HAPPENING NOW: Admiral District trick-or-treating starts 2016 Hallo-weekend


3:28 PM: The dinosaur and unicorn were dancing inside Admiral Bird, our first stop at this year’s Admiral District Trick-or-Treating event, happening until 6 pm. Just look for the “participating merchant” sign if you don’t see something/someone else obvious – with the sunshine, many merchants are outdoors with the candy bowls. (Added) From Atomic Boys – that’s Kent “Tourist” Sadow below left with friend “Joey Ramone”:


4:09 PM: If you come down, don’t miss the side streets – Admiral merchants are handing out candy beyond California SW and SW Admiral Way. For example, on 42nd just north of Lander (east of Safeway), you’ll find West Seattle Realty (WSB sponsor):


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ANOTHER ORCA DEATH: Southern Resident Killer Whales’ advocates say they are out of time, urge action

(Photo by Dave Ellifrit, from December 2015 birth announcement of J28’s calf J54)

2:10 PM: We have just left Bell Street Pier downtown, where advocates for the Southern Resident Killer Whales summoned media to hear sad news and a plea for action before time runs out.


First, they announced the death of another local orca, a nursing mom whose calf is dead or dying too. This is the “obituary” read by whale researcher Ken Balcomb:

J28 was born in mid-winter 1992/93 in or near Puget Sound Washington, and was the first of four known calves born to J17 in the J9/J5 lineage of southern resident killer whales (SRKW – see family tree) inhabiting the inshore marine waters of the Pacific Northwest. The iconic and world-famous J1, first SRKW ever to be photo-identified, was her father.

Photographs of J28 that were taken in the summer of 1993 by Center for Whale Research staff and Earthwatch volunteers show that she was a healthy and vigorous ‘calf’’ among six new calves born that year into the SRKW population. In late autumn 2002, when J28 was nine years old she acquired a small nick in the trailing edge of her dorsal fin that made her easily identifiable to whale-watchers and the general public, and she became one of the darlings for a growing fan club of humans that were beginning to raise concerns that this iconic population was precipitously declining from around 100 in 1995 to around 80 in 2003. The SRKW population was declared Endangered under the US Endangered Species Act in 2005, and earlier this year it was listed as a “species in the spotlight” by NOAA for its lack of recovery since then.

Sexual maturity for these immensely popular neighbor animals is typically attained in the early to mid teens, and J28 had her first known calf, a daughter J46, in November 2009 when she was sixteen years old. Gestation is approximately 17 months, so we can estimate that J28 became pregnant at age fourteen and a half. In January 2013 (three years after the birth of J46), a freshly dead neonate calf was found on Dungeness Spit and identified from DNA as belonging to J28 with the father most likely to have been L41. The dead calf was not given an alpha-numeric designation because it had not been documented alive. She subsequently (23 months after the dead calf) had her second live-born calf, a son J54, in December 2015 at the tail end of a so-called “Baby Boom” of 2014/15. Regrettably now that mom has died, he will not survive and may already be dead, along with two other “boomers” (J55 and L120).

J28 was noted to be losing body condition in January 2016, presumably from birthing complications, and by July was clearly emaciated. If her carcass is ever found an examination of her ovaries may reveal how many ovulations/pregnancies she actually had, as well as her proximate cause of death (probably septicemia). We estimate that she died in the Strait of Juan de Fuca sometime between 16 and 18 October, prior to her first noted absence on 19 October.

J28 is survived by her Mother, (J17) two sisters (J35 and J53), a brother (J44), a daughter (J46), and a nephew (J47). Her daughter and her oldest sister (J35) are attempting to care for the orphaned calf, but at ten months of age he is too young to survive without mother’s milk supplement, and he has gone too long with inadequate nutrition. No other lactating females have adopted him and his grandmother is too occupied raising her own newest calf (J53, born in October last year) to care for him. His sister, J46, had been catching and offering salmon to her mother and little brother for several months while mom was ill, but that was simply not enough nutrition provided to three whales by one little female no matter how hard she tried. The family requests that in lieu of sending flowers and cake*, well-wishers please send more wild Chinook salmon to and from Pacific Northwest rivers.

The SRKWs population is now down to 80, Balcomb said (down from 85 early this year).

