West Seattle, Washington
That’s the Blue Angels’ support plane “Fat Albert,” which David Hutchinson also photographed:
Again watching from Ruby Chow Park at the north end of Boeing Field, David also caught this formation:
And a closeup:
(added) Thanks to Vicky Piston for this view:
Jerry Simmons watched from Seward Park and sent this photo of one of the other, shall we say, loud planes in the airshow:
SUNDAY SCHEDULE: From the Seafair website:
10:35 – Aerobatic Performance
12:00 – Golden Knights Performance
12:35 – Aerobatic Performance
13:10 – F35 Lightning II Performance
13:40 – EA 18G Growler Performance
14:45 – Aerobatic Performance
14:45 – Boeing Seafair Flyover
15:05 – Blue Angels Performance
They’re all meant for optimal viewing by admission-paying Seafair attendees on Lake Washington, but some of the airshow performers – including the Blue Angels – take off from Boeing Field, and in addition to experiencing the roaring takeoff by the airport, you can also see some of the highest maneuvers from here (we watched from Westcrest Park, with binoculars, on Friday afternoon).
Three more reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
TRUCK TAKEN: From Tanya:
My husband’s 2009 F150 was stolen sometime today. It is a darker-gray crew cab truck with a Thule paddle board kayak rack on the bed. The license plate number is B21626L. It was stolen from the 8600 block of 36th Ave SW. Please keep an eye out for it. A police report has been filed.
9:22 PM: Update – Tanya says they found it by driving around – it was left seven blocks away from where it was taken.
STOLEN PACKAGE: From Jessica:
I live (in the 2300 block of) 44th Ave SW (right behind Arthur’s) and I had a package stolen today. It’s a pretty big package. Delivered at 2 pm and we got home about 5:30, so in those 3 hours it was stolen. It’s a suitcase, so if anyone sees it please let me know. The brand is Away and it’s dark green.
PROWLER: Mark reports a prowler who lurked on his front porch and others:
We followed him up and down 39th and 38th, between Hanford and Lander. We called SPD but they never showed up or updated us. The suspect did walk up to other front doors and appear to be casing homes.
The National Weather Service has shifted the timing of its Heat Advisory alert for our area. Now it’s set to take effect at noon Sunday and continue until 9 pm Monday. Though the NWS says temperatures might reach the 90s the next two days, this afternoon has only been 80ish.
1:17 PM: Until 5 pm, you can visit newly dedicated Duwamish River People’s Park and enjoy the Duwamish River Festival. The park is at 8700 Dallas Ave. S. in South Park [map] – we reported on the site when construction began two years ago.
Today’s event includes entertainment, games, educational booths, and food, as shown here. We’ll add more photos when we’re back at HQ.
P.S. If you drive there and can’t find a close parking spot, there is a shuttle from 8438 Dallas.
ADDED 2:59 PM: The festival has more than 55 booths, most from agencies and groups addressing environmental issues in the Duwamish Valley and ways you can help – native plants, for example:
Knowing and respecting the Duwamish River’s fish and wildlife is another topic:
You can find out more about the West Dumamish Wet Weather Storage Facility project featured here earlier this week, to be built in southeast West Seattle in about three years:
Community resilience is a topic too – Cindi Barker from West Seattle is at the booth where you can find out about Neighborhood Emergency Communication Hubs:
And of course the EPA is there to talk about the ongoing Duwamish River cleanup. New regional administrator Casey Sixkiller (last mentioned here when he was running for mayor last year) spoke briefly to festivalgoers – he’s at right in our photo below next to Paulina López, executive director of the Duwamish River Community Coalition – which is presenting today’s festival:
With them from left are Calvin Teraba, Christian Poulsen, and Fatima Hernandez. Sixkiller promised to “continue to work in partnership with this community” toward “a river that’s clean, healthy, open to everyone.”
ADDED: Thanks to Don Brubeck for this photo of some of the festival performers:
SATURDAY: The report and images were sent by Rich:
My 2003 Ford E250 plate BLG3758 was stolen out of my condo garage 5001 California Ave SW on Monday Aug 1st
It is the same van that was involved in a car theft on New Year’s Eve a couple years ago
From the description of the video, the thieves knew what they wanted and got it. Here is the description from a fellow condo member.
Van was stolen on Monday August 1 at approximately 6:37 AM by two individuals in a gray Audi sedan with license plates blacked out.
