Another coyote spotted in Ballard

My Ballard reader David emailed in this morning to let us know that he spotted a coyote at the intersection of NW 60th St and 34th Ave NW at 6:15 a.m.

Check out David’s description below:

I run the same loop religiously, and I have never seen a coyote blazingly out and about before. He did not seen scared of me at all (and I’m 6’1” and 185 lbs!), nor was he particularly quick to beat his retreat.

I think that I got to within 75-100’ of creature before s/he calmly trotted across the street and watched me run by, seemingly unconcerned about the encounter.

This coyote was roughly the size/shape of a medium (say 40-50 lbs) dog, and s/he appeared well-nourished.

If you spot any coyotes in the neighborhood, email and let us know.

What’s on this weekend

The second weekend of January is packed with a bunch of different local events including the much anticipated Seahawks playoff game. If you want to add your event to the schedule, email us at

Have a great weekend!

FRIDAY, January 8

  • Live Music
    • Maszer (Video Release) with POWWERS & Evening Bell at  Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Young In The City, Chris Staples Band and Silver Torches at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Sweetkiss Momma, Jessica Lynne and The Cousins, Sightseer at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $8.

SATURDAY, January 9

  • Kids Art and Craft Class at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cost is $5, open to members and guests.
  • Flora Metamorphicae gallery talk at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) at 2 p.m. Join two of the participating ceramists; Kari Aasen, and Eli Veim for a gallery talk on Flora Metamorphicae, an artistic exploration project where flower-like ceramic objects interact with different spaces, from the seashore to different galleries.
  • Intro to Yoga Workshop at Kula Movement Center (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 2 – 5 p.m. This semi-private workshop will bring more understanding, awareness and catering to your needs. Cost is $45, preregistration required online or by phone at (206) 972-2999. 
  • Live Music
    • Lonely Mt Lovers and Pablo Trucker at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • The Blackberrry Bushes Stringband, Cahalen Morrison + Country Hammer, Joy Mills at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Car Seat Headrest, Naked Giants and Boyfriends at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m.  Tickets $10.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7 p.m. Joel Steinke Quintet ($10 cover/$5 students).  9 p.m. Danae Greenfield (piano), with the 200 Trio – Cole Schuster (guitar), Greg Feingold (bass) and Max Holmberg (drums) ($10 cover/$5 students).

SUNDAY, January 10

  • NFL Playoff Event at Substation (645 NW 45th St) from 1 p.m. Enjoy a full day of Wildcard Football action shown in glorious HD. Bring your lawn chairs and some snacks and enjoy some great music presented by Jim Marcotte & The Breakthrough.
  • NFL Playoff at Kangaroo and Kiwi (2026 NW Market St) open from 9 a.m. with full brunch menu.
  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • Big World Breaks & Grace Love & The True Loves at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8:30 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Pleasures, Invisible Hand and Koda Sequoia at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m.  Tickets $8.

Ballard Development Update: One subdivision application

It’s a quiet week for development plans in Ballard: just one subdivision application makes up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


9056 4th Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 5,094 sq. ft. and B) 5,000 sq. ft. Existing structures to remain.

All Cycles calls for local support during donation drive


All Cycles Outreach Project is looking for local support during their Winter donation drive. The Seattle based grassroots outreach projects works to bring menstrual supplies to folks in need.

The team is at the beginning of their second donation drive, which is running until February 20th and VAIN Hair Salon (5401 Ballard Ave NW) is the official Ballard Drop Off Location.

Locals are encouraged to drop off donations of pads, tampons, wet wipes and underwear of various sizes and styles for homeless or income-insecure people in Seattle of all or no genders, who have cycles. Check out their online wishlist to see specifics of what is needed.

Learn more about the project and get involved on their Facebook page.

Photo of All Cycles organizers Jes Olson and Hannah Stover courtesy of All Cycles.

Neighborhood Matching Fund to host free workshop for community groups

The application period for city-funded neighborhood projects is open until February 1. The Small and Simple Projects Fund is a $25,000 grant that goes to community-building projects and that are matched by community contributions.

There is a workshop on Thursday, January 14, at Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N in Room 6) from 6 to 8 p.m. to help applicants understand the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements.

An example of a project already funded last year is for improvements at a Ballard P-Patch. The funds will help to realign the plots at the garden at 8527 25th Ave NW to ensure equitable square footage for each gardener. They’ll also install wider footpaths, an additional water spigot, and an underground conduit to provide power to their patio. The city grant was for $8,400, bringing the total to over $16,000 after being matched by the community.

According to the city, all projects must demonstrate its capacity to build a stronger and healthier community, and must:

  • Provide a public benefit and be free and open to all members of the public.
  • Emphasize self-help, with project ideas initiated, planned and implemented by the neighbors and community members who will themselves be impacted by the project.
  • Demonstrate community match.
  • Occur within the Seattle city limits.

To RSVP for next week’s workshop, call (206) 733-9916 or go online at The workshop is open to all.

File photo of Greg’s P-Patch, which received a past Small and Simple Projects award.

Needles found near 58th St Greenway

My Ballard reader Angie emailed in to report that she had discovered a number of needles in a campsite along the far western portion of the 58th St Greenway in Ballard.

Read her warning and photo of the area below:

Along 37th Pl NW, where the road slants down from the railroad overpass toward the Burke-Gilman, there are a multitude of needles in a campsite. This area has been reported numerous times to the city and cleaned up several times, but with no active policing it continues to thrive as a hot spot for drugs.

There are many other illegal encampments all along the Burke-Gilman and RR tracks. Watch your kids and dogs. Watch your step!


If you have seen any other worrying sights along the Greenway email us at

Extended lane closures start Jan. 18 on Route 99

Drivers and commuters are being asked to plan ahead for the construction work that will reduce both directions of State Route 99/Aurora Avenue North by one lane between the Aurora Bridge and just north of Mercer Street.

The median lanes in each direction are set to close for four to five weeks starting Monday evening, January 18.

Contractor crews working for WSDOT need access to the median lanes to build four large sign foundations for the future SR 99 tunnel. The work was originally scheduled for spring 2015, however, it was changed to January 2016 to lessen the traffic disruption. According to WSDOT, the change was implemented as winter months typically see lower traffic volumes.

“These signs require sturdy, concrete-encased pedestals along with communication lines, power lines and traffic sensors, which is why the construction work in the median will take at least four weeks,” says David Sowers, deputy administrator of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program.

“We understand this will inconvenience drivers and commuters, and we are working closely with King County Metro and the Seattle Department of Transportation to minimize traffic impacts as much as possible,” Sowers continues.

During the first phase of this two-phase project, when construction starts and the median lanes are closed, the southbound bus-only lane will open to all traffic. Drivers should use caution since buses will travel – and stop – in the lane with other vehicle traffic.

Check out the map and specifics of the construction timeline below:


Jan. 18 through mid-February:

  • Median lanes close in both directions between the Aurora Bridge and Highland Drive,  north of Mercer Street
  • An additional lane will close at night and during several weekends including Jan. 23-24

Mid-February through early March:

  • Median lanes reopen. Northbound traffic returns to normal pattern
  • The southbound curb lane near Comstock Street will close for approximately three weeks
  • An additional southbound lane may close at night

Drivers and bus riders are encouraged to plan ahead as additional congestion is expected on Aurora Ave N. Consider alternative travel modes such as ride-sharing or carpooling, or traveling in off-peak times.

Travelers can keep informed of any delays by using King County Metro’s rider alerts or trip planning tools as well as WSDOT’s travel tools and SDOT’s travelers information page.

Body found at Golden Gardens Park

Update 4:30 p.m.:

According to our news partners at The Seattle Times, SPD detectives determined that the man, reportedly in his 30s, did not die under suspicious circumstances.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office is now in control of the investigation to determine the cause of death.

Original post: Seattle Police are investigating the discovery of a body on the beach at Golden Gardens Park. Police described the body as decomposed human remains, according to KOMO.

Police said there are no obvious signs of foul play.

We’ll update you as details are made available…