Sheriff's office trains to fight crime on the water with boats and helicopters

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The police boat with SWAT team aboard
plows through the water toward the target

Photos and Text by Steven H. Robinson

King County Sheriff’s Office arranged a training exercise for local and federal law enforcement organizations which was held in Elliott Bay and Puget Sound on Wednesday, May 25.

The scenario was a threat aboard the pedestrian ferry, the MV Sally Fox. The SWAT teams would need to board the vessel to identify and deal with the threat.

Teams gather for a pre-exercise safety briefing

SWAT teams from King County Sheriff’s Office including Shoreline Police TAC30, Seattle Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation participated in the exercise.

Marine units from King County Sheriff’s Office, Seattle Police and Customs and Border Patrol as well as air units from King County Sheriff’s Office (Guardian 1 (Bell 206B3), Guardian 2 (UH-1H) and Customs Border Patrol (SH-60 Blackhawk). Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were observers of the exercise as well as 12 members of the local media.

The scenario involved a problem on the King County
pedestrian ferry, MV Sally Fox 

This maritime exercise involved a King County pedestrian ferry, MV Sally Fox, as a site for the SWAT teams to have numerous opportunities to board the vessel from various law enforcement patrol boats or helicopters. The exercise started in the Harbor Island area of Seattle and continued up to the area of Discovery Park.

This exercise provided opportunities to board a moving vessel and look for suspects and hostages. This training would be valuable in officers gaining experience rappelling on to a moving vessel or boarding a moving vessel.

SWAT Teams rappel from Guardian One
onto the moving vessel

Officers gained experience in approaching and boarding a moving vessel as well as moving through cramped areas of a vessel while fully dressed in SWAT uniforms and carrying various kinds of equipment.

The exercise continued into the evening where teams used their night vision equipment.

They were also able to test the ability communicate using different radios between the local and federal law enforcement agencies who would respond to such an incident.

Shoreline Police were part of the training

At the end of the exercise all participants reviewed the exercise and listed the things learned and what could be improved as related to any real life event.

This realistic training is important if a criminal event occurred on a ship of any size from a tour boat to a cruise ship in any of the waterways in or bordering King County.


LFP City Administrator's Report - City seeks to acquire park land

Saturday, May 28, 2016

From left: Mayor Johnson, Deputy Mayor Stanford with US Senator Maria Cantwell. 

Report to the LFP City Council from City Administrator Pete Rose
May 28, 2016

Meetings in Washington, D.C.
A City delegation also including Environmental Programs Manager Aaron Halverson attended seven meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (in six buildings) on May 18th to seek information about current legislation and to seek advice on the best approach and positioning of the City to qualify for federal surface water, water quality and transportation programs.

Regional Training
Public Works Director Zenk and City Administrator Rose attended a regional training entitled “For the Love of Cities”. The main presenter was Peter Kageyama, a consultant from Florida. Also, there were presentations by Kenmore, Sequim and Renton, cities who have worked with the presenter. The premise of the program is that while it is acceptable to provide good public services to the public, there is a synergy that occurs when there is thoughtful and creative engagement between citis and their public that results in a more heartfelt connection. There were well over 100 attendees, and the greatest energy in the room was when each table was challenged to come up with a program that would capture the public interest, for a budget of less than $500.

An artist developed a white board that captured all presentations in “real time”. The Leadership Team will go over the notes from this program and look for opportunities to apply it locally.

Park Lands

17450 37th Ave NE (Big Tree Park)

On May 20th, the City's Environmental Programs Manager, Aaron Halverson, and Community Volunteer Coordinator, Cory Roche, presented the application for a Washington State Recreation Conservation Office grant to acquire the property at 17450 37th Ave NE (Big Tree Park).

The City will have another opportunity to present the project in August and a decision on project prioritization will be made after that presentation. There are approximately 90 other project applications for this funding that the City's project is competing against. Funding will be appropriated by the State Legislature the next budget cycle. Final funding decisions for specific projects will be made in May-July 2017.

Half of the funding needed to acquire the property has already been awarded by King County as a Conservation Futures Grant. The total estimated cost of the acquisition is $540,150.

Property at 40th Pl NE and 45th Ave NE

On May 10th, Environmental Programs Manager Halverson assisted the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation to present an application to the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office for Land and Water Conservation funding.

If awarded, the funding will be used to acquire the Seattle City Light owned parcel on 40th Place NE at near the intersection with 45th Ave NE. This 5.6-acre parcel of mature forest is bordered by residential development and has easy access for local and regional residents. It includes urban forest, rolling hills, a stream, several types of wetlands, and areas of steep slope. The site is both a biodiversity area and a priority aquatic habitat area, as defined by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The primary use of this park will be natural area conservation, with passive recreation in the sensitive areas, which comprise most of the site. The Land and Water Conservation grant program is highly competitive and final funding decisions will not be made until June 2017. The City and the Stewardship Foundation will have another opportunity to present the grant application in August 2016.


