September 2022

SDOT: Traffic returns to the West Seattle Bridge; monitoring and inspections to continue

Information from Seattle Department of Transportation

Less traffic on detour routes 

Over the past week, we removed detour route signs and began directing people onto the newly repaired bridge. Thousands of people have enjoyed significantly shorter travel times to and from West Seattle, while neighborhoods and streets along the detour route are seeing far less traffic.

removing signage


Woman robbed at gunpoint; chase followed but suspects escaped at high speed

Information from Seattle Police Department

#2022-252272/Southwest Precinct/First Watch:

At 4:06am on Wednesday Sept. 21, a victim stated that two males pulled up in a vehicle at 2 Ave SW/Highland Park Way SW.

The victim stated that one of the suspects grabbed her and threw her to the ground. The victim stated that the suspect put a rifle to her head.

The suspects took the victim’s generator and fled in a Black Chevy Suburban. South Precinct officers located the vehicle near 30 Ave S/S Holly St. The vehicle refused to stop, and officers asked for authorization to pursue the vehicle. The pursuit was authorized. The pursuit continued until speeds became unreasonable, and then the pursuit was terminated.

Robbery notified.


Camp West bar aiming for mid October opening in the Junction

Coming to the West Seattle Junction in (hopefully) mid-October is Camp West in the former West 5 location.

The bar, the second in the "camp" theme for owners Patrick Haight and Nuri Aydinel who have operated the Camp Bar in Tacoma for a few years now. Aydinel is also the founder of the successful Kizuki Ramen chain of Japanese restaurants.

Haight comes to the new spot with a long history in the hospitality industry. His background includes managing Tini Biggs, the Hula Hula Tiki bar, and time as the Food and Beverage Operation Manager for Snoqualmie Casino. He is also the creator of BroVo Amaro which won both a silver and gold medal.


The Huling Bowl pits West Seattle vs. Sealth Friday Sept. 23

The annual cross neighborhood rivalry between Chief Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School is back on Friday Sept 23 at 7pm.

The game will be played at the Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (SWAC) at 2801 Southwest Thistle Street.

The game is named for the Huling family whose former car dealerships and history of community support are part of the fabric of West Seattle. The tradition began in 2002 and a trophy goes to the winner every year for display at the school.

Tickets are $4 for students, $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens. CASH only. Exact change is appreciated.

Bags and backpacks are not allowed in the stadium at SWAC during football games. You will be asked to leave it at the gate or put it in your car before coming in.



Pat's View: Be kind not coarse

By Patrick Robinson

I believe we are witnessing a coarsening of our society, something that has grown substantially over the last decade. The prevalence of the loss of manners, increasing road rage, and the erosion of the simple following of rules is increasing.

We've always had angry people, rude people, people who were over aggressive, power hungry, verbally abusive, and those for whom manners were only a suggestion.

But in recent times we've seen the rise of faith in authoritarian politics.

Everyone. I mean EVERYONE is driven by both fear and love. Both are uncertain and human beings crave certainty. "Do you really love me?" runs through many minds. Just as "Those Dumbocrats are trying to take away our freedoms!" or "Those Rethuglicans have no solutions!".. But the institutionalization of ugliness, most recently from the very top of our government, gives permission to many others to behave the same way.


Holy Rosary Westfest is back after a three year hiatus



After a three year hiatus, people in West Seattle and across the area  are invited to be part of Holy Rosary West Seattle's “Carnival of Community” weekend in September.

Admission is free.

You’ll find rides, kids games, an entertainment stage, specialty food booths, BINGO, a raffle, and much more on the Holy Rosary School grounds.

WestFest is about community. It is an event run purely by parish and school volunteers. It embodies everything that community is all about. 

Dates & Location:

Friday, September 23 from 6PM - 10PM Saturday, September 24 from 10AM - 10PM

Holy Rosary School • 4142 42nd Ave. SW, Seattle, WA


Purchase an unlimited ride wristband for either Friday or Saturday or both at the link below. For advance sales order by 9/21/2022 at 9AM.  

Ride Wristband Prices:

$20 Friday


8 Bit Brass Band will perform in celebration of the West Seattle Bridge opening

Some Junction merchants will hold sidewalk sales too

On Saturday, Sept 24. a selection of Junction merchants will hold sidewalk sales and specials, and the 8-Bit Brass Band will play at 5:30 in front of Key Bank at the Junction All Walk.

8-Bit Brass Band is your geeky, mobile brass band specializing in bringing our brand of brassy, bangy, and nerdly to the streets and stages of Seattle and beyond! 8-Bit spawned in 2017 and has been 1-upping local cons and adding their nerdy flair to Honk!Fest West and the Chewbaccus parade in New Orleans. Our music reflects our diverse fandom from Star Wars to Marvel to Pokemon -- all while cosplaying and goofing off with our fans when we play.


Offer Up sale turns into a hands up theft

#2022-250770/Southwest Precinct/Second Watch: 

On 09-19-2022 at 3pm, a victim reported that he was selling items on Offer Up. An unknown woman replied and told the victim she would buy what he was selling, and she would come to West Seattle to buy them.

Upon her arrival she verified the items were what she wanted and had the victim follow her out to her car to get money.

When they went outside her associate pulled out a handgun and stole the items the victim was selling.

She also pulled out a handgun during the robbery. She is described as a short female with black hair and blue strips in it.

Officers did not locate the suspects. Robbery notified.