TRAFFIC ALERT: Upcoming work as part of RapidRide H Line preparations

August 19th, 2021 at 5:15 pm Posted in Traffic, White Center news | 2 Comments »

(Metro photo, 15th/Roxbury)

From Metro, some specifics about upcoming work as part of the RapidRide H Line preparations:

One-block closure: Starting as soon as Aug. 23, work crews will close 15th Avenue SW between 106th and 107th streets to all general traffic. Access to businesses along this corridor will be maintained. The closure is expected to last until October 2021. During the closure, crews will construct:
-infrastructure for the future RapidRide H Line stations.
-new sidewalks, curbs, and ADA compliant ramps
-a new pedestrian signal crossing at SW 107th Street.

The southbound bus stop at 15th and 106th Street and northbound stop at 15th and 107th Street will be closed during construction. Please use stops north of 106th or south of 107th streets

Nighttime utility installations: Starting as soon as Aug. 23, crews will be working at night to install new underground utilities across the width of 15th Avenue SW from the southeast to southwest corners of the 15th Avenue SW and SW Roxbury Street intersection. Nighttime work in this location is expected to be ongoing through the end of August. During this work:
-The sidewalk and both lanes of traffic on 15th Avenue SW will be closed from the intersection south to mid-block between SW Roxbury Street and SW 98th Street
-Crews will be working weekday nights between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
-Detours will be in place for people driving, walking, and rolling
-Access to driveways and businesses will be maintained.

Daytime sidewalk and curb construction: Crews will be installing new sidewalks and curbs along 15th Avenue SW near the SW Roxbury Street intersection starting as soon as Aug. 23. This work is expected to be ongoing through early September. During this work:
-Crews will be working weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
-Sidewalk and traffic lane closures will be in place
-Detours will be in place for people driving, walking, and rolling
-Access to driveways and businesses will be maintained.

Nighttime drainage work: On Aug. 25 and 26, work crews will perform nighttime drainage work at SW 102nd Street between 15th Avenue SW and 16th Avenue SW. During this work:
-Crews will be working between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
-Traffic will be reduced to one lane and be guided by flaggers.

Metro Route 120 is scheduled to convert to the H Line in fall 2022.

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Power outage in White Center and beyond

August 18th, 2021 at 3:53 am Posted in Seattle City Light, Utilities, White Center news | 3 Comments »

That’s the map for a big Seattle City Light outage that started around 3 am for more than 8,000 homes/businesses in White Center and elsewhere in North Highline as well as parts of West Seattle and Burien. No word from SCL on the cause, yet.

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CORONAVIRUS: Vaccination pop-up Wednesday in White Center

August 17th, 2021 at 3:57 pm Posted in Coronavirus, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news | 1 Comment »

From Public Health-Seattle/King County we get word of a COVID-19 vaccination pop-up tomorrow (Wednesday, August 18th), noon-6 pm at Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd) in White Center. All three authorized vaccines will be available. so this is open to everyone 12+ – no appointment necessary.

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Amid alerts, burn ban for unincorporated King County ratchets up to Stage 2

August 13th, 2021 at 1:08 pm Posted in Environment, Safety, White Center news | Comments Off on Amid alerts, burn ban for unincorporated King County ratchets up to Stage 2

Just in:

King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts has issued a Stage 2 burn ban for unincorporated King County, which prohibits all outdoor recreational fires. Outdoor cooking and heating appliances are restricted to approved manufactured gas and charcoal units only.

The Stage 2 burn ban goes into effect immediately for King County, which was already in a Stage 1 burn ban. King County’s ban is in coordination with the King County Fire Chiefs Association and Fire Marshals, which extends the ban into cities.

During a Stage 2 burn ban, any outdoor fire such as a backyard fire pit or campfire using chopped firewood or charcoal is prohibited. Under the ban, any person with a recreational fire who fails to take immediate action to extinguish or discontinue when ordered or notified to do so can be charged with, up to and including, a misdemeanor.

Manufactured portable outdoor devices are allowed, including barbeques and patio warmers that are used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Approved fuel devices – including those that rely on charcoal, natural gas or propane gas – are also allowed. Ricketts asks residents to please use caution when disposing of charcoal remains.

Extended periods of abnormally high temperatures have increased the fuel load in the vegetation in our community. The large fire in Oregon and other fires in Washington have stretched wildfire fighting resources throughout the region.

Ricketts says if residents must smoke, they should exercise extreme caution with their ashes or when they’re extinguishing cigarettes. The county asks residents to be diligent and respectful of their neighbors, and to remember this is a demanding time for first responders.

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Benefit concert next week at White Center Heights Park

August 12th, 2021 at 10:57 pm Posted in How to Help, Music, Schools, White Center news | Comments Off on Benefit concert next week at White Center Heights Park

The Community School of West Seattle at 22nd/Roxbury invites your support at a fundraising concert in White Center Heights Park:

Go here for tickets.

