ELECTION 2021: City Council candidates in West Seattle on Monday

checkbox.jpgThe only West Seattle forum scheduled for the only two City Council seats on the general-election ballot is this Monday, and you’re invited to watch in person or online. The Westside Interfaith Network and the League of Women Voters Seattle-King County are presenting the forum for citywide Positions 8 and 9 on Monday night at Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Walmesley Center (35th/Myrtle). For Position 8, the candidates are incumbent Teresa Mosqueda (a West Seattle resident) and engineer Ken Wilson; for Position 9, there’s no incumbent because Lorena González is running instead for mayor; the candidates are brewery owner Sara Nelson and community organizer/artist/lawyer Nikkita Oliver. You can suggest topics to the organizers via this survey. If you’re going in person (masks required), doors open at 6:30 Monday; the forum (and livestream), moderated by West Seattle journalist Brian Callanan, starts at 7 pm.

HALLOWEEN: Nightfall Orphanage returns to Alki

We’re continuing to collect Halloween decorations/show info and will launch the annual WSB Halloween page tomorrow. First, news of a spooky show returning starting tonight:

The doorways of The Radiant Twilight have materialized, and the haunted echoes of Nightfall Orphanage return to West Seattle for the 2021 Halloween season.

Nightfall Orphanage is an Alki neighborhood Halloween garage haunt experience that is dedicated to aiding and promoting local and state charities that support the community and environment. Because scaring is caring!

For October 2021, Nightfall Orphanage Haunted House is accepting non-perishable food and monetary donations for West Seattle Food Bank, and raising funds for Washington’s National Park Fund. Admission is free.

Find out the haunted history & twisted lore of Nightfall (as well as dates, times and information) at NightfallOrphanage.com.

Open: (2130 Alki SW)

Saturday, October 16 (Soft Open)

October 22, 23, 29, 30 & 31st

7 pm – 10 pm
Rain or Shine

Covid-19 Information:
– All guests who are of eligible age MUST BE VACCINATED against Covid-19 for the safety of the community, other guests and Nightfall Staff
– Please do not attend if you are experiencing flu- or cold-like symptoms
– All guests MUST WEAR MASKS inside and directly outside the event
– Maintain social distancing, even outside the event
– Hand sanitizer stations have been provided for convenience
– All hanging set dressings, effects and doors have been removed from pathways

Check the website as dates and times are subject to change.
Sponsored by Easy Street Records and Nightfall Imaginarium

Got (or seen) Halloween decorations and/or events? westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

BIZNOTE: West Seattle Bowl’s Highstrike Grill to become Three 9 Lounge

(Texted photos)

Thanks for the tips/pics! What had been the Highstrike Grill at West Seattle Bowl since 2010 is getting a new identity – a “tiki bar” called the Three 9 Lounge (it’s on the corner of 39th and Oregon). Last summer, a reader noticed the space was closed for remodeling, and management told us they were planning a “new concept” but not ready to go public with it. Now, the sign’s up, and the plan is for an October 28th opening.

Before its decade-plus as Highstrike Grill, the space held the Terrace West Chinese Restaurant.

SURVEY: Got something to say about public safety?

If you have something to say about public safety beyond what the stats show, here’s your annual chance.

The announcement:

Seattle University is administering the 7th annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey, which is accessible at publicsafetysurvey.org from through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to help them better understand your neighborhood’s safety and security concerns. More information on the Seattle Public Safety Survey can be found here.

You can see past survey results here.


(Photo by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

The weekend has arrived! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s what’s happening!

TRANSPORTATION ALERTS: The West Seattle Water Taxi‘s modified 7-days-a-week schedule (no weekend shuttle buses) starts today … Washington State Ferries‘ downsized schedule (including 2 boats for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth) starts today … Road work: 16th/Austin, concrete road-panel replacement in the northbound lanes, 7 am-5 pm … Tree-trimming along southbound West Marginal Way near Puget Way, 7 am-3 pm … Duwamish Longhouse signal/crossing work, also on West Marginal Way, 6:30 am-4 pm … East Marginal Way between Spokane and Atlantic, replacement of missing delineator posts, 6 am-2 pm.

