West Seattle, Washington
We featured some photos of Saturday’s orca visit while they were in the area – and tonight, we have more photos, this time courtesy of Kersti Muul. She explains that her photos show “T102 and his Mama T101 passing by Alki Point Lighthouse yesterday, heading south at 2:15 PM.”
Kersti told us, “They were breathtakingly close and stunning in the bright sun. There were dozens of people on shore screaming and hooting and hollering. It made me cry to see the community so enthralled by these whales. As a volunteer, my favorite thing is when someone sees them for the first time, and having a part in that process as someone once did for me. It NEVER gets old.”
Kersti also shared two photos of the research boat with Mark and Maya Sears “to show you just how LARGE these guys are. In this (next) photo it is T100E in the front and T100C in the rear.”
The transient orcas are a completely different population from the residents. One big difference – their diet includes smaller marine mammals such as seals and sea lions, while the residents subsist almost entirely on fish, primarily salmon.
P.S. One more reminder for everyone interested in whales – The Whale Trail‘s next event, featuring researcher John Calambokidis talking about the increase in humpback and gray whales in Puget Sound, is Thursday at 7 pm at the Dakota Place Park Building; tickets are available here.
Thanks to West Seattle High School track and field coach Will Harrison for the report on big successes at a major meet this weekend:
Heading into last weekend, West Seattle’s Chloe Cunliffe and Cass Elliott already held the No. 1 spot in their respective events in the 3A state track and field rankings. At the prestigious Pasco Invitational, featuring athletes from 98 schools and 3 states, hosted by Pasco High School on Saturday (April 15th), each pulled further ahead of the rest of the state.
Cunliffe, a sophomore, cleared 12 feet, 9 inches in the Pole Vault to win the largest high school track and field competition in the state. She was the only competitor to clear 12 feet, then went on to clear 12’6″ and 12’9″. The next-best mark among all 3A competitors this season is senior Allyson Ely of Edmonds-Woodway at 12-0. Cunliffe’s mark, a school record, ranks 22nd nationally and 3rd among all sophomores in the country, according to athletic.net. Cunliffe also ran a leg on West Seattle’s 4 x 100 meter relay before entering the Pole Vault competition, along with Symmone Davis, Katherine Long, and Sierrah Bettin (52.42 seconds, current Metro League No. 7).
Elliott, a junior and last year’s state runner-up, ran 38.27 seconds to win the 300-meter hurdles on Saturday by nearly a full second.
The next-best mark among all 3A competitors this season is Marcus Williams of Lincoln at 39.68. The 300-meter hurdles was just one of five races for Elliott on Saturday. He also qualified for the finals of the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.51 seconds (current state No. 8) and placed 10th.
Sophomore Rylee Farrison placed 10th in the 400-meter dash in 51.67 seconds (Metro No. 7). Farrison and Elliott also ran legs on West Seattle’s 4 x 100 meter relay along with Kahlel Kelley and Miles Hairston that ran 45.07 seconds (Metro No. 3) and with Hairston, and Nick Branch to place 10th in the 4 x 400 meter relay in 3 minutes, 35.32 seconds (also current Metro No. 3, state No. 10). West Seattle is the defending Metro champ in that event.
Emergency responders have been busy with crashes today – this is the third one we’ve covered, more than we cover in an entire week much of the time. This is Beach Drive SW just south of Jacobsen Road; police/fire at the scene told us the driver who went through a fence and into a yard said he lost control after feeling “lightheaded,” and wasn’t sure what happened. He’s being taken to the hospital by private ambulance. (Thanks to the person who called to let us know about this.)
Spring holidays, rain-free weekend … you might finally be ready to accept that the warmer, brighter season is here. And if that has you in spring-cleaning mood/mode, here are three reminders of events ahead:
RECYCLE ROUNDUP, APRIL 23: One week from today – 9 am-3 pm on Sunday, April 23rd – it’s the Fauntleroy Church Green Committee‘s twice-yearly free drive-up/ride-up/walk-up dropoff event. Here’s the newest list of what their partner, 1 Green Planet, will and won’t take this time. (9140 California SW)
SHREDDING, APRIL 29: 10 am-1 pm on Saturday, April 29th, Windermere invites you to bring your shreddables to their free event in The Junction (which also offers e-cycling). The truck will be in the 42nd SW parking lot south of SW Oregon. (This is also the Junction Day of Giving.)
WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY, MAY 13: If your spring cleaning involves downsizing by selling off some stuff, registration is open for another week and a half for the 13th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day. 115+ sales so far – all sizes, all around the peninsula – sale day is Saturday, May 13th, 9 am-3 pm (you can start early and/or end late, but be sure to include that info in the up-to-20-words listing with your registration). If you haven’t registered yours yet, go here when you’re ready!
Three Easter Sunday scenes from around our area:
GIVING: Courtney e-mailed to let us how her brother, sister-in-law, and their children (photo above) spent their Easter morning – traveling around the area to give food and other life necessities to unsheltered people on the street. “I was so very touched by his heartwarming idea he just woke up with this morning,” she said.
WORSHIPING: Ann Anderson shared the photo above from the annual Alki Beach sunrise service coordinated by Admiral UCC, Alki UCC, and Fauntleroy UCC, one of West Seattle’s two annual Easter Sunday sunrise services.
SHINING: Ann also shared that photo of the sunrise itself, from Duwamish Head.
1:35 PM: Thanks for the texts – we are on our way to check on an emergency response at Fauntleroy and Edmunds, possibly involving a pedestrian. Avoid the area.
1:50 PM: This is described to us at the scene as a “low-speed” incident. The driver hit the pedestrian as he was crossing Fauntleroy westbound on the north side of the intersection. The pedestrian was not seriously hurt but is being taken to a hospital by private ambulance to be checked out. SFD is clearing the scene and it should reopen to traffic shortly.
8:06 AM: Thanks for the texts/calls. Seattle Fire has sent a big “heavy rescue” response to 20th/Holden [map]. More to come.
8:10 AM: Most of the units have been canceled. Caller says a vehicle went into someone’s yard. Our crew will be there shortly to find out.
8:24 AM: Added a photo. We’re told the driver kept going west at 20th/Holden where the road itself stops for a slope, just north of the stairway, and landed in a parking area by some residences downslope. He was taken to a hospital by private ambulance.
Good morning! Since the day begins with sunrise Easter services, we’re publishing the list early. First, from our Easter & More page:
SUNRISE SERVICE AT FOREST LAWN: 6:30 am at Forest Lawn Cemetery & Funeral Home (WSB sponsor) with the West Seattle Ministerial Association. (6701 30th SW)
OTHER SERVICES, SOME WITH SPECIAL EVENTS: See our Easter & More page, with listings sent by 10 local churches, some with events in addition to the services, such as egg hunts for the kids and breakfast or brunch
EGG HUNT AT WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: The market is open 10 am-2 pm as usual, in the heart of The Junction, with a holiday extra:
Kids, search for Easter Eggs hidden all over the market, tell the manager where you found the eggs for a special farmers market prize!
(California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
EGG HUNT IN ARBOR HEIGHTS: Arbor Heights Community Church is hosting an Easter egg hunt for the community at 11:45 am at ARK Park. (SW 102nd St & 42nd SW)
JAMTIME: Old-time music, live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 1-4 pm. (5612 California SW)
Though we don’t have an open-and-closed list for Easter, here are a few notes we did happen to collect:
WEST SEATTLE WATER TAXI: It IS running today, its first Sunday of the 7-days-a-week spring/summer schedule.
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM CLOSED: The home of West Seattle’s history won’t be open today.
LIBRARIES OPEN: Seattle Public Library branches will be open today (1-5 pm as usual).
EARLY CLOSING: According to the Trader Joe’s website, it closes early today – 5 pm.
Any other open/closed/different-hours notes for today, please text us (206-293-6302) or comment – thanks!