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West Seattle scene: Easy Street’s tribute to David Bowie

January 11, 2016 10:22 am
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(WSB photo from this morning)
10:22 AM: The window display at Easy Street Records in The Junction actually preceded music superstar David Bowie‘s death – as did many such displays in honor of his album release and birthday last week, with his four-decade-plus career celebrated while fans had no idea he was on the brink of death. News of his passing emerged around 11:30 last night. Early today, Easy Street proprietor Matt Vaughan mused on Instagram:

“Crushing. Having a tough time w this one. There hasn’t been a day this last week that I hadn’t listened to his new record. I’ve been in a Bowie world this week and so proud of the record he just delivered. I’ve said to people in the store, staff, and my fellow Bowie heads…that I’ve never heard a record like this before, music like this before. He tested us to the very end. In listening to it, many of the lyrics seem to question his mortality, it’s a comforting record, yet other times as if he’s isolated…out on his own lil space capsule. I’ve never been a fan of one artist for this long. …”

Vaughan also mentioned meeting David Bowie at one of his Seattle performances; online tour-date histories show concerts in Seattle including 1972, 1976, 1997, and 2004, two years before his last live performance.

1:46 PM: And now there’s a marquee tribute too:

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Stolen and dumped, or lost ? Floor safe found south of Alki Point

In West Seattle Crime Watch, we’ve been featuring an increasing number of “found” items that are suspected to have been stolen – from bicycles to bags – and helpful readers have gotten some of those items back to their owners. Here’s the latest discovery: Rico found that safe during his morning walk today: “At about 11:00 a.m., I saw a floor safe lying on the concrete sidewalk just south of Alki Point, opposite the old sewage treatment plant. It had been broken open. There were empty coin rolls on it and near it. The instructions to the safe were nearby.” Lose a safe? Had one stolen? Know somebody who has?

From the ‘in case you wondered too’ file: RV lineup on Andover

We’ve heard from several readers wondering about the lineup of RVs that turned up recently on the north side of SW Andover along the southwest side of Nucor, across the street from West Seattle Health Club. We went over for a look and counted nine parked there as of midday today. Several had orange tags on windshields or windows:

This lineup arrived concurrent with the departure of a group that had been parked under the West Seattle Bridge east of the Delridge/West Marginal Way intersection.

Questions about RVs parked on city streets have come up at recent community meetings including this one in September, when city attorney liaison Matthew York said overnight parking is not allowed and that police can issue citations. Researching further, though, we find that is not the case with city streets in industrial zones. The 72-hour rule still applies, though. So we asked the Southwest Precinct today if this is on their radar; precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis replied that “a majority of the owners have been contacted and should be making plans to move their rigs,” while pointing out that “other social-service issues” are involved as well, and that Community Police Team officers are involved with that. He added that this is considered a city-wide issue that multi-agency teams are working on, too. The citywide program Road to Housing offers spaces in church parking lots for people living in their vehicles, though none appear to be available in West Seattle currently.

From the ‘in case you wondered’ file: Cleanup at 3025 Avalon Way

Thanks to Eddie for the tip: Cleanup work is under way at the overgrown, vandalized ex-church at 3025 SW Avalon Way. The site came up for discussion in WSB comments when we reported an early-stage 60-apartment proposal nearby. Still nothing on the books for this site, and we verified with the crew on site that they’re contractors hired for cleanup, no construction involved. (The city page for the site shows a history of complaints about its conditions in recent years.)

West Seattle Junction scenes: Climate-action encouragement rally; Pathfinder wreath sales; Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast reminder

Just back from The Junction, where this was all happening at California/Alaska at noontime:

With the United Nations climate-change conference about to start in Paris, West Seattleites rallied in “encouragement” of climate action:

This was one of many rallies, small and large, planned for today.

Also on the southwest corner of the Walk-All-Ways intersection today: Wreath sellers from Pathfinder K-8. The school community makes and sells wreaths every year to raise money for environmental education and will be in The Junction every Sunday during the holiday season:


Just across the intersection, at the south end of the official Farmers’ Market zone, the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle was bubbling with enthusiasm about its annual Pancake Breakfast next Saturday.

Everyone’s invited to the Masonic Center (40th/Edmunds) 7 am-11 am on Saturday (December 5th) – if you don’t have tickets yet, buy yours for a discount online right now – $8 online, $10 at the door.

West Seattle Thanksgiving 2015: How the day began, beautifully

(Photo by John Bartell)
Thanks to everyone who shared photos of this Thanksgiving Day’s beautiful beginning. While the full moon was getting ready to set over the Olympic Mountains this morning, the sun was climbing up from behind the Cascades:

(Photo by Bryan Hendrickson)
As beautiful as Mount Rainier can be in sunrise glow, the Olympics had it beat this morning:

(Photo by David Hutchinson)

(Photo by John Hinkey)

(Photo by Chris Frankovich)
Thanks to everyone who contributes to this community-collaborative news service day in and day out … photos, news tips, calendar listings, lost-and-found pet reports, comments, Forum posts, and so much more … here’s how and where to reach us, any time.

