month : 04/2015 327 results

Summer 2015 Basketball/Life Skills Camp at Chief Sealth IHS: Signup time

April 5, 2015 9:09 pm
|    Comments Off on Summer 2015 Basketball/Life Skills Camp at Chief Sealth IHS: Signup time
 |   West Seattle news | WS & Sports

As noted earlier this weekend, both local public high schools are hosting basketball camps again this summer, and registration has opened for both. The second announcement is for the camp that has three 1-week sessions at Chief Sealth International High School – the weeks of June 22, July 13, and August 3, for boys and girls entering grades 2-9:

We are excited to host our 18th annual summer of Basketball/Life Skills Camp at Chief Sealth International High School this summer. Last year, we hosted more than 400 campers in our multiple sessions. The emphasis of our program is to teach the fundamentals of the game in part of a fun and competitive basketball experience, but also to emphasize the Life Skills necessary to be successful in school and life, both intellectually, and socially.

The camp is run by camp directors Colin Slingsby (Chief Sealth Boys’ Head Coach) and Diallo Jackson (Denny Middle School Boys’ Head Coach) with the help of many high school and college students/athletes who are put through a lengthy mentorship training in order to be prepared to work with our many campers. While we enjoy teaching the game of basketball and providing a positive week on the court, we pride ourselves on our Life Skills curriculum, which includes a classroom session daily, emphasizing the values of our program. Camp runs from 9 am-4 pm each day, Monday through Friday, and each camper will receive a camp t-shirt. Information and registration are available at The camp has traditionally filled up quickly…so don’t delay. We look forward to having your child in camp!

VIDEO: ‘Port Encouragement March’: 50+ walk from Junction to T-5

3:23 PM: This rally was just the start, promised speakers at the rally that wrapped up today’s “Port Encouragement March” about an hour ago, with more than 50 people walking from Walk-All-Ways in The Junction to the 5-way intersection by Terminal 5, west of the low bridge, in hopes of “encouraging” the Port of Seattle to cancel the T-5 interim lease that will bring Shell Arctic-drilling equipment here.

Encouragement March almost to 35th and Alaska. #westseattle

A video posted by West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) on

The march was peaceful and relatively low-key – several speakers and a song at the end; walking along from The Triangle to the end of the route, we noted lots of sign waving along the way, some horn-honking from passing motorists, one bicyclist telling the marchers “thank you.”
Seattle Police officers on bicycles accompanied the march, which stayed on sidewalks/trails throughout.

ADDED 4:37 PM: Here’s how it unfolded: Participants gathered at Walk All Ways in The Junction, including the Raging Grannies:

Today’s march segued from a standing monthly rally to encourage people to take action against climate. Marchers headed east on Alaska – along the way, American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle offered a “hydration station”:

Staying on sidewalks and trails along the way, the group headed down 35th to Avalon:

On Avalon, the police bicycle escorts blocked traffic at the Genesee stoplight for an extra few moments so everyone could cross safely:

Turning onto the Alki Trail under/alongside the west end of the West Seattle Bridge, the marchers were urged to stay single-file so bicyclists could get past them. Those with signs held them high to catch the eyes of drivers heading westbound on Spokane:

Rather than going all the way to the gates of Terminal 5, the group stopped by the 5-way intersection west of the low bridge and listened to a few short speeches before the rally ended.

Organizer Stu Hennessey, a longtime West Seattle community advocate, said he felt “betrayed” by the Port’s decision:

Speaking second, Zarna Joshi of Rising Tide, who said there is more at stake than people realize:

She criticized Port Commissioner Tom Albro for telling her he wouldn’t take action to try to cancel the lease, even though he personally opposes Arctic drilling. (At the last Port Commission, as we reported in as-it-happened coverage, both Albro and Courtney Gregoire, the other anti-drilling commissioner, had said they won’t take action to try to cancel it.) Organizers of today’s march included the Green Party of Seattle and Greenpeace, which also provided a speaker:

She said another rally is being planned for April 26th, after the expected arrival of Shell equipment including the drilling platform Polar Pioneer, now in the North Pacific and being trailed by a Greenpeace boat. No counter-protesters showed up today, but supporters of the 2-year lease for Foss to use a third of T-5 say it will provide hundreds of jobs and that it’s better to have a company like Foss, which has a good environmental record, handling this work, than someone else.

