West Seattle, Washington
The outside northbound lane of the 4th Avenue South bridge that many might know best as “south of Costco” could remain closed another year. That’s what we found out when we inquired with SDOT as promised. The status of the lane – already closed for more than a year – came up in comment discussion following our recent update on another 4th Avenue S.-related topic, the since-removed temporary bus lane. Here’s how SDOT spokesperson Ethan Bergerson responded to our inquiry about the 4th Ave. section some call the “Argo bridge.” He says the lane was closed “so that the bridge remains safe to travel on,” continuing:
We are still in the process of assessing what work is needed to repair the bridge and ensure public safety.
Since the 1985 rechannelization to 4 lanes, we have seen increased traffic and loads (17,000 daily users in both directions) as well as a deterioration of the cantilevered ends of the span piers. While these restrictions ensure the bridge remains safe to travel on, the outer edges of the bridge cannot continue to support the loads it was carrying. In late 2017, we decided to close the northbound curb lane and restrict large trucks from using the southbound curb lane to protect the structural integrity of the bridge and ensure that it remains safe to drive on.
This project has been complicated by the fact that Union Pacific Railroad owns the right-of-way under the bridge and the permit we received from Union Pacific Railroad requires that we do not work in the Argo rail yard. Working on top of the bridge makes the repairs more complex. As a result we brought a consultant onboard to help determine what needs to be done to make repairs so that we can finalize the design.
Once we get started, the repairs should take anywhere from 6 to 9 months to complete and we hope to have the northbound curb lane reopened by the end of this year or early 2020.
The project has its own page on the SDOT website.
(2015 photo of Terminal 5 by Long Bach Nguyen)
As previewed here Monday, Seattle and Tacoma port commissioners – meeting as the Northwest Seaport Alliance‘s managing members – voted Tuesday on soliciting bids for the Terminal 5 modernization project. They voted to authorize staff to proceed with that, and are now moving toward a March 19th vote on leases for T-5, following a briefing back on February 5th. Video from this week’s meeting is viewable here, where you’ll also find documents from the meeting. If the bidding process for the $340 million project proceeds as planned, work could start as soon as June. Before then, if its lease is finalized, Matson will move its operations to T-5 starting in April. According to Tuesday’s briefing, while SSA‘s lease as the long-term tenant of T-5 also would start in April, its rent payments wouldn’t start until 2021 – assuming Phase 1 of the modernization project is done by then.
P.S. If you see this before 6:30 pm, a reminder that a port rep is on the agenda at tonight’s West Seattle Transportation Commission meeting to talk about T-5. The meeting’s at Neighborhood House-High Point, 6400 Sylvan Way SW.
Thanks to the commenter who mentioned seeing a sign on the new NB 99 exit ramp to Dearborn/Alaskan Way, about a closure tonight. We found it on SDOT‘s weekly road-work list – the ramp is scheduled to be closed 9 pm tonight to 5 am tomorrow.
3:23 PM: Just over at the Tacoma Dome – the second state 3A girls-basketball tournament game for West Seattle High School ended in a 55-35 loss to Mt. Spokane HS. They’re now in the bracket that leads to the fourth-place game, so the Wildcats are back here tomorrow, 10:30 am, to play Roosevelt. Photos and details from today’s game later.
ADDED EARLY FRIDAY: There was hope in the early going. We arrived with two minutes to go in the first quarter, and WSHS was up 7-4. Then it became the battle of the threes – five of them in those two minutes. Three were by Mt. Spokame – whose #1 Aspyn Adams sank six of her nine 3 attempts in the game – two by West Seattle, #21 Julianna Horne and #32 Meghan Fiso, who had three on the day.
The first quarter ended in a 13-13 tie. After that, the Wildcats began slipping behind. They were outshot and outrebounded – that last category in particular, with Mt. Spokane totaling 33 and West Seattle 18, was brutal, with few chances to try again after missed shots.
Mt. Spokane expanded the gap bit by bit through the second quarter, up to a 12-point advantage, trimmed a bit just before halftime by a #4 Kelsey Lenzie three.
Score at the half was 30-21. The Wildcats made another dent with a Fiso in the first minute of the second half.
But Mt. Spokane wouldnt let them get close. A Sarver basket at just under three minutes to go in the third made it 34=26.
But then – another Adams three. Seconds later, a Fiso three … but then a Mt. Spokane layup. And so it went. The third period concluded with yet another three by Adams, and the WSHS deficit was double digits, 42-31.
The fourth quarter was grimmer aside from four alternating baskets around the 3-minute mark. The Wildcat scoring woke up too late – none of them hit a double-digit point total in this game – and once it was down to the final few minutes, they were too far back to recover, and some of the reserves came in to get playing time under the bright lights of the big court. Final score 55-35, and back to Tacoma in the morning.
