FOLLOWUP: Seattle Public Schools’ brief budget briefing

By Tracy Record West Seattle Blog editor Seattle Public Schools plans to stake its future on “well-resourced schools” – but hasn’t settled yet on what exactly they are. That’s one of the takeaways from what turned out to be a relatively short online community meeting about the di … | Continue reading | 3 hours ago

FOLLOWUP: Cleanup begins at encampment near 1st Avenue South Bridge

Streets are blocked off around the area beneath the south end of the 1st Avenue South Bridge, as the encampment cleanup begins. We reported last week that the long-planned cleanup was scheduled for this week, so we went down this morning to see if it had begun. We couldn't get cl … | Continue reading | 15 hours ago

WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Street stripe refreshed for another St. Patrick’s Day

It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without a look at the mysterious green stripe that leprechaun(s) refresh every year along 41st SW north of SW Admiral Way. This year, the photos are courtesy of a reader who got an aerial view via drone.Who does this? That remains a mystery - and … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 more stolen vehicles; car break-in; assault arrest

Tonight at the Alki Community Council meeting, Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Dorothy Kim said auto theft is the one category of crime that’s continuing to rise, here and citywide. And tonight we have two vehicle-theft reports to start a late-night West Seattle Crime Watch rou … | Continue reading | 4 days ago

UPDATE: ‘Rescue extrication’ response for Delridge Way crash

11:06 PM: SPD and an SFD “rescue extrication” response are arriving at a crash that is described as blocking Delridge both ways in the 4700 block [map]. Updates to come. 11:09 PM: One person is reported to be out of the vehicle. No major injuries, firefighters told dispatch. | Continue reading | 5 days ago

FERRIES: Service added on Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route

(WSB photo, ferries seen from Lincoln Park at midday earlier this month) Though Washington State Ferries has said it doesn’t expect to be able to restore the “Triangle Route” to three-boat service until later this year, it has added some sailings starting this week. Here’s the an … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Question for your state legislators? Send it now for Tuesday’s online town hall

With another six weeks to go for the State Legislature, our area’s three legislators are planning an online town hall Tuesday (March 14th) for updates and Q&A. State Senator Joe Nguyen and State Representatives Joe Fitzgibbon and Emily Alvarado represent the 34th Legislative Dist … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Original ‘Snow White’ meets harp and viola

A one-of-a-kind event happens Saturday night at historic Kenyon Hall – the century-old silent movie telling the “Snow White” fairy tale, accompanied live by a Vashon Island musician’s 21st-century harp and viola score. Here’s what it’s all about: Everyone knows Disney’s classic a … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

FOLLOWUP: About those 4 West Seattle water-main breaks in 4 days

(WSB photo, Sunday in Sunrise Heights) After two more water-main breaks in West Seattle on Sunday and Monday, following the two on Thursday, we had a few followup questions for Seattle Public Utilities. Here’s the reply we received today from SPU spokesperson Sabrina Register, in … | Continue reading | 13 days ago

FOLLOWUP: 14 months after Terminal 5’s modernized north berth opened, shore power remains unused

One month ago, in the latest quarterly update on Terminal 5 in West Seattle, the Northwest Seaport Alliance reported that shore-power use at T-5 was imminent. But that month has passed, and it hasn't happened. As noted here back in November, first the delay was attributed to labo … | Continue reading | 17 days ago

WEST SEATTLE SCENE: New tree at the beach

Thanks to the texter who sent the photo of Alki Beach’s newest tree – another palm, at 59th/Alki. It’s been nine years since Seattle Parks‘ planting of palms on Alki drew a lot of attention; our subsequent followup included Parks’ explanation that they were planted in a spirit of … | Continue reading | 17 days ago

COUNTDOWN: Two days until you see Girl Scout Cookie Booths around West Seattle

We recently spotted that Halloween holdover in Highland Park, costumed as a Girl Scout Cookies promoter. Until now, it’s just been advance/online cookie-sales time, but starting Friday, cookie booths will pop up around West Seattle (and of course elsewhere) for in-person purchase … | Continue reading | 19 days ago

MYSTERY: Who crocheted – and donated – dozens of snowflakes?

