UPDATE: Power outage in White Center, West Seattle

December 20th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Utilities, West Seattle, White Center news 4 Comments »

8:39 AM: A power outage is affecting parts of White Center and south West Seattle. City Light map shows 2,100+ out. We’re checking out an apparently related crash in Highland Park.

9:37 AM: That’s the car whose driver went off the road on the Highland Park Way hill. No serious injuries reported. Meantime, most affected by the outage are back on; just under 300 customers in West Seattle’s Puget Ridge neighborhood remain out.

10:21 AM: Everybody’s back on.

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Updates from Camp Second Chance at December’s Community Advisory Committee meeting

December 6th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on Updates from Camp Second Chance at December’s Community Advisory Committee meeting

(Originally published on partner site West Seattle Blog)

(File photo)

Camp Second Chance, the city-supported tiny-house encampment that’s just over the Seattle city-limit line from North Highline, remains COVID-free. That’s one of the updates from this afternoon’s monthly online meeting of the Myers Way encampment’s Community Advisory Committee. Meeting toplines:

CAMP UPDATE: Eric Pattin, co-founder and site coordinator, said 55 people are living at CSC right now, 20 women and 35 men. Two people have left for housing in the past month, and three people have arrived. One person was required to leave for violating the camp’s “no weapons” rule by bringing in a gun. Pattin said that “residents took action without anyone getting hurt,” confiscating the weapon until authorities arrived. That was one of four 911 calls to the camp in the past month; he said the others were medical. In Q&A, Pattin said the camp is using the former tiny-house-building tent (left behind when Sound Foundations NW moved that operation to a SODO facility) for meetings, and planning to add flooring in the future so it can be used more of a rec/community center. How they’re going to get that flooring hasn’t yet been worked out.

CITY UPDATE: Shawn Neal from the Human Services Department was the first City of Seattle rep to attend the CAC meeting in several months. He noted that the Navigation Team has been replaced by the HOPE Team, though the latter will mostly work with providers rather than directly with camps and campers. They’re still working out how concerns can be referred to that team. An request-for-qualifications process recently was conducted with the goal of opening more shelter spaces soon, Neal said, including adding hotel rooms, enhanced shelter, villages (tiny-house encampments), as many current places at capacity.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS’ UPDATES: Cinda Stenger said Alki UCC is providing a hot breakfast to the camp on Christmas morning and is interested in anyone who’d like to help; contact the church. … Chair Willow Fulton plans to talk with other CACs around the city about “building a network” to help former encampment residents who have moved into housing but need ways to “stay connected” after losing the support systems that the camps provide. “It just helps folks in that next step,” Fulton said. “Just getting into housing doesn’t necessarily cover everything you need.” … Fauntleroy UCC continues its involvement, recently providing electric blankets for camp residents. … Nearby area concerns shared by multiple CAC members included: Some signs of renewed unsanctioned camping in the greenbelt across Myers Way, and some trash concerns in the area, including illegal dumping by people who come to the area specifically for that. Street racing, too – speeding drivers at all kinds are a threat to campers and others walking in the area. Neal said he’d have city colleagues look into it.

PANDEMIC: Since this topic hadn’t come up as the meeting was winding down, we asked about it. Still no positive COVID-19 tests among campers, Pattin replied, adding that he’s working on arranging for everyone to be tested again in the next week.

NEXT MEETING: 2 pm Sunday, January 3rd, online; if you’d like to be on the announcement list, email c2ccacchair@gmail.com.

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TODAY! West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2019, with North Highline participants

May 11th, 2019 Tracy Posted in West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on TODAY! West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2019, with North Highline participants

Enjoy garage/yard/rummage sales? Today’s the 15th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, which we coordinate via our site West Seattle Blog, and everyone’s invited to come shop the hundreds of sales happening all over the peninsula. We have mapped them two ways – interactive/clickable/zoomable and downloadable/printable. Each sale has a number and is matched with a classified-ad-style description. Three are in fact in North Highline:

Sale 5: 11622 23rd Ave SW
Sale 120: 9810 28th Ave SW
Sale 278: 9810 26th Ave SW

Official sale hours are 9 am-3 pm, though some are starting earlier and some ending later. Happy shopping!

