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CONGRATULATIONS! Chief Sealth IHS PTSA’s first scholarship winners

We reported earlier this spring on the Chief Sealth International High School PTSA accepting applications for its first-ever scholarships – and now they’ve been awarded! Here’s the PTSA’s announcement following its last meeting of this school year:

The PTSA is pleased to announce that four Chief Sealth seniors were awarded the first ever PTSA Senior Scholarships. Thanks to the generosity of community donors and a contribution from the Friends of Sealth alumni club, each recipient received an award in the amount of $1,000 to be applied to their continuing education. The four seniors receiving awards are Isabel Lyshol; Joy Ohta; Cas Oliver; and Ruben Rodriguez-Mireles.

Awards were presented by PTSA Scholarship Chair Maria Doucettperry at the final PTSA meeting of the year on June 4th, which was held at the Chief Sealth library. Pictured above left to right are Maria Doucettperry, award recipient Joy Ohta, award recipient Ruben Rodriguez-Mireles, Chief Sealth principal Ray Morales with Isabel Lyshol’s award (whose mother officially accepted the award), and Chief Sealth counselor Krista Rillo on behalf of Cas Oliver.

We will be compiling all entrants’ ideas from their essays on ways in which the Chief Sealth experience can be improved and will present to the school for consideration and implementation. There were truly some powerful suggestions across the applications and we were very proud to see the creativity and thoughtfulness these students brought to their entries.

Congratulations to the winners and best wishes to all of our graduating seniors for their future endeavors!

The Chief Sealth Class of 2024 graduates June 18, 5 pm at Memorial Stadium downtown (followed at 8 pm by their West Seattle High School counterparts).

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 arrested in stolen car

Several people asked today about a big police response this morning at Don Armeni Boat Ramp. We found out fairly early that it was related to a stolen car, but we didn’t get details from SPD until tonight. Ofc. Eric Muñoz from SPD’s media team says officers were “flagged down by a citizen reporting occupants inside a vehicle dumping trash at Don Armeni Park.” Police determined the vehicle, a white Jeep Cherokee, had been stolen from Federal Way. With people inside, that made it a felony stop, which means a guns-drawn approach. SPD tells us the two people who were in the vehicle were arrested, a 19-year-old woman and 20-year-old man, both booked into King County Jail, where they remain tonight, held for investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle. No previous jail or court records for either one.

UPDATE: About the police search at Westcrest Park

(WSB photo, police @ Westcrest)

6:15 PM: If you’re wondering about the police search in Westcrest Park – they’re looking for an 82-year-old woman who’s been missing since about noon. We don’t know her name – there’s been no official public alert so far – and police don’t have a photo, but she may have a white Jack Russell Terrier with her; she reportedly was dropped off at the Westcrest dog-park area with two dogs around 10:40 am and was supposed to be picked up at 11:40. The other dog was found, loose, at the park, within the past hour. The only description we have is that she is white, with curly white hair, 6 feet tall, and usually uses a walker. If you have any information, call 911 – the case number for reference is 24-152647.

8:05 PM: The missing woman has just been found, safe – according to police radio, she turned up at Shree’s at Detroit/1st, saying she needed a ride home, which officers are now providing.

UPDATE: Before truly summery weather, extra cleanup/maintenance for Alki Beach Park

ORIGINAL WEDNESDAY REPORT: Thanks to Alki Community Council president Charlotte Starck for the tip. Extra city workers were at Alki Beach Park this morning for a “multi-district cleanup.” When we went over to find out what that entailed, a Parks worker told us it was over, explaining that they had focused on work such as tidying up the flower beds near the bathhouse and painting the restroom building further east:

The worker told us a new mural is planned for that building. We’ve had an inquiry out to Parks HQ asking for more details on what was done today (we’ll update whenever we hear back); the beach no doubt will be busy this weekend, with temperatures forecast to approach 80.

P.S. The Alki Community Council hopes to see you for its Summer Celebration at Alki Playfield, 5-8 pm Thursday, June 20 – our calendar listing has entertainment and other details for this free event.

ADDED THURSDAY: Here’s the response we received from Parks spokesperson Christina Hirsch:

These events are called “jamborees”, and they are cooperative projects amongst our district staff who work on larger scale projects rotating throughout the districts as the need arises. At the peak of this project, there were approximately 25 parks maintenance staff from 3 districts. This event included mowing, planting, chip spreading, and other grounds and maintenance activities. The teams were there for approximately 3 hours completing these tasks.

