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VOTE! Tuesday’s your deadline for getting your primary-election ballot out

If you haven’t already voted, dig up your ballot to get it done and send it out! Tuesday is your last chance to get it in either a dropbox or a mailbox. It’s not a long ballot (here’s what it looks like) but you have three major decisions:

34th District State Senate: 11 people are running for this open seat. Which two will advance to November? Here’s the order in which they’re listed on the ballot, with party preference – the names link to their infopages on the state website (with everything from resumé toplines to links showing you who donated to their campaigns):

Joe Nguyen (Prefers Democratic Party)
Lois Schipper (Prefers Democratic Party)
Sofia Aragon (Prefers Democratic Party)
Courtney Lyle (Prefers Republican Party)
Hillary Shaw (States No Party Preference)
Annabel Quintero (Prefers Democratic Party)
Lemuel W. Charleston (Prefers Democrat Party)
Shannon Braddock (Prefers Democratic Party)
Darla Green (Prefers Republican Party)
Debi Wagner (Prefers Independent Party)
Lisa Ryan Devereau (Prefers Democratic Party)

We’ve covered four forums in this race, all with video: White Center Chamber of Commerce‘s forum, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s forum, West Seattle Democratic Women‘s forum, 34th District Democrats‘ forum.

U.S. Senate: Incumbent Maria Cantwell has 28 challengers. Which two of the 29 candidates (all listed here) will make it to the general election?

King County Prop 1: Replacement levy for Automated Fingerprint Identification System Services

TO VOTE: This is the first election with prepaid postage, so if you send your ballot via US Postal Service mail, you do NOT need a stamp. You can also use a county dropbox – there’s one in West Seattle, alongside the High Point Library at 3411 SW Raymond, and you have until 8 pm Tuesday to drop off your ballot there. (The full countywide list is here.)

SPORTS: West Seattle Little League plays again at regionals Tuesday after tournament-opening loss

The cheers resounded from 1,000 miles away, but the end result was disappointment from San Bernardino to Seattle as Little League Northwest Regionals play opened with a 16-6 loss for the West Seattle Little League All-Stars. Barry J. White sent the photo from the local viewing party we mentioned here last night, reporting:

A large contingent of 60+ Westside fans watched from the Great American Diner. It wasn’t the result anyone hoped or expected, but the crowd was loud and enthusiastic throughout. Despite the 16-6 result after five innings, many expressed confidence the team would bounce back on Tuesday.

The state-champion WSLL players’ opponents today were the Idaho champs from Coeur d’Alene; here are the game stats. At 7 pm Tuesday, West Seattle will play either Alaska or Montana.

West Seattle weekend scene: Touring the house where REI started its climb

August 5, 2018 6:57 pm
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 |   Gatewood | West Seattle history | West Seattle news

(WSB photos)

Every year, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society offers a tour of a local house with a notable past. This afternoon, while many were watching hydroplane racing and/or Blue Angels aerobatics, this year’s “If These Walls Could Talk” tour invited visitors inside the Gatewood home where Lloyd and Mary Anderson began the business that became REI.

At center in the photo above is SWSHS executive director Jeff McCord, talking with visitors inside the basement where the Andersons launched their buying coop in 80 years ago. After Lloyd died in 2000, Mary – who died last year at age 107 – Mary sold the house.

It’s since been remodeled and expanded, with three more houses added on the site where it was built in 1932, as this Seattle Times Now and Then story explains, but part of the exterior, including the porch and overhang, remain the same.

The site is now known as Anderson Gardens in the couple’s honor. The REI website has more on how they founded the company, which remains a co-op.

P.S. At its own home, the Log House Museum, SWSHS will debut a new exhibit about local music history, noon-2 pm Thursday (August 9th), just in time for its spotlight during Sub Pop’s SPF30 anniversary celebration next Saturday.

COMMUNITY GIVING: Litter League’s August turnout

As mentioned in our daily preview, today was another Litter League cleanup in Morgan Junction – and organizer Jill Boone sent that photo of the turnout, neighbors who spent an hour and a half out cleaning up. Want to get on the e-mail list for future cleanups?

