Puget Ridge – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:20:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 West Seattle weekend scene: Getting greens in the ground at Puget Ridge Edible Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-weekend-scene-getting-greens-in-the-ground-at-puget-ridge-edible-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-weekend-scene-getting-greens-in-the-ground-at-puget-ridge-edible-park/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2018 03:35:20 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913493 (WSB photos)

The weekend weather improved just in time for one of the last spotlight events of the day – this afternoon’s planting party at Puget Ridge Edible Park (18th/Brandon – map).

Stu Hennessey (above center, standing) and other community members pitched the plan to Seattle Parks 8+ years ago, and the city bought the site with levy money. We reported on the site’s history back in 2011.

Today, volunteers were planting lettuce today; other greens planted earlier in the year are coming in. You can get involved both with tending PREP and sharing in the harvest – monthly work parties are always the second Sunday this time of year, 4-6 pm, so the next one is Sunday, May 13th – bring tools and seeds if you have them!

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SUNDAY: Join the planting party at Puget Ridge Edible Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/sunday-join-the-planting-party-at-puget-ridge-edible-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/sunday-join-the-planting-party-at-puget-ridge-edible-park/#respond Fri, 06 Apr 2018 04:31:37 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913264

Another idea for your weekend, if you’re not out of town for spring break – one of West Seattle’s newest parks could use some help this Sunday. From Stu Hennessey:

Get an early start on Earth Week by attending the Puget Ridge Edible Park garden party this Sunday from 4-6 pm. We will be ready to plant a few beds of lettuces and other greens. We also will need some muscle to erect a grape trellis and move a table.

Peas, parsnips, and radishes are already up and doing well. This year we have over 40 planting beds so come help us bring local and nutritious food to Puget Ridge.

The park is at 5265 18th SW and has been years in the making.

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SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE: Four finalists for president, and your chance to meet them http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/south-seattle-college-four-finalists-for-president-and-your-chance-to-meet-them/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/south-seattle-college-four-finalists-for-president-and-your-chance-to-meet-them/#respond Tue, 03 Apr 2018 23:40:20 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913068 (UPDATED APRIL 10 with Dr. Brown’s withdrawal)

South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) has announced four finalists for its presidency, and your chances to hear from and talk with them:

After an extensive nationwide search, South Seattle College has named four finalists for the position of president. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend public forums where candidates will share their background, qualifications and vision for the college, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The finalists and public forum schedule are as follows:

Monday, April 9, 2018 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | South Seattle College Olympic Hall Auditorium (OLY 120)

Dr. Tod Treat, Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Tacoma Community College

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Wednesday, April 11 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | South Seattle College Olympic Hall Auditorium (OLY 120)

Dr. Chemene Crawford, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management, El Centro College

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Friday, April 13 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | South Seattle College Olympic Hall Auditorium (OLY 120)

Dr. Alanka Brown, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/ Dean of Arts and Sciences, Frederick Community College

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Monday, April 23 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | South Seattle College Olympic Hall Auditorium (OLY 120)

Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap, Vice President for Student Services, South Seattle College

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Immediately following each public forum, from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m., candidates will answer questions from current South Seattle College students. In addition to the forums, each candidate will participate in a full day of campus interviews with students, various campus representatives and Seattle Colleges District leadership.

Anyone interested in learning more about the candidates can visit the South Seattle College President Search webpage. Attendees will be able to provide feedback on the candidates at the website above and with paper forms provided at the forums. That feedback will help inform the Seattle Colleges Board of Trustees’ decision.

The presidency is open because Gary Oertli retired after last year; Peter Lortz has been serving as interim SSC president. The college’s main campus is in West Seattle, at 6000 16th SW on Puget Ridge.

ADDED APRIL 10TH: SSC says Dr. Brown has withdrawn her candidacy, so the April 13th event is canceled.

