MISSING TEEN: Update – found

8:30 PM: We’ve confirmed with our original contact that the missing boy has been found safe.


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West Seattle cameo in video of newly released Chris Cornell song

Thanks to the reader who messaged us to note that there’s a brief – though altered – West Seattle scene in the video of the newly released song “When Bad Does Good,” by the late Chris Cornell, a former WS resident. The song is part of a new career-retrospective collection including his solo and group work. The video stars his 12-year-old son Christopher as a bicycle-riding newspaper-delivery boy; the Admiral Theater, with an altered marquee, appears 2:18 into the video. Christopher Cornell Jr. is quoted by Consequence of Sound as explaining:

For me, this video represents my dad and all the art he created throughout his life and what his music meant then and what it means now, not just to me and my family but the city of Seattle and all of his fans.

It’s been a year and a half since Chris Cornell died at age 52.

P.S. Our tipster says the words shown on the altered Admiral marquee are from the Soundgarden song “Fell on Black Days.”

‘Light Up the Night’ brings back West Seattle’s highest-elevation Christmas tree

(WSB photo from 2013, the last year the tree was lit)

The city’s highest-elevation Christmas tree is making a comeback this season. Our Lady of Guadalupe is bringing back its tree of lights, after 5 years of a tree-less “Light Up the Night.” Here’s the announcement:

Hundreds will gather on November 30th outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and School in West Seattle for an experience like no other: the lighting of the “tallest” Christmas tree in the Emerald City. With its base at roughly 500 feet above sea level, in Seattle’s aptly named High Point neighborhood, the “OLG Tree” makes a triumphant return for the 2018 holiday season in a fun, family centered “Light Up the Night” celebration. All are welcome to “Light Up the Night,” at the corner of 35th Avenue SW and SW Myrtle Street, at 7 p.m. on November 30, 2018.

For the past decade, OLG has hosted a “Light Up the Night” gathering, complete with Christmas carols; cocoa, coffee and snacks provided by the Knights of Columbus; and plenty of holiday cheer. This year, more than 9,000 lights will adorn the evergreen tree (visible from the West Seattle Bridge!) just outside the entrance to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, rekindling a holiday tradition for the ages.

“We’re glad to bring the tree lighting back once again to West Seattle,” said Daren Monroe, Athletic Director of OLG’s Catholic Youth Organization sports program, who has helped organize the event. “We’re making sure this tradition of lighting Seattle’s ‘tallest’ tree continues now and into the future. Everyone is welcome to join us!”

In addition to the lighting of the tree, carols, and holiday snacks, “Light Up the Night” asks for your help in “filling the sleigh” for those less fortunate in our community. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted at Walmesley Center gymnasium.

Learn more (here).

HOLIDAY GIVING: Food-donation drives today and tonight

1:03 PM: We stopped by the Junction True Value Holiday Open House to check in with the West Seattle Food Bank, which is accepting food donations – including turkeys – and money to help pay for some it’s already bought. That’s Heather from the WSFB in our photo.

If you can’t get there (4747 44th SW) by 2 pm, you can also bring nonperishable food to the 20th annual Beer Church Turkey Bowl tonight, 5:30-8 pm at West Seattle Bowl (39th/Oregon) – you don’t have to be a bowler to stop by and not only donate, but also to try the newly released benefit Beer Church IPA, get a ticket for the fundraising raffle. Watch our West Seattle Holiday Guide for other seasonal donation drives!

3:14 PM: Jan Roberts, vice president of the Food Bank board, shared more photos from the True Value open house. Below, third-generation store owner Bruce Davis:

And here’s adorable food-drive donor Sunny:

As noted in our preview – you can also support the WSFB financially by donating online.

HAPPENING NOW: Early local holiday shopping at West Seattle arts/crafts fairs, bazaars

11:11 AM: We’re stopping at several of the events on today’s very busy West Seattle Saturday list – starting with the Arts and Crafts Fair at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor).

This one got going early and runs until 2 pm. More stops to come.

