West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 03:03:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen black Chrysler 300; car prowls http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-black-chrysler-300-car-prowls/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-black-chrysler-300-car-prowls/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 03:03:19 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919909 Two Crime Watch reader reports:

STOLEN CAR: A reward is offered:

I know it’s a long shot but please keep your eyes out- My husband’s car was stolen last night from our street in West Seattle (SW 40th Ave and SW Oregon). It’s a black Chrysler 300 with Iowa plates 599 WWI. Please contact 515-402-9823 with information.

And if you see it, call 911 first.

CAR PROWLS: From Sharon:

> Several cars on 34th Avenue SW, between Findley and Juneau, were broken into sometime between 6pm and midnight (Friday, 6/15). Tools and glove box contents were stolen. Be on the alert for car prowlers in the area. Police report has been filed.

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READER REPORT: Close call in Fauntleroy Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/reader-report-close-call-in-fauntleroy-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/reader-report-close-call-in-fauntleroy-park/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 01:01:18 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919900

The photo and report are from Mara:

Today my husband and I went into Fauntleroy Park and were enjoying our packed lunch along one of the trails and sat on one of the park-made platforms. There is a breeze going thru the trees and didn’t seem like much wind really. Then we heard cracking start, and lo and behold, a tree top was heading our way! We jumped up and it didn’t get near us thankfully. But the entire top of a tree came down! Be careful – the trees are dry and we saw bigger branches on the trails as we headed back that were not there beforehand.

It indeed doesn’t take a windstorm to bring down a tree limb – hot, dry weather (today got into the upper 80s) can do it too, according to a variety of references we found like this one.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Westwood Village Street Fair http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-weekend-scene-westwood-village-street-fair/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-weekend-scene-westwood-village-street-fair/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:42:53 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919883

From the little train to the big bouncy toys, it’s been a day of fun at Westwood Village. The annual street fair moved to Sunday this year. We even saw a hint of winter:

Among the vendors and organizations … Ginger’s Pet Rescue, with adoptable dogs:

If you haven’t been yet, there’s still time to get over to the center at 26th/Barton … this is scheduled to continue until 5 pm.

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UPDATE: Power outage on west Charlestown Hill http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/power-outage-on-west-charlestown-hill/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/power-outage-on-west-charlestown-hill/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 20:28:32 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919876 1:28 PM: Thanks for the tip – City Light says more than 80 homes lost power at midmorning on west Charlestown Hill. “Equipment failure” is listed as the cause, and the restoration estimate is 4:18 pm – could be sooner, could be later.

3:10 PM: A few homes have their power back – City Light’s map has downsized the outage to 69, though it’s also changed the cause to “investigating.”

5:48 PM: Outage over since last we checked, per SCL map.

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The ‘prank’ that wasn’t so funny: Best of Hands Barrelhouse asking for help after theft left iconic cow damaged http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/the-prank-that-wasnt-so-funny-best-of-hands-barrelhouse-asking-for-help-after-theft-leaves-iconic-cow-damaged/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/the-prank-that-wasnt-so-funny-best-of-hands-barrelhouse-asking-for-help-after-theft-leaves-iconic-cow-damaged/#comments Sun, 17 Jun 2018 19:30:13 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919867
(WSB photo, May)

One month ago, we reassured you that the future Best of Hands Barrelhouse would be keeping the iconic cow atop its building at 35th and Webster, while warning that it might disappear for a while for some sprucing-up. Part of its absence was unplanned, the Best of Hands crew says – it was briefly cownapped last week and taken to Chief Sealth International High School as what they say was a “senior prank.” They got it back but not without complications, according to this open letter they sent us today:

While we appreciate a good senior prank as well as the next person, I’m reaching out to the community here because in the process of stealing the cow, the kids broke one of the legs. Those who were involved with the prank also scaled our brand new electrical install in order to get on the roof (we now need to inspect this for any damage they may have caused). As many in this community know, we have spent over a year and tens of thousands of dollars bringing the iconic building up to code so that it can house a new endeavor. The actions of these individuals is highly disappointing, as it shows a complete disrespect for personal property, private property, and the West Seattle community at large. To add insult to injury, we had just finished cleaning and re-painting the cow the Monday before she was stolen. We will now have to take hours out of our busy schedules to do so again.

We know people have information about who is responsible for the prank, and we are asking them to step forward so we can hold the pranksters to account for their actions. If nobody comes forward, we will be getting the police involved. As for what the consequences should be for damaging our property and our landlord’s property (Clearview Eye & Laser), we have discussed compensation for the broken leg (and anything else that may have been damaged) and community service. We understand that these students will be graduating on Thursday, and would like to have a resolution before then. If college-bound, I don’t think dodging this responsibility will look good to the schools these individuals have applied to/been accepted to, as in this day and age, many colleges will revoke acceptance based on poor 4th quarter performance and extenuating circumstances.

