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CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Man accused of fleeing stolen vehicle found in greenbelt had just been sentenced days earlier

One day after a man was arrested in the West Duwamish Greenbelt after allegedly bolting from a stolen vehicle driven into the forest (WSB coverage here), his bail was set at $50,000. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office had asked for $75,000, but says District Court Judge Gregg Hirakawa went for a lower amount. We’ve been looking at the record of the suspect, 26-year-old Joseph Depaco, who we’re identifying as he is charged/convicted in other cases. He was just sentenced less than a week ago in a plea bargain involving gun possession, domestic violence, and burglary cases, all outside West Seattle. The sentence given to him on February 4th was credit for four months he’d spent in jail plus up to six months of residential drug treatment as a DOSA (Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative). Court documents from the plea bargain show Depaco’s conviction history – three 2017 felony convictions related to stolen cars, and three 2018 felony convictions including stolen property, a stolen vehicle, and drugs. The documents from last week’s sentencing do not indicate when he was supposed to report for the treatment. Tonight, he remains in jail while the KCPAO awaits additional police information so a charging decision can be made in the Highland Park case. Depaco’s last known address is listed on police reports as in South Park.

Stalled speed bumps revived, West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force told. (UPDATE – where and when)

ORIGINAL THURSDAY NIGHT REPORT: The full report on tonight’s West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force meeting is yet to come – late tonight or tomorrow – but one note was worth breaking out, lest it get lost amid the bridge updates: Sara Zora from the Reconnect West Seattle program said the Fire Department has signed off on some speed bumps that were on hold because of emergency-response concerns. So they’ll go ahead with the installation at spots on 106th, 18th, 45th, Cloverdale, and Marine View Drive. Specific locations weren’t recapped; we’ll be following up on that tomorrow.

ADDED FRIDAY AFTERNOON: SDOT’s response to our followup inquiry:

Speed cushions are anticipated to be installed in March in the following five locations:

– (1) SW 106th St between 35th and 41st Ave SW

– (1) 18th Ave SW between SW Myrtle and Graham St

– (3) 45th Ave SW between SW Trenton St and SW Director St

– (1) SW Cloverdale St between 11th Ave SW and 12th Ave SW

– (2) Marine View Dr between 44th Ave SW and SW 106th St

This is eight speed cushions in total.

Seen and heard on February’s West Seattle Art Walk

February 10, 2022 5:26 pm
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 |   West Seattle Art Walk | West Seattle news

5:26 PM: The February West Seattle Art Walk has begun, all over the peninsula!

We start at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), where artist Erik Railton is on hand until 7 pm. Click proprietor John Smersh says, “Acrylic on canvas paintings, prints, and tote bags! Yes, that West Seattle piece is a framed original; a print is available as well.” See the venue list/map and other notes in our daily preview. More to come!

5:45 PM: During tonight’s Art Walk, if you’re in The Junction, you’re invited to the Galentine’s party at Lika Love/In The Heart:

At center in our photo is Mallika Siddiq, proprietor of the boutique and speakeasy at 4547 California SW. Visit until 9 pm to shop, sip, snack, socialize!

6:07 PM: Another place to sip – the Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) tasting room, open and spotlighting not only art and wine until 9 pm, but also for this Valentine season, Intrigue Chocolate Co.:

The tasting room is open for tasting, by the glass, or by the bottle, with artist Priyanka Parmanand‘s work for Art Walk, until 9 tonight.

7:27 PM: One more stop – the Muse Fest mini-concerts were part of tonight’s Art Walk too, and we stopped by Peel & Press in Morgan Junction as Reese T‘s set began:

More on Muse Fest here!

P.S. Art Walk continues at many venues – and one event hasn’t even started yet, the post-Art Walk Happy Hour with free drinks and snacks at West Seattle Grounds (2141 California SW), brought to you by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, 8-9 pm.

WEST SEATTLE BIZNOTES: Valentine’s Day edition

February 10, 2022 3:53 pm
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 |   West Seattle businesses | West Seattle news

(Lincoln Park photo by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

Biznotes related to the big occasions that is just four days away – Valentine’s Day:

VALENTINE’S DAY AT WYATT’S JEWELERS: Extra shopping time if you’re thinking about jewelry for a Valentine’s gift – longtime WSB sponsor Wyatt’s Jewelers in Westwood Village (2600 SW Barton) will be open this Sunday (February 13th) and Monday (February 14th), days the store otherwise would be closed. 10 am-6 pm both days!

