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Easy Street Records’ owner tells all @ Southwest Seattle Historical Society brunch

Easy Street Records owner Matt Vaughan has some amazing tales to tell and you can hear for yourself at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Champagne Gala Brunch on November 2nd. Just days left to reserve your ticket – here’s what SWSHS wants you to know about this year’s brunch:

Guests at the Champagne Gala Brunch will witness West Seattle history in the making. Guest speakers Matt Vaughan (Music Historian and owner of Easy Street Records), Peder Nelson (Co-Curator of the Sound Spots exhibit at the Log House Museum) will be interviewed by John Maynard, (Robin and Maynard Show on KNXX).

They will speak to the importance of recognizing the music history of the Duwamish Peninsula. Matt will tell the stories of the great musicians who have passed through West Seattle, resulting in a unique intersection of music and culture. A limited edition Eddie Vedder poster from his first solo concert (at Kenyon Hall) will be auctioned.

After a meal at Salty’s overlooking Elliott Bay (vegetarian options available), there will be a live one-of-a-kind West Seattle-themed auction. Some of the auction items include:

Become the “Man or Woman of the Hour” with a collectable Eddie Vedder Poster: Vedder’s first solo concert took place in West Seattle’s Kenyon Hall. You could become the owner of the iconic limited-edition poster (with guitar pick) from that 2008 semi-secret show, billed as a “Into the Wild” screening. In addition, there will be a variety of collectible show posters from other bands available in this music-themed event of the year.

Becoming a Master of Mural Art in the Junction: Assist mural restoration artist Bob Henry in painting one of the beloved Junction murals. Then, learn about these amazing public art pieces with 20 of your closest friends. Historian Clay Eals will host this unique walking tour. Also includes a framed limited-edition poster of the West Seattle murals.

Ice Scream, You Scream, We All Scream Your Own Husky Deli Ice Cream: Create your very own ice cream flavor at Husky Deli. Not only will you get to create the flavor, you get to name it and be available for purchase in store! Celebrate with an ice cream launch party with 20 of your closest friends at this iconic West Seattle location.

Light Up the Night with the Menashes: The Menashe family’s Christmas lights (over 350,000 of them!) are unforgettable. Offering an exclusive party of four to attend a Menashe family Christmas party, this package includes a family photo.

Lastly, there’s a chance to win the Golden Ticket – a Holland America cruise. Purchase the Golden Ticket at the Log House Museum or at the Gala.

Admission: Gala ticket price is $95 and space is limited! If you would like to purchase tickets online: To purchase your tickets in person or over the phone, please contact the Log House Museum at: or 206-350-0999.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Delridge burglary search; Lincoln Park car prowl

We start this West Seattle Crime Watch report with a search happening now:

DELRIDGE BURGLARY: We’re still collecting details on this but if you’re seeing/hearing the police search in Delridge – they’re looking for a burglar. We don’t have an address yet but the search, with K9, is ranging eastward from Delridge/Juneau, uphill into Puget Ridge. We’ve heard a partial description of the burglar as male, average build, blue and white striped stocking cap, black and white flowered wrap over pants, facial hair. We’ll update when we find out more.

10:43 AM UPDATE: Talked to police in the area. The burglary happened at a house being renovated near Delridge/Findlay. A work crew saw the intruder, who subsequently bolted.

10:50 AM UPDATE: A suspect is reported, via police radio, to be in custody.

LINCOLN PARK CAR PROWL: Lindsey just moved to our area from out of state a week ago. On Monday, a rude “welcome” at Lincoln Park:

My family parked at the lot across from SW Rose Street at Lincoln Park around 4 PM and left at 5:15 PM.

Around 6:45 PM my bank started notifying me of suspicious activity. I called to inquire and discovered someone was purchasing gift cards from stores at Westwood Village: Game Stop, Big Five, Marshall’s, Starbucks, Target, etc. My brother‘s credit cards we’re also stolen and used.

