West Seattle

Arbor Heights hosted the 2005 annual Seattle Summer Swim League Southern Division championship and were good hosts, letting just about everyone else beat them of teams from Olympic View, Normandy Park, Gregory Seahurst, Lakeridge, Kent, Marine Hills, and Twin Lakes.

"We took sixth," said coach Casey Murphy, down-headed a little.

But they had fun. And, really, when it gets down brass tacks, so to speak, isn't that really what it is all about?

But it is also about doing better than before, 'shaving off time,' as swim lingoists would call it.


WINNERS. Southwest Little League player Mitchell McElwain pitches first game in State Senior Division Little League Tournament. Southwest Little League went on to win game 8 to 2, finishing 2 to 2 in week-long tournament held in Vancouver, Wash.

Saturday morning, around 1:30, a man dressed only in a red spandex Speedo bathing suit jumped from some bushes and grabbed a woman in the alley in the 4700 block of California SW. He asked the woman if she was OK. She was able to run from him. Officers checked the area but found nothing.

A young woman returned to her parked car at the Junction. She found it in the middle of the alley, bumped up against another car. She tearfully told the officer that she had locked the car and left it in Park, but at it was now unlocked, in Drive, and contained garbage that was not hers.


The walls of the Page Ahead Children's' Literacy Program in downtown Seattle are covered with words of revelation from children from all over King County who have recently realized the value literacy can have in their lives.

"We fly to our dreams with books," wrote one child.


BOOKS TO LOCAL KIDS. Through their different programs, and collaborations with educational and civic organizations Page Ahead has distributed more than 22,000 books to about 7,500 students at West Seattle elementary schools. Both Junctions in West Seattle were targeted for participation for The Book Plates fundraiser and two restaurantshave joined; Amante Pizza and Pasta and Angelina's Trattoria.

Exhibiting the no nonsense attitude she has displayed for the past nearly two decades on the Port of Seattle commission, Paige Miller was blunt and direct when she said she not only wants to end the Richard Conlin's time on the Seattle City Council but openly covets his job as chairman of the council's transportation committee.

"I've accomplished what I set out to do with the port and I want to take my skill, experience, tenacity, and persistence to the city where they really need some help, particularly on transportation issues which I know a lot about," Miller says.



I have been observing Jack Block, Sr. for over 30 years.

This former White Center schoolboy is a graduate of Highland Park Elementary, West Seattle High and the U-Dub class of 1957 with a degree in international studies who went on to become a Port of Seattle commissioner for a record of 28 years. He is now retired and living with a new wife in a beautiful home overlooking the ferry dock in West Seattle.

Not bad for a working guy, a longshoreman, crane operator on Seattle's waterfront.


What can West Seattleites expect if an earthquake takes down the Alaskan Way Viaduct?

The Seattle city police, transportation planners and emergency managers proposed an emergency closure plan for the viaduct to the Transportation Committee of the Seattle City Council July 18.



As a two-term Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin said his leadership in the past eight years to bring community concerns and plans through council approval is part of what drives his confidence in his re-election campaign.

Having the ability to go into any community and point out my hand in many of their accomplishments with community goals makes me a difficult candidate to beat, he said.

As chair of the Councils Transportation Committee, Conlin said his goals for the next four years are to continue to largely concentrate on addressing tran


A man leaned on his elbows at the Seattle Monorail Project board of directors' conference table and urged the board members to divide the Green Line into two $800 million halves which would cut interest payments significantly.

First build the monorail from Seattle Center to West Seattle, the man suggested.



Are Burien's best days behind it?

The question popped into my head abruptly during an interview following Melba Eyler's death.

Melba Eyler, who passed away May 2, ran a Burien dance studio in the '50s, publicized Highline student achievements in the '60s and co-authored the definitive Highline history book in the '70s.

The then-Burien Chamber of Commerce named her 1972's "Woman of the Year."

My interview subject concluded Melba Eyler was one of Burien's prime movers and shakers during its "heyday."


Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin said his success in getting legislation passed and his ability to go into any neighborhood and point his accomplishments is what makes him feel he is ready for a third term.

As chairman of the council's Transportation Committee, Conlin says his goals for the next four years are to continue to largely concentrate on addressing transportation issues and setbacks, and road, street and bridge repairs, both regionally and locally.

He is a member of a regional committee that has been lobbying for legislation to provide adequate money fo


Dean Wong

FEELS SECURE FOR NEW TERM. Despite early on drawing several opponents, some of whom have changed targets, Councilmember Richard Conlin says he feels he has a strong neighborhood base for reelection.

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