WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Rack ripped off

One West Seattle Crime Watch reader report today – from Annika:

My fiance’s Yakima HoldUp2 Bike Hitch Rack was removed and stolen from the back of his truck while it was parked in the parking strip behind our house last night between 10:00 am-6:00 am. (40th & Brandon)

VIDEO: Tribal Journeys canoe families arrive at Alki Beach

(Muckleshoot Tribe’s canoe arriving)

2:17 PM: As first reported here last weekend, Alki Beach is an overnight stop again this year for some of the Tribal Journeys canoe families. Dozens of tribes around the region participate each year, and destinations rotate among different nations – this year, the journey is bound for Campbell River, British Columbia. The Muckleshoot Tribe hosts the Alki stop, and told us the landings were expected at 3 pm; commenters on our morning highlights said they were seeing canoes earlier, and indeed, we’re here at Alki, and canoe families are coming ashore.

This group of canoes was hosted by the Puyallup Tribe last night and heads across the sound to Suquamish tomorrow.

2:37 PM: The early arrivals are headed back into the water to await others and the official welcoming.

2:57 PM: And the visitors are being welcomed (video added above), so the canoes are back ashore. There are five routes that canoes are taking to Campbell River – this stop is along the Inside Passage route.

We’re told tomorrow morning’s departure is expected around 10 am; the visitors will be shuttling to Auburn for tonight’s feasting and celebration with the Muckleshoots. We’ve counted eight canoes here; fewer than last year’s stop, since they were headed southbound and most participants had already joined, while this year, they’re northbound, and this is an early stop, with many yet to join along the routes.

ADDED 11:52 PM: Thanks to David Hutchinson for this beautiful sunset view with canoes’ silhouettes:

This page on the Suquamish Tribe website details the plan for the stop there tomorrow and Friday.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series starts with ‘showcase of fresh new talent’

A great West Seattle summer of outdoor music continues tomorrow night with the first of six free Thursday concerts comprising the ninth annual Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series. Here are details of the season’s first show:

Couldn’t make it to Upstream Music this year? Fear not – the Admiral Neighborhood Association will present some highlights at the July 20 concert opening this year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series. Three artists will perform in a showcase of fresh new talent curated by SassyBlack.

Headlining the showcase is Paris Alexa, 19-year-old singer, songwriter and loop artist. Her innovative, unique sound is accomplished by using only her voice which is recorded as she performs, then replayed as her own accompaniment. She is a student at Berklee College of Music and performs locally, including the 4th of July concerts in Gas Works park.

18 year old Cameron Miles Lavi Jones of Gypsy Temple will perform an acoustic set. Gypsy Temple brings a firestorm of original alt rock In the true spirit of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam complete with the band’s special guests horn section The Horny Tones and the amazing cello powers of Cory Cavazos.  Considered #5 of the top ten bands for Upstream 2017, Cameron and his band are aggressive, melodic, highly musical and full of on stage drama.

Rounding out the lineup is DJ and producer Jamie Blake. Referring to his work as “life music,” he incorporates works of jazz, soul, electronica, and hiphop into his beats and live sets.

You may have caught SassyBlack’s performance at the Junction last weekend. Described as an “electronic psychedelic soul goddess”, Sassy is a tireless advocate for artists in the local music community. She curated a portion of the Upstream festival, where Quincy Jones included her among important new talent to watch: “It is an honor to help them grow,” he said. Her new album, New Black Swing, was released last month. Sassy selected the performers and will be on hand to introduce them.

All concerts are held on the east lawn next to Hiawatha Community Center. Bring a blanket, family/friends, a picnic and enjoy the show!

The series is made possible through the generous donations of community businesses and volunteers.

Showtime is 6:30 pm tomorrow; the lawn is along Walnut, south of Lander. WSB is a co-sponsor, as we’ve been for every year since the series launched in 2009. See the season’s full lineup on the ANA website.

WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST 2017: Feedback wanted!


(Summer Fest Saturday photo by Leda Costa for WSB)

We mentioned in our coverage of West Seattle Summer Fest this past weekend that the festival-presenting West Seattle Junction Association planned an online community survey to gather your thoughts. We just got word from WSJA executive director Lora Swift that the survey is now up – “I’m invested in bringing the neighborhood quality events and would love some feedback,” she explains. So if you went to the festival, you are invited to spend a few minutes answering it – go here. Thanks in advance for taking the time to help them understand what was and wasn’t good about West Seattle’s biggest party of the year, so next year’s Summer Fest can be even better.

P.S. You’re also welcome – but not required! – to share comments here, instead of or in addition to/replication of the survey; they’ll be read too.

West Seattle Wednesday: Tribal canoes arrive; Jubilee Days fireworks; Morgan Community Association; HALA for Westwood-Highland Park; more…


(Colman Pool, photographed by Long Bach Nguyen – it’s open today and every day through Labor Day!)

Long list of possibilities for this Wednesday – morning until late night! – here are the highlights:

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK TODAY: Open today are the Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm, and the Highland Park spraypark, 11 am-8 pm, as well as Hiawatha wading pool, noon-6:30 pm, and EC Hughes wading pool, noon-7 pm. (Find addresses here)

WEST SEATTLE WRITING GROUP: 11 am at the Senior Center of West Seattle. $1 members/$2 nonmembers. (4217 SW Oregon)

TRIBAL CANOES ARRIVE: As we reported last weekend, the Tribal Journeys canoes are stopping at Alki Beach again this year – this time they are headed north to a regional gathering at Campbell River, B.C. The Muckleshoot Tribe is hosting, and cultural director Willard Bill, Jr. has just replied to our inquiry about arrival time – saying it’s estimated at 3 pm. (59th SW/Alki SW)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: 4 pm-7 pm, it’s the weekly farm stand day at this mini-farm in High Point – buy fresh produce steps from where it was grown and harvested. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)

WESTWOOD-HIGHLAND PARK URBAN VILLAGE AND HALA MHA COMMENTS: 6 pm at Southwest Library, join the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council in discussing the HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability rezoning proposals and the possibility of community-coalition commenting on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement, as previewed here. (9010 35th SW)

DISASTER SKILLS: Free basic first-aid class presented by the city at Hiawatha Community Center, 6 pm. Details here including how to pre-register. (2700 California SW)

SOUTHWEST STORIES: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s monthly speaker series is happening tonight at West Seattle (Admiral) LibraryClay Eals and Brad Chrisman will talk about the 30th anniversary of the definitive local history book, “West Side Story” – Eals explains it here:

Their talk is free, starting at 6:30 pm. (2306 42nd SW)

MORGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: The quarterly meeting of Morgan Junction’s community council is at 7 pm at The Kenney. The agenda – including City Council candidates, the HALA MHA Draft Environmental Impact Statement, and more – is here. All welcome. (7125 Fauntleroy SW)

DEADGRASS: Jerry Garcia/Grateful Dead tunes at Parliament Tavern, 8-11 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

DIAPERS FOR TRIVIA: As previewed here Tuesday, bring diapers to trivia night at Talarico’s, 8:30 pm, for WestSide Baby‘s Stuff the Bus Drive. (4718 California SW)

FIREWORKS: The White Center Jubilee Days festival opens with fireworks at 10 pm at Steve Cox Memorial Park, where you’ll also find the first night of its carnival, 3-11 pm. (13th SW/SW 102nd)

AND MORE, MORE, MORE … see everything on our complete-calendar page.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch

(HERE’S THE REVAMPED SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

6:53 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported so far in or from West Seattle.

LOOKING AHEAD TO SATURDAY: The “no parking” signs you might have noticed along California aren’t left over from Summer Fest – they’re for the West Seattle Grand Parade this Saturday, July 22nd (and the Float Dodger 5K that precedes it). California will be closed to traffic between Admiral and Edmunds. We’ll have a detailed preview later today.

