month : 02/2020 224 results

REMINDER: First weekday commute for new downtown bus pathway Monday

One more reminder that most West Seattle buses are now on the new downtown pathway – Monday’s the first weekday since the switch. Here’s the map and route list one more time:

Columbia Street, once best known for an onramp to the southbound Alaskan Way Viaduct, is now carrying buses to and from surface Alaskan Way, connecting to Third Avenue. This SDOT post shows its configuration. Let us know in WSB traffic-coverage discussion tomorrow how it goes!

CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Former basketball coach pleads guilty

Three weeks ago, we noted a plea hearing was scheduled for Michael Gutierrez, the former West Seattle High School JV-girls basketball coach charged with inappropriate sexual communication with a player. It didn’t happen on the date shown in online court files then, but documents now show it did finally happen. Gutierrez pleaded guilty to one count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. That’s what he was charged with last June, about four months after he was fired from the part-time coaching job following a district investigation. Charging documents said he “engaged a student-athlete he coached in (in)appropriate sexual communication in electronic communication and in person. The defendant kissed the girl and also grabbed, or spanked her bottom on a number of occasions.” Gutierrez, 29, has no criminal record and is scheduled to be sentenced by King County Superior Court Johanna Bender on March 13th. According to the case files, prosecutors are recommending a one-year jail sentence that will be suspended if he successfully completes two years of probation. The conviction will require him to register as a sex offender.

BE NEIGHBORLY: Department of Neighborhoods @ Wednesday’s HPAC meeting, plus elections and more

If you live and/or work, study, shop/dine in Highland Park, South Delridge, and/or Riverview, HPAC‘s for you. Here’s what this month’s gathering has on tap, Wednesday (February 26th) at 7 pm. 3 agenda highlights:

Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods
Osbaldo Sahagun Hernandez, Community Engagement Coordinator, South and West Seattle
Meet the Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods Community Engagement Coordinator for South and West Seattle: Whether you want to connect with your neighborhood, learn more about City Services, or share an idea that will benefit your community, the team of Community Engagement Coordinators is here to help. Come learn about New Seattle Department of Neighborhoods programs coming in 2020.

Elections! Come elect the 2020 HPAC Executive Committee
Executive Committee consists of three to seven members elected at the annual meeting with at least one representative from each neighborhood (Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge). We are electing a Chair, Vice Chairs, Secretary, and At-Large members. Nominations are still open!

Discussion: Your Voice Your Choice
What should we apply for?
Community members brainstorm and submit potential project ideas to be funded throughout the city. Project ideas will be collected February 18 – March 18, 2020.

HPAC meets at Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden).

ROAD WORK ALERT: What’s ahead on the bumpiest section of 26th SW

Thanks to Richard for the tip. He and other nearby residents got an SDOT alert that you should know about too if you travel that section of 26th SW between Barton and Roxbury, just south of Westwood Village. He says that according to the notice, SDOT “will remove and repave severely damaged concrete panels … between SW Cambridge Street and SW Roxbury Street” Monday and Tuesday. Traffic will be down to one lane, with flaggers alternating between SB and NB traffic, and sidewalks remaining open. This comes two and a half months after the latest round of “investigation” on bus-beset pavement along that stretch.

FUNNY FUNDRAISER: West Seattle comedy show to benefit Room Circus

Just announced… a chance to enjoy a big comedy show without leaving the peninsula, while helping a good cause:

Room Circus Medical Clowning Presents:

4th Annual Stand Up for Healing Laughter

Saturday March 28 2020 8:00 – 9:30 pm

Doors Open 7:15 pm

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW

Tickets On Sale Now

$25 – General Admission Tickets

A FUN filled evening of stand up and physical comedy benefitting Room Circus Medical Clowning at Seattle Children’s Hospital.


Emcee/Stand Up Comedian:Steffon Moody

Stand Up Comedian: Emmett Montgomery

Comedy Improv: Jet City Improv

Musical Comedy: Kerfuffle – Linda Severt & Sarah Liane Foster

Pit Orchestra: Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra

Beer and wine will be available for purchase

Do not miss the opportunity to see so many excellent performers under one roof for one night only!

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: More wind on the way; tree trouble

10:30 AM: No notable damage or outages reported here from the wind that moved through this morning, but in case you have some cleanup to do, here’s a warning that more wind is expected as the day goes on. No official alert, but “south wind … 15 to 25 mph … becoming southwest with gusts to 35 mph in the afternoon. TONIGHT… Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph.” Possible afternoon/evening thunderstorms too.