The advocates are urging support for one key action to make that happen: Removal of four dams on the Lower Snake River. They say that the dams are losing money anyway, and have been studied ad infinitum, with another study about to be launched – needlessly, they say – and that the dams could be breached/removed by order of the President. 202-456-1111 is the White House number they’re urging supporters to call. They also suggested pressure on Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell as well as Governor Jay Inslee. We will add more from the news conference later.

BIZNOTES: Coffee and cats; Lodge update; new 35th/Henderson tenant

Three biznotes – well, the first one actually involves a nonprofit:


COFFEE AND CATS: The Kitty Harbor cat-adoption center on the north side of the Luna Park business district, now part of Emerald City Pet Rescue, has a new feature: Coffee! We just spoke with ECPR founder/president Vivian Goldbloom. She says they’ve added espresso (and tea), with a stand open when Kitty Harbor is open – Saturdays and Sundays for now – but plan to grow it into something more: Emerald Kitty Café, which eventually will also have vegan and vegetarian sandwiches, salads, muffins, etc., and, they hope by next spring, an outdoor seating area (which will be dog-friendly, she says, and will offer wi-fi). The big attraction: While this is NOT a full-blown “cat café” with interaction, you will be able to see several adoptable cats/kittens in special cages on the other side of a glass window behind the coffee stand. All proceeds go back to ECPR’s work, Goldbloom points out. You can go see for yourself this weekend, noon-4 pm Saturday and Sunday at 3422 Harbor SW.

UPDATE ON THE LODGE SPORTS GRILLE: Every time a new restaurant/bar opens, it brings questions about the ones that are still under construction. This week, a couple people asked about The Lodge Sports Grille, in the works for more than a year now at Junction 42. We checked in at the site- they were doing some floor work that kept us from venturing too far in, but we did learn that they have “a few weeks” to go, dealing with deliveries and permits.

NAILS AT 35TH/HENDERSON: The space most recently occupied by The Ripple Café (which closed almost a year ago) is going to be Day Nails and Spa, according to a note in the window.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen vehicles & stolen wheels

Three reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch this morning:

STOLEN CAR #1: Dan Austin of Peel & Press (WSB sponsor) woke up to an unpleasant surprise:

Someone between 12-6 am stole my 2000 GMC Yukon XL from the 7100 block of 44th Ave SW.

I use this rig daily to pick up items for my restaurant and haul my two little ones around. If anyone comes across this vehicle please let me know. Plate # AYL1940 (unless they have been switched out).

STOLEN CAR #2: From Erika: “A maroon 1995 four-door Honda Accord was stolen from the street parking in front of our house on the 2700 block of 44th Ave SW.” Plate ADR 7214.


I came out to take the kids to school this morning and found this:

We had our other car prowled a couple of week ago too. 41st Ave SW between Fauntleroy and Graham.

Duncan has since learned a neighbor’s truck was prowled last night, too. Police reports have been filed.

We hope crime doesn’t happen to you – but if it does, once you’ve reported it to police, please consider letting us know so we can alert your neighbors peninsula-wide – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

WSB crime coverage is archived here.

West Seattle Friday: Hallo-weekend begins, with 2 trick-or-treating events & much more


Thanks to Vanessa for the rainbow photo! The forecast promises a partly sunny day, which is great for all the Hallo-weekend events about to happen. First, what’s up for today/tonight as listed in the WSB West Seattle Halloween (etc.) Guide:

HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL PRESCHOOL TRICK-OR-TREATING: An indoor event happening this afternoon: “We are inviting children age 5 and under with an adult to come trick or treat INSIDE at our Holy Rosary classrooms! We will have a mix of candy and non-candy items.” 1-2:30 pm. (42nd SW/SW Genesee)

TRICK-OR-TREAT IN THE ADMIRAL DISTRICT: Trick-or-Treating in The Admiral District, participating merchants – look for this sign on the door or window:


3-6 pm. (California/Admiral and vicinity)

COSTUME CONTEST: Kids’ Halloween Costume Contest, 3-6 pm at Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor). Prizes for cutest, scariest, most-creative costumes. (41st/42nd/Admiral Way)