9:40 AM: Reader reports shards of glass “every 200 feet or so” in Fauntleroy Way bicycle lane between Morgan and Fairmount Park. We’ve asked her to be sure SDOT is notified for cleanup, for starters (206-684-ROAD, and if you ever see a debris hazard and can’t get them that way, call 911).

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Young Shakespeare Workshop presents ‘As You Like It’ @ Roxhill Park


(Photo courtesy Young Shakespeare Workshop)

So much summer fun is on the schedule for this weekend, you’re going to be very busy sampling it all – and tonight we have word of even more, just added to the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar. The birch grove at Roxhill Park is where you’ll be able to enjoy William Shakespeare‘s comedy “As You Like It” this weekend – both Saturday and Sunday (July 22-23) at 2 pm each day – presented by the Revolving Company of the nationally recognized Young Shakespeare Workshop, directed by Darren Lay. Thanks to city support, the performances are free. (See the rest of the company’s summer performance schedule – no other shows in West Seattle, so don’t miss these! – here.)

VIDEO: 22nd annual West Seattle Big Band Concert in the Park

7:09 PM: With a classic by Count Basie, the West Seattle Big Band just kicked off this year’s Concert in the Park. Even though the longtime presenting organization West Seattle Hi-Yu is no longer active, the tradition will go on, as band director Jim Edwards just told the crowd. (WSB and the West Seattle Grand Parade are co-sponsoring this year.)

Lots of people here but also plenty of room for your chair, blanket, family, friends, neighbors … and it’s free, continuing until about 8:30 pm, with a break along the way to present this year’s Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community to Keith Hughes, in advance of Saturday’s parade.


(Keith Hughes with Michelle Edwards, band member and parade co-coordinator)

(See our preview here and find out more about Keith.)

8:35 PM: The concert just wrapped, featuring vocalists Sarah Ackers, Jeff Carter, and Kevin Mason with the WSBB along the way for a full slate of classics. We have more video and photos to add when back at HQ!

ADDED 11:50 PM: Xavier Cugat‘s “One Mint Julep“:

Sarah Ackers delighted the crowd despite confessing she had awakened with “no voice”:

Here she is on “All Right, OK, You Win”:

The band director himself had a solo during Gershwin’s “Summertime”:

The program was full of great songs – including a musical geographic tour of sorts, from “South of the Border” to “New York, New York.”

WEST SEATTLE DEVELOPMENT: 6022 California demolition; Charlestown, 30th, Delridge projects; more

Five development notes:

6022 CALIFORNIA DEMOLITION: By day’s end, the commercial building at 6022 California SW [map] was gone. It’s the former home of City Nails, which has moved several blocks north to 5242 California SW. We first reported almost a year ago on the plan for this site and the already-under-construction one two doors north. On this site, it will be a relatively common arrangement – three live-work units, two townhouses, two single-family houses, five offstreet-parking spaces.

12 APARTMENTS IN LUNA PARK AREA: Plans for a three-story, 12-apartment building at 3026 SW Charlestown are proceeding, first mentioned here two years ago. In this week’s first Land Use Information Bulletin, the city published the notice of a determination of nonsignificance – meaning they don’t believe it will have significant environmental impact. If you want to appeal that, you have until July 31st – here’s how.

7-UNIT ROWHOUSE FOR 4214 30TH SW: Not far away, in a rapidly densifying North Delridge pocket, two houses are planned for replacement with a 7-unit rowhouse building at 4214 30th SW, according to an early-stage plan in city files.

12 UNITS FOR 5005/5011 DELRIDGE: A combination of rowhouse and townhouse units are shown on the early-stage plan for this site, currently home to 1960s-era multiplex units.

