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HIIT Lab: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor!

HIIT Lab is a brand-new fitness studio in Morgan Junction, and a brand-new member of the WSB sponsor team, which means they have the opportunity to let you know what they’re about:


In the photo above is HIIT Lab proprietor Cathy Kerns, who says her studio is just the right size for lots of one-on-one attention for clients, and also the right size to ensure they have lots of personal space. HIIT Lab will match a workout to you. Cathy describes it as “a high-end boutique studio that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. If you live in West Seattle and want to work out hard and have a blast in a nice, clean environment, you don’t have to go far.”
What do HIIT Lab clients tell Cathy most often? On first sight, she says, they hear, “Wow, this is really nice.” Then, after class, they hear, “That was a fun workout.”

HIIT Lab is at 6417 Fauntleroy Way SW, Suite D, and online at

We thank HIIT Lab for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

VIADUCT CLOSURE: With hours to go, one last media megabriefing

(Water Taxi’s West Seattle vessel Doc Maynard at downtown dock, expecting lots of riders during the closure)

11:49 AM: Just wrapped up on the King County Water Taxi dock downtown: One last media megabriefing before the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s two-weeks-or-so closure, now a little over 10 hours away (onramp closures start at 10 pm, so don’t count on using The Viaduct after that). Those on hand for brief statements followed by Q&A included Dave Sowers from WSDOT, Jon Layzer from SDOT, Paul Brodeur from the King County Marine Division (Water Taxi), Victor Obeso from Metro, Bruce Gray from Sound Transit, and Peter McGraw from the Port of Seattle.

We have it all on video and will upload as soon as we’re back at HQ (1:45 pm update – here it is):

Nothing dramatic but a few points of interest we hadn’t heard much about before:

*SDOT mentioned that the “maritime community” has indeed been asked to try to minimize bridge openings during the closure, but as Layzer acknowledged on our followup question, all they can do is ask – maritime use has priority, particularly for the West Seattle “low bridge” (formally the S. Spokane St. Swing Bridge) – UPDATE: Here’s what SDOT is asking the Coast Guard about, for bridges including ours:

The Seattle Department of Transportation would like to request that the US Coast Guard send out a notice to mariners requesting voluntary compliance at each of the following bridges for the period of 12:01 am on April 29, 2016 to 11:59 pm on May 12, 2016:

Ballard Bridge: Weekday voluntary compliance one hour before and one hour after the existing restrictions (i.e. In addition to the existing restrictions, 7-9 am and 4-6 pm weekdays, we are asking for mariners to try and limit the number of bridge openings between 6-7 am, 9-10 am, 3-4 pm & 6-7 pm, whenever possible).

Fremont Bridge: Weekday voluntary compliance one hour before and one hour after the existing restrictions (i.e. In addition to the existing restrictions, 7-9 am and 4-6pm weekdays, we are asking for mariners to try and limit the number of bridge openings between 6-7 am, 9-10 am, 3-4 pm & 6-7 pm, whenever possible).

University Bridge: Weekday voluntary compliance one hour before and one hour after the existing restrictions (i.e. In addition to the existing restrictions, 7-9 am and 4-6pm weekdays, we are asking for mariners to try and limit the number of bridge openings between 6-7 am, 9-10 am, 3-4 pm & 6-7 pm, whenever possible).

Lower Spokane Street Swing Bridge: Weekday voluntary compliance between 6-10 am and 3-7 pm (there are no existing restrictions on this bridge).

*A temporary stop is being added so that WS bus riders can connect to light rail in SODO – it’s marked on the reroute maps (second page of this PDF shows the West Seattle routes)

*If you want to connect to light rail, the Water Taxi is also an option, it was pointed out to us in conversation with the Marine Division reps after the briefing, since you can walk a few blocks east and get to the transit tunnel (King Street Station, also served by Sounder rail, isn’t far either)

*We asked what happens when they get word that the tunneling machine has made it the full 385-foot distance beneath The Viaduct, to the other side. Sowers says WSDOT would then do one more inspection of The Viaduct, along the lines of what they do twice a year, to check it thoroughly for cracks, settling, etc., before deeming it safe to reopen for traffic.

