The Hunt Is On!

Do you fancy you have a bit of Jack Ryan in you?
Here is your opportunity to test yourself and perhaps win valuable PRIZES!!!

Scavenger hunts evolved from ancient folk games and gained popularity in the United States with a series of exclusive New York parties starting in the early 1930s. The scavenger-hunt craze among New York's elite was satirized in the 1936 film My Man Godfrey, where one of the items socialite players are trying to collect is a homeless man! And now, the scavenger hunt is being brought to the Angle Lake Area and you’re invited to join in the crazy good times! 

WHAT:  An Angle Lake Scavenger Hunt
WHEN:  October 25, 1-4pm (12:45 for instructions, race starts at 1PM).
WHERE: Begins at Todd house, 3910 S. 192nd St. and takes place in Angle Lake neighborhood.
HOW:  Teams of 1-2 persons will be given route maps and photos of public locations.

YOUR MISSION: Find each location and take a selfie or a picture of your teammate on your phone or digital camera and bring back the results.
WINNERS: Will receive valuable prizes, and all can partake in light refreshments following.
THE JUDGES: Your hosts, Robyn & Jim Todd.
LIMIT: To help maintain a quality experience, there will be a limit of 20 teams allowed to participate. To join in the fun, be sure to register before October 25th.  Register by sending an email to or call 206-226-9965.  

COST: Free to participate.
Be there or be square.

Public Affairs, Not Politics

Disclaimer: It is the position of the Angle Lake Shore Club and its governing board to remain neutral in the affairs of politics and religion. However, governmental administrative decisions which may result in having an impact on the community, both positive and/or negative, shall occasionally appear within this blog. The presentation of this information is intended to remain neutral with the objective of delivering unbiased information to inform the receiver and enable them to form their own opinion on the reported manner. 

Proposed Utility Tax
Statements are being made declaring that it will not be possible to maintain the basic City service levels and fund capital improvements without a new source of revenue.  Agenda Bill #3648 proposes an Ordinance to create a new Chapter 3.90 of the SeaTac Municipal Code related to the establishment of a Tax on the Gross Revenues and Certain Utilities Operating within the City to provide revenue for City Services and Capital requirements. The tax shall be levied on the utility, not the customer, and must be paid from utility revenues. However, the utilities will likely pass the cost of the tax onto the customer.

The Ordinance will generate an estimated $2.7 million per year. The revenue generated will be deposited into the City's General Fund, to be used for funding general City services or capital facilities as the City Council directs through the budget process.

The utility tax is expected to apply to the following service types billed to addresses within SeaTac City Limits:
  • Electricity 
  • Water 
  • Sewer 
  • Stormwater 
  • Natural Gas 
  • Communications: Telephone, Mobile Phone, Paging 
  • Cable TV 
  • Solid Waste (garbage)
The proposed tax will be 6% of revenues. If each of the service providers chose to pass this added expenses on to you, the consumer, estimating the impact of this proposal on your own household can be made by adding up the annual cost of each of the utilities you consume from the list above, then multiply this total by .06 (6%) to calculate the total potential cost to your household for the year.

Public Comments
If this matter is important to you, Public Comments are received at the beginning of the Council Study Session this Tuesday October 14th at 4 p.m. and/or the Regular Council Meeting on the same date at 6:30 p.m. (both meetings are at City Hall in the Council Chambers). If you are unable to attend these meetings you can send the Council Members an email letting them know your opinion of this proposal.

Further detail is available for review on pages 84 – 92 contained within the Council Study Session / Regular Council Meeting Packet.

Step Into The Future

Two events are being held this week to discuss the future of SeaTac as a city and about the accessibility improvements planned in and around the upcoming Angle Lake Light Rail Station.

Wednesday, October 8th:  SeaTac 2035 Open House

The City of SeaTac is hosting an Open House about the future of our city. Washington’s Growth Management Act requires periodic updates to the Comprehensive Plans and the City is in the process of reviewing each element of the current plan and proposing amendments in what is recognized as a Major Update. 

Community Planners invite you to join the Open House to share your thoughts and ideas about land use, transportation, housing, parks and other aspects of city development for the next 20 years. 
  • When: Wednesday, October 8th from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm.
  • Where: SeaTac Community Center, 13725 24th Ave South, SeaTac 98168

Saturday, October 11th:  “Walk-n-Talk” Tour of Angle Lake Station 

The public is invited to attend the Angle Lake Station Area Walk-n-Talk on Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 10:00am to 12:00pm. The walk will begin at Angle Lake Park with opening remarks from SeaTac Mayor Mia Gregerson.   Learn how Sound Transit is working to make the Angle Lake Station more accessible for people of all ages and abilities, and receive an update on the City’s efforts to create a community supported plan to guide future development in the area.

