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BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School boys to play for third place @ state after Garfield’s win tonight on a basket at the buzzer

10:48 PM FRIDAY: Unbelievable ending here at the Tacoma Dome minutes ago – a buzzer basket at game’s end got Garfield the win over West Seattle and the trip to tomorrow’s state-championship game against Nathan Hale. Final score, Garfield 44, West Seattle 43. The Wildcats will play Lincoln for third place tomorrow here at the T-Dome at 1 pm.

This was overall a low-scoring, relatively slow-moving game that neither team dominated, though West Seattle led for much of the last quarter. Both teams were cold-shooting in the first half, neither much above 1-of-4 field-goal success, but Garfield ramped it up with a 64% field-goal percentage in the second half. West Seattle #1, senior Nate Pryor, got his team the lead briefly with their last basket – as shown in our video – and was the game’s top scorer with 19 points.

More to come.

7 AM SATURDAY: The game tipped off at 9:19 pm. Garfield scored first; West Seattle got on the board with a foul shot by Pryor at just over a minute in.

First West Seattle basket was by #5 Abdullahi Mohamed.

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SATURDAY: You’re invited to Youth Adventure Day @ Camp Long

March 3, 2017 9:12 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | West Seattle news | West Seattle parks

(WSB photo from Adventure Day 2016)

Camp Long Environmental Learning Center is where you want to be tomorrow – no matter what the weather, it’s Youth Outdoor Adventure Day! 10 am-3 pm:

Youth Outdoor Adventure Day will be a free day of fun activities open to the public, for boys and girls aged 10-20. Planned activities include: archery, high-wire challenge course, rock climbing, rifle shooting, dutch oven cooking, orienteering, fire building, tomahawk throwing, geocaching, robotics, and s’more!

Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops will host fun activities designed to excite youth who are not already involved in Scouting, and give them a taste of what Scouting is all about. Existing Scouts can bring their friends and participate in all of the activities, or people can come on their own to meet local Troops and Scouts and enjoy the day on their own.

This is a friendly reminder in case you missed it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar. Camp Long is at 5200 35th SW – if you’re not walking, biking, or taking the bus, consider a shuttle up the hill from West Seattle Stadium to the north.

HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Girl Scouts start selling cookies

5:20 PM: Thanks to Patrick Gerding for first word that cookie-sales season has begun for local Girl Scouts! He sent that photo of Troop 44428 members selling cookies outside Marination Ma Kai at Seacrest (1660 Harbor SW) – they’ll be there until 6:30 tonight. You can find Scouts selling cookies all around the area, various times and days (and some evenings) – just use the location lookup. If you want to see the cookie lineup before you buy, that’s here.

7 PM: Troop 42551 was at Admiral Safeway, and Brad Shepard sent this short clip:

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Gas-station holdup

Police are looking for the robber who held up the Shell station at 4580 Fauntleroy Way SW in The Triangle around 3 pm. The description they have so far is a “possibly Asian” man in his early 20s, about 5’7″, slim build, wearing a black jacket, with a black scarf covering his face. He was reported to be armed with a handgun. That’s all the information we have so far after talking with police at the scene and via the media-relations office. No one was hurt; police rushed to the scene and are continuing to search in the area. If you saw anything, call 911.

FOLLOWUP: City Councilmembers discuss creating Renters’ Commission

Back when we talked to Councilmember Lisa Herbold to look back at her first year in office and ahead to her second, the proposal for a citywide renters’ commission is one of the “what’s next” items she mentioned. The proposal went before a City Council committee for the first time today, and Herbold sent out this update:

Did you know that 53.8 percent of Seattle’s housing units are occupied by renters, and approximately 48% of residents in the city are renters? Renters are an important part of our city. The Affordable Housing, Neighborhood and Finance Committee held its first discussion on proposed legislation to create a Renters’ Commission this morning, March 3, 2017.

The proposal to create this Commission was first advocated for by Zachary DeWolf of the Capitol Hill Community Council. I am excited to join Councilmembers Burgess and O’Brien in responding to this proposal because we need to ensure that, as our city grows and changes, the renters’ voice will be heard as a part of our decision-making.

Some people have expressed concern that we are creating a special interest group. The City has 45 Boards and Commissions representing special interest groups. With so many people in Seattle being renters, it’s appropriate to have a commission committed to lifting the voice of renters. The formation of this Commission will not minimize the input of property owners; rather it will broaden the opportunity for more inclusive input from a significant portion of Seattle’s population.

The Renters Commission will represent a diverse set of renter voices from across the city. The Commission will be empowered to advise on a variety of issues ranging from transportation, land use and community development, to monitoring the implementation of the city’s new landlord tenant legislation, like Source of Income Discrimination and the Move-In Fees legislation, as well as watchdogging enforcement of older laws like the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance, Rental Housing Registration and Inspection Program, the Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance, and the Rental Agreement Regulation Ordinance.

