Video Voters’ Guide for general election now available

The Video Voters’ Guide, which provides voters information on the candidates and issues on the 2015 General Election ballot, is now available through your TV and computer, tablet or cell phone.

The non-partisan video guide offers candidates on the ballot up to two minutes to issue a prepared statement that outlines the key planks of their platform. The candidates and issues appear onscreen in the same order as they do on the ballot.

The 2015 Video Voters’ Guide will include statements for both countywide ballot issues as well as statements from candidates in the city of Seattle.

The King County portion will include candidates on the ballot for Metropolitan King County Council, King County Assessor, and Elections Director as well as candidates for Port of Seattle Commissioner. There will also be statements from representatives on two measures on the county ballot: King County Charter Amendment 1, which establishes a charter-based civilian office of law enforcement oversight, and King County Proposition 1, the proposed “Best Starts for Kids” tax levy.

In 2015, all nine seats on the Seattle City Council are up for election. The Seattle edition of the Video Voters’ Guide features candidates who will appear on the ballot for the City Council and Seattle School Board along with statements on I-122, Seattle’s proposed public financing of elections, and Proposition 1, the proposed “Seattle Move” transportation levy.

King County TV will carry the Video Voters’ Guide at various times on Comcast Cable (Channel 22 and HD channel 322) and Wave Cable (Channel 22 and HD Channel 722). You can find specific viewing times at online. The programs are also carried on the Seattle Channel and many local government access channels on Cable 21.

The Video Voters is a collaboration of King County TV, the Seattle Channel, King County Elections, and the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission.

Ballard Homestead to host screening of “Unnatural Causes” tonight

UW Community Oriented Public Health Practice is hosting a screening of Unnatural Causes at Ballard Homestead (6541 Jones Ave NW) tonight (October 29) from 7 p.m.

“Do you care about your health and the health of your community? Join us in watching and discussing: Unnatural Causes: In Sickness and in Wealth,” says former EMT and social worker Carolanne Sanders from the University of Washington.

From the organizers:

What are the connections between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin color? Our opening episode travels to Louisville, Kentucky, not to explore whether medical care cures us but to see why we get sick in the first place, and why patterns of health and illness reflect underlying patterns of class and racial inequities.

Unnatural Causes is the acclaimed documentary series broadcast by PBS that sheds light on the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health.

Check out the trailer below:

The screening will be followed by a facilitated community discussion with current UW MHP student Dan Otter, RN; and Sanders.

Local kids to celebrate “Halloween on Holman” this Saturday

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It’s that time of year again for the 6th annual Halloween on Holman “trick or treat” celebrations in the Carkeek Plaza and Holman Plaza shopping centers (at NW 100th St) this Saturday, October 31,  from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins of all ages (accompanied by an adult) are invited to participate in the event which also doubles as a food drive for the Greenwood and Ballard Food Banks.

Merchants will hand out wrapped candy for the kids and offer a coupon or special for adults, and a sticker for a passport card. Sticker-filled cards can be turned in to enter a prize drawing. Prizes include gift cards and items donated by the stores in both shopping centers with the total prize value topping $1000.

Click here to learn more about the event.

Bramling Cross gastropub now open on Ballard Ave

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The long awaited arrival of Ethan Stowell’s gastropub, Bramling Cross, is here! The watering hole and eatery opened this week at 5205 Ballard Ave.

Bramling Cross, named after a certain type of beer hop, is housed inside the former Portalis Wines space and boasts an array of mainly booth seating.

There is plenty in the way of drink options at the gastropub, including 8 taps of “always local” beer, a selection of wine,  over 50 bottled beers and ciders and cocktails to boot.

In terms of food, the team at Bramling Cross is serving up plates of pub fare which includes fresh shellfish, smoked trout, chicken wings, The Bramling Burger with cheese, and a whole fried Dynamite Chicken.

Bramling Cross is open 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. – midnight Friday and Saturday.

Reservations can be made online or by calling (206) 420-8192.

Photo courtesy of Bramling Cross.

Add your house to the Ballard trick-or-treating map

Halloween is just a few days away and the map of Ballard trick-or-treating homes is growing. To add your address to the list, click here (link will redirect you to Google maps).

To ensure your address is added to the map follow the steps below:

  •  Type your address into the search bar and select your address.
  • A green marker will appear on the map, click on it and click add to map. (Your marker will then appear red in color once saved.)

In addition to the above map of homes participating, the downtown businesses in Ballard will host trick-or-treaters from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 31.

We’ll post a complete list of your Halloween options on Friday.

Locals invited to Ballard Elks’ girl scout troop open house

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Organizers of the Ballard Elks’ (6411 Seaview Ave NW) recently formed Girl Scout troop will be hosting an Open House event next Wednesday, November 4, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The event will provide girls and parents with information about joining the troop. Food, beverages and entertainment will also be provided.

The new group is set to be a Brownie Troop that is open for girls 7-11 years of age to join.

Troop meetings will be held at the Ballard Elks every first Wednesday of the month, the first meeting being Wednesday, December 2nd. Parents do not have to be Elks members to join.

All are welcome. Please RSVP to Sharon Goochey at sharongoochey@comcast.net.

Large lock annual closure to last three weeks

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks large chamber is set to close to marine traffic from 9 a.m. November 10 to 5 p.m. December 2.

Crews will be conducting maintenance and safety inspections during the large chamber pump out and closure. Foot traffic may occasionally be diverted or delayed for crane operations, but pedestrians will always be able to cross.

The small lock is set to continue round-the-clock operations, accommodating vessels less than 115 feet in length and 26 feet in width. Mariners may experience delays, depending on passage demand.

The annual closure gives dam safety experts and maintenance staff an opportunity to dry out the chambers for thorough inspection and make necessary repairs.

Typically scheduled for two weeks, an additional week is required this year for de-watering and added maintenance. De-watering operations may take additional time while the original, 100-year old pump plant is being replaced. The maintenance crew will use smaller portable pumps to de-water while the pump plant is out of service.

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

Current information on locking through is available online.

The week in sports at BHS

It is a busy playoff week for the Ballard Beavers. Good luck to all players!

Monday, October 26

  • Ultimate: District Quarter Finals, time and location TBD
  • Girls Soccer: Varsity, 3:30 p.m. vs. Nathan Hale at Jane Adams
  • Girls Soccer: Junior Varsity, 3:30 p.m. vs. Nathan Hale at Loyal Heights
  • Volleyball: Varsity, 7 p.m. vs. Nathan Hale at Ballard High School

Wednesday, October 28

  • Ultimate: District Semi Finals, time and location TBD

Thursday, October 29

  • Football: Frosh, 6:30 p.m. vs. Eastside Catholic High School at Eastside Catholic High School
  • Volleyball: Varsity, 7 p.m. vs. TBD at Ballard High School (if qualified)
  • Girls Soccer: Varsity, vs. Garfield High School, time and location info TBD

Friday, October 30

  • Ultimate: District Finals, time and location TBD
  • Girls Swimming: Varsity, Metro League Championship at 3:30 p.m. at Snohomish Aquatic Center (if qualified)
  • Football: Varsity, Metro Championship at 7:45 p.m. vs. East Side Catholic High School at Memorial Stadium

Saturday, October 31

  • Girls Swimming: Varsity, Metro League Championship at 3:30 p.m. at Snohomish Aquatic Center (if qualified)
  • Cross Country: Districts at Lake Sammamish Park, time TBD.
  • Volleyball: Varsity, Metro Finals, time TBD at Chief Sealth (if qualified)
  • Girls Soccer: Varsity, Metro Playoffs, time TBD at SWAC (if qualified)

For more about BHS athletics visit their website.

SDOT RTIS signs now online along Route 44

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Seven of the eleven new Real-Time Information System (RTIS) signs installed by SDOT along the NW Market/45th Street corridor of Route 44 are now up and running.

The pole-mounted LED signs aim to help make riding transit more predictable for travelers.

The signs were expected to be operational by August, however, the project faced some delays. The four remaining signs are expected to be online soon.

Photo courtesy of SDOT.

Man allegedly shot in back in Ballard

SPD detectives are investigating after a man walked into a First Hill emergency room after allegedly being shot in Ballard. Read all the details in the SPD blotter post below:

Doctors at Virginia Mason called police at 8:50 p.m. on Thursday night when a 23-year-old man walked into the emergency room and said he had been shot.

Officers arrived and spoke with a witness who said he and the victim had stopped at a marijuana dispensary in Ballard when someone fired a round through the back window of the car they were in, striking the victim in the back. The victim stated that the incident had occurred in the 700 block of NW Market St.

The witness described a dark colored SUV leaving the area immediately after the shots were fired, but couldn’t provide a licence plate number. The witness said he then drove the victim to Virginia Mason for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Officers, after speaking with the victim, do not believe this shooting was random and are working to determine if this call is related to other shots fired calls received in the Ballard area at that time. Detectives are now canvasing the area and searching the victim’s vehicle for any evidence.

If you have any information in this case please call the homicide/assault tip line at (206) 233-5000.