We were able to deduce that we left our wallets in the car during our hike and my husband probably inadvertently left the car unlocked. This person is likely a pro, they probably intentionally target park lots as patrons likely won’t be back at their cars for some time. They took only our credit and debit cards as well as cash and change. They left IDs and such. They only tried to purchase gift cards from the stores, as far as we’re currently aware.

Now through night, what’s up for your West Seattle Wednesday

October 23, 2019 9:45 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

(WSB photo, just in)

COFFEE WITH A COP: Happening now until 11 am at Admiral Safeway Starbucks, drop in and chat with local police. (2622 California SW)

SOFTBALL: Chief Sealth International High School‘s league-champ slowpitch team plays Lake Washington, 4 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex. (2801 SW Thistle)

THERAGUN GROUP RUN: 6:15 pm at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), free group run plus the chance afterward to try out a Theragun percussive-therapy device. (2743 California SW)

SDOT DIRECTOR, WESTCREST DOG PARK @ HPAC: 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, this month’s HPAC meeting features SDOT director Sam Zimbabwe with an update on what’s now proposed for improving safety at Highland Park Way/Holden. Also, as previewed here, Seattle Parks will talk about the plan for a temporary replacement dog park when the Westcrest Park Off-Leash Area is closed for drainage improvements. (1116 SW Holden)

NATIONAL PARKS CONCERT: West Seattleite Anthony Spain conducts the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in a unique visual/musical experience at Benaroya Hall downtown, 7:30 pm – details here. (200 University St.)

OPEN MIC NIGHT: The legendary backlined open mic at The Skylark. Signups start at 7:30 pm, performances at 8, all ages until 10. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

MORE … on our complete calendar.

HALLOWEEN GUIDE: West Seattle Hallo-week starts tomorrow

Again this year, Halloween is more like Hallo-week, with some of the 36 events in our West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide happening tomorrow, continuing through a big busy weekend, and then more leading up to, and of course on, Halloween. If you haven’t sent us your event yet – from school carnivals to bar parties – it’s not too late; is the address. To check out the updated guide – now up to 36 listings – just go here. (Photo: Jack-o-turkey, sent by Wyatt)


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

7:06 AM: Good morning. No incidents or alerts currently.

TONIGHT: Sounders FC home match vs. Salt Lake at 7 pm, so the West Seattle Water Taxi runs into the late evening.

COUNTDOWN: Signup time for kids’ pie-eating contest at West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival

October 22, 2019 10:54 pm
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 |   West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

Those medals await the 8- to 12-year-olds who win the kids’ pumpkin-pie-eating contest at the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival. If yours wants to be part of it, you need to sign up at A la Mode Pies in The Junction (4225 SW Alaska, hours here) ASAP – they’re looking for 10 participants (eight spots remain at last check). The contest will happen at 1:30 pm at California/Alaska during the festival this Sunday (October 27th).

The festival also features:
Applepalooza tasting and voting during the Farmers’ Market (10 am-2 pm)
Activities presented by local businesses/schools/organizations (10 am-2 pm)
Chili Cookoff benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank (10 am until sold out)
Hot Cocoa/Cider Garden
Costume Parade at 11:30 am
Trick or Treating at noon

See you Sunday in The Junction! (WSB is a Harvest Festival community co-sponsor.)

BIZNOTE: Good news, and an invitation, from Emerald Water Anglers

October 22, 2019 9:04 pm
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 |   West Seattle businesses | West Seattle news

fishcrowd(WSB file photo, past EWA in-store event)

Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) has a big event Thursday night, and you’re invited. But first – some big news: After celebrating the shop’s fifth anniversary last month at 4502 42nd SW in The Junction, proprietor Dave McCoy says EWA has signed a new five-year lease. You can congratulate him on Thursday night during “Get to Know Your NGO” night at EWA. He explains, “Each of the following will give 10-15-minute presentation on each of their mission statements and work they are doing in our area and then be available for personal Q&A afterward:”

Trout Unlimited
Wild Steelhead Coalition
Native Fish Society
Wild Fish Conservancy
Long Live the Kings
Puget SoundKeeper Alliance

Drop in and learn, starting at 7 pm Thursday (October 24th). Other upcoming events at EWA are listed here.

