Capitol Hill novelist’s latest sci-fi work is written from the first-sea monster perspective

51RwTgZBvlL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_1059537254 Don’t be alarmed. But there’s a man living on Capitol Hill who thought this up. Imagine you are a giant blue stingray and you are attacking Tokyo as we speak. That’s not even the scary part. What happens when a giant squid falls in love with you and won’t take no for an answer! The worst part is yet to come. The story unfolds in Ron Dakron’s newest offering, Hello Devilfish!

Dakron is the pen name of Capitol Hill writer and poet Ronald Christoffel. Now in his 60s, he moved to Seattle and has been writing here since he was 24. When he moved to the city, he said he wrote poetry and painted houses to make ends meet. He was part of the “Red Sky Poetry Theatre.” Continue reading

Blotter | Woman tells police Broadway robbery attempt ended with ‘sorry’ after beating

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • Bellevue Ave robbery reported: Police are investigating a strange robbery attempt reported inside an apartment building courtyard in the 1500 block of Bellevue Ave Monday night:Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 10.31.18 AMAccording to the SPD report, the victim suffered a head injury caused by being struck by a “blunt object” that required stitches in the attack.
  • Reported Broadway robbery suspect gets away with only ‘I am sorry’ — A woman reported to police she beat the crap out of a would-be robber in an incident just after midnight last Sunday morning near Broadway and Republican:Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 10.40.22 AM Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | Governor, mayor at soon-to-open Stateside to launch initiative to help indie restaurateurs

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Stateside owner Eric Johnson surrounded by elected officials inside his under construction E Pike restaurant (Photo: CHS)

Earlier this year first-time restaurant owner Eric Johnson discovered he needed to have part of E Pike closed off in order to run a new gas line into his upcoming French-Vietnamese fusion restaurant, Stateside. Unsure where to turn, Johnson was put in touch with the city’s Office of Economic Development and Jennifer Tam, who helped expedite the work.

On Thursday, a cast of top elected officials appeared at Stateside to announce the formalization of Tam’s role as the city’s restaurant advocate and the launch of a new initiative intended to help guide Seattle’s first time restaurateurs through the multi-layered process of opening a new business.

A sneak peek at Stateside's color (Image @shaunhong via Instagram)

A sneak peek at Stateside’s colors (Image @shaunhong via Instagram)

Thanks in part to Tam’s work, Johnson said he expects Stateside to open by late November. “Just having one real person to turn to helps,” he said. Continue reading

23 spookiest Capitol Hill Seattle posts… ever

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

How about another Hilloween tradition? We’ve updated our annual list of the spookiest CHS stories… ever. We’re up to 23! Don’t read in the dark! CHS will be out and about on Halloween as always to capture the scene and cover any breaking news. See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. In the meanwhile, here are some of the best tales of mystery and paranormal activity from around Capitol Hill from the CHS archives. Feel free to tell any Capitol Hill ghost stories you know about in the comments.

In 2010, CHS found these lines of numbers written in chalk on the cobbles of E Howell particularly disturbing

In 2010, CHS found these lines of numbers written in chalk on the cobbles of E Howell particularly disturbing

  1. Chalk number mystery on E Howell cobbles
  2. 16th Ave E’s ‘haunted house’ comes down
  3. The Nevertold Casket Company might just be the strangest shop on E Republican
  4. Meet the Klineburger Brothers and Capitol Hill’s taxidermy past
  5. The tale of the Winchester House of Capitol Hill (that never ever existed)
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    (Image: CHS)

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Plan for a Capitol Hill doughnut bar gets one last push with Pettirosso pop-up

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 2.31.40 PM Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 2.30.46 PMThe plan to bring a doughnut bar “inspired by Tom Waits and New Orleans nightlife
to Capitol Hill will get an extra push this weekend with a 9th & Hennepin pop-up at 11th Ave’s Cafe Pettirosso.

CHS told you earlier this month about the early plans from Justin Newstrum to create a joint serving fresh, hot doughnuts, coffee, and booze on Capitol Hill. The fundraiser behind the project stands at just under $5,000 with only a few days left to go on the $16,000 goal Newstrum is hoping to raise to fund the start-up of 9th & Hennepin. You can make your contribution here if you’re interested in helping get the business started and scoring one of the backer gifts.

Sunday night from 6 to 10 PM, you can meet the doughnut entrepreneur and sample his creations — and, hopefully, get inspired to add your dollars to the kitty:

As one last hurrah before my kickstarter ends, the fabulous ladies at Cafe Pettirosso have agreed to host a pop-up up night of fresh-fried donuts at their space on Capitol Hill this Sunday, November 2nd. Cafe Pettirosso will be open for their normal business hours Sunday night, serving their normal menu with Happy Hour all night long. In addition to that, we’re crafting a short menu of our donuts to fry to order. Donuts will be free, but *cash* donations will be accepted, to be donated to the kickstarter project. For those still on the fence about supporting the project this will be an excellent opportunity to come try a taste of what you’ll be getting when we open.