West Seattle fighter-jet flybys: Looks like they were for the Seahawks game

1:36 PM: Given other recent flybys, we didn’t immediately assume the ones heard in the past half-hour were for the Seahawks game, until we found this tweeted video from @MiVidaSeattle:



So just in case you wondered too, there we have it.

ADDED 1:40 PM: And the Boeing Field takeoff, tweeted by @HoldenThePilot:

(YouTube video, also by HTP, substituted at 6:25 pm; Holden flagged it as “better video”)

From the ‘in case you wondered too’ file: Fighter jet’s West Seattle flyby

We’ve seen/heard a few mentions of a loud jet over West Seattle around 5 pm – turns out longtime WSB contributing photojournalist Christopher Boffoli got a photo of it. He says the jet hit the afterburners “as soon as it turned to the southeast,” adding, “It was too dark to see any markings but based on the longer, twin seat canopy and the wider wing leading edge it appeared to be an F/A-18F Super Hornet.” Some readers noticed something similar last Sunday, and we saw/heard one (which also struck us as F/A-18-esque) while walking along Duwamish Head on Veterans Day morning – tweeted about it for the record. With Boeing‘s presence here and multiple military bases, could be many explanations, but we don’t have a line on one currently.

West Seattle scene: Back to what’s now the past, at The Admiral

Now that it’s October 22nd, 2015, movie fans point out, everything in “Back to the Future II” is “in the past.” 10/21/2015 is the date to which the movie’s heroes traveled, so there were special screenings nationwide on Wednesday, including one at West Seattle’s historic Admiral Theater. That’s where Sherri Chun took the photo, saying, “I ran into Marty McFly and Doc Brown tonight at Back to the Future!”

P.S. Leaping into the near future, The Admiral will be among the theaters showing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and if you’re still looking for early-premiere tickets for December 17th – go here.

West Seattle scenes: Gone fishing, from the pier to the beach

Two photos shared by your neighbors:

That’s from Don Brubeck, who writes, “Lots of people fishing from the bridge on Spokane St. Not me – I had to keep going, riding to work.” (Don is president of West Seattle Bike Connections, which meets tonight, as noted in our daily calendar highlights.) Next, from TS:

He writes, “Just a nice coho caught off Lincoln Park on Sunday afternoon. Fun to share.” According to the state Fish and Wildlife month-by-month advice, that’s what’s peaking on inland waters this time of year.

Skywriting, seen from West Seattle: BLACK LIVES MATTER

6:16 PM: Thanks to Jeremy Smith for that photo, and we’ll likely be adding a few more. In the patch of blue sky over downtown, clearly visible from north West Seattle, a plane has been skywriting BLACK LIVES MATTER. (There might have been a previous attempt- Brian Presser had tipped us to a skywriting attempt earlier this afternoon.) More to come.

ADDED 6:46 PM: Via Twitter, @joaquinuy put together photos of all three words:


West Seattle weekend scene: Obliteride 150-milers riding through

August 9, 2015 1:18 pm
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If you’ve noticed bicyclists with numbered bibs riding northbound and eastbound along the West Seattle shoreline today – they’re finishing the longest route of the cancer-research-fundraising Obliteride, its two-day, 150-mile route. Many are pausing at a rest stop at the Marshall Reserve greenspace on Duwamish Head:

Obliteride also offered 10-, 25-, 50-, and 100-mile routes, all starting from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (which presents and benefits from Obliteride) and finishing at Gas Works Park. The 150-mile route was the only one going through this area. In all, organizers say more than 1,000 people are participating in Obliteride this year.

Another post-Seafair departure: Breitling Jet Team’s flyby

August 6, 2015 6:22 pm
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Maybe you saw the flyby too – Rosie asked about it via the WSB Facebook page, almost concurrently with that photo arriving in the WSB inbox courtesy of Keefe Leung. That was the Europe-based Breitling Jet Team, which performed at Seafair last weekend, leaving around 4:45 today. Keefe reports, “They did a couple photo-op passes in formations with the downtown skyline before continuing north.” They fly seven Czech-made L-39C Albatros jets; read about the team here. Next stop: Abbotsford, British Columbia.

West Seattle scene: Shooting shoes at Seacrest

If you’ve been to Seacrest today and noticed the photography crew … including support RVs along Harbor Avenue to the east … here’s what’s up: After getting a tip from Sunny, we headed over for a look. It’s a photo shoot for Timberland Shoes. A crew member told us the bicycles in our photo are among the props and also mentioned they’ll be shooting tomorrow at nearby Don Armeni (where “no parking” signs are already up).

