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FOLLOWUP: Friday night’s mysterious power outage

As promised, we followed up with Seattle City Light about Friday night’s brief-but-widespread West Seattle power outage. That night, all they could tell us was that they’d traced it to the Delridge Substation – also blamed for two other brief-but-widespread outages last summer – but hadn’t found out what went wrong. Today we checked with SCL’s Scott Thomsen, who says the exact cause remains a mystery: “Crews patrolled the lines that night and went out again today during daylight. They did not find any problems. They believe that a branch from one of the wooded areas could have fallen into the lines and then fallen to the ground after creating a brief short circuit.” That short circuit could have been the source of the “boom” some reported hearing, Thomsen says: “That would have been the breakers opening. They then reclose automatically. If the problem has gone away, the breakers stay closed and service is restored. That’s what happens in what we refer to as a momentary outage.”

West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen green CR-V; mail theft

November 26, 2018 6:21 pm
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 |   Crime | Sunrise Heights | West Seattle news | Westwood

Two more West Seattle Crime Watch reports:

STOLEN CAR: Katharine‘s green 1999 Honda CR-V EX was stolen from the Westwood Village QFC parking lot last night (Sunday, November 25th) at 9 pm.

The plate starts with BJQ and the vehicle has bumper stickers “West Seattle” and “Plant-Powered.” SPD incident #18-440904. Call 911 if you see it.

STOLEN MAIL: From Morgan:

We returned on Sunday afternoon around 1:00 pm from the holiday weekend to discover our mail had been stolen. Our mailbox is a locked box, not a great one, and it was open and our mail was gone. A few hours later a nice neighbor returned it saying they found it in the gutter by 29th Ave SW and Myrtle. We are on 34th Ave SW and Webster Street in the Sunrise Heights neighborhood. Just wanted to get the word out since our neighbors’ cars were also vandalized (windows smashed) between Webster and Othello on 34th while we were out of town.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Anti-Semitic vandalism outside local Jewish families’ homes

(WSB photos)

ORIGINAL MONDAY REPORT: We usually don’t fully show graffiti vandalism.

The West Seattle residents who found this vandalism outside their homes contacted us about it and asked that we do show it.

They wonder if it has happened to anyone else.

The vandalism appeared behind their homes along an alley in Sunrise Heights – in red paint on a garage, “JEW,” and on the pavement, “F— JEW THIEVE.”

The residents believe it was painted overnight.

The residents say they are Jewish, but they haven’t had problems or threats and have no idea who would do this and why.

Police have been to the scene and photographed the vandalism (here’s background on hate-crime laws), and they are investigating. If you have any tips, call SPD.

TUESDAY UPDATE: We talked a little while ago by phone with the neighbor who first contacted us. She wanted to convey that they are all grateful for the expressions of support and offers of help, but neighbors painted over the vandalism soon after police had been there to investigate, and there’s nothing they really need. She also wanted to convey that the neighbors directly affected by the vandalism are of multiple faiths, including Judaism.

West Seattleite Joel Eggert’s final gift of life to be honored on Rose Parade float

1:59 PM: From LifeCenter Northwest, word of a special tribute to Joel Eggert, the West Seattle man killed in a Highland Park motorcycle crash in December 2016:

Joel Eggert had a lust for life. He was wildly creative, intelligent, and inquisitive. He could usually be found perched atop a Harley Davidson and was passionate about art and music playing multiple instruments including guitar, piano, and drums. Two years ago, Joel took his last ride. After sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident, he passed away at Harborview Medical Center just before his 47th birthday. His legacy of generosity lives on in the recipients of his organs, corneas, and tissue. Joel will be honored with a floral portrait, called a floragraph, which will adorn The Donate Life Rose Parade® float on January 1, 2019.

LifeCenter Northwest is sponsoring Joel as an honoree on the float. His floragraph – made of seeds and natural materials – will be completed by his family and friends on Tuesday, November 27, 2-3 pm at Harborview Medical Center in the Research and Training Building Auditorium. The floragraph will then travel to Pasadena, CA where it will be placed on the Donate Life float in preparation for the Rose Parade. Joel’s family is also traveling to Pasadena, where they will have the opportunity to meet others touched by organ, eye, and tissue donation and attend the parade in Joel’s honor.

