Shoreline High School Class of 1961 55th Reunion

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Shoreline High School Class of 1961 55th Reunion

Friday, August 26: 2:00 - 3:00pm Shoreline Center - Memorial in Board Room, followed by a tour of our former campus. Superintendent Rebecca Miner will speak and lead a tour.

Friday, August 26: 4:00 - 8:30pm Nile Country Club Red Room and 19th Hole Café for a no host gathering.

Saturday, August 27: 5:00 to 8:00 Virginia V Cruise (located next to MOHAI) - a prepaid event

For more information, contact Janice Franett, 206-235-1943.


Photo: Dusk to Dawn - Blue Bridges 2

Blue Bridges 2
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Another view of the Blue Bridges that cross 155th and Aurora to carry the Interurban Trail across Aurora. Part of a series by Wayne Pridemore.


Charles Mack at Grinders Saturday

Charles Mack plays at Grinders Saturday

Charles Mack plays at Grinders on Saturday, August 27.

Grammy Nominated, Charles Mack, former bassist for Lucky Peterson and Grammy Award winner James Cotton, Charles Mack has shared the stage with a number of accomplished artists in a variety of genres ; alternative rock group Inflatable Soule, rap group Cypress Hill, blues, R/B and jazz artists Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Marcus Miller, Otis Taylor, Shemekia Copeland, Otis Rush, Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Bernard Allison, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Johnson, Kenny Neal and numerous Jazz ensembles.

By fusing an amazing blend of music and experience over his career Charles brings an incredible and unique presence to every performance. You will experience a multitude of feelings and emotions all while sitting back and enjoying the ride through a mixture of soul, funk, blues, rock, R/B and folk that will leave you satisfied but clamoring for more all at the same time!

Grinders 19811 Aurora Ave N, 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - $10.00 cover

Reservations Recommended - Call 206 542 0627. Arrive between 6:30-7:30 p.m. for reservation. After 7:30 p.m. seats are given to standby guests.


Fire damages storage lockers and blocks traffic on Aurora Tuesday afternoon

Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire

Shoreline Fire responded to a commercial structure fire at 14900 Aurora Ave around 1pm on Tuesday.

Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire
A van parked at the Public Storage facility left a lit candle unattended inside.

The candle started a fire that spread from the van to the storage facility, damaging five storage units.

Two people went to the hospital with minor injuries.

Northbound traffic was restricted to one lane for an hour and a half.


Citizens support new ballot drop box locations

Ballot drop box at LFP City Hall. There was also a drop box
at the Shoreline Library and Central Market in Shoreline.
Photo by Sarah Phillips

King County Elections Director Julie Wise briefed the Metropolitan King County Council’s Government Accountability and Oversight Committee Tuesday on the performance of ballot drop boxes in the primary election following their recent expansion.

This year’s August primary election saw a record percentage of ballots returned using King County Elections drop boxes. The dramatic increase came in the first election following an effort by the King County Council and Director Wise to significantly expand ballot drop box locations.

“Voters used drop boxes in record numbers for the Primary Election,” said Julie Wise, King County Elections’ Director. “This is exactly the convenience we hoped this investment would bring our voters and I think the numbers will only go up from here.”

Nearly 36 percent of voters (more than 160,000 voters) cast their primary ballots via drop boxes. This is a substantial increase compared to the 2015 general election, in which 26 percent of ballots were returned via drop boxes. This year, over 100,000 primary ballots were returned to drop boxes on Election Day, 20,000 more than any previous Election Day total.

“I am thrilled by the popularity of new ballot drop boxes, especially the Lake City Library Drop Box in my district, where more than 6,500 voters cast their ballots -- the most ballots among any of the new drop boxes,” said Council Vice Chair Rod Dembowski, the author of the original motion. 
“The strong endorsement by voters of this initiative confirms its importance. I'm also very pleased to see the significant number of ballots returned in communities that have historically faced higher barriers to civic participation.”

In December 2015, the King County Council passed a motion asking King County Elections to develop a plan to improve access and convenience of ballot drop-off locations throughout King County. A primary aim of the motion was to lower barriers to voting. The Elections Division's plan, which was approved by the Council on May 2nd, 2016, adds 33 additional ballot drop-off locations in King County for a total of 43 locations.

For the August primary election, a total of 29 ballot drop box locations were ready for voters. The remaining locations will be open in time for this fall’s general election. Once the plan is completed later this year, more than 90 percent of King County residents will live within three miles of a ballot drop box.

Among the most used new locations are the Lake City Library, University of Washington – Schmitz Hall, and High Point Library drop boxes, all located in areas that scored highest in the evaluation for key equity demographic characteristics.

Scores were based on an Equity and Social Justice metric that considered a combination of diversity, household income, and English proficiency. Strong return rates at these locations signal progress for King County’s ongoing efforts to lower barriers to voting and strengthen the ability for all citizens to exercise the right to vote.

For the November general election, all 43 drop boxes will be open. Drop box locations and site selection criteria can be found in the Ballot Drop-off Location Plan.


Artists in Action at Sky Nursery Saturday and Sunday

“Yellow Iris” reproduced courtesy of Terri Davis
Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28 from 11 am – 5 pm at Sky Nursery 18528 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133, 206-546-4851.

Artists in Action at Sky Nursery

Northwest Artists in Action is a group of accomplished fine artists who love to create and display their art in public.

The unique feature of the group is that each artist will be creating an art project on site.

This gives you a chance to see a painting being created in real time and the opportunity to discuss the art with the artist.

Each artist specializes in one or more of the fine arts media - oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, or pencil.

Stop by and admire a variety of paintings and sketches in progress, plus a display of finished original art available for purchase.


