West Seattle, Washington
8:05 PM: At HQ here in Upper Fauntleroy, we lost power a few minutes ago for something more than a flicker. Checking around on Twitter, other areas – Morgan Junction, South Delridge, Gatewood, for starters – confirmed it happened there too. And via scanner, we’re hearing a report of something that sounded like “an explosion” near Delridge/Thistle – emergency responders are checking.
8:18 PM: Still a mystery. We went to Delridge/Thistle to look around, nothing in view, power on. No outages have turned up on the SCL map. Strange because in our decade-plus of tracking outages, almost invariably, a flicker in one place accompanies an outage elsewhere. We’re attempting to reach a City Light spokesperson.
8:31 PM: Just talked to an SCL spokesperson. They don’t know what caused it either, but have crews headed this way to investigate.
9:35 PM: City Light says their crews found out what happened: “The cause was due to a blown lightning arrester (equipment failure).”
As reported here earlier in the week, it’s a relaunch of the Titans’ girls’ program, and all the players are from West Seattle.
It was a spirited game – and it ended with the Titans on the losing side against the Wolfpack (in purple), whose girls won 6-5, but you could argue the new team, coached by Ayesha Cochran, is a winner, no matter what.
4:29 PM: Just in from WSDOT via Twitter: The Alaskan Way Viaduct has reopened early, and its inspection is fully finished, so NO closure will be needed on Sunday.
6:37 PM: And in case you’ve missed our recent reports of government officials saying the Viaduct’s permanent shutdown might be as close as September, something similar is reiterated in the WSDOT news release about the conclusion of today’s inspection: “These twice-yearly inspection closures help make sure the road remains safe for drivers until the new SR 99 tunnel opens. The new tunnel may open as early as this fall.”
In West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:
TRANSPORT TROUBLE: This is developing right now – and all we have so far is from the scanner: A Southwest Precinct officer taking a suspect to jail downtown radioed that his car was on fire. Near the I-5 James Street exit, he pulled over, and the fire was quickly extinguished, but it was reported that the fire might have been caused by the suspect pulling out wires from an in-car camera. Right now the James Street exit is still blocked while this situation is being handled. (Update – 4:53 pm, it’s reopening.)
LINCOLN PARK CAR BREAK-IN: A texter sent this photo, reporting that their car was broken into in the park’s north lot between 2 and 3 pm:
We know there was a police search in the park not long after that, but have not been able yet to find out whether it was related.
STROLLER DUMPED: Very early this morning, a texter reported, two people were seen hurriedly loading something into a car at 37th and Sullivan in Upper Fauntleroy, and leaving this stroller behind:
The texter says no one has come back to the area asking about a stroller – if you know whose it is, let us know.
So many eggs, so little time! Lots of kids showed up for the season’s first West Seattle egg hunt today at Forest Lawn Cemetery (WSB sponsor) in High Point. So many, in fact, they told us they had a bonus early hunt after starting their mini-festival at 10 am, in addition to the scheduled one at noon.
The rest of the local egg hunts are next Saturday and Sunday, as listed on our Easter Etc. page.
Forest Lawn, meantime, hosts its annual nondenominational Easter Sunday sunrise service a week from tomorrow, at 6:30 am.
11:53 AM: Thanks to Paula Grassell for the photo from Alki – that’s the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), headed out this morning. It’s one of two aircraft carriers based at Bremerton, but you won’t see the other one off our shores for a while – the USS Nimitz is getting maintenance work for the next year. The Stennis has been out for various training periods in recent months, getting ready for an upcoming deployment, but there’s no official word yet on this voyage.
12:48 PM: And thanks to Tom Stoner for this photo:
Thanks to the reader who forwarded us two notices sent by Providence Mount St. Vincent in the past few days, asking visitors to stay away because of a norovirus outbreak.
Update Regarding Norovirus at The Mount
There are still relatively few cases of norovirus right now. That being said, they can easily and quickly spread and we want to continue to be diligent in both resolving active cases and preventing new ones from occurring.
