Ballard runner takes first, heading to state

Congratulations to Ballard High School cross country runner, Alex Bowns!

Photo courtesy Ballard Athletics

Bowns came in first on Saturday at the Northwest 4A District championship with a personal record of 15:34 – his third consecutive PR. He crossed the finish line 12 seconds before the second place runner. Bowns now heads to the state championship next Saturday in Pasco. Good luck, Alex!

BHS ahtletics: Senior football recognition and runners hoping for state

This is the final weekend for some Ballard High School fall athletes, including the 12 seniors on the Beaver football team.

Photo courtesy Hailey Christine Photography

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the seniors will be honored before they take on the Redmond Mustangs in the last game of the season.

Ballard’s 12 seniors are:
* Captain Blake Sechler
* Captain Matt Kelly
* Captain Tony Meyer
* Captain Marcus Johnson
* Jesse Scott
* Eric Brake
* Eric Braga
* Chris Fong
* Jordan Christenson
* Kyle Kuenzi
* William Westgaard
* Taz Berkley

Hoping to make it beyond the regular season, four BHS runners have their sites on the 4A State Championship. Seniors Alex Bowns and Victor Bailly and Juniors Matt Ruskin and Anna Mirenzi are competing at the Northwest Regional 4A Bi-District Championship at Lincoln Park on Saturday. If they finish in the top 25, they’ll head to state. Good luck Beavs!

Po Dog hot dogs opening in Ballard

In the next month or so, you’ll be able to get your hands on a Po Dog without leaving Ballard.

The popular hot doggery on Capitol Hill and in the U District is busy getting their newest location ready at 2014 NW Market Street, the space that Market Street Traders moved out of earlier this year.

We asked owner Laura Olson about what makes Po Dog unique:

We serve up our wieners in a custom made Macrina Brioche hot dog bun that was made specifically to fit our size wieners. We offer Uli’s Famous Sausages as an alternative to our 100% Kosher all-beef dog. Po Dog does different monthly specials in addition to our 12 signature dogs. This month we are featuring the Kimchee dog, next month will be our Thanksgiving Dog (mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce). Our signature dogs vary in selection from a peanut butter banana dog to a more simple version of the Seattle Dog with cream cheese and scallions.

More dogs on the menu here.

Olson says they hope to open mid-to late November. Once open they will serve dogs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Saturdays. (Thanks Brooke and Kim for the tip!)

Viaduct re-opening ahead of schedule

#Viadoom is almost over. The Washington Department of Transportation says that demolition crews are ahead of schedule and the Alaskan Way Viaduct will reopen on Saturday.
Viaduct reopening details:

  • Northbound and southbound SR 99 are expected to open midday Saturday from the Battery Street Tunnel to the West Seattle Bridge.
  • The on-ramp to northbound SR 99 from South Royal Brougham Way is expected to close at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 and reopen once crews finalize roadway connections.
  • The southbound SR 99 off-ramp to South Atlantic Street will remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
  • Drivers can expect a slower, 40 mph speed limit on much of the viaduct between the Battery Street Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge.
  • Drivers can expect a recommended 25 mph construction zone speed limit through the curving bypass in the SODO area.
  • Metro Transit’s 11 bus routes that travel on SR 99 will begin using the new bypass at the start of service on Sunday morning, Oct. 30.
  • If you haven’t seen the video yet, check out the “munchers” taking the Viaduct down.

    Greenwood intersection closed this weekend

    If you’re heading east out of Ballard this weekend, you’ll want to take note: The Seattle Department of Transportation will close the intersection of Greenwood Avenue North and North 80th Street this weekend as part of a major repaving project of Greenwood Avenue North.

    The intersection will close at 6 p.m. Friday and reopen at 5 a.m. Monday.

    The intersection closures extend from N 79th St to N 81st St on Greenwood Ave N, and from Dayton Ave N to 1st Ave NW on N 80th Street. Drivers should follow signed detours via N 65th St, 3rd Ave NW and N 85th St.

    What to expect during the intersection closure:

    • Crews will work 24-hours to complete the roadway removal and reconstruction
    • Work will be noisy at times; concrete breaking will end by 10 p.m. and start after 8 a.m. on weekends to limit noise impacts to nearby neighbors
    • Pedestrian access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times
    • Metro Route #5 riders can expect transit detours and stop closures; to sign up for transit alerts visit

    Little monsters out trick-or-treating during the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Safe Trick or Treat from 12-3 on Saturday will need to pay extra attention near that intersection. SDOT will have extra staff on hand to help people safely navigate that intersection.

    Group attacked by unknown suspects

    A group of people were attacked by four unknown suspects on NW 56th Street near 15th Ave NW last Saturday. According to Publicola, the victims were homeless.

    According to the police report, a woman called police about 4 p.m. and said that the group had noticed a white Volkswagon van drive by and park a half block away before the attack.

    From the redacted report:
    “The occupants of the van waited for several minutes before exiting the van. They appeared to be watching [redacted] and the others in the group. After several minutes she heard one of the men say something similar to [redacted]. And then the four men attacked [redacted].”

    When the friends of the victim tried to break up the fight, the four suspects turned on the entire group. “The four men punched and kicked all of those present except for [redacted.]”

    The four men left the scene after the attack. Police tracked down the address for the suspect’s van and found blood on a doorknob into the house and a drop of what appeared to be blood on the kitchen floor. The van and owner were not there when police knocked. No word on if any arrests have been made.

    Late night car crash sends one to the hospital

    Just after 10:30 last night, many people awoke to or heard the sirens heading to a “heavy rescue” response at 16th Ave NW and NW 80th St. According to Detective Renee Witt with Seattle Police, a vehicle ended up on its side and the driver had to be extricated by Seattle Fire. Witt writes in the blotter that the driver was the only person in the car and she was transported to Northwest Hospital by private ambulance with unknown injuries. No details on how the car ended up on its side.