Photos: Day Trip to Mt. Baker

Friday, January 19, 2018

There are several small and scenic lakes just below Artist Point.

Text and photos by Wayne Pridemore

Last September, we decided to take a day trip from our home in Shoreline to Artist Point near Mount Baker. It had been about four years since our last trip there.

The trees look like sentinels standing  watch near the Bagley Lakes.

The area provides one of Washington State's most beautiful views of the snow capped volcano. 

Mount Shuksan is just over the next small ridge.

We left early in the morning, 5:30am and we arrived in Bellingham at 7:00am for breakfast. Just a little north of Bellingham we exited I-5 onto Highway 542 and drove the 60 miles to Artist Point area.

Mount Baker, the snow capped volcano, rises to a height of 5,140 feet. It is visible from some vantage spots in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.


The Long Haul: Stories of Human Migration

Exploredia Ten Great Migrations
For more than 200,000 years, Homo sapiens have been moving around the planet, sometimes drawn and sometimes driven by a host of natural and man-made forces: drought, floods, crop failure, war, the quest for survival, or the hope of a better future.

Examine the roots and the routes of human migration from our beginnings in Africa, and trace our oft-branching journey into the 21st century.

What happens when vast numbers of our fellow humans are on the move?

Led by scholar David Fenner, this talk explores the push and pull factors that cause human migration, which in turn can help us understand more fully events in the headlines and better know the mosaic of peoples who have settled in the Pacific Northwest.

Sponsored by the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2 - 3:30pm, Shoreline Library large meeting room 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155.

Free program


Skandia Third Friday Dance

Music from Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag
Photo by Martin Ng
Skandia Third Friday Dance, January 19, 2018, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood 98036. 

Tom Sears and Lisa Brooks will teach Rørospols from 7:30 to 8:30pm. This is a popular and fun dance from the town of Røros in Norway.

At 8:30pm, the dance starts with music from the Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag, then Karin Code from Kalamazoo, Michigan, will play hardingfele music, along with Hale Bill and the Bopps, until 11pm.

Class, 7:30pm; dance, 8:30–11pm. $15 (Skandia members, $10); kids, free. 

For more information, email or call 425-954-5262.


Skandia dance workshop Saturday

Skandia Folk Dance workshop Saturday, January 20, 2018 with Judy Patterson and Jerry Walsh teaching Valdresspringar, accompanied by music from Karin Code.

This is an energetic and fun dance done to lively hardingfele music, from the Valdres valley in Norway.

As with other springars, and like swing dancing, there are several possible moves that the lead chooses to dance with the follow, including a fast couple turn at the end of the sequence.

No partner necessary to attend the workshop.

10am – 4pm, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood. Skandia members who preregister pay $30; day-of-workshop admission will be $35 per person for members and nonmembers.

For more information, email or call 425-954-5262.


North Helpline loses a quarter of their food donations with the closing of Sam's Club

Number of clients served in 2016, versus 2017, by ZIP code
at North Helpline's two food banks

By Diane Hettrick

North Helpline 12736 33th Ave NE, Seattle 98125 is a social services agency in Lake City which serves the entire north end with emergency services and food.

We work to make sure our neighbors have food on the table and a roof overhead.

In 2017, realizing the need, they opened a second food bank by Bitter Lake to serve the western half of the area. This greatly increased the number of clients served to almost 1700 a week.

Our Food Bank provides food and other basic essentials to those experiencing hunger or food insecurity during four weekly distributions.

North Helpline finished 2017 strong with successful end of the year fundraising while keeping up with the need during the holiday season.

In the first few weeks of 2018, they were struck a body blow: the closing of Sam's Club.

Last year they picked up over 350,000 pounds of donated food from Sam's Club. Most of that food was fresh, healthy food. This accounted for almost a quarter of their food donations.

Sam's Club was part of their Grocery Rescue program, where they 'rescued' (picked up) food that the grocery stores were going to throw away. They used to visit Sam's Club three times a week.

Our clients have benefited so much from the Sam's Club donations as they donate a lot of meat. We were happy to be able to give out 3 lbs of meat per person! With the loss of Sam's Club, that will, unfortunately, have to change. We will also have a lot less produce.

They hope to contact a few new stores and increase monetary donations so they can buy more meat and produce to fill the need.

They will need community support to increase their food purchasing budget. Donate here.

They will also need additional weekly grocery rescue volunteers as they take on more stores.

In addition to this, the volunteer break room refrigerator stopped working and a van broke down.

If you or anyone you know has a refrigerator or van looking for a good home please let us know.

Contact Kelly Brown, Executive Director


Bluegrass fans: Wintergrass music festival preview in Edmonds Feb 10

Downtown Mountain Boys
perform a free concert in Edmonds
The City of Edmonds Arts Commission, Edmonds Sno-Isle Library and Friends of the Edmonds Library’s free-admission music series, Music at the Library, continues in February with a special preview of the Wintergrass Music Festival featuring a performance by the bluegrass band Downtown Mountain Boys.

The band will lead a jam session following the one hour performance.

Audience members who play an acoustic instrument are welcome to join in the jam session after the concert.

Victory Review calls the Downtown Mountain Boys, “the cream of Seattle-area pickers, top teachers, session musicians, and musicologists.”

Wintergrass Music Festival Preview in Edmonds with the Downtown Mountain Boys
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 2:00 - 4:30pm
Edmonds Plaza Room, 650 Main Street, Edmonds (above the library)

Admission is free

Wintergrass is an annual 4-day, family-friendly, acoustic Bluegrass / folk music festival at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Bellevue, February 22-25, 2018. The festival attracts people from all around the world and features music on four stages, with workshops, youth education programs and all-hours jamming.

Music at the Library continues on Thursday, March 15, 6:30pm with the Edmonds-Woodway Jazz Ensemble, and concludes Thursday, April 19, 6:30pm with Mark Press’ “Music with Theater” program.


Gardening events this weekend

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Stairs at Shoreview Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Twin Ponds (North End)

Saturday, January 20 from 10am to 12pm;

§ 16501 N 155th St, Shoreline WA 98133

§ Meet at the northwest corner of the park along the fence on N 155th St

§ Contact to RSVP or for further information

Shoreview Park

Sunday, January 21, from 9am to 12pm;

§ 700 NW Innis Arden Way, Shoreline, WA 98177

§ Meet at the south end of the Shoreview Park Off Leash Dog Park, (at the stairs) just off the Shoreline Community College campus

§ Contact to RSVP or for further information


Veterans get free haircuts

Post 227 veterans wait their turn for a haircut
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Veterans at Shoreline's American Legion Post 227 got free haircuts on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Vice Commander Larry Fischer gets a trim.
Photo by Jerry Pickard
SportClips at Lynnwood's Alderwood Plaza provided the barber, Kari, who gave Vets haircuts by appointment thru the morning and into the afternoon.

SportClips has donated over one million dollars to various Veterans organizations recently.

American Legion Starr Sutherland Jr. Post 227 is located at 14521 17th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155.


Legislature passes capital budget - local construction projects for schools and surface water can move forward

For the first time in decades, the Legislature failed to pass a biennial capital budget in 2017 after Republicans tied it to an unrelated issue of water rights.

But after less than two weeks of Democrats’ control of both the House and Senate, lawmakers were able to move the vital budget forward.

And they were able to negotiate the Hirst water rights issue that stalemated the last session.

The capital budget pays for buying, constructing and repairing infrastructure projects including schools, parks, community centers, clean air and water systems, corrections facilities, hospitals, clinics, housing and higher education facilities, among others.

46th District - Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, NE Seattle

Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) and Rep. Javier Valdez (D-Seattle) lauded the much-delayed passage of the capital budget today in Olympia.

“Our children’s education and health along with the environment in the 46th District will benefit for many years to come from our finally being able to pass a state capital budget today,” said Rep. Pollet.

Thursday evening, the House of Representatives passed the $4.18 billion-investment capital budget on a 95-1 vote.

“I’m glad we have come together to create jobs, get projects started, and make our district an even more prosperous place to live,” said Rep. Valdez.

The 46th District Delegation, which includes Senator Frockt who now chairs the capital budget process for the Senate, has worked for the past two years to ensure that the capital budget would include a major investment in school funding to reduce overcrowded schools in the 46th and throughout Seattle.

Construction projects in the 46th Legislative District include:

Department of Commerce
  • 2017-19 Building Communities Fund Grant – Mercy House Magnuson Historic Building 9 $1,000,000
  • 2018 Local and Community Projects – Kenmore Boathouse $250,000
  • 2018 Local and Community Projects – SR 104 Fish Barrier Removal $1,200,000
  • 2018 Local and Community Projects – Magnuson Community Center Renovation $2,000,000
  • 2018 Local and Community Projects – Moorlands Community Center Renovation $250,000
  • 2018 Local and Community Projects – University YMCA $600,000
Public Works Assistance Account Construction Loans $1,500,000

State Parks and Recreation Commission
  • St. Edward State Park Environmental Learning Center $75,000
Recreation and Conservation Funding Board
  • 2017-19 WWRP Grants – St Edward Ball Fields $500,000
State Conservation Commission
  • Improve Shellfish Growing Areas 2017-19 $4,000,000
  • Match for Federal RCPP Program 2017-19 $2,000,000
  • Natural Resource Investment for the Economy and Environment 2017-19 $5,000,000
Community and Technical College System
  • Repairs, Maintenance, and Minor Works at Seattle Colleges $1,774,000
Total 46th Legislative District $20,149,000

32nd District - portions of the cities of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, North Seattle, all of Shoreline and Woodway, and certain unincorporated areas in Snohomish County.

In the 32nd district, Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, jointed senators from both sides of the aisle in passing the measure.

“Passing a capital budget is a great thing for the 32nd District, and for Washington as a whole,” Chase said. “Our residents deserve better schools, more mental health funding and funding to alleviate homelessness. This capital budget includes all of those things.”

The budget will fund the largest-ever investment in K-12 school construction — about $1 billion. About $861 million will go to higher education projects. About $106 million will go to the Housing Trust Fund, the second highest such investment in state history.

More than $65 million will go to community mental health beds, and about $20 million will go to both Eastern and Western state hospitals for patient safety enhancements and renovations.

About $15 million in the capital budget will fund a dramatic expansion in dental care, benefitting people who previously couldn’t afford treatment.

In Edmonds, the Edmonds Waterfront Center project will receive about $2 million.

In Chase’s own 32nd district, the following projects are funded:
  • $37.8 million for the Science, Engineering and Technology building at Edmonds Community College
  • $3.5 million for Allied Health, Science and Manufacturing in Shoreline
  • $2.5 million for an addition to a newborn screening wing
  • $2.2 million for the South Snohomish County Community Resource Center in Lynnwood
  • $605,000 to increase dental clinic capacity at International Community Health Services in Shoreline


Shorewood Wrestling extends dominance with win over Shorecrest

Wrestling is an ancient sport
Shorewood Wrestling extended its dominance over cross-town rivals Shorecrest Thursday night, January 18, with a 45-33 victory. With the win, Shorewood has now won eight matches in a row and ten out of the last eleven in the series.

