FOLLOWUP: Final sentence in Westcrest Park murder

Earlier this month, we reported that all three teenagers arrested after the September 2017 Westcrest Park murder of 15-year-old Derek Juarez-Lopez had pleaded guilty, and that two had been sentenced. That left 17-year-old Diego Carballo-Oliveros, eventually identified as the one who had fatally stabbed the victim while robbing him. He had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder but his hearing had to be delayed. It was finally held earlier this week and court documents show he was sentenced to a total of 21 years, including a two-year “enhancement” for deadly-weapon use. That’s one year less than prosecutors had recommended. The plea agreement and sentence incorporate an earlier robbery case against the defendant, for which he was still awaiting trial at the time of the murder.

ALSO TODAY: Talk with your school-board rep

One more event today, in addition to the previously published long list of what’s happening: Our area’s representative on the Seattle Public Schools board, Leslie Harris, tells WSB she’ll be at High Point Library for her next community conversation, 3-5 pm at High Point Library. Harris is also the board’s president and notes there’s much to talk about, so you’re invited to drop in – 3411 SW Raymond.

16 possibilities for your West Seattle Saturday!

(Dunlin, photographed at Constellation Park by Mark Wangerin)

Winter’s final weekend! Many options, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FREE GROUP RUN: Be at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) at 8 am to get the weekend off to a running start! (2743 California SW)

BASKETBALL: The Seattle Public Schools playoffs are all day at the Denny International Middle School (girls) and Chief Sealth International High School (boys) gyms, starting with 8:30 am games. More in our preview from last night.

MORNING MOVIE BENEFIT: 9:30 am at the Admiral Theater, enjoy “My Neighbor Totoro” and help out West Seattle Cooperative Preschools. Details in our calendar listing. (2343 California SW)

TOASTMASTERS OPEN HOUSE: 10-11 am, drop by Daystar Retirement Village (WSB sponsor). Details in our calendar listing. (2615 SW Barton)

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: Sales end after this weekend – use the lookup box here to find out where and when you can buy them.

SCOUTING FOR FOOD: General reminder that various Boy Scout/Cub Scout packs and troops are doing this door-to-door food drive this month – if you got/get a door hanger, put out food on your pickup day!

MOMENTIA MIX: 10:30 am at Camp Long, monthly fun for people experiencing memory loss, and their caregivers/relatives. (5200 35th SW)

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: 12:30 pm downtown, from 4th and James north to Westlake, the 48th annual parade is led this year by a Grand Marshal from West Seattle, County Councilmember Joe McDermott. Here’s the running order. (4th Avenue)

BASEBALL: 2 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex, cheer the Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks as they host Othello HS. (2801 SW Thistle)

GRAND OPENING PARTY: Alair‘s new location is the site and subject of today’s celebration, 3-9 pm. (3270 California SW)

ART SHOW OPEN HOUSE: 5-8 pm, featuring Kersti Muul and Gerald Lisl, and other reasons to stop by Nepenthe! (9447 35th SW)

ROO AND THE FEW: 7-9 pm, live music at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor). No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)

‘JOHN’: Third night for the play by Pulitzer-winning Annie Baker at ArtsWest in The Junction, 7:30 pm curtain. Go here for tickets. (4711 California SW)

NORTHWEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 8 pm at Holy Rosary, led by music director Anthony Spain, the orchestra will “perform Beethoven’s monumental Symphony #9 … Over 200 performers (orchestra and 5 choirs, including a choir from Virginia) will participate in this performance, which may make this the largest performance in West Seattle this year.”

(Photo courtesy NW Symphony Orchestra)

Get your ticket(s) here. (4202 SW Genesee)

JOE T. COOK BLUES BAND: 8 pm-midnight at Poggie Tavern in The Junction:

(Photo by Thomas Gotchy)

“High energy, old school Chicago and Texas Blues, Swing, and Originals.” 21+. (4717 California SW)

SURF NIGHT! Knuckles, The Earthlings, and The Evanstones, 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $6 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

MORE! It’s all on our complete calendar.

BASEBALL: First Chief Sealth IHS-West Seattle HS game of the season

At Southwest Athletic Complex this afternoon, Chief Sealth International High School hosted West Seattle High School in their first of two scheduled baseball games this season. It was a close one!

