West Seattle, Washington
One week has now passed since West Seattleite Jackie Dupras was last seen by her loved ones. They are hopeful that someone somewhere has seen her or knows where she is and can help bring her home. One big way to help: Distribute this poster, online and offline, because she could be anywhere by now. She has been diagnosed with dementia.
Here is a printable PDF version of the poster. As noted, Jackie is 74 years old, 5’3″, 135 pounds, with red/gray hair. We’ve asked that family and friends let us know if there are any organized searches or other ways people could help – for now, the main thing you can do is to just be on the lookout anywhere and everywhere, and call 911 with any information.
A procession from the original site of First Lutheran Church of West Seattle around the corner to its current site, with bagpiper Tyrone Heade, preceded this morning’s service marking the church’s 100th anniversary.
The church moved to its current building, around the corner from its original 1918 site, in 1950. A display inside honors its history, including its past leaders, starting with founding pastor Rev. Erick Slettedahl:
The celebration continued tonight with a special dinner at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor).
Speakers for the dinner include Seattle Times Now and The columnist, historian Paul Dorpat, below center with (left) local journalist/historian Clay Eals – who edited Dorpat’s forthcoming book “Seattle Now and Then: The Historic Hundred” – and Then and Now collaborator, photographer Jean Sherrard:
Also speaking, Husky Deli proprietor Jack Miller, below with FLCWS pastor Rev. Ron Marshall:
You can read about the church’s history here, including the note that its current building was designed by Rolland Denny Lamping, a great-grandchild of Arthur A. Denny.
Today is your last chance to comment via the newest “online open house” for Sound Transit’s West Seattle (and Ballard) light-rail extension. Light rail was one of many topics at the most recent Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting, too:
SOUND TRANSIT ENGAGEMENT: Department of Neighborhoods community-engagement specialist Erin House was there to explain what the city is doing as part of the opinion-gathering as ST moves toward choosing a “preferred alternative” for route/station locations. She says the city has “several collaborative teams” working on the project, including how the stations might function: “For example, we’ve heard loud and clear that Delridge would like a grocery store.” There’s also a team working to ensure there’s “robust community engagement” with ST. Among other things, they’re supposed to be talking about how people will get to the stations. Though the nearest station will be in North Delridge, House said they also want to focus on how South Delridge will get there.
Highland Park Action Committee chair Charlie Omana asked her how engaged Metro is with the process. Metro’s role “is a big part of the conversation,” House replied. NDNC chair Mat McBride said there’s concern about the Delridge RapidRide conversion and the desire to keep the 120’s local service too, lest the RapidRide fill up at points south and “no one will be able to get on (the bus) in Delridge ever again.” That’s an equity issue, she was told, given Delridge’s diverse community. She noted that the city is using its Racial Equity Toolkit to review such issues. Back to light rail – once the station location is decided, “a whole conversation” will follow and they want to be sure it includes “everyone who’s going to be affected.” Mike Riedel from the South Delridge Community Group noted that outreach so far hasn’t stretched beyond North Delridge. House said they would be having more “casual conversations” with various neighborhood/community groups in October. She also said RapidRide H Line outreach is expected to continue with a fall open house in White Center (date TBA).
Along with that special guest, the meeting also included an update from police, plus news from NDNC member organizations:
Again this weekend, the Highway 99 closure has ended earlier than scheduled. As you can see in the “live” traffic camera above, NB 99 is now fully reopened after completion of another round of work relate to the Viaduct-to-tunnel transition.
Another Sunday with perfect running weather, as the Orca Half saw hundreds of runners heading from Lincoln Park to Don Armeni Boat Ramp. Busy morning there – lots of boat trailers as salmon season continues, plus a harbor seal resting nearby:
No orca sightings in the water, but “Mike” the inflatable killer whale was on hand, on land:
Local advocacy group The Whale Trail benefits from part of the Orca Half’s proceeds, and executive director Donna Sandstrom was there to talk with runners and passersby:
This is the third year for the Orca Half in West Seattle. Results are here – Nathan Ennis was top male and overall finisher, in 1:16, while Jessica Kosloski was first female finisher, in 1:29.
