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SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: Kayak/canoe flotilla protesting pipeline expansion

A Canadian pipeline controversy drew protesters to the waters off West Seattle today. The flotilla was part of a day of sea and land demonstrations against Kinder Morgan, which has a terminal on Harbor Island. The company plans to expand its Trans Mountain Pipeline, from the Alberta tar sands to British Columbia, and opponents say that would mean a dramatic increase in oil tankers traveling in waters that are home to the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, among other concerns.

Along with the kayak and canoe protesters, who ended up launching from east of Seacrest Pier, there were rallies and marching on land, including at Jack Perry Park along East Marginal, where a participant texted us this photo:

Here’s some backstory on the pipeline expansion, first proposed 4 1/2 years ago, and the controversy.

UPDATE: West Seattle 5K 2018!

(Photo by David Hutchinson)

9:25 AM: Almost 1,000 runners and walkers (per announcer Eric Radovich) just headed out for the 10th annual West Seattle 5K, a fundraiser for the West Seattle High School PTSA. Our video, via Twitter:

They’re headed to Luna/Anchor Park and back, and Alki/Harbor is closed for the duration; the Water Taxi shuttle is also rerouted.

More updates and photos to come. (WSB is a co-sponsor again this year, as we’ve been every year since the WS5K was launched in 2009.)

10:15 AM: The race is now almost an hour in. We have the top finishers: First in, 31-year-old Evan Williams, at 16:11:

A little over two minutes later, the second finisher crossed the line, 22-year-old Johanna Erickson, at 18:24:

Johanna is a West Seattle Runner employee, WSR’s Lori McConnell tells us. The rest of the top three finishers by M/F:

Males – Ryan Bjornstal, 22, 18:36

Owen Fisher, 27, 18:45

Females – Second, Olivia Willett, 18, 19:20

Third, Regina Joyce, 61, 21:19

10:44 AM: It’s over, and Alki/Harbor are reopening to vehicle traffic. We’ll be adding more photos when back at HQ!

1:12 PM: As promised. Besides top finishers, there was also a prize for first WSHS teacher across the line, and that happened to be Jeff Ursino:

Second was David Bergman.

Many families in the race – strollers abounded:

Dogs too, although it could certainly be tiring:

And banner-bearers reminding everyone what it’s all about:

Linda Rackner was race director for a second year; Amy Doll coordinated volunteers.

ADDED 2:04 PM: Just received this time lapse of the entire event, from John Saalwaechter:

You can see the results online here.

READER REPORT: Driver hits tree on 35th SW

In case you see/saw this on 35th SW in Gatewood, thanks to Camille for the photo and report:

A head on collision with a tree at 35th and Southern. The guy was stunned for a sec then took off. Nobody else in the car so no one was hurt.

At last report, Camille says, police hadn’t found the driver. She says it happened around 6:30 am.

West Seattle 5K, costumed bike parade, and much more for your Sunday!

Welcome to Sunday!

WEST SEATTLE 5K: Just after 9 am, the run/walk to raise money for the West Seattle High School PTSA will take off from just west of the Alki Bathhouse. Alki and Harbor will be closed until the course (to Anchor/Luna Park and back) is cleared, and the Water Taxi shuttle will be rerouted. You can still register to be part of the WS5K, starting at 8 am. (61st SW/Alki SW)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Spring bounty shows up in ever-greater numbers every week. See what’s fresh, 10 am-2 pm. (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon

FORUM ON INITIATIVE 1631: 11:30 am at Fauntleroy Church, find out about the ballot initiative also known as the Protect Washington Act. (9140 California SW)

PROTESTERS AT DON ARMENI: As noted on Saturday, seagoing protesters are expected to launch kayaks and canoes from Don Armeni Boat Ramp for a 12:30 pm protest on Harbor Island. (1220 Harbor SW)

