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Pete Knutson of Loki Fish Company setting a gill net aboard the Njord in the waters off West Point.

Loki Fish Company honored by Martha Stewart’s American Made Program

“We don't do anything special, we just take care of them.”

Pete Knutson, co-founder of Loki Fish Company speaks casually about his fishing practices, but how he handles his catch has garnered the respect and admiration of many Seattleites, as well as Martha Stewart’s American Made Program.

Knutson says the company’s aim is to keep the quality of the fish from the time it lands in their boat in a gill net to when it’s served on the table. Freshness, respect, scope are the foundation of their practices, and the quality of their products convey a message of stewardship, of independence and respect for the harvest. That message is being communicated beyond the farmers markets, small time purveyor shops and Fishermen’s Terminal where people find Loki Fish Co.

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Historic building ‘gem’ undergoes seismic retrofit

One of Ballard’s oldest buildings is more likely to still be standing after an earthquake because the owners have undergone a voluntary seismic retrofit with the help of King County.

The two-story building at 5101 Ballard Avenue is known as the Hansen Building, and until recently many Ballardites would recognize it as the at the location of Dock Street Brokers. The business operated there for the last 40 years. Dock Street Brokers recently sold.

The building was built in 1905 and was added to the U.S. Department of Interior National Register in 1976 as a building that adds to the Ballard Avenue Landmark District.

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Hansen Building in 1937 operated as the Ballard Hand Laundry.

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Photo by Peggy Sturdivant
Johnny Flores at Ballard Food Bank's warehouse . 

At Large In Ballard: Hot to trot

By Peggy Sturdivant

No November day in Seattle ever seemed as magnificent as Election Day dawned. At 7:30 a.m. at Ballard Commons the sky was cloudless, the sun already warm. I was trying to catch Bernadette Walcott in the kitchen at St. Luke’s where she is one of the breakfast cooks for their Edible Hope Ministry three mornings a week. She will be one of the cooks “competing” in the Bringing in Ballard: Harvest event that continues to be my ‘next big thing.’

But at 7:30 a.m. in the warm kitchen I was already too late to catch Bernadette. And on a day when millions of women thought they would see the first woman elected President of the United States it was already too late…but we didn’t know it.

Rain returned on November 9, 2016 along with shock. At Ballard Food Bank they thought there might be a shortage of volunteers to restock the shelves, open the doors and deliver food to clients. It was the opposite. The volunteer turnout was higher than normal, with people walking in during the day to say, “I’d like to volunteer.”

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