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UPDATE: Crash on southbound 35th near Myrtle

March 5, 2024 9:15 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

9:15 PM: A two-car crash reported on 35th near Myrtle is blocking the southbound direction, police have told dispatch. So far one person is reported to be hurt, a man with a leg injury; no visual but the cars involved are described as a Camry and Corvette. Police are calling for two tow trucks.

10:05 PM: Officers just told dispatch that southbound 35th is reopening.

West Seattle indie filmmakers invite you to a fundraising party for their new movie

March 5, 2024 8:47 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

Yes, the title’s a little grisly, but that’s how movies go sometimes. What’s above is a teaser for the first chapter of “Bloodbath in Palookaville,” a film currently in production, which will be shown during a fundraising party this Saturday. Here’s the announcement we were asked to share with you:

This Saturday, March 9, a local film production company, Guerrilla House Productions, is having a screening and fundraiser for its latest production, “Bloodbath in Palookaville.” The filmmakers are both longtime West Seattle residents – Jerry Howard (video production teacher) and Mark Bauschke (photographer/videographer).

The event will be held at Beveridge Place Pub at 6:30 pm. In addition to screening the first chapter of “Bloodbath in Palookaville,” other shorts by Guerrilla House Productions will be shown. There will be a silent auction and opportunities to purchase a credit in the film to raise funds to complete the movie. Everyone 21 years or older is welcome!

UPDATE: Sound Transit’s West Seattle station-planning open house, including a bridge view

5:49 PM: Just under way at Alki Masonic Center (40th/Edmunds, lower-level entrance off the parking lot), Sound Transit reps are back in West Seattle to talk about station planning again. This is the promised followup to last October’s open house, and another precursor to the next major milestone in the West Seattle light-rail project, publication of the final environmental-impact statement, currently projected for the “middle” of this year. This event is mostly open-house style, with easels and renderings around the room focusing on the extension’s four stations (Junction, Avalon, Delridge, SODO), and many Sound Transit staffers to listen to your comments and/or answer questions. They’re promising a “short presentation” around 6 pm, and then this continues until 7:30 pm. We’re checking to see what’s new, and will add more to this report later.

7:50 PM: We’re expecting to get all the renderings/info boards in PDF tomorrow, and will publish that separately. We circulated and photographed some of the most interesting ones we saw, such as a concept for the bridge that will be needed to get the light-rail line across the Duwamish River:

Station concepts like these two were a little more fully fleshed out than last meeting:

Also shown, a concept for redesigning SW Alaska when the Junction station is built underground in the 41st/42nd/Alaska vicinity:

The turnout was sizable – we were there for the first hour and it felt busier than the one in October:

Again, we hope to have all that and much more in digital format tomorrow. Remember that the routing is not finalized yet, but the stations are being planned in what ST considers to be the most likely locations per the “preferred alternative” currently on the books. Woven through the boards with renderings and concepts were results of last fall’s community survey – for example, one board listed what survey respondents had said was most important to them in station planning, and safety topped the list, followed by “easy to navigate” and “welcoming.” Another board listed results of a question about bicycle and scooter parking; top preference was to have lockers, followed by a “secure room,” and then racks. Some boards also listed preferences that had emerged from “in-language focus groups,” and a common theme there was “wider sidewalks.” And others had details of what’s ahead in the process – including Seattle Design Commission consideration of station plans this spring. But this year’s main event – no date yet – will be the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, followed by the Sound Transit Board finalizing the routing, aka “the project to be built.”

ADDED WEDNESDAY: Here are the renderings etc. shown last night. (And the city-produced boards are here.) We’ll publish separately as promised later, too.

VIDEO: Duwamish Tribe asks for equal share in West Seattle Bridge art project, as council committee tables it again

(Image from December 2023 council-committee agenda, incorporating Google Maps photo)

Not including the Duwamish Tribe in a highly visible Native-art project barely a mile from their Longhouse would be a “systemic erasure,” the City Council’s Transportation Committee was told by tribal officials this morning.

The committee, chaired by District 1 Councilmember Rob Saka, was scheduled to be briefed and to possibly vote on the project at today’s meeting, three months after the previous membership of the committee tabled it at the request of Saka’s predecessor Lisa Herbold. At the start of the meeting, Saka announced that it would not be voted on today; then after the previous two (unrelated) agenda items ran long, he announced the art-project briefing would be tabled entirely, “possibly” to an unspecified later date.

Though this project has been in the planning stages for almost two years, it was not mentioned publicly until the agenda emerged for a committee meeting last December. The project is proposed to involve the Muckleshoot and Suquamish Tribes, sharing an estimated 15 West Seattle Bridge columns and $133,000 from the West Seattle Bridge repair/mitigation project. The Duwamish say the art project was never even mentioned to them (and the slide deck prepared for the meeting bears that out). At the committee briefing in December, SDOT countered by saying the Duwamish Tribe was involved with a different art project – but it turned out to involve the sidewalk close to the Longhouse, and, according to the tribe, was in the works long before this came to light.

(WSB photo, Council Chambers today)

At the start of the meeting, the public-comment period included more than half a dozen people telling the committee that the Duwamish Tribe should be included in the bridge-columns project. Here’s our video of the entire public-comment period (including several speakers talking about other agenda items); the first speaker, reading a statement from Duwamish Tribe chair Cecile Hansen, was Longhouse director Kristina Pearson:

Several of the Duwamish representatives who spoke said they’re being excluded because their tribe is not federally recognized, a status they’ve been fighting for years to regain. And to add insult to injury, said one speaker, the project excluding the Duwamish Tribe is in “an area that is culturally sensitive to” them.

Saka noted from the dais that he will be visiting the Duwamish Longhouse soon for a meeting; before adjourning, both he and the committee’s vice-chair, District 3 Councilmember Joy Hollingsworth, thanked the Duwamish members for coming to City Hall. She said, “You being the original caretakers of this land, when you speak, we need to listen.”

(Side note – we will cover the rest of the meeting, which focused on the Seattle Transportation Plan and a “State of the Bridges” overview, in a separate report.)

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen blue Datsun pickup (update: found)

The report and photo are from Jasper:

I wanted to report my stolen truck – it is a blue 1982 Datsun King Cab. Front bumper is sagging and there’s stickers in the top corners of the back window. License plate 7739F. Stolen from downtown Seattle and last seen yesterday [in West Seattle] between 41st and 42nd Ave on Andover St. but was gone by the time I arrived so it’s driving around. Please contact me at 425-223-6828 if seen.

EVENING UPDATE: Jasper’s pickup has been found, and he says thanks to readers for the help!

RECYCLING: Saturday’s event to accept even more items than originally planned

(WSB file photo from past recycling/shredding event)

We’ve been reminding you about Saturday’s big dropoff recycling/shredding event in West Seattle. Today, organizers just sent word that the list of what they’ll accept has grown. Here’s the update:

Have stuff to recycle that doesn’t go in your cart? Bring it to the West Seattle Recycling & Reuse Collection event! We host this event every year to collect items for recycling and reuse that can’t go in your home recycle carts or dumpsters.

Foam blocks
Household batteries (no damaged batteries)
Florescent tubes and bulbs (no broken bulbs, limit: 4 ft.)
Small, empty propane camping canisters
Small electronics (TVs, computers, etc.)
Small appliances (non-freon)
Paper for shredding (limit: 4 boxes of paper)
Household textiles – clothing & curtains
NEW: Reusable building materials (doors, windows, cabinets, plumbing, electrical, flooring, lighting, HVAC, hardware)
NEW: Solid wood or plywood furniture

Commercial loads
Yard waste
Household recycling (items that go in your cart/dumpster)
Hazardous waste
Automotive waste
Construction waste
Non-recyclable or reusable items
Car seats

This is happening 9 am-noon in the north lot at South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor). All free – drive up, ride up, walk up to drop off. Co-sponsors include the West Seattle Junction Association, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Public Utilities, and Waste Management.

Fauntleroy Creek culvert-replacement project restarts, with community survey and Saturday info event

That area along the west side of 45th Avenue SW just north of SW Wildwood is proposed for a new Fauntleroy Creek overlook as part of the city’s restarted project to replace two century-old culverts that carry part of the creek underground. Seattle Public Utilities says it’s focusing on just one of those culverts right now, the one traveling under 45th SW. SPU reps will be at 45th/Wildwood 10 am-1 pm Saturday to talk with people about the newest plans, and they’ve just opened a survey. Back in 2019, SPU started a public process, and at the time construction was envisioned to be wrapping up about now, but like many other projects, it was placed on hold. Now, they’re restarting the process for the 45th section, with this overview:

The 45th Ave SW culvert is the immediate focus of this project. SPU prioritizes culvert projects based on the likelihood and consequences of culvert failure. Each culvert is evaluated using various criteria, including impacts on the environment, fish passage, traffic, and community, as well as operations and maintenance. Through this evaluation process, SPU has identified the public roadway culvert at 45th Ave SW as the highest priority for replacement. SPU is committed to proactively replacing this culvert to reduce the risk of failure and mitigate storm-related flooding.

Construction on 46th is tentatively set to start in spring 2026, SPU says. Planning is also continuing for the California SW section, which goes under public and private property near Fauntleroy Church. This Saturday, you can find out more in person:

Join members of the project team for a Design Drop-in on Saturday, March 9 any time from 10 am – 1 pm to learn about the culvert and share your thoughts on the future Fauntleroy Creek overlook space. The project information table will be at the intersection of SW Wildwood Pl and 45th Ave SW, in front of Wildwood Glen.

The survey, meantime, is open until March 22.

Open house about light-rail stations, and more, on the list for your West Seattle Tuesday

March 5, 2024 9:00 am
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(Photographed from Alki this morning by Marc Milrod)

Mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s what’s scheduled for the rest of today/tonight:

FREE PLAYSPACE: Drop in Tuesday mornings 9 am-noon at West Seattle Church of the Nazarene (42nd/Juneau).

CITY COUNCIL TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE: The third meeting of the committee chaired by District 1 Councilmember Rob Saka starts at 9:30 am. Three major agenda items: The Seattle Transportation Plan, a “State of the Bridges” briefing, and the tribal-art project for columns under the West Seattle Bridge’s west end. Here’s the agenda. You can watch live via Seattle Channel.

CHESS CLUB: Tuesdays 1:30-3 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon). All levels welcome. (Questions? Email

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: Fifth day of cookie booths at multiple locations – some starting at 4 pm. Search here for your nearest locations.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Regular weekly meeting of the Seattle City Council, 2 pm. There is a public-comment section – in person or by phone – if there’s something you want to tell the council. The agenda explains how. You can watch live via Seattle Channel.

DEMONSTRATION FOR BLACK LIVES: Long-running weekly sign-waving demonstration continues at 16th/Holden. 5-6 pm. Signs available if you don’t have your own.

LIGHT-RAIL STATION PLANNING: 5:30-7:30 pm, Sound Transit reps will be at Alki Masonic Center (40th/Edmunds) for an open-house-style meeting about station planning for the future West Seattle extension.

DISCOVER SEATTLE COLLEGES: As previewed here, here’s a chance to see what South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) and its sibling campuses offer. Tonight at 5:30, the second of four online info sessions (with in-person open houses next week) focuses on business and accounting programs – RSVP here to get the link.

LEARN ASL: Free weekly classes, 6 pm at West Seattle’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (4001 44th SW). Start any Tuesday night! Details in our calendar listing.

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

FREE TRACK RUN: Run with new (or not-so-new) friends! Meet at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) for this free weekly run at 6:15 pm.

TOASTMASTERS: 6:30 pm online meeting – expand your communication and leadership skills! Our calendar listing has RSVP info so you can get the link.

MAKE POTTERY: 6:30-9 pm “girls’ night” at pottery studio The Clay Cauldron (5214 Delridge Way SW), sign up in advance to work on your project(s).

BINGO AT THE SKYLARK: Play – free! – Belle of the Balls Bingo hosted by Cookie Couture, 7 pm Tuesdays. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

TRIVIA X 4: Four places to play Tuesday nights – The Beer Junction (4711 California SW) now has Sporcle Pub Quiz with David at 7 and 8 pm … 7 pm at Ounces (3803 Delridge Way SW), free and hosted by Beat the Geek Trivia; 7 pm at Zeeks Pizza West Seattle (6459 California SW), hosted by Geeks Who Drink; 7 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).

OPEN MIC: 7 pm at Otter on the Rocks (4210 SW Admiral Way). 21+.

BINGO AT TALARICO’S: You can play 8 pm bingo every Tuesday. (4718 California SW)

What are you planning? Are community members invited? Tell everyone via our event calendar – please email the info to – thank you!


March 5, 2024 6:02 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

6:02 AM: Good morning! It’s Tuesday, March 5th.


Today’s forecast gets sunnier as the day goes on, but the high will again be a colder-than-normal mid-40s. Sunrise will be at 6:40 am, sunset at 6:01 pm. (Two weeks until the spring equinox!)

(Added: Overnight snow near Delridge/Juneau – photo sent by Sage K)


Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday morning (March 10) at 2 am, when we’ll “spring forward” an hour.


Metro today – Regular schedule; check advisories here.

Water Taxi today – Regular schedule. Check the real-time map if you need to see where the boat is.

Washington State Ferries today – The usual 2 boats on the Triangle Route. Check WSF alerts for changes, and use the real-time map to see where your ferry is.


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

Highway 99: – northbound side at Lander:

MORE TRAFFIC CAMS: All functioning traffic cams citywide are here; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are on this WSB page.

BRIDGE INFO: The @SDOTBridges feed on X (ex-Twitter) shows whether the city’s movable bridges are opening for vessel traffic.

If you see a problem on the bridges/streets/paths/water, please text or call us (when you can do that safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities if they’re not already on scene). Thank you!