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The Whale Trail presents ‘Saving Salmon in Puget Sound’

Presentation by Jeannette Dorner, Executive Director of the Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group

Discussion on Southern Resident Killer Whales’ status follows

Also get an update from Seal Sitters

Full details on The Whale Trail‘s website.

SAVING SALMON: What you need to know about the ‘nearshore,’ and what experts say is needed to fix it


By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Puget Sound’s boundless beauty might be its ultimate undoing.

But it’s not too far gone – yet.

That was the message heard by and shared among more than 100 people during a recent boat tour that used the Sound’s beauty as a backdrop for a message that grows increasingly urgent: Restore more of its nearshore.

That’s the part you might not even think twice about as you gaze at the spectacle of the water, sapphire under sunshine, silver under showers.

We hear a lot about the water itself – pollution we can reduce, like combined-sewer overflows and toxic runoff. But what’s next to the water matters too. The beach, or what’s replaced it; the bluffs; those comprise the nearshore. So does what’s on the beach, the rocks, the bluffs … NOAA Fisheries Service explains it, plainly, here.

Another term that mattered on the tour: WRIA 9 – a zone you’re in, but might not ever have heard mentioned.

WRIA stands for Water Resource Inventory Area. Zone 9 is the Duwamish-Green Watershed … as in, the Duwamish-Green River, which runs south from West Seattle.


With that area of focus, those who were aboard (listed here) included elected officials from South King County as well as representatives from advocacy groups, businesses, and government agencies.


The slate of speakers began with Jay Manning from the Puget Sound Partnership Leadership Council opened with the dire warning that you can’t judge Puget Sound by its beauty: Read More

From saving the orcas to city priorities @ Southwest District Council

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Between the first two waves of snow, the Southwest District Council held its February meeting. We were there, and just getting a chance to finish the report now that (what we hope is) the last wave of snow is melting. Two major guests at the February 6th meeting: Donna Sandstrom of The Whale Trail and City Councilmember Lisa Herbold:

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West Seattle Saturday: What’s up on the last day of Daylight Saving Time

November 3, 2018 6:07 am
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(Photo by Jim Borrow)

Many highlights as your first weekend of November begins:

GREEN SEATTLE DAY: Want to be part of this mega-work party? DIRT Corps would love to see you at Westcrest Park, 9 am-noon.

IS WEST SEATTLE READY? All the spots are filled so this is mostly a reminder to those with (free) tickets, today’s the day for the second round of this preparedness extravaganza. 9 am-noon at Hiawatha Community Center. (2700 California SW)

JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Games all day and into the evening at Southwest Athletic Complex. The West Seattle Wildcats Junior Football organization has teams playing in games at 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)

FIND OUT ABOUT CO-LIVING: Westside Neighbors Network invites you to come learn about – no obligation – its Co-Living Resource, as explained here. 9:30 am-2 pm at American Legion Post 160. (3618 SW Alaska)

TILDEN SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-noon at Tilden School (WSB sponsor) – “We invite interested families to our first open house of the school year; tour the classrooms, and chat with the teachers and specialists who make Tilden extraordinary.” Enter on west side of the building, as explained here. (4105 California Ave SW)

COPPER COIN ANNIVERSARY: First of three days of specials celebrating the Admiral District restaurant’s sixth anniversary: “10 am to 2 pm. Join us for Brunch this Saturday and Sunday to check out some tasty new items and spin the Prize Wheel! Every table gets to spin the Wheel and win a Deal, ranging from $5 off your meal to $25 Gift Certificates!” (2329 California SW)

SEE ART, MAKE ART: Seattle artist and educator Angelina Villalobos shows kids (10 and up) and adults how to paint self-portraits, 10:30-noon at Southwest Library. (9010 35th SW)

HISTORICAL SOCIETY CHAMPAGNE GALA BRUNCH: 11 am at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s big brunch fundraiser, featuring Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard being interviewed by Connie Thompson, and much more. (1936 Harbor SW)

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE & HEALING: 1-6 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, it’s the next session in DNDA’s “Let’s Talk Race” series. Details in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

‘OPEN CREEK’ IN FAUNTLEROY: 1-4 pm, you are invited to visit Fauntleroy Creek and look for spawning salmon, as previewed here. But if it is too stormy this afternoon, they’ll have to cancel for safety reasons – check back here, one of the places we’ll update if that happens. (Meet at fish-ladder overlook at upper Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Director)

ACUPUNCTURE OPEN HOUSE: 2:30-4:30 pm, visit the Community Acupuncture Project‘s “Get Cozy” Open House for everything from cocoa to free ear acupuncture. (4545 44th SW)

SEE ART, E-ART: 4-5:30 pm at Southwest Library – “Paint your masterpiece but without the mess! Learn how to paint and sketch using “Artrage,” natural painting software for the iPad. Ages 10 and up.” Free. (9010 35th SSW)

