The buildings on the Roosevelt Light Rail Station construction site are no more, and it’s time to talk next steps with the neighborhood.
Sound Transit is holding a construction update open house tonight, Tuesday, January 29, in the Roosevelt High School Library (1410 NE 66th St) from 6-8 PM (presentation begins at 6:30 PM).
From the Northgate Link Extension update (via email):
Sound Transit is hosting an open house on Jan. 29 to discuss details of:
- Utility work planned in 2013 and early 2014
- Update on other construction work
- Promoting the local business district
Seattle City Light staff will also be on hand to answer questions about upcoming power line and pole work.
You can find more information about the Roosevelt Station here.
We will be at tonight’s meeting, and will be reporting on it LIVE right here.
UPDATE (Wednesday): Unfortunately, none of our one-and-a-half hours of presentation notes were save in the post! However, Sound Transit has emailed us a PDF of the presentation slides (click on the picture below to download).
A couple of local high school items for you this morning.
The Roosevelt News
The Roosevelt News is the Roosevelt High School student newspaper. It is a class open to junior and seniors who have taken journalism and have been chosen by the class advisor to take part.
We’ve placed a link to The Roosevelt News homepage in our Community Ads section of the Ravenna Blog (to the right and down) for your convenience.
Roosevelt High School Football
Rough Rider Football made it into the state playoffs for the first time since 1996, and the team takes on the Central Kitsap Cougars this Saturday, November 3, at Central Kitsap.
And while Kitsap County is lovely this time of year, it’s understandable that RHS Football fans may not make the trek out there for a 7 PM start time.
No worries: The Kitsap Sun will be live streaming the game.
On Saturday night, simply click the image above (or go to prepzone.kitsapsun.com/football) to watch the game.
Thank you to Kitsap Sun Editor David Nelson for the link.
Today, Wednesday, September 12, the Roosevelt High School girls and boys cross country teams will race the teams from Newport High School on the trails of Ravenna Park. This is a home meet for RHS, which is located just a few blocks from the park.
But Ravenna Park is not their usual home course. Lincoln Park, in West Seattle, is.
RHS Athletic Director, Mike Scott, explains the home course choice (via email):
For all of the past years that I have been here at Roosevelt, most of our meets have either been at Lincoln or at Lower Woodland. Lower Woodland tends to be a METRO site, while Lincoln tends to be a KingCo site for the 4A schools, but there is no hard and fast rule regarding this. Meets can have multiple teams involved, and the two sites listed above allow for better parking for multiple busses.
Scott says that the RHS cross country team is huge — over 100 students involved — and getting everyone (athletes, coaches) over to Lincoln Park and back requires two busses at $250-$300 (budgeted) each. And when the yellow school busess aren’t available, more costly charter busses must be hired.
A switch to a home course at nearby Cowen and Ravenna Parks would not only be great for the team, but nice on the budget.
So, what would make today’s meet a success for all involved (the team, the school, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and neighbors)? We’ve contacted Dennis Cook at Seattle Parks and Recreation (Athletics) about what his department is looking for from the event, and are awaiting a reply.
Here’s what Athletic Director Scott is looking for:
What I am looking for is to have an event that is seen by the public and patrons of the park as a good use of this resource to provide our kids with a positive and healthy event. It is my sincere hope that the patrons and neighbors will be understanding of the importance of this opportunity for our school to provide this for our kids and for our parents, as well as the community, and our commitment to be good neighbors and use this resource respectfully.
And if the people coming to the meet also decide to stop in the neighborhood and buy a hamburger or two from one of our local restaurants, that would be another great thing to come from this event!!
Neighbors of the park will be pleased to know that the parking plan for the visiting team’s busses has them parked at the high school campus, and not on surface streets.
As for today’s meet itself, the team is looking for volunteers to help direct runners at key intersections along the route. Meet the team in the grassy area of Cowen Park at 3:30 PM.
And, of course, neighbors and other spectators are encouraged to watch the races and cheer on the athletes (Girls race at 4 PM, boys race at 4:45). (See the previous photo for an Olympic-inspired way to do that). Boys team member and Roosevelt News Online Editor Mitchell Smith tells us the teams will be sporting their new uniforms today, too.
Special thanks to Frank Hodge (father of a RHS girls cross country team captain) for the original tip for this story.
UPDATE (6:40 PM): Here are some pictures of the meet (beforehand, and during the girls’ race).
I caught up with the girls again later in the course, as I peered over the edge of the 20th Ave NE footbridge:
And what were the RESULTS of today’s races? We heard about the boys team first, from runner and Roosevelt News Online Editor Mitchell:
RHS Men’s XC fell to Newport this afternoon by just 4 points. The new Cowen course is SLOW @ravennablog
— The Roosevelt News (@Roosevelt_News) September 13, 2012
Later that night, however, we learned how the girls did against Newport:
Congrats to our girls cross country team!! They defended our home turf with a win of 41 to 22 against Newport! RIDERPOWER #canttouchthis
— Rider Nation (@RHSRiderNation) September 13, 2012
WELL DONE, LADIES.
UPDATE (Thursday, May 31): Around 10 PM last night, the suspect and a fourth victim at Cafe Racer were reported to have both died of their injuries. Here is the AP story.
As of this morning, the only survivor of the shootings at Cafe Racer, Leonard Meuse, has had his condition upgraded from critical to serious. He is expected to recover.
UPDATE (5:46 PM): Many news outlets, including this one, had erroneously reported that the suspect had died of his injuries. He is, in fact, alive and continuing to receive treatment at Harborview (via the Seattle Police twitter feed).
UPDATE (5:02 PM):
Seattle Police has confirmed that the suspect in the Cafe Racer shootings has died from his self-inflicted gunshot wound. Reported in error.
And they also confirm that the shooting at 8th and Seneca this morning is connected to the suspect.
More on all of that in the Seattle Times (“Suspect in Seattle slayings kills himself”).
And also at the Seattle Times, some good news: The chef at Cafe Racer, who was among those shot this morning, is doing well.
UPDATE (4:34 PM): Just as we were receiving reports of officers arresting someone in the vicinity of 47th Ave NE and Roosevelt Way NE, there are now reports that the suspect in the Roosevelt shootings was found in West Seattle. When approached by officers, he then turned the gun on himself. Police are saying that this individual was suspected in the shootings in Cafe Racer, but are not commenting on his condition at this time.
More detail from the tail end of the Mayor’s news conference by Assistant Chief James Pugel: Plain closed officers in West Seattle recieved images of the suspect as they were patrolling. One officer identified the suspect and called in uniformed officers to assist. Suspect saw the uniformed officers closing in, knelt down in the street, and shot himself in the head.
Our friends at the West Seattle Blog will have more information on this latest shooting (37th Ave SW and Raymond St) at their website.
UPDATE (4:12 PM)Assistant Chief of the Seattle Police Department, James Pugel, spoke during the Mayor’s live conference this afternoon. Below is the summary:
Just before 11 AM, two 911 call came in: One saying shots fired at 59th and roosevelt, the other transferred to fire, “Dual distpatch” occurs, and both police and fire are dispatched to the scene, arriving at the same time. Police find five people down inside, and no suspect on scene. Two victims were dead at the scene, the others were triaged and transferred to Harborview. Dectectives, gang units, homicide and robbery, UW police, SPD officers on loan to the FBI all showed up to the scene. The area was canvassed, and a K-9 unit was called in. Evidence recovery is ongoing. Pictures from the scene have now been release. He has not been positively identified yet. The 8th and Seneca shooting call comes in around a half hour later.
UPDATE (2:42 PM):Seattle Police department reports that another of the shooting victims has died. Speculation online is that the victims are members of the band God’s Favorite Beefcake, but this is unconfirmed at this time.
UPDATE (12:56 PM):More to add to suspect’s description (via Casey McNerthney’s twitter feed):”New detail about North Seattle shooter: police say his black and white has a white collar. Has dark shirt over it.”
UPDATE (12:30 PM): Vis Casey McNerthney’s twitter feed: “Police telling Ravenna residents to stay inside, not open their doors as search for shooter is nearing second hour.”
Seattle Fire and police responded to a shooting at Cafe Racer (5828 Roosevelt Way NE) right around 11 AM.
Two of the five shooting victims have died, both male. Three other victims include a woman, all of whom have been transported to Harborview Medical Center. The Associated Press reports that all three are in critical condition (12:37 PM, via twitter).
Suspect is still at large. His description is “Suspect is a wht man, 6’1, very thin, curly light brn hair, wearing a white & brn plaid shirt, a long sleeve shirt, and dark pants” via the Seattle Police Department Twitter feed.
Area schools and community centers are on lockdown or operating normally with doors locked.
Updates can be found at the links below, and on our twitter feed, as news develops: