May 2018

Hilde (Feick) Kinney

Hilde Kinney, 90, passed away peacefully in her home in Shoreline, WA on May 14, 2018 with her family by her side.
 Hilde was born May 1, 1928 in Traisa, Germany. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert Kinney (1995) brother Georg Feick (2000) and twin sister Rosel Feick (2007). Hilde is survived by her son Fred Funke, daughter Susan Soriano (Jessie), twin grandchildren Nathaniel and Veronique, granddaughter Tammy Funke and great- grandson Marcus Hutko and family in Germany.
 Hilde came to America by ship in 1950 with her 5 year old son.

Judith Ann Buls

Judith Ann Buls (Christoffersen) passed away May 15, 2018 after a long illness and is finally at a peaceful rest. Judy was born on December 3, 1940 in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho to Arne and Mary Lou Christoffersen, who have preceded her in death. Judy is survived by her daughter Marni Walter of Billings, MT, her brother Jon (Joan) Christoffersen, of Seattle, two grandchildren Jessika Furr of San Diego, CA and Alexander Walter of Fort Bliss, TX, and two great-grandchildren Maegann Lowe (9) and Scyondrei Williams (18mo), also several nieces and nephews.

Barbara J. Just

Long-time Burien resident, Barbara Jean Just, died peacefully at the Wesley Health Center, May 1, 2018, at the age of 97. She lived in the Burien area from 1949 to 1992 until she and her husband Les Just (1917 – 2002) moved from Five Corners to a cottage at Wesley Homes in Des Moines. She married Les Just in 1969 and became part of his family which included three daughters, Penny Geiger (Ron), and their daughters, Kristi and Paige; Cheri French and her three sons, Jeff Heyman, Glen Heyman, and Greg Heyman; and Claudia Jones (Bill) and their children, Jeremy, Billy, Bronson, and Julia.

Best of Hands Barrelhouse buildout on track for late summer or fall opening

After John's Deli at 7500 35th Ave SW closed in 2017 a new proprietor announced they would take over the space. Best of Hands Barrelhouse, as is sometimes the case, encountered delays largely due to permitting and are now hoping to open late this summer or by this fall.

The famous cow, a holdover from the days when the facility offered locker storage of beef in freezers, is made of fiberglass(and it is absolutely staying "the most common question we get and now it's worked into our branding" the owners said) will be refurbished to last many more years. The owners also get numerous offers to buy the cow but it is not for sale. It's been very securely attached to the roof now after tipping over due to wind last year. The cow has now been taken down but is set to return once refurbishment is complete.


SPS to host a Roxhill community meeting June 7

Seattle Public Schools will host a Roxhill Community Meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at the Roxhill Library 9430 30th Ave. SW.

The Roxhill Elementary School program is moving into the newly renovated E.C. Hughes building in time for the 2018-19 school year. The Roxhill school
building will not close but instead become the home to other Seattle Public
Schools programs and services. To learn more about these programs and
services, please join Seattle Public Schools for a community meeting on Thursday, June 7, from 6-7 p.m. in the Roxhill Library, 9430 30th Ave. SW. Seattle Public Schools staff will share information and answer your questions.


Norwegian Bliss comes to Seattle; Massive cruise ship has more than 5000 people on board

Norwegian Cruise Lines Norwegian Bliss entered Elliott Bay around 5:15am on Wednesday docking at Pier 66. The ship is among the largest in the world at 1,082 feet long and width (or beam) of 136.2 feet.

It carries 2100 crew members and nearly 4000 passengers. It has has 20 decks, and 2,038 staterooms. The ship will be cruising Alaska and The Caribbean seasonally beginning summer 2018.

The ship features the largest race track (for go karts) at sea, a laser tag area, a water park, a boardwalk, and of course 19 restaurants, bars and lounges (including a Starbucks), six showroom style clubs featuring the Jersey Boys, the Cavern Club (live music), a 1950's Cuban club called Havana, a comedy club called Social and even a prohibition era Speakeasy musical show. The ship also offers theme parties on board from Nashville Nights to costume parties, to urban street parties.


Whale Trail Summer Gathering featuring photos by Stephen Rink

Information from the Whale Trail

Summer is superpod season! Join us next Tuesday for a celebration of orcas and other whales featuring photos by Stephen Rink. Stephen has followed his passion for whales from Iceland to the Azores, and West Seattle! Stephen most recently traveled to Monterey Bay, where he witnessed a rare predation event.