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West Seattle Grand Parade countdown: Parking/traffic reminders

The “no parking” signs are up, looking ahead to Saturday, when the American Legion Post 160-presented West Seattle Grand Parade will not only close California from Admiral to Edmunds (the parade starts a block south of Admiral, at Lander), but also will restrict parking on that stretch and some side streets near the start of the parade route, starting at 7 am. There’s one big difference this year – Post 160 had to pay thousands of dollars for signage that the city used to handle, so community sponsors have pitched in, and you’ll see them acknowledged in big new banners. But otherwise, parade coordinators told us at the official pre-parade lineup meeting (that’ll be a separate preview story!) that the restrictions are pretty much the same as in years past, and if your street is affected, the signs are now in place (the one in our photo is at the start of the route by Lafayette Elementary). The pre-parade staging also is minus the former back parking lot of Admiral Safeway, but some of the vehicles that used to queue up there, like convertibles with Hi-Yu Senior Court candidates, aren’t a factor this year since the competition has moved to the fall (you’ll still see current royalty on the Hi-Yu “Sparkling Seattle” float). So who IS in the parade, you ask? Some old favorites, and new additions – more on that tomorrow! It all starts at 11 am Saturday, southbound on California from Lander to Edmunds (here’s the map),

Busy night for West Seattle Water Taxi – plus, ridership stats

(Photo courtesy Debra Herbst, taken @ Seacrest this evening)
We hear the West Seattle Water Taxi is getting a sizable turnout for its extended service tonight with two big events downtown. Checking its website, we noticed ridership stats are published for the first half of this year – here’s the screengrab of the table:

It should be noted that the first two months of 2010 (April and May – year-round service didn’t start till 2011) were reported as significantly down from the year before; we are still checking the archives for other longer-term comparisons.

West Seattle businesses: Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt to Admiral

4 PM: We’ve confirmed another business has signed up to move into the new retail building on the northwest side of the new Admiral Safeway site: Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, which sells self-serve fro-yo and toppings. They are Los Angeles-based and internationally franchised, with only one other location in the Seattle city limits right now, on Queen Anne, but another coming to University Village. We’re awaiting comment from company HQ for additional details (such as, estimated opening), but one point of note from the Menchie’s website — it appears the Western Washington shops they have right now are all open till fairly late at night, 10 or 11 pm. That’s the second tenant publicly confirmed for the new retail building; first one, as reported here in April, is Umpqua Bank.

5:10 PM: Just added a photo of the under-construction building where Menchie’s and Umpqua (and other/s) will be located. A Menchie’s spokesperson tells WSB they expect to be open in September.

West Seattle Crime Watch: What police were doing on 31st SW

Thanks to Pat for the photo taken in Westwood, 8600 block of 31st SW, where neighbors wondered what brought out so many Seattle Police cars as well as King County Sheriff’s Office deputies. SPD told us it was a KCSO case; sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. John Urquhart says they were trying to arrest someone on a county warrant for second-degree assault: “He didn’t want to come out so we talked to him for a while and then went in and got him.”

4th Annual Water and Spirit Bike Ride set for August 13th

July 20, 2011 3:13 pm
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We received this announcement from the organizers of the Water and Spirit Bike Ride:

We are excited to let you know about the 4th Annual Water and Spirit Bike Ride! This year the ride will start and finish at Salty’s on Alki! This event is coordinated by St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, West Seattle.

*4th Annual Water and Spirit Bike Ride*

Saturday, August 13, 2011 @ 7:00 AM

Start and Finish:
West Seattle
1936 Harbor Ave SW, Salty’s on Alki Beach

Online Registration (closes Friday, August 12, 2011 @ 9:00 PM)

Brief Description:
Get ready to Ride! Mark the date on your calendar now for this spectacular ride on Puget Sound beginning and ending at Salty’s on Alki Beach, in West Seattle. The 40 mile ride includes three ferry crossings, a farmers market and some of the finest scenery in the Northwest. Ride registrations and sponsorships raise funds for Family Promise of Seattle and Scholastic Journey.

Registration Fees:
Adult $30.00
Family $50.00
Youth or Student $20.00 (Age 16 and older) Child $10.00 (Under age 16 riding with registered Adult)

Registration and Bib Pick Up:
6:15am – 8:30am
At Salty’s on Alki Beach

Cash or Check:
Please bring cash or check if you plan to register on the day of the ride.