The two teams were close early as Shorecrest jumped ahead 12-6 after a late pin by Kaiya Conway at 120 pounds. Shorewood bounced back with a double overtime win by Curt Tanaka at 126 pounds and a pin by Kody Carpenter at 132 pounds to take their first lead at 15-12.

The teams traded wins before senior Edward Soloman stepped up at 170 pounds and captured the first of three straight T-bird pins to give Shorewood an insurmountable 45-21 lead.

Shorewood improves to 4-1 overall on the season and remains undefeated in WesCo South.

Shorewood 45 - Shorecrest 33
@ Shorewood High School

106: Rowan Schweedler SC win by forfeit
113: Nick Lotz SW pinned Roam Shadduck 4:32
120: Kaiya Conway SC pinned Dick Street 5:27
126: Curt Tanaka SW dec. Kelvin Schmidt 3-2 2OT
132: Kody Carpenter SW pinned Chuugi Enkhter 0:41
138: Trentyn Good SC pinned Devin Leach 3:40
145: Cole Becker SW pinned Arthur Christopher 2:41
152: Alex Olivera SW pinned Yacob Benazouz 0:33
160: Ian Mortenzen SC dec. Mark Yamane 12-8
170: Edward Soloman SW pinned Casey Carlow 1:42
182: Hendrik Wirthwein SW pinned Raymond Ricketts-Smith 3:24
195: Phil Ball SW pinned Sulman Sindhu 0:37
220: Matthew Pease SC pinned Taejin Thongdee 2:12
285: David Rivera SC win by forfeit

Shorewood Record: 4-1 Overall, 3-0 WesCo South

--Clark Norton


Groundbreaking for Shoreline Early Learning Center Wednesday

Shoreline Public Schools invites the community to attend a special groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the beginning of construction on the Shoreline Early Learning Center on Wednesday, January 24 at 4 p.m. The event will be held at 1900 N 170th St., Shoreline (where the old Shoreline Children’s Center was located).

There is no need to RSVP, but if you have any questions, contact the Schools' Public Information Office 206- 393-4412.

The Shoreline Early Learning Center is one of four school construction projects being funded by a school construction bond approved by 73 percent of Shoreline School District voters in February 2017.

The other projects to be funded by the bond include rebuilding Einstein and Kellogg Middle Schools and Parkwood Elementary.


The Weekend of the Womxn: On Saturday we March, on Sunday we Act

The coming weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the inaugural Women’s March, which filled streets around the U.S., and the world.

The Womxn’s March on Seattle was a historic event, with a record 175,000 marchers.

This year Seattle will mobilize again for a weekend of events called The Weekend of the Womxn.

On Saturday, we march: Saturday, January 20, join thousands of women and their allies and loved ones for the Seattle Women’s March 2.0, organized by Be the Change Network and sponsored by Fuse Washington, CAIR-WA, the ACLU, and more. The March will start at Cal Anderson Park at 10 a.m.Speakers include Senator Maria Cantwell and Rep. Gael Tarelton, among others.

On Sunday, we act: join us Sunday, January 21 for Womxn Act on Seattle, a region-wide day of action, civic engagement, and giving. In partnership with more than 56 regional and national organizations, Seattle Womxn Marching Forward has programmed more than 100 individual actions and events taking place at dozens of local businesses, churches, and nine neighborhood hubs in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, and Sammamish. At each hub, participants can attend panels, lectures, workshops and trainings, drop off food and supplies, and register to vote, among myriad other activities.

“We are inspired by this important day our Seattle chapter has organized,” said Sophie Ellman-Golan, Deputy Head of Communications for the national Women’s March. “Womxn Act on Seattle embodies our commitment to intersectional organizing, the redefinition of what constitutes a 'women's rights issue,' and the belief that no one is free until everyone is."

Womxn Act on Seattle day of action events include:
  • Islam 101: An introduction to Islam - 3 p.m. Muslim Association of Puget Sound, Redmond. Learn about the fundamentals of Islam
  • Boundaries and Consent in the Workplace - 11:30 a.m. The Riveter, Capitol Hill. A facilitated discussion that aims to make men more active participants in the ongoing struggle for gender equity, specifically in the workplace.
  • Womxn Power Seattle - 10 a.m. Seattle City Hall. A panel discussion about the intersection of race and gender in leadership with some of Seattle’s most powerful womxn, including Mayor Jenny Durkan, City Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda and Lorena Gonzales, and State Senator Rebecca Saldana.
  • Digital Storytelling Tools of Disabled Womxn Advocates - 12:30 p.m Impact Hub, Pioneer Square. A short film screening and panel discussion with staff members of Rooted in Rights, a Seattle-based national disability rights advocacy program
  • Intersectional Feminism Panel - 10 a.m. Casa Latina/ 1 p.m. The Riveter / 3:30 p.m. Phinney Neighborhood Association. Women of color discuss the overlapping systems of oppression and discrimination that women face, based not just on gender but on ethnicity, sexuality, economic background and a number of other identities.

Full program and schedule of events here


Habitat restoration at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park Habitat Restoration Work Parties
Dates: February 3, 10, 24 and March 3 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

Join the University of Washington Ecological Restoration students and your neighbors as we continue to restore Richmond Beach Saltwater Park.

