West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle news http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 02:25:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Terminal 5 updates: Vehicle carrier due in; new security proposal http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/terminal-5-updates-vehicle-carrier-due-in-new-security-proposal/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/terminal-5-updates-vehicle-carrier-due-in-new-security-proposal/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 02:25:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308465 Two updates on the Port of Seattle‘s Terminal 5 in West Seattle:

VEHICLE CARRIER ON THE WAY: The vehicle carrier Ryujin is expected at T-5 tonight (unrelated to the Foss/Shell operations for which a third of T-5 is currently leased.). Port spokesperson Peter McGraw tells WSB, “It will be delivering 2,400 autos that will be stored there for up to a few weeks. There may be other car-carrying vessels over this time frame as well. At some point they will be loaded back on to the vessel and off to their planned destination.” (MarineTraffic.com shows the Ryujin currently near the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.)

SECURITY CONTRACT FOR T-5: One of the items on the agenda for tomorrow’s Port Commission meeting at Sea-Tac Airport is authorization for up to $3 million to be spent for T-5 security over the next 5 years. Here’s the agenda document:

The memo says security used to be the responsibility of whomever was leasing the terminal; since the lease expired last summer, the port has contracted with security guards, which cost almost $100,000 in the last three months of last year. They’ve already sent this proposal out to bid, with a contract to be awarded later this week, and expecting it will cost $400,000 to $600,000 a year. The memo also says the current “interim tenant” – which would be Foss – is picking up 25 percent of the security costs. The commission meeting is at 1 pm in the airport’s conference center and also is streamed live online.

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VIDEO: West Seattle swimmer Wayne Kinslow’s milestone – 1,000 consecutive days of swimming off Alki http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/video-west-seattle-swimmer-wayne-kinslows-milestone-1000-consecutive-days-of-swimming-off-alki/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/video-west-seattle-swimmer-wayne-kinslows-milestone-1000-consecutive-days-of-swimming-off-alki/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:55:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308450

Maybe you’ve seen Wayne Kinslow swimming off Alki and wondered if it was just somebody on a dare. Nope. Wayne swims off Alki every day. And we do mean, EVERY day. Today happened to be his THOUSANDTH consecutive day of swimming off Alki – that’s almost three years without missing a day, rain or shine or snow. Among those capturing the historic occasion – Clay Eals, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:

During a quick post-swim interview, Wayne, who’s an Alki resident as well as Alki swimmer, received a trophy of sorts:

Here’s a closer look:

He’s still swimming tonight too, as mentioned in our daily calendar highlights, and invites you to join him in celebrating the milestone – meet up at the Alki fire rings around 6:30, group swim set for about 7 pm, then a potluck and bonfire. By the way, according to a NOAA buoy, today’s water temperature in Elliott Bay is about 51 degrees.

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Meet City Councilmember John Okamoto, just appointed for remainder of Sally Clark’s term http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/meet-city-councilmember-john-okamoto-just-appointed-for-remainder-of-sally-clarks-term/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/meet-city-councilmember-john-okamoto-just-appointed-for-remainder-of-sally-clarks-term/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:49:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308454

(City of Seattle photo: Councilmember John Okamoto’s swearing-in today)
The newest member of the Seattle City Council is 61-year-old John Okamoto of Seward Park, chosen today by his new colleagues to fill the unexpired term left when Sally Clark resigned to take a job at the University of Washington. Okamoto is a former city employee, including a recent sting as interim Human Services Director. Here’s the official city announcement; here’s Okamoto’s application material. Okamoto has pledged not to run for election this fall, as the Council had requested of applicants, so he will serve until the election is certified in late November.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen truck; swapped plates; bicycles found/sighted; mail theft http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-truck-swapped-plates-bicycles-foundsighted-mail-theft/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-truck-swapped-plates-bicycles-foundsighted-mail-theft/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:42:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308432 West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports to share:

LUNA PARK TRUCK THEFT: Bob discovered this morning that someone had taken his white Chevy Blazer from what’s supposed to be a secure garage at City View Apartments in the Luna Park area. License plate 105YGD – call 911 if you see it.

STOLEN PLATES: From Andi:

This morning I discovered someone had swapped my back license plate on my car with someone else’s. I have reported them as stolen, so if anyone sees plates ASU6665 call the police. The ones they put on the car were ANK8876, and the officer said he recognized them from a call this morning. I live on Trenton & Delridge [map] if anyone saw anything.

This happens more often than you might think, so it’s always worth a quick glance at your plates every time you go out to your vehicle, if it’s parked outside.

POSSIBLE STOLEN BICYCLES: Two posts in the WSB Forums regarding bicycles -
**Vintage Puch bicycle found in a Westwood/Roxhill-area backyard
**Redline bicycle frame spotted in Admiral in unusual circumstances

HIGHLAND PARK MAIL THEFT: In the 9400 block of 10th SW (map), Fran A spotted several mailboxes open this morning, with mail littered on the street, including an envelope that was supposed to contain her husband’s new driver’s license.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Alki Trail safety-improvement realignment http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffic-alert-alki-trail-safety-improvement-realignment/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffic-alert-alki-trail-safety-improvement-realignment/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:25:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308434

3:25 PM: Announced by SDOT this afternoon:

The Seattle Department of Transportation will realign the Alki Trail at the driveway of 3400 Harbor Avenue Southwest (several hundred yards north of Spokane Street). Moving the trail away from the building at the driveway will improve visibility for drivers exiting the building parking lot and for bicyclists and pedestrians using the trail. Please see the [above] aerial visual with realignment super-imposed.

Construction is scheduled to begin tomorrow, April 28, and take up to three weeks to complete. Work will occur weekdays from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. with pedestrians and bicyclists detoured away from the building into an adjacent temporary pathway currently used to provide on-street parking. A single general traffic lane in each direction will be maintained, although they lanes will be narrowed to accommodate the work zone and temporary trail through the area. Access to building storefronts will also be maintained.

We had been asked recently about some parking changes in the area and are following up to ask if that was related to this.

ADDED 6:19 PM: SDOT’s Marybeth Turner responded to our question about the parking changes:

To make way for the trail’s new location, the truck load zone in front of 3400 Harbor Ave SW will be relocated approximately 23 feet to the south. Two on-street parking spots, one just north of the driveway and one just south of the driveway (for the relocated load zone) will be permanently removed.

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BIZNOTE: Tony’s Market in Westwood will open this Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/biznote-tonys-market-in-westwood-will-open-this-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/biznote-tonys-market-in-westwood-will-open-this-friday/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:14:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308427

We finally have an answer to the question we’ve been asked most often these past several weeks: “When is the Tony’s Market produce stand at 35th and Barton opening for the season?” Since photographing the new tent almost three weeks ago, we’ve gone by every day, but no one’s been there. We finally spotted proprietor Joey Genzale outside the stand while driving by about an hour ago, so we changed course and stopped to ask him what’s up. First, the opening date: This Friday, May 1st. Second, why the delay? In addition to putting up the new tent, the parking lot needed some work. So if you’re a Tony’s fan, now you know.

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West Seattle development notes: Whittaker’s 1st crane; Harbor Ave., Beach Dr. projects http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-development-notes-whittakers-1st-crane-harbor-ave-beach-dr-projects/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-development-notes-whittakers-1st-crane-harbor-ave-beach-dr-projects/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:29:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308419 Four development/land-use notes so far today:

FIRST CRANE @ THE WHITTAKER: As previewed last week, the first of two tower cranes planned for The Whittaker on the east edge of The Junction is going up today. It’s on the south side of the project and when we went by around 9:30 am, the installation operation was centered off the street at 40th/Edmunds, with no additional traffic effects except for some intermittent truck maneuvering. We’ll be checking back on it for an update later. This makes three cranes currently working in West Seattle, with the one at Broadstone Sky on the west side of 40th/Edmunds and the 4435 35th SW project.

ADDED: Above this line, our photo from noontime; below, a midafternoon photo courtesy of Eddie:

No date yet for the north-end crane.

1201 HARBOR SW: From today’s Land Use Information Bulletin, the city has approved the land-use permit for a 4-unit rowhouse at this location (map) in an “environmentally critical area” (ECA). That opens a 2-week appeal period; the LUIB notice includes links to the decision and information on appealing.

ALSO ON HARBOR SW: The construction-permit application is in for 3005 Harbor SW (map), a six-unit apartment building; that’s two fewer apartments than were planned when this project was first mentioned here in early 2014.

6001 BEACH DRIVE: Further south along the West Seattle shore, applications are in to demolish the single-family house that’s currently at this location (map) and build a replacement. The same project also has filed a land-use-permit application, because it’s in an ECA; that application says the house will have “surface parking for five vehicles.”

