With Trailhead Direct, hiking season begins again at Broadway and Denny

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Feeling all the good feels today. Being a hike leader has taught me so much beyond just hiking and navigating forests. It’s taught me to listen, to stay patient, and better yet the power of true connection. We are all facing our own journeys, but competition, defeat, or fear doesn’t have to be a mainstay in our reality. We can lift one another up, we can help each other take the next leap. 🤪🐥Thanks to the UW Hiking Club for giving me this wonderful opportunity to Inspire young minds to reach their own mountain tops. 🙏🏼💕🏔&Thank you to the kids today who decided to get outside with us. 🤙🏼 #uwhikingclub #cascademountains #gooutside #trailheaddirect #fall 🍂🍁 photocred: @sholeh.sharif 💕

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It is the start of a new hiking season on Capitol Hill. Trailhead Direct bus service, paid for by the county, private sponsors, and the City of Seattle to help deliver outdoor enthusiasts to the region’s closest, most popular, and most parking constrained hiking destinations, begins Saturday.

“We’re bringing back Trailhead Direct with more routes to more trails in more communities,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in the announcement of the second full season for the program. “Our popular transit-to-trails service has succeeded in many different ways. We have made our spectacular mountain forests accessible to more people, reduced dangerous overcrowding at popular trailheads, and made it easy to hike without having to drive or park.”

The 2019 season of Trailhead Direct has added more pick-up sites including the Tukwila International Boulevard Station with service to more trailheads, including Little Si near North Bend and the Sky Country Trailhead in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Continue reading

SPD looking for suspect after string of Broadway arson fires

The man was caught on Corvus and Co. security video

Seattle Police confirm that they are looking for a suspect who entered Corvus and Co. and lit fire to one of the Broadway bar’s bathrooms early Wednesday morning.

The bar’s owner posted security video and a photo of the man he says “carried a large propane torch” into the venue in the 600 block of Broadway E around 12:30 AM Wednesday and set fire to a restroom. “This guy was serious. Let’s find this guy before someone gets hurt,” the owner writes.

SPD says they are investigating the attempted arson. Seattle Fire was called to the scene around 12:36 AM Wednesday. Continue reading

At The Garage, Bowlero hopes to keep the ‘vibe’ without throwing a Capitol Hill gutter ball on ‘authenticity’

In the midst of a West Coast expansion, the folks at the New York City-based Bowlero company want you to know this about its plans for Capitol Hill bowling alley and pool hall The Garage:

“The core is that we’re going to keep that vibe, keep the authenticity,” Bowlero spokesperson Colie Edison tells CHS, confirming our report last week that the AMF family of bowling focused companies was taking over the 1996-founded Broadway bowling alley from its founding ownership with plans for an overhaul that will update the bowling center with an arcade and bar and food service.

Edison said no name change is planned for the venue and that while the currently 21and over bar setting for the Garage will likely give away to an all ages setup, she still expects times when the 1130 Broadway hangout will be adults only for nightlife hours.

The sale is not necessarily a time for congratulations for longtime owner Mike Bitondo. He and business partner Alex Rosenast founded the Garage two decades ago after a chance run-in with the property’s owner at a Mariner’s game. Three years ago, Bitondo bought his partner out so he could spend more time with family and away from the day to day grind of owning a business.

Now Bitondo is also ready to step away. Continue reading

Walkout at Seattle Central part of call for state to provide more funding for community colleges

Students joined faculty and staff at walkouts across the Seattle Colleges system Tuesday including a rally on Broadway outside Seattle Central to support legislation currently being considered in Olympia to more fully fund Washington’s community and technical colleges.

“The walkout is intended to illustrate the crisis faced by the community and technical colleges (CTC) because of the State Legislature’s failure to adequately fund programs, salaries and student support,” organizers from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) local 1789 wrote. “For over a decade, the State has covered only 65% of college expenses, while increases in student tuition, budget cuts, and reserve money have attempted to cover the gap.” Continue reading

Provider selected for program to restore homelessness outreach to Broadway

The Seattle Human Services Department made an announcement Monday on a key decision that will put homelessness outreach workers back on the streets around Broadway.

