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UPDATE: Police search after gunfire in The Junction

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8:51 PM: Police are investigating gunfire in The Junction. First they got a report three men were seen “firing a gun” near 44th/Edmunds; now they’re investigating gunshot damage reported to a car. One suspect is reported to have been seen running north on 44th. More to come.

8:56 PM: Police have found a gun in a dumpster behind the west side of the 4700 block of California after a tip. … Now there’s a report one person might be injured “by shrapnel.” Also, Guardian One is helping with the search, and police say they’ve found shell casings. … Police have been told that some suspects might have left the area in a “gray sedan with a burned-out headlight.” They’re also going to block traffic at California/Edmunds.

9:08 PM: Police have told dispatch they’ve found “nine .40 millimeter casings” so far.

9:15 PM: A K9 team is helping search.

9:29 PM: Our crew says police are about to reopen the streets. The air and K9 searches have both dead-ended.

10:21 PM: No further information so far. We’ll be requesting the incident report tomorrow.

ADDED 12:24 PM FRIDAY: Here’s what we’ve learned from police: A 17-year-old saw a car circling his Junction-area house with occupants he suspected were involved in a recent robbery of a relative. He went out and drove after them. He then noticed “a group of males” standing on the corner of 44th/Edmunds and he said someone in that group fired at the car – he reported seeing the muzzle flash, though not the gun, and said bullets hit the driver-side door. Police later found four bullet holes in that door, and nine shell casings in the street at 44th/Edmunds. The group ran northbound; he described them as “five to eight high-school-aged black males, 5’10” to 6″, all but one wearing black hoodies.” He said he suspected they were associated with the vehicle he had been following, described as “a silver sedan with a left taillight out.” A nearby resident, meantime, reported seeing “three or four males” running in the alley between California and 44th; while that witness had no further description information, they saw someone throw something under a dumpster, and that’s where police subsequently found a semi-automatic handgun. A records check showed the gun had been reported stolen in Tacoma. SFD tells us the teen was treated by medics but did not require hospitalization.

A night with Sustainable West Seattle

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It was all about vision when Sustainable West Seattle gathered interested community members last night at Beveridge Place Pub in Morgan Junction. Our top photo shows people trying out the Oculus gear brought by “Diver Laura” James, featuring her Virtual Salish Sea video.

She also explained the camera gear she uses to shoot underwater video in Puget Sound. Another type of vision at the gathering: The many projects and groups tied into Sustainable West Seattle, including the Green Spaces Coalition:

But you can take your own sustainability hopes and dreams and work to make them a reality, noted SWS leader Stu Hennessey:


In general, Hennessey said, SWS works to help and uplift people and ideas, focusing on the positive – what you can be for, rather than what you’re against. For example, you can work on components of the “Green New Deal” – attendees could check out ideas via a flyer made earlier this month for West Seattle Meaningful Movies – another group with ties to SWS, and one of several whose reps were at last night’s gathering. Other projects/programs/groups discussed included the West Seattle Tool Library, Puget Ridge Edible Park, and Hate-Free Delridge.

1 to hospital after Sunrise Heights crash

1 person was taken to the hospital by private ambulance after that crash near (corrected) 30th and Holden this evening. The street was blocked off because a power line came down with the streetlight after the driver hit the pole.

Pre-construction Q&A at Avalon/35th/Alaska open house

Until 7 pm, you can drop in at American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle (3618 SW Alaska) to ask questions and get info about SDOT‘s soon-to-start Avalon/35th/Alaska project.

It’ll repave the entirety of Avalon, between the West Seattle Bridge and Fauntleroy Way, as well as three blocks of 35th SW south of Avalon and one block of SW Alaska west of 35th. Avalon will also be reconfigured as part of the project, as shown here. While the final design was announced earlier this year, details that are just emerging now include the timeline and where the work will start. Project coordinator Adonis Ducksworth says the stretch on 35th is likely to be the first site:

The 35th section will have to be rebuilt, with a new water main, because of damage done in a break. On Avalon, Ducksworth says, the Genesee to Yancy stretch is likely to be the first site, and the crew might move northward during summer, which Luna Park Café owner John Bennett says would be the worst possible time of year for his business – the summer peak. He is among those we’ve seen and heard here and the doors are open to all until 7. P.S. If you have questions but can’t get here – the project mailbox is avalonpaving@seattle.gov.

Presidential primary vs. caucus, plus other elections, @ 34th District Democrats

sealthabove1(WSB photo from Chief Sealth IHS during the 2016 Democratic caucusing)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Our area’s largest political organization is on the record as backing a primary election instead of caucuses for determining who to support in the 2020 presidential nomination process.

The resolution vote at last night’s monthly meeting of the 34th District Democrats was not without a bit of controversy. And it’s not the only opinion from our area that will be considered – if you’re a Democrat, the state party organization wants to hear from you too.

That was the spotlight topic at the meeting. The 34th DDs’ state committeewoman and committeeman, Ann Martin and Chris Porter, explained that the state party is currently in a 30-day comment period regarding whether to use the primary or caucus for determining the state’s delegation to the national convention. It’s been caucuses in the past; while the state has had a primary, the party hasn’t used its results.

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DEVELOPMENT: 8415 Delridge project in Early Design Outreach process

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That 65-year-old house at 8415 Delridge Way SW is on a big lot (15,300 square feet) now planned for 14 rowhouse-style townhouses and 14 offstreet-parking spaces. It’s the latest West Seattle project added to the city’s list of sites going through the “early community outreach” phase of Design Review. That means the project team will schedule a community meeting to talk about the design; nothing’s on the schedule yet. The site plan shows seven units facing Delridge, the other seven behind them, and the parking area on the alley.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Rock spill on Delridge

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Thanks for the tip! Cleanup is under way in the 6300 block of Delridge Way after a rock spill from a truck. The SB lanes are blocked but traffic is being directed around the spill/cleanuo zone.

