West Seattle, Washington
(2014 photo contributed by Mark Cohan)
You might remember that faded mural, “Alki in the Twenties,” from the east-facing side of the former Huling Brothers building along Fauntleroy north of Edmunds. As shown in the review process for the project that’s being built on the site, The Whittaker, the mural couldn’t be saved but was to be “digitally re-created.” And indeed, it has been. Here’s a sneak peek at the partly visible re-creation:
We took the photo today while checking on the removal of The Whittaker’s second tower crane, which stretched into a third day amid stormy weather. The re-created mural is on a west-facing wall of the building, and we expect to get a closer look soon.
One more hour to go wish Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) a happy 12th anniversary! Proprietors Frances and John Smersh have been open at 4540 California SW in The Junction for 6 years, after 6 in Admiral. As the party continues until 8 pm, don’t miss the upstairs pop-up shop with work by 7 Click! Staffers.
WSDOT just announced that – as often happens – the Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection has ended early. So Highway 99 is back to being fully open (as of 5 pm), AND no closure Sunday.
ORIGINAL REPORT, 4:35 PM: Thanks for the tips. As of less than 10 minutes ago, power has gone out for more than 4,200 customers (homes/businesses), mostly just south of West Seattle but including some WS pockets. More to come.
5:01 PM UPDATE: Seattle City Light‘s map also includes another 3,500+ out in parts of Burien. No word yet on the cause – SCL’s current “restoration estimate” is 11 pm, but as we always remind you during outages, that is a guesstimate at best, could be sooner, could be later.
5:28 PM UPDATE: The SCL map now blames “tree” for outage. Restoration guesstimate has updated to 11:25 pm.
6:13 PM UPDATE: SCL now says via Twitter “crews have now determined that the cause was due to a broken utility pole crossarm near the Duwamish Substation.”
6:49 PM UPDATE: All but 588 customers are back on.
SUNDAY MORNING: According to the City Light map, everyone had power restored at some point very early this morning.
Family and friends are remembering Bob Foote, 55, and sharing this tribute with the community:
Robert (Bob) Foote was born on December 6, 1960, in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. As a child, he emigrated with his family to the USA. They settled in West Seattle where the family became active in Tibbetts United Methodist Church. Bob attended elementary and secondary schools in the Seattle Public School system, graduating from West Seattle High School in the Class of 1978.
Bob was interested in music and sports, living an active lifestyle which included bicycling, hiking, climbing (rocks, trees, and mountains) and playing soccer. He enjoyed music technology and ran lighting and sound systems for numerous youth group musicals and dances. He participated in several youth mission trips working to repair and paint buildings, boat docks and hiking trails at United Methodist Church Camps in Washington and Alaska. Bob was also active in Boy Scouts of America and earned the God and Country Award while in high school.
One of Bob’s hobbies included the mixing of musical tracks, experimentation with synthesizers and other instruments, and with recording technology. Bob played guitar in a band for several years and enjoyed composing original music. Long before digital software and hardware made multi-media presentations easily accessible to everyone, Bob could be found putting together photographic, musical and lighting presentations to entertain and educate others.
Bob’s work life involved travel, as he engaged in electrostatic painting, initially as an employee and later as a small business owner who served a number of large and small customers across the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest part of the United States. Bob loved people, animals, and sharing his humorous stories, thoughts and photos on social media.
He died unexpectedly of heart disease and related complications on September 1, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, leaving behind his wife of 16 years, Laura Crawford; his parents, Roy and Mary Foote; a sister, Cathy Babbitt; and niece and nephew, Rose and Derek Babbitt of Seattle, Washington.
Memorials may be made to Seattle Humane, a non-profit animal welfare organization, located at 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98005.
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to firstname.lastname@example.org)
11:55 AM: Once again on the eve of a presidential debate (6 pm our time on Sunday), we’re being asked about West Seattle venues planning to view it. So we’re again putting the question out to you, in case you’ve heard of one … so far we have Admiral Bird (California/Admiral), a debate-watching fixture, and Sound & Fog (4735 40th SW). Anywhere else? Comment, or e-mail us – email@example.com – so we can add. Thanks!
ADDED 5:22 PM: Parliament Tavern (4210 SW Admiral Way) is showing the debate, adding “Happy Hour extends throughout the proceedings featuring $4 micros and well drinks, as well as $2.50 Rainiers and PBRs.” Afterward, it’s the John Lennon Birthday Bash.
ADDED SUNDAY AFTERNOON: OutWest Bar at California/Brandon – 2 screens!
10:17 AM: Where to put more stormwater-absorbing raingardens? Fewer bus stops, if Route 120 becomes RapidRide in 2019?
What other road changes on Delridge? Which route for another greenway? Those are just a few of the questions awaiting your answers until noon today @ the Delridge Projects Open House in the gym at Southwest Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle).
Turnout is very light so far – meaning your opinion carries even more weight!
No presentations – just wander, offer opinions, put dots on easels, etc. Snacks and coffee too.
