West Seattle Blog... » Westwood http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 01:02:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 FOLLOWUP: Bail set at $25,000 for suspect in Saturday house fire http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/followup-bail-set-at-25000-for-suspect-in-saturday-house-fire/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/followup-bail-set-at-25000-for-suspect-in-saturday-house-fire/#comments Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:40:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325111

(Police and fire investigators at scene on Saturday)
An 18-year-old man is in jail, suspected of setting the fire that damaged a house in the 9200 block of 31st Place SW on Saturday afternoon. SFD confirmed on Monday that the fire had been ruled arson, but we weren’t able to confirm until this morning that a suspect is in custody. Court documents say he is the boyfriend of the 18-year-old woman who was found outside the house, “screaming and crying,” as it burned. She is reported to have told investigators the suspect lived inside the house, and that when they had argued earlier in the day, he had threatened to set it on fire. She also said the house, described by SFD and in an online complaint as “vacant,” had belonged to a relative of her boyfriend and that he had been staying there because he was otherwise homeless. A neighbor told police he had seen the man walking away from the house just before an “explosion” that preceded the fire. The suspect was found “on a pathway near the Roxhill Park entrance,” according to the probable-cause document, and recognized by officers “from prior contacts” (he does not, however, appear to have a criminal record, either felony or misdemeanor). He was booked into King County Jail on Saturday night; on Monday afternoon, a judge set his bail at $25,000. Prosecutors have until tomorrow to file charges.

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UPDATE: Fire at vacant Westwood house; firefighter injured http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/big-response-for-possible-house-fire-in-9200-block-of-31st-place-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/big-response-for-possible-house-fire-in-9200-block-of-31st-place-sw/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 21:51:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324825

(Added: Photo courtesy Conrad)
2:51 PM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” headed to a possible house fire in the 9200 block of 31st Place SW, which is in Westwood (map). More to come.

(Smoke was visible for blocks – photo courtesy Sebastian, looking SW over Westwood Village)
2:55 PM UPDATE: It’s a confirmed fire and SFD units have water on it.

(WSB photos from here down)
3 PM UPDATE: Now reported to be under control. One possible injury.

3:07 PM UPDATE: Via Twitter, SFD describes the house as “vacant.” That’s borne out by this DPD record for the address that SFD has logged for the fire – a complaint made and investigated less than a month ago.

3:20 PM UPDATE: Nobody hurt, we’ve confirmed with SFD. Fire investigators are en route to look into the cause. The fire is mostly out except for some smoldering in the walls. Neighbors tell us it’s been a problem house for a year or so.

3:35 PM UPDATE: Update – we’ve since been told a firefighter suffered a hand injury and has been taken to the hospital.

5:58 PM UPDATE: As mentioned in comments, fire and police investigators have been there; we went back over for photos.

Still no official word on the cause, but the police presence confirms they are investigating the possibility of arson.

MONDAY UPDATE: Lt. Sue Stangl from SFD says investigators determined that this fire was “set,” and so Seattle Police are investigating. Damage to the house is estimated at $100,000, and $5,000 to its contents.

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West Seattle coyotes: Just spotted, in the street http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-coyotes-just-spotted-in-the-street/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-coyotes-just-spotted-in-the-street/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 06:15:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324589 Just in via text (206-293-6302, 24/7), our first coyote report of the fall:

Just spotted a large coyote in the street on SW Thistle, near the alley between 24th & 25th Ave. I slowed down thinking it was a stray dog, then watched it go into the walkways in between the apt buildings there. Just want to spread the word since it’s in a highly populated area.

As also noted in our exchange with the texter, that’s across the street from the stretch of Longfellow Creek that runs east of the Chief Sealth International High School/Denny International Middle School campus. But coyotes can turn up anywhere, whether a greenbelt is nearby or not – just browse our eight-plus-year archive of sighting reports for ample evidence of that. When you see one, do your best to scare it away – more for its good than yours – as explained here.