FOLLOWUP: Seattle Public Library still struggling with tech trouble

(Added: Reader photo, sign on Southwest Library door)

A week and a half after first word of “disruptions,” the Seattle Public Library still isn’t operating at full speed. Their webpage listing which services are available and which aren’t hasn’t been updated in a few days, so we asked SPL spokesperson Laura Gentry about the status. She says they’re working on an update for later today or tomorrow morning, but they still don’t know how much longer it’ll be until all services are available: “Unfortunately, we are still not in a place to be able to provide a ballpark timeline, as too many factors are in play for the secure restoration of systems.” On May 28, SPL said a “ransomware event” was the cause of the trouble.

YOU CAN HELP! 30+ restaurants in this year’s Taste of White Center

Just announced, a tasty way to help the White Center Food Bank (which also serves south West Seattle) – this year’s Taste of White Center, 11 am-3 pm on Saturday, June 29:

The White Center Food Bank is excited to bring together our neighborhood’s wide variety of restaurants for a family-friendly event and fundraiser. With 30+ restaurants participating, attendees purchase $5 tickets to try a variety of foods like banh mi sandwiches, bubble tea, tacos, pizza and much more. Iconic restaurants like Puffy Pandy, Tomo, El Catrín, and others are ready to serve up amazing bites! Join us for a fun-filled event with food, vendors, a kid’s area and live music!

Each ticket is an opportunity to taste a small plate, drink or dessert from participating restaurants. All ticket proceeds support the White Center Food Bank, while sponsorship dollars go to the restaurants to purchase ingredients and pay for event costs.

Tickets will be available for purchase at three locations in downtown White Center in the area of (16th Ave SW, between Roxbury and 100th St). A ‘menu’ will be given to each attendee at the time of ticket purchase, with a map and details on restaurants and items available. This is a first come, first served event, with limited quantities available at each establishment.

White Center Food Bank looks forward to hosting this celebration and sharing the diverse culinary talents of our neighborhood around the one thing that always brings community together: FOOD!

More Info:

Two more chances to see student-created ‘WWE: The Musical’

For those who haven’t checked today’s highlight list, we’re shining a spotlight on one of the special events interspersed with weekly happenings – you have two more chances to see “WWE: The Musical,” an original production that’s not only is performed by student actors and musicians, but is written and directed by students too – Ash Johnston and Roy Keller.

Music is by Miles MacDonald, performed by popular West Seattle band The Potholes. The show is described as “a satirical musical about professional wrestling” and it’s been two years in the making; one commenter who went on opening night calls it “a straight up delight … highly entertaining and really impressive.” Doors open at the WSHS Theater (3000 California SW) at 7 pm, and showtime is 7:30 pm, tonight and tomorrow (Thursday) night. Free admission, and they’re accepting donations for the nonprofit API Chaya.

BIZNOTE: New makerspace Solder and Bubblegum opening in North Delridge

A new business is getting ready for its grand opening in North Delridge – a new community makerspace called Solder and Bubblegum, “a place where people of all ages can attend workshops and clubs to learn more about electronics, video game development, cosplay and all sorts of other nerdy stuff.” Solder an Bubblegum’s Jason Sturgeon explains that their new space in West Seattle Corporate Center (4025 Delridge Way SW, Suite 140) will have scheduled classes as well as open time – before and after the classes to start with, and “dedicated project hours” by year’s end. They’re planning a Grand Opening event on June 22 to “allow people to interact with some activities that represent the work we’re planning to do, check out the Makerspace in its current form, and ask questions about the space and plans for the community.” Jason explains, “Makerspaces are known as great places to find equipment that might be difficult to otherwise access and some level of technical support to help use them. We’re working to provide both of these things, as well as a strong community that centers around thoughtful classes, clubs, and workshops.” They’ll be offering memberships, with fees “structured to provide multiple levels of access to the space, including a lower-cost option accessible to most folks, and higher tiers for folks looking to help grow and expand the capability of the space for community benefit (as well as to help provide support for lower income folks).” Classes will be open to non-members too. All in all, Jason says, “The vision of Solder and Bubblegum is to be something truly different and unique.” Set your calendar for noon-4 pm Saturday, June 22 to visit and find out more.

The list for your West Seattle Wednesday!

(Curb-cut work seen at California/Oregon in The Junction this morning)

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

TODDLER READING TIME: 10:30 am Wednesdays at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW).

LOW-LOW TIDE: Out to -3.0 feet at 10:40 this morning (here’s the monthly tide table).

JOB FAIR: For teens and young adults, at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center (1321 SW 102nd), 3-5 pm.

