On the List | Capitol Hill Art Walk Queer Edition, Volunteer Park Pride Festival, Hopscotch CD


The Hill’s monthly art walk will be extra special for its June exposition of neighborhood creativity and culture. PrideFest is throwing its weight behind Thursday night’s event with a special Queer Edition Capitol Hill Art Walk:

Year 2 of our Queer Art Walk, this time working in partnership with Capitol Hill Art Walk. Featured are queer-owned venues, queer artists, or queer themed shows. So much good stuff!

PrideFest 2016: Featured Artist Jeffry Mitchell from East Pike Studios on Vimeo.

Yay for partnership! And Capitol Hill art. The map above shows the official PrideFest “queer-related” Capitol Hill venues participating in Thursday’s walk. There are, of course, plenty more where those came from. As usual, you can see the full map and roster at capitolhillartwalk.com. CHS is a proud community sponsor! Continue reading

Armed robbery reported at Belmont and Thomas

Police are investigating an armed street robbery reported early Saturday morning near Belmont and Thomas.

There are few details available yet in the holdup reported in the 300 block of Belmont Ave E just after 2:30 AM Saturday.

According to the preliminary report information on the incident, the robbery occurred on the street and reportedly involved a handgun. No medical units were dispatched to the area at the time.

We’ll update when we get more information from SPD on the incident.

Here’s why 15 fire hydrants on Capitol Hill will soon sport red rings

Screen shot 2013-05-19 at 6.54.54 AMThey still produce the water necessary for Seattle Fire crews to do battle but 15 fire hydrants around Capitol Hill will receive special markers this week designating them as “low flow” to help responders better plan their attack. Here is an announcement from the city about the project to mark 70 low-flow hydrants around the city with red discs — and the answer to one of those questions that are bound to come up on your next walk through the neighborhood with a 5-year-old.

Project/Description of Work: 
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) crews will install a red reflective ring on low-flow fire hydrants in your neighborhood. Low-flow hydrants are defined as those that deliver less than 500 gallons of water per minute.

The red ring provides a distinct and very visible way for Seattle Fire Department personnel to quickly and easily identify low-flow hydrants in cases of emergency.

Low-flow hydrants are fully operational, but output less water per minute than other hydrants. The clearly marked hydrants aid firefighters by helping ensure that the best fire-suppression tactics are chosen when operating a low-flow hydrant.

More than 18,000 fire hydrants are located throughout the City of Seattle of which about 70 are classified as low-flow hydrants and will be tagged with the red ring.

Dates/Times: Crews will begin installing the rings the week of May 20 and expect to have all low-flow hydrants throughout the city marked by the end of May 2013.

Contacts: If you have questions about this work, please contact SPU Hydrant Crew Chief Charles Jackson at (206) 396-1826 or [email protected].

For questions about fire safety in your neighborhood, contact Seattle Fire Department Public Information Officer Kyle Moore at (206) 386-1679 or [email protected].

1 Year Ago This Week on Capitol Hill

Here are the top CHS posts from this week in 2012:

1 Year Ago This Week on Capitol Hill

(Image: Dave Lichterman for CHS)

(Image: Dave Lichterman for CHS)

Here are the top CHS posts from this week in 2012:

Extra sunshine guaranteed for Volunteer Park volunteers: Your help needed at Sunday work party

Volunteer Park by TobinPhotography via the CHS Flickr pool

Volunteer Park by TobinPhotography via the CHS Flickr pool

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It’s a busy weekend in Volunteer Park with Saturday’s 5K, rock bands and taco trucks. It will be busy again Sunday with an event that should give you plenty of opportunity to soak up the much-needed sunshine while helping to improve the park.

For more weekend things to do, check out the latest CHS On the List.

Volunteer Park Spring Restoration
Help the Volunteer Park Trust — they’re the people working, among many things, to make the park’s Sunset Promenade project happen —  clean and garden at Sunday’s work party:

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Court updates: Trial nears for man police say used app to find victims on Capitol Hill, ‘Silver pistol’ suspect faces multiple charges

Screen shot 2013-04-26 at 11.03.21 AMFollowing the arrest and charges against a Kent man with a remarkably similar modus operandi, CHS checked in on the case of David Hansen, arrested in January and charged in two violent robberies of men he met for sex including one incident inside an E Howell residence that left the victim bloodied after being hit over the head by a glass candle holder.

According to the King County Prosecutor’s office, Hansen’s trial is set to begin the first week in May. The 25-year-old, who had been living in the Central District but met his alleged victims around Capitol Hill through Craigslist and via hook-up app Scruff, faces two counts of first degree robbery.

He has been held in jail since his January arrest at a North Seattle motel where he was hiding out as police searched for the suspect.

Cases against 19-year-old police say behind ‘Silver pistol’ stick-ups move forward
Hezekiah Zot Greene is keeping King County Prosecutors busy. Three robbery cases involving the 19-year-old are moving forward with hearings next month including an incident in the string of gunpoint street robberies around Capitol Hill and the Central District in January.