P.S. Emerald Water Anglers is also participating in Harvest Festival activities again this year – look for them amid the activity booths/areas on California SW between SW Alaska and SW Edmunds.

WEDNESDAY: Talk with police @ Admiral ‘Coffee with a Cop’

Question/concern for local police, but couldn’t get to this month’s two community meetings at the precinct? You’re invited to the next “Coffee with a Cop” tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, 9-11 am at the Admiral Safeway Starbucks (2622 California SW). These are usually low-key gatherings – just drop in and chat.

BIZNOTE: Row House opens Thursday

Six months after first word that the Row House was on the way to the AJ Apartments building at 42nd/Oregon, it’s about to open. We stopped by this afternoon for a peek inside. The newest branch of the nationwide indoor-rowing chain will “soft open” on Thursday with the first of a few days of free classes. They’re also having an open house 4-7 pm on Saturday (October 26th).

P.S. The Row House is among the businesses offering activities at Sunday’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, so look for their booth on California between Edmunds and Alaska 10 am-2 pm that day.

SURVEY: Shape the city’s upcoming scooter-share pilot program

Though Seattle doesn’t yet have a scooter-share program, that Lime scooter showed up mysteriously at 47th/Charlestown last month (thanks to Brian for the photo). You might see more of them soon, as the city is getting ready to launch a scooter-share pilot. First – you have the chance to take a quick survey to help shape the program. Second – the city has announced a public forum at City Hall next week, 6 pm on October 23rd. No word yet whether West Seattle will be included in the future scooter-share test run but these are your chances to voice hopes and concerns before the scooting begins.

FOLLOWUP: Street-closure alert as Avalon/Genesee gas-leak repair continues

October 22, 2019 3:15 pm
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 |   Transportation | Utilities | West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(Added: WSB photo, looking at NW corner of Genesee/Avalon)

On Monday we reported on gas-leak repairs on Genesee west of Avalon. They’re not done yet and SDOT has just sent this street-closure alert:

PSE, the Seattle Fire Department and PSE’s contractor are continuing to work on this issue and have closed the west side of SW Genesee St at SW Avalon Way through this evening to make necessary repairs to stop the leak. PSE expects to conduct evening and night work to identify and resolve these issues.

Currently, SW Avalon Way remains open to traffic in both directions. However, people on the west side of SW Genesee St will not be able to turn onto SW Avalon Way and people on SW Avalon Way will not be able to turn west onto SW Genesee St. Residents near SW Genesee St can use SW Andover St and 32nd Ave SW to get to their homes during this work.

We have contact information for many of the buildings in the area and are reaching out to residents, businesses, and (WSB) to help share information about potential travel delays and the closed street.

MERGER: West Seattle Food Bank and WS Helpline joining forces

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

They’re already headquartered in the same building.

Early next year, the West Seattle Food Bank and West Seattle Helpline will become one organization.

We talked this morning with the organizations’ executive directors, Fran Yeatts of WSFB and Erin Dury Moore of WSH, about what’s ahead.

First thing you should know: Don’t stop giving to either one in the months ahead! Their distinct missions will continue – food and more (as currently provided by WSFB), emergency financial aid and clothing (as currently provided by WSH). The merger won’t result in any cutting of services.

So how did the merger decision come about?

