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TRAFFIC ALERT: South Park Bridge may not reopen until Monday night

One lingering problem from this afternoon’s wind: Downed wires/poles have closed East Marginal Way South between 14th Ave South and South 86th Place, and that means the South Park Bridge is closed too. Seattle City Light says, “We expect we can clear the road by tomorrow evening at the latest.”

PANDEMIC UPDATES: Weekly check-in #16, 10/24/2021

Every week on Sunday night, we update local pandemic stats and recqp ihe week’s news.

KING COUNTY CUMULATIVE NUMBERS (through Friday – they’re not updated on weekends):

*161,406 cases – 2,813 more than a week ago (5,769 total in West Seattle, up 84)
*8,344 hospitalizations – 95 more than a week ago (245 total from West Seattle, up 3)
*1,970 people have died – 28 more than a week ago (73 total in West Seattle, unchanged)


82.4% of King County residents 12+ have completed their vaccine series (up .5% in the past week)

By West Seattle zip code:
98106 – 84.2%
98116 – 88%
98126 – 79.9%
98136 – 89.7%
98146 – 79.9%

(Find more COVID-related King County stats here)


Tomorrow’s the day the new King County requirements take effect for:

*Restaurants/bars (if you’re dining/drinking indoors)
*Indoor recreational events or establishments (that includes many Seattle Parks facilities/programs)
*Outdoor events with 500 people or more

Details, and how to show your vaccination status (or a negative test result), are here.


Go here to see where you can change that. Otherwise, for everybody waiting for the city to announce its promised West Seattle vaccination hub – no word yet; the last update was that they hoped to have it in operation by “early November.”


The UW Medicine testing service in the Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle) continues to operate; you can make an appointment here, though readers report walk-ups have been accepted. Meantime, the Curative testing kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1222 Harbor SW) is also still operating. In addition, both West Seattle Walgreens stores are offering drive-up testing (35th/Morgan and 16th/Roxbury) – more info here.


Boosters – After this update from the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, they’re now recommended in our state for all J&J recipients and certain Moderna recipients, plus the previously recommended Pfizer recipients. See the newest details here.

Grants – This week, the city announced a new round of small-business-stabilization grants.

Storm fails to stop Fauntleroy Fall Festival volunteers and visitors

Thanks to Brandy for the top photo – part of the haul from this year’s drive-up/ride-up/walk-up Fauntleroy Fall Festival. It went on as planned despite the stormy weather that swept through this afternoon. Volunteers were at stations to offer some traditional festival favorites – with the salmon hats, Jeff and Chantille from John L. Scott Real Estate-Westwood (WSB sponsor):

(WSB photos from here down)

With hot chocolate and cider, the Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering team:

With puzzles and pencils for kids, Ginger and Shellie from HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor):

Mike from the Fauntleroy Community Association offered takeaways including street-safety signs:

Music, too! Organizers asked festival visitors to sign up in advance for a time slot to go through, to avoid a traffic jam. They’d hosted more than 150 visitors by the time we stopped by around the end of the first of three hours. The festival is always free, powered by donations and volunteers.

BIZNOTE: West Seattle Junction’s Kamei Japanese Restaurant closing in a few months

Thanks for the tips. Kamei Japanese Restaurant in The Junction (4512 California SW) has confirmed via its website what it’s been telling customers for a while – that it’s closing after the end of the year. The announcement notes that the restaurant’s been there for more than 20 years and adds, “We’ve been lucky and honored to be part of this West Seattle community and will miss seeing the faces of our friends and family that come by to eat sushi and be merry. We’ll still only be open for pickup until we close in early 2022.” Though this wasn’t cited in Kamei’s message, it should be noted that the site’s long been planned for redevelopment – the proposed project finished Design Review two years ago.

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: 4,440 lose power in Sunday’s second West Seattle outage, and other storm trouble, including water-rescue response

1:40 PM: Another power outage as this blustery weather continues, and this time it’s even bigger: 4,440 customers, according to the Seattle City Light map, including High Point, South Delridge, Westwood, Sunrise Heights, and part of South Park.

1:52 PM: SCL is blaming this one on a tree. … Note that this outage is affecting more signalized intersections – if the light is out, it’s an all-ways stop. … So far readers have texted about signals out including 35th/Webster and 1st/Cloverdale; (added) Delridge from “at least Orchard to Henderson” … 16th at Holden and Austin, too.

2:57 PM: Trees are causing other trouble on West Seattle streets. Just got this photo from the Admiral Way hill:

We’ve also heard emergency-radio discussion of trees down on southbound Myers Way south of Olson, and 45th/Roxbury.

3:03 PM: If you’re in the South Alki area, a neighbor just called to say that a woman is wandering in the rain calling for help and police are trying to catch up with her but haven’t found her yet – if you see her, please call 911 with the location.

4:09 PM: The weather’s calmed but City Light has a lot of work to do – 43,000+ out around its service area, including the 4,400+ here.

