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VIDEO: Music at centerstage for Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s brunch gala

Easy Street Records proprietor Matt Vaughan has a stack of stories to tell, and that was the big draw at today’s Champagne Gala Brunch benefiting the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. The organization’s Log House Museum has been featuring a music-history exhibit, so there was synergy.

The items auctioned during the brunch at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) included a big-ticket item – a poster from Eddie Vedder‘s legendary semi-secret solo show at Kenyon Hall. That went for $5,400. But back to Matt Vaughan’s storytelling:

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WEST SEATTLE SUNSET: Last one of Daylight Saving Time

With hours to go until Daylight Saving Time ends (2 am Sunday, we “fall back” an hour), another stunning sunset. Thanks for sending photos! Above, from Kersti Muul; below, from Kath Dedon:

No rain in the forecast until late next week.

DELRIDGE GROCERY: ‘Happy that it’s happening’ – groundbreaking celebration, and what’s ahead

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

After shovels went into the ground at today’s celebration of the future Delridge Grocery Co-op store, a little rosemary plant followed.

With it, high hopes for the next stage of a decade-long journey toward opening a small food store in Delridge were planted too. Among those who voiced them, Brent Curtis of the DGC board:

The brief ceremony was part of a three-hour event outside and inside the store-to-be, a 2,200-square-foot space at 5444 Delridge Way SW, beneath the 60+-apartment supportive-housing complex Cottage Grove Commons. The complex is owned and operated by DESC, which promised the space to the co-op long ago; its executive director Dan Malone was among those at today’s celebration, along with City Councilmember Lisa Herbold and council candidate Phil Tavel.

But this was not an event for dignitaries’ speechifying. It was for the co-op and its community.

It has grown to about 500 member-owners, even before the store is built and opened, but there’s room for much more. Tables at today’s event invited signups for roles from financial planning to public relations to coffee-conversation organizing. The wooden spoons offered to members might be seen as an invitation to stir things up.

As longtime board member Ranette Iding explained in our conversation earlier this week, there is a lot of shaping to do.

As architect Parie Hines of LD Arch Design (WSB sponsor) explained to those who stopped by her table, the interior design (added above) has many potential moving parts, depending on what the community wants.

In a sign that it was time to get back to work, an hour after the planting ceremony, co-op members who had hung around gathered for their annual meeting. This was the first one held in the store space, which previously had only opened for a public peek four years ago during then-Mayor Ed Murray‘s Delridge “Find It, Fix It” walk.

The meeting addressed “what’s next”:

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1 WEEK TO GO: Ready for Highway 99 tunnel tolling?

One week from today, seven months of toll-free Highway 99 tunnel travel will end. The tolls vary by daypart – here’s the chart:

Those are the rates you’ll pay if you have a Good To Go! pass and account. If you have an account but no sticker, it’s a quarter more. If you have neither, you’ll get a bill in the mail (your plate is read at tunnel’s end) and it’ll be $2 more. If you don’t have a GTG sticker yet, WSDOT is still offering them free.

CHANGE OF SEASONS: Send us your West Seattle holiday events!

That scene at Delridge Home Depot earlier this week just seemed to say it all – out with Halloween, in with Christmas. In that spirit, we invite you to send us your holiday season events – now through New Year’s, anything seasonal. Our calendar already has several – bazaar season starts next weekend – and now it’s time to start building our annual West Seattle Holiday Guide. Organizations, businesses, schools, neighborhoods, performers, faith centers … whatever you have planned, if the community’s welcome, we want to hear about it. Listings are free. Please send the W’s – what/when/who/where/weblink – as text in your email to, the earlier the better, but of course we’ll be updating all season long. Thank you!

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: What you need to know now that it’s slide season

November 2, 2019 12:10 pm
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(WSB photo, Alki slide in 2013)

Though our current run of dry weather might lull you into complacency, now that it’s November, it’s landslide season – and West Seattle is often a trouble spot, with so many slopes. Here’s a seasonal reminder from the city:

Did you know that most landslides occur between the months of November and March? As snow melts and rainfall continues to increase throughout the winter, the threat of landslides will continue to rise.

Landslide season is approaching, so the City of Seattle is urging residents to take preventive measures to protect themselves and their property from possible landslides.

Most landslides are caused by water (e.g. rainfall, uncontrolled stormwater) or human activity that increases the weight at the top of the slope or reduces the stability at the bottom of the slope.

