West Seattle, Washington
A particularly brazen business burglary tonight: Just as we were heading to Alki to find out more about tonight’s shooting, we heard from Dave McCoy, proprietor of Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, that someone had broken into his shop (42nd SW/SW Oregon). On our way back from Alki, we went by the shop to find out more. Dave told us the burglar(s) broke off the door handle and forced their way in, making off with 11 rods (that’s his photo above, showing where they had been). Though the alarm was set, that wasn’t enough to stop what apparently was akin to a smash-and-grab. The door and lock are already being repaired, as shown in our photo:
This comes just two weeks after thieves hit EWA while it was open on a Saturday afternoon, distracting an employee and stealing three reels. And it comes hours after EWA participated in the Junction Day of Giving, earmarking 10 percent of today’s proceeds for charity.
ORIGINAL REPORT, 9:29 PM: Big response heading to 57th and Alki for a reported shooting – a man is reported to have been shot in the hand. More to come.
9:35 PM: Crews arriving on scene confirm that the injury is not major. A silver vehicle might have been associated with the shooting.
9:53 PM: We’ve arrived in the area. Searching is centered by the Alki Playfield tennis courts/Whale Tail Park (Lander/59th SW). Heard on the scanner while en route, the victim was to go to the hospital via private ambulance, but was described as “uncooperative.”
9:59 PM: Police tell us at the scene that the victim is in his 20s.
They’re still looking for shell casings in the search area we mentioned above. We’re adding photos.
10:54 PM: Nothing additional from SPD so far. About 45 minutes after our first report, they tweeted
“(Officers) responded to shots fired call on Alki, found one man with non life-threatening injury to hand. Investigation ongoing” and that’s the only info they’ve published. See the comments below for multiple reports of what people in the area heard and saw.
Thanks to Jerry for sending the photo from a car fire about an hour ago on West Marginal Place just north of West Marginal Way SW, under the bridge and by the bicycle trail. We just talked with the car’s owners, as they await a tow truck; they said they were driving when suddenly the car started filling with smoke, so they got off the road (this area is a cul-de-sac), called for help, and got out safely before SFD arrived.
It’s International TableTop Day and that means it’s a day … and night … just made for the gaming that’s at the heart of Meeples Games (3727 California SW; WSB sponsor). We dropped in to see what was up; above, players were in the middle of a game of Here, Kitty, Kitty!. The full schedule for today/tonight is here – including Meeples Bucks giveaways for activities including posing with Captain America and mini-Wil Wheaton (who has a show called Tabletop):
If you don’t make it to Meeples before this big day/night ends (open until midnight!) – there’s always something going on, proprietors Brian Taylor and Laura Schneider remind you:
The schedule’s on the right side of the Meeples homepage.
On the second full day of the two-weeks-or-so Alaskan Way Viaduct closure, a “precaution” until the Highway 99 tunneling machine finishes going beneath the AWV, here’s the brief update WSDOT just published:
After completing the first ring, STP crews have been preparing the machine to move out of the concrete of the maintenance stop. The transition from concrete into soil is an important part of tunneling under the viaduct and STP crews have been working to ensure that the transition goes smoothly. Once the machine is fully prepared to mine through this transition, crews will advance slowly and deliberately.
So as of this update, no additional distance has been added to the first-day 6.5-foot tally. Next update is expected about this time tomorrow; still almost 380 feet left to go to get all the way beneath The Viaduct.
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“Enjoy a day in The Junction and feel good about spending local” – that’s what the West Seattle Junction Association is hoping you’re doing today, during its Day of Giving, with participating businesses donating 10 percent of their proceeds to the nonprofits of their choice. Above, Sierra demonstrated her enthusiasm outside her workplace VAIN West Seattle (4513 California), which has chosen the Senior Center of West Seattle as its beneficiary; below, Wallflower Custom Framing (4735 42nd SW) proprietor Courtney Sievertson, who’s chosen to help the animal advocates of Pasado’s Safe Haven:
VAIN, Wallflower Custom Framing, Menashe & Sons Jewelers, and Click! Design That Fits are all WSB sponsors, as are three other participants – Emerald Water Anglers (4502 42nd SW, benefiting the Wild Steelhead Coalition), and, both helping the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW) and Thunder Road Guitars (4736 California SW).
In all, more than 30 businesses are participating – see the full list, and their chosen beneficiaries, here, and get out to The Junction before 6 pm if you’re not already there!
Happy second anniversary to Jennifer Young and her upscale-kid-stuff-resale (plus some new toys/accessories) shop My Three Little Birds (WSB sponsor) at 6959 California SW in south Morgan Junction. It’s an all-day celebration until 5 pm, including face-painting until 2:
More details about today’s celebration are in our calendar listing.
11:29 AM: Thanks to everyone who has texted and e-mailed about this, including Delfino Muñoz, who sent the photo above: A gray whale is in the middle of Puget Sound between West Seattle and Vashon Island and may be in trouble. Those who have watched it from afar and up close say it hasn’t moved much for some time. We looked through binoculars from the south end of Emma Schmitz Overlook and also noted that it was fairly stationary. We know it’s been reported to the local marine-mammal stranding network, Seal Sitters (206-905-SEAL), and to the state. Gray-whale sightings in Puget Sound aren’t rare, but this time of year, some that don’t make it back out to the open ocean for the annual Pacific Coast migration may be lingering because they are ill or undernourished. Earlier this month, one such gray whale was first seen in the Ballard Locks and then found dead between north Vashon and Fauntleroy. We’ll update if we find out anything more about the whale that’s out there right now.
