Christmas Singalong Dec 20

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

7th annual Christmas singalong on Wednesday, December 20 at 7pm at the Phoenix Theatre in Edmond's Firdale Village, 9673 Firdale Ave, Edmonds 98020.

Free admission but bring food or cash for the Edmonds Food Bank.


Dickens Carolers at LFP Library Saturday

The Dickens Carolers, Saturday, December 16, 2-3pm at the Lake Forest Park Library, Town Center, Ballinger and Bothell Way. All ages welcome.

Adorned in elegant Victorian dress, an a cappella quartet of two ladies in luxurious velvet and two gentlemen wearing handsome tailcoats and top hats sing your holiday favorites, both traditional and contemporary, in beautiful four-point harmony.


Sandy Hook Shootings: Public Memorial in Shoreline marking five years

The Shoreline Group of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will hold a public memorial for the 26 victims lost to gun violence five year ago on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

The memorial will be held at Briarcrest Elementary School, The Briar Patch outdoor garden, 2715 NE 158th St., Shoreline 98155 on Saturday, December 16th, 2-3pm. Please RSVP

The group is donating a tree to the garden in commemoration, which will be dedicated by hanging 26 handcrafted ornaments; one for each of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy. The event also will include speakers, a recitation of the names, a time for reflection and music written for the occasion.

The event is part of a nationwide tribute in partnership with the Newtown Foundation, Newtown Action Alliance, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown Survivor Network, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Organizing for Action, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, St Mark's Episcopal Church and Women's March.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of American mothers and fathers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families.

For more information or to get involved Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at @MomsDemand


BECU awards $15,000 to Turning Point

Monday, December 11, 2017

BECU announced $500,000 in awards to member-nominated non-profits for its 2017 People Helping People recognition.

At a ceremony held on December 5, 18 non-profit organizations received awards ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 across five categories, including Open Doors for Multicultural Families, First Washington, Friends of the Children – Seattle and Outdoors for All Foundation.

This year, more than 230 BECU members nominated their favorite, local non-profits serving the Puget Sound region, Spokane and beyond. The recognized organizations are tackling a broad range of important issues including homelessness, healthcare, education, poverty and hunger.

Turning Point Seattle received $15,000 through the People Helping People Awards to continue their work in the community by investing in at-risk youth and underserved families.

Turning Point says about themselves:
We believe in partnering with local agencies to combine resources that strengthen and support low-income and disadvantaged families, and we have partnered with the City of Shoreline, Shoreline School District, Center for Human Services, YMCA, and many other organizations to that end. 
We do basketball camps, teen nights, and partner with Ballinger Homes Family Support to provide tutoring and afterschool programs. We adopted an after-school program that was being cut due to budget restraints at the Center for Human Services. We offer summer day camps, staff a summer lunch program, send youth to YMCA leadership camps. We cultivate the Twin Ponds local giving garden. 

Since 2013, BECU has donated $970,000 to local charities through the program.

Funding for the People Helping People Awards tripled this year due to BECU’s “Make a Purchase. Make a Difference” campaign. This two-month initiative encouraged BECU members to embrace the people helping people philosophy by helping to raise funds by simply using their BECU Debit Mastercard. For every purchase made with the card, BECU donated one cent toward the People Helping People Awards.

In addition to the funds given to the 2017 award winners, BECU is also granting $3,000 to all past People Helping People Award recipients for a total of $153,000 in further giving.

BECU is a not-for-profit credit union owned by its members. With more than 1 million members and over $17 billion in assets, BECU is the largest credit union in Washington.


Home sales in Shoreline during November

The following is a sampling of homes at each price point that sold in Shoreline during the month of November 2017 from data compiled for the Shoreline Area News by the Shoreline Windermere office.


LFP Council work session and general meeting Thursday

LFP City Hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
At the work session of the LFP city council, at 6pm on Thursday, December 14, discussion items are:

  • Draft safe highways plans
  • Parks, recreation, and community events proposal
  • Building code revisions
The regular meeting at 7pm will begin with three public hearings (see previous article)