About Joel

Outgoing from a young age, Joel made friends easily and connected with people at an intimate level that built many lifelong relationships. A sharp dressed man, he could usually be found donning his characteristic bandanna and sunglasses, perched atop a Harley Davidson-his preferred mode of transportation. Art and creativity also played a continuous role throughout his life. Drawing and metal sculpting were among his favorite hobbies.

Joel was an extremely dedicated employee, and for the last 10 years he used his artistic ability to create beautiful metal work for a luxury yacht builder in Seattle. But in his free time, he wouldn’t turn down an invitation to rock n’ roll all night. He was deeply entrenched in the local music scene, frequently attending concerts and rubbing elbows with famous musicians.

“Music – mostly rock, coursed through his veins. Wherever he was, he was surrounded by music,” said his sister Stacey.

In addition to being an artist, musician, and loyal friend, Joel was a family man. He was a loving father to his son Zak, daughter Rhiannon, and granddaughter Hayley. He was also very close to his extended family in Minnesota and Washington.

On a rainy December night in 2016, Joel took his last ride. After sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident, he passed away five days before his 47th birthday. The breadth of his life was felt immensely as his community filled his hospital room to say goodbye and share a few final songs. His legacy of generosity lives on in the recipients of his organs, corneas, and tissue.

“Giving his organs and life to others is just a continuation of the man he was, often giving to others, even if it left him with nothing,” said Stacey. “His final gift provides comfort to me and our family and friends.”

Just three months after his death, Joel’s family met Jennie, his heart recipient, who underwent transplant surgery at UW Medical Center. Through her, they are reminded that the warmth and love he gave to so many continues on, and he is still out there keeping the beat.

About The Donate Life Rose Parade® Float

Celebrating its 16th year, The Donate Life Rose Parade® float continues its mission to save and heal lives by sharing the gift of life and delivering the message of organ, eye, and tissue donation to the world. Living donors walk alongside while recipients ride atop the float and “floragraphs” or floral portraits of deceased donor honorees are incorporated into the float decoration. This year’s float is theme is The Gift of Time. For more information, go to

You can sign up to be an organ donor by going here.

ADDED LATE MONDAY NIGHT: We’ve since learned of a December 6th event in Mr. Eggert’s memory, a concert raising money for LifeCenter NW, hosted by the motorcycle club West Seattle Wrecking Crew that formed in his honor: Thursday, December 6th, at the Highway 99 Blues Club; doors at 6 pm, show at 7, featuring Bruiser Brody, Sirens Sister, Wyatt Olney and The Wreckage, Johndus Beckman, and Intisaar, tickets available online.

Ticket? Warrant? Deal with it this Friday without leaving West Seattle

In case you haven’t already seen this event in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – On Friday, a variety of services will be available at Delridge Community Center during a special Seattle Municipal Court outreach event. Here’s the reminder we just received:

Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) is bringing several court services to the Delridge Community Center on Friday, November 30th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. to help community members resolve warrants, learn about options for addressing unpaid tickets, receive relicensing assistance, referral to a public defender, or access supportive services through the Court Resource Center. No appointment is required.

Attendees will be able to access social services onsite including: DSHS benefits (food, cash, medical), referral for a vision exam and eyeglass vouchers, Orca Lift reduced fare and other transportation passes, chemical dependency and mental health assistance, basic needs and referrals for other support services. Court partner organizations onsite for the event include: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Public Health – Seattle and King County, Navos, and the YWCA.

“We are bringing our staff and court resources into the community to provide a safe and convenient path for resolving outstanding warrants and tickets,” stated SMC Presiding Judge Ed McKenna. “Attendees will learn options to resolve their case and for those who need it, access social services and support onsite through the Court Resource Center and our partners.”

Outstanding warrants make it harder to get a job, secure housing, and generally move forward in life. Attendees will learn their options to resolve SMC warrants in a non-threatening location. Individuals with unpaid tickets will learn options to resolve their tickets through a payment plan or community service plan and how to regain their driver’s license. Court staff will answer questions about court processes, schedule hearings, and provide information on resources and support services available through the court.

Anyone who needs assistance is encouraged to attend Friday, November 30th, 2018, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW.

