West Seattle, Washington
The governor’s latest updates top tonight’s roundup:
GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING: Under the latest version of the reopening plan, the state reviews stats by region every two weeks, and announces by Friday where everyone will be the following Monday. Today, Gov. Inslee announced all but one region (South-Central) will be in Phase 2 as of Sunday (moving it up a day for Valentine’s Day, at a reporter’s suggestion). “We are making real progress on the pandemic,” he declared, touting the dropping case numbers.
He also cited “huge” progress in vaccination acceleration, though the story was the same one we’ve heard for a while now – many more people could be vaccinated if only enough vaccine was available. So for counties like ours that are already in Phase 2, when will there be word of criteria for Phase 3? No timeline yet, Inslee said. You can watch the briefing here.
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary dashboard, here are today’s cumulative totals (no data notes explaining the extra-low numbers in some categories, if you’re wondering):
*79,233 people have tested positive, 66 more than yesterday’s total
*1,305 people have died, unchanged from yesterday’s total
*4,958 people have been hospitalized, 16 more than yesterday’s total
*867,522 people have been tested, 89 more than yesterday’s total
One week ago, the four totals we track were 77,841/1,279/4,846/841.693.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them, county by county, on the state Department of Health page.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 107.7 million cases worldwide, 27.3 million of them in the U.S. See the nation-by-nation breakout here.
VACCINATION EQUITY: A new state report is out. It includes these datapoints:
*The percentage of vaccinated people who are Hispanic (4.7% of people who have received at least one dose, 5.9% of people who are fully vaccinated) is lower than Hispanic representation in the state population (13.2%).
*The percentage of vaccinated people who are Black (2.2% of people who have received at least one dose, 2.7% of people who are fully vaccinated) is lower than Black representation in the state population (3.9%).
*Multiracial groups are also underrepresented compared to the overall state population, both among people who have received at least one dose of vaccine and people who are fully vaccinated.
SCHOOL OUTBREAKS: Another new state report has stats on outbreaks in K-12 schools:
Local health jurisdictions reported 84 COVID-19 outbreaks that occurred in K-12 schools across thirteen counties between August 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. The number of outbreaks by county ranged from 1 to 33. A total of 305 COVID-19 cases were associated with these outbreaks. The median number of cases per outbreak was three. Sixty four percent of all outbreaks involved two or three cases. The smallest outbreak involved two cases, and the largest involved 13.
NEED FOOD? 2-5 pm tomorrow at Food Lifeline (815 S. 96th) HQ, it’s the weekly distribution of emergency food boxes.
HIGHLAND PARK ‘SNACK PACK’ EVENT POSTPONED: Because of the likelihood of more snow, this food-distribution event tomorrow afternoon at Highland Park Elementary is off, but the one set for 3-5 pm February 26th is still on.
GOT PHOTOS/TIPS? 206-293-6302, text or voice, or firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Southwest Precinct police have sent an alert about a mail-theft suspect who they say is active in North Delridge, 37-year-old Jason A. Turner:
Turner is a repeat offender who continues to victimize the residents of West Seattle. Turner continues to steal mail and packages from mailboxes and porches, most commonly in the area of 4800-5200 Delridge Way SW.
Turner has 3 arrests for mail theft since 2020. Turner’s most-recent arrest was Feb. 3. He was released the following day and returned to the area, where additional mail was stolen. Residents are fed up with his actions.
Turner has been witnessed following USPS and UPS drivers and stealing mail and packages that were just delivered. He does this in broad daylight, often in the morning hours before noon, showing no concern for being witnessed.
Turner has no felony record but as noted by police, has multiple misdemeanor theft arrests. If you have any information about the suspect, contact Det. Nick Kartes at email@example.com.
On this freezing night, it’s heartwarming to know that some neighbors have coats and other warm clothing because of community generosity. The annual donation drive coordinated by Dave Newman State Farm Agency (WSB sponsor) drew the most donations ever, the agency reports:
Thanks, West Seattle!
The West Seattle Helpline annual clothing drive has once again been a big success! This year’s donations from generous friends and neighbors allow the West Seattle Helpline to assist local citizens at a critical time of year.