VALENTINE’S DAY AT ALAIR: Alair gift shop (3280 California SW) also is adding extra days/hours – noon-8 pm Friday (February 11th), 10 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-3 pm Monday. Proprietor Shandon elaborates:

I know a huge number of West Seattle small businesses are closed on Mondays (as we usually are), and with Super Bowl being so late this year, we adjusted our hours a bit to give people chances to come in. We also have some cute bags and necklaces from West Seattle makers Nordy Made and Sea+Pine Designs that were custom made just for Alair!

CAKE POP-UP AT PAPER BOAT: If a sweet treat suits your Valentine plans, check out Sunday’s pop-up at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW):

Stop by and pick up a delicious treat for Valentine’s Day from local cake makers Emily & Drew Cain of Lovely & Dapper Desserts. They will be selling mini cakes with a festive Valentine twist, “My Passion For You” (chocolate and passion fruit) and “ Honey I Lavender You” (honey lavender) from 2-5 pm Sunday at the front of the shop. We can personally vouch for the deliciousness of these cakes and we are thrilled they will be joining us!

PET PHOTO BOOTH AT MUD BAY: On Saturday, Mud Bay in The Admiral District (2611 California SW) welcomes you and your dog, cat, or other small animal to a free Valentine-themed photo booth, noon-4 pm.

Anything Valentine-y at YOUR biz this weekend? Let us know so we can add – – thank you!

Support – and see! – musicians during Rain City Relief show Saturday at Easy Street Records

February 10, 2022 2:07 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

Support your local musicians! Here’s one way to do it – Easy Street Records in The Junction is hosting the Rain City Relief record-release party Saturday night, with performers including Beverly Crusher (above). Here’s the announcement:

Easy Street Records is hosting a release party for Rain City Relief’s vinyl compilation record at their West Seattle store on Saturday, Feb 12, 2022 starting at 5.00 PM. This limited edition one-of-a-kind collector’s vinyl album features 10 of Seattle’s best and brightest rising artists including Chong the Nomad, The Black Tones and Shaina Shepherd. Ariana DeBoo, Beverly Crusher, and All Star Opera will perform during the party. Smokey Brights will be in attendance and other artists featured on the album may also be present. The event is free and open to the public with ID and proof of vaccination.

The album was recorded as part of Rain City Relief’s effort to raise $100,000 to provide direct financial support to Seattle artists who continue to be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Rain City Relief is produced by The Reef and Seattle Would Tour Foundation with generous support from Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation, and iconic Seattle businesses including Caffe Vita, Rudy’s, The Edgewater Hotel, Li’l Woody’s, Arvin Goods, Ethan Stowell Restaurants, The Derschang Group, Alaska Air, Georgetown Brewery, PAX®, Weedmaps, House of Cultivar, Heylo, and Moxie’s Mints.

Seattle music lovers are invited to support local artists on Rain City Relief’s website. Supporters who contribute a minimum of $25, will receive a copy of the limited edition vinyl album. The vinyl record will also be available to contributors at Easy Street Records on February 12 and starting February 14, at Sonic Boom Records, Silver Platters locations, Light in the Attic Records, and Royal Records; as well as at select locations of The Edgewater, Rudy’s, Caffe Vita, and The Reef Cannabis’ Mercantile Shop.

Saturday Schedule:

5:00-5:15 PM: Performance by RCR artist All Star Opera
5:15 PM: Welcome and update on Rain City Relief’s fundraising efforts
5:35-5:50 PM: Performance by RCR artist Ariana DeBoo
6:00 PM: Rain City Relief will hand checks to artists
6:10-6:30 PM: Performance by RCR artist Beverly Crusher

CONGRATULATIONS! Chief Sealth IHS swim coach, swimmers honored

From Chief Sealth International High School athletic director Ernest Policarpio:

Congrats to our swim coach Stephanie Hunt for being Metro League Swim Coach of the Year!!! Her dedication and hard work in our community has improved our swim program, increased numbers, and opened opportunities for our student athletes.

