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West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car to help find

March 2, 2016 9:05 pm
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 |   Crime | West Seattle news

In Crime Watch tonight – a stolen car to watch for. It belongs to Stacy‘s neighbor; Stacy says it was taken in the 9400 block of 18th SW [map] early Tuesday, just after midnight, a 1991 silver two-door Honda Accord with Washington plates AMF1330. If you see it, call 911 – the case # is 16-073069.

West Seattle Summer Fest 2016: Local artists, businesses, organizations can apply now!

March 2, 2016 6:43 pm
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 |   West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

(Summer Fest ’14 from the air, photographed by Long Bach Nguyen)

Four months until West Seattle Summer Fest – and it’s time NOW for this invitation to artists, businesses, and organizations:

The West Seattle Junction Association is happy to announce opportunities for West Seattle Summer Fest, July 8-9-10, 2016.

Summer Fest is a well-loved community event with shopping, live music, sidewalk cafes, kids’ area, a beer garden, and more. But what makes this event exceptional is the opportunity to connect with our community.

While Junction businesses are well-represented at the event, we invite the greater West Seattle artist, business, and non-profit community to join the event and help showcase what’s special about our neighborhood. Their participation will help give the neighborhood what they want – strong West Seattle representation at Summer Fest.

We are now accepting vendor applications for Summer Fest, and the application deadline is April 1. We are also seeking sponsorship to help us produce the best event possible. Information on both can be found at westseattlefestival.com.

FOLLOWUP: Neighbors sit down at the table with Pecos Pit restaurant reps to talk traffic/safety concerns

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(WSB photo, Tuesday morning, taken from Genesee looking south at restaurant location)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The Pecos Pit Barbecue restaurant at 35th and Fauntleroy is expected to be open by mid-May.

That’s what representatives said at a meeting last night meant to address community safety concerns about the site, primarily stemming from its addition of a drive-through window.

“A lot of good solutions and ideas here tonight,” observed René Commons of the Junction Neighborhood Organization, organizer of the meeting, as it wrapped up. She stressed that the neighborhood is excited about the restaurant – whose plan for the two-years-closed teriyaki shack at 4400 35th SW was first reported here one year ago – but wants to be sure safety and traffic-flow concerns are addressed.

This was the second “community outreach meeting” involving neighbors and restaurant reps. Pecos Pit was represented by business-development vice president Nick Nordby, Jeremy McLachlan (a West Seattle resident) from operations, and Paul Krakow from real estate. Along with about half a dozen JuNO members and neighbors, City Councilmember Lisa Herbold sent rep Alex Clardy.

What was discussed answered some questions that have come up here on WSB in previous discussions:

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Did you see it? Last flight of first Boeing 727

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Today’s theme seems to be history. Here’s some aviation history, which you might have seen in the sky a few hours ago. In case you didn’t, thanks to Doug Branch for sharing photos of the first Boeing 727’s last flight, as it ended this morning at nearby Boeing Field (mentioned in our daily preview). He says it appeared to fly low over Elliott Bay as it came in, so it might have turned some West Seattleites’ heads.

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United donated this half-century-old jet to the Museum of Flight 25 years ago – it’s been undergoing restoration so it can join the museum’s collection. Read more about it on the MoF website (which explains it’ll be in the Airpark throughout the summer, then moving to the museum’s new Aviation Pavilion).

Meantime, you can see Doug’s photos directly on Flickr – also shared in the WSB group there, here and here.
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FOLLOWUP: Vandalized mural’s future in question

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(WSB photo, taken this morning; remaining top half of vandal’s marking has been blurred – bottom half was painted over)

12 days after we first reported on this vandalized mural in The Junction, its future remains unsettled. Paint has been used to cover the lower half of the big black-paint markings with which it was defaced – the part that was not on the mural itself. But while West Seattle Junction Association director Susan Melrose was hopeful at first that a graffiti-paintout firm would be able to handle the rest, that turned out not to be the case. We asked her about it at today’s Junction Historical Survey event; she tells WSB she has called in a muralist to evaluate it. After taking a first look this past weekend, she says, the muralist concurred that it’s major damage without an easy solution – the mural already was too faded, and the vandal’s paint just soaked right in. They’re still talking to see what can be done, but in case you’re wondering why the tag is still partly visible – that’s why.