More to come when we’re back at HQ.

1:45 PM UPDATE: We’ve added the briefing video above. Also, since the briefing, WSDOT has added an online update with yet another reminder plus some news that wasn’t part of the briefing. See the full update here; below, the sections that followed the general reminder:

Seattle Tunnel Partners tunneling operations

Seattle Tunnel Partners is making final preparations for their tunnel drive beneath the viaduct. They have told us that the overnight crew will spend the early hours of Friday restarting and testing Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine. Tunneling is expected to begin sometime during the day shift on Friday.

STP expects to start slowly as Bertha digs out of her planned maintenance stop, which is essentially a block of concrete buried in the ground near Yesler Way. The machine must dig through approximately 10 feet of concrete to exit the maintenance stop and enter the soil near the intersection of Yesler and Alaskan Way. Initially, trucks will carry away the excavated material. Crews intend to proceed deliberately throughout the weekend, carefully monitoring the machine’s performance and the surrounding ground as Bertha inches forward.

STP expects to pick up speed early next week. The tunneling operation – tunneling forward, building rings and doing maintenance on the machine – will continue around the clock throughout the closure.

You can track Bertha’s tunneling progress here. We’ll be updating the progress graphic twice each day.

Barging operations to resume

The suspension for cause that has restricted barging operations since January was lifted this week. That means that STP will be allowed to remove excavated soil from the work site via barge using new procedures they developed over the past two months. Having the barging operation back online allows STP to remove excavated material more quickly than trucking the material offsite.

Check out our construction cameras page to get a closer look at the barging operation when tunneling begins on Friday.

Again, we’ll have an update when the closure begins late tonight, as well as expanded coverage of morning and afternoon/evening traffic/transit starting Friday.

West Seattle food: A la Mode Pies has a Junction shop in the oven

(Photos courtesy A la Mode Pies)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The West Seattle Junction’s pieshoplessness will soon be over: A la Mode Pies is expanding this way.

Proprietor Chris Porter just signed the lease for a prime spot in Junction 47, facing SW Alaska just east of California.

A la Mode will be the first pie shop in The Junction since Shoofly closed almost two years ago.

It will be the second café/bakery for A la Mode Pies, joining the Phinney location.

We talked with Porter by phone to get the scoop on what the café will be like.

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What’s happening for the rest of your West Seattle Thursday

April 28, 2016 9:50 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Bald eagles don’t just perch in trees. Photo from Beach Drive, by Claudio Gonda)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and our inbox:

LUNCH AND LEARN: 11:45 am at the Senior Center of West Seattle, lively discussion about the state of Social Security, now and looking ahead a half-century. You can buy lunch in the café. Reservations required – call ASAP; the number’s in our calendar listing. (California SW/SW Oregon)

DINING OUT FOR LIFE: Four West Seattle and White Center restaurants are participating for all or part of today/tonight, in the annual dine-out fundraiser to benefit Lifelong. Details are in the preview we published earlier this week.

TINKERLAB: Drop-in STEM-based crafts for all ages, 4-6 pm drop-in event, free, at High Point Library. (35th SW/SW Raymond)

SEXY SYRAH AND TANTALIZING TASTES: Annual wine tasting and appetizer benefit at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), with VIP entry at 5 pm, general at 6 pm, with part of the proceeds benefiting Children’s Hospital. Ticket link is here – check ASAP to see if there’s still room! (1936 Harbor SW)


If you are the parent/guardian of a current 8th grader or you know one, please spread the word about the upcoming Future Seahawks Open House (tonight). We are offering dinner at 6:00 followed by the open house starting at 6:30. We will provide incoming students with information about CSIHS and about the registration process.