See who’s booked so far for Summer Concerts at Hiawatha – and what else happened @ Admiral Neighborhood Association

ANA president David Hancock and membership co-chair Susan Staples, Lynell Ray of Counterforce West, and ANA secretary Delores Kannas.

Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Admiral neighbors and community leaders came together Tuesday night for a meeting of the Admiral Neighborhood Association, to discuss music, regional transit, neighborhood improvement, business community support and a variety of topics.

The ANA meeting, held at The Sanctuary at Admiral, was the second meeting as president for David Hancock, the group’s new leader.

Toplines from the meeting are below:

SUMMER CONCERTS: Stephanie Jordan, ANA’s coordinator for the popular Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series (happening Thursday nights from July 18 through August 22 on the east lawn of Hiawatha Community Center), shared the names of the 4 musical acts currently scheduled to appear, with a couple of dates to be announced soon:

Jordan also gave an update on the positive collaboration with the community center (which provides the stage for the event, and a portion of the publicity) and reiterated the need for volunteers — she said that she would finalize the list of needed volunteer roles in time for ANA’s May meeting.

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TERMINAL 5: Lease vote rescheduled again

In case you’re keeping track: The vote on new leases for West Seattle’s Terminal 5 has been postponed again. It was first expected on March 5th; while the Northwest Seaport Alliance managing members (port commissioners from Seattle and Tacoma) voted that day to authorize sending the T-5 modernization project out to bid, a vote on the leases first outlined last month was postponed until next Tuesday (March 19th). Then last night the NWSA changed that to “postponed/TBD.” So we checked today to see why. NWS spokesperson Nick Demerice tells WSB that some of the details are still being finalized, noting that the plan centered on SSA taking a berth at T-5 post-modernization isn’t just one lease but multiple leases, multiple parties, from multiple nations. They’re hoping the special vote meeting can be rescheduled for later this month. (When it is, you’ll see that here.)

West Seattle Art Walk, Avalon open house, and much more for your Thursday!

Topping the highlight list for today/tonight – the final West Seattle Art Walk of winter:

5 “until late,” the map/list shows where you’ll find art and/or food and drink specials, in The Junction and beyond. And this preview on the official Art Walk site features some of the artists and venues, to help you plan where to go and what to see! The weather’s perfect for a night out. (P.S. WSB is a community co-sponsor of the Art Walk.)

Also of note for the hours ahead:

PI DAY: Bird on a Wire Espresso is celebrating pies today in honor of 3.14, open until 8 pm. Details in our calendar listing. (35th/Henderson)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM CLOSED TODAY: Furnace work is keeping the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Alki HQ shuttered for the day, but SWSHS tells us they expect it to reopen regular hours (noon-4 pm) tomorrow.

AVALON REPAVING/RECHANNELIZATION OPEN HOUSE: Before West Seattle’s next major SDOT project starts construction next month, see the final plan and ask questions during a 5:30-7 pm open house at American Legion Post 160. (3618 SW Alaska)

LGBTQ COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: Second Thursday Out! at the Senior Center of West Seattle is centered this month on this conversation series – talking tonight about sex and again. Social hour at 6 pm, (free) dinner at 6:30 to start the evening. (4217 SW Oregon)

‘THE HISTORIC HUNDRED’: Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard bring their illustrated-history talk – from their new “Seattle Now and Then” book, edited by West Seattleite Clay Eals – to Words, Writers, West Seattle.

6 pm at Southwest Library. (9010 35th SW)

AVIATION PROGRAMS OPEN HOUSE: 6-7 pm, visit South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) to find out about the programs in its Aeronautical Technology department. (6000 16th SW)

C & P OPEN MIC: All genres welcome at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

‘JOHN’: Opening night for the new play at ArtsWest in The Junction, 7:30 pm curtain. Get tickets here. (4711 California SW)

PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC: Cecil Moses & The SGs at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

THAT’S JUST THE START! See the full list on our complete calendar.

Scouting for Food: 2 more announcements

Last weekend, we published Cub Scout Pack 284‘s announcement that Scouts would be distributing doorhangers last weekend and picking up food this Saturday as part of the annual Scouting for Food door-to-door drive. Other troops and packs are participating too, and we’ve since received two more announcements.

That’s a 2018 photo from Pack 799, which will be distributing notices in this area of Arbor Heights and then collecting food on March 23rd. They’re grateful for, and again hoping or, “amazing support … from our neighbors, resulting in a lot of fun for Scouts while performing an important community service.”

And from Troop 282:

BSA Scouts Troop 282 is participating in Scouting for Food for the next two weekends as well. Our target area is from Genesee to Charlestown, 44th Ave SW to 55th Ave SW. We’ll be canvassing with door hangers Saturday morning on the 16th and collecting food for the West Seattle Food Bank early on the morning of the 23rd. Just leave the food on your doorstep and we’ll pick it up before 9.

11,000 people in our community rely on the food bank and the food bank’s stocks typically get low at this time of the year. Thanks, everybody!

Anybody else? Let us know – thank you!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch

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

6:54 AM: We start with an alert about northbound I-5 – it’s backed up for miles because of a deadly motorcycle crash at Mercer, where three lanes are currently blocked.

7:18 AM: State Patrol has no ETA on how long the I-5 lane closures will continue. Alternate routes are backed up too so anything northbound from here is going to take longer. Meantime, just heard word of a crash on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge by the 99 exit, though it might already have cleared to the shoulder.

7:59 AM: Most of those I-5 lanes have reopened but a long NB backup continues.