CHAMPIONS BASEBALL LEAGUE: 1 pm Sunday at the Pee Wee fields, this league for kids with special-needs has its first practice – sign up and show up! Details in our preview. (7226 12th SW)

JAMTIME: Music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 1-4 pm. (5612 California SW)

ORGAN RECITAL: 1:30 pm at Admiral Church. (4320 SW Hill)

ALKI DAZE COSTUMED BIKE PARADE: 2 pm, all welcome to join as the parade heads eastbound along the beach! (63rd SW/Alki SW)

SOUTHWEST STORIES: 2 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, you’re invited to find out about architect Arthur Loveless, a century after his heyday, and post-talk, you’ll be invited to visit a nearby house he designed. Presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Seattle Public Library. (2306 42nd SW)

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION WORKSHOP: Learn how to help your neighborhood be hate-free. 2 pm at Admiral Church, walk-ins welcome. (4320 SW Hill)

GUITAR CONCERT: 4 pm at Peace Lutheran Church, classical guitarist Naeim Rahmani performs. All welcome; free-will offering. (8316 39th SW)

SQUARE DANCE AND POTLUCK: New monthly event at South Park Hall! 5 pm-8 pm, all ages. (1253 S. Cloverdale)

SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP, AND CHECK OUT THE WEEK AHEAD … via our complete calendar (and if you have a West Seattle/White Center/South Park item to list, please send it – as early as possible – to westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!)

UPDATE: Crash on eastbound West Seattle Bridge, cleared after 2+ hours

8:39 PM: The image is courtesy of SDOT, which says all but one lane of the eastbound West Seattle Bridge is blocked by a crash and the emergency response for it, right before the onramp from Delridge. So if you’re headed toward the eastbound bridge, either wait a while or use Delridge to get onto it. No major injuries – the aid unit originally assigned has already been dismissed.

8:55 PM: The incident log shows SFD has closed out its involvement in call, but SDOT says lanes are still blocked. SDOT also warns that the low bridge is not an option right now because it’s about to start a “long closure.” Plus, if you’re headed toward the Viaduct, there’s a crash in the NB Battery Street Tunnel, and that’s backing up things on 99, per the scanner.

10:15 PM: Still blocking all but one lane, per the live video camera (Harbor/Spokane is currently turned up that way) connected to the SDOT traffic map.

10:40 PM: Police have just radioed in that all lanes are now open.

SUNDAY: Champions Baseball League’s first practice of the season

We’re in the heart of baseball season, and that goes for youth leagues too. One of the newest ones in West Seattle gets going for the year tomorrow, and Michelle Riggen-Ransom reminds you that it’s not too late to step up to the plate:

Registration is still open for the Champions Baseball League! Our first practice is this Sunday at 1 pm on the Pee Wee Fields in West Seattle. If you have a child with special needs who loves and wants to play baseball, sign up and come and join us for some fun games! The snack shack will be open, and we’d love to have fellow baseball fans come down and cheer on the team as well.

Here’s the link with more information, including how to register for this free, fun program. Hope to see you on the field!

If you haven’t been to the Pee Wee Fields – here’s where to find them.

TOMORROW: Southwest Stories spotlights architect Arthur Loveless, with a bonus!

(Photo by Eric Dennon, Dennon Photography)

With so many older homes (at least, older as the West Coast goes!) in our neighborhoods, do you ever wonder about the stories behind them? Tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Seattle Public Library present the stories behind an architect who designed homes in many Seattle neighborhoods, Arthur Loveless – and this time, it’s not just a talk, you’ll also be invited on a post-talk tour! It’s the next Southwest Stories event, 2 pm Sunday at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, featuring Susan Shorett, whose great-grandmother was Loveless’s sister. From the announcement:

(Loveless’s) iconic Tudor Revivalist style helped shape many of Seattle’s earliest neighborhoods. Susan and her cousin documented the most thorough list to date of Loveless’s body of work which totals over 100 residential and commercial properties. In 2017, they formulated the idea to document as many of his designs in an attempt to help preserve his architectural legacy in a book of photography of his work as the properties look today.

