West Seattle, Washington
It’s becoming a summertime tradition – a Duwamish Waterway Park exhibition by Lucha Libre Volcánica, the Renton-based troupe specializing in Mexican-style masked-wrestling – and the luchadores were there today during the Water Festival.
The performers are usually heroes or villains – during our ringside visit, we saw heroes …
When all was said, done, thrown, and pinned …
… the heroes won. As did the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, sponsor of the Water Festival, which continued into the evening.
West Seattle Outdoor Movies never charge admission – but if you can, bring a few $ for raffle tickets – every week benefits a different nonprofit and brings some cool raffle prizes. Tonight, WestSide Baby is getting the raffle $ and giving away the prizes listed above. We photographed WS Baby’s booth at tonight’s movie outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle:
WS Baby reps were wit reps from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (WSB sponsor and tonight’s spotlight sponsor for the movie, “Secret Life of Pets“). Next weekend (August 4th), the Saturday night movie is “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”:
Next week’s spotlight nonprofit is the West Seattle Food Bank. We’ll have other details later in the week – just make plans to be outside the Y (3622 SW Snoqualmie) before the movie starts at dusk!
6:03 PM: Now police and fire are at the scene of another shooting incident in southeast West Seattle, with someone found outside the Arrowhead Gardens senior-apartments complex (9200 2nd SW) with what is reported to be a gunshot wound to the arm. No other info yet; we’re headed to that scene.
6:23 PM: As you probably know, this scene is not far from the earlier homicide on 1st Avenue S. Though the victim here does not have life-threatening wounds, a Homicide Unit detective is here, and they will only say they are looking to see whether the two incidents might be related. The victim here, meantime, has two wounds to the arm; he will be taken to the hospital by private (AMR) ambulance.
5:48 PM: Just a reminder if you missed our earlier alerts – northbound Highway 99, including the Alaskan Way Viaduct, is closed right now for the Seafair Torchlight Run. And if you’re looking for an alternate route to/through downtown, remember there are other road closures (primarily 4th Avenue) for the Torchlight Parade, which follows the run. The run course has a must-clear time of 7:30 pm so 99 should start reopening no later than then – we’ll update here when it does.
7:49 PM: The Viaduct is now open again, including the West Seattle Bridge exit to NB 99.
4:05 PM: Police are investigating a deadly shooting on the southeast edge of West Seattle, in the 8400 block of 1st Avenue South, in the industrial zone on the west side of Highway 509 (map). No other details yet.
4:25 PM: SFD tells us the victim was an “adult male.” Other info will come from SPD, which has sent a public-information officer to talk with media, so we hope for a briefing soon. Meantime, note that 1st Avenue S. is closed on both ends of the investigation zone – on the south (photo above), where the street turns into S. Cloverdale, and on the north, by the Shell station that’s at the 509 exit.
5:16 PM: SPD spokesperson Det. Patrick Michaud just briefed media at the scene. He said someone called police to say two men were scuffling; police arrived and found the victim dead. A gray car – no other description – was seen leaving the area. We have the briefing on video and will upload to add here once our crew is back at HQ. (Added – here it is:)
This is West Seattle’s fourth homicide case of the year, after the stabbing deaths of Michael Abay eight days ago in South Delridge and Jonathan Pecina near Luna/Anchor Park in June, and the shooting death of Lorenzo Marr in May at West Seattle Stadium.
3:32 PM: The West Seattle Little League 12-year-old All-Stars bounced back with a victory in their must-win game at Sedro-Woolley, so they’re off to the state championship game tomorrow! The photo and report are from Barry J. White:
Scenes of joy in the Skagit as the West Seattle Little League All Stars hang on for a thrilling 7-6 win over Pacific to advance to the winner-take-all state championship game and a trip to regionals. The two teams meet for the third time in four days tomorrow at Tesarik Field in Sedro-Woolley. Regardless of tomorrow’s outcome, today’s game of spectacular defensive plays, hitting stars, and unlikely pitching heroes will live long in memory.
More later! Thanks also to Cami MacNamara for updates via Twitter, including the moment of victory and jubilation that followed:
— Cami MacNamara (@webcami) July 28, 2018
ADDED SATURDAY NIGHT: Barry’s photos of game highlights:
A Pacific solo home run in the top of the first staked them to an early lead, which was quickly answered by a solo shot from Tristan Buehring in the bottom of the frame. The hit helped ignite offense in the early innings for Westside.
Miles Gosztola (L) worked four innings, allowing two runs and striking out nine. Multiple baserunners and long at-bats ran up his maximum pitch count earlier than desired, and he was replaced by a trio of relievers. Parker Eley (R) was pressed into service to work the the sixth, and he struck out the final hitter to end the game, stranding two runners in scoring position.
Manager Mike Fahy visits the mound to settle down his starter.
Second baseman Joe Sherick makes the defensive gem of the tournament with a diving catch of hot line drive, and from the seat of his pants nails the runner trying to return to second. Pacific had loaded the bases with no outs but came away empty.
Joy at home as Robbie Foisy ends a long at-bat with a solo home run in the fourth. Gosztola would follow with his own long ball later in the inning, giving Westside a 7-2 cushion. They would need all the runs to withstand a late Pacific rally.
UPDATE: As noted in comments, the championship game is at 2 pm Sunday.
What a glorious day at the beach – and the first day of this year’s Alki Art Fair is part of it. As previewed here last night, 89 artists and 11 food vendors (from tamales to Thai) signed up for booths along the boardwalk. And you’ll find the first-ever Emerging Artists spotlight just west of Alki Bathhouse.
Inside the Bathhouse, it’s a benefit silent auction, so don’t miss that. Elsewhere at the fair, you’ll find art of many kinds, including jewelry (one artist makes his from chandelier crystal!), yard art, paintings, pottery, wearable art, stickers …
You’ll also find kids’ activities.