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FOLLOWUP: About the missing, fire-damaged Westwood mailbox http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/followup-about-the-missing-fire-damaged-westwood-mailbox/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/followup-about-the-missing-fire-damaged-westwood-mailbox/#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:14:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323740

(August 28th photo, courtesy Megan)
From the “in case you were wondering too” file: Three and a half weeks after the fire that destroyed mail and led to removal of the mailbox outside the Westwood post office, we asked USPS spokesperson Ernie Swanson if it would be back any time soon. His response: “There is no spare mail collection box of this type available. So we are repairing the old one. The process is underway and we hope to have it ‘back in place’ in the not too distant future. I can’t give you a date for that just yet.” We’re still checking on the fire investigation, but we’ve been asked several times recently about the box’s status, so here’s that followup in the meantime. If you need an outdoor dropbox, the Junction post office (California between Genesee and Oregon) still has one.

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HAPPENING NOW: Raingarden tours in Sunrise Heights and Westwood as King County marks completion of its first ‘green stormwater infrastructure’ project http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/happening-now-raingarden-tours-in-sunrise-heights-and-westwood-as-king-county-marks-completion-of-its-first-green-stormwater-infrastructure-project/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/happening-now-raingarden-tours-in-sunrise-heights-and-westwood-as-king-county-marks-completion-of-its-first-green-stormwater-infrastructure-project/#comments Sun, 20 Sep 2015 20:44:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323525

1:44 PM: Looking for something to do this afternoon? After King County Councilmember Joe McDermott and project manager Mary Wohleb ceremonially cut a big yellow ribbon, raingarden tours are under way in Sunrise Heights and Westwood until 4 pm – find the map here. It’s all to celebrate the completion of 91 roadside raingardens in planting strips spread across 15 blocks in those two neighborhoods, to keep stormwater out of the combined-sewer system and, in turn, keep untreated wastewater from overflowing into Puget Sound when the Barton Pump Station in Fauntleroy is overwhelmed. This is one of two King County Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) reduction projects in West Seattle that date back to early public meetings in 2009, and it was the county’s first-ever project of this type (the other project is the million-gallon Murray CSO storage tank being built across from Lowman Beach Park).

ADDED 3:24 PM: First, our video of the short round of speeches that began the event – Kristine Cramer from the KC Wastewater Treatment Division spoke first, then Councilmember McDermott and Wohleb.

As McDermott pointed out, “Neighbors spoke up, and the county listened.” That hinted at the pre-construction controversy for both West Seattle CSO projects. After early meetings dating back to 2007, three options for reducing the Barton basin (map) overflow were presented in 2010, and this was one of them; the other two involved stormwater-storage facilities on the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse back lot, or under upper Fauntleroy Way across from the ferry dock, which generated much opposition, given the historic unofficial park status of the area.

Once the “green stormwater infrastructure” plan was announced in late 2010, that too generated skepticism – the city had tried it in Ballard and that did not go well, to say the least. In 2011, the county tried to calm the most common concerns with a special meeting to address them.

Before today’s ceremony, we talked with project manager Wohleb, who said none of the fears had borne out, so far. No ponding, for example – if anything, she said, the bioswales are draining water more quickly than expected. While this coming fall/winter will be the first rainy season post-completion, some raingardens were done before last winter, so we asked if they have any data. Not so far, in part because the Barton Pump Station itself has been out of commission for construction, too, KCWTD says.

Wohleb also had words of praise for the entire project team, including the contractors >Goodfellow Brothers and designers SVR. Also mentioned today: The copious amount of communication with neighbors (look at all the block-by-block updates on this page, just as an example).

WHAT’S NEXT: If the county needs more stormwater to be taken out of the system, four more blocks could get raingardens – shown in the project map above as “delayed”; they were designed and permitted, just in case. If you’re in the project area and interested in a home raingarden or cistern, the rebate program through RainWise is funded through next year; check it out to see if you’re eligible.

And note that projects like this are in the works for Highland Park and South Park – here’s the county project page for that.

Something to say about the Barton CSO project? The county has set up an online survey – just go here.

