flights.

  • Feb 25, 2011

Pasta Fazole with Louise Jones-Brown: Local Flavor

Louise Jones-Brown may be busy these days, but this recipe of hers could probably save time in the long run, since it makes plenty of leftovers that can be reheated with great results. The reason why she’s so busy? Jones-Brown is the acting director of the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center, and chair for the June 26 Tukwila Historical Society Gala and Auction at Foster Golf Links. The gala is the first such fundraising event the historical society has had, and organizers are working hard to drum up support for the event in the Tukwila community.

Tukwila City Council votes to ban casinos starting in 2016

The Tukwila City Council has voted to ban casinos in the city starting in January 2016.

Record-setting low temperatures expected in Tukwila

The snow showers appear to be over in Tukwila but record-setting low temperatures are expected for Thursday night and Friday.

Snow expected to strike Tukwila; could be up to 6 inches

Anywhere from 1 inch to 6 inches of snow could strike Tukwila and the rest of Western Washington Wednesday afternoon with even heavier snow showers predicted for Wednesday night.

  • Feb 23, 2011

Budget cuts hitting refugee families hard

Imagine living in a refugee camp for 18 years, only to come to the United States and discover you can’t pay rent for your family of seven. That’s the predicament of Dev Darjee, originally from Bhutan, who came to the U.S. with his wife, Hari, and their five children in March 2010 by way of Nepal. Darjee is one of many refugees caught in the lurch of state budget cuts to health and human services. Gov. Chris Gregoire has proposed a $1.4 billion reduction to the state’s health and human services budget, although the state Legislature has yet to pass its own budget. Not only do the cuts affect low-income or disabled children and adults, but most newly arrived refugees who are eligible for certain state services and benefits due to their “refugee” status.