West Seattle, Washington
9:49 PM: Thanks to Ben Hutchinson for the photo! We were discussing the smoke-reddened almost-full-moon view on Twitter thanks to a heads-up from @WestSeaWx, but no image until Ben’s photo arrived. The color’s a lot like what we saw at sunset, vivid orange-red, now that wildfire smoke has moved back in – this time the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency says it’s coming west from the Cascades. And the National Weather Service has an Air Quality Alert for our area through midnight tomorrow night, citing Montana smoke moving this way too. This map shows the fires around the region:
Meantime, we’re also still under a Heat Advisory alert from the NWS>, through 10 pm Tuesday night.
11:11 PM: If you go out to look at the moon, you might notice ash in the air, too, and a light dusting on parked vehicles.
While a few local schools started classes in late August, most get going this week. The biggest day is Wednesday, but tomorrow is busy too:
INDEPENDENT & PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS THAT START CLASSES TUESDAY
HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL (42nd/Genesee)
HOPE LUTHERAN SCHOOL (42nd/Oregon)
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCHOOL (35th/Myrtle)
PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT STARTS CLASSES TUESDAY
VASHON ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT (All students except kindergarteners, who start Thursday)
SCHOOLS THAT ARE ALREADY OPEN AND RESUMING CLASSES TUESDAY AFTER LABOR DAY BREAK
HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL (20th/Roxbury)
KENNEDY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL (Burien)
SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL (41st/Genesee)
SUMMIT ATLAS CHARTER SCHOOL (35th/Roxbury)
Our full when-they-start list is here.
Now that it’s Labor Day, we’re just two days away from the first-ever Westside Job Fair, where more than 30 local employers (listed here) will be waiting to talk to you about working for them here on the peninsula. (Imagine not having to deal with bridge backups!) 10 am-1 pm Wednesday (September 6th), the West Seattle Junction Association and West Seattle Chamber of Commerce are presenting the job fair at the Great American Diner and Bar, 4752 California SW, and we’re proud to be the media sponsor, since we’ve been working for years to help connect local businesses and workers via free job listings. So if you’re looking for work, or thinking about a change, we’ll see you Wednesday!
Jenni and Todd Watkins were going to spend a little well-deserved time relaxing today. Instead, they’ve been at their Dutchboy Coffee stand at 16th and Holden in Highland Park all day repairing damage done by burglars early this morning. The burglars took the door off its hinges – and made off with point-of-sale-processing equipment as well as items including two containers of milk. Video from the SeaMart convenience store next door shows two people approaching the stand just before 5 am, wearing gloves:
The video’s been shown to police. If you have any information, you can refer to SPD case number 17-328373. And yes, Dutchboy Coffee will be back open tomorrow, 6:30 am.
Thanks to Phil (who also sent the photo) and Lashanna for the tips on this – a mishap involving a boat and trailer along the Avalon/Admiral/etc. onramp to the eastbound West Seattle Bridge. We don’t know the status, as it hasn’t been mentioned in SDOT‘s Twitter traffic reports or on the scanner, but if you’re headed that way, heads-up, just in case.
Looking for something to listen to on this holiday? Mike Powell usually podcasts about “action sports” – but as a longtime West Seattleite, he interviewed one of our area’s most legendary entrepreneurs, Easy Street Records proprietor Matt Vaughan, who has some unforgettable stories to tell – not just about his own achievements, but also family members, from his surf-clothing-inventing grandma to his rock-promoter mom. Mike sent us the interview link; we listened to it last night, and thought you might be interested:
Matt and Mike’s hour-and-a-half discussion includes a little bit about the prospective Easy Street takeover of the old Corner Pocket space, and a whole lot more – from his time as a teenage rock photographer, stretching across the 30-plus ensuing years of adventure.
10:17 AM: Thanks for the tip about a King County Sheriff’s Office search – with Seattle Police assisting, as our photo shows – along
26th 28th SW a few blocks south of Roxbury. A deputy tells us that they pulled over a driver for a traffic stop (at 28th/102nd) and she got out and ran, so they’re trying to find her. As for why she was pulled over – we’re still trying to find that out.
10:33 AM: A K-9 is continuing to assist with the search; per scanner traffic, the car will be impounded.
No traffic report this morning (check cameras here) because of the holiday – but before we get to the day’s events, here’s what you need to know about transit/transportation:
METRO: Buses are on Sunday schedules.
WATER TAXI: West Seattle runs on its Sunday schedule; Vashon is not running.
WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES: Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth is on the weekend 2-boat schedule.
SOUND TRANSIT: The 560 Express bus is on a Sunday schedule.
STREET PARKING: In neighborhoods with city pay stations/metering, today is a “free parking day.”
Here’s open/closed info for the holiday:
SEATTLE PARKS CLOSURES: Details are here.
WADING POOL & SPRAYPARK: Last day of the season – Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are both open 11 am-8 pm.
SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARIES … are closed.
REGULAR SOLID WASTE PICKUP? If you are a Monday customer, yes.
From our calendar:
SEATTLE LABOR RIDE/POKER RUN: Join City Councilmember Lisa Herbold on a motorcycle ride and “poker run” celebrating the history of the labor movement and benefiting the Labor Archives of Washington – starts at Chelan Café in West Seattle at 9 am, with registration starting at 8 am – full details in our preview. All riders welcome, any size motorcycle or scooter. (3527 Chelan SW)
PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND OPEN HOUSE: 9 am-noon pancake breakfast, noon-3 pm open house at the newly renovated Disabled American Veterans hall in North Delridge – details in our preview. (4857 Delridge Way SW)
CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT FOR CHARITY: Noon at The Bridge, play cornhole for prizes, with entry fees benefiting Shamrock Charities. (California/Graham)
FINAL DAY FOR ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary‘s final day this year to host free tours of the historic lighthouse is today. 1-4 pm – be there by 3:40 pm to be sure you get in. (3201 Alki SW)
And in case you missed it – looking ahead to the rest of the week:
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Most local schools that haven’t already started classes will do so tomorrow or Wednesday. Here’s the list.
Have a great Labor Day! If there’s breaking news, best way to tip us is text/voice at 206-293-6302, 24/7 – thank you!