West Seattle, Washington
11:06 PM: Last weekend’s forecast hinted at snow tonight – and that’s come true. We’re seeing some here in Upper Fauntleroy, and hearing from other parts of West Seattle too, including Genesee Hill and The Junction. Anyone else?
11:29 PM: We’ve heard in comments and tweets from people all over the peninsula. It’s lightly coating cars, planting strips, and decks. … No advisories, and the evening forecast update only had a “slight chance of rain and snow showers.”
11:53 PM: Trouble on the streets already – crash at 63rd SW and Beach Drive. One person reported hurt, and SFD’s on the way.
One local team is still in the postseason playoffs – the West Seattle High School girls’ basketball team. They have a must-win regional-playoff game Tuesday night, and they get to play it at home, 7 pm vs. Liberty High School from Issaquah. If you’re interested in going, here’s the ticket link.
Below-freezing nights are in the forecast all week, so West Seattle’s only emergency shelter has reopened its doors. It’s in the Veterans Center/American Legion Post 160 building in The Triangle, operated with volunteer help and donations, so center manager Keith Hughes emailed us with some requests for anyone who can help:
The Warm-Up Center and Cold Weather Overnight Shelter will be open this week and possibly into next week. We could really use the community’s support again, with men’s-size socks, gloves, stocking caps, T-shirts, and underwear. We have plenty of cots and blankets now, and we thank you all for those.
In the food department, our needs are: Coffee, creamer, pancake mix, instant oatmeal, instant hot-chocolate mix, granola bars, and grocery-store gift cards so we can get milk, eggs, and other fresh items. Thank you so much for your kind and generous support.
The center/shelter is at 3618 SW Alaska, 206-932-9696.
We’re updating this separately since our previous coverage was in the morning traffic watch: Eastbound Roxbury has finally reopened between 8th SW and Olson Place, more than 8 hours after some kind of spill slickened the road and led authorities to close it. We’ll be following up tomorrow to see what they determined had happened and why it took so long to clean up.
We reported earlier this month on the 1.25-million-gallon storage tank planned in southeast West Seattle to reduce combined-sewer overflows into the Duwamish River. At its monthly meeting this Wednesday, HPAC – the neighborhood coalition for Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge – gets a briefing. Here’s the meeting preview, which includes other topics:
We will be hearing from representative of the King County Wastewater Treatment Division to learn more about the upcoming West Duwamish CSO Control project set to begin soon. If you are unfamiliar with these projects, have a look at the construction at 4th South and South Michigan Street, where they are almost done with a huge holding facility. The SW Michigan site will be much smaller, but serve a similar purpose, capturing and holding excess rain runoff from Highland Park, preventing contamination of the Duwamish River during big storms.
If you attended last month’s meeting, SPD mentioned their annual report on crime trends. They will be at our meeting too for any questions or concerns, Westwood Village area ranked 4th in volume citywide in community-generated 911 calls.
Also up in the HPAC business category:
-Planning for Spring Cleanup events – sites you think need to be addressed, dates, etc.
-Helping with a Flip Your Trip outreach event? – mask mandates are lifting and traffic will be ramping up, can we help try and get more folks out of their Single Occupancy Vehicles?
-A look back at our area’s five years of hosting Camp Second Chance – what’s working? Any outstanding concerns? Do we have any guidance or response to State Sen. Joe Nguyen’s bill now in the State Senate regarding lifting SEPA requirements for new camps?
-Inviting any interested parties to help out on eBoard positions – we are an all volunteer advocacy group and rely on community energy!
HPAC will meet online at 7 pm Wednesday (February 23rd) – connection info is here.
One Crime Watch reader report so far today, from Laurie:
I just wanted to reach out so other people are aware in my area; sometime between 9 pm last night and 10 am this morning someone broke into our vehicle and stole my fiancé’s cleaning supplies. Luckily it was only that. I live near the PCC Market on California. They used something to get the door unlocked through the keyhole but didn’t damage it.
On this last winter holiday of the year, we’re looking ahead to spring. One local community group is hoping to line up some help with a spring celebration. Here’s the announcement/request:
The Fauntleroy Community Association would like to announce its annual Spring Community Egg Hunt. One person left a note last year saying, “My grandkids and neighborhood kids enjoyed finding all the Easter eggs that were hidden around the area. Hope you do it again next year.”
This is a ‘no-candy’ event using non-perishable eggs, with surprises hidden inside, around the greater Fauntleroy area. This will occur the week of April 11 through April 16. Closer to the event, we will announce the boundaries where the eggs may be found. (Any plastic eggs you can’t reuse may be dropped off in bins that will be located at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, 9131 California SW.)
REQUEST: We would love volunteers to help stuff and/or hide the eggs. We’ll be doing this in a fun atmosphere. If interested, call or email Candace Blue, 209-401-8406, leeblue2 (at) hotmail.com.
Here’s what you should know for the rest of this holiday Monday:
FOOD FUNDRAISER: Chef Gino Williamson continues cooking at 5441 Delridge Way SW to raise money for his planned move into the Super 24 building nearby. He says he’ll be there all week 11 am-7 pm.
OPEN D&D: Play 6:30 pm-10 pm Mondays at Meeples Games (3727 California SW).
