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FOOTBALL: Chief Sealth IHS’s first game of the season

(WSB photos)

What was scheduled to be the first home game of the season for the Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks turned out to be their first game after a COVID cancellation last week. The Clover Park High School Warriors visited from Pierce County and left Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex with the win, 13-7. CP kept Sealth off the scoreboard until #4, sophomore quarterback Issac Martinez (top photo), scored the Seahawks’ one and only touchdown a minute into the second half. #3, junior Daniel Cortes, kicked for the extra point. CP did all its scoring – 13 points – in the first half, but that’s all the Warriors needed for the win. Sealth got close twice in the second half, though:

#22, senior linebacker senior Marcus Tupua (above), picked up a Clover Park fumble and ran it from midfield to inside the 5, but the Seahawks couldn’t score and turned it over on downs, which is how their last near-score ended.

In the fourth quarter, #33, junior defensive back Grayson Leui-Steele (above), picked
up a CP fumble inside the 5-yard line, but again, Sealth lost possession on downs.

Tonight’s game kicked off the second season for head coach (and Sealth alum) Daron Camacho:

Next week is the annual cross-peninsula matchup between Chief Sealth and West Seattle HS, 7 pm Friday at SWAC. Sealth will be going for a fifth consecutive Huling Bowl win.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Another catalytic converter; car prowls; bikes found

September 10, 2021 9:00 pm
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 |   Crime | West Seattle news

Three quick reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

ANOTHER CATALYTIC CONVERTER: Posted in the WSB Community Forums, word of a theft near 37th SW and SW Hanford – a catalytic converter taken from an RV.

CAR PROWLS: Via Twitter, Matt reported, “Another car prowl last night. Nothing taken this time. Cars were locked. Shaking handles and looking in the back of trucks and Jeeps. Saw the guy on video. Happens every couple of nights now. 4000-6000 block of 34th SW.”

FOUND BICYCLES: Via email, Tyler sent the photo, reporting that these bicycles were abandoned by a fire hydrant near 15th/Barton:

Yours? Let us know and we’ll connect you.

20 years after 9/11: Southwest Seattle Historical Society wants to hear from you

(SWSHS photo: Memory album and luminaria bags from 2001)

Tomorrow marks 20 years since the 9/11 attacks. While no major commemorations are planned in West Seattle, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is looking for your reflections:

This weekend, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society invites you to reflect on the events of September 11, 2001. Although two decades have passed in the blink of an eye, memories remain fresh in our minds about the heroism, terror, unity, and change generated that day. As a community and nation, we have pledged to never forget the tragedy that unfolded and the Southwest Seattle Historical Society invites you to remember and reflect.

We are collecting diary entries to document your reflections, experiences, and thoughts. Where were you on September 11, 2001? What do you remember about that day? Have your thoughts about September 11, 2001 changed in the twenty years that have passed? How have the events of September 11, 2001 shaped your life and that of your community?

Please share your reflections with us. To do so, please visit:

Ten years ago, on the 10th anniversary, hundreds gathered for a vigil at the Alki Statue of Liberty, which became a gathering place for mourners in 2001.

Memorial on Monday for Matthew Bosisio, 1953-2021

A Funeral Mass is planned at 11 am Monday (September 13th) at Our Lady of Guadalupe for Matthew J. Bosisio. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing:

Matthew John Bosisio, born January 29, 1953, passed away peacefully on September 5, 2021.

Matt was the middle child of Mariano and Celia “Stella” (D’Afflitto) Bosisio, who preceded him in death.

Matt is survived by his son Landon, daughter-in-law Stephanie, and grandson Bennett Bosisio. Matt is also survived by a brother, William Bosisio, a sister, Gladys Bosisio Mogensen, and two nieces.

Mr. Bosisio was born in Washington, DC, and moved at an early age with his family to Kansas City, Missouri, and, later, St. Joseph, Missouri. For his high school years, he moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin, and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1971. In 1975, Matt entered the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1977 from Edwards AFB in California.

Following his discharge from the Air Force, Matt graduated with honors from the University of California-Santa Barbara with a degree in Journalism. While in college, he worked for the Daily Nexus and the Santa Barbara News-Press. He later obtained a master’s degree in Mass Communication from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas.

