West Seattle, Washington
10:15 PM: Police are investigating gunfire in High Point. Nobody is reported to have been hurt, so far, but they’re searching for someone. One texter says they’re in the 29th/Morgan vicinity; we’d had other reports from where the gunfire was heard. It is reported to have happened around 9:50 pm. No word of any witness description so far.
10:21 PM: Officers have told dispatch that a home in the 2800 block of SW Morgan “was hit.”
(August 15 photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Almost three months after that explosive water-main break alongside Longfellow Creek, a contractor for Seattle Public Utilities is about to start repair work. You’ll recall the rupture spurting water near 24th/Kenyon in mid-August and flooding at least half a dozen nearby apartments. SPU spokesperson Sabrina Register explains that “after the water main broke on August 15, SPU immediately set up a temporary system to provide water service to the three customers who had service lines connected to the portion of the pipe that broke. We also began working on a plan to make the complicated repair in the middle of Longfellow Creek with minimal disruption to the environment or people.” Now they’re ready to start work, as soon as Monday. They expect work to last about six weeks, “including mobilization and demobilization,” along SW Kenyon between 27th SW and Delridge Way SW. That means there’ll be some impacts during work hours – 7 am to 7 pm weekdays – to travel lanes on 27th, and they’ll have a flagger. Sidewalks might be affected too. Here’s the official construction notice. As for the line-break investigation, we’re still awaiting an answer to our followup question on what was found to be the cause.
Tuesday (November 8) is the deadline for voting in the general election – 8 pm if you’re using a King County Elections drop box, sooner if you are using USPS mail and want to be certain your ballot is postmarked in time – but if you’re counting on some weekend downtime to vote, this is it. Through last night, county stats show, 31.1% of West Seattle/South Park voters’ ballots had been received. If you haven’t even opened yours yet, here’s a reprise (from a month ago) of our original reminder about what you’ll be deciding:
The most complicated issue is Seattle Proposition 1A-1B – alternatives for changing the way you vote in Seattle city primaries. Initiative-born 1A would enable voters to check off as many candidates “as they approve of” in races for Mayor, City Attorney, and City Council. The two top vote-getters for each office would advance to the general election. 1B is an elected-official-proposed alternative that would allow voters in those same city primary races to rank candidates by their preference, with a multi-round vote-counting process ensuing. You’ll have two votes on this two-part proposition – should either become law, and regardless of whether you said yes or no, which one would you rather see become law? The ballot also includes a King County charter amendment that would change elections, moving County Executive, County Councilmembers, County Assessor, and Elections Director to even-numbered years. Plus there’s a King County levy proposal, the Conservation Futures Levy.
Besides those issues, the ballot includes U.S. House, U.S. Senate, State Legislature (here are our interviews with the two candidates for our open State House seat), Secretary of State, King County Prosecutor, and 17 judicial positions, only two of which are contested. Two state advisory measures are on the ballot too. Not registered to vote but eligible? You can still do that in person Monday or Tuesday.
The Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s next “Words, Writers, & Southwest Stories” presentation is Thursday, online. If you register, you’ll get to see and hear longtime Seattle broadcaster Ross Reynolds talk about “How Audio Technology Changed the World.” Here’s the announcement:
“Words, Writers, & Southwest Stories,” a speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is pleased to announce that it is hosting veteran broadcaster Ross Reynolds for a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, November 10th at 6 PM.
Although we live in a visual world, audio still has the power to create intimacy and spark the imagination like no other medium can. Veteran broadcaster Ross Reynolds explores the impact that audio transmission has had on society and storytelling, beginning with the first century of radio up to the modern age of audiobooks, internet streaming, podcasts, and smart speakers. How has audio transmission changed society, and what makes it such a still powerful form of communication?
Attendees will be encouraged to share stories of their formative audio experiences.
Ross Reynolds (he/him) is an interviewer, moderator, and convener. He recently served as KUOW’s executive producer for community engagement, before which he was a program host for 16 years. His awards include the 2011 Public Radio News Directors First Place in the call-in category for Living in a White City. In 2015, he was named to the University of Washington Communication Alumni Hall of Fame. Reynolds lives in Seattle.
Registered participants will be emailed a link to the presentation on the date of the event.
Less than three weeks until Thanksgiving, so we’re working on this year’s WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide. If you haven’t already sent information on your holiday-season event, bazaar/pop-up shop, donation drive, fundraiser, performance, hours, holiday food specials, etc. … now’s the time to get that info to us so we can share it with tens of thousands of your neighbors. Whatever you want the community to know, firstname.lastname@example.org is the best way to reach us so we can get it into the guide (and if time/date-specific, into our year-round calendar too) – thank you!