Protesters at Shoreline Planning Commission meeting

Protest at City Hall Planning Commission meeting Thursday

Residents from the 145th Station rezone area who had expected to be able to comment during the extension of the Planning Commission meeting on Monday, August 22 protested outside City Hall.

The Commission meeting was continued from the previous Thursday, August 18. Residents interpreted statements at the end of the Thursday meeting to mean that public comment would also be continued to the Monday meeting.

The City issued a statement saying the Public Comment was closed and the Monday meeting was for the Planning Commission to finish their deliberations.


Call for Small Art: 6X6NW – new Exhibition and Fundraiser event

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is currently accepting submissions for 6X6NW, an exhibition and fundraiser event featuring hundreds of small artworks. Each artwork must be 6”x 6” and artists may enter up to 10 artworks of any medium (2D or 3D). There is no fee to enter.

All entries will be exhibited during 6X6NW on October 8 and offered for sale to the public for $36 each. The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council will receive a 66% commission on any works sold. 
Artists may elect to waive their 34% commission and contribute their work(s) as a full donation to benefit the Arts Council’s community arts programming and events.

Interested in taking pART? Participation is open to all — no art background is required! All you have to do is visit the webpage, fill out the registration form (no artwork photos needed), and follow the simple instructions for submitting your work to the Arts Council.

Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including People's Choice, and participants will receive 6 free tickets to the event at Shoreline Community College on October 8 (a $60 value), 1 drink ticket (a $6 value), and recognition on the Art Council’s website.

Entries Due: September 30 or Postmarked by September 29

6X6NW is a fundraiser to support Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council programming and will be held on Saturday, October 8 in the Lobby of the Student Union Building at Shoreline Community College – 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Bldg. 9000, Shoreline, WA 98133.

Please note: Artworks will not be insured by the Arts Council or Shoreline Community College. The Arts Council reserves the right to not display any work for any reason. Photography of the artworks during the exhibition will be permitted. Commission checks will be issued within 30 days of the exhibition and sent to the address provided on the application.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.


Notice: Sept 1 Planning Commission meeting cancelled

Public Notice:

You are hereby notified that the next regular meeting of the Shoreline Planning Commission to be held on Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. has been cancelled.

The next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.


What are your burning questions - ask them Sept 20 at the Senior Center

Scott Theisen, social worker at the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center, will be the featured speaker at the What's Up September 20 workshop at the Center.

Bring your burning questions for Scott to answer.

Suggested Donation $2 members - $4 non-members


Seattle Times endorses State Rep. Pollet for re-election in 46th District

Our news partner the Seattle Times has endorsed Democratic State Rep. Gerry Pollet for re-election in the 46th District.

In an August 10 editorial, the Times said this:

“Pollet is an environmental activist and public-health instructor at the University of Washington. The Democrat has represented the district, which includes Northeast Seattle, Lake Forest Park and Kenmore, since 2011."
and this...

"Challenger Stephanie Heart Viskovich is a Libertarian activist in the medical-marijuana industry. But during a meeting with this editorial board, she lacked insight into issues such as the state’s McCleary education-funding settlement and Sound Transit 3."

The other 46th Legislative District representative, Democrat Jessyn Farrell, is running unopposed.

See the full Seattle Times editorial here.


Jobs: Avalanche Forecast & Control Specialist 2

WSDOT has two positions in Kittitas County – Hyak – Snoqualmie Pass for Avalanche Forecast and Control Specialists.

The South Central Region has two positions available with our Avalanche Forecast and Control Team stationed at Hyak on Snoqualmie Pass. The Avalanche Forecast and Control Team makes it possible for people and businesses to travel safely on our state highways through effective and efficient management of snow and avalanche related risks. These positions primarily cover Snoqualmie Pass and Chinook Pass.

The first position available is a permanent full-time position. The second position is a permanent seasonal position, and generally works 7-9 months. Both positions are a great opportunity for those with a strong background in skiing, avalanche forecasting and mitigation, and weather instrumentation.

If you have experience as a professional ski patroller with an avalanche center or highway program, one of these positions may be the job for you. We seek individuals with a desire to apply a variety of skills including triggering avalanches with explosives and ski cutting techniques, data management and instrumentation experience, and alpine ski touring.

To view the entire announcement and to apply, please visit: Avalanche Forecast and Control Specialist 2


Annual dahlia show at Sky Nursery Saturday and Sunday

Saturday, August 27-Sunday, August 28
during store hours 9am to 6pm

The West's largest dahlia show returns to the nursery with a great wealth of blooms.

The Puget Sound Dahlia Association is America's leading dahlia club and prides itself in putting on a spectacular floral exhibition.

You will be able to admire dahlias in all their forms and colors, as well as baskets, arrangements, and vases - and all in natural lighting!

Sky Nursery also invites gardeners to bring their own bouquets and individual dahlias for display. 

The Show is free and details can be read on the Dahlia Association webpage or the Sky Nursery webpage.


19 year old man who killed three teens, including SCC employee, pleads not guilty

According to a story in The Seattle Times, Allen Ivanov, 19, pleaded no guilty to three counts of aggravated first-degree murder, including Jacob M. Long, 19 of Everett, who was an employee at Shoreline Community College. (see previous article).

Another teen was seriously wounded in the attack, which took place at a Mukilteo house party on July 30.

According to the Times story,

Allen Ivanov pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder during a brief hearing in Snohomish County Superior Court. 
Aggravated first-degree murder is punishable by either life in prison without parole or the death penalty. Snohomish County prosecutors have not announced whether they will seek the death penalty.

According to the story, Ivanov was angry with his girlfriend for breaking up with him. He bought an AR-15 assault-style rifle and read the instructions in the car before going into the house and killing her and her friends.


