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West Seattle weekend scene: Peeps creations


“Give Peeps a chance!” Thanks to Sandy for the photos of Peeps creations on display in Fairmount. Not sure if they’re still out in all their glory now that the rain’s back, but they were delighting passersby on Saturday, including Sacha‘s “Peep-a-pult”:


P.S. If you are a Peeps fan, don’t miss the Peeps-enhanced seasonal beverages at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor).

Lincoln Park beach gets help from Arbor Heights Elementary


The beach at Lincoln Park is cleaner tonight thanks to the work of a group from Arbor Heights Elementary. Elise Olson shares the report and photos:

When underwater photographer and author Annie Crawley with Dive Into Your Imagination came to speak to our students a few weeks ago about problems facing our ocean including the proliferation of plastics, which is killing ocean life, 5th graders in Ms. Nall’s class were disturbed by what they learned and set out to do something about it. Today they organized a cleanup at Lincoln Park. 25+ classmates and family members showed up with garbage bags and gloves to collect debris in the park and along the stretch of beach from the waterfront swings to the pool. They found lots of straws, wrappers, bits of Styrofoam, rope, bottles and even a pair of glasses and a shoe!


Elise adds that Ms. Nall “has been a fabulous role model in teaching her kids to move away from just talking and reading about the problems our planet faces and begin to make changes so they become commonplace and be more cognizant of how our actions (AND PURCHASES) have an impact on our world.”

What goes into the Sound can end up inside the wildlife living in its waters – you might recall the Arroyos gray whale as just one example.

UPDATE: Outrage after 100+ trees cut without permission on city-owned West Seattle slopes

(UPDATED 7:27 PM with additional information from Councilmember Herbold)


Story by Tracy Record
Photos by Christopher Boffoli

“Is THAT the clearcut?”

The question came from someone we passed while walking up from the first East Admiral street end where we’d stopped to seek an overview of the city-owned slope where, as first reported by The Seattle Times last night, 100+ trees have been cut illegally.

We were in the wrong place but subsequently found the two street ends where you can see the trees’ remains firsthand: 33rd and City View, where a short trail leads north to an overview of the south end of the area, and the north end of 35th SW, where you can look directly onto the slashed slope. Those areas are below and to the left of the “AW1” designation in the Green Seattle Partnership map we’ve embedded below:

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West Seattle egg hunts, report #2: Thriftway goes big


Our photographer says today’s West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) egg hunt brought the biggest turnout he’d seen in going on a decade of covering the annual event. The Easter Bunny, of course, made an appearance:


This time, the store promised 30,000 surprise-filled eggs for the taking:


Even the littlest participants gave it their all:


This year, the store’s celebrating its 28th anniversary.

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: Caucus crowds around West Seattle


FIRST REPORT, 10:24 AM: The Democratic caucuses are on – and we’re already getting reader reports via Twitter of crowds just about everywhere:

More to come. We’re about to step inside West Seattle High School to see how it’s going there.

11:05 AM: The initial balloting is over and people are rising, at tables in the WSHS Commons, to argue in favor of their candidate. Here’s how the vote went at one table where we spent some time:

The speeches continue. People can choose to change their votes – so that’s the point of speeches. Again, if you missed the backstory, this is the first step in the process of allotting our state’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention. (Republicans had caucuses but not to support presidential candidates; they’ll do that in the primary vote later this spring.) Here’s a quick Instagram-video circle around the WSHS Commons:

Next, tables are electing delegates to the next level of the process. We’ll have more photos/info later, including official numbers expected this afternoon.

ADDED 12:42 PM: We also stopped at Chief Sealth International High School:
And the Boren Building, home to Louisa Boren K-8 STEM and, until June, Arbor Heights Elementary:
Reminders that the caucuses run on volunteer power – from the 34th District Democrats, chair Marcee Stone-Vekich was at the mic at Boren:

And at Sealth, the 34th DDs’ state committeewoman Lisa Plymate:

Also just in – a photo from Vy Duong, who caucused at Lafayette Elementary:


Vy reports seeing County Executive Dow Constantine, an Admiral resident, there; we noted County Council Chair Joe McDermott, a Morgan-area resident, at Sealth.