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SUNDAY: Celebrate completion of Barton CSO roadside-raingarden project in Sunrise Heights, Westwood http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/sunday-celebrate-completion-of-barton-cso-roadside-raingarden-project/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/sunday-celebrate-completion-of-barton-cso-roadside-raingarden-project/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 18:56:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323184

The rain falling right now reminds us of what’s coming up Sunday afternoon in the Sunrise Heights and Westwood neighborhoods – the King County Wastewater Treatment Division‘s celebration of the completion of the Barton Combined Sewer Overflow Control project. 15 blocks now have roadside raingardens after two seasons of construction; a ceremonial ribbon-cutting is planned at 1 pm Sunday at 32nd SW and SW Kenyon, and then from 1:30-4 pm, tours will be offered of “three recently planted blocks.” It’s also a chance to get updated information about the project, including the ongoing RainWise program, offering incentives for people in the target area to install rain gardens and/or cisterns. This project has been much-discussed, going all the way back to early meetings six years ago, so now that it’s done – whether you’re coming to the celebration or not – the county’s offering a survey for feedback – find it here.

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@ Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council: Updates on crime/safety, transportation, The Bog, more… http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-council-updates-on-crimesafety-transportation-the-bog-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-council-updates-on-crimesafety-transportation-the-bog-more/#comments Tue, 08 Sep 2015 11:00:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321566 Before this week’s round of community meetings gets under way, we have one more to recap from last week – the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council‘s first meeting since June.

CRIME FOLLOWUP: As WWRHAH co-chair Amanda Kay Helmick pointed out, the June meeting (WSB coverage here) focused on crime, especially chronic problems in the South Delridge area. Some action had ensued – “some flare-ups, some diedowns.” And then Community Police Team Officer Jon Flores got up to speak. He’s one of two Southwest Precinct CPT officers right now – the team had been up to 4 just a few months ago, but, he said, one member has been promoted and another has been assigned to a technology project.

In this area in the past two months, he said, SPD has tallied:

-112 calls for suspicious activity/circumstances
-19 residential burglaries
-13 harassment/threat calls
-10 assaults
-6 car prowls
-2 armed robberies

After the June WWRHAH meeting, Officer Flores said, they were clear on what needed to be done in the South Delridge area – they met with several other city departments, got some CPTED principles applied to the area, but they are still working on some things, like graffiti-vandalism cleanup.

They’ve also obtained some help from the King County Sheriff’s Office Metro Transit Police, more of a “presence.” He summarized, “What we’ve tried to do is change the look of that area.” One attendee asked, “Were there patterns to the residential burglaries?” Flores said, no; some burglary arrests have been made around West Seattle, but he didn’t know offhand if any were related to burglaries in the WWRHAH coverage area.

He said the “suspicious” calls were heartening because “since we’ve really been able to deal with community members directly, we’ve stressed, please call and let us know what’s occurring … so when we see numbers like 112, it means the community is heeding that advice.”

Overall, “it was a pretty average summer” in Officer Flores’s view, voiced after Helmick asked for a comparison, but overall, “busy.” The bicycle patrol is not yet being staffed full time, after a couple of departures, Officer Flores said. To be part of it, officers have to go through bike training, he said, and the next round isn’t until October.

Another attendee asked what would happen with school starting: “Because of some of those high-profile incidents, we had regular meetings (at the end of last school year) at Denny … (Mark Solomon, crime prevention coordinator) and I are going to have an assembly … if we can communicate with the kids and make them comfortable right off the bat … get a line of communication off the start, get these things reported as quickly as we can.” He said there will be emphasis patrols “in and around” the schools (WSHS and Madison as well as Sealth and Denny), not necessarily every school day, but often. (Here’s our June coverage of the Denny followup he mentioned.)

Community concerns subsequently brought up included a now-phoneless phone booth outside a store at 16th – it was suggested that it be reported via the city’s Find It, Fix It smartphone app.

TRANSPORTATION: Chris Stripinis of the WWRHAH Infrastructure Committee reminded everyone that the Roxbury rechannelization work was scheduled to start soon (and indeed it did, days later). There also was discussion about any city followup from the last walking tour in the area; short answer – none, though Helmick mentioned some interesting discussion with city traffic engineer Dongho Chang including wondering whether a walk-all-ways might be the solution for pedestrian challenges at the southwest entrance to Westwood Village.

DUWAMISH ALIVE! Helmick mentioned the upcoming October 17th Duwamish Alive! event. Roxhill Bog steward Scott Blackstock will lead a work party there – you should be able to sign up for that or any other of the day’s events online soon.

METRO TRANSIT STOP UPDATE: Helmick says the lighting and sidewalk improvements are still in the works, and encourages others to keep renewing the requests. … Blackstock mentioned that people are relieving themselves along the east trail of Roxhill Park and suggested that Parks or Metro might consider a portable toilet on that side.

ROXHILL BOG & PARK: Other quick updates -they’re still looking at how to help the bog be more of the true wetland it’s meant to be; one discovery, its trees are taking in much of the water. As for the park, grant money remains for environmental-interpretation signage, and discussions continue. WWRHAH also is trying to get park officials, potentially including the new Superintendent Jesús Aguirre, to confer with them to help make it happen.

(October 2014 photo courtesy Amanda Kay Helmick)
And an update on the turret that had to be removed after the Roxhill Park play structure project out of safety concerns – Parks has finally come up with a plan to reinforce the area with concrete so that it can be returned, and that likely will be in October, according to Helmick.

WHAT SHOULD BE ON FUTURE WwRHAH AGENDAS? After the November election, City Council District 1′s new City Councilmember should be invited, co-chair Eric Iwamoto said. Another suggestion: Have David Goldberg from DPD come talk about the Delridge Action Plan … and bring in the White Center-assigned planner who works for the county. Another suggested topic: P-Patches, and how to get one for the area. Helmick said she had been trying to get someone from Summit Public Schools – which now has state approval for a charter school at 35th/Roxbury – to come to a meeting, but isn’t getting callbacks. (Note: This was a few days before the State Supreme Court ruling that public funding for charter schools was unconstitutional.) It was also suggested that a discussion about what it takes to get an intersection mural would be a topic. And the new Department of Neighborhoods director Kathy Nyland was a suggested guest.

NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS: Iwamoto encouraged everyone to look into applying. Here’s the info on that.

WWRHAH meets on first Tuesdays, 6:15 pm, in the upstairs meeting room at Southwest Library.

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UPDATE: SW Barton reopening after substance found on Metro bus turned out NOT to be a ‘hazardous material’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/emergency-response-at-westwood-village-bus-stop/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/emergency-response-at-westwood-village-bus-stop/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:42:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321657

(WSB photo. Note: This is NOT the bus on which the substance was found – that’s a few buses down)

4:42 PM: Eastbound Barton is closed right now at 30th SW because of a Seattle Fire response at the bus stop across from Westwood Village. According to the scanner, a “white powder” of some kind was found on a bus, which subsequently was evacuated, and they’re treating it as a possible hazmat situation until otherwise determined. We’ve just arrived at the scene to find out more.

4:48 PM UPDATE: This appears to be happening aboard a C-Line bus – not the one in our photo, a short ways east on Barton, which is now blocked both ways.

4:55 PM UPDATE: We’ve confirmed with SFD at the scene that no one has needed medical treatment. The suspicious substance was called in by the bus driver. Barton remains blocked off between 30th and 26th. (And yes, that is a TV helicopter that just arrived over the scene.)

5:09 PM UPDATE: Crews are suiting up in hazmat gear.

5:25 PM UPDATE: They subsequently went into the bus. We’re waiting to hear/see what happens next. Again, Barton is blocked BOTH WAYS.

5:33 PM: The verdict: Cleaning supplies (photo added above).

Barton will reopen shortly.

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Join in! Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council meets Tuesday night, with crime/policing on the agenda http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/join-in-westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-council-meets-tuesday-night-with-crimepolicing-on-the-agenda/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/join-in-westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-council-meets-tuesday-night-with-crimepolicing-on-the-agenda/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 02:54:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321487 August is going out as blustery as if fall were here already … and September starts with community groups resuming their regular meeting schedules. As the leaves fall, consider turning over your own new leaf and getting involved, if you’re not already. Tomorrow night is the first Tuesday of the month, which means the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council invites you to the Southwest Library‘s upstairs meeting room, 6:15-7:45 pm. Here’s the agenda:

6:15-6:20: Introductions & Community News

6:20-6:45: Committee & Neighborhood Council Updates

6:45-7:15: Welcome Back and Updates: SPD Officers Jon Flores and Kevin McDaniel will be with us to give us an update on the micro-policing plans. And how things looked this summer

7:15-7:40: Topics for Next Meetings: Brainstorm ideas for meetings and things to touch base on with the City.

