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West Seattle weekend scene: Friends of Lincoln Park get ‘green and grubby’

On this Green Seattle Day, the Friends of Lincoln Park led one of two West Seattle planting parties – and it was big. According to FLiP – whose Mark Ahlness shared the photo – before the day was done, 34 volunteers participated in planting 300 trees and shrubs, west and south of the north ball field, where the group’s been working much of the year. Read about how they got “green and grubby,” and see more photos, by going here.

High-school football: Seattle Lutheran advances in the postseason with another victory

ORIGINAL SATURDAY NIGHT REPORT: After another postseason win today, the Seattle Lutheran High School football team is waiting to find out who and where they play next. This afternoon at the King’s High School stadium in Shoreline, the Saints faced the Washington School for the Deaf (from Vancouver), winning 52-12.

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

#3 is junior Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht, who ran back the game’s opening kickoff for the first touchdown. Two of his teammates scored two TD’s – senior Brandon Lulow, #22:

And junior JJ Young, #23, the second one on a 92-yard run.

Other Saints TDs were from senior Hawkins Ehret and sophomore Joe Meehan. The Terriers’ two touchdowns were toward the end of the first half and the end of the game; they have a very mobile backfield, and while those players could move the ball back and forth, they had trouble getting up the field. We should know by tomorrow who the Saints will play next, and we’ll update this story.

SIDE NOTE: Seattle Lutheran got some regional recognition this week, with the Seattle Times reporting on how their excellent season followed heartbreaking loss.

ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: The date/location aren’t posted yet, but looks like SLHS will play Naselle next as the postseason continues.

ADDED MONDAY NIGHT: The game will be at Naselle (in southwestern Washington), 7 pm Friday.

SUNDAY: Veterans Day dinner with Post 160 & Auxiliary Unit 160

November 7, 2015 7:03 pm
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 |   Triangle | West Seattle news

Just a quick reminder in case you missed the first announcement and/or won’t see Sunday’s daily preview: Tomorrow night, veterans, active-duty, reserve, and National Guard members are all invited – with their families – to American Legion Post 160 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160‘s annual Veterans Day Italian Dinner at the Legion Hall in The Triangle. Free, no RSVPs needed – just go to 3618 SW Alaska between 5 and 7 pm tomorrow.

UPDATE: Wildlife experts rescuing oiled birds after White Center pond spill

(Photo added 5:32 pm, looking southward over the pond, toward SW 102nd)

FIRST REPORT, 3:09 PM: Wildlife experts are hoping to help more than a dozen birds struggling with oiled feathers after a spill in a White Center pond. A reader texted us this photo:

King County has sent this news release:

Crews are responding Saturday afternoon to an oil spill that was discovered in a King County stormwater retention pond in White Center.

An estimated 20 to 50 gallons of what is believed to be cooking oil was found floating in the pond, which sits along 13th Avenue Southwest at Southwest 100th Street in unincorporated King County. Lab analysis of the oil will determine its exact composition.

Employees with the Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD) of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks were at the pond this morning, along with Washington Department of Ecology spill response personnel, to assess the spill and determine its source.

An oil-spill response team from NRC Environment was also on site this morning to contain and clean up the oil from the pond. A crew trained in cleaning wildlife was on its way to the pond to capture and clean the estimated 20 waterfowl that appeared to have been in contact with the oily water.

Stormwater system experts with WLRD will look into how the oil got into the retention pond, which accepts runoff from the surrounding neighborhood and helps clean stormwater runoff before it continues downstream to Hicklin Lake.

Shorelines along the White Center pond system have been a focus of cleanup efforts we’ve covered on partner site White Center Now, but usually the problems have been on the shore, not in the water.

5:17 PM UPDATE: We’re just back from the scene, where we talked with a Department of Ecology rep; others on the scene include NRC (spill response) and Focus Wildlife, the contractor there to help with the birds. While we were there, they captured one Canada goose that had been wandering in busy SW 102nd on the south side of the scene, apparently unable to fly because of the oil.

They found out about the oil because of a nearby resident who watches the area and often photographs birds; they haven’t traced the source yet but because of its smell and consistency, they’re fairly certain it’s cooking oil. What looks like a white boom around the edges of the pond is actually absorbent material intended to soak up anything that can’t be cleaned up.

The responders were going to work until it got dark and then return at first light tomorrow. The rescued birds were going to be warmed in a truck on site, and then taken to PAWS for rehabilitation. Besides the wandering goose, we saw a group of ducks milling on the sidewalk along the pond’s western side; the Ecology rep said they’d been there all day.

Most of the oil, he added, was on the north end of the pond.

If you only go to one meeting this year … or this decade …

… this is the one. Whether you choose to comment or not, the “Seattle 2035” process to update the city’s Comprehensive Plan (as in, envision the future) is moving forward, and next Thursday brings a West Seattle-specific opportunity to listen and speak. Here’s the reminder message from the city:

How should Seattle grow over the next 20 years?

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development has prepared a Draft Plan and we have some Key Proposals we’d like your feedback on!

Come check out the Key Proposals at one of our upcoming open houses. At the meetings you can learn more about what’s proposed, and chat with staff to share your thoughts and ask questions. We’ll also have information available about the potential expansion of our urban villages, and the City’s proposed Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA).

