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by Chris Scragg
Puget Sound Weather Geek

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Only a single day after we enjoy our family’s company and our turkey dinners, we’ll face a bout of early winter weather.

Very cold air will begin filling in on Friday, just as a rain event will be ending. This will result in a snow chance for Friday and Saturday. Accumulations will likely be light across the area, below 1 inch.

Keep this in mind when traveling from your Thanksgiving gatherings!

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Advertiser Endolyne Joe’s will be hosting Mr. and Mrs. Claus this Friday morning, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m., and rumor is that they’ll have plenty of Candy Canes for children of all ages!

And don’t forget, a “wild” Alpaca was recently spotted there (read more about that here):

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Endolyne Joe’s is located in the nearby Fauntleroy neighborhood at 9261 45th Ave SW (map here).

Website: https://www.chowfoods.com/endolyne-joes

Phone: (206) 937-5637

Zippy’s Giant Burgers (an Advertiser) reports they are working hard to repair the hood in the kitchen of their White Center restaurant and are hoping to re-open this Saturday, Nov. 29.

They have voluntarily and temporarily closed their doors until the issue is fully repaired and resolved.

“Our hood motor conked out on us a couple days ago,” Jesse Burns, general manager at Zippy’s, said Wednesday.

The hood is the chimney-like chute above the grill and fryer in the kitchen.

“If we were to grill or fry anything right now, the kitchen and seating area would be filled with smoke,” Burns said.

Zippy’s had already planned to be closed for Thanksgiving Day.

Zippy’s Giant Burgers is located on 14th Ave SW in White Center, a block east of Bartell pharmacy.

Zippy’s, which has won high praise and widespread notice in recent years for its menu items and family friendly setting, is building out a second location in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood.

“We’re looking forward to opening our second Zippy’s in January,” Burns said.

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9614 14th Ave. SW
West Seattle/White Center

206-763-1347

Website: http://zippysgiantburgers.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zippys-Giant-Burgers/115165815172748

fox_author-photoLocal Historian and former White Center Blog Writer (now Author) Sarah Fox is asking for the public’s help for her recently ­published book “Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West.”

This book is the culmination of a 10-year research project, yet some of the most important work­ spreading the word about the book­ still remains. As a first­time Author published through a university press, she received no advance and no institutional support for a book tour. Royalties are 1% (15% for ebooks), paid out once a year. All book events and travel expenses come out of Sarah’s personal funds, and she must often take time off work to commit to these events.

Downwind explores the human and environmental cost of nuclear testing and uranium extraction in the American West through the stories of “downwinders,” the residents of the Great Basin region affected by radiological pollution. These citizens tell of insidious food and water contamination, communities ravaged by cancer epidemics, farmers and ranchers economically ruined by crop failures and massive livestock die­offs, and miners working in dangerous conditions without proper safety equipment while the government surreptitiously studied the effects of radiation on humans.

In chilling detail Downwind brings to light the experiences and concerns of groups whose voices have been silenced and marginalized for decades in the name of patriotism and national security, tracing the evolution of a citizen activist movement that eventually challenged the federal government and powerful military and energy industries.DownwindBookCover

With the renewed boom in mining in the American West, Fox’s look at this hidden history, unearthed from years of field interviews, archival research, and epidemiological studies, is a must­read for every American concerned about the fate of our western lands and communities.

Fox is inviting all to join her on Monday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Skylark in West Seattle for a reading and Q&A with her, appetizers, and a silent auction and dessert grab featuring special flavors by Full Tilt Ice Cream. Tickets are $20 each and are available through Eventbrite. Signed copies of the book are available for an additional cost. The Skylark is located at 3803 Delridge Way SW.

For the most part, downwinder stories have been ignored and left out of our collective history. Sarah’s book tour will focus on bringing the voices of downwinders to the fore. With your help, we can raise enough funds at this event to send Sarah into areas heavily impacted by nuclear activities and continue to create awareness for these issues which range from policy to public health and the environment. Your support is irreplaceable, and appreciated beyond measure, not only by Sarah, but by affected communities. We hope you can show your support by turning out for this amazing event! For more information, contact Ann Magyar at (206) 300-­3587.

To learn more about the book, visit www.downwindhistory.com

To donate to Sarah’s cause, visit http://www.gofundme.com/hqzm68

Here’s more info from her GoFundme website:

“Greetings! My name is Sarah Fox. I’m a historian and a writer based out of Seattle. I make my living as a waitress. In November of 2014 I published Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West (University of Nebraska Press), after ten years of research and writing. Downwind explores the human and environmental cost of nuclear testing and uranium extraction in the American West through the stories of “downwinders,” the residents of the Great Basin region affected by radiological pollution. These citizens tell of insidious food and water contamination, communities ravaged by cancer epidemics, farmers and ranchers economically ruined by crop failures and massive livestock die­offs, and miners working in dangerous conditions without proper safety equipment while the government surreptitiously studied the effects of radiation on humans.

Downwind brings to light the experiences and concerns of groups whose voices have been silenced and marginalized for decades in the name of patriotism and national security, tracing the evolution of a citizen activist movement that eventually challenged the federal government and powerful military and energy industries.

As a first time author who published with a university press, I did not receive an advance, and I do not receive any institutional funding or support for a book tour. That’s where I need your help! I will not receive any royalties until August of 2015 (1% of book sales, 15% of ebook sales) and I will be donating a percentage of those royalties to nonprofit groups (HEAL Utah and the Southwest Research and Information Center). Until I receive those royalties (however large or small they may be), any costs I incur travelling or taking time off work to promote the book come out of my family’s budget, which is limited. I am also donating copies of my book to the activists who were interviewed for the book, and I am hoping to donate additional copies to libraries and nonprofit groups in communities heavily impacted by nuclear activities. I cannot do this alone.

Ordinary people just like us kept this story alive around their kitchen tables for years. Help me to spark new kitchen table conversations about nuclear weapons and power, national security, government accountability, environmental justice, uranium, toxic site cleanup, and citizen activism.”

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The good folks at our Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest would like to welcome Chris Dutton of Northwest Mortgage Alliance to their team!

“As a Professional Mortgage Loan Originator, Chris has experience to see you through the home buying process,” reads an announcement. “His purpose is to inspire and provide his customers with above and beyond service. Helping others achieve their goal of home ownership excites Chris and is the reason he loves his work.

If you are thinking about purchasing a home and would like to be pre-qualified before you start looking for a home, please contact Chris, he’d love to help you.

WELCOME TO OUR TEAM!”

Chris can be reached at:

The King County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying/finding this burglar, suspected of hitting the same White Center business twice in the last couple of weeks:

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Police say that he’s taken cash, beer and cigarettes, and uses a rock to break the window.

It’s unknown if he’s linked to other recent area burglaries.

If you recognize this suspect, please call (206) 296-3311.

Here are Tweets KCSO sent out:

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this Saturday and Sunday – is a completely updated large 5 bedroom in Gregory Heights!

It’s got hardwood floors on the main level and new carpeting on the lower level.

The kitchen and baths have been elegantly remodeled and all rooms newly painted.

Spacious rec room opens out to the serene fenced back yard.

Bonus room available for crafts, projects, gear… whatever you need.

Close to Gregory Heights community pool.

This home is move in ready, the work has all been done!

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 22: 1 – 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 23:, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: 1938 SW 166th Street, Burien, WA 98166

INFO:

  • List Price: $425,000
  • MLS Number: 700749
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1955
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,060
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,920

Site Features:

  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Gas Available
  • Outbuildings

Marketing remarks:

Completely updated large 5 bedroom in Gregory Heights!

Hardwood floors on the main level, new carpeting on the lower level.

Kitchen and baths have been elegantly remodeled and all rooms newly painted. Spacious rec room opens out to the serene fenced back yard.

Bonus room available for crafts, projects, gear… whatever you need.

Close to Gregory Heights community pool.

This home is move in ready, the work has all been done!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

Children’s Author Sid Shapira recently visited Advertiser West Seattle Montessori.

“West Seattle Montessori had a wonderful visit from Author Sid Shapira and his dog Danny. A wonderful story of a dog finding his forever home.”

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Danny Dog the Book
A heartwarming story

Danny and his new daddy have teamed up to write a children’s book, Danny Dog – A rescue dog finds his forever home, about the experiences of a dog searching for his forever home.

It’s the heartwarming story of a little dog found on the street, taken in by a rescue organization, waiting to be adopted and, finally, experiencing the joy of finding his forever home.

Danny Dog – A rescue dog finds his forever home also illustrates the key role pet rescue organizations play in giving pets a second chance and a forever home.

A portion of the profit from this book will be donated to organizations such as Emerald City Pet Rescue, the organization that rescued Danny, to help these nonprofits continue their outstanding work in the communities they serve.

Please feel free to read more here: http://dannyrescuedog.com/about/

West Seattle Montessori School is located at 11215 15th Ave SW.

For more information, visit www.westseattlemontessori.com, or call 206.935.0427.

Also, be sure to “Like” them on Facebook here.

The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a juvenile male – just 13-years old – was arrested on Friday, Nov. 14 for suspected commercial burglary in White Center.

He was booked into the Youth Center for investigation of burglary and possession of stolen property.

“It’s unknown if he has any connection to the other commercial burglaries in the White Center area,” Sgt. DB Gates told The White Center Blog.

Early next week the detective will send the case to the prosecutor’s office for potential filing of charges.

Here are some relevant Tweets sent out by KCSO:

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Nov. 16, is an amazing 4-bedroom view home in Des Moines!

This modern lifestyle home has breathtaking, westerly Puget Sound and island views.

Refined and artfully appointed interiors of the highest quality blend with the latest in high technology.

Walls of Venetian plaster and sandstone, with many art gallery-quality etched, leaded and stained glass windows and spectacular chandeliers adorn luxurious interior spaces with soft contours and colors.

Walls of windows & French doors draw in private, spectacular views above Saltwater State Park, all located seconds from Saltys at Redondo Beach!

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 16, from 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 848 S. 260th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198

INFO:

  • List Price: $1,150,000
  • MLS Number: 696482
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.25
  • Year Built: 1991
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,390
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,262

Site Features:

  • Wine Cellar
  • Wired for Generator
  • Bath Off Master
  • Built-In Vacuum
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Fireplace in Mstr BR
  • French Doors
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Jetted/Soaking Tub
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing remarks:

Modern lifestyle with breathtaking Westerly Puget Sound & island views!

Refined and artfully appointed interiors of the highest quality blend with the latest in high technology.

Walls of Venetian plaster & sandstone with many art gallery-quality etched, leaded & stained glass windows & spectacular chandeliers adorn luxurious interior spaces w/ soft contours & colors.

Walls of windows & French doors draw in private, spectacular views above Saltwater State Park, Ssconds to Saltys at Redondo Beach!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

King County Elections released the sixth round of results for Tuesday’s general election on Friday afternoon (Nov. 7), and the Highline School District Bond, while breaking the 58% barrier, will likely not reach the 60% majority needed.

And the school district appears to have conceded.

“It appears that the Highline capital improvement bond — now at 58.03 percent approval — will not reach the 60 percent needed for passage,” the school district said on its website. “Though yes votes have been trending upward, it is unlikely the ballots yet to be counted will push the final count above the 60 percent threshold.”

Here are the latest results, as of 3:58 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7:

  • Approved: 12911 58.03%
  • Rejected: 9337 41.97%

Here’s the trend of the returns:

  • 56.68%: 1st returns (Nov. 4)
  • 57.15%: 2nd returns (Nov. 5, 4:34 p.m.)
  • 57.28%: 3rd returns (Nov. 5, 7:40 p.m.)
  • 57.55%: 4th returns (Nov. 6, 4:15 p.m.)
  • 57.68%: 5th returns (Nov. 6, 7:40 p.m.)
  • 58.03%: 5th returns (Nov. 7, 3:58 p.m.)

Here’s more from the district:

School Board President Michael Spear acknowledged that a majority of voters did vote to approve the measure. “We are grateful for the support of the many, many citizens in our community who expressed their support for our schools by voting yes,” said Spear.

With failure of the bond, the district has limited options for meeting the challenges of overcrowding and aging, deteriorating schools.

This fall enrollment is up 400 students over last year, causing crowding in elementary schools. Enrollment is expected to grow by over 2,000 in the next eight to ten years.

Bond failure also means replacement and major repairs to the district’s aging and outdated schools will have to wait.

“We will do our best to serve our students, knowing there are physical and financial limitations to what we can do to improve the learning environment in our oldest buildings,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “We will work with our community to determine a plan for moving forward.”