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THINK SUMMER (FEST)! West Seattle’s biggest event of the year now open to participation applications – and announcing changes

(WSB photo from West Seattle Summer Fest 2018)

West Seattle Summer Fest 2019 (July 12-14) is less than five months away, and that time goes fast, so the West Seattle Junction Association has just opened applications for:

Food Vendors
Vintage Alley
Pet Junction
Community Booth
Musician and performers

Links you can use to apply can be found on this page of the Summer Fest website.

WSJA executive director Lora Radford explains a few changes: “New this year, we’re emphasizing and encouraging local artists and craft makers to apply. We’ll have a new area of the festival, Vintage Alley – we’re prioritizing people who deal in vintage or collectables to apply. We’re also working together with the Junction merchants to make the Famous West Seattle Sidewalk Sale a big deal.”

Plus – “Also new this year, based on community feedback, a change-up in the kids’ area. More fun for the younger and elementary crowd plus we’ll have skills games for the older middle-school kids. Also, you can buy kids-ride tickets in advance this year through Brown Paper Tickets.” Find out more about the kids-area plan here.

And last but by no means least – something long requested – extended hours! Vendors will sell until 8 pm on Friday and Saturday of Summer Fest, and will open at 10 am on Sunday. So if you’re interested in being part of it, start here!

BASKETBALL: West Seattle girls move on to state by beating Meadowdale

(WSHS #4 Kelsey Lenzie, winner of the game’s Sportsmanship Award)

FIRST REPORT, 7:25 PM: The West Seattle High School girls are on to the state basketball tournament after they just took a heartstopper regional win over Meadowdale, 41-40. Though the Wildcats controlled the game in the first half, the second half was a tougher slog and they didn’t regain the lead until late. Their next game will be at the Tacoma Dome, 2 pm Wednesday (February 27th) vs. the winner of tomorrow’s Arlington/Prairie game. Photos and details of tonight’s win, coming up.

P.S. The boys’ regional game vs. Eastside Catholic has a new time – 8 pm Saturday (at Issaquah HS).

(#32 Meghan Fiso, who had a 6-point game)

ADDED EARLY SATURDAY: Here’s how the Wildcats won:

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HALA UPZONING: What’s next after 107-speaker hearing

February 22, 2019 6:44 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle politics

Last night – as we chronicled live for more than four hours – 107 people spoke at the City Council’s last major public hearing before they vote next month on the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda’s Mandatory Housing Affordability upzoning plan. Before that final vote, councilmembers are set to debate and decide on myriad proposed changes next Monday. Here’s the agenda, with links to everything proposed so far. P.S. If you’re still catching up on what HALA MHA would do in your area, here’s the city’s interactive map.

VIDEO: Ryan Cox sentenced to 5 years in prison for Gatewood stabbing

2:20 PM: We’re at the King County Courthouse, where 40-year-old Ryan J. Cox has just been sentenced to 5 years in prison for stabbing a man in Gatewood in August 2017.

(August 2017 WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)

Superior Court Judge Susan Amini presided at the sentencing. Though the victim could not be at the hearing, a victims’ advocate read a lengthy letter he had written, saying Cox “should never be able to be free” after trying to kill him. The judge mentioned receiving a number of other letters from the victim’s family and friends.

Cox pleaded guilty last month to an enhanced version of the original second-degree-assault charge. The sentence ordered by Judge Amini is what prosecutors recommended, categorized in court documents as an “exceptional sentence” – four years in prison, plus one year after that for using a deadly weapon. Cox’s lawyer, meantime, filed a brief just before today’s sentencing, asking for a six-month sentence, the low end of the “standard” range, saying Cox “is trying to overcome his past difficulties and to better prepare himself to deal with these challenges in his future.” At the hearing, Cox contended the stabbing was in self-defense and expressed anger after the judge announced her decision.

As detailed in this WSB followup in 2017, Cox has a high-profile criminal history in the community, but mostly misdemeanors, which is what made this sentence “exceptional.” We recorded this afternoon’s hearing and will add video and details later.

5:15 PM: Video now added atop this story.

ADDED 9:04 PM: Here is our recap of the hearing:

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Remembering ‘Cal’ Wiseman, 1929-2019

Family and friends are remembering longtime West Seattle business owner “Cal” Wiseman, and sharing this remembrance with the community:

Austin Calvin (“Cal”) Wiseman was born in Carthage, South Dakota on August 4, 1929 to parents Austin L. and Ellen Wiseman. Cal suddenly passed away February 13, 2019 surrounded by family members.

Cal graduated from Madison High School, where he met his high school sweetheart and future bride Joyce. Cal and Joyce (nee Johnson), married May 23, 1950 in Madison, South Dakota.

Cal served his country during the Korean Conflict in the South Dakota National Guard. First stationed at Camp Carson in Colorado, and later deployed “overseas” to Alaska.

Cal moved his growing family to Seattle in 1953. He then had an extensive career in Appliance Sales and Service as the founder and former owner of the still-operating Wiseman Appliance in West Seattle. He was a member of the Elks, and various West Seattle organizations. Cal was well-known and beloved throughout the West Seattle community. He was always quick to laugh and joke with everyone he met. He had a passion for family events, travel, personalized license plates, hats, fishing, spending time at the lake. Cal was always the first to help where he could. He loved his home on Alki.

