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CRIME WATCH: Student robbed; white Jeep stolen (update – found!); package taken

Three West Seattle Crime Watch reports tonight:

STUDENT ROBBED: Thanks to the parent who forwarded the letter sent tonight to Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School families, about a crime that happened Thursday and was reported Friday:

We would like to let you know about an incident that occurred in the Sealth/Denny neighborhood that was brought to our attention yesterday. It occurred on Thursday afternoon at approximately 2:00 PM when a Sealth student was on his way home and was approached in a threatening manner by two youth from another school. They robbed him of his cell phone and made him take off his shoes but did not take them. The student and his parent reported the incident to the school yesterday morning and the police were called. They took the report and will follow up with an investigation.

No other details – the rest of the note to families consists of safety tips. We’ll be following up with police.


My Jeep was stolen in West Seattle last night around 11 pm near South Seattle College. I am out of country for two more days, I have friends and family looking out and contacted the police but need all the help I can get! It is a white ’92 Jeep Cherokee, I have attached a recent photo.

I have various things in the Jeep, clothing, camping items, etc., but not too worried about those. All paperwork is in the Jeep (not smart on my side). Hopefully can find in one piece.

(Update: Plate BBA7439 … Monday update: Found in Burien.)

PACKAGE TAKEN: Security video from the 6700 block of Beach Drive:

The sender says they have verified that this was not a retrieved misdelivery. If you recognize the person in the video, the police report # is 18-218524.

West Seattle sunset: This one was all about the clouds

June 16, 2018 11:08 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle weather

We watched the sunset at Alice Enevoldsen‘s early summer-solstice gathering – that story later. First, from the inbox, beautiful images of the post-sunset clouds:

That view is from James Bratsanos. Next one is from Jim Borrow.

And from Kevin Callahan:

Thanks to everyone who shared sunset photos!

ROXHILL/HUGHES PLAYGROUND: Moving a mountain … of wood chips

June 16, 2018 9:26 pm
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 |   Sunrise Heights | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Thanks to Jenny Rose Ryan from Friends of Roxhill Elementary for the photos and update from today’s wood-chip work party, two weeks after volunteers built the new community-powered playground at Roxhill’s future home, EC Hughes Elementary:

Thanks to about 30 volunteers, we made great progress moving this giant pile of wood chips underneath our new playground for Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes. There’s still a bit of work to be done to prep the other half for the safety surface, so we did what we could. We are so grateful for neighbors, friends and community members who came out to chip in.

Questions, or want to get involved? Contact


This morning’s sighting post was a long time ago so we’re starting a new one – multiple reports of orcas visible off Alki Beach right now. While one report has them around 58th and Alki, they’re also reported to be heading north.

Celebrations of life for Mark ‘Monk’ Hubbard next Friday

Last weekend brought the shocking news of West Seattle-based skatepark legend Mark “Monk” Hubbard‘s untimely death. This weekend, his family sends word of memorial plans:

In celebration of Mark “Monk” Hubbard, his friends and family want everyone around the world who’ve been impacted by Mark’s life and work to head to their local skatepark on Friday, June 22nd to skate, picnic and remember.

For those of you who can attend our local celebration, we will be at the Delridge Community Center & Skatepark 3-6 pm. Please bring your own blanket, food basket, and favorite stories.

Delridge is one of the many skateparks designed/built by Mark Hubbard’s firm Grindline. He was 47 years old.

CLOSURE ALERT: Southbound 99 to be closed part of next weekend

Looking ahead to next weekend, one major closure you might want to plan for if you’re heading off-peninsula: Southbound Highway 99 is scheduled for a full closure from 9 pm next Friday night (June 22nd) until 6 am next Sunday (June 24th), between Battery Street and Lander Street (functionally, that means all the way to the West Seattle Bridge), as part of tunnel-related work. No overlapping major I-5 closures that weekend, according to the WSDOT list.

