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Entries from January 2012

Falcons stung by Yellowjackets

January 21st, 2012 by Michael

Bobbi Knudsen hit a free throw with 3.4 seconds left in overtime today, and Montana State Billings hung on to beat the Seattle Pacific University women’s basketball squad, 63-62.
The SPU Falcons were down by 16 points early in the second half in today’s home game, but came back to gain a four-point lead at 57-53 before Billings rallied to tie it at 57-57 and force the extra five minutes.
Senior guard Nyesha Sims (Portland, Ore.) tied her career high with 26 points, and made it a double-double – her seventh of the season – with 14 rebounds. Sophomore forward Katie Benson (Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish HS) added 11 points.
Bobbi Knudsen, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s leading scorer, set the pace for Montana State Billings with 18 points, including the first of two free throws at the 3.4-second mark to snap a 62-62 tie.
Seattle Pacific is on the road next week, visiting Saint Martin’s on Thursday night at 7, then going to Western Oregon next Saturday afternoon at 2.

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SPS meeting postponed

January 19th, 2012 by Michael

Seattle Public Schools’ weekly meeting scheduled for tonight has been postponed and rescheduled for Jan. 25.
Rescheduled for Jan. 25
Due to weather conditions, the Seattle School Board is postponing tonight’s School Board meeting and work session. The rescheduled meeting and work session will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
Seattle Public Schools is closed today and District administration is continuing to monitor the weather conditions to determine if school will be open tomorrow.

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No school Friday

January 19th, 2012 by Michael

School is out again Friday. Seattle Public Schools announced this afternoon that all schools will again be closed Friday. No word yet on whether St. Anne’s or Our Lady of Fatima will close, but Seattle Archdiocese schools usually follow SPS’s lead.

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Community Council’s LURC meeting cancelled

January 19th, 2012 by Michael

Tonight’s Land Use Review Committee, part of Queen Anne Community Council’s monthly meetings, has been cancelled due to the weather.

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It’s still coming down

January 19th, 2012 by Michael

Queen Anne and every other neighborhood in Seattle is getting more snow. Oy Vey! It’s 27 degrees out and meteorologists are predicting freezing rain and just plain rain through the weekend. Freezing rain was predicted for this morning and the rest of the day, but we’ve got snow. Send us your pictures at

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Queen Anne Avenue North closed to sledders?

January 18th, 2012 by Michael

Well, sort of, says one reader, Valerie, who wrote that just after 3:30 p.m., she watched “four police officers tape off the hill under Prospect Avenue leaving a gaggle of would-be sledders hanging around wondering what the purpose of that was.”

Valerie told police that the public safety hazard aspect of sledding on the hill today was not at the top of the Queen Anne Avenue North, but at the bottom, where she saw one guy sled out in front of cars crossing the intersection at Roy Street. “There were no police down there,where they could do some good.” She disagreed with the police’s strategy. She said it was “frustrating, as there is some good they could be doing right now, rather than just spoiling everyone’s fun on a snow day.”


Seattle Public Schools closed Thursday

January 18th, 2012 by Michael

Today was a snow day and Thursday will be too, for students at Seattle Public Schools.
All schools are cancelled for Thursday, Jan. 19, and all after-school activities are cancelled, too. The schools are closed because of continued winter weather, including the threat of icy roads, making student transportation potentially unsafe.
Schools were closed today, and tonight’s School Board meeting was postponed until Jan. 25. All pre- and post- school activities are also cancelled, including games, practices, events, plays, meetings, etc.
“We hoped that students and staff could return to school on Thursday, but forecasts right now are showing continued severe weather, including the potential for icy roads,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield. “We want to err on the side of caution, and also give families enough time to plan for another snow day.”
Please note that Thursday’s 4 p.m. School Board committee of the whole meeting has not been cancelled. As of now, that meeting will take place, and a decision on whether or not to cancel will be made by noon on Thursday. However, the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence will be closed on Thursday to all non-essential personnel.
As of this afternoon, Seattle Public Schools has not yet determined when and how the snow days will be made up this year. That announcement will be made early next week.
Families and staff will receive an automated phone call about the closure, and can also check for updates on the District website at and via the Public Schools Emergency Communications System at Updates are also posted on Twitter @seapubschools.

