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TERMINAL 5: Northwest Seaport Alliance to finalize lease for second berth

July 30, 2023 11:03 pm
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(NWSA photo)

When Seattle and Tacoma port commissioners meet Tuesday (August 1st) as Northwest Seaport Alliance managing members, updates on West Seattle’s Terminal 5 are a big part of the agenda. A year and a half after the first “modernized” berth at T-5 opened to cargo traffic, construction continues on its second berth, now expected to be ready early next year. At Tuesday’s meeting, a vote is planned to finalize leasing the second berth to the same operator as the first, SSA Terminals. Rent to start will be almost $2 million a month, according to documents attached to the meeting agenda, including the lease. Terms of the lease also include obligations on both sides for various components of the project, including two new cranes that SSA has ordered, now expected to be delivered in October, plus a six-acre container-storage yard expansion. The total cost of modernizing both berths, some of which is covered by grants, is now estimated at $454 million, according to a general T-5 progress report that’s also planned at the NWSA managing members’ meeting, which starts at 11:30 am Tuesday and will be viewable online.

COUNTDOWN: Night Out 2023 just two nights away

Hundreds of West Seattle streets will be closed for block parties on Tuesday night (August 1st), this year’s Night Out. It’s a nationwide night for community-building, with a focus on safety and preparedness, and a great chance to check in with your neighbors if you don’t get to chat much over the course of the year. You can see some of the areas where parties are planned by looking at the map on SPD’s Night Out page. If you’re not participating in a Night Out party, be careful when you’re traveling between 5 and 9 pm Tuesday night, as those are the hours for most street closures. P.S. If you’re having a party and wouldn’t mind us stopping by for a photo, email us – – thank you!

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen gray Rio; hit-run with witnesses

July 30, 2023 7:01 pm
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Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:


Hoping to get the word out that my boyfriend’s gray Kia Rio hatchback was stolen in front of my house on 42nd Ave SW near SW Graham. Last had eyes on it around 7 pm Friday night and found it missing right before noon Saturday. There was glass and the ignition box lying in the road. If anyone has any information, please call SPD and reference case no. 23-216571.

Car (similar to this) has a faded RockyMounts two-bike bike rack on the back (similar to this).


On Friday, my parked car was sideswiped at 4:14 pm while parked on the 2700 block of 49th Ave SW, resulting in a large scratch from the rear quarter panel to the driver’s door.

After reviewing security camera footage, I am particularly interested in talking to the driver of the silver Ford Fusion (2010 era), which passed my car then, and the two cyclists who witnessed the event. I am willing to return the side mirror cap which fell off the other vehicle to the driver of said car in exchange for insurance info!

My email is

UPDATE: Delridge power outage takes out traffic signal, store

July 30, 2023 4:57 pm
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4:57 PM: Thanks for the tips. A power outage centered near Delridge/Orchard is only affecting 26 customers but at least one store – Sherwin-Williams – is among them, as is the traffic signal at that intersection.

9:40 PM: Not fixed yet, per SCL map.

1:12 AM: Just checked again; power’s back.

NEXT WEEKEND: Unfurling of massive flag to prepare for Alki Beach Pride

July 30, 2023 3:01 pm
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This year’s Alki Beach Pride is set for August 20th, but a big event in preparation for ABP is happening next Saturday. Here’s the announcement sent to us to share with you

Seattle PrideFest has shared their gigantic 130 ft by 70 ft Pride flag to be unfurled and held by 40+ LGBTQ volunteers on Alki Beach as a celebration of Alki Beach Pride, West Seattle’s biggest Pride event happening, later in August (Sunday, August 20th). Here is a video of the flag in Yakima so you can see how big it is!

This gigantic Pride flag has been used at Seattle’s Pride celebrations and has traveled to many Pride events throughout the state of Washington, including the Tri-Cities and Spokane, which were its most recent stops. This will be the first time the flag will be in West Seattle!

We’re looking for LGBTQ-identifying West Seattle residents of all ages to come and help us out! Meet at Alki Playground/Whale Tail Park at 10:30 am Saturday for a practice run and photo ops. Then we’ll fold it up and take it over to the beach for the ceremony. There will be drone footage and photos taken with the Seattle skyline in the background for this historic event.

-Saturday, August 5th at 10:30 am for practice at Alki Playground (59th/Lander)
-11 am to 12 pm for the ceremony on Alki Beach
-40+ volunteers needed that are LGBTQ+
-Post-ceremony celebration will be held at Arthur’s restaurant 1 pm to 3 pm
-Allies are totally welcome to come and celebrate!

There’s no need to sign up, just show up!

The August 20th Alki Beach Pride celebration includes a street party and outdoor movie.

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Paddle to Muckleshoot canoe families arrive at Alki

(WSB photos unless otherwise credited)

11:31 AM: The first canoe families are arriving at Alki Beach after leaving Suquamish following a two-night stay during the first Canoe Journey since before the pandemic, the Paddle to Muckleshoot. Up to 100 canoes are expected.

Lots of backstory in our preview published last night. Hundreds of people are here, lining the beach and seawall, as arriving canoe families ask and are granted permission to come ashore.

(4:14 pm note: The stream just concluded, but you should be able watch a recorded replay here)
1:04 PM: The live stream we mentioned last night continues, showing a member of each arriving canoe family making the request, and Muckleshoot members on shore welcoming them.

The speeches – given in both Native languages and English – have been poignant, as some have spoken of “so much loss these past few years,” primarily because of the pandemic. One said they had lost their skipper to COVID. But the exchanges also have been joyful as the hosts promise the visitors “We will sing, we will dance, we will feast together.”

That will happen at the Muckleshoot Community Center in Auburn, to which the visitors will be taken by shuttle bus.

First, canoes are carried out of the water, and are parked on the beach. Many also carry flags showing where they’re from.

The paddles tell stories too.

One skipper spoke with a bit of humor:

The list of participating canoe families is here. Some families have traveled in more than one canoe. Some canoes carried members of multiple Indigenous nations and cultures – we heard introductions mentioning Hawai’i, the Navajo Nation, even the Maori of New Zealand.

4 PM: The live stream is still going as a few last canoes arrive. Some also have asked for permission to send their canoes home – by trailer – once they land. (Added: Doug Eglington saw some departures from Don Armeni:)

Many remain on the Alki sand for now, as Jamie Kinney‘s photo shows:

One of the last arrivals carried people from Alaska and B.C. The woman who spoke for them to ask permission also said they had come to ask for help in healing the Earth: “The world is toxic … support us in protecting babies and moms.”

4:13 PM: Minutes later, the final arrival – the Muckleshoot’s own canoe family. Tribal chair Jaison Elkins welcomed them.

7:09 PM: Thanks to everyone who’s sent photos! These next three are from David Hutchinson:

And these two are from Theresa Arbow-O’Connor – note the fireboat in the background of the first photo:

P.S. We drove through Alki at sunset and saw many canoes remaining on the beach, so if you missed the chance to see them, some will certainly be there tomorrow. This map shows the routes and dates taken to get here.

(Photo by Rose De Dan)


(Morning fishing at Lincoln Park, photographed earlier this week by Vanessa)

Welcome to Sunday! Here’s what’s happening:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, the market is happening between SW Alaska and SW Oregon on California, offering summer produce as well as flowers, cheese, fish, meat, baked goods, condiments, fresh-cooked food, beverages (from kombucha to beer/wine), nuts, plant starts, more. Here’s today’s vendor list.

PADDLE TO MUCKLESHOOT CANOES ARRIVE: About 100 Indigenous canoe families are expected to land on Alki Beach starting around 11 am, on the last waterborne leg of the Paddle to Muckleshoot, the first regional Canoe Journey since before the pandemic. More info in our preview from last night.

HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK OPEN: 11 am-8 pm daily through Labor Day, shine or rain. (1100 SW Cloverdale)

E.C. HUGHES WADING POOL OPEN: Noon-7 pm. (2805 SW Holden)

LINCOLN PARK WADING POOL OPEN: Noon-7 pm. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

COLMAN POOL OPEN: Also at Lincoln Park, this outdoor salt-water pool is open noon-7 pm daily through Labor Day. See the session schedule here.

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Another chance for free tours of historic Alki Point Lighthouse (3201 Alki Avenue SW), 1-4 pm (last tour starts at 3:45 pm).

POP-UP BAKESHOP: 2-5 pm, Boy Howdy Bakeshop will be at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW).

MUSIC AT THE COFFEEHOUSE: At C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), Eli Lev performs harp music 3-5 pm.

BOOKS & BRICKS BENEFIT: 4 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), food, drink, and music to support a nonprofit expanding educational access in Africa.

SUNSET GONG BATH & MEDITATION: 7:30 pm at Lowman Beach (7017 Beach Drive SW) – details in our calendar listing. $25 suggested donation.

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

Something for our calendar – one-time or recurring? Email us the info – – thank you!