West Seattle, Washington
Before the night ends, here are tonight’s pandemic toplines:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here’s today’s daily summary from Public Health – the cumulative totals:
*20.320 people have tested positive, 56 more than yesterday’s total
*734 people have died, same as yesterday and the day before*
*2,264 people have been hospitalized, 4 more than yesterday’s total
*385,152 people have been tested, 4.698 more than yesterday’s total
One week ago, the totals were 19,665/720/2,229/361,435. (*Note – the state is no longer releasing death updates on weekends, so this might factor into the “unchanged” number – we will be checking with Public Health.)
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them – nation by nation – here.
MORE DRIVE-UP TESTING: Noticed a sign for this at the CHI Franciscan clinic in The Triangle (4550 Fauntleroy Way SW);
SCHOOL CONTINUES: Day 2 for Seattle Public Schools, online, tomorrow (Tuesday)..
GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!
8:18 PM: After a few night of smoke mostly to the west, from California wildfires, a new arrival tonight before sunset – smoke from fires in Eastern Washington. If you have a view to the east, it was visible over the Cascades late in the day:
So much smoke has moved in so quickly that the King County Sheriff’s Office says it’s been swamped with 911 calls from people thinking there’s something on fire nearby (keep in mind, KCSO serves eastern rural King County too). Meantime, Gov. Inslee has declared a state of emergency. You can see wildfire locations in our state, and elsewhere, on this map.
9:57 PM: As commenters note, there are fires in the South Sound too.
SR-167 @ SR-410 currently closed in both directions. Fire at 167 and power lines down at 410. Crews on scene and more on the way. Sumner PD is handling evacuations where necessary. @wsdot_tacoma
Avoid the area please!! pic.twitter.com/4fpROGLEAG
— Trooper Ryan Burke (@wspd1pio) September 8, 2020
And it’s still breezy enough here that we have fire danger too – there’s a “brush fire” call right now on Delridge south of Thistle. (Update: That call closed quickly.)
11:29 PM: Here’s a visualization showing what’s in the air:
Thanks to Jim Edwards for the flashlight-beam view.
With health restrictions putting much of the performing-arts world on hold because of the pandemic, some artists are finding new ways to express themselves anyway. West Seattleite Kelly McMahon is about to direct a play you can see live online starting this Friday. Here’s the announcement:
Playlist Seattle and Trial and Error Productions are pleased to announce the online revival of Everyone Wants to Love Your Beating Heart, a full-length theatrical production inspired by Temple of the Dog’s eponymous album.
Originally staged in 2016, Director and Playlist Founder Kelly McMahon and playwright Stacy D. Flood return to the play in this time of social distancing to explore the connection that is possible through music and to answer the questions: how can we find ways to relate to one another without occupying the same physical space? How can we do that through music? And through theater? While traditional theater spaces and music venues aren’t available to us, this production melds performance with live video manipulation via digital platforms to bring actors and audiences together.
Everyone Wants to Love Your Beating Heart is about overcoming isolation using the songs of Temple of the Dog as a jumping-off point for exploring our connection to music despite time and distance. The characters alternately relate and repel as they consider the songs they all know and love in the space music creates. The cast includes Joe Glass, Christopher Martinez, Sarah Lockard, Garrett Dill, Liz Vital, and Bjorn A. Whitney, working from their living rooms across the country.
Since its founding in 2014, Playlist Seattle has created original plays and performance pieces inspired by a range of Seattle bands, from legends like Jimi Hendrix, Alice in Chains and Nirvana, to current artists performing in the scene today, such as such as Ayron Jones, Whitney Mongé, Prom Queen and The Black Tones. Trial and Error was founded in 2013 to present inclusive and thought-provoking productions for a wide range of audiences by supporting visual artists, writers, and performers of the Puget Sound region and beyond.
“Everyone Wants to Love Your Beating Heart — a play inspired by Temple of the Dog” will be streamed live via Zoom on September 11, 12, 17, and 18. Tickets for the show are available at https://dice.fm/bundle/everyone-wants-to-love. Admission is $10-35 with proceeds going to MusiCares and Road Recovery. More information about the show and Playlist Seattle at www.playlistseattle.com
4:13 PM: When the City Council reconvenes tomorrow after its two-week end-of-summer recess, one big question looms: Will councilmembers vote to override Mayor Jenny Durkan‘s veto of their budget-“rebalancing” package? A daylong campaign urging an override is on the road around the city right now, and it started in West Seattle.
The “Labor Day Caravan for Black Lives,” organized by two coalitions supporting police-budget cuts and community-organization investment – Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity Now – is going to each City Council district. It began with a District 1 mini-rally outside the Duwamish Longhouse and is scheduled to stop in each of the six other districts before the day’s out. Speakers were led by Nikkita Oliver:
But the focus is not only on police cuts, but also on other BIPOC community issues. For the Duwamish Tribe, the spotlight right now is on the safety project on West Marginal Way SW between the Longhouse and the riverfront parkland across the street, historic home to a Duwamish village. Longhouse director Jolene Haas spoke briefly about the need for advocacy.
After leaving the Longhouse, the caravan headed out for District 2, stopping in Rainier Beach; District 3, with a stop on Capitol Hill; and District 4, stopping at the UW, so far.
They’ve had a livestream going the whole time, with a discussion of community public-safety work inbetween stops; you can watch here. At least two City Councilmembers have shown up at caravan stops so far – citywide Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (a West Seattle resident) at the Longhouse, District 3’s Tammy Morales in Rainier Beach. As of right now, the vetoed legislation is not on the council’s agenda for tomorrow.
6:29 PM: The caravan just concluded, after the seventh and final rally, outside City Hall downtown.
How about a late lunch or early dinner for a good cause? We got late word of a chili fundraiser under way until 4 pm, outdoors at American Legion Post 160: “Delicious chili, cornbread, and soft drink for $10. Without being able to rent out for parties, the Post’s Vets emergency fund is out of money, but the need has not ended. ” In The Triangle, at 3618 SW Alaska
2:13 PM: If you’re headed off-peninsula – don’t head for the 1st Avenue South Bridge right now. There’s a big emergency response for what SFD describes as a “rollover vehicle.”
2:28 PM: Via radio, crews reported two people trapped in the vehicle. “Live” WSDOT camera view added above.
3:06 PM: WSDOT says two lanes of traffic are open now.
MONDAY EVENING: Framegrab substituted for what had been a “live” image above.
From Joey in Gatewood:
Last night (9/6), our garage was broken into and two of our bikes were stolen. My wife’s new blue Specialized Rock Hopper (size small), mine… men’s Specialized Sirrus Sport (size large). We live (in the 4100 block of) SW Rose St. Our garage faces the alley, which is between Rose and Southern (right off California).
Friday will mark 19 years since the 9/11 attacks. On that day, West Seattleite Annabel Quintero is presenting an online “sneak preview chapter reading” of her memoir “Step, Step Jump: Resilience From the 46th Floor,” with an interview and discussion to follow. Step, Step Jump is also the name of her personal-development company; you might remember Quintero for her candidacy in the 34th District State Senate race two years ago. She describes her forthcoming book this way:
“Step, Step Jump,” slated for publication in June 2021, is an in-depth, first-person account of escaping the 46th floor of the Tower One of the World Trade Center, but it is not only a story of that day. It is also an examination of the American immigrant experience, a study of spirituality in a secular world, a look at divine intervention in times of crisis, and an exploration of empathy against the backdrop of the financial and societal forces that shape the globe. Quintero’s successful safe escape from the 46th floor of the crumbling building caused her to question the world, embrace her Indigenous roots, examine cultural structures, redefine her spirituality, and ultimately set her life on a course for healing and empowerment. The story provides a rich source of inspiration for others who want to drive radical positive change in their own lives.
Tickets to Friday’s online event are available here.
11:03 AM: Seattle Fire has sent a “water rescue response” to the Seacrest/Don Armeni area after a report of a diver possibly in trouble 50 yards offshore. First land units haven’t been able to confirm it yet. Updates to come.
11:06 AM: “No emergency, no missing diver” – this involves a boater and a net somehow mistaken for someone in trouble, per emergency radio. The dispatch is being canceled.
One way to celebrate Labor Day – honor the work of small local independent businesses. One is now offering another way to shop:
Avalon Glassworks co-proprietor Shannon Felix tells WSB that the studio/shop in Luna Park (2914 SW Avalon Way) “is now open by appointment (masks required). Email GlassSales@AvalonGlassworks.com to arrange a time to shop. The glass pumpkins are ready and we are making new items nearly daily. Our Etsy store is also open.”
Good morning. Holiday notes:
–Metro is on a Sunday schedule
–Water Taxis are not running
–Sound Transit buses and light rail are on a Sunday schedule
-If you’re going to an area of the city with pay-station street parking, note that there’s no charge today
-Delridge RapidRide H project: No work today
-Check traffic cams here
Warmer today. Might get into the 80s.