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CORONAVIRUS: This week’s look at local numbers

We’re continuing weekly updates on local COVID numbers via the Public Health – Seattle/King County dashboard:

*14 percent fewer cases countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 472 new daily cases countywide (down from 542 a week ago)

*30 percent fewer hospitalizations countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 11 new hospitalizations daily (down from 16 a week ago)

*18 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 (same as last week’s two-week average)

For West Seattle, we have two-week comparisons (the combined totals from two “health reporting areas,” labeled West Seattle and Delridge, together comprising the entire peninsula):
*385 cases between 8/1 and 8/15, down from 530 between 7/17 and 7/31
*8 hospitalizations between 8/1 and 8/15, down from 10 between 7/17 and 7/31
*3 deaths between 8/1 and 8/15, same number between 7/17 and 7/31

VACCINATION: Checking vaccination rates:
*82.3 percent of all King County residents have completed the initial series (up .2% from a week ago)
*86.7 percent of all King County residents ages 5 and up have completed the initial series (unchanged from a week ago)
*52.2 percent of all King County residents have had the initial series plus a booster (up .2% 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 (unchanged from a week earlier), 56.3% have had a booster (up .1%)
98116 – 93.9% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 68.5% have had a booster (up .2%)
98126 – 84.6% completed initial series (unchanged from a week earlier), 58.4% have had a booster (up .2%)
98136 – 94.6% completed initial series (unchanged from a week earlier), 71.6% have had a booster (up .1%)
98146 – 83.8% completed initial series (unchanged from a week earlier), 50.6% have had a booster (up .2%)

GETTING VACCINATED: Ten days until the vaccination pop-up scheduled for August 31st at Delridge Library, all ages … Look for other options here.

TESTING: If you want to get tested and don’t have – or want to get – a home kit, here’s info on West Seattle’s 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 (click “What should I do if my test is positive?”).

CRIME WATCH: Stolen F-150 seen on ticket cams; car break-in on video

Two reader reports:

STOLEN PICKUP SEEN ON TICKET CAMS: This vehicle was stolen in Burien but its owners live in West Seattle and it’s turned up on two ticket cameras, including the low bridge, so it might be here somewhere. From Jill:

We had our Ford F250 stolen from Maaco, where we were having work done on it.

Address: 13646 1st Ave, Burien.
License Plate: #B25327L
Police (King County Sheriff’s Office) report: #C22023333

It is a black and white pickup truck. Since it was stolen it has received a red light ticket in Burien and another ticket on SW Spokane Street. Since it was stolen, the thief has installed a white cab top with two doors that open in the back and also a trailer hitch to try to disguise it.

The image above is from one of the camera-issued tickets

CAR PROWL: The video below spans the entire length of the 3 minutes that car prowlers were breaking into Sara’s vehicle:

Our Subaru was broken into (Saturday) morning at 5:10 AM; corner of Findlay/48th. They drove west down Findlay St. Our car manual was stolen as well as vehicle documents. We have a video of the suspects and their extended cab truck with black canopy. Looks like minimum three people: driver, front passenger, and man in back righthand seat.

There is a very good shot of their vehicle as they come in (11 sec in), and their faces show at diff moments throughout the theft. It was at least three people (two on passenger side–front and backseat–and the driver). Unfortunately our shrub and our Subaru hide most of the action. They leave the frame @ 2:56 minutes.

WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Postal pothole patched

When we saw yellow tape up by the Westwood Village drive-up/ride-up mailbox, we feared the worst, given its history. But instead … turns out there’s an asphalt patch in front of it. Will this resolve the infamous pothole problem that came up in comment discussion every time the mailbox made news for other reasons? Let us know next time you use it.

WHALES: Transient orcas visible off West Seattle

Thanks for the tips! One texter mentioned that transient killer whales were southbound, north of Elliott Bay, so we’ve been checking for word of if/when they were in view from here, and just got that from Kersti Muul, who says they’re visible from Constellation Park, but closer to the Bainbridge Island side, so you’ll definitely need binoculars.

VIDEO: Cleanup continues at former flour-mill dock at north end of Duwamish River

(King County video, photo)
That video shows one of the many cleanup operations along the polluted Duwamish River – in this case, a King County-led project removing almost 2,000 creosote-contaminated pilings that are part of a “derelict timber dock” on west Harbor Island. This week the county sent an update on the $8 million project, which is expected to be complete by the end of September. Barge-based equipment has been pulling the pilings up for “safe disposal offsite”; after all the pilings are dealt with, “crews will remove the concrete bulkhead and other dock components on land and stabilize the shoreline,” the update says.

The old dock is part of the former Fisher Flour Mills site that the county bought almost 20 years ago; as part of the deal, an “aquatic lease” with the state was transferred to the county, and its requirements led to this cleanup project, as explained here.

YOU CAN HELP: Crowdfunding for Delridge rape victim

Some have asked if there is anything they can do to help the woman who was attacked and raped in Delridge this past Monday evening, beyond joining neighbors in their awareness campaign (covered here Friday night). Now there is. We’ve heard from Melissa, a friend of the victim, who says they have just set up a GoFundMe page if people are interested in donating to help with her expenses as she recovers. Friends say she is an immigrant who had been working as a nanny and planning to start college this fall as an international student. Meantime, the 18-year-old suspect arrested Friday is expected to have a probable-cause/bail hearing tomorrow.

