Shane Harms
Brand Renton and Gina Frank of WHIN spoke at the meeting last week.

WHPA to hire SPD security patrols starting Jan. 1

In response to rising crime rates in North Seattle, Whittier Heights Involved Neighbors met last week to discuss the details of forming their very own paid security patrol.

Almost 50 residents from the Whittier Heights neighborhood met at the Ballard Church to find out how the new security patrol will be operated.

The patrol will be comprised of off-duty Seattle Police officers working in shifts amounting to four-hours. They will patrol an area from Northwest 65th street to Northwest 85th Street to 15th Avenue Northwest to 8th Avenue Northwest. The patrollers are hired through a security company, Seattle Security, which is an agency that works closely with SPD officers. On patrols, SPD officers are off-duty, yet will wear a uniform. Weather permitting, officers will walk or bike the parameters of the neighborhood, or drive their personal vehicles. Officers are authorized to arrest individuals breaking the law.

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Boy Scout Troop 100 raise funds for scout programs

The most important fundraiser for North Seattle’s Boy Scout Troop 100 has been happening for the last few weeks at St. Alphonsus Church in Ballard.

The tree sale is the one and only annual fundraiser for the troop and has been a tradition for over 60 years in the Ballard community, and that fundraiser will come to a close Dec. 20.

Bill Dunnell, tree sale organizer, said that they sell about 2,000 trees every year and that varieties including Norway Spruce, Charlie Brown, Noble, Fraser and Grand Firs. Most trees sold during the holidays are cut and shipped in October, but not the troop’s, their trees are freshly cut and replenished every few days and are guaranteed freshness. Dunnel said the trees could last as long as February.

This year the trees come from Ed Hedlin and John Tillman’s farms in Satsop, Wash. Both Hedlin and Tilman have grown trees that were placed in the White House during past holiday seasons.

For Ballardites still searching for a tree, they had better hurry.

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Woodland Park Zoo's new male red panda, named Yukiko, received a full physical exam this week. He will be introduced to a female red panda, named Stellar, and will remain off view through the breeding season.

New red panda arrives at Woodland Park Zoo

A new boy has come to town and, like Santa, he wears a fiery red coat: a male red panda named Yukiko (yu-key-ko), Woodland Park Zoo’s newest arrival.

The 9-year-old panda arrived under the Red Panda Species Survival Plan conservation breeding program from Red River Zoo in Fargo, N.D. As part of Woodland Park Zoo’s preventive care program, the zoo’s veterinary team performed a full physical examination including weight, blood work and radiographs.

“We are pleased overall with his weight and blood work and he appears to be in good shape,” said Dr. Darin Collins, director of Woodland Park Zoo’s Animal Health Programs. “We found some moderate dental disease that required us to extract one tooth. He will need to spend some time on antibiotics and other medications before completing his quarantine period, which is standard procedure for all new animals.”

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