Shorecrest doubles team wins State 2A Tennis Championship - Team comes in 3rd in State

From left: Faiz Khan, Emahd Khan, Daniel Wacker, 
Coach Robert Mann with 2A State trophy

Shorecrest claims the title of State 2A Tennis Doubles Champions for the second year in a row in the tournament held at Nordstrom courts at the University of Washington on Saturday.

Semifinals - Faiz Khan/Daniel Wacker (SC) 
def. Hughes/Marco Sobrino (Liberty) 6-0, 6-2
Photo by Robert Mann

Shorecrest doubles team Faiz Khan and Daniel Wacker came out on the second day ready to play and dominated their opponents in the semi-finals.

Finals - Faiz Khan/Daniel Wacker (SC) def. 
Shane Lynette/Reece Gilbert (Sehome) 7-6(7-4), 6-4
Photo by Robert Mann

The championship was a rematch of the district tournament final. Sehome fought hard to stay in the match, but serves and volleys from Daniel and Faiz were too much for them to handle.

Thanks to a victory in the first round from Emahd Khan, the Shorecrest team was able to secure a 3rd place team title.

The coach is Robert Mann.


Shorewood Tennis player Sasha Gaeth 4th in State 3A tennis

T-Bird tennis player Sasha Gaeth won three matches and lost only one match at the WIAA State 3A Tennis Tournament at the Tri-City Court Club Friday May 27th and Saturday May 28th.

Gaeth placed placed fourth after beating her Garfield high school opponent 6-1, 6-3 in her consolation final.

She started the tournament on Friday morning with a dominating 6-0, 6-1 win over her Hazen high school opponent. She faced a very strong player from Interlake and lost her first match of the season in a quarterfinal match. She bounced back with a very tough match with a top Eastern Washington player from Kennewick and won 7-6 ( 7-3 ), 6-2.

The win moved her into the consolation final with the winner placing 4th and loser placing 7th. Gaeth ended her Spring high school tennis season with a 24-1 record, Wesco South Singles champion, District 1 Singles champion and won 48 sets and lost only 2 sets.

Her T-Bird teammates, District 1 singles champion Gunnar Thorstenson, District 1 doubles champions Kyle Berquist and Hugh Gaevert, District 1 doubles number 2 Ellie Allen-Hatch and Emily Wright, had strong showings but were eliminated early.

Thorstenson, Berquist and Gavert each won one match of three they played.

Coach Arnie Moreno says, "Shorewood players represented their community and school with great tennis and fantastic sportsmanship."


Wonderland golf tournament and auction exceed fundraising goals

Little Petra is one of the reasons for the fundraising
Photo courtesy Wonderland

Wonderland Developmental Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, located in Shoreline, dedicated to serving children ages birth to six years in north King and south Snohomish counties with developmental delays and disabilities.

May 21 was their annual fundraising day, with a golf tournament during the day, followed by a dinner and auction in the evening.

Cloudy skies didn’t dampen the spirits of the full field of 144 golfers for the 17th Annual JVH Memorial Golf Tournament on May 21st.

Winners! 24 under par
Photo courtesy Wonderland

The team of Lippman Gee, Brian Otteson, Kyle Cox, and Ian Curry took first place with an astounding 24 under par. 
  • Second place went to Jerry Martin, J.D. McDonald, Dan Trent, Alex Hedlund.
  • Third place went to Tim Barclay, Julie Barclay, Erin Barclay, and Mark Berger (-19).
  • Fourth place was Carl Cornish, Jeremy MacVicar, BJ Takeuchi, Jon Mozieka (-19)
  • Fifth place was Anthony Benezra, Tyler Mitchell, Adam Yudiskas, Ian Watson (-17). 
Other awards:
  • Angela Houser took home the prize for Women's Long Drive
  • Kyle Cox took the Men's Long Drive
  • Closest Humans to the Hole on three par 3s were: Olin Leviton, Eileen McKillop, Alex Hedlund.
  • Joe Sweetin took home pre-season Seahawks tickets after a three-way putt-off to win the Putting Contest.

Enthusiastic auction crowd
Photo courtesy Wonderland

Immediately following the awards ceremony, 175 guests moved on to the Wonderland Dinner and Auction.

Guests learned about Petra, a Wonderland client born with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI, otherwise known as Brittle Bone disease) to remind us all why Wonderland's work is so vital to our children and families throughout their lives. See more about Petra here.

Together these events raised more than $97,000, surpassing their fundraising goal. 

Wonderland is extremely grateful to the sponsors, golfers, donors, auction winners, volunteers, and others whose generous contributions made it possible for Wonderland to continue to serve even more children and families!

Read more... No barrier too tall - Shorewood jumper aims for track-and-field title

Ronnie Gary at 2016 track meet
Photo by Corey Rainboth

Jesse Geleynse, Herald writer, has a profile on Shorewood track and field star Ronnie Gary. It covers his life after the death of his mother, how his family rallied around him, and how he ended up in Shoreline. And it talks about his track and field ambitions.

A jump of 6 feet, 10 inches won't be enough for Ronnie Gary, even if it means a gold medal is hung around his neck atop the podium at the Class 3A state track and field championships this weekend at Mount Tahoma High School.
Gary, a Shorewood High School senior and the Wesco champion in the high jump, triple jump and long jump, has his sights set on 7 feet in the high jump, the qualifying mark for this summer's IAAF World Junior Championships.
'I'm just trying to (set a personal record) every single meet and just keep moving up,' said Gary, who heads into this weekend's state meet with the third-best Class 3A mark in the high jump at 6-10. 'I don't believe I have a cap or anything. I think I can get better and better each time I do it.'

Read the entire article here


Meet International Filmmakers in Shoreline this Sunday

SIFF Shoreline May 27 to June 4

International film directors and producers will be in Shoreline this Sunday for the showing of their films in the Shoreline Community College theatre, part of the Seattle International Film Festival.

They will be available for discussions after their film is shown.

The Sunday schedule is here, Monday is here, and the full schedule is here.


SCC film program alumnus premieres a film at Seattle International Film Festival Monday

Shoreline Community College digital film program alumnus Nick Terry (far right) stars in Finding October, a film he wrote, produced, directed, and edited and is premiering at SIFF 2016 on Monday May 30.

“It’s poetic, in a sense, that I’m getting to show my film at the place that allowed me to make it,” said Nick Terry, writer, director, cinematographer, editor, producer, and star of Finding October, a film that is premiering at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival on Mon., May 30 at Shoreline Community College.

Terry, a Shoreline alumnus, graduated from the College’s digital film program in 2012.

Finding October, an “emotionally engaging chamber piece” about a 20-something embarking on a road trip to propose to his girlfriend, is Terry’s third feature and his second to show at SIFF. But despite his past success, this film is the one in which Terry found his stride as a filmmaker.

Terry produced his first SIFF feature while still in high school.

“That first film was a totally different production than Finding October,” said Terry. “It was shot over nine months, and because it was a faux documentary it leant itself to improv, so really it got by on character and plot. I didn’t feel like I actually wrote it.”

Finding October, on the other hand, was fully scripted and shot over a week.

“Because I actually planned out production, knew more of the technical aspects about equipment and lighting, and had a fully fleshed-out script for this feature, the honor of being in SIFF felt more earned,” said Terry.

And he says he owes that tightened production schedule, technical know-how, and scripting ability to Shoreline.

“Shoreline was huge for me,” said Terry. “I had just finished my second feature when I started the film program, and I realized on my first day of class that I knew nothing. There were so many technical skills I hadn’t learned and so much to the business of filmmaking that I had no idea about. So I spent the next two years just absorbing information and taking away everything I could.”

Terry is currently in production on his fourth feature, a faux documentary about adults banding together to create their own superhero team. He hopes it will be out in fall of this year.

Finding October plays during SIFF 2016 in Shoreline Community College’s Main Campus Theater on Monday, May 30 at 6 p.m. Terry and co-stars Karin Terry (Nick Terry’s wife and a former Shoreline student as well) and Michael Ward will participate in a question and answer session after the film.

Tickets can be purchased at


Shorecrest doubles tennis team advances to semi-finals in state tournament

Emahd Khan serving
State Tennis Tournament
Photo by Robert Mann

State 2A Tennis Tournament Results, Friday 5-27-16 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center, UW

In singles, Shorecrest's Emahd Khan defeated his first round opponent, but fell in the second round Quarterfinals. He lost in the consolation match, ending his tournament run.

Doubles team Faiz Khan and Daniel Wacker defeated their first round opponents, then won again in the second round quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals.

First Round
Emahd Khan (SC) def. Michael Manion (East Valley Yakima) 7-5, 6-4

Faiz Khan / Daniel Wacker (SC)  def. Brandon Foster / Shogo Starr (Cheney) 6-0, 6-1

Second Round
Tye Loan (Olympic) def. Emahd Khan (SC) 1-6, 4-6

Quarterfinals. Winner advances to semi-finals.
Faiz Khan / Daniel Wacker def. Bryan Le / Ethan Le (Liberty) 6-7(9-11), 6-2, 13-11

Consolation Match loser out
Jerimiah Bayne (Lindbergh ) def. Emahd Khan (SC) 7-6(8-6), 6-1

Team coach is Robert Mann.


Cirque du Aegis for 600 dementia patients

Juggler (left) and Aegis of Callahan staff and residents seated near the stage. The juggler is with Animate Objects Physical Theater. Aegis of Callahan (in Shoreline) residents and staff are in the audience on the right side of the picture.

Perhaps they are too small to individually identify. But they are Aegis of Callahan General Manager Judy Adams (in red) to her left they are: Aegis of Callahan resident Bill Preston (wearing silver party hat, David Ovens (wearing light-colored shirt) and his mother, Carol Ovens, Aegis of Callahan resident.

On Thursday at the Lynnwood Convention Center, Cirque du Aegis drew a crowd of more than 600 from Aegis Living communities across the Puget Sound Area.

Trapeze artist with Animate Objects Physical Theater 

Cirque du Aegis represents a different way to entertain and engage those living with dementias like Alzheimer's disease in a controlled environment. More than 500 in the audience live with some form of dementia, like Alzheimer’s.

Contortionist at the Cirque du Aegis

The free event, sponsored by Aegis Living, a leader in the assisted living industry, featured musicians, jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, magicians and contortionists in the Cirque du Soleil style.

Aegis Callahan House is located at 15100 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.


Einstein track teams score well in Sno-King championships

Sno-King League Middle School Track and Field Championships were held at Shoreline Stadium on Wednesday, May 25.

The league includes middle schools from Shoreline, Edmonds, Mukilteo, and Everett. 7th grade and 8th grade teams compete in different divisions.

Here are the rankings for each of the Einstein teams in each division:

  • Female Team Scores - 1 7 Division: Einstein 2nd place -52 .33 points
  • Female Team Scores - 2 8 Division: Einstein 3rd place - 48 points
  • Male Team Scores - 1 7 Division: Einstein 1st place - 67.60 points
  • Male Team Scores - 2 8 Division: Einstein 1st place - 136.50 points

Einstein students move on to Shorewood High School, so within two years many of these students will be on the Shorewood track and field teams.

Middle School Final AP Results

Team Scores


Jobs: Natural Resources Specialist - Transportation Planning Specialist

WSDOT's Environmental Office has a robust new opportunity for an energetic professional who has a passion for environmental issues. In this position you will be able to apply your current environmental policy and field biology experience and/or training as well develop both the breadth and depth of your professional knowledge through hands on collaboration with WSDOT environmental staff, Federal, State, and Local agencies; Tribal governments, and the public.

Full information and application here


Jobs: Local Programs Engineer Manager

Friday, May 27, 2016

WSDOT has an incredible opportunity for an experienced engineer manager who has keen knowledge of local government agencies. This is an executive level position that manages, administers, and controls the Local Programs Office in the Northwest Region from the Shoreline office.

More information and application here


Boy Scout Troop 309 named Aurora District Camporee Champions Best Troop

Boy Scouts of America Shoreline Troop 309 were named the Aurora District Camporee Champions Best Troop 2016 at the camp last weekend.

The youth of Troop 309 put in the effort and showed their stuff. Here are some of the awards earned last weekend:
  • Best Troop - (Out of 17 troops in attendance)
  • 2016 Honor Troop (One of 5 troops who earned it)
  • Presidential Award: Hammerhead Patrol (top 5 Patrols out of 34)
  • 1st Place Award:  Phoenix Patrol (top 12 Patrols out of 34)
  • 1st Place Troop Relay Race
  • 1st Place Patrol Flag: Phoenix Patrol
  • Big Bell Award: Phoenix Patrol (for top 3 patrols with most 80 pt scores at 11 stations)

The top patrol awards include judging Campsite, Meals, 11 Scoutcraft/ Skill Stations, Hike-in and Uniform Inspection.

The Best Troop includes averages of the patrol awards plus scores in Honor Troop, Canoe Race, Relay Race, SM/SPL Race, Campfire, Presidential Award Bonus, Big Bell Award Bonus and Troop Campsite.

It takes a village to be the best.

Big shout out to the Senior Patrol Leader Matt K., the two Patrol Leaders Taejin T and Isaac S, the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Jimmie O., Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Noah T, Troop Instructor Nathan A as well as all the members of the troop.
This is really a big accomplishment and it was done by the boys, all of them, all weekend and on their own--- with no adult assistance (or interference). They earned this award-100%!

‘We are very proud of what these young men accomplished this weekend. It is proof that a boy-led troop program develops leadership, teaches life skills, and promotes success while having fun. Being best troop speaks to the boys being all-around achievers. The effort and enthusiasm throughout the weekend was awesome!’ said Dwight Thompson, Scoutmaster Troop 309 about his troop winning the top award.

In addition to Camporee, Troop 309’s Boy-led program features annual canoe trips, Philmont Scout Ranch Treks in New Mexico, a week at a local Scout Camp, Pacific Coast Trail Adventures, community service projects, weekend outings, leadership training camps and courses, and gaming lock-ins to mention a few activity options.

We try to have fun events to interest many boys --- not just a few. The youth develop their own program and activities with the Troop Committee to support them to make it happen. 

The troop meets at St. Mark Catholic Church’s Cafeteria on Monday Nights at 7pm. The troop has a multi-denominational membership.

