Oil spill sweeps into Ballard Mill Marina


According to King 5 News, an estimated oil spill of 55 gallons swept into the Ballard Mill Marina early on Monday morning. The spill was reportedly discovered by several marina residents who awoke to a “sickening smell” of the oil mixture.

The source of the spill is currently unknown, however, Coast Guard investigators are pointing to possibility of the spill coming from another vessel’s bilge water. Investigators believe that the spill occurred in the Lake Washington Ship Canal and was pushed by winds and current into the Ballard Mill Marina.

According to the report, cleanup crews from the Washington Department of Ecology (pictured above) pushed the reddish oil sheen into the corners of the marina where it was removed by absorbent pads. Crews working on the cleanup began on Monday morning and continued yesterday.

The Department of Ecology believe that serious environmental damage from the spill is unlikely.

Photo courtesy of WA Department of Ecology.

Local drivers to expect delays during repainting of Fremont Bridge

This week SDOT crews will begin a series of lane closures for painting the Fremont Bridge, a project which is set to last into February. These closures will occur during off-peak travel hours, but drivers should expect heavier traffic regardless. The first stage of the closures, lasting several weeks, will affect northbound traffic only.

The northbound curbside lane will be closed to all vehicles, leaving a single travel lane open, between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday thru Friday starting today. The adjacent walkway (on the east side of the bridge) will also be closed during these hours. All pedestrian and bicycle traffic will have to share the walkway on the west side of the bridge. Directional signage will be placed to route pedestrians and bicyclists when the lane/walkway closures are in effect.

Northbound vehicles (and cyclists travelling in either direction) should allow for additional crossing time due to congestion during this initial phase of the painting project.

The bridge will also open more frequently until painting is completed, as more vessels will require the bridge to open to pass underneath. (The painter’s scaffolding and containment system beneath the bridge reduces the vertical clearance above the surface of the Ship Canal.) As a result, traffic back-ups resulting from openings of the bridge will occur more often. Drivers are encouraged to use alternative routes if convenient.

This pattern of traffic restrictions will be in place for several weeks, before one southbound travel lane will also be closed, but just between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., since south bound traffic flows are heavy in both morning and evening peak periods.

Click here to check out more details about the project.

Stoup Brewing to host Fresh Hop event this Thursday

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The team at Stoup Brewing (1108 NW 52nd St) are set to make their first ever Fresh Hop Beer and are inviting locals to be part of the action.

First thing on Thursday, the team will be heading to Willamette Valley Hops to pick up freshly harvested wet hops. They will then drive them back that evening and fire up the brew house to make their first ever Fresh Hop Beer.

The team will be documenting the the day on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and would love to invite locals to stop by and be part of the festivities.

Stoup will be showing the Seahawks game and will also have the Crema Creperie food truck out the front all night.

Click here to check out updates on their Facebook page.

Ballard Locks pedestrian walkways set for closures tomorrow

According to the Chittenden Locks Twitter feed today’s scheduled construction has been postponed until tomorrow.

During tomorrow’s scheduled construction the Lock’s walkways will be closed at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with both closures lasting for an hour each.

Closure times (or any changes to them) will be posted on both sides of bridge walkway, shown on the Locks website, Facebook, and Twitter pages, and will also be made available to those who call the Chittenden Locks Visitor Center at (206) 783-7059.

Have you seen Zsa Zsa?


We just received word that Zsa Zsa was reunited with her owner late last night and is now safely at home. “She was hit by a car and brought to an emergency vet, but recovering,” writes her owner Cathy.

Thank you to everyone who kept a lookout for her!

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My Ballard reader Cathy emailed in to let us know that her dog, Zsa Zsa has not been seen since she escaped from her Olympic Manor home sometime on August 31. Cathy lives on 20th Ave NW, a little north of NW 87th St, and their backyard back onto the Olympic Manor estate.

“After searching for her last night, we left the gate open and went to bed — hoping she’d return during the night. No luck. We’ve searched the immediate neighborhood again in daylight (though she’s a bit of a princess, and I doubt she would choose to stay outside all night) and posted flyers,” writes Cathy.

Zsa Zsa is ten years old and is black and gray with a white chest. She has a pink collar with silver skulls on it and an ID tag with an obsolete land line phone number.

“She is MUCH loved, she’s friendly with people, but a bit aggro with other dogs,” writes Cathy.

If you have seen Zsa Zsa please call Cathy at (206) 604-3288.

Ballard’s Labor Day Round Up

Check out what’s happening in our ‘hood today in our Labor Day round up:

What’s On:

  • Li’l Woody’s will be giving away free hamburgers between 2 and 5 p.m. at their Capitol Hill and Ballard (2040 NW Market Street) locations. Limit one per customer.
  • Goodwill is hosting its annual Labor Day sale. Blue tagged items are 99 cents, while all green and pink tagged items are 40 percent off. Doors open at 8 a.m. at all locations, including their Ballard store (6400 8th Ave. NW).

What’s Open:

  • Safeway (1423 NW Market St) is open 24 hours.
  • Ballard Market (1400 NW 56th St) is open 24 hours.
  • QFC (5700 24th Ave NW) is open 24 hours.
  • The Old Pequliar Pub (1722 NW Market St) will be open from 12 noon – 2 a.m.
  • Hattie’s Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW) is open all day from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Stoup Brewing (1108 NW 52nd St) is open from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Locals are welcome to bring their own food.
  • Fair Trade Winds (5329 Ballard Ave) is open until 7 p.m.
  • Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub (2026 NW Market St) will be open late and will be serving brunch until 3 p.m.

What’s closed:

Things to remember:

Do you know of any other events or information for Memorial Day in Ballard? Email us at tips@myballard.com and we will add the information to our post.

Normal garbage pick-up scheduled for Labor Day

While local, state, and federal offices will be closed on Monday, all garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling collections will be on normal schedule in Seattle this Labor Day. As usual, make sure to put out your containers for collection no later than 7 a.m.

SPU says that customers can report a Monday missed garbage, yard waste or recycling collection after 8 a.m. on Tuesday by calling (206) 684-3000 or by visiting their website.