West Seattle, Washington
Here’s what’s up for your Sunday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm year-round, so come see what’s fresh – fruit, vegetables, juices, nuts, cheeses, meat, fish, beans, and much more. (The market’s own weekly preview mentions cranberries and radicchio as among the new arrivals.) In the street in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
KINDNESS ROCKS: Join the project with a 10 am-noon session today at Lil’ Bug Studio. (10007 13th SW)
NEW SCOUTING GROUP: First weekend meeting for new all-gender scouting group that’s part of the Baden-Powell Service Association. Noon at Lincoln Park‘s North Play Area. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
STEVE ITTERLY: Singer-songwriter at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
DRUM AND SING TO CALL THE SALMON HOME: Annual tradition along Fauntleroy Creek – all welcome, all ages, to drum and sing to call the salmon home to spawn. BYO drum – or just bring your voice! 5 pm on the porch of the house below the creek overlook – just off SW Director from the northeast end of the overlook that’s across Fauntleroy Way from the ferry terminal.
BOOKTOBERFEST – LIBRARY KARAOKE: 6-11 pm at The Skylark:
It’s Libraryoake: Karaoke with Librarians! Belt it out for the love of books! Do you love to sing karaoke AND love books? Then this is the event for you. The library is hosting a special Booktoberfest edition of Libraryoke at the Skylark Café in West Seattle where you are highly encouraged to sing songs inspired by or about books and libraries. There will be prizes for singers who choose bookish songs or who dress up as their favorite authors or literary characters. Parents can bring youth and teens to sing as well. Feel free to bring books to swap and share, as there will also be a book exchange.
All ages. The event is free – drinks and food are not. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
P.S. Checked our West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide yet? All the Halloween/harvest/fall/etc. events from here through November 1st – and if we’re missing yours, please e-mail us the info – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Thanks to Gary Potter of Potter Construction (WSB sponsor) for the photo – that’s him at right/center with Brian Waid, Rotary Club of West Seattle president (Gary is a Rotarian too), at tonight’s Southwest Youth and Family Services “Voices of the Community” gala at Georgetown Ballroom. 200 people there, Gary reports! Among them, West Seattle community stalwarts Jim Guenther and Sandy Adams, who, we’re told, were honored with an award for their volunteer work – congratulations! (We hope to have more on that later.) Not familiar with SWYFS? It’s based in North Delridge but helps youth and families via many programs in an increasingly large area stretching into South King County
Thanks to Anna Nguyen for photos and reports on two success stories from the West Seattle High School golf season. First, the girls:
Congratulations to the WSHS Girls Golf Team on their 3rd-place finish in the overall-team standings at this week’s 3A Metro League Tournament held at Jefferson Park Golf Course. Senior Berit Syltebo and Freshman Lauryn Nguyen qualified for the 3A Metro/King Co District tournament to be held next Spring. Nguyen posted a commanding 4-under par round to win the individual Medalist Honors, beating the field by 7 strokes in the 18-hole Metro League Tournament. Nguyen also captured 1st place during all of the regular season high-school matches. Her dominating performance earned her the WIAA Metro League Player of the Year title!
Here’s the entire team, in a tweeted photo:
— WestSeattleHSGolf (@WSHSGolfers) October 21, 2017
Now, the report on the boys’ team:
Two members of the WSHS Varsity boys’ golf team qualified for the 3A Metro/King Co District tournament after competing in the Metro League Golf Championship this week held at West Seattle Golf Course and Jefferson Park Golf Course. Senior Alex Nguyen and Junior Cameron Smith finished in the top 38 to earn a place to compete at Districts next Tuesday (10/24/2017) at Riverbend Golf Complex in Kent.
Both teams are coached by Velko Vitalich, who, as we reported back in June, has retired as WSHS baseball head coach but continued on with the golfers for one more year.
