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UPDATE: Flipped-car crash south of The Junction

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10:14 PM: Thanks for the texts – including the photo, from Hugh: What happened in the 5000 block of 42nd SW, just south of The Junction, is only logged as a “motor vehicle incident” but it involves an overturned car.


10:32 PM: SFD left quickly – no one is hurt. Police say one parked car is damaged, in addition to the flipped car, for which they’re awaiting a tow truck. The driver is being given a field-sobriety test.

Meet Ruth Parker Winquist, West Seattleite about to turn 100 years old

By Linda Ball
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Ruth Parker Winquist doesn’t say much these days, but when she does, it’s said with a dry, quick wit. Out of nowhere, Winquist remembers “someone daring someone else to lick a cow pie.” Good fun back in the day!

It is not very often that a centenarian is in our midst. Winquist is a week away from that milestone – on Saturday, September 10th, she plans to celebrate her 100th birthday with family, at her home in Brookdale Admiral Heights, where she has lived for more than 10 years.

Winquist was born in Portland in 1916 to Charles Arthur Parker and Ella Ethelyn Gabriel. She was the middle child of three – sister Nancy, born in 1914, is gone now, but brother Ben, born in 1921, lives in Mill Valley, Calif., and talks on the phone with Ruth every Sunday. Her earliest memory is when her mother took she and Nancy to see French Marshal Ferdinand Foch in a parade after World War I. Her mother thought it was important for her daughters to see a real war hero. Read More

ArtsWest crowdfunding to support upcoming 2016-2017 season

September 3, 2016 6:46 pm
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With less than three weeks until the curtain rises on its 2016-2017 season, ArtsWest Playhouse has a crowdfunding campaign under way to support the upcoming productions: Dubbed #TellTheStory, the campaign, says the ArtsWest announcement, “allows our patrons and others in the community to engage with the stories we tell together and connect them to the process of getting a show on its feet. We’re asking the members of our community to donate and help support the show or shows in our season with which they most connect. Their donation is a way to show their support of the stories they want to see told and in return we’ll include them on the journey as each show takes shape. We want to cultivate a new audience with a stake in the art that we make.”

The six productions start with “Ghosts,” opening September 22nd, a change from what was announced back in May, though the six plays are the same. September 22nd is also the final scheduled day of the just-launched crowdfunding campaign. ArtsWest is also offering an incentive for bigger donations – the first 50 people to donate $100 will get an invitation for 2 to the season-launch party, one week from tonight at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

The donation campaign is on Crowdrisego here and start by choosing which of the six “stories” you want to support. Tickets for ArtsWest’s upcoming performances, meantime, are on sale via the playhouse’s own website.

LABOR DAY: ‘Poker run’ motorcycle ride to start in West Seattle, stop @ union halls

(CM Herbold and other riders on Labor Day 2015. Photo by Bob Combs)

Got a motorcycle? You can put the “labor” in Labor Day by joining in this citywide ride that starts in West Seattle on Monday morning. Scott sent the announcement:

Join Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold and Seattle’s labor community for a motorcycle ride through Seattle and a visit to some of Seattle’s union Halls.

Participation in the poker-run is $20 and benefits The Labor Archives of Washington. Registration starts at 8:00 am at the Chelan Café in West Seattle. From there we journey on to several union halls before ending at the Seattle Labor Temple for the annual Labor Picnic at 1:00. And yes, there is reserved parking. An after-event is scheduled for 4 pm at Slim’s Last Chance.

You don’t have to be a union member to participate – everyone is welcome. Given the route, this is a great event for smaller bikes and scooters as well.

Poker-Run route is as follows:

Chelan Café (Registration) – 3527 Chelan Ave SW
IAM (International Association of Machinists) 1500 S. 91st St.
ILWU (International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union) 3440 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA
UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) 5030 1st Ave S
IBU (Inlandboatman’s Union) 1711 W Nickerson St
DSFU (Deep Sea Fisherman’s Union) 5215 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle Labor Temple – 2800 1st Ave.

(See a map here.)

UPDATE: ‘Stolen’ plants found

2:22 PM: Another report of plant theft, and this one adds insult to injury for Harris, who already was going through a tough time:

I just moved out of my rental house (Arbor Heights area) on the 1st. We were suddenly asked to move out so the house could be sold. The move has been difficult and stress filled.

There were large plants in containers that had to be temporarily left at the house so placement could be arranged. When I returned to the house to get them on the 2nd, the plants were gone. The house was vacant for one day. In that time someone stole the only plants I had intended on keeping. Some have extreme sentimental value to me. The retail value of the plants and containers is over 300$, but it’s not about the money. “They are just plants,” people say. To me, it’s like someone stole my pets. I’ve cared for them for many years and had intended on keeping them in my life. It’s so upsetting. It would be wonderful to have them back but I’m not keeping my hopes up.

Losing more and more faith in humanity everyday. Karma is going to come back around and get this person. Who steals plants? Seriously despicable!