So we continue to ask that guests, volunteers and community members refrain from visiting for a short time.
We know these restrictions are not easy on you or your loved one, so we will let you know as soon as possible when The Mount is reopened to unrestricted visitation. If you feel your visit is essential at this time, please contact your Neighborhood Coordinator or Social Worker.
Thank you again for your understanding, patience and help in minimizing the impact of this illness on our residents, caregivers and the community at large.
To check on daily visiting status, you can call the front desk at 206-937-3700.
Two months ago, The Mount restricted visitation because of the flu. A spokesperson pointed out that the average age of its residents is 94 and because of that, they are particularly “vigilant” in taking steps to protect health. We have a request out for comment on the current norovirus situation.
We start with the big traffic reminder – the Alaskan Way Viaduct is closed for inspection:
The closure is scheduled to continue until 6 pm, and if it’s not finished today, 6 am-6 pm again tomorrow. We’ll update whenever it reopens, whether at 6 or sooner, and should have the Sunday info by then.
Also of note before we get to the list of what’s up in West Seattle:
MARCH FOR OUR LIVES: As previewed here Friday, one of the students organizing the march from Capitol Hill to Seattle Center is a West Seattle resident, Emilia Allard. Also, WS participants are invited to meet up at the playground area in the southeast corner of Cal Anderson Park; the rally’s at 10 am, march at 11 am.
Now, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WHITE CENTER 5K: Even if you’re not already registered for this fun run/walk, you can sign up on site at White Center Heights Park starting at 8 am; racers go at 9 am – more info here. Three White Center nonprofits are the beneficiaries. (7th SW/SW 102nd)
34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS: The every-two-years caucus is happening today, and the gathering place for Democrats in the 34th District – which includes West Seattle – is Evergreen High School in White Center, starting at 10 am. Lots of info here. (830 SW 116th)
YACHT RACE FYI: 10 am-2 pm, if you’re looking to the north or west, you might see the Corinthian Yacht Club’s Three Tree Point race in progress.
FOREST LAWN EGG HUNT AND CELEBRATION: The egg hunt for ages 12 and under at Forest Lawn Cemetery (WSB sponsor) is at noon, but the family activities start at 10 am and continue until 2 pm – details in our calendar listing. (6701 30th SW)
MOMENTIA MIX: 10:30 am-noon at Camp Long:
A free monthly event for community members with memory loss and their family and friends at Camp Long. Enjoy community, tasty treats, and a different creative activity each month, including music, movement, improv, art, bingo, and more!
(5200 35th SW)
(added) WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE SEASON STARTS: From West Seattle Little League‘s Kathy Powers:
It’s baseball season! West Seattle Little League will kick off our season today / tomorrow. Games will start at 2 pm today at Bar-S and Alki for our younger kids (4-8 year olds). Tomorrow, games are at Bar-S from 9 am – 7:30 pm for our older kids (9-12 year olds). We invite the community to come enjoy some baseball, good company and a snack!
(64th SW/SW Admiral Way)
SPAGHETTI DINNER & AUCTION FOR WSHS BASEBALL: As previewed here, you’re invited to West Side Presbyterian for a spaghetti dinner (5-9 pm) and silent auction (5-7 pm) to raise money for West Seattle High School‘s baseball team. (3601 California SW)
DINNER & AUCTION FOR CONCORD: As previewed here, 6-9 pm at (corrected) South Park Neighborhood Center, you’re invited to dine and bid to benefit Concord International (Elementary) School. (8201 10th Ave S)
INTERSECTIONS FESTIVAL: The comedy festival continues through Sunday at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in North Delridge, with performances at 7 pm and 9 pm tonight – lineups and ticket info are here. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
ROO FORREST AND FRIENDS: 7-9 pm, performing “an eclectic mix of originals and covers,” at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). (5612 California SW)