Following the consent agenda of meeting minutes and expenditures, the council has a long list of ordinances and resolution to approve:
  1. Resolution 1666/Authorizing the Funding of an Additional Fulltime Temporary Employee Position for the Police Department and Ordinance 1170/Authorizing Budget Amendment to the 2017-2018 Biennial Budget
  2. Resolution 1665/Confirming Judicial Appointment and Authorizing Mayor to Sign an Employment Contract
  3. Ordinance 1164/Amending the Capital Improvement Fund 2017-2018 Budget Established by Ordinance 1144
  4. Resolution 1648/Amending the 2017-2022 Capital Improvement Plan
  5. Resolution 1651/Creating a Limited Term Line of Credit Not to Exceed $1,000,000 from the Sewer Capital Fund to the Capital Improvement Fund
  6. Ordinance 1163/Adoption of 2015 International Building Code and Other Construction Related Codes
  7. Ordinance 1169/Amendments to Section18.34.020 LFPMC, Relating to Permitted Uses in the Neighborhood Business (BN) Zone
  8. Resolution 1661/Authorizing Mayor to Sign Amendment No. 1 to Agreement for Consultant Services with ELM for Tree Canopy Study for PROS-T Planning
  9. Resolution 1662/Authorizing Mayor to Sign Street Light Transfer Agreement: North City Water District to City of Lake Forest Park
  10. Resolution 1663/Authorizing Mayor to Sign Interlocal Agreement for Long-Term Watershed Planning and Conservation – Lake Ballinger/McAleer Creek Forum
  11. Resolution 1664/Authorizing Mayor to Sign Agreement for Public Defender Services with Hawkins and Crawford

Up for discussion is a proposal to create a Parks, Recreation, and Community Events board.


Three public hearings at LFP's Thursday Council meeting

LFP City Hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Upcoming Public Hearings for City Council's December 14, 2017 Regular Business Meeting

At the Regular Business Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017, the Lake Forest Park City Council is holding three public hearings:

  • Ordinance 1169/Amendments to Section 18.34.020 LFPMC, Relating to Permitted Uses in Neighborhood Business (BN) Zone
  • Resolution 1648/Amending the 2017-2022 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Ordinance 1163/Adoption of 2015 International Building Code and other Construction Related Codes

Public hearings are a chance for the City Council to hear comments from members of the public before significant decisions are made. Lake Forest Park City Council meetings are open to the public.

Meetings are held at Lake Forest Park City Hall Council Chambers, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, 98155.


Winter tales on cold nights - Dec 19 at Senior Center

Vicki Stiles, Director of the Shoreline Historical Museum, will provide a collection of historical winter vignettes with historic photos at the Senior Center on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 10:30 to 11:30am. 18560 1st Ave NE, 98155.


Jobs: WSDOT Roadway maintenance - Ballinger

Job Title: Maintenance Technician 2-Ballinger Day Shift

Opening Date: 12/11/17
Closing Date: 12/26/17 11:59PM
Salary: $45,540.00 - $55,476.00 Annually
Job Type: Full time-Permenant
Location: North Seattle
Recruitment #: 17DOT-NWR-10950

WSDOT is looking for an enthusiastic career-minded individual who want to make a difference to join our dynamic team in Seattle, WA (Ballinger area) supporting the vast infrastructure of Northwest Washington. This opportunity is perfect for someone who loves working with their hands, knowing their work is done on roadways and in a variety of weather. This team member will assist with the maintenance and operations of the state highways, and adjacent right of ways to assure they remain in a condition that promotes the movement of traffic, and safety to the motoring public.

View the full posting and apply here


Support SCC with a membership in Alumni & Friends - end of year discount

Join over 200 friends and neighbors at Shoreline Community College with a lifetime membership to Alumni and Friends. It’s a great way to stay informed and keep up to date with all the happenings at the College.

Alumni and Friends is open to everyone including community members, former and current students, graduates, and anyone who loves Shoreline. Basic and Elite members get special access to a lifetime of great community and campus partner benefits including exclusive hotel and airport parking discounts.

Now through December 31, a special discount rate of $35 for a single Elite lifetime membership or $50 for a joint lifetime Elite membership is available for our Shoreline community.
Thank you and we look forward to connecting with you!

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Sports: Corey Kispert returns to Seattle

Kings alum Corey Kispert #24
plays for Gonzaga
Text and photos by Geoff Vlcek

As the sellout crowd began to make their way inside Alaska Airlines Arena Sunday, the energy and anticipation started filling the remaining space in the building.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Washington Huskies basketball teams were about to face off in the “Battle in Seattle.”

The highly anticipated return of the Zags to the Emerald City also brought to town a former Kings High School alum, Corey Kispert.

His fans were in the stands long before the Bulldogs took the floor for warm-ups. The first person he greeted on the hardwood floor was the UW Chaplain Mike Rohrbach. After a heartfelt exchange of hellos, Corey joined his teammates on the court for pre-game stretches.

Before starting practice shots, he saw an older gentleman in the stands five rows back that had waved to him. Instead of just waving back, Kispert walked up the stairs to shake his hand. Then moments later I noticed a father taking a photo with a cell phone of his son and Corey standing together. It takes a special player to garner that type of fandom.

Corey Kispert is that kind of a player, but he is even more of a special person. Someone who you could be grateful that your child has chosen to be their favorite.

Wandering into the upper stands one could not help but run into former teammates or classmates of his from Kings in Shoreline. They were there just to show Kispert their support. Thankful for the time they got to spend with Corey on and off the court in years past.

