Army Corps of Engineers
The funds are to be used to renovate and update exhibits for the Fish Ladder exhibit and viewing area.

$400,000 grant awarded for Fish Ladder improvements at Ballard Locks

Improvements are coming to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Fish Ladder thanks to a $400,000 grant awarded to Discover Your Northwest and The Corps Foundation.

The grant was presented to Corps and Discover Your Northwest representatives April 4 at the Ballard Locks.

The funds are to be used to renovate and update exhibits for the Fish Ladder exhibit and viewing area.

Both the Locks and the Fish Ladder are leading tourist attractions in Seattle, however due to lack of funding, both the attractions are in need of some repairs and updates.

For over 100 years the locks have moved recreational and commercial boats from Puget Sound to the Lake Washington Canal. Close to 1.5 million people pass through or visit the Ballard Locks every year, however, only a fraction of the boats pay for the service. Also, viewing the Locks and the Fish Ladder exhibit are free to the public.

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Coast Guard, SFD rush to save sinking tug near Shilshole Marina

The U.S. Coast Guard and Seattle Fire Department responded to a sinking tug this morning when it started taking on water while it was being towed into dock outside Shilshole Marina this morning.

“We had a Tug boat that was being towed into dock that started taking on water and crews felt that it would be safer to beach the boat and deal with the problem,” reported Lt. H. T. Webb Jr., Seattle Fire Department PIO.

The tug is currently 100 yards offshore and Seattle Fire is assisting the Coast Guard by providing pumps so they can get the water to a level where divers can safety assess the issue.

“The event is stable at this time with no fuel leaks.”

Webb reported that the Coast Guard has taken the lead on the operation.

Look to the Tribune as the story develops.

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Shane Harms
AmazonFresh Pickup location in Ballard at 5100 15th Ave. N.W.

Ballardites respond after Amazon unveils AmazonFresh Pickup location in Ballard

Amazon announced last week the opening of their new AmazonFresh Pickup grocery location at 5100 15th Ave. N.W. in Ballard, and with the opening some Ballardites are showing support while others are showing bewilderment.

The store allows for Amazon members to order their groceries lists online or via app, and Amazon employees will pack them up at pickup locations.

The Ballard site is one of two AmazonFresh Pickup locations in Seattle – the second in SODO – and both are in a beta testing phase.

Amazon has not announced when the store will be fully operational, in fact Amazon has been quiet about the whole endeavor and did not respond to Ballard News-Tribune (or other publications’) inquiries in August as the site in Ballard was being constructed. The site is where Louie’s Chinese Cuisine used to reside.

The Amazon stores are something the Seattle Time’s called a “multipronged approach to unraveling the mystery of profitably selling groceries in the digital age,” as the e-commerce giant found it difficult to tap into the grocery lists of more choosy buyers looking or produce and meat.

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