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West Seattle coyotes: Reader-report roundup, sightings to warnings

(November 2nd photo by Scott Painter)
That photo was taken at Camp Long about 400 feet north of the lodge, by the photographer’s estimate. But as you’ll see in this roundup of recent reports received from WSB readers, they don’t by any means limit themselves to parks and greenbelts. The photographs we receive tend to show them in those settings, but here’s one spotted on a neighborhood sidewalk:

Katina, who shared that photo, explained:

My family and I encountered this coyote at the intersection of Walnut Ave SW and SW Hinds (October 28th) at 10:30 am. It was clearly injured about the neck area. It was originally sitting in the middle to the street, but began to run as our car approached. It then slowed down and just stared at us before taking off down 40th Ave SW.

Seven more recent reports are ahead, starting with a pet owner who saw two coyotes make off with her cat:Read More

Double-duty open house at Highland Park’s Fire Station 11

November 10, 2012 6:49 pm
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(Photos by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
A two-hour open house at Fire Station 11 (16th/Holden in Highland Park) had two purposes today: Welcome the neighbors, and share information about upcoming upgrades. The neighbors most delighted to be there, as usual, were the youngest ones, who got an up-close look at Engine 11.

(Battalion Chief Mike Walsh with an open-house visitor)
Here’s how the city describes the upgrades:

Station 11 requires additional seismic bracing to meet current codes. The other improvements include a modest remodel to provide capacity for apparatus bay support functions, including decontamination, crew preparation, and vehicle maintenance areas. In addition, the station office and lobby will be remodeled for greater operational efficiency and security.

It’s in the “schematic design” phase right now, and according to the newest SFD update on projects funded by the Fire Levy, construction should start about this time next year. Upgrades also are in the works for West Seattle’s Fire Station 36, where Delridge meets the bridge, and that work will likely start next summer.

Park party with music: Nature Consortium commemorates Dow Constantine’s birthday and your volunteerism

November 10, 2012 6:47 pm
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Next Thursday, if you can spare a few midday hours, you’re invited to a party of sorts – a work party and birthday commemoration in honor of West Seattle’s highest-ranking elected official. Monica Thomas from the WS-headquartered Nature Consortium explains:

Nature Consortium will once again celebrate (County Executive) Dow Constantine’s birthday by restoring his favorite park. Join us on Thursday, November 15, 10 am-2 pm, at College Street Ravine in West Seattle for a Nature Consortium-style birthday party complete with live music by Dan Pearson.

Dow Constantine is a West Seattle local who got involved in politics through his environmental work with the Friends of the College Street Ravine many years ago. Before becoming King County Executive, Dow worked with his local community to save the 5 acre green space from threats of development. It’s a story that we at Nature Consortium can relate to. (Check out the full story here.)

So to celebrate Dow’s environmental leadership, we’re throwing a party NatureC-style. There will be music, the outdoors, great community, and maybe a few party hats. Rather than giving gifts, we’re giving back. Sometimes that’s the best gift of all.

When Dow took office as County Exec, he asked Nature Consortium to continue the work he started at College Street Ravine. We’re calling on the West Seattle community, especially our neighbors in North Admiral and Alki, to help us fulfill his wish. With enough volunteers, we can clear invasive plants that have encroached on the park and start replanting the next generation of trees and shrubs.

Since 2010, we’ve been celebrating Dow’s birthday, and sometimes half-birthday, this way – with music and community service. In addition to Dow’s birthday, join us at College Street Ravine on the first Tuesday of every month. To sign up to volunteer, visit

Want to have your birthday party with Nature Consortium? We’ll provide the eco-volunteering fun and live music, you bring the cake. Contact to learn more.

Here’s our coverage of last year’s November 15th party.

Ready for liftoff: West Seattle boys in the ‘MoonBots’ finals

Big weekend at the Museum of Flight, and not just because of the Space Shuttle Trainer grand opening today. We just heard from Beverly Harding Buehler, who shares the video above, and this news:

My son, Asa Buehler, and his friend Kyle Jensen, two 9-year-old West Seattle kids, have been working for the past six months on an international robotics competition called “MoonBots.” The competition is about future robotic missions to the moon. The boys submitted a proposal, including the video (above), to MoonBots in June. About 300 teams submitted proposals from all around the world. Thirty teams made the first cut, including Kyle and Asa’s team, The Penguin Men.

The boys received a Lego Mindstorms robotic kit from which they have designed a robot that can carry out several missions on a lunar landscape that they also designed and built (with a little parental help). Matt Jensen, Kyle’s dad, has been an amazing teacher and coach for the boys. The Penguin Men will be doing a public presentation of their MoonBot at the Museum of Flight (tomorrow), Sunday, November 11, at 2 pm. The presentation will also be webcast live at the following website:

If you have a chance, tune in or come by to cheer Asa and Kyle on.

We just watched Asa and Kyle’s video – take four minutes and check it out! It’s history, humor, and more. They also have been updating a blog-format website about their project; tomorrow’s presentation is part of the judging. Congratulations to them and good luck in the next round of MoonBots!

Happening now: Holiday brightness @ West Seattle Nursery open house

November 10, 2012 2:02 pm
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You still have till 3 pm to get to one of the first holiday open houses of the season – the always-popular event at West Seattle Nursery (California and Brandon). Though it’s a spectacularly sunny day, the biggest draw, during our stop, was the wide array of holiday decor inside:

Along with free espresso and snacks, WSN also has had a slate of presentations – including cider-making with Matt Pope from CityFruit.

Free turkeys 1 week from today at Eastridge Church in West Seattle

Once again this year, Eastridge Church – 39th and Oregon, across from West Seattle Bowl – is giving away turkeys and groceries. Lori from Eastridge sent the announcement; it’s happening at 9 am next Saturday (November 17th):

It is our 10th year of giving away 500 turkeys and bags of groceries (potatoes, vegetables, gravy packet & stuffing) to families that are in need for Thanksgiving, for FREE. We don’t ask that they show us anything or fill out anything; they just need to come.

Happening now: Pie-making marathon at Tibbetts UMC

Thanks to Wendy Hughes-Jelen for the photo from Adams Hall at West Seattle’s Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), where she is there as part of an apple-pie-making marathon: “184 apple pies for Thanksgiving dinner at Union Gospel Mission, and about 400 more for supporters of the premier handbell ringing group Bells of the Sound, whose holiday Christmas concerts start in December.”

Almost basketball time: West Seattle HS pre-season clinic for kids

Know any first-through-eighth-grade boys and/or girls who are interested in basketball? One week from today, they are invited to a pre-season Skills and Drills Clinic presented by the West Seattle High School boys’ basketball team – here’s the announcement:

Now is the time to get a tune-up on your HOOP skills before the upcoming basketball season!! Drop your kids off for THREE HOURS of HOOPS and have them bring a friend!

Special guests: WSHS Head Coach Donald Watts, and SEATTLE SONICS LEGEND “SLICK” WATTS

Who: Boys and Girls, Grades 1st-8th
When: Saturday, November 17th, 2 pm-5 pm
Where: West Seattle High School Gymnasium: 3000 California Ave SW
Cost: $45 – register at:

Please contact our WSHS Basketball Booster President Pierre Newsome at 206-227-5386, e-mail, for any questions!

West Seattle Saturday: Neighborhood cleanup; Barter Fair; bazaars; WSCO and Helpline galas; toy sale…

(Friday sunrise, by the Jack Block Park tracks: Photo by Don Brubeck)
Welcome to the weekend! Multiple opportunities today to get going with your holiday shopping – bazaars, bartering, open house, big sale … from the WSB West Seattle (and vicinity!) Events Calendar:

NORTH DELRIDGE CLEANUP: Go help brighten the neighborhood before fall weather gets REALLY serious. 10 am-noon. Meet at Delridge Community Center.

CAFFE DELIA’S BIRTHDAY PARTY: As previewed here on Friday, Caffé Delia, the coffee shop co-housed with White Center’s Proletariat Pizza, a WSB sponsor, is celebrating its first birthday! The party is happening now till 2 pm, 9622 16th SW.

CURIOUS KIDSTUFF SALE: The Junction’s toy shop rejoined WSB as a sponsor to make sure you get word about today’s 15 percent off pre-holiday sale, 10 am-6 pm. 4740 California SW.

(added) FIRE STATION 11 OPEN HOUSE: Upgrades are in the works for Highland Park’s Fire Station 11 (explained here), and you can find out more about them 10 am-noon today. 16th/Holden.

COWORKING MEETING: The founders of WS Office Junction – the in-the-planning-stages coworking site – are inviting anyone who’s interested to meet up at Uptown Espresso in The Junction at 10 am.

OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW SCHOOL: The brand-new Taproot School is having an open house (adults only) 10 am-noon at the Community School of West Seattle (22nd/Roxbury).

BAZAAR AT ‘THE MOUNT’: As announced:

Please join Providence Mount St. Vincent at the annual Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar, from 10 am – 4 pm in the lobby. Browse the selection of collectibles, toys, Christmas items, jewelry, household items, quilts, and a bake sale! The Bazaar will also feature special items from Emilie’s Treasures (The Mount’s onsite thrift store) and “The Sewing Ladies.” Most items available for sale are gently used, though some are new. The Sisters from St. Joseph Residence will also have two tables where they’ll sell items they’ve made. All proceeds raised at this event support the programs and residents of Providence Mount St. Vincent through the PMSV Foundation.

The Mount is at 4831 35th SW.

SHOREWOOD BAZAAR: 10 am-4 pm, the annual Shorewood Elementary School Holiday Bazaar features 60 vendors from around the region – just south of West Seattle, 2725 SW 116th.

WEST SEATTLE NURSERY OPEN HOUSE: The annual holiday open house is 11 am-3 pm, with free espresso and hors d’oeuvres. California/Brandon.

SPACE-SHUTTLE TRAINER GRAND OPENING: The Museum of Flight isn’t in West Seattle, but it’s close, and so we’re noting that today’s the first day the new space shuttle trainer exhibit at the museum goes on full public display.

KAREN ROBBINS AT CHICO’S: The award-winning West Seattle children’s-book author is at Chico’s in Westwood Village, 1-5 pm – details here.

SUSTAINABLE WEST SEATTLE BARTER FAIR: 2-4 pm at Camp Long Lodge, it’s a potluck and an opportunity to work on your holiday gifting “through exchanging services or items made from raw materials (jams, birdhouses, quilts, etc.),” according to the announcement on Sustainable West Seattle‘s website.

ALKI ELEMENTARY AUCTION: School-fundraiser season continues with Alki Elementary‘s “Blue Hawaii” auction, 5:30 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy.

WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS GALA: Dinner and auction at 5:30 pm, Highland Park Improvement Club, to help WSCO with their musical mission, including free participation for young musicians of all abilities. Details in the calendar listing.

WEST SEATTLE HELPLINE GALA: The fall fundraiser will allow the Helpline to “Give the Gift of Warmth and Light.” It starts with dinner, 6:30 pm at the Duwamish Longhouse (4705 W. Marginal Way SW).

BLUEGRASS AT KENYON HALL: The Convergence Zone Bluegrass Band performs tonight at Kenyon Hall (7504 35th SW) – ticket info on the calendar.

CANDYLANDIA DANCE PARTY: The monthly shake-it-don’t-break-it event at the Benbow Room (4210 SW Admiral Way), 9:30 pm.

DOWNTOWN EVENT-TRAFFIC: If you’re heading off the peninsula this weekend – here’s the SDOT alert about several big events.

Even more on our calendar