West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to Kathy Powers from West Seattle Little League for the photo and report:
Congrats to West Seattle Little League’s 11-Year-Old All-Star Team, who clinched the District 7 Championship today.
Manager – Otis Moore, Coaches – Justin Buehring & Matt LaBella, Players – Andrew Rhinehart, Caden Ross, Cameron Fitterer, Cody Buehring, Cody Sazama, Duncan Monnin, Henry Newgard, Hudson Harding, Ivan Moore, Jesse LaBella, Jones Kasperson, Lincoln Scott, Reese Holmes.
On to the State Tournament at Pacwest starting July 14th. Go Westside!
8:30 PM: If you’re seeing smoke to the east – Seattle Fire has a big response arriving at what so far is described as a “fully involved” barge fire on the east side of the Duwamish River. Crews are responding to S. Myrtle in Georgetown (here’s a vicinity map).
8:41 PM: Per scanner, the barge is approximately 150′ by 75′ and contains primarily “crushed cars”; SFD says there have been some “minor explosions.”
8:50 PM: Thanks for the video (above, just texted to us) and photos. (added) Here’s one from Seattle Fire front lines:
9:01 PM: SFD continues battling the fire. They’ve called for a foam truck from Boeing Field, too. (added) Here’s a photo from Kay, from the 1st Ave. S. Bridge:
And this view showing the fireboats on scene:
9:18 PM: The fire’s “knocked down,” per SFD radio, and the barge has developed a “slight list.” Thanks again to everyone who has sent video and photos – this next photo is from Angelique in Kitsap County, showing how far and wide the smoke was visible:
9:28 PM: Thanks to John Bennett for this video showing a fireboat in action at the scene:
And the fireboat from another angle, in a photo from Eli:
9:44 PM: Radio activity has slowed. We’re continuing to monitor. Still no reports of any injuries.
One reader report tonight, from Mark in Seaview:
FYI, a prowler hit my car last night and dug through all pockets and glove boxes. Most likely looking for cash. Nothing taken except a baseball cap. 48th Ave SW between Juneau and Findlay.
West Seattle’s HomeStreet Bank (4022 SW Alaska; WSB sponsor) will host its namesake hydroplane, Miss HomeStreet, this Thursday (June 28th), and you’re invited to stop by and see it 3-5 pm. This isn’t just any hydroplane – the Miss HomeStreet team won the national championship again last year, and took second place in this year’s first race, in Alabama just last weekend. The Miss HomeStreet’s season will of course include Seafair, first weekend in August.
Lots of new mural art happening around West Seattle – but you don’t always hear about it until it’s done. This time, not only has there been lots of advance word, now you have a chance to voice your views on the design options! It’s about the mural going on the corner shown above, as Roxhill Elementary moves to EC Hughes in Sunrise Heights:
Friends of Roxhill Elementary invites the community to view and share feedback on three options for a public art mural to be painted at the intersection of 32nd Ave SW and SW Holden St. Artist Henry Luke has been working with the Roxhill and southwest West Seattle community to identify themes and create a concept for the mural. Informed by hours of interviews, outreach and personal conversations, Henry has imagined a story of migration and resilience, with connections to history and our shared sense of home in the shadow of Mt. Rainier.
Share your thoughts in the online form linked here [where you can see the three options]. This is the story of Roxhill, told by our community members, featuring images and people important to our history and our future. We want the mural to be a beacon of safety, comfort and hope for all people, and reflect a shared sense of identity and meaning as we move into our new school. Please keep our community’s goals in mind as you share feedback and thoughts. Thank you!
This project has been made possible by a partnership between Friends of Roxhill Elementary and Seattle Public Schools, with funds provided by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund. The mural will be painted later in the summer and unveiled in the fall.
Work is getting close to wrapping up at the renovated EC Hughes – we’ll take you inside the school in another story coming up!
1:20 PM: The West Seattle “low bridge” has reopened after emergency hydraulic repairs kept it closed to non-maritime traffic for almost six days, SDOT just announced. More to come …
2:48 PM: A little more info just in from SDOT:
Around lunchtime today, Roadways Structures crews completed several test openings, and picked up all the traffic control and detour signage.
