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ANNIVERSARY: 15 years since Hanukkah Eve Windstorm

Didn’t want to let this calendar date go by without a mention: It’s been 15 years since the Hanukkah Eve Windstormearly on December 15, 2006 – left thousands in West Seattle without power for days, among more than 1 million around the region. This sign photographed at Highland Park Way and SW Othello five days later told the story:

Some pockets of West Seattle didn’t get their power back for almost a week. (Our Upper Fauntleroy neighborhood was out for more than three days.) But other areas had it tougher – more were out on the Eastside, and five died of carbon-monoxide poisoning in Burien – so WS didn’t get as much attention (that’s when, and why, our site started morphing to news coverage). Power crews came from far away to help – note what’s written on this truck we photographed in Alki:

Citywide media also reported that City Light was shorthanded pre-storm. Meantime, before the wind, a 2-inch downpour opened a sinkhole at the top of the SW Thistle stairway, among other damage:

Otherwise, trees came down (and at least one went up). For meteorological reminiscing, you can go here; for a regional recap, see HistoryLink.

HOLIDAY GIVING: Nucor’s gifts, from the mill to The Mount

The West Seattle Food Bank delivery we showed you last week was just part of the community giving for Nucor Steel and its employees this season. Those gifts under and around the “giving tree” at the plant were delivered to Providence Mount St. Vincent today:

A check for $10,000 was presented, too, along with hundreds of gifts. This is the 15th year of Nucor’s gift-giving to The Mount – but the ties between the two go back a lot further; Seattle Steel founder William Pigott helped establish The Mount almost a century ago. Meantime, The Mount had a gift for Nucor too – here’s The Mount’s Molly Swain presenting Nucor’s Walter Reese with a thank-you card and chocolates from The Mount’s staff.

Nucor’s Melody Sarkies also was part of today’s delivery.


Gatewood gets brighter by the night! Tonight’s featured lights are by Krista, who sent photos of her display on the northwest corner of California and Portland [map], highlighted by the stars. Krista’s advice: “The view is better when heading northbound on California rather than southbound.”

You’ll find all this season’s spotlighted light displays archived here; if you have lights to suggest – yours or someone else’s, with or without photos –; thank you!

FOLLOWUP: SDOT sets dates/times for low-bridge testing closures

(Image from SDOT cam late this afternoon)

As noted in our coverage of last week’s West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force meeting, SDOT has to do low-bridge testing related to its upcoming work. Last week, they didn’t have the dates set, but said it would be a series of Sundays. Now, SDOT has announced the dates and times:

On some Sundays in December and January, we will briefly close the Spokane St Swing Bridge (low bridge) for three times a day to people driving, taking transit, walking, and biking. These closures could last up to 30 minutes each, which is about twice as long as the bridge is closed to traffic when it swings open for a vessel.

In 2022, we are performing important rehabilitation upgrades to the low bridge to ensure that it remains in safe and usable condition. We will use these short-term closures to measure important deflection data for the low bridge to ensure that future construction scaffolding will be safe to use while we complete this rehabilitation work.

We are aligning these short closures to happen during off-peak periods and when there are lulls in traffic to minimize impacts to the community, including transit, freight, and other approved low bridge users.

The scheduled closure times are the same each day: during lulls in traffic around 9 AM, around 1 PM, and around 5 PM. The planned dates for these closures are:

Sunday, December 19
Sunday, January 9
Sunday, January 16
Sunday, January 23
Sunday, January 30

People driving who are authorized to use the low bridge will need to take the signed detour routes during these closures, take the trip at a different time, or wait up to 30 minutes when the bridge will reopen.

People biking, walking, or rolling on the low bridge path can wait up to 30 minutes for the bridge path to reopen or they can continue south to use the 1st Ave S Bridge path.

The low-bridge work is detailed here.

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle RoadRunners compete at cross country nationals

From the West Seattle RoadRunners:

This past weekend, 47 youth athletes from West Seattle RoadRunners, our local youth running team, competed in the 2021 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Paris, Kentucky, with over 2,800 athletes from all over the country.

This was the largest contingency of youth athletes ever to represent our community at this meet. Our runners competed in 7 different divisions in ages 7 to 14 (1st to 9th grade). For many of our runners, this was their first trip to the National Championship meet.

Our 7-8-year-old girls team finished in 3rd place (the highest finish of any team we have ever sent to this meet). Additionally, our 9-10 girls finished 5th, and our 7-8 boys, 9-10 boys, and 11-12 girls finished 6th,

Two of our 7-8-year-old girls (Beau Sitzmann and Teagan Kemper) finished in the top 25 individuals in their division and were awarded All-American honors.

Congratulations to all!