Greene and accomplices are charged with multiple counts of robbery for their alleged acts including a North Seattle home invasion that ultimately led to Greene’s arrest in January.

Greene is the sole defendant charged in the January 14th robbery near 21st and E John. His criminal background includes convictions on theft, assault, burglary and a 2008 manslaughter case.

Greene has been held in King County Jail since his January arrest.

City Hall | Where you can buy/sell Capitol Hill pot, price set for not building affordable housing in South Lake Union

Amtrak riders rejoice. The refurbished King Street Station waiting area, part of a $55 million overhaul, is unveiled Wednesday at 11 AM. (Image: Downtown Seattle Association)

Amtrak riders rejoice. The refurbished King Street Station waiting area, part of a $55 million overhaul, is unveiled Wednesday at 11 AM. (Image: Downtown Seattle Association)

  • Pot zones: The City Council’s Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture committee Wednesday afternoon will debate Nick Licata and Sally Clark’s plan to zone  the city for “marijuana-related activity” in the wake of recreational legalization of the drug in the state. CHS reported on the proposal’s restrictions that would congregate marijuana retailing in a limited set of commercial zones in the city. The result would leave a swath of central Broadway, parts of Pike/Pine and a stretch of E Madison open for pot business, according to the city. Commercial grow operations would also be limited to zoned industrial areas of the city under the proposed legislation. A public hearing and committee discussion of the legislation is slated for Wednesday’s meeting starting at 2 PM.

    If it's left white, you can light (um, stoners, help us out with this one). Sorry for the cruddy resolution. PDF here

    If it’s left white, you can light (um, stoners, help us out with this one). Sorry for the cruddy resolution. PDF here

  • How much will it cost to not build affordable housing in South Lake Union? Off Hill, the City Council’s committee working on rezoning South Lake Union compromised Monday on an issue that has pitted developers of affordable housing vs. more profit-minded ventures. Continue reading

Q&A with the poet as Alexie to speak with students (and you) at the Egyptian

image003 (3)What happens when you hold up a sign in the middle of a Sherman Alexie appearance asking the writer to visit your school? He says OK.

Last fall, the College Activities Board went on a group outing to listen to Sherman Alexie talk about his new book (Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories) at the University Bookstore. CAB board member, Erik Rios, had developed a cordial relationship in the past with the poet striking up conversations with him while working at a nearby movie theater. During the Q&A portion, Erik held up a sign asking the poet to come speak to us at Seattle Central until Alexie acknowledged the sign and agreed to come. Untraditional tactics aside, there was more work to be done to confirm one of our town’s treasures and this is why we are so very proud to announce this event!


Sherman Alexie is a poet, author, and filmmaker who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The author of, more recently, War Dances and Face. He is the winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award, 2008 Odyssey Award, 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, 2001 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and a Special Citation for the 1994 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction.  Smoke Signals, the film he wrote and co-produced, won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.  He was also well featured in the Sonicsgate documentary. Sherman will be discussing his literary works, his personal life, and the importance of National Poetry Month.

The event is free and organized by Seattle Central’s Creative Arts Series, a sub-committee of the College Activities Board (CAB) and co-sponsored by the SCCC American Indian Student Association (AISA).

Wednesday, April 24th
Doors open at 10:30AM

Sherman will begin with a lecture at 11:00AM, followed by a Q&A from the campus community (Event will end at 1:00PM)

Egyptian Movie Theater (805 E. Pine)


Blotter | Man says robbed after turning down prostitute at Broadway/Pike

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959.

  • Man robbed at Broadway/Pike after refusing to pay for sex: A heavily intoxicated man told police he as punched in the head and robbed of his Blackberry and $42 cash early Monday morning by a man and a woman after he said he didn’t want to pay for sex. According to the report on the incident, police found the victim at the Shell station at Broadway and Pike where he had gotten into a car with the woman he had met earlier in the night. The victim said the woman then told him he was going to have to pay if he wanted to have sex with her. The victim said he told the woman and a man in the vehicle he wasn’t interested at which point he was punched and robbed. The heavily intoxicated victim provided only a general description of his male attacker and the suspect vehicle was not located. The victim declined medical treatment.
  • Boren brick tosser wakes up building: Residents of an apartment building at Boren and Union awoke to a fire alarm and had to evacuate the building in the wee hours of the morning after a man threw a brick through glass, gained entry to the building and set about spraying the fifth floor with a fire extinguisher. The early Monday morning incident brought out SPD and Seattle Fire as residents were cleared from the building. Inside, firefighters found the suspect, who had entered the building thanks to the brick earlier in the morning, amidst the scene of mayhem on the building’s fifth floor. He was arrested by police and booked into jail for investigation of burglary and malicious mischief.
  • Christopher Hairston, the SPD cop charged by the City Attorney in a 2012 assault of a handcuffed suspect on Capitol Hill, has pleaded not guilty.