West Seattle, Washington
11:28 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a “rescue extrication” response to what’s described by the dispatcher as a “rollover” at 55th/Alki. Updates to come.
11:32 PM: Arriving units report a car on its side. The response is being downsized – apparently no major injuries.
11:52 PM: Added texted photos (thank you!). Texter reports road closed both ways.
ADDED SUNDAY MORNING: The call classification indicates a DUI investigation associated with the crash.
11:14 PM: Though tonight brought another pink-globe sunset, if you observed closely, you could see the smoke wasn’t as dense as last night – the sun was visible all the way until it “touched” the Olympics.
The air quality is better now, because the remaining smoke is “aloft” rather than down at ground level, according to the National Weather Service. So will tomorrow’s sunrise still be pink too?
The NWS says, “Elevated smoke will continue across the area tonight, then decrease from the west on Sunday.”
1:03 AM: Orange-red moon again tonight – Monica Zaborac sent the photo:
Internet-service outages are generally not as simple to quantify as oh, say, power and water, but we’ll mention them here when there are reports from multiple areas. Molly said CenturyLink is out atop Genesee Hill and that it appeared to be a wider outage; she’s had trouble getting through to CL by phone. The crowdsourced site DownDetector shows trouble, and we checked around on Twitter; others who say it’s out for them are in areas from Admiral to Lincoln Park. (We’re just east of LP and ours is fine.) Anyone else?
Smiles, waves, billowing flags, and honking horns kicked off this year’s Alki Beach Pride weekend – celebrating the LGBTQ+ community – with a car/motorcycle parade that left Jack Block Park shortly after noon. Even a classic fire truck!
Here’s our video of the entire parade as it headed onto Harbor Avenue SW, beach-bound:
After the parade, we headed uphill to The Admiral District, where the Rainbow City Band was serenading outdoor diners on restaurant row:
Day 1 festivities continue with parties at West Seattle Brewing and Alki Beach Pub; tomorrow includes a rolling/biking parade from Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza at 1 pm and an outdoor movie at 8:15 pm at Alki Playground – see the full schedule here. This is the 7th year for ABP, but as explained here, its roots go back much further.
Still time to get over to Walt Hundley Playfield and add food donations to help Highline Premier FC “Fill the Goal”! It’s the soccer organization’s annual food drive and field day, with drills and games for kids:
The playfield is in High Point at 34th/Myrtle, and the event is on until 6.
Received today from David in the Alki Point area:
I had a yellow and orange Necky Kayak and paddle stolen between 3 PM and 9 PM on Saturday 8-7.
I wanted to warn others to be on the lookout for people looking around their property.
The kayak had a cinderblock attached to it to discourage theft and they took that too. SO – probably not just one person is my guess. And probably a vehicle involved.
A police report has been filed,
If you’ve been considering bidding to be part of the historic Stone Cottage‘s move next week (late Tuesday/early Wednesday), you have extra time. The group that’s been working to preserve it, Save The Stone Cottage, has an update. They’ve also announced the timeline for the move. First, the auction reminder:
The stone-studded cottage at 1123 Harbor Ave SW has been a beloved and legendary landmark in West Seattle for 90 years. Threatened with demolition, the Stone Cottage has been saved by the community, and is going to be moved into storage the night of August 17.
The Save the Stone Cottage has extended the bidding deadline of the ‘First Mile’ Auction another 24 hours. This Auction offers fans of the Stone Cottage the opportunity to bid on five separate packages that epitomize moving the Stone Cottage:
Lead the Move — Ride in the Pilot Car
Launch the Convoy — Push The Blast-Off Button
Backseat Driver — Ride in the Moving Rig
Shadow the Convoy — Ride in the Sweeper Car
Wave-in the Convoy — Finish Line Checkered Flag
Prefer sleeping during the midnight move? Consider a ‘Buy The Mile’ per-foot donation for the haul route.
With this extension, the Save the Stone Cottage ‘First Mile’ Auction website will remain open for bids through 4 pm on Sunday, August 15. Highest bid winners will be notified of their status and specific move details beginning at 6 pm Sunday, August 15.
Visit The ‘First Mile’ Auction site to bid and start the fun. The ‘First Mile’ Auction site is hosted by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and we are grateful for its auction expertise.
Save the Stone Cottage LLC has raised more than $82,000 of the $110,000 donation goal to execute a phased plan to rescue, relocate and restore the Stone Cottage. Donations are still being accepted through the website savethestonecottage.org and a GoFundMe charity account. The Southwest Seattle Historical Society, a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, is serving as the fiscal sponsor of the Save the Stone Cottage Project. We appreciate its steadfast participation.
Now, here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on watching Tuesday night – first, the schedule:
Approximately 8 p.m.: Nickel Bros’ crew will maneuver the Stone Cottage from wooden cribbing piles onto oversized dollies, and connect them to the semi-truck.
11:30 p.m.: Special remarks by VIP’s at the Information area,
11:55 p.m.: VIP’s lead a countdown, then the ‘Big Go Button’ is pressed by the Save the Stone Cottage auction winner. Lights and fog will erupt from the Stone Cottage.
