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Seen from West Seattle: New Space Needle lights for New Year’s Eve

We tweeted that after being somewhat startled to see the Space Needle come into view from Alki earlier tonight with those huge pink lights burning bright. Well … huge magenta lights. We figured it had something to do with T-Mobile‘s sponsorship of the upcoming New Year’s Eve fireworks, but that’s still two days away. Subsequent discussion on Twitter, and research, led to this announcement – with news that NYE will include a 10 pm light show from the Needle as well as the 10-minute fireworks display: “Cutting-edge lighting equipment installed throughout the structure will emit brilliant colors and beams of light across the tower and the Seattle night sky …” The Needle will be illuminated in magenta tomorrow night as well as Monday night pre-show, the announcement says. Will it be those big lights we saw tonight or a subtler glow? Guess we’ll see soon enough.

CONGRATULATIONS! Tournament win for West Seattle High School boys basketball team

Last night, we noted that the West Seattle High School boys-varsity basketball team had won its first two games at a tournament in Southern California, with one game to go. Tonight, head coach Keffrey Fazio reports that too was a win:

The WSHS boys’ basketball team traveled to San Diego, CA to play in the 2018 Surf ‘n Slam Top tournament bracket over winter break. The boys won the championship this morning (Saturday) over Alameda HS (CA) 51-31.

Leading scorers were Abdullahi Mohamed with 24 points and Nuh’Kosi Roberson with 16 points.

The Wildcats won their semifinal game over Woodinville HS, Friday. Mohamed had 26 points and Roman Barnet had 11 points.

The quarterfinal was played on Thursday, and Wildcats took down Granite Bay HS (CA). Barnet led the way with 17 and both Mohamed and Roberson had double figures.

This is now back-to-back holiday tournament championships for WSHS Wildcats, last year winning the Sterling Shootout Classic at Kennedy HS.

Also worth noting, senior and EWU commit Abdullahi Mohamed was named tournament MVP, averaging 20 ppg and senior Nuh’Kosi Roberson was named to the All-Star team.

Wildcats are on the road next week at Nathan Hale HS on Friday (1/4) and host Eastside Catholic on Saturday (1/5) at WSHS.

Memorial Mass on January 4 for Catherine Mary Scott, 1934-2018

Family and friends will gather next Friday, January 4th, in memory of Catherine Mary Scott. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:

Cathy passed away peacefully on December 14, 2018 following medical complications from a fall in Seattle.

Cathy was the third child born to Angela and Bernard McIntyre in Detroit, Michigan on May 3, 1934. She joined older sisters, Mary and Joan, and was followed by four more siblings: John, Ed, Bob, and Angie. They all enjoyed summers in Maidstone, Ontario, Canada at their grandparents’ farm, where cousins joined them for fun and games. Following high school, Cathy’s work history in office support included Armstrong Cork in Detroit and Weaver Trucking, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, Sacred Heart Church, all in Seattle.

In 1962 Cathy left Detroit for Seattle, and quickly made friends among members of the Chancellor Club, a thriving club for single Catholics. In 1963 the club entered a float in the annual Seafair parade. Cathy worked on the float, hand-making tissue paper flowers to decorate the float and carrying the flag preceding the float in the parade – the float was a trophy winner!

In 1977 Cathy married Jay Scott and became stepmother to his seven children, Jerry (d), Mary, Chris, Mike, Theresa, Tim and Pete. Cathy’s parents, her husband Jay, and siblings John, Joan, Bob all predeceased her. Cathy is survived by six stepchildren, siblings Mary Coakley (Ed, d), Ed McIntyre (Beverly), and Angie Wall (Randy), sister in law, Diana McIntyre (Bob, d)m and numerous nieces and nephews. “Aunt Cathy” will be deeply missed by all, including her extended family of nieces, nephews, cousinsm and their children.

A memorial Mass celebrating Cathy’s life will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019, 1:00 p.m., Pigott Chapel at Providence Mount St. Vincent in West Seattle, with reception following.

Memorial donations may be made to the Providence Mount St. Vincent Foundation, 4831 35th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126 or to St. Ambrose Parish, 15020 Hampton Road, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

Please Share Memories of Cathy on the tribute page at

Arrangements Entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home of West Seattle.