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UPDATE: West Seattle snow trouble updates

February 11th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Snow, West Seattle, White Center news 2 Comments »

8 PM UPDATE – WSB is functioning again so we have resumed updates there. Thanks for your patience!

UPDATED 6:58 PM: While our main site West Seattle Blog is still accessible, a technical problem temporarily has us unable to update its pages. While we work on fixing it, this site runs on a different system so here are important updates beyond what we have up on WSB already:

SCHOOL CLOSURES FOR TUESDAY:
Seattle Public Schools
Highline Public Schools
Vashon Island SD
South Seattle College
Hope Lutheran
Seattle Lutheran HS
Holy Rosary
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Summit Atlas
Holy Family Bilingual School
Kennedy Catholic High School
Taproot School
Community School of West Seattle
Westside School
Fauntleroy Children’s Center

Also:
O’Dea HS

POWER PROBLEMS

Almost 1,000 customers are out in southeast West Seattle

ROAD PROBLEMS
Currently numerous. Buses stuck on Avalon – photo from Gwen:

Delridge onramp to eastbound bridge, tree down across Jacobsen Road, Highland Park Way hill closed. Tree down on 35th SW southbound south of Morgan. Thanks to Brian for this photo:

Utility pole down on California between Dakota and Genesee. Thanks to Jeremy for this photo:

Don’t go out if you don’t absolutely have to. The city will need a while to catch up with this heavy snow.

We’ll add here as needed until we can update WSB links.

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SUNDAY: Awareness march in White Center, South Delridge

September 24th, 2017 Tracy Posted in West Seattle, White Center, White Center news Comments Off on SUNDAY: Awareness march in White Center, South Delridge

The Salvation Army invites you to join an awareness-raising march this afternoon (September 24th). From Capt. Lisa Barnes:

The Salvation Army is hosting a march down 16th Ave this Sunday. We will be walking just 4 blocks each way as we raise awareness for those currently enslaved around the world. We will start at The Salvation Army at 1:15 and be finished by 3:00 at the latest. This is a free event and we will be providing materials for signs.

Organizers add, “This will be the kickoff event for a group of people who are justice minded, and ready to make a difference for trafficked people in our neighborhoods. … This is not a political march. This is a march for freedom, for unity, for awareness, and for community.” The Salvation Army is at 9050 16th SW; the march will be on sidewalks, not the street.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash on Olson Place

October 26th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Safety, West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash on Olson Place

Thanks to everyone who has been updating us on this crash on Olson Place, east of Roxbury. No injuries, apparently, as Seattle Fire has not been dispatched, but most recently, we are told, it is blocking one lane each way.

The vehicle that spun out is reported to have hit a tree.

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Like garage sales? 340+ of them to the north on Saturday during West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day

May 8th, 2015 Tracy Posted in West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on Like garage sales? 340+ of them to the north on Saturday during West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day

If you need a few things … and/or just like to shop garage sales, rummage sales, yard sales, whatever you want to call them … head north and shop West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day tomorrow (9 am-3 pm, Saturday, May 9th)! Our partner site West Seattle Blog presents/coordinates WSCGSD, which this year has a record 340+ sales. The online map is here, and that page includes a link to a printable version (21 pages of sale descriptions and map sections).

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Suspect in custody after search crosses into county

February 25th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, West Seattle, White Center news 1 Comment »

11:53 PM: Still trying to unravel exactly what happened, but Seattle Police tracked a suspect into White Center tonight and have just taken him into custody near Marv’s Broiler in downtown White Center. The call apparently started with a report of a man with a knife in South Delridge; SPD was searching, and then found their suspect, who was reported to have been on a bicycle. King County Sheriff’s Deputies were on the case too. We’ll add anything more that we find out.

12 MIDNIGHT: Photo tweeted by Katt:

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Update: Man arrested after stealing SUV with baby inside in West Seattle, and abandoning both in Greenbridge

August 27th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Crime, West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on Update: Man arrested after stealing SUV with baby inside in West Seattle, and abandoning both in Greenbridge

ORIGINAL REPORT: If you’re seeing Seattle Police and helicopters, there’s a search under way in White Center after a man who stole a vehicle with a baby inside ditched the vehicle, a black Ford Edge. Searchers are looking in an area including the 13th/100th vicinity. The baby is OK. If you see anyone suspicious, call 911 ASAP. More details on our partner site West Seattle Blog; the SUV was stolen in Highland Park.

UPDATE: A suspect is in custody, arrested at 17th/Roxbury.

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Backpack giveaway tomorrow at Westwood Christian Community

August 19th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Churches, West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on Backpack giveaway tomorrow at Westwood Christian Community

Student(s) in your family, or someone you know, in need of school supplies? Check out this event just north of White Center tomorrow (Wednesday):

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Invitation: Come shop West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day tomorrow!

May 9th, 2014 Tracy Posted in West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on Invitation: Come shop West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day tomorrow!