The city department’s selection panel has chosen Evergreen Treatment Center’s REACH program to fulfill its $244,400 portion of a new effort to put the workers into action in three neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, the International District/Chinatown, and First Hill.

“Outreach services are defined as efforts to approach and engage someone with the objective of developing a relationship of trust and connecting that person with resources. Services may include addressing a person’s survival needs, providing health and other education, facilitating access to available services such as diversion or emergency shelter, and establishing ongoing, trusting relationships,” HSD says. Continue reading

Lynching graffiti found at Seattle Central investigated as hate crime

Racist graffiti in a stairwell at Capitol Hill’s Seattle Central College condemned by the school president in a letter to the campus community is being investigated as a hate crime, a Seattle Police spokesperson tells CHS.

The letter from Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange references black marker graffiti showing “several bodies hanging from ropes” found in March in the school’s stairway B of the Broadway Edison building. Lange said an ominous message accompanied the drawings — “Damn your strange fruit.”

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911 | Investigation on Broadway after Friday morning dumpster fire and charred newspaper box

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here. Hear sirens and wondering what’s going on? Check out Twitter reports from @jseattle or tune into the CHS Scanner page.

  • Broadway fires: Investigators were collecting evidence after Seattle Fire quickly handled a set of suspicious fires along Broadway Friday morning that roasted a dumpster and charred a Seattle Weekly newspaper box. SFD was called to the dumpster fire in the 300 block of Broadway E just after 5:30 AM and found the large garbage bin near the Teriyaki and Wok in flames, according to emergency radio dispatches. Firefighters were able to quickly douse the fire with water before it threatened nearby buildings and a propane tank. About 20 minutes later, Seattle Police reported a newspaper box outside the 200 block Broadway E building home to Jai Thai was also on fire. Firefighters were able to extinguish the small fire in a Seattle Weekly paper box using only a pump can. Both fires were being investigated as suspicious. There were no reported injuries. Lanes of Broadway were temporarily closed to traffic during the responses.

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Bowling giant AMF hopes to pick up Capitol Hill’s Garage to expand bowling center empire — UPDATE: Bowlero

A longtime staple of Capitol Hill nightlife fun and games appears headed for a big change.

AMF, an operator of bowling and entertainment centers including laser tag arenas, and a manufacturer of bowling equipment, has applied for a liquor license for the acquisition of Broadway’s Garage Bowling and Billiards.

UPDATE: Permitting work indicates the venue will be operated as a Bowlero bowling center and arcade with bar and food service. Hopefully this isn’t bad news for the neighborhood’s pool sharks.

A representative at the Virginia-based company declined to comment on the application and our inquiry to Garage ownership has not yet been answered.

Alex Rosenast and Mike Bitondo founded the Garage two decades ago after a chance run-in with the property’s owner at a Mariner’s game. A company registered to Rosenast now owns the $3 million-plus building home to the alleys and pool hall. There is no record of any property sale at this time. The building is also home to a Vivace coffee bean roasting facility.  Continue reading

Rancho Bravo drops Broadway burger joint Freddy Junior’s from Capitol Hill family

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The histories of current era Pike/Pine will surely have entries for cheap but satisfying taco provider Rancho Bravo. But we also might want to remember restaurant owner Freddy Rivas for the Capitol Hill projects he decided to pull the plug on.

The Freddy Junior’s Broadway burger joint is dead. Rivas tells CHS he had to say goodbye.

“We closed Freddy Junior’s for a variety of reasons,” Rivas said. “One of the key reasons was because I just didn’t have the time necessary to dedicate to overseeing the business. Staffing has also been a huge issue because the labor market has been really tight.” Continue reading

What will it take for Orion to outrace Sawant in D3? Business, bravery, and ‘a queer voice on council again’

Orion was introduced Tuesday by Aleksa Manila, “drug counselor by day, drag diva by night,” before his campaign announcement on Broadway

Walking through the Emerald City chaos of Broadway and its glorious mix of the glamour and the squalor of Seattle on a Tuesday morning is one thing. Holding a press conference to announce your candidacy for City Council at the corner of Broadway and Harrison in the middle of it all is quite another.

There is one thing for certain in the just-starting race for the District 3 seat at Seattle City Hall. The campaign will include two of the bravest politicians in the city. Continue reading