TUESDAY: West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meets

Tuesday night at the Southwest Precinct, the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meets for the first time since before the holidays. You don’t have to be a captain – or even part of a block watch – to be there. Tentatively scheduled guest is the SW Precinct’s Community Police Team officer who focuses on homelessness-related situations, Ofcr. Todd Wiebke. The WSBWCN announcement explains there’s a chance he might be diverted – in which case, that will extend the meeting’s time for participants to talk with other SWP police and with each other. The meeting’s at 6:30 pm Tuesday (January 24th) in the meeting room off the precinct’s public parking lot at 2300 SW Webster.

HALA REZONING: With city-organized workshop in The Junction coming up Thursday, here’s how the new JuNO Land Use Committee briefed neighbors

(Direct link to draft West Seattle Junction rezoning map)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

This Thursday (January 26th), people living and working in the West Seattle Junction Urban Village have their first official city-organized meeting entirely focused on the proposed rezoning for the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda component called Mandatory Housing Affordability.

(The city-organized Morgan Junction workshop previously announced for tomorrow, we should note, has been postponed TFN, but the February 11th Admiral workshop is on.)

In the same room where next Thursday’s Junction workshop will happen – upstairs at the Senior Center/Sisson Building – the area’s community council, the Junction Neighborhood Organization, had a briefing and Q/A session to help interested Junction community members get ready.

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That briefing/prep session this past Thursday was led by JuNO’s new Land Use Committee, which debuted a rallying cry for the HALA rezoning process:

“Too much … Too fast … Please put us last.”

The Junction already has taken on a lot of density, noted Carl Guess, the committee co-chair who opened the meeting – currently at more than 300 percent above what planners originally expected to be added by now.

From that declaration ensued a detailed, albeit unofficial, primer on Junction growth and HALA: Read More

UPDATE: Crash, spill on 22nd SW

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5:21 PM: A main route between North Delridge and Puget Ridge, 22nd SW, is blocked right now because of a crash and what’s described as a resulting “spill” for which an SDOT cleanup crew is being called. That’s the route between Delridge/Oregon and 21st [map]. We’re on the way to check it out.

5:43 PM: Photo added. Police tell our crew at the scene that a driver headed uphill (south/eastbound) hit a utility pole. Wreckage and fluid spill ensued, but no injuries of note. The vehicle’s been towed, the spill dealt with, and the road is reopening.

UPDATE: Fire response in Arbor Heights

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4:57 PM: A sizable Seattle Fire Department response is arriving in the 10200 block of 38th SW [map] in Arbor Heights for a possible house fire. First crews are not seeing anything, though. We’re on our way and will be updating.

5 PM: SFD crews have radioed that this was a kitchen fire and is now out, so many of the units are being canceled.

5:06 PM: Our crew on scene confirms this. Firefighters say it was a grease fire and the resident(s) extinguished it. No significant damage, no injuries.

TALK WITH YOUR CITY COUNCILMEMBER: ‘District office hours’ for Lisa Herbold in West Seattle on Friday

Trying to get a meeting with City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, like the person who started this WSB Forums thread? If you haven’t already heard via e-mail or via her blog-format website, next Friday brings Herbold’s next “district office hours” event. She’ll be at the Southwest Neighborhood Center (same building as SW Pool), 2801 SW Thistle, on Friday (January 27th), 2-7 pm. “Drop-in friendly” as usual, she says, but if you want to make an appointment, she says you can do that by e-mailing alex.clardy@seattle.gov.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: ATM stolen from bank drive-thru; thwarted package theft on video

Two incidents in West Seattle Crime Watch:

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BANK INVESTIGATION: We’re still working to get details on a pre-dawn police investigation at US Bank in The Junction. After a texted tip that SW Edmunds was blocked off there, we found police putting a small forklift-type vehicle on a flatbed tow truck (top photo). They declined to elaborate on the investigation; we went back later and noted that the drive-up ATM is gone, with debris in view along with severed wires, and even what appeared to be a scorch mark on the pavement:

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Whether it was stolen, removed after a theft attempt, or some other circumstance, we don’t know yet. One bystander said he noticed police there as early as 5:45 am. We’ll add whatever more we find out – but in the meantime, if you need a US Bank ATM, you won’t find one at the Junction drive-thru.

