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PANDEMIC UPDATES: Weekly check-in #20, 11/21/2021

Here’s our every-Sunday-night update on local pandemic stats and notes.

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

*171,007 cases – 2,125 more than a week ago (6,042 total in West Seattle, up 27)
*8,699 hospitalizations – 83 more than a week ago (257 total from West Seattle, unchanged)
*2,066 people have died – 16 more than a week ago (74 total in West Seattle, unchanged)


King County is now making stats available for ages 5+, so we’re switching to counting that as of this week:
77% of King County residents 5+ have completed their vaccine series

By West Seattle zip code – note that these numbers are NOT yet available as 5+, so they reflect 12+:
98106 – 86%
98116 – 89.5%
98126 – 81.5%
98136 – 90.9%
98146 – 81.6%

(Find more COVID-related King County stats here)


Boosters – Now available for everyone 18 and up, as explained in this state Health Department announcement.

‘Disability-friendly’ kids’ clinic – Announced at week’s end, “an upcoming disability-friendly COVID vaccine clinic in West Seattle, specifically for kids ages 5-11, scheduled for November 28 (with the 2nd dose event on Dec 19th). You must register for an appointment in advance. The nurses for this pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic are trained and skilled in working with kids with disabilities. They will have a separate area for kids with sensory needs. In-car vaccination may be possible if requested in advance. You can request accommodations through their online contact form.” It’s set for 8:30 am-4:30 pm next Sunday at Neighborhood House High Point, 6400 Sylvan Way SW. Register here.


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. Meantime, the Curative testing kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1222 Harbor SW) is also still operating, as is a Curative location at Summit Atlas (35th/Roxbury). In addition, both West Seattle Walgreens stores are offering drive-up testing (35th/Morgan and 16th/Roxbury) – more info here.

DEVELOPMENT: 2 approvals at Southwest Design Review Board doubleheader

At its second-to-last scheduled meeting of the year, the Southwest Design Review Board took its second look at two West Seattle mixed-use projects. Here’s how the Thursday night reviews went:

4440 FAUNTLEROY WAY SW: Two weeks ago, the board gave its final approval to the first of two mixed-use buildings that comprise the Sweeney Blocks megaproject in The Triangle [map]. Thursday night online, they approved the second (westernmost) building. Architect Jenny Chapman from Ankrom Moisan outlined this building as 222 units, 13,000 square feet of retail, and 150 offstreet-parking spots. She noted the first review in August of last year approved the massing (size/shape) in a “stacked-lumber” concept evocative of the site’s legacy as Alki Lumber. She passed the baton to David Cutler of Northwest Studio to talk about the streetscape, with a proposal for “boardwalks” along the ground floor, on 36th SW:

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ROAD-WORK ALERT: 20th/Roxbury

One new road-work alert for the week ahead: The King County-led phase of RapidRide H Line preparations will start work at 20th SW and Roxbury next. From the announcement:

Starting as soon as November 22, crews will set up traffic control to begin construction at the southwest corner of the 20th Avenue SW and SW Roxbury Street intersection. Work will include demolishing the existing pavement, paving the roadway, and making improvements that will serve Routes 113, 120 (future RapidRide H Line), and 560. This work is expected to last through late February 2022.

We have an inquiry out with King County regarding how soon they expect to reopen southbound 26th SW north of Roxbury, also part of the RapidRide project.

WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: Nine feathered neighbors – afloat, aloft, alighted

A Bufflehead coming in for a landing, photographed by James Tilley, starts this gallery of West Seattle bird photos shared by WSB readers, a periodic feature on football-game afternoons. Also seen in local waters, Harlequin Ducks, photographed by Michael Fischer:

Sharon Wada zoomed in on this Common Merganser snacking at Alki:

Two owl sightings:

Above is a Northern Saw-whet Owl that visited Jill Duffield‘s yard; below, @muddelicious tweeted us their photo of an owl (Barred?) just hanging out on a Delridge fence:

The ever-regal Bald Eagle is represented well in Mark Wangerin‘s photo:

In White Center, Samantha Burton photographed a Crow that neighbors have nicknamed “Beaky“:

That bird’s corvid cousins, Steller’s Jays, hang out – raucously – in Theresa Arbow-O’Connor‘s yard:

And we conclude with a daintier, speedier backyard bird, an Anna’s Hummingbird, photographed by Jerry Simmons:

Huge thanks as always to everyone who has shared their photos – is the best way to send us pics unless it’s breaking news, in which case you can text 206-293-6302 – thank you!