11:56 AM: The craft-fair bazaar at Arrowhead Gardens is one of the biggest we’ve seen! Multiple rooms in the community building full of creations, like these night lights in bottles:

Lots of hand-knit items to keep you warm; preserves too.

This one is on until 3 pm, 9200 2nd SW.

1:17 PM: Also in the south end until 3 pm, the White Center Library Guild has its bazaar and book sale at the library today – some handmade items:

And some rummage sale-y items too:

The library is at 1409 SW 107th.

UPDATE: Eastridge Church’s 2018 turkey giveaway

10:40 AM: Big turnout this morning for Eastridge Church‘s annual turkey giveaway. If you or someone you know could use a turkey and bag of groceries, get there fast because as of our stop a short time ago, they were down to 150 remaining. Between the West Seattle and Issaquah campuses of Eastridge, they were providing 1,500.

The church is at 39th and Oregon on the east side of The Junction.

12:20 PM: Eastridge tells us the turkeys have now all been given out.

So many options for your West Seattle Saturday!

First, a traffic reminder:

SOUTHBOUND HIGHWAY 99 CLOSED: Between the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge, SB 99 is closed for more pre-tunnel-transition work and scheduled to remain closed until early Monday; we’ll publish an update if it reopens early.

Now, what’s happening – first, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:

ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR: You’re invited to shop the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 8 am-2 pm. (5612 California SW)

EASTRIDGE CHURCH TURKEY AND GROCERIES GIVEAWAY: 9 am, hundreds of turkeys and bags of groceries are offered to all, while supplies last. Info here. (39th/Oregon)

BAZAAR & BAKE SALE AT THE MOUNT: Second and final day of the Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale at Providence Mount St. Vincent, 9 am-4 pm. By the front entrance. (4831 35th SW)

BAZAAR AT THE MASONIC CENTER: More shopping at the Alki Masonic Center Holiday Bazaar, sponsored by Alki Court 21, Order of the Amaranth, 9 am-4 pm. (4736 40h SW)

THANKSGIVING TURKEY DONATIONS: Two ways to give to West Seattle Food Bank today, either turkey or money the WSFB can use to buy turkeys:

10 am – 2 pm, you can donate turkeys or $15 toward a turkey at the Junction True Value Open House in the Alaska Junction at Edmunds & 44th, or at the West Seattle Food Bank at the corner of 35th & Morgan (garage entrance on Morgan next to the bus stop).

BAZAAR AT A LIBRARY: White Center Library Guild Holiday Bazaar & Book Sale, 10 am to 3 pm at the library. (1409 SW 107th)

BAZAAR AT A CHURCH: Peace Lutheran Church Holiday Bazaar: “Arts and crafts, silent auction with themed baskets, fair trade/global gifts, bake sale, gifts for everyone! 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today (continuing Sunday). Free children’s crafts/activities and hot lunch available for purchase today.” (SW Thistle and 39th Ave SW)

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: At Arrowhead Gardens, 10 am-3 pm. Two dozen vendors; everything handcrafted. (9220 2nd SW)

OPEN HOUSE AT TRUE VALUE: Junction True Value Holiday Open House. Be sure to bring nonperishable food for the West Seattle Food Bank, 10 am-2 pm – or turkeys as mentioned above! (4747 44th SW)

OPEN HOUSE AT NW ART AND FRAME:, 10 am-5:30 pm, “live artist demos, open house specials, lots of free drawings throughout the day, product demonstrations, all the latest in holiday decorations, FREE samples and of course … FREE treats & goodies! Products that are being demonstrated will be 20% during their demos.” (4733 California SW)

FOOD DRIVE AT 20TH ANNUAL BEER CHURCH TURKEY BOWL: No bowling lanes left but come down tonight and cheer for the participants, have a newly released Beer Church IPA, bring nonperishable food for the WS Food Bank. 5:30-8 pm at West Seattle Bowl. (39th/Oregon)

And now, from our year-round West Seattle Event Calendar (and inbox):

EXPLORER WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-11:30 am, prospective students and their families are invited to visit Explorer West (WSB sponsor) – details here. (10015 28th SW)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE YOUTH FORUM: 10 am-1 pm event led by the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps at South Park Community Centerdetails here. Free trees, too. (8319 10th Ave. S.)

