High Point – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:06:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: High Point man charged with buying sex from 16-year-old http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-crime-watch-high-point-man-charged-with-buying-sex-from-16-year-old/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-crime-watch-high-point-man-charged-with-buying-sex-from-16-year-old/#comments Tue, 06 Feb 2018 20:31:10 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908192 Charges are now filed in a case that’s attracted some national attention because of the defendant’s profession. 36-year-old High Point resident Jess Cliffe is charged with one count of commercial sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly buying sex from a 16-year-old he met online. Cliffe is described as the co-creator of the popular online game Counter-Strike. He’s been mentioned before here on WSB for his work on the website Vintage Seattle, noted when he moved to West Seattle in 2008, as well as volunteer work at what was then Kitty Harbor, mentioned here in 2010.

Charging papers say Cliffe’s arrest follows an investigation dating back to last June, when detectives interviewed a 16-year-old girl who said she “began to use (an online dating site) to meet with men who offered to pay her money to have sex with her.” She identified two men, and one, police say, turned out to be Cliffe. When detectives first met with her, she told them she had discontinued her contacts with him at some point between April and June. She said they made arrangements mostly via texting and that he picked her up at an intersection near her Beacon Hill residence and drove her to his house in High Point. She said they had at least three encounters in which he paid her $300 for an hour, including one in which she said he recorded video without her consent. She said she wasn’t sure he knew her age; he told detectives he thought she was in her early 20s, and they say her profile on the website said she was 18.

After five months of investigation, the documents say, police went to Cliffe’s house last Wednesday; he agreed to meet them an hour later at the Southwest Precinct, where he is reported to have told them he was a user of multiple dating websites, but when shown a photo of his accuser, he initially said he didn’t recognize her. That changed, the charging documents say, after detectives showed him call and text logs they obtained via a search warrant – he said he only had one meeting with her; she mentioned three. When told she was 16, the documents say, he “acted as though he was surprised to learn that before saying that a person has to be 18 years old” to join the dating website, and “immediately began questioning the legal responsibilities of the website for not incorporating an effective system to prevent minors from creating (an) account.” Police subsequently arrested him, and he was booked into King County Jail early Thursday, with his bail set at $150,000 on Friday; he got out Friday night after posting bond. Next step in the case will be arraignment in about two weeks.

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Free afterschool Kids’ Café meals continuing at High Point, South Park libraries http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/free-afterschool-kids-cafe-meals-continuing-at-high-point-south-park-libraries/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/free-afterschool-kids-cafe-meals-continuing-at-high-point-south-park-libraries/#comments Fri, 12 Jan 2018 02:53:58 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906097 If you have, or know, kids/youth at risk of hunger, Seattle Public Library wants to remind you about Kids’ Café – free afterschool meals at High Point (3411 SW Raymond) and South Park (8604 8th Ave. S.) branches every weekday during the school year:

The Seattle Public Library has partnered with Food Lifeline, Boeing and the USDA to bring healthy and kid-friendly foods to three Library locations. Free after school meals will be available for all youth ages 18 and under for the remainder of the school year, through June 22, 2018.

All kids are welcome — no proof of income, address or citizenship is ever required. Kids Café meals are specifically selected to appeal to kids’ notoriously picky palates and to meet their special nutritional guidelines.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. Free parking is available at all three locations. No meals during the Library’s holiday closures.

Visit the High Point branch 2:45-3:30 pm weekdays, the South Park branch 3:45-4:15 pm weekdays.

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100+ students compete in first West Seattle Elementary-hosted chess tournament http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/100-students-compete-in-first-west-seattle-elementary-hosted-chess-tournament/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/100-students-compete-in-first-west-seattle-elementary-hosted-chess-tournament/#comments Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:00:09 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903278 (Everyone helped get 50 chess boards ready for play)

Story and photos by Judy Pickens
Special to West Seattle Blog

Since the first West Seattle tournament for elementary students, in 2013, chess has been proving its benefit in area schools. Now West Seattle Elementary has hosted its first state-qualifying tournament.