Service participants will learn a brief history of restoration work completed at the park and innovative irrigation technique that can be used in home gardens.

This project will remove invasive species, stabilize steep slopes using bio-engineering and restore native plants that naturally occur on sandy near shore environments.

Volunteers may bring a snack to enjoy during a mid-day break. Come prepared for the forecasted weather and wear sturdy shoes as we will be working on a slope.

The City will provide water and all the tools necessary for the job.

Participants should meet at the restroom located in the Park’s lower parking lot. Contact Susana Villamarin, Parks Project Coordinator, 206-801-2603 for more information.

Participants under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 14-18 must have a permission form signed by a parent or guardian.


Rep. Kagi recognized with national award for leadership on improving child welfare

State Rep. Ruth Kagi
speaking on floor of the House
Photo courtesy LSS
On January 9, 2018, Representative Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle) was recognized for her leadership and dedication to improving the lives of families and children with a Casey Excellence for Children Award for Leadership.

The Casey Family Programs is a national foundation working to give children and families more opportunities and reduce the need for foster care.

The Casey Excellence for Children Awards for Leadership recognize leaders who have demonstrated distinguished work, exceptional leadership and relentless dedication to improving the lives of families and children.

Since joining the legislature in 1999, Representative Kagi has focused on improving opportunities and outcomes for all children.

During her first year in the House she co-sponsored the HOPE (Homeless Youth Prevention /Protection and Engagement) Act which provides services and housing for youth experiencing homelessness.

Last year she led a successful effort to restructure the state child welfare system and create the new Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Representative Kagi was instrumental in creating the Department of Early Learning and her advocacy has increased the quality and availability of early learning across the state. The new Department of Children, Youth and Families will build on the success of the Department of Early Learning.

Additionally, Rep. Kagi has championed innovative policies and funding for programs that improve the lives of children and young people. She championed increased access to mental health services for children, better support for foster parents, and lower caseloads for social workers. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, she has secured a wide array of budget items to improve the lives of families, youth, and children.

You can read more about all of the 2018 Casey Excellence Award winners here.

Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Seattle (32nd Legislative District), represents part of King and Snohomish Counties, including Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline, and part of Edmonds.


Host families needed for Foreign Exchange Students

Students from all over the world are looking to attend Shorewood and Shorecrest High Schools this Fall through International Student Exchange.

They come with their own spending money and health insurance.

You don’t have to have a student in High School to be a great host family.

Families with small children and empty nesters also make great host families.

If you want a student from a particular country, you can be matched to that student.

ISE is a non-profit organization.


SCC President Roberts joins college and university leaders in Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

SCC President Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.
Shoreline Community College President Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D., has joined more than 200 college and university leaders across the country to launch the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration.

Founded in December 2017, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration brings together college and university chancellors and presidents dedicated to increasing public understanding of how immigration policies and practices impact students, campuses and communities.

They support policies that create a welcoming environment for immigrant, undocumented and international students on U.S. campuses.

“Shoreline Community College offers steadfast support for all of our students, including undocumented and immigrant students. We stand by DACA recipients and remain committed to keeping our doors wide open to them, because we know that our quality of life in Washington improves when everyone has access to education,” said President Roberts.

The Alliance is now urging Congress to pass bipartisan legislation before January 19, 2018 to protect the young immigrants knows as Dreamers from deportation.

Alliance representatives issued a letter to Congressional leaders on January 11, in which they stated,

“As leaders of institutions that play a vital role in unleashing human potential, strengthening and enriching local communities, and securing our nation’s well-being and prosperity, we take seriously our responsibility to address public policy issues that are inconsistent with our purposes and values as educational institutions, our commitment to our students, and our nation’s heritage as a land of opportunity for those who come to this country in search of a better life for themselves and their children.”

In September 2017, after the U.S. Administration decision to rescind the DACA program, Roberts also joined a coalition of more than 50 Washington college and university presidents in issuing a statement to call on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to ensure DACA recipients could remain in the United States to pursue their dreams without fear of deportation.

“Students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are our friends, neighbors, and community leaders, and they deserve an opportunity to learn, grow, and expand their horizons,” said President Roberts.

Shoreline Community College offers more than 100 excellent academic and professional / technical programs. The professional/technical programs at Shoreline are closely tied to industry and graduates gain the skills that help them quickly find employment in their chosen field.


Why We Need Public Banking and How We'll Get It

The Seattle Progressive Forum presents "Why We Need Public Banking and How We'll Get It" on Wednesday, January 24, 7:30 - 9:00pm, at the Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155. 

The current private banking system in the U.S. is consumed with fraud, and most of the costs of this corrupt system falls on the backs of the taxpayer.
But there is an answer: Public Banks -- a system that funds community needs, and not Wall Street profits. Dennis Ortblad, member of the Seattle Public Banking Coalition will address the group and answer questions about the advantages of public banking over our current private banking system in Seattle and across the nation.

In the presentation, Dennis will address:
  • The advantages of public banking to address our major shortfall in infrastructure funding
  • Our group’s efforts to establish a public bank in Seattle;
  • Senator Hasegawa’s bills to establish a public bank for Washington state
Personal Background:

For the last five years, Dennis has worked with local public banking advocates to seek legislation in both Olympia and Seattle to establish a public bank.

Before his retirement as a diplomat in the State Department (US Foreign Service), he saw how well public banks can help countries overseas meet their needs. In assignments in Germany, Switzerland and Japan, he witnessed the work of public banks to fund infrastructure, education, and small business.

