West Seattle Blog... http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:06:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Hearing a helicopter? Not law enforcement, SPD says http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/hearing-a-helicopter-not-law-enforcement-spd-says/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/hearing-a-helicopter-not-law-enforcement-spd-says/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:08:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289813 11:08 PM: We’ve received multiple reports of a helicopter heard in the Seaview and Arbor Heights areas. We’ve checked with Seattle Police, and Lt. Alan Williams says it’s not Guardian One – quiet night for SPD. Still checking, but it’s a mystery for now.

12:08 PM: Just back from tracking it for a while. As noted in comments, it was flying too high for a search. Too dark, of course, to have any idea what it looked like. Not sure if we’ll be able to figure this one out, but we’re still trying.

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West Seattle Halloween scene: Swimming with pumpkins http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-scene-swimming-with-pumpkins/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-scene-swimming-with-pumpkins/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:48:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289801

With Halloween/harvest events aplenty in West Seattle for the next week-plus, tonight was the big night for local Seattle Parks facilities, including Southwest Pool, scene of an annual free family swim. Lifeguards were in costume, lights and decorations added to the atmosphere, and swimmers could play with floating pumpkins as well as the usual pool toys.

P.S. This was featured in our Halloween Guide, where you’ll find dozens more events from tomorrow through early November – and we’re adding more tonight (thanks to everyone sending theirs in).

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Vehicle flips in High Point, one person hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/vehicle-flips-in-high-point-one-person-hurt/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/vehicle-flips-in-high-point-one-person-hurt/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:49:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289792

(Photo courtesy Michelle)
One person was taken to the hospital after that flipped-vehicle crash near 30th/Graham in High Point about an hour ago. Thanks to Michelle for the top photo. She reports that, “My husband and I heard a loud crash and then the sound of a car speeding away at a very high speed. We came out and found a car flipped in the intersection, with 1 man inside. The man seems to have some injuries, but was able to climb out of the car with some assistance.” At least one parked car was damaged (at right in the photo). This was originally dispatched as a “heavy rescue,” but the response was scaled back when it was determined the person in the vehicle got out OK.

(WSB photo)
Officers at the scene told us the man did not have life-threatening injuries.

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More Seattle City Light work ahead: North of Morgan Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/more-seattle-city-light-work-ahead-north-of-morgan-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/more-seattle-city-light-work-ahead-north-of-morgan-junction/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:11:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289778

(Click map to see it full-size)
More Seattle City Light modernization work is on the way between The Junction and Morgan Junction. If this affects you, SCL says, you should have received a flyer. In case you didn’t – or otherwise missed it – we’re sharing the news too:

Seattle City Light is continuing to make electrical improvements in portions of West Seattle by increasing capacity from 4 kV to 26kV. The attached flyer was mailed recently and explained the details to affected customers. …

· What is the work? Conversion of service from 4 to 26kV will improve the electrical capacity in a neighborhood north of Morgan Junction. This modernization has been ongoing in different portions of West Seattle since 2008. The work involves replacing old poles with new ones and adding new cross arms, insulators, transformers and wires.

· What is the schedule? Beginning of November for approximately two months. See flyer for details.

· What are the impacts? Affected customers will experience a maximum of three outages during this work. Crews will place a door hanger or make personal contact 48-72 hours in advance of outages. The notification will specify the date, time and duration of the outage.

· Point of Contact? Michael Gabrielson, Electrical Service Representative, at 206-386-4245 or michael.gabrielson@seattle.gov , or visit seattle.gov/light/aboutus/construction

This is separate from the other West Seattle work that City Light announced earlier this month, cable maintenance via silicon injection in Fauntlee Hills and Sunrise Heights.