Food Truck party Wednesday in Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

Life is short. Eat dessert first.
Six Strawberries treats.
Food Truck Shoreline, Wednesday, August 24, 5:00 to 8:00pm at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, 2021 NW 190th Street, Shoreline 98177.

Sponsored by Richmond Beach Community Association and City of Shoreline's Office of Economic Development

August 24 kicks off the first of three Wednesdays of food trucks in Richmond Beach. With breathtaking views, a fantastic weather forecast, incredible food and a fun, high energy Latin band, this beach party promises to be a good time!

Choose scrumptious fare from two dinner trucks and a dessert truck in the lower parking lot, then move to the upper shelter to enjoy your food and live music.

Coco Loco is a Latin band with lots of personality, playing a variety of originals and classics from an array of styles including cha-cha-cha, cumbia, samba, salsa and more. Soak up their infectious energy -- this band is about having fun!

Coco Loco - infectious energy
Wood Shop BBQ offers authentic Kansas City and Texas style barbecue. Enjoy custom dishes like Kansas Style Pork Spare Ribs, Texas Style Brisket or The Woody--a tray of Smoked Jalapeño Mac topped with Pulled Pork, pickled red onions and original sauce. Barbecue doesn't get any better than this!

Chopstix food truck brings to the streets the soulful flavors of traditional Asian cuisine with the restraint and style of modern dining. Try the award winning Peking Duck Tacos! Let the delicious and savory flavors bring a satisfied smile to your face.

Chopstix Food Truck
Six Strawberries is Seattle's first artisan ice-pops company and bicycle food cart. All of their ice-pops are dairy free. Along with their eight main flavors (Strawberry, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Peach Lemonade, Mixed Melon, Fudge, Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter, Caffe Vita Latte and Matcha Green Tea), they are continually creating new ice-pops, from in-season fruit pops to guilty pleasures!

More info and each week's lineup here.


Early Registration for LFP residents for Fall Recreation Programs with City of Shoreline

Monday, August 22, 2016

Begins Wednesday August 24

An agreement between the City of Lake Forest Park and the City of Shoreline allows LFP residents to participate in Shoreline recreation programs at an 8% discount (excluding rentals).

Lake Forest Park residents are also eligible for a 24-hour early registration period prior to the start of each registration period.

Fall 2016 early registration for Lake Forest Park residents is Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 12:01am online or at 8:00am in person at the Spartan Recreation Center.

Programs and classes include swimming lessons, art and dance classes, open gym, drop-in pickleball and yoga. There are also more eclectic offerings including Brie and Goat Cheesemaking at River Valley Cheese, Fermentation 101, Japanese Swordsmanship, and Froggy Holler Parent Tot Tadpoles.

The City of LFP also offers scholarships for eligible youth and specialized recreation participants that participate in Shoreline recreation programs. The City will reimburse each qualified Lake Forest Park participant up to $50 per quarter for fall, winter and spring and up to $100 for summer quarter. The application form can be downloaded, or picked up in the lobby at City Hall.

Sign up for reminders on the City’s website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive notifications of early registration periods and scholarship opportunities.

Additional Info...


Free admission to national parks for four days starting Thursday

View of Mt Rainier from Shoreline
Photo by Jerry Pickard

The National Parks Service is celebrating their centennial by offering free admission to all national parks for four days starting Thursday.

Here's a list of special events in Northwest parks from The Seattle Times. 
We have four parks:
  • Mount Rainier
  • Olympic
  • North Cascades
  • San Juan Island National Historical Park

The 100-year mark also has inspired new books about national parks.

With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 through August 28, the National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque for the centennial!


Inner Transformation, Glowing Skin, and seeking satisfaction at LFP author events

Three authors at Third Place Books this week will be discussing their books and signing copies. Third Place Books is in Lake Forest Park Town Center on the upper level, entrance on the Ballinger side of the mall, intersection of Bothell Way and Ballinger Way.

Karan Bajaj
The Yoga of Max's Discontent
in conversation with Anne Clermont author of Learning to Fall
Wednesday, August 24 at 7pm

We are pleased to welcome bestselling author and striving Yogi Karan Bajaj with his new novel The Yoga of Max’s Discontent. By turns a gripping adventure story and a journey of tremendous inner transformation, The Yoga of Max's Discontent is a contemporary take on man's classic quest for transcendence.

Sheila Grinell
Appetite : A Novel (She Writes)

Thursday, August 25 at 7pm

"Appetite examines the different ways we seek satisfaction in our lives--some of us are hungry for power, others for love, and some find comfort in duty and tradition. This realistic and engrossing portrait of two generations is a promising first novel with wide appeal." --BOOKLIST

Charlotte Cho
Little Book of Skin Care : Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin (William Morrow)

Saturday, August 27th at Noon

In The Little Book of Skin Care, Charlotte Cho of leading beauty and lifestyle website Soko Glam guides you through the celebrated Korean ten-step skin-care routine and far beyond for the clearest and most radiant skin of your life, with step-by-step tutorials, skin-care tips, advice on products at all price levels, and exclusive interviews with beauty experts around the world.


Jobs: Manager – Community Integration and Employment Program

Shoreline Community College has an opening for Manager – Community Integration and Employment Program.

Under general supervision of the Associate Dean of Student Support Programs, the Manager of the Community Integration and Employment Program (CIEP) is responsible for and provides leadership of CIEP as a part of the Student Affairs Division. Primary responsibility involves managing a contract supporting adults with developmental disabilities securing and maintaining competitive employment.

Full description and application information here.


Everett Clinic opens in Shoreline Sept 26 - celebration on Sept 24

The Everett Clinic opens in Shoreline Sept. 26, community celebration will be Sat., Sept. 24

On Monday, September 26, The Everett Clinic will open a 40,000-square-foot clinic at 1201 N 175th St, Shoreline 98133, with primary care, walk-in clinic, lab and x-ray services, vision center and care from several medical specialty providers.

“We’re extending our family of primary care and specialty care providers into the Shoreline community to serve patients’ needs and provide excellent patient care,” said Cindy Bowers, medical director of The Everett Clinic Shoreline, an urgent care physician and member of The Everett Clinic’s Clinical Leadership Board.

The community is invited to an open house and tours of the facility 10am – 2pm, Saturday, September 24 at the new Shoreline Clinic. Community members can meet some of the Shoreline Clinic doctors and pediatricians, and book appointments at the event.

The City of Shoreline, Trader Joe’s, Mud Bay, One Cup Coffee, King County Library2Go and Dale Turner Family YMCA will help welcome the Clinic to the neighborhood. Family-friendly activities including music, games, face-painting and a photo booth will be provided along with free refreshments such as popcorn and sno-cones. Parking will be available for the event across the street at City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N.

“We are excited to welcome The Everett Clinic to Shoreline,” said City of Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts. “Not only will it provide excellent and convenient healthcare to Shoreline residents close to home, but it will also bring close to 200 jobs to our community.”

In addition to family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics providers, the Shoreline Clinic will have specialists in behavioral health, allergy and asthma, dermatology, OB/GYN, occupational medicine, optometry, pulmonary and sleep medicine, podiatry and physical therapy.

The clinic will be open Monday through Saturday with evening hours. Patients may call 206-401-3200 to book appointments in advance or go to the website for more information. For urgent care, the walk-in clinic will be open 8 am – 7:30 pm weekdays and 9 am – 7:30 pm Saturdays and Sundays.

The Shoreline Clinic is modeled after The Everett Clinic’s Smokey Point Medical Center which opened in 2012 in Marysville and has earned honors for its patient-centered healthcare design. The construction project team includes Seattle firms Pacific Project Management, ZGF Architects and Abbott Construction. ZFG and Abbott built the award-winning Smokey Point clinic.

The Everett Clinic 
Founded in 1924, The Everett Clinic, a medical group with DaVita Health Care Partners, is a nationally-recognized physician group known for providing high-quality healthcare services while lowering the overall cost of care. The Everett Clinic operates 20 care sites throughout Snohomish County caring for more than 320,000 patients and employing about 2,300 teammates, including 550 specialty and primary care providers. It serves patients through traditional doctor’s offices, urgent care, lab services, imaging, hearing and vision centers, behavioral health, and cancer treatment. Consistently named as a Fortune Magazine “100 Best Companies to Work For,” The Everett Clinic staff and providers support the core value of doing what is right for each patient.

About DaVita HealthCare Partners
DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is the parent company of DaVita Kidney Care and HealthCare Partners. DaVita Kidney Care is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of June 30, 2016, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,293 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 185,000 patients. The company also operated 127 outpatient dialysis centers located in 11 countries outside the United States. HealthCare Partners manages and operates medical groups and affiliated physician networks in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Florida, Colorado and Washington in its pursuit to deliver excellent-quality health care in a dignified and compassionate manner. As of June 30, 2016 HealthCare Partners provided integrated care management for approximately 760,000 patients.


Food Truck Rodeo Sunday at LFP Farmers Market

Food Truck Rodeo
Photo courtesy Third Place Commons

Remember back in May when the food truck rodeo was such a huge hit on opening day at the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market? Well, the rodeo is back in town this Sunday from 10-3pm!

Yes, the LFP Farmers Market is ramping up for another exciting day of delicious, mobile delicacies to suit all tastes. From familiar, down home comfort food to exotic fusion originals, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Here’s the full list of food trucks scheduled for the day:

Of course, the market will also be chock full of all your regular favorites like Vespucci Pizza, Patty Pan, Drummin’ Up Wontons, Whidbey Island Ice Cream, and Seattle Pops! Plus more fresh produce, meat, eggs, and cheese than you can shake a carrot stick at! So whether you’re hankering for something spicy, sweet, or simply delicious, you’re sure to find it at the market.

As a special bonus, the drummers of Seattle Kokon Taiko will drop by for a stirring performance from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Taiko are Japanese drums that play a vital role in many Japanese folk arts and taiko performances offer an exhilarating combination of drumming and movement it that is deeply rooted in Japanese folklore. You won’t want to miss this thrilling performance!

The LFP Farmers Market is presented by Third Place Commons, a community-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering real community in real space. The market is open from 10am to 3pm every Sunday through October 16th and takes place in the parking lot of LFP Town Center adjacent to City Hall at the intersection of Bothell Way NE and Ballinger Way NE.


Shoreline High School class of '71 reunion Saturday

The Shoreline High School class of '71 is having their 45th reunion on Saturday, August 27 at the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE from 2:00 until 6:00pm.

Friday night, August 26, 7pm, they'll be at the pre-function at the Cabin Tavern, 19322 Richmond Beach Dr NW, Shoreline 98177.

The Saturday event is a picnic and barbecue in the Shoreline Room (former cafeteria) and patio / outdoor area.

100 classmates have confirmed attendance.

So, with such a great response, tickets will be available at the door now at the same price of $35.00 per person. Everyone is welcome.

Email for more information.


Shoreline Fire calls week ending Aug 21

Shoreline Fire at North City Jazz Walk
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Another busy week for Shoreline fire.

They attended the Jazz Walk Tuesday in North City, the Ice Cream Social at Paramount Park Thursday, Woodway Town Faire and Celebrate Shoreline on Saturday.