LONGFELLOW CREEK FLOOD REDUCTION & TRAIL CONNECTION PROJECT: 12:30-3:30 pm, drop-in session to see design concepts for the project (background info’s here). Live, work, study near here? Go see for yourself and tell the project team what you think. Look for the tent. (24th SW near SW Graham)

‘SEATTLE NOW & THEN’ TALK: At the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse, a 2 p.m. illustrated talk by Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard about their new book “Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred.”

Clay Eals – who edited the book and is shown above with its creators in a WSB photo from September – adds:

The presentation will conclude with the updated “Now and Then” columns (from the book) that feature Princess Angeline and Chief Seattle (then) and Mary Lou Slaughter and Ken Workman (now). The talk is free, and books will be available for purchase and personal inscription.

(4705 W. Marginal Way)

ITALIAN DINNER FUNDRAISER: Dinner, dessert, dancing to raise money for CYO sports at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 6 pm – ticket info’s in our calendar listing. (35th/Myrtle)

ONE MILLION TAMPONS PYNK PARTY: 6-9 pm at South Park Hall, details and tickets here! (1253 S. Cloverdale)

ROO AND THE FEW: Live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

AT KENYON HALL: 7:30 pm, “beloved classical pianists Joyce Gibb and Mike Carroll present an evening of classics by Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla, and Chopin.” More info in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

‘JANE EYRE’: Third night for the new musical at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), 7:30 pm. Tickets are available online – go here. (4711 California SW)

THE TIKIGRAPHS: 8 pm at Parliament Tavern, “music inspired by the tiki pop culture phenomenon of the 1950s and 1960s.” $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

MORE, YES, MORE! See everything by browsing our Holiday Guide and year-round Event Calendar.

VIDEO: West Seattle High School celebration as Abdullahi Mohamed signs letter of intent

A celebration at West Seattle High School tonight as another of its senior basketball stars signed a letter of intent for college – Abdullahi Mohamed is going to Eastern Washington University. Teammates and other schoolmates watched and applauded the brief ceremony, as did the player’s family.

Abdullahi thanked everyone for their support:

His mom Burhan Farah also expressed gratitude, and pride:

Abdullahi and his teammates, with head coach Keffrey Fazio (below left with Abdullahi and his mom), will hit the court next weekend in a preseason jamboree at Chief Sealth International High School.

The Wildcats’ first home game is Saturday, November 30th, vs. Ballard.

Season begins for West Seattle’s most Christmas-y family, the Menashes

Platters by Husky Deli were among the attractions as Menashe and Sons Jewelers (WSB sponsor) hosted its open-house Holiday Party tonight in The Junction. We stopped in to talk with proprietor Jack Menashe about his family’s other famous enterprise – their Christmas lights on Beach Drive.

The ABC show The Great Christmas Light Fight came to the Menashes’ home on opening night last season to film for this fall. Jack Menashe says they’ll be featured on the show’s first 2018 night Monday, November 26th (the second hour, 9 pm, as confirmed by the online schedule). As for this year’s display – work will start after Thanksgiving, and the Menashes expect to illuminate West Seattle’s brightest display starting on Friday, November 30th. Meantime, other family sightings at tonight’s party in the shop included Josh Menashe and wife Michele, and Linda Menashe:

Other Junction businesses are also having open houses as the season continues – tomorrow and beyond; see the list in our West Seattle Holiday Guide, and please let us know if you’re planning one and haven’t sent info yet!

From the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide: Big bazaar weekend ahead!

One-of-a-kind holiday decorations are part of what you’ll find at the Providence Mount St. Vincent Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale, which started today and continues tomorrow, kicking off a big weekend of bazaars and craft fairs in West Seattle.

Our West Seattle Holiday Guide has the full list, from the C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor) Arts and Crafts Fair starting at 8 am Saturday and continuing through the Ethical Trade Sale at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday. (Some business open houses tomorrow, too, and you’ll find them in the guide as well; if you haven’t sent us your holiday event info yet, westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!)

