Residential burglar arrested in Ballard

SPD officers arrested a 32-year-old man for a residential burglary in Ballard on Sunday morning.

Read the full details from the SPD North Precinct Blotter below:

On Sunday, January 29th, just before 10 am, police responded to a report of a burglary that had just occurred in the 2200 block of NW 60th St.

The resident told the operator that he woke up to find a stranger inside his living room.  When the suspect saw the resident, he dropped the property he was carrying and ran out the front door.  The caller was able to provide the operator with a detailed description of the suspect.

Officers arrived in the area within a few minutes and located the suspect a block away.  Officers stopped the suspect and he admitted that he had been inside the victim’s residence.

The victim was brought by the stop and positively identified the suspect. The suspect was arrested and later booked into the King County Jail for burglary.  Detectives will handle the follow up investigation.

Ballard Library to provide assistance for local Housing Choice Voucher applicants

Local low-income residents can receive help registering for a “Housing Choice Voucher” (formerly Section 8) throughout the month of February at nine locations of The Seattle Public Library.

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will host a session from noon – 3:30 p.m. on Monday, February 13.

The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is holding a lottery to place 3,500 households on a new Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waitlist. Households can register for the lottery online between February 6 through 24. SHA staff will be on hand at various Library locations to help with registration process.

Applications for the program will be accepted from 8 a.m. Monday, February 6 through 5 p.m. Friday, February 24. During this three-week period, the application process will only be available online through

These events are free and everyone is welcome. No reservations are required.

Ballard Library set to host “It’s About Time Writer’s Reading Series” next week

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will be hosting the 328th meeting of the “It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series” next Thursday, February 9, from  6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. The series is held at the Ballard branch every second Thursday of the month.

This month’s presentation features readings from Thomas Schabarum and Mary Holscher. Marc Barrington will also give a short lecture on “The Writer’s Craft.”

Between the author readings, open mic time will be available for three minutes per person.

The series was founded in 1989 by Esther Helfgott and is dedicated to the memory of Anna Helfgott who began writing at the age of 70 and her teacher Nelson Bentley who helped many learn the craft of writing. The group is now curated by Peggy Sturdivant and Katie Tynan.

“The It’s About Time Writers Reading Series is dedicated to an end of racism, homophobia, antisemitism, homelessness & war,” writes the group on their website. 

All aspiring writers are welcome to attend the meeting no matter their writing experience.

Development Update January 30: One application

One application makes up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


1743 NW 63rd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6570383. 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.

Locks small chamber set for temporary closure on January 30

The small lock at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard will close to all marine traffic from about 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., January 30 for test drilling.

The large lock will still be available for vessels, however, 50-foot lines are needed when locking through using this chamber. Mariners may experience delays, depending on passage demand.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials are drilling four borings into the foundation from a barge January 30 through February 2, but only the first day will affect locking through. Drilling is expected to be noisy so it’s being limited to working hours, 7 a.m. to about 5 p.m., during the four days.

In addition to the boring near the small lock entrance, the Corps is also drilling two upstream and one downstream of the spillway.

“We’re collecting information on the foundation,” says Assistant Dam Safety Manager Katie Garon. “Dam safety is a top Corps priority and these drillings will help us evaluate how project features will respond during an earthquake.”

For current information about activities at the Locks, visit the Locks’ Web site at or follow the Locks on Facebook and Twitter: and

What’s on this weekend

Have a fantastic weekend in the neighborhood!

FRIDAY, January 27

  • Live Music
    • “At 17”, with Victor Janusz (piano/vocals), Joey Kline (guitar/vocals) and Meaderis Dixon (sax) at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. $8 cover. Dominic Lecouturier Quartet at 9 .m. $8 cover/$5 students.
    • Young in the City with Soft Sleep & Ruler at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • Valley Maker, Rainwater and Ormonde at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

SATURDAY, January 28

  • Live Music
    • Evening Bell, Lonely Mountain Lovers and Pampa at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Soulful Funk: The Nth Power with Grace Love at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.