FUNDRAISER BAKE/BOOK SALE: 9 am-1 pm at 3711 42nd SW:

Fall is here and that means it’s the perfect time to stock up on some new reads to get you and your kiddos through the dark days to come. Scouts Akemi and Harper will be selling HUNDREDS of children’s books as well as their famous baked treats this Saturday 10/16 from 9 am-1 pm.

They are trying to raise funds to volunteer and learn about sea turtle conservation with Outward Bound in Costa Rica. They have almost hit their goal and have rallied to squeeze in one last bake (and book) sale before the end of the year. Saturday’s menu will feature fall favorites like pumpkin muffins, coffee cake, apple cider donut muffins, apple-butter snickerdoodles, warm cider, hot coffee, and more! We hope to see you there! Thank you WS!

Cash and Venmo accepted.

FLU SHOTS: 10 am-4 pm at Madison Middle School (3429 45th SW), all welcome. Registration information is in our preview.

WEST SEATTLE SKI SWAP: Get ready for winter at this big annual sale, 10 am-5 pm at VFW Post 2713 (3602 SW Alaska).

ART/HISTORY/PHOTO EXHIBITS: “Spirit Returns 2.0: A Duwamish and Settler Story” continues at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center (4705 W. Marginal Way SW, 10 am-5 pm) and the Log House Museum (3003 61st SW, noon-4 pm) and for two companion Tom Reese photo exhibits at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW, noon-4 pm).

AT C & P COFFEE, MORNING: Live music with Marco de Carvalho, Hans Teuber, and Jeff Busch, 10:30 am-noon, outdoors. (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor)

FREE WRITERS’ GROUP: 10:30 am, in-person in West Seattle – for location and information, go here.

REMEMBERING ADAH CRUZEN: The West Seattle philanthropist’s memorial starts at 11 am at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW) and will continue across the street at The Hall at Fauntleroy.

LIVE GLASS-BLOWING DEMO & ART-GLASS PUMPKIN PATCH: Two reasons to visit Avalon Glassworks (2914 SW Avalon Way), 11 am-4 pm.

AT C & P COFFEE, AFTERNOON: More live music qt the coffeehouse with Fairground, 3 pm-5 pm, outdoors.

From the musicians: “Fairground is a local West Seattle band playing original Americana, Soul, Folk Rock and Country music that will have you tapping your feet and leave you smiling.” (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor)

‘RETURN THE LAND’ AUCTION/FUNDRAISER: 4-9 pm at The Heron’s Nest (here’s our report about the project), an outdoor (and livestreamed) event to raise money to buy the land and repatriate it to the Duwamish Tribe. (4818 Puget Way)

OPEN MIC: At The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), starting at 6 pm.

TRIPLE BILL AT THE SKYLARK: 7 pm doors, 8 pm music – triple bill at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), with The Lion & The Sloth, Rather Ordinary Dudes, City of Industry. $10 cover.

LIVE MUSIC AT THE BEACH: 8 pm at J&J Public House (2808 Alki SW), live music led by Grammy winner Andrew Gouché. $10 cover.

LIVE MUSIC AT DRUNKY’S: 8 pm tonight, it’s Besty Olson Band at Drunky Two Shoes’ BBQ (98th/16th in White Center) with Moon Palace and guests. $10 cover.

WEST SEATTLE DRAG SHOW: 9 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), it’s Dolly Madison and The DJ.

Something today/tonight we’re missing? Text us – 206-293-6302 – and if you have a listing for something further into the future, email westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

FOOTBALL: West Seattle High School’s one-point loss to Ingraham

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

Continuing our coverage of home football games at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic ComplexWest Seattle High School lost a close one Friday night, 11-10, to Ingraham. The game was relatively tepid – and scoreless – until late in the first half, when the Rams got a field goal. Not long thereafter, a fit over a call led Ingraham’s head coach to get ejected. Then the Wildcats got a field goal with :20 to halftime. It was a busy night for #20, sophomore kicker Kalei Scott:

So it was a 3-3 tie at halftime. The WSHS Band put on an impressive show during the break:

Back to the football: The third quarter, like the first quarter, was scoreless. Then things got lively in the final minutes of the game. #6, senior Jaxton Helmstetler, scored the first touchdown at 3:29:

Two minutes later, an Ingraham TD was followed by a 2-point conversion, giving the Rams the edge, 11-10. In the final half-minute, West Seattle got close but couldn’t get the ball in, so they tried a field goal and missed. Their chances, and the clock, ran out, and the Wildcats got the loss. Next Friday at 7:45 pm, they’re scheduled to face Roosevelt at Memorial Stadium downtown.

