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Two visual souvenirs of West Seattle’s fabulous Friday

Ever wish you had the perfect video to send to friends/family out of state who haven’t been here on a sunny day and can’t understand why you love West Seattle so much? We suggest this could be THE clip to share. WSB contributing photojournalist Christopher Boffoli went out for a drive, with his camera riding high in the back, and that video is the result. (See if you recognize ALL the streets!)

Meantime — it was still a lovely day as the clouds rolled in later; Dan in Sunrise Heights sent this photo from the ferry Kitsap:

Tomorrow’s forecast: Cloudy. At least we have the memories!

West Seattle high-school sports: Saints to state!

Just in from Seattle Lutheran High School‘s Bil Hood:

The Seattle Lutheran High School Saints Are Going to State

Both the boys and girls basketball teams secured an invitation to the State Basketball Tournament with wins at Chief Leschi Friday night.

The boys beat a tough Mount Vernon Christian team and the girls won a nailbiter over Tacoma Baptist.

Both teams are now back-to-back state qualifiers with trips to Spokane last year. They will play again Saturday afternoon at Chief Leschi for seeding. Watch the SLHS website for information about next weekend’s state tournament.

We’ll update you here too. Sports and other school updates ALWAYS welcome – – thanks!

A literary night at Twilight in The Junction: XVIII zine launch

February 27, 2009 10:23 pm
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 |   West Seattle video | WS culture/arts

It’s the size of a greeting card … full of writing and art, 36 pages worth: A new zine, born into the literary world, resolutely on paper instead of in pixels. Jonathan VeraKat, who presided tonight at the Twilight Artist Collective party in The Junction launching his zine, says each issue will focus on a single topic. The first one — “ghetto,” including answers to the question “Is there a ghetto in Seattle, and if so, where?” (seven answers – 4 no, 3 variations on yes). Jonathan explained to us how the topic was arrived at, as well as – why a zine?

If you want to get a copy, or have a question or idea for Jonathan (who’s based on Capitol Hill), the first edition of XVIII ends with his e-mail address:

Update: Fire aboard tugboat Corbin Foss off Harbor Island

ORIGINAL 7:23 PM REPORT: If you’re on the east side of West Seattle and have heard a lot of sirens – there’s a big “ship fire, 50′, on shore/pier” call on Harbor Island, 1700 block of 13th SW (map). Apparently at or near Todd Shipyard. Whatever’s on fire, it was attached to a barge, according to scanner traffic. More as we get it. 7:48 PM UPDATE: We’re along Harbor Ave to see if we can get a vantage point. Can still see smoke rising from the Todd vicinity, but it’s on the other side of the docks that are visible from here. Monitoring the scanner as well, and it’s clear that many firefighters are being used in what is still an intense firefight. No official word that we’ve gotten yet on exactly what (or what kind of) boat caught fire. 8:01 PM UPDATE: The fire’s just been reported under control; also from the scanner, one person who was on the boat is undergoing medical evaluation. Can’t see smoke any more from this side of the water (we’re now looking from Seacrest). 8:14 PM UPDATE: Just got the first official update from Seattle Fire Department spokesperson Dana Vander Houwen: The fire is aboard a 120-foot tugboat, and one person does have a “minor injury.” This is officially a “two-alarm fire”; no word yet on how it started. 9:25 PM UPDATE: Vander Houwen says the fire is now out. She says the tug is the Corbin Foss. She says 75 firefighters have been working at the scene, as well as the fire investigators who are waiting to be able to get onto the tug to figure out how the fire started. Here’s a link to a photo of the Corbin Foss in 2003, towing the USS Midway.

From the WSB Forums: Best food delivery in West Seattle?

More suggestions needed! And not just pizza. Who’s your fave? Have a say, and see who’s been mentioned so far, by going to this WSB Forums post.

Friday afternoon notes from all around West Seattle

SEATTLE STYLE SALON: After a move from North Delridge up to 7350 35th SW (map), Seattle Style Salon has just opened in the former Carosello Coffee (among other names; it closed a year and a half ago) space in Olympic Heights. Owner Denise showed off her salon’s unique furnishings (photo left) when we dropped by the other day, and also noted that she’s hiring more staff (here’s her CL listing).