BACKSTORY: The mural is The First Duwamish Bridge” by Robert Dafford, and is on the north side of 4740 44th SW, facing The Junction’s southernmost 3-free-hours parking lot. It dates back a quarter-century now, along with nine others noted here.

GOOD LUCK! Seattle Lutheran state-tournament sendoff

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(WSB photo)

The Seattle Lutheran High School boys’ basketball team plays its first state-tournament game tomorrow in Spokane. This past hour, a regular all-school gathering in the SLHS gym ended with a special sendoff for the Saints.

Their first game is against the Almira-Coulee-Hartline Warriors at 2 pm Thursday.

UPDATE: Fire call in The Arroyos

March 2, 2016 10:14 am
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10:14 AM: Seattle Fire has sent a full response to a possible house fire in The Arroyos, in the 4100 block of Arroyo Drive [map]. The first engines to arrive at the house are not seeing signs of smoke or fire so far. More to come.

10:19 AM: Per scanner, it was a small fire, already out, but they’re still doublechecking. Meantime, many of the units are being dismissed.

10:33 AM: Engine 37 (photo added above) is the last one here and wrapping up to leave.

VIDEO: ‘What makes The Junction special?’ West Seattle Junction Historical Survey unveiled

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(Heart of The Junction, 1926. Photo courtesy SWSHS)

9:02 AM: We’re at Husky Deli in The Junction, where the first-ever West Seattle Junction Historical Survey is being formally announced, with a gathering of local advocates, businesspeople, electeds, and more.

We’re recording video and will be publishing toplines live. (added 3:24 pm – here’s the video – the heart of the briefing starts 1:30 in):

For starters – the report and highlights are here. It’s in three parts: A survey of 58 Junction buildings that are 40+ years old; summaries of interviews with nine Junction building owners; summary of a public survey done last summer. As Clay Eals, executive director of the SW Seattle Historical Society, has just pointed out, it’s been almost exactly a year since this effort was announced. More to come!

9:07 AM: Community advocate Chas Redmond is opening the event with backstory – he was on the Southwest District Council when the idea first came up 3+ years ago. Current SWDC member Deb Barker (who also happens to be on the city Landmark Preservation Board) mentions that King County’s 4Culture helped fund this, and that the building survey was done by architectural historian Mimi Sheridan.

The buildings surveyed are between Genesee and Edmunds, mostly along California SW, some on 44th and 42nd. The survey categorizes buildings, primarily by whether they might be eligible for landmark status. Two wound up in that category (A) – the Campbell and Hamm Buildings in the heart of The Junction (NW and NE corners of California/Alaska – see them in the historical photo atop this story), built in 1918 and 1926 respectively. Six buildings are Category B – potentially eligible to be designated as landmarks, pending further evaluation – Hotwire/dental, Courtesy Accounting, JF Henry, ex-JC Penney, Curious Kidstuff, Technical Analysis. The rest of the 40+-year-old buildings were not considered eligible for potential landmark status.

9:15 AM: Susan Melrose from the WS Junction Association is introducing the building owner interviews – and she says the transcriptions are worth diving into; they often were the first time these owners had ever been asked about the buildings, how they came to own them, and more.

She’s followed by Eals, summarizing the public interviews done during events in the area last summer, on paper, with 260+ respondents who “were eager to share their observations and opinions – and every syllable of what they wrote is in the report.” The question included “favorite buildings” and Eals says they were named by their main tenants, Easy Street Records and Cupcake Royale, – the Campbell and Hamm Buildings mentioned above – were the leading answers. What’s worth preserving? History and small-town feel, he said – and 43 of the respondents had a one-word answer to that question: “Everything.” Eals says the logical question to all this is, what’s next? The Historical Society will answer that question in its own event at 11 am Saturday in The Junction, outside Key Bank if it’s not raining, at Husky Deli if it is. The interim time is in order for the survey to “be absorbed” and appreciated, he says.

