ROAD-CLOSURE ALERT: SW Myrtle closed for repaving as part of Delridge-Highland Park Greenway construction

August 26, 2015 at 4:35 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 5 Comments

Thanks to Lesley for the tip about SW Myrtle being closed from 17th SW to 21st SW, near Sanislo Elementary. We’ve subsequently confirmed that the crumbling road is being repaved as work gets under way on the Delridge-Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway project. First, here’s the flyer about the Myrtle repaving, which is expected to continue through Friday:

That means it will be done in plenty of time for the start of school, which is two weeks from today. Meantime, here’s the flyer that has the “big picture” view of the project, which will be under construction for the next four months or so:

If you want to just cut to the heart of what this is about, here’s the explanation on the official webpage:

The greenway will run north-south, connecting White Center to the West Seattle Bridge trail. The greenway route will run generally along 17th Avenue SW in the south and 21st Avenue SW in the north. … Some of the changes will include:

*Crossing improvements at arterial intersections including striped crosswalks, curb extensions and flashing beacons
*Repaving SW Myrtle Street between 17th and 21st Avenue SW
*Speed humps and all-way stops where need, generally about one per block
*Way-finding signage and pavement markings throughout
*Spot pavement repairs to improve roadway user safety
*The greenway route was selected based on various factors, including evaluating streets for low car volumes, speeds and collisions, road grade (or steepness), and input we heard from the community.

SDOT is working with Seattle Public Utilities to design curb extensions with natural drainage systems along 17th Avenue SW, between SW Henderson Street and SW Kenyon Street.

Next phase of the project, after the SW Myrtle repaving, will be sidewalk and crossing improvements on SW Andover between 21st and 22nd; that’s scheduled to start September 1st.

FOLLOWUP: Specially trained K9 helps police find guns in Puget Ridge case; suspect remains in juvenile detention

August 26, 2015 at 3:31 pm | In Crime, Puget Ridge, West Seattle news | 14 Comments

3:31 PM: New information today on the arrest we reported Tuesday in connection with two Puget Ridge domestic-violence assaults, including the one that brought the Guardian One helicopter to the area on Friday. Just published online by SPD’s Jonah Spangenthal-Lee:

A specially trained ATF K9 helped officers track down three pistols hidden by a 17-year-old suspect after he attacked his girlfriend Tuesday afternoon in West Seattle.

The victim, who is also a juvenile, called police around 1:50 PM and said her boyfriend had just choked her into unconsciousness at her home and fled. She also told a 911 dispatcher the suspect had left the house carrying three handguns. Earlier in the week, he had threatened to shoot the victim and, on Tuesday, had reportedly pointed a gun at her as he fled through a wooded area near her home.

Medics treated the victim at her home as police began searching for the suspect. Officers found the 17-year-old near 18th SW and SW Juneau St and took him into custody. Police discovered he was no longer carrying the handguns, and began searching the neighborhood to try to find where he’d stashed them.

Officers were able to call in the assistance of an ATF K9, Allegra, trained to search for guns and shell casings. The dog tracked down the suspect’s three guns in a wooded area. One of the guns had been reported stolen.

Police booked the suspect into the Youth Service Center for investigation of felony domestic violence.

Previously, we had reported the recovery of one gun. Meantime, we’ve been following up on the suspect’s status via the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office; he was due in court this afternoon for a detention review and probable-cause hearing. We’ll update this story when we get the results of that hearing.

4:09 PM: We’ve just received that information. The KCPAO says a judge found probable cause in the case and ordered that the suspect remain in detention; prosecutors have until Friday to file charges. The probable-cause document says the suspect had returned to his 17-year-old girlfriend’s house yesterday to get his belongings when they started to argue; she told police later that she was trying to call 911 when he slapped the phone out of her hand and choked her until she lost consciousness.

Toddler taken to hospital after falling from 3rd-floor window

August 26, 2015 at 1:38 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 5 Comments

(Texted reader photo of emergency crews at today’s incident)

For the second time in less than a week, a child has been hurt in a fall from a third-floor window in West Seattle. A 22-month-old boy has just been rushed to Harborview Medical Center after an incident near 44th SW and SW Genesee. He was described as conscious, alert, and not believed to have life-threatening injuries. Six days ago, two boys ages 1 and 2 fell from a third-floor window near 34th and Holly. They were in the ICU at Harborview at last report (we are checking for an update on their conditions); a neighbor shared information in this WSB comment about a donation drive for the family.

