West Seattle, Washington
It was the first time the West Seattle Little League All-Stars (12-year-olds) had won the state championship and advanced to the Northwest Regionals … and tonight, after their third game, the history-making season finally came to a close. WSLL lost to the Oregon state champs from Beaverton, 7-3, in San Bernardino, California. Congratulations to the team, their families, and the WSLL organization for achievements that turned many local eyes to youth baseball for the first time!
Earlier today, we showed two “found” bicycles … tonight, a stolen bike:
Scott sent the photo and explains:
I made the foolish mistake of leaving my dear wife’s venerable, 28-year-old Cannondale everythingbike locked on our car’s roof rack last night. It walked away from our parking lot at Youngstown/Cooper sometime after midnight … It’s a 1991ish Cannondale FS700, frame size 16”, with distinctive silver alloy up handlebars, Shimano 8spd thumb shifters, a sturdy black rack on the back, and blue/black paint with white Cannondale lettering. Brass colored bell, cork grips, and it likely will have a mismatched front wheel as the old one was left in our car.
6:03 PM: Thanks for the tips. A police search in Sunrise Heights followed a 2-car crash at 31st and Elmgrove. Readers report one person was taken to the hospital and the other driver bolted, which led to the search.
6:23 PM: We’re in the area. Elmgrove is blocked off, with police cars and crime-scene tape. Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives are here; police confirm one driver was transported to the hospital and the other is being sought.
Police say the car below is the one whose driver was taken to the hospital; they’re looking for the driver of the one above.
They expect Elmgrove will be closed another hour or so.
7:10 PM: Updated which car was which, after neighbors corrected us.
8:17 PM: We asked SFD about the driver taken to the hospital. Tge man’s believed to be in his early 30s and his injuries were not life-threatening.
In the just-released second count of primary-election results, Joe Nguyen has widened his lead in the no-incumbent 34th District State Senate race. On election night, he led Shannon Braddock by 199 votes; after today’s count, he is 461 votes ahead. As the top two by far in the 11-candidate field, the two West Seattle Democrats will advance to the November general election. (See the full updated results slate here.) The winner will succeed Sharon Nelson as state senator for the 34th Legislative District, which includes West Seattle, White Center and vicinity, Vashon and Maury Islands, and part of Burien.
SETUP BEGINS: Thanks to David Hutchinson for the photos showing stage setup today on both sides of the Alki Bathhouse. Above, west of the Bathhouse, is the Loser Stage; below, to the east, the Flippity-Flop Stage:
Who’s playing when/where was announced two weeks ago; you can find it all fast on the right side of the main SPF30 webpage.
A VENDOR FIRST: The other two stages are Harsh Realm, at 57th/Alki, and Punky, at Whale Tail Park, where you’ll not only find kid-geared music but also this familiar vendor:
C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) says this will be its first time with a pop-up outside the shop! They’ll be selling cold-brew coffee on Saturday. And another familiar West Seattle company will be nearby – Husky Deli. (We hope to have a full list of vendors for an upcoming update.)
FUNDRAISING GUITAR: Bidding is open online for this one-of-a-kind handmade guitar produced in commemoration of Sub Pop turning 30:
We got a look at it while covering the SPF30 volunteer orientation earlier this week. You can see it on display all week at Thunder Road Guitars (4736 California SW; WSB sponsor) in The Junction. It’s a fundraiser for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, a beneficiary of SPF30. To bid on it – and to find out more about it – go here.
STREAMING: Can’t (or don’t want to) go on Saturday, but want to catch some of the shows? KEXP has announced a video-streaming schedule, with viewing options including its website and YouTube channel. Go here to see which bands it’s streaming and when.
P.S. In case you missed it – here’s the SPF30 transportation plan (including road closures, parking for motorized and non-motorized vehicles, transit, etc.) as announced Tuesday.
Before we get to SPF30 … there’s Hiawatha 4! You’re invited to the fourth of this year’s six free Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, 6:30 tomorrow night on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center. This week, you’ll see and hear General Mojo’s, whose lead singer Heather Thomas describes their live performances as “high energy and danceable, inviting and empowering.” Here’s a preview:
Stephanie Jordan, who organizes the concert series for the Admiral Neighborhood Association, notes, “On their website, they relate themselves to the Flaming Lips and ‘a renaissance of familiar soundscapes that recall the tradition of long-haired frontmen making fuzzy yet catchy rock sound’.” Go see for yourself Thursday night! Bring your own chair, blanket, picnic dinner; the concert site is along Walnut south of Lander. (Concert series co-sponsors include WSB.)
From the “likely stolen and dumped” reader-report files:
That Sawzall turned up in the bushes just east of the Fauntleroy/California intersection, and the staff at Dr. Christine Kirchner‘s dental office suspects it was stolen and dumped. They took it in for safekeeping in hopes of finding the owner. Yours? Contact the dental office.
Meantime, Jeff spotted these two bikes:
He adds, “They are on the lower loop trail about 100 yards north of the 29th and Brandon entrance to Camp Long.”
From Kim Barnes on behalf of Friends of the Delridge Triangle:
I’m pleased to announce The Delridge Triangle has been awarded the Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant!
We now have the opportunity to have a voice on how we want to best use this much needed and cherished space for the South Delridge community.
A big thank you to everyone that has participated to date to get us to this next stage in redeveloping the space.
Next steps on the project timeline:
– Friends of the Delridge Triangle (FDT) committee leaders will attend the City’s grant recipient workshop.
– Fiscal Sponsor to be selected.
– FDT committee to draft and publish scope with call for RFQs from interested Landscape Architects.
– FDT committee starts process of review of RFQs and selection of the vendor.
Want to join the FDT steering committee?
The steering committee is always open to community members that are interested and dedicated to supporting this project through to completion. Get in touch – email DelridgeTriangle@gmail.com to set up a short conversation about the role and see if it might work for you.
The grant, to cover the redesign process, is for $41,000; fundraising and volunteer time is required for the “match.” The rendered design is expected to be ready next spring, in late April/early May.
(Beautiful sunrise! Thanks to Susanna Moore from Niederberger Contracting [WSB sponsor] for the photo)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here are your Wednesday highlights:
EAT & DRINK & FIGHT HOMELESSNESS: 15 West Seattle food/drink venues are participating in a regional day/night of donating part of their proceeds to the homelessness-help campaign in connection with Pearl Jam‘s The Home Shows concerts. We have the West Seattle list broken out (and a link to the full regional list) here.
WADING POOLS: Wednesday in West Seattle means Lincoln Park until 8 pm (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), Hiawatha 12 pm-6:30 pm (Walnut/Lander), EC Hughes 12 pm-7 pm (2805 SW Holden).
BABY STORY TIME: Bring your little ones up to 12 months old, 11:30 am at the air-conditioned High Point Library. (3411 SW Raymond)
WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE @ REGIONALS: 4 pm is game time for the West Seattle Little League All-Stars vs. Oregon at the Northwest Regionals in San Bernardino. Game is on the ESPN+ streaming service; we’re verifying whether Great American Diner and Bar (4752 California SW) will again be screening it and will update.
HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARMSTAND: This summer’s fifth weekly farmstand for organic produce that’s grown where it’s sold, 4 pm-7 pm. (32nd SW & SW Juneau)
DANCE TIME WITH LAUREN PETRIE: 6-8 pm, dance at the Senior Center of West Seattle! All welcome. (4217 SW Oregon)
TWILIGHT TOUR OF LONGFELLOW CREEK: Can’t make it to daytime nature walks? 6:30 pm-8 pm, join the King Conservation District “for a FREE twilight tour about how to restore your stream, lake or wetland property to a more natural state.” RSVP for exact meetup location – here’s how.
DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: 6:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, “The Eldest Son” (a documentary short)
Since 2008, West Seattle filmmakers Scott Squire and Amy Benson have been documenting the lives of one Nepali family, The Darnals. The first film in the series, Drawing the Tiger, premiered in 2015 winning the Best Film Award from the Northwest Film Forum as well as the UNICEF award from Film South Asia. The Eldest Son is the second installment.
Free. (7904 35th SW)
‘DRINK & LINK’ SOUND TRANSIT BRIEFING: 7 pm at Ounces, all welcome – catch up on what’s up with West Seattle light-rail planning. Food truck on site! (3809 Delridge Way SW)
34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: 7 pm monthly meeting at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Main agenda topic: “Make a Difference: Things You Can Do to Get Involved.” (9131 California SW)
OF COURSE THERE’S MORE … just visit our complete calendar.
7:11 AM: We start with an incident just reported in the 8800 block of 35th SW – a vehicle reported to be on fire.
I-5 LANE/RAMP CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND: Northbound I-5 work is back, Friday night until Monday morning. Details here, including the closure of the eastbound West Seattle Bridge ramp to NB I-5.
SPF30: The Sub Pop extravaganza on Alki this Saturday will include road closures. We published all the updated details here.
7:22 AM: We haven’t heard which side of 35th SW the car fire’s on, but the log shows one engine still on scene.
7:51 AM: SFD has now closed out the 35th SW call.
9:13 AM: Now a three-vehicle crash on the eastbound high bridge. Multiple lanes blocked.
9:34 AM: One of those cars is (or was) on fire. (Photo added – thank you.)
9:41 AM: SDOT says only one lane is blocked now.
10:08 AM: All lanes now open – last vehicle’s been towed.