Dennis concluded that a public bank here would be instrumental to help meet our communities’ pressing needs. In the Foreign Service, Dennis worked at embassies and consulates in Poland, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and the Philippines. He also served in the Executive Secretariat and in the Bureau of European Affairs in the State Department in Washington, D.C.

His work overseas involved advocacy to advance U.S. political and economic interests. Dennis' last overseas posting was as the economic counselor in Berlin until 2006. Dennis was born in Seattle and grew up in Seattle’s north end. After raising three children largely overseas, he and his wife returned to Seattle for retirement. Dennis graduated from the U of Washington with an M.A. in English.

Background reading:


Election of LFP Deputy Mayor & appointment of LFP elected officials to serve on regional bodies

LFP Deputy Mayor
Catherine Stanford
At the January 11, 2018 regular business meeting, the Lake Forest Park City Council, per its Governance Manual, took action to elect the Deputy Mayor Council Vice-Chair, and to appoint members to serve in liaison roles representing the City on regional bodies.

Catherine Stanford was unanimously reelected as Deputy Mayor, and Tom French was unanimously reelected as Council Vice-Chair, both for two-year terms.

Following are the regional appointments for 2018:

Sound Cities Association
  • Regional Water Quality Committee: John Wright, Member
  • Regional Transit Committee: John Wright, Member
  • Solid Waste Advisory Committee: Phillippa Kassover, Member
  • King Conservation District: Mark Phillips, Member
  • King County Accountable Community of Health Governing Board: Semra Riddle, Alternate
  • King County Economic Development Council: Catherine Stanford, Board Member
  • Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board: Catherine Stanford, Member
  • Sound Cities Public Issues Committee: Catherine Stanford, Member; Tom French, Alternate
Other regional bodies
  • SeaShore Transportation Forum: Phillippa Kassover, Co-chair; John Wright, Member; Jeff Johnson, Alternate
  • North Urban Human Services Alliance: Phillippa Kassover, Board Member; Jeff Johnson, Alternate
  • Metropolitan Solid Waste Advisory Committee: Phillippa Kassover, Member
  • Department of Natural Resources Washington Community Forest Council: Semra Riddle, Member
  • Lake Ballinger-McAleer Creek Forum: Tom French, Member; Mark Phillips, Alternate
  • Water Resource Inventory Area 8 Salmon Recovery: Mark Phillips, Member; Tom French, Alternate


Photo: Fire in the sky

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

From this weekend:
A delightful January sunset like fire in the sky and a balmy 52 degrees.


Sky workshop: Low Light Indoor Plant Care Sunday

Photo courtesy Sky Nursery
Sunday, January 21st 
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Low Light Indoor Plant Care 
with Krysta Carlisle
Free workshop
Sponsored by Sky Nursery

News flash—winters in Seattle tend to be cloudy and dark.

Second news flash—plants need light to live. 

Indoor gardening expert Krysta Carlisle will talk about how to reconcile these two.

She will discuss how to modify your normal houseplant watering and fertilizing regimes to accommodate houseplants’ special winter needs, whether and when to invest in grow lights, and how to spot problems due to plant-S.A.D. before they get out of hand.

She’ll also show you her favorite houseplants that not only survive, but thrive, in low-light situations.


46th District Democrats meet Thursday

The renovations are complete on our regular meeting location, and we are back to holding our monthly membership meetings at the Mennonite Church Auditorium in the heart of the Lake City business district. The church’s address is 3120 NE 125th St, Seattle 98125. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the meeting starts at 7:00pm.

Minutes from the last meeting, the proposed resolution, and the agenda are on the website at

We will consider our 2018 budget, PCO appointments, and one resolution (regarding opposition to the Tacoma liquified natural gas facility). We'll also start the conversation on some specific bylaw amendments, which will be voted on in February.

January 18th Program
Our program will be on the redistricting process. What is right with Washington’s system, and what is wrong? When is a weirdly-shaped district not gerrymandering? How can we improve the process to make it more equitable and inclusive? Learn all of this and more on January 18th.


Edmonds Driftwood Players accepting short play scripts for Festival of Shorts

Have your one act play professionally produced. 

Submissions are now being accepted for the 9th Annual Festival of Shorts!
We welcome you to submit a short play script for the 9th Annual Festival of Shorts hosted by Edmonds Driftwood Players in residence at the Wade James Theater.

The Festival this year will be presented in four performances – Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7 at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8 at 2pm.

Please read through ALL of the instructions for submission. If a submission does not meet the criteria listed, we will return it so the playwright can fix and resubmit. Deadline for all submissions is Monday, April 2 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time.

All short play submissions must be sent electronically

Submission details on the website


Ryu proposes legislation to spur greater housing density near transit stations

State Rep. Cindy Ryu D-32
Photo courtesy LSS
Legislation proposed by State Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline) is designed to help by spurring greater housing density near transit stations in Washington’s urban centers.

“People are flocking to our cities for economic opportunities,” said Ryu. “Unfortunately, there’s just not nearly enough available housing to support this growing demand. We can do better.”

Ryu said the state must provide innovative solutions to meet a 225,000-unit underproduction across the state – most of which is concentrated in the Puget Sound region, according to an analysis by ECONorthwest.

“If we are going to curb the housing crisis and reduce homelessness in our region we have to step up the production of housing options. This needs to include a market-rate component for the middle-income earner.” Ryu said, 
“My bill tries to address the problem by bringing the public and private sectors together and creating the right incentives.