More to come! Photos welcome at

2:47 PM: Statewide and county-by-county results, by the way, are being updated here – big lead for Sanders so far. We hope to have local-level results at some point too. Another photo to share, from an anonymous reader – Madison Middle School:


9:33 PM: Most of the results are in at the state-party site and it shows Sanders winning the state with 73 percent to Clinton’s 27 percent.

West Seattle egg hunts 2016, report #1: Community-center crowds

10:18 AM: Huge morning for egg hunts. The community centers’ 10 am hunts are over in minutes, and we were at Hiawatha to catch what’s usually West Seattle’s biggest crowd. Our Instagram video above (mouse over the image to bring up the “play” button) shows you just part of it. More photos to come (plus separate coverage of the huge Thriftway event) – and if you were at a community-center hunt, we’d love to use your photo – – thanks!

7:21 PM: Our photos from Hiawatha – where the kids are split into age groups, and then led off to different parts of the grounds, from the tennis courts to, in this case, the east lawn and wading pool areas:


Then, they line up until it’s time to dash for the eggs:


And they’re off!


Collection boxes were out in hopes of recycling as many of the plastic eggs as possible, once they were emptied:


With hundreds of people caucusing at West Seattle High School next door, and Lafayette Elementary nearby, the area was more congested than usual today – won’t be the case next year, of course.

West Seattle Saturday: Caucuses, egg hunts, bus changes, film screenings, more…

(Great Blue Heron, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Big Saturday around West Seattle and beyond. For today/tonight, we’re breaking the list into three parts – first, local Democrats’ caucuses, the first step toward choosing delegates for the presidential nominating convention:

DEMOCRATIC CAUCUSES: They start at 10 am – more than a dozen locations around West Seattle alone. Get there early. Your location is determined by which precinct you live in; if you don’t already know where you’re going, here’s all the info, as published here Friday. The caucuses are the first step toward delegate selection for our state’s representation at the nominating convention; there’s a presidential primary vote later this spring but that will not figure into the Democrats’ process.

Now, egg hunts and more as we start Easter weekend:

THRIFTWAY EGG HUNT: The famous egg hunt at West Seattle Thriftway, for ages 1-10, promising 30,000 eggs filled with fun. 9 am; get there early. (California/Fauntleroy)

COMMUNITY CENTER EGG HUNTS: 10 am is the start time – be there by 9:45 – for the city’s community-center egg hunts, at Alki Community Center, Delridge Community Center, Hiawatha Community Center, High Point Community Center, Southwest Teen Life Center/Southwest Pool.

EASTRIDGE EGG HUNT: Another annual tradition – Eastridge Church‘s egg hunt with 10,000 candy-filled eggs, pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, inflatables, prizes, more, at south meadow of Lincoln Park, 11 am. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

LABYRINTH WALKING: Last chance to contemplate while walking the labyrinth set up in Adams Hall at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor); hours today are noon-3 pm. (3940 41st SW)

EASTER-EGG DECORATING: Drop by Mind Unwind/Treehouse Lounge in The Admiral District, 3-8 pm – all supplies provided. Cost and other info here.

PURIM SHPIEL: One more Purim celebration for Kol HaNeshamah is happening tonight – 7 pm at Kenyon Hall, everyone is invited to “Shushan Abbey, the Motown Musical.” (7904 35th SW)

And from our year-round West Seattle Event Calendar (where you’ll find even more):

METRO ‘SERVICE CHANGE’: Remember, this is the day that Metro’s next round of service changes take effect. The big one for West Seattle: Rapid Ride C Line has now split from Rapid Ride D, and the C Line goes to South Lake Union. All the info’s here.

