February 2019

Jerry Andresen 

Jerry Andresen, 74, Yakima, WA and formerly of West Seattle, WA, Minot and Lake Upsilon, ND died on Friday, February 15, 2019 in a Yakima, WA hospice home following a thirteen-month battle with brain cancer.


Jerry Buford Andresen was born on March 3, 1944 in Everett, WA to Arvid and Miriam (Weeks) Andresen. He was raised and educated in the West Seattle, WA area and graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA with a degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Art. 


Beethoven’s Symphony #9 being presented by NWSO at Holy Rosary March 16

Northwest Symphony Orchestra, continues their season with two performances of Beethoven’s Symphony #9 on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 8:00pm at Holy Rosary Catholic Church and on March 17, 2019 at Bellevue Presbyterian Church.   This concert is part of the annual “Music for the Soul” series begun by the Northwest Symphony Orchestra several years ago.

Soloists include Alexandra Picard - soprano soloist, Nerys Jones - mezzo soprano Soloist, Tim Janecke - tenor soloist, Charles Robert Stephens - bass soloist.  Five choirs will sing the chorus part in this monumental work- ChoralSounds Northwest, Concord Chamber Choir, Con Brio Women’s Choir, Cantabile Youth Vocal Ensemble and the Virginia Glee Club.

Over 200 performers will participate in this monumental work- one of the greatest pieces of music ever composed, and we hope that you don’t miss this opportunity to experience it.” -NWSO Conductor Anthony Spain.



UPDATE: Podcast West Seattle paints an audio picture of the neighborhood

Latest edition is due Feb. 26 featuring photographer Patrick Robinson

Andrew Stuckey has a voice for radio.

But that's not where the action really is now for audio. Podcasts (basically on demand radio style shows) have grown into a tidal surge, with now a reported 630,000 shows out there on every topic you can imagine.


The Savviest

By Sarah Mackay

“Amazing” is how staff and regulars describe Travis Robinson, a 6-foot tall, conscientious and smart businessman who manages Elliot Bay Brewery.

“Definitely the biggest thing I love about living and working here is the community,” Travis says with a smile.

And the customers are enthusiastic about it too, “ If they see me at the front door, they immediately order my fish ‘n’ chips, my drink and they know me by name.  It’s like the TV show Cheers,” said one smiling satisfied customer.

Travis a.k.a Savvy Travvy (a nickname bequeathed upon him for his ability to navigate life’s turbulences) attributes his savviness to a small town, Montana upbringing complete with hair-raising mishaps leaving him thankful for his life, limbs and the community that helped raise him.


YMCA raising funds for new Camp Colman cabins

One cabin to be named after former Camp Director, George Nichols

information from YMCA

Four new proposed cabins at the YMCA’s Camp Colman means 2,000 more youth and families will have the opportunity to experience the fun and growth that only happens at camp. Only through community support can the Y reach their $150,000 per cabin goal. You can give to Camp Colman at seattleymca.org/CampGive.

Camp Colman sits in the southern Puget Sound’s Case Inlet. Each year thousands of campers make new friends, learn responsibility skills, try new things, unplug from screens, enjoy swimming and boating in the lagoon, and skits around the campfire. The four new proposed cabins will allow thousands of more campers to get off waitlists and into the outdoors.

One cabin will be named after former Camp Director, George Nichols


Man dies in fire on 61st SW in Ballard; Damage estimated at $270,000

information from Seattle Fire Department

 On Sunday, February 24, 2019, around 7:05 p.m., the Seattle Fire Alarm Center received a 911 call reporting smoke coming from a house located on the 2800 Blk of NW 61 St.  Engine 18 responded from the Ballard station, and upon arrival reported fire coming from the back of a house.  Engine 18 made an interior fire attack from this location while other crews were searching the residence for possible occupants.  An adult male was located and removed, but unfortunately his injuries were fatal.

The fire was under control by 8:00 p.m. At the height of the fire, there were six engine companies and three ladder companies.  There were no injuries to any firefighters.

Fire Investigators have ruled this fire as undetermined pending results from the Medical Examiner’s autopsy report. 

Total estimated loss is $270,000.