‘We are almost there’: As repair work nears, West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force gets updates

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Repair work to reopen the 19-months-closed West Seattle Bridge is now just weeks from starting.

That’s part of what the bridge’s Community Task Force heard during its monthly meeting, held online Thursday evening. Here’s how it unfolded:

BRIDGE-TOUR THOUGHTS: Since the advisory group’s last meeting, members had been invited to tour the bridge – in visits similar to the media tour we covered last month – and CTF co-chair Paulina López of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition invited members to offer their thoughts.

(SDOT photos)

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VACCINATION: Four pop-up clinics ahead – two for COVID, two for flu

Quick reminder of four opportunities to get vaccinated in the next four days – two for COVID, two for flu:

COVID VACCINATIONS AT OLG: As previously reported, Our Lady of Guadalupe is hosting a clinic on Sunday, 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Our story includes the link for making an appointment. Pfizer and Moderna available, first, second, and (Pfizer) boosters.

COVID VACCINATION IN SOUTH PARK: No appointment needed at the South Park Senior Center (8201 10th Ave. S.) 9 am-1 pm Tuesday (October 19th), where all three vaccines are available, including Pfizer boosters. (Here’s the flyer.)

FLU SHOTS THIS WEEKEND: All community members are welcome at the flu-shot clinics 10 am-4 pm Saturday at Madison Middle School (3429 45th SW) and 10 am-4 pm Sunday at Chief Sealth International High School (2600 SW Thistle). Details and the registration link are in our original report.

HALLOWEEN: Alki Beach joining the business-district trick-or-treat list

New this Halloween: Alki Beach businesses are launching a trick-or-treat event!

Outer Space Seattle proprietor Caitlin Huertas says it’s happening 10 am-noon the day before Halloween – Saturday, October 30th. Her business is one of at least six that will be participate – they’ve set up a website with the map of who’s in so far.

BUS CUTS: Seattle Public Schools will suspend 142 routes starting Monday

(WSB file photo)

Seattle Public Schools has had transportation trouble since the start of the year. Now school-bus service is about to be slashed. The district announced today that 142 bus routes around the city – almost a quarter of its 600 routes – will be suspended as of Monday. The district says that on top of the ongoing driver shortage that its bus provider First Student has been experiencing, “More driver shortages are expected on October 18 when Washington state law requires all school district employees – including third-party contractors – to be vaccinated against COVID-19.” Here are the only students the district guarantees will continue to get transportation:

*Students receiving special education services whose IEPs specify transportation as a related service.

*McKinney Vento (families experiencing homelessness) and foster students.

*Students with a 504 plan that includes transportation services.

*Schools that serve large numbers or high proportions of historically underserved students.

*Schools at interim sites.

(That last point would include West Seattle Elementary, whose students are at the former Schmitz Park Elementary this year while an addition is built at WSES.) The district so far has not released a list of which specific routes are affected but says more than 6,700 students will be affected, and that families of students who use bus services will get an email before day’s end with information on their student’s route status. (Thanks for the tip on this!)

Not just rebuilding, but re-envisioning: Highland Park Improvement Club opens door to post-fire possibilities

(HPIC photos unless otherwise credited)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Three and a half months after the heartbreaking early-morning fire that heavily damaged the century-old Highland Park Improvement Club building, it’s time to start shaping the site’s future.

HPIC’s all-volunteer board took a big step down that path by leading an online community “town hall” Wednesday night. Now that they’ve maneuvered through some of the most arduous immediate tasks such as dealing with insurance, it’s clear that they can do more than simply rebuild all or part of the historic building at 12th/Holden: They could re-envision the site’s future by answering the question “What does the community need this building for?”