BRIDGES: Got questions? Get answers Thursday @ West Seattle Transportation Coalition

(SDOT bridge-cam view, 1:37 pm today)

If you have questions after last week’s detailed briefing about the West Seattle Bridge repair plan (WSB coverage here), you have a chance tomorrow night to get answers. SDOT is on the guest list for the West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s December meeting, 6:30 pm Thursday, online. And if you have a question about what’s become West Seattle’s main lifeline across the Duwamish River, the 1st Avenue South Bridge, WSDOT will be there too. The agenda also includes the Port of Seattle, as the Terminal 5 opening gets closer. All welcome – viewing/participating/call-in info is in our calendar listing.

Before taking office, two first-time local elected officials take West Seattle Chamber of Commerce questions

December 15, 2021 12:01 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle politics

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“The voters spoke, and hopefully my colleagues on the council heard the message.”

That’s what City Councilmember-elect Sara Nelson told the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce toward the end of Tuesday’s meet-and-greet, responding to a question about how she would work with councilmembers with different political ideology and ideas.

Nelson and Port Commissioner-elect Hamdi Mohamed spent an hour answering questions during the midday online event, as both prepare to take office. Both are first-time elected officials – Nelson was elected to the Seattle City Council‘s citywide Position 9, formerly held by Lorena González, who ran for mayor instead of for re-election; Mohamed was elected to the Seattle Port Commission‘s Position 3, defeating incumbent Stephanie Bowman. Topics ranged from public safety to economic development.

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HPIC’s future, ‘Get Fit West Seattle’ info night, more for the rest of your Wednesday

December 15, 2021 11:13 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Seen in a Gatewood planting strip)

A few reminders for the rest of today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide and year-round Event Calendar:

HOLIDAY PHOTOS: Gail Ann Photography continues photo sessions at historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, 3-7 pm, (9131 California SW)

(added) WINE/FOOD EVENT: 5-7 pm at Molly’s Bottle Shop (3278 California SW): “We’re pairing up with Sebastian and Aislinn of Oso Negro Baking Co., who will be baking their delicious empanadas in front of the shop while we will be offering a tasting of some natural wines.”

SANTA PHOTOS: Tonight is Santa’s annual visit to Pegasus Pizza (2770 Alki SW), 6 pm-10 pm.

‘GET FIT’ INFO NIGHT: Thinking about your health/fitness goals for next year? Start by finding out about the free West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) “Get Fit West Seattle” program – “couch to half-marathon”! Come to the shop at 2743 California SW for “info night” tonight.

HPIC’S FUTURE: Second “town hall” about Highland Park Improvement Club‘s fire recovery is tonight at 7 pm, online – the link for participating/attending is here.

OPEN MIC NIGHT: The Skylark‘s weekly open-mic night starts with signups at 7:30 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

Got something for our calendar? – thank you!

HOLIDAY GIVING: You donate, Lake Washington Physical Therapy crabwalks! (Or …)

December 15, 2021 10:39 am
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 |   Holidays | How to help | West Seattle businesses | West Seattle news

That’s Mark Bouma of Lake Washington Physical Therapy (1309 Harbor Avenue SW; WSB sponsor) “crabwalking.” Mark explains that it’s part of their holiday-season fundraiser to help foster kids – and you can be part of it:

We have about 3 weeks left of our Holiday Fundraiser supporting Treehouse for Kids!

We are part of a group of small businesses called the Puget Sound Health and Fitness Coalition, joining forces to raise money for foster kids. So far we have raised over $5,000, but there is still time left to donate!

This link will allow visitors to donate securely online:

The community can donate online or in the clinic. If they donate over $20 in the clinic, they can ask any one of our team members to perform some FUN physical tasks from the list!

The clinic is right across from Don Armeni Boat Ramp.

WHALES: Orcas swimming past West Seattle again!

10:07 AM: If you can take a break for some Wednesday whale-watching, we just heard from Kersti Muul that a group of whales had been seen heading southbound through the Seattle/Bainbridge Island ferry lanes, so they should be visible from West Seattle soon if they’re not already, Let us know if you see them!

11:22 AM: In addition to Kersti’s updates in comments, we’ve also heard from Patrick via email, “Two orcas behind the ferry Cathlamet. Looks like they are fishing but they did a full breach. South of Brace Point. Heading South.”

From the ‘dumped/likely stolen’ file: Nishiki bicycle

December 15, 2021 9:42 am
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 |   Crime | West Seattle news

From Vineta:

We’ve had an abandoned bike against our fence for a few weeks now, and thought it might have been stolen.

This is near 47th/Stevens. Recognize it? Contact us and we’ll connect you.

TRAFFIC, WEATHER, TRANSIT: Welcome to Wednesday

6:03 AM Good morning!


Cold this morning, and there’s once again a small chance we’ll see a bit of snow.


Metro is on its regular weekday schedule. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of trip cancellations.

Ferries and Water Taxi: WSF continues a two-boat schedule on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run. Check here for alerts/updates. The Water Taxi is on its regular schedule.


632nd 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.)

The 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):

South Park Bridge:

West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:

Highland Park Way/Holden:

The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

Are movable bridges opening for vessels? The @SDOTBridges Twitter feed can tell you; 1st Ave. S. Bridge openings are also 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.