P.S. The WSHS sportsmanship award this game went to Fiso.
Another local school is hoping for your support – and offering you a fun way to do it. The annual auction for Pathfinder K-8 is Saturday, March 9th, 5 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Here’s the announcement from the PTA:
Pathfinder’s annual auction is just over a week away on Saturday, March 9th. Tomorrow — Friday, March 1 — is the final day to purchase auction tickets.
Don’t miss the fun and festivities of Pathfinder’s biggest party of the year. Some special highlights:
*Super cool silent auction items, ranging from sports activities to spas to theater tickets and more.
*Kid made Classroom art
*Games, including a wall of wine and a chance to win ten times your bid.
*Sweet vacation homes, including a few new ones.
*An after-party, with dancing, if you choose to stay late.
*And, of course, all of this goes to a great cause — our kids!
Buy your ticket by going here.
A celebration at noontime today in the West Seattle Triangle – the demonstration house that’s temporarily on American Legion Post 160‘s lawn was the backdrop for Impact West Seattle‘s first quarterly-gift presentation. The recipient of the $15,300 donation: The BLOCK Project. Here’s the announcement from Impact West Seattle:
Impact West Seattle is a newly founded coalition of women using their collective giving to make an impact on the major issues facing the area. The group is an example of so many people’s desire to ‘do something’ amidst a challenging political climate and in a city facing massive growth and major challenges.
‘We saw an opportunity to bring together a community of local women who want to learn more about local non-profits, and how collectively we can support them in a meaningful way’, according to Rachel Lazar, one of the six group founders. ‘Along with the growth of our city, the need has also grown, and there are so many people who want to help but don’t know where to start. We simply wanted to provide a platform for community, learning and action’.
Impact West Seattle provides a simple membership structure, requiring a $100 quarterly donation which goes directly to the non-profit selected by the group at each quarterly meeting. Prior to the start of each year, members select four quarterly giving themes and can nominate non-profits that fit within them to pitch to the full membership. In the quarterly meeting pitches, members learn about local non-profits and ultimately vote to determine which will receive the significant quarterly gift.
The giving group grew to over 150 women in the first few months prior to the first meeting and hopes to continue to grow in the West Seattle area, as well as to expand into other neighborhoods of Seattle and the Eastside. This fast growth demonstrates the need for these types of programs not only in our area, but across the Country.
The BLOCK Project, run by local non-profit Facing Homelessness, is the recipient of the first Impact West Seattle Gift. The housing and community building project invites community into the task of ending homelessness by placing a BLOCK home in the backyard of one single-family lot on every residentially zoned block in Seattle. Each 125 square foot home is beautifully designed to be sustainable, self-sufficient, and amenity-rich.
‘We are so incredibly grateful for Impact West Seattle’s generous donation’, said The BLOCK Project Executive Director Sara Vander Zanden. ‘This group models one of our organization’s core beliefs which is that the collective impact of many compassionate gestures can make a profound difference on this city and in the lives of people living outside. When each of us asks, “What can I do?” despite knowing we cannot do it all, we begin to end homeslessness.’
Funds from the Impact West Seattle donation will contribute directly towards the construction and landscaping of the six backyard BLOCK homes being built in 2019.
The BLOCK Project’s demo house is expected to be on display outside Post 160 for a few more months, until it’s moved to a permanent home – to become someone’s home.
If you were in this area 18 years ago, right now you were coping with the aftermath of the Nisqually earthquake, which hit at 10:54 am on February 28, 2001, with a magnitude of 6.8. Someday, the experts say, something even bigger will hit. It’s the natural disaster you most need to prepare for, and you are lucky to have neighbors who are dedicated to helping. To mark the anniversary, they’re sharing the video (by local videographer Mark Jaroslaw) from two of the keynote presentations at a full-house preparedness event in West Seattle back in November:
Journalist Sandi Doughton and preparedness Dave Nichols were just two of the presenters; we covered the entire event and published this report afterward. As our headline noted, the most important preparedness plan is the one for your home, your family, your neighborhood – especially in the early aftermath, even the professional responders will be overwhelmed, and you need to be ready to be self-reliant. Lots more resources, by the way, are available at West Seattle Be Prepared.
