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Monday, December 9, 2013 -- 11:30 am Ballard wrestlers win Chief Sealth invitational MyBallard - By Bucky Beaver Ballard High School's wrestling team competed against seven other high schools in the Chief Sealth Invitational wrestling tournament this past Friday in West Seattle and came away with their first meet win in over a decade. Ballard sent 10 wrestlers to the meet and seven of them placed: Sophomore Elliott Bailey placed […]Read more...
Monday, December 9, 2013 -- 10:14 am Speakers warn BHS students of DUI dangers Ballard News Tribune - December 5, four speakers shared their experiences and warned of the dangers of driving under the influence. Over 500 students were in attendance at the Ballard High School auditorium, which only amounted to a around half of the entire enrollment.Four speakers shared their stories.
The first speaker was local mother, Kelly Jones, who told the tragic story of losing her son, Kellen, in a car accident that claimed the lives of two others, Spencer Millard and Mike Turner, in 2010. She showed intimate pictures and revealed the deep sense of loss that follows accidents.
Jone's said that students have an obligation to friends and family members to drive and ride responsibly. She told students they could spread the word by tweeting #driveandrideresponsibly and also connecting to the campaign's Facebook page.
The other three speakers shared the same incident, though from different perspectives. UW's football tight end, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, plead guilty to drunk driving earlier this year. He spoke to students and was joined by his attorney, Bill Hicks, and the arresting officer, SPD's Eric Michl,
Michl told the students about the process of arresting and obtaining evidence from DUI suspects. He discussed breathalyzers and bloods tests and how students need to think about their actions.
"Early prevention is probably the best thing we can do to stop this from happening. We have to be mindful before we put the key in the ignition. ...The first thing that leaves you when you're drinking or using drugs is your judgment, its the very first thing that flies out the window." said Michl.
Hicks spoke next, and he warned of the stringent legal implications of driving under the influence. He explained that the total monetary costs and jail time are implications that happen only if a suspect is "lucky" they are not killed.
"I am a DUI lawyer...and what I'm asking from all of you today is to put guys like me out of business and force us to make a career change, but the only way you do it is by making smarter decisions," said Hicks.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, spoke last and told the story of his DUI incident and the shame he felt for letting so many people down.
"I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't think it was going to make an impact. ...This whole thing has opened my eyes and given me a bigger perspective," said Seferian-Jenkins.
Seferian-Jenkins was arrested in the Ravenna area after being involved in a single car accident. He plead guilty to a drunk driving and was fined $695 and sentenced to 5 years probation. He registered a blood-alcohol level of .18 percent.
A graduate of Gig Harbor High School, Seferian-Jenkins is 6-foot-6 and holds many records for tight end at UW. He has been projected to be future first-round NFL Draft pick.
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Monday, December 9, 2013 -- 9:59 am Ballard Crime Watch: Burglars a plenty Ballard News Tribune - Foiled burglary attempt, suspect also witness
Nov. 30 at the 3 block of NW 75th St., officers responded to a reported interrupted burglary attempt. Officers met the victims in front of their garage. They reported that they heard trashcans moved and went outside to find a suspect walking away. As the suspect fled they called out to him and he said that he had not seen anybody and kept moving. The victims found a broken padlock off the door of their garage. The suspect did not make entry and nothing was missing.
Door withstands burglary, suspects spooked
Nov. 25 at 8:44 a.m. on the 6500 block of 15th Ave. N.W., officers responded to an attempted burglary report at Belay Apartments. Two suspects attempted to use a "window-punch" to break through a glass pane. Security footage shows that the apparent "lookout suspect" saw something that "spooked" him and detoured them from going further with the break-in. One suspect was wearing designer camouflage pants and with a matching hat, with a trimmed beard and black hooded sweatshirt. The suspects damaged a double-sided door.
Burglar gains entry, lamps suffer
At 10:53 p.m. on Nov. 23, officers responded to an alarm at a residence on the 7300 block of 18th Ave. N.W. Officers found a back sliding door slightly opened. They announced themselves and entered to find no one there. They saw a broken lamp knocked off a dresser. They went upstairs to find the rom rifled through with drawers pulled out and items on the floor. Another lamp had been swiped off a dresser. The victim's daughter arrived and she could not be sure that anything had been stolen. She explained that her parents were in Centralia, WA. She confirmed that the room had indeed been rummaged through and that the lamps had been broken. Her parents claimed to have had locked all doors before they had gone. Officers saw no sign of forced entry.
Door withstands burglary with minor dings
Nov 23, at 9 p.m. officers responded to an attempted burglary. A victim flagged officers down on the 7300 block of 18th Ave N.W. Two female residents showed officers their dented door and dead bolt. The doorframe had visible marks and was cracked, indicating someone had tried to pry the door open. The burglar did not manage to get the door open and nothing was stolen.