SAFETY INFORMATION: The group Safe Kids Worldwide says, “Unintentional falls are the number-one cause of non-fatal injury for children,” and offers safety advice here.

Using less water? City says voluntary goal’s being met, so far

August 26, 2015 at 1:13 pm | In Utilities, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

Two weeks after asking people to cut water use by 10 percent, Seattle Public Utilities and its counterparts in Tacoma and Everett say the goal has been reached – and they hope that will continue TFN. They’ll be providing regional updates every two weeks. Their major advice remains:

* Let lawns go dormant and limit plant watering to twice a week.
* Water plants before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
* Reduce showering time.
* Check for and fix leaks.
* Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes.

This is all still voluntary, in hopes of avoiding mandatory reductions.

Second Gear Sports: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

August 26, 2015 at 11:52 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

Today we’re welcoming Second Gear Sports as a new WSB sponsor! Here’s what they would like you to know about their business:

Second Gear Sports is dedicated to providing the community with high-quality, discounted sports and recreational gear, and offering customers an outlet to reduce, reuse, and recycle their gently used sporting goods.

“We offer everything from apparel and outerwear to footwear, bikes, water sports to winter sports, and more,” owner Mark Bremen says. “Our selection changes as the seasons change, and we add items based on customer requests. In fact, our inventory has expanded to include new items, such as soccer gear from Franklin sports, Diamondback bicycles, the popular FiveLo ArmSox, Strideline socks, and Seahawks fan-wear!”

Mark opened Second Gear Sports in September 2013 after enduring two mass layoffs in five years from the medical-device industry. “The actual idea of opening a sports consignment store came to us from a dear friend whose son kept outgrowing his soccer cleats and they wanted to save without buying new,” Mark said.

Mark and his wife Ellen and their two children believe that a small business is the soul of a neighborhood, and are proud that their store is located in Morgan Junction, just minutes from their family’s home. The Bremens believe in serving the community and local schools; Second Gear Sports regularly donates to school auctions and area organizations.

This young business has received impressive attention, including:

*2014 Westside Emerging Business of the Year – West Seattle Chamber of Commerce
*2015 Top 10 Best Sporting Goods Store – KING 5 Best of Western Washington
*2015 Finalist for a Golden Teddy Award for Shopping & Services – Parent Map Magazine
*2015 Finalist for Drive Your Business Forward Contest – Fast Company Magazine & Mercedes-Benz

“Opening Second Gear Sports is a passion for our whole family,” Mark says. “We love working with this community!”

Second Gear Sports is located in Morgan Junction across from Thriftway at 6529 California Ave SW. Hours are Monday – Saturday 10 am -6 pm and Sunday 11 am – 5 pm. You can find them on Facebook, or e-mail info@secondgearsports.com, or call 206-935-3552.

We thank Second Gear Sports for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Restaurateurs’ truck stolen; car prowl; purse found…

August 26, 2015 at 11:03 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

We start this West Seattle Crime Watch roundup with a business-vehicle theft from just south of WS:

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR CRAWFISH HOUSE PROPRIETORS’ TRUCK: We’ve reported this on partner site White Center Now but since the restaurant is just blocks south of West Seattle, the truck could turn up here too. The proprietors of Crawfish House at 9826 16th SW reported via Facebook that their truck was stolen from the alley behind their restaurant late last night:

It’s a 2005 TOYOTA TUNDRA ACCESS CAB SR5. The license plate is B90959S. It’s a dark blue but a little lighter than navy blue truck. It’s our only transportation for the restaurant.

If you see it, call 911.

ANOTHER ADMIRAL CAR PROWL: From Callie:

My can was broken into around 3 am this morning. I was woken up to a noise and then the sound of a car speeding off. As far as I can tell, all that was taken was my gym bag. … My car was parked on 39th between Forest and Lander.