11:55 AM: Thanks to Ann Marie for the photo above – she says downed trees are blocking that stairway at Lincoln Park.

7 options for your West Seattle Sunday!

Thanks to David Hutchinson for the photo of Friday’s lenticular cloud formation near Mount Rainier (and the link to weather analyst Cliff Mass‘s explanation)! On to the Sunday highlights:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Fresh food and fun browsing, 10 am-2 pm in the street in the heart of The Junction. (California between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)

KINDIEPENDENT CONCERT: 10:30 am at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, Eli Rosenblatt performs – ticket info here. (9131 California SW)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Another reason to visit Alki besides the beach – see the home of West Seattle’s history! Open noon-4 pm today. (61st SW/SW Stevens)

WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE CLASS: 1-3 pm at West Seattle Row House (follow that link to see if there’s room), taught by Al Semple. Trade show too. (42nd SW & SW Oregon)

THE MANGO JOE TRIO: 3-5 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), “original music with African, Latin, and Americana influences.” No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)

TALK WITH YOUR STATE SENATOR: 3 pm at the Burien location of Elliott Bay Brewing, talk with and hear from your 34th District State Sen. Joe Nguyen. (255 SW 152nd)

JAZZ AT THE ALLEY: Triangular Jazztet at The Alley, 8 pm. 21+. (4509 California SW)

PREVIEW THE WEEK AHEAD … via our full calendar.

UPDATE: House fire in 8600 block 17th SW

(Photo texted by neighbor)

12:55 AM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” headed to a house in the 8600 block of 17th SW. According to dispatch, a resident is reporting a fire in the living room. Updates to come.

12:59 AM: Arriving crews have confirmed to dispatch that it’s a small fire in the living room, near the front door, and say the occupant got out safely.

1:04 AM: The fire is under control and some of the responding units are being dismissed.

1:14 AM: Fire now declared “tapped.” Investigator’s been requested, to figure out how it started.

CONGRATULATIONS! Jahvius Leui of Chief Sealth IHS wins state wrestling championship

Big news, sent (along with the photo) by Nicole Sipila of the Chief Sealth International High School PTSA: “Congratulations to Jahvius Leui – he just won the 3A State Championship in Wrestling at 285!!! JJ becomes the first State Champion in wrestling in Chief Sealth history!!” We checked the results from the tournament, held at the Tacoma Dome, and noted that Jahvius is the only Seattle Public Schools athlete to win a championship at the tournament.

TERMINAL 5: New progress photos from the port

Wondering how things are going with the Terminal 5 modernization project? Here’s a look:

The port provided that slide deck (also viewable here in PDF), after it was shown Friday to the Harbor Island Stakeholder Group. Major work has been under way for more than half a year, with one notable trouble spot noted so far, a problem with timber piles that put pile-driving on hold and now has extended it through next week, about two weeks past the originally planned stopdown for fish protection.

P.S. Got Terminal 5 questions? The Port will have reps at next Thursday’s West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting (Feb. 27th, 6:30 pm, Neighborhood House High Point, 6400 Sylvan Way SW).

PHOTOS: Splashy support for Special Olympics @ 2020 Polar Plunge on Alki

(First 10 photos by Meghan Jones for WSB)

Those are the Walmart R60 Plungers, just one of many groups that turned out and ran into the water at Alki Beach today during the Seattle Polar Plunge, raising money for Special Olympics of Washington, which supports athletes with intellectual disabilities. Photojournalist Meghan Jones was there for WSB. This was the second year the Seattle event – one of several around the state – was held at Alki after a few years away. A hallmark of the event, costumes:

They weren’t in costumes or uniforms, but members of the pro rugby team Seattle Seawolves took the plunge, too:

The water today was in the mid-40s, about the same as the air. Plunges went into the water in groups based on how much they’d raised – those with the most went first.

Augmenting the splashing – an SFD fireboat:

Public-safety workers are among the most fervent supporters of Special Olympics, so many agencies were represented. Below, members of the King County Sheriff’s Department Fire Unit and the Monroe Police Department congratulated each other on braving the brisk water:

Law enforcers weren’t just participants – they were there as protectors too. These SPD divers were standing by and also helped out by finding a pair of lost keys and a wedding ring that slipped away during the plunge.

