Robbery suspect arrested in Salmon Bay after barricading himself on a boat

Police have arrested a 35-year-old man after he assaulted and robbed a woman in Ballard. The man had barricaded himself in a boat in Salmon Bay when police arrived to arrest him.

According to Seattle Police, the suspect assaulted and stole a backpack from a 35-year-old woman at 5:30 am on Friday morning near 30th Ave NW and NW Market St. The woman, who knows the suspect, told officers where he lives on his boat, and police responded to the boat near 24th Ave NW and NW 54th St. Police say that when they approached the boat, a different man emerged, and told officers that the suspect was still on board. Police negotiators responded to the scene in an attempt to establish a dialogue with the suspect, and the SWAT team was on hand based on information from the victim about weapons the man may have had on board.

According to SPD, after several hours, the suspect emerged and was taken into custody. The man had a rifle and several BB guns on board. He was booked into jail for robbery.


What’s on this weekend

Another busy weekend for Ballard, with several community events on Saturday. The highlights this weekend are the Adventure Race for Parkinson’s, which is a neighborhood-wide scavenger hunt that aims to raise money for Parkinson’s research; the Dick’s Drive-In Walkathon; and Lucky Envelope Brewing’s Mid Autumn Festival, to celebrate the fall harvest.

Have a great weekend in Ballard!

Friday, September 29:

  • Live Music:
    • The Requisite, Tiger Rider, Sebastian and The Deep Blue at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW), 9pm, $10.
    •  Warren Dunes, Danger Bird, and Niagra Moon at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $8.
    •  Good Canadian Folk: Elliott Brood w/ Evening Bell & Lydia Ramsey at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $20.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm – Night-n-Gale – Carrie Wicks (vocals) [Website], Aria Prame (vocals), Nick Allison (keys), Greg Feingold (bass) and Jamael Nance (drums) ($12 cover). 9pm – Namlu’u Jazz Band [Website] – with Darien Asplund (sax), Scotty Bemis (piano), Ryan Donnelly (bass) and Will Lone (drums) ($10 cover)

Saturday, September 30:

  • Dick’s Drive-In Walkathon, 10am to 8pm. Join two Ballardites as they walk to each Seattle Dick’s locations, raising money for local homeless organization.
  • Lucky Envelope Brewing Mid-Autumn FestivalThe first 30 guests who stop in on the day of the event will receive a lucky envelope with a special coupon. In addition Lucky Envelope will also be serving free mooncakes, while supplies last.
  • Adventure Race for Parkinson’s, a Ballard scavenger hunt to raise money for Parkinson’s research. The race starts at 1pm at  Trident Seafoods (5303 Shilshole Avenue NW). Learn more here.
  • Live Music:
    • Samurai Del, CiDi (DJ Set), Sendai Era at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW), 9pm, $10.
    •  30th Annual Rockabilly Ball at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm, $30.
    • KEXP Presents The Dream Syndicate w/ Eyelids at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $20.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm – The Overton Berry Ensemble – Overton Berry (piano), Jeff Davies (bass), Rick Spano (drums) and special guest artist Bernie Jacobs Jr. (sax/flute/vocals) ($15 cover/$25 for both shows)
      9pm – The Overton Berry Ensemble (Second Show) ($15 cover)

Sunday, October 1:

  • 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-ups at 7:30 pm.
    • Deep Talks, Eastern Souvenirs, Clone Wolf at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW), 8pm, $8.

Plans rolling ahead for Ballard Light Rail extension

Ballard is one step closer to getting a light rail: the Sound Transit Board approved contracts for both the Ballard and West Seattle Link Extensions and established a plan for public involvement in 2018.

The board established a $285.9 million budget for preliminary engineering for the project, which would connect Ballard’s Market Street area to Downtown Seattle. The plans include a rail-only bridge near the Ballard Bridge, and an elevated guideway through Interbay along 15th Ave NW and Elliott Ave W before transitioning to a new downtown Seattle light rail tunnel. The new tunnel would then run through Uptown and South Lake Union along Westlake Ave to Sixth and Fifth Avenues before reaching the International District.

The Ballard and West Seattle extensions are part of the Sound Transit 3 Plan that voters approved last fall. The project includes extending light rail to West Seattle by 2030, building a second downtown tunnel in conjunction with the extension to Ballard, with Ballard service beginning in 2035.