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT: Kenya fundraiser @ St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 5-7 pm. (3050 California SW)

‘TRICKLE DOWN TOWN’ @ WS MEANINGFUL MOVIES: West Seattle filmmaker Tomasz Biernacki‘s new documentary about homelessness is in the spotlight at West Seattle Meaningful Movies, 6:30 doors and social time, 7 pm film, followed by discussion, at Neighborhood House High Point. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

MUSIC AT C & P COFFEE: Deb Seymour and Thaddeus Spae perform at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

AT KENYON HALL: Double bill at 7:30 pm:

Opening the show, Bara Gwin will perform Fez Noz or Night Party music from Brittany, France. The group uses powerful instrumentation, complex arrangements, and ads a generous serving of original material to the Breton recipe.

Malke & the Boychiks, veteran klezmers Peter Lippman, Kim and Nancy Goldov, and Marc Smason are joined by the soulful, up-and-coming violinist Theodora Teodosiadis, to round out the evening.

Ticket info is in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

‘NIGHTFALL ORPHANAGE’ FINALE: Your last chance to visit the spooky homemade show on Alki Avenue. Read about it at 7:30-10:30 pm.

Alert that it “might be too scary for younger children.” (2130 Alki SW)

BENEFIT FOR ROOM CIRCUS MEDICAL CLOWNING: Doors at 8, show at 8:30 pm, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center: A night of music to raise money for this group that is “committed to alleviating the isolation and stress of hospitalized children and their families through the healing art of laughter and play.” You can get your ticket(s) online. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

FALL BACK! Tonight’s the night. At 2 am Sunday, we “fall back” an hour to 1 am, and Daylight Saving Time is over until next year.

SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP … today, tonight, beyond … in our complete calendar.

SAVE THE SALMON, SAVE THE ORCAS: Whale Trail event Thursday

You know the Southern Resident Killer Whales are in trouble. Part of the problem: Their main source of food is in trouble too. But how much do you really know about where things stand, and how to – if you can – help? This Thursday, The Whale Trail invites you to an event that’s certain to educate and inspire you. The announcement:

Saving Salmon in Puget Sound
Presentation by Jeanette Dorner
Thursday, February 15, 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
C & P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW
$5 suggested donation; kids free!
Advance tickets:

Puget Sound is an important producer of salmon for our endangered southern resident orcas (J, K and L pods). Fourteen Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups work with landowners and community partners around the state to identify and implement salmon habitat restoration projects. Join us to learn more about their ongoing work, especially in our own Seattle backyard.

Jeannette Dorner, Executive Director of the Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, will bring us up to date on salmon recovery efforts in this critical part of the orcas’ range.

The Mid Sound area includes the Green – Duwamish watershed, the Cedar/Sammamish/Lake Washington watershed, the watersheds of Eastern Kitsap County which drain into Central Puget Sound, and all the Puget Sound shorelines in the Central Puget Sound area in King County and Kitsap County.

With the survival of the southern residents at stake, it’s even more important to support and invest in local salmon recovery efforts .

This is the first Orca Talk of 2018, presented by The Whale Trail in West Seattle. The event will also feature updates from Seal Sitters.

Following the presentation, join us for a discussion about the southern resident orcas. Get up to speed about current issues and initiatives, and learn what you can do to help. With just 76 individuals in the population, it’s all hands on deck for the whales!

About the Speaker

Jeanette Dorner has a long history working to recover salmon in Puget Sound. She worked for 11 years as the Salmon Recovery Program Manager with the Nisqually Tribe, coordinating the protection and restoration of salmon habitat in the Nisqually watershed. She played a lead role in helping facilitate with partners major salmon restoration projects including the 900 acre restoration of the Nisqually Estuary. She then worked as the Director of Ecosystem and Salmon Recovery at the Puget Sound Partnership, supporting the work of hundreds of partners around Puget Sound to protect, restore and clean up their rivers, streams and Puget Sound shorelines. In 2017, Jeanette became the Executive Director of the Mid Sound Fishery Enhancement Group.

Jeanette is also the mother to two wonderful kids. Part of her passion to recover salmon habitat and to preserve and protect this beautiful place we call home is to try to pass on to her children a home where they can continue to enjoy the natural wonders of this place with their families – going to watch orcas swimming through Puget Sound, visiting salmon spawning in our local streams, and hiking in the majestic forests of the Pacific Northwest.

About The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail is a series of sites around the region where the public may view orcas and other marine mammals from shore. Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment. Our overarching goal is to ensure the southern resident orcas recover from the threat of extinction.

Through our current sites and signs, including two on every Washington State ferry, we reach more than 30 million people each year. The Whale Trail is currently adding new sites along the west coast, from California to British Columbia, throughout the southern resident orcas’ range and beyond.

