West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle news http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:42:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Happening now: Band Jam 2014 at Southwest Athletic Complex http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-band-jam-2014-at-southwest-athletic-complex/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-band-jam-2014-at-southwest-athletic-complex/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:52:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280508

6:52 PM: We’re at Southwest Athletic Complex in Westwood, where the Junior All-City Marching Band – seen in our quick video clip above – has just opened this year’s Band Jam, an event that’s continued to grow in the past few years as a tune-up event (and showcase) for some of the marching bands participating in the Seafair Torchlight Parade, which is happening tomorrow night. Following the Junior All-City Band, the Pacific Northwest Drumline has just taken the field.

This is going on for at least another hour and a half, and it’s free (with concessions available, to support music programs) – we’ll have more sounds and sights later, but for now, c’mon down.

7:14 PM: The Sumner High School Marching Band – explained by their announcer as including middle-school musicians too – is on the field now:

These musicians came almost all the way from Mount Rainier, which you can see in a peek view here in the SWAC stands. P.S. Non-conventional “marching” bands play Band Jam too; the Ten-Man Brass Band followed Sumner (bound for the Capitol Hill Block Party later tonight), and Chaotic Noise Marching Corps – a punk-ish hit last year – is still to come, as is the host All-City Band, directed by Marcus Pimpleton, who launched Band Jam here five years ago.

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17 questions from Councilmember Rasmussen for new SDOT boss Scott Kubly; anything missing? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/17-questions-from-councilmember-rasmussen-for-new-sdot-boss-scott-kubly-anything-missing/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/17-questions-from-councilmember-rasmussen-for-new-sdot-boss-scott-kubly-anything-missing/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:11:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280501 A short time ago, Scott Kubly, Mayor Murray’s choice for SDOT director, tweeted that he’s arrived:

Next month, he faces confirmation hearings before the City Council. The chair of its Transportation Committee, West Seattle-residing Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, shared with us the questions he wants Kubly to answer. See them here. You’ll note that they include a request for Kubly to review the June 10th five-hour, four-mile Highway 99 crash-investigation-related closure (here’s our most-recent followup) and whether policies should be changed as a result. But that’s just one of 17 questions Rasmussen has asked Kubly to answer by August 5th, in advance of his August 12th hearing. Anything you think he’s missing?

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West Seattle development: Three more teardown plans http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-development-three-more-teardown-plans/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-development-three-more-teardown-plans/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:00:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280498 No new big development proposals have popped up lately. No new Design Review Board meetings on the schedule. But some smaller projects are of note, including these three which if nothing else will be noticeable with demolition activity on arterials:

3923 CALIFORNIA SW: The first demolition-permit application for the multiplexes on the northwest corner of California/Andover (map) is in. The city’s online files say a four-unit rowhouse is proposed (with the address 3925 California) for this side of the site, while the SW Andover side of the site is proposed for three single-family houses and a two-townhouse unit. (We first reported on this site two months ago, when a lot-boundary adjustment was sought.)

4151 CALIFORNIA SW: The same developer (Block II LLC) has been granted a demolition permit for two houses behind the California-fronting Pica Border Grill restaurant (map) on the north end of The Junction. The restaurant building is NOT involved in the project; the two houses behind it are slated to be replaced by a building with one townhouse and one live-work unit.

3036/3038 ALKI SW: Two “residential structures” here (map) are the subject of another demolition-permit application. As noted here last month, a proposal is on file for four townhouses and one single-family home, with a subdivision application to make it possible.

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How local teens spent part of their summer: Rebuilding a custom vintage motorcycle with MISSIONmoto, SW Youth & Family Services http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/how-local-teens-spent-part-of-their-summer-rebuilding-a-custom-vintage-motorcycle-with-missionmoto-sw-youth-family-services/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/how-local-teens-spent-part-of-their-summer-rebuilding-a-custom-vintage-motorcycle-with-missionmoto-sw-youth-family-services/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280492

Program names go by … say, the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative … but we don’t often see/hear the results of activities related to those programs. Here, for a change, is a result. In the photo is Terry, one of the participants in a SYVPI project that led to the teardown and rebuild of that custom vintage motorcycle over the course of a 10-week after-school (etc.) project. He did it with MISSIONmoto, a nonprofit “motorcycle ministry” with garage space near Morgan Junction, which invited youth from the SYVPI program at North Delridge-based Southwest Youth and Family Services to “do a complete teardown and rebuild of a custom vintage motorcycle” – a 1973 Honda CB750K, to be precise. It was a pilot partnership, MISSIONmoto explains; we photographed Terry and the motorcycle at a celebratory barbecue held Thursday afternoon at SWYFS.