SEAFAIR COMMODORES BOWL-A-THON: Join the Seattle Seafair Commodores at West Seattle Bowl – there might still be room for individual bowlers to join their fundraising event for the Seafair Scholarship Program for Women. Registration at 9 am; bowling starts shortly thereafter. Think summer! Details in our listing. (39th SW/SW Oregon)

‘FOOD CHAINS,’ FREE SCREENING: 3 pm, join the Delridge Grocery Co-op at Delridge Library for this film in honor of Farmworker Awareness Week. Details in our listing. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

‘DRAWING THE TIGER,’ FREE SCREENING: 4 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, see the award-winning documentary produced by West Seattleites Amy Benson and Scott Squire, who will be there for Q/A afterward. More info in our preview. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

SOUND HEALING: An evening of breath work and a sound-healing concert at Cuddle Club Seattle in Morgan Junction, 6 pm. Info, including how to register, is in our listing. (6417 California SW)

SUE QUIGLEY: Singer-songwriter Sue Quigley performs live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

FOLLOWUP: Bruce Springsteen fans – and a local superstar – give big to West Seattle Food Bank

More love for the West Seattle Food Bank from rock ‘n’ roll superstar-land.

You’ll recall the WSFB’s announcement that it would be spotlighted during last night’s Bruce Springsteen concert at KeyArena.

They sent a few photos and then tonight posted the results, including the news that West Seattle’s own Eddie Vedder (who took the stage with The Boss) is helping too:

Thank you to all of the many Bruce Springsteen fans who came out last night and donated generously to the Food Bank. And yes, Eddie Vedder said he would match it! It was a great night for the food bank – just under $24,000 worth! Thank you to Bruce and the E Street Band for partnering with us and thank you to our volunteers who worked so hard to collect all the donations. We had fun and I hope you did too!

You can follow their example and help the WSFB too.

Highland Park ‘RV safe lot’ officially dead, says Councilmember Herbold

(WSB photo from last month)

We’ve reported repeatedly in the past few weeks (most recently, on Thursday) that the “RV safe lot” announced for Highland Park has been on indefinite hold. And now, Councilmember Lisa Herbold says the mayor’s office has confirmed to her that it’s officially not happening – because it would cost too much, for the 10 or fewer RVs it would serve.

As a result, Herbold’s office says, the two interim “safe zones” set up in SODO and Interbay will be “extended for an additional 60 days,” and the 39 RV residents that were waiting there will get help with making their vehicles operational so they can comply with 72-hour parking laws, or they will get help finding “secure housing.”

That doesn’t address what happens to the half-dozen or so RVs that we’ve reported are described by SPD as “staged” along Myers Way, awaiting the now-a-no-go Highland Park lot, so we’ll check on that next week.

It’s been two months since the mayor’s original announcement that the lot would be set up at West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way within a month, along with the one that did open in Ballard. Since then, we’ve made almost-daily checks of the site – a paved lot adjacent to the longtime site of an unauthorized encampment that was closed two and a half years ago – and the only sign of preparations has been a canvas-covered fence around the lot.

What kind of play equipment do you want to see at Highland Park? Date set to see options

March 25, 2016 7:43 pm
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Though the Parks and Green Spaces Levy has been succeeded by the Seattle Park District levy, some of the P&GSL projects are still in progress – and one of them is getting extra $ from the district. That’s the Highland Park play-area plan (for the park at 1100 SW Cloverdale), and a postcard that showed up in the WSB mailbox brought word of your chance to get a look at, and have a say on, play-equipment options. It’s more than three weeks away – plenty of time to set yourself a reminder: Monday, April 18th – with an open house at Highland Park Elementary (1012 SW Trenton) 5:30-6 pm, and a presentation at 6.

P.S. Note that this is a different project from the one for the school’s play area, which also has an event coming up, as we reported in our coverage of this week’s Highland Park Action Committee meeting.

Reader report: Child found in North Delridge

5 PM: Just got a phone call from a reader who says her 120 bus to downtown has a possibly lost child on board, a toddler-age boy who was on the sidewalk on the north end of Delridge. The driver brought the child on board and police apparently will meet them downtown. If you know of someone looking for a child in that area, be sure they call 911.

