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UPDATE: Deadly shooting at High Point bus stop, West Seattle’s fifth 2018 homicide

(First & last photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)

11:23 PM: Thanks for the tips. There’s a “scenes of violence” response at 35th and Morgan. Some texters report having heard gunfire. More details soon.

11:29 PM: Per scanner, a victim is being taken to Harborview Medical Center.

11:40 PM: Also per scanner, the victim is a 20-year-old with two gunshot wounds. A gun has been found nearby. Our crew has just arrived and we are adding a photo from the west side of the intersection.

(This photo and next by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli)

11:55 PM: No arrest reported so far. Since a bus/bus stop is involved, county officers are there along with SPD. Also, our crew says the intersection of 35th/Morgan is closed off.

1:42 AM: Police at the scene refused to comment and pointed us to media relations, but they aren’t commenting yet. So our crew finally left. Homicide detectives were among the police at the scene, though we’ll note that doesn’t necessarily indicate anything about the victim’s fate – they respond to some non-fatal incidents too.

Meantime, we just heard via the scanner that most of the intersection (except for the scene on the northwest side) is reopening.

8:07 AM UPDATE: Just talked to Det. Mark Jamieson of the SPD media-relations team. The victim, now described as a 37-year-old man, died at the hospital. No arrest yet. He says they believe the victim and the killer got into an argument on a bus, got off at the westbound Morgan stop (shown in our photos), it escalated, and that’s when the killer shot the victim. No description of the killer. They are asking anyone with information to call the tipline at 206-233-5000.

9:09 AM: This is also now on SPD Blotter. Meantime, we need to also note that it’s the fifth West Seattle homicide of the year – all in the past three months – after the deadly shooting of Micaiah Kotthoff in the east Highland Park area in July, the stabbing deaths of Michael Abay in South Delridge in July and Jonathan Pecina near Luna/Anchor Park in June, and the shooting death of Lorenzo Marr in May at West Seattle Stadium. No arrests reported in any of these cases so far.

‘Sound Spots’: New music-history exhibit opens at Log House Museum

Long before SPF30 … remember the Seattle Music Fest at Alki? That poster is part of a new music-history exhibit that opened today at the Log House Museum, just before music fans swarm the beach for Saturday’s big event.

The display case above includes Nirvana memorabilia on loan from local entrepreneur John Bennett, including a smiley face drawn by Kurt Cobain. An interactive component of the exhibit will take you back decades further:

You’re looking at the house that was once home to Ivar Haglund – whose music you can choose to hear; Woody Guthrie, too. (Ivar’s bio explains the link.) Lots of other memorabilia to browse, too:

The museum (61st SW/SW Stevens) is open noon-4 pm Thursdays-Sundays, and yes, it’ll be open on Saturday during SPF30, too.

West Seattle weather: Smoke clearing out soon?

Thanks to Mike Shaughnessy for the view from Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza, and James Bratsanos for the view from Fauntleroy, looking at what might be one of the last smoky sunsets for a bit.

The Washington Smoke Information website says the smoke should start to clear out “Friday evening.” Saturday’s forecast says we might see some rain.

ELECTION 2018: Four-digit vote lead for Joe Nguyen over Shannon Braddock in third primary count for 34th District State Senate

The third vote count of the primary election is out, and in the 34th District State Senate race, Joe Nguyen‘s lead over Shannon Braddock has widened in a big way – now more than 1,400 votes. The vote counts won’t be final until August 21st; here’s how the full 11-candidate field stands:

Joe Nguyen 10,505 29.82%
Shannon Braddock 9,014 25.59%
Lois Schipper 3,408 9.68%
Sofia Aragon 3,109 8.83%
Darla Green 2,866 8.14%
Courtney Lyle 2,184 6.2%
Lisa Ryan Devereau 1,152 3.27%
Debi Wagner 1,128 3.2%
Annabel Quintero 911 2.59%
Hillary Shaw 585 1.66%
Lemuel W. Charleston 361 1.02%

Full updated results from King County are here; turnout (counted ballots) is now up to 34.6 percent. If you want to check the Congressional races, here’s the state website.

VIDEO: General Mojo’s onstage @ Summer Concerts at Hiawatha

August 9, 2018 6:54 pm
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6:54 PM: Even on another 90-degree evening, it’s perfect here in the warm shade on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, during the fourth of this year’s six Summer Concerts at Hiawatha. Onstage tonight: General Mojo’s, whose lead singer Heather Thomas told the crowd a few minutes ago that she’s a West Seattle resident too. She and her bandmates “like to have fun,” she added. Right down to her shoes!

