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FOOTBALL: Chief Sealth IHS home opener vs. Decatur

(UPDATED MONDAY with information on injured players)

ORIGINAL FRIDAY NIGHT REPORT: A somber end to tonight’s Southwest Athletic Complex football game between Chief Sealth International High School and Decatur HS (visiting from Federal Way) – two Sealth players were taken away by ambulance. While several players were down for several minutes at a time at various points in the game, including one toward the end, emergency responders weren’t brought in until the game was over; we were driving out of the stadium lot when we noticed SFD units arriving, so we turned around and went back to see what we could find out. All we know so far is that the two players were transported by private (AMR) ambulance rather than SFD medic unit because both were conscious, indicating their injuries were not believed to be major. We hope to be able to find out later how they are doing.

Meantime, the rest of the game story is after the jump:

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FOOTBALL: West Seattle High School on the road vs. Ingraham

September 8, 2017 10:38 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools | WS & Sports

Both of tonight’s varsity football games are over. West Seattle High School reports a loss on the road to Ingraham HS, 36-14. WSHS is now 0-2. Next week at Southwest Athletic ComplexFriday, September 15th, 7 pm – it’s the annual Huling Bowl clash between the Wildcats and crosstown rivals Chief Sealth International High School (whose game we’re reporting on next).

FOLLOWUP: Today’s orca visit – the good and the not-so-good – and how you can train to be a volunteer naturalist

The photos are from Kersti Muul, one of the first people to let us know this morning – texting our 24/7 hotline at 206-293-6302 – that transient orcas were headed this way.

She reports, “Some that have been ID’d so far (but not in total) are: T101, T102 and 36B’s, T37A1, T36,” saying T102 is the “large male” in her photos, which were taken from various spots on West Seattle’s west-facing shore.

“They traveled slow, and stealthy, disappearing smoothly into the milky, smokey horizon. Reappearing with exhale. Our beautiful marine kin. When T102 first surfaced, I was alone, as was he. It was thrilling to share a moment of peace with him.” Then she saw them again headed north this evening:

The evening pass wasn’t quite so peaceful, with one group of boaters disregarding the Be Whale Wise guidelines: “These young men went barreling towards the three Ts and everyone on shore gasped. I reported them to NOAA. This is a good example of behavior we really want to call out and change.”:

Now – here’s a way you can help educate. One of the groups Kersti works with, Whale Scout, has volunteer orientation/training events coming up – one of them not far away. Noon-4 pm September 17th at Seahurst Park‘s Environmental Learning Center. She explains: “Volunteers will be trained to help people figure out where, and how to watch whales from shore, restore salmon habitat and learn how to ID individual whales. It is an excellent opportunity to discover just how well you can watch whales in West Seattle, as well as how you can help our critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, and the dwindling salmon runs they rely upon.” Here’s more information. This training will be just in time for what Kersti says is the anticipated return of the Southern Resident Killer Whales to our area, likely next month.

SOUTHWEST ARTIST SHOWCASE: Time to plan your entries!

September 8, 2017 8:47 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

Everyone’s an artist when it’s time for the Southwest Library‘s annual Artist Showcase – and Jane Gibson tells us the 26th annual showcase is just a few weeks away! Your first step – create up to three pieces of visual art to show off, or choose up to 3 works you’ve already created. Second step: Take your entries to SW Library (9010 35th SW) September 28th through 30th. And then be there for the artists’ reception on October 1st! The artists’ creations are shown at the branch through October 30th, and the month is highlighted by opportunities to “See Art/Make Art.” All the details are here – but we wanted to make sure you knew it’s time to start thinking about how you can participate.

WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Author Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s hometown reading

(WSB photos)

For the first time since the publication of her newest book “Mozart’s Starling,” West Seattle author Lyanda Lynn Haupt talked with a hometown crowd tonight. She was this month’s featured writer in the Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented Words, Writers, and West Seattle author series, which usually happens at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village on the first Friday of each month, but was pushed back a week this time because of the Labor Day holiday.

Haupt is known for writing about wildlife – particularly the winged variety, as you know if you read her book “Crow Planet” – and this book features the often-disparaged yet fascinating starling. Just stopping in for a few minutes, we learned a few fun facts including that baby starlings need to be fed every 20 minutes and prefer temperatures around 85 degrees – which is what it gets to in a nest full of little ones. If you missed her tonight, watch for video on the SWSHS website soon, and/or check out her upcoming appearances elsewhere in the region.

