West Seattle, Washington
7:28 PM: Thanks for the tips. A crash involving a bicyclist has an investigation under way just east of the West Seattle low bridge. Mike Lindblom of The Seattle Times reports via Twitter that the bicyclist has died. SPD says the low bridge is closed because of the investigation. More when we get it.
7:52 PM: Police confirm the rider was killed.
8:55 PM: We tried from both sides to get to the scene but could not. SPD spokesperson Det. Valerie Carson tells us this was a hit-and-run, and that the victim is a man.
9:22 PM: More information just posted by SPD:
Detectives are investigating after the driver in a hit and run collision struck and killed a man riding a compact electric bicycle Friday evening near the Spokane Street Bridge.
At 6:55 p.m., police and firefighters responded to SW Spokane Street and Klickitat Avenue SW for a collision. According to witnesses, the driver of a white or silver sedan traveling eastbound on SW Spokane Street struck a bicyclist that was crossing the road. The driver then continued eastbound and fled the scene.
SFD medics attempted life-saving measures on the bicyclist, but the 63-year-old-man was declared deceased at the scene.
Detectives with SPD’s Traffic Collision Investigation Squad responded to process the scene and begin their investigation. They are asking anyone with information about this collision to call the Violent Crimes Tip Line at (206) 233-5000.
9:56 PM: The scene is cleared and the low bridge has reopened.
11:32 PM: Joseph, who sent the top photo, was among those who spoke to detectives at the scene and said they’re interested in any cameras near where it happened – refer to case # 2022-183308.
5:54 PM: As previewed a bit earlier, that’s Caitlin Sherman on the West Seattle Summer Fest stage, introduced by Troy Nelson. The first day/night of festival music is now at full speed – the main stage is on California north of Oregon, near the Post Office. Here’s the rest of tonight’s lineup:
6 pm – Smoker Dad
7 pm – Acapulco Lips
8 pm – Spirit Award
9 pm – Naked Giants
Also, 7 pm outside Elliott Bay Brewery, Urban Achievers
Doing some main-stage emceeing is a local musician who played Summer Fest himself a few years back – Brent Amaker:
One more reminder – no music Sunday, just today and Saturday; on Sunday, the space north of Oregon will be occupied by the Farmers’ Market (10 am-2 pm). More festival coverage to come!
6:10 PM: Here at the Info Booth, we’ve had a lot of questions today about the food providers. The visiting vendors are all on SW Alaska between California and 42nd – including classic fair/festival food:
There’s also Kenyan, Filipino, Mexican, Thai, and Nepalese food – and several options for ice cream. Show some love to the year-round food/drink providers too – for example, A La Mode Pies is on the same block as the food vendors, with amazing sweet treats; if you’re looking for a full meal, as noted earlier, many Junction establishments have added sidewalk cafés for the weekend – lots of people-watching going on. It’s clouded over in the past hour but still pleasant. The festival’s on until 8 tonight (music till 10) – more coverage ahead!
6:58 PM: As has been the case every year, the festival gets ever-busier on Friday evenings – that’s a big reason why the vendor hours changed to 1-8 pm. We’ve had fun talking to myriad people all day – among them, West Seattle Grand Parade co-coordinator Michelle Edwards – just one week until Junction (and beyond) streets will close again, for the parade’s return! It starts at 11 am Saturday, July 23rd, heading south on California SW from The Admiral District to The Junction. Meantime, it’s time for a special musical event – the Elliott Bay Brewery stage, with 7 pm bands both nights – tonight, Urban Achievers. (Video added:)
10:20 PM: We left a bit earlier because of breaking news. Summer Fest resumes at 10 am Saturday (music at noon).
No all-clear yet, more than a week after a private sewer line was discovered to be leaking into Puget Sound from condos south of Alki Point. That’s according to Sabrina Register of Seattle Public Utilities, which is monitoring the situation. We asked her about the action, if any, to be taken against the responsible party. Her reply:
Seattle Public Utilities notifies property owners when their privately owned wastewater lines are broken or malfunctioning, as property owners are responsible for maintaining their lines. Broken or malfunctioning lines can sometimes discharge sewage into water bodies. Staff consult with them on corrective action that needs to be taken to prevent further discharges.
The property owner associated with the sewer discharge on Beach Drive has been issued notice of violations for sewer discharge into Puget Sound, including in 2021.
SPU is planning to issue a notice of violation for this most recent discharge after determining cost recovery needs.
We’ll be following up again next week.
