Not WS but we’re mentioning it anyway – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:58:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 TRAFFIC ALERT: East Marginal closure north of West Seattle Bridge late Saturday/early Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/traffic-alert-east-marginal-closure-north-of-west-seattle-bridge-late-saturday-early-sunday/ Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:20:23 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903771 Just in from SDOT – a road-closure alert for 9 pm Saturday until 1 am Sunday. The pergola for the Washington Street Boat Landing will be returned to its historic spot on the south end of the downtown waterfront, more than three years after it was removed, to be restored while the Waterfront Seattle project had work to do at its location. Here’s video from when it was moved out:

So East Marginal/surface Alaskan Way will be closed north of the West Seattle Bridge, between Spokane St. and Atlantic St., during those four hours this Saturday night/early Sunday for the move back.

Share This

]]>
HELP FOR VETERANS: Seattle Stand Down at SSC’s Georgetown campus next week http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/help-for-veterans-seattle-stand-down-at-sscs-georgetown-campus-next-week/ Wed, 06 Dec 2017 22:58:26 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903018

Maybe you are – or know – a veteran who could benefit from this event just announced by South Seattle College (WSB sponsor):

South Seattle College’s Georgetown Campus will host the seventh annual Seattle Stand Down on Dec. 14-15, where homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families will be offered free access to a wide array of resources and services.

Seattle Stand Down is a one-stop shop for resources and services available to Veterans who currently lack permanent housing or simply need a “hand up” in order to prevent homelessness. Representatives from local businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, and all levels of government will be on hand with volunteers to provide medical screenings, eye exams, dental services, legal aid, employment opportunities, housing assistance, case management referrals, haircuts, personal hygiene items and meals. The two-day event will offer employment assistance through a partnership with SSC’s on-campus WorkSource Office and the King County Veterans Program. Extensive legal resources will be provided by the NW Justice Project and Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP.

Seattle Stand Down is unique from other stand down events in that it provides designated areas for the safety and comfort of women Veterans. Providers will offer women-specific services including health care, advocacy, counseling, employment and personal care.

According to the King County Veterans Program, at least 1360 Veterans are experiencing homelessness at this very moment within King County. In 2016, the Seattle Stand Down provided services to nearly 350 homeless and at-risk homeless Veterans in need.

The Seattle Colleges District is the host of Seattle Stand Down for the seventh year in a row. The event was founded as a community service project of student Veterans at Seattle Central College, and is organized today by a group of dedicated Veteran volunteers from the colleges and community.

Major funding for Seattle Stand Down has been made possible through a Veterans Employment and Training Service grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Additional support is provided by the King County Veterans Program, funded by the Veteran and Human Services Levy.

EVENT DETAILS

Location: South Seattle College’s Georgetown Campus as 6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108. Participants will check in at the Gene Colin Education Hall – Building C.
Please view our Georgetown Campus map
Directions to Georgetown Campus

Time: Running Thursday, Dec. 14 and Friday, Dec. 15 at SSC’s Georgetown Campus, the event opens for registration at 7:00 a.m. on Dec. 14 and services will be available from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. that day. On Dec. 15, registration begins at 7:00 a.m. with services available from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Parking and Transportation: Free parking passes will be made available to Veterans receiving services.

For both days of the event, King County Metro and Sound Transit have agreed to provide free rides for all Veterans. They must carry one type of four accepted forms of government ID, or the special bus pass Metro has printed for Veterans that lack identification (available at local social service providers). This means that Veterans with any one of the ID forms listed below can travel on any Metro and Sound Transit bus, and both the LINK light rail and the Sounder train.

Forms of identification accepted:
– Veteran Health Identification (ID) Card

– Uniformed Identification (ID) Card

– Veteran designation on driver’s license

– DD-214

Attendees should use “CORSON AVE S & EAST MARGINAL WAY” as their destination if using trip planners. Anyone with questions on the best transit route can call Hopelink Mobility at 425-943-6760.

Here’s the official flyer (PDF).

Share This

]]>
AIRCRAFT ALERT: 3 Navy EA-18G Growlers in the area Thursday http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/aircraft-alert-3-navy-ea-18g-growlers-in-the-area-thursday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/aircraft-alert-3-navy-ea-18g-growlers-in-the-area-thursday/#comments Wed, 11 Oct 2017 22:36:43 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=897297 (U.S. Navy photo: EA-18G Growler landing on a carrier in 2014)

We don’t always get advance alerts about military aircraft in the area, but we just got one for tomorrow so we’re sharing it. This is in a media advisory from the Museum of Flight, which as you probably know is not far east of West Seattle [map]:

Three frontline Navy EA-18G Growler electronic attack jets will fly to the Museum on Oct. 12 to preside over the donation of a 10-foot aircraft carrier model to the Museum. The model will be presented by the officers of VAQ-130 Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to the Museum’s Education Office. The aircraft will arrive at 11 a.m. and depart at 2 p.m. One of the Growlers will be stationed in the Museum parking lot with crew members standing by to meet the public. The other two planes will be parked next to the Museum’s airport fence. The event is free.

The advisory included this background, if you’re interested:

The aircraft carrier model is of the crew’s ship, the USS Eisenhower (CVN-69). It was built by the officers from VAQ-130 for a booth at the annual NAS Whidbey Island Airborne Electronic Attack Ball, where each Growler squadron contributes a booth that includes interactive games or displays of squadron pride. This year, VAQ-130 squadron built the carrier, jokingly referred to as “Low Cost Trainer” for the pilots because it includes a zip line that allows a model plane to be landed on the deck. Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Jones, VAQ-130, said of its donation to the Museum, “We think it will be a great addition to the education department at the museum, and hopefully inspire some young future naval aviators!”

Share This

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/aircraft-alert-3-navy-ea-18g-growlers-in-the-area-thursday/feed/ 7
UPDATE: Vashon Island High School early dismissal because of ‘threat’; KCSO says it was ‘false alarm’ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/schools-vashon-island-high-school-early-dismissal-because-of-threat-everyones-ok/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/schools-vashon-island-high-school-early-dismissal-because-of-threat-everyones-ok/#comments Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:37:43 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=896568 1:37 PM: Thanks to the parents who shared the communication from the Vashon School District, which has hundreds of “commuter” students, most from West Seattle:

Vashon High School students have been dismissed for the day due to a bomb threat at the school. Law enforcement is on site doing an investigation, and expect to be in the building for the remainder of the day. Students and staff will not have access to the building for the remainder of the day.

The announcement from superintendent Michael Soltman goes on to say that bus riders and walkers already have been sent home in those respective ways and “ferry commuter students” will be on an upcoming sailing, adding “Vashon Island High School sport practices, games and club activities have been cancelled.” Everyone is OK, and the island’s other two public schools remain in session. We’ll be checking with the King County Sheriff’s Office about the investigation.
2:01 PM: We checked with Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Office, and here’s what she says investigators discovered:

The school found what they said was a suspicious device in a locker. The school was evacuated. Turns out it was a portable cooler and the battery was beeping that it was low. The student was supposed to have it so it was a false alarm.

2:15 PM: Sgt. West sent this photo of the cooler:

Share This

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/schools-vashon-island-high-school-early-dismissal-because-of-threat-everyones-ok/feed/ 13
From the ‘in case you wondered too’ file: Kitsap Peninsula brush fire http://westseattleblog.com/2017/09/from-the-in-case-you-wondered-too-file-kitsap-peninsula-brush-fire/ Mon, 11 Sep 2017 23:25:22 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=894569

Thanks to Terry for the photo – when we received it a little more than an hour ago, we couldn’t find any info about a fire in the Kitsap area, but now there’s info via Twitter: It’s a fire covering about an acre in the Illahee Preserve area, according to Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue.

Share This

]]>
This time it’s definitely fireworks http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/this-time-its-definitely-fireworks/ Sat, 29 Jul 2017 06:03:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=890271 Meant to mention this in the daily preview list … that’s a post-game Mariners fireworks show you might have been hearing in the distance just now. They have one more planned this season, September 22nd.

Share This

]]>
ROAD-WORK ALERT: 4th Avenue S. closure next weekend http://westseattleblog.com/2017/06/road-work-alert-4th-avenue-s-closure-next-weekend/ Tue, 27 Jun 2017 02:26:06 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=887167 Since so many people use the 4th Avenue South route to get between downtown and the West Seattle Bridge, here’s a heads-up about a closure next weekend:

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers that crews will be closing Fourth Ave S between S Washington and Jefferson streets from Friday, June 30 through Monday, July 3. This closure is needed to complete work as part of the Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project.

From 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Friday, June 30 through Monday, July 3, travelers can expect:

• Fourth Ave S to be closed to all traffic between S Washington and Jefferson streets

• Noise and construction activity

• Detours for pedestrians, bicycles, vehicles, and buses

SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is completed.

The Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project will improve the safety and reliability of the Yesler Bridge while preserving its historical elements. For more information, please visit the Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project webpage.

Share This

]]>
Citywide forum June 3rd: ‘Aging the LGBTQ Way’ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/05/citywide-forum-june-3rd-aging-the-lgbtq-way/ Sat, 27 May 2017 01:26:27 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=883997 We mentioned at the end of our Highland Park Find It, Fix It Walk coverage that the convergence of city reps had yielded information on other upcoming events. Here’s one: West Seattleite Irene Stewart, who works with the Age-Friendly Seattle program, tells us that there’s still time and room to sign up for a free all-day event downtown one week from tomorrow, on Saturday, June 3rd, “Aging the LGBTQ Way: A Forum on Respect, Equity, and Inclusion.” You’ll find out about research; you’ll help develop recommendations for Age-Friendly Seattle; and you’ll learn about resources for aging well. It’s free to attend, with lunch and dinner provided, 10 am-5:30 pm at City Hall downtown, but they’d appreciate RSVPs – go here to sign up online.

Share This

]]>
About that smoke and smell: Boat fire in Ballard http://westseattleblog.com/2017/05/about-that-smoke-and-smell-boat-fire-in-ballard/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/05/about-that-smoke-and-smell-boat-fire-in-ballard/#comments Mon, 22 May 2017 03:37:48 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=883535
(Photo by Carolyn Newman – smoke visible from Seacrest area, looking north)

8:37 PM: Lots of calls and texts about smoke and/or a smoky smell in north West Seattle – it’s a Seattle Fire marine response all the way from the north side of Elliott Bay – 5100 block of Shilshole NW, in Ballard, according to the SFD log. Citywide news outlets are tweeting that it’s a boat fire.

9:32 PM: Via Twitter, KING says it was a 70-foot wooden boat and that it spread to some “smaller boats” too. SFD tweets that a structure also was involved.

11:16 PM: SFD update:

Share This

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2017/05/about-that-smoke-and-smell-boat-fire-in-ballard/feed/ 16
Music star Chris Cornell, former West Seattleite, dies at 52 http://westseattleblog.com/2017/05/music-star-chris-cornell-former-west-seattleite-dies-at-52/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/05/music-star-chris-cornell-former-west-seattleite-dies-at-52/#comments Thu, 18 May 2017 13:52:58 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=883180 6:52 AM: Sad news overnight. Music star Chris Cornell has died in Detroit, just 52, after Soundgarden‘s sold-out concert there. His Seattle ties were strong, given his years with that band (and so much more). He lived in West Seattle long ago, as mentioned here in WSB’s early months, when he had a solo hit with the theme from the first James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig. Mr. Cornell also was a philanthropist, forming the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation with his wife, “to protect the most vulnerable children.” He is survived by three children of his own. His body was found in his hotel room; the cause of his death is under investigation. (2011 photo, via Wikimedia)

P.S. KEXP is paying tribute all day (90.3 FM/online).

12:02 PM: Authorities in Detroit say Mr. Cornell died by suicide.

There’s help for anyone thinking of self-harm … here in King County, the Crisis Clinic has a 24-hour hotline at 206-461-3222. And here’s what the American Federation for Suicide Prevention says.

11:23 PM: A view of tonight’s biggest tribute:

Share This

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2017/05/music-star-chris-cornell-former-west-seattleite-dies-at-52/feed/ 29
UPDATE: House fire in North Shorewood http://westseattleblog.com/2017/05/fire-south-of-arbor-heights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/05/fire-south-of-arbor-heights/#comments Fri, 05 May 2017 22:19:42 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=881980 3:19 PM: Thanks for the tips. There’s a fire in the North Shorewood area, and that’s why smoke (and at least one helicopter) is visible from Arbor Heights. Colby says the fire is at 26th/109th [map], and that roads are blocked in the area, and tweeted this photo:

We’ll be there shortly for updates.

3:33 PM: Our crew has arrived at the fire scene. The house is on 26th SW south of SW 109th. As noted in comments, Seattle Fire has sent units as mutual aid (including Engine 11):

Big response overall – this area is served by the North Highline Fire Department.

One person has minor injuries, we’re told, and was treated at the scene.

3:45 PM: The fire (at 10907 26th SW) is out or close to it, our crew reports, and investigators are on the way to try to find out how it started. We’ll check back at the scene later in the afternoon.

6:12 PM: Just went back. The investigator hasn’t been able to go in because the fire has been flaring up. So firefighters will stay on scene TFN just in case they’re needed.

Share This

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2017/05/fire-south-of-arbor-heights/feed/ 9
DOWNTOWN ALERT: Closures, detours for investigation of shooting that injured officers http://westseattleblog.com/2017/04/downtown-alert-closures-detours-for-investigation-of-shooting-that-injured-officers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/04/downtown-alert-closures-detours-for-investigation-of-shooting-that-injured-officers/#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:36:26 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=880578 3:36 PM: We haven’t mentioned this downtown situation sooner (aside from comment discussions) because of the 35th/Morgan crash closure (updates here), but now that the pm commute is starting and the situation is not yet resolved: Some blocks in the heart of downtown are still closed for the investigation of a shooting that injured two Seattle Police officers after a store robbery downtown. Both are at Harborview Medical Center. SPD says it found two suspects and is seeking a possible third. The closures have been affecting Western, 1st, 2nd, from Spring to Madison to Marion, so if you’re trying to get through downtown, heading as far east as you can, before heading south, is a good bet.

3:50 PM: SPD tweeted that they are no longer looking for someone else, “all suspects in custody.” At about the same time, authorities briefing media at Harborview said one officer is in stable condition, one is in serious condition. No new updates on road closures/bus changes.

4:34 PM: Updated road closures downtown, per SDOT: “Western Ave between Spring St & Marion St.; Marion St between Western Ave & 1st Ave.”

4:48 PM: Now SPD says there might be a third suspect after all. Meantime, thanks in advance to commenters sharing any updates on how things are going getting from downtown to West Seattle – Mary took RapidRide and says “no issues.”

Share This

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2017/04/downtown-alert-closures-detours-for-investigation-of-shooting-that-injured-officers/feed/ 12
DOWNTOWN ALERT UPDATE: Police standoff over http://westseattleblog.com/2017/03/downtown-alert-road-closures-bus-reroutes-because-of-police-standoff/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/03/downtown-alert-road-closures-bus-reroutes-because-of-police-standoff/#comments Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:05:44 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=878416
(Texted photo – added after incident ended)

3:05 PM: With pm commute time approaching, you might need to know about road closures and bus reroutes related to an ongoing standoff downtown with a man in crisis who is said to be armed with a knife.

Metro says that “buses are rerouted off 3 Av between Spring & Union Sts. Use stops on 3rd Av south of Spring St or north of Union St.” Updates to come.

3:31 PM: SPD says the situation is “static” but acknowledges its negotiators are working on it.

3:58 PM: SPD update:

4:22 PM: Standoff continuing. (We’re monitoring via scanner as well as via public channels such as Twitter.)

4:25 PM: And now … it’s over. SPD says the man gave up his knife and was taken into custody without incident.

4:33 PM: As police have barricades to remove, among other things, it’ll take a bit for the streets to get back to regular flow, so don’t rush out just yet.

4:55 PM: As of a few minutes ago, Metro says, buses are getting back to normal on 3rd.

5:43 PM: Here’s how the incident was summed up on SPD Blotter, including a photo of the man’s knife.

Share This

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2017/03/downtown-alert-road-closures-bus-reroutes-because-of-police-standoff/feed/ 24
TRAFFIC/SAFETY ALERT: Gas-leak response on 4th Avenue at Yesler http://westseattleblog.com/2017/03/trafficsafety-alert-gas-leak-response-on-4th-avenue-at-yesler/ Mon, 06 Mar 2017 22:47:43 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=876344 2:47 PM: If you are in, or headed toward, downtown, avoid 4th Avenue in/through the Yesler vicinity – a major Seattle Fire response has been dealing with a natural-gas leak from a four-inch line. The area is closed off and some nearby buildings have been evacuated. SFD reports the leak has been stopped as of moments ago but they are still monitoring to decide if it’s safe to allow people back into the area.

3:18 PM: SFD says the 100 people evacuated from nearby buildings are in the process of “re-occupying.”

3:30 PM: SDOT says all lanes of 4th have reopened.

Share This

]]>
EARTHQUAKES: 4.2 in Hood Canal area felt by some here; later, a 4.8 off Vancouver Island http://westseattleblog.com/2017/02/earthquake-4-2-on-the-olympic-peninsula/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/02/earthquake-4-2-on-the-olympic-peninsula/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:33:09 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=875171 9:33 PM: Just got a text from someone in the Alki area saying they felt an earthquake that hit about half an hour ago in the Hood Canal area. Preliminary info indicates it was magnitude 4.2, which is stronger than the mild earthquakes which otherwise aren’t so uncommon in the region. The epicenter is described as west of Belfair. (The US Geological Survey map puts it under Hood Canal.) Will add anything more we find out.

10:26 PM: No damage reported, according to authorities near the epicenter:

10:33 PM: Much further away, but still in our region, another quake tonight – 4.8 magnitude, off northwest Vancouver Island (here’s the USGS page). And we’re reminded that the 16th anniversary of the 6.8 Nisqually quake is next week. So we’re going to take a moment to remind you again of your Emergency Communication Hubs – memorize the nearest one, so you know where to go in case of something big:

Share This

]]>
http://westseattleblog.com/2017/02/earthquake-4-2-on-the-olympic-peninsula/feed/ 9