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WPZ residents enjoy snow day

February 7th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Earlier this week the residents of Woodland Park Zoo were also enjoying the excitement of a snow day in Seattle.

Check out the fantastic videos below:

Videos courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo.

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Ballard Library to host “Green Up” renewable energy information table

February 6th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Seattle Public Library will host a Seattle City Light “Green Up” information table from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, February 8, 15 and 22 in the lobby at the Ballard Branch (5614 22nd Ave NW).

Chat with City Light representatives about how local renewable energy projects in the Pacific Northwest can support clean energy and a healthy environment.

The Green Up program uses renewable energy projects to help promote economic development in rural parts of the region, improve Washington state’s energy security and reduce pollution.

Seattle City Light customers can change their owned or rented home’s energy usage to renewable energy through the Green Up program. Customers can choose to purchase renewable power for 25, 50 or 100 percent of their power usage.

Green Up’s renewable energy credits come from regional geothermal, biogas, wind and small hydro energy. Seattle City Light’s basic energy service is currently a mix of hydro, wind, nuclear, coal, landfill gas and other power sources.

For more information about renewable power sources in the Pacific Northwest, visit Seattle City Light’s Green Up homepage.

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Development Update February 6: Subdivisions applications and decisions

February 6th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

A number of applications and decisions make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

1532 NW 60th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 3,149 sq. ft. and B) 1,601 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished.

2441 NW 62nd 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 #6548723. 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.

Revised Application:

1401 NW 46th St

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A revised Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 5-story structure containing 25,000 sq. ft. of retail with office and daycare above. Parking for 74 vehicles to be provided at and below grade.

Decisions:

1208 NW 100th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of a single family is under Project #6535446. 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.

8358 19th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6441168. 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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SPL Foundation announces scholarships for local students

February 6th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle high school seniors and college undergraduates are invited to enter an essay scholarship competition created by The Seattle Public Library Foundation to honor civic leader Stimson Bullitt.

The fourth annual Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship seeks essays that explore civic courage. Essays may be submitted online through 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2017. For full contest rules, click here.

Three scholarships will be awarded: the author of the winning essay will receive $5,000, and the authors of the two second-place essays will each receive $2,500.

The competition is open to high school seniors and college undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle. Participants must have a Library card issued by The Seattle Public Library.

Winners will be announced in June 2017, and winning essays will be added to the collection in the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at the Central Library. Blue ribbon scholarship judges include authors Sherman Alexie, Paula Becker, Jon Krakauer and Jonathan Raban.

The Library Foundation created the Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition to commemorate Bullitt’s dedication to the community and his appreciation of individuals who were willing to go against public opinion and take a stand to better the world.

“This civic courage essay contest is a most fitting tribute to his legacy,” says Jonna Ward, CEO of the Library Foundation. “Stim’s commitment and generosity helped build and sustain important Seattle institutions like the Seattle Parks Foundation, the Bullitt Foundation and the Library Foundation. We are happy to honor his contributions to the Seattle community.”

Bullitt, who died in 2009, was a lawyer, decorated soldier, outdoorsman, civil rights activist, developer, philanthropist, broadcaster, environmentalist and community leader in Seattle. He believed that courageous civic leadership could improve the lives of people in our community now and in the future.

Bullitt saw the Library as an institution that embodied his commitment to equality of opportunity for all. Through his significant bequest to the Library Foundation, his commitment lives on in programs, resources and opportunities at the Library.

For more information, call Megan Locatelli Hyska, communications and events coordinator for The Seattle Public Library Foundation at 206-413-7473 or Ask a Librarian.

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It’s a snow day in Ballard

February 6th, 2017 by Geeky Swedes

Ballard woke up to 1 or 2 inches of snow, and we may see a bit more before the day is over. “The worst of the snow is pretty much done,” explains KOMO’s Scott Sistek, adding that we’ll see scattered snow showers through the day.

Snowy Ballard #ballard #seattle #snow

A video posted by Matteo Balzani (@matteobalzani) on

To the delight of kids everywhere, Seattle Public Schools has announced that school is closed for today.

The roads in the neighborhood are passable, but slippery, and snow plows are operating today (map). Metro is running mostly on snow routes. Here’s a frequently-updating view of the Ballard Bridge:

Seattle City Light shows about 10,000 outages, some of them concentrated near Shoreline but none in the Ballard area at the moment (map). There are several dozen flights delayed at Sea-Tac Airport, resulting in long lines.