The event flyer is available in 5 languages here [scroll to end of page]:

This community outreach event is a collaboration between the Seattle Municipal Court, King County Department of Public Defense, Seattle City Attorney’s Office, Seattle Police Department, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Seattle Human Services Department.

West Seattle Holiday Guide 2018: ‘Tis the season!

As we head into the heart of the holiday season, here’s a reminder about what’s in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, grouped by event type (whether one-time or ongoing), including:

-Bazaars, business open houses, craft fairs, art sales, other types of special shopping events
-Gift wrapping
-Light shows and tree lightings
-Christmas Ship visits
-Trees and wreaths
-Community parties
-Also a special section for West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays, which we’re co-sponsoring

And the guide has even more, such as service schedules, New Year’s Eve/Day celebrations … If your school, business, organization, etc. has something happening that’s open to the public, just e-mail us the info and we’ll get it in the guide – – thank you!

6 for your West Seattle Monday

November 26, 2018 9:00 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

Thanks to Trileigh Tucker for the photo of a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk! As the new week begins, here are highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Holiday Guide:

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP: La Leche League meets at Neighborhood House High Point, 10 am. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

LINCOLN PARK SOUND STEPS: 10 am weekly walk – info here. Meet at the south end of the north parking lot. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE COUCH TO 5K: 6 pm at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponiisor), four-week class with Running Evolution. Registration info is in our calendar listing. (2743 California SW)

VIADUCT CLOSURE INFO: Just a month and a half until the Alaskan Way Viaduct closes forever. Are you ready? Or – do you still have questions? 6:30 tonight at Delridge Community Center. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

DROP-IN PRESCHOOL ART: 6:30 pm, bring your 2- to 5-year-old to High Point Library to join guest teacher Miss Lisa with art projects. (3411 SW Raymond)

MENASHE FAMILY LIGHTS ON TV: “The Great Christmas Light Fight” visited West Seattle’s brightest Christmas lights display last season, and the episode debuts tonight on ABC (KOMO 4), 9 pm. This year’s display is expected to start this Friday – watch for a followup this week, as we’ll be checking on their progress!

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-holiday Monday watch

November 26, 2018 6:59 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

6:59 AM: Good morning – back to work, back to school on this rainy Monday morning. No outbound incidents reported so far but general heavy traffic is noted everywhere – Sound Transit has sent an alert that the 560 bus is “experiencing delays of approximately 15-20 minutes due to heavy traffic.”

7:50 AM: SDOT reports a crash at 35th/Holly.

8:50 AM: Stalled vehicle reported toward west end of eastbound West Seattle Bridge,

Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery taking shape in South Delridge

(WSB photos)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

An empty-for-a-while South Delridge space is filling up fast with dreams and plans.

Artist Jake Prendez and partner Judy Avitia-Gonzalez are transforming the storefront at 9414 Delridge Way SW into Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery. It will be a place to share, show, learn, explore, and sell art – a place they hope will connect an art-making and art-loving community that is otherwise “fragmented,” scattered around the region.

Nepantla, in the Aztec language Nahuatl, “describes being in the middle or the space in the middle,” explains their flyer about the project, continuing:

The term was popularized by Chicana writer/scholar Gloria Anzaldua. Most often the term references endangered communities, cultures, or genders who, due to colonialism/marginalization or historical trauma, engage in resistance strategies of survival. Nepantla becomes the alternative space in which to live, heal, function, and create.

Jake lives in West Seattle; Judy, in White Center, where she went to high school at Evergreen. She is especially excited about the prospect of workshops for youth: “We didn’t have anything like this,” particularly a place where the area’s growing Latino population can feel welcome.

Creating this space in this area is important to them both. Jake says he was getting offers to take over spaces elsewhere – Columbia City and Beacon Hill, for example – but wanted to hold out for “the perfect space.” This one, he is certain – found by Judy – is it.

And others share his vision. He says a youth arts program he’s been running at the Rainier Cultural Arts Center in Columbia City for Northwest Folklife will move to Nepantla once it’s open, with its 13-to-18-year-old participants in the program, Próxima Generación, meeting every other Wednesday afternoon/evening.