(Chess Mates coach Jeremy Higgins briefed players and parents about how the tournament would proceed)

The all-day scholastic event today drew 104 participants from schools across the city, including multi-grade teams from Fairmount Park, Lafayette, Alki, Holy Rosary, Genesee Hill, Roxhill, Arbor Heights, and West Seattle elementaries. At the end of the day, Chess Ratings Northwest updated each student’s rating based on performance after five rounds of play. Those who earn high-enough ratings in multiple meets will qualify for the state elementary tournament in April in Pasco, the largest state meet in the country.

West Seattle Elementary introduced chess in 2012. According to teacher Ritchie Garcia, the game of strategy is proving especially helpful for the school’s many English-language learners.

“Chess provides a different way for students who are not yet proficient in English to demonstrate their abilities, especially critical thinking,” he said. “They have the immediate reward of making a smart move and even winning.”

Chess is on the schedule every week in every classroom at the school, plus students can join the after-school chess club.

(Chess play starts early at West Seattle Elementary when younger siblings of players get interested)

Given that many West Seattle Elementary families are recent immigrants, only about a dozen students usually have funding to attend a tournament, Garcia explained. “By hosting, our club members were able to compete for free in a rigorous event and we could offer other students a discount on registration.”

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Big response, small fire in High Point http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/big-response-small-fire-in-high-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/big-response-small-fire-in-high-point/#comments Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:40:02 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=902812

The big Seattle Fire response in the 6300 block of 30th SW [map] turned out to be a kitchen fire, with minor damage to cabinets. No injuries reported.

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WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: Washington State Ferries, Sound Transit this Thursday http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/west-seattle-transportation-coalition-washington-state-ferries-sound-transit-this-thursday/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:02:02 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=902097 From the West Seattle Transportation Coalition:

We survived #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday … but what about #TransportationThursday?

The West Seattle Transportation Coalition November meeting is this Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Neighborhood House High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way SW).

We have a great program on tap. Washington State Ferries Senior Planning Manager Ray Deardorf will be there to talk about the ferry system’s future plans and Sound Transit will also be on hand with a high-level view of ST3. Please join us for what promises to be a very informative evening.

This will be our last meeting of the calendar year. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, January 25, 2018.

If you missed WSTC’s last meeting – a special forum about transportation alternatives, particularly for the mobility-challenged – here’s our coverage.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen silver Chevy Sonic; vandalized window; backyard theft attempt http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-silver-chevy-sonic-vandalized-window-backyard-theft-attempt/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-silver-chevy-sonic-vandalized-window-backyard-theft-attempt/#comments Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:33:26 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=901292 Three reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

STOLEN CAR: Be on the lookout for Robert‘s car:

Our car is a 2013 Chevy Sonic LT hatchback with noticeable bumper stickers.

It was stolen from the parking lot of our apartment at the Overlook at Westridge on 600 SW Kenyon St between 6:30 and 9 PM last night 11/17. The police incident # is 17-426990. License plate # ANU8386.

Call 911 if you see it.

ROCK THROWN THROUGH WINDOW: This also happened in Highland Park, near 12th/Thistle:

Around 10:30 pm (Wednesday, November 15th), 3 boys walked past our house, threw a rock, broke our bay window, and ran away.

Luckily, no one was injured. The victim has security video and has filed a police report – the number is 17-910494.


Our back porch light went out and I hadn’t had the time to replace it for about a week or two – in the meantime someone (last night 11/17/17) went into our backyard and tried to steal my BBQ. It’s a green egg so they could not do it (it’s ceramic and weighs over 200 lbs). The reason I know it happened yesterday sometime is that I was in my backyard before work about 8:30am on 11/17 and everything was in order. I woke up this morning to find the following:

Moral of the story – keep your porch lights on and if your BBQ doesn’t weigh > 200lbs like mine then lock it down.