11:59 p.m.: Drivers and riders enter their convoy vehicles: Nickel Bros Truck Cab, Pilot Car, and Sweeper Car
12:05 a.m.: Nickel Bros truck pulls the Stone Cottage into the Harbor Avenue SW roadway and gets in line between the Pilot Car and the Sweeper Car.
12:15 a.m.: Stone Cottage convoy heads south on Harbor Avenue SW at parade speed – approx 5mph. The rolling convoy may stop to let vehicular traffic from cross street through.
By 1 a.m.: Nickel Bros truck pulls the Stone Cottage through the SW Florida Street gates while the Pilot Car and Sweeper Car turn around and head back to the starting point.
By 2 a.m.: Nickel Bros crew will have the Stone Cottage securely parked onto wooden piers in the Port of Seattle storage lot.
Some things you need to know regarding the route:
No public will be allowed in or near the Nickel Bros Stone Cottage work crew area on the west side of Harbor Ave at Maryland Place.
No public will be allowed within the driving roadway during the move.
No Parking will be allowed on the east side of Harbor Ave SW between the Don Armeni boat launch entrance and SW Florida Street.
SDOT and SPD are responsible for maintaining one-way vehicular flow along eastern side of Harbor Avenue SW during the move. .
Sidewalks along Harbor Avenue SW will provide great elevated viewing opportunities.
Two and a half years have passed since we first reported on local preservationists’ campaign to save the quirky little house after its site was bought by a developer.
Besides the SW Genesee closure we’ve been mentioning, there’s paving work on SW Avalon just north of Genesee. Traffic is being directed but it’s still jammed (backed up to Fauntleroy).
Another way to show West Seattle pride – Highland Park Improvement Club merch! It’s part of what you’ll find outside HPIC (1116 SW Holden) today during the summer’s second Giant Garage Sale – happening outdoors, less than two months after the big fire that ravaged the historic building.
Just like any good Giant Garage Sale, sellers are offering a variety of stuff – with some helping out their hosts too:
Another way to support HPIC – have a drink:
The portable bar survived the fire and is set up again today for thirsty Giant Garage Sale’rs. As for the post-fire recovery, HPIC’s Kay Kirkpatrick tells us they’re still dealing with the insurance company. Fencing is the newest addition around the century-old building:
But as is evidenced again today, HPIC isn’t letting the fire damage push it out of its community-centered role – watch for other outdoor events while the summer/fall weather allows. (P.S. As a nonprofit, they’re also continuing to accept donations, here.)
After reporting “two .40 cal handgun shots recorded at (2700 block 59th Avenue SW)” around 3 am, Edd “went outside this morning and (found) two shell casings on the ground.” He sent us photos of both; you can see one above. He had called police at the time, didn’t see anyone respond, but after calling them again about the casings this morning, he says the officer who responded to collect them as evidence said he was the original responder. No injury calls to that area overnight.
TRAFFIC ALERTS: SW Genesee is closed west of Delridge Way … work continues into the early afternoon at the Highland Park Way/West Marginal intersection … northbound 26th SW remains closed between Roxbury and Barton.
HPIC’S GIANT GARAGE SALE: Second of this summer’s monthly megasales – outdoors at Highland Park Improvement Club (12th and Holden), 10 am-3 pm.
LEMONADE FUNDRAISER: 10 am-2 pm, local girls are raising money for a trip to Costa Rica, selling lemonade, iced coffee, and treats again,, 42nd and Charlestown.
SOUTH DELRIDGE FARMERS’ MARKET: The new monthly market is open today, 11 am-3 pm, 9421 18th SW. See featured vendors here.
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: Yes, the new West Seattle shop Tails To Astonish is participating: “We will be giving away free comics (limit 2 per person) as well as doing a 10% off discount on all our back issues, toys, and statues.” They’re open 11 am-7 pm at 4850 California SW.
COMMUNITY CLEANUP: 11 am-1 pm, help clean up the West Seattle Bridge bike trail! Info’s here.
FOOD DRIVE AT ADMIRAL CHURCH: 11 am-3 pm, outside the church at 4320 SW Hill – here’s what to bring.
ALKI BEACH PRIDE: The first day of this all-weekend celebration starts with the car and motorcycle parade from Jack Block Park (2130 Harbor SW) at noon. Other events today include volleyball training, a vaccination clinic (noon-7 pm at Alki Bathhouse), two bar parties, and the Rainbow City Band – see the full updated list here.
SOCCER FIELD DAY & FOOD DRIVE: 4-6 pm, the annual Highline Premier FC soccer field day and “fill the goal” food drive at Walt Hundley Playfield (34th SW & SW Myrtle) – even if you’re not joining in the field-day fun, stop by with food and/or money to donate!
CHEER FOR A LOCAL BAND: West Seattle’s own Aurora Avenue has made the finals in the ShoreLake Battle of the Bands, and you’re invited to be in Lake Forest Park tonight to cheer them on (“crowd enhusiasm” is a factor in judging!).
WANDERERS BY TRADE: 8:30 pm, Bob Dylan cover band at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW),$10 cover.
DOLLY & THE DJ: Beach-party vibes tonight! 9 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW; WSB sponsor). P.S. Air conditioned!
More on our calendar – and if you have something for it, email@example.com – thank you!