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West Seattle Weather Watch: Mountain snow; storm alert canceled http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weather-watch-mountain-snow-sighting-storm-alert-canceled/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weather-watch-mountain-snow-sighting-storm-alert-canceled/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:24:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289779

Look what’s back! Gary Jones shares the photo of snow on the Olympic Mountains, first major sighting from West Seattle this fall. Other weather news: The “special weather statement” suggesting possibly strong wind tomorrow has been dropped. Areas east of Seattle are under a wind advisory for tonight/tomorrow, but the forecast for our area is now back down to just rainy and breezy through Saturday night. For Sunday’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival (next big preview later tonight), things still look calmer still – cloudy with only a chance of showers.

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West Seattle (Athletic) Club update: Closure, day 2 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-athletic-club-update-closure-day-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-athletic-club-update-closure-day-2/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:33:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289755

What appears to be a transition at West Seattle (Athletic) Club continues, with the fitness center closed again today, as announced in e-mail Wednesday and posted on the doors Thursday, both saying it will reopen tomorrow. We went by after a tip that police were called there at midday. No officers there when we arrived, but we did see the truck shown above and exercise equipment sitting outside.

SPD told us the call was about “a disturbance,” but did not lead to arrests. Today was the court-ordered deadline for club owner Sam Adams to pay property owner John Pietromonaco $1.1 million or face eviction; when contacted earlier this week, Pietromonaco told WSB that he had “a plan” if that didn’t happen. We asked the King County Sheriff’s Office if it had or was planning to serve eviction papers; spokesperson Sgt. DB Gates said the “writ of restitution” issued October 6th in the unlawful-detainer (eviction) case has been assigned to a detective, but they don’t comment further on specific plans for serving paperwork (or not).

ADDED 9:33 PM: Commenter John sent a photo of the drained pool, visible from the sidewalk:

If you plan on going there first thing tomorrow morning, please let us know (comment, e-mail, phone/text, whatever works) what you find – open, closed, etc. Thank you!

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Followup: New information, as West Seattle’s Senior Center mulls going independent http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/followup-new-information-as-west-seattles-senior-center-mulls-going-independent/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/followup-new-information-as-west-seattles-senior-center-mulls-going-independent/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:11:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289499 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The Senior Center of West Seattle has gone through one big change and is contemplating another. And today, we have more context for both.

One week ago, we published the announcement of a meeting at which center supporters hope to hear what you think about its relationship with the citywide nonprofit Senior Services, as they ask “Should We Stay or Should We Go?” – with “go” meaning, breaking off and operating independently.

This follows months of behind-the-scenes uncertainty that followed Senior Services’ firing in July of the West Seattle center’s longtime executive director Karen Sisson. (While SS does not own the center, it provides staffing and other services.)

SS has not commented on the reason for Sisson’s firing, but she has said it was about an e-mail she mistakenly circulated more widely than she intended, expressing concerns about a possible change in its relationship with West Seattle and other centers.

She has asked us to share that e-mail with you. And we have talked with a Senior Services spokesperson to find out what they are considering and why.

We first learned about Sisson’s July firing from David Robertson, president of the West Seattle center’s board. In a statement sent to WSB and published in this story, Robertson said Sisson was fired by Senior Services CEO Paula Houston with no notice to or consultation with the WS board “… apparently because Karen sent an email to all staff of Senior Services voicing her concerns regarding points brought to Karen’s attention in the future direction and management of the Senior Center of West Seattle.”

Sisson is now sharing that e-mail. First, in an e-mail exchange with WSB, she offered this preface.

I have noticed that many are asking why I got fired. The following is the email I sent to my board on July 10th. One of my staff members asked it be sent to staff so they could see what is happening. Instead of pressing the WS staff, I sent it to all staff of Senior Servcies by mistake. I apologized to Paula but it fell on deaf ears.

I felt I was doing my job letting my board know what the new focus, lead by Paula at Senior Services was.

In my contract work for the Board, I put together a 3 year budget, which was evident we could operate without the organization of Senior Service. These budgets included health, vision, hearing and life insurance for staff, I have offered my services to the Washington State Association of Senior Centers to evaluate and offer staff insurance policies to be offered to members Centers which would drive down the cost and up the benefits for the Centers. In these budgets I prepared, there was a 47,000.00 short fall next year, which I had already secured $30,000.00 to be used in the next 2 years. I put together the plan to separate from Senior Services, have services ready to implement and we could be successful in doing so.