Ryu’s proposal, House Bill 2711, creates a voluntary, opt-in program that enables jurisdictions to create “housing opportunity zones” within a one-half mile radius of high-quality transit, where context-appropriate density may be zoned and approved “by-right” on any parcel within the zone upon a project’s meeting state building code requirements.

By-right approval is ministerial approval that is granted to a project upon meeting clear and objective standards.

“Streamlining the approval for more density near transit centers will have the direct impact of making housing more available for people to live either close to where they work or close to transit for efficient commuting,” said Ryu. 
“They also include improved access to economic opportunity, reduced economic displacement, which is major social justice concern, as well as reduced tailpipe emissions, the state’s largest contributor to climate change.”

Other key provisions of the bill:
  • Allowable heights would be based on population size and proximity to the transit station;
  • The multifamily tax exemption program, which provides property tax abatement to developers who designate 20 percent of a project’s units to low- and moderate-income households, would apply to projects within a housing opportunity zone;
  • State Environmental Policy Act requirements would be addressed through planned action and area-wide environmental mitigation; and
  • Fees would be waived in exchange for planning and capacity funding, backfill funding for forgone impact and other fees, and incentive payments for affordable housing units put into service.
Ryu said, “Cities have come to rely on impact fees as a much-needed revenue source, but, when they’re not right-sized to the actual costs of development, impact fees can be a disincentive for the production of the housing. This bill seeks to provide cities with a new set of tools to meet their housing needs.”

HB 2711 will receive a public hearing in the House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee which she chairs, on Thursday, January 18 at 1:30pm in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.


Tour of Anderson Community

The Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center is facilitating tours of local Senior Living Facilities. Learn more about their services and living options before you are in a crisis situation.

Each facility will provide transportation from the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park senior center to their site. All tours include lunch.

We hope you, your family and friends will take advantage of this great opportunity to see what’s available for Seniors.

Reservations are a MUST! Spaces are limited, so make your reservations early!

Call the Senior Center at 206-365-1536 or come to the Center at:

18560 1st Ave NE #1, Shoreline 8:30 am-3:30pm, Monday – Friday


Cross town rivals meet in wrestling match Thursday

Shorewood - Shorecrest 2014
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Cross-town rivals Shorecrest High School and Shorewood High School will face-off and grapple (literally) this Thursday, January 18th, at Shorewood High School, 17300 Fremont Ave N.

Shorewood will host the event with Junior Varsity starting at 6:30pm and Varsity starting at 7:00pm.

Coach Brent Busby's Highlanders were defeated by Coach Derek Norton's formidable Thunderbirds last year and are looking to even the score.

Regardless if you favor the west side or the east side, come on out and support the sport of wrestling and cheer on your neighborhood squad!


New King County Library System Director begins leadership role

Lisa Rosenblum
KCLS Director
Most recently the Director and Chief Librarian for Brooklyn Public Library in New York City, Lisa Rosenblum began her first day Tuesday as the new director of King County Library System (KCLS), one of the busiest library systems in the country. 

Rosenblum arrived at KCLS headquarters in Issaquah and met with the management team to review KCLS’s 2017 accomplishments, including the introduction of its strategic focus and 5-year vision, record-setting number of digital downloads, receipt of architectural awards for its renovated libraries, increase in new community partnerships and addition of technological programs and improvements.

Building on momentum into the New Year, KCLS will continue to focus on its strategic vision to create opportunities through meaningful connections in the county.

“Relocating to the Puget Sound to start 2018 in a new leadership role at the King County Library System is exciting” said Rosenblum. 
"I'm ready to collaborate on current and upcoming library projects with the team to enhance already innovative services, find new opportunities to partner with leaders within sectors that are vital to the Pacific Northwest, and engage within the communities we serve on issues important to our patrons.”

Rosenblum has more than 30 years of experience working at libraries throughout the country. She plans to introduce herself to the diverse communities of her new state of residence by visiting and learning more about KCLS’s 49 libraries. Her personal interests will take her to explore outdoor activities, neighborhood cafés and the arts scene within the many cities KCLS serves.

Founded in 1942, the King County Library System (KCLS) is one of the busiest library systems in the country. KCLS currently has 49 libraries spread throughout King County in Washington State with more than 700,000 cardholders. In 2017, King County residents checked out nearly 21 million items, including more than 4.7 million digital eBooks and audiobooks. Last year, KCLS also welcomed more than 10 million visitors to its libraries.

There are four King county libraries in our vicinity: Richmond Beach, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Kenmore.

Shoreline resident Robin McClelland chaired the search committee.


Shoreline Fire calls Jan 8-15

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Shoreline Fire calls for January 8-15, 2018

  • Aid - 56
  • Aid Non Emergency - 22
  • MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 10
  • CMT (Community Medicine Team) - 0
  • Medic - 66 (25 Bothell and Northshore included M65, M47)
  • Medic Rescue/Trail - 1 in Northshore bicycle collision
  • MVA Medic - 0
  • Cardiac Arrest - 4 (1 in Bothell w/M47)
  • AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 8
  • Appliance Fire - 1 coffee pot
  • Dumpster Fire - 1
  • Haz - 1 CO alarm
  • Service Calls - 1 assist PD with entry for welfare check
  • Smoke/smell/Burn Complaint - 2
  • Structure Fire Unconfirmed - 1
  • Working Fire Commercial - 1 (Sears debris pile in non retail area)


Washington state appeals FCC decision on Net Neutrality

Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a petition to appeal the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to rescind net neutrality rules.

