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FOLLOWUP: West Seattle Health Club’s repairs wrap up, as RV-parking concerns linger

(WSB photo from Monday: Site where crash/fire damaged West Seattle Health Club, 4+ months later)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Four and a half months after a vehicle hit the West Seattle Health Club and sparked a fire, repairs are finally wrapping up at the fitness facility. And its management is still trying to get the city to take action to eliminate residential-RV parking nearby.

We went to WSHC to talk with its vice president of operations Dan Lehr after his ongoing requests – and frustration – resurfaced in an email discussion started by nearby resident Jill, concerned about trash by the RVs, with WSB among the CCs. (The photo above this paragraph is from Jill’s email.)

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Seen this silver Excursion?

The photo and report are from Trevor:

My 2003 Ford Excursion was stolen off 42nd Ave SW between Genesee and Oregon early yesterday morning.

The vehicle is silver, has roof racks with a Thule cargo box, and a decal on the rear window that reads “Santiago Cyclery.”

It’s been reported to police. We’re checking with Trevor for the plate # and will add that when we get it.

West Seattle HS student serves as State Senate Page for a week

March 5, 2019 7:02 pm
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The past few weekends, we have featured local students who spent a week serving as pages at the State Legislature. Just found out about another student who served last week in Olympia, West Seattle High School student Ellie Vann, shown with 34th District State Senator Joe Nguyen. You can find out more about the Page Program by going here.

CONGRATULATIONS! Championship season for West Seattle Basketball Club 8th-graders

March 5, 2019 6:19 pm
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Thanks to Keith Swanson for the photo and report:

​The West Seattle Basketball Club 8th-grade boys team won the Peak League championship on Sunday, topping off an undefeated season.

Pictured from left to right: George Gosztola, Roman Centioli, Calvin Barash, Trey Moore, Lachlan Swanson, Miles Gosztola, Joseph Lee, Elijah Brady, Owen Earls, Anton Craven, Chase Clifton, Luke Wade, Keith Swanson, Tony Pryor.

Find out more about the club here.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Admiral arrest; Youngstown theft

Two notes in West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:

ADMIRAL ARREST: Multiple inquiries about an arrest near 45th SW/SW Stevens this morning. We don’t have incident details but the Southwest Precinct says it started with a burglary attempt and ended with a suspect being taken into custody. (added) Here are the details via SPD Blotter:

Police took a man into custody after a woman called 911 to report someone was trying to break into her West Seattle home.

A woman called 911 at 8 a.m. Tuesday to report an unknown man had attempted to enter into her home in the 3000 block of 45th Avenue Southwest.

While officers were responding to the address, the woman updated dispatchers and told them the suspect had run down a nearby alley. Officers converged on the address and following a brief foot pursuit, took the 25-year-old suspect into custody.

Officers later booked the suspect into King County Jail for investigation of burglary.

YOUNGSTOWN THEFT: From a reader:

I captured this propane thief on video around noon (Monday). Hoping you can post in case anyone recognizes her. This is the third tank I’ve had stolen in the last year.

PHOTOS: 4 giant cranes pass West Seattle, headed for Tacoma

(Updated photo, 1:59 pm)

1:27 PM: We’re at Alki, where the heavy-lift ship Zhen Hua 31 is in view in the distance, headed this way, carrying 4 huge “super-post-Panamax” cranes – lift height of 165 feet – to the Port of Tacoma. Backstory is in our Monday preview. The Northwest Seaport Allianc tells us that, as was the case when a similar delivery was made a year ago, the ship will be pausing to change pilots, so it’s likely to be in view a while.

1:53 PM: The ship is at the bay’s entrance now.

(This photo and next by WSB’s Patrick Sand)

2:22 PM: Back out of the bay now.

Should be visible a while longer from west-facing West Seattle.

(Photo by Lynn Hall)

3:04 PM: Now out of West Seattle waters, passing Burien. (More photos added)

(This photo and next by David Hutchinson)

And yes, we’ll see cranes like these headed for West Seattle’s Terminal 5 eventually – the NWSA says the modernization project to make T-5 big-ship-ready will include them.

ADDED 7:15 AM WEDNESDAY: For some reason the Zhen Hua 31, cranes and all, sailed back up here at some point and is now off West Seattle again. Trying to find out why.

FOLLOWUP: Return of West Seattle’s most famous cow!

Just hours after we visited The Best of Hands Brewery and Barrelhouse, looking ahead to its Friday grand opening (here’s our story from last night), the iconic cow has reappeared atop the 35th/Webster building. Thanks to the readers who tipped us! The Best of Hands website tells the cow’s backstory. (When the brewers took over the former John’s Corner Deli building, they promised it would stay, but it went out of view last spring because of the remodeling.)