P.S. Another reminder that the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets Tuesday, 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster) – if you have a neighborhood crime concern/question, bring it so you can ask about it.

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VIDEO: Hayrides and treats @ Forest Lawn’s Fall Festival http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/happening-now-hayrides-and-treats-forest-lawns-fall-festival/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/happening-now-hayrides-and-treats-forest-lawns-fall-festival/#comments Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:50:43 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=897681

The painted pumpkins are guarding the treats at the Forest Lawn Cemetery and Funeral Home (WSB sponsor) Fall Festival, on until 3 pm on this sunny afternoon. The main attraction: A horse-drawn carriage for hayrides:

The rides are looping around the cemetery, but the carriage is loading outside the Forest Lawn building at 6701 30th SW, steps away from the treats (including caramel apples and popcorn) and beverages. All free!

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SOCCER: Chief Sealth IHS girls host West Seattle HS http://westseattleblog.com/2017/09/soccer-chief-sealth-ihs-girls-host-west-seattle-hs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/09/soccer-chief-sealth-ihs-girls-host-west-seattle-hs/#comments Wed, 13 Sep 2017 01:41:42 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=894667

A week of crosstown competition between Chief Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School teams continued this afternoon with soccer at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point. The Seahawks were the home team.

The visitors dominated the game, and the Wildcats went away with their first win (after two draws), 8-1.

West Seattle’s next match is 4:30 pm Thursday at Ingraham; Sealth’s next match is at home, also 4:30 pm Thursday, against Cleveland.

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PHOTOS: Community members keep promise to ‘Be There’ for West Seattle Elementary students’ first day http://westseattleblog.com/2017/09/photos-community-members-keep-promise-to-be-there-for-west-seattle-elementary-students-first-day/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/09/photos-community-members-keep-promise-to-be-there-for-west-seattle-elementary-students-first-day/#comments Wed, 06 Sep 2017 20:17:14 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=894063

Thousands of students in our area went back to school today – but before the day began at West Seattle Elementary, staff and supporters literally rolled out the red carpet, subsequently lined with cheering fans:

This smile-inducing scene from early this morning was the second annual “Be There” rally at WSES.

Taking inspiration from an event back East, community members were invited to show their support with high-fives for the arriving students:

The West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) co-sponsored the event, explained in detail in the announcement we published two weeks ago.

It’s an exciting start to the year not only for WSES’s students but also for the school’s second-year principal Pamela McCowan-Conyers:

Again this year, we spotted our area’s City Councilmember Lisa Herbold in the “Be There” crowd:

(P.S. She has a community Q&A at tonight’s Southwest District Council meeting.)

Anything cool at YOUR school, today or beyond, please let us know so we can share the news!

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Here’s what the helicopter search was about http://westseattleblog.com/2017/08/heres-what-the-helicopter-search-was-about/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/08/heres-what-the-helicopter-search-was-about/#comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:56:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=892820 2:56 PM: Sorry this took a while, and thanks for all the calls and texts about the helicopter search in the High Point area. We finally found police on the ground to ask – on our second trip to the precinct: A medic call just before 2 pm near Neighborhood House High Point was for a pedestrian hit by a hit-run driver. Police were looking for what was described as a male driver in a silver SUV. Hasn’t been found yet. The victim was not seriously hurt, so far as we know – they weren’t transported by Seattle Fire medic unit – but we’re confirming with SFD.

5:16 PM: SFD says the victim was a boy, “approximately” 13, taken to the hospital by private ambulance in stable condition.

