December 2019

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with free rides on King County Metro

King County Metro will help riders safely usher in 2020 with free bus rides from 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve through 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Free rides on Metro service are sponsored in part by Seattle Center, which draws thousands of people for New Year’s Eve festivities. In addition to Metro buses, rides are also free on Via to Transit Southeast Seattle, DART, Seattle Streetcar, Community Van, Community Ride, and Access paratransit. 

King County Metro will again offer free rides on New Year’s Eve with promotional support and sponsorship from Seattle Center, which draws thousands of people for New Year’s Eve festivities, including free Seattle Center Winterfest activities at Seattle Center Armory and International Fountain and midnight fireworks off the Space Needle. Other events include New Year’s Eve pARTy at Chihuly Garden and Glass, INDULGENCE NYE Bash at MoPOP, Spectra: NYE 2020 at Pacific Science Center and T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle.


2019 going out on a windy note; National Weather Service issues a Wind Advisory

It looks as if 2019 is going to end on a windy note. If you plan on being outside for the midnight celebrations be prepared for both rain and very windy conditions with gusts up to 45mph predicted. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory:


* WHAT...Southwest winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph expected.

* WHERE...Everett and Vicinity, Tacoma Area, North Coast, Central Coast, Bellevue and Vicinity and Seattle and Vicinity. * WHEN...From 10 AM Tuesday to 4 AM PST Wednesday.

* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.



Man shot in face on Hwy. 509 by unknown assailant

Westside Seattle news partner Q13 Fox News reports that a man was driving on Highway 509 in South Seattle Sunday night and was shot in the face by an unknown assailant. He is in critical condition at Harborview Hospital.

The Washington State Patrol said the shooting happened around 8:40 p.m. when someone in one vehicle shot at another, hitting the driver and causing him to swerve and crash into the Jersey barrier. The passenger of the vehicle was not injured.

That suspect vehicle drove away.

Southbound lanes of SR 509 at Cloverdale Street were closed for about seven hours during the shooting investigation.

WSP has not released any information about a suspect or a vehicle description.

There is no apparent connection between this shooting and the 11 shootings that took place on HWY 509 last year according to the WSP.




No comment? Readers react

By Jean Godden

Crosscut, the popular reader-supported, on-line Northwest news site, has announced that it is eliminating readers' comments as of the end of 2019. The Crosscut no-comment decision was announced Dec. 19 by Anne Christnovich, the site's audience engagement editor. She wrote that comment threads "no longer support our mission to foster communities that participate in civic discourse."

Christnovich said the decision was taken over concern that comment sections were rife with "bigotry, threats of violence and racist attacks." She added that the need to review comments was a heavy responsibility for a three-member audience engagement staff. Furthermore analysis found that of the 17,400 posts received in the past year, 45 percent came from just 13 people.


Highline Heritage Museum offers a bevy of events and exhibits in January

The Highline Heritage Museum is presenting a large number of events and exhibits in January.


FRIDAY, JAN. 3, 2020:

  • 6 p.m.: Burien Arts Association/Artists United opening reception
  • 7 p.m.:  Presentation connecting with our collections. This month: a History of Men’s Saving Tools. 
  • Museum is FREE and open to the public


SATURDAY, JAN. 11: 6 – 7 p.m.

  • Paul Illian and Al Hostak Exhibits
  • Museum Admission – Museum Members FREE


SATURDAY, JAN. 18: 1 – 3 p.m.

Local Authors Present "R.O.O.R.D: TO WAR IN A RUBBER DUCK", a Novel of World War II 

information from SWSHS

According to the novel’s fictional premise, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt created a covert unit to aid in the British prosecution of the war in 1939. The unit was a R.O.O.R.D. unit, the acronym standing for “ Reconnoitering, Observation, Opposition Resources, Destruction.” It was funded by America and staffed by Americans recruited to serve under Churchill’s direction. The Americans soon redefined the ROORD. acronym to stand for The Royal Order of Rubber Ducks. They named their seven B-25 Mitchell aircraft accordingly -- for example, Rubber Ducky, Duck Butt, Duck and Cover, etc. Only two of the planes would survive the war.


Local options for New Years Eve in West Seattle make staying close a great option

Celebrate the New Year right here in West Seattle. The Junction restaurants and bars are ready to cheer in 2020 with festive specials for you!

Bin 41 "Your Junction Wine Shop" Tiny Bubbles - Get an idea for bubbles before the ball drops on NYE. Stop in at bin41 for their Tiny Bubbles tasting on December 31st from 1 PM to 2:30 PM. The friendly bubble experts will help you taste (!) and choose the most perfect bottle.

Lady Jaye New Year's Day Brunch. Lady Jaye has been an instant hit in the Junction. It's hard to imagine the Junction without these guys!  Be sure to start off your 2020 with the New Year’s Day brunch 10 AM to 3 PM.

Matador Restaurants Champagne Toast! Raise a glass of bubbles at the popular Matador champagne toast. While you're there, make sure you sample some of the best Happy Hour menu items in the Junction. Those nachos...swoon. What a way to close out 2019.