(2600 SW Thistle)

ST3 AT WSTC: Questions, answers, and comments about Sound Transit 3‘s proposals for our area, 6:30 pm tonight at the West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s monthly meeting, with reps expected from Sound Transit and the city Department of Planning and Community Development. At Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, all welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

PUNDAMONIUM! 7 pm signups, 8 pm puns, in the monthly “pun slam” at The Skylark in North Delridge. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

‘DEATH OF A SALESMAN’: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest Playhouse in The Junction. (4711 California SW)

VIADUCT CLOSURE: It starts with onramp closures at 10 pm, and WSDOT says Highway 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel will be fully closed by midnight. We’ll have late-night coverage here on WSB as it begins, as well as expanded traffic/transportation coverage for the Friday commutes.

Interested in rowing? Duwamish Rowing Club wants to see you Saturday

April 28, 2016 8:58 am
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DRC Youth Rowers
(Photo courtesy Duwamish Rowing Club)

Our area’s only rowing club, based in nearby South Park, has an invitation for you this Saturday (April 30th):

Duwamish Rowing Club continues to grow. Last season we added 3 “new” racing shells. They are new to us but not totally brand new, although they are all very fine raceable boats. The funding for the new boats came through the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund grant. None of the new boats came with names and so it’s time to name them and have a dedication party.

We will be honoring several of our donors and supporters including Bob and Dagmar Cronn, and Pacific Medical Centers. The dedication ceremony will be held at the 12th and Elmgrove Park across from the DRC boathouse at 4 pm on Saturday, April 30th. Refreshment to follow.

We hope that you all can make it and help celebrate the new rowing season and DRC’s success, as well as help us thank some of the folks who have supported us. For additional information about the DRC, check our website, find us on Facebook or Instagram, or email us at

P.S. While the photo above features some of the DRC youth rowers, the club is for all ages.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch; Viaduct closure starts TONIGHT

April 28, 2016 6:56 am
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(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

6:56 AM: Good morning and welcome to the last pre-Viaduct-closure morning commute. As we noted again last night, WSDOT says onramps will be closed starting at 10 pm tonight (which is when Metro reroutes take effect), and the full closure will be in effect by midnight. One more media megabriefing/Q&A opportunity is coming up later this morning so if you have any unanswered questions, let us know so we can seek answers.

As for this morning’s commute – no incidents in/from West Seattle so far.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Gunfire investigation

11:02 PM: Thanks for the texted tips about gunfire heard in eastern West Seattle. This time there was a scanner report too, reportedly a bullet through a window in the 4700 block of 21st SW. No report of injuries. We’re headed out to find out more.

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11:24 PM UPDATE: We found officers searching right where 21st and 22nd SW meet [map]. They confirm one gunshot hit a house there; they haven’t yet found casings from the other shots multiple 911 callers reported hearing.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: Finally obtained the report narrative from police. Here’s the full transcription of what an officer wrote and filed:

I responded to shots fired (in the 4700 block of) 21 Av Sw. The call read as follows, “CALLER JUST HEARD 7 SHOTS, SOUNDED LIKE THEY WERE MOVING FROM SOUTH TO NORTH, NO VEH(ICLE) HEARD, THOUGH.”

I made contact with (victim), advised (victim) he was being audio recorded. (He) stated he was sitting in his office, which was on the south side of the house on the second story. (He) stated while he was on the
computer he heard several gunshots outside of his residence. (He) stated one bullet hit his window, and missed his head by a couple of inches.

(He) led me inside his residence, where I saw a bullet hole in the plastic framing on the wíndow. (He) stated he was sitting in the chair right next to where the bullet went throuqh. I observed a bullet hole in the closet, through the closet wall, and in the room behind the office, the bullet was located. The bullet was located in a small bedroom, behind the door. The bullet was taken into evidence.

Officers photographed the scene and the photos were uploaded … Three bullet casings were located outside of (the) residence, in the roadway, and near trees. There was a bullet hole in a nearby tree as well. The bullet casings were 9mm. (The victim) stated he did not see a vehicle, and did not see the gunman. We were unable to get any description or direction of travel.