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Pastoral, industrial, vital. Our Instagram video clip is the view of the Duwamish River from Terminal 107 Park, steps away from the kickoff event for today’s installment of the twice-yearly Duwamish Alive! work parties. As James Rasmussen had told the gathering of volunteers, this is “the last stretch of the old Duwamish River”:
Rasmussen spoke both as leader of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and as a member of the Duwamish Tribe, whose longhouse is across West Marginal Way SW from T-107. “This place would not have been saved if not for my ancestors,” Rasmussen explained, recounting how the discovery of shell heaps – evidence of a long-ago Duwamish village – stopped work at the site years ago. While so much of the Duwamish River’s shore has been the focus of restoration, so much of the riverbed itself the subject of cleanup, this stretch, including mudflat Kellogg Island, remains “original habitat,” Rasmussen said. And now, the intent is to improve its health so it can serve as “A River for All”:
Rasmussen promised one of those buttons to City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, who also spoke:
After a few speeches – in light rain – it was time for everyone to get to work:
Much of today’s work involved planting. Rasmussen urged volunteers to name their plants – “(they’re) not an inanimate object, they know you’re there” – and come back to visit them as they grow.
P.S. If you weren’t able to work at one of the Duwamish Alive! sites today – there are work parties in the area almost every weekend (often featured on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar) – and another long list of them on November 4th for Green Seattle Day – see that list here, including five locations in West Seattle (and easy RSVP links for each).
If you saw/heard all the SFD units just now – they were headed to a possible fire in a multifamily building in the 2200 block of Alki SW. We’ve just heard via scanner that it was a false alarm – somebody was starting up a grill and the smoke set off a smoke detector. So the units are being dismissed.
4:34 PM: A day of crashes continues with one that briefly drew a Seattle Fire “rescue” response, at Delridge and Andover. The response was downgraded a few minutes ago because everyone was reported to have gotten out of the vehicle(s) OK, but the intersection is blocked northbound according to what we’re hearing via scanner.
4:50 PM: Our crew has just arrived and says this involves a car that was apparently headed downhill (westbound) on Andover and collided with a Metro bus. The bus is in the intersection, and its driver is being checked for possible shoulder injuries, we are told; the car came to a stop against the H&R Block building on the northeast corner (photo added – it actually stopped against the doorway):
Police are directing traffic, with northbound Delridge vehicles now using one of the southbound lanes.
SW Lacrosse Club currently plays its home games in Normandy Park but is the league for West Seattle and beyond, and has just opened registration for next spring. It was founded 20 years ago and continues to grow:
We emphasize skill development. We’re a great option for kids seeking something new. We promote fraternity (and sisterhood!). We host special events to connect when we are off the field. Our home field is Manhattan in Normandy Park. Our season runs March-May with Pre-season beginning in February. We offer scholarships so anyone can play.
This will be our inaugural season registering 3rd and 4th Grade girls. Girls’ Lacrosse is a dynamic field
sport different from the boys’ game. Like comparing softball to baseball, the girls’ game has its own
rules. It does not involve full-contact play. While there’s not a lot of girls’ teams in Seattle-at-large, we want to be part of growing something new! It’s great exercise, the skills parlay to any other field/court sport, and it’s a ton of fun! No experience is necessary because we have a Super Star Coach:
Introducing Ayesha Cochran:
Coach Ayesha played lacrosse throughout her childhood and into college in New York State. She has a passion for the sport that she is eager to share! Ayesha moved to Seattle for her career and has since felt a calling to “do her part to grow the game” after 3 years of rooting into our community. She feels a responsibility to teach the game that has brought her so much joy! Coach Ayesha welcomes athletic 3rd and 4th grade girls to the field who are ready for a new dynamic sport: Come out and give it a try!
With plans to grow our organization, we remain loyal to our history.
Our boys’ program is making great strides toward becoming a more competitive force to be reckoned with. Our high school team made it to the D2 playoffs in 2017 for the 2nd year in a row, and with the goal for a 3rd in 2018, we hope to continue the momentum across all our youth teams to advance players at the hands of our dedicated coaches. We are honored to announce that Mark Benedum, the original founder of our organization, is returning to coach for us again this year.