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle High School’s Kelsey Lenzie, Grace Sarver sign letters of intent

Two members of the West Seattle High School girls’ basketball team that took third place at this year’s state championships have signed letters of intent.

Kelsey Lenzie (above) plans to attend the University of Portland; Grace Sarver (below), Washington State University.

The photos are courtesy of Tami Lenzie, who says Kelsey and Grace have played basketball together since they were 6 years old! Both are seniors, so they have one more season together – starting two weeks from tonight.

Looking for health insurance? New WSB sponsor Financial Designs can help

Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, Financial Designs, at 2723 California Ave SW.

Financial Designs owner Carol McClure has 20 years of experience and is a registered agent for the Washington Healthplanfinder. helping people and small businesses navigate the health-plan market. She offers advice on health, dental, group life, disability, long-term care, and Medicare consultations. Being part of Washington Healthplanfinder means Carol can present you with side-by-side comparisons of health plans as well as tax credits or financial help to pay for co-pays and premiums.

She’d like you to know: “Our professional services are always free, unbiased, and customized to you. No matter what your income, budget, family history, or current state of health, you have many options to stay healthy and financially secure today and long into the future. We are experts in helping individuals, families, seniors, and small businesses find affordable health-insurance plans. Clients always remark about how friendly we are and how we make a difficult, stressful process so easy for them.”

To make an appointment for a free consultation, you can call 425-392-7390 or do it online by going here.

We thank Financial Designs for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Police seek help solving holdups targeting pizza-shop employees, including one in West Seattle

Police are looking for help in solving a series of robberies targeting pizza-shop employees, including a street robbery in which the victim was an employee leaving the South Admiral Domino’s. Just posted to SPD Blotter:

Robbery detectives with the Seattle Police Department and King County Sheriff’s Office robbery are seeking the public’s help in identifying two suspects in a series of pizza shop robberies.

Officers began investigating these robberies July 27th when a pair of men approached a pizza shop employee attempting to complete a nighttime deposit at a bank in the 7100 block of Martin Luther King Jr Way South. The men assaulted the victim, stole the money, and fled the area. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects.

Weeks later, on August 17th, an employee of a pizza shop in the 4400 block of Rainier Avenue South was closing up for the night when two people approached the door but were unable to enter the locked business. The employee exited the business a half-hour later and was immediately knocked to the ground by the same two men who had tried to enter the business earlier in the evening. The suspects then stole a money bag and fled the scene.

Four days later King County Deputies were called to the 16600 block of International Boulevard in Seatac when the same suspects [above] attacked a pizza shop employee as they attempted to deposit money at a bank.

There have been two additional robberies in Seattle, one in the 9000 block of Rainier Avenue South another in the 3200 block of California Avenue SW.

After poring through the evidence, detectives are now releasing surveillance photos of the suspects and what they believe is the suspects’ vehicle, a gray 2005 Ford Escape SUV.

If you have any information in this case please call the Seattle Police Department Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535.

The Domino’s robbery in West Seattle happened in the early morning hours of October 9th. The incident report says a delivery driver was attacked by a robber who pushed her to the ground as she walked to her car nearby and took her $35 in tip money

2 ways you can help the West Seattle Food Bank: Turkeys and books!

The season for giving is here. Two requests from the West Seattle Food Bank:

The West Seattle Food Bank hopes to provide all those we serve with turkeys & fixings for their Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations this season. They will be taking donations at two locations this Saturday, November 17th, from 10 am – 2 pm. You can donate turkeys or $15 towards a turkey at the Junction True Value Open House in the Alaska Junction at Edmunds & 44th, or at the West Seattle Food Bank at the corner of 35th & Morgan (garage entrance on Morgan next to the bus stop).

The West Seattle Food Bank has 720 turkeys in our freezer that we have purchased and we’re hoping to cover that expense. We aren’t able to provide nutritious and healthy food and other needed services without the incredibly generous support of you, the West Seattle Community. Thank you in advance.

You can also donate $ to WSFB any time by going here.


