WEATHER ALERT: Heat advisory for today

Today’s high is expected to be in the 90s, so the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory that’ll be in effect 10 am-9 pm. Lots of health/safety advice – you can read it in its entirety here.

LIGHT RAIL: New developments as planning process gets halfway to ‘preferred alternative’ for West Seattle/Ballard

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

No midsummer slowdown for the West Seattle (and Ballard) light-rail planning process.

We have several things to report. First – the date is set for the next West Seattle “neighborhood forum” – Saturday, September 8th, 9-11:30 am, Seattle Lutheran High School gym (4100 SW Genesee). That’s open to everyone.

ST has been conducting some by-invitation events in the meantime, all-day design charrettes for the future station areas, including one last Friday in Delridge and another coming up this Tuesday in The Junction.

And soil sampling continues in Pigeon Point.

We reported last week on that site at 19th/Genesee; ST tells WSB that the crew will continue work there through Tuesday, and then move to a site described by ST as “20th Ave SW and the end of the cul-de-sac north of SW Charlestown Street” for work on Wednesday and Thursday.

Also this past week, both working groups for the project met. We covered the Elected Leadership Group meeting at the ST board room downtown on Thursday. Here’s how that went:

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CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle 10-year-old’s achievement at Seafair Kids’ Triathlon

Thanks to proud mom Maija Wade for the photo and report on her son’s achievement:

Today at the BRI Seafair Triathlon Kids Long Course, 10 year old Marshall Wade of Gatewood Elementary School won 1st place in his age group, 1st among all male youth participants, and 3rd place overall.

The Kids Long Course includes a 100-yard swim, 2-mile bike ride, and 1-mile run.

This is Marshall’s second Seafair Triathlon and his first podium finish. After the event, Marshall said, “It was very fun and my goal is to have fun! … We as kids can do this!”

The event was held at Seward Park.

UPDATE: Water-rescue response brings SFD crews to Seacrest

8:03 PM: A water-rescue response is headed to Seacrest/Don Armeni, though apparently it’s related to a call involving a kiteboarder seen from a spot across the bay in Discovery Park – the dock here is being used as a rendezvous point. Updates as we hear them.

8:10 PM: The kiteboarder who was the subject of the original call is apparently OK and getting assistance to get to shore on the other side of the bay. Fireboat Leschi is still at Seacrest loading up assistance just in case.

8:15 PM: And now they’re keeping the rescue operation going as they’ve determined other kiteboarders in the water may still need help.

8:21 PM: Our crew talked to SFD personnel at Seacrest who explained that they brought divers to the dock to get on board Leschi, which is now headed across the bay. Added a photo of the SFD land unit that’ll be leaving Seacrest soon. Meantime, the actual rescue, south of West Point, sounds to be going OK, with one person still in the water but rescuers nearby.

SPORTS: Another West Seattle Little League victory at state tournament

(Photos added 9:22 pm – by Barry J. White)

7:18 PM: Thanks again to Cami MacNamara for another report from Sedro-Woolley, where the West Seattle Little League All-Star 12s scored another big state-tournament win today, this time against Walla Walla, with the game called at 14-0 in the fifth inning. As shown on the official bracket, their next game is Tuesday, 4 pm vs. Sammamish.

9:22 PM: Thanks to Barry J. White for sending photos and a summary:

Miles Gosztola pitched three dominant innings, allowing no hits while striking out seven.

Robbie Foisy relieved him and pitched two hitless innings and striking out three.

Matthew Henning smacked a three-run homer as part of a six-run third inning that broke the game open. As they have throughout this run, the team helped itself with aggressive baserunning and sharp defense.

COUNTDOWN: Alki Art Fair next weekend!

(WSB file photo)

Here in the heart of summer, waves of big events just keep rolling on … and another one is up next weekend: The 2018 Alki Art Fair! This will be the 21st annual AAF – if you’ve never been, here’s how it’s described by organizers: “Alki Beach will come alive with art booths, children’s art activities, food carts, live music and performances, and the very popular silent auction held in the historic Alki Bathhouse. The Fair features juried art on display and for sale by local Puget Sound artists, while a line-up of talented musicians and performers entertain from four stages, morning till night.” Official Alki Art Fair hours (on the boardwalk by and west of Alki Bathhouse) will be 10 am-6 pm next Saturday and Sunday (July 28-29), with music until 9 pm on Saturday. Bonus for getting there: A free shuttle from the park-and-ride under the bridge, as explained here. We’re proud to be an Alki Art Fair co-sponsor again this year; we’ll have another update with artist and music info as next weekend gets closer!

