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UPDATE: Deadly shooting in White Center; helicopter search

(WSB photos)

10:53 PM: For everyone asking about the helicopter – a shooting is reported near 15th and Roxbury in White Center. King County Sheriff’s deputies have asked SPD to assist with the investigation. We are on the way to find out more.

10:58 PM UPDATE: KCSO says one man has been shot and is undergoing CPR.

11:11 PM UPDATE: Just arrived at the scene. 15th SW is taped off about a block south of Roxbury. SPD is here as well as KCSO, and Guardian One is still overhead.

11:15 PM UPDATE: A sergeant at the scene tells us the victim has died. No arrest reported so far.

8:44 AM: New information in from King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Cindi West: The victim was a 27-year-old man from Burien: “Witnesses told police that a group of men were talking with the victim prior to the shooting. The suspect who was with the group of men fought with the victim. When the fight was over, the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the victim. The men fled the scene on foot. King County Guardian One and K-9 responded but were unable to locate the suspect or the men he was with. The only description obtained was that the suspect was wearing a red hoodie.” They’re hoping for tips, 206-296-3311.

1,000+ pieces of trash, picked up by 1 group of West Seattle kids!

(From left, Payton Goldstein, Marley Grantor, Malia Grantor, Elliot Goldstein, Jane Howsmon)

Thanks to Marcy Grantor for the photo and report on how these students spent their day off:

We wanted to do a community service project today and chose Roxhill Park. We picked up trash from the skate park to the bathrooms to the picnic area and the soccer field too. After an hour and a half of cleaning, we collectively gathered 1,072 pieces of trash!!!!! We had fun and even had some kids jump in and help … just because.

Now Roxhill Park is a trash-free space and we feel proud!

As they should!

SPORTS: Swimming, diving championship updates

November 10, 2017 7:02 pm
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Two updates on local girls competing in high-schooldiving and swimming championships:

DIVERS: From Christine Leahy:

Lauren Canto, a senior at Bishop Blanchet and graduate of Holy Rosary School, placed 6th in the District 3A Diving Championship last Saturday and qualified, for the first time in her diving career, for the Washington State Interscholastic Div 3A Diving Championships Friday, Nov. 10th and Saturday, Nov. 11th, at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Kate Leahy, a junior at Seattle Prep and graduate of Westside School, placed 12th in the District meet and scored a personal best score of 290 point. She’ll be at the meet this weekend cheering on her teammate, Lauren!

KENNEDY TEAM: From Brent Lindblom:

While Kennedy Catholic is not technically inside of the West Seattle boundaries, it does have a large West Seattle student presence.

Kennedy Catholic girls swim and dive team have advanced to the WIAA 4A Swimming and Diving Championships being held this Saturday at the King County Aquatics Center located at: 650 SW Campus Dr, Federal Way.

This is Coach Eric Kress and Assistant Coach Michelle Markle’s first year as the Lady Lancers swim coaches in the Girls NPSL 4A Cascade League, and leading them into their first WIAA 4A State Championship meet is a terrific accomplishment.

Below are the swimmers that advanced:
200 Medley Relay – Shayla Markle, Madelline Kalenius, Krista Markle, Anita Shield
Krista Markle – 50 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly
Bronte Shirley – Diving
Shayla Markle – 100 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke
Madelline Kalenius – 100 Breaststroke
400 Freestyle Relay – Krista Markle, Jacqueline Southwell, Anita Shields, Shayla Markle

Swimming Finals: Saturday, November 11th Finals Start: 2:30 PM

HAPPENING NOW: 2017 Fauntleroy Fine Art and Holiday Gift Show’s opening night

November 10, 2017 5:23 pm
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The Fauntleroy Fine Art and Holiday Gift Show is on! Until 8 pm tonight, you can visit the Fauntleroy Church Fellowship Hall (9140 California SW) to browse and buy from what 17 artists (listed here) are offering. We stopped by late this afternoon for a quick preview – including garden art by Dee Miller:

Underwater images by Jen Vanderhoof:

And fiber art by Mary Anderson:

If you don’t get there tonight, the show continues 10 am-4 pm Saturday and 11 am-2 pm Sunday.