Workshops for adults will be offered too, and collaborative events where people can “work together (and) learn from each other,” Jake says. He also expects new gallery shows each month – focused on marginalized communities – and retail space where locals can sell their work. “Not just my stuff!” he smiles – though his work will bring a national reputation – here’s some of what he showed us during our conversation:

(7 Generations of Genetic Memory, by Jake Prendez)

(Santa Selena and Artista, by Jake Prendez)

From retail to workshop space, it will all be housed in Nepantla’s ~1,100 square feet (between Fresh Flours and Hoang Kim), as well as some furniture visitors can use to “engage with the space” – armchairs, for example.

Both Jake and Judy have lived in Los Angeles and say their inspiration is from many community spaces they’ve encountered there. And they know Nepantla will evolve “once the community starts engaging.” Already, while it’s still taking its initial shape, “a lot of folks are asking, ‘what can I do?'” Jake says.

One answer: They’re crowdfunding to help cover the cost of the buildout, which is already well under way. A grant from 4Culture is helping too – though the second half isn’t available until they’re open. When we visited earlier this week, they were working on the walls and the floors, and a point of pride for a community space, an all-new restroom.

They hope Nepantla will be open sometime in December. You can help support it by going here.

West Seattle weather: What’s on the way

November 25, 2018 6:46 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle weather

Thanks to Chris Frankovich for the early-morning view of the Olympics, finally showing some snow. In our area, a stormy Monday is forecast – windy and rainy, especially in the afternoon and evening, with gusts, out of the south, up to 40 mph possible.

WEDNESDAY: Special date for this month’s WordsWest Literary Series

November 25, 2018 2:02 pm
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 |   West Seattle books | West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

Most months, you’ll find WordsWest Literary Series bringing writers to C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) on the third Wednesday. This month, however, because of the holiday, the free event is happening on the fourth Wednesday – three days away, 7 pm November 28th! Here’s what’s planned:

Join WordsWest on this special date as three Bellingham writers bring you a feast of words to satiate your post-Thanksgiving hunger for top-notch writing. Bruce Beasley will read poetry, Suzanne Paola non-fiction, and Carol Guess will surprise us with her genre-acrobatics! For the fifth year in a row, our November event will feature a bake sale with 100% of the proceeds given to the West Seattle Food Bank, and a food bank volunteer will share their favorite poem.

Bruce Beasley is a professor of English at Western Washington University and the author of eight collections of poems, most recently All Soul Parts Returned (BOA Editions, 2017).

Carol Guess is the author of nineteen books of poetry and prose, including Darling Endangered, Doll Studies: Forensics, and Tinderbox Lawn. In 2014 she was awarded the Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement by Columbia University. She teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University.

Suzanne Paola’s latest works of nonfiction are Make Me a Mother(W.W. Norton) and Curious Atoms (Essay Press). She is also author of Body Toxic, A Mind Apart, and the novella Stolen Moments. Awards include a New York Times Notable Book, an American Book Award, and an Oprah Bookshelf pick.

Every third Wednesday at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to guided writing explorations. Each month we also host a community member to share his or her favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project. WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.

C & P is at 5612 California SW.

UPDATE: Pedestrian hit by driver at north end of Farmers Market

11:11 AM: A pedestrian was hit by a driver just outside the north end of the Farmers Market. The east side of California/Oregon is taped off. Avoid the intersection for a while. The victim, a man, was conscious; we are trying to find out more about his condition.

11:22 AM: The victim will be taken to Harborview by Medic 32. The rest of the SFD response is clearing but police still have the east side of the intersection taped off.

12:02 PM: Just went back to check – police have cleared the scene and the street has reopened.

Highland Park Way/Holden safety changes, pre-roundabout: Talk with SDOT on Wednesday

November 25, 2018 10:30 am
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 |   Highland Park | Safety | Transportation | West Seattle news

(Original SDOT plan announced in October)

Though the recently approved city budget takes a big step toward the long-sought Highland Park Way/Holden roundabout, it’s still at least a few years off, and the city has planned some interim changes for the increasingly busy intersection. What was announced last month has raised some questions, so SDOT will be in Highland Park this Wednesday for a community discussion/briefing. From Highland Park Action Committee chair Charlie Omana:

In October, the Seattle Department of Transportation informed the Highland Park Action Committee of proposed small changes to the intersection of Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden St to promote safety while we continue to wait for the installation of a roundabout.

