February 2015

SLIDESHOW: Seattle Lutheran comes from behind, wins a nail biter, earns bid to state tournament

By Anastasia Stepankowsky

The chant echoed through the Bellevue College gym Saturday afternoon.

“I believe that we will win. I believe that we will win ….”

The outcome often seemed in doubt, but the faith of the Seattle Lutheran student section proved well founded, as the Saints pulled off a narrow 52-49 win over the Yakama Nation Tribal School Eagles Saturday to move on to the state 1B basketball tournament.

“It was a battle. We had to play our hearts out and not get down on ourselves,” said Saints Xavier Turner, who netted 11 points.

Though it turned into a nail-biter, the game began slowly. Both teams’ scores only added to six in the first four minutes. But the Eagles pulled away when Justin Strom and Joseph Sanchey, who ended with 19 points, swished several three pointers. Midway through the second quarter, Yakama opened its biggest lead of the game, 21-13. But the Saints found some momentum and trailed only 25-21 at intermission.

The second half proved decisive for the Saints, who made some defensive adjustments and forced several turnovers. The lead kept changing until Seattle Lutheran took the lead for good with a minute on the clock.


Shorewood Christian blocks out doubt, beats tough, Taholah, for state berth

A great play late in the game leads Lions to victory over Chitwhins in regional

Often, the play of the game is an offensive play, like, a shot from the corner as the clock expires, or, a running lay-up through traffic at the buzzer, but not this time, as, Shorewood Christian's Nicko Morris, defensively, shined, in the last seconds, to preserve a win, 56-55, over the Taholah Chitwhins, and, send the Lions to 1B state from the Hardwood Classic Regional Round at the Tumwater High School gymnasium Saturday.
"Nicko got the block, phenomenal," said Lions head coach, Alfonso Gonzales. "What we needed."
The Lions came into the game looking much the worse team on paper, with a 9-11 record to the Chitwhins 15-4 mark. But, a super start, followed by a consistent middle, and, Morris' fantastic finishing play, made the difference. The win sends the Lions back to the state tournament at the Spokane Arena, where they took fifth place last year. State starts on March 5, with an 8-team field battling for 1B state supremacy on Saturday night, March 7.


Simon Iniguez named as Head Coach for Sealth Football

information from Chief Sealth

Chief Sealth International High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Simon Iniguez as Head Football Coach. Iniguez joined the Chief Sealth coaching staff in 2011 as the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach, and served as the interim head coach during the 2014 season. During his time at Chief Sealth, Iniguez's enthusiasm, dedication and expertise have proven to be valuable assets for the football program.

As a 2007 graduate of Central Washington University, Iniguez served as captain of the football team, and helped lead his team to win three Great Northwest Athletic Conference titles. He was recently inducted into the CWU Athletic Hall of Fame. Iniguez currently resides in West Seattle with his wife and daughter, and works as a social worker for the Department of Social and Health Services. In addition, he is pursuing a master's degree in School Guidance and Counseling from City University of Seattle. The Chief Sealth athletic department anticipates a growing and excelling football program under the direction of Coach Iniguez.


Thief uses crowbar on Ballard gas station

from our news partner Q13 Fox News

A thief that Seattle police are hoping you can identify has a serious craving for some cigarettes, but at more than $9 a pack in Washington, he decided to just try to steal a bunch of them — so much so he broke into a gas station in Ballard.

We’re calling him the ‘Jonesing for some smokes’ burglar.


UPDATE: Fire in 4400 block of 44th SW destroys home; One in critical condition

$150,000 damage to house, $10,000 loss of contents: Caused by dried Christmas tree

UPDATE 10:00 am
The fire was determined to be accidental with $150,000 in loss to structure, $10,000 in loss to contents. A dried Christmas tree too close to fireplace was determined to be the cause.

Original Post

A fire in the 4400 block of 44th SW brought 22 units from around West Seattle around 3:10am on Saturday. The single family 2 story home was engulfed in flames as firefighters battled to control the fire.

Seattle Fire PIO Sue Stangl said that firefighters arriving on scene described heavy amounts of smoke coming out of 3 sides of the house.

"It appears to be a house on this side but fortunately when they arrived the person that was in the house at the time of the fire was outside and was able to explain to them that there was another area behind the house that had some residents in. That person was very helpful unfortunately he did suffer some burns and smoke inhalation and he was taken to Harborview Hospital in critical condition.


Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s third concert of the season, “Gardens of England,” is Mar. 14

On March 14th, Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s third concert of the season, “Gardens of England,” will usher in spring with a symphony by Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto, and a
selection from Recollections by Seattle composer Peter Seibert. The concert will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle.