Matt would work for newspapers as a journalist in Portland, Maine, Ruidoso, New Mexico, Roswell, New Mexico, Hays, Kansas, and Richmond, Missouri, and he was also employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Peoria, IL as a news writer. Mr. Bosisio owned his own newspaper in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The New Mexico Senior Digest.

Matt’s legacy is twofold. He was a father first – to Landon – and there’s no end to the pride he took in his son and his success and accomplishments. Matt instilled his supreme organizational, disciplinary, and extraordinary study skills into Landon.

Secondly, he was a magnificent teacher and associate professor of journalism at Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri, and Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia. Matt put his heart and soul into teaching and was a loud voice in protecting our First Amendment rights, often dressing in character as a framer of the Constitution to teach these important points.

In retirement, Matt moved to Tacoma and later, Seattle, to be near Landon, Stephanie, and Bennett. While in the Pacific Northwest, he worked for L’Arche in Tacoma, living and caring for individuals with intellectual disabilities. He also worked for a time at the Downtown Emergency Service Center in Seattle and briefly for the Seattle Mariners.

Matt had a great sense of humor, was musically gifted with his accordion, and was a talented writer. His investigative journalism stories were succinctly and impeccably written. Matt loved being near the ocean, sailing, listening to classical music and was very proud of his Italian-Argentinian heritage. He enjoyed traveling and made stops in many countries including Italy, Argentina, England, Spain, Portugal, Cuba, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Palestine. He was a devoted Catholic and was a generous giver to charities and always helpful to those in need.

May the Peace, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and may the blessing of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you, and remain with you, always.

Please share memories & condolences of Matt on the Tribute Wall at

Arrangements Entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home of West Seattle

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to

UPDATE: Alki Point Lighthouse opening for first tours since pre-pandemic

(2015 photo by Long Bach Nguyen)

3:46 PM: Just in from Debra Alderman of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary:

We are offering timed tickets for groups of friends or family members (up to 10 people per group) for Alki Point Lighthouse guided tours on the afternoons of September 19 and 26th. The 30-minute timeslots on the 19th may already be booked up but there’s still availability on the 26th. Reservations for the free tours are available on this site while supplies last:

If we have any no shows or unclaimed time slots, we’ll allow walkups to fill them. Masks will be required.

The lighthouse is where Beach Drive SW and Alki Avenue SW meet.

6:20 PM: The reservations are all taken but here’s an update from Debra: “If you would like to be added to the wait list/standby list for a tour on one of these weekends or in the future, please email:

DELRIDGE PROJECT: Next phase of work includes signs and signals

(SDOT photo)

Bus-lane markings and striping are finished along the Delridge RapidRide H Line conversion project corridor, SDOT says in its weekly preview of what’s next. First, here are the toplines:

*Painting for the new street layout is now complete

*We will continue installing new traffic signs as part of the new street layout

*Landscaping and signal upgrades continue throughout the corridor

*Median and curb installation along Delridge Way SW between SW Juneau St and SW Graham St continues. This work will occur at night to limit impacts to traffic, residents, and students.

*Traffic signal upgrades and curb ramp adjustments have begun at SW Thistle St. This work is anticipated to last for several days.

Here’s the full list of planned work zones for the week ahead. The Route 120 conversion to RapidRide is set for September of next year.

Brace Point Pottery in ‘downtown Arbor Heights’ to become Rain City Clay

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

After 25 years in what was once “downtown Arbor Heights,” artist Loren Lukens is leaving.

But his Brace Point Pottery studio and gallery site at 4208 SW 100th will remain in an artist’s hands.

We found out about the transition plan from Deb Schwartzkopf, who announced this week that she will open Rain City Clay there next March.

We talked to Lukens last night while Brace Point Pottery was open for the September West Seattle Art Walk. He and wife Beth Kirchhoff are moving in February to central California, near where their daughter is a geology professor. He plans to set up a studio there once settled, but isn’t expecting to get back into the gallery business. He’s been in Seattle for 40 years – 25 of them in Arbor Heights.

He’s proud that the sale means the studio will remain just that, rather than be redeveloped like the former church next door (which was demolished for a stalled townhouse project).

Here’s where Deb Schwartzkopf and her Rain City Clay plan comes in. It’s meant as an addition to her current business, Rat City Studios, which she says is “a thriving community that supports ceramic artists of all levels” but after eight years has outgrown its capacity “and cannot accommodate the waitlist for independent study participants or classes in their current location.

