day : 31/07/2012 7 results

Followup: Police donate ‘Guns ‘n’ Hoses’ prize to WS Food Bank

During this year’s West Seattle Summer Fest coverage, we brought you the tale of “Guns ‘n’ Hoses,” a Wing Dome-presented hot-wing-consumption contest pitting police against firefighters. As reported during Summer Fest Day 2, the SPD team won, which meant a $250 check, handed over this afternoon to (and at) the West Seattle Food Bank. Along with WS Food Bank executive director Fran Yeatts and WS Wing Dome GM Andy Pattalochi, our photo shows, in uniform and from the winning team, Officers Stewart, Belgarde, and Morris.

Seafair Fleet arrivals, seen from West Seattle shores

(Photo by Gary Jones)
The Seafair fleet started arriving this afternoon for tomorrow’s Parade of Ships/Flight – and many stopped to watch along Elliott Bay shores, including the photographers who shared these images. Above, that’s the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (we’ll be on board tomorrow since it’s the official media-ridealong ship), one of several ships visiting this year.

(Photo by Doug B)
After the parade tomorrow, 1:45-2:15 along the downtown waterfront (should be visible from Alki/Duwamish Head/Harbor Avenue shoreline a little earlier), the ships will be open for tours Thursday-Sunday – hours and locations are on this Seafair webpage.

Waste Management strike: ‘Surprise’ home pickups; free transfer-station dropoffs

(TOPLINES: Some got “surprise” pickup today; if you have Wednesday pickup, city says PUT YOUR CANS OUT, and WM says it WILL have home service in Seattle; also, starting tomorrow, you can take trash to transfer stations for free)

(Photo added 2:26 pm, WM truck turning east on Thistle from California after pickups)
2:01 PM: Though we haven’t been able to get official comment on this so far, we’ve received scattered reports of residential trash pickups in West Seattle today (described by one commenter as a “surprise”) – so if you are a Tuesday customer and you happen to be home, you might consider putting out your trash/recycling, even though the official advisories from both the city and Waste Management said not to. More as we get it.

ADDED 3:11 PM: According to The Seattle Times (WSB partner), starting tomorrow you will be able to take trash to one of the city’s two transfer stations (nearest to us is South Park) for free – with some fine print (here’s their story).

3:37 PM: Seattle Public Utilities has now sent a news release with details on the free dropoffs – and other strike updates, including advice that WEDNESDAY pickup customers should put their cans out tomorrow; read on (plus, added 10 pm, Waste Management’s statement saying it expects to serve Seattle neighborhoods tomorrow):Read More

4724 California: How the project at the ex-Petco site is evolving

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Tomorrow, the Junction development at, and known as, 4724 California will mark a milestone, officially applying to the city for its Master Use Permit.

That step was enabled by its preliminary approval from the Southwest Design Review Board at the Early Design Guidance meeting two months ago (WSB coverage here). And while its second, and potentially final, design review isn’t expected till fall, the project team has just put together a look at how its design is evolving as of this “waypoint.”

The update was shown to and discussed with a small group of community members late last week. After hearing in advance about the planned informal discussion, we requested, and received, permission to cover it. In addition to a look at the in-progress design, we also learned new details about the overall plan and timetable.

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Video: Blue Angels have arrived for Seafair 2012!

11:09 AM: Just touching down now at Boeing Field, after a flyby. More shortly.

11:28 AM: Our Blue Angels flyby video is up, shot from the parking lot north of the Boeing Field tower starting as soon as one of the handful of others watching from here shouted “OVER THERE!” They subsequently landed and taxied two by two to the Museum of Flight, where a ceremonial Seafair welcome awaited. Their official practicing doesn’t start until Thursday morning; we always recommend coming to the MoF at least once during Seafair weekend to watch the takeoff – optimal for the full practice show Friday afternoon, or the official performances Saturday and Sunday. The MoF itself offers special events Friday-Sunday (read about them here) and it’s not far from West Seattle – take the 1st Avenue South Bridge north to the Michigan exit, turn right on East Marginal, head south past Boeing Field to the museum. Our other favorite Seafair Blue Angels-viewing tip is to go to Lake Washington on Friday, when admission is free, to see both the airshow and the early hydroplane action.

2:15 PM P.S. – Some of the Seafair Navy fleet ships are coming in this afternoon too, prior to tomorrow’s official “Parade of Ships/Flight” starting in the 1 pm hour. We’ll have a separate story with photos a bit later.

West Seattle Tuesday: Blue Angels’ arrival; 1 week till Night Out…

The daily look ahead:

TONIGHT’S TRAFFIC ALERTS: From our list of this week’s planned closures, tonight’s alerts are the same as last night – 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct is closed southbound 9 pm-5 am between Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge; the WS Bridge’s eastbound offramp to 1st Avenue S. is closed 10 pm tonight to 5 am tomorrow.

NO RESIDENTIAL TRASH/RECYCLING/YARD WASTE PICKUP EXPECTED TODAY: As noted here, that’s what both the city and Waste Management say as the strike enters its seventh day. As for tomorrow – the city says, go ahead and put your cans out and keep them out till the end of THURSDAY.

BLUE ANGELS ARRIVE: The first of the seven Navy jets to arrive for Seafair came in on Monday morning, and today, the other six are scheduled to land at the Museum of Flight around 11 am. Their practice flights are Thursday and Friday, with the official airshow on Saturday and Sunday; the I=90 closure times for Thursday-Sunday are part of our day-by-day traffic alert list for the week.

ONE WEEK TILL ‘NIGHT OUT’ – PICK UP MATERIALS FOR YOUR BLOCK PARTY! From the West Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network:

WSBWCN has scheduled another opportunity for people to pick up materials to hand out at their Night Out events. It’s from 11 AM until 1 PM (today) at the Southwest Precinct. We’ve gathered materials from Seattle Police Department, Seattle Neighborhood Group, Seattle Office of Emergency Management, King County, West Seattle Be Prepared and the West Seattle Blockwatch Captains’ Network. More details here.

If your block party isn’t registered for Night Out yet – go here.

LAFAYETTE PLAYGROUND MEETING: West Seattle’s most populous elementary school is moving into the next phase of its long-running playground improvement project, and invites the community to get involved in discussion about transformation of “an existing asphalt dominated playground into an ecological schoolyard.” 6:30 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library (2306 42nd SW); more details in the calendar listing.

More on the calendar!

Update: Woman found dead in burned Fauntleroy apartment

(UPDATED TUESDAY AFTERNOON with cause of fire)

2:29 AM: If you’ve been hearing the sirens, there’s a fire response at apartments in the 9100 block of 45th in Fauntleroy (map). More to come.

2:36 AM UPDATE: The fire is “tapped,” according to the scanner. It’s in the end unit of a garden-style apartment building.

2:55 AM UPDATE: Firefighters have been working to make sure the fire hadn’t spread beyond the apartment where it began. As for whether anyone was hurt, the incident commander is deferring comment until the public-information officer arrives.

3:47 AM UPDATE: SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore says a woman was found dead inside the apartment where the fire broke out – after the fire was knocked down, firefighters found the body of what Moore described as an elderly woman, about 10 to 12 feet inside. (added) Here’s his briefing, unedited:

They’re still trying to find out what started the fire; so far, Moore said, it appears to have started in the living room, which is where the victim was found. He said she was a longtime resident of the second-floor unit, to which the fire was contained. The fire was called in by neighbors, who, according to Moore, banged on the door to try to see if the woman was OK – but got no reply.

4:32 AM: One more note – the address of the building has been corrected from the original dispatch; it’s in the 9000 block of 45th SW, not the 9100 block. We’ll update this story later when there’s new information from investigators.

2:02 PM UPDATE: Investigators say the fire was started by “improperly discarded smoking materials.” Here’s the update on SFD’s Fire Line site. Cause of death and identification will have to come from the Medical Examiner, possibly later this afternoon.