West Seattle, Washington
10:07 PM: Thanks for the tips. Police say a man was on foot when hit by a driver at Highland Park Way and 2nd SW tonight just before 8:30. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center by medics from Seattle Fire, which tells us he is 31 years old and was in critical condition when transported. SPD officers at the scene wouldn’t comment on details such as the driver’s status, so we may not find that out until Monday.
10:27 PM: A reader who was at the scene even before emergency responders says it was a hit-run and witnesses described the car as a white Prius last seen westbound going up the hill into Highland Park.
This past week’s HPAC meeting – for the group that now includes South Delridge and Riverview as well as Highland Park but is keeping the acronym – was something of a small-group discussion, no guests, just updates, with transportation dominating the discussion:
HIGHLAND PARK WAY IMPROVEMENTS: Following up on the mayoral budget announcement earlier in the week, Michele Witzki – who has long worked on advocacy for Highland Park Way/Holden – provided some backstory. She and HPAC chair Gunner Scott had met with SDOT and mayoral reps.
Julia is asking for your help in finding two of the three vehicles in the photo, both stolen – though from different locations. The white 1997 Chevrolet G2300 van in the background, with the Sound Carpentry logo, was stolen early Friday from the 9700 block of 32nd SW. A phone in the vehicle last pinged from 35th SW and SW Cambridge. Meantime, the taupe SUV also is missing, stolen in Burien, she says. Call 911 if you see either one.
It’s that time of year – several local churches offer Blessing of the Animals services around the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. One of them tomorrow will be followed by a special extra availability featuring three of the participants. As announced by Alki UCC:
Sugar, Mary, and Peggy … three llamas owned by Alki UCC member Charley Rosenberry, will be back by popular demand for Sunday’s Blessing of the Animals service. The 10:00 am service (as always) is open to everyone and the llamas will be available afterward for neighborhood kids to come pet.
Alki UCC is at 6115 SW Hinds.
Hundreds of young cross-country runners from around the region took to the trails in the heart of Lincoln Park today for the first-ever West Seattle Rust Buster meet, presented by the West Seattle Road Runners.
9 groups of runners, from 6-and-under to 15-18, ran short courses, 800 meters to 1K, to start their season. The meet was scheduled to wrap up a little more than an hour ago with a one-mile run for parents/coaches. Among the organizers, Rebecca Ross, Raegan Powell, and Hadley Rodero:
This was the first Junior Olympics USTAF-sanctioned meet that the Road Runners hosted.
The Road Runners have sent athletes to the national championships every year since 2015. (P.S. Today’s races had girls’ groups too – we just happened to stop by when a boys’ group was running, and that’s who our photos show.)
Last night’s Chief Sealth International High School homecoming game started in sunshine and ended in rain, punctuated by a lightning delay. You could say the sun-to-rain also applied to Sealth’s fortunes in the game against Ingraham, which left with the win, 36-32. The game had a bright start for the Seahawks, who were up 14-0 after 6 1/2 minutes of game time, after touchdowns by #11 Bishop Jackson (top photo) and #22 Jesse Brown:
The Rams got on the board in the final minute of the first quarter, which ended with Sealth up 14-7. Ingraham tied it 14-14 in the second minute of the second quarter but the Seahawks kept battling, with interceptions and sacks. #3 Zach Cunningham eventually had three interceptions on the night.
After both teams added touchdowns in the quarter, #87 Sean Brown for the Seahawks with 1:04 left in the half – Ingraham was up 22-20 at halftime. The opening minutes of the second half are when the first lightning flash to the southeast, followed by rumbling thunder, put the game on hold as everyone was ordered to take shelter in the stands. The delay lasted almost 40 minutes. Chief Sealth was next to score, with Bishop Jackson running in another TD at 4:33 left in the third quarter, regaining the lead for his team, 26-22.
At 1:56, #32 Elias Orbino was next to score, and Chief Sealth was up 32-22; that’s where the third quarter ended.
That’s also where the Seahawks’ scoring ended. The Rams scored touchdowns at 10:46 and 6:43; time ran out on Sealth’s last drive, with Ingraham’s defense working to hold the lead, and they kept it for a final score of 36-32, four and a quarter hours after the game began.
Head coach Ted Rodriguez takes the team on the road next week, playing Ballard at Memorial Stadium downtown (5 pm Friday, October 4th).
Heartbreaker for West Seattle High School last night on the road against Nathan Hale. The Raiders edged the Wildcats, 19-18. Head coach Jeff Scott‘s team is back home at Southwest Athletic Complex next Friday, 7 pm October 4th vs. Franklin.
If you travel via Washington State Ferries, three big changes are about to kick in. One, the fall schedule change starts tomorrow (Sunday, September 29th). With the change in schedule comes one vessel downsizing on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route:
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.
WSF adds, “Drivers and passengers should note there are fewer sailings on weekends compared to the Summer schedule.” The third change is a fare increase as of Tuesday (October 1st), as approved back in August, 2.5 percent more for vehicles and 2 percent more for passengers. See the new fares here (PDF).
(Pileated Woodpecker, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Highlights for the first day of the first weekend of fall:
TAI CHI AT THE BEACH: Just a few more weeks until the outdoor class goes on hiatus until spring! 9 am by Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza. (2701 Alki SW)
TALK WITH YOUR SCHOOL-BOARD REP: 3-5 pm at Southwest Library, drop in to talk with West Seattle/South Park school board rep Leslie Harris. (9010 35th SW)
CITY COUNCIL DEBATE, WITH INTERPRETATION: 4:30-6 pm at Neighborhood House High Point, the D-1 Community Network presents the next debate between Lisa Herbold and Phil Tavel. Somali and Vietnamese interpretation available, as is an activity for kids. Come early for refreshments starting at 4 pm. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
SENATOR & ATTORNEY GENERAL: 4:30-6:30 pm, State Sen. Joe Nguyen and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson in conversation at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). Details in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)
THE PUGET SOUND MEDICINE SHOW: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), “a trio bringing a mix of blues, folksy tunes, and rock and roll to life on guitar, ukulele, bass uke, mandolin, harmonica, and other instruments.” No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
‘THE BEST YOU’VE EVER SEEN’: Multimedia spectacle at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. $12 cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SO MUCH MORE GOING ON … see for yourself on our complete calendar.