LIGHT SHOW: Halloween Light Show by the folks who bring you West Seattle Yuletide. 5-10 pm. New zombies this year! (38th SW between Genesee and Dakota)

HIAWATHA CARNIVAL: Halloween Carnival at Hiawatha Community Center, 6-8 pm. “Start your Halloween off with a frighteningly fun-filled evening for the family! Wear your costumes and enjoy carnival games, crafts, and spooktacular activities.” $5/family. (2700 California SW)

ALKI CARNIVAL: 6-8 pm, carnival at Alki Community Center, ages 5-11: “Alki’s inviting all the little goblins in town to join us for a howling good time. Enjoy carnival inspired games, and walk through our scream room, if you dare.” $1 per game or $10 unlimited bracelet. (5817 SW Stevens)

THE GREAT PUMPKIN BASH: For kids, free games, prizes, candy, and contests, at Westwood Christian Community, 6:30 pm. (9252 16th SW)

LISTENING PARTY: At Easy Street Records, 7 pm, free, all ages, Stranger Things Soundtrack Halloween Listening Party. “The soundtrack to Netflix’s Stranger Things is coming out on vinyl 10/28 and we’re gonna have a party! We’re gonna hang some Christmas lights, set up a waffle bar, play some Dungeons & Dragons, and host a Halloween costume contest!” (California SW & SW Alaska)

GHOST GAME X: The Cabiri in “Ghost Game X: For Life Eternal” dessert-theater cabaret at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 7:30 pm. Tickets, showtimes, details in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

And now from the rest of the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

LAFAYETTE WALK-A-THON: Until 1 pm, it’s fundraising walk-a-thon day at Lafayette Elementary.


Thanks to Megan Smith for the photo; she also wanted to shout out to West Seattle Runner WSB sponsor) for their support. Stop by and donate! (California/Lander)

WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: Until 2 pm, their meeting is on at Daystar Retirement Village in Westwood – you can drop in! Agenda details are in our calendar listing. (2615 SW Barton)

CASUAL WATER: Live guitar music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

‘BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY’: Second night for the West Seattle High School Drama Club production, at the WSHS Theater, 7:30 pm curtain time. Details in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

MUCH, MUCH MORE FOR TODAY, TONIGHT, BEYOND … on our complete calendar page!

HEALTH: New running-group program RAAD, for people with depression/anxiety

If you’re a runner in West Seattle, you probably know Lori McConnell, co-proprietor of West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) and certified running coach. You might not know that she’s also a licensed mental-health counselor. and that’s led her to launch this new program:

RAAD: Run Along Anxiety & Depression – A Running Group

This is a 6-week program designed to help adults dealing with anxiety and depression develop a regular running routine to help with symptom management.

Mondays, November 14th-December 19th, 2016 – 12:30 pm

For the first session, we will meet at Hiawatha Track and Playfield, but we will rotate locations in West Seattle. Participants can expect:

1) Learn how to build a regular running routine

2) One coached session each Monday where you will learn running techniques. Additionally, you will practice skills that are helpful for managing the symptoms of anxiety and depression that are barriers to exercise routines (such as finding motivation, mindfulness strategies, distraction techniques, and overcoming the inner critic)

3) A weekly running schedule to build the new habit

4) Coach Lori is willing to collaborate with your therapist if there is a signed consent form

5) Connection with others

Cost: $120 – register here – e-mail questions to lori@westseattlerunner.com

The first location, Hiawatha, is at 2700 California SW.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates, weekend SB 99 detour, other reminders

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:02 AM: Good morning! No traffic effects reported from the South Transfer Station fire (which apparently is to blame for the smoky smell in West Seattle) but we’ll be going over to check soon.

Alerts for this weekend:

SOUTHBOUND 99 SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN, DETOUR STARTS TONIGHT: Because of railroad-track work at East Marginal/South Diagonal, if you are on SB 99 between 7 pm tonight and 5 am Monday, you will be detoured onto 1st Avenue S. at Atlantic. To get on the westbound West Seattle Bridge from there, you’ll have to continue to the 1st Avenue onramp. The full explanation is here, from SDOT.