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Morgan Junction Community Festival 2018, as it happened

(SEE THE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE – entertainment, activities – here)

11:06 AM: Perfect almost-summer day at the Morgan Junction Community Festival, presented by the Morgan Community Association, spread across multiple spots in and around Morgan Junction Park (west side of California, just north of Fauntleroy)! The performances have begun:

The food vendors are up and running – The Tamale Guy, Jones BBQ, and Sweet Bumpas Ice Cream are in the lot on the north side of Beveridge Place Pub:

And kitty corner from the park, West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) is serving up a benefit barbecue with proceeds going to keep the festival free and fun.

While you’re wandering, be sure to see the vendors and community groups behind Whisky West (WSB sponsor) and Zeeks Pizza:

Along with local business, a few local departments/agencies are there – Sound Transit (got questions about West Seattle light rail?) and the Department of Neighborhoods (kicking off this year’s Your Voice, Your Choice voting – more on that post-festival). In the heart of the park right now – Bubbleman!

Lots of ways to participate, not just watch – like chalk art:

We’re in a row of booths just north of the park, with the West Seattle Timebank, Emergency Communication Hubs, and kids’ arts and crafts. The festival’s on until 4 pm – more coverage to come!

12:19 PM: Second musical act of the festival!

Here again is the schedule for the day. Many activities are continuous – face-painting, kids’ art, etc. – so no matter what time you drop by, you’ll find something happening. You’ll also find public-safety personnel, including SPD:

At left is the Southwest Precinct’s longtime second-in-command, Operations Lt. Ron Smith, who’s on his farewell tour of festivals – he’s retiring at month’s end. On the south edge of the park, artist Desmond Hansen started his mural-painting early and has drawn an audience:

1:08 PM: Speaking of painting, if you’d rather do it than watch, one of this festival’s unique activities is under way – the Splatter of Morgan:

You can come down and blast paint at the canvas draping the fence at the future Morgan Junction Park addition, just north of where we are. Another unique activity, the Bark of Morgan dog parade and contests, is coming up at 2 pm. Meantime, another SPD delegation:

1:21 PM: Every year we’ve boothed at festivals, we’ve had a standing offer: Candidates who stop by get photographed. First candidate of the year, Shannon Braddock, who’s running for the open 34th District State Senate seat, just stopped by:

She and other candidates will be at the <strong>West Seattle Democratic Women‘s forum June 18th and the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s forum later in the summer (date to be announced). Speaking of politics, the festival’s emcee, MoCA vice president Phil Tavel, confirms he’s considering running for City Council again next year (he finished third in the crowded August 2015 primary).

2:14 PM: We’ve had a city official visit too, interim Neighborhoods director Andres Mantilla (a West Seattleite):

And a small but spirited dog parade has gone by:

More live music right now, too – Deal is onstage.

Festival’s on until 4 if you haven’t been here yet!

2:37 PM: The Tamale Guy is sold out of tamales. And the SFD engine that was here, 32, just had to leave on a call, minutes after we snapped a photo:

Medical call, according to Real-Time 911. Speaking of medical, while you’re here you can find out about Good Med Direct Primary Care (WSB sponsor):

Drs. Ryan Campbell and Wendy Hueners can tell you all about their unique model for keeping you healthy. You’ll find them and other local businesses, organizations, etc., behind Whisky West/Zeeks. In the park, meantime, we looked in again on muralist Desmond Hansen:

Thanks yet again to all the kind people who’ve stopped by to say hi and thank us for our work – community collaboration has been what WSB’s been about for more than a decade now, and we appreciate the continuing tips, questions, suggestions …, or text/voice 206-293-6302 any time.

3:30 PM: Final half-hour for the festival. Gary Benson is onstage – mellow music for a mellow afternoon.

Also just talked with a couple more people who stopped by – Donna Sandstrom from The Whale Trail, who is on the governor’s new task force about orcas, saying it’s time for bold action to try to save the Southern Resident Killer Whales; Karimah Edwards from Seattle Parks, telling us they’ve had a good day of talking to people about the future development of Morgan Junction Park’s expansion site to the north. Look for an online survey starting next week, with options for park design and potential elements (we’ll write a separate story when it goes live).

