West Seattle, Washington
The weekend’s ending, so it’s time for our regular Sunday night check of local COVID numbers from the Public Health – Seattle/King County dashboard:
*15 percent fewer cases countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 542 new daily cases countywide (down from 631 when we checked a week ago)
*4 percent fewer hospitalizations countywide in the past week thab the week before
*Currently averaging 16 new hospitalizations daily (up from 14 a week ago)
*8 percent more deaths countywide in the past two weeks than the two previous weeks (the dashboard doesn’t offer a one-week increment)
*Currently averaging 3 deaths daily (up from last week’s two-week average, 2)
For West Seattle, we have two-week comparisons (these are the combined totals from two “health reporting areas,” labeled West Seattle and Delridge, together comprising the entire peninsula):
*479 cases between 7/25 and 8/8, down from 614 between 7/10 and 7/24
*11 hospitalizations between 7/25 and 8/8, down from 14 between 7/10 and 7/24
*5 deaths between 7/25 and 8/8, up from 2 between 7/10 and 7/24
VACCINATION: Checking vaccination rates:
*82.1 percent of all King County residents have completed the initial series (up .1% from a week ago)
*86.7 percent of all King County residents ages 5 and up have completed the initial series (up .1% from a week ago)
*52 percent of all King County residents have had the initial series plus a booster (up .1% from a week ago)
*In West Seattle, here are the vaccination rates by ZIP code for ages 5 and up (reminder, 98106 and 98146 are not wholly within WS):
98106 – 89% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 56.2% have had a booster (up .2%)
98116 – 93.8% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 68.3% have had a booster (up .1%)
98126 – 84.6% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 58.2% have had a booster (up .1%)
98136 – 94.6% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 71.5% have had a booster (up .2%)
98146 – 83.8% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 50.4% have had a booster (up .1%)
TESTING: If you want to get tested and don’t have – or want to get – a home kit, West Seattle still has two public testing sites: The city-supported site at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle, 9 am-5:30 pm Monday-Saturday this week) and the Curative kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1220 Harbor SW, 9 am-3 pm Monday-Friday this week). … To report self-test results, this page explains how.
10:58 PM: Seattle Fire has just upgraded a response to the 9400 block of Delridge Way SW – it’s now a “full response.” Original dispatch was a report of people possibly setting “rubbish on fire next to a building.” Updates to come.
11 PM: They’ve just downsized the response, after arriving units discovered what they told dispatch was a “tapped rubbish fire.”
8:09 PM: Seattle Fire and Police are responding to a reported shooting at Hamilton Viewpoint Park. Dispatch says a man in his 30s was shot in the shoulder (at) the outlook.”
8:14 PM: Police are reported to be looking for two vehicles. No descriptions yet.
8:17 PM: Officers have told dispatch the shooter was on the right passenger side in an “older” silver Honda, armed with a “long gun.” It and an “associated vehicle,” described as “similar type” but black, were believed to have been last seen headed downhill toward Harbor Avenue.
8:37 PM: Added a photo above. Our crew says police have been examining the vehicle in the foreground but we don’t know yet if it’s related at all to the victim (as noted earlier the suspect vehicle[s]’s long gone).
8:44 PM: Police at the scene are not commenting. Meantime, we’re checking with SFD regarding the victim’s condition when transported to the hospital.
9:18 PM: SFD tells us the victim – now described as “approximately 29” – was in stable condition when taken to Harborview. (Archived audio adds the extra detail that he was shot in the left shoulder with a shotgun.)
9:31 PM: One additional detail from SPD spokesperson Det. Valerie Carson – “Sounds like the victim and the suspects had a confrontation/altercation before the shooting.”
11:07 PM: From the SPD Blotter post about this shooting and another (apparently unrelated) shooting elsewhere in the city tonight:
According to the victim and witnesses, a group of several men approached the victim in a car and confronted him. Then, as the suspects left in their car, one of them fired out the window at the victim. Police recovered 12-gauge shotgun shell casings at the scene.
We might see 90-degree weather again this week. No alerts yet but the newest National Weather Service forecast suggests the high on Thursday could reach the lower 90s. Every other day this week has 80s as a possibility. “Normal” high right now would be upper 70s. The NWS says record number of 90+-degree days in a year is 12, set in 2015; if Thursday does get to 90 or higher, that would be the 11th this year.
King County Public Health says a community monkeypox-vaccination event still has doses available for eligible walk-ups – until 6 pm or until they run out – at the Lumber Yard Bar, 9630 16th SW in downtown White Center. Here’s who’s eligible.