(And band co-leader Dune Butler is wearing a cape.) The concert series is presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association with co-sponsors including WSB; tonight’s show (free!) should run until about 8 pm so you have time to get here (Walnut south of Lander) if you’re not here already.

P.S. They’re offering free stickers! (Also selling merch including CDs.) More pics later.


Crime, safety, police opinions? More West Seattle focus groups coming up

Be part of shaping your nearest Microcommunity Policing Plan, while sharing your feedback about neighborhood crime, safety, and policing. You can do that by participating in one of the focus groups that will be conducted by Seattle University – SPD won’t be present, but will get the eventual findings. Here’s what’s coming up this month in West Seattle:

High Point Community: 8/11, 2-3 pm, at High Point Library [3411 SW Raymond]

Fauntleroy Community: 8/15, 5:30-6:30 pm, at Southwest Library [9010 35th SW]

Morgan Junction Community: 8/19, 3-4 pm, at High Point Library

Commercial Harbor Island Community: 8/20, 6-7 pm, at Delridge Library [5423 Delridge Way SW]

Pigeon Point Community: 8/25, 11:30-12:30 pm, at Delridge Library

Commercial Duwamish Community: 8/27, 6-7 pm, at Delridge Library

Alki Community: 8/29, 6-7 pm, at West Seattle Library [2306 42nd SW]

You can contact the Southwest Precinct‘s Seattle U intern Tiana Lee with questions, and to RSVP, at

2 days to SPF30 on Alki Beach: Food trucks, vendors, nonprofits you’ll find there

We’ve obtained even more advance info about SPF30 – the 30th-anniversary party for Sub Pop Records – at Alki Beach this Saturday, noon-10 pm. We mentioned a couple well-known local vendors in our previous preview – now, the full list of who and what you’ll find:

Food Trucks

Dumpling Tzar
Falafel Salam
Full Tilt Ice Cream
Grilled Cheeze Experience
Kiss My Grits
Little Yellow Food Truck / El Chapulin Oaxaqueno
Nosh Food
Rain City Hot Dogs
Soda Jerk
Tat’s Deli
Thai U Up
Where Ya At Matt


C & P Coffee
Husky Deli Ice Cream
Landscapes Cafe

SPF30 Retail Booth vendors

Alki Elementary PTA (face painting, etc.)
Barsuk Records
Caspar Babypants
Goatfish Board Game (West Seattle company)
K Records
Light in the Attic
Motley Zoo
Scarecrow Video
School Of Rock
She Shreds
Sublime Frequencies

Flatstock – poster sale
Poster artists:

Andrew Saeger
Barry Blankenship
Chelsea Wirtz
Eric Carnell
Kelsey Gallo
Mike Klay
Nichole Thompson
Rebecca Pirowitz
Shogo Ota
Victor Melendez

SPF30 Non-Profit Table List (Alki Avenue)

Advice Booth w/ Galeet & Geri
Historic Seattle
Puget Soundkeeper
Skate Like A Girl
Southwest Seattle Historical Society
STG Youth & Community Outreach programs
Totem Star
Vera Project
(added) Village of Hope/Black Prisoners Caucus
Washington Bus
Washington Ceasefire
West Seattle Helpline
Yes to SCS

Other helpful info:
Transportation/transit/parking/road closures
Band lineup/set times
KEXP‘s streaming plans

Anything you still want to know? We’re planning at least one more preview before Saturday arrives.

Key approval for Seattle Public Utilities’ plan to turn former bus yard into Drainage and Wastewater South Operations Center

(South Operations Center rendering, from city website)

Almost three years after we first reported on Seattle Public Utilities‘ plan to take over the former bus yard at 4500 West Marginal Way SW, just south of the West Seattle Bridge, the project has won a key land-use approval. Today’s city-circulated Land Use Information Bulletin includes an announcement of the decision. We published details last year about what SPU plans for what it will call the Drainage and Wastewater South Operations Center, and also covered a briefing given to the Highland Park Action Committee. You can read the full decision here. Today’s notice of approval opens a two-week period if anyone wants to file an appeal – the notice explains how. At last year’s briefing, SPU said it expected to start construction on the “retrofit/remodel” project next year; we’ll be checking to see if that’s still the plan.

West Seattle Art Walk, Hiawatha concert, new museum exhibit, ‘The Boot,’ and more for your Thursday!

(Rhinoceros Auklet, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Lots happening! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WADING POOLS IN WEST SEATTLE: The ones open today are Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) 11 am-8 pm, EC Hughes (2805 SW Holden) noon-7 pm, and Hiawatha (Walnut/Lander) noon-6:30 pm.

