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High-school basketball postseason: Chief Sealth boys win

February 9, 2015 10:09 pm
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The high-school-basketball postseason is on. Chief Sealth International High School‘s boys-varsity team played a loser-out game against Ingraham tonight – a team they had handily defeated in the regular season, and beat again tonight, 74-49. L.J. Burns led Sealth scoring with 18 points, followed by Hafid Yassin with 15. Tomorrow night, coach Colin Slingsby‘s Seahawk boys play at Lakeside, 7 pm.

Building interim Fire Station 29: Trailer halves, early tomorrow

With that letter to neighbors of the triangle at SW Hill/44th/Ferry (map), the city has announced that two halves of a trailer for interim Fire Station 29 will arrive tomorrow morning. Two trucks will bring the two 14-by-66 halves to the site by 6 am, according to the letter. It’s been just a month since neighbors were suddenly notified that the interim station was moving onto this site during its upcoming renovations and earthquake-safety upgrades, instead of using the long-planned Harbor Avenue site that had been home to Station 36 during its renovations. The city said the change was needed because the response time from the Harbor Avenue site would have been too long. Neighbors will be watching warily to see if their safety concerns are handled, since the site will be a tight fit. The work at permanent Station 29, barely a block south, is expected to take much of the rest of the year. Meantime, the city also is getting ready to move Station 32 out of its Triangle home at 37th/Alaska for a full rebuild; we had timetable details in our most recent update on the 32 and 29 projects.

Poet/author Lawrence Matsuda to speak at South Seattle College’s Day of Remembrance commemoration

February 9, 2015 4:24 pm
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That’s poet/author Lawrence (Larry) Matsuda, reading his work at the Wing Luke Museum in 2011. This Thursday, he will keynote a special event at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) – and the announcement includes an invitation for you:

On Thursday, Feb. 12, South Seattle College will host a Japanese American Day of Remembrance event featuring keynote speaker Lawrence Matsuda.

A noted author, Matsuda will hold two speaking sessions in the Olympic Hall Auditorium (OLY 120) at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

This annual event commemorates the anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorizing the evacuation and incarceration of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast; most of whom were U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. The order, known as Executive Order 9066, was signed on Feb. 19, 1942. In Washington State alone, nearly 13,000 people of Japanese descent were sent to detention centers, including Seattleites who were sent to Camp Minidoka near Hunt, Idaho.

Matsuda was born in an Idaho internment camp and spent the first three years of his life there. His latest book, “Glimpses of a Forever Foreigner,” is a collection of poetry that was inspired by the experience of those 120,000.

During both sessions, Matsuda – who earned a Ph.D. in education from the University of Washington – will share personal narratives from Minidoka survivors and pilgrims, and perform excerpts from “Glimpses of a Forever Foreigner.” Additionally, signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

This event is free and open to the community.

Olympic Hall is at the south end of the SSC campus, which is at 6000 16th SW.

Followup: Repairs finished, early, at Lowman Beach Park

February 9, 2015 3:31 pm
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(Photo courtesy SPU)
Update from Seattle Public Utilities: Repair work has finished early for the culvert that carries Pelly Creek and storm drainage to the outfall in the north section of the Lowman Beach Park seawall. The work started last Wednesday, was projected to last up to 10 working days, but was complete by this morning, according to Elaine Leung of SPU. Engineers will continue to survey the seawall weekly for the next few months.

West Seattle biznote: Thunder Road Guitars booming, seeking bigger spot – and suggestions!

(King County photo)
Can you help Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) upsize? Proprietor Frank Gross explains, “We are busting at the seams in our current location, looking for a larger storefront in West Seattle and are having a tough time finding something that suites our needs. We currently have 800 square foot and ideally would like double the size.” Maybe even a trade, Frank says: “If someone with a larger space is looking to downsize, we would be open to swapping.” Thunder Road Guitars opened at 3916 California SW more than two years ago after being online-only for its first year. If you have a suggestion (or offer!) for Frank, e-mail him at

West Seattle Monday: North Delridge & Pigeon Point Neighborhood Councils, more…

(Photo by Ryan O’Keven)
Brand-new week! Some of what’s up today/tonight:

HIGHWAY 99 TUNNEL BRIEFING: The City Council is about to get briefed on the tunnel project (scheduled to start 10:50 am but the current meeting’s running late). Watch live at

