West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to Chief Sealth International High School athletic director Ernest Policarpio for sending the photos and report tonight:
Big shoutout to our girls bowling team, who missed state by just a few pins! Elsa Chao and Katie Kaisaki are Chief Sealth’s first individual bowlers to go to state and represent our school!!
Big shout-out to our girls wrestling team, who have won back-to-back-to-back Metro Championships!!! They are headed to Kent Meridian for sub-regionals on Saturday while we host the boys Metro Championships this weekend. Congratulate the athletes when you see them tomorrow.
Individual Metro Champs – Eden Lopez, Alyssa Reyes, Sophia Andreini, Delaney Graves, Miriam Faust, Saleen Kelly, Puna Faga
2nd Place – Jenny Brown and Elyse Ledger
3rd Place – Amelia Wright
You might know Zoser from his busking gigs at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market … or maybe you know him as a neighbor right here on the peninsula … or in his work with Delridge-based nonprofit Totem Star. Even if you don’t know him, you’re invited to his livestreamed Double Single Release Party online tomorrow night (Friday, February 4th). Zoser will be at Metropolist in SODO, you’ll be wherever you choose to connect to the stream, starting at 6 pm Friday. Zoser has recorded two albums – Genesis in 2019 and Evolve in 2020 – and is now releasing singles “Ain’t Basic” and “It Is What It Is,” looking ahead to a new album later this year. The announcement describes Zoser as “a singer/songwriter and music bender whose music has no boundaries (… shifting) seamlessly between pop, hip-hop, soul, and folk.” The livestreamed event is free but they’re requesting that you RSVP, which you can do here.
Thanks to Ian for sending the photo. He happened onto this streetcorner signwaving tonight just outside Dakota Place Park north of The Junction. Ian didn’t catch the specific reason for the demonstration, but we note that in addition to February being Black History Month, this week is Black Lives Matter at School Week throughout Seattle Public Schools.
Just announced by SDOT:
On Saturday and Sunday, we will be repaving West Marginal Way between 2nd Ave SW and Highland Park Way SW. We anticipate to begin this work as early as 1 AM and conclude by 1 PM on both days. During work hours, we will be limiting the area to southbound traffic only. People driving northbound will follow a detour route that continues north on 2nd Ave SW to Highland Park Way and connects at the Highland Park Way/West Marginal Way intersection. The road will be fully open outside of work hours, but please anticipate traffic delays and navigate the area with caution.
Another major combined-sewer-overflow storage tank is planned for our area, this time on the east edge of West Seattle, near the 1st Avenue South Bridge. This is the West Duwamish Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Project, and its aim is to comply with orders to reduce the number of overflows into the Duwamish River – specifically one outfall on SW Michigan Street that overflows an average of 4.6 times a year and one at Terminal 115 that overflows an average of 1.7 times a year. The new facility near 2nd SW/SW Michigan will be on 60,600 square feet of T-115, which is owned by the Port of Seattle, centered on a 1.25 million gallon underground tank – 140′ x 110′, 26′ deep – and related pipes. Here’s the King County Wastewater Treatment Division map:
For comparison, the storage capacity is 25 percent more than the big tank built across from Lowman Beach five-plus years ago, now known as the Murray Wet Weather Facility. The West Duwamish project will also include an above-ground 5,300-square-feet “facility building and outdoor odor control area” plus landscaping including a “stormwater bioretention facility.” The project also includes associated facilities such as a “diversion structure” near West Marginal Way and Highland Park Way SW.
Construction is not expected to start until 2025, but another key comment period is open now. Through February 14th, comments are being taken on the environmental checklist for the project – you can see it here. You can comment via email at WTDSEPA@kingcounty.gov. You’ll get a chance for a briefing and Q&A about the project at an upcoming HPAC meeting – watch hpacws.org for word of that.
3:15 PM: With the pm commute approaching, SDOT has just issued an advisory about a road closure that has stretched on for hours since a crash this morning:
The Seattle Department of Transportation closed SR-99/E Marginal Way between S Royal Brougham Way and S Hudson St [map] in both directions due to a damaged utility pole. A vehicle hit a utility pole that caused the pole to fall and is now supported by the wires across the roadway. The road will remain closed until further notice and will be reopened once SDOT crews verify that the area is safe to travel through. SDOT encourages travelers to find alternate routes if you are driving in and around the area.
Travelers on SR-99 SB coming out of the tunnel must exit at S Royal Brougham Way. Travelers on SR-99/SR-509/E Marginal Way NB are encouraged to use 1st Ave S and 4th Ave S.
We’ll update when there’s a change.
3:40 PM: Per SDOT, “Northbound lanes reopened to traffic on SR-99 at S Hudson St. Southbound lanes remain closed from S Royal Brougham Way to S Hudson St.”
4 PM: And now southbound has reopened too.
Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
UNUSUAL DUMPED/LIKELY STOLEN ITEM: HA emailed to say they “found an industrial heater/fan just off Delridge, south of SW Hudson. Based on the model number, it retails for about a thousand dollars. Rather than leave it where abandoned, I brought it home.” If you’ve had that type of item stolen (or otherwise lost), email us at email@example.com and we’ll connect you with the finder.
MAIL THEFT TARGETING CREDIT CARDS: From MR:
I wanted to report repeated mail theft that strikes me as a bit odd and thought that perhaps others are experiencing the same. (I have filed police reports for both of the following incidents.)
My Capital One credit card was expiring, so they mailed me a new card. It never got to me, but I received notification from Capital One that someone was attempting to use it at a Shell gas station and also on the Square payment app in late January. I cancelled the card and Capital One sent me a replacement card.
I had not received the card, but this morning I was notified that someone was attempting to use the replacement card to make a very large purchase at a grocery store in White Center.
The thieves apparently were not able to activate the card in any of the cases and I was able to reject the charges and cancel the cards without them being able to use the cards.
What is odd is that I have a keyed mailbox which doesn’t show any indication that it’s been forced open or tampered with. Also, I signed up for the USPS Informed Delivery service after the original theft, and the Capital One envelope showed up on the scan on 2/1, but it was apparently stolen before it made it to my mailbox.
Thanks to West Seattle High School activities coordinator Angela Ferda for sending the photo and report:
Both our competition Cheer Squad and Ladies Bowling will be competing in state competitions.
Bowling will be traveling today to Narrows Plaza Bowl in Tacoma for the WIAA 3A state competition. Bowling is coming off a 13-0 undefeated season and this will be their 2nd time competing at the state level.
Cheer will be traveling on Friday to Battle Ground High School to compete in the WIAA High School State Championships in the no-tumbling co-ed category. This will be their third time visiting state since starting their competition squad.
Best of luck to all!
GOVERNOR AND LOCAL LEADERS: Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Council President Debora Juarez, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and other local leaders from around the state will join Gov. Jay Inslee for his next media briefing, 2:30 pm. The livestream will be here.
‘MONSTERS OF THE AMERICAN CINEMA’: The world-premiere play at ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor) starts its second week at 7:30 tonight. Read more about it here; buy your tickets here.
BATTLESTAR KALAKALA: Monthly night of “rare funk grooves” at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 9 pm.
Something for our calendar (where you’ll find even more for tonight)? firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Three fun ways to help local schools, which need community help more than ever as the pandemic has dampened the usual fundraising:
VALENTINE SHOPPING WITH ALKI ELEMENTARY PTA: Through Sunday (February 6th), pre-order from the online shop benefiting the Alki PTA:
Cupid’s back with an offering to delight your sweet tooth and make your valentine’s heart flutter. Rose Bouquets (WS delivery available)
Kid Valentine Gift boxes
Brush and Mallet Valentine Cards
Fizz Drink Kit complete with family activities and delicious Cupcake Royale cupcakes
Additionally, a Staff Fund will be available to contribute funds for Cupid to drop treats off to our amazing Alki Staff!
Presale ends THIS SUNDAY so don’t delay. We have Valentine’s Day covered for you!
Go here to browse/order.
LINCOLN PARK CO-OP DINE-OUT: This Sunday is also the day you can dine/drink at Lady Jaye in The Junction (4523 California SW) – dine-in, shop, or takeout – with proceeds benefiting Lincoln Park Cooperative Preschool. There’s also a take-and-bake dish you can preorder by Friday to benefit the preschool. Details on all of the above are in our calendar listing.
WSHS JUNIOR ASB DINE-OUT: Next Wednesday (February 9th), you can get food from Chipotle in The Junction (4730 California SW) and help out the West Seattle High School junior class ASB. Just tell the restaurant you’re there for WSHS. Our calendar listing includes a code you can use – that day, 5-9 pm only – to order online for the fundraiser.
Got a fundraiser, school or otherwise? Let us know – email@example.com – thank you!
11:44 AM: A crash on East Marginal Way at Diagonal has led to a multi-hour closure, now stretching as far north as 99 at Royal Brougham. We don’t have details but this started a few hours ago.
6:03 AM Good morning!
Today’s forecast is breezy and rainy, with a high in the 40s.
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES
Metro is on its regular weekday schedule. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of reroutes/cancellations.
West Seattle and Vashon Water Taxi routes are on regular schedules.
Ferries: WSF continues the two-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. Check here for alerts/updates.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
681st morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras are still 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:
South Park Bridge:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.