The noticeable plants would be: 2 tall glossy black cylindrical pots. Overflowing with sedums/succulents, one has a weeping Alaska Cedar, the other has Black Bamboo. If they or any other plants in black pots are found discarded anywhere, please contact me, I would be very grateful!!!

Harris can be reached at harrisblakestarr (at) gmail (dot) com.

3:47 PM: Good news just in from Harris: Plants found several houses away. “Misunderstanding,” not theft.

360 VIDEO: See who and what’s in the water off Alki Beach

What you see above is a new 360-degree video from “Diver Laura” James, a look at the “Junkyard” area off Alki Beach earlier this week, as she and dive buddy Lamont tested a new camera array. If you haven’t viewed this type of video before, it’s an active experience rather than passive – after you hit “play,” click and grab the video to see above, below, and all around. (We enjoyed looking up at the fish swimming near the surface.) Here are the accompanying notes from Laura:

The site is in full summer colors, with healthy looking and very ‘tall’ eelgrass and numerous fish. In the video I think I can make out 3 or 4 separate species of schooling fish. Shiner Perch, sand lance, tube snouts and possibly a salmon swimming through disturbing them all :)

There is still evidence of Sea Star wasting syndrome, when the small sunflower stars reach a certain size (just bigger than my hand) it seems some specimens become susceptible to the disease and proceed to tear themselves apart. There are numerous leather stars, and on the artificial habitat further towards the beach house noted several generations of rockfish from tiny, tiny babies to moderate-size adolescents and an adult or two.

We un-snagged a crab trap that had gotten wrapped around the bathtub and daisy-chained it’s rope so it won’t re-snag. So if a reader happened to have a snagged pot out there, well, it’s now free for you to collect.

Of note, folks should be aware that in the nearshore area there is often a fair bit of ‘habitat’ (read: our cast away junk that becomes home to critters) and it is very easy for the sinky nylon crab pot line to get entangled in the shifting currents and up and down tides. Often these free themselves after a night or so of current/tide changes, but if someone does snag or loose a pot not to far from shore where there is public beach access (and if no beach access maybe they could contact the homeowner and gain one time access), and then perhaps could post to the WSB Forum and that way a local diver could go un-snag it and therefor not have it continue fishing without supervision. This is obviously no guarantee, because the diver would be doing it out of the goodness of her heart, time allowed.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Since sharing the video earlier this week, Diver Laura also has sent a clip showing how she set up the 360 camera, and also her work with the aforementioned crab pot. You can watch that video here.

On the calendar for your West Seattle Saturday…

September 3, 2016 8:14 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Pileated woodpecker, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Happy Saturday, happy holiday weekend … along with relaxing and recharging for the autumn ahead, here are a few ways to spend the rest of the day:

ADMIRAL ADOPT-A-STREET CLEANUP: Get over to Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) by 9 am and meet up with the Admiral Neighborhood Association for the quarterly Adopt-a-Street cleanup. Gear provided – all you need to bring is yourself. Treats, coffee, post-cleanup sack lunch provided. (41st/42nd/Admiral)

PLAY GAMES: 10 am-11:30 pm, there’s a lineup of meetups at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor). Or, you can just drop in and get your own game going! (3727 California SW)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The home of West Seattle’s history, headquarters of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is a great place to spend part of your holiday weekend. Noon-4 pm. (61st SW/SW Stevens)

COLMAN POOL: West Seattle’s only city-run outdoor pool, on the shore at Lincoln Park, is getting close to the end of its season – here’s the schedule for today’s noon-7 pm swim sessions. (8603 Fauntleroy Way SW)

ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Third-to-last day this year for free tours of historic Alki Point Lighthouse with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, 1-4 pm – arrive by 3:40 pm for the final round of touring. (Alki SW/Beach Drive SW)

JOHNNY AND THE MOLES: Live music with a full horn section! 9 pm at Parliament Tavern in The Admiral District. (4210 SW Admiral Way)


Crash on West Marginal Way SW

4:28 AM: If you heard all the sirens – a crash in the 5600 block of West Marginal Way SW [map] briefly got a big “heavy rescue” response, but the first units arriving say no one is trapped, so they’re canceling most of it.

4:35 AM: Police are directing traffic to get semitrucks through the area.

PHOTOS: Chief Sealth IHS football home opener vs. Washington

September 3, 2016 12:41 am
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One home game for a local team as high-school football season began Friday night:

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

At Southwest Athletic Complex, Chief Sealth International High School hosted Washington HS (Pierce County), which went home with the win, 60-20. The Seahawks were being shut out 35-0 until the last four minutes of the first half, when suddenly #2, senior Chase McNelly, caught fire.


“They got the touchdown fever,” announcer Eddie Snead (a Sealth history teacher) proclaimed admiringly after McNelly’s two TDs sent the Seahawks into halftime down 44-13. They have a new, yet not-so-new head coach this year:


As announced in April, Luther Carr III is back. He has a very young team, just a handful of seniors to work with.


But there’s time.


Besides supporting the team, spectators tonight were supporting Denny-Sealth Performing Arts via fundraising concessions:


Next Friday night (September 9th), Sealth is on the road vs. Nathan Hale.