December 2021

Vandals break in to Lafayette Elementary

Threw food, paint and did other damage

From the Seattle Police Department

On Sunday 12-26-2021 at 8:43 am hours, a burglary occurred at Lafayette Elementary School which is located at the 2600 BLK of California Ave SW.

The burglary occurred between 12/23-2021 and 12/26/2021.

The custodian arrived this morning and saw damage inside the school. Officers observed a lot of vandalism; there were open cartons of milk spilled on the floor, floor wax all over the floor, food had been strewn all over the floor, and someone threw paint all over a room.

The suspect/suspects damaged electronic equipment, and possibly even the electric box inside the basement.


UPDATE: Water Taxi is back on today: Service resumes

information from King County

UPDATE 10:55 am

The West Seattle Water Taxi Resumes Service Beginning at 11:30 am.

The West Seattle Water Taxi will resume service beginning with the 11:30 am departure from Pier 50 in downtown Seattle. This mornings sailings were canceled due to high winds sustained throughout the evening, which created rough conditions at the Seacrest dock. The winds have eased and the seas have subsided allowing us to resume service. For the full sailing schedule please check the Water Taxi Website.


Sports Roundup

By Tim Clinton



Boys basketball

Chief Sealth 73, Tyee 19

Chief Sealth cruised past the Totems in non-league action this past Wednesday.


Ballard 58, Shorewood 46

The Beavers beat Shorewood in a Tuesday game.


SCS 63, Cedar Park Christian 57

Seattle Christian slipped past Cedar Park Christian last Tuesday.


Ballard 55, Juanita 19

Ballard blew the Rebels away in Monday's battle.


Girls basketball

Cedar Park Christian 45, SCS 21

Cascade Christian was a winner against the Warriors this past Tuesday.


Liberty 52, Ballard 30

The Beavers were beaten by Liberty on Monday.


Sportswatch: Sporting events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton



High schools

Boys basketball

Ballard travels to Mountlake Terrace for tournament action Wednesday.

Tyee hosts Juanita at 6 p.m. Thursday and West Seattle entertains West Valley of Yakima at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Ballard visits Garfield for a 7:15 p.m. Monday game.

Scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday are Cascade Christian at Seattle Christian, Kennedy Catholic at Decatur and Mount Rainier at Todd Beamer.

Highline visits Tyee at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday as Foster entertains Lindbergh and Evergreen hosts Sammamish.


Girls basketball

West Valley of Yakima comes to West Seattle to play a 7 p.m. contest Thursday and Cascade Christian is at Seattle Christian for a 5:15 p.m. game Tuesday.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday it will be Todd Beamer at Mount Rainier and Decatur at Kennedy Catholic.



Metro and others respond to frigid weather; Emergency Snow Network activated

King County Metro shifted bus service to snow routes Sunday, Dec. 26, due to widespread snow accumulations, challenging road conditions and available regional workforce levels. The National Weather Service predicts ongoing freezing temperatures through the week and the possibility of additional snow accumulation.


Alki Beach Polar Bear Swim is on again for New Year's Day

Participants must be vaccinated, boosted, and wear a mask

Veteran White Center/West Seattle community activist and polar bear plunger Mark Ufkes shared this announcement about the annual New Years Day event. The long range weather forecast is for temperatures below freezing so bring your warmest bathing suit. 


Saturday, January 1, 2022

10:00 am sharp

We go in the water at 10:00 am sharp, so don't be late.

According to Washington State regulations; three simple requirements:


Snow and icy conditions all week are in the forecast; 24 degree high on Monday

The National Weather Service says that while the snow will taper on on Sunday, the cold temperatures are here to stay all week.

As if that weren't enough a north-northwest wind will blow through at around 22 mph. If you go outside, bundle up since the temperature will fall to 24 degrees by 5pm Sunday. That temperature will be the high temperature on Monday.


junction in the snow


Here's the forecast for the week as of 10:50am Sunday Dec. 26


A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly between 3pm and 5pm. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 24 by 5pm. Wind chill values between 13 and 18. Blustery, with a north northwest wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.



Cold weather coming; Winter advisory issued by National Weather Service

Mayor Durkan makes emergency proclamation get more people out of the cold


The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that will take effect early on Saturday morning.


* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 9 inches.

* WHERE...Portions of northwest and west central Washington.

* WHEN...From 4 AM Saturday to 4 PM PST Sunday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on difficult travel conditions.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Snow will most likely develop in showers and bands, leading to highly variable snow accumulations. The best timing for heavier snow is Saturday night into Sunday.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Slow down and use caution while traveling. For the latest road conditions in Washington state, call 5 1 1.



Man struck in the head by assailant in the Admiral District

from the Seattle Police Department

On 12-23-2021 at 5:10am, a male victim stated that he was walking his dog in the area of the 2100 BLK of California Ave SW, and a possible unknown male struck him in the back of the head.

The victim stated that the suspect also struck him in the face.

The victim suffered lacerations, a possible fractured nose, and possible injuries that could lead to blood clots.

Based on the victim’s conflicting statements, he possibly knew the suspect. The victim was transported by AMR to the hospital.