November 2023

Juvenile Humpback whale in Elliott Bay draws cheers

A juvenile Humpback whale first seen July 30, 2022 was seen in various locations around Elliott Bay on Thursday, Nov. 30. it was first seen with mother 'Smiley' number BCY0995 or CRC-17358. This was the third day it had been seen in the bay.

The King County Water Taxi slowed as it approached Seacrest Park after seeing the whale and people rushed out on the deck and could be heard cheering as the whale came to the surface and showed its fluke.

According to Kersti Muul, Wildlife Biologist, Urban Conservation Specialist  "Smiley's last calf was 3 years old ,named Chip when struck by the Mukilteo ferry in July 2020"

Photo by Patrick Robinson



Woman victim of pepper spray near Arbor Heights Elementary school

#2023-342749/Southwest Precinct/Second Watch:

At 2;33pm on Tuesday Nov.28, officers responded to an assault in the 3700 block of Southwest 104th Street near Arbor Heights elementary school.

The female victim reported she got out of her parked vehicle on Southwest 104th Street. The victim observed a sedan with the passenger window down, pull up next to her. The driver of the sedan then sprayed pepper spray out the window towards the victim.

The pepper spray caused children around the area to cough. The suspect fled the area heading westbound on Southwest 104th Street. Officers checked the area but could not locate the suspect. SFD evaluated those affected by the secondary exposure to the pepper spray at the scene.


Get ready to get your glow on! Wear your best lights costume and win cash Dec. 9

The West Seattle Junction is hosting its second annual Light Costume Contest as part of GLOWS-(Glorious Lights of West Seattle). The best costume that expresses the GLOWS theme in lights wins but individuals, groups, kids and even pets can win!

Come to the Junction for the Hometown Holidays event on Dec. 9 before 4pm. 

Here's the schedule:


Detectives arrest two narcotics distributors that plagued multiple Seattle communities  

by Detective Judinna Gulpan - Seattle Police Blotter

Seattle Police arrest two suspects involved in the distribution of narcotics in the University District, Ballard, Aurora corridor in Northgate, and Bitter Lake communities. 

For the last three months, SPD’s Narcotics detectives and agents with Homeland Security have been conducting investigations and surveillance of two suspects known for distributing fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroine throughout the city of Seattle, Snohomish County, and Skagit County. 

On Wednesday November 22nd starting at 5:00 a.m., SPD and HSI served warrants on the suspect’s residences, a storage locker, and vehicles associated with the suspects. The suspects were located at their respective residence and taken into custody.  

After completion of all the search warrants, the law enforcement agencies recovered the following: 


Burien seeking nominations for Citizen of the Year

Every year, the Burien City Council honors community members who make outstanding contributions to our community by presenting them with the Citizen of the Year award. Recipients are nominated by Burien residents.

Nomination Instructions

Do you know someone who has improved the quality of life in Burien? Do you know of a program or organization that has helped others in the community? Help us recognize that person or organization for their contribution to the Burien.

Nominations are accepted throughout the year. The City is currently accepting nominations for 2024 Citizen of the Year, to be awarded in 2024. 

Nominations due February 9, 2024.

Send the full name of the person you are nominating, a short statement describing why they deserve to be honored, and any links or supporting documents to:


Suspect in custody after Ballard shooting

by Officer Shawn Weismiller Seattle Police Blotter

A 19-year-old male suspect is in custody and a 51-year-old male was injured after a shooting in Ballard Sunday afternoon. 

Shortly after 12:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of a male shot in the 1400 block of Northwest 67th Street. Police arrived and located the male victim with a gunshot wound. Seattle Fire Department personnel arrived and transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center in serious, but stable condition. 

Officers were able to identify and arrest the suspect at a nearby residence. Gun Violence Reduction Unit Detectives responded to the scene and are working to establish the exact circumstances that led up to the shooting.

A firearm was recovered during the investigation.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for Investigation of assault.