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SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: The cruise ship that’s bound for Harbor Island

(Added: Saturday evening photo, before Norwegian Joy moved to Harbor Island)

1:53 PM: Though cruise-ship season doesn’t officially resume until May 4th, a big ship is at Pier 66 today and will then be at Harbor Island for a while. Port of Seattle spokesperson Peter McGraw tells WSB that the 3,804-passenger-capacity Norwegian Joy will move from the downtown dock to Vigor “for some minor interior work” before it returns to 66 for the May 4th departure. (This report indicates that’s the final phase in a “refit” as the two-year-old ship shifts to Alaska cruises after starting out in Asia.)

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: MarineTraffic.com shows the Joy is now off Harbor Island.

ADDED: Thanks to Max for the photo:

Roxhill Bog gets Duwamish Alive! spotlight @ community fair

Community members rescued Roxhill Bog years ago and are working to do it again.

You can see for yourself firsthand until 1 pm at the Roxhill Park community fair that’s part of Duwamish Alive! Activities for all ages, including a chance to learn about wildlife:

You’ll see the fair in the park from its main entrance at 29th and Barton.

Egg hunts, Duwamish Alive, Alki Tai Chi, and much more for your West Seattle Saturday

(Rufous Hummingbird, photographed by Mark Ahlness, shared via WSB Flickr group)

Welcome to a very busy Saturday! First, the seasonal highlights:

FULL LIST OF EGG HUNTS: They’re happening from morning through afternoon, at businesses and at community centers and parks, and there’s even one for adults! The full list is on our Easter/Passover/Etc. page along with other special eents.

COMMUNITY SEDER: The Kol HaNeshamah community seder happening on this second night of Passover is at capacity, so we’re just mentioning it as a reminder if you preregistered.

SERVICES: Church services for today, tonight, and tomorrow are on our special page too.

Now, highlights of what else is up today/tonight, (mostly) from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

RIDE FOR MAJOR TAYLOR: Cascade Bicycle Club‘s ride benefiting the Major Taylor program leaves White Center Bicycle Playground at 8 am and, after a route through south King County, to Tacoma, and onto Vashon Island, will pass through West Seattle on the way back as riders ferry from Vashon to Fauntleroy and return to WC. Full details and course map here.

TAI CHI AT THE BEACH BEGINS: First Saturday of the season for Tai Chi at Alki Beach with Caylen Storm! 9 am near Statue of Liberty Plaza. Free, “but portraits of presidents are welcome” – more info in our calendar listing. (61st SW and Alki SW)

PANCAKES! First-ever community all-you-can-eat pancake feed at Nepenthe, 9 am-noon. (9447 35th SW)

DUWAMISH ALIVE! – T-107 OPENING EVENT: Before a day of volunteering along, and in the watershed of, Seattle’s only river, hear from local advocates and leaders at the T-107 Park opening ceremony, 9:30 am. (4750 W. Marginal Way SW)

DUWAMISH ALIVE! – COMMUNITY FAIR AT ROXHILL PARK/BOG: 11 am-1 pm, come to Roxhill Park to have fun, enjoy a free lunch, and learn about its role as the headwater site of Longfellow Creek, during this first-ever community fair. (29th SW and SW Barton)

WEST SEATTLE BOAT SWAP: First-ever swap and scratch-and-dent sale! Noon-6 pm at American Legion Post 160. (3618 SW Alaska)

CANNA 420 CARNIVAL: The unofficial holiday for cannabis aficionados is here, and Canna West Culture Shop invites you (provided you’re at least 21) to a carnival! 2-6 pm. Music, magic, art, free Husky Deli ice cream, and more – details here. (5435 California SW)

WSHS BASEBALL AT T-MOBILE PARK: 6:30 pm, you can get in for free at the big baseball stadium downtown as West Seattle HS plays Ballard in this year’s High School Baseball Classic. (1250 1st Ave. S.)

PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL: 6:30 pm at American Legion Post 160, the festival’s world tour stops in West Seattle, with the screening presented by Alki Kayak Tours and Mountain to Sound Outfitters. (3618 SW Alaska)

AT KENYON HALL: The Ray Skjelbred Trio in concert, 7:30 pm. Ticket info is in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

NIGHTLIFE: Music way into the night – see the listings on our full calendar.

BASEBALL: West Seattle HS hosts Chief Sealth IHS in ‘Best of the West’ game

(WSB photos. Above, head coaches Ernest Policarpio of CSIHS and Bryan Tupper of WSHS)

In the late-Friday drizzle at Hiawatha, West Seattle High School hosted Chief Sealth International High School to see who would take this year’s baseball bragging rights as “Best in the West.”