FOLLOWUP: Moving night 3 weeks away for 5458 California SW ‘log house’

That photo texted to the WSB 24/7 hotline earlier this week shows some of the prep work that’s getting under way for the move of the 108-year-old “log house” at 5458 California SW. The move itself is still three weeks away, we’ve learned, but getting the house ready for it is going to look fairly dramatic.

First, some backstory – we first reported a year and a half ago that the owners of the site (where Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor) was a longtime tenant, had decided to redevelop, originally planning to demolish the house. Then Nickel Bros, which specializes in moving buildings, got involved. As reported back in March, a local couple agreed to buy and move it. The six-live-work-unit project for the site proceeded through the city review and permit process. And now, it’s almost moving time. (Former tenant Ventana has since moved its offices a half-mile south to 5958 California SW.)

The executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, Jeff McCord, was with Nickel Bros when the plan was made to rescue the house, and he answered our questions today about where things stand. He says the move is now set for overnight Saturday, December 2nd, into Sunday, December 3rd – a few weeks later than previously planned, because of the permit process. What’s imminent is removal of the roof, necessary so they’ll be able to get the house under power lines; it will get a new roof when it’s on its new site. Crews also will be removing two rooms (which were a long-ago addition) from the back of the house.

Then when moving night arrives, the house will be taken north on California SW to its destination, the Bauersfelds’ home near West Seattle High School. McCord says they just learned that there won’t even have to be parking restrictions on California that night, because it’s wide enough for the house to get through. It’ll still be something to see, as was the overnight move of a Junction house in 2010 (different company, though). We’ll update again as the move gets closer.

HALA UPZONING: Morgan Junction’s next step toward ‘a neighborhood planning process with the city’

(New ‘preferred alternative’ upzoning map for Morgan Junction; the interactive citywide map is here)

Even before Thursday’s release of the city’s “preferred alternative” for HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability upzoning, the Morgan Community Association was working to ensure that it doesn’t override a longstanding parts of the community-created neighborhood plan. MoCA had proposed amending the city’s Comprehensive Plan toward that end; then the city countered with its own amendment. What next? Here’s the MoCA reminder about its followup meeting next Tuesday:

As discussed at the October 2017 Morgan Community Association Quarterly Meeting, the MoCA board has reviewed all the moving pieces of MHA and the Comprehensive Plan Amendment proposed for the Morgan Junction Urban Village. We found gaps between what we have heard at the community meetings and what the city is proposing to do with the single family zoned lands inside our Urban Village. Those gaps include the character change of the single family zones, the loss of starter homes and owner occupancy, and few ways to address displacement.

We have identified some specific options to address those gaps to propose for community consideration at a meeting set for Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at The Kenney Community Room, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW. The meeting is set for 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

The community discussion and voting at this meeting will identify the Morgan Junction-endorsed options to move forward into a neighborhood planning process with the city. We encourage everyone who lives, works, shops, or enjoys the Morgan Junction area to come and weigh in!

We covered MoCA’s October discussion here.

West Seattle Veterans Day scene: DAV forget-me-nots @ Thriftway

November 10, 2017 12:44 pm
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Just happened onto a group from the Disabled American Veterans‘ local Chapter 23 (headquartered at 4857 Delridge Way SW) with blue forget-me-nots at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor). They’re only there until 1 pm today but will be at the Chelan Café 8 am-1 pm tomorrow.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: One stolen Accord swapped for another

Mike in Gatewood e-mailed this morning, hoping you can help find his stolen car – “a green 1994 4-door Honda Accord. It was stolen last night from a home in Gatewood. It’s not the prettiest car, but it runs wonderfully.” License plate ACY5949, SPD incident # 2017-416928 – call 911 if you see it.

