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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Thieves take U-Haul truck and hitched car

The photo and report are just in from Reese: “We had our U-Haul, with our car attached, stolen this morning. Possibly around 3 am. It was parked at Willow St. and 35th Ave SW. Black Kia Forte, California License Plate 7TUN117; 15-foot U-Haul, Arizona License Plate AH01818.” If you see either, call 911.

BIZNOTE: Camp Crockett expands, adding a West Seattle location for small dogs and puppies

Big news for Camp Crockett (WSB sponsor), the “dog day camp” with West Seattle and Burien locations. They’re expanding to add another West Seattle location. Here’s the announcement made tonight by proprietors Joe and Vanessa Crevling:

We are very happy to announce that we will be opening Camp Crockett Little Campers; a Puppies and Littles branch, added to our West Seattle location.

Located at 6531 35th Ave SW, this new expansion will be for Little Campers (under 35 pounds) and Puppy Campers (12 weeks – 6 months or 50 pounds). We will offer a beautiful 4200-square-foot outdoor area attached to a warm and cozy 1200-square-foot indoor area. This space will be a great first stepping stone to your puppy’s socialization, or for a Little Camper that won’t be overwhelmed by the “size” of the pack.

We are looking to open our doors in the first half of March, so stay tuned for more updates!!!! Thank you for all of your continued support as we strive to make the best OUTDOOR space for your CAMPER through ALL stages of life.

They also tell WSB this will be the largest playspace of its kind in Seattle. Camp Crockett’s other 2 locations will stay open; its original West Seattle location is at 5611 Delridge Way SW, just a mile and a half from the new site, which is just south of 35th/Morgan.

UPDATE: California/Lander crash

7:20 PM: If you’re headed out, avoid the California/Lander intersection for a while. It’s at least partly blocked by the response to a crash. At least one person is hurt – a medic unit’s been called in to take someone to the hospital. We’re on our way to find out more.

7:46 PM: Added a photo. Police say the driver of the silver car hit the white truck, which was parked. The truck’s owner told us he was across the street when he heard it happen. The silver car’s driver is being taken to the hospital and police say they’re investigating him for possible DUI. NB California is blocked from the WSHS entrance north to Lander until this scene is cleared.

8:21 PM: Per scanner, the road has reopened.

SEEN IN WEST SEATTLE: Metro battery-electric test bus

While walking in The Junction at midday today, we spotted that bus, unmarked except for a small Metro logo. We asked Metro about it, and spokesperson Torie Rynning explained:

The coach you spotted is one of Metro’s leased 40-foot-long battery-electric buses by BYD, currently in revenue service as we test and evaluate its performance. We currently have leased test buses in revenue service from New Flyer, Proterra, and BYD. Leasing buses from different manufacturers allows us to quickly collect data, learn how they perform in all four seasons, and develop new systems and procedures for how we operate. We’re learning as much as we can as quickly as we can, and applying that to our decision-making process for our future bus fleet purchases.

Just last week, Metro announced a plan to buy more battery-electric buses, from New Flyer.

Looking for a place to perform? North Delridge’s Dragonfly Pavilion on a new list

(WSB photo)

That’s the Dragonfly Pavilion in North Delridge, and it’s one of nine spots around the city on a new Seattle Parks list of locations where an incentive is offered for performance-based art – here’s the announcement:

Beginning this year, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is offering to waive fees for community members or groups to host performance-based art in select Seattle parks. Performances can consist of an array of styles, including theatrical, comedic, spoken word, toast masters, acoustical concert, and more.

This opportunity is open to new permittees that host their event in one of nine Seattle parks near or around the park’s amphitheater. Parks include: 6th Ave. NW Pocket Park, A.B. Ernst Park, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Civil Rights Memorial Park, Dr. Jose Rizal Park, Dragonfly Pavilion in Longfellow Creek Greenspace, Greenwood Park, Jimi Hendrix Park, Magnuson Park, and Othello Park.

Applications are based on a first come, first served basis on a rolling calendar. To qualify, applicants must be willing to meet the requirements for the fees to be waived. Requirements include the following: events must be open to the public, no amplified sound and no money collection is allowed, and selected applicants must provide event insurance, and commit to do outreach to the neighborhood where the event will take place.