The FCC’s decision repealed Obama-era rules that prohibited internet service providers from treating websites differently based on their content. The FCC order also prevents states from being able to protect their consumers from illegal actions taken by internet service providers.

Along with a coalition of 21 other states and the District of Columbia, the Attorney General’s Office filed the petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The petition is the first step by states to attempt to block the FCC’s decision, and it will allow the attorneys general to move forward with the appeal in the future.

“Allowing powerful special interest to act as the internet’s gatekeepers harms consumers, innovation and small businesses,” said Ferguson. “We believe the FCC acted unlawfully when it gutted net neutrality, and I look forward to holding the FCC accountable to the rule of law.”

On December 14, the FCC voted to rescind rules that prevented internet service providers, such as Comcast and Century Link, from discriminating based on content. That same day, Ferguson and Gov. Jay Inslee announced their intent to appeal the decision.

“Protecting net neutrality is as critical as protecting free speech. The FCC’s attack on the open internet is bad for Washingtonians, bad for business and a major step backward. I’m glad that Washington is leading the fight against the FCC’s kowtow to corporate lobbyists and continuing the fight for net neutrality,” said Gov. Jay Inslee.

The attorneys general allege that the FCC decision violates the Administrative Procedure Act, which governs the process for federal agency rulemaking. The states also challenge the decision, stating that it violates the Constitution and the Communications Act of 1934.

Assistant Attorney General Tiffany Lee of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is lead attorney in the case for Washington.


Sno-King Sweetheart Dance February 10

Allspice band will play for Sweetheart dance
Sno-King International Folk Dance Club invites you to celebrate the couples who met at our dances. 

Allspice Band will play, 7:00-10:00pm at the Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood.

Come with our without your sweetheart. No formal teaching tonight, but we will do lots of easy dances, including couple, no-partner and set dances from many countries.

Potluck snacks are encouraged and it’s a good time to wear reds and pinks -- be a valentine! During band breaks there will be request dancing to recorded music.

They teach at their regular dances, every Wednesday and Saturday, starting at 7:00pm. Lesson at 7:30pm. Wednesday is all requests, and Saturday has a program of dances, with room for requests. The Grange has a great hardwood dance floor and plenty of free parking.

The donation for this party is $8.00 for non-members and $5.00 for members. All regular dances are $7.00 for non-members and $5.00 for members. Yearly membership is only $15.00 ($25.00 for a family).

For information, call 949-646-7082, or email


Grant from for online civic engagement program for Washington students

A $100,000 grant has been given to the Council on Public Legal Education to collaborate with iCivics on creating Washington's own state-specific platform for iCivics: iCivicsWA.

This platform gives schools and after-school programs across the state access to Washington-specific civics lessons, aiming to increase student civic engagement. This grant makes Washington the second state in the nation to implement similar programing at no cost to students or teachers.

iCivics is a national civic curriculum that uses online games, educational videos and other civic resources to teach students how government works and provides practice. The program was founded in 2009 by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to restore civic education in our nation’s schools.

“At Google we believe in the importance of civic knowledge and engagement, and that starts on a local level,” said Darcy Nothnagle, head of external affairs for the NW at Google. “iCivicsWA provides a fantastic opportunity for students to understand the political system in Washington State and energizes them to get involved locally and nationally.”

Thanks to the grant from Google, this resource will give access to state of the art digital civic education experiences to every student in Washington at no cost. The first iteration of the site includes four lesson plans targeted to high school students. The site will be connected to the existing iCivics website, which contains civics curriculum on the federal government.

“We are excited to see these lesson plans launch in Washington State,” said Margaret Fisher, the state director for iCivics in Washington “This is a big step in teaching young people about our democracy and empowering them to participate.”

Louise Dubé, Executive Director of the national iCivics program will join Margaret Fisher to officially launch the platform as part of the Civic Learning Summit 2 on January 23, 2018. Sponsored by the Council on Public Legal Education, Summit 2 will highlight progress made over the last year in addressing significant difficulties faced with civic education in the state of Washington.

The launch of iCivicsWA will help address how to reach all children in Washington with a quality civic learning education. The program will place an emphasis on reaching out to underserved youth - immigrant and refugee youth, youth of color and youth in rural communities.

Google and iCivics are celebrating the grant by giving 8-12th graders from the YMCA’s Youth and Government program a sneak peek Wednesday at the program at Hamilton International Middle School in Wallingford before its official launch.

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google has over 2,900 employees in Washington state in offices in Seattle and Kirkland; since 2011, Google has awarded more than $20 million to nonprofits and schools in Washington state.

The Council on Public Legal Education is a program of, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Washington State that has worked for the last twenty years to ensure that all within the state learn and exercise their rights and responsibilities. In 2017, it formally launched the Civic Learning Initiative to ensure that all students in Washington have access to high quality civic education.

iCivics was created by Civics Inc., a nonprofit organization that empowers teachers with effective and engaging resources to develop the next generation of citizens. iCivics was founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to develop new and innovative approaches to civic education. In Washington, the state is now the fifth highest user of iCivics in the country.


Christmas decorations vandalized in Lake Forest Park

Monday, January 15, 2018

Snow family memorial
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

A family living in LFP (17500 block of 37th Ave NE) have had their snowman decorations vandalized over the past three years and have decided to stop setting up decorations.

They have created a memorial and others are dropping off flowers.


Lake Forest Park Rotary Auction Feb 10

Lake Forest Park Rotary Auction
February 10, 2018
Inglewood Golf Club

The Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park is called “The Little Club That Could” and we DO!

