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Entries from February 2009

Boat explosion sends one to hospital

February 28th, 2009 by Cory Bergman

Folks on the northeast side of Queen Anne may have seen the smoke at noon today. A boat exploded while it was docked at a refueling station on Westlake Ave. — just southeast of Aurora Bridge — and witnesses say quick action by the Harbor Patrol averted what may have been a devastating marina fire.

Fremont Universe has the story. (Thanks Warren for the photo!)

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Did you have trouble on Thursday with the bus?

February 28th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Last Thursday caught most people offguard when the light dusting of snow began falling around 5:00 am.  Metro has received a barrage of voiced concerns (aka complaints) from the public regarding how it informs riders of changes in the schedule or changes in routes.  Even the King County Council has made comments regarding Metro’s archaic communications methods.  In a statement, Dow Constantine said,

During sudden storm events of this type, they [Metro] need to know what to expect so they can inform their families and employers.

Given the increasing sophistication of modern phones and wireless Internet providers, I encourage Metro to take immediate action to use instant messaging, Twitter, neighborhood blogs, and customer self-reporting systems to keep Metro operators and riders connected.\

Did any of you have a comment you wanted to submit to Metro?  The Seattle Times also is logging comments.

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QA Little League evaluations this Sunday

February 28th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Opening Day, April 18, of Queen Anne Little League Baseball is 

just around the corner.  If you haven’tregistered yet, sorry, but registration closed on February 15th.  Evaluations for girls fastpitch softball players will be held on Sunday, March 1 at Coe Elementary.  Check the schedule for your exact time.  If you missed the earlier baseball evaluation for  on Feb. 28, there is a makeup time at 2:00 pm.

Magnolia Little League may still have spaces available on some teams.  Check their website for information and contacts.


Take it Back Unwanted Medication Return Program at Bartells

February 26th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Bartells Drugs has announced a new program that is designed to “Protect Your Family; Protect Our Community and Protect Our Environment.”  The ‘Take it Back Unwanted Medication Return Program’ program allows you to get rid of prescription medication, over the counter medication, inhalers and even pet medications.  y the blood pressure machine you will find a box in which to deposit old prescription medications. You can’t dispose of needles, thermometers or narcotics.

Bartells reminds us that it is dangerous to use medication that has been prescribed to someone else or to give your unwanted medications to someone else to use.


Another bout of Seattle snow

February 26th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Around 4 a.m. this morning, snow began to fall in Seattle and here in Queen Anne, leaving around an inch or less on the ground. All Seattle Public Schools will start two hours late today with buses on snow routes. There will be no door-to-door service, no Head Start and pre-school, and no half day a.m. kindergarten or half day p.m. kindergarten. There are a handful of changes for Metro buses, especially impacting Queen Anne routes on steeper hills. SDOT says its plows are patrolling the main arterial routes.

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Cars being keyed in Queen Anne

February 26th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

A View reader asks us to caution neighbors in the area between Queen Anne Avenue and 2nd Ave. W, Smith and Raye Streets of the recent outbreak in vandalism being done to cars. Several cars have been randomly keyed.  If you observe anyone conducting these annoying and senseless acts, you are encouraged to contact the Seattle Police Department in order to file a report.  They will keep a log of these incidents and attempt to deter future occurrences.


Queen Anne High School condos up for auction

February 25th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

 Twelve remaining unsold units at Queen Anne High School Condominiums, 201 Galer St., Seattle, WA,  will go up for closeout auction March 22.  For those who can qualify for financing or have extra cash, this could be a good opportunity.  Buyers who arrange financing from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and close within 30 days of the auction will get $2,500 toward closing costs.

Nine two-bedroom units previously priced from $474,950 to $599,950 will have minimum bids of $245,000 to $325,000; a studio condo previously listed at $254,950 is down to a minimum of $145,000; and a 1,432-square-foot penthouse is down from $999,950 to a $650,000 minimum.

The auction is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, 721 Pine St. Beverly Hills-based Kennedy Wilson’s Auction Group, which is hosting, has scheduled a “how-to-buy” seminar starting at 1 p.m. March 15 at the Queen Anne High School Condominiums Auction Information Office, which is open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. daily.

