West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 30 Nov 2020 09:23:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ROAD WORK, TRAFFIC, TRANSIT: Post-holiday Monday watch https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/road-work-traffic-transit-post-holiday-monday-watch/ https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/road-work-traffic-transit-post-holiday-monday-watch/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 14:07:30 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=993539 6:07 AM: Welcome to Monday, November 30th, the 252nd morning without the West Seattle Bridge.


Delridge project: Work is scheduled to resume today; here’s this week’s plan.

Highway 99 tunnel: Southbound closure this Friday night-Saturday morning, 10 pm-7 am, for maintenance.


Metro – Back to regular schedule

Water Taxi – Back to regular schedule


West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way:

Highland Park Way/Holden:

The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

Restricted-daytime-access (open to all 9 pm-5 am) low bridge:

The main detour route across the Duwamish River, the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) . Here are two cameras:

The other major bridge across the river – the South Park Bridge (map). Here’s the nearest camera:

Going through South Park? Don’t speed. (Same goes for the other detour-route neighborhoods, like Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge.)

Checking for bridges’ marine-traffic openings? See the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

You can see all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also shown on this WSB page.

Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.

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CORONAVIRUS: Sunday 11/29 roundup https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/coronavirus-sunday-11-29-roundup/ https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/coronavirus-sunday-11-29-roundup/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 08:10:02 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=993535 The long holiday weekend’s ending – hope yours has been safe and healthy. Just a few notes tonight:

KING COUNTY’S NEWEST NUMBERS: Here are the cumulative totals from the Public Health daily-summary dashboard – keep in mind that testing availability was reduced during the holiday weekend:

*43,740 people have tested positive, up 356 from yesterday’s total

*858 people have died, up 2 from yesterday

*3,190 people have been hospitalized, up 26 from yesterday’s total

*626,435 people have been tested (the state backlog of negative results hasn’t been resolved yet, so King County calls this number frozen, but it’s still changing – up 340 from yesterday)

One week ago, the King County totals were 38,672/835/2,973/620,676.


WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 62.7 million cases and 1,459.000+ deaths – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here.

PARKS PROGRAMS, AT HOME: Seattle Parks is out with a brochure for December’s virtual programming, since in-person programs are still on hold.

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DELRIDGE PROJECT: Road work resumes Monday https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/delridge-project-road-work-resumes-monday/ https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/delridge-project-road-work-resumes-monday/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 05:21:43 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=993533 After the long holiday weekend, work resumes tomorrow on the Delridge project (re)paving the way for RapidRide H Line. Here are the toplines from SDOT:

*SW Hudson St and 23rd Ave SW may reopen on the east side of Delridge Way SW as early as this week
*SW Willow St and SW Brandon St may close on the east side of Delridge Way SW as early as this week
*Vehicle-detection loop installation at SW Oregon St and Delridge Way SW rescheduled, to begin as early as December 7
*Pipework to resume at SW Juneau St as early as December 4
*Demolition on the west side of Delridge Way SW between SW Holly St and SW Willow St to begin as early as Monday.
*Electrical work happening in the sidewalk between SW Orchard St and 21st Ave SW. Pedestrians are encouraged to cross Delridge Way SW at SW Holden St or SW Orchard St.

The full preview of the work plan for the coming week is here.

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WEST SEATTLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Bright block https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/west-seattle-christmas-lights-bright-block/ https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/west-seattle-christmas-lights-bright-block/#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2020 04:08:17 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=993529

Our West Seattle Christmas lights spotlights continue, starting earlier than usual this year because we need a little extra brightening these days: Out looking for lights tonight, we noticed that well-decorated house at Walnut/Hinds [map]. What we also noticed after stopping for a photo – many neighbors on that block of Walnut, south of Hinds, have lots of lights up already too. So we’re adding it to the list in our West Seattle Holiday Guide – we welcome tips, with or without photos = westseattleblog@gmail.com – your own lights or someone else’s – thank you!