Special-event reminders (from the WSB West Seattle Halloween [etc.] Guide):

ADMIRAL TRICK-OR-TREATING TODAY: Take extra care in The Admiral District 3-6 pm today, when hundreds of kids and their families will be trick-or-treating in the business district.

JUNCTION HARVEST FESTIVAL SUNDAY: 10 am-2 pm Sunday, the usual street closures expand for this year’s Harvest Festival – California between Edmunds and Oregon, Alaska between 42nd and 44th. That means a reroute for Metro Route 128.

7:37 PM: Crash reported at Delridge and Thistle.

8:02 AM: Now there’s trouble on the bridge, tweets SDOT:

8:25 PM: The bridge stall has cleared, SDOT says. So has the Delridge crash scene.

UPDATE: Smoky smell spreads far from South Transfer Station fire


6:30 AM: We’ve received several questions about a strong smell of smoke in West Seattle. No fire calls here but for the past couple hours, SFD has been battling what’s described as a trash fire inside the South Transfer Station on the west edge of South Park (several miles away), and that’s generated a lot of smoke, so we’re thinking that must be what people are noticing. Seattle Public Utilities operates the station and says it will be closed today because of the fire, so if you were planning a dump/recycling run, you’ll have to go elsewhere.

7:45 AM: Update from SFD via Twitter – this is the view INSIDE the transfer station:

This has been a stubborn fire – the SFD log shows the first response goes back to 12:36 am.

9:23 AM: More details on the fire and the closure, from SPU:

Seattle Public Utilities’ South Transfer Station is closed today, while firefighters and utility workers deal with the aftermath of a fire on the station’s tipping floor.

The fire at the three-year-old station, in South Park, started around 12:45 this morning. The cause is unknown at this time. Transfer station fires are often caused by materials — such as marine flares or chemicals — that have been improperly disposed of.

For information on where to dispose of household hazardous waste, including station locations and hours, contact www.HazWasteHelp.org or (206) 296-4692.

At 8:10 this morning, the fire was 70 percent contained.

While the station is closed, SPU is asking self-haul customers to take their garbage to the utilities’ old transfer station, at 8100 2nd Ave. S., which is adjacent to the new station. Compost and recycling cannot be accepted at the old station today.

Director of Solid Waste Ken Snipes said fires occasionally occur at garbage transfer stations, and the new station is built to withstand them. Damage to the station—if any—has not yet been assessed.

West Seattle Halloween scene: Pathfinder’s pumpkin profusion


Thanks to Travis for the photo and the report from tonight’s biggest event on Pigeon Point, a yearly tradition: “This is just a handful of the over 50 pumpkins carved at the annual Pathfinder K-8 Pumpkin Carving Night. Special thanks to our principal David Dockendorf and to the school for giving such a great forum to get together and for being wonderful people.”

(What’s next as Halloween approaches? Check out our guide – where Friday fun starts with all West Seattle kids 5 and under invited to trick-or-treat at Holy Rosary!)

PHOTOS: First-ever Indigenous Peoples’ Day assembly @ Chief Sealth International High School

Photos by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog

Dominique Salinas (Jicarilla Apache/Navajo) and Marcos Arellano Martinez (Mexivo, Otomi) performing a Deer Dance. Diana Romero (far left) is on the drums.
(Dominique Salinas [Jicarilla Apache/Navajo] and Marcos Arellano Martinez [Mexivo, Otomi] performing a Deer Dance, with Diana Romero [far left] on drums.)

Neighboring Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School have the largest Native population of any school in Seattle Public Schools, according to Sealth principal Aida Fraser-Hammer, who hosted the schools’ first Indigenous Peoples’ Day assembly today.


Leda Costa was there for WSB – more of her photos, ahead: Read More

VIDEO: Washington State Ferries’ leader in Fauntleroy to listen

5:14 PM: Just under way in The Hall at Fauntleroy (west side, not the side closest to the street) – Washington State Ferries officials, including the woman at the top – WSDOT Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith – are gathered to listen to concerns about the “triangle route,” Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth.

“We are not here with a predetermined solution in mind,” Griffith says – they are hoping to hear ideas for solving some of the route’s problems, including the massive traffic backups that happened multiple times this past summer. After opening remarks (update: low-res video added, above), the staffers are taking up positions around the room so that participants can circulate. You’re welcome to stop in any time before 6:30 pm; The Hall is at 9131 California SW, not far from the Fauntleroy dock. WSF already has had two meetings near the other terminals on the route, so this is the third of three. Whatever they hear at this meeting will be transcribed and published on the WSF website as a first step; then a task force “blend(ed) across the three communities” will be formed as a second step “to work through the problems,” according to Griffith.


5:21 PM: We counted 22 people here for starters; more are trickling in.


34th District State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (photo added above) is also here, as is a representative for 34th District State Sen. Sharon Nelson.

FOLLOWUP: November 18th deadline to comment on West Seattle Junction bus-shelter removal

3:59 PM: That’s the new notice that you’ll find soon in the bus shelters on the west end of the south side of SW Alaska in the Junction transit hub, just east of 44th SW – if it’s not posted already. The notice offers a more-detailed explanation of the plan to remove the two westernmost shelters on that side of the street, and invites comments, with a deadline of November 18th.

The shelter-removal plan first came to light when notices went up last weekend; as we reported on Saturday, it was the first major result of a walking tour/meeting on October 6th, following concerns about those shelters being magnets for loitering, drinking, and other illegal behavior. In our Monday followup, West Seattle Junction Association director Lora Swift detailed other steps that are being taken to try to improve safety and security in the area, and Metro promised it would “press ‘pause'” on the removal plan so there could be a formal comment process, and that’s what’s starting today.

Metro also has answered a couple remaining questions we asked earlier this week. First, about the decisionmaking process on shelter removal and who has the final say:

Metro regularly evaluates issues with Metro bus shelters and makes decisions on the installation and removal of bus shelters, as ridership and circumstances change at bus stops. The Transit Route Facilities group within the Service Development section, takes the lead on evaluating these issues and makes the decision on installation or removal of bus shelters.

We also asked if other hubs in the Metro system had had shelters removed for similar issues: “Shelters have been removed from other high ridership bus stops due to chronic security issues that are unresolvable despite Metro’s best efforts. One example, is 2nd Avenue S & S Washington Street where the Metro bus shelter was removed due to chronic misuse of the shelter.”

Meantime, if you have something to say about the prospective removal of these shelters, e-mail dale.cummings@kingcounty.gov or call 206-553-3000.

4:30 PM UPDATE: Our crew just went to The Junction to check, and verified that the new notice IS up:


HIGH POINT LIBRARY REMODELING: Closure ahead, but first, Q&A open house

(High Point Library photo by Architectsea via Wikimedia)

We recently noticed a building-permit application for unspecified work at High Point Library and asked SPL what’s planned. Today, we finally have the official word of the remodeling plan, which will require some closure time later this fall – read on for details plus announcement of an open house for your Q&A in a week and a half:

The High Point Branch, 3411 SW Raymond St., 206-684-7454, is tentatively set to temporarily close effective Monday, Dec. 5 for refurbishing. The book drop also will close.

During the closure, the Library plans to hold several programs at alternate locations and to open the nearby Delridge Branch, 5423 Delridge Way SW, 206-733-9125, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays. Alternate services will be confirmed after a firm closure date is set.

The 7,200-square-foot High Point Branch opened in June 2004, thanks to the 1998 voter-approved “Libraries for All” bond measure that renewed and revitalized libraries across the city.

After 12 years of use, the branch needs new carpet. While the branch is closed for that work, the Library also will add seating and electrical outlets, expand the holds area, and expand the children’s area to provide a more welcoming space for families. Acoustical panels in the meeting room will be added to reduce the sound of street traffic. Improvements are based on branch usage and projected service needs.

Patrons are invited to learn more about the improvements at an open house at the branch from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. City Librarian Marcellus Turner and other Library staff members will be on hand to answer questions and explain alternate services.

While the branch is closed, patrons may choose any other Library location as a pickup location for items placed on hold and may return materials to any branch. If patrons don’t select an alternate branch by Friday, Nov. 25, their holds will be sent to the Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. SW,

The construction project is currently out to bid. The Library expects to confirm the closing date in mid-November after bids have been reviewed. The refurbished branch is expected to reopen in January; a reopening date will be set once construction work is underway.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Vehicle thefts; vandalized railings

Three reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

CAR STOLEN TODAY: This white 1985 IROC was stolen from the 9400 block of 8th SW early this morning:

Washington plates ALW8548. Please call 911 if you see it.

