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With light-rail decision nearing, two West Seattle organizations plan Transit Town Hall on July 23

Sometime in the next few months, Sound Transit is expected to release the Final Environmental Impact Report on West Seattle light rail, followed by a board vote on routing and station locations. With that looming, the 34th District Democrats and West Seattle Chamber of Commerce have just announced a “Transit Town Hall” for 7 pm Tuesday, July 23:

Presented by the 34th District Democrats and the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, this forum with Sound Transit staff intends to educate West Seattle residents about the proposed Link extension project ahead of the vote to identify the project to be built.

As it stands, the project would include three light rail stations: Delridge (at Delridge and Andover), Avalon (at 35th and Avalon), and West Seattle Junction (at Alaska and 41st). The presentation and forum will provide background about ST3, review of the project plan and timeline, detail the alternatives proposed and the possible alignments, discuss the financial cost and community impacts, provide an overview of the entitlements for displaced residents and businesses, and end on a call to action.

The event will conclude with a question-and-answer segment. If you would like to submit your questions ahead of time, you may do so on this form. Pre-submitted questions will be asked at the beginning of the segment by our moderator.

Even if you don’t have a question, follow the form link to reply to a short survey. The venue is the Center for Active Living (ex-Senior Center), 4217 SW Oregon.

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: USS Nimitz, outbound

(Added: Photo by D, via X/Twitter)

Thanks to Andrea for the tip! As confirmed by MarineTraffic.com, the Bremerton-based aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is northbound in Puget Sound right now, sailing across the mouth of Elliott Bay.

(Added: Photo sent by Kevin)

WEEK AHEAD: Fairmount Avenue to close as Admiral Way Bridge earthquake-safety work begins

(WSB photo, last Monday)

One more reminder – SDOT is about to start work on the Admiral Way Bridge earthquake-safety project. Crews will start that work under the bridge, in Fairmount Ravine, so Fairmount Avenue will be closed to all traffic beneath the bridge for the duration of the project – expected to be about eight months. As we reported last week, here’s roughly where the road will be blocked:

As explained by project spokesperson Dr. Matthew Howard, “There will be barricades at the bottom of the hill at SW Prince, at the top at SW Forest, and then another set farther down at the actual work area, with fencing. There will be no thru traffic as the work will be taking place on the bridge structure with cranes and equipment blocking the road.” Later in the summer – not likely before August – the top of the bridge (which is really two bridges) will see lane closures, plus two weekend-long full closures. If you have any questions about the project, comment below or email us – we’ll be talking with Dr. Howard tomorrow morning for more details.

UPDATE: Motorcycle rider seriously hurt at Myers/1st

6:04 PM: SFD and SPD are on scene at Myers Way and 1st Avenue South, after a motorcycle rider was reported seriously hurt; in early radio exchanges, no other vehicle was reported to be involved. SFD is preparing to take the rider to a hospital.

6:12 PM: In a radio exchange with emergency doctors, medic described the rider as in his late 30s and said he collided with a barrier. He’s being taken to Harborview Medical Center.

FERRY ALERT: Triangle Route going down to one boat tonight

Another crew shortage has the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth state-ferry route going down to one boat this evening. Here’s the announcement:

Due to a shortage of crew, the M/V Kitsap will go out of service following its 6:15 p.m. sailing from Fauntleroy to Vashon. The route will continue to operate on one-boat service on the #1 schedule for the remainder of the service day.

This cancels the following sailings:

6:40 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. from Vashon to Southworth
7:05 p.m. and 9:35 p.m. from Southworth to Vashon
7:55 p.m. and 8:50 p.m. Fauntleroy to Vashon

And a reminder that next week, starting Wednesday and lasting for up to two days, the route’s unscheduled third boat will be out of service because of the domino effect from another route losing a boat to maintenance – this too is explained on the WSF bulletins page.

SUMMER FEST PREVIEW: Reminder that you’ll find the West Seattle Farmers’ Market in a different spot next week

That sign at the north end of the West Seattle Farmers’ Market has extra meaning this week – next week, because of West Seattle Summer Fest, the market will be on California Avenue SW north of SW Oregon instead of south. Most if not all of your favorite farmers and other vendors will still be participating, and the hours are the same – 10 am to 2 pm Sunday (July 14) – but the market moves on that one Sunday each year so that festival vendors can continue in their Friday-Sunday spots. (The block north of Oregon is home to the main stage and beer garden on Friday and Saturday – see the music lineup here.) Now that Summer Fest week has arrived, we’ll have daily updates leading up to Summer Fest Eve on Thursday and the festival’s start on Friday (following recent previews of the reusable servingware and the Kids’ Zone additions) – see you there!

UPDATE: Fire response west of Delridge Home Depot

(Texted photo, smoke as seen from Nino Cantu SW Athletic Complex)

2:08 PM: If you’re seeing smoke – Seattle Fire units is headed to the hillside west of Home Depot, south of Sylvan Way, to check out what was initially reported as a “brush fire” but might involve an encampment.

2:13 PM: Fire command is calling for crews to run another hundred feet of hose because “this is pretty deep into the woods.”

(WSB photo)

2:28 PM: Too far into the woods for us to get a firsthand look, but firefighters’ initial assessment was that the fire covered an area roughly 25′ x 20′.

2:42 PM: Incident commander on scene confirmed to us that no one was hurt and that the fire was in the area of an encampment.

3:12 PM: Firefighters have just declared the fire “tapped” (out) and are wrapping up.