9:20 AM: Now, the electeds (and an ex-elected). King County Executive Dow Constantine kicks it off, recounting The Junction’s century-plus history. (We’re recording video and will have it up within a few hours.)

With him, as you can see in our photo, are King County Council chair Joe McDermott, City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, and former City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. Constantine says The Junction is always “where the community came together.” And, he notes, the survey is meant to help this area “move forward by honoring the past” and to “learn more about what makes this place so special to the community.” (He is a native West Seattleite, if you didn’t already know that.) He says 4Culture’s support of this involved a $10,000 grant. He says he’s “excited about the proactive approach taken by (those who did and oversaw) this survey.”

Councilmember McDermott, introduced by Constantine as another “old-timey West Seattleite,” calls West Seattle “truly a unique community.” But he stresses that for historical preservation, something has to have “meaning,” and the new report documents “what’s going on here, not just what used to go on here” – although he subsequently recounts memories including an early job here at Husky Deli. He says the report will assist with “an informed and solid conversation about meaningful use and historical preservation.”

Councilmember Herbold brings this into the context of a current issue, affordability (housing and otherwise), saying that “not just about saving these buildings because of why we love them, but because of what we want to retain moving forward – the affordability of this community, the use of local businesses … a place that is an economic engine for our local businesses.” She chairs the community that oversees economic development and believes it will be “useful to bring these findings to the council” including as assistance to other communities in Seattle struggling with these same issues. “For me, what this survey represents is hope” – for West Seattle and elsewhere.

Now, Rasmussen, who left the council a few months ago after deciding not to run for re-election. “We’re not just here to talk about saving buildings … but also we want to save what’s unique about this neighborhood, including the small locally owned businesses.” He talks about working with other areas, including Pike-Pine on Capitol Hill, which is “now one of the most successful neighborhoods on the West Coast. … When you save what is unique about (a) neighborhood, then you also save the local businesses … when you bulldoze a neighborhood or block, it is very difficult for local businesses (to move back in).” He points across the street to two new apartment buildings in this block, which now primarily have chains occupying or moving into its spaces. Just arrived, it’s announced, deputy mayor Hyeok Kim.

9:33 AM: Next up, business owners – Lora Swift of Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) and Ann Walker of Curious Kidstuff.

Swift says she is grateful and honored to have been part of this business community for 15+ years. “As I look around the room, I find that I’ve served coffee to most of you. … I hope to see everyone of you for the next 15 years.” Walker says the neighborhood “looked very different” when she opened her shop 18 years ago. She says she never realized when she started the store that it would go on so long, and she would have customers whose children are now customers with their own children. “It’s a lot of work, and it’s hard, but it’s so valuable,” she says, regarding running a small business.

9:37 AM: Next – two of the nine business owners who were interviewed, Menashe and Sons Jewelers (WSB sponsor)’s Jack Menashe, and Husky Deli’s Jack Miller.

Menashe says he grew up in Seward Park but was brought to West Seattle as a child every Sunday to have Spud Fish and Chips, and the family would drive to The Junction. He went into business here when he was 25, he says, fulfilling a wish voiced by his parents. He thanks those who supported him over the years and hails West Seattle as a “very, very loyal community” – saying the thanks for that goes to everyone in the community. “With all the changes in business, from forms of advertising with the Internet and all the different things and everything that’s happened to our city … many people outside West Seattle have come into this area for the unique area it is and the unique shops … and they love this area, the uniqueness, the older buildings … we can go everywhere (they say) but ‘please keep this area a unique, loyal area’ and that has stayed with me all these years.”