UPDATE: Seattle Fire rescues kayakers off Harbor Avenue

(WSB photo)
1:01 PM: Big Seattle Fire response this past half-hour for two kayakers reported to possibly be in trouble. The SFD units went to Jack Block Park; an SFD fireboat crew picked the kayakers up and took them to Seacrest. Rescuers checked them out and told us at the scene that neither needed to go to the hospital.

6:04 PM: This comment has more on what happened.

Something missing in ‘Transportation Levy to Move Seattle,’ say West Seattle advocates: Stairways

After we reported Friday night on SDOT‘s plan to use goats to clear weeds/brush from the SW Holden stairway between 20th and Delridge, our area’s best-known stairway users/advocates pointed out two things: For one, this isn’t the only stairway that needs TLC, note Jake and Cathy Jaramillo, the West Seattleites who wrote “Seattle Stairway Walks.” For two, a stairway plan is missing in the draft Transportation Levy to Move Seattle. With a city survey about the levy open right now, they say it’s an opportunity to fix that:

An Open Letter To Our Stairway Friends:

The mayor’s proposed Transportation Levy has a lot of things going for it, but it completely misses one of Seattle’s most important everyday modes of transportation: our stairway network.

West Seattle is particularly blessed with numerous stairways that play an important role in the everyday life of our community. Some of them are sadly deteriorating, and all of them need ongoing TLC!

Seattle possesses a historic built legacy of more than 650 publicly accessible stairways. Many of them are more than one hundred years old, yet even today they still connect our citizens to transit, parks and everyday neighborhood businesses.

Stairways provide scenic byways in the city for exploration and outdoor exercise. They’re a “third place” for neighbors to meet casually. In short, our stairway network remains incredibly relevant to our city’s function and quality of life.

Back in 2011 the city’s budget for stairway maintenance was only about $1.1 million. This inadequate level of funding shows, despite the hard work done by SDOT rehab and replacement crews (see picture below).

Roughly forty percent of this amount will be lost when the current Bridging the Gap levy expires, leaving a yawning gap in the funds needed to keep up our stairway network.

We’re appealing for concerned residents to do two simple things, right away:

1) Please take a moment to give your feedback to Mayor Murray and the city, using the brief SDOT online survey, at

There’s a key juncture where the survey asks: “Are there other transportation investments you feel should be a top priority for funding through this levy?” Adding a quick note here, such as “To make walking easier and safer, the levy must add specific funding for our deteriorating public stairways” can go a long way to putting stairways on the city’s radar – provided enough of us speak up.

2) Please forward this message to your own networks, to get others to amplify your voice!

See you on the stairs,

Jake and Cathy Jaramillo
Seattle Stairway Walks: An Up-and-Down Guide to City Neighborhoods

While stairways were mentioned when Mayor Murray announced his overall transportation vision in early March, they did not get a specific shoutout when the draft levy to fund part of that plan was made public a few weeks later.

West Seattle Sunday: Easter; ‘encouragement march’; art…

(Mallards at Longfellow Creek, by Laura Goodrich, shared via the WSB Flickr group)

Good morning! It’s Easter Sunday and the second day of Passover.

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICES: 6:30 am at Forest Lawn (6730 30th SW; WSB sponsor) with the West Seattle Ministerial Association, and 6:30 am on Alki Beach (60th/Alki) with the local UCC churches. The forecast looks good.

MORE EASTER SERVICES/EVENTS: More than 20 churches’ schedules are linked from the WSB Easter & More page. Some are having brunches and/or Easter egg hunts too.

Also today:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm as always. Special feature, facepainting by Blue Geisha Tattoo, an Easter Sunday tradition. (44th/Alaska)

AVALON GLASSWORKS: Blowing glass again this year on Easter Sunday 11 am-5 pm – info here. (2914 SW Avalon Way)

EASTER EGG PAINTING: 11 am-4 pm at Mind Unwind in The Admiral District, $7/group, which includes all painting supplies and a half dozen hard-boiled eggs. (2206 California SW)

ENCOURAGEMENT RALLY AND MARCH: As previewed here earlier in the week, a rally and march starting from Walk All Ways around 1 pm will head to Terminal 5. *Added* American Legion Post 160 on the north side of SW Alaska at 37th is offering a hydration station – fill your bottle, or, they’ll have recyclable cups. (California/Alaska)

