January 2020

Windy night with gusts to 50 predicted

Keep your batteries handy and be prepared if your power goes out. The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement today noting that winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 50mph are coming tonight.


* WHAT...South winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected.

* WHERE...Tacoma Area, Bellevue and Vicinity, East Puget Sound Lowlands, Southwest Interior, Bremerton and Vicinity and Seattle and Vicinity.

* WHEN...Until 7 AM PST Saturday.

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

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The strongest winds are expected to be late this afternoon through this evening.

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



Morgan Herzog, owner of Beer Junction has passed away

One of the West Seattle Junction's most well known business owners, Morgan Herzog has passed  away. The announcement was shared via Facebook today. Herzog left a career as an account and pursued one of his passions, the world of beer, opening the Beer Junction originally on 42nd SW in 2010. He moved the business in 2012 into the heart of the Junction.

The post reads:

"It is with great sadness that we share the loss of our owner, founder, and friend, Morgan Herzog.


Detectives seeking help finding a bank robber

Information from Seattle Police Blotter

Detectives need your help finding a bank robber considered to be armed and dangerous.

30-year-old Abdi Yusef is believed to be responsible for multiple bank robberies in the Seattle area in recent weeks. 

Detectives with the Seattle Police Department and the FBI are currently searching for Yusef and believe he may be armed. 

If you see this man please call 911 immediately and do not approach him.


Detectives seize drugs, guns, and cash in West Seattle narcotics and money laundering investigation

information from Seattle Police Blotter

SPD Narcotics seized fentanyl pills, cocaine, xanax, methamphetamine and cash while serving warrants last Friday in connection with an investigation into drug trafficking and money laundering in West Seattle.

Officers from the South Precinct’s Anti-Crime team arrested the 40-year-old suspect in a West Seattle parking garage and found he was carrying 62 fentanyl pills, 28 grams of cocaine and a small number of xanax pills, as well as a handgun.



King County buys 40 electric buses and plans to buy 80 more

information from King County

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced today that King County Metro has agreed to purchase 40 battery-electric buses from New Flyer, Inc., to be delivered in 2021 and plans to order 80 more in the coming year – a major milestone in the county’s efforts to improve air quality, reduce carbon and create a zero-emissions bus fleet by 2040.

The order is comprised of 40 60-foot-long articulated buses valued at $1.3 million each for a total of approximately $50 million. The remaining 80 battery-electric buses planned for purchase include 20 more articulated buses and 60 40-foot-long buses, valued at approximately $925,000 each. Total cost for the second order, arriving in fall 2022, is estimated to be around $80 million.


Land use application filed for two townhouses on California Ave SW

A Land Use Application has been filed with the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections to allow a 3-story, 9-unit townhouse structure at 5242 California Ave SW.

Parking for 11 vehicles to be proposed. Existing structure will be demolished.

Next door is project number 3029469 at 5248 California Ave SW -

A companion Land Use Application has been filed to allow a 3-story, 9-unit townhouse building. Parking for 7 vehicles proposed. Existing structure will be demolished.

The design review meeting was held Jan. 24.

You can download the 87 MB design packet here.


Westy Sports and Spirits named one of the 50 best sports bars in the nation

MSN (Microsoft News) in their Love Food feature has selected West Seattle based Westy Sports and Spirits as the Best Sports Bar in Washington State. The Westy also has another location, also popular, in the Ravenna/Roosevelt neighborhood. 

They rated sports bars in all 50 states noting factors such as the food, beers on tap, cocktails and of course the number of screens on which to watch your favorite game.