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A West Seattle lost/found story with a happy – and honest! – ending

What would you do if you found cash just lying out in the open, absolutely no hint as to who had lost (or left) it there?

Times are tough. You can imagine that many might at least fleetingly consider keeping it.

But a WSB reader we’ll call Texasgirl – her Forums handle – decided to find the owner of the cash she and her boyfriend discovered. She e-mailed us:

My boyfriend & I were out walking (Sunday) afternoon at about 1 PM, and we found quite a bit of cash laying on the sidewalk on Admiral, on the bridge over Fairmount Avenue … It’s enough money that we’re sure the rightful owner is missing it. These are tough times for many out there, and we know this could be someone’s grocery money or rent money. If someone can identify the amount and denominations, we’d like to arrange to return the money to them. If the rightful owner isn’t located, we’re planning to donate the cash to a worthwhile charity.

We e-mailed back to suggest they contact police, and post in the WSB Forums, where lost/found notices are welcome (aside from pets, which have their own page). So they did. And it worked.Read More

Lowman Beach sewer-overflow project: Design meeting Thursday

January 10, 2012 6:18 pm
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King County Wastewater Treatment Division has announced the next meeting of the Design Advisory Group for the Murray Pump Station Combined Sewer Overflow project: This Thursday, 6:30 pm, Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW). Their summary:

The public is welcome to attend. The group will review initial architectural concepts and the project team will discuss how the design concept reflects the community’s input. The project team is seeking the DAG’s initial input now so that it can be incorporated into any larger revision efforts that will also take into account interior design work while also reflecting feedback from WTD’s Operations staff and SDOT.

The planned overflow-control project involves razing the residential properties on the east side of Beach Drive across from Lowman Beach Park – once the county owns them all – and building a million-gallon underground storage tank. As laid out in the newest timeline document, demolition on the site is planned later this year, with construction starting next year.

West Seattle Weather Watch: New forecast mentions snow

This morning’s snow shower – of which we have video proof! – was not forecast. But the brand-new forecast just out continues to strongly suggest we might see some by weekend’s end. This forecast mentions possible “rain and snow showers” for Sunday as well as Monday (King Day, which means no school, among other things).

Fauntleroy/Alaska ex-76 station just got something new: A fence

The fate of the ex-76 station at Fauntleroy/Alaska has entered a new phase: A fence went up this afternoon, with a “No Trespassing” sign and a note directing anyone interested to contact a California company for information. You might recall that the station was being converted from a 76 station to an Arco station about a year ago, and then abruptly shut down. Back in August, after notes from neighbors upset that the site was continually being trashed in ways big and small, we reported that it had been cleaned up – and that its owner told WSB he didn’t expect to reopen it, and thought it would soon be “taken over by a bank.” (Here’s that story.) We can’t find any evidence of that in public records, but we have a message out to the company whose number is on the sign on the new fence. This gas-station site, incidentally, is part of what the City Council just rezoned to 85-foot-maximum-height development (20 feet higher than before).

Meantime, you might have noticed the land-use sign up on the kitty-corner Shell station; it was briefly up for sale last year, but is now in the process of getting approvals for underground tank replacement.

Update: USS Ronald Reagan, as seen from West Seattle

We mentioned this morning that the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was headed for Bremerton – and lots of folks subsequently watched as it headed past West Seattle shores in the past hour and a half or so. Bob A shares the above photo, taken from North Admiral, and also looked up its stats:

1,002.9 Feet Long
134.1 Feet Wide
Draft: 40.9 Feet Deep
Gross Tons: 109598
Net Tons: 55350
Built: 2003

The Kitsap Sun reports it’ll be at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for a year of maintenance and that its homeport has been “administratively” changed to Bremerton for that duration, so that the families of its 2,500 crew members can join them here. (We’re expecting to add another photo or two later.)

ADDED 6:40 PM: Here, actually, are three photos. First two are by Greg (thank you!) – including the view that a commenter described earlier, wondering about the cars on deck; third, with the ferry, is by WSB’s Patrick Sand.

The Kitsap Sun has an updated story on the carrier’s arrival, and photos from that side of the Sound, here.

Fire followup: How to help Teri, the cats, and Furry Faces

(Monday photo by Christopher Boffoli)
So many people have offered to help in the wake of yesterday’s fire (WSB coverage here) at the West Seattle home of Furry Faces Foundation‘s Teri Ensley, there’s now a coordinated list of what she, the group, and the cats (one died because of the fire) need. Thanks to Sara Riehl from AARF, another local animal-advocacy group that works closely with F3, for compiling it. We’ll link this in our BIG STORIES list on the sidebar so you can find it again later, and will add any changes in the days ahead:

(ADDED TUESDAY NIGHT) PayPal donations for emergency-relief fund:

(BACK TO ORIGINAL TUESDAY MORNING LIST) This weekend Kitty Harbor is hosting an adoption event for 60 cats. This event will be benefiting Teri and Furry Faces Foundation. They have 20 kittens, 20 teenagers and 20 adult cats up for adoption. It runs from 12-6 pm Saturday, and Sunday the 14th and 15th.