Miller says it’s not just the businesses – “Lincoln Park is not just a park, Alki is not just a beach … The Junction is not just a place to shop … we’re lucky to be here … I’m lucky to have been born into a family that has been here for 84 years. … We’re not just selling sandwiches and ice cream, there’s community here. It’s dear to us, and I’m hoping .. we have some kind of vision to preserve the feel, and loyal people here.” He recounts the story of how loyalty led to a Ben and Jerry’s franchise (where Cupcake Royale is now) not lasting long.

9:46 AM: The briefing is wrapping up; we’re the only news media here, and we ask whether the owners of the two buildings identified as potential landmarks, without even further evaluation, think about the concept. Eals says the Campbell Building (Cupcake Royale & more)’s ownership indicated potential support for preservation, but they so far have not been able to reach the Hamm Building (Easy Street & more)’s owners. All building owners, adds Barker, have been notified of the survey’s results. And as mentioned above, Eals reiterates to us, the Historical Society will have more to say on Saturday.

We’ll be adding more photos, as well as the video, of this event, after we get back to HQ.

West Seattle Wednesday: Benefit trivia; training run; special flight; more…

March 2, 2016 8:55 am
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Thanks to Sean for the photo above – described as “‘mammatus clouds’ over our house on 49th/Graham” during the Tuesday storm – and thanks again to everyone who contributed photos and info during our coverage. Much quieter so far today, so it’s on to the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for our highlights:

EYES ON THE SKY FOR A SPECIAL FLIGHT: Around 10:30 this morning, the final flight of the first Boeing 727 will take it from Paine Field in Snohomish County to Boeing Field east of us (landing around 10:45 am); it will become part of the Museum of Flight‘s collection. Info here, and the MoF’s page is here – with info on streaming, too.

NETWORKING MEETUP: Noon-1:15 pm at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor) – working at home? at a coffee shop? or at a WS workplace? Drop in, bring your lunch, see who else shows up, network! (6040 California SW)

FREE TAX-PREP HELP: Evening session of the United Way‘s free-for-many tax-prep help at the West Seattle Food Bank, 5-9 pm, no appointment necessary. (35th SW/SW Morgan)

AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY NIGHT: 6-8 pm at West Seattle High School, as previewed here last night. Dinner and resource fair! (3000 California SW)

TRAINING RUN: 6:15 pm at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), meet up for a group training run to get ready for the St. Paddy’s Dash. Free, no need to pre-register, just show up! (2743 California SW)

FAUNTLEROY EXPRESSWAY PROJECT BRIEFING: During tonight’s 6:30 pm Southwest District Council meeting, SDOT will present a briefing about the upcoming closures for re-replacing earthquake-safety cushions on the Fauntleroy Expressway (west/southwest end of the West Seattle Bridge) – here’s our most-recent coverage. Other topics include reviewing local projects proposed for the Neighborhood Street Fund, and an update on the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) expansion project. The meeting’s at the Sisson Building/Senior Center. (California SW/SW Oregon)

TRIVIA FUNDRAISER: From Talarico’s trivia host Phil Tavel – 8:30 pm tonight, the weekly trivia night “is the 3rd annual fundraiser for the YMCA’s children’s education programs. $4 per person, gift bags, champagne, raffles, all for a very good cause. Please call Talarico’s to make a reservation if you plan on coming (206-937-3463). Trivia to help support after-school programs for kids.” (4718 California SW)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch

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

6:34 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported currently in or from West Seattle. Reminders:

BUS-LANE CRACKDOWN THIS MORNING: Today’s the day that SPD plans a bus-lane enforcement operation, 7-9 am.

VIADUCT CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND: The semi-annual inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will shut it down Saturday 6 am-6 pm and possibly also Sunday; that day will begin, separate from the inspection, with a closure north of the Battery Street Tunnel for the Hot Chocolate Run. Full details here.

