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FOLLOWUP: Sunday’s Port Encouragement Rally/March; Saturday’s kayak training for would-be ‘flotilla’ participants

Opponents of the plan for Shell’s Arctic fleet to use part of the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 plan two events in West Seattle this weekend:

SUNDAY ‘ENCOURAGEMENT’ MARCH UPDATE: That’s the map for Sunday’s rally/march from The Junction to Terminal 5, dubbed by organizers as a Port Encouragement Rally – encouraging the Port of Seattle to cancel the T-5 lease for Shell vessels/equipment intended for Arctic drilling. We published the original announcement back on Monday. It starts at Walk-All-Ways (California/Alaska) at 1 pm Sunday; the march will be “using sidewalks and obeying pedestrian traffic laws,” says the update from Stu Hennessey, which also notes:

This March is sponsored by the Green Party of Seattle and is supported by Greenpeace,, Backbone, West Seattle Meaningful Movies and the citizens of West Seattle. Speakers from the Green Party, Sustainable West Seattle and will address the crowd as they gather at the entrance of West Seattle’s Terminal 5.

Also noted in the update – Sunday’s march will be discussed at the West Seattle Meaningful Movies gathering this Saturday night, 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center.

KAYAK ‘FLOTILLA’ – SATURDAY TRAINING: Opponents of the lease warned at the last Port Commission meeting March 24th (WSB coverage here) that the presence of Shell vessels/rigs here would result in a “long, hot summer” of demonstrations. In addition to Sunday’s rally/march, plans for a “flotilla” are taking shape, and the coalition organizing it is planning training sessions at Alki Kayak Tours in West Seattle. The first one is scheduled for 10 am-12:30 pm tomorrow.

WHEN DOES THE ‘FLEET” ARRIVE? No timeline has been announced for expected arrivals – the chair of Foss‘s parent company Saltchuk, Mark Tabbutt, told the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce yesterday morning (WSB coverage here) that the platform Polar Pioneer is indeed headed this way. (Here are its specs, including a 17-story-high derrick; not as high as the SBX radar platform that was here four years ago. It was built by Hitachi Zosen, also known in these parts for building the Highway 99 tunneling machine “Bertha.”) It’s on board a “deck cargo” ship called Blue Marlin, which is still out of range but filed a plan with estimated arrival in the Port Angeles vicinity around April 12th. Greenpeace is following the Polar Pioneer/Blue Marlin across the Pacific with its boat Esperanza.

That same Greenpeace boat was here in 2012 while part of Shell’s fleet was at Vigor.

West Seattle schools: New ‘pathway’ planned for ‘highly capable’ students – Fairmount Park, Madison, WSHS

Thanks to the reader who called this to our attention. Seattle Public Schools is setting up a “pathway” through local schools for students identified as “highly capable,” the first of its two tiers of advanced-learning programs, the one that was formerly known as APP, and it’s looking for interested people to be part of a focus group. As explained in this letter, the pathway would start with Fairmount Park Elementary, which offers “highly capable” placement now, and would continue with Madison Middle School and West Seattle High School:

The Office of Advanced Learning is collaborating with school and community members to develop a Highly Capable Cohort pathway for students in West Seattle. That is, when the pathway is established, students identified as Highly Capable could eventually be served from kindergarten through 12th grade in HC classrooms at schools located in West Seattle.

We are forming a Focus Group to provide an opportunity for school leaders and community members to collaborate on implementing new HC services at Madison Middle School and West Seattle High School. If you are interested in joining the Focus Group, application forms will be made available by mid-April on the Advanced Learning website

The pathway will take time to develop and will not be fully in place by next school year, but we want to help families understand their options for this fall:

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West Seattle Friday: Books, sports, games, film, wine, more!

April 3, 2015 11:06 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

Highlights for the rest of today and tonight include a West Seattle couple known for walking and writing:

CATHY & JAKE JARAMILLO @ WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: The authors of “Seattle Stairway Walks” are in that clip, inviting you to tonight’s edition of WWWS, 5-7 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village, presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. More info here. (2800 SW Barton)

SPEAKING OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Out of school early today? Take a trip to the Log House Museum, which is open noon-4 pm as usual. (61st/Stevens)

FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES: 1 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, today’s movie is “Fargo.” (Oregon/California)

HIGH-SCHOOL SPORTS: Chief Sealth International High School varsity teams have home games at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle) – baseball vs. Nathan Hale and softball vs. Rainier Beach, both at 4 pm. West Seattle High School‘s varsity baseball team has two on-peninsula games as well – 3:30 pm baseball at Hiawatha (2700 California SW) vs. Ballard, 3:30 pm softball at SWAC, also vs. Ballard.

