Ballard Girls Lose Opening Round Playoff Game

By Bucky Beaver

The Ballard High School girls basketball team (12-10) played their first playoff game in five years last night when they traveled to the #7 team in state, Inglemoor Vikings.

Ballard jumped to an early lead with great defense and good shooting.  Ballard was up 25-20 at halftime and tied at 32 after three quarters.  Although Ballard continued the pressure defense, the deep bench of the Vikings was able to wear down the Beavers in the fourth quarter forcing numerous turnovers.

Inglemoor went on to a 51-40 win.  The Beavers shot well shooting 47 percent for the game; however, it was the turnovers that killed them—Ballard had a season high 26 turnovers.  Ballard was led in scoring by juniors Nancy MacGeorge with 19 points, Beverly Verduin with 8 and Imani Bender with 8.

Ballard now moves down to the consolation bracket, still eligible to make it to the state tournament.

They next play Woodinville this Saturday, February 9th at 4:45 p.m. at Juanita High School.  Ballard lost to Woodinville by one point back in early December at Woodinville.

We wish the girls the best of luck!

Raccoons run rampant and halt Ballard tower crane

By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The two raccoons who had taken up residence at the top of the tower crane in Ballard have left without a trace. Traps that had been set to humanely remove the raccoons were found empty yesterday and there were no raccoons in sight. In the absence of the raccoons Rafn Company will resume work with the crane today.

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Two raccoons created a nest at the top of the 150 foot tower crane in Ballard (corner of 24th and Market), temporarily halting crane work. The crane is working to build a 304-unit apartment complex that is due to open in Summer 2014.

The raccoons, found by a crane operator,  were climbing the tower early on Wednesday. The contractor company Rafn Company called in wildlife experts who were unable to catch them. After failing to capture the raccoons the experts set up humane traps to lure the animals in with food.

Trent Kristjanson, who works at nearby Limback Lumber Company reported that the animals were large. “The thing was like a dog” he said.

The raccoons are still at large and, for now, the crane sits silently on the work site. Crews have resumed work on other areas of the site.

The Rafn Company have reported that the delay will not effect the progress of work on site as they are a few days ahead of schedule. They remain hopeful that the raccoons will be humanely caught as soon as possible and that they can recommence using the crane.

Joy has returned to Ballard

By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

We are pleased to update readers that Joy, the lost dog who was featured in our post on January 29, has been returned home safely.

She was found by a Seattle Animal Shelter officer on the north side of Green Lake last night. The officer was able to identify her by not only her microchip, but her photo and description on her Facebook page Joy Lost in Ballard.

Owner Tracy is thrilled to have her home and wants to extend thanks to all members of the community and especially the Seattle Animal Shelter officer who worked so hard to find her.

Last night Tracy confirmed via the Facebook page that Joy had “a clean bill of health from the vet, a quick stop at All The Best for a new harness, a rapidly-eaten dinner, and now she’s back to sleep. One happy girl, and one very grateful family.”

Check out Joy’s found photos included in our post. Thank you to our readers Kelli and Shannon for emailing through this fantastic news.

If you have a lost pet email us at and we will spread the word.

MAP boycott rally reportedly held at Ballard High School

By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard High School teachers who support the MAP test boycott planned to wear red today and hold a protest rally. Similar rallies were also scheduled for boycotting staff at Garfield and Chief Sealth High Schools.

According to our news partners The Seattle Times “the protesting teachers say events also are planned in five other cities on what’s being called a “national day of action.” Groups around the nation are protesting such as  More Than A Score Chicago who are organizing the circulation of petitions to limit standardized tests.

Reportedly these events were planned before Seattle Superintendent Jose Banda wrote to Garfield High School administrators urging them to give the MAP tests to students without teachers’ involvement. “While I feel the teachers at Garfield are sincere in their efforts to postpone the administration of the MAP, I also have a strong obligation to the students and parents of this school district to ensure we are measuring student progress in a consistent manner across all schools” wrote Superintendent Banda.

Teachers confirm that boycotts will continue, as they believe that the MAP tests are inappropriate tools in measuring a student’s progress. Despite this, Banda remained optimistic in the closing paragraph of his memo. “I remain hopeful that we will continue to work together in support of our students. I look forward to future conversations with our staff and community about assessments and other important topics.”

Exhibition celebrating Black History Month to be held at Seattle Creative Arts Center

By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle Creative Arts Center (2601 NW Market St) will celebrate Black History Month with a special exhibition by artist Greg Thornton. The center named Thornton the February 2013 Artist of the Month and will be displaying his exhibition entitled “Say it Loud!” from this Saturday February 9th.

Thornton has been creating artwork since he could hold a pencil. He was always supported by his mother, Grace Clayton, who recognized his talent from a young age. Growing up his family had limited means so Thornton developed his artistic technique by reproducing the comics that appeared in the daily newspaper.

Thornton now has the ability to purchase new art supplies, however his upbringing stays with him. He utilizes many recycled and reclaimed materials in his artwork, honoring his always encouraging mother who worked multiple jobs to support the family.