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West Seattle Monday: Bike-commuting workshop; baseball; more… http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-monday-bike-commuting-workshop-baseball-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-monday-bike-commuting-workshop-baseball-more/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:31:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308403

Need some Monday inspiration? West Seattle wildlife photographer extraordinaire Mark Wangerin says it took two hours of hiding in the bushes to get that image, and the one below, of a male Rufous Hummingbird. So with that dedication in mind … we present five Monday highlights (no hiding required) from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

SEALTH-WSHS BASEBALL GAME: 4 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex, watch our area’s two biggest high schools face off in baseball – Chief Sealth IHS hosting West Seattle HS. (2801 SW Thistle)

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO COMMUTE BY BIKE? 6-7:30 pm at Delridge Library, West Seattle Bike Connections invites you to a free workshop to find out – perfect timing, with Bike Month starting on Friday. No RSVP needed, just show up. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

WAYNE’S 1,000 CONSECUTIVE SWIM: Wayne Kinslow, the guy who swims off Alki every single day, will hit 1,000 consecutive days – almost three years without missing a day! – today. According to a Facebook notice, he’s inviting you to join him to celebrate, and to swim! Meet at the Alki fire pits at 6:30 pm, group swim around 7, potluck/bonfire afterward (bring a side dish or drinks). (60th/Alki)

FAMILY STORY TIME: 6:30 pm at High Point Library. (35th/Raymond)

WEST SEATTLE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB: Every Monday night at 6:30 pm, weekly on-air “meeting”:

The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club (WSARC) weekly net @ W7AW Repeater, 441.800, input +5, tone 141.3

Echolink and IRLP are also available -see westseattlearc.org for more info. The repeater is located at High Point.

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‘Am I doing enough?’ West Seattle Co-op Preschools presenting free expert talk Wednesday to reassure, enlighten parents http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/am-i-doing-enough-west-seattle-co-op-preschools-presenting-free-expert-talk-wednesday-to-reassure-enlighten-parents/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/am-i-doing-enough-west-seattle-co-op-preschools-presenting-free-expert-talk-wednesday-to-reassure-enlighten-parents/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:59:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308413 Young child(ren) in the house? Another big event this week presented by West Seattle Co-op Preschools is for you, and it’s free. “Building the Foundation for Lifelong Learning: Starting in the Early Years, Birth through Preschool” is set for 7 pm Wednesday (April 29th) at Olympic Hall on the campus of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) in West Seattle:

What does soul-engaging, creative, relationship-rich, brain-expanding learning look like? How do schools foster it…or not? How can my family foster it – beginning in infancy and through the preschool years – so that my child is more than “ready” to enter kindergarten, but is ready to thrive? At this special public event, our guest speaker Anoo Padte will help you answer these questions, give practical tips, and calm the common parent fear: “Am I doing enough?”

Anoo Padte is a teacher, education consultant, and mother. At the Art of Education, she coaches parents on choosing the right school and develops personalized education plans that empower parents to identify schools, enrich and be involved in a child’s education. She teaches math and science and is found tinkering, creating art and cooking with her two sons.

Olympic Hall is on the south end of the SSC campus at 6000 16th SW.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Last Monday in April http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-last-monday-in-april/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-last-monday-in-april/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:16:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308409

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! A new month will start before the week ends. But first, let’s get through Monday. Transportation-related notes:

ROAD-WORK UPDATES: Newest 47th/Admiral project info here; newest Delridge/Orchard project info here.

WHITTAKER CRANE: The first of two tower cranes for The Whittaker at Fauntleroy/Edmunds/Alaska is expected today, according to what the project team told us last week. We’ll be checking the area later to see if it’s bringing any additional traffic effects.

THINKING ABOUT TRYING TWO WHEELS? Bike Month is almost here, and Bike To Work Day is two weeks from Friday. Might be time to try two wheels. Tonight at 6, you’re invited to explore the concept at a free bicycle-commuting workshop presented by West Seattle Bike Connections at Delridge Library.

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UPDATE: Air, sea search off Alki after life ring spotted off Bainbridge-bound state ferry http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/why-ferries-are-stopped-off-alki-duwamish-head/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/why-ferries-are-stopped-off-alki-duwamish-head/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:05:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308392 10:05 PM: Thanks to the texter who asked about a stopped ferry off Alki. According to a tweet from the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, there was a report of a possible person overboard from the Bainbridge-bound M/V Puyallup. We note via MarineTraffic.com that Seattle fireboat Leschi is in the area too, and the Bremerton ferry M/V Kaleetan is stopped. The BIFD said the U.S. Coast Guard also would be responding.

10:11 PM UPDATE: Washington State Ferries has now acknowledged the “search and rescue operation” via its “bulletins” page.

10:29 PM UPDATE: Per BIFD, the Coast Guard is sending a helicopter to help.

10:42 PM UPDATE: Our partners at The Seattle Times quote the USCG as saying this started when a life ring with a strobe light was spotted in the water, and that a head count was being done aboard M/V Puyallup to try to determine if anyone is missing. It’s now headed back to Colman Dock.

11:31 PM UPDATE: The Coast Guard has tweeted that it’s still searching. Puyallup remains docked in Seattle, while Kaleetan headed back to Bremerton. (Added: Three minutes after this update, Puyallup left for Bainbridge.)