7:20 AM: One more reminder for tonight – if you’ve got questions about the upcoming Fauntleroy Expressway closures to re-replace earthquake-safety cushions (here’s our most-recent story), a briefing is part of the Southwest District Council meeting tonight, 6:30 pm at the Sisson Building (Senior Center) in The Junction.

7:54 PM: Thanks for the text (206-293-6302 any time)! If you’re noticing SFD at 41st/42nd/Alaska (SDOT cam here), it’s an automatic fire alarm call in the Altamira/QFC/etc. building.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Thieves and scammers

Thieves and scammers to tell you about tonight in West Seattle Crime Watch:

GROCERY THIEF ON VIDEO: John in High Point, near Lanham and Graham, sent this video:

He says that person took two items off his porch including a bag of groceries that had been delivered, and appeared to join an accomplice on the sidewalk, pushing a shopping cart away. If you have any leads on the thief’s identity, HP’s Community Police Team Officer Kevin McDaniel is on the case; his contact info is here.

SIGN THIEVES/VANDALS: Jane in Delridge shares the photo and report:

Well, this is pretty sad. One would think that in a racially diverse neighborhood like Delridge, this wouldn’t occur. But, I put up a “Black Lives Matter” sign in my front yard, and after about a week, my neighbor found it in his trash. It made him mad, so I put up another one and we got him one too. Every couple of days, one or the other would get knocked over or stolen and we’d just replace it. A third neighbor also got into the act so the signs were on three houses in a row. Finally, after having about six or seven signs stolen, I put up the signs you see in the photo. Two days up and so far, so good. I haven’t been home today — the sign may have gotten blown away in the wind. But I have a bunch more. It’s hard to think of who might have done this, but I hope at some point he or she finds some peace in their own life.

WALLET THIEF: Lindsey wants to remind you to “watch your pockets.” She says a pickpocket stole her man’s wallet and keys while they were at a Junction bar recently, and he apparently wasn’t the only one targeted.

PHONE SCAM: David at Moondrop Coffee e-mailed today to say they’d been targeted by the relentless “City Light” scammers – and wanted to remind their fellow businesspeople, in particular, to be vigilant. We’ve reported many times on these scammers – who call and insist a bill is overdue and that shutoff is imminent unless money is provided. As the utility reiterates here, they don’t work that way.

Looking for cookies? Girl Scouts’ sales start Friday

It’s the annual question – when do Girl Scout Cookies go on sale? This year’s answer: Friday (March 4th). You can find the nearest location via the cookie finder here. Looks like West Seattle sales start outside Husky Deli at 3 pm, and more locations join in starting at 4. The locations closest to zip code 98106 are here; 98116, here; 98126, here; 98136, here; 98146, here. See the seven varieties available this year by going here.

TOMORROW: WSHS African American Family Night Dinner and Resource Fair

March 1, 2016 7:07 pm
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Big event at West Seattle High School tomorrow night! We were asked to help with one last round of getting the word out:

When: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: The Library

Who: African American families and students

What: This night is an opportunity to access the resources that were requested at the Fall African American Family Night and build relationships. It will also be a night to provide the school with further feedback.

Resource Fair:
College Resources
School Resources
Community Resources

Dinner:
Enjoy a meal with WSHS staff and African American students and families in order to build relationships

Opportunity for Feedback:
What could WSHS be doing to make school great for your student and family

Why:
We want to partner with our African American students and families on how to better serve you. You asked for access to more resources.

Questions: Please contact Rebecka McKinney at 206-252-8833 or ramckinney@seattleschools.org if you have any questions about this event.

Thank you! We’re excited to see you on March 2nd.

West Seattle weather: Storm brings power outages, tree/wire woes, hail, rainbows, and … a starfish

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3:19 PM: We have word of two outages so far – the Seattle City Light map shows 100+ customers out in the Seola/south Arbor Heights area:

And we just received a call from someone in Gatewood – right about the time our power flickered (but stayed on) here, south of Gatewood. It’s been about an hour and a half since the wind started kicking up – some gusts, but not a lot of sustained strong wind, so far.