FOLLOWUP: Mural work begins at Roxhill Elementary’s new EC Hughes home

The photo and report are from Friends of Roxhill:

Artist Henry Luke has started working on the community inspired mural for Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes at the corner of 32nd and Holden. The mural has been designed through a community process, with 75 comments through West Seattle Blog outreach alone. Friends of Roxhill Elementary, the 501c3 booster club for Roxhill Elementary, received a $100,000 grant from the Department of Neighborhoods, which funded both the recent playground for Roxhill at the renovated, updated E.C. Hughes (built by community volunteers) and the mural. Stop by and say hello if you see Henry at work! Questions? Contact

READER REPORT: From the ‘found, likely stolen/dumped’ file

The photo and report are from Melinda:

An interesting find at my back gate this morning. It appears to be fishing gear and an unopened bottle of beer. The larger bag says Starbucks on the side. We live in Youngstown, south of the steel mill. I’ll keep for a few days and then give to Goodwill if no one claims it. Bottle of beer was unopened!

8 possibilities for your West Seattle Sunday, plus traffic alerts

August 5, 2018 6:07 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

Happy Sunday!

(One of the Blue Angels maneuvers you can see from here – photo by Harlan Weniger)

FIRST, TRAFFIC ALERTS: The I-90 floating bridge will close one last time, 12:55 pm-2:45 pm for the Blue Angels‘ final Seafair performance. And from SDOT, West Seattle alerts continue – at 1st Ave S/Olson Place SW, 8:30 am-9 pm work is scheduled for traffic-signal upgrades.

CLEANUP TIME! Another Morgan Junction-area community cleanup organized by Jill Boone:

Bring yourselves, Bring your young ones, Bring your teens …. Help clean up Morgan Junction! Once again, we are doing our litter cleanup and your help is needed.

Sunday, August 5 from 9:30 – 11:00. Meet at the ATM by the Shell Station and Domino’s.

Bags, litter grabbers, safety vests and buckets for the kids are provided. I have a few kid vests and grabbers too. Bring your own gloves if you want them! … We will handle the bus stops and the corners of Fauntleroy and California and up to C&P and back and up to the UU and back if we have enough folks. Pups who are well behaved and on leash are welcome.

(6540 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the street in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

WADING POOLS: Warm 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)

‘IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK’ HOME TOUR: Still tickets available, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society tells us, for a tour of the Gatewood home where REI began. Noon-2 pm VIP reception with food, drink, and guest speaker Bobby Whittaker; 2-4 pm, public tour. Go here for both ticket levels. Tour address and full details are on the SWSHS website.

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: The US Coast Guard Auxiliary leads 1 pm-4 pm tours (arrive by 3:45 pm) at historic Alki Point Lighthouse. (3201 Alki SW)

CAMP 2ND CHANCE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: After skipping July, the committee is back to its regular first-Sunday meeting schedule, 2 pm in the community room at Arrowhead Gardens, for updates on the city-sanctioned encampment on Myers Way. (9200 2nd SW)

LAURA MAY: Singer-songwriter at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), “folk with roots in southern rock.” 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

LITTLE LEAGUE VIEWING PARTY: 4 pm, the West Seattle Little League All-Stars, Washington state champs, play Idaho as the Northwest Regionals start in San Bernardino, California. The ESPN+ gamecast will be on at Great American Diner and Bar in The Junction. (4752 California SW)

(added) ALSO WATCHING: West 5 (WSB sponsor) is hoping to have a TV set up for the first time ever, to watch!

WHEN YOU WISH UPON A PIZZA: 5 pm at Highland Park Playground, a one-hour family-friendly play presented by 14/48! Free. (1100 SW Cloverdale)

PREVIEW THE WEEK AHEAD, AND BEYOND … by checking out our complete calendar.

West Seattle weekend scene: Saturday sunset

August 5, 2018 12:40 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle weather

Thanks to James Bratsanos for the Saturday sunset view! The weather’s warming up again – the forecast predicts 90s by Wednesday.