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Heat alert continues; here’s another place to cool off

After two much-hotter-than-normal days (Saturday’s high was 91, Friday was 89), the National Weather Service‘s “heat advisory” alert continues until 10 pm Tuesday. We’ve just heard from one more place offering respite from the heat – the Westside Neighbors Shelter/West Seattle Veteran Center/American Legion Post 160 building at 3618 SW Alaska. Manager Keith Hughes emailed us to say they’re “operating as a cooling center Sunday through Tuesday from 7:00 AM until 9 PM. All are welcome.” The shelter/center/post is privately operated, supported by volunteers and donations. For info on city resources, go here.

VIDEO: West Seattle’s own THEM rocks Easy Street Records crowd

Hot ticket at Easy Street Records last night – West Seattle’s own THEM packed the house, celebrating their first EP “Girls Mind.” After making their entrance down the stairs from the Easy Street loft, greeted by raucous cheers, they launched right into the title track:


The EP is “the first physical copy of our music we’ve ever had,” the musicians enthused. It arrives midway through a year that started auspiciously, with THEM performing at the Space Needle on New Year’s Eve. We first featured THEM – formed at Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) – after ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>their debut 2 1/2 years ago. Other songs from THEM’s CD on last night’s set list included “Sophia”:

Besides being known for hosting in-store shows with rising stars as well as long-established musicians, Easy Street has extra reason to take pride in THEM – band member Hudson works there. She and Ellie, Thompson, and Maia have more big summer gigs ahead, including the Capitol Hill Block Party. (Last night friend Brandon sat in on drums.)

That photo is from WSB contributor Jason Grotelueschen, who also posted this YouTube playlist of more music from the Easy Street set, which THEM followed by signing “Girls Mind.”

Our list for your West Seattle Sunday!

(Sunrise Seacrest fishing on Saturday, photo by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

Another sunny, hot day ahead – here’s what’s happening, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar!

ADMIRAL CHURCH FOOD DRIVE: Continues today – drop off nonperishable-food donations at the church (4320 SW Hill) 9 am-noon.

PLUNGE INTO THE SOUND: If ever there was a day when this sounded perfect – at 9 am, you’re welcome to join a group plunge into Puget Sound off Alki – meet at Statue of Liberty Plaza (61st/Alki).

NO WESTIES RUN CLUB TODAY: Canceled because of the holiday weekend.

YOU CAN HELP: Work party at the West Seattle Bee Garden (Lanham/Graham), 10 am-noon.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: The market is open today, 10 am-2 pm as usual, on California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon, offering summer vegetables, flowers, fruit, and plants, plus baked goods, cheese, fish, meat, condiments, fresh-cooked food, beverages (from cider to kombucha to beer/wine), nuts, candy, more! Here’s today’s vendor list. Also note: NEXT week it will be a block north, north of Oregon, because of West Seattle Summer Fest.

HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK: Daily operation continues – open 11 am-8 pm, free. (1100 SW Cloverdale)

COLMAN POOL: The outdoor heated-salt-water pool on the shore at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) is open to the public today, noon-7 pm – session times are on the Colman Pool webpage.

LINCOLN PARK WADING POOL: Also at Lincoln Park, the season continues for the only city-run wading pool in West Seattle that operates seven days a week, noon-7 pm, in the central upper part of the park near the north play area.

LOW-LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: The tide is out to -2.3 feet at 12:27 pm; Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out at Constellation (63rd/Beach Drive) and Lincoln (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) Parks from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm today.

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS : Reminder that the historic Alki Point Lighthouse is open to the public today for free tours, 1 pm-3:45 pm, Alki Avenue SW & Point Place SW.

SOCCER: Third-to-last home match for Junction FC, vs. FC Olympia, 2 pm, at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle), tickets available online.

LIVE MUSIC AT THE ALLEY: Enjoy Sunday night music with the Triangular Jazztet at The Alley (4509 California SW), 8-10 pm.

Organizing and/or publicizing something that should be on our community event calendar – one-time or recurring? Please email us the basics – westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

UPDATE: House fire in 9000 block 30th SW

3:07 AM: Firefighters are arriving at a building fire reported in the 9000 block of 30th [vicinity map]. Updates to come.

(WSB photo)

3:12 AM: The building is a house. No report of injuries so far. This is about a block west of Westwood Village.

3:18 AM: The fire is reported to be under control.

3:25 AM: And now SFD reports the fire is out. Our crew at the scene is trying to confirm the status of any occupants. SFD said via X/Twitter that the “seat” of the fire was in the basement.

3:46 AM: SFD tells us the residents were at home and got out safely, confirming that no one is hurt. SFD’s investigator will determine what started the fire.

ADDED SUNDAY AFTERNOON: SFD tells us they’re not expecting to have info to release on the fire’s cause before Monday. Meantime, if you’re wondering about a tree/brush fire not far away and not long before this, we asked, but SFD spokesperson Kaila Lafferty tells us, “There is nothing in either report to indicate that the brush fire was related to the house fire.”

UPDATE: Fire response at West Seattle Stadium/Golf Course

12:35 AM: Thanks to the texter who sent that photo of a fire on the West Seattle Stadium/Golf Course grounds. Looked big enough that it even caught a police officer’s attention from a block or so today, but SFD is on scene now and report it’s a single tree. No word how it started, but scattered fireworks usage is still happening around here and the rest of the city, dispatches indicate.

1:12 AM: The call closed a few minutes ago.