West Seattle, Washington
For the second consecutive Saturday, King County Public Health has not updated its COVID-19 “daily summary” dashboard, so we have no roundup tonight. As we did last week, we’ll include the West Seattle trends – which we’ve been updating on Saturdays – in the next roundup.
Though fireworks are illegal in Seattle, Burien, and Tukwila, some are legal for the area between them – unincorporated North Highline, including White Center, just south of West Seattle. Early last year, a ban proposal was launched in the King County Council – and then the pandemic hit, shelving all but emergency actions for months. Now a proposed ban is back in consideration, starting with a discussion in the council’s Committee of the Whole last week. The proposal is sponsored by our area’s County Councilmember Joe McDermott, who also represents unincorporated areas including North Highline and Vashon Island. He cites the July 2019 North Highline fire that killed a 70-year-old man as major motivation. You can read the proposal here; watch the discussion in the meeting video here. The proposal is expected to return to the committee for action, and then one month’s notice is required before it would go to a vote in the full County Council.
Every so often, an animal mystery lands in the WSB inbox. (Like the Beach Drive cow 10 years ago.) Tonight, a new one – what looks like part of a wild animal turned up in Barrett‘s yard. He’s looking for help in figuring out what it is:
I found in my side yard a large piece of what appears to be skin from a bear’s head. It is fresh and covered in thick black hair with a distinctly large and round furry ear. Am in North Admiral. Where could this have come from?? Presumedly left by a raccoon. Seriously, it really looks like it’s from a bear. Could there be any readers out there who recently hunted and skinned a bear at home and mismanaged the bits? Maybe a reader could identify it as lost pet remains?
The next special online presentation from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is all about beer. Here’s the announcement:
The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is delighted to announce “Here for the Beer! How Craft Beer Has Shaped Seattle’s Community Identity,” a live Zoom presentation and panel discussion on Friday, February 26 at 5:30 PM. Join us for a presentation mapping out the history of craft beer in Seattle, and hear from local favorites The Good Society, Future Primitive Brewing, and Elliott Bay Brewing Company as to what makes beer on the Duwamish Peninsula so unique. Registration is required.
Craft brewing hit the beer market for the first time in the 1980s, and since then has revolutionized the way that beer is produced and sold in the United States. The Pacific Northwest quickly became a hub for great beer, and today Seattle is especially known for its local breweries in every neighborhood. We’ll explore a brief history of craft beer in the Pacific Northwest with Maggie Kase, the Programs and Interpretation Coordinator at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Then, we’ll zoom in on the Duwamish Peninsula to hear firsthand why beer is such a big part of Seattleites’ sense of community identity, and what makes beer in West Seattle and White Center so special.
Thank you to our partners The Good Society, Future Primitive Brewing, and Elliott Bay Brewing Company for making this program possible.
For more details and to register, please visit our website or contact Maggie at email@example.com.
Though this will be a second spring without the big traditional everybody-at-once Easter egg hunts, the West Seattle Junction Association have come up with a plan for one on Saturday, April 3rd, the day before Easter.
It’s in the spirit of the Harvest Fest and Hometown Holidays “boxes” sold last year to provide community fun and support merchants: The Junction will be selling a limited number of $30 tote bags that will include an Easter craft, Easter candy (including Bakery Nouveau brownies), Easter book, and surprises in the egg-stra special eggs, as well as participation in the egg hunt, and a raffle entry for a “fluffy bunny.” Egg hunters will be able to sign up for one of three windows – 11 am to 1 pm, 2 pm to 4 pm, or a 6 pm-8 pm “after dark” hunt with glow sticks. Watch for details soon via The Junction’s website.
12:36 PM: Thanks to everyone who sent photos! That’s the heavy icebreaker USCGC Polar Star (WAGB 10), returning home to Seattle this morning after a 2 1/2-month journey to the Arctic. The 45-year-old heavy icebreaker usually goes to the Antarctic this time of year, but the pandemic got in the way of that mission, and the Coast Guard announced in October that Polar Star would head north instead. Here’s an Alaska news report on the end of the Polar Star’s deployment; see photos here.
6:16 PM: Those photos are also featured in a news release published by the USCG late today.
It’s a big question: “How has COVID-19 impacted you and your community?” A competition is about to open for youth making art in three categories – media, visual, writing – addressing that theme. The organization presenting it is Mission InspirEd, “a high-school-student-run, Seattle-based education nonprofit” which explains that “to tackle education disparity, we organize free classes, tutoring, seminars, and more, and have impacted more than 2000 K-12 students.” They want to reach as many Seattle-area students as possible, so they asked us to share the announcement. The competition is Tales of Quarantine, for students 6-18, with the opportunity to win up to $1,000. It starts this Monday; read the rules and meet the judges by going here.
Welcome to the weekend! We start with (updated) three travel alerts:
WEST MARGINAL PAVEMENT REPAIR: The road surface around those old tracks north of the Duwamish Longhouse is going to be fixed, with city crews working 8 am-3:30 pm each day this weekend and next and possibly the weekend after that.
(added) CITY LIGHT WORK: Headed eastbound in the Roxbury corridor late this morning, we noticed City Light crews blocking the outside SB/WB lane of 1st Ave. S./Olson (uphill from the 509 ramps). Unannounced work but there have been longterm streetlight outages there; we’ll check with SCL on Monday.
SOUTHWEST LITTLE LEAGUE SIGNUPS: Delayed a week because of the snow, noon-2 pm, eligible players can sign up for Southwest Little League at the Log Cabin at Steve Cox Memorial Park, 1321 SW 102nd in White Center.
COMMUNITY CLEANUP: You’re invited to help clean up around the bridge and West Marginal Way this afternoon, 1-4 pm, equipment provided. Here’s all the info, including where to go and how to RSVP.
FREE FOOD: 2-4 pm, boxes at Greater Seattle Filipino-American SDA Church, 2620 SW Kenyon, while they last.
BE A MASTER COMPOSTER/SUSTAINABILITY STEWARD: Seattle Tilth says today’s the deadline to apply:
Are you a Seattle resident who loves to get your hands dirty and want to share your environmental knowledge and passion with others in your community? Get trained by Tilth Alliance to become a Master Composter & Sustainability Steward! Learn about composting, soil, sorting compostables and recyclables, reducing waste and improving water quality in 12 classes, then take action in your community. Learn more and apply by Saturday, February 20.
12:29 AM: A Seattle Fire “full response” is arriving at Avalon/Charlestown after a report of “black smoke (seen coming from) a restaurant.” So far they haven’t found anything and, while still checking, are reducing the response.
12:34 AM: Firefighters have talked with the person who called it in. They now believe it was smoke from a dryer.