September 2021

Woodland Park Zoo’s tiny pudu has a name

World, meet Ande! Woodland Park Zoo’s 2-month-old Southern pudu, a male, officially has a name. While Ande may be one of the world’s smallest deer, he’s actually named after the second-highest mountain range in the world — the Andes Mountains! It’s also where pudu like Ande are native to.  

Ande is growing very quickly! At about 2 months old, he’s already half as big as his parents. But even fully grown, pudu are only about 15 inches tall. Some of his favorite snacks are romaine lettuce, banana peels and nutritional grain. The spots on his coat have already started to fade and will continue to fade as he grows and matures into his adult coat.  

Ande was named by Ellie Woodall, a budding animal lover from Richland, Wash., whose grandparents have been great zoo supporters for many years.  

If you want to catch a glimpse of Ande and his family, head to the zoo’s Temperate Forest habitat, right next to the flamingos.   




Punk Rock Flea Market returns to White Center Sept. 18-19

By Ruby Tuesday Romero

If you drive down 17th Ave SW, you’ll notice ‘Punk Rock Flea Market’ spray painted on the exterior wall of the soon-to-be Unicorn Bar. And truth is, you should be excited! 

A Facebook event confirms that White Center will house the eclectic collection of artists and merchants on Saturday, Sept 18th and Sunday, Sept 19th. The masked, outdoor event will make use of the parking lot at 9832 17th Ave SW, previously Magic Lanes.


UPDATE: Fire in White Center in former Locker Room tavern again; Cause determined

Third fire in area since July; Fire causes local power outage

Update 4:30pm

The King County Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Meyer said he spoke to the, "King County Fire Investigator.  The preliminary cause appears to be discarded smoking material."

Update 2:30pm

The Manager of a nearby business (who chose not to be identified) in White Center has a full color surveillance camera that looks at the street. According to him the fire could be seen through the front window, meaning it did not start near the front of the building, but rather at the rear or inside the structure.The footage has been turned over to investigators.

A benefit event for the Locker Room and other affected businesses is now in the works.

Update 1:20pm


Power outages along Avalon Way affect 562; Now resolved

562 city light customers lost power around 2pm along Avalon Way in West Seattle. The cause was listed as Equipment failure. Power was expected to be restored after 6pm

Check here for updates:

The outage extends from Genesee Street north of the West Seattle Golf Course, to Spokane Street south to North and along Avalon Way SW over to 28th SW  on the east  to near Fauntleroy Way SW on the West.



Eight story, 120 room hotel in central Ballard back on track

The eight story hotel that was proposed in 2019 for 1766 NW Market Street in Ballard is back on track with the posting of the analysis and decision of the the Director of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections.

The full design packet (dating from 2019 pre-covid) reveals that the building will employ a "mass timber" design and that a restaurant on the main floor will feature some outdoor dining.






Subshop # 9 closing after 38 years

Goodbyes aren’t easy; Running a business isn’t either

by Ruby Tuesday Romero

22 years ago, the risks and hardships involved in owning a business in West Seattle seemed worthwhile. The community between the Duwamish and the Sound is unmatched and here, families begin and grow, grow bigger or grow apart, and of course grow old -all while their neighbor does the same.