Go here to register. Questions? Contact Tanya at 206-730-6908 or tanyarosso (at) msn (dot) com.
Thanks to Mel for the photo. Westbound Roxbury is blocked right now at 17th SW because of that crash. No major injuries. Wherever you are going today, be cautious and allow extra time – we have had trouble on most major corridors at one time or another so far.
Got word today from QFC that it’s planning an event Wednesday morning to celebrate the completion of its $2.8 million Westwood Village remodeling project. At 8 am, they will hand out gift bags to the first 200 customers, with “a coupon for a ‘free breakfast’ (a dozen eggs, package of bacon, muffins, and carton of orange juice) as well as a QFC gift card. The gift cards will be for $5, with one for $300 mixed in.” The celebration also will feature free cake and coffee, with a ribboncutting at 8:30 am.
11:24 AM: Thanks for the texts. A crash on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge from Fauntleroy is near the curve, we’re told, blocking at least one lane, and a texter says the jersey barrier has again been displaced – which happened multiple times because of crashes earlier this week. So if you need to get to the eastbound bridge, you might consider using Avalon or Delridge instead, for a while.
11:33 AM: SFD has already closed out of the crash call, so, no major injuries.
11:54 AM: Still a trouble spot, though, according to SDOT’s Travelers Map as well as Twitter reports.
Meantime, a new crash – Olson Place SW, southbound per scanner, 9200 block, just before Myers Way [map]. Minor injuries but if you’re headed south/eastbound in the Roxbury corridor, take note.
9:25 AM: As noted in the WSB Forums, Spud Fish and Chips on Alki is closed for what its website describes as “maintenance/repairs,” so if you were planning on fish and chips for a weekend lunch, you won’t find it there until mid-November. Yes, there are other fish-and-chips options, including nearby Sunfish, but Spud has a long history – having celebrated its 75th anniversary back in 2010.
11:48 AM: Went down to check out the door sign (photo added above), which says Spud expects to reopen November 13th.
(Photo by Patrick Wirth – who found this
falcon hawk perched outside his window one recent morning)
Welcome to the weekend! Highlights of what’s happening in West Seattle, from our calendar:
DUWAMISH ALIVE! Work parties along the river and in the watershed, 10 am-2 pm; this twice-yearly event is usually rain or shine. At T-107 Park in West Seattle, it will start with speakers including West Seattle/South Park City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. (4700 W. Marginal Way SW). Other events include tree planting at Greg Davis Park on Longfellow Creek (at Juneau) and at Point Rediscovery (10040 Des Moines Memorial Dr.). Find other events via our preview.
22ND/HENDERSON FOLLOWUP: 10 am-4 pm, volunteer work party on the slope where goats cleared away the overgrowth a year ago. All welcome; service hours available for students. (22nd SW/SW Henderson)
OPEN HOUSE: At Holy Rosary School, 10 am-1 pm, preschool through 8th grade. (42nd SW/SW Genesee)
PANCAKE BREAKFAST SUPPORTING SAFEFUTURES YOUTH CENTER: Support an organization that’s working with vulnerable youth in our community. Come to the benefit breakfast 10:30 am-12:30 pm at Kenyon Hall – details here. (7904 35th SW)
EMBROIDERY AT THE LIBRARY: Part of Southwest Library‘s art-making series, embroidery for 7 and up, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Free. (9010 35th SW)
(added) FALL MAKERS DAY: Under way until 4 pm at CAPERS in The Junction, which sent the photo:
“Featuring local artists and makers. Fine art, children’s art and clothing, jewelry and chocolate are featured in the Pop-Up shops today until 4 pm.” (4525 California SW)
OCTOBERFEST: 1-7 pm at Welcome Road Winery (WSB sponsor), all ages: “Enjoy Bavarian noshes and our new 2014 Roadtrip Red – the perfect fall wine. No dirndl or lederhosen required. Tastings are just $5 (waived with bottle purchase) and noshes are gratis.” (3804 California SW)
TALK WITH YOUR SCHOOL BOARD REP: West Seattle/South Park Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors rep Leslie Harris welcomes you to her community-conversation drop-in meeting, 3-5 pm at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
TINKERLAB STEM CHALLENGE: 3-4:30 pm at Southwest Library; all ages welcome. Free. (9010 35th SW)
SCHOLARSHIP FUND BENEFIT: West Seattle Hall of Fame member Tom Collier performs at Kenyon Hall to raise money for the WSHS Scholarship Fund, 7:30 pm. (7904 35th SW)
DARWIN’S FINCHES, MANNEQUIN BBQ, BABY CROW FLIGHT SCHOOL: “Rock with stellar musicianship” and “songbird vocal harmonies” at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm-midnight. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Tied no more. 5:01 to go in third Q, Sealth #8 Dontae McMillan runs in the TD. Now Sealth 12, Bainbridge 6 pic.twitter.com/XpxnraRxII
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 21, 2017
9:49 PM: That’s one of Chief Sealth International High School #8 Dontae McMillan‘s touchdowns tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex, where the Seahawks beat the Spartans of Bainbridge High School, 24-6. It was Sealth’s homecoming night and senior night, and we have lots of photos and details to come later tonight. This was also their last regular-season game of the year – ending with a 6-2 record – and it was announced that their first postseason game will be 5 pm next Friday at Memorial Stadium downtown vs. Seattle Prep. More to come!
ADDED EARLY SATURDAY: As announcer Eddie Snead (a 9th-grade social-studies teacher) put it, it was a fine defensive game. Both defenses dominated so much that the halftime score was only 6-6. And that was just two and a half minutes after Bainbridge got its only touchdown of the game. With seconds to go until halftime, they tried and failed to make a distant field goal – “way off,” Mr. Snead pronounced it. His announcing is a highlight of Sealth games but tonight he was really on a roll, so we stopped in for a photo:
During halftime, there was a pie-throwing contest – our video shows Ms. Parker from the independent living and hospitality program:
The cheerleaders of course performed – otherwise, it was a huddling-for-warmth kind of night, with a brisk wind in the stadium.
The band took the field:
We caught a bit of the “Munsters Theme” on video:
Sealth band with 'Munsters' theme at halftime pic.twitter.com/dksm9uvaw8
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 21, 2017
A few minutes into the third quarter, Mr. Snead observed that it had been a penalty-laden game, more than 80 yards worth for Sealth alone. “More flags than the United Nations!”
McMillan’s second TD (seen in the top video clip) broke the tie with 5:01 to go in the third quarter, giving Sealth a 12-6 lead.
#5 Diego Jackson got one with 10:18 left in the game – “no flags!” declared Mr. Snead jubilantly – and it was 18-6. Final Sealth TD was with just over a minute left, and that resulted in the final score, 24-6.
The game – which had started early, 5 pm, since it was homecoming night – was over, but not the festivities. Seniors were honored:
Head coach Ted Rodriguez read their names and their post-high-school plans. Then came the announcement of next week’s playoff game, and everyone headed out into the wind-chilled night.
With rain in the forecast, Fauntleroy Creek steward Judy Pickens tells WSB that Sunday’s annual drumming and singing to call the salmon home will be on her porch as it was last year – just down the path from the northeast edge of the Fauntleroy Creek overlook at Fauntleroy/Director (across and upslope from the ferry terminal). “If more people than last year brave the weather, we’ll move into the back under cover of our boat shed.” Start time is still 5 pm. “In addition to drumming and singing (led again by Jamie Shilling), we’ll make welcome flags for the spawners, which I’ll hang at the viewpoint during a break in the rain.” Judy adds, “The watch officially starts Sunday. State Fish and Wildlife is predicting a strong but somewhat late return of coho to the Sound, so we expect to watch into mid-November.” Seven spawners were counted last year – which was seven more than the spawner-less previous year. By the way, all ages are welcome at Sunday’s drumming/singing event.
