Excellent news, Highland residents! The locally-owned chain, Dick’s Restaurant, is expanding to the area six weeks ahead of schedule. For those of you who crave the infamous hand cut fries, creamy shakes, and juicy burgers, the newest Dick’s Restaurant will be opening at 3pm this Thursday at 21910 Hwy 99, according to the Snohomish County Business Journal. It’s only ten minutes north from the Highland neighborhood, a much closer location than the twenty minute drive to the Holman location
Make sure to stop by on the opening day. It will be a true celebration with high school marching bands from around the area, contest winners, and even a visit from the co-founder Dick Spady.
This is the sixth Dick’s Restaurant in the Puget Sound region and the first to open since 1974. Be sure to stop by and enjoy the local Seattle treat.
Female joggers, stay alert when you’re out running along the trails. Yesterday morning, a female jogger was assaulted in Carkeek Park, less than 4 miles south of the Highlands. According to the SPD blotter, he attacked her from behind but she was able to fight him off with only minor abrasions. However, the suspect is still at large. Please visit the SPD blotter link for a full description on the suspect.
What’s interesting is the time of the day. The female victim was jogging at a “safe” time, a little before 8:30am, when the attack happened. Here are a few tips for Highlands joggers to be aware of:
Pay attention. If you must run with your iPod on, keep it low, so you can still hear sounds around you.
Listen to your gut. If you don’t feel safe running down a certain trail, turn around. Don’t take chances.
Be visible. Wear brightly colored clothing. This is especially important when jogging where there is traffic. Also, stay in well-lit areas.
Vary your route and always let a family member or friend know where you’re going.
Leave valuables at home – Keep i.d, a cell phone and keys on you in case of an emergency.
Invest in a whistle or personal alarm device. If something does happen, you can at least draw attention to yourself from other passer-bys.
Jog or run with others if possible. The more the merrier. This tip applies to dogs too. If your pooch can run with you, take him or her along. Dogs can help keep you safe.
With these tips, let’s hope it can keep our Highlands joggers safe and sound when they’re going on long runs down to Carkeek Park.
The Highlands resident and Seattle Mariner largest minority owner, Chris Larson, had a unflattering article written about him on the front page of today’s Seattle Times. The article follows other articles as the baseball season winds down about the Mariner ownership, their payroll for next year, and most Mariner fans’ dream of signing Prince Fielder in the offseason. While I too have dreams of Fielder in a Mariner’s uniform next year, this article today went too far. The article attacks someone going through a tough personal time (a divorce) and then discusses his debt without fairly talking about the value of his assets. No matter the situation, it is a shame to have this discussed so openly when there is little to no public interest in the situation. Even if it does affect the Mariners payroll going forward, at least we have a baseball team to root for (unlike the NBA/Seattle Sonics) and we have a Highlands’ resident to thank for it.