We’re checking with Callie for a description of the bag; (added) here it is- “It was a light blue/grey lulu lemon gym bag with a rose gold zipper. It had a pair of shoes, a white blouse, and navy women’s work pants in it. It looks very similar to this bag, but a different color they no longer carry.” (back to original report) If you see one discarded somewhere, do report it – as did the next reader:

RECOGNIZE THIS? From Pam:

Saw this purse this morning on Lander behind Admiral Mail building in alley. Someone may be looking for it.

We always recommend that if you find something like this (or an abandoned bicycle, etc.), contact police as well as us – it might be evidence of a crime; if SPD picks it up, people can still get it back by contacting them (or they might contact you if it was reported as stolen in the first place and is traceable).

West Seattle Wednesday: 7 ideas for your next 11 hours

August 26, 2015 at 9:27 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

Thanks to Flint Hayes for sharing the time-lapse video of this morning’s sunrise, looking toward the downtown skyline from West Seattle’s northeastern shore. On with the highlights for the rest of today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

DREAM DINNERS FREEZER SALE: 10 am-12 pm, second and final chance to stop by Dream Dinners-West Seattle (WSB sponsor) to buy pre-assembled, ready-to-freeze-or-cook dinners, sides, breads, desserts, “at budget-friendly prices.” (4701 41st SW)

BABY STORY TIME: Today’s spotlighted story time is a chance to bring your birth-to-12-months infant(s) to the High Point Library for stories and songs. (35th SW & SW Raymond)

MEET YOUR FELLOW SOLOPRENEURS, AT-HOME WORKERS, AND … Noon-1:15 pm, it’s the weekly drop-in brown-bag-lunch meetup at Office Junction (WSB sponsor) for solopreneurs, other entrepreneurs, at-home or at-coffee-shop workers, EVERYONE interested in networking and meeting others on similar tracks. RSVP if you can, but just showing up is OK too! (6030 California SW)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARM STAND: 4-7 pm, see what’s fresh produce at the weekly farm stand next to the urban mini-farm where most of it’s grown – more info in our calendar listing. (32nd SW & SW Juneau)

‘GIRL RISING’: 6:30 pm, be inspired and informed by watching this film in a special screening at Fauntleroy UCC Church, hosted by local Girl Up teen adviser Alina Guyoninfo in our preview. (9140 California SW)

FREE ‘YOGA FUSION’ CLASS: One time only! 7 pm, a free Ahnu YogaSport class at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) – explained here. (2743 California SW)

POEMS AND STORIES, AND YOU: Poetrybridge‘s monthly event at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm, features poet Michael Paul, and of course the open-microphone opportunity for you to share your creations. (5612 California SW)

MORE OF WHAT’S UP TODAY/TONIGHT – find it here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates & alerts

August 26, 2015 at 7:06 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 5 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:06 AM: Good morning. No incidents on routes in our area so far.

TRANSIT ALERT: Second cancellation this morning for this route:

The 5:40 am run also was canceled.

7:54 AM: Still no incidents, but one more note – day home game for the Mariners today, so the stadium zone will be busy at midday and mid-afternoon. The M’s play the Oakland A’s at 12:40 pm.

8:29 AM: “Happy Wed” says in comments that there’s a stalled vehicle in the right lane on the bridge just east of 35th. The 35th/Fauntleroy SDOT camera is down; nearest one is this one by Walking on Logs, not showing the stall.

6:24 PM: Covering separately – a crash reported on the westbound bridge at the Highway 99 overpass. Thanks for the tip!

FOLLOWUP: Generous West Seattleites help kindhearted local students assist animal advocates

August 25, 2015 at 10:32 pm | In Pets, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 3 Comments

For the third year in a row, generous West Seattleites helped those two local students do a good deed for animals via their annual Seattle Humane-benefiting bake sale and donation drive. We photographed Muriel and Gwen on Sunday; David and Carey sent the followup tonight:

The girls raised over $300 and got nearly a full barrel of dog and cat food! West Seattle is awesome :)

THURSDAY: Caspar Babypants closes out this year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha

August 25, 2015 at 7:43 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | No Comments

(WSB photo, July 2014)

