June 2016

West Seattle teams pound foes

By Tim Clinton

Two West Seattle Little League baseball all-star teams outslugged their opponents Thursday to advance into Friday losers bracket final action.

The Westsiders defeated South Highline National by a 17-7 score at the District 7 championship tournament for ages 9-10 and beat Seattle Central, 18-5, in the age 10-11 tournament.

Both teams will play again at 6 p.m. Friday on adjacent fields at the PacWest Little League complex for the right to play in championship action on the same fields at 9 a.m. Saturday.
West Seattle meets Rainier District in Friday's age 9-10 game and the 10-11 team will play South Highline National.

Both are must win games that must be followed by two championship wins to take the title and go on to state tournament play.

PacWest is undefeated and waiting in the age 10-11 District 7 finals and Renton is undefeated and waiting at age 9-10.


SLIDESHOW: Whisky West Grand Opening celebration shows off new space

Whisky West, the westside companion to the Belltown Whisky Bar both owned by West Seattle's Colin and Donna Pickering celebrated their grand opening June 29 after a 10 day soft open period as they got going.

The new bar/restaurant located at 6451 California SW is in the same spot as the former Feedback Lounge but the building itself, constructed in 1917 has been home to many things from a hospital of sorts to a hardware store. The Feedback closed in August of 2015. See our previous coverage here.

The building has seen some extensive remodeling and a major makeover internally. Building owner Scott Macmurry took charge of remaking the face, opening it up so diners could still have cover but still enjoy outdoor dining.

The Pickerings tried to focus on quality aspects of the build out with notable details and elements. The kitchen was completely remade, wood stained panels line all the walls, the massive whiskey collection is arrayed in ceiling high back bar shelving that bartenders reach by hopping up on the back bar to retrieve.


Land use application filed for three story, six unit condo building with parking for 11 on Alki

A land use application for a 3-story, six unit apartment building with parking for 11 at 2116 Alki Ave SW has been filed with Seattle's Department of Planning and Development. Its called Urban Edge Condominium Homes and is listed as project number 3023413.

The existing home would be demolished.

The architect is Hybrid Architecture and the owner is Bob Baldwin of Urban Edge Homes from Bellevue.

The following approvals are required:

Shoreline Substantial Development to allow development in an UR environment.

SEPA Environmental Determination (This project is subject to the Optional DNS Process (WAC 197-11-355) and Early DNS Process (SMC 25.05.355). This comment period may be the only opportunity to comment on the environmental impacts of this proposal.)

Other permits that may be needed which are not included in this application:

  • Building Permit
  • Demolition Permit


Public hearing regarding rezones and amendments to municipal code set for August 3

The Seattle City Council is considering proposed legislation to Seattle’s land use and zoning that would affect property in the Ballard Hub Urban Village:

amending the Official Land Use Map at pages 53, 54 and 55 to rezone land in the Ballard Hub Urban Village; and

amending Sections 23.47A.005 and 23.47A.009 of the Seattle Municipal Code to designate 17th Avenue NW, 20th Avenue NW, Ballard Avenue NW and Leary Avenue NW as a principal pedestrian street, and adopt development standards for certain properties in the Ballard Hub Urban Village.

The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposed changes to land use and zoning regulations affecting property in the Ballard Hub Urban Village on August 3, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the meeting room at The Ballard Public Library, 5614 22nd Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107. For those who wish to testify, sign-up sheets will be available starting at 5:30 p.m.

Former Mayor, Council Member and Police Officer of Burien Injured, Family is Raising Funds for Airlift to Seattle

Injured in traffic accident in Maui

News from Discover Burien:
Sergeant Wing Woo was involved in a tragic accident this week while vacationing with his family in Maui. He was a Mount Rainier High School graduate, former Burien Council Member from 2000-2001 and a former Burien Mayor from 2002-2003 as well as serving for the Burien Police Department. He influenced many young people to stay off drugs and got involved with the council after concerns about fiscal responsibility as well as enhancing and adding more parks in Burien. After moving from Burien he continued to volunteer his time with the Highline Relay for Life event for the past 4 years. Currently he serves as a police officer in Shoreline.

His family is devastated by this accident and are working with the Police Guild to have him air lifted to Seattle Harborview Hospital in the next 24 hours. To help cover the airlift charges, an account has been set up in his name at Heritage Bank.

If you would like to help Sergeant Wing Woo and his family through this difficult time, you can make a donation by cash or check (checks made payable to Catherine Marino FBO: Sergeant Wing Woo) at any Heritage Bank branch Attn: Sergeant Wing Woo Account or mail them to:


Stepping into the ring in White Center -- Area youth prepare for boxing bouts

By Lindsay Peyton

Most kids in White Center are enjoying the lazy days of summer.

The inside of the gym at Steve Cox Memorial Park, however, tells a different story.

Monday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., a group of young boxers meet to train at the park located at 1321 SW 102nd

They are members of the White Center P.A.L. Boxing program, a group of top-notch student athletes, highly dedicated to the sport.

And they’re kicking their routines into high gear in preparation of their next big bout, “Can’t Stop Now,” slated for 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. The event will be held at Evergreen High School, 860 SW 116TH St.

Tickets are $5 for children under 10 and $10 for adults. Ringside seating is available for $25. All proceeds benefit the White Center PAL Scholarship Fund.

Coach Tony Rago has led the team for about eight years. The program was started two years before he took it over – by King County Sherriff’s deputy Steve Beets and the late Sgt. Ken Migita as part of the “Police Activities League” (PAL) program.


Rep. Mia Gregerson appointed to Food Policy Forum

Legislative News: Washington House Democrats - Olympia, Washington

OLYMPIA – Representative Mia Gregerson (D-SeaTac) has been appointed to serve on the newly created Food Policy Forum. The Forum will examine issues including agricultural jobs, food production, access to healthy, fresh food, hunger, and farmland preservation.

“Since coming to the legislature, I have been trying to bring more awareness to issues of food access, food production, agricultural sustainability, and the role that food plays in our state’s economy and public health,” said Gregerson who sponsored HB 1685 last year to establish the Washington food policy forum. “I am excited to serve on the Food Policy Forum so that I can continue looking at our current food system and focusing on where improvements can be made.”

Although the bill introduced by Rep. Gregerson, HB 1685, did not pass, the 2016 Supplemental Budget includes funding for the Washington State Conservation Commission to convene and facilitate the Food Policy Forum.


Teams bound for South Puget Sound League

By Tim Clinton

Six Seamount League team are going south this fall, while the other two are headed north.

Highline, Evergreen, Tyee and Foster are flocking to the South Puget Sound League along with Renton and Lindbergh, while Kennedy Catholic and Hazen are joining the fledgling North Puget Sound League.

Highline, Evergreen, Tyee and Foster had previously planned to go to the Kingco League for Class 2A action but are joining the SPSL at the mixed 2A and 3A level instead.

Kennedy and Hazen are jumping to the 4A NPSL along with Mount Rainier, which is coming over from the 4A level of the SPSL.

Kennedy and Hazen had been the 3A members of the mixed 2A and 3A Seamount League, which is now defunct.


Evergreen earns boys soccer sportsmanship award

By Tim Clinton

Evergreen earned the Seamount League boys soccer Team Sportsmanship Award this past spring, even though the other top awards went to Lindbergh.

The Eagles won the Seamount League title, had junior forward Alex Kirtsov named as the Athlete of the Year and Ryan Johnson as the Coach of the Year.

Evergreen also had junior midfielder Kyle Bernd named to the first team.

Landing on the first team from Kennedy Catholic were senior defender Griffin Matthews and junior forward Aaron Rosel, while junior defender Arun Karma and junior forward Jose Esquivel were named from Foster.
Junior defender Pedro Castro of Highline and senior midfielder Ever Palma of Tyee also made the first team.

Other choices by the Seamount League boys soccer coaches were senior defender Hector Cervantes of Hazen, senior forward Reyes Garcia of Hazen, junior midfielder Ethan Kem of Hazen, sophomore goalkeeper Matthew Evetts of Lindbergh, senior defender Tim Reitz of Lindbergh, junior midfielder James Farrell of Lindbergh and senior midfielder Zach Hasson of Renton.


Kennedy coach lands top tennis honor

By Tim Clinton

Ryan Fike of Kennedy Catholic was named as the Seamount League girls tennis Coach of the Year after leading the Lancers to the team title this spring.

Hazen junior Misa Takami was honored as the Athlete of the Year by the league's coaches, while the Team Sportsmanship award went to Renton.

Joining Takami on the first team were freshman Ana Rios of Foster, senior Maddie Lu of Kennedy, sophomore Lauren Jergens of Kennedy, senior Jacqueline Kemp of Highline, senior Cressa Terrado of Tyee, junior Aileen Nguyen of Foster, senior Corisa Leon of Renton, junior Xiuhua Wu of Renton and junior Andressa Chan of Hazen.

Making the second team from Kennedy were senior Avery Corcoran and sophomore Lily Olson, while other second team choices included junior Cora Padilla of Foster, freshman Stella Fosberg of Highline and senior Tuyen Tran of Tyee.

Also making the second team were sophomore Brigget Lee of Hazen, senior Yoon Manivahn of Renton, senior Nafely Heng of Renton, senior Ysena Cruz of Renton and junior Kate Hebbeler of Lindbergh.