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UPDATE: Crash at Harbor/Spokane

10:14 PM: Complicating the post-SPF30 outbound traffic from Alki, there’s a crash at Harbor and Spokane. We don’t know details but SDOT says it’s blocking southbound lanes.

10:23 PN: Just added a framegrab from the SDOT traffic camera at that intersection. SDOT now says “westbound” lanes are blocked – toward Alki rather than away from it.

11:26 PM: SDOT says all lanes are clear.

UPDATE: House-fire callout on Puget Ridge

9:56 PM: Seattle Fire now has a house-fire callout in the 5400 block of 18th SW. Updates to come.

9:59 PM: The incident log shows most of the originally dispatched units have been dismissed. We’re still heading over to see what we can find out.

(Added: WSB photo)

10:30 PM: This is the second time in a little over three weeks that SFD has been called to 5431 18th SW – here’s our coverage of the July 19th call. As described last time, the house is in rundown condition, and an alleged squatter is living there. The damage/cause in this incident is still being evaluated – the SFD investigator is on scene, as are police, but we do know the fire’s out and no oe was hurt.

ADDED MONDAY: SFD says the cause was ruled “accidental” and since the house is vacant, there’s no dollar amount estimate for the damage done.

UPDATE: Brush fire callout on Beach Drive

August 11, 2018 8:56 pm
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 |   West Seattle fires | West Seattle news

8:56 PM: Thanks for the tip. No, the SFD response in the beach area right now is NOT in the SPF30 festival zone – it’s for a brush fire “with exposure” (which usually means a structure potentially in danger) in the 3400 block of Beach Drive.

9:15 PM: The call has closed.

SPF30, PM REPORT: Sub Pop Records’ Alki celebration crescendo


6:58 PM: Evening is here and the final frenetic few hours of Sub Pop Records’ 30th-birthday party SPF30 are beginning. The crowd is thickening by the minute, and some are watching from the water:

Mudhoney‘s set is minutes away on the Harsh Realm stage at 57th/Alki. Shabazz Palaces is wrapping their set on the east side of the Bathhouse. More to come!

7:39 PM: Having some challenges with one signal provider so we’re behind on evening images. We will of course add when we can! Meanwhile, eyes on the sky:

Only the briefest of showers in the past six-plus hours. Just needs to hold out a few more.

8:32 PM: As featured in our first report, here’s the KEXP video stream:

At 9 pm, they’re scheduled to stream the last act of the night, Father John Misty. Here’s their clip of Beach House, the 8 pm band:

This is all supposed to end at 10 – remember that The Junction invites you to downtown West Seattle’s afterparty, including a DJ at West 5 (4539 California SW; WSB sponsor).

9:12 PM: Our Mudhoney clip remains stuck in cell hell. But Barry Devenney sent this photo of the crowd, during the band’s last song:

We just caught part of Father John Misty’s set, too. Lots more to add when we get back to HQ.

12:06 AM: Evening scenes! The crowd:

Hot Snakes:


Shabazz Palaces:

Beach House:


Here’s video by Tony Welch:

Father John Misty:

(Added Sunday: Video by Mark Jaroslaw:)

And as the party wrapped … Admiral Way was lined with people awaiting various forms of transportation, while the big tour-bus-size shuttles provided by Sub Pop circulated past.

P.S. We’re also adding more to our first report, which covered the afternoon and very-early evening.

SPF30, 1ST REPORT: Sub Pop party is rocking Alki, rain and shine

(SPF30 INFOLINKS: Music schedule here … transportation info here … food truck/vendor/etc. list here … video streaming here)

1:36 PM: At the Punky Stage on Alki Playfield, Caspar Babypants sang “Here Comes the Sun” shortly after opening his set at SPF30

It seems to have worked – we’re in a sunbreak as we type, starting our coverage of the huge Sub Pop Records 30th-birthday party, which is on at 4 stages (plus beer gardens, tents, and more) until 10 pm. The playfield is paradise for kids – along the west side, a big gathering of bouncy toys:

In the middle of the playfield, vendor/community tents include Alki Elementary PTA, steps from their school (here’s what they’re selling):

And the C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) tent makes its debut, with cold brew:

(Photo courtesy Bryan Jones)

Our coverage is just getting started. If you’re headed here, a few things you should know – really, don’t even try to park within a mile of Alki – we tried it before 1 pm and can vouch for the neighborhoods south of Admiral being full up. Meantime, Carolyn Newman sends a photo of the wait for the Water Taxi shuttle at Seacrest:

(Here’s all the Water Taxi info for today.) If you just can’t get here – KEXP is video-streaming some of the bands. Clicking the “play” button for this YouTube window should get you to their stream:

Here’s the streaming schedule.

2:18 PM: We’re still near the Punky stage, where The Not-Its are playing now.

Also among the organizations in mid-playfield booths, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, beneficiaries of some fundraising today including the guitar that’s being auctioned … demonstrated here by West Seattle’s highest-ranking politician:

(If you’re new, he’s King County Executive Dow Constantine.) Thanks to Clay Eals for that photo. Want to read about and/or bid on the guitar? Go here. Also note that SWSHS’s Log House Museum here on Alki (61st SW/SW Stevens) IS open today, and you can check out the new “Sound Spots” music exhibit there until 4 pm.

3:23 PM UPDATE: We’ve just wandered the rest of the site. Most of the food trucks are along 59th just south of Alki Ave (with a few others scattered elsewhere):

59th is also where you’ll find bike parking, on the tennis court:

Along Alki Ave. are the three stages – Loma just performed at the Flippity-Flop stage on the east side of Alki Bathhouse:

Nearby, just west of the KEXP booth, a water-bottle-refilling station:

In general, it’s not too crowded yet – still room to roam from the streets to the spectator zones. And the weather has behaved for the past few hours.

5:17 PM: The crowd is building. Here’s a quick clip of Clipping, last hour:

Each of the three main stages has two acts ahead, including the Fastbacks, scheduled to get going about now at the Loser stage (west side of Alki Bathhouse), Hot Snakes also set to have started minutes ago at the Harsh Realm stage on Alki Ave. at 57th. Meantime, transportation is still busy – someone we know was passed by enough full Route 50 buses to give up and walk here.

6:03 PM: The two aforementioned bands:

LATE NIGHT NOTES: We’ve added a few photos above. And if you haven’t already seen it, our evening coverage continued here.

FOLLOWUP: Photos of suspect sought in High Point murder

Seattle Police have released security-camera photos of what they describe as the suspect in Thursday night’s deadly shooting at 35th/Morgan.

The description: “He is 16-21 years old, 5’7” to 5’9”, has a thin build and was last seen wearing a dark gray hoody & jeans.” If you recognize him, call the SPD tip line at 206-233-5000, or 911. Police say the victim, 37, was shot and killed shortly after getting off a bus on which they say he and his killer had been involved in some kind of “disturbance.”

HAPPENING NOW: Join your neighbors at Delridge Day 2018

August 11, 2018 12:13 pm
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Rain or shine, Delridge Day 2018 is on! Until 3 pm, lots of fun – and free food:

The hot dogs are courtesy of the Seattle Police Foundation, which sponsors the citywide Precinct Picnics, including the one that’s part of Delridge Day. You can also get a look at SPD specialty units’ gear, including the Dive Team:

Find out about community groups, too, including the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club:

Other groups, organizations, and agencies include Sound Transit, which is there to answer your questions about West Seattle light-rail planning. And you can enjoy music, dance, and other performances – see the schedule in our calendar. It’s all happening in the park at Delridge/Genesee/26th (with co-sponsors including WSB).

UPDATE: Gwen and Muriel’s 6th annual benefit bake sale

11:13 AM: Whatever else you’re doing today – until 3 pm, if you’re anywhere near 36th and Dakota, stop by and help Gwen and Muriel raise money for the Humane Society for the sixth year! Every year they have a benefit bake sale, while also accepting cash and item donations, such as pet food. Here’s a map. (Thanks for the photo!)

4:20 PM: From Gwen’s mom Andrea:

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Muriel and Gwen’s bake sale! Despite the weather, they collected $350 to donate to the Seattle Humane Society! They appreciate the support!

UPDATE: Highland Park ‘road work’ near a place to play

10:43 AM: Another traffic alert of sorts – a project under way by Highland Park Elementary. Thanks to Sam Drucker for the photos and report:

After a couple of years of planning, and in collaboration with Children’s Hospital, the Duwamish, and a local artist (and HPE alumnus), we are spending this morning painting the intersection by the entrance to our new playground.

The project is meant to help slow traffic around the school, honor and recognize and thank the tribe whose land our school and community reside on, and provide another opportunity to get people together to build relationships.

4:36 PM UPDATE: Here’s the finished mural:

The photo is from the artist, Marianne Maksirisombat.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Beacon Hill crash affecting one detour to NB I-5

August 11, 2018 9:23 am
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(Added: Photo from Josh)

Thanks to the texter who points out that if you are headed eastbound on the bridge and need a detour because the ramp to NB I-5 is closed, you need to know about a crash on Beacon Hill. It’s at Spokane/Columbian and the texter says it’s a jackknifed tanker. Until there’s word it’s cleared, you’ll want to use 1st or 4th to get off the bridge instead.

West Seattle Saturday: SPF30 at Alki; Delridge Day; ‘Wrinkle in Time’ @ WS Outdoor Movies; community-giving chances; more!

(Pelagic Cormorant, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Saturday is here, and rain or shine, so is some big fun! Don’t forget the NB I-5 traffic alert. And here are other reasons to stay on the peninsula:

LOW TIDE, WITH SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION: Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out today, 10 am-1 pm, at Constellation Park (63rd SW/Beach Drive SW) and at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), where sign-language interpretation will be available today. Low tide is -2.9 feet at 11:22 am.)

BENEFIT BAKE SALE AND PET-ITEM DONATION DRIVE: Gwen and Muriel do this every year for the Seattle Humane Society:

Delicious cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and more! They are also collecting donations for the Humane Society including cat or dog food (wet or dry), animal toys, or new scratching posts. Cash and check donations are very welcome.

10 am-3 pm. (36th SW/SW Dakota)

DELRIDGE TRIANGLE CLEANUP, WITH FREE FOOD: First 20 volunteers to show up for this morning’s Delridge Triangle cleanup get treated to free lunch at nearby Boss Drive-In! 10 am – details are in our calendar listing. (18th/Barton)

DELRIDGE DAY: 11 am-3 pm at Delridge Community Center Park, it’s the annual community-organized festival for eastern West Seattle! Here’s our preview; here’s the schedule of music and performances. (Delridge/Genesee/26th SW)

SPF30 AT ALKI BEACH: Sub Pop Records‘ mega-music 30th-birthday party at Alki is today/tonight, noon-10 pm, free admission, four stages – one on each side of the Bathhouse, one at 57th/Alki, one at Alki Playfield. After this map, the key infolinks from our many previews:

Transportation/transit/parking/road closures
Music schedule
Vendors/nonprofits/food trucks
Followups including answers to questions about closures, etc.
KEXP‘s video and audio streaming

We’ll be on site throughout with ongoing coverage, so keep checking back on WSB (and our Twitter feed too).

FASHION SHOW PRESENTED BY UNIFIED OUTREACH: 5 pm dinner and fashion show at West Seattle Christian Church‘s Activity Center in The Junction – details in our calendar listing. Free! (4400 42nd SW)

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: “A Wrinkle in Time” is onscreen tonight in this week’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor).

Since the day is starting with an iffy forecast, a rainout is possible, and we’ll update IF organizers decide to postpone the movie. Otherwise, gates open 6:30 pm in the parking lot on the southwest side of the Y; movie’s at dusk – around 8:45; bring your own chair/blanket. The West Seattle Timebank is tonight’s raffle beneficiary; the Y sells and benefits from concessions. (3622 SW Snoqualmie)

‘LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL’: 7:30 pm at the West Seattle High School Theater, go see Twelfth Night Productions perform the musical version of the hit movie. Ticket info is in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

SEE WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON … by browsing our complete calendar!