With 20,000 Seattle properties (mostly residential) in landslide-prone areas, Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) encourages property owners to take preventive measures to protect themselves from landslides by:

Checking downspouts; making sure they are functioning/routed to a safe location
Maintaining drainage systems by clearing away leaves and debris
Inspecting sloped areas for indications of soil movement and erosion
Shutting off irrigation systems and inspecting them seasonally
Keeping fill and yard waste off slopes
Knowing when to seek professional help for hillside projects

Visit our Emergency Management website to understand if you’re at risk and how to be prepared.

Helpful tools include:

Landslide tutorial
Interactive GIS Map
Landslide Prone Area Map
Do’s & Don’ts

If a landslide damages your property and you have an immediate concern for your safety, leave the premises and call 9-1-1. Seattle property owners with structures that may be affected or endangered by a landslide should also contact SDCI at 206-615-0808 so that a building inspector can respond and perform an initial assessment of the structure.

Visit the USGS website to view the current conditions of the USGS rainfall threshold for landslides.

Early next year we will be providing presentations on landslide awareness during our annual Seattle Home Fair in north and south Seattle. More information will be shared in the coming months.

PLAYOFFS: Metro League semifinals tonight for WSHS girls’ soccer

November 2, 2019 10:44 am
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Along with other options for tonight, you can see a soccer playoff match right here in West Seattle. The WSHS girls play Seattle Prep in the Metro League semifinals at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle), 7 pm. The winner not only goes to the championship game but also is guaranteed a spot at the state tournament. Both teams are 12-3; the Wildcats, coached by Andres Lara Rodriguez, are undefeated in league play.

13 for your first West Seattle Saturday of November

November 2, 2019 6:07 am
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(Surf Scoters, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Welcome to the weekend! Some of what’s happening today/tonight:

GREEN SEATTLE DAY: The work parties are all full, but in case you see them and wonder, three West Seattle parks are among 17 citywide where volunteers are working today: Lincoln Park, Westcrest Park, and Pigeon Point.

AMATEUR RADIO LICENSING CLASS: 9 am-5 pm at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) – full details here. (6000 16th SW)

TILDEN SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Interested families are invited to visit this independent elementary school on the north edge of The Junction, 10 am-noon. Enter Tilden School (WSB sponsor) via the west side of the building. (4105 California SW)

HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-1 pm open house at this P-8 Catholic school. (4142 42nd SW)

DELRIDGE GROCERY GROUNDBREAKING: 11 am, be there as the Delridge Grocery Co-op celebrates the ceremonial start of the build-out for its long-awaited store, followed by its annual member meeting – with community involvement encouraged! More info in our preview. (5444 Delridge Way SW)

HISTORICAL SOCIETY CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH GALA: 11 am at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s annual fundraising gala spotlights local music history, with a program highlighted by a live interview with Easy Street Records proprietor Matt Vaughan. (1936 Harbor SW)

DEATHSPLORATION RESOURCE & ART FAIR: 11 am-5 pm at Camp Long, as part of Deathsploration Month:

Discover cool art, organizations, local businesses, and how the death and dying community is living in Western Washington. Local organizations, artists, businesses post up at Camp Long for the day, creating space for you to discover, engage, learn and play. This event will feature prizes, freebies, and amazing humans.

Dance party and bonfire follow! (5200 35th SW)

BALLARD SEDENTARY SOUSA BAND: Birthday bash – with cake! – at Kenyon Hall, 3 pm. Ticket info here. (7904 35th SW)

KENYA FUNDRAISER: Enjoy Kenyan food and support education, 5-7 pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. (3050 California SW)

INTERNATIONAL FOLK: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, Joe Jencks and Wes Weddell in concert. Ticket info here. (7904 35th SW)

‘NIGHTFALL ORPHANAGE’ FINALE: Last night for the 7:30-10:30 pm “garage haunt” show in an Alki yard.

Full details in our calendar listing. (2130 Alki SW)

GRETA MATASSA: The acclaimed Seattle jazz singer performs at the Pacific Room (WSB sponsor) on Alki, 8 pm. Tickets here. (2808 Alki SW)

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, Last Chance Family Band, The Berries, and Golden Ruins. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

SEE OUR FULL CALENDAR … by going here.

P.S. Remember to “fall back” tonight (2 am Sunday) … if you have any clocks/devices left that don’t automatically adjust!

FOOTBALL: Chief Sealth’s high-scoring victory

Chief Sealth International High School senior Bishop Jackson (#11, above) scored five of the touchdowns that carried the Seahawks to their highest point total of the season in a 55-34 win at Nathan Hale. Two of his TD’s followed Hale’s only first-half scoring, one that briefly gave the Raiders a 6-0 lead. Sealth had the lead at the half, 14-6, and started expanding on that in the second half with #22 Jesse Brown‘s TD following a faked punt.