The walking tour is sponsored by the non-profit Feet First and is a FREE interactive event.  The Walk-n-Talk will include stops at locations near the future Angle Lake Station including Madrona Elementary and future development sites. Sound Transit, City staff and other speakers will provide information on the community’s vision for creating a more walkable and transit oriented neighborhood, and the improvements Sound Transit is planning for the area. 
  • When: Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  The walk will start shortly after10:00am and take approximately one hour. The walk will end with a hosted reception.  
  • Where: Meet at Angle Lake Park at 19408 International Boulevard, SeaTac, WA 98188, at the picnic shelter closest to International Boulevard. 
  • Register: This event is free, however you must pre-register in advance on-line at the Feet First Walks website; or by calling Feet First at 206.652.2310 ext. 5; or emailing

Tyee Golf Course Announces Closing

Back in the mid-1960's three friends - George Geyer, Airline Pilot; George Puetz, Astute Golfer; and Roy Moore, Trucking Professional; came together to brainstorm the idea of creating and operating a public golf course. In 1966 that dream became a reality as the Tyee Golf Course opened as a top shelf golf complex. 

For years the facility featured an 18 cup course with some interesting holes for championship caliber play; a driving range to hone a swing; a pro shop offering a rich assortment of golf related merchandise; a restaurant for entertainment and a lounge for improving one's recollection of the just completed round of golf - where the reported score probably improved with each new round of drinks! 

It was then as it is now, the noisiest course in the world with jets landing and taking off at just a few hundred feet overhead. And just about every golfer in this area has played Tyee, the unique track at the south end of Seatac Airport.

In 1990, Mark Olson was hired as the course Golf Pro where he operated the pro shop until 1999 when Roy Moore made the decision to retire and Mark decided to take ownership of the property lease.

In the past decade the course has adapted to changing conditions. In 1999 the restaurant and lounge were forced to close and the driving ranged was shuttered.  In 2001, the golf course was shortened to 17 holes; subsequently reduced to 12 and finally adjusted to 9 holes to make way for the airport expansion of the third runway and other various port projects.

In 2011 while entering the third year of a five year lease, the FAA had completed a study of Sea-Tac airport operations and advised the Port of Seattle to shut down the golf course at that time.  With the help of Jolene Culler, ‎Senior Property Manager at Port of Seattle and with additional support from City of SeaTac Parks Director Kit Ledbetter, an agreement was reached to let Mark continue Tyee Course operations through the end of the existing five year agreement.

November 2014 is when that 5 year lease agreement will expire and Mark Olson has announced that the Tyee Golf Course will officially close their doors for the last time on October 26th, ending a nearly 50 year run supporting the game of golf for local enthusiasts and organizations throughout the south end and to visitors passing through the airport looking for a quick pick up round during their travels.

The course will remain open through the month of October and is accepting Tee Time Reservations through the Tyee Golf Course Website.  An 18 hole round cost $15 or less, depending on day and time selected.

Once vacated, the land that is owned by the Port of Seattle will be transformed into a habitat to attract native animal species, discourage open space where Canada Geese prefer to accumulate and to expand the Ports beneficial insect program which encourages bee colony expansion and increased dragon fly populations.

It is always unfortunate to see economically viable businesses leave SeaTac. We'd like to take this opportunity to recognize Mark for his effort in continuing to operate this golf course in our neighborhood for the past twenty-five years and wish him all the best in whatever his future brings.

Steinke Wins Gold... Again... and Again!

Angle Lake neighbor Courtney Steinke achieved several top place finishes again this year!  

Courtney Steinke loves to compete in athletic events.  Year over year he has shown up to participate in the ALSC Bud Jones Memorial 5k Run around the Lake and year over year, Courtney has taken the award for first place finish in his division!  Quite an accomplishment for any athlete however, it is an extremely impressive achievement when you consider Courtney’s age – a spry 82 years old!

Mr. Steinke is also recognized as a perennial champion at the National and State level as well. In 2011, Courtney participated in the Korean War National Veterans Golden Age Games held in Des Moines, Iowa. Steinke competed in the horseshoe toss, high jump, bowling, discus, long jump and shot put winning medals in four of the six events. 

Courtney had also recently participated in the Washington State Senior Games held near Olympia, July 24-27. Steinke competed in bowling, long jump, standing long jump and a 50 meter race, garnering a gold medal, three silver medals and a bronze medal for his efforts.

Congratulations Courtney for your outstanding athletic achievements!  We look forward to presenting you with another First Place ribbon for senior men’s division again at next year’s Race around the Lake!