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Bad air: Forthcoming study reportedly warns of WS risk

Per this story posted by the P-I tonight, West Seattle and South Seattle have air pollution that’s raising residents’ risk of cancer. This research apparently has been more than a decade in the making; the P-I doesn’t include a direct link to the full study – it mentions that Georgetown activists happened onto a “prerelease” version online – but does attribute it to the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

West Seattle scenes, Thursday night edition (and side notes)



Idyllic setting for the free Blue 55 concert east of the Alki Bathhouse this evening … the lawn right in front of the band was sparsely occupied but outside the photo frame, many more people were enjoying the music from the seawall and the sand. More outdoor music Friday – the second of four summertime Friday night concerts at Providence Mount St. Vincent (WSB sponsor), this time with Maia Santell – dinner and beer/wine available for purchase at 5 pm, music starts at 6. Back to tonight: Another outdoor party, this time in White Center:


JenV sent that photo tonight from Big Al Brewing, whose grand opening we mentioned earlier in the day. And another followup – after we posted the $4.01 gas-price sighting from California/Andover this afternoon, we got two reports of $3.99 gas elsewhere, and photographed this one (California/Charlestown) tonight while heading to Alki:


In the background, you see Charlestown Center – today was the day the leasing company had told us it would be “turned over” to its first tenants (a fitness center and hair salon, as reported here last week). No sign of them yet but we’ll keep an eye out. Speaking of fitness centers, we see Snap Fitness – coming to Jefferson Square – has posted job openings in the WSB Forum “West Seattle Jobs Offered” area (free to any business hiring for a job actually located IN West Seattle!); speaking of salons, Salon 08 on Genesee south of California has its grand-opening celebration Friday night.

Councilmember checks into 911 calls that go astray

beforefireunits.jpgAfter the Alki duplex fire two weeks ago tonight, someone commented on WSB that their initial call to 911 was routed to Kitsap County. West Seattle-residing City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen read that comment, noting it’s happened to him too, and decided to check into it. He and his staff found out what happens in cases like that, why, and one good way to make sure it doesn’t hold up emergency reporting; they shared their discoveries with WSB – read on:Read More

Grand opening for Big Al Brewing in White Center


The WSB Forums have been abuzz about it for a month so we couldn’t help but drop by to check it out – Big Al Brewing opened this afternoon in White Center (9832 14th SW, former home of Pacific Rim Brewing). The photo above is “Big Al” himself, Alejandro Brown (who has been among those participating in the WSB Forums thread); here’s the building in case you get lost:


One thing to note – Big Al Brewing is all about beer. No food, just brew. Also on tap tonight as the grand opening continues – live music.

West Seattle Gas Price Watch: Price plunge persists

fourohonegas.jpgThat’s the California/Andover 76 station a short time ago; same price for regular at California/Charlestown 7-11 nearby. Looks like the next “below $4” sighting in West Seattle may not be that far away after all. Overall, though, seems we West Coast-ers are still the ones paying the most, according to this national update (Oklahoma has the cheapest average, $3.60/gallon).

Political countdowns: 12 days to primary, 1 day to fundraiser

August 7, 2008 1:27 pm
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checkbox.jpgIf you vote by mail, you may have cast your ballot already. If you’re old-fashioned in-person voters like us, 12 days till polling places throw open their doors for the August 19th primary. Here’s all the ballot info you could possibly want; we also included some highlights in this WSB update a few weeks ago. (If you’re not registered, it’s too late for the primary, but you can follow the links on that same page to get signed up in time for the November 4th general election.) Meanwhile, West Seattle’s largest political organization, the 34th District Democrats, reminds us that tomorrow night is their biggest fundraiser of the year — the Garden Party and Auction, 6 pm @ West Seattle Nursery. And if you feel like talking politics right now, the never-dull 2008 Elections section of the WSB Forums has a provocative topic in progress: “Why vote?”