Ride Start:
Participants check in and begin ride at Salty’s on Alki Beach.
Start ride by 6:30am to take first ferry to Bremerton.
Start ride by 7:30am to take second ferry to Bremerton

Ferries leave Seattle Terminal at 7:35am and 8:30am.

The Ride:
Salty’s to Seattle Ferry Terminal 5 miles. (ride time 30-45 minutes)
Bremerton Ferry crossing time 60 minutes.
Bremerton Loop 14.25 miles. (ride time 40-90 minutes)
Kitsap Transit Foot Ferry crossing time 15 minutes.
Lunch and relax at the Port Orchard Farmers Market
Route to Southworth Ferry 13.5 miles. (ride time 45-120 minutes)
Southworth Ferry to Fauntleroy crossing time 30 minutes.
West Seattle beach ride to Salty’s on Alki 7.5 miles. (ride time 30-45 minutes)

Ride Finish:
The finish line is at Salty’s! Celebrate, share ride stories, enjoy the view and refresh!

Additional Information:
This is an organized fun-ride to support local non profits, take in beautiful scenery, laugh with friends and enjoy a fantastic day of biking around Puget Sound. All ferry rides are included with registration. Come join us and help make this years ride a ride to remember!!

Register online today on the 2011 Water and Spirit Ride website.

Please share this event with your friends! :) Thank you for your support!

Update: Tribes’ canoes on the beach at Alki for Tribal Journey

1:59 PM: This afternoon on Alki (thanks to Dan for the tip!), the Blue Heron Canoe landed ahead of other tribal canoes that are expected as part of this year’s Tribal Journey, in which Native Americans from all over the Northwest are canoeing to a rendezvous hosted by the Swinomish in the La Conner area of Skagit County. Michael (didahalqid) Evans of the Snohomish skippers the Blue Heron (and can be heard, according to tradition, asking for permission to land). The rest of the Blue Heron’s itinerary is listed on its website. Other canoes are expected at Alki — as reported here, Linda Blackinton shared news of the Samish‘s plans to launch from here tomorrow morning — so if you’d like to see them, keep an eye on the beach (we will too).

5:17 PM UPDATE: Just went back to Alki, and as of around an hour ago, we counted 15 canoes:

Journey participants are all expected to join the Swinomish next Monday.

7:08 PM UPDATE: Alki photographer David Hutchinson shared photos from the canoes’ arrival:

ADDED THURSDAY MORNING: While at Alki for a different story early today, we asked the security officer guarding the canoes when they were scheduled to take off. “Between 9 and 10” was his reply.

Camp Long Advisory Council invites you to tomorrow’s meeting

July 20, 2011 1:07 pm
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n discussion following last Thursday night’s late-night incident at Camp Long, which led to the IFriday morning SWAT situation outside a Delridge home (our most recent followup is here, including the full police narrative), members of the park’s Advisory Council suggested those with questions/concerns should come to the council’s next meeting. And now, David Kipnis sends word that the meeting is tomorrow (Thursday) night, 7 pm. He says the agenda will include a discussion of the incident. The meeting will be at the Camp Long Lodge (city photo at right), where the advisory council meets every third Thursday, all welcome.

West Seattle traffic: 48th SW speed bumps close to installation

12:25 PM: The 48th Avenue SW straightaway through Seaview toward Genesee is about to get bumpier – on purpose. SDOT confirms that the four sets of speed bumps – one per block between SW Graham and SW Brandon – are scheduled to be installed today, in the places where the road was recently painted (as shown in our Tuesday photo above) to show their planned placement. According to SDOT’s Rick Sheridan, “There will be a total of 16 cushions installed – four from curb to curb on each of the four blocks. The speed cushions are designed to calm traffic while still allowing buses and emergency vehicles to maneuver without difficulty. We plan to carry out the installation today, however, the department is still awaiting the delivery of materials needed for the work.”

5:21 PM UPDATE: Went back to 48th SW to check:

We found an SDOT crew working on part of the road, but it looked like repairs, not installation. Maybe tomorrow.

Bring your Referendum 1 (tunnel) questions to WSHS tomorrow

checkbox.jpgOne of the few things that will actually be settled by the August 16th ballot is Seattle Referendum 1 – since most of the ballot otherwise is comprised of primary races, narrowing candidate fields to the top two.

