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Entries from December 2011

Registration open for spring session of girls lacrosse program

December 31st, 2011 by Doree

Registration is now open for the spring session of Queen Anne Quick Styx, the only girls lacrosse program west of I-5 in Seattle. The program is open to girls in the 2nd through 8th grades.

Check out their website for more information, including the number of spots still open for each level.

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Woodland Park Zoo euthanizes elderly ‘stowaway’ fox

December 30th, 2011 by Doree

Yesterday, Woodland Park Zoo euthanized an elderly, male arctic fox named Feliks.

“After showing signs of decreased quality of life due to his advanced age, the zoo’s animal care and health teams made the difficult but humane decision to euthanize Feliks yesterday,” said Dr. Jennifer Pramuk, curator at Woodland Park Zoo.

Born in the wild, Feliks came to Woodland Park Zoo in 2004 after he was discovered at the Port of Seattle, stowed away on a trash container en route to Seattle from the tiny, remote Aleutian island of Shemya. Judging by the condition of his teeth, zoo experts estimated he was 3 to 5 years of age when he arrived.

The zoo determined that Feliks was not a good candidate for reintroduction into the wild. He was not in the best of health at the time, underweight with ear mites, a skin mass and hind limb weakness. Woodland Park Zoo provided a home for Feliks in its award-winning Northern Trail exhibit, and under its excellent animal care program, gave him the proper nutrition and health care needed to restore his condition and ensure his wellbeing.

“In the wild, many arctic foxes do not live past 3 years of age,” said Dr. Pramuk. “Yet when Feliks was around 3 to 5 years old, he not only survived an unexpected, tremendous adventure, but continued on to live out a healthy life for many more years at his new home at Woodland Park Zoo.”

Feliks, estimated to be 10 to 12 years old, lived in a mixed species exhibit including mountain goats and a female arctic fox, 11-year-old Somer, which remain on view.

The Arctic fox, weighing 6 to 10 pounds, lives in the far north, in the tundra, and coastal areas of North America, Iceland, Greenland, Scandinavia and Siberia. Found farther north than any other land mammal, the arctic fox travels more extensively than any terrestrial animal other than humans. The arctic fox has a gray or blue coat in the summer and a thick, warm white coat in the winter. In the summer, the fox feeds primarily on lemmings, other rodents, fish, birds and even berries. In the winter, it may follow wolves or polar bears in hopes of eating scraps left behind.

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Dog found near Aurora & 85th

December 30th, 2011 by Doree

Update: According to two comments below, Judd’s owner has been found.

Earlier: Lara tells us she found a medium-sized dog, likely a Beagle mix, near Aurora Avenue North and North 85th Street on Thursday night. The male dog did not have a collar.

Stopped at the Jack and the Box parking lot at 10:45pm and he jumped into my car. Several other people, along with me, were very concerned he would be hit by a car on Aurora. Nobody claimed him, so I brought him home with me. He was wet and scared with long nails, but otherwise looks healthy. He is likely a Beagle mix. He can sit and is friendly with dogs and people. Lots of energy. Likely 40ish lbs. Brown and white color (Fawn). Long tail with curled end.

If he is yours, or you know who he might belong to, please call 206-799-8309. We hope to bring him to the vet tomorrow morning to see if he is microchipped.

Lara just told us this that the dog did not have a microchip.

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Live music, New Year’s celebrations in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

December 30th, 2011 by Doree

Live music, theater and New Year’s Eve celebrations are on tap in the neighborhood this weekend. You can check out our Events calendar any time, and even submit your own events.

Here are a few highlights:

3 Play Ricochet plays bluegrass, old-time and string-band Americana starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. Free. Food, beer and wine available. On Saturday, the bookstore and cafe invites everyone to its informal two-year anniversary, “A Very Couth New Year’s Eve Gathering,” from 7-9 p.m. Free hors d’oeuvres and finger picking guitar work by Greg Crosswire.

“Beasley’s Christmas Party” wraps up its month-long run at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., at 8 p.m. Friday.

The Shop Agora, 6417-A Phinney Ave. N., is having a wine tasting from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, and a last-day-of-the-year sale. Sample Argentinian and Chilean Cabernet Sauvignons, bubbles, and goat’s milk yogurt. Single bottles of wine will be on sale, and they’ll offer deals on multiple-bottle purchases.

Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., is throwing a New Year’s Eve party starting at 8 p.m. Saturday. Happy Hour pricing all day, and a free champagne toast at midnight.

Urban Light Studios, inside the Greenwood Collective at 8537 Greenwood Ave. N., is throwing a “Party for Literacy” starting at 9 p.m. Saturday. Ticket proceeds will be donated to Homework Help, an after-school tutoring program at the Seattle Public Library. Tickets start at $50.

If you know of any other events, please put them in comments below.

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Non-profit Bike Shack looking for space in the neighborhood

December 30th, 2011 by Doree

The Bike Shack is looking for a building, or even just a piece of land, where it can set up shop in the Phinney-Greenwood or Green Lake neighborhoods.

Bike Shack is an all-volunteer, non-profit bike shop currently in the U-District.

We run entirely off donations and have been teaching people how to fix up their bicycles and providing parts and tools for over 8 years.

We currently spend over 90% of all donations on rent and our space has been halved from its previous amount of space. This has meant we have had to eliminate over half of all our parts as well as most of our work-space.

Currently we live in a very rickety, leaky shack with no running water, bathroom access, and power provided only by a small solar array and/or an extension cord. So anything that gives us a secure, accessible space is completely acceptable.

If anyone even has any land available we’d like to know so that we could see about securing portable or temporary structures to use as our shop.

If you have or know of a spot that might be available, please email seattlebikeshack@gmail.com.

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Charges filed today in death of Phinney Ridge woman

December 29th, 2011 by Doree

The King County Prosecutor’s Office will file charges today against a 48-year-old man in the death of Phinney Ridge resident Prudence Hockley.

Hockley was assaulted on Christmas Eve outside her home, and died at Harborview Medical Center on Christmas Day.

Update 2:55 p.m.: The King County Prosecutor just filed charges of second degree murder.

Charge filed in Seattle domestic violence homicide–A charge of Murder Second Degree was filed this afternoon against Johnnie Lee Wiggins, who is accused in the beating death of his girlfriend, Prudence Hockley, in Seattle on Christmas Eve. With the charges, prosecutors also filed an allegation that the murder was committed within the presence of a minor, the victim’s 13-year-old daughter, which can be used as a basis for an exceptional sentence. Although the standard range is up to approximately 20 years, the defendant could face an exceptional sentence above the standard range up to life in prison if convicted as charged. Wiggins, 48, remains in jail on $5 million bail. He will be arraigned on January 12 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 at the King County Courthouse.

Update: According to the charging documents, Wiggins became enraged when he found Hockley at home watching TV with another man whom she had been seeing on-and-off for several years.

A witness told police that Hockley told him that Wiggins was controlling and jealous of other men, and that the two had a physical fight at her home on Dec. 23.

An autopsy showed she died from “numerous extremely forceful blows to her face and head.”

Hockley and Wiggins met last summer at a gym where Hockley was a member and Wiggins was an employee.

Wiggins has a 1999 conviction in Washington for possession of stolen property. He has three assault convictions and one breaking or entering conviction in North Carolina. In Georgia, he was convicted of obstructing a police officer, misdemeanor battery, public indecency/indecent exposure, battery, shoplifting, and aggravated assault.

Police found a large quantity of anabolic steroids in Wiggins’ home.

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Missing a blow-up snowman?

December 29th, 2011 by Doree

Cathy tells us that someone left a blow-up snowman in front of her house on 65th Street early this morning. She’d like to reunite the snowman with his family.

I awoke to noises last night to look out my window about 3am to see a car speed off and a blowup snowman on my walk.

They had plugged him into my christmas lights. Im sure he is missing his real home, and his real family is missing him.

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Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board needs new members

December 29th, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board is accepting applications for new members.

The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1993, plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).

Board members serve a two‐year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. They are frequent walkers of a variety of ages, levels of mobility, and walks of life, and from areas throughout the city. Members must be Seattle residents, and may not be city employees. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall on Fifth Avenue between James and Cherry.

Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by January 20, 2012 to Brian Dougherty at brian.dougherty@seattle.gov.

For more information, call Brian Dougherty at (206) 684‐5124, or send e‐mail to the address above.

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Phinney Ridge woman killed by boyfriend on Christmas Eve, suspect arrested

December 28th, 2011 by Doree

A Phinney Ridge woman was assaulted by her boyfriend on Christmas Eve and later died of head injuries, according to Seattle Police. Prudence Hockley was a teacher at Woodinville High School.