I realize I do not work for the Center anymore, but I do feel very strongly that the building needs to stay in the control of the Center. Should there be days in the future that fundraising was down (West Seattle has been very kind to the Center, I do not see that happening) we would need the equity of the building to draw any kind of loan for operations, or for a capital campaign bridge loan. The notion of giving control over to Senior Services, which was their first request, or now to a Community Trust is not in the Centers best interest.

Please come to the meeting on November 11th, and help the board make this very much needed decision.

Here is the e-mail as sent to us by Sisson, also unedited:

Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:28 AM
Subject: Senior Services/Senior Center of West Seattle

As I leave with Doug to go on our 2 week boat trip this weekend up to the San Juan’s, I am sad to share news with you on what is transpiring at Senior Services.

Paula is presenting to her Board today that all Senior Center will become a ‘program’ of Senior Services , not separate Center’s.

I had lunch with Joanne yesterday and this is how it will shake out should the SS Board agree with this thinking.

All Centers would:

· Transfer all assets to SS, including bank accounts ,property and buildings.

· All Center Boards would disband, but could stay involved in the areas of volunteer activities they would like to.

· All decisions would be made FOR the local Centers by SS, with possibly no local input.

· Year end deficits would be paid by SS (If a director should lead their Center in deficits annually, they would be fired)

· All year end surplus from fundraising would go into the general fund at SS.

I am not sure what the up side to this agreement would be for our Center other than we would keep the united way money/unrestricted money from SS, which is 104.771.00 of which they take back 104,362.00 for admin services, ie HR, Cultural competence, IT, bookkeeping auditing and our supervision from SS.

This is of course is a board decision in the end, but hopefully there will be a option that Centers that want to remain independent can do so, however this is not the focus at this time.

One good thing is Joanne said a board member wants to hear from the Directors and the Boards as to their feelings.

At this time the Northwest Senior Center, Southeast Senior Center and us have a problem with this as far as the Directors go. Unfortunately both Northwest and Southeast usually end in a deficient so their voice might not be heard as well.

I am currently studying our options and analyze how we might be best prepared for this.

This potential split is not what I want at all, I have always said I would want our Center to be a part of the bigger voice, however this might push my thinking over that line Maybe the board has a more positive look at this than I.

I will be checking all emails while on the water when I have reception and answering phone calls.

Again, sorry to give you this troubling news.

Karen Sisson
Executive Director
Senior Center of West Seattle

Later that day, Sisson lost her job.

Senior Services has not yet made any specific proposal about changing how centers operate, spokesperson Karen Bystrom told WSB in a phone conversation this week. “It is a complicated relationship,” she said, between SS and the six senior centers to which it provides administrative services. (It runs the Central Area center “as a program,” she added.)

“We currently operate with six centers under a Memorandum of Agreement originated almost 50 years ago. … Each one is a 501(c)(3) with its own board. Under the MOA, Senior Services provides administrative services … HR, IT, payroll, accounting. Center employees are Senior Services employees, and receive benefits through us. Centers pay an administrative fee to us; we conduct a lot of fundraising that supports the centers; our fundraising activities also provide an allocation to each of the centers over the year.”

But, Bystrom said, “We’ve basically been told by auditors and funders that the current model has to change. Where we are at the moment is trying to figure out what that change will be.”

According to Bystrom, no decisions have been made, and none are imminent: “It’s going to take at least a year to develop a set of recommendations to determine a plan and implement a change.” She said a task force of SS board members and staff is “looking at this” and just met for the first time, though she later said that conversations with centers have been under way for months, and will continue: “We plan extensive discussion between the Senior Services board and center boards; we know we will be engaging center staff, volunteers, funders, communities. Every center knows what’s right for (its) community … we know that concerns have been voiced and that’s why we know this will take some time.”

So why, we asked, do “auditors and funders” want to change “the current model”?