ADDED 2:16 PM: One more clue – the call is classified as “theft.”

ADDED 5:23 PM: Police confirm the ATM was stolen, and the forklift was used in the crime. No further details likely until we can seek the incident report Monday.

(back to original story) Also in Crime Watch:

PACKAGE THEFT THWARTED: This happened Thursday afternoon in Riverview – caught on security-cam video that was texted to us:

If you have any information on the would-be thief/vehicle, let SPD know and refer to case number 2017-023139.

VIDEO: New president, same treaty-rights fight for Duwamish Tribe

On Saturday, while tens of thousands of people were marching downtown out of concern over the newly inaugurated administration, the White House transition was also a topic of discussion at the Duwamish Longhouse. The day was in part a celebration of the longhouse itself – completed and dedicated eight years ago – but it began with a focus on the Duwamish Tribe‘s continued quest for its treaty rights. Our video above is from a Q/A session that followed the Longhouse’s first screening of the new documentary “Promised Land,” which is about the Duwamish and Chinook Tribes’ struggle to get the federal government to honor those rights.

In our video, after lauding the filmmakers for their work, Duwamish chair Cecile Hansen answered questions (others were fielded by James Rasmussen and Ken Workman, also of the tribe). Hansen said she is “not too encouraged about the new administration, but you never know what could happen.” Rasmussen said they also are dealing with a change in who represents Seattle in the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, who just retired, was a longtime champion of the Duwamish pursuit of federal recognition; his newly elected successor, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, hasn’t been to the Longhouse, Rasmussen noted, and they don’t know whether she is supportive or not. He also explained, when asked for details of what would be different if they had treaty rights, that Duwamish youth are not recognized as Native Americans when enrolling in college – they have been offered the chance to do so if they enroll with a recognized tribe, but, Rasmussen said, usually decline.

Other tribes in the area have opposed Duwamish treaty rights, Rasmussen went on to say, because of concerns over casino competition. The Duwamish have “no plan to build a casino – never has been a plan,” he said, but he also said that when once offered the chance at recognition if they permanently renounced that option, they put the question to their membership and they said no, “we’re not giving up anything.”

Hansen, by the way, says she’s writing a book. She’s been fighting for the treaty rights for more than 40 years; the tribe briefly gained recognition in the final days of the Clinton Administration, saw it subsequently canceled by the Bush Administration, and then came another denial, from the Obama Administration, in summer 2015.

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As you will also hear her say in the video – and as we reported here a year and a half ago – she took the Duwamish’s case directly to now-former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, a West Seattle resident (photo above). While Jewell touted the department’s work with tribes in her farewell, that didn’t include any progress for the Duwamish, Hansen noted. “If she had brought the tribes together, we would not be suffering with this non-status. … She should have done more for the Duwamish people.”

Options for your West Seattle Sunday

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(Harbor seal, photographed at Lincoln Park on Saturday afternoon by Steven Director)

Six ways to enjoy your day, from our calendar:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS MARKET: See what’s fresh! 10 am-2 pm in the street, in The Junction. (California SW between Alaska and Oregon)

COMMUNITY SERVICE TO SERVE THE GOD OF MOTHER NATURE: Grab your gardening gloves, maybe a weeding tool too, and meet up with naturalist Stewart Wechsler at Lincoln Park, 11 am – explained on his website. (Fauntleroy Way/SW Rose)