The real pronunciation and future of Nagle (Nail?), founding father of Capitol Hill

John Nagle’s name is all over Capitol Hill, though you probably never notice it unless you’re walking down his namesake Place. Nagle was a Seattle pioneer and Capitol Hill landowner who died in 1897. Prior to his death, Nagle’s estate sold 161 acres of his land to the city, which included much of the land that makes up Cal Anderson Park and north Broadway today.

8443523121_64e801da1e_ounnamed (34)The strange stretch of Capitol Hill pavement is about to undergo some major changes as Capitol Hill Station development ramps up in coming years approaching the expected opening of the U-Link light rail extension by early 2016. The first signs of this change are now beginning to show:

Nagle Place Utility Relocation

Starting as early as Thursday, October 30, Sound Transit’s contractor will begin work on Nagle Place between Howell St. and E Pine St. to install underground utilities.

This work will require sawing the pavement, jack hammering, excavation and paving equipment. The project will take approximately one month to complete. Work hours are from 7 a.m. through 6.pm. weekdays.

Once the utility work is complete, crews will restore the area.

During this work, Nagle Pl., between E Pine St and Howell St. will be closed to through traffic.

Residents and patrons should enter Nagle Place at E Pine St. for the duration of the work.

What to expect:

  • Intermittent daytime noise from saws and jackhammers as crews break up concrete to install utilities

  • Sidewalk closures and street parking restrictions near the work zone

  • Traffic delays

  • Access to homes and businesses will be maintained

If, like us, you’ve spent any time searching through city property records, “Nagle’s Addition” should be a familiar term. Every single sliver of land, or plat, in the city is given an official common name, and much of north Capitol Hill is still referred to as a block of “Nagle’s Addition.”

To our surprise, CHS discovered this article which says Nagle’s name is actually pronounced NAIL, not NAY-gul. Whoa!

So, any Nagles out there who care to weigh in? Anyone who lives in the Broadway Building that will now insist on the correct pronunciation of their street? The Capitol Hill that our children — and our future light rail station — inherit depends on it!

Seattle creates its first ‘Arts and Cultural District’ on Capitol Hill

It's not the headquarters for the district but the new 12th Ave Arts will be a big part of the launch  (Image: Capitol Hill Housing)

It’s not the headquarters for the district but the new 12th Ave Arts will be a big part of the launch (Image: Capitol Hill Housing)

Capitol Hill Housing and others have already moved into the new office spaces -- the stages will be put into motion come 2015 (Image: New Century Theater via Facebook)

Capitol Hill Housing and others have already moved into the new office spaces — the stages will be put into motion come 2015 (Image: New Century Theater via Facebook)

With $50,000 in federal money to help kick it off, City Hall will finally begin to put shape to a multi-year quest by creating Seattle’s first “Arts and Cultural District” on Capitol Hill. The program will launch later in November along with the grand opening celebration of Capitol Hill Housing’s new affordable apartments + non-profit office space + restaurants + East Precinct parking + theater development, 12th Ave Arts.

But 12th Ave won’t be the center of the new Hill initiative.

“We’ve talked about Cal Anderson Park as the center of it,” City of Seattle cultural space liaison and arts entrepreneur Matthew Richter told CHS earlier this fall.

We were there in 2009 as city officials came to the Odd Fellows building to plant the seeds for the new cultural district (Image: CHS)

We were there in 2009 as city officials came to the Odd Fellows building to plant the seeds for the new cultural district (Image: CHS)

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On the List | Hilloween Friday, Bump!, Pronto Crawl, 15th Ave E trick or treating

The easy answer is to head off into the night on Capitol Hill and find some Halloween fun. You won’t have to look for long. Or you can check out some of the CHS-approved Hilloween 2014 events, below.

Get an early start on the proceedings Thursday with a plastic pumpkin full of Halloween action. At 5:30 PM, you can be part of the Pronto Costume Crawl:

- Meet at 15th & Thomas Group Health Station at 5:30 PM in your Halloween costume
– Depart at 6 PM on the dot for a ride around the haunted streets of Capitol Hill
– Ride down to Cal Anderson and dock by 6:30
– Meet up inside Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream and enjoy a complimentary scoop of i-scream from our pals there & pose for the paparazzi for a group ride photo
– Ride (or walk) down to Ltd. Art Gallery inside Raygun Lounge for ghoulish goodies, spooky snacks and a devilish deeds.