JUNCTION MICROSTUDIOS COMPLETE: The six-story, 58-unit building at 4528 44th SW is about to have its grand opening, and it has a name: Vega. Construction started 14 months ago with demolition of the 8-unit building it replaced.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 stolen cars to watch for, both 2002 models

If you see either of these stolen 2002-model cars, call 911:

STOLEN IN THE JUNCTION: The photo and report are from Deborah:

Stolen 2002 light gold Toyota Highlander with no plates, but Younker Nissan plate holders. Temporary registration in rear window. Theft occurred sometime late Sunday PM – Monday AM near Erskine and California Ave. If you have information, please call or text 206-601-8264.

FORMER WEST SEATTLEITE EXPANDING SEARCH: Natasha is wondering if her car, stolen while she was doing delivery driving in SeaTac, wound up here. It was taken around 3 pm July 10th on 24th Avenue S. – a gold 2002 Hyundai Elantra, license AQT4642, with “swipe marks from another car on the driver’s side of the trunk as well. There’s a tail light or a brake light out. I never got a chance to see which so that I could replace it. There’s also a deep scratch on the passenger side bumper, right underneath the headlight.”

BRING DIAPERS! WestSide Baby’s big ‘Stuff the Bus’ week, and 2 chances to help

Thousands of local kids need help staying dry. WestSide Baby offers that help – with YOUR help. And this is the biggest week of the year for donating – WS Baby’s annual “Stuff the Bus” week. It’s gone far beyond just filling a school bus with diapers. For one thing, tomorrow (Wednesday night), Phil Tavel‘s popular trivia night at Talarico’s (4718 California SW) is doubling as a diaper drive:

This Wednesday, my trivia is hosting a Stuff the Bus event for WestSide Baby and everyone is asked to bring in diapers (of any size – for children) instead of $2 per person. We are giving away some nice prizes for the teams that bring the most diapers.

Trivia is at 8:30 pm.

Then next Sunday, bring diapers to this megaparty at WestSide Baby HQ in White Center. From Jessica at WS Baby:

This Sunday is our Stuff the Bus Bash. We’re going to be kicking festivities off at 12 pm and going until 3 pm at our offices in White Center (10002 14th Ave SW). The fun will include:

Free BBQ
Full Tilt Ice Cream
Lemonade Stand
Art/Games Tent
Lil’ Bug Studio open house
Trike Races at 1 pm (trikes & helmets provided)
Baby Diaper Dash at 1:30 pm
Raffle Prizes – the more diapers you bring, the better your chance of winning!
Facility tours

The entry fee is a pack of diapers to donate to families in need in our community – the more diapers you bring, the more chances you have of winning a prize! Our most needed sizes are 4,5,6 and pull-ups in 3T-4T and 4T-5T.

COUNTDOWN: 2 weeks to crime-fighting Night Out block parties

We’re counting down to this year’s Night Out with the help of Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge. She reminds us that we’re now exactly two weeks away from the national celebration of neighborhood safety and solidarity – Tuesday, August 1st:

As of today, the Southwest Precinct has 154 registered events!

Here is the Seattle Police Department website about National Night Out Against Crime. On this website, there’s online registration and downloadable materials – including an invitation in 11 languages and a Night Out event map!

Registration is open until 5 pm on Monday, July 31st!

Registering gets you the right to close off your non-arterial residential street. It also potentially puts you on the radar for some of the Night Out visits that local police and fire personnel will be making.

P.S. And if you’re having a party and wouldn’t mind us possibly stopping by to take a photo for WSB coverage, please e-mail editor@westseattleblog.com with the location and who to ask for – thanks!

CONGRATULATIONS! Another championship for Seattle Derby Brats’ Galaxy Girls, including WS skaters and coach

Thanks to Tanya Powers for the photo and report:

I wanted to share with you that the Galaxy Girls took 1st place at the International Championships for the 2017 Junior Roller Derby Association on Sunday in Loveland, Colorado!

