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SPORTS: West Seattle Little League 11/12 All-Stars advance to tournament championship game!

(WSB photos)

With a come-from-behind win at Bar-S Playfield tonight, the West Seattle Little League 11/12 All-Star team has made it into the championship game of the District 7 tournament. They were trailing 1-0 late in the game when Matthew Henning (seen below in an earlier at-bat) slugged a 2-run homer.

You’re invited to help pack the stands Thursday night at 6 when the WSLL team goes for the district title. (Bar-S is at 64th SW and SW Admiral Way.)

Morgan Junction mural restoration complete – with Easter eggs!

(WSB photos)

After 176 hours spread across 22 days, the Morgan Junction mural restoration is complete! (See a “before” image here.) We stopped by this afternoon as restoration artist Bob Henry met with project masterminds Dan Austin – who first hatched the idea more than 2 1/2 years ago – and Lora Swift.

We also got a tour of the “Easter eggs” you can look for in the finished work (west wall of the building on the southwest corner of Fauntleroy/California) – like a license plate honoring a key figure in the West Seattle murals’ creation and restoration, Earl Cruzen:

And another one in honor of this particular mural’s co-creator:

The restorer added a self-portrait too:

Next up in the quest to restore the murals – the Mosquito Fleet mural on the east side of the Campbell Building in The Junction.

West Seattle power outage: 138 out in The Junction

July 10, 2018 8:10 pm
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Thanks to Megan for the tip via Twitter: She says a “crash” was heard at Oregon 42 and then the power went out. The City Light map – itself suffering an outage when we first checked, but working again now – says 138 customers are out, pretty much right on that corner, southeast side of 42nd/Oregon. Cause is listed as “bird/animal” and SCL hopes to fix it within a few hours.

AIRCRAFT ALERT: Disaster drill at Boeing Field on Thursday

July 10, 2018 6:45 pm
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(Air Force file photo of C-17 Globemaster III over Joint Base Lewis-McChord)

If you’re among the West Seattleites who are in the flight path and/or line of sight of Boeing Field – you might notice some unusual activity this Thursday. Here’s the announcement:

Two C-17 military aircraft will arrive at Boeing Field at about 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, as part of a drill involving the medical transport of people “injured” in a fictional national disaster. The flights will be met by emergency responders and medical personnel, who will transport the “patients” to area hospitals.

Nearly two dozen local, state, federal, and private organizations, led by Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, have worked together since October to plan the exercise—which is required to maintain the airport’s status as a part of the National Disaster Medical System.

We asked airport spokesperson Brent Champaco if any other aircraft would be participating; he replied that you might see a military helicopter too.

COMMUNITY GIVING: Senior Center of West Seattle celebrates gift from Adah Cruzen

(Photo courtesy Senior Center of West Seattle)

From left, that’s Adah Cruzen with Senior Center of West Seattle executive director Lyle Evans and social worker Holly McNeil. The occasion: A celebration honoring a big gift for the center, which relies on donations for most of its budget. Evans tells the story:

Last month the Center was approached by a member of the community who asked what the Center needed in order to continue and enhance operations. I provided a wish list, not knowing the impact that list would have. About three weeks later, Adah Cruzen invited me to her home for lunch.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Adah, she is a lovely, unassuming woman with a gigantic heart and a very sweet demeanor. Many in West Seattle know and love her. Many also knew her husband, Earl Cruzen, the “Father” of Murals of West Seattle and local community leader. Adah talked about how Earl cared so much about West Seattle and wanted to leave a legacy gift to ensure the Senior Center was taken care of.

Adah beamed when she talked about her love of the Ukulele group and how she loves eating in the Café. She asked me how she could best support the Center. “What’s at the top of your wish list?” she asked. We then discussed the importance of our Westside Friends outreach program that helps homebound elders, as well as the importance of good food to those who may have their single most nutritious meal of the day here at the Center. Additionally, we discussed support for our many health and wellness programs, infrastructure improvements, new computers for staff, as well as implementing a Point of Sale system to enhance existing services.