Interested in applying? You can apply by visiting and downloading a Park Use Application. Application forms must be turned in to Seattle Parks and Recreation staff at the Event Scheduling Office or e-mailed to Approval can take 5-10 business days.

Outreach can include publication of an announcement – so if you decide to have a show there, let us know too!

FERRY ALERT: Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth down a boat

February 3, 2020 2:49 pm
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 |   Fauntleroy | Transportation | West Seattle news

2:49 PM: Washington State Ferries says the Triangle Route is down to two boats because: “Vessel #3 Issaquah is out of service for the remainder of the service day due to an issue with the propulsion system.” However, that does NOT in this case trigger the two-boat schedule. Instead, WSF says: “The Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route will continue to operate on a 3-boat schedule with 2 vessels (#1 Cathlamet and #2 Kittitas).” So that means these schedules – Fauntleroy/Vashon, Fauntleroy/Southworth, Vashon/Southworth – minus the runs that are labeled “3.”

3:37 PM: An update from WSF: “The 3:55 p.m. sailing from Southworth will make an unscheduled stop at Vashon to pick up students due to the service disruption.”

7:20 PM: The Issaquah is expected to be out of service TFN so WSF says it’ll start the official two-boat schedule on the Triangle Route tomorrow (Tuesday).

DEVELOPMENT: Approvals for two California SW projects south of The Junction

Two land-use approvals from the city:

5616 CALIFORNIA SW: The administrative (staff, not board) design review for the project on this site south of C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) is complete, opening an appeal period. The decision is here; how to appeal (deadline February 18th), here. 8 townhouses are planned, in 3 buildings, with 5 offstreet-parking spaces. The design decision says the exceptional tree on the site is staying.

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5242 CALIFORNIA SW: This approval refers only to the 9-townhouse plan for the north section of the site that holds this long-vacated strip mall, but is a finalization of the Design Review Board approval that also included 9 townhouses on the south site. The deadline for appealing this decision (this notice explains how) is February 13th.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Backyard surprise (is it yours?); car prowler on camera

Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes as the week gets going:

BACKYARD SURPRISE: From the “likely stolen/dumped” file, reported by Terry:

Found Sunday, in our Admiral District backyard (!): a gray, plastic, Plano-brand storage container. If it’s yours, call 206-932-8051, identify the contents, and it’s yours again.

CAR PROWL: Clayton reports, “In case anyone else had a car broken into (like we did) in the vicinity of 38th and Hinds. We caught the thief on our Nest Cam, though the video isn’t good enough to see his face. It looks like he was just walking up the street checking doors, and somehow got into our other vehicle, which was parked further up on the street.”

8 for your West Seattle Monday!

February 3, 2020 10:30 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Barrow’s Goldeneye, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Here’s what’s up for the hours ahead:

FREE DROP-IN TAX HELP: Now that it’s February, April doesn’t seem so far off. Need free tax assistance? You can visit the Delridge Library, 2-7 pm today, as explained here. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

SCHOOL CHAT: For West Seattle families who are – or are thinking of – sending kids to Vashon Island public schools, their superintendent is at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) 6-7 pm to talk with you. (5612 California SW)

PRESCHOOL ART STUDIO: Drop-in art class for little ones at High Point Library, 6:30-7:30 pm. Free. (3411 SW Raymond)

ZEN MEDITATION: 7 pm at Fauntleroy UCC, hosted by Puget Sound Zen. All welcome, whether or not you’ve meditated before – details in our calendar listing.

4 TRIVIA/QUIZ NIGHTS: You now have four Monday night options:
*Best of Hands Barrelhouse (7500 35th SW; WSB sponsor), 7 pm, $2/person, 21+
*The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 7:30 pm, free, all ages
*Parliament Tavern (4210 SW Admiral Way), 8 pm, $2/person, 21+
*Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), sports trivia with Phil Tavel, 8:30 pm, free, 21+

WHAT ELSE IS UP TODAY/TONIGHT AND BEYOND: Find out by browsing the full Event Calendar!


February 3, 2020 6:59 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

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

6:59 AM: Good morning. No incidents in, or alerts for, our area so far.