Wildcats junior Jackson Sullivan got the win on the mound, a 4-0 shutout. And that meant WSHS got the trophy – at least until next year’s game.

Tonight (Saturday) you can see the Wildcats play at T-Mobile Park, 6:30 pm vs. Ballard, free! The next game for the Seahawks, meantime, is Monday (April 22nd) at 4 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex vs. Bainbridge Island.

Environmental Slam @ Youngstown: Students take the stage to change the world

Environmental Slam, held last night at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in North Delridge. Above is the Madison Middle School team that won the People’s Choice Award for their presentation “Save the Buzz”; below, Avery Berg from Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor), whose presentation was titled “More Bees, Please.”

Other local students who participated included, also from Explorer West, Cece Pyfer and Faye Turcotte on “Wolves on the West Coast”:

MC was former County Executive (among other distinguished roles) Ron Sims, below with Isabel Moorhead from Westside School (WSB sponsor), who presented “Stay Wild, Stay Free”:

Sims urged the young advocates to nurture their passion as well as their faith in science, telling them that the use of the scientific method, of scientific inquiry, is a key factor in what has made our nation so great. He congratulated them all and noted that even though he’s the owner of a few bee hives, he learned more about bees at the Environmental Slam than in the entire time he’s had those hives. Award recipients included the “Save the Buzz” team (Tim Deppe, Ethan Murray, Lila Kellison-Miller, Lauren Anderson) for the People’s Choice Award and two judges’ awards, the “Wolves” team plus Juniper Copland from The Northwest School, for her presentation “With Love, Water”:

With Juniper above is Explorer West teacher Tim Owens, who coordinates the Environmental Slam, which is presented by the Washington Foundation for the Environment. Prizes go to the causes for which participants advocate.

Here’s what emerged at (very) ‘Early Outreach’ meeting about the Junction 7-11 site project

(Roughed-out footprint for future project at Junction 7-11 site, as shown at “Early Outreach” meeting)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The city’s new-ish Early Outreach for Design Review” process has launched extremely early in the case of one West Seattle project.

Architects for the future redevelopment of the West Seattle Junction 7-11 site confirmed at this week’s “Early Outreach” community chat that the mixed-use project is still 4 years away – the store has a lease until then.

And after the project’s built, the architects revealed, the 7-11 may have a new home in its ground-floor commercial space – they’re talking about it right now.

A trio from Cone Architecture was at the Senior Center of West Seattle for the “Early Outreach” meeting Monday evening. That made it a one-to-one ratio between presenters and attendees with ample time for Q&A and everyone sitting at the same table.

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BIZNOTE: Sign’s up for Harry’s Beach House

On our way back from Beach Drive pavement photography, we noticed the ex-Tully’s at 2676 Alki SW now has the signage for its new identity as Harry’s Beach House. As revealed in early February, this will be a new outpost for Julian Hagood, who runs the acclaimed Harry’s Fine Foods on Capitol Hill. We have an inquiry out regarding the estimated time frame for opening on Alki.

MORE REPAVING: Picking up on Beach Drive SW where last year’s work left off

SDOT plans to finally finish repaving Beach Drive SW between Me-Kwa-Mooks and Weather Watch Parks. You might recall that the stretch between Carroll and Genesee was originally announced for last year, but crews left after stopping a short distance south of Carroll. They told us at the time that the repaving would resume but didn’t say when. That was the last we heard of it until this notice today:

As the notice says, the work is scheduled – weather permitting – to start next Wednesday. (Here’s a map of the area.) Meantime, if that leaves you wondering about the removed-but-planned-for-replacement speed bumps (aka humps) further south on Beach Drive, SDOT anticipated that question and adds, “Also note that we are working to schedule construction on the Beach Drive speed hump replacement and will notify the community in advance.”

AVALON PROJECT: What’s ahead next week, and a bit beyond

Four days after SDOT‘s Avalon/35th/Alaska repaving-and-rechannelization project launched work – starting on Avalon between Yancy and Genesee – we’ve just received the toplines of what’s next, including a bus-stop closure starting Monday and advance word of intersection work next weekend:

Overview of upcoming work for next week

What you should expect:
 Lots of construction activity including jackhammering, removing the east portion of the roadway, large trucks, machines, noise, dust, and vibrations.  We will coordinate with residents for driveway closures.
 Uniformed police officers will typically be onsite
 Typical weekday work hours from 7 AM – 5 PM. There will be some weekend and nighttime work.
 We have heard that Seattle Public Utilities will be working to make some water service renewals along SW Avalon Way. They will coordinate directly with neighbors as their work is scheduled.
 Buses are making in-lane stops. Please follow the safe passageways set up for your safety.

