West Seattle, Washington
Here’s where the pandemic stands tonight, locally:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard:
*100,455 people have tested positive, 470 more than yesterday’s total
*1,542 people have died, 6 more than yesterday’s total
*5,935 people have been hospitalized, 9 more than yesterday’s total
*1,054,882 people have been tested, 1,595 more than yesterday’s total
ONE WEEK AGO: Last Saturday, those numbers were 98,504/1,526/5,853/1,039,969.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 157.2 million people have tested positive, and more than 3,278,000 people have died; U.S. deaths exceed 576,000. Most cases: U.S., India, Brazil, France, Turkey (same as last week). See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.
VACCINATION SITUATION: Don’t want to go to a city-run hub? Other places are welcoming walk-ins now. The CovidWA Vaccine Finder, for example, lists that status for local Rite Aids and Safeways. (According to their websites, those pharmacies are all currently administering the Moderna vaccine.)
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As we’ve been reporting, the pandemic didn’t stop the Salmon in the Schools program – determined and creative teachers and volunteers made educational fish-raising happen even with long-closed campuses. Four months after eggs were distributed, it’s time for the fry to be released into upper Fauntleroy Creek. Above, volunteer Dennis Hinton assists a Louisa Boren STEM K-8 student during a release on Friday; below, preschoolers from The Cove School waited their turn at creekside on Wednesday.
Four more schools plan to visit the creek in the next week and a half to release fry, according to volunteer Judy Pickens. Fauntleroy Creek is one of the few creeks in the city to which salmon still return to spawn – though the return numbers widely year to year, and no spawning was observed last fall.
It’s been mentioned at a few of the recent community meetings we’ve covered, and now the details are in, with two weeks to go – Highland Park Decanted, a fundraiser for, and at, Highland Park Improvement Club:
Highland Park Decanted: Breathing new life into HPIC – inside and out!
Saturday, May 22 from 4-8 pm
Inside: small-group building tours (masks required and donation requested)
Outside: pop-up bar in the courtyard (per King County Covid guidelines
This will be our first community event since the beginning of the pandemic and community safety is top of mind. Tours will start every 15 minutes, and what better place to wait than our lovely courtyard with a pop-up bar serving wine, beer, cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks, Little Miss Mufulletta Sandwichesm and other small snacks.
You can also order wine by the bottle from our curated wine cellar via the HPIC online shop (or on-site) and pick up at our pop-up courtyard bar on the day of the event. And all of our other swag will be available too.
Both the touring and the fundraising relate to major renovations to keep HPIC’s historic building up and running for another century. If you’re not already on the HPIC newsletter mailing list, here’s what they sent out today with a sneak peek at a multitude of projects, and what’s needed to finish them. (Haven’t been to HPIC? It’s likely that you’ve at least passed by during these many bridgeless months – it’s along the major detour route, 12th and Holden.)
Four notes in West Seattle Crime Watch today:
BUILDING BREAK-IN TURNED ROBBERY: This happened early today in the 2600 block of 42nd SW. The preliminary police summary says the victim, observing from their apartment, saw someone “walking from the storage area with the victim’s tools. Victim went out and confronted the suspect, who was carrying the victim’s tools that had been stored in a secured storage area. The suspect fled on foot and the suspect gave chase. As the victim caught up, the suspect turned on the victim and pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the victim. The victim disengaged and the suspect continued fleeing on foot. The suspect was last seen westbound on the 4200 block of SW Lander St.”
BUILDING BREAK-IN WITH ARREST: Police are investigating whether that incident might be linked to this one a bit later in which they made an arrest. Their preliminary summary says, “The manager of the apartment complex heard crashing coming from the laundry room. They went to investigate and found the door had been forced open and they observed the (suspect) in the room among overturned machines and coins on the floor. The (suspect) claimed they had permission to be there, but the manager knew otherwise. The (suspect) rushed by the manager, who called out for help. Other residents heard and came out to see the (suspect) fleeing. The group of residents grabbed the (suspect) and held them down until police arrived. They also found a gun on the (suspect). It turned out to be a realistic-looking pellet gun. The (suspect) was arrested for burglary.”
DUMPED-LIKELY-STOLEN CASH DRAWER: Cameron found this atop a compost/yard-waste bin near Oregon/California – if you’re missing one, let us know:
HIT-RUN: From D, who took the photos outside Fauntleroy Church:
Erratic driver smashed into signs, lost a wheel, and continued up Brace Point. As we’re looking at the wreckage a bus driver stops long enough to say the car is just around the corner. We drove up to 35th but did not find it. How far can it get on 3 wheels?
Three local high-school varsity teams scored basketball victories Friday night:
West Seattle with a 52-51 victory over O’Dea HS! Isaiah Watts with the game winning 3! #WestSeattle #BleedBlue #GoWildcats #noplacelikewestseattle @westseattleblog @AthleticsMetro @donaldwatts24 pic.twitter.com/i7MTQ7IdAz
— WSHS Athletics (@WSHSAthletics1) May 8, 2021
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL: The tweet above includes the late-in-the-game winning three-pointer in the Wildcat boys’ 52-51 victory over previously undefeated O’Dea. The team, coached by Dan Kriley, played at home; they’re on the road against Cleveland next Friday night. (Last night’s scheduled girls’ game vs. Holy Names was postponed.)
CHIEF SEALTH INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL: Both varsity teams beat Cleveland last night. 66-57 was the final score for the boys, coached by Colin Slingsby; 40-24 was the final score for the Seahawk girls, coached by Mario Martinez. The girls are scheduled to play at Nathan Hale on Wednesday; the boys’ next scheduled game is at Franklin next Friday.
Washington State Ferries had been planning to launch spring/summer three-boat service on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run tomorrow … but a major boat out of service elsewhere in the system has led to a cascading effect of changed plans. M/V Wenatchee is out of service for several months because of the April engine fire, WSF says, and so, according to its announcement, “Losing one of our largest ferries combined with continued pandemic-related crewing shortages for quarantines and vaccinations has forced WSF to make difficult decisions affecting service on (several) routes when peak-season schedules begin on Sunday, May 9.” That includes holding off until at least June 7th for three-boat Triangle Route service. WSF also notes that the 90-vehicle M/V Sealth will join the route from May 13th until at least June 27th, since M/V Issaquah will be moving to the Seattle-Bainbridge run.
10:21 AM: The photo is from David Hutchinson, after he spotted baby Canada Geese along Harbor Avenue for the first time this year. He’s photographed them over the years and shared photos with us to share with you, but more than the cuteness factor, this serves as a warning to drivers and riders in the area too – Canada Goose families are known to cross the street (here’s another photographer’s view from a decade ago), so please be extra-careful in the area.
ADDED 3:37 PM: Theresa Arbow-O’Connor just sent these photos, also taken off Harbor Avenue:
Welcome to Saturday!
TRAFFIC ALERT: As previewed here, work continues this weekend on sidewalk improvements along the west side of West Marginal Way, between the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse and SW Idaho. Work hours 8 am-3 pm.
NO GARAGE SALE DAY, BUT CHECK OUT THESE SALES: Since it’s the second Saturday in May, today would have been West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day if we hadn’t had to cancel it again this year since the pandemic’s not close enough to over. But some cool sales are happening today anyway! Free listings on WSB for today include:
*From the Event Calendar, a fundraising plant sale
*From the WSB Forums, multi-artist driveway sale – blown glass, handmade clothing, jewelry, more
*From the WSB Forums, a yard sale with kid stuff
*From the WSB Forums, 2-family sale – and plant sale at the same address
*From the WSB Forums, multi-family garage sale
DELRIDGE GROCERY CO-OP OPEN: Second Saturday for new weekly retail hours – 9:30 am-1:30 pm, 5444 Delridge Way SW. Stop in as the co-op continues working up to fully open.
SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE GARDEN CENTER OPEN: 10 am-3 pm, first opening of the season for plant sales. Cash/checks only this time. Face coverings required. North end of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, 6000 16th SW.
VISCON CELLARS TASTING ROOM OPEN: 1-6 pm, wine tasting, glasses, bottle sales all offered at the Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) tasting room, 5910 California SW.
IF YOU SEE SAILBOATS TODAY … it’s probably this.
NEIGHBOR DAY: It’s Neighbor Day in Seattle – consider celebrating with random acts of kindness! And read this to meet good neighbors from around the city, including a half-dozen West Seattle spotlights.