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s/dementia? Support group meets 1:30 pm today, Providence Mount St. Vincent – details here. (4531 35th SW)

NORTH DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: Live in North Delridge? 6:30 pm, you’re invited to come to this month’s North Delridge Neighborhood Council meeting and help make a difference in your neighborhood. Bring your ideas, concerns, etc. Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

FREE COMMUNITY ESL CLASSES: Need to work on your skills? Or, know someone who does? This free class happens 6:30-8 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center – details here. (6400 Sylvan Way)

PIGEON POINT NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: 7 pm in the Pathfinder K-8 School cafeteria, it’s the next Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council meeting. (1901 SW Genesee)

DENNY INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA: 7 pm meeting tonight, all welcome! Special location: Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way)

VAIN, your ‘one-stop style shop’: Welcome, new WSB sponsor!

We’re welcoming one of our newest WSB sponsors, VAIN, a “one-stop style shop” in The Junction. New local sponsors get the chance to let you know what they’re all about, and here’s what VAIN wants you to know:

VAIN is a locally-owned hair salon and boutique located in the heart of the Junction. We opened our West Seattle doors in late 2011. Several of our employees are West Seattle residents, some born and raised! We love this neighborhood. We have two other locations- one in Ballard and one downtown. We have been a Seattle style-exploration destination since 1996.

If you’re looking for a great hair salon where style exploration is encouraged, VAIN is the place to go. We want every client to feel comfortable trying whatever look they want, whether it’s a basic, easy-to-manage haircut, new highlights, or having bright pink hair for the first time at 50 (it happens!). We love helping our clients love their hair and feel like it truly expresses their sense of personal style. We also carry great accessories, hair products, locally made items, fun jewelry and more. We’re a one-stop style shop!

Clients seek out VAIN for a lot of reasons – our talented and highly skilled staff of hairdressers, our reputation for being a creative environment, our active community involvement, and our boutique full of great jewelry, accessories, hair products and locally made items. All of that is also what keeps clients coming back; plus, our hairstylists create meaningful relationships with their clients. It’s wonderful to see people’s looks evolve over the years in the same stylist’s chair.

We hope that our clients’ interaction changes their lives by helping them feel great about their hair, safe to explore new styles if they want to, and good about supporting a local business that is active in its neighborhood and community. VAIN supports many local organizations, including Planned Parenthood Northwest and YouthCare (read here about VAIN’s “Week for YouthCare“). VAIN is open in West Seattle seven days a week at 4513 California SW, 206.535.2595.

We thank VAIN for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

1st post-season game Wednesday for West Seattle High School girls

February 9, 2015 9:23 am
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The big local sports story over the weekend was the West Seattle High School girls-varsity basketball team ending the regular season with a perfect record in their conference and head coach Sonya Elliott being named Metro League coach of the year for the second time in three years (WSB coverage here). Coach Elliott says their first playoff game is Wednesday night (February 11), 7:30 pm at Nathan Hale HS, against the winner of tonight’s Holy Names/Ballard game. P.S. Our partners at The Seattle Times have published the full Metro brackets for girls and boys.

ADDED: The Times’ latest rankings have WSHS at #2 statewide for girls’ 3A.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Updates/alerts for your Monday

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
The week is off to a showery start. Some notes while we watch the roads:

METRO SERVICE CHANGE NEXT SATURDAY: Two West Seattle routes have non-WS changes taking effect when Metro’s next “service change” happens on Saturday (February 14th). Full details in the story we published over the weekend. (Clarification: While the “service change” announcement includes the new fares – 25-cent increase for most, plus launch of the new ORCA LIFT fare – they don’t take effect until March 1st.)

HIGHWAY 99 PROJECT UPDATE: WSDOT will brief the City Council again this morning on the Highway 99 project, during the council’s 9:30 am session. Here’s the WSDOT slide deck that’s linked from the agenda, with some general updates, but perhaps of more interest is another slide deck, this one from SDOT, with information on how the city is independently monitoring the settlement situation, and toplines on plans in place in case the Viaduct has to be shut down at any point.

9:10 AM: Some breakdown woes on 99 this morning, per commenters (thank you!). These don’t always turn up on the 911 log or traffic tweets, so – when you can report safely/legally – tips are always appreciated.