With the holidays coming up, the West Seattle Food Bank’s Bookcase is in desperate need of children’s books, especially picture & board books for the young ones.

Our Bookcase accepts slightly used or new donated books to encourage those children we serve to start reading at an early age. We accept donations Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm or Wednesday until 7 pm at our facility at 3419 SW Morgan St. on the corner of 35th & Morgan. There’s a parking garage on Morgan next to the bus stop, and you can enter the Food Bank through the double doors.

We are continuing to add this season’s donation drives to our West Seattle Holiday Guide, so please let us know if you have one – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

West Seattle whales: Orcas passing by again!

(Thursday photo by Kersti Muul – that’s K33)

11:09 AM: Thanks for the tips! The orcas are back this morning. Southbound passing Emma Schmitz Overlook, per Jeff Hogan of Killer Whale Tales.

11:18 AM: Kersti Muul says the whales are spread out, north of Blake Island to south.

12:06 PM: In comments, Sydney says they’re now off Lincoln Park. We’ve also added a photo above that Kersti shared from Thursday.

12:53 PM: Per comments, the whales are now northbound.

West Seattle Friday: From the Holiday Guide and Calendar …

(Photo by Susan Romanenghi)

With Thanksgiving now less than a week away, the holiday happenings are revving up, and they’re part of the highlight list for the hours ahead. From the West Seattle Holiday Guide and year-round Event Calendar:

BAZAAR AT THE MOUNT: Until 4 pm, first of two days for Providence Mount St. Vincent‘s Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale. All welcome! (4831 35th SW)

FALL WINE RELEASE: First of two days for the fall wine release at Northwest Wine Academy on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, 1-7 pm. (6000 16th SW)

HOLIDAY PARTY: Menashe and Sons Jewelers (WSB sponsor) holiday party in The Junction, 6 pm. (4532 California SW)

SLOUCHER: Live in-store, 7 pm at Easy Street Records, free and all ages! (California/Alaska)

FIVE BUCK BAND: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm, ’60s and ’70s with some contemporary sounds too. (5612 California SW)

SWEET, SWEET MUSIC: Pre-holiday concert with Trillium Soul at Fauntleroy Church – and dessert! 7:30 pm. (9140 California SW)

‘FOOLS’ FINALE AT WSHS: Final performance tonight for the West Seattle High School Drama Club production of Neil Simon‘s “Fools,” with curtain time at 7:30 pm. Ticket info is in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

‘JANE EYRE’: Second night for the new musical at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), 7:30 pm. Get your ticket(s) here. (4711 California SW)

MORE FOR TONIGHT AND BEYOND: Find it on our complete calendar and in our Holiday Guide.

Memorial service Monday for Nicola A. Höhn, 1933-2018

A memorial service is planned Monday for Nicola A. Höhn. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:

Nicola Adlyn (Hart) Höhn, born on March 11, 1933 in Kingston, Jamaica, to Catherine Rose Elliott and Samuel Lester Hart, passed away at age 85 years on September 11, 2018 in Seattle.

She studied French at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and then attended the Mayfair Secretarial College, London. Nicola was educated at Upper Chine School for Girls, Isle of Wight, UK for high school, after attending St. Hilda’s School, in Brown’s Town, Jamaica, near the birthplace of Bob Marley.

After immigrating to the US from Jamaica at age 47, she worked at Rainier Mortgage Bank as a Flood Specialist. After retirement, she worked as a companion to seniors, and most notably as a nanny to an entire litter of thoroughbred Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Nicola is survived by her son, Andreas; daughters, Gabriela and Christina; and brother, Stephen Hart. Nicola loved reading British crime dramas and watching European films; took classes in Geology and American Literature; enjoyed flowers and gardening; delighted in visiting far-flung family and friends in Jamaica, Australia, Canada, England, and Japan; and passed on her love of arts and crafts to her children. She was an animal lover, especially of the feline variety, and raised her children in a household filled with dogs, guppies, budgies, and guinea pigs. Most of all she was an aficionado of precise vocabulary and a stickler for good grammar.

