West Seattle, Washington
The first returning salmon of the season has been spotted at Fauntleroy Creek. Unfortunately, she didn’t make it far before dying. But her appearance gives hope that others will show up during favorable high tides starting this week. With that as context, creek advocate Judy Pickens and musician Jamie Shilling led drumming and singing this evening to call the coho home.
It’s an annual tradition, with all ages welcome.
The short gathering is always whimsical as well as reverential – including “Habitat,” to the tune of long-ago hit “Lollipop”:
This year, something extra – it’s the 25th anniversary of the revived creek’s first modern-day spawners, Harry and Louise. The 30+ people who participated tonight were invited to sign a commemorative card.
You can do the same at next weekend’s Fauntleroy Fall Festival (at the church, Y, and schoolhouse, 2-5 pm Sunday, October 27th). Pickens told the backstory:
Meantime, volunteers have begun monitoring the creek for signs of more potential spawners. Once there’s a sighting, an “open creek” visitation opportunity will be announced.
Thanks for the tip: Summit Atlas, the charter middle/high school at 35th/Roxbury, has told families it will be closed tomorrow because of a water problem. The email sent to families says the city had to shut off the school’s water supply because of “a major breakage in the water main.” We haven’t heard of a break in the area but the school email also mentions plumbers trying to fix it, so it might be just a campus problem; we’ll check with Seattle Public Utilities tomorrow.
8:09 PM: Now SFD is sending a “rescue extrication” response to a flipped-car crash reported at Delridge/Holden.
8:11 PM: SDOT says the southbound lanes of Delridge are blocked. Via radio communication, SFD reports one person is injured but out of the vehicle, so the response is being downsized, no extrication needed.
8:18 PM: Reader photo added – thank you; Megan adds that this is between Holden and Kenyon. As shown, a second vehicle was damaged; it was parked, police have reported over the air. The medic unit originally assigned to the call has been dismissed, so no major injuries.
10:58 PM: SFD says the 42-year-old driver was taken to a hospital in stable condition.
7:31 PM: Another crash on the Highland Park Way hill. This one is reported via radio communication to be two vehicles, head on, blocking the southbound lanes. SPD and SFD are on the way.
7:41 PM: Someone who just passed the scene reports it’s a car and minivan. Firefighters have reported that everyone involved is “conscious and alert.”
10:25 PM: Despite that initial assessment, three people were eventually taken to the hospital, SFD tells us. From one vehicle, a 51 year old man in critical condition; from the other, two women, 45 and 67, both in serious condition.
Signs like that one are up along SW Avalon Way, both sides, between the bridge and 35th SW, declaring no street parking for three weeks, around the clock starting tomorrow. SDOT says that’s needed for the “final striping” of the repaved street, originally planned for spring. We asked the project team to clarify:
While it’s standard practice to stripe a street within a few weeks of asphalt paving being complete, we are not always able to add in final striping if paving takes place to close to winter months. As our final asphalt paving of SW Avalon Way happened ahead of schedule, we are able to stripe the corridor during a good weather window.
The three-week parking ban is apparently just in case a “good weather window” hits during that time:
In order to stripe the corridor, we need to place “no parking” signs along SW Avalon Way. As “no parking” signs must be up for 72 hours prior to their enforcement and the wet weather is unpredictable during the fall, we have placed the current signs along the corridor to allow us to stripe as soon as we have a dry weather window. There may be opportunities for signs to be lowered if inclement weather is forecasted.
As for the frequently asked question of when the whole project will be done: “We’ll be finishing major work at the SW Avalon Way and 35th Ave SW intersection this November. We expect to continue concrete work along 35th Ave SW and SW Alaska St through the fall with anticipated wrap-up in summer 2020, as planned.”
Two months ago, kid-rock superstar Caspar Babypants closed out the Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series with another lawn-filling performance; next Sunday, he opens Kindiependent‘s new Sunday family concert series at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California SW). This show is at 1 pm, right before the Fauntleroy Fall Festival, but the other nine shows in the twice-monthly series will be on Sunday mornings, 10:30 am. Tickets are required for everybody over 6 months old – series passes are on sale here; tickets for the Caspar Babypants show are on sale here. (Second show: The Not-Its, 10:30 am November 10th.)
West Seattle Community Orchestras invite you to a night full of great music as well as food, fun, and fundraising:
Sassy, Brassy, Classy; A bountiful harvest dinner & auction: October 26, 2019
Join the West Seattle Community Orchestra (WSCO) on Saturday, October 26th for WSCO’s biggest event and fundraiser of the year! The evening will include chamber music performed by WSCO members, a performance by the West Seattle Big Band, and a silent auction featuring experiences from the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Teatro Zinzanni, and Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra to name a few. There will also be a chance to win a $400 gift certificate to Canlis. Support WSCO programs while having a blast at our 2019 Gala event!
WSCO provides community musicians of all ages and abilities with opportunities for performance and growth. Join them for an evening of fun as you support them in continuing to provide FREE TUITION to all K-12 students!
Tickets are available online.