NEW MUSIC BY ROBIN HOLCOMB & PEGGY LEE: 3 pm at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library – the city’s libraries ARE open today as usual. (2306 42nd SW)

UPDATE: About that loud helicopter early this morning…

helicopterwatch.png2:20 AM: We haven’t confirmed it yet but are checking into whether it was Guardian Two, the King County Sheriff’s Office‘s military-surplus second helicopter. That’s what the similarly loud, military-style helicopter passing by two weeks ago turned out to be, returning from a rescue in the South Sound, and a few hours ago, the KCSO Air Support Unit tweeted that G-2 was headed out to hoist an injured climber in Jefferson County. When on approach to Boeing Field, they fly low to stay out of Sea-Tac’s path, we were told. If we get confirmation, we’ll update.

11:04 AM: As noted in comments below, a followup tweet has added a little more information.

9:29 PM: And here’s what the rescue was all about.

West Seattle weekend scene: Full moon on the rise

One night after the eclipse, two photographers caught the full moon on the rise with a vantage point toward Harbor Island – above, David Hutchinson; below, Chris Frankovich.

We appreciate photo contributions – or share via the WSB Flickr group!

BIZNOTES: Junction Tax-Free Day set; Tony’s Market soon; CSA at The General Store – Seattle?

Three West Seattle biznotes tonight:

JUNCTION TAX-FREE DAY: Two weeks from today, the West Seattle Junction Association confirms, the day of sales dubbed Tax-Free Day will be back. That’s Saturday, April 18th, first Saturday after the federal filing deadline. Of course it’s not really tax-free – but participating merchants (see the list here – including WSB sponsors AAA West Seattle, Click! Design That Fits, Curious Kidstuff, Emerald Water Anglers, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, VAIN, and Wallflower Custom Framing) will be offering you a discount by covering the sales-tax cost.

TONY’S MARKET: Worried fans of the seasonal produce store Tony’s Market at 35th and Barton have been messaging us with concerns that it’s already April and Tony’s hasn’t opened for the season yet. We’ve seen activity at the site off and on but hadn’t managed to catch up with anyone for formal comment yet – however, we’ve learned that he’s definitely gearing up to open for the season, possibly as soon as next week.

SPEAKING OF PRODUCE – CSA, ANYONE? Claire at The General Store – Seattle (WSB sponsor) wonders if you are interested in signing up for a CSA dropoff at her store (3400 Harbor SW). CSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture, and Claire’s been working with Skylight Farms, which she says “showcases more than 100 varieties of produce” and has egg shares available too; the program runs for 20 weeks, June through October, with members having the option of choosing weekly or biweekly deliveries. Claire says only 10 subscriptions a week are needed for The General Store to become a dropoff spot. If you are – or might be – interested, please e-mail Claire at

Summer 2015 basketball camp @ West Seattle HS: Signup time

April 4, 2015 8:17 pm
|    Comments Off on Summer 2015 basketball camp @ West Seattle HS: Signup time
 |   West Seattle news | WS & Sports

Interested in basketball camp this summer? We have two to tell you about this weekend. First, at West Seattle High School, 4th through 9th graders are invited to camp Monday-Thursday, July 6, 7, 8, and 9 at the WSHS gym, 9 am-4 pm each day. Signups are under way – here’s what it’s all about:

Our camp focuses on positive-attitude player development, individual skill development, and team work skills. We embrace all skill levels and experience, adjusting our coaching philosophies to pretain to each individual, but encourage all to work together to be successful. WSHS staff takes pride in working with our community to build positive relationships and better basketball players.

Head coach Keffrey Fazio is camp coordinator. You can contact him with questions at Or, if you’re ready to sign up already, you can do it online here, and send camper info via this registration form.

What’s up down in the pit? Murray CSO project update

April 4, 2015 6:56 pm
|    Comments Off on What’s up down in the pit? Murray CSO project update
 |   Environment | Utilities | West Seattle news

A little over one year into major work at the site of the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow Control Project‘s million-gallon storage tank, another phase has begun, according to a notice from King County: The outer wall and floor of the tank are done, and crews are now building its inner walls. That’s what you see in the photo above, which we took this afternoon through the fence along Lincoln Park Way over the northeast side of the site. The inner-wall work will mean “small concrete pours every week” through June, says the county, and possibly some Saturday work. Then this summer, according to the update, “the contractor expects to begin work to connect to the tank to the existing sewer system. This work will affect traffic on Beach Drive SW. King County will provide more information to the community before work begins.”