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Puget Ridge Playground renovation: Questions for you http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/puget-ridge-playground-renovation-questions-for-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/puget-ridge-playground-renovation-questions-for-you/#comments Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:45:51 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912615

Which type of play equipment would you like to see at Puget Ridge Playground (6029 21st SW) when it’s renovated? The images above are from the a Seattle Parks survey that just opened – and you’ll also be able to talk about it at the newly announced community meeting, 5-6:30 pm Monday, April 16th. This is one of three local park playgrounds that’ll be overhauled in the months ahead.

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Dragon in the kitchen! South Seattle College’s cake creation http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/dragon-in-the-kitchen-south-seattle-colleges-cake-creation/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/dragon-in-the-kitchen-south-seattle-colleges-cake-creation/#comments Sat, 17 Mar 2018 02:19:08 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=911585

There was a (Komodo) dragon in the kitchen with South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Pastry and Baking Arts students and faculty today!

That’s Chef Instructor Christopher Harris with the finishing touches on what’s actually a cake “for a very lucky four-year-old’s birthday party this weekend,” as SSC’s communications director Ty Swenson explains.

The real-life Komodo dragons are native to Indonesia and grow to about eight feet long.

P.S. The program does do work like this by commission – “generally ¼ to ½ what a retail cake artist would charge,” per SSC.

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CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Puget Ridge raid subject charged, back in jail http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/crime-watch-followup-puget-ridge-raid-subject-charged-back-in-jail/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/crime-watch-followup-puget-ridge-raid-subject-charged-back-in-jail/#comments Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:35:18 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909189

You might recall that photo, provided by police on Monday when they announced the Sunday arrest of a man at a house on Puget Ridge. As we noted in an update to the story, he was released from jail Monday night on personal recognizance. Now, he’s back in jail, and he’s been charged: One felony drug charge is filed against 28-year-old Gregory Lee Thompson. The charging papers say police found “evidence of drug-dealing activity” at Thompson’s house – baggies and scales, along with the 400+ pills and meth listed in the police report. And the documents say prosecutors believe the 19 guns that also were found – though they are not the subject of a specific charge at this point – “increase the risk that the defendant will commit an act of violence as part of his drug dealing activity.” A $20,000 arrest warrant was issued when the charge was filed, and that’s why Thompson is back in jail as of this afternoon, just before he was due in court for a trial-readiness hearing in another drug case. That hearing has been rescheduled for next Friday.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Puget Ridge raid nets drugs, guns http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-crime-watch-puget-ridge-raid-nets-drugs-guns/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-crime-watch-puget-ridge-raid-nets-drugs-guns/#comments Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:06:01 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908746

1:06 PM: The photo and report are just in via SPD Blotter:

Officers served a search warrant in West Seattle Sunday morning (and) found hundreds of pills and 19 guns.

Southwest Precinct Anti-Crime Team Officers converged on a home in the 7000 block of 18th Avenue SW Sunday at 10 a.m. and arrested a 28-year-old man as he attempted to flee through the back door of the house.

Officers searched the home and found 189 hydrocodone pills, 276 amphetamine pills, 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, 11 handguns, five rifles – one of which was modified with a bump stock – and three shotguns. Officers placed all of the weapons into evidence pending further investigation.

Officers booked the man into King County Jail for narcotics-related charges and will work with the prosecutor’s office on possible weapons charges.

8:40 PM: According to the jail register, the suspect was released this evening.

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WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Sweet art at South Seattle College http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-scene-sweet-art-at-south-seattle-college/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-scene-sweet-art-at-south-seattle-college/#comments Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:31:48 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906685

A sweet scene in the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Pastry & Baking Arts Department this afternoon. The photo is from SSC’s Ty Swenson, who explained that Chef Instructor Christopher Harris and students were “working on a Chihuly-inspired sugar sculpture for a Chihuly Garden & Glass employee party at the Museum of Flight.” They were scheduled to finish by 5 pm and take it over in time for the party. The department is part of SSC’s renowned Culinary Arts program.

