Driver arrested after fatal head on collision in Ballard

The Seattle Police Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) is investigating a fatal collision that sadly killed a 34-year-old man early on Sunday morning at 55th and Market.

Read the full report from the SPD Blotter below:

Seattle Police Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) are investigating a fatal collision that killed one man early Sunday morning in Ballard.

Shortly before 2:00 a.m., officers responded to a report of a two car, head-on collision near NW 55th Street and NW Market Street. The first vehicle was occupied by a driver and passenger, while the second vehicle was occupied by a lone driver.

The passenger in the first vehicle, a 34-year-old man, sustained critical injuries during the crash and was transported to Harborview, where he later died from his injuries.

Police evaluated the 22-year-old male driver of the first vehicle, and found signs of impairment. He was arrested and taken to Harborview for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

He will be booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide upon his release from the hospital.

The driver in the second vehicle was not seriously injured in the crash.

TCIS detectives responded to the scene and are investigating.

Ballard Development Update May 31: Subdivisions and family residences

Two applications and one decision make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


2027 NW 65th St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6488327. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

1936 NW 99th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a two-story single family residence in an environmentally critical area.


3029 NW 56th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a four-unit rowhouse structure in an environmentally critical area. Parking for four vehicles to be provided in attached garages. Existing structures to be demolished. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 6/14/2016.

The Ballard Memorial Day Roundup

This Monday, we pay tribute to those who died while serving in the nation’s armed forces. Here’s what’s happening in Ballard this Memorial Day:

  • The Ballard Elks Lodge #827 is hosting a Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery (8712 12th Ave NW).
  • Goodwill is hosting its annual Memorial Day sale. Pink tagged items are 99 cents, while all red and blue 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 closed:

Things to remember:

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

What’s on this weekend

Enjoy Memorial Day weekend in Ballard at these great events!

FRIDAY, May 27

  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St).
      • 7 p.m. Tyrant Lizard – $5 cover.
      • 9 p.m. Ashleigh Flynn and Kathryn Claire – $15 cover
    • The Barn Owls at Peddler Brewing Co. (1514 NW Leary Way) from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. No cover, all ages.
    • Local Country- Aaron Crawford with Jessica Lynne+Highway 9 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.
    • Youth Code, youryoungbody and Dirty Dirty at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $14.


  • Medicare Made Clear Workshop at Greenwood Library (8016 Greenwood Ave. N.) from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Live Music
    • Sunshine Electropop: Fine Prince with The West & Fey Moth at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Ole Tinder, Denver, Lowman Palace and Stella at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St).
      • 7 p.m. Dorothy Rodes

SUNDAY, May 29

ST3 Plan Update: Ballard may receive grade separated light rail…in 19 years


Sound Transit released changes to the ST3 Draft Plan yesterday, which includes some updates on the Ballard transit plans.

After listening to feedback from about 35,000 surveys, updates were made which includes Ballard receiving light rail three years sooner in 2035 as opposed to 2038.

In addition to the updated time frame the updated ST3 plan for Ballard, while sticking to the 15th Ave W route through Interbay, will include grade separated light rail.

Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff confirms that it might be possible to speed up the timeline even more with a series of process changes which include favoring a design/build contract instead of a design/bid/build contract, having senior staff meet with stakeholders first to address concerns upfront, and finally, having local municipalities make zoning changes to allow light rail sooner.

To deliver the light rail options in the tighter time frame, Sound Transit believes that the overall cost of the project will increase by $4 billion.

The proposed updated projects and timelines are scheduled to be voted on by the Sound Transit Board at a special meeting on June 2. The completed language of the plan is scheduled for final adoption on June 23 to meet November ballot submission deadlines.

If approved, the project is estimated to add $400 a year in taxes for a typical household, Sound Transit says.

Funding available to support Seattle Night Out activities

Do you want to host an event in our neighborhood during the 32nd Annual Night Out Against Crime on August 2?

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Small Sparks Fund is offering matching dollars to support neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement.

Night Out is a national Crime Prevention event that is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities.

Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning efforts and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few.

The deadline for applications is Friday, July 1, at 5 p.m., but you first must register online to apply.

Click here to check out more information about the application process or call (206) 733-9916.

The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round.

Bookmobile to visit Ballard Library today

Feeling the effects of the Ballard Library closure?

Head to the Library between 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. today, visit the book mobile and check out a book!

The My Ballard team will continue to keep you up to date about future Bookmobile visits.

Seattle City Light seeks feedback on strategic plan

Seattle City Light is seeking feedback on it’s Strategic Plan, their progress report on the future of local electric service.

The plan reflects the utility’s current conditions, incorporates necessary adjustments and highlights the utility’s progress. Every two years, City Light revisits and updates the plan.

The Strategic Plan’s foundation remains unchanged for the 2016 update in order to maintain current levels of service while planning for a challenging future.

“The plan includes a range of initiatives and investments to improve our performance and provide rate reliability and predictability some of which are already well underway,” says Seattle City Light General Manager and CEO Larry Weis.

City Light is striving to build community engagement and is encouraging locals to check out the Strategic Plan website and complete a short survey.

Ballard Film Festival set for next month

The talented students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program will showcase their works in The Ballard Film Festival (BFF) next month.

The event will be held on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 11, at 7 p.m. in the Ballard High School auditorium (1418 NW 65th St).

The screening will feature short comedies and dramas, advertisements, documentaries, news features, and a music video.  Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for students) will be sold at the door.

Films that first screen at the BFF routinely win honors at prestigious national and international film festivals and awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Six of the productions to be screened this spring have already been nominated for High School Awards of Excellence.  The envelopes will be opened, and the winners announced, at the Northwest Emmy Awards on June 4.

The BFF will also be the Ballard premiere of Voices, a music video that was an Official Selection of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth and the CineYouth Film Festival (a program of the Chicago International Film Festival).  In addition, on June 3, C-SPAN will be present to present Leo Pfeifer with 2nd Prize in their StudentCam Competition, and filmmaker Ward Serrill will be speaking on June 11.

Funds raised from the event will benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program. Students in the program regularly travel to Los Angeles to tour college schools of film and television, visit program alumni enrolled in these colleges or working in the industry, and meet with film and television professionals. Ticket sales and donations will make these trips possible for all accepted students and also provide additional production equipment.

Tickets will be available at the door and will cost $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Rodeo Donut partners with WeFunder to expand business


Local pop-up Rodeo Donut has partnered with to expand their menu and grow their business.

“Our future plans include our Brioche Donuts partnered up with Fresh Fried Chicken and strong Whiskey drinks, all this goodness being served to you at its very own location! But, we need your help,” says the team from Rodeo Donut.

The cowgirls of Rodeo were picked out of 100 companies nationwide to be featured on, a San Francisco based company that played a huge part in writing the JOBS Act right alongside President Obama.

“They have made it possible for everyday people like you to be able invest in the startups they love,” says the Rodeo Donut team.

Prior to the JOBS Act, only accredited investors were able to invest in small business/startups.  These people earned over $200,000 per year or net worth of 1 million. The JOBS Act allows everyday people to invest in startups and small businesses they love to help support them into the next phase of growth.

Rodeo and WeFunder believe communities, families, customers and friends should all be allowed to participate in helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

WeFunder is crafting Rodeo’s fundraising presentations and will launch them across America, equipped with a full-production feature video.  All 20 companies can raise up to $1 million online after May 16th.

“Have you ever dreamed of owning a bakery, restaurant, or rodeo?  Here’s your shot: you can invest as little as $100 and get involved!  Starting at $500 you get perks, like FREE Donuts for a year — no joke,” says the Rodeo Team.

Click here to learn more about the crowd sourcing campaign.