Usually, you can wander onto Hiawatha Community Center‘s east lawn relatively close to showtime and still get a spot for a Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show. This Thursday, though, if you’re planning to go see and hear Caspar Babypants, you’ll want to get there a little earlier than you would otherwise – the kiddie-rock star’s concerts are usually the most popular ones of the series. On July 31st last year (WSB coverage here), the series-presenting Admiral Neighborhood Association estimated well over a thousand attendees. (Of course, when the heart of the fan base can count their ages on one hand, that means 1,000+ people take up less room than other circumstances.) If you’re new around here and not familiar with Caspar Babypants – it’s the alter-ego of West Seattle-residing rocker Chris Ballew, who originally came to fame for his work with The Presidents of the United States of America. His show at 6:30 pm Thursday closes out this year’s series (with co-sponsors including WSB); no admission charge, so just bring a chair or blanket, picnic dinner if you want, and have a great time Thursday night!

West Seattle Crime Watch: Puget Ridge arrest; Admiral car prowl

August 25, 2015 at 4:34 pm | In Crime, Puget Ridge, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

Two West Seattle Crime Watch cases to report:

PUGET RIDGE ARREST: Thanks to the texter who sent the photo of police in the 18th/Juneau vicinity this afternoon. That’s where they arrested a suspect in what was described as a felony domestic-violence assault; it appears to be the same suspect sought in a similar case last Friday (WSB coverage here). We will be following up with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office tomorrow. After arresting the suspect, police were searching for a gun he might have cast aside; they subsequently reported finding a gun along a staircase in the area. The victim was checked out by SFD medics.

NORTH ADMIRAL CAR PROWL: This is a reader report from James:

This happened on the corner of Atlantic Street and California in the North Admiral District at the Park Hamilton apartments. Between the hours of 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. on August 25th. my car had both passenger side windows blown out and a laptop and iPod was stolen. Neither were clearly visible and the car was parked in a parking space and not on the street. Estimated damage including theft was around $2,200.

Unfortunately, parking lots and garages are no more immune to car prowlers than the street – while we haven’t received a reader report, and it’s not on the official log yet, we also heard a dispatch very early this morning for a car break-in inside a parking garage at one of the Junction’s newer buildings.

FOLLOWUP: Operation complete – Highway 99 tunnel machine’s front end fully lowered into pit

August 25, 2015 at 3:43 pm | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, Transportation, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

(The webcam view 24 hours ago, when part of the repaired front end was still visible above the pit’s rim)

Just in from WSDOT:

Seattle Tunnel Partners and crane crews from Mammoet have successfully lowered the 2,000-ton front end of the SR 99 tunneling machine to a platform at the bottom of the access pit.

Crews will now use the crane to fine-tune the position of the piece. When that process is complete, they will begin reconnecting the piece to the portion of the machine that remains in the ground.

The effort to return the tunneling machine’s front end to the 120-foot-deep access pit began early Monday morning. Crews started by vertically lifting the piece, which includes the machine’s cutterhead, motors and the new main bearing assembly. The crane then moved horizontally on its rails to the north. When the piece was above the pit, crews rotated it to a semi-vertical position and lowered it partway into the pit before breaking for the evening. Work resumed early Tuesday morning, with the piece reaching the bottom of the pit Tuesday afternoon.

Three pieces of the machine’s shield that remain at the surface will be lowered and reinstalled in the coming days, according to STP’s latest schedule. After the machine has been reassembled, STP and manufacturer Hitachi Zosen will conduct a series of tests will follow reassembly to ensure the machine is ready to resume mining.

STP has said it hopes to do that in November, by which time it will be almost two years since the machine overheated and was stopped – longer than the tunnel-boring itself is supposed to take.

FERRY ALERT UPDATE: Fauntleroy terminal outage over, service back to normal

August 25, 2015 at 1:45 pm | In Transportation, West Seattle news | No Comments

1:45 PM: A relatively brief power outage that closed Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy terminal is over, according to WSF, but it’ll take a while for service to get back to the normal three-boat schedule – one run had to be routed to downtown because of “an emergency medical transport.” That run was with the route’s biggest vessel, M/V Issaquah, so WSF says that until Issaquah’s back, “the Evergreen State and the Tillikum will provide non-schedule service.” (The “live” online VesselWatch map shows Issaquah now at Vashon, so that might not take too long.)

