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2017 LOOKBACK: Councilmember Lisa Herbold’s year in review

(WSB photo: Councilmember Herbold at the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council, November 2017)

We usually put together a few year-in-review items, and you’ll see ours tomorrow – the year’s not over until it’s over! But many others go public with their lookbacks a bit sooner, and among them is West Seattle/South Park City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. Since her 2017 year-in-review writeup is not on the city website yet, you’ve probably only seen it if you’re on her mailing list. It contains way too many links for us to try to republish it via cutting and pasting, but you should be able to see the browser version here – nine parts (transportation, public safety, housing, land use, government accountability, economic development/equity, arts, budget, constituent contacts), 34 shortcuts to those sections and their sub-sections, followed by the full review.

P.S. As previewed here the other day, Herbold is scheduled to be the main guest when the Southwest District Council meets 6:30 pm Wednesday (January 3rd) at the Sisson Building/Senior Center (4217 SW Oregon), so if you have questions/concerns, bring them!

NEW YEAR, NEW SKILL: ‘Suddenly in Command’ boating class

December 30, 2017 6:00 pm
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If your New Year’s resolutions include learning new skills – we’re spotlighting interesting classes coming up in early 2018. Including this one, announced by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary:

Suddenly In Command
Sunday, January 7, 2018, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

A class for the inexperienced boater to prepare you for an emergency situation on board and what to do if something were to happen to the “skipper.” Free and open to the public! Taught by volunteers from the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Venue: West Seattle Library meeting room. 2306 42nd Ave SW. To sign up and for more information, go to our registration page or email

Motorcycle rider to hospital after West Seattle Junction collision

A man reported to be in his 60s is being taken to Harborview Medical Center after his motorcycle collided with a car in The Junction. The crash blocked the northbound lanes of California SW at SW Oregon but the scene is likely to be clear shortly, as a tow truck is there now (see image above from SDOT camera). So far the man’s injuries are not reported to be life-threatening.

WEST SEATTLE WHALE WATCHING: Southbound orcas off Bainbridge

December 30, 2017 3:25 pm
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 |   Seen at sea | West Seattle news | Wildlife

3:25 PM: With less than an hour until nightfall, we don’t know how good the viewing will be, but we’re sharing the news that orcas are headed southbound in our direction, last seen off Bainbridge Island. Kersti Muul sent the tip that they’d been seen from the Shilshole vicinity, and we just checked Orca Network, where a tipster saw them off mid-Bainbridge [map] – closer to that side than this one, so if you go looking, take good binoculars!

4:22 PM: As it gets dark, one Orca Network commenter reports one male orca is visible from Constellation Park (just south of Alki Point), still southbound. Maybe we’ll see whales northbound in the morning! Let us know any time you see one (or more) off West Seattle – text or voice 206-293-6302 – thank you!

UPDATE: Mail taken minutes after delivery

5 PM UPDATE: In what was originally reported as a case of mail theft – the mail WAS taken, but by a neighbor who meant well.

UPDATE: Water-main break north of Lincoln Park

10:20 AM: Having water-pressure trouble – or no water – near Lincoln Park? The photo shows the scene of a water break at Lincoln Park Way and 47th SW. It’s from Kersti, one of several people who have contacted us to let us know about the problem. Seattle Public Utilities has been alerted. (Any time you have a water problem – low pressure, no pressure, discoloration, etc. – the hotline to call is 206-386-1800.)

10:40 AM: Just talked with SPU spokesperson Andy Ryan. He says the break is in an 8-inch cast-iron water main, and there’s no estimated time for repairs yet, but they’re working on it. It’s affecting about 32 “services” – a “service” can have multiple customers, and those affected by this include nearby retirement center The Kenney. Three hydrants are affected, too.

2:03 PM: We just stopped by the scene (photos added above and below). The crew tells us it could be another “two to three hours” because once they finish repairing the line, they’ll have to flush it.

3:34 PM: Commenter SA reports the water’s back on.

West Seattle Saturday: Highlights for your New Year’s Eve-Eve

(Barrow’s Goldeneye, photographed by Mark Wangerin. PS – today’s the Christmas Bird Count)

Second-to-last day of 2017. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Holiday Guide, here are a few ways to spend it:

SOUND STEPS WALKING PROGRAM: Scheduled for a 10 am walk at Camp Longour listing explains how to confirm with the organizer. (5200 35th SW)

SEE THE LIGHTS: The displays/shows in the Holiday Guide (where you’ll find times and addresses) are ending soon; West Seattle Lights‘ finale is the soonest, New Year’s Eve, while the Menashe Family Lights run through January 2nd.

TRIBUTE TO TRIO: One more 30th-anniversary tribute to the collaboration of Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt. 8 pm-11 pm at Parliament Tavern. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

WEST END GIRLS: A DRAG EXTRAVAGANZA – Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm at The Skylark. Lineup and ticket link are here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

SING IT: Karaoke at Talarico’s in The Junction, 10 pm-1 am. 21+. (4718 California SW)