Starting Monday, April 22nd the northbound stop at Genesee will be temporarily closed.
 Sign up for Metro’s Rider Alerts to stay up to date on stop relocations. If a stop is relocated or a bus is detoured, signs will also be posted along the corridor.

Traffic impacts and detours:
 30th Ave SW will be temporarily closed for construction staging. You will not be able to access SW Avalon Way from 30th Ave SW.
 Right turns only on SW Avalon Way. For the safety of people driving and our crews, we
are allowing right turns only throughout work zone B. People turning into their driveway will
need to turn right into their driveways and will not be permitted to turn across traffic.
 No Parking signs throughout zone B, and into zones A and C to facilitate the traffic shift.
 We will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on SW Avalon Way between SW Genesee St and SW Yancy St

For people walking and biking along SW Avalon Way:
 Bikers should use extreme caution on SW Avalon Way and consider traveling on alternative routes
 Sidewalk and crosswalk detours. Please follow posted pedestrian detours when you see them.

Weekend work is scheduled for April 27 and 28 at the intersection of SW Avalon Way and the
east side of SW Genesee St.

We need to work across multiple lanes of traffic in the intersection to do water utility repairs along SW Avalon Way. People driving west on SW Genesee St will not be able to access SW Avalon Way. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on SW Avalon Way through the SW Genesee St intersection. We will maintain local access to driveways on SW Genesee St near the SW Avalon Way intersection.

SDOT is also requesting: “If you have a driveway on SW Avalon Way between SW Genesee St and SW Yancy St, please reach out to us with your address and best contact information.” … AvalonPaving@seattle.gov is the contact address (also for anyone with questions/concerns).


From Tricia:

Have you seen my car?? License plate ADZ3128. Stolen Silver Volvo XC90, taken from 45th/Lander yesterday.

If you see it, call 911.

VIDEO: Another milestone for Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition

WSDOT says demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct is 30 percent complete, and on schedule. With that news, they published the video above, a new time-lapse of a section of the demolition. Coincidentally, just before that landed in the WSB inbox, we returned from an errand downtown that took us along waterfront Alaskan Way past the demolition zone for the first time, and we have to say, regardless of your feelings about the old double-decker highway, the teardown zone is quite a sight. WSDOT’s Laura Newborn adds this: “In case you are wondering, a portion of the viaduct across from the ferry dock will remain standing until summer to keep the Marion Street pedestrian bridge to-and-from Colman Dock operational. The contractor is currently building a temporary pedestrian bridge along Columbia Street to replace the Marion Street bridge. This summer, the new Columbia Street bridge will connect to a new portion of Colman Dock. After that happens, demolition crews will remove the remaining section of viaduct near Marion Street.”

1 MONTH AWAY! Ready for the 2019 West Seattle 5K?

(WSB photo from May 2018)

With so many big spring/summer events getting closer, it’s reminder season! So today, we’re reminding you that the West Seattle 5K is now exactly one month away – Sunday, May 19th. As our photo from last year shows, all ages are welcome in this morning run/walk along Alki, which benefits and is organized by the West Seattle High School PTSA (with community co-sponsors including WSB). Online registration is open – you can do it right here, right now.

Highlights for your West Seattle Friday

(Remember the barred-owl cameo two days ago? Here’s Mark Wangerin’s full view of the owl)

First – today brings Good Friday and the start of Passover. For services and other events, see our Easter/Passover/Etc. page here.

Now – highlights from our year-round West Seattle Event Calendar:

VINTAGE HOME MARKET: You can shop more than 20 local vendors at Daystar until 3 pm today. (2615 SW Barton)

PARK PUNKS @ LINCOLN PARK: Free this afternoon to give some time to a local treasure? Join the Park Punks cleanup at Lincoln Park, 1 pm-4 pm. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

BASEBALL: West Seattle HS hosts Chief Sealth IHS at Hiawatha, 4 pm. (2700 California SW)

SOUTH PARK COMMUNITY CENTER’S FUTURE: Open house 5-8 pm at the center, all welcome to learn and talk about its design, including the future spraypark. (8319 8th Ave. S.)

