Ballard businesses, organizations concerned over lack of police presence on local waterways

A number of local businesses and organizations are voicing concerns over the decrease in Seattle Harbor Patrol, which they say has led to an increase in crime and boating accidents along the Ship Canal, Lake Union, and Lake Washington. A coalition of businesses, governmental agencies, nonprofits, and recreational boating organizations voiced their concerns in a […]

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Ballard SeafoodFest canceled for 2021

The Ballard SeafoodFest’s mini-festival “Off the Hook” has been canceled due to a number of factors, including new concerns around the Delta variant. The Ballard Alliance, which organizes the SeafoodFest each year, had been planning on hosting a smaller festival for this September. However, the latest concerns over the Delta variant of COVID-19 led the […]

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Virtual Run Like a Viking fundraiser starts in August to benefit National Nordic Museum

The National Nordic Museum’s annual Run Like a Viking fundraiser is back again in a virtual format, happening for the entire month of August. The virtual race starts on August 1, and participants can choose their own distances: Either 5k, 10k, or a half-marathon. Racers can choose to join a team or sign up as […]

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Man hospitalized after Magnolia park shooting

Seattle Police are investigating a shooting in Magnolia on Thursday afternoon. According to the Seattle Police Department, a 21-year-old man was shot near Ella Bailey Park just after midday on Thursday. Police say that park-goers heard shots near the intersection of 27th Ave W and West Smith Street in Magnolia. By the time police arrived, […]

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Spin plans to fix error that makes scooters alarm riders on the Burke-Gilman Trail

Spin, the latest scooter-share company to launch in Seattle, has discovered a substantial glitch in their software: The smart-scooter’s AI can’t tell the difference between the Burke-Gilman Trail and a city sidewalk. One local rider—who also happens to be Geek Wire co-founder Todd Bishop—complained to Spin on Twitter after hearing constant alarm chirping while riding […]

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Ballard businesses adapting to Delta variant with mask requirements and proof of vaccination for entry

A number of local businesses are now reinstating mask requirements for patrons after King County and the CDC this week recommended that even vaccinated individuals should mask up to slow the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant. Gov. Jay Inslee announced yesterday that Washington will follow current CDC guidance in recommending that folks—vaccinated or […]

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Virtual workshops to help residents apply for city funding for local projects

The city is gearing up for the next round of funding for neighborhood projects, and they’re holding workshops to help residents with the application process. The Seattle Department of Transportation will be hosting two upcoming virtual workshops for those interested in applying to the Neighborhood Matching Fund. Each workshop provides an overview of the Neighborhood […]

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Yonder and Bale Breaker auctioning off painting to raise money for Ballard Food Bank

Yonder Cider and Bale Breaker Brewing Co. are auctioning off a narboo painting to help raise money for the Ballard Food Bank. The mural will be recognizable for former Populuxe fans: The narboo painting was prominently displayed at the now-closed Populuxe Brewing taproom, which will be the eventual new home for Yonder and Bale Breaker. […]

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Artists calling for community submissions for Ship Canal public art installation

Two local artists are calling for public contributions for their public art installation at the Fremont Ship Canal Water Quality project site. The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and Seattle Public Utilities have commissioned several artists for an art program called FLOW to help beautify the many Ship Canal Water Quality project sites around […]

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Wizard-themed pub The Splintered Wand to open soon

After years of waiting, the public will finally get to experience the wonder that is the wizard-themed pub The Splintered Wand, along with its wand shop and event space. From the outside, the three-story brick building at 5135 Ballard Ave NW is no different than any of the other buildings in Old Ballard. The building […]

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Unfounded report of a train fire sparks large firefighter response along Shilshole

1:57 pm: Seattle Fire says they responded to a possible fire on a BNSF train, but no fire was found. “It is likely the brakes had overheated causing initial concern,” Seattle Fire said. The response has been canceled. 1:50 pm: And they changed the dispatch location a third time to 6701 Seaview Ave. NW. Among […]

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