SPD Gang Unit responded to the scene. SGT. Unger responded to the scene. The bulÌets were packaged and submitted into evidence.

VIADUCT CLOSURE GETS CLOSER: Starting with ramp shutdowns, Metro reroutes at 10 pm Thursday

With just one day left until the two-weeks-or-so Alaskan Way Viaduct closure starts, a precautionary closure while the tunneling machine goes under the structure, a few points to mention/reiterate tonight:

*WSDOT says the onramps will “start closing” at 10 pm Thursday night. Having driven on The Viaduct to and from a meeting north of downtown in the past few hours, we can confirm that the signage we saw at ramps tonight all carried that message, as does the official infopage at

*10 pm Thursday night is also when Metro says its rerouting will begin. (See the maps here.)

*The closure is expected to be in full effect by midnight Thursday night. (Some messaging says 11:59 pm Thursday, some says 12:01 am Friday, but basically, it’s midnight tomorrow night.)

*Surface streets/sidewalks/paths under The Viaduct are expected to remain open.

*WSDOT says it’s expecting to update its “tunneling progress” webpage around 11 am and 8 pm weekdays, 2:30 pm weekends, during the closure. Its contractor plans to tunnel 24/7 while going under The Viaduct. But, as photojournalists were told during Monday’s tunnel photo-op, it’ll be slow going at the start.

*If you still have a question, it might be answered on WSDOT’s FAQ page. If not, please comment, and we’ll chase down an answer (reps of every agency involved, and then some, are having another megabriefing tomorrow morning).

PHOTOS: West Seattle sunset, with ‘pillar’


Spectacular sunset, including a “sun pillar” – thanks for everyone who’s sending photos! Above, the first one we received, by Terry Blumer, from Cormorant Cove south of Alki Point.

Next, a more-intense version of the same color show, by Marc Milrod:


Don Brubeck shows a closer view of the “sun pillar” in the sunset:


We have a few more to add soon!

West Seattle wildlife: Coyotes in Admiral, Fauntlee Hills

Our two most recent reader reports about West Seattle coyote sightings both included photos:


First, Aimee sent that photo tonight, saying:

Just wanted to give North Admiral neighbors a heads up of a coyote I saw this afternoon. The coyote crossed California heading east on Hill Street. Sorry the picture is not the best, he was fast.

We also had this in queue from Lori‘s Fauntlee Hills sighting last week:


She saw the coyote running through her backyard at 9:15 in the morning and thought it had been hanging around that area for some days.

Wondering what to do if you see one? Best thing to do is to scare it away – coexistence depends on us and them keeping apart – as explained on this state Department of Fish and Wildlife infopage.

Hours left to register for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2016

April 27, 2016 6:16 pm
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One more reminder that if you’ve been waiting to sign up for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2016, time’s running out – 11:59 pm tonight is when we close registration. If you haven’t signed up your sale yet – do it here! And whether you’ll be selling or shopping, get ready for the 12th annual WSCGSD, 9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 14th.

P.S. Any questions, or problems with registration? E-mail – thanks.

UPDATE: House-fire call in 6700 block of 36th SW


5:17 PM: A big Seattle Fire response is arriving at a possible house fire in Gatewood, in the 6700 block of 36th SW [map].

5:20 PM: Early arrivals have made the preliminary assessment – as monitored via scanner – that it’s a “small smoldering fire in the attic.”

5:22 PM: All but three SFD units are being dismissed. Those remaining on scene report “water on the fire.”

5:28 PM: Our crew has arrived and confirms that firefighters have extinguished the small fire in the attic, believed to be electrical in origin. No injuries reported.

VIADUCT CLOSURE: How to find out if West Seattle’s ‘low bridge’ is open or closed

Tomorrow night at 10 pm, the onramps to the Alaskan Way Viaduct/Highway 99 start closing. Within two hours – by 12:01 am Friday – the entire stretch of 99 from the West Seattle Bridge to the Battery Street Tunnel will be closed. More vehices will be on the “low bridge” – officially, the South Spokane Street Swing Bridge – than usual, both bicycles and pedestrians, which have no other nearby path across the Duwamish River, and motor vehicles, because of detours.