#4 Quinn Killham was next with a Sealth TD:

Later, punctuating Jackson TD’s, #79 Randy Johnson added one:

Hale tried a comeback in the 4th quarter but never got close.

Head coach Ted Rodriguez‘s team is now 5-4. They play at Newport (in Bellevue) next Thursday, 7 pm.

CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Charge filed in The Huxley incident

November 1, 2019 11:21 pm
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(WSB photo from last Sunday)

Last Sunday, we had a brief report on a big police response at The Huxley apartments (Fauntleroy/Edmunds), explained at the time as a “possible burglary.” The full report wasn’t available when we followed up with police the next day. But today, the King County Prosecuting Attorney‘s Office filed a drug charge against the man arrested on Sunday, so those documents provide details on what happened:

The police report says the initial call was that two men and one woman were in an elevator with bicycle frames stolen from a storage area. Officers spotted the three trying to leave the building. One of them, 49-year-old Mark J. Fleck, fled back into the building; officers pursued him. (The document doesn’t say what happened to the other two.) Fleck was armed with what the report describes as a fixed-blade knife in a sheath hanging from his hip. He also had 3 grams of meth in a baggie in his pocket. And he had an arrest warrant for a probation violation. The charging papers say he has “a significant history of drug offenses.” He remains in jail, held without bail because of the warrant.

Free Waterfront Shuttle extended through year’s end

If you use the Free Waterfront Shuttle downtown – maybe to get to/from the Water Taxi – it was scheduled to end as of today, but has been extended through year’s end. The shuttle had been run with Viaduct-related funding, and that ran out. At the last minute, its operator MTRWestern decided to keep it going for the rest of the year, so it will “resume operations on a reduced winter schedule,” according to today’s announcement. The shuttle is managed by Commute Seattle and the Downtown Seattle Association. In the current City Council budget-vetting process, Councilmember Abel Pacheco has proposed funding it – or something similar – next year by reallocating $1 million.

WEST SEATTLE SUNSET: Almost time-change time

Thanks to Jamie Kinney for sending the photo of tonight’s sunset! By the end of this weekend, the sun will be setting before 5 pm, since we “fall back” an hour at 2 am Sunday. (You can always check the sunset/sunrise/moonset/moonrise times on the WSB West Seattle Weather page.)

SOFTBALL: Chief Sealth IHS’s state-tournament debut ends on 1st day

November 1, 2019 7:33 pm
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Tough day for the Metro League-champion Chief Sealth International High School slowpitch team in their first trip to the state tournament. They lost their opening game to Washougal, 13-8, and the subsequent consolation-bracket game to Prairie, 18-9. Head coach Alex Alicea‘s team made it to state with the distinction of having been the first Seahawks in 8 years to play for a league championship.

Memorial planned November 8 for Charlotte J. Dominico, 1938-2019

Family and friends will gather November 8th to remember Charlotte J. Dominico. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing with the community:

Charlotte Joan Dominico, born September 19th, 1938, passed away October 19th, 2019 in Seattle. Born in Minnesota and raised in West Seattle. Parents Garrett and Marion Ehlers.

Charlotte married her high-school sweetheart Larry Dominico after they both graduated from West Seattle High School in 1956. They were married for over 40 years before Larry passed away in 1998. Charlotte is survived by her children Larry Dominico, Dina Bittermann (Jim) and Mary Jo Werlech (Mike). Grandchildren Nic,(Karissa) Joseph Bittermann. Larry, Sam Dominico. Danny, Joey, and Michael Werlech. Great granddaughter Kinsley. She has two older brothers, Roland and Darrel Ehlers.

Charlotte fought hard but ultimately lost her battle with lung cancer.

Charlotte worked in the legal field for over 40 years, but what made her the happiest was spending time with her friends and family. She loved being with all her grand boys, cheering them on sporting events and attending anything that had to do with being around and spending time with them. She was so proud of all of her ‘kids.’ She loved to cook for her family and was a spectacular baker. Grandkids always knew where to find the cookies and desserts.

Charlotte will be remembered as a loving Mom, special grandmother, and friend. Her happiness and love will forever live in our hearts.

Donations can be made in her name to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Funeral at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Friday, November 8th at 2 pm. 7000 35th Avenue SW.

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

UPDATE: Brief water-rescue response off Beach Drive

4:43 PM: Big SFD response is heading to the 3800 block of Beach Drive for a possible paddleboarder in distress.

4:49 PM: Via radio communication, responders report the paddleboarder is OK.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen tan Nissan pickup (found); Junction shop’s decorations taken

Two more reader reports since this morning:

STOLEN PICKUP TRUCK: The photo and report are from Justin:

My truck was stolen last night around 3 am from right outside my home in Delridge (12th Ave x Thistle). It’s a tan ’97 Nissan pickup truck with Maryland license plates (license #: 7DD0397). There’s a cap on the bed of the truck, so it should look just like the picture. If you see this truck please let me know!! I really need it for work. If you come across it please call me @ (443) 865-2022! Filed a police report (#2019-406982) this morning that you can reference as well. Thank you!!!

(MONDAY UPDATE: Justin reports in comments that his truck has been found.)

SHOP DECORATIONS STOLEN: Alonzo at Our Secret Garden (4723 42nd SW, on the breezeway) says these decorations were stolen around 6 am:

The theft was recorded on video:

We will add the police-report number when we get it.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: West Seattle High School celebration

Thanks to West Seattle High School Spanish teacher Joy Patman for the photos from the Dia de los Muertos celebration that’s been under way all week. She says the altar was “constructed by all five of my classes with ofrendas for their beloved pets, friends, siblings, and family members who have passed away.” That was built Monday through Thursday; also each morning before school, they’ve been “face-painting students and faculty willing to walk around during their normal school day disguised as calaveras, or skeletons, for Day of the Dead.”

This is the second year for the face-painting tradition. Dia de los Muertos is actually more than one day, and continues into tomorrow.

Delridge Grocery groundbreaking Saturday: More than a ceremony

(Photo courtesy Parie Hines)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Saturday’s “groundbreaking” for the Delridge Grocery Co-op‘s long-awaited store isn’t intended as simply a spectator event.

It’s also meant to be an invitation and a welcome for you to come into the organization and help shape the store.

The space on the ground floor of Cottage Grove Commons (5444 Delridge Way SW) has awaited the store since the supportive-housing building’s completion six years ago. But that building likely wouldn’t have a commercial space at all, if not for community clamor before CGC was built. At a meeting in June 2011 (WSB coverage here), someone suggested the building should have a ground-floor commercial space, perhaps for what was then the Delridge Produce Cooperative.

The suggestion took root.

The co-op itself had sprouted two years before that. In early 2009, we published a brief mention that founder Galena White was looking for people to help fulfill a longtime wish – making inexpensive fresh organic produce available in Delridge, long a “food desert.”

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6 for your West Seattle Friday!

(Steller’s Jay, photographed by Susan Romanenghi)

Welcome to November! Highlights of what’s ahead:

UNDERSTANDING MEDICARE: 11 am at Southwest Library. (9010 35th SW)

CORNER BAR: 6 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, the monthly pop-up bar. Counting down to HPIC’s centennial celebration in two weeks: “This month we celebrate the ’10s – a summary of our recent past. Thanks to Dina Johnson, Kay Kirkpatrick, Michele Witzki and other special contributors – that have put so much effort into documenting our history in such a way.” Music by Welcome Strangers and DJ Dr. Lehl. (1116 SW Holden)

SKELETON THEATRE: Animatronic Skeleton Theatre is back with “a remounting of “Ulna 13,” about skeletons in space. The show is about 20 minutes and will loop 6-9 pm. Free. (36th/Hanford)

‘NIGHTFALL ORPHANAGE’, second-to-last night for the 7:30-10:30 pm “garage haunt” show in an Alki yard. Full details in our calendar listing. (2130 Alki SW)

KARA HESSE: Live at the Pacific Room (WSB sponsor) on Alki, 8 pm. Tickets here. (2808 Alki SW)

DEAL: Music at Parliament Tavern, 8:30 pm. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

PREVIEW THE WEEKEND … via our complete calendar.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen e-bike; dumped mail

Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes:

NORTH ADMIRAL E-BIKE THEFT: The video and report are from Mandy in the 4100 block of SW Hill:

Our W bike was stolen from our side yard (Thursday). Locked to our deck. Broad daylight. 8 am … walked it out our front gate. We’ve filed a police report and have video on our neighbor’s camera.

The bike looks like this one.

DUMPED MAIL: A texter reports finding “a ton of other people’s mail near my mailbox” this morning, on 20th SW near SW Trenton. The mail was “from houses between Thistle and Cloverdale”; the texter dropped it off at a Post Office this morning.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch, as November begins

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

6:59 AM: Good morning and welcome to November!

WATER TAXI: Reminder – the smaller Spirit of Kingston is on the West Seattle run.

TIME CHANGE: Tomorrow night (2 am Sunday), we “fall back” an hour.

7:38 AM: Someone is reported to be walking southbound in the northbound lanes of the 99 tunnel; police are en route to check this out.