July 2018

Keeping Track; Where area stars meet their future

By Tim Clinton



Kela traded to Pirates

Chief Sealth graduate Keone Kela has been traded from the Texas Rangers to the Pittsburgh Pirates for prospect Taylor Hearn and a player to be named later.

Kela was the closer for the Rangers, posting a 3-3 record with a 3.44 earned run average and 24 saves in 25 opportunities.

The hard-throwing right-hander had 44 strikeouts in 36.2 innings for the Rangers and threw in 38 games.

Kela is not eligible for free agency until after the 2020 season.


Barnette still with Rangers

Thomas Jefferson graduate Tony Barnette has a 2-0 record with a 2.39 ERA as a right-handed reliever for the Texas Rangers.

Barnette has worked 26.1 innings in 22 games, striking out 26 and walking only five.


Brett gets a promotion


Seafair Fleet Week puts on a show in Eiliott Bay

Navy, Royal Canadian Navy (for the first time), Coast Guard and Seattle Fire Department vessels took part in the annual Parade of Ships in Puget Sound and Elliott Bay on Tuesday.

The Fleet Week event has been taking place since 1950 and the ships typically tour the bay then head to piers where they are open for public tours during the week of Aug. 1 through 5.

The tours are free and open to the public. They are available on first come first served basis.



Power outage hits West Seattle Tuesday; Quickly restored

A power outage hit West Seattle all across the peninsula shortly after 2:30pm with some getting the power back on quickly, as soon as four minutes after it suddenly went out. Others waited up to half an hour

The Seattle City Light System Status map showed a large number of individual outages, not the usual swaths of outages usually displayed during a power outage event. 64 active events were listed with 78 customers though reports from the Junction, Fauntlee Hills, Admiral and elsewhere indicated that the power did indeed drop all over the area. 

Here's the link to the outage map. http://www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/




Bryce Manley demonstrates what it takes to be an Eagle Scout

Kennedy High School Junior restores welcome to White Center sign as his service project

How do you get to be an Eagle Scout? Anyone who has ever taken on that lofty goal will tell you it's not easy but it's the hallmark of someone who believes in themselves and has the drive to make it. Bryce Manley of West Seattle is that kind of person and will soon have the badge to prove it. Getting to that status requires earning 21 merit badges including emergency preparedness, swimming, first aid, camping, hiking and more.

Part of becoming an Eagle is the completion of an "Eagle Scout Project" whose requirements alone are daunting. Bryce, who is a 3.0 student, a musician and cross country runner at Kennedy is a proud member of Scout Troop 375 in Burien. His Scoutmaster Mark Ufkes drew his attention to what had become a sad eyesore. 


Highland Park Action Committee sends formal request for roundabout to Mayor Durkan

Durkan will speak before the group in September


Two weeks ago, the Highland Park Action Committee submitted a letter to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan requesting funding to complete the Highland Park Way/SW Holden St Roundabout project. Please find the content of the letter below:

July 17, 2018

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan
City of Seattle
600 4th Ave, 7th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104

Dear Mayor Durkan:

The Highland Park Action Committee is pleased to learn that you will be joining us for our next meeting on September 26, 2018 and the community looks forward to your visit. In anticipation of your meeting with us and with the timeliness of the budget process currently underway, we are requesting your support in the solution proposed by the Seattle Department of Transportation to address the safety and infrastructure needs at the Highland Park Way/ SW Holden Street intersection.


35th Ave SW will be closed to thru-traffic Aug 1 – 3 from 102nd to 104th SW

Safe Routes to School road and sidewalk work requires road closure

The Arbor Heights Safe Routes to School project is making progress on storm drain installation, and this week teams pour concrete for sidewalks, curbs, and driveways. To complete the work, and allow 24 hours for the concrete to cure, 35th Ave SW must be closed to through-traffic.

What you can expect.

Wednesday, August 1 to Friday, August 3 | 7 AM – 4 PM daily


35th Ave SW will be closed to through-traffic during work hours, each day.


Edward Olney


Edward Olney, born on June 16, 1932 in Seattle, Washington, passed away at age 86 on July 1, 2018. He graduated from Washington State University. He was employed for 30 years by Highline Community College as a Director of Information Systems until retiring in 1995.


Land use application on two four story rowhouses gets conditional go ahead

A land use application to build two four story structures, a total of five units with parking for seven vehicles provided at 2422 55th Ave SW has been given a conditional go ahead by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. The SEPA - Environmental Determination remains to be made.  The existing structures would be demolished.

The applicant is Dave Biddle and the complete plan set can be downloaded here.

The SDCI decision and recommendations letter is available here.

The project is being designed by KO Architecture in Ballard and built by Brothers K Development LLC.