the BNT trots out that old bogeyman of Ballard Oil, Warren Aakervik,

the Burke-Gilman bicyclist. (Note to new editor: Welcome to

Ballard, where the only controversy older than the Burke-Gilman Trail

is whether lutefisk is food or a divine joke.)

Sadly, the article in this past edition, Trail troubles,

contained nothing new. It simply rehashed the same arguments that were


Alex Russell

A month after the completion of a new stretch of the Burke-Gilman Trail, a local business owner still has safety concerns about the trail running along industrial Ballard.

"I don't want to see anybody get hurt but the problem is the the one that's going to get injured, and commerce, industry is going to get shut down," said Warren Aakervik, owner of Ballard Oil.

A central part of Aakervik's business is trucking fuel to his waterfront business.


Steve Clark

The Ballard Locks stands to lose $2.1 million from its operating budget unless members of Congress can reconcile two different versions of a budget appropriation.



Western Towboat West Point escorts the Washington State Ferrry Kaleetan out of the Ballard Locks this summer.

Along with a basic silence on our ongoing question about how we in West Seattle will get to downtown if there is no monorail, there is a persisting muttering but little action on statewide and Puget Sound transportation plans.

We are gripped in a paralysis of inaction accompanied by a general desire to pay less and less for the infrastructures we all use, while blaming it on politics and bad government.


September 29, 2005 King County Executive, Ron Sims came to town and "County gives $15M for White Center projects", I was surprise that the project is making the headline now, where some of those projects circulated in White Center Community since early 2002.

The Greenbridge Hope VI.



If you have been paying attention to what has been happening to Burien in the last three years you have to be impressed.

Battered by competition from the retail boom in Tukwila that began with Southcenter 30 years ago, Burien also has been hammered and decimated by a rampaging airport, which ate up hundreds of homes and apartments plus a bunch of lively businesses where once upon a time we imagined there might be another Bellevue.

But like a pesky little terrier, Burien refused to dry up and blow away.

While prior generations of business l


Last spring a girl at Whitman Middle School tripped on the basketball court when her foot got caught between a crack in the pavement.

Fortunately a group of parents and staff were in the process of writing a grant to fund a playground resurfacing project that was turned into the City of Seattle a week after the incident.

The good news came in August when the school's Department of Neighborhood Small and Simple Grant for $8,000 was approved.

Since it is a matching grant, the school ASB (Associated Student Body) and PTSA (Parents Teacher Student Association)


About 35 Ballard residents gathered last week to discuss possible improvements to 14th Avenue Northwest, a heavily used street that has caused many of the nearby residents concern over its safety and aesthetic value to the neighborhood.

Many of the people who attended the meeting at St. Alphonsus Parish School last Wednesday live near 14th and have for years discussed their concerns regarding the 100-foot wide, mile long section of the street that runs from the ship canal to Ballard High School.


"She got into the right hand lane and he took her right out," according to witness Tamara Godfrey who watched the fender bender occur on Tuesday morning, Sept. 27, at the corner of Northwest Market Street and Russell Avenue around 8:20 a.m. No one was injured. - Steve Clark

Editor's Note: The wrong letter from Rochelle Flynn was printed in the Sept. 28 issue of the Times/News. We are publishing the correct letter this week.

On behalf of the city of Burien Arts Commission and the Discover Burien Association, I would like to thank all of the people who helped with the Fall Art Walk on Saturday, September 10.

Over 45 businesses (including six new venues) and artists participated in the walk.


A recent flyer came to my attention.

This flyer entitled "Vote for the Women (Just this time)" is an attack on the car dealers of Burien.

Who are these citizens?

Well, I am surprised that the "ladies" agreed to this juvenile effort to discredit the segment of the Burien economy that contributes more in retail sales tax revenue than any other segment of our increasingly vibrant Burien economy.

Attacking car dealers really skirts the issue.

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