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FARMED-SALMON ESCAPE: Are they making their way here?

Kersti Muul sent that photo of what she identified as a two-foot-long Atlantic salmon, caught tonight at Seacrest Pier in West Seattle. She wondered about the timing, given that it turned up days after thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon escaped from a collapsed pen in the North Sound. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife news release about the situation says there’s no size or catch limit for Atlantic salmon, as long as you’re fishing in an area where it’s already open for Pacific salmon, among other caveats – here’s the latest info on salmon fishing in Elliott Bay.

Here’s a state-produced page showing how to identify Atlantic salmon. The North Sound pen collapse has rekindled long-running concerns about farming them in Northwest waters; as summarized by WDFW: “Potential impacts by escaped Atlantic salmon include competition, predation, disease transfer, hybridization, and colonization.

Know a child who needs a bed? Let Beds For Kids know

If you know a family in need, with one or more kids who don’t have a bed, Beds for Kids might be able to help. They’re accepting referrals as well as donations, and will be distributing beds next month. The flyer above was forwarded to us by Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge; you can also see it here (PDF). The Beds for Kids program involves the nonprofit Seattle Police Foundation and business sponsors as well as SPD.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Arbor Heights search ends with arrest

Just as we were headed over to Arbor Heights to find out why police were searching for someone, we got word they had found the suspect they were seeking. Police at the scene tell us the call started as a report of possible domestic violence, and as they arrived, the suspect took off running. They found him, with the help of a police K-9, near 37th SW and SW 97th. We’re told the suspect has an arrest warrant in an unrelated case, so he’s being taken into custody in connection with that, for starters. No injuries in the original call, so far are we know.

PROGRESS REPORT: New track at West Seattle Stadium

August 23, 2017 7:03 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle parks | WS & Sports

Two weeks after our last update on the track resurfacing at West Seattle Stadium, we have new views courtesy of Mark, who says the project reached a milestone this week – the new track’s being laid down.

Parks says the $950,000 project should be complete in “early September.”

HEALTH ALERT: Cormorant Cove beach closed

After our friends at Beach Drive Blog published a report of a warning sign on the beach at Cormorant Cove Park, in the 3600-3700 block of Beach Drive, we started checking around with public agencies today. From Andy Ryan at Seattle Public Utilities:

Yesterday (8/22), SPU responded to a report of an active side sewer leak, at 3601 Beach Drive SW. We contacted the property manager, who was unaware of the leak, and who then called the plumber to arrange for repairs. SPU’s inspector posted beach-closed signs and reported the leak to: the state Department of Ecology; Public Health — Seattle & King County – King County; the state Department of Health and Seattle Parks. SPU will coordinate with the property management to ensure the repair is completed and, as advised by Public Health — Seattle & King County – King County, will begin to take water quality samples after the leak is stopped.

Here’s what the helicopter search was about

2:56 PM: Sorry this took a while, and thanks for all the calls and texts about the helicopter search in the High Point area. We finally found police on the ground to ask – on our second trip to the precinct: A medic call just before 2 pm near Neighborhood House High Point was for a pedestrian hit by a hit-run driver. Police were looking for what was described as a male driver in a silver SUV. Hasn’t been found yet. The victim was not seriously hurt, so far as we know – they weren’t transported by Seattle Fire medic unit – but we’re confirming with SFD.

5:16 PM: SFD says the victim was a boy, “approximately” 13, taken to the hospital by private ambulance in stable condition.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen CR-V; bicycle theft on video; frames found; more…

The newest reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

STOLEN CAR: Deborah hopes you can be on the lookout:

Our 1998 black Honda CRV was stolen last night in front of our home on 48th Ave. SW just off Admiral Way. License AMS 2778 . This has been reported to police but if anyone sees it, please call us … Thank you.

(8/25 UPDATE: The car’s been found; phone number has been removed.)

