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High-school basketball playoffs: Seattle Lutheran boys win; Tuesday schedule

February 15, 2016 11:47 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS & Sports

The Seattle Lutheran High School boys are in the Tri-District basketball championship game. That’s after a 76-65 victory tonight vs. Neah Bay at Mount Vernon Christian (thanks to Mike Jensen for the updates). The Saints will face crosstown rival Shorewood Christian in the championship game next Saturday (February 20th), 7:15 pm, at Lummi Nation High School in Bellingham.

TOMORROW’S PLAYOFF GAMES: The SLHS girls play Tulalip Heritage, 6:15 pm in Mount Vernon. And both West Seattle High School teams play district games at Bellevue College (3000 Landerholm Circle SE) on Tuesday – the girls at 3 pm vs. Juanita and the boys at 8:15 pm vs. Bellevue.

… and another stolen West Seattle car to look for

February 15, 2016 10:09 pm
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 |   Crime | West Seattle news

Tonight’s previous report featured a car stolen in Westwood and found by a WSB reader on Puget Ridge. Maybe you can help find this one: Ann just e-mailed that her 2000 white Volvo wagon was stolen overnight from her residence in the 10000 block of 51st SW (map). License plate ARP2096. As the @getyourcarback tweet says, call 911 if you see it.

P.S. We asked Ann if it has any distinguishing features, in case the plates are gone or switched: “It does have a long gash below the back-seat door on the passenger side, and my granddaughter’s car seat.”

CAR FOUND: West Seattle Crime Watch followup

February 15, 2016 7:32 pm
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 |   Crime | Puget Ridge | West Seattle news | Westwood

A WSB reader found the stolen car reported here last Friday. Mel reported her cousin’s green 2000 Honda CR-V was taken from the Westwood Village parking lot at 25th/Barton; today JH called police to report spotting it less than two miles away at 17th/Myrtle, and then e-mailed us with the news, adding that it’s not the first stolen car dumped there.

Mel confirms police have since contacted her cousin, who has the car back, “few damages” but some things stolen including “random CDs” and her daughter’s booster seat, but not her son’s car-seat base. Plus: “My back seats were down so it looked like they needed to take something someplace and needed a big enough car for it.” She says big thanks to JH for finding it.

We hope it’ll never happen to you, but if you do lose a car, motorcycle, bicycle, etc. to a thief – once you’ve reported it to police, please let us know so people all over West Seattle can watch for it – – or 206-293-6302 for breaking news.

CONGRATULATIONS! WSHS swimmer to state

Another local swimmer to cheer for in state competition starting later this week! Thanks to West Seattle High School head swim coach Blake Hurd for the report:

This last weekend a West Seattle Junior, Seryozha Dahl, completed in the Boys Swimming 3A District 2 Championship Meet on Mercer Island at Mary Wayte Pool. Entering the meet, Seryozha was ranked 3rd in the 200 Individual Freestyle for session #2 with a time of 1:48.26, ranked 6th overall amongst the entire meet. Seryozha finished the 2-day meet with a time of 1:48.96 for a 9th place overall.

Seryozha’s best performance, however, was in the 500 Individual Freestyle. Again entering the swim meet highly ranked, 1st not only in session #2 but in the entire meet with his best time of 4:52.51, finished prelims on Friday with a new personal best of 4:49.00. Even with his best time, Seryozha finished prelims in 3rd place going into finals, with only .16th of a second behind prelims first place time of 4:48.84. Seryozha dug deep again and in the third race in a row in 2 weeks achieved another personal best time of 4:48.04 in the 500 Freestyle, taking 1st at Boys Swimming 3A District Campionship.

Seryozha Dahl advances into Boys Swimming 3A State Championship Meet next Friday and Saturday in Federal Way at King County Aquatic Center. He’s ranked 9th overall in the 200 Individual Freestyle and 1st overall in the 500 Individual Freestyle. Good Luck Seryozha!

Honorable mentions for West Seattle Swim Team: Senior Jimmy Nguyen competed in both the 50 Individual Freestyle and 100 Individual Backstroke. Freshman Jackson Espeut competed in the 100 Individual Freestyle. After a year of absence, West Seattle had 2 Relay teams competing in the District Championship Meet. The Relays consisted of Freshmen Jackson Espeut and Cameron John, Sophomore Kit Lui and Senior Jimmy Nguyen for the 200 Medley Relay, and Junior Seryozha Dahl joind Cameron, Jackson, and Kit for the 200 Freestyle Relay. Go, Wildcats!

As noted in this morning’s reader report on other local swimmers headed to state, the competition starts Friday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Any other local athletes headed to state competition? – thanks!

Got your own ‘Lake Pothole’? Here’s what to do about it

Every round of wet weather seems to reveal – and/or deepen – another round of potholes.


After one recent storm, C. Johnston had had it with a nearby pothole. With the help of the grandkids, the scenes in the photos above and below emerged (in an alley – nobody was playing in the street!), and CJ sent us the photos. They seemed appropriate for illustrating a reminder about how to report potholes to the city.


This city-generated map is where to start. You can configure it to show pending requests, for example (blue dots). Right this moment, we’re not seeing any in West Seattle, unless we’re not zooming in closely enough. We DO see dozens of potholes come up as filled in the past 90 days, if you check the box that brings them into view (green dots). Here’s a screengrab of one cross-section:

The map doesn’t have a “live” embeddable option but on the city website, click any of those green dots, and you’ll get details on the right side of the map – when it was reported, when it was filled. Some dots represent more than one pothole.

To report one that you know is open right now but not showing on the map, use this form – or call 206-684-ROAD, and press “1.”

P.S. As pointed out by “Pothole Reporter” in comments, the city’s Find It Fix It app also can be used to report potholes, among other problems.