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WHITE CENTER FOOD: Tomo booked up weeks before opening

August 10th, 2021 at 9:57 pm Posted in Food, Restaurants, White Center news | Comments Off on WHITE CENTER FOOD: Tomo booked up weeks before opening

(WCN photo)

Between Taboo Video and Southside Pizza, new restaurant Tomo is on the way, and it’s a hot ticket – or should we say, hot plate – weeks before opening. First day will be September 9th, and it’s already fully booked for the month, with October reservations to be offered starting at 10 am September 1st. James Beard Award-winning former Canlis Chef Brady Ishiwata Williams‘ restaurant promises food “created with micro–seasonal, ethically–sourced ingredients and inspired by the heritages of our culinary team.” Tomo is named for the proprietor’s grandmother, Tomoko Ishiwata Bristol, and the restaurant’s website also notes that “tomo” is from the Japanese word for “friend” (tomodachi). The space at 9811 16th SW, which will seat 28 diners, has some food history – Meander’s Kitchen and San Fernando Roasted Chicken in the early 2010s. See sample menus for Tomo here. Tomo will offer two 5-course set dinner menus, and a la carte lunch on weekends; the restaurant also will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

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FOLLOWUP: Seattle Police release their video from deadly shootout in White Center

August 6th, 2021 at 7:20 pm Posted in Crime, White Center news | Comments Off on FOLLOWUP: Seattle Police release their video from deadly shootout in White Center

Per Seattle Police policy, SPD has gone public with their video from last night’s deadly shootout in White Center. See it here – if you choose to; please note the warning, as you see and hear gunfire in the video, and you see the man who was shot by SWAT officers, before, during, and after the gunfire. We don’t know anything more yet about the man who was killed; he was described only as a 22-year-old man suspected of a Seattle murder that happened “earlier this year.” Officers had gone to the house near 21st/100th to arrest him, and after they announced themselves, police say, he came out of the house holding a gun, and fired at them; they shot back, as seen and heard in the video, and he was declared dead at the scene. Police have also released this photo of the gun with which they say the man was armed, adding that “The gun was reported stolen in King County in June 2021.”

SPD says three officers were involved in the shooting and that they are on paid administrative leave.

ADDED MONDAY: The Seattle Times says the man who was killed was Isaiah Hinds, identified in June as the suspect in a murder at a South Seattle church in March.

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UPDATE: Man shot, killed in reported gunfire exchange with Seattle Police serving warrant in White Center

August 5th, 2021 at 6:00 pm Posted in Crime, White Center news | 8 Comments »

6 PM: Seattle Police SWAT was serving an arrest warrant in White Center near 20th and 100th when shots were fired. We don’t know yet who fired but the person who was shot was described as a suspect. We are at the scene and will update.

6:06 PM: If you’re in the area, police have set off a ‘flashbang’ before entering the house to see if anyone else is inside. The shooting happened outside.

6:17 PM: The person who was shot has been taken to the hospital. (Correction: Police later said he was declared dead at the scene.) Officers are now searching the residence. The area’s been taped off, including SW 100th.

6:42 PM: SPD Chief Adrian Diaz is here. Officers are still trying to ensure the house is clear.

6:47 PM: They’ve just set off another flashbang and are using other audible tactics in case there’s anyone inside

6:56 PM: The helicopter is TV.

7:24 PM: We and other media are awaiting a briefing from an SPD public-information officer.

7:55 PM: SPD says the person shot by officers has died. They confirm they had gone to the house to arrest a suspect in a Seattle murder case from earlier this year – but they are not yet confirming that the dead man is the person for whom they had a warrant. We recorded the briefing on video and will add soon. (Added: Here’s the clip.)

The distinction that the warrant was for a Seattle case is important because it rules out the recent unsolved White Center/North Highline murders – those were outside the city limits.

MIDNIGHT: SPD Blotter says the man who was shot was 22 years old and was the suspect officers had gone there to arrest.

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SURVEY: What does the White Center community need?

August 4th, 2021 at 11:56 pm Posted in White Center Community Development Association, White Center news | Comments Off on SURVEY: What does the White Center community need?

A chance for you to have a say:

The White Center Community Development Association is working with the North Highline community to review and prioritize the community’s input on needs and interests in the North Highline subarea. Please consider taking this survey developed by the WCCDA.

The information gathered will help King County Local Services complete a subarea plan and community needs list for North Highline. Learn more about these two initiatives

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Night Out 2021 in White Center

August 4th, 2021 at 1:50 am Posted in Neighborhoods, White Center news | Comments Off on Night Out 2021 in White Center

Big Night Out party on 20th SW – thanks to Gill Loring for the photos! King County Sheriff’s Deputies showed up, as did North Highline firefighters:

Here’s host Ron getting ready to feed attendees:

And here’s how the night ended:

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UPDATE: Stabbing investigation in White Center

August 2nd, 2021 at 11:07 pm Posted in Crime, White Center news | 2 Comments »

11:07 PM: A man reported to have stab wounds to his face is being treated near 15th and 100th, and deputies are there investigating. They’re still clarifying the circumstances; they’re telling dispatch that the attack might have happened in an apartment complex a few blocks away.

