West Seattle news – West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 02:42:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 SURVEY: Southwest Seattle Youth Alliance has questions, seeks your answers https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/survey-southwest-seattle-youth-alliance-has-questions-seeks-your-answers/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/survey-southwest-seattle-youth-alliance-has-questions-seeks-your-answers/#respond Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:30:51 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925502 How much of a problem do alcohol and other drugs pose to youth in our community? A local group asks that question each year, and has just released this year’s survey:

The Southwest Seattle Youth Alliance, a school and community coalition formed to address the high rates of youth substance use in Southwest Seattle, would like your help in learning more about community concerns related to drugs and alcohol. The coalition will use these surveys to guide their work in selecting effective prevention programs and services for youth and the community. Please take a few minutes to complete this anonymous survey.

The survey starts here in English, and here in Spanish. The SWSYA says, “The data from these surveys will be used to implement evidence-based prevention programs in middle and high schools in the community.”

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FOLLOWUP: 16-year-old arrested in High Point murder https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-16-year-old-arrested-in-high-point-murder/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-16-year-old-arrested-in-high-point-murder/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2018 22:31:41 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925487

Police have now confirmed that they’ve arrested a 16-year-old suspect in last Thursday night’s deadly shooting of a 37-year-old man after the two got off a bus on the west side of the 35th and Morgan intersection. He was arrested in High Point – where detectives have been on scene along Lanham north of Graham for a while, though when we asked for comment about an hour ago, after taking the photo above, we were told they had nothing to release yet. SPD’s announcement adds, “Detectives are interviewing the teen and plan to book him into the King County Youth Service Center for investigation of murder. Thank you to everyone who called in with information about this case.” The arrest comes one day after police released Metro surveillance video of a person they described as the murder suspect. This is the fifth murder case of the year in West Seattle and the first with an arrest.

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THINK HOLIDAYS! Fauntleroy Fine Art and Gift Show entry deadline approaching https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/think-holidays-fauntleroy-fine-art-and-gift-show-entry-deadline-approaching/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/think-holidays-fauntleroy-fine-art-and-gift-show-entry-deadline-approaching/#respond Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:03:56 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925482 (By Apple Cox, past and future show participant)

Not to rush you out of summer mode too soon – but some holiday planning does happen before summer’s end. So we’re sharing this announcement sent by Judy Pickens:

Aug. 31 is the deadline for artists and artistic crafters to apply to be in the Fauntleroy Fine Art and Holiday Gift Show Nov. 9-11. The 11th annual event hosted by Fauntleroy Church is open to artists working in any medium (glass, metal, paper, paint, resin, etc.) and crafters should display a high level of creativity and quality.

Show participants must live in or have studio space in West Seattle or on Vashon. For details and the application form, visit www.fauntleroyucc.org, email fauntleroyfineart@gmail.com, or call 206-932-5600.

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Why you’ll see a shipping container at Don Armeni Boat Ramp this Friday https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/why-youll-see-a-shipping-container-at-don-armeni-boat-ramp-this-friday/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/why-youll-see-a-shipping-container-at-don-armeni-boat-ramp-this-friday/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:00:18 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925476

That’s a rendering of what you’ll see on the lawn at Don Armeni Boat Ramp this Friday in honor of National Thrift Shop Day, according to an announcement we received today from a public-relations firm on behalf of Value Village. The announcement says the company has partnered “with three Seattle influencers to spark thrift-spiration and celebrate secondhand style. The influencers … have been tasked to style a distinct space in the same reused shipping container – using thrifted items, of course. … The event illustrates how thrift lets any shopper express their unique point of view, stand out from the crowd and celebrate their individuality — no matter their design aesthetic, life stage or price point.” The “influencers” are Joanna Hawley, Emma Cortes, and Charles Koh. No sales/shopping involved, but you’re welcome to visit, 8 am-8 pm Friday (August 17th).