Just a quick invitation to head north and shop West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day tomorrow (9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 10th) – more than 280 sales of all sizes, just a few miles away. In Arbor Heights and Shorewood, they’re even closer – just to the west – check out the online and printable versions of the map, including classified-ad-style listings for each one highlighting featured items, by going here.

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Love yard/garage/rummage sales? Head over to West Seattle today

May 11th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Fun, West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on Love yard/garage/rummage sales? Head over to West Seattle today

Just north of White Center, it’s the 9th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – which your co-publishers here coordinate/present on behalf of partner site West Seattle Blog. 280 sales are on the WSCGSD map this year. You are cordially invited to check them out between 9 am and 3 pm – find the online, printable, and mobile versions of the map on this WSB page.

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White Center community invited to Gathering of Neighbors next Saturday

April 29th, 2013 Tracy Posted in West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on White Center community invited to Gathering of Neighbors next Saturday

White Center and West Seattle organizations and community leaders are gathering this Saturday for the annual Gathering of Neighbors, and you’re invited – the first half includes conversations on topics including WC history; the second half is a resource fair with community organizations, and entertainment. Here’s the announcement:

Gather with your West Seattle/White Center neighbors this Saturday at Chief Sealth.

On Saturday, May 4th, at 9:00 am at Chief Sealth International High School, VIEWS (Visualize Increased Engagement West Seattle), Southwest Youth & Family Services, the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council, and the Southwest District Council will present the 2013 edition of the Gathering of Neighbors. GON has also partnered with the City of Seattle, Seattle Public Utilities, Rainwise Program to offer Delridge residents the opportunity to learn how water barrels and rain gardens can help improve the environment. SPU and their contractors will be available to demonstrate and answer all your questions.

This year’s event will feature several plenary sessions that we hope will encourage residents, schools, agencies, and community leaders to create new partnerships to meet the changing and challenging needs in the community:
· 9:00am – Social/Refreshments
· 9:30 am – Welcoming Ceremonies
· 10:00am – Honoring our Diverse Northwest Culture
· 10:20am – Sessions
Ø Should We Elect Our Seattle City Council by Districts?
Ø Rain Gardens and Other Creative Way to Improve and Make Your Neighborhood Beautiful
Ø Working Together to Build Stronger Communities
Ø Connecting Resources to Needs When a Major Disaster Hits – Emergency Communication Hubs
Ø Diaries of White Center – A Historical Documentary
· 11:05 – Repeat Sessions
· Noon – The State of West Seattle/Wrap-up
· Resource Fair/Entertainment

During the afternoon the GON Resource Fair will feature neighborhood councils, non-profits and social service providers, a selection of representatives from various city and county departments, plus local entertainment to celebrate the Gathering of Neighbors and the connections we have made. Will you join us? Starting at 12:30 the entertainment will feature:

Ø 12:30 pm – Twelfth Night Productions – Broadway show tunes
Ø 1:00 pm – Ellis Brothers – Middle schools trio of Jazz playing brothers
Ø 1:45 pm – Trackademics – Sealth group
Ø 2:15 pm – DK Dwyer – Chicago style blues (acoustic)

Chief Sealth IHS is at 2600 SW Thistle in West Seattle.

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Coming to White Center: Permanent home of Gildenfire Dance

February 10th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Arts, How to Help, West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on Coming to White Center: Permanent home of Gildenfire Dance

They are well-known in West Seattle, and now on their way to a permanent location in White Center: The young dancers of Gildenfire and their leader Jenna Lutton. We got the word from reader Megan Kelton-Rehkopf (who also shared the photo from their latest performance):

On Neighborhood Appreciation Day (Saturday), Jenna Lutton’s Gildenfire Dance held their annual performance for the residents at The Kenney [in West Seattle]. At the end of the performance, Jenna announced that Gildenfire has found a permanent home and she’s launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $5500 for a dance floor and mirrors to transform the space into an amazing dance studio. The new home of Gildenfire will be in White Center, located behind McLendon’s.

The Gildenfire fundraising page on IndieGogo reveals that as of this writing, they’re already 80 percent of the way to the goal.

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Dog from Shorewood attack now at county shelter

January 31st, 2013 Tracy Posted in King County, West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on Dog from Shorewood attack now at county shelter

While following up on an incident reported in the latest WSBeat police-report roundup on partner site West Seattle Blog, we confirmed that a dog found in the Myers Way “woods” with its owner, just southeast of White Center, is the same one sought in connection with a much-reported attack in Shorewood. That attack injured a dog and its owner, as first reported on the Shorewood on the Sound Facebook group page. The man found with the dog off Myers Way is in jail because of warrants, as noted in the WSBeat report; King County spokesperson Cameron Satterfield told us that the dog is in the county facility in Kent and will remain there while its owner works through his legal problems – Seattle Animal Shelter took the dog from the Myers Way scene on Saturday, and then turned it over to the county. The owner has been cited, Satterfield says, including a “removal order” served to him in jail – if he reclaims the dog, it cannot be kept anywhere in King County.