3:40 PM: Gatewood’s still not on the map (California/Orchard was the area mentioned by the caller), but that historically outage-plagued area doesn’t always show. None of the lights on California in that area were out when we went by a few minutes ago.

3:51 PM: Now we have an explanation for the Gatewood outage – Cynthia and Scott have sent photos of a tree down on Gatewood Road:

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4:05 PM: Thanks to Cathy for this report: “At Genesee and 49th, a tree has pulled down a wire, which is dangling into the middle of the street. Cars are swerving around it. Tried to call 911 but got put on hold for 15 minutes. May want to give folks a heads up.”

4:16 PM: Just got to that area – all clear now, and a City Light vehicle was just leaving.

4:27 PM: We’re now in Gatewood, where a variety of wires are down on Glenridge (same area as tree photo above). Neighbors have put out cones and have called it in but haven’t seen SCL yet.

4:44 PM: And an oddity that might just be coincidental to the wind, or not – Gay sent this photo of a “flying starfish,” explaining that a “neighbor kid and his chaperone” found it – about a third of a mile inland!

Gay says they’re speculating an eagle dropped it.

5:08 PM: Per comments, new trouble on Genesee – tree/wires at 48th.

5:21 PM: We’ve also had, for the third day in a row, rainbow reports! Thanks for the photos – this is from Al:

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And right before the rainbow, Deb photographed hail in North Admiral:

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Whitecaps on the water this afternoon, as this photo from Alki by W.T. Vandermark shows:

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5:44 PM: Back to Gatewood, where Scott says City Light hasn’t arrived yet, though SDOT has helped block off the affected area:

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The wind advisory remains in effect until 9 tonight.

6:30 PM: According to the City Light map, the number of customers still out in Seola/south Arbor Heights is down to 51.

6:44 PM: New tree trouble, tweeted by Mike Jensen:

9 PM: Gatewood is back on, per Zephyr in comments. But the SCL map still has 51 out in Seola/south AH.

9:18 PM: Make that “some” in Gatewood – Scott says City Light is there but isn’t working yet, and his neighborhood remains without electricity.

Preschooler in the house? Application time for city program

The city-funded Seattle Preschool Program is open to 3- and 4-year-olds from families of all incomes, and it’s accepting applications right now. Two of its locations are in West Seattle. Here’s the announcement:

We have added even more classrooms, and it’s time for families to apply.

The preschool application period is now open for children 3 or 4 years old who live in Seattle. Our first selection process will take place Friday, March 11.

Families can apply one of three ways:

*Online at seattle.gov/education. The application is available in English, Spanish, Somali, Amharic, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

*In-person at Seattle libraries, Seattle Community Centers, or Seattle Preschool Program sites.

*Over the phone by calling 206-386-1050

Visit our website for information about our preschool sites and where sites are located.

The West Seattle locations are in North Delridge and Highland Park. Questions? preschool@seattle.gov or that same phone number mentioned above – 206-386-1050.

Mystery smell: Not natural gas, says PSE. So what is it?

We’re at that point in trying to solve a mystery where it’s time to go wide – maybe *you* know something?

Last night, Mike tweeted about a strong natural-gas-type odor in a RapidRide bus as they traveled past Harbor Island – enough of a concern, he says, that the bus driver stopped to call it in. We checked the Seattle Fire log from yesterday – as SFD often responds to “natural gas odor” calls – and found 6 of them around the city, no obvious confluence, but two were in SODO.

