West Seattle, Washington
A second day with no deaths reported – that good news tops our virus-crisis roundup:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:
*8,465 people have tested positive, 43 more than yesterday
*566 people have died, unchanged for a second day
One week ago, those totals were 8,159 and 557.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them – nation by nation – here.
CORONAVIRUS-FREE: No COVID-19 at West Seattle’s city-authorized tiny-house encampment, its Community Advisory Committee was told today.
STUDENT TOWN HALL RESCHEDULED: What will school look like this fall, in the wake of the coronavirus closure? The Seattle Public Schools town hall for students to join in the discussion, originally set for today, has been rescheduled to Wednesday (June 10th). Students of any age who are interested in participating can register here.
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The no-parking signs along sections of north and central Delridge Way SW are a reminder that work starts tomorrow for the big project that will lead up to next year’s conversion of Route 120 into the RapidRide H Line. The work includes repaving much of Delridge, along with a lot of utility upgrades. First, here’s where work will be done, as SDOT explains it:
Construction for the project is divided into three different zones.’
Zone A – West Seattle Bridge to SW Findlay St
Zone B – SW Findlay St to north of SW Orchard St
Zone C – North of SW Orchard St to White Center
We will work in all three zones at the same time, working from north to south and starting on the west side of Delridge. No-Parking signs will be posted on both sides of the road in each phase of work in order to shift traffic around the work zones.
In some places, SDOT says, Delridge will be reduced to one lane each way during work.
As a followup to the announcement last month that work was about to beging, we spoke with SDOT’s project team for some context beyond what you’ll find in the “online open house,” which includes full details about exactly what’s planned, and where.
The Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee met this afternoon via videoconference and phone, for updates on what’s happening at the tiny-house encampment in southeast West Seattle. Here are our toplines:
CAMP UPDATE: Camp co-founder and site coordinator Eric Pattin says 53 people are living there right now – 20 women, 33 men (the village has 49 tiny houses); referrals come from the city’s Navigation Team … 2 residents have moved out to affordable permanent housing … 2 new tiny homes have been placed … No cases of COVID-19 at the camp; they’ve had one round of testing (as noted last month) so far. … Two 911 calls this month, one for a disruptive resident who wound up being transferred to the encampment at Lake Union (which has behavioral-care services on site), one for a person who was having trouble with a seizure disorder. … The camp’s been getting so much food donated, including some it can’t use (baking mixes that require oven access, for example) that they’re working to get unneeded items donated in turn to the White Center Food Bank.
CAMP OPERATOR/SPONSOR UPDATE: Josh Castle of LIHI said two more tiny houses are being finished by Sound Foundations NW and Fauntleroy UCC volunteers. They’re building 2 houses every 3 weeks for other LIHI sites. Volunteers are still able to work at the site via a separate entrance in the back. “Weather, pandemic, whatever, they’re always there,” camp co-founder Eric Davis said in appreciation. A church representative wondered if the camp needs more fire extinguishers. Pattin said they’ll discuss, though they do already have at least 15 on site, in the residential and community areas. In Q&A, it emerged that the church/LIHI paperwork has not yet been finalized due to changing city ordinances regarding encampment sponsorships. They might instead enter into a Memorandum of Understanding regarding a partnership. …LIHI will be organizing advocacy for at least two upcoming City Council meetings related to funding for homelessness response, one this week, one on June 24th.
CITY UPDATE: Shawn Neal from the Human Services Department was on the call but had no specific CSC notes.
OTHER COMMITTEE UPDATES: Chair Willow Fulton keeps watch on her Myers Way neighborhood and noted there’s an illegal-dumping site that hasn’t been addressed lately … Cinda Stenger of Alki UCC/Westside Interfaith Network says the West Seattle Helpline – with which she also volunteers – needs men’s clothing, so the camp will go though its excess donations … Aaron Garcia of White Center Community Development Association says a project with “70-80 units of affordable housing” in WC is reaching the design phase and they are launching a small community group that will be meeting multiple times during the summer… Judi Carr of Arrowhead Gardens had nothing to report as they’re “staying quarantined” at the senior-living complex that’s just a few blocks north of Camp Second Chance … Grace Stiller said that she’s hoping to work with LIHI on getting the camp involved with grant-funded Weed Warriors and is ready to start scheduling training; Castle said they’ll make it happen. “It’s a pretty exciting thing … to do this work,” he said.
The Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee usually meets the first Sunday of the month; its members will confer soon to decide if they want to stick with that for July 5th, or reschedule.
King County’s move to “modified Phase 1” – AKA “Phase 1.5” – means some hair salons/barber shops are reopening (at 25 percent capacity), and clients are thrilled. Among those reopening: Longtime WSB sponsor Illusions Hair Design (5619 California SW) is reopening Wednesday and started taking appointments today. “We’re ready with EVERYTHING the state is requiring, now the only thing missing is YOU!!!!” was Illusions’ exuberant declaration. They’ll be open this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11 am-6 pm. After that, for the rest of the month, Illusions will be open 1 pm-8 pm Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 am-5 pm Wednesdays-Fridays. You can call to schedule an appointment again tomorrow or Tuesday, 10 am-4 pm, 206-938-3675. But before calling, you need to read the salon’s protocols and sign a waiver, which you can find on this webpage.
Several local groups have heard lately from the retired civil engineer who suggests an “immersed-tube tunnel” could be a better way of crossing the Duwamish River if the West Seattle Bridge needs to be replaced. Now Bob Ortblad invites you to his own presentations of the idea. He asked us today to share this announcement:
All who are interested in the West Seattle Bridge
Duwamish Crossing – Bridge or Tunnel
Wednesday 7:30 PM
June 10, 17, or 24
Join Recurring Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 816 3278 6315
Bob Ortblad will answer questions and update the presentation.
In our most recent conversation with SDOT’s bridge-project leader Heather Marx, she said no potential alternatives have been ruled out.
Lots more news in the pipeline … but more great bird photos have flown in lately, so here are nine:
Above, David Hutchinson explains, “This pair of Bald Eagles has been scavenging on the carcass of a young harbor seal (last year’s pup) on the beach along the 1500 block of Alki Ave at times the last two days. The sight has attracted a lot of attention from passersby and Seal Sitters has placed informational signage up along the walkway.”
Might be one of those same two in this photo from Gene Pavola:
Next are Raven fledglings at Lincoln Park, from Mark MacDonald:
He also photographed a Caspian Tern, the seabirds with prehistoric-sounding cries:
Mark Wangerin photographed a colorful Western Tanager:
From Ryan Minch, a leucistic Crow at Cormorant Cove during low tide:
And rom Larry Gilpin – even the ordinary House Sparrow can be eye-catching:
Big thanks to everyone who shares these photos reminding us who and what else lives on our wonderful peninsula!
In case you missed our report Thursday night – here’s a reminder that Seattle Fire plans drills each of the next four afternoons to test landing a medical-airlift helicopter at local playfields to practice patient transfers that might occasionally be needed because of “extreme circumstances” during peak travel times. SFD is NOT inviting spectators but has been circulating notices so people nearby aren’t startled. The times are 2-3 pm each day at these locations:
June 8: Alki Playfield – 5817 SW Lander St.
June 9: Walt Hundley Playfield – 6920 34th Ave. SW
June 10: Alki Playfield – 5817 SW Lander St.
June 11: Walt Hundley Playfield – 6920 34th Ave. SW
Welcome to Sunday! As usual, our list of what’s happening begins with this week’s updated links for West Seattle churches’ online services, most livestreamed, some not:
ADMIRAL UCC: The video service is here. Also – follow that link for 11:15 am sermon talkback and 11:45 am coffee hour.
ALKI UCC: 10 am online service, via Zoom – info and link on church’s home page.
ALL SOULS SEATTLE (WSB sponsor): Online worship will be linked here at 10 am.
ARBOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CHURCH: Livestreaming here at 10 am.
BETHANY COMMUNITY CHURCH: Livestreaming here, 8 am, 9:30 am, 11 am, 7 pm.
EASTRIDGE CHURCH: Livestreaming here at 9 am and 11 am.
FAUNTLEROY UCC: Livestreaming on the church’s YouTube channel at 10 am.
FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH OF WEST SEATTLE: Today’s online liturgy is here.
GRACE CHURCH: Livestreaming here, 10:30 am.
HALLOWS CHURCH: Streaming at 10 am via the church’s YouTube channel.
HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH: Livestreaming in English at 8:30 am, en Español at 10 am, all here.
HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC CHURCH: Livestreaming at 9:30 am here.
HOPE LUTHERAN: Today’s worship service and children’s story are viewable here.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CATHOLIC CHURCH: Livestreaming at 10 am, both here.
PEACE LUTHERAN: Livestreaming at 10:30 am on YouTube.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Diocese-wide Service, 10:30 a.m. prelude music from around the diocese, Holy Eucharist at 11 am, viewable on the Diocese of Olympia’s YouTube channel. (Church website has more info.)
TIBBETTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (WSB sponsor): The video service for today will be viewable here.
TRINITY CHURCH: Livestreaming here, 10 am.
WEST SEATTLE CHRISTIAN CHURCH: The video service for today is viewable here.
WEST SEATTLE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE: Livestreaming here, 11 am.
WEST SIDE PRESBYTERIAN Livestreaming at 10 am on the church’s YouTube channel.
WESTSIDE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION: Livestreaming via Zoom, 10:30 am.
WESTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY: Online worship at 11 am; info here.
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WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm. Here’s the vendor/product list for this week.
ALKI UCC FOOD DRIVE: Outside the church:
Thanks to our community’s generosity, Alki United Church of Christ (Alki UCC) will once again be accepting donations outside our building for an In-Person, Socially-Distanced Food Drive (today) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Contributions of non-perishable food and other items will be distributed via the White Center Food Bank; top requests include Canned Meat/Soup/Fruit (pop‐top cans preferred), Rice, Noodles, Peanut Butter, Oats, Toilet Paper, Diapers, Similac Formula, Cleaning Supplies, Hand Sanitizer and Baby Wipes.
The drive will benefit our vulnerable neighbors in need, those who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID 19. The food drives continue June 28 and every other Sunday thereafter until further notice. Check alkiucc.org for updates.
(6115 SW Hinds)
WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Open 11 am-4 pm – need a tool to fix or improve something? (4408 Delridge Way SW)
LOW-LOW TIDE: -3.2 feet at 12;39 pm.
FREE TO-GO DINNER: High Point Community Dinner Church will serve to-go meals at 5 pm, outside, near High Point Community Center. (6920 34th SW)