8:24 PM: Commenter and e-mail have confirmed that this is resolved, adding: “Child and family are fine. Thanks to SPD and and Metro for resolving this so quickly.”

West Seattle Crime Watch: Triangle car theft; burglar(s) target Junction midwives

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports today:

CAR STOLEN FROM THE GROVE: The photos above and below are from The Grove/West Seattle Inn, where the general manager’s vehicle was stolen around 6:45 this morning.

The missing vehicle is a “white ’89 Toyota 4Runner with gray graphics on the side. There are no major modifications or noticeable body damage. The license plate is Washington State and reads (B31-606V). The Police have been contacted and have made a report.” If you have any information about the whereabouts or knowledge of a possible suspect please call 911, and GM John at 760-709-0321.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY AT MIDWIVES’ CLINIC: In addition to the burglaries we listed in last night’s Crime Watch, we’ve heard about one more, from the victims: Taylor at In Tandem Midwifery, 4522 44th SW, e-mailed to report: “Someone tried to break into our office the night before last. … Our incident occurred at our back door, from inside the secured apartment building. They didn’t get in, which is lucky for us as they would have been terribly disappointed and more likely to cause damage. … We don’t keep an patient data, meds or valuables in the office so we aren’t really sure why we were targeted.”

Plea bargain for West Seattle serial arsonist Jacob Kokko

(Reader photo, courtesy Aaron: October arson outside Senior Center)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

After 4 1/2 months in jail, West Seattle serial arsonist Jacob Kokko has pleaded guilty – and could go free as soon as he’s sentenced.

A plea bargain sent him to court on Thursday to admit to three crimes, one a lesser charge than the original ones filed, according to court documents we found during a routine check online early today.

(WSB photo: October arson outside Hamm Building)

Kokko, 22, was arrested last November and charged in connection with three October arsons – two in The Junction, outside the Senior Center and the historic Hamm Building (home to businesses including Easy Street Records, Twilight Gallery, and Alaska Street Tattoo Parlor), and one outside a house on the same block in High Point where he lives.

The charges at the time were second-degree arson (a Class B felony), and second-degree reckless burning and third-degree malicious mischief (both gross misdemeanors). In the plea bargain, the first charge – related to the Senior Center fire – was reduced to first-degree reckless burning (a Class C felony); the other two remained the same.

Kokko, who has no prior criminal record, was arrested after a series of arsons including those fires unnerved West Seattleites for weeks. He has never been charged in the other fires during that same time period – police say he confessed to one fire in which he was not charged, the bus-stop arson on Morgan south of 35th on October 12th (shown on the surveillance video that led to his arrest), but denied any involvement in the October 18th Sylvan Ridge car arsons, the October 19th High Point rental-office waste-bin fire that did more damage in a later flareup, or the October 21st 40th/Morgan recycling-bin fire.

As for the potential penalty:

The recommendation accompanying Kokko’s guilty pleas is for a sentence of “credit for time served” in jail, which will be almost five months by his scheduled sentencing date – that’s longer than the standard “up to 60 days” sentence for someone with no criminal record. Also recommended, a year in jail that will be suspended unless he fails to make it through a year of probation. He would also be recommended for 50 hours of community restitution work and to pay monetary restitution, determined at a future date, to the victims of the four fires to which he has confessed.

The documents give no further hint of a motive; last fall, Kokko was quoted as saying he set the fires because he needed help.

Kokko is scheduled to be sentenced at 1 pm April 1st by King County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell.