Here are the calls they responded to for the week ending Sunday, August 21:

  • Aid - 101
  • Aid non-emergency - 19
  • Aid motor vehicle accident (MVA) - 2
  • Medic - 36
  • Medic MVA - 1
  • Cardiac Arrest - 1
  • Medic Weapons - 1
  • Community Medical Team (CMT) - 16
  • Automatic Fire Alarm (AFA) - 21
  • Smoke/Burn Complaint - 8
  • Flooding minor - 1
  • Bark Fire - 7
  • Brush Fire - 5
  • Appliance Fire - 1
  • Dumpster Fire - 1
  • Structure Fire - 1


Photos: Sunsets and fires

Saturday evening at Richmond Beach
just after the sun went down
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Since July 31, the State Fire Marshall has sent information about these named fires in the state of Washington, the last two on Sunday.
  • North Touchet Fire - Columbia county
  • Black Rock fire - Grant county
  • South Ward Gap fire - Benton county
  • Road 10 fire - Grant county
  • Snake River fire - Whitman and Garfield counties
  • Lower Crab Creek fire - Grant county
  • Fletcher Road fire - Columbia and Walla Walla counties
  • Palouse Falls fire - Franklin county
  • Wellesley Fire - Spokane county
  • Yale fire - Spokane county
  • Hart fire - Lincoln county

These are fires where the state has sent crews to help local fire fighters. There may be other, less explosive fires that are being successfully managed by local crews.

Just as the sun was going behind the mountains
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Fires like these are devastating when they get near human habitations, farm animals, and roads. More remote fires are sometimes left to burn themselves out.

There are currently four small, lightning-caused fires burning in the Olympic National Park wilderness that have been burning since May. Although there is no threat to visitor safety or facilities at this time, smoke may be visible.

Particles from fires go up into the atmosphere, filter the sun, and create dramatic and beautiful sunsets for us.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter

The Rio Olympics have concluded and all we can do is look forward to the next one.

In the meantime, perhaps flat water canoeing and group rhythmic gymnastics will catch on here.


Free Seattle Children's Festival Oct 9 at Seattle Center

Duoc Su Lion Dance Team performs at the Seattle Children’s Festival. 

The third annual Seattle Children's Festival is open to all families, with no admission fee, thanks to community donations (suggested donation is $10 per person, $20 per family).

A one-day multi-cultural, multi-generational festival, Northwest Folklife will be "Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood" by bringing together local communities that showcase and celebrate families of the region.

Look out for a fun Event Passport guide that will take attendees on an interactive journey through the Festival.

Featuring performances from Caspar Babypants, North City Rockers, Simba Youth Marimba Ensemble, Marital Arts with Northwest Wushu, Vietnamese Lion Dance with the Duoc Su Dance Team, and more.

Sunday, October 9, 2016, 10:00am - 5:00pm, Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, Armory Court and Armory Lofts. 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109.

No admission fee, thanks to your donations. The suggested donation is $10 per person, $20 per family.

Learn more here


Nature photographer Philip McCrain and washi artist Kyoko Niikuni at Gallery at Town Center starting Tuesday

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Gallery at Town Center Presents: 
Philip McCrain and Niikuni Kyoko
August 23 – October 2, 2016

The Gallery at Town Center is pleased to present an exhibition of works by nature photographer Philip McCrain and washi artist Kyoko Niikuni, opening August 23, 2016. See these works and the creations of over 90 other local artists during gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, Noon to 5pm.

Also, please join us at the Gallery for an artist reception on Thursday, September 15 from 5pm to 7pm.

Philip McCrain has spent a good deal of his life enjoying the outdoors. A native of the Northwest, he has spent much of his life exploring the mountains, lakes, streams and beaches of the area. He brings his years of experience in technology to his photography, along with a passion to share the beauty and wonder of birds—the world’s flying jewels.

McCrain approaches his work as a naturalist, artist, and technician. Knowing the habitats and habits of the birds is the essential to capturing their personality and essence. This means as much scouting as shooting. Finding locations with access to the birds with minimal disturbance is as much a part of the process as capturing and printing the image.

Phil’s work has been shown in galleries around the state and has won awards in local shows. He has participated in juried art festivals throughout the Northwest and has pieces hanging in homes across the country and on six continents. He currently lives in the Seattle area with his wife, and creative partner, Jody.

Niikuni Kyoko specializes in creations using Japanese Washi Paper. Each image starts with a pencil line drawing and then she uses traditional Japanese paper techniques to craft an image which looks and feels like a painting. Her inspiration comes from nature and wildlife, and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Chigiri-e is the name of the torn-paper technique Niikuni uses, where sheets of traditional rice paper are teased apart and the delicate fibers are glued down, one by one, with careful brush strokes. The final result is a complexity of color and depth that is breathtaking. She never grows tired of working with the Chrigiri-e method because she never knows exactly how the paper will respond to her manipulations.

Niikuni wants to share with others her love of nature and the beauty of Washi paper.

The Gallery at Town Center is a program of the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council and is located inside the Lake Forest Park Town Center on the lower level. 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture all of the arts in the community through programs and events, arts education, advocacy, and support for artists and arts organizations.


Pub to Pub run Tuesday evening with the Richmond Beach Runners

Richmond Beach Running Club

Join the Richmond Beach Runners for an end-of-summer adventure run this week!

Plan to meet at Ridgecrest Pub in Shoreline (520 NE 165th St, Shoreline 98155) at 6:00pm. Leave your car and run with us to Salish Sea Brewery in Edmonds (approximately 6.5 miles).

After the run, stick around for some conversation and a pint or two. We'll shuttle folks back to Ridgecrest when we're done. (If you're not up for a 6.5 miler, run a regular route from Salish and meet us when we arrive.) As always, all paces, experience levels, and beer preferences (including root beer) are invited and welcome.

