Des Moines police investigate home explosion

Owner Celebrates With Free Sub Fundraiser

By Matt Wendland

Police are investigating an explosion at a Des Moines home that shook an entire neighborhood and left one man in the hospital with severe burns.

The explosion occurred just after 7pm on Friday, July 15, at a house located within the 2000 block of South 232nd Street.

According to neighbors on the scene, the house had long sat empty as the neighborhood eyesore until the last few months ago when a local man had begun fixing it up. “The house was nearly complete.” One neighbor stated while overlooking the remains of the structure the following day. “Now there’s not much left of the house at all.”

While police have yet to release the official cause the fire and explosion, witnesses reported to police seeing the man working on the roof of the house’s carport with a torch just seconds before the building was destroyed. The blast sent glass and pieces of the structure across the yard and into the road and neighboring properties. The east wall from the house was sent nearly intact against the next house over.

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2 female artists are focus of Burien Arts Gallery September show

Two exciting female artists—Kris Vermeer and Kim Bly-- will be featured in September at the Burien Arts Gallery.

Meet Kris and Kim at the grand opening reception, Thursday, Sept. 4, 4-9 p.m.

Kris Vermeer is an internationally known artist whose work has been collected by famed British natural-history filmmaker David Attenborough and several Nobel Prize winners. Her work can be found at AT&T’s main office in Phoenix and in permanent display at the Las Vegas airport.
A self-taught artist, who has been selling professionally since 1985, Kris works in a variety of mediums, including fused glass, steel and stainless sculptures and acrylic painting.

Jean Ray Laury and Jackie Vermeer have also featured her work in books.
Kris is an artist in residence for Tacoma schools. She teaches classes for both children and adults.

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Pictured left to right: Scott Gifford, Highline Schools Foundation President; Dr. Susan Enfield, Highline Public Schools Superintendent; Rick Harwood, Global Connections High School Principal; Ashley Fosberg, Highline Schools Foundation Executive Director

Highline Schools Foundation Announces $10,000 Impact Grant Winner And a $2,500 Surprise Grant

Burien, WA)— Global Connections High School’s new “Positive Behavior Student Advisory Council” program is the winner of Highline Schools Foundation’s first annual Impact Grant, and will receive $10,000 from the Foundation in support of this program. This announcement, made by Highline Schools Foundation Board President Scott Gifford, kicked off the Highline Public Schools’ State of our Schools event on Wednesday morning at the Museum of Flight. Also, the Foundation surprised Mount Rainier High School with an additional $2,500 for their “Improving Academic Success for Latino Students” program.

“We had 18 very high quality grant applications—all of which were based on the core pillars of the Highline Public Schools Strategic Plan. One recurring theme in many grant applications was the need to impact how students view themselves, their school, and their learning community—and the social and cultural pressures that impact their classroom performance. Funding these two programs supports direct and tangible needs on two campuses, embraces community inclusion, and gives a voice to students” Gifford said.

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