4 PM: The festival’s officially over – but live music will stretch out a little longer; Servants of the Rich missed their slot earlier, getting caught in multiple traffic jams while headed this way from the south, but they’re here now. We’re headed out. Thanks to MoCA and festivalgoers/participants for a great day!

West Seattle whale-watching: Orcas in our area

9:48 AM: Thanks to Kersti Muul for the tip – take your binoculars and look toward Blake Island, where a sizable group of orcas is reported to be passing, southbound!

12:06 PM: They’re still southbound, Kersti reports – and they’re transient orcas. Now off Burien’s Three Tree Point, she says.

7:57 PM: And now they’re northbound, seen passing Alki a short time ago, per comment and e-mail.

UPDATE: Why police are searching a West Seattle house

June 16, 2018 9:33 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle police

9:33 AM: Thanks for the tip about police searching a house near 36th SW and SW Manning. They tell us it’s a warrant search, but that’s all they can say while it’s happening. We’ll be following up.

12:03 PM: Talked to precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith at the Morgan Junction Community Festival. He says it was a drug-case warrant.

West Seattle Saturday: Morgan Junction Festival, low-low tide, early solstice sunset watch, music, more!

June 16, 2018 6:07 am
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(First two photos by Erica Sokoloff)

Another Saturday full of possibilities! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here are some of them:

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The West Seattle Lions Club‘s benefit breakfast with all-you-can-eat pancakes and more is ready for you to drop in 8-11 am at the Senior Center/Sisson Building. $8 donation. (4217 SW Oregon)

HELP FINISH THE ROXHILL ELEMENTARY/EC HUGHES PLAYGROUND: It’s wood-chip-moving day! Friends of Roxhill appreciates volunteer help – 9 to 11 am or 11 am to 1 pm, as explained here. If you haven’t already signed up, just show up – the playground’s on the north side of the campus. (7700 34th SW)

MORGAN JUNCTION COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: 10 am-4 pm at Morgan Junction Park, presented by the Morgan Community Association, with highlights including the Bubbleman, live music, Bark of Morgan dog parade, Spatter of Morgan painting activity, Desmond Hansen painting a mural, and lots more. The entertainment and activities schedules, plus food menus, are here; the vendor/community group (etc.) booth list is here. (6311 California SW)

LOW-LOW TIDE: This month’s final -3-feet-or-lower low tide is -3.4 at 1:30 pm, and you will find Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) and Constellation Park (63rd SW/Beach Drive SW) 11 am-3 pm.

COLMAN POOL: This is the last “pre-season weekend” for the outdoor salt-water pool on the shore at Lincoln Park, with swim sessions noon-7 pm. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

NURTURING THE ENVIRONMENT & FOOD ACCESS: This is part of the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association‘s “Let’s Talk Race” series, 1-6 pm at Camp Long. Food and child care provided. More info here. (5200 35th SW)

‘LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL’: 3 pm matinee at ArtsWest – “a stirring portrait of jazz legend Billie Holiday as she performs one of her last solo concerts, four months before her death. Ticket info and more here. (4711 California SW)

WHISKY WEST TURNS 2: The festivities start at 6 pm as Whisky West (WSB sponsor) celebrates 2 years! Featuring special beers with the team from Farmstrong Brewing. (6451 California SW)

ROO AND THE FEW, WITH FRIENDS: Covers and originals, at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

SUMMER SOLSTICE SUNSET WATCH, EARLY: Change-of-seasons skywatching with Alice Enevoldsen is a few days before the summer solstice because of her schedule this time around, but it should be a beautiful evening and she hopes to see you 8:30-9:30 pm at West Seattle’s Solstice Park. (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW)

SO LONG, SOUTH SOUND TUG & BARGE: The resistance-songs trio’s final gig is tonight, 9 pm-midnight, at Parliament Tavern.

(Photo courtesy South Sound Tug & Barge. L-R, Charles Churchill Rowan, Steve Duda, Scott MX Turner)

No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

SOMETHING FOR THE CALENDAR? Please send the info to – thank you!