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Morgan Junction Community Festival countdown continues: Food

Another day closer to the Morgan Junction Community Festival (presented by the Morgan Community Association, with co-sponsors including WSB), this Saturday in and around Morgan Junction Park, 10:30 am-6 pm. In this preview – the food you’ll find! From festival organizers:

Food Trucks

This year the returning Hungry Me and the newly launched Nibbles, as well as Sweet Bumpas Ice Cream, will be in the Washington Federal parking lot at the northeast corner of Fauntleroy and California from 11:00 to 6:00. Hungry Me offers Asian fusion dishes, such as their signature “Kao Man Gai” (poached chicken and rice) and vegetarian, gluten-free “Peanut Sauce Curry.” Nibbles specializes in Southwest fusion dishes. Their “Smoky Meatloaf Sandwich” and “Grandma GG’s Shortcake” menu items sound tempting. This month, Nibble has been in the West Seattle Eagles parking lot and at the Des Moines Farmers Market opening day. Sweet Bumpas Ice Cream, meantime, promises “boldly flavored ice cream and treats from our cart.”

West Seattle Thriftway special promotion for the Festival

Thriftway will be holding a fundraiser BBQ again for the festival! This is much appreciated and is essential to our fundraising. This year, they will be grilling burgers and the suggested donation of $7 will also get you a bag of chips and a drink. Best deal around!

Plus: Beveridge Place Pub will again have a hot dog cart in their parking lot.

Bite of Morgan

Last but not least is the Bite of Morgan sampling, which starts at participating venues at 11:30 and goes until supplies run out. Six of our fabulous food businesses will provide free small samples in exchange for tickets issued at the MoCA booth in the park. Participants this year are:

Caffé Ladro – Mini-scone and a cold beverage (don’t miss this, it’s worth the couple blocks’ walk south of park)
Peel and Press – Pizza rollup
Zeeks Pizza – Pizza slice
The Bridge – Chocolate-covered strawberry
Domino’s Pizza – Breadstick
Pet Elements – Dog treat

Previous previews:
*Kids’ activities
*Pet parade & contests
*Meet local authors

Congratulations! West Seattle Rotary scholarships for local students

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
School’s out – and some are looking ahead to the next stage of their education, like the seven students to whom the Rotary Club of West Seattle awarded scholarships today – Student of the Month and Gambriell scholarships totaling $15,500. We stopped by the Rotary lunch meeting to photograph the students who were there to accept them – from left, Julia Nark (Career Link), Tin Vo (West Seattle High School), Caprice Villeza (West Seattle HS), Naeem Ghodsian (Career Link), and Joey Werlech (now a Central Washington University student); recipients not pictured are Brisa Mendez-Alvarez (Chief Sealth International High School) and Carolina Sayuri Sasai (Seattle Lutheran). The club explains, “The Students of the Month program honors outstanding students in West Seattle (area) high-school programs selected by their school counselors. Each year all Students of the Month are encouraged to apply for the available scholarships. Also every year, the club awards two or three Gambriell Scholarships based on financial need and academic merit to graduating West Seattle-area seniors who apply and might not otherwise be able to attend college.”

A Rotarian with extra reason to smile about all this is Len Burton-Hardin:

Starting next month, he’ll be in charge of the club’s vocational/educational outreach.

P.S. The next big West Seattle Rotary-sponsored event, the WS Grand Parade, is now just one month away – Saturday, July 18th!

AMNO & CO does it again! ROV team to compete internationally

It’s been three years since we first heard from AMNO & CO, the trio of West Seattleites who have literally taken on the world in a robotics specialty, the ROV – and they’re doing it again this year. The theme is one with particular local resonance this year – read on for their report on what they’re doing (they provided the photos, too):

In May, AMNO & CO ROV team won first place in the Pacific Northwest Regional MATE ROV competition, qualifying for the international event in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. (Check out the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center’s Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) competition at For the three team members – Alex Miller, Clara Orndorff, and Nicholas Orndorff – this will be their fourth consecutive year at the international competition, and as always, the team with the fewest team members.

ROVs are extremely valuable at accomplishing tasks in environments which would be too deep or risky for human divers. This year’s tasks revolve around deploying, salvaging, and servicing equipment related to the oil industry in the Arctic. Teams have to design and build a vehicle to replace components in oil wellheads, turn valves in oil pipelines, and measure icebergs. In doing these tasks, AMNO & CO will be competing against the winning teams of regional competitions in the USA, Canada, Egypt, China, Hong Kong, Scotland, Russia and several others. While MATE’s tasks revolve around oil in the Arctic, communication is also emphasized in the competition, so teams have to write a technical report, create a poster, and give an engineering presentation.