‘NETRUNNER’ MARATHON BENEFIT: Noon-10 pm, you’re invited to play at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor), as part of a benefit to help New Beginnings end domestic violence. Or – donate without playing! Here’s our preview. (3727 California SW)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Alki museum is a great place to visit today, noon-4 pm. (61st SW/SW Stevens)

CHORO TOCANDO: Live Brazilian music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

‘MOTHERS AND SONS’: First matinee of the run, 3 pm @ ArtsWest Playhouse. (4711 California SW)

PHOTOS: West Seattleites’ views from the Womxn’s March on Seattle

(EARLIER COVERAGE: Our photos of West Seattleites heading to the march)

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6:13 PM: With more than 100,000 participants, the Womxn’s March on Seattle lasted more than four and a half hours – from the first departures from Judkins Park around 11:15, to the Seattle Police announcement that the last marchers had arrived at Seattle Center around 3:50 pm, without incidents or arrests.

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We covered marchers leaving West Seattle this morning (see those photos here); we appreciate everyone who has sent photos (editor@westseattleblog.com or 206-293-6302) and expect to add more.

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Above and below, Trissa Hodapp sent photos of her group, all West Seattleites, from the end of the route at Seattle Center.

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Trissa says, “My daughter carried the sign almost the entire route. It was so powerful and had positive energy.” The signs told the story of the day – this next one was photographed by Samuella Samaniego:

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She also sent this view from the Chinatown area:

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Carl Guess shared the photo below, observing, “Love the juxtaposition of the gospel tune lyric and the flag.”

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The sign shown with this group of “walking West Seattleites” was from the school of “cup half full”:

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Some signs were handwritten:

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And in many views – what stood out was the prevalence of the pink “pussyhats”:

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Many family groups – next are Stephanie and Madeline Gerding, photographed by Patrick Gerding:

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The next two are from Y-Ma, who e-mailed: “We got to Judkins around 10:30. The crowd, the energy & respectfulness was kind of overwhelming. I think it took us about 90 minutes after start to actually be able to leave the park vicinity. Coming down the hill – it was an absolute sea of people for as far as one could see.”

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That sea of people rolled and strolled on through the Central and International Districts, and on to downtown – this view is from Sarah Cameron:

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And this, from Laura Dedon Oxford:

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Next photo, via e-mail – “Denise Nelson and Lisa Stencel representing West Seattle!”

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And here are students from a school that marched on Friday too – Taproot School:

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Thanks to Lynne Meddaugh for that photo.

So what happened at the end of the march route? Barbara Dobkin sent this photo of performers on the Seattle Center grounds:

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ADDED 9:40 PM: More photos sent since we published the ones above – thank you, again! Citywide media now quotes organizers as estimating about 175,000 people participated. The next three pictures are from West Seattle photographer Vy Duong:

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Anna Yates took her daughters, Genesee Hill Elementary students, and shared this photo:

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Another mom who took her child – Panayiota Bertzikis, who we found out belatedly is a West Seattle resident and was also among today’s speakers! She shared this photo of herself and her one-year-old, who joined her onstage:

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From J. Lardizabal, more West Seattleites representing at the march:

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Thanks to Layne Ahlstrom for the next three photos:

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And Alki artist Susan K. Miller is the only person to send a sketch! “Reporting the old-fashioned way! 😊 This was Judkins Park at 9:15a, when you could still see some grass. Focused on that ERA NOW sign, exactly like the one I marched with 40 years ago because as several signs said, ‘Can’t believe we’re still protesting this’.”

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ADDED SUNDAY MORNING: More photos came in overnight – the next two are from Karen Berge, featuring a two-sided sign created by one of the West Seattleites with whom she marched, Mary Sheely (seen in second photo):

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Kathryn Aupperlee sent photos of signs that caught her attention, including these:

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ADDED SUNDAY EVENING: A few more photos have come in – these are from The Lees:

“We’re a local WS family from the Puget Ridge area. We took the bus route #125 in front of SSC to downtown but since the buses were full from DT to the park by the time we arrived at the SAM, we just walked up to the park. I pushed both my kids in the stroller from there to Judkins Park. I didn’t have a pink hat so I hair sprayed my hair pink. My daughter is a kindergartener at Sanislo Elementary. I am on the PTA board.”