GAME NIGHT AT CORNER BAR: It’s Game Night at this month’s edition of Corner Bar at Highland Park Improvement Club, 6 pm, full details here. (12th/Holden)

BIN 41 TURNS 5: 6-7:30 pm, the weekly wine tasting at Bin 41 celebrates the Junction wine shop’s fifth anniversary. Local winemaker Darby English is in the spotlight. (4707 California SW)

‘PAJAMA GAME’ AT WSHS: 7:30 pm curtain for the West Seattle High School Drama Club production at the WSHS Theater. (3000 California SW)

PASSOVER & GOOD FRIDAY: For Good Friday services, check local churches’ schedules, linked from our WSB Easter & More page. Meantime, Passover begins at sundown tonight. (You can always find sunset/sunrise times on the WSB West Seattle Weather page.) No public events that we know of.

Where to find this weekend’s West Seattle eggscitement

April 3, 2015 9:04 am
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 |   Fun stuff to do | Holidays | West Seattle news

From the WSB Easter & More page – one more reminder of what’s ahead this weekend:

(WSB photo: 2013 Thriftway egg hunt)
SATURDAY: Egg-hunt action starts at 9 am inside West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), continuing at 10 am at four city-run community centers; that’s just the start – see the page for the complete list.

SUNDAY: Several local churches promise egg hunts post-Easter service, including WSB sponsors Tibbetts United Methodist Church and All Souls. In the afternoon, Admiral UCC is having an Easter festival for families.

(More than 20 churches’ Easter/Holy Week schedules are linked, plus the Easter sunrise services at Forest Lawn [WSB sponsor] and on Alki Beach; last call to add anything we’re missing – – thank you!)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: April’s first Friday; weekend in view

April 3, 2015 7:12 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Not only is it a quiet commute in our area, it’s uneventful regionally, so far, per WSDOT’s traffic-watchers.

EARLY DISMISSAL: Watch for extra walking, bicycling, and school buses at midday today – local parochial schools are out at noon and off next week for Easter Break. (Seattle Public Schools‘ spring break is one week later.)

8 AM – REMINDER FOR NEXT WEEK: As reported in our 47th/Admiral project update Wednesday night, SW Waite on the north side of that intersection will be closed to through traffic next Monday-Friday. Here’s the newest reminder from SDOT.

‘Assault with weapons’ response on 9th SW

7:05 AM: Police and fire are headed for the 8100 block of 9th SW. The call is “assault with weapons”; the initial reports are that someone has a gunshot wound, possibly self-inflicted. We’re headed over to find out.

7:08 AM: Per scanner, most of the SFD units are being canceled, but they’re calling for a chaplain.

7:32 AM: Police cars were visible at the scene, but the officers were in the house and unavailable to talk to. A reminder in the meantime … the local 24-hour hotline from the Crisis Clinic: 206-461-3222.

You can help Chief Sealth IHS Class of 2015 celebrate Grad Night – even if you don’t know a grad-to-be. Here’s how.

Now that April’s here, the Class of 2015 is just two months from graduating, and celebrating. At Chief Sealth International High School, a bit of a community boost will go a long way toward making sure the biggest party of the summer isn’t out of any grad’s reach:

The Chief Sealth Class of 2015 senior class parents are currently organizing a tremendous event for our graduating seniors. Grad Night is an all-night, alcohol and drug-free party with non-stop, action-packed and supervised fun aimed at keeping our seniors safe on this important night. Where they’re going is a total surprise…but it will be awesome! This special event sends a clear message to graduates that we want to honor their achievement and care about their safety.

Why do we do Grad Night? Statistically, graduation night is the most common night for tragedy among teens and young adults. Students have just been ceremoniously ushered into adulthood and feel invincible – what could go wrong when left to their own plans? For many teens and young adults, this night has ended in tragedy. Why leave it to chance? We want our graduates to celebrate their bright futures, not ruin them.