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6 for your West Seattle Tuesday https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/six-west-seattle-tuesday/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/six-west-seattle-tuesday/#respond Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:30:15 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925467 (Pigeon Guillemot, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Half a dozen highlights for the rest of your mid-August Tuesday:

WADING POOLS: Open! West Seattle’s Tuesday pools are Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), 11 am-8 pm, and Delridge (Genesee/Delridge), noon-6:30 pm.

NURSING PROGRAM INFO: Interested in studying nursing at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor)? 11 am info session today! (6000 16th SW)

MOBILE BIKE REPAIRS: Fifth BikeWorks session of the summer! You’ll find free or reduced-price bicycle repairs on the driveway behind Neighborhood House High Point, 2-4:30 pm. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

DELRIDGE GROCERY FARMSTAND, WITH BBQ: The Delridge Grocery Coop adds a community barbecue to its weekly farmstand today, 3-7 pm at the Shell across from DGC’s future store. (5441 Delridge Way SW)

ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, SPECIAL LOCATION: 6:30 pm, the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s summer meeting is at the newly complete Aegis Living of West Seattle (WSB sponsor), including a tour. All welcome! (4700 SW Admiral Way)

GEEKS WHO DRINK: Tonight is the weekly trivia night at Whisky West (WSB sponsor), 8 pm. 21+. (6451 California SW)

PEEK INTO THE FUTURE … by checking out our complete calendar, where you’ll find more for today/tonight AND weeks/months beyond!

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Last week for all but 1 West Seattle wading pool https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/last-week-for-all-but-1-west-seattle-wading-pool/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/last-week-for-all-but-1-west-seattle-wading-pool/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:33:51 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925420

(WSB file photo, Delridge wading pool)

If you and your little one(s) have been enjoying the Seattle Parks wading pools this summer – here’s a reminder: Except for Lincoln Park wading pool, open daily (weather permitting) through Labor Day (September 3rd), this is the last week for the city’s wading pools. In our area:

SOUTH PARK’S LAST DAY: Thursday (August 16th)

EC HUGHES’S LAST DAY: Friday (August 17th)

HIAWATHA’S LAST DAY: Saturday (August 18th)

DELRIDGE’S LAST DAY: Sunday (August 19th)

P.S. West Seattle’s only spraypark, Highland Park, will – like the Lincoln Park wading pool – be open daily, 11 am-8 pm, through Labor Day.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday watch https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/traffic-transit-today-tuesday-watch-18/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/traffic-transit-today-tuesday-watch-18/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:08:37 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925458

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:08 AM: So far, no incidents reported in/from West Seattle.

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DONE! One last work party completes playground for Roxhill Elementary at EC Hughes https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/done-one-last-work-party-completes-playground-for-roxhill-elementary-at-ec-hughes/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/done-one-last-work-party-completes-playground-for-roxhill-elementary-at-ec-hughes/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2018 07:43:49 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925449

From Friends of Roxhill:

About 25 volunteers finished leveling the wood chips Monday night at the new playground for Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes. The new playground must be inspected by Seattle Public Schools before it will be open. The district hopes to conduct orientation and safety training during our back-to-school barbecue on Aug. 30. More information on when it will be open to the public will be available soon.

Thank you to everyone who came out in support of Friends of Roxhill Elementary’s efforts to bring a new playground to our school. Without community pledges and hard work, none of this would have been possible. Also, take a look at the corner of 32nd and Kenyon, where the mural (also designed through a community process) is taking shape.

If you have questions or want to get involved, contact friendsofroxhill@gmail.com.

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Memorial next Sunday for Jim Theuer, 1957-2017 https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/memorial-next-sunday-for-jim-theuer-1957-2017/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/memorial-next-sunday-for-jim-theuer-1957-2017/#respond Tue, 14 Aug 2018 04:31:10 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925438 One year after Jim Theuer‘s death, family and friends plan to gather to celebrate his life next Sunday. Here’s the announcement:

JIM (James) THEUER Memorial
Sun, Aug 19, 2018 2-3:30 pm
(lived Aug 4, 1957-Aug 17, 2017)

Jim Theuer died last year – Aug 17, 2017 – in Virginia, his home for 25+ years. Yes, the Jim with the unpronounceable last name who went to Alki Elem, Madison & West Seattle High. In Seattle, Jim worked at Quesnel’s (yes, on Beach Drive) and at UPS.