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And from Aneelah Afzali, the West Seattleite about whom we wrote on the eve of the march, for which she was a pre-march speaker:

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This was one of ~400 marches – photos seen on Twitter even included one in Antarctica.

YOU CAN HELP! Play Netrunner tomorrow, raise $ to end domestic violence

Game-playing for a good cause – it’s happening noon-10 pm tomorrow at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor). Connor Alexander (who you might know from the West Seattle Cyberpunks) sent the announcement:

Just wanted to let you know that we’re hosting a benefit on Sunday at Meeples Games. It’s a marathon of the game Netrunner for a local Seattle charity, New Beginnings.

Here’s the link to the event.

You don’t have to play to contribute. Information on how to contribute without attending is in the invite. Also, you can attend and donate, but not play. People interested in learning how to play are encouraged to attend. This is a marathon, not a competitive tournament. All play is casual.

If you haven’t been to Meeples Games – which is a café and playing place as well as a store – it’s upstairs at 3737 California SW, NW corner of California/Charlestown.

‘Full response’ dispatch in Fauntleroy, quickly scaled back

Just mentioning in case you saw the Seattle Fire units and/or heard the sirens: What was briefly a “full response” dispatch to the 4500 block of SW Director in Fauntleroy has been scaled back to one engine. Instead of a house fire, it turned out to be a problem with a food smoker.

WOMXN’S MARCH ON SEATTLE: ‘Solidarity march’ in West Seattle Junction

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This morning, we heard from Tom, whose family had decided not to go to the Womxn’s March on Seattle but wanted to invite others to join a small “solidarity march” around The Junction. We caught up with his group as they headed out from California/Edmunds around quarter till 1, after the sun had emerged from the clouds.

As for the main march downtown – per SPD, after more than two hours, the last of the marchers have finally left Judkins Park, as the front of the group arrived at the end of the route more than 3 miles away. The crowd has been estimated at well over 100,000. No incidents reported along the way, we can say from monitoring police frequencies and other emergency channels. We’ll have an update later with photos from participants (got a photo to share? editor@westseattleblog.com or text 206-293-6302 – thank you!).

West Seattle-based The Whale Trail expanding orca awareness, again

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That’s a brand-new sign – in San Simeon, California – along The Whale Trail, the shore-based network of whale-watching spots established by the West Seattle-based advocacy group of the same name. The photo is from TWT executive director Donna Sandstrom, who is in California to launch six new TWT sites, including that one. And this comes as her group celebrates a new grant announced this week by a national organization:

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation announced that The Whale Trail, based in Seattle, will receive a $50,000 Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Award for their project, “The Whale Trail Northern California,” to develop interpretive signage on the northern California coast focusing on the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW), extending the trail of signage already found in the Olympic Peninsula.

The award is one of five grants totaling $215,000 awarded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to expand public awareness of ocean and Great Lakes conservation issues in partnership with America’s national marine sanctuaries.

“The Whale Trail will help engage Americans in understanding how they can change the future for the southern resident orca, since all the issues that have brought the SKRW to the brink of extinction are human-caused,” said Kristen Sarri, President and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. “Supporting local partners and their efforts to conserve this magnificent species is at the heart of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s work and well represents the goals of the Hollings Ocean Awareness Awards.”

“The Hollings Award will make it possible for coastal visitors and residents to learn more about where and when to watch whales from shore. The northern California coast is a key part of the range for the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales. With NMSF support we’ll build awareness of these iconic and beloved pods, the threats they are facing, and the role that we can each and all play in their recovery,” said Donna Sandstrom, founder and executive director for The Whale Trail.

