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Basketball playoffs: West Seattle HS boys, Seattle Lutheran girls win

February 12, 2015 11:56 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools | WS & Sports

From the postseason-basketball scoreboard: West Seattle High School‘s boys-varsity team beat Bainbridge tonight, 67-62, led by Nate Pryor with 28 points. Head coach Keffrey Fazio‘s Wildcat boys play at Eastside Catholic, (update) 8 pm Saturday … Seattle Lutheran High School‘s girls won against Muckleshoot Tribal School, 46-40, led by Abbi Sanders with 24 points; we’re checking to see what’s next for the Saints.

Another new baby for Puget Sound’s endangered orcas: Welcome, J51!

Another birth announcement for Puget Sound’s endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales – and, like the last one, this new baby has been spotted in J-Pod. Orca Network sent the news release and photo on behalf of the Center for Whale Research:

After spending the past two weeks near the west entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, J pod finally came back into the interior Salish Sea waters and showed off another brand new baby whale to the few observers that braved the mist and light rain and watched the whales swim by from land and from vessels at respectful distance.

Dave Ellifrit from the Center for Whale Research, and Jeanne Hyde who first heard the whales on Lime Kiln hydrophone this morning, embarked on the Center ‘s research vessel “Chimo” to Haro Strait while CWR Senior Scientist, Ken Balcomb, watched from shore and managed communications.

The late December calf, J50, with its J16 family were seen today as well; but, the big news is that J19 and J41 were swimming protectively on either side on another new baby that we estimate is about one week old. This newest addition to J pod is designated J51, and the presumed mother is thirty-six year old J19. Her ten-year old daughter, J41, was also in attendance. The newest baby appears healthy.

This brings us to twenty-six whales in J pod, the most viable pod in the Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population of the US and Canada Pacific Northwest. K pod has 19 individuals, and L pod has 34 individuals for a total population of 79 SRKW’s as of today. That number can change anytime with the birth or death of one of these charismatic whales.

Gone but not forgotten: Parts of historic ferry Kalakala are now forever ashore at Salty’s on Alki

The art outside and near Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) includes something new that’s also something old: Pieces of the recently scrapped, once-gleaming art-deco ferry Kalakala. Alki photographer David Hutchinson shared the photos and this link to, which reports that Salty’s proprietor Gerry Kingen bought “the wheelhouse, massive rudder and crank, a piston and rod, and a hatch” to display outside his West Seattle restaurant, where the grounds already sport sections of a demolished local bridge.

In addition to that unique view of the city, the new feature also provides a portrait view of Salty’s itself. quotes Kingen as saying this is just the start of the display, which will also include interpretive features.

If you hadn’t been following the saga, the Kalakala, half a century out of service, finally met its end recently at a scrap yard in Tacoma. Meantime, in addition to the Kalakala pieces and bridge sections – explained by Kingen in this video featured at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society brunch gala last year (WSB coverage here). P.S. If you stroll the area, you can also see the Luna Girls on Alki steel sculpture by Lezlie Jane; it’s on city-owned land just west of Salty’s.

Fire-station open house, free swim, pancakes for Neighbor Appreciation Day on Saturday

February 12, 2015 1:27 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | West Seattle news

Saturday is more than Valentine’s Day … it’s Neighbor Appreciation Day in Seattle. The free city-sponsored events in West Seattle include an open house at Fire Station 37 (35th/Holden) from 11 am-1 pm, and then you can head over to Southwest Pool for a free public swim, 1-2 pm (2801 SW Thistle). One more event of note – pancake breakfast 9 am-noon at Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW) – free for 2/under but otherwise, $6/person for 13-64, $10/couple, $4/3-12 and 65+. (WSB photo from Station 37 on 2012’s Neighbor Appreciation Day)

Update: Police search after ‘lewd conduct’ reported near Chief Sealth IHS

11:16 AM: Thanks for the tips about the helicopters. A police search is under way in the Chief Sealth International High School vicinity after, per SPD, a man “reportedly exposed himself (near Sealth) … and ran off.” Police add that they are “evaluating conflicting witness statements.” Earlier this morning, a significant police presence was visible in the area, following the three incidents reported by students yesterday. No description available yet, so we don’t know if this incident matches any aspect of the “flasher” report a few blocks east of Sealth on January 26th.

11:47 AM UPDATE: Just as we were on the phone with police seeking more details, they tweeted this:

There is some partial description info, Det. Drew Fowler told us: White man, 20s, gray shirt, black boots.

West Seattle Thursday: Art Walk; STEM, Denny open houses; kindergarten-enrollment night; more!

