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Field of dreams: Hiawatha gets its new greenery

Thanks to Tim McMonigle of West Seattle Soccer Club for the tip that Hiawatha’s starting to get its new turf, part of field improvements that should be complete next month. Tim added: “I talked to one of the workers there and they said they’ll probably have the turf laid in the next week, then another couple weeks after that for all the prep work (lines glued, spreading rubber pellets). The backstops and track are all installed, although they still need to put rubber on the track. This will be fun watching the dramatic transformation over the next month.” As the official page for the project puts it, the finished fields will include “full-size facilities” for soccer, baseball and football.

High-school sports: Big volleyball match for WSHS tomorrow

October 6, 2009 9:29 pm
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Assistant volleyball coach Jim Hardy reports West Seattle High School won again, 3-1 over Cleveland on Monday (21-25; 25-19; 25-15; 25-20). They’re now 6-1 in conference, 6-4 overall, and tomorrow night they’re at home vs. Nathan Hale (6-0) for a “share of the league lead,” per Hardy. Highlights from Monday: Jess Harrison – 9 kills, 7 aces – Taylor Magera – 26 assists. The JV team won vs. Cleveland too, 3-0. Tomorrow night they play at 5:45, varsity at 7.

Photos: Police help wrangle wandering goats in North Admiral

KING 5 tweeted that goats were on the loose in West Seattle. Here they are – in a North Admiral neighborhood – police and all (photo just sent by co-publisher Patrick). 6:16 PM: Another photo (this is in the 1100 block Sunset):

Here’s what happened: The goats arrived to clear a patch of brush in the greenbelt behind the house; they did such a good job in that area, they wound up wandering further than they were supposed to. Police believe they’ve all been rounded up. P.S. If you’re seeing a helicopter, that’s TV news; KING is going live at 6:30 pm. 8:38 PM UPDATE: Thanks to Bob Anderson for sending more photos and his account of what happened:

Today’ at approx. 5:30 pm a herd of approximately 25 goats who were clearing a hillside behind residential new construction on 44th Avenue SW (1/2 block NW of the intersection of 44th Avenue SW and Sunset Avenue SW), escaped their fenced confines and fled into the North Admiral neighborhood.

Amazed neighbors contained the goats who fed on residents shrubbery. The SPD were called and arrived promptly on scene within minutes. Neighbors & SPD herded goats back to fenced in construction site where they were contained.

The entire episode took approximately 20 minutes and was good fun on a beautiful fall afternoon.

Here are three of Bob’s photos:

By the way, this isn’t the first time Southwest Precinct officers have tangled with goats this year – remember this escapade from February? ADDED 11:11 PM: OK, two more photos. These are by Junior Member of the Team – the only real goat close-up we got, plus a bonus shot at sunset, looking downtown-ward from the roundup neighborhood:

Happening now: New Seattle Public Schools attendance boundaries

(scroll down for updates from ongoing School Board “work session”)

(map added 4:43 pm – click here for full list of full-size map links)
We’re at district HQ in SODO, where Seattle Public Schools‘ new school-by-school attendance boundaries are to be presented to the School Board momentarily. We’ll add a link as soon as they are published online, and will also add noteworthy details from the meeting as it happens; the district has two meetings in West Seattle next week to answer questions and take feedback, and a final board vote is planned next month. We have a printout with a citywide look at the maps – for starters, the high-school attendance areas for West Seattle are fairly easy to read on the map – the border between WSHS and CSHS attendance areas starts in the west on the north border of Lincoln Park, then jogs up a bit to SW Myrtle running east to 35th SW, and then it jogs north to be SW Graham (straight line to the Duwamish from there).

4:28 PM UPDATE: Dr. Tracy Libros says that new enrollment counts show SPS enrollment is up and they might have to tweak what they are presenting now, since these boundaries are based on data from a year ago, with “moderate growth projections.” She says they will need to “open buildings to meet the needs of current and projected students” – reversing past school closures. Meantime, we’re continuing to review the printout of the attendance-area map: For West Seattle’s two middle schools, Madison’s area includes the areas for Alki, Lafayette, Schmitz Park, Sanislo, and part of Gatewood – looks like everything else is in Denny’s area.