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SWEET! Puget Sound Beekeepers at West Seattle Bee Garden for Kids’ Day http://westseattleblog.com/2017/08/sweet-puget-sound-beekeepers-at-west-seattle-bee-garden-for-kids-day/ Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:31:04 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=892441

What better way to let your kids learn about bees and their vital role in our ecosystem, than by taking them to the West Seattle Bee Garden for Kids’ Day, presented by the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association? Above, you can watch the bees without getting too close. Earlier, it was story time:

Art activities are keeping other young visitors busy:

And the grownup visitors might be interested in buying honey to support the nonprofit PSBA:

The event’s on until 2 pm. The WS Bee Garden is on the north end of High Point Commons Park – scroll down this page for a map.

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CAN YOU HELP? Local libraries looking for homework-assistance volunteers http://westseattleblog.com/2017/08/can-you-help-local-libraries-looking-for-homework-assistance-volunteers/ Sat, 19 Aug 2017 01:51:58 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=892389 Less than three weeks until school starts. Here’s a way to help local students succeed this school year:

The Seattle Public Library is seeking Homework Help volunteers who have a passion for helping elementary, middle, and high school students learn and succeed in school.

Homework Help volunteers support students’ academic success by helping them develop literacy and mathematics skills, understand homework assignments, and prepare for college. Volunteers coach students in all academic subjects and may also specialize in college-prep subjects.

Most of the students are first-generation Americans who speak a language other than English at home. Volunteers will interact with children and teens in small groups and individually. A volunteer commitment throughout the school year is requested. Those volunteers who have variable job and/or school schedules can be scheduled as substitute Homework Helpers at least twice a month.

Eleven branches – including, in our area, High Point and South Park – will offer homework tutoring, reading support, and educational games September 11th through June 14th. South Park is particularly in need of bilingual volunteers who speak Spanish. Find out more about the program here; if you’re interested in an application packet, contact SPL volunteer-services coordinator Anne Vedella at volunteer@spl.org by August 25th.

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Short-lived sizable SFD response in High Point: Kitchen fire http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/short-lived-sizable-sfd-response-in-high-point-kitchen-fire/ Mon, 31 Jul 2017 06:11:20 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=890456 Just in case you heard all the sirens a short time ago and wondered – what was a relatively sizable Seattle Fire dispatch to the 3000 block of SW Raymond in High Point was downsized quickly when a kitchen fire (according to radio communication) turned out to be nothing more than that. One engine was kept on the call.

P.S. Likely unrelated but we also got a text asking about a burning smell in the Admiral area. No other fire calls working anywhere in the city right now, so that one’s a mystery.

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FRESH! First day for High Point Market Garden Farm Stand http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/happening-now-first-day-for-high-point-market-garden-farm-stand/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/happening-now-first-day-for-high-point-market-garden-farm-stand/#comments Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:56:02 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=887919

Another sign of summer! It’s the first weekly Farm Stand day at High Point Market Garden (32nd SW/SW Juneau). Every Wednesday, 4-7 pm, through September 27th, you can buy organic produce grown by local residents at the mini-farm that’s steps from the stand:

As announced by the city Department of Neighborhoods, which oversees the program, the farm stand (one of two in the city – the other is at NewHolly) accepts EBT cards and participates in Fresh Bucks, “which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card.” Also, ROAR is at the stand again this year; it “sells produce to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy food.”

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 1 arrested after stolen car ditched in High Point http://westseattleblog.com/2017/06/west-seattle-crime-watch-high-point-police-search/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/06/west-seattle-crime-watch-high-point-police-search/#comments Sat, 10 Jun 2017 21:20:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=885599

2:20 PM: You’ll want to avoid 34th/35th/Morgan for a while – there’s a police search under way, K-9 included. We’re headed over to find out more.

2:32 PM: The intersection is not affected – police are in nearby parking lots including the gas station/minimart on the northeast corner. They tell us that two people bolted out of a stolen car that’s currently by the pumps, and that’s who they’re looking for. Adding a photo.

2:41 PM: One suspect has been taken into custody.

2:50 PM: Police tell us the suspect arrested is the person they believe was driving the stolen car.

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