FREE TAX HELP: 5-9 pm at the West Seattle Food Bank, the United Way of King County‘s free tax help program continues – no appointment needed. Our calendar listing explains eligibility and how the free help works. (35th/Morgan)
JUNCTION RPZ HEARING: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, as previewed here, SDOT plans a public hearing on the proposed Restricted Parking Zone in the West Seattle Junction area. (4217 SW Oregon)
LOWMAN BEACH SEAWALL MEETING: 6:30 pm at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), Seattle Parks will present the preliminary design for removing the damaged remaining seawall at Lowman Beach Park and take community comments. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)
FERRIES, PORT @ WS TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House High Point, the West Seattle Transportation Coalition meets, with guests from Washington State Ferries and the Port of Seattle (regarding Terminal 5). All welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
‘PLAYFUL PARENTING’: 7 pm at Brockey Center on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, West Seattle Cooperative Preschools presents “The Opposite of Worry – Playful Parenting in Anxious Times” with Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D. Details in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)
THURSDAY TRIVIA: Two rounds, 7 and 8 pm, at Great American Diner and Bar in The Junction. (4752 California SW)
INTO THE COLD: ‘Heavy duty rock ‘n’ roll’ at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
EVEN MORE … on our complete calendar.
The family of Patricia “Patty” Wamsley is sharing this remembrance with the community:
Patricia A. Wamsley passed away Saturday, February 16th, at the age of 87.
Patty was born in Winchester, ID in 1931 to Hilliard and Katherine Patton. She grew up near Craigmont, Idaho on the family homestead amongst a large extended family on the Camus Prairie. She attended St. Gertrude’s Academy in Cottonwood, Idaho before graduating from Craigmont High School. She went on to attend the University of Idaho and then received her teaching certificate from the Lewiston Normal.
She taught elementary school in Pasco, WA until she married Arnold “Red” Wamsley, also of Craigmont, in 1956. In 1960, Red took a job at The Boeing Company, and they moved to West Seattle, where they raised their family in the Junction area. Once her children were grown, Patty spent some time as a substitute teacher for the Seattle School District, as a page at the High Point and Southwest Branch of the Public Library, and as a volunteer at the Jefferson Elementary School Library.
Patty loved to read and to garden and, until her health prevented it, was a regular at Holy Rosary Church. Later in life, she spent time in Winchester with her childhood companion Mike Mathison, attending Eastern Star and old Time Fiddling events.
Patty leaves behind her children Kathy and David in Burien, Stacie Jo in West Seattle, and a granddaughter, as well as her siblings Mary Jo Ringwood, George Patton, Dwight Patton, and an extended collection of niece and nephews. Patty will be buried in the Craigmont Cemetery during a short graveside ceremony on Tuesday, March 5th, at 11:30 in the morning. A local lunch will follow.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that people consider a donation in her name to The Friends of the Craigmont Community Library at PO Box 191, Craigmont, ID 83523.
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to firstname.lastname@example.org)
6:58 AM: Good morning! No incidents or alerts to report so far.
7:28 AM: Metro says the 7:34 am Route 113 won’t run.
9:34 AM: Taking surface Spokane St. to West Seattle? SFD is responding to a two-vehicle crash reported to be blocking Spokane/Colorado, with one vehicle reported to be a delivery truck.
10:23 PM: We’re at the Tacoma Dome, where the West Seattle High School boys have just lost to Capital, 48-41, at the state 3A basketball tournament, and that wraps a strong season for head coach Keffrey Fazio and team. They made a big comeback in the late third quarter/early fourth, but then fell behind again and couldn’t regain the lead. Photos and game report after we get back to HQ.
ADDED EARLY THURSDAY: The game’s leading scorer, Capital’s Chris Penner (26 points), announced himself right at the start, with two 3-pointers putting the Cougars ahead 6-0 within the first few minutes of the game. #24 Abdullahi Mohamed was the first to get on the scoreboard for WSHS.
Another major transportation issue is up for public comment tomorrow (Thursday) night, so we’re reminding you now:
SDOT staff will give a brief presentation at 6:30 PM.
Public comment will begin at 6:45 PM and is limited to 2 minutes per person.
All methods of commenting are treated equally.
Other ways to comment include this online survey, open until March 15th. Just catching up on this? The city website includes lots of background, including links to previous WSB coverage. The proposal was sparked by a community request more than two years ago – seven years after the city had rejected the idea of a Junction RPZ.
6:41 PM: You have until 8:30 pm to get to Sound Transit‘s West Seattle light-rail open house. Big turnout already, and a presentation is getting under way, but even after it, plenty of time will remain to “learn and share,” as the crowd has heard. The latter involves commenting on the “latest route and station alternatives,” “topics to study in the environmental impact statement,” and “project purpose and need.” County Councilmember Joe McDermott spoke briefly – he’s a member of the ST board and emphasized the importance of input now, even if you have commented before – now that it’s the official “scoping period,” they need to hear from you again. That gets you into “the official federal record,” as noted by ST’s Cathal Ridge. He also told the crowd that even though discussions and reviews have been under way for more than a year, this still is “the beginning of the process” as they move toward a board decision this May on what to send into environmental study as the next major step in the process of opening West Seattle light rail in 2030. Tonight’s open house is at the Masonic Center (4736 40th SW); if you can’t make it, you can comment via this “online open house” until March 18th.