4:34 PM UPDATE: The maps have just been posted online. Meantime, Dr. Libros is listing the closed schools that are proposed to reopen – none in West Seattle (so far) – Sand Point, Old Hay, McDonald, Rainier View, Viewlands. And now – which schools feed into which middle school – she lists the feeders for Denny International Middle School as Arbor Heights, Concord, Gatewood, Highland Park, Roxhill, West Seattle. Feeder schools for Madison Middle School – which will be adding the Spectrum gifted program, it was noted – are Alki, Lafayette, Sanislo, Schmitz Park.

4:50 PM UPDATE: Now the “implementation issues,” as Libros puts it – grandfathering of current students means they “may stay through the school’s last grade and need not reapply, as long as the services that student needs are available at that school” – they will keep assignment if they move within the district, but will lose grandfathered status if they leave the school. 2010-2011 assignments “will apply to entry-grade students – K, 6, 9 – students in other grades may apply to their new attendance area school; assignment on a space-available basis using tiebreakers.” They are working on a “transition plan” – addressing issues including kindergarten siblings, “open choice” seats at high schools (10% but what does that mean?), transportation grandfathering, geographic zones for “option schools,” equal access to advanced-learning programs.

5:04 PM UPDATE: There’s also, it’s noted, a “lookup tool” on the same page from which the maps are linked – click the big yellow badge and you’ll be able to look up the schools in the proposed attendance areas for your address. (We’re trying it right now and it seems to be hourglassing, FWIW.) Board Q/A is about to begin – president Michael DeBell says “it’s been 39 years since we’ve had a reliable assignment plan for (the district).” (5:11 pm – we got into the lookup tool. Here’s a direct link. 5:20 pm – There’s a survey online for plan feedback too – go here.)

5:27 PM UPDATE: West Seattle school-board rep Steve Sundquist’s first question was a followup on the mention that Madison is going to offer the Spectrum advanced-learning program – he wondered if there also will be a “West Seattle South” elementary school offering Spectrum (which currently is available only at Lafayette, in WS) – the answer from Libros was a little convoluted but it sounded like it boiled down to “yes” and that information indicating where, will be on the district website by tomorrow.

5:37 PM: School board member Harium Martin-Morris is asking about an issue that parents have brought up in West Seattle as well: Can Metro handle all the student transportation it’s being asked to handle? Libros says the district is working closely with them – but Martin-Morris is concerned, for example, about students having to spend a lot of time on Aurora because of Ingraham’s new area: “I have some concerns about the reliability of the service and the safety of the service,” he says. Sundquist is following up on that by noting the difficulties that Rainier Valley and Beacon Hill families have had in getting to Sealth, and saying “this is a transition issue for us.”

6:03 PM: Reminder that two meetings are coming up next week where you can ask about the plans and offer feedback – Thursday 10/15, 6:30 pm, West Seattle HS; Friday 10/16, 6:30 pm, Denny IMS. Full list of meetings citywide, here.

6:19 PM: The meeting’s in a break and we’re leaving. For continuing coverage, we recommend, where writer/district watchdog Melissa Westbrook is here, and where you’ll find discussion threads on each separate component of the plan. Also, our partners at the Seattle Times have published an overview story here.