In Newfoundland, AMNO & CO will compete in a state-of-the-art marine facility, which has three unique research test tanks, including a tank with waves, another with currents, and a third covered in ice. These tanks accurately simulate the conditions in real Arctic environments, while providing teams the opportunity to test their vehicles in unusual conditions.

In addition to competing and fundraising for the MATE competition, AMNO & CO seeks to instill their passion for engineering in others. For instance, they gave a special presentation in the Seattle Aquarium’s Window on Washington Waters tank for the public in November. Also, team member Alex Miller will be leading a robotics summer camp in West Seattle this June, fostering an appreciation for the unique fusion of mechanical systems, electrical systems, and software which robotics encompasses.

The international competition will be in St. John’s, Newfoundland, June 25-28. For more information about AMNO & CO, please visit or contact them at

No West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting tonight

If you were thinking of going to the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting – don’t; it’s not happening. We arrived at the precinct and found out that the meeting was being canceled; WSCPC president Richard Miller continues to deal with health challenges. We’ll take the liberty of saying again, as we were asked to mention in our coverage of last month’s meeting – if anyone is interested in helping so that this group can continue, please e-mail

Congratulations to two West Seattle Little League teams! Rookie Division champs, Tournament of Champions winners

Thanks again to the youth-sports parents and coaches who’ve shared championship news these past few weeks (and in past years). Two more rounds of congratulations to share, both for West Seattle Little League teams:

Congratulations to the Pilots, who became the 2015 WSLL Rookie Division Champions on Saturday in a 9-2 game against Sonic Boom, concluding a four-game series between the two. The photo is by Debbie Ross. In the pic:

Back Row: Coach Cip Dacanay, Coach Justin Buehring, Head Coach Eric Beardemphl

Middle Row: Erik Wingle, Otis Schlede, Connor Tynan, Nicholas Beardemphl, Cody Buehring, David Haugen

Front Row: Caden Ross, Owen Odegard, Daniel Dacanay, Luke Brown, Atticus Blum, Carson Cottle

Next, congratulations to the WSLL 50/70 (Intermediate) team, which Tracy Holloway tells us won the District 7 Tournament of Champions after going 19-0 on the season:

The final score in Des Moines was WSLL 21, South Highline National Little League 8.

In the photo, L-R, are Mike Murphy (coach), Adam Chin, Dominic Taylor, Jack Summers, Rick Southall (Manager), Cole Stephenson, Konrad Gerhardt, Wil Holmes, Justin Murphy, Ben Trigg, Mike Messinger (Coach), Eli Markham, Dylan Pool.

Find out more about West Seattle Little League at

Work starts Wednesday for new curb ramps on Alki Ave. SW

June 16, 2015 6:14 pm
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 |   Safety | West Seattle news

From SDOT:

The Seattle Department of Transportation will install new “ADA” compliant curb ramps at two locations on Alki Avenue Southwest. They plan to start tomorrow and complete the work by June 26. The curb ramps are at two crosswalks on Alki where there are viewing areas with benches along the waterfront. The first location is at 1716 Alki Avenue SW [map] and the second is at 1564 Alki Avenue SW [map]. The crews will work in the parking lane, and on-street parking will be restricted at those locations.

UPDATE: Eastbound bridge reopens after crash; driver arrested

(Photo courtesy Raquel – substituted for earlier traffic-camera image)
4:17 PM: Big emergency response on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge by 4th Avenue South – closing all but the exit lane at that spot. More to come.

4:22 PM: Police are going to try to divert people off at 1st Avenue South but we’ve just heard from Erica, who passed the crash going the other way, and says it looks like multiple vehicles involved as well as one car that’s on its side, and there’s already an eastbound backup. (Here’s an earlier view, tweeted by SDOT:)

4:26 PM: Emergency vehicles are also in one westbound lane parallel with 4th, so if you’re planning on getting to the westbound bridge from I-5 or Beacon Hill, this could be a problem.

(Photo courtesy Brian Baum)
4:44 PM: That westbound lane is clear, but the eastbound lanes remain blocked at 4th, with everybody forced to get off the bridge at 1st Avenue South.

