July 2016

PacWest places third at state

By Tim Clinton

PacWest battled all the way back from an opening round loss to reach the losers bracket final and finish third at the state age 10-11 Little League baseball all-star tournament.

After taking a 15-8 loss to Marysville to open the action at the Asotin complex in Clarkston, the team from Burien and SeaTac won five straight in five days coming back through the losers bracket.

The run ended with an anticlimactic 13-2 loss to Mercer Island in the losers bracket final Friday morning.
The loss to Marysville came last Saturday, and was followed by a 9-5 win over Montesano the next day.
PacWest then pummeled Anacortes by a 13-3 score Monday and defeated Camas, 13-2, Tuesday.

The team then outslugged two opponents by identical 9-7 scores, beating Salmon Creek on Wednesday and Bainbridge on Thursday before running up against Mercer Island.

Each of the wins sent the other team home for the year.

PacWest entered the tournament as the District 7 champions.


Keeping Track; Where area stars meet their future

By Tim Clinton

Terao makes Area Code roster

West Seattle resident Jacob Terao of Seattle Prep High School made the Kansas City Royals' Area Code roster for the Northwest and will join the team for the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif.
They will run Aug. 6-10 with Terao playing catcher and standing at 5-foot-10, 200 pounds and batting and throwing right-handed.
Terao threw a perfect game for West Seattle Little League four years ago.

Kela back in action for Rangers

Chief Sealth graduate Keone Kela has returned to action in the bullpen for the Texas Rangers after being on the 60-day disabled list following shoulder surgery in April.
Kela has lowered his season earned run average to 6.57 and now has a 1-1 record with 21 strikeouts in 12.1 innings over 13 games.

Barnette lowers his ERA to 2.12

Thomas Jefferson graduate Tony Barnette is also a member of the Texas Rangers' bullpen and has lowered his earned run average to 2.12 to go with a 6-3 record.
Barnette has worked 46.2 innings in 40 games, striking out 34.


'Southwest Stories' being presented by Seattle Public Library in August and Sept.

Information from Seattle Public Library

Join The Seattle Public Library for a monthly lecture series featuring presentations on the history of West Seattle, the Duwamish Peninsula and the birthplace of Seattle.
Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Lectures will take place on the third Sunday of the month at alternating Library locations in West Seattle. Free parking is available at each of the lecture locations.
Times, dates, topics and locations for the lectures are as follows.

· 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Delridge Branch, 5423 Delridge Way S.W., 206-733-9125. Ken Workman of the Duwamish Council and the great-great-great-great grandson of Chief Seattle will talk about the land, the legacy of the Duwamish and the perspective of the modern-day tribe.

· 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at the West Seattle Branch, 2306 42nd Ave. S.W., 206-684-7444. Former Mayor Greg Nickels will discuss "Taking the City by Storm: Reminiscences of West Seattle's First (and only) Big City Mayor."


‘Shock therapy’ now offered at Swedish Ballard

When people hear Electroconvulsive Therapy or “shock therapy” the iconic scene of Jack Nicholson being strapped down and shocked in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest might come to mind. The scene is an exaggeration of course, but it also could not be further away from how ECT is really administered to patients today. And the surprising thing is that despite it’s reputation, ECT actually works for 80 percent of patients and is the most effective treatment for major depressive episodes. Now a clinic in Ballard is offering the procedure.

SeattleNTC, Seattle Neuropsychiatric Treatment Center, opened their center at Swedish Ballard campus earlier this month and offers ECT to their patients. Dr. Joshua Bess, M.D. showed the Ballard News-Tribune around their clinic in between patients. The treatment room is clean and well lit and much like an operating room. The ECT machine rests above a table. It looks almost like an old radio attached to metal paddles. Dr. Bess said that their machine is from the late 90s and that ECT machines haven’t changed much since the 80s as far as the mechanical function.


West Seattle's season ends in loss to Montesano

By Tim Clinton

Montesano managed to put an end to the West Seattle Little League season.

The Southwest Washington team scored a 7-2 victory over the Westsiders at the Hidden Valley complex in Bellevue on Wednesday.

West Seattle finished in a tie for fifth place in the state Major Little League baseball all-star tournament with the loss.

West Seattle opened the tournament with a 7-2 win over Walla Walla Valley on Sunday to earn its way into Tuesday's winner's bracket semifinals where it took a 3-0 loss to Redmond North.

The Westsiders entered the tournament as the District 7 champions.


Night Out on Aug. 2 will bring neighbors together

The annual Night Out is back on Aug. 2 and in neighborhoods all over West Seattle and across the nation people will gather in the street to strengthen neighbor relationships. The goal is to create a mutual support network to help prevent crime, help each other in times of natural disaster and come to the aid of each other when needed.

If you haven’t yet registered your event, it’s not too late. The registration link is active until 5pm, Monday, August 1st. This event is always fun and a great way to reconnect with neighbors and meet new ones.

Use the following link to register your event; registration will allow you to block off your (non-arterial) street – http://www.seattle.gov/police/nightout/.

Printable invitations and street closure signs can be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/police/nightout/materials.htm


Revised Shoreline Development application filed for Terminal 5

A revised Shoreline Substantial Development Application to allow improvements to Terminal 5 has been filed with Seattle's DPD. The notice of the application for the project was revised from what was previously published in June of 2015. The revised application added 12,000 cubic yards of dredging and informed the public that additional information about the environmental impacts are available from the EIS process. The City requested that the project be re - noticed opening the project for public comment. Public comment may be submitted through 8/26/2016.Project includes removal and replacement of portions of pier structure, including crane rails, decking and piling, dredging of 48,000 cu. yds. of sediment, and under pier slope stabilization. Project also includes installation of an electrical substation and utility upgrades. Environmental Impact Statement is being prepared by the Port of Seattle.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance comprised of the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma plans to modernize Terminal 5 to make it “big ship ready” to grow cargo volumes and maritime jobs in the Puget Sound region.


West Seattle family gets racial threats in letter; Fundraising campaign started to purchase security cameras

A fundraising campaign has been launched to come to the aid of a West Seattle family that has received overt racial threats.

The family who lives in the 3800 block of 22nd Avenue Southwest called police around 10 PM July 26 after the homeowner found the letter on the front door of her house. The letter included racial slurs and references to Black Lives Matter activism.

Police collected the letter and evidence and are now investigating the letter as a case of malicious harassment, Washington’s hate crime statute.

Here's what fundraising page explains:


GoodMed Direct Primary Care opens in West Seattle

GoodMed Direct Primary Care has opened at 6553 California Ave SW. They say you can drop in without an appointment for a range of medical services.

. As part of the growing direct primary care movement, GoodMed Direct Primary Care uses a membership structure to provide more comprehensive care at a lower cost, without the headache of traditional insurance.

Dr. Ryan Campbell, along with fellow naturopathic provider Dr. Wendy Hueners, were inspired to open a direct primary care practice after growing frustrated with the current insurance-based medical system. “I was finding it increasingly difficult and costly to provide the best care for my patients due to hurdles and road blocks related to the insurance billing process,” Dr. Campbell said. “Direct primary care removes the insurance company from the equation so I can focus on actually treating my patients.”


Pokémon No Go: A trainer’s tips to avoid arrest or injury at the airport

advice from Alaska Airlines

by Halley Knigge, Staff Writer and Level 16 Pokemon Trainer

By now you’ve all heard the stories (and seen the YouTube videos!). People falling into canals,driving into trees and trespassing on private property in their quest to catch that elusive Vaporeonor Porygon.

Yes, we’re talking about Pokémon Go. Sure, you’re pretty unlikely to encounter an open body of water during an airport travel day (maybe a big puddle on an extra rainy Seattle morning). And, catching a few Pokémon or stocking up at the plethora of airport PokéStops is actually a pretty brilliant way to spend a layover. But beware: overly focused Pokémon trainers are likely to cause traffic jams and annoy their fellow fliers.

Here are four tips for staying safe, keeping yourself out of trouble and scoring maximum Pokéballs the next time you travel, from Alaska Airlines’ top Pokémon trainers:

1. Watch where you’re going