The June 25th fire came toward the end of major renovations – we reported on the project just a month before the fire – but as trustee Kay Kirkpatrick showed in an HPIC-history presentation during the Wednesday night meeting, HPIC was building on what it inherited. The building itself dates to 1924, five years after the club started; its evolution over the years has included additions, changes, even alterations to expand its dance-floor space in post-war years.

Kirkpatrick’s presentation also shone a spotlight on other evolving needs and priorities over the years – first showing the community work parties to pave the parking lot in the 1970s …

… and then the “de-paving” that created the front patio and stormwater features in the 2010s:

Even without structural/site alteration, HPIC’s mission has pivoted over the years – most recently, as a community mutual-aid center in the first year of the pandemic, when it became a center for getting food to families in need, especially during the early months when Seattle Public Schools campuses were closed and the district hadn’t figured out how to resume meal distribution for students.

Along with revisiting the club’s history, the meeting, led by HPIC board president Nicole Mazza, also recapped what’s known about the fire – more about where it started than how or why it started:

And that brought the discussion to where HPIC stands in working with its insurer – which has determined that up to $750,000 would be available for rebuilding, treasurer Shannon Harris said.

The questions they’re asking include: What does the next building look like? Do they save part of the building or rebuild it from the ground up? The dilemma presents what was termed “an opportunity to build with intention and create a unified vision for the neighborhood.” To fulfill that, the question that must be answered: “What does the community need this building for?”

The board will not answer that question alone. They’re inviting community members to be part of the process in the months ahead, leading to a final design for the project by spring. when they can seek permits and hire a contractor.

But this is about more than a building. It’s about people. Even in the post-fire months, HPIC has worked to keep serving the community.

They’ve repurposed city grant money – with the city’s permission – to obtain what’s needed for outdoor events, including portable restrooms and storage. That helped them go ahead with some events such as the three summertime Giant Garage Sales.

(WSB photo, August)

The more people involved, the more creative and innovative the ideas will be, the more they can do. So, Mazza explained, HPIC is also using this time to “revisit the board structure.” They want to be sure it’s “diverse and sustainable.” Years ago, 501 Commons helped them move from a membership organization to a charitable organization, so they’ll help now with the board reinvention.

Getting involved with the board’s future is one way community members can help with “HPIC 2.0.” Other ways: Join in the upcoming discussions. Donate to the rebuilding fund. Become a club member – increasing revenue from dues would help HPIC stabilize their operational funding (especially until they can regularly host events, which along with rentals were a major source of money pre-fire). Members get to join in club decisions. And – volunteer! Email hpic1919@gmail.com to find out what you can do, offer an idea, or ask a question.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Car taken by tow truck (update: found)

12:38 PM: The report and photo are from Juan:

I had my car stolen yesterday, 10/14, from the parking lot of the Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex at 2600 SW Thistle St (across the street from Chief Sealth HS) around 5:15 pm. The car is a black 2008 Cadillac CTS, Washington license # AHN6141.

The car had been parked in the parking lot next to the temporary COVID testing center for less than 30 minutes before it was stolen. According to a witness, the car was towed away by a white tow truck by an older white male. The car was parked legally and there are no private tow signs in the lot.

Calls to the local tow services (that I could find) had no information on the vehicle being transported or impounded, so I have reported the car stolen to the police.

If you see Juan’s car, call 911.

1:47 PM: Juan says his car was found. It had been “mistakenly towed.” (added) We asked Juan how that happened: “They were supposed to tow another car with the same make and model that was in the lot. The person who had the car towed to their house called me and let me know they had my car.”

Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club’s Dog Days return

(2017 photo by Jamie Kinney)

A post-summer tradition is back – before draining and cleaning its pool for the off-season, Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club is opening it to dogs. Here’s the announcement we just received from a club member:

Monday 10/18 through Friday 10/22, 4:30-6 pm
Saturday 10/23, 11 am-1 pm

Per day per dog $5, or $20 per dog for a full week pass – CASH ONLY

Dogs only in the pool – no people
No lifeguard on duty
Owners must remain at the club and in control of their dogs
Dogs must be healthy, up to date on shots, and well socialized to people and other dogs
Come prepared to pick up your dog’s poop!

