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ORCAS: Ready for Thanksgiving whale-watching?

Orcas are back in the area today, per Kersti Muul – seen headed southbound past West Point (which is on the northwest edge of Elliott Bay). Let us know if you see them!

West Seattle Thanksgiving Day 2022 info: Grocery stores, restaurants, free community feasts, what to do before/after dinner, more …

(Harbor Avenue late-fall colors, photo by Ann Anderson)

Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for 15 years of being able to work for and with you. Here’s information you might find helpful on the holiday:

GROCERY STORES OPEN TODAY: This list is in the Thanksgiving section atop our West Seattle Holiday Guide.

RESTAURANTS/BARS OPEN TODAY AND/OR TONIGHT: 11 on the list this year – see it here.

COFFEE: Here are three indies we know are open – C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) is open 8 am-3 pm today. … Realfine Coffee‘s 35th/Kenyon location is open 8 am-1 pm. … Highland Park Corner Store (7789 Highland Park Way SW) is open 8 am-noon. … Added: Per email and texts, Good Day Donuts is open until noon, Freshy’s is open until 2 pm, Uptown/Junction is open until (updated) 2 pm.

PRE-TURKEY EXERCISE : Five options this morning, indoor and outdoor:
West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), open 7 am-11 am
Gobble Gobble Group Run, 8 am from Alki – details here
Nature walk on Alki, 8:45 am – details here
Dragonfly’s donation yoga class, 9 am – details here
Community cleanup on Alki, 10 am – details here

WHERE TO FIND A FREE COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER: Three options this year, open to all:
*The Hall at Fauntleroy‘s sit-down dinner returns, noon-3 pm. (9131 California SW)
*West Seattle Eagles sitdown dinner, 2 pm-5 pm (4426 California SW)
*Admiral Pub, free “Friendsgiving” dinner starting at 7 pm – $10 donation requested if you can. 21+. (2306 California SW)

WANT TO HELP? You can drop off donations of desserts and/or warm clothing at The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9 am-noon, same address as above (south end of the historic schoolhouse).

WHAT TO DO AFTER (OR BEFORE) DINNER: The Admiral Theater is open this afternoon/evening – see the movies and showtimes here (2343 California SW).

*Metro buses are on the Sunday schedule
*No Water Taxi boat or shuttle service
*Sound Transit light rail and buses, Sunday schedules
*Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is on the weekend 2-boat schedule
*No charge for parking today on city streets in neighborhoods with pay stations
*Traffic cameras: West Seattle-relevant ones here; citywide views are available via this SDOT map

*No trash/recycling/etc. pickup today – Thursday pickups will happen Friday; Friday pickups on Saturday
*Seattle Parks‘ holiday closure list (including the West Seattle Golf Course)
*No Seattle Public Library services today
*USPS holiday
*Banking holiday

Seasonal info for today and beyond is in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide. We wish you a joyful holiday! (And if you see/hear news, please text/call 206-293-6302 – we are thankful for your tips all year long!)

WEST SEATTLE WILDLIFE: Another Bald Eagle ill with apparent HPAI

Another Bald Eagle with apparent HPAI – Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza – has been found, this time in Lincoln Park. Community naturalist and urban-wildlife responder Kersti Muul rescued this one too – as she had with another in Salmon Creek Ravine less than two weeks ago – and sent the photos, video, and report:

This is really sad news for West Seattle. HPAI seems to be running a course here and Tuesday morning the latest bird to be impacted is one of the mated pair from Lincoln Park. This pair successfully fledged two eaglets this year from their nest above Colman Pool.

I received a call around 8 regarding an eagle on the ground. Ironically it was near their old nest in the Grand fir by the trail junctions. When I arrived to assess, it was very obvious that HPAI had taken hold. It was having the beginnings of neurological issues.

It was coughing, and also calling to its mate, which was heartbreaking. I later learned that a Parks employee heard the pair in that area at 5 pm the previous night, which struck him odd; they don’t usually hang out there. I surmise the eagle was grounded at this point.

I transported the eagle to PAWS.

HPAI is not trivial; this is the second eagle in the area in less than two weeks, along with the snow goose. We also had a confirmed case in West Seattle recently of a Peregrine falcon. The mates are at high risk and I won’t be surprised if they show up grounded soon. They are obviously eating infected waterfowl. Diligently watching out every day now. HPAI is going to have to burn itself out.