“We would love to expand our reach to youth, golden-agers, and underserved communities in our immediate vicinity as we grow,” Schwartzkopf said in the announcement. And regarding taking over the Arbor Heights studio: “We couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to build on the legacy of this artist community.”

To expand into her full vision – to “offer classes for all levels, skill-building workshops, a firing service for local potters, artist studios, and a specialty shop featuring local and national artists” – Schwartzkopf is crowdfunding. As also explained on her website, the Arbor Heights facility will need some maintenance and upgrades, so that’s part of what the contributions will cover. The GoFundMe page is here; you can also support her plan, she says, via taking an online clay class or buying her pottery.

Though the official handoff isn’t until March 1st, an exhibition is planned in January to introduce Rain City Clay at the Brace Point Pottery location. (And you’ll have chances to say goodbye to Lukens before that – the gallery continues to host events including a sale tomorrow of Cathy Woo’s work, and the Westside Artists tour later this month. (That tour, in fact, began as a collaboration between artists including Schwartzkopf and Lukens.)

(Deb Schwartzkopf photo by Matisse LB Photography)

What’s up for your West Seattle Friday

September 10, 2021 10:03 am
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(Juvenile Osprey, photographed along the Duwamish River by Mark Wangerin)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

YOUTH BASKETBALL TRYOUTS: The West Seattle Reign (WSB sponsor) youth-basketball program continues tryouts tonight – 6:30 pm for 5th-6th grade boys, 7th-8th grade boys at 7:30 pm, both at Westside School in Arbor Heights (10404 34th SW). Full details and registration link here.

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Chief Sealth International High School hosts Clover Park at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle) at 7 pm. West Seattle HS is on the road at Bellingham, 8 pm. Also of note: Kennedy Catholic HS vs. O’Dea at West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW), 7 pm.

AT THE SKYLARK: Doors open at 7 pm, music at 8: “Bad With Birds is teaming up with local psych rockers Of The Heavy Sun for a pounding and guitar drenched evening of music” at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), $10 cover.

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Here’s the schedule for Southwest Pool’s reopening

As announced last month, the city’s only indoor pool in West Seattle, Southwest Pool (2801 SW Thistle), will reopen next Monday (September 13th). And finally, the initial schedule is out:

The full flyer has info on fees and health/safety policies.

ROAD WORK, TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Friday notes and weekend alerts

6:06 AM: Good morning! After three days with a high of at least 80, today is expected to be cloudy and cooler.


26th SW & beyond – Northbound 26th SW is still closed between Roxbury and Barton.

Delridge projectCurbs, medians, and landscaping – with next week’s overview due later today..

Tunnel closure tonight – 10 pm Friday to 6 am Saturday, the Highway 99 tunnel will be closed for maintenance.


West Marginal Way work, announced by SDOT:

This Saturday and Sunday, we’re continuing to upgrade parts of West Marginal Way along the detour route. At the intersection of West Marginal Way and Highland Park Way, this work includes filling in the islands we built last week and installing the vehicle detection signals in the pavement. We’ll start work as early as 3 AM and be finished around 1 PM.

Near Puget Way SW, we’ll be trimming trees on southbound West Marginal Way. We’ll complete this work on both Saturday and Sunday, starting as early as 6 AM and completing tree trimming around 1 PM each day.

Junction work, also announced by SDOT:

Building curb ramps at 44th Ave SW and SW Edmunds St

Near the West Seattle Junction at the 44th Ave SW and SW Edmunds St intersection, we’re continuing our work to build new curb ramps. This work will last from approximately 8 AM to 4 PM. Traffic impacts should be minimal. If you are driving in the area, please drive slowly through the work area and practice caution.


Buses are on regular schedules today – except for the rerouting in RapidRise H Line work zones. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of canceled trips.

For ferries and water taxis, regular schedule today. Watch @wsferries for ferry updates.


536th 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 – The camera’s back, now pointed west:

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:

Are draw/swing bridges opening for boats or barges? The @SDOTBridges Twitter feed will tell you. (1st Ave. South Bridge openings also are tweeted on @wsdot_traffic.)

See all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also on this WSB page.

Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.