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Sunday, August 30, 2015 -- 11:39 pm
West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Nga Nguyen's murderer sentenced to 26+ years
West Seattle Blog - Two months after pleading guilty to murdering his ex-girlfriend's mother, 21-year-old Jose Gonzalez-Leos has been sentenced. His sentencing was on hold until September but then suddenly moved up to this past Friday, when, court documents show, King County Superior Court Judge Mary Roberts sentenced him to 320 months. That's the top of the standard sentencing [...] Read more...
Sunday, August 30, 2015 -- 9:14 pm
POWER OUTAGES: Who's still out, where, in West Seattle; Highland Park Way still closed
West Seattle Blog - Going on 36 hours after the strongest gusts of Saturday's windstorm, Seattle City Light has 252 separate outages left to fix, six of them in West Seattle, according to our check of its map a few minutes ago (screengrab above). The biggest, by far, is the one toward the lower right, 382 homes/businesses out in [...] Read more...
Sunday, August 30, 2015 -- 7:11 pm
West Seattle sports: National Volleyball League pros wrap Alki play
West Seattle Blog - (Added: Thanks to Sam Nizam for the photo of Zaun & Palm celebrating their victory) Though beach volleyball is a fixture on Alki just about every summer weekend, it's not always as big as the tournament that just wrapped up about half an hour ago: The pro players of the National Volleyball League have been [...] Read more...
Sunday, August 30, 2015 -- 6:16 pm
Skywriting, seen from West Seattle: BLACK LIVES MATTER
West Seattle Blog - 6:16 PM: Thanks to Jeremy Smith for that photo, and we'll likely be adding a few more. In the patch of blue sky over downtown, clearly visible from north West Seattle, a plane has been skywriting BLACK LIVES MATTER. (There might have been a previous attempt- Brian Presser had tipped us to a skywriting attempt [...] Read more...
Sunday, August 30, 2015 -- 5:29 pm
FERRY ALERT: Bigger boat rejoins Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route
West Seattle Blog - After almost a week with reduced capacity on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route, Washington State Ferries announced this afternoon that M/V Cathlamet has replaced the out-of-mothballs M/V Evergreen State – that's a 124-car vessel replacing an older, slower 87-car vessel. That's expected to lessen some of the recent round of delays. Read more...
Sunday, August 30, 2015 -- 2:49 pm
West Seattle Library in The Admiral District reopens tomorrow
West Seattle Blog - (WSB photo, Sunday afternoon) After a two-week closure, the Seattle Public Library‘s West Seattle (Admiral) branch will reopen tomorrow as scheduled, SPL's official announcement: The West Seattle Branch and book drop, 2306 42nd Ave. SW, will reopen at 10 a.m. Monday, August 31. The branch was closed for two weeks while the front steps were [...] Read more...
Sunday, August 30, 2015 -- 1:58 pm
West Seattle whale watching: Alki Point sighting this morning
West Seattle Blog - Thanks to Guy and Joy Smith for the photo and this report: At 9 o'clock this am, we saw 2 marine mammals traveling south off Alki Point. They were exhaling big clouds of steam and we knew they were too large to be either Harbor or Dall's Porpoises. We grabbed our handy guide, handed out [...] Read more...
Sunday, August 30, 2015 -- 10:21 am
West Seattle Sunday: Pro-volleyball finals; lighthouse tours; Farmers' Market; more...
West Seattle Blog - The most serious storminess is past. So, on with what's on the calendar for Sunday: (Saturday morning photo by Paul Walchenbach) PRO VOLLEYBALL ON ALKI: Third and final day for the National Volleyball League‘s Seattle Championships at Alki Beach. Today's schedule includes the finals (previewed by the NVL here): (Now) - Quarter and Semi-Finals 1:00pm [...] Read more...
Sunday, August 30, 2015 -- 7:36 am
TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATES: Car/pole crash on Olson curve; 35th SW reopens; Highland Park Way hill closed
West Seattle Blog - 7:36 AM: Thanks to Jason for the photo from an early-morning crash on a notoriously tricky stretch of road, the Olson Place curve at the east end of Roxbury. He reports it involved one car, whose driver crashed into a pole. Only one engine was dispatched, no medic unit, so it does not appear to [...] Read more...
Sunday, August 30, 2015 -- 6:44 am
PHOTOS: 'Heading Home' day at last for Westside School, celebrating new Arbor Heights campus
West Seattle Blog - (WSB photos by Christopher Boffoli) 34 years after Westside School (WSB sponsor) was founded, it finally has a permanent home. 'Heading Home' was the theme for Saturday's celebration of the newly completed campus in Arbor Heights, as it has been for the process of making that dream come true, even before work began at the [...] Read more...