4:51 PM: Per scanner, police are hoping to have one lane – likely the outside lane – open shortly. But even with most of the commute going the other way, that still will mean big backups.

4:57 PM: And here it is, one lane open:

Don’t take the low bridge as a backup any time soon – also via scanner, it’s going to swing open soon for “a large boat” to get through.

5:27 PM: The bridge is fully open again, after about an hour and 10 minutes.

WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE: SPD confirms something we thought we had heard on the scanner – the 32-year-old driver had at least one warrant out for his arrest. They also confirm an “active DUI investigation” in the case. We are also asking SFD for any final information about injuries and will add whatever we learn there.

City Council committee OKs low-rise-zoning changes, with 3 amendments

(Screengrab from Seattle Channel webcast; we’ll replace it with meeting video when theirs is up)
Under major scrutiny from concerned parties including neighborhood land-use activists and developers, the City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee has just voted to pass an amended version of the bill proposing changes to low-rise zoning – more like, changes to past changes. (We previewed all this before the committee’s public hearing two weeks ago.)

City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen proposed eight amendments that city staffers said restored some of what was changed from the original version of the bill. Five were turned down, three were approved – involving counting exterior corridors/stairways as part of a building’s “floor-area ratio” (Amendment 1 text here), thresholds for rounding up number of units per land-area square footage (Amendment 6 text here), and side setbacks required for rowhouses (Amendment 8 text here).

The full council is expected to vote on the amended proposal after the 4th of July weekend; seven of the nine members participated in today’s committee meeting.

West Seattle Outdoor Movies: 2015 poster with show-by-show details

It’s one of our favorite summer-event posters every year – and today, it’s out:

Click the image for a larger view of this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies poster by Horsepower Design, listing not only the six movies that will be screened on Saturday nights in the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) courtyard – starting July 18th – but also the pre-show entertainment, sponsors, and nonprofits benefiting from each event’s fun(draising) raffle drawing(s). Here again, if you missed it two weeks ago, is this year’s movie list:

Sat, July 18th: “Zoolander,” 2001 (trailer above; PG-13)

Sat, July 25th: “Singles,” 1992 (PG-13)

Sat, Aug 1st: “Raising Arizona,” 1987 (PG-13)

Sat, Aug 8th: “Big Hero 6,” 2014 (PG)

Sat, Aug 15th: “Guardians of the Galaxy,” 2014 (PG-13)

Sat, Aug 22nd: “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” 1975 (R)

Admission is free; concessions will be sold this year by, and as a benefit for, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Hotwire’s at 4410 California SW, just north of the Junction post office. (We’re proud to be a co-sponsor again this year – see the full sponsor lineup across the bottom of the poster.)

West Seattle scene: Heavy lifting at Seacrest Pier

June 16, 2015 1:40 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle parks

As mentioned in our daily traffic/transit watch, a crane is on site at Seacrest today to help install the new small-boat-launch ramp mentioned in this alert from Seattle Parks last week.

Parks says the old launch had been in use for more than 20 years. P.S. Some of Seacrest’s history is in this section of the Parks Department’s “Sherwood Files,” explained here.

TRAFFIC ALERT: 47th/Admiral/Waite signal, crosswalks’ final phase

June 16, 2015 12:11 pm
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The :15 video panorama shows you what’s happening at the 47th/Admiral/Waite crosswalk project today, as the final phase of work intensifies. A bit dusty (and this part of the work had eastbound traffic stopped while we were there):

SDOT had announced about a week ago that the signal equipment had arrived, so the final phase of installing it and marking crosswalks around the intersection would launch. Thanks to everybody who messaged us about the stepped-up work today!

West Seattle Tuesday: Crime Prevention Council; Bee Garden storytime; free chamber music; more…

June 16, 2015 9:58 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Monday sunrise – photo by Lynn Hall)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BEE GARDEN STORY TIME: Just about to start – first Tuesday morning story time at the West Seattle Bee Garden in High Point! 10 am. (31st/Graham)

CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE TALKS LOW-RISE ZONING: Followup to the public hearing two weeks ago (previewed here) – 2 pm at City Hall, the council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee talks again about the proposed changes to low-rise zoning (the areas where you primarily see 3- or 4-story apartment buildings, rowhouses, townhouses). West Seattle-residing City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen has proposed 8 of the 9 pending amendments; if you can’t get downtown, you can watch via Seattle Channel.

CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL: All are invited as members of the West Seattle Community Orchestras perform chamber music @ The Mount, 7 pm, no admission charge. More info in our calendar listing. (4831 35th SW)

WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: Final meeting before summer break. If you have a concern to bring to local police and your fellow West Seattle neighbors – or if you just want to hear SPD’s latest info on local crime trends – this is the place to be. 7 pm in the meeting room at the Southwest Precinct. (Webster/Delridge)


Seeing/hearing helicopter(s)? If you missed the reminder – it’s a drill

June 16, 2015 9:33 am
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 |   Helicopter | West Seattle news

9:33 AM: Just got a text about helicopters – heard them nearby passing the West Seattle shore – but this time, we already know what it’s about: If you missed the alert we published last week, it’s a big air/sea drill happening all day down in Des Moines, with some air traffic visible as far north as here.

2:08 PM: Some photos tweeted by the King County Sheriff’s Office, one of the participating agencies:

FRIDAY: ‘Swing into Summer’ with the West Seattle Big Band

(2014 photo by Ben Ackers)
On the night before summer – have a swingin’ time in Fauntleroy! If you don’t already have your tickets, here’s a preview from Judy Pickens:

The Hall at Fauntleroy will rock Friday evening (June 19), when the West Seattle Big Band hosts the second annual Swing Into Summer dance. Other sponsors are the West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCAs, Fauntleroy Church, and the Fauntleroy Community Association. Tickets are $15/person through or in the church office. Proceeds will benefit area public-school music programs.

Start with dance lessons at 6:30 pm, then hit the floor at 7:00, or just sit back and enjoy the action, plus food and drink concessions. Arrange for free child care at 206-932-5600 or

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday ‘last day of school’ edition

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy last day of school to Seattle Public Schools students! No problems reported in the outbound commute so far. Two notes:

BEACH DRIVE/LINCOLN PARK WAY/48TH: The major work previewed in last Friday’s alert had not begun as of end-of-day Monday, and we saw no signs of staging, but will check again today.

(Added 8:55 am – that’s a Monday aerial of the project – and, at lower right, the inland side of Lowman Beach Park – just received from West Seattle pilot/photographer Long Bach Nguyen.)

SEACREST BOAT LAUNCH REPLACEMENT: Part of the parking lot at Seacrest will be closed again today during work to replace the small boat launch, announced last week. We noted a crane had arrived by end of day Monday.

FOLLOWUP: Blocks, cable removed from West Seattle diving zone

Thanks to “Diver Laura” James for the video, showing the cleanup we previewed here on Sunday – the blocks and cable left behind (deliberately, by agreement of all those concerned) when the “Solar Pioneer” protest barge moved west after first dropping them in the popular Cove 2 dive zone. The official post-cleanup news release from GUE Seattle declares it “a complete success”:

Two teams of GUE Seattle SCUBA divers entered the water (Monday) at 7:00 AM and located the debris field consisting of concrete blocks and steel cables.

(Photos courtesy GUE Seattle)
The five GUE Seattle divers attached mooring line and buoys so a commercial salvage operation could easily locate and remove the debris. At approximately 9:00 AM, a commercial dive team from Global Diving & Salvage arrived on site and deployed surface-supplied divers into the water.

After approximately three hours of work, the Global Diving & Salvage dive team had safely successfully removed all debris without causing any further damage to the dive park.

On Monday, May 19th, 2015, an environmental activist group moored a barge known as the Solar Pioneer in Alki Seacrest Park in protest of Shell’s Polar Pioneer Arctic drilling rig housed at Seattle’s Harbor Island Terminal 5. In the process of mooring, the activist group dropped concrete blocks and thick steel mooring cables and inadvertently damaged a popular underwater park known as Alki Cove 2. As the barge rose and fell with the tides, the steel mooring cables swept the area underneath, causing additional collateral damage to the marine environment as well as endangering recreational divers. Today, the Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) Seattle cleanup project was successfully completed and all concrete blocks and the steel mooring cables were recovered and properly disposed of.

We would like to sincerely thank Royal Dutch Shell, Foss Maritime, and John Sellers (the operator of the Solar Pioneer), for financially contributing to the cleanup effort and future restoration work; Laura James for her assistance in video documentation; and Global Diving & Salvage for their skillful work in removing the debris without causing any additional environmental damage.

The Polar Pioneer, as reported here early Monday morning, has left Seattle, headed north; the Solar Pioneer was still off Don Armeni as of sunset.

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