From the SPD Blotter:

On December 24th at approximately 10:56 p.m. the 55-year-old female victim stepped outside her residence in the 300 block of NW 74th Street to talk to the 48-year-old male suspect, who she has been dating.  Witnesses heard voices then a loud thump.  The victim’s 13-year old daughter went outside and found her mother on the ground at the side of the house, unconscious.  The suspect was seen walking away from the victim.  He got in his car and left the scene.

Officers and SFD medics responded to the 9-1-1 call which was made shortly thereafter. Medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of her life-threatening head injury.

On December 25th Homicide detectives were notified by medical staff that the victim had been pronounced dead.

Homicide detectives made an arrest of the suspect on December 28th. He is being interviewed by detectives and will later be booked into the King County jail. This remains an active and on-going investigation.

“Ms. Hockley was one of my teachers this year,” writes Renne in comments below. “I can’t believe she’s gone, I know that everyone at the school will be greatly affected by this and we will all greatly miss her. Anyone who had met Prudence would know that she was easily the kindest, most fun and full of life person you could meet.”

“It is a sad day for our Woodinville High School community,” said Woodinville High School principal Kurt Criscione. “Ms. Hockley was an extraordinary teacher with a dynamic personality and teaching style. We will miss her greatly. Our thoughts are with Prudence’s family at this difficult time.” A Facebook page has been set up in her memory here.

Update: Thanks to Steve for pointing out that Publicola this afternoon published a lengthy story identifying the suspect as a parolee, detailing his lengthy criminal record and his role in a dispute between Department of Corrections officials in Washington and Georgia.

Update 11 p.m.: You can see KING 5’s story here, KOMO 4’s story here, KIRO 7’s story here, and Q13’s story here.

(Photo from Woodinville High School)

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Lost dog seen wandering at 85th & Aurora this morning

December 28th, 2011 by Doree

Elizabeth tells us she saw a dog that looked lost at the southbound 358 bus stop at North 85th Street and Aurora Avenue North around 7:10 a.m. today.

This morning I saw a dog that seemed to be lost. It was small and black, possibly a terrier mix, with a green or blue collar and no tags that I could see. It seemed friendly but confused, more like a lost pet than a street dog. I couldn’t take it to my apartment for safety, but if its owner reads PhinneyWood maybe s/he can find it before it wanders far.

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Neighbor warns of man stealing items from her yard

December 28th, 2011 by Doree

Megan is warning Phinney-Greenwood neighbors that a man has been stealing things out of her yard for the last six months.

Our neighbor saw the guy that stole 2 nice large pots most recently (stolen in the past 10 days). Here is a description of the man:

  • Tall — 6’4″ maybe?
  • White
  • Wears a “drivers” hat often
  • Is always walking on Linden Street, by himself every single day (walks back and forth)
  • Usually asks for a weird amount of change (ex. $0.34)
  • Most recently seen stealing pots (walking them back to his house, one by one).

Has anyone else had this problem?

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Phinney-Greenwood’s popular Gumshoe scavenger hunt could expand to Ballard

December 28th, 2011 by Doree

“Do the Gumshoe” is a popular refrain in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood every August, as hundreds of gumshoers take to the streets to follow a list of clues and a chance to win prizes from neighborhood businesses during the annual Gumshoe 5K Walk.

Mike Veitenhans, otherwise known as “The Gumshoe Guy,” created the Gumshoe six years ago as a fundraiser for neighborhood nonprofits. The 2011 Gumshoe raised $4,800 for the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Food Bank and Greenwood Elementary School PTA.

Now, Veitenhans would like to partner with a few nonprofits for a Ballard Gumshoe.

“I’m giving it away!” Veitenhans said of the Gumshoe name and know-how.

But, he’d like the Ballard Gumshoe to happen at a different time of year from the Phinney-Greenwood event, and he encourages people to do both Gumshoes.

Here’s how it works: People buy a Gumshoe entry form for $20. Then they follow the list of 30 clues throughout the neighborhood, finding interesting artwork in people’s yards, identifying neighborhood landmarks, and making new friends as they try to help people who are stumped. Then turn in the completed entry form and be entered to win prizes from local merchants.

 

Gumshoers hit the streets of Greenwood-Phinney last year.

Ideally, Veitenhans would like to work with three Ballard non-profits. If interested, email him at mike.v@comcast.net.

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