West Seattle, Washington
New information just in from Seattle Police on the High Point gunfire mentioned here Sunday afternoon. Though no victim was found after police arrived at the scene at 35th/Morgan, SPD says that about half an hour after the gunfire was reported, “dispatch notified officers a 20-year-old male was dropped off at Harborview Medical Center with a non life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg. The victim reported he was putting gas in his car … when he heard multiple gunshots, one of which struck him.” Police found “multiple shell casings and other possible evidence” and say that witnesses described “two possible suspects, one a female in her 20’s with blonde hair and a male in his late 20’s with dreadlocks, possibly firing shots at a silver sedan that was last seen speeding away from the scene.”
Voter-approved Sound Transit 3 promises light rail to West Seattle by 2030, with three stations envisioned. Inside that framework, many details remain to be decided … including exactly how it will get here, and where the stations will be, among other things. ST has not yet started its official outreach process to ask what you think about that – but the West Seattle Transportation Coalition isn’t going to wait – WSTC is inviting you to a community-led design workshop one month from tonight. Here’s the official announcement:
Where do you want the light rail to go?
Where do you want the light rail to go in West Seattle?
The West Seattle Transportation Coalition (WSTC) invites you to a community-led design workshop on Thursday, June 22, 2017, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Ave SW. Sound Transit (ST) plans to build the West Seattle light rail line by 2030. You can help decide where to put light rail stations, where the route will go, and what you think is best for West Seattle neighborhoods and commuters.
In a facilitated setting, we’ll look over Sound Transit’s ST3 proposed routing option and options proposed by WSTC and others. Our aims for this workshop include:
*Explore the costs and impacts of each option – underground, surface and elevated – on our overall community
*Determine where the community and neighborhoods want light rail routed to best serve West Seattle and improve ingress-egress for the Peninsula
*Discuss ways to get light rail delivered sooner than 2030.
Afterward, the WSTC will assemble the results into a formal document and present it to Sound Transit, the King County and Seattle City Councils, the Seattle Department of Transportation, and local stakeholders. Since Sound Transit has already conducted seven design reviews with Ballard, and this is West Seattle’s first, the WSTC will urge ST to combine West Seattle’s preferred options with ST3 overall plans.
Two reader reports:
THE THIEVES WHO DIDN’T WANT THE CLUBS: From Randy at 39th SW/SW Andover:
Husband found both our unlocked cars rummaged through this morning around 5:30 am. Small amount of cash taken, Bushnell golf scope, men’s dress shirt, reusable shopping bags, CDs, car maintenance book, insurance cards, ball/hitch unit. Luckily he recovered his golf clubs near the water tower at 39th and 40th.
VISITORS VICTIMIZED: From Sara in the 4400 block of 52nd SW:
We had family visiting from Oregon and their car was prowled outside our home (Saturday) night. iPad and gift cards were stolen from inside the vehicle.
P.S. Another reminder that the next crime/safety-related discussion in our area is 7 pm tomorrow (Tuesday, May 23rd), when the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meets at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster); agenda details are here.
One more highlight from the big, bright weekend just past – 5 scenes from one of its biggest events, the fifth annual West Seattle Bee Festival! Co-organizer Karen Berge shared the photos. Above, that’s the hive demonstration with Lauren Englund, founder of the West Seattle Bee Garden, who first shared her dream here on WSB five years ago. The biggest bee at the festival was human-made:
The Big Bee led the kids-and-pets parade, a collaboration with High Point’s Vietnamese community, with coordination by Seattle Housing Authority‘s Thu Thai Duong.
The festival’s main organizer Deborah Vandermar, meantime, was instrumental in organizing a new activity – Pop-Up Sewing, inside Neighborhood House High Point:
Back outdoors, the Plant Swap “was amazing this year,” Karen reports. There are leftovers – if you are interested in free plants, they were left next to the bee enclosure in the Bee Garden and are yours for the taking, she says. And from the vendor and community-resource fair, West Seattle Be Prepared made preparedness education fun:
That’s Cindi Barker and the “Wheel of Misfortune.” So many more participants – you just had to be there! If you missed it, maybe next year … the sixth annual West Seattle Bee Festival is already taking shape. And you can visit the Bee Garden any time, on the north side of High Point Commons Park (here’s a map).
6:43 AM: Good morning and welcome to the week before Memorial Day. Summery weather will greet you as you head out. No incidents reported so far on routes in/from West Seattle.
2-BOAT FERRY SCHEDULE: The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry run has been down to two boats since yesterday and that continues this morning. The boats are Issaquah and Cathlamet. Here’s the schedule.
