West Seattle, Washington
Fall high-school football returned with a roar at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex tonight. The West Seattle High School Wildcats kept the Sammamish Redhawks from taking flight, 55-6.
#8, junior Mason Kallinger, accounted for three of the Wildcats’ eight touchdowns. Two were the work of #6, senior Jaxton Helmstetler:
Also with a touchdown apiece, #3, sophomore Bo Gionet:
#7, senior Will Godwin:
And #22, freshman Terryus Smith:
Head coach Jeff Scott is back this year, after leading WSHS to a division title during the short, late season last school year:
Tonight, WSHS opened the scoring with 5:54 to go in the first quarter, which ended with the Wildcats ahead 16-0. They more than doubled that to 36-0 by halftime. “Wildcats are RED-hot,” chanted the Cheer Squad, and the team certainly was.
After three quarters, they were up 49-0. Sammamish finally got on the board with a big TD run by #25 Ty Webster early in the fourth quarter, but that was it for the Redhawks’ scoring.
NEXT WEEK: WSHS is scheduled to play on the road at Bellingham, 8 pm next Friday (September 10th).
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The District 1 Community Network gathered online Wednesday to share updates and hear about public safety, environmental advocacy, and transportation issues.
Rather than having the same person run every meeting, D1CN rotates – Cindi Barker from the Emergency Communication Hubs facilitated this meeting.
LEAD: This was a continuation of D1CN’s series of spotlights on community-safety alternatives. Aaron Burkhalter and Sam Wolff were there to talk about this evolving program. The new meaning of the acronym – Let Everyone Advance with Dignity – was explained.
Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
CATALYTIC-CONVERTER THEFT: John reports:
I had my catalytic converter stolen off my 2007 Prius while it was in the driveway. I live up on 44th Ave. SW, just up the hill from Endolyne Joe’s. I did file a police reportl just wanted to get the word out for other people in the area to check their vehicles and keep a sharp eye out
WINDOW DAMAGE AND HARASSMENT: This happened in The Junction today, a reader reports:
At 9:50 am this morning, a very angry woman was seen throwing rocks at the windows of the Junction 47 apartments, some of which also hit Bishops Barbershop. The incident only lasted a few minutes, and she was seen heading across the street. The police were called by myself and a few others.
At 10:10 am the woman entered Bishops Barbershop and had a small confrontation with the receptionist, and refused to leave. The police were called again, but she left before they arrived, heading down 42nd Ave towards Alaska st.
I’ve attached a picture of the woman responsible.
Police incident # is 21-230289.
SDOT has launched a survey asking what you think about the Keep Moving Street (aka Stay Healthy Street) that wraps around Alki Point – Alki Avenue SW and Beach Drive SW west of 63rd SW – and it includes three proposed concepts for the street’s future. The stretch was closed to motor-vehicle through traffic early in the pandemic. Most recently, the city said that semi-closure would remain in place until at least early next year, and somewhere along the line they’d decide whether to make it permanent. Today’s survey announcement sounds as if that decision has been made, though SDOT has yet to answer our followup question seeking vonfirmation of that:
We’re seeking your input! We’re looking for public feedback on a permanent design for the Alki Point Keep Moving Street. We’d like to know how you currently use Alki Point, what’s working and what’s not, and how you would like to see Alki Point function in the future.
Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey. In the coming weeks we’ll be meeting with stakeholders and community groups to expand our public engagement efforts. … We currently have funding for outreach and early design on this project and we’re working to secure funding for construction.
The wording is similar to the city’s update back in April. The survey itself includes the three proposed “concepts” for the street – two converting it to a Neighborhood Greenway, the third making it a one-way street with a new walking/biking path. Those were among the options the city listed in an update one year ago, but now, going back to the way it used to be is apparently off the list. Again, you can take the survey here – note that the concepts don’t come up until several pages in.
Just a few weeks after the presumed death of Southern Resident Killer Whale K21, another resident orca is reported to be in bad shape – and this one is just two years old. News of J56’s condition is in a state Department of Fish and Wildlife news release today reminding boaters to give orcas space. In particular, the state has issued an emergency order for commercial whale-watching boats to stay at least half a mile away from J56 and the group with which she is traveling. The news release does not specify their last-known location but the Orca Network reported via its sightings email update that J-Pod was seen in the San Juan Islands earlier this week. Research has shown that vessel noise is a particular stressor for orcas, and that females tend to stop foraging for food when boats are within 400 yards. There’s more information here about giving whales space when you’re out on the water (and how to report violations if you see them).
That Harbor Porpoise got into trouble at Constellation Park south of Alki Point today. With NOAA approval, local marine-life advocates got it back into deeper water so it could swim away. We got first word of this from Kersti Muul, who was among those who helped, along with Jeff Hogan from Killer Whale Tales (below), and SR3.
Kersti says the porpoise came back in after the first assist but then after a second nudge was “heading northwest pretty much on its own.”
P.S. If you see a marine mammal in trouble or on the shore, Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network is at 206-905-SEAL (206-905-7325). Do not attempt to handle any animal yourself.
WHY ONE RESTROOM IS CLOSED: Thanks to Jessica for sending the photo and wondering what happened to the men’s restroom in the park’s easternmost comfort station:
Port spokesperson Peter McGraw says it was damaged by fire, apparently this past Monday. “Repairs are currently underway,” he said, but no estimate for reopening yet.
PIER’S FUTURE: Steps away from that comfort station is the park pier that’s been closed for months because of safety concerns.
Back in spring, the port conducted a survey asking your thoughts on the pier’s future, promising to update the community afterward. Five months later, no word. Andrew emailed us wondering what ever happened to it. McGraw says the results should go public “likely sometime in the middle of October.”
Here are three ways to join neighbors in making West Seattle more beautiful this weekend:
ALKI CLEANUP, SATURDAY: Jessica leads this on first Saturdays:
Alki Beach, Parks and sidewalks Cleanup September 4th
Where: Meet outside at 2452 Alki Ave SW
Time: From 10 AM to 1 PM
Bring your own pick sticks, gardening gloves and a bucket (works better than bags, especially if windy). I have a limited number of pick sticks and buckets. Recommend that you bundle up if cold and if warm, best to wear closed-end shoes.
Kids welcome if supervised by adult. Text Jessica to RSVP, 206-769-6330.
FRIENDS OF LINCOLN PARK, SATURDAY: This longtime group has a couple spots for more help
September 4 9 am – 12 pm
Ivy, blackberry and holly, oh my! Join FLiP (Friends of Lincoln Park) as we work to restore our beautiful natural spaces. The Park includes 80 acres of forested areas, with a huge diversity of native trees and plants. But our urban forests are threatened by nonnative, invasive plant species and need our help to thrive and remain healthy. This is where YOU come in! We promise you a good workout and lots of eco-karma. Good for the environment and good for your health!
Sign up by going here.
SCHMITZ PARK, SUNDAY: Still some room left for help at this event too.
September 5, 1 pm – 3:30 pm
There is something for everyone! We will be pulling ivy in a shady valley, watering native plants to help them survive this hot, dry summer, and hauling wood chips to prepare for the plants arriving this fall.
Sign up by going here.
Here’s what’s happening in the hours ahead, featuring highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
AQUATIC SCHEDULE: We just confirmed that wading pools and sprayparks will be open again today, which means Highland Park spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) is open 11 am to 8 pm and Lincoln Park wading pool (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) is open noon-7 pm. Same hours for Colman Pool, also at Lincoln Park.
DELRIDGE GROCERY COOP: Big events at the store this weekend, starting with 3-7 pm today, big sale! And 4-7 pm, the store will host West Seattle’s own Rebellyous Foods, showing off their plant-based chicken, with discount coupons so you can buy on the spot. The DGC store is at 5444 Delridge Way SW.
CREATED COMMONS: The events continues just north of the P-Patch at Westcrest Park (9000 8th SW) with a 6 pm community drum circle, featuring, according to CC producers Lelavision, “rhythms of the African Diaspora with artist Sumayya E. Diop. Some drums will be provided, or participants can bring their own percussion (including clapping, stepping, and heartbeat).”
FOOTBALL: High-school football starts tonight and the first local game is West Seattle High School hosting Sammamish at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle), 7 pm.
