day : 23/08/2011 12 results

Update: Four people hurt in South Admiral crash

(Photo by Katie Meyer for WSB)
8:17 PM: At least four people are going to the hospital from the scene of a “heavy rescue” callout at 44th and Stevens, according to WSB contributor Katie Meyer. She says original scanner traffic suggested this might be a hit-run – with at least two vehicles involved. Katie says it appears that two children and two adults are being transported to the hospital. The scene is just west of PCC (here’s a map). More to come.

8:37 PM: Adding a photo – will have clearer ones shortly. Firefighters at the scene confirm four people were taken to the hospital, all by private ambulance, no life-threatening injuries. (photo added)

(Photo courtesy Juliette)
Trying to find out if the driver who reportedly bolted one of the vehicles has been found; police at the scene aren’t commenting.

West Seattle scenes: ‘Rainbow House’ no longer a rainbow house

WSB contributor Keri DeTore checked out tipster Jen‘s report that the “Rainbow House” in the Admiral District is a “rainbow house” no more – and discovered it’s true:

From Keri (who also took the photos): Though the rainbow roof is still visible, the paint job that graced West Seattle’s “Rainbow House” for 40 years is no more.

According to Windermere Realtor Maria Quinteiro, who just facilitated the sale of the home, the wife of the original home painter kept the paint job in memory of her husband. The family’s estate has now chosen to sell the house and, says Quinteiro, rainbow colors just aren’t what the new owner wanted. The exterior is being painted blue, and in time the colorful pattern on the roof will also be replaced.

The realtor also insists that rumors of the house being haunted “aren’t true!” (P.S. A “before” photo can be seen on this page. And thanks again to Jen for the tip – here are multiple ways to reach WSB, 24/7.)

West Seattle Crime Watch: More details on pellet-gun arrests

We’ve finally obtained the report on the drive-by pellet-gun-shooting arrests first reported here last week, when police arrested three 17-year-old boys after two people reported getting hit in Arbor Heights. Read on for the narrative, including one suspect allegedly admitting to police they had done this before:Read More

Nurturing Expressions: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

One of the newest stores in The Junction, Nurturing Expressions, is one of our newest WSB sponsors, and today is their turn to share what they would like you to know about their business: Nurturing Expressions has been nurturing mothers and their babies in Washington State since 2004 and recently expanded by opening a new boutique store in West Seattle. Whether mothers choose to breastfeed, pump, bottle feed or do a combination, Nurturing Expressions‘ team of board-certified lactation consultants will support mothers and their babies through all stages of feeding. The store offers a private breastfeeding room where consultants can personally support mothers and their babies, and they offer free baby-weight checks. They also provide in-home lactation consultations, classes and support groups – find the schedules here – and specialize in selling breastfeeding supplies, breast pumps, nursing bras (with personalized fittings), and more. Owner Tracy Corey (left) has lived and worked in West Seattle for more than 16 years. Tracy and her husband, Mike, have two children that attend Madison Middle School & Arbor Heights Elementary School.

Nurturing Expressions offers some extras, too. If you’re in The Junction with your baby and need a quiet place to nurse, you can stop by. Their store carries compression stockings, as well (read more about the store here) – and if you’re looking for babywearing accessories, Nurturing Expressions is also the place to go. Tracy wants to hear from the community – what else would you like to see a store like hers carry; what services would you like to see them offer? They’re in the Junction Tower building at 4746 44th SW, second floor, across from Junction True Value; online at and on Facebook, here.

We thank Nurturing Expressions for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news on WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

Changes this year in Seattle Public Schools’ transportation plan

Just because your child had school-bus service last year, doesn’t mean s/he will have it this year, according to Seattle Public Schools‘ new transportation plan. The district has just issued a news release with details about that and what else is changing this year – read on:Read More

‘Alki Overlook Stairway Walk Adventure’: Are you up for it?

(1937 city photo of Schmitz Park Bridge, one of the sights planned for the “adventure’)
Turns out there are two Alki events this Sunday potentially involving you and your feet (etc.): Along with the Alki Beach 5K benefit run/walk, there’s also the “Alki Overlook Stairway Walk Adventure“:

This Sunday at 10 AM, everyone’s invited to the first of three West Seattle stairway walks happening between now and mid-October. Jake and Cathy Jaramillo, authors of a blog and an upcoming book on Seattle stairway walks, will take you on a scenic byway loop along four major stairways between Schmitz Park and Alki Beach. The walk features vistas over Alki, a stroll next to Alki Beach, and a meander through shaded, old-growth Schmitz Park. It will cover 3.4 miles and take about two hours. There will be an elevation gain and loss of 300 feet, with some short but moderately steep sections near the end. For all the details, go to the Feet First website.

Bonus – it’s free! P.S. Jake and Cathy’s website Seattle Stairway Walks is here.

Bushaw murder trial update: Testimony over; closing arguments tomorrow

We’re at the King County Courthouse, where the jury in the Steve Bushaw murder trial has already been sent home for the day, and closing arguments are expected to start first thing tomorrow morning. The final testimony included a brief appearance by defendant Brandon Chaney‘s girlfriend, asked only about a phone call from him the night of the murder, a “rebuttal” appearance by the main Seattle Police detective on the case, James Cooper, asked about interviewing Chaney again in January of this year, and a brief reappearance by Chaney himself. Defendant Bryce Huber‘s lawyer did not call any witnesses. This afternoon, the lawyers and King County Superior Court Judge Joan DuBuque will reconvene to discuss the wording of jury instructions (for those following closely, please note, we’re not planning to cover that), and then everyone’s expected back at 9 am tomorrow for closing arguments, after which the case will go to the jury.

West Seattle Tuesday: Highland Park spraypark; Schmitz Park movie

(Trailer for “Gnomeo and Juliet,” benefit outdoor movie tonight at Schmitz Park Elementary)
From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK: Tonight’s the second public meeting about this project, to create West Seattle’s first spraypark – still time to join in and have a say on its design. 6:30 pm at the site, which is the current (closed) wading pool. The official Seattle Parks announcement is here.

SCHMITZ PARK OUTDOOR MOVIE: Everyone’s invited to an outdoor movie tonight at Schmitz Park Elementary School Playground, 5000 SW Spokane! Movie: Gnomeo & Juliet (Rated G). Doors open at 6:30 PM. Movie will start at dusk (around 8:15 PM). Cost: $3/person, children 3 and under are free. Concessions: Pizza will be available for purchase by the slice, along with drinks, popcorn and other snacks. All items will cost $2 or less.Seating: Please bring your own blankets, chairs, sleeping bags, pillows, whatever it is that you’d like to sit on for the movie. All proceeds benefit the annual Schmitz Park Elementary 4th grade trip to Islandwood.

ULTIMATE FRISBEE: West Seattle Ultimate Frisbee, 6:30-8:30 PM at Fairmount Playfield (also on Sundays, 11 am-1 pm).

FAMILY STORY TIME: At Seattle Public Library’s Delridge branch, 7 pm.

TRIVIA TIME: Rock music trivia every Tuesday night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 8 pm.

1 more reminder: Free heart screenings for students tomorrow

(Video showing and explaining what a heart-screening event by Nick of Time Foundation is like)
Tomorrow (Wednesday) is the day for free heart screenings at Chief Sealth International High School – offered to area teens/young adults 14-24, no matter where they go to school, and particularly recommended for those who are involved with sports. The free screenings can detect life-threatening “hidden defects” that don’t announce themselves until it’s too late, as told in the story behind the sponsoring Nick of Time Foundation. The one-day-only screenings are offered by appointment between 7:30 am-3 pm; more information here, including how to get an appointment.

Steve Bushaw murder trial: Defendant’s day on the stand

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Unless something dramatic happens in the next day or two, Brandon Chaney will be the only one of the two defendants testifying in the ongoing Steve Bushaw murder trial.

Chaney (shown at left in January 2011 WSB photo) was on the stand all day Monday, beginning the fourth week of testimony before a jury in King County Superior Court Judge Joan DuBuque‘s courtroom, which is likely to be the last – as few as two more witnesses remain, and the lawyers and judge are already talking extensively about how to craft jury instructions.

Monday began with prosecutor Jeff Baird formally resting his case, before jurors entered, so that a motion could be argued. It highlighted some tension that’s perhaps inherent in the double-defendant, single-case format.

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Free Tai Chi class series started at High Point

August 23, 2011 3:21 am
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We received a note from High Point resident Wendy Hughes-Jelen (green Realtor and of the dog-finding-electrified-street-light fame), that she received a grant from the High Point Neighborhood Association to hire Lao-Shi Caylen Storm (Alki beach tai chi) to offer a class free of charge to High Point residents – and they are opening the doors to others who might like to participate, also for free, on a space allowed basis (not a problem so far).

They’ve been meeting outdoors but also have access to class space inside Neighborhood House for when it rains (like it did Monday night). She describes the class as “Tai Chi 099”, the so-basic level of tai chi instruction that they haven’t really made it to Tai Chi 101 yet.

Here is the announcement running on the Events page for Monday nights…

MONDAYS at 7 pm Tao Jin: Foundations of a Tai Chi Lifestyle
A free class at High Point, 7 pm, outdoors on the Plaza (Commons Park Amphitheater) or indoors when wet at Neighborhood House (6400 Sylvan Way SW). Those attending the class so far have no previous experience so are getting lots of explanation with their practice – if you’ve always been curious about tai chi but felt intimidated, this is the group for you.

The class was made possible at no charge through a grant from the High Point Neighborhood Association. The community brought in Lao-Shi Caylen Storm, a longtime martial arts instructor currently teaching for The Wushu/Tai-chi Center on California Ave. SW, (and also known for Sunday morning tai chi on the beach on Alki). Storm introduces basic concepts and movements of Tai Chi, as well as information on diet, mind-set, tools to facilitate a healthy lifestyle based on Tai Chi philosophy, energy regeneration, and the motivation in making positive life changes.

Questions? Contact:

New Yoga Class Series Starts at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse

An email from Nicole at Blooming Wild Yoga announces a brand new yoga series starting up at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse that is intended to be an ongoing situation…

I wanted to let you know that yoga classes are starting at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse Community Center next week.

There are two series:

Mornings: 9:15 – 10:15 am, Thursdays, a seven week series running September 1 to October 13 – $105 for entire series

Evenings: 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Mondays, a six week series running August 29 to October 10 (no class 9/5, Labor Day) – $90 for entire series

Register by sending email to
This will be the first in an on-going series of yoga classes to serve the community!


“Root to Bloom”