West Seattle, Washington
Here’s a lost bunny who doesn’t really qualify for the WSB Pets page … so we’re showing it here. Markus explains:
We went to the West Seattle Parade this weekend and unfortunately lost our daughter’s beloved stuffed animal bunny. I thought the bunny made it home in my backpack, but others saw her take it out while I wasn’t looking. :( We posted some flyers around Hinds & California where we sat for the parade. … If there is any way to help spread the word, our little one is still asking where she is…
If you have any ideas about the bunny’s whereabouts, e-mail the bunny’s companion’s dad at Markus@rocketgraphicsinc.com.
Beach Drive residents and visitors are familiar with artist Lezlie Jane‘s waterfront work – including the distinctive installations at Weather Watch Park, Constellation Park, and Cormorant Cove. She is working on a new creation that’s been discussed at the last two Alki Community Council meetings, and when ACC met last Thursday night, she revealed the boardwalk east of Alki Bathhouse is the new proposed location for “Luna Girls on Alki,” seen in her rendering above.
In case you haven’t heard … President Obama is returning to the Seattle area tomorrow for more campaign fundraising, and his arrival is coinciding with the evening commute, so we’re publishing an alert here, since you may see freeway traffic stoppages as well as Boeing Field-vicinity helicopters. The Seattle Times (WSB partner) says he’ll be here for two fundraisers tomorrow night at the Lake Washington waterfront home of Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal, will stay in the area overnight, and will leave Wednesday morning. The aviation advisory on the Boeing Field website puts his arrival in the 5 pm hour.
(Photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
An unannounced Alki visit for Mayor Mike McGinn this afternoon on Alki Beach, as the tribal canoes participating in Paddle to Squaxin continued to arrive (our first report is here). He joined tribal leaders on the beach. (The mayor is scheduled to be back on Alki this Wednesday afternoon, to talk with Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Paulsen about summer “hot spots.”) WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams was at the beach to continue covering the arrivals, as even more canoes continued to land:
Each one was hoisted and carried up to the beach:
That meant one more job for the crews who had spent hours paddling from points north:
The canoes are from all over the region. The OS-Chuck-A-Bick canoe family is from the Quileute Nation, based at LaPush on the northwestern Washington seacoast:
Some brought smaller canoes, some larger:
But all were large in spirit and unity:
There are gatherings and celebrations tonight, hosted by the Muckleshoot Tribe, while the canoes remain, guarded, on Alki. This map shows where the participants have come from, and when they left; some from British Columbia have been on the journey for more than a month. The multi-tribe canoe journey is a relatively new tradition, started in 1989 as the “Paddle to Seattle,” with Alki the final destination that year; this year it is a stop along the way to the potlatch hosted by the Squaxin Island Tribe (who no longer live on their namesake island, but will first welcome the arrivals on the shore in Olympia).
West Seattle’s most prolific breast-cancer-fighting fundraiser, Tracy Dart – who as you probably know also is a 3-time survivor – just accepted a big donation from the West Seattle Eagles Auxiliary, as her Team Tracy gets ready for this year’s strong>Breast Cancer 3-Day – the sixth one for her. The Eagles’ Madame Trustee Kristina Todd shared the news, with the photos we’re publishing here: Tracy got a check for $500, she says, explaining: “As part of their charity fundraising efforts, the ladies’ auxiliary had raised the money through benefit dinners and various fundraising activities over the past year. This is a perfect example of the Eagle motto of ‘people helping people’ – in particular, within our neighborhood of West Seattle.”
The Seattle-area 3-Day is less than two months away, September 14-16. If you’d like to donate to it via Team Tracy, just go here.)
3:54 PM: It was initially called out as a “heavy rescue” – usually meaning someone might have to be cut out of wreckage – but most of the units have just been canceled for a crash in the 4700 block of 37th SW, in the Fairmount neighborhood south of The Triangle. We’re en route to check.
4:09 PM: Just added (first) photo by WSB contributor Christopher Boffoli, who was told at the scene that a truck rolled downhill and into a parked car.
4:17 PM: More from Christopher – no one was inside the gardening truck when it either lost its parking brake or slipped out of gear and rolled down the hill, hitting a parked car in a driveway and ending up in the front yard of the house next door.
Again, nobody hurt.
6:27 PM: Added three more photos from Christopher – including two showing just how steep the street is.
Canoes participating in the annual Pacific Northwest tribes’ journey are landing at Alki Beach this afternoon – the first arrivals are already here. Alki is a stop along the way to Squaxin Island in the South Sound, which this year is the site of the gathering to which, according to the official announcement, as many as 130 canoes in all are headed (starting with a landing in Olympia next Sunday). Here are the many stops along the way, including Alki. More to come.
2:15 PM UPDATE: More canoes continue to approach the shore, many of their crews chanting and singing. There’s a big crowd all along the seawall and on the beach to greet and to watch. At least half a dozen more are visible offshore; many of these canoes left Suquamish on the North Kitsap Peninsula this morning.
3:05 PM UPDATE: The group of canoes that all arrived together have finished coming ashore; there are now two more in the distance, possibly having launched from Tulalip in Snohomish County. The Muckleshoot Tribe hosts the Alki stop, including support from uniformed security, with a vehicle patroling the boardwalk. The Duwamish Tribe is part of this year’s journey too – Linda Dombrowski tells us that the Duwamish Canoe Family is participating in the Duwamish Raven Canoe. She adds, “Raven Canoe skipper is Justine Finkbonner. Support crew on the beach today include Cecile Hansen, the Duwamish Tribal Chairperson and great-great-great-great-grandniece of Chief Seattle, and Ken Workman, Duwamish Tribal Councilman and great-great-great-great-grandson of Chief Seattle. This year’s Raven Canoe Paddlers include Duwamish youth leaders.”
Two Admiral notes this morning – first, both the Admiral District Business Association made its debut in Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade, in which the Admiral Neighborhood Association marched too:
(Photo by Nick Adams for WSB)
(Photo by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
(All of our West Seattle Grand Parade coverage can be seen here.) Second, the ANA-presented Summer Concerts at Hiawatha start in just three days! Thursday night, come hear The Local Strangers, live on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (2700 California SW, but this is on the Walnut side of the site), free – bring your own blanket(s)/chair(s); show starts at 6:30. After this week, there are five more Thursday night shows – the schedule’s here (note that August 16th’s concert is at Alki Beach – it’s a SC@H tradition to have one there each year, since city cutbacks at Alki Community Center meant they can no longer present a summertime outdoor concert)
We’ve received more than a few reports of bicycles left behind at crime scenes – but this is the first time we recalling hearing a Segway left behind! The photo is from Jennifer, who explained that she found it near where two neighbors’ cars were broken into overnight in the 6600 block of Holly Place SW. Moments after her first note, before we even started writing this story, she sent a second note to say that the owner of a local rental business – contacted by a friend of hers – came to get it, and said, she wrote, “it was stolen from his carport and that it didn’t even run. He said they had to push or pull it over here. He said it was probably pretty difficult since there is resistance in the wheels.”
Meantime, while we’re not sure it’s from a theft, we’re also taking the occasion to mention a mystery bicycle that’s shown up – not too far (likely coincidentally, but you never know) from the above discovery:
Patty sent the photo and reports: “I found this bike in my boulevard strip this morning. It has a rear wheel lock on it, so it is not ridable unless you have the key for that. It is a 6-speed, with brown leather seat, front luggage rack & a headlamp. Obviously somebody’s commuter bike. I don’t know why it is here but figure it may be stolen and just dumped in front of my house. If the rightful owner wants to come by, I left it propped against my recycle bins by the sidewalk. 39th Ave SW between Othello and Webster.”
12:51 PM UPDATE: Patty says they’ve found the bike’s owner, who lives nearby. It was apparently stolen just last night.
TRAFFIC ALERT FOR TONIGHT: Southbound Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct will close 9 pm-5 am as WSDOT continues reinforcement work (which it says is now halfway done) on the section of the AWV under which the future tunnel will pass. Here’s our newest ongoing list of closures, day by day.
WOMEN IN CHARGE: We first told you last month about this newly formed group for West Seattle’s women business owners; this morning is their first major meeting, 9:30 am at Mind Unwind (2210 California SW).
MONDAY ARTISTS: This group of watercolorists welcomes you to join them 9:30 am-noon on Monday mornings at Island View Apartments (3033 California SW).
LAS VEGAS IN WEST SEATTLE! That’s the theme for this week’s meeting of the West Seattle Cooking Club, 3 pm at Beveridge Place Pub – Las Vegas! Go cook something that reminds you of Sin City and bring it along.
NIGHTLIFE: Monday is Pub Quiz night at Shadowland, 8 pm … Sing with Karaoke Kelli at Heartland Café‘s Benbow Room tonight at 9 pm …
More on the calendar!