Bicycle stolen from storage unit
Nov. 22, at 7:38 a.m. officers arrived at a residence on 6500 block of 15th Ave., where there was a report of a stolen bicycle. The victim had placed his bicycle in a storage area with no personal lock. The storage area consisted of a metal gate that enclosed a space.
There was no sign of forced entry, however the officers noted that the suspect could have climbed over the gate to gain access. Other routes of access were for residents to simply ask management for a security card to the gated area. The building has security cameras but officers were unable to obtain the footage. Fingerprints were also unattainable, as there was ice on the gate. GA_googleAddSlot("ca-pub-4956Read more...
Monday, December 9, 2013 -- 9:53 am Ballard to Downtown light rail options presented for feedback Ballard News Tribune - Back in April of 2012, the Seattle City Council took on the Transit Master Plan (TMP). Sound Transit and the City of Seattle joined forces to conduct the study that will eventually improve the plan to build rail transit. The plan has an overall goal of connecting communities in Seattle. Ballard to Downtown Seattle corridor is the first one
Last June, eight preliminary corridor plans were shared with the public at a second open house. According to Sound Transit, 1,350 citizens showed up to deliver feedback on corridor options. Since then, the project team reviewed the feedback and narrowed the corridor plans to five.
According to Bruce Gray, spokesperson for Sound Transit, ultimately the feedback packets will help the project team determine which of the five corridors is the best fit for citizens living Downtown all the way up to Ballard.The feedback will show how the project fits with Sound Transit's Long Range Plan, which also affects
implementation of the City of Seattle's Transit Master Plan.
"The feedback has made a huge difference. Some of these options weren't on the table when we started a year ago. There were things that we weren't looking at very seriously, like for one thing we weren't considering a 100 percent tunnel route to the stations in lower and upper Queen Anne then going to Fremont and Ballard. So the feedback we received throughout the process has gone a long way to narrow things down and on end it
has gone a long way to expand the thinking of the team," said Gray
"Ballard to downtown is one of nine corridors we are updating the long range plan for. This one has generated the most interest of the corridor studies that we have going on and that makes a big difference to the board and to the Seattle officials that are on the board."
As of September, the INRIX Traffic Scorecard Annual Report places Seattle as the 8th most congested U.S. city. Seattle drivers waste an average of 36.9 hours waiting in traffic. Yet, traffic levels appear to be declining, showing an 11% drop from a measurement taken in 2012. Adding rail from Ballard to Downtown would ease traffic and riders could experience 15 minute rides from Ballard to Downtown during rush hour.
Of the five corridor plans there are different options like full underground tunnels, moveable bridges, elevated rails and exclusive roadway lanes. Out of the all the corridor plans one received a lot of attention from citizens, Corridor D. The D plan is a backward "S" shape and fully underground tunnel that has stations in Downtown, Belltown, Queen Anne, Fremont, and Ballard. This plan would be the closest to a typical subway and has the least amount of disruption to other modes of transit already operating. Plus, it would have the capacity to service up to 30 thousand passengers daily. However, it is also tied with Corridor A as the most expenRead more...
Monday, December 9, 2013 -- 6:43 am Meet the Districts Crosscut.com - ... Capitol Hill constituency, and Sawant received intense support in neighborhoods from Rainier Valley to inner Ballard. The 2013 election also changed the election map, giving us an emerging picture of the city's new power structure: districts. The ...Read more...
Saturday, December 7, 2013 -- 12:04 pm Green Ambrosia now Grow Ambrosia Ballard News Tribune - One of the few remaining cannabis collective in Ballard closed last week. Green Ambrosia, the medical marijuana store on 15th Avenue N.W. is shutting its doors while they rethink their business plan.
One of the store's owners, Dante Jones, said he is staying in the industry but refocusing what he will be doing.
"Oh, I'm just as busy as I was before, I don't get to go home when I want to," said Jones.
Jones, who has a background in technology and marketing, is originally from California but grew up in Seattle.
Jones said he has closed his MMJ shop after being a collective for two and a half years, one of which was in Ballard. Jones said he and his partners are now opening a hydroponic equipment retailer and servicer.
The store will be named Grow Ambrosia, and will be opening in a few weeks.
Jones said what spurred the closure was the zoning for all three types of licenses declared by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB). Jones is in the process of applying for a grower/processor license.
"I am way outside the zone for all three licenses and that means we need to look elsewhere, however we can still sell the supplies for production engineering and offer consultation to private and recreational growers."
Jones said he would be modeling his business on the Microsoft and Sysco software business plan, where consumers not only are paying for their equipment but also the service they will provide.
"We have a proven track record of being successful in growing cannabis and with insight in design and production engineering we can offer our customers something unique."