Bystrom said there are “questions of governance, accountability, etc.,” because Senior Services has a board and each center has a separate board of its own.

Asked about the “community trust” concept that Sisson mentioned to us, Bystrom said that was something specific to the three centers – West Seattle, Southeast Seattle, and Snoqualmie Valley – that own their buildings: “One idea that will probably be looked at is, you can put buildings into a land trust. We don’t necessarily want to own buildings (but want to ensure) that any building owned by a senior center is going to remain a senior center forever, that’s the key to what this ultimate solution is. We know the communities made them happen; they need to remain as community resources.”

Bystrom said that resource status is because, for example, “senior centers are an integral part of the service network, often the first place somebody learns about Senior Services. We also believe the individual centers understand the needs of their community.”

So far, she said, there’s no specific feedback mechanism set up at SS yet regarding all this, but if you have a question or comment, you can send it to her – karenby@seniorservices.org.

Meantime, the meeting at the Senior Center of West Seattle is less than 3 weeks away, set for Tuesday, November 11th. It’s being held in two sessions, according to last Friday’s announcement – 3 pm and 5:30 pm – and questions/comments are welcome at cing828@gmail.com.

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Crime Watch followup: Christopher A. Brown pleads guilty in Roxbury rape/beating attack http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/crime-watch-followup-christopher-a-brown-pleads-guilty-in-roxbury-rapebeating-attack/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/crime-watch-followup-christopher-a-brown-pleads-guilty-in-roxbury-rapebeating-attack/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:28:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289752 Just discovered this in the court files:

The man charged in last March’s rape and beating of a 58-year-old woman near 22nd/Roxbury has pleaded guilty. The attack drew regional-media attention as deputies went door to door searching for clues to solve the exceptionally violent attack. 25-year-old Christopher Anthony Brown was found via a DNA match, arrested in Oklahoma in June, charged with rape and assault, and extradited. Investigators said Brown had been visiting this area when he attacked the victim as she waited for a bus – asking her for a cigarette, then offering her money for sex, and when she declined, dragging her into nearby shrubbery, choking her until she was nearly unconscious, beating her, raping her, robbing her, and threatening to kill her and her family if she reported it.

According to documents in the online files, prosecutors will recommend a sentence that would put Brown in prison for 171 months – just over 14 years. Brown pleaded guilty last week to one count each of rape, assault, and robbery. King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector is scheduled to sentence him on November 14th.

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West Seattle Friday: Halloweekend #1; Ye Olde Curiosity Shop @ Log House Museum; Fall Falcon Fest; Highland Park square dance… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-friday-halloweekend-1-ye-olde-curiosity-shop-log-house-museum-fall-falcon-fest-highland-park-square-dance/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-friday-halloweekend-1-ye-olde-curiosity-shop-log-house-museum-fall-falcon-fest-highland-park-square-dance/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:39:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289741

(Thanks to Bradi for the photo of Johnnie the cat admiring Thursday’s rainbow!)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – first event, actually, was just announced last night and never even made it into the calendar:

YE OLDE CURIOSITY SHOP AT LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: With part of the downtown waterfront closed for seawall work, one of its iconic businesses, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, is getting a special spotlight at the Log House Museum. That starts with an opening reception this afternoon, 2 pm, featuring members of its founding family – full details on the LHM website. (61st/Stevens)

Next, this is definitely Halloweekend #1; though October 31st is a week away, the biggest fun starts this afternoon/evening, and it’s in our West Seattle Halloween Guide, including:

RAINBOW BINGO: 6 pm, doors open for Halloween Rainbow Bingo at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Fun, food, cash prizes! Wear your costume! Must be 18 or older. Featuring Sylvia O’Stayformore and guest bingo callers. Follow the link to check ASAP if reservations are still available. (California/Oregon)

ALKI HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: Carnival at Alki Community Center, 6:30-8:30 pm. $.25 per game or $7 per unlimited bracelet. (5817 SW Stevens)