The Memorial Service will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018 and officiated by Rev. Kevin Carr from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Alki Congregational United Church, 6115 SW Hinds Street. Friends and family are all invited.

Share memories of Nicola at www.emmickfunerals.com

Professional services provided by Emmick Family Funeral Services, 3243 California Ave SW, Seattle, (206) 935-2207.

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

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch; 99 closure reminder

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

7:11 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.

HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE REMINDER: 9 pm tonight, southbound 99 is set to close for the weekend, between the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge.

9:50 AM: Scanner – police are out on a crash on the eastbound bridge.

FOLLOWUP: Gunshot wounds found in both sea lions necropsied in West Seattle today

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand unless otherwise credited)

10:38 PM: As we reported last night, wildlife authorities are investigating five sea lion deaths discovered on West Seattle shores. Today, the two most-recently discovered California sea lion carcasses – both adult males – were towed to Don Armeni Boat Ramp, where an area was taped off so necropsies could be done. Participants included Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network, which reports on its website tonight that the procedures showed “evidence of bullet wounds and projectiles … one (sea lion) with extensive internal damage.”

The first one was towed in late morning from the beach west of Seacrest. Longtime local whale researcher Mark Sears provided the boat, more often used for orca research. This one was measured at nine feet long and estimated to weigh almost half a ton.

(Photo courtesy Alexander Renz)

The other was towed in the afternoon from the 1500 block of Alki SW with a boat provided by West Seattle volunteer Rick Rasmussen. Those helping prep that sea lion for transport included “Diver Laura” James.

The Seal Sitters update continues, “The skulls [of both sea lions] were removed and will be radiographed early next week and should reveal more conclusive results.” The report also notes the full list of agencies and organizations that collaborated to make today’s procedures happen.

(Photo courtesy Alexander Renz)

As a NOAA spokesperson had told us early today, the federal agency’s Office of Law Enforcement is investigating. If you have any information on the sea-lion shootings, you can reach them any time of the day or night at 800-853-1964.

SIDE NOTE: While all this unfolded, a harbor seal swam over and hauled out elsewhere on Don Armeni.

Seal Sitters told us they’d been watching that one come and go.

ADDED FRIDAY MORNING: NOAA has now published its official statement:

NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement is investigating the apparent shooting of several California sea lions in the area of West Seattle since October, and reiterates that sea lions are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).

“We are concerned about a number of recent reports of marine mammal deaths caused by gunshots in the greater Seattle area. All marine mammals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and OLE investigates all reported unlawful takes of sea lions,” said Greg Busch, Assistant Director, NOAA Fisheries, Office of Law Enforcement, West Coast Division.

To report a marine mammal violation, call 1-800-853-1964. NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement provides live operator coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To report a dead, injured or stranded marine mammal, call: 1-866-767-6114.

In recent years, there have been reports of sea lion shootings n fall and winter in Puget Sound, said Kristin Wilkinson, NOAA Fisheries Stranding Coordinator for the Northwest. California sea lions in and around Puget Sound now are almost all males that have come north from the Channel Islands off Southern California in search of more plentiful food.

The MMPA prohibits the harassment, hunting, capturing, or killing of marine mammals, or any attempt to do so. However, the law does contain exceptions authorizing certain people under certain circumstances to use non-lethal methods to deter marine mammals from damaging private property, including fishing gear and catch, so long as it does not result in the death or serious injury of an animal.

For further details and frequently asked questions on deterrence methods, visit:


VIDEO: 34th District Democrats look ahead to upcoming elections, and more

Eight days after the election, the monthly meeting of our area’s largest political organization, the 34th District Democrats, included looks ahead to other elections – including one of their own.

SEATTLE SCHOOL LEVIES: Two Seattle Public Schools levies – capital (BEX) and operations – are expiring, so in three months, Seattle voters will be asked to approve their replacements. The group endorsed “yes” votes after hearing from Leslie Harris, who said she was speaking as an individual and longtime 34th DDs member rather than as our area’s elected rep on the School Board and its president:

The School Board finalized the levy plans two weeks ago; here’s the info sheet, including what property owners will pay. The biggest projects the BEX levy would fund in our area are a rebuild for Alki Elementary and an addition for West Seattle Elementary; go here to see other projects listed school-by-school.

