month : 02/2012 311 results

West Seattle weekend scene: Girl Scout Cookies’ arrival

Today was the day for the annual one-morning ritual at the Alaska Marine Lines loading dock on West Marginal Way SW – minivans and SUVs lining up along the bays where only semi-trucks usually roam. The cargo – this year’s West Seattle quota of Girl Scout Cookies:

That’s Sarah, one of the Scouts who pitched in to get the boxes of cookies to the troop leaders/parents whose pickups were paced across the span of a few morning hours. Some boxes are destined for fulfillment of preorders; others will be stacked at tables outside (mostly) grocery stores when open public sales start next Friday (March 2nd). To find out which troops are selling cookies where, and when, you an use the online Cookie Locator.

West Seattle wildlife: The Alki ‘shrimp’ that wasn’t

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Another peek at a world that’s all around us, yet so small it’s all but out of sight: Photographer Machel Spence explains her image:

I just had to share this because it’s pretty darn amazing! It’s a phantom shrimp I happened to come across down by the water; they are also called skeleton shrimps … this one was fairly small (1/2 an inch) but they can get up to 2 inches. She has a brood pouch too, which I personally have never actually seen with my own eyes (just in books). In the past, I have come across large colonies of these but they move around so much, they can be hard to photograph, but this beautiful girl just stayed completely still (pretty awesome moment!) It was on a piece of eelgrass down at Alki. They are not actually shrimps but amphipods.

(More info about them can be found here.)

West Seattle Saturday: Breakfast; businesses; barleywine…

(Click for larger view: Aerial photo by Long B. Nguyen, looking over West Seattle in early February )
Happy Saturday! From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

NICKELSVILLE FUNDRAISER PANCAKE BREAKFAST: 8 am-11 am at West Seattle Church of the Nazarene, 42nd and Juneau. By donation (which two donors have said they’ll match to $500, meaning first $500 will be tripled). Here’s the announcement in the WSB Forums.

AT THE TOOL LIBRARY: Click-Together Cork Flooring, “work in progress” event at West Seattle Tool Library, 9 am-5 pm. Details and RSVP here.

PUGET CREEK WATERSHED RESTORATION: On the grounds of Sanislo Elementary, 10 am-1 pm, volunteers appreciated! Details in this WSB preview.

ME-KWA-MOOKS WORK PARTY: 10 am-2 pm, EarthCorps‘ volunteer work party at Me-Kwa-Mooks Park. This is a Green Seattle Partnership project.

WEST SEATTLE PARTICIPANTS AT SEATTLE HOME SHOW: Seattle Home Show‘s 2nd-to-last day, 10 am-8 pm, at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Participants include WSB sponsors Ventana Construction, Potter Construction, and NCompass Cottage Company.

SUPPORT GROUP: Grace Church hosts a 13-week GriefShare recovery support group starting today for those that have lost a loved one by death. Saturday mornings, 10 am-11:30 am, 10323 28th SW, you can join at any time, onetime cost $15 (for a journal).

TOT SHABBAT: Presented by West Seattle Torah Learning Center, 10:30 am till noon. From the announcement: “Calling all tots! Join us for singing stories and lots of fun with Morah Miriam. Followed by TLC kiddush lunch for everyone!” E-mail for location info,

STORY TIME and every Saturday: 11 am at Westwood Village Barnes and Noble, with treats for the kids, all ages welcome.

IN TANDEM MIDWIFERY, GRAND OPENING: This new and one-of-a-kind practice at 4517 California Ave SW (upstairs, in the breezeway), is having a grand-opening open house noon-4 pm. (Here’s our feature on In Tandem.)

VISIT THE VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to the public noon-3 pm every Saturday, 2236 SW Orchard (north of Home Depot; past WSB coverage here).

JAN’S BEAUTY SUPPLY, BRIEF CLOSURE: Starting at 1:30 pm, this Junction business is closing through Monday for some work, as previewed here.