(2015 photo by Don Brubeck – bicycle riders waiting while barge goes through opened ‘low-bridge’)

The “low bridge” will continue to be opened for vessel traffic. One difference from the 2011 weeklong Highway 99 shutdown: Those openings are now communicated via Twitter, @SDOTBridges. But the tweets tend to be sent just as the bridge starts to open, meaning they’re no help with advance planning, if you’re leaving your residence and wondering if an opening is imminent.

With that in mind, a WSB commenter wondered if there is any way for SDOT to tweet sooner about impending bridge openings. We asked SDOT communications director Rick Sheridan, who talked with the Bridge Division and replied:

We are required by federal law to open a bridge when a boat makes a request for an opening. Typically, we have less than three minutes notice from the boat making its request to an opening occurring. Part of the opening process is to alert our Transportation Operation Center, which then puts the information out via Twitter.

The presence of a boat on a nearby waterway does not necessarily mean that an opening is required. Boats will sometimes stop prior to the Ship Canal bridges or the lower Spokane Street Swing Bridge and not request an opening at all.

We will continue to tweet notices of bridge openings as soon as they are requested and look for opportunities to speed up the transmission of that information.

We’ll be adding the bridge-opening tweets to our expanded commute coverage during the Viaduct closure. You can also find the link any time on the WSB Traffic page (which will have some renovations before Friday).

FOOTBALL: Chief Sealth IHS brings back Luther Carr III as head coach

(WSB file photo of Coach Carr)

3:28 PM: Just announced by Chief Sealth International High School athletic director Ernest Policarpio:

Chief Sealth International High School welcomes Luther Carr III as the Seahawks’ newest head football coach.

Carr comes to Chief Sealth with over 21 years of coaching experience, 10 at the college Division 1 level. In 2012 to 2013, Coach Carr led the Seahawks to two playoff berths and two Huling Bowl victories.

The Chief Sealth community is excited to have Luther Carr back as a Seahawk.

Simon Iniguez coached the Sealth football team the past two seasons. (added) AD Policarpio confirms he left “in good standing.” We also confirmed with him that in a way, Coach Carr has never left – he’s continued on the teaching faculty at Denny International Middle School next door.

VIDEO: Car prowl/theft prevention @ West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network

That’s our video from Det. Scotty Bach‘s presentation last night at the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network – looking at the car prowl/auto theft epidemic from an police perspective.

Det. Bach’s presentation was rather remarkable in that he began, as you’ll see and hear, with some frankness about what happens once a suspect is caught, as well as some insight into what he really does vs. what the public might think he does. “I arrest repeat offenders all the time,” he said – and he offered advice directly from one (end of the clip), while also showing “how things go out on the street,” as well as photos of a few local suspects they’re still trying to find.

He had statistics, trends, and much more. So far this year, for example, in all of King County, he says, auto thefts are up more than 18 percent – 2900+ compared to 2500+ during the same period last year. And in this area, “car prowls are off the hook,” he said. And he repeated what you’ve hopefully heard many times before: DON’T LEAVE ANYTHING IN YOUR CAR. Even if you think it’s “covered up,” thieves know that and will break in. Lock your car – thinking that leaving it unlocked is a deterrent, is a myth, he said.

He also mentioned the rise in license-plate thefts (take a look at yours at least daily!), as noted here in recent reader reports.

Our video, focusing on his slide deck while you hear from him offcamera, is 21 minutes and includes much more – it’s worth a listen.

Also at the WSBWCN meeting:

Southwest Precinct Capt. Pierre Davis started with the crime-trend update, including what he had said at another recent meeting, that south Highland Park, near Roxbury, has been hit especially hard with car prowls lately because the thieves work in teams and shift back and forth across the county line, depending on where they think they’ll find less law enforcement at any given time. He repeated the prevention advice – don’t even leave a jacket or other clothing on a car seat because thieves will assume it’s concealing something. And if you didn’t already know this, in response to questions, Capt. Davis confirmed that Westcrest Park and Lincoln Park remain high-prowl areas.