Chief Sealth International High School is on the road at Foster HS. Update: Sealth/Foster was cancelled.
Something for our calendar? Email firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
The Highland Park Corner Store has been open five months, mostly as a coffee shop – but now it’s ready to open as a true corner store. It’s closing early today, at noon, to get ready for a real “grand opening” weekend. Here are the details from proprietor Meaghan Haas:
We’re opening the inside of our store starting at 7 am on Saturday. Moving forward our hours will be 7 am-8 pm daily.
In addition to our coffee, pastry and readymade service, we’re adding locally sourced grocery staples, beer and wine to our offerings. We also now have indoor seating, as well as a covered and lit outdoor patio.
Our initial beers on tap are all from breweries that are female-, BIPOC-, and/or LGBTQ-led:
Marzen – Bosk Brew Works
New Zealand IPA – Metier Brewing
Tangerine Hefeweizen – Peddler Brewing
Mosaic Pale Ale – Stoup Brewing
We’re working with the folks at Walden Selections (also West Seattle residents!) to find delicious and affordable natural and organic wines – in bottles, in cans, and by the glass. Our grocery staples feature offerings from local West Seattle vendors including Milpa Masa tortillas and Seola Bees honey. We’ll continue with our current coffee service featuring QEDCoffee, and still have fresh pastries daily from Macrina Bakery.
To celebrate our Grand [Re]Opening, we’ll have some fun additions to the store on Saturday and Sunday:
CocinaMX 32 (the genius team behind Sunrise Tacos) will pop up with tamales Saturday 11 am-2 pm (while supplies last; we sold out pretty early last time!)
We’ll have some free hot dogs Sunday 11 am-2 pm (again: while supplies last).
And the talented folks in the neighborhood will keep us in good music with DJ sets throughout the weekend.
We’re excited to continue to grow what we offer to Highland Park and West Seattle!
Highland Park Corner Store is at 7789 Highland Park Way [map], former site of a mini-mart, once planned for demolition and redevelopment until West Seattle entrepreneur/preservationist John Bennett bought it, fixed it up, and leased it to Haas.
6:03 AM: Good morning! Mixed forecast today.
BACK TO SCHOOL
ROAD WORK TODAY
Spokane Street Viaduct – The “deck scan” is scheduled to wrap up today.
26th SW & beyond – Northbound 26th SW closure continues between Roxbury and Barton.
Delridge project – Curbs, sidewalks, and landscaping this week – watch for next week’s preview later today.
ROAD WORK THIS WEEKEND
West Marginal – Two work zones, SDOT says:
This Saturday, we will be restriping the paint lines on the east leg of West Marginal Way and Highland Park. We will also be working on repairing the curb islands on the south, east and west legs. To complete this work, we will close the left lane on the south, east and west legs. There will be officers in the area to support the crew with traffic control, as needed. We will have officers in the area to support the crews with traffic control, as needed. The work is anticipated to start at 3 A.M. and may conclude as soon as 1:00 P.M.
North of this area, at the 5-way intersection near the Chelan Café, we will also be replacing the overhead signs on the sign structure in front of the Chelan Café on Saturday as soon as 5:00 A.M. They will work to complete this as quickly as possible and should be done as early as 1:00 P.M
If you are driving in the area, please drive slow through the work area and follow detour signs. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to make West Marginal Way and Highland Park Way more accessible, efficient, and safe.
TRANSIT TODAY & THIS WEEKEND
Buses are on regular schedules today – except for the rerouting in RapidRise H Line work zones. Lots of trip cancellations this week, so watch @kcmetrobus for word of those. On Labor Day (Monday), Metro will run the Sunday schedule.
For ferries and water taxis, regular schedule today – but note that the West Seattle Water Taxi will be on a reduced schedule Monday. Watch @wsferries for updates. Another note for Washington State Ferries – it’s warning of possible crew shortages during the holiday weekend. We’ll watch for any major schedule disruptions on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route and publish updates as needed.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
529th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here are views of other bridges and routes:
Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras remain in use; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends; the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Access applications are available here for some categories of drivers.)
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden – No camera for a few weeks (explained here)
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
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.