SUNDAY, January 29

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Sunday Morning Meditation at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center (2007 NW 61st St) from 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
  • St. Alphonsus Parish School Winter Open House from 11 a.m. (5816 15th Ave NW). Locals can discover St. Alphonsus Parish School’s values in addition to their unique learning environment. All are welcome.
  • Zumba Class at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. $5 suggested donation, all funds raised go to Ballard Elks charities. Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month.
  • Rock Fer FOSB Salmon Bay School Benefit at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 6 p.m. Tickets $15
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • King of Hawaii, Ottoman Empire and The Lower Heights at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 7:30 p.m. Tickets $5.

Ballard Elks to host kids arts and crafts session next weekend

Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) is hosting another of their popular monthly arts and crafts sessions for kids of all ages on Saturday, February 4, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ballard Elks will provide all supplies for children, providing a creative outlet for making their own art using varying modalities. Music will also be provided for dancing, or just the ambiance for drawing, painting and creating.


Snacks will also be provided by Dick’s Burgers, in addition to a volunteer to guide children who need any direction.

“There is plenty of room for kids to get their energy out during these rainy months,” says the team from Ballard Elks.

There is a suggested $5 donation and the event is open to everyone.

Please contact Sharon Goochey with any questions at or connect with Ballard Elks on their Facebook Page or website.

BHS Film Festival on next month

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This year’s Ballard Film Festival (BFF) is set for Friday, February 10, at 7 p.m. in the Ballard High School auditorium.  The screening will feature short comedies and dramas, advertisements, and documentaries from students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program.

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

BHS film students hit the ground running this fall with 10 Official Selections in the national All American High School Film Festival, awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for Best Music Video and Best Editing, and winners at Fresh Film Northwest – including the documentary Living Honestly by PJ Hase and Skala Leake.  This will have its Seattle premiere at the Ballard Film Festival.

This year, Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program was one of five production programs from across the nation selected by the All American High School Film Festival in New York City to produce documentaries for IMAX.

Funds raised from the film festival will benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program. “Your support will put the right tools in the hands of students so they can complete these productions in style,” says Matt Lawrence from the Digital Filmmaking Program

Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for students) will be sold at the door.

For more information, visit

Neighborhood Matching Fund offers new funding opportunities for locals

The application period for city-funded neighborhood projects through the Neighborhood Matching Fund is now open.

A workshop will be held on Thursday, February 2, at Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N in Room 6) from 6 to 7:30 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 funded in the past is the improvement project at Ballard P-Patch. The funds helped to realign the plots at the garden at 8527 25th Ave NW to ensure equitable square footage for each gardener. Funds were used to install wider footpaths, an additional water spigot, and an underground conduit to provide power to their patio.

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 click here.

SDOT to host North Seattle Neighborhood Greenway and School Safety Project drop-in event

SDOT has been working with community members from Crown Hill, Greenwood, Licton Springs, and Northgate since summer 2016 to select a route for a new east-west neighborhood greenway to be built in 2018.

Seattle Public Schools is redeveloping the Wilson-Pacific school site into new elementary, K-8, and middle schools that will open in 2017, and we’re planning to build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge for the Northgate Link light rail station scheduled to open in 2021.

Before the new schools open and in preparation for the new bridge, SDOT is prioritizing this neighborhood greenway and school safety project to make North Seattle transportation safer for everyone – whether you’re walking, driving, biking, taking transit, or moving goods.

Locals are invited to attend a drop-in event at Crown Hill Center (9250 14th Ave NW) on February 4 from 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with SDOT representatives about plans to get people safely across Holman Rd NW and NW92nd St. SDOT will also be discussing how to enhance connections for walking and biking through Crown Bill Park.

If you can’t attend the event, give feedback on the project via the online survey. Click here to read the project fact sheet.