He also, as he did during the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting earlier this month, spoke to the ongoing gunfire incidents. Any suspected gunfire incident gets a police response, he said; most gunfire incidents have a reason – the people shooting are not just firing at random; sometimes it’s a drug deal that went awry, or some kind of disagreement between acquaintances. Nuisance properties often play into these incidents and the precinct is working with the City Attorney’s Office on known problem spots, he said.

The West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meets on fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, at the precinct. Keep an eye on the WSBWCN website for updates.

VIADUCT CLOSURE: Looking for somewhere to work in West Seattle?

With telecommuting encouraged as an alternative during the upcoming Viaduct closure, WiFi-equipped coffee shops are likely to be busier than ever. Sure, you could stay home and work from there. But those aren’t your only alternatives. West Seattle Office Junction (6040 California SW; WSB sponsor) is the only coworking center in WS – shared office space. We checked with WSOJ co-proprietor Christine Deppe to see if their doors will be open for people who will have to get back to the office eventually. While WSOJ doesn’t have single-day rates, she says, they do have “free trial days and we pro-rate monthly memberships and offer our 5, 10 and 15 days per month month-to-month, which gives a lot of flexibility, even for short use. If an individual needs an office for 1 week it’s $125 and for 2 weeks $250.” Our inquiry has inspired a “WSB Viaduct-Closure Special,” she adds: “We will waive the one-time registration fee of $100 from now to May 10th, making it easier for short term use during the closure.” Find out more here. P.S. They’ve recently added a few new desks for added capacity. Questions? Contact info is here.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Bus-car collision in The Junction

(WSB photo)

11:33 AM: A Metro RapidRide bus and car have collided, blocking northbound westbound SW Alaska at 40th SW in The Junction [map]. No serious injuries, so no one will have to be taken to the hospital, we’re told at the scene, and it should be cleared before too long, but if you’re headed this way, avoid that side of Alaska for a while. Southbound is not affected.

NOON UPDATE: Just went by again. The bus and the car are still in the right lanes, but with SPD assistance, traffic is getting by both ways to the south of the crash scene.

Highlights for the rest of your West Seattle Wednesday

(Killdeer, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and inbox for today/tonight:

FIRE TRAINING CONTINUES: The Seattle Fire training at 50th/Hudson continues daily through the end of the week – so you’ll see SFD vehicles and personnel there as well as smoke. Some area residents also are seeing brown water from the hydrant use. Here are our photos from Tuesday morning, when the training fires began.

ENTREPRENEUR MEETUP: Noon-1:15 pm at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor), the weekly coworking/home-office/etc. meetup is focused on local entrepreneurs. By the way, if the upcoming Viaduct closure has you giving new consideration to the concept of working without leaving the peninsula, check out WSOJ, West Seattle’s only coworking center. (6040 California SW)

VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY TEA TIME & CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: 1-3 pm at Greenbridge Community Center; details in our calendar listing. (9800 8th SW)

EVERGREEN’S FUTURE: Also in White Center, – two meetings tonight related to the Evergreen Campus and the citizen campaign to change it back to Evergreen High School. A Highline School Board work session is planned at 5 pm regarding “small schools”; the community meeting follows at 6. Both are at Evergreen. (830 SW 116th)

‘THE HUNTING GROUND’: Film screening at 6 pm tonight in the Little Theater at Chief Sealth International High School, “The Hunting Ground.” April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the film will be “followed by a Q & A, with sexual-assault nurse examiners, and representatives from the UW and Seattle University. … Campus sexual assault is a nationwide, pervasive problem. Young people have a 1 in 5 chance of experiencing sexual assault while a student at a university. “The Hunting Ground” is a well -regarded, powerful documentary examining this. … All are welcome. Please be advised that this can be a very sensitive topic, please use discretion for yourself and if you have children.” (2600 SW Thistle)

COED ULTIMATE FRISBEE: Everyone’s invited to the 6:30 pm pickup game at Fairmount Playfield. Rain cancels. (5400 Fauntleroy Way SW)

HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: 7 pm tonight at Highland Park Improvement Club – here are the agenda points:

*SPD updates

*“Action Plan to Save Myers Parcels from Development — What does it mean for Highland Park?”