UPDATE: WestSide Baby spotlights diaper need @ Stuff the Bus Bash

1:35 PM: Bubbles! Kids’ activities! Ice cream! Live music! Until 3 pm, you are welcome to enjoy the Stuff the Bus Diaper Drive Bash at WestSide Baby‘s expansive HQ at 10002 14th SW. Or … just drive/ride/walk up on 14th to drop off diapers!

The band Whole Bolivian Army – which you might remember from Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor)’s West Seattle grand opening a week ago – is here too (as is Verity):

3:05 PM: The party is officially over but not the diaper drive! WS Baby needs them year-round as do the clients of their community partners – such as the White Center Food Bank, which also serves part of White Center:

In that photo, at left and right, WS Baby executive director Nancy Woodland and public-affairs manager Toni Sarge, and at left and right center respectively, WCFB’s development director Carmen Smith and new executive director Marélle Habenicht. Also at the party, WS Baby supporters including Kirk Keppler of Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village:

With Kirk is son Evan. Meantime, the party fun included tricycle races:

That’s Zoe on the trike. Visitors also got to tour the WS Baby facility:

WS Baby serves thousands of local kids in need, with more than diapers. Here’s how to help.

TRANSIT ALERT: Smaller vessel on West Seattle Water Taxi run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Just in case you hadn’t heard – this starts tomorrow, as announced by the King County Water Taxi:

The King County Water Taxi will operate the West Seattle route next Monday through Wednesday, July 23 – 25, using its smaller backup vessel, the Spirit of Kingston. The Doc Maynard will undergo preventative maintenance during this time. Riders are advised to arrive early for their evening commute as some sailings may sell out.

Hop Around West Seattle, Stuff the Bus Bash, Christmas in July, ‘Hamlet,’ and what else is up for your Sunday

(Barred Owl in hemlock, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights of what’s up today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Back in its usual spot in the street, 10 am-2 pm. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS: Parade at 11 am on 16th SW between SW 100th and SW 112th and carnival at White Center Heights Elementary continues, 11 am-11 pm. Full details at

WADING POOLS: Expected to be open today. Your West Seattle wading pools will be Lincoln Park (11 am-8 pm; 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) and Delridge (noon-6:30 pm; Delridge/Genesee)

COLMAN POOL CLOSURES OVER: The outdoor saltwater pool at Lincoln Park reopens to the public noon-7 pm after two days of swim-meet closures. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WESTSIDE BABY ‘STUFF THE BUS’ BASH: Noon-3 pm, you and your family are invited to bring diapers to WestSide Baby‘s White Center HQ not just to “stuff the bus” but also to enjoy a fun party – details here! (10002 14th SW)

HOP AROUND WEST SEATTLE: Noon-5 pm shuttle tour of three West Seattle beer spots – Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW), The Beer Junction (4511 California SW), Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW). Details in our calendar listing; tickets available online.

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: The US Coast Guard Auxiliary welcomes you to their weekly 1 pm-4 pm tours (get there by 3:45 pm) at historic Alki Point Lighthouse. (3201 Alki SW)

‘HAMLET’ IN THE PARK: This year’s only scheduled West Seattle performance by Young Shakespeare Workshop, 2 pm at Roxhill Park. Free! Here’s our preview. (29th/Barton)

CHRISTMAS IN JULY: Fun benefit dinner and auction at the Masonic Center to help The Christmas People meet their goal of helping people in need next winter-holiday season. Doors open at 4 pm. Tickets only $15. Details here. (4736 40th SW)

West Seattle Grand Parade 2018: The youth

These photos from Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade are a shoutout to some of the younger participants who we haven’t shown so far. Above, West Seattle Bengals football players were a crowd favorite. Below, another group of young athletes, the Southside Revolution roller-derby skaters, rolled down the route:

The Mexican-Folklorico youth group Joyas Mestizas joined the parade again this year:

Many scouts, too, including this group from the Baden-Powell Service Association:

And as mentioned earlier in our coverage, Boy Scout Troop 284 provided the honor guard to lead this year’s Grand Parade:

The parade is produced by the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation. Still more to show! And if you enjoy parades in general – the Jubilee Days Parade is happening today in White Center, 11 am start from 16th SW/SW 112th, heading north on 16th SW to SW 100th.

Seattle’s only parade with an international police presence

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

It wasn’t all about the wheels for the Vancouver B.C. Police Motorcycle Drill Team‘s annual visit to ride in the West Seattle Grand Parade. In The Junction, where the riding ended for Vancouver and their Seattle Police counterparts, there was time to get up close and personal. Not just with the fans.

