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Tonight’s high-school football: WSHS, SLHS wins; Sealth loss

First high-school-football score in for the night – Close game at Southwest Athletic Complex; West Seattle High School beats Nathan Hale, 21-20. That’s our featured game tonight; video and summary to come. According to our partners at the Seattle Times, Seattle Lutheran won at North Beach (in Ocean Shores), 35-0, while Sealth lost at Ingraham, 39-6.

ADDED 11:59 PM: Summary/video from WSHS game:Read More

West Seattle CSO projects: Barton field work; Murray offers

Both of King County’s West Seattle projects to reduce combined-sewer overflows (CSO) are proceeding, and we have updates tonight.

In the area of Sunrise Heights/Westwood where the map above is shaded – part of the “basin” feeding the Barton pump station north of the Fauntleroy ferry dock – the plan is to install “green stormwater infrastructure” including rain gardens, and another round of field work is imminent, according to spokesperson Annie Kolb-Nelson. She says residents in the affected area have been sent a letter (see it here), and will get more notification whenever something is happening on their block, but they wanted to get wider word out too. This is what will be happening, according to an online update about the project:

• Project team members conducting land and utility surveys, and looking at topography, stormwater and groundwater patterns, existing parking strip uses, trees, driveways, accessibility for residents with disabilities, and other physical features of the project area
• Geotechnical borings to better understand soil and groundwater conditions
• Infiltration testing to see how long it takes water to soak into the ground
• Parking and traffic pattern survey
• Potential installation of additional groundwater monitoring wells
• Examination of roof downspout connections/disconnections to the existing combined sewer system

All that will start over the next few weeks, Kolb-Nelson tells WSB. There’s also a map showing specific properties in the project area – you can see that here. The county says construction won’t start until 2013.

We also asked what’s new in the neighborhood that is going to be affected by the plan for the basin feeding the Murray pump station at Lowman Beach Park, where a separate pump-station maintenance project is under way right now. For Murray, you may recall, the county has decided to build a huge underground storage tank across the street from the park, which requires buying and demolishing the residential properties that are there now. Kolb-Nelson says, “We’re in contact with property owners and have begun making offers. We’re also notifying people about eligibility for relocation benefits.” She adds that community meetings are planned next month, but the dates aren’t set yet. This project also is set for construction in 2013; an aerial view is here.

Mayor’s community-center plan to be revealed in West Seattle

Two weeks before Mayor McGinn sends his budget proposal to the City Council, he’s coming to West Seattle to announce a key part of it: Recommendations for how city-owned community centers should be operated next year. He and Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, who chairs the Parks Committee, are scheduled to make the announcement at High Point Community Center, with Acting Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams, on Monday. You’ll recall that last year’s budget led to cuts including the downgrading of Alki Community Center to “limited use.” Whatever they propose, the formal budget presentation is on September 26th, and almost two months of meetings and hearings will ensue before a final plan is adopted in November.

Earthquake preparedness: Free workshop in West Seattle

September 9, 2011 3:47 pm
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Seattle Public Library branches are hosting a sheaf of “Urban Self-Reliance” workshops this fall. Some are in West Seattle. They updated the news release this afternoon and re-sent it to media, and in light of the BC quake (earlier coverage here), we couldn’t help but notice this part. Call ASAP!

DIY Seismic Home Retrofitting” – Experienced home retrofit contractors and experts will show participants how to assess and retrofit their homes using the City of Seattle’s free pre-engineered plans. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management and Seattle Department of Planning and Development. Registration is required; call the Seattle Office of Emergency Management at 206-233-5076 to register.
(three locations elsewhere in the city, plus …)
o 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. S.W., 206-684-7455

For all the other workshops – which cover a wide range of topics from canning to chicken-raising to spreading the word citywide about the West Seattle Tool Library! – check out the news release.

Friday afternoon cute-pet break: CityDog’s West Seattle winner

(CityDog photo by Tabitha Headrick, used with permission)
Before we get to the next wave of serious news … a quick break for a cute pet photo. West Seattle-headquartered CityDog Magazine has just announced Matisse as the winner of the West Seattle round of its Cover Dog Model Search, which involved afternoon photo sessions at West Seattle Thriftway three weeks ago. You can see all the West Seattle contenders on the CityDog site – the photo viewer starts with Matisse, and you can click on to the others. Didn’t get to enter your dog? CityDog still has three more “model search” events, plus an online contest, and in the end, eight dogs (including Matisse) will go before CityDog readers for the final cover-choice vote.

Update: Earthquake hits Vancouver Island, felt in Seattle

1:04 PM: One WSB ‘er sent a note a few minutes ago asking if there had been an earthquake – she’s downtown in a high-rise and says they were swaying for several long minutes. We’re just now seeing the reports that indeed, there was a 6.7 quake on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Maybe we’re immune from growing up in Southern California, but we didn’t feel anything here in Upper Fauntleroy. You?

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1:21 PM: For those interested – here’s a data-laden page about this quake, courtesy of the U.S. Geological Service Survey. Also just added a Google map showing the epicenter. **NO** tsunami alert, per this link. The Vancouver Sun‘s ongoing coverage (the story is a little longer every time we’ve checked back) can be found here.