Susan will be joined by the book’s photographer, Eric Dennon (of Dennon Photography). The two of them will be talking about Arthur Loveless’ body of work, and will show a presentation of the beautiful photography that will be appearing in the upcoming book.

After the talk, everyone there will be invited to a nearby home that Loveless designed a little over a century ago for someone who had “long been heavily involved in early real estate development in West Seattle,” via the West Seattle Land and Improvement Company. It’s all free; the library branch is at 2306 42nd SW, and the tour address will be provided at the event.

West Seattle’s Potter Construction participates in Rampathon, celebrates awards

(First 2 photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)

While many were relaxing this Saturday, hundreds of local construction workers were volunteering their time to build mobility-enhancing ramps at local homes. It was the Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties‘ 25th annual Rampathon, building 50 ramps this year around the region, including one in West Seattle, built by Potter Construction (WSB sponsor). We stopped by this morning while the crew was building a ramp for a 69-year-old woman who lives near Genesee Hill Elementary.

(From left, Karl, Dan, Gary, David, Jeff)

While writing this, we got a photo of the finished ramp from Potter Construction’s Karl Coy.

We also want to congratulate Potter Construction for winning three Remodeling/Trade Remodeling Excellence Awards from MBAKS’s Remodelers Council earlier this month. They won for Major Remodel Excellence, Kitchen Excellence, and Design Excellence – Universal Design:

See more photos here.

2 waterfront notes for Sunday: West Seattle 5K on Alki; protesters at Don Armeni

The no-parking signs are out, and we’ve been mentioning it all week (and then some), so here’s hoping that even if you’re not running/walking in the West Seattle 5K (co-sponsored by WSB), you know it’ll close Alki/Harbor SW for a few hours on Sunday morning. The race starts from 61st/Alki just after 9 am; the closure starts sooner, and usually lasts past 11 am. (If you want to participate and aren’t signed up yet, you can do it tomorrow morning at 8 am on site – or go to West Seattle Runner [2743 California SW; WSB sponsor] today until 6 pm.)

Meantime, we’ve learned of one other event that could cause some congestion on the West Seattle waterfront tomorrow – another protest at the Kinder Morgan facility on Harbor Island, because of the Trans-Mountain Pipeline Expansion. Organizers say a flotilla of “kayaktivists” and Indigenous canoe families will be launching from Don Armeni Boat Ramp for a 12:30 pm seagoing protest tomorrow.

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Bee Festival 2018

10:53 AM: As the West Seattle Bee Festival ramps up to full buzz – with the parade coming up at 11 am – we’re seeing other creatures too:

That’s Gamma the python, one of the creatures you’ll see inside Neighborhood House – which is the venue for the festival’s indoor component, at Sylvan/Lanham [map]; the latter street is closed to motorized vehicles for the vendor fair, where we and dozens of other community organizations and businesses are boothing (officially starting at 11 am, but most are set up already); and there’s the West Seattle Bee Garden itself on the north end of High Point Commons Park. Here’s the bright and bzz-y schedule:

And what would a Bee Festival “bee” without honey?

11:31 AM: The Big Bee led the parade a short time ago – here’s a bit of video:

Lots of people here and the sun is out. Dog-friendly, too. Just ask Frankie:

We’re about to take a stroll along the vendor fair – here’s the map of who’s where. Lots to be learned – it’s not just vendors, but also community organizations!

NOON: Live music is about to start, and the International Finger Food Buffet is getting going inside Neighborhood House. And Seattle Fire Engine 37 is here:

About that music we mentioned:

12:17 PM: Back inside Neighborhood House, we’ve also spotted Tut the tortoise:

And the sewing pop-up is under way:

It’s a day to express yourself. Marco has a beard of bees!