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New to West Seattle? Look what’s on the way

Back in February, we reported on a $10,000 “Only in Seattle” grant that the West Seattle Junction Association and WS Chamber of Commerce planned to use to connect local businesses with new residents. Today, the organizations made the next move in creating that connection – a volunteer work party to stuff 800 bags with swag provided by and promoting dozens of businesses. Each one will also include this booklet of coupons from, and information about, the businesses:

The bags will be distributed to new residents starting later this month. We’re among the participants – our contribution is a fridge magnet featuring our 24/7 hotline (206-293-6302). You can read more about the WSJA/WSCC pilot project here.

Remembering Alicia T. Watson, 1964-2018

Family and friends are remembering Alicia T. Watson, and her sister is sharing this with the community:

Alicia T. Watson (Wilhite)
January 7, 1964 – November 1, 2018

Alicia T. Watson (Wilhite) suddenly passed after long complications with health issues at her home in Seattle. Alicia is survived by her loving son Felix, 3 grandchildren Sophia, Felix IV and Vivian, her sister Linda, and her beloved Chihuahua Lovie.

Alicia was born in Alaska but spent most of her life in Seattle, the city she loved most. She was an Associate of the Sisters of Providence and enjoyed working the last few years at Taco Time. She enjoyed taking her Lovie for long walks and doting over her beautiful grandchildren and proudly watching them at their sporting events.

When we were young, you were my whole life, my world. We had our own way of communicating with each other that no one else could understand. This is how I remember you.

When we were young we had never ending energy to play in our own imaginary world. Building houses and castles and sometimes spaceships with our building blocks and Lincoln Logs. This is how I remember you.

When we were young we even found adventures in other people’s basements. Like playing hide and seek in Carmen’s basement or cleaning the many piles of sawdust in Mr. Cornelius’ basement workshop or getting scared trying to guess what was behind Cecilia’s locked basement door and running out screaming over our own imaginations. This is how I remember you.

When we were young we could entertain ourselves for hours with our sing-song hand slapping games or getting the giggles, really bad, at the worst times like in restaurants or worse at church. This is how I remember you.

When we were young you were my whole life, my world. I looked up to you in awe at how you knew so much and how sure you were of everything. And you took me by the hand and showed me the way and taught me so much. This is how I will always remember you.

Your sister Linda

You are much loved.

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

CONGRATULATIONS! Denny Award for Friends of Lincoln Park’s Sharon Baker

So many neighbors work tirelessly and often thanklessly to make this a better place. Today, one of them got some thanks, in the form of an award – Sharon Baker from Friends of Lincoln Park is among the recipients of the Denny Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Stewardship, announced today by Seattle Parks. From the announcement:

… The winners are a cross-section of Seattle’s most creative, dedicated and hard-working volunteers who donate precious time and energy to improving Seattle’s parks and recreation programs. …

In 2017, 36,198 people volunteered for Seattle Parks and Recreation, providing 196,448 hours of service, which is a donation valued by Independent Sector at $30.46 per hour or $5.9 million dollars.

(Full list here)

Healthy Environment: Sharon Baker, Lincoln Park

For the past 13 years, Sharon Baker, lead forest steward with Friends of Lincoln Park (FLiP), has led volunteers in creating healthy habitats in the park. Sharon has spent countless hours restoring beautiful Lincoln Park forest, benefitting the surrounding community, wildlife and ecosystems. Since she became a master forest steward in 2005, she has been committed to restoring and maintaining much of the park’s extensive forested areas. Sharon creates a warm and welcoming experience for anyone who wishes to join the efforts of FLiP. Sharon welcomes many youth groups and local school classes to experience the forested areas of Lincoln Park, and she knows exactly the right spots in the park that will spark their interest and imagination.

P.S. Want to join Sharon and the FLiP volunteers? Their next work party is this Sunday morning!