Many West Seattle businesses based elsewhere on the peninsula come to The Junction to be part of Summer Fest. Among them, Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor), whose founder Erin Rubin sent this update:
Mode Music is ready to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of West Seattle Summer Fest by adding some fantastic musical talent to the stellar lineup this weekend, July 15th-17th!
On Friday, Mode teachers will kick off the Fest by rocking out as only they know how! At 5:00 pm, former Mode teacher and singer/songwriter Caitlyn Sherman (IG: @caitiecruel) will take the stage. And at 9:00 pm, Naked Giants (IG: @naked_giants) will be the headliner, a band that features current Mode teachers Grant Mullen and Gianni Aiello!
Starting at 1:00 pm on Saturday, Mode Music Studios (IG: @modemusicws) will kick off the student and alum block of performances including the rock band It’s All Happening (IG @itsallhappening.band), singer Mari Littlefield, and the female-driven group K.A.M.P.S., whose band name was actually inspired by the fantastic Mode alum band T.H.E.M. (IG: @theband.them) slated to perform at 2:00pm.
Please stop by the Mode Music booth while enjoying the Festival to learn about the music school’s fantastic programs, get some awesome brand new merch, and gain some knowledge about Mode’s non-profit branch Mode Music and Performing Arts (IG: @modemusicandpa) and grab a kazoo or shaker egg! Don’t miss out on this fun and music-filled weekend!
You’ll find the Mode booth in the block between Oregon and Alaska.
West Seattle Summer Fest doesn’t officially start until 1 pm but people are here already, wandering, shopping, snacking … so come on down to The Junction (California between Oregon and Edmunds, Alaska between 42nd and 44th). We’re in the Info Booth, which also features volunteers helping with a variety of things including the return of T-shirt sales!
Update on The Whale Trail maps – if you didn’t get one on Summer Fest Eve, come to the Info Booth for one!
We’ve already seen at least one young festivalgoer who completed the search!
2:16 PM: Day 1 is always all about seeing what’s where. One general observation, in this transitional year, the festival grounds have some open areas, like north of where we are at California and Alaska:
Many of the year-round Junction businesses are offering sidewalk sales – Summer Fest trivia, the festival has its roots in a summertime Junction-wide sidewalk sale:
In addition to the year-round sidewalk cafés, some venues have added them just for the festival – in the background of our next photo, The Beer Junction’s outdoor space is year-round, while newly opened Bonjour Vietnam has added one for the festival.
We stopped by to say hi to proprietor Jade Nguyen as she soft-opened last night:
Coming up, music starts at 3 pm … also at 3 pm, The Whale Trail presentation about Springer the rescued orca, at the Senior Center (California/Oregon). [Correction, that’s at 3 pm Saturday and Sunday.]
3:02 PM: Music should be starting any minute now at the main stage, which is on California north of Oregon, near the Post Office. Appaloosa 15 is the first band of the day, with indie rockers Chris King and The Gutterballs following at 4.
3:25 PM: If you’re here with kid(s), there’s free fun in the Kids’ Zone on Alaska west of California, as well as the inflatables (for which you need a $20 unlimited-use-for-one-day bracelet) – big games! Along with the ones right by the big GAMES sign, the kids-zone sponsors, Seattle Kraken, have a free game station next to it:
4:44 PM: Even if you don’t make it up to the stage for music, you’ll catch some all along the festival zone:
Besides main-stage music, busking is happening at West Seattle Summer Fest pic.twitter.com/PWmx8pJ1H7
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) July 15, 2022
Other buskers we’ve seen so far include a magician:
Dinnertime nears. We’ll take a look at festival food in report #2.
Two reader reports, plus a quick followup, in West Seattle Crime Watch (also, added 11:56 am, a police report from early this morning:
(added) STOLEN CAR WITH POSSIBLE BULLET HOLE: Just added to the list of police reports from this morning:
On 07-15-2022 at 0426 hours, officers responded to the 2500 block of Harbor Ave SW and saw an unoccupied Renton PD stolen vehicle with damage to the front driver side window. The damage consisted of what appeared to be a possible bullet hole to the window. The rear passenger side window also was damaged. Officers checked the location but didn’t locate any additional evidence of a shooting.