The club is at 11003 31st SW.

7 for your West Seattle Friday

(Photo by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

Here’s what’s happening in the hours ahead:

CITY COUNCIL BUDGET REVIEW: The second round of department-by-department budget reviews is under way. Today’s sessions (one that started at 9:30 am, and another starting at 2 pm) include SDOT and SPD; the agenda, with slide decks, is here; watch here.

LIVE GLASS BLOWING & ‘PUMPKIN PATCH’: Visit Avalon Glassworks (2914 SW Avalon Way) 11 am-4 pm to see live glassblowing and browse the art-glass pumpkin patch.

REMEMBERING FRANCES SMERSH: The artist and co-founder of Click! Design That Fits will be celebrated at The Hall at Fauntleroy at 3 pm, following her 11 am funeral at St. Joseph on Capitol Hill – details here.

WEST SEATTLE SKI SWAP DROPOFF: 3-7 pm, registered sellers for this weekend’s West Seattle Ski Swap can drop off their items at the VFW Hall (3602 SW Alaska).

HIGH-SCHOOL SPORTS: Soccer: 4 pm, West Seattle High School girls’ varsity hosts Football hosts Camas at Walt Hundley Playfield (34th/Myrtle): 7 pm, West Seattle High School plays Ingraham at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle); Chief Sealth International High School is on the road, 7 pm at Nathan Hale. Tonight’s game at West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW) is Garfield vs. Seattle Prep.

LIVE MUSIC IN NORTH DELRIDGE: At The Skylark, Dragontail Peak headlines a triple bill, 7 pm doors, 8 pm show, $10 cover.

LIVE MUSIC AT THE BEACH: 8 pm at J&J Public House (2808 Alki SW), live music led by Grammy winner Andrew Gouché. $10 cover.

IN THE DOG HOUSE: Student-made shelter for your pup, for sale

We often announce school-related fundraisers, but this one is the first of its kind – student-crafted dog houses for sale! The photos are from Chief Sealth International High School career/technical education teacher Mario Martinez, who sent photos of some of the dog houses made by woodshop students.

The teacher explains, “The prices range from $75 to $150. The money raised is used to buy more materials for the woodshop.” If you’re interested, email mmmartinez@seattleschools.org.

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, ROAD WORK, WEATHER: Friday notes & weekend alerts

6:03 AM: Good morning!


Cloudy again – with a high around 60.


26th SW – Now closed southbound between Roxbury and Barton for street upgrades to prepare for RapidRide H Line.


Multiple advisories from SDOT:

-We’ll be working on replacing concrete panels in the intersection of 16th Ave SW and SW Austin St in the northbound direction. This work is anticipated to begin on Saturday between 7 AM and conclude as early as 5 PM. The lanes will remain closed on Sunday as the concrete cures. The area will be reopened before the Monday morning commute.

-On Saturday as early as 6 AM, we will also be installing missing delineator posts on East Marginal Way SW between S Spokane St and S Atlantic St. The work is anticipated to last until 2 PM.

-On West Marginal Way SW in the vicinity of Puget Way SW, Urban Forestry crews will be working in the area tree trimming and brush cutting as early as 7 AM to 3 PM on both Saturday and Sunday. There will be traffic impacts on the southbound travel lane.

-This weekend, we’ll continue working on the new pedestrian signal at the Duwamish Longhouse as part of the West Marginal Way SW Improvements project. We’ll begin work as soon as 6:30 AM and finish as early as 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday. This work is anticipated to have periodic lane closures on West Marginal Way in both directions throughout the weekend.


Regular Metro schedule, except for the rerouting in RapidRide H Line work zones – on 26th and 15th SW in particular. Lots of canceled trips lately, so watch @kcmetrobus for word of those.

For ferries and Water Taxi: Both change schedules starting Saturday – here’s the Water Taxi info; here’s the ferry info.