ELECTION 2016: Caucus confusion? Here’s all the local info for Saturday

If you’re a Democrat and planning to caucus Saturday, but still not sure exactly how it works and/or where to go – here’s the full how-to, as just sent by the 34th District Democrats:

Democrats from across the 34th Legislative District will caucus on Saturday, March 26, in multiple locations. During the caucus Democrats will elect delegates pledged to either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. These delegates will attend conventions and caucuses to be held later in the year at the legislative district, congressional district, King County and Statewide level, where they will elect the 118 delegates to the Democratic Party’s national convention in Philadelphia in July. The 34th Legislative District includes West Seattle, White Center, North Highline, Vashon Island and the northern part of Burien. In this district, the caucuses will be held at schools. Here is a detailed list of precinct caucus locations in the 34th District:

Anyone can attend their caucus, but voting for presidential delegates is limited to registered voters who
publicly attest that they are Democrats. People who are currently 17 years old but will be eligible to vote in the Nov. 8 election also can vote in the caucuses. People can find their precinct on the King County website here:

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West Seattle restaurants: Ex-Chopstix reported to be future New Luck Toy

Six weeks after we reported that Chopstix appeared to be closed for good, a report about the 5905 California SW space’s future has just appeared. Thanks to Desiree for spotting the story by Allecia Vermillion in Nosh Pit and sending the link: She reports that Ma’Ono co-proprietor Mark Fuller is one of the principals of what will be a “dive bar” with Chinese food under the name New Luck Toy – which, you’ll recall, was a Junction staple for decades until its closure 10 years ago. The report says it could be open as soon as June.

West Seattle Friday: Pre-holiday-weekend happenings

(Thanks to Kira B, a Madison Middle School student, for sharing her photo!)

Two sets of possibilities for the rest of your Friday. First, from the WSB Easter, Etc. page, where you’ll also find Good Friday service listings:

EGG-DECORATING: Go get some done at Mind Unwind/Treehouse Lounge – 4-8 pm, all ages, all supplies included, $10/half-dozen, $15 dozen. (2206 California SW)

LABYRINTH-WALKING: noon-3 pm and 6-9 pm at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), you’re invited to walk the labyrinth set up in Adams Hall. (3940 41st SW)

And from our regular year-round West Seattle Event Calendar:

MINI-POW-WOW: Third annual event presented by the Niksokowaak Community Pow Wow Association at Highland Park Elementary – all welcome – 6-10 pm; details in our listing. (1012 SW Trenton)

DINGO! BENEFIT FOR WSHS TEACHER: 7 pm at West Seattle High School, bingo and dessert dash to benefit teacher Charlie Ketler in his fight against pancreatic cancer. Details in our listing. (3000 California SW)

DUWAMISH ROWING CLUB BENEFIT MOVIE NIGHT: Another benefit tonight, 7 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse in West Seattle, raises money for the only rowing club on the Duwamish River. This year’s movie is “Man On Wire.” Details in our listing.

LIVE MUSIC AT C & P: Christopher Mitchell, Eric Dodd & the Kook Brothers perform tonight at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

PREVIEW YOUR WEEKEND … via our complete calendar, here.

EGG HUNTS & MORE: Big weekend ahead

March 25, 2016 9:29 am
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 |   Fun stuff to do | Holidays | West Seattle news

Before we get to our list of what’s happening today, one more mention, in case you haven’t seen it, that we again this year have a special one-page guide to egg hunts, Easter and Holy Week services, updated daily so you can check it without wading through outdated listings. Tomorrow is the big day for egg hunts – the 30,000-egg-stravaganza at West Seattle Thriftway (California/Fauntleroy; WSB sponsor) at 9 am, followed by the city-run community centers’ 10 am hunts, and more. Sunday’s Easter listings include West Seattle’s traditional sunrise services, both at 6:30 am – one at Forest Lawn (WSB sponsor) and one on Alki Beach with the local UCC churches. Whatever your plans, have a great weekend!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates and reminders; Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth back to 3 boats

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

6:47 AM: Good morning – no incidents in/from West Seattle so far.

SODO RALLY THIS AFTERNOON: If you commute through the stadium zone, reminder that presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has a 4 pm Safeco Field rally, in advance of tomorrow’s Democratic caucuses.