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UPDATE: About the police response on Puget Ridge http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/about-the-police-response-on-puget-ridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/about-the-police-response-on-puget-ridge/#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:54:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906520

12:54 PM: Thanks for the tips about a sizable police response on Puget Ridge, along 18th SW near SW Juneau. Police tell us they are dealing with a person believed to be in crisis who is inside a residence. They’re hoping to make contact and get them out safely.

2:54 PM: We’ve confirmed with police what neighbors reported in comments – the person is out of the house and in custody, safely, no one hurt.

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CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Recognize the suspected getaway car in Puget Ridge home invasion? http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/crime-watch-followup-recognize-the-suspected-getaway-car-in-puget-ridge-home-invasion/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/crime-watch-followup-recognize-the-suspected-getaway-car-in-puget-ridge-home-invasion/#comments Fri, 05 Jan 2018 19:04:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905562

New information today about Thursday’s home-invasion robbery on Puget Ridge. An area resident has provided Seattle Police with images of what police say might be the getaway vehicle – likely a silver 4-door 1999 Buick, with one particularly distinctive feature: Lug-nut covers missing on both passenger-side wheels.

Otherwise, police say there’s not too much more than what we originally reported – it happened just before noon in the 5200 block of 18th SW, and they don’t know why this particular house was targeted. Four people forced their way into the house; at least two had handguns. They are described only as black, male, with dark hoodies covering most of their faces. They demanded cash, and were told the people in the house had none. One resident was “pistol-whipped outside the house” before the robbers broke in; they took “nothing of value,” SPD Det. Mark Jamieson told WSB this morning, and let barely two minutes after they arrived. Robbery detective St. John is investigating – call 206-386-4050; the incident number is 2018-004202.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Home-invasion robbery on Puget Ridge http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-home-invasion-robbery-on-puget-ridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-home-invasion-robbery-on-puget-ridge/#comments Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:47:46 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905477 (WSB photo)

ORIGINAL 12:47 PM REPORT: Police are in the 5200 block of 18th SW on Puget Ridge (south of Dawson), after a report of a home-invasion robbery. It’s still early in the investigation, but so far, they have been told that four armed men, described only as black, wearing black hoodies, and black masks, broke into the house. At least one person was home, a man who suffered a facial injury. The robbers are believed to have gotten away in a vehicle, though SPD tells us there are conflicting descriptions. We also don’t know yet what if anything they took. Robbery detectives are on their way to the scene; we’ll check back later for an update.

FRIDAY MORNING NOTE: The report was not available yesterday but we’re renewing our request this morning. The final classification of the call, meantime, was “strong-arm robbery.”

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FOLLOWUP: 2017 sidewalk projects you won’t see until 2018 http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/followup-2017-sidewalk-projects-you-wont-see-until-2018/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/followup-2017-sidewalk-projects-you-wont-see-until-2018/#comments Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:53:43 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903747 (City-provided map from March 2017)

Back in March, we mentioned three West Seattle sidewalk projects were in the works for this year; the city-provided map above accompanied the announcement. With the year almost over, we found that two of them have slid to 2018: The city is currently seeking bids to build the sidewalk along 35th SW between SW 100th and SW 106th in Arbor Heights and a shorter stretch near Sanislo Elementary on Puget Ridge, plus a project outside West Seattle in the same solicitation. No word on the status of the third project, one block of SW 104th in Arbor Heights.

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VIDEO: 2 days, 2 West Seattle stops for Mayor Jenny Durkan , visiting South Seattle College to launch expanded free-college program http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/2-days-2-west-seattle-stops-for-mayor-jenny-durkan-visiting-south-seattle-college-to-launch-expanded-free-college-program/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/2-days-2-west-seattle-stops-for-mayor-jenny-durkan-visiting-south-seattle-college-to-launch-expanded-free-college-program/#comments Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:14:13 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=902215

On Mayor Jenny Durkan‘s second day in office, she made her second visit to West Seattle, taking her first step toward fulfilling one of her campaign promises – two years of free community college for all Seattle high-school graduates. The program she calls Seattle Promise is set in motion by an executive order she signed at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), which for almost a decade has been home to a program called 13th Year Promise. That program offers a free year at SSC to graduates of certain Seattle public high schools – currently including Chief Sealth International High School, and starting next year, to also include West Seattle High School.