“Settled,” of course, is a relative term here.

Technically, Referendum 1 asks you to approve or reject Section 6 of City Ordinance 123542, related to Seattle’s role in the 99-tunnel plan. The “section” is what remains after a separate court fight.

Symbolically, it has been pointed out that this may be Seattleites’ only chance for a public vote on something related to the tunnel.

Or is it a potentially meaningless vote?

That’s part of what we’ll discuss at what appears to be the city’s only all-tunnel pre-election forum, happening right here on the peninsula tomorrow night, as the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce presents a public forum, moderated by your WSB editor, Thursday at 6 pm, West Seattle High School Theater. Two reps from each of the two major groups campaigning on the issue – pro-tunnel Let’s Move Forward and anti-tunnel Protect Seattle Now – will be there; you’ll have a chance to ask your question after the first round of opening statements and moderated discussion. Hope to see you there.

West Seattle Grand Parade countdown: The Orville Rummel Trophy goes to … Cindi Barker!

Tonight, you’ll find Cindi Barker at the quarterly meeting of the Morgan Community Association, in her role as information coordinator. Like many leadership positions in neighborhood councils, it’s an unsung-hero role – no glamour, no glory, no pay, lots of hard work. But last night, as much as she shies from the limelight anyway, Cindi was in it for a brief moment at intermission of the West Seattle Hi-Yu Concert in the Park, as West Seattle Grand Parade co-coordinator Dave Vague (above left) presented her with the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community, which she’ll carry in Saturday’s parade:

We wrote about the award’s history last year, after WSB was announced as its 2010 recipient. Parade-hosting American Legion Post 160 has presented it each year since 1984, a half-century after its namesake, then-Post Commander Orville Rummel, founded in 1934 what was originally called the Hi-Yu Parade.

Cindi works as a manager in Boeing’s 777 program, and spends copious hours of her “free time” in community volunteer work. Perhaps her most visible current role is with West Seattle Be Prepared, the groundbreaking neighborhood-preparedness effort that for the past three-plus years has set the bar for other parts of the city, setting up volunteer-led “neighborhood hubs” that will help coordinate communication and calls for help if the unthinkable ever happens. Below, Cindi is at left with Sharonn Meeks during a “hub” drill last fall:

Cindi’s history as a volunteer in community service goes back more than a quarter-century, including advisory committees such as the citywide Parks Levy Oversight Committee and the local Southwest Precinct Advisory Committee, neighborhood-planning roles with the City Neighborhood Council as well as MoCA – a long list of committees and roles with detail-oriented work whose results will last for years – the roll-up-your-sleeves-and-dig-into-the-details work that is particularly unglamorous, since you can’t point to a specific project and say “I did that!” (not that Cindi would anyway). She also has worked with youth, mentoring the Robotics Club at Chief Sealth International High School for several years. And she helped found Boeing Women in Leadership almost a decade ago.

After she accepted the award last night, we asked for her reaction. “Very cool!” she said – then quickly adding, “Nothing happens without everyone else” – in other words, no matter what you’re coordinating or leading, you can’t do it unless there are others to pitch in. Exactly what you would expect to hear from Cindi, whom we first met when WSB began to focus on community news more than four years ago. She’s practical but also resolutely cheery, no matter how tough the task. So look for her winning smile toward the start of the parade route (California SW from Lander to Edmunds) on Saturday morning, starting at 11 am, and give her a cheer. The unsung heroes have so few chances to receive one. She’s been in the parade before – appropriately enough, with an entry honoring volunteers.

After the jump – the full list of Orville Rummel Trophy winners, from 1984 through Cindi:Read More

West Seattle Wednesday: Little League; traffic alert; fresh veggies

It’s sunny in Cheney! That’s where the West Seattle Little League 10-11 All-Stars are in the state championship tournament, and Lisa Stencel shared the photo with news that they’ve won their first two games and are playing again today. Good luck! Meantime, some of what else is happening today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

EVENING TRAFFIC ALERT: Tonight’s the night with the Sounders-Manchester U game plus the Katy Perry concert at KeyArena bringing tens of thousands of people into downtown – so if you need to get around, maybe consider leaving (or going to, if you work nights) work early. Here’s the official city advisory; and remember, the Water Taxi is running into the evening tonight.

TRIBAL JOURNEY CANOES: We learned earlier this week, as reported here, that some of the Tribal Journey canoes will paddle from Alki Beach on Thursday – but you may see some today, if “no parking” signs we noticed along the beach on Tuesday are accurate; they marked off a spot east of the bathhouse starting THIS morning and continuing into tomorrow.

NEED FACEBOOK HELP? “Basics of Facebook” class at Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon St, also August 24th and 26th), 9:30 – 11:30 am. Cost $10 members, $15 non-members, per series. Prepayment required. Must have a valid e-mail address for class.

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARM STAND: 2nd week of the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand, 4-7 pm, 32nd Ave SW and SW Juneau. This is a weekly Farm Stand selling seasonal fresh organically grown produce right in the garden where the produce is grown. Accepts Basic Food EBT cards. More details here; our story from last week is here.

KAYAK THE DUWAMISH: Tonight’s the next in a series of community tours of the Duwamish River, 5:30-8:30 pm. RSVP to Alki Kayak Tours (206) 953-0237. Tours cost $45 per person, plus a requested $5 donation per person to support Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition educational programs. All equipment, instructions, and guiding provided; children under 18 must be accompanied by parent/guardian. More info here; meet at Terminal 107 Port Park (4700 West Marginal Way SW).

HOME LOANS 101: FINANCING YOUR DREAM: Next in the series of free workshops sponsored by Savvy Seattle Women, Deanne Sposari, Senior Loan Officer for M & T Bank, will give you the latest information about how to obtain a home loan. Plenty of opportunity for Q & A during this casual, yet quick-paced workshop. Wed., July 20, 6 – 7:30 pm, Prudential Northwest Realty office in Jefferson Square, 4700 42nd Av SW, Suite 600. Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards and use this as an opportunity to network with other local business people and potential clients. Free refreshments, too!

COMMUNITY MEETING #1: Southwest District Council and Delridge District Council have their annual joint meeting, 7 pm at High Point Neighborhood Center, agenda includes potential Metro Transit cuts (with King County Councilmember Joe McDermott expected to speak), Highline Medical Group (WSB sponsor), and whether the Gathering of Neighbors will or won’t happen this year.

COMMUNITY MEETING #2: Morgan Community Association quarterly meeting, 7 pm, The Kenney, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW. Agenda scheduled to include:
Rapid Ride Status
SDOT: Fauntleroy Expressway retrofit
Murray Pump Station update
Lifelong Recreation Advisory Council
West Seattle in Motion
Whale Trail
MoCA Bylaws Update
Candidates for City Council

Jury selection in Steve Bushaw murder trial likely to start Monday

Today (Wednesday) will be Day 3 of pre-jury-selection motions and other business in the murder trial of Bryce Huber and Brandon Chaney, two of the four men charged in the February 2009 West Seattle shooting death of Steve Bushaw. (The other two have pleaded guilty and are expected to testify.) Tuesday brought about two hours of courtroom activity. Big headline: Jury selection isn’t likely to start before Monday – among other things, all sides agreed that a new group of jurors is more likely to yield people who can stay through a trial that will last weeks rather than days. Superior Court Judge Joan DuBuque is asking for a pool of more than 60. Otherwise, evidence and motions were discussed on Tuesday afternoon, including cell-phone records for defendants and witnesses. Observed Huber’s lawyer Anthony Savage, “We have a three-page document here that’ll strike you blind if you try to read it.” Prosecutor Jeff Baird came with a sheaf of charts that apparently show timelines with arrows, horizontal lines, and photos, to help visualize the cell-phone trail. Then came the discussion of what evidence will be admissible – for example, the home-invasion robbery that is alleged to be the reason why Huber allegedly wanted Bushaw dead, and the marijuana dealing in which both were allegedly involved. Said prosecutor Baird: “I think everyone knows by now that marijuana is in a state of quasi-legality in Seattle, and other parts of the country, and does not rise to the level of crimes that require close police attention. I don’t think anyone would hold it against Mr. Huber or for that matter Mr. Bushaw that they happened to buy marijuana and sell it on a small scale to their acquaintances.” Proceedings are scheduled to resume at 9 this morning.