West Seattle, Washington
With 9 days at most until full reopening, here is tonight’s roundup of local pandemic-related information:
STATE OF THE PANDEMIC: The state Health Department released the latest every-other-week “modeling and surveillance” report, with these toplines:
*Statewide case counts and hospital admissions continued to decline as of June 3, but were starting to flatten slightly.
*As of June 3, case rates continued declining in all age groups except people 70 and older, among whom rates remained flat.
*As of the end of May, statewide transmission levels remained relatively high.
*While vaccination has helped to reduce transmission, increases in estimated population immunity have started to flatten as vaccination rates slow.
*Vaccination is clearly protecting people from severe COVID-19 illness, as demonstrated by the very different hospital admission trends we are seeing in unvaccinated populations.
*Variants of concern continue to pose additional risks for outbreaks and impacts to the health system, especially in places where vaccination rates are lower.
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Seattle-King County Public Health daily summary:
*111,706 people have tested positive, 60 more than yesterday
*1,616 people have died, unchanged since Saturday
*6,317 people have been hospitalized, 3 more than yesterday
ONE WEEK AGO: Last Monday, the three totals we track were 111,164/1,615/6,275.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Check the state dashboard.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 178.7 million cases, 3,873,000+ deaths – 599,945 in the U.S. See the other stats – nation by nation – here.
VAX STATS: In King County, 77.4 percent of people 12+ have had at least one dose; 70.3 percent are fully vaccinated. In West Seattle, the most-vaccinated zip code is still 98136 – 88.7 percent of people 12+ have had at least one dose. (Maps and stats are here.)
3RD VACCINATION LOTTERY TOMORROW: Tuesday brings the third drawing for the “incentives” announced by the governor.
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With the full moon, another round of low-low tides is coming up in the week ahead, including this summer’s lowest low tide (minus 4 feet) on Friday. Here’s what’s happening, plus how to get expert advice for your viewing (most important advice is simple – please tread lightly and be mindful of the near-shore creatures not usually exposed):
Tuesday (June 22nd) 9:37 am -2.1
Wednesday (June 23rd) 10:22 am -3.2
Thursday (June 24th) 11:07 am -3.9
Friday (June 25th) 11:54 am -4.0
Saturday (June 26th) 12:41 pm -3.7
Sunday (June 27th) 1:28 pm -3.0
Monday (June 28th) 2:16 pm -2.0
Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be at Lincoln and Constellation (aka Charles Richey Sr. Viewpoint) Parks Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, usually starting about an hour and a half after the lowest-tide moment. Here’s the schedule.
Tide walk – Thursday at 10:30 am, meet up with Seattle Parks’ Rec’N The Streets program for a free all-ages beach walk at Constellation Park (3521 Beach Dr SW). Organizers advise: “Bring some water comfortable shoes, water bottle, and cameras. Be ready to get wet and see some cool plants and animals.”
Thanks for the tips. Here’s why police were at 42nd/Morgan in Morgan Junction this past hour: They were dispatched to a report of a strong-arm robbery at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) – a shoplift turned violent, with the would-be thief/robber reportedly physically fighting with a store employee. Shortly after arriving, police arrested a woman at a bus stop just east of the store; SFD medics were called but weren’t commenting at the scene.
So maybe you’re not ready to take it (all) outside. Or maybe days like today (89 degrees at Sea-Tac tied the record) remind you it can get hot at times. Seattle Parks Lifelong Recreation – geared toward people 50+ – is offering online AND outdoor classes this summer, with registration happening now. First, outdoors:
Yoga in the Park (Delridge)
Stretch and move with awareness, correct alignment and focus on breath to increase strength and stamina, improve flexibility, and develop better balance, posture, poise and peace of mind. Class meets at the front entrance of Delridge Community Center. Bring a yoga mat and large towel for padding in kneeling poses. 7 classes. #42021 – Mondays, July 12- August 23 – 10 am-11 am – Register HERE!
Zumba in the Park (Delridge)
Ditch the workout, join the party! Fun is the key ingredient in this low-impact Latin-inspired dance fitness class. No rhythm or equipment required. You’ll leave exhilarated and energized! Appropriate for all fitness levels. Meet at the front entrance of Delridge Community Center. 8 classes, #42022 – July 6- August 24 – Tuesdays 10 am-11 am. Register HERE!