The Galaxy Girls are a part of Seattle Derby Brats, which first formed in West Seattle at Pathfinder School. While they have moved, they maintain a close connection to West Seattle, with one of the two coaches (Luna, aka Patrice Davis) from West Seattle and 4 of the skaters (Seven Skate Nine, Brady O’Flyer, Helen, and Fighty – their skate names) also from West Seattle.

This is their third time taking Championships. We are so very pleased for their win!

You can cheer for the champs in person even before their next bout – Seattle Derby Brats, with Galaxy Girls representation, will be in Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade (11 am Saturday, southbound on California from Lander to Edmunds).

West Seattle Big Band Concert in the Park, and more for your Tuesday


(Spotted sandpiper, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Music and more! Here’s what’s hot, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Open today are Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm; Highland Park spraypark, 11 am-8 pm; Delridge wading pool, noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)

JUSTIN KAUSAL-HAYES: 5-8 pm, live music at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor): “Acoustic hits of the last 4 decades.” (1936 Harbor SW)

EVENING BOOK GROUP: 6:30 pm at High Point Library. This month’s book is “Blue Nights” by Joan Didion. (35th SW/SW Raymond)

WEST SEATTLE BIG BAND CONCERT IN THE PARK: 7 pm on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, bring a chair/blanket, family, friends, neighbors, and enjoy the sounds of the West Seattle Big Band in their annual free summer concert, with this year’s co-sponsors including WSB. (2700 California SW – concert’s on the Walnut side)

FAMILY STORY TIME: 7 pm at Delridge Library – bring all the kids! (5423 Delridge Way SW)

UNPLUGGED – A MUSICAL GATHERING: Acoustic open session at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. Come play, and/or listen! (5612 California SW)

SOUTH SOUND TUG & BARGE: Fresh from Summer Fest, West Seattle’s own South Sound Tug and Barge is back at the Parliament Tavern tonight, 8-11 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

OF COURSE, THERE’S MORE … check our complete-calendar page.

ONE WEEK FROM TONIGHT: Delridge Neighborhoods District Council forum with City Council candidates

With two weeks left to vote, the mayoral candidates seem to be everywhere (and will be back in West Seattle this Thursday). But that’s not the only choice you’ll be making. At-large (citywide) City Council Positions 8 and 9 have long lists of contenders too – and one week from tonight, 7-9 pm, you’ll be able to see many of the candidates at a forum presented by the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council. The announcement from DNDC chair Mat McBride:

This forum is intended to engage and inform the residents of the West Seattle Peninsula, who comprise roughly 1/7th of Seattle’s total voting population. This event is open to the public and the media.

The format is intentionally very simple – each candidate will be given 5 minutes and a microphone to present their platform. There will be no audience or panel questions during presentations, and once all presentations have finished candidates will be able to mingle with the audience. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase, and an area will be set aside for adults who are accompanied by children.

Who: Seattle City Council Position 8 and 9 candidates
What: Candidate forum – 5 minute presentation followed by mingling with prospective constituents
Where: Highland Park Improvement Club – 1116 SW Holden
Why: Because voters shouldn’t look at a ballot and say “I have no idea who this is”

Within a day or so, we should have a list of who’s RSVP’d so far, and we’ll add it here.

HAPPENING NOW: Question about East Admiral tree restoration? Go ask!

About half an hour ago, we were the first people to stop by the question-and-answer tent at the 35th SW dead end in the 3200 block, where you can talk with Michael Yadrick of Seattle Parks and Patti Bakker of the Green Seattle Partnership until 9:30 this morning, and/or again 7:30-9:30 am tomorrow. They’re there with information about the restoration work that is now under way immediately north and east of there, on the city-owned slopes where some neighbors acknowledge involvement in the illegal cutting of more than 100 trees more than a year and a half ago.