Did you know? At Chief Sealth, over half of our students qualify for free/ reduced lunch and there are reportedly at least 40 homeless students currently attending Chief Sealth. For many families in our community, senior year expenses are overwhelming. In previous years, the CSIHS community generosity has made this event possible and affordable for all students. Funds raised have provided valuable scholarships to students who cannot afford the ticket price, as well as prizes for the contests and games offered throughout the event and many other details that make this night a lasting memory for students. Your support of this worthwhile tradition is extremely important. We need your help to continue this event.

Seattle Public Schools and the CSIHS PTSA support Grad Night and they commend you for any contribution. Most of all, the graduating seniors are grateful to you for caring enough to help provide a safe alcohol and drug free party.

It’s so easy to help! Contributions can be made online at Or you may use the attached form and send in your contribution to the CSIHS Main Office at 2600 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126, ATTN: 2015 Grad Night. Contributions must be received by May 1, 2015.

Please consider forwarding this letter to the greater community or anyone you know who may support CSIHS Grad Night.

If you have any questions, please call me at 206-932-4760. Thank you for supporting the CSIHS Class of 2015!

Thank you!
Cathy Jimenez
Grad Night Committee Chair

VIDEO: West Seattle Chamber of Commerce honors winners of Westside Awards, hears Saltchuk chair tout Seattle/Alaska ties

Story/photos/video by Tracy Record and Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

This morning’s Westside Awards breakfast was a celebration of West Seattle’s “thriving” business community, as WS Chamber of Commerce board chair Hamilton Gardiner put it, and of people/businesses making a difference here.

Nominations for the awards (announced last week) set a record, he said – more than 110. Also up: Attendance for Chamber events – 30 percent increase for the monthly lunch meetings, 15 percent for the monthly After-Hours gatherings.

The breakfast turnout was bigger than last year, too, with a wall-to-wall crowd in a waterfront banquet room at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), there to mingle as well as to applaud the winners and to hear a newsmaker keynote speaker – Mark Tabbutt, the West Seattleite who is chair of Saltchuk, parent company of Foss, whose two-year lease of nearby Terminal 5 has made national news, with Shell among its clients as the oil company anticipates resuming Arctic drilling.

But T-5 was only a small part of what Tabbutt talked about. Before touching on the Terminal 5 lease, Tabbutt went through a backstory of the company, described as now in its “third chapter.” Here’s our video of his entire presentation:

Its companies’ services include domestic shipping, air cargo, trucking, marine resources, trucking, petroleum distribution, international shipping. And he talked about Saltchuk’s status as a family-owned business: “That allows you to challenge yourself and your family to work out problems and try to do better for the company. We reinvest 90 percent of our earnings back into the company, and that has allowed us to grow.”

Tabbutt said Saltchuk has “a strong, long-term desire to protect the environment.” They’re converting vessels to run on natural gas, in a $100 million project: “We will reduce the amount of oil in (what equals) taking 38,000 vehicles off the streets of Puget Sound.” The company is also building the first two container ships in the world to burn natural gas.

A focus of his presentation was Seattle’s ties to Alaska, to which he attributed 113,000 local jobs, and “$6 billion in local labor earnings,” tracing back to the Gold Rush days. Then in the pipeline-building days, so many barges were on the water, “you could almost walk across Elliott Bay.” Now, “all freight bound for Alaska goes through the Pacific Northwest.” The pipeline traced back to the early ’70s energy crisis and was built in 4 years, he said, but “the oil coming out of Alaska is declining because there hasn’t been significant exploration.”

Then, to the Terminal 5 lease. “It obviously sparked quite a debate locally,” he said, while also thanking Port Commissioner Bill Bryant, one of the lease’s supporters, who was announced as being in attendance. He said that Shell “made many mistakes” in its first try, including relying on Gulf of Mexico contractors; this time, it’ll be local contractors, including Foss.

His slide deck switched to an image of the drilling platform Polar Pioneer, as Tabbutt said, “Here’s what’s coming to your neighborhood pretty soon … It’ll get a lot of notice.”

(Foss has not announced an expected arrival date for Polar Pioneer, being sealifted from Asia, but shows an April 12th estimated arrival off Port Angeles; the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza is trailing it in the open Pacific and chronicling the trip here.)