2:53 PM: WSF says that 3-boat service has been restored, as of the “2:15 pm departure from Fauntleroy, 2:20 pm from Vashon, and a late 2:45 pm departure from Southworth.”

Timetable for arterial streetlight switchover to LEDs: Still a few years away for most of West Seattle

August 25, 2015 at 12:46 pm | In Utilities, West Seattle news | 4 Comments


After switching residential streetlights to LEDs – which cast light in a dramatically different way from their predecessors – Seattle City Light is working on arterials, as first announced two years ago. But West Seattle arterials aren’t scheduled for the change any sooner than 2017, according to the utility’s recent update. SCL says the new lights use up to two-thirds less energy and last up to four times longer, among other attributes. Our area’s busiest city road got them almost two years ago.

What’s up for the rest of your West Seattle Tuesday

August 25, 2015 at 9:40 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 6 Comments

(West Seattle photographer/pilot Long B. Nguyen shares that view of the smoky Cascades, from 10,000 feet)

BABY STORY TIME: 10:30 am, bring your newborn-to-1-year-old(s) to Baby Story Time at Southwest Library. (35th SW & SW Henderson)

BIKEMOBILE: 1:30-4 pm, you’ll find it right behind Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, offering sliding-scale repairs, as explained here. (6400 Sylvan Way)

DREAM DINNERS FREEZER SALE: 4:30-7 pm, stop by Dream Dinners-West Seattle (WSB sponsor) to buy pre-assembled, ready-to-freeze-or-cook dinners, sides, breads, desserts, “at budget-friendly prices,” first-come, first-served. If you miss tonight, the sale continues 10 am-12:30 pm tomorrow, but better not to wait, in case there’s an early sell-out. (4701 41st SW)

50-STATE KARATE JOURNEY: West Seattle Karate Academy hosts Gretchen Carlson, who is on a journey to visit karate schools in all 50 states. She’ll be teaching tonight and tomorrow at 5 pm. In honor of her visit, students are filling backpacks for kids served by the West Seattle Food Bank. (35th SW & SW Roxbury)

FREE TRACK WORKOUT: Meet at 6:15 pm at WSB sponsor West Seattle Runner. (2749 California SW)

PARKS SUPERINTENDENT AT DELRIDGE CC: Have you been to any of the stops on new Seattle Parks Superintendent Jesús Aguirre‘s “listening tour” yet? Tonight at 6:30 pm, Delridge Community Center is his fourth West Seattle stop (here’s our coverage of his Alki CC event last week), and last one until late October. If there’s something to fix, something to add, or something to praise at your local Parks facilities, this is the time to take it directly to the new boss. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

OLD-FASHIONED VAUDEVILLE REVUE: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, mentalist Scotty Walsh headlines a vaudeville revue that also will feature Bob White accompanying a silent comedy on the hall’s Mighty Wurlitzer. Ticket details here. (7904 35th SW)

MORE! Find it all on our calendar.

Make West Seattle greener with ‘free’ trees! City has conifers, if you have places to plant them

August 25, 2015 at 8:59 am | In Environment, Gardening, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Once again this year, the city has trees in search of homes – maybe even your neighborhood. From Katie Gibbons:

Could your yard use a beautiful new tree? You’re in luck! Through the City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods project, Seattle residents can apply for up to 4 free trees for their yard or planting strip. Participants receive free trees, water bags, mulch, and planting and care instruction.

While many of this year’s small ornamentals have sold out, you can still apply for 1 of 5 gorgeous conifers that will add beauty and grace to your yard. If you have the space, consider planting one of three native conifers we’re offering this year: the grand fir, the western hemlock, or the western red cedar. For small, narrow spaces, plant the graceful Serbian spruce. Consider the deciduous bald cypress and enjoy its changing color and soft beautiful foliage. Bald cypresses are excellent urban trees because of their adaptability, even winning the Society of Municipal Arborists’ Tree of the Year award!

