West Seattle, Washington
The man arrested after a standoff in an Arbor Heights yard has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges filed against him. 41-year-old Kenan D. Brown drove a stolen car into a tree in the 10200 block of 31st SW on October 20th but wouldn’t get out of the car, in which police noted he had a gun and a reportedly “aggressive” dog. Officers eventually got the gun and dog out, then took Brown into custody and to jail. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office subsequently charged Brown with first-degree unlawful gun possession – since he’s a convicted felon already – and “physical control while under the influence,” a type of DUI charge resulting from suspicion that he was under the influence of marijuana at the time. (The car had been stolen in Tacoma, and had a plate stolen in Auburn.) Court documents say he has 20 convictions on his record dating back to age 17. At his arraignment, King County Superior Court Judge Johanna Bender reduced his bail from $75,000 to $15,000, and ordered that if he does make bail, he needs to be on electronic home monitoring while awaiting trial. He’s still in jail tonight, in lieu of $30,000 total bail, also counting $15,000 for another case in which he is charged but not yet tried.
Two more West Seattle coyote sightings to share. First, one texted to us tonight: “Wanted to report a coyote sighting in North Admiral going east at SW Walker St toward 41st Ave SW.” Second, one that was sent by Martine on Halloween night:
I live on 34th Ave SW, between Andover and Charlestown, and this morning I had an encounter with what I think was a coyote. It was 7am and I was walking my dog. The coyote was only 6 feet away, not scared at all, and looked incredibly healthy. He did not run when I tried to scare it away and stayed within my eye-sight until I decided to just go back home and walk my dog later. It was a little unnerving.
As always, we want to note that we publish these sightings for awareness, not alarm, and for education: Here’s the state’s advice on do’s and don’t’s for coexisting with coyotes. (For previous sightings, click on the coverage-category link – “coyotes” – under the headline above and scroll through our archive.)
In addition to The Hall at Fauntleroy, the West Seattle Eagles usually offer a free community Thanksgiving dinner, and they’ve sent word it’s happening again this year. All are welcome at their HQ at 4426 California SW in The Junction, 2-5 pm on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 23). They promise a “full, traditional meal,” all ages welcome, just show up.
Nine days until Friendsgiving, a party benefiting Mode Music & Performing Arts, which is on a mission to get arts education to more kids. Friendsgiving is planned on November 17th with live music, dinner, drinks, and a live auction, at SoDo Park (3200 1st Ave S.). The emcee is a familiar voice – KEXP DJ Troy Nelson; the catering is by Herban Feast. Student and teacher performances, too, plus a featured performance by Tio Nacho’s House. Be there to support MMPA’s programming – including after-school arts enrichment, in-school arts programs, pay-what-you-can group classes and camps, and private-lesson scholarships for music instruction. Buy your ticket(s) by midnight tonight – go here!
The second set of King County general-election results is in – but it didn’t add much to the totals in our local races; the elections team lost time today because of a powder scare – here’s how they explained it:
This morning, King County Elections received a piece of mail that contained white powder. The envelope was immediately isolated, the facility evacuated, and 911 was called. Law enforcement and HAZMAT teams arrived quickly to assess the situation.
The piece of concerning mail arrived in our mailroom, on the first floor, in our administrative suite. All ballots remained secured on the ballot processing floor and were monitored by both security cameras and livestreamed webcams viewable on the King County Elections website.
This situation kept Elections staff out of the building and away from processing ballots for approximately three hours. After the mailroom was cleared and cleaned by HAZMAT, staff returned to work and processing resumed for the day.
In all, the new results only add 20,000 ballots countywide, only several hundred in City Council District 1, which is at the same margin as last night:
SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1
Maren Costa – 7,265 – 40.91%
Rob Saka – 10,393 – 58.53%
For the closest race in our area, County Council District 8, close to 2,000 more ballots have been counted, and the gap is wider than last night, more than a point and a half:
KING COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8
Teresa Mosqueda – 17,224 – 50.68%
Sofia Aragon – 16,612 – 48.88%
Find the full set of updated results here. Next update is due out by 4 pm tomorrow.
Tom Trulin‘s photo shows the first spawner of the season in Fauntleroy Creek. At least 22 more have followed, so with that, and a adequate supply of volunteers, the first “open creek” of the season will happen Sunday (November 12). Here’s the invitation, sent by Judy Pickens of the Fauntleroy Watershed Council:
Spawners in Fauntleroy Creek – and the public is invited
As of late Tuesday, salmon watchers on Fauntleroy Creek had tallied 23 vigorous coho spawners. The first arrived on Saturday and more have followed daily. With rain and 11-foot tides in the offing, the Fauntleroy Watershed Council has scheduled an all-ages open creek on Sunday, 1:00-3:00 pm. Dress for the weather and make your way to the fish ladder viewpoint at SW Director and upper Fauntleroy Way SW. A volunteer will invite you down to creek level to check out the habitat, ask questions, and maybe see spawners. Children should bring a parent and dogs should be on leash.
That’s across the street (and up the embankment) from the entrance to the Fauntleroy ferry dock.
Three reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
STOLEN BOAT: The report and photo are from Lea:
Stolen boat and trailer out of West Seattle on October 11th.
Seattle police report number 23-294888
The trailer: License plate AT0056 with brown color, fiberglass boat on top
ATTEMPTED CAR THEFT: Matthew reports this happened Monday night:
Unfortunately someone tried to steal my 2013 Kia Rio. It was parked on the street in front of my house on 34th and Manning. The lock was pulled out of the driver’s side, but I had a club on the wheel, so I think they thought it was more trouble than it was worth. I had nothing in the car to steal, so nothing seemed missing. So frustrating to have this happen, but I’m glad I still have my car!
SUSPECTED PROWLER: Dianne reports this happened Tuesday afternoon: “About 3:19 pm, our neighbor saw a possible prowler coming down our private drive (near 31st/Findlay), which has no outlet. We live on a dead-end street down a private drive. My next-door neighbor texted us when she saw him walk down our easement. He had a duffle bag and a plastic bag full of goods.”
11:59 AM: Temperatures are dropping back to the seasonably chilly range, so if you know or see someone who needs a place to get out of the cold, Keith Hughes just let us know that he plans to open the Westside Neighbors Shelter for overnight stays tonight and tomorrow night. That’s the shelter in the West Seattle Veteran Center/American Legion Post 160 building (3618 SW Alaska). Its hours are on the shelter’s website. (That’s also where you’ll find word of a Veterans Day event dedicating a Peace Pole at the building, as well as a benefit concert at Kenyon Hall on December 2 to raise money to keep this donation-and-volunteer-powered shelter running.)
3:23 PM: We asked Keith if the shelter is in immediate need of any particular donated items. Yes – stocking caps and cotton gloves.
Here’s what’s happening for the rest of today and tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
TODDLER READING TIME: 10:30 am at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW).
POP-UP DINNER: Two seatings of a special dinner at Bonjour Vietnam (4509 California SW), 5 pm and 8 pm, prepared by 2-star Michelin Chef Florent Nguyen – ticket links are in our calendar listing.
LONGFELLOW CREEK CELEBRATION: Thousands of West Seattleites live close to its path from Westwood to the Duwamish River – but what do you really know about Longfellow Creek, its history, its challenges, its future? Come celebrate and learn about it at a special free event at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse and Cultural Center (4705 West Marginal Way SW), open house and refreshments at 5:30, panel discussion at 6 pm, details here.
FREE GROUP RUN PLUS SPORTS TALK: Meet at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) for the weekly free group run, starting with health info at 6 pm – here’s the plan for tonight:
Lake Washington Physical Therapy Sports Med Talk ON FEET:
Mark Bouma is speaking our language: FEET! He will go over how to keep your feet healthy when running. He will cover some practical ways to help with foot recovery, intrinsic muscle strength, and what may lead you to consider an OTC orthotic. We will run afterward. email with questions: email@example.com
TRIVIA x 6: Six places to play tonight. At 6 pm, Locust Cider (2820 Alki SW) offers trivia … there’s 7 pm trivia at West Seattle Brewing (4415 Fauntleroy Way SW) … 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) … Larry’s Tavern (3405 California SW) hosts Wednesday-night trivia starting at 8 pm … and at 8:30 pm, trivia with Phil T at Talarico’s (4718 California SW).
LIVE MUSIC AT THE LOCOL: 6:30 pm. 21+. Rotating performer slate. (7902 35th SW)
LIVE PIANO MUSIC: Weekly on Wednesday nights, 7 pm at Otter on the Rocks. (4210 SW Admiral Way).
MUSIC BINGO: Play weekly at The Good Society (California/Lander), 7 pm.
SKYLARK OPEN MIC: 7:30 pm signups @ West Seattle’s longest-running open mic – no cover to watch. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
If you’re planning a presentation, meeting, performance, reading, tour, fundraiser, sale, discussion, holiday event etc., and it’s open to the community, please send us info for West Seattle’s only comprehensive event calendar! firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
The West Seattle Community Orchestras want you to know about a local musician’s big event in one of the city’s most-famous concert halls. Here’s their announcement:
We of West Seattle Community Orchestras are proud to let you know that a young WSCO “alum” will be a special guest composer at a benefit concert for Seattle Children’s Hospital!
Many of us have been privileged to watch Brannon Warn-Johnston grow musically over the past several years, starting with playing violin in Debut Orchestra when she was just nine or ten and continuing through our Concert Orchestra, where she and her mom, Dana, played side-by-side. Younger brother Arly also played violin for a time and now plays percussion in the Debut Orchestra. Brannon’s first solo performance for us occurred in fall 2018 at our annual fundraising gala; many of us were astonished at the next year’s gala to hear the incredible gains she had made.
Unfortunately, 15-year-old Brannon has developed cancer and has recently undergone major surgeries to combat the disease. In addition to being an award-winning violinist and pianist, Brannon is also a prolific composer. Even while undergoing chemo treatment, she has continued to write. Her most recent composition will be premiered by the Northwest Symphony Orchestra at Benaroya Hall on November 10 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the benefit performance can be purchased via lumaguild.org/events. We wish Brannon all the best in this and her future endeavors!
(West Seattle Community Orchestras provides community musicians of all ages and abilities with opportunities for performance and growth. WSCO currently has three orchestras and a wind symphony and provides strings instruction for both students and adults. For more info visit our website, wscorchestras.org )
6:00 AM: Good morning! It’s Wednesday, November 8th.
WEATHER AND SUNRISE/SUNSET TIMES
Partly sunny, chance of showers, high in the low 50s. Sunrise today is at 7:04 am; sunset, 4:41 pm.
Friday is when Veterans Day will be observed by most (though some will observe on Saturday – libraries will be closed, for example). No Water Taxi service Friday or Saturday, according to the online schedule.
Metro – Regular schedule today; check advisories here.
Water Taxi – Regular schedule today – now on fall/winter schedule, still 7 days a week, but no late-night service Fridays/Saturdays.
SPOTLIGHT TRAFFIC CAMERAS
High Bridge – the main camera:
High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (when SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way):
1st Ave. S. Bridge – southeastern route across the river:
Highway 99: – northbound side at Lander:
BRIDGE INFO: The @SDOTBridges feed on Twitter/X shows whether the city’s movable bridges are opening for vessel traffic.
If you see trouble on the bridges/streets/paths/bay, please text or call us (when you can do that safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities if applicable). Thank you!