He briefly defended the project as his speech wrapped up: “You can’t live here and not be an environmentalist. The debate can’t be on who’s a bigger environmentalist than anyone else. It should be who’s doing more to reduce oil consumption. But (in the meantime), where are we going to get our oil?” Tabbutt said Alaska oil is “the most environmentally friendly oil you can get,” and compared it to the current production boom in oil derived from fracking elsewhere in the U.S. “The environmental damage that’s being done by fracking (is sizable) compared to what we’ve been doing in Alaska.”

And now, the Westside Awards – each one accompanied by our video of the introduction and acceptance speeches:

EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: This time last year, Laura Schneider was getting ready to open Meeples Games at California/Charlestown. This morning, she accepted the Westside Emerging Business of the Year award, after Elizabeth Pluhta from South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) introduced her with praise for Meeples’ community collaboration:

Schneider said her gaming café has “accomplished what we set out to do – create a third place” for the community.

NOT-FOR-PROFIT OF THE YEAR: Past board chair Nancy Woodland joked that since Clay Eals took over as Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director, all of West Seattle has “become history wonks – everybody cares about history.” Eals accepted the award:

“History connects. When we are connected, we care,” Eals said, “We’re all here because we love where we live … It’s all about passion, and wearing it on your sleeve. With that passion and with your help, we’ve accomplished some amazing things” just in the past year-plus. He recalled the 1,000-plus turnout for the totem pole unveiling/dedication and looked ahead to events including historic-home tours as well as the ongoing Words, Writers, West Seattle literary event. “To do all this, we stand on the shoulders of giants,” he said, also recalling local heroes old and new, and supporters who were at the SWSHS table. And to spotlight what’s yet to come, the restoration of the Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge and renovation of the Admiral Theater, Eals pointed out Dinah Brein, the “creative and energetic manager” of The Admiral, and the new owner of the Homestead, Dennis Schilling. This fall’s gala theme will be “Coming Home to the Homestead,” Eals revealed.

WESTSIDE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Nucor Steel won this award, accepted by Matt Lyons:

Gardiner spoke of the recycled scrap metal on which Nucor’s work is based, as well as the plant’s status as an employer of 325 people and as a gateway to West Seattle, so prominent along the bridge. Lyons noted that Nucor has been in the same North Delridge/Youngstown location for 110 years.

WESTSIDER OF THE YEAR: Tenacious, a leader, visionary, dedicated – words that Josh Sutton of the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) used to describe Jim Jackson of Jackson, Morgan, & Hunt PLLC (also a WSB sponsor), honored as Westsider of the Year.

Jackson said the award was “a big surprise.” He paid tribute to the firm’s employees, his partners, and their hundreds of clients. Helping people “with their dreams and their aspirations” is a description of work that he heard some years back, and for him, Jackson said, “it stuck.”

Wishing the breakfast attendees a great day, Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis thanked them for being present to “share the best.”

SIDE NOTE: The Chamber has an all-new website that it promises will be updated frequently to share news from the organization and local businesses – check it out at

West Seattle Crime Watch update: Grocery theft; bicycle NOT stolen

Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch today:

GROCERY THEFT: From Heather:

So for the past two years, we have never had an issue with our front porch delivery for Amazon Fresh, but when I went out to gather our groceries this morning, all that remained was a 24 pack of water (presumably too heavy or not worth carting off). Delivery is normally made around 4 am, so someone got to our groceries between then and 7 am. We are at 34th/holly. Don’t know if anyone else in the area has had any similar issues, but wanted to put the word out.

5:13 PM – BICYCLE ‘THEFT’ UPDATE: The bicycle mentioned here when we originally published this less than half an hour ago turned up NOT stolen. Sorry for the false alarm!

P.S. If you haven’t already seen it, the Southwest/South Precincts’ Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon‘s newest newsletter includes scam/property-crime info, and the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network has published it on their website.

20+ sales already, less than a day into signups for 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day

(Photo from a past WSB Community Garage Sale Day)
What treasures will YOU find – or sell? On the first full day of registration for the 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, more than 20 sales of all sizes are already on the list! Saturday, May 9, 2015, is the big day – 9 am-3 pm, but you can start earlier and/or end later if you want as long as you cover those 6 hours. Remember that it’s a two-step registration process, and it’s not complete without the confirmation from PayPal – here’s the official online form. If you have questions or problems, e-mail – thanks!