FOLLOWUP: Under the West Seattle Bridge, city to clear remaining Spokane Street campers next week

Two and a half weeks ago, the city announced it would gradually close the encampments that remain under the West Seattle Bridge, along Spokane Street, mostly in the SODO area. And this afternoon, on the website used for updates on the city’s response to homelessness, there’s an update. It begins with a recap of outreach and notification efforts, and then gets into the timeline:

… The area has been divided into four zones to be addressed separately:

Zone 1: Airport Way to Sixth Avenue
Zone 2: Sixth Avenue to Fourth Avenue
Zone 3: Fourth Avenue to Second Avenue
Zone 4: Second Avenue to Colorado Avenue

Monday, Sept. 11, will be a day of outreach only. On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Navigation Team will begin outreach at 8:30 a.m. Field coordinators will be on hand to provide storage of personal belongings. Other City crews and contractors will be ready to remove all bio-waste, garbage and debris from a zone as soon as campers have moved out of that area. Once a zone is clear, the City will install temporary fencing.

While the Navigation Team will conduct outreach along the entire corridor as necessary, the closure and cleanup will address one zone at a time. As Zones 2 and 4 have the greatest number of people, tents and structures, they will be addressed first and are expected to take the longest. The tentative schedule is:

Tuesday, Sept. 12: Begin Zone 4
Wednesday, Sept. 13: Finish Zone 4 and begin Zone 2
Thursday, Sept. 14: Finish Zone 2 and begin Zone 3
Friday, Sept. 15: Begin Zone 1

Should the cleanup extend into the following week, the City will repost appropriate notice around the impacted area.

As noted above, once a zone is completely clear, the City will install a mix of temporary and permanent fencing along the corridor. Several sections will be fenced off to protect infrastructure and/or to limit access to certain areas for authorized individuals (e.g., maintenance crews). The temporary fencing around several blocks under the Spokane Street Viaduct (installed following the removal of the RV encampment at the west end of Spokane Street in April) will be extended west to Sixth Avenue, though it will still allow entrance for commuter parking, which is an intended use of those rights-of-way.

VIDEO: Highland Park Elementary library named for longtime volunteer LouAnne Rundall

That Seattle Public Schools video clip shows you what happened this past Wednesday night when the School Board took a joyful action – renaming Highland Park Elementary School’s library in honor of LouAnne Rundall. She’s been a volunteer there for 45 years, more than half her life; teacher-librarian Chris Robert and principal Chris Cronas sang her praises to the board. Hours before the board’s vote, she was honored at an assembly on the first day of school. LouAnne has actually spent close to 50 years working in the library – what she does as a volunteer was a paid position for a few years. Thanks to Chris Robert for letting us know about this – he also shared this photo of LouAnne with him in the HPES library:

She is also the subject of a tribute on the school library’s webpage.

Firefighters at 34th and Webster, but it’s not an emergency

The Seattle Fire Department crews at 34th and Webster in Sunrise Heights aren’t there because of an emergency – it’s operations training, and SFD says it will continue daily through next Monday. You’re welcome to watch, according to the SFD announcement, which also says there will NOT be any burning involved in this training. While Ladder 11 is parked on the north side of SW Webster in our photo, the training location is actually across the street, at what county records show to be a century-old house.

WEST SEATTLE REAL ESTATE: Why Falconridge Farm is for sale

Story and photos by Linda Ball
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

You might not be aware of, or know where – or what – Falconridge Farm is.

An oasis in the midst of an ever-growing city, the equestrian property on 4.2 acres in the Highland Park area is on the market for the first time in decades, asking price $7,600,000. After hearing about the listing from a reader, we set out to find out why it’s up for sale.

The owners, Dr. Jean Nokes and her husband Milt Ghivizzani, have lovingly tended to the property for decades. The property is for sale because Dr. Nokes is no longer riding. But especially for her, their history with this property is rich with memories; she gave us a tour.

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ABOUT THE HELICOPTER: Police searching for burglary suspect

11:12 AM: Thanks for the tips about the Guardian One law-enforcement helicopter over North Delridge and vicinity. We just talked to Seattle Police, who say they are looking for a suspect in a reported break-in in the 4500 block of 23rd SW [map]. They do have a partial description; black, male, 6’2″, dreadlocks, dark top and red shorts, last seen leaving on foot. If you have any information, call 911.

ADDED FRIDAY AFTERNOON: Paige, whose home was broken into, tells her story in this comment.