For more information on BSA Troop 309 or scouting in general please contact Dwight Thompson, Scoutmaster at 206-399-9477 or Linden Anderson, Assistant Scoutmaster at 206-734-0748.


SIFF in Shoreline - schedule for Monday

The SIFF film festival (Seattle International Film Festival) is using Shoreline Community College as a venue for the first time this year.

Film showings here began on Friday night and will continue until June 4.

Here's the schedule for Saturday and for Sunday.
The full schedule is here

Because Monday is a holiday, there are four films scheduled.

Come What May
En Mai fais ce qu’il te plaĆ®t
France - 2015 - 115 minutes - Christian Carion 

In May 1940, the residents of a small French village — including a schoolteacher, the mayor, a 10-year-old boy, and a musician — begin an intensely emotional journey when they flee the approaching Nazi forces, heading toward the coast by foot and carriage. Monday, May 30, 2016 - 12:30pm

Author: The JT LeRoy Story
USA - 2016 - 110 minutes - Jeff Feuerzeig 

Uncover the fascinating truth behind wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough, sordid memoirs about life as a teenage male hustler captivated the literary world—until he was revealed to be a fictional creation of 40-year-old female writer Laura Albert.  Monday, May 30, 2016 - 3:00pm

Finding October
USA - 2016 |-77 minutes - Nick Terry

Two young men, traveling through the Pacific Northwest so one can propose to his longtime girlfriend, encounter road-trip fiascos, cold feet, and an enigmatic female drifter in this emotionally engaging chamber piece. Monday, May 30, 2016 - 6:00pm   Director Nick Terry, Actor Karin Terry scheduled to attend

The Free World
USA - 2016 - 100 minutes - Jason Lew

Recently released after being falsely imprisoned, an ex-con (Boyd Holbrook) meets the troubled wife of a particularly nasty cop (Elisabeth Moss) and begins a sultry romance that sends his fresh start down a dark and dangerous path.  Monday, May 30, 2016 - 8:30pm


Shorecrest girls golf at State

Jac Longstreth plays at State Tournament
Photo by Rob Longstreth
Making the second of two consecutive birdies, Shorecrest High School Junior Jac Longstreth finished tied for 13th at Girls 2A State golf championship held this past Tuesday and Wednesday at host course Columbia Point in Richland.

She finished with a two day total of 175.

Senior teammate Elizabeth Holmdahl qualified for the second round and finished with a two day total of 196.


Garage Sale date in Ridgecrest set for June 4

The Ridgecrest neighborhood has set Saturday June 4, 9am to 2pm for garage sale day.

Anyone in the Ridgecrest Neighborhood who holds a sale that day and registers will get their location on a map that will be handed out at all sites.

If you don't want to hold a sale at your own home, you can get a space at the Tabernacle Baptist Church by calling 206-362-8363.

Or you can just shop for treasures.


11 students win LFP Rotary scholarships

(back row, left to right): Nick Cowan; Maureen Penner; Katherine Scannell-Daniel; Megan Opfer; Sarah Kaino; Jade Lau; Karissa Lam. (front row, left to right): Keelie Frisk; Olivia Brockhaus; Sophia Ziliak. Elizabeth Holmdahl  (not pictured) was at the State golf tournament.

The Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park hosted an event to honor Scholarship recipients from the class of 2016 on Wednesday, May 25.

Each student was evaluated by the committee on the basis of their academic strengths and achievements, including honors and Advanced Placement courses; their commitment to the service of various local and worldwide community concerns and endeavors and their leadership qualities in school.

They each submitted an essay on Rotary’s philosophy “ What Service Above Self Means to Me”.

Each recipient received a certificate of award and a check for $1000.

The scholarship recipients, the school they will attend, and their major course of study:

  • Nick Cowan, UW, Civil Engineering
  • Maureen Penner, Pamplin School of Business, University of Portland
  • Katherine Scannell-Daniel, UW, History and Law
  • Megan Opfer, Gonzaga, General
  • Sarah Kaino Chapman, Theatre and Communication
  • Jade Lauw, SCC, Political Science
  • Karissa Lam,  University of Pennsylvania, Nursing
  • Keelie Frisk, SCC, Dance
  • Olivia Brockhaus, WSU, Pre-Vet
  • Sophia Ziliak, UW, Law Enforcement
  • Elizabeth Holmdahl, Wharton College, University of Pennsylvania, Economics/ Finance 

Many of their family members were in attendance for this celebration. Parents were acknowledged as their student’s first and most important teachers and supporters through their growing years.

Rotarian Marjorie Ando challenged them to continue their lives with open minds (listening, questioning, thinking critically); open hearts (with tolerance and for all ), and open hands (joined together to spread humanity).

The Scholarship Committee members this year were Marjorie Ando, Ed Pearson, and James Rohrback. They each introduced and talked about many of the students’ achievements.

The students, in turn, told the group about their anticipation and expectations for their college goals and life experiences.

