West Seattle, Washington
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7:19 PM: Looked outside lately? Steady light snow is sticking on cars and planting strips – at least as of our drive a short time ago from Upper Fauntleroy to Highland Park (the photo above was taken outside the HP Improvement Club, where we are covering the Delridge Neighborhood District Council. No advisory, and the National Weather Service thinks it’s not likely to top an inch, but let us know how it’s going where you are!
8:35 PM: Thanks for the photo above, sent from Beach Drive. And David Nyro tweeted this one from Alki:
Tweeted from the Admiral District:
— i8iphone (@i8ipod) February 22, 2018
From Jana in Morgan Junction, via Instagram:
No transportation alerts yet. We’ll add anything that does come up. If SDOT’s winter-weather-response map is up to date, they haven’t been over here yet either.
10:18 PM: Thanks to Timothy Harris for the photo of snowy soccer at Hiawatha tonight:
11:08 PM: Top-of-the-hour check at our nearest intersection – still lightly snowing:
11 pm. California/Thistle. Still lightly snowing. pic.twitter.com/l1mhJ5hkie
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) February 22, 2018
That’s 340+ feet above sea level. Highest point in the city is near 35th SW/SW Myrtle, above 500′.
12:22 AM: The SDOT map shows crews have finally made it over the bridge and into West Seattle in the past hour. No incidents reported so far; if you see or hear of anything, please let us know (when you can do so safely/legally), text or call 206-293-6302. We’ll start morning traffic coverage extra-early because of the snow.
Cheryl hopes you will be on the lookout for her pickup truck, stolen in North Shorewood:
Blue Honda (corrected) Ridgeline truck. License #B34996Z. There arent many of these trucks around. This one has small dents in tailgate, right rear tail light broken but still works. Stolen from 26th Ave SW and SW 104th Feb 20th at 1 pm. They came up my driveway opened the door and stole all the keys on the hook and took the truck. If anyone sees this truck parked anywhere or on the road, please call 911.
The theft happened south of the city/county line, so it’s a King County Sheriff’s Office case, but wherever you see it, they’ll be able to pull up the info.
Looking for classes, lessons, camps, special events? The city’s out with the new brochure for area community centers – Alki (5817 SW Stevens), Delridge (4501 Delridge Way SW), Hiawatha (2700 California SW), High Point (6920 34th SW), South Park (8319 8th Ave. S.) – plus Southwest Pool and Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle). Among many other listings, the brochure includes the list of centers where the annual egg hunt will be happening on Saturday, March 31st. You can see the brochure here in PDF.
If you haven’t been to West Seattle’s forested parks since Sunday’s windstorm, be aware you might encounter toppled trees. Kersti Muul shared these views of a big grand fir downed at Lincoln Park, “west across the field from the bluff trail, just next to the beech grove.”
Thanks also to Hallidie for word of a big Douglas fir down along the path uphill from Colman Pool, with several alders taken down too. And a commenter mentioned trees downed in Schmitz Park as well. We have a message out to Seattle Parks to ask if their arborists have yet assessed tree damage/loss citywide as a result of the storm.
2:53 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a full response for a fire reported, per scanner, “in an excavator” at the Waste Management facility in the 7200 block of West Marginal Way SW [map]. SFD says cardboard is what’s burning.
2:58 PM: SFD is dismissing two-thirds of the original response’s units and downgrading the response level.
3:07 PM: Per scanner, they’re re-sending a few units, as the fire is now described as in “compressed garbage.” If you have to head that way, keep in mind that West Marginal Way narrows in that area south of Highland Park Way, and likely blocked by the response.
This should be a sight at sea sometime Friday – a big ship carrying four of the biggest container cranes on the West Coast, headed to Tacoma. From the Northwest Seaport Alliance announcement:
The ship will sit at anchor in Commencement Bay for a day or two before delivering the cranes to Husky Terminal at the northwest end of the Blair Waterway.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance ordered eight new super-post-Panamax cranes from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (ZPMC) in China through a competitive bid process. No container cranes currently are manufactured in the U.S. ZPMC is the largest heavy-duty equipment manufacturer in the world and delivers more than 200 cranes every year around the world, including many seaports in the U.S. The other four cranes will arrive in 2019.
Find out more about the cranes in this NWSA video:
They’ll be 50 feet higher than the biggest ones in the area now, with “an outreach of 24 containers and a lift height of 165 feet above the pier deck.” The Tacoma terminal where they’ll be used is part of an ongoing overhaul project.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The in-person open houses are over. The online open house continues. You have less than two weeks to get your opinion(s) into the wide-open “early scoping” period for West Seattle’s Sound Transit light-rail line.
Your comments can be small and simple, or big and complex. Toward that last description, members of the Junction Neighborhood Organization Land Use Committee has drafted a detailed proposal. They’ll be presenting it at tomorrow night’s West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting and offered us a preview. So we sat down with Rich Koehler of the JuNO LUC to take a look. The group says their goal is “to provide the community with information and thought-provoking ideas so that we can get the best possible set of ideas in to ST by the 3/5 deadline.”
Sound Transit, as you likely know, has put forth a “starting point” known as the “representative alignment” – a draft of how and where the route and stations would go. We’ve featured it in a variety of forms, from the very rough draft in this June story to, most recently, charts/maps and video shown at the three open houses held in the past week.
JuNO’s proposal would be an alternative covering what happens west of the suggested Delridge/Andover station. And the presentation they’ll give Thursday night at the WSTC meeting will “help people understand more about The Junction and provide context,” Koehler explained.
A beautiful start to the day – from there, here are highlights of what’s happening, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FAMILY STORY TIME: 10:30 am at Southwest Library. For kids of all ages! (9010 35th SW)
TINKERLAB DROP-IN: Snap circuits are the theme for today’s 2:30-4 pm session at West Seattle (Admiral) Library – something cool to do while there’s no school, though all ages are welcome, not just students! (2306 42nd SW)
NATURALISTS @ WORDSWEST LITERARY SERIES: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), the monthly wordfest presents “Loving the World from Starlings to Shorelines” with featured writers Elizabeth Bradfield and Lyanda Lynn Haupt. (5612 California SW)
DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DISTRICT COUNCIL: Tonight’s agenda is in our calendar listing – including city reps talking about transportation planning. 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club. (1116 SW Holden)
TRIANGULAR JAZZTET: Live music at Whisky West in Morgan Junction, 7 pm. (6451 California SW)
OPEN MIC: At Great American Diner and Bar, hosted by Alan Sobel. 7 pm signups, 7:30 pm performances. (4752 California SW)
MORE! Just browse our complete-calendar page.
6:55 AM: Good morning. No incidents in/from West Seattle so far this morning.
WATER TAXI: Spirit of Kingston on the West Seattle run, with Doc Maynard on the Vashon Island run, while Sally Fox is out for repairs.
WEATHER: Below freezing again right now – it isn’t expected to warm up past the mid-30s – and there’s chance of a little snow tonight.
SCHOOL’S OUT: Mid-winter break week continues for Seattle Public Schools.