Two officers from the Seattle Police Mounted Patrol – which is based in Highland Park – were on shore, too:

As noted in our previews, the Polar Plunge was accompanied by a beer and food-truck festival:

Missed it all? You can support Special Olympics by donating online.

LIGHT RAIL: Your next chance to catch up = Thursday @ Junction Neighborhood Organization

Though the next major milestone in planning West Seattle light rail isn’t until next year, there’s still lots going on, and your next chance to catch up with where things stand is just days away. The Junction Neighborhood Organization is having its winter gathering on Thursday (February 27th), and that’s the major agenda item. 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon), bring questions and feedback for Sound Transit and the city reps who are helping ensure neighborhoods stay in the loop.

DEVELOPMENT: Another teardown-to-townhouses plan on Delridge

(King County Assessor’s Office photo)

That 1951-built house at 7726 Delridge Way SW [map] is the latest with an early-stage teardown-to-townhouses plan. City online files show a site plan just filed this week for demolishing the house and replacing it with six townhouse units in two buildings – one with four units facing Delridge, one with two units on the alley behind. The number of planned parking spaces is not yet specified. The 9,500-square-foot site is zoned Lowrise 1 and is across Delridge from the sprawling Lighthouse Apartments complex.

West Seattle weekend scene: Roxhill’s ready for its closeup

When you stop to think about it, the historic E.C. Hughes school at 7734 34th SW – now the home of Roxhill Elementary – really does look like a classic school building you might find in many locales. Today, it’s starring as a backdrop for a student film production. We went over to inquire after a texter first thought the people outside the school were protesting, and then told us it looked lke a “movie shoot.” The students are from the Seattle Film Institute.

Got a story to tell about The Mount’s famous Intergenerational Learning Center? 6 days left to enter essay contest

(File photo)

The Mount is looking for stories about its renowned preschool program, with an essay contest that runs through the end of this week. Here’s the invitation:

Providence Mount St. Vincent is offering cash awards to winners of a new essay contest open to parents and graduates of its internationally recognized Intergenerational Learning Center (ILC).

Thirty years ago, Providence Mount St. Vincent, fondly known as The Mount, created a ground-breaking program that brings together the very young and the very old in one place, through its intergenerational program model at the on-site Intergenerational Learning Center. The program has been recognized around the world and imitated for its innovative approach to child care and intergenerational bonding. A documentary film and word of The Mount’s intergenerational program has resulted in national and international media coverage and study visits from around the world.

This year The Mount is celebrating this program with the Turner Intergenerational Essay Awards. Named for Dyke R. Turner, the visionary architect who was key in inspiring and designing the program and spaces in 1991, the essay contest invites parents and graduates of the ILC to write about how their time at the center has impacted their lives.

The Mount is offering $1,000 first place awards and $250 second and third place awards in four age categories. Essays are due by Feb. 28, 2020.

Writers should submit an essay of no more than 500 words about how their experience at the ILC shows up in their life, or their child’s life today. Complete the entry form, found online at, and mail or email the completed form and essay to: or Ann Martin, Providence Mount St. Vincent, 4831 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA. 98126.

Parents of students too young to write could work with their child to create an essay together as a fun at-home project.

The team at the Mount is looking forward to reading all the stories, especially those that demonstrate a greater compassion for elders, diverse populations and showcase their experiences within such a wonderful community setting.

“We hear anecdotal stories all the time about how students who have attended the ILC demonstrate a certain comfort with elders or those with limited abilities and also students who later seek a career in healthcare or service following their early years of learning at The Mount,” said Molly Swain, The Mount’s Foundation and Public Relations Director. “What lessons from this experience do they carry through life? We’re looking forward to reading stories about specific memories from the ILC or times when their intergenerational learning experience called them to respond in a more accepting or compassionate way, particularly with an elder.”

First place winning essays will be featured at The Mount’s President’s dinner on March 19, 2020, at The Sanctuary at Admiral in West Seattle. All essays will be archived as part of the ILC program’s history and will be used to document the benefits of the ILC program on its graduates and the community.

10 notes for your West Seattle Saturday!

(Photo by Susan Romanenghi)

Welcome to the weekend!

NEW ROUTE FOR BUSES: Reminder that today is the start date for the Columbia Street Transit Pathway downtown – see the map in the original announcement; see the service advisory here.