2:43 PM UPDATE: Just got an update from Robin @ Seal Sitters, that those keeping an eye on the whale might see a boat closer to it than boats are supposed to be – researchers from Fish and Wildlife and Cascadia Research Collective are headed out to try to assess the whale’s condition and make sure it’s not entangled. WSB’s Christopher Boffoli got this view from Beach Drive, though the whale is much closer to the other side:
Christopher reported the whale is definitely blowing regularly, though not moving much. Robin also says they’ve advised the Coast Guard about the whale, since it’s in the shipping lanes and they want cargo ships to know to steer clear – Christopher photographed one passing:
We’ll continue to update when more information’s available.
Healthy Kids Day is on, until 1 pm at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle (4515 36th SW). Our photo above shows the inflatable obstacle course out front – you’ll also find a climbing wall, dunk tank (photo below), face-painting, arts and crafts, bubbles, family races, photo booth, scavenger hunt, and a long list of other ongoing activities.
Some of the time-specific events coming up:
11 am, east gym: Chief Sealth IHS Latin Dance Team
11:30 am, east gym: Family Zumba class
Noon, east gym: YMCA Karate class
1-3 pm, open swim @ pool
So get to the Y before 1 pm – you don’t have to be a member, but you can find out more about membership, as well as about Y programs such as preschool. Also, find out about other local organizations/businesses:
That’s Phil from the School of Rock. Also at HKD – find out about a time-saving way to feed your family via Dream Dinners (WSB sponsor), try smoothies from nearby Chaco Canyon Organic Café … the list goes on. This event is also a chance to find out about the Y’s upcoming expansion project, with work starting in early May and official groundbreaking June 2nd.
Good morning! No need to leave the peninsula and deal with the second day of Viaductlessness today. Here are the highlights:
ST. JOHN’S RUMMAGE SALE: 9 am-3 pm, second and final day of the fabulous annual sale at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. (3050 California SW)
‘DAY OF GIVING’ IN THE JUNCTION: Shop and dine at more than two dozen West Seattle Junction businesses today (official hours are 10 am-6 pm), and you’ll be helping a long list of local nonprofits too. Participants – listed here, along with their chosen beneficiaries – are donating 10 percent of today’s proceeds. Some participants also have special events scheduled, so just get to The Junction and see what’s going on!
INTERNATIONAL TABLETOP DAY: Big day to play at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor)! It’s a daylong celebration of all things tabletop, with events scheduled starting at 10 am and continuing into the evening. See the schedule here. Plus, a donation drive for West Seattle Food Bank – bring nonperishable food to donate. (3727 California SW)
WESTSIDE PLANT & GARDEN ART FAIR: 10 am-4 pm, it’s day one of this brand-new event. Plants, art, and even animals, including Cruise the miniature horse, shown in this photo provided by organizers (Cruise is there today only):
MY THREE LITTLE BIRDS TURNS TWO: Second anniversary celebration of the store in Morgan Junction, which also has just launched online sales too. Celebrate all day, 10 am-5 pm, with face-painting and Full Tilt Ice Cream 11 am-2 pm – more info here. (6959 California SW)
DRUG TAKEBACK DAY: Expired/no-longer-needed medication in your home? Take it to the Southwest Precinct for a no-questions-asked dropoff. 10 am-2 pm. (2300 SW Webster)
DRAWTASTIC! Another first-ever event in West Seattle – a festival of drawing and animation. 11:30 am-5 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. See our calendar listing for details. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
VIETNAMESE STORYTIME: 11:30 am at Delridge Library. (5401 Delridge Way SW)
ARABIC STORYTIME: 1 pm at Delridge Library. (5401 Delridge Way SW)
SEATTLE WRITES: POETRY: 2-4 pm at Southwest Library, Seattle’s civic poet Claudia Castro Luna (a West Seattleite) will show you how to “use the city” in your writing. Free and no pre-registration required but first-come, first-served seating, so come early. BYO pen/paper and/or laptop. More info here. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
AUTHOR READING: Jack Lewis reads from his book “Head Check: What It Feels Like to Ride Motorcycles,” 4 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village. (2800 SW Barton)
BELLS OF THE SOUND: The handbell choir’s spring concert at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), 7 pm: “Now Starring … The Music of Stage and Screen.” Details in our calendar listing. (3940 41st SW)
BURGUNDY PEARL: Acoustic duo performs live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
DANIEL MARTIN MOORE: Live in-store concert, free admission, 7 pm at Easy Street Records in The Junction. (California SW/SW Alaska)
OWL HOOT: 7:30 pm at Camp Long Environmental Learning Center, for ages 6 and up – but you need to preregister! Info’s in our calendar listing. $5/person. (5200 35th SW)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP today/tonight/days & weeks ahead, by going here.