P.S. Bird lovers interested in participating in the Seattle Audubon Christmas Bird Count December 19th – even if you’re a casual bird-watcher and can only tally who shows up in your yard/at your feeder – can sign up here.

WEST SEATTLE HOLIDAYS: Christmas-tree season begins

That was the scene this morning at Trees By The Sea (2530 Alki Avenue SW), which – as noted in our daily what’s-happening list – opened today. Every year we feature Christmas-tree sellers in our Holiday Guide (which launches tonight), and they’re the first freestanding lot to open this year. Tony’s Market (35th/Barton) is setting up for its tree-selling, and Holy Rosary School‘s annual fundraiser lot opens Friday (north of the school, 41st/Dakota). We noticed West Seattle Nursery (California/Brandon) has trees already, too, and local hardware stores should have them soon if they don’t yet.

P.S. All holiday-related info is welcome for our calendar and guide – email – thank you!

Water outage in Gatewood

November 21, 2021 12:02 pm
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Seattle Public Utilities says it’s working on a water problem that’s affecting more than 60 homes in Gatewood. Late last night, Steve called SPU to report a problem with a “leaky water main” near 41st/Holden. Thanks to Alex for the tip that it’s still affecting homes today. The utility hopes to have service restored this afternoon.

From the ‘dumped and possibly stolen’ file: Shoulder bag, with PlayStation

From Lori:

(Saturday in High Point) we found a shoulder bag with some electronics and other items in it sitting by the side of the road on Juneau Street, between 32nd and 33rd Streets. We brought it home and looked through it to see if we could find any name or contact info, but there wasn’t anything like that. Among other items in the bag, there was a PlayStation5. Happy to return it if someone can claim it by describing the bag and other items in it.

If this might be yours, contact us and we’ll connect you.


(‘Salmon-egg slime mold,’ photographed in Schmitz Park by Rosalie Miller)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s what’s happening in the hours ahead:

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

TREES BY THE SEA: Opening day for the Christmas-tree lot on Alki:

It will be our 7th year there and we are very excited to be back and bringing our fresh weekly cut trees and holiday hut that will have our line of products from Shipwreck Apiaries, our honeybee company that produces amazing raw honey, gorgeous beeswax candles, and other beeswax-based products. We will be open daily until the week before Christmas. Our last day will be Sunday, December 19th.

The daily hours are:

Mon-Thursday – 12-7
Friday – 11-8
Saturday & Sunday – 8-8

(2530 Alki SW)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Still lots of fresh produce even in mid-autumn. 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.)

TOYS FOR TOTS: During the market, you can drop off new unwrapped toys at the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle booth (west side, near the north end). … Also collecting for Toys For Tots: C&P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), open 7 am-7 pm.

CANCELED HARMONICA POCKET: The Kindie West family-music concert series at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California SW) presents Harmonica Pocket at 10:30 today – get tickets here.

CLOTHING AND FOOD DRIVE: Bring donations to Alki UCC (6115 SW Hinds) 11 am-3 pm – our calendar listing has details on what they’re requesting.

SUPER DUPER GARAGE AND ART SALE: As previewed here last night, Chris “Caspar Babypants” Ballew and Kate Endle are saying goodbye to West Seattle with a big sale 11 am-4 pm today, 5414 SW Beach Drive Terrace.

SUNDAY RUN CLUB: Meet at noon at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW).

WARM CLOTHING DRIVE: Last day, noon-3 pm – Admiral Church (4320 SW Hill) invites you to donate warm clothing to help families at Mary’s Place.

CLASSIC NOVELS BOOK CLUB: Meets 3 pm outdoors at C&P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) “to discuss the Russian novelist Karolina Pavlova’s novel ‘A Double Life’ (1848) in the modern translation by Barbara Heldt.” (5612 California SW)

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!