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UPDATE: Harbor Avenue power outage

10:52 PM: 120 Seattle City Light customers near Seacrest have been without power since early afternoon, according to the SCL map. We just heard about it from a resident who returned home to find their electricity off. “No cause found,” per the map, but of course we’ll check with SCL Monday to see what went wrong. Our tipster reports “three utility trucks on site” with crews working “in a manhole.”

11:56 PM: The map shows the outage has ended.

9:45 AM: Rod points out in comments that the update was incorrect, the outage has NOT been resolved. Now the SCL map shows that as well as a different start time and a notation that “equipment failure” is to blame.

ADDED WEDNESDAY: We followed up with SCL spokesperson Julie Moore, who replied today, “We responded to a customer report of an outage on Saturday and found a fuse blown, but no immediate obvious cause. Crews restored the circuit and it appeared all customers were restored, which is why the map reflected no outage at that point. However, upon receiving a new customer report, crews responded again and found a failed transformer, which turned out to be the cause of the original outage. They repaired it and fully restored service.”

FERRY ALERT: Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth continues with 2 boats Sunday because of systemwide ‘severe crewing shortages’

Again tomorrow, the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth state-ferry run will be down to two boats because of what Washington State Ferries calls “severe crewing shortages” systemwide. For the first time we can recall seeing, they’ve published a systemwide alert rather than just individual-route alerts. Here’s the systemwide plan for Sunday:

Anacortes/San Juan Islands – two-boat (rather than three) service
San Juan Islands Interisland vessel – regular weekend service
Port Townsend/Coupeville – one-boat service
Mukilteo/Clinton – one-boat service
Edmonds/Kingston – one-boat service
Seattle/Bainbridge – one-boat service
Seattle/Bremerton – one-boat service
Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth – two-boat (rather than three) service
Pt. Defiance/Tahlequah – service suspended

WSF advises checking schedules here for individual routes and adds, “You can view the schedules for Sunday service by looking for ‘Alternate Service’ next to the route name. Please note that some of these schedules are under the ‘Currently Inactive’ section of the list until the start of the service day on Sunday at 3:01 AM.” WSF says it’ll “add back as much service as possible” if more crew members become available.

SIDE NOTE: This will be the third day of major systemwide service cuts – here’s a breakdown of the first day, Friday, from Seattle Times transportation reporter Mike Lindblom.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen bicycles; store robbery

Two reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

STOLEN BICYCLES: Received tonight from Patrick:

Last night between 10:00 and 5:30 this morning (Saturday) my girlfriend’s and my bikes were stolen from outside our apartment at Lighthouse Apartments (7901 Delridge Way SW). My bike is a red Trek 7.2 FX with a Purdue University bike registry sticker on the down tube of the frame, though that may have been removed. My girlfriend’s bike is a Cannondale with blue sidewall tires. We would appreciate if anyone has seen these reporting to SPD or me (317-443-1844).

ROBBERY INVESTIGATION: From a preliminary police report: Just after 10 am Friday, someone walked into the mini-mart at California/Andover and tried to walk behind the counter. A store employee blocked her; she “grabbed lighters (and then) left the store and got inside her vehicle.” The employee followed the thief “to the gas pumps, (where the thief) backed up her vehicle, and intentionally pulled forward toward the victim, (then) clipped the victim with her vehicle, knocking him to the ground. The victim had abrasions on the right side of his body.” With the violence, this became a robbery; police responded but were unable to find the robber.

BIZNOTE: Alki just got a little brighter

Thanks to Jan Pendergrass for the photo of the Pepperdock Restaurant‘s big, bright new color-shifting sign: “The kids were outside coaching whoever was trying out the light colors and giving their opinions, quite cute.”


(WSB photo – seen in Gatewood)

With Halloween three weeks from tomorrow, we’ve heard from some readers wondering if we’ll be spotlighting decorations again this year. Answer: Yes! We’re already seeing some excellent examples, from cute to funny to spooky. So if you have – or are going to have – or see someone else with – a well-decorated house/yard/apartment window/business … let us know. Photos are great, but not required; with or without a pic, please describe whether it’s a lit display (so people know the optimal viewing time, before or after dark). or text our hotline, 206-293-6302 – thanks!

WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: Second-to-last South Delridge Farmers’ Market of the season, with more than food

Omie from Afella Jollof Catering – serving chicken dibi with yellow rice – is one of the vendors you’ll find today at the South Delridge Farmers Market, on the grounds of Hope Academy at 9421 18th SW until 3 pm. Produce sellers include Regeneration Farm from Woodinville:

In the booth are Antoine and Andrew. And we found much more than food at today’s market – until 2:30 pm, you can get vaccinated:

They have all three vaccines available (including Pfizer boosters). Also at the market today, Miss Bea and Luis from the Seattle Public Library:

If you’re interested in adopting your nearest storm drain(s), come to the market to get a free kit from Seattle Public Utilities:

You’ll even find Sound Transit reps there to talk about future West Seattle light rail:

Last market of the first-ever season is November 13th; market managers tell us they’re hoping to offer this more frequently next year!