The photo and request are from Caroline:Over the weekend, while visiting the Senior Center of West Seattle, I came across these crocheted snowflakes. They were selling for $1 each.I thought about the time and love that someone out into making them and decided that the best outcom … | Continue reading | 19 days ago

READER REPORT: Springsteen show spotlights West Seattle Food Bank again

Readers at tonight's Bruce Springsteen concert at Climate Pledge Arena report The Boss showed some love to the West Seattle Food Bank again, as he did six years ago. A texter says the WSFB got a shoutout from the stage at the end and a pitch to donate - if you weren't there but w … | Continue reading | 21 days ago

BIZNOTE: Wondering when Westwood Village McDonald’s is reopening?

It’s been the most popular business-related question in the WSB inbox for weeks: When is the Westwood Village McDonald’s reopening? It closed six months ago for what a corporate spokesperson told us would be a “major transformation.” At least from the outside, the work has appear … | Continue reading | 21 days ago

BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School girls’ season ends with close game

Congratulations to the West Seattle High School girls' basketball team for a strong season. It ended far from home this afternoon, with a 47-45 loss to Lynnwood in a state-tournament regional game at Arlington High School. According to writer Doug Petrowski's tweets from the game … | Continue reading | 23 days ago

UPDATE: Seattle Fire ‘full response’ to 2300 block of 41st SW

1:36 AM: Seattle Fire is headed to a possible house fire in the 2300 block of 41st SW. Dispatch says “resident reports a basement fire” and that “four adults are evacuating.” Updates to come. 1:40 AM: First crews on scene say they’re seeing only “light smoke.” | Continue reading | 25 days ago

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: RV residents report receiving written threats

By Tracy Record West Seattle Blog editor We often hear from people upset about RV encampments. We seldom hear from the people who live in them. Tonight we talked with an RV resident because of this: Last night, that note was called to our attention on Twitter by local “mutual aid … | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Preschooler in the family? Look ahead to kindergarten with online event Wednesday

If you have a preschool-age child, this is for you. The announcement was sent by the Greater Seattle YMCA (parent organization of longtime WSB sponsor West Seattle YMCA): Ready for Kindergarten? By KCLS & YMCA of Greater Seattle Wednesday, February 22; 2:00 pm-3:00 pm Join us onl … | Continue reading | 28 days ago

VIDEO: Governor visits West Seattle to honor Keith Hughes as ‘Washingtonian of the Day’

Keith Hughes, who runs the West Seattle Veteran Center and the emergency shelter hosted inside it, is “Washingtonian of the Day.” Governor Jay Inslee and First Lady Trudi Inslee traveled to West Seattle this morning to present the award in person. Here’s our video of the short ce … | Continue reading | 28 days ago

MYSTERY: Mis-addressed postcards from Antarctica. Meant for you?

Jesse hopes to get these postcards to their rightful recipients:We got these postcards a few days ago from Andrew addressed to Mary Kay and Mat, and Mom and Dad. There's no one here in the building by that name, so I figured I would reach out to see if any of the blog readers mig … | Continue reading | 28 days ago

ENCAMPMENTS: Another sweep planned for Harbor Avenue RVs, city rep tells Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Council

(WSB file photo) Though the stolen-car-magnet encampment by the 1st Avenue South Bridge was the central topic of tonight’s Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Council meeting, another encampment is the subject of our first headline from the meeting: City rep Tom Van Bronkhorst to … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

ELECTION 2023: About the ‘other’ vote – King Conservation District Supervisor

King County Elections didn’t update results today because of a power problem, according to its website. So the newest numbers remain the ones posted Wednesday. But here’s one we haven’t looked at yet – the “other” election in which voting ended Tuesday night – the “online ballot … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

FOLLOWUP: Beaches reopened after 101,000-gallon Fauntleroy overflow

(WSB photo, Wednesday, Cove Park entrance) Just in – the King County Wastewater Treatment Division says Fauntleroy beaches have reopened “after water quality testing over consecutive days showed safe results.” As reported here Wednesday morning, the beaches were closed because of … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

FOLLOWUP: Prosecutors charge arson suspect in 2-alarm South Delridge apartment fire

(WSB photo, Tuesday morning) The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged the man accused of setting the two-alarm fire Sunday that damaged at least six apartments including his own in South Delridge. 35-year-old Ermiyas N. Woldearegay is charged with one count of fi … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School teams get one more chance at district playoffs

Tough night for both West Seattle High School basketball teams at the King County District 2 3A playoffs. Both played at Bellevue College, and both lost. This afternoon, the girls fell to Bishop Blanchet, 55-48, and tonight, the boys lost to Eastside Catholic, 54-48. Both get one … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Sunset drama and snow chances

