West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
A day that began with orcas in view off West Seattle ended with a discussion about protecting them, locally and worldwide.
And after he spoke to a rapt audience at The Hall at Fauntleroy, attendees got a bonus – some observations from local orca researcher Mark Sears, who spent three hours on Puget Sound this morning with the Southern Resident Killer Whales.
The night began with an introduction from Donna Sandstrom, the West Seattleite who founded The Whale Trail in 2008, just three years after the SRKWs were declared endangered. Its purpose is to make it easier to watch them from shore and also – via TWT’s interpretive signs – to “tell their story when they’re not around.” It started with 16 signs, and now stretches from British Columbia to California: “Now you can follow The Whale Trail from San Juan Capistrano to Prince Rupert, BC.” (And soon, she disclosed later, Mexico, too!) “Shore-based whale watching is now more than ever “a strategic act of conservation.” That’s one of the hot topics addressed by the Governor’s Task Force, of which Sandstrom is a member.
She said reading Hoyt’s book was her initiation into fascination with the whales and a desire to help them.
(“Live” image, webcam at Fauntleroy dock)
Sent by Washington State Ferries, a two-part update on the Triangle Route (Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth):
The Fall 2019 sailing schedule begins on Sunday, Sept. 29. Because the 124-vehicle KITTITAS that is typically assigned to the Triangle route will be undergoing maintenance at this time, the 90-vehicle SEALTH will substitute on the route for approximately the first month of the Fall schedule.
In addition, the SEALTH is required to undergo a U.S. Coast Guard-mandated inspection by Nov. 2, which means the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route will operate on a 2-boat schedule during the last week of October.
As always, there are many factors involved in WSF’s decisions around vessel assignments and service impacts. With only 22 boats in the fleet and one designated service relief vessel, vessel assignments and maintenance periods are subject to change. WSF’s Customer Service team will send out alerts with the latest information and will provide customers with updates as needed. …
Future Triangle Route community engagement opportunities
The new triangle route schedule that began in March is working well. We’re able to more fully fill vessels leaving Fauntleroy in the afternoon and over the past months our on-time-performance has steadily improved. Now that the first busy summer season with the new schedule is coming to an end, we will be looking at performance and sharing more information this fall about how it’s working.
Also in the next few months, WSF will begin planning and the environmental process for the replacement of the Fauntleroy Ferry terminal. This project will include robust community outreach and many opportunities to provide input. Currently, construction of the new terminal is programmed to begin in 2025-2027. Stay tuned for information on public meetings as we kick off this project.
We got a few questions today about what appeared to be a warrant service in High Point early this morning. Tonight this SPD post confirms that’s indeed what it was:
Major Crimes Task Force Detectives are making our neighborhoods safer by seizing heroin, methampheatmine, and fentanyl from a suspected drug dealer.
During the course of an ongoing criminal investigation, and with the assistance of SWAT officers, Major Crimes Task Force detectives served a search warrant this morning in the 6300 block of 34th Avenue SW.
Officers arrested their target, a 47-year-old man, and booked him into King County Jail.
In addition to securing a bottle of liquid fentanyl, detectives collected 64.7 grams of heroin and 5.7 grams of methamphetamine.
This remains an active and ongoing criminal investigation.
The suspect remains in jail. We’re looking into his record.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Post-summer hiatus is over for the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council. Here’s what happened at WSCPC’s meeting Tuesday at the Southwest Precinct:
POLICE UPDATES: Precinct Commander Capt. Pierre Davis and Operations Commander Lt. Steve Strand were there. Capt. Davis said “summer was very good for us – fairly quiet – we had a big game plan going into it – with emphasis patrols … in South Park and on Alki. It was fruitful.” That was with the help of added resources including help from the Traffic Unit. “They put a dent in a lot of the activity early on. … We’re hoping to resurrect that again next year.”
Community input is key to making extra resources possible, he stressed. If you don’t report crimes/concerns, they can’t do anything about it, much less push for extra resources from citywide units. “Please …let us know what in the heck’s going on.”
That also can lead to community partnership, too; Capt. Davis said Westwood Village has a Business Block Watch going (following the trailblazing one in The Junction).
Millions of people are expected to participate in tomorrow’s Global Climate Strike to shine a brighter spotlight on climate change. In Seattle, the main events are a gathering at Capitol Hill’s Cal Anderson Park 9 am-noon, followed by a march to City Hall, where a 1 pm rally is planned. West Seattleite Maren Costa tells WSB she will be among the speakers, and encourages participation: “We need everyone to join… We need as many people on the streets as we can!” She’s planning to bring her kids, 11 and 13. We’ve also just heard from Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor) science teacher Kristin Moore about EWMS’s plan to participate; students will walk from the campus to SW Roxbury for sign-holding on both sides of the street. She shared this letter sent to EWMS families:
Dear Explorer West Families,
As you all know, Explorer West has a long history of teaching students to be environmental stewards, and the school’s mission to prepare young people for a sustainable future has never been as critical as it is today. Our changing climate is one of the gravest issues our children face. In science and social studies classes, our students have learned about the greenhouse effect and how the burning of fossil fuels is warming the planet. Students at Explorer West and around the globe sense the urgency and want to be a part of the solution.
Tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 20, youth from all 50 states and 150 countries will participate in a Global Climate Strike, drawing attention to the urgent need to move from burning fossil fuels to renewable alternatives with a focus on equity, reparations, and climate justice. We are excited to offer our students the opportunity to find their voices and participate in this event during the school day.
Students will have two options for the advisory period from 11:45 to 12:30 on Friday. Many students have expressed a keen interest in making signs and demonstrating along Roxbury around the corner from school. Teachers will accompany these students to keep them safe. Students can also opt to remain at school during that time to learn more about climate change. Although students will not be missing any of their regular classes, they will get to feel the power that comes from being one of many.
We have heard from a couple students that they had plans to attend the larger gathering at Cal Anderson Park tomorrow. We are excited for them, and just ask that you let the school know ahead of time about their absence, as you would for any other reason.
The faculty is proud to empower students in this way tomorrow, and we know this is only a first step. In the weeks and months ahead, we will engage our community in discussions and actions designed to limit our own carbon emissions and support the search for solutions. We invite you to partner with us.
Barbara, and the Explorer West faculty and staff
Anyone else participating tomorrow, either here or downtown? Let us know – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Just filed with the city today, an early-stage plan to build four townhouses in a rowhouse building on a site that currently holds a church. The Admiral District site at 4409 SW College is currently home to a Jehovah’s Witnesses‘ Kingdom Hall, though the denomination’s website does not show a schedule of meetings. The site was rezoned from single family to lowrise in the city’s HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability upzoning. The site plan (PDF) only shows these four rowhouses on about half the church’s 12,000-square-foot parcel, which could mean something more for the rest of the site, but nothing is on file yet.
Today we’re welcoming Korn Dentistry as a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what they would like you to know about what they do:
Welcome to Dr. Korn’s dental office! We are a family practice that serves the West Seattle area. Located in the little blue house on the corner of California and Genesee, Dr. Korn took over this general dental practice after Dr. William Raleigh retired in 2017.
The team at Korn Dentistry is dedicated to providing patients with the highest standard of dental care. We take pride in giving patients quality dental treatments while being as transparent as possible with our estimates.
Dr. Korn has a long history of volunteering within the community he is serving. In 2014, he won “Volunteer of the Year” by the Seattle-King County Dental Foundation for his excellent surgical work as a volunteer at the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic. Due to his past experience, Dr. Korn is able to provide West Seattle not only with fillings, crowns, and cleanings, but also with extractions, implants, and cosmetic dentistry.
In dentistry, Dr. Korn is able to make a lasting impression on the health, wellness, and happiness of the people around him. Our team is waiting to meet you! Call to schedule your appointment today! 206-935-5210
We thank Korn Dentistry for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
(WSB file photo)
Starting this Friday, September 20 at 6 pm, Holy Rosary School’s WestFest begins! This is a community event and everyone’s invited! Come experience great music, eat delicious food, and crazy fun kid rides! There is so much to do and see, including BINGO, a classic cake walk with scrumptious prizes, a kids’ talent show, and carnival-style games galore. Grab a brew at the beer garden and enjoy the day – there is truly something for everyone at WestFest!
Friday, September 20 from 6 pm-10 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 10 am-10 pn
-Janet Mudge and The CurMudgeons 4:30-6
-The Diabolical Jazz Conspiracy 6-8
-Toddler Time w/ Officer Lumpy 10:30-12
-Magic Show with Maritess Zurbano Woman Hypnotist 12:30-1:15
-Mode School of Music 2-3
-Fairy Magic (Magic Show) 3-4
-Church hour Quiet 5-6
-Service Animal 6-7
-West Seattle Big Band 7-10
Holy Rosary is at 42nd SW/SW Genesee; most of the festival happens on the north side of the campus.
We went to Arbor Heights last night for that photo from Dog Days, which continue today, one of 7 events on the highlight list for today/tonight:
TAKE YOUR DOG SWIMMING, DAY 4: 1-3 pm (geared toward dog walkers) and 5-7 pm at Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club, it’s the fourth day of this year’s Dog Days. Dogs only, not people! The club does this every year as a swim-team fundraiser after human-swimming season ends. (11003 31st SW)
HEALTH WORKSHOP: At Aegis Living of West Seattle, 6 pm workshop focusing on breast and ovarian health. Complimentary appetizers and drinks. (4700 SW Admiral Way)
THE WHALE TRAIL PRESENTS ‘ORCA’ AUTHOR: As previewed here – and as seen whale-watching last night – “Orca: The Whale Called Killer” author Erich Hoyt speaks tonight at The Hall at Fauntleroy, presented by The Whale Trail. 7 pm. Tickets here or at the door. (9131 California SW)
DESIGN REVIEW: A 32-unit rowhouse project at 3257 Harbor Avenue SW (and three adjacent addresses) goes before the Southwest Design Review Board at 6:30 tonight, 2 1/2 years after its previous review. Our preview includes the project’s design packets. Public comment will be part of the meeting at the Senior Center/Sisson Building. (4217 SW Oregon)
BELLY DANCING: Jet City RAQS tonight at The Skylark, 7 pm. No cover. All ages. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
MUCH MORE HAPPENING … see our full calendar here.
9:38 AM: Donna Sandstrom from The Whale Trail says seven resident orcas are in view right now from Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza. They’ve been in the area for a while again this morning – here’s a photo Danny McMillin took:
10:08 AM: Whale watchers at Alki:
(That’s Donna in blue/pink at center.)
Tonight (Thursday, September 19th) The Whale Trail presents author Erich Hoyt at The Hall at Fauntleroy (details here). He’s here just in time for whale-watching – Kersti Muul sent the Wednesday sunset photos, explaining, “The Southern Resident Killer Whales were welcomed in grand style to West Seattle with a beautiful sunset providing backlit blows and a visit from Erich Hoyt and his daughter. Donna [Sandstrom, Whale Trail executive director] is in the picture next to her Whale Trail sign watching them go by. What a magical evening and a great intro to Erich’s book tour. The three-mile-away breach was still spectacular… just sharing the same air as them is humbling.”
Wednesday was the second consecutive day the SRKWs ventured into central Puget Sound.