• October 8, 2014

South Park Library closed today

Today is an in-service day for the staffs of the Seattle Public Library branches in South Park and West Seattle, so the library is closed – but it’ll reopen tomorrow (Thursday, October 9th).

  • October 8, 2014

Free movies now twice a month at South Park Neighborhood Center

After a successful movie night last month, the South Park Neighborhood Center is now offering movies twice a month, second and fourth Mondays, 6:30 pm. Next Monday, it’ll be “Meet the Parents,” featuring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller. Free popcorn! SPNC is at 8201 10th Avenue South.

  • October 6, 2014

Duwamish Alive! on October 18th – sign up now

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10 am-2 pm on October 18th, it’s the next edition of Duwamish Alive! and it’s time for you to sign up to help out somewhere along the river. (There are even a few more locations to the southeast in Tukwila – see the full-size map here.) Go here to register for a site.

  • September 29, 2014

Duwamish River oil-spill-plan hearing in Auburn tonight

Happening tonight, in case you’re interested. Here’s the full invitation we received:

The Washington Department of Ecology invites you to join us at a public workshop for the development of a geographic response plan for the Duwamish/Green River.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 30, 7-8 p.m.

WHERE: Green River Community College, Glacier Room
12401 SE 320th St, Lindbloom Student Center
Auburn, WA

This workshop will be followed by a 30-day public comment period (ending Oct. 30) during which you may submit comments to GRPs@ecy.wa.gov or by postal mail to:

Washington Department of Ecology
Spills Program – GRPs
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600

For more information, please contact Wendy Buffett – wendy.buffett@ecy.wa.gov – at 360/407-6523.

  • September 28, 2014

Police find shooting victim in South Park

From SPD Blotter:

Officers are searching for a suspect after they were approached by a man in South Seattle who had been shot multiple times early Sunday morning.

Officers were sent to 12 South and South Trenton St. for reports of an argument somewhere in the area, but when they arrived they were unable to locate anyone who needed assistance. Worried residents called back a few minutes later reporting that shots had been fired in the area, but again officers were unable to locate a scene. Officers remained in the area for nearly 45 minutes searching and speaking with residents when they were approached by the victim.

The victim had gunshot wounds to his chest and leg and collapsed as he made it to officers. Medics rushed to the scene and stabilized the man before he was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

Officers scoured the area, located a possible scene and are working to collect evidence. Officers continue to speak to neighbors and are working to find any suspects. Officers are asking anyone with information to please call 911 and speak with them immediately.

This remains an active investigation and details may change.

  • September 21, 2014

THIS IS ONLY A DRILL: FYI – Boeing Field drills scheduled all week

Boeing Field will be the scene of two “mass-casualty-incident drills” each of the next five weekdays, and since you might notice all the emergency vehicles in the area, we’re helping get the word out. As the official announcement put it, “Because officials are trying to create a realistic response, the media is asked to help us notify the public that this is only a drill … and is a potential visual distraction.” Details:

The dates of the drills are Sept. 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26. There will be two drills each day. The sessions run from 9 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 pm. …

These practice scenarios help prepare firefighters, police officers, and paramedics for an actual plane crash by creating a realistic environment with a large number of “patients.” While emergency responders deal with patients daily, MCI situations are relatively rare and have different medical protocols. Aircraft or bus crashes and hazardous materials leaks are examples of MCI situations.

The drill also helps the King County International Airport meet FAA requirements for its Airport Emergency Plan.

Over the course of the 10 sessions, approximately 700 personnel including first responders, communications specialists, “volunteer actors” and Airport personnel will participate in the drill. The exercise objectives include:

* Testing of the Mass Casualty Incident plan
* Ability of different agencies to work and communicate together during a large scale event
* Ability of rescuers to operate in and near an airplane
* Organization of “unified command”
* Use of the Incident Command System
* Meets the criteria required by FAA for KCIA’s Airport Emergency Plan

The scenario will involve a large aircraft at the south end of the KCIA. An aircraft body mockup will represent a commercial jet, and dozens of volunteer actors will have make-up to represent various injuries. Emergency vehicles will respond, stage, and arrive at the crash scene just as they would during a real emergency. …

The participating agencies: King County International Airport, King County Medic One, Tukwila Fire Department, Kent Fire Department RFA, Renton Fire Department, SeaTac Fire Department, Maple Valley Fire Department, Seattle Fire Department, King County Fire District 20, Valley Regional Fire Authority, Burien/Normandy Park FD, North Highline Fire Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, The Boeing Company, Valley Communications, South King Fire and Rescue.

