Al Miller was the Bears player of the game. Throwing a complete 7 scoreless innings and giving the Bears and new Manager Rich Lindros their first wins of the 2016 Season. Bears Baseball is in full swing!


‘Buntly’ is the Bears mascot.


Meet your 2016 Highline Bears!

Story courtesy Highline Bears
Photos by Isabel Herbruger

The Highline Bears capitalized on shaky Langley Blaze pitching and notched a 10-0 win on Opening Night at Steve Cox Memorial Field on Saturday, May 28.

Three Blaze pitchers combined to hit seven Bears hitters and walk seven more allowing Highline to score their runs on just three hits. Bears starter Al Miller (1-0) blanked the Blaze holding them to just four hits for the shut out.

A game that started out looking like a pitcher’s duel changed when the Bears got on the scoreboard in the fourth on Connor Jones’ two run single, which scored Cameron Slader and Colton Kelly who were each on base courtesy of being hit by a pitch.

Things really fell apart for Langley when Myles Wesner led off the fifth by getting plunked by a pitch. Angel Valencia followed with the first of his two walks and Slader’s second hit by pitch of the game. That loaded the bases for Garrett Terrell who drove in a run via a walk. Parker Coffee used one the Bears three hits drive in a run followed by another walk, this time to Ben Fitzhugh. That marked the end of Blaze starter Brandon Marklund (0-1).

Blaze reliever Barry Caine got Jones to hit into a RBI fielder’s choice before walking Drew Lorea and hitting Wesner with the bases loaded. A walk to Valencia drove in the Bears sixth run of the inning and put Highline up 8-0 after five.

The seventh inning would be the final of the game after Ben Fitzhugh and Jones led off with walks followed by a double by Lorea and RBI fielder’s choice by Wesner putting the Bears up by 10 and bringing the Langley head coach out of the dugout to call the game.

For the Bears, it wasn’t just offense either. Al Miller, a junior at Central Washington University scattered Langley’s four hits while striking out four, walking one and hitting one Blaze batter. Thanks to a solid Bears defense which used two double plays to limit Langley’s chances, Miller never allowed a runner past second base.

The Bears faithful fans who braved weather which may have been as unsteady as Blaze pitching, were treated to a solid, all-around performance. Making this win even more impressive is the fact that this year’s Highline squad has yet to hold a practice yet due to the recent rain.

South King Media Photojournalist Isabel celebrated her 12th birthday on Saturday, and to honor her the Bears surprised her by having her throw out the first pitch:

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now in her second year with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 12-year old Isabel Herbruger – Local Girl Scout, 4-H member, and aspiring photojournalist. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 12

The Highline Bears had their first team practice on Friday, May 27.

With many new faces on the team, it was nice to find a few returning Bears in the line-up. The rain made the field too wet so there was only limited practice on the Little League fields behind the Stadium.

I met the new Bear Manager, Coach Rich Lindros. I learned a lot of interesting facts during practice and talked to him more afterwards. He has been involved with baseball his whole life except when he was fighting in Vietnam. He has coached overseas in several places; Japan was one of the places. He also met Willie Mays when he was seven years old; all he remembers from the chat was being told “Listen to your parents.”

I asked him why he wanted to coach the Bears. He replied:

“Young lady, let’s get this straight from the beginning, this is not about me. This is about them becoming the best they can be. I consider it a privilege to help them become fine young men and better ball players.”

Coach Rich said he doesn’t want to share his personal goals for the Bears just yet. He wants the team to focus on other things first, like learning “Practice does not make perfect, it makes permanent.” But a goal later snuck out, “I want to go to the World Series, where is that at again?”

It’s in Wichita, Kansas.

“I have never been there, I am sure it is flat like the rest of Kansas, but still, I would like to go to Wichita,” said Coach Rich.

Hey Coach, I have never been there either.

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There are many more photos and stories at Highline Bears by Isabel.