10:37 PM UPDATE: One point of discussion in the comments has been the fact the attendance boundaries for Denny and Sealth are not aligned – considering that the two schools will be co-located in less than two years. Here are screen grabs:

New Seattle snow plan: “Bare pavement”; salt before & during

In that bag held by SDOT manager Charles Bookman – little rocks of salt, scattered a few inches apart. That was a prop he used while briefing us (during a series of media interviews) about the new snow plan that SDOT is unveiling – completely overhauled, the department says, from last year. Instead of the “sand and plow” strategy of the past, Bookman explains, it’s all about getting to “bare pavement” – and they’ve mapped out which streets are to be completely bare within 8 hours of a lull in the storm, plus which ones will have one “bare” lane each way. The “Snow and Ice Readiness and Response Plan” we were given is not online yet, nor are the maps (4:07 update – the map is now online), so bear with us as we give you the quick highlights of the hourlong personal briefing we just got (including a snowplow ride!) downtown – as well as information on public meetings where you can get the briefing firsthand (and ask questions) – read on:Read More

Junction holdup update: Adult suspect is out of jail

An update on the weekend holdup involving the owner of Yummy Teriyaki getting held up at knifepoint and robbed of the night’s take (here’s our Sunday report): The adult suspect in the case — who turned 18 in July — is out of jail; his bail was set at $25,000 at a hearing yesterday, and he posted bond hours later. (Thanks to Gatewood crimefighter “burglarbustindad” for the tip, as he continues to watch the King County Jail Register even more closely than we do.) We are not using the suspect’s name until he is formally charged (tomorrow is the deadline for that); he does not appear to have a significant past record. The status of the three other suspects – two 16-year-old boys and one 17-year-old is not known because juvenile records are not available online; next step is for charges to be filed. The paperwork we obtained from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reveals a few more details in the case – the victim was accosted as he walked southbound on 42nd SW, where his car was parked in the 4800 block (that would be south of Edmunds); police recovered more than $500 in cash when they arrested the four suspects in the 7100 block of 32nd SW, along with cards belonging to the victim and a “small pocket knife.” A comment in previous coverage asked if the suspects were from West Seattle; only one (not the adult) has a WS address, and it’s about half a mile north of the arrest location.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Tanning salon hit by till thieves

Checking on this with police, but in the meantime we’re posting it fast in case these thieves are trying to work more area businesses – read on:Read More

West Seattle scenes: Midday music; offshore nap

Random street musicians aren’t that common a sight in The Junction, so when co-publisher Patrick happened onto this one a little while ago, he snapped a photo. He tried to talk with the guy but reports, “He wouldn’t stop singing!” (’70s and ’60s oldies, at least at the time.) Meantime, Gary J shares this offshore sight, photographed from Alki:

(No need to call about offshore seals, but remember that if you spot one on the beach, Seal Sitters wants to hear from you – contact info at Thanks as always to everyone who shares photos!

West Seattle sidewalk-work alert, starting Thursday

From Marybeth Turner at SDOT:

This week SDOT paving crews plan to start repairing part of a sidewalk on the western side of California Avenue SW between SW Hanford and SW Hinds streets that has been damaged by tree roots. They plan to begin work on Thursday, October 8 and expect to complete the work in approximately one week. The parking lane in the construction area will be closed while they are working, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and will be used for a pedestrian walkway at other times.

West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Break-in suspect behind bars

You might remember a case from July that was particularly alarming because of what had happened days earlier: As covered here, a man broke into a Morgan Junction apartment early one morning and fled when its occupant screamed; this happened while police were still seeking the South Park murder suspect (who was arrested days later). The day after the break-in, police staked out another building a few blocks south of the crime scene, hoping to catch the suspect (here’s our story on that). Lt. Steve Paulsen from the Southwest Precinct promised to let us know when he was finally in custody – and we just got that news: He says the suspect was arrested yesterday in the Skyway area, on a $150,000 warrant for burglary. ADDED 11:45 PM: KCPQ has a report with photos of the suspect, Marcel Matthews. (We checked the jail register; he’s still in.)

Play trivia on Alki with a familiar voice, on a new night

Sharing a note from Tom Hutyler, the West Seattleite whose voice has graced hundreds of games at The Safe:

Our weekly Trivia contest at Christo’s on Alki is now on Tuesday nights, including tonight. Lots of fun, hosted by PA Announcer Tom Hutyler from Safeco Field, with prizes and great specials…Tonight and every Tuesday night at 8 pm!

Christo’s is at 2508 Alki SW.

