Celebrity Fisherman arrested after altercation with Ride Share driver

Television fisherman Sigurd Hansen was arrested early last Thursday morning by Seattle police following an altercation with a ride-share driver.

Read more from the SPD North Precinct Blotter post below:

The driver told police he had picked up two men and two women, who had requested a ride from the 2200 block of NW Market St to an address outside of Seattle in Shoreline, WA.

According to the driver, the Shoreline trip was cancelled in the ride-share app, which led to a dispute with the passengers over the fare.

The driver told police that during the dispute, the older male passenger—later identified as Hansen—kicked a dent in the rear passenger side of the ride-share vehicle and reportedly spit at the driver.

The driver contacted police following the incident, leading officers to contact Hansen at his residence in Shoreline.

Hansen told officers he’d been celebrating Norwegian Independence Day, but disputed any altercation with the ride-share driver. Officers arrested Hansen and booked him into the King County Jail for assault and property destruction.

Due to significant media interest in the incident, the department has made a redacted copy of the report available here.

Development Update May 22: One application

One subdivision 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.

2430 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6560513. 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.

Multiple boats destroyed in Shilshole Bay Marina fire


A fire that ripped through a boat house moored at the Shilshole Bay Marina just before 8 p.m. on Sunday destroyed as many as five boats and sent a visible plume of smoke throughout much of the Seattle area.

The Seattle Fire Department has confirmed that the fire was caused by spontaneous combustion of improperly discarded rags that had been used for staining. The fire has been ruled accidental.

Damage loss is estimated at $4 million.


A house boat is currently on fire in the Shilshole Bay Marina.

Seattle Fire Department crews have responded and locals have posted videos on Twitter from the scene.

The My Ballard team will update this story with more information as soon as it is available.

What’s on this weekend

Have a fantastic weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, May 19

  • Plant Sale at Ballard High School Greenhouse (15th Ave NW) from 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Live Music
    • The Everyone Orchestra feat members of Moe. Dopapod, The Werks + more at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $20.


  • Wileyware Gifts Open House (8323 28th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A selection of unique, locally made glassware is available for purchase.
  • Plant Sale at Ballard High School Greenhouse (15th Ave NW) from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Greyhound Meet and Greet at All the Best Pet Care (1909 NW Market St) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join us to meet retired racing greyhounds, learn about adoption, volunteer opportunities and more.
  • Ray’s Boathouse Weekend Brunch Launch (6049 Seaview Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Serving a range of delicious treats.
  • Live Music
    • Ravenna Woods w/ Hounds of the Wild Hunt and Stella Crest at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

SUNDAY, May 21

  • 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.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • Lust Punch, Under the Puddle, Mister Master at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • So Cal Country: Sam Outlaw w/Michaela Anne and Mike Giacolino at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $12.

Mayor and City Council nominate appointees for Community Involvement Commission

Mayor Murray and the Seattle City Council announced their appointees to the City’s new Community Involvement Commission (CIC). The commission was created by Executive Order 2016-06  issued by Mayor Murray last year, the 16-member commission will advise the City on priorities, policies, and strategies related to equitable civic engagement and publicparticipation in City decision-making processes. It will also provide feedback on the development of City departments’ community involvement plans.

“In order for Seattle to reach its full potential, all residents including those representing underrepresented and underserved communities must have the opportunity to participate in the City’s decision making and planning processes,” says Mayor Murray.

Nearly 300 individuals applied for 13 CIC positions to be appointed by the Mayor and City Council – six selected by the Mayor and seven by City Council (by Council District). One additional Mayoral appointee will be selected through the Get Engaged program, and CIC members will nominate individuals to fill the two remaining positions later this year. All the appointments are subject to City Council confirmation.

“We have a creative, diverse, geographically representative group of appointees who will help strengthen the way neighborhood participation occurs in 21st century Seattle,” says Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide).

Below is the list of the newly appointed members of the Community Involvement Commission:

Mayor Ed Murray Appointees:            

Julie Pham

Alex Hudson

Bereket Kiros

Sonja Basha

Emily Kim

Jenna Franklin

City Council Appointees:

District 1: Jennifer Calleja

District 2: Thais Marbles

District 3: Natalie Curtis

District 4: Alison Turner

District 5: Mark Mendez

District 6: Ben Mitchell

District 7: Patricia Akiyama

The City Council’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods, and Finance Committee will discuss and possibly vote on the CIC appointments at its May 26 and June 7 meetings.

The meetings will begin at 9:30 a.m. in City Council Chambers, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 2.

For more information or for questions, contact Sara Belz at (206) 684-8696 or email sara.belz@seattle.gov. You can also learn more about the Community Involvement Commission online.

Ballard Criterium bike race set for June 10

The Ballard Criterium, will take over Old Ballard on June 10 this year with as hundreds of bikes fly through the streets for the 24th annual bike race, presented by Carter VW and Ascent Cycles.

The race runs a loop through Old Ballard’s streets, starting and finishing at the corner of Ballard Ave NW and 20th Ave NW. It’s a rectangular course that uses Ballard Ave NW, NW Dock Place, Shilshole Ave NW and NW Vernon Place. The races start at about 2 p.m., and the streets of the course will be closed from 2-10 p.m.

