The Ballard News-Tribune stopped by the Ballard Locks and discovered there is a repair project afoot.

Chambers of the locks have had the water fully pumped out so crews can make repairs to doors and other parts of the locks.

Ballard Locks staff told the BNT that when they drain the chambers, some fish are trapped, and so they have to collect them by hand and get them back into the water as soon as possible. Despite there efforts, there was a foul fish odor in the air.

Other parts of the facility are closed as well, including the salmon viewing room.

Ballard Locks being cleaned and repaired leaving some chambers empty
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Shane Harms

Empty chamber at the Ballard Locks.

Seattle Police have arrested a 19-year-old man in Crown Hill for assaulting a 41-year-old woman on Aurora Avenue.

On March 8, an officer saw a woman not wearing jacket walking on Aurora Avenue late in the evening. The officer had talked with the woman earlier that day and at that time she was wearing a jacket. The night was cold, and she was only wearing tights and a sleeveless t-shirt. The officer was concerned and stopped to talk with the woman. She immediately told him she had been robbed and assaulted.

She said a man had picked her up and drove behind an Aurora business. He assaulted her and then pushed her out of the car. He drove away with her belongings inside the vehicle.

The victim was able to describe the suspect’s car. Police found the vehicle at a home located near Northwest 85th Street and 17th Avenue Northwest.

Officers made contact with the 19-year-old man in the home, and they confirmed he was the attacker.

The suspect was booked in King County Jail for investigation of rape, robbery, assault and a $50,000 felony warrant. Police are working with prosecutors to bring charges against the man.


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.

WHPA to hire SPD security patrols starting Jan. 1
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Shane Harms

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

Ballard singer and songwriter, Kristin Chambers, will be performing her title track "Everything Woman" on King 5 TV's NewDay Northwest, Wednesday Oct. 22, kicking off a week of donating all music download sales from to the Susan G. Komen Organization.

Kristin's Mother in law is a 21 year survivor and two of her close friends have just come out of treatment cancer free. Kristin would like to continue to help researchers make sure everyone can join them in the survivors circle.

“Everything Woman” is a new compilation of original songs that captures Kristin's poetic, heartfelt lyrics and her authentic folk-pop melodies as never before. Produced by Eric Eagle(Jesse Sykes)of Seattle's Skoor Sound, "Everything Woman" comes to life with the all-star musical artistry of Keith Lowe(Fiona Apple), Jeff Feilder(Amy Ray), Michael Stegner, Steve Moore(Sufjan Stevens), Al Keith and the arranging brilliance of Hans Teuber.

Ballard performer to donate music sales to breast cancer organization
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Photo courtesy of Kristin Chambers

Kristin Chambers.

Man enters apartment using previous owner's keys, takes game

On September 12 at the 8700 block of Mary Avenue Northwest Seattle Police responded to a burglary at a residence. The complainant told officers that after leaving his home for a few days he returned to find his front door doorknob loose, however the door was still locked. He noticed that there was grass and dirt on his carpet and told officers that he does not leave his home in that condition. His Playstation3 was taken along with the controller and a few games. He said the estimated loss was $500. A neighbor told officers that a black man in his 20’s was observed near the residence and walked away when the neighbor approached her unit. She said that the suspect had been seen before and used to visit a female tenant that used to live at the location. Officers checked for latent prints, but were unable to recover any. Officers speculate the suspect has a key to the unit.

Suspect Ultra Violence moves through home, takes nothing...scares motorists

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by Peggy Sturdivant

After attending the opening of the Nordic Heritage Museum’s new photography exhibit “The Color of Time,” with Ballard as its subject, I was torn about how to do it justice. “Are you going to write about it?” neighbor and original NHM member James Hafterson called out to me after the event, “because I think it’s the best exhibit I’ve ever seen there.”

For the last four years Tod Gangler has been walking through the streets of Ballard at night, a neighborhood he thought that he already knew, using tri-color photography and a color carbon printing process that returns to the origins of photography circa late 1800s France. Like Daguerre in his day Gangler photographs with long exposures, as long as an hour at a time, for each of three separate black-and-white photographs which he later prints through a process that takes eight days (after having a single negative made in Portland).

At Large in Ballard: Dusk to Dawn Love Letter to Ballard
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Photo by Peggy Sturdivant.

Tod Gangler and Charles Berger.

By Pat Cashman

I just mailed out the last of my Labor Day cards yesterday. If Hallmark sells Labor Day cards, I’ve never seen them---so this was a job I had to myself. It was hard work, but isn’t that point of a Labor Day card?

A friend helped me do the artwork and the printing, but the wordsmithing was mine:

To an exotic dancer: “Happy Labor Day! Work it, girl!”

To a mom: “Thanks for having 13 hours of it following 9 months of pregnancy!”

To Mrs. Olson, a grade school spelling teacher: “Happy Layber Day!” That ought to drive her sufficiently nuts.

While Labor Day has been a big deal holiday in this country for well over a hundred years, it doesn’t seem altogether inclusive because it leaves a lot of people out. I mean, while the idea of the Labor Day weekend is to honor working people, what about everyone else?

Shouldn’t there also be “Indolence Day”---a holiday saluting the idle, listless and slothful who live here too? Like newspaper columnists, for example.


Members of the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27 along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will celebrate their 60-year partnership and kick off the fire fighters' annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Seattle area.

Almost 1,000 members of the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27 will fan out across the city with boots in hand for this year’s drive on September 18th & 19th. Core hours for the event will be from 1 PM to 6 PM, at various intersections around the city.

There will be a media kick-off at 9AM on September 18th in front of the Ballard Fire Station at 1521 NW Market St.


And for the first time, we’re performing at the…

Ballard High School Performing Arts Center
1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle, WA 98117
Saturday, September 13, 7:30pm

This is a free event. Contributions are gratefully accepted.

When on September 11, 2004 we created, on short order, a choir to do just one performance at a Ballard ArtWALK event we couldn’t have dreamed it would eventually become one of the area’s largest and most dynamic choral ensembles. Here we are, ten years later, serving up gloriously beautiful choral music and pursuing a mission to build communities with song. This concert, which brings together new members with special alumni from the past, will be a joyful and nostalgic celebration not to be missed. As usually we will present a little bit of everything, much of it our favorite selections from the last ten years, and some things truly new and different.

We are thrilled to be holding this concert at the Ballard High School Performing Arts Center, our first time at that venue. This will provide extra space in the audience for you, and all of your friends and family. So please save the date and spread the word.

The Market Street Singers celebrates 10 years

By Joan Casanova

Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables – and personal satisfaction – from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum weather and ample opportunity to keep growing and harvesting delicious, healthy produce well into the season.

Some gardeners assume that when fall arrives and kids return to school, they’ll have less time to garden, and may experience less success from their garden plots. But cooler temperatures and fall conditions can actually make gardening easier and more enjoyable. Many of fall’s best-producing vegetables are also colorful, making them great additions to flower beds and containers.

If you loved summer gardening, you can keep your garden growing right through fall. Here’s how to make the most of fall season gardening:

Size up the soil

Keep growing with season-extending gardening tips for fall
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Photo courtesy of Bonnie Plants.
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