The AHNF Committee plans to vote on this legislation, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 9:30 am.

This was part of the councilmember’s weekly update, which just went out to her mailing list, addresses several other topics, and will eventually appear online at

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Former dispensary owner sentenced in guns/drugs case

A former South Delridge dispensary owner was sentenced today to nine years in prison and five years of supervised release for gun and drug crimes, some of which happened in West Seattle. Federal court documents say 24-year-old Devontea Rosemon owned People’s Choice Marketplace, formerly located in the 9400 block of Delridge Way SW, with some of the crimes happening there, and one at a local park. From the U.S. Attorney’s Office news release:

Rosemon pleaded guilty to four felony charges in November 2016: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. Between January and June 2016, Rosemon repeatedly sold guns and drugs to a person working with law enforcement. At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik said, “Truly dangerous weapons were being trafficked in a community where a rise in shootings is simply shocking …. There must be consequences for funneling weapons into the hands of people who commit violent crimes.”

“This defendant was a one stop shop for multiple firearms, including high powered assault style weapons,” said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. “I commend ATF for their ongoing work to identify and stop sources of firearms that end up being used to harm our communities.”

According to records filed in the case, Rosemon repeatedly sold cocaine from a marijuana dispensary he operated in Seattle and from his car. After a few of the sales, Rosemon offered to sell a firearm. Rosemon first sold the person working with law enforcement a .38 caliber pistol. Between March and June 2016, Rosemon sold the informant several more firearms including a Ruger with an extended clip, a Century Arms rifle, a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber pistol, a Walther PPK .380 caliber pistol, a Canik55 pistol, a Sig Sauer .38 caliber pistol, a Zastava .762 caliber pistol and a Springfield Armory .45 caliber pistol. Rosemon also sold body armor. When law enforcement searched Rosemon’s apartment after his arrest, they found a Norinco MAK 90 Sporter 7.62X39mm assault rifle, equipped with a 100-round drum. The weapon was simply stored on the floor of a bedroom closet where Rosemon’s two nieces (both under the age of 5) could have accessed it.

Rosemon is prohibited from possessing firearms due to three prior robbery convictions. Rosemon was arrested in June 2016 following the last of the gun sales.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Seattle Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Todd Greenberg.

We looked up some of the federal court documents; they list a White Center address for Rosemon’s apartment and also say that the last firearms transaction between Rosemon and an undercover agent happened in June 2016 at Roxhill Park. The documents say that in that transaction, Rosemon sold the agent two guns – described as pistols, .762 and .45 caliber – for $2,300 and 18 cartons of cigarettes.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: New monthly show/sale in Highland Park

March 3, 2017 12:20 pm
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 |   Highland Park | West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

Dutchboy Coffee proprietor Jenni Watkins is looking for artists interested in a new monthly show and sale she’s planning at her stand in Highland Park:

Every month Dutchboy Coffee will be hosting an art show.

Novice artists or people that want to share their talent: 75% of sales will go to the artist and 25% to the charity of the artist’s choice.

First show: Saturday 4/1 from 7-9 at the Dutchboy coffee stand, 1513 SW Holden St.

It’s a small stand, so it’ll be a cozy show – if you’re interested in participating, please e-mail photos of your work to

West Seattle Hi-Yu’s future: Join the discussion Monday

March 3, 2017 12:03 pm
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 |   West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival | West Seattle news

As we’ve reported in recent months, West Seattle Hi-Yu – with an 80+-year history – is working to decide if it has a future. Community participation is vital. Your next chance is Monday – here’s the announcement:

The next West Seattle Hi-Yu general meeting will be held on Monday, March 6th, from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm at the Seattle Public Library, West Seattle branch, 2306 42nd Ave. SW. The topic of discussion will be the 2017 budget.

The West Seattle Hi-Yu Board is proposing two (2) versions of the budget: a barebones budget and a re-organization budget. The re-building version focuses on taking a year away from parades and a court(s) to re-build the organization and create a lasting program. The barebones version maintains some semblance of the legacy program with limited participation in events and parades assuming we have a court(s) to participate. Both proposals call for a significant increase in revenue. The proposed budgets can be viewed on Hi-Yu’s Facebook page.

The Hi-Yu Board would like to invite you to come and discuss these proposals. Although there has been some interest from the community to assist in our volunteer efforts, after the October 2016 meeting, interest and attendance at the general meetings has dropped significantly. While we very much appreciate those who have reached out and are willing to help us continue the organization, it is clear that in order for Hi-Yu to continue, we need to have more involvement from the community, both in terms of volunteer hours and financial support. Hi-Yu is an all-volunteer organization, so while financial support is greatly appreciated and needed, it’s the people that make it run.

The Board is working under the question “What will be missed if Hi Yu is gone?” For many, it’s the nostalgia of the wonderful courts that were for years, the mainstay of Hi-Yu. For some, it’s the scholarship opportunity. For others, it’s the opportunity to represent West Seattle in wonderful summer festivals around the region. If you have your own personal answer to the question, what will be missed, and you don’t want to see Hi-Yu go away, please join us in working toward re-building Hi-Yu.

(WSB photo, above right: Hi-Yu Youth Ambassadors and court members at Hi-Yu Concert in the Park last summer)

Fun(draisers), theater, history, basketball, more for your West Seattle Friday

(Looking north over West Seattle from SW Roxbury vicinity – photo by Long Bach Nguyen)

You don’t have to be airborne to see that the weekend’s almost in view. Here’s what’s ahead for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and inbox:

BLANKET DRIVE, FINAL DAY: Final day of this donation drive, blankets for children served by Mary’s Place are being collected at Gatewood Elementary until 3:30 pm today. MP says twin-size blankets are what they need most. (4320 SW Myrtle)

LORRAINE BANNAI @ WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: 5-7 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village, Lorraine Bannai talks about her book “Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice” in this month’s Words, Writers, West Seattle event – here’s her video invitation:

As the author notes, what Mr. Korematsu fought for is far more than history – its relevance continues to this moment. WWWS is a free drop-in event, coordinated by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. (2600 SW Barton)

WSHS BIG BAND DINNER DANCE: 6 pm tonight at West Seattle High School, student-prepared food, student-performed music, AND the West Seattle Big Band, all part of this fun(draiser). Details in our calendar listing, including the ticket link. (3000 California SW)

’60s/’70s MUSIC: That’s what you’ll find with the Five Buck Band at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

CANASTA AND CLASSIC CARDS: 7:30 pm Friday is open gaming for card players at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor) – click that link and check the right sidebar on the Meeples home page for info. (3727 California SW)

‘BECKY’S NEW CAR’: Ever want to escape your life? Go see what happens in this comedy presented by Twelfth Night Productions, 7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Info’s in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

‘MILK LIKE SUGAR’: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest, it’s the second night for the new production “Milk Like Sugar” by Kirsten Greenidge. Info’s in our calendar listing. (4711 California SW)

PRESCHOOL FUNDRAISER @ THE SKYLARK: Tonight’s second school fundraiser features three bands at The Skylark, starting at 9 pm, $10 cover starting at 8 pm, to benefit Arbor Heights Co-op Preschool: “Rockin’ Night Out featuring West Seattle bands: Gravel Road, Sweet Jesus, and Michael Work.” Here’s the flyer. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: After last night’s win, the West Seattle High School boys continue state-tournament play at 9 pm tonight at the Tacoma Dome, vs. Garfield HS. Brackets and ticket info are here; for directions and parking information, go here.

NEIL YOUNG TRIBUTE: Rubies in the Dust, 9 pm-midnight at Parliament Tavern. $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

AND MORE … just check our complete calendar!

West Seattle wildlife: Was that a bobcat?

Two years ago, we reported on two suspected bobcat sightings. This morning, another one. Randy just e-mailed to say:

I think I saw a bobcat this morning at 6:00 AM on 39th and Marine View (Arroyos) on the hill. Pretty cool

They’re more common than you might think, according to the state Fish and Wildlife Department‘s infosheet about bobcats (which includes a photo).

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch; weekend Viaduct-closure reminder

March 3, 2017 7:06 am
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(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

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

7:06 AM: Good morning and happy Friday! No incidents in or from West Seattle so far this morning.

VIADUCT WEEKEND REMINDER: Remember that the Alaskan Way Viaduct is scheduled for inspection closure 6 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday, with additional closures on 99 north of The Viaduct on Sunday morning and early afternoon because of the Hot Chocolate 15K and a Battery Street Tunnel walk. If the Viaduct closure ends early (as it does sometimes during inspection closures), we’ll have the update here on WSB.

WEATHER REMINDER: A Special Weather Statement is still in effect, warning that cold, showery conditions could drop some snow in the metro area almost any time, anywhere, Saturday-Monday.

7:38 AM: If you are headed back this way – there’s an incident on southbound 99 at the exit to the westbound West Seattle Bridge. Thanks for the tip; SDOT is on this, too:

7:44 AM: And if you’re coming in from the south, headed northbound, we just heard an SPD dispatch for trouble on the East Marginal Way section of NB 99 (that’s south of the WS Bridge).

8:05 AM NB 99 has a crash partly blocking the transit lane at Lander.

8:33 AM: SDOT says that’s cleared.

8:42 AM: By the way, here’s the SDOT roundup for the weekend – besides the Viaduct closure, some big events elsewhere in the city.