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Newest White Center-area mural dedicated for West Seattle Lions

January 20th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Arts, West Seattle, White Center news 2 Comments »

(Crossposted from partner site WSB) The West Seattle Lions‘ mural at 17th and Roxbury is now officially dedicated – a reader shared photos from the event, including artist Xavier Lopez Jr., above, signing his creation. Last month, Lopez was honored as a White Center Hero for his role in the mural art that’s popping up all around White Center and South Delridge, including the new Lions mural.

(WS Lions president Jimie Martin with Mark Ufkes from the WC Chamber)
A map to all the White Center-area murals can be found on the WC Chamber of Commerce‘s website.

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Traffic alert: Crash on Roxbury at 8th

October 6th, 2012 Tracy Posted in West Seattle, White Center news 1 Comment »

4:52 PM: Seattle crews are handling it right now, but this is likely to affect traffic to/from White Center for a while – a crash at 8th and Roxbury. 8th is reported closed north of Roxbury; we’re waiting for our crew to report in with word on whether all of Roxbury is affected, or just the westbound side. Two vehicles and a motorcycle are reported to be involved in the crash.

5 PM UPDATE: The crash is on the Seattle side of Roxbury; both directions of traffic on Roxbury are getting through. No one involved was hurt badly enough to have to go to the hospital. The two vehicles are both pickups, including the one in our top photo.

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White Center sales on the map for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day tomorrow

May 11th, 2012 Tracy Posted in West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on White Center sales on the map for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day tomorrow

Through our original site West Seattle Blog, we organize the annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day. Tomorrow (Saturday, May 12th), is the 8th annual edition, and it’s the fifth year we have organized/coordinated it. If you’re interested in heading out to shop – official sale hours are 9 am to 3 pm – not only are more than 240 sales registered for all around West Seattle, there are also a few here in White Center. Go to this page on WSB to see both the online map – which is clickable and zoomable like most online maps – and a link to the downloadable map you can print as a 12-page PDF.

The White Center-area sales (and note there are sales not far, in Highland Park and other parts of south West Seattle):

#008 – 9800 8th SW (Greenbridge Plaza, benefit sale by White Center Kiwanis)
#165 – 9824 30th SW
#245 – 1820 SW 100th
#249 – 1903 SW 112th

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White Center represented at Seattle mayor’s Town Hall

March 14th, 2012 Tracy Posted in West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on White Center represented at Seattle mayor’s Town Hall

Covering Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn‘s Town Hall last night in Delridge for partner site West Seattle Blog, we spotted Aileen Sison participating in the community-information fair that preceded the event. She was there to represent the White Center Chamber of Commerce, answering questions and share information about WC; area residents were invited to browse the information fair in the hour before the mayor spoke at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

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Recycling your tree: Here are some options!

January 2nd, 2012 Tracy Posted in Burien, Environment, Holidays, West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on Recycling your tree: Here are some options!

If you had a one-use tree this holiday season – here’s how to recycle it.

If you have Waste Management pickup service, you can put it out with your yard waste this week, as long as you follow these rules:

Waste Management collects Christmas trees from its residential customers. Be sure the tree is cut into three-foot sections and remove any tree stands, nails, tinsel and decorations.

If you are within Seattle city limits, you can take your tree to the South Transfer Station in South Park, as long as it’s not taller than eight feet (rules here).

Wherever you live, you are welcome to help out local nonprofits with these two tree-cycling events coming up next weekend:

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Boy Scout Troop 375 Christmas Tree Recycle
January 7 – 8, 2012 (9 to 4)
Five Corners (160th and 1st Avenue in Burien)
$5 per tree
“Good Karma” Christmas Tree Mulch available for $25 donation per yard

SATURDAY, TWO LOCATIONS: The West Seattle Rainbow Girls will hold their fifth annual Christmas tree recycle fundraiser January 7 at the Alki Masonic Hall 4736 40th Ave. SW. and also at the Southgate Masonic Hall located at 1004 SW 152nd in Burien from 10:00 – 2:00. Suggested donation $5.00. No flocked trees please. For more information please contact Jan Hunter at 206-849-7906. Check out the Rainbow Girls by going to www.gorainbow.org.

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