The Whale Trail is led by a core team of partners including NOAA Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Seattle Aquarium, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and the Whale Museum. Our BC planning team is led by the BC Cetacean Sighting Network.

Many members of the Whale Trail teams met when they worked together to return Springer, the orphaned orca, to her pod. Executive Director Donna Sandstrom was inspired by the project’s collaborative success to found The Whale Trail in 2008.

The Whale Trail is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, registered in Washington State. Join us!

Don’t let the rain change your ways: Water-saving still urged

We’ve had (and are having) some rain, and water-saving has topped the city’s request, but don’t stop now, the regional water utilities are imploring you in this update:

Fall has arrived, but consistent fall rains have not. Everett, Seattle, and Tacoma remain in the second stage of their drought response plans. The water systems rely on fall rains to fill the reservoirs so there is enough water for people and fish. Customers in the region have reduced their use over the past eight weeks by a total of 14 percent. The cities are asking their customers to continue to reduce their water use.

This time of year is critical in the salmon life cycle, as they migrate back from the ocean and travel up their native rivers to spawn. Both the amount and temperature of water in rivers affect their ability to conserve energy, avoid predators and successfully spawn.

… The total water level in SPU’s reservoirs is at 74 percent of what would be typical for this time of year.

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West Seattle Thursday: Blue Angels jet visits; Whale Trail talks salmon; parenting seminars; more

Walk-ons boarding M/V Klahowya @ Fauntleroy ferry terminal

(Walk-ons boarding M/V Klahowya – photo by LB Bryce, via the WSB Flickr group)
Just some of what’s up today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

ARBOR HEIGHTS TOUR: Any family interested in attending Arbor Heights Elementary is welcome to tour the school 9 am-10 am today. (37th & 104th)

WEST SEATTLE DEMOCRATIC WOMEN: Today’s meeting looks at Initiative 1329 and more – details in our listing. 11:30 am, West Seattle Golf Course. You would have had to RSVP for lunch (watch our calendar and the WSDW website for advance notice of future meetings), but you’re still welcome to sit in. (4470 35th SW)

BLUE ANGEL VISITING: Yes, the Blue Angels really are returning to Seafair this year. Latest proof: The #7 jet visits Seattle today for Seafair’s winter meetings. It’s scheduled to arrive at Boeing Field between 1 and 1:30 pm. This year’s air show, Seafair reminds us, is scheduled for August 1st-3rd.

RETURN OF THE WIENERMOBILE: 2-5 pm, the iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is back at Roxbury Safeway, where it was last seen back in December. Photo op!!!! (28th/Roxbury)

THE FRATELLIS, RESCHEDULED: 6 pm at Easy Street Records, The Fratellis perform the show that was rescheduled from last November. Free, all ages; details here. (California/Alaska)

THE WHALE TRAIL: Saving salmon is key to saving the orcas. Find out how salmon are doing, at tonight’s talk presented by The Whale Trail, C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm. (5612 California SW)

PARENTING SEMINAR #1 – PARENTING WITH PAUSE, LETTING GO: Free parenting seminar presented by Renée Metty at The Cove School, 6:30 pm. Free child care if you RSVP – use this form, ASAP. (3430 California SW)

PARENTING SEMINAR #2 – GOODBYE, DIAPERS! Free parenting seminar for parents of kids who are making, or about to make, the big transition. Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), 7 pm – details in our listing. (3940 41st SW)

DELRIDGE GROCERY BENEFIT AT SKYLARK: Every Thursday, Skylark Café and Club has a benefit for a local nonprofit, and from here on out, the fourth Thursday will benefit the Delridge Grocery cooperative – details here. 7-11 pm, with music starting at 8. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

West Seattle volunteers help provide safety net for budget-slashed Salmon in the Classroom

(Sanislo Elementary salmon-releasing visit** to Fauntleroy Creek last week; photo by Lisa Keith)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

This week, Fauntleroy residents Judy Pickens and Phil Sweetland will finish a busy schedule of assisting hundreds of local schoolchildren with salmon releases into Fauntleroy Creek, which runs steps away from their home.

But there’s no time to rest, if they are going to be back at creekside, doing it again next year.

One day before their schedule of salmon releases ends, the gavel is scheduled to fall on the special session of the State Legislature. And with that gavel, it will be official: No state money for the program that has facilitated the releases over the years, Salmon in the Classroom.

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Saving the steelhead

steelhead_line1.gifFisherfolk alert: The federal government has just listed Puget Sound steelhead as “threatened.”

‘Sea change’ for local orcas, as The Whale Trail gathers

(Photo by Mark Sears – permit 21348)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“It’s a good week for the whales!”

So declared Donna Sandstrom of The Whale Trail as her organization’s May gathering began at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor).

She added: “It’s going to be different for the whales this summer and beyond.” Her explanation at the May 16th meeting was followed by an update from Mark Sears, the West Seattle-based researcher who is ofteb out with them when they visit central Puget Sound.

