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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Thieves take bike, tools

11:43 PM TUESDAY: That bike is part of what was taken from a South Delridge yard on Saturday night. The victim reports anonymously:

Saturday night two trucks pulled up to our townhouse on the corner of 18th and Barton while we were gone. A white truck with red door (Nissan or Mazda mid-’90s) and then a red Ford truck (probably F150, early 2000s) arrived around 10:30 and left a little after midnight.

There appeared to be 3-4 males in the white truck wearing dark clothes with flashlights. A woman wearing shorts drove the red truck. They prowled around mostly on 18th Street. They entered a secured courtyard and just after midnight left with at least a cream-colored custom built road bike and two Craftsman tool boxes, one large red rolling and a smaller black stackable one.

Bike Description
58cm road bike frame, steel, “breezer” logo on rear dropouts, tig welded (custom)
Steel fork with brazed crown
Child seat bar (aluminum) attached to steer tube
“Function” emblem on head tube
Cream color with subtle pink stains on downtube in powdercoat
Dent on top tube wrapped in dark gray vinyl
Dent on seat tube wrapped in dark gray vinyl
Seat stays wrapped in dark gray vinyl
1 chainstay wrapped in black electrical tape
Shimano 600 parts group
2 x 8 speeds

There are a few more distinguishing features, but that ought to be enough for you to recognize it if you see/find it. If you have any information on the theft, the SPD incident # is 18-192497.

ADDED WEDNESDAY, 4:05 PM: Good job, commenters! E-mailed by the victim: “The police found the truck and owner today around noon. We were able to recover a lot of what was taken, including the bicycle and the tool boxes. There’s damage and things are missing but it feels good to recover something. Please send our gratitude to all the readers for looking out for each other!”

Love orcas? See photos at The Whale Trail’s summer gathering!

(Photo by Stephen Rink)

One week from tonight, The Whale Trail has an invitation for you:

“Whale Trail Summer Gathering featuring Photos by Stephen Rink”
Presentation by Stephen Rink, Photographer

When: Tuesday June 5, 7:00 – 8:30
–Doors open at 6:30
Where: C & P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW
Cost: $5 suggested donation; kids free
Advance tickets:
Presented by The Whale Trail
Sponsored by Nucor Steel
Photos: Transient orcas in Monterey Bay, courtesy Stephen Rink

Summer is superpod season! Join us next Tuesday for a celebration of orcas and other whales featuring photos by Stephen Rink. Stephen has followed his passion for whales from Iceland to the Azores, and West Seattle! Stephen most recently traveled to Monterey Bay, where he witnessed a rare predation event.

Whale Trail Founder Donna Sandstrom will also share updates about SRKW recovery efforts and how you can help. Donna was recently appointed to Gov. Inslee’s Task Force on SRKW Recovery, and its Vessel Impacts working group. Hope to see you there. Buy tickets now to reserve your seat.

This is the next in the 2018 Orca Talk series hosted by The Whale Trail in West Seattle. Thanks to Nucor Steel for sponsoring this presentation!

About the Speaker

Stephen Rink is a Whale Trail volunteer who has been fascinated with whales since the age of 5. He has maintained an affinity for the ocean, and continues to travel the world to see different marine life and photograph them along the way. Stephen moved to Seattle in 2017 to be closer to killer whales and participate in recovery efforts. He hopes to continue to travel as a photographer and eventually photograph whales aboard expedition vessels in Antarctica.

About The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail is a series of sites to view orcas and other marine mammals from shore. Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment.

Through our current sites and signs, including two on every Washington State ferry, we reach more than 50 million people each year. The Whale Trail is currently adding new sites along the North American west coast, from California to British Columbia.

The Whale Trail is led by a core team of partners including NOAA Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Seattle Aquarium, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, the Whale Museum. Donna Sandstrom is the Founder and Executive Director. Many members of the team first met on the successful effort to return Springer, the orphaned orca, to her pod.

The Whale Trail is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, registered in Washington State. Join us!