Here's the running route we'll follow on Tuesday:
  • Start at Ridgecrest Pub (Shoreline) on 165th, turn right on 5th Ave.
  • Left on 175th (cross under I-5), right on Meridian Ave N.
  • Left on 200th (run behind Costco and cross Aurora Ave).
  • Right on Fremont Ave N., left on N 205th / 244th St. SW (becomes Firdale Ave, then becomes 100th Ave W.).
  • Left on 15th (just past the cemetery), right on 8th, left on Elm, right on A St., left on Pine.
  • Right on 6th, left on Walnut, right on 6th, left on Dayton.
  • Arrive at Salish!

Save the Date
Next Tuesday, August 30th, we'll meet at The Cabin (19322 Richmond Beach Dr NW, Shoreline, WA 98177) in Richmond Beach. We'll run a route of 3-5 miles from The Cabin and then meet back there.


Lynnwood Link moves 145th station north of the on-ramp

Lynnwood Link Extension Changes to the Northeast 145th Street station site plan

With final design of the Lynnwood Link Extension underway, Sound Transit has been working with project partners to make modifications and improvements to early station site plans for the station at Northeast 145th Street.

As a result of on-going coordination and discussions with King County Metro Transit, WSDOT and the City of Shoreline, the reconfigured site plan addresses bus and traffic circulation, accommodates future growth in bus service, improves passenger safety and reduces construction impacts.

Sound Transit will have new plans ready for public review and comment at public meetings in November when the station design process kicks off. Dates, times and locations for all three station design public meetings will be announced in mid-October.

Sound Transit has notified all property owners potentially impacted by the new modifications to the site plan.

Adjacent residents and property owners will be briefed on the new plans and provided an opportunity to ask questions in order to help prepare them to comment when the new plans are ready for public review in November.

The final design phase of the project started this spring and will continue to the start of construction in 2018. During final design, changes and improvements to early project plans are expected.

For more information about the Lynnwood Link Extension Project, contact the Lynnwood Link Extension project team at 206-398-5300 or

You can also visit the Lynnwood Link Extension web page (which has not been updated with the station change, but has a helpful video simulation of the project).

The original plan called for relocation of the northbound on ramp at 145th to make way for the station and a parking garage on the east side of the freeway. The current revision places the station and parking garage north of the on-ramp, which will remain in place.

The Lynnwood Link runs from Northgate to Lynnwood. In Shoreline, it will be on the east side of the freeway with stations at 145th and 185th.


145th Station Citizens Committee meets Thursday

145thSCC will meet on Thursday, August 25 at 7:00pm 3rd floor, City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N.

They will be discussing the results of the recent Shoreline Planning Commission Public Hearing, including the new station location.


Crime in Shoreline week ending 8-15-2016

Selected items from the Shoreline Police Blotter, week ending 8-15-2016

Reported number of residential car prowls up this week.

8-07  Subject makes Facebook post to Shoreline Police about having "rounds set aside for each and every one of you."
8-07  Domestic incident, subject breaks television during argument. Victim unwilling to prosecute.
8-08  Broken window on vacant house at 145xx 3rd NE; subject found sleeping on deck.
8-08  Subject found in garage apartment under construction. Claims to be a member of the construction crew but appears to be trying to live in apartment. Trespassed from 17xx NE 146th.
8-08  Drunken male at 182nd and Aurora unable to care for himself, transported to hospital.
8-08  Sister stole wallet from sleeping brother. Brief struggle ensued and she hit him, causing injury.
8-08  Officers responding to alarm at Evergreen School found a man who gave a false name, and had swapped out the license plates on his car.
8-09  Hit and run driver fled the scene of the accident at 17000 block of Aurora.
8-09  Package stolen from porch at 158xx 9th NE.
8-09  Victim taken in by phone scam gave $6500 to scammers.
8-09  Woman in assisted living with diminished mental capacity, reported that her caregiver had abused her with a stuffed rabbit.
8-09  Two 16 year old boys were trespassed from a house under construction where they had gone to smoke weed.
8-10  Surveillance video showed a man walking on roof of home at 200xx 15th NW.
8-10  Police went to Meadowbrook apartments on a call about car prowler and found a mentally ill male reported missing from Kent.
8-10  Police responding to a domestic violence call found a father who reported his son had threatened to harm himself and others.
8-10  Subject passed out on sidewalk at 167th and Aurora from drug use. Again.
8-10  Suicide attempt. Subject drank bleach and took pills.
8-10  Subject caught stealing money from donation box at St. Mark.
8-10  Man trespassed from construction site at 170th and Aurora.
8-11  Burglary at 176xx Ashworth. Unlocked back door.
8-11  Subject asleep at the wheel at 203xx 14th NE, in possession of meth and heroin.
8-11  Verbal argument results in husband kicking wife out of house with 2 year old son.
8-11  Subject passed out drunk on sidewalk on Dayton and RB Rd taken to hospital.
8-12  Roommate assaults other roommate with hands, teeth, and bottle. Booked.
8-12  Subject has his friend Trespassed from his residence.
8-13  Two intoxicated individuals get in a fight at the Hideaway Tavern.
8-13  Man in driver's seat of car stopped in road at 165th and Aurora. Car in reverse and man apparently intoxicated.
8-13  Home burglarized at 25xx NW 194th St. Burglars turned on water inside house, causing damage.
8-13  Man with undiagnosed mental issues Trespassed after trying to get in front door of home where he was no longer welcome. Father in Seattle trying to get help for his son.
8-13  Passport stolen from backpack at SCC library.
8-13  Man transported from residence for mental evaluation.
8-14  Man at 192xx 18th NE discharges shotgun in his backyard.


