West Seattle, Washington
Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes tonight:
ANOTHER GOLD MAXIMA STOLEN: From Chris:
Our Gold 1996 Nissan Maxima was stolen 2 days ago from the 35th and Roxbury area. The sunroof started to leak so there is blue painter’s tape around the whole edge of the sunroof.
I had a similar car stolen twice and got it back so we have hope.
Last weekend, Matt‘s car, same year/make/model/color, was stolen; a WSB reader found it. Hope someone finds Chris’s car; call 911 if you see it.
CAR VANDALISM: A West Seattle Community Orchestras musician who was at Chief Sealth International High School for weekly rehearsal this past Tuesday says her car’s window was smashed while they were parked there, but “Nothing was taken, not even a bike helmet and a couple of other random things in the back seat. And we don’t ever leave anything valuable in the car anyway.”
Last night’s Southwest District Council meeting was all about change, both proposed and unavoidable. This first report focuses on one of the items in the former category: Attendees got a chance to comment on the proposed change in RapidRide C Line routing through the heart of The Junction (first reported here in August):
Two weeks from tomorrow night, it’s the West Seattle High School PTSA‘s big annual auction fundraiser to help the school and its students. Earlybird-discount ticket sales have been extended until tomorrow, so you have one more day to get your ticket at the lowest price, $40. Just go here – and then be at Brockey Center on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, 6 pm Friday, November 21st. (If you already have your ticket, check out that same link to preview some of the auction items!)
12:51 PM: That’s the first big problem reported so far during our wind-advisory afternoon – a big evergreen down in Seaview, across 49th SW at Graham (map). Seattle City Light reports one customer there has lost power. Thanks to the person who texted the photo/report – 206-293-6302 is our 24/7 text/voice line, and firstname.lastname@example.org works too. The wind advisory, warning of gusts up to 50 mph, is in effect until 6 pm. More storm updates to come.
1:12 PM: The SCL map now shows four homes without power by the downed tree. Meantime, on the water:
The photo above was shared by Dan Ciske, who caught a flock of birds passing a sailboat that he says had its sails torn away in the wind.
Back to the tree:
2:39 PM: SCL and SDOT crews are at the scene of the downed tree, which blocked 49th completely, on the south side of Graham. They expected repairs/clearing would take a few hours.
3:10 PM: Just added photos from the tree cleanup.
(Added: Photo by Deb Barker)
Meantime, we’ve also been over to Constellation Park south of Alki Point, where the waves are hitting the seawall:
High tide is still about 20 minutes away.
4:09 PM: The stormy weather – which has been coming and going these past few hours – has spooked a few dogs, apparently; we’ve just published listings for three separate found dogs on the WSB Lost/Found Pets page.
4:25 PM: The Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth ferry run has been about 20 minutes behind because of the weather, says WSF, and now they say the runs between south Vashon and Tacoma are canceled TFN because there’s no power at south Vashon (Tahlequah), which will mean heavier traffic through north Vashon.
7:27 PM: Within an hour of that last update, the Tahlequah-Point Defiance run was back in business. Meantime, a couple photos from the WSB inbox:
That’s from Laura Goodrich, who went down to Constellation Park to wave-watch – check the driftwood! Next, from MM, who caught the colorful sunset:
If you ever need the sunset/sunrise times (moon, tide, etc. too), check the WSB West Seattle Weather page.
Just opened in West Seattle – Camp Crockett! As a new, local WSB sponsor, they get this chance to let you know what they’re all about:
Make your puppy’s day! Give your special pup the experience of a lifetime by joining our pack at Camp Crockett. Crockett, our 2-year-old Bluetick Coonhound, would like to introduce himself to the West Seattle community and personally extend a welcoming paw to all pups, big and small. Our new and exciting dog day camp, boarding, and grooming company just opened our doors for the first time November 4th, 2014. Family owned and operated, we would like to bring the delight of “going to camp” to you and your furry family member with our ‘camp themed’ dog day camp.
With more than 30 years of experience in the dog-day-care field, our team is very passionate about giving your pup a very fun and loving environment while you are away. Our 6,000-square-foot camp yard provides plenty of room to help even the highest spirited of pups to unwind and meet new friends. Some of our campers are older or more sophisticated and prefer the comforts of our indoor space with lots of cubby holes and plush beds. Camp Crockett also provides an ‘at home’ feel for our overnight campers. Instead of spending the evening in a kennel, your pup will enjoy snuggling on the couch with our team leaders who live on site.
For those campers who are having a bad hair day or just love getting dirty, don’t worry, we will take care of you too. Camp Crockett is privileged to have the best groomer in Seattle on our team! Our groomer takes the time to get to know your pup, gives your pup time to get to know her, and then works with your pup at a comfortable pace to be able to give you the result you desire.
Camp Crockett is open 7 am–7 pm, Monday-Friday, with all services available on the weekend by appointment. Send your furry family member to camp with us and make your puppy’s day! First day with us is FREE!!!!! Located at 5611 Delridge Way SW; call 206-790-1674; e-mail email@example.com.
