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UPDATE: Driver hits pole on Alki

11:15 PM: Thanks to the texter who sent that photo – it is from the 1300 block of Alki SW, where we heard the SFD dispatch after a driver hit a pole. The texter says other vehicles are damaged too. We are off to find out more.

12:15 AM: What’s left of the scene is only affecting the east/southbound lane. Tow truck here, and one police car.

VOLLEYBALL: West Seattle HS hosts Chief Sealth IHS

September 11, 2017 10:55 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools | WS & Sports

This is a big week for crosstown matchups between West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School, and it started tonight with WSHS hosting CSIHS in volleyball.

Coach Staci Stringer‘s Wildcats opened double-digit leads in each game and won the best-of-five set in three straight.

The scores were 25-7, 25-11, and 25-8. Once WSHS (2-0) got the serve, they hung onto it long into each game; Coach Lorna Considine‘s Seahawks (0-2) had some rallies, but that wasn’t enough. The two teams will meet again, next time at Sealth, on October 4th.

LATER THIS WEEK: CSIHS will host WSHS in girls’ soccer Tuesday at 4 pm at Walt Hundley Playfield, and WSHS hosts CSIHS in football at Southwest Athletic Conference at 7 pm Friday.

POOCHES IN THE POOL: Arbor Heights Dog Days next week!

It’s the news that dog people await every fall – the chance for their pups to go swimming at Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club! The photo and announcement are from Cori Roed:

Dog Days at the Arb!

It’s time to bring your dog for a swim …

11003 31st Ave SW

Thank you for driving slowly on 31st!

Tuesday, Sept 19th through Friday, Sept 22nd, 5-7 pm
Saturday, Sept 23rd 11 am-1 pm

Dogs in the pool
Owners must remain at the pool and maintain some semblance of control
Dogs must be healthy, up to date on shots, and well socialized to people and other dogs


Please come prepared to scoop your dog’s poop!
Running on the pool deck is encouraged : )

$10 donation per dog for the day or $25 per dog for an all-access pass 
is very much appreciated!

Your donations allow our self-funded teams to purchase equipment while keeping team fees affordable.

Thank you for supporting Otter athletes!

*****NOTE that this event is AFTER the facilities are closed for the season*****

CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Another court appearance for Ryan Cox

As promised, we are continuing to follow the case of Ryan Cox, the repeat offender charged with stabbing a man in Gatewood a month ago. His first post-arraignment hearing was originally scheduled for last Friday; as he had done multiple times previously in early stages of the case, he refused to go to court, so a judge entered an order authorizing deputies to force him to appear today, if he tried refusing again, and court documents indicate a hearing was held this afternoon. Documents from the hearing indicate that Cox is seeking a trial rather than leaving the door open for a plea agreement, which is how a majority of cases are resolved. His trial date is tentatively set for October 23rd, depending on what happens at a case-status hearing on October 6th. Today’s court documents also say the prosecution is seeking a CrR 3.5 hearing in the meantime; according to state law, that’s a hearing generally held to rule on whether a defendant’s statements to law enforcement are admissible. Cox is charged with second-degree assault and remains in the King County Jail, held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

From the ‘in case you wondered too’ file: Kitsap Peninsula brush fire

September 11, 2017 4:25 pm
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 |   Not WS but we're mentioning it anyway | West Seattle news

Thanks to Terry for the photo – when we received it a little more than an hour ago, we couldn’t find any info about a fire in the Kitsap area, but now there’s info via Twitter: It’s a fire covering about an acre in the Illahee Preserve area, according to Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue.


September 11, 2017 2:38 pm
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 |   Crime | West Seattle news

One reader report in West Seattle Crime Watch so far today, from Josh in Highland Park:

Our white ’99 Subaru Outback Legacy was stolen last night (9/10-9/11) from the street in front of our house on the 8400 block of 13th Ave SW. License plate number (WA) 015-ZWS. It also has a ‘2017 Solar Eclipse’ sticker on the back window. We made a police report, but if anyone sees it, give us a call, 253-222-7060.

P.S. It’s time to start reminding you that the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council resumes its meeting schedule next week – Tuesday, September 19th, 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster).

Another city project on the way: Info session set for SW Spokane Street Pump Station

September 11, 2017 12:31 pm
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 |   Utilities | West Seattle news

In case you’re not among the nearby residents to whom that flyer was sent – Seattle Public Utilities wants you to know that an informational session is coming up next week (Wednesday, September 20th) for improvements planned at the SW Spokane St. Pump Station in East Admiral. If you can’t see the embedded flyer above – read it here (PDF).

