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UPDATE: Police response at 14th/Roxbury

10:11 PM: Police and fire are responding to a house near 14th and Roxbury. It’s an “assault with weapons” call on the SFD log but we haven’t heard whether there’s a victim. We are hearing that police are blocking off traffic in the 14th/15th/Roxbury area, so please avoid that area TFN. More to come.

10:23 PM: Per scanner, police have gone in and determined there’s no victim. They’re now trying to sort out whether the call was a hoax.

West Seattle development: New mixed-use Admiral proposal

Checking the city land-use files to see what’s new, we find an early-stage proposal for a mixed-use building in The Admiral District, in the system as 2715 California SW but with a site-plan document showing 2719 California is also part of it. It’s described as a “four-story mixed-use project with residential apartments over ground floor commercial space and below-grade parking accessed from the alley” and listed as expected to go through the Design Review process. The site, across from Hiawatha, currently holds three small commercial/residential buildings. (Side note: This is the same block of California, between Lander and Stevens, where the PCC site is slated to be redeveloped, a few buildings to the south.)

West Seattle scene: Bird sighting on New Luck Toy door


Thanks to Kennedy for the photo sent this weekend. These birds are on the doors of the new New Luck Toy, the “dive bar”/Chinese restaurant expected to open soon at 5905 California SW, previous home to Chopstix, Pan Africa Grill, Ho-Win, and going back even further, other restaurants including Bite of China and China King. We are checking to see if a date is set yet; proprietors including Ma’ono‘s Chef Mark Fuller were hoping to open this month, when we last checked in.

P.S. Along with the birds on the door, there’s a dragon out back.

West Seattle wildlife: Coyote on the corner


Thanks to Kevin for e-mailing ( that photo of a coyote spotted near 50th SW and SW Walker [map], around 10 am today. Not far from greenbelts, but over the nine years we’ve been publishing sighting reports (all from WSB readers except this one), we’ve had many relatively far from greenbelts, too. We publish them as an informational reminder that they’re out there, and you should read up on experts’ advice for coexistence – making sure they have no reason to hang around too close or for too long. The best advice is here.

Remembering Judi Campbell White, 1940-2016

The family of Judi Campbell White is sharing this remembrance with the community:

Judith Elizabeth Campbell White, 76, of Federal Way, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2016 after a four-year battle with uterine cancer. Judi is survived by her loving husband Dennis; siblings Nancy and David; children Erin (Sean), Mike, Gillian, Mat, Tim (Lorrie); grandchildren James, Nicole, Josh, Alex, Rachel, Kaylei, and Caden; sister-in-law Juanita Lavallee; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her sweet little dog Tazzy.

Preceding her in death was her beloved mother Marion Pomeroy.

Judi was a business owner, avid reader, gardener, card player, had a beautiful singing voice, and was a devoted sports fan who enjoyed watching the Huskies, Mariners, and Seahawks. She will be remembered fondly as “West Seattle’s mother of all baseball moms,” carting all of her kids to practices/games/camps in West Seattle and beyond, and for having one of the most enthusiastic voices in the stands.

Judi was a true beauty inside and out and was never heard uttering an unkind word about anyone. She will be deeply missed by her family and everyone who knew her.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to

West Seattle schools: Westside celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

October 16, 2016 3:44 pm
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In the final days of Hispanic Heritage Month, which concluded this weekend, Westside School (WSB sponsor) in Arbor Heights held a schoolwide celebration led by middle-schoolers. After an opening presentation, elementary students went to stations around the auditorium and upstairs landing where older students were standing by for mini-presentations, either about a Spanish-speaking country, or a famous person of Hispanic descent. At each station, a visiting student could “press a button: to have the presentation given in either Spanish or English.

Here’s a sixth-grader portraying tour guide Celestina, talking about Equatorial Guinea:

She and other 6th graders gave presentations about history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries, while 7th graders represented current-day people of Hispanic heritage, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor:


8th graders represented historical figures, including Argentina’s Eva Perón:


The 7th and 8th graders were all prepared with autobiographical presentations about those they portrayed. The students are all learning Spanish with Westside teacher Mary Kratz.

Car-bus collision at 8th/Roxbury

Thanks to Darrell for the photo from a bus-car collision at 8th and Roxbury about half an hour ago. No SFD callout, so apparently no injuries of note. We just went by; the intersection is clear, and the bus is off to the side on NB 8th north of the intersection with Metro supervisors.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Tree cleared from Fairmount Avenue

October 16, 2016 12:19 pm
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12:19 PM: Thanks for the photos/tips! Fairmount Avenue is blocked through the canyon/ravine by a fallen tree, so avoid the area for a while – we’ll check a bit later to see if it’s cleared.

2:44 PM: Finally made it there to check. All clear now.

Watching the water: Herron Island ferry Charlie Wells passing


10:28 AM: For water-watchers: Longtime WSB’er MIWS (Mike) tips us that the small private ferry serving Herron Island in the South Sound, Charlie Wells, will be passing West Seattle a bit later this morning. It’s headed to drydock in Ballard and as of this writing shows it northbound in Colvos Passage between west Vashon and east South Kitsap, so it’s likely to come into view near Blake Island before too long. If you happen to get a photo, please share – we might not get down to the water in time. (Here’s a 2013 Flickr pic.)

12:47 PM: Thanks to Greg for the photo we’ve added above!

West Seattle Sunday: Barbecue benefit; Councilmember Larry Gossett @ Southwest Stories; more…

October 16, 2016 8:47 am
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Don’t let the rain keep you home. Here’s some of what you can do today in West Seattle:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, year-round, rain or shine. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Edmunds)

BARBECUE BENEFIT AT HALFTIME: Also in The Junction, at halftime of today’s Seahawks game, great food for a great cause:

Hot S’Awesome & Dell’ish will be hosting a fundraising halftime meal at the West Seattle Eagles Aerie #2643 during today’s Seahawks game in an effort to raise money for the Strong4Sam Foundation and Project Violet. Food, drinks, raffles, & football will be had. Entry is free, but donations to the foundation are encouraged.

Cash bar. 100% of the proceeds from food sales, raffle tickets, and auction products, & donations go directly to the Strong4Sam foundation in support of Project Violet.

(4426 California SW)

COUNCILMEMBER LARRY GOSSETT @ SOUTHWEST STORIES: 2 pm at High Point Library, King County Councilmember Larry Gossett is this month’s teller of “Southwest Stories – here’s his video invitation, courtesy of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, which presents the series along with the Seattle Public Library:

(35th SW/SW Raymond)

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: 2 pm, a “brief, beautiful, fun service” at Fauntleroy Church – details in our calendar listing. (9140 California SW)

WOUNDED HEALER ECUMENICAL LITURGY: 5:30 pm, the year-long Our Lady of Guadalupe focus on mental health closes with this event, inviting all to “meditate on mental, physical and emotional limitations that get in the way of living our lives abundantly.” More info in our calendar listing. (35th SW/SW Myrtle)

SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP TODAY/TONIGHT … via our complete calendar.

VIDEO: What happened when Diver Laura went live where the stormwater goes

One more video from our semi-stormy Saturday: If you missed “Diver Laura” James‘s live dive to the stormwater outfall in Cove 1 near Seacrest – here’s the video. She was streaming live via Periscope, hoping for a live look at the mesmerizing and sometimes horrifying sight of polluted stormwater runoff emerging into Puget Sound, but the rain chose that exact time for a break. There were still sights to see, and she’s added captioning for the narration recorded. You’ll also see good reasons not to ignore litter you might spot on the street – and some wildlife, too.