Last year at our Great Gatsby fundraising event, we raised over $100,000 which went directly towards over 40 projects in our local community and internationally.

Please join us for a fun night of fundraising for our community!

Email for info or tickets


Edmonds-Woodway Junior serves as Senate page for Sen Chase

Sen. Chase and Senate Page Carina Ly
Photo courtesy LSS
Carina Ly, 16, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of January 8.

Pages are sponsored by the Senator from their legislative district. Sen. Maralyn Chase, D–Edmonds, sponsored Ly’s week in the Legislature.

“It was a privilege to host Carina at the Capitol this week,” said Chase. “I hope that she enjoyed her time with the Legislature.”

The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The interactive learning experience includes classes focused on topics like budget writing and how a bill becomes a law, and culminates in pages creating their own bills in a mock committee setting. The educational experience is furthered by guest speakers.

“I like that you have the chance to be a part of a real work environment,” said Ly. “I think this will be helpful for future job experiences.”

Pages also have the opportunity to work on the Senate floor. Their maroon coats and credentials allow them access to all parts of the Capitol Campus.

“I learned a lot about government and now I have a real interest in it,” Ly added.

Ly is in 11th grade at Edmonds-Woodway High School. She is an Associated Student Body officer at her school, is vice president of her school’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter and is vice president of her school’s Chinese language club.

For more information about the Senate Page Program, email.


Both Shorecrest hoops teams undefeated in WesCo

Julia Strand is back after a year off
with a knee injury
Photo by Frank Workman
 With only three weeks to go in the regular season, both the girls (6-0, 11-3) and the boys (6-0, 11-2) basketball teams from Shorecrest find themselves undefeated and in first place in the 3A WesCo standings.

Ladies first…. Rookie head coach Carlos Humphrey inherited a talented squad from former coach Dori Monson, and he has taken that talent and added some of his own touches, including switching defenses back-and-forth, using a variety of zones as well as man-to-man. On offense, the team takes advantage of its height by running a high/low post offense.

The team’s lone seniors, Shelby Gresch (5’11”) and Julia Strand (6’1”), were integral parts of the State Championship team from two years ago, and their leadership down the stretch will be vital if the team is going to hang another white banner in the gym.

Strand, who was the team’s leading scorer two years ago, was lost for the season last year to a horrific knee injury. Her mere presence this season is a testimony to her character and dedication.

The unselfish-to-a-fault Gresch needs to shoot more. Junior Audrey Dietz puts her lanky 6’1” frame to good use scoring and rebounding. Junior Jenna Tikalsky and sophomores Kira Wood, Sydney VanNess and Amanda Lee all saw significant playing time as freshmen last year. VanNess is a scrappy, rugged player, Tikalsky a good ball-distributor, Lee a deadly outside shooter, and Wood is the point guard whose primary priority needs to be getting the ball to her teammates.

The Scots face the toughest stretch of their schedule in their final six games, as they play all the teams that are right behind them in the standings. Their biggest challenge will be to increase their intensity and focus on each possession, and play smart, tough, and hard-nosed hoops from the opening tip to the final horn.

Friday night they’ll host Edmonds-Woodway, coached by former SC coach Jon Rasmussen. Four of their final six games are at home.

Girls Schedule

6'9" Philip Pepple
Photo by Geoff Vlcek
As for the Shorecrest boys, they are led by 6’9” Philip Pepple and 6’2” Chris Lee, both seniors.

Pepple is one of those rare high school athletes who is clearly ready to play at the next level. He can score from outside as well as inside.

Rims around the league are still rattling from the force of some of his thunderous dunks.

Lee is rare in his own right, a true three-sport star (football, basketball, and track) who unselfishly gets the ball to others when they’re open, but can score prolifically when needed, especially from beyond the three-point stripe. The challenge facing Coach Brian Fischer’s squad will be finding other players who can score when opposing defenses overcommit to stopping Pepple and Lee.

Senior Chris Lee
Photo by Geoff Vlcek
Boys Schedule

Saturday January 27 is one date in particular for local fans to circle on their calendar.

This year’s Hoopapalooza will be at Shorewood, with the girls' varsity game starting at 5pm, while the boys' game kicks off at 7pm.

It’s always a festive occasion, a celebration of our two schools' basketball teams and the genuinely friendly rivalry that exists between them.


HBCU Night at Shorewood High School Jan 24

HBCU Night at Shorewood High School
January 24, 2018, 6:30pm 

Area families of color with students considering college are invited to our Second Annual HBCU Night on Wednesday, January 24 at 6:30pm at Shorewood High School.

Seattle-area Alumni of various HBCUs will share about their experiences and answer questions.

Shoreline School District Director of Equity and Family Engagement Dr. Tanisha Brandon-Felder will moderate the event, which is sponsored by the Shorewood High School Black Student Union and the Shorewood College and Career Center.

What is an HBCU?

Any historically Black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of Black Americans.

—Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended

A few facts about HBCUs
  • There are 100 HBCUs, in 19 states, primarily in the South and Southeast.
  • 51 are public institutions and 49 are private nonprofit institutions.
  • Together, they enroll nearly 300,000 students.
  • HBCUs have historically enrolled students other than Black Americans; in 2014, non-Black students made up 21% of enrollment.
  • In 2013-2014, HBCUs conferred 48,200 degrees, primarily bachelor’s degrees (70%) and master’s degrees (16%). 
    • —National Center for Education Statistics 2016 

Questions about the event can be directed to Marianne Stephens, Shorewood College and Career Readiness Coordinator206-393-6110.


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