West Seattle, Washington
Thanks for the tips – we just found out what the police search in East Admiral is about. We caught up with the victim near 38th and Stevens and this is what he told us: He went out to his car to go pick up his child, and discovered a man in the car. He told the man he was calling police, and tried to hold onto him in the meantime, but the man pulled out a gun, and then ran. Police including K-9 have been searching all around the area, but no arrests yet. The intruder was described as white, male, 5-10, wearing a newsboy-style cap, armed with a small semi-automatic pistol.
P.S. We’ve been mentioning lately that tips are more important than ever because less information is emerging on the scanner, and this was exactly one such case. We heard that police were setting up “containment” for something – which generally means something fairly serious – but did not hear the locations and so until two people texted us with word of police sightings, we had no idea where to look. So, thank you – 206-293-6302, text or voice, any time.
P.S. In case you missed it – here’s our report on the last meeting in the first phase of work by the Triangle Improvement Task Force, with a two-point plan aimed at reducing delays and traffic jams on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route this summer.
8:37 PM SATURDAY: If you’ve noticed the new look for the King County Water Taxi shuttle – we did too, and tried to find out more about it, and whether it’ll be on the boats too, but the KC Department of Transportation would only say that an announcement is likely on Monday (and that they’d posted a hint on Instagram). We looked into the county budget and it does include a $144,000 item for “rebranding” the Water Taxi, saying that the current branding goes back to when it was part of the King County Ferry District in 2009, before the county merged the Water Taxi back into its DOT as the Marine Division. The budget item mentions rebranding for boats, uniforms, “publicly visible materials.” Meantime, if you missed this news, the backup boat Spirit of Kingston is in the shop right now getting new engines. And as we’ve mentioned a few times, the seven-day-a-week Water Taxi schedule returns on April 10th – one week from Monday.
8:40 PM SUNDAY: KCDOT spokesperson Brent Champaco tells us tonight that the announcement has been delayed – no new date yet.
Sunday nights are often relatively quiet in West Seattle – but not this weekend. Here’s what, and who, you’ll find at The Skylark in North Delridge tomorrow night – organizer Ann-Dee Levine tells us it’s the first of what they hope might become a monthly event citywide, each one benefiting “a local non-profit that is doing work in response to what is happening nationally and/or that is at risk of losing funding due to what is happening nationally”:
CLAMOR! – a Musical Insurgency
A benefit for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
n. insistent public expression (as of support or protest).
v. to raise an outcry.
There is both solace and power to be found in art, and we need anthems to help us weather this storm and power up for the battles to come. Five amazing musical acts will fill that need on Sunday, April 2, in the first of what we hope will be many such events. Featuring:
6:30 p.m. – The Hinges
7:15 p.m. – Robert Stewart (photo above)
8:00 p.m. – Young Pioneers (photo above)
8:45 p.m. – Ready Steady Go (photo above)
9:30 p.m. – Jason Webley (top video)
Music is the medium — Resistance is the message! Come listen, laugh, dance, cry, scream and shout, and shake your fist at the sky!
Doors open at 5:30 pm (3803 Delridge Way SW), with music starting at 6:30 pm. All ages welcome. Suggested donation $10, and it all goes to NWIRP.
(Photo from 2015 egg hunt at West Seattle Thriftway [WSB sponsor]; this year’s hunt is at 9 am April 15th)
With Passover starting the night of April 10th and Easter happening April 16th, it’s almost time for lots of special events around our area, so we are launching our annual spring holiday/festival events and services page this weekend – so here’s one more call for you to send us info on what your organization, congregation, venue, etc. is doing! No need for fancy news releases, posters, or flyers – just a few lines about what’s happening, when, and where, in the body of your e-mail, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to those who have already sent theirs, and thanks in advance for yours!
In West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:
STOLEN CAR: Maybe you will spot Sam‘s car:
Stolen early morning 4/1/17. Parked in the 3500 block of SW Webster, in the driveway of a residence. Vehicle description as follows:
White 1999 Honda Civic 2-door. Aftermarket work has been done on the car and it’s fairly obvious to spot.
Dark tinted windows
Aftermarket white spoiler
Aftermarket wheels, black in front, silver in back.
Colorado license plates, 789 SQA.
Call 911 if you see it.
FOUND BICYCLE: Recognize this? Jena sent the photo and report:
My boyfriend and I just recovered what seems to be a lost/ stolen bicycle, on 106th Street near the Shorewood Market today, Saturday, April 1st. We were hoping that the blog would be able to share this, in hopes of getting it back to the owner. It seems like someone loves this bike! Attached is a picture. The owner can call us to arrange a pickup at 206-383-6999.