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Nine ‘new acres’ of greenbelt restoration in West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/nine-new-acres-of-greenbelt-restoration-in-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/nine-new-acres-of-greenbelt-restoration-in-west-seattle/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:38:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280215

More work to protect West Seattle forest land: Seattle Parks plant ecologist Michael Yadrick sent word of a new round of greenbelt restoration happening now – nine acres in the West Duwamish Greenbelt, the city’s largest contiguous forest, some of which is shown in our photo above, looking at the greenbelt behind the Parks facility on West Marginal Way SW.

These are what we call “new acres,” an area that hasn’t been touched for restoration before. This zone is very visible from the West Seattle Bridge. If you ever cruise westbound and look south at the hillside above the river, we are getting into the steep slopes above W Marginal Way. This Andover tract has some of the forests most heavily impacted by invasion of non-native plants, over 80% cover of ivy on the ground (and it was thigh-high when we first went in to survey for the work) and every single tree had ivy climbing up the trunk. The crew removed ivy from over 800 trees! A month or so after the crew completed the “survival rings,” I could actually see the texture of the forest canopy change. Much of that green, pillowy look that you see from the bridge is from ivy foliage that was hanging in the trees, which ultimately contributes to their decline over time. By removing it, we allow more light on the forest floor, which creates conditions more amenable to a healthy, mixed conifer forest.

(As far as we could tell from below, the brown areas in our photo are dead invasives. Yadrick’s explanation continues after the jump, if you’re reading this from the home page:)

This is work that is completed by contractors and Parks staff due to the safety of working in steep areas as well as the level of work needed to remove the invasive weeds and replant heavily. Nine acres is a good amount to cover in one season. This work on steep slopes and wetlands is what I consider the “dirty work” that many people won’t see at other GSP volunteer events. We want to let the public know about it.

Green Seattle Partnership’s goal is to restore 2500 acres of forested parkland by 2025, and we are halfway to that goal. For the next 10 years of the program, by our calculations, we have 500+ acres of steep slope work left to do in the city, and over 200 acres of that is in West Seattle (primarily in the W Duwamish and Duwamish Head). With restoration, comes the benefits of slope stability, habitat enhancement, and more pleasant recreational opportunities.

We have a new map where you can view the areas in restoration and places we have yet to work.

Read more about the Green Seattle Partnership here.

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Name the new Water Taxis, round two: Vote on your favorites from 11 finalists – 6 for West Seattle, 5 for Vashon http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/name-the-new-water-taxis-round-two-vote-on-your-favorites-from-11-finalists/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/name-the-new-water-taxis-round-two-vote-on-your-favorites-from-11-finalists/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:03:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280481

(Rendering of new vessels – reflecting size/shape/configuration, not final color/paint/trim)
Four weeks after the King County Ferry District invited you to suggest names for the new Water Taxi vessels that are under construction, here comes Round 2 – your chance to choose between 11 finalists. Just out of the WSB inbox:

The process to name the King County Ferry District’s new vessels continues with public voting starting (today) and running through August 15, 2014. To vote, see surveymonkey.com/s/TTPBNZQ or call 206-477-3840.

“The public’s participation in this process has been incredible – we have received 326 different name nominations. People in this region really value this service,” said King County Ferry District Chair Joe McDermott.

The King County Ferry District’s Executive Committee has narrowed the names down to 11.

Now, the public has one final opportunity to name the vessels. This is the last step of the process. This final public vote will determine the names of the two new water taxis that will serve both the West Seattle and Vashon Island routes. The top names for each route will serve as the names of the two new vessels currently being built by All American Marine in Bellingham, WA.

The Vashon options include Sally Fox, Betty MacDonald, Lisabeula, Barbara Durham, and Lucy Gerand.

