West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Plenty of questions for City Councilmembers Lisa Herbold and Teresa Mosqueda at this month’s West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting.
In introductory remarks at Thursday night’s meeting, both described themselves as Metro bus riders at least part of the time; Mosqueda said she also rides a bicycle sometimes. “I show up at work after I get off my bike with a smile on my face,” she said.
First question for the two: What’s the biggest issue that they see affecting West Seattle commuters?
Herbold: “The upcoming ‘period of maximum constraint’ (downtown projects converging) … there’s a lot we have to do to get the buses ready for that … in that vein, the council passed out of Transportation Committee last week a Downtown Bus Network plan.” She said she plans to be sure that key steps are put into place to help with the “maximum constraint” time. She added that her “vision for SDOT funding” is that District 1 funding will flow here in a way that recognizes the “special position” West Seattle has regarding getting to and from the peninsula. Herbold also mentioned the quest for a roundabout in Highland Park and that gateway to West Seattle’s increasing use and importance. She said there’s high hope the state will grant money to the project on the next try.
Thanks to John Dexter for the photo, which shows two things of note: First, an aircraft carrier heading outbound – we believe it’s the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) – and second, the smoky sunset. The smoke is attributed to fires in B.C. and Siberia (thanks also to @WestSeaWX for noting that).
7:15 PM: We’ve just arrived at 31st SW and SW 106th in Arbor Heights, where we heard via scanner that police were setting up a command post and calling for the mobile precinct, but didn’t hear why, so we headed out to see what we could find out. It’s a “person in crisis” situation but it’s in the process of getting resolved – the person in question is now in custody.
7:23 PM: The lieutenant at the scene tells us that the person is going to be taken to the hospital by private (AMR) ambulance for an evaluation – as is common in “person in crisis” situations – and the police response will be winding down.
4 PM: Just in from Sedro-Woolley – the West Seattle Little League All-Star 12s are state champions, beating Pacific (in their third faceoff) 8-4. Thanks again to Cami MacNamara for the updates, and thanks to Barry J. White for the photo above (added 4:13 pm). Barry adds, “The team now plays as Washington in the Northwest regional. Play begins next weekend in San Bernardino, CA.” More later!
ADDED 4:28 PM: The double play that ended the game:
Thanks for the video (by Stephen Foster)!
ADDED 8:32 PM: More photos/highlights from Barry J. White:
The teams and umpires arrayed for the national anthem.
Tristan Buehring is greeted at home following his three-run homer to right that capped a five-run second inning for Westside.
The players huddle before each at-bat to motivate for hits and runs. It seemed to work. West Seattle scored 60 runs in seven games to easily outpace the tournament field.
Eli Palmer got the start three days after a rough outing against the same Pacific side. He came through in the clutch today, pitching into the fifth inning and giving up three runs on six hits.
Caden Fahy steams to third following Palmer’s double in the bottom of the fifth.
Robbie Foisy reacts to his teammates in the dugout after a two-out double that scored Fahy and Palmer. It put Westside up 8-4 after Pacific had rallied to within a run.
Parker Eley jumps into the arms of Miles Gosztola after third baseman Bobby Trigg started a crisp 5-4-3 double play to end the game. Eley recorded the final five outs to pick up his second save in as many days.
Scenes of delirium on the infield.
Skillful play, camaraderie, and class won Westside a lot of new fans during their runs through the district and state tournaments. West Seattle can be proud of their first representative on the regional stage. Manager Mike Fahy and coaches Sean Eley and Brian Sherick have done a masterful job keeping the kids motivated and focused during their winning run.
And Kathy Powers, WSLL communications, wants to be sure you know the names of all the state-champ players:
Blake Taft, Bobby Trigg, Caden Fahy, Eli Palmer, Jake Daily, Joe Sherick, Matthew Hazlegrove, Matthew Henning, Miles Gosztola, Parker Eley, Robbie Foisy, Simon Vance, Tristan Buehring, Wyatt Glover
Regionals, she tells us, start one week from today – August 5th.