POLAR PLUNGE, PLUS BEER AND FOOD TRUCKS: 8 am-4:30 pm, it’s a fundraising extravaganza for Special Olympics of Washington – 11 am-4:30 pm beer and food-truck festival, 1 pm plunge into Puget Sound. Here’s the schedule:

8:00 am: Registration open
9:00 am: Vendor booths open
10:00 am: DJs on main stage
11:00 am: Beer festival and food trucks open
12:10 pm: Awards and Costume Contest begin
1:00 pm: PLUNGE!
4:00 pm: Last call for beer
4:30 pm: Beer and food festival closes

Registration info here, along with brewery and food-truck lists! It’s all happening by the Alki Bathhouse. (2701 Alki SW)

RAINWISE FEST: 10 am-noon at Highland Park Improvement Club:

Come to this hands-on event to learn about rain gardens and stormwater management, meet neighbors who love their cisterns and rain gardens, and talk with contractors who are ready for new clients. See how cisterns, rain gardens and permeable paving at HPIC manages rainwater runoff from their property. Learn the basics for rain garden and cistern care at a hands-on maintenance workshop. Open to the public. Refreshments available.

(1116 SW Holden)

FREE TAX HELP: 10 am-4:30 pm at Southwest Library, (updated) – appointment required and we’re told they’re all booked up today but for future reference, here’s how it works! (9010 35th SW)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Head to Alki to visit the home of West Seattle’s history! Open noon-4 pm today. (61st SW/SW Stevens)

TIN DOG BREWING ANNIVERSARY: 2-8 pm party celebrating its 6th anniversary and a new identity, explained here. (309 S. Cloverdale)

‘GAME NIGHT’: At Paper Boat Booksellers, 4-7 pm, it’s “Game Night with The Missing Piece” – the owners of the upcoming game venue will be there for a playful preview. All welcome. (6040 California SW)

(Friday sunset, photographed by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

AT C & P COFFEE: Live music! Guitarist/composer Damon Buxton, 7-9 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)

AT THE PACIFIC ROOM: Xavier Lecouturier live, 7-10 pm. Cover and show info here. (2808 Alki SW)

AT THE SKYLARK: Live music! Skularoid Presents: Primary Pulse with Oceans Fade & Fragile Weapons. 8 pm. $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

Got something for our calendar? Send info to – thank you!

BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School boys’ season ends with district-tournament loss

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

An exciting season for the West Seattle High School boys’ basketball team ended tonight with a district-tournament loss to Bellevue HS at Bellevue College, 54-34. The low point total was the result of cold shooting as much as anything; though they played largely tight defense, Bellevue kept managing to find a hole in it, often with someone then sinking a 3-pointer from a corner unchallenged. The cheering section that had traveled across the lake didn’t have much to cheer after the first quarter.

The Wildcats led the Wolverines 11-9 going into the second quarter. First to score in the game was freshman #24 Chase Clifton, who led all WSHS scoring with 12 points.

Next was senior #13 Vlad Salaridze … and those were the only two Wildcats in double digits. Third in WSHS scoring was sophomore #1 Isaiah Watts, with four points.

One other complication – the refs were not shy about calling fouls, and Bellevue wound up with many foul shots. One West Seattle player, senior #15 Xavier Giomi, eveb fouled out, with three minutes left in the third quarter. Overall, it just wasn’t West Seattle’s night – with a 23-14 deficit at the half, and 39-27 after the third.

(Seniors #3 Sage Nelson and #2 Abdi Jama)

The Wildcats never gave up, but by the fourth quarter, Bellevue could afford to just keep running down the shot clock, and time finally ran out. The team finished with a 13-12 record in head coach Dan Kriiey‘s first season:

That included a 6-game win streak in December.

CRIME WATCH: White Center shooting; West Seattle burglary attempt

Two Crime Watch notes tonight:

WHITE CENTER SHOOTING: Thanks for the tips on this. One person was found in White Center tonight with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, after deputies responded to a report of shots heard near 16th/Roxbury. The story’s on our partner site White Center Now.

BURGLARY ATTEMPT: We asked SPD about this early-morning incident near 34th/Morgan. Their summary:

Officers responded to the 6300 block of 34th SW for a reported burglary in progress at about 2:15 am this morning. According to the victim, an unknown person attempted to enter the house via the dog door. The homeowner was able to scare off the suspect before they got inside. According to the victim, the suspect, possibly two, fled the area before the officers arrived. Officers conducted a thorough search of the area, but did not locate the suspect(s).