METRO SERVICE CHANGE TOMORROW: One more reminder that Metro’s periodic “service change” is tomorrow, and this is the one that breaks up Rapid Ride C and D, with C going to South Lake Union from hereon out. Find the Metro info is here (and some additional info from the city here).

AVALON/YANCY/30TH PROJECT UPDATE: If you missed this update last night, work on the pedestrian-safety project for this multi-point intersection could start as soon as Monday.

7:32 AM: The Issaquah is out of service on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry run – repairs needed.

7:54 AM UPDATE: Thanks for the texts. The boat breakdown temporarily took the Fauntleroy dock out of service but WSF says it’s open again now.

8:03 AM: Also, as noted in comments, the F-V-S ferry run is down to 2 boats TFN.

11:14 AM: Update on the ferry status, from WSF: “The Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route is on a two boat schedule for the remainder of the day. The next three sailings from Fauntleroy to Vashon are: 11:40 am, 12:25 pm, and 1:20 pm. The next two sailings from Fauntleroy to Southworth are: 11:40 am and 12:25 pm. The next three sailings from Vashon to Fauntleroy are: 11:50 am, 12:45 pm and 1:45 pm. The next two sailings from Southworth to Vashon and Fauntleroy are: 11:20 am, and 12:25 pm. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

12:47 PM: WSF says the run’s now back to three boats.

UPDATE: Homicide investigation after man fatally stabbed in South Delridge

(WSB photo: Search area on SW Henderson)

12:26 AM: An “assault with weapons” response is headed for 17th and Henderson, where a man is reported to have been stabbed.

12:32 AM: The victim is being taken to Harborview Medical Center. No suspect in custody so far, nor do we have any information on the circumstances.

12:36 AM: Medical radio communications describe the victim as a 35-year-old man with a single stab wound to the upper chest.

1:11 AM: Police are still searching for the attacker at last report – possibly a woman in her 30s.

1:29 AM: Police confirm they’re looking for a female suspect and describe this as a case of domestic violence.

8:09 AM: SPD has just announced that the victim died at Harborview Medical Center. That makes this the first homicide case of the year in West Seattle. Via SPD Blotter, police have these additional details:

On March 25th, at approximately 12:20 am, officers responded to a 911 call of a domestic disturbance in the 9000 block of 17th Avenue SW. When officers arrived, they found the victim in his car parked in the alley suffering from a stab wound to his chest. Seattle Fire Department Medics rushed the victim to Harborview, where he died from his injury.

A witness told investigators that the victim and his girlfriend had been involved in a physical altercation inside their residence prior to the victim being stabbed. The suspect fled before officers arrived.

This is an active and ongoing homicide investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Seattle Police at (206) 233-5000.

The last homicide investigation in West Seattle was a shooting death in Delridge five months ago; an arrest was made but the suspect was released and to date has never been charged. A month before that, a toddler was kicked to death in a Morgan Junction apartment and his father’s girlfriend, Alicia Goemaat, was charged with murder; she remains in jail and her case continues proceeding through the system. That September 2015 homicide case was at the time the first in WS in almost two years, since the still-unsolved New Year’s Eve 2013 shooting death of Stephen Jeffries, Jr.

ADDED 11:03 AM: As noted in comments, the SPD Blotter item has been updated with this:

SPD detectives are seeking any information that could help them locate a woman involved in this morning’s fatal domestic violence incident in Delridge. Police believe Beverly Carr, 35, is six-months pregnant and may have sustained injuries during this morning’s incident. Detectives would like to get her medical attention and obtain her statement about the circumstances surrounding the incident. If you have any information about Carr’s whereabouts, please contact Seattle police at 684-5550 or call 911.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglaries

In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight – we’re looking at burglaries.

GATEWOOD BREAK-IN: A burglary in the 8200 block of California SW on Thursday afternoon is reported to have been associated with this pickup truck:

The witness who reported it says “two young girls” were in the truck and appeared to have cased other houses in the neighborhood before the break-in just after 2:30 pm. If you have any information, the incident number is 16-102310.