10:55 AM: Another reason to stop by: The mini-resource fair – with participants including West Seattle Timebank, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, SW Youth and Family Services, Camp Long, and the West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs – with cool preparedness displays like how to make an emergency kit for your pet(s):
12:04 PM: Event over, but we have more photos of some of the boards that might be of interest and will add later, as well as seeking electronic copies once all the city reps who were there are back in their offices next week.
(“Live” city-operated webcam looking north on The Viaduct)
We start with a reminder – the Alaskan Way Viaduct is closed for its twice-yearly inspection, until 6 pm today and again 6 am-6 pm tomorrow (if it reopens early, we’ll publish an update). Planning to use I-5 instead? Be aware that the Highway 520 floating bridge is closed too, and that could complicate things. But we have other reasons for staying in West Seattle:
DELRIDGE PROJECTS OPEN HOUSE: 9:30 am-noon at Southwest Teen Life Center – find out what’s new with multiple projects in eastern West Seattle, including plans for turning Metro Route 120 into RapidRide. Also, a resource fair with your chance to connect with local nonprofits, too. Here’s our preview. (2801 SW Thistle)
SECOND GEAR SPORTS ANNIVERSARY: 10 am-6 pm, Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction celebrates its third anniversary with a “garage sale” featuring deals and treats, as detailed in our calendar listing. Bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank Backpack Program! (6529 California SW)
CHILDREN’S ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-noon, open house at Spanish-immersion preschool Children’s Academy of Seattle. (9635 17th SW)
BUDGET CUTS ANNIVERSARY: Until 7 pm, celebrating 8 years with $8 haircuts – bring donations for the West Seattle Food Bank. (3727 California SW)
FAMILY STORY TIME: 11 am at West Seattle (Admiral) Library. (2306 42nd SW)
VIETNAMESE STORY TIME: 11:30 am at Delridge Library, stories, songs, and rhymes in Vietnamese, for ages 3+. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
FAMILY GAME DAY: Looking for someplace indoors and fun to hang out? 11:30 am-3 pm, it’s Family Game Day at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor) – explained here. Meeples is a café as well as a game venue, so settle in for beverages and food, too. (3727 California SW)
PHONE-WIRE BASKET WEAVING: 1-3 pm, drop in and make art at Southwest Library! While you’re there, admire the artwork on display as part of the Community Showcase (WSB coverage here). Free, no registration required. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
ARTIST RECEPTION: Reception for artist Carolyn Autenrieth at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 1:30-2:30 pm. (5612 California SW)
CLICK! DESIGN THAT FITS ANNIVERSARY: 5-8 pm, help Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) celebrate its 12th anniversary. In-store specials, gift-certificate drawings, and the first-ever Click! employee pop-up shop – all explained here. (4540 California SW)
LIVE MUSIC & KARAOKE … at Admiral Pub, 6 pm music with Lit End, 10 pm karaoke. (
JACK WILLIAMS IN CONCERT: Storyteller, guitarist, singer, songwriter – Jack Williams performs at 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall. (7904 35th SW)
EVEN MORE TO DO! You’ll find today’s full list on our complete calendar.
Much more than football last night at Southwest Athletic Complex as West Seattle High School hosted Liberty HS from Renton on Homecoming Night.
The game brought the Wildcats their second loss, 63-27. Two of the WSHS TDs featured Nate Pryor (#3, above) running almost the entire length of the field. Before the game, he was among the seniors honored from the team, band, flag, and cheer squads:
WSHS head coach Tom Burggraff was also among the proud parents escorting a senior – his son, Andrew Burggraff (also among those with TDs in the game), will graduate this year:
Assistant coach Jeff Ursino is also proud dad of a senior, John Ursino.
If there were an award for the most candy leis given to a senior as part of the celebration, Billy Dee Abbott would have won:
Congratulations to all the seniors! (added Sunday – see list at end of story)
Also among those honored at the pre-game ceremony, WSHS band member Maxwell Lemke, below with dad Maxwell:
You might recall Max’s story here on WSB two months ago – he led the fundraisers to get a new tuba for the band, which performed on the field at halftime, conducted by WSHS music director Ethan Thomas:
You can see the band later this month leading the costume parade during the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival at 11:30 am Sunday, October 30th.
Another memorable music moment happened before the game, when the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” was sung before “Star-Spangled Banner.” You’ll hear part of the song in our Twitter clip:
After PA statement about respecting all views, Black Nat'l Anthem sung by WSHS before Star Spangled Banner pic.twitter.com/FyJiHsWtXM
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 8, 2016
The anthems followed a statement read over the PA system about respecting all views. WSHS athletic director Trevor Leopold told us later that this was initiated by players, who said that if both anthems were sung, they would remain standing for both. (This followed three weeks of anthem protests during home games at SWAC, starting on September 16th, when the pre-announced protest by visiting Garfield HS was joined by more than half a dozen WSHS players.)
Next Friday brings the annual crosstown contest, WSHS vs. Chief Sealth International High School, 7 pm October 14th.
ADDED SUNDAY MORNING: Thanks to athletic director Leopold for the full list of seniors honored Friday night:
Billy Dee Abbott