OCCUPY WEST SEATTLE: Its next General Assembly is at 2 pm today at Café Rozella.

MEMORIAL FOR FORMER CHIEF SEALTH PRINCIPAL: Per the obituary published on WSB Friday, the service is 2 pm today for Shuzo Chris Kato at Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church.

ON A ROLL: Roller derby at Southgate Roller Rink in White Center! Seattle Derby Brats vs. I-5 Rollergirlsdetails here and also in this Facebook invite. Doors open 5:30 pm.

9TH ANNUAL BARLEYWINE BACCHANAL: Weeklong event starts today at Beveridge Place Pub. From BPP: “Join us for Seattle’s oldest week-long barleywine festival! We’ll have 24 rotating taps all dedicated to the world’s biggest, strongest, brews. From Bellingham to Boulder and Beyond, these beers are sure to knock your socks off! Specific Days with Specific Vertical tastings of multiple vintages.”

SHOW IN THE SKY: If there’s a break in the clouds, this planetary show might be visible again.

P.S. – WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY APPROACHES: Coordinated/presented by WSB again this year, West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is coming up May 12 – eleven weeks from today. We’ll be announcing registration info in a few weeks.

Chief Sealth’s new football coach: ‘If we do the right thing … the victories will come’

By Tracy Record and Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

Just before heading out for the midwinter break that concludes this weekend, Chief Sealth International High School football players were served a sizable helping of food for thought.

It came in a closed-door meeting with their new coach, Luther Carr III (right), last Friday afternoon. Immediately afterward, we got a chance to talk with the coach whose appointment was announced two days earlier, three months after athletic director Sam Reed announced the search for a new coach, following years of losing seasons.

The day of his first Sealth team meeting – Friday, February 17th — was Coach Carr’s first day on the job.

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In case Burien falls through, White Center remains (technically) in Seattle’s sights

Burien’s bid to annex White Center and most of the rest of what remains of unincorporated North Highline (the green “Area Y” in the map above) is fairly far down the road, as we’ve been reporting on partner site White Center Now, but in case it somehow stalls, Seattle is retaining its potential interest. That’s the bottom line of a brief discussion today by the Seattle City Council‘s Economic Resiliency and Government Relations Committee.

Last year, Seattle councilmembers promised to decide by this month whether they would continue supporting the status of White Center (etc.) as a “potential annexation area,” despite having said that they didn’t think they could afford to pursue it and so wouldn’t get in Burien’s way; today’s discussion fulfills that promise. City staff said there wasn’t much to lose in keeping it designated as a “potential annexation area” – right now, Burien is waiting to see if the Legislature will preserve or cut a tax-related funding source that is vital to keeping the annexation affordable for them (or any other city). Even if they do, Burien then needs to take the matter to voters in the area, before annexation would be final.

Meantime, Seattle is expected to move forward on annexing some unincorporated turf that isn’t part of what Burien is pursuing, the so-called “Sliver by the River” in the South Park area and the “Duwamish Triangle,” with a council discussion planned March 5th.

Yes, WSB is on Pinterest – and here’s where else to find us

February 24, 2012 7:08 pm
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With all the wonderful photos that we’ve been fortunate to be able to publish, it seemed that the new image-viewing site Pinterest was a place to be. We signed up a couple weeks ago and just now created our first board – West Seattle Wildlife (note – we respect copyrights here, and will NOT pin contributors’ copyrighted photos unless they have given us explicit permission). If you use Pinterest too, see you there. Since it’s a quiet Friday night (so far), seems like an opportunity to remind you about some other places you can find, and collaborate with, WSB, since this is our fifth year of using “social media” to be where you are, when you’re not here:

Facebook page

Flickr group

Google+ (jury’s still out on this one)


Twitter (human-powered)

Twitter (automated stream of WSB story links)

Twitter (West Seattle Crime Watch links)

YouTube (where we upload most of the video clips we use in stories)