The Morgan Community Association has had Murray project updates at its quarterly meetings for quite a while now, so you’ll probably see one on the agenda for the April 15th MoCA meeting (7 pm, The Kenney), in case you have questions, which you can also take to the 24-hour project hotline – 206-205-9186. The project is supposed to be finished by fall of next year.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Police searching for would-be burglar

April 4, 2015 5:04 pm
|    Comments Off on West Seattle Crime Watch: Police searching for would-be burglar
 |   Crime | West Seattle news | West Seattle police

The police search in the mid-Beach Drive area is because of a reported burglary attempt upslope in the 5900 block of Atlas Drive. Someone is reported to have tried to break into a house there by breaking a window. Only a partial description so far – white man, heavy set, in a blue and green Seahawks sweatshirt and dark shorts, who fled on foot, toward the water. Any information, call 911.

The first 50 sales are already signed up, with 5 weeks to go until West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2015!

April 4, 2015 3:10 pm
|    Comments Off on The first 50 sales are already signed up, with 5 weeks to go until West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2015!
 |   Community Garage Sale Day | West Seattle news

(Scene from 2013 WSCGSD. No, the boat was NOT part of the sale!)
Five weeks from today, neighborhoods around West Seattle will be abuzz with shopping, selling, and neighbor-to-neighbor chatting, during the 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day on Saturday, May 9th (9 am-3 pm; check the forthcoming map for some sales starting earlier, some ending later), presented by WSB. Today is the third full day of registration, and we have 50 confirmed sales so far, from Arbor Heights to Alki to Admiral, Delridge to Gatewood, Seaview to Sunrise Heights, and beyond. You can register a sale in one of three classifications – individual, business/group/school, or block sale; the info’s all on the form, which you’ll find here.

As always, the WSCGSD map/list will be created in clickable online and printable PDF forms, and it’ll be available one week before sale day. Whether you’ll be selling or shopping, get May 9th on your calendar and invite your friends, relatives, co-workers to come for the sales and stay afterward to visit West Seattle restaurants, coffee shops, beaches … More updates to come!

West Seattle weekend scenes: Outdoor egg hunters at Hiawatha, Lincoln Park

April 4, 2015 2:11 pm
|    Comments Off on West Seattle weekend scenes: Outdoor egg hunters at Hiawatha, Lincoln Park
 |   Fun stuff to do | West Seattle news

Scenes from two of this morning’s outdoor egg hunts in West Seattle – first, at Hiawatha:

(WSB photos unless otherwise credited)
This was one of four local city-run community centers with egg hunts this morning. The littlest hunters, and their grownup chaperones, got to throng the tennis courts:

The east side of the park was where eggs were scattered for one of the older groups:

(Photo courtesy Jason Grotelueschen)
Another park that drew hundreds of hunters – Lincoln Park, where Eastridge Church brought thousands of eggs for its annual community celebration:

Eastridge also set up bouncy houses and other kids’ activities, but egg-hunting was at centerstage:

Several other local churches are having egg hunts in conjunction with Easter Sunday services – you can check the schedules for more than 20 local churches, plus two outdoor services, from our WSB Easter & More page.

HAPPENING NOW: Buy books, help students @ Sanislo Elementary

April 4, 2015 12:10 pm
|    Comments Off on HAPPENING NOW: Buy books, help students @ Sanislo Elementary
 |   How to help | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

(Photo courtesy Lisa)
Stock your bookshelves, stock your nearest Little Free Library, get someone a gift, find something new to read in your away-from-the-screen quiet time … lots of books for all ages are on sale right now at Sanislo Elementary‘s annual Book Sale, raising money for the 4th-grade camping trip. Treats too:

(WSB photo)
Head over to the forested grounds at 1812 SW Myrtle (map) before 2 pm!