Our conversation included how vitally important it is to keep elders active in order for them to remain healthy, funding of the newsletter, and a commercial ice machine. We discussed how Hatten Hall needs improvement in order to bring more large groups into the Center, and how community is built one person at a time. This list was meant to be a partial list of items that the Center needs. I was overcome with emotion when Adah said she would fund everything we’d talked about with a legacy gift of $100,000!

We at the Center envisioned a day when we could expand physical space, programs, and outreach to welcome more of the people who need us the most. We want to become even more vibrant and more essential to those we serve, to do what we do better and grander. Earl and Adah Cruzen’s gift can help make that vision a reality. Thank you, Adah and Earl, for your most generous support! We appreciate it enormously!

Just two months ago, the mural-restoration project announced an identical gift from the Cruzens. Speaking of which, we’ll have an update on that a little later this evening!

First-ever West Seattle Beer & Music Festival set for next month

Before we get back to previews of imminent summer fun (and other news) – we want to be sure you know about the first-ever West Seattle Beer & Music Festival, which is sponsoring WSB right now to help get the word out. First thing you need to know – this is a 21+ event. It’s happening August 24th through 26th at the Masonic Center in The Junction, offering what organizers describe as “an amazing selection of unique beers, spirits, customized food pairings from local culinary heroes, and an event soundtrack of live music throughout the weekend.”

It’s a benefit, too, with ticket proceeds helping WestSide Baby serve thousands of families in need.

So far, 30 local and national brewers are participating in the West Seattle Beer & Music Festival, with 70 beers, both specialty and familiar. The spirits will be offered in handcrafted cocktails in a special lounge. And the food pairings will be featured in “Sips and Bites” popups “curated by local culinary stars working directly with festival brew masters.” Food on Sunday will include a pig roast, and that’s also Dog Day – when you’ll be able to bring your furry friend.

As for the music – showcased acts include Rippin’ Chicken, Funky 2 Death, Marmalades, and Unsinkable Heaviesplus others – as well as DJ Indica Jones.

“We are thrilled to bring this festival to our community. It’s a very exciting time to be on the Westside,” said West Seattle Beer & Music Festival Association chair Joe Jeannot. (Read more about organizers here.)

READY TO GET YOUR TICKET(S)? There’s a range of festival ticket options, starting at $25. All include a souvenir pint glass, available for pickup at the festival. Limited and VIP ticket offerings are available, with amenities listed by organizers as including “early access, preferred seating, special drinks, private restrooms, custom T-shirts, private pours, and epicurean creations.” Get your ticket(s) here!

ROAD-WORK ALERT: Second 35th SW closure in Arbor Heights now in place

A few days later than originally announced, the second closure of 35th SW for the Arbor Heights Safe Routes to School sidewalk project is now in effect – we just went over to verify that 35th is closed between 102nd and 104th. This closure is expected to last about two weeks before crews move to the final stretch, 35th SW between 100th and 102nd.

IT’S BACK: Fauntleroy ‘stench’ returns; here’s how to deal with it


(WSB file photo of Fauntleroy Cove, looking toward Lincoln Park)

The infamous Fauntleroy “stench” is back, reports Judy Pickens from the Fauntleroy Community Association:

Since the early 1980s, rotting sea lettuce in Fauntleroy Cove has generated hydrogen sulfide gas (aka “the stench”) in the heat of summer. It inexplicably stopped about nine years ago and residents and visitors could breathe easy. Now, even after weeks of relatively cool weather, it’s back.

With hot days ahead, the following advice is offered to newcomers and long-term residents wanting to enjoy summer despite the stench:

– Keep a tide table handy or bookmark a table online so you can anticipate when low tide will be; sea lettuce emits the gas when low tide leaves it stranded on the beach.
– Close all windows and skylights when you first notice the acrid smell.
– Stay indoors until the air seems fresh again.
– Use a fan to blow out your bedroom before sleeping; the invisible gas is heavy and needs a push.
– Leave home for awhile if the smell is especially strong.

Remember: It’s not simply the smell of saltwater. It’s a noxious gas that can cause itchy eyes, headache, and nausea.