HIAWATHA HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: Carnival at Hiawatha Community Center, 6-8 pm. 25 cents a ticket. (2700 California SW)

SOUTHWEST POOL SPOOKY SWIM: Free Halloween Family Swim at Southwest Pool, 7-8 pm. “Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the pool and take a dip with the pumpkins! Join in with a penny dive, bobbing for apples and other activities. Anyone under 18 yrs old must be accompanied in the water by an adult or guardian.” (2801 SW Thistle)

‘GHOST GAME’: The Cabiri in ‘Ghost Game VIII: 13 Witches’ at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 8 pm. Tickets and details here. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

Back to the regular calendar – some of tonight’s other highlights:

FALL FALCON FEST: 5-8 pm, the first festival at newly reopened Fairmount Park Elementary School – alumni are encouraged to come, too, and special tours are part of the plan. Details in our preview from earlier in the month. (38th/Findlay)

HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY SQUARE DANCE: 6 pm, dinner (free!), 7-9 pm, square dancing with live music, and more – including free pumpkins to take home, while they last! – presented by the Highland Park Elementary PTA. (1012 SW Trenton)

PEACE ON THE BEACH: As part of Seattle Parks’ Week Without Violence, teens are invited to the Alki Bathhouse at 6 tonight for pizza, discussions, and s’more-making. (2701 Alki SW)

SWEET, SWEET MUSIC, FEATURING ALICE STUART: 7:30 pm at Fauntleroy Church, the high-energy blues artistry of Alice Stuart is spotlighted in the latest edition of Sweet, Sweet Music.

TOTAL EXPERIENCE GOSPEL CHOIR’S MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hallread about it here! (7904 35th SW)

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Fauntleroy salmon: Drumming on Sunday; watch starts Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/fauntleroy-creek-salmon-drumming-on-sunday-watch-starts-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/fauntleroy-creek-salmon-drumming-on-sunday-watch-starts-monday/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:38:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289738

(WSB photo from last year’s Fauntleroy Creek gathering to call the salmon home)
Last year, they were a no-show; the year before, a record run. What will this year bring for coho salmon in Fauntleroy Creek? Steward Judy Pickens says would-be salmon spectators are already showing up at the creek but should know, no one’s seen any yet, and the official volunteer-powered salmon watch won’t start until Monday. Once they see one, she’ll share the news with us, and you’ll be welcome to come down and try to get a glimpse any time a salmon-watcher is on duty. Meantime, the symbolic start to the season is this Sunday, 5 pm, when you are invited to join in the annual “calling the salmon home” gathering at the Fauntleroy fish ladder (Fauntleroy/Director, across the street from the ferry dock, up the embankment) – bring something to drum with if you can, but not mandatory.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend (& beyond) previews http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-friday-updates-weekend-beyond-previews/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-friday-updates-weekend-beyond-previews/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:21:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289730

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy Friday! Traffic watch is on. And so are our previews for the weekend and beyond:

LOTS OF HALLOWEEN: This weekend is arguably bigger for Halloween events than October 31st. Preview them in our West Seattle Halloween Guide. And take extra care out there tonight and tomorrow night.

WEEKEND TRAFFIC ALERTS, CITYWIDE: See SDOT’s roundup for this weekend here.

HARVEST FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY: Junction streets are closed and buses are on reroute for Sunday’s 10 am-2 pm festival – the closure starts first thing in the morning, as participants (including us!) will be loading in, as will Farmers’ Market vendors.

WATER TAXI SCHEDULE CHANGE ON MONDAY: The 7-day-a-week, all-day West Seattle Water Taxi schedule ends Sunday. Then on Monday, the 5-day fall/winter schedule begins – preview it here.

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Firefighter Storytime brings Engine 37 to High Point Library – and word of its future replacement http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/firefighter-storytime-brings-engine-37-to-high-point-library-and-word-of-its-future-replacement/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/firefighter-storytime-brings-engine-37-to-high-point-library-and-word-of-its-future-replacement/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:25:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289715

(WSB photos by Torin Record-Sand)
Today, firefighters from Station 37 in Sunrise Heights came to High Point Branch Library to read “No Dragons for Tea” to preschoolers and to explain basic rules of fire safety. They opened the reading with news that Engine 37 will be replaced soon by a newer fire engine. More on that shortly. First: Brian Shaner read for the storytime today.