Saturday, October 26, 2019 | Alki Masonic Hall
6:00 PM Doors Open
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Dessert Dash & Raise the Paddle
Thanks for the tip. We just checked out a big but short-lived emergency response on the northeast end of the Home Depot lot, which is also immediately north of the Southwest Precinct. Police told us there was a report of someone injured in a fight – possibly with a weapon, which is why SFD’s call was designated “Scenes of Violence/Aid” – but the purported victim declined treatment and the response was downsized quickly, wrapping up just as we arrived.
Burglary is down, but not out, in the Southwest Precinct jurisdiction (West Seattle and South Park). So the last West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting of the year got in-depth advice on how to make homes as burglary-resistant as possible.
First, those in attendance Tuesday night got an update from precinct leadership. Operations Lt. Steve Strand said burglaries are down eight percent this year compared to last, but had a spike a few weeks back. He acknowledged that many people are catching prowlers or thieves on security video and sharing that with neighbors, but not reporting it to police, so if they get a call such as “hey, that guy who’s been prowling (a specific area) is here now,” they have no idea what you’re talking about – so report everything to them too.
Also in precinct updates: Police met earlier in the day with the new Westwood Village Business Block Watch … The Anti-Crime Team had been out looking for a “prolific three-county auto thief” and “almost had him” when a chase and crash ensued; an attendee asked why the suspect’s photo couldn’t be distributed so everyone could be on the lookout, and precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis explained they didn’t want to tip their target about the search … Davis also noted that “shots fired” incident are down this year, 32 so far.
One community concern was brought up – drug dealing near Solstice Park. Capt. Davis invited the resident to call him and get a “long-term project” started. That sort of exchange is what the WSCPCC meeting is all about – come to this meeting, get your questions answered, “this is why we do this.” They’d like to see better turnout, too (Tuesday was single-digit, not counting precinct/police personnel).
One reminder: Drug Take-Back Day is next Saturday, October 26th – 10 am-2 pm as usual. Bring your unwanted/expired prescription medication to the precinct (2300 SW Webster).
BURGLARY PREVENTION: Detective Jon Flores spoke first. He’s in his 12th year with SPD, all in Southwest Precinct, previously patrol and Community Police Team. Here’s what should happen if you’ve been burglarized:
-Report it. Even if it’s something like, your neighbor’s out of town and you think they’ve been broken into.
-Leave the scene undisturbed. Police will be searching for fingerprint evidence, DNA evidence. “When our officers are there, we need it to be as undisturbed a possible.”
-Video is a big deal. Not that it’s going to prevent you from being victimized but it’s a “great tool for identification.” Check with neighbors whose cameras might have caught the suspct – officers will canvass but might not get to everyone.
-Case gets assigned to burglary/theft unit. When it arrives on his desk, he’ll review – evidence? fingerprints? video?
Something you can do now just in case:
-Document serial numbers. It might help police recover stolen property. Highly recommend – model numbers, photos of valuables like jewelry. That too might help them find it.
Print cards – or items with prints – go into evidence. Not a guarantee it’s going to lead to a match but they get examined. Can you get prints from, say, a candy wrapper? asked WSCPC president Richard Miller. Generally no, says Flores, adding that 206-233-2623 is the SW Burglary Unit, if you have a tip. Got video of someone behaving suspiciously? Doesn’t necessarily have to be a confirmed crime for SPD to possibly be interested in it.
Also: Cases labeled “inactive” don’t mean closed forever. Cases can be fluid. May be reopened.king cou
And then – Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner and her North Precinct counterpart Mary Amberg took over. Here’s the slide deck from their presentation (or here in PDF):
WATER TAXI’S FINAL WEEKEND DAY: After next Friday, the West Seattle Water Taxi will be on its fall/winter schedule, so today is its final weekend day of the year.
TLC FOR LINCOLN PARK: With Friends of Lincoln Park, 9-noon. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Freshness and flavors abound, 10 am-2 pm in the street in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
REFRACT SEATTLE: Celebrate art glass with open tours of studios including two in West Seattle, 11 am-3 pm. See the details here.
ART SALE & FOOD DRIVE: Local artists’ work, 4-7 pm reception, and nonperishable donations for the West Seattle Food Bank! All happening at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – info here. (5612 California SW)
DRUMMING TO WELCOME THE SALMON HOME: 5 pm, an annual tradition to call the coho home to Fauntleroy Creek – join in singing and drumming, all ages welcome! Bring a drum if you have one, or just your voice if not. (Fauntleroy/Director)
PUBLIC ART EVENT: Music plus paintings by Lezlie Jane, in the gallery @ Brace Point Pottery in Arbor Heights, 6-8 pm. (4208 SW 100th)
BLUEGRASS JAM: 7-10 pm at Whisky West, monthly jam with live bluegrass music. 21+. (6451 California SW)
DRUNKEN OWL THEATER: 7 pm at Parliament Tavern, actors read works by local playwrights. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SEE IT ALL … this is just part of what you’ll find for today, tonight, and beyond on our full calendar.