And the midday low tide is low indeed these next six days – here’s our favorite chart. P.S. Here’s a little more backstory.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen silver Honda (found)

12:48 PM: From Katie – yet another stolen car to watch for: A silver 1996 Honda Civic sedan, taken near 31st/Roxbury early this morning. Plate AWC3683. Katie adds, “There is an ‘island girl’ decal on the back window of the car that should make it recognizable.” If you see it, call 911.

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: It’s been found, as noted in a comment. We’ll include the followup in our next Crime Watch roundup.

FOLLOWUP: $2.2 million bail for suspect in South Park teen murder

(WSB photo from February)

The suspect in February’s South Park murder of a 16-year-old boy was arrested in the area where it happened. That’s part of what we’ve learned from the probable-cause documents made public this morning in connection with 27-year-old Juan J. Macias‘s bail hearing. As we noted in the report on his arrest, he was already wanted on a $250,000 warrant after being charged in June with assaulting his girlfriend. The new documents say officers saw him Saturday evening at the Chevron station on 14th Avenue S. in South Park – same one in our photo, above, from the night of the shooting – and recognized him from a bulletin about that warrant. He was in the driver’s seat of a red Impala that they discovered had been stolen in Kent; the report says its engine was running and that officers found two “large fixed-blade knives” and two hatchets in the car. It does not say what led police to identify Macias as a suspect in the murder, but attributes that description to detectives. He is due back in court tomorrow afternoon, by which time there may be a charging decision in the case. Meantime, he’s being held in lieu of $2,250,000 bail.

See what’s up for your West Seattle Tuesday!

(Pacific-slope Flycatcher, photographed by Mark Ahlness)

Just some of the highlights for today/tonight on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WADING POOLS: Open today! In West Seattle, that means Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), 11 am-8 pm, and Delridge (Genesee/Delridge), noon-6:30 pm.

SOUTH SEATTLE FIBER ARTS CLUB: 11 am-1 pm, bring your project to Highland Park Improvement Club and be social while you create! (1116 SW Holden)

MOBILE BIKE REPAIRS: First BikeWorks session of the summer – free or reduced-price bicycle repairs on the driveway behind Neighborhood House High Point, 2-4:30 pm. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

DELRIDGE GROCERY FARMSTAND: Fresh produce 3-7 pm at the farmstand at the Shell across from Delridge Grocery Coop‘s future store. (5441 Delridge Way SW)

LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: West Seattle Little League‘s 11-12 All-Stars play Renton in a 6 pm semifinal game of the District 7 tournament at Bar-S Playfield on Alki Point. (64th SW/SW Admiral Way)

WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: Rescheduled July get-together is tonight – more social than business – all welcome, 6:30 pm at Beer Star in White Center. (SW 98th/16th SW)

SOUTH DELRIDGE COMMUNITY GROUP: All welcome at SDCG’s monthly meeting, 7 pm at 2 Fingers Social. (9211 Delridge Way SW)

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm board meeting at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, all welcome. (9131 California SW)

NO ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETING: The ANA meeting planned for tonight has been postponed – new date TBD.

Got something for the calendar? Please send info via e-mail – – thank you!

THURSDAY: SoundYoga’s Chris Dormaier at ‘Words, Writers, West Seattle’

July 10, 2018 10:01 am
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“Why Yoga Works and How It Can Work for You” is the title of a new book by someone who knows firsthand – Chris Dormaier, founder of SoundYoga (WSB sponsor). She’ll be reading from it during the next Words, Writers, West Seattle event, this Thursday night (July 12th), 6-7:30 pm at Southwest Library (9010 35th SW). The author series is co-presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Seattle Public Library. This year, as we noted back in February, SoundYoga’s celebrating 20 years!


(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:03 AM: Good morning! No incidents currently reported in/from West Seattle.

LOOKING AHEAD: Thursday night, California closes to vehicle traffic between Edmunds and Genesee, and SW Alaska closes between 44th and 42nd, as West Seattle Summer Fest setup begins … Friday night, the next major northbound I-5 closure begins, but you can still get to/from West Seattle, as explained here.