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West Seattle scene: ‘Bow over Blake

Thanks to Dan E for that view of what he describes as a “brief but spectacular” rainbow this morning, visible looking toward Blake Island.

Traffic alert: Upcoming on the Alaskan Way Viaduct (& vicinity)

November 10, 2009 7:03 pm
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 |   Alaskan Way Viaduct | Transportation

Alaskan Way Viaduct/Battery Street Tunnel drivers, heads up. The city sent an advisory today about some upcoming maintenance closures – including an overnight closure of the northbound tunnel this weekend, and some daytime southbound shutdowns – read on for details:Read More

Protect your (copy)rights! West Seattle seminar coming up

Cal Kinnear of Washington Lawyers for the Arts (and chair of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors) sends word of a workshop in West Seattle that may be of interest to more than a few local artists: West Seattle-residing attorney Bob Cumbow will lead “Important Copyright Considerations for Artists,” 6 pm Nov. 24 at Ginomai (42nd and Genesee). Organizers promise it’ll lead participants clearly through a lot of issues near and dear to our hearts as well: “… the basics of copyright for those working in both ‘traditional’ art disciplines and new Media, i.e. web, internet, video and two dimensional arts such as collage. You’ll learn why it makes no sense to ask ‘How do I copyright my work?’ and the answers to other frequently-asked questions, such as ‘Who owns the copyright in a work I made for someone else?’ and ‘How much do I have to change someone else’s work before I am safe in using it in my own work?'” The price is on a sliding scale and there’s a discount for registering in advance – go to Brown Paper Tickets – or if you plan to pay at the door, they still ask that you RSVP, 206-328-7053.

Veterans Day tomorrow: Metro service changes

November 10, 2009 3:01 pm
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 |   Transportation | West Seattle news

Linda Thielke at Metro suggested we remind you about this now – it’ll be in our official “what’s different for Veterans Day” roundup later but in case you weren’t aware, here you go: Metro will run with a “reduced weekday schedule” tomorrow. That means, she says, “On days with reduced weekday schedules, some commuter and school-oriented routes do not operate, and other routes have individual trips canceled. Many routes will have no changes. Regular fares apply on most of these days.” Looking ahead, this schedule will also be in place for several fall/winter holiday dates coming up – as well as an entire week at the end of December.

West Seattle Walgreens’ H1N1 vaccine clinics draw long lines

You probably won’t be surprised to hear long lines formed quickly at the two West Seattle Walgreens that offered H1N1 clinics with vaccine for high-risk people ages 9 and up starting at 11 this morning for one-day “clinics” – WSB’er Kerry, commenting on our preview from this morning, reported being told 35th (photo below shows the line inside during the first half-hour) is out, but 16th/Roxbury (photo above) reportedly did not run out as fast, and was planning to extend the clinic till 4 pm or till supplies ran out. We’ll stress again, check before you go. We were not allowed to talk with store employees while there.

We’ll continue to report on vaccine availability as we get word from the county and other sources – with stories here on the news page and also adding to the FLU tab below the header as info comes in. 2:38 PM UPDATE: Brooke just e-mailed to say 35th SW has extended its clinic till vaccine runs out and she just got vaccinated with little wait.

Scholarship planned to honor Officer Tim Brenton

As you’ve certainly heard by now, the Seattle police officer gunned down on Halloween night was a graduate of West Seattle High School. The school has helped pay tribute to Officer Tim Brenton — as described by assistant principal Jenni MacDonald on her website – and now, WSHS Alumni Association vice president Chris King says there’s a campaign to present a scholarship in memory of Officer Brenton – and they’re looking for others to pitch in:

On October 31st, 2009, Seattle Police Officer, Tim Brenton (WSHS Class of 1988) was shot, as he sat in his patrol car. We (WSHS Alumni Association) would like to present a 2010 scholarship in his honor. To do this we would need a minimum of $1000. If you would like to donate toward this scholarship, please send a donation to the WSHSAA, c/o West Seattle High School, 3000 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA. 98116. Please indicate it is for the Tim Brenton Scholarship. Make check payable to WSHSAA. All donations are tax-deductible.

Our citywide-media partners at the Seattle Times are closely covering the investigation into Officer Brenton’s murder; read the latest here.

State continues monitoring small spill after Duwamish incident

November 10, 2009 10:30 am
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 |   Environment

Some folks on the eastern edge of West Seattle are noticing helicopters relating to this, so if you haven’t heard, a boat partially sank at its berth on the Duwamish overnight, and authorities are handling what is described so far as a 100-gallon diesel spill that resulted. KING5‘s morning-newscast report is embedded above; the latest media update from the WA Department of Ecology says the US Coast Guard and Port of Seattle are working with the state on the incident. 2:12 PM UPDATE: The latest from the Dept. of Ecology, which says the boat will be removed from the water, among other updates – read on:Read More

Delridge Skatepark plan: Like the new double-bowl design?

