Dean Radford

Honored detective Allan Baalaer finds his smile fighting crime in Tukwila

For 10 years Tukwila's drug dealers, prostitutes and car thieves have given Allan Baalaer, a Tukwila Police officer and detective who has been recognized for his service, something to grin about.

  • Dec 14, 2015

Heavy rains slowing commuter travel Wednesday, raising flood threat

Due to flash flood warnings on the south Sound Transit commuter rail corridor, all trains between Lakewood and Seattle will be operating at reduced speed, Sound Transit announced at about 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Federal Way man shot in head Tuesday on Tukwila International Boulevard

A 19-year-old Federal Way man was in critical condition Tuesday night at Harborview in Seattle, after he was shot in the head during a fight with several others on Tukwila International Boulevard, according to the Tukwila Police Department.

Tukwila City Council to consider moving RFA vote to August election

UPDATE: Council member Verna Seal, who sits on the steering committee, said Friday she wasn't informed of the city administration's recommendation to move the RFA election to August.

  • Dec 4, 2015

Tukwila welcomes its refugee students, who tell their arrival stories

A book with the students' stories of arrival, “Our Table of Memories: Food and Poetry of Spirit, Homeland, and Tradition,” will be released during the Tukwila Cultural Heritage Festival, Thursday, Dec. 17.

Tukwila’s ‘miracle baby’ will celebrate first birthday Dec. 5

A bright-eyed Sian Hoih will celebrate her first birthday on Saturday (Dec. 5), a year after the death of her mother Ciin Nuam, a Burmese refugee.

  • Dec 1, 2015

Toy collection event for Tukwila families is Saturday at Westfield

Tukwila's Spirit of Giving Campaign will provide toys and necessities to dozens of families identified to "shop" at a special holiday event on Dec. 12 at the Tukwila Community Center.

Tukwila steering committee recommends annexing to regional fire authority

The Regional Fire Authority Annexation Steering Committee will present its recommendation Monday (Nov. 23) to the Tukwila City Council Committee of the Whole. City staff will discuss with the City Council on Dec. 7 options for moving forward; a vote to annex to the fire authority would occur in April.

Tukwila weighing pros, cons of joining regional fire authority

The City of Tukwila and its residents and businesses are going through an intensive process to determine whether to ask voters to consolidate the city's fire department with the Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority.

After the rain, comes the cold, creating icy conditions, warns weather service

After days of heavy rain, chilly overnight temperatures are forecast for much of Western Washington, creating icy conditions, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Foster’s new boys basketball coach sees fast young team

The Foster High School boys basketball team has a new coach, James Johnson, a 1999 graduate of Federal Way High School, who has coached high school and select teams.

Allan Ekberg elected Tukwila’s mayor, begins round of briefings

Allan Ekberg is getting briefings from city administrative staff as he prepares to take over as Tukwila's new mayor on Jan. 1.

Tukwila City Council to meet on fire-service option, property taxes

The Tukwila City Council will hold a special work session today (Tuesday, Nov. 10) on what to do with additional tax capacity if voters approve annexing to the Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority next year.

Allan Ekberg takes lead in mayor’s race; UPDATE: Point spread holds steady

UPDATE 7 p.m. results Thursday: The percentage-point spread between Allan Ekberg and De'Sean Quinn remained relatively unchanged after the latest results were released Thursday night. Ekberg continued his lead with 54.62 percent of the votes to Quinn's 45.02 percent.

Tukwila City Council to hold hearings on tax levy, Washington Place height

The Tukwila City Council will hold two public hearings Monday (Nov. 9), one on the city's property tax levy and the other on the development agreement for the Washington Place tower.

Foster Bulldogs playing football playoff game at home Friday

The 2A West Central District 3 playoff game is at 7 p.m. Friday at Foster's Werner Neudorf Stadium. The teams are battling for the third place in the district playoffs.

Tukwila’s voters create new commission to oversee pool district

The initial tally in Tuesday's general election showed Proposition 1 passing with 65 percent of the vote. The vote count will continue, with results released weekdays at about 4:30 p.m., until the election is certified on Nov. 24.

Tukwila man now in custody following shooting at police, high-speed pursuit

A Tukwila man with "hatred" tattooed across his forehead and wanted following a shooting at Tukwila Police officers and detectives in August is now in custody and facing numerous charges.

City of Tukwila close to awarding bid to demolish motels, smoke shop on TIB

The City of Tukwila has now added a smoke shop to four motels it has purchased on Tukwila International Boulevard in an effort to reduce crime on that major thoroughfare and elsewhere in the city.

Mayor, City Council races critical for Tukwila’s future | Editor’s note

In talking with them and watching them at City Council meetings and candidate forums, I don't sense any hidden agendas or underlying political (yes, I know the council is nonpartisan) philosophies that run counter to what's good for the city.

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