Killer Whale Tales has an invitation for you!

(WSB file photo of Jeff Hogan presenting Killer Whale Tales at a local school)

Want to know more about our local orcas? Here’s your chance. Jeff Hogan from West Seattle-headquartered Killer Whale Tales – who is often the first to share the word when orcas are visiting – has an invitation for you:

West Seattle residents – you’re invited to a special night out with Killer Whale Tales, a grassroots nonprofit that’s been hard at work for 12 years right here in our neighborhood of West Seattle.

Killer Whale Tales is empowering youth to protect Puget Sound by educating them about our beloved orca population. Our program brings environmental science directly into the classroom, at no cost to schools. In the past 10 years we’ve reached 100,000 students!

Join us Saturday, February 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at C & P Coffee for a unique opportunity as an adult to immerse yourself in the same experience our kids have in the program! Founder Jeff Hogan will deliver his interactive presentation and guests are invited to learn about and identify the Southern Resident killer whales that call Puget Sound home. It’s an exciting time to talk about our orcas – as our local pod has welcomed eight babies this year!

Come relax, have a drink and connect with your neighbors! Event is free but donations are welcomed. RSVP at this link.

If you want a Facebook reminder, here’s the event page.

CONGRATULATIONS! Swimmers headed to state

While their school’s in Burien, these swimmers all live in West Seattle, says Brent Lindblom, who sent the photo with word they’re all headed for state competition:

Congratulation to the Kennedy Catholic High School Varsity Swim Team members advancing to the WIAA Boys State HS Swim/Dive Championship:

From left to right: Coach Sean Prethero; Junior Ian Olufson, swimming the 200 Free Style, 500 Free Style and 400 Free Style Relay; Senior Jeff Kasahara, swimming the 100 Breast Stroke and 400 Free Style Relay; Freshman Ty Lindblom, swimming the 500 Free Style and 400 Relay; Ben Kinerk, swimming the 400 relay. Assistant Coach Marley Prethero.

Championships are next Friday and Saturday, February 19th and 20th, at King County Aquatic Center at 650 SW Campus Dr., Federal Way, beginning at 12:00 Friday. There is a cost of admission and program fee. GO, LANCERS!!!!

Anybody else from this area headed to state competition? We’d be happy to share that news too – – thanks!

At the West Seattle Y: Indoor soccer, Kids Night In, clothing donations, free swim lessons

February 15, 2016 9:56 am
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 |   Fun stuff to do | West Seattle news

While city-run community centers, pools, libraries, and other facilities are closed for the holiday, the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) is open regular hours today. Here are four current/upcoming events/programs they’re spotlighting:

YOUTH INDOOR SOCCER SIGNUPS: For ages 3 to 8, registration is under way for both members and community participants for this year’s youth indoor soccer season, which starts with practices the week of February 29th, games the week of March 19th, last day of the season April 23rd. You can sign up in person or online.

KIDS’ NIGHT IN: For ages 4-10, a “splendid slumber party” at the Y, 6:30 pm Saturday (February 20th) to 8 am Sunday. Games, tumbling, dancing, scavenger hunt, movie, snacks, light breakfast … for members and community participants. Sign up online.

CLOTHES FOR THE CAUSE: The Y’s Tween Thursday program is teaming with C4TC on a clothing and textile drive that’s under way now. Surplus clothing/household linens? Drop them off at the West Seattle or Fauntleroy YMCA through February 28th (when the drive ends with the Clothes for the Cause truck on site 1-3 pm). More info, and a list of what they can and can’t accept, is here.

FREE PARENT CHILD SWIM LESSONS are now included in family memberships, starting at 6 months old, continuing through 35 months. Registration opens tomorrow (Tuesday, February 16th) for members, for the next session, March 1st-April 23rd. Online signups will be here.

UPDATE: Comcast trouble wasn’t just in West Seattle

8:31 AM: No official acknowledgment yet but reports of a Comcast outage are increasingly widespread. First we heard from A. south of Admiral, then from Cami on Alki, Teresa in Gatewood, Noodle in Morgan, and we’re having trouble in Upper Fauntleroy. Anybody else?

8:50 AM: Comcast is responding to multiple complaints (not just in this region) via its @comcastcares account, to which its @comcastwa account is referring people. The basic reply line: “We are working on restoring this as fast as possible.”

8:56 AM: Maybe a relatively short outage, though widespread (usually they’re fairly localized) – some are reporting it’s back.

ADDED 7:54 PM: As suggested in comments, seems the trouble was in multiple areas around the country, not just here.


(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

6:03 AM: It’s Presidents Day, which means some changes:

–Seattle Public Schools are closed today and tomorrow (and most others)

–Metro is on a “reduced weekday” schedule

–No Water Taxi

–Most government facilities – including Seattle Parks and Seattle Public Library branches – are closed

10:18 AM: Crash on northbound 99 by the Battery Street Tunnel, blocking all lanes at last report.

5:43 PM: The onramp to the eastbound bridge from lower Spokane, by Fire Station 36, has been blocked for about two hours now, with what’s described only as a “fuel spill.” The nearby Delridge onramp remains open, though.

6:22 PM: The ramp mentioned above is open again.

If you notice City Light activity in Morgan Junction …

February 15, 2016 2:29 am
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 |   Safety | West Seattle news

2:29 AM: … this is likely why:

Along eastbound Fauntleroy, just east of California, west of the West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) entrance, a car hit the streetlight pole you see leaning in our photo. No injuries reported, but Seattle City Light was summoned to come out and check on the pole, which is in a precarious position, to say the least, given the traffic that goes by that spot. We’ll check on it in a few hours. Police, meantime, were investigating the possibility of DUI.

8:37 AM: Just went back to check. Car’s gone, pole still leaning.