4:11 PM: Water-rescue response headed to Lincoln Park for possible kite-surfer in trouble.

4:22 PM: SFD reports the kite-surfer made it safely to shore, so the response has been canceled.

4:55 PM: Theresa notes via Twitter that the 16th/Holden 7-11 is closed because of the outage. Let us know if you’ve found other businesses closed. … Also just in via text: Best of Hands Barrelhouse is closed for the rest of the day (open tomorrow 3-9) …

5:45 PM: Thanks for the updates! Most got their power back after about four hours – about 50 customers in a half-dozen-plus West Seattle spots are shown as still out.

6:24 PM: Just went down Admiral Way. Note the outer southbound lane is blocked in TWO places – not just the one by the SDOT vehicle.

6:42 PM: Spot outages continue. Just noticed a new one on the map – eight customers near 24th/Graham/Delridge, out as of just after 6 pm. And while it’s relatively calm outside now, the forecast says more gusty wind is likely tonight/tomorrow.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 early morning shootings

11:11 AM: We missed these in real time and no one texted, but we’ve confirmed with SFD that two early morning “scenes of violence” responses in West Seattle were both shootings. Neither victim is reported to have had life-threatening wounds, but both were taken to the hospital. The first was in the 1700 block of SW Barton at 1:51 am; SFD says the victim was a 36-year-old man; the second was in the 7800 block of Detroit SW at 3:05 am, and SFD says the victim was a 27-year-old man. No information on the circumstances in either but we’re seeking that from SPD.

2:07 PM: SPD has released a few details on these as part of a roundup of five weekend shootings in the city. In the Barton incident, police say they “were dispatched to investigate a man who had been shot in the abdomen … Officers spoke with witnesses who said they heard the shot come form the street or sidewalk and found the victim laying on the ground. Police searched the area and found a single shell casing but were unable to find anyone who could describe a possible suspect.” Regarding the other incident, police say officers got a call that a man had been shot, then “found the victim with a gunshot to the groin. The victim was able to tell officers that the suspect was last seen in a white Ford Fusion fleeing the area. Police searched the area but were unable to locate any additional witnesses or evidence.”

UPDATE: Sunday’s first power outage – in Highland Park, Riverview, South Delridge, South Park

8:47 AM: Thanks for the tip. Almost 1,000 customers have lost power – the map shows they’re mostly in Highland Park, South Delridge, Riverview, and South Park.

9:08 AM: The map shows another 29 customers added to the outage total, now 1,023.

9:54 AM: After an hour and a half, all but 30 customers are back on, according to the map. Wherever you are, keep your devices charged today – it’s still intermittently blustery.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON: We’re covering the new, bigger outage separately here.

14 possibilities for your West Seattle Sunday

(Saturday rainbow – photo by Chi K Photography)

Highlights of what’s happening today/tonight:

HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS: We’ve added more to the list in the WSB West Seattle Halloween Guide.

CHURCHES: Most are still streaming, along with offering in-person services. Here are this week’s links for 20+ West Seattle churches’ services.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Still lots of fresh produce even as we get deeper into fall. Shop 10 am-2 pm on California between Oregon and Alaska. Scroll down the page at this link to find the vendor list and map for this week. (The market is a WSB sponsor.)

PAINTED PUMPKINS ON SALE: During the market, Chief Sealth International High School Key Club members will be at the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle booth (west side, near the north end) selling painted pumpkins.

KINDIE WEST CONCERT SERIES: Dani & The Bee opens the series at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California SW), 10 am doors, 10:30 am show. Series passes available online.

FLU-SHOT CLINIC: 10 am-4 pm at Madison Middle School (3429 45th SW), all welcome – info here.

ADMIRAL CHURCH SHELTER MEETING: Noon at Admiral Church (4320 SW Hill), an info meeting about the church’s new partnership with Operation Nightwatch to shelter up to 10 men nightly in the sanctuary.

FAUNTLEROY FALL FESTIVAL: 2-5 pm, a drive-through/ride-through/walk-through event in the parking lot at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW) – go here to sign up for a time slot to take your turn!

GRAND OPENING FOR GOOD SISTER: 2-6 pm, this new beauty/skin-care shop focused on BIPOC-owned/made brands and sustainability has its opening on the southeast corner of California and Juneau.

MUSIC AT C&P COFFEE: 3-5 pm, Alan Sobel and Sid Law perform at the coffeehouse (5612 California SW).

TRICK-OR-TREATING @ COMBAT ARTS ACADEMY: 4-6 pm, indoor trick-or-treating at CAA (5050 Delridge Way SW) – sign up each child for a time slot to guarantee access.

NEED FOOD? White Center Community Dinner Church serves a free meal (take-away available) at 5 pm Sundays at the Salvation Army Center (9050 16th SW).

SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: 8 pm to 1 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).

SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ: Triangular Jazztet at The Alley (4509 California SW), 8 pm and 9 pm sets.

Got an event for listing in our calendar and previews? Email – thank you!