CAR STOLEN LAST WEEKEND: Ford F150 truck, red, 2006. Stolen from 55th SW between Charlestown and Dakota. We don’t have the plate on this, but if you see this type of truck seemingly abandoned, please call 911 in case it’s the one.

VANDAL ON CAMERA: At 10 pm last Sunday night, a resident in the 3000 block of SW Avalon Way caught surveillance video of someone “bending walkway rails in front of our home for no good reason.” The actual bending is a little distant in their front-door-camera video but the vandal then walked past the door – we asked for a frame grab:

The vandal had a shaved-sides haircut and was wearing a blue jacket and black jeans. This too has been reported to police, who told the victim that “these crimes typically have a pattern,” so if anything similar happened to you, please be sure to file a report.

MISSING BANNERS: Seal Sitters seeking 2 that blew away


David Hutchinson from Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network sends the photo and this request/reminder:

Each year, Seal Sitters’ “Share the Shore” banners are installed along Alki Avenue SW. This is timed to correspond with our busiest months of responses to harbor-seal pups using our West Seattle beaches – September & October. Unfortunately, during our recent windstorm, two of the banners blew down and have not been found. If anyone comes across one of these banners, please give our hotline a call and we will arrange to pick it up.

Just a reminder – young harbor seals are still in the area and use our local beaches throughout the year. If you see one – or any marine mammal – on the beach, please keep back, keep people and pets away, and call Seal Sitters’ hotline at 206-905-7325.

You can read the Seal Sitters’ latest update on responses, from this past weekend, here.

Memorial service Friday for Marcia Chesterfield, 1937-2016

Family and friends are sharing this remembrance of Marcia M. Chesterfield, 79:

Marcia Mage (Chesterfield), beloved daughter of Max and Adele Mage, died at home with her family beside her on Tuesday, October 11, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born in Seattle in 1937, she attended West Seattle High School, where she met her future husband of 62 years. They raised their family in West Seattle and later became longtime residents of the Shelter Bay community in La Conner.

Marcia was beloved for her cheerfulness and kindness and she devoted herself to a life of service and caring for others. She is survived by her husband John Chesterfield, sons Bob (Diana) and Paul, daughter Leanne (Stephen) Chesterfield Pike, grandchildren, Shanah Pike Walter, Robert Pike, Sarah Pike, Jacob Chesterfield and siblings, Mark (Barbara), Mage, Julia (Terry) Gangon and Merritt Mage.

Services are tomorrow (Friday, October 28) at West Side Presbyterian Church in West Seattle, at 1 pm.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Hospice of the Northwest.

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

From pumpkins to a play, & more for your West Seattle Thursday

First, from the WSB West Seattle Halloween (etc.) Guide, which has dozens of events happening between now and next Tuesday:

(WSB photo from a past Pumpkinpalooza)

TODDLER PUMPKINPALOOZA: At High Point Community Center, 10 am–noon. “Join the High Point Community Center staff and enjoy age-appropriate Halloween games, booths, face painting, arts and crafts activities, and snacks.” $5. (6920 34th SW)

HPES DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: “Please join the Highland Park community for our Dia de los Muertos Celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Highland Park Elementary School Cafeteria. This is a potluck event, so bring your favorite dish to share. There will be music, food, dancing, arts and crafts, and many more fun activities.” (1012 SW Trenton)

GLOW IN THE DARK PARTY: Tonight at Delridge Community Center, 6-7:30 pm. Free! “For ages 12 and under: Come dressed in your best glow-in-the-dark costume, or any costume, and try the glow-in-the-dark ring toss, tic-tac-toe, bowling, and other fun games.” (4501 Delridge Way SW)

LIGHT SHOW BEGINS:: First night of the Halloween Light Show by the folks who bring you West Seattle Yuletide. 5-10 pm nightly through Halloween (probably a little later on October 29th and 31st). New zombies this year: “Larry and Skully will be joining the Wicked Witch of the West, our dancing skeleton, Skelington. And this year our talking pumpkin will be joined by a trio of back-up singers.” (38th SW between Genesee and Dakota)

