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November 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Seattle firefighters are putting out a galley fire aboard a 110-foot fishing trawler in Ballard this morning.
Firefighters were dispatched to the 600 block of Northwest 41st Street around 10:15, said Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. The crew made it off safely and there were no reported injuries.
Moore said people should expect heavy smoke in the Ballard area for a few hours. He said it often takes a long time to put out ship fires because firefighters are battling flames inside a “huge steel structure.”
October 8, 2013 at 7:02 AM
Yet another stabbing: This time a Seattle man was stabbed while at a resort in Port Townsend. And a 16-year-old girl was stabbed in Rainier Valley yesterday. See our latest story on the fatal stabbing of the JBLM soldier near the base over the weekend.
What should Microsoft’s next CEO look like? Current CEO Ballmer is slated to retire in the next year of so. We take a look at what pundits say about possible candidates.
Beaver outside Ballard tavern: Our community news partner My Ballard writes that the beaver, found Sunday outside the Sloop Tavern, was injured, who knows how. Seattle Animal Control was called, and the critter was taken to PAWS for treatment. No word on the animal’s condition.
We’re wondering what progress police are making in the investigation into the shooting death of the woman whose body was found on the popular Burke-Gilman Trail in North Seattle last week. Police have said she was not randomly targeted.
The death of the man whose body was found over the weekend in a Lynnwood park wasn’t the result of foul play, authorities say.
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June 14, 2013 at 7:42 PM
A small engine fire broke out on a ferry in Puget Sound on Friday evening, scaring but not injuring the 156 people aboard.
The Victoria Clipper was returning from a whale-watching day trip to Friday Harbor when the fire began at about 7 p.m., passengers said.
The crew sealed off the engine compartment to prevent any chance of the fire spreading.
“They had it all under control,” said passenger Diane Hansen.
The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department.
Although the ship was due to return to where it originated in downtown Seattle, the fire forced it to dock at Ballard’s Shilshole Marina at around 8 p.m.
Passengers were evacuated there while dozens of Seattle firefighters responded to the ship.
Rita Pagada, who is visiting from Florida, said she was relieved to be back on shore.
Another reason to be happy: Pagada said she’d seen a whale earlier in the day, a male orca.
April 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM
UPDATE 8:45 A.M. Tuesday | Ballard High School Principal Keven Wynkoop said Monday’s decision to “Shelter in Place” at the school came after a neighbor reported seeing “some kind of gun” being stuffed into the waistband of someone behind the school during the lunch break.
The witness gave a description of the person and the vehicle he had come from. Seattle police officers and school security officers recovered a pellet gun from one student, and the matter was turned over to school officials for discipline.
Students and faculty members at Ballard High School were “sheltered in place” at midday Monday after a report that a person was seen with a gun along Northwest 67th Street near the school.
A call came at 12:54 p.m. after a parent reported seeing a young man with a gun. It was not immediately known if the person was a student, according to Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt.
Shortly after 1 p.m., Witt said officers were at the scene and reported that no one has been injured and no shots were reported fired. The incident remains under investigation.
April 8, 2013 at 5:56 AM
A fire blamed on unattended candles forced the evacuation of a 10-unit apartment complex in Ballard early today, sending a woman to the hospital with second-degree burns.
Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said the woman, in her 50s. woke up to see flames in her apartment about 4:30 a.m. She ran out of her apartment, then went back in and rescued her dog.
Moore said it wasn’t clear whether the woman, who had burns on her head and was taken to Harborview Medical Center, was hurt before she left the apartment the first time, or when she went back in to get her dog. The fire was largely confined to her unit in the one-story complex in the 2300 block of Northwest 62nd Street..
Damage was estimated at $150,000 to her apartment, $50,000 to its contents, and $10,000 to the exterior of an apartment facing hers.
February 6, 2013 at 9:41 PM
The Associated Press
SEATTLE — Workers using a tower crane to build a 304-unit apartment complex in Seattle have run into a complication: two raccoons climbed 150 feet up the crane and made a home behind the crane’s cab.
KING-TV reports that the raccoons have temporarily brought the giant machine to a halt.
A crane operator spotted the new residents while ascending the tower Wednesday. The general contractor, Rafn Company, called in experts who are trying to catch the critters with humane traps.
Project superintendent John Kellberg says this is a first for him.
The apartment complex in the city’s Ballard neighborhood is due to open in the summer of 2014. KING reports that neighbors say large raccoons are common in Ballard.
February 2, 2013 at 5:54 PM
Eighteen staff members from Ballard High School have joined a boycott of the Measures of Academic Progress, the exams Seattle schools are required to give 2-3 times a year.
More teachers and instructional assistants may join next week, said Ballard science teacher Noam Gundle. The petition to join the boycott hadn’t been circulated yet to all staff, he said.
The ninth-graders at Ballard who were supposed to take the MAP this winter have already done so, which means the teachers’ stance won’t affect testing at that school until spring. But teachers wanted to stand with their colleagues at three other schools, saying they won’t administer the tests or send students to take them, Gundle said.
Ballard is the fourth school to join the boycott, which started at Garfield High last month. Nearly all Garfield teachers are participating. Eleven staff members at ORCA K-8, an alternative school, and 32 at Chief Sealth High also are participating. Teachers at many other schools have signed letters of support, as have parent and educator groups throughout the nation.
Seattle School Superintendent Jose Banda has not yet decided what to do if the protesting teachers don’t let their students take the exams by the Feb. 22 deadline, but he has told them they could face discipline.
Here is the full text of what the Ballard teachers signed:
“We, the undersigned educators are professionals who know how students learn and what they need from our daily experiences with them in the classroom and our years of expertise in education. We believe the MAP test is a waste of students’ class time. We believe in real learning opportunities. Assessments are helpful, but the MAP test is not connected to what we teach, is not connected to our standards and has little benefit to students or student learning. It provides little useful data and is not taken seriously by our students. The MAP test also consumes unsupportable labor, time, hardware, software, and financial resources.
At this time, we believe the test should end. We will no longer agree to support the test and we will no longer send our students to be tested. We join with our colleagues at numerous other Seattle Schools who refuse to the give the test, parents who are frustrated with the loss of learning time and students who dislike the test because the test assumes that all students learn the same way. We believe that education is a fundamental right of students and they deserve only the best. ”
September 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Executive director Mark Hendricks has been in Ballard for 25 years, according to the blog.
Folks opposed to the move now have a Facebook page and have scheduled a community rally today at 5:30 p.m. at the Ballard Baptist Church across 20th Avenue Northwest from the Ballard Boys & Girls Club.
Calvin Lyons, the head of the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, told My Ballard that the move is to put management strengths where they are needed.
From the My Ballard blog:
“There’s so much more he wants to do here,” board member Diane Larson said. “He doesn’t want to go.” She said (last) Friday’s meeting (with Lyons and the Ballard board) was the “fight of our lives to save him,” but Lyons told us the transfer is moving ahead, effective on Monday with a 30-day transition period.
Comments on the blog post range from grief to outrage.
August 27, 2012 at 10:47 PM
UPDATE AT 11:44 A.M. TUESDAY: Fire investigators have determined the fire was caused by an overheated electrical system in a locked minivan. The cause is being ruled as accidental.
A loud car explosion alarmed Ballard residents and businesses near the 2200 block of Northwest 58th Street Monday just before 10 p.m.
Emergency personnel were dispatched at 9:47 p.m. to the blaze. A QFC employee across the street said customers came in alarmed at what they had just seen and heard, and that smoke from the explosion was coming into the grocery store.
The car fire also spread to the outside of a nearby four-story building, causing about $5,000 in damage, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. Moore said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
According to emergency scanner traffic, one citizen reported hearing an argument between a couple of men before the explosion and someone yelling, “Don’t! Don’t!”
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August 23, 2012 at 10:50 PM
An 83-year-old man was rushed to Harborview Medical Center with serious respiration injuries after a fire engulfed a home in Seattle’s Crown Hill neighborhood Thursday night, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
Firefighters initially thought no one was inside the home at the 8500 block of 12th Avenue Northwest when it caught fire just before 10 p.m., but then found the man unconscious in a bathroom, according to emergency scanner traffic. He had no pulse, and his airways were blackened from smoke inhalation.
The man was found 17 minutes after firefighters knocked down the blaze that engulfed the front of the one-story home from basement to attic, said Lt. Sue Stangl.
Emergency personnel were able to rush him to Harborview, where he is in critical condition.
Neighbors told MyBallard that an older couple has lived in the home for several decades.
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