Pickleball Drop-in at Delridge Courts
FREE! Come find out why pickleball’s the fastest -growing sport in the U.S. No registration or equipment required – beginners welcome. This is a partnered program between Lifelong Recreation and Rec ‘N The Streets. Meet at the courts, adjacent to the Delridge Community Center – 11 am-1 pm Wednesdays, July 7- August 25.
Now the online highlights:
Virtual Soul Line Dance
Not just country! Line-dance to an assortment of music genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and country. Work out your mind and body. Learn new dance patterns to all kinds of great music. 8 classes. #42024 – July 8- August 26 – Thursdays 9:30-10:30 am. Register HERE!
Virtual Aerobic Dance
If you love listening and dancing to a variety of music, then you will love this class. Instructor leads routines that are fun and easy to learn, yet challenging enough to give you a sense of accomplishment. Class includes a warm-up to music, cardio (aerobic dancing) and a cool down with some stretching and conditioning. 8 classes. #42023 – July 8-August 26 – 11 am-noon Thursdays. Register HERE!
Find out more about Lifelong Recreation here.
Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:
STOLEN CONSTRUCTION TRAILER: Sent by Billie Jo:
This is a black dump-style trailer with wood sidings added to it and an electric covering. This dump trailer was last seen located at 6011 37th Ave SW Seattle, WA and belongs to a small local construction company. I’ve attached a photo of what the trailer would look like without the wood siding added to it. Plate number 56401AA; tab Number P410628. Please call 206-276-7164 if spotted or Seattle police (911).
LOOKING FOR CRASH CLUES: One of the victims of a driver who hit at least two parked cars in Highland Park is trying to sort out what happened and wondering if there were any witnesses,
This happened near 11th and Holden but debris were found at 13th/Webster; our tipster says the debris suggest the other vehicle was a white Ford. The other vehicle might have been impounded but the victims are just trying to find out what happened and were told the police report won’t be available for at least a week. SPD incident # is 21-154036.If you know anything about the crash, contact us and we can connect you.
Since we’ve received lots of questions about this via various messaging channels, email, text, and Twitter – we’ll mention it here too: The TV helicopter over Alki was just there for a live picture of the beach as part of the “gosh, it’s hot” coverage at the start of the 4 pm newscast. How hot IS it, you ask? 88 degrees at Sea-Tac at 4 pm – one degree short of the record for this date. Tomorrow’s expected to be cooler but by Friday, we could see the 90s.
Last Friday we had word of what was promised as one final delay for reopening SW Yancy west of 28th, which had been closed for nearly three months for drainage and other work related to the Transitional Resources supportive-housing project that’s under construction.
TR’s CEO Darcell Slovek-Walker told us on Friday that the city inspector would not let them reopen the raad until Tuesday … but just sent word that it’s open now, and we went by for the photo above as proof. (The 44-unit project, Rise at Yancy Street, is expected to open in August.)
Early this morning, someone reported to 911 that they heard suspected gunfire near Admiral Safeway. Later in the morning, employees at Umpqua Bank – next to the supermarket – found the source. According to a preliminary police report, the employees “found two bullet holes in the glass of the bank … a thick laminated glass and it shattered from the bullets.” They called police, who. the report says, “recovered two bullets from the floor of the bank.” Incident number is 21-154202.
Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden) is bringing back its Giant Garage Sale – in three sessions – and seeking sellers! Here are the details:
Three Saturdays (July 10, Aug 14, and Sept 11), from 10 am to 3 pm.
-Music, food and beverages (including pop-up bar) will be available.
-Can’t sell but have items? Donations of salable items accepted for HPIC table – all monies go to HPIC with BIG thanks! Come have fun and support HPIC and our sellers
For Booth Rental:
-Contact email@example.com attn: Garage Sale
-Suggested donation for a 10×10 space and (1) 8-foot table is $30 ($60 for all 3 dates) – payment due in advance. Sign up and pay here!