In case you haven’t already seen it – with the planned opening of the Alaskan Way Viaduct-replacing tunnel getting closer all the time (still estimated for early 2019), WSDOT has put together a two-minute video featuring a drone’s-eye view of what it looks like inside right now. It’s been six and a half months since the tunneling machine finished its part of the job. A short WSDOT update accompanying the video says the tunnel’s upper deck is 85 percent complete. For a more-detailed progress report, go here. And if you’ve forgotten details such as “how do you get from West Seattle to downtown once the tunnel opens,” this might help.
Thanks to James Bratsanos for the view of tonight’s sunset – a peek of golden sunshine before another round of stormy weather moves in. The National Weather Service has the entire county under a Flood Watch alert for Saturday afternoon through Sunday night – so check those storm drains in the morning!
The three suspects arrested in the September stabbing death of 15-year-old Derek Juarez-Lopez are all now charged with first-degree murder: 18-year-old Jonatan Islas-Martinez, 17-year-old Elizabeth Cabrera-Aparicio, and 16-year-old Diego S. Carballo-Oliveros, all three of whom live in West Seattle. (The latter two are charged as adults, so we are publishing their names.) The charging papers say that Carballo-Oliveros already was facing charges of robbery and attempted robbery in an unrelated case, and was due in court the day after the murder that led to these charges.
The narrative in the charging documents is largely the same as what we reported yesterday from the documents in Islas-Martinez’s probable-cause hearing, with a few additions: Prosecutors describe Cabrera-Aparicio as Carballo-Oliveros’s girlfriend, but also had written that she was the victim’s girlfriend. Also, the documents quote an unidentified witness as saying he went to Westcrest Park with Carballo-Oliveros with the expectation they were going to buy and smoke marijuana, and they awaited “the dealer.” The victim showed up with Cabrera-Aparicio and showed a glass jar that was in his backpack, “just enough of the jar that would clearly show that it was filled with marijuana, which, according to (the witness), is a common practice when purchasing an ounce of marijuana, which was the case in this transaction.” (The witness) said that as soon as Carballo-Oliveros saw the marijuana, “he demanded everything” from the victim, who resisted – and then, the documents say, was stabbed by Carballo-Oliveros, who had removed a “medium-sized knife” and flipped it open. The victim tried to run but was pushed down from behind. Islas-Martinez then grabbed the backpack and ran, the witness said, while the victim remained on the ground and Carballo-Oliveros allegedly said, “That wasn’t supposed to happen, I don’t want to have to kill you.” He then ran, said the witness,who did the same thing, saying he didn’t realize the victim was hurt.
Next steps in the case: All three defendants are scheduled for arraignment November 2nd. Bail for each is now set at $1 million.
First thing this morning, several people asked us about a loud noise heard from North Delridge to Pigeon Point in the 4 am hour, described as crashing-type sounds. Most thought it was coming from the Nucor steel mill, so we checked with them first. Environmental manager Pat Jablonski called us back this afternoon to confirm that the mill was the source of the noise, which he attributed to a “mechanical problem” in their processing. They shut the mill down to fix it, and it’s back in operation now. Nobody was hurt. He says Nucor is concerned about being a good neighbor and has done all it can to be sure this doesn’t happen again.
Thanks to the parents who shared this letter sent to Chief Sealth International High School families:
Dear Chief Sealth families,
As you are probably aware, tonight is our Homecoming game and Dance. Homecoming is an exciting event for our students. There is increased activity around the school including more former and non-district students. We want to ensure that we have a safe and fun Homecoming celebration and have been developing plans to make this a wonderfully memorable occasion.
Yesterday after school a student alerted us to a rumors of a potential disruption at Homecoming. Although no specific threats were identified, we alerted the Seattle Police Department (SPD). Because of recent community violence, we wanted to make sure that the Southwest Precinct was aware of our student’s concerns, so that they could support our Homecoming. In an abundance of caution, SPD will be assigning additional officers to our event today. We appreciate their support.