Celebrate Shoreline was a great place for kids Saturday

Horse and pony rides for a small fee

Photos by Jerry Pickard

The Celebrate Shoreline festival at Cromwell Park on Saturday was a great place for kids. Besides the food and ice cream, there were things to marvel at, things to touch, and things to ride and roll.

Human hamster balls

You could try rolling down the track in the Human Hamster Ball.


Several different kinds of inflatables.

Police robots

Real police robots were on display.

The Reptile Man

The always popular Reptile Man, this time with a corn snake.

Don't move - I've got to get this photo for Facebook!

How many kids does it take to hold a corn snake? How many to hold it long enough for dad to get a picture?

Shoreline Fire

The fire trucks are always a popular draw


Even the food was entertaining, as the Streetzeria guy threw pizza dough in the air.

Celebrate Shoreline continues on Sunday in Richmond Beach with the Beach to Bluff Run and the Sandcastle contest at Saltwater Park.


Cats: Laila watches all the other kitties find homes

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Gentle Laila keeps being overlooked
Photo by K.A.Moore Photography.

"I've been waiting for a home the longest of all the kitties here, but I'm not sure why. 
"My foster mom says I'm a gentle, well-behaved kitty, and I promise to be a faithful friend to you. (And if you don't mind me saying so, I think my ear tufts are pretty cute, too.) Will you give me a chance?"

Laila will run to the door to welcome you back home and wait patiently next to you in bed in the morning for snuggles and scritches.

Come meet her at Seattle Area Feline Rescue, 14717 Aurora Ave N, or learn more about adoption here.


WeatherWatcher: August heat wave, with another to follow

Our heat wave is about to come to an end. We had an impressively high "low" temperature of 68.7°F Friday morning, second only to July 2009.

To compare, July 29, 2009 recorded a high temperature of 103.4°F at my station. The low temperature that day was 70.2°F, making the daily average temperature at a blistering 85.6°F.

August 19, 2016 recorded a high temperature of 91.3°F, a low temperature as mentioned earlier at 68.7°F, with a total average at 77.3°F. August 19th was the second hottest day I've recorded in Shoreline since September 2008.

Below is August 2016's high and low temperature graph. Compared to average, Friday saw a high of 91.3°F, Saturday saw a high of 90.3°F, which was slightly cooler than I was forecasting, thankfully.

Forecasts are now calling for a much cooler day Sunday, giving us a much needed break from the heat. Monday and Tuesday the cool air should last with morning clouds in places and highs only reaching the mid-70's. Wednesday - Friday right now has signs that a second heat wave will arrive, with high temperatures returning to the mid-80's to near 90°F once more.

Keep cool, and for current weather conditions you can visit


Wisdom Cafe: Join with others in Talking About What Scares Us

Wisdom Cafe: Talking About What Scares Us
Sunday, August 28, 2pm - 3:30pm
Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155
Large Meeting Room

Come share your wisdom! These cafés provide an opportunity to converse and connect with others in discussions of universal topics such as gratitude, death, happiness and what gives life meaning.

Come for one session or more in a facilitated small group conversation.

Registration requested

What’s on YOUR mind? Join in lively conversations about topics that matter with free programs at KCLS libraries.

Many of us have fears of Old Age and find it hard to talk about. Bringing our fears out of the dark could change how we see them. Let’s shed some light on our fears together. Join us for a discussion.

Wisdom Cafes invite groups of older adults to engage in intentional dialogues led by trained facilitators.

Participants engage with others, are motivated to try new things, and are inspired by sharing life experiences.


Community meeting about mental illness, behavioral health, and policing

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
6:00 to 7:00 pm (doors open at 5:30)
Shoreline City Hall, Council Chamber
17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133

The Shoreline Police Department, the Shoreline Fire Department, and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Eastside invite you to a community meeting about mental illness, behavioral health, and policing.

First responders want to hear from you about your experiences with police and what kind of policies and/or training you think would improve police response to individuals in a mental health crisis.

Shoreline is currently developing a program called RADAR (Response Awareness, De-escalation and Referral) that will begin in 2017.

Through RADAR, officers will work with individuals and their circles of support (parents, caregivers) to develop strategies that will help should police contact occur.

This is a new program with the potential to help both community members and Shoreline officers.

The meeting is open to everyone, but we are especially interested in hearing from parents and caregivers of people who have mental and behavioral health issues.


Shoreline parks board and library board meetings Thursday

Joint Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services / Tree Board and Library Board Special Meeting
Thursday, August 25, 2016
7:00 - 7:45 p.m.
City Hall Room 303, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133

The purpose of this meeting is to hear from City staff about Shoreline's Proposition 1 adopted by the City Council on July 25, 2016 which places a levy lid lift on the November 8 ballot. No action will be taken at this meeting.

Link to the Community Calendar for the full agenda

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services / Tree Board Regular Meeting
Thursday, August 25, 2016
7:45 - 9:00 p.m.
City Hall Room 303, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133

Agenda Highlights
  • Discussion of PROS Plan Goals and Policies
  • Light Rail Station ARea Park and Open Space Planning Discussion 
Link to the Community Calendar for the full agenda
Comment on Agenda Items:
Link to the Park Board webpage


Sounder trains to run Sunday for Mariners, Sounders FC events

Mariners and Sounders FC fans can skip summer congestion Sunday by taking Sounder trains to the Mariners 1:10pm game against the Milwaukee Brewers and the Sounders match against the Portland Timbers at 6:30pm.

The train from Everett will depart at 11:15am and reach Edmonds about 20 minutes later. Return trains depart King Street Station 35 minutes after the game ends.

