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VIDEO: How Field Day made you safer

June 26, 2019 9:33 pm
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 |   Preparedness | West Seattle news

This past weekend, amateur-radio operators and emergency-preparedness specialists gathered at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) for the annual Field Day. Community members were welcome to stop by, observe, and learn. In case you weren’t able to, local videographer Mark Jaroslaw created the video above explaining how – in case of catastrophe, particularly The Big One – what was happening on Field Day ultimately will help you be safer in the aftermath. Participating entities included the Puget Sound Repeater Group, Seattle Auxiliary Communication Service, West Seattle Amateur Radio Club, Western Washington Medical Services Team, Red Cross, Search And Rescue, Seattle Emergency Hubs, and the Seattle Office Of Emergency Management.

SATURDAY: Highland Park kickoff party for summer of free kids/teens’ meals

June 26, 2019 7:38 pm
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As of Friday, summer vacation is on for just about every kid in our area. That doesn’t mean a happy, carefree time for all … some kids and teens who depend on free and reduced-price meals at school are at risk of hunger. But the United Way of King County and regional partners want those young people and their families to know there’s summertime access to free food. Not only can you get info online via – which lists where and when kids and teens can get fed this summer -you also can go to the kickoff celebration noon-3 pm Saturday in Highland Park (1100 SW Cloverdale). United Way says, “This event is great for families to receive a free meal and participate in fun activities, such as a bounce house, face painting, and an obstacle course! We will also have a few guest speakers, including Batman for the kids!”

Higher ferry fares? Pay with Good-to-Go passes? Your opinions sought

(Fauntleroy ferries inbound and outbound: WSB photo, 2018)

From the Washington State Transportation Commission:

Ferry customers and anyone with an interest in Washington State Ferries fares are being asked to weigh in on a new fare proposal that would take effect starting this October.

The Washington State Transportation Commission has released its proposal to increase ferry fares over the next two years. The proposed increase must generate $407 million in fare revenue between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2021, as required in the recently passed two-year state transportation budget for Washington State Ferries operations.

The commission’s proposal includes two ferry fare increases over the next two years and an increase in the current capital surcharge paid on each fare, as required by the Legislature to support construction of a new vessel. The commission proposed these increases after considering input from Washington State Ferries, the Ferry Advisory Committee on Tariffs, and public input gathered through a series of ferry community meetings in April and May 2019.

A summary of the ferry fare and policy proposal is as follows:

Proposed fare increase for Oct. 1, 2019
-2.5 percent fare increase for vehicles
-An additional 5 percent fare increase for oversize vehicles on the Anacortes/ Sidney, B.C., route
-2 percent fare increase for passengers
-Reservation no-show fee will be increased up to 100 percent of the one-way fare paid, based on a standard-sized vehicle
-The time in which transfers can be made on the San Juan Islands Interisland ferry is valid through the end of the service day it was issued

Proposed fare increase for May 1, 2020
-2.5 percent fare increase for small and standard sized vehicles
-An additional 5 percent fare increase for oversize vehicles on the Anacortes/ Sidney, B.C., route
-2 percent fare increase for passengers
-25-cent increase for the capital surcharge, dedicated to the construction of a new vessel

This proposal also allows Washington State Ferries to pursue two different potential pilot programs to test changes to fares and fare collection methods:

Low Income Fare Pilot: Starting no earlier than 2020 and contingent on receiving funding from the State Legislature and approval from the commission, this pilot would test a special passenger fare for low-income customers. If implemented, the pilot would run for no more than three years.

“Good to Go!” Pilot: This pilot would test the use of the “Good to Go!” system currently used to collect tolls on highways and bridges, to also collect ferry fares. Special fares might be established as part of this pilot, with approval from the commission. If implemented, the pilot would run for up to three years.

The commission will hold its final hearing on the fare proposal from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Board Room, 1011 Western Ave., Suite 500, Seattle. Public comment will be taken and the commission is expected to vote on the final fare and policy changes at this hearing.

Through Monday, July 29, the public is encouraged to provide comments on all of the proposed fare changes. Comments can be provided in the following formats:

Online open house: Learn more about the fare proposal and “vote” on each proposed change

Email: Please indicate “Ferry Fares” in the subject line.

In writing:

Washington State Transportation Commission
P.O. Box 47308
Olympia, WA 98504-7308

UPDATE: Motorcycle rider hurt in crash on NB 99

June 26, 2019 3:00 pm
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 |   West Seattle news

3 PM: If you’re headed toward downtown, avoid NB 99 for a while because of a crash before the tunnel.

The collision is reported to have left a motorcycle rider injured.

3:13 PM: Per radio communication, only one NB lane blocked now. We’ll check with SFD in a bit regarding the rider’s condition; they were reported to be “sitting up” shortly after medics arrived.

4 PM: SDOT says all lanes are open again. SFD tells WSB that the rider is a 28-year-old man, taken to Harborview in stable condition.

FOLLOWUP: Chef Brian Clevenger goes public with plan for new West Seattle Junction restaurant Haymaker

(WSB photo from May)

Last month, we reported that a liquor-license application indicated Chef Brian Clevenger – whose restaurants include Raccolto in the West Seattle Junction – had a plan for the ex-Vine and Spoon space. A spokesperson for the chef had no comment at the time – but now, the announcement has just arrived:

Executive Chef and Restaurateur Brian Clevenger has announced his newest restaurant – Haymaker – will officially open in West Seattle late July. Haymaker will stay true to what Clevenger is known for offering a selection of house extruded pastas, fresh local vegetables, and a variety of seafood dishes. In addition, Clevenger will expand the entrée selection to include items such as grilled prime New York steak with French fries and bone marrow; a Happy Hour burger; grilled Copper River Salmon with wild mushrooms, artichokes, and fish broth; and grilled Pork Collar with mission figs and polenta.

The name is a nod to his four existing harvest related restaurants, but reflects less of an Italian approach and allows the freedom to make different American focused fare. The space seats 50 and will offer patio seating for up to 18.

“I’m really excited to open another place in West Seattle. It’s the community that I live in and am proud to be a part of,” said Clevenger. “The neighborhood has been so supportive of us and we can’t wait to add another great dining experience to the junction. We will stay consistent with a casual dining environment, open kitchen, and lots of fresh produce.”

An extensive bar program will feature hand-crafted signature cocktails highlighting spirits from local distilleries and around the world, a selection of local and domestic beers, and a substantial wine list that features a number of Italian, French, and Pacific Northwest winemakers.

The restaurant will offer brunch service from 10:00 am-2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, with items such as buttermilk biscuits with pork gravy and sage, chicken fried steak with hash browns, hearty breakfast sandwiches, and house-made granola with yogurt and berries.

In the kitchen will be Executive Chef Brian Clevenger alongside Chef de Cuisine Aras Dailide (Raccolto), and Sous Chef David Valencia (Vendemmia).

Haymaker is located at 4706 California Ave SW. The restaurant is open daily from 5-10 pm, with a large happy hour offering at the 14 seat bar from 5-6 pm and 9-10 pm.

The space has been empty since Vine and Spoon was evicted six months ago along with sibling venue Alchemy around the corner (since revealed as the future new home of Phoenecia).

SUMMER SCHOOL! Invitation for all high-school students in West Seattle

Tomorrow’s the last day of classes at Seattle Public Schools. And again this year, local students who will be in 9th through 12th grades in the fall are invited to free summer school at West Seattle High School – to catch up, to get a head start, and more. It starts in less than 2 weeks, so sign up fast! Here’s the announcement we just received from summer-school administrator Sandi Whiton:

West Seattle High School is excited to offer summer school in the month of July for ALL West Seattle students from Chief Sealth and WSHS! Our program runs from July 8 to August 2, Mondays through Fridays. Instructional days are Mondays-Thursdays, with Fridays as tutoring, extra instructional time, and makeup days. Times of your specific classes will be issued once registration has closed, so please sign up as soon as possible.

