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Coyote crosses 35th SW, and two other West Seattle sightings

Suddenly we have three coyote reports to share – so here goes.

FROM JAF: A coyote crossed 35th SW at Brandon “at approximately 2 pm on 10/27. Poor thing ran east across 35th in traffic to get away from me (pulling in garbage cans). Luckily, cars stopped for it.”

Not long before that, and not too far away:

FROM JOHN … who included this photo:

He saw that coyote “at the corner of 37th and Graham, 1:20 pm today.”

And this happened around 11:30 last night:

FROM JOEY: “Coyote spotted on 34th running toward Barton and the P-Patch. On its way, it attacked a small animal (cat?). Horrible sounds. Little animal got away and ran toward west side of 34th.”

(The most important thing you can do if you see a coyote, the state reminds us on this info-sheet, is to scare it away – for its sake, for your sake, for pets’ sake. They’re everywhere – but they’ll keep their distance if they perceive it’s too risky to get close.)

BIZNOTES: Copper Coin turns 3; Wingstop progress; Pica’s successor

Three West Seattle biznotes this afternoon:

HAPPY 3RD ANNIVERSARY, COPPER COIN: The Admiral eatery is celebrating its third anniversary, and manager Gregg Graham e-mailed to say they’re planning specials all day tomorrow, including:

*A tasty, special one-off ‘Copper IPA,’ brewed for the occasion by Lowercase, and offered at 1/2 price all day Wed.!

*The debut of a new slew of awesome artisan sandwiches, served up on our fresh house ciabatta baked at the Coastline bakery and also offered 1/2 price all day Wed!

Copper Coin is at 2329 California SW.

WINGSTOP MOVING AHEAD: Almost three months after Eats Market Café moved out of Westwood Village, citing lease loss, there’s movement in the plan for Wingstop to move into that space. City files now show an application to proceed with “tenant improvements” for the chicken-wing franchise restaurant.

JUNIPER TO EX-PICA: Almost seven months after the abrupt closure of Pica in The Junction – also described as a lease-loss situation – a new tenant is about to open in that space at 4155 California SW:

That sign in the window announces Juniper, A Natural Nail Bar. No website yet, but via Facebook, Juniper says, “We are proud to be the first nontoxic nail bar in West Seattle!” and mentions a November 4th opening date.

FERRY ALERT UPDATE: M/V Issaquah returning to service

October 27, 2015 1:11 pm
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 |   Transportation | West Seattle news

The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry route will be back to its regular capacity as of mid-afternoon – Washington State Ferries says M/V Issaquah is repaired and will be back in service as of 2:20 this afternoon. It’s been out of service for two days following its latest breakdown.

TOMORROW: Something to say about West Seattle parks? Tell the supe

October 27, 2015 12:01 pm
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 |   High Point | West Seattle news | West Seattle parks

Quick advance mention in case you haven’t seen this on the calendar: One last West Seattle stop on Seattle Parks Superintendent Jesús Aguirre‘s listening tour – which otherwise made the rounds in this area 2+ months ago – is happening tomorrow (Wednesday) @ High Point Community Center (6920 34th SW), 6:30 pm. Bring comments/questions about what’s working for you re: Parks, and what’s not. (Here’s our report on one of his local stops in August.)

West Seattle development: New Avalon Way apartment proposal, on the other side of the street

For the first time in a few years, a new apartment building is proposed for the south/east side of the heart of SW Avalon Way: An early-stage application has just appeared in city files for 3039 SW Avalon Way (map), to replace the duplex in the photo above. The north/west side of the street has seen far more action in recent years, with three projects in various pre-construction stages (30, a fourth under construction, and a fifth complete, but on the south/east side, nothing’s been proposed since the completion of Vue at 3261.

The documents on file so far for the new proposal say “approximately 60” units are envisioned for 3039 Avalon, with 20 underground parking spaces. Prolific multifamily-specialist firm NK Architects is attached to the project, which will, according to notations, go through Design Review. The site is zoned MR (midrise) like most of this stretch of Avalon. Since this is in the early stages, no formal application is in yet, so there’s no official comment period, but if you have an early comment, you can e-mail and refer to project #3022717.

To see what other new projects and updates we’ve reported on lately, scroll through the WSB development-coverage archive here.