Game and team information can be found at Highline Bears Baseball.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Isa “Bear” H.
Official Bear Photographer,
Unofficial Pirate Photographer,
and aspiring photojournalist 



 (click here for printable schedule)

**Tickets to Highline Bears home games are $5 per person, kids 12 and under are FREE!**

Sat, 28 May 2016 Langley Blaze Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Ticket
Sun, 29 May 2016 Langley Blaze Steve Cox Memorial TBD
Sun, 29 May 2016 Langley Blaze Steve Cox Memorial TBA
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 Northwest Honkers TBA
Fri, 03 Jun 2016 Laces Baseball Club Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Sat, 04 Jun 2016 NWCL Emeralds Edmonds CC TBA
Sun, 05 Jun 2016 Everett Merchants Everett Memorial Stadium 1:05 pm
Sun, 05 Jun 2016 Everett Merchants Everett Memorial Stadium 4:00 pm
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 Snoqualmie Hurricanes Ravensdale Park 6:15 pm
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 NWCL Emeralds Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Sat, 11 Jun 2016 NWCL Emeralds St. Martins Univ. Lacey, WA TBD
Sun, 12 Jun 2016 South Sound Sox Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Thr, 16 Jun 2016 NWCL Elliot Pilots Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 Everett Merchants Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 NWCL Emeralds Edmonds Community College 7:00 pm
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 W.C. Guns Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 Snoqualmie Hurricanes Ravensdale 4:00 pm
Thr, 30 Jun 2016 TBD Kelowna, BC TBA
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 TBD Kelowna, BC TBA
Sat, 02 Jul 2016 TBD Kelowna, BC TBA
Sat, 02 Jul 2016 TBD Kelowna, BC TBA
Sun, 03 Jul 2016 TBD Kelowna, BC TBA
Thr, 07 Jul 2016 TBD Kamloops, BC TBA
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 TBD Kamloops, BC 5:00 pm
Sat, 09 Jul 2016 TBD Kamloops, BC TBA
Sun, 10 Jul 2016 TBD Kamloops, BC TBA
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 Seattle Studs Heidelberg Park, Tacoma 5:30 pm
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 Senators R.A.C Lacey, WA 5:00 pm
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 NWCL Eastside Eagles Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Sat, 16 Jul 2016 NWCL Emeralds Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 Northwest Honkers Steve Cox Memorial 7:00 pm
Thr, 21 Jul 2016 NWCL Emeralds Edmonds CC TBA
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 Northwest Honkers Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 Seattle Studs Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 Snoqualmie Hurricanes Ravensdale 6:15 pm
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 Laces Baseball Club Marysville HS TBA
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 TBD Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 Northwest Honkers Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm

Here’s episode #53 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 May 27-30, 2016: 15-year old arrested for horrific crash, fundraiser started for Father/Son victims; local politician found ‘Not Guilty’ for assaulting child; man drowns in Angle Lake; vandal hits Burien business; Jack Mayne Commentary on Burien CARES Animal Control; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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REMINDER: The Highline Bears open their 2016 season against the Langley Blaze this Saturday night, May 28, with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. at Steve Cox Memorial Field in White Center.

The Bears entire game schedule has been released and posted on their website and Facebook page.


Season tickets are $70 for one ticket or $130 for a pair of tickets.

Tickets are also available at the gate for $5 per person, with kids 12 and under FREE!

The Bears are being led by new manager Rich Lindros, along with an array of returning and new players.

The team is hoping to break even more league and stadium attendance records this season. Last season opening night drew upwards of 800 fans and their average attendance for home games was well over 400 fans.

They will also return to Kelowna, BC for the Canada Day International Tournament to defend their title.

The Bears will play all 8 teams in the Pacific International League, along with opponents from the Northwest Collegiate League and the Puget Sound Collegiate Baseball League, to name a few:

VIDEO: The Highline Bears’ mascot Buntly recently hit the batting cages at Diamond Sports Training Center and Pro Shop. Are you ready for baseball? Buntly sure is!:

South King Media’s talented 12-year old Photojournalist Isabel will once again serve as the official Photographer for the Bears, so be sure to stay tuned to The B-Town and White Center Blogs for her continuing, excellent photos and stories.

Steve Cox Memorial Field is located at 1321 SW 102nd Street in White Center:

BHHSOpenHouse948225_thumbWCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this SATURDAY, May 28 – is a large 3-bedroom Arbor Heights home that’s ready to be an amazing remodel!

The open concept living and dining rooms are perfect for entertaining large groups, and the kitchen could easily be opened up to have a fully open entertaining space.

Oversized rooms throughout, huge rec room and more, all on a corner lot close to a brand new elementary school.

Newer roof, detached garage, gas heat and outdoor patio with built in BBQ.

Come see it today before it’s gone!

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions):










Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House.

WHEN: SATURDAY, May 28, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 4224 SW 104th Street, West Seattle, WA 98146 (MAP)


  • List Price: $459,950
  • MLS Number: 948225
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1954
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,720
  • Lot Square Footage: 5,518

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • 2 Fireplaces
  • Covered parking

Marketing Remarks:

Huge opportunity in highly desirable Arbor Heights neighborhood.

