West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The final candidate forum presented by a local organization brought the King County Executive candidates to the West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s online meeting Thursday night.
It was a chance for one last look at three-term incumbent Executive Dow Constantine and first-term State Sen. Joe Nguyen, both West Seattle residents, before the voting deadline Tuesday night. WSTC chair Michael Taylor-Judd and board member Kate Wells facilitated. The questions – which, given the group’s mission, focused on transportation – and answers below are our summaries/paraphrasings, not exact quotes except for what’s within quotation marks. (Added Monday night – here’s the WSTC meeting video; the candidates’ forum starts 31 minutes in.)
8:25 PM: As mentioned in today’s preview, and elsewhere, we might see the “northern lights” tonight – well, more like early tomorrow. Here’s what West Seattle skywatching expert/educator Alice Enevoldsen says: “Based on this latest prediction, I’m revising my advice for Seattle to *center* around 2-5 am tonight. Still looks like clear skies.” For other forecasts, and viewing advice, here’s the aurora-info page on Alice’s website.
1:44 AM: Not looking too promising yet, as far as we can tell. But if you’re up late/early, check in on Alice’s Twitter account too.
ADDED SUNDAY MORNING: Alice says today’s outlook from forecasters is that “the peak of the solar wind impact” is forecast for 3 pm to 5 pm. So we may be out of luck for this solar event.
ADDED SUNDAY EVENING: Alice says the space-weather forecasters have downgraded everything, so nothing’s expected tonight either.
The photo and report are from Erin, after West Seattle High School cross-country athletes – the boys’ varsity team and three varsity girls who qualified individually – competed in the district meet today at Lake Sammamish State Park:
West Seattle HS XC boys’ Varsity team and 3 individually placed varsity girls ran AMAZING races today at Sea-King District 2 Championships at Lake Sammamish State Park!
Here’s the team members’ names:
Boys: Elliot A, Asher, Tao, Ewan, Dylan, Elliot B, Ethan
Girls: Anika, Sylvie, Jhana.
So proud of all these runners! They all did amazing.
The varsity boys’ team moves on to the state championship meet next Saturday in Pasco, as well as 2 of our girls who qualified (Anika & Sylvie)
Here’s the Team & individual Statistics at links below:
Important to note: this is the first time EVER that WSHS varsity cross-country has made it to state championship as a TEAM !!!
Huge thank you to coaches Shelley, Will, Greg, Ralph, and Joe. Thanks to all the athletes, students, parents, friends, and family members who showed up to cheer on these amazing athletes today!
In today’s bright sunlight, the cruise ship anchored off Manchester – Ovation of the Seas – was particularly eye-catching from west-facing West Seattle. As we’ve reported previously, after concluding the Alaska cruise season, it was supposed to head to the Southern Hemisphere for an Australia cruise season, but that was canceled due to COVID-related travel restrictions. So it’s been hanging around in Washington waters. Port of Seattle spokesperson Peter McGraw sent an update at week’s end:
Royal Caribbean International’s the Ovation of Seas will continue to spend more time around Puget Sound in the coming winter months under minimal operations. Currently, she is anchored in Yukon Harbor in Kitsap County, where the U.S. Coast Guard determines the berthing locations. She’ll spend approximately one week at anchor before heading out to coastal and international waters. She’ll then return to Pier 66 for the day on Friday, Nov. 12 for provisioning, bunkering, and crew movements. Then it’s back to Yukon Harbor and other movements out to sea before coming back to Pier 66 on Monday, Dec. 13 for more operations during the day. While in our waters, Ovation of the Seas utilizes marine gas oil (MGO), a low-sulfur fuel. In between these locations, it will be very possible to continue to see the Ovation of the Seas throughout our area.
It’s more common to see cargo ships at anchor where the cruise ship is now; we reported on the ongoing cargo backup earlier this week.
It’s not just the streets and drains but also the sidewalks that should to be kept clear of all those leaves the wind and rain brought down (ever tried to use a sidewalk covered in slippery/mushy leaves?). If you have yard-waste pickup service, now’s the time to do it, because you can put out extra yard waste for no extra charge every collection day in November. From the city reminder:
If you do find that you have more leaves and yard waste than can fit in your food and yard waste cart, SPU has you covered! This November, SPU is providing FREE extra yard waste collection for household customers, up to 10 extra bags for every collection throughout the month. Simply set out your extra yard waste next to your food and yard waste cart on your collection day.
Extra yard waste must be contained either in kraft paper bags or placed in an extra container that is clearly marked to indicate it contains extra yard waste. Please make sure your extra yard waste collection bags or container only contain yard waste, not food waste. Fallen branches and twigs can be set out for extra collection as well. These can be tied into bundles up to 4 feet long by 2 feet in diameter and tied with fiber twine. Do not use wire, nylon cording, or plastic banding.
