May 2013

UPDATE: Kids got to fish free courtesy of the West Seattle Sportsman's Club

From 8am to 11am on June 1, the West Seattle Sportsman's club held their annual trout fishing event at Seacrest Park 1660 Harbor Ave. SW.

The artificial pond was stocked, the rods, lines and hooks were ready and kids got to fish free, and take the fish home once they caught it. "These fish are hungry," said club President Gary Moseley, who explained that the club which began in 1912 and incorporated in 1937 is really just what it's name says.

"We've been instructing people in regard to outdoor activities since we began. That's the purpose. Tens of thousands of West Seattleites have come through our program."

This event is, "for the kids, to introduce them to conservation, sportsmanship and they take home the fish and enjoy a fish dinner."

Hi-Yu royalty showed up too during the event.


WSHS grad Wayne Senter named Fire Chief of the Year

West Seattle High School graduate Wayne Senter was named the Fire Chief of the Year in Yakima at the 81st annual Washington State Fire Chiefs (WFC) conference on May 22.

He was presented the Dan Packer Fire Chief of the Year award by WFC President Murray Gordon and Executive Director Mike Brown. Also in attendance were Washington State’s 18th Attorney General Bob Ferguson, former state Senator and lobbyist for the fire chiefs, Gordon Walgren, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) President Hank Clemmenson and past IAFC President Al Gillespie. The Dan Packer fire chief of the year award is awarded by a committee representing Washington’s Fire Commissioners, Volunteer Firefighters, Professional Firefighters and Fire Chiefs from throughout the state. The award was named after fire chief Dan Packer in 2008 after his tragic death in northern California fighting a large wildland fire through state mutual aid.


West Seattle Rainbow Girls hosting a benefit 'Baby Shower' June 8

Information from WS Rainbow Girls
The West Seattle Rainbow Girls will host a “Baby Shower” to benefit the Pediatric Interim Care Center (PICC) at 2:00 pm on June 8, 2013 at the Alki Masonic Center located at 4736 40th Ave SW, Seattle.

PICC brings babies safely through withdrawal from drugs, including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, and prescription drugs. The pioneering program also facilitates visitation for families, provides caregiver training, follows the babies after they leave, and offers and a range of community outreach and education services.

The Rainbow Girls are inviting the public to attend and support the wonderful work PICC performs in our community.

To RSVP or for more information please call Natalee Vroman at 206-399-7748 or e-mail at

More information about PICC including their “wish list” is available at

More information about Rainbow Girls is available at


Time running out on Green Grants applications; Program deadline is June 7

The deadline for King County’s Green Grants application is coming up, Friday, June 7 at 5 p.m.

King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division awards Green Grants funding to small-scale environmental projects that help control combined sewer overflows and support cleanup goals for the Lower Duwamish.
If you have an idea for such a project, and want to pursue it, the money is there.

A total of $108,000 in grant funding is available in 2013, with a maximum award of $50,000 per applicant.

Some the programs already funded include.

· The South Park Area Redevelopment Committee earned a $25,000 Green Grant for work on the South Park GreenStreets Roadside rain gardens project.

· The Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS) is putting $55,000 to help small businesses best manage stormwater runoff.

· Garden Cycles is using $33,000 in Green Grant funding to give hands-on experience to students and volunteers to reduce the impact of stormwater on Puget Sound by removing invasive vegetation and planting and maintaining hundreds of trees, shrubs and wetland plants.


Sealth's Chole Behar wins Comcast scholarship

information from Comcast
West Seattle resident Chloe Behar, a senior at Chief Sealth High School, is among the 90 recipients of the Comcast Foundation’s annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program awards in Washington State, the Foundation has announced.

Among Behar’s past and present achievements: helping to organize the school’s World Water Week event, volunteering at a food bank, managing the basketball team and serving in student government and in the Seattle Student Senate. She was captain of softball teams, received a Varsity Letter in soccer and won numerous soccer- and softball-related awards. At the time the school nominated her for the scholarship, Behar was planning to attend Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Chief Sealth teacher Noah Zeichner told the foundation that Behar “has been been essential to the success of World Water Week, a student-led, school-wide local ideas festival.”