You can help! Build West Seattle’s next playground on Saturday

(WSB photo, June 2017)

Though EC Hughes Elementary is getting some work done before Roxhill Elementary moves there in September, it doesn’t include the playground – so community volunteers are making that happen. This Saturday, you can help. From Friends of Roxhill:

Friends of Roxhill Elementary invites the greater West Seattle community to help build our new playground at E.C. Hughes, located at 7700 34th Avenue SW [map], this Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We have two slots available: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snacks, water, coffee and lunch provided!

We’ll be led by PlayCreation representatives to assemble and build our selected Landscape Structures playground.

Please note that no children under age 14 may be within the build site. If you are a student in need of service hours, you may help put together components under adult supervision outside the build area, but all installation must be completed by those 17 and up.

We’re so excited to make this happen together. Together, our community can do anything. Also, there will be food. Did we mention that?

Can’t make it? Let us know and we’ll add you to the list for the next day of work: laying down all the engineered wood fiber so our playground has a safe surface for kids to land on. That date is still TBD. Email us at to be notified.

WEST SEATTLE REAL ESTATE: First homes at WestBridge almost ready

(WSB photos)

If you’ve noticed the STS Construction Services (WSB sponsor) banner on the slope as you head westbound toward the west end of the West Seattle Bridge, that marks the site where the first of 14 new homes at WestBridge are about to go on sale.

We visited recently for a closer look. The houses are clustered but sizable – each with at least 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths (you can see the floor plans here).

Other features include custom fireplace surrounds with gas fireplaces:

Big view decks:

And spacious kitchens:

The listing prices start in the low $1 million. The development’s official website has more info and photos at

UPDATE: How next weekend’s I-5 closures are going to unfold

ORIGINAL REPORT: Yes, that’s I-5 closures, plural, next weekend (Friday night, June 1st, through Monday morning, June 4th). Besides the northbound I-5 closure at the West Seattle Bridge that you’ve probably heard about, I-5 is also closing multiple NB lanes starting near Southcenter, and some SB lanes north of downtown. This afternoon, WSDOT provided this explanation of how it’s all going to unfold:

… Northbound I-5 lane closures will begin at the I-405 interchange near Southcenter before tapering down to a single lane that will exit at the West Seattle Bridge/Columbian Street/Spokane Street.

*All on-ramps to northbound I-5 between southbound I-405 and South Michigan Street except from eastbound SR 518 will close at 8 p.m. Friday.

*The SR 518 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will remain open all weekend.

*The northbound I-5 off-ramps all will remain open between southbound 405 and the closure at the West Seattle Bridge/Spokane Street/Columbian Way exit.

*The northbound express lanes will open afternoons with access only from the downtown on-ramps.

*A single lane of traffic will be able to enter northbound I-5 from the West Seattle Bridge/Columbian Street/Spokane Street on-ramp before heading into downtown.

*At the Duwamish River Bridge, three right lanes will be closed.

*At the southbound I-5 Lake Washington Ship Canal Bridge, the two left lanes will be closed from 3 a.m. to noon Saturday. The two right lanes and the 45th Avenue Northeast on-ramp will be closed from 3 to 11 a.m. Sunday.

A second weekend of major I-5 closures is tentatively planned for July 13-16. (We regularly include road-work reminders in our weekday-morning traffic coverage, but break out big things like this as merited.)

SATURDAY UPDATE: Two notes resulting from discussion in comments and elsewhere:

-You can check area traffic cameras any time on this WSB page

-You CAN get to eastbound I-90 via the exit to NB I-5 from the West Seattle Bridge – that’s been confirmed via a Twitter discussion with drivers who’ve done it as well as WSDOT.

READER REPORT: Dumped – stolen? – items

Look familiar? Stolen? Lost? Karen sent the photo after spotting the suitcase and other items in Fauntleroy’s Endolyne area earlier today. Let us know if it might be yours.

