West Seattle, Washington
Three chances for feedback on three eastern West Seattle projects:
8822 9TH SW SITE TOUR TOMORROW: One month after the announcement, tomorrow (Saturday, January 19th) is the day for the Early Community Design Review Outreach site tour of 8822 9th SW. It’s been two years since first word of a townhouse proposal for the ex-substation site. All are welcome to visit it and hear about the plan – 12 to 14 townhouses. Be there at 10 am.
2000/2050 SW ORCHARD SITE TOUR SET: The next Early Community Outreach site tour after that one will be 11 am February 2 at 2000/2050 SW Orchard, where we first reported in October 2017 on an early-stage plan for 18 rowhouse-style townhouses.
9201 DELRIDGE WAY RETURNS TO SOUTHWEST DESIGN REVIEW BOARD: One year after its first review, the self-storage project planned at this site will return to the Southwest Design Review Board for its second and possibly final review on February 21st. The preliminary notice is now on the city website; an official notice will likely come out within a week or two. You can find the city’s final report on last year’s review here.
Family and friends will gather next Thursday (January 24) to celebrate the life of Jeffrey James Morrison. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:
Jeffrey James Morrison
Jeff passed away unexpectedly January 4, 2019, leaving us with broken hearts. Jeff was born May 11, 1993 in Seattle. He was preceded in death by his dad Jim Morrison, grandparents Len and Bea Whitlock, and his dogs Ani and Obi. He leaves behind his mom Sue, sisters Mary, Karen, and Kristen, his uncle Joe Whitlock, his aunt Laurie McCormick, and cousin John McCormick.
Jeff was raised in West Seattle and attended Holy Rosary school. He graduated from Kennedy High School in 2011 and went on to attend Bellevue College, earning an Associate degree in Digital Media Arts and a certificate in Advanced Videography. He worked at Target and for Best Made Videos while attending college and was just beginning his career search. Jeff had a passion for cameras and videography beginning at a young age, never allowing his mother to keep a camera of her own very long. He was an avid gamer, skateboarder, snowboarder, and loved all forms of comedy. His greatest joys were watching the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners, and spending time with his family, friends, and dogs.
Jeff’s presence will be forever missed, but the memory of him will remain in our hearts eternally. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, January 24th, 10:00 am at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle. You are invited to join us in this celebration of Jeff’s life, and are encouraged to wear your favorite Seahawks or Mariners gear.
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Congratulations to Chief Sealth International High School‘s girls-wrestling team (shown above with Coaches Camacho and Lopez, who assist Head Coach Dolberry):
The Chief Sealth girls’ wrestling team travelled to Arlington last weekend for the Ladies Highway 9 tournament and brought home the second place trophy! Congratulations to this hard-working, passionate group of young women! Come out and support both the boys’ and girls’ teams at the Relentless Tournament next Friday evening, 1/25, at Chief Sealth!
The gym is on the east side of the campus, at 2600 SW Thistle.
Our Instagram video shows where we were this morning atop the ramp you will take into downtown from northbound Highway 99 if you’re not heading into the tunnel. WSDOT invited news media to visit the work zone this morning for a one-week update on how it’s going.
That’s a look southward onto the under-construction Dearborn Street onramp. When you are traveling on it, northbound, here’s what you’ll see:
When you get to the end of the ramp, you’ll either continue north onto Alaskan Way, or turn right to get to 1st Avenue South. Part of the ramp was built by a different contractor a year ago, but it couldn’t be completed until now. It was built with “geofoam” that rests more lightly on the area’s compression-susceptible soil:
WSDOT’s Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program deputy administrator Dave Sowers gave the progress report – here’s his three-minute explanation of the south-end work:
Sowers says they’re still on track to open the tunnel February 4th – right after the February 2nd/3rd goodbye-viaduct-hello-tunnel celebration – and this ramp a week or so later. (You can check out the construction-zone webcams here.)
3:01 PM: Earlier today, transient orcas passed West Seattle southbound. Right now, Southern Resident Killer Whales are inbound, north of Elliott Bay and headed this way, according to a tip just in from Kersti Muul. Let us know if you see them!