At some time in Virginia, Jim went by JT (no time wasted on his last name). In Virginia, Jim worked and did voiceovers at firm whose customer of note was Domino’s Pizza. Jim also did Rodney Dangerfield bits until you laughed/cried. In Virginia, Jim got married and had a son, John. Sadly, the marriage did not last, but Jim’s love for his son did, and Jim had primary custody of John, when John was 13.

Jim/JT is survived by his son, John, of Winchester, VA, and Jim’s mother and sisters, all in the Puget Sound area, and a host of nephews and nieces. Jim was a pro bowler for a short time, so come and remember him in his element. Mom Suzanne, sisters Diane, Sally & Janice and Jim’s son John will be there, set up on 4 lanes.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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Pearl & Jam appear on West Seattle shore as Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network recruits for final 2018 training https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/pearl-jam-appear-on-west-seattle-shore-as-seal-sitters-marine-mammal-stranding-network-recruits-for-final-2018-training/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/pearl-jam-appear-on-west-seattle-shore-as-seal-sitters-marine-mammal-stranding-network-recruits-for-final-2018-training/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2018 02:37:38 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925433

Meet Pearl and Jam. David Hutchinson – who photographed them Sunday – reports that Jam was Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network‘s “first new harbor seal pup of the 2018 season,” resting with mom Pearl “on a rock just offshore from one of our local beaches. … If you see them at any of our West Seattle beaches, please keep back, keep people and pets away, and call the Seal Sitters’ Hotline at 206-905-SEAL (7325).” Meantime, he shared this announcement:


Seal Sitters is a member of NOAA’s West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network. We are responsible for responding to any marine mammal on West Seattle beaches from Brace Point through the Duwamish River including Harbor Island.

All new volunteers are required to take a 2-hour training session. Our last training of 2018 will be held in the front meeting room at the Alki UCC, 6115 SW Hinds (MAP), on Saturday, August 25th from 10 AM – Noon. This will be followed by a short Q&A opportunity. Topics covered will include: The Marine Mammal Protection Act, life in a harbor seal rookery, what is Seal Sitters’ role in NOAA’s network, information on the most common marine mammals in our local waters, your role as a volunteer in a challenging urban environment. Also discussed will be volunteer opportunities as a hotline operator, first responder, and scheduler.

IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN WEST SEATTLE – While all the different groups operating in Puget Sound are part of NOAA’s Network, each group functions separately and provides its own training. Our training would only qualify you to volunteer within the area mentioned above.

If you plan on attending, an RSVP is required. Please include in your email the full names of everyone who will be attending. If any of these are minors, include their ages. A parent or guardian must accompany all minors to the training and when they are on the beach. Seating is limited, so be sure to register early to reserve your place.

To RSVP: SealSitters.Outreach@msn.com

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West Seattle scene: Hate-Free Delridge’s show of support for immigrants and refugees https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/west-seattle-scene-hate-free-delridges-show-of-support-for-immigrants-and-refugees/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/west-seattle-scene-hate-free-delridges-show-of-support-for-immigrants-and-refugees/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2018 01:54:40 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925427

Almost exactly a year after “standing for peace” on the Delridge/Oregon overpass, Hate-Free Delridge members and friends returned there this evening. This time, the goal was to show support for immigrants and refugees.

It’s now been two years since the group formed in response to a racist, threatening note left at the home of a local family.

Here are some fast facts about Seattle’s immigrant/refugee population.