This home has the size and curb appeal to be an amazing remodel.

The open concept living and dining room are perfect for entertaining large groups and kitchen could easily be opened up to have a fully open entertaining space.

Oversized rooms throughout, huge rec room, corner lot close to brand new elementary school.

Newer roof, detached garage, gas heat and outdoor patio with built in BBQ!

Come see it today before it’s gone!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.



Macrina Bakery and Cafe is seeking highly motivated Drivers and Packers to join our Wholesale Delivery team!

We are looking for multiple candidates to fill the FT availability (40 hours, 5 days a week). Shifts starts around 1 AM – 2 AM, and are at minimum 8 hours per day.

We are searching for candidates who are dynamic, friendly, proactive and hard working. The successful candidate has a good attitude, excellent communication and customer service skills, and works well alone as well as with others. Candidate must be able to work at a professional and productive level with strong organizational and time management skills. We are moving to Kent in July, so candidates who apply must be able to move with us to our new bread kitchen.

Duties include:
Pack baked goods, load delivery vans and deliver orders to our wholesale customers around the Puget Sound Area on time while practicing safe driving habits in our delivery vans (Chevy Express and Ram Pro Master).


  • At least 21 years of age (or nearing 21st birthday).
  • Good Driving Record over the last 3 years (less than 2 tickets and 1 accident).
  • Good attitude, receptive to feedback, and excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to read, write, and verbally communicate in English.
  • Ability to work unsupervised, as well as part of a team.
  • Very flexible with scheduling (days off are NOT set, and will NOT be Sat-Sun).
  • Valid and unrestricted Washington State driver license.
  • Current Food Handler’s Permit or the ability to get one within two weeks of start date.
  • Detail-oriented and organized.
  • Ability to move and work quickly in a very fast-paced, and high-stress environment.
  • Able to lift up to 50lbs.
  • Energetic, positive, and task oriented.
  • Adaptable to a changing environment and able to take on new tasks as needed.
  • Reliable transportation to work

Apply/Contact: Please send your resume and cover letter to:

[email protected]

The Southwest Suburban Sewer District Board of Commissioners is inviting the public to come join them on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at 10 a.m., as they celebrate a groundbreaking ceremony for a critically needed new Administrative and Sewer Maintenance Facility.

The new facility is located at 17874 Des Moines Memorial Drive South, in Burien (map below).

Please contact the District if you have questions at 206.244.9575.

Street of

It’s that time of year again – the Shorewood ‘Streets of Garage Sales’ is coming Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.!

The Streets of Garage Sales is a beloved annual event that takes place in the Burien neighborhood, Shorewood on the Sound.

Every year over 50 homes participate, having garage sales on the same day, all in a small walkable neighborhood. The entry points to the neighborhood will be lit up with large signs and balloons, as well as maps available in boxes.

For those more tech inclined we also have an online map that is live up the minute with sale locations (see below).

“More people are joining in every day, we usually have over 50 sales!”

Join us in Shorewood and support this 20+ year tradition! There is a reason the sale has keep strong for so long – great sellers and customers!

Here’s a Facebook event page:

And here’s an interactive map:

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The White Center Blog nor its staff:]

NOTE: The following Letter is in response to our “The Mayne Problem” audio commentary by Jack Mayne on pot stores in south King County (click the “Play” button to listen):

I believe that marijuana should be legal for adults, well regulated and widely available. Unfortunately, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has called the fairness of its regulation into question by the remarkable difference in the concentration of pot stores it will allow in neighboring communities in the south end.

As mentioned in the Podcast, the state has licensed 2 stores each in Des Moines (population approximately 30,000) and Burien (population over 49,000), the maximum it will allow under its regulation in both cities.

While also true that SeaTac and Kent have approved bans on sales, for the record Kent is allowed a maximum of 3 stores under WSLCB regulation and SeaTac is limited to 1 store.

Now turning the reader’s attention to White Center/North Highline, the WSLCB had already licensed 8 stores there prior to the moratorium recently passed by the King County Council. There seems no zoning rule or regulation in current King County Code that would prevent all of these stores from opening in White Center and remaining open indefinitely during or after the moratorium, even if subsequent zoning rules are passed that would have prevented them, since existing land uses must be grandfathered in as nonconforming uses unless that use is abandoned.

