West Seattle, Washington
With crews resolving the last West Seattle outage of note from Sunday’s windstorm, Puget Ridge has power again and the main South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus will reopen tomorrow. That word is just in from SSC. One of Puget Ridge’s two triple-digit outages was fixed this morning, the other one this afternoon. Seattle City Light is now down to just over 50 customers out of power around its service area – it peaked at more than 50,000 after wind as high as 60 mph moved through early Sunday.
Two notes about the aftermath of the windstorm that hit early this morning:
POWER-RESTORATION WORK CONTINUES: After almost 22 hours without electricity, hundreds on Harbor Avenue SW are back online as of about half an hour ago. They were working in two spots – California/Harbor (photo above) and across from the entrance to Jack Block Park – when we went through the area just after 10 pm. That was the biggest remaining pocket but hundreds are still out in eastern West Seattle, primarily parts of Puget Ridge, and as a result:
LATE START FOR SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE’S MAIN CAMPUS ON MONDAY: As announced tonight:
Due to a power outage, South Seattle College (West Seattle campus only) will have a delayed start until 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7. All classes starting before 10 a.m. are cancelled.
Any other changes, cancellations, delays – please let us know so we can report them too.
MONDAY P.S. As reported here, the college is now closed all day.
West Seattle’s biggest party venue was a wonderland of Christmas fun for four hours today. Sea Mar Community Health Centers hosted hundreds of kids and their families at its King County holiday party in the Brockey Center at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge. Each child got three presents – and a chance to meet Santa and friends:
The party also offered craft activities, food, and entertainment:
Sea Mar is headquartered in South Park and runs almost 100 clinics in 13 counties. In eight of those counties, including King, it hosts holiday parties, sending excited kids home with toys funded by proceeds of benefit golf tournaments held in Seattle and Yakima each year.
7:32 PM: Avoid 16th SW at Morgan (map), where that vehicle went sideways after its driver hit a parked car. He’s being evaluated for possible transport, our crew reports.
8:18 PM: SFD has closed out the call. We will be going by soon to check if the road has reopened yet.
8:51 PM: 16th is open and wrecked SUV is being towed right now.
ADDED THURSDAY MORNING: The driver is under investigation for DUI.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Today marked the first day of the second month of the first school year with Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap serving as president of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor).
She’s also completing her fourth month in the SSC presidency. “I was counting my Mondays for a while – I lost count around eight,” she laughed during our recent conversation on campus.
While the job is new to her, the workplace is not – as noted when her appointment was announced in May, Dr. Rimando-Chareunsap has been at SSC since the turn of the millennium, most recently as vice president of student services. “I had to move offices, so the hardest part of (that) transition was decluttering my old space and letting go.”
Bicycle theft is today’s West Seattle Crime Watch theme, so far. Good news first:
BIKE REUNION: Shortly after we published word from Melissa that her son’s bicycle had been stolen and another left in its place, a reader at Westwood Village reported a bike matching the stolen one’s description had been found dumped at the center. We pointed Melissa to WWV and a reunion ensued! (The bike she found hasn’t been claimed yet, though.)
2 MORE BIKES DUMPED/FOUND: This just turned up in Fauntlee Hills:
And this one in Seaview:
Either one yours? Let us know so we can point you to it.
BURGLAR STEALS 2 BIKES AT ONCE: Here are three short security-cam videos sent by a burglary victim – first, prowling cars in her driveway; then coming back – after stealing the garage opener rom one car – and breaking into the garage; finally, leaving while stealing two bikes at once.
This happened in the span of two early-morning hours on October 17th near South Seattle College on Puget Ridge. The bikes are “a women’s 2017 white Vita specialized bike, size small, and a men’s 2017 Sirrus carbon fiber, size medium.” If you have any information, the SPD incident # is 18-388463.
The 2020 Census is getting closer, and our state’s Complete Count Committee started its work today by having its kickoff meeting in West Seattle, at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). The committee is described as “a group of 30 leaders (Gov. Jay Inslee) has appointed to support and advise state officials on how best to ensure an accurate count of all Washington residents,” chaired by Gary Locke, who has served as governor and as U.S. ambassador to China. Both Inslee and Locke were there for this afternoon’s meeting:
The visitors were welcomed by SSC’s new president Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap:
Gov. Inslee talked with the media after speaking to the committee.
The committee’s members are listed here.
They include Sili Savusa, executive director of the White Center Community Development Association.
Though the fall quarter at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) doesn’t start until September 24th (one week from Monday), many of this year’s 13th Year Promise students are on campus today as part of their 3-day Summer Bridge orientation. Though the count isn’t final until classes start, the school tells us they have about 100 students enrolled in the 13th Year program for the coming year. This is the first time that West Seattle High School graduates have been eligible, joining their counterparts from three other schools including Chief Sealth International HS. Mayor Durkan wants to expand the program, to all of the Seattle Colleges, with all students from Seattle public high schools potentially eligible for two years of free college. Funding for this will be part of a levy on the November ballot.