West Seattle development: New mixed-use project; 9 more notes

Starting this roundup of West Seattle development notes and updates – a new mixed-use project on the southeast edge of The Junction:

MIXED USE AT 4801 FAUNTLEROY WAY SW: This is the site on the southwest corner of Fauntleroy and Edmunds, formerly a parking lot and now headquarters to operations trailers for The Whittaker, the 400-apartments-plus-Whole Foods-and-more project across Edmunds. We just found the online site plan and early-stage proposal for a plan with 7 live-work units fronting Edmunds, 2 ground-floor commercial spaces under 9 apartments facing Fauntleroy, and 21 more apartments on the south side of the site, with 6 offstreet vehicle-parking spaces and 6 bicycle spaces. The site is zoned NC3-40; architect is David Foster; notations suggest this will go through Design Review. Last May, we reported on an early-stage proposal across the alley, on the former preschool site at 4800 40th SW; it doesn’t appear to have advanced in the system since then, but records show that site and this one were sold together back in February for $3.5 million.

6416 ADMIRAL WAY: A boundary-adjustment proposal is in for land along Admiral Way on Alki Point, between 64th and 65th. It would create three sites of 3,725 square feet each, and a fourth at 18,270 square feet. While no building-permit requests are in yet, the documents in city files indicate two houses fronting Admiral will be torn down.

3054 63RD SW UPDATE: Also toward the west end of Alki, construction work is about to start here, with the existing structure here torn down two Fridays ago – thanks to Daniel for the photo:

Online permits say two townhouses and a single-family house are on the way.

3015 60TH SW: Today’s Land Use Information Bulletin includes notice of a decision approving subdividing one development location into eight lots. As is standard, the notice opens a two-week period for anyone who wants to appeal.

3811 CALIFORNIA SW: Demolition-permit reviews are completed for this brick 4-plex considered (and rejected) twice for landmark status. 8 townhouses are planned, and the lot-subdivision proposal is in.

Also from the demolition-permit files – permits recently granted or in the works:

3008 63RD SW: Demolition permit sought for a single-family house, to be replaced by six townhouses and a house.

3838 59TH SW: Demolition permit sought for a single-family house to be replaced by two rowhouses.

1529 44TH SW: Demolition permit is issued for this triplex, with four townhouses planned to replace it.

3219-3221 CALIFORNIA SW: Demolition-permit filings are in for these commercial buildings. Townhouses and live-work units are planned, as previously reported.

4011 53RD SW: Demolition permit for a house, though nothing’s on file about what if anything will follow.

UPDATE: Why Guardian One helicopter was over Arbor Heights

(Thanks to Sherry for the photo)
12:40 PM: Thanks for the tips (206-293-6302 any time) about the Guardian One law-enforcement helicopter over Arbor Heights. It was gone by the time we got there to look, and nothing was detectable via the scanner, but King County Air Support has just tweeted that they were helping look for a stolen car, and that the car was found.

ADDED 2:20 PM: We asked KCSO spokesperson Sgt. BJ Myers for a few more details. Among other things, this explains why we didn’t hear anything on the scanner:

Early this morning, a deputy on his way to another call got an indication on his in-car LoJack sensor that a stolen car was in the Arbor Heights area. The deputy wasn’t able to follow up on the alert, so Guardian One came out today with their LoJack sensor and located the stolen vehicle dumped near SW 102/26 Av SW. A detective came out and recovered and processed the vehicle for evidence. It was stolen from Seattle.

Sally Clark leaving City Council early after getting UW job

(CM Clark in West Seattle last month, speaking to Southwest District Council)
12:01 PM: City Councilmember Sally Clark already had announced she wouldn’t run for re-election – and now, she’s leaving early. She’s resigning in two weeks to take a new job with the University of Washington, described here by the UW. Council President Tim Burgess is expected to talk later today about the process of appointing someone to fill the remaining months of Clark’s term.

2:16 PM UPDATE: The timeline and details of that process have now been announced – from an open application period starting tomorrow, to an appointment on April 27th. Read about it here.

Paddleboarders meet pirates! Seafair adds SUP series, including Alki Paddling Challenge

April 2, 2015 11:15 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS & Sports

Something new to look forward to this summer: Seafair has announced the inaugural Seafair Northwest Paddling Championship for Saturday, August 1st, involving the top finishers from a series of five existing SUP (standup paddleboarding) races – and one of them is the Mountain to Sound Outfitters-presented Alki Paddling Challenge, which will happen the same day as the Seafair Pirates Landing on Alki – June 27th – raising the possibility of pirates tangling with paddleboarders. Whether you’re interested as a racer or a spectator, get more info about the series here.

