West Seattle, Washington
Two West Seattle Bridge notes tonight:
WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE NOW ‘VIDEO WALL’: With the repair-or-replace decision due before the month is out, the community coalition West Seattle Bridge NOW continues pressing for a quick fix. Last month we reported on their call for people to send videos telling their stories underscoring that plea. WSBN has now published some of them as a “video wall” here, featuring West Seattleites from students to seniors. “We’re really excited about how this turned out,” says WSBN’s Kevin Broveleit.
NEXT COMMUNITY TASK FORCE MEETING: The livestream viewing links are already set for the next West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force meeting, coming up at noon this Wednesday (October 7th) – the main link is here, and that will include one of the breakout-discussion groups during the meeting; the other discussion group will break off to this link. We don’t have the agenda yet, so we don’t know exactly when in the meeting that’s scheduled to happen. But the centerpiece of the meeting is expected to be information from the Cost-Benefit Analysis – the report that will shape the repair-or-replace decision before the month ends.
On the President’s third night of hospital treatment for COVID-19, here are tonight’s local toplines:
KING COUNTY’S NEWEST NUMBERS: First, the cumulative totals from the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:
*23,023 people have tested positive, up 82 from yesterday’s total
*764 people have died, unchanged since Friday
*2,397 people have been hospitalized, up 2 from yesterday’s total
*451,906 people have been tested, up 2,736 from yesterday’s total
One week ago, the King County totals were 22,118/758/2,355/431,862.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 35 million cases and 1,036,000+ deaths – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here.
PERSONAL SERVICES REMINDER: A local provider wants to be sure clients are aware of the update last month that set the rules for allowing services such as facials and beard trimming that require removal of the client’s face covering – see the state guidance here.
CROP WALK GETS PERSONAL: The pandemic has transformed another major fall event – the CROP Hunger Walk, which otherwise would have happened in West Seattle today, is instead happening on a route of your choosing sometime in the next week, as explained here.
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Two California sea lions found dead in our area in recent days have been necropsied, and at least one was confirmed to have been shot. The report is from Lynn Shimamoto of Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network:
On Saturday (10/3) we facilitated the necropsy of a dead California sea lion found floating offshore. SR3 did the examination with assistance from Seal Sitters and Sno-King Marine Mammal Response.
We can confirm that gunshot was the cause of death for this animal. Another sea lion necropsied on Tuesday (9/29) is highly suspected to have died of gunshot; we are waiting for X-ray results. This information has been shared with NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement.
Seal Sitters has typically seen a number of shot sea lions this time of year. If you hear gunfire over the water, please call 911. If you see a stranded marine mammal, dead or alive, please call our hotline at 206-905-SEAL (206-905-7325).
When the remaining seawall is removed at Lowman Beach Park, the tennis court will be too. Though there’s no replacement in the plan, a community group has been pursuing a proposal to build a sport court – not necessarily tennis, or just tennis – elsewhere in the park. In a grant-funded planning process, that group has conducted a survey and a community meeting (WSB coverage here), and has now announced the next step:
You are invited to participate in our 2nd virtual open house to see the results of the survey and the concept alternatives. Previously, the 1st virtual open house presented the challenges and opportunities in locating a new racket court at Lowman Beach Park.
Lowman Beach Racket Court New Design Virtual Open House #2
Monday, October 19, 2020, 6:30 pm
Meeting number: 146 733 7298
Join by phone – 206-207-1700
See the meeting flyer here.
From the Admiral Neighborhood Association – both of these online events are happening Tuesday:
RENTER-RIGHTS WORKSHOP: Noon-1:30 pm Tuesday, ANA is co-hosting a renter-rights workshop with Be:Seattle, as described:
This is a workshop put on by Be:Seattle, educating renters how to assert their rights, find solutions to various issues, and and organize for better living conditions. We will discuss how the pandemic is affecting renters and what protections are currently being offered.
Register to get the teleconferencing link by going here.
ANA MEETING: At 7 pm Tuesday, everyone living, working, shopping, and/or studying in the Admiral area is welcome at the ANA meeting, with these featured topics:
*Discussion with Seattle Police Dept. SW Precinct leadership
*West Seattle Emergency Hubs update
*Opportunities to support and collaborate with community-led efforts across District 1
*Future ANA Board positions (more on that below)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for zoom login info.
Interested in an ANA leadership position?
A number of ANA Board positions are opening up at the end of this year. If you’re wondering whether this might be the time to step up, the answer is yes. Admiral is ready and waiting for you, your ideas, and your energy. Drop us a line if you’ve got questions (email@example.com).
Looking for something new to listen to? West Seattle residents Megan Bell and Keri Watson are producing a podcast called “My Aunt Is a Nun.” Bell hosts the podcast, describing it this way:
Nuns offer more than just prayers; they are steeped in wisdom and impart powerful lessons for the present moment. To make sense of the nonsense, I turned to my aunt, a Catholic nun, and the Sisters in her community. Join me … as we make pancakes, watch Netflix, tweet, sit still, seek, and sing to song birds. The veils are off as we explore everything from anxiety to intimacy, prayer to politics, and poverty to justice.
Sound editor Charlie Spears works on the podcast too. Watson says they wanted to let the community know about “My Aunt Is a Nun” because “we are in love with the concept behind the podcast and so much heart went into it.” They’ve produced five episodes so far; you can find them here.
Not watching the Seahawks? Enjoy some non-football birds – starting with, above, a real-life “seahawk,” an Osprey, pursued by a Gull, photographed from Jack Block Park by Mark MacDonald. He also sent this view of a Black-capped Chickadee at Lincoln Park:
We’re hearing a lot from the resident woodpeckers these days – here are two photos from Mark Wangerin, first a Northern Flicker:
Next, a Downy Woodpecker:
Also in the neighborhoods – you might be noticing the “aeration” Crows are doing on planting strips and lawns. We published this story explaining it last year. Don Brubeck photographed a Crow that appears to have been busy doing some digging:
And three seabirds from Stewart L. – here’s a Great Blue Heron:
And a Belted Kingfisher:
James Tilley caught a Kingfisher in full light:
Thanks again to everyone sharing photos – from birds to breaking news!
Welcome to Sunday. First, the road-work reminders:
WEST MARGINAL/HIGHLAND PARK WAY: SDOT’s work to reconfigure part of this intersection starts at 7 am today – here’s what you need to know.
DELRIDGE/OREGON: Oregon is closed at Delridge as part of the ongoing project but will reopen by early tomorrow.
32ND/BARTON: Concrete-replacement work was done Saturday and is curing today, so that’s still expected to affect traffic flow in the area.
Now, the online church services (with a few in-person mentions):
ADMIRAL UCC: Worship info for today is here – World Communion Sunday will be celebrated on the church lawn at 10:30 am.
ALKI UCC: 10 am online service via Zoom, featuring this year’s Blessing of the Animals – info and link on church’s home page.
ALL SOULS SEATTLE: Updated worship info is here, including the plan for today’s drive-thru communion.
BETHANY COMMUNITY CHURCH: Livestreaming for West Seattle here at 9:30 am.
CALVARY CHAPEL: Today’s service audio will be here, along with info on 10 am in-person service, 6 pm online all-church prayer and 7 pm online evening worship.
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS: West Seattle Ward has Sunday services via Zoom at 10 am, one hour long, all welcome. They last an hour. Here’s the link.
EASTRIDGE CHURCH: Livestreaming here at 9 am and 11 am.
FAUNTLEROY UCC: Service will be streamed at 10 am on the church’s YouTube channel.
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.
HOPE LUTHERAN: Today’s worship service and children’s story are viewable here.
PEACE LUTHERAN: Livestreaming at 10:30 am on YouTube.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 9 am, parking-lot service in church/school lot. ONLINE: 10 am class “The Path,” and Kidz Club; 11:15 am livestreamed service, via YouTube (the bulletin is here).
TIBBETTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (WSB sponsor): The video service for today will be here, as will Sunday School.
TRINITY CHURCH: Livestreaming here, 10 am. (In-person services too; registration required.)
WEST SEATTLE CHRISTIAN CHURCH: The video service for today is viewable here.
WEST SEATTLE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE: Livestreaming here, 11 am.
WESTSIDE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION: Livestreaming at 10:30 am – information on today’s service is here.
WESTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY: Online (and in-person) worship at 11 am; info here.
Any other churches to add? Please email us – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Here’s what else is happening:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. Scroll down the page at this link to find the vendor list and map for this week. (Enter at California/Alaska; pickups for online orders are at California/Oregon)
ALKI UCC PETS & PEOPLE WALK-BY: 11 am outside the entrance to Alki UCC, pets and people are invited to a “community walk-by” following up on the 10 am livestreamed “Blessing of the Animals” service. (6115 SW Hinds)
WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Open 11 am-4 pm – need a tool to fix or improve something? (4408 Delridge Way SW)
CAMP SECOND CHANCE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: 2 pm online meeting for updates, questions, and concerns about West Seattle’s only city-sanctioned tiny-house encampment. Our preview has information on how to watch listen, and/or participate.
FREE TO-GO DINNER: White Center Community Dinner Church will serve to-go meals at 5 pm, outside, near the Bartell Drugs parking lot in White Center, SW Roxbury St. & 15th Ave. SW (9600 15th Ave SW)
Anything else happening? Let us know – text 206-293-6302 – thank you!
1:17 AM: Seattle Fire has a ‘scenes of violence” response headed to a report of possible shooting victims at a home in the 7200 block of Dumar. Updates to come.
1:27 AM: Per radio communication, no one has been found at the house but one victim turned up at Harborview Medical Center. The SFD response has been dismissed. No info yet on that person’s condition, nor on the circumstances.
2:28 AM: As police continue to investigate, there’s word they’ve found at least one shell casing in the street.