Sound Transit plans to start a community engagement process in 2018. More information about the West Seattle and Ballard project, including how to sign up for project updates, is available at

Nordic Knitting Conference coming to Nordic Heritage Museum

Next weekend is the seventh annual Nordic Knitting Conference, from Friday Oct. 6 to Sunday Oct. 8 at the Nordic Heritage Museum. For three days, Scandinavians Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison – known as Arne & Carlos – will join a host of other instructors offering lessons on Nordic crochet, knitting, spinning and more. (Click here for a full list of the instructors.)

The classes run from 9am to 6:30 pm on Friday, 9am to 8pm on Saturday, and 9am to 5pm on Sunday. There are morning and evening sessions each day, teaching classes such as Latvian Fingerless Mitts, Knitted Birds,  Skolt Sami Socks and more. For the full line-up and schedule of classes offered, click here; course descriptions are here.

To sign up for the conference or to learn more, visit the registration page.

BHS student films to screen at international film festival

The Ballard High School student filmmakers are at it again, kicking off the school year with a big presence at an international film festival. Eight films by 27 different students will be screened at the All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF) in New York City. The competitive festival will be Oct. 6 – 8 at the Center for Social Innovation, AMC Theatres Times Square, and the historic Kings Theater in New York.

Judges include screenwriter Diablo Cody and documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock; actors Kristen Stewart and Dylan McDermott evaluated the films. Official Selections are eligible for prizes presented at the Teen Indie Awards at the conclusion of the festival, head of BHS film program’s Matt Lawrence tells My Ballard.

Heart of Gold (documentary) from Ballard HS Digital Film Program on Vimeo.

Here, by category, are the Official Selections by Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking students:


  • Fat Friday by Chris Barrett, Jessica Luecke & Zoe Zillig
  • Heart of Gold by Miles Andersen, Willow Hudson, Josh Gaynor-Cote & Jesse Romero
  • Transformative by Mo Brown, Claire Elliott, Krystelle Kurz & Sorcha Maron


  • Clover Four Confidence by Annabelle Bowman-Mohn, Josh Gaynor-Cote & Brynn Miller
  • Frozen in Debt by Annabelle Bowman-Mohn, Bergen Johnson, Cecilia O’Rollins & Miles Whitworth


  • Richard by Ian Colbeck, Ethan Hawthorne-Dallas, Aaron Mamaril & While Soltes

One film produced independently by BHS film students also made the festival: Solo by Elliott Atkinson and Zach Boone is an Official Selection in the Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy category.

From BHS:

In addition to the Official Selections, a short documentary that Ballard film students produced for IMAX and the United Nations will also screen at the festival.  Only five high school filmmaking programs in the nation were chosen by IMAX and the AAHSFF to create these projects.  Ballard was selected due to the quality work BHS film students have brought to the AAHSFF on a regular basis.  (Ballard films have been finalists for top awards such as Best PSA, Best Documentary, Best Drama, Best Directing, Best Screenplay, and Best Overall Film.)   The documentary is titled On the Backs of Salmon and was produced for IMAX by Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall, Aaron Miller, Cecilia O’Rollins, & Miles Whitworth.

Congratulations to the BHS students for the fantastic achievement!

7th Annual Dick’s Drive-In Walkathon is this Saturday

For the seventh year in a row, two Ballardites will be leading the way for the Dick’s Drive-In Walkathon, a fundraiser in which participants walk to all six Seattle Dick’s while raising money for Seattle area homeless organizations.

Homegrown Ballardite Lars Phillips and his friend JP Osseward started the event seven years ago, which has grown significantly each year. Last year they raised $11,000 for local organizations; this year they’re aiming to raise over $15,000.

The 22-mile trek, which attracted 64 walkers last year, could have more than 225 participants this year. The walk will start at 10:40 am at the Edmonds Dick’s. They’ll then walk to Lake City, then Holman Road, Wallingford, Broadway, and finish at Queen Anne by 7:45 pm. Everyone who walks the entire route will get a cheeseburger at the final Dick’s on Queen Anne. (For the estimated times at each location, visit their Facebook page about the event.) To join in, register online for $20. Registration fees will go to the Change for Charity organizations, and all those who register will get a t-shirt.

“Interested Walkers are encouraged to gather at any Dick’s Drive-In location throughout the day and walk all legs, just one leg or form a relay!” according to the event info. “Don’t forget to say ‘RoundUP for Charity’ while you’re at each location. Gravity Payments and Dick’s Drive-In are double matching all RoundUP donations on September 30th, up to $5,000. That means we could raise $15,000 for our partner charities!”

