West Seattle, Washington
Three basketball playoff games tonight in West Seattle, and the first one was the closest:
SEATTLE LUTHERAN GIRLS VS. CEDAR PARK CHRISTIAN: Our Instagram clip shows the final seconds of this game, won by the Saints, 42-41. Though Lutheran led for much of the game – ahead 16-9 after the first quarter, 24-18 at the half, 36-30 after three quarters – they fell behind with just over three minutes to go, and only regained the lead with :10 to go in the game, on a basket by #10, Taylor Stordahl. Tonight’s top scorer for the Saints, #15 Abbi Sanders with 11.
In longtime head coach Bruce Carlson‘s final season, they’ll next face Tulalip Heritage.
The game is 6:15 pm Tuesday at Mount Vernon Christian.
SEATTLE LUTHERAN BOYS VS. LUMMI NATION: In the nightcap at Lutheran, the boys beat Lummi Nation 68-44.
Their next game: 6:15 pm Monday vs. Neah Bay at Mount Vernon Christian.
And the only game of the night featuring two local teams:
WEST SEATTLE HS-CHIEF SEALTH IHS BOYS: It was a loser-out crosstown-battle game at the West Seattle High School gym.
The first quarter was close, and low-scoring – after the Wildcats’ #4 Chaaka Trahan got the first points of the night, making it WSHS 2-0 about a minute in. Things proceeded to a 9-7 West Seattle lead at the end of the first quarter, with #24 Carter Golgart landing a rim-hanging dunk midway through.
The Wildcats started pulling away from the Seahawks on three-pointers by #3 Tyler Lenzie in the first half of the second quarter, and it was 28-12 at halftime.
Lenzie struck again with a three-pointer leading off second-half scoring and the gap kept widening. The Seahawks started perking up in the fourth quarter but it was just too late, and the game ended WSHS 53, Sealth 33. West Seattle advances in the district playoffs, 8:15 pm Tuesday, vs. Bellevue High School at Bellevue Community College.
The Chief Sealth International High School PTSA is out tonight with one last reminder – this year’s annual fundraising auction is one week from tonight (Saturday, February 20th, Brockey Center at South Seattle College [WSB sponsor]), and this year’s beneficiaries are Denny-Sealth Performing Arts and the PTSA. Last day to buy tickets is this Tuesday (February 16th) – you can do it online right now. Nicole Sipila from the PTSA adds, “Thank you for supporting our kids!”
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
More than three years after our state’s voters approved the initiative allowing recreational-marijuana stores, West Seattle is finally about to get its first.
The state Liquor and Cannabis Board has just approved the first license for a West Seattle address – 5440 California SW.
The address belongs to an old Craftsman home converted to professional space, and now about to be transformed to retail space. (It’s almost right across the street from the spot where medical marijuana first came to local attention, at 5435 California SW, also the site of a recreational license application.)
The just-approved recreational-retailer license is in the name of LTC LLC, which had posted the license application notice two months ago. We talked with proprietor Maryam Mirnateghi this afternoon.
She told us that, pending city action on their permit applications for the remodeling work – which she says will not be extensive, because the space has many attributes already as a “cool old house” – they hope to have the store open within about two months.
Another thing needed first: A name. Maybe something reflecting The Junction, though they’re a few blocks south, said Mirnateghi, who has worked in real estate in the area (and purchased the future store location).
This won’t be Mirnateghi’s first shop; she already owns Fusion, a medical-marijuana outlet, which she says will be adding recreational marijuana, on Dexter Avenue downtown.
In the meantime, as for West Seattle: “Let everybody know, we’re working on getting it open.”
Her store might not be the only one in this area for long. At least two other applications are in the pipeline – one for Northwest Patient Resource Center, open almost five years as a medical provider at 35th/Roxbury, and one for Origins on the city side of 14th/Roxbury – you can see them and others on this map that’s been linked in WSB comments before by its creator “Question Mark.”
Last month, the city finalized zoning changes governing where marijuana stores can be located, including buffers of at least 1,000 feet between stores and schools/playgrounds, and at least 1,000 feet between any two stores.
“This will be a Douglas Fir forest someday” – as it was before.
Full of hope and energy, that’s what Ben Cody (above left) from the Nature Consortium told volunteers of all ages gathered this morning for a planting party at Pigeon Point Park.
He offered a quick lesson in planting, before volunteers fanned out to get 90 trees and shrubs into the ground, helping restore yet another section of the 400-acre West Duwamish Greenbelt.
The planting party was a special West Seattle highlight of the city’s Neighbor Appreciation Day – and that brought out our area’s newly elected District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold.
At left in our photo above, with the councilmember, staffers, and family members, that’s NC executive director Merica Whitehall.
While volunteers were gearing up with gloves and shovels, we talked with Whitehall about what promises to be a big year ahead for her West Seattle-based nonprofit.
Among the highlights, they’re adding two new restoration sites, one at Camp Long and one on Longfellow Creek, where restoration work parties on three consecutive Saturdays starting March 12th will be of special interest to families: They’re launching the Eco-Investigators program, in which special activities will be available for kids while their parents help with the restoration work.
Nature Consortium also is registering participants now for its weeklong spring-break camp, and for summer camp too. And if you’re looking for the next really big event to pitch in, Earth Day and Duwamish Alive! will be marked on April 16th, with NC and EarthCorps teaming up.
But before all that, today’s work was meant to help the area make more progress toward becoming a conifer forest again. As Ben had explained at the start, since the trees were removed more than a century ago, little more than deciduous trees have stood in the space, and they’re coming to the end of their lifespan. In a mixed forest, they’d simply fall and become fodder for young conifers, but without older conifers present to seed, it’s time for some help – from everybody.
Besides some conifers, today’s plantings were to include sword ferns and baldhip roses.
The next step for how HALA – the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda – happens in our city might include you, if you’re interested in being part of a Community Focus Group. City planners asked us to help get the word out that they’re accepting applications for two more weeks, and are looking for people from all over the city. Full details are on the FAQ page that’s attached to the application form – find it here. It explains what the groups will do, how much time they’ll take, what kind of commitment you’d need to make, and it stresses that they’re looking for people across the spectrum of Seattleites, including renters as well as homeowners. That page also notes, “A key focus of the Community Focus Groups will be land use and zoning changes that could affect neighborhoods.” Apply by February 26th if you’re interested.
Barely a block away from the SFD training we showed you last hour, you can get a closer look right now at where some of West Seattle’s firefighters spend their time when they’re not out on calls (or training) – the Neighbor Appreciation Day open house at Station 37 (35th and Holden) continues until 1 pm. You’ll see Engine 37, one of the department’s SUVs, and some of the gear firefighters use – kids welcome too! We’ll add a few more photos a bit later.
2:38 PM: Added, as promised. Above and below, it’s always the potential future firefighters who seem to be most impressed.
The SFD reps seem to enjoy the chance to explain their jobs and gear, too.
Station 37 is West Seattle’s newest station, fully rebuilt in 2010 at a site a few blocks south of its old one, a city landmark that’s long since been sold to a private owner. But it’ll lose that designation next year, after the Station 32 rebuild in The Junction, finally expected to get under way this spring.
Thanks to Brian for the tip – before demolition at the future site of Clearview Eye & Laser‘s new building at 7520 35th SW, Seattle Fire crews are training there today. Right now, they’re atop the house south of the former Red Star Pizza building, with chainsaws audible over the rumble of 35th SW traffic.
Both structures are slated to be torn down before the three-story clinic project (which passed Design Review last April) starts going up, as is the residential building just north of the ex-restaurant.
SFD often uses doomed buildings for training, with owners’ permission.
P.S. For fans of John’s Corner Deli (with the still-tipped cow on the roof), that’s NOT part of the project site, so it’s staying.
It’s not only Saturday … it’s Neighbor Appreciation Day, with special events included in our highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
NEIGHBOR APPRECIATION DAY @ PIGEON POINT PARK: 10 am-2 pm, join the Nature Consortium and City Councilmember Lisa Herbold for a work party to continue the ongoing restoration of the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Free food, live music, art … just show up at the park next to Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point. (1901 SW Genesee)
NEIGHBOR APPRECIATION DAY @ FIRE STATION 37: 11 am-1 pm, you’re invited to the open house at Fire Station 37 in Sunrise Heights, the only one scheduled in West Seattle today. (35th SW & SW Holden)
NEIGHBOR APPRECIATION DAY AT SOUTHWEST POOL: 1-2 pm, free swim with snacks, games, and prizes at Southwest Pool. (2801 SW Thistle)
‘HAVE A HEART’ DAY AT ILLUSIONS: 10 am-2 pm, Illusions Hair Design (WSB sponsor) staff is donating their time for discounted men’s and women’s haircuts that benefit local charities, as explained in our preview. Check if they have any spots left – call 206-938-3675 ASAP! (5619 California SW)
MUSIC AT THE COFFEEHOUSE: Casey Dubie and James Anaya perform live, 3-5 pm, at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)
HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: Three games in West Seattle tonight – 5 pm at Seattle Lutheran High School (4100 SW Genesee), the SeaLu girls host Cedar Park Christian, followed by the 7 pm boys’ game vs. Lummi Nation; 7 pm is also when the West Seattle HS (3000 California SW) boys are scheduled to host Chief Sealth IHS.
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: 6-9 pm, Straight Blast Gym (WSB sponsor) offers a fun night for your kid(s) and a break for you on this Valentine’s Eve. Check to see if there’s room left – info’s in our preview. (5050 Delridge Way SW)
THEATER X 2: Two productions onstage tonight in West Seattle – both at 7:30 pm. Twelfth Night Productions presents “Company” at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW); ArtsWest presents “Really Really” at its playhouse in The Junction (4711 California SW).
CRYSTAL BETH AND THE BOOM BOOM BAND: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, this “ferociously powerful, psychedelic clarinet and primal scream-fronted rock band” performs. 21+. No cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP today, tonight, and beyond – by browsing our complete calendar here.
Checking here because you heard a series of booms a few minutes ago? We heard them too. The first mention on the scanner by a dispatcher, after someone called to report it, was answered by police saying, “It was fireworks.”