More details to come, when the damaged piston assembly is inspected later this week. Work focused singularly on efficient opening of the Spokane St Bridge, as a priority for travelers.
That’s the section of 35th SW between 104th and 106th – looking north from the south end – that has been closed about a month for drainage work linked to the SDOT sidewalk project stretching north to 100th. It’ll reopen at week’s end, project communicator Ching Chan tells WSB:
The updates we received this morning at our weekly construction meeting were that crews will wrap things up on 35th Ave SW between 104th and 106th by the end of this week and begin work between 102nd and 104th by next Thursday, July 5. This means the segment between 104th and 106th will reopen at the end of the day this Friday, though we may still have some construction equipment and vehicles along the parking strip of the street.
Two short stories about trees and views in Admiral – only related in that both involve Seattle Parks land:
ILLEGAL TREE-CUTTING, AGAIN: A reader tip led us to that freshly cut slope along Ferry SW in North Admiral, uphill from Harbor SW, on Monday. There we found a Parks employee who confirmed that they had filed a police report because it was unauthorized tree-cutting on public land. This morning, we followed up with Parks spokesperson Rachel Schulkin, who says the department knows which tree-cutting company was responsible and that the company told Parks it was hired by homeowners to improve their views. The case, she said, will be referred to the City Attorney’s Office. Schulkin didn’t have specifics on how many trees or how much area was affected.
We had a second reason to talk with her – a late-night discovery related to this:
ADMIRAL WAY VIEWPOINT CHANGE OF HEART: Last month, after multiple reader questions, we inquired with Parks about whether there were plans to restore the view at Admiral Way Viewpoint. As reported in this story, we were told at the time that Parks was re-assessing its policies first. Then late last night we noticed “no parking” signs at the viewpoint – technically part of Belvedere Park – and while the signs said only that “construction” would be happening Thursday and Friday, the contact number was for an arborist at Parks. The arborist pointed us to Schulkin, who said that Parks has had a change of heart and will be trimming the viewpoint trees. But first, the work for which the signage is in place – set to start Thursday – will involve mowing the blackberries and other shrubbery so Parks staff can get a closer look and make a trimming plan.
Looking ahead to the rest of your Tuesday:
WADING POOLS: The Seattle Parks wading pools that are scheduled to be open on Tuesdays are open today! That means, in West Seattle, Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) 11 am-8 pm and Delridge Playfield (Delridge/Genesee) noon-6:30 pm.
WEEKLY FARMSTAND: Fresh produce, 3-7 pm at the Delridge Grocery Coop‘s summer farmstand. (5441 Delridge Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS NETWORK: All welcome at the last meeting before summer hiatus. No special guest, so it’s all about neighborhood concerns, including discussion with police, as previewed here. 6:30 pm at Southwest Precinct. (2300 SW Webster)
LOTS MORE … on our complete calendar!
Concerned about crime/safety in your neighborhood? Four meetings are scheduled this summer for feedback on neighborhood Microcommunity Policing Plans. These groups are not organized/conducted by SPD but by researchers from Seattle University, which – working in conjunction with SPD – provides the feedback, which in turn informs these policing plans.
–Admiral Neighborhood – Wednesday, June 27th at 5 pm, West Seattle Library (2306 42nd SW)
–Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights Neighborhoods – Thursday, June 28th at 5 pm, Southwest Library (9010 35th SW)
–Delridge Neighborhood – Saturday, June 30th at 2 pm, Delridge Library (5423 Delridge Way SW)
–High Point Neighborhood – Saturday, August 11th at 2 pm, High Point Library (3411 SW Raymond)
These are not the only local neighborhoods with Microcommunity Policing Plans, but they’re the only meetings scheduled so far. You can also provide feedback online, wherever you live – you can do it online via the Online Focus Group.
7:06 AM: We start again with the reminder that the West Seattle “low bridge” remains closed to all non-maritime traffic:
SDOT now says the closure could last until the end of this week.
Our other regular cameras:
(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links)
As for traffic problems – there’s a residual backup on NB I-5 from a crash that just cleared.
7:16 AM: Texter says the 7 am 56 hasn’t shown up. No alert on that so far but Metro did report the first 57 of the day at 6:41 was running 15 minutes late.