COFFEE AT THE HEIGHTS UPDATE: Across the street from Seattle Style Salon, work on this new coffee shop continues, slower than its owners originally hoped (as unfortunately seems to be the case for so many hard-working entrepreneurs). Co-owner Paul tells us the flooring’s going in this weekend, and the counters will follow, so they’re getting closer.

WESTSIDE DERMATOLOGY RE-WELCOMES AMY NELSON: This week, Westside Dermatology rejoined us as a sponsor, and wanted to share the news that certified physician assistant Amy Nelson (photo right) is coming back on Monday, after a few months of maternity leave following the arrival of her twins, Dylan (6 lbs, 13 ounces) and Sasha (6 pounds even), who join 2-year-old big brother Elijah.

CHURCH’S NEW WEBSITE: Pastor Erik Kindem from Peace Lutheran in Gatewood shares the news that his church’s previous website has been upgraded to this brand-new look.

Update: More details on this year’s “car-free” day on Alki Ave


(WSB photo from “Car-Free Day” on Alki last year, 9/7/08)
63rd SW will once again be the starting point for a car-free day on Alki Ave SW. That’s one of the new details we’re learned today, one month after our first report that Sunday, May 31st is the date this year that the city will close much of West Seattle’s main waterfront thoroughfare street to (most) cars. Mayoral spokesperson Alex Fryer also confirms that 9 am-6 pm is the scheduled shutdown time for Alki that day, from 63rd to California Way SW, and that timeframe includes the West Seattle High School PTSA 5K (scroll down this page). The event series includes five other dates in five other neighborhoods, but it’s not being called Car-Free Days this year; it’s “Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets,” and the official webpage with the full list of locations/dates can now be seen here.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen “care package…from Grandma”

We’re moving this up for wider attention after Molly K posted it as a comment on this mail-theft story from Monday:

We had a care package from my mom stolen from our front porch (28th & Myrtle in Sunrise Heights [map]) on Friday, February 20. We knew it had been stolen because a neighbor in Sylvan Heights found a letter and check from my Grandma in their trash and sent it back to her . My husband and I walked the trail between our house and Sylvan Heights and found traces of our package – a couple pacifiers, a book, a card and check addressed to my son from Grandma, and the empty box with my mom’s return address. The jerks ripped it open and threw the stuff they didn’t want into the blackberry bushes. Apparently they kept the baby clothes, the quilt my mother made, and the needlepoint Christmas stocking my 90-year-old grandmother made for my son because we have yet to find those. We also found the remains of another person’s package and took that stuff back to her.

If anyone was along that trail last Friday (the one that starts at 28th and ends at Sylvan Way) and found any baby stuff, or if you live in Sylvan Heights and had inexplicable baby items in your trash Friday afternoon, please let us know.

Final chapter in Huling/Gee court fight: Now, “private arbitration”

Thanks to the anonymous postal-mailer who suggested it was long past time for a followup on the Huling/Gee lawsuit. If you’re new to the area or your memory’s murky, long story short: The deal to sell West Seattle’s longtime Huling Brothers car dealerships to Spokane-based Gee Automotive was announced in January 2007 — shortly afterward, a criminal case erupted involving former Huling employees. Gee closed the dealerships less than nine months later and sued Huling, originally seeking $7 million, saying they knew and should have disclosed what was happening. Huling countersued, to evict Gee, but a deal was reached relatively quickly, and Gee cleared out as agreed at the end of November 2007. The suit against Huling proceeded, however, and WAS tentatively set for trial next month — but, as of right now, it is no longer scheduled for further court proceedings, because of a decision earlier this month to send it to private arbitration (see the court document here) to address the Gee claims and Huling “counterclaim.” Arbitration is what Huling had originally wanted, but the courts previously said no go (as reported here in November 2007) because of a certain part of the claim, seeking “equitable relief”; that part was dismissed on “summary judgment” this past November, which cleared the way for arbitration. We called Huling lawyer Randall Beighle to ask for details of when arbitration might happen and how it would be done; he said he couldn’t elaborate, but said they considered the summary judgment a “victory.”