1:48 PM NOTE: You might recall that just yesterday, we mentioned that September is Preparedness Month. Can’t pass up another opportunity to implore you to be sure you really are prepared. If we had to point you to just ONE West Seattle-specific resource – it would be West Seattle Be Prepared (in particular, find and memorize your nearest “Communication Hub”). And any time you wonder whether you felt a quake, check here (though ironically, the BC quake is outside its range).

3:26 PM: Commenters asked about the Viaduct’s new automatic quake gates. We then asked WSDOT, which replied that it would take a quake of at least 5.0, “near” the Viaduct, to trigger them. (This one is now estimated at 6.4, but it was nowhere “near” us, relatively speaking.) WSDOT has since issued a news release saying it’s checked key structures to be sure the BC quake had no effects:

Inspection teams from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) are checking key transportation structures in the Puget Sound region after today’s earthquake near Vancouver Island. No damage has been found so far.

WSDOT crews have completed a visual inspection of the State Route 520 floating bridge and report no damage. They will do a more in-depth inspection in the coming hours.

The Alaskan Way Viaduct remains open and has been inspected visually, with no signs of damage. In addition, seismic sensors installed to trigger automatic gate closures to the structure show no impact from the Vancouver quake, now measured at 6.4. The sensors require an earthquake larger than 5.0 in the immediate vicinity before triggering gate closures.

Moveable bridges in the Seattle area, including the Montlake and 1st Avenue South bridges, also have been inspected, with no damage reported.

Due to the location of the quake, WSDOT crews also were sent to Skagit and Whatcom counties, including the Deception and Canoe Pass bridges. No damage has been reported there.

P.S. Thanks to Jim Edwards for pointing out this online seismic-activity tracker from Vashon, which clearly showed the quake.

9/11’s 10th anniversary: West Seattle project; Sunday updates

That video is from, where West Seattle artist Claire Renaut is hoping to raise $2,500 for her tribute project, “9/11 Knit.” Even if you think you’ve seen and heard enough about art projects paying tribute – you probably haven’t seen/heard anything like this. We certainly haven’t. It’s worth a minute to take a look, whether you consider donating or not. It’s still a work in progress, and if all goes well, it will be displayed at a Seattle space this November. Claire’s husband Tom e-mailed the tip about what she’s working on; her studio is at their home in the California/Charlestown vicinity.

Also today, we have updates on the slate of West Seattle events planned for the anniversary on Sunday, starting with the 1,000-paper-cranes effort at Providence Mount St. Vincent:

(September 1st photo by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB)
Jessica Fletcher at The Mount says they’ve reached their goal: “Our Café is colorfully decorated with all the cranes and we will be presenting them at our Remembrance on Sunday at 1 pm in the Chapel followed by a reception with dessert.” Their event is part of the growing list that we have been updating here – including a new addition today: The Admiral Theater is offering free matinee admission on Sunday to police and firefighters and their families.

Arbor Heights house fire, 2 weeks later: Three followups

(August 27th photo by Tony Bradley)
Two weeks ago tomorrow, a black plume of smoke was visible from all over West Seattle and miles beyond, as flames consumed a home near 41st/102nd. We’ve been following up on three issues raised by the fire – from the water-supply problem that hampered firefighters’ work in the early going, to the status of the family who lost their belongings (and two pets) in the fire. Read on:

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Countdown to Delridge Day: Vendor deadline today; cleanup tomorrow; skatepark schedule

(Photo from Delridge Day 2010, courtesy North Delridge Neighborhood Council)
One week from tomorrow, the biggest party on the peninsula will be at Delridge Day, 11 am-3 pm on Saturday, September 17th – not just the North Delridge Neighborhood Council-presented festival, but also the grand opening of Delridge Skatepark. Several updates:

FESTIVAL VENDOR DEADLINE TODAY: There’s still room for vendors at Delridge Day, but the sign-up deadline is TODAY. Please e-mail NDNC’s Amanda Leonard at so they can save a spot, and turn in paperwork with payment when you arrive for Delridge Day (or mail it sooner). To get the form, scroll down the Delridge Day page at the NDNC website till you see “Would You Like To Join Us?” on the lower right.

HELP CLEAN UP DELRIDGE TOMORROW: Saturday’s Adopt-A-Street cleanup is the last major spruce-up opportunity before the festival a week later. NDNC would love to have your help, according to NDNC outreach chair Holli Margell, who says, “This is the fall Adopt-a-Street and final push to pretty things up for Delridge Day the following weekend. Come on out for a couple hours of picking up trash along Delridge Way, the Park, and Playfields. We will provide bags, pickers and gloves. Meet up at the Delridge Community Center parking lot, 10 am, plan on working as long as you like (or about 2 hours).”

UPDATE AT NDNC MONDAY MEETING: A final pre-festival update is part of the agenda just announced for Monday night’s NDNC meeting, 6:30 pm, Dragonfly Pavilion at 28th/Dakota (if the weather somehow turns bad, Delridge Library at Delridge/Brandon instead).