JESSICA DETRICK BACK IN JAIL: We mentioned earlier this week that a new warrant was out for convicted burglar Jessica Detrick, often seen on security cameras with her dog in tow. We don’t know the circumstances of her arrest but King County Jail records show she was re-booked just before 6 o’clock last night; we’ll check with prosecutors on Monday.
More than 100 people gathered on Alki this afternoon to spotlight the plight of a Puget Sound orca who has lived in captivity thousands of miles away for almost half a century.
The Miami Seaquarium calls her Lolita. Here, she is known as Tokitae. Advocates have long pushed for her to be set free so she can live out her life back in her home waters, where there’s a plan for a “sea pen” that would be her home before a potential transition to open waters.
This was a march in solidarity with a gathering in Miami dubbed the “Miracle March.” Organizers included Orca Network founder Howard Garrett, and the marchers heard from Duwamish Tribe council member Ken Workman, welcoming them to Duwamish land and waters, and Paul Chey’okten Wagner from Protectors of The Salish Sea, praying in the Salish language for Tokitae’s return.
This webpage tells her story, including that the orca believed to be her mother is still alive. She is the last surviving orca from among those captured in local waters in the 1970s. The Miami park owners, so far, show no interest in releasing her; this Miami news report includes their statement.
Those are the West Seattle High School students who, this weekend and three nights next week, are telling a musical version of the tale of “Bonnie and Clyde,” which almost a century after their deaths, remains one of America’s most infamous crime stories. As mentioned in this morning’s “West Seattle Saturday“ preview, there’s a special benefit event tonight, raising money for the WSHS drama program, with a pre-performance reception at 6 and the show at 7:30 pm. We visited the WSHS Theater last night to talk with the cast and crew during their pre-show rehearsal.
Given that Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s crime spree was in the 1930s, ending when law enforcers killed them in 1934, we asked the students how they’d heard of Bonnie and Clyde before this. One said her family went to Louisiana last summer and she noticed the historical markers there. Another said he first heard of them when Sarah Hyland, who played Clyde’s sister-in-law Blanche Barrow in the Bonnie & Clyde mini-series, turned up on “Project Runway.” Others had seen the 1967 movie with Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, as well as their memorable Academy Awards appearance earlier this year. But back to the show:
They were rehearsing the Joplin, Missouri, hideout scene when we visited – the “smoke” coming from the car above is from a fog machine.
The show is a co-presentation of the WSHS Drama Club and Music Department – the score is described as “non-traditional, combining blues, gospel, and rockabilly music.” If you can’t get to tonight’s special benefit, “Bonnie & Clyde” plays next week too, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 7:30 nightly at the WSHS Theater, 3000 California SW, ticket info here. (See the cast list here.)
The countdown continues! We’re now six weeks away from the second Saturday in May, which is West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day … May 13th, that one day every year (since 2005!) that sales of all sizes dot neighborhoods around the peninsula. Registration is just days away, starting next Wednesday, April 5th, and when it begins, you’ll find the link announced here on WSB and on the official WSCGSD site, westseattlegaragesale.com. We start signups early every year so the map and listings can be available one week in advance for WSCGSD shoppers to plan.
P.S. If you have just a few things to sell – or if you don’t have a place for your sale – most years a few venues sign up to offer spaces for small sales, so watch for word on those once they’re lined up!
(Female Northern Flicker, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Welcome to the weekend and to a brand-new month! Here’s what’s happening today/tonight:
ADOPTABLE CATS: Friends of the Animals Foundation will be at Petco in The Junction 11 am-2 pm with adoptable cats. (41st/Alaska)
MIRACLE MARCH FOR LOLITA: Join forces with local orca advocates in seeking freedom for Lolita/Tokitae, the orca stolen from Puget Sound in 1970 and living alone in a tank in Miami. Meet at 11, march at 11:45, speakers and ceremony details here. (61st/Alki)
FREE KINDERMUSIK: 12:30 pm at My Three Little Birds (WSB sponsor), children of all ages welcome. (6959 California SW)
SPECIAL BENEFIT PERFORMANCE OF ‘BONNIE & CLYDE,’ WITH RECEPTION: 6 pm reception, 7:30 pm performance at West Seattle High School – includes treats, music, priority seating, as explained here. (3000 California SW)
WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS FUNDRAISER: 6 pm prime-rib dinner and “unofficial official mayor of White Center election” at the White Center Eagles HQ, raising money for this summer’s Jubilee Days festival – details here. (10452 15th SW)
BEATLES TRIBUTE TO BENEFIT STAR OF HOPE: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), Flaming Pies performs a Beatles tribute to raise money for Star of Hope to help educate children in Africa. (5612 California SW)
DUTCHBOY COFFEE ART SHOW: Come enjoy this “teeny tiny art show” at Highland Park’s corner coffeehouse, 7-9 pm. (1513 SW Holden)
AND THERE’S MORE … just check out the full WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.