Access was through the Hudson garage door. The first individual, apparently a female in a black body stocking, mask and, yes, kitten ears, opened the garage door manually from the inside so that the male in the Audi could drive in.
The female first emerged at about 6:37 AM from the area near the Hudson pedestrian gate. We don’t have a camera at the gate, however it is likely she climbed over the 8′ high gate because the gate lock itself was not damaged. We do have a camera at the taller Hudson wall and she did not gain access there
The female joined the male in the car and parked directly in front of (the) van. The male needed only about two minutes to gain access to the van and start it up. At one point the female got out to assist .
At about 6:40 AM the female drove the Audi out through the California garage door followed by the male driving the van. Both vehicles turned left and headed north on California Avenue.
Here is a link to police contact if people have any info/evidence. Case 2022-205914.
SUNDAY UPDATE: Rich says the van’s been found.
Just after 2:00 a.m., a 911 caller reported a man had been shot near 42nd Avenue SW and SW Hill Street. Police arrived and found a 28-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the back. Officers began first aid and then transferred care to Seattle Fire Department medics, who transported the man to Harborview Medical Center.
According to the victim, he heard someone breaking into his car and went outside to investigate. When he confronted the two suspects, it escalated to a shooting.
Officers recovered evidence at the scene and will continue to investigate this incident. Anyone with information about this shooting should call the Violent Crimes Tip Line at 206-233-5000.
ADDED 9:04 AM: SFD spokesperson David Cuerpo tells us the victim was in stable condition when transported.
Here’s what you should know as Saturday begins::
TRAFFIC ALERTS: Here’s what SDOT has announced for today:
West Seattle – On Saturday and Sunday, we will be working at 16th Ave SW and SW Cambridge St to update curb bulbs and curb ramps. Work will begin as early as 8 AM and conclude at 5 PM. We’ll maintain traffic throughout the area, but people driving can expect delays.
South Park – Our signal crews will be working to replace overhead signs and complete wiring activities on 14th Ave S and S Cloverdale St. The work is anticipated to begin as early as 8 AM and conclude by 3 PM. For people driving, we may need to briefly close lanes directly below the signs while this work takes place. Please navigate the area with caution.
FREE WRITERS’ GROUP: Held in West Seattle, 10:30 am. Our calendar listing has details including how to register.
WADING POOL/SPRAYPARK: With a sunny, warm day expected, the city will open the wading pools, so the pool in central upper Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) will be open noon-7 pm. Also, Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) will be open 11 am-8 pm.
COLMAN POOL: You can swim at the outdoor pool on the Lincoln Park shore today, noon-7 pm.
DUWAMISH RIVER FESTIVAL: Go to brand-new Duwamish River People’s Park (8700 Dallas Ave. S., South Park) noon-5 pm to enjoy this free festival, which includes this schedule of performances, plus food, games, educational booths, more. Find out more here.
VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to visitors noon-3 pm, as noted here. (2234 SW Orchard)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society museum is open on Alki, and you can visit noon-4 pm. (61st/Stevens)
WINE TIME: The Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) tasting room – selling wine by the glass or bottle – is open 1-6 pm. (5910 California SW)
COVID VACCINATIONS: Pop-up clinic for Seattle Public Schools students, staff, and family members 3+, 2:30-5:30 pm at Denny International Middle School. (2601 SW Kenyon)
BLUE ANGELS: Scheduled to take off from Boeing Field just after 3 pm. Here’s the full airshow schedule. Wondering where to watch if you’re not going to Lake Washington? Our Friday story has a few options.
MUSIC TO SUPPORT YOUNG MUSICIANS: Naked Giants and Caitlin Sherman are among the performers at a Vashon Island event at 4 pm benefiting West Seattle’s youth-education nonprofit Mode Music and Performing Arts – details here.
MUSIC AT THE SKYLARK: Dogstrum, Karma Hate Club, Entropy Son, Deception Fails perform tonight, doors at 7 pm, music at 8. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
‘LET THERE BE DRAGONS’: Second weekend for the new one-woman musical, written and performed by Felicia Loud, at ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7:30 pm curtain – info and ticket link in our calendar listing.
COMEDY SHOW AT ADMIRAL PUB: 9 pm, free comedy show at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).
Something to add, for today/tonight or beyond? Email firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!