There were a lot of special things about Saturday.

VPD is celebrating its centennial. SPD, we’re told, has someone retiring.

Also seen on the route, though not with a motorcycle, Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis.

And the “other” two-wheeled SPD officers:

P.S. West Seattle’s parade is the only one outside Canada in which the Vancouver team participates.

West Seattle Outdoor Movies’ 2018 season opener

About 100 people had already settled in outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) about an hour before sunset, and right about now are well into “Wonder Woman,” first West Seattle Outdoor Movies feature of the year. At the concession stand, we found someone costumed in the spirit of the movie:

The night’s concession options included popcorn, water, and gummies. Every West Seattle Outdoor Movies event spotlights a nonprofit, and tonight it’s the WS Helpline, with a table just past the screen and $3 raffle tickets for some cool prizes:

Those prizes included a Mountaineers family membership and two tickets to a Seahawks game. Next week’s nonprofit is WestSide Baby – bring diapers! – and the movie is “Secret Life of Pets,” at dusk July 28th. You’re invited to show up as early as 6:30 pm. The Y is at 3622 SW Snoqualmie in The Triangle.

PHOTOS: 2018 West Seattle Grand Parade VIPs

Next set of photos – VIPs of the West Seattle Grand Parade! Grand Marshal Lora Swift (backstory here) was bubbly:

Also effervescent, with an outsize smile, Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community recipient Velko Vitalich (backstory here):

Newly announced member of this year’s Seafair Scholarship Program for Women, former West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior Court Queen Kelly Crum (backstory here), rode atop the Seafair Commodores‘ landgoing yacht:

Announcing the parade for the first time, West Seattle-residing Seattle Channel journalist/host Brian Callanan (with wife Christa Callanan):

Still a few more parade roundups to come!

VIDEO, PHOTOS: West Seattle Grand Parade 2018 winners!

(At left, parade chair Keith Hughes; at right, parade coordinator Michelle Edwards; center are Dolls and Gents Drill Team reps accepting their trophies)

Our West Seattle Grand Parade coverage continues! Received from Barbara Edwards and the West Seattle Parade Judges Committee, the list of award winners in today’s parade:

Overall Grand Prize Winners.

1st Place: All-City Band

2nd Place: Dolls and Gents Drill Team and Drumline

3rd Place: Electronettes Drill Team and Drum Squad

Category Winners:

Marching Bands
1st Place: All City Marching Band (video above)

2nd Place: Kennedy High School Marching Band


1st Place: Little Gym of West Seattle

2nd Place: King County Metro Transit
3rd Place: College Hunks Hauling Junk

Performing Acts

1st Place: Seafair Pirates
2nd Place: Seattle Seafair Clowns

3rd Place: West City Rope Ninjas and Rope Works

Cars and Motorcycles

1st Place: West Seattle Lions Club

2nd Place: 1942 American LaFrance Fire Truck
3rd Place: Senior Center of West Seattle

Drill Teams Sr.
1st Place: Dolls and Gents Drill Team and Drumline (video above)
2nd Place: Electronettes Drill Team and Drummer Squad (video above)
3rd Place: Washington Diamonds Drill Team and Drumline

Drill Teams Jr.

1st Place: Baby Dolls Drill Team
2nd Place: Butterfly Electronettes Drill Team
3rd Place: Washington Diamonds Drill Team Jr.


1st Place: West Seattle High School Cheer

2nd Place: Hope Lutheran Church
3rd Place: Cub/Boy Scouts of America Pack 282

Floats – Community

1st Place: Daffodil Festival

2nd Place: Fathoms of Fun Port Orchard
3rd Place: Marysville Strawberry Festival

Floats – Conveyed and Small Community

1st Place: West Seattle Lions Club

2nd Place: Holy Rosary School

Thanks to the parade team for sharing photos of some of the awards being accepted; otherwise, all photos/videos above are ours. In the hours ahead, we will add to this report with photos/video of more of the winners, and we’ll publish several other parade roundups, too.

VIDEO, PHOTOS: See first-ever West Seattle PAWrade, and the winners!

About 80 people, with 60 dogs, showed up for the first ever PAWrade before today’s West Seattle Grand Parade – it was a new collaboration this year between the parade-presenting Rotary Club of West Seattle and the West Seattle Junction Association. Thanks to the WSJA for sharing these photos of the winners:





And yes, says WSJA executive director Lora Swift (grand marshal of today’s Grand Parade – much more GP coverage to come), there will be another PAWrade next year!