The Hollings Award to The Whale Trail was provided in partnership with NOAA Fisheries. The purpose of the Hollings Awards is to foster a better understanding of ocean and Great Lakes issues that leads to increased stewardship of natural and cultural marine resources, including the eight endangered and protected species that are part of NOAA’s Species in the Spotlight campaign. The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation seeks projects that inspire local communities to conservation actions, seeking innovative ideas that partner with America’s marine and Great Lakes sanctuaries to draw needed attention to endangered species such as the Southern Resident Killer Whale.

“NOAA Fisheries is pleased to be a partner in these education and outreach projects that support stewardship of the nation’s ocean resources and their habitat,” said Paul Doremus, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations for NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service.

Established in 2005, the awards represent the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s commitment to the legacy of former U.S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings who authored an extraordinary range of laws to safeguard America’s ocean and coasts. Senator Hollings was committed to increasing knowledge of our ocean’s value through research and education.

NMSF is supporting four other organizations with Hollings Ocean Awareness Awards that support projects in California, Georgia, Michigan, and Hawaii. The five funded projects connect with a wide geography of sanctuaries in U.S. waters, and support critical education and outreach initiatives on ocean and Great Lakes conservation and endangered species awareness.

NMSF has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants through the Hollings Awards program from its Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund and other sources since 2005 to approximately 70 organizations.

While the Southern Resident Killer Whales are considered “residents” here, they range into waters far to the north – Canada – and south – California – to find food, so TWT’s awareness campaign is vital along many hundreds of miles of shoreline.

WOMEN’S MARCH ON SEATTLE: West Seattleites head out

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10:42 AM: After receiving a photo from the bus-chartering moms in Gatewood (shown atop our daily-preview list), we decided to head to The Junction to check out people catching buses to head to the march starting point in the Central District. And we found lots of them, of all ages!

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The buses were jammed – even with Metro adding more, in the 9 am hour, they were leaving full, with some having to wait for the next one. This photo was texted from aboard a Route 21 bus caught along Avalon:

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As we headed back south to WSB headquarters on the Gatewood/Upper Fauntleroy line, we saw an obviously march-bound group waiting at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, so we pulled over for this photo:

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They told us they were awaiting rideshare vehicles – and that the group was twice this size but the others had already left.

IF YOU’RE MARCHING: Please send a photo – we will have a separate report later with photos from the march. editor@westseattleblog.com or text to 206-293-6302 (our 24/7 round-the-clock number) – thank you!

IF YOU’RE NOT MARCHING: As added to our daily preview list, a local family is organizing a small solidarity march around The Junction – meet at Uptown Espresso (California/Edmunds/Erskine) at 12:30 pm.

ABOUT THE HATS: If you don’t know the background of the pink hats many are wearing … go here.

11:30 AM: As of a minutes ago, the march is officially on the move, having left Judkins Park (and all the overflow spots where people are waiting along the route to Seattle Center). If you are headed downtown for some other reason – keep in mind that traffic/access will be affected for hours. TV helicopters are over the crowd; this is the most reliable feed we’ve found so far.

12:28 PM: After more than an hour, SPD says the march has now spread almost entirely across the full official route of more than 3 miles – as the front of the march approaches the end of the route at Seattle Center, some have yet to leave Judkins Park at the start of the route.

2:45 PM: The march is in its fourth hour and some are still on the route to Seattle Center – just passing Spring Street, according to the latest police-radio update, plus SPD via Twitter:


All the estimates we’ve seen so far have participation at more than 100,000 people. Again, we’ll have a separate report later with the photos we’ve received (thank you!) and summary details.

3:04 PM: Some buses are still on reroutes – be aware of this if you’re trying to get home. For the C Line, we checked with Metro: “The C Line has been rerouted further west on Mercer to Queen Anne Ave. It is traveling south on QA to turn left on Denny Way, then right on 1st, left on Broad and right onto 3rd Ave.” We don’t know how much longer this will last, though.