West Seattle Tuesday: What’s happening today, tonight, beyond…

October 27, 2015 9:27 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(At Hiawatha. Photo by Patrick O’Brien, shared via the WSB Flickr group)

Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BABY STORY TIMES: Two this morning – 10:30 am at Southwest Library (35th SW & SW Henderson) and West Seattle (Admiral) Library (2306 42nd SW)

(IN THE) SKIES OVER WEST SEATTLE: Full moon tonight is the last “supermoon” of the year, rising at sunset, per Alice Enevoldsen‘s most-recent “Skies Over West Seattle” update.

DISPARITIES IN EDUCATION: Community conversation/panel discussion at 6 pm, Delridge Community Center, with students, educators, and community leaders. Details in our calendar listing. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS NETWORK: As detailed on the group’s website, WSBWCN will hear from Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis during tonight’s meeting, with info about recent high-profile cases including the deadly shooting and local arsons. Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon also will be there, with seasonal advice. It starts in the precinct meeting room at 6:30 pm – all welcome. (2300 SW Webster)

FREE COMMUNITY/NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL CLINIC: Appointments start at 7 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle – call ASAP to get one; the info’s here. (California SW & SW Oregon)

LOOKING AHEAD TO HALLOWEEN EVENTS … see what we’ve just added to the West Seattle Halloween 2015 Guide!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates and reminders

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:12 AM: Metro says delays related to a crash downtown, in which a bus hit a pedestrian – who was not seriously hurt – are subsiding. No other incidents affecting this area so far.

FERRY REMINDER: M/V Salish continues on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run in place of the twice-the-vehicle-capacity M/V Issaquah, so delays are continuing.

SHORT SCHOOL DAY TOMORROW: Seattle Public Schools students have an early-release day tomorrow (Wednesday), and will be out two hours earlier than usual.

WEEKEND REMINDERS: Next Saturday and Sunday, the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed 6 am-6 pm each day for its twice-yearly inspection. And Saturday night is also when we’ll “fall back” an hour for the end of Daylight Saving Time.

8:10 AM: SDOT’s traffic center says an aid response on SW Morgan at Lanham might cause some delays. No word whether it’s eastbound or westbound.

8:54 AM: Some hope for the ferry run returning to normal soon:

UPDATE: Driver hits parked vehicle, flips car on Fauntleroy Way

11:32 PM: Thanks to the reader who just texted that photo and word of the rollover crash at Fauntleroy Way and SW Findlay, saying the driver hit the parked vehicle and flipped their own. The Seattle Fire response closed fairly quickly, so as far as we know, no serious injuries.

7:27 AM: The driver is under investigation for DUI.

UPDATE: Air/sea search off south Bainbridge Island, seen/heard from West Seattle

10:08 PM: We’ve had a few questions about what appears to be a search off Alki Point. The US Coast Guard has tweeted that there’s a search for someone in the water in Rich Passage, off south Bainbridge. (added) According to a USCG news release (read it here in full), a 54-year-old Bainbridge Island man is missing after his 15-foot fishing boat turned up empty and adrift more than three hours ago. He apparently had launched from the Port Orchard Marina.

9:46 AM TUESDAY: The search was reported to still be under way as of early this morning.

10:16 PM TUESDAY: As noted in comments, the USCG says it searched far and wide but finally had to suspend the search at 1:43 pm today.

West Seattle Crime Watch: FOUND Stolen SUV to watch for; Block Watch Captains’ Network briefings Tuesday

8:50 PM: In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:

STOLEN SUV: Have you seen Matt‘s stolen dark blue Chevy Tahoe? It was taken from his driveway in the 6000 block of California SW sometime midday last Friday (October 23rd). License plate 899-ZBW. If you see it – call 911.

9:51 PM UPDATE: See comments – SPD found Matt’s SUV and are reported to have made an arrest, too.

(back to original report) CRIME UPDATES AT BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS’ NETWORK: Want to hear firsthand updates about the recent arsons and Saturday’s shootings? And/or ask questions? The West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meets tomorrow (Tuesday, October 27th) for the last time this year, and has announced that Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis will be there with updates, as well as Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon, who, WSBWCN says, “will focus on prevention and things you can do to make your property less of a target for arson or property theft. Come learn about things you and your neighbors can do to be vigilant.” 6:30 pm, SW Precinct (2300 SW Webster), all welcome – you don’t have to be a BW captain or even a BW member.