We thank you for your time and help.

Best of Hands Barrelhouse

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YOUTH SPORTS: Registration time for SWAC football, cheer http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/youth-sports-registration-time-for-swac-football-cheer/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/youth-sports-registration-time-for-swac-football-cheer/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 17:31:34 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919864 As families continue planning the summer, the SWAC Cougars youth football and cheer program has opened registration. Gary shared the announcement:

The Southwest Athletic Club (SWAC) is a West Seattle-based non-profit organization with the purpose of teaching youth teamwork, discipline, and self-esteem through participation in youth football and cheer activities. We provide a safe structured and positive environment that stresses dedication, teamwork, and sportsmanship, which teaches as much about life as it does football and cheer.


$150 for Football – we provide helmets, shoulder pads, and uniforms

$150 for Cheer – we provide uniforms and pom poms

Starts: July 16th 2018

Monday thru Friday 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Location: Southwest Athletic Complex (across from Chief Sealth International High School)

The program serves ages 5-14. You can register online at www.swaccougars.org.

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Highlights for your West Seattle Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/highlights-for-your-west-seattle-sunday-7/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/highlights-for-your-west-seattle-sunday-7/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 13:03:52 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919841
(Photo by Paul Nicholson. “Bessie on a Barge” is a Washington Dairy Farmers promotion making the seagoing rounds)

Happy Father’s Day! Here are today’s highlights, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

EARLY WORLD CUP VIEWING: Want to watch the Mexico/Germany World Cup match this morning with fellow fans? Prost! (3207 California SW) is opening at 7:30 am, The Westy (7908 35th SW) is opening at 8 am, and West Seattle Brewing (4415 Fauntleroy Way SW) is open too. Anybody else? Text us so we can add – 206-293-6302.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction, see what’s fresh this week! And come say hi to opening-soon Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor), which will have a booth this week. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

WESTWOOD VILLAGE STREET FAIR: 11 am-5 pm, vendors, kids’ activities, and more at the shopping center’s annual free family festival. (2600 SW Barton)

LOW-LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: One more day of low-low tide, -2.6 feet this time at 2:20 pm, with Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists out noon-3:30 pm at Constellation Park (63rd SW and Beach Drive SW) and Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW).

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Should be a beautiful afternoon to tour the historic lighthouse on Alki Point. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary hosts free tours 1-4 pm (don’t arrive later than 3:45 pm). (3201 Alki SW)

JAMTIME: Bluegrass and old-time music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 1-3 pm. (5612 California SW)

SQUARE DANCE AND POTLUCK: 5 pm at South Park Hall, all ages, all dances taught, $5. (1253 S. Cloverdale)

PREVIEW THE WEEK … with a look at our complete calendar.

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UPDATE: Early-morning police activity http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/early-morning-police-activity/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/early-morning-police-activity/#comments Sun, 17 Jun 2018 07:28:02 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919834 12:28 AM: Two things:

*If you heard “gunshots or fireworks?” noise around midnight, according to police radio communication, it was fireworks, 24th/Holden vicinity.

*Thanks for all the tips about a search in northeast Arbor Heights. We know it involves both KCSO and SPD but we’re not sure yet what started it, so we’re heading over to see what we can find out.

1 AM UPDATE: We have found multiple officers on 28th and 30th south of Roxbury. Two said the search was related to a convenience-store robbery but wouldn’t/couldn’t say where. We have gone by several stores, no obvious signs of trouble. A K9 team was out on 28th when we went through. That’s all we have – no descriptions of who’s being sought.

2:50 AM: Unrelated incident, so far as we know, but it’s still early-morning police activity, so we’re adding … the sirens in south West Seattle this time are because police are now looking for a burglary suspect in South Delridge. We missed the exact address but one of the containment points is 18th/Henderson. The description of the suspect so far is black, male, 6’2″, 220 pounds, no shirt, no shoes, possibly bleeding from broken window glass.

3:29 AM: Still searching.

5:34 PM UPDATE: KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Ryan Abbott tells us this started as a shoplifting attempt by three juveniles at the 28th/Roxbury 76 station minimart. They tried to steal some candy; “When they were stopped by the clerk, one of them produced a handgun and threatened to shoot the clerk.” The search never did turn them up.

