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West Seattle scene: Fins and feathers

Thanks to Trevor Simonton for the photos from Sunday, taken from the shore at Lincoln Park. He writes:

My wife and I saw some kind of porpoises (and a harbor seal) fishing off of the Fauntleroy ferry terminal … I thought it would be fun to share some pics.

We would love to get some opinions on what kinds of fins we saw… maybe Harbor Porpoise? Dall’s Porpoise? (on the far right of the pic of the paddleboarder there’s a harbor seal’s head… he was bobbing up and down along with the porpoises)

Trevor’s photos included one that needs no ID help:

As for the fins – even with a species guide like the one offered by The Whale Trail, we couldn’t tell. Can you?

VIDEO: Orville Peck at Easy Street Records

Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Masked country crooner Orville Peck and his band played for a packed house Monday night during their in-store performance at Easy Street Records.

Peck, known for his unique leather-fringe mask and throwback sound, played songs from his debut album Pony, released in March on Seattle’s own Sub Pop Records.  His local show on Saturday night at Barboza was sold out, which made his free all-ages performance at Easy Street an even stronger draw.

Here are two video clips of the performance:

The crowd spilled out onto the sidewalk next to California Ave., where a little drizzle didn’t spoil the fun:

Upcoming in-store shows are listed on Easy Street’s website, including Justin Townes Earle this Thursday (May 23) and Silversun Pickups on May 31st.

CONGRATULATIONS! 3 West Seattle HS golfers headed to state tournament

May 20, 2019 8:26 pm
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3 golfers from West Seattle High School will compete in the state tournament, which starts tomorrow. The report and photos are from head coach Joel Snow:

West Seattle High School Golfers are off to the State Tournament!

On Tuesday, May 14th, the West Seattle Girls Golf Team competed at the District Tournament at the Riverbend Golf Course in Kent. Lauryn Nguyen, Dalaney Pham, Jora Tillman, Maria Grossi, Helen Schlachter, and Emily Buchanan represented West Seattle High School. Although we missed out on sending a team to the State Tournament the girls played well and competed against the best girls’ teams from Seattle and Bellevue.

We did have two girls qualify as individuals for the State Tournament. Sophomore Lauryn Nguyen continues to play great golf and added the District Championships Individual Title to her Metro League Championship Individual Title. Lauryn shot a 3 under par 69 to win by one stroke in a match that wasn’t decided until the 18th hole where Lauryn scored a two-putt birdie to earn the one stroke victory. Sophomore Dalaney Pham has also earned a spot at the State Tournament with a score of 88 and a top 10 finish in the Individual category.

Representing the West Seattle High School Boys team at the State Tournament is Senior Cameron Smith. At the District Championships for boys, which was previously held back in October, Cameron shot a 77 and a top 10 finish in the Individual category.

The State Tournament will be held on May 21st and 22nd in Olympia.

Congratulations to all the girls who competed in the District Championship Tournament, to Lauryn for her Individual Title and to Lauryn, Dalaney, and Cameron for making it to the High School Golf State Tournament!

For information on the West Seattle High School Golf Team please contact Coach Joel at

WEST SEATTLE TURKEY: School sightings

At our West Seattle Bee Festival booth on Saturday, the bird we have uncreatively nicknamed “The West Seattle Turkey” was Topic A with those who stopped by to say hi. So we’re sharing news of three sightings today. Above is a photo sent by Lily this afternoon when the turkey turned up in the 3200 block of Walnut SW, just a bit south of West Seattle High School, where Zoe caught this quick clip:

Zoe reports, “The turkey that has been roaming around was behind the woodshop at West Seattle High School this morning. A fun addition to 4th period. And it was still in the area this afternoon – this photo’s from Ray:

Ray saw it this afternoon on the northeast side of the WSHS campus. As Rose reported last week, the turkey seems to have settled in the general east Admiral area. Sightings began in southwest West Seattle three weeks ago. No one’s come forward to say they’re missing a turkey; we’ve checked with the Seattle Animal Shelter and they’re mystified too.

SPORTS: Medals for Duwamish Rowing Club

The photo and report are from Sarah Blum with the Duwamish Rowing Club:

Jyvon Camarillo and Alek Gastmans from Duwamish Rowing Club won bronze Friday 5/17 in Men’s Youth Novice Doubles at Youth Regional Rowing Championships, Vancouver Lake, WA.

There were over 750 crews competing from over 30 teams including singles, doubles, fours, quads, and eights in both Novice, Jr Varsity and Varsity levels. Duwamish Rowing Club had one single, four doubles and two fours.

All the youth worked hard through the winter and spring to prepare and gave each race their best.

You can cheer the DRC on their home river during the Dieter Hotz Regatta on July 27th.

Another playground project: Louisa Boren STEM K-8! Community participation needed, too

May 20, 2019 2:40 pm
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 |   Delridge | How to help | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Playground projects everywhere! Here’s the latest announcement we’ve received – can you help!

STEM is Taking First Steps for New Playground

Louisa Boren is taking the first steps to improve the school playground by applying for several Seattle City Grants. One requirement is that a steering committee is created. The committee should represent school families and community members. We are looking for community members to join the Playground Building Steering Committee.

If you know of somebody, outside of STEM, that wants to help create a fun, safe space for Delridge families to access, please have them call or email Adrienne Ollerenshaw:

The school is at 5950 Delridge Way SW.

BIZNOTE: Where you can park for Luna Park businesses during road work

12:45 PM: The photos are from Luna Park Café proprietor John Bennett, who wants to be sure you know there IS parking for his business and others nearby while road work has the east side of Avalon off-limits.

“Seattle Department of Transportation has arranged for us to use the park-and-ride lot underneath the West Seattle Bridge for temporary parking for the Luna Park business district,” Bennett tells WSB. “Due to construction and loss of parking on Avalon Way, we encourage our customers to park there. It is a little walk but there is plenty of parking there.” The city has said the SW Orleans street end used as public parking between LP Café and The Shack will remain open but that can fill up fast.

ADDED 2:14 PM: One more sign to underscore the point:

FOLLOWUP: Il Nido opens tomorrow at historic Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge

(WSB photo, last week)

Eight months after West Seattle-residing Chef Mike Easton announced he would open Il Nido in the historic Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge, he revealed today that it’s opening tomorrow (by reservation). He is renowned for Il Corvo downtown; in the announcement last September, he described the plan for Il Nido as “absolutely Italian, driven by market produce.” As we reported days after that announcement, when the Homestead’s refurbished neon sign was returned and reinstalled, Il Nido will be the main tenant, but Dennis Schilling, who bought the Homestead (damaged in a 2009 fire) in 2015, is still the building’s owner.

COUNTDOWN: 2 months until Float Dodger 5K returns!

May 20, 2019 9:58 am
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(WSB file photo from Float Dodger 5K)

Wondering about upcoming run/walk events now that the 2019 West Seattle 5K (WSB coverage here) is over? We are exactly two months away from the return of the Float Dodger 5K, on the West Seattle Grand Parade route right before the parade July 20th! West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) presents the Float Dodger 5K and put it on hiatus last year, but this year it’s back, with proceeds benefiting the West Seattle Helpline. Discount registration is available now online, or fee-free at WSR (2743 California SW). The Float Dodger 5K is accompanied by prizes, a post-race beer garden, and even a costume contest!


May 20, 2019 6:58 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)

6:58 AM: Good morning. One problem so far – a blocking vehicle on S. Dearborn between the NB 99 exit and 1st.

TRAFFIC/ROAD WORK REMINDERS: Here are 3, including changes in the Avalon/35th work zones.

7:09 AM: Another blocking-vehicle report, this one from the scanner – Sylvan Way @ Sylvan Heights Drive (map).

7:45 AM: Crash on NB 99/509 just south of 1st Av S Bridge.

8:17 AM: The Dearborn blockage has cleared.

MONDAY: Chief Sealth IHS announces students to be honored at Masonic Lodge’s annual awards

May 20, 2019 12:09 am
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Tonight the Alki Masonic Lodge in The Junction honors outstanding local students. Chief Sealth International High School principal Aida Fraser-Hammer shares word of her school’s honorees:

Chief Sealth International High School is pleased to announce that Lance Allan Angeles, Clayton Church, Della Floyd, Kelly Le, Quoc Ly, Toan Nuynh, Sheila Richardson, and Elena Ruiz will be honored on Monday night at the 41st annual awards ceremony of the Alki Masonic Lodge #152 as the top eight students of the Junior Class. These outstanding students have demonstrated that they are accomplished scholars with excellent academic, civic, inter-personal and community-based skills.

Each junior will receive a framed certificate of achievement and a monetary award. In addition, the Lodge committee will announce the names of two of these scholars at the ceremony who will receive an engraved plaque and an additional monetary award. These two students will also have their names engraved on the perpetual plaque which is on display at Chief Sealth. The Award program will start at 7:00 PM on Monday, May 20, at the Masoni Lodge, 40th Ave SW and SW Edmunds St. Refreshments will be served immediately after the ceremony. Faculty, family, and friends are encouraged to attend as we recognize the accomplishments of these outstanding students.

We are also proud to recognize the top two students from last year’s awards ceremony, Olivia Palmer and Asher Didier, who were invited by the Masonic Lodge as speakers at this year’s ceremony.

These two will also compete with other students in the West Seattle region for a scholarship of $1,000.

Thank you to the Masonic Lodge #152 for its continued support of students in the West Seattle region and for recognizing these outstanding Chief Sealth scholars.