Open House Dates and Locations

· West Seattle – November 12
Senior Center of West Seattle (Hatten Hall)
4217 SW Oregon St.
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)

If you just can’t be there:

You can submit your comments on the Draft Plan through November 20. Here’s how:

1. Join the Seattle 2035 Online Community Conversation at and discuss the potential pros and cons of proposed policies with your fellow Seattleites.

2. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

3. Send us your comments by November 20:
o Email:
o Mail: City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Attn: Seattle 2035, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124.

Feedback received will help shape the Mayor’s Recommended Plan, which will be adopted by City Council in early 2016.

Lots and lots of information, including the draft plan, a summary, and more, can be found here.

UPDATE: 2-car crash at California and Findlay

November 7, 2015 10:33 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS breaking news

10:33 AM: Northbound California is blocked at Findlay because of a crash involving two cars, one of which (as shown in our top photo) went up onto the NE curb and hit stopped just short of a hydrant, right next to the RapidRide stop. Police are directing traffic around the scene, alternating use of the southbound lane. So far, it doesn’t appear that anyone will have to go to the hospital.

10:55 AM: Added two more photos. The one above this line is courtesy of Robert; the one below is ours, showing the other car that was involved.

11:51 AM: Just a note – we haven’t been able to go back and see if the street is clear yet. If you go through the area and can verify, please comment – thanks!

12:27 PM: Thanks to William for sending word that the road is now open both ways.

ROAD-WORK ALERT: ‘Unplanned work’ on eastbound West Seattle Bridge

November 7, 2015 10:08 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

Via Twitter, SDOT just published an alert about road work closing the left lane on the eastbound bridge at Delridge. We don’t know how long it’s going to last – SDOT confirmed it’s “unplanned” work – but will watch for updates (and you can too, at Right now, as we publish this at 10:08 am, the camera above, looking west at the eastbound side, is showing the work crew.

West Seattle Saturday: Artful, early holiday shopping; good deeds to do, simply; ways to explore world challenges; more!

(Western Scrub-Jay: Once rarely seen this far north, says photographer Mark Wangerin, but now a Seattle regular)

Happy Saturday! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

GREEN SEATTLE DAY: This citywide planting party has two locations in West Seattle – Lincoln Park and the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Even if you didn’t sign up in advance, you can show up and help, 9 am – details here.

FOOD DRIVE: 10 am-2 pm, the West Seattle Food Bank is holding a food drive at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor). Donate nonperishable food and/or money; you can also buy a Holiday Raffle ticket for $5: “You could win a Wine Tasting for 10 people at Viscon Cellars Tasting Room here in West Seattle with Duos Catering providing the appetizers.” (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)

FAUNTLEROY FINE ART AND GIFT SHOW: The biggest day for this annual show and sale featuring local artists, 10 am-4 pm at the Fauntleroy Church Fellowship Hall.

(WSB photo from show setup Friday)
Get more info, including the participant list, via our calendar listing. (9140 California SW)

MONDAY ARTISTS SHOW/SALE: 10 am-3 pm today (and tomorrow), with artists’ reception at noon today. Come see the paintings of this group of local artists who meet regularly at the Island View Apartments to work together. (3033 California SW)

TROLLBEADS TRUNK SHOW: 10 am-6 pm, new Trollbeads items and more at Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) at Westwood Village. (2800 SW Barton)

FIVE PLY DESIGN LIGHTING LAUNCH: Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) hosts Five Ply Design‘s Peter Benarcik all day (11 am-5 pm) as he launches a line of lighting. (4540 California SW)

COLLEGE ESSAY WORKSHOP: 11 am-5 pm, aspiring college students can get help with their essays – a big part of the application process! – via volunteers from the Bureau of Fearless Ideas, at High Point Library. (35th SW & SW Raymond)

SOUTHWEST SEATTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Two notes for today – 11 am, it’s the annual Champagne Gala Brunch at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), at capacity so this is just a reminder if you have a ticket! As a media sponsor, we’ll be covering it, so watch for the story later. And because volunteers are busy with the brunch, SWSHS’s Log House Museum is CLOSED today – go visit again tomorrow (61st SW & SW Stevens), noon-4 pm.

PRE-HOLIDAY SHOPPING @ LIVE LIFE LOCAL COLLECTIVE CONVENTION: Noon-6 pm, shop local from a multitude of sellers/vendors at the first-ever Live Life Local Collective Convention, presented by The General Store Seattle (WSB sponsor) at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

PILGRIMAGE FOR PEACE: 1-3 pm, Alki UCC and partner synagogue Kol HaNeshamah “invite our wider community to a multi-faith presentation/discussion about peace efforts in Israel/the emerging state of Palestine.” More info in our calendar listing. (6115 SW Hinds)

‘BOOKS AND BRICKS’ BENEFIT DINNER: 7 pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church: “Social time, raffles and an African-style dinner (with lots of American choices). Monies raised will go toward scholarships and mentoring activities for primary, secondary, and college level students, and maintaining two libraries in Kenya.” More info in our calendar listing. (3050 California SW)

‘THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING’: West Seattle Meaningful Movies presents the new film directed by Avi Lewis and based on Naomi Klein‘s “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” 7 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. More info in our calendar listing. (6400 SW Sylvan Way)