Sally Fox fought tirelessly as a passionate advocate for passenger-only ferry service to Vashon. She organized the community and fought at the forefront of the movement to protect and expand this valuable service. Fox passed away in 2007 from esophageal cancer, but her spirit lives on through the results of her activism.

Betty MacDonald was a prominent author, who notably wrote books such as Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and The Egg and I. Her humorous, autobiographical tales are still cherished today. The farm where McDonald wrote still exists on Vashon Island. Even after her tragic death by cancer at age 49, MacDonald still has a large, adoring fanbase to carry out her legacy.

Lisabeula is a park on the island that has a unique story behind the origin of its name. When trying to determine the name for a new post office on Vashon, the officer at the Post Office Department looked to two employees in the office, named Eliza and Beulah. He decided to combine the two names, resulting in Lisabeula, the name of the new post office and later, a waterfront beach park.

Barbara Durham was the first female chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court. She was highly respected by her colleagues. She served as a judge in Washington state courts at the district, superior, appellate, and supreme levels. She grew up on Vashon and graduated from Vashon High School in 1960.

Lucy Gerand was a Native American, longtime Islander who was one of the first to provide stories about her life on the island. She dug clams with her husband in Quartermaster Harbor and took the ferry to Tacoma where she sold them at the farmer’s market. She died of tuberculosis in 1929.

For the West Seattle vessel, the public can choose from Doc Maynard, Princess Angeline, Cobain Watertrain, Lushootseed, Lynn Campbell, or Dixy Lee Ray.

Doc Maynard was a Seattle pioneer and doctor. As one of the primary founders of Seattle, Maynard’s friendship with Chief Sealth inspired him to propose the name of the city be named after his Duwamish friend.

Princess Angeline was the eldest daughter of Chief Sealth and was a well-known and highly-respected figure in Seattle. She was the last living descendent of Chief Sealth, and did laundry and sold baskets, while living in a waterfront cabin near what is today known as Pike Place Market.

Cobain Watertrain is a name that might not require as much of an explanation. This name is a tribute to the legendary Kurt Cobain, lead singer of the grunge band Nirvana.

Lushootseed refers to the language spoken by many Salish tribes, including the Duwamish.

Lynn Campbell started the Spring Street Water Taxi in 1949, which ran crew and supplies to ships in Elliott Bay. He then started tours a couple years later and added Seattle Harbor Tours, which was eventually renamed to Argosy Cruises. Campbell offered deckhand and bartending positions for women and welcomed gay charter cruises at a time when venues were harder to come by for the community. This includes the Queen City Cruise (Tacky Tourist Cruise) which has its 24th annual sailing in August.

Dixy Lee Ray was not only the first woman to be elected governor of Washington, but she was also a marine biologist, associate professor at the University of Washington, and director of Seattle’s Pacific Science Center.

The voting opportunity will begin (today), and will close on August 15. To vote, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TTPBNZQ, or call 206-477-3840.

We don’t know how many of the 326 potential names mentioned by Councilmember McDermott came from WSB’ers but we do note that five of them were mentioned in comments on our original story announcing your chance to suggest a name.

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West Seattle Friday: Band Jam, Delridge farmstand, Pencil Me In For Kids, Shakespeare in the Park, more … http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-friday-band-jam-delridge-farmstand-pencil-me-in-for-kids-shakespeare-in-the-park-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-friday-band-jam-delridge-farmstand-pencil-me-in-for-kids-shakespeare-in-the-park-more/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:57:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280458 From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:

VOTE UNTIL 1 PM: The Major League Soccer Community MVP voting continues until 1 our time today, and West Seattle Cup organizer Terry Kegel remains in the running. Our previous story includes the link.

PENCIL ME IN FOR KIDS DONATION DRIVE: PMIFK collects and buys school supplies to help kids in need, and even though it’s the middle of summer, donations are needed now to make sure everyone’s set for next school year. 3-6 pm today, you can donate supplies and/or cash to Rotary Club of West Seattle volunteers who will be at QFC in The Junction; details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Alaska)

FRIDAY FARMSTAND: Delridge Grocery‘s second weekly farmstand is set for 4:30-7:30 pm today (here’s our coverage of last week’s launch). Here’s what DG’s update says will be available:

Salad mix
Spring onions

The stand is right next to the sidewalk at 5435 Delridge Way SW.