Upon further consideration, neighbors determined that some of these small changes would not be beneficial, effectively cutting off access to their homes. In response, SDOT has removed the elements of concern and plans to move forward with the improvements.

Because neither HPAC nor neighbors were consulted in the original development of these plans, SDOT has offered to meet with the community to discuss the changes and listen to neighborhood concerns. This will not be a regular meeting of the Highland Park Action Committee, and will be presided over by HPAC’s Vice-Chair, Mr. Gunner Scott. We hope you will be able to attend, but otherwise look forward to your participation at our next full HPAC meeting in January.

The meeting is set to start at 6:30 pm Wednesday (November 28th) at Highland Park Improvement Club (12th/Holden).

What’s up for your West Seattle Sunday

(Dark-Eyed Junco, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Final day of the four-day holiday weekend! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Holiday Guide, here are your Sunday highlights:

‘ADVENT PRACTICES FOR ANYONE’: 9:15 am talk at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, all welcome – details in our calendar listing. (3050 California SW)

PATHFINDER WREATH SALES: West Seattle’s most legendary handmade holiday wreaths, raising money for outdoor education at Pathfinder K-8, are on sale in The Junction today, 10 am-2 pm at the KeyBank corner. (California SW/SW Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Freshness continues into fall at this year-round market, 10 am-2 pm in the street in the heart of The Junction. And visit the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle booth at the south end of the market if you haven’t yet bought your ticket(s) for next Saturday’s pancake breakfast! (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE NATIVE NW HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR: 10 am-5 pm, at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse in West Seattle.

Details in our calendar listing. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

‘JANE EYRE’ MUSICAL AT ARTSWEST: 3 pm matinée – check here for ticket availability, and if it’s sold out, go here to check on other upcoming performances. (4711 California SW)

CORREO AEREO: Latin American music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

CAMPFIRE JAM: New monthly jam session starts tonight at Parliament Tavern, 7 pm:

Acoustic singalong campfire jam for all! Join us at the Parliament Tavern on the last Sunday of each month starting 11/25. Bluegrass pickers and folksingers, lets unite together. Bring a song to share, come lead us in a group singing song from our songbook, or just sit back and lurk on the sidelines. If you are a bluegrass or old-time picker looking to expand, this is the jam for you. All acoustic instruments welcome.

The Parliament is 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

FREE ALL-AGES YOGA: 7:30 pm Yin and Yoga Nidra session at Bikram Yoga West Seattle: “Relax and unwind while being led through relaxing postures to open up muscles and joints followed by a guided meditation.” (4747 California SW)

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FOUND: Aidan, no longer missing

SUNDAY EVENING: Aidan was found at a friend’s house, we’ve confirmed.


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Memorial services Friday for June R. Essig, 1935-2018

November 24, 2018 7:15 pm
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 |   Obituaries | West Seattle news

Family and friends will gather Friday (November 30th) in memory of June R. Essig. Here’s the remembrance they are sharing with the community:

On Thursday, November 15th, June Ruth (Marshall) Essig, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and aunt, passed away at the age of 83. June was a resident of West Seattle.

June will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 64 years, Ronald Essig, and their children, Michael (Kay) Essig, Patrick (Julie) Essig, Kevin Essig, Laurie (Terry) Fitzpatrick, Craig Essig (preceded in death), and Carrianne (Dale) Smith; grandchildren, Luci (Brock) Spencer, Alli (Jake) Nord, Kati Essig (preceded in death), Zachery (Anna) Essig, Joshua (Emily) Essig, Jennifer (Nick) Curmi, Lia Fitzpatrick, McKenna Smith, Devin Smith, and Dalton (Ally) Smith; great-grandchildren, Caroline, Amelia, Mikie, Ava, Colton, Hudson, Henry, Marshall, and Palmer; sister Marilyn Carlson; and several nieces and nephews.

June was born on May 26, 1935 in Syracuse, NY to Rosemary and Willard Marshall. When June was 2, the family moved to Peoria, Illinois, where she enjoyed growing up close to her grandparents, many cousins, aunts, and uncles. June met and fell in love with Ron in high school and married in 1954. June, a talented artist, earned a scholarship to the Chicago Art Institute. While raising her family of 6 children, June worked creating fashion illustrations for department stores and local newspapers in Peoria, IL. Her work in oil, pencil and pastel paintings were highly regarded and were sold throughout the US. Later, June became a graphic designer and art director for Flying Color Graphics in Pontiac and Chicago, IL.

