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CONGRATULATIONS! Local soccer team wins Founders Cup

Congratulations to those young women and their coaches for a prestigious soccer championship! The announcement and photo were sent after their Sunday championship-match win over Bainbridge, 1-0:

A local soccer team, HSA Select G05 – Foulk, comprised of athletes from West Seattle to Burien / Normandy Park, won the GU-14 Founders Cup! They finished first in group play and then won a quarter-final 1-0, semi-final 2-1 and final 1-0. They gave up a total of 3 goals during the tournament and scored 20 goals, with almost all players notching a goal!

In addition to winning the cup, the GU-14 age group is also awarded the Karl Grosch Girls U14 Founders Cup trophy (the one on the left in the photo), named in memory of WA soccer pioneer Karl Grosch, who championed Girls Soccer in Washington in 1972. This trophy is kept by Washington Youth Soccer and HSA Select G05 – Foulk will be listed as the 2019 Champions!

Their coaches are Jamie Foulk and Mike Jensen.

WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Tuesday pm updates, including plans for Wednesday

WEDNESDAY SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS SO FAR: Seattle Lutheran HS, Hope Lutheran open at regular time … Seattle Public Schools, Highline Public Schools, Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2 hours late … Vashon Island SD 2.5 hours late … Westside School, 9:45 am start … South Seattle College, Explorer West MS, 10 am start …

(“Live” SDOT cam looking west at west end of West Seattle Bridge)

2:34 PM: Now that it’s past 2 pm, we’re starting to get word of changes for this afternoon/evening and beyond. Starting with:

WEST SEATTLE/FAUNTLEROY YMCA: Just in from executive director Shalimar Gonzales:

We are expecting another round of freezing temperatures tonight so all YMCA of Greater Seattle branches will be closing at 4:00 today to ensure that staff and community are able to get home safely. This means that. . .

Kids Corner (closed) at 1 pm
Evening swim lessons will be cancelled
No swim team practice
No basketball practice

Current plan for tomorrow:

All YMCA of Greater Seattle branches will open at 10 am on Wednesday, February 6th.

All morning swim lessons are cancelled
Group Exercise classes will start at 11 am
WS Kids Corner will operate with limited staffing, Fauntleroy Kids Corner will be closed

More updates as we get them. Please also note that beyond today/tomorrow, we’re getting some cancellations for events toward week’s end, given the unsettled forecast – we’ll do our best with publishing/updating as we get word.

4:19 PM: More Metro buses have returned to their regular routes – check here for the latest on yours. … Forecast says Friday night’s when that next round of snow is “likely” …

4:50 PM: First school announcement for Wednesday: Hope Lutheran planning to start @ regular time.

6:05 PM: Highline Public Schools plans to reopen schools on Wednesday, two hours late.

6:24 PM: Vashon Island School District two and a half hours late.

6:59 PM: Seattle Lutheran High School plans to reopen, normal time, tomorrow … Seattle Parks also expects its facilities to reopen: “Good news! We anticipate that our facilities will operate on their normal hours & with their normal programs tomorrow (Wed., Feb. 6) … For information on status of Child Care Programs, please refer to the Child Care Hotline: 206-684-4203.”

7:40 PM: Thanks to Joy for the heads-up. Seattle Public Schools has announced it plans to open Wednesday, on a 2-hour delay.

8:42 PM: Holy Rosary will start 2 hours late, no AM preschool, no BASE … Westside School will start at 9:45 am …Explorer West Middle School will start at 10 am.

8:54 PM: South Seattle College is also opening at 10 am Wednesday.

9:18 PM: OLG will start 2 hours late.

TERMINAL 5: Tenants revealed, modernization timeline announced for port property in West Seattle – plus a shuffle

(January 2015 photo of Terminal 5 by Long Bach Nguyen)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Just one week after a new promise that a tenant for Terminal 5 would be announced “soon” – we know who’s moving in.

And that news opens the door for the modernization project to begin; the city has just granted the permits.

A briefing is set to start at 11:30 am at the Northwest Seaport Alliance‘s managing-members’ (Seattle and Tacoma port commissioners) meeting at Sea-Tac Airport – you can watch the stream here.

First, the toplines. The last major tenant at Terminal 5, Westwood, moved out in 2014. The port and the NWSA have been planning the modernization project and seeking a tenant. From the announcement that’s being made today:

… The investments in Terminal 5 will be coordinated with the proposed new tenant, Stevedoring Services of America Terminals (SSAT) and Terminal International Limited (TIL Group). The proposal calls for a new 32-year lease with these two terminal operators, which together are in partnership with several of the world’s largest ocean carriers.

To support the Phase I construction schedule for Terminal 5 modernization, estimated to begin this Spring and be completed by 2021, the Port Commissioners will be considering a realignment of marine cargo in the Seattle Harbor. Specifically:

Matson’s Hawaii service moves from T-30 to the South berth of T-5 in Spring 2019.

International marine cargo would be re-assigned to the Terminals 18 & 5, beginning with the current customer at T-46, TTI, moving to T-18.

This presents the opportunity to use Terminal 46 for other project and break-bulk cargo, and relocating Seattle-based Foss Maritime, to this terminal. The Port of Seattle Commission is also studying using approximately 29 acres of the 86-acre Terminal 46 could be accommodate a cruise berth to meet the demand for Alaskan cruise industry, which is a growing business in Seattle. …

Foss has been an interim tenant at T-5.

Port commissioners are expected to take final action on the newly unveiled plan on February 26th.