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WEST SEATTLE SKY SHOW: Sunset, moonrise, more https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/west-seattle-sky-show-sunset-moonrise-more/ https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/west-seattle-sky-show-sunset-moonrise-more/#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2020 02:32:14 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=993511 (Photo by Jamie Kinney)

A two-sided sky show at the end of this long holiday weekend – a deep pink sunset to the west, as the full moon rose in the east.

(Photo by Mike Jensen)

And to the south – Mount Rainier was sporting a.cap:

(Photo by Jerry Simmons)

(AKA, a lenticular cloud.) Looking to the northeast, a sunset reflection and the returning fog:

(Photo by Sergio Ramos)

And one more look at the full sunset colors:

(Photo by Tom Stoner)

Thanks to everyone for the photos!

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LAST CALL: Seattle Community Safety Survey closes tomorrow https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/last-call-seattle-community-safety-survey-closes-tomorrow/ https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/last-call-seattle-community-safety-survey-closes-tomorrow/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 00:07:02 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=993504 If you haven’t yet answered Seattle University‘s sixth annual Public Safety Survey – tomorrow’s the last day. As noted when we published this year’s announcement last month, the goal is to collect “qualitative and quantitative data about perceptions of crime and safety from those who live and/or work in Seattle.” (Here’s how local 2018 results were described in 2019, for example.) Seattle U does the survey independently of SPD, but provides the department with a report on the results, which are used to shape/update micro-community policing plans, among other things. The survey is available in 11 languages, linked here.

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UPDATE: Man shot while driving in Alki alley, suspect arrested https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/shooting-reported-in-alki-area/ https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/shooting-reported-in-alki-area/#comments Sun, 29 Nov 2020 20:44:17 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=993484 (WSB photo)

12:44 PM: Police and SFD are responding to 60th/Stevens [map] for a reported shooting. They’re searching for a suspect who’s described as (updated) a white man, 30s, brown hair, beard, green jacket, black (possibly camo) pants. The victim is reported to be a 42-year-old man. Updates to come.

12:53 PM: Police are still searching and will be joined by a K9. Sounds like they may know who they are looking. No word on the victim’s condition yet.

(WSB photo)

1 PM: The suspect is reported (via police radio) to be in custody. (added) Our crew just arrived in the area and verifies an arrest.

1:07 PM: The victim is being taken to Harborview Medical Center by SFD medic unit. (added) At the scene, we’re told he was transported in critical condition. (added) The suspect is reported to live nearby and police were checking his residence.

5:32 PM: More info from SPD:

Police were dispatched to the 6000 block of Stevens Street SW after multiple callers reported shots had been fired in the alley.

Officers arrived and found a man seriously wounded with multiple gunshot wounds. Witnesses said the suspect had left the scene on foot walking towards the beach. Additional officers flooded the area and found the suspect a few blocks away where he was taken into custody. Police found a 40 caliber handgun partially submerged in water at Alki Beach.

(SPD photo)

Detectives believe the suspect shot at the victim as the victim drove down the alley. The suspect then fled between some nearby apartment buildings, entered an apartment, struck a resident with the pistol, then fled toward the beach. Detectives are now interviewing the suspect and attempting to determine what led up to the shooting.

Reader Diana sent a photo of the aforementioned beach gun discovery:

Police say the victim was still in critical condition at last report.

6:48 PM: And we have a few more details from the Southwest Precinct incident summary filed by acting Sgt. Tammy Frame, forwarded by precinct commander Capt. Kevin Grossman, lauding the second-watch team for Really good work in saving a life, arresting the shooter, and locating evidence”: The victim was shot seven times and the first officer on the scene “administered life-saving first aid which included applying two tourniquets, one one on each of the victim’s arms.” The suspect allegedly tried to bury the gun in the sand at the beach. He and the victim are described by police as neighbors.