Other firefighters from Station 37 – Lt. Paul Adams, Jorge Bernal, and Tiffany Colman – were present for the reading. After reading, Bernal suited up to introduce the children to what a fully suited firefighter looks like.

The goal of this part of the presentation is to help kids know, if they ever are in an emergency situation and come face to face with a suited-up firefighter, that they shouldn’t be scared.

After about 25 minutes, everyone was invited to take a tour of Engine 37, which was parked outside the library.

We asked SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore later about the replacement plan for E-37. He confirmed: “Station 37 is getting a new, larger engine before Christmas. The new Engine 37 will have a modern cleaner-burning engine with additional safety features but the same pumping capacity. The older engine will be turned into a reserve engine.” E-37 is one of three that SFD is replacing, he added, along with E-35 in Ballard and E-20 in Queen Anne/Interbay.

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Update on West Seattle’s ‘pit’: No digging Saturday; crane assembly Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/update-on-west-seattles-pit-no-digging-saturday-crane-assembly-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/update-on-west-seattles-pit-no-digging-saturday-crane-assembly-monday/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:10:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289709 Also tonight, a two-part update from King County Wastewater Treatment District on West Seattle’s own “pit,” the 60-foot-deep hole being excavated for the million-gallon combined-sewer-overflow tank across from Lowman Beach.

First, KCWTD’s Doug Marsano says excavation crews will NOT be working this Saturday after all; one more Saturday of excavation work is still expected, November 1st. But the following Monday, this will happen:

King County contractors will use the east part of the 7000 block of Beach Drive SW (between Lowman Beach Park and the project site) to assemble a crane that will be used to finish digging out the Murray CSO Control Facility tank area. The crane will be delivered and assembled on Monday, October 27 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Neighbors and park users should expect traffic delays of up to 15 minutes on the 7000 block of Beach Drive during these hours.

To maintain local access, there will be no parking on Beach Drive S.W. between the project site and Lowman Beach Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flaggers will work with drivers to ensure safe passage around the assembly area.

Further details are in the official project notice here.

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Highway 99 tunnel-machine rescue pit digging on hold after 3 days http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/highway-99-tunnel-machine-rescue-pit-digging-on-hold-after-3-days/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/highway-99-tunnel-machine-rescue-pit-digging-on-hold-after-3-days/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:47:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289704


As reported here just three days ago, WSDOT announced digging had begun for the pit going down 120 feet to rescue the Highway 99 tunnel-machine cutter head. Tonight, WSDOT has announced the digging is on hold. Here’s the entire update:

On Oct. 23, WSDOT archaeologists monitoring the access pit excavation observed a deposit containing shell material that requires further evaluation and may indicate the presence of cultural materials. No artifacts or human remains were found. WSDOT has very strict protocols when archeological material is discovered and those protocols were followed today. Excavation activities in the access pit have stopped and we are now coordinating with the Federal Highway Administration and tribal governments, and the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation to determine the next steps. As more information is available to share with the public, we will pass it along.

The image above is a screengrab from the project’s monitoring cameras, which are online “live” here.

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West Seattle development: Views of the old and the new http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-development-the-old-and-the-new/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-development-the-old-and-the-new/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:33:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289691 Two scenes from the Junction/Triangle area:

FAUNTLEROY/EDMUNDS: Most of the future site of the mixed-use Whittaker is now cleared; just the last section on the southeast corner, the old Chevrolet showroom and service area to the west, remains (our photo was taken from Fauntleroy, looking southwest). A few blocks west:

4730 CALIFORNIA: Michael shared that photo showing that the facade of the midblock mixed-use project on California between Alaska and Edmunds is finally in view. Work on this project began with demolition in June of last year.

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