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Congrats! International olive-oil award for West Seattle’s 11 Olives http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/congrats-international-olive-oil-award-for-west-seattles-11-olives/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/congrats-international-olive-oil-award-for-west-seattles-11-olives/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:45:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308352 You probably know West Seattle has a thriving wine and beer scene. Beverages are not all you’ll find bottled here. West Seattle also is home to olive-oil-maker Rick Martin‘s company 11 Olives – whose extra-virgin-olive-oil blend “Longevity” was a gold-medal honoree at the recent New York International Olive Oil Competition, which had more than 600 entries from more than 20 countries. “Longevity” is also a California Olive Oil Council medal-winner. Martin explains the process:

I travel to California each year for the olive harvest and source single varietal olive oil directly from the finest organic and sustainable olive growers in California. I begin crafting my blends from those olive oils in early spring here in west Seattle at a free-standing facility after the olive oil has settled and ready for blending. Creating a premium extra virgin olive oil is a tedious and challenging task while also being a labor of love that we all strive to perfect each and every year. There’s no resting on laurels in our field as olive oil producers face constant changing conditions and work tirelessly to provide the freshest and most flavorful olive oil with each new season.

P.S. Martin wanted to publicly thank West Seattle Produce owner Bruce McPherson: “It was through his kindness and willingness to offer us a chance to introduce our olive oils at his produce stand in April of 2011 that we have been able to grow.” That’s where you can buy 11 Olives’ olive oil.

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West Seattle Hi-Yu Tea & Silent Auction: Five weeks from today http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-hi-yu-tea-silent-auction-five-weeks-from-today/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-hi-yu-tea-silent-auction-five-weeks-from-today/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:22:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308310

Five weeks from today, you are invited to join West Seattle Hi-Yu in celebrating its Spring Tea and Silent Auction, featuring this year’s Senior Court coronation. Hi-Yu volunteer Danette Carufel shares the photo and invitation:

Please join us at the West Seattle Hi-Yu Spring Tea and Silent Auction. It will be held on Sunday, May 31st, from 2-4:30 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Enjoy great tea, company, and delicious food provided by caterers and businesses in our community as well as a fun silent auction to help raise funds for our scholarship program and building the float that represents West Seattle in parades throughout the Puget Sound. This year we will also be crowning the new West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior Court Queen. Tickets are $25 per person, or bring your friends and fill a table of 10 for $250. For reservations, call 206-935-6517 or e-mail info@westseattlehiyu.com. Hope to see you there!

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HAPPENING NOW: Got recyclables? ‘Roundup’ on until 3 pm http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-got-recyclables-roundup-on-until-3-pm/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-got-recyclables-roundup-on-until-3-pm/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:43:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308343

(WSB photo: Some of the early dropoffs)
You can’t put them out at the curb … you can’t put them in the trash … but chances are, those old items you have in the basement or back yard CAN be dropped off at today’s Recycle Roundup, happening right now in the Fauntleroy Church parking lot. If you haven’t already seen it in our daily highlights list, here’s the guide to what 1 Green Planet will accept (free!) and what they won’t. The church’s Green Committee sponsors this twice a year and will be glad to see you at 9140 California SW (map), until 3 pm.

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FOLLOWUP: Shell’s Polar Pioneer floated off heavy-lift ship, but not West Seattle-bound yet http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-shells-polar-pioneer-floated-off-heavy-lift-ship-but-not-west-seattle-bound-yet/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-shells-polar-pioneer-floated-off-heavy-lift-ship-but-not-west-seattle-bound-yet/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:24:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308337

At left in that image from a few minutes ago is the heavy-lift ship Blue Marlin, anchored in Port Angeles, notably no longer carrying the eventually-West-Seattle-bound drill rig Polar Pioneer, which it carried across the Pacific for Shell. Nine days after arriving in PA, the two were separated early this morning. We had been watching the slow-going operation for hours via a Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce webcam – here’s the view from just before dusk Saturday:

(We requested and were granted the PA Chamber’s permission to publish those images.) Right now, the drilling platform is no longer in view, as it is being towed to a closer-in Port Angeles anchorage, according to the Peninsula Daily News, which reports it will undergo about a week more of work, before it’s to be towed to Seattle. Also in Port Angeles is the first Shell vessel that had arrived at T-5, the icecutter Aiviq, which has been in PA since Friday and is currently shown on MarineTraffic.com as one of several vessels surrounding the Polar Pioneer as it moves through the PA’s harbor (others include at least four tugs owned by Foss, which will host the PP as part of its T-5 lease).

Shell’s second T-5-bound drill vessel, the Noble Discoverer, is still crossing the Pacific – it spent some time off Honolulu last Thursday, according to its track on MarineTraffic.com. Shell told the PDN that the drillship – which was last here in 2012 – will be proceeding directly to Seattle rather than stopping in PA as did the Polar Pioneer.

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