(back to original roundup) BAREFOOT PROWLER: From Traci:
This guy walked around my house onto my back deck (Wednesday) night around 8 pm. He tried to say something to me through the windows. I yelled at him to leave. Then he wandered into my backyard. I told him that I was calling the cops. Then finally left. Unfortunately I didn’t get him on camera. Then (Thursday) morning at 5:22 am he showed up again on my cameras shoeless. He saw me and then left. The police showed up quickly and took my info for him to be charged with trespassing. Be on the lookout around Charlestown and 33rd SW area. He has very dirty clothes on and seems to have lost his shoes. My neighbor had him on their front-door camera as well.
Others in the area reported the same man knocking on doors early Thursday.
DUMPED-LIKELY-STOLEN BICYCLE: From John:
This children’s Mongoose Racer was left in the alleyway behind Avalon Way … Looks like it was abandoned Wednesday.
If you know whose bicycle this is, email us – email@example.com – and we’ll connect you with John.
P.S. – MOTORCYCLE FINALLY FOUND: Almost two months ago, Joshua reported his motorcycle stolen. He sent a note to say it was finally found this week, on Yesler Way.
West Seattle Summer Fest starts this afternoon!
We’ll be in The Junction reporting live from the Info Booth throughout the festival, to show you what’s happening. Here are the basics as you make your plan:
Festival hours today: 1-8 pm
Booths: 1-8 pm
Sidewalk Sale: Merchants’ hours may vary
Music: 3-10 pm (main stage on California north of Oregon, plus 7 pm tonight outside Elliott Bay Brewing)
Kids Zone: SW Alaska west of California (free activities plus 5 inflatables accessible for $20 daily pass)
Food: SW Alaska east of California (plus year-round restaurants/bars)
Whale Trail activity for kids: Get your card at the table near CAPERS
Info Booth: Heart of Walk-All-Ways
Bringing your baby? Nursing/diapering area open at Nurturing Expressions (472 42nd SW), 1-6 pm today
See you in The Junction! Also today/tonight:
WHITE CENTER LIBRARY GUILD SIDEWALK SALE: 10 am-4 pm, at White Center Library (1409 SW 107th): Books and “gently used household treasures.”
TAILS TO ASTONISH ANNIVERSARY SALE: First of three days you can shop the first-anniversary sale at West Seattle’s comics-and-toys store (4850 California SW; WSB sponsor). Open 11:30 am-7 pm today – just south of The Junction, so you can visit while you’re at Summer Fest.
WADING POOLS OPEN: Sunny and warm this afternoon, so the city will open the pools that are scheduled for Friday operations. In West Seattle, that means Delridge (4501 Delridge Way SW), noon-5:30 pm, and Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), noon-7 pm. Highland Park Spraypark at 1100 SW Cloverdale is open 11 am-8 pm, too.
COLMAN POOL CLOSED: The outdoor pool at Lincoln Park will be closed to the public today for a swim meet.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: 7 pm at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), GreenStage presents “Henry V.” Free!
LIVE MUSIC AT C & P COFFEE: Blue Mercy performs tonight at 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW), no cover.
Have something to add to our calendar? Email info to firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
6:01 AM: Good morning; welcome to Friday, July 15th.
The forecast is for another sunny day, high in the 70s.
SUMMER FEST, DAY 1
West Seattle Summer Fest road closures are all in place, through Sunday night – California north of Oregon, where the stage and beer garden are on Friday and Saturday, and the Farmers’ Market on Sunday; then, California from Oregon to Edmunds, and SW Alaska from 42nd to 44th (food on the east side, kids zone on the left side), See this Metro webpage for bus-reroute info.
WEEKEND ROAD WORK
SDOT has two projects planned:
On Saturday, between 6 AM and 2 PM, we’re paving near the intersection the intersection of Myers Way S and Olson Pl SW. The northbound lanes will be reduced to a single lane during this work and people driving should expect delays while the lane is closed.
Also on Saturday, between 7 AM and 5 PM, we’ll continue updating the traffic signal at 7th Ave S and S Cloverdale St in South Park. We’ll need to turn off the signal for a period of time on Saturday to complete this work. When the signal is turned off, we’ll have a uniformed police officer directing traffic. People driving can expect long delays.
Meantime, WSDOT’s “Revive I-5” southbound lane closures continue all weekend, starting at 7:30 tonight.
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES
Metro buses are on their regular weekday schedule aside from the Summer Fest reroutes; watch @kcmetroalerts for word of other reroutes/trip cancellations.
The West Seattle Water Taxi is back on its regular schedule.
Ferries: WSF continues on the two-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth – and WSF says that probably won’t change before next spring. Check here for alerts/updates.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
845th 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 (one of four recently installed cameras):
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Please text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.