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Ceremony marks construction start for new King County Water Taxi boats

At All American Marine in Bellingham today, a keel-laying ceremony marked the start of construction for the two new King County Water Taxi vessels.

(Artist rendering of new vessels’ basic design)
The boats are scheduled to be delivered next year, as reported here last December, with federal money covering 80 percent of their $11.8 million cost.

Beautify The Junction! Artist sought for signal-box project

April 25, 2014 9:56 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

Calling all artists – the West Seattle Junction Association has a potential project for you:

West Seattle Junction
Signal Box Art Installation Project
Application deadline June 1, 2014

The West Seattle Junction Association is seeking to hire an artist for a neighborhood beautification project. The West Seattle Junction has up to five signal boxes which are an excellent opportunity to create new art for our community. Our organization will provide funding, project oversight, and permitting. There will be a volunteer committee to choose the artist. The artist concept will need to follow City of Seattle guidelines and be approved by the City’s Arts Representative.

Please see map for signal box locations:

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Property tax to pay for Seattle bus service? Here’s the text

When a citizens’ group announced on Wednesday that it would file a ballot measure for a Seattle-only property-tax levy to pay for Seattle-only bus service, we promised to publish the text when it was available. Here it is, now that it’s been filed:

The measure would raise property taxes 22 cents per $1,000 of property valuation – meaning, for example, $88 a year if you have a $400,000 house. The full news release is on the Friends of Transit website (which also includes a link to the ballot-measure text, in case you can’t read it in the Scribd embed above). The group needs to gather more than 20,600 valid signatures to get the measure onto the November ballot.

West Seattle whale-watching: Orcas in view again

(Thanks to Shannon for sharing this photo via the WSB Facebook page)
2:54 PM: If you missed seeing them earlier this week – those two orcas are back in the area again, just passing Alki Point moments ago and headed south. Thanks to the tipster who sent word of this; the Orca Network Facebook page also has sightings reports, and mentions that NOAA has been tracking them, so you might be able to spot them by looking for a research boat. Please let us know if/where/when you see them!

ADDED 10:21 PM: Thanks to Trileigh Tucker for two more orca photos – above and below this line.

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day update: 270+ sales!

garagesaledaysmalllog5.jpgTwo weeks and one day until the 10th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day on Saturday, May 10th, and there will be PLENTY of shopping to do – invite your friends, your relatives, your co-workers, get people here from out of town, it’s another big day with more than 270 confirmed sales. We also have some information to share for would-be shoppers who want to help local nonprofits – and we’ll roll that out on the official WSCGSD site later today. But first, a couple logistics points for sellers:

*More than 20 sales only made it halfway through the registration process. We will send e-mail tonight to the addresses we have for those would-be sellers – but if you think you registered, PLEASE check to be sure you have both the acknowledgment note from us AND a receipt from PayPal. If you don’t have both, you might not be registered. E-mail us at if you don’t, so we can check. And whatever e-mailbox you registered from, please check it over the weekend, because that’s where we will be sending notes checking on whether you just changed your mind midway through, or whether there’s another problem. Our map will only show fully registered sales. Thanks!

*Registered sales will get the “packet” next week and we’re also hoping to include your official sale number, so that you can start telling folks you will be #(whatever) on the map (which will be out one week in advance as usual – that means May 3rd).

More previews to come!

Video: West Seattle Food Bank bags big donation at WS Thriftway

$669.75 worth of Western Family products from the shelves of West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) are on their way to West Seattle Food Bank clients, thanks to the WST customer who donated a shopping spree to the WSFB, and the mad speedy-shopping skills of WSFB board member Chris Porter (top left), who filled the cart this morning:

P.S. The next big WS Food Bank fundraiser is the Instruments of Change gala one week from tonight.

You can help! Saturday cleanups around West Seattle

April 25, 2014 10:30 am
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Tomorrow’s a BIG day of community cleanups, with half a dozen around West Seattle, so we wanted to make sure you’d heard about them before the last minute. They include:

STAIRWAY CLEANUP AT DELRIDGE/MYRTLE: 9 am-noon Saturday. Details here.

NORTH DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL SPRING CLEAN: The NDNC invites you to meet them at 10 am tomorrow at Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW) for Spring Clean, with groups tackling various tasks including the stairway at Delridge/Genesee. Bags, pickers, refreshments provided – just “show up in conference clothes”!

THREE MORE STAIRWAY CLEANUPS: The two aforementioned stairway cleanups are also part of Feet First’s citywide day of stairway cleanups, and there are three more in West Seattle, listed here: 46th/Hanford, 49th/Genesee, 58th/Carroll.

JUNCTION PLAZA PARK CLEANUP: Join the Junction Neighborhood Organization in sprucing up The Junction’s park at 42nd and Alaska. Meet them there at 9 am tomorrow.

(Are we missing one? Let us know and we’ll make sure it’s on the list as well as part of tomorrow morning’s reminder! – thanks! – and if you’re part of one, please share a photo afterward so we can share your hard work with the community … )

Eight highlights for your West Seattle Friday

(Pond at South Seattle College Arboretum, by “old desolate,” shared via WSB Flickr group)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, some of what’s up for today/tonight:

FOOD BANK SHOPPING SPREE AT THRIFTWAY: You’re invited to cheer on the West Seattle Food Bank during the shopping spree donated by the winner of the WS Thriftway (WSB sponsor) contest, 10 am; details in our preview. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Still on spring break? Check out the home of West Seattle history, noon-4 pm on Alki Beach. Find out more about the museum here. (61st/Stevens)

RAINBOW BINGO: “Wild, Wild West” is this month’s theme for Rainbow Bingo at the Senior Center of West Seattle (WSB sponsor). Doors open for refreshments at 6 pm, bingo starts at 7 pm. But call ASAP for reservations! Information’s here. (California/Oregon)

‘BOBCAT BOB,’ LIVE: Popular musician Bob “Bobcat Bob” Rice is live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) tonight, 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

SINGERS AND SONGWRITERS MUSIC FESTIVAL: Music, silent auction, refreshments at Grace Church to benefit summer day camp program, 7 pm; details in our listing. (10323 28th SW)

MIGHTY WURLITZER SPECTACULAR: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, it’s the “Mighty Wurlitzer Spectacular” with a Buster Keaton silent movie. Details here. (7904 35th SW)

‘HAIR’ AT ARTSWEST: First weekend for the new, yet classic, production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) curtain time 7:30 pm. (4711 California SW)

FEEDBACK LOUNGE ANNIVERSARY: Celebrate The Feedback’s 5th anniversary with “A Very Ozzy Celebration,” 9 pm; details here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend notes

April 25, 2014 6:03 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(Latest bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy Friday! Two notes looking ahead to the weekend:

RAMP CLOSURE: The Admiral Way offramp from the bridge will be closed much of Saturday.

CITYWIDE ALERTS: Here’s the SDOT citywide list of weekend events (all outside West Seattle) that might affect traffic.