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SPORTS: West Seattle High School’s volleyball victory at district tournament means trip to state

9:49 PM: Five nights after taking second place in the Metro League championships, the West Seattle High School volleyball team scored a shutout win in their first district-tournament match tonight. Playing at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, the Wildcats beat Bellevue 3-0. Lake Washington is also where WSHS will face the host team at 9 am Saturday (November 11th) in the district semifinals. If we’re reading the bracket correctly, tonight’s victory has already guaranteed them a berth at the state tournament.

9:58 PM: Head coach Scott Behrbaum confirms his team has earned a trip to state – that’ll be November 17-18 in Yakima.

UPDATE: Crash on westbound bridge

7:55 PM: Thanks for the tip. There’s a multi-vehicle collision on the westbound West Seattle Bridge near the Admiral exit. Our tipster reports up to five vehicles involved. (It’s out of camera range on SDOT’s live feed, but you can see brake lights activating just past the crest.)

8:20 PM: Officers have just told dispatch that the bridge is “back open again.” We’re checking with SFD about injuries, if any.

10:10 PM: No injuries reported, according to SFD spokesperson David Cuerpo, who says a 76-year-old woman was evaluated at the scene just to be sure.

VIDEO: West Seattle Art Walk, November edition

November 9, 2023 6:22 pm
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6:22 PM: Clotho Knots is the featured artist at VAIN West Seattle (4513 California SW), our first West Seattle Art Walk stop tonight, with “abstract mixed-media collage/alcohol ink paintings,” until 8 pm. If the rain’s been keeping you home, now’s the time to head out – it’s lightened considerably, and home-grown art, music, and treats await you at many participating venues. See the list and artist info here – including the two Art of Music shows – more to come!

6:35 PM: Above, that’s Andy Officer, who’s showing his art/photography at Swan Dive (4537 California SW) tonight, also until 8 pm. Below, Leslie Jenkins is at Discovery Shop-West Seattle (4535 California SW) with watercolors:

More stops ahead!

6:57 PM: If you missed Tom Costantini – who “paints with watercolors to illustrate favorite subjects including vintage cars, homes, and furniture” – at last weekend’s Fauntleroy Fine Art Show and Gift Fair, good news, he’s at Windermere West Seattle (4526 California SW) tonight:

They’re also open for Art Walk until 8 pm.

8:29 PM: While we were out, we caught two of tonight’s musical acts, too:

That’s Caitlin Patterson – who’s also a teacher at Madison Middle School – performing at West Seattle Realty (WSB sponsor), accompanied by Marshell Lombard. They were part of The Art of Music. Below, Better As Brass performed outdoors in front of KeyBank:

Kevin Freitas from Better As Brass says they’re still seeking more percussionists – if you’re interested! Meantime, the extra-festive holiday Art Walk will be December 14th/

WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Menashe & Sons Jewelers’ open house, celebrating a half-century

Family-owned Menashe & Sons Jewelers is celebrating 50 years in business this holiday season, and the party starts with an open house that’s happening right now. Until 8 pm, you can visit the shop at xxxx California SW in The Junction to enjoy snacks, sips, and deals – in connection with the anniversary celebration, the shop is offering sales including at least 30 percent off everything in the store. You can also visit to congratulate Jack and Linda Menashe on not only their 50 years of business success but also 52 years of marriage!

ELECTION 2023: Third round of results

The third round of election results is out. No change in who’s winning the local races we’ve been watching.

SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1: 7,000+ additional votes were counted in today’s tally, which now brings the count up to 34.4% of registered D-1 voters, with at least 9,000 left to count, according to the ballot-return stats.

Rob Saka – 14,250 – 56.99%
Maren Costa – 10,637 – 42.54%

KING COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8: More than 14,000 additional votes have been counted, for a total so far of 31.6% of registered D-8 voters; at least 14,000 ballots remain to be counted.

Teresa Mosqueda – 24,759 – 52.36%
Sofia Aragon – 22,364 – 47.29%

Though tomorrow’s a government holiday, the KC Elections calendar says there’ll be a Friday afternoon update.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: USPS mail truck broken into

The photo and report are from a reader who wanted to be anonymous:

Approximately 11 am (today) the mail truck parked at Raymond and 37th was broken into. Trays of mail loaded onto pick-up truck. Man in nearby truck witnessed and got identification of car and license plate number. Same location where 2 stolen cars were abandoned November 6-7th.

According to recorded dispatch audio, the license and description checked to a stolen tan GMC Sierra. If you have any information on the break-in/mail theft, the SPD incident # i 23-324534.

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, inbound

Thanks for the tips! Six days after it headed northbound, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is headed back home to Bremerton, passing the mouth of Elliott Bay right now before turning into Rich Passage.

West Seattle Water Taxi adds Friday pm service for Sounders FC playoff match

November 9, 2023 12:49 pm
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Though the West Seattle Water Taxi was originally scheduled to be out of service tomorrow for the Veterans Day observation, Metro has added late afternoon and evening runs so Sounders FC fans can get to and from the playoff match vs. Dallas. The schedule can be found here – it starts with a 4:30 pm trip from West Seattle, and ends with a 10:45!pm trip from downtown. No shuttle bus, though, so you have to find another way to and from Seacrest. And Metro is still planning to keep the Water Taxi (and shuttles) entirely out of service on Saturday.

WEST SEATTLE ART: Highland Park’s big blue bird comes home to roost

(WSB photos)

11:56 AM: It’s installation day for “Where’s the Party? Elevating Nature and Resilience,” the 17-foot-tall Steller’s Jay that’s going up on the southwest corner of Highland Park Way/Holden as the public-art component of SDOT’s safety project at the intersection. Artist Matthew Mazzotta created the big bird, as we first reported a year ago.

Crews will be working on it for another two hours or so; for safety’s sake, spectators are asked to stay away until they’re done (we’ll update). Reminder that next Tuesday, you’ll get a chance to meet the artist – gather at 4 pm November 14th at the corner, and then everyone will walk south to Highland Park Corner Store to chat. The $120,000 project is funded by the longrunning “1 Percent for Art” program, and took wing after three other concepts presented by the city drew tepid community reaction.

2 PM: Installation complete, crew packing up.

3:52 PM: Adding Scott Bessho‘s photo of a view from behind:

BIZNOTE FOLLOWUP: Meineke reopens at ex-Dere Auto

A little more than two months after Dere Auto closed at 35th/Barton, the repair shop has reopened as a Meineke Car Care Center. That’s what departing Dere staff told us in August was planned for the site, replacing Meineke’s 17th/Roxbury location, which closed because of impending redevelopment. Hours for the new Meineke will be 7:30 am-6 pm Mondays-Saturdays.

West Seattle Art Walk with music, ‘The Laramie Project’ opens at WSHS, and more for your Thursday

We begin today’s list with the biggest event happening today/tonight:

WEST SEATTLE ART WALK, WITH MUSIC: Second Thursdays bring the West Seattle Art Walk. Participating venues (see the list above) include both places you’ll find art – often with the artist there to answer quedtion – and places you’ll find food/beverage specials if you mention to the venue that you’re out for the Art Walk. And tonight, there’s music too:

Better As Brass, a brand-new brass band, performing at California/Alaska. Kevin Freitas, who sent the photo, says, “We’ll be playing out in front of the KeyBank starting around 5:45 pm, playing for about 20 minutes then and again about 6:30. We’re also still looking for a few more percussionists if anyone interested wants to email

The Art of Music: This month, Art of Music coordinator John Redenbaugh has two acts lined up:
Caitlin Patterson at West Seattle Realty (2715 California SW; WSB sponsor)
Olizar at John L. Scott West Seattle (4445 California SW)
Both performances are scheduled from 6 pm to 7:45 pm.

As for the art – scroll this page for the highlights; you’ll find artist receptions at locations all over the peninsula, from Infinity Shore Club on Alki (1250 Alki SW; WSB sponsor) south to Morgan Junction, most 5 pm to 8 pm but some earlier and some later.

Also in the hours ahead:

WEST SEATTLE UKULELE PLAYERS: All levels welcome to this weekly 1 pm gathering. Email to find out where they’re playing today.

NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY: Tasting room and wine bar open 1-6 pm on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus (6000 16th SW).

THURSDAY FOOD-TRUCK POP-UP: 4-8 pm at Highland Park Corner Store (7789 Highland Park Way SW), The Original Philly’s will be visiting.

50TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE: Menashe and Sons Jewelers celebrates 50 years in business with an open house 5-8 pm. (4532 California SW)

HIGHLAND PARK RUN CLUB: Also at HP Corner Store, meet up at 6:30 pm for a 3-mile run!

PERSONAL-SAFETY CLASS: 6 pm online, free class, taught by police. Registration info is in our preview.

WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT: This month’s Words, Writers, Southwest Stories, presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, features the stories of women in government via the Seattle Municipal Archives. 6 pm online – register here to get the link.

WESTIES RUN CLUB: Meet at Future Primitive Beer Bar (2536 Alki SW) at 6:30 pm for a 3-mile run – more in our calendar listing.

BLUES NIGHT: 7 pm at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), every Thursday you can listen to the blues.

YOGA, BREATH WORK, GONG BATH, MORE: 7 pm at Move2Center (3618 SW Alaska).

‘THE LARAMIE PROJECT’: West Seattle High School‘s new student production opens tonight, 7:30 pm – ticket info and more in our calendar listing.

SPORTS: West Seattle High School plays in the district volleyball tournament at 7:30 pm, Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. Opponent will be the winner of an earlier match between Bellevue and Eastside Catholic.

We publish daily lists like this one as reminders, but you can look ahead any time, to any day, by scrolling through our full calendar!

WHALES: Orcas in the area

9:52 AM: Just got a text from Kersti Muul that orcas are southbound off Brace Point “in the shipping lanes.” Might be too far south for you know, but they’ll eventually have to head north again! Let us know if you see them.

10:17 AM: And in fact, they’ve already turned around, Kersti reports, now northbound off Blake Island.

12:24 PM: In comments, Kersti says they’re now off Bainbridge.

Remembering Kathryn A. Wells, 1947-2023

Family and friends are remembering Kathryn Wells and sharing this with the community:

Born on February 5, 1947, Kathryn Anne Wells (née Schnabel), 76, of Seattle, passed away on October 19, 2023.

Kathryn is survived by her twin brother Tom, older brother Lawrence, two loving sons Sean and Casey, and grandchildren Cassidy, Riley, and Adam. Nana leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and compassion.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Kathryn graduated from Palisades High School in 1965. She had a passion for literature, music, and art, and for many years expressed herself through drawing and painting. She was kind and supportive in her relationships with family and friends, gentle and steadfast in her love for animals, and gracious and humble when enduring pain and disability.

A private memorial service will be held for her immediate family members. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to be made in her name to the Seattle Humane Society.

Kathryn will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who were privileged to know her. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

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


6:01 AM: Good morning! It’s Thursday, November 9th.


Chance of rain, , high in the low 50s. Sunrise today is at 7:05 am; sunset, 4:40 pm.

(Wednesday sunrise photo by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)


Tomorrow (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 TaxiRegular schedule today – now on fall/winter schedule, still 7 days a week, but no late-night service Fridays/Saturdays.

Washington State Ferries – 2-boat service on the Triangle Route. Check alerts for changes, and use Vessel Watch to see where your ferry is.


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

High Bridge – the main camera:

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

Low Bridge:

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

Highway 99: – 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: 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!