UPDATE: Ventana Construction, Sozo Wine, Nature Consortium, Lauren Englund honored by WS Chamber

Awards were presented at breakfast ceremony on June 6

Ventana Construction, Sozo Wine, Nature Consortium, and Lauren Englund were honored at the annual Westside Awards Breakfast on June 6. Each one was singled out for their contributions to the West Seattle community over the past year. Randy Gardiner of Red Dot Corporation spoke at the event.

Original Post
The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce has named two area businesses, a non-profit and an individual as honorees in their 2013 Westside Awards they announced.

Information from the West Seattle Chamber

Award Winners

Westside Business of the Year – Ventana Construction
Ventana ConstructionPhoto by David Rosen


SLIDESHOW: Harbor seals get a new waterfront home at Seattle Aquarium

The new $6.5 million harbor seal exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium means some seals have a fancy new home on the waterfront. The exhibit features doubled-tank depths over previous accomodations, a 180-degree visitor viewing area outdoors and surround seating for 100 people. While the exhibit can hold up to five seals right now the three harbor seals Barney, Q and Siku are getting used to their new surroundings after spending the past few months at Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo. The City of Seattle contributed $3.5 million for the project. Private donors will cover the remaining $3 million.

“We are so thrilled to deliver this exciting new habitat for our seals and viewing accommodations for our visitors of seals and Elliott Bay,” said Aquarium President and CEO Bob Davidson. “Barney, Q and Siku are ambassadors to the wild harbor seals who inhabit our beautiful Pacific Northwest marine environments. Visitors can now enjoy both the spectacular view of our seals and Puget Sound.” More than 830,000 visit the Aquarium each year.


Two break-ins and fire at North Seattle marijuana dispensaries

From SPD Blotter

Early on the morning of May 30, police were called to the scene of two break-ins and a suspicious fire at several North Seattle marijuana dispensaries, which continue to be popular targets for burglars.

The first call to police came at about 1:20 AM after witnesses reported smoke pouring out of a marijuana dispensary on 17th Ave NW and NW Market Street.

After firefighters put out a small fire inside the dispensary, police learned someone (or something) had tripped a motion alarm inside the business just a few minutes before the fire. Officers called Arson/Bomb Squad detectives in to investigate.

Forty minutes later, at about 2 AM, two men broke out the front window of a dispensary near 1st Ave NW and NW 85th St in Greenwood.

Witnesses told officers that after the suspects broke out the window, the two men—dressed head to toe in grey and black clothing—hid in some bushes near the business. The two men ran off just before officers arrived at the scene.


$2 scoops for bikers at Cupcake Royale today; Free Popcorn at KuKuRuza on Sunday

The Snack Gods look favorably on Ballard.

Today, Cupcake Royale (2052 NW Market St) will be selling discounted icecream to bicyclists at $2 a scoop starting at 2 p.m. What better way to start off the the Street Bike Party starting at 4 p.m. at Bergen Place Park?

On Sunday, which apparently is Free Popcorn Day, Kukuruza (2211 NW Market St) will be giving away free small bags of popcorn. One per customer, of course. They have a new wild huckleberry flavor that looks as dangerous as it is delicious. They'll also be sampling popcorn today for the influx of bicyclists.

So go forth, get ye discounted and free snacks, and be merry.

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Stevanovic bows out in two

RICHLAND--Kristina Stevenovic -- the Highline School District's lone representative to the Class 4A state high school girls tennis championships -- found her route blocked on each occasion.

Micca Motzer of Mead detoured the Mount Rainier Ram athlete's path in the opening round action by keeping her on her heels, 6-1, 6-0.

Stevanovic played tougher in her next match on May 24, but Myint-Zu Kyav of Edmonds-Woodway derailed her for good, 6-3, 6-0, on the courts of Richland High School.

Sammi Hampton of Skyview and Angela Chen of Newport engaged in three torrid sets before Hampton recovered from a first set loss to win the singles championship, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, at the Columbia Basin Racquet Club.
Third place went to Sabrina Demerath of Inglemoor. Demerath stroked by Jelena Vidovic of Union in the third-fifth match.