West Seattle, Washington
6:56 PM: We’re at the Chief Sealth gym, where the Metro League basketball championship games are being played tonight. The girls’ title game has just ended, with the West Seattle High School girls losing to still-undefeated Bishop Blanchet. They were tied 27-27 at halftime, but Blanchet pulled away in the second half, and the final score was 62-46.
10:12 PM: Photos and details added, and what’s next for the WSHS girls: Read More
We start tonight’s West Seattle Crime Watch update with two reader reports:
STOLEN VEHICLE FOUND, WITH MORE LOOT: The photo above is from Jennifer, whose stolen car – reported here earlier this week – was found, with others’ stolen property:
My car was recovered by the SPD on the 1200 block of SW Holden and filled with stolen property including 2 bikes on bike rack … It was operating as mobile drug unit, car filled with drugs and needles, 3 people arrested, cell phones in car, and interior completely trashed, Thule rocket box and roof rack missing … hopefully bikes and other stolen property can get reunited with the owner.
CAR PROWL IN HIGHLAND PARK: We don’t have other details but WS says a neighbor’s vehicle was rifled through on Tuesday night and shared this security camera video:
Recognize anyone? Let police know.
Now, two followups:
SOUTH DELRIDGE SWAT CASE: Bail was set Thursday at $100,000 for the 31-year-old Burien man arrested after the SWAT standoff on Wednesday. Probable-cause documents reveal he also had two warrants out for his arrest in unrelated cases. They also say police first were called to the house around noon after the suspect allegedly hit his ex-girlfriend as she tried to get away from him. One of the warrants for his arrest is in connection with a case on which he is awaiting trial; it was issued last September when he failed to appear for arraignment on charges of possessing stolen mail and other stolen property. Those charges trace back to an arrest in Burien last May. The suspect is due back in court Monday.
RECKLESS-DRIVING SUSPECT BACK IN JAIL: The 24-year-old man arrested in The Junction last weekend was booked into jail again last night, and was out again this morning. The arrest was on suspicion of driving with a suspended license; no complaint was filed but Municipal Court records show charges were filed in connection with last week’s arrest, so we’re naming the suspect, Casey Carlstedt, whose overnight jail stay was his 10th booking into King County Jail since last April. The charges filed against him and linked to last weekend’s incident: Disobeying a traffic-control device, “no valid operating license with valid ID,” and driving without insurance. We’ll continue watching the case.
Thanks again to everyone sharing Crime Watch reports so your neighbors all around the peninsula know more about what’s happening – we hope crime will NOT happen to you, but if it does, once you’ve reported it to police (911 if it’s happening now or just happened), let us know … 206-293-6302 if breaking, firstname.lastname@example.org if not. Thank you!
Two outages to mention: First, thanks to Bianca for reporting a blown transformer near 35th SW/SW 112th – that’s likely what’s to blame for a 51-home outage toward the south end of 35th SW and part of the Seola Beach area.
Meantime, Comcast phone service is out for a multi-county area, including at least part of King County. We’ve heard from one business – Greentree Animal Hospital – that says you can reach them by e-mail in the meantime, email@example.com – if anyone else has alternate contact info, we’d be happy to mention it.
One more reminder – tomorrow is the day that people who live and/or work in Admiral are invited to a Community Design Workshop about the rezoning that’s proposed for the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) component known as Mandatory Housing Affordability.
This proposal would upzone property within the city’s Urban Villages – plus all multifamily/commercial property, in an UV or not – and require builders/developers to either dedicate part of what they build as “affordable,” or pay into a fund that will go toward affordable housing somewhere in the city. You can click around this interactive map to see what’s proposed where you are. Then, 9:30 am-12:30 pm Saturday at West Seattle High School (3000 California SW), it’s the Admiral version of this big recent meeting in The Junction – first a presentation, then Q/A, then table-by-table conversation to get your feedback. Here’s the official city announcement. Whether or not you’re going, you can get your feedback to the city via hala.consider.it or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three West Seattle business notes:
WILDWOOD MARKET, PHASE 1: Lonjina Verdugo is all smiles as phase 1 of Wildwood Market has soft-opened in Fauntleroy at 9214 45th SW. They’re starting with sandwiches, soup, and more, for take-out or dine-in:
NEW MORGAN JUNCTION BUSINESS: At 6965 California SW, what long was West Seattle Kids Salon (before a brief stint as a campaign office for now-Congressmember Pramila Jayapal) is now a martial-arts studio. Greta from Capoeira Brasil Seattle says that in addition to classes, their space is also “available for hourly rental for other movement arts such as yoga and dance instruction.”
MY THREE LITTLE BIRDS ADDS ANOTHER PHOTO-SESSION DAY: Steps away at 6959 California SW, My Three Little Birds has just begun three days of Valentine photo sessions.
Today and Saturday are sold out, proprietor Jennifer Young tells us, so a third session was added 11 am-2 pm Sunday. Come to the store or e-mail photographer Rachel McGuire ASAP to book time on Sunday.
Her address is email@example.com – you get three images for $40.
It’s the flip side of Monday’s snow day – Seattle Public Schools has announced that the makeup day has now been officially scheduled, so the last day of classes for this school year is now Monday, June 26th, instead of Friday, June 23rd. Here’s the updated SPS 2016-2017 calendar, which is also a reminder that this year includes a full week of mid-winter break, week after next.
(Photo by Long Bach Nguyen – looking southwest toward West Seattle, with Lake Union in foreground)
While the National Weather Service has a Wind Advisory in effect until 3 pm (keep everything charged!), our highlights all start after that, so things should be calm in time for you to check out one or more of the following! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WINE AND CHOCOLATE: Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) is open 5-9 pm and continuing to offer, with Valentine’s Day in mind, special pairings of Viscon wines and Intrigue Chocolate Co. truffles. (5910 California SW)
HIGHLAND PARK ART LOUNGE: Something new at the never-a-dull-moment Highland Park Improvement Club: Tonight’s the debut of the HPIC Art Lounge. 21+. 7 pm, you’re welcome to bring your materials, art projects, come hang out, enjoy the HPIC bar. And/or, sign up for the Bottles and Brushes class (fee) that also is happening tonight. (12th SW/SW Holden)
HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: The West Seattle High School girls play Bishop Blanchet for the Metro League championship tonight in the Chief Sealth IHS gym (2600 SW Thistle), 5:45 pm. … Same start time for the Chief Sealth IHS boys’ game vs. Ballard, at Garfield HS (400 23rd Ave.), vying for a spot in the district tournament.
SOUTH SOUND TUG & BARGE: Live music, 8 pm at West Seattle Brewing. No cover. (4415 Fauntleroy Way SW)
****LATE-NIGHT LOW-TIDE WALK: 11:04 AM UPDATE – The Seattle Aquarium says this Constellation Park walk is canceled.****
MAURICE & HIS THING: Live music, 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
JUSTIN KAUSAL-HAYES: Live music, 9:30 pm at Alki Beach Pub. No cover. (2722 Alki SW)
AND THERE’S EVEN MORE … on our complete-calendar page.
(WSB photo from 2015 sale)
The West Seattle Cooperative Preschools want to let buyers and sellers know that their benefit consignment sale is on again this year, 9 am-1 pm Saturday, March 4th, at the VFW Hall in The Triangle (3601 SW Alaska):
Mark your calendars for the 5th annual West Seattle Co-op kids’ consignment sale. Anyone can consign at our sale, so tell your friends and spread the word. Come consign with us and get 65% of sale price then receive a check in the mail a week later. The Preschool keeps 35%, which we give back to local families in our community through scholarships, making preschool affordable for all families. We partner with WestSide Baby, giving them all donated items after the sale. Come consign or sell with us and make a positive impact in your community. To register, or for more information, go here.
And if you have questions, WSCPkidsale@gmail.com is how to reach the sale organizers.
Before we get to our preview of what’s up for the rest of today/tonight, we wanted to make sure you had advance word of a Saturday night highlight – an awesome free concert, this year’s Soul Jambalaya event at the Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium, 7 pm tomorrow.
As described in the announcement:
Soul Jambalaya is an annual musical celebration – a mélange of gospel, blues, jazz, funk , reggae and Caribbean music in celebration of the contributions of African American and other black people to the musical soundtrack of America.
This free event will feature performances from:
The Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project
The Total Experience Gospel Choir
The Chief Sealth International High School Jazz Ensemble
The Denny International Middle School Jazz Ensemble
Come celebrate black history with us through some beautiful and soul-stirring music.
CSIHS is at 2600 SW Thistle.
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
7:11 AM: Good morning! No traffic incidents so far in/from West Seattle.
If you’re using the Vashon ferry dock, Washington State Ferries has the latest on the effects of yesterday’s nearby slide.
Weather: The National Weather Service’s Wind Advisory for the area is now in effect, through 3 pm.
Transit: A cancellation announced by Metro:
Transit Alert – Route 57 to downtown Seattle due to leave the Alaska Junction at 7:06 AM will not operate this morning.
— King County Metro (@kcmetrobus) February 10, 2017
7:17 AM: And another cancellation:
Transit Alert – Route 56 to downtown Seattle due to leave Alki at 7:23 AM will not operate this morning.
— King County Metro (@kcmetrobus) February 10, 2017