(Tonight at sunset – photo by David Hutchinson) Will those clouds bring snow? Or maybe these? (Tonight at sunset – photo by James Bratsanos) Here’s the latest on tonight’s possibility, from the National Weather Service: Rain showers, snow showers and a slight chance of thundersto … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Another Junction bank robbery

For the third time in less than three weeks, police are investigating a reported robbery at a West Seattle Junction bank/credit union. Police are at Sound Credit Union (4730 California SW). So far the robber has been described by dispatch as a (updated 5:05 pm) white man, late 20 … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

COUNTDOWN: West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2023 is three months away

Yet another big spring/summer event will be back this year. It's the only one we at WSB actually coordinate as well as publicize - West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day will be on the second Saturday in May as usual, so this year that's Saturday, May 13th. If you're new, that's … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Latest on this week’s snow possibilities

Thanks to Lynn Hall for tonight's sunset photo! We're continuing to watch the forecast for the week ahead - and a bit of snow is still mentioned as a possibility tomorrow night and overnight Wednesday into Thursday. Nothing major, but worth keeping on your radar. (Last year, we s … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: Four for ‘Superb Owl Sunday’

If you’re a frequent WSB reader, you likely know that during football season, we feature galleries of readers’ bird photos. While we’ve gone back lately to spotlighting birds one at a time in our daily “what’s happening” lists, Jamie Kinney suggested joining in “Superb Owl Sunday … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

FYI: It’s 211 Day

Everyone knows about 911. What about 211? People in West Seattle's five zip codes made 2,200 calls to the help hotline in the past year, according to stats you can check here. Today's an awareness-raising day for the service, according to this news release we received:Saturday, F … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

LOW BRIDGE: Maritime advisory ahead, and cylinder updates

(SDOT photo) A two-part advisory/update from SDOT regarding the low bridge: Between 1 AM Saturday, February 11 and 5 AM Wednesday, February 15, maritime vessels will have limited access under the Spokane St Swing Bridge to navigate the Duwamish Waterway. We do not expect impacts … | Continue reading | 1 month ago


6:02 AM: Good morning! It’s Wednesday, February 8th. WEATHER Some sunshine expected today, high near 50. TODAY’S TRANSIT STATUS –Metro is on its regular schedule, but still canceling some trips, as its fleet is not yet back to full strength, so keep watching notification channels … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

PORT: Cargo volume down dramatically – here’s why truck backups are a symptom of that

We've been talking in morning traffic coverage about truck backups outside local cargo terminals. This came up at today's meeting of the managing members of the Northwest Seaport Alliance - Seattle and Tacoma port commissioners - and the ultimate reason for the backups are not be … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Here’s your West Seattle Monday list

(Photo by Merry Nye) From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s today’s highlight list! MONDAY MOVIE: 1 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon), “Terry’s Greatest Movies You’ve Never Heard Of,” today featuring “A Stolen Life.” Free popcorn! Advance registration … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Newly created Westside Pickleball League turns Sundays and Mondays into fun days for more than 100 players

By Tracy Record West Seattle Blog editor It’s not just the official Washington state sport. It’s not just a hobby. Pickleball is an addiction. That’s what we heard multiple times this afternoon while visiting the weekly Westside Pickleball League takeover at the Chief Sealth Inte … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

BOOKS: West Seattle author Ari B. Cofer’s ‘Unfold’ arrives this week

West Seattle author Ari B. Cofer is publishing a new collection of poetry and prose, “Unfold,” on Tuesday (February 7th). Her book is described as “a poetic, aching, and hopeful retelling of realizations made while on the journey to healing from both loss of love and loss of self … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

YOUTH SPORTS: West Seattle Little League offering softball clinics next weekend

With spring just weeks away, youth-sports leagues are getting ready for this year’s fun. Among them, West Seattle Little League, which is welcoming softball players this year too. Next weekend, WSLL offers two clinics for players who’ve signed up for the upcoming season: WSLL is … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

BIZNOTE: Happy 1st anniversary, Animated Café – with a gift for families: New story time

(WSB photo, November 2022) Three months ago, we photographed Animated Café founder/proprietor Melanie (aka “Ana“) just after her coffee stand moved to 4518 Fauntleroy Way SW. Today, she has a new cause for celebration: It’s been exactly one year since she opened (originally at 35 … | Continue reading | 1 month ago