If you don’t use any of those services, no worries – you won’t miss anything; WSB on the Web is the main place to be. (With a handy mobile format that automatically kicks in if you check the site via smartphone.) Then, there’s the good old-fashioned stuff – the simplest ways to reach us, whether or not you’re on the other services too:

24/7 phone (text or voice)

e-mail (news) (advertising)

Zippy’s Giant Burgers: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor

Zippy’s Giant Burgers is warmly – sizzlingly – welcomed today as one of the newest WSB sponsors. They’ve been in business going on four years now, and here’s what the Zippy’s team would like you to know:

Zippy’s may be popular, but they’re not puffed up about it. Say West Seattle-residing owners Blaine and Rahel Cook (photo, front and center): “We don’t claim to make the ‘best’ burger, nor are we part of the ‘gourmet burger’ bandwagon (though our burgers are more gourmet than others) – we let our food speak for itself. Some people won’t like it and that’s OK. I guess we’d say ‘come on in and give us a try’.”

As for those who have given Zippy’s a try, and keep coming back: “They love our burgers and they like how we address them by their first names. This can be somewhat embarrassing when we’re out doing our shopping. … We believe that our ‘keep it simple’ approach to making what is already a simple meal is one of the reasons people come back. Since we really weren’t ground-beef eaters when we opened the restaurant, it was incredibly important for us to like what we make. The only way we found that we like the taste is to grind the meat ourselves. We think our customers appreciate this as well. We think we’ve made a lot of friends over the years. There are lots of customers that have moved away from us and they still keep coming back. We’ve been welcomed by both the Highland Park and White Center neighborhoods; we’re proud to be part of the community and that pride shows in what we do.”

See for yourself by checking out Zippy’s Giant Burgers, open 7 days a week at 9614 14th SW; online (including the menu!) at, and on Facebook here; you can call advance orders to 206-763-1347.

We thank Zippy’s Giant Burgers 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.

West Seattle businesses: Brief closure for Jan’s Beauty Supply

The team at Jan’s Beauty Supply in The Junction wanted to get the word out about this:

“Jan’s Beauty Supply will be closing at 1:30pm Saturday Feb 25th and remain closed Monday, February 27th, due to remodeling. We will resume regular business hours Tuesday, February 28th. Thanks for your patience and come check out our new look!”

1 taken to hospital after crash across from Lincoln Park

1 person was hurt and taken to the hospital after a 2-vehicle crash that briefly blocked northbound traffic in the 8400 block of Fauntleroy Way, across from central Lincoln Park. Should be clearing now, as crews were starting to pack up when we left the scene a few minutes ago, but since it’s a high-visibility spot – traffic coming from the ferry terminal had to maneuver around the scene – we thought it worth a mention.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen SUV to watch for

Shane e-mailed on behalf of a friend whose SUV was stolen in the Delridge/Holden area:

It is a 1988 Chevy Suburban, WA Plates: WA7TZ (her ham call sign).

It is golden brown with a wide black stripe and has chrome wheels and dark tinted windows. It has roof and mirror mounted antennas. I’m kind of hoping it sticks out and someone has seen it. There was some ham radio equipment in it as well that I doubt is still there although likely useless to whomever stole it.

The owner is a real nice lady who gives a lot to the community and I’d like to see her get it back.

Please call 911 if you see it.

West Seattle Weather Watch: Snow? First – a wind advisory

1:28 PM: We’ve been watching the forecast since mentioning way back on Monday that weather experts foresaw a chance of snow this weekend. Now that the weekend’s almost here, the National Weather Service is still saying there’s a chance – more likely to see some flakes mixed in with showers, but could be a bit more. The city says it’s ready “just in case,” including preparing for the possibility of icy roads Sunday night/Monday morning. We’ll be updating all weekend long, of course, as things happen (or don’t)…

5:20 PM UPDATE: Wait – before we get to possible snow, there’s a wind advisory in effect for most of Saturday, starting at midnight tonight.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Tip leads police to robbery suspect

Just up on SPD Blotter: Police have arrested a suspect in last December’s holdup at the Super 24 (here’s our original coverage of the incident), after a tip resulting from a TV show. The arrest was made in the 5600 block of 21st SW. Full story here.

Memorial tomorrow for Shuzo Chris Kato, former Sealth principal, Denny teacher, judo champ

A memorial service is planned tomorrow for Shuzo Chris Kato, a longtime educator who was a former Chief Sealth (pre-International) High School principal, among many other things. His family shares this remembrance:

Shuzo Chris Kato passed away peacefully on February 7, 2012 at the age of 85 after a battle with cancer. During WWII, his family was sent to Minidoka Relocation Center in Hunt, ID. Shuzo graduated high school while in camp from Hunt High. He served in the Army from 1945-1947.

Shuzo attended Bethel College and the University of Washington where he majored in Engineering. He married Jean Kawachi in 1958 and they raised their family in Seattle. He earned a Masters degree in Chemistry from Oregon State University and his Administrator credentials from Seattle University. An avid judoist and sensei, Shuzo did judo for 60 years and taught judo for 43 years, winning a National Judo Championship in 1957 and earning a 7th-degree black belt. He began his teaching career with the Seattle School District in 1953. He taught at Denny Jr. High, Mercer Jr. High, and Queen Anne High. He was a Vice Principal at Sharples Jr. High and at Cleveland High. He retired as Principal of Chief Sealth High after 36 years in education.

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Busy beaches: Six seal pups ashore in West Seattle in 1 day

(Photo by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
Most of the seal-pup photos you see here on WSB are courtesy of Seal Sitters – by “first responder” Robin Lindsey, or sometimes volunteer David Hutchinson. This time, we were lucky to see one ourselves, while out for a walk on the Lincoln Park shore. Two Seal Sitters volunteers were guarding this pup yesterday morning. This morning, we talked with Robin, who tells WSB this was one of SIX seal pups reported on West Seattle beaches yesterday! She also writes about that on the Seal Sitters “Blubberblog” (by the way, the one we photographed is NOT the one she says they’re worried about). Once again, you are reminded to please give them plenty of space – this time of year, they are weaned pups, at least six months old, who catch their own food, and come ashore to rest; off-leash dogs are a threat, as are some well-meaning humans – no, you don’t need to chase the seal back into the water, they’re fine while resting on land! If you see a marine mammal on a local beach, by the way – call Seal Sitters to make sure they know (206-905-7325 – that’s 905-SEAL), and if you would like to join their volunteer corps (big need for it, considering how busy they’ve been), a training session is coming up March 3rd; see how to be part of it, here.

West Seattle Friday: Gardening; Rainbow Bingo; more

(Youngstown Flats crane reflection, West Seattle Corporate Center; photo by ‘Old Desolate‘ from WSB Flickr group pool)
Some of what’s up today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: 10 am to 2 pm today, the West Seattle Garden Club meets at Daystar Retirement Village (WSB sponsor), 2615 SW Barton, Building #1. Agenda provided by the club: Registration and Social Time, 10 to 10:30 am, followed by Business and Study Program with member Sharon Barrea speaking on “Creating a Dry Stream Bed in a Small Garden,” commentary on Design and Horticulture Exhibits. Brown Bag Lunch time at noon, with dessert and beverage provided. For the 1 pm Afternoon program, hear Paige Miller, guest speaker, talk about the 230-acre “Washington Park Arboretum,” with its treasure of species plants. Visitors welcome; donation $5.

SEATTLE COUNCIL DISCUSSES WHITE CENTER: Though Burien is pursuing annexation of White Center and other unannexed parts of North Highline, the Seattle City Council still has some loose ends regarding the issue and whether the city should renounce any interest in the area, and that discussion is on the agenda at 2 pm today at Seattle City Hall for the Economic Resiliency and Regional Relations Committee.

The lounge/restaurant on 35th just south of Avalon has two reasons to celebrate tonight – its 1st anniversary, and co-proprietor Rita‘s birthday. Jenny from The Bridge told us via e-mail that there’ll be drink specials and general revelry. Details here.

RAINBOW BINGO: Tonight’s the night for the “Mardi Gras” edition of Rainbow Bingo at the Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon in The Junction; WSB sponsor), 6 pm.

WORLD MUSIC AT C & P: The world/improvisational music of Yesod is live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 6-8 pm.

LIVE JAZZ AT SALTY’S: 8:00-10:00 pm at Salty’s on Alki, singer/songwriter Barbie Anaka performs a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, in the lounge, no cover, during late-night happy hour.

Bringing Puget Creek Watershed back to life – with your help

February 24, 2012 8:22 am
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(Photo courtesy Steve Richmond)
A restoration project on the grounds of a local school has just received last-minute district clearance – and so Steve Richmond is putting out a last-minute call for volunteers to work tomorrow on restoring the wetland that’s on the grounds of Sanislo Elementary School:

Puget Creek Watershed Alliance is working to be good upstream neighbors to the Duwamish Tribe to support their efforts to daylight Puget Creek and restore salmon habitat near the Longhouse and Cultural Center in West Seattle. Restoring the watershed with native plants and evergreen trees helps reduce stormwater and sewer overflows into Puget Sound. Help remove blackberry, plant a tree, and build a better community!

When: Saturday, February 25, 2012 (every 4th Saturday)
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Join for an hour or all day)
Where: Sanislo School Wetland; 1812 SW Myrtle
What to bring: Gloves, shovel, pruners (we’ll have extra, but write your name on your tools), weather-appropriate gear (rain or cold), hat/eye/sun protection, food/water, sturdy shoes/boots. Snacks and water provided.

Funded by a grant from King County Wastewater Treatment Division.

West Seattle scene: WS Chamber rocks Easy Street

Just last Saturday, we were up in the Easy Street Records loft, rolling video on local-musician-made-good Damien Jurado‘s packed in-store show. Tonight, from the same spot, we caught that view of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce After-Hours mixer. As members mingled in the café, a Junction power quartet paused to pose:

From left, West 5‘s Dave Montoure, who chairs the Chamber’s board; Elliott Bay Brewing‘s Todd Carden; Husky Deli proprietor Jack Miller; and the evening’s host, Matt Vaughan of Easy Street. Next up for the Chamber is the debut of its Young Professionals’ Network (explained here earlier this week), at West 5 next Tuesday – and looking all the way ahead to April 18th, you’re invited to come cheer the newly announced Westside Award winners (ticket info on the Chamber website).

Followup: Wandering dog rescued – but in danger again

Eight days ago, there was a frantic effort by many people over many hours to rescue a dog that was wandering in and out of traffic by Lincoln Park, around Fauntleroy and Rose. Animal-control officers and police reportedly even tried to capture it, but couldn’t. Gretchen e-mailed us the next day:

Any updates on the pit bull on Fauntleroy? I was out there for hours last night trying to catch him. So sad. But so many people stopped to help. I am sure everyone would like to know the status of the dog. It seemed as if someone had dumped him there and left, as he kept coming back to the same spot looking for something. Heart-breaking.

Now we know what happened to the dog – that’s her in the top photo, provided by Animal Aid and Rescue Foundation (AARF). Heather from AARF writes that a friend found the dog in the park a week ago, but the dog is in danger again because her “72-hour stray hold” at a shelter is expiring and she is “not considered adoptable … because she doesn’t like other dogs. … Unless we pull her, she will be euthanized.” And AARF can’t do that without finding a foster home. “The foster home would need to be a home without other animals. After she calms down from the stress of a week in the kennel, we can bring a trainer out to reassess her to judge how well she’ll do then.” Of course, Heather says they would also love to find the dog’s real owner, if somehow they are out there looking for her. If you can offer a foster home – or if you are/know the owner – e-mail

Update: Fight, injuries bring police/fire response to Highland Park

5:23 PM: Police and fire have responded to a call listed as “assault with weapons/aid” in Highland Park, near HP Way/Holden. We’ve just arrived at the scene and are seeing one person, who appears conscious, being loaded into a private ambulance, and it appears one person is in custody.

5:35 PM UPDATE: Though this was reported as a potential “assault with weapons,” police tell us at the scene they can’t find any evidence of weapons – three people got into some kind of fistfight and at least one is hurt, though not seriously.

‘Nickelsville’ fundraiser in West Seattle this Saturday

If you’re interested in helping the encampment that calls itself ‘Nickelsville’ pay for essential services – trash, portable sanitation, phone, generator fuel – here’s an easy way to do it: A pancake breakfast is planned this Saturday morning, 8 am-11 am, at the West Seattle Church of the Nazarene, 4201 SW Juneau. The price is whatever you can afford to donate. WSB Forums member JoB shared the announcement and says there’s also a donor who has committed to matching the first $500 raised at the breakfast.

As for the camp’s status, it remains in a sort of official limbo – the city isn’t evicting them, but it’s not helping them access services such as utilities, either. The Highland Park Action Committee, neighborhood council for the area that includes Nickelsville’s HP Way/W. Marginal Way site, has been talking with the city about how long it intends to let the encampment stay and whether it plans to change city rules regarding encampments. HPAC leaders have published an update on their new webpage, and will likely have an update at their next meeting (7 pm next Wednesday, February 29th, at HP Improvement Club, 12th/Holden).

West Seattle traffic alert: Detour under the bridge tomorrow

February 23, 2012 3:25 pm
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Though SDOT has announced the Fauntleroy Expressway work will NOT require any more closures, there will be a detour under the bridge tomorrow, 10 am-4 pm for those heading northbound on Avalon, right at SW Spokane (the bridge). If you’re headed that way tomorrow, here’s how you will be detoured, according to SDOT’s announcement:

Northbound motorists traveling on SW Avalon Way will be detoured to eastbound SW Spokane Street. They will then be directed to perform a U-turn at 26th Avenue SW onto westbound SW Spokane Street and then north on Harbor Avenue SW. Northbound trucks and Metro buses traveling on SW Avalon Way will be flagged through the work zone.

You WILL still be able to get to the bridge from Avalon, Admiral, or Harbor, according to SDOT, which adds that “Intermittent interruption of traffic will occur in this area until construction is complete late this spring.”

Official city notices: 3 meetings on 2 West Seattle projects

Three West Seattle notices are in today’s city-circulated Land Use Information Bulletin, all related to projects in eastern West Seattle. Two are for the 66-unit DESC Delridge homeless-housing project; as reported here previously, its second Southwest Design Review Board meeting is set for 8 pm March 8th, Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon). 1 week later, as the North Delridge Neighborhood Council previously announced, the city will hold a public meeting at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (6:30 pm March 15th) to hear comments about the environmental-review process for the project (“environmental” also includes issues such as traffic and noise). The third notice is for the first Design Review Board session (noted here 3 weeks ago) to be held at the Senior Center at 6:30 pm March 8th, immediately before the DESC project discussion – for a 3-story, 20-unit project at 9051 20th SW.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Robbery arrests; break-in; thefts

Four reports this morning in West Seattle Crime Watch:

(Wednesday afternoon photo by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
We took that photo yesterday afternoon on 39th just east of Fauntleroy, after tipsters told us police had converged on the area. All officers would tell us at the scene was that it involved an arrest warrant. This morning, SPD has announced they actually made two arrests, in connection with the armed robbery two weeks ago in the 9400 block of Delridge (WSB coverage here), the third and fourth suspects arrested in the case. More details via SPD Blotter.

Also this morning – three Crime Watch reader reports, a burglary and two thefts:Read More