West Seattle Monday: Hurricane help at B’s Po Boy; volleyball; book groups; hearing on Design Review changes; more…

September 11, 2017 11:25 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Paddleboarder, with birds, photographed by Chris Frankovich)

Before we get any further into Monday – here are the highlights, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

HURRICANE RELIEF DINE-OUT BENEFIT: At B’s Po Boy on Alki until 9 pm tonight: 25 percent of pre-sales-tax proceeds will be donated to help hurricane survivors. There’s also a silent auction on which you can bid! (2738 Alki SW)

PUGET RIDGE COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 6:30 pm at Puget Ridge Cohousing. The agenda is in our calendar listing. (7020 18th SW)

WESTWOOD EVENING BOOK GROUP: 6:45 pm at Southwest Library. This month’s book is “Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures” by Vincent Lam. All welcome. (9010 35th SW)

ADMIRAL EVENING BOOK GROUP: 6:45 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library. This month’s book is “The Other” by David Guterson. All welcome. (2306 42nd SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: West Seattle High School hosts Chief Sealth International High School, 7 pm at the WSHS Gym. (3000 California SW)

HEARING ON DESIGN-REVIEW CHANGES: As previewed here last night, the City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee has a public hearing tonight on major changes proposed to the Design Review program, which among other things is the only part of the development-vetting process that often includes public meetings. This topic is the second part of a meeting at SIFF Cinema Uptown in lower Queen Anne; the first, focused on upzoning for that area, is scheduled 5:30-7 pm, with the Design Review-related hearing to follow around 7 pm. (511 Queen Anne Ave. N.)

THE DARTS @ EASY STREET: Free in-store all-ages performance by The Darts at Easy Street Records in The Junction, 7 pm. (California/Alaska)

AS ALWAYS, THERE’S MORE … on our complete-calendar page!

WEST SEATTLE POWER OUTAGE: 81 customers in Gatewood

9:33 AM: Thanks to Ron for the tip. He says a “loud explosion” preceded the power outage that Seattle City Light‘s map says is affecting 81 customers. It started about 10 minutes ago; while the restoration time is estimated to be 5 pm, keep in mind that’s just an estimate and will likely change.

2:20 PM: Still out, according to the map, which updated the estimated restoration time a while back, to 3:40-ish pm. We passed a City Light crew on the west side of California near the outage zone while heading southbound a short time ago – don’t know if it’s related and couldn’t stop, but we’re checking for updated info.

ADDED TUESDAY: The power was restored Monday evening. SCL spokesperson Scott Thomsen tells us that the cause was failure of an underground transformer.

YOU CAN HELP: Ticket time for West Seattle Helpline’s annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors celebration

September 11, 2017 9:16 am
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news

We hear a lot about homelessness – but not so much about what’s being done to help people before a financial crisis puts them on the street. In our community, that’s a big part of what the West Seattle Helpline does, and it needs your support to keep that work going – as the need grows. One way to help: Go to its annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors dinner/auction, November 3rd at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Your ticket awaits you right now; here’s what you need to know:

The West Seattle Helpline puts a stop to homelessness through rent and utility assistance, bus tickets, and their Clothesline, the largest all-ages clothing bank in Seattle.

The 8th Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fall Dinner & Auction raises crucial funds to ensure that all of our neighbors in need have a place to turn when they need help getting back on their feet. Join us for an evening of celebrating and strengthening our wonderful West Seattle community!

Event Schedule:
~6:00-7:00 pm > Cocktail Hour, Live Music & Silent Auction
~7:00-8:00 pm > 3-Course Dinner, Local Beer & Wine, and Event Program
~8:00-9:00 pm > Live auction including vacations and one-of-a-kind experiences, and our famously competitive (and delicious) dessert dash!

Click this link to purchase tickets before they sell out!

For more information, go here.

The event also has room for more sponsors – find out about that here.


September 11, 2017 6:34 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

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

6:34 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this morning.

8:54 AM: Quiet commute watch wrapping up – but we do cover major traffic-affecting incidents the rest of the day and night too – if you see one and we’re not on it, as long as you’re not behind the wheel, please let us know, text or voice 24/7, at 206-293-6302 – thank you!