(Sealth’s Stephanie Hunt with Cleveland coach Stephanie Wang)

Also: Congrats to swimmers Sam Macray and Nathan Tran for winning the Metro Scholar award for Chief Sealth.

West Seattle Art Walk, Muse Fest mini-concerts, bridge briefing, more for your Thursday

February 10, 2022 10:21 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

It’s the second Thursday – so that means a big night tonight!

WEST SEATTLE ART WALK, PRE-VALENTINE EDITION: Tonight, “5 pm until late,” it’s the pre-Valentine’s Day West Seattle Art Walk. Above is this month’s list of venues, both places you’ll find art and/or artist receptions and/or food and drink specials. With Valentine’s Day just four days away, you’ll also find romantic gift possibilities – for example, Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) is offering chocolate and wine pairings (and art too, with Priyanka Parmanand there, 4-8 pm). See other artist/venue highlights on the WS Art Walk website.

MUSE FEST – THE POWER OF WOMEN’S VOICES: Tonight’s the night for this series of mini-concerts during the Art Walk! Most are 6 pm-7:45 pm, with one slated for 7 pm-8:30 pm. Musicians and venues/locations are all listed here. All free!

GALENTINE’S PARTY: While you’re in The Junction, visit Lika Love Boutique and In The Heart (4547 California SW) for this celebration – shopping, sipping, more, 6-9 pm.

AFTER-ART-WALK HAPPY HOUR: Meet Admiral neighbors at West Seattle Grounds (2141 California SW) for free drinks/snacks 8-9 pm and talk about what’s happening in the neighborhood!

Also happening in West Seattle today/tonight:

UNDERSTANDING MEDICARE: Patrice Lewis from We Speak Medicare (WSB sponsor) has a free presentation at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon) 1-2 pm – details in our calendar listing.

CAREER INFO FOR TEENS/YOUNG ADULTS: The spring Job Launch event is online, 3-4:30 pm, with info about cosmetology/barber careers this time, aimed at 16-to-24-year-olds. Our calendar listing has info on how to participate.

WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE BRIEFING: For the first time in two months, the West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force meets, online at 4 pm, open to public viewing (here’s the livestream link; here’s the agenda). One big topic will be yesterday’s news that the concrete-drivers strike might push back the projected “midyear” completion date for repairs.

DISCOVER SEATTLE COLLEGES: 5:30-6:30 pm tonight, online, learn about education and human-services studies at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) and its sibling Seattle Colleges. Go here to get the link.

WORDS, WRITERS, SOUTHWEST STORIES: Carol-Ann Thornton returns to the speaker series, 6 pm online, with a presentation titled “Privilege and Entitlement Versus Healing and Restoration?: Exploring a Slice of West Seattle History and Beyond.” Our preview has info on how to watch/listen.

‘MONSTERS OF THE AMERICAN CINEMA’: The world-premiere play at ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor) starts its third week at 7:30 tonight. Read more about it here; buy your tickets here.

There’s more on our calendar!

YOUTH SPORTS: West Seattle Soccer Club’s spring signups

February 10, 2022 9:19 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS & Sports

Another youth-sports announcement this morning – spring-season signups are under way for the West Seattle Soccer Club, which also has opportunities for prospective coaches and board members. Here’s the announcement we received:

Registration for our 2022 spring season is during February (with late registration starting March 1). Teams are formed by school year registration so children can play with their classmates:

2022 HSA Champions League Spring Season

Go to or

Play begins Sunday, April 24 (for U8-U12) and Sunday, May 1 (for U6-U7)
FEE for U6 – U12 is $75

Divisions by ACADEMIC YEAR (August 31st – July 31st)

NO PROMOTION FROM FALL (if your player was U9 in Fall, then U9 this Spring)

U13+ Divisions by BIRTH YEAR for play in Spring SSUL League. First games are April 23/24.
FEE for U13+ $110


Would you consider serving on the WSSC Board? We have openings.

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Thursday morning watch

February 10, 2022 6:01 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

6:01 AM Good morning!


Clouds and a high around 50 are again in today’s forecast, with one addition: The afternoon could be a bit windy.


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.


688th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. (Next public briefing, 4 pm today – watch here.)

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:

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? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed; 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 roads/paths/water? Text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.