EXHIBIT OPENS: Grand opening today, noon-2 pm, for “Sound Spots,” the new exhibit about our area’s music history at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Log House Museum. (61st SW/SW Stevens)

SEAHAWKS/THUNDERBIRDS ANTHEM: Program for all ages at 2 pm at Southwest Library:

Write and record your own Seahawk anthem! Teaching artists from STYLE (Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education) use the Native American story behind the inspiration for the Seattle Seahawks logo, the transformation mask for the Thunderbird, to create a Seahawks team anthem. Learn about Native American culture with indigenous Coast Salish storyteller Roger Fernandes and create and record a Seahawks team anthem.

Free; no registration required. (9010 35th SW)

WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: 5 pm “until late”! Here’s the map/venue list:

As always, some participants have artists, some have food/drink specials meant to entice Art Walk-ers, some have both! You can preview some of tonight’s spotlighted art via the official WSAW website, including WSB sponsors Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW, with Factory 43 tonight) and Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW, with Debbie Bianchi tonight, and tasting fees waived for Art Walk-ers).

JUNCTION JAMS: New open-to-everyone open-air jam session in The Junction, recently launched. Organizer James Egan says, “We have guitars, violins, ukelele, accordion, and shakers to borrow and we are doing all invite public jams, family friendly at 5 pm to 11 pm. If anyone wants to pick up any instrument and shake off performance anxiety with a set of other musicians who play just for fun, no applause, no money, this is a great social event to also meet other WS musicians. We need groupies and have tambourines and do blues, covers of Beatles, Stones, others if you know them, or play around anyone’s originals . We do a great version of Creep with violin — I can pick out most anything. This is really fun and I invite all the West Seattle musicians and people who like live music to come to 4722 California Ave SW and jam with us, with or without instrument, we have some great guitars and harmonicas that chime in and the more the merrier!!” Here’s the link.

WHITE CENTER FOOD BANK: The White Center Food Bank – which also serves south West Seattle – recently switched to a “grocery store” model and you are invited to its grand-opening party, 5:30-7:30 pm. (8th SW/SW 108th)

THE BOOT, AMPLIFYING VOICES PAST AND PRESENT: 6 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, “the 25th Anniversary of our Summer Young Writers Workshop known as The Boot. Witness the bravery and hear the stories of these talented young writers.” (4408 Delridge Way SW)

WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: Local author Peter Stekel talks about Western Washington wildflower hikes, 6-7:30 pm at Southwest Library. (9010 35th SW)

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: 6:30 pm, free show on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, as previewed here – tonight’s band is General Mojo’s, in the fourth of this summer’s six concerts presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, with co-sponsors including WSB. Bring your own chair/blanket! (Walnut south of Lander)

OPEN MICROPHONE: Be the music-maker at the all-genres C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) open-microphone event, 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

SEE IT ALL! Our complete calendar is here.

FOLLOWUP: WestSide Baby’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ diaper-drive success

August 9, 2018 9:58 am
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(WSB photo: WestSide Baby’s diaper-drive bus at West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade afterparty)

If you contributed diapers and/or dollars to WestSide Baby‘s “Stuff the Bus” drive this summer, here’s how it all turned out:

Together, we collected over 311,000 diapers (& counting)!

Over 70 individuals, businesses and community groups hosted diaper drives this summer. We want to give a shout-out to our top diaper drivers:

Top Individual: Angela Wallis with 17,001 diapers!
Top Business: HomeStreet Bank with 3,361 diapers!
Top School: St Joseph School with 18,439 diapers!
Top Daycare: Alki Beach Academy/La Maison Alki with 11,038 diapers!

In 2017, we gave out 1.4 million diapers, and this year, we anticipate the need will grow. Your time, donations, and diapers are appreciated and meaningful. For families who receive items from WestSide Baby, a simple bundle of diapers means precious and limited resources can go toward other necessary costs, such as food or medical care.

WS Baby also reminds you that it’s a beneficiary of the West Seattle Beer and Music Festival, coming up August 24th-26th – tickets are available here. (WSB is a co-sponsor.)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch, with alerts

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

7:06 AM: No incidents reported so far in/from West Seattle.

STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: First Seahawks pre-season game of the year at CenturyLink Field, 7 pm vs. Indianapolis.

I-5 LANE/RAMP CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND: Friday night until Monday morning, here’s what’s planned for NB I-5, including the closure of the eastbound West Seattle Bridge ramp to NB I-5.

SPF30: Saturday is the day for this huge free music festival on Alki – here are the transportation/road closure plans.

8 AM: Be aware that NB I-5 is reported to be worse than usual this morning because of a very long backup from a crash investigation at 85th.