Jones and the Green Ambrosia crew plan to implement their production skills in not only the equipment sales and consulting, but also in cannabis products. Contingent on obtaining a grower processor license, Jones said they plan on finding a commercial kitchen and producing the edible delights their patients had come to love.
One of these products is known as Glory - O, a peanut butter cup within a cookie. Another is the "Wow Bar." Jones said that the "Wow" in the name came from the affects of the potent chocolate caramel "medible."
If Jones and his crew get their license they plan to specialize in three cannabis strains: Fire Crotch, Tahuya and Frankenstein used for producing the infused products.
According to the WSLCB website, the closing day for applications recreational licenses is Dec. 17th. Since the application phase opened earlier in Nov., the control board has seen over 800 applicants. 200 of that were applications for retail licenses.
Although the number of grower/processor licenses has yet to be announced, the Control Board will only be issuing 334 retail licenses. If an individual receives a retail license they are not eligible for a grower/processor and vice versa.
Jones is hoping for the grower/processor licensed.
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Saturday, December 7, 2013 -- 11:40 am 'Leave This Old Bitch Alone' The Stranger - Okay, Seattle (I'm talking to you especially, Ballard): Enough with the merchants and others who want our money being SO NICE AND FRIENDLY to us seniors , when the rest of the known universe looks down their noses or looks away at shades of gray. ...Read more...
Saturday, December 7, 2013 -- 6:19 am The Worm | Ready to dive into some frigid fun? Wenatchee World - ... the most money I've ever received at one time," laughed the 28-year-old Eastmont High School grad, who now lives in Ballard and works as a program assistant at Bellevue Community College. "It was pretty exciting." Walker appeared on the show at the ...Read more...
Friday, December 6, 2013 -- 3:09 pm What's on this weekend MyBallard - It is the weekend and once again there are many exciting things happening in our neighborhood. Enjoy your weekend in Ballard! Friday, December 6: Artist Holiday Studio Tour at Blowing Sands Glass (5805 14th Ave NW) at 5 p.m. The Sampling is a free, self-guided tour offering holiday shoppers a relaxed and intimate opportunity to […]Read more...
Friday, December 6, 2013 -- 2:15 pm Salish Sea Trading Co-op set to host end of season debreifing this Saturday MyBallard - Ballard's Salish Sea Trading Co-op are extending an open invitation to locals to attend the end-of-season debriefing at Toast Ballard (5615 24th Ave NW) this Saturday, December 7th, from 12 – 2 p.m. The debriefing will discuss what went well, where could be improved, and strategic planning and development for the co-op. Check out the agenda below: 2013 season […]Read more...
Friday, December 6, 2013 -- 12:39 pm Downtown traffic warnings for this weekend Ballard News Tribune - This weekend there is a deluge of activity happening downtown that will affect many routes.
SDOT released a traffic advisory report that lists all the events and closures, and advises motorists to be aware and anticipate traffic delays in the downtown area.
Here are a few that will be drawing crowds:
Friday, Dec. 6 the annual Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition will take place at Westlake Plaza area in downtown Seattle and according to SDOT, draws at least 9,000 people. Also, Seattle Center is hosting Pearl Jam's Nails Concert, which should pull 10,000 fans to the Key Arena. Moreover, the Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker performances and the Urban Craft Uprising, as well as numerous Winterfest events will be happening at the Armory Stage and South Court of the Seattle Center.
Sunday Dec. 8, the Annual Jingle Bell Run and Walk for Arthritis will close I-5 Express Lanes and streets in downtown Seattle. The event starts and ends on Pine Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues and 12,000 participants will be in attendance. SDOT forecasted the event's two routes:
Kids route: Starts at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street; heads south on Fifth to Spring Street; makes a u-turn and goes north on Fifth to Pike Street; east on Pike to Sixth Avenue; north on Sixth to finish at Pine Street.
5K route: Starts at fifth Avenue and Pine Street; moves south on Fifth to the Columbia Street on-ramp to the I-5 Express Lanes; goes north on the Express Lanes to approximately Mercer Street; makes a u-turn and heads south on the Express Lanes; exits I-5 at Ninth and Pike Street; then north on Ninth to Pine Street; west on Pine to finish at Sixth Avenue.
On top of all the events, late Friday evening (midnight) the Mercer Corridor Project will close streets between I-5 and Aurora until early Monday morning. This includes, SR 99( between Valley Street and the southern end of the Battery Street Tunnel) and eastbound Mercer Street. Motorists traveling through Seattle on SR-99 will be redirected to I-5 at two points: 85th Street (North) and E Marginal Way and Spokane Street (South). More info is available at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercercorridor.htm.
