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Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link Update: Driveway cameras to be installed

October 26th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


SDOT crews working on the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link Final Environmental Impact Statement will be installing cameras at selected driveways in Ballard next week to document the number of vehicles crossing potential trail routes that are being considered.

Cameras will typically remain in place for one week before being shifted to a new location.

This camera placement is part of SDOT’s effort to document the existing conditions along the potential routes for the Missing Link.

The Final EIS, which is set to include a recommended route for the Missing Link, will be published in 2017.

Further information about the driveway camera study is available online.

Locals can email questions in relation to the Missing Link EIS to

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SFD responds to fire at pair of local adult clubs

October 26th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


According to an article by KOMO News, Seattle Fire Department Officers responded to a fire at a pair of Ballard adult clubs that are housed in the one building at 8517 15th Avenue NW.

Crews were dispatched at approximately 8:15 a.m. this morning after they received reports of smoke and flames coming from Centerfolds and Stallions adult clubs.

The street was closed while firefighters fought the blaze, but it is again reopened.

No injuries were reported.

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Volunteers needed for United Way’s Free Tax Campaign

October 25th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The team from United Way of King County is looking for volunteers to support their local Free Tax Campaign.

To reach their goal of serving 20,000 people across King County, United Way is recruiting and training over 1,000 volunteers to prepare taxes and connect clients to public benefits.

Volunteer Tax Preparers and Benefits Specialists work one-on-one with friends and neighbors to connect clients to benefits and bring an average of $30,000 back into their communities.

All are welcome to join the team, receive training and help reach the people who need it most. No experience is needed.

To find out more information and to get involved in the Ballard area click here.

Email any questions to

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Barking Dog Alehouse to celebrate Grand Re-Opening next week

October 25th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The Barking Dog Alehouse (705 NW 70th ST) is hosting its Grand Re-Opening Party next Wednesday, November 2, from 5 p.m. – late.

The bar’s new owners Dan Anderson and Tom Matzelle are excited to invite locals and industry folks out to celebrate the occasion.

Food and drink specials will be running all night and attendees are encouraged to B.Y.O.D (Bring Your Own Dog).

Click here to find out more and to RSVP.

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Ballard Locks large chamber to close for annual maintenance next month

October 24th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The large lock at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks is scheduled to close to all marine traffic from 9 a.m. on Monday, November 7, until 8 p.m., on Wednesday, November 23, for annual maintenance.

The small lock will still be available for vessels less than 120 feet in length and 26 feet in width throughout the large lock maintenance period. Mariners may experience delays, depending on passage demand.

This routine maintenance is necessary and important in keeping the Chittenden Locks safe and operational as the locks approach their 100-year anniversary in 2017.

Questions about the closure can be directed to Lockmasters Larry Meyer or Vickie Shepard, at 206-789-2622 ext. 230, or Public Affairs Officer Bill Dowell, at 206-764-3464.

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Wedding photo found in vintage frame at Ballard Goodwill

October 24th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


My Ballard reader Wendy emailed in to report that she found a picture hidden inside a vintage frame at Ballard Goodwill.

“I picked up a photo frame that looked vintage at the Ballard Goodwill, turned over the cardboard and this picture was underneath,” says Wendy.

Wendy notes that the photograph bears the name of the artist, Edward Johanson, who hand painted it and who was reportedly very active at the Ballard Methodist Church community.

“I would love to give this to someone whose relative this is,” says Wendy.

Do you know who is pictured in the photographs? Email us at and we will connect you with Wendy.


What’s on this weekend

October 21st, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Enjoy the weekend in Ballard at these fantastic events!

FRIDAY, October 21

  • Climate Science on Tap event at Peddler Brewing (1514 Leary Way) from 7 p.m. Learn about Washington State’s Initiative to put a price on carbon pollution and make our tax system more progressive – Initiative 732.
  • Live Music
    • Take Warning Presents: Hillstomp with Cedar Teeth & Skyler Mehal at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.
    • Ravenna Woods Album Release Party with Animal Eyes and Familiars at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • The Bruised Hearts Revue at Peddler Brewing Co. (1514 NW Leary Way) 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., no cover, all ages
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
      • 7 p.m. – Whiskey Cove Players – no cover
      • 9 p.m. – Singer-songwriters Paul Benoit, Joy Mills and Reggie Garrett – $7 cover

SATURDAY, October 22

  • 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Event at Ray’s Cafe (6049 Seaview Ave NW) from 11:30 a.m. Attendees will receive a pumpkin, child-safe carving tools, an LED candle and delicious hot apple cider for just $15 per person. Reservations required.
  • Magnolia Library Movie Matinee: “Hotel Transylvania” (2801 34th Ave W) from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Event is free.
  • Game Day at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) from noon – 4 p.m. Children, teens and adults are invited to drop in and play an array of classic and new board games. Games will include Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Scrambled States of America and more.
  • Live Music
    • Indie Alt Rock- Made of Boxes with Among Authors and Sleeping Planet at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Headwaves, Fine Prince and Ronhaar at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

SUNDAY, October 23

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Sunday Morning Meditation at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center (2007 NW 61st St) from 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
  • Zumba Class at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. $5 suggested donation, all funds raised go to Ballard Elks charities. Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month.
  • Sunday Movies at King’s Hardware (5225 Ballard Ave NW) presents “Dead Alive”. Movie starts at sundown on the back patio
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • Raleigh Americana: Chatham County Line with Barn Owls *seated* at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $15.

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Puget Sound Regional Council seeks public comments on updated SEPA Procedures  

October 21st, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Puget Sound Regional Council is seeking public comment on its draft State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Procedures.

PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties.

The Council is composed of over 80 entities, including all four counties, cities and towns, ports, state and local transportation agencies and tribal governments within the region.

Written comments received by November 17 will be included in the agenda packet for the Operations Committee. Materials can be found on or from the Information Center at (206) 464-7532.

How to make a comment:

  • Email Erika Harris at
  • Mail comments to:
    ATTN: Erika Harris
    1011 Western Ave, Suite 500
    Seattle, WA 98104
  • Attend the Operations Committee meeting at 9:30 a.m. on December 1, at PSRC (1011 Western Ave, Suite 500)

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Seattle Public Library seeks local feedback on website redesign

October 21st, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Seattle Public Library is improving to make it easier to find and use Library resources.

The Library is looking for local feedback to ensure the project is a success.

Until Tuesday, October 25, locals are encouraged to complete the Library’s website survey.

Survey responses will help the Library create a website that provides better access to its collection of books and materials, educational classes and services, as well as to librarian assistance.

One key investment area specified in the 2012 Library levy was improving computer and online services, which included upgrading the Library website. The website was last redesigned in 2003.

The Library’s expectations for the new site is that it will be flexible, intuitive and will continue to evolve as the needs of patrons change.

The project is tentatively scheduled to be completed in late 2017.

For more information, visit, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.

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Watch your mailbox for General Election ballots

October 21st, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

King County Elections mailed nearly 1.3 million ballots to voters earlier this week on October 19.

Most ballots should have already arrived at Ballard homes.

King County voters also will begin receiving their voters’ pamphlet in the mail this week. Voters will receive two voters’ pamphlets, a local one from King County and a state one from the Office of the Secretary of State.

Voters’ pamphlets are also available online, at Seattle and King County libraries, and at the King County Elections office in Renton.

Ballots can be returned through the Postal Service, which requires a first class stamp, or they may be returned to the Ballot Drop Box located outside Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW).

Ballots must be postmarked by November 8 or returned to a ballot drop box by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

“I encourage everyone to vote, and vote early,” said Julie Wise, Director of King County Elections. “This is an important election so make sure your voice is heard.”

King County citizens not currently registered to vote in Washington can register in person through 6 p.m. on Monday, October 31 at the King County Elections office in Renton or through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 31 at the Voter Registration Annex downtown.

Voters who don’t receive a ballot by October 24 or who have questions should call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE (8683).

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Peddler to host “Climate Science on Tap” event

October 20th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The team at Peddler Brewing Company is hosting a Climate Science on Tap event from 7 p.m. this Friday, October 21, to explore Washington State’s Initiative to put a price on carbon pollution and make our tax system more progressive – Initiative 732.

The event will include live music, including a mandolin playing UW Climate Scientist playing “The Climate is a-Changing” to honor Bob Dylan’s Nobel Award.

After the entertainment there will be a talk about the impacts of climate change in Washington State and how locals can avert the worst impacts of climate change.

The event sponsored by Cascadia Climate Action.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks nominations for volunteer awards

October 20th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking nominations for the Denny Awards, which honor extraordinary volunteer service to the city’s parks and recreation system.

The Denny Awards acknowledge and honor the crucial role volunteers play in supporting neighborhood parks, community centers and recreation programs throughout Seattle. The awards reflect the early commitment by the Denny family to the preservation of parkland and open space for public use and enjoyment.

“Volunteers are one of our most important resources in helping us reach our goals of supporting healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities,” said Superintendent Jesús Aguirre.

In 2015, 38,386 people volunteered for Seattle Parks and Recreation, providing 270,360 hours of service, which is a donation valued by Independent Sector at $23.07 per hour or $6.2 million dollars.

For locals wanting to nominate local volunteers, Denny Awards nominees should:

  • demonstrate exceptional stewardship of parks and/or recreation;
  • have given a significant commitment of time;
  • provide stellar leadership by supporting SPR’s goals to extend Race and Social Justice, and support Healthy People, a Healthy Environment, and Strong Communities.

The deadline for online nominations is Thursday, October 27. Nominations can be made online.

The awards will be presented at a recognition ceremony on Tuesday, December 6, in the Brotman Forum at the Seattle Art Museum.

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