7:02 PM: The presentation – which recapped the currently under-consideration alternatives (though you can tell ST you want to see something else considered) and where the process stands – is wrapping up. (UPDATE: HERE’S THE SLIDE DECK.) What happens next – the “open house” info tables, easels, etc., remain open. They are also inviting people to have conversations at “neighborhood forum” tables around the room, but made it clear that they are not taking notes at these tables because they want your comment(s) to be on the record, so if you want to comment here, seek out one of the official comment stations – or make it via the online open house or e-mail, postal mail, or phone. There are also two more in-person open houses, one of which is tomorrow in Ballard. Info on that and the commenting alternatives is all here.
Thanks for the tips that something was up at Mashiko, the acclaimed restaurant at 4725 California SW in The Junction. We have confirmed with longtime proprietor Chef Hajime Sato that, after 25 years, he has sold Mashiko to new ownership. In response to our inquiry, he sent this statement:
After nearly 25 years, effective yesterday, Mashiko has been sold to new ownership who will continue operating Mashiko in its current location. This was an extremely difficult decision, but it is the right one for my family. Thank you for trusting me to make so many meals for you. There are lots of people that I will deeply miss. Thank you for all of the great memories. I wish you many epic food adventures! Do not stop trying new things!
My wife’s cancer has made us reexamine our priorities. We are moving so that we can continue to heal mentally, physically, and financially. I will be making food again soon. If you’re ever near Detroit, come on by.
Sato has made news for, among other things, a commitment to serving sustainable seafood (as spotlighted here in 2011). Meantime, we will be pursuing more information about the new owners and their plans.
3:34 PM: An almost-down-to-the-wire victory for the West Seattle High School girls in their must-win opening game at the state 3A championships – they just beat Arlington, 50-45 at the Tacoma Dome. They were up by just 1 with less than a minute and a half ago, but fought to widen the margin and net the win. More details, plus photos, later. Here’s a highlight from the last minute before halftime:
HALFTIME at Tacoma Dome, girls' 3A championships: West Seattle HS 28, Arlington 21. (Video: Final min of half, Wilson basket for WSHS) pic.twitter.com/a5UJtmg60Q
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) February 27, 2019
Next up for the girls – Mt. Spokane, 2 pm Thursday, also at the T-Dome, which is where the WSHS boys start their state-tournament play tonight at 9 vs. Capital.
ADDED 5:53 PM: Here’s how the game played out:
As first reported here last Thursday, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is hoping to move and save the well-known stone-covered cottage at 1123 Harbor SW before its new owner redevelops the site. Our story noted that SWSHS president Kathy Blackwell and preservationist John Bennett planned to meet this week with the company that bought the site and two adjacent lots. We checked back with them today to see how that meeting this past Monday went and what’s next. Blackwell described the meeting as “very cordial and positive.” She and Bennett both note that the new owners want the site cleared relatively quickly – voicing concern, Blackwell said, “about the buildings being vandalized or occupied illegally.” She also said the SWSHS is “very grateful for the outpouring of support” that followed when this all came to public attention last week. So what’s next? “Now the real work begins in finding a place where it can be re-located to. And researching the best way to move it.” Bennett adds that the site owners are “totally on board to save the stone house, but as business people, they want a plan and timeline on paper.” Speaking of documentation, in case you wondered, no redevelopment or demolition plans are on file with the city so far, just a permit that would allow work on the 90-year-old cottage’s exterior, studded with rocks its original owners gathered from the nearby beach.
12:07 PM: That video features our area’s King County Councilmember Joe McDermott explaining why he chose West Seattleite Renée Hopkins as one of this year’s nine recipients of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service. Hopkins is CEO of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility; you might also know her through her previous work leading the Seattle Police Foundation, or her community volunteer work. As explained in a County Council announcement, “This will be the 4th year Councilmembers recognize individuals with the MLK Medal of Distinguished Service, which celebrates those who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to make a difference in communities across King County.” The medals were presented in a ceremony this morning downtown.
