West Seattle

The Seattle Monorail Project is desperately attempting to find a way to keep the Green Line alive.

Many ideas are being put forth by die-hard advocates to resurrect the financially troubled project. Most ideas are based on reducing scope or phasing the Green Line. None are legal!

In November 2002, Seattle voters barely approved (by a 0.5 percent margin) a single phase, 19-station route, with twin guideways from Ballard to West Seattle with a four minute headway between trains at peak hours, and at a cost of $1.75 billion.


The Associated General Contractors said it all in a recent flyer.

"I don't want to create or preserve thousands of jobs, including my own.

"I support neglect of our state's bridges and roads.

"Our roads will fix themselves.

"That is what your signature on I-912 means."

The contractors are absolutely correct.


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.

When it comes to summertime, West Seattleites live for the weekend. And while many may try to get their chores and duties of domesticity done during the week in order free up their Saturdays and Sundays for fun and sun, now there's a reason to save your shopping for the weekend and combine it with a day at the beach.

Introducing Alki Open Market.

Just steps away from the mile-plus stretch of sand, south of Coastal Surf Boutique, the Alki Beach Open Market is a fun way to spend a weekend day shopping without crossing the bridge to Pike Place.

From 9 a.m.


Matthew E. Durham

ENJOY ALKI MARKET. Alki Open Market for the fresh cut flowers and crafts - just a few of the items that can be purchased in the scenic outdoors.

On July 19, a number of secondary streets heading up to the Admiral District of West Seattle were chip sealed creating a hazardous situation to what was previously a safer alternative to a cycling route up the main arterial, Admiral Way.


One of West Seattle's leading liberals, Tom Weeks recently announced his resignation as chairman of the monorail project after helping create the $11 billion fiasco. If I remember correctly, previously he took his financial expertise to the Seattle School District and then resigned after the district lost $35 million.



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."


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.


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.