VIDEO: Easter Bunny & friends host hundreds at West Seattle Thriftway’s 2015 egg hunt

April 4, 2015 11:36 am
|    Comments Off on VIDEO: Easter Bunny & friends host hundreds at West Seattle Thriftway’s 2015 egg hunt
 |   Fun stuff to do | West Seattle news

(WSB photos/video by Patrick Sand)
A big weekend of fun has begun, starting with the Easter Bunny and friends presiding at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), home of our area’s biggest indoor egg hunt:

As our one-minute video shows, families brought the littlest ones in first:

Waiting is tough – but the bunny’s helpers offered a distraction: Bacon samples!

West Seattle Thriftway has photos on its Facebook page, too.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Mail theft in 2 neighborhoods

Two reader reports involving stolen/tampered mail. From RP: “Found my neighbor’s mail on the ground around 10 o’clock (Thursday night) while I went to retrieve something from my car. About 10 pieces of mail . I live near Holy Family School on Roxbury. This is the second time this happened.” Also from Thursday night, Scott reports, “Someone opened mailboxes and scattered/took the contents on Glenridge SW in the Gatewood neighborhood.” You can report mail theft online, if it’s not happening right now (anything immediate should be called in to 911) – via SPD’s system, and via USPS’s system.

West Seattle Saturday: Egg hunts, book sale, theater, films, music, volunteering, and more…

April 4, 2015 6:12 am
|    Comments Off on West Seattle Saturday: Egg hunts, book sale, theater, films, music, volunteering, and more…
 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

Did you get up, or stay up, to see the eclipse? “Diver Laura” James shares the photo; we can confirm that it was visible on and off until the clouds completely took over the western sky, a short time before it went total. But now – on with the rest of our Saturday. First, from the WSB Easter & More page:

WEST SEATTLE THRIFTWAY EGG HUNT: 9 am, the popular kickoff to Easter weekend fills the aisles of WS Thriftway (WSB sponsor) with fun! Always a line, so don’t be late. For ages 1-10. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)

COMMUNITY CENTER EGG HUNTS: 10 am, four local community centers have egg hunts (usually broken into subgroups by age – ask when you arrive): Alki, Delridge, Hiawatha, High Point (if you need addresses, go here).

EASTRIDGE CHURCH EGG HUNT AT LINCOLN PARK: 11 am in the meadow of upper Lincoln Park. (Fauntleroy/Rose)

Non-egg-hunt highlights for today/tonight:

TAI CHI ON THE BEACH IS BACK: 9 am Saturdays, starting today, the 2015 series of free Tai Chi sessions at Alki Beach, led by Lao-Shi Caylen Storm. (60th/Alki)

‘206 BANG OUT’ BASKETBALL: 9 am-3 pm, the West Seattle High School Junior Class‘s benefit tournament is happening in the school gym. (3000 California SW)

SANISLO BOOK SALE: 10 am-2 pm, browse/buy books and support Sanislo Elementary‘s 4th-grade camping trip – treats for sale, too. (1812 SW Myrtle)

BAMBOO WORKSHOP AND GARDEN TOUR: 10 am-3 pm at the Seattle Chinese Garden – details here. North end of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. (6000 16th SW)

PRINCESS ANGELINE FILM MARATHON: At the Duwamish Longhouse in West Seattle – 11 am, 12:20 pm, 2 pm showings of this hour-long film telling the story of Chief Seattle‘s daughter. Free admission/parking. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

SW SEATTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: 11 am at the SWSHS’s Log House Museum, come hang out to find out how you can help out – first, go here to see the big list of what’s needed! Side note: The museum’s open today, noon-4 pm, as always, but will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday. (61st/Stevens)

PINE LAKE CELLARS TASTING ROOM: Noon-5 pm, try the award-winning wines of Pine Lake Cellars (WSB sponsor) right here in West Seattle. (3400 Harbor SW)

WEST SEATTLE MEANINGFUL MOVIES: 6:30 pm, doors open at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center for WS Meaningful Movies‘ screening of “White Like Me: Race, Racism, and White Privilege in America.” Sunday’s Encouragement March to Terminal 5 will be discussed, too. (6400 Sylvan Way)

TEAM SURVIVOR NW BENEFIT: 7 pm, come to Kenyon Hall for music and more, celebrating Team Survivor Northwest‘s 20 years of defying cancer. (7904 35th SW)

‘PAJAMA GAME’ AT WSHS: 7:30 pm curtain time for the West Seattle High School Drama Club presentation of this Tony Award-winning musical.