Saturday, August 29, 2015 -- 11:45 pm
West Seattle power-outage update: Highland Park, Puget Ridge, and beyond go dark late Saturday night; some back on
West Seattle Blog - (PLEASE SCROLL DOWN for newest info) 11:45 PM: We're not sure of the extent yet, but power flickered here and apparently has gone out in at least part of Highland Park. 11:48 PM UPDATE: This is the biggest outage for West Seattle in this storm, by far. At least 2,100 customers, per City Light's outage [...] Read more...
Saturday, August 29, 2015 -- 9:04 pm
You can help! West Seattleites rounded up donations for firefighters battling the wildfires, and hope you will want to, too
West Seattle Blog - Have you been wondering what you could do to help the firefighters who've been battling our state's massive wildfires? This group of West Seattleites wanted to let you know, you can do what they did: The photos are from Rachel, who explains: Yesterday West Seattleites collected, organized and packed care packages for fire fighters helping [...] Read more...
Saturday, August 29, 2015 -- 7:22 pm
West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen 'old-school mountain bike'; condo-building mail theft
West Seattle Blog - The weather has calmed and we're on to other news. First, two quick West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports: STOLEN BICYCLE: Derek first posted this in the WSB Forums: My bicycle was stolen from my yard at 46th & Charlestown. Let me know if you see it? Blue old-school mountain bike. Gary Fisher Hoo Koo [...] Read more...
Saturday, August 29, 2015 -- 5:52 pm
Is this your boat?
Beach Drive Blog - It looks like a boat (guessing it's a 18 foot Boston Whaler) has taken on water from today's wind storm. This photo was submitted from a Beach Drive reader. It's listing a bit to port side, submerging the outboard motor. There is a blue canvas on this white boat which is tied to a buoy. […] Read more...
Saturday, August 29, 2015 -- 11:34 am
STORM COVERAGE: Windy in West Seattle; power-outage updates; downed trees; 35th SW closure
West Seattle Blog - (PLEASE SCROLL DOWN for updates – most recent one, 5:53 pm) 11:34 AM: The wind has arrived – as the National Weather Service warned it would – and the first outages are on Seattle City Light‘s map: Both small, both blamed on trees, one on Seola Beach Drive in southwesternmost West Seattle, one in Westwood [...] Read more...
Saturday, August 29, 2015 -- 11:14 am
Duwamish Tribe chair takes recognition fight to Interior Secretary in West Seattle: Report #1
West Seattle Blog - (WSB photo by Tracy Record) Quick first report on this, since we're going into storm coverage: Within the past hour, Duwamish Tribe chair Cecile Hansen met U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell – whose department denied federal recognition to the Duwamish, again, two months ago – semi-unexpectedly. Hansen and representatives of two activist groups, the Coalition [...] Read more...
Saturday, August 29, 2015 -- 8:59 am
TRAFFIC ALERT: Battery St. Tunnel reopens
West Seattle Blog - 8:59 AM: If you're heading out of West Seattle, take note that you won't be able to get past Seneca Street on NB 99 for a while: There's a crash at Western, and the Battery Street Tunnel has been closed both ways because of 'weather conditions,' according to SPD. We'll update when this changes. Battery [...] Read more...
Saturday, August 29, 2015 -- 8:52 am
West Seattle weather: 'High Wind Warning' in effect until 6 pm
West Seattle Blog - The weather alert that started as a 'Wind Advisory' has been upgraded to a 'High Wind Warning,' in effect through 6 pm tonight. The National Weather Service says the strongest wind is expected 10 am-4 pm, out of the south at 20 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 45-50 mph. That's a fall-strength storm, [...] Read more...
Saturday, August 29, 2015 -- 12:44 am
Seattle teacher-contract talks: What the district says is happening
West Seattle Blog - Contract talks for Seattle Public Schools teachers and other professional staff are expected to continue through the weekend; Monday is the last day of the current contract, and classes start nine days later, on September 9th. While the Seattle Education Association hasn't released a new public statement on how talks are going, the district has; [...] Read more...
Friday, August 28, 2015 -- 9:36 pm
SATURDAY: Big garage sale at Tibbetts United Methodist Church
West Seattle Blog - Are you a quilter? Know one? Look what's up for grabs on one of the tables at Tibbetts United Methodist Church‘s big indoor garage sale tomorrow, 9 am-5 pm. It's a little different from the rummage sales you might remember in Tibbetts' past, but one thing's the same – a huge room full of stuff. [...] Read more...



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