Cal is survived by Joyce, his wife of 68 years, daughter Paula (Billy) Small of Renton, Sons: Daniel of Seattle, Stephen of Kirkland, Craig of Seattle, Scott of Seattle and Mark of Des Moines; brother Arlin Wiseman of Federal Way, and sister Donna Smith of Glenwood, IA. In addition, Cal is survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Cal will be dearly missed by all of his friends and loved ones.

A private interment will follow at a later date at Tahoma National Cemetery.

To leave an online condolence to the family, please (go here).

In lieu of sending flowers, remembrance donations may be sent to St. Bernadette Parish, Elks Lodge of Burien, or Seattle Children’s Hospital, and would be most appreciated by the family.

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

CRIME WATCH: 1st Avenue S. bridge shooting; car prowler on camera

Two notes in Crime Watch this midday:

1ST AVENUE S. BRIDGE SHOOTING: Reported this morning via SPD Blotter:

Gang Unit Detectives are investigating after a man was shot in the leg while driving over the 1st Avenue South bridge.

Officers were approached by an 18-year-old man in the 2600 block of South Holly Street at 1:20 a.m. Friday where he showed them a gunshot wound to his calf. The victim said he had been driving when he heard several shots and a single round entered the vehicle through the driver’s side door striking him in the leg. The victim was unable to provide any suspect description to officers.

Seattle Fire Department Medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Gang Unit Detectives are now investigating and are asking anyone with information to please call the tip line at 206-233-5000.

No indication if there’s any suspected link to earlier shootings reported further south on Highway 509.

CAR PROWLER ON CAMERA: The video and report are from Alex in Sunrise Heights:

We live near 32nd and Kenyon and have had our car prowled twice in the last couple weeks; one happened early at 930 pm. Both of these happened in our alley way. Wanted to … warn people and remind them to be safe and be on the lookout!

Big response, small fire on Avalon Way

What started as a Seattle Fire “full response” for a possible house fire in the 3000 block of SW Avalon Way was quickly downsized. Turned out to be a chimney fire, per radio communication, and most units have been dismissed.

Southwest Design Review Board gives its final OK to 9201 Delridge Way SW storage facility

(Rendering by Caron Architecture)

The four-story storage facility planned for an auto-shop site at 9201 Delridge Way SW won Southwest Design Review Board approval last night. It was the project’s second and final review, one year after its first. (See the “design packet” here.) The board approved a zoning exception to allow fewer windows along the 20th SW side. The architects (from Caron Architecture) told the board that they had met recently with community advocate Kim Barnes as well as the Southwest Precinct‘s crime-prevention specialist Jennifer Danner, so the revised proposal incorporates neighborhood suggestions and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles.

Traffic and pedestrian-safety issues came up several times, with suggestions including a right-turn-only sign for vehicles leaving the alley, as well as a crosswalk in the area. That’s outside the purview of Design Review but city planners can include it in their review of the project; Barnes noted that it’s being pursued through a city grant fund.

Also separate from the design discussion, neighbors still had concerns about the site currently drawing loiterers as well as currently holding an abandoned car and a pile of tires; a city inspector will be called out to check on that.

Besides the windows, other conditions of design approval include more-consistent lighting around the building’s perimeter, a barrier and shrubbery to more safely route foot traffic, and followup on how the building’s “green walls” will be irrigated.

7 for your West Seattle Friday

February 22, 2019 10:15 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Horned Grebe with a gunnel for lunch, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Get your weekend going early! Here are highlights for the hours ahead:

WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: Hostas and ferns are the spotlight topic during today’s 10:30 am-2 pm meeting of the West Seattle Garden Club at Daystar Retirement Village (WSB sponsor) – more information in our calendar listing; visitors are welcome for all or part of the meeting. (2615 SW Barton)

BINGO! Weekly bingo session at the Senior Center of West Seattle, 11 am-2:30 pm. Must be at least 18 to play. Info in our calendar listing. (4217 SW Oregon)

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S DISTRICT OFFICE HOURS: 2-7 pm, you can drop in to the South Park Community Center to talk with District 1 Councilmember Lisa Herbold during her monthly “district office hours.” (8319 8th Ave. S.)

BASKETBALL: The West Seattle High School girls’ team has a regional playoff game at 6 pm vs. Meadowdale HS. They’re playing at Garfield HS. It’s a must-win game so the more fans, the better! (400 23rd Avenue)

BOBCAT BOB: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), it’s the return of ever-popular Bob “Bobcat Bob” Rice! No cover. (5612 California SW)

BENEFIT CONCERT: Big lineup of regional bands at The Skylark tonight, 7:30 pm, helping the Northshore Fire Foundation raise money for nonprofits – details here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

‘ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, THE MUSICAL’: Start of the second and final weekend for Twelfth Night Productions‘ show, 7:30 pm curtain at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

EVEN MORE … on our complete calendar!

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Flurries? No worries

February 22, 2019 9:37 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle weather

Just in case those fleeting flurries earlier this morning concerned you – though possible snow showers appear on and off in the forecast for the days ahead, nothing major is predicted. But if you’re ready for spring, here’s some hope:

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch; new NB 99 exit ramp’s 4th morning

February 22, 2019 6:16 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)

6:16 AM: Good morning! No incidents or alerts reported so far this Friday.

8:02 AM: Flurries!