And there’s a twist: Where Mike’s car was taken, another stolen Accord was left behind – the one Tim reported last Monday, taken from Charlestown Hill.

West Seattle Friday: What you need to know about holiday changes/closures, plus, what else is up today/tonight

(Dragonfly Pavilion in North Delridge, photographed by Laura Goodrich and shared via the WSB Flickr group)

Before we get to what’s happening today/tonight, more holiday-related info:

VETERANS DAY, OBSERVED: This year the holiday stretches across two days – which can be a bit confusing. Transportation/transit info is noted in our morning traffic coverage. Government offices and schools are closed. Seattle Public Library branches are OPEN today (see below), closed Saturday. Banks are OPEN today, closed tomorrow. Many Seattle Parks facilities are closed today, including community centers and pools. (added) The postal holiday is tomorrow, not today.

Now, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FAMILY BOARD GAMES & GIANT JENGA: Go play this morning at Southwest Library! 10 am-noon. (9010 35th SW)

GAME ON! AND KIDS’ CAFE: With no school today, and libraries open,kids/teens are welcome at High Point Library for Gaming with Xbox 360, Wii, board games 2:00-4:30 pm and free Kids’ Café meals 2:45-3:30 pm. (3411 SW Raymond)

FAUNTLEROY FINE ART AND HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW: 5-8 pm, it’s the first of three sessions at Fauntleroy Church for this holiday show and sale. Our calendar listing includes a link to the list of who’s participating. (9140 California SW)

SIGGIE THE VINTAGE MAN: Acoustic Americana at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

ART LOUNGE: Bring your project to Highland Park Improvement Club, where the bar is open and you’re welcome to bask in the creative spirit along with neighbors. 7-10 pm. 21+. (1116 SW Holden)

CLOSING NIGHT: West Seattle High School drama students’ “William Shakespeare’s The Star Wars Verily, A New Hope” is onstage one more time, tonight at 7:30 pm. (3000 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE MARINES GATHERING: it’s the 242nd anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps and, as announced here earlier this week, USMC veteran Tim McConnell invites other local USMC veterans to join him for an informal gathering at Poggie Tavern 8-10 pm tonight. (4717 California SW)

OPENING NIGHT: 8 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, it’s the first performance of “The Last Croissant,” a world-premiere production of a new play by Veronica Tjioe. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

HOBOSEXUAL, LIVE IN-STORE: Free all-ages in-store performance by Hobosexual, 8 pm at Easy Street Records. (California/Alaska)

AT THE PARLIAMENT TAVERN: “Groovy art rock” tonight, starting at 8 pm, with X-Ray, Hourglasses, Manta Chordata. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

PREVIEW THE WEEKEND … by checking our complete calendar.

From the WSB Forums: Why you won’t see ‘the dancing guy’ in The Junction today

If you missed his announcement in the WSB Forums – you won’t see Hank the Dancing Guy in the West Seattle Junction today. After what he counts as 31 Fridays, dancing at California/Alaska, he’s switching to Saturdays. The video above is from August, when we featured his story here after numerous reader questions.

P.S. We asked Hank a followup about why the change; he explains he’s not off on Fridays any more.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch, with Veterans Day changes, plus bridge, 99 closures tonight

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

6:56 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.

VETERANS DAY CHANGES: No school; no King County Water Taxi. Metro is on a “reduced weekday” schedule but most routes are not affected. (Also note, today is NOT a free-parking day in pay-station neighborhoods.)

CLOSURES TONIGHT: If you’ll be out late tonight/early tomorrow, you need to know about two closures starting just before midnight – the Fauntleroy Expressway end of the West Seattle Bridge (scheduled to end by 7 am), and the Battery Street Tunnel (scheduled to end by 5 am).

8:57 AM: Another incident-free commute. Any time you see/hear about something your West Seattle neighbors should be aware of, please alert us (if you can do so safely/legally), text or voice, at our 24/7 hotline, 206-293-6302 – thank you!