THEFT OR COLLISION? Libby wondered if a damaged car that appeared Tuesday between 37th and 38th on Juneau was stolen and dumped. (We note that it also could have been damaged in a crash.) She says it’s “an older model – mid to late ’90s – Honda Accord station wagon … dark gray or black with a at least 2 flat tires and front passenger damage around the wheel well. WA License # AYS9288.” She’s reported it to police.


Nels elaborates: “Schwinn, dark green and gold two tone. Tattered seat. Taken (Tuesday) on Thistle in the mid 20’s blocks. This bike also has a bright blue rear brake cable. (The person shown in the video) is wearing a Harley X tee-shirt over white logo on front. Hair cut short on sides over ears; longer on top.” We don’t have the police report # yet but you can reach Nels at 206-643-5040.

Meantime, what might be parts of stolen bicycles have turned up:

BIKE FRAMES DUMPED: Al sent this photo:

He says this stack of bicycle frames turned up a few days ago on the Spokane Street pedestrian bridge “east of Harbor Avenue.” Elsebeth also sent us a note today that we believe refers to the same pile.

Next item was found at Hiawatha, so it might really just have been lost rather than stolen, but in case you haven’t seen it in the WSB Forums‘ Non-Pets Lost and Found section:

FOUND – KIDS’ BACKPACK: The listing is here.

And finally:

HIT BY PACKAGE THIEVES? A recent victim whose case was featured here says she got some revenge and suggests others might try the same thing:

Recently, I had a box of diapers stolen from my front door during the night. I thought through all the options of what to do. The blog was kind enough to post my loss. It’s then that I saw how many other people this happens to on a weekly basis and that really made me mad. It seemed like no matter if you have a camera, description, license plate, it’s useless. So, I decided to send the thieves a message. When I received my replacement box, I took out the contents and then filled the box with trash and resealed it and left it on my doorstep. Two nights later, it had been stolen. This time, I was happy about it. If we all send a similar message, perhaps we will as a community be left alone. It’s worth a shot.

FOLLOWUP: 59th/Admiral all-way-stop conversion next week

(SDOT graphic for 59th/Alki all-way-stop conversion)

Three weeks ago, SDOT said it was going ahead with the plan to convert 59th/Admiral to an all-way-stop intersection, with the first phase of work to be done before school started. Since that’s just two weeks away, we asked SDOT’s Dawn Schellenberg for an update on the timeline. She tells WSB today that the stop signs will be installed next Monday or Tuesday, and once they’re in, the pedestrian signal at the intersection will be set to flashing red. The plan from there is what was announced in early August – to evaluate how it works for a few months, and if it’s a keeper, to go ahead with phase 2, which includes “decorative painted curb extensions, a relocation of the westbound bus stop, and a red flashing all-way stop beacon.”

Is your dog ready for stardom? CityDog Magazine Cover Dog Model Search in West Seattle this Saturday

August 23, 2017 11:55 am
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 |   Pets | West Seattle news

(WSB file photo from past CityDog Magazine Cover Dog Model Search)

Imagine your dog on a magazine cover. Every year, local dogs get to compete for a chance, thanks to CityDog Magazine, whose West Seattle-based founder Brandie Ahlgren shares the tail-wagging news about what’s happening this Saturday:

Unleash your dog’s inner supermodel at the 12th annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search. Big dogs, little dogs, young dogs, old dogs… ALL dogs are welcome to ‘walk the catwalk’ for the chance to be on the cover of CityDog Magazine. And, because CityDog thinks all dogs are supermodels, each and every canine contestant will get their photo in the magazine!

It’s part of the West Seattle Thriftway Dog Days of Summer: Saturday, August 26, 2017, from noon to 2 p.m.; $10 per dog to benefit the Doney Memorial Pet Clinic. Simply come by the CityDog booth at West Seattle Thriftway any time between noon and 2 and we will take your pooch’s picture for the magazine as well as for the chance to be on the cover! All proceeds go to a great cause, the Doney Memorial Pet Clinic (if you would like to bring food, bedding and supplies to donate to Doney, please do…every bit helps)!

If you’ve brought your dog to this in the past – note that while it’s historically been on a Sunday, this year, it’s on Saturday. (West Seattle Thriftway, a WSB sponsor, is at 4201 SW Morgan.)

West Seattle Wednesday: Poetry at C & P; family fun at Neighborhood House; more…

August 23, 2017 10:26 am
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(Black Turnstone, photographed at Duwamish Head by Mark Wangerin)

Some of what’s ahead for the rest of your Wednesday:

WADING POOL AND SPRAYPARK: The only wading pool still open for the season is Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way); it’s open 11 am-8 pm today, as is Highland Park spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale), both open daily through Labor Day.

BABY STORY TIME: 11:30 am at High Point Library, bring your up-to-one-year-old wee one(s) for a fun half-hour. (35th SW/SW Raymond)

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: Monthly group meets 3-4:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (4217 SW Oregon)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: You can buy vegetables and fruit, steps away from where it was grown, 4-7 pm at the weekly High Point Market Garden Farm Stand. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)

‘HEALTHY FAMILIES’ EVENT: At Neighborhood House High Point, 5-7 pm, free!

*30+ vendors sharing information about healthy resources in the community, plus free food and snacks.

*There will be a field day in the park with a remote control race-car relay race

*A Woodland Park Zoo ambassador animal

*Face painting

*“Minute to win it” challenges

*We will be giving away backpacks for youth

*Free blood and glucose testing for adults

*Support to help families with health insurance enrollment

(6400 SW Sylvan Way)

POEMS AND STORIES: PoetryBridge‘s monthly event at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) features poets Marjorie Rommel and Cindy M. Hutchings. 7 pm. (5612 California SW)

JOE ROSS AND THE BIRD WATCHERS: New Orleans-style jazz at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm-midnight. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)


New executive director for Northwest Hope and Healing: Karyn Blasi Hellar

Another area nonprofit has announced a leadership change. From Northwest Hope and Healing, which assists breast- and gynecologic-cancer patients with everyday needs:

Please join us in wishing our Executive Director, Kristina Dahl, well as she transitions into a new position as a high school English teacher. Under Kristina’s leadership, NW Hope & Healing has grown, and more women than ever have been helped with our grants and healing baskets. We are sad to see her leave, but wish her all the best in her new endeavors.

We are excited to announce the selection of Karyn Blasi Hellar as our interim Executive Director. Karyn has served as Board President at NWHH, and is prepared to lead NWHH with enthusiasm, knowledge of the organization and our patients’ needs, and a commitment to our cause.

Karyn will be working with Kristina Dahl to seamlessly transition Executive Director leadership.

Karyn brings a wealth of experience to her new role. While managing breast imaging for Swedish Hospital, First Hill, she was asked to join the NWHH Board where she filled roles on the executive team as Board Chair and Vice Chair. Prior to her tenure at Swedish, for a decade she worked for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, where she more recently managed the breast cancer program.

“I look forward to continuing to serve and partner with Seattle’s dynamic community in this new capacity,” remarks Karyn. “I am dedicated to supporting and developing NWHH because it provides vital resources to those in need, contributing to this region’s quality of life.”

Kristina’s last day was August 18th. Please join us in wishing her well in her new endeavors, and also in welcoming Karyn to her new role.

As noted here last weekend, NWHH is no longer presenting the Alki Beach 5K, but is the beneficiary for the event that has replaced it, the Cosmo 7K/5K, happening on Alki next Sunday morning.


(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:12 AM: We start with a Metro bus cancellation, just tweeted/texted:

No traffic incidents so far.

SUNDAY ALERT: Reminder that the Cosmo 7K/5K is this Sunday morning (August 27th) along Alki Avenue SW, so watch for parking restrictions/road closures.

7:36 AM: Via Twitter, Sue tells us the lane closures for the 4th Avenue S. repaving project just north of the West Seattle Bridge are starting earlier – the right lane has just closed at Lander.

8:16 AM: Metto just sent an update that the aforementioned last 37 “did operate” — about 35 minutes late.