Photos from around the neighborhood…

Snow day in Ballard. To the right, Shilshole Bay #seattle #snowday #seattlelife

A photo posted by Joyce (@auntlefty1) on

So much snow! #ballardbridge #ballard #seattle #snow #xtratufboots #alaskasneakers

A photo posted by Kristan Liechti (@stanthewoman) on

Snow day at the #tugboatfactory #westerntowboat #snow #ballard #tuglife #tugboatsdaily #loves_boats #tugboats

A photo posted by Russell Shrewsbury (@rshrew) on

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What’s on this weekend

February 3rd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Have a fantastic weekend in the neighborhood!

FRIDAY, February 3

  • Live Music
    • Kareem Kandi Group at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 9 p.m. $10 cover.
    • KEXP Presents: Two nights with Lydia Loveless, Angelica Garcia and Fredd Luongo at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15.

SATURDAY,February 4

  • Kids Arts and Craft Class at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. There is a suggested $5 donation and the event is open to everyone.
  • Live Music
    • KEXP Presents: Two nights with Lydia Loveless, Angelica Garcia and Fredd Luongo at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • Market St. Dixieland Jazz Band at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. $10 cover. Jazz Vocalist Nikki Dee at 9 p.m. $10 cover.

SUNDAY, February 5

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Otter pups receive first veterinary exam at WPZ

February 3rd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Four Asian small-clawed otters born at Woodland Park Zoo received their first veterinary examination today. The zoo’s animal health team assessed their overall health, measured and weighed the pups, and administered vaccinations.

The wellness exam is a part of Woodland Park Zoo’s exemplary animal care program. The exam revealed the pups to be three males and one female. They currently weigh between 0.6 to 0.7 kilograms (1.3 to 1.5 pounds).

Dr. Darin Collins, Woodland Park Zoo’s director of animal health, gave the pups a clean bill of health. “We’re pleased to report all four pups are robust and healthy. They have fully round bellies and are within normal growth range at this age,” said Collins. “All pups have healthy appetites, are gaining increased mobility and are socializing with their family members, all good signs they’re thriving.”

The pups were born December 9 at Woodland Park Zoo to 7-year-old mother Teratai (pronounced tear-a-tie) and 11-year-old father Guntur (pronounced goon-toor). The birth represents the third litter for the parents.

The new pups currently live off view in a maternity den with their parents and three older sisters. Raising otter pups is a family affair—the whole family plays a role in raising the pups. Mom nurses the newborns, and dad and older siblings provide supportive care. Occasionally, the adults go outdoors for short periods in the public exhibit but primarily spend their time indoors to focus on caring for the pups.

Pat Owen, a collection manager at Woodland Park Zoo, said, “The pups are exploring their surroundings, pouncing and chewing—the first signs of playing. They’re very similar to puppies at this age. They mostly eat and sleep but will start running and chasing each other fairly soon.”

The parents and sisters will soon teach the pups how to swim in the safety of a shallow tub. After they master the tub, the pups will be given access to the outdoor exhibit where they will learn how to dive a few inches deep in the large pool, with their family keeping a close watch. “The pups will make their debut to zoo-goers when we’re confident they can swim and safely navigate the outdoor exhibit. This could potentially happen by early March,” said Owen.

Otter fans interested in receiving updates on the pups, other animal and conservation news, upcoming events and special offers, can sign up for MyZooNews at http://zoo.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=595a55739611c1b9dcbe0024b&id=6076528c4b&e=9e8b2e11ef.

Zoo winter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Click here to find out more information.

Photo courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo.

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Nearby News: Temporary traffic impacts for Magnolia Bridge next week

February 2nd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT is advising local travelers that crews will be doing work on the Magnolia Bridge as part of continuing assessment of the safe load capacity of the bridge.

Travelers can expect the following impact on traffic:

On Tuesday, February 7:

  • Closure of the westbound curb lane on the bridge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Wednesday, February 8:

  • Closure of the westbound curb lane on the bridge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Intermittent traffic stops on the bridge for a few minutes at a time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Sidewalk, bus stops, and marina access will remain open throughout the work.

SDOT appreciates the public’s patience during this work.