JOHN STEPHAN BAND: At Poggie Tavern in The Junction tonight, 9 pm. 21+. (4717 California SW)

JULIA FRANCIS, THE JELLYROLLERS: Your Friday night slate at Parliament Tavern starts at 9 pm. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

FOLLOWUP: Local participation in investigation of Elliott Bay gray-whale death

Back on Monday, we mentioned that a juvenile gray whale was found dead in Elliott Bay. We found out last night that local observers were part of what happened next. The photos and update were subsequently shared by David Hutchinson of Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network:

It was reported to Sno-King Marine Mammal Response, our partner network to the north. WDFW Enforcement towed the whale up to a site on Whidbey Island, where a necropsy was performed that afternoon. While the whale was not found in Seal Sitters’ West Seattle territory, we were present to observe the procedure.

The necropsy team included participants from Cascadia Research, WDFW Marine Mammal Investigations, SR3 and World Vets. Measurements were taken and samples of the blubber, baleen (photo below), and various organs were collected for later analysis.

No food remains or plastics were found in the whale’s stomach.

Please see Seal Sitters’ Blubberblog for additional details and a link to the preliminary report by Cascadia Research.

Archives note: It’s been exactly nine years since a young gray whale stranded and died in West Seattle.


(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

6:59 AM: Good morning! One incident so far – a crash blocking one lane on the NB 1st Ave S Bridge.

WEEKEND TRAFFIC ALERTS: None in West Seattle, but the SDOT roundup of potential traffic-affecting events through the weekend might be of interest.

7:29 AM: 1st Ave S Bridge is clear.

West Seattle scene: Author Valeria Luiselli visits WSHS Spanish class

The photo is from West Seattle High School teacher Joy Patman, who reports “a pretty cool visitor” to her Spanish 4 class this past Wednesday: Author Valeria Luiselli, who spoke hours later at Benaroya Hall downtown. She explains that the author “wrote a very timely book a year and a half ago called ‘Tell Me How It Ends,’ which documents in question form the immigration crisis as it relates to undocumented minors arriving at the Mexican-American border and being interviewed for asylum. We were able to purchase a set of these books last year. SP4 read it this quarter, worked together on projects over the last week and (Wednesday) had the experience of engaging the author in Spanish in a round table discussion.”

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Police search after reported street robbery

Thanks for the tip about a police search tonight north of The Junction. The tipster reported that “two men in their 20s were robbed at gunpoint at about 8:20 pm by two others, also in their 20s. A victim knocked on my door to call 911. … Apparently phones were stolen.” We went to the search area (41st/42nd/Dakota/Bradford) but police there wouldn’t comment on the circumstances, sowe went to the precinct where the desk officer confirmed the search was related to a street robbery and that the robbers were after phones. No injuries reported, and so far no word of arrests, but we’ll follow up tomorrow.

Delridge Neighborhoods District Council talks elections, festivals, and more

A few notes from last night’s lightly attended Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting:

FORUM OR NO FORUM? Rather than have a candidates-side-by-side forum for the District 1 City Council race, DNDC will invite candidates in for one-at-a-time conversations during the next few meetings – say, one candidate at the meeting’s start, one at the end, to discuss Delridge-specific issues.

AS FOR THOSE ISSUES: One of next month’s biggest events in eastern West Seattle, the Bee Festival, will likely be an opportunity to check in with current community concerns. DNDC chair Mat McBride will be there. It was suggested he might consider a tried-and-true tactic from other community events, for example, inviting festivalgoers to create/add to a list of what’s on their minds.

SPEAKING OF FESTIVALS: Pete Spalding provided an update on Delridge Day in August, which continues to grow, this year adding Sustainable West Seattle‘s GreenLife (previously featured at Summer Fest in The Junction) and including e-bike tours with SWS’s Stu Hennessey (of Alki Bike and Board, a WSB sponsor) and skating lessons/competition overseen by Skate Like A Girl. Live music, too, plus returning features like Seattle Police “Picnic at the Precinct” demos and visitors.

img_7060(WSB file photo)

DELRIDGE GROCERY: Doris Rahmig says the progress she reported at February’s DNDC meeting continues, with the co-op close to signing a contract with DESC for the space it’s long held for them at Cottage Grove Commons (5444 Delridge Way SW).

FUTURE TOPICS: Though DNDC has been focusing on neighborhood conversations rather than governmental guests, the Port of Seattle is interested in visiting a future DNDC meeting to talk about the Terminal 5 modernization work that’ll start soon.

The Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meets the third Wednesday most months, 7 pm, currently at Neighborhood House High Point.