On an almost-warm Friday evening, the visiting Wildcats took the win, 9-8.

Ernest Policarpio is back as head coach for Sealth, while Bryan Tupper again leads West Seattle. The two teams meet again April 19th at Hiawatha. Meantime, WSHS has a doubleheader at Liberty tomorrow, while Sealth has another home game at SWAC, 2 pm Saturday vs. Othello.

BASKETBALL: Girls’ middle-school playoffs Saturday at Denny; boys at Sealth

9:04 PM: Tomorrow at Denny International Middle School, it’s playoff time for girls’ basketball teams from middle schools around the district. Thanks to Byron for the tip! He says Madison Middle School is undefeated and the #1 seed, with Denny, 6-1, the #2 seed. The Dolphins play Eckstein at 8:30 am; the Bulldogs play McClure at 10 am, and the winners of those two games play for the district title at 4 pm. Here’s the full day’s schedule. As Byron said in his note, “Exciting times for both the girls’ teams!” Denny is at 2601 SW Kenyon.

ADDED 2:20 AM: Denny principal Jeff Clark points out the boys’ middle-school playoffs are next door at Chief Sealth International High School (2600 SW Thistle) concurrently; here’s the schedule. Denny plays Mercer at 8:30 am, and Madison plays Jane Addams at 1 pm.

ADDED 10:33 AM: Update from the principal:

Update: Our boys played hard in a close, back-and-forth, game with Mercer, with Mercer winning in the end. Our girls’ game was also a battle, with the Dolphins prevailing! Girls are in the city-wide championship at 4:00 today here at home!

1:08 PM UPDATE: Updates in comments – the girls’ championship game is Denny vs. Madison at 4!

SATURDAY: West Seattleite to march in St. Patrick’s Day Parade as Grand Marshal

Tomorrow afternoon, the 48th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes over 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle, starting at 12:30 pm at 4th and James and heading north to Westlake Center. This year’s Grand Marshal is a West Seattleite, County Councilmember Joe McDermott. The parade’s running order includes one entry we know has West Seattle ties – the Comerford School of Irish Dance has long held classes at the VFW Hall in The Triangle. P.S. If you feel like being part of the parade, the sponsoring Irish Club says that “individuals are encouraged to march in the parade without any pre-registration.”

FOLLOWUP: New date for Terminal 5 lease vote

As reported here Thursday, the Northwest Seaport Alliance hasn’t finalized all the details of the new Terminal 5 lease package, so it postponed plans for managing members – port commissioners of Seattle and Tacoma – to vote on it next week. Now the new date is set: April 2nd, in a special 11:30 am meeting at the Sea-Tac Airport conference center.

West Seattle Crime Watch: 3 reader reports

Three reader reports and a reminder:

SUSPECTED LURING ATTEMPT: An employee in a business near Gatewood Elementary shared this via a parent who stopped in the store:

A white male of 5’5, wearing a plaid shirt and khaki pants, tried to lure two children off the bus to his car. He was showing muffins and goodies to get the kids to come with him. They did not go with him and notified their school immediately.

We haven’t found a police-report number yet. 6:28 PM UPDATE: See comments for more info – including the report #, 19-092718, if you have any info for police.

BURGLARY: From Annie, word of a burglary just after noon Thursday near 49th SW and SW Dawson. She shared security video showing two people:

They walk past the camera out front twice at exactly before the break-in happened and when they ran out of the house. They broke in around noon, knocked on the door and waited til my roommate didn’t answer to come in. They continued to try to get into her room when they found out she was locked in there before running out of the house without grabbing anything.

Police report # is 19-091345.

CAR BREAK-IN: From Shawn:

Just letting you know our car window was broken and appears car was prowled, likely last night at Holly & Fauntleroy. … Never had anything like this in 5+ years at our house!! We never leave anything important in it, so I have no idea what they were trying to get.

REMINDER: Your next chance to bring crime/safety concerns to local police is at next Tuesday’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, 7 pm March 19th, Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster), with a guest speaker from the SPD 911 center.