To learn more about this year’s species, space requirement, and to apply, go here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates & alerts

August 25, 2015 at 6:30 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:30 AM: Good morning! No road-work alerts today. One transportation-news note to start with:

TUNNEL MACHINE’S FRONT END TO CONTINUE ITS DESCENT: According to WSDOT‘s online updates, contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners spent most of Monday slowly lifting and rotating the repaired front end of the Highway 99 tunneling machine, then starting the process of lowering it into the access pit. That process will continue this morning.

There’s also an early transit alert:


6:36 AM: Now, a Water Taxi alert – The county says the 6:15 am departure was missed because the Spirit of Kingston is having “mechanical issues,” so backup boat Melissa Ann is taking over the West Seattle-Downtown route starting with the 6:45 run from Seacrest.

1:39 PM: A brief power outage that closed the Fauntleroy ferry terminal is now over, according to WSF, and operations are returning to normal.

3:37 PM: Water Taxi trouble again – a “fueling delay” has canceled the 3:45 pm trip from Pier 50; King County DOT says service will resume with the 4 pm trip from Seacrest.

Seattle Public Schools teachers’ contract talks resume tomorrow, with union-set deadline

August 24, 2015 at 9:56 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 47 Comments

Seattle Public Schools and its teachers union, the Seattle Education Association, resume contract talks tomorrow. The union has set a deadline for voting on either a contract or a strike: September 3rd, which is less than a week before the new school year starts on September 9th. The vote date was set at a union membership meeting downtown tonight. A union news release says that after 20+ negotiating sessions:

… The two sides remain far apart on:

Professional pay
Guaranteed student recess
Fair teacher evaluations
Reasonable testing
Student equity around discipline and the opportunity gap
The district’s proposal to make teachers work more for free

The district’s most-recent update was a news release on Friday, addressing some of those points. Excerpts:

Higher Standards

…The district is proposing to add thirty (30) minutes of instructional time to the school day for students, to support higher standards and state mandates. …

Equity and the Achievement Gap

Both the district and SEA care deeply about these issues. I am confident we will find common ground to address equity issues to close the achievement gap. …

Salary

…SEA has proposed a salary increase of 21% over a three year contract period. SPS has countered with a salary increase of 7% over the same three year contract period.

See the full district release here. The teachers’ current contract expires on August 31st.

West Seattle Crime Watch followup: $500,000 bail set for man accused of shooting brother

August 24, 2015 at 7:46 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | No Comments

(WSB photo from Friday night)

Bail is set at $500,000 for the man accused of shooting his brother in their Junction apartment just before midnight Friday night. The 19-year-old suspect appeared in court this afternoon for the first time since his arrest shortly after the shooting at the San Juan Apartments. According to probable-cause documents we obtained from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office after today’s hearing, the victim was found by a neighbor, who called for help and did what he could to try to stop the bleeding. The neighbor told police that the victim had said his brother shot him and that they were the only two people in the apartment when it happened. He also is reported to have told that to officers as well. They say the suspect, arrested when he emerged from the apartment, later confessed to shooting his brother with a .25-caliber pistol. There’s no mention of a motive nor of what preceded the shooting, but police describe the shooting as having happened “at point-blank range.” We asked Harborview Medical Center today about the victim’s condition; the hospital says no information will be released about him, as he and/or his family has requested, citing privacy laws.

THURSDAY: Explore Youngstown Cultural Arts Center ‘After Hours’

August 24, 2015 at 5:04 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

(WSB file photo)

This Thursday night, you have a chance to find out all about Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in the historic Frank B. Cooper School building, courtesy of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s monthly “After-Hours” event, which this month is open to everyone, not just Chamber members. The announcement:

Typically, After Hours is a members-and-their-guests-only event. However, in August, the event is open to non-members interested in learning more about the WSCC. Join us for drinks and appetizers and find out what all the buzz is about at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

Founded by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) in 2006, the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center is an inclusive, contemporary multi-arts space that incubates and inspires new arts participants, art-makers and organizations from our multicultural, intergenerational communities to engage in civic dialogue and meaningful community transformation.