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Dreading dark December? Seattle Parks programs might help https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/dreading-dark-december-seattle-parks-programs-might-help/ https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/dreading-dark-december-seattle-parks-programs-might-help/#comments Sun, 29 Nov 2020 18:45:37 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=993475 The darkest month of the year is almost here, with the earliest sunsets and shortest days, and – this year – COVID-canceled festivities. But Seattle Parks & Recreation has a plan to brighten some of those days.

It’s out with a brochure for virtual programs in December – from a free “family fun night” to classes and workouts (here are a few examples). You can browse the brochure here. The registration portal is here.

The department also has view-any-time videos on YouTube – cooking, books, sports skills to name a few. (And if you’re looking for info on Parks facilities, the ongoing open-and-closed list is here.)

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WEST SEATTLE SUNDAY: November’s final weekend wraps up https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/west-seattle-sunday-novembers-final-weekend-wraps-up/ https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/west-seattle-sunday-novembers-final-weekend-wraps-up/#respond Sun, 29 Nov 2020 14:34:07 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=993471 (Saturday photo by Dan Ciske)

Full moon tonight, rising just before sunset, at 4:10 pm. But first – here’s what’s happening today in West Seattle and vicinity, online and in-person:

TODAY’S ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES: The list of more than 20.churches’ Sunday online services (with a few also offering in-person options), with updated links, is here.

FROM CHRISTMAS TREES TO CHRISTMAS LIGHTS … plus some all-weekend shopping deals … see it all in our Holiday Guide.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. Scroll down the page at this link to find the vendor list and map for this week. (Enter at California/Alaska; no pickups for online orders this week – the What’s Good system took the week off)

TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION: Last chance this season – 10 am-1:30 pm near the market’s entrance/exit, look for the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle, collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. (California/Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Open 11 am-4 pm – need a tool to fix or improve something? (4408 Delridge Way SW)

FREE TO-GO DINNER: White Center Community Dinner Church will serve to-go meals at 5 pm, outside, near the Bartell Drugs parking lot in White Center. (9600 15th Ave SW)

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CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 11/28 roundup, including our weekly West Seattle trend check https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/coronavirus-saturday-11-28-roundup-including-our-weekly-west-seattle-trend-check/ https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/coronavirus-saturday-11-28-roundup-including-our-weekly-west-seattle-trend-check/#comments Sun, 29 Nov 2020 06:05:40 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=993469 Nine months ago tonight, King County’s first COVID-19 case was announced. Now, we have news of hundreds more each night, including tonight:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard:

*43,384 people have tested positive, 481 more than yesterday’s total

*856 people have died, 3 more than yesterday’s total

*3,164 people have been hospitalized, 35 more than yesterday’s total

*626,095 people have been tested (the county continues to say this number was frozen 11/21, but it’s 451 more than yesterday)

One week ago, those totals were 38,012/835/2,931/615,038.

WEST SEATTLE TREND: Here’s our weekly check of this stat, with numbers shown in two-week increments via the “geography over time” tab on the daily-summary dashboard, combining the totals from the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas.” We need to note first that it’s not clear how – whether – the recent state results backlog is affecting this; the page days data is through 11/13, but still shows a sizable number for the past two weeks: 372 positive test results; 324 in the 2 weeks before that; 79 in the two weeks before that.


WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 62.2 million people have tested positive, and more than 1,451,000 people have died; U.S. deaths have passed 266,000. Most cases: U.S., India, Brazil, France, Russia (same as last week). See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.

WILL SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS STAY REMOTE ALL YEAR? The next school board discussion of how remote learning is going and what might be next this year is set for 4 pm Monday, online. Viewing info is part of the agenda.

DONATION DRIVE TOMORROW: Last chance to donate to the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle toy drive, which has been collecting at California/Alaska every Sunday, by the Farmers’ Market entrance, 10 am-1:30 pm. New, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots are appreciated.

GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? westseattleblog@gmail.com or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!

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WEST SEATTLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Holiday display with character(s) https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/west-seattle-christmas-lights-holiday-display-with-characters/ https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/west-seattle-christmas-lights-holiday-display-with-characters/#comments Sun, 29 Nov 2020 03:29:12 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=993432 (WSB photos)

It’s our second night of showcasing West Seattle Christmas lights this season. Thanks to the Baber Family for emailing to let us know their display is up and running in Admiral, west side of the 2700 block of 45th SW [vicinity map], just west of PCC:

They explain they “wanted to try and place some holiday spirit out for everyone! We have yard holiday decorations that are already in place through January 1st. Lights and a large amount of inflatable characters. Yard is on from 4:30 pm-11:00 pm daily. Please be careful and safe! If outside, six feet is required and must be wearing a mask.”

We noticed again tonight on the way to and from photographing this display, lots of lights are up already – if you want to recommend yours, or someone else’s, for our nightly feature and Holiday Guide (where we’re keeping a running list, or you can scroll through this archive), just email us – westseattleblog@gmail.com – photo(s) welcome but not required, as we’re planning to be out nightly with our camera.

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WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Saturday sunset, and sunshine’s return https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/west-seattle-weather-saturday-sunset-and-sunshines-return/ https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/west-seattle-weather-saturday-sunset-and-sunshines-return/#respond Sun, 29 Nov 2020 01:40:03 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=993449 (Photos above and below by Marc Milrod at Constellation Park)

5:40 PM: After a beautiful sunset, we’re expecting the sun to return tomorrow – and much of next week, according to the newest forecast.

Right now, Monday is the only day in the week ahead when rain is predicted.

(Photo by Chuck Jacobs at Hiawatha)

Unless it rains an inch on Monday, we’ll be finishing this month with below-average rainfall, according to the National Weather Service stats.

6:56 PM: As the sun was setting, the near-full moon was rising, and Jerry Simmons photographed it with an Alaska Airlines fly-by:

The official full-moon moment is 1:29 am Monday (after a 4:10 pm Sunday moonrise); this time, it’s the “Beaver Moon.”

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BIZNOTE: Small Business Saturday gets bigger https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/biznote-small-business-saturday-gets-bigger/ https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/biznote-small-business-saturday-gets-bigger/#respond Sat, 28 Nov 2020 22:44:41 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=993444 Our list of West Seattle independent small businesses offering online shopping – so you can keep it local without even leaving home – has grown today: The list in the Shopping Spotlights section near the top of our West Seattle Holiday Guide now has 40+ businesses, with direct links to their online shops. Also, we’ve received a few more individual businesses’ announcements and added those – among them, Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) and Mode Music & Performing Arts, where you can sign up for lessons, classes, and camps at a discount through 9 pm Sunday. (Need instruments for your lessons? WSB sponsors Thunder Road Guitars and The Bass Shop have a sale in the Holiday Guide too – and both offer online shopping.) We’ll keep beefing up info on local businesses as the season goes; got something to add/share? westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

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YOU CAN HELP: Bring pajamas & toys to West Seattle YMCA https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/happening-now-bring-pajamas-toys-to-west-seattle-ymca/ https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/happening-now-bring-pajamas-toys-to-west-seattle-ymca/#respond Sat, 28 Nov 2020 20:51:31 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=993433 (WSB photo: The Y crew @ donation drive)

Reminder that while we’ve talked a lot about shopping today, it’s also a day for giving – right now until 3 pm, the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) has a drive-up donation drive, accepting warm pajamas and unwrapped toys for local students. The Y’s at 36th/Snoqualmie. Here’s our preview with details.

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ORCAS: Whales’ Saturday visit https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/orcas-whales-saturday-visit/ https://westseattleblog.com/2020/11/orcas-whales-saturday-visit/#comments Sat, 28 Nov 2020 17:57:19 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=993420 9:57 AM: For the second day in a row, you have a chance to see orcas off West Seattle – Kersti Muul from Salish Wildlife Watch says whales are southbound, south of the Bainbridge-Seattle ferry lanes. Let us know if you see them!

10:32 AM: In addition to the updates in comments (thank you!), Donna Sandstrom from The Whale Trail called to say they’re between Blake and Vashon, visible through binoculars.

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