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CRIME WATCH: Student robbed; white Jeep stolen; package taken http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/crime-watch-student-robbed-white-jeep-stolen-package-taken/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/crime-watch-student-robbed-white-jeep-stolen-package-taken/#comments Sun, 17 Jun 2018 06:35:55 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919831 Three West Seattle Crime Watch reports tonight:

STUDENT ROBBED: Thanks to the parent who forwarded the letter sent tonight to Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School families, about a crime that happened Thursday and was reported Friday:

We would like to let you know about an incident that occurred in the Sealth/Denny neighborhood that was brought to our attention yesterday. It occurred on Thursday afternoon at approximately 2:00 PM when a Sealth student was on his way home and was approached in a threatening manner by two youth from another school. They robbed him of his cell phone and made him take off his shoes but did not take them. The student and his parent reported the incident to the school yesterday morning and the police were called. They took the report and will follow up with an investigation.

No other details – the rest of the note to families consists of safety tips. We’ll be following up with police.


My Jeep was stolen in West Seattle last night around 11 pm near South Seattle College. I am out of country for two more days, I have friends and family looking out and contacted the police but need all the help I can get! It is a white ’92 Jeep Cherokee, I have attached a recent photo.

I have various things in the Jeep, clothing, camping items, etc., but not too worried about those. All paperwork is in the Jeep (not smart on my side). Hopefully can find in one piece.

(Update: Plate BBA7439)

PACKAGE TAKEN: Security video from the 6700 block of Beach Drive:

The sender says they have verified that this was not a retrieved misdelivery. If you recognize the person in the video, the police report # is 18-218524.

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West Seattle sunset: This one was all about the clouds http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-sunset-this-one-was-all-about-the-clouds/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-sunset-this-one-was-all-about-the-clouds/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 06:08:33 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919818 We watched the sunset at Alice Enevoldsen‘s early summer-solstice gathering – that story later. First, from the inbox, beautiful images of the post-sunset clouds:

That view is from James Bratsanos. Next one is from Jim Borrow.

And from Kevin Callahan:

Thanks to everyone who shared sunset photos!

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ROXHILL/HUGHES PLAYGROUND: Moving a mountain … of wood chips http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/roxhill-hughes-playground-moving-a-mountain-of-wood-chips/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/roxhill-hughes-playground-moving-a-mountain-of-wood-chips/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 04:26:21 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919811

Thanks to Jenny Rose Ryan from Friends of Roxhill Elementary for the photos and update from today’s wood-chip work party, two weeks after volunteers built the new community-powered playground at Roxhill’s future home, EC Hughes Elementary:

Thanks to about 30 volunteers, we made great progress moving this giant pile of wood chips underneath our new playground for Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes. There’s still a bit of work to be done to prep the other half for the safety surface, so we did what we could. We are so grateful for neighbors, friends and community members who came out to chip in.

Questions, or want to get involved? Contact friendsofroxhill@gmail.com.

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WHALE-WATCHING UPDATE: Now off Alki Beach http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/whale-watching-update-now-off-alki-beach/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/whale-watching-update-now-off-alki-beach/#comments Sun, 17 Jun 2018 03:01:46 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919808 This morning’s sighting post was a long time ago so we’re starting a new one – multiple reports of orcas visible off Alki Beach right now. While one report has them around 58th and Alki, they’re also reported to be heading north.

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Celebrations of life for Mark ‘Monk’ Hubbard next Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/celebrations-of-life-for-mark-monk-hubbard-next-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/celebrations-of-life-for-mark-monk-hubbard-next-friday/#comments Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:36:55 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919794
Last weekend brought the shocking news of West Seattle-based skatepark legend Mark “Monk” Hubbard‘s untimely death. This weekend, his family sends word of memorial plans:

In celebration of Mark “Monk” Hubbard, his friends and family want everyone around the world who’ve been impacted by Mark’s life and work to head to their local skatepark on Friday, June 22nd to skate, picnic and remember.

For those of you who can attend our local celebration, we will be at the Delridge Community Center & Skatepark 3-6 pm. Please bring your own blanket, food basket, and favorite stories.

Delridge is one of the many skateparks designed/built by Mark Hubbard’s firm Grindline. He was 47 years old.

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CLOSURE ALERT: Southbound 99 to be closed part of next weekend http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/closure-alert-southbound-99-to-be-closed-part-of-next-weekend/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/closure-alert-southbound-99-to-be-closed-part-of-next-weekend/#respond Sat, 16 Jun 2018 23:54:14 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919789 Looking ahead to next weekend, one major closure you might want to plan for if you’re heading off-peninsula: Southbound Highway 99 is scheduled for a full closure from 9 pm next Friday night (June 22nd) until 6 am next Sunday (June 24th), between Battery Street and Lander Street (functionally, that means all the way to the West Seattle Bridge), as part of tunnel-related work. No overlapping major I-5 closures that weekend, according to the WSDOT list.