The WSBeat: Seven cases from the Southwest Precinct files

By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of our periodic feature The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …

*Responding to requests for additional patrol and for help with known shoplifters, officers arrived at an Admiral business on Monday the 30th. They immediately spotted one of three young men specifically named to be banned from the premises. In addition, officers knew that the 16-year-old was wanted on a felony warrant for 3rd-degree assault. They asked him to put his hands behind his back, but the young man denied his identity, struggled, and had to be placed on the ground in order to be handcuffed. Both this young man and another 17-year-old were banned from the store and acknowledged that if they return they’d be arrested for criminal trespassing. The 16 year old was booked into the Youth Service Center for the warrant and for investigation of resisting arrest.

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West Seattle Thursday: Toddler Eggstravaganza; ‘Pajama Game’ opens at WSHS; more…

April 2, 2015 8:55 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Added: View from outside Salty’s [WSB sponsor] after today’s Westside Awards breakfast – story to come!)

Our daily preview begins with highlights from the WSB Easter & More page, where you’ll find local egg hunts, services, more:

TODDLER EGGSTRAVAGANZA: At High Point Community Center, activities 10 am-noon for ages 0-5, $5 fee. (6920 34th SW)

MAUNDY THURSDAY: Church schedules for the week are linked from our Easter & More page too, including three WSB sponsors: First Lutheran Church of West Seattle (4105 California SW) has 11:45 am and 7 pm services; also, Tibbetts United Methodist Church (3940 41st SW) is open for Labyrinth Walking 6-9 tonight; and West Side Presbyterian Church (3601 California SW) has 7:30 pm worship.

Now, from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

TAI CHI, QIGONG FOR 50+: 2 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle with Sifu Viola Brumbaughdetails here. (Oregon/California)

PITCH IN AND HELP … at the Community Orchard of West Seattle, for this week’s 4-6 pm Health & Harvest work party. North side of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. (6000 16th SW)

‘PAJAMA GAME’ OPENS AT WSHS: 7:30 pm performance tonight as the new production by the West Seattle High School Drama Club starts its run at the WSHS Theater – more info in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates, plus a look back

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! No incidents so far on the routes through/from West Seattle. Thanks as always for your help keeping watch; when/if you can call or text safely/legally, 206-293-6302.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS: One link to share if you haven’t seen the story yet – take a walk around the Westwood Village-perimeter “transit hub” with the WW-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council and city/county reps – see the key pedestrian/passenger challenges that were pointed out.

Now, a look at what you would have seen on WS roads a half-century-plus ago:

THROWBACK THURSDAY TRAFFIC: Again this week, we steer right into the online “Throwback Thursday” tradition with another street shot from the Seattle Municipal Archives – January 1960 on Spokane St. in West Seattle between 23rd and 26th, which would be under the west end of today’s high bridge, we believe:

Click that image to see the archives’ page with a *really* big version of the photo, when you have time to explore the details.

High-school baseball: West Seattle’s rough afternoon vs. visiting Eastside Catholic

April 1, 2015 11:54 pm
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Thanks to Caryn Johnson for the photo and report on West Seattle High School‘s varsity baseball game on Wednesday:

It was a rough afternoon for the Wildcats. The Crusaders of Eastside Catholic jumped out to an early lead and the Wildcats just could not recover. There were a few highlights in the game, but the key was when sophomore Andrew Burggraff [photo above] came in to pitch midway through the 3rd inning. He pitched the rest of the game, giving up only one hit and not letting in a run. In the end, West Seattle lost 13-2 in five innings.

Next game is against Ballard on Friday at Hiawatha, at 3:30 pm.

Be part of 2015 West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day! Registration now open

garagesaledaysmalllog5.jpgIt’s on! Signup time for the 2015 edition of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day starts now.

You can get to the form here. Or, it’s embedded here on WSB, below. First, the basics:

*Sale day is Saturday, May 9, 2015.

*Official sale hours: 9 am-3 pm, but if you want to start yours earlier/end it later, that’s up to you (no late starts/early ends, though; thanks!).