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AIR-QUALITY ALERT: Wildfire smoke brings regional health warning https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/health-alert-wildfire-smoke-brings-warning-from-agencies-around-the-region/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/health-alert-wildfire-smoke-brings-warning-from-agencies-around-the-region/#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2018 23:23:59 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925417 (Added: WSB photo, looking toward Vashon from Lowman Beach)

As this increasingly smoky day moves into late afternoon, an air-quality alert just arrived by e-mail, from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and health agencies around the metro area:

Air pollution is increasing due to wildfire smoke and may cause health problems.

We expect air quality to reach levels that are UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS overnight and into tomorrow in many areas. A high pressure system is pushing upper-level wildfire smoke down. Smoke from British Columbia and the Cascades is continuing to build in the Puget Sound region today. Winds tomorrow afternoon could help clean the air. Thankfully, we don’t expect this to last as long as it did last summer. We are forecasting for GOOD to MODERATE air quality Wednesday and beyond.

Wildfire smoke can cause a range of health problems:

Chest pain
Fast heartbeat
Stinging eyes
Irritated sinuses
Asthma attack
Trouble breathing

Sensitive groups should take precautions, including: children, older adults, and people that are pregnant, have heart or lung issues (such as asthma and COPD), or that have had a stroke.

Stay indoors when possible.

Limit your physical activity outdoors, such as running, bicycling, physical labor, and sports.

Close windows in your home, if possible, and keep the indoor air clean. If you have an air conditioner, use the “recirculation” switch. Use an indoor air filter if available.

If you do not have an air conditioner, consider finding a public place with clean, air-conditioned indoor air like a public library or a community center.

Avoid driving, when possible. If you must drive, keep the windows closed. If you use the car’s fan or air conditioning, make sure the system recirculates air from inside the car; don’t pull air from outside.
Schools and daycare providers should consider postponing outdoor activities or moving them indoors.

N95 or N100 rated masks can help protect some people from air pollution. These masks are usually available at hardware and home repair stores. Please check with your doctor to see if this appropriate for you. More information here.

For more information on ways to reduce your exposure, see the Washington Department of Health’s Smoke From Fire tips.

Air quality conditions may change quickly. Check the air quality forecast regularly at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s website.

As always, check with your health care provider for more specific questions and concerns.

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About the wrong-way truck on SW Morgan https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/wrong-way-truck-on-sw-morgan/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/wrong-way-truck-on-sw-morgan/#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2018 22:37:44 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925409

After questions about that white truck facing uphill in the downhill lanes of SW Morgan near 40th SW, we went over to check. Police say the driver lost control of the truck’s forward gears several blocks east – the first report was from 31st/Sylvan – and tried traveling in reverse gear for a while, but that didn’t work out too well, as some trees and other vehicles were hit along the way, including the purple-and-gold van in the photo. No injuries reported; police were directing traffic until the truck could be moved.

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Two for tonight: Demonstration, dinner https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/two-for-tonight-demonstration-dinner/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/two-for-tonight-demonstration-dinner/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:51:52 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925404 The day got busy early, so no highlight list, but if you haven’t checked our calendar, two events of note are still to come:

DEMONSTRATIONHate-Free Delridge plans a show of support for immigrants and refugees by sign-waving on the Delridge/Oregon overpass, 5:30-7 pm, and all are welcome to join. Details in our calendar listing.

DINNER: No need to cook tonight – you can support the West Seattle High School football program at a barbecue dinner that starts at 6 pm at the West Seattle Eagles (4425 California SW). Entertainment and silent auction too. Cost and menu are in our calendar listing.

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West Seattle Water Taxi alert: Smaller backup vessel now in use https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/west-seattle-water-taxi-alert-smaller-backup-vessel-now-in-use/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/west-seattle-water-taxi-alert-smaller-backup-vessel-now-in-use/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:26:43 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925401 An alert just in for West Seattle Water Taxi riders:

The Water Taxi will be using the Spirit of Kingston, its smaller back-up vessel, on the West Seattle route through Wednesday. The Doc Maynard has been removed from service for vessel repairs. Riders are strongly encouraged to arrive early for their evening commute.

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