12:55 PM: One thing that’s impressed us, boothing here at the festival today – a turnout of all ages, from babies to seniors, and people from all over West Seattle (at least judging unscientifically by those who have stopped to say hi). And we’ve even spotted a bee in the wild:

The bee-attracting lupins are in the pollination garden borders around the Bee Garden itself, where Puget Sound Beekeepers are ready to talk with you about the stars of today’s festival:

That’s at the north end of the festival – all along its west side on Lanham is the vendor (etc.) fair:

As mentioned in our Admiral Neighborhood Association report published last night, SDOT is here to talk with you about the West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway (or any other project you have a question about):

1:24 PM: More music!

And along vendor-fair row, it’s photo op time:

Woodland Park Zoo is busy inside and out here at the Bee Festival, which continues until 2!

1:53 PM: Since it’s all about the bees, we checked back with the Puget Sound Beekeepers for the final word on today’s festival (which by the way is hosted by the Events Committee of the High Point Open Spaces Association). They tell us they sold out of all 21 cases of honey they brought – 50 percent more than last year! – and that the turnout was great, lots of people curious about bees and prepared with good questions. The Bee Garden, by the way, is open year-round for visiting.

Madison Middle School celebrates Super Science Night

Thanks to Madison Middle School science teacher Fred Jenner for the photos and report!

Outstanding job to Madison Middle School’s science department, guest scientists, adult volunteers, and student volunteers for putting on a great Super Science Night Thursday night! We had 415+ in attendance.

Our guests had a great sampling of activities which included liquid nitrogen experiments, chemistry experiments, dry ice experiments, atmospheric science, and neuroscience demonstrations and activities, genius hour projects, science trivia competitions in the Dog Pound, West Seattle High School AP physics trebuchet project demonstrations, teacher demos of heart pumps, chemistry mixtures, rock selections, owl pellet dissections, delicious root beer floats (thanks to Ms. Bunch and the parent volunteers), and a high-interest sampling of books of all genres on the stage (thanks to Ms. Bell and the book store volunteers.)

Again, excellent job to all who helped make this night a super-special one!

Just five weeks left in the school year – Seattle Public Schools‘ last day is June 22nd.

West Seattle Saturday: Bee Festival, Transportation Forum, benefit workouts, comedy, book signing, wine, music, more!

(Male Black-Headed Grosbeak, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Much going on! Let’s get right to what you need to know:

TRAFFIC ALERTS: Two projects today in West Seattle that you might want to know about – 18th/Myrtle and 29th/Barton.

BENEFIT BOOT CAMPS: 8, 9, 10 am at Project 968 (WSB sponsor), as previewed here, workouts to raise money for Ben Delacour‘s fight against cancer, detailed here. (4617 37th SW)

WEST SEATTLE BEE FESTIVAL: 9:30 am-2 pm at High Point Commons Park, Neighborhood House High Point, and vicinity, including the Honey Run, the parade, a vendor fair, demonstrations, food, Bee Garden visits, more. See the schedule on the official festival website. Free! (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

ROXHILL PARK SPRING CLEAN: 10 am, just show up at Roxhill Park and be part of it! Gloves, tools, etc. all provided. (29th SW/SW Barton)

WORKSHOP FOR LANDLORDS: 11 am at Delridge Library, a workshop to help landlords learn how to keep their property safe and crime-free. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

REGISTRATION/PACKET PICKUP FOR WEST SEATTLE 5K! Not registered for Sunday’s West Seattle 5K yet? Or – you are signed up, but want to get your packet the day before? Noon-6 pm, stop by West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) to get it done! (2749 California SW)

SPRING RELEASE, DAY 2: 1-7 pm, spring wine release and tastings at South Seattle College‘s (WSB sponsor) Northwest Wine Academy. (6000 16th SW)

TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES FORUM: 1:30-3:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. As previewed here, it’s your chance to learn about alternative ways of getting around, particularly for seniors and people with disabilities. (4217 SW Oregon)

LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY PRESENTS SHREK, THE MUSICAL: 2 pm, final performance at the West Seattle High School Theater. (3000 California SW)

ALKI DAZE: The community celebration continues with a 3 pm kickball game at Alki Playfield, 5 pm bike races and Show & Shine. (59th/Alki)

BARET MAGARIAN BOOK SIGNING: 4 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), author Baret Magarian will be reading from and signing The Fabrications.” (5612 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE ROTARY 70TH ANNIVERSARY WINE POP-UP: 4 pm at Alki Masonic Hall, a wine lovers’ event is the culmination of the Rotary Club of West Seattle’s 70th anniversary year. (4736 40th SW)

UNCORKED: Sold out so we’re mentioning it just in case you’re ticketed and need a reminder – 5:30 pm happy hour, 7 pm tastings at the Highland Park Improvement Club‘s wine-tasting fundraiser (with WSB among the co-sponsors). 10th anniversary! (1116 SW Holden)

ECHOES STUDIOS ANNIVERSARY: As previewed here, you are invited to an open house, 6-9 pm, celebrating Echoes Studios‘ first anniversary. (3801 Delridge Way SW)

THE MAMA-LOGUES: 7 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, the humor in motherhood – raising money for nonprofits including WestSide Baby. Also, an optional preshow reception. Details and ticket info are in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

ROO FORREST AND FRIENDS: “Eclectic mix of originals and covers” at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

YES, THERE’S MORE … as you can see by browsing our complete-calendar page.

ELECTION 2018: Who’s in the running as filing week ends

Filing week is over. Here’s who you’ll see on the August primary ballot:

34TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR – This is the position with no incumbent, since Sen. Sharon Nelson decided not to run again. 11 people have filed:
7 Democrats (Sofia Aragon, Shannon Braddock, Lem Charleston, Lisa Ryan Devereau, Joe Nguyen, Annabel Quintero, Lois Schipper)
2 Republicans (Darla Green, Courtney Lyle)
1 independent (Debi Wagner)
1 “no preference” (Hillary Shaw)

34TH DISTRICT STATE HOUSE – Incumbent Reps. Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon both filed to run again; neither has an opponent.

7TH DISTRICT U.S. HOUSE: This appears to be an all-West Seattle faceoff, with incumbent U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal the lone Democrat, repeat candidate and anti-immigration advocate Craig Keller the lone Republican, and nobody else filing.

What the Admiral Neighborhood Association heard from SPD, SDOT, and Sub Pop

We’ve already reported on the biggest news from this week’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting – the announcement of this year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha lineup. But that wasn’t all that happened. Here are the rest of the toplines:

COMMUNITY POLICING: The area’s assigned Community Police Team Officer John O’Neil introduced himself. He’s a 14-year SPD veteran, Navy veteran, father of three. “The human element of police officers has been lost …because we don’t share,” he explained as his rationale for a personal introduction. “A lot of time, people see the uniform, and they see a robot.” He has been working in western West Seattle for about six months now. He explained that CPT officers “handle the long-term problem calls. … We want to connect with people. We want to be at these meetings.” But “if someone’s breaking into your house,” don’t call him! He also told people NOT to report crimes via social media – SPD won’t see it.

In Q&A he was asked about noise at bar closing time. If it’s a chronic problem, that’s something you can bring to the attention of your Community Police Team officer, he said.

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FOLLOWUP: Fauntleroy Creek salmon-release season at midstream

(Volunteer Dennis Hinton instructs Pathfinder students and EarthCorps crewmembers in the gentle releasing of fry into Fauntleroy Creek. Photo by Kersti Muul)

Thanks to Judy Pickens for the update from Fauntleroy Creek:

Salmon-release season passed the midpoint this week, with nearly 400 students, plus 170 adults and younger siblings, having put just over 700 coho fry in upper Fauntleroy Creek. Reared through the Salmon in the Schools program, the fish will spend the next year in the creek, then head for two years in saltwater.

EarthCorps trainees restoring habitat along the middle reach of the creek were special guests on Pathfinder’s May 15 field trip, joining students to release fish and answer questions about their work and career plans.

Keeping the creek safe for such students as well as healthy is a major objective of the Fauntleroy Watershed Stewardship Fund administered by EarthCorps. Since March 1, individuals and school groups have donated $6,300 toward a goal of $30,000.

Salmon releases will continue through June 1.

Here’s the backstory on the stewardship fund.

VIDEO: Little lost otters make it up to Hiawatha before their rescue

Remember the river otters we mentioned last night – including a pair seen making their way up Fairmount Ravine? They apparently kept going, and by morning were spotted by startled neighbors on the east side of Hiawatha Community Center. First we heard from Jennifer – then, Andrea sent the photos, video, and report:

Found these pair of cuties hanging out on Forest Ave SW by Hiawatha Playfield this morning – must have strayed too far from Mom in their adventures up from the water. Animal Control came to get them and bring them to the wildlife center in Lynnwood to be properly relocated. Thanks to all the neighbors who helped divert traffic while these little guys decided to camp out in the road!

We confirmed with Seattle Animal Shelter executive director Ann Graves that SAS Officer Cantu picked up the otters and took them to PAWS – we have an inquiry out to them as to what happens next, but probably won’t hear back until Monday.

SAS doesn’t always step into wildlife situations; Graves explains that “we do not handle ‘nuisance’ wildlife but we do respond to calls which are considered ‘rescue/assist’ situations.”

HAPPENING NOW: Second sold-out West Seattle Junction Wine Walk

The West Seattle Junction Association‘s second Wine Walk is sold out! CAPERS is the epicenter – that’s where Ben Viscon of Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) is pouring tonight, and where the limited supply of same-day tickets were snapped up after they went on sale an hour before the Wine Walk started:

But even if you didn’t get a Wine Walk ticket, you can do some evening shopping – for example, Menashe and Sons Jewelers (WSB sponsor) has kicked off its 45th anniversary sale – 30 percent to 50 percent off! – and you can shop with a soundtrack as musician Zechariah Valette is performing there:

The Menashes are featuring wines from Aluel Cellars. More than a dozen wineries are paired with businesses for the Wine Walk. At Fleurt, it’s Coral Wines – and a lot of smiles:

At Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), Convergence Zone Cellars is pouring:

Each winery is selling bottles as well as offering tastes. And if you enjoy candy with your wine – stop by VAIN (WSB sponsor), where they’re hosting Dolcetta, as well as Ellensburg Canyon Winery. The Wine Walk is on until 9 pm tonight; again, it’s sold out, but watch the Junction Association’s channels for word of the next one!

UPDATE: About the police response on West Seattle Bridge

6:01 PM: Thanks to SDOT for the image: A Seattle Police/State Patrol response has two lanes blocked on the westbound West Seattle Bridge. According to what we heard via scanner, a state trooper had someone at gunpoint, and called for backup. SPD responded (you might have seen multiple cars headed full code through West Seattle). We don’t know the circumstances of the arrest or what preceded it, but everything is reported to be under control now.

6:35 PM: The scene has cleared to the shoulder, so no lanes blocked any more, per SDOT. Meantime, WSP Trooper Rick Johnson just called us after we asked what this was all about. He said a trooper “on his way to work at the ferry terminal” tried to pull over the driver, a woman, for reasons as yet unknown, and she refused to stop – so he saw what Johnson called a “perfect opportunity” for a PIT maneuver – Pursuit Intervention Technique, which causes the pursued vehicle to lose control and spin to a stop. He subsequently took the driver into custody; an ambulance was called to check her out because at the very least, Johnson explains, that gives the driver a jolt. She’ll eventually be booked into jail.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Suspects sought in robbery spree that included West Seattle holdup

Seattle Police went public this afternoon with four photos of suspects they say are wanted in a robbery spree this week that included a West Seattle holdup:

Police say the Avalon 7-11 was robbed around 3 am, one of six holdups in and out of Seattle in a two and a half hour time frame, and that not only do they believe these four suspects were linked to all of them, but also that they committed two robberies on May 16th. They are described as:

… four black males, ranging in age from 16 to early twenties. All of the suspects had their faces partially covered either by masks or hooded sweatshirts that were drawn tight. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun. At this point there is no suspect vehicle description. The images below are from the Seattle robberies on May 16th.