5:31 PM: After the jump – the news release from McDermott’s office:
A few of the many highlights for the hours ahead:
LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR GENEALOGY: Learn about them at this Senior Center of West Seattle workshop, 1 pm. Call 206-932-4044, extension 1, to check whether there’s still room! (4217 SW Oregon)
WSHS AT STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 3A state tournaments start today at the Tacoma Dome. The West Seattle High School girls play Arlington at 2 pm; the WSHS boys play Capital at 9 pm. Both are loser-out games. (2727 East D St, Tacoma)
SOUND TRANSIT LIGHT RAIL OPEN HOUSE: Questions/comments about the in-progress plan for Sound Transit light rail to West Seattle? Tonight’s open house is the last major ST-presented event before the agency decides this spring on routing/station locations for environmental study. 6-8:30 pm at the Masonic Center in The Junction. ADDED: We’ve confirmed with Sound Transit that there’ll be a presentation at 6:30. (4736 40th SW)
COMMUNITY BRIEFING ON SEATTLE IRON & METALS SETTLEMENT: Concerned about air/water quality in the Duwamish Valley? Important information at this Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and Puget SoundKeeper community briefing. 6 pm at Gene Colin Education Hall on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Georgetown campus. (6737 Corson Ave. S.)
SPORTS BRA DEMO NIGHT: Join Brooks for this free demo night at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), starting at 6:15 pm – when you’re also invited to the weekly group run, though it’s optional. Plus – discounts, raffle, and wine and chocolate! Details in our calendar listing. (2743 California SW)
JAZZ JAM: Cephalopod at Parliament Tavern, 8 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP … by browsing our complete calendar!
Friday is just two days away and West Seattle High School music students and supporters want to renew their invitation to the 7th annual Big Band Dinner Dance – happening at the school Friday night:
This is a fun evening of music, dancing, raffles, dinner, and appetizers. Music is provided by the WSHS Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2, the WSHS Orchestra, and the West Seattle Big Band. All food is prepared by the WSHS Culinary Arts Program. All proceeds benefit the music program and help us to provide travel scholarships, music coaching, and support the growth of our growing music program. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
You can buy your ticket right now by going here. WSHS is at 3000 California SW.
…and on violation:
Those photos show just a small part of the “American History Traveling Museum: Unspoken Truths” display that ethnomuseumologist Delbert Richardson brought to the school. We were invited to stop by tonight as families viewed what students had seen earlier in the day.
The curator is a Seattle resident and tells us that the museum has no fixed location – it features items he has been collecting for more than 30 years, and he travels with them to schools and other locations.
In our photo above are Delbert Richardson with, at right, Rosslyn Shea, the AHES staffer who got a grant to bring the American History Traveling Museum to the school, and at center, AHES principal Christy Collins. He is part of history himself – winner of the National Education Association‘s Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award in 2017.
Back on Saturday, we showed you volunteers from Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) getting ready to take a truckload of donated furnishings and other items to a family exiting homelessness to permanent housing South King County. The organization that Tibbetts worked with, Mary’s Place, shared photos of what happened next. Above and below, the volunteers arrived at the location and got everything unloaded.
Later, the delighted family was there – including this little girl:
They had this message for the volunteers/donors:
If you’re interested, here’s more about the Mary’s Place program through which Tibbetts helped this family:
When a family experiencing homelessness enters a Mary’s Place shelter, they often have only a few possessions with them. Many of their belongings, including dishes, knickknacks, lamps, even treasured family photos, are left behind.
Families don’t always get to choose where they live, and while moving into a new house is an exciting step forward, ensuring that families feel supported by the community, and helping to make their new house feel like a home is integral to long-term success. By providing basic furniture items for a family in their new apartment, groups can stand beside these families and welcome them home!
Groups are asked to provide a minimum of a sofa, beds, and a dining room table and chairs. Other items, like lamps, coffee table, kitchen essentials, sheets/blankets, television, art/decorations, toys, etc. are always appreciated!
Mary’s Place can provide the family connection, the group collects, stores, and delivers the items to the family. For more info, contact Irina Pastushok at 458-202-9686 or email@example.com.
One more semi-early reminder about a major event tomorrow night: Sound Transit‘s last big West Seattle event before its scheduled decision this spring on which light-rail routing and station locations will go through environmental studies. You are invited to the “open house” at the Masonic Center in The Junction (4736 40th SW), 6-8:30 pm Wednesday. As ST explains:
Those attending an open house will hear information and have the opportunity to provide feedback on the alternatives for expanding light rail to West Seattle and Ballard. Feedback from this comment period will be shared with the Stakeholder Advisory Group and Elected Leadership Group to inform their recommendations to the Sound Transit Board of Directors on alternatives to study during environmental review. In May, the Board will identify a preferred alternative and other alternatives to study in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
If you can’t be there in person, you can also comment until March 18 via this “online open house.”