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FOOTBALL: Chief Sealth IHS’s lightning-interrupted game vs. Ingraham

September 28, 2019 1:42 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools | WS & Sports

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

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).

FOOTBALL: Close game for West Seattle HS vs. Nathan Hale

September 28, 2019 1:40 pm
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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.

FERRIES: Schedule, fares about to change

(WSB file photo, Fauntleroy ferry dock)

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).

9 for your West Seattle Saturday!

(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)

CROSS-COUNTRY AT LINCOLN PARK: The West Seattle Road Runners are hosting a meet at Lincoln Park with hundreds of runners expected, 10 am-2:30 pm. See the schedule here. (8011 Fauntleroy Way 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)

(Friday night photo by James Bratsanos)

RYEGRASS: Long-popular bluegrass band back at Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm. Ticket info in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

‘SUNSET BABY’: 7:30 pm curtain tonight for the first weekend of the new production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), by Dominique Morisseau. Ticket info is here. (4711 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.

‘Rollover crash’ in Highland Park

September 27, 2019 11:35 pm
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 |   Highland Park | West Seattle news | WS breaking news

Police are arriving at the scene of what the dispatcher described as a “rollover” on SW Austin just past the Dumar curve. No word of any serious injuries, but SFD is being called out to clean up a fuel spill. Police are looking for another vehicle, described as a black Cadillac, reported to have left the scene.

AVALON/35TH PROJECT: Upcoming intersection closure, and other updates

SDOT‘s weekly “what’s next” report on the Avalon/35th project arrived this evening. Biggest item on the list: The second of three planned 35th/Avalon intersection closures, scheduled to start next Friday (October 4th), but that’s not all:

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WEEKEND PREVIEW: City Council candidates’ debate Saturday

September 27, 2019 7:51 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle politics

A relatively quiet weekend ahead on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, with a few exceptions, including checkbox.jpgtomorrow’s City Council District 1 candidates’ debate. This one, like the one two weeks ago, is presented by the D-1 Community Network. This time, Phil Tavel and Lisa Herbold will be at Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW), starting at 4:30 pm Saturday. Here’s our coverage of their D1CN-presented debate two weeks ago; after this, at least four more in-district forums are ahead – October 10, October 14, October 17, and October 19.

It took a village to celebrate this asylum-seeking couple’s commitment and dreams

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand unless otherwise credited)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The joy of a wedding in West Seattle last weekend went far beyond the bride, groom, attendants, and those who gathered to witness the ceremony and celebrate with them.

The celebration was made possible by countless community members, some of whom have never met the happy couple, Mirna and Magdiel.

The spouses are a story all their own … immigrants in their 20s from Honduras, awaiting their chance to make their case for asylum. Their road to get here, with their 3-year-old son Joshua, has been long and difficult. At the wedding, he carried the train of his mom’s gown:

The family eventually found their way to this area; Mirna has a sister in south King County. Here in West Seattle, members of the Kol HaNeshamah faith community decided to support them, through the International Rescue Committee. Mirna and Magdiel’s time in limbo has stretched – and so has that support, from housing o legal help. Right now, the U.S. government doesn’t have time to hear their asylum case until the end of next year.

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YOUR VOICE, YOUR CHOICE: Admiral rally as voting wraps up for 11 District 1 proposals

(WSB photos)

Have you voted yet? 11 West Seattle/South Park safety projects are vying for funding as Your Voice/Your Choice voting goes into its final weekend. Supporters of one proposal rallied again this morning:

The safety concerns at 45th/Admiral, on the path to both Lafayette Elementary and Madison Middle School, actually surfaced separate of the YVYC process. But once Hollye Bondurant learned the current voting includes a proposal for 44th/45th/Admiral, she signed up to be a YVYC “champion” and has been recruiting voters, including at recent school curriculum nights, and today at streetside:

She also invited local elected officials to come see for themselves – two more did today:

Councilmembers Lisa Herbold (meeting Bondurant’s son Noah) and Lorena González, both West Seattleites, stopped by his morning. She talked with them about what else could be done if funding doesn’t emerge from this procsss. They lauded her for her advocacy. Meantime, here again, as first published September 3rd, is the full list of projects that are on the District 1 ballot, all proposed by community members – each location links to a PDF with full details of the project:

Crossing Improvements on intersection of SW Admiral Way and 44th Ave SW
Estimated Cost: $120,000

Traffic Calming Improvements on 61st Avenue SW between SW Admiral Way and Beach Drive SW
Estimated Cost: $30,000

Crossing Improvements on 16th Ave SW & SW Holden St
Estimated Cost: $30,000

Crossing Improvements on 9th Ave SW from SW Kenyon St, SW Elmgrove St, and SW Thistle St
Estimated Cost: $120,000

Crossing Improvements on 16th Avenue SW
Estimated Cost: $120,000

Sidewalk/Trail Improvements on SW Barton St between 21st Ave SW and SW Barton Pl
Estimated Cost: $112,700

Crossing Improvements on Olson Pl SW & SW Roxbury St
Estimated Cost: $35,000

Crossing Improvements on 700 S Cloverdale St
Estimated Cost: $90,000

Crossing Improvements on Glenn Way and Oregon St
Estimated Cost: $10,000

Crossing Improvements on the corner of 39th Ave SW and SW Oregon
Estimated Cost: $45,000

Crossing Improvements on SW Alaska St. & 36th Ave. SW
Estimated Cost: $20,000

You can vote for any three; voting closes Monday. Here’s the online ballot, open to those 13 and up. If you want to use a paper ballot, open to ages 11+, you can get one at any Seattle Public Library branch (or print one from the city YVYC webpage).

About the new 99 bus lane: ‘We recognize there’s been a serious problem’

(SDOT camera image showing bus lane’s location, screengrabbed long after commute peak)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

All week long, since the return of a bus lane to northbound Highway 99 north of the West Seattle Bridge, it’s generated complaints, from bus riders (whose buses can’t get to it without slogging through the backed-up exit to 99) as well as drivers. Not just in WSB comments – also for transportation agencies and elected officials.

So we set out to find out, among other things, who’s monitoring its effects.

First big question: Who’s responsible for the decision and its effects?

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BIZNOTES: Coffee time! West Seattle Grounds anniversary; BedHead update

Two coffee biznotes:

WEST SEATTLE GROUNDS TURNS 1: In our photo are Celia and Michelle at West Seattle Grounds (2141 California SW), which is celebrating its first anniversary all day and into the night, until 10 pm: “To say thank you, we are giving away donuts from a trendy donut wall all day with a purchase of a coffee.” And 6-10 pm tonight, they’ll have live music with Jonny Gold, “playing an acoustic set of classics and originals.”

On to Highland Park:

BEDHEAD COFFEE UPDATE: Since we reported last week on the opening of BedHead Coffee (1513 SW Holden), proprietor Michelle has locked in her hours: Tuesdays-Fridays 6:30 am-2:30 pm, Saturdays 8:30 am-2:30 pm, closed Sundays/Mondays.

Tree-fall close call in North Admiral

No injuries or house damage when that big tree came down around 10 am near SW Walker/Arch SW in east North Admiral. We checked it out after a tip; neighbors say they heard a loud cracking noise – and down it came. The tree took down some wires/cables, so Seattle City Light is there, though no outage is shown; the street is relatively remote so no traffic effects.

8 for your West Seattle Friday

September 27, 2019 9:49 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Surfbird, just back from breeding season in Alaska, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Here’s what’s up as we head toward the last weekend of September:

BINGO! Every Friday, you can play at the Senior Center of West Seattle, 11 am-2:30 pm, as long as you’re at least 18. (4217 SW Oregon)

WEST SEATTLE FALL NIGHT MARKET: Shop local artists, makers, and bakers at this “curated pop-up market” at Duos, 5-9 pm. (2940 SW Avalon Way)

FOOTBALL: Tonight’s home game at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle) is the Chief Sealth International High School homecoming game vs. Ingraham. Early kickoff – 5 pm. Meantime, the game at West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW) tonight is Garfield vs. Seattle Prep.

LAST CHANCE TO HELP FIREFIGHTERS ‘FILL THE BOOT’ FOR MDA: Until 5 pm tonight, it’s the final day of West Seattle firefighters are in The Junction, collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. (California/Alaska)

CITIZENS OF EARTH: Acoustic trio at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)

‘SUNSET BABY’: 7:30 pm curtain again tonight 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)

AT THE SKYLARK: Brian Di Julio & the Love Jacks, and Rain City Rewind, 8 pm. $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: Kiro Skiro, David Kelly, and guests, 9 pm. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

PREVIEW THE WEEKEND … via our complete calendar.

Remembering Emily Malgren, 1928-2019

The family of Emily Malgren is sharing this remembrance with the community:

Laura (Emily) Malgren (1928-2019)

Emily Malgren passed on September 21, 2019. She was 90 years old.

Emily was born to Frank and Helen Dorrance in 1928. She grew up in Lower Queen Anne and graduated from Queen Anne High School.

She married Arthur Malgren in 1950. They moved to West Seattle in 1953, where she has lived ever since. They had had four sons, Eric, John, Bill, and Robert. Arthur passed away in 1980.

Emily lived her life as active as she could. Most of her activities had to do with children. She was a PTA officer before her children were old enough to be in school. She was always a room mother, was a den mother for son’s Cub Scout pack, and heavily involved with the PTA.

In her later years she was very active as a volunteer at the West Seattle Senior Center and at her church, St John the Baptist Episcopal Church.

Emily received a degree in education from Seattle University and was a teacher with the Head Start program, teaching at various schools including Horace Mann School and High Point School. She was also a teacher’s aide at Pike Place Market Daycare Center.

She loved children and was a professional in-home child care provider when she retired from the Market Daycare.

She celebrated diversity her whole life. She loved everybody and even if she didn’t know you, you were her friend. Her kind of love makes the world go round.

She is survived by her four sons Eric (Elizabeth), John (Michele), William, and Robert. She has 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Arthur, brother Jack Dorrance, and daughter-in-law Darlene (Bill’s wife)

The world has lost a lot of love in her passing.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to your favorite charity.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Fall’s first Friday

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

7:11 AM: Good morning! No incidents/alerts reported so far.

STADIUM ZONE: The Mariners‘ final homestand continues, 7:10 tonight vs. Oakland.

BUS LANE FOLLOWUP: Let us know how the NB 99 commute goes – whether you’re in a car or bus – this morning. We will be writing a followup later this morning with what we learned when following up yesterday, including what SDOT director Sam Zimbabwe said at last night’s West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting.

7:43 AM: Metro just sent an after-the-fact alert that the 7:26 am Route 57 didn’t run.

8:32 AM: Texter reports a crash blocking the middle lane EB near the crest.

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.