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle Little League wins state-tournament opener

Thanks to Cami for the report from Sedro-Woolley: West Seattle Little League‘s state-tournament opener there was a big win, called at 15-0 in the middle of the third. WSLL plays again at noon tomorrow. More later!

UPDATE: 2018 West Seattle Grand Parade, as it started/ended

10:49 AM: The 2018 West Seattle Grand Parade is on! The Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill Team has taken off, with the Vancouver B.C. PD motorcycles following – and then after a bit of a pause, the rest of the parade (with the PAWrade in The Junction in the meantime).

11:11 AM: And now that the motorcycle teams have made it far enough down the route, the rest of the parade has begun, with the Troop 284 honor guard:

Watch our Twitter feed for updates (you can access it via the Web – you don’t have to be a Twitter member); we’ll also update this report when the parade has concluded and California SW has reopened.

12:11 PM: After an hour, the parade has ended at the start line – the parade coordinators, judges, and chair are traveling down the street at the end. But it’ll be a while until the conclusion in The Junction (we have a crew there too).

1:10 PM: The parade is now over at the ending point (California/Edmunds), too. As always, lots more coverage to come in separate reports, with photos and video.

Driver damages doors at Harbor Avenue 7-11

Not a good week for the Harbor Avenue 7-11. First the dumpster fire on Wednesday – now a crash. After a reader tip that someone had driven into the store’s doors, we went to the 7-11 and found this damage. Store workers didn’t want to comment and there were no police or fire personnel on scene (nor is there a SFD call logged to the scene any time since midnight), so apparently no injuries) so we’re not clear on exactly what happened or when, but they have some cleanup to do – from outside you can see some items tossed about inside too.

PHOTOS: Before the West Seattle Grand Parade

9:48 AM: Before the West Seattle Grand Parade – the preparations. Including clearing the route – those “NO PARKING” signs are serious business, and after two tow trucks headed southbound on California, one returned with that ReachNow car on the hook. Parking restrictions are in place on some side streets, too. Meantime, just north of the parade route …

The Seafair Pirates are making their pre-parade appearance at Brookdale Admiral Heights, which hosts visiting “royalty” for a special breakfast. They will of course “sail” the parade route in their trusty landlubbing vessel Moby Duck, currently parked outside Brookdale. Back on the parade route:

Michelle Edwards and Jim Edwards – who rides the route before, during, and after, coordinating communication with amateur-radio operators – of the parade-coordination team were conferring, steps from the tent bearing the logo of the Rotary Club of West Seattle, which presents the parade. Also present, SFD and SPD – Engine 29 from nearby Ferry Avenue SW is a parade entry.

We also saw Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Steve Strand, who, while currently in his SPD uniform, will be changing pre-parade, he tells us, to ride as commander of the West Seattle VFW post.

Remember that California is now closed along the route, south of Admiral to north of Edmunds, and will be until the parade concludes around 1 pm. More updates to come!

10:20 AM: Motorcycles are here:

This is the only US appearance for the Vancouver B.C. PD drill team every year. They’ll follow the SPD team.

10:35 AM: The motorcycles haven’t left yet. We’ve seen another car towed, though! Still room to sit, even here at the head end of the route – even on the Hiawatha slope over the sidewalk.

We’ll post a separate story once the parade has begun, and we’ll also add a few more pre-parade photos to this one later.

West Seattle Grand Parade, PAWrade, WS Outdoor Movies, and MUCH more for your Saturday!

Happy Saturday! We start today’s list with the biggest event of the day:

WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE: 11 am is the official start from California/Lander, headed southbound to California/Edmunds, but the police motorcycle drill teams get started first, as early as 10:30 am. Here’s our most-comprehensive preview.

WEST SEATTLE PAWrade: Used to be a kid parade before the Grand Parade. This year, a dog parade! If you didn’t preregister, no worries, you and your dog(s) can just show up at 4400 California SW before the 11 am start – the PAWrade (categories and prizes if you choose to be part of that, but it’s not required) will go from California/Genesee to California/Edmunds.

ROAD CLOSURES AND BUS REROUTES: California closes a few hours in advance and parking restrictions are in effect now, including side streets used for staging near the start of the parade route. Metro reroutes are linked here.

Also happening today/tonight:

DUWAMISH ROWING CLUB HOSTS REGATTA: 8 am-2 pm, from Duwamish Waterway Park, it’s the club’s third annual Dieter Hotz Regatta. Spectators welcome! (7900 10th Ave. S.)

