West Seattle, Washington
Yes, in month 4 on the peninsula, The West Seattle Turkey is still roaming southeast of Admiral. A revisit to Rose De Dan‘s home office resulted in the video above – Rose calls The Turkey “Admiral Belvidere” for the area(s) it’s adopted. As you can see on the video, The Turkey’s visit included a clash with crows. Rose tells the story here.
Another West Seattle fundraiser for refugee/immigrant families – Jen Schill and son Theo Schill had a bake sale last year that raised money for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and we got word today they’re doing it again tomorrow (Sunday, August 4th). Husband/dad Scott Schill says Theo‘s been baking all day, plus they have some community donations. You’ll find them outside 4146 44th SW, 10 am-1 pm tomorrow.
That’s a screenshot of one of the thieves who stole three surveillance cameras from West Seattle Christian Church in The Junction between 3 am and 6 am on July 25th. WSCC’s Worth Wheeler tells WSB, “From what we can tell there were 2 to 3 individuals involved and they went to quite a lot of effort to removed the cameras, even using a long bamboo pole, standing on our a-frame signs, and bringing one of those extendable gripping devices with a grabbing claw at the end.” Here are video clips showing some of their activity including the camera thefts:
Police have been notified; we don’t have a case # yet.\
3:07 PM: Seattle Fire has sent a sizable water-rescue response to Alki, by land and sea, with some units at Don Armeni too. We haven’t yet heard any details on the call but we’re headed that way.
3:17 PM: One radio exchange has since mentioned kayaker(s) possibly in trouble off Alki Point.
3:19 PM: And another has mentioned two kayakers and one paddleboarder who have been assisted by the Coast Guard.
3:33 PM: We’ve confirmed with firefighters as they got ready to leave Alki that everyone is OK.
Arms raised in victory, Stephanie Zimmerman emerged from Puget Sound at Alki Point early this afternoon, a little more than four and a half hours after she went in at Bremerton, to tackle what’s known as the Amy Hiland Swim.
Supporters crowded around with congratulations:
Then – it was time to rest. She has been training off Alki for two years, according to Northwest Open Water Swimming Association president Andrew Malinak. NOWSA’s records show that Stephanie is the sixth person to complete the swim since Amy Hiland herself in 1959 – the route went untried for decades until Erika Norris swam it in 2016; Melissa Blaustein, Lauren Boilini, and Jerome Leslie in 2017; and Rose Filer in 2018. (Stephanie and Rose were among the panelists talking about open-water swimming at an event we covered in March.)
10:17 AM: Just in from King County Wastewater Treatment Division:
King County Wastewater Treatment Division is investigating a leaking pressure relief valve on the Barton Pump Station pipeline that travels through Lincoln Park located in West Seattle that resulted in a small sewer overflow.
Signs have been posted advising the public to avoid contact in the area located in the southern-most end of the park along the beach trail north of the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock. King County dispatched a crew to clean up the site and water quality testing will be done throughout the weekend. The overflow has been reported to health and regulatory agencies.
We have followup questions about the size/volume of the overflow and the stretch of shore affected, since there’s a stretch of private shoreline north of the dock, as well as little Cove Park, before you get to the south end of Lincoln Park. We’re also headed out to look for signage/work crews.
11:25 AM: No reply yet, but we did find a “stay out of the water” sign at Cove Park; photo added above.
1:03 PM: From KCWTD spokesperson Norm Mah: “The estimate is between 200-400 gallons, most of which was cleaned up by a vactor (vacuum) truck last night. Some of it was within the vault that houses the valves.”
Welcome to the first weekend of August! Still a lot of summer left. Highlights from our event calendar:
SAVE THE FOREST: Join Friends of Lincoln Park to start your weekend off with a few hours of urban-forest restoration. 9 am-noon; meet in the north lot. (Fauntleroy & Rose)
WEST SEATTLE PCC JOB FAIR: No, the new West Seattle store isn’t open yet, but it’s hiring (scroll down this page for listings), and a job fair is set for 10 am-1 pm today at the Burien PCC. (15840 1st Ave. S.)
HISTORY HIKE IN WEST DUWAMISH GREENBELT: 10 am free hike – learn the history of the greenbelt’s acquisition from Paul West. Details here. Free. (14th SW/SW Holly trailhead)
HISTORY WALK IN RIVERSIDE: Join the Southwest Seattle Historical Society for the annual walking tour of historic Riverside, led by Frank Zuvela. $5 suggested donation. (West Marginal Way SW/SW Marginal Place)
WADING POOLS & SPRAYPARK: Open today are Lincoln Park wading pool (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), 11 am-8 pm; Hiawatha wading pool (Walnut/Lander), noon-6:30 pm; Highland Park spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale), 11 am-8 pm.
Though the airshow is intended primarily for the south Lake Washington audience, you’ll generally see some flybys if you have a wide viww to the east.
BASEBALL SEASON-ENDER: Last chance to see the Highline Bears this year! Tonight (Saturday, August 3rd) is their final game of the season, 7:05 pm at Steve Cox Memorial Park vs. the Redmond Dudes. It’s Fan Appreciation Night, too. Ticket info here. (1321 SW 102nd)
DANIEL PELLEGRINI RELEASE SHOW: 8 pm at The Skylark, with Evie B, Lonnie Baldwin, Matt Lincoln. $10 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
ROCKABILLY PUNK: At Parliament Tavern, 9 pm – Shag-Nasty, New Rose, The Lesser Disciples. $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
MORE! Hop over to our full calendar to see.