West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to Jon for the photos and report:
A bunch of folks on the 4800 block of 46th Ave SW signed up for Parks & Recreation’s Pathway of Lights activity. Tonight would have been the night of the Green Lake event.
As noted here last night, you are invited to light a luminaria – or more than one! – next Saturday (December 19th) to show the “Spirit of West Seattle.”
Tonight’s pandemic toplines:
GOVERNOR MEDIA BRIEFING TOMORROW: Usually Gov. Inslee only has weekend briefings when there’s something big to announce. He’s having one at 11:30 am Sunday, according to an advisory we received tonight. The guest list suggests the spotlight topic:
The governor will be joined by:
Kathy Lofy, state health officer, Department of Health
Dr. John Dunn, COVID Vaccine Scientific Safety Review Workgroup
Dr. Ed Marcuse, COVID Vaccine Scientific Safety Review Workgroup
Michele Roberts, acting assistant secretary, Department of Health
You’ll be able to watch live via TVW.
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard:
*53,346 people have tested positive, 771 more than yesterday’s total
*935 people have died, 3 more than yesterday’s total
*3,617 people have been hospitalized, 29 more than yesterday’s total
*684,615 people have been tested, 6,395 more than yesterday’s total
One week ago, those totals were 47,255/894/3,370/650,890.
WEST SEATTLE TREND: Here’s our weekly check of this stat, with numbers shown in two-week increments via the “geography over time” tab on the daily-summary dashboard, combining the totals from the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas.” For the past two weeks, 373 positive test results; 304 in the 2 weeks before that; 207 in the two weeks before that.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 71.6 million people have tested positive, and more than 1.6 million people have died; U.S. deaths have passed 297,000. Most cases: U.S., India, Brazil, Russia, France (same as last week). See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.
TEMPORARY CLOSURE: Mashiko has closed temporarily again after a staff member was exposed to a COVID-positive family member.
CITY EXPANDING FRESHBUCKS: Applications will open next month to bring 3,000 more families into the program.
DONATION DRIVE TOMORROW: 10 am-3 pm outside Alki UCC – holiday food, pet food, and socks.
GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? email@example.com or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!
Here’s hoping Santa comes down the chimney with a Seahawks victory! Kalyn emailed to let us know about her home at 10727 25th SW [map]: “Showing our Seahawks love from the rooftop!” (Tomorrow, the Hawks play the winless Jets, 1 pm.) While in North Shorewood, we noticed some other nice lights further south on Kalyn’s street, as well as on 26th SW one block north (south of Barton). Thanks again to everyone who’s suggested lights and sent photos – starting tomorrow, we’ll be doubling up. Meantime, the list of what we’ve shown is in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, and you can scroll through our archived coverage here.
If you missed today’s donation drives – you have a chance to give tomorrow, too. From Alki UCC:
Sunday, December 13, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Holiday Food and Sock Drive
Front courtyard, 6115 SW Hinds
Non-perishable holiday food, personal-care items, and clearly labeled pet food donations are distributed through the White Center Food Bank. Donations of Men’s Casual/Work Clothes are also welcome for distribution through Westside Interfaith Network’s Welcome Table. There is a special need for SOCKS, SOCKS, SOCKS.
Alki UCC reminds donors – masks and distancing, please.
4:05 PM: Thanks for the tips. Avoid California/Hanford for a while – police and SFD are there because of a crash, reportedly involving a pedestrian or bicyclist. NB California is blocked. We are on the way there to find out more.
4:09 PM: Injured person is being taken to Harborview.
4:23 PM: Police tell us a driver in a white van hit a bicycle rider and then left the scene. The rider, male, is being taken to the hospital. They’re still looking for the driver. Traffic Collision Investigation detectives are coming to the scene so NB California, closed at Hinds, will be shut off for a while.
8:36 PM: We’ve heard from relatives of the rider in the comment section. And we just heard back from SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley, who says he is 28 years old and was in stable condition when taken to the hospital.
2:34 PM: Getting word of a power outage – hearing from South Delridge and White Center so far. Not mapped yet. Anyone else?
2:37 PM: 3,760 without power – just came up on City Light map. No cause yet.
2:58 PM: The outage is affecting some traffic signals, including on Roxbury – remember that an out or flashing signal becomes a 4-way stop. Also reported to be affected: At least part of Westwood Village.
3:20 PM: There’s a multi-vehicle crash at an apparently affected intersection, 16th/107th, with one car reported on its side. King County Sheriff’s Deputies are on scene. Meanwhile, we have a message out to SCL seeking the latest on the outage’s cause.
3:32 PM: Via Twitter, City Light just said it’s “troubleshooting” the cause. But we just got a text that power’s back for at least some.
3:39 PM: The map shows just under 400 customers now still without power, mostly in the Greenbridge area. Adding the updated screengrab above.
3:51 PM: Here’s the crash scene at 16th/107th, east side of the intersection:
Deputies say three cars were involved and the signal (back on now) was out at the time. No injuries. They’re just waiting for tow trucks.