DESSERT THEATER: First of five nights to see The Cabiri in “Ghost Game X: For Life Eternal” dessert-theater cabaret at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 7:30 pm. Tickets, showtimes, details in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

And non-Halloween (etc.) events from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

STATE FERRIES MEETING: Something to say or ask about the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route of Washington State Ferries? Tonight is your chance, 5-6:30 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. (9131 California SW)

ADMIRAL REZONING: Tonight’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Focus Group meeting at City Hall involves the group looking at “medium-density urban villages,” including Admiral – this group’s first meeting since the draft maps for potential Mandatory Housing Affordability rezoning were released last week (WSB coverage here). Public welcome, with a comment period toward meeting’s end – 6-8 pm. (600 4th Ave. downtown)

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, with an agenda including a presentation about the city’s “Drive Clean” and electric-vehicle initiatives as well as discussions of ongoing issues including the planned bus-shelter removals on the southeast corner of 44th/Alaska in The Junction. All welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way)

WSHS PLAY’S OPENING NIGHT: The West Seattle High School Drama Club‘s “Bright Room Called Day” opens at 7:30 pm in the WSHS Theater – here’s a photo from dress rehearsal:


Full details, including ticket info, in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

MUCH MORE FOR TODAY/TONIGHT/BEYOND – just take a quick look at our complete calendar.

UPDATE: Motorcycle rider to hospital after 35th/Juneau collision


8:07 AM: Breaking this out from morning traffic watch: A motorcycle-minivan crash on the west side of the 35th/Juneau intersection has sent the rider to the hospital with serious injuries. Juneau is blocked west of 35th. A woman and baby in the minivan were unhurt. A Good Samaritan stayed with the rider until help arrived and, we’re told, became a victim herself when someone ran off with her backpack.

8:46 AM: Just went past the scene again on the way back to HQ from checking out something else. Juneau is no longer closed west of 35th. The minivan had not yet been towed, so that might cause some delays on the southbound side of 35th at some point soon. We will be contacting Harborview this morning to see if we can find out how the rider is doing.


1:39 PM: So far we haven’t been able to get information from Harborview (without the rider’s name), but I SFD spokesperson Capt. Shata Stephenson tells us the rider is “approximately 19 years old) and that her injuries were NOT life-threatening.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates; ferry meeting tonight & other alerts

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:03 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle right now. Though the rain finally stopped, you might still find some standing water, such as “under the Delridge onramp” per a text we just received.

Alerts for tonight:

SOUNDERS FC MATCH & EXTENDED WATER TAXI SERVICE: As announced earlier this week, the West Seattle Water Taxi will be on an extended schedule this evening for the Sounders FC playoff match (7 pm at CenturyLink vs. Sporting KC).

FERRY MEETING: 5-6:30 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW), Washington State Ferries continues its weeklong series of meetings to listen to concerns about the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route. (Added midmorning) Format: The meeting will start with Assistant Transportation Secretary Lynne Griffith, who leads WSF, speaking for several minutes “recognizing the issues on the route and the need for public input,” and then, WSF tells us, “The following hour will be open house-format listening sessions. During this time, members of our executive team will host three listening stations, where attendees can post ideas, concerns, and questions on maps of each terminal. These notes are what we will collect, assemble, and report back, from the meetings. We’ll close out the meeting with a group Q&A so folks can ask questions or share insights about what they’ve heard from neighbors.”

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way), WSTC’s agenda includes the city’s Drive Clean and Electric Vehicle initiatives, as well as the plan to remove two Junction bus shelters, the city budget, and the newest SODO arena proposal.

Special-event reminders (from the WSB West Seattle Halloween [etc.] Guide):

ADMIRAL TRICK-OR-TREATING FRIDAY: Take extra care in The Admiral District 3-6 pm tomorrow, when hundreds of kids and their families will be trick-or-treating in the business district.

JUNCTION HARVEST FESTIVAL SUNDAY: 10 am-2 pm Sunday, the usual street closures expand for this year’s Harvest Festival – California between Edmunds and Oregon, Alaska between 42nd and 44th.