Youngstown is home to groundbreaking arts education and is a hub of cultural vibrancy in Delridge. Youngstown provides office space for seven outstanding nonprofit organizations (Arts Corps, Nature Consortium, the Service Board, Reel Grrls, Totem Star, Twelfth Night Productions, and the West Seattle Tool Library) as well as a second-chance alternative public high school serving some of Seattle’s highest-need students. DNDA partners with Youngstown tenant organizations and others to drive forward collaborative programming for local youth and adults.

Rentable spaces at Youngstown include the Theater, Movement Studio, Kitchen, Recording Studio, and Classroom spaces, perfect for corporate events, weddings, performances, workshops and meetings. Rentals directly support programming. 36 affordable housing lofts for artists occupy the facility’s top three floors. The building is in the national register of historic spaces and hosts more than 30,000 participants annually.

The event is 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday (August 27th); Youngstown is at 4408 Delridge Way SW.

West Seattle businesses: Welcome back, Monetti Landscape Design and Construction!

August 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm | In Gardening, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Monetti Landscape Design and Construction, LLC, is reopening in West Seattle, and has rejoined the WSB sponsor team. Here’s how they’re sharing the news:

As some of you know, Mitch Monetti, owner of long-time West Seattle Blog sponsor Monetti Landscape Design and Construction, LLC, moved to Vermont two years ago with his family. While they all agree that it was an interesting adventure, Mitch says West Seattle is home and he is thrilled to be back with his family. Two cross-country moves (in two years) is enough for a lifetime, and he is ready to focus on helping West Seattleites transform their yards into outdoor living spaces.

If you dream of a water feature, a planting bed, a fire pit, a deck, a wall, a fence or a patio, we can do it all. With 15 years of experience, you have likely seen some of our projects in your neighborhood. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 206-938-5400 to discuss your landscaping needs.

West Seattle Crime Watch reader report: Car prowl in Seaview

August 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

The photo and report are from Tami:

My car was prowled last night in Seaview neighborhood in alley parking space off 46th Ave SW between Juneau and Findlay (5600 block). Nothing taken, but glove and other cubbies opened and rifled through. Reported for statistics to police.

This case isn’t on the map yet, but here are six that were reported in West Seattle over the preceding six days, going back to August 18th:

(There were none shown for the WS areas north or south of what’s on that screengrab from the SPD police-reports map.)

‘Girl Rising’: You’re invited to West Seattle screenings this week

August 24, 2015 at 12:37 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

That’s the trailer for “Girl Rising,” an acclaimed documentary you’re invited to watch at either of two screenings planned this week at Fauntleroy UCC Church, with teenage advocate Alina Guyon hosting. The announcement:

“Girl Rising” is a groundbreaking documentary about the power of girls to change the world. The film journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to eliminate extreme poverty.

It tells nine short but powerful stories of nine ordinary girls from different countries. They overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dream of education and a better life.

Why educate girls? Educating girls can break the cycle of poverty in just one generation. In the poorest countries, education has a tremendous impact. It has been shown that for every extra year a girl is educated, she earns an additional 10-20 percent as an adult. An educated girl is less likely to be married as a child; she is healthier and less like to fall prey to human trafficking. She will value education for her children and create a better standard of living for the generations after her.

Around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. Removing these obstacles not only creates a better life for girls, it also creates a safer more prosperous world for all.

Alina Guyon will give a short talk about the film and her work with the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up. 100% of all profits will benefit adolescent girls through Girl Up.

DATES: August 26th (Wednesday) AND August 28th (Friday) 6:30 – 8:30 pm

WHERE: Fauntleroy UCC Church, 9140 California Ave SW

ADMISSION: $ 2.50

RESERVE TICKETS:

AUG 26th: brownpapertickets.com/event/2143134
AUG 28th: brownpapertickets.com/event/2143778

RATING: PG-13 A parent is suggested to attend for girls under this age.

P.S. Movie snacks will be available.