BIZNOTE: Wallflower announces it’s closing this summer

IMG_4279 (1)(2016 WSB photo of Courtney at Wallflower during Junction Day of Giving)

Wallflower Custom Framing in The Junction will close when its lease ends this summer, its proprietor has announced:

With a heavy heart, I am announcing that after ten years in West Seattle, Wallflower will not renew its lease this year, and the shop will close at the end of June.

I am so grateful to every one of you who has had something (many things!) custom framed, purchased a photoframe, or collected a piece of art. This community is unbelievably supportive of its small businesses and I can’t ever thank you enough. I’ve been truly humbled by the success of this little store, and I’ve sincerely enjoyed getting to know all of you through your art, through conversation, through ArtWalk, or just walking by tossing a wave…you will all be sorely missed. I will be framing like mad right up until mid-June, and all custom framing will be 15% off as a final thank you. Photoframes, mirrors, and framed art for sale in the shop will be 50% off.

All my gratitude,
Courtney, Owner, Wallflower Custom Framing

Wallflower opened in the then-new Mural mixed-use building at 4735 42nd SW in 2009.

West Seattle scene: Youth Climate Strike participants

Thanks to Taproot School for the photo. A group from the independent K-5 school headquartered at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse held signs on the bluff over the ferry dock as part of today’s nationwide Youth Climate Strike. (added) Kersti Muul sent this video, happening onto the group after she visited nearby Fauntleroy Creek to check out the salmon fry:

We’ve heard of one other potential event later today – anyone else?

ADDED: Thanks to Christine for the photo of Plant for the Planet youth leaders at the citywide rally at Cal Anderson Park – four of the five are from West Seattle, she notes:

Music and more for your West Seattle Friday!

(Red-necked Grebe, photographed at Seacrest by David Hutchinson)

Highlights in the hours ahead on your final Friday of winter:

CROSSTOWN BASEBALL: Chief Sealth IHS hosts West Seattle HS at Southwest Athletic Complex at 4 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)

THE WALLOWS: Q&A, signing, and “advance album playback” event at Easy Street Records, 6 pm. Details in our calendar listing. (California/Alaska)

MICHAEL PRYSOCK: Singer/songwriter at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover. (5612 California SW)

‘JOHN’: Second night for the new play at ArtsWest in The Junction, 7:30 pm curtain. Check here for ticket availability. (4711 California SW)

THREE BANDS AT THE SKYLARK: Snowday, Sunset Club, and Leisure McCorkle play The Skylark at 8 pm. $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

THE SLAGS: Local faves play Poggie Tavern at 9 pm. No cover. 21+. (4717 California SW)

THREE BANDS AT THE TAVERN: The Laughing Group, Tukwila Sunrise, and Robert Deeble play the Parliament Tavern at 9 pm. $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

LOTS MORE HAPPENING … go browse our complete calendar!

2 Saturday school benefits: Morning movie, evening party

The season of school fundraisers continues, and we have two Saturday events to note:

SATURDAY MORNING MOVIE FOR CO-OP PRESCHOOLS: You can start the day at the Admiral Theater, 9:30 am:

South Seattle College Cooperative Preschools will be hosting a screening of “My Neighbor Totoro” at the Admiral Theater (to whom we are incredibly grateful for hosting the
event!). “My Neighbor Totoro” (directed by Hayao Miyazaki) is a beautiful family-friendly animated film about two young sisters and their adventures with friendly forest spirits in rural Japan.

Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $7 each or $25 for a family. Children under 1 are free. We are only able to accept cash or check at the door.

All proceeds go to support the Mary E. Phillips Scholarship Fund, making SSC Cooperative preschool affordable to all. SSC Co-op Preschools have locations throughout West Seattle (Alki, North Admiral, Lincoln Park, White Center, and SSC Campus) and we will have information about our preschools available at the event.

SATURDAY NIGHT PARTY FOR FAUNTLEROY CHILDREN’S CENTER: From Judy Pickens:

The 32nd annual dinner auction on Saturday, March 16, to benefit the Fauntleroy Children’s Center is a three-generation affair for the Nickels family.

Sharon Nickels (left) will be there with husband and former Seattle mayor Greg as he runs the live auction. Their daughter, Carey Nickels, is chairing the auction committee and grandchildren Rowan and Ciaran O’Brien attend the center.

“Moonlight Masquerade” will get under way at 5:30 pm in the Hall @ Fauntleroy. Find details and reserve your seat at fauntleroychildrenscenter.org/annual-auction.