SKATEPARK CELEBRATION SCHEDULE: The Parks Department is out with more details about that part of the party. The ribboncutting is at 1 pm, but the festivities start with the Skate Like A Girl YES Program offering skateboarding lessons at 11 am. Professional skaters will be there with demos, and live music’s on the schedule too. Here’s the official flyer; here’s the official news release.

MORE DELRIDGE DAY DETAILS: NDNC sends “a huge Thank You to Nucor, All Star Fitness, Highline Urgent Care, and Alki Bike and Board for being event sponsors. Thanks to Legacy Partners, BE&T and Grindline, the event will have games with prizes starting at 1 2pm. Alki Bike and Board will be providing awesome giveaways too! All vendors who participate are also supporting the event and a portion of all fees are going to a scholarship fund for classes at the Delridge Community Center (look for more ways to give back at a Bake Sale booth with your sweet tooth).”

To get first word on the last-minute details, “like” the Delridge Day Facebook page.

West Seattle Friday: Benefits; road work; football; music…

(Thanks to Brenda C for Thursday photo of the “Spring Hill” demolition site – here’s our Wed. story)

Today’s preview, from the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

ROAD WORK ALERTS: Again today, city crews are scheduled to repair cracked pavement in the bike lanes on the south end of 16th SW, as explained here … And again tonight, the westbound Spokane Street Viaduct is scheduled to be closed for construction work overnight; details here.

ZUMBA LAUNCH AT YOUNGSTOWN: Friday morning Zumba classes (at 9:30 am) start today at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW). Taught by certified Zumba instructor Jennifer Cepeda. Evening classes will be added to the schedule later this fall. Web page with more info is here.

MOVIE CREW IN WHITE CENTER: The rescheduled filming for “Eden” is set for this afternoon, this evening, and into the night in downtown White Center. Here’s the latest update from partner site White Center Now.

SWYFS GALA: Fundraising auction/gala for Southwest Youth and Family Services, doors open 5:30 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy.

SOMALIA FUNDRAISER: High Point fundraiser for famine relief in Somalia, 6 pm at Neighborhood House, details here.

‘SONGS OF SUMMER’ AT C & P: Local musician Trevor Ras will play a solo show at C&P Coffee (WSB sponsor), tonight from 6-8 pm. The show is free and all ages and the theme is “Songs of Summer,” with “summer-inspired original songs” from his three recent releases plus summer-themed classics.

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Chief Sealth at Ingraham (Northwest Athletic Complex), 7 pm; West Seattle hosts Nathan Hale (Southwest Athletic Complex), 7 pm; Seattle Lutheran at North Beach, 7 pm.

ONSTAGE IN THE JUNCTION: “Amy’s View” continues at ArtsWest Playhouse in The Junction, 7:30 pm.

West Seattle Bridge traffic alert: Stalled car

Thanks to Bradly for the heads-up on a stalled car in the eastbound center lane on The Bridge – one of the bridge cams was even pointed at it when we took the screengrab above. (For the latest version, refresh the page and look at the “Traffic and Weather” view of the bridge atop the right sidebar – also note that if you click the bridge visual, it’ll take you to the WSB Traffic page with more cameras, and if you click the temperature icon below it, it’ll take you to our experimental – more features to be added, as we check how well the current ones work – WSB Weather page.)

Election 2011: School Board candidates’ forum in West Seattle

September 9, 2011 6:03 am
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checkbox.jpgStill more than a month away, but these are considered the hottest races on the Seattle ballot this fall, so you might want to mark that calendar: Announced last night in the WSB Forums, an October 18th forum at West Seattle’s Madison Middle School with the candidates for the 4 Seattle School Board seats on the November ballot. Though board members represent geographic districts, in the general election, all up-for-a-vote board seats are voted on citywide. The forum is hosted and sponsored by local PTA/PTSAs.

Seen along the West Seattle Art Walk, late summer edition

A few scenes from last night’s West Seattle Art Walk: At Twilight Artist Collective in The Junction, we found artist RobRoy Chalmers and proud daughter Izzy. His “Sporozoan Swarm” is now on display at Twilight, for the entire month. Across SW Alaska:

Phil Cline of Naches Heights Vineyard (southeastern Washington) was pouring at Bin 41 during Art Walk night. That means it’s a two-in-a-row week, since you’ll find the traditional Friday night tasting there too, with new wines tonight from the Willamette Valley (Oregon)’s Alexana Winery, 6-7:30 pm. More Art Walk people ahead:Read More

Countdown to West Seattle Junction Car Show: The T-shirt!

Got a classic car to show off during the 4th annual West Seattle Junction Car Show, coming up one week from Sunday? Still time to sign up – find the application here. Meantime, check out this year’s T-shirt art, just made public:

Coyote? Wolf? Fox? We forgot to ask, so you decide. (Update: 1st commenter calls our attention to the license plate, which we NOW notice says, COYOTE. At least it’s not a crab, considering “Deadliest Catch” cast members are scheduled to appear.) The car show (with sponsors including WSB) happens in the heart of The Junction, on closed-for-the-occasion California SW between Edmunds and Oregon, 8 am-4 pm on September 18th.