HAPPENING NOW: Highway 99 tunnel machine’s repaired front section headed back into the pit

August 24, 2015 at 11:43 am | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, Transportation, West Seattle news | No Comments


If you’ve been southbound on the Alaskan Way Viaduct recently, you’ve probably seen the Highway 99 tunneling machine’s repaired/reassembled front end sitting by the “access pit,” as WSDOT’s contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners prepared it to be lowered into the pit for reattachment. This morning, WSDOT says STP has started the process, which could last at least 14 hours:

Contractor crews will use the super crane next to the Alaskan Way Viaduct to:

-Lift Bertha’s repaired cutterhead and cutter drive unit from its surface-level platform
-Move the entire piece horizontally over the access pit
-Rotate it into a vertical position
-Slowly lower the cutterhead and drive unit on to a platform inside the access pit

“Lifting more than 2,000 tons is a long, slow process,” notes WSDOT in its announcement. If you want to check in from time to time, here’s the link to the webcams, whose images update frequently. It’s been five months since the machine’s front end was brought out of the pit to be fixed.

THANK YOU! Local nonprofits get a boost from 2015 West Seattle Outdoor Movies-goers

August 24, 2015 at 11:07 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | No Comments

That was part of the courtyard-filling crowd at this year’s last West Seattle Outdoor Movies event this past Saturday night, featuring the classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” replete with costumes, talkbacks, tossed birdseed (standing in for rice), and more. Here’s our preshow Instagram, featuring the gartered guest host:


Now that the six-show series is a wrap for 2015, movie-team leader Lora Swift from Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) has shared the scoop on how fundraising efforts went each year. While the movies are free to watch, if you bring a bit of cash, you can help local nonprofits by buying concessions and/or raffle tickets, with different organizations benefiting each week. The tally:

We raised a total of $1,990 through raffle and concession sales for many of our neighborhood non-profits including: WestSide Baby, White Center and West Seattle Food Banks, West Seattle Helpline, Furry Faces Foundation, Log House Museum/ Southwest Seattle Historical Society [concessions], Rainier Roller Girls, and the Northwest Center.

The West Seattle businesses and organizations that signed on as sponsors (see the list on the right sidebar of the official WS Outdoor Movies website) also get a hearty round of thanks. (WSB was proud to be on the sponsor team again this year, too.) So now the projector and the popcorn machine and the rest of the setup goes into storage until next year – watch for the traditional call for suggestions, sponsors, and charities in spring 2016, and thanks again to everyone who spent one or more of their Saturday nights in the courtyard – from the preshow entertainment to the applause as the credits roll, the audience is a big part of the fun.

WSB’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies coverage is archived here, newest to oldest.

West Seattle Monday: Final full week of August begins

August 24, 2015 at 9:22 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 4 Comments

(Tern, with catch, photographed by Trileigh Tucker)

The air’s clearer, the week’s brand new, the month’s almost over. Here’s what’s up for your Monday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: 1-7 pm, mobile blood drive at Our Lady of Guadalupe, walk-ups welcome. Closed 3-4 pm for break. (35th SW & SW Myrtle)

FAMILY STORY TIME: 6:30 pm – bring your kids of all ages to the High Point Library for Family Story Time. (35th SW & SW Raymond)

TWIN SHADOW, LIVE AT EASY STREET: 7 pm, free in-store concert at Easy Street Records, with Twin Shadow. All ages. (California SW & SW Alaska)

PUB QUIZ AT SHADOWLAND: Show what you know. 8 pm at Shadowland. (California SW & SW Oregon)

SEE WHAT’S UP TOMORROW, NEXT WEEK, NEXT MONTH … by browsing our full calendar.

SIDE NOTE: For those who track local government – no City Council meetings this week or next, full council or committees. They’re on hiatus until Tuesday, September 8th, the day after Labor Day.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday on the move; ferry changes

August 24, 2015 at 7:06 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! Uneventful commute so far, both in West Seattle and on the major outbound routes.

FERRY CHANGES: From Washington State Ferries:

Starting (today), customers are advised to prepare for at least a week of longer-than-usual wait times due to a temporary vessel downsizing on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route. The temporary downsizing is needed to maintain a full, system-wide sailing schedule while the Tokitae and Elwha are out of service for necessary repairs and maintenance. The F/V/S route will be served by the 124-car Issaquah, 87-car Tillikum and 87-car Evergreen State.

4:52 PM: Thanks for the messages about some kind of bus delay downtown. Apparently a bus was stalled at 2nd and Columbia. SDOT says it’s cleared.

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