The clothing drive at Dave Newman State Farm Agency happens every year in December and January. This year marked the most donations we have ever received – THANKS, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. And thanks to volunteers like lifelong West Seattle resident Rodger Tanner, who not only volunteers with the clothing drive every year but also assists the Helpline with facilities, maintenance and equipment.
Watch for the clothing drive at the end of this year – December and January are hard cold months for many citizens.
You can help the Clothesline clothing bank year-round, too – here’s how.
In our photo above, that’s Reeve Washburn, coordinator of the West Seattle Art Walk – and tonight, Reeve is also a featured artist at one of the indoor receptions. Meet her and see her paintings at CAPERS (4525 California SW) in The Junction until 7 pm, just a few doors south of another of tonight’s receptions:
Until 8 pm, photographer Doug Early is at Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW; WSB sponsor). But if you can’t, or don’t want to, get out to any of the (distanced and masked, of course) receptions, you can enjoy Art Walk other ways – see some of the featured work on this month’s lineup update, for starters. That link is also where you’ll find out about businesses where you can see featured art all month long during regular hours; much of it is for sale, too. The Art Walk (co-sponsored by WSB) is every second Thursday.
2:03 PM: No, that’s not snow in our photo – it’s salt, seen on SW Thistle east of California SW, as SDOT crews continue their pre-treatment of roads. However, we’ve been hearing about flurries all day – thanks to everyone who’s texted/called (206-293-6302 is our 24/7 hotline), emailed, and/or tweeted, from North Admiral to south of White Center. The light snow we’re seeing right now is exactly what was forecast, and the National Weather Service does NOT expect snow to accumulate today/tonight (though the temperature’s only in the mid-30s). The heavier snow is still predicted for tomorrow afternoon and beyond. We’re awaiting the mid-afternoon forecast updates, though, so we’ll see if anything changes!
3:14 PM: We ARE seeing some light accumulation on the ground where we are (300+ feet elevation). The alert level is still Winter Storm Watch. The NWS forecast for Seattle begins:
TONIGHT…Snow likely in the evening, then cloudy with a chance of snow after midnight. No snow accumulation. Lows in the mid to upper 20s. East wind 10 to 20 mph.
FRIDAY…Cloudy with a chance of snow. Highs in the lower to mid 30s. East wind 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Snow likely in the evening, then snow after midnight. Snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches. Lows in the mid to upper 20s. East wind 10 to 20 mph.
Here’s the full updated forecast. Meantime, snowplow sighted on our 2-arterial nearby corner, though nothing to plow yet:
Snow photos/reports? firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
4:45 PM: Roads are still bare and wet. The snow has slowed down, too.
6:29 PM: Still no need to plow – but SDOT de-icer trucks are out. This map shows which roads have been treated and how recently, if you have to make a decision about heading out.
8:55 PM: Forecast now suggests the major snow will arrive Friday night.
Thanks for the tip. Three weeks after construction started for the Alki Beach restroom rebuild at 57th SW [map], crews have turned the old restroom building into rubble. It will be replaced by summer with a ~$638,000 comfort station that will have three individually accessed all-gender restrooms meeting ADA requirements – a 50% increase in capacity from the old one – plus a new shower. The contractor is Burien-based JEM.
In West Seattle Crime Watch this morning, two Delridge crashes that resulted in arrests for more than the crash:
DELRIDGE/ALASKA: This crash just after 7 pm last night led to the arrest of a suspect who police say had been harassing employees at a South Park coffee stand, trying to break into the stand at least twice after they refused his solicitation of sex for money. Police had responded multiple times but had been unable to catch the suspect. Then last night, a driver crashed into “multiple vehicles and a business” at Delridge/Alaska and was recognized as the suspect officers had been seeking in the South Park case. He was arrested and booked into jail for what the report describes as “investigation of burglary, eluding, DUI, and requests for solicitation and assault.”
STOLEN-CAR CRASH FOLLOWUP: On Saturday we reported on this car-on-side crash at Delridge/22nd that led to the arrest of an auto-theft suspect:
The suspect, 35-year-old Allan Navas-Panchame of Kent, is now charged with one count of felony auto theft. The court documents say the car’s owner left it running while in the mini-mart at the Chevron station (our initial report erroneously said it happened at the Arco station) at Delridge/Orchard, and that Navas-Panchame ran from the sidewalk, got into the car, and sped away. Witnesses say the car was going about 100 mph when it crashed and went sideways in the construction zone a few blocks north. They told police Navas-Panchame ran out of the car and got into a nearby parked car, where officers found him. The charging papers say he has six felony convictions, for assault, theft, and vehicle prowling; jail records say he was arrested last week in an indecent-liberties case in South King County and had been out of jail less than 48 hours before the Delridge theft and crash. He remains in jail today, bail set at $2,500.
If you can give in this time when so many more need help, consider involvement with Impact 100 Seattle. With membership open now, they’re sponsoring WSB to let you know what they do:
Impact 100 Seattle is a women’s collective-giving organization, employing trust-based philanthropy. We connect women to each other and local nonprofits, harnessing the collective strength of our community to support transformative change in the Puget Sound region.
The organization launched in 2019 and in 2020 granted $100,000 to a handful of small, community-based nonprofits in the Seattle area: Community Passageways, East African Community Services, Para los Niños, Somali Family Safety Task Force, and Y-We. These organizations are run by members of their community – four out of five are run by women, women of color. We believe that the leaders of these organizations have a vision and a way to connect with the communities that they are serving to make a lasting impact.
In addition to trust-based philanthropy, our decisions around grants are based on the following key principles: Partner for transformative change; embrace risk; listen, learn, and evolve. We build partnerships with our grantee recipients and provide support beyond the check.
Membership for 2021 closes on March 31st, 2021 – join Impact 100 Seattle to make an impact!
We thank Impact 100 Seattle for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
(Photo by Machel Spence – just three days until Valentine’s Day)
While we watch and wait to see what the weather brings, here are events that might interest you this afternoon and evening:
WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE COMMUNITY TASK FORCE: 4-6 pm online, with updates about planning for high-bridge repair, changes in low-bridge access, proposals for West Marginal Way, and more. Our preview includes attendance links.
DEMONSTRATION: 4-6 pm, you’re invited to demonstrate at 16th/Holden with organizer Scott in support of racial justice. Signs available if you don’t have your own.
WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: 5 pm online and/or in-person – as usual you have many options for enjoying art this month. Go here to see who’s having a reception – note that artist Jenna Roby will be at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) early, 4 pm-6 pm – and who’s online only and/or presenting an ongoing display. New businesses have joined, too, like Floors Plus NW at 6959 California SW, hosting Kat Honda Whitham, 5-7 pm.
WORDS, WRITERS, SOUTHWEST STORIES: 6 pm online, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s speaker/author series features historian Brad Holden discussing his book about Prohibition in Seattle. Our preview includes the link for registering to attend.
CHIEF SEALTH INTERNATIONAL HS ONLINE OPEN HOUSE: Future CSIHS students and their families are invited to learn more about the school tonight, 7 pm. Info is here, including the attendance link.
6:12 AM: Welcome to Thursday, February 11th, the 325th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
ROAD WORK & DOCK WORK
Fauntleroy Way work – The sewer repair on Fauntleroy between Alaska and Edmunds had begun.
Delridge project – The SW Thistle closure continues between Delridge and 20th. Here’s this week’s full plan.
Fauntleroy ferry dock work – One-lane loading/unloading again today because of maintenance work, explained here.
CHECK TRAFFIC BEFORE YOU GO
Low Bridge: Fifth week for automated enforcement cameras, while restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily. Here’s a bridge view:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden – with a new left-turn signal for northbound HP Way, turning to westbound Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
The main detour route across the Duwamish River, the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):
The other major bridge across the river – the South Park Bridge (map). Here’s the nearest camera:
Going through South Park? Don’t speed. (Same goes for all the other detour-route neighborhoods, both the arterials and neighborhood streets!)
To check for bridges’ marine-traffic openings, see the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.