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Can Southern Resident Killer Whales be saved from extinction? Optimism surfaces on The Whale Trail

(November 2018 photo by Trileigh Tucker – resident orcas being observed by licensed researchers)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Many point out that Earth Day isn’t really about saving the planet – it’s about saving those who live on it, ourselves included.

Some are in more imminent danger than others. In particular, the Southern Resident Killer Whales, whose plight was the focus of this month’s Orca Talk, presented by The Whale Trail.

Their population remains at 75, only four above their historic low of 71. “If they go below 71, no one can say whether they’ll come back.”

That was the somber reminder from both TWT founder/executive director Donna Sandstrom and the Thursday night event’s featured guest, retired marine-mammal expert Dr. Tim Ragen. He opened with toplines on his background, including working on the Marine Mammal Commission in D.C. 2000-2013. More recently – in “retirement” – he’s spent time focusing on other species in danger,from Hawaiian monk seals to Florida manatees.

Addressing the status of the SRKWs, Dr. Ragen explained that the number 75 doesn’t tell the whole story.

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For the orcas, for us all: Volunteer for Duwamish Alive! on April 20th

April 10, 2019 9:39 pm
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(WSB photo from spring 2018 Duwamish Alive!)

Are you registered yet to volunteer for the spring Duwamish Alive! event – multiple locations on Saturday, April 20th? This time, the focus is on how your help can assist in saving Puget Sound’s endangered orcas. Here’s the official announcement:

One of the key elements identified by the Governor’s Task Force in saving our Southern Resident Orcas is not just saving our salmon runs but also increasing the vitality and abundance of salmon runs, especially Chinook Salmon. They are the primary food source, almost exclusively, for Southern Resident Killer Whales. The Green-Duwamish Watershed is home to all 5 species of salmon, including Chinook. The Task Force identified restoring and increasing salmon habitat as one of the 3 primary actions required to save our orca and where individuals can make a positive difference in the orca’s survival and in improving the overall health of our watersheds. Orca are among many wildlife that are dependent on salmon for their survival. Volunteering throughout the year to improve salmon habitat with the many organizations dedicated in improving salmon health in the Puget Sound region will make a difference for the orcas’ survival.

Duwamish Alive! is a watershed-wide effort in improving the health of our salmon by restoring their habitat which provides food, shelter and cool, clean water that salmon need. Starting at 10:00 am Saturday, April 20th, volunteers will be restoring native habitat in multiple urban parks and open spaces from Seattle to Auburn in the ongoing effort to keep our river alive and healthy for our communities, salmon, and Puget Sound. Proving that many individuals working together can make a substantial difference.

Duwamish Alive! is a collaborative stewardship effort of conservation groups, businesses, and government entities, recognizing that our collective efforts are needed to make lasting, positive improvements in the health and vitality of the Green-Duwamish Watershed. Twice a year these events organize hundreds of volunteers to work at multiple sites in the river’s watershed, connecting the efforts of communities from Auburn to Seattle. Volunteers’ efforts include, a river cleanup by kayak, shoreline salmon habitat restoration, and native forest revitalization.

To volunteer, visit to see the different volunteer opportunities and RSVP to the contact for the site of your choice, or email

P.S. Even if you can’t volunteer, consider stopping by Roxhill Bog on Duwamish Alive! day, 11 am-1 pm – a special event there will help advance long-running efforts to fix hydrologic problems that threaten its future.

From center lanes to cetaceans @ Southwest District Council

September 9, 2018 11:59 pm
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One more community meeting to recap from this past week before we head into a new week: The Southwest District Council.

Featured guests at this month’s meeting were from SDOT and The Whale Trail.

AVALON REPAVING/RECHANNELIZATION: Two project reps summarized where the design stands now for the project (see our most recent coverage here). They said there’s still time for feedback on the proposal before design is finalized. They heard two major concerns – one, from Avalon residents who are worried about the rechannelization plan’s removal of the center turn lane, given its use by business and delivery vehicles as well as for turning; two, from Luna Park businesses about the loss of street parking. SDOT plans to add limits to street parking that currently has no limits, in order to encourage turnover. Luna Park Café owner John Bennett says the situation is already challenging even before this project, and the transit lanes that currently replace parking from 6 to 10 am should end at 9 am instead.

THE WHALE TRAIL: Executive director Donna Sandstrom elaborated on some of what she’d said the night before at her organization’s latest Orca Talk (WSB coverage here). She is on Governor Inslee‘s task force trying to help the dwindling Southern Resident Killer Whale population and noted that its draft report is due in a few weeks. She reminded attendees that saving the orcas doesn’t just involve increasing the salmon population so they have more food – reducing boat noise, which gets in the way of their fishing, is a fast way to help them.