We are offering some amazing classes this year for rising 10th-12th graders, including credit recovery in most subjects, grade repair, and 1st time credits, and we have ELL support as well. Additionally, we are offering FREE SAT Prep that will count as a .5 elective credit. Last year, this class raised our student’s SAT scores by an average of 150 points! We are also offering Strength and Conditioning for Athletes with our coaches and former college athletic trainer, and even a 1.0 CTE credit for your summer job if you’re willing to do some additional reflections and a few meetings with our CTE teacher. All of these things will help you get ahead of the game, ready to graduate on time, and move on to all the amazing things you want to do with your life.

Rising 9th Graders can register for first-time-take courses such as: Pre-Algebra/Intro to Programming, Geometry, PE, Health, and SAT Prep. We are also offering Spanish as a P/NP course if you would like to receive extra support transitioning into high-school-level Spanish. With the 24 credit graduation requirement, it’s a great idea to begin high school with credits already established.

We’d love for you to join us! Please register online:

For questions, please contact your counselor at your school or the Summer School Counselor, Ms. Erica Nguyen at

We wish you the best and hope to see you in summer school on July 8!

BLUE ANGELS: No I-90 closures this year

(August 2018 photo by David Hutchinson)

Announced today by Seafair, no I-90 closures when the Blue Angels are practicing and performing August 1st-4th: “Their flight area over Lake Washington has shifted south, so access to the I-90 Bridge and Seward Park will remain open.” Looks like their performances are later in the afternoon, too, scheduled to start at 3 pm. We reported last weekend on other Seafair dates of West Seattle note, including the Seafair Pirates’ Landing on Alki July 6th.

WHALE ALERT: Orcas headed this way, southbound

11:36 AM: The tip’s just in from Kersti Muul: Orcas headed this way, transients, southbound from mid-Bainbridge Island. Let us know if you see them!

12:19 PM: Update from Kersti – the whales have paused for “a kill” between Bainbridge and Blake Islands.

7 for your West Seattle Wednesday

(Pigeon Guillemot, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights for the hours ahead:

FAMILY STORY TIME: 10:30 am at Southwest Library, for kids of all ages. (9010 35th SW)

DEBATE-WATCHING, ANYONE? 6 pm is the first night of a two-night Democratic presidential-candidate “debate,” with the 10 candidates featured tonight including Gov. Jay Inslee. We haven’t heard of any watch parties at local restaurants/bars but people have asked, so if you know of any, please commment (or message us) so we can add!

HOME-BUYING SEMINAR: 6:30 pm at Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. Info and RSVP link here. (4505 California SW)

HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: 7 pm at HP Improvement Club, talk about crime/safety/policing concerns plus local traffic safety, with a focus on 16th SW. (1116 SW Holden)

TRIANGULAR JAZZTET: Live at Whisky West, 7 pm. No cover. 21+. (6451 California SW)

OPEN MIC: 7 pm signups, 7:30 pm performances, hosted by Alan Sobel at Great American Diner and Bar. (4752 California SW)

THE BILLY JOE SHOW: Roots, rock, Americana, live at Parliament Tavern, 8 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

PLENTY MORE … see the full lineup on our complete calendar.


June 26, 2019 7:27 am
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(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

7:27 AM: Good morning. No incidents/alerts in our area.

8:54 AM: One traffic alert for White Center, from King County Roads – we’ve been reporting on partner site White Center Now about some modifications planned to the roundabout at 8th SW/SW 108th, and today, they tweet: “Full road closure on 8th Ave. SW north of the roundabout at SW 108th St. in White Center today, 11am – 2pm for pavement work. Flaggers will be present on site. Expect delays.”