*Seattle Neighborhood Group – Crime Prevention Workshop – Vehicle Security: How to protect your car from crime. 

*Highland Park Elementary School Principal Chris Cronas of Highland Park Elementary is excited to partner with HPIC/HPAC. 

*Leslie Harris Seattle Public School Board Director District 6

*Highland Park Improvement Club Updates

*Saturday, April 30, 2016
 Highland Park Neighborhood Cleanup Day – 10 am – 2 pm 

(12th SW/SW Holden)

POEMS AND STORIES: Monthly Storybridge event at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm. Featured readers Carrie Gilstrap-Nettle and Arleen Williams. Plus, a community microphone! (5612 California SW)

SEE THE FULL LINEUP for today/tonight on our complete calendar – the events above are just SOME of the highlights!

VIADUCT CLOSURE: Riding the Water Taxi? Planning to park? New info


A day and a half to go until the Alaskan Way Viaduct is closed early Friday so that the Highway 99 tunneling machine can start going under it. If you work in or near downtown, you might be planning to use the West Seattle Water Taxi, which has a new boat twice the capacity of the one it had during the 2011 Viaduct closure, among other attributes (the Doc Maynard is faster, too). Ideally, you will get to and from the dock at Seacrest by busing, biking (the boat has room for 26 bikes), walking, or getting dropped off at the dock. If none of that is possible – here’s what you need to know about the parking situation, with added spaces during the closure, as detailed in this special brochure:


That’s the sign at the entrance to Pier 2, right across from the 7-11 in the 2400 block of Harbor Avenue SW, and that’s where you will drive in – these gates will be open:


This lot has about 200 parking spaces and a free shuttle to and from Seacrest – separate from the regular WT shuttle – but because it’s a “secured facility,” it also has restrictions:

It will be staffed Monday through Friday, in the morning from 5:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and in the afternoon between 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Cars will not be accessible outside of these hours. We suggest you park here 20 minutes before sailing time. The shuttle will run the .6 mile route continuously between Pier 2 and Seacrest Park.

The county Department of Transportation, which operates the Water Taxi, says the “staffing” means people will be there to point you in the right direction and answer questions.

Closer to the pier, more street parking along Harbor Avenue SW should be available because – as the now-in-place no-parking signs warn – parking is off-limits 2-5 am along the water side of Harbor Avenue during the closure. ONE CHANGE:


Thanks to nearby resident Carolyn for catching this – there’s a change in where that restriction is in place. While the Water Taxi’s closure-related brochure said they would be only south of Seacrest, they instead stretch north to just east of the small angled-parking area at Duwamish Head. Again, these street-parking spaces are available except for 2-5 am.

Finally, about 40 spaces will be available in this unpaved area south of Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), which is the city-owned Bronson street end – look for the Parks sign so you know you’re in the right place:


Where NOT to park: Don Armeni Boat Ramp. While some spaces were made available there in 2011, that was late October and not much boating going on. This time it’s not part of the plan.

Other points if you’re new to the Water Taxi:

*The sailing schedule is here. The Doc Maynard leaves West Seattle every half-hour from 6:15 to 9:15, and then takes a break until 11 am.

*You can buy your ticket(s) via machines at the dock – at Seacrest, on the east side of the building – or else pay as you board, with exact-change cash or an ORCA card.

*Find the shuttle-bus schedules via this page on the Water Taxi website – follow the “buses” tab and then click the route number for the schedule. (Almost forgot to mention – as announced last week, these buses will be upsized during the closure, 39 passengers.)