If you want to join in the race, register online, or register on Saturday before 1:30 p.m.

A USA Cycling license is required to race, but you can purchase a one-day license for Cat 5 men’s and Cat 4 women’s races only for $10. All the other categories require the USA Cycling annual license which can be purchased from USA Cycling (not for sale at the race).

The cost to pre-register for the race is $35 plus tax, day of registration is $40 plus tax. Click here for a full list of the racing categories.

Photo courtesy of Ballard Criterium.

Nearby News: City Sweats opens location in Wallingford

City Sweats, Seattle’s premier wellness center and spa is opening a sister location to its Madison Park operation on Sunday, May 21, in Wallingford at 4222 Stoneway Ave N.

City Sweats, established in 2014 provides Seattleites with cellular level therapeutic treatments targeting an array of health and wellness goals. Most notably, infrared sauna and body wrap treatments.

The new facility, which is 1,600 sq. ft. and features 9 treatment rooms, 4 private infrared sauna cabins, 3 infrared wraps will offer the same exceptional spa experience regular clients have come to expect at the Madison Park location, in Wallingford.

“Our mission is to offer wellness services, experiences and education to the community,” says Dee Alams, Founder of City Sweats.

City Sweats offers a diverse menu of wellness services to meet client needs. Beyond infrared saunas and wraps, which have been shown to relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and Seasonal Affective Disorder – common among Seattleites – clients can opt for lymphatic drainage massage, ultrasonic cavitation shaping, detox facials and more.

“We pride ourselves on being the one-stop-shop for wellness services, offering our clients a stress-free environment where they can opt for several services all under one roof.” says Alams.

In celebration of the new Wallingford location, the City Sweats team is hosting an event open to the public from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. this Sunday and will be offering guests their choice of a free sweat or lymphatic drainage massage. Healthful beverages and smoothies will also be served.

Click here to learn more about this weekend’s opening event.

Wileyware Gifts to host Open House

With wedding season fast approaching, Marcia Ann Wiley from Wileyware Wedding Gifts and Seconds is hosting an Open House this Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m at her Ballard studio (8323 28th Ave NW).

Wiley handcrafts unique glassware of all types in her studio in Ballard. Gift wise “some people choose the cocktail glasses for their hipster friends; others order the water glasses for health conscious friends; and some order the fluted wine glasses for those who like a little extra flair in their lives,” says Wiley.

Locals are invited to visit Wiley’s studio that is “filled with sparkling treasures” on Saturday. Click here to learn more about the Wileyware collection.

Ballard High School set to host plant sale this week

The Ballard High School plant sale is set for this week. The sale will be held on from Thursday, May 18, through Saturday, May 20, in the BHS Greenhouse on 15th Ave NW.

Veggies starts and herbs will be available for sale.

“The prices are good and all proceeds go directly to the greenhouse program,” says Greenhouse Manager India Carlson.

The greenhouse will be open for business on Thursday and Friday from 3:30pm until 6pm and on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

If you’re looking to get your garden going while supporting our local community then stop by for a visit!


Ray’s Boathouse to launch weekend brunch service

Ray’s Boathouse is launching its first ongoing weekend brunch starting this Saturday, May 20! For the first time in its 44-year history, guests can enjoy Ray’s gorgeous Shilshole Bay and Olympic Mountain views over brunch each weekend.

Brunch will be offered every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in both the dining room and Boathouse deck. Reservations are available inside only at www.rays.com, deck seating will be offered on a first come basis, weather pending. The restaurant will close from 2:30 – 4 p.m. to prepare for dinner service.

Chef Paul Duncan has created a menu that will offer both new brunch items and seasonal appetizers, salads and entrees from the main Boathouse menu. Full children’s menu will also be available.

Brunch items may include: 

  • House-Made Beignets hazelnut mascarpone, Marionberry jam
  • Gazpacho & Prawns house-smoked bacon, red potato, Puget Sound steamed clams
  • Crab ‘Mini’ Louis Dungeness crab, phyllo cups, avocado, boiled egg, Louis dressing
  • Hangtown Scramble baked Pacific oysters, Uli’s chorizo béchamel, ikura, two scrambled eggs, house-smoked bacon, Old Bay breakfast potatoes
  • Challah French Toast vanilla custard dipped, house-smoked bacon, scrambled eggs, Old Bay breakfast potatoes
  • Hash of Duck Confit Old Bay breakfast potatoes, spinach, onion, three eggs, brioche toast
  • Dockside Breakfast two scrambled eggs, house-smoked bacon, Old Bay breakfast potatoes, brioche toast 
  • Frittata spring vegetables, green salad, lemon vinaigrette, Old Bay breakfast potatoes
  • Double R Ranch Steak & Eggs applewood grilled coulotte, two scrambled eggs, arugula, sweet peppers, balsamic syrup, Old Bay breakfast potatoes 
  • Florentine Benedict poached eggs, spinach, tomato, English muffin, hollandaise, asparagus, Old Bay breakfast potatoes. Option to addDungeness Crab 
  • Classic Cheese Burger applewood grilled Painted Hills ground chuck, aged white cheddar, brioche bun, house-cut fries