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Development Update February 2: Applications, decisions and appeals

February 2nd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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

Revised Application:

6416 15th Ave NW

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A revised Council Land Use Action application has been submitted to rezone 15,000 sq. ft. of land from Neighborhood Commercial 3 with a pedestrian overlay and 40 ft. height limit (NC3P-40′) to Neighborhood Commercial 3 with a pedestrian overlay and 65 ft. height limit (NC 3P-65′) and to allow a 6-story structure containing 74 residential units above retail and one live-work unit. Parking for 34 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structure to be demolished.

Decisions:

2000 NW 61st St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into six unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6480449. 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. Environmental Review conducted under Project #3020564.

2636 NW 58th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,997 sq. ft. and B) 2,000 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

Appeals:

13265 3rd Ave NW

An Appeal Hearing Notice has been released for a Land Use Application that was submitted to allow a new single family residence. Parking for one vehicle to be provided.

The Appeal Hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9 a.m. at the Office of Hearing Examiner, Room 4000, 700 5th Ave, Seattle Municipal Tower, 40th Floor.

9500 9th Ave NW

An Appeal Hearing Notice has been released for a Land Use Application to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land in an environmentally critical area. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 6,809 sq. ft. and B) 2,299 sq. ft. Existing structures to remain.

The Appeal Hearing will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 9 a.m. at the Office of Hearing Examiner, Room 4000, 700 5th Ave, Seattle Municipal Tower, 40th Floor.

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City launches “Your Voice, Your Choice” to hear local funding feedback for streets and parks

February 1st, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Your Voice, Your Choice is a process by which Seattle residents decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget. This year’s initiative will focus on Parks and Streets.

This means that locals will help to decide how to spend $2,000,000 of the City budget on small-scale improvements to streets and parks in local neighborhoods.

Small-scale improvements can include:

  • Any physical project up to $90,000
  • Street projects might include traffic calming (traffic circles, median islands, speed feedback signs, etc.) or short segments of sidewalk construction (less than 100 feet, or one third of a block)
  • Parks projects might include accessibility improvements, trail/path maintenance and upgrades, park benches or tables, natural area renovations, minor playground improvements

The four key steps to this participatory budgeting process will include:

  1. Idea Collection (February 2017)
  2. Project Development (March – April 2017)
  3. Voting (June 2017)
  4. Fund & Implement (2018)

Do you have a fantastic idea for a project in Ballard? Click here to submit your thoughts.

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Seattle City Council seeks volunteers for new Community Involvement Commission

February 1st, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Mayor Edward Murray and Seattle City Council are seeking community members to serve on the City’s new Community Involvement Commission (CIC). Created by Executive Order 2016-06 and established by ordinance last November, this Commission will advise the City on policies and strategies to advance equitable public engagement and civic participation.

“This new commission will guide the City’s efforts to create policies and initiatives that are more inclusive for residents. If Seattle is to become a more equitable place for all, we must bring more voices at the table to ensure that we are representative of Seattle’s diversity,” says Mayor Ed Murray.

The 16-member commission was created by an Executive Order issued by Mayor Murray to advise the City on priorities, policies, and strategies related to equitable civic engagement and public participation in City decision-making processes. It will also provide feedback on the development of City departments’ community involvement plans.

“The Community Involvement Commission will provide an opportunity for residents across Seattle to weigh in on the most effective ways to engage in the political process,” says Councilmember Tim Burgess. “City government is most effective when we include a diverse array of experiences and prioritize equitable representation and inclusion in our decision-making processes.”

The Board will be composed of 16 members – seven appointed by City Council (by Council District) and seven appointed by the Mayor with one of his appointments reserved for a young adult through the Get Engaged program. The final two members will be selected by the Commission once established. All the appointments are subject to City Council confirmation.

Initially, the Commission will meet monthly at Seattle City Hall. Commissioners will serve without compensation and must commit approximately 3-6 hours per month to Commission business.

If you are interested in being considered, complete the online application by Wednesday, March 1 by 5 p.m. If you cannot submit the application online, contact Seattle Department of Neighborhoods at 206-684-0464 and an application will be mailed to you or you can pick one up at its office (Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, 4th floor) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

If mailing the application, it must be postmarked by March 1.

Mail it to:
Tom Van Bronkhorst, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA, 98124-4649.

For more information or questions, contact Tom Van Bronkhorst at (206) 233-3954 or email NewDON@seattle.gov. You can also learn more about the Community Involvement Commission on our website.

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Residential burglar arrested in Ballard

January 31st, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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.

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