The SRKWs’ plight – including efforts to help ailing J50 – could have a silver lining in that they’ve raised awareness about the whales to a level not seen in more than a decade, and she hopes that can be converted to action. Sandstrom also offered a primer on The Whale Trail and said they’re reaching out more than ever to local community groups – like the SWDC – to get more help and support. Watch for upcoming events (the next Orca Talk, for example, is October 2nd – details to come).

The Southwest District Council meets first Wednesdays most months, 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon).

THE WHALE TRAIL: Time for action to save orcas and what they need

(Orcas seen with West Seattle in background, 2009 photo by Terry Wittman)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“Our theme for this year is matching our learning with action,” says The Whale Trail‘s executive director Donna Sandstrom.

She made that declaration toward the start of her West Seattle-based, but far-ranging, organization’s latest event, an educational/social/inspirational gathering at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) a month and a half ago. The featured topic was the salmon on which Southern Resident Killer Whales – our region’s endangered resident orcas – depend. How to help ensure their survival, and that of the SRKWs, was the focus of guest Jeanette Dorner, executive director of the Mid-Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, speaking to TWT for the third time. Dorner said she has been working for 20 years to restore salmon in Puget Sound, starting with a salmon stream along her parents’ property in Pierce County.

The orcas eat salmon that come from all over the region, so “what we can do … there’s a seed of hope in that,” Sandstrom said. “It may take decades to take down a dam,” but there’s other action that can be done right now. She shared views of whales and salmon – which have “been in the news a lot lately.” Mainstream media coverage can leave people a bit confused and without context about the biggest issues facing salmon here, she warned. “Many people are not aware that we have a federal recovery plan for Puget Sound salmon,” Dorner noted. “We have a road map in the salmon recovery plan … there’s a chapter for every watershed.” She said the plan wasn’t written by “a bunch of NOAA scientists in a back room,” it was written with assistance of communities. The Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan has a 10-year update, in fact.

Her main focus: Habitat. That’s what affects salmon the most, she said.

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2:53 PM: Thanks to Kersti Muul, who pointed out via text that an Orca Network commenter reported orcas off Fay Bainbridge Park on north Bainbridge Island [map] about an hour ago – if they continued southbound, they could end up off West Seattle. Kersti is watching from Constellation Park south of Alki Point and “not seeing anything yet,” but we thought we’d share the potential heads-up. (And whether or not you get to do any whale-watching today, remember The Whale Trail has an event tonight!)

5:21 PM: Now alongside north Vashon, per comments, as dusk approaches.

What’s up for your West Seattle Thursday – updated with 2 additions!

February 15, 2018 8:45 am
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(Double-crested cormorant taking flight, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Morning through night, highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

CHIEF SEALTH INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL TOURS: Current 8th graders and families are invited to tour at 9:30 am today. (2600 SW Thistle)

LOCAL AUTHOR’S STORY TIME: Kerri Kokias reads from her kids’ book “Snow Sisters” at Southwest Library at 10:30 am. (9010 35th SW)

PAN AFRICAN FESTIVAL FINALE: 1 pm-3 pm at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), four days of special programs are coming to an end with a finale celebration. All welcome. (6000 16th SW)

COOKING CLASS – KNIFE SKILLS: 4:30 pm at West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), with Chef Kim O’Donnel. (3622 SW Snoqualmie)

BASKETBALL: The West Seattle High School girls play Bellevue in the district playoffs, 3:30 pm at Sammamish High School. (100 140th Ave SE, Bellevue)

MULTICULTURAL NIGHT AT CHIEF SEALTH IHS: Annual event! Doors open 5 pm, performances begin at 6 pm. Everyone’s welcome. (2600 SW Thistle)

WEST SEATTLE TIMEBANK: Join the Timebank for a game night and potluck! 6:30-8 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (4217 SW Oregon)

(added) 9201 DELRIDGE WAY SW DESIGN REVIEW: We first mentioned the date for this a month ago and almost forgot to include it today! 6:30 tonight at the Senior Center/Sisson Building, the storage building proposed for a site currently holding automotive businesses gets its first Southwest Design Review Board.

This is the Early Design Guidance phase, so that’s why the rendering is mostly just for “massing” – size and shape. Public comment will be taken at the hearing. Find more project info here. (4217 SW Oregon)

(added) SOUND TRANSIT LIGHT RAIL OPEN HOUSE #2: If you didn’t get to the West Seattle open house on Tuesday, this one in Ballard (and the last one, downtown) has the same info, since they’re all about the West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions. 6:30-8:30 pm, Leif Erikson Lodge. (2245 NW 57th St)

SAVING SALMON, SAVING ORCAS: West Seattle-based regional advocacy/awareness organization The Whale Trail invites you to C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) for an update on salmon and the whales who need them for survival. 7 pm; ticket info in our preview. (5612 California SW)

ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Tonight’s agenda includes an SDOT rep talking about the ongoing work at 59th/Admiral. 7 pm, Alki UCC. (6115 SW Hinds)

THERE’S MORE! Just check out our complete-calendar page … any time.