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VIDEO, PHOTOS: Morgan Junction Community Festival 2018, as it happened http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/happening-now-morgan-junction-community-festival-2018/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/happening-now-morgan-junction-community-festival-2018/#comments Sat, 16 Jun 2018 18:06:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919737 (SEE THE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE – entertainment, activities – here)

11:06 AM: Perfect almost-summer day at the Morgan Junction Community Festival, presented by the Morgan Community Association, spread across multiple spots in and around Morgan Junction Park (west side of California, just north of Fauntleroy)! The performances have begun:

The food vendors are up and running – The Tamale Guy, Jones BBQ, and Sweet Bumpas Ice Cream are in the lot on the north side of Beveridge Place Pub:

And kitty corner from the park, West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) is serving up a benefit barbecue with proceeds going to keep the festival free and fun.

While you’re wandering, be sure to see the vendors and community groups behind Whisky West (WSB sponsor) and Zeeks Pizza:

Along with local business, a few local departments/agencies are there – Sound Transit (got questions about West Seattle light rail?) and the Department of Neighborhoods (kicking off this year’s Your Voice, Your Choice voting – more on that post-festival). In the heart of the park right now – Bubbleman!

Lots of ways to participate, not just watch – like chalk art:

We’re in a row of booths just north of the park, with the West Seattle Timebank, Emergency Communication Hubs, and kids’ arts and crafts. The festival’s on until 4 pm – more coverage to come!

12:19 PM: Second musical act of the festival!

Here again is the schedule for the day. Many activities are continuous – face-painting, kids’ art, etc. – so no matter what time you drop by, you’ll find something happening. You’ll also find public-safety personnel, including SPD:

At left is the Southwest Precinct’s longtime second-in-command, Operations Lt. Ron Smith, who’s on his farewell tour of festivals – he’s retiring at month’s end. On the south edge of the park, artist Desmond Hansen started his mural-painting early and has drawn an audience:

1:08 PM: Speaking of painting, if you’d rather do it than watch, one of this festival’s unique activities is under way – the Splatter of Morgan:

You can come down and blast paint at the canvas draping the fence at the future Morgan Junction Park addition, just north of where we are. Another unique activity, the Bark of Morgan dog parade and contests, is coming up at 2 pm. Meantime, another SPD delegation:

1:21 PM: Every year we’ve boothed at festivals, we’ve had a standing offer: Candidates who stop by get photographed. First candidate of the year, Shannon Braddock, who’s running for the open 34th District State Senate seat, just stopped by:

She and other candidates will be at the <strong>West Seattle Democratic Women‘s forum June 18th and the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s forum later in the summer (date to be announced). Speaking of politics, the festival’s emcee, MoCA vice president Phil Tavel, confirms he’s considering running for City Council again next year (he finished third in the crowded August 2015 primary).

2:14 PM: We’ve had a city official visit too, interim Neighborhoods director Andres Mantilla (a West Seattleite):

And a small but spirited dog parade has gone by:

More live music right now, too – Deal is onstage.

Festival’s on until 4 if you haven’t been here yet!

2:37 PM: The Tamale Guy is sold out of tamales. And the SFD engine that was here, 32, just had to leave on a call, minutes after we snapped a photo:

Medical call, according to Real-Time 911. Speaking of medical, while you’re here you can find out about Good Med Direct Primary Care (WSB sponsor):

Drs. Ryan Campbell and Wendy Hueners can tell you all about their unique model for keeping you healthy. You’ll find them and other local businesses, organizations, etc., behind Whisky West/Zeeks. In the park, meantime, we looked in again on muralist Desmond Hansen:

Thanks yet again to all the kind people who’ve stopped by to say hi and thank us for our work – community collaboration has been what WSB’s been about for more than a decade now, and we appreciate the continuing tips, questions, suggestions … westseattleblog@gmail.com, or text/voice 206-293-6302 any time.

3:30 PM: Final half-hour for the festival. Gary Benson is onstage – mellow music for a mellow afternoon.

Also just talked with a couple more people who stopped by – Donna Sandstrom from The Whale Trail, who is on the governor’s new task force about orcas, saying it’s time for bold action to try to save the Southern Resident Killer Whales; Karimah Edwards from Seattle Parks, telling us they’ve had a good day of talking to people about the future development of Morgan Junction Park’s expansion site to the north. Look for an online survey starting next week, with options for park design and potential elements (we’ll write a separate story when it goes live).

4 PM: The festival’s officially over – but live music will stretch out a little longer; Servants of the Rich missed their slot earlier, getting caught in multiple traffic jams while headed this way from the south, but they’re here now. We’re headed out. Thanks to MoCA and festivalgoers/participants for a great day!

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