Later that night, Neighbours hosts the annual BUMP! Halloween party: Continue reading

Hilloween 2014: The return of ‘Where to trick or treat on Capitol Hill’

Halloween Trick Or Treating in Capitol Hill, SeattleLike Jason and Freddy, some CHS posts never really die. They just crawl back out of the CHS archives, ready to delight and inform CHS users — again and again and again.

For some, this is their first Halloween on Capitol Hill. For others, we hope the sequel is a kind of candy corn-y tradition. Once again, we’ve analyzed the data and crunched the numbers to determine the Capitol Hill Trick or Treat Hot Zone for 2014. It looks familiar. We’re ready and willing to adjust boundaries or new hot pockets of giant-sized Hershey bar goodness to the map – just let us know in comments. Continue reading

Inside the Uncle Ike’s lawsuit: the case, the secret partners… and the parklet

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 9.53.34 AMDetails of the lawsuit brought by Mount Calvary Christian Center against 23rd and Union pot retailer Uncle Ike’s, the state liquor board and the City of Seattle reveal the Central District church’s strategy and shine light onto the business dealings behind Seattle’s second I-502 retail marijuana shop.

Last week, CHS reported on early word of the lawsuit brought against the retailer after less than a month of (very good) business at the corner. In filings with the King County Superior Court, lawyers for Mount Calvary claim that Ike’s proximity to its Joshua Generation Teen Center should have disqualified the I-502 retail application from Ian Eisenberg and his business partners to open at 23rd and Union: Continue reading

Staff changes at The Stranger continue ahead of 2016 move from 11th/Pine

The Stranger needs new office space -- because new office space is coming to 11th and Pine

The Stranger needs new office space — because new office space is coming to 11th and Pine

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Keck, at the mic, and his right hand man, Stranger editor in chief Christopher Frizelle, clutching the mic, at the 2014 Stranger Genius Awards (Image: Beth Crook via The Stranger)

Last week, arts editor and food writer Bethany Jean Clement announced she was leaving Capitol Hill’s only newspaper to pick up the food and drink beat at the Seattle Times. It was the latest in a year of big editorial change-ups for The Stranger, which occupies 2.5 floors above Value Village and the Rhino Room at 11th and Pine and is — perhaps — the most well known of all Capitol Hill businesses.

Publisher Tim Keck told CHS the staff changes don’t represent much more than the steady turnovers now commonplace in many newsrooms. Without tying it to specific staff changes, Keck did say The Stranger is trying to chart a course that better balances deeply reported stories with the impassioned and uncompromising voices the paper and its blog, the Slog, are known for.

“Loud, brash opinions are a dime a dozen,” he said. “It’s really important for publications to distinguish ourselves from that.” Continue reading

Hill Wonk | Community — and curiosity — reason enough to vote

We’ve asked Zachary Pullin, Vice President of the Capitol Hill Community Council, to contribute to CHS about community civics and politics on a semi-regular basis. If you’re an expert and want to share with the community in a recurring CHS column, we’d like to hear from you. This is his first post for CHS.

550190_10151496017543696_1846920479_nIn the August 2014 primary, roughly 29% of registered voters in our legislative district actually voted. It troubles me that a majority of people — especially registered voters — apparently have no motivation to vote.

As an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree tribe of Rocky Boy, Montana, I’m only the second generation with the right to vote. In 1924, Native peoples were granted citizenship, but in many states — including Washington — keeping Native people from voting persisted. Barriers to voting included: culture tests, unreachable polling places, and registrars unwilling to accept voter registration of Native peoples. In our state, the phrase “Indians not taxed,” in Article 1 of the Constitution, justified the exclusion of Native peoples from voting until the Supreme Court ruled that all Native people could vote, in 1948.

When we don’t appreciate the power of our vote, the history of voting, and the impact voting has on real people and neighbors in our community, only 29% of us turn out to vote. Continue reading

Now that we have a doggie bar lined up, check out the Capitol Hill plans for a cat cafe

(Image: Seattle Meowtropolitan)

(Image: Seattle Meowtropolitan)

10151787_549796821816308_7131859603313253472_nAs prophesied, Capitol Hill’s first dog bar will likely be followed by Capitol Hill’s first cat cafe:

Matt Lai (official title, according to his email signature, is “Cool Cat”) says cat cafe plans are moving along, but still nascent. He and his two partners are about to launch a round of crowdfunding, which will help determine minor details like the location and the space. Still they’re hoping to be open by mid-2015, preferably somewhere on Capitol Hill.

Nascent, crazy cat lady, so just settle down. There’s not even a Kickstarter yet. But there are cafe designs, logos and even merch on the Seattle Meowtropolitan Facebook page. We’ll keep you posted on any signs this project moves beyond fantasy stage — though with several of the city’s best journalists already on the case, we might not be the ones to break this story. We are, however, hoping it moves in next to Purr.