The funds raised through the walkathon will go to Mary’s Place, First Place School, FareStart, ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, The Compass Center, Operation Nightwatch, St. Martin de Porres Shelter, and Cocoon House.

Tonight: last chance to weigh in on Burke-Gilman Missing Link designs

Tonight (Thursday, Sept. 28) is one of the final design meetings for the Burke-Gilman Missing Link project. The meeting will be held at the Ballard Eagleson VFW (2812 NW Market St) from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The workshop will include an updated design of the corridor and will provide for a check-in with community members for feedback, as the design team is working to finalize plans for the project.

There have been a few changes to the design plans, including reducing the number of parking spots that would be eliminated with the trail construction. The original plans had estimated that 344 parking spots would be lost, but the Seattle Bike Blog reports that the design team was able to fit in 186 more parking spots in the updated design.

“While the number of parking spaces is certainly not Seattle Bike Blog’s biggest concern with this project, the work to add spaces back is an example of how this community design process works,” Tom Fucoloro from the Seattle Bike Blog reports. “Parking was a big concern by many people opposed to the project. This is what compromise looks like in action.”

Fucoloro said one of the trickiest elements of the design will be the corner of NW Market St and 24th Ave NW, where they are suggesting a “mixing zone”.


The trail has many mixed corners already (Stone Way, 15th Ave NE, the Ave, 20th Ave NE, etc), but this one will be a little different because the trail can continue through while people on foot are waiting to cross the street. In most of the other examples, people on the sidewalks and trail users are all stopped at the same time. In this case, trail users will have to make their way through people who are waiting.

I don’t think this is an impossible situation, but it’s going to be especially necessary for trail users to be patient and yield to people on foot.

While design plans are ticking along, the lawsuit to delay the project is ongoing. According to Seattle Bike Blog, there’s a hearing is scheduled for Oct. 16. In the meantime, there will be another public meeting and a self-guided walking tour in October; we’ll update with more details when they become available.

For information about tonight’s meeting, visit the City of Seattle’s Missing Link website.

Residents dismayed at city’s removal of oak trees on NW 67th St

Ballard residents on NW 67th Street are disappointed at the loss of four old oak trees that once shaded the quiet street next to the Nordic Heritage Museum. Seattle Parks and Recreations representatives say the trees were removed because they were decaying, and posed a risk to nearby parking and recreation.

Ballard resident Katelyn Delbuco lives on NW 67th St, and said it’s been a shock to see the trees disappear. About a month ago, Delbuco saw someone had painted “X” on the trees. “I told my partner that if they were going to remove these exceptional trees they would have to post a notice on them about it,” Delbuco said. “Last Thursday, we came home from work to two of the trees ravaged with no information and no notice.”

Before the removal, the oak trees created a green tunnel over NW 67th St. Photo: Katelyn Delbuco

Schulkin from the Parks Department said they typically put up signs two weeks prior to removal, but because of the elevated risk, they had to act quickly. The city hired a contractor because of the complexity of removing trees so close to power lines.

“I’m so frustrated that the City did not give us an opportunity to speak with anyone or even loop us in on what was planned,” Delbuco said. “We now look out to telephone poles and a chain linked fence. I’ve run into neighbors and people who frequent the park, the Nordic Heritage Museum and our street who are confused and appalled.”

Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church to host recycling event in October

On Saturday, Oct. 14, Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church will hold their twice-yearly recycling event. The free event will be held from 9am to 3pm in the church parking lot at  25th Ave NW and NW 85th St.

From Our Redeemer’s:

Clean out your basement and garage and get rid of all those unwanted electronic items*, styrofoam and clothing. Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church is partnering with Living Green Technology for an E-recycling event, open to the public. *PLEASE NOTE: This event is different from events held at Our Redeemer’s in the past; they are no longer accepting metals and appliances.  Living Green Technology accepts only electronics for recycling. For a list of accepted items, click here.
The EarthCare Team at Our Redeemer’s will be on hand to collect clean, dry styrofoam (please remove all tape and labels; they cannot accept hot tub covers, insulating foam or anything that is dirty, wet or has been left outside).

They’ll also accept gently used clothing for The Bridge Care Center. All items should be dropped off no earlier than 9am on the day of the event. The volunteers manning the event will be the Our Redeemer’s Youth, who will be accepting donations to help them attend the National Youth Gathering in June 2018.