5:56 PM: SCL map shows everybody’s back on.
6:07 PM: SCL tells us that “underground cable failure” is what they believe was the cause.
Two bicycles in West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:
STOLEN VINTAGE BIKE: That’s Jena‘s bike. She sent the photo and report:
My Purple 1970s Schwinn Stingray was stolen from our home last night in Arbor Heights. It is a very rare bicycle, and at the time it was stolen it was disassembled and boxed. I am awaiting a Police Report #. If any information comes up, please contact me, Jena, at 206-383-6999.
DUMPED AND LIKELY STOLEN: Recognize this bicycle?
Mike sent the photo, saying it’s along an alleyway at 49th/Hinds.
1 PM: Washington State Ferries says M/V Issaquah needs emergency repairs, so it’s going out of service, leaving M/V Kittitas the lone boat on the route for now. WSF’s alert says: “The 1:10 p.m. from Southworth, the 1:30 p.m. from Vashon, and the 2:00 p.m. from Fauntleroy are cancelled.”
2:57 PM: The M/V Sealth is replacing the Issaquah (which was experiencing “oil pressure alarms”), but it has less capacity, and WSF says #2 sailings might be delayed by half an hour.
Atticus is an eighth-grader at Hope Lutheran School and that’s where he’s spending his Saturday, collecting donations for the West Seattle Food Bank. His no-contact (drive up/ride up) food drive – mentioned in our calendar and daily preview – is on until 3 pm in the church/school parking lot off SW Oregon, east of 42nd SW. Here’s the WSFB “wish list” for food donations. (Monetary donations are appreciated, too.)
11:02 AM: The WSU-Cal game‘s not until 1 pm, but tailgating of a sort started early today for Cougar superfan Paul Twibell and friends. He sent the screenshot and report:
This morning ESPN’s College Gameday was live from Alki, if only for a couple of seconds. Paul Twibell’s Cougulance was featured with friends waving WSU flags to keep a streak alive. Today was the 256th consecutive episode that a WSU flag has been waved during the show. Paul, who owns the Cougar-themed ambulance frequently parked on Admiral Way, was joined by Cougar friends Stacey Ellingson, Collin Cejka, Darren Case, Barb Harrington, Chloe Woodward, Makenzee Jundal, and Wagz. ESPN has modified their normal “Fan Pit” to be virtual, featuring fans from across the nation. Twibell was up at 5 am this morning to set up a camera and lighting for the 7:30 am two seconds of fame. GO COUGS!
(The onscreen “West Point” reference was because ESPN’s featured game this week is Army vs. Navy, Paul explains.)
1:03 PM: Side note, no WSU game today after all – canceled at the last minute due to COVID concerns in the Cal program.
Thanks for the tips. The West Seattle Junction restaurant Mashiko has announced another temporary closure for COVID safety: “We have had a COVID exposure to a family member of one of our teammates and will not reopen until everyone gets tested and the results come back negative.” The restaurant reported a similar situation one month ago.
(Early December Alki sunset, photographed by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)
Welcome to Saturday! A few things to remind you about:
TRAFFIC ALERT: One lane of West Marginal Way SW just north of the low bridge is scheduled to be closed 7 am-4 pm today for work related to testing of the Terminal 5 flyover bridge, as explained/mapped here.
HOLIDAY PHOTO POP-UP: 9 am-3 pm today (and tomorrow) with Gail Ann Photography at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, some free with food/pet-food donation. Details here – appointments required; some appeared still available as of our check very early this morning. (9131 California SW)
WINTER WANDER, SECOND-TO-LAST DAY: The fun, free West Seattle scavenger hunt – with prizes! – continues through tomorrow. Go here to find out how to play.
DRIVE-THROUGH FOOD DRIVE: 10 am-3 pm, bring food (and/or money) to Hope Lutheran School 8th-grader Atticus‘s drive-through food drive, in the church/school lot off SW Oregon east of 42nd SW.
DROPOFF FOOD & BOOK DRIVE: As also previewed here, noon-5 pm, today only, ArtsWest in The Junction is taking dropoff donations for the Heart of Washington food and book drive to help migrant-farmworker families. Out front at 4711 California SW, or in back, off the 44th/Alaska lot, just south of KeyBank.
HANUKKAH, NIGHT 3: West Seattle synagogue Kol HaNeshamah has a Hanukkah Havdalah and Story Slam tonight, 7 pm, online.
MORE HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS: Trees, lights, shopping … info’s in our West Seattle Holiday Guide.
1:11 AM: Police are investigating a crash in the 6100 block of West Marginal Way SW, and have just told dispatchers that southbound WMW will be closed “a while” at the scene, with just one northbound lane open. The crash is reported to have involved a driver and motorcyclist. No major injuries reported, so far.
1:32 AM: One SB lane is now open.
11:02 AM: SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley tells us the motorcycle rider, a man in his 20s, was taken to a hospital via private ambulance, in stable condition.
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