WHERE BURGLARS ARE STRIKING: We checked the SPD police-report map to see where else in West Seattle burglaries have been reported this week – this is a screengrab of the map, sorted for burglaries only (it shows many other categories of crime if you look at it unsorted):

North to south, the icons shown correspond with these reported burglaries:
*Saturday afternoon, 2700 block Belvidere
*Monday night, 4400 block 35th SW
*Last Friday morning, 4500 block California SW
*Sunday afternoon, 4800 block Delridge Way
*Last Friday morning, 7100 block Delridge Way
*Tuesday morning, 8400 block 41st SW (reader report here)
*Saturday morning, 8800 block 30th SW
*Monday night, 9400 block 22nd SW (noted here)

ABOUT THAT HELICOPTER EARLY THURSDAY: Didn’t get a chance to mention it in the middle of the power-outage coverage, but the helicopter heard briefly over West Seattle early Thursday was Guardian One, tweeting afterward that they were checking for a Fauntleroy prowler but didn’t find anything.

BASEBALL: West Seattle HS wins again

March 24, 2016 11:47 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS & Sports

Another victory for the West Seattle High School baseball team – thanks to Caryn Johnson for the report and photo:

West Seattle came away with another win this afternoon at Hiawatha, taking on Cleveland.

Anthony Coats #4 started on the mound and threw four solid innings, striking out seven and only giving up one run. Carson Wright #17 came in to close out the game. Jack Page, Anthony Coats and Ryan Kimsey led the team with two hits each.

In the end, Cleveland just couldn’t keep up with the bats and pitching of West Seattle, falling to the Wildcats 16-1. Next game is Friday at Southeast Athletic Complex (Rainier Beach High School) at 3:30.

West Seattle scene: Chamber ‘After Hours’ @ Meeples Games

March 24, 2016 9:54 pm
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(WSB photos. Above, from left, Meeples proprietors Brian Taylor and Laura Schneider with Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis)

Almost exactly a year ago, Meeples Games (WSB sponsor) learned it was the winner of the “Emerging Business of the Year” award from the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Tonight, Meeples hosted Chamber members for their monthly “After Hours” – a chance for local businesses and organizations to find out what others in WS are doing, and to take a much-deserved break from their hard work.


Food and drink were part of the event, and they’re also something you can find at Meeples (3727 California SW, corner of Charlestown, upstairs) any time – it’s a café as well as a place to play games.

Meantime, we’ll find out soon who will follow Meeples as this year’s “Emerging Business,” as the Chamber’s next round of Westside Awards will be presented on May 4th at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), with former Mayor Norm Rice as keynote speaker – you can register for the breakfast event by going here.

FOLLOWUP: Avalon/30th/Yancy/Andover project to start in days


Two weeks after first word of a new SDOT safety project at Avalon/Yancy/30th/Andover, we have an update – work starts as soon as next Monday. This information was distributed in the immediate area today, SDOT says, and will be going out to the project e-mail list tomorrow:

We wanted to let you know that as soon as next Monday, March 28, crews working for SDOT will begin constructing pedestrian-safety improvements at the intersections of 30th Ave SW with SW Avalon Way and SW Avalon Way with SW Andover and SW Yancy streets. Construction is anticipated to take about 6 weeks to complete, but the schedule is weather dependent.

People can expect the following impacts during construction (more detail in the attached construction notice):

Temporary closure of SW Andover St at SW Avalon Way for the first three weeks of construction, depending on the weather. Local access will be maintained from 32nd Ave SW.

Temporary closure of SW Yancy St and 30th Ave SW at SW Avalon Way for the last three weeks of construction. Local access will be maintained from SW Genesee St. The duration of this closure is also weather dependent.

King County Metro routes will not be impacted.

Pedestrian detours around work zones. People following the sidewalk detours will not need to cross SW Avalon Way.

Temporary closure of bike lanes on SW Avalon Way. People riding bikes will be directed to merge with vehicle traffic.

Weekday work hours, 7 AM to 5 PM.