BAND JAM: As previewed here earlier this week, more than half a dozen marching bands participating in tomorrow night’s Seafair Torchlight Parade will be tuning up with the free-and-open-to-the-public Band Jam tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex, 6:30 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Tonight, Greenstage presents “Othello” at Lincoln Park – free! 7 pm. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

LIVE MUSIC: Salty’s, C & P Coffee, The Cask, Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsors), Skylark Café and Club, Benbow Room all have listings for tonight – see them by going directly to our calendar.

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West Seattle power outage: Crow vs. transformer again http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-power-outage-crow-vs-transformer-again/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-power-outage-crow-vs-transformer-again/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:11:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280473 City Light says 10 homes are still out of power northeast of The Junction as part of an earlier outage that at one point was reported to be up to 90. According to a photo texted to us, this was another case of crow vs. transformer, with the bird making deadly contact at 38th/Dakota. The current estimate for repair completion is around 12:30 pm.

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Another traffic heads-up: Underground work ahead on Spokane @ Beach Dr. http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/another-traffic-heads-up-underground-work-ahead-on-spokane-beach-dr/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/another-traffic-heads-up-underground-work-ahead-on-spokane-beach-dr/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:54:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280470 Though King County says the timeline’s not set yet, it’s circulating an alert about work that will dig up a section of road south of Alki Point soon. The alert begins:

Beginning later this month, a contractor working for King County will be making repairs to the County’s Alki Regulator Gate. This below-ground structure is located in Southwest Spokane St., near the corner of Beach Dr. Southwest. (see attached map). This facility is part of the County’s regional wastewater system; it helps to regulate wastewater flows going to the County’s West Seattle tunnel and pump station. These repairs are important to help avoid wastewater overflows into Puget Sound during times of high wastewater flows in the system.

See the full alert here (PDF, including a map). It says the work will last up to two weeks, with traffic-flagging for the duration, and that other projects are ahead, including improvements to the pump station in the area and installation of a “flow meter” near Spokane/62nd.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; looking ahead http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/traffictransit-today-friday-updates-looking-ahead/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/traffictransit-today-friday-updates-looking-ahead/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:26:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280427

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Sunshine’s back, in time for a busy summer weekend. First – today’s commute. OK so far. (The I-90 westbound lane closures ended early today, by the way.) So here are the looking-ahead notes:

SATURDAY NIGHT VIADUCT CLOSURE: Tomorrow night, the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct closes 5:30-7:45 pm for the Seafair Torchlight Run – this SDOT roundup has details on that and other citywide weekend traffic alerts.

MONDAY NIGHT NOTE: The West Seattle Water Taxi will run late Monday night (July 28) for the Sounders match.

BLUE ANGELS-RELATED I-90 CLOSURES NEXT WEEK: Looking way ahead to Thursday 7/31 through Sunday 8/3 – here’s the schedule for that.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Early-morning investigation; wheelchair-theft attempt; bicycle found http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-early-morning-investigation-wheelchair-theft-attempt-bicycle-found/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-crime-watch-early-morning-investigation-wheelchair-theft-attempt-bicycle-found/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:31:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280455 Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes: First, this is developing – Seattle Police are investigating another possible strong-arm robbery in the Roxhill Park area. Seattle Fire medics were sent to check out someone found unconscious in the bushes by the bus stop on the south side of SW Barton, reported as a possible victim of a robbery/assault. We’ll follow up later this morning to see what police determined.

Meantime, Creighton reports two incidents in Admiral:

Both incidents happened in front of my house during the daytime at 37th Ave SW and Admiral, just north of Belvedere Viewpoint Park.

Wednesday morning after breakfast, between 9 am and 11 am, someone started to steal my visiting-from-out-of-town handicapped father’s wheelchair from the side of my house, where it was placed to stay dry and out of the hard rain. Upon searching the neighborhood, we found it one house south of ours, stashed in the bushes. It looked like they started to steal it, but either decided it was too big to toss in their vehicle, or I’m hoping had a change of heart and realized it was bad karma to steal a handicapped man’s wheelchair.