An important reminder from Kersti – this illness is not a current problem for the birds you’d most commonly see in your yard, songbirds and hummingbirds.

WEST SEATTLE HOLIDAYS: Reasons to shop local on Friday (and beyond)

No need to wait for Small Business Saturday. Every day should be Small Business Day – and some West Seattle indies are getting right out of the holiday gates on Black Friday (or sooner):

That’s the promotional video Thunder Road Guitars (6400 California SW; WSB sponsor) has unleashed for the big sale TRG and co-housed The Bass Shop (also a WSB sponsor) are having – TRG proprietor Frank Gross calls it “Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Super Sale Sunday weekend!” He’s offering 15% off hundreds of new, used, and vintage guitars, amplifiers, and pedals. You can even shop early on the TRG website – the web sale starts Thanksgiving morning. Shop doors open 10 am Friday.

Three other WSB sponsors are having sales to entice you to shop local:

Emerald Water Anglers (4502 42nd SW) calls theirs “Fliesgiving” – Friday through Monday, “deals on select rods and reels, and a $25 gift card for every $200 spent.” EWA opens 10 am Friday.

Mountain to Sound Outfitters (3602 SW Alaska) is celebrating their 13th anniversary through Sunday – 20 percent off skis, boots, and bindings; 15 percent off snowboards, boots, and bindings; 25 percent off accessories. Mountain to Sound opens at 11 am Friday.

Lauren’s Jewelry (Westwood Village) is having an in-store sale Friday morning, 8 am-noon, “lots of items on sale” plus free gift wrapping,

All through West Seattle’s business districts, you’ll find reasons to shop close at home. Another example: If you’re nostalgic for old-fashioned get-up-early-on-Black-Friday shopping, don’t miss Record Store Day at Easy Street (California/Alaska), which opens at 7 am Friday for that occasion. Throughout the season, we keep a Shopping Spotlight list in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, so if your business is doing something special, let us know!

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Forecast to be thankful for

Though clouds swept back in this afternoon – including the lenticular cloud over Mount Rainier shown in Greg Snyder‘s photo, above – the National Weather Service says we can expect a sunny Thanksgiving Day. That’s especially good news if you’re going to join in any of the outdoor opportunities for the holiday morning that are featured atop our West Seattle Holiday Guide – and/or for safer traveling if you’re headed out to see family/friends. The rain could be back as soon as Friday.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen white Toyota van; charging-station vandalism

Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:

STOLEN VAN: The report and photo are from Andrea:

1988 white Toyota Van Wagon “Wonder Wagon” stolen from West Seattle the week of November 13-19. License Plate: AFV4867
Report filed with Seattle Police Southwest Precinct, incident #2022-307131. Please contact police with any information: 206-733-9800.

The van was stolen in the Morgan Junction area.

CHARGING-STATION VANDALISM: Via text, this report just in: “Someone vandalized and cut off the charging cord on the electric car charging station in front of the bowling alley.” The texter has reported this to Seattle City Light, and also noted that this happened recently at charging stations in Burien.

After turkey, soccer: Where in West Seattle to watch next USA World Cup match Friday

Yes, the day after Thanksgiving is known for shopping and leftovers. This year, it’ll also be a big day for football. At 11 am our time, the U.S. Men’s National Team plays its second World Cup soccer match, this time facing England. At least (updated with additions via comments) seven West Seattle establishments plan to open early for viewing:

OUNCES (3803 Delridge Way SW) is opening at 10 am.

WEST SEATTLE BREWING (4415 Fauntleroy Way SW): Also open at 10 am.

THE BEER JUNCTION (4511 California S) is opening at 11 am. (It’s also the start of Coffee Beer Week.)

PROST WEST SEATTLE (3407 California SW): Open early for every US and Germany World Cup match.

THE WESTY (7908 35th SW): Open at 10 am

TALARICO’S (4718 California SW): Open at 11 am

HIGHLAND PARK CORNER STORE (7789 Highland Park Way SW): Watch party at 11 am

Anyplace else? Please let us know – thank you!

PHOTOS: Orcas off West Seattle

10:55 AM: Orcas are in Elliott Bay this morning, reports Kersti Muul. She says they’re Southern Residents from J-Pod. Let us know if you see them!

(Added: Photo by Greg Snyder, as posted in comment below)

2:34 PM: According to a text from Kersti and a comment below by D-Mom, at least some of the whales have turned around to head back northbound. Donna Sandstrom of The Whale Trail has been out watching them too and shared this link via email with context on the salmon runs and weather that have ultimately affected the orcas’ travel pattern this year.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Added two photos – above and below – by Robin Sinner.


(Looking across Elliott Bay – Tuesday photo by David Gunwaldsen)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Holiday Guide, here’s our list for the rest of today:

TURKEY DISTRIBUTION: If you are in need, the West Seattle Food Bank‘s last pre-holiday distribution is until 2 pm today. (35th/Morgan)

LIVE AT LOCOL: Locöl (7902 35th SW) spotlights live music 6:30-8:30 pm Wednesdays, no cover, 21+, rotating artists. (And check out what’s new!)

JAZZ AT OTTER ON THE ROCKS: 6:30 pm, it’s jazz-duet night at Otter on the Rocks (4210 SW Admiral Way).

MUSIC BINGO: Play weekly at The Good Society (California/Lander), 7 pm.

TRIVIA x 5: At 7 pm, you can play trivia at the West Seattle Brewing Mothership (4415 Fauntleroy Way SW); Larry’s Tavern (3405 California SW) hosts Wednesday-night trivia starting at 7:30 pm; there’s 7:30 and 8:30 pm trivia at The Lodge (4209 SW Alaska); trivia starts at 8 pm at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW); at 8:30 pm, trivia is back at Talarico’s (4718 California SW) with Phil T.

ARTSWEST HOLIDAY SHOW: Tonight at 7:30 pm, you can catch the preview performance of “Q Brothers Christmas Carol” at ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor) – ticket info is in our calendar listing.

SKYLARK OPEN MIC: 7:30 pm signups @ West Seattle’s longest-running open mic – no cover to watch. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

Have an event – one-time or recurring – to add to West Seattle’s only comprehensive event calendar? Please email – thank you!

Celebration of Life planned November 30 for Mary F. Abernethy, 1932-2022

November 23, 2022 9:04 am
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 |   Obituaries | West Seattle news

Family and friends will gather one week from today to remember Mary F. Abernethy. Here’s the remembrance they are sharing with her community:

Mary Frances Abernethy, 90, passed away on Monday, November 14, 2022. Mary was born on August 24, 1932 to Everett E. Herron and Mary Clark Herron on Beacon Hill, where she attended Catholic school. The family moved to West Seattle, where Mary attended Holy Rosary Catholic Girls High School until her graduation in 1950.

In 1955, Mary earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Seattle University. On November 5 of the same year, Mary and James D. Abernethy were married.

Mary then stayed home to raise their four children. Once her youngest was in the fourth grade, Mary went to work at Schick Shadel hospital as a rehab nurse.

Upon retirement, Mary enjoyed sewing and attending classes and other social activities through the Seattle Parks Department. Mary and Jim enjoyed going on road trips in their camper van, as well as going on cruises.

Mary is survived by her husband Jim, her children Bob (Annelle) Abernethy, Carol (Steve) Heurion, Kathy Vincent, and Jim (Blanca) Abernethy, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In her final years, Mary struggled with dementia. Her family would like to acknowledge her caregivers and thank them for their dedication, kindness, and compassion for her during her illness.

Funeral mass and reception to celebrate Mary’s life will take place on Wednesday, November 30, 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in West Seattle. (7000 35th Ave SW)

Please share memories, photos & condolences with Mary’s family on the Tribute Wall at

Arrangements entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home of West Seattle

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries and memorial announcements by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday

November 23, 2022 7:06 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

7:06 AM: Now that the big overnight power outage is mostly over, on with traffic watch. It’s the day before Thanksgiving – Wednesday, November 23rd.


Mostly cloudy forecast for today, high near 50. (Wondering how much rain we got yesterday after almost 2 weeks with none? The official gauge at Sea-Tac Airport caught an inch and a fifth.)


Metro buses are on regular schedules; watch @kcmetroalerts for trip cancellations/reroute alerts. (HOLIDAY PREVIEW: Thursday will be a Sunday schedule, Friday will be normal weekday.)

-The West Seattle Water Taxi is running its fall/winter schedule – still daily, all dayparts, but no late Friday/Saturday runs. (HOLIDAY PREVIEW: No Water Taxi service Thursday or Friday.)

-Still a 2-boat schedule for WSF’s Triangle Route – check here for alerts/updates. (HOLIDAY PREVIEW: On Thursday, the Triangle Route will be on a weekend 2-boat schedule.)


High Bridge – here’s the camera at the top.

High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (if SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way).

Low Bridge: Or nearby, depending on where SDOT points the camera.

1st Ave. S. Bridge: The south route.

Highway 99: Here’s the northbound side at Lander.

All functional city traffic cams can be seen here, most with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page … Are movable city bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

If you see a problem on the roads/paths/water, please text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.

UPDATE: Power outage for almost 5,000 customers in West Seattle; bird found in downed wires

2:42 AM: Thanks for the tips. Still awaiting the full extent of an outage that appears to be centered in the Fauntleroy area. We don’t know the cause yet, but police were just dispatched to check out an Upper Fauntleroy resident’s report of flashes at about that time. Another dispatch says it’s a possible problem around 45th/Wildwood. Updates to come.

2:47 AM: Almost 5,000 customers per update on City Light‘s map. A member of our Upper Fauntleroy household with a west-facing window also reports seeing the flashes (we didn’t lose power, though). Added a screengrab from the outage map – broadly described, this is mostly west of 35th SW, from Seaview south to Brace Point.

3:05 AM: Now our standard reminder that City Light’s “estimated time of restoration” is always just a guesstimate and often changes, so don’t take much stock in it. No further info so far. The map suggests some signalized intersections, like California/Morgan, are affected; if you have to go out, remember that if a signal’s out, that means the intersection is a four-way stop.

3:32 AM: One hour now since the outage started. SCL has tweeted an important reminder, especially considering many refrigerators are full of holiday food: Don’t open your fridge/freezer.

4:32 AM: Two hours now. Nothing new to report.

5:59 AM: Some commenters report restoration moments ago. … The map says 3,100+ are still out.

6:59 AM: All but 364 customers now have power back.

City Light spokesperson Jenn Strang tells WSB, “Most customers except for a small pocket around the immediate vicinity will be restored momentarily. A larger crew will be coming to make further repairs this morning. As of right now, we only know that this is a result of a wire coming down but we don’t have the exact cause. We hope to know more later.”

10:24 AM: After almost eight hours, those last 300+ customers are still out. A reader texted this photo of where the SCL crew is working:

That’s near Wildwood Market.

11:47 AM: The crews are still on scene, Meantime, the outage map has updated to attribute this to “bird/animal contact,” and a commenter says it appears to have been a Great Blue Heron.

12 PM: SCL’s Strang says crews did find that bird in the outage area. Meantime, for anyone still out, she says it shouldn’t be too much longer.

12:10 PM: And SCL says everybody’s back on.

WEST SEATTLE THANKSGIVING: 3 things to know if you don’t want to cook Thursday

The holiday is almost here. But not everyone is excited about cooking. If that’s where you fall, here are three things to know, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:

(WSB file photo, The Hall at Fauntleroy Thanksgiving)

#1 – The Hall at Fauntleroy‘s free sit-down community Thanksgiving dinner is back. Noon-3 pm Thursday, all are welcome at The Hall, which is on the south end of historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California SW). This is a two-decade-plus tradition brought to you by DSquared Hospitality, parent company of Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering. They provide the turkey and fixings – with a vegetarian option – and donated desserts (drop one off 9 am-noon on Thanksgiving if you can help with that) wrap up the meal.

#2 – The West Seattle Eagles are also ready to welcome hundreds into their HQ on the north end of The Junction (4426 California SW) – they’ll be serving a free turkey dinner too. Their doors are open that day for any and all community members – all ages, too (their bar will be closed that day).

#3 – If you’d rather dine/drink at a restaurant/bar on the holiday, every year we compile a list of West Seattle establishments that say they’re planning to be open. So far we have 10 on the list – see it here, and check back Thursday, as we’ll likely have some additions. (If you know of someplace that’ll be open, please email or text 206-293-6302 – thank you!)

CONGRATULATIONS! WSHS student honored by Holocaust Center for Humanity

If you visit the Holocaust Center for Humanity downtown any time soon, you’ll see that photo of West Seattle High School student Gaia Corvino. One of her teachers, Chrissy Dahms, sent this report on the special honor from the center:

Junior Gaia Corvino was honored by the Holocaust Center for Humanity for her work creating a video with WSHS Black Student Union. The video was on the experiences and challenges of Black students at West Seattle High School. It was shown schoolwide during Black History Month in 2022 to raise awareness among students about what it is like to be a student of color, particularly a Black student, at a white-majority high school. Gaia’s photo and description of her activism is currently on display on the Upstander Wall at the Holocaust Center for Humanity. Gaia was nominated for this honor by Ms. Dahms, her AP World History Teacher.

The Holocaust Center for Humanity is at 2045 2nd Avenue and is open to the public on Sundays.

FOLLOWUP: Another near-record year for salmon spawners in Fauntleroy Creek – with other records set

(Many decaying spawner carcasses are adding nutrients to the creek. Photo by Tom Trulin)

By Judy Pickens
Special to West Seattle Blog

For the second year in a row, volunteer watchers tallied an exceptional number of coho spawners – 254! – in Fauntleroy Creek. This count exceeded last year’s 244 by 10, putting it in the No. 2 position behind 2012’s all-time high of 274.

Volunteers saw the first spawners in modern memory in 1994 and began organized watches in 1999. This year’s watch ran Oct. 16 – Nov. 22, with fish seen October 25 – November 15.

Why such a high number two years in a row? Veteran creek steward Dennis Hinton gives a lot of credit to human intervention.

“Three out of the last four years, volunteers have had to relocate drift logs at the creek mouth to ensure spawners could get in from Fauntleroy Cove. Most years, we’ve left them alone in the belief that they would float at high tide. This year’s log jam was especially tight, however. After we got the necessary state permit, Mark Sears led a work party in mid October to clear a path, then he and Tom Trulin checked the logs daily. This diligence paid off.”

(This spawning pair displaced eggs from an earlier redd to build their own. Photo by Mark Sears)

Another likely factor, Dennis said, was that this was an especially good year for salmon returning to Puget Sound. A super pod of orcas (J, K, and L) was in the area for several days and they would not have been here without finding ample fish to eat.

Other factors: High tides, paired with low barometric pressure, gave spawners the lift they needed to enter the creek. And precipitation was sufficient to flush the creek so that they could smell fresh water.

The spawner number was not the only count of note.

“We had a real uptick in public awareness and volunteerism this year,” Dennis said. “More than two dozen watchers took turns documenting spawners and talking with visitors. Judy Pickens and Phil Sweetland opened their property so that an exceptional 440-plus people of all ages could get to creek level.”

Watchers noted where they saw spawning, and volunteers will be checking those locations this winter for “home hatch” fry to emerge from their gravel redds. They also noted a lot of fingerlings from last year’s spawning as well as cutthroat trout in for the thousands of coho eggs displaced when late spawners dug out the redds of early spawners.

To learn more about the creek, current volunteer opportunities, and the watershed stewardship fund for habitat maintenance, visit

UPDATE: Teen to hospital after shooting at Delridge/Trenton

2 PM: Police have reported a person with a gunshot wound to the leg at Delridge/Thistle. More information as we get it.

2:03 PM: Texter says nearby Chief Sealth International High School is sheltering in place. A Seattle Fire “scenes of violence” medical response is now arriving in the Delridge/Thistle area as well as more police.

2:12 PM: Officers told dispatch they’ve found evidence – “three shell casings so far” – that the shooting happened in the 8800 block of Delridge. There’s also word that a Metro bus captured video of the shooting.

2:15 PM: Our crew at the scene says all they’ve been able to learn is that the victim is male. Meantime, police now report finding five casings “so far.”

2:19 PM: Police are looking for two suspects, one of which they have described to dispatch as a white or Hispanic male, 5’8″, gray sweater, brown pants, black Nike shoes with a white swoosh, silver pistol. The victim, who was described as alert/conscious, is being taken to Harborview. … The second suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, 5’10”, black hair, black sweater, dark-blue jeans, black shoes. … As noted by commenters, Denny International Middle School (which is adjacent to CSIHS) also is in shelter-in-place.

2:40 PM: Police have just given clearance for the schools to lift their sheltering-in-place. No one in custody so far. Photos added above.

2:56 PM: A commenter uploaded this security video in which you hear the shots and a voice asking “Why’d you do that?”

Then two people are briefly seen on the right edge of the video, running.

3:45 PM: Police say the victim is 17 years old. Their update otherwise includes only one other bit of additional information: “Witnesses reported seeing a group of five or six young men fighting near Delridge Way and Trenton Street prior to the shooting.” They also request tips on their hotline, 206-233-5000.

ADDED 7:08 PM: Commenter TBD‘s video, mentioned below – this is from a camera on the rear of their vehicle:

BIZNOTE: New ownership, other changes ahead for Locöl

When Locöl reopens at 3 pm today after being closed since Friday, some changes will be in place. Most notably, a new owner – Kevin Beardsley, at left below with managers April Savage and Ian Joyce:

(WSB photos)

We stopped by on Monday to find out what’s changing – and what isn’t.

The restaurant/bar at 7902 35th SW is changing its name slightly – Locöl Kitchen and Bar replaces the original Locöl Barley and Vine. That’ll be a clearer representation of what they are – especially the “bar” part, since now Locöl has a full liquor license, after 12 years of serving only wine and beer.

The full cocktail menu won’t roll out until around the first of the year, but they’ll be offering what you might call some teasers – tastes – before then.

They’ve also done a bit of a refresh – some paint, for example.

The food menu isn’t changing much – it gets some new dishes every few months anyway. The popular pork carnitas tacos, for one, are definitely staying. They might even get better, as Locöl plans to have all its tortillas sourced soon from nearby Milpa Masa. And that fits with the overall theme of local, made-from-scratch food – the menu also spotlights “comfort food”; twice-baked potatoes are popular too, as are sharable plates.

Also ample vegetarian options, the Locöl crew notes. And beyond the as-local-as-possible food, they’ll continue to showcase local art:

Locöl is 21+ and also has a covered, heated patio out back with room for up to 20 people. Hours are 3-10 pm Tuesdays-Fridays, 1-10 pm Saturdays, 1-8 pm Sundays, closed Mondays for now (but hoping to change that as staffing allows). The 3-6 pm Happy Hour is staying too.

WATER TAXI ALERT: West Seattle route cancellations for tonight

Just in from Metro, two problems affecting the West Seattle Water Taxi route.

First – M/V Doc Maynard is out of service until further notice because of propeller damage. Metro says M/V Spirit of Kingston will fill in as needed.

Second – a shortage of crew is canceling some runs tonight:

Lack of crew will force the reduction of service for tonight’s evening commute
These runs have been canceled for tonight
*The 5:35 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. sailings from downtown to West Seattle
*The 5:45 p.m. and 6:25 p.m. sailings from West Seattle to downtown

(The Vashon route has some cancellations too.)

WEST SEATTLE THANKSGIVING: 4 pre-turkey exercise options

November 22, 2022 11:59 am
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 |   Health | Holidays | West Seattle news

Before the cooking and feasting, you have a few ways to get moving on Thursday. The sun is supposed to be back just in time for the outdoor options, too. From the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:

(West Seattle Runner photo from 2018 Gobble Gobble Group Run)

GOBBLE GOBBLE GROUP RUN: West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) is bringing back its holiday-morning run, 8 am from Alki. If you can, bring a nonperishable-food donation for the West Seattle Food Bank. Meetup location and other details are in our calendar listing.

THANKSGIVING NATURE WALK: West Seattle naturalist Ann is organizing this – meet at 8:45 am at the “Luna Girls on Alki” sculpture north of Salty’s – details in our calendar listing.

THANKSGIVING DONATION CLASS: 9 am Power Flow class at Dragonfly (3270 California SW), benefiting West Seattle Food Bank – info in our calendar listing.

WEST SEATTLE YMCA: If you want to work out at the Y, the Triangle HQ (but not Fauntleroy) will be open 7 am-11 am on Thanksgiving. (3622 SW Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor)

Anything to add to the list? Email us! – thank you!

WEST SEATTLE TUESDAY: 10 opportunities

November 22, 2022 10:26 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Latest “live” photo from SDOT traffic camera at California/Alaska)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Holiday Guide, here’s our list for the rest of today:

POSTCARDS TO VOTERS: A local way to take national action – participating in the 10:30 am drop-in weekly gathering at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor). They’re focusing now on the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff.

ANNIVERSARY SALE: Get your winter gear at Mountain to Sound Outfitters (WSB sponsor; 3602 SW Alaska), which continues its 13th-anniversary sale today. Store’s open 11 am-7 pm today.

COVID VACCINATIONS: Pop-up clinic at Southwest Library (9010 35th SW), noon-5 pm.

CHESS CLUB: Play chess at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon), 1:30 pm. Beginners welcome!

DONATION DROPOFF TO HELP STUDENTS: Today’s the first of three Tuesdays on which volunteers are collecting donations outside the north entrance of West Seattle High School to help make “care packages” for students to use during. winter break. Our calendar listing includes info on what they need. 3-5 pm (3000 California SW)

FREE EARLY THANKSGIVING DINNER: TheHomeSkillit is planning to serve a free meal 4-7 pm at Delridge P-Patch (5071 Delridge Way SW), Donations accepted if you want to help cover their costs.

DEMONSTRATION FOR BLACK LIVES: New start time for the longstanding weekly sign-waving demonstration at 16th/Holden. 5-6 pm. Signs available if you don’t have your own.

SCRABBLE NIGHT: 6-10 pm, you can play Scrabble at The Missing Piece (9456 35th SW).

TRIVIA X 3: Three of the venues where you can play Tuesday nights – 7 pm at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW), 7 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), 7:30 and 8:30 pm at The Lodge (4209 SW Alaska).

BELLE OF THE BALLS BINGO: Play bingo with Cookie Couture at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 8 pm. Free, all ages!

You can always see more, and preview future events, via our event calendar – if you have something to add, please email info to – thank you!

BIZNOTE: Verity Credit Union raises rates for you to save with CDs

If your year-end financial planning includes saving more – Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor, with a branch at 4505 California SW in The Junction) wants you to know it’s just raised the rates for its CD Specials. Verity is now offering 3.75% for 25-month CDs and 3.50% for 13-month CDs. Saving with a credit union helps strengthen the community, Verity notes – your deposit in turn helps them make loans to small businesses, for example. Even if you’re not a member yet, you can join Verity for $5 (which also entitles you to membership features from financial coaching to nationwide access to a network of 30,000+ ATMs) You can open the CD online – no need to go to the branch – and you can get one with as little as $100. Start by joining here (no prerequisites – Verity is a community-chartered credit union, so it’s open to all).

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday

8:29 AM: Crash at Delridge/Trenton.


6:02 AM: Good morning! It’s Tuesday, November 22nd – two days until Thanksgiving.


Rainy, windy weather predicted for today, high near 50.


Metro buses are on regular schedules; watch @kcmetroalerts for trip cancellations/reroute alerts. (HOLIDAY PREVIEW: Thursday will be a Sunday schedule, Friday will be normal weekday.)

-The West Seattle Water Taxi is running its fall/winter schedule – still daily, all dayparts, but no late Friday/Saturday runs. (HOLIDAY PREVIEW: No Water Taxi service Thursday or Friday.)

-Still a 2-boat schedule for WSF’s Triangle Route – check here for alerts/updates. (HOLIDAY PREVIEW: On Thursday, the Triangle Route will be on a weekend 2-boat schedule.)


High Bridge – here’s the camera at the top.

High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (if SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way).

Low Bridge: Or nearby, depending on where SDOT points the camera.

1st Ave. S. Bridge: The south route.

Highway 99: Here’s the northbound side at Lander.

All functional city traffic cams can be seen here, most with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page … Are movable city bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

If you see a problem on the roads/paths/water, please text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Police search in Highland Park

9:42 PM: Police are out with a K-9 right now in Highland Park, searching for a man suspected of shooting at another man. This is centered at 10th/Cloverdale, though the search is ranging further out – the suspect was reportedly last seen eastbound on Cloverdale. We haven’t heard a description yet. No injuries reported.

9:50 PM: Police have reported finding a shell casing – “.380 auto” – in the alley behind the house where this is reported to have happened.

11:10 PM: The search has wound down. The initial call was that a man had found an intruder in his neighbor’s house, and the intruder shot at him. The man chased the intruder a ways “with an ax.”

ADDED TUESDAY AFTERNOON: Here’s the police summary of the incident:

At 2125 hours, officers responded to a report of an interrupted burglary where the suspect had fired a shot at the victim. The caller reported that he had heard the burglary occurring at his neighbor’s house. The caller armed himself with an axe and confronted the suspect, who was in the process of piling stolen items on the back deck. When confronted, the suspect fled on foot with the caller following. The suspect turned as he was running and fired 1 round at the victim, who discontinued his chase and returned home for police response. Evidence of a shooting was located and submitted.