Metro/Sound Transit rider reminder: SODO changes start Monday

February 27, 2009 11:09 am
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 |   Not WS but we're mentioning it anyway | Transportation

This reminder just in from Metro Transit – changes are about to kick in on Metro and Sound Transit routes related to two projects, the Spokane Street Viaduct Widening work, and the 1st Avenue So. repairs/rebuilding. Read on for the full news release (and, added after it @ 12:35 pm, an East Marginal Way advisory from the city):Read More

What’s that noise? Loud labor protest south of The Junction

Thanks to the multiple tipsters who e-mailed ( about this: All that noise in the 5000 block of California SW is from a labor protest south of The Junction; Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters members say they have a beef with a scaffolding company, which they say they’ve been targeting at worksites all around the region. We’ll be checking for more information on the background, but meantime, if you heard or saw this and wondered what it’s all about, that’s the scoop. Thanks to Karen for the photo you see above; we’re there now to check on the situation and will have video shortly. 11:31 AM UPDATE: Swapped video for the original photo (you can hear how loud the protest is; Seattle Police also have been keeping watch). We also have a message out to Berg Scaffolding, seeking comment on the union’s claims.

Junction Plaza Park campaign: “Take the pledge”

A week ago, we told you about the new campaign to enlist community support in pledging volunteer time to help Junction Plaza Park qualify for a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant. An update now from West Seattle Junction Association‘s Susan Melrose:

As you may know, the effort to build Junction Plaza Park have been underway for several years. But this is the year we make it happen! We are in a good position to complete fundraising for the park this year. A brief update – we ‘value engineered’ the cost down to $350k, have already raised $55k mostly thanks to the Seattle Parks Foundation, and have a solid plan for securing large donors and grants. We are currently asking for $100k from the Neighborhood Matching Funds Grant.

Now community volunteer hours are needed to build support for the park and help win our grant from the Neighborhood Matching Funds. Friends of Junction Plaza Park is hosting its first meeting on Tuesday, March 3 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Nelson Room at the Senior Center.

If you’d like to help build community support, please see the attached information and volunteer opportunities. And most importantly… Take the pledge by April 6th! It’s easy for individuals to pledge a handful of hours and the results are satisfying. Businesses and organizations can take the pledge too.

The pledge form is on the second page of this JP Park fact sheet. You can e-mail it to

West Seattle Weekend Lineup: Ready to wander?

February 27, 2009 8:50 am
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 |   Fun stuff to do | WS culture/arts | WS Weekend Lineup

wswllicon3.pngThis time around, the West Seattle Weekend Lineup includes several notable events outside West Seattle boundaries that we thought you’d like to know about anyway — including “Remember This” tonight at Seattle Center, the first-ever Rat City Rummage and a beer/ice-cream tasting event in White Center and a wine festival in Des Moines – but we have lots of West Seattle happenings too, including a family “game show” night and the Highland Park Elementary all-ages school dance tonight, the Sanislo Elementary used-book sale tomorrow, your first chance to get directly involved in the city’s review of whether The Junction needs pay stations or other on-street parking changes. In all, more than 40 events are listed ahead in this edition of the West Seattle Weekend Lineup (sponsored by Skylark Cafe and Club):Read More

From the “no news is good news” department

Metro issued a news release this morning saying they’ve been patrolling roads throughout the county all night checking for ice/snow and haven’t found any, so buses should all be running on schedule.

Kids helping kids: Tilden School students’ book donations

By Tilden School’s 5th-grade class
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Last fall, Tilden‘s fourth and fifth grade students read books for a Scholastic Books contest in which Scholastic would donate 100 books to a community in need for each class that read 100 books. Both classes did, so Scholastic donated 100 books each to the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona, and Laguna Pueblo in Cibola County, NM!

This made us eligible to enter another Scholastic contest, the Care Where You Are Sweepstakes, to win 500 books that we could donate to a local organization. Our 5th grade class is one of 200 winners out of 16,000 entries.

After researching local nonprofit organizations, we found out about the foster kids at Treehouse (, and decided this was the right place for the 500 books. Our class thought Treehouse could use some of the books for tutoring foster children, and put some of the books in its Wearhouse for the foster kids to choose and take home.

It makes us feel really good to be able to help foster children, and donate books that they could read and use to learn. The books we’re donating include 100 preschool and Kindergarten books, 100 Kindergarten and 1st grade books, 100 2nd and 3rd grade books, 100 4th through 6th grade books, and 100 books for grades 7 and up. We hope that Treehouse foster kids enjoy using these books!