February 12, 2015 10:21 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Barrow’s Goldeneyes in flight – photo by Mark Wangerin)
Thursday has taken off, and we’re headed into this list of highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

DAY OF REMEMBRANCE: Author/poet Lawrence (Larry) Matsuda is speaking this morning at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) to commemorate the Japanese American Day of Remembrance. All welcome; his first session, as previewed here earlier this week, is already under way, but he has another one coming up at 11 am in Olympic Hall on the south end of campus. (6000 16th SW)

TODDLER STORYTIME: 11:30 am at High Point Branch Library, stories, rhymes, and songs with the children’s librarian. (35th/Raymond)

KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT NIGHT: If you are enrolling a kindergartener in Seattle Public Schools this fall, get it done as soon as you can! Tonight’s a great opportunity with special assistance available 5:30-7 pm at Roxhill Elementary (for families interested in any and all SPS elementaries, not just Roxhill) – details here. (30th/Roxbury)

BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: Seattle Lutheran High School‘s girls team plays Muckleshoot at Evergreen Lutheran in Tacoma this afternoon at 1:30. Then tonight, the West Seattle High School boys have it all on the line in a winner-to-districts, loser-out game vs. Bainbridge at Garfield HS, 5:45 pm.

WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: 6-9 pm, go see who’s showing what! Here’s the venue list/map for the winter quarter:

Preview the venues and artists on the official Art Walk website.

WINE, ART, AND FOOD PARTY: Art Walk night always brings this event with wine tasting, appetizers, plus live music from Choro Tocando at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 6-8 pm. (5612 California SW)

SECOND THURSDAY OUT: 6 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, the LGBTQ community, neighbors, and friends are invited for a soup supper and more during “Second Thursday OUT” – details in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS ABOUT SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS? West Seattle’s school-board rep Marty McLaren hosts a community conversation, 6-7:45 pm (drop in when you can) at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library. (2306 42nd SW)

STEM OPEN HOUSE: Making your school decision for next year? 6:30-7:30 pm, K-5 open house at STEM; 7-8 pm, middle school open house, as the school starts the process of transitioning from K-5 STEM to K-8 STEM. (5950 Delridge Way SW)

DENNY IMS OPEN HOUSE FOR PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES: 6:30-8 pm, families of prospective Denny International Middle School students are invited to an open house – details here. (2601 SW Kenyon)

NIGHTLIFE: Live music, karaoke, more, on our calendar.

Dock-talks update: Terminal operators shutting down ship offloading today, 3 of next 4 days

As the contract-talks stalemate continues at West Coast ports, the Pacific Maritime Association says terminal operators will do for four more days what it did last weekend – suspend offloading of ships. Those days are today, Saturday, Sunday, Monday – holiday/weekend days when longshore workers would be paid at a higher rate. The announcement from the PMA also takes issue with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union‘s claim earlier this month that the two sides are close. In response, the ILWU issued this statement alleging the PMA “grossly mischaracterize(d)” the union’s “current bargaining position” and saying the employers had canceled a negotiating session set for yesterday afternoon.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates, alerts, previews

February 12, 2015 6:16 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
The morning traffic/transit watch is on. And we have two notes:

REMINDER – METRO SERVICE CHANGE ON SATURDAY: It’s two phases this time – the actual “service change” for route tweaks on Saturday, the fare changes on March 1st. Details here, if you haven’t seen them yet.

EARLY WARNING – HIGHWAY 99 LANE CLOSURES NORTH OF DOWNTOWN: If you drive or ride on Highway 99 north of downtown, longterm lane closures (two to three months) in both directions will probably affect you. They won’t start before next month but WSDOT wants to make sure you hear about them now.

PHOTOS: West Seattle High School girls’ victory sends them to Metro League championship game

(Photos by Steph Brusig for WSB)
The West Seattle High School girls-varsity basketball team moves on to the Metro League championship game after a hard-fought win Wednesday night, 53-39 over Holy Names. Lexi Ioane led the scoring with 20 points:

But this wasn’t just about the numbers:

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VIDEO: 34th District Democrats hear about housing, & hear from six District 1 candidates

(Video by Laura James for WSB)
Even if you’re not a member of the group – even if you’re not a member/supporter of the party – the central topic at Wednesday night’s 34th District Democrats meeting is one of intense interest: The housing-affordability crisis. The panelists were three guests with distinct viewpoints – Eliana Horn from the Tenants Union, Sharon Lee from the Low-Income Housing Institute, and Roger Valdez from Smart Growth Seattle. You can hear for yourself in our video of the meeting, starting as they are introduced at 21 minutes in.

Another meeting highlight: Informal appearances by 6 of the 7 candidates now in the running for the new West Seattle/South Park District 1 City Council seat. If you haven’t checked out our Wednesday coverage yet, the field of 4 who were in the race as of the First Look” forum we sponsored last Thursday (video here) grew by 3 in the 12 hours before the 34th DDs’ meeting. Starting at 1:51 into our video (or, click here), the people speaking during the meeting-ending “good of the order” open-microphone section included (in this order, interspersed with a few other speakers) candidates Amanda Kay Helmick, Lisa Herbold, Phillip Tavel, Shannon Braddock, Brianna Thomas, and Chas Redmond.

The 34th District Democrats meet on second Wednesdays, 7 pm, at The Hall at Fauntleroy, and are online at