Log House Museum closed again today

Though the Southwest Seattle Historical Society had hoped its Log House Museum would reopen today after being closed Thursday for furnace replacement, it’s not ready yet, so the museum remains closed. They’re expecting to be open regular hours this weekend – noon-4 pm Saturday and Sunday, at 61st SW/SW Stevens in Alki.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch

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

7:06 AM: Good morning. No traffic incidents or transit alerts in our area right now.

7:44 AM: SDOT reports a crash at Admiral/Lander.

UPDATE: Police search after gunfire in The Junction

(WSB photo)

8:51 PM: Police are investigating gunfire in The Junction. First they got a report three men were seen “firing a gun” near 44th/Edmunds; now they’re investigating gunshot damage reported to a car. One suspect is reported to have been seen running north on 44th. More to come.

8:56 PM: Police have found a gun in a dumpster behind the west side of the 4700 block of California after a tip. … Now there’s a report one person might be injured “by shrapnel.” Also, Guardian One is helping with the search, and police say they’ve found shell casings. … Police have been told that some suspects might have left the area in a “gray sedan with a burned-out headlight.” They’re also going to block traffic at California/Edmunds.

9:08 PM: Police have told dispatch they’ve found “nine .40 millimeter casings” so far.

9:15 PM: A K9 team is helping search.

9:29 PM: Our crew says police are about to reopen the streets. The air and K9 searches have both dead-ended.

10:21 PM: No further information so far. We’ll be requesting the incident report tomorrow.

ADDED 12:24 PM FRIDAY: Here’s what we’ve learned from police: A 17-year-old saw a car circling his Junction-area house with occupants he suspected were involved in a recent robbery of a relative. He went out and drove after them. He then noticed “a group of males” standing on the corner of 44th/Edmunds and he said someone in that group fired at the car – he reported seeing the muzzle flash, though not the gun, and said bullets hit the driver-side door. Police later found four bullet holes in that door, and nine shell casings in the street at 44th/Edmunds. The group ran northbound; he described them as “five to eight high-school-aged black males, 5’10” to 6″, all but one wearing black hoodies.” He said he suspected they were associated with the vehicle he had been following, described as “a silver sedan with a left taillight out.” A nearby resident, meantime, reported seeing “three or four males” running in the alley between California and 44th; while that witness had no further description information, they saw someone throw something under a dumpster, and that’s where police subsequently found a semi-automatic handgun. A records check showed the gun had been reported stolen in Tacoma. SFD tells us the teen was treated by medics but did not require hospitalization.

A night with Sustainable West Seattle

(WSB photos)

It was all about vision when Sustainable West Seattle gathered interested community members last night at Beveridge Place Pub in Morgan Junction. Our top photo shows people trying out the Oculus gear brought by “Diver Laura” James, featuring her Virtual Salish Sea video.

She also explained the camera gear she uses to shoot underwater video in Puget Sound. Another type of vision at the gathering: The many projects and groups tied into Sustainable West Seattle, including the Green Spaces Coalition:

But you can take your own sustainability hopes and dreams and work to make them a reality, noted SWS leader Stu Hennessey:


In general, Hennessey said, SWS works to help and uplift people and ideas, focusing on the positive – what you can be for, rather than what you’re against. For example, you can work on components of the “Green New Deal” – attendees could check out ideas via a flyer made earlier this month for West Seattle Meaningful Movies – another group with ties to SWS, and one of several whose reps were at last night’s gathering. Other projects/programs/groups discussed included the West Seattle Tool Library, Puget Ridge Edible Park, and Hate-Free Delridge.

1 to hospital after Sunrise Heights crash

1 person was taken to the hospital by private ambulance after that crash near (corrected) 30th and Holden this evening. The street was blocked off because a power line came down with the streetlight after the driver hit the pole.

Pre-construction Q&A at Avalon/35th/Alaska open house

Until 7 pm, you can drop in at American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle (3618 SW Alaska) to ask questions and get info about SDOT‘s soon-to-start Avalon/35th/Alaska project.