West Seattle scene: Powered-paragliding pair cooling off, aloft

Every so often, we get a sighting of a powered* paraglider flying over West Seattle shores – here’s our photo from April, and a reader pic from February. Then today – a double sighting! Thanks to Gary Jones for photographing this pair’s Alki flyby. Must be at least a few degrees cooler up there!

*Added “powered” per comment discussion – thanks as always.

West Seattle scene: ‘Educational sleepout’ by Seacrest

Carolyn shared that photo via the WSB Facebook page and wondered what was happening; we just went over to find out. A dozen or so people are camped out on the sidewalk east of Seacrest for the second-to-last in a series of “educational sleepouts” organized by the homelessness advocacy/shelter-operating organization SHARE/WHEEL. According to the flyer they gave us, the location for this one was chosen because they think that some of the money the county is spending on the Water Taxi – which was finishing its late-night runs when we stopped by – should go to SHARE instead, to help pay for shelter operations, which they say were affected by a county budget cut. The group has had “sleepout” protests before, including one we covered in 2009 outside then-Mayor Greg Nickels’ house in North Admiral. Its final sleepout in this series is Monday night in Georgetown; details are on the SHARE/WHEEL website. They told us they’ll be on the sidewalk by Seacrest until about 9 am tomorrow.

From the ‘in case you wondered too’ file: Commercial shoot in Gatewood today

In case you pass by that truck and several others accompanying a video/film crew on the west side of California SW, north of SW Thistle, sometime today and wonder what’s up … they’re shooting a commercial for Wave Broadband. The crew plans to be on site until around 6 pm. (Side note, since this made us wonder, being fairly close to this location: According to Wave’s website, the service is not available in the zip code where the shoot’s happening. But they’re expanding; we’re asking their HQ, which is in Kirkland, if West Seattle is in their future.)

ADDED: Turns out the company making the commercial, Spin Creative, is “headquartered on Harbor Island at the Harbor Marina Corporate Center,” per a note we received later. They also sent a link to this Flickr gallery of “behind the scenes” photos.

West Seattle scene: Alki rocks! New sign catches attention

(Photo courtesy Mark)
Have you seen the sign? ALKI, spelled out with 53 rocks in the 59th SW median south of Admiral Way. We noticed it in passing last week and tweeted a photo, but got caught up in other things and didn’t get around to mentioning it here. Since then, though several other people have called it to our attention, and wondered whose work it is – we don’t know either, so we’re publishing the photo to ask if YOU know!

West Seattle sunshine scenes: In the sky and on the sea

Headed home? Enjoy the sunshine – forecast suggests it might not be back tomorrow. Above, a paraglider was in flight again this afternoon over the West Seattle shore – we caught him headed southbound over Emma Schmitz Overlook/Me-Kwa-Mooks. Don’t know if it’s the same one we featured two months ago. Below, the newest state ferry Samish is still out on sea trials; we spotted it this morning from Charlestown Hill:

The Samish is the second of three 144-car ferries being built at Vigor on Harbor Island and is expected to start service in June in the San Juan Islands – but if you see a ferry off West Seattle making unusual moves between now and then, it’s probably this one.

West Seattle scene: Another TV commercial filming here

Thanks to everybody who tipped us about what’s up in Seaview today, near 48th and Juneau – that truck is part of it. No, it’s not a movie – it’s the type of film/video production we see much more often around here, a TV commercial. This one is for Nissan, and the truck in our photo brought some of the vehicles that are being used. Unlike many West Seattle commercial shoots, this location wasn’t chosen for its view, but specifically for the house it’s at. The crew moves on to the North Sound after today. (Last commercial spotted here was for health care, a month ago.)

West Seattle weekend scene: Motorcycles’ memorial procession

(UPDATE: It’s a memorial procession – scroll down)

ORIGINAL REPORT, 12:38 PM: Don’t know yet what exactly this is about, but a major motorcycle ride has just traveled through West Seattle – these photos came in via Twitter, as the ride headed westbound, then northbound, then eastbound:



We’re still researching – if you know the reason/occasion, please clue us all in – thanks!

12:45 PM: Just found it via websearch. Memorial procession – here’s the link with details – in honor of 59-year-old Dennis Costello, who died of leukemia in February. His funeral is in Tacoma later today.

Seen in West Seattle: Recognize these Fairmount flowers?

It’s sunny, it’s lunchtime, and maybe this will be of use next time you’re out for a walk:


(Click image for the full-size, downloadable, printable PDF)
The native-flower photos, in montage format, were taken last weekend on Fairmount Avenue by Fred Weinmann, whose son Chris Weinmann shared them with us, to share with you. After a quick review, we suspected this was the work of someone more knowledgeable than the average wanderer, so we asked Chris. He tells us his dad – a Port Townsend resident who frequently visits West Seattle to be with family – is a botanist and former president of the Washington Native Plant Society. Fred Weinmann also has published a few botany books, as you can see in this bio from the UW, where he has taught. Thanks to them for sharing, and enlightening!

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