Thanks to Tom for sending the photos from Ysabel‘s hurricane-help bake sale, on now in Gatewood – pick up some treats for the game! More than cookies, we found out via this update from Ysabel’s mom. And here
Ysabel’s planning to be at the corner of California/Portland (map) until 3 pm. Even if you don’t want a baked treat and/or cider, you can make a donation that’ll be stretched thanks to a match from Ysabel’s family (who then will get their employers to match too).
Things are moving fast at the fall Recycle Roundup in the lot at Fauntleroy Church! Multiple trucks/trailers from 1 Green Planet and lots of help. Just drive/ride/walk up before 3 pm and give them your recyclables – first look at the list (PDF) to see what they are and are not accepting this time. Free! The church has been hosting these events since 2010 and they always leave the peninsula tons lighter.
That’s your video invitation to a free preparedness event unlike any other you’ve attended. 2-5 pm Sunday, October 7th, at High Point Community Center (repeated 9-noon November 3rd at Hiawatha Community Center), West Seattle Be Prepared and the Emergency Communication Hubs invite you to learn and talk about how to be ready for The Big One. This isn’t just somebody showing you how to put together a kit – though that kind of preparedness is part of it – the event will include:
*MC Glenn Farley, natural-disasters reporter from KING 5 News
*Opening keynotes by Dave Nichols, certified Emergency Manager and West Seattle resident speaking on community preparedness, and Northwest earthquake science (Harold Tobin, Director, Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, for October, Sandi Doughton, Seattle Times science reporter, for November)
*Hear about response plans from Seattle Police, Fire, Emergency Management, and King County Public Health.
*Skills training including utility shutoff, water purification, disaster sanitation, home retrofitting, even “MacGyver tips – what you can do with a Garbage Bag”
There’s still space but sign up ASAP – go here to do that.
We start with two traffic alerts:
NB HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE: While northbound 99 has reopened north of the stadium zone, it’s scheduled to remain closed today between the stadiums and the West Seattle Bridge, as explained here. We’ll publish a separate update if the closure ends early.
ADMIRAL WAY PAVING: SDOT announced on Friday that it hoped to repave about a block of the outside southbound lane of SW Admiral Way on the hill north of the bridge, which would mean lane closures 9 am-5 pm today.
And now, the happening highlights:
ORCA HALF: Hundreds of runners will be heading from Lincoln Park to Don Armeni this morning on the Orca Half course. No road closures – runners will be on sidewalks and the Alki Trail, and the parking lane in some spots. Pre-race packet pickup – it’s sold out! – starts at 6:30 am. Runners start in waves that begin at 8 am. Part of the proceeds benefit The Whale Trail. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH CENTENNIAL: 10 am bagpipe procession around First Lutheran Church of West Seattle before this morning’s service commemorating the church’s 100th anniversary. (4105 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, see what the first market of fall has to offer, in the street in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
COOKIES AND CIDER FOR HURRICANE HELP: 11 am-3 pm, Ysabel – who’s had benefit bake sales before – is raising money to help hurricane survivors by selling cookies and cider. Stop by her stand in Gatewood! (California SW/SW Portland)
2 FREE COMMUNITY SEMINARS: At noon and 1:30 pm at Evergreen Tang Soo Do:
Women’s Self-Defense – 12 pm-1 pm (ages 13 and older)
Anti-Bullying for Kids – 1:30 pm-2:30 pm (ages 5 and older)
Registration info is in our calendar listing. (5432 California SW)
LANTERN FESTIVAL & COMPETITION: Want to try for a prize? Make and bring your own lantern! Or – just come enjoy performances, a Lion Dance, and arts/crafts (for kids). It’s all part of the Lantern Festival, 4:30-8 pm at Southwest Teen Life Center in Westwood. (2801 SW Thistle)
PREVIEW THE WEEK AHEAD … by browsing our complete calendar.