SDOT has provided a concise schedule/guide below:
Friday, December 6
Pacific Northwest Ballet -Nutcracker: 12 noon - 2 p.m.; 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
2,000 attending in afternoon and 2,900 attending in evening
Expect heavier traffic than usual on Mercer Street as students arrive and depart.
27th Annual Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition: 5:45 - 9 p.m.
Westlake Center Plaza and surrounding sidewalks
Streets closed from 5:45 - 9 p.m.: Pine Street between Third and Seventh avenues, and Fifth Avenue between Olive Way and Pike Street.
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Friday, December 6, 2013 -- 12:32 pm Volunteer drivers needed to support aging residents in Phinney Ridge MyBallard - The Phinney Neighborhood Association is on the lookout for volunteer drivers to assist aging residents who are part of their PNA Village program. The program is run by a group of locals who are dedicated to supporting people in the Phinney-Greenwood area who choose to stay in their homes and neighborhoods while staying active and […]Read more...
Thursday, December 5, 2013 -- 9:32 pm Indies First campaign comes to Ballard Ballard News Tribune - Saturday, Nov. 30 celebrated Small Business Saturday with the addition of poet and novelist Sherman Alexie's newly founded Indies First Day.
The day is the book-selling community's response to Small Business Saturday, focused on bringing attention to independent bookstores and publishers after the flurry of Black Friday.
Alexie made the announcement on Twitter, asking for "gorgeous book nerds" to pitch in and help sell books with local stores. According to NPR, he received over 1000 responses, which translates to employees, volunteers, shoppers and authors coming out to show their support.
The campaign happened all over Seattle, with Alexie stopping into five Seattle book stores, one being Secret Garden in Ballard.
Christy MacDonald, owner of Secret Garden Books, said that they got on the list of five because Suzanne Perry, Secret Garden's Event's Coordinator, acted quickly on Twitter.
To share in the campaign and book sale; Ballard authors, Jaime Temairik and Kim Baker, spoke with readers and picked out some of their own favorite books.
Other authors like Kristin Halbrook, Bonnie Becker, and best selling children's author, Peter Brown helped out with the sale.
The day was not complete without the founder of Indies First Day, Sherman Alexie, dropping in to sell some of his favorite books.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 -- 8:50 pm Ballard Gives Black makes a big difference Ballard News Tribune - Last Friday, Nov. 29 was Black Friday, and while many corporate businesses all over the nation were reaping profits en masse, Ballard businesses were tucking way portions of their sales for local non-profits.
Christy MacDonald, owner of Secret Garden Books, said she will be donating portions of her Black Friday sales to Page Ahead Children's Literacy, a non-profit that has provided books and literacy services to more than 650 thousand at-risk children in Washington since 1990.
According to the Ballard Chamber of Commerce, when shoppers buy locally, three times the revenue remains in your community and non-profit organizations receive an average of 250 percent more support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.
Something like the Give Black program started last year with Market Street Shoes giving a portion of Black Friday sales to a local non-profit. The campaign now has spread to 18 merchants participating.
Here is a list of all the non-profits receiving funds from Ballard Gives Black:
Soulumination, Seattle Animal Shelter, Cancer Lifeline, Childhaven, Ballard Boys and Girls Club, Bristol Bay United, Page Ahead Children's Literacy, Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Response Fund, Ballard Food Bank, Heroes for the Homeless, Dress For Success and United Way.
The Ballard News Tribune caught up with MacDonald on Black Friday.
"Its been very steady. We've never had much of a day with Black Friday, but we've been busy," said MacDonald.
"At this merchant meeting several months ago we were trying to imagine what a holiday program would look like in Ballard and someone just turned 'Black Friday' on its ear and said, 'Ballard Gives Black,' and we all went, 'Yes!"
The bigger picture, explained MacDonald, is that there has been a steady following from Ballard Merchants Association, which is now folded in with the Ballard Chamber.
"The coolest part about this is now for a year there has been a regular merchants meeting on the first Wednesday of every month. People have been coming to meetings and pitching in, sharing the work and funds, and it has really come together," said MacDonald.
The merchants came together and organized the Ballard Gives Black event, where each merchant had a choice in how much to give and which non-profit to give to.
"It's Ballard and we are all independent businesses and no one wants to march to the same drummer, but we do like marching together and being a colorful parade," said MacDonald. GA_googleAddSlot("ca-pub-4956332358238235", "ballard_story_text_region_slot_2");GA_googleFillSlot("ballard_story_text_region_slot_2");
Thursday, December 5, 2013 -- 5:23 pm Huskies player Austin Seferian-Jenkins speaks at BHS about the dangers of DUI MyBallard - Today was a memorable day for the over 500 students who filled Ballard High School auditorium to hear UW Huskies' tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and group of community members speak about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The assembly was a moving event that allowed all audience members to grasp the dire […]Read more...