… and getting some work in before fall arrives in full force.
That’s Stu Hennessey with the young volunteers. Want to help at PREP? 4-6 pm Sunday, October 14th is the next scheduled work party. The park is at 5265 18th SW.
Road work ahead on Puget Ridge – thanks to a South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) source for forwarding the notice:
We checked with SDOT and they confirm that this work WILL start this weekend
It’s a big week for school-age kids and their families. But if you have a baby in the family – this invitation is for you! The photo and announcement are from Becky Huntley:
Babies, babies, babies! Bring your parent (or grandparent) to our Parent-Infant class. You will find fun things to explore (or examine!), bubbles, stories and music time. Your grownup will find other adults to talk with … and a professional parent educator to answer questions, offer support and the latest information about child development and guidance. We meet Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 on the South Seattle College campus beginning Sept 12. Contact Becky at huntleybecky (at) gmail (dot) com for information – and see our website at www.westseattlepreschools.org
SSC, if you’re not already aware, is in West Seattle – 6000 16th SW on Puget Ridge.
11:48 AM: The rainshower’s over on Puget Ridge and spectators continue wandering the 11th annual West Seattle Car Show on the north side of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus! Show admission is free and you can get lunch for only $5:
The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle is grilling burgers and hot dogs this year – you can get one with chips and water for only $5. That’s also what you’ll pay for tasting (five tastes, we hear) inside the Northwest Wine Academy, adjacent to the show zone:
Free kids’ activities inside, too. Back to the cars – bright colors under the gray skies!
West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (WSB sponsors) are co-presenting the show this year, and proceeds are supporting SSC’s Automotive Technology program (which you can tour while you’re here) – you can help by buying 50/50 Raffle tickets ($1 each or 25 for $20) at the show tent on the east side of the lot – T-shirts for sale too, plus that’s where you can cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award. (Trophies get handed out starting at 2, so get here by then!)
1:44 PM: The winners have been notified and are moving up to their front. If you were still planning to come to the show, hurry! Meantime, one of the nice folks who have stopped by our booth to say hi (thanks, everybody!) shared some photos from a West Seattle car show of the past:
The Alki car show called it quits some years back. The photo provider said the pics were from the late ’80s/early ’90s. Meantime, we’ll update this with today’s winners later!
9:40 PM: The winners’ list (as best we could transcribe – if any spelling corrections, please let us know! Meantime, we’re still adding photos):
Up to 1939 – ’39 Ford, Rich Edmondson
1940-1949 – Cadillac Coupe, Nick Mastradea
1950-1959 – ’56 Chevy Magoo
1960-1969 – ’69 Mustang, Vern Enns
1970-1979 – ’76 Buick Wagon, Chuck Houston
1980-1994 – ’94 Corvette, Robert B.
1995-present – 2018 Camaro, Mike Thomas
Best Truck – 1969 Chevy, Sean T. Wiggins
Best European – MG MAG, Mike McCullough
Best Muscle Car – ’68 Chevelle, Fred Collins
Best (car owned by someone) Under 21 – 1991 BMW, Blake Cotton
Best Survivor – 1979 Lincoln, Chuck Houston
Best Modified – 1960 Falcon, Randall Ricci
Wild Card – 2018 Polaris, Jon Catlow
Double winner, People’s Choice and Best Woman-Owned Car – ’55 Ford Fairlane, Carrie LeBlanc
Judges’ Trophy – Corey Parkhurst’s DeLorean
Now that it’s safe to go outside again … we can resume getting excited about this weekend’s big outdoor events! Saturday includes the 2018 West Seattle Car Show – if you have a vehicle to show off, it’s not too late to be part of the show, via day-of entry (registration info’s here), with load-in starting at 8 am. If you just want to wander, show hours (free admission!) are 10 am-3 pm, with the chance to eat and drink while you’re there – the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, and the Northwest Wine Academy will be open, with beverages including wine and coffee. You’re also invited to visit the adjacent Seattle Chinese Garden. It’s all happening Saturday (August 25th) on the north side of South Seattle College, whose Automotive Tech program benefits from proceeds of the show presented by West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (WSB sponsors) – see you there!
Still a lot of summer left – with big events ahead, including the 2018 West Seattle Car Show, presented again this year by West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (both WSB sponsors). It’s happening 10 am-3 pm Saturday, August 25th, in the huge lot on the north side of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus. If you have a vehicle to show off, pre-registration is closed but you’re welcome to show up starting at 8 am on show day and sign up on the spot (info’s here). For visitors, admission is free and this year will include:
*City-presented Don’t Drip and Drive inspections
*SSC Automotive Technology students (whose program is supported by show proceeds) will be doing bulb safety checks
*West Seattle Kiwanis will be barbecuing hamburgers and hot dogs you can buy for lunch
*Northwest Wine Academy‘s wine garden open for wine and coffee; kids activities will be set up there too
*Adjacent Seattle Chinese Garden will be open for tours
This is the 11th year of the West Seattle Car Show, and WSB is a co-sponsor again this year – see you there!
