West Seattle, Washington
One football final score so far tonight – according to the Metro League website, it was a road win for Chief Sealth International High School tonight, 40-0 over Ingraham at Northwest Athletic Complex. The Seahawks are now 4-2. Next week, they play a home game vs. Sammamish at Southwest Athletic Complex, 7 pm Friday, October 13th.
Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
ABANDONED, LIKELY STOLEN BICYCLE: The photo and report are from Guy:
I found this abandoned bike last night at about midnight in the alley behind our house, between 45th and 44th Ave SW, in the block between Alaska and Edmunds. With the amount of foot and vehicle traffic that goes on in the alley, I’ve brought it inside in the hope that if it was stolen, someone will see it on your site and claim it in the comments.
Or, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll connect you.
CAR WINDOW BROKEN: From Konin:
Just wanted to report that when my wife and I came home from the hospital, I noticed that my car’s driver-side window had been broken in what looks like a stolen car attempt. We had been at the hospital since September 30th for the birth of our first child and upon returning home Wednesday, October 4th, I noticed the broken window. We talked to our neighbor and said they first noticed it late Monday night, October 2nd. We live (on) 41st Ave Sw right across from the entrance to the QFC parking garage entrance/tanning place which is a pretty well-lit area with lots of hustle and bustle, and I was parked right out front of our place on the street, so it is a bold attempt at a car theft in such a public place. I think car theft because nothing was stolen, nothing was even gone through in the glove box or anywhere else, or the alarm and/or location scared the would be thieves off before they could do more damage. Just want to let you know in case anyone else had a similar occurrence and to just forewarn others that may read this story that live nearby.
Next Wednesday (October 11th), Hate-Free Delridge invites the community to join in this demonstration:
Hate-Free Delridge will be demonstrating for DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Come join us – on the pedestrian overpass on Delridge Way between Genesee and Oregon Streets 5 to 6 PM, Wednesday, October 11.
We want to publicly support our neighbors and friends and stand together as a community.
There will be signs – or you can bring your own, for example:
Not One More Deportation
Dreamers Are Not Criminals
I Stand with My Immigrant Neighbors
Keep Families Together
No One Is Illegal
DACA is a program that has held off deportation for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16 and that President Trump has said he wants to end. Hate-Free Delridge organized a “standing for peace” demonstration on the same overpass back in August (WSB coverage here).
For the second time this week, the principals of Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School have sent families a letter about an incident involving students walking near the campuses. Thanks to Denny principal Jeff Clark and several Sealth parents for forwarding it minutes ago:
Dear Denny/Sealth families:
It has been an exciting start to school, and with our scholars’ growing independence – particularly when they are out in the community – there may be situations that challenge their personal safety.
We want to take this opportunity to let you know that we are working with scholars to ensure they maximize their personal safety and their comfort with reporting potentially unsafe behavior. We also want to highlight an incident where students saw an inappropriate and disturbing behavior, and correctly reported it to school staff.
Today, two 11th-grade scholars were returning to Chief Sealth from Westwood Village. They were near the intersection of Cloverdale and 26th Avenue SW when they noticed an adult male exposing himself. The students immediately reported the situation to staff. Administration took immediate action and the Seattle Police Department were notified. We are very proud of how our students responded to this situation and want to encourage all our scholars to report appropriately.
At school, we continue to differentiate “reporting” from “tattle-telling.” Reporting is a responsibility when someone is hurt, in danger or in an unsafe situation. We are providing a link to some additional information that might be helpful during these discussions: http://www.seattle.gov/police/community-policing/youth-safety-tips
Please be assured that the safety and security of our students is a top priority at both Sealth International School and Denny International School. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The letter was signed by Clark and by Sealth principal Aida Fraser-Hammer.
26th SW is the path along which the city still plans walkway improvements, while 25th SW – where students reported being approached inappropriately back on Monday – is the area where they’ve been canceled pending a future development.
City Councilmembers have chosen Kirsten Harris-Talley to fill the temporary Position 8 (citywide) vacancy left when Tim Burgess became interim mayor, and she has just been sworn in. Harris-Talley is a Hillman City resident whose background you can read here. She will serve until the results of next month’s election – with Teresa Mosqueda and Jon Grant running for the permanent position – are certified.
From Jen Giomi at West Seattle Cooperative Preschools:
Finally, Arbor Heights Cooperative Preschool has found its new home! After 3 years of looking for a new location in the South end of town, it has landed at Mount View Presbyterian Church, 10806 12th Ave SW. Arbor Heights has preschool classes for children 2-5 years of age, which include parenting education through South Seattle College.
The preschool was housed at Hillcrest Presbyterian Church before that church sold its Arbor Heights campus to Westside School (WSB sponsor).
P.S. The Cooperative Preschools are again the beneficiaries of the West Seattle Monster Dash, which is just three weeks away – Saturday, October 28th, at Lincoln Park – full details and online signup here.
Another call today for salmon-creek volunteers in West Seattle – this time, it’s Fauntleroy Creek that can use your help watching for spawners starting later this month. From creek steward Judy Pickens:
Salmon Watch 2017 will start on Sunday, October 15, on Fauntleroy Creek and new volunteers are welcome. Watchers monitor the lower creek after daytime high tide to record any spawner activity. Sign up as often as you want, with training during your first watch. Contact Judy Pickens at email@example.com for details.
Seven coho were counted last year – which was seven more than the year before.
P.S. Whether or not you plan to volunteer as a watcher, you’re invited to the fish-ladder overlook (upper Fauntleroy Way and Director, across from the ferry dock) for drumming to welcome the salmon home at 5 pm October 22nd.
10:45 AM: The second suspect arrested in last month’s deadly shooting of Edixon Velasquez outside his Westwood home is now charged. King County prosecutors have charged 19-year-old Abel Linares with first-degree murder and asked that his bail be quadrupled to $1 million. More…
11:03 AM: The charging papers don’t add much to the details we published yesterday from the probable-cause documents – they reiterate that Linares was in a “dating relationship” with the first suspect arrested, 21-year-old Anna Kasparova, an ex-girlfriend of the 25-year-old victim. But the new documents say multiple people told investigators that Linares said he had shot Velasquez. His arraignment is set for October 19th.
Thanks for all the sunrise and full-moon photos, four of which are interspersed with our highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:
WEST SEATTLE LUG CO-SPONSORS CONFERENCE: Not in West Seattle but co-sponsored by the West Seattle Linux Users’ Group – this is happening today (just under way) and tomorrow:
The West Seattle LUG (Linux User Group) is proud to be a Community Sponsor of the 2017 Seattle GNU/Linux Conference.
SeaGL is a grassroots technical conference dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge about the GNU/Linux community and free/libre/open-source software/hardware. The goal for SeaGL is to produce an event which is as enjoyable and informative for those who spend their days maintaining hundreds of servers as it is for a student who has only just started exploring technology options.
Seattle GNU/Linux Conference is October 6 & 7 at Seattle Central College. There is no cost for attendance, and your right to privacy is respected.
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY CENTER @ SCC: It’s Friends and Family Day at the TRiO Educational Opportunity Center on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, 11 am-3 pm. Details in our calendar listing.(6000 16th SW)
WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: 5-7 pm at Barnes and Noble/Westwood Village, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented author series features Steven Bender. Free – just drop in! (2600 SW Barton)
FRIDAY NIGHT SKATE: We’ve updated our Alki Community Center Friday night skating link with info from the center, including the dates it’s not happening, but tonight it’s ON! 5:45 pm-7:45 pm; details here. (5817 SW Stevens)
CORNER BAR IN HIGHLAND PARK: 6 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, it’s the monthly pop-up bar, with music! Bluegrass/Americana performed live by Rusty Hinges – plus DJ Dr. Lehl. All ages until 9 pm. (1116 SW Holden)
FOOTBALL: West Seattle High School‘s homecoming game is at 7 pm vs. Nathan Hale (Southwest Athletic Complex; 2801 SW Thistle) … Tonight’s game at West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW) is Seattle Prep vs. Roosevelt, also 7 pm.
NOT DEAD YET: The West Seattle band celebrates its 8th anniversary on tonight’s bill at The Skylark. $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
PREVIEW THE WEEKEND … on our complete-calendar page!
6:20 AM: We start with an emergency response at Delridge and Thistle. Texter said a pedestrian was hurt. Two of the three SFD units sent, including the medic unit, already have been dismissed, so apparently no major injuries.
VIADUCT CLOSURE REMINDER: The first part of the inspection-and-more closure starts tonight at 11 – northbound between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel – and is scheduled to continue all weekend. The southbound closure is scheduled for 5 am-6 pm Saturday and same hours Sunday.
6:42 AM: The last SFD unit at Delridge and Thistle has now cleared the scene.
9:04 AM: The heart of the commute has concluded with no further problems reported. Thanks again for the alerts – you can reach us any time (but not while you’re driving!) via text or voice at 206-293-6302 with traffic alerts or other breaking news. We will be tracking the Highway 99/Viaduct closure all weekend and will update with any changes, including early reopening(s), as well as an extra-close watch on alternate routes.