State champions.

If everyone at Chief Sealth High School is still getting used to hearing that, it's understandable.

The class 3A state girl's basketball title that the Seahawks brought home Saturday night is not only the school's first hoop crown, but its first state championship, period.

"It feels good n very good," coach Ray Willis said.

The team n which consists mostly of sophomores n took the title decisively, beating all of their opponents at the state meet by large margins.


Kierstin Smith

On July 31, the West Seattle Farmers' Market may be the only place in town you can get a 'poopsicle,' toss a diaper, and help a needy child all in the same place.

Local charitable nonprofit group, Westside Baby, will hold its fifth annual Stuff the Baby Bus With Diapers fund-raising campaign at the market this year. The organization hopes to raise twice the amount of diapers brought in by last year's event, said Lisa Perry, resource coordinator.

"We are asking everyone we know to contribute a pack of diapers," said Perry.


Matthew E. Durham

DIAPER SHOWER. Members of Gatewood School Day Camp excitedly shower the photographer with diapers as they prepare to lend their bus to Westside Baby for a July 31 Diaper Drive.

As part of the Seattle Pro Parks Project, Westcrest Park has been chosen to receive $75,000 for an art project. The budget includes artist design fees and the fabrication of the artwork.

Local artist Milenko Matanovic was selected by the Pro Parks community center art planners for the project.


Matthew E. Durham

WESTCREST OFF LEASH. Pam Barger walks a group of dogs at the off leash area of Westcrest Park in this file photo from last November. The park has received $75,000 for art.

As a young boy growing up in the Roxbury neighborhood, Mike Fann had the typical childhood adventures. But they don't compare to the adventures he's experienced during his 35 years with the Seattle Police Department.

And now that he's comfortably in charge of the department's Southwest Precinct, one gets the sense he has come full circle. With one difference.

He now answers to the title of "Captain."

Capt. Mike Fann is back on his home turf, eager to build on the "solid foundation" provided by departing Capt.


Matthew E. Durham

NEW COMMANDER. Capt. Mike Fann, the new commanding officer of the Southwest Precinct, is shown in the police parking lot at the 2-year-old station on Delridge Way.

A few twisted preditors able to ruin things for rest of us

By Kyra-lin Hom

I'm a young girl with time to kill over the summer. Seeing as I live in one of the fattest nations in the world, shouldn't my father be happy that I want to spend it getting in better shape?

That was the reasoning going through my mind when I proposed to my parents the idea of walking down to a local track and running a mile or two every couple of days. I'm old enough to have a little independence and do this on my own, right?

My parents thought quite differently.


Chocolate dipped bananas. Face painted packs of kids. And street-dancing denizens.

This festive atmosphere only happens once a year.


When Brandie Ahlgren's interest in marketing research connected with her newfound love of dogs, she saw a business opportunity.

Ahlgren, a White Center resident, is founder, editor and publisher of a new quarterly publication called City Dog magazine. The first issue came out in June and includes a "dog's eye view" of West Seattle.

There are write-ups about walking your dog in Lincoln Park, Schmitz Park Preserve, Alki Beach Park and, of course, the off-leash dog area at Westcrest Park.


Matthew E. Durham

CITY DOG AND FRIEND. Brandie S. Ahlgren and her dog, Scout. Her interest in cats waned a bit when she got the boxer and discovered the need for information about a city dog's life.

Although there was plenty of loud anti-monorail invective at the public hearing at West Seattle High School, the Seattle Monorail Board heard more encouragement than derision.

Thirty-four speakers urged the board to continue working on the monorail, 22 people recommended killing the project, and a half dozen speakers seemed to be both for and against it.

This was the third and final public hearing originally scheduled months ago to review the proposed contract between the Seattle Monorail Project and the Cascadia Monorail Co.


Matthew E. Durham

SUPPORTS MONORAIL CONSTRUCTION. After a spell of condemnstion and boos, Jim Smith defended the Monorail. "Isn't this a wonderful country, that we can come out here and yell at these people?" he asked. Smith's seeing eye dog, Futis, waches intently at his feet.

Chocolate dipped bananas. Face painted packs of kids. And street-dancing denizens.

This festive atmosphere only happens once a year.


In Loving Memory

Alfreida "Freida" Bancroft

November 17, 1941-June 21, 2005

Born in Galveston, Texas, Freida has been resident of West Seattle since 1974. She is survived by one daughter, three grandchildren, two sisters, four brothers, nieces, nephews and many friends. At Freida's request, no services were held.

We will greatly miss Freida. She was truly a beautiful person and everyone us that had the opportunity to have her in our lie was truly blessed.

Elsie Maude Chapman Derwin

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