West Seattle, Washington
“Diver Laura” James needs some research help. She’s looking into recent sixgill-shark strandings around Puget Sound – at least five confirmed in the past few months, she says. One happened recently near Alki Point Lighthouse, but “the tide came in and washed the carcass away before the scientists could get to it.”
What you see above is the remains of a six-gill found stranded in Sequim with a mesh crab-bait bag clearly visible. Laura says they want to check other strandings for something similar.
So if you happen onto a stranded/dead shark, she requests that you get in contact with her. Even better – take a picture and send it with the location. Better still, grab and freeze a tissue sample. She adds, “I’m also very interested in any old carcasses that might be around, as I can still get a DNA sample from them.” Laura is reachable at email@example.com.
P.S. Not familiar with six-gills? Laura points us to this:
8:34 PM: From SPD via Twitter:
Missing: Lily Bailey
5'3" 150 lbs
Last seen in the 3500 blk SW 108 St.
Has autism. May go toward Westwood Village.
Call 911 if seen. pic.twitter.com/Vswad7dgSm
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) September 12, 2018
The Guardian One helicopter is currently over Lincoln Park and we believe it’s related (added – or a different missing-person case for which no alert has been issued so far).
8:37 PM: The helicopter’s moved on to another incident by the bridge.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A month has passed since the August primary, and general-election voting is a little more than a month away. Our election coverage continues with a closeup look at both candidates running for the open 34th District State Senate seat. We interviewed Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen separately before Labor Day, and are presenting the stories tonight and tomorrow.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Of the 11 candidates who were on the primary-election ballot for the 34th District State Senate seat, Shannon Braddock was the only one who had run for office before.
Three years ago, she finished a very close second in the first-ever District 1 City Council election, losing to Lisa Herbold by just 39 votes.
Now, Braddock is campaigning again, this time to represent a larger area – the 34th Legislative District, which includes West Seattle (where she lives), Vashon and Maury Islands, White Center and part of the rest of North Highline, and part of Burien. Its senator is one of three legislators for the district; the two State House Reps., Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon, both ran for re-election this year, both unopposed. Sen. Sharon Nelson, the outgoing Senate Majority Leader, chose to retire.
Why does Braddock want the job? was our opening question when we sat down to talk at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. (You can see and hear our entire conversation, unedited, in the video above.)
6:03 PM: A “full response” from Seattle Fire is arriving in High Point, at an apartment building in the 6000 block of Lanham [map]. More to come.
6:06 PM: Firefighters say it’s a kitchen fire; they’ll be ventilating.
6:19 PM: Added a photo from our crew at the scene, where they’ve confirmed the fire’s out. No one hurt.
We’ve shared news of many kinds of school fundraisers – but this is the first time we can recall one involving mattresses. It’s set for this Saturday (September 15th) at West Seattle High School, 10 am-5 pm. The WS Booster Club is running the sale to raise money for WSHS Athletics, in partnership with a fundraising company that specializes in this, and you will be able to shop for new, name-brand mattresses, every size (even custom) and type – even motorized adjustable bed frames; delivery and you-haul options, cash/check/credit/layaway. The school’s at 3000 California SW.
Another of the new businesses on the ground floor of the 4801 Fauntleroy Apartments (WSB sponsor) is open. Proprietor Phoebe Lind sent word that she is planning three open houses for her newly opened Spa Phoebe. For starters, she is open by appointment only, offering “massage (Swedish, Treatment/Sports, Prenatal, and Oncology), manual lymph drainage, facials, waxing/tinting, body scrubs/wraps, infrared treatments, and detox foot soaks.” She also has Franklin the therapy dog on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (other days by request). Her drop-in open houses are planned for Saturday, September 15th from 7-9 pm, Saturday September 22nd from 3-6 pm, and Tuesday, September 25th, from 5-8 pm.
Five bicycles in this West Seattle Crime Watch roundup:
THREE BIKES STOLEN: Emily hopes you will be on the lookout for three bicycles stolen from her in the 4400 block of 46th SW:
1. Giant Intrigue
2. Giant Trance X1
3. Felt ZW95
The frames are all light-colored. SPD incident # is 2018-338047.
FOUND IN LINCOLN PARK: Lorraine sent the photo:
She saw the bicycle in “a small clearing 100 yards north of south parking lot, next to large fallen tree, also very close to Fauntleroy Way.”
PREVIOUSLY FOUND, NOW WITH PHOTO: We mentioned before that Diane had foun a FELT Z80, blue with white handles, in the bushes near her house. Now, she has a photo:
Three (re)development notes:
TRANSITIONAL RESOURCES PROJECT PROCEEDING: We first reported back in February that nonprofit Transitional Resources had an early-stage proposal to replace three houses in the 2800 block of SW Yancy with more than 40 microapartments. TR CEO Darcell Slovek-Walker has an update on the project, which has the official address 2821 SW Yancy: “Transitional Resources will soon be submitting funding applications to develop up to 44 studio units in two buildings (three stories each) that closely mirrors surrounding development scale. The buildings will have a single common entry with staffing 24 hours per day/7 days per week. Like our other projects, this housing will serve adults in need of behavioral health treatment and support to live independently in permanent housing.” Currently TR provides housing for 85 people in what Slovek-Walker describes as “a mix of owned and leased properties,” including buildings on SW Avalon Way near this site.
5 UNITS FOR 3014 CHARLESTOWN SW: Also in the Luna Park area, this site is proposed for four townhouses and one live-work unit, with four off-street-parking spaces. It will go through the Streamlined Design Review process; watch here for the comment period and design documents. The century-old house on the site, sold for $825,000 in May, will be demolished.
DEMOLITION SOON FOR 5917 CALIFORNIA: A demolition permit has been issued for the boarded-up Charmann Apartments, with a long history of complaints.
We reported back in February that an early-stage plan was in city files for eight townhouses at the site; that appears to still be the plan, making its way through the system. The property was sold in July for $1.3 million.
The hottest local race on the November ballot, 34th District State Senator, is revving up. Tomorrow night (Wednesday, September 12th), candidates Joe Nguyen and Shannon Braddock will debate at the monthly meeting of the 34th District Democrats, who endorsed both before the 11-candidate August primary. According to an advisory from the Nguyen campaign, it will be a “Lincoln-Douglas style debate,” not the standard Q&A forum; the advisory explains, “Lincoln Douglas style debates are similar to the format used in high school debate competitions. Candidates will have the opportunity to cross examine one another and respond to claims made during the debate.” The 34th DDs’ meeting starts at 7 pm Wednesday at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW).
P.S. We recently interviewed both candidates, recording a half-hour conversation with each one, and will be publishing those stories – text with video – here on WSB tonight and tomorrow.
Half a dozen highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for the rest of today/tonight:
‘FILL THE BOOT’: The annual Muscular Dystrophy Association donation drive with Seattle firefighters includes one West Seattle site, until 7 pm and again 9 am-7 pm daily through Friday:
Firefighter Patrick Dunn from Station 37 was in the Junction when we stopped by this morning. (California/Alaska)
SOUTH DELRIDGE COMMUNITY GROUP: 7 pm at 2 Fingers Social. Agenda includes a discussion with the 9201 Delridge storage project’s architect. (9211 Delridge Way SW)
OUNCES TRIVIA: Free trivia at 7 pm, with prizes, at Ounces. (3809 Delridge Way SW)
WHAT ELSE? Our complete calendar is here; if you have something to add, please e-mail us the info, the earlier the better, firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Seven years before getting its own plaza, the Alki Statue of Liberty became a gathering point for the community on 9/11. Ten years after the attacks, an anniversary gathering filled the plaza. Other anniversaries are quiet, like today, the 17th:
We stopped by a little while ago and found that lone bouquet at the base of the statue’s pedestal.
A free weekly writing workshop for kids starts tomorrow at the library in Admiral and the leader tells us there’s still room:
Sign up now for the free semester-long writing workshop for kids, “Write YOUR Story“! Starts Wednesday, September 12th.
Free writing and book-making workshop for kids ages 8-12, Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, from 9/12/18 to 12/19/18. SPOTS AVAILABLE! Now enrolling, space limited. Price: $0. Classes to be held in meeting room of the West Seattle (Admiral) Public Library located at 2306 42nd Ave SW. Please note that this event is not sponsored by The Seattle Public Library.
Write YOUR Story workshops: check out our site!
Taught by writer-designer Julia Douthwaite Viglione, emeritus professor of French literature, Univ. of Notre Dame, with the help of West Seattle writer Ann Perrin.
In this workshop, participants creatively explore and expand their sense of self by thinking and writing about their life – past, present, and future. Students will receive individual attention and gradually realize how easy good writing can be when approached cooperatively.
Fall 2018 theme: perseverance. Books we will read: 1) Rascal and Gert Bogaerts, “Socrates” (1992); 2) Patricia Polacco, “Thank You, Mr. Falker” (1998). 3) Christine Ross, “The Whirlys and the West Wind” (1993).
To enroll, or to get more information, call 574-400-9362 or email email@example.com.
7:06 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported so far in/from West Seattle.
STADIUM ZONE: Mariners host the Padres at 7:10 pm.
99 CLOSURE NEXT WEEKEND: As announced last week, southbound Highway 99 is scheduled to close between the Battery St. Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge from late Friday night until early Monday.