7:48 AM: Just got word of a crash at 35th/Juneau. Car/motorcycle. We are approaching – looks like it’s on the southbound side, blocking outside lane.

8:08 AM: We have published a separate story about the crash and are now on the way to check out the water under the Delridge intersection.

8:25 AM: That appears to be clear now.

8:43 AM: Downtown note – we’ve received Metro alerts about delays downtown because of a crash at 3rd and James (all we know is that it was a “heavy rescue” call). Also, Juneau has reopened west of 35th – we went by that crash scene again on the way back to HQ; the minivan had not yet been towed.

UPDATE: Road flooding following West Seattle downpours


11:08 PM: Thanks for the photo and the tips – Fauntleroy and Raymond [map] is one of the spots that has flooded worse than usual during tonight’s deluge. (We’ve already advised one person who called about it to report it to Seattle Public Utilities, whose 24-hour dispatch is 206-386-1800.) We’re also hearing about deep water at spots including Harbor/Spokane. So if you’re headed out any time soon, be extra careful, and if you see what looks like a totally flooded roadway ahead, you’re advised not to drive/ride through it.

\11:30 PM: And just five minutes after we published that, the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for areas including Seattle, until 2:15 am. Meantime, Darlene mentions in comments that the Delridge ramp to the bridge is swamped too.

12:15 AM: Michelle reported in comments that her husband and neighbors cleared the Fauntleroy/Raymond drains, and she sent a photo:


Meantime, another “standing water” report on the scanner – 9200 block of 35th SW.

‘They saved his life’: Family of child hurt in windstorm shares ‘positive news’

(WSB photo from October 14th)

Twelve days after a little boy was rushed to the hospital with a serious injury suffered during the October 14th windstorm, we are hearing for the first time from his family. We had a short followup last week, and then today received this:

Dear West Seattle Community,

We are a local family and the parents of the 4-year old boy who was injured by the falling tree in Fauntleroy Park on October 14. We have so appreciated the kind words and thoughts on the West Seattle Blog and from our local community that we wanted to update you all on his status. We have tried to maintain his confidentiality, but we felt compelled to share more information, especially since we now have positive news to share.

Our boy suffered serious injuries, including a fractured skull, brain injury and broken femur. He was stabilized by the Seattle Fire Department, transported by Medic One, treated at Harborview Medical Center ED and Pediatric ICU, and is now in in-patient rehabilitation at Seattle Children’s. Thanks to the fantastic care of numerous providers, and to the love and support of his family, friends and community, he has made great strides in his recovery. He is a sweet, tough, energetic little boy and we are happy to report that he is talking, eating, smiling and playing. We are hopeful that, in time, he will make a full and complete recovery.

We are enormously fortunate to live in a city with quality emergency care. SFD and Medic One were quick to arrive and professionally assess, stabilize and transport our boy. HMC was hands-down exceptional from start to finish; we now understand why it is a nationally renowned Level 1 trauma center. And Children’s is, well, Children’s – we could not ask for a better place for our boy to recover and improve. Collectively, they saved his life, his body, his brain and his spirit.

Our boy has a long way to go, though, so we appreciate the continued hopes, thoughts, prayers, meditations, words, rays of light and all other ethereal forms of support the people of West Seattle have so kindly shared. Please know that, even if you do not know his name or address, he and we receive them all.

We remain deeply grateful for the love and compassion of our wonderful community.

Thank you.

REZONING: ‘Focus group’ looks at draft maps, with dots but without a deep dive

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Less than a week after the city went public with proposed rezoning maps for the city’s “urban villages,” the feedback process remains diffuse.

Last night, for a firsthand look at how part of it is working, we went to one of the “focus groups” that have been meeting monthly on related matters involved with the initiative known as HALA, the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda. (We wrote about the recruitment process last winter.) This group has been focused on areas including the West Seattle Junction. More on that shortly, including an alternative way to comment if you are having trouble with the site the city set up at hala.consider.it.

And today, the city announced that Mayor Murray will preside over a live Q/A about HALA via the mayoral Facebook page tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 10:45 am. Since it’s not a two-way video connection, you are asked to post questions now, either via this “event” page or via your Twitter account, with the hashtag #AffordableSeattle.

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