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LIGHT RAIL: 2 Sound Transit ‘neighborhood forums’ ahead in West Seattle

While Sound Transit continues environmental work – including soil sampling on Harbor Island (thanks to those who have sent photos recently, including the one above) – they’re also continuing community conversation about West Seattle light rail. Next step: Two “neighborhood forums” just announced. ST says these are “to learn more about the alternatives we’ll be studying in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, what happens next in the environmental review process and how you can stay engaged” as well as “opportunities to participate in small group activities to discuss how the vision and values of your neighborhood relate to future light rail stations.” The dates/locations:

November 21

Station areas include Delridge, Avalon and Alaska Junction

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Alki Masonic Center, 4736 40th Avenue SW


December 7

Delridge station only

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Delridge Community Center (Gym), 4501 Delridge Way SW, Seattle

This event focuses on the Delridge station and builds upon the community engagement and collaboration approach outlined in the Racial Equity Toolkit. Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters will be available.

Before these, the ST Board is due to decide this Thursday (1:30 pm October 24, downtown boardroom) whether the environmental studies will include either or both of two additional West Seattle alternatives, Yancy/Andover Elevated and Pigeon Point Tunnel. As reported here earlier this month, a board committee recommended including the former and leaving it up to the full board to discuss the latter.

7 for your West Seattle Tuesday

October 22, 2019 9:45 am
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(Sanderlings, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights for the rest of your Tuesday:

TODDLER STORY TIME: 10:30 am at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, bring the little ones! (2306 42nd SW)

MEDICARE INFO: Two free workshops in West Seattle this afternoon – 1:30 pm at West Seattle Library (2306 42nd SW), 2:30 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle. (4217 SW Oregon)

CITY COUNCIL BUDGET HEARING: If you want to make a case for including something in, or excluding something from, next year’s city budget, tonight’s public hearing is your big chance. 5:30 pm at City Hall downtown. (600 4th Ave.)

SAFETY & CRIME PREVENTION: The West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network‘s last meeting of the year is at 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct. No special guest, but come find out about a change in the meeting schedule for next year, aa well as the usual updates from, and Q&A with, police. (2300 SW Webster)

EXPLORER WEST MS OPEN HOUSE: 6:30 pm, your family is invited to come learn about Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor), “the only independent 6th-8th-grade school in West Seattle redefining the middle school experience.” (10015 28th SW)

KINDERGARTEN INFO NIGHT: Is your child ready? Hope Lutheran School hosts a Kindergarten Information Night at 6:30 pm. (4446 42nd SW)

OPEN MIC NIGHT: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)



(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 or alerts currently.

8:05 AM: Some problems, as mentioned in comments, including crash on EB bridge parallel with Admiral.

Brown water in West Seattle? 2 possible reasons

Thanks to Marlene for the tip that some City View residents are experiencing brown/discolored water because of a pump-house problem. We checked with Sabrina Register at Seattle Public Utilities; she tells us that as is usual in such cases, the water is safe to use, just doesn’t look so great. She said the problem’s believed to be limited to “a few blocks” and crews are working on it. She also mentioned a reason some other areas of West Seattle might experience discolored water tonight or tomorrow night – overnight hydrant testing in two areas, California between Admiral and Lander, and 35th SW between Barton and Henderson. P.S. The general advice on dealing with water discoloration is here.

WEST SEATTLE SALMON: Sightings in Fauntleroy, Longfellow creeks

Salmon sightings to report:

FAUNTLEROY CREEK: One day after the annual gathering to call the coho home, the first one has made it to the creek’s spawning reach, reports Judy Pickens on behalf of the volunteers watching the creek. It did not want to pose for a clear photo, so the one above is the best available for now. Three others have turned up – one dead, two alive – by the creek’s mouth. Now that the salmon have shown up, watch for word of “open creek” time this Saturday when you can go try your luck at spotting one!