We thank Camp Crockett for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative, 24/7 neighborhood news via WSB. Find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
Hope the wind doesn’t whisk this bird away! It’s a reminder from the folks at West Seattle’s HomeStreet Bank (a just-returned WSB sponsor) that they’re hosting a turkey drive for the West Seattle Food Bank in just two days. On Saturday (November 8th), 11 am-2 pm, bring a 10-to-12-pound frozen turkey to donate, or $15 cash for WSFB to make its own purchase(s). HomeStreet is at 41st/Alaska.
(Thanks to John for sharing the photo from Fauntleroy – sun, rainbow, whitecaps!)
After a difficult commute – and with a wind advisory now in effect – a relatively quick look at to highlights for the rest of your Thursday:
CANDY BUYBACK: A Place for Kids Too children’s dentistry (WSB sponsor) in The Admiral District is having its first post-Halloween “candy buyback” until 3 pm. Donated candy goes to U.S. troops; the “buyback” incentive is a raffle ticket for each pound of candy, with a gift-card prize for raffle winner(s). More details in our calendar listing. (2617 California SW)
CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES BUDGET POSSIBILITIES: They continue today. Live on Seattle Channel right now, they’re discussing possible items for the Office of Housing, including exploring a bond issue for a “large” project to build publicly owned affordable housing. This afternoon at 2 pm, they’re looking at items for SDOT, including the possibility of “transportation impact fees” for development. SPD is on the schedule today too, with items including the “gunshot locator system” discussed (but ultimately not funded) in past years.
THRIFTWAY’S HOLIDAY TASTE! 4-7 pm, West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) rolls out the tempting tastes of food/beverages you might want to serve your family/friends/etc. this holiday season. Just three weeks till Thanksgiving! (California/Fauntleroy)
WEST SEATTLE TIMEBANK ORIENTATION: 6:30 pm at Southwest Branch Library – get and give the gift of time; find out how to be part of the Timebank. (35th/Henderson)
‘ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD’: West Seattle High School Drama Department presents Tom Stoppard‘s Shakespeare spinoff, and tonight is opening night, 7:30 pm at the WSHS Theater. Details, including ticket info, in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)
LOTS MORE … on the calendar.
Serving? Have served? You’re invited! From Kyle Geraghty:
American Legion Post 160 of West Seattle and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160 would like to invite all active duty, reservists, members of the national guard, veterans and their families to our annual Veterans Day Italian Dinner. It will be held on Sunday November 9th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This is American Legion Post 160’s thank you to all veterans in our community who have served our country. The menu includes: pasta, homemade sauce, garlic bread, salad, dessert, coffee and tea. The cost is absolutely free.
Here’s the official flyer with more information.
(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
No road trouble to report so far. Transportation-news notes:
FAUNTLEROY TRAFFIC MEETING TONIGHT: 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW), city leaders will meet with community members about traffic/transportation challenges, as first announced last month. All welcome.
TRANSIT VOTE UPDATE: After two more vote counts, Transportation Benefit District Prop. 1 is at 60 percent “yes.” Here’s our report on the Wednesday morning media briefing about what was called the “framework” of a city-county agreement on where the money will go for starters.
7:15 AM: Scratch the “no trouble.” Just got a text “wreck on the bridge.” It’s just before 99, blocking an eastbound lane. It was not listed on the 911 log, which at least means “no injuries.”
7:32 AM: The regular bridge camera has been down for two days, so we can’t see the crash zone, but commenters say it doesn’t look likely to clear soon. Meantime, the weather alert for today upgraded overnight to a “wind advisory,” noon-6 pm.
7:40 AM: The rain is intensifying. And there’s a new crash reported on the eastbound bridge at 99, possibly 4 vehicles, per scanner.
7:45 AM: From SDOT via Twitter:
The Collision EB on the W Seattle Br is now blocking the 3 left lanes. Expect long delays and USE ALTERNATE ROUTES. pic.twitter.com/yxsqTqyaO4
— seattledot (@seattledot) November 6, 2014
Metro has even sent an advisory warning of delays.
7:59 AM: The backup is apparently leading people to drive in the bus lane at 35th/Alaska – heard via scanner, a call for any available enforcement help, so buses can get through.
8:20 AM: The low bridge is open for marine traffic and SDOT says it’ll be a “long” opening. (See the comment section for some background.)
8:36 AM: A stall parallel with Nucor on the bridge, Brian reports; “Wsea” in comments says the Water Taxi is packed and also running slower because of mechanical trouble.
8:45 AM: Lisa via Twitter confirms what sounded on the scanner like a second stall, in the Delridge onramp vicinity. On the “good news” side, we’re seeing some blue sky to the west, so the weather may be calming (until the afternoon “wind advisory”).
9:18 AM: Tow truck has arrived for at least one stalled vehicle, per scanner. Traffic will be temporarily stopped in all lanes so it can get the job done.
9:44 AM: Lost count of the stalls but one has just been picked up by AAA (WSB sponsor), per what we heard on the scanner, while another one is still blocking a lane. Meantime, we just discovered the 11th/Spokane camera is currently turned toward the “low bridge”:
(That is subject to change at any time – SDOT controls it.)
9:54 AM: Speaking of SDOT, they have captured a view of the latest stall:
I spoke too soon: a 3rd Stall on the W Seattle Bridge EB – this time in the left lane after Delridge. pic.twitter.com/Rs492bRUFx
— seattledot (@seattledot) November 6, 2014
9:58 AM: Live camera (see top of the story) suggests the stall has now cleared.