FOLLOWUP: Tons of success in Fauntleroy creosote removal

(WSB photo from February)

Two weeks ago, we reported on a state Department of Natural Resources-contracted crew removing creosote-contaminated logs from the Fauntleroy shore, one of many cleanups they do on shorelines around the state each year, with hopes of doing more. Resident Mike Dey (who also leads the Fauntleroy Commmunity Association) shares word of the final total – “45,960 pounds of contaminated logs from Fauntleroy Cove and another 16,580 pounds from Lincoln Park for a total of 62,540 pounds of creosote laden logs from the beach. (The DNR) said this may be the largest collection they have ever had from a continuous private beach. Quite a haul.”

6 for your West Seattle Tuesday

(Common Goldeneye, photographed in February by Mark Wangerin)

In the hours ahead:

NURSING INFORMATION SESSION: 11 am-1 pm at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Cascade Hall room 202,

South Seattle College’s Nursing department will be holding information sessions for the Nursing Assistant Certified (NA-C) and Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs. The Nursing Assistant Certified (NA-C) information session runs from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) information session from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Meet with nursing department staff and faculty, learn more about the application process and discover funding resources for college!

(6000 16th SW)

CRANE-CARRYING SHIP TO SAIL PAST: The Zhen Hua 31, carrying four big new cranes for the Port of Tacoma as previewed Monday, is currently passing Port Townsend. We’ll post an update when it’s approaching.

WESTWOOD-ROXHILL-ARBOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY COALITION: 6:15 pm at Southwest Library, first meeting of the year! (9010 35th SW)

FLY-TYING COMPETITION/CELEBRATION: Free event at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor), 7 pm, but you need to pre-register for this celebration of EWA’s fly-tying class series: “We will present a handful of materials in which each participant will have a set amount of time to construct a fly for any species they desire. … For this event, we will be throwing a bunch of random materials on the table and you will have to do your best to piece together an unbeatable fly! It can be for any species, and use any combination of the provided materials. It will take some creativity, but will be nothing but fun in the process. Prize – gift card to the winner, and discounted fly-tying material for everyone who shows up!” (4502 42nd SW)

FAMILY STORY TIME: 7 pm at Delridge Library, for kids of all ages. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

MARDI GRAS PARTY: 8 pm, live music at Parliament Tavern with Super Krewe. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

MUCH MORE ON OUR CALENDAR … see it all here.

Memorial service Saturday for Howard Bogie, 1929-2019

Family and friends will gather Saturday (March 9th) in memory of Howard Bogie. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:

Howard Bogie passed away February 21, 2019 in Seattle at the age of 89.

He was born November 22, 1929 in Seattle, Washington, the son of Donald and Hilda Bogie. He is survived by Dorcas, his wife of 67 years, and sons David Bogie and wife Lora and Donald Bogie and wife Sheryl, daughter in-law Sue Bogie, and his sister Alice Shantz; grandchildren Michael Bogie and wife Jan, Katherine Calligan and husband Ian, Christopher Bogie and wife Lindsey and Collin Bogie. Also, great-grandchildren Hannah Lora Calligan and Victoria and Annabelle Bogie. He is preceded in death by son Dennis Bogie and grandson Ryan Bogie.

Howard graduated from San Jose State College with an Honors degree in Recreation after serving in the Air Force. He began his 40-year career in Recreation in Redwood City, CA, moved to Salinas, CA, and then to Stockton, CA, and was with the City of Seattle Parks Department for 23 years as a Director of Aquatics, Athletics and Golf Facilities. He was very involved with aquatics his entire life and was a swimming pool design consultant.

In 1973 Washington State designated Howard as a Distinguished Washington Citizen and the City of Seattle declared February 2, 1990 as Howard Bogie Day in Seattle. He loved sports and this love led him to being a statistician for over 20 years for the Seattle SuperSonics. For KIRO Radio Howard did the statistics for the Seattle Seahawks and the University of Washington Huskies, and he also worked with the Seattle Mariners. He served as Seattle Men’s Fastpitch Softball Commissioner 1966-77 and National Vice President and brought the Men’s Fastpitch National Tournament to Seattle in 1973 and the Men’s World Tournament to Tacoma in 1980. Upon retirement he began a second career organizing Charity Golf Tournaments. He organized over 175 tournaments that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy causes.

Howard was a kind soul, loving husband, great father, loving grandfather and great-grandfather. He will truly be missed by all those that had the pleasure and honor of knowing him. Howard was a very active member for over 40 years at Tibbetts United Methodist Church in West Seattle, where a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Tibbetts is located at 3940 41st Ave SW.

In lieu of flowers, memorials honoring the life of Howard Bogie can be made to:
The Lenny Wilkens Foundation or Tibbetts United Methodist Church.

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


(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

6:56 AM: Good morning! No incidents so far this clear, cold Tuesday.

FERRY REMINDER: The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route is still on a two-boat schedule.