West Seattle, Washington
A few virus-crisis notes on August’s second-to-last Saturday::
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard:
*18,570 people have tested positive, 152 more than yesterday
*708 people have died, unchanged from yesterday
*2,150 people have been hospitalized, 3 more than yesterday
*338,397 people have been tested, 1,808 more than yesterday
One week ago, those totals were 17.514/686/2,087/314,854.
WEST SEATTLE TREND: In case you missed this in the comment discussion last night – we’re going to start including this weekly. The numbers are accessible from the “geography over time” tab on the daily-summary dashboard, and checking the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas.” In the past 2 weeks, 41 positive test results were reported; in the 2 weeks before that, 92; in the two weeks before that, 114.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 23.2 million people have tested positive, and more than 804,000 have died. Most cases: U.S., Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa – same as the past 4 weeks. See the breakdown, nation by nation,
PANDEMIC POLLUTION REDUCTION: From the WSB inbox: A UW scientist led a study of how lockdown affected air pollution in China; this new report says the findings resembled what UW researchers found earlier in a look at major US cities including Seattle.
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8:25 PM: This week, Seattle Police have been talking about an increase in gunfire incidents around the city and locally. Tonight it happened again in West Seattle. The car in the photo above was pulled over at California/Juneau after police got reports of multiple vehicles involved in a gunfire incident near 48th/49th/Charlestown. This car was found to have a bullet hole in the hood. Police were still looking for at least one other vehicle last we heard; no injuries reported. We are on the way to the original scene to see if we can find out more.
8:41 PM:. Police are still talking to people at the original scene but tell us they have not made any arrests so far.
8:58 PM: Police just told dispatch that they’ve also recovered a shell casing near 48th/Charlestown.
Back before the annual summer celebration in The Junction was Summer Fest, it was the Sidewalk Sale … and though the festival had to be canceled this year, a special day of outdoor shopping is planned before the season ends. Next Saturday – August 29th – many Junction retailers are participating in a big day of sidewalk sales, noon-4 pm. If you want to get going early, Easy Street Records is celebrating a delayed Record Store Day starting at 7 am. All outdoors – masked and distanced,
of course. The Junction Association promises, “The merchants have been saving their best deals since February for you.”
Seems like a good day for another compilation of cool bird photos sent by readers (THANK YOU!). The bird in the first two is a newsmaker, explains Sharon Wada: “Wanted to share a few images for the birders who were quite excited to see a precious Wandering Tattler foraging in the rocks along Alki. Appears that the Tattler was finding lots to eat including a small crustacean in the seaweed.”
For the hundreds of bird photos we’ve published over the years, that’s the first Wandering Tattler!
The next two bird photos are from Mark MacDonald – first, a Caspian Tern fishing at Jack Block Park:
Next, a Kingfisher:
Another royally named bird, a Golden-crowned Kinglet, photographed by Mark Wangerin:
From Michael Oxman, a close look at a Barred Owl:
Larry Gilpin photographed this juvenile Bald Eagle in Schmitz Park:
Elton Pinto spotted a Great Blue Heron hanging out in a tree near Alki Point:
And Ashley Wong photographed – through binoculars – an Osprey atop the lights at Terminal 5:
Thanks again to everyone who shares photos – from wildlife to breaking news! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 206-293-6302 any time.
The first of two “rollouts” for this year’s pandemic-style Alki Beach Pride celebration just happened – a car and motorcycle parade.
Participants gathered at Jack Block Park to decorate their rides before heading up to Admiral and circling around to Alki. We photographed the parade just after it left the park, traveling northwest onto Harbor Avenue.
This is Alki Beach Pride’s 6th year! Its mission “is to unite the LGBTQ+ community, celebrate LQBTQ+ culture in a dignified way that acknowledges the intersection of race, liberate LGBTQ+ people who do not feel seen, heard, or accepted, and to educate our community in a way that fosters inclusivity, equality, and respect for everyone.”
Tomorrow’s “rollout” is for non-motorized wheels – skates, bikes, etc. – meet up at Statue of Liberty Plaza (61st/Alki) at 1 pm to be part of it.
9:58 AM: That’s one of the signs Ruth says you’ll see at the Westwood Village Post Office (2721 SW Trenton) at 11 am today. She just sent word of a protest planned there as part of the nationwide “day of action,” with USPS supporters rallying outside post offices at 11 am local time. (The nationwide lookup doesn’t [yet] show any planned events in West Seattle.)
12:10 PM: We went to WWV about half an hour ago to see how it turned out:
In the other Washington today, the U.S. House is considering a bill that would reverse some recent USPS changes.
2:12 PM: Just learned that a group gathered at the Post Office in The Junction, too.
Thanks to Alison for sending the photo!
TRAFFIC ALERTS: More pavement repair/replacement on 44th between Edmunds and Alaska plus tree-trimming on Orchard east of Delridge. And if you’re heading for South Park, be aware of work on S. Cloverdale between 10th and 12th.
ALKI BEACH PRIDE CAR PARADE: As previewed here, meet at Jack Block Park at 10:30 am for an 11 am car parade to Alki. (2130 Harbor SW)
YOUNGSTOWN COFFEE/HEARTBEET CAFE CELEBRATION: As announced:
You are invited to celebrate our new home in the Morgan Junction!
All weekend long Aug 22/23 enjoy 20% off of all in-person orders or online orders through our website. (the special does not apply to third-party delivery orders)
On Saturday, come say hello to us and meet some of our partners in the community who will have some beautiful goods for sale out front. 11 am to 4 pm. Masks required. Hand sanitizer will be provided. No cash sales.
(6032 California SW)
FREE COMMUNITY LUNCH: Sack lunches available noon-1 pm in the courtyard at West Side Presbyterian Church. (3601 California SW)