And again, here’s the special Viaduct-closure-related brochure for the West Seattle Water Taxi. We’ll have a crew at Seacrest on Friday morning to report on how things are going, as part of our expanded commute coverage during the Viaduct closure.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates; 2 days until Viaduct closure

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

6:34 AM: Good morning! Two days until the Alaskan Way Viaduct closure – which the city’s electronic signage warns will start at 11:59 pm Thursday. As for this morning, no incidents in/from West Seattle and vicinity so far.

8:14 AM: Still quiet this morning, and the impending Viaduct closure remains the big topic. WSDOT has just sent a media alert clarifying the start time – the alert says 12:01 am Friday BUT “onramps will start closing at 10 pm Thursday.”

9:52 AM: More times from WSDOT – the promised online updates about tunneling progress during the closure are now expected to be around 11 am/8 pm weekdays, 2:30 pm weekends.

West Seattle wildlife: Caution, otters (still) crossing


It’s been a while since we’ve had a report about one of Alki’s road-crossing river otters; Crispin Garrott saw that one near Duwamish Head around 11 pm Sunday. So we’re reminding you to be careful – as discussed here before, the otters have dens inland and cross the road to go looking for food, among other things. More than a few have been hit and killed. So, especially at night when you might not see them, be careful in the area.

Remembering Michael Dale Foster, 1953-2016

A memorial is planned May 15th for Mike Foster, whose family is sharing this remembrance:

Michael Dale Foster, 62, passed away in his sleep on April 19, 2016. He was born September 28, 1953, in Seattle, the eldest child of Harold and Lorraine Foster. He is survived by his parents; his brother Jeff Foster and niece Amanda; his sister Sue Foster and his nephews Matthew and Mark; and his daughter Kara Foster.

Raised in White Center, Mike attended Holy Family School, Kennedy Catholic High School, and graduated from Chief Sealth High School in 1972. Shortly after high school, Mike went to work in Saudi Arabia for Crowley Maritime. He would talk of that time as one of his greatest adventures.

He married Rebecca Connor in September of 1982 and had a daughter a year later on December 19, 1983. He would say that was his next greatest adventure: Being a dad.

They rented a house in Highland Park, Mike was friends with all his neighbors and would always have a helping hand if needed, working on bicycles, cars, or anything else in his garage. In 1996 he was divorced, but always lived near his daughter and his parents.

He worked for Sears Roebuck as a warehouseman for most of his career and recently retired from Bartell Drugs as a warehouseman.

He loved camping at Lake Trask with his family, he was constantly reading, and he would do anything for his family and friends. With a goofy grin and a big heart, he will be missed by so many.

His memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 15th, from 4-8 pm at the White Center Eagles, located at 10452 15th Ave SW. It will be a potluck event and the family asks that any donations in his name be given to the White Center Eagles.

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West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2016 update: Registration deadline Wednesday night

April 26, 2016 9:25 pm
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We have moving sales and moved-in sales; fun sales and fundraising sales; garages and carports and yards full of stuff to furnish your apartment or house, entertain or clothe your kids, cover your car … or if you don’t have a car, at least one is on sale during West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2016. If registration stopped right this moment, with 265+ sales, it would already be another incredible day (9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 14th, all around the peninsula) .. but we know somebody out there is procrastinating, or just made the decision, or hasn’t had the time yet, so this is the 26-hour warning: Registration closes tomorrow night, Wednesday (April 27th) at 11:59 pm, if you’re planning a sale for WSCGSD. We have to shut it down to give us time to make the maps and get the info packets out – the map’s always ready to go one week in advance so shoppers (some of whom come from hundreds of miles away!) can plan.

Planning a sale but not signed up yet? Go here.
Signed up but had trouble paying? Go here.
Thanks! We are excited about WSCGSD 2016 too (the 12th annual sale day, ninth one we’ve coordinated), and it’s just two and a half weeks away.