West Seattle, Washington
If you haven’t yet decided how – or whether – to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement about West Seattle’s potential light-rail routing/station locations, Tuesday might bring some help: That’s when the West Seattle/Duwamish-area Community Advisory Group convened by Sound Transit will take what’s supposed to be a “deep dive” into the DEIS. It’s an online meeting, 5-7 pm Tuesday (March 8th), and everyone’s welcome. No public comment, but this could set you up with better information before you send in yours (which you can do at any time before April 28th – go here). The meeting’s livestream will be here. (Our past coverage of the project is archived here, newest to oldest.)
This is the last week that our state and county will require people to wear masks in many indoor settings. The end of the mandate does not mean that people can’t choose to continue wearing masks, nor does it mean that businesses or other facilities/institutions can’t choose to continue requiring them. Shandon Armstrong, proprietor of the gift shop Alair (3270 California SW), told us, “I’ve been struggling with how to handle masks this time around. … I finally came up with a solution that I’m happy with and my staff is comfortable with. I thought it might help other businesses that are also struggling with what the right thing to do is …” So as of next Saturday, March 12th, this will be Alair’s policy:
*Masks (will be) no longer required in Alair
*Our staff will usually still wear masks per their own wishes and we are all fully vaccinated and boostered
*Masks are still awesome and keeping everyone safe, so:
*Anyone that chooses to wear a mask while shopping will receive an appreciation discount of 5% off their total purchase
Even after next Saturday, masks will continue to be required in health-care and long-term-care facilities, aboard transit, and in correctional facilities.
Two recycle/reuse notes:
(WSB photo: March 2021 recycle/reuse event)
WEST SEATTLE EVENT REMINDER: We’re now less than two weeks away from this year’s big recycle/reuse event – with shredding as well as various dropoff stations – on March 19th. As first previewed here (follow that link for a list of what’ll be accepted), it’s happening 9 am-noon (corrected) Saturday, March 19th, in the big north lot at South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor), co-presented by the West Seattle Junction Association and Chamber of Commerce.
RECYCLE MADNESS: Also involved with that event, Seattle Public Utilities, which has another event this month for you and people around the city – an online game called Recycle Madness. SPU has set up a 32-item bracket of recyclable items and invites you to fill it out, ranking them by recycling difficulty, and send it in for a chance at prizes throughout the month. You can play by sending your bracket by noon Wednesday (March 9th). Read about the game and find the bracket form by going here.
Thanks for the tip. Signs at the two co-owned Chevron stations in Admiral (41st/Admiral, shown above, and California/Admiral) are displaying prices above $5/gallon. These are outliers in West Seattle so far as we can tell from driving the arterials – the (corrected) Chevron station at Delridge/Orchard is the only one close, with a $4.99 on its sign.
Most others are considerably cheaper. National updates say the average nationwide price may break a record this week. Way back in the volatile times of 2008-2009, we published weekly gas-price checks, long before sites/apps specializing in that popped up; the $4-plus records were set in mid-2008, but by late 2008, prices were dropping below $2.
12:26 PM: Just in from King County Water Taxi: “The West Seattle Water Taxi’s 12:30 pm departure from Downtown Seattle has been canceled. At this time, we do not know when service will resume. Apologies for the delay.” The alert doesn’t explain the cancellation/interruption – but Colman Dock is currently closed for investigation of a threat reportedly involving the Bainbridge state ferry. Updates to come.
12:32 PM: The threat investigation also has Bainbridge/Bremerton state-ferry service on hold.
(Added: Webcam image from WSF Bainbridge terminal area)
What’s described as an “active bomb threat” was apparently centered on the Bainbridge terminal; on the Seattle side, officers with K9s are checking a vessel from that route, M/V Tacoma, so that’s why Colman Dock is currently closed.
12:48 PM: Colman Dock has just reopened. Tracker shows the Water Taxi vessel Doc Maynard is still at Seacrest, so whenever it gets the all-clear, it’ll still have to cross the bay to get to the passengers waiting there.
1:11 PM: The Water Taxi has resumed service. (added) WSF has been cleared to resume regular service in Seattle and Bainbridge, too.
(Photo courtesy WSHS Cheer Team)
It’s almost tryout time for the West Seattle High School Cheer Team – so here’s an announcement from the coaches:
Are you ready to become a part of the Award-Winning West Seattle High School Coed Cheer Team?
Now’s your chance. Tryouts will be held in person March 30th-April 1st from 4:30 pm- 6:30pm @ WSHS. To try out, you will need to fill out all online forms and provide a current Sports Physical.
For those interested in trying out for our State Qualifying Competition Team are invited to attend our Stunt Clinics where you’ll learn basic stunt skills. Though stunting is NOT a part of the final tryouts, attendance may or may not benefit your chances on making our Comp Team! Stunt Clinics are on March 22-23 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.
To participate in tryouts on March 30th and Stunt Clinics on March 22nd, please bring a printed and signed copy of the items below to the first day of clinics/tryouts.
* Signed Waver Form Due
* Both Covid Forms Due
* Up to Date Physical
The tryout application and required Forms are available through our following link tree below.
Good Luck and Go Wildcats!! For questions, please email: email@example.com
(Saturday sunset, photographed by James Bratsanos)
Sunday is here, and now we’re just one week from Daylight Saving Time, two weeks from spring. Here’s what you should know about today:
ROAD-WORK ALERTS: Today we have three (as previewed on Thursday):
–West Marginal Way repaving: Again today, SDOT plans this work through ~1 pm, “repaving West Marginal Way SW between 2nd Ave SW and Highland Park Way SW. 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.”
–5-way intersection: This work is expected to be complete by 1 pm – this flyer explains what’s being done.
–Spokane Street signage: “We’ll be adding directional signs on westbound SW Spokane St to provide earlier notice of the correct lane to be in for the Admiral Way or Harbor Ave/Avalon Way exits. We’ll also make small updates to the road striping to support these new signs.” This work is supposed to have been complete by 6 am.
CHURCHES: Most West Seattle churches are continuing online services, with many resuming in-person too – here’s our weekly update on 20+ churches.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: Cookie booths are back this year, we learned on Saturday. Here’s the troops we’ve heard from:
-10 am, Easy Street Records (California/Alaska)
-Noon, Easy Street
-2 pm, Junction True Value (44th/Edmunds)
-Look for other times, locations, and days (through March 20th) here
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, find fresh food – produce, meat, fish, cheese, beverages, baked goods, and prepared food – at the weekly WSFM (WSB sponsor). (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
‘A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD’: Twelfth Night Productions presents the musical “story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons,” 3 pm matinee at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW). Ticket info and more in our calendar listing.
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).
BENEFIT CONCERT: 5 pm at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), DAD rocks the house to raise money for the West Seattle Lacrosse Club.
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.
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