West Seattle, Washington
ORIGINAL REPORT, 5:38 PM: After tips (thank you), we went to the 3600 block of 60th SW, in South Alki, where police were on the scene after a person was found dead. So far, it does not appear to be a homicide investigation; after the officer on scene said he couldn’t comment to media, we contacted SPD media relations, and they have no word of a homicide investigation there (or anywhere else). Neighbors told us the body was found by a landscaper who had been working in the sloped back yard of a house while its residents were away this afternoon, near the SW Spokane stairway between 60th and 61st [map]. A vehicle from the King County Medical Examiner’s Office (at right in our top photo) arrived while we were there; it will be up to them to identify the person and determine the cause of death.
8:05 PM: We have just learned from family and friends of Jackie Dupras, the 74-year-old West Seattle community activist missing for two weeks, that they have been told she is the person they found. Jackie’s husband Ed Dupras said the Medical Examiner came to their house this evening to tell him. As we have reported, Ms. Dupras had been diagnosed with dementia. Her husband says authorities believe she may have become disoriented after wandering into that area and unable to find her way out. Family and friends had been searching and posting/sharing flyers since news of her disappearance started circulating week before last.
The photo is from Scott, who found that bike on 26th SW between Genesee and Alaska: “Been here since last last evening [9/28]. Have moved it into my yard on 26th for safekeeping.” Let us know if it’s yours.
Thanks to Rae for the tip: The Goodwill donation station in West Seattle will be gone after today. It’s been there for six and a half years, but the site at 4746 Fauntleroy Way SW has since been slated for redevelopment and the project (a 300+-unit, two-building mixed-use plan that cleared Design Review in April) is ramping up. When we went over to confirm after getting the tip, the Goodwill attendant told us they’re closing at 4 pm today, so if you’ve been meaning to take something there – you have just a few more hours. He also said they’ve been looking for a replacement site in West Seattle for months but have yet to find one. With Goodwill’s departure, Northwest Center will have the lone take-donations-to-a-truck spot in West Seattle (4712 44th SW) for now
Big haul last Sunday for the latest Recycle Roundup! Judy Pickens just sent the results:
Despite it being a Seahawk Sunday, the September 23 Recycle Roundup collected 13.5 tons of recyclables – in the top three since Fauntleroy Church teamed with 1 Green Planet in 2010 for this event. An estimated 475 vehicles came through the line to offload all manner of things now on their way back to the resource stream. Watch for the next roundup in April.
(Alki photo by Laura Goodrich, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Sort of a quiet Saturday. So our highlights include some regular weekly events that otherwise usually just linger on our calendar. But first:
TRAFFIC ALERTS: Two reminders – barrier work today closing inside lanes on the Fauntleroy end of the West Seattle Bridge, and scheduled-for-the-entire-weekend work closing the offramp from NB I-5 to the bridge and Beacon Hill.
Now, here’s what’s up:
TAI CHI AT THE BEACH: Just a few more Saturdays to enjoy this free (by donation) class until it goes on hiatus! 9 am near Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza, with teacher Caylen Storm. (61st SW/Alki SW)
SEATTLE DESIGN AND PRINT GRAND OPENING: 9 am-3 pm, visit Seattle Design and Print, a new-and-not-far WSB sponsor, for its grand-opening celebration, including a 20 percent discount on services. (2445 4th Ave. S.)
SOUTHWEST ARTIST SHOWCASE DROP-OFF: You are invited to be part of the Southwest Library‘s 27th annual Artist Showcase! Today’s the last of three days for you to do that by visiting the library (open 10 am-6 pm) to sign up while dropping off up to three pieces of your visual art. (9010 35th SW)
BIKE CLUB: Meet at Ounces in North Delridge for the weekly hour-or-so-long ride, 12:30 pm. (3809 Delridge Way SW)
(added) ‘LET’S TALK RACE’ SERIES: 1-6 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, another installment in the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association series: “13th and U.S. Policies.”
What is justice? What is freedom? Who decides? This half-day event will explore these questions and the intersections of policy and institutionalized racism through the film “13th.” The film will be screened in two segments, followed by dialogue and storytelling to deepen our understanding of how the 13th amendment and U.S. history play a role in perpetuating systemic oppression.
(4408 Delridge Way SW)
OLG SCHOOL ART WALK: 6-9 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Walmesley Center:
Please join the West Seattle community as we celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe School and amazing local artists as we host our First Annual Art Walk. Tasty food, local beer and wine, and music from the Garfield High School Jazz Quartet will be present for your enjoyment!
Tickets available here or at the door. (3401 SW Myrtle)
HUMMINGBULL: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), this is the “musical project of Seattle native singer-songwriter Timothy Smith … a lyric-centric songwriter (who) urges the audience to think deep, to ask big questions.” (5612 California SW)
WHAT ELSE? See our complete calendar!
The West Seattle High School Wildcats have their first victory of the year after going downtown Friday night to play the Franklin HS Quakers. Final score: 51-8. That’s also the first WSHS win under new-this-year head coach Jeff Scott. Next Friday (October 5th), the Wildcats are home at Southwest Athletic Complex at 7 pm vs. Ingraham.