Something for our calendar? email@example.com – thank you!
Family and friends are remembering Jeffrey L. Parsons, and sharing this remembrance with his community:
Jeffrey Lloyd Parsons
May 3, 1947 to February 10, 2022
Jeffrey “Jeff” Parsons was born on May 3rd, 1947, the youngest child of Lloyd and Dorothy Parsons. Jeff was born and raised in West Seattle and was the “favorite brother” of his two older sisters, Kay and Judy. He passed away at home on February 10th, 2022, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness.
Jeff attended EC Hughes Elementary, Denny Middle School, and Sealth High School, where he graduated with the class of 1965. He had many fun adventures with his childhood friends and fellow Boy Scouts and was an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church.
In 1967, Jeff joined the United States Navy Reserve and completed his training and service at the Naval Air Reserve Training Unit in Memphis, TN and the Naval Air Reserve Training Command in Los Alamitos, CA. Upon return to Seattle, he chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and completed an apprenticeship program for sheet-metal fabrication at Seattle Community College. Jeff pursued a lifelong career in commercial sheet-metal work at several Seattle area shops, with the majority of his career spent at Holaday-Parks, Inc., in Tukwila, where he was the Shop Superintendent and proud member of Local Union 66. He retired after 38 years in 2010.
In the late 1960s, Jeff met the love of his life, Sally Paton, and they were married in 1970. Jeff and Sally had over 50 years of adventure together as they raised two children, Maureen and Chris, and built a mountain cabin for their family in the remote community of Stehekin, WA. Jeff loved his outdoor adventures in Stehekin and his time spent with his many friends in the Stehekin community. He loved backpacking, camping, and fishing with his family and enjoyed road trips through the Northwest, Alaska, and Canada.
A gifted carpenter and metal worker, Jeff enjoyed many happy hours tinkering in his shop, and especially loved working on projects with his dad, son, and grandsons. A kind and generous friend and neighbor to many, he looked forward to his daily drives around West Seattle catching up with friends and family and delivering cookies to his grandkids. He loved watching his youngest grandson’s baseball, soccer, and basketball games, and he enjoyed listening to his oldest grandson’s violin and piano concerts. Jeff loved all things vintage; from collectible toys to historical photographs of Stehekin and Lake Chelan, Jeff spent hours curating his fascinating collection. His epic sense of humor was well known and he was appreciated by his family, friends and neighbors for his ability to fix anything.
Jeff’s love for his family was unconditional. Rain or shine, Jeff could be relied upon to help with whatever the situation happened to be, with a powerful mind and an indefatigable work ethic. He was able to provide his family with many decades of safety, opportunities, and beautiful memories. He never seemed to ask for anything in return but the company of his family, which was readily granted on account of his easy-going personality and aforementioned sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.
Jeff is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sally (Paton) Parsons; daughter Maureen Parsons and grandsons Aidan and Ian Busby; son Chris Parsons (Liz Browning); sister Judy Parsons; sister Kay McAvinew (Jerry) and their children Tony McAvinew and Tracy (Tim) Powell; sisters-in-law Sue Lesmeister (Bob) and Diane Peel (Omar); and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Dorothy Parsons, and sister-in-law Laurie Williams.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society.
Please share memories, condolences and pictures with Jeff’s family at bonneywatson.com/obituary/jeffrey-lloyd-parsons. A private family service will be held at Washington Memorial Park in SeaTac.
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries and memorial announcements by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to firstname.lastname@example.org)
8:55 AM: The east end of the Roxbury corridor is closed, readers report – eastbound. (added) Aside from a commenter’s mention of an apparent fuel slick, we haven’t found any official information in the traffic-info channels we monitor.
9:27 AM: Our crew talked to deputies at the west end of the closure and they confirm that a fuel leak/spill of some kind is the problem and they’re blocking EB Roxbury until it’s cleaned up. No ETA.
9:33 AM: According to a radio exchange just now, SPD is being sent to the scene to take over from KCSO, and SDOT is sending a crew for the cleanup, which is at/near the Olson Place intersection.
9:55 AM: An SPD officer at the scene just told dispatch that SDOT says it’ll be at least an hour and “if they have to call a contractor it could be all day.”
1:45 PM: In addition to the earlier update in comments, Shirlee emailed to report it was still closed as of 1:20 pm.
3:45 PM: Still closed as of most-recent SDOT update. We’re headed that way soon to check.
4:25 PM: Finally reopened.
6:03 AM: Good morning! It’s Presidents Day, so we’ve incorporated holiday-related transportation notes below. But first …
Breezy, showery, chilly today, high in the mid-to-upper 40s, low tonight possibly into the 20s.
ROAD WORK REMINDER
8th SW sewer repair – This week, crews are expected to start up to 3 weeks of work on 8th SW between Roxbury and Cambridge, which means parking restrictions and lane closures.
NO SCHOOL THIS WEEK
It’s midwinter break for Seattle Public Schools and those who follow its schedule.
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES, LIGHT RAIL TODAY
No Water Taxi service today.
Ferries: WSF continues the two-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. Check here for alerts/updates.
Light rail: Here’s the Sound Transit holiday schedule.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
699th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
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.)
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.