Today/tonight: School-assignment maps; job-hunter help

SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT MAPS: The next major step in Seattle Public Schools move to a neighborhood-based school-attendance plan (after years of focusing on “choice”) happens today, during a School Board work session, 4-8 pm: The proposed attendance-area boundaries for each school are scheduled to go public. We’re planning to cover the meeting, which is open to the public but does not have a scheduled public comment period ( has a great breakdown of how this works), and will post “live” updates (unlike regular board meetings, these sessions usually are not shown live online or on cable TV). The district says the maps will be linked here after the meeting begins (we’ll include the links in our coverage too). Reminder, two meetings are planned in West Seattle next week (here’s the full citywide list) for feedback on the proposed boundaries.

JOB-HUNTER HELP: 6 pm tonight at the Delridge Community Center Computer Lab, check out a free workshop with resume-creation tips and online-job-search help. Just call 206-684-7423 to register.

Junction Plaza Park: Design almost done; 1 more $ hurdle to clear

That’s the updated design for Junction Plaza Park (42nd & Alaska) shown to about two dozen people last night at the Senior Center of West Seattle – or, for a somewhat more-3-D type of view:

Landscape designer Karen Kiest, who worked on the original design 3+ years ago, was back to explain how it’s evolved. And Erica Karlovits, president of the Junction Neighborhood Organization who’s also helped lead Friends of Junction Plaza Park, explained where the park-project money picture is now.

Kiest explained how the design evolved from “two (paved) plazas” to one plaza area on the small park site’s eastern half – “Your neighborhood has really changed in terms of some of its interests.”

Instead of being meant mainly as a place for performances and events, the park is now envisioned as a simple gathering place, where events are possible too – the circle at the top-center of the drawing is a “performance pad” rather than a raised stage. Some worried that the grass half of the park will be a magnet for the growing area residential population to bring their dogs to relieve themselves; others worried the park had too much pavement and too little grass.

Kiest explained the tree scheme (and underlying plantings) around the park, including a tentative plan for a “specimen tree” area front and center – maybe a Western red cedar, maybe birch, maybe even baby madrones to serve an “educational purpose.”

While project manager Gary Gibbons said the $300,000 in the budget — more than two-thirds of which came from a concentrated fundraising effort by Friends of Junction Plaza Park — will cover the “bones” of the plan, Karlovits says $40,000 more is needed to run power into the park to use for purposes including concerts and events, and to put some pole lighting in the park itself (right now the plan only calls for lighting on the streets, in the area governed by SDOT), plus to upgrade the type of “pavers” that would be used in the non-green areas – true brick-colored pavers, rather than gray concrete. (Whichever color is eventually used, the pavers are to be placed “permeably,” so water will run between them and into the ground.)

What else goes into the park? Some benches and “wall seating,” with options shown on this board:

Susan Melrose of the West Seattle Junction Association – also a leader in Friends of Junction Plaza Park – talked about standards now being outlined for “street furniture” such as benches and light poles – not just for consultation in projects like this, but also for developers.

The park won’t have an official play area, but “we do want it to be playful and friendly,” Kiest said. Its low plantings and shrubbery will come from a list of native plants, and its street trees will be “Greenspire Linden” like others in the area (including outside the new QFC) along Alaska, vine maple or serviceberry along 42nd; along the alley, in front of the existing birch trees by Alaska House north of the park, there’ll be a variant of dogwood. SDOT will be doing sidewalk work alongside the park; Friends of Junction Plaza Park got a grant for $60,000 of the $74,000 the sidewalk work will cost, and say that SDOT is looking for money to cover the remainder.

That leaves Friends of JPP with the $40,000 to raise for lighting, power and paver tone. They’ve sent out a letter to their mailing list but are also accepting donations through their website,

TIMELINE: Friends of Junction Plaza Park has till December to raise $40,000 more for lighting, power and brick pavers. Parks says the plan will be settled by the end of December, and the project’s likely to go out to bid early next year, with construction in the spring, done by summer.