(Thanks to Eddie for reminding us about this!)
Lura‘s yellow 2015 Nissan Juke was stolen in the Beach Drive area overnight: “The key fob was accidentally left in the car – we had traded who was driving the car but the key didn’t get handed off. So this may have been purely opportunistic – someone checking doors, finding it unlocked, pressing the “START” button. Police report made. License AXH4237.” The car looks like this stock photo. Call 911 if you see it.
Four months ago, we reported on thieves taking the Mamacita’s Bad Ass Mexican Food trailer. It was found, but not in good shape. Now proprietor Margarita is finally back in business, starting today, and sent us her announcement:
Come join Mamacita’s for food & fun this holiday weekend!
We will be on the corner of California & Lander, across the street from The Good Society Brewery and Public House.
Saturday 5-8 pm and Sunday 12-5 pm.
This will be our first time out since the trailer was stolen and vandalized, so please come support and show Mamacita’s some love. Can’t wait to see you there!
Here’s the menu.
11:38 AM: Seattle Fire is sending a water-rescue response by land and sea to 64th/Alki, for a report of two divers who are “overdue.”
11:43 AM: The two divers have just shown up, so the response is being downsized.
10:18 AM: Get an early start on your Hallo-weekend with the first-ever Alki Beach business-district trick-or-treating! It’s on until noon. See the map here (note that Brocante Beach House at 2622 Alki SW is participating too). This was organized by Outer Space Seattle, whose crew – seen above – is holding down the west end of the map, at 2820 Alki.
11 AM: Other sights seen along Alki – besides participating in trick-or-treating, El Chupacabra is painting Halloween art:
One house just east of Outer Space Seattle and Locust Cider, which is also participating, has clever jack-o-lanterns:
And of course, it’s all about the costumes:
For today’s full lineup, see our daily list or the Halloween Guide. Tomorrow’s big business trick-or-treat events are in The Junction 10 am-2 pm – no extra street closure, but do wander south of the market, along the sidewalks – we’re participating and will see you at KeyBank Plaza) and in downtown White Center starting at 3 pm.
ROAD-WORK ALERTS: SDOT plans work at these three spots – 16th/Austin concrete-panel work between 7 am and 5 pm, with steel panels then placed over the new concrete so it can harden, to be removed Sunday; Corson and Michigan in Georgetown, 6 am-11 am, updating street striping; “minor pavement repairs in various locations” in South Park, 7 am-5 pm.
HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS: ~30 locations in our Halloween Guide, some better by day, some better by night (most have photos).
SCAVENGER HUNT: West Seattle Junction Harvest Fest Scavenger Hunt through Sunday – get your map at participating businesses.
TREATS AT YOUNGSTOWN COFFEE: Trick-or-treating at Youngstown Coffee (6032 California SW) in Morgan Junction – candy and stickers – open 8 am-4 pm.
ALKI BEACH BUSINESS TRICK-OR-TREATING: First time for businesses at the beach! See the newest map here. 10 am-noon.
BROCANTE BEACH HOUSE TRICK-OR-TREAT & MORE: Not only can you trick-or-treat at Brocante Beach House (2622 Alki SW) during the Alki Beach trick-or-treat event, they’re open until 6 pm with giveaways too – details here.
SEATTLE SPEAKING PROJECT HALLOWEEN OPEN HOUSE: Online at 10 am – details here.
MUSIC AT C & P: Marco de Carvalho, 10:30 am-noon at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW).
(added) CROSS-COUNTRY: West Seattle High School runners are competing in districts at Lake Sammamish State Park today, “the varsity boys team and 3 varsity girls who qualify as individuals … boys at 11:45 and girls at 12:30.”
‘OPEN CREEK’: Noon-3 pm, visit Fauntleroy Creek – you might see salmon, since a few spawners have shown up! Our preview explains where to go to catch up with volunteers who’ll answer your questions and explain what’s been happening.
SPOOKY INTERACTIVE ART GALLERY, 5:30-10 pm. RSVP to get the location (which is in West Seattle) – text 206-272-0721.
“NIGHTFALL ORPHANAGE:: Spooky experience at 2130 Alki SW, 7-10 pm – here’s the trailer:
Details in our calendar listing
‘COME AS YOU AREN’T’ The annual Halloween battle-of-the-bands concert at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 7 pm, 21+, $20 at the door. Lineup here.
DINNER & DANCING: That’s part of the 7-11 pm White Center Eagles Halloween Party (10452 15th SW) – info here.
DRAG SHOW: Halloween edition of West Seattle Drag Show with Dolly Madison, 9 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).
AURORA TONIGHT? We’ll be keeping an eye on the outlook for aurora viewing tonight, thanks to West Seattle educator/expert skywatcher Alice Enevoldsen, who is updating via Twitter as always. (Alice’s general advice for aurora-watching is here.)
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