You can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get moldy hummus

After numerous things were stolen off his porch one Ballard man is fighting crime in his own special way.

Matt Coggan of Ballard used a hidden camera to get evidence of a young man stealing a package but the thief didn't get away with much, besides moldy hummus.

“Today I caught a person stealing a lovely packaged delicacy,” said Coggan sarcastically. “Being a guy who lives alone I have plenty of stuff in my fridge and found the most putrid and nasty dish of hummus from weeks ago. It had enough weight to it for someone to think there was something in the box.”

The thefts have been going on for months, and Coggan said that he has had everything from bikes stolen, to cars broken into and items stolen from inside his neighbors’ windows. The final theft that prompted action was over the holidays. He was watching a Seahawks game at his house and waiting for his father’s present to be delivered. He checked the status of the package, and it said that it had already been dropped off, but there was nothing there.
It had been stolen.

“I was inside 10 feet away, so when that happened I said I’ve had it and decided to do something.”

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A North Seattle couple known for making an old Dutch favorite is taking up shop on Seaview Avenue in Ballard.

Miri’s Snack Shack, located in the once ice cream RV-shack neighboring Un Bien and Surf Ballard at 6300 Seaview Ave. N.W., is holding their opening over the weekend and will be showing patrons their take on sweets, coffee and poffertjes? Yes, poffertjes.

Miri Plowman and Gabe Skoda started Miri’s Poffertjes last year, and since then they have been offering sumptuous sweet and savory topped Dutch pancakes to folks at Capital Hill Farmers Market and after this week Magnolia Farmers Market. They plan to offer the same sweet pancake at Mira’s Snack Shack.

Plowman has over ten years in the restaurant and catering industry, including working as a server at Bastille and Doe Bay Cafe. She also headed the menu for bed and breakfast on Orcas Island and started her own BBQ vending company.

Skoda has been working in kitchens in the area for the last ten years and worked at local spots such as Local 360 and Salish Lodge. He currently works with Foraged and Found Edibles, a wild edibles foraging company based in North Seattle.

New snack shack offering sweet treats on Seaview Avenue opens this weekend
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Shane Harms/ Ballard News-Tribune

Miri, Gabe and dog, Zarko in front their new shop on Seaview Avenue.

Update 1:10 p.m. August 14

Seattle Police have confirmed that the suicide victim was not actually deceased and that she will recover from her injuries.

She was rushed to Harborview Medical Center where her injuries were treated.

Seattle Police could not reveal the nature of her injuries.

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Earlier this morning Seattle Police received a report of a suicide at Golden Gardens.

Police and rescue crews were dispatched to the park around 10:30 a.m. where they discovered the body of a middle-aged woman up the shore from the beach. There was a suicide note found with the victim.

A witness told the Ballard News-Tribune that she was walking her dog on the beach northbound during low tide when she saw emergency personal carrying the deceased woman southbound on the beach. She said they came from further up the shore "around the bend" and could not see where the incident occurred.

Detective Patrick Michaud with SPD said that they received a call earlier this morning from someone looking for the victim.

Update: Suicide victim found north of Golden Gardens Park
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Erin D. Kerrigan

A witness saw emergency crews carrying the deceased woman on the tracks. Police could not reveal the cause of death.

With the City Council moving to “pass the buck” earlier this month by signing off on a letter with recommendations for Mayor Murray’s proposed transitional homeless encampments and not moving toward a resolution, many Ballardites are frustrated with the actions of their city officials and feel they have missed an opportunity to have a say about the encampment location.

Back in March the council approved legislation to use public city land as transitional homeless encampments. The Mayors Office was charged with coming up with seven locations. Earlier this month the locations were announced and one is located in Ballard at 2826 NW Market Street.

The law did not require the Office of the Mayor to seek a resolution for the locations from the City Council. But the Office did seek a resolution, and the Council responded by “signing off” on the locations through a letter rather than moving toward a resolution.

O’Brien responds to city council action for homeless encampments
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Shane Harms

Ballard residents responded with a backlash earlier this month after the Office of the Mayor announced the location of the homeless encampment on NW Market Street. Many were disappointed with the the Mayor's amount of public outreach before the proposal.

Populuxe Brewing, located at 826B NW 49th St., celebrated their second anniversary over the weekend.

Taps flowed with new brews in honor of the celebration, and beer-fans showed up in droves to imbibe, eat and congratulate Populuxe Brewing.

Live bands Burnt Oak Rebellion and L'Orchestre D'Incroyable amplified the festivities, and Food truck, No Bones About It and Balleywood Creamery, offered dinner and desert to guests.

Two years ago Ballard residents Pete Charbonnier and Jiri Zatloukal and their wives, Amy Besunder and Judy Scarcia, purchased the building that is now the brewery. It had previously housed both a cabinet shop and Oddvar’s Automotive. The space was vacant, and they adding plumbing and tailored the 850-square-foot space to house a nan-brewery.
Back in 2013 Besunder told the Ballard News-Tribune it meant a lot to her to start the brewery in Ballard.

“This is our community. Pete and I have lived in Ballard for 15 years so we wanted to stay here, and we wanted to stay connected with our neighbors,” said Besunder.

Populuxe Brewing celebrates two years in Ballard
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Bryce Doehne

A crowd of brew enthusiasts showed up at Populuxe Brewing on March 28 for the brewery’s second anniversary.

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.

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