February 2023

WS Chamber Public Safety Roundtable covered police training, crime trends and more

The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce held a Public Safety Roundtable discussion at ArtsWest Theater Monday Feb. 27 with Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz, King County Prosecuting Attorney Leesa Manion and District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. Questions were solicited from member of the chamber to be merged and posed to the panel members. The discussion was moderated by Dan Austin, owner of Peel and Press and Co-Owner of The Bridge restaurants. The event was hosted by Whitney Moore, Executive Director of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

dan austin
Dan Austin



Dan Austin 


Phil Tavel enters the race for the District 1 City Council seat

Phil Tavel has declared his candidacy for the District 1 City Council seat, joining Preston Anderson, Maren Costa, AnnaLisa Lafayette and Rob Saka.

The announcement was shared in a press release sent to media on Tuesday,

"Phil Tavel, longtime community leader in West Seattle, accomplished attorney, and Administrative Law Judge, is running for the newly-redrawn District 1 Seattle City Council seat, following the departure of Lisa Herbold.


Matt Vaughan shares his rock n' roll memories from 35 years at Easy Street Records

Part two of our interview with the iconic owner of the iconic landmark

By Patrick Robinson

This year marks the 35th year that Easy Street Records has been in business in West Seattle and the 25th year for their in-store cafe. The synergy between music, thick bacon, strong coffee, and the northwest all coalesced in that spot. Today it's a destination for people from all over the world who know its reputation and for locals who just want to have a good meal with great music. Matt Vaughan has been part of the Seattle music industry for nearly four decades and shared his memories of the cafe and only a few of his hundreds of amazing encounters with some of the best musicians of our time.



Sports Roundup 2-26-23

By Tim Clinton




State 1A, 2A, 3A

Ballard finished fourth in Thursday's team competition held at Sammamish High School, scoring 172.650 points.

Sammamish won with 179.575 points ahead of the 164.400 of Mead and the 172.975 of Lake Washington.

Evergreen took 32nd, all on the all around performance of 32.850 by Alannis Rax, who took 31st individually.

Naomi Kildal led Ballard by coming in ninth at 35.825 with teammate Alex Bullock tying for 10th at 35.700.

Brooke Adkins was 24th for the Beavers at 34.075 and Caitlin Adkins tied for 34th at 32.650.  Dylan Kelly was 57th (26.100), Justene Li 70th (23.950) and Linden Fatland 98th (15.500).

Kildal was second in the beam with a 9.350 and third in the individual finals the next day with a 9.475.


Winter Weather Advisory calls for up to 2 inches of snow

information from the National Weather Service



* WHAT...Wet snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches.

* WHERE...Tacoma and vicinity, including Vaughn, Gig Harbor, Fox Island, Anderson Island, DuPont, Puyallup, and Spanaway, Admiralty Inlet Area, including Port Townsend, Whidbey Island, and Camano Island, Bellevue and vicinity, including Mill Creek, Kenmore, Kirkland, and Issaquah and Seattle and vicinity, including Shoreline, Vashon Island, Mercer Island, White Center, Kent, and Algona.

* WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 10 AM PST Sunday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions.

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


Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Alki Beach raises more than $115,000

300 plus participants, many in costumes turned out

The Special Olympic Polar Plunge for 2023 was a cold water but warm hearted event as 300 participants, many in wild costumes dashed into Puget Sound raising more than $115,000 for the charitable organization.

photo of the plungers
Photo by Jeff Hathaway


care bears
You could say these are "care bears". Photo by Jeff Hathaway



Carl J. Hagstrom

Carl J. Hagstrom, of Port Orchard WA, passed away on February 16, 2023, at the age of 86.  He was born October 9,1936, in Aberdeen, WA to Carl and Louise Hagstrom. Upon graduating from West Seattle High School in 1955, he joined the US Navy Reserves while working for Boeing. He married Marthellen Horne in 1955. They remained in West Seattle for 15 years raising their three children.