December 2013

Sports Watch 12-30-13

High schools
Boys basketball
West Seattle and Chief Sealth will return to Metro League action Friday with an 8 p.m. game in the Seahawks' home gymnasium.

Girls basketball
The Wildcats of West Seattle travel to Garfield for a 7:30 p.m. non-league game Monday before paying a 6:15 p.m. Friday visit to crosstown rival Chief Sealth as Metro League play resumes.

Men's basketball
The University of Washington Huskies plunge into their regular Pac-12 schedule Thursday, visiting Arizona State for a 5 p.m. game that can be seen on ESPNU. They visit Arizona at 11 a.m. Saturday in a game carried on the Pac-12 network.
Washington State University, meanwhile, is at Arizona for a 7 p.m. game Thursday on the Pac-12 network and at Arizona State for a 3 p.m. game Saturday on ESPNU.
Seattle University is home against UMKC at 7 p.m. Saturday, and Gonzaga hosts St. Mary's at 6 p.m. Thursday and Pacific at 5 p.m. Saturday, with Thursday's game on ESPN2 and Saturday's on ROOT.


UPDATE: Power outage finally resolved but it took time to fix

Update 10:40pm
The last remaining pockets of customers without power were finally taken care of by diligent City Light crews who worked into the evening to restore it. There were about 13 north of Madison Middle School and a roughly two block area near the Morgan Street Junction that still had no electricity well into the evening after being off since around 10am.

Update 7:45pm
Persistent pockets of outage continue into the evening with 13 customers north of Madison Middle School still without power and readers are reporting that another outage extends from 40th almost to 42nd S.W. and a couple of blocks in both directions from Fauntleroy. This outage does not appear on the City Light System status map.

Update 3:15pm


History in the garden or... Moments in my life

Oh do I have a history? Yes. My dad had a shovel on Russett street in Portland,Ore and used it with Irish skill. He got brother Albert to dig a big garden in our back yard when Albert was not busy as a caddy at Columbia Country Club, not far from Jantzen Beach.

 Our backyard was like many in the 30‘s. We had a cesspool with a wooden lid near the garden. Some early owner had put it in when they first got indoor plumbing. It was pretty rotten when my brother Russell flung me down smack dab on the cesspool lid. It broke in half and I managed to grab the edge of the pool as he grabbed me and pulled me out. He didn’t seem that sorry but kept his distance from me all day.

     The garden was the pride of the neighborhood. We had corn, string beans, lettuce, carrots, potatoes, radishes and some tomatoes. Those grew best near the green spot in the yard.

  We never had chickens to eat but I had two Banty hens that lived in a tiny house laying eggs wherever they liked. We had rabbits and a long wide row of raspberry bushes we often gorged on. So did the Rabbits.


Former school board president, Patt Sutton, passes away

By Amy Sutton

Mrs. Patt Sutton, two-term president of the Seattle School Board, tireless citizen advocate for equitable education, and mother of 12, left us peacefully in the early morning November 14, 2013. Patt was admired by many for her strong voice, her warmth, passion, humor and keen intellect, and above all, her unwavering commitment to social justice.

Patt was born September 12, 1927 in Oklahoma City to Ruth (Burdick) and George Lawrence Harries. As a child growing up in the Jim Crow south, she was acutely aware of the hypocrisy and unjustness of segregation. An independent thinker, she questioned inequities whenever she found them, prompting her early departure from high school, college and the Catholic Church.


On The Go - Week of 12-30-13

West Seattle Events and Announcements

Renew You Event

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is thrilled to host a complimentary “Renew You” event, featuring the latest in healthy weight management. In addition to free product samples from luxury brands including Jurlique, Natural Factors and more, all guests can enjoy a collection of health services, including:

  • Free healthy weight management discussions
  • Free product samples, healthy smoothie recipes, $20 in coupons and more!
  • Body fat percentage & BMI screenings*

*Body fat percentage & BMI screenings require reservations in advance and a $10 reservation fee at time of sign-up. All participants who make a reservation will receive a $10 Pharmaca gift coupon at their screening.

For more information, please visit

Pharmaca West Seattle
4707 California Ave SW.
Sunday, January 5
1-5 p.m.

Discovery Shop
4535 California Ave. S.W.


Police Blotter Week of 12-30-13

by Tim Clifford

Too Much to Chew
At a mental health facility on the 2600 block of SW Holden St on December 21st police responded to an assault case involving a nose being bitten off. By accounts given from the victim and facility staff the victim and the suspect were sitting down at dinner when the suspect attacked the victim accusing him of “running his mouth”. Once the victim’s nose had been chomped off by the suspect the victim managed to throw a cup of coffee at the suspect before facility staff intervened.
The suspect was locked into a “quiet room” before police arrived. Facility staff managed to collect the severed nose and provide it to the Seattle Fire Department. The victim was taken to Harbor View Medical for treatment. It is believed that the suspect and the victim had known each other outside of the facility and that this is what started the altercation.

Resolutions Less Typical

by Scott Anthony
So how did you do on your New Year’s Resolutions this year? Did you lose any weight? Did you kick that smoking habit and were you nicer to other people? If you are anything like me, the answer to those questions is not a resounding yes, but a mitigated result riddled with qualifications, explanations and down-right excuses. I didn’t lose any weight this year like I’d hoped - (gained eight pounds) - I was not much nicer to other motorists and I haven’t done enough exercise. I guess I should get an ‘F’ on my resolution report card (I think the ‘F’ should stand for futile) but I have a new idea for the new year.
Instead of fretting about my own failings or pondering ways to improve myself, this coming year I’m going to work on things that affect not just me, but everyone. Here’s my list, not in order of importance, because it’s all equally important and I will follow each with My Vow.


Man struck and killed at 35th and S.W. Graham on Dec. 29

A 69 year old man was struck and killed in West Seattle last night on 35th Ave. S.W. near Graham Street S.W.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) detectives are conducting an investigating the accident.

On the Seattle Police Blotter they write: "At around 9:15 pm, a Ford sedan was travelling northbound on 35th Avenue SW. As the Ford entered the intersection of SW Graham Street, the Ford struck a pedestrian. The Seattle Fire Department responded and transported the man to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, the man succumbed to his injuries a short time later."

To determine if there were signs of impairment Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) officer responded to the scene and evaluated the male driver of the Ford but found none.

35th Avenue SW was closed for hours as detectives conducted their investigation. The roadway is now back open. The investigation is now continuing.


Lady Wildcats edge out Mt. Tahoma at the buzzer

By Jeremy Martin

With less than three seconds remaining in a Saturday afternoon matchup between West Seattle and Tahoma, the Wildcats do it all forward Lexi Ione jacked up a three pointer from the right wing in the hopes of breaking a 49-49 tie and being the hero of a game that West Seattle had watched slip away.

However her shot missed off the front of the rim, but instead of gearing up for overtime, the Wildcats erupted in celebration as center Lydia Giomi tipped in the miss as a time expired giving West Seattle a dramatic and heart stopping 51-49 victory.

“That was a fun way to end it,” West Seattle head coach Sonya Elliot understated.

What turned out to be a bench clearing celebration could just have easily been a weekend ruining defeat as the Bearcats watched a ten point second quarter lead and a 14 point third quarter lead evaporate.

West Seattle ended the first quarter riding a 10-0 run, but a full court Bears press to begin the second quarter proved to be an equalizer as Tahoma battle back, tying the game at 24, after falling behind by double digits in the first quarter.


'Blues To Do Live' coming to the Feedback Lounge

A new musical series will begin at the Feedback Lounge Jan. 7 at 8 pm called BLUES TO DO LIVE. The shows will be recorded for television and streamed live on the internet, every Tuesday night.

The show is an outgrowth of a 20 year history of northwest blues music from BluesToDo, produced by Marlee Walker. The show has had ten years of Public Access Television exposure as well. A new website, mobile app, and more are in the works.

Here are the scheduled acts:

January 7th
with special guest SEATTLE SLIM
An amazing power trio featuring one of the hottest rhythm sections in Polly O'Keary and Tommy Cook, both of whom were backing up Too Slim as The Taildraggers. The band has recently completed a new album called Compass.

January 14th