570th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here are views of other bridges and routes:

Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras remain in use; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends; the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Access applications are available here for some categories of drivers.)

West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:

Highland Park Way/Holden:

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

The 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):

For the South Park Bridge (map), here’s the nearest camera:

Are movable bridges opening for boats or barges? The @SDOTBridges Twitter feed is working again. (1st Ave. South Bridge openings are also tweeted on @wsdot_traffic.)

See all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also on this WSB page.

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

WEST SEATTLE LOW BRIDGE: Camera dodgers busted

Our full report on tonight’s West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force meeting will be out tomorrow, but first, here’s the most interesting thing we heard: Police “recently” busted dozens of drivers for trying to evade the low-bridge enforcement cameras by removing or obscuring their license plates. During SDOT‘s briefing for the CTF, one slide revealed these datapoints about the operation:

• Heard from community and observed unauthorized drivers crossing the low bridge with missing or obstructed plates during restricted hours

• Recent 3-day enforcement resulted in 47 license plate citations given, with a $231 fine

• SPD is periodically at the low bridge to enforce and reduce this type of illegal action and ensure adequate room on the low bridge for transit, freight, emergency vehicles, and authorized users

Bridge program director Heather Marx said those “three days” were more like a.handful of hours spread across three days. She called the violations “outrageous. … This is wrong and if you know (someone) who is doing this, tell them THIS IS WRONG.” Task Force co-chair Greg Nickels suggested making photos of the plates-not-visible violators public. Marx said that wouldn’t be legal, under the state law that authorized the enforcement cameras. State House Rep. Eileen Cody noted that she recalled that legislators were concerned about privacy when considering that legislation. Another elected official on the CTF, City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, suggested the city should ask the court not to let drivers argue down the fine for these violations – “they are intentionally doing a thing to obscure themselves from enforcement of the law and I don’t think the magistrate should be reducing the tickets for those folks.” We’ll be following up to see if more information is available about how many vehicles have been tallied with missing or unreadable plates.

HALLOWEEN: Still building the West Seattle decoration list!

That’s just part of the setup at a home in Gatewood – they’re among the West Seattleites who have answered our call for Halloween decoration locations. With 2 1/2 weeks to go until the spookiest night of the year, we’re ready to build our annual Halloween page, so we wanted to make the request again: If you have, or know of, a memorable display, let us know about it at westseattleblog@gmail.com – photo appreciated but not required, and please mention whether it’s best viewed by day or night (or both!). P.S. At the house above (3714 SW Austin), you’ll actually find a show Friday and Saturday nights through Halloween (which is on Sunday this year), 7-9 pm (“if it’s not raining”).

From the ‘in case you wondered too’ file: Production crew at West Seattle Stadium

For the second time this week, there’s a video/film crew shooting something off 35th SW in West Seattle. This crew is even bigger than the one that was at the Lucky 5 on Tuesday. But this crew had something in common with that one – they said it was a commercial video/photo shoot, but weren’t allowed to disclose the client. We couldn’t get further than the parking lot – but Dan sent this photo from earlier in the afternoon:

That was a smoke machine, Dan explained, adding, “They had what looked to be actor/football player doing exercises. Plus earlier a group of players in training uniforms doing group exercises.” We caught a glimpse of people in marching-band-type uniforms. Otherwise – a mystery so far.

Scenes from the first West Seattle Art Walk of fall

6:16 PM: Happening now from Alki to Arbor Heights – the October edition of West Seattle Art Walk!

Among the artists you can meet tonight: Painter Carla Dreams is at one of the brand-new WS Art Walk venues, the dental office of Dr. Michael Korn DDS (4401 California SW; WSB sponsor) in The Junction, until 8 pm.

At Fogue Gallery (4130 California SW; WSB sponsor), with a new group show, we found artist (and WSAW coordinator) Reeve Washburn:

We’re hoping to make at least one more stop. See who else is participating tonight – both businesses with art, and food/drink venues with specials – by going here. And don’t miss The Art of Music, at two venues, until 7:40 pm!