Now consider this: the greater White Center community (aka North Highline) has a population much smaller than either Des Moines or Burien. The unincorporated population that justifies so many retail marijuana stores in the eyes of the WSLCB is actually located in East King County, where more than 200,000 of the current unincorporated population of 252,000 lives. Skyway’s population is similar to North Highline’s, and their combined population exceeds the population of Des Moines by just 5,000 or so. Both White Center and Skyway are majority-minority communities in the ethnic makeup of our residents. By concentrating so many retail marijuana stores in such small and far-removed communities, the WSLCB fails to make them widely available to the entire population their number was intended to serve.

Second, even though state law mandates that pot stores may not be located within 1,000 feet of arcades that cater to all ages customers, the WSLCB has unapologetically sited 5 such stores within 1,000 feet of the Full Tilt Ice Cream arcade in White Center (4 in unincorporated King County and 1 across the street in Seattle).

In Skyway, another south King County unincorporated area, one pot store shares a parking lot with a school bus stop. For safety reasons, the bus stop isn’t subject to moving its location, since the roadway there is a state highway with a 50 mile per hour speed limit and moving the bus stop would require young children encounter that highway in ways the bus stop is there to prevent. There is no rule in state law nor WSLCB regulation governing school bus stops in relationship to pot. However this puts the elementary and middle school students that must use that bus stop in the position of compulsory exposure to all its advertisement daily during the school year. And there is already a nearby pot store at the same intersection that has purchased advertising on the two full-size highway billboards right across the highway there, also very visible at the school bus stop.

I do wholeheartedly concur with your commentary that pot stores should not be near where minors are allowed (or compelled) to congregate.

We in these communities do not all believe “that marijuana should be illegal and not available to anyone.” However we do believe that reasonable limits to the number of stores in a community are prudent. And those limits ought to be closer to 1 or 2 each in White Center/North Highline and Skyway than the 8 and 5, respectively, that the WSLCB has actually approved.

Dear reader, marijuana is an adult product, and marijuana businesses are in no way family-oriented. A greater concentration of stores in a small community will inevitably lead to greater exposure about marijuana to children. It would be best if children and youth could be spared from daily inundation with messages about marijuana until they are adults and can make an adult-informed decision about use of the drug.

After all, that’s the norm in more privileged neighborhoods, isn’t it?

Mark Johnston
Skyway resident

[Have an opinion or concern you’d like to share with our Readers? Please send us your Letter to the Editor via email. Include your full name, please remain civil and, pending our review, we’ll most likely publish it.]


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the WASHINGTON STATE BOUNDARY REVIEW BOARD FOR KING COUNTY will hold a Public Hearing at 7:00PM on June 13 and 14, 2016. The hearing will take place at the Bethaday Community Learning Space of the Technology Access Foundation (TAF), 605 SW 108th Street, Seattle, WA 98146. If needed, June 16, 2016 has also been set aside.

The purpose of the hearing is to reclassify certain real property near the Seattle city limits briefly described as follows:

All or portions of Sections 4,5,6,7, and 8, Township 23 North, Range 4 East, Sections 1 and 12, Township 23 North, Range 3 East, and Section 32, Township 24 North, Range 4 East, Willamette Meridian in King County, Washington, located north of the Burien city limits, SW 116th St., South of Seattle city limits, Roxbury St., East of Seattle city limits, 30th Ave SW and West of Seattle city limits State Highway 99.


The Boundary Review Board conducts all meetings and hearings in locations that are wheelchair accessible. Any person requiring other disability accommodations or special assistance should contact the Boundary Review Board staff at least two business days prior to the meeting.

The Boundary Review Board telephone is 206-477-0633. For TTY telephone services, please call 711.

Each request for accommodations or assistance will be considered individually according to the type of request, the availability of resources and the financial ability of the Board to provide the requested services or equipment.

DATED at Seattle, Washington, on May 2, 2016


Lenora Blauman
Executive Secretary

Here’s episode #52 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 News Recap for May 20-22, 2016: 17-year old boy shot in Burien; online ‘date’ ends up in shooting & carjacking; Des Moines Police arrest 13-year old; county issues moratorium on new pot stores; Jack Mayne Commentary on pot; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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Deputies from the King County Sheriff’s Office, including Burien Police and K-9, spent several hours Friday night (May 20) searching the Lakewood Park area for what a law enforcement source described only as a “felony suspect.”

The incident appears to have started at a vacant house located on the southeast corner of 1st Ave SW & SW 108th Street in White Center (map below).

The suspect has not been located and the house has been taped off as a crime scene.

Photos courtesy Aaron Wells @imagesbyaaron • (206) 550-8371 • [email protected] (click images to see larger versions: