Pigeon Point – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:34:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Fire response on Pigeon Point http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/fire-response-on-pigeon-point-2/ Mon, 15 Jan 2018 03:38:30 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906289 Seattle Fire units are arriving at a house in the 4000 block of 23rd SW [map] on Pigeon Point. The original call was for a short-lived basement fire, already out when SFD was dispatched, and everyone is reported to have gotten out, but crews are checking out a possible gas odor. They’ve confirmed the fire is out and are ventilating the basement. They’re also checking out one person reported to have suffered burns.

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MURAL RENEWAL: How Pigeon Pointers spent their Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2017/08/mural-renewal-how-pigeon-pointers-spent-their-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/08/mural-renewal-how-pigeon-pointers-spent-their-sunday/#comments Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:29:40 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=891797 Thanks to Pete Spalding for the photos and report:

Parents from Pathfinder school and members of the Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council did a repainting project today.

About two years ago this mural was painted in the intersection of 21st Ave SW & SW Genesee. Over the last two years the mural has faded with normal traffic wear and a nearby construction project a couple of months after it was first completed. So today it was “refreshed.”

We were fortunate that with the change in the weather the project was able to be completed.

Here’s our report on the original mural painting, in July 2015.

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UPDATE: Lou Cutler’s Make-A-Wish fundraising run, ‘greatest day of the year’ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/06/happening-now-lou-cutlers-make-a-wish-fundraising-run-greatest-day-of-the-year/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/06/happening-now-lou-cutlers-make-a-wish-fundraising-run-greatest-day-of-the-year/#comments Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:40:02 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=884630

9:40 AM: That’s Lou Cutler finishing his first lap a short time ago at Pathfinder K-8, where the retired PE teacher celebrates his birthday every year by running one lap for each year of his age, as a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish.

(Lou and chief cheerleader/wrangler Teacher Andy, pre-run)

This morning, speaking to students and others just before starting his 66-lap day, Lou declared it “the greatest day of the year”:

We’ll be checking back at Pathfinder (1901 SW Genesee if you want to stop by and join in – and here’s his donation-drive link).

12:51 PM: We’re back at Pathfinder. After a little more than three hours, Lou’s finishing Lap 53 of 66.

Students filter in and out throughout the day – while Lou and teacher Andy were close to alone on the field, we’re told a couple of Pathfinder grades are about to rejoin them. The laps so far total 9 miles, we’re told.

1:42 PM: Minutes ago, Lou finished the 66th lap:

Loud cheers and chants of LOU! LOU! LOU! echoed around the field. And then, the victory photo:

Lou’s been a “wish-granting” volunteer for MAW for more than 20 years, even longer than he’s been doing this run. His actual birthday is later this month, so he’s still only 65, and as he started the second-to-last lap, with that number, he hollered, “A great year to be alive!”

P.S. And yes, he says he plans to do it again next year.

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Lou Cutler returning to Pathfinder K-8 for annual Make-A-Wish fun(draising) run Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2017/05/lou-cutler-returning-to-pathfinder-k-8-for-annual-make-a-wish-fundraising-run-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/05/lou-cutler-returning-to-pathfinder-k-8-for-annual-make-a-wish-fundraising-run-friday/#comments Tue, 30 May 2017 16:22:58 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=884295

(WSB file photo)

Showers or shine, this year’s edition of Laps with Lou is on for Friday! That’s the latest from retired Pathfinder K-8 PE teacher Lou Cutler, who will return to the Pathfinder field on Pigeon Point this Friday for his annual Make-A-Wish fundraising run. It’s linked to his birthday, so every year he runs one lap for every year he’s celebrating, and this year that’ll be 66 laps! Students and staff join Lou throughout the day, and you’re invited to come to Pathfinder to be part of it too. He plans to get started at 8:45 am this Friday (June 2nd). He’s been doing this for 18 years, and pledges have raised more than $66,000 to grant wishes for local children with life-threatening medical conditions. Lou himself has not only been raising money for Make-A-Wish but has also been a volunteer wish-granter for 21 years. Whether or not you can be at Pathfinder (1901 SW Genesee) Friday to cheer him on and/or run a lap yourself, you can donate to Make-A-Wish in his honor by going here.

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UPDATE: Pathfinder K-8 ‘shelter in place’ ends http://westseattleblog.com/2017/03/pathfinder-k-8-principal-explains-why-school-was-sheltering-in-place/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/03/pathfinder-k-8-principal-explains-why-school-was-sheltering-in-place/#comments Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:43:11 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=878716 11:43 AM: An out-of-place car led to a decision to have Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point “shelter in place” today. Here’s the letter just sent to families by principal David Dockendorf:

I want to share with you an incident at Pathfinder K-8 this morning that prompted me to call a Shelter In Place as a precautionary measure for safety of our students and staff. Overnight, a car was driven on the pathway between our playground and 21st and runs through the greenbelt. I called 911 and the District Safety and Security team to inform them that the car ended up deeply buried in the mud and that there was a man sitting in the driver’s seat. When I went to investigate the situation, I talked to the man for a few minutes and his behavior appeared to be somewhat erratic and disjointed. I notified him that 911 had been called.

After conferring with the Safety and Security department, we made the decision to go into Shelter in Place out of an abundance of caution. During a Shelter in Place, we lock all doors, we keep all students inside the building/classrooms. Teaching and learning continues; students may use the bathroom, and middle school students can switch classes as normal. Within the classrooms we ask that teachers close the window blinds and lock their classroom doors. Lights remain on and teaching continues as usual.

I have communicated with all teachers regarding the incident and have asked them to speak with their students.

The police have been dispatched to the incident and are expected to arrive shortly.

I am proud of how calmly teachers and staff have talked with our students to help make them feel safe and secure and that when incidents arise like this; the safety and security of our students is a top priority and we have a plan and protocol we follow closely. I anticipate calling the Shelter in Place off once the police arrive and ensure the area is safe.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

David Dockendorf

1:50 PM: The “shelter in place” ended at 12:20 pm – our apologies for not adding this update sooner; the school sent a second update to families (and to us) at that time.

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UPDATE: 8-hour power outage after crash in northeast West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2016/11/power-outage-crash-in-northeast-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2016/11/power-outage-crash-in-northeast-west-seattle/#comments Sun, 27 Nov 2016 01:59:28 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=866359 poleandcar
(WSB photo, added 6:51 pm: At left, vehicle – being towed – that hit pole)

5:59 PM: Thanks for the tips: Power is out in parts of northeast West Seattle, and apparently it’s not all shown on the outage map, which now shows 15 customers out in Pigeon Point/North Delridge – at and near Delridge/Andover – but we’ve also heard from Victoria in Riverside, who says “we are out down here too,” on 16th and 17th SW. This is likely related to a crash in the 4500 block of West Marginal Way SW that another texter says involved a vehicle hitting a utility/light pole – we’re checking on that. If you’re also out of power but NOT on the City Light map, please let us know in comments (after you’ve called SCL to let them know your outage is not showing – 206-684-3000).

6:04 PM: Now the map is updated to 356 homes/businesses out of power. Adding a screengrab.

6:51 PM: Just back from the crash scene, which is on the east side of West Marginal Way SW – affecting the northbound lanes – just north of the Duwamish Longhouse. The pole was snapped in two and dangling; the vehicle that hit it was about to be towed. Adding photo. Meanwhile, some have the power back – the count is down to 288 on the SCL map. One crew was at the scene and reported to be calling for more help.

7:39 PM: As reminded by commenters, this is affecting some traffic signals too – if you arrive at one that’s not working, that makes it an all-way stop – do NOT go through without stopping.

9:23 PM: The SCL map has now recalibrated the restoration guesstimate to “pending,” which seems in line with what commenter Amy found out.

11:56 PM: The outage is now in its seventh hour, with the current potential restoration time estimated around (corrected) 4 am. (Let us know if you’re back sooner!)

1:52 AM: And after about eight hours, the outage is over.

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West Seattle wildlife: Deer sighting on Pigeon Point http://westseattleblog.com/2016/10/west-seattle-wildlife-deer-sighting-on-pigeon-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2016/10/west-seattle-wildlife-deer-sighting-on-pigeon-point/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2016 03:13:21 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=862956 deersighting

That photo was tweeted at us earlier this evening by Peter, who says he spotted the deer on Pigeon Point. Though we have published many wildlife sightings over the years, none of them involved deer, aside from this WSB Forums post from someone wondering earlier this year if there were any around. They are not uncommon around Western Washington overall, though, according to this state Department of Fish and Wildlife one-sheet.

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West Seattle Halloween scene: Pathfinder’s pumpkin profusion http://westseattleblog.com/2016/10/west-seattle-halloween-scene-pathfinders-pumpkin-profusion/ http://westseattleblog.com/2016/10/west-seattle-halloween-scene-pathfinders-pumpkin-profusion/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2016 04:30:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=862603 img_1986

Thanks to Travis for the photo and the report from tonight’s biggest event on Pigeon Point, a yearly tradition: “This is just a handful of the over 50 pumpkins carved at the annual Pathfinder K-8 Pumpkin Carving Night. Special thanks to our principal David Dockendorf and to the school for giving such a great forum to get together and for being wonderful people.”

(What’s next as Halloween approaches? Check out our guide – where Friday fun starts with all West Seattle kids 5 and under invited to trick-or-treat at Holy Rosary!)

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@ Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council: Streets, school, safety http://westseattleblog.com/2016/10/pigeon-point-neighborhood-council-streets-school-safety/ Wed, 12 Oct 2016 05:44:30 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=860649 Traffic and crime/safety issues are in our toplines from last night’s Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council meeting:

TRAFFIC: SDOT‘s Jim Curtin was the guest, to talk about and listen to a variety of neighborhood issues. Among them: Overgrowth on 21st and 22nd SW that makes it difficult for drivers to see when making a left turn. The blackberries are close enough to scratch your car sometimes. One attendee said part of the overgrowth is on private property, in which case, they were told, the Department of Construction and Inspections would have to be involved. Curtin talked about some work ahead on Delridge that should be done soon if the weather cooperates, the painting of a “fog line”/”edge line” to define the travel lanes north of Orchard, as first described in this WSB report from last January.

(WSB photo from January, looking north on Delridge near Myrtle – existing ‘fog line’ is toward the left)

Lanes that in some places are up to 20 feet wide will be restriped to 11 feet.

Bus and dropoff traffic at Pathfinder K-8 was a topic too. Principal David Dockendorf said his school is starting new safety patrols to help with crossing and traffic, especially where the buses load and unload. One attendee said buses were using a route that they supposedly weren’t allowed to; they were directed to contact Seattle Public Schools‘ transportation department.

Any way to have Pigeon Point solid-waste pickup scheduled to happen outside school-dropoff hours, to reduce traffic conflicts? asked one person. Curtin said he would look into that.

CRIME/SAFETY: From the Seattle Police Southwest Precinct, commander Capt. Pierre Davis, Operations Lt. Ron Smith, and researcher Jennifer Burbridge were all in attendance. She circulated the newest micro-policing plan for Pigeon Point and announced the upcoming citywide Public Safety Survey (which will be available online starting Saturday). Responses will be crucial, said Capt. Davis, to augment planning for neighborhoods’ safety needs, besides what 911-call data reveals. He also urged people to call 911 when something’s happening, and said they still believe crime is under-reported. And he announced that five new officers have just been assigned to the precinct.

Attendees brought up concerns about camping in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Lt. Smith said Community Police Team Officer Todd Wiebke continues to be the point person for homelessness-related issues (he’s reachable at todd.wiebke@seattle.gov).

One more note: The SW Precinct (2300 SW Webster) will again be a dropoff spot for Drug Takeback Day, 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, October 22nd.

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ON PIGEON POINT? Invitation for Monday night http://westseattleblog.com/2016/10/on-pigeon-point-invitation-for-monday-night/ Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:39:01 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=860435 Just in case anyone on Pigeon Point hasn’t already heard … your neighborhood council meets tomorrow (Monday) night – 7 pm in the library at Pathfinder K-8 – and is hoping you’ll be there. Pete Spalding shared the agenda overview, featuring guests you’ll probably have questions for:

We will begin with the principal of Pathfinder giving us a beginning of the school year update and an opportunity for neighbors to ask questions.

Then we will be joined by Jim Curtin from SDOT. Jim will give us an update on local transportation projects that will impact us in the next few months. Neighbors will have a chance to ask Jim questions about neighborhood transportation issues.

And then we will have Pierre Davis and Jennifer Burbridge with SPD join us to give us an update on our neighborhood policing plan.

Pathfinder is at 1901 SW Genesee.

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FOLLOWUP: Pigeon Point, Puget Ridge neighbors gather to start planning a no-hate campaign http://westseattleblog.com/2016/08/followup-pigeon-point-puget-ridge-neighbors-gather-to-start-planning-a-no-hate-campaign/ http://westseattleblog.com/2016/08/followup-pigeon-point-puget-ridge-neighbors-gather-to-start-planning-a-no-hate-campaign/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2016 06:54:16 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=853243 IMG_2433

Story and photo by Linda Ball
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Motivated by last week’s hate crime against the Endres family on Pigeon Point, 10 concerned neighbors got together tonight to talk about what they could do to make the family feel safe in their community.

On Tuesday night last week, someone left a racist, threatening note on the door of the Endres home. The disturbing message made it clear that the author did not appreciate her mixed-race children.

Rachel Glass, the precinct committee officer for the area, organized tonight’s meeting at a nearby coffee shop.

Also in attendance was Pavan Vangipuram with OneAmerica, a statewide non-profit organization formed after 9/11 that advocates for immigrants and refugees. The group agreed that there is a need for the community to show solidarity and support for Endres, while fostering an atmosphere in the neighborhood so something like this will never happen again.

The neighbors gathered all lived in either Pigeon Point or Puget Ridge, with the exception of Dave Gamrath, who lives in the Admiral area. Gamrath, who was born in West Seattle, said his wife is a “brown-skinned Muslim immigrant,” so he had personal concerns, as he has experienced hate speech targeted at his own family. It was his hope that this incident could be used as a larger springboard to rally the community to stop the hate.

Susan LeBow, who lives one-block from the victimized family, suspects the perpetrator may live in the area because they knew when there would be no one at home, so they could leave the note and not be seen. LeBow was very concerned about the family, and suggested a neighborhood potluck would be one way to begin the healing.

“The more we’re connected, the more we can support each other,” said Helaina Piper, who was at the meeting with her 16-year-old bi-racial son, Aji Piper. Helaina Piper said she was grateful for the people who are concerned, noting that her sons are good students and are very engaged in the community.

A recurring point of discussion was that the Trump campaign has incited the hateful rhetoric that seems to be free-flowing in society. (As reported last week, the hate note ended with “Go Trump.”) The group, which also included Lisa Kauffman, Stu Hennessey, Rob Becker, and Steve Richmond, plan to meet again in two weeks to decide how to move forward. Vangipuram hopes to get elected officials involved as well as distributing a pledge to combat hate and oppression.

Since this is still in the brainstorming phase, there’s no wider call for community action yet, but we will continue to follow up.

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Comcast outage reported in North Delridge/Pigeon Point http://westseattleblog.com/2016/06/comcast-outage-reported-in-north-delridgepigeon-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2016/06/comcast-outage-reported-in-north-delridgepigeon-point/#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2016 02:21:20 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=847846 While spot outages are reported fairly frequently, we’ve received several reports of this one, so it could be relatively widespread – we’ve heard from Comcast customers from North Delridge east to Pigeon Point. One customer says they’ve been told it’s supposed to be back on by 10 pm. Any other areas?

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VIDEO: He did it again – Lou Cutler’s first post-retirement Make-A-Wish run http://westseattleblog.com/2016/06/video-he-did-it-again-lou-cutlers-first-post-retirement-make-a-wish-run/ http://westseattleblog.com/2016/06/video-he-did-it-again-lou-cutlers-first-post-retirement-make-a-wish-run/#comments Fri, 03 Jun 2016 21:25:13 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=846350

2:25 PM: Retiring last year as PE teacher at Pathfinder K-8 didn’t keep Lou Cutler from coming back for his traditional birthday-month run to raise money for Make-A-Wish. One lap for every year, which meant 65 today – and this time, battling asthma, he walked more than he ran, but nonetheless made it through every one of those laps over the span of five hours, from just after 9 am to just after 2 pm. Above is our iPhone video as his final lap wrapped up, in the company of Pathfinder students who streamed out of the building to finish it with him, chanting “Go, Lou! Go, Lou!” Many were with him at the start:

We’ll be adding photos a bit later. You can still donate to Make-A-Wish, for whom Lou’s been a wish-granting volunteer for more than 20 years – just go here.

ADDED 9:53 PM: Two photos that, like our video above, bookend this year’s inspiring-as-ever event. First, from the morning:


And then, right after that 65th lap, the group photo:


Today was the 17th time Lou’s done this, by the way.

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‘For Sale’ sign now up at first West Seattle ex-substation to go on the market http://westseattleblog.com/2016/03/for-sale-sign-now-up-at-first-west-seattle-ex-substation-to-go-on-the-market/ http://westseattleblog.com/2016/03/for-sale-sign-now-up-at-first-west-seattle-ex-substation-to-go-on-the-market/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2016 02:02:03 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=835910 IMG_2085
(WSB photo, looking northwest toward the now-for-sale ex-substation site)

Two and a half years after Seattle City Light started the process of figuring out what to do with a set of surplus ex-substations, mostly in West Seattle, “for sale” signs have just gone up at the first one to be offered for sale on the open market. It’s the Andover Substation at 2100 SW Andover on Pigeon Point; Pete Spalding reported the sign sighting this afternoon; we subsequently went over for a photo. We also checked with the city Department of Finance and Administrative Services, after discovering that the listing is so new, the city webpage for it isn’t set up yet, though linked from here. FAS spokesperson Julie Moore tells us they’re working on the webpage and in the meantime, the broker working for the city has a listing here. It says the minimum bid, due by the end of April, will be $400,000 for the 8,002-square-foot parcel; the city had listed the site’s appraised value as $350,000. It’s zoned LR-1 (lowrise residential development).

BACKSTORY: Of the surplus substations discussed since summer 2013 (all shown here), this is the only one in West Seattle currently listed for sale. As per terms of the ordinance approved by the City Council in December, the city has delayed the sale of the Dakota (Genesee Hill) and Dumar (north Highland Park) sites for two years to give community groups a chance to muster plans; it’s also delayed the Fauntleroy site’s listing for a year, while the Fauntleroy Community Association surveys the community about possible fundraising to purchase it. As for the other West Seattle sites, the city is working on a county purchase of the White Center site (actually on 8th SW in Highland Park) for stormwater retention (update – maybe not – we’ve found a listing for that one too, separate story ahead), and with the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association on a plan for it to buy the Delridge site for educational use.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Overnight work closes Andover/22nd on Pigeon Point http://westseattleblog.com/2016/01/traffic-alert-overnight-work-closes-andover22nd-on-pigeon-point/ Mon, 11 Jan 2016 08:05:03 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=830157

12:05 AM: Just a reminder that 22nd SW and SW Andover – and 22nd on both sides of the intersection – is closed overnight for Seattle Public Utilities‘ emergency sewer work. They adjusted the end time to 5 am after hearing concerns from area residents worried about getting out to work/school/etc. If the work isn’t finished tonight, SPU said, they’d have to continue Monday night, so we will check later this morning to see if that’s planned, or not.

8:21 AM: As commenter Sam-C noted earlier, this did NOT wrap up at 5 am after all. We just drove to Pigeon Point to see if it’s still continuing – and verified that it is, so these closures still apply. We’re checking with SPU to see about an estimated reopening as well as whether more work will be happening tonight.

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