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CONGRATULATIONS! Essay contest win, City Hall spotlight for West Seattle High School junior Keaton Dickinson

The photos and report are from proud parents Corey Dickinson and Anne Dickinson:

Lifetime West Seattle resident and West Seattle High School junior Keaton Dickinson just won first place in the Youth Against Gun Violence Essay Contest on the date of the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School Shooting. The essay contest was sponsored by Washington Ceasefire, an organization dedicated to reducing gun violence.

Keaton arrived at City Hall this morning thinking she would listen to and support common-sense ideas on preventing gun violence in schools and society. She soon learned that she won first place in the essay contest and a $750 scholarship.

She then read her essay to a crowd of 200, which included Mayor Jenny Durkan, City Attorney Pete Holmes, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and Seattle City Councilmembers.

Keaton is passionate about preventing gun violence. She has volunteered for Washington Initiative 1639, gathering petitions for the measure to help get it on the 2018 ballot, and she also worked the phone banks to help the initiative get passed. She is President of the West Seattle High School Gun Violence Prevention Club. Earlier this year, Keaton organized a voter registration drive at West Seattle High School where she registered over 500 voters, most of whom will be first-time voters.

You can read Keaton’s essay here (PDF).

UPDATE: ~99-year-old man extricated from car, taken to hospital after 35th SW collision

(Added: Reader photo, texted)

7:22 PM: SFD and SPD are at the scene of what’s described as a 2-vehicle crash at 35th/Hudson, 1 person trapped. Avoid the area. Updates to come.

7:33 PM: We are just arriving. On the north side of the scene, 35th is closed at Edmunds.

7:43 PM: The extrication from this car, a Subaru, is over and the person’s being taken to the hospital.

(WSB photos from here down)

Police are talking to the person we believe is the driver of the other vehicle, a Jeep.

7:53 PM: SPD tells us the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad has been called out, so the closure will likely last a few hours.

8:29 PM: According to SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley, the injured driver is “approximately 99 years old.” He was in stable condition as SFD transported him to Harborview. Police told us the early indication was that he was headed eastbound on Hudson, to turn onto 35th, when he collided with the Jeep driver, who was headed southbound.

11:39 PM: Still closed.

12:17 AM: SDOT just tweeted that the road has reopened.

VIDEO: West Seattle Thriftway’s 2019 egg hunters find fun

April 20, 2019 6:39 pm
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle news

The first egg hunt of the weekend was off and almost-running at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) this morning – and yet there’s always a moment amid the rush for a bunny-meets-bunny moment:

Once eggs have been procured among the produce (or kitchenware, or …) it’s time to stop and check what’s inside:

For the smallest participants, that requires assistance:

And the search went on:

Thriftway just celebrated its 31st birthday and will have other special events as the spring and summer roll on – next Saturday, for example, weather permitting, they’ll try again for the first benefit barbecue of the season – buy an outdoor-grilled lunch starting around 11 am, and the proceeds will be donated to the West Seattle Food Bank.

West Seattle Easter weekend scenes: Egg hunters’ Hiawatha happiness

April 20, 2019 5:52 pm
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle news

(WSB photos)

Well-dressed egg hunters were in view at Hiawatha Community Center this morning, one of many Seattle Parks-run centers around the city that welcomed local kids on this semi-sunny Saturday. Bunny ears were a popular accessory:

The littlest egg hunters got a bit of grown-up help:

This annual tradition involves a lot of planning and preparation by center volunteers and staffers – then suddenly it’s time to gather by age group, and the biggest final task is to get the excited attendees to wait for “go”!

(Added) Minutes after we published this, we received two photos from the Austins:

They write, “It was crazy! The high school helpers work awesome, as well as everyone else who volunteered to make this day a success. My kindergartner was very happy.”

Kids ready for a second round of egg hunting have their choice of several local churches having them tomorrow before or after holiday services – check our list for locations!

420 CELEBRATION: Carnival at Canna

On the calendar date that’s become an unofficial holiday for cannabis aficionados, an adults-only carnival is happening until 6 pm outside Canna West Culture Shop, sibling store to Canna West Seattle (WSB sponsor). Performances and games are happening outside the store.

Treats too – free Husky Deli ice cream, cookie dough and chocolate when we stopped by. Even some magic, with Canna West Seattle’s own Erik Backes:

No admission but you do have to be at least 21. Canna West Culture Shop is at 5435 California SW, right across the street from Canna (which is having sales for the occasion, too).

CRIME WATCH: Gunfire investigations in White Center, West Seattle

Two gunfire investigations in the past 12 hours:

WHITE CENTER: Thanks for all the tips on this afternoon’s 16th SW gunfire. Deputies say people in two vehicles exchanged gunfire, both missing but hitting a third, the minivan in our photo above. No injuries. We’re updating the story on our partner site White Center Now.

WEST SEATTLE: Though we were on the desk until 4:30 am, we didn’t hear anything about this until an email question at midday about gunfire heard around 3 am. Checking the SPD automated Tweets by Beats, we found a call categorized as “drive-by shooting/no injuries” in the Fauntleroy/Edmunds vicinity about that time. No further details.

West Seattle Easter weekend scenes: Eastridge egg hunt @ Lincoln Park

The Easter … stormtrooper? That was among the sightings at Lincoln Park this morning during one of three egg hunts we covered. This one is presented every year by Eastridge Church and draws hundreds of kids.

Thousands of eggs were in the meadow for the “hunters.”

More egg hunting this afternoon and tomorrow – see our list! And we’re working on more coverage of this morning’s big fun elsewhere, too.

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: The cruise ship that’s bound for Harbor Island

April 20, 2019 1:53 pm
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 |   Port of Seattle | Seen at sea | West Seattle news

(Added: Saturday evening photo, before Norwegian Joy moved to Harbor Island)

1:53 PM: Though cruise-ship season doesn’t officially resume until May 4th, a big ship is at Pier 66 today and will then be at Harbor Island for a while. Port of Seattle spokesperson Peter McGraw tells WSB that the 3,804-passenger-capacity Norwegian Joy will move from the downtown dock to Vigor “for some minor interior work” before it returns to 66 for the May 4th departure. (This report indicates that’s the final phase in a “refit” as the two-year-old ship shifts to Alaska cruises after starting out in Asia.)

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: shows the Joy is now off Harbor Island.

ADDED: Thanks to Max for the photo:

Roxhill Bog gets Duwamish Alive! spotlight @ community fair

April 20, 2019 11:52 am
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 |   West Seattle news

Community members rescued Roxhill Bog years ago and are working to do it again.

You can see for yourself firsthand until 1 pm at the Roxhill Park community fair that’s part of Duwamish Alive! Activities for all ages, including a chance to learn about wildlife:

You’ll see the fair in the park from its main entrance at 29th and Barton.

Egg hunts, Duwamish Alive, Alki Tai Chi, and much more for your West Seattle Saturday

(Rufous Hummingbird, photographed by Mark Ahlness, shared via WSB Flickr group)

Welcome to a very busy Saturday! First, the seasonal highlights:

FULL LIST OF EGG HUNTS: They’re happening from morning through afternoon, at businesses and at community centers and parks, and there’s even one for adults! The full list is on our Easter/Passover/Etc. page along with other special eents.

COMMUNITY SEDER: The Kol HaNeshamah community seder happening on this second night of Passover is at capacity, so we’re just mentioning it as a reminder if you preregistered.

SERVICES: Church services for today, tonight, and tomorrow are on our special page too.

Now, highlights of what else is up today/tonight, (mostly) from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

RIDE FOR MAJOR TAYLOR: Cascade Bicycle Club‘s ride benefiting the Major Taylor program leaves White Center Bicycle Playground at 8 am and, after a route through south King County, to Tacoma, and onto Vashon Island, will pass through West Seattle on the way back as riders ferry from Vashon to Fauntleroy and return to WC. Full details and course map here.

TAI CHI AT THE BEACH BEGINS: First Saturday of the season for Tai Chi at Alki Beach with Caylen Storm! 9 am near Statue of Liberty Plaza. Free, “but portraits of presidents are welcome” – more info in our calendar listing. (61st SW and Alki SW)

PANCAKES! First-ever community all-you-can-eat pancake feed at Nepenthe, 9 am-noon. (9447 35th SW)

DUWAMISH ALIVE! – T-107 OPENING EVENT: Before a day of volunteering along, and in the watershed of, Seattle’s only river, hear from local advocates and leaders at the T-107 Park opening ceremony, 9:30 am. (4750 W. Marginal Way SW)

DUWAMISH ALIVE! – COMMUNITY FAIR AT ROXHILL PARK/BOG: 11 am-1 pm, come to Roxhill Park to have fun, enjoy a free lunch, and learn about its role as the headwater site of Longfellow Creek, during this first-ever community fair. (29th SW and SW Barton)

WEST SEATTLE BOAT SWAP: First-ever swap and scratch-and-dent sale! Noon-6 pm at American Legion Post 160. (3618 SW Alaska)

CANNA 420 CARNIVAL: The unofficial holiday for cannabis aficionados is here, and Canna West Culture Shop invites you (provided you’re at least 21) to a carnival! 2-6 pm. Music, magic, art, free Husky Deli ice cream, and more – details here. (5435 California SW)

WSHS BASEBALL AT T-MOBILE PARK: 6:30 pm, you can get in for free at the big baseball stadium downtown as West Seattle HS plays Ballard in this year’s High School Baseball Classic. (1250 1st Ave. S.)

PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL: 6:30 pm at American Legion Post 160, the festival’s world tour stops in West Seattle, with the screening presented by Alki Kayak Tours and Mountain to Sound Outfitters. (3618 SW Alaska)

AT KENYON HALL: The Ray Skjelbred Trio in concert, 7:30 pm. Ticket info is in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

NIGHTLIFE: Music way into the night – see the listings on our full calendar.

BASEBALL: West Seattle HS hosts Chief Sealth IHS in ‘Best of the West’ game

(WSB photos. Above, head coaches Ernest Policarpio of CSIHS and Bryan Tupper of WSHS)

In the late-Friday drizzle at Hiawatha, West Seattle High School hosted Chief Sealth International High School to see who would take this year’s baseball bragging rights as “Best in the West.”

Wildcats junior Jackson Sullivan got the win on the mound, a 4-0 shutout. And that meant WSHS got the trophy – at least until next year’s game.

Tonight (Saturday) you can see the Wildcats play at T-Mobile Park, 6:30 pm vs. Ballard, free! The next game for the Seahawks, meantime, is Monday (April 22nd) at 4 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex vs. Bainbridge Island.