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Light rail here? Next stops on the timeline explored at West Seattle Transportation Coalition’s last 2015 meeting

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Will West Seattle light rail make it into the Sound Transit 3 ballot measure next year?

And if it does, which configuration will be on the list – a hop across the bay that ends in The Junction, or something longer?

The next touchstone discussion for Sound Transit‘s future plan is now only one month away, and the West Seattle Transportation Coalition wants to ensure that peninsula residents are heard loud and clear. So that was the centerpiece topic of the most-recent WSTC meeting, which featured a briefing by two ST planners, senior transportation planner Val Batey and planning/development manager Karen Kitsis.

West Seattle possibilities are already on the “candidate projects list” for ST3, but that does not guarantee inclusion. Here’s the list:

(If the embedded version above doesn’t work for you, here it is as a PDF.)

Batey explained the timeline:

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West Seattleite Morgan McCullough on the World Series ballfield

November 1, 2015 8:56 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools | WS & Sports

As the World Series goes into the 12th inning of Game 5, we have a photo to share from Game 4 last night: The USA Baseball 18U national team, including West Seattle High School senior Morgan McCullough (in the middle of the front row, #5). We reported two months ago on his role in the team’s world-title win in Japan. They were honored last night at CitiField in New York, before the Mets and Royals started their game. (Thanks to Cami MacNamara for sharing the photo from Morgan’s mom Jane McCullough!)

UPDATE: 2,100+ get power back after tree takes out wires in parts of Puget Ridge, Highland Park, Riverview, South Park, White Center

6:50 PM: 6:50 PM: Thanks for the texted tip – more than 2,100 Seattle City Light customers are out in eastern West Seattle, from Puget Ridge southward, as well as South Park and parts of unincorporated North Highline.

6:57 PM: 911 log says wires are down at Highland Park Way and Othello, which could indicate that’s the epicenter of the outage. We’re off to check. Meantime, at right, we’ve added a screen grab of the outage one according to the City Light map (which is linked in the first paragraph above). Some areas flickered about the time this outage hit, but did not lose power (ours, east of south Lincoln Park, among them).

7:04 PM: City Light says a tree is likely to blame:

Texters are also telling us that signals are out in some of the outage zones – remember, that means, treat the intersection like a 4-way stop. (And if you have any other info to share – text 206-293-6302 – thanks!)

7:26 PM UPDATE: As Kelly points out in comments, some already have it back – outage now down to 600+ homes/businesses.

We just checked out the Highland Park Way hill, and City Light crews are working quickly – one tree is visible in pieces off the road on the uphill (south/westbound) side, and the crew has moved further up the hill.

7:59 PM: Everyone else just got theirs back, per commenters and the SCL map.

YOU CAN HELP! Two West Seattle locations for Green Seattle Day next Saturday

November 1, 2015 5:20 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | West Seattle parks

Looking ahead to next weekend – Saturday (November 7th) is the 10th annual Green Seattle Day, your next chance to spend a little time doing something big in local greenspaces. Two West Seattle locations are looking for volunteers – Lincoln Park (with Friends of Lincoln Park) and the West Duwamish Greenbelt (with Nature Consortium). Trees will be planted and fun will be had. No experience needed – all ages welcome – plants, tools, gloves, coffee, snacks provided. Sign up ASAP and get more info on times and locations by going here.

West Seattle weather: Calm after the storms

November 1, 2015 3:33 pm
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If you take a look at the National Weather Service‘s Seattle page, our area is devoid of color – which means no more warnings/alerts in effect. The rainbow would seem to underscore that. Thanks to Max for the photo!

High-school volleyball: West Seattle advances to district tournament; players honored as all-league

Congratulations to six West Seattle High School volleyball players for All-League honors, announced last night at the Metro League 3A tournament:

(Photo courtesy Staci Stringer)
From left are 2nd Team honoree, junior Georgia “Lala” Proctor; 1st Team honoree, senior Lexi Ioane; and All-League MVP senior Lydia Giomi. Also honored, head coach Staci Stringer reports, were senior Gabby Sarver (1st Team) as well as senior Alexus Peterson and junior Bella Babb (both Honorable Mention).