The citywide Skatepark Advisory Committee got a closer look last night at those new Delridge Skatepark design renderings mentioned here yesterday. (The one above is oriented with the south side at the top of the art – the rectangle is part of the wading pool.) They incorporate comments from previous public meetings as well as a technical fix; the biggest change is the split into two bowls – the “egg-shaped” one you see various from 6 feet deep to 10 feet deep to allow for a drainage pipe that runs beneath. The revisions also fix a problem with the “drip line” around the park’s existing trees. Committee members offered their thoughts about the bowls’ vertical incline and also some concerns about stairs in the park and how they’ll affect skater traffic. Parks Department project manager Kelly Davidson is taking comments through November 20 ( and is hopeful the project will go to bid in March. She also says the $75,000 King County grant requested as part of the project funding has won a committee vote and has one more hurdle to clear.

Today/tonight: Flu vaccine, neighborhood meetings, Greendrinks…

(Thank you, Jillian, for the photo of Monday’s sunrise!)
MANY highlights from the WSB Events calendar for today and tonight:

H1N1 FLU VACCINE: Today’s the day both West Seattle Walgreens pharmacies are scheduled for walk-in clinics, 11 am-1 pm, for high-risk people 9+. Full details on this King County webpage (and note, it’s recommended you call before you go).

GOT A NEIGHBORHOOD SPEEDING PROBLEM? Find out how to get help. Tonight, SDOT workgroup Neighborhood Traffic Operations holds a meeting at 6:30 at Youngstown Arts Center (4408 Delridge), to help residents who are interested in working with NTO to tackle residential speeding. Find out about your options, eligibility, first steps.

GREENDRINKS: Also at Youngstown, the Nature Consortium, Sustainable West Seattle and CoolMom are hosting West Seattle/White Center’s monthly Greendrinks – a chance for sustainability/ecologically oriented networking and fun, 6-9 pm.

ADMIRAL, FAUNTLEROY, JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS: The Junction Neighborhood Organization starts the night, 6:30 pm at Ginomai (42nd/Genesee), agenda highlights including local architect Brandon Nicholson‘s presentation about envisioned Junction right-of-way improvements. Admiral Neighborhood Association, 7 pm at Admiral Church, will choose its new officers and talk about neighborhood planning. Fauntleroy Community Association’s board also meets tonight, 7 pm, The Hall at Fauntleroy (are you following FCA on Facebook yet?).

CULTURE NIGHT: Pathfinder K-8 celebrates its first Culture Night at its new campus (1901 SW Genesee), 5:30-7:30 pm.

More on the Events page!

“Head start on your holiday shopping” with Alki Elementary PTA

November 10, 2009 5:48 am
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

From the Alki Elementary PTA, a novel way to look at the school’s annual fund-raising dinner/auction: “Get a head start on your holiday shopping!” Fiesta is the theme, The Hall at Fauntleroy is the location, 5:30-10 pm Friday, November 20th is the time/date. Organizers note, “Proceeds support the Alki PTA, which funds numerous activities for students, families and faculty throughout the year. For example, this year’s ‘Fund-a-Need’ will support a writer’s workshop benefiting both teachers and students, and other reading and writing programs.” So far they’ve lined up more than 200 silent-auction donations, from gift cards to jewelry, and the live-auction items include a 7-day cruise. Updates at the official event website; the form to get your ticket(s) is here ($45/person) – e-mail it to – or if you have a question first, Kathy will be happy to answer, at

In the election’s wake, King Co. Ferry District/Water Taxi sails on

This almost got lost in the flood of news that surged in Monday, with the vote count that settled the mayor’s race, among other things: After action taken by the King County Council sitting as the King County Ferry District Board of Supervisors, the district lives on, but with the reduced tax levy that was announced in July as a bus tradeoff – that means the West Seattle and Vashon routes continue, but there will be no “demonstration routes” elsewhere in the foreseeable future. Read on for the county’s official announcement:Read More

Followup: BECU’s early withdrawal from Admiral, & the Alki ATM

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In a weekend roundup of West Seattle business notes (biznotes if we can’t fit both words in the headline!), we shared Diane‘s report of BECU sending a letter to say its Admiral Safeway branch is closing because of the upcoming store-reconstruction project; then in the first comment, angelescrest” reported that Alki’s BECU ATM (Google Street View above) is gone. We followed up on both with Todd Pietzsch in BECU media relations, particularly to find out why the Admiral Safeway branch is closing now, though construction is not expected before the middle of next summer. Read on to see his reply:Read More