P.S. Thanks to Cami and Kathy for word that this is the first WSLL 12s (Majors) team to win a state championship. This team won the 11s championship last year but that age group does not move on to regional competition – this one does, and it’s a WSLL first.
You have a little more time to go browse at the beach as the 2018 Alki Art Fair (co-sponsored by WSB) continues until 6 pm. More than 80 artists, plus two stages of music:
That’s COCO, performing on the main stage (east of Alki Bathhouse) when we stopped by earlier this afternoon (trivia from fair staff, we’re told the band members all work for Starbucks). Here’s the full music schedule; here’s our preview from earlier this week with the artist/vendor list; here’s our Saturday coverage. You can still catch the shuttle to/from the fair (which is all along the beach boardwalk, Alki Avenue SW between 59th and 64th) until 6:30 – details on the AAF website.
Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch today, both involving broken car windows:
WESTCREST PARK: That photo is from K, who says it happened at Westcrest Park Off-Leash Area today and wants to warn others that “someone is there prowling today.” She adds, “They stole shoes and a few other items.”
SEAVIEW: Lori also sent a photo and report, saying someone shattered her car’s rear window Friday night:
“Not sure what they used, but it made a big hole in the side area. We are in 5600 block of 49th Ave SW. Our car is a 1996 white GEO Prizm.”
The Duwamish Rowing Club reports it was a beautiful day for their 3rd annual Dieter Hotz Regatta. Sarah Blum sent the report and photos from the July 21st event:
Entries from Eastside Prep, Lake Union and Lake Washington clubs rounded out the field with singles, doubles, coxed and coxless quads, plus coxed fours took off about every ten – fifteen minutes to race up the 1000-meter course to cheering crowds in the park overlooking the finish line. There were both youth and master’s races throughout the morning. Rowing on the Duwamish is alive and well!
It was a youth rower from Eastside Prep that took the coveted Boeing trophy for her race in a single scull.
Lake Union Crew took the overall points win for the Dieter Hotz trophy and a good time was had by all.
One of the most exciting races was the coxless quad race between Lake Union and DRC (Duwamish Rowing Club).
As the boats neared the finish line Lake Union was in the lead, the crowd was cheering on the DRC boat and in the sprint they passed the LUC boat by about 8 inches at the finish.
Anyone can learn to row. DRC had learn-to-row classes through June and one of the new rowers, Matt White, raced in the master’s four like a pro. Matt’s daughter is in the youth program at DRC.
Winners of the ECOSS trophy for 2018 was the Lake Union Crew:
The DRC is our area’s only rowing club, based in South Park but also serving West Seattle and other communities along and near the Duwamish River.
With another hot day ahead, Trileigh Tucker‘s photo of young bushtits hoping their mom (at right) will bring them food is also a reminder – keep fresh water out for the birds! Meantime, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, highlights of what’s ahead:
ALKI ART FAIR, SECOND DAY: 10 am-6 pm today, with music on two stages. Booths stretch along the boardwalk/promenade west of Alki Bathhouse; inside, you’ll find a silent auction.
Take the free shuttle to get there – details on the AAF website.
(Alki Avenue SW and 59th-64th SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: In the street in the heart of The Junction, 10 am-2 pm. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
SDOT AT THE MARKET: As SDOT collects feedback on a possible Restricted Parking Zone in The Junction, they’ll have a booth at today’s market. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
BREAST EXPRESS: As previewed here, the Pumpspotting bus tour is stopping at Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor) in The Junction today, 10 am-2 pm. All welcome to visit! Details in our calendar listing. (4727 44th SW)
WADING POOLS: Sunny, hot weather means they’ll be open today. Your West Seattle wading pools on Sundays: Lincoln Park (11 am-8 pm; 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) and Delridge (noon-6:30 pm; Delridge/Genesee)
MANDY ROWDEN: C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) performance by this Austin-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who recently released a new album. (5612 California SW)