FOLLOWUP: Murder charge filed in longtime West Seattleite’s ‘road rage’ shooting death near Costco

Last month we reported on the search for witnesses to a shooting near Costco that police originally described as “road rage.” It happened on 4th Avenue South on July 21st, and the victim was a 68-year-old longtime West Seattleite named Bob Jensen. Today, after a tip, we’ve just confirmed via court documents that the man who admitted to shooting Mr. Jensen is in jail, charged Friday with second-degree murder. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office summarizes the shooting as:

On Thursday, July 21, 2022, the defendant was involved in an altercation with the victim close to the Costco parking lot in Seattle, just after 10 am in the morning. The confrontation began when the defendant refused to allow the victim to merge his vehicle in front of the defendant’s car when the street they were traveling on (4th Avenue South, Seattle) reduced from two lanes to one. Both vehicles continued driving for less than a mile and proceeded to stop at an intersection next to Costco. The defendant was the first to come to a stop at the red light, with no cars in front of him, when he saw the victim’s vehicle stop immediately behind his. The victim got out of his vehicle and approached the defendant. The defendant then chose to exit his vehicle and engaged with the victim while armed with a firearm. The victim, an unarmed sixty-eight year old man, was shot by the defendant within seconds of the victim exiting his vehicle.

The suspect, 38-year-old Angel A. Valderrama of Kirkland, was one of five people who called 911 just after the shooting, and was questioned at the scene, but not arrested at the time. The charging documents say Valderrama has no record of criminal convictions and that he did have a concealed-carry permit for the gun, a loaded 9mm Glock handgun that police seized at the scene. The charging documents add, without elaboration, that Valderrama “has had a number of interactions with law enforcement related to his possession of firearms.” He told police that he fired his gun on July 21st because he believed Mr. Jensen had something in his hand that could have been a weapon, but at least one witness said otherwise. The documents also say the shooting was recorded by a camera belonging to Costco, describing the view as “distant and grainy” but saying that the video shows there was “little or no time for any significant interaction between the two men” before Mr. Jensen was shot, and that it contradicts other elements of Valderrama’s story. The documents also say that while Mr. Jensen also had a concealed-carry permit, he was not armed when he was shot, and that no gun was found in his pickup truck, nor anything else that could have been construed as a weapon, aside from a folding pocket knife found beneath papers in the driver’s-door pocket. Valderrama is being held in lieu of $2 million bail; the jail register says he was arrested Saturday afternoon.

New date for celebrating the life of Rick Weglin

On August 12th we published this remembrance of Rick Weglin, longtime proprietor of Harrah’s Automotive. The date for his Celebration of Life has changed. The new date is 1 pm Saturday, October 1st, at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW).


(Saturday’s sunset, photographed by Mike Burns)

Mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s what’s happening today:

TRAFFIC ALERTS: Here’s what SDOT has scheduled today:

We will be paving a median island on West Marginal Way SW, just north of the Highland Park Way SW intersection. Work is anticipated to begin as early as 7 AM and will conclude by 3 PM. Please anticipate delays while driving through the area.

In South Park, our traffic signal crews will be replacing overhead signs and complete signal wiring activities on 14th Ave S and S Cloverdale St. The work is anticipated to begin as early as 7 AM and conclude by 3 PM. We anticipate minimal traffic impacts as a majority of the work will be completed from the sidewalk, however, please navigate the area with caution. A detour will be set up for people using the sidewalk. (The traffic signals may be out too, in which case uniformed police will direct traffic.)

Also, WSDOT‘s “Revive I-5” work continues on southbound I-5 between I-90 and the West Seattle Bridge exit.

CHURCHES WITH ONLINE SERVICES: We’re continuing to list these – see today’s list here.

TWO BIG SALES: 9 am-3 pm, the West Seattle Tool Library (4408 Delridge Way SW, northeast side of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center) is having a big garage sale; the Thunderbird Apartments have a courtyard sale 9 am-4 pm at 4815 Fauntleroy Way SW.

FOOD DRIVE: Donate non-perishable food at Admiral Church (4320 SW Hill) today, 10 am-12:30 pm.

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.

FUNDRAISING CAR WASH: Get your car washed and support Chief Sealth International High School cheerleaders, 10:30 am-3 pm at Les Schwab (Fauntleroy/Alaska).

DONATION DRIVE: Clothes and food are just part of what Alki UCC is accepting today, 11 am-3 pm, at 6115 SW Hinds.

WADING POOLS: With a warm afternoon expected, the wading pools will be open – it’s the last day of the season for EC Hughes (2805 SW Holden), noon-7 pm; also open, the wading pool 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)

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers are giving lighthouse tours today, first site entry 1 pm, last entry 3:45 pm; more info here.

WEST SEATTLE TIMEBANK GATHERING, WITH GAMES: Meet new friends, play games, learn about timebanking, 3-5 pm on the lawn behind Hiawatha Community Center (2700 California SW).

COFFEEHOUSE MUSIC: Lookout Mountain Lookout plays at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm.

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 JAZZ: Triangular Jazztet at The Alley (4509 California SW), 8 pm and 9 pm sets.

SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: 9 pm to 1:30 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).

Have an event to list for our calendar? Please email – thank you!