7:30 AM: SDOT reports a crash on the eastbound low bridge (see the camera at lower left, above).
7:38 AM: There’s also an SFD medical response on the eastern half of the high bridge, but two of the three units already have been canceled and there’s no info on whether it’s affecting traffic.
7:47 AM: That call is now closed. But a new problem – crash at Roxbury and 8th, according to SDOT. No SFD dispatch for it, so far.
8:08 AM: The low-bridge crash has cleared, per SDOT.
8:19 AM: From the scanner, a dispatch for a stalled vehicle on the eastbound bridge. Waiting to hear exactly where.
Thanks to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society for sharing the “group hug” photo by Jean Sherrard from today’s centennial celebration at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse! The building housed Fauntleroy Elementary School until 1981 and is now home to Fauntleroy Children’s Center on the north end, The Hall at Fauntleroy on the south end, and other community organizations and small businesses inbetween. Watch for video from today’s celebration on the SWSHS website soon.
P.S. Next chance to be in a photo like this is another centennial – West Seattle High School is also celebrating its 100th anniversary, and this year’s All-School Reunion will include a “group hug” photo – 6:30 pm (gather at 6) Saturday, June 3rd – more info here.
8:37 PM: Lots of calls and texts about smoke and/or a smoky smell in north West Seattle – it’s a Seattle Fire marine response all the way from the north side of Elliott Bay – 5100 block of Shilshole NW, in Ballard, according to the SFD log. Citywide news outlets are tweeting that it’s a boat fire.
9:32 PM: Via Twitter, KING says it was a 70-foot wooden boat and that it spread to some “smaller boats” too. SFD tweets that a structure also was involved.
11:16 PM: SFD update:
Crews continue to monitor for potential spot fires at marina incident. Fire investigators responded to scene. Photos from earlier: pic.twitter.com/9MUQzL7M9d
— Seattle Fire Dept (@SeattleFire) May 22, 2017
With the temperature expected to go into the 80s tomorrow, we’ve received notes from several readers worried about people endangering their pets by leaving them in cars, and asking us to share this seasonal reminder. One sent along this link with the numbers, including: “On an 85-degree day, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees.” Leaving the windows open an inch or two will NOT prevent the interior from getting dangerously hot.
Photos by Leda Costa for WSB
The West Seattle High School PTSA had much to cheer for during today’s West Seattle 5K. Great weather, great turnout – and the latter means fundraising success. This is the ninth year the PTSA has presented the run/walk along Alki to raise money to help students.
Organizers say about a thousand people participated today. Almost 800 of them were timed – you can see the results here – and the first two in were 16-year-old John Lehr (chip time 17:54.6) and 35-year-old Megan Heuer (18:04.6):
She was the first female to cross the finish line last year too. As always, it was a festive race – kids and pets are welcome every year:
Note the hands-up jubilation here:
Thanks to Leda Costa (who with husband Jeff Larson just opened The Studio West Seattle on Alki, right along the route) for photographing the race for WSB.
One bonus reader photo: Lynn Hall shared this view of the turnaround spot at Anchor Park:
P.S. WSB has been a West Seattle 5K sponsor every year since the start. Scroll down this page on the WS5K website to see the other local businesses and organizations also sponsoring the race this year.
P.P.S. The race runs on a ton of volunteer power as well as other community support. That includes the race director – this was Linda Rackner‘s first year in that role.
Thanks for the tips. Multiple people reported hearing gunfire near 35th and Morgan in High Point, and now police have Morgan blocked off east of 35th as they investigate. No victims reported; we don’t know yet what if any evidence of gunfire they’ve found.
Double trouble for Washington State Ferries on a sunny Sunday afternoon: The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is on an emergency 2-boat schedule, and the cross-Sound situation was already stressed with the Seattle-Bremerton run down to one boat. Fauntleroy traffic is currently reported to be backed up about two hours, Vashon one and a half.
Congratulations to nine local high-school students honored recently with scholarships from two organizations:
LIONS CLUB OF WEST SEATTLE: Eight students from West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School received scholarships from the Lions Club this year. The club shared the photo, saying, “We wish them the very best and look forward to learning of their achievements.” The students are Vince Carbito, Quinn Gerberding, Wan Yu Guan, Madison Brodahl, Andrew Burggraff, Riley Fredericks, Lily Foucalt, Michelle Ly.