First thing this morning, we checked with the major local natural-gas utility Puget Sound Energy, whose spokesperson Ray Lane replied, “We investigated the incident, and our team determined it was NOT natural gas. It could be some odor coming from the Port. We understand the odor was being detected again this morning.” Mike confirmed that – under the bridge, this time. We’ve also checked with the port, whose spokesperson Peter McGraw told us, “Our folks have been smelling the same thing around East Marginal and Spokane, and was reported in, but it was not likely from port operations.” We’re not at a total dead end yet, but thought we’d ask you. If you don’t want to comment openly, editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

8:37 PM NOTE: Still a mystery. We also checked with Corey Orvold, spokesperson for SFD, to ask if any of the crews investigating those six calls on Monday found anything. The smell was very real, she said, having been in one area where it was reported – but firefighters’ tests didn’t identify it, either.

West Seattle Tuesday: Yarn, speeches, bikes, music, more…

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(Townsend’s Warbler in Fauntleroy Park, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

First and foremost – remember that a wind advisory is up for this afternoon/evening, so we’ll be tracking the weather if it really does kick up. In the meantime, looking ahead to the rest of today/tonight, including listings from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BIKE-SHARE BAILOUT? 2 pm at City Hall, the City Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee takes up the issue of whether the city will bail out/take over the Pronto bike-share system. Though it has no stations in West Seattle, this is of local interest because District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold is proposing an amendment that would reject the proposal to bail it out and take it over. She explains that she supports bike share, but that a private firm is best to operate it. The meeting will also be live on Seattle Channel, online or cable 21. (600 4th Ave.)

WEST SEATTLE TOASTMASTERS: Their invitation for you:

Come join us at our semi-annual club speech competition on March 1! This meeting is our “International Speech” and “Evaluations”
competition. See our members compete in delivering inspirational speeches or in speech evaluations, applying their best skills to try to advance to the next level of the competition. This event allows guests to see Toastmasters in a broader light than just speech practice. We compete and win! 5:30 for early setup, 6:00 for briefing, 6:30 to 8:00 for the meeting, including the speeches.

(4611 35th SW)

PECOS PIT RESTAURANT SAFETY CONCERNS: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, members of the Junction Neighborhood Organization and neighbors will meet with reps of the under-construction Pecos Pit restaurant at 35th and Genesee to talk about neighborhood safety concerns including the drive-through that’s being added to the building. Among other goals, they hope to “identify possible solutions for enhancing safety for pedestrians and cyclists around the site and especially at the drive-through egress.” JuNO’s René Commons says any interested community members are welcome to attend. (California SW/SW Oregon)

WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: 6:30 pm at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction – here’s what’s on the WSBC agenda this month. All welcome. (41st SW/SW Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE CROCHET & KNIT SOCIAL CIRCLE: 7-9 pm at Uptown Espresso in The Junction, all welcome, beginner to expert. (California/Edmunds/Erskine)

LIVE MUSIC: Tuesday night means time for Billy Joe and The RCs, 7:30 pm at Parliament Tavern (4210 SW Admiral Way), and the Starlight showcase at 9 pm at Shadowland. (California SW/SW Oregon).

MORE OF WHAT’S UP today/tonight/beyond, on our complete calendar.

West Seattle scene: CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin sails away

March 1, 2016 9:54 am
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9:54 AM: Thanks to Lynn Hall for the photo of the megaship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin in the murky distance, as seen from Alki as it sailed out of Elliott Bay about an hour ago, after its daylong visit to Harbor Island, biggest cargo ship ever to visit here (or any other U.S. port). According to the posted itinerary, it’s headed for Xiamen, China. When will – or will – it return here? Too soon to say.

Our coverage of Monday’s visit is here, with additions including a Puget Sound Pilot‘s time-lapse video from the bridge as it entered Elliott Bay.

P.S. As discussed in Monday comments and explained here – CMA CGM stands for Compagnie Maritime d’Affrètement, the name with which the company was founded in 1978, and Compagnie Générale Maritime, with which it merged in 1996.

2:15 PM: Thanks to Don Brubeck for a closer view of the Benjamin Franklin’s departure:

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The BF is currently west of Port Angeles and approaching the entrance/exit of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

BASEBALL TIME! WSHS team’s season-starting announcements

March 1, 2016 9:13 am
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That’s the West Seattle High School baseball team on the day they played in the annual HS Baseball Classic at Safeco Field last year. Caryn Johnson shared it in honor of the team getting ready for the 2016 season – with updates including their annual sales of tickets to an M’s game:

Bring on BASEBALL!! The West Seattle High School Wildcats took to Hiawatha Monday afternoon for their first practice of the season. It is a great turnout of boys and they all, including the longtime coaching staff, can’t wait for the season to begin. A jamboree is scheduled for Saturday, March 12th at Liberty High School and the first game is the following Wednesday, March 15th, vs Highline at Moshier Field.

We would also like to pass along some information on the team as well as our annual fundraisers. The team has a new website – www.westseattlehsbaseball.org It is still “a work in progress”, but we hope to get more information about the team uploaded soon. On the website you will find information about our big Mariners Ticket fundraiser. Selling Mariners tickets not only raises funds for the team, it also qualifies them to play in the annual High School Baseball Classic at Safeco Field. We are always so excited to see our boys play at this spectacular venue. You can find information on the new site about how to purchase tickets to support the team as well as when to come out to Safeco to watch this FREE game. Any inquiries about M’s tickets can also be sent to westseattlemarinerstickets@gmail.com.

The other fundraiser is our annual silent auction/spaghetti dinner hosted by the baseball team on Saturday, April 9th, at West Side Presbyterian Church from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. Again, we’ll be posting information about this fun event on our website as it becomes available. Here’s to a great season. Thank you for your support.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: March’s stormy start

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

6:03 AM: Welcome to March! The National Weather Service has a wind advisory out for later today, noon-9 pm. Here’s what else you should know as the day begins:

Water Taxi fares increase today – see the new prices here
Advance alert of bus-lane enforcement on the bridge tomorrow morning
-Remember the Alaskan Way Viaduct is closing for its twice-yearly inspection this weekend
-The megaship that arrived at Harbor Island yesterday is due to head back out this morning around 8 am.

7:39 AM: Thanks to Living In The Wild West for the comment tip – we’ve just confirmef the signals at Avalon/Harbor/Spokane are flashing. Not a major backup factor so far as we can tell.

8:26 AM: A vehicle fire at California/Fauntleroy has led to a call for police to help direct traffic. We’re headed over to find out more.

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8:32 AM: Not a major fire – the vehicle is blocking a northbound lane on California just south of Fauntleroy; SFD has already left but SPD is with it.

8:37 AM: We had a question earlier about a backup on the Fauntleroy approach to the bridge. In comments, CandrewB says there is (or was) a crash by Nucor. Neither SDOT – which is checking now that we mentioned it – nor any of the other dozen-plus sources we monitor had any word of it, so we didn’t either.

10:30 AM: Crash reported on the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct, blocking the two left lanes at Seneca.

10:31 AM: Also sounds from the scanner like there’s a problem on Fairmount Avenue in the ravine and there’ll be traffic control added at Harbor to keep people from heading partway up and having to turn around.

UPDATE: Gunfire investigation in North Delridge

4:45 AM: Police are reported to be investigating gunfire in North Delridge. We heard from one person who heard something that sounded like shots around quarter till 4, and now a second person who says police found shell casings near Cottage Place and SW Edmunds [map]. No reports of injuries. We’re checking and will add anything more we find out.

5:22 AM: Police were gone by the time we arrived; we stopped by the precinct and confirmed that the original dispatch did come in with word of damage to vehicles in that area, as our second tipster mentioned, but we’ll have to get the official report later for further details.

12:47 PM: Just obtained the report from SPD. It says damage was done to three “party buses” (photo below) and a window at their owners’ residence, and “several” shell casings were found.

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The owners told police they didn’t know of anyone who would target them but they did hear two males arguing out back before it happened. A nearby resident had told dispatchers of hearing three shots and seeing a red Cadillac SUV leaving the area. Police obtained surveillance video that might have recorded it.