Money from the settlement announced in April is paying for work that started this week, they tell us, with weed removal, and will continue with major planting this fall. You can even be part of it on Green Seattle Day, November 4th, when it will be one of 22 sites around the city hosting volunteers. Even if you just want to go look at the site of the infamous incident – look for the tent. And the sign that somebody tore down and threw down the slope (it will be put up again, they told us).

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Two thefts

First theft of two in tonight’s reader reports – a bicycle stolen from Melecio:

My bright orange Marin Mt bike was stolen out of my car next to Camp Long. Nice bike. Front and rear disc brakes. Had Ing Direct logo and Lion on it. Hopefully I will get lucky and it will be returned.

Second, from Rhonda:

Theft last night at the corner of Manning/Belvidere Ave SW between the hours of 1 am to 8 am. My car was parked inside my fence. Burglars came onto my property. Stolen items: Thule Canyon 859 Carrier Basket and roof rack assembly. Please be sure that all items on top of your cars are secured and locked! Police have been notified.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Jubilee Days fireworks in White Center

Just a quick note so you’re not surprised about this time on Wednesday night (July 19th) – that’s when White Center’s Jubilee Days festival will launch its annual fireworks show. The show happens at Steve Cox Memorial Park, as does the carnival that also starts Wednesday night. One more early mention: This year the Saturday/Sunday (July 22nd-23rd) street fair that’s part of the festival will be on 16th SW between Roxbury and SW 98th – that’s the main street in downtown White Center, one block east of where the street fair’s been in previous years. Lots more info on the WCJD website, also all-new this year.

VIDEO: All-City Band photo shoot in West Seattle, days before WS Grand Parade performance

6:51 PM: If you’ve been to a major parade in Seattle, you’ll recognize the green shirt/white pants uniforms of the All-City Band, directed by Marcus Pimpleton (who is also assistant principal at Denny International Middle School). They’re in the Seacrest area tonight for their annual photo shoot (and you might hear some music shortly, too). On Saturday, they’ll be in the West Seattle Grand Parade (11 am start at California/Lander, heading south on California to Edmunds); on Sunday, in the White Center Jubilee Days parade; and one week from Friday (July 28th), you can see them and other bands at the annual Band Jam at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle), the night before the Seafair Torchlight Parade downtown.

8:58 PM: Photo shoots can be a whole lot of “hurry up and wait,” as was this one, so the musicians decided to play a bit while waiting:

That was a surprise and delight for some of the Water Taxi commuters passing by. Then post-photos, some marching practice:

The band members are musicians from high schools around Seattle Public Schools. While marching, they played the song that will be so familiar to parade fans (like your editor here):

Having just sat in on this year’s West Seattle Grand Parade lineup meeting, we can tell you that All-City is one of two marching bands in this year’s parade on Saturday, along with the Kennedy Catholic High School band from Burien.

New bike-share program Spin launches in Seattle – but not here, yet

Thanks to ScottA for pointing out, in a comment below this morning’s traffic coverage, that the newest bike-share company to serve Seattle just launched today. (Here’s coverage on Seattle Bike Blog.) Unlike the previous one, this one does not have fixed stations, and is not operating with public dollars. Like the previous one, though, it’s not serving West Seattle – for starters – although some of its bikes theoretically could wind up here (unless specifically prohibited – check the rules if and when you try it). The service is called Spin. We e-mailed to ask if any of their bicycles would be placed on this side of the bay, and Head of Operations Matt Whiffen replied:

The city of Seattle put forth a few specific regulations as to how many bikes can be put out per company and when. Basically, it’s 500 the first month, another 500 the second month, an add’l 1,000 the third month, and TBD after that. We’re not quite to the point of expanding to West Seattle, but it’s on the short list!

Matt also expressed interest in “what parts of West Seattle would be best suited for what we do.” We suggested he talk to local bicycling advocates such as West Seattle Bike Connections, if they haven’t already. Meantime, another stationless bikeshare service, LimeBike, is launching in Seattle this week too, as SBB reports, but its test-ride-location list suggests it’s not addressing this side of the city yet either.

WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE 2017: Keith Hughes chosen for Orville Rummel Award

Next Saturday (July 22nd), the 84th annual West Seattle Grand Parade will bring hundreds of people rolling, dancing, marching down California SW from The Admiral District to The Junction, to the delight of thousands of people lining the route. Toward the start of the parade, you’ll see this year’s honorees – including Keith Hughes, this year’s recipient of the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community, as announced by the West Seattle Rotary, which presents the parade.

Keith serves the West Seattle community in multiple ways and has also served our country. He is a Vietnam War-era U.S. Army veteran and has been Commander of American Legion Post 160 in West Seattle since 2012. He founded West Seattle Natural Energy, a solar-power firm, in 2008, and during that time has been an active member of Sustainable Seattle, King County Disaster Resilience Challenge, Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, Living Futures Institute, Cascade Climate Consortium, Solar Installers of Washington, Master Builders of King and Snohomish County, and the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

Keith, wife Lin, and daughter Amy moved to Seattle from Oregon in 1979, and in the years before founding West Seattle Natural Energy, he spent 15 years at Boeing and 15 in the IT department at Swedish Medical Center.

Keith’s community service also includes serving as president of the West Seattle Veteran Center (which operates from Post 160 HQ) in 2013, serving as chair of the Grand Parade committee before and after primary parade leadership transitioned to Rotary in 2014, and volunteering his time teaching classes and leading seminars on sustainable living and solar energy.

Before he rides down the parade route on Saturday (starting at 11 am at California/Lander and heading south) with the Orville Rummel trophy, you can see Keith accept the award during the official presentation at tomorrow night’s free West Seattle Big Band Concert in the Park, 7 pm on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center.

ABOUT THE ORVILLE RUMMEL AWARD: It’s named after the man who founded the West Seattle parade in 1934, Orville Rummel – lots of background in the story we published the year we were honored with it, in 2010. The award was first presented in 1984. Here’s the full list of recipients along the way:

1984: Charles and Ann Gage
1985: RB Chris Crisler Jr.
1986: Morgan and Carol McBride
1987: Margaret Miaullis
1988: Charles Jung
1989: Aurlo Bonney
1990: Katie Thorburn
1991: Dorothy Poplawski
1992: Dan Wiseman
1993: Virgil Sheppard
1994: Dorene Smith
1995: Doris Richards
1996: John Kelly
1997: Dick Kennedy
1998: Jim Edwards and Barbara Edwards
1999: Lt. David E. Cass
2000: Husky Deli/Miller Family
2001: Stephanie Haskins
2002: Forest Lawn
2003: Sue Lindblom
2004: Edgar and Ann Phipps
2005: Karen Sisson
2006: Walt DeLong
2007: David and Doreen Vague
2008: Tim St. Clair
2009: Morey Skaret
2010: West Seattle Blog
2011: Cindi Barker
2012: Shirley Vradenburgh
2013: Judy Pickens
2014: Earl Cruzen
2015: Donn Weaver
2016: Clay Eals
2017: Keith Hughes

From White Center Now: Li’l Woody’s to open this week


(WCN photo from last week)

Another restaurant opening in White Center – the burger joint Li’l Woody’s opens its fourth location in White Center this Wednesday. Details are on our partner site White Center Now.

FOLLOWUP: West Seattle Stadium track-resurfacing project to start this week

Though it was originally expected to start in late June, the $1 million track-resurfacing project at West Seattle Stadium will finally get going this week. That’s according to Seattle Parks capital-projects coordinator Jay Rood, responding this morning to an inquiry from a track user who noticed the stadium was still open. The delay, Rood explained, is because Parks still had “some bid/contracting steps to finalize.” The work is expected last about seven weeks, according to our original report back in April, though Rood writes that they hope to be done by the end of next month. The contractor is Hellas Construction, a Texas-based firm with Northwest regional offices in Mountlake Terrace.

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