Mount Rainier’s Sebastian Martinez has been awarded the coveted position of Honors Research Student and will sail with the Nautilus Exploration Program during their 2013 expedition season. Sebastian will be sailing aboard the E/V Nautilus from August 8 – 17 in the Bahamas. “It’s a huge honor for me to work alongside professionals in the marine science field while on my expedition with E/V Nautilus,” said Sebastian. “I think it’s a great opportunity for students like me to gain insight on what exactly happens on research expeditions and how it will benefit the scientific community.”
Sebastian is one of just forty-seven educators and students from around the world selected from a competitive pool of applicants by the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) to participate at sea during the program. Among the Educators at Sea will be Mount Rainer Teacher Sam Garson who is returning for his third year with the program. In previous years, Garson has shared live video conferences with students and staff back at home. The selected educators and students hail from schools, universities, and science centers in twenty-one states and five countries. They will join the Nautilus Corps of Exploration during ocean expeditions from June through November in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and Mediterranean Sea.
The 2013 educator and student selectees will embark on several expeditions aboard Dr. Robert Ballard’s ship of exploration, E/V Nautilus, and other research vessels off the coast of the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as Montserrat, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turkey. As members of the Corps of Exploration, educators and students will stand watch alongside scientists and engineers, as well as participate in live interactions with shore-based audiences via Exploration Now. When launched in June, Exploration Now will be a 24-hour online portal bringing expeditions from the field to future explorers on shore via telepresence technology. (more…)
The following public notice was sent to Burien Daily by Sargent Cindi West of the King County Sheriffs Department. To read more about the insident these Albertson’s employees are being honored for, see our publication from October, 2012.
On September 29th, of last year, a suspect accosted and attempted to abduct a 10 year old child at the Albertson’s at South 128th Street and 1st Avenue South in Burien.
Albertson’s employees, becoming aware of a commotion, intervened and successfully rescued the child and after a struggle, detained the suspect pending the arrival of the police.
On May 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer will honor the employee’s with the King County Sheriff’s Office Meritorious Service Award. The Meritorious Service Award is the Sheriff’s Office 7th highest award conferred on an individual or group who demonstrate extremely meritorious dedication.
Please join Chief Kimerer and the Burien City Council when they acknowledge these very deserving citizens. (more…)
Arts Commissioner Shelli Park, who announced her run for Burien City Council on April 29th, released a letter Monday morning stating that she has decided to push off her run for a council seat until 2015.
In her letter, Shelli stated that she has come to the conclusion “after serious consideration” and that she “cannot do a responsible job as a City Council member” until her design business, Crimson Park Design, is in a more stable position.
Commissioner Martinez has filed to run for City Council position #7, the seat currently held by Mayor Brian Bennett. Mayor Bennett announced earlier this month that he made the discussion with his family not to run for Council again and endorsed Martinez to fill his Council seat. Commissioner Martinez recently released a letter asking Burien residents to support him in his race against candidates Steve Armstrong and Chuck Rangel stating that “Together, we can build a better Burien.”
Candidate Lauren Berkowitz is currently running against Council Member Jack Block, Jr. and southeast Burien resident Kip Walton. Berkowitz announced her candidacy for City Council position #1 on March 14th and stated “We need new leaders to move Burien into the future… Our community has so much potential. It’s time to begin realizing it.” (more…)
With yet another great initiative to help the community, HomeTask organizes “Burien Bites” on June 2nd, the second annual event allows people the opportunity to visit multiple restaurants for a bite to benefit local charities.
Known for its excellent service in all things related to day to day household operations, HomeTask is an emerging company that genuinely cares about people. HomeTask has come to the rescue again by organizing an event called Burien Bites, which is sponsored by Freggies, will let participants visit their favorite restaurants, for a good cause. Registration for the event is $10 per person and it will be held from 11am to 9pm, June 2nd. Each restaurant will serve a special bite for $5. Best of all, all the proceeds from this event will be given to local charities such as Highline Schools Foundation, New Futures, YETI, Highline Food Bank, and HomeTask Cares Foundation.
This event is a follow up of March 20th, when over 120 people gathered in addition to around 40 members from participating restaurants and volunteer film crews for each restaurant. Official event Food Critics choose the “Food Critics Awards” while the guests spoke for themselves with the “People’s Choice Awards.” Visit BurienBites.com to see videos and results from Top Chef. Now it is in the public’s hands to vote and decide who will win the 2013 Burien Bites event. Everyone is highly encouraged to participate and be sure to cast votes using the Burien Bites mobile app. Pre-register at BurienBites.com. (more…)
Twenty-three Highline seniors will graduate with more than just a high school diploma this year. The students will also graduate with their Associate Degree (AA) or Certificate through the Running Start Program.
Running Start enables high school students to attend community college and simultaneously earn high school and college credit.
“Running Start is an extremely valuable option for our highly motivated students as college costs are increasing every year,” said Student Advancement Director Rachel Klein. “Students who demonstrate success in Running Start will be more attractive to admissions officers of highly competitive college and career programs, in addition to having some of their credits already paid for.
Earning an AA or Certificate at the same time as a high school diploma is not an easy task. A total of 217 seniors across the district took classes through Running Start this year; only 23 will graduate with an AA.
These students represent five Highline schools: Academy of Citizenship and Empowerment (ACE), Global Connections High School, CHOICE Academy, Highline High School, and Mount Rainier High School. (more…)
The following letter of candidacy was released by Steve Armstrong on May 17, 2013. Armstrong has filed to run in the King County Primary Election against Planning Commissioner Joey Martinez and Olde Burien resident Chuck Rangel for Burien City Council position #7 which is currently held by Mayor Brian Bennett. You can find more information about upcoming election here.
Hello my name is Steve Armstrong and I am running for Burien City Council / Position 7. I’ve lived in Burien for over 40 years. Attended Shorewood Elementary, Cascade Middle School, Evergreen High and the University of Washington. My children, Alex and Elena, attended local schools – St. Francis, Highline and JFK. I am currently employed by The Boeing Company (32 years) specializing in Contracts. My hobbies include: hiking, mountain climbing, fly fishing, tennis, volleyball and spending time with my family and friends.
I’m running for city council because I believe it’s time for a change and that I can help initiate this change. It appears that some Council members and the City Manager have lost touch with the citizens of Burien. Recent evaluations from the City Council are mixed as to whether the City Manager is performing to expectations. Council members do not (or will not) work together. This condition must change.
There has been a complete disregard for the voice of the people. An example is the attempt to annex Area Y. My aversion to annexation is based solely on economics and the best interests for all. Seattle, with a huge revenue / tax base, found it impractical to annex at the time. Why would our City Manager and some Council members believe that annexation was in the best interest and would enrich the lives of those living in Area Y as well as Burien? (more…)
Commissioner Bill Tracy, currently president of the Southwest Suburban Sewer District Board of Commissioners, has announced he will seek re-election to his board position this year.
Commissioner Tracy has worked diligently over the years to achieve reduced rates for those on fixed and/or low income, to bring timely rehabilitation to both the aging conveyance system and treatment plants, and to the maintenance of a quality system and responsive customer service all the while keeping the rates among the lowest in our area.
Much of this has happened through his selection and appointment of a cohesive team of commissioners and the hiring of highly qualified management. Both of the current commissioners have since been elected to office.
Commissioner Tracy has also been recognized regionally where he has repeatedly been selected by industry peers to serve on the King County Regional Water Quality Committee. The State Association of Sewer and Water Districts has also formally recognized his years of leadership.