101 CLUB: Thanks to Nicole Sipila from the Chief Sealth IHS PTSA for sharing this photo and announcement:
The 101 Club awarded eight Seattle high-school student-athletes with college scholarships at the 84th Scholar Athlete Awards Luncheon on Thursday at the Washington Athletic Club. Every high school in the Metro League plus the high schools from Seattle that are in KingCo 4A were represented at the luncheon. Student athletes from each high school were nominated for the scholarships and received plaques. One student from Chief Sealth, Nathan Perrine, earned a $1,500 scholarship.
P.S. Both schools have graduation ceremonies on June 21st at Southwest Athletic Complex – 5 pm for Sealth, 8 pm for WSHS.
After today’s West Seattle 5K (coverage to come), it’s just two weeks until our area’s next 5K – part of the first-ever Loop the ‘Lupe, on Sunday, June 4th at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point, kitty corner from Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is presenting what’s basically four events in one – fun run, Youth Dash, Senior Saunter, and obstacle course! Here’s the course map:
It’ll be an all-afternoon extravaganza – as detailed here, the quarter-mile Senior Saunter starts at 1 pm, quarter-mile Youth Dash at 1:30 pm, 5K Family Fun Run/Walk at 1:45 pm, and the obstacle course loop – five times around for a full 5K – starting at 2:10 pm. Here’s how to register. Proceeds benefit OLG’s Walmesley Center, which, OLG explains, “hosts numerous athletic events and social outreach programs that benefit all of our West Seattle neighbors, whether they’re members of the parish or not,” hosting more than 20,000 participants in those programs since it opened.
We start today’s list with what’s both an event reminder and a traffic alert:
WEST SEATTLE 5K: At 8 this morning, Alki SW will close, between 63rd and Don Armeni, for the ninth annual West Seattle 5K run/walk. It’s a benefit for West Seattle High School, with sponsors including WSB. If you’re not signed up, you can still be part of it – last-minute registration starts at 8 near the start of the course. Race starts from 61st/Alki around 9:20 am. (61st/Alki)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the street, in The Junction. The Master Gardeners are there too for free plant/gardening advice! (California between Oregon and Alaska)
SECOND GEAR SPORTS BENEFIT FOR GATEWOOD ELEMENTARY: Get geared up for summer at Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction today – open 11 am-5 pm – 10 percent of the day’s proceeds go to the Gatewood Elementary playground project! (6529 California SW)
FAUNTLEROY SCHOOLHOUSE CENTENNIAL: Today’s celebration starts with the “group hug” photo outside the schoolhouse at 11:30 am – all welcome to be part of it to show your appreciation for this historic building! – and continues with snacks, speakers, stories, performances – including Bubbleman! – and more. (9131 California SW)
JAMTIME, LIVE: Old-timey music and bluegrass with Jamtime, at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 1-4 pm. (5612 California SW)
COSTUMED BIKE PARADE: Part of the community-organized Alki Daze celebration – starts at 2 pm. (63rd/Alki to Don Armeni and back)
STREETCAR HISTORY: 2 pm at Delridge Library, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Seattle Public Library present this month’s edition of Southwest Stories – as previewed here last night, streetcar/railway historian Mike Bergman takes a look back at the Highland Park/Lake Burien line that went through much of eastern West Seattle, and beyond. Free! (5423 Delridge Way SW)
RED SEA: 8 pm-11 pm, “Alternative Eastern European rock” at Parliament Tavern. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Thanks to Jim Edwards for photos of West Seattle High School‘s band (above) and orchestra (below), performing in Victoria, B.C. today.
It’s Victoria Day Weekend and that means a showcase of visiting high-school groups. If you happen to be up there this weekend too, look for the WSHS musicians near the Parliament Buildings at 5 pm Sunday. Then on Monday, it’s the Victoria Day Parade.
Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
CAR WINDOW SMASHED: The photo above is from Deborah in the 4100 block of Beach Drive SW, who says, “My car, parked in the apartment parking lot, had its rear passenger window smashed in around 5:00-5:20 this afternoon. Nothing was removed from the car, and no signs of tampering to the ignition and steering column. Called it in to the police, but they’ve not had any similar reports in the area.”
PACKAGE PROWLER: The photo above is from a reader who says this person was prowling their neighborhood on Thursday afternoon, in the 5600 block of 40th SW, “looking under vehicles and pretending to check the garden of the area. He looked over our gate for packages or anything that could be grabbed; he has rain boots on that come just below the knee, green shorts, a black hoodie with an insignia, black hat, sunglasses, and it looked to be dark brown hair.” One neighbor reported a stolen item; the suspect was reported to be associated with a silver Ford Focus Coupe, tinted windows. Police were notified.