“Vaughan Williams wrote his beautiful Fifth Symphony as a reminded of the beauty that is possible in this world, against the ravages of World War II. One is able to taste, feel, and envision the gorgeous and tranquil British landscape of Vaughan Williams’ beloved homeland. Also on the concerto is virtuoso clarinet soloist Sean Osborn, who, having toured much of the world, is back home in Seattle to perform Gerald Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto with the NWSO - one of my personal favorite concertos.”
- NWSO Conductor Anthony Spain


Changes taking place at the Log House Museum

Sarah Baylinson leaving manager’s post; interim manager will be Lissa Kramer

Information from the Log House Museum

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s museum manager, Sarah Baylinson, is headed to central Oregon.
Baylinson, who has managed the organization’s museum near Alki Beach for the past two and a half years, has accepted the position of collections manager for the Crook County-funded Bowman Museum in Prineville, Ore.

She first began working at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society as a volunteer in July 2010, accepting the position of museum manager in September 2012, the same year she obtained a museology certificate from the University of Washington.

Her accomplishments at the museum include several history exhibitions, including “From Lantern to Lighthouse” in 2013 and “Telling Our Westside Stories: Work” and “Reaching the Sky: Totem Tales of West Seattle,” both in 2014. She also developed satellite exhibits at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (“Bridging the Gap,” 2014) and at The Kenney (“West by Water,” based on a previous exhibit by Andrea Mercado, 2015).


A landmark will be brought back: The historic Admiral Theater will be upgraded and improved

West Seattle art deco gem will remain open with a facelift, expansion & cinema tech improvements

Finally, after months of speculation and years of hoping for the Admiral Theater to be renovated and improved, an agreement in principle has been reached between Far Away Entertainment and the owners of the theater building to remodel and expand one of Seattle’s oldest vintage movie theaters.

With planned improvements to begin this fall, the upgrades will protect and preserve the historic heritage and unique interiors of the building that first opened as the Portola Theater in 1919.

Plans for the new theater include an immediate conversion from 35mm film to state-of-the-art digital cinema and Dolby ® Surround Sound plus phased in revisions of the interior floor plan adding two auditoriums (with elevated stadium seating), all-new chairs with cup holders, new carpeting and curtains, new screens (including 3D capability) and improved heating, air conditioning and ventilation.

Additional improvements will also be evident in the restrooms, concessions area and upstairs Crow’s Nest Lounge.


The Psychic View – Stay Weird!

By Marjorie Young

The recent Academy Awards featured a number of memorable moments, but for me there was one that particularly resonated; the acceptance speech of Graham Moore, winner of best adapted screenplay for ‘The Imitation Game.’ He began with praise for Alan Turing, the film’s hero, whose genius broke the Nazi Enigma code. Though saving millions of lives, Turing was later persecuted for being gay, eventually taking his own life. Moore confessed that he had attempted suicide at sixteen, believing he would ‘never fit in.’ Yet now, he had reached the pinnacle of his career. Moore reassured other ‘misfits’ they would ultimately find their place in this world, fervently urging them to ‘stay weird.’

There are countless others who feel like aliens amidst their peers or families. Some who are gay face that crucible, but alienation is hardly confined to them alone. Anyone who ‘marches to the beat of a different drummer’ undergoes similar trials, believing they are too freakish or odd to ever gain acceptance.


Seattle’s sailor back in Ballard, discusses one God and the Bahá’í faith

Back on land and in civilization, Norman Petersen talks faith, humanity, and the luxury of being alone in the waters of Puget Sound

By Jeanny Rhee

There are locals that merely make up Seattle and there are long-time locals that epitomize Seattle’s bohemian culture and spirit. Seattle native and Roosevelt High School alum Norman Petersen would be the latter.

Born in 1944, Petersen is an aficionado of sailboats, a social activist, father of three sons and an adherent of the Bahá’í Faith.

The men in his family has resided in Ballard since the 1920s when his father, Joakim Petersen, and his uncle, Jacob Petersen, worked as fishermen out of Fisherman’s Terminal after immigrating from Norway.

But what separates him from your average coffee-drinking and beard-sporting Seattleite is that he spends most of the year docked at the Ballard Mill Marina and in the northwestern coast of the Puget Sound on his sailboat.

“I see Norman as a bit of a gypsy,” said Zabine Van Ness, director and curator of the Washington Bahá’í History Museum in the University District, and Petersen’s long-time friend. “He flows from one happening to another happening in his life; he’s never in one place.”