LOWMAN BEACH PARK’S FUTURE: Seawall or no seawall? And is there really a choice?

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

After what was publicized as an hourlong meeting was well into overtime, a relentless round of questioning finally dug into the heart of the matter:

Is there really any choice about what’s going to be done about Lowman Beach Park‘s failing north seawall?

While Seattle ParksDavid Graves (top photo) and his consulting engineers showed three possibilities – including one keeping the tennis court and restoring the seawall – Graves acknowledged it was unlikely he would be able to get grant money for a new wall.

And that concerned many of the ~40 people at the meeting, mostly waterfront residents north and south of the park, some of whom think the city’s removal of a south seawall section in the ’90s has adversely affected their property, and are worried the city doesn’t have enough information about effects of another removal.

Here’s how it all unfolded: Read More

West Seattle Thursday: Orca Talk, ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ at WSHS, Lander St. open house, more…

(Towboat Bering Titan with a barge on Elliott Bay, photographed from Upper Alki by Jim Borrow)

Morning through night, some options for your Thursday;

DEMENTIA-FRIENDLY STORY SHARE AND SKETCH: New weekly program at High Point Community Center, 10 am-noon: “A free storytelling and art-making experience for people living with memory loss, led by skilled facilitators. No experience necessary, all materials provided. Care partners welcome.” More info here. (6920 34th SW)

TINKERLAB DROP-IN CRAFTS: All ages welcome at this weekly drop-in STEM-based crafts event at High Point Library, 4-5:30 pm. More info here. (35th SW/SW Raymond)

SOUTH LANDER STREET BRIDGE PROJECT: 4-6:30 pm, new information promised at the open house for this SDOT project. At Metropolist in SODO. (2931 1st Ave. S.)

GETTING READY FOR HIGH SCHOOL: For Madison Middle School families, students included, 7 pm @ the school library – details in our calendar listing. (45th SW/SW Spokane)

TAP STATION TRIVIA NIGHT: Monthly trivia event, all ages, free to enter, 7 pm. (7900 35th SW)

LIVE MUSIC @ WHISKY WEST: Jim Marcotte at 7 pm, no cover, 21+. (6451 California SW)

ORCA TALK: Tonight’s edition of The Whale Trail‘s speaker series focuses on saving salmon, without which our Southern Resident Killer Whales will starve. 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). Ticket info and more details are in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

‘BONNIE & CLYDE’ AT WSHS: Opening night for the new West Seattle High School production, “a thrilling musical with a non-traditional score” – 7:30 pm, WSHS Theater. More info in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

THERE’S MORE! – on our complete calendar.

ORCA TALK: The Whale Trail’s next event Thursday shows you what’s being done to ensure they don’t starve

Saving Puget Sound’s orcas can’t happen without saving our region’s salmon. Next Thursday, The Whale Trail‘s next Orca Talk will show you what’s happening, and what needs to happen. In case you haven’t already seen it in our calendar, here’s the announcement:

Washington State’s Regional Fishery Enhancement Groups: Making a Real Difference for Salmon (and Orcas)
Presentation by Jeanette Dorner
Thursday, March 30, 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
C & P Coffee Company, 5612 California SW

Cost: $5 suggested donation; kids free!
Presented by The Whale Trail

Salmon, the primary food for our endangered orcas (J, K, and L pods), are in trouble. Almost 20 years ago the state of Washington created a network of 14 non-profits to work with local communities on salmon habitat restoration projects in different watersheds.

These Regional Fishery Enhancement Groups have worked since then with private landowners and community partners to identify and implement valuable projects that can help increase the number of salmon returning to Washington state.

The latest report on the state of Washington’s salmon shows that overall the recovery of endangered salmon is mixed and salmon populations in Puget Sound are still declining. It is even more important to support and invest in these efforts to restore habitat.

Jeanette will share what the Regional Fishery Enhancement Groups across the state are doing to make a difference and also about the group in Seattles backyard: the Mid Sound Fishery Enhancement Group and how you can help.

Buy tickets now to reserve your seat. And hurry! This will likely sell out.

About the Speaker

Jeanette Dorner has a long history working to recover salmon in Puget Sound. She worked for 11 years as the Salmon Recovery Program Manager with the Nisqually Tribe, coordinating the protection and restoration of salmon habitat in the Nisqually watershed. She played a lead role in helping facilitate with partners major salmon restoration projects including the 900-acre restoration of the Nisqually Estuary. She then worked as the Director of Ecosystem and Salmon Recovery at the Puget Sound Partnership, supporting the work of hundreds of partners around Puget Sound to protect, restore and clean up their rivers, streams and Puget Sound shorelines.