Thornton is the owner of Black Iconic T-Shirts, a line which is influenced by his experiences as a black artist and the icons that he admired throughout his life. The t-shirts feature the image of the icon on the front and information about their life on the back. Thornton hopes the artistic pieces allow people to become more connected to these historical figures.

“The center is thrilled to have Thornton’s exhibition” said SCAC representative Meleah Gibson. Thornton’s “Say it Loud” exhibition will feature pieces of influential people who have made contributions to history, music and art.

The official opening will be held at the SCAC this Saturday February 9th from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Ballard Boys Win First Playoff Game in Nail Biter

By Bucky Beaver

The 15-7 Ballard High School boys basketball team traveled to Inglemoor High School last night for their first Kingco Conference playoff game.  The Beaver fans were in for an exciting evening.  The game was back and forth in the first half with Ballard up three with 1:30 left in the half.  Ballard then exploded on a 10-0 run to end the half on threes by senior Ray Owens and junior Darius George, a bucket by senior Seth Berger, and two free throws by senior Nate Rauda.  Ballard went into the locker room with a 27-14 halftime lead.  Ballard came out flat in the third quarter managing only 8 points while allowing 22—Inglemoor led 36-35 after three quarters.  Inglemoor continued to roll in the first five minutes of the 4th quarter.

With three minutes left in the game the Beavers were down 45-40 and needed to mount their final push.  Senior Johnny Verduin drained a 3-point shot on the assist from Owens to get the comeback started.  Berger added another jump shot to tie the game at 45.  After Inglemoor converted to go up two, Owens to Verduin connected again to tie the game.  Berger answered Inglemoor’s two with a jump shot to tie it again.  With 1 minute left Owens deflected a pass allowing Rauda to get the steal.  Owens got the ball back and took it strong to the basket, making the shot, getting fouled, and converting the free throw.

Ballard was up 52-49 with 17 seconds to go.  Inglemoor forced a shot and Rauda got the rebound and got fouled.  Rauda stepped to the line for the bonus and coolly made them both.  Ballard then fouled Inglemoor on a 3-point attempt and Inglemoor converted all three free throws.  Ballard was up two with six seconds to go.  On the inbounds Berger got fouled and made one of two free throws to ice the game.  Ballard won 55-52.

Ballard next plays Friday at 6:30 pm at Juanita High School against the #1 team in state, Garfield.  The winner of this game advances to the Kingco championship game and gets a pass to the state tournament.  The loser has to work their way through the consolation bracket in hopes of making it to state.

The Ballard girls team plays tonight also at Inglemoor at 7:30 p.m.  Follow the game live on Twitter or on Gamecast.

Salmon Bay School to offer tours starting tomorrow

Salmon Bay K-8 School in Ballard is offering tours of their campus beginning tomorrow February 7th. Salmon Bay School is a Seattle Public Schools Alternative Choice School.

Tours will be offered to both Elementary and Middle School families. Check out the dates below:

  • Thursday, February 7th  – 8:30 a.m. (Middle School) and 9:15 a.m. (Elementary)
  • Tuesday, February  19th – 8:30 a.m. (Middle School) and 9:15 a.m. (Elementary)
  • Tuesday, March 5th – 6:00 p.m. (Elementary) and 7:00 p.m. (Middle School)

The school is a “choice school”, meaning that students do not automatically get enrolled as they normally would in their own district. Students and their families who wish to enroll at Salmon Bay must apply for a choice program assignment between February 25th and March 8th. Click here to learn more about the application.

Salmon Bay school has a student centered teaching approach focusing on Project Based Learning and the Whole Child Approach. In support of this school ethos their school mission is  “We Empower Compassionate, Creative and Independent Thinkers.”

For more information about the tours please contact Sharon Feliciano, Elementary Volunteer Coordinator, at 206-252-1730 or

Ballard waterfront cameras to be installed for maritime surveillance

Seattle Police are installing a network of 30 waterfront surveillance cameras, and some of those will be in Ballard. The cameras in Ballard will be designed to “monitor the maritime area,” Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh told King 5. While the cameras won’t be monitored around the clock, they’ll record up to 30 days of footage, which then will be used for maritime security or to capture crime evidence. The cameras in residential areas have “masking” features which are used to protect residents’ privacy. “We actually put a physical device inside the camera so if the camera were to turn toward the residential area, it just sees a dark shape,” McDonagh told King 5.

Regardless of these masking features, spokesman Doug Honig from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington sees it as unnecessary government intervention, as he told our news partners, The Seattle Times. “This is another step toward a surveillance society where the government is increasingly using technology to monitor people’s actions and movements without having a warrant or a specific reason to do so,” Honig told the Times.

The cameras in Ballard will be placed in Golden Gardens, and will go live on March 31. The Seattle Department of Transportation, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Seattle Fire will all have access to the footage. Funding for the camera system comes from a $5 million federal grant intended to increase the Port of Seattle and city’s ability to respond to hazards and emergencies, as SPD Capt. Chris Fowler told the Times.

We’re looking into information about the exact camera placements and how the Golden Garden cameras could have an impact on crime reduction in the park. We’ll update with any new information.