Fans attending the Sounders FC match can take the train departing from Edmonds around 4:30pm. Return trains depart King Street Station 35 minutes after the match ends.

A complete schedule of Sounder service to select games this season is available here.

Special Sounder service is in addition to regular Link light rail service to and from Safeco and CenturyLink fields. Link runs every 10 minutes on weekends and serves 15 stations including the University of Washington and Capitol Hill. Link’s Stadium and International District stations are a short walk from the stadiums.

Many ST Express and King County Metro buses also drop off passengers near the stadium. Link and ST Express bus schedules are available here. King County Metro bus schedules can be found here

Regular fares apply for all Sound Transit services. Getting an ORCA card is a great way to skip lines at ticket vending machines. Cards only cost $5 for adults, plus whatever amount a rider chooses to load in the card’s E-purse or the cost of a pass that is good for unlimited transit trips. ORCA works on trains, buses and ferries throughout the region.


Outdoor Movie Night August 27

The Ballinger and Meridian Park Neighborhood Assns are presenting the 7th annual Outdoor Movie Night on August 27th at 6:00pm with the movie to start at 8:30pm.

The venue is the field at the Aldercrest Annex 2545 NE 200th St, Shoreline 98155 (near 25th NE and Ballinger Way.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets. No pets, please.

We are very excited to have, as pre-show entertainment the Kings High School Robotic's Team. 
The CyberKnights seek to inspire future leaders and increase opportunities for all students by using robotics to bridge the achievement gap, through peer mentorship in an inclusive and equitable environment.

This past season, the team reached finalist rankings in district playoff matches, as well as received the Engineering Inspiration Award and the Chairman's Award, the highest honors given out by FIRST. Merlin, their 2016 robot, was designed, built, and programmed by students for the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition game, FIRST Stronghold.

The Bubbleman will be there weaving his creations in soap bubbles. Snacks will be sold, and feel free to bring your own food.

This event is free.


Katrina Young makes the Olympics diving semi-finals

 By Diane Hettrick

Shoreline's Katrina Young made the semi-finals in the 10 meter platform diving event at the Rio Olympics.

Katrina and Jessica Parratto represented the USA Women's team in the 10 meter event.

In the preliminary rounds, Katrina's first dive was a little shaky, putting her in 26th place. The next four dives were each better than the last, leaving her in 12th place where the top 18 were moving on to the semi-finals.

Katrina and her coach, who was in Rio
with her for the events
In the semi-finals, her first dive was strong. Her second dive, a back 3 and a half somersault, was deficient, dragging down her cumulative score. Katrina, who had been consistently good in trials, told an interviewer that 'There was a technical error and I let the nerves get to me."

Her next three dives were solid, each one raising her cumulative score and ranking. Katrina said, "I fought back as hard as I could and I'm proud of myself for that."

She finished her diving round in 12th place, right on the cut line.

Then it depended on the scores of the rest of the divers and she began the nail-biting wait. First one diver, then another, failed to dislodge her in the rankings.

Then a young diver who was also on the cut line did her last dive and scored just a few points ahead of Katrina. Katrina's Rio Olympics were done.

"It just gives me more fire to come back and do what I know how to do."

Some of the athletes tatooed
the rings on their bodies
It looks like we will be seeing more of our hometown girl.

Platform diving is done from fixed platforms at regular heights. 10 meters is about 33 feet in the air, equivalent to a three story building. Divers dive from the platform forwards, backwards, and from handstands. They stand with their backs to the water and the back half of their feet off the edge of the platform.

They do twists, turns, and somersaults on the way down and hit the water at 30mph. "It hurts," said a former gold medal diver and NBC commentator, who commented that it is not unusual to see divers packed in ice bags after an event. "But," she said, "we're all adrenaline junkies, and we love it."

It's like flying. "I feel like an arrow in the water," Katrina said.

There's Olympic history in Katrina's family. Her father's mother, Elaine Young, was a sprinter in the 1948 Olympics from Canada.

22 year old Katrina majored in music. Her mother's mother taught her to play the piano.

Katrina lives and trains in Tallahassee, Florida. Her parents are Carol and Sean Young of Shoreline.

Corrected 8-20-2016 Thanks to the reader who pointed out I was mixing feet and meters!


Cartoon by Whitney Potter

Friday, August 19, 2016

Sandcastle contest on Sunday at Saltwater Park

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter can be found under Features 
in the first column of the front page of the Shoreline Area News


Shoreline Historical Museum Trillium Awards for Historic Buildings - deadline coming up

Richmond Masonic Hall
The Shoreline Historical Museum’s 11th annual Trillium Heritage Awards nominations are open until September 30, 2016.

The purpose of the awards is to raise awareness of the community’s past and recognize outstanding examples of historic architecture, as well as encourage excellence in maintenance and perpetuation of historic buildings.

These awards are presented by the Shoreline Historical Museum to property owners in Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and North Seattle. Each of these areas will receive one award for the home or structure that has been well-maintained and is best preserved in its original style of construction. The building must have been built before December 31, 1940.

Anyone may nominate a building for this award by completing the nomination form and submitting it to the Museum. The form is available online or directly from the Museum at 18501 Linden Ave N, Shoreline. Each nomination requires the signature of the owner of the property. The award does not affect property taxation or any other legal status.

In the past, awards have been made to a great variety of buildings, including a log cabin, a mansion, and a historic clubhouse. The awards are presented at the Annual Meeting of the Museum, in November.

Property owners are always thrilled to receive this recognition because maintaining the original style of a historic structure usually requires a lot of effort and extra expense. The presence of this built heritage in our community is a significant component of our interesting and diverse environment!


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