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CORONAVIRUS: Sunday 6/27/2021 roundup, including our weekly West Seattle trend check

June 27, 2021 11:58 pm
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Tonight’s pandemic notes, with 3 days until The Grand Reopening:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the King County Daily Summary Dashboard page:

*112,441 people have tested positive, up 63 from yesterday

*1,657 people have died, unchanged from yesterday

*6,491 people have been hospitalized, up 1 from yesterday

One week ago, those three totals were 111,646/1,616/6,314.

WEST SEATTLE TRENDS: Sunday roundups have featured our check of these numbers, shown in two-week increments on the “geography over time” tab of the countywide daily-summary dashboard. For WS status, we combine the totals from the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas” (HRAs): For the past two weeks, 54 positive test results; 52 in the 2 weeks before that; 75 in the two weeks before that. … We also have been noting two other West Seattle stats each week. The total deaths for the entire pandemic in the two HRAs comprising West Seattle: 68, unchanged from last week’s total. And a look at hospitalizations: 198 total have been attributed to people in the two peninsula HRAs since the start of the pandemic, adding one this week.


WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 181 million cases and 3,923,000+ deaths, almost 604,000 of them in the U.S. – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here

SUMMER MEALS FOR STUDENTS: Second week begins for Seattle Public Schools summer-meal sites, 11 am-1 pm daily – details and locations are here. (MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: The meal sites are closed today because of the weather.)

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DELRIDGE PROJECT: Now the RapidRide H Line bus-station work begins

(25th/Barton RapidRide station rendering)

As the repaving/utility work along Delridge Way gets closer to concluding, a new phase of RapidRide H Line preparation begins – bus-station construction. The first two West Seattle/White Center work locations are about to get started, with this work ahead in next three to four weeks:

SW Barton St (SW Barton St and 25th Ave SW intersection, and the crossing between 26th Ave SW and 29th Ave SW)
-Storm, sewer, and utilities work
-Sidewalk and curb ramp installation
-Demolition and electrical work on northbound and westbound stations at SW Barton St and 26th Ave SW

SW Roxbury St and 15th Ave SW
-Storm, sewer, and utilities work
-Sidewalk and curb ramp installation
-Traffic signal modifications
-Demolition and electrical work on northbound and southbound stations at SW Roxbury St and 15th Ave SW

Crews also will be working at station locations further south in White Center and Burien. See more info on the Metro website. The H Line’s multiple-times-delayed launch is currently set for fall 2022.

As for the ongoing Delridge work, here are the highlights for the week ahead:

-We are continuing to work at SW Findlay St. We have recently completed some sidewalk upgrades in the area, but will remain near the intersection to install a new RapidRide bus station on the east side of the street.

-SW Willow St will be closed at Delridge Way SW for upgrades to the street

-The stairs near SW Holden St between Delridge Way SW and 20th Ave SW remain closed while we continue to upgrade lighting

-Intersection upgrades at SW Henderson St will continue for several weeks as we rebuild the street. We are also upgrading sidewalks as part of this work, which will take place in July.

-In the coming weeks, we will return to SW Barton Pl to upgrade the sidewalks on the west side of Delridge Way SW

This week’s full preview can be seen here.

UPDATE: Small Alki power outage

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8:12 PM: Thanks for the tip. Small power outage in Alki – five customers lost power about an hour ago, per the Seattle City Light map – but notable because of the weather. Our tipster reports hearing what may have been a fuse blowing; the map does not yet note a cause.

9:27 PM: “Equipment failure” is listed as the cause.

12:25 AM: As noted in comments, there was also a 4-customer outage around 50th/Hudson. That has already ended but the Alki outage is in its sixth hour.

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: What you need to know, now that the ‘Excessive Heat Warning’ has been extended

5:07 PM: The bird photographed by Jerry Simmons had the right idea – a quick dunk to cool off. You’re going to have to keep the stay-cool tactics going – though temperatures will drop a bit after tomorrow, not that much, so the National Weather Service has just extended the Excessive Heat Warning alert an extra day, until 11 pm Tuesday. 90s are expected for the high that day, not 100+ like yesterday/today/tomorrow, but it might feel that way: “Temperatures lingering in the upper 90s on Tuesday with potentially dangerously hot heat index values up to 111.” Here again are our key links (with updated information:

Places to cool off, including air-conditioned libraries and restaurants/bars, plus “cooling centers” and wading pools

Restaurants changing their hours or closing because of heat danger

The city’s status update says, “Water and electricity usage remain within normal operations for utilities.” But if you are a Monday solid-waste customer, the plan for Monday has changed again: Trash/recycling crews will be out an hour earlier, as previously announced, so have those carts out at 6 am, but food/yard waste will NOT be picked up Monday (no word yet on the makeup plan – we’ll update when that info is available).