We will also keep you posted but are trying to put together a fundraiser for Teri and Furry Faces Foundation sometime this week at the Feedback Lounge.

Local businesses accepting donations:

Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW)
Muttley Crew Cuts (4200 SW Admiral Way)
Kitty Harbor (3422 Harbor Avenue SW)


Costco Gift Cards – She purchases most of her clothes there.
Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans Size 8
Calvin Klein Jeans/Pants Size 8
Her work is Business Casual, and she wears size 8 pants, medium top. She wears a size 7 ½ to 8 shoe, she loves flip flops and has most likely lost her favorite pair of red cowboy boots in the fire. She shops at PCC and Thriftway grocery store, she currently has Mac and Cheese and Stew from the Feedback Lounge but does not have any other food (she does have pots, pans and plates where she is staying)


Dog houses, dog igloos, cat/dog beds

Canned cat food- I know people asked for specific kinds so see the list below:

· Anything that Pet Elements sells
· She has a diabetic cat who can only eat wet food that is high in protein
· Her cats like: Turkey, Chicken, and Beef flavors
· Wellness
· Natures Variety
· By Nature
· Nutra source
· Taste of the Wild
She does not currently need any more cat litter; she had amazing donations come in already

· Cat trees
· Cat collars
· Cat leashes
· Dog collars
· Cat food
· Dog food
· Cat beds
· Cat toys
· Dog toys

As she has written in comments, Sara reiterates that Teri is thankful for the outpouring of support and has been heartened to read the words of encouragement both here and in direct e-mail: “She is blown away by the amount of support she has had, and is so grateful to live in such a wonderful place.”

West Seattle Tuesday: Music; community groups; anniversary…

(Photo from longtime WSB contributor Christopher Boffoli‘s exhibition, opening tonight, see below)
Now that the brief flurry of weather excitement is past – by the way, we’re still trying to figure out what’s causing traffic tieups for some who report it’s been a nightmare to get to the bridge, particularly from Avalon and Admiral – today/tonight’s notes from the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

SCHOOL TOUR: As previewed yesterday, school tours this morning till 10 at West Seattle High School (our preview also lists tours at other local high school as well as their upcoming open house/information nights).

LIBRARY STORY TIMES: From the Seattle Public Library Calendar of Events: Toddler story time at the West Seattle Library, 10:30 am; baby story time at the Southwest Library, 11:30 am; family story time at the Delridge Library, 7 pm.

WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS: The new year begins for West Seattle Community Orchestras, with some changes – all detailed here for returning AND new musicians; rehearsals at Chief Sealth International High School (2600 SW Thistle).

ALKI ELEMENTARY PTA: Meeting starts with treats at 6:15 pm.

INTRODUCTION TO BEERMAKING: Class tonight at the West Seattle Tool Library, 7 pm. Sign up – and find out more – here.

ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Regular monthly meeting for ANA, 7 pm, Admiral Congregational Church. See the agenda here.

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: Regular meeting for FCA. 7 PM at the schoolhouse (9131 California Avenue SW).

LOCOL’S FIRST ANNIVERSARY PARTY: 7 pm tonight, as previewed here, the neighborhood eating-and-drinking spot celebrates the first anniversary of its official opening.

CHRISTOPHER BOFFOLI’S PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION OPENS: We mentioned this in our story featuring longtime WSB contributing photojournalist Christopher Boffoli‘s “2011 in review” slideshow – the photographs that are currently gaining him worldwide acclaim are going on display starting today and continuing through February 23 at Winston Wächter Fine Art (203 Dexter Ave. N. downtown), with a reception 6-8 pm tonight.

West Seattle Weather Watch: And now we’re seeing snow

(Short video clip, added 8:27 am)
We reported the other night that this was a possibility this weekend – but suddenly this morning, there’s snow out there. National Weather Service has a “short-term forecast alert” but it doesn’t include the s-word as of last check. (The current forecast for the day says “mostly sunny”!)

Aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to pass West Seattle today

Just heard this mentioned on KING 5, and the Kitsap Sun has details – the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is on the way to Bremerton for maintenance, and should be visible off West Seattle shores in the 10 am vicinity.