Go “Crazy” while doing a good deed


That’s some of the cast of “Crazy for You,” which West Seattle-based Twelfth Night Productions is opening tonight at West Seattle High School‘s theater. With hours to go till the curtain rises, we get word from Twelfth Night that it’s donating part of the ticket-sales proceeds to the White Center Food Bank (which also serves a big chunk of southern West Seattle). Twelfth Night says it’s an annual tradition to choose a local nonprofit to receive part of the proceeds from its summer production; over the past decade-plus, that tradition has racked up almost $20,000 for groups from DNDA to ArtsWest to Habitat for Humanity. “Crazy for You” plays Thursdays-Sundays for the next two weeks, 7:30 pm each of those nights plus 3 pm 8/10 and 8/17. You can buy tickets online up till 4 hours before showtime (here’s the link), or at the WSHS box office before the performance.

Denny Middle School, present and future – and your role


Denny Middle School principal Jeff Clark sent WSB pix of the new Denny-sponsored All-City Junior Marching Band in the recent Kiddies’ Parade, with an update letting us — and you — know there’s been a lot going on at his school this summer (vacation? what vacation?). And that dovetails with updates on two opportunities to get involved with both the new Denny/Sealth campus and with plans for the future of the Denny site once its replacement is built on that shared campus (where major work is under way now, as we reported last week) – and tomorrow’s the deadline to get in on one of those opportunities. Read on for all the details:Read More

Ice cream for a cause, times two

Cynthia sends a reminder that today’s the day Dairy Queen donates the proceeds from Blizzards to the Children’s Miracle Network. (Nearest Dairy Queen is in White Center, 10256 16th SW; here’s a map.) And that provides the segue to a note we received earlier this week: The West Seattle coordinators of the annual “Cones for Kids” fundraiser for the EJ Guild, which supports Children’s Hospital patients’ families, are dealing with a potential dilemma — months ago, they set their event for September 7th at the Alki Bathhouse; then the city chose that same day as Car-Free Day on Alki. So they want to start getting the word out that they’ll be offering cones and sundaes of Husky ice cream at the Bathhouse that day, in hopes the folks who come to the beach to play in the street (etc.) will be sure to walk over their way. 1-4 pm Sept. 7th; we’ll of course remind you again when it gets closer. Here’s the flyer for their event.

Update: “Accidental electrical fire” at duplex on Delridge



Thanks to Adam and KB for e-mailing about a house fire at 4825 Delridge (map). Adam advises Delridge is blocked in the area (from Edmunds northward for about 2 blocks) because of the fire trucks. Thanks to KB for the pix (re: the first one, he says 4825 is “the house with the ladder” at left). King County property records show this is a four-plex owned by the Seattle Housing Authority. Additional info from Adam – he says the fire had “… flames reaching about 20 feet in the air. We watched from across the street. Firefighters had to use chainsaws to cut a hole in the roof to access the house while spraying water from the hydrants outside.” 2:30 AM UPDATE: Seattle Fire Department spokesperson Dana Vander Houwen gives this update on the media hotline: Firefighters found lots of smoke when they got to the scene and managed to put out the fire quickly; the fire was confined to the second story. Vander Houwen says one adult and four children got out of the residence on their own; nobody was hurt, and they are now getting Red Cross assistance. Too soon to say what caused the fire and how much damage it did; firefighters are continuing to investigate. 5:04 AM NOTE: No update yet on the SFD media line; we’ll check again in a few hours. 9:23 AM UPDATE: Not yet. However, we’ve heard back from Adam, who says the number on the building was 4845, not 4825; the latter number is what was both on the 911 log and the media hotline. 4845 is a privately owned duplex. 10:15 AM UPDATE: An update from the Fire Department — the cause is listed as “accidental electrical fire,” and damage totals $90,000. It was also noted that the people in the duplex were alerted by a smoke alarm.

Jail-sites fight: County exec tells cities, keep planning yours

King County Sheriff Sue Rahr may think the county should have regional responsibility for housing jail inmates (WSB was there as she made that pronouncement earlier this summer), but King County Executive Ron Sims apparently doesn’t agree: He issued a statement the other day saying “… the county does not have the ability to fund construction and operation of jail capacity for cities.” The statement came with this report, Integrated Regional Jail Initiative Phase 1, which contains more information on future projections of jail population – why the county says the cities need to step in — among other things. Next jail-related meeting: Highland Park Action Committee, 8/25; archived WSB coverage of the jail-sites issue is archived here.