-Rain or shine, sale will go on
-If you use an HPIC table, you take out and put away
-All unsold items must be taken with you after the sale. Due to Covid there are no donation trucks available for pickup of unsold items
-No public restrooms
SIDE NOTE: We list big nonprofit/institutional sales in our West Seattle Event Calendar, but if you’re having a personal garage/yard sale, you’re welcome to list it in this section of the WSB Community Forums – get a login here.
Notes for your Monday:
SCHOOL MEAL SITES: School’s out but meals are available 11 am-1 pm today and each weekday at these four schools:
Arbor Heights Elementary – 3701 SW 104th St.
Denny International Middle School – 2601 SW Kenyon St.
Highland Park Elementary – 1012 SW Trenton St.
Roxhill Elementary – 7740 34th Ave. SW
COLMAN POOL: First weekday since the outdoor pool at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) reopened for daily swimming through Labor Day. One-hour swim sessions start every hour and a half, noon-7 pm – schedule and fee details are here.
COMMUNITY SUP NIGHT: Alki Kayak Tours (1660 Harbor Avenue SW) is offering stand-up-paddleboarding discounts and group rentals every Monday night through the summer – details in our calendar listing.
MAYORAL CANDIDATES’ FORUM: Seattle Subway is presenting this one, 7 pm online. Their announcement says 7 candidates have confirmed they’ll participate: Andrew Grant Houston, Jessyn Farrell, Lorena González, Lance Randall, Colleen Echohawk, Casey Sixkiller, and Bruce Harrell. To attend, pre-register here.
RAMPATHON DEADLINE: Know someone who needs a ramp for mobility but can’t afford one? Today is the deadline to apply for this year’s Rampathon – here’s our original announcement from May.
TEMPORARY BUSINESS CLOSURE: Treo Organic Salon in Fauntleroy wants you to know it’s closed for a week: “Treo Organic Salon will be closed from Monday, June 21, through the 27th for some upgrades and maintenance. Our online booking system is still up and running and you may shop for products in our website at www.treoorganicsalon.com.”
Anything we’re missing, today or beyond? Email calendar listings/biznotes to firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Though Seattle Public Schools is operating some summer-meal sites, not all families/students can get to them. In High Point, volunteers are needed for summer meal delivery. The program is operated by United Way of King County, and they asked us to announce the volunteer opportunity. You can find details and an application by going here.
6:12 AM: Good morning! Welcome to the first full day of summer, which arrived at 8:31 pm Sunday. It’s also the first day of summer vacation for Seattle Public Schools. As for the weather, more sunshine! Today should look a lot like Sunday – Anjie Nelson-Wally sent this photo from Lincoln Park, looking toward the Fauntleroy ferry dock:
Delridge project – Here’s this week’s preview, with the Delridge/Henderson/Barton intersection remaining closed on the east side.
SW Yancy – One last delay, but it’s supposed to reopen west of 28th tomorrow, after almost three months.
Regular schedule for buses and ferries.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
455th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here are the views of other bridges and routes:
Low Bridge: 24th 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.
It was almost time for Alice Enevoldsen‘s 2020 spring-equinox sunset watch when the pandemic started shutting down schools and businesses and dropped the curtain on in-person events. So the educator and NASA Solar System Ambassador took her quarterly change-of-seasons events online, after 10+ years of gatherings at West Seattle’s Solstice Park. Tonight, for the 2021 summer solstice, she quietly returned.
She streamed the event from what she announced only as an “undisclosed West Seattle location” that turned out to be Solstice Park. About two dozen people were there enjoying the view, and got a bonus explanation of the park’s special stones and paths lining up with the solstice and equinox sunsets:
“Welcome to summer!” she exuberantly greeted her in-person and internet audiences, proceeding to explain the solstice (it’s when the North Pole is at maximum tilt toward the sun). She says that if the pandemic continues to wind down, she’ll be back to host an all-out fall-equinox sunset watch – which will be her 50th since starting the sunset watches in 2009.
P.S. It was a great sunset – here’s our photo from the park:
And here’s the view from a bit further south, photographed by James Bratsanos as the post-sunset colors deepened:
The solstice doesn’t bring the latest sunset, though – tonight’s official sunset time (though the sun disappears behind the mountains sooner, as Alice noted) was 9:10 pm – on Tuesday that goes to 9:11 pm and stays there through next Monday, before it starts getting earlier.