6:10 PM: SPU has now announced its Tuesday pickups will start an hour early, too – details here, and below:

P.S. Today’s high was 104 at Sea-Tac – the new all-time highest temperature on record in Seattle – but that’s a record that forecasters say is certain to fall tomorrow.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen blue Jamis bicycle

The report and photo are from Jonathan:

Seeking the help of our West Seattle neighbors to locate my daughter’s powder blue bike. Her Jamis Coda Sport, size 18”, was stolen from the back yard of a friend in the 3600 block of Othello, late night Saturday (June 26) or early morning Sunday (June 27). The bike had a gel-style white front LED headlamp and red LED rear light.

Here’s a stock photo of a similar bicycle. We’ll add the police-report number when it’s available.

UPDATE: Water rescue callout near Seacrest

2:12 PM: SFD has sent a water-rescue response to the Seacrest area: “Crews are investigating reports of 3 kayakers in distress with reportedly 2 kayaks taking on water.”

2:19 PM: Update from SFD: “Bainbridge PD and our rescue boat made contact with the kayakers. We are assisting them aboard our rescue boat to return them to shore. No injuries.”

BOOKS: West Seattle author Cara Maxwell publishes romance novel #3

June 27, 2021 1:36 pm
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Back in April we told you about a book release from a Morgan Junction author who publishes romance novels under the pseudonym Cara Maxwell. If you’re thinking about riding out the heat wave sitting under a tree reading, her next one is out – “A Love Match for the Marquess,” continuing her “Hesitant Husbands” series. Maxwell says, “If you enjoy romances in the style of Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, or Christi Caldwell, then you will enjoy this series.” This is her third book, and she says she’s moving into full-time writing now after a decade in education. Find out more about her and her books at Her new novel is available there as an e-book or in paperback.

WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: ‘National Lora Appreciation Day’

(Photo courtesy John Bennett)

If you happened to be in The Junction around 7:30 last night, you might have seen those two ladies riding in a classic Cadillac, doing parade waves. That was part of a surprise party thrown for Lora Radford (above right), executive director of the West Seattle Junction Association, which she has led through the pandemic as local businesses’ chief cheerleader, beacon of hope, informational clearinghouse, lobbyist and red-tape fighter, and more. Friends lured her to the courtyard by Hotwire Coffee – which she owned for more than a decade before the WSJA gig – and showered her with appreciation, from a proclamation to pizza:

(WSB photos, here and below)

The “National Lora Appreciation Day” presentation was emceed by Lora’s chaperone for the Cadillac ride, entertainer Sylvia O’Stayformore:

Lora offered words of gratitude and said simply, “We got through the pandemic together.”

P.S. Next big Junction event is getting closer – the Sidewalk Sale on July 8-10!

WEST SEATTLE SUNDAY: Notes for what might be a historically hot day

(Saturday’s sunrise, photographed by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

Saturday’s high temperature was 102, one degree below Seattle’s all-time high. Today and tomorrow could set new records. So we’re starting with links you might find helpful, both with information that’s been updated since they were originally published:

Places to cool off, including air-conditioned libraries and restaurants/bars, plus “cooling centers” and wading pools

Restaurants changing their hours or closing because of heat danger

(And remember to: Water the birds; protect your pets)

Now on to what else is going on:

RIDE FOR MAJOR TAYLOR: As previewed here (with maps), 500 bicycle riders will be traveling through West Seattle (and beyond!) during this big ride today. They’re starting from White Center between 6:30 and 8 am.

TODAY’S ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES: Most local churches still offer online Sunday services (some offer in-person options too), so each week we compile the newest links for 20+ churches’ services, both streamed and recorded (and in one case, written).

WS FARMERS’ MARKET, CLOSING EARLY: Vegetables, fruit, flowers, cheese, meat, beverages, bread, more – something new each week at the Farmers’ Market, which is closing an hour early today because of the weather – it’s open 10 am-1 pm in The Junction. 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)

DELRIDGE GROCERY COOPERATIVE: Today’s the fourth Sunday you can shop for staples at the DGC store (5444 Delridge Way SW), 11 am-3 pm, as previewed here.

WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Open 11 am-4 pm – need a tool to fix or improve something? (4408 Delridge Way SW)

PRIDE ART EXHIBIT: Last day to see it! As previewed here, “The Divine: Beyond the Bounds of Queerness”= is at Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery (9414 Delridge Way SW), open noon-6 pm.

(Saturday low-low tide montage from Constellation Park, sent by SF)

LOW-LOW TIDE: One final extra-low low tide, -3.0 feet at 1:28 pm, with Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists at Constellation and Lincoln Parks, 11:30 am-3 pm.

LIVE MUSIC: Sid Law and Alan Sobel, outdoors at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), (change) 11 am-1 pm.

PRIDE KARAOKE PARTY: Admiral Pub (2306 California SW) presents karaoke host Christopher Mychal, 7 pm to close. (Air conditioning!)

Got something for our event calendar? – thank you!