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Update: Pedestrian hit and killed at 35th/Graham

(UPDATED MONDAY MORNING with police announcement that pedestrian died)

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand, looking southeast from 35th/Graham)
9:34 PM: A car-pedestrian crash at 35th and Graham has closed 35th, at Morgan on the south.

(This photo and next one by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
9:41 PM: The pedestrian has been taken to Harborview. Injuries are serious enough that the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is being called out, so 35th may be closed a while, between Morgan and just north of Graham.

10:25 PM: Christopher Boffoli is at the scene now for WSB and says police tell him the victim is in surgery with injuries including broken leg, broken pelvis, and internal bleeding.

12:44 AM: Just went back over to check; 35th is still closed between Morgan and Raymond.

8:21 AM: Seattle Police say this morning that the pedestrian died. From the update on SPD Blotter:

At around 9:15 pm, a Ford sedan was traveling northbound on 35th Avenue SW. As the Ford entered the intersection of SW Graham Street, the Ford struck a pedestrian. The Seattle Fire Department responded and transported the man to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, the man succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

As is routine, a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) officer responded to the scene and evaluated the male driver of the Ford. There were no signs of any impairment on the part of the driver.

This is the same intersection where a bicycle rider was killed in 2006 after colliding with a van.

8:55 AM: SPD did not have ages for either the driver or the pedestrian at the time of its update. Seattle Fire tells us the pedestrian was 69 years old.

5:58 PM: The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identifies him as James R. St. Clair.

High-school basketball: West Seattle HS road-trip update

December 29, 2013 9:04 pm
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The West Seattle High School Wildcats boys-basketball team is back from its holiday-weekend road trip, and WSHS staff shares this report:

The West Seattle varsity boys-basketball team traveled and played in the Wenatchee Holiday Basketball Classic this past weekend.

The Wildcats played the host school Wenatchee on Friday night and lost to a very good team 71-65.

Senior DeAndre Love scored 27 points and had a game-high 14 rebounds, also adding 3 blocks.

WSHS then played Eastmont High School Saturday and again played tough, but fell 60-46. Eastmont was a state finalist last year in class 4A and have a team primed for yet another trip to Tacoma.

The Wildcats’ next game is Friday, Jan. 3, at Chief Sealth.

West Seattle sports: AC Seattle says it’s returning, expanding

December 29, 2013 7:24 pm
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AC Seattle, the Italian/American cultural-exchange soccer club that was based in West Seattle for its debut season last summer, will be back – and is expanding. Its 2013 women’s team (photo above) won the Northwest Conference of the WPSL and the Evergreen Cup; for 2014, AC Seattle tells WSB it will add a men’s team and a summer camp. You won’t find many details on their website yet but AC Seattle says camp registration is open, so they’re taking inquiries at, which is also the address where soccer professionals are invited to send resumes if they are interested in joining a staff expanding to cover the new team/camp (players too).

West Seattle history: Long-shuttered ex-market to make way for new house


Almost exactly six years ago – on New Year’s Day, 2008 – we took a quick “past/present” look at 4808 SW Alaska, thanks to neighbor Bill pointing out its past identity as Fraker’s Grocery. Today, the building is pretty much what it was at the time of that WSB story – vacant and rundown:

But its days are finally numbered. We’re mentioning it today because our latest routine check of city Department of Planning and Development files turned up new applications for demolition and construction permits. A new single-family house is proposed for the site, which was separated from an adjacent lot in a land-use action three years ago. But it’s noteworthy given its history, still hinted at by this shadow of a Coca-Cola sign on the south-facing window:

County records show the market’s former proprietor, Dean Fraker, owned the site until 2001; he died in 2009. It was sold again two weeks ago to a real-estate-investment LLC.

West Seattle Meaningful Movies series digs into ‘Dirt’ next

Movies can be fun, frightening, inspirational, educational – and the latter two are the key qualities for the West Seattle Meaningful Movies series that kicked off this fall. If you haven’t been to a WSMM screening/discussion yet, consider making it a New Year’s resolution; it will be one you can fulfill quickly, because, on the first Saturday of the New Year, January 4th, WSMM will screen “Dirt: The Movie” (trailer above). From the official announcement:

Time: 7:00 PM
Come early, at 6:30, for (free) dessert and a chance to meet your neighbors.

Where: Neighborhood House High Point Center, 6400 Sylvan Way SW
Bus numbers 21 and 128

No charge, but donations gratefully received.
There will be refreshments and discussion.
Help us minimize waste — bring your own mug.

Local gardeners and restoration workers (including you, we hope) will report on how they are caring for soil (and more) in West Seattle. They will answer questions about caring for the “dirt” in our neighborhood and in our own backyards. We can learn from each other, join together, and preserve this aspect of our local environment.

The full winter quarter of monthly WS Meaningful Movies is listed here. Find out more about the series’ genesis here.

South Park Bridge update from above, with months to go

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What’s expected to be among the biggest stories in 2014 is the opening of the new South Park Bridge, almost four years after King County shut down the old one out of safety concerns. West Seattle photographer/pilot Long B. Nguyen has just sent three new views of the bridge project, looking toward the east/southeast. The bridge’s control towers, which are wrapped in these views, are the focus of the county’s December update.

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If you’re viewing this from the WSB home page, click ahead for another, even-more-all-encompassing view (and some backstory):

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West Seattle Sunday: Shop, toss, talk, listen, cook, walk…

December 29, 2013 6:30 am
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(Saturday photo from Beach Drive looking toward Lincoln Park, by JayDee)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, options for your final Sunday of 2013:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Yes, even between Christmas and New Year’s, the market is on! 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE: Drop in and join the game, 11 am at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point. (31st/Myrtle)

TALK TO THE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: Last scheduled date in the West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s “listening tour” is noon-2 pm at the Delridge Uptown Espresso. (3845 Delridge Way SW)

FOLK-ROCK: The Mondegreens perform at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor) 3-5 pm today. (5612 California SW)

WRAP WITH WSCC: “Wrapped” is the theme for today’s West Seattle Cooking Club meeting – make something wrapped and bring it to share at Beveridge Place Pub at 3 pm. (6413 California SW)

NIGHTTIME LOW-TIDE BEACH WALK: Join a Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalist and explore Constellation Park south of Alki Point at 7:30 pm (about an hour before the -1.5-foot low tide).