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West Seattle Crime Watch: Another Junction mural vandalized

The photo is from Nancy, reporting that another of the 25+-year-old murals in The Junction has been vandalized: “I wake up each morning to look at this awesome mural and this morning when I pulled up the blinds, this is what I saw. How disappointing.” The mural on the parking-lot-facing north side of the building at 4520 44th SW depicts a scene at the swimming hole that preceded Colman Pool on the shore at Lincoln Park; the vandalism is tagging done in white paint on the swimming-hole midsection of the mural. This is one of the murals that community volunteers hope to be able to restore, with an ongoing fundraising campaign. Meantime, the West Seattle Junction Association has been made aware of the vandalism, and we will follow up next week.

What was said and asked at SDOT’s hearing on proposed West Seattle Junction Restricted Parking Zone, and what’s next

Ruth Harper and Kelsey Timmer, Seattle Department of Transportation

Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Area residents gathered on Thursday night to share opinions and hear from SDOT team members regarding the proposed West Seattle Junction Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) plan (see our meeting preview and the city’s detailed project website for background information).

The public hearing, held at the Senior Center of West Seattle and hosted by SDOT, lasted 90 minutes and offered a chance for the public to give verbal and written comments about the proposal and to ask questions of SDOT staff.

If you have comments about the RPZ plan, there’s still time — you can submit them through March 15 with this online survey, by sending email to or by calling 206-684-4103.  Officials emphasize that “all methods of commenting are treated equally.”

The map of the proposed plan for the Junction area, between Hudson/Dakota and 39th/45th, looks like this:

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UPDATE: Big response, small fire at 4611 35th SW senior-living building

(Added: WSB photo)

6:38 PM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” on the way to 4611 35th SW, which is Brookdale West Seattle. The first units on scene haven’t found anything yet but have “occupants evacuating” as a precaution, per radio communication. More to come.

6:45 PM: SFD says this turned out to be paper towels that caught fire in a microwave at the senior-living building. They’re downsizing the response.

7 PM: Our crew at the scene has confirmed that the fire is out, no injuries were reported and everyone is back in the building.

VIDEO: Cube competition brings 100 to West Seattle

March 2, 2019 3:28 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle people

100 people are competing in cube-puzzle-solving during a big event today in West Seattle. They’ve filled the Masonic Center in The Junction since early this morning.

The West Seattle Favorites” competition is about more than Rubik’s Cubes – as co-organizer David Brown noted, there’s a wide variety of “twisty puzzles” and challenges in solving them – here’s the list for today – including doing it by touch and memory:

We caught part of that competition on video:

As spelled out on the competition website, competitors have to play by the rules of the World Cube Association.

This is scheduled to continue until about 5:45 pm, and spectators are welcome – no admission charge.

HAPPENING NOW: Girl Scout Cookies on sale in West Seattle and beyond

March 2, 2019 12:34 pm
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12:34 PM: Thanks to Marco for tweeting the photo – that Girl Scout troop is outside West Seattle Trader Joe’s until 2 pm, one of multiple locations and times you’ll find Girl Scout Cookies over the next two weeks. Just use the finder on the Girl Scouts of Western Washington website. Here are the cookies they’re offering this year. (Is your troop out selling too? Send us a pic!)

ADDED 1:18 PM: This troop’s at Admiral Safeway until 2:

Thanks to Patrick for tweeting that photo.

BASKETBALL: West Seattle HS girls finish 20-win season as #6 in the state

March 2, 2019 9:33 am
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9:33 AM: Congratulations to the West Seattle High School girls for another successful season. The season finale just finished at the Tacoma Dome, with the Wildcats bringing home the 6th-place trophy from the state 3A tournament after a 38-33 loss to Snohomish HS. This was the third consecutive year they made it to state; many of the regulars are seniors. Details and photos when we get back to HQ.

ADDED 1:53 PM: The game began with one of the WSHS seniors, #4 Kelsey Lenzie, singing the anthem, part of which we recorded:

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Yard work? Be careful, for hummingbirds’ sake. Here’s what to look for

Kersti Muul sent that hummingbird photo with the note, “Little Anna’s on the last stages of building her nest. A welcome reminder for people to check before the zealous spring pruning!” Since the weekend sunshine may have many outside pruning, as well as cleaning up what the February snows brought down, we asked her if there was more to say and show about what and who to watch for. She shared this, photos included:

Anna’s hummingbirds start nesting as early as December and can go through June. They love yards that have bright flowers (this one is in a camellia bush). They also nest where there are feeders because of the reliable, safe and close food source.

Look for tiny nests (see photo of my finger with an old nest for scale) usually on slightly downward facing [often forked] branches over an open space that have cover, but are also accessible to the fast-flying beauties. The nests are very delicate; they are constructed of spider webs, lichen, moss, feathers, and fluffy soft material (this one has dog-toy stuffing). This particular bird has been building this nest since around February 18, and is still perfecting it; now she is deepening the bowl by building up the rim.

The snow storm was catastrophic to many plants and I know people are anxious to get pruning.

Just take a peek around the borders of plants and maybe one to two feet back. They are really well camouflaged, especially before the last stages when there is usually some visible white fluff inside it. Anna’s are extremely territorial and if you are near a nest, they usually will have something to say to you, or may dive at your head. If you see hummers in the area, pay attention to where they travel, perch, feed etc. They just may lead you right to the nest.

Another clue is fuzzy nesting material stuck to their often-sticky beaks, as well as cleaning the beak back and forth on twigs. I watched this one take lichen off a nearby tree trunk to add to her nest.

Remember; it is illegal to tamper with an active nest. If you knock a nest down, try to put it back as close as possible to where it was.

But, Kersti – a community naturalist and conservation specialist – stresses that “if the tree is presenting a hazard, then of course safety should come first.”

9 for your West Seattle Saturday

March 2, 2019 6:03 am
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(Photo by Chris Frankovich)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, options for the first Saturday of March:

CUBE CHAMPIONS: 7:45 am to 5:45 pm, more than 100 people are competing in cube-solving at Alki Masonic Center in The Junction. No charge for spectators. See the schedule here. (4736 40th SW)

BASKETBALL: 8 am at the Tacoma Dome, the West Seattle High School girls’ finale at the state 3A tournament, with 4th place at stake as they play Snohomish. (2727 East D St.)

GROUP RUN: Should be a perfect morning. Be at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) at 8 am. Free! (2743 California SW)

ADOPT-A-STREET CLEANUP: Join the Admiral Neighborhood Association for the quarterly cleanup!

Time: 9 am – noon; please plan to arrive a few minutes early
Location: Metropolitan Market – Meet at the outdoor awning next to the floral department
Equipment provided: garbage bags, gloves, grabber tools, safety vests
Food provided: sandwiches and light snacks

(2320 42nd SW)

SOUTHWEST LITTLE LEAGUE: Last chance to register in person, 9 am-noon at the Steve Cox Memorial Park Log Cabin. (1321 SW 102nd)

FREE TAX HELP: 10 am-2 pm, drop by the West Seattle Food Bank, no appointment necessary. Our calendar listing explains who’s eligible and what to bring. (35th/Morgan)

SUPPORT HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY: You can do just that via a fun night at Highland Park Improvement Club with the HPE PTA, 6 pm. Info in our calendar listing. (1116 SW Holden)

WEST SEATTLE MEANINGFUL MOVIE: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House-High Point, this month’s movie is “Paris to Pittsburgh.” Discussion follows. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

MAGICAL STRINGS IN CONCERT: Dancers too! 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall – details in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

SEE WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING … full list is on our complete calendar!