(Photo courtesy Laura Martin)
Ticket info here. (3000 California SW)

LIVE MUSIC @ WEST SEATTLE EAGLES: Rhapsody Duo performs tonight, 8-11 pm. Members and guests welcome; $5 cover. (4426 California SW)

EVEN MORE … on the calendar.

3 Friday afternoon games at Southwest Athletic Complex: Sealth softball & baseball, WSHS softball

April 4, 2015 4:32 am
|    Comments Off on 3 Friday afternoon games at Southwest Athletic Complex: Sealth softball & baseball, WSHS softball
 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools | WS & Sports

Three scenes and scores from Southwest Athletic Complex in Westwood, where three local varsity teams played ball in the Friday afternoon sunshine:

Read More

West Seattle restaurants: Pica Border Grill has closed

Pica Border Grill on the north edge of The Junction has been closed for a few days, and tonight, after a tip from customer Franklin, we caught up with owner Miguel Govela, who says Pica is closed permanently after he lost what he says was originally a 6-year lease. He posted this sign in the window:

We reported last year on two houses torn down behind the restaurant at 4151 California SW, with a townhouse and live-work unit replacing them, but the one-story restaurant building was listed as staying. We just re-checked the city’s permit files and still don’t see anything proposed for it yet, and the county assessor’s files do not show a recent ownership change – last one on record was in fall 2013. That was more than a year after Govela bought the restaurant that had been Jonny Bostons; we subsequently reported on his transformation of the space into Pica, with a menu from both sides of the US-Mexico border.

Goats to clear slopes along SW Holden stairway, says SDOT

(January 29th photo of Delridge/Holden stairway, after student was robbed)
Back in February, Southwest Precinct Community Police Team Officer Erin Nicholson told the Highland Park Action Committee that the city might bring in goats to clear vegetation along local stairways and make them safer, in the wake of crimes targeting students using them. Now, we have confirmation: SDOT is bringing goats to clear the slopes alongside the SW Holden stairway between Delridge and 20th. Here’s the flyer the city has distributed to nearby residents:

This will be the first time SDOT has used goats in West Seattle, according to SDOT’s David Allen, who says they are from Rent-A-Ruminant.

P.S. While it’s a first for SDOT, it’s certainly not a first for WS; last decade, it was almost common – oldest goat photos in WSB archives are from 2007: Marine View Drive, Admiral, Gatewood

West Seattle Water Taxi reminder: 7-day schedule starts Monday

April 3, 2015 6:43 pm
|    Comments Off on West Seattle Water Taxi reminder: 7-day schedule starts Monday
 |   King County Water Taxi | West Seattle news

The King County Department of Transportation is circulating the reminder tonight: Monday is the first day of the West Seattle Water Taxi‘s extended spring/summer schedule – not only 7 days a week, but also middays on weekdays, not just the am/pm commute runs covered in the winter schedule. Just in time, since Monday is opening day for the Mariners, with a 1:10 pm game. You can see the new schedule here.

West Seattle traffic alert: Bus-car collision by Westwood Village, 1 hurt

SW Barton is blocked between 25th and 26th on the southeast side of Westwood Village after a car and Metro bus collided. Our crew says the car’s driver is going to the hospital; no injuries on the bus, which had no passengers as it was en route back to the terminal. A tow truck is expected in half an hour or so to clear the scene.

ADDED: Thanks to Heath for this photo:

Night owls/skywatchers: Lunar eclipse very early Saturday

ORIGINAL REPORT, 4:18 PM: In the most recent “Skies Over West Seattle written by Alice Enevoldsen for WSB, she called tomorrow morning’s lunar eclipse the most exciting upcoming event. The excitement’s been dampened a bit by the weather – but we have some blue sky right now, so we have hope for tonight/early tomorrow, and we’re publishing a reminder. It peaks with totality at 5 am; here’s the rest of the timeline. (Photo by David Hutchinson – 2011 lunar eclipse, seen from Alki)

SATURDAY UPDATE, 4:42 AM: We’ve been working all night and caught a few glimpses – around the half-eclipsed and 3/4-eclipsed marks – just looked again, seems the clouds are winning as totality approaches in about 15 minutes.

ADDED: Thanks to Jack Miller for this photo of the “blood moon” phase:

And “Diver Laura” James shared a time lapse: