West Seattle, Washington
Tonight’s pandemic headlines:
KING COUNTY NUMBERS: We start with the daily stats from the Public Health daily-summary page, cumulative totals:
*110,939 people have tested positive, 70 more than yesterday’s total
*1,613 people have died, 1 more than yesterday’s total
*6,266 people have been hospitalized, 4 more than yesterday’s total
Now our weekly check of key numbers on the COVID Vaccination Among King County Residents dashboard:
*1,484,440 people have received one dose (76% of everyone 12+)
*1,307,132 people have received both doses (66.9% of everyone 12+)
One week ago, the first three totals were 110,117/1,599/6,214, and the vaccination totals were 1,460,642/1,243,683.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 175.2 million cases, 3,785,000+ deaths – see the nation-by-nation numbers here.
VACCINATION POP-UP TOMORROW: One more reminder that the Seattle Fire Mobile Vaccination Team will be at the first-ever South Delridge Farmers’ Market, all three vaccines available, 11 am-3 pm Saturday, 9421 18th SW.
SCALING BACK: Public Health’s every-weekday pandemic-roundup email will go to once-weekly starting next Thursday. So far it appears they’ll continue updating the daily-summary board daily, and until they stop that – or after the June 30th reopening, whichever comes first – we’ll continue with nightly roundups.
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Thanks to the co-organizers at Youngstown Coffee and HeartBeet Organic Superfoods Café for these photos from the Morgan Junction Pride parade/gathering this evening. They promised it would happen rain or shine, and it did. Also organizing the event, the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA:
Organizers tell us about 150 people turned out for the festivities.
After the parade/walk around the neighborhood, it was back to Youngstown and HeartBeet:
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
43 years ago today, the West Seattle Bridge’s predecessor was abruptly taken out of service by an off-course freighter.
Will one more of those anniversaries pass before the current bridge finally reopens?
Even without an official schedule update, the repair timeline was a major topic at Thursday’s monthly meeting of the West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force. The video is above; our report is below.
WHAT’S UP WITH REPAIRS: SDOT’s Greg Izzo says “everything’s on schedule and on track” now that Kraemer North America has been chosen as the contractor – though, it was mentioned later, the contract has yet to be finalized.
5:14 PM: Thanks for the tips. A power outage in The Junction is affecting some businesses – we’re told at least part of the east side of California between Alaska and Oregon. Also, Gary Potter from Potter Construction (WSB sponsor) says the traffic signal at 42nd/Alaska is out, “transformer blew.” Updates to come.
5:22 PM: Seattle City Light’s map (from which we’ve added a screengrab, above) says 20 customers are out.
5:31 PM: The map has been updated again – now it says 491 customers are without power. We’re updating the map above, too.
6:50 PM: SCL now attributes the outage to “bird/animal.” Though the estimate for restoration is tomorrow morning, please remember that the restoration estimates are just speculative and generally bear no relation to when the power actually is restored – could be a lot sooner, could be later.
9:26 PM: City Light map hasn’t updated yet but we’re getting multiple reports of power restoration. (Added: The map caught up; outage over.)
4:11 PM: We’re covering this on partner site White Center Now but wanted to let you know here because deputies are blocking 16th SW in the heart of downtown White Center and may extend the closure to Roxbury: At least one person has been shot on 16th SW just south of SW 98th. No arrest reported so far. Updates to come.
4:39 PM: We’re continuing to update the WCN report; the investigation is likely to keep the center of downtown WC blocked for hours to come.
Multiple shell casings have been found and other apparent victims have shown up at Harborview Medical Center.
5:27 PM: Our crew is still at the scene and we expect a briefing soon by KCSO’s spokesperson; we’ll add the update on both sites when that happens. Also, if you’re noticing a helicopter in the area, that’s TV.
5:50 PM: KCSO’s Sgt. Tim Meyer confirms that, as we reported on WCN, four people were shot – and he says two have died. He would not confirm anything else, though, not even whether anyone was in custody. (Added – our video of his briefing:)
Friday afternoons bring the latest update on the Delridge Way repaving/utilities/more project preparing for RapidRide H Line. Today, there’s word of weekend work and more overnight work. First, the key points highlighted by the project team:
*SW Barton Pl intersection upgrades are nearly complete and the street will reopen soon
*The east side of the SW Henderson St and Delridge Way SW will be closed as early as Monday, June 14 for upgrades.
-This work will last approximately three weeks. I’ve also attached a detour map for this work to this email.
*Seattle Public Utilities will be demolishing areas throughout the corridor for underground water utility upgrades this weekend, June 12 – 13
*We are continuing to paint final lane markings along the corridor. Parking restrictions will be in place while this work occurs. As a reminder, we will be working overnight.
*Bus-stop upgrades continue at SW Myrtle St and SW Holly St at the site of the future RapidRide stations
*We are wrapping up electrical utility upgrades between SW Holden St and SW Thistle St
-We will begin restoring the street as early as June 21
It’s a popular question this time of year – when’s the next chance to get no-longer-needed documents shredded for free in West Seattle? John L. Scott Westwood (WSB sponsor) has announced that it’s presenting its annual shredding event/food drive in two weeks – Saturday, June 26th – in collaboration with Evergreen Home Loans. Bring your shreddables to the northwest parking lot at Westwood Village (2600 SW Barton) 10 am-noon. The shredding is free of charge, but please bring nonperishable food (or cash) to donate to the White Center Food Bank. Last year’s shredding event brought in a half-ton of food and more than $4,000 in cash, along with 4+ tons of shredding!
Azuma Sushi in The Junction wants you to know it has a temporary closure coming up:
We will be closed for a week to allow our staff to spend time with their families during school graduations, starting Sunday, June 13th and going through Sunday, June 20th. We will reopen again for lunch on Monday, June 21st.
Until then, Azuma (4533 California SW) is open regular hours today and tomorrow – still takeout only.
11:59 AM: Thanks to Collin for the photo and report: A crash and the resulting emergency response are blocking part of eastbound/northbound Olson Place on the approach to the 509 ramps. As Collin notes via text (206-293-6302), this area is particularly slippery when rain returns.
12:27 PM: The SFD response has closed out. We’re checking on injuries.
The first of this week’s four graduation ceremonies for West Seattle high schools happened last night in the Brockey Center at South Seattle College.
In our video are the first-ever high-school graduates from Summit Atlas, West Seattle’s first and only charter school, which opened four years ago and has been adding grades each year until reaching a full complement of 6th through 12th grade classes this year. The “founders’ class” numbered 33 graduates. Five Class of 2021 students spoke – Zahria Perry, Zakariya Osman, Esther Mumbi, Anishta Rojini Kathireson, and Jackson Alvis, with whom we spoke before the ceremony:
Jackson is one of the 30 grads that the school says are headed for college. The ceremony also featured keynote speaker Toyia T. Taylor, the award-winning educator/advocate who chaired the 2020 Seattle Children’s March.
Teachers and staffers spoke too, including the high school’s executive director Dan Effland. Along with diplomas, the graduates received parting mementos such as a founders-class commemorative painting of orcas (the school’s mascot):
This milestone for the school comes 6 1/2 years after we broke the news that a charter school was taking over what had been a church and former supermarket at 35th/Roxbury. Summit Atlas opened in fall of 2017 as the second of California-based Summit‘s two Seattle schools.
In case you wondered about the “water rescue response” on Harbor Island just before 7:30 this morning, here’s what we’ve learned from a preliminary Seattle Police summary: SFD and SPD responded after a 911 call from someone who reported a man had threatened suicide. They found him at Terminal 18 Park. Police say the man then jumped in the river and started screaming. SFD and SPD sent boats and eventually rescued him from the water. He was taken to Fire Station 5 on the downtown waterfront and then to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation.
If you or someone you know is contemplating self-harm, there’s a 24-hour crisis line at 206-461-3222.
Five things happening on this cloudy Friday:
ALAIR’S COASTAL CLEARANCE SALE: As we reported two weeks ago, Alair Gift Shop (3270 California SW) is taking over the former Coastal Surf Boutique space next door and having a clearance sale before working to merge the spaces. Today’s the final day, 11 am-5 pm: “Everything is going to be 70% off,” says Alair proprietor Shandon Graybeal.
MORGAN JUNCTION PRIDE PARADE: 5 pm, all welcome to join the Pride mini-parade co-sponsored by Youngstown Coffee Company, HeartBeet Organic Superfoods Café, and Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA. Meet up at Morgan Junction Park (6413 California SW); more info in our preview.
VISCON CELLARS: Tastings, glasses, bottles available if you stop by the Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) tasting room 5-9 pm.
FAUNTLEROY CHILDREN’S CENTER ONLINE AUCTION: Three more days to bid – through Sunday night. Links and details are in our Monday report.
6:03 AM: Good morning! Cloudy, showery outlook for today.
SW Yancy – So does SW Yancy west of 28th, with a new projected reopening date of June 19th.
99 Tunnel – Closed tonight for maintenance.
No bus changes. For ferries, the Triangle Route is set to get a third boat starting today.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
445th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here are the views of other bridges and routes:
Low Bridge: 22nd week for automated enforcement cameras; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends, when the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Access applications are available for some categories of drivers.)
Here’s a low-bridge view:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
And the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):
For the South Park Bridge (map), here’s the nearest camera:
Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.
Local/state pandemic news:
NEWEST NUMBERS: Here’s the update from the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:
*110,869 people have tested positive, 152 more than yesterday’s total
*1,612 people have died, 3 more than yesterday’s total
*6,262 people have been hospitalized, 6 more than yesterday’s total
One week ago, the three totals we are now tracking were 109,995/1,595/6,193.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them, county by county, on the state Department of Health dashboard.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 174.8 million cases worldwide, 33.4 million of them in the U.S. See the nation-by-nation breakout here.
WEST SEATTLE POP-UP CLINIC: You can get vaccinated 11 am-3 pm Saturday at the new South Delridge Farmers’ Market.
SEEKING OTHER OPPORTUNITIES?: Use this lookup. Or call 833-VAX-HELP.
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