Did they come back and try again later that day? Later that same day, after dinner (between 6 pm and 8 pm) I went out to clean my wife’s late-model MDX and discovered all of the contents of the glovebox (registration, manual, etc), center console and change dish were missing. We’re pretty sure we locked the doors, but there was no sign of forced entry to the car so we’re scratching our heads. Both incidents have been reported to the Seattle PD using the CORP online reporting tool.

Finally, Brian found this bike in Highland Park:

Brian describes it as a “Univega bike with Anacortes Cycle sticker.” If it’s yours, contact police and refer to case 14-242562.

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Skies Over West Seattle, midsummer edition: Meteors on the way http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/skies-over-west-seattle-midsummer-edition-meteors-on-the-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/skies-over-west-seattle-midsummer-edition-meteors-on-the-way/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:33:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280429 EDITOR’S NOTE: Ever wish for advance alert of an upcoming meteor shower/eclipse/etc. – and/or wonder “What’s that bright ‘star’ up there?” This should help. It’s our periodic feature by West Seattle’s own Solar System Ambassador Alice Enevoldsen, famed for her solstice/equinox sunset watches, among other things.

By Alice Enevoldsen
Special to West Seattle Blog

Happy summer, everyone! I, like many, did not enjoy our recent heat wave. I’m Seattleite to my bones, and temperatures outside 50-80°F send me searching desperately for relief. Lucky us, hot days make for comfortable stargazing nights. You’ll often hear me advocate for the winter skies, because they’re so pristine (whenever we can see the stars through the clouds), and the long nights give you lots of things to see. The benefit to summer skies is that you don’t have to bundle up, and you’re probably thrilled to spend an hour or two with an excuse to just relax in the cool night air, and we do (believe it or not) have more clear nights in summer.

Hey, what’s that?

Mars and Spica — This pair, a star and a planet, have been giving us quite a show every night in the West as soon as it begins to get dark, around 10 pm. If you’ve seen something in the sky and wondered what it was, I’m betting it is these two. Spica is a brilliant white, and Mars has a blush of a tan or salmon color to it.

You may be inexperienced at noticing the different colors of the stars, so this is a perfect chance to push yourself a little further. Go out tonight – if we get a break in the clouds – and look at this pairing. First, just try to decide if they appear to be the same color or different colors. Then, keep observing and start thinking about what you would name those two different colors. Try looking away at some other stars and then bringing your eyes back.

Another major difference to watch for in the pair is that Spica will twinkle, and Mars will not. Planets don’t twinkle (an easy way to remember this is that the song doesn’t go “Twinkle, twinkle little planet …”).

Twinkling is caused by the movement of air in the atmosphere — just like looking across a hot grill or warm pavement. Stars are so far away, they are just a pinpoint of light, and the moving air makes them seem to blink and change colors. Planets are closer, so although they look like just a pinpoint to your eye, they are in fact close enough to be a dot or a disc on the sky. Since we’re getting light from all sides of that disc, the moving air has much less effect.

I wish I had a photo of this conjunction here; maybe if you do, you can submit yours to WSB? You won’t need a very long exposure to catch the pairing, they’re bright and just after sunset so is the sky.

If I’m wrong, and you’re looking at something that isn’t a scintillating pair of objects, your “hey, what’s that?” may be the star Arcturus, a bit higher in the sky but still in the West, or the planet Saturn just about due Southwest. Over the course of the next month, Mars will travel across the sky away from Spica to make a beautiful pairing with Saturn in August.

Morning people? Venus is a brilliant morning “star” this month, rising shortly before the Sun in the East.

Looking for More

After you’ve noticed Mars, Spica, and Saturn, cast your gaze farther up, up, up for the Summer Triangle directly overhead. I know, I can hear you saying, “Alice, pick any three stars and you have a triangle, which one am I looking for?” Right, I know. These are three of the brightest stars in tonight’s sky, but they aren’t ones I’ve already mentioned: Vega, Deneb, and Altair.

Of the three, Altair is between South and East, about halfway up the sky. You’ll know you’ve found it because it is the middle star of a line of three, and it is the brightest of that line.

Vega is even higher in the sky in the same direction, and the brightest star in a tiny triangle.

Deneb will be the main challenge because although it is bright, it is the dimmest of the three and it’s right in the middle of the Milky Way. If you’re out camping, you can use Deneb and its constellation, Cygnus, as markers for the Milky Way itself. If you’re in West Seattle proper, it would probably take a widespread power-outage to be able to identify the Milky Way. These little power blips caused by birds short-circuiting the power lines aren’t large enough to dim the city glow enough to see a deep, dark sky.


August 11th — Perseid Meteor Shower pre-peak

August 12th — Perseid Meteor Shower true peak. You’ll be watching the Northeast between midnight and 3am.

August 17th — Autumn Equinox in Mars’s Northern Hemisphere! (Seasons are approximately twice as long on Mars)

Did I miss something? Please add it in the comments!

The Moon

July 26, August 25, New Moon: the day of the new moon you won’t see the Moon at all, but in a few days before or after you might see a tiny sliver of a crescent Moon in the mid-day sky.

August 3, First Quarter: the first quarter moon is ideal for late afternoon and early evening observation.

August 10, Full Moon: The full moon rises at sunset, and sets at sunrise.

August 17, Last Quarter: the week around the last quarter moon, it is visible in the early morning sky.


Stellarium: Free planetarium software for your home computer. Bring up the sky for anywhere in the world – any time and date in history, or the future.

Clear Sky Chart: The astronomer’s forecast for the next couple days. Cloud cover, darkness, and “seeing” which is how nice it is to view the stars, all on one handy chart.

USNO: Dates and times of astronomical happenings.

International Dark Sky Association

Who is Alice?

Alice is many things and volunteers for a few different notable organizations, but the suggestions and opinions put forth in this article are her own and no one else’s. You can find more about astronomy at alicesastroinfo.com.

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Summer Concerts at Hiawatha update: Tonight’s show is a go! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-update-tonights-show-is-a-go/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-update-tonights-show-is-a-go/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:25:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280439 The clouds have lifted and Eclectic Approach is playing outdoors as scheduled on the east lawn at Hiawatha in this year’s first concert of the Admiral Neighborhood Association-sponsored series, reports ANA president David Whiting. Metropolitan Market (a series sponsor, as are we, and a WSB sponsor) is there with brownies, he adds. Official start at 6:30, music at least until 8, have fun!

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After 2+ years, new monorail initiative reported to be ballot-bound http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/after-2-years-new-monorail-initiative-reported-to-be-ballot-bound/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/after-2-years-new-monorail-initiative-reported-to-be-ballot-bound/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:20:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280424 In spring 2012, we reported on activist Elizabeth Campbell‘s proposal for a new monorail company, to be called the Century Transportation Authority, CenTran for short, with a line running from Ballard to West Seattle, like the last monorail proposal. Haven’t heard much about it in the interim, but today, PubliCola reports that Campbell has gathered enough valid signatures – just under 4,600 – to get this on the Seattle ballot in November. If voters say yes, CenTran’s website says, it would start out with a $5 license-tab tax to raise money to plan the monorail system.

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Followup: Fauntleroy Schoolhouse’s lesson in crowdlending http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/followup-fauntleroy-schoolhouses-lesson-in-crowdlending/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/followup-fauntleroy-schoolhouses-lesson-in-crowdlending/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:38:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280415

Last night at The Hall at Fauntleroy inside the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, potential investors gathered to find out more about the crowdlending push intended to bring in the final half-million dollars needed for fixing up the nonprofit-owned building. As mentioned in our preview, the Fauntleroy Community Service Agency is working with Bellevue-based social-investment facilitator Semble. FCSA’s Kevin Wooley explained that the project’s only been up on the Semble website a week, and they’re already more than halfway to their goal.

Wooley told the ~30 people in attendance that most of the money would go toward the ongoing roof-renovation project, and they hope to raise it within a month in order to get the roof work finished before the rainy season. A few other jobs are included, all work that FCSA promised would be done after its purchase of the former Seattle Public Schools property four years ago. Semble reps explained at the gathering that it’s an investment, not a donation, and interest will be paid – information on the project’s Semble webpage (see it here) includes the prospectus, FCSA financials over the past three years, and the interest rate, all of which you can take into account before deciding whether to become a lender.

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