3:29 PM: Metro also now has a free shuttle running “on 5th Ave between Mercer and Broad Streets” to go south back into downtown from Seattle Center to catch buses back this way.

Previewing your West Seattle (and beyond) Saturday

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Added: Moms from West Seattle chartered buses to head to the march. Thanks for the photo!

First, if you’re going to the weekend’s biggest event – the Womxn’s March on Seattle from Judkins Park to Seattle Center – today:

METRO INFO: Extra buses are promised.

OTHER TRANSPORTATION INFO: On the march website.

SPEAKERS: We’re told that along with Aneelah Afzali, who we reported on last night, at least one other West Seattleite is among the speakers: Panayiota Bertzikis.

If you’re marching and have a photo to share later – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

(ADDED 10:08 AM) LOCAL SOLIDARITY MARCH: From Tom – “My wife and I have decided that we are feeling too anxious to take our kids to today’s big march after the shooting at UW yesterday. But our daughter was really excited about it, and we want to do something. We’ve decided to go march around the Alaska Junction. Is there anyone else who wants to show solidarity but isn’t up to the big march who’d like to join us? We were thinking of meeting at 12:30 by Uptown Espresso but are flexible on time. And a big thank you to those who are going to the big march, with or without your kids!!”
Questions? E-mail Tom at tomohern@gmail.com.

(BACK TO ORIGINAL LIST) Now, here’s what (updated: else!) is happening on the peninsula:

DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE ANNIVERSARY: It’s been 8 years since the Duwamish Tribe built and opened its longhouse in West Seattle. 10 am-5 pm, join the celebration, starting with the documentary “Promised Land” at 10 am, a reception at noon, cultural program at 1. Admission free. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

INAUGURATION MEDITATION: Last day to walk the labyrinth at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) in contemplation of Inauguration Week. 10 am-4 pm. (3940 41st SW)

VIETNAMESE STORYTIME: Delridge Library invites families with kids 3 and up to storytime in Vietnamese, 11:30 am. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

COMMUNITY SEMINAR WITH WORLD CHAMPION: Miriam Cardoso leads a community seminar at Elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Seattle (WSB sponsor) 2-4 pm, in support of the ongoing food drive – details here. (5050 Delridge Way SW)

WINTER CLOTHING SWAP: 4-7 pm at The Community General Store: “We will swap gently used women’s clothing and accessories, while enjoying hot (spicy!) chai and some delicious snacks.” (5214 Delridge Way SW)

KLEZMER BANDS: Two in concert at Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm – Orkestyr Farfeleh and Klez Katz – details in our calendar listing, including how to make a reservation if there’s room left. (7904 35th SW)

MOTHERS AND SONS: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest, “the Tony Award-nominated play about a mother’s reckoning with the life and legacy of her late son.” (4711 California SW)

CHAMPAGNE HONEYBEE: 9 pm at Whisky West – singer/songwriter with ukuleles! 21+. (6451 California SW)

MICHELE D’AMOUR & THE LOVE DEALERS: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

MORE ON OUR COMPLETE CALENDARsee it all here.

INAUGURATION DAY: 2 more school demonstrations

Before we move on into Saturday, photos from two more school demonstrations on Inauguration Day:

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Those are students from Taproot School, an independent K-5 school based at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. And on Delridge, students from Louisa Boren K-8 STEM rallied on Friday afternoon:

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Thanks again to everyone who shared photos – editor@westseattleblog.com is the best way, and if news is breaking, you can text us at 206-293-6302.

FOLLOWUP: Cleanup, road repairs, investigation continuing at West Seattle slide scene

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As the day came to a close, Seattle Public Utilities crews were on both sides of the Fauntleroy slide – up on the dead-end section of California SW where part of the road itself washed away late last night (WSB coverage here), and down on the SW Cambridge street end, which is what you see in the next two photos, sent by Jeff VanGilder:

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SPU spokesperson Katie McVicker told WSB they still don’t know why the 2-inch water line broke. Two customers were without water this afternoon, with others on California SW likely experiencing lower-than-normal water pressure, but SPU expected service to be fully restored tonight. As for the road, we asked SDOT’s Sue Romero:

SPU is taking the lead on the cleanup efforts. Currently, the west side of the street is impassable due to damage, however, there is enough room to keep one lane open to allow local access to residents. SDOT is continuing to support SPU efforts. We are working to add sand bags to divert any surface water from the undermined/washed out area.

We will continue to monitor the anticipated weekend rain. There is a possibility that we may need to close the road to vehicle access if the road is further undermined. If that occurs, we would assess and determine if it would be possible to provide pedestrian access to homes. Any final restoration and mitigation measures proposed by SPU’s team will be reviewed and approved by SDOT.

And then there’s the question about safety of structures in the area.

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Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections spokesperson Wendy Shark said inspectors had been sent to check out “buildings” in the slide area, but by day’s end she hadn’t heard back on whether they had needed to take safety action, so that’s information we might not get before Monday.

West Seattleite to speak before Womxn’s March tomorrow

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

If you are going to the Womxn’s March on Seattle tomorrow, get to the starting point at Judkins Park in time for the pre-march speakers.

One is a West Seattle neighbor – Aneelah Afzali.

Afzali is executive director of MAPS-AMEN, the recently launched American Muslim Empowerment Network, launched through the Muslim Association of Puget Sound, which is based in Redmond.

She will be one of five speakers at the rally before the march, and her speech will be about combating Islamophobia. “Essentially,” she told us during a phone conversation, “getting people to understand that Muslims were part of America even before it was a country, despite the demonization we are seeing in the media.” She’ll be talking about what people can do to help combat Islamophobia.

What CAN you do? “Each circumstance will vary,” Afzali says. The important thing is to not just stand by in silence – use your voice, use your body if you have to, or tell the story – if you see or hear something, posting about it on social media can be an important way of fighting back. “Standing up for the victim, letting them know they have an ally … there are a variety of things that people can do.”

In the bigger picture, her work “has four areas of focus – coalition building … with other minority groups as well as our friends and allies of any kind of background. That’s important during troubling times. (Also) education about Islam and Muslims – unfortunately, most people in our country don’t know Muslims, and something is easy to demonize when you don’t know much about it.” Another area of focus: “Leveraging media properly – Islam is the most mentioned religion (in media),” but most of the mentions are negative, Afzali says. The final focus: “Youth empowerment – helping build the future leaders of our country.” Last weekend, MAPS-AMEN had a youth-advocacy workshop with more than 100 young participants learning about Islamophobia and using the “power of the pen” to combat it.

MAPS-AMEN plans to have more than 100 American Muslims marching tomorrow; an announcement of that is how we found Afzali – we received a news release about the group’s participation, and asked if there were any West Seattleites with whom we could speak.

ABOUT THE MARCH: Marchers are gathering at 10 am at Judkins Park, with the speakers (including Aneelah Afzali) scheduled at 10:30 am, marching instructions at 11. Full details, including maps, are here.

INAUGURATION WEEK: West Seattleites’ chance meeting in D.C.

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Inaugural Parade today, Women’s March tomorrow. Big weekend in D.C., and some West Seattleites have traveled from here to “the other Washington.” The photo was just sent by one of them, Kerry Murphy:

We (the 3 on the left: Kristen Meyer, Kerry Murphy, Megan Jasper) were standing at the inaugural parade (in our pussyhats) today, feeling a little overwhelmed, and a woman and her teenage daughter (Tessa Surface and Kristina Dahl, in the pic) wandered up, also looking a hair overwhelmed. We started chatting, and it turns out we all are from West Seattle. Small world! I had 4 West Seattleites on my plane yesterday, too (that I know of – maybe more?).

We’ll appreciate photos tomorrow too – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

Memorials planned for Kaarisa Karlten (Keitheen Nichols), 1959-2017

Kaarisa Karlten, originally known as Keitheen Nichols, has died at 57, and family and friends will gather soon in two cities to remember her. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing:

Born Keitheen Ione Nichols on January 28, 1959, the middle child of five to Keith and Thomasine Nichols of Seattle, she passed away on January 12, 2017, battling breast cancer. Memorial celebrations will be held on January 28th at 3pm at Fauntleroy Church in West Seattle, and in LaGrande, Oregon on February 4th at 3 pm at LaGrande’s Marketplace, 1101 Washington Avenue.

A West Seattle High School graduate, Keitheen went on to study Interior Design at Bellevue College. She used her education in many creative endeavors from interior design, painting, drawing and murals.

Keitheen also attended Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington, and further studied Entrepreneurship, Business, and Multimedia. She lent her artistic talents to creating a backdrop and set for a local television production of “Storytime,” featuring local storytellers. And she put her education to use forming a business, Cottageware, putting her drawings and designs to work on aprons and kitchen dishtowels, selling them at local shops.

At 50 years old, she decided to change her legal name to Kaarisa Karlten, tired of her name being mispronounced her whole life.

She moved to LaGrande, Oregon in 2003, where she channeled her artistic talents with her husband, Wyatt Williams in their custom metal work business, Williams and Karlten Design and Fabrication. Their work can be seen among many businesses in LaGrande and surrounding areas.

Kaarisa believed in always leaving a place better than you found it, and her life is a legacy of that belief, whether you knew her for years, briefly, online or in person. She volunteered in many community events, even Delridge Day (photo at right) to help her daughter’s community. She was a vibrant soul who believed in living life to the fullest as your truest self.

She is survived by her husband Wyatt Williams; three children, Holli Margell, Hance Edwards, Hannah Jane Winn; two stepchildren: Garrett Williams and Kasey Lathrop; three grandchildren; her brothers Stephen Nichols and Michael Nichols; and sister Heidi Henry.

Photos by Holli Margell.

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

INAUGURATION DAY: West Seattle High School, Madison Middle School students march

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1:06 PM: West Seattle High School students are marching in The Junction right now. The photo above came in via text – and our crew is catching up with them as they arrive at California/Alaska. Police are monitoring the march, according to what we’re hearing via scanner.

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More photos later – also, Madison Middle School students are expected to head that way soon.

2:07 PM: The Madison students didn’t go to The Junction after all. They left the school around 1:45; we recorded them walking toward California a few minutes later (see Twitter video here – it’s not embeddable today for some reason). We saw them cross paths with returning WSHS students shortly thereafter, and went further down California – but instead of heading toward The Junction, they headed back to school, where we saw the group back outside the entrance a few minutes ago.

4:49 PM: Thanks to the reader who texted this video of the Madison group as they walked along California earlier:

BIZNOTE: Coworking deal next week for West Seattle Office Junction’s 4th anniversary

(WSB file photo: Marco & Christine @ Office Junction)

Happy 4th anniversary to our area’s only coworking center, West Seattle Office Junction. As is often the case for businesses, they’re offering customers the gift – one week of coworking for $99:

Do you feel easily distracted? Would you like to get your work done in less time? At the West Seattle Office Junction you get all the benefits of an office, nice coworkers, and no boss ;) **For an extra charge we offer a slap in the face every time you check Facebook!**

Give Coworking a try during the week of 1/23-28. Risk-free; if you come in every day and you were not satisfied with the experience, we’ll give you your money back. Just show up on Monday morning to get started. You can also come in for a tour every day from 10 am-3 pm, if you have not had a chance to see our office space or learn about Coworking.

If you decide to stay productive and sign up for one of our month-to-month plans by the end of the week we’ll waive the $50 signup fee! See details here.

West Seattle Office Junction is at 6040 California SW.

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