TUESDAY: WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF THERE WAS AN INTRUDER IN YOUR HOME? That’s the focus of next Tuesday’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting, 6:30 pm at Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster). The presentation will feature Community Police Team Officer Todd Wiebke. All welcome – in a Block Watch or not.
(Seattle Municipal Archives photo of what’s described as the Highland Park-Burien line’s Hillside Station – possibly in Riverview – 1915)
13 years before light rail’s scheduled return to West Seattle, you’re invited to learn about one of the streetcar lines that rolled through our area decades ago. At 2 pm tomorrow (Sunday, May 21st), streetcar historian Mike Bergman is the featured speaker in the Southwest Seattle Historical Society/Seattle Public Library-presented series SouthWest Stories, telling you about the “History of the Highland Park & Lake Burien Railroad.” Here’s his video invitation, courtesy of SWSHS:
SW Stories rotates between library branches, and this time you’ll find it at the Delridge Library (5423 Delridge Way SW).
4:42 PM: Today was a special work day for crews from some members of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties – the annual Ramp-A-Thon, donating time to build mobiity ramps for residents in need. Among this year’s participants, longtime WSB sponsor Potter Construction.
The Potter crew built a ramp for a resident in Burien.
Around the region, since Ramp-A-Thon began in 1993, the association says, participants have built more than 440 ramps, with $1.7 million in in-kind donations.
ADDED 8:17 PM: The Master Builders Association shared a photo, from the one Ramp-A-Thon site today that was in West Seattle:
The company that built this ramp is Bellevue-based JM Riley.
Congratulations to the Denny International Middle School Dolphins for winning this year’s West Seattle Cup – the report and photos are from Denny principal Jeff Clark:
There is some great middle-school boys’ soccer being played in West Seattle this year! Going into today’s West Seattle Cup match, which is sponsored by the West Seattle Soccer Club, Denny and Madison were the two top teams in the city — neither team had lost a game previously.
The trophy has been at Madison this past year, but now is going back to Denny after the Dolphins came out on top with a 6 to 1 victory today.
Both teams have a lot to be proud of this season and will probably meet again in the playoffs. Thank you to the West Seattle Soccer Club for your support. Great job to all of the players and coaches at both schools!
In case you wondered about the water-rescue response at Alki about an hour ago – Christopher Boffoli checked it out for WSB. The original call was a report that a small boat with one person in it was taking on water.
But the boat and its operator made it to the beach OK, unassisted, and Christopher reports it was headed back out as the call closed.
Texter noted military aircraft in the area. Looks like it’s for Military Appreciation Day at the Sounders FC match vs. Salt Lake, 2 pm, with pregame ceremonies scheduled to include U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers from Whidbey Island’s VAQ-129 Squadron.
11:02 AM: Thanks to Chi Krneta for the photos and report:
I saw this art display at the Statue of Liberty this morning on Alki. There are pens and stencils for people to leave comments on the artwork.
Chi wonders if anyone knows who created and placed this. Certainly not the first guerrilla art to show up at Statue of Liberty Plaza – but the first we’d heard of this.
1:44 PM: We’ve heard from the artist, Sarah Reitz, who explained via text that it’s part of her graduate thesis work.
4:41 PM: Thanks to Max Szyszkowski for this photo taken a few hours ago after more participation:
9:53 PM: Artist Sarah Reitz has just sent us more about her project:
I spent the day on Alki with the installation and have now moved it back to my studio (didn’t want it to be in the way of 5k activities tomorrow).
I’m a graduate student at the University of Washington studying visual communication and experience design in the School of Art + Art History + Design.
My graduate thesis (working title “Landmark”) focuses broadly on the area of participatory exhibit design. Through it, I’ve been exploring ways to make the visitor experience at memorials or monuments more interactive. I picked the Alki Statue of Liberty as a case study for my research several months ago, and since then I have conducted a series of smaller prototypes at the statue that ultimately informed the design of today’s installation. The prototypes helped me determine what material to work with, what prompt to ask, and how to make the interaction as welcoming as possible for park visitors.
The main questions I explored through my research are:
Do people value experiences that ask them to write, draw, or materially contribute information in an outdoor setting? If given the opportunity, would people participate?
Would the installation spark conversation? What types of responses would I receive and what types of interactions would I observe?
Most importantly, what kinds of things could I do as a designer to make participation intuitive, delightful, and meaningful?
ADDED 11 AM SUNDAY: The artist also tells us in response to our followup question that while she has no current plan to bring it back, she’s open to the idea, or to “donating it to any community group that might be interested.” It’s not available until late June, though – it’ll be on display with other students’ theses at the Henry Art Gallery June 3-25.