In retirement, June followed her first love, caring for infants, at the First Baptist Day Care in Gulf Shores, AL. The past 8 years, June was a daily presence in the lives of her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. She was loved and gave love to so many. She will be remembered for her incredible artistic talent, warmth, kindness and love for life.

Services for June will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Friday, November 30th at 11 am, Fr. Oakland to preside. Reception will follow in Holy Rosary School Hall.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in June’s name to Holy Rosary School, West Seattle

We will always carry your memory in our hearts, June, Junie, Mom, Gram, Mimi

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to

West Seattle shores: 2018 ‘king tides’ on the way

(January 2013 “king tide” effects at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza)

Shore-watchers will note the highest daytime high tides of the year start in just a few days: Monday morning at 7:39 am, 12.4 feet; same thing Tuesday at 8:32 am, as the “king tide” time of year begins. Christmas and the day after will bring 13-foot high tides, and the highest tide of winter is due on January 23-24, 13.1 feet. These tides are not usually a problem unless accompanied by seriously stormy weather; Monday looks to be rainy and breezy, but not predicted to hit alert levels, so far.

VIDEO: Basketball begins! Chief Sealth International High School hosting preseason jamboree

November 24, 2018 2:25 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools | WS & Sports

2:25 PM: Big preseason event for high-school boys’ basketball, happening right now at Chief Sealth International High School: A dozen teams are playing 10-minute mini-games, two each, in the annual Jamboree. We were there for the opener between Sealth and Monroe; the Seahawks are playing again in the finale at 6:30.

Between now and then, the schedule includes our area’s two other high schools – West Seattle HS playing at 2:30 and 3 pm, Seattle Lutheran HS playing at 3:30 and 4. Junior-varsity teams are playing in the adjacent Denny International Middle School gym until 5 pm (here’s that schedule). Entry for both is through the Sealth galleria only, not the usual gym entrance; admission is $6 adults, $4 students. This is the 18th year that Chief Sealth has hosted the preseason jamboree; the boys’ team opens the season at home next Tuesday (November 27th). More jamboree coverage to come!

4:09 PM: We went back to catch the other two local teams:

P.S. WSHS’s season starts Monday at Union; the first game on SLHS’s calendar is next Saturday, December 1st, at Cascade Christian.

COUNTDOWN: One week to West Seattle Junction Tree Lighting 2018! What’s different this year

November 24, 2018 12:24 pm
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle news

(WSB photos from 2017 Tree Lighting and Night Market)

One week from tonight – on Saturday, December 1st – you’re invited to the biggest celebration of the West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays season – the Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Night Market, in and around Junction Plaza Park.

One big difference this year: Rather than an extended tree-lighting ceremony with speeches and songs, there’ll be entertainment throughout the Night Market, and then a simple, fun gathering at 6 pm with Santa lighting the tree. From the West Seattle Junction Association, here’s the schedule:

*Night Market starts at 3 pm
*Endolyne Children’s Choir, 4 pm
*The Not-Its, 4:30 pm
*Mode Music Studios, 5:30 pm
*School of Rock West Seattle, 5:45 pm
*Santa lights the tree, 6 pm
*Night Market continues until 7 pm

It’s a bigger Night Market than ever, in the street on SW Alaska between California and 42nd – more than 40 local artists/vendors selling handmade goods.

Another way to ‘shop local’ in West Seattle: Where to find your Christmas tree, wreath

November 24, 2018 10:56 am
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle news

Christmas tree lots are open, and it’s another way to “shop small” this season. Our photos are from the Holy Rosary School tree lot, which is now open on the north side of the school, off 42nd between Genesee and Dakota.

This lot donates part of the proceeds to local nonprofits and features fresh wreaths, too.