In January of this year Jeanette became the Executive Director of the Mid Sound Fishery Enhancement Group. In her new role she is focused on working to grow the organization to achieve a broader impact on restoring salmon habitat in the Mid Sound area which includes the Green – Duwamish watershed, the Cedar/Sammamish/Lake Washington watershed, the watersheds of Eastern Kitsap County which drain into Central Puget Sound, and all the Puget Sound shorelines in the Central Puget Sound area in King County and Kitsap County.

Jeanette is also the mother to two wonderful kids – a 13-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl. Part of her passion to recover salmon habitat and to preserve and protect this beautiful place we call home is to try to pass on to her children a home where they can continue to enjoy the natural wonders of this place with their families – going to watch orcas swimming through Puget Sound, visiting salmon spawning in our local streams, and hiking in the majestic forests of the Pacific Northwest.

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Options for your West Seattle Saturday

(We probably won’t see The Mountain today. Friday photo, looking south along the Duwamish River, by Don Brubeck)

Many options for your Saturday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

HOLIDAY BAZAAR @ THE MOUNT: Second and final day of the holiday bazaar and bake sale at Providence Mount St. Vincent, 9 am-4 pm. (4831 35th SW)

DROP OFF DONATIONS FOR STANDING ROCK: As reported here last weekend, two West Seattleites are collecting donations to take to Standing Rock for the ongoing Native/Indigenous demonstrations aimed at changing an oil-pipeline route. If you are donating, today there are two places you can drop off items – the Westside Unitarian Universalist church (7141 California SW), 8 am-noon, and the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse (4705 W. Marginal Way SW), 10 am-5 pm.

HARBOR/AVALON/MANNING CLEANUP: Rain or shine, everyone’s invited to join neighbors and merchants, as previewed here earlier this week. Meet at 9 am in the Luna Park Café parking lot. (2918 SW Avalon)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STUFFED CAKES: 6th anniversary for Stuffed Cakes, 10 am-3 pm, with free mini-cupcakes while they last and free face-painting to 1 pm – details in our calendar listing. (9003 35th SW)

OPEN HOUSE #1: 10 am-1 pm, Holy Rosary School has an open house for prospective families interested in its preschool-8th grade programs. (42nd SW/SW Genesee)

SOUTHWEST SEATTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY GALA: 11 am-2 pm at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), the SW Seattle Historical Society‘s annual Champagne Gala Brunch, this year themed “Loving Our Landmarks.” Sold out, so this is just a reminder for those who have tickets – see the official program online for a preview of auction items and more. WSB is a media sponsor of the event. (1936 Harbor Ave. SW)

LONGFELLOW CREEK SALMON WATCH: Meet Puget Soundkeeper volunteers at 11:30 am at Dragonfly Pavilion to walk along the creek and look for salmon. (4107 28th SW)

BOOK LAUNCH: 2-4 pm at Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), it’s the launch party for Michele Babb‘s new book “Anti-Inflammatory Eating for a Happy, Healthy Brain: 75 Recipes for Alleviating Depression, Anxiety, and Memory Loss.” She’s bringing recipe samples to taste, too! (4540 California SW)

HOLIDAY PREVIEW: 2-6 pm at Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) at Westwood Village, it’s “Bubbles and Bling,” with previews of holiday trends, including a rep from Gorjana – details in our calendar listing. (2600 SW Barton)

OPEN HOUSE #2: Community Acupuncture Project of West Seattle and other businesses invite you to stop in, 3-5 pm. Treats and freebies. (4545 44th SW)

DEATH CAFE: 5-7 pm, join neighbors and friends at Resting Waters to talk about the inevitable. As explained in our calendar listing, it’s not a support group, but truly meant to be a discussion. (9205 35th SW)

BOOKS & BRICKS FUNDRAISING DINNER: 5 pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, you’re invited to a fundraising dinner for a mission to Kenya – details in our calendar listing. (3050 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE LIONS’ OKTOBERFEST DINNER: 5:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, a community fundraiser, and you’re invited – see the menu and other details in our listing. (4217 SW Oregon)

WEST SEATTLE MEANINGFUL MOVIES: This month’s featured film is “Documented,” the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.

Doors at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center open at 6:30, film at 7 pm, discussion afterward with Miriam Cervantes Gomez of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. (6400 Sylvan Way)

COFFEEHOUSE MUSIC: Tonight at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), it’s Bon-Fulton, 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

WEST SIDE GLORY: The queer variety show returns to The Skylark, doors open at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Ticket info and more in our calendar listing. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

THE SLAGS: Live at Poggie Tavern in The Junction, starting at 9 pm. 21+. (4717 California SW)

DAYLIGHT-SAVING TIME ENDS: Tonight brings the end of Daylight-Saving Time- at 2 am Sunday, clocks “fall back” to 1 am.