Please know that we take safety on our campus very seriously, the well-being of our students is our top concern. We are committed to doing everything we can to keep our students safe during all school activities. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to speak with families and guardians directly. In the meantime, please join us for our wonderful Homecoming activities tonight.
Principal, Chief Sealth International High School
This time of year, we’re at Southwest Athletic Complex every Friday night, covering whichever team is playing a home game, so we can tell you that police are almost always on hand at SWAC games, whether there’s an incident or not. We usually see them in local high-school gyms during varsity basketball games, too.
Got your ballots yet? Ours just arrived. As voting begins, this fall’s candidates are still making the rounds to ask for your vote, and six citywide candidates were in West Seattle last night doing just that.
The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and WS Transportation Coalition hosted the mayoral and council candidates at American Legion Post 160, with more than 50 people braving the blustery weather to see and hear the forum in person.
If you couldn’t be there, we recorded it all, and have text highlights too – not full transcription, but the best we could do at capturing key points the candidates made. First, video of each faceoff:
Pete Spalding from the Chamber board moderated the forum, after brief remarks from Keith Hughes of Post 160 – who noted that the venue is an old schoolhouse gymnasium – and Deb Barker of the WSTC, reminding all that West Seattle’s bridges are the city’s busiest roads, followed Chamber board president Paul Prentice, who gave an overview of West Seattle’s business community. The peninsula is facing “serious issues” that require “serious leadership to resolve,” Prentice noted.
Now, our text highlights. Both sets of council candidates were asked the same questions. First up: City Council Position 8, the citywide position for which now-Mayor Tim Burgess was not running for re-election.
As mentioned in our morning traffic coverage, we were checking with SDOT to see if SW Edmunds was indeed going to be closed again this weekend at 40th SW for continuing repaving work. Just heard back from SDOT’s Sue Romero, who tells us it’s being rescheduled since more heavy rain is anticipated, and they’re now expecting to resume the work October 28-29.
By Tracy Record and Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers
Tonight, Chief Sealth International High School head football coach Ted Rodriguez leads his players onto the field at Southwest Athletic Complex for their last regularly scheduled game of an already very successful season.
They’re 5-2. They have the Huling Bowl trophy for the first time in three years. Those are just part of this season’s highlights.
All this after Coach Rodriguez quietly took over the team at the start of the year. Along with leading Sealth’s football team, he’s also athletic director and house administrator next door at Denny International Middle School.
And he’s working after having come out of retirement – twice.
(Sanderling, photographed at Constellation Park this week by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
THE STORY WITH NIKKITA OLIVER: 3:30 pm-5 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Totem Star presents a youth-led conversation with Nikkita Oliver. (Adults are welcome too, to observe.) Details in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
FOOTBALL: Chief Sealth International High School‘s last regularly scheduled home game – also homecoming and Senior Night – is at Southwest Athletic Complex, 5 pm, vs. Bainbridge Island High School … West Seattle High School is on the road vs. Bishop Blanchet (8400 Wallingford Ave. N.), 7 pm.
TASTING ROOMS: The Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) tasting room north of Morgan Junction is open 5-9 pm. (5910 California SW) … The Welcome Road Winery (WSB sponsor) tasting room south of Admiral is open 5-8 pm. (3804 California SW)
NATURAL WINE TASTING: 5-8 pm at Sound and Fog in The Junction. (4735 40th SW)
FRIDAY NIGHT SKATING: Skate at Alki Community Center, 5:45-7:45 pm! (5817 SW Stevens)
SQUARE DANCING & DINNER AT HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY: 6 pm dinner, 7 pm dancing, free! at Highland Park Elementary (but if you can make a donation, it’s also a fundraiser for the HPE PTA). All welcome. (1012 SW Trenton)
HARVEST DANCE AT THE Y: 6:30-8 pm, fun hoedown at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), free to members, $10/family for nonmembers. (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)
BOBCAT BOB: Live music with the one and only “Bobcat Bob” (Bob Rice) at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: Johnny & The Moles and Pistil Whipped Project, 9 pm-midnight, rock/jazz. $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)