1ST ADD: We talked this morning with Seattle Port Commissioner Fred Felleman, in advance of the briefing/meeting. First, what’s been a big issue for many West Seattleites looking ahead to the modernization project: No, the deal does not require ships to use shore power while berthed at T-5. But it will be shore-power capable, and he contends that will be attractive to shippers for financial as well as environmental reasons, since electricity here is relatively cheap.

He also notes that the new plan basically consolidates many freight operations at the two on-dock-rail-equipped terminals, 5 and 18 (which is on Harbor Island), which makes a dent in truck traffic. The port’s requirement for newer, cleaner trucks is already in place. And Felleman noted another port program that is making it possible for trucks to get in and out more efficiently, an economic benefit to drivers as well as an efficiency enhancement regarding traffic. And the T-5 project will come with a railroad “quiet zone,” as previously reported.

On another environmental point – Felleman notes that, with a background as a whale biologist, he shares the newly intensified concern about shipping noise and its effect on marine life including the Southern Resident Killer Whales. He is hopeful that fewer – though larger – ships will have less of a noise impact, though he acknowledges that research hasn’t verified that yet.

While the new T-5 tenants have partnerships with shipping alliances that already call in local ports, Felleman says they expect there will be a net increase in jobs.

2ND ADD, BRIEFING UPDATES, STARTING AT 12:24 PM: We are now at the NWSA meeting briefing on this, which is happening in the conference center at Sea-Tac. (Looks like the feed is up and running here.) The first slide deck they’re going through is here, and it begins with toplines from the report unveiled last week at T-18, regarding regional cargo-shipping economic impact.

Preceding this, it was reiterated that final action on this is three weeks away and the commissioners want to hear from the public. NW Seaport Alliance CEO John Wolfe called this “an exciting day” as they unveil the T-5 details, and noted that along with the port’s $340 million capital investment, there are two phases of private-sector investment totaling $250 million, “overall investment of half a billion dollars.”

Speaking of money:

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5:31 AM: Good morning. 18 degrees! Again today, schools are changing their mind and closing rather than delaying – that info is all here.

Transit/other transportation (updated 12:40 pm)
METRO: Some buses – including C Line – now OFF snow routes – check the newest info here (update)
METRO BUS CANCELLATIONS: Some already tweeted
RIDE2: Canceled today
ST ROUTE 560 BUS: Back to regular routing (updated)
WEST SEATTLE WATER TAXI: Both vessels running
SDOT WINTER WEATHER MAP: See treated/plowed streets here
SDOT TRAVELERS’ MAP: The map we regularly feature
OUR TRAFFIC CAMS PAGE: Cameras particularly relevant to WS and vicinity

Services etc. (updated 8:53 am)
RESIDENTIAL TRASH/RECYCLING/ETC: SPU says NO pickup again today – everyone slides a day but Monday is off until next week
WEST SEATTLE GOLF COURSE: Closed for golf, open for sledding/snow play

Businesses/institutions (updated 11:31 am; want to report yours open or closed? 206-293-6302)
West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCAopening at 10 am
Little Gym of West Seattle – closed
West Seattle Tool Library – closed

6:15 AM: No new weather advisories for that next POSSIBLE snow blast, but the Weather Service says its timing is more like Friday/Saturday. Meanwhile, this morning remains icy, very cold, and Metro overall warns “All routes are experiencing significant delays this morning.” Side streets are downright crunchy, per what we’ve heard so far. If you have to head out, please take everything slowly and cautiously.

7:36 AM: As the cameras show, traffic is very light. No incidents; we continue monitoring in a variety of ways. Much discussion about side streets – city policy has long been to treat/plow arterials, and this brochure shows which streets are priorities.

11:13 AM: We are headed off-peninsula for the first time in a few days and so far, it’s smooth going – California and Fauntleroy to the bridge, and then the bridge, ice and snow free. Shoulders and side streets, of course, a different story.

SCHOOLS: Tuesday closures and changes

Here’s today’s list so far (updated 8:30 am):

Seattle Public Schoolsclosed today
Highline Public Schoolsclosed today
Seattle Lutheran High School – closed today
Westside Schoolclosed today
Explorer West Middle School – closed today
Hope Lutheran School – closed today
Holy Rosary School – closed today, no BASE or preschool
Our Lady of Guadalupe School – closed today
Kennedy Catholic High Schoolclosed today
Holy Family Bilingual School – closed today
West Seattle Montessoriclosed today
Summit Atlas – closed today (per commenter)
Vashon Island School Districtclosed today

South Seattle College – now CLOSED today (change)
Seattle Colleges – all campuses closed today
Highline Collegeclosed today
UWclosed today

A Child Becomes Preschool – closed today
Fauntleroy Children’s Center – closed today
Little Pilgrim School – closed today
Cometa Playschool – closed today
Learning Way School/Day Care – closed today
Taproot School – closed today
Community School of West Seattle – closed today (per commenter)

Tilden School (always open for students/staff who can get there safely)
The Cove School

Please text or call the WSB hotline at 206-293-6302 with additions – thank you!

VIDEO: Highway 99 tunnel dedication, report #2 – end of a road

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

After a dramatic 18-year prelude, the Highway 99 tunnel’s Monday debut was upstaged, big time.

Two inches of snow overshadowed two miles of tunnel.

But before the new tunnel becomes old hat, we need to finish telling the tale of its Saturday dedication, and the memories the event unearthed.

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