BIZNOTE: ‘Psychic Barber’ moving soon, about to be displaced by development again

(WSB file photo)

You might know Rick Cook best for his iconic “Psychic Barber” neon sign (read the backstory here), but he’s also known for getting displaced by development. It’s happening again, so he’s sent this announcement of his impending move:

I will be moving Rick’s Barber Shop once again for “progress” (38 micro apts.) from 6016 California Ave SW to 4845 California Ave SW. Former home to a hair place and a psychic place. I love irony. Phone # will remain the same, move will be last week of May. A bit more than of a block north of Rite Aid, (my old location) and two buildings south of 7-11. (Soon to be 60+ micro apts.with no parking). Hope this is my last move for “progress.”

Rick’s been in his current location a little over six years, and he’s been in business in West Seattle for 40+ years. We asked if the “Psychic Barber” sign will go along in the move; yes, he said, “But I’ll have to get a new one made to accommodate the window.”

FOLLOWUP: Lafayette Elementary Leopard Leaders’ centennial challenge

Lafayette Elementary is celebrating its centennial, and, as we reported in January, its Leopard Leaders are celebrating with a donation drive to help others – with your partnership. Here’s how it’s going; the update is from 5th grader Thea Harnish:

Here is an update on how the Lafayette community is progressing on their goal to collect 100 pairs of socks and shoes per grade level to donate to youth in need through Westside Baby and YouthCare. We have surpassed our goal for socks with a current collection of 792 pairs of socks. But we need more help with the shoes. We have 175 collected toward the goal of 600.

We have been fundraising through popcorn sales and gift wrapping as well as requesting donations from businesses in person to buy new shoes. Please see attached a photo of part of the collection. We have raised over $1000 to buy shoes.

With Earth Day around the corner, we are hoping to get the word out to sort through your shoes and see what doesn’t fit anymore and what you can donate. Even adult sizes can work for Youthcare, which supports kids 12 to 21 who live on the streets of Seattle. The deadline is fast approaching and shoes can be dropped off at Lafayette Elementary during school hours, Attn: Leopard Leaders.

Lafayette’s entrance is just north of the northwest corner of California and Lander.

1 month until the 7th annual West Seattle Bee Festival!

(2017 photo courtesy West Seattle Bee Festival)

It’s your chance to “bee” in a parade,among other things – the 7th annual West Seattle Bee Festival is now exactly one month away. 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, May 18th, you are invited to the West Seattle Bee Garden on the north end of High Point Commons Park and vicinity for fun including music, kids’ activities, an Urban Survival Skills Fair, and the aforementioned parade (11:30 am, costumes welcome, everybody follows the Big Bee around the park). See more here and set your calendar to “bee” there.

From SPD Blotter: Why police were called to Delridge P-Patch

Didn’t hear about this one until it turned up this afternoon on SPD Blotter:

Police were called to a dispute at a West Seattle P-Patch on Wednesday after a gardener hosed down a man who tried to treat the patch as his personal compost bin.

Just before 4:30 PM, officers responded to the 5000 block of 25th Avenue SW and met with the gardener. The woman told police she was working in the P-Patch when she saw a man dumping a tarp full of leaves, collected from his yard two houses away, onto P-Patch property.

She confronted the man and accused the man of illegally dumping the leaves. The man shrugged, walked off, and returned a short time later with another pile of leaves.

The woman told police she squirted the man with a garden hose as he was dumping the leaves, and that the man then started coming toward her. She alleged the man tripped her, knocking her to the ground.

Police contacted the man, who was sitting on a bench in the P-Patch, and he disputed the woman’s account, saying he had pursued her because he was trying to get the hose away from her. Officers noted the man’s shorts appeared wet.

The man said there was no sign regarding dumping, and agreed not to enter the P-patch again.

And now a PSA regarding dumping compostable items at P-Patches: “I would say it’s frowned upon,” says Department of Neighborhoods spokeswoman Lois Maag. “While we can’t condone spraying your neighbor, you should just use your own compost bin.”

DEVELOPMENT: Another project in ‘Early Outreach’ pipeline, 2347 44th SW

Another West Seattle project has appeared on the city list for the “Early Outreach” design-review process, which calls for informal community feedback before the project design is too far down the road. This time it’s 2347 44th SW [map], described as four single-family houses with four offstreet-parking spaces, replacing a 110-year-old house. The Early Outreach program calendar shows a community site walk scheduled one week from tonight, 5:30 pm Thursday, April 25th.

P.S. We were at the “Early Outreach” meeting earlier this week for the Junction 7-11 site mixed-use project and expect to publish that report later today.