3:30 PM: Off Beach Drive, according to commenters.
3:56 PM: Mel just tweeted about seeing them from the Southworth ferry.
4:18 PM: Jeff Hogan from Killer Whale Tales just called. He says there are three groups of wildlife out there – the orcas traveling through the Fauntleroy ferry lanes and a humpback with them, a “large group of harbor porpoises” near Lowman Beach, and a bottlenose dolphin off Me-Kwa-Mooks (Emma Schmitz Overlook)!
12:35 PM: If you’re wondering what police are doing north of The Junction – they tell us they are looking for a suspect who ran as they were trying to serve him with a warrant after he didn’t show up for a court date. The search is happening near Holy Rosary and Seattle Lutheran and the schools are reported to have been notified. We don’t have the suspect’s name but police did give us a description – 6-feet tall, black, male, dreadlocks, red shirt an dark shorts. The searchers include a K-9 team.
1:42 PM: We have been out chasing after this. Yes, the search continued north, to the WSHS area.
1:58 PM: Police confirm that the person they were seeking is in custody. They say schools have been notified.
2:35 PM: We’re told police started trying to serve this warrant last night, then got word of the suspect’s presence today and tried again – that’s what started it all. We’re told the arrest was made in/near the 4100 block of SW Manning.
5:54 PM: A bit of additional information from Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Steve Strand: The suspect “is suspected of recent local robber(ies). He is a juvenile.”
Today we welcome one of our newest WSB sponsors, the West Seattle branch of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers. Here’s what they would like you to know about what they do:
8 Limbs West Seattle is a vibrant and welcoming yoga studio right in the heart of the West Seattle Junction. We opened in 2005 above The Matador and continue to offer high-quality yoga in a spacious clean studio to folks of all ages and levels. 8 Limbs teachers are highly trained and passionate about the breadth of yoga practice. Here you’ll find both gentle, restorative classes and a sweaty, flow practice, as well as classes in the aspects of yoga beyond the physical postures, such as pranayama (breath practices), meditation, Yoga Nidra.
Our regular members come to 8 Limbs for the teachers, the quality of instruction, and the strong sense of community from our almost 14 years in business. If you are looking for a yoga home in West Seattle, come to 8 Limbs! Learn more about our studio on our website.
Check us out with our NEW STUDENT SPECIAL: 3 Weeks of Unlimited Yoga for only $38. Sign up in the studio or online.
New to yoga? Begin with our 6-week Intro Series, a great way to start (or re-start) your yoga practice. Monday nights at 7:30 pm starting February 25 or April 8.
A few examples of our regular offerings:
Early Morning Flow: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 am
Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga: MWF 9:30 am and 6:00 pm, Tuesdays 6 pm, and Sundays 9:00 am.
Gentle Yoga: Mondays 4:30 pm
Hatha Yoga: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 am, Wednesdays 7:30 pm, Thursdays 5:45 pm, Fridays 4:30 pm, Saturdays 10:45 am, and Sundays 5:00 pm
Yin Yoga: Tuesdays at 4:30 pm
Restorative Yoga: Saturdays 4:00 pm
Yoga Tune-Up: Sundays 10:45 am
Kids Yoga Series: Wednesdays 4 pm (starts Jan. 23)
Yoga for 50+ : Thursdays 11:15 am
Intro to Yoga: Mondays 7:30 pm
Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) Workshops: 2nd Sunday of the month
Full schedule can be found here
Every February we host the 28-Day Commitment, an opportunity to commit to daily yoga practice with the support of our 8 Limbs community. There’s no extra charge, and no requirement to do all of your practices at our studio, you can practice at home, while traveling, at other studios. Come in before February 1st to join us: you’ll get a free wrist band to show you’re “COMMITTED” and can sign your name on our in-studio posters to track your month. This year’s theme, Roots of Yoga, comes from a commitment to link our modern day practices of yoga to their source teachings and teachers – both to show respect and to inspire a deeper understanding of this powerful lineage.
