The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a 16-year old female student was found tied up in a school bathroom at Evergreen High School in White Center Tuesday morning, Nov. 24.

The victim told police that two females had assaulted her, tied her up and left her in the bathroom.

Deputies responded to the school, located in the 800 block of SW 116th Street around 8:18 a.m. after the student was found.

The victim was taken to Highline Medical Center in Burien with non-life threatening injuries.

No further details were released.


The 2015 White Center Community Summit will be held Saturday, Dec. 5 at Cascade Middle School from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Each year the White Center CDA hosts a community summit to bring neighbors together to talk about the state of their community and plan for White Center’s future – on Dec. 5, the annual summit will highlight the topic of annexation, and the impact of becoming part of the City of Seattle. If White Center residents vote “yes” to annexation, how will public services, education, housing, health, taxes, economic development, and the built environment be impacted? The event will feature speakers from both the City of Seattle and King County weighing in on their perspectives. Currently, White Center is a part of unincorporated King County, meaning it is without city governance and relies solely on the support of the county. In the 2015 White Center Community Survey, 78% of respondents said they either don’t know about annexation, or have heard of the issue but do not understand it.

Residents will have opportunities to ask questions about annexation and then break-out into smaller groups for more in-depth discussion. Youth are highly encouraged to attend as there will also be two youth breakout sessions.

The event will include the following:

  • Presentation of the results of the White Center CDA’s community survey and a “data snapshot” including the state of housing, health, and education, and information about White Center’s demographics
  • Keynote speakers from the City and County, and opportunity for live-polling feedback and Q&A
  • Break-out groups for neighbors to discuss the issues facing White Center in more depth
  • For youth, the choice to attend one of two breakouts: “Visual Storytelling – Stories of Immigrants & Refugees” facilitated by Erika Berg or “Anti-junk Food Campaign & White Center’s Food Landscape” facilitated by youth from FEEST

Throughout the event there will be a resource fair with organizations that residents can connect to. These organizations include the local White Center Food Bank, Seattle Art Museum, Airport Jobs, Highline Public Schools, and more. Breakfast and lunch, childcare, and interpretation for Vietnamese, Somali, Spanish, and Khmer will all be provided. There will also be local entertainment throughout the day, such as a DJ and photo booth.

Cascade Middle School is located at 11212 10th Ave SW, 98146.

Please register for this event via this link:

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Local children in need will benefit from diapers, warm clothing and essential equipment as WestSide Baby launches their annual JOY campaign.

The seasonal campaign encourages the public to organize drives, donate online or to volunteer at WestSide Baby’s facilities in White Center in order to supply families in need with much needed items during the winter months.

In December alone WestSide Baby will serve 2300 children with items to keep them safe, warm and dry including more than 70 car seats, 500 bags of clothing and 80,000 diapers. Most needed items are Size 6 diapers, Baby shampoo / wash, winter coats, wipes, diaper cream, new underwear or socks, pajamas. Donations can be dropped off at WestSide Baby’s facility at 10002 14th Ave SW. Volunteer opportunities are available for adults, high schoolers and families throughout December.

Nancy Woodland, Executive Director of WestSide Baby says:

“There are 41,000 children aged 12 and under living below the federal poverty level in King County, and for those families, the effects of poverty can be far reaching and potentially devastating to physical and mental health. Through our annual JOY donation drive WestSide Baby will provide more struggling families with critical items such as winter coats and boots and essential safety equipment, clothing up to size 12, diapers and hygiene items that aren’t covered by any government assistance programs.”

Every year, United Way’s Free Tax Campaign helps thousands of struggling families in the community file their taxes and keep more of what they earned.

Last tax season alone, the campaign helped over 19,900 community members file their taxes, bringing $27.2 million back to the community in tax refunds!

“We do this work so community members can avoid the high cost of tax prep, avoid predatory tax preparers, and gain access to valuable tax credits they may be eligible for, like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) – a federal anti-poverty measure that last year helped raise 92,000 people above the poverty line in Washington State.”

Join us for a weekly shift from January 11 – April 21; volunteers can choose from being a tax preparer or welcoming clients and connecting them to healthcare and other public benefits. Sign up now to join our talented team, and help reach the people who need it most. No tax experience needed!

Free Tax Campaign location in your community:

Greenbridge YWCA – White Center:

  • Mondays 5-8pm
  • Saturdays 9:30-1:30pm
  • Saturdays 1-4:30pm
  • Sundays 10-2pm

To learn more and register for your shift, visit

Life Skills to Work – Steps-2-Freedom at Bethaday Community Learning Space, located at 605 SW 108th Street in White Center.

Orientation Friday, December, 11th 5:30-7:30 p.m.:

When one family member becomes part of the prison and jail system, this has a huge impact on their family; losing income, family stability, and even housing. Moreover, it affects the livelihood of the family outside; single family households, social stigma, and the education of a child is adversely affected. Effective transition & reentry programs have proven to assist those with criminal backgrounds readjust to society and reintegrate into society while reducing recidivism and creating safer communities.

The White Center Community Development Association, South Seattle College, and a grassroots organization, Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together (F.I.G.H.T) plans to do just this by starting a transition & reentry process in White Center.

The Life Skills to Work – Steps-2-Freedom (LSW-S2F) process provides students with the Learn-to-Learn and Cognitive Behavior skill-sets needed for successful transition from prison and jail back to the community. The course work emphasizes practical skills development, assessment tools and application for successful education, training, re-employment and family reintegration student outcomes.

This program offers

  • Preparation-4-Re-Employment Process (PREP): 2nd Chance Employer Connections & 4WORK Solutions
  • Soft Skill Assessments: CASAS and Pre-Compass (assessment tools to evaluate adult skill-sets)
  • Process-4-Educational Excellence & Retention (PEER): Life Solutions
  • GED: assessment, preparation and testing-to-completion

Upon completion of this process, the successful community member will Earn-Up tuition support to attend South Seattle College to earn a certificate and/or degree. The process is age-specific 16-24 and 25+ and has an open enrollment policy that is customized for the student’s skill-sets.


Kennedy Catholic High School’s Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Enjoy holiday music, raffles and a delicious lunch.

Shop from over 140 high quality vendors and artists, a Holiday Bake Sale and more.

This festive event is one not to be missed.

Kennedy Catholic Arts and Crafts Fair will be at the school’s campus, located at 140 South 140th Street, Burien, 98168; (206) 246-0500.

Here’s episode #29 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 Nov. 20, 2015: Valley Cities concedes, will move mental health facility from Des Moines to Kent; oil spill-tainted birds cleaned & released in White Center; Redondo boardwalk to be renovated; Jack Mayne Commentary; Puget Sound Weather Geek & more…

Please subscribe to our Podcast, hear previous episodes and rate us on iTunes here!


Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest would like to wish all our Readers a “Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season!”

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Fauntleroy Church UCC will be collect turkeys for the White Center Food Bank this Sunday, Nov. 22.

Here’s their announcement:

For many years, Fauntleroy Church has been a collection point for the White Center Food Bank’s frozen turkey drive. Each year the White Center Food Bank provides a holiday distribution to local residents.

The holiday distribution is a special distribution in which families are given Turkeys (while the supply lasts – this is where you can help) and seniors are given a chicken, stuffing, potatoes, onions, fruit, vegetables and a dessert in addition to regular food bank staples.

Last year the Food Bank provided holiday meals for almost 900 families. The WCFB has purchased 200 turkeys but needs help to bridge the gap. In the winter, food costs and heating costs are higher, and having support from the food bank is the difference between having enough and being hungry.

You can help by bringing your frozen turkeys to church on Sunday, Nov. 22, and they will be delivered to the Food Bank that day. This is one small way we can share our abundance with our neighbors in need. 

In addition, we’d like to give a shout out to the Fauntleroy UCC members for providing donations to purchase 80 frozen turkeys that will be donated on Saturday, November 21st to the White Center Food Bank.

Fauntleroy Church, UCC is located at 9140 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136-2598.

On Wednesday morning (Nov. 18), 13 wild birds that were rescued from a vegetable oil spill in a retention pond near 13th Ave SW and SW 100th Street were released in White Center.

A flock of mallard ducks were the first rescued birds to complete cleaning and treatment after becoming oiled in early November.

Sixty-one more – 27 ducks and 34 geese – remain in treatment.

Sadly, two additional mallards have died while in care, while two others were euthanized.

The Washington Department of Ecology has been coordinating the response effort, in cooperation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, which owns the pond. The spill was first reported on Nov. 6.

Oil recovery efforts concluded Tuesday when crews from an environmental cleanup contractor, National Response Corp. (NRC), removed the last cleanup materials from the stormwater pond.

NRC’s sub-contractor, Focus Wildlife International, has captured and treated oiled birds with oversight from WDFW. Focus Wildlife housed and treated the birds at the Progressive Animal Welfare Society Wildlife Center in Lynnwood. WDFW supplied a bird rescue trailer to provide extra space for the effort.

Efforts to locate and recover oiled wildlife will likely continue in White Center and surrounding areas through the end of the week. People who see oiled or distressed birds should call WDFW at 800-22-BIRDS, but should not approach or handle the wildlife. WDFW asks dog and cat owners in the area to keep their pets under control, as oiled birds are less able to escape from animal attacks.

A nearby business, La Mexicana, Inc., has voluntarily accepted responsibility for an accidental spill of salad oil on Oct. 30 (read more here). The company notified Ecology last week when it suspected it may have been the source of the spill. Ecology investigators verified that the spill occurred at one of the food products producer’s facilities. By law, costs for spill cleanup and wildlife response fall to the party responsible for the spill.

Read our previous coverage of this story here.

Here are some Tweets courtesy Larry Altose of the Department of Ecology:

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For the third consecutive year, students at Explorer West Middle School (an Advertiser) planned and executed a school-wide food drive to support the White Center Food Bank in our community.

This annual food drive started during the 2013-2014 school year during Advisory. This multi-grade class meets twice each week, focusing on student leadership and community service and acting as a hub for the students during their middle school education. Jasmine Alvarado-Salinas, who was an eighth grader at the time, proposed the idea to her classmates and the event was launched!

From beginning to end, this food drive is powered by the students. Students communicate with the operations manager at the food bank, craft messages for the school bulletin, make posters with all the important details, collect, stage, and sort donations, and give weekly status updates during school assemblies. The final step is loading all the donations into the White Center Food Bank van. The success of the food drive is owed to the dedication and hard work of students at Explorer West.

Since 2013, Explorer West families have donated nearly two tons of food! This year’s food drive was the most successful yet, with 1784 pound of food donated. On average, that’s nearly 20 pounds of food per family.

It is heart-warming to think of all the families the White Center Food Bank can help feed thanks to the Explorer West food drive. It’s inspiring to think of how the annual food drive will continue to grow in the years to come. Thank you to all the families who contributed to this student led project and our neighbors in White Center.

If you want more information on how to support the White Center Food Bank, please contact their operations manager, Audrey Zemke, at or visit their website: