Updated: Fire investigators spent the morning sifting through the aftermath of a fire in a camper parked along 9th Ave. near NW 45th St., near Fred Meyer. Firefighters were called at 7:30 Sunday morning, and they discovered light smoke coming from one of the campers parked along the street. They rescued a man inside, and […]
Three years ago, two Ballard seventh-graders Audrey Long and Theresa Edwards, met with 36th District Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) with the idea of a bill to curb puppy mills. Last year, Senate Bill 5561 was signed into law, creating rules for kennel owners. This year, the state senator who represents Ballard, has been named “Legislator […]
This is the final weekend to enjoy the Night Exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo. (Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.) The zoo announced earlier this year that they must close the exhibit as a cost-cutting measure. “The exhibit’s final closure date will be March 1, 2010,” the zoo website states. Some animals will […]
Earlier this week the Washington State House Transportation Committee passed through SB 6345, a new bill that would further prohibit cellphone use while driving, making having a phone in your hand a primary offense subject to traffic stops and a $124 fine, with the sole exception of emergency use only.
In July 2008 legislators made the use of handheld devices while driving a secondary offense, meaning police could only dock you for it if they see another violation before initiating a traffic stop. If passed, this law would make Washington the fifth state to elevate holding a cellphone while driving to a primary offense, alongside the District of Columbia.
36th District Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D), who is behind companion bill HB 2635 that would make texting while driving specifically a primary offense, has thrown his support behind SB 6345.
“I am excited that the House Transportation Committee has passed this bill. Parents and other volunteer citizen activists worked incredibly hard along with Sen. Eide and me for many, many months, and I look forward to doing all that I can to get this bill through the House,” Carlyle said in a written statement.
This week the Seattle Department of Transportation is working on one northbound lane of the Ballard Bridge, next week they’ll move to the southbound lanes. This was sent to us from SDOT: The southbound, right lane of the Ballard Bridge will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 1 to […]
The annual Spring Fecal Fest is here again. The popular Zoo Doo has been piling up and the “Prince of Poo” is ready to get rid of the “most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest,” as the zoo calls it. Photo courtesy Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo To enter for a chance to […]
There’s a new lunch option in downtown Ballard. Mooberry, the former smoothie/yogurt shop has reopened under new management with an expanded menu as Moo Berries (2019 NW Market St). Owner Christian Kolmodin tells us that when they took over the space last year, it was white, sterile and not very inviting. Over the last two […]
The Ballard High School PTSA invites the community to “2010 A BASH ODYSSEY,” the auction fundraiser for the high school. The BASH will be held next Saturday, March 6th at the Lake Union Armory on South Lake Union. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Individual ticket prices are $50 per person which includes a buffet dinner […]
As Value Village empties out the store at 8700 15th Ave NW, the owner of the new Grocery Outlet is looking forward to moving in.
Grocery Outlet is an “extreme-value retailer” with stores that are individually owned and operated. The owner of the new Crown Hill store is Steven Campbell. He, his wife and two kids have lived in Seattle for five years. “We’re really excited that we don’t have to pick our family up and start a Grocery Outlet,” Campbell tells us in a recent phone interview.
“The first time I walked into Grocery Outlet, the thing that shocked me the most was the quality of customer service. You don’t always equate customer service with discount or bargain stores,” Campbell says. That customer service, he tells us, is something that will be prominent at the new Crown Hill store.
Last year, Ballardite Tracey Higdon volunteered at a medical clinic in Haiti through the non-profit Friends of the Children of Haiti (FOTCOH). This was long before the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. Now, she tells us, “They more than have their hands full there.” Higdon is on the left with a line of incoming […]
This coming Saturday is the 2nd annual Empty Bowls fundraiser and organizers are still looking for volunteers. Nancy McKinney with the Ballard Food Bank sent us a note that volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 27th. They need help in the kitchen, with the auction, with crowd control, […]