7:40-7:45: Wrap Up: Break down the room; library locks up promptly at 8 pm.

Even if you just want to sit in the corner and observe/listen, all are welcome. The library’s on the southeast corner of 35th SW and SW Henderson.

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UPDATE: Fire destroys mail in drive-up box outside Westwood Post Office http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/fire-destroys-mail-in-drive-up-box-outside-westwood-post-office/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/fire-destroys-mail-in-drive-up-box-outside-westwood-post-office/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:11:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321115

5:11 PM: If you use the Westwood Post Office drive-up box, take note. From regional U.S. Postal Service spokesperson Ernie Swanson:

Mail deposited in a drive-up collection box outside the Westwood Post Office, 2721 SW Trenton St., Seattle WA 98126, was destroyed in a fire at about 4:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28.

Mail deposited in the box after about 5:30 p.m., Thursday, August 27th, was burned beyond recognition.
An investigation is being conducted into the possible cause of the fire. The Seattle Fire Department extinguished the fire.

We’re checking on the mailbox’s status.

ADDED 5:23 PM: Before we could even do that – we received the photo we’ve added above, from Megan (thank you!). Note the sign says you can’t use the burned mailbox – asking customers to take their mail inside. We’ll be checking on replacement plans, as well as the aforementioned investigation.

P.S. This is the same drive-up-mailbox location that was briefly out of service five and a half months ago after the box was hit by a car.

6:40 PM: Just went to Westwood for a firsthand look, and the burned mailbox has been removed.

8:04 PM: We’ve also heard back from USPS’s Swanson, who says the box *will* be replaced, no timetable yet.

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Why police, medical examiner were at Roxhill Park/Westwood bus stop http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/why-police-medical-examiner-were-at-roxhill-parkwestwood-bus-stop/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/why-police-medical-examiner-were-at-roxhill-parkwestwood-bus-stop/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 01:43:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320464

(WSB photo)

Thanks to everyone who messaged us to ask about police and the medical examiner at the Roxhill Park/Westwood Village bus stop. Here’s what we found out at the scene: Somebody died on a RapidRide C Line bus. The bus driver was going to go take a break when he discovered that a passenger who wasn’t getting off the bus, couldn’t – he was dead. It’s not being investigated as a crime, as there’s no evidence suggesting foul play. All we know at this point is that the dead person is a man, no age estimate.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Close-up ‘flasher’ at Westwood Village http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-crime-watch-close-up-flasher-at-westwood-village/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-crime-watch-close-up-flasher-at-westwood-village/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:08:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=318573 Just found out about this via a late-night note from the victim, who is an 18-year-old employee at a Westwood Village business. She says this happened outside the WWV Starbucks:

While I was on a 10-minute break, having a cigarette, a man who was also smoking slowly approached me and sat down on the bench I was sitting on. He made small talk, i.e. how are you, “it’s smoke:30 huh?”. I responded politely and then looked away from him and paid attention to my phone. I was sitting there for about 5 minutes when he leaned down, put out his cigarette, turned to me and said, “Have a nice day.” I turned to respond to him and immediately saw that he was holding his completely exposed penis in his hand. He then got up and walked away immediately while adjusting himself. I went inside and the incident was reported to both Westwood security and the SPD.

The man was probably in his 30s, a white male with short brown hair of average height and build – probably around 5’9″ or so. He had been wearing a yellow button-up shirt and shorts; his eyes were covered by dark sunglasses. I had never seen him before and am obviously in the area often. I assume he had planned this out due to his clothing and sunglasses.

I just want to get the word out because there are many young people who spend time in Westwood Village and I don’t doubt that this man would do this again.

She didn’t say what time this happened so we’re following up to ask, and will add that information when we have it. SPD’s Tweets by Beat (which you can browse on our Crime Watch page) show a lewd-conduct report in the area, time-stamped 10:45 pm, but that might only indicate the time the report was processed.