The honors came at the end of a long day and long night of play Saturday at the Chief Sealth International High School Gym, which began with WSHS facing CSIHS at 9 am:

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
The Wildcats beat the Seahawks in the loser-out match, 3-1. Then in the afternoon, WSHS faced Bainbridge, battling for the final slot in the district tournament, and emerged victorious, as Coach Stringer reports:

Our 3 pm game against Bainbridge Island was up there next to our win against Ballard as one of the best matches we’ve played all season! We went 5 games – 20-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-16, 15-4. It was a great day of volleyball, and seeing our team fight hard for every last point was so fun to watch. They never let up, and as a coach, I couldn’t have asked for more. We took 9th place, for a spot at the District tournament. We play on Thursday, November 5th, at 5:30 at Juanita HS against Bishop Blanchet.

The other participants in the league and district tournaments are listed here.

Thinking about a backyard cottage? Free Ncompass workshop

November 1, 2015 12:19 pm
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 |   West Seattle housing | West Seattle news

If you’ve been thinking about a backyard cottage – here’s a chance to find out more about the project and the process, courtesy of longtime WSB sponsor Ncompass. From Ncompass’s Stefan Hansmire:

Ncompass is offering a free workshop about planning, designing and building backyard cottages for rental income on Thursday, November 12th, from 7-9 PM, at West Seattle Office Junction, 6040 California Ave SW, Suite B.

Learn about the history of backyard cottages in Seattle, current City codes and regulations, financing options, planning and design considerations, return on investment, and how to select an architect and builder.


Get this Sounders FC calendar @ West Seattle Discovery Shop

Going to The Junction for the Farmers Market and/or other shopping today? The West Seattle Discovery Shop (WSB sponsor) is the only place in West Seattle you’ll find the brand-new 2016 calendar featuring Sounders FC members wearing pink for the fight against breast cancer. These calendars just arrived a few days ago and American Cancer Society-operated Discovery Shops (like the one in The Junction) are among the few places you can get them. $20, excellent holiday gift for fans of the Sounders (whose championship quest continues tonight). The shop at 4535 California SW is open 11 am-3 pm today; see other hours (and more about the calendar) on its website.

Welcome to November, to Pacific Standard Time, and to your West Seattle Sunday!

(Red-breasted Nuthatch, photographed in West Seattle by Mark Wangerin)
Good morning! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, highlights for Sunday, November 1st:

WSUFF MOVES BACK TO WALT HUNDLEY: 10 am, the weekly West Seattle Ultimate Family Frisbee pickup game moves back to Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point. (34th SW & SW Myrtle)

FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, the first West Seattle Farmers’ Market of November fills the street on California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska.

TAILGATE PARTY: Celebrate your 12ness at 12th & Holden at the Highland Park Improvement Club, starting at noon.

AUTHOR READING: 5:30 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, “Lola E. Peters, social activist, poet, and author, will read from her new collection of essays ‘The Truth About White People’. The book is about her experience of growing up and living as a Black person in White America from the Civil Rights Era of the ’60s to the present day.” (7141 California SW)

SKELETON THEATRE ENCORE NIGHT: Too busy last night to go see this year’s Skeleton Theatre show (or, decided not to go out in the storminess)? Good news. As usual, the animatronic skeletons are back for a second night. See your faves from past years, including this diva:

6-9 pm, 10-minute show that runs continuously with short reset breaks. (36th SW & SW Hanford)

ENTERING THIS ESSAY CONTEST? Today’s the deadline for VFW Post 2713‘s student-essay contest.

SEE THE FUTURE … via the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Highway 99/Viaduct reopens early

7:35 AM: Reminder: Highway 99 is closed again today, between the West Seattle Bridge and the Battery Street Tunnel, as state crews continue its twice-annual inspection, along with some maintenance work. It’s scheduled to continue until 6 pm, but we’ll update if we get word it’s over earlier.

1:10 PM: It indeed reopened early! Inspection results will be available later this week.