  • September 20, 2014

Rollover crash on South Cloverdale

It’s only on the 911 log as a “medic response,” but police say it’s a rollover crash that blocked Cloverdale between 12th and 14th. The road is open again now, and SPD says no one suffered major injuries.

  • September 19, 2014

Meeting next week to review ‘Duwamish Blueprint’ regarding salmon habitat

Another announcement in the ongoing work regarding salmon habitat in the Duwamish River:

The Duwamish River transition zone is crucial for recovery of Chinook salmon in the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound watershed, also known as WRIA 9. Specifically, young salmon migrating to the Puget Sound from upriver need intertidal mudflats and marsh habitat to rest, eat and grow while they transition from fresh water to saltwater to improve their chances of survival.

The 2005 WRIA 9 Salmon Habitat Plan called for a “Duwamish Blueprint” – a plan for creating salmon habitat in the Duwamish. A Duwamish Blueprint Working Group was convened in January of this year, and has met seven times to update the location of the transition zone based on newer science, identify habitat project opportunity areas, and establish guidelines for building successful habitat sites. The intent of this document is to help meet salmon recovery goals by providing needed information to those seeking habitat restoration opportunities.

WRIA 9 and the Duwamish Blueprint Working Group plan to finalize this document by early November, and we invite anyone who is interested to become familiar with the document and provide comments. For a link to the draft, see Duwamish Blueprint. Please direct questions and comments to Elissa Ostergaard at elissa.ostergaard@kingcounty.gov (by October 7th)

All are invited to learn more about the Duwamish Blueprint at an evening event on September 23, 2014, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave S., Tukwila.

For more information about salmon recovery in the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA 9), see govlink.org/watersheds/9/

  • September 17, 2014

Vandalism at Concord: Community member’s letter to superintendent gets results

That vandalism on the campus of Concord International Elementary School in South Park should be gone soon, if it’s not already – per a promise made by Seattle Public Schools‘ acting Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland to concerned community member Alan Puckett, who sent the photo and this letter:

Dear Superintendant Nyland,

I’m writing to request more timely attention to ongoing issues with gang graffiti on the property of Concord Elementary School. Gang tags have been a recurring problem at Concord Elementary School, and reports to the online City of Seattle Graffiti Removal website have repeatedly failed to elicit timely response despite the fact that these tags are placed on public property where dozens of children (and probably many adult SPS staff…) see them every day.

This particular tag (see attached picture) was reported on September 06, 2014 to the City’s online graffiti report site viaGraffiti Report Service Request # 14-00110777. As of this afternoon there has been no action.

My neighbors and I are struggling to keep gang tags off our property and out of our neighborhood. We need your help. I have painted out and helped clean up numerous gang tags on my block, directly across the street from Concord Elementary School. I pay for cleanup supplies myself and donate my time and sweat because I care about our neighborhood. Please do your part.

Thank you,
Alan Puckett

We were cc’d on that letter sent yesterday afternoon. 22 hours later, the reply:

Mr. Puckett,

Thank you for the email about graffiti at Concord Elementary School. We have directed our facilities staff to send someone out to the school property to cover any/all such markings on our buildings and property. I thank you for taking the time to write and bringing this to our attention. We appreciate your concern and looking out for all those who share in this community.

Venetia Wallace (for Dr. Larry Nyland)
Executive Assistant
Superintendent’s Office

  • September 16, 2014

Neighborhood Center’s future: Special meeting tonight

Tonight (Tuesday, September 16th), all are invited to this meeting announced by Randy via the Yahoo! list:

What: a meeting to answer questions about the Future of the Neighborhood Center

When: Tuesday, September 16

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: South Park Neighborhood Center
8510 8th Avenue South

Who: City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, other city staff, and a representative from Providence

Why: the city wishes to respond to questions and concerns from the community about the future of the Neighborhood Center building, including those raised at the June 17th ‘emergency’ meeting regarding the center.

The plan for the meeting is to have an SPNA co-chair convene the meeting and then turn it over to Councilmember Rasmussen and city staff to answer the questions from the community. My plan is to insure there will also be at least one representative from SPARC attending the meeting, in case questions are asked that are best answered by SPARC.

However, the intent of this meeting is to prioritize the time for the city and the community to dialogue with each other.