Plus community-partner organizations including Seal Sitters, whose volunteers will be happy to answer your questions about marine mammals. Booths are open until 6 today, 10-6 tomorrow, with music continuing until 9 tonight on the main stage (we’re sponsoring the busker stage toward the west end of the boardwalk; here’s the lineup for both stages).
That’s Levi Graves, first up today on the busker stage (photos added 2:11 pm).
For a third day, dozens of canoes are in West Seattle waters. This time, it’s for the day of racing hosted by the Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club, “Da Grind.” The long-course (12 miles, around Blake Island and back) racers started at about 10:20 am; half an hour after they’re all back, a shorter race begins.
Some canoe clubs come a long way for the annual event!
Announcers and spectators are on the sand east of the Bathhouse – since the boardwalk is busy with the Alki Art Fair (separate update on that shortly).
The winners will be added to this trophy:
(Not familiar with outrigger canoes? Here’s the SOCC’s background page.) Award ceremonies are expected to happen around 3:30 this afternoon.
11:29 AM: Two WSB commenters mentioned that family and friends of Michael Abay, stabbed to death in South Delridge a little over a week ago, planned a car-wash fundraiser near the scene at 16th SW and SW Cambridge. And now a texter has sent word that it’s under way and that Mr. Abay’s family was setting up a benefit barbecue there too. “I happened to stumble on them as they were setting up. I gave the day’s first donation and they gave me a big hug. Don’t know why it brought me to tears!” said the texter. No arrest reported in the case yet. (Photo from Abay family’s GoFundMe page)
2:04 PM: Another texter says the car wash will continue until 4 pm and sent this photo:
We start with three traffic alerts for today/tonight:
TORCHLIGHT PARADE FLOATS: Until 10 am, you might spot them on Harbor Avenue SW en route from Terminal 5 to this afternoon’s pre-parade Fanfest, which is why that stretch has “no parking” signage.
ADMIRAL WAY RAMP CLOSURE: Scheduled through 4 pm, SDOT crews are doing landscaping work that will require closure of the Admiral Way offramp from the westbound West Seattle Bridge.
TORCHLIGHT RUN NB VIADUCT CLOSURE: The northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct will close for tonight’s Torchlight Run. WSDOT says 4:30-7:30; the alert signs say 6-7:30 pm.
And now, your Saturday highlights:
FRIENDS OF ROXHILL NEEDS YOU: 9 am work party at the new playground:
Friends of Roxhill Elementary is hosting what we hope to be a final work day at our new playground at E.C. Hughes on Saturday, July 28, at 9 a.m. Wear good shoes and come help us smooth out gravel and other small projects before the last of the wood chips go in. Thank you! Contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
(7740 34th SW)
ALKI ART FAIR, FIRST DAY: 10 am-6 pm today, with music on two stages, continuing to 9 pm on the main stage east of Alki Bathhouse. Booths stretch along the boardwalk/promenade west of the Bathhouse.
-Music schedule here
-Overview and artist/vendor list here
(Alki Avenue SW and 59th-64th SW)
STUFFED CAKES’ CLOSING PARTY: 10 am-3 pm, Stuffed Cakes says goodbye: “We’ll have a face painter, free mini cupcakes (while supplies last), and refreshments so we can THANK YOU for making this the best ride!” (9003 35th SW)
LOW TIDE WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Not a mega-low tide, but -1.1 feet at 12:01 pm is low enough that Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be out at Constellation Park (63rd SW/Beach Drive SW) and Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), 11 am-1 pm.
WADING POOLS: Delridge and Hiawatha are both open noon-6:45 pm; Lincoln Park is open 11 am-8 pm; and Highland Park Spraypark is open 11 am-8 pm. Addresses are on the citywide wading pool/spraypark schedule.
CATIO TOUR: 10 “catios” (outdoor enclosed areas for cats) are being showcased in the noon-4 pm tour, including this one in West Seattle:
You have to buy your ticket online here; you’ll then get a map and other info.
WATER FESTIVAL, FEATURING LUCHA LIBRE: ECOSS presents the Water Festival at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park, 1-7 pm, including Lucha Libre Volcanica at 1:30 pm and a lantern launch at 6 pm. Full schedule here. (7900 10th Ave. S.)
WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES – BRING DIAPERS! Outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor): “Secret Life of Pets” is tonight’s movie; WestSide Baby is the spotlight nonprofit and still collecting diapers for the Stuff the Bus drive. Also there: The Macho Burgers food truck. Bring your own chair/blanket and get a spot as early as 6:30 pm; the movie’s at dusk. (3622 SW Snoqualmie)
YES, THERE’S MORE … see our complete calendar!
12:41 AM: The big Seattle Fire response is headed for a report that a truck has crashed into Longfellow Creek near 28th/Yancy. It’s a “rescue extrication” response in case someone has to be freed from the truck. More to come.
12:43 AM: The first units to arrive are saying it appears to be an RV that has crashed.
12:46 AM: SFD says two people have minor injuries but should be able to get themselves out of the vehicle.
12:52 AM: The two are reported to be out of the vehicle, which is reported to be leaking fuel.
1:09 AM: Both are being taken to the hospital. The wrecked RV is partly visible, in the wooded area on the east side of the health club parking lot.
1:33 AM: Just talked to an officer at the scene. He said a tow truck’s been ordered. The man and woman who were in the RV were headed eastbound on Yancy when their brakes went out. They had a dog in the RV too; it’s been taken to a vet to be checked out.
8:57 AM: Just went back to check. The RV was indeed removed.
Debris remain and a couple parking spots are blocked off.