TAI CHI AT THE BEACH: 9 am, near Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza, by donation. All welcome. (61st SW/Alki SW)

ALKI BEACH PRIDE: Fourth annual LGBTQI party at the beach, 11 am-6 pm! (59th SW/Alki SW)

WADING POOLS: Sunny and warm again today, so they’ll be open! In West Seattle, today’s wading pools are Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), until 8 pm, and Hiawatha (Walnut/Lander), noon-6:30 pm. Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) is also open, 11 am-8 pm.

COLMAN POOL CLOSURE: Again today, Colman Pool is closed to the public because of swim meets.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL FUNDRAISER: Noon-3 pm, presented by School of Rock, at West Seattle Christian Church, with ice cream from Full Tilt, to get instruments for students in need. (4400 42nd SW)

SEATTLE CHINESE GARDEN KITE FESTIVAL: The annual celebration at the Seattle Chinese Garden, 2-6 pm, north end of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus on Puget Ridge.

Details here. (6000 16th SW)

LATINO CULTURAL CELEBRATION: Free, at (updated time) 7 pm at Roxhill Park, “headlined by Paraguayan singer and dancer Deseo Carmin bringing her unique blend of Latin rhythms, modern Latin jazz and flamenco-influenced music and dance, accompanied by the amazing guitarist Stoma Andrei. Also featuring a performance piece Aqua, written and performed by Venezuelan Milivia Pacheco and directed by Fernando Luna, exploring the Afro-Latina experience and their connection to water.” (29th/Barton)

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: First of six Saturday nights for the free outdoor-movie series! Tonight at dusk – “Wonder Woman.” You’re welcome to bring your chair/blanket and stake out a spot as early as 6:30 pm outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), which offers kids’ activities and concessions. Tonight’s raffle will benefit the West Seattle Helpline. (3622 SW Snoqualmie)

‘THE THREE MUSKETEERS’: Swashbuckling outdoor theater presented by GreenStage, 7 pm at Camp Long. Free. (5200 35th SW)

ROO AND THE FEW: Performing covers and originals at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

RYEGRASS: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall – details in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

EVEN MORE … on our complete calendar!

UPDATE: Police investigating deadly stabbing at 16th/Cambridge

(WSB photos)

9:53 PM: Police are converging on the vicinity of 16th and Cambridge, where someone is reported – per radio communication – to have been found stabbed to death. No one’s in custody so far.

10:02 PM: The Guardian One helicopter is joining the search, as is at least one Seattle Police K9 team.

10:11 PM: SFD at the scene confirms to our crew that the victim is dead and male.

10:25 PM: This is the third homicide case of the year in West Seattle, after the June stabbing of Jonathan Pecina on Alki Avenue SW and the May 8th shooting of Lorenzo Marr at West Seattle Stadium. No arrests reported in either of those cases.

10:44 PM: We’ve added photos from the scene. Still no one in custody. We asked police about the circumstances of the original call on this – they say it was phoned in to 911 as someone down in the street, and they arrived before SFD, to discover the person was dead.

SATURDAY MORNING, 9:23 AM: Just saw SW Precinct Operations Lt. Steve Strand in the staging zone for the Grand Parade and asked him if there had been an arrest overnight. Answer: No.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON: A summary is now on SPD Blotter but the only information not already reported here is that the victim was 34 years old. If you have information, you’re asked to call SPD’s tip line at 206-233-5000.

VIDEO: As voting begins, five 34th District State Senate candidates answer West Seattle Chamber of Commerce questions

The ballots have been mailed and voting has begun for the August 7th primary election. The major local race in our area is for the 34th District State Senate seat. Last night at the DAV Hall in Delridge, five of the 11 candidates answered questions at a forum presented by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Our video begins with introductions from the Chamber and DAV; if you want to jump ahead to the candidates, they start 4 minutes in:

The Chamber said it invited all 11 candidates, with repeated outreach to those who didn’t accept the invitation, and these are the ones who showed up: Joe Nguyen, Shannon Braddock, Sofia Aragon, Lois Schipper, and Lem Charleston. Among the highlights of the forum: State Senator Sharon Nelson, whose decision not to run for re-election set up this wide-open race, was invited to question her would-be successors.

P.S. You have at least one more chance to hear from candidates in this race – the White Center Chamber of Commerce has a forum scheduled for 6 pm next Tuesday (July 24) at Tommy Sound (9409 Delridge Way SW). They have not yet announced which candidates will participate. And remember to get your ballot in a mailbox – prepaid postage! – or dropbox by August 7th.


Another stolen car to watch for – from Rich: “Please keep an eye out for a dark green 1997 Nissan Maxima, Washington tag 902 XBT. The vehicle was stolen from SW 99th Street in Arbor Heights last night. The car was recently washed and it is in good condition. Bummer.” Call 911 if you see it

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