Jim Rohrback then closed with the following remarks:

Look around you today. You will see here, 50 of your most vigorous and dynamic neighbors. If a corner of your heart speaks softly to you, “Something more…”, then, please come and look into our Rotary Club and its activities. It may be your best choice in years.
We have confidence in you. You are in a very exciting time of your young life. You will now spend time in an institution of higher learning with other scholars, and with professors who are experts in their specialty and who love their areas of study.
Appropriate to commencing university studies, I quote two philosophers: Maimonides, (1135 - 1204), “You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes" and from Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948), "Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever. Happiness happens when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." 
We Rotarians have confidence in you and believe in you as the future leaders of the World. 
Please return to let us know about the progress in your lives as it will restore and inspire us in our continuing service.


Kagi has three challengers, Ryu has two, Pollet one, Farrell none

By Evan Smith

Incumbent Democratic State Rep. Ruth Kagi has three official challengers in the 32nd Legislative District, while fellow Democratic Rep. Cindy Ryu has two challengers. In the 46th District, Democratic State Rep. Gerry Pollet has one challenger and Democratic Rep. Jessyn Farrell has none.

Kagi will appear on the Aug. 2 primary ballot, along with Shoreline Democrat Wesley Irwin, Lynnwood Republican David D. Schirle and Shoreline Libertarian Alex Hart.

Ryu will face Edmonds Republican Alvin Rutledge and Lynnwood independent Keith Smith.

Pollet will meet Lake City Republican Stephanie Heart Viskovich. Farrell will be unopposed on the primary ballot.

The top two vote-getters for each position on the primary ballot qualify for the Nov. 8 general-election ballot.

Kagi is seeking a 10th two-year term against Irwin, who calls himself a “Bernie Democrat,” Republican Schirle who is a semi-retired podiatrist, and Libertarian Hart.

Ryu seeks a fourth term against political newcomer Smith and Republican Rutledge, who ran two years ago against Kagi.

Pollet is seeking a third full term after joining the State House of Representatives by appointment in 2011. Farrell also is seeking a third term after winning elections in 2012 and 2014.

Partisan positions appear on both the primary and general-election ballots even when they have only one or two candidates.

A write-in candidate can qualify for the general-election ballot by placing second in the primary with at least 1 percent of the vote. A candidate can register as a write-in candidate through July 15 by paying the same filing fee as candidates on the ballot. Registering as a write-in means that officials count a candidate's votes even with minor misspellings or with incorrect or missing party preference.

The 32nd Legislative District includes the city of Shoreline, part of northwest Seattle, the town of Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of Snohomish County, south Edmonds, the city of Lynnwood, and part of Mountlake Terrace.

The 46th Legislative District includes Lake Forest Park and Kenmore in addition to northeast Seattle.

Democratic 32nd District State Sen. Marilyn Chase and Democratic 46th District State Sen. David Frockt both are in the middle of four-year terms.

Evan Smith can be reached at


Free coffee and bagels Saturday at Nomad NW

  • Nomad NW says "There's nothing that Coffee and Bagels can't solve"

    So they are offering both Saturday from 11am to 1pm at their place of business.

    Nomad Northwest, 509 NE 165th St, Ste B, Shoreline 98155 in the Ridgecrest neighborhood. Map


Lake Forest Park Farmers Market Sunday

Photo by Jerry Pickard

Lake Forest Park Farmers Market on Sundays, 10am to 3pm at Town Center, lower level, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way.

Vegetables, flowers, crafts, clothing, not to mention buskers and alpacas.


Celebrate Shoreline booth vendor applications available

Celebrate Shoreline booth vendor applications are now available (here).

The festival will take place Saturday, August 20 at Cromwell Park from 12:00 – 9:00pm. The family area including vendor booths will be open from 12:00 – 6:00 pm

For additional information call 206-801-2600.


Parkwood Elementary PTA Garage Sales

The Parkwood Community Garage Sale is just a little over a week away on Saturday, June 4th [10 am – 2 pm, rain or shine] at Parkwood Elementary hosted by the Parkwood Elementary PTA.

1815 N 155th St, Shoreline 98133

You can ‘buy a space’ (registration fee benefits Parkwood’s 6th grade camp) and sell your treasures, hand-crafted goods, books jewelry and more! The proceeds from what you sell at your table are yours to keep.

Or you can just join us for a fun day with food from Mobile Maven's Picnic Box, music from The Bobbers and treasures galore.

More information and online registration form here

Questions? Email for answers.


Shoreline Farmers Market opens Saturday, June 11

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Photo courtesy Shoreline Farmers Market

The opening of the 2016 Shoreline Farmers Market is less than 3 weeks away, on Saturday, June 11. It will be held again in the parking lot outside of the Sears store at Aurora Square, 15300 Westminster Way N, Shoreline 98133.

There are volunteer opportunities at the Market. Sign up here


Free bowling for veterans on Memorial Day

Spin Alley will be providing free bowling to Veterans on Memorial Day.