LONGFELLOW CREEK: Jacquelyn sent this sighting from Longfellow Creek by Dragonfly Park:

Here’s info on Longfellow salmon-seeking.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Sawed-off-shotgun suspect back in jail

48-year-old Michael J. Mullen is back in jail. Last June, he was arrested and charged with unlawfully possessing a “heavily altered” shotgun (photo in our coverage) that he was brandishing at people in the alley behind businesses on the west side of the 4700 block of California SW. He was released from jail two days after that arrest, and the case has continued slowly proceeding through the court system. Last Thursday morning, he was arrested for allegedly threatening his roommate at their house west of The Junction. Court documents say the roommate called police after Mullen had threatened to go get his gun, after hours of ranting about people allegedly refusing to provide him with information about a woman he was obsessed with. He’s been in jail since Thursday, charged with misdemeanor domestic-violence harassment, bail set at $50,000. He is scheduled for a mental-health evaluation and competency hearing next week, at his lawyer’s request.

VIDEO: With 1,000 ballots cast already, here’s another look at City Council District 1 contenders

(Photos by Jason Grotelueschen for WSB)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

One more time, the two candidates for Seattle City Council District 1 are side by side tonight answering questions, with two more weeks of voting ahead.

This district has the highest number of ballots received so far – more than a thousand – according to brand-new numbers from King County Elections.

But 67,000+ ballots are still out there. So right now, Phil Tavel and Lisa Herbold are at Arrowhead Gardens, the fourth forum/debate event in West Seattle in eight days.

We’re there, for coverage we’ll bring you tomorrow. First – this story is about the third event, presented by the West Seattle Junction Association on Saturday morning, moderated by your WSB co-publishers. Here’s the video:

Ahead – quick summaries of the hour-long Q&A:

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Gas-leak repair at Avalon/Genesee

(Photo courtesy Debora)

Puget Sound Energy confirms that they’re repairing a gas-line leak on Genesee west of Avalon. Nearby residents says the leak was first noticed over the weekend. But it didn’t rise to a level requiring an emergency response, and PSE didn’t send a repair crew until today. The utility told us that no customers are affected; they’re still investigating the cause.

CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Weekend store robbery

We reported briefly Saturday night on a police search following a business robbery at 35th/Roxbury. Today we’ve obtained the report; here’s what police say happened at the Cheap Smokes and Beer store (9450 35th SW):

Around 9:15 pm, three people entered the store – described as males, all wearing masks and gloves. One, wearing a black jacket, black pants, and red mask, jumped over the counter and started hitting the clerk, at least eight times. The second robber, wearing a gray jacket, black pants, and white mask, also jumped over the counter and began stuffing cigarettes into a purple bag. He then took the register off the counter and gave it to the third robber. All three took off with the register, cigarettes, and the victim’s Galaxy S4 phone, in a case that also had his ID and other cards. They were last seen headed northbound; a subsequent K9 search suggested they had then gone into the alley east of the building, but the trail ended there, so it’s possible they got into a vehicle. The clerk had a “small lump on the right side of his forehead” but told officers he didn’t need medical attention

UPDATE: Mayor, police chief to return to West Seattle Junction on Friday

(WSB photo, November 2018)

ORIGINAL REPORT: In our coverage of Mayor Jenny Durkan‘s South Park walking tour last Tuesday, we mentioned she was expected to be in West Seattle for one this week. That’s now been confirmed; the West Seattle Junction Association says the mayoral visit on Friday afternoon will include a public meeting/conversation at Cupcake Royale (California/Alaska) at 4:30 pm. Durkan has been touring with Police Chief Carmen Best and Fire Chief Harold Scoggins to underscore the importance of public-safety spending while her budget plan is under City Council review; as noted in our daily highlights, councilmembers are looking at the Seattle Police budget this afternoon. Last fall, you’ll recall, the mayor and Chief Best held a community Q&A at Cupcake Royale (WSB coverage here).

TUESDAY: The community conversation is now expected to start at 5 pm.

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: USS Nimitz, northbound again

1:50 PM: Thanks to Karen for sending the photo! That’s the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), headed northbound in Puget Sound again, just two and a half weeks after its latest return.

1:57 PM: A closer look just came in from Gary Jones (thank you!) at Alki Point:

The Nimitz’s recent voyages have all been training for its next deployment.