8 Limbs Yoga Centers is a family of four neighborhood studios in Seattle, and any class passes and memberships purchased at 8 Limbs West Seattle can also be used at our other studios in Capitol Hill, Phinney Ridge, and Wedgwood. We are a proud member of the West Seattle Junction Association. Contribute to the Junction Parking in the red box on our front desk! 8 Limbs is at 4546 ½ California Ave SW (entrance in alley behind Matador), 206.933.YOGA (9642)
We thank <8 Limbs Yoga West Seattle for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
11:16 AM: Seattle Fire has sent a “full response” to 34th/Thistle. The call is described as “smoke showing from a detached garage.” More shortly.
11:29 AM: Just arrived in the area. Some of the units are being dismissed. SW Thistle is blocked at 32nd.
11:34 AM: The fire has been declared “tapped.” We have added a photo above. No injuries reported. Damage was kept to the garage interior; investigators will be sent to figure out what started it.
End of the first week of Highway 99-less-ness … here are some options for enjoying the rest of your Friday:
BASKETBALL X 4: Both West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School have full slates of home games. Sealth (2600 SW Thistle) faces Cleveland, 7 pm girls’ varsity and 8:30 pm boys’ varsity; WSHS (3000 California SW) plays Roosevelt, same times.
MUSIC AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: Heather Thomas Band & Welcome Strangers, 9 pm. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
PREVIEW THE WEEKEND … via our complete calendar!
Another offer for federal workers who aren’t getting paid while the federal shutdown continues: West Seattle Autoworks (7501 35th SW; WSB sponsor) is offering free diagnostic time. They now handle all makes of vehicles, b the way. You’ll just have to show your government ID to take advantage of the offer. Go to their website for an appointment request, or call/text 206-257-5344.
5:30 AM: Good morning! So far the problems are NOT in our area.
5:45 AM – LOOKING AHEAD: Reminders while things are quiet – Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. School’s out, and most government offices/facilities are closed. Metro plans “reduced weekday” service.
5:48 AM: SDOT reports “Rail crossing delays at 2nd Ave and S Spokane St, blocking all EB and WB lanes.” (This is the first such alert we’ve seen – following the Wednesday train trouble.)
6:11 AM: Monitoring police radio, there are various train-related problems including a track-crossing arm STUCK DOWN ON WESTBOUND SIDE of Spokane St. around 2nd. Needs repair. That won’t be soon. Also word of a train on tracks at 6th/Spokane. Overall, just avoid surface Spokane for now!
6:20 AM: Arm problem may be fixed but train traffic hasn’t passed. … Our crew is off to the Water Taxi dock to see how things are going there this Friday morning. Weather-wise, a lot like Thursday so far.
6:40 AM: Bridge is busy as has been the case every day this first post-Viaduct week. (Here’s the point-in-time screengrab.)
6:46 AM: Train traffic on lower Spokane has cleared again.
6:55 AM: And … another train. … At the Water Taxi dock, they tell us it’s been a “light morning,” at least compared to earlier in the week. 75 passengers on the most-recent sailing.
7:10 AM: 59 on the sailing after that. And YET MORE trouble on lower Spokane, this time at 11th/Spokane just off the low bridge a crash – we took this from the city webcam:
(Fully blocking there, as of a few minutes later.)
7:20 AM: We have clarified with King County – there IS Water Taxi service (West Seattle AND Vashon) on Monday even though King Day would otherwise be a holiday.
7:35 AM: The crash east of the low bridge is still blocking. … Water Taxi volume’s up a bit – 110 is the latest sailing’s count.
Again, there IS WT service on Monday.
7:50 AM: Still working to clear the crash east of the low bridge. SDOT’s Incident Response Team is there. Screengrab:
7:55 AM: SDOT tweets that “the westbound lane and one eastbound lane” have reopened there.
8:28 AM: Busy but no new problems. Later this morning, we’ll get a #Realign99 construction update in the south work zone. Also looking ahead – if you’re heading off-peninsula tomorrow, note that this year’s Womxn’s March will be happening (details in this city roundup).
8:55 AM: No new problems. We’re continuing to monitor and will update here if anything new does transpire before 10 am.