7:44 PM: We visited Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW; WSB sponsor) where singer-songwriter Larry Murante was performing as part of The Art of Music:

Set your calendar for next month’s Art Walk – November 11th!

WEST SEATTLE WATER TAXI: Here’s what will change in extended season

Tomorrow was originally set as the end of spring/summer all-day, 7-day service for the West Seattle Water Taxi. Then, by community request, SDOT and King County Metro worked out a plan to keep it going through this winter since the West Seattle Bridge is still closed. There are a few changes to note, though, Water Taxi spokesperson Al Sanders tells WSB:

The extended Water Taxi service, with seven day a week service (M-F: 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.—Sat-Sun 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.), starts Saturday, October 16, with funding from the Seattle Department of Transportation. A reminder to bike riders – the vessels are now equipped with racks that can handle up to 26 “fat tire” and electric bikes.

(King County Metro photo)

Starting on Saturday, shuttle service to the Seacrest Dock (773/775) will be available only during peak-commuter hours Mon-Fri. (6:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m./3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)

Metro plans to keep the regular full-size vessel M/V Doc Maynard on the route through fall and winter.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Hit-and-run; catalytic-converter theft

Two car crimes in West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:

HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER SOUGHT: From Patrick in The Junction:

Our Dodge Charger was totaled by a hit-run vehicle at 12:04 am on Oct 12th on SW Oregon between 42nd SW and California SW.

The vehicle slammed into the driver-side rear bumper, riding up onto the vehicle with the Jeep at an approx. 25-degree angle before backing off our vehicle and sideswiping it before leaving the area quickly, turning south on 42nd SW and finding our rear quarter panel at the intersection of 42nd SW and SW Edmunds.

We have obtained video of the crash but cannot make out the license #. This is now the second hit and run we’ve had to suffer in less than a year; my GF and I are pissed. We want desperately to find this driver and or vehicle responsible and ask if you can possibly put this out there for folks to keep an eye out.

If you have any information, the SPD incident # is 21-270330.


Our catalytic converter was stolen on 10/12/2021 at 7:46 am. It was captured by camera, see attached photo.

There was one driver, and a passenger who got out and quickly stole the converter. This happened in Fauntleroy just south of Lincoln Park. A police report was filed.

The SPD incident # IS 21-918668.

WEST SEATTLE BOOKS: Whale Trail founder tells Springer’s story in ‘Orca Rescue!’

The West Seattleite who founded The Whale Trail, Donna Sandstrom, has just published a book for young readers telling the story of the event that immersed her in orca activism, the rescue of Springer the wayward whale. You’re invited to a launch event in West Seattle this Sunday. Here’s the announcement:

Whale Trail founder and local author Donna Sandstrom’s book “Orca Rescue! The True Story of an Orphaned Orca Named Springer was published this month by Kids Can Press.

The middle grade nonfiction book tells the riveting story of how a young orca was discovered in Puget Sound – lost, alone and 300 miles away from home. Six months later, the 2-year-old orca was rescued, rehabilitated, and returned to her family on the north end of Vancouver Island.

It’s the first and so far only successful orca reunion in history. Almost twenty years later, Springer is thriving, tending her two calves. And on the day the book was published, Oceanwise announced that she is expecting again!

The story is told as it happened, from Donna’s perspective as a community organizer on the project. Many of the events described in the book happened here, including Springer’s initial discovery by researcher Mark Sears, and a pivotal town meeting at The Hall at Fauntleroy.

The book is beautifully illustrated. Fact spreads are interspersed with the narrative, and learning resources include maps, matrilines,and a glossary. The book recently received a starred review in Kirkus Review, and is a selected pick by the Junior Library Guild.

Join Donna and other team members to celebrate the book’s publication, and Springer’s continued success. Books will be available to purchase on site from Paper Boat Booksellers. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Please bring proof of vaccination and wear a mask. We look forward to celebrating with you!

What: “Orca Rescue! The True Story of an Orphaned Orca Named Springer” Book launch and signing featuring members of Springer’s team
When: Sunday October 17, 3 to 5 PM.
Where: C&P Coffee, 5612 California Ave SW
Cost: Free!

Event will be held outside, weather permitting.