Check out the website that has information and answers to your many questions.

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Seattle Public Schools Open Enrollment

February 25th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

We want to let you know that Seattle Public Schools Open Enrollment for the 2009-2010 school year begins Monday March 2 and runs through Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

Due to the capacity management/building closure process, the enrollment calendar for this year was adjusted from its usual January – February timeframe.  The district wanted to give families time to consider options and to prepare registration and application materials. 

Open Enrollment is when families register and apply for school for children entering kindergarten, for students going from elementary to middle school or middle to high school next year, for students who wish to change schools, and for students who will be new to the district in September 2009

Seattle Public Schools will be at the Queen Anne Library on March 19 from 5:30p.m. to 7p.m. so parents may submit their school application for the 2009 – 2010 school year. Make sure to bring all necessary
documents to register your child.


Recap of the Tunnel Discussion

February 24th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

More than 100 people attended an open house at Adam’s Elementary this evening to learn more about plans to replace the Viaduct with a deep bored tunnel. The open house was organized by representatives from WSDOT, the City of Seattle and King County, who answered plenty of questions.
Phinney Ridge resident Robert Douglas wanted to know how he’d be affected. “I use the viaduct all the time,” he tells us, “So I was kind of curious to see how it was going to impact me, obviously, and my traveling back and forth from here to Sea-Tac, to West Seattle, to other destinations I go to.” WSDOT provided this map explaining how Ballard, Queen Anne, and other North Seattle commuters will access the tunnel (see larger map in .pdf format).

Bob Powers, the Deputy Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation tells us that construction of the bored tunnel is expected to begin in 2011 and be open to drivers in 2015. Added transit service will begin in 2010, and the Spokane Street and Mercer Street projects are slated to be complete by 2012.

Also: City council OK’s funding to rebuild Mercer Street
Plus: WSDOT renderings of the tunnel | Video animation

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Locke seems likely choice for Commerce Secretary

February 24th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

The rumors are swirling around Queen Anne resident and former Governor Gary Locke.  According to the Seattle Times and KING5 News, Governor Locke is President Barack Obama’s likely third pick for Commerce secretary.

On Feb. 13, Locke told The Seattle Times that he spoke with President Obama in November about the U.S. trade representative position, which was later filled. But he said he hadn’t been in contact with the administration since then. When asked if he was in the running for Commerce secretary, Locke said, “I have absolutely no idea.” He added, “I’ve been focusing on work. I mean, who knows what’s going on in D.C.”

Today, however, a senior administration official, said that Locke had been called regarding the job.  An announcement has not been officially made.  What do you think?

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Oscar reactions?

February 23rd, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Many of us in Queen Anne were glued to the television watching the 81st annual Academy Awards. Can anyone believe that Ron Howard has been a part of the Academy for the last 50 years and has had five films nominated for Best Picture? (Do you know them?) Or that Meryl Streep has received 15 Oscar nominations, and won twice. (She’s the most nominated actress ever.) And yes, Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner taking home 8 of its 10 nominations. WOW! Online coverage of the Academy Awards has never been better. Check out the winners’ list on and watch the scenes outside of the theater by clicking on

Did you have a favorite moment?

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Nickerson Street Re-configuration

February 22nd, 2009 by Miss Kitty

There are big changes being planned for Nickerson Street that will affect Queen Anne residents. Seattle Department of Transportation plans to remove one lane of traffic each way in an attempt to make it safer and improve pedestrian access and bicycle usage.

The changes will be on the Nickerson Street corridor between the Ballard Bridge and W. Forentia Street.

The proposed changes will include:
• One lane of motor vehicle traffic in each direction (currently there are two)
• New two-way center turn lane
• New westbound bicycle lane and sharrow markings in a wide eastbound lane
• New pedestrian median islands at several intersections

Here is what it looks like now:

And here is what it will look like when the work is complete:
During construction you can expect lane closures, pedestrian detours and parking restrictions.  We don’t have a start date or timeline for construction. If you want to learn more, there is a project open house on  March 4th from 5pm – 7pm at Demaray Hall – Room 150 at Seattle Pacific University at 509 West Bertona Street.  That is the building with the clock tower.  You can also send comments to

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