If anyone recognizes any of the suspects … or has any information on these crimes, please contact the Seattle Police Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535.

The Avalon 7-11 robbery is the only one mentioned by SPD as having happened in West Seattle, and there are no further details so far.

ROAD-WORK ALERT: Lane closures on SW Barton starting tomorrow

Just in from SDOT:

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers that lane closures on SW Barton St between 29th Ave SW and 30th Ave SW begin Saturday, May 19 through Wednesday, May 23. The closures are for concrete panel repairs on SW Barton St. This project is weather dependent. SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is being completed.

What travelers can expect:

*SW Barton will have one lane of alternating traffic open during construction hours (8:30 am to 6:00 pm)
*Police Officers will be staged at 29th Ave SW and 30th Ave SW to direct traffic
*Sidewalk access will remain open
*One lane in each direction of SW Barton will be open for vehicle traffic after construction hours
*Possible travel delays through construction area during work hours

PHOTOS: West Seattle Bike Connections and friends under the bridge for Bike Everywhere Day 2018

Thanks to Don Brubeck for photos from West Seattle Bike Connections‘ under-the-bridge station this morning to celebrate Bike Everywhere Day (broadened a few years back from Bike to Work Day). Above,
Don explains, Paul Dieter and Sonia Honeydew were “checking the serial number on a bike to help the rider register it on BikeIndex.org. That is a database for theft recovery – free, Seattle-based nationwide non-profit registry of bikes. We were ‘vaccinating’ bikes, thus the lab coat.” New at the station this year, Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor), opening soon in The Junction, promoting loans for bicycle purchases,especially e-bikes:

Those who stopped also enjoyed “coffee from Uptown Espresso (Delridge), teas from Choice Organic Teas in Georgetown, hydration drinks from Nuun, homemade cookies and fruit from our volunteers, and lots of bike information especially on the Delridge corridor,” plus assistance from Alki Bike and Board (WSB sponsor), Don adds.

(Thanks again to Don for the pics – we appreciate event-coverage contributions at westseattleblog@gmail.com!)

YOU CAN HELP! Start your weekend with an hour at Roxhill Park

Big spring weekend ahead … and if you can give one hour of your time at the start, you can make a difference: 10 am, meet at 29th and Barton to join your neighbors for Spring Clean at Roxhill Park. You don’t have to bring anything – gloves, bags, and safety gear will be provided. It’s a partnership of community members and city departments including Seattle Public Utilities, Parks and Recreation, Neighborhoods, and SDOT.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Burglaries near Fairmount Park

While Rasmus and his wife were sleeping, somebody broke into their home near Fairmount Park, and he says police told them they weren’t the only ones hit:

We discovered someone had opened our sliding back door and targeted iOS devices. They also took my wife’s purse and wallet (w/ ID, medication, etc). They left bigger things (like TV) behind, and it looks like they were in and out very quickly.

The officer who arrived to take our statement told us it looks like several places may have been hit along Fauntleroy Way. He also said more people might discover it later in the day, because the burglars didn’t break anything and only went for smaller items.

We suspect it happened some time between 5:30 and 6 am, because we both heard some noises around that time, but thought it was the upstairs neighbor.

If you have any info, the SPD incident # is 2018-177832. Looking at Tweets by Beat, we see one other report in the system already, about two blocks south. (Remember that the time stamp on most of SPD’s automated tweets reflect when the report appeared in the system, not when the incident actually happened.)

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