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MISSING: Have you seen Leticia Martinez-Cosman?

11:20 PM: Multiple readers have mentioned social-media posts about this missing local woman, and we heard tonight directly from a family member who confirmed she was still being sought. But the family member told us earlier this evening that they were waiting for police clearance to say more. Now, that’s just happened:

From SPD:

Seattle Police detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating Leticia Martinez-Cosman, who was last seen Friday evening on March 31st at T-Mobile Park during the Seattle Mariners game.

Martinez-Cosman has not contacted her family since. Martinez-Cosman is a 58-year-old female with green eyes and brown hair. Martinez-Cosman is approximately 5’9” inches tall and weighs approximately 135 pounds.

Martinez-Cosman was last seen with the male depicted in the photo below. Seattle Police detectives have identified and interviewed him.

If anyone has any information about this case, or the whereabouts of Martinez-Cosman, please call the SPD Violent Crimes Tip Line at 206-233-5000.

1:57 PM: SPD is promising new information this afternoon, as noted in comments below.

GARAGE SALE DAY: Third day of registration!

April 5, 2023 7:23 pm
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 |   Community Garage Sale Day | West Seattle news

After three days of registration for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2023 – 9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 13 – we’re up to 75 registered sales for the 17th WSCGSD! Sellers promise as wide a variety of stuff as ever – kid stuff, grownup stuff, collectible stuff, bric-a-brac, knickknacks – estate sales, moving sales, even a sale with a food truck. (Selling food, not the truck itself.) Be part of the biggest day of the year in the person-to-person recycling spirit – to register your sale, here’s the link. Registering will bring a confirmation note from us as well as a PayPal receipt; if you don’t get one or both, check your spam folder. Questions/problems, email us at – which is also how to let us know if your organization is planning a site open to multiple small individual sellers, or a post-sale donation dropoff, etc. Thank you!

FREE COMPOST: West Seattle giveaway dates

April 5, 2023 4:36 pm
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 |   Environment | West Seattle news

(SPU photo, 2021)

The dates are set for this year’s opportunities to get free compost in West Seattle: 9-noon Saturday, April 22nd – yes, yet another way to spend your Earth Day this year! – and 9-noon Saturday, May 6th. On both dates, Seattle Public Utilities, ECOSS, and Lenz Enterprises will team up to offer it while supplies last. Bring your own container to the north lot of South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor).

UPDATE: Major Seattle Fire response for commercial building on West Marginal (updated with investigation info)

2:38 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a big response to a commercial building in the 6900 block of West Marginal Way SW. Updates to come.

2:41 PM: First unit on scene reports “light smoke.” … Firefighters have told dispatch this is a marijuana-growing business. They are still trying to locate the source of the fire/smoke.

(Added: Reader photo)

2:52 PM: They’re calling for more units and also blocking off southbound West Marginal in the area. … This is on West Marginal south of Highland Park Way.

3:07 PM: Firefighters have declared the fire under control and are dismissing some units. … Our archives include coverage of a fire here seven years ago, with information that it had been an “urban (cannabis) farm” since before then.

3:13 PM: SFD says the fire is “knocked down” and that no injuries are reported.

3:36 PM: The fire’s now declared “tapped” (out). SFD’s investigator was reported to be on scene; we’ll update later with any information on the cause.

ADDED FRIDAY: SFD spokesperson David Cuerpo says, “Fire investigators ruled the incident as accidental, and likely caused by an overheated lamp or failure within the electrical system. Estimated loss is $40,000.”

West Seattle Greenway ‘spur’ to be built

Neighbors on 36th SW south of Providence Mount St. Vincent recently noticed an SDOT crew marking the street for future greenway construction that was a surprise to some. Checking WSB archives, we found a mention five years ago that a Camp Long-vicinity greenway “spur” was possible as part of what was referred to at the time as “Phase 3” of the 35th Avenue SW Safety Project. That reference also suggested SDOT would be talking with neighbors in advance of any such construction, which apparently hasn’t happened yet, so we asked about it. Here’s the reply from SDOT spokesperson Ethan Bergerson:

We’re extending the West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway on 36th Ave SW to create safer spaces for walking, biking, and rolling in West Seattle. This extension will connect to Camp Long Park via 35th Ave SW, using the recently built traffic signal at 35th Ave SW and SW Dawson St.

Construction is expected to begin by early summer and finish later in the summer (crews visited the neighborhood this past weekend to make pre-construction markings on the pavement). We will send construction notices in the mail before the actual construction work starts.

The extension was listed in our 2021 Bike Master Plan update, and is part of a multi-year, multi-project approach to create safer spaces for walking, biking, and rolling in West Seattle. The end result will look similar to other Neighborhood Greenways, including:

-Speed humps / cushions to ensure drivers travel at a safe speed
-Stop signs for cross-street traffic
-Bike lane markings on the street
-Wayfinding and neighborhood greenway signs

Here’s a map of the project zone.

Electric-vehicle drivers invited to help others learn about EVs on Earth Day

On Earth Day – April 22nd – again this year, electric-vehicle drivers have the opportunity to help others learn about plugged-in driving, and people with questions about it have the chance to get answers. This year it’ll all be happening nearby, at the Duwamish River Community Hub on the southeast corner of downtown South Park’s main intersection, 14th Avenue S./S. Cloverdale. Organizers include the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association and Express CU – different EV models and even test drives will be offered, noon-3 pm on Saturday, April 22nd. If you’re an EV driver interested in participating, the link is on this page (as well as the link for RSVPs).

Youth substance-abuse town hall, SYML at Easy Street, more for the rest of your West Seattle Wednesday

April 5, 2023 10:03 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Photo by Danny McMillin)

Here’s the lineup for the rest of today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

PASSOVER BEGINS … at sundown.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES: Here’s our list of churches we’ve heard from; additions still welcome at

BACKYARD BIRDING: At Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon):

1-3 p.m.
Entry fee: Free members, $5 non-members
Local birder Richard Lazeres will give an introduction to birding in West Seattle, focusing on resident birds that you can see in our neighborhood any time of the year.

FREE INDOOR PLAYSPACE: Toddler Gym weekday afternoons at the Salvation Army Center (9050 16th SW), ages 2-6, 3:30-5 pm.

FIX-IT WORKSHOP: 5:30-7:30 pm at West Seattle Tool Library (4408 Delridge Way SW).

YOUTH SUBSTANCE-ABUSE TOWN HALL: 6 pm at Denny International Middle School (2701 SW Kenyon), come to talk about and hear about this community issue, as detailed in our calendar listing.

TRIVIA x 6: At 6 pm, Locust Cider (2820 Alki SW) now offers trivia … 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 8 pm; there’s 7:30 and 8:30 pm Sporcle Pub Quiz at The Lodge (4209 SW Alaska); trivia starts at 8 pm at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW); at 8:30 pm, trivia at Talarico’s (4718 California SW).

LIVE MUSIC AT THE LOCOL: 6:30 pm. 21+. Rotating performer slate. (7902 35th SW)

SYML AT EASY STREET: 7 pm performance by a singer-songwriter who Easy Street Records’ own Matt Vaughan says you won’t want to miss. Wristbands required; more info in our calendar listing. (4559 California SW)

DISTRICT 1 COMMUNITY NETWORK: 7 pm online meeting of community advocates from around the area; all welcome. Here’s how to participate via video or telephone:
Meeting ID: 850 4211 4712

Call\-in info:
Phone number: 253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 850 4211 4712
Passcode: 165919

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

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

KARAOKE AT BENBOW ROOM: 9 pm-2 am – info in our calendar listing. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

Planning an event – presentation, meeting, performance, reading, tour, fundraiser, sale, discussion, or … – that could be featured on West Seattle’s only comprehensive event calendar? Tell us about it! Please email info to – thank you!

YOU CAN HELP: Chief Sealth IHS PTSA fundraiser for Staff Appreciation Week

April 5, 2023 9:09 am
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

(File photo)

The Chief Sealth International High School PTSA is about 75 percent of the way to its goal for this fundraiser. Here’s what we weres asked to share with you:

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is May 8-12, 2023. Please help us show how grateful we are to Chief Sealth’s Teachers and Staff for everything they do to support our students and nurture our community!

I can think of so many instances where a teacher or a staff member has stepped up and supported my kids through some of their hardest days and some of their best wins. I also carry life-long gratitude with me for the teachers that encouraged me and challenged me to grow many years ago when I myself was a student at Sealth!

Whether you’re a parent or relative of a current or past Sealth student, a student or alum of Sealth yourself, or you want to just share in a show of gratitude in honor of all the teachers and school staff that made a difference in your life, we NEED you!

We are raising $2000 to fund a week of activities for Chief Sealth’s 150 teachers and staff, including a luncheon, a beverage and treats service and other tokens of our appreciation to let them know how much we care!

We want this celebration to stand out. The past few years have been so challenging for our public school teachers and staff. They have faced unbelievable challenges during COVID, requiring them to adopt new technologies, support students in new ways, and bring their best to school every day. They have gone above and beyond, even through these past few difficult years, to make every student count and to make a top education accessible to all.

Please donate what you can; any amount is appreciated! All funds will go directly to the PTSA and will be earmarked for Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.


April 5, 2023 6:03 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

6:03 AM: Good morning! It’s Wednesday, April 5th.


The forecast for today: Mostly cloudy, high in the low 50s. Sunrise 6:40 am, sunset 7:45 pm; full moon 9:34 pm tonight.


Day game at T-Mobile Park in SODO today, as the Mariners conclude their season-opening home stand with a 1:10 pm game against the Angels.


Metro – Regular schedule, but trip cancellations are still happening, so watch for alerts (if you’re not signed up to receive them, watch channels like this one).

Water TaxiRegular schedule. P.S. Late-night Friday/Saturday trips resume April 21.

Washington State Ferries‘ Triangle Route continues on the 2-boat schedule; check here for alerts/updates and see Vessel Watch for boats’ locations.


Delridge cameras: Besides the one below (Delridge/Henderson), cameras are also up at Delridge/Genesee, Delridge/Juneau, Delridge/Orchard, and Delridge/Oregon.

High Bridge – the camera at the top:

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

Low Bridge – looking southwestward toward it:

1st Ave. S. Bridge – another route across the river:

Highway 99: – the northbound side at Lander.

MORE TRAFFIC CAMS: See all working traffic cams citywide here, most with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are on this WSB page.

BRIDGE INFO: Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed to see if the city’s movable bridges are opening for vessel traffic.

If you see a problem on the bridges/streets/paths/bay, please text or call us (when you can do it safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities if needed) – 206-293-6302.