Bricks, stones, and noise @ Alki Community Council

From last night’s Alki Community Council meeting:

FADED BRICKS AT ALKI STATUE OF LIBERTY PLAZA: The inscribed bricks at the plaza are harder than ever to read. Libby Carr, who led the original community campaign to create the plaza more than a decade ago, was at the ACC to discuss the situation. She said many things have been tried and proposed in recent years, since it’s a long-running problem; the bricks were treated in 2018, but that hasn’t stopped the deterioration. Potential coatings will be tried once the weather warms up. However, there’s also a possibility the bricks will have to be replaced. Carr said she had spoken with an Olympia engraver who told her about newer materials and engraving techniques that could last longer.

STONE HOUSE UPDATE: Members of the committee working to save and move the “stone house” from the future development site at 1123 Harbor SW provided an update.

Mike Shaughnessy said that they’re looking toward moving the house in June or July; that will cost about $60,000. It would be moved to a temporary spot on the industrial land east of Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) and would likely be held there about two years while work on restoration and permanent placement continues, including fundraising. They’ve continued talking with Parks; Shaughnessy says that’s been positive so far. While – as discussed at last month’s Parks Board meeting – a Parks site might be possible for the stone house’s permanent home, the committee is searching for other options too. In Q&A they were asked if the house is holding up well enough to withstand a move. Answer: Yes. The biggest question is its permanent placement, and finding a site that, for example, won’t be underwater in 50 years. The committee, by the way, meets weekly.

POLICE UPDATE: Lt. Steve Strand from the Southwest Precinct was there; he said the formal Alki emphasis-patrol plan will go into effect when the weather warms up. He said they’ve already been dealing with some seasonal problems – noise from vehicle enthusiasts, for example. He urged residents to keep reporting problems when seen/heard. He also noted that officers from here are among those citywide taking turns supplementing patrols downtown, though it’s being done in a way that’s not having much effect on day-to-day resources.

The Alki Community Council meets third Thursdays most months, 7 pm at Alki UCC.

AT ALKI: Super Plunge today, Polar Plunge tomorrow

More than a dozen Special Olympics of Washington supporters just spent a long soggy day going into the water at Alki twice an hour.

This was the Super Plunge, a preview of sorts for tomorrow’s Polar Plunge. Everybody participating – mostly law enforcers – raised at least $1,500 in order to qualify as a Super Plunger. There’s still time for you to be a Polar Plunger if you show up in time for the plunge at 1 pm Saturday.

Just look for the “igloo” by Alki Bathhouse!

Don’t want to swim but do want to support Special Olympics? On Saturday, in connection with the Polar Plunge, there’s also a beer and food-truck festival, 11 am-4:30 pm, as previewed here.

FOLLOWUP: Curious about Seattle Police staffing, recruiting? Here’s a preview of upcoming briefing

When District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold spoke to the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce a week ago (WSB coverage here), she noted that the committee she chairs was scheduled for a February 25th briefing on Seattle Police staffing and recruiting. With that now four days away, the agenda has arrived, and it includes two documents you can preview. Above is the slide deck outlining what SPD is doing to recruit more officers and to diversify the force; below, the council staff memo with information including current SPD staffing levels

The memo also includes current levels of patrol staffing in SPD’s five precincts. Southwest – which covers West Seattle and South Park – remains the smallest patrol staff, at 89, compared to 116 for East, 127 for South, 153 for West, and 171 for North. The briefing/discussion will be part of the Public Safety and Human Services Committee meeting at 9:30 am Tuesday.

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: USS Nimitz, heading home

Thanks for the texted photo/tip! That’s the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), in view off West Seattle right now as it heads back to Bremerton after almost six weeks at sea.

BIZNOTE: Junction salon owner moving, downsizing

After more than 20 years in The Junction, The Forsythe Studio is closing.

Sort of.

Proprietor Jessica Forsythe explains that while she’s closing the salon at 4456 California SW at month’s end, she’s not going out of business – she’s moving and “downsizing.” She and a partner will open Modern Roots in The Admiral District (the former Via space at 4217 SW College) on March 3rd.

Her Forsythe Studio stylists are moving on to new gigs, too, she says, and if you need to find someone, just call Jessica and she’ll point you to the right place(s). She says she’s keeping the Forsythe Studio’s longtime phone number, 206-935-1865.