We want to thank all Veterans for protecting our country.
Just come in and announce that you are proud to be a Veteran of the United States and bowling will be free.

Spin Alley will be open from 10:00am to 10:00pm on Monday.
1430 NW Richmond Beach Rd, Shoreline 98177, 206-533-2345.


Shoreline Planning Commission to study development regs for Rail station subareas

Shoreline Planning Commission will meet Thursday, June 2, 2016, 7pm, in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Regular Meeting Agenda Highlights

  • Development Regulations Related to Light Rail Station Subareas - Staff Report
Link to full Agenda

Link to full Packet

Comment on Agenda items


Dr. Art Kruckeberg, 1920 - 2016

Art as Botany Chair at UW in 1969,
courtesy Dr. D. Henderson via Richard Olmstead
Courtesy KBGF

News from the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation of the passing of Dr. Art Kruckeberg. The KBGF director sent out the following notice:

I am sad to report the passing of Dr. Arthur R. Kruckeberg yesterday, May 25th, at the age of 96 in his home after a brief illness. 
Art is a legend around here, and has had his hands in just about everyone's lives and gardens. He was a Professor of Botany at the University of Washington, was instrumental in conserving wild areas, authored many books and articles, and helped popularize the use of native plants in northwest gardens. 
Art and his wife, Mareen, bought this property in 1958 and used it as their living lab for plants collected around the world, and it has grown into a really special public garden. 
We are proud to be able to bear the Kruckeberg name, and to carry Art and Mareen's legacy forward. In addition to being an accomplished man, he was a passionate teacher, friend, and father. He will be greatly missed by us all. 

They are closing the Garden until Saturday morning at 10am.

The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation is dedicated to sustaining the Kruckeberg legacy by demonstrating how plants enrich our lives and our community. Our vision is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of nature through gardens.

The Garden is located at 20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline 98177. 206-546-1281.


HistoryLink: Online honor rolls of Washington state citizens

Memorial Day at Evergreen-Washelli
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Monday, May 30, 2016 is Memorial Day

On Memorial Day the nation pauses to recall and thank the men and women who fought to defend the United States in wartime. is proud to host the complete online honor rolls of Washington state citizens who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Philippines, World War I, World War II (including merchant mariners), Korea, Vietnam, Granada, the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and the Iraq War.

We also maintain online honor rolls of University of Washington students, faculty, and staff killed in World War II and public-safety officers statewide who died in the line of duty. We want to thank Garden of Remembrance co-organizer Dave Barber for helping us to maintain this tribute. And let us not forget the memorial's founding spirit and primary sponsor, the late Patsy Bullitt Collins, who suffered her own loss during World War II.


LFP Police search for vehicle suspected in residential burglaries

Stock image of a 2007 PT Cruiser, silver
Similar to what police are seeking
From LFP Police Chief Sutton

Over the past few days, we have had several residential burglaries in Lake Forest Park, up near the border of Mountlake Terrace and Brier.

Reports from citizens revealed a suspected vehicle. We are looking for a silver PT Cruiser.

Don't forget to call 911 if you see something suspicious and check out our "Do it Yourself Crime Prevention Guide" on our website.


Three Shorewood girls competed in State golf tournament

Hannah Owen 2015

Three Shorewood girls made it to the AAA State Golf Tournament at Indian Canyon Golf Course on May 24-25, 2016.

Hannah Owen
Michelle Lu
Maria Babcock


Shoreline residents question City Light tree pruning practices

A severely pruned tree in Shoreline Children’s Center
with power lines running through its canopy.
Photo by Tim Gruver

By Tim Gruver

Shoreline is a Tree City USA as declared by the National Arbor Day Foundation, but residents fear its trees are quickly losing their shape due to practices by Seattle City Light vegetation management crews.

Maintaining and monitoring over 300,000 trees in the greater Seattle area, Seattle City Light works along 1,770 overhead lines to provide power to Shoreline. Seattle City Light has been recognized for quality tree care for the fourth year in a row by the National Arbor Day Foundation, but Shoreline residents don’t seem to agree when it comes to tree pruning.

15th NE at 146th in Shoreline
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Many trees in the area now bear huge, V-shaped cuts through their branches or have had major branches cut to one side.

Trees often share the same space as city power lines on both public and private land. Per City Light’s protocol, their intersecting parts are cut back by vegetation management crews, sometimes in extreme directions to avoid electrical conduction.

“Trees are the most common cause of power outages,” said Brent Schmidt, Seattle City Light’s Manager of Support Services. “Our focus is those parts of the tree with the greatest potential to affect the utility infrastructure which usually occurs only on part of any individual tree.”

Such practices are meant to prevent power outages and electrical fires, per Seattle City Light standards. The choice between keeping a tree’s appearance or keeping the lights is clear for Seattle City Light.