Veterans Day invitation: Dinner with American Legion Post 160 and Auxiliary Unit 160

October 26, 2015 8:12 pm
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 |   Holidays | Triangle | West Seattle news

(WSB photo from 2014 dinner)
One more look ahead to Veterans Day: Once again this year, West Seattle’s American Legion Post 160 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160 invite “all active duty, reserve, national guard, military veterans and their families” to the annual Veterans Day Italian Dinner at the Legion Hall in The Triangle, 3618 SW Alaska. Free, no RSVPs needed – just stop by between 5 and 7 pm on Sunday, November 8th.

FOLLOWUP: Still seeking fallen service members’ relatives for plaque presentation at Chief Sealth IHS Veterans Day assembly

That’s the plaque we first told you about back last month – a special project of the Chief Sealth Class of 1965 in their 50th-anniversary year, granite with brass nameplates honoring all the fallen service members from Chief Sealth. Ron Templin explains, “The left-hand row of brass name plates were for Vietnam, the center row is for Iraq, and the right-hand row is for Afghanistan.” He says the plaque will be presented during Chief Sealth International High School’s Veterans Day assembly at 10:15 am November 5th: “The family members of these brave soldiers are invited to attend.”:

Sigrid Karlstrom ’61 family notified
Lewis Nelson ’62
Allan Potter ’64
Luigi Frank Albanese ’65
Thomas Foster ’65
Thomas Harding ’65
Richard Krogh ’65
Norman Chaney ’66
Dick DeGraaf ’66 family notified
David Lauritsen ’66
John Rauen ’66
Mark Knollmeyer ’67
Donald Douglas ’68
Clarence Risher ’68

Tracy Melvin ’95 family notified

Jarod Newlove ’03 family notified

If anyone knows family members of these service members, please let them know about this Memorial Plaque presentation.

Ron can be reached at:

West Seattle Crime Watch followup: $1 million bail for man arrested after deadly double shooting

(WSB photos from Saturday morning)
3:15 PM: We’re just out of the jailhouse courtroom downtown, where the 25-year-old West Seattle man arrested hours after Saturday morning’s 23rd SW double shooting has just had a bail hearing. After multiple reports of gunfire, police say, they found two men in the street – a 24-year-old who was dead at the scene, and a 34-year-old man who survived, but with life-threatening injuries. After a short hearing, the judge set bail at $1 million; the defense argued for $100,000, noting that (as reported here Saturday) the suspect has no felony convictions; he is currently being prosecuted for a drunk-driving arrest. We don’t yet have the probable-cause documents, which are likely to have some information on what led police to arrest this man blocks away from the shooting scene; once we do, we’ll update this story.

3:29 PM: Moments after we published this, the probable-cause documents came in. They say the suspect and the victim who was killed were former friends who had been in a dispute for five years over a $200 debt. The victim, according to court documents, called his brother, who also is described as part of the debt dispute, to say the suspect “had, or was about to jump him” at the scene where the shooting later happened. The brother had been downtown but rushed to the scene, where he first saw the suspect’s car, a white Ford Crown Victoria (which was impounded at the arrest scene on Saturday morning):

The brother said it was thought that a fight was going to happen – instead, he told police, the suspect pulled out a gun and pointed it at him, so he ran, saying he then heard gunfire, and when he went back to the scene, officers were there, and the victim was lying in the street. The documents go on to say that police were familiar with the suspect and his car and knew that he lived in the 2600 block of SW Holden; they got a warrant to search the car and house. The car, found at the house, had gunshot damage. The court documents also say that while police were there, the suspect called, talked to his mother and to them, and said he would return to turn himself in, admitting he’d been involved in the shooting, and saying he had used a .40 caliber Glock handgun. Detectives say they found “several guns” in the house, including one of that type. Prosecutors have until Wednesday to file charges.

Harvest Festival followup #2: West Seattle Amateur Radio Club’s behind-the-scenes parade role

Another big part of Sunday’s West Seattle Harvest Festival success – the biggest Costume Parade yet! How do you get a parade through a crowded festival? Ken Iverson from the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club reveals a big part of the secret:

(Photos courtesy WSARC)
The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club was proud to have 9 of its members provide radio communication and coordination for the 2015 West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival Parade. Members included Jon, KG7WSN, Brian, KG7WRK, Tom, N7OEP, Adeline, KG7EUL, Meredith, KG7EUM [youngest WSARC member but holding a full General Class license], Dave, AF7CW, Jim, WS7JIM, Ken, AB7X and all coordinated by Tammy, WA7TZ who was our ‘net control.’

