West Seattle, Washington
One year ago tonight, we reported on the first King County COVID-19 case – schools closed two weeks later, and the statewide stay-home order came three weeks later. Here’s where we are now:
KING COUNTY’S NEWEST NUMBERS: From the King County daily-summary dashboard, the cumulative totals:
*82,215 people have tested positive, 174 more than yesterday’s total
*1,393 people have died, (corrected) unchanged from yesterday’s total
(corrected) *5,100 people have been hospitalized, 7 more than yesterday’s total
*901,467 people have been tested, 475 more than Friday’s total
One week ago, the King County totals were 81,175/1,345/5,072/888,341.
WEST SEATTLE TRENDS: We can’t present the usual set of numbers because the “geography over time” tab on the daily-summary dashboard isn’t functioning right now. (We’ll check it again before night’s end and add the data if it starts working again.) But our weekly check of WS total deaths for the entire pandemic is available – for the two HRAs (Health Reporting Areas) comprising West Seattle: 61, one more than a week ago.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 114 million cases and 2,530,000+ deaths, 513,000+ of them in the U.S. – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here.
VACCINATION SITUATION: No new developments to report tonight but a couple of notes – A reader called this morning to recommend pointing eligible people who don’t have computer access to the Virginia Mason hotline, so if you know someone still looking, the number and other info can be found here … The unofficial covidwa.com lookup also now offers a phone option, new since we looked at that site last night: “Call or text 425-292-1727 with your ZIP and we will list three nearby clinics with availability.”
TOWN HALL ON PANDEMIC & MORE: Our area’s King County Councilmember Joe McDermott is one of four councilmembers who will lead a town hall addressing pandemic questions and other issues this Wednesday, 6-7:30 pm. You can send a question in advance using this form. Here’s how to watch/listen.
GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!
An update on a West Seattle park project headlined this month’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting.
NANTES PARK: Back in 2019, we published word of a survey by the Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association, seeking your thoughts on the little west Admiral park that honors the sister-city relationship. The project has proceeded, with a city matching-funds grant announced last November. ANA got an update on where the plan stands.
In the week ahead, you have two chances to hear updates on the port:
TUESDAY: The Northwest Seaport Alliance managing members – aka port commissioners from Seattle and Tacoma – will get their quarterly briefing on the Terminal 5 project progress, delayed from last month (just before NWSA announced that the opening of T-5’s first modernized berth would be delayed until early next year). The meeting starts at 11:30 am Tuesday; the agenda, with viewing/listening/commenting info, is here, and the T-5 briefing documents are here.
WEDNESDAY: A Port of Seattle rep will be the guest at the District 1 Community Network‘s monthly meeting, online, 7 pm Wednesday. Community members are welcome to attend and participate. Videoconferencing and dial-in info is in our calendar listing.
Thanks again to all the WSB readers who have sent bird photos! We have another collection for you – starting with sea/shore sightings. First, the bird above is a Belted Kingfisher near Don Armeni Boat Ramp, photographed by Steven Director. Off Alki, Danny McMillin caught Brant passing a Kitsap Transit foot ferry:
Two from Matthew Olson – a Red-necked Grebe:
And a Common Merganser:
Robin Sinner photographed a Black Turnstone taking off, leaving its shadow behind:
Now to birds more often seen away from the shore. Here’s a Purple Finch, from Gentle McGaughey:
A Pacific Wren at Lincoln Park, from Mark MacDonald:
A leucistic Crow taking flight near Alki Beach, photographed by Michelle Laughlin:
Two Steller’s Jays, from WTR:
And we close with two Hummingbird photos – William Wright photographed one feeding on a winter-blooming Grevillea during the snow earlier this month:
And Kersti Muul shows us one building a nest:
If you’re doing outdoor work this time of year, be very mindful about not disturbing nests – hummingbirds’ nests are especially small. Here’s what we published two years ago with advice from Kersti.
A program offering free tennis lessons for youth 11-15 starting Tuesday has room in both West Seattle and South Park, and organizers asked us to help get the word out:
TENNIS ACES Middle School Program – FREE LESSONS – REGISTER TODAY
FREE tennis lessons for youth ages 11-15 starting next week and running for 6 weeks 2x/week until April 9th. Classes are outdoors with full covid protocols including temp checks, health questions, masks at all times, distancing, gloves for ball pickup, and frequent sanitizing. No equipment required and racquets will be provided for youth to keep.
*Southwest Teen Life Center site near Chief Sealth will have classes with Coach Amelia Aamot. Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:45 and Fridays from 3:15 – 4:30 pm. Only 12 spots available! REGISTER TODAY! Classes start 3/2! To register email Stephanie.Berry@Seattle.gov ACTIVE system program registration code is: #41199 but must be done with Stephanie Berry directly. Here’s the flyer.
*South Park Community Center site will have classes with Coach Brandon Baccam. Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:45 pm and Thursdays 4:30 – 5:45 pm. Only 6 spots available! REGISTER TODAY! Classes start 3/2. To register email Samuel.Chesneau@seattle.gov. ACTIVE system program registration code is #41201 but must be done by contacting Samuel directly. Here’s the flyer.
Have questions not related to registration? Contact Christina@Sportsinschools.org.
This program is brought to the community by Sports in Schools, a local non-profit organization, in partnership with the Amy Yee Tennis Center Advisory Council and the Seattle Sports Complex Foundation.
Another Morgan Junction business burglary. The report is from Subway proprietor Faraz, who hopes you’ll watch for one particular potentially dumped item:
I wanted to report that the Subway sandwich shop on California Ave SW was broken into last night around 2 am and the cash drawer was ripped out from the POS and taken. It did not have any cash in it so may I ask if anyone sees it discarded on a street somewhere, to please let me know?
The perpetrator turned off the main electric breaker to the building on the outside so it would be completely dark and then threw a rock through the back door to smash it and get in.
We don’t leave any cash in our drawers overnight and even though we have had upward of 20 burglaries of a similar fashion in the past year at our Subway shops in the West Seattle, White Center, Georgetown areas, this was the first time someone actually took the cash drawer.
(No surveillance images due to the power cut, Faraz says.) We’ll add the incident number when we get it.
Exactly 20 years ago, at 10:54 am February 28, 2001, West Seattle and the rest of the region was shaken in a big way by what went into the history books as the Nisqually Earthquake, after its South Sound epicenter. The magnitude 6.8 quake was big but not The Big One – that is considered to be still likely someday, maybe in our lifetimes, maybe not. But you need to be ready – there are abundant reasons why, such as what’s shown on this USGS map of how the area stacks up in shaking risk; note that some parts of West Seattle are considered at higher risk than others.
Meantime, preparedness remains vital. Every time there’s an anniversary, we remind you that a single, simple action you can take is to know your nearest Hub:
Shown on that map are the Emergency Communications Hubs – community-powered, pre-planned locations you would go in case of major catastrophe, if regular communication channels were disrupted. Be sure you and your family know the closest one. If there’s not one anywhere near your neighborhood, you can organize one – start here. Quakes are still happening – usually too small to feel (check this map for the most-recent ones) – but still without warning; even though an “early warning” tool is in development, it would give you seconds at best.
P.S. So where were you when the Nisqually Quake hit?
(Saturday morning’s moonset, photographed by Greg Snyder)
Last day of the month – here are ways you can spend it!
TODAY’S ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES: Every week we update our list of more than 20 local churches’ online Sunday services (a few offer in-person options too), with the latest links; find them here.
GIVE: Alki UCC‘s latest donation drive will accept food and certain items of clothing, 10 am-3 pm. (6115 SW Hinds)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction, the market’s on. 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)
DINE-OUT BENEFIT AT MOD PIZZA WWV: 10:30 am-10 pm, the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA will benefit from today’s fundraiser at MOD Pizza at Westwood Village (2600 SW Barton). Use the code GR179557L – or mention the school; you can order in-store or online, for pickup or delivery, directly from MOD.
DINE-OUT BENEFIT AT MISSION CANTINA: 11 am-8 pm, dine in, or take out from, or even buy a gift card from Mission Cantina (2325 California SW; WSB sponsor), and the Alki Elementary PTA will get part of the proceeds. They note: “To order regular menu items, please call Mission directly at 206-937-8220. Please note, we are encouraging families to work with the restaurant directly rather than use 3rd party apps such as Grubhub and Ubereats, to help the staff get more of the funds from tips and orders.”
WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Open 11 am-4 pm – need a tool to fix or improve something? (4408 Delridge Way SW)
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. (9600 15th Ave SW)
Got something for our calendar? email@example.com – thank you!
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