WATER-SUPPLY UPDATE: Almost back to normal. New request for you – ‘don’t waste water’

The region’s water supply is now almost back to normal. So the request for you has changed to “don’t waste water.” Here’s the latest, from Seattle Public Utilities and its regional counterparts:

Recent rains have improved our region’s water supply. Now cautiously optimistic about water supply conditions, Everett, Seattle and Tacoma are moving to the lowest stage of their Water Shortage Response Plans, the advisory stage.

Conditions no longer warrant being in the “voluntary” stage, in which customers were asked to reduce water use by 10 percent. The advisory stage means that a potential water supply problem may exist. This is still the case due to an ongoing strong El Nino that is expected to bring warm weather through the spring. While in the advisory stage, the cities ask customers to use water wisely by not wasting it.

The three cities thank their customers for helping the region stretch its water supplies to meet the needs of people and fish in this unprecedented year. … “We live in a region where our customers truly understand and value drinking water as a precious resource,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “When we asked them to partner with us by reducing their water use, they stepped up and responded. I want to personally thank the residents and businesses of Seattle for doing their part.”

… With rain from the Halloween storm, supply reservoirs on the Cedar and South Fork Tolt rivers rose 12 and 14 feet, respectively, and are now at 92 percent of normal for this time of year. The utility continues to provide beneficial flows for spawning salmon in both the Cedar and South Fork Tolt rivers.

The full regional update, and water-saving advice, can be found at

Less rain, more use leads city to downgrade ‘water-supply outlook’

(ADDED: WSB photo, dried-out slopes beneath Myrtle Reservoir water towers)
Please use water “wisely,” the city is imploring you, as it downgrades the official “water-supply outlook” because of high temperatures, low rainfall, and increased water use. It’s **not** calling for restrictions, yet, but Seattle Public Utilities is making some water-management changes – read on:

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AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: 75 speak during Port Commission’s first all-T-5/Shell meeting; commissioners pass two motions

(9:44 PM UPDATE: Foss’s appeal document added, after coverage of 75 speakers at Port Commission meeting, followed by commissioners passing both motions – as Shell drillship Noble Discoverer arrived in Everett)

12:58 PM: Just as Seattle port commissioners are about to start their meeting on the controversial Terminal 5 lease to Foss/Shell, we received that photo of one of the Shell offshore-drilling rigs that is expected to wind up here for a while: The Noble Discoverer, which, as we reported earlier, entered Washington waters early today. Jason Mihok photographed the ND (and Foss tugs) as they passed Port Townsend – he was on board the Victoria Clipper. Meantime, we’re at Pier 69 (steps from the Clipper’s HQ, in fact), where the commission chambers are overflowing – we in fact are sitting on the floor in the back of the room. We’ll be chronicling the meeting as it unfolds.

1:05 PM: The meeting has begun. Commissioner Stephanie Bowman is leading it; her co-president Courtney Gregoire is absent “for health reasons.” Bowman urges civility, saying her 70-year-old mom is in the front row so if you’re rude to the commission, you’re rude to her mom. This will start with public comment, and #1 is the one elected official Bowman has mentioned as being here – Alaska State Senator Cathy Giessel, who chairs the Senate’s Resources Committee and “the special committee on the Arctic.” She urges the commission to “stand firm” on the lease with Foss/Shell.

#2 – a speaker who says he’s from a faith-based community: “Help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing … It is my hope and prayer that this commission will … find a sustainable path leading to the right side of history.” Drilling in the Arctic “is not on the right side of history,” he continues.

#3 – Anthony Edwardson from Barrow, AK, chair of Arctic Inupiat Offshore, “asking the commission to honor (the lease). … We have partnered with Shell to be sure they do right in our waters.”

#4 – Mohawk, a speaker who urges the commission to “follow the Seattle city laws” in terms of the DPD interpretation that said the drilling vessels’ docking is not allowed under existing port permits.

#5 – Hugh, who also has come from Alaska, “imploring you to understand the far-reaching effects of your decision to our communities on the North Slope.” He too chairs an Alaska Native corporation, he says. “The environmental community doesn’t have a plan for our people. … We are the people of the Arctic – we live it, day by day. They would like to place us in a diorama in a museum.”

#6 – John Hobson from Wainwright, Alaska; he and we believe all of the Alaskan Natives who have spoken so far spoke to the Seattle City Council yesterday as it considered its resolution opposing drilling and asking the Port Commission to reconsider the T-5 lease. “There are people involved who want the same things you have -” like education and sanitation. “We want to impress on you that the Arctic isn’t just a place of polar bears.”

#7 – Stu Yarfitz. He is a Seattle resident who says he has two questions: How will the commission respond if the city DPD issues a stop-work order? And he asks about Terminal 5’s future – why is the modernization work not happening now, when that was the reason it closed last year?

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