One 2-festival weekend! Morgan Junction, Westwood Village

May 29, 2018 11:56 am
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(WSB photo, 2017 Morgan Junction Community Festival)

Now that Memorial Day weekend is past, it’s time to continue looking ahead to the rest of our sure-to-be-spectacular summer. Just added to the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar: Westwood Village has announced the date for this year’s Street Fair at the shopping center – 11 am-5 pm Sunday, June 17th. The past few years it’s been scheduled concurrently with the Morgan Junction Community Festival, but this year it’s the day after, so if you want to go to both, you’ll be able to do that without festival overload! WSB is again a co-sponsor of the Morgan festival, which will be presented 10 am-4 pm Saturday, June 16th, by the Morgan Community Association, in and around Morgan Junction Park (California just north of Fauntleroy) – live music, Bubbleman, the return of the Bark of Morgan dog parade, and more. Details on both as we get closer.

The lineup’s out! Sub Pop Records reveals who’s playing 30th anniversary party on Alki Beach on August 11th – Mudhoney and more!

(WSB photos/video)

9:25 AM: We’re at KEXP‘s Seattle Center headquarters for the announcement everyone’s been waiting for … who’s playing at Alki Beach for Sub Pop Records‘ already-much-previewed 30th-anniversary party? Sub Pop just announced it! The poster here tells the toplines:

Or, if you prefer the text version, from Sub Pop’s news release:

Beach House, Clipping, Kyle Craft, Fastbacks, Jo Passed, Loma, LVL UP, METZ, Moaning, Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces, Wolf Parade, plus Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its, and The School of Rock West Seattle House Band

“Special guests” are promised too. We first reported the party plan back in January. It’s expected to draw thousands to Alki for a free four-stage music-and-more festival noon-10 pm on August 11th – 30,000 was the estimated turnout for Sub Pop’s 25th anniversary in Georgetown in 2013.

(WSB photo added: Sub Pop CEO Megan Jasper in-studio at KEXP)

Right after Sub Pop CEO Megan Jasper (a West Seattleite) and team’s announcement, Shabazz Palaces is playing live at the KEXP Gathering Space, and we’re staying for some of that.

Before entering the studio, Jasper told us she’s “so excited” to finally make the lineup public. Updates to come!

9:49 AM: The Shabazz Palaces mini-show has just begun (streaming live here).

Meantime, also announced by Sub Pop, three other events that weekend – not in West Seattle but you might be interested – details are on the special SPF 30 website.

And if you’re just tuning in to all this, Sub Pop reps have been visiting the Alki Community Council and Admiral Neighborhood Association for months to discuss logistics and answer questions, given the magnitude of the event – here’s our most-recent report.

West Seattle Tuesday: Post-holiday highlights for today/tonight

(Song sparrow in teacup bird feeder, photographed by Trileigh Tucker)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

SUB POP ALKI EVENT LINEUP: Starting at 9 am on KEXP radio, Sub Pop Records will announce the long-awaited lineup for the much-previewed Sub Pop 30th anniversary celebration at Alki Beach on August 11th. We’re at KEXP studios at Seattle Center to cover it as breaking news, so if you don’t want to or can’t tune in, just check back here on WSB in a bit!

LOW TIDE WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: 10 am-12:30 pm, explore Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) or Constellation Park (63rd SW/Beach Drive)beaches at low tide with Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists – today, it’s out to -1.5 feet at 11:38 am.

BABY STORY TIME: Bring the littlest member(s) of the family to Southwest Library for story time, 10:30 am. (9010 35th SW)

STARBUCKS AFTERNOON/EVENING CLOSURES: Today’s the day Starbucks stores are closing early for anti-bias training. A quick check of the company website suggests West Seattle stores’ closing times are just after 1 pm.

SHARE YOUR ROXHILL MURAL IDEAS: What do you want the new Roxhill/EC Hughes mural to depict/reflect? 6:30 pm, come talk with artist Henry Luke at Southwest Library. (9010 35th SW)

KING COUNTY TOWN HALL FOR WHITE CENTER & VICINITY: Unincorporated-area residents just south of West Seattle are invited to the county’s annual Community Service Area Town Hall for North Highline, with information about local-government services. 7-9 pm at Seola Gardens. (10900 4th Place SW)

TUESDAY TRIVIA: Whisky West (WSB sponsor) hosts trivia with Geeks Who Drink, 7:30 pm Tuesdays. (6451 California SW)

SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP … by browsing our complete calendar!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-holiday Tuesday watch

May 29, 2018 7:03 am
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(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:03 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this back-to-work-and-school morning.