Members with hand-held radios positioned themselves at the beginning, middle and end of the parade, and reported the progress of the parade.

You can see our parade video in our as-it-happened Harvest Festival coverage.

P.S. If you’re a local amateur radio operator – you’re welcome to join WSARC’s weekly check-in, tonight and every Monday night at 6:30 pm.

West Seattle Harvest Festival followup #1: Chili competition raises $2,500+

(WSB photo from Sunday, with 4 of the chili contenders, L-R: Todd from Elliott Bay, Amber from Freshy’s, Dave from West 5, Matt from Easy Street)

First of two followups this afternoon on Sunday’s mega-successful West Seattle Harvest Festival in The Junction (co-sponsored by WSB): Full results, including fundraising, from the festival’s chili competition. We reported the winner in our as-it-happened coverage – here are the full results, from Judi Yazzolino at the West Seattle Food Bank:

Thank you so much (to the participants) in our very successful 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off. The West Seattle Food Bank and the clients we serve are most appreciative. We raised an incredible $2,025 in tastings and single serving sales and $357 in straight donations, for a total of $2582! Now for all of the voting results! Congratulations to Jeremy at Shadowland for taking home the beautiful trophy and bragging rights for a year with 41 votes. Here’s how the rest of the votes came in:

Elliott Bay Brewery with 36
The Westy with 26
Easy Street Café with 20
Husky Deli and West Seattle Brewery with 17 each
Freshy’s with 13
West 5 with 6

Everybody who bought a flight for a $10 WSFB donation got a vote; the participants all donated a huge vat of custom-cooked chili plus somebody to serve it, so it was a big contribution, and everyone was a winner, really, with the competition’s popularity – “where’s the chili?” was the most frequently asked question in the info booth.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash blocking southbound Fauntleroy Way

If you’re headed toward the Fauntleroy ferry dock (or beyond) from points north any time soon, take note that southbound Fauntleroy Way is blocked in the 7100 block, by The Kenney (WSB sponsor), after what looks like a two-car crash. No serious injuries and so Engine 37 is getting ready to leave, but we’re not sure how long it’ll take before the crashed vehicles are cleared.

Morgan Community Association, report #2: From police to politics, with housing and traffic calming along the way

We’ve already reported two of the many topics covered at the quarterly Morgan Community Association meeting this past week – but there was much more.

Those topics included the recent arsons – the most recent one had happened in Morgan Junction earlier that day, so everyone was on guard. Engine 37 firefighters came to share fire-deterring tips (as circulated here earlier in the week); Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis came with an update on the investigation (we recorded it on video and added it to the update we’d published a few hours earlier).

SPD was originally on the MoCA agenda to talk about the area’s “micropolicing plan” and the new citywide Public Safety Survey, both with Seattle University involved, so Seattle U research intern Jennifer Burbridge, who’s been working with the SW Precinct and neighborhood groups, joined the presentation.

Morgan’s key areas of concern:

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West Seattle Monday: Booktoberfest, tunes, trivia tonight

(Male surf scoter, photographed last week in Fauntleroy by Mark Wangerin)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for tonight:

BOOKTOBERFEST: 6-8 pm at Beveridge Place Pub, meet and mingle with fellow book lovers in another Booktoberfest event presented by the Seattle Public Library. 21+. (6413 California SW)

MONDAY NIGHT MUSIC: Gary Benson with special guest Nelson Wright, live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

MONDAY NIGHT TRIVIA/QUIZ: Questions await you at 7:30 pm at The Skylark (free and all ages; 3803 Delridge Way SW), at 7:30 pm at Christo’s on Alki (2508 Alki SW), and at 8 pm at Shadowland (21+; California SW & SW Oregon).

WHAT ABOUT TOMORROW AND BEYOND? See our complete calendar here.

WSHS Mini Cheer Camp for K-5 kids on November 11th: Why you want to sign up today

October 26, 2015 9:00 am
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 |   Fun stuff to do | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Just two weeks until school’s out for Veterans Day on November 11th, and we’ve heard of at least one special school-holiday event: Melinda Fredricks and the West Seattle High School Cheer Team invite kids K-5 to the annual Mini Cheer Camp, 10 am-1 pm that day in the WSHS Gym. If you’re interested, you’ll want to register your kid(s) TODAY – because it’s the deadline to guarantee a T-shirt.