Durkan’s plan is for ultimately all Seattle graduates to be able to get two years of free community college. But the order she signed at SSC – read it here – first guarantees a second year for those in the 13th Year Promise program this year, and then sets up a process for figuring out how to pay for expansion, with a plan due by next March:

Identify how existing resources and funding sources, including federal, state or regional
funds, the Families and Education Levy and Seattle Preschool Program Levy renewal, the
Seattle Public school local levy renewal, and philanthropic resources, can be deployed to
maximize student access to the Promise Program.

To underscore the mention of the levies, two paragraphs later, the mayor’s order directs two departments to “immediately consider the Seattle Promise College Tuition Program for inclusion in the proposal for the renewal of the Families and Education Levy and the Seattle Preschool Levy in 2018.”

This afternoon’s announcement was held with a gathered backdrop of SSC students – who were hailed as the real “dignitaries” at the event – plus others including City Council President Bruce Harrell (who spoke), Councilmember Sally Bagshaw (who did not), SSC and Seattle Colleges leaders including the system’s chancellor, Dr. Shouan Pan.

Dr. Pan said this program will be a “gamechanger” for many. (Added) He was the first speaker; here’s our video of the full event:

We also saw former SSC president Gary Oertli, who was beaming, saying the 13th Year Promise program “was my baby” and expressing pride that it’s up for expansion. Speaking of expansion, the event was held in the foyer of newly opened Cascade Hall on the northwest side of the SSC campus. While classes are being held there now and some faculty members have moved into offices, its formal dedication is still a few months away. It’s headquarters to the SSC nursing program, and we got a quick peek this afternoon into classrooms such as this hospital simulation area:

SIDE NOTE: So far, no third-day-in-a-row plan for a mayoral visit tomorrow – she has announced a visit to Capitol Hill, where she’ll tour small businesses (as she did during a campaign visit to West Seattle a few months ago) before announcing the creation of a Small Business Advisory Council.

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READER REPORT: Seen on Puget Ridge – dumped? Or free? http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/reader-report-seen-on-puget-ridge-dumped-or-free/ Sat, 11 Nov 2017 22:39:12 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=900652

The photo is from Brigit, who wonders if these are stolen items:

There’s some items at the bottom of 16th and Orchard that I initially thought might be free, but looking again, they look to be in basically perfect condition so it made less sense as to why someone would dump them. There’s no “free” sign, either.

Attached is a photo: a blue and black umbrella stroller that looks to be brand new, crutches in perfect condition, and a small pet crate.

The Occam’s razor answer is that they’re likely free but I thought I’d email and check if any of the blog readers knew more.

If you know – please comment (or if you’d rather not, you can e-mail us at editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!)

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NEW ON CAMPUS: Food trucks at South Seattle College starting next week http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/new-on-campus-food-trucks-at-south-seattle-college-starting-next-week/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/new-on-campus-food-trucks-at-south-seattle-college-starting-next-week/#comments Tue, 07 Nov 2017 23:08:37 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=900109 While South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) is known for its culinary program (among other things), there’s not much food on campus or nearby when lunchtime rolls around for its 1,000+ students and staff. So starting next week, a food truck will be on campus (near the Clock Tower) most weekdays. Lori Johnson of the Washington State Food Truck Association (WSFTA) explains that one of SSC’s sibling campuses, North Seattle College, started a food-truck program a month ago, and that caught the attention of SSC’s Administrative Services department. So they’ve been working with the WSFTA to bring food trucks to the Puget Ridge campus. Johnson says, “The new mobile dining program will begin November 13th, where vendors, who must be licensed to vend in the City of Seattle, can sign up for Mondays through Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm.” The schedule is online and frequently updated. Interested food-truck proprietors can contact the WSFTA at 360-223-3801 or lori@wafoodtrucks.org.

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