FILM CREW AT LINCOLN PARK: Local production company shooting ‘Chaldea’

Thanks to everyone who noticed, and asked about, the film crew at Lincoln Park, with trailers and equipment visible in the north parking lot. Here’s what we found out by visiting the park: West Seattle-based Anvil Productions will be there for at least three days shooting “Chaldea.” The project’s website describes “Chaldea” as “an adult-themed epic fantasy, steeped heavily in classic mythology, featuring elves, dwarves, and orcs, Egyptian and Norse gods, heroes and villains, high adventure, planetary politics and war … all clashing in the wake of a failing empire.” You can see behind-the-scenes photos here.

ROAD-WORK ALERT: SW 106th/107th reconfiguration work next week

If you use SW 106th/107th between Arbor Heights and White Center, you might have seen the signboard for road work coming up next week. We did, so we asked King County Roads for details; here’s what we just received from spokesperson Brent Champaco:

We are taking the road from two lanes to a three-lane configuration that will feature:

· Left –turn lanes at 26th Avenue SW
· Two-way, left-turn lanes around 25th Avenue SW
· Striped median in the S-curves between 22nd and 25th Avenues SW
· Two-way, left-turn lane between 17th and 22nd Avenues SW

The restriping work is scheduled to last 3-5 days, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. All lanes of traffic will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. At other times, at least one lane will remain open with flaggers directing traffic. No parking will be allowed along this part of the road during the project.

If you live/work near that stretch, you’ve probably already seen this flyer (or a similar door-hanger card), part of the outreach Champaco says was done for people in the area.

West Seattle Friday: Bowling/beer benefit; Lyanda Lynn Haupt @ Words, Writers, WS; art lounge @ HPIC; more!

(Red-breasted nuthatch, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights for the rest of your Friday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

INTERVIEW DAY: Looking for work? Providence Mount St. Vincent is hiring, and inviting applicants to Interview Day, continuing until 7 pm tonight – details in our calendar listing. (4831 35th SW)

DONATE BLOOD IF YOU CAN: 1-7 pm, look for the van at Admiral Safeway. Walk-up donors are welcome but note that a 3-4 pm break closure is scheduled. (2622 California SW)

LYANDA LYNN HAUPT @ WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: The nature writer talks about her newest book, “Mozart’s Starling” – featured in this trailer from her publisher:

You can see and hear this acclaimed West Seattle author 5-7 pm tonight during the monthly Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village. Just drop in! (2800 SW Barton)

HPIC ART LOUNGE: Art class at 6:30 pm, and/or just bring what you’re working on, 7 pm and beyond – details on the Highland Park Improvement Club website. (1116 SW Holden)

BOWLING AND BEER BENEFIT: Happening tonight at West Seattle Bowl:

West Seattle Bowl and Georgetown Brewing are hosting the 6th Annual Bob’s Bowl-a-Rama supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska at West Seattle Bowl. Lanes are $200 for bowling from 7 pm-10 pm, shoe rental and 8 pints of Georgetown Brewing Beer. 90% of the lane proceeds will be donated to the Seattle Ronald McDonald House. Limited lanes left, but please come down and have a pint and support a great cause. If you would like a lane, please email

(39th SW/SW Oregon)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL – AT HOME: Season home opener for the Chief Sealth International High School varsity football team, 7 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex, CSIHS takes on Decatur. (2801 SW Thistle)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL – ON THE ROAD: West Seattle High School plays Ingraham HS at Northwest Athletic Complex, 7 pm. (1819 N. 135th St.)

‘THE WHO AND THE WHAT’: First weekend for the new play at ArtsWest, 7:30 pm curtain. (4711 California SW)

LUSHY AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: “Progressive cocktail pop,” 9 pm-midnight. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

PREVIEW THE WEEKEND … and beyond, via our complete calendar!

WEST SEATTLE WHALE-WATCHING: Orcas heading this way

9:31 AM: Thanks to two texters for the heads-up via our hotline (206-293-6302) – orcas are headed this way, southbound. Kersti Muul says they were seen off Golden Gardens (Ballard); an unsigned text says they were seen off West Point on the north side of Elliott Bay. Please let us know if you see them!

10:06 AM: An Orca Network commenter says at least two are headed toward Alki Point, still southbound, as of a few minutes ago.


September 8, 2017 6:52 am
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(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

6:52 AM: Good morning. No incidents in/from West Seattle right now.


SW EDMUNDS CLOSURE: In The Junction, road-panel replacement work is scheduled to keep SW Edmunds closed west of California again today. (Details are in our Wednesday report.)

FERRIES BACK TO 3-BOAT SCHEDULE: Three vessels are on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth WSF route for the first time since before Labor Day weekend.