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Amenities are open on the Hill

January 18th, 2012 by Michael

UPDATE: 9:58 a.m.
Eat Local is open and is offering a free soup with every $25 purchase. Queen Anne Books has hot cocoa at the ready. And both Safeway and Met Market are open for business. Here’s a view from Queen Anne Books’ doorstep.

Photo: Queen Anne Books

And neighbor Cindy Wong tweeted that the Counterbalance is now closed.

Photo: Cindy Wong.

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Snow falls on Queen Anne

January 18th, 2012 by Cory Bergman

Updated 9:10 a.m. Queen Anne Ave is now closed.

@MorganPalmer of Kiro 7 tweeted this photo.

Updated 8:30 a.m. @KCMetroBus sent this Tweet: Due to road conditions, rts 1, 2 & 13 unable to serve the portion of their snow routing north of Seattle Center. Turning back at 2nd/Roy.

Earlier: Queen Anne finally has snow! People are reporting a couple of inches as of 8 a.m.

And as one could expect, news crews are standing at the bottom of Queen Anne Ave – just waiting for the slipping and sliding. Forecasters are saying that snow will continue throughout the morning and may ease up around lunchtime.

Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel posted this clip earlier today.

@MorganPalmer of KIRO Tweeted this picture of Queen Anne Ave just north of Mercer.
Here is information you should know for the day:

  • If you can get down the hill and need to get to work downtown, the Seattle Monorail is up and running.
  • Metro buses are on snow routes and some routes have been canceled.
  • No garbage/recycling/yard waste pickup today. If today is your garbage day, put your cans out tomorrow by 7 a.m. If your trash wasn’t collected yesterday, you can put double the amount out next week at no charge
  • Seattle Public Libraries will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. today
  • Got snow pics? Email us at

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    All Seattle Public Schools closed Wednesday

    January 17th, 2012 by Michael

    This just in from Seattle Public Schools: No school Wednesday. No after-school activities Wednesday. Here is the report:

    All Seattle Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 18 because of predicted winter weather that might make it difficult and potentially unsafe to transport students to schools.
    Between five and 10 inches of snow is predicted to fall in south Seattle.  All after school events are cancelled Tuesday night and will be cancelled on Wednesday night. This includes games, practices, events, plays, meetings, etc.
    The John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence will remain open. Employees are asked to monitor email and voicemail in the morning for any additional news, and to use best judgment when commuting to work. A decision on whether or not to postpone Wednesday’s School Board meeting will be made by noon.
    On Tuesday, a change in weather patterns meant Seattle Public Schools had both a two-hour delayed start and a two-hour early dismissal. Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield apologized for the inconvenience to families, students and staff, but stressed that decisions are made erring on the side of caution.

    “Predicting winter weather in Seattle is a challenge, since it often affects different regions at different times,” Enfield said. “Safety for students and staff always comes first. Given the strong indicators that snowfall overnight might impair our roads, all schools will be closed on Wednesday.”
    Families learn if there is a school delay or closure through:
    • local media (TV, radio stations, newspapers and blogs)
    • the District website at
    • an automated phone call
    • the Public Schools Emergency Communications System at
    For more information, please contact Lesley Rogers, Chief Communications Officer, at 206-255-2811 or

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    Snow update

    January 17th, 2012 by Michael

    Update 4:28 p.m.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is reporting snow showers late tonight and into tomorrow. Check here or local TV listings to find the most recent updates on school closures.

    Late Afternoon: Snow showers. High near 33. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

    Tonight: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Steady temperature around 31. North wind 5 to 8 mph becoming southeast. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

    Wednesday: Snow before 10am, then snow and freezing rain. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 31. Northeast wind 8 to 11 mph becoming southeast between 17 and 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

    Wednesday Night: Snow and freezing rain, becoming all snow after 10pm. Low around 28. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

    Thursday: Rain and snow, becoming all rain after 10am. Snow level rising to 1000 feet. High near 36. West northwest wind between 5 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

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    Queen Anne pool closed

    January 17th, 2012 by Michael

    Because of a mechanical failure and cloudy pool water, the Queen Anne Aquatic Center is closed. Parks staff will evaluate the water clarity at 2 p.m. to determine if the pool will be open or closed for the day. The 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. programs are canceled.

    Parks apologizes for the inconvenience and said it will have the pool open as soon as possible.

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