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Candidate list for primary election now available online

May 23rd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The full list of candidates running for office in 2017 is now available online. The list of candidates who will appear on the primary election ballot is also available online. Candidates are listed online in the order they will appear on the ballot.

A record number of people filed to run for office this year, with a total of 634 filings. The previous record was 557 filings in 2009. About 94 percent of candidates filed online.

“I’m thrilled to see a historic number of filings this year,” said Julie Wise, Director of King County Elections. “Running for office is a brave endeavor, and I want to congratulate all of the candidates.”

Click here to learn more.

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Mayor launches “Summer of Opportunity and Safety” to support local youth

May 23rd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Mayor Ed Murray launched the Summer of Opportunity and Safety, a City-led effort to expand summer programming for youth through grant-funded programs, Seattle Parks Department activities and youth jobs.

These programs aim to help connect youth to opportunities across the city, focusing attention on positive activity that itself is a strong violence prevention measure.

A key piece of this effort is the Youth Opportunity Fund, a $145,000 fund to support community agencies and groups which provide positive youth development activities. Additionally, the City is unveiling a new online portal, where those looking for summer activities can find places to apply or drop-in programs throughout the summer.

“Our young people are the future of our city and we must invest in their growth and safety year-round,” said Mayor Murray. “Programs focused on engaging and supporting youth can propel them to future opportunities, including jobs. This summer, we are doubling down on that commitment to our youth by helping them access a positive environment that will help them thrive, which is the best way to prevent youth violence.”

Community organizations and businesses are encouraged to apply for a summer opportunity grant, with awards ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.

The application deadline is Tuesday, June 20 at 5 p.m. Visit the Youth Opportunity Fund website for details.  A list of programs funded in 2016 can be found here.

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SeafoodFest organizers on the lookout for volunteers

May 23rd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard’s fishiest festival is just around the corner, and the organizers are looking for more volunteers. SeafoodFest will take over Ballard on July 7 – 9 , and they need help with many different volunteer positions.

According to their volunteer sign-up page, they’re looking for locals to help with tasks including in the Beer Garden, Info Booth, Surveys, Salmon BBQ and more.

To sign up for volunteer spots, visit the SeafoodFest website or click here for the registration page.

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Nearby News: Greenwood Library to close for second phase of construction

May 23rd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Greenwood Branch (8016 Greenwood Ave N) will temporarily close beginning Monday, June 26, for its second phase of construction work to install a custom made exterior glass wall. The book drop will remain open; the garage will be closed.

The branch is expected to reopen in about two weeks. Because the branch will be closed for such a short time, holds will be temporarily suspended during the closure period. Patrons do not need to take any action – holds will be automatically restarted once the branch is open.

The 12-year-old branch was closed from February 13 – April 16 for refurbishing and improvements that support the changing ways that patrons are using libraries.

At that time, an indoor-outdoor boulder in the children’s area was removed due to ongoing moisture problems and the exterior wall was temporarily covered with plywood. A permanent glass wall is being fabricated for the area.

Other improvements included adding a laptop bar in the teen area, combining service desks, increasing seating options, adding electrical outlets to tables, upgrades to the meeting room and repositioning the public computers to reduce glare. The worn carpet in the branch also was replaced.

The changes were designed to improve access to technology, make it easier for patrons to interact with one another, and create flexible, open, welcoming spaces throughout the building.

A public celebration will be scheduled for later this summer after all the work is complete.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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Seattle City Light to upgrade electronic equipment on Ballard Ave

May 22nd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

For the remainder of the month, Seattle City Light will be supporting enhanced cellular and data services along Ballard Avenue NW. The crews will be upgrading electronic equipment to utility poles throughout the public right-of-way on this street.

This project is an expansion of existing communications networks and the equipment modifications will increase public safety and enhanced-911 capabilities. The work will also improve wireless services to areas, allowing for enhanced connectivity and faster 4G service.

During this project, City Light crews will also have the opportunity to upgrade its infrastructure and replace utility poles that are in poor condition.

There are no maintenance power outages planned for this work. Some traffic and parking impacts are expected in the immediate work areas. Crews will be careful to maintain access to driveways.

Construction along Ballard Avenue Northwest is anticipated to last approximately four to five weeks. See the map above to view the specific work areas.

Customers can contact Gina Del Giorgio, City Light Project Consultant, at (425) 603-8205 or

Visit Seattle City Light’s construction website for the latest updates on this project.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car moving from 15th to Greenwood

May 22nd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The team at PhinneyWood Blog emailed to let us know that Enterprise Rent-A-Car (7301 15th Ave NW) is moving to NW 85th Street near 3rd Avenue NW in Greenwood.

An Enterprise spokesperson told PhinneyWood that the company has outgrown the Ballard space, and the Greenwood location will have more space for parking and the office.

The Greenwood location is under renovation and will open sometime mid-summer.

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Celebrity Fisherman arrested after altercation with Ride Share driver

May 22nd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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.

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Development Update May 22: One application

May 22nd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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.

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Multiple boats destroyed in Shilshole Bay Marina fire

May 21st, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


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.

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What’s on this weekend

May 19th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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.

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