From our list in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, independent lots/businesses also now offering trees, north to south:

Trees by the Sea (2530 Alki SW)
Junction True Value (4747 44th SW)
West Seattle Nursery (5275 California SW)
Tony’s Market (9050 35th SW)

And tomorrow’s the first of four Sundays you can buy the famous Pathfinder K-8 handmade wreaths in The Junction, during and adjacent to (on the southwest corner of California/Alaska) the West Seattle Farmers’ Market.

West Seattle Saturday: From ‘shop small’ to basketball, and beyond!

(WSB photo: Junction wreath)

First, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: Shop local every day! Today, extra incentives are being offered by many West Seattle indie businesses as part of the national spotlight on small businesses. The Junction’s updated list is here. Other businesses with special offers today are listed toward the top of our Holiday Guide.

DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE NATIVE NW GIFT FAIR: 10 am-5 pm, second of three days for the season’s first gift fair at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse in West Seattle. Here’s our Friday coverage. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

STUDIO SALE: 10 am-4 pm at artist Linda McClamrock‘s studoio. (5532 SW Lander Pl)

SANTA: Santa photos at Westwood Village start the season – see the full seasonal schedule here. Lots of other Santa photo ops in West Seattle this season – see the Holiday Guide for where and when!

And from the year-round Event Calendar and WSB inbox:

(Photo by Marc Milrod)

BREAKFAST WITH WEST SEATTLE LINUX USERS GROUP: Special breakfast meeting of the West Seattle Linux Users Group, 9 am at Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor). Info here. (9261 45th SW)

WEST SEATTLE MOMENTIA MIX: 10:30 am at Camp Long, free monthly event for community members with memory loss, plus their family and friends. (5200 35th SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL JAMBOREE: Boys’ JV and varsity teams are playing today in the 18th annual Chief Sealth International High School-hosted jamboree – JV in the Denny International Middle School gym noon-5 pm (schedule here), varsity in the CSIHS gym 1-6:30 pm (schedule here). Entry from the CSIHS side only; admission $6 for adults, $4 for students. (2600 SW Thistle)

JOHN QUINN: Singer-songwriter at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

KINSKI: Live in-store at Easy Street Records in The Junction. 7 pm, all ages, no cover. (California/Alaska)

‘JANE EYRE’: 7:30 pm performance for the musical presented by ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, directed by Mathew Wright. Go here to check ticket availability, for tonight and beyond. (4711 California SW)

FREEBO AND ALICE HOWE: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall:

We’re excited to have this wonderful duo return to the Kenyon Hall stage after their debut last year. Freebo is a genuine folk, rock, and blues icon who, after over 40 years of recording and touring with many of the great artists of our time (10 years with Bonnie Raitt, for instance), is regarded as one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of today.

At once timeless and original, Bostonian Alice Howe joins a soulful, impeccably tuned voice with cleverly crafted poetry. Her music has been compared to the pure, distilled sounds of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell.

Ticket info in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

WEST END GIRLS: Monthly drag extravaganza at The Skylark, doors 7, show 8. Ticket info’s in our calendar listing. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

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UPDATE: Seattle City Light says Delridge Substation the source of ‘momentary’ – but widespread – West Seattle outage

9:18 PM: From High Point to Delridge to Fairmount Park, we’ve received multiple reports of a power flicker, and some said they heard a “boom.” Haven’t traced the source yet and haven’t heard from anyone experiencing an actual outage. Any other areas affected?

9:24 PM: Commenters indicate other areas were affected. And via other messaging channels, we’ve heard from as far west as Lowman Beach and as far south as Westwood.

9:33 PM: Commenter Aaron called in a report to Seattle City Light and says he was told it was a “blown breaker.” (You might recall two short outages in the span of a week last summer blamed on the Delridge Substation.)

10:44 PM: Just talked to Seattle City Light‘s on-call media person. While the outage was traced to the Delridge Substation, they haven’t yet figured out what caused it, but are continuing to investigate.

Celebration of life on Sunday for Cole Luffman

Family and friends will gather this Sunday to remember Cole Luffman, 26:

Nicholas “Cole” Luffman passed away on November 12, 2018.

Lifelong resident of (Alki) West Seattle and graduate of West Seattle High School.

A Celebration of Life and memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 25th, 2018 at the Alki Beach Bathhouse from 12 pm to 4 pm.

Please share memories of Cole on the guestbook at

Arrangements entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home of West Seattle.

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