“Public safety is priority number one, electrical reliability is priority number two, and the third priority is the health of the tree,” said Scott Thomsen, Seattle City Light’s Public Information Officer.

According to regulation, trees are pruned every five years by City Light vegetation management crews after being inspected by a certified arborist – a much longer span of time than some residents claim occurs now.

Lance Young of the Interurban Trail Preservation Society expressed his concerns that City Light’s tree removal practices on the Interurban Trail stood in contrast to the original intent of the City Light Franchise Agreement, which cites the preservation of all trees.

A tree pruned at a 90 degree angle
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

According to Young, City Light has proposed to only preserve significant trees, or trees with historical or communal significance. He claims City Light has attempted to renegotiate the definition of a significant tree and soliciting neighborhood signatures supporting tree removals within just five days notice as opposed to weeks. 

“A solicitation is not really a request,” Young said.

Residents typically receive two weeks notice of a routine tree pruning unless a tree should pose an emergency. Crews may then prune or remove and replace the tree as deemed necessary, though City Light prefers to remove it if possible. Doing so may involve a number of methods.

“For a deciduous tree, sometimes we do what’s called directional trimming where you’re cutting the branches in such a way where you’re creating room for its branches to grow,” Thomsen said. “It can continue to get bigger, but it’s growing in a way that is growing around the lines.”
A drastically pruned evergreen on 5th NE
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

In response to concerns that frequent, drastic pruning leads to diseased trees, Seattle City Light’s Vegetation Management Supervisor, David Bayard, explained that it is usually difficult to establish a pruning as the cause of a tree’s poor health.

“Even if you pruned a healthy tree very aggressively, it would take at least a couple of years for its health to decline,” Bayard said. “Trees just don’t respond that quickly.”

According to the Seattle municipal code, a tree replacement is required only if the tree should be “hazardous, dead, diseased, injured” or otherwise unlikely to survive.

If a tree is removed upon request of property owners, City Light offers residents vouchers to obtain saplings from participating tree nurseries. According to Bayard, tree removals are best decided on the first time a tree is inspected.

“If the tree dies later and the homeowners say, ‘Hey, can you come out and remove this tree now and replace it?’ then we have to send a second crew out to do a second body of work on that same tree,” Bayard said. “Then it becomes a little more complicated because it becomes a waste of public funds to work on the same tree twice.”

As Bayard continued, the task of maintaining a tree’s wellbeing as well as the public’s is not an easy one.

“You’ve got to balance safety requirements with the tree’s health,” Bayard said. “So we do struggle a lot to do the least impactful thing we can to the tree while satisfying our legal obligations.”


Photos: Pink rhodies

Pink rhodies
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

I have two of these - they are humongous and beautiful. One is five feet above the roof line and the other is bigger. I hate to think where the roots are. I strongly suspect that at least one has reached the neighbor's yard.

Sadly, this variety is now past its prime and the glowing blossoms are just piles of pink snow on the ground. So I publish this photo of Lee's in their memory and try hard not to track pink goo into the house.



Rep. Kagi receives Health Care Champion Award

Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-32. received a Health Care Champion Award from Coordinated Care Wednesday for her bill creating an integrated healthcare system for all foster and adopted children.

Every foster parent and child, and adoptive parents and children, now has access to health and behavioral health information and services through Coordinated Care.


King County favors Trump, Clinton in presidential primary

By Evan Smith

King County voters are giving strong presidential-primary majorities to candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

In votes counted through Wednesday, Trump had 71 percent of Republican votes in King County to 16 percent for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 10 percent for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and 3 percent for surgeon Ben Carson. Statewide totals showed Trump with 76 percent, Cruz and Kasich with 10 percent each, and Carson with 4 percent. With Trump holding majorities in all 10 Congressional districts, he is likely to win all of Washington's votes at the nominating convention.

Clinton led Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by an 58 percent to 42 percent margin in the county and 53 percent to 47 percent statewide. Democrats allocate national-presidential-nominating convention votes by the caucus system. Sanders won most of those votes.

Votes counted through Wednesday came from 28 percent of registered King County voters and 31 percent of statewide voters.

Turnout through Wednesday ranged from 26 percent in Adams County in Central Washington to 47 percent in Jefferson County on the Olympic Peninsula.

Counties will as announce updated returns Thursday afternoon and continue to count ballots through final certification of results June 7.

Evan Smith can be reached at


Shoreline Rotary honors Students of the Quarter

Emily Pacunski from Shorewood

Each quarter Shoreline Rotary recognizes and honors outstanding students from Kings, Shorewood, and Shorecrest High Schools.

Jordan Burtt from Kings

These are great young leaders who excel in academics, arts, sports, and community service.

Our tomorrow is in good hands.

Brian Farthing from Shorewood

Congratulations to Brian Farthing, Emily Pacunski, and Jordan Burtt.

--Shoreline Rotary

Correction: Emily Pancunski is from Shorewood, not Shorecrest as previously reported. 5-26-2016


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