It’ll repave the entirety of Avalon, between the West Seattle Bridge and Fauntleroy Way, as well as three blocks of 35th SW south of Avalon and one block of SW Alaska west of 35th. Avalon will also be reconfigured as part of the project, as shown here. While the final design was announced earlier this year, details that are just emerging now include the timeline and where the work will start. Project coordinator Adonis Ducksworth says the stretch on 35th is likely to be the first site:

The 35th section will have to be rebuilt, with a new water main, because of damage done in a break. On Avalon, Ducksworth says, the Genesee to Yancy stretch is likely to be the first site, and the crew might move northward during summer, which Luna Park Café owner John Bennett says would be the worst possible time of year for his business – the summer peak. He is among those we’ve seen and heard here and the doors are open to all until 7. P.S. If you have questions but can’t get here – the project mailbox is avalonpaving@seattle.gov.

Presidential primary vs. caucus, plus other elections, @ 34th District Democrats

sealthabove1(WSB photo from Chief Sealth IHS during the 2016 Democratic caucusing)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Our area’s largest political organization is on the record as backing a primary election instead of caucuses for determining who to support in the 2020 presidential nomination process.

The resolution vote at last night’s monthly meeting of the 34th District Democrats was not without a bit of controversy. And it’s not the only opinion from our area that will be considered – if you’re a Democrat, the state party organization wants to hear from you too.

That was the spotlight topic at the meeting. The 34th DDs’ state committeewoman and committeeman, Ann Martin and Chris Porter, explained that the state party is currently in a 30-day comment period regarding whether to use the primary or caucus for determining the state’s delegation to the national convention. It’s been caucuses in the past; while the state has had a primary, the party hasn’t used its results.

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DEVELOPMENT: 8415 Delridge project in Early Design Outreach process

(King County Assessor’s Office photo)

That 65-year-old house at 8415 Delridge Way SW is on a big lot (15,300 square feet) now planned for 14 rowhouse-style townhouses and 14 offstreet-parking spaces. It’s the latest West Seattle project added to the city’s list of sites going through the “early community outreach” phase of Design Review. That means the project team will schedule a community meeting to talk about the design; nothing’s on the schedule yet. The site plan shows seven units facing Delridge, the other seven behind them, and the parking area on the alley.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Rock spill on Delridge

(WSB photo)

Thanks for the tip! Cleanup is under way in the 6300 block of Delridge Way after a rock spill from a truck. The SB lanes are blocked but traffic is being directed around the spill/cleanuo zone.

See who’s booked so far for Summer Concerts at Hiawatha – and what else happened @ Admiral Neighborhood Association

ANA president David Hancock and membership co-chair Susan Staples, Lynell Ray of Counterforce West, and ANA secretary Delores Kannas.

Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Admiral neighbors and community leaders came together Tuesday night for a meeting of the Admiral Neighborhood Association, to discuss music, regional transit, neighborhood improvement, business community support and a variety of topics.

The ANA meeting, held at The Sanctuary at Admiral, was the second meeting as president for David Hancock, the group’s new leader.

Toplines from the meeting are below:

SUMMER CONCERTS: Stephanie Jordan, ANA’s coordinator for the popular Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series (happening Thursday nights from July 18 through August 22 on the east lawn of Hiawatha Community Center), shared the names of the 4 musical acts currently scheduled to appear, with a couple of dates to be announced soon:

Jordan also gave an update on the positive collaboration with the community center (which provides the stage for the event, and a portion of the publicity) and reiterated the need for volunteers — she said that she would finalize the list of needed volunteer roles in time for ANA’s May meeting.

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TERMINAL 5: Lease vote rescheduled again

In case you’re keeping track: The vote on new leases for West Seattle’s Terminal 5 has been postponed again. It was first expected on March 5th; while the Northwest Seaport Alliance managing members (port commissioners from Seattle and Tacoma) voted that day to authorize sending the T-5 modernization project out to bid, a vote on the leases first outlined last month was postponed until next Tuesday (March 19th). Then last night the NWSA changed that to “postponed/TBD.” So we checked today to see why. NWS spokesperson Nick Demerice tells WSB that some of the details are still being finalized, noting that the plan centered on SSA taking a berth at T-5 post-modernization isn’t just one lease but multiple leases, multiple parties, from multiple nations. They’re hoping the special vote meeting can be rescheduled for later this month. (When it is, you’ll see that here.)