11:14 PM: Deputies have gone to an apartment in that complex, in the 1300 block of SW 100th, and found blood inside. Meantime, the victim will be taken to Harborview Medical Center.

11:59 PM: No further updates so far.

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FIRE AFTERMATH: White Center Block Party benefit set for August 29th

August 2nd, 2021 at 5:46 pm Posted in Businesses, Fire, How to Help, White Center news | Comments Off on FIRE AFTERMATH: White Center Block Party benefit set for August 29th

Set your calendar:

Almost a month have passed since the arson that tore through part of the heart of downtown White Center. Businesses are still working to get back open, some in new locations. Today (graphic via @WhiteCenterPride) there’s word of a big party in four weeks to help – be there!

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King County Parks hosting two Night Out celebrations in White Center

July 30th, 2021 at 11:41 am Posted in Parks, White Center news | Comments Off on King County Parks hosting two Night Out celebrations in White Center

Next Tuesday (August 3rd) is Night Out, coast to coast, and here in White Center, King County Parks is hosting two events for the whole family that night, both 5-7 pm – one at Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd) and one at Dick Thurnau Memorial Park (11050 10th SW).

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Deadly shooting in North Highline

July 30th, 2021 at 11:35 am Posted in Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news | 2 Comments »

(WCN/WSB photo by Patrick Sand)

King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Tim Meyer says the victim in a shooting near 28th/Roxbury last night has died. We don’t know anything about the victim yet except that, after being shot at least three times, he ran to the Shell station at that intersection before collapsing. Emergency responders worked to save his life before taking him to Harborview Medical Center, where he arrived in critical condition and died overnight. No one has been arrested yet in connection with the shooting, which deputies were told might have happened outside nearby Roxbury Lanes before the killer took off in a vehicle.

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SATURDAY: Peace Peloton bicycle ride to White Center

July 28th, 2021 at 11:26 am Posted in White Center news | Comments Off on SATURDAY: Peace Peloton bicycle ride to White Center

Beautiful weather for a bike ride – and the next Peace Peloton ride will take you from Columbia City to White Center on Saturday!

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Get vaccinated Wednesday at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center

July 27th, 2021 at 11:27 am Posted in Coronavirus, Health, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news | Comments Off on Get vaccinated Wednesday at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center

Just in – this announcement of a vaccination event noon-6 pm tomorrow (Wednesday, July 28th) at Steve Cox Memorial Park:

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Last chance to take Metro’s safety survey

July 25th, 2021 at 2:19 pm Posted in Metro, Safety, White Center news | Comments Off on Last chance to take Metro’s safety survey

(Also published on partner site West Seattle Blog)

If you ride Metro – occasionally or often – but haven’t yet answered its safety survey, today’s your last chance. The survey is part of what Metro calls its SaFE Reform Initiative – safety, security, and fare-enforcement reform. The survey is available here in 13 languages. You don’t have to answer all the questions – you’re allowed to skip any you don’t want to answer. Once Metro comes up with recommended reforms, pilot programs will launch next year.

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UPDATE: King County Sheriff’s Office callout at Saar’s Super Saver Foods

July 19th, 2021 at 3:59 pm Posted in King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news | Comments Off on UPDATE: King County Sheriff’s Office callout at Saar’s Super Saver Foods

3;59 PM: If you’re wondering what’s going on at Saar’s: Shoppers and staff were evacuated because deputies are dealing with a person in crisis. That’s all we know so far; we’re monitoring the situation.

5:09 PM: Not resolved yet. The person was armed with a knife, which is why the response is sizable.

5:33 PM: Deputies have the person, a 31-year-old man, in custody.

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ROAD WORK: SW Roxbury repaving this week

July 18th, 2021 at 6:06 pm Posted in Traffic, Transportation, White Center news | Comments Off on ROAD WORK: SW Roxbury repaving this week

Heads up – SW Roxbury will be repaved between 24th SW and 25th SW this week, with King County Road Services and the Seattle Department of Transportation partnering on the project. The work is planned Monday-Tuesday, 7 am-4 pm. The alert says that “traffic will be reduced to one lane with crew members directing drivers.” Also: “For people walking, rolling, and biking in the area, sidewalk access will be maintained.”

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WHITE CENTER SCENE: Crowd fills Taradise Café lot to celebrate the life of its founder

July 17th, 2021 at 6:19 pm Posted in People, White Center news | Comments Off on WHITE CENTER SCENE: Crowd fills Taradise Café lot to celebrate the life of its founder

Thanks to Gill Loring for the photos. Family and friends gathered in the Taradise Café parking lot this afternoon to remember the café’s founder, Tara Eckman Scott, who died last week at 51.

The celebration was still going strong after more than an hour. Those in attendance knew her not only from her White Center café but also from her days at West Seattle’s gone-but-not-forgotten Charlestown Café.

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