Magnolia bridge vandalism

A Magnolia Voice reader took these photos of damage done by vandals at the top of the Magnolia Bridge.  The ‘Welcome to Magnolia’ sign and  a utility box and the concrete barriers along the bridge were all tagged.  A ‘Do Not Enter’ sign was broken off and knocked to the ground.


The damage has been reported to the City of Seattle.   Our reader says:  The graffiti tagging is an ongoing, irritating problem in Magnolia and Interbay. And while the city does a great job of quickly painting over tags that are reported, that doesn’t slow down the tagging. Some taggers even say they appreciate getting a new "clean canvas" where they can tag again. Do taggers ever get caught? The news media never reports that taggers were caught or prosecuted.

Give blood on Friday

The Bloodmobile will be in Magnolia on Friday (9/2) and they are looking for donors.  They want to create support through the Labor Day weekend which is  a time of need for donated blood. 

The Bloodmobile will be on 32nd Ave West by Albertsons from noon to 6p.m.  It will be closed from 2-3p.m.  You can even reserve a time to donate here.  
If you have questions, please contact Cecily Nagel via email at or give her a call at 206-444-2959.

Disaster drill in Discovery Park

Public safety agencies around Puget Sound will practice coordinating rescue efforts in a series of aviation drills on Saturday September 10 and one of them will be in and over Discovery Park.   This is the first regional exercise that coordinates all regional aviation assets in preparation for a natural disaster. 

The scenario for the exercise assumes landslides, flooding and road washouts caused by heavy storms and 20 inches of rain. In Discovery Park, a Washington State Patrol (WSP) Cessna will circle the park and use its onboard thermal imaging camera to locate an injured patient. The Seattle Fire Department’s Helicopter High Rise Rescue Team, upon learning of the injured patient, will board a King County Sheriff’s helicopter and lower a rescue hoist to pick up the patient off a hillside near the lighthouse.

Other aviation exercises will take place simultaneously in Snohomish County.

Also participating in this drill are Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Police, WSDOT, Seattle Emergency Operations Center, Bellevue Police and Fire, and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

Medical Marijuana in Magnolia

By reporter Steven Smalley

Seattle’s Best Alternative Care, Magnolia’s new cannabis dispensary at 2820 Thorndyke Ave. West, has completed its fourth month of operations with improvements to the building, and an extended selection of medicinal marijuana, previously unseen.  Here is an update to our previous story.

Along with added video surveillance, air conditioning, and leather couches, the formerly empty display case in a back room now contains an assortment of cannabis buds and cannabis infused food items both referred to as “meds” by the owner, Maria Mendoza.

Magnolia Voice was granted access to view the medical marijuana which is stored inside numerous Mason jars.  Photographs of the room were not allowed.  With labels displaying names such as Jack Frost, Sour Diesel, and Purple Nice Guy, there are jars of medicinal cannabis sold by the gram.

There are changes on the outside as well including the large SBAC printed on the glass door.  This gives no hint to the nature of the  business inside,  a promise Mendoza made and has kept since she opened the dispensary.

SBAC allows patients to purchase the medicinal marijuana only if they possess cards issued by authorized physicians. No off-the-street sales of the drug is permitted.  There is no marijuana or cash kept on the premises overnight.

Wine tasting at Farmer’s Market

The Magnolia Farmer’s Market is one of only 10 markets in the state to be awarded the opportunity to offer wine-tasting.  The first event is this  Saturday (9/3) from 10a.m. to 2p.m.  There will be wine tasting for the rest of the market season which runs through October 8.  Klickitat Canyon Winery will be sampling their estate grown Merlot, Chardonnay and Muller-Thurgau.

A special pilot program introduced in the Washington State Legislature allows local vintners and microbreweries to provide limited sampling of their Washington wines and microbrews. The Magnolia Farmer’s Market  was randomly chosen for the opportunity in a drawing held at the Liquor Control Board in Olympia.   

Bike the Bluff

Magnolia’s annual Bike the Bluff fundraising ride is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 10.  This popular neighborhood event includes a variety of routes for cyclists of all ages. You can pick a 4.5 or 6 mile course and both will start and end on the Catharine Blaine playground.  There are also scenic detours that can add distance for those looking for a challenge or a virtually flat 2-mile-round-trip sidewalk route for the youngest of riders.

Registration is available here or on the day of the event beginning at 9:30. The course opens at 10:00 am and closes at 2:00 pm.  Riders 12 and over are $20, riders 11 and under are $15 and a family registration is $40.  Alpine Hut has donated services to make sure bikes are road-worthy and Cascade Bicycle Club will provide helmet fitting by trained volunteers. Helmets are required for all riders.

Proceeds from Bike the Bluff will help send Catharine Blaine School’s incoming fifth-graders to a four-day environmental science camp on Bainbridge Island.