9:56 PM: Seattle Fire now has a house-fire callout in the 5400 block of 18th SW. Updates to come.
9:59 PM: The incident log shows most of the originally dispatched units have been dismissed. We’re still heading over to see what we can find out.
10:30 PM: This is the second time in a little over three weeks that SFD has been called to 5431 18th SW – here’s our coverage of the July 19th call. As described last time, the house is in rundown condition, and an alleged squatter is living there. The damage/cause in this incident is still being evaluated – the SFD investigator is on scene, as are police, but we do know the fire’s out and no oe was hurt.
ADDED MONDAY: SFD says the cause was ruled “accidental” and since the house is vacant, there’s no dollar amount estimate for the damage done.
Back in June, we covered Seattle Parks visiting Puget Ridge to show the draft plan for overhauling the neighborhood playground. Now, with the feedback gathered during that meeting and a gathering in April, there’s a “preferred design” – you can see it above (or here). The announcement explains that it is “based on the public input, accessible standards, other park design standards, and budget limitations. The intent of the preferred design is to maintain the bones of the existing park, include new play structures that are accessible to all abilities – focused on young kids, and improve seating and gathering.” Got feedback? Parks will take comments until August 13th – email project planner Libby Hubson at firstname.lastname@example.org. The project team told us in June they hope to start work this fall on the overhaul, budgeted at $300,000.
Looking for a new career direction – or know someone who is? South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge is about to launch a new degree program. Here’s the announcement:
South Seattle College is offering an Associate of Applied Science degree in Network Security Administration starting this fall quarter, with classes beginning Sept. 24. The two-year program, designed for working adults, prepares students for immediate employment in information security, with the option to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program for further study.
Network security professionals play a key role in the development of network security systems and protocols to protect vulnerable digital infrastructure. SSC’s Network Security Administration program provides the technical skills and practical knowledge needed for students who plan to enter the information security field.
· Designed in collaboration with cybersecurity experts from Microsoft and Amazon
· Classes are held in the evenings, on weekends and online to accommodate working adults
· Fast track to completion: prior industry certifications can count towards degree completion
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 56 percent increase in IT security job opportunities in the computer systems design and related services industry by 2026. With a degree in Network Security Administration, students have the opportunity to enter a variety of career fields including network administration, computer network defense and technical support.
Future student information:
Registration is now open for Fall Quarter. To learn more about the Network Security Administration program, sign up for an information session, and apply (go here).
The next Professional & Technical Career Training Information Session will be held on Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sessions are held in the Library (LIB), Room 217 (campus map). To sign up (go here).
We’ve received several questions about a police response on Puget Ridge, west of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). There was briefly a report of a missing child. The child is reported to have been found and is safe. There was a report that the child had possibly been seen walking with someone he didn’t know and so police have been looking for that person. That’s all we know at this point but will check back with police later.
8:20 PM: Seattle Fire has sent a “full response” to what’s described as a vacant structure in the 5400 block of 18th SW [map]. First arrivals report light smoke.
8:32 PM: Some of the responding units are being dismissed.
8:52 PM: Talked to SFD at the scene. They say the fire was in a box of items inside the house. Not a big fire but the house was already in “dilapidated” shape so it looks worse than it was. The rest of the SFD units are now being dismissed.
9:04 AM: Big Seattle Fire response for a natural-gas leak at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge. Per scanner, it’s related to construction work and it’s toward the north side of campus. Puget Sound Energy is reported to be on scene too. We’re on our way to find out more.
9:09 AM: The response is being downsized.
9:20 AM: Our crew just arrived. The gas-line break is just north of the clock tower on campus. SSC buildings remain evacuated until PSE and SFD determine everything is OK – no estimate yet how long that’ll be.
9:54 AM: We just went back to check; SFD has cleared and people have been allowed back into the SCC buildings.
That’s part of the setup on the south end of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus for Field Day, the amateur-radio operators’ event described as “part drill, part contest, part show-and-tell.” The latter is where you come in. You’re invited to visit any time before it ends at 10 am tomorrow – the “Get On The Air” tent (that beige one in our photo) will be happy to set you up with a licensed mentor so you can take a turn. We listened in for a bit:
Field Day involves thousands of other operators, mostly in North America, and so far, as of our visit this afternoon, the hams here had made contacts as far away as Pennsylvania and San Diego – every new contact means a point for the competition, as well as every new means of contact (they’re even using Morse Code in one part of the field). By the way – Field Day will remind you that amateur radio is for all ages:
Those participating include members of the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club:
Also part of Field Day, members of the Puget Sound Repeater Group and the Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service. Related in particular to that last group, another thing that’s potentially of interest – the solar-power setups, as this event is completely off the grid; in case of disaster, hams are ready to be a key part of the communication network, and many regularly train for that. Again, you’re welcome to visit – if you’re driving or riding, enter SSC via the south entrance, and head to the southeasternmost edge of the southern lot – you’ll see the tents and antennas.