West Seattle, Washington
9:49 PM: Not a lot of details on this but in case you are seeing/hearing the police activity around 35th/Roxbury – a robbery was reported at the commercial building on the northeast corner. A K9 team is helping with the search. No other info so far.
12:05 AM: We haven’t heard anything further, aside from a description that this was a “strong-arm robbery” at one of the businesses; we’ll pursue the police report when available Monday.
Three local high-school football scores to report. The weekend began with Chief Sealth International High School playing at Bainbridge Island Friday night; the Seahawks lost 10-7 … West Seattle High School played this afternoon at Sehome in Bellingham, losing 40-0 … Seattle Lutheran High School was home at West Seattle Stadium today vs. Quilcene, losing 56-8.
NEXT WEEKEND: Friday (October 25th), WSHS is home at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle) vs. Sammamish, 7 pm … CSIHS plays Roosevelt at Memorial Stadium downtown, 7:45 pm … Saturday (October 26th), SLHS‘s homecoming game is at WS Stadium (4432 35th SW) vs. Rainier Christian, 1 pm.
Time to start counting down to next weekend’s biggest event, the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival (Sunday, October 27th, 10 am-2 pm). First preview: A popular feature, the Chili Cookoff, which raises money for the West Seattle Food Bank. Nine local restaurants/caterers donate chili so hundreds of “flights” can be served for $10 donations; tasters get to vote, and at 1:30 pm, the winner will be crowned. From Lora Radford of the West Seattle Junction Association, this year’s list of competitors:
Easy Street Café
Girls Gone BBQ
All but Ma’ono were part of last year’s lineup; the 2018 winner was Duos. Who will win the taste test this year? Look for the chili being served on the southwest corner of California/Alaska during the festival, which also includes a Hot Cocoa/Cider Garden, the costume parade at 11:30 am, trick-or-treating at noon, and the Farmers’ Market ongoing throughout.
ORIGINAL SATURDAY REPORT: Roxhill Bog was one of more than a dozen sites where hundreds of volunteers devoted several hours today to Duwamish Alive! work parties, supporting the river and its watershed. These volunteers were preparing for followup plantings later this fall.
Roxhill Bog is where Longfellow Creek begins; it’s chabneled underground until emerging just east of the Chief Sealth International High School campus, and continues north-northeast until emptying into the Duwamish.
P.S. There’s also a spring edition of Duwamish Alive! – watch for word of that early in the year.
ADDED SUNDAY: More, from the Duwamish Alive! Coalition:
The 13th annual fall Duwamish Alive! event was held on Saturday, bringing communities together from Seattle to Auburn, in an effort to restore critical salmon habitat at 19 urban parks and open spaces supporting the environmental health of the river, its salmon, and the endangered Southern Resident Orca. Starting at 10:00 am, hundreds of volunteers worked at multiple locations throughout the Green-Duwamish Watershed in a day of major cleanup and habitat restoration in the ongoing effort to keep the Green- Duwamish River healthy for local communities, salmon, and the Puget Sound orca. The Green-Duwamish River is home to 5 salmon species including the critical Chinook salmon which the Southern Resident Orcas depend upon for food. October is the height of the river’s salmon runs and best viewing.
The returning salmon spawn not only in the river but also in its streams and creeks, including the 3 mile Longfellow Creek which runs from Roxhill Bog, north through Delridge and out to the Duwamish River. Longfellow Creek’s Coho salmon have declined in recent years due to loss of salmon habitat and high levels of pollution in the creek causing pre-spawn mortality. This is where the salmon die before releasing their eggs into the stream bed.
The event focused on improving salmon habitat, with State House Representative Joe Fitzgibbon joining volunteers with King Conservation District to help a local residential owner remove invasive plants along Longfellow Creek which runs through their property in an effort to improve the health of the creek. Also: Planting of trees next to the creek in White Center Heights Park with King County Councilmember Joe McDermott:
And improving the Green Wall in Georgetown which will help reduce air pollution by filtering particulates, and improving salmon habitat along the Green-Duwamish River:
2:02 PM: Thanks for the tips. If you have to head eastbound from the Fauntleroy end of the West Seattle Bridge, wait a while – multi-vehicle crash reported.
2:18 PM: SDOT says the EB bridge is closed at Fauntleroy because of this.
3 PM: Still closed but a tow truck is on scene.
3:26 PM: All clear per SDOT,
Fall isn’t just rainy season, it’s salmon-spawning season. Notes from two West Seattle creeks:
LONGFELLOW CREEK: Thanks to Tom for that photo from earlier this week. He reports, “I saw this lone salmon in Dragonfly Park about halfway up the stream to the Salmon bridge (Monday). The fun has begun.” Here’s info on looking for salmon along the creek, which runs through east West Seattle.
FAUNTLEROY CREEK: As spawning season begins here, you’re invited to the ceremonial start tomorrow:
Rain or shine, gather to drum and sing to welcome the coho home to the creek, 5 pm Sunday (Fauntleroy/Director). This is a special year – the silver anniversary of the first two spawners to return to Fauntleroy Creek in modern times, as explained in our preview. All ages!
Received via text last night just before all the weather havoc:
Hi from Pigeon Point… just had a Buck sighting in our backyard that borders the Duwamish Greenbelt near Pathfinder K-8…. wanted to share; he’s heading East back into the greenbelt at this time.
Last deer sighting we heard about was more than two years ago; that in turn was almost a year after a few weeks of sightings of a deer eventually dubbed Westley – last seen heading into South King County.
Welcome to the (soggy) weekend! Here are Saturday highlights – first, from our West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide:
And now from the regular WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: Mobile blood drive at Westwood Village, 9 am-3 pm. Walk-ups welcome but note that the drive will be closed for a break 11 am-noon. (2600 SW Barton)
DUWAMISH ALIVE! 10 am, the twice-yearly multi-site work party to help our area’s only river. Here’s the list of where volunteers are working. Opening ceremony is at T-107 Park. (4500 W. Marginal Way SW)
MORNING CANDIDATE DEBATE: Missed all the previous City Council District 1 debates/forums because you just can’t (or don’t want to) get out at night? 11 am today, join us at the Senior Center/Sisson Building for an hourlong debate with Lisa Herbold and Phil Tavel. Presented by the West Seattle Junction Association, moderated by your WSB co-publishers. (4217 SW Oregon)
FAMILY READING TIME: 11 am at Paper Boat Booksellers. (6040 California SW)
REFRACT SEATTLE: Celebrate art glass with open tours of studios including two in West Seattle, 11 am-3 pm. See the details here.
KITTENS/CATS ADOPTION EVENT: Ready to give someone a forever home? Noon-2 pm at Mud Bay in Admiral. (2611 California SW)
TALK WITH YOUR SCHOOL BOARD REP: Community-conversation availability with Leslie Harris, 3-5 pm at High Point Library. (3411 SW Raymond)
‘SEATTLE NOW & THEN: THE HISTORIC HUNDRED‘: 3:30 pm at Paper Boat Booksellers, see Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard‘s illustrated talk about their award-winning book, edited by West Seattle’s Clay Eals.
This will be the 34th event about the book – all listed here, with video of past presentations. (6040 California SW)
OPEN HOUSE AT NEPENTHE: Art, music, more, 5-8 pm. (9447 35th SW)
NADAFEST, NIGHT 2: 7 pm at The Skylark, the second night of this “yearly event where we showcase a bunch of the emerging or under-appreciated local bands.” See tonight’s lineup here. $10 cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
ROO & THE FEW: Originals and classics at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
TRIBUTE TO ROBERT HUNTER: Second of two nights at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SEE MORE … on our complete calendar!
12:20 AM: Seattle Fire is sending a “rescue extrication”-level response to the 8800 block of Delridge, where a driver is reported to be trapped in her car after hitting two parked cars.
12:24 AM: No injuries, according to police arriving at the scene.
12:27 AM: Downsizing the response, canceling all but two SFD units.