Anthony Bourdain visits Ocho, Revel for Sunday episode of ‘Parts Unknown’

“Parts Unknown” host Anthony Bourdain was back in Seattle for a new episode airing this Sunday night on CNN.

Among other stops, he visited Ocho in Ballard and Revel in Fremont, according to the Seattle Times. He also smoked some weed and mused about Northwest serial killers. He even drank a Rainier. But hey, it’s TV.

“I love Seattle. I’ve had many happy experiences there,” Bourdain writes. “It was a foodie town long before the word foodie existed and will be when that loathsome term is long dead and buried. Demographically speaking, it’s a town that likes talking about food, eating food, reading about food—and, in my case, stories about people who make food.”

There’s a blatantly Seattle-targeted promo clip here.

The show airs this Sunday at 9 pm.

Fire damages home near Carkeek, dogs missing

If you heard sirens in Crown Hill this morning, it was for this house fire in the 1200 block of 116th St., just to the north of Carkeek park. Firefighters were dispatched at 9:30 a.m.

The residents were not home at the time, but Seattle Fire says they’ve been unable to find two dogs that were believed to be inside. No word on the cause of the blaze.

Most power outages in Ballard area restored

1 p.m. All but 8 customers in the Golden Gardens outage have been restored.

5:30 a.m. A small area around Golden Gardens remains without power at this hour — 118 customers — as well as a couple small outages scattered in Ballard. Here’s the outage map.

6 p.m. Power has been restored to the largest outage area in East Ballard and lower Phinney. Meanwhile over near Golden Gardens, crews estimate the power will be back by 11 p.m.

A neighbor reported that a tree fell across Golden Gardens Drive just north of 87th St., which may be the culprit. The road was closed by police at 5:30, reports My Ballard reader Kelly. We also saw a report of wires down in the 2800 block of NW 90th Pl, a few blocks from Golden Gardens.

5:30 p.m. Seattle City Light shows two significant outages in the Ballard area: 3,420 customers along lower Phinney Ridge and another 118 near Golden Gardens above 85th.

City Light estimates power will be restored at 7 p.m. in the larger outage, 11 p.m. for residents near Golden Gardens.

Here’s the outage map as of 5:30 p.m., and click here to see the real-time map.

Earlier: We’re seeing our first reports of an outage in the West Woodland area, and Seattle City Light reports there are about 3,400 customers out in Ballard and lower Phinney Ridge. The outage stretches from Leary Way nearly all the way up to 85th.

City Light crews are responding, and they estimate power will be restored by 7 p.m.

The first windstorm of the season has sent branches and at least one tree to the ground.

The National Weather Service says it registered a 63 MPH gust in West Seattle, but weather stations in Ballard are showing maximum gusts in the 30 MPH range. There’s a high wind warning in effect until 9 p.m., and forecasters say we’ll see the strongest winds until 7 p.m. before easing.

This was the scene at Golden Gardens this afternoon:

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Neighborhood groups want more time as City Light looks to sell properties

Seattle City Light is considering selling seven properties in the greater Ballard area that were once used for power substations. With the deadline rapidly approaching, Groundswell NW and the Seattle Green Spaces Coalition say they need more time to see if the land can be adapted into parks, P-patches or other community spaces.

The city says it’s required to price the properties at “fair market value” as determined by the assessor’s office, which ranges from $330,000 to $978,960 in Seattle’s red-hot real estate market. We’ve mapped the locations, names and price tags of each of the properties:

The city’s Office of Housing has expressed interest in two of the sites, Loyal Heights and Phinney, for possible affordable housing developments, according to City Light.

Groundswell NW board member Dave Boyd says the group has been tracking these properties for years. “By bundling seven of these sites for disposition, [City Light] has put the community at a disadvantage,” he told My Ballard. “After waiting for years to find out when the process will begin, we are faced with a tight timeline for several sites that have potential for community use.”

Boyd points to Pocket Park on 6th and 76th as an example of how an old City Light substation has been converted into a community space. “Groundswell acted as fiscal sponsor of the community group that got Neighborhood Matching Fund and other grants to develop a gem of a corner park,” he explains.

Seattle Green Spaces Coalition agrees the city is moving too quickly, arguing that the “need for the sale at this time as not been properly addressed.”


(Loyal Heights location on left, Ballard on right)

All this is shaping up for a lively public hearing, which is scheduled for this Thursday, Nov. 16th at 7 p.m. at the Ballard First Lutheran Church on NW 65th St. The deadline for public comment, in writing, is due a day later on the 17th.

Boyd says Groundswell NW anticipates making a formal request to the city council to delay the sale of several of the properties “to give the community time to further prioritize and develop support for community use of these sites.”

“As an all-volunteer organization, we have learned that these projects can be accomplished, but they take time,” he said.

Ballard High bots battle it out


(Photo: Pacific Science Center)

More than 40 teams from high schools around the state — including our own Ballard HS — gathered at the Pacific Science Center on Sunday for a battle of the bots.

The Special Olympics Unified Robotics Championship, a partnership between kids with and without disabilities, featured four teams from Ballard. The students designed, built and programmed their robots over six weeks prior to the competition.

The robots’ names: Bulldozer 2.0, Ava2400, A Pair of Sox and Slicer and Dicer. The goal: to push the competing robot out of the circle. Here’s a video of Bulldozer 2.0 in a match:

A Pair of Sox made it into the semi-finals and lost to… The Purple Robot Eater.

The Ballard team took home two “Rising Star” awards as well as accolades for perseverance and sportsmanship. Well done!

Large Ballard lock closed for annual maintenance, tours are sold out

Just like every year, the Army Corps of Engineers has closed and emptied the large lock at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks for annual maintenance. Crews will scrape barnacles off the walls and check all the mechanical systems.

It’s always fascinating to see what lies 55-feet down — both in the lock and inside the chambers that feed it. However, the VIP tours, which begin today, have sold out. Back in 2009, we tagged along with the Army Corps and took some photos and videos.

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The money raised from the tours goes toward the upcoming Fish Ladder Education Center project, which begins later this fall.

Crews will be working on the large lock through Nov. 22nd. Until then, all marine traffic is routed through the small lock.