CLOSURE REMINDERS: 35th SW between 104th and 106th in Arbor Heights is scheduled to close for at least two weeks starting today … In SODO, Lander St.’s year-and-a-half-plus closure continues … And this weekend, Friday night until Monday morning, WSDOT plans a full closure of NB I-5 north of the West Seattle Bridge.

STADIUM ZONE: Mariners’ homestand continues tonight.

7:44 AM: This morning we’re on the bridge with everybody else, headed downtown. So far things look pretty good. If you are wondering about the emergency response headed east across the bridge, there’s a fire callout on Beacon Hill.

7:54 AM: The bridge moved fairly fast and now we’re on 4th, where things are bogging down (as usual, in our limited experience) around the stadium zone.

8:15 AM: Made it to lower Queen Anne. Still relatively quiet otherwise.

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle High School’s track-and-field athletes’ state-meet achievements

Thanks to West Seattle High School track and field head coach Will Harrison for the report:

Congratulations to the West Seattle High School contingent for their accomplishments at the WIAA 3A Track and Field State Championships at Mt Tahoma High School last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

(Cunliffe’s state-record vault, video by Tim Reilly)
On Friday, the West Seattle girls had a special day. Junior Chloe Cunliffe had 3 very special pole vault clearances: She won the meet by being the only athlete to clear 13 feet even, then set the meet record by clearing 13 feet, 4 inches- but she wasn’t done there. She went on to clear 13 feet, 8.5 inches to set the all-time Washington record. Shortly afterward, she competed in the long jump and wound up 2nd by half an inch, with a leap of 17 feet, 9.25 inches. Hannah Hicks of Edmonds-Woodway won the event at 17 feet, 9.75 inches.

(Davis took 2nd)

Senior Symmone Davis continued to her rapid improvement streak in the 100m hurdles. She came into the meet seeded 10th and wound up 2nd with a time of 14.88 seconds. Ingraham’s Phoebe Salowey won the event with a time of 14.79 seconds. For Davis, this capped off a breakthrough season which also saw her set a school record in the 300m hurdles at the district meet.

In all, Cunliffe scored 18 points, and Davis an additional 8. Those 26 points in fact put West Seattle in first place in the team scoring going into the third and final day of the meet, and was ultimately good enough for a 7th-place finish – the top finish of any Metro League school.

(Elliott atop the podium)

On the boys’ side, Senior Cass Elliott defended his 300m hurdle title with a time of 37.68 seconds. His prelim time of 37.13 seconds was just 0.02 seconds off his own meet record from last year and the fastest time in any classification this year. It was an impressive bounce-back from a serious ankle injury he suffered in November while playing basketball, which forced him to take several months off and even miss the early weeks of the spring season. Elliott will continue his career at the University of Washington next year.

(Kirk-Woodbury finished 3rd)

Senior Joe Kirk-Woodbury had a storybook ending to his high-school discus career. He came into the meet ranked 11th in that event (all competitors get three throws at state, and then the top 9 get three additional throws). He had been motivated all year by Jay Morgan‘s school record of 150 feet, 6 inches from 2003. He was already having a great day by making finals with the 5th best mark overall, with 5 throws in the 140’s. On his sixth throw of the meet and final throw of his high school career, he launched a throw of 152 feet, 1 inch to notch the record, as well as a 3rd place finish. Kirk-Woodbury will continue his track career at Olympic College next year.

(The 4 x 400 team of Delaney, Maroon, Elliott, and Farrison)

Junior Rylee Farrison ran a time of 50.92 seconds in the prelims of the 400m dash to finish 9th overall in that event, just one place shy of making the final. Elliott, Farrison, Jackson Delaney, and Alec Maroon ran to a 6th-place finish in the 4 x 400m relay with a time of 3 minutes, 26.42 seconds to finish the meet.

All together, the boys’ team compiled 19 points to finish 12th in the team scoring – second among Metro Schools (Chief Sealth was 10th). Gig Harbor won both the boys’ and girls’ team titles. Full results can be found here.