Campers will enjoy a day of fun and excitement learning cheers, jumps, making crafts and spending time with the WSHS Cheer team! All campers will receive pom =-poms, a hair bow, T-shirt, pennant, and photo with the cheerleaders! All campers are also invited back to show off their new talents at the Girls Varsity Basketball game Friday, December 4th, at halftime!! We are looking forward to seeing many returning campers as well as many smiling new faces. Bring your friends!! The more the merrier!!

Here’s the official flyer. Contact Melinda ASAP for a registration form and/or if you have questions –

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates; weekend Viaduct closure reminder

October 26, 2015 7:03 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning and welcome to a brand-new week. No incidents in or from West Seattle, but after a stormy night, things are reported to be slow out there.

VIADUCT CLOSURE NEXT WEEKEND: We’ll be reminding you daily – the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s next twice-yearly inspection closure is next weekend, 6 am-6 pm each day, Saturday (October 31st) and Sunday (November 1st).

ADDED 7:40 AM – STATE FERRY ALERT: Also a reminder of what we reported last night – M/V Salish has replaced M/V Issaquah on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run because the latter vessel has mechanical trouble again, and that means reduced capacity, because the Salish holds about half the vehicles the Issaquah does.

West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports: Car prowls; burglary

While recent days have brought major cases to West Seattle Crime Watch, the bulk of crimes in our area remain property crimes, and we have three reader reports to share tonight.

CAR PROWL: Rachel reports, “We are in the 8100 block of 24th Ave SW and our truck was broken into in our driveway. Non-damage, but they stole some men’s Ray-Ban sunglasses and our brand=new baby bag that had some clothes and diapers from our newborn. I know it’s a total long shot, but here is a picture of the bag in case anyone finds it. It was a gift and the best bag.”

ANOTHER CAR PROWL: Dale says, “Early Sunday morning, someone broke the side window of our small SUV. The alarm may have scared them off as nothing was taken. This is near 36th and Juneau. We’ve filed a report with the police.”

BURGLARY: From Kayla:

While I live slightly outside of West Seattle limits, I have friends who have seen the suspect vehicle all over Alaska Junction and want to get the word out.

My home (in the 10200 block of) 24th Ave SW was burglarized at 3:30 PM on Wednesday the 21st. My neighbor witnessed a white male, medium build, about 5’11”, in a metallic gold Toyota 4Runner parked in front of my home, which is sheltered and down a long driveway. He smashed my back door window to get in. Stole a safe with Social Security cards, birth certificates, passports, checks, credit cards, and wills. There was also an extensive collection of foreign currency and a key to each of our cars. Outside the safe he stole my class ring- silver with a pink stone and a picture of crossed tennis rackets, and my school’s mascot, an Indian. It was from Sterling High School class of 2003. There was also a medium K-bar knife and a gold ring with purple stones. I would appreciate it being posted in case anyone finds my things.

NEXT CRIME-PREVENTION MEETING: Tuesday (October 27) is the last meeting of the year for the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network – you don’t have to be a BW captain (or in a BW at all) to attend; all are welcome. 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct, 2300 SW Webster.

YOUR VOTE: Registration deadline Monday; voting deadline Nov. 3

October 25, 2015 9:00 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle politics

Have you voted yet? If not – please don’t let it slide. You have more than a billion dollars in levies to decide, as well as three City Council positions, four School Board seats and Port Commission spots, and more.

*If you’re not registered – you can still do it by end of day tomorrow, but you have to do it in person, in Seattle or Renton – location details here.

*If you are registered and you have your ballot – you have to get it dropped off or in the mail by Tuesday night, November 3rd. Once again, King County Elections will have ballot-dropoff vans at West Seattle Stadium and outside Greenbridge Library in the final days – Saturday, Oct. 31, and Monday, Nov. 2, 10 am-5 pm, and Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 3 – 10 am-8 pm.

Fire callout on Beach Drive

October 25, 2015 7:06 pm
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 |   West Seattle fires | West Seattle news

For those who wondered about the multiple-unit fire callout in the 4500 block of Beach Drive SW, just south of Me-Kwa-Mooks Park: We’re at the scene; small fire inside the house, out very quickly, and the units still here are wrapping up; the front of the house is being ventilated with a fan.