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

UPDATE: About the police response in South Admiral

(Added: Photos by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli)

2:40 PM: Thanks for the tips – we’ve been monitoring this on the scanner but we didn’t get location information until people started texting about the sizable police response and mentioned where it happened. Officers are dealing with someone who is reported to have barricaded themselves in an apartment on California south of Hanford. No injuries reported. WSB’s Christopher Boffoli (who happened onto this while on an errand) says police tell him this began with an attempt to serve a court order.

3:30 PM: Not resolved yet.

3:45 PM: From SPD via Twitter: “Negotiators, SWAT attempting to resolve situation with barricaded, armed subject in apt. building on California Av SW. Officers were attempting to serve court order when subject produced gun.”

4:08 PM: Per scanner, one officer got hurt falling in a stairwell and is going to the hospital.

4:11 PM: Also per scanner, there was a medical situation involving the subject of the standoff, and SFD medics are now reported to be in the apartment with them, so this is apparently winding down.

4:29 PM: SWAT and other responders are “demobilizing,” we’ve confirmed. The formerly barricaded person, who we’ve confirmed is a woman, is being taken to the hospital. (Added: SPD confirms she is receiving “medical treatment after she attempted to harm herself.”)

8:48 PM: Posted tonight to SPD Blotter:

A woman who had armed herself with a gun and barricaded herself in her apartment after officers attempted to serve a court order is now in custody.

Officers responded to the 3200 block of California Avenue SW Saturday afternoon to serve a temporary protection order. The order required that the respondent surrender a firearm and vacate the residence immediately, but the adult female armed herself and refused to comply.

Negotiator and SWAT units responded while a search warrant was prepared. During that time, it appeared that the suspect ingested a large quantity of prescription medications. The woman collapsed due to the medical issue, allowing officers the opportunity to intervene and render aid. Seattle Fire transported the woman to Harborview Medical Center for further medical treatment.

First #Realign99 closures now less than 1 week away

Time for the countdown to rev up. The first closures as part of #Realign99 – the work that’s necessary for the Highway 99 viaduct-to-tunnel transition – are now less than 1 week away:

10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4: Stadium ramps close

Northbound SR 99 on-ramp at South Royal Brougham Way closes (near stadiums; connection to I-90 and I-5).
Southbound SR 99 off-ramp at South Atlantic Street closes (near stadiums; connection to I-90 and I-5).

That’s exactly one week before the Alaskan Way Viaduct is permanently closed at 10 pm Friday, January 11th. The full timeline is here.

West Seattle weather: Windy Saturday, with waves and rainbows

11:11 AM: Our first scene from this Saturday storm is from Constellation Park south of Alki Point, as high tide hit about half an hour ago. The National Weather Service’s Wind Advisory alert continues until 4 pm; if you’re affected by power problems, downed trees/limbs, etc., please let us know – text or call 206-293-6302.

2:54 PM: No real storm trouble reported. Rainbows, though!

Jim Borrow caught that view looking north from Alki around noon.

8:46 PM: Thanks to Jen Popp for this view from Beach Drive:

And Don Brubeck spotted these swimmers off Alki – sheltered from the wind:

Your chance to go into the water – briefly, if you prefer it that way – is of course coming up Tuesday!

West Seattle Saturday: Here’s how the last weekend of 2018 begins

(Northern Flicker, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

First – a reminder about the weather alert that’s in effect – the forecast winds, combined with the “king tide” (high tide is 12.6 feet at 10:33 am), could make for a stormwatching spectacle along west-facing West Seattle shores.

Otherwise, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and beyond:

FREE GROUP RUN: Meet at 8 am at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) for this free weekly group run. (2743 California SW)

LEARN ABOUT WEST SEATTLE HISTORY: Visit the Log House Museum, open noon-4 pm today. No admission charge – suggested donation $3 adult, $1 child. (61st/Stevens)

DRINK LOCAL! Tasting rooms are open today for Viscon Cellars (2-7 pm, 5910 California SW) and Welcome Road Winery (1-7 pm, 3804 California SW), both WSB sponsors.

SOJOURN SOUL: Live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm:

Sojourn Soul is an acoustic three-piece primarily focused around swirling harmonies, driving guitar, dancing piano arrangements, and the occasional flightful string accompaniment; an atmospheric arrangement of original folk/Americana barnyard stomp harmony-driven acoustic tunes with a classic rock heartbeat.

(5612 California SW)

WEST END GIRLS: The monthly “drag extravaganza” at The Skylark starts at 8 tonight – doors at 7 – ticket and performer info in our calendar listing. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

AFROCOP X BILL HORIST: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

Preview/plan New Year’s Eve/Day by browsing our WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide!