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VOLLEYBALL: West Seattle victorious over visiting Chief Sealth

(WSB photos. #5, CSIHS junior Laila Erdman)

It’s just about midway through the regular season for high-school volleyball, and it was a crosstown clash tonight for West Seattle High School and visiting Chief Sealth International HS. The home team won the night, 3 to 1.

(#9, WSHS junior Kambel Fiser)

It wasn’t a runaway win. The Wildcats took the first two games, 26-24 and 25-20. Then Sealth took the third, 25-21.

West Seattle came back for the victory, winning the fourth game 25-14. The Wildcats, coached by Abby West, are now 3-5; the Seahawks, coached by Desiree Johnson, are 3-2. Both teams have home games at 7 pm next Tuesday – Sealth hosting Ballard, WSHS hosting Garfield.

West Seattle scene: Chamber After Hours @ HomeStreet Bank

September 26, 2019 10:24 pm
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 |   West Seattle businesses | West Seattle news

Every month, the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce invites members someplace different for “After Hours” networking. Tonight, it was HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. Above, board chair Lauren Burgon welcomed attendees; below, branch manager Nam Le and his team:

Next month’s After Hours is October 24th at True Value Hardware.

DEVELOPMENT: Early Community Outreach meeting for HALA-upzoned site

(King County Assessor photo)

Another HALA MHA-upzoned site in Morgan Junction has a redevelopment plan, and the project team sent word of an Early Community Outreach meeting. It’s 6035 42nd SW, currently holding the 94-year-old house shown above, upzoned to Lowrise 1 by HALA MHA and now proposed for five townhouses, with two more to be built behind the not-to-be-demolished house to the south at 6039 42nd SW. The project team invites interested community members to come to C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) 7-8 pm Monday, October 14th. They’ve also set up a project website here.

GRATITUDE: West Seattle Food Bank’s ‘Grand Affair’ tally

September 26, 2019 7:06 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news

Last Friday night, West Seattle Food Bank‘s “Grand Affair” brought together supporters to enjoy an evening and help fight hunger. As promised, WSFB’s Judi Yazzolino has the results:

Thank you again to those that supported the West Seattle Food Bank’s 4th annual A Grand Affair Cocktail Benefit last Friday at The Sanctuary at Admiral.

With the generous support of sponsors, donors and of course, our guests, we raised $51,520 and counting! It was so much fun!

Special thank you to our major sponsors, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Viscon Cellars, HomeStreet Bank, Whole Foods Market, CHI Franciscan, & Windermere Real Estate Wall Street Group.

Other community co-sponsors included WSB. If you couldn’t be there, you can still help WSFB now – here’s how.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: About the early-morning Junction police response

September 26, 2019 4:49 pm
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 |   Crime | West Seattle news | West Seattle police

Thanks to everybody who asked about a police response at 40th/Edmunds around 4:30 am. Here’s what we’ve been able to find out: It involved a cell phone stolen in the West Precinct area earlier in the morning. Police say the suspect, a 28-year-old woman, tried to flee, but was taken into custody. Another 28-year-old woman was also arrested in connection with the case. The jail register shows both are being held for investigation of assault; one has arrest warrants for failure to appear in other cases including DUI, property destruction, and reckless driving.

WHALE ALERT: Orcas seen in Elliott Bay

September 26, 2019 3:31 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | Whales | Wildlife

Again today, orcas are in the area! Kersti Muul tells us several whales have been seen in Elliott Bay, near the Port of Seattle’s offices on the downtown waterfront. No word yet if they are transients or residents.

FOLLOWUP: Columbia Street Pathway downtown to be done by December

Update from SDOT on another piece of the puzzle for getting between here and downtown via Metro – the Columbia Street “Pathway” is now expected to be done by December:

We’re working with King County Metro to install a two-way transit pathway on Columbia St between 1st Ave and 3rd Ave by December 2019. This pathway will support all-day transit service between West Seattle and downtown Seattle by creating an efficient and reliable route for buses to access the new Viaduct-free Alaskan Way in early 2020, relocating these routes from 1st Ave and 4th Ave.

These changes are crucial to the next step in opening up the Waterfront for transit use and are the final step of the larger project to reconstruct Columbia St to accommodate two-way transit operation.

More information is available in our Two-Way Columbia Street Transit Improvements flyer.

Preliminary work on Columbia started even before The Viaduct was closed. As noted in this SDOT post, the routes using this pathway will be “West Seattle, Burien, and neighboring area buses including the 21x, 37, 55, 56, 57, 113, 120, 121, 122, 123, 125, and the RapidRide C Line.”

FOLLOWUP: Admiral Church announces Town Hall to discuss redevelopment plan

September 26, 2019 12:15 pm
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 |   Development | West Seattle news | West Seattle religion

(King County Assessor’s Office photo)

Last December, Admiral Congregational Church‘s pastor told the Admiral Neighborhood Association that the church (4320 SW Hill) was mulling redevelopment. Then in July, the church wrote this “open letter” to the community, mentioning they had hired an architect and design firm for a feasibility study. Now – they’re ready to talk with you about the future. Just announced:

Town Hall: The Future of Admiral Neighborhood’s Church
October 8, 7:00 pm

After much deep thinking about how to serve the North Admiral community, Admiral Congregational UCC has discerned a preliminary plan for redevelopment. We are at the initial stages of surveying the site and connecting with potential development partners, and we want to keep the neighborhood as “in the know” as possible, with opportunities to share hopes, hesitations, and help as folks feel so moved. Please join us in envisioning a vibrant Admiral neighborhood with a sustainable center for justice and mercy at its heart.

Nothing is on file with the city yet, and pastor Rev. Andrew Conley-Holcom tells WSB they’re likely as much as a year away from getting to that stage. As noted in our previous coverage, the church’s 27,000-square-foot site at is zoned Lowrise 3.

9 for the rest of your West Seattle Thursday!

September 26, 2019 11:29 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Great Blue Heron, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

If you haven’t already checked the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, where you will find hundreds of local happenings, days and often weeks in advance, here are highlights for the ~12 hours ahead:

HELP FIREFIGHTERS ‘FILL THE BOOT’ FOR MDA: Until 5 pm tonight, and again tomorrow, West Seattle firefighters are in The Junction, receiving donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. (California/Alaska)

SOUND TRANSIT BOARD: 1:30 pm-4 pm, the full board gets the same briefing its System Expansion Committee got two weeks ago (WSB coverage here) on the “assessments” of potential West Seattle-to-Ballard options. In the ST board room downtown. Agenda here. (401 S. Jackson)

DROP-IN ARTIST GROUP: 2 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle – info in our calendar listing. (4217 SW Oregon)

AFTER HOURS AT HOMESTREET: The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s “After Hours” networking event is at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, 5:30-7:30 pm. (4022 SW Alaska)

COMMUNITY ART JOURNALING CLASS: 6 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – description here;

TALKING TRANSPORTATION: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House High Point, the West Seattle Transportation Coalition will hear from SDOT and Sound Transit, as previewed here. All welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: West Seattle HS hosts Chief Sealth IHS at 7 pm. (3000 California SW)

‘SUNSET BABY’: 7:30 pm curtain for the new production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), by Dominique Morisseau:

When the tough, independent Nina is visited by her father, a former revolutionary in the Black liberation movement, she can’t tell what he’s after–a fix to their broken relationship, or the cache of letters that ties their fates together. As father and daughter circle one another, old wounds are revealed, generational differences exposed, and blazing truths laid bare.

Ticket info here. (4711 California SW)

INTO THE COLD + GUESTS: Rock ‘n’ roll, 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

MUCH MORE HAPPENING … see our full calendar here.

BIZNOTE: Stor-More’s new ownership, name

September 26, 2019 10:45 am
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 |   West Seattle businesses | West Seattle news

Pavement isn’t the only thing changing at Avalon/Yancy – the storage and mailbox business that was Stor-More (WSB sponsor) is now LifeStorage, which has facilities in 29 states. We’re told LifeStorage has bought all three Stor-Mores in the region including Burien and Auburn. Thanks to the tipster who noticed the new signage this morning; the big street sign isn’t expected to be swapped out, however, for a few months.

COMMUNITY GIVING: Lafayette Elementary Walk-a-Thon seeking more sponsors

September 26, 2019 9:04 am
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

(WSB photo, 2018)

With school back in session, it’s fundraising season. The Lafayette Elementary PTA is looking for more sponsors for its October 10th Walk-a-Thon:

THANK YOU to all of the businesses and families who have submitted sponsorship, our growing list is impressive. Help us make our sponsorship goal, we are halfway there!

What are the other ways YOU can help? Become a sponsor to our Walk-a-Thon! On October 10, over 400 students and their teachers will take to the blacktop in support their school. In support of their efforts, a Lafayette Sponsorship is a great way to get much needed funds into the Lafayette PTA’s budget and also benefit businesses by gaining exposure with the Lafayette and West Seattle community.

A Lafayette Sponsorship contributes in a BIG and DIRECT way to the success of the children at our school. As a sponsor, you show that you are looking out for the future of our kids!

THANK YOU for your consideration and continued support. Questions? Contact Kirsten Franklin-Temple, Sponsorship Chair ( Sponsorship donations are accepted at any time but in order to have your logo on the t-shirt, the deadline is October 1.

Sponsorship levels are listed here.

Is YOUR school having a fundraiser or something else the community should know about? Let us know!


(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

7:20 AM: Good morning!

TRANSIT NOTE: The 7:05 am Route 55 didn’t run, per Metro.

STADIUM ZONE: The Mariners‘ final homestand continues, 7:10 tonight vs. Oakland, so the West Seattle Water Taxi runs into the late evening.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Tree reported down on Admiral Way

Texter says a tree is down in the southbound lanes of Admiral on the hill north of the West Seattle Bridge.

UPDATE: Power out for 4,200+ West Seattle customers

3:05 AM: Thanks for the tips. The Seattle City Light map shows more than 4,200 customers without power on this blustery early morning. More to come …

3:10 AM: Multiple readers point out a short-lived fire call at Myrtle/28th (only one engine still assigned to it per incident log) and suspect a transformer fire in the area because of flashes/booms.

3:24 AM: Map added. Meantime, Engine 11, the only engine still on the 28th SW call, reports via radio, “We’ve got City Light here.”

3:38 AM: SFD has now closed out of that call. While the SCL “restoration estimate” for the outage is 9 am, PLEASE remember that those estimates are only guesses and (as noted in our decade-plus of outage coverage) it could be sooner … or later. Please let us know when you get your power back (SCL’s map does not show when outages end – they just eventually drop off the map).

5:12 AM: Map shows the outage down to 938 customers.

7:11 AM: And now just 33.

10:18 AM: The official cause, per SCL spokesperson Julie Moore, fallen tree taking out wires.