West Seattle, Washington
11:33 PM: So far police have reported finding four casings in an alley off the 4800 block of Fauntleroy Way SW, after numerous 911 calls from people who heard gunfire in the area. No injuries or property damage reported so far. Possible vehicles involved were reported as a white pickup truck and a white or silver BMW.
11:45 PM: No further info. Police are looking to see if any area security cameras might have recorded the incident and/or suspect vehicles. Meantime, one resident in the increasingly dense area told us by text, “The gunshots were so close we all got down on the ground.”
12:04 AM: Officers told dispatch they’ve found a total of seven 9mm casings in a “parking lot” behind the 4800 block.
Tonight community naturalist and urban-wildlife first responder Kersti Muul shares the story of what happened when she checked out a report of a bird in trouble at Lincoln Park. What she found includes some information you should know in case you encounter one. The problem is HPAI – Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza – and a warning, this story includes an image of a dead bird (after the jump, if you’re viewing by laptop or desktop):
Today I received a text during my monthly Audubon Neighborhood Bird Project survey, about a bird on the shore by the middle seawall.
Right now we are having another big surge of HPAI, so I went down to assess the situation and dispatch or dispose of it properly if it was dead.
As I mentioned in my recent eagle notes, cackling geese and snow geese are now getting infected. Sadly, it was a snow goose. I’ve been watching the snow geese flying north over West Seattle in the past month.
I found a large spot of diarrhea and the bird also had what we call ‘twisted neck’:
The City Council is now just a week away from finalizing the budget for the next two years. Tomorrow (Monday, November 21) morning at 9:30 am, their next meeting as the Budget Committee starts with one last chance for you to speak out. Then they embark on one more round of voting on proposed changes to the amended budget plan introduced last week by the budget chair, West Seattle-residing citywide Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda. Almost 200 amendments are on the list to be considered – you can see them all on the agenda, including the one (agenda item #128) that would add money to keep expanded Seattle Fire Department resources in West Seattle and South Park. If you’re interested in commenting tomorrow morning, you can do it remotely or in person at City Hall; the agenda explains how. You can also comment via email at email@example.com.
STORE ROBBED: Police are investigating a shoplift-turned-robbery reported at the South Delridge T-Mobile store about an hour ago. Officers told dispatch the store reported two men made off with iPhones, an iPod, and asked for cash. They were described initially as two Hispanic men in their mid-20s, one in a red cap and green jacket, one dressed all in black. If you have any information, the incident number is 2022-312063.
ROBBERY CHARGE: A shoplift-turned-robbery case at Westwood Village earlier this month has resulted in a felony charge. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed a second-degree robbery charge against 23-year-old Alexis M. Smith, who has an Olympia address and no known criminal history. She is accused of stealing items worth $177 from Marshall’s around 7 pm November 3rd and threatening store security with what turned out to be sharp scissors, at first reported as a knife. Police found her a few blocks away, at Delridge and Trenton. She was booked into King County Jail and released the next day; she is due in court tomorrow for arraignment.
HARASSMENT CHARGE: A 37-year-old man is charged with felony harassment for allegedly attacking a man who was waiting with others looking for day-labor work outside The Home Depot on Delridge. Hector M. Madrigal is accused of approaching the victim around 8 am November 7th and demanding money. He then allegedly grabbed a “4 x 4 composite post” and threatened to kill the victim, hitting him in the leg. Police were called by a bystander reporting what looked like a fight. The victim told officers that Madrigal, who has three felony convictions, often hassles the people gathered to look for work there. Madrigal remains in jail in lieu of $20,000 bail and is due to be arraigned Wednesday.
Following up on the West Seattle High School girls’ soccer team’s strong season, the team has won numerous Metro League honors. Head coach Andres Lara, who himself was honored as one of two Metro League Coaches of the Year, sent the news. “Unfortunately it didn’t end up like we wanted but we had a good season, wining the Metro Sound division; also we got recognitions by the league,” he says. Here are the players who received honors:
Metro League Sound Division
o Brooke Swanson (12, West Seattle)
1st Team All‐Division:
o Forwards: Brooke Swanson (12, West Seattle)
o Midfield: Kate Cowan (12, West Seattle)
o Defense: Allie Bennett (12, West Seattle)
2nd Team All‐Division:
o Midfield: Olivia Shih (10, West Seattle)
o Defense: Lola Personett (12, West Seattle)
Honorable Mention (by school):
o West Seattle: Annabelle Braun (10), Hudson Steere (12), Mevina Ott (12)
Here’s the full list of Metro League honorees.
Thanks for the tips! A new retail shop has just opened in Sunrise Heights, at 7354 35th SW. We stopped in to find out more and learned today is soft-open day for PNW Baby. The staff told us it’s under the same ownership as City Mouse in The Junction.
The new shop is open today until 5 pm but still determining future hours, we were told.
Another sunny day, after a spectacular sunrise – thanks for the photos! But change is on the way. The newest forecast suggests a chance of rain overnight, and is virtually certain of rain by Tuesday morning,
The National Weather Service notes that Saturday was the 12th consecutive dry day – and that date, November 19, is historically the wettest day of the year.
During the height of the pandemic, Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Holiday Gift Fair – centered on fair-trade/ethically-sourced items – moved online. Today it’s back in person, until 1:30 pm at the Walmesley Center (northeast corner of 35th/Myrtle).
This year rather than buying from individual vendors at tables, you can shop around the gym and bring your purchases to a central checkout. That includes OLG students’ bake sale raising money for WestSide Baby – parents are there to assist you.
You can also build your own Advent wreath:
And if you’re there at lunchtime – they’ll be selling food too, including teriyaki bowls.
P.S. See what’s up in the days and weeks ahead – gift fairs and much more – in our WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide (to which we’re adding daily)!
Welcome to Sunday! We start with events from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR: 9:30 am-1:30 pm, “come to shop, eat, and make a wreath … Shop for ethically sourced gifts and food, including chocolates, Advent calendars, nativities, jewelry, holiday décor, scarves, and cozy socks.” The gift fair also includes lunch options and a bake sale. (7000 35th SW)
TOYS FOR TOTS: You can drop off unwrapped new toys at the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle‘s booth on the west side of the Farmers’ Market, 10 am-2 pm.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The White Center Library Guild‘s annual Holiday Bazaar & Book Sale concludes today at the library (1409 SW 107th), 11 am-3 pm.
PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA: Bring your pet(s) for pics with Santa, taken by a pro photographer, 2-6 pm at Dough Joy Donuts (4310 SW Oregon).
ORDERING DEADLINES: If you’re getting help with your Thanksgiving dinner, note that today’s the deadline for several ordering options – see them listed beneath the first photo in our Holiday Guide.
And now, from our year-round West Seattle Event Calendar:
CHURCHES WITH ONLINE SERVICES: We’re continuing to list these – see today’s list here.
LACROSSE FOR GIRLS: Casual “fall ball” drop-in event at AT Milo Park (30th/Thistle), 9:30 am-11 am, as explained in our calendar listing.
Please help our unsheltered neighbors meet the many challenges of living outdoors as the season turns cold and wet. Donations of clean and usable sleeping bags, blankets, tarps and tents are in great need, as well as warm outdoor clothing for men and women. Non-perishable food and hygiene items are always welcome.
LAST DAY FOR BOOK FUNDRAISER: Today’s the last day you can shop at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW) and have part of your purchase benefit Louisa Boren STEM K-8. Shop hours today are 11 am-5 pm.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Get ready for Thanksgiving! 10 am-2 pm, the market offers fall produce as well as flowers, cheese, fish, meat, baked goods, condiments, fresh-cooked food, beverages, more. Here’s today’s vendor list. California SW between Oregon and Alaska.
CLASSIC NOVELS (AND MOVIES) CLUB: 3 pm monthly gathering at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), this month discussing “The Discomfort of Evening” by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld. More info in our calendar listing.
LIVE AT EASY STREET: Seattle punk veterans AAIIEE are live in-store at Easy Street Records (4559 California SW), 5 pm. Free, all ages.
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).
SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: 9 pm to 1:30 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).
Have an event to add to our calendar? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
For those who have a view across Elliott Bay, or will be walking/riding/driving along the downtown-facing West Seattle waterfront, an FYI: The Space Needle has announced special lights for Sunday night:
In celebration of Team USA’s exciting return to the FIFA World Cup, and in anticipation of Seattle selected to be the host city for the FIFA World Cup in 2026, the Space Needle is proud to light up red, white, and blue and fly the American flag.
The FIFA World Cup honor will take place on Sunday, November 20 at 9 PM, prior to Team USA’s first match on Monday morning vs Wales.
Additionally, the Space Needle celebrates two Seattle Sounders players who will be playing for Team USA in the World Cup: Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris and midfielder Cristian Roldan have been named to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. This marks the first FIFA World Cup call-up for either player.