7:27 AM UPDATE: It happened around 7:30 pm Friday.

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Retired Marine’s ‘Valor Run’ to stop in West Seattle on Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/retired-marines-valor-run-to-stop-in-west-seattle-on-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/retired-marines-valor-run-to-stop-in-west-seattle-on-saturday/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:41:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=317637 Tomorrow morning, retired U.S. Marine Corps Major Bridget Guerrero starts a four-day, 160-mile run around Puget Sound, and it will include a stop Saturday at Westwood Village, according to a notice circulated to merchants there. (Thanks to Donna at Giannoni’s Pizza for the tip.) The photo is courtesy of our friends at MyEdmondsNews.com, who wrote last weekend about Maj. Guerrero’s plan, part of Valor Run, an organization honoring military women lost in Iraq and Afghanistan; 160 have died since 9/11, so Guerrero’s run will include one mile for each. According to the webpage about her run – where you can make a donation – “Bridget’s goal is to raise $5,000, which will be split between Valor Run, Inc. and the USMC Scholarship Foundation for a scholarship given in the name of USMC MAJ Megan McClung.”

Guerrero starts running tomorrow morning on Whidbey Island and will conclude her run Sunday in Dupont, southeast of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Her full route can be seen here, and you are invited to run with her at any point along the way. She is expected to arrive at Westwood Village sometime between 12:30 pm and 3 pm on Saturday. An “honor station” will be set up for the occasion in the center of WWV across from Carter’s, according to the notice circulated to merchants, which says it will be supported by Warrior Pointe as well as by a local family, relatives of U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jarod Newlove, killed in Afghanistan five years ago.

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Celebrating West Seattle salmon and stewardship, at streetside as well as creekside: Troop 40255′s project http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/celebrating-west-seattle-salmon-and-stewardship-at-streetside-as-well-as-creekside-troop-40255s-project/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/celebrating-west-seattle-salmon-and-stewardship-at-streetside-as-well-as-creekside-troop-40255s-project/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 02:08:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=316400

A ribbon-cutting today celebrated West Seattle’s newest public art – created by Brownie Girl Scout Troop 40255 at the bus-stop shelter on northbound 35th SW at Cloverdale. It tells the story of salmon, and shows our state’s terrain.

From left in the photo are Molly Gazewood, Marley Strackhouse Parks, Alana Bass, Tannée Heinen, Natalie Aguilar Fox. While inviting us to the event, Marcia Strackhouse explained that it was both a celebration of the art itself and of the people who inspired it:

Most of these young people have grown up along the Fauntleroy Creek Watershed, and in their schools, preschools and day care centers, Judy Pickens (and husband Phil Sweetland) have been there to ensure our youth understood their impact on the environment and our salmon. … As Troop Leaders, we were so impressed with their knowledge at ages 8 and 9. They know the cycle of Salmon, understand the importance of maintaining and
keeping our creeks, rivers, and ocean clean, as do many of our West Seattle youth. They have become environmental stewards.

Judy was there for the ribbon-cutting celebration, and accepted a bouquet:

Judy and Phil have kept the Salmon in the Schools program going locally, from egg deliveries to the creekside events at which fry are released each year.

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UPDATE: 3-car crash at 32nd and Thistle in Westwood http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/traffic-alert-crash-at-32nd-and-thistle-in-westwood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/traffic-alert-crash-at-32nd-and-thistle-in-westwood/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:27:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=314024

(WSB photos)
10:27 PM: Police are blocking off SW Thistle at 34th because of a crash just to the east, at 32nd and Thistle. Multiple cars involved; our crew is still trying to find out more at the scene.

10:33 PM: At least two people are hurt; one is being taken to the hospital, and the other is still being evaluated at the scene. Three cars are involved.

10:37 PM: Police at the scene tell us TCIS is not being called out – no life-threatening injuries – so this scene will clear after tow trucks arrive to move the vehicles. SFD has tweeted that it’s taking a 33-year-old man “in stable condition” to Harborview Medical Center.

11:59 PM: Just got a chance to go check the area to be sure the scene is clear … it is.

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