As featured regularly on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, the peninsula has several regular open-mic events. This, however, is a first: An extraterrestrial-themed Alien Open Mic this Friday. West Seattleite Krystal Kelley is organizing and hosting the event with the Seattle UFO Network (SUFON) at Freshy’s (2735 California SW). She explains, “Collectively, SUFON coordinators encourage any artform as long as it does not harm anyone or any property. Ideas are poetry, music, comedy and storytelling — costumes are also encouraged. Come to share your sightings, your encounters, your knowledge from past and future lives, your dreams, your soul missions, your off-planet experiences — anything alien. All are welcome in peace: Humans, hybrids, ET’s.” It’s set to start at 5:55 pm on Friday (November 11) and run until about 8 pm. You can sign up early via this form. Otherwise, just show up. And if you want to check it out without going in person, the Alien Open Mic will be streamed on the host’s YouTube channel.
If you’re eligible for vaccination against monkeypox, another community clinic has been announced – noon-4 pm Sunday at the (otherwise not yet open) Lumber Yard Bar in White Center. Public Health – Seattle and King County at first circulated the wrong sign-up link but the correct one is available now (even though the landing page says COVID, not monkeypox) – start here. They also say they’ll be able to handle some walk-ins. The Lumber Yard is at 9630 16th SW.
Via text: That white Ford E250 van was stolen overnight near 46th/Alaska. It was discovered missing at 8:30 this morning, though a neighbor told the van’s owner they saw someone in it around 8 pm. California plates 47492G3; the van has a welded-on roof rack with a ladder in the back. Awaiting the police-report number. (Added: 2022-297733.)
Happy Saturday! Here are the highlights for today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
TILDEN SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-noon, this independent K-5 school (a WSB sponsor) invites prospective families to come visit, tour the campus, and talk with the teachers and specialists. (4105 California SW – our calendar listing explains access)
FAUNTLEROY FINE ART & HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW: Day 2 of the show/sale at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW), 10 am-4 pm. Lineup is in our calendar listing.
TOUR ROXHILL BOG: 10 am, guided tour of the unique and endangered bog at Roxhill Park (29th/Barton).
MORNING MUSIC AT C & P: 10:30 am-noon, Marco de Carvalho and Friends perform at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor).
FREE WRITING GROUP: 10:30 am in-person gathering in West Seattle, free but registration required; details in our calendar listing.
EXPLORER WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 11 am, this independent middle school (a WSB sponsor) invites prospective families – either those planning to apply soon or those doing early research – to visit and meet faculty, students, and current families. (10015 28th SW)
VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to visitors noon-3 pm, as noted here. (2234 SW Orchard)
MAKERS ART MARKET: Noon-5 pm, more than 20 local artists/crafters/vendors are at the Alki Bathhouse (60th/Alki) for you to browse and/or buy.
PLAYOFFS: Chief Sealth International High School is still in the Metro League volleyball playoffs, with a match at 12:30 pm at Denny International Middle School (2701 SW Kenyon), and another one there later in the afternoon (time TBA depending on whether the Seahawks win or lose that first game).
WINE TIME: The tasting room at Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) – selling wine by the glass or bottle – is open 1-6 pm. (5910 California SW)
PEACE POLE DEDICATION: You’re invited to the next Peace Pole dedication in West Seattle, 2 pm today. Gather at the Fauntleroy Creek Overlook (upper Fauntleroy Way and SW Director) – details here.
(added) ART OPENING: 2-6 pm at Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery (9414 Delridge Way SW), reception for award-winning political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz as his show opens (running through November 27th), with Las Cafeteras performing 4:30-5:30 pm.
GRAND OPENING: As previewed here, the new West Seattle Junction jewelry shop And Arlen celebrates its grand opening 4 pm-8 pm (4130 California SW).
(added) POP-UP SHOP: 6-9 pm on the ground floor of the Senior Center of West Seattle (at the California/Oregon corner):
Join us for an Evening POP-UP SHOP featuring four local West Seattle artists TONIGHT – Drinks, a Raffle benefiting the Senior Center, Discounts plus 10% of all sales to the Senior Center!
Elliot Young Jewelry
Kelly Rae Cunningham Art
Carbon Neutral Jewelry
Sea & Pine Handbags & Accessories
ONE-WOMAN SHOW: Tia Naché‘s one-woman show “That Talk You Do“ continues tonight, 7 pm, at Acts on Stage in White Center. (10806 12th SW)
POOR MAN’S GAMBIT: Saturday night music at Kenyon Hall (7904 35th SW), 7 pm.
THEATER: Second night for <strong>Blue Hour‘s ‘boom’ at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), 8 pm.
LIVE AT THE SKYLARK: King Zaae, Milo Venus, Cherry Ferrari, starting at 8 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
TIME CHANGE: At 2 am tonight (Sunday morning), Daylight Saving Time ends, and we “fall back” an hour to 1 am.
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