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY: Commemorate the occasion by volunteering for a restoration celebration at Pigeon Point Park (1901 SW Genesee), 3-6:30 pm, registration info in our preview.

FIX-IT WORKSHOP: Fix it, don’t toss it! Weekly event, free (but donations appreciated), 5:30-7:30 pm at West Seattle Tool Library (4408 Delridge Way SW, northeast side of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center).

LIVE AT EASY STREET RECORDS: Dylan Everett‘s EP-release show, with guest Rylan Fischer, 6 pm, free, all ages.

FREE ART CLASS: Watercolor mixed-media class, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), 6-8 pm.

FREE GROUP RUNS: The weekly West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) group run welcomes all levels, 6:15 pm.

TRIVIA x 4: Four places to play tonight. At 6 pm, Locust Cider (2820 Alki SW) offers triviaLarry’s Tavern (3405 California SW) hosts Wednesday-night trivia starting at 7:30 pm … Quiz Night begins at 8 pm at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW) … 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)

‘WWE: THE MUSICAL’: Student-written/directed/performed “satirical musical” at West Seattle High School (3000 California SW), 7 pm tonight and Thursday. Admission free, charity donations encouraged.

DISTRICT 1 COMMUNITY NETWORK: 7 pm online meeting includes guests from SDOT to talk about the Highland Park Way hill proposal and from the port with a Quiet Zone project update – all welcoome; get the connection info via the agenda.

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

PREVIEW NIGHT AT ARTSWEST: Get your first look at “Clyde’s,” the new play at ArtsWest (4711 California SW), during tonight’s preview performance, 7:30 pm, ticket info in our calendar listing.

SKYLARK OPEN MIC: 7:30 pm signups for West Seattle’s longest-running open mic. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

If you’re planning a presentation, meeting, performance, reading, tour, fundraiser, sale, discussion, etc., and it’s open to the community, please send us info so we can get it onto West Seattle’s only comprehensive event calendar! – thank you!

From the dumped-possibly-stolen file: Two discoveries

From the WSB inbox, two discoveries from the “dumped-possibly-stolen” file, so we’re featuring them here rather than on our Lost/Found board:

The items above were found in the street at 40th/Brandon; the item below, described as appearing to be “1” glass 24”x82”,” was found roadside on Gatewood Hill:

If you’re missing any of that, contact us and we’ll connect you to the finder.


June 5, 2024 6:00 am
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6:00 AM: Good morning! It’s Wednesday, June 5.


Showery, breezy, possible thunderstorms, high in low 60s.. Today’s sunrise was at 5:13 am; sunset will be at 9:03 pm.


*SDOT’s Delridge pedestrian-bridge earthquake-safety project continues, with narrowing at Delridge/Oregon:

*Beach Drive: Gas-pipeline work.


Metro today – Regular schedule; check for 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 last-minute changes. Use the real-time map to see where your ferry is.


Low bridge: Here’s the main view:

Delridge cameras: Besides the one below (Delridge/Orchard), cameras are also at Delridge/Genesee, Delridge/Juneau, Delridge/Henderson, Delridge/Oregon, and video-only (so you have to go to the map), Delridge/Holden and Delridge/Thistle.

High Bridge – Here’s 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:

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 open for vessel traffic. (The low bridge has been reconnected to the feed, too.)

If you see a problem on the bridges/streets/paths/water, please text or call our hotline (when you can do that safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities if they’re not already on scene) – 206-293-6302. Thank you!

READER REPORT: Carjack attempt?

Received late Tuesday night from a reader who asked to remain anonymous:

(Tuesday) morning, 6/4/24, at around 5:20 am I was driving up Jacobsen Rd coming from Beach Dr SW when two vehicles attempted to box me in. The black SUV in front of me backed up and tried to use their vehicle to block me and the blue Chevrolet Avalanche sped up close to me. I was able to go around the black SUV, but then the blue pickup truck sped up to follow closely behind, I thought they were going to attempt hit my SUV. Both vehicles continued to follow me at a high speed as I was on the phone with 911, I was also honking my horn continuously in hopes to have someone witness/help. I was able to drive up behind a Rivian truck that was also out early in the morning and after that both vehicles turned into another street as we approached 49th ST; I continued to follow the Rivian truck as I was so scared they would come back and being so early there weren’t any other cars out. I probably scared the owner of the Rivian, but I don’t know what would have happened if they weren’t also on the road this morning – so very thankful for them.

I believe they were attempting to carjack my SUV, as I have a fairly newer vehicle. Just wanted to share this as Jacobsen Rd is a little isolated in the mornings and sometimes cell service can be spotty.