*Registration gets you on the map, which is published on WSB and on the West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day website – as well as promoted/advertised regionally and in our social-media channels – with clickable and printable (PDF) versions. The map is ready a week in advance and assigns each sale a number, which you can use for cross-reference, your own promotion (“come see us, we’re sale #22!”), etc.

*Same registration fees/process as years past – all online. Three categories: Individual, Organization/Business/School, Block Sale.

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Memorial this Saturday for Michael R. Shomaker, 1958-2015

Services are planned this Saturday (April 4th) for Michael R. Shomaker. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing:

Michael Robert Shomaker
January 25, 1958 ~ March 28, 2015

Beloved husband of Michelle, son of Bob and Myrna Shomaker, father of Kyle, Cody, and Sophie Shomaker, brother of Beth Torgeson (Ron) and David Shomaker (Kathy), passed away after a valiant battle with myelofibrosis (blood cancer). Eagle Scout, Sea Scout, Control Systems Engineer, smart, funny, very caring, talented up the kazoo.

There was nothing he couldn’t fix or make better.

Services Saturday 4/4 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, West Seattle. Viewing 12:00 pm, Chapel Service 1:00 pm, graveside following.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to

West Seattle wildlife: Bobcat sighting reported

Just received this from Tarah. It’s the second time in the past month or so we’ve heard about a possible bobcat – anyone else?

Hey, just wanted people to have a heads-up…I saw a bobcat in the parking lot of
Youngstown (Cultural Arts) center on Delridge. It ran off into the woods neighboring the lot. Just want people in that area to be forewarned so they can keep their animals safe.

The other possible sighting mentioned to us was three weeks ago, early morning, 59th/Alki. Here’s what the state Fish and Wildlife Department says about bobcats.

West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Plea bargain in Highland Park theft of SUV with baby inside

Just found during our periodic check of open case files: A plea bargain in a crime that drew regional attention one afternoon last August, after an SUV was stolen from outside a Highland Park mini-mart with a baby in the back seat.

(8/27/14 photo by BETTINA HANSEN/THE SEATTLE TIMES, republished by permission)
25-year-old Estevan L. Sanchez pleaded guilty last week to auto theft and unlawful imprisonment – reduced from second-degree kidnapping – for stealing the vehicle from outside the Sea-Mart store at 16th and Holden last August 27th with a 10-month-old girl in the back seat. According to court documents from the plea bargain and from the original charges, the baby’s father ran into the store with the vehicle’s engine running, but the SUV was supposed to be locked and unable to be shifted out of “park.” Instead, Sanchez got in and drove it away even as the baby’s father ran out of the store and yelled for him to stop. 15 minutes later, the vehicle was found abandoned in White Center’s Greenbridge neighborhood, with the baby safe inside; Sanchez, a Highland Park resident, was found within the hour at 17th and Roxbury.

He already was wanted on warrants from a domestic-violence case in which he injured his girlfriend and her 11-year-old son, attacking her with a stun gun and knocking him down just before stealing her car.. As part of this plea agreement, Sanchez has pleaded guilty to reduced domestic-violence charges in that case too. In all, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is recommending 19.5 months in prison – a little over a year and a half – for Sanchez, who has been in jail for seven months since his August arrest. King County Superior Court Judge Monica Benton is scheduled to sentence him on April 17th. .

PHOTOS: ‘Wall-to-wall’ Westwood transit-hub-and-vicinity tour, the sequel

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

You can complain and explain until you’re out of breath, but few things beat showing a problem spot firsthand to those who can at least help find solutions. That’s the idea behind the classic “walking tour” with community members and government reps.

One in Westwood on Monday afternoon was a sequel/followup to a similar one exactly 15 months earlier (WSB coverage here), from the “wall of buses” on Barton to the one on 25th, and beyond. It showcased what had changed, what hadn’t changed, and what will soon change.

This one, like the one at the end of December 2013, was requested by the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council, represented this time by chair Amanda Kay Helmick and WWRHAH’s Southwest District Council delegate (and SWDC co-chair) Eric Iwamoto. Also like the December 2013, other participants included Metro, SDOT, SPD, Seattle Parks, reps from County Executive Dow Constantine and City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen‘s offices, plus King County Sheriff’s Office transit deputies.

Ahead – what’s changed, what hasn’t, and more:

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