Three thefts in West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:
VAN WITH ROCK-STAR HISTORY: That’s Easy Street Records proprietor Matt Vaughan with the van he reports has been stolen. It’s a black 2005 Chevy Express passenger van, license plate BUB3110, stolen in the Alki area Saturday night/early Sunday morning. This is not the old Easy Street-branded van you might have seen in the area, he explains::
This new van was gifted to us by Brandi Carlile. They put over 180k miles on it, the first thing they bought when they got signed. All their early tours were in this van.
We painted it black. It does not have any logos/branding on it. Has a Brandi Carlile/Maple Valley sticker on the back panel window and two Easy Street stickers on the driver’s side. Has a slight scrape on driver side, where you can see the original white paint underneath.
This has been our daily driver for the last two years. It has been very good to us. Last seen near Alki Beach.
He’s offering a $1,000 reward.
TRUCK WITH TOW PACKAGE: Via email from Abby:
Stolen! 1999 Chevy Silverado 1500
Tan. Light bar & tow package
Saturday night/ Sunday am
License plate C80169L. The note didn’t mention the area in which it was taken so we have a followup question out.
18 GALLONS OF GAS: That’s how much Eric estimates was stolen by whoever drilled this hole in his 2015 Toyota Tacoma’s tank:
This too happened last night, in the Fauntlee Hills area near 40th/Barton.
Looking ahead, set aside Saturday, August 27th, as a day for two road-closing celebrations at the north and south ends of West Seattle.
ADMIRAL JUNCTION FUNKTION: Noon-9 pm, California SW between Admiral Way and SW Walker will be closed for this first-ever celebration of the heart of the Admiral business district, co-presented by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce with city support. Full details to come, but you can go here for a preview of the entertainment lineup – there’ll be a stage near SW College.
LOWRIDER BLOCK PARTY: Also on August 27th, noon-6 pm, 17th SW will be closed between Delridge and Roxbury for the second annual Lowrider Block Party. Nearby Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery is presenting the event again this year, with art, food, music, and of course, cars. The gallery at 9414 Delridge Way SW is also hosting a Lowrider Art Show all month long, through the weekend of the Block Party.
Thanks to Carolyn for the tip. You can get COVID vaccinations/boosters at a West Seattle pop-up now through 3 pm. It’s happening at Seacrest Park (1660 Harbor SW) now through 3 pm. The county website says it’s in partnership with Alki Beach Pride, though ABP activities at Seacrest don’t officially start until noon. No specifics are listed for this one beyond the time but pop-ups are generally open to all, first-come first-served, no appointment required.
Mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s what’s happening today:
TRAFFIC ALERTS: Here’s what SDOT has scheduled today:
-Work at 16th SW and SW Cambridge to update curb bulbs and curb ramps.
-Pouring a concrete pad on SW Spokane St in the vicinity of 11th Ave SW: “Traffic impacts include closure of the East Marginal Way S and the lower SW Spokane St ramps. There will be a detour in place.”
-Cleaning the planting strip along westbound SW Roxbury between 9th SW and 14th SW: “We will close the westbound curb lane.”
CHURCHES WITH ONLINE SERVICES: We’re continuing to list these – see today’s list here.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, the market is open with peak summer produce as well as flowers, cheese, fish, meat, baked goods, condiments, prepared food, and more. Here’s today’s vendor list. California SW between Oregon and Alaska.
ALKI BEACH PRIDE, DAY 2: Today’s events include 11 am-3 pm drag brunch at Arthur’s (2311 California SW) in The Admiral District, noon-5 pm music and more outside Marination Ma Kai (1660 Harbor SW), 1 pm rollout skates/bikes/etc. parade from Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza (61st/Alki), 6 pm yoga at the beach, 7 pm movie at Alki Playground (59th/Stevens/Lander), “The Birdcage.”
LINCOLN PARK WADING POOL: With sunny, warm weather expected, the wading pool will be open in central upper Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), noon-7 pm.
COLMAN POOL: The outdoor pool on the Lincoln Park shore (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) is back open to the public, noon-7 pm.
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society museum< is open on Alki, and you can visit noon-4 pm, (61st/Stevens)
POSTPONED: Furry Faces Foundation’s “Paws & Paint Karaoke” will be rescheduled for another date – watch our calendar.
NEED FOOD? White Center Community Dinner Church serves a free meal (take-away available) at 5 pm Sundays at the Salvation Army Center in South Delridge (9050 16th SW).
MEDITATION AND MORE: Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Gong Bath at Solstice Park (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW) with Inner Alchemy, 7-8:30 pm.
SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: 9 pm to 1:30 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).
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