WHALES: Orcas headed this way (update: now headed the other way)

October 9, 2021 10:28 am
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 |   West Seattle news | Whales

10:28 AM: Transient orcas are southbound in Puget Sound, just north of Elliott Bay, reports Kersti Muul. Let us know if you see them!

5:14 PM: No updates since then but Kersti just texted to say orcas are now northbound in the Fauntleroy ferry lanes.


(Photo by Augie Hoffman)

Here’s what you need to know as the weekend begins:

TRANSPORTATION ALERTS: First – no West Seattle Water Taxi until Monday morning; maintenance work is being done at the dock … The Highway 99 tunnel is closed both ways, also for maintenance, until 5 am Sunday … Work on the Duwamish Longhouse signal/crossing is scheduled to resume today. … (added} The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry route is down to 2 boats again today.

SOUTH DELRIDGE FARMERS’ MARKET: 11 am-3 pm, the monthly market is open at 9421 18th SW.

COVID VACCINE POP-UP: 10 am-2:30 pm, same place as the aforementioned South Delridge Farmers’ Market, you can get vaccinated.

STORE OPENS: 10 am-7 pm, it’s opening day for West Seattle Liquor and Wine (4714 42nd SW).

REDISTRICTING HEARING: 10 am online, you can comment on proposals for new maps outlining our state’s U.S. House districts. Our preview explains how.

ART/HISTORY/PHOTO EXHIBITS: It’s opening day for “Spirit Returns 2.0: A Duwamish and Settler Story” at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center (4705 W. Marginal Way SW, 10 am-5 pm) and the Log House Museum (3003 61st SW, noon-4 pm) and for these two companion Tom Reese photo exhibits at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW, noon-4 pm):

The Green-Duwamish, One River for All
From its pristine headwaters near Mt Rainier, above the Howard Hanson Dam through a magical gorge of waterfalls and great walls on to farmland and urban industry, the Green-Duwamish River and its watershed is at the center of our region’s history and future. A new photo exhibit presents a modern view of the river from its headwaters to where it meets Puget Sound, interweaving the human and wildlife connections of the river; presented by renowned photojournalist Tom Reese, who has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and Lisa Parsons a well respected conservationist and photographer. Experience for the first time a view of the river from its mountain top beginnings to the Puget Sound with these stunning photographs.

t7áWee: Creek of HOPE
The premier showing of Tom Reese’s Longfellow Creek photo exhibit, the first photo exhibit of the creek from its 10,000 year old headwaters at Roxhill Park to Elliott Bay. This iconic creek which is on the ancestral land of the Duwamish Tribe, is the backbone of West Seattle reflecting the many changes of the region as it has developed. Discover little-known places of the creek, the human and wildlife connects, and the questions we face about its future.

AT C & P COFFEE: Live music with Marco de Carvalho, Hans Teuber, and Jeff Busch, 10:30 am-noon, outdoors. (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor)

HIGH POINT FALL FEST: Noon-3:30 pm at Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW) – “Socially distanced games, fresh produce, dance classes, and giveaways!”

GLOBAL WALK FEST: 1 pm, spend an hour walking with somebody to talk things through, as explained here – which is also where to pre-register to participate. (1661 Harbor SW)

OPEN MIC: At The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), starting at 6 pm.

COUNTY EXECUTIVE CANDIDATES’ FORUM: 7 pm online, the two candidates for King County Executive answer questions in a forum presented by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Viewing info is in our calendar listing.

THE BLUES: That’s what’s being played tonight at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 7 pm doors, 8 pm show, 21+.

LIVE MUSIC AT THE BEACH: 8 pm at J&J Public House (2808 Alki SW), live music led by Grammy winner Andrew Gouché. $10 cover.

LIVE MUSIC AT DRUNKY’S: 8 pm doors, 9 pm music – tonight it’s Daddy Newcomb at Drunky Two Shoes’ BBQ (98th/16th in White Center) with American Flats and Knathan Ryan.

WEST SEATTLE DRAG SHOW: 9 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), it’s Dolly Madison and The DJ.

Something today/tonight we’re missing? Text us – 206-293-6302 – and if you have a listing for something further into the future, email – thank you!

FOOTBALL: West Seattle defeats Lakeside

October 9, 2021 1:37 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools | WS & Sports

(WSB photos. Above, #31, senior Casey Maxwell)

In the second of Friday night’s two home games at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex, West Seattle High School emerged triumphant over Lakeside, 36-12.

(Above, #55, senior James Cecil)

Tonight was the night WSHS chose to honor its seniors. We caught some of the field festivities:

The Wildcats are now 4-1.

(#6, senior Jaxton Helmstetler)

Next Friday night they’re at home again, 7 pm vs. Ingraham.