When asked how it felt to see so many fans of his in the stands, he said, “So much fun. It’s been a dream of mine to play collegiately in front of all my friends and family. And to do that against UW was something I’ll never forget. I’m really blessed to have a family that always supports me.”

Kispert has been battling back from two ankle injuries that have left him out of the starting lineup lately, but even at approximately 80 percent recovered, he still managed to play 13 minutes in Sunday’s game against the Dawgs of Washington.

After the game he said, “I need to improve mostly on defense. My lateral quickness isn’t where it needs to be I think. Also, defense is more of a mindset thing than anything and being the nastiest, toughest defender on the floor helps a ton and I need to get ahold of that attitude.”

In his four years at Kings High School, he helped lead the basketball team to 4 trips to the 1A State tournament playoffs. During that run they won 2 consecutive state titles and they were a couple of games away from winning a third in a row last year. Corey was a leader in high school, just like many players who move on to higher levels in sports. However, unlike other athletes, he had to face adversity in his career prior to reaching the college ranks. This bodes well for his chances in coming back even stronger from his latest setbacks.

Kispert is always thinking of teammates before trying to steal the spotlight for himself. Case in point, when asked about a moment he will remember from the game, he said, “Zack Norvell’s dunk stands out. I was getting loose on the bike in the tunnel when I saw it and jumped off as fast as I could and went nuts with my teammates.”

While some might say that a freshman making his first return to his home city might garner him a show of support that he probably won’t see the next time he plays here in Seattle, others would say that it is apparent that the number of fans he has continues to grow every day. Will he play at the professional level? Who really knows?

But one thing is very clear. The city of Shoreline has someone to cheer for and his name is Corey Kispert. Number 24 for the Gonzaga Bulldogs.


Jobs: City of Lake Forest Park

Lake Forest Park has extended the application deadline for City Administrator and advertised a position for City Arborist.

City Administrator - Apply by December 22, 2017

See the recruiting brochure at Colin Baenziger and Associates.

How to Apply: Email your cover letter and resume to by December 22, 2017. Faxed and mailed resumes will not be considered.

Questions should be directed to Colin Baenziger at (561) 707-3537 or Lynelle Klein at (425) 658-7025.

City Arborist - part time - 20 hours / week

Under the direction of the Planning Director, this position processes tree removal permit applications, issues tree removal permits, completes inspections, manages public outreach and education, supports the tree-planting program, and provides information and advice to the public. This position may also assist in providing support to the Tree Board.


Evan Smith: Looking back at the November 2017 election

Evan Smith
By Evan Smith

Shoreline part of record-low state voter turnout, but LFP better

The city of Shoreline’s voter turnout in the November 7 election was even lower than the record-low statewide turnout of 37.1 percent.

Lake Forest Park’s turnout, however, exceeded both the state turnout and the King County turnout of 42.7 percent.

Shoreline had a turnout of 36.6 percent. Lake Forest Park had a turnout of 47.7 percent. They combined for a Shoreline School District turnout of 40.6 percent.

Washington’s statewide turnout was kept down because the ballot had no statewide initiatives, referenda or constitutional amendments for the first election in 45 years. King County turnout, however, was kept high by Seattle’s turnout of 49.1 percent.

Shoreline and Lake Forest Park each had four city council positions on the ballot, but two incumbents in Shoreline and three in Lake Forest Park ran unopposed.

Lots of voters skipped school-board races

Nearly 14 percent of voters in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park left the school-board positions blank on the November 7 ballot.

In Lake Forest Park, 11.7 percent of voters skipped the city’s one contested city-council position on the November ballot. The 998 blank ballots was far more than incumbent John Wright’s 94-vote margin over challenger Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien.

In Shoreline, 7 percent of voters passed over the most hotly contested council race, in which incumbent Keith McGlashan defeated challenger Jin-Ah Kim by a 54.6 percent to 44.9 percent margin.

Evan Smith can be reached at


County Council transforms how juveniles are detained in King County

County Councilmember
Rod Dembowski
County Council votes to implement restructure mission of Children and Family Justice Center and juvenile justice in King County 

The Metropolitan King County Council voted Monday to implement the recommendations of: Working to Reduce the Use of Secure Confinement, a report by Dr. Eric Trupin, as policy guidance to transform the County’s approach to juvenile justice and the construction of the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC).

“Earlier this year, Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell and I called for a rethinking of the new youth jail,” said Council Vice Chair Rod Dembowski. “This report recommends major changes to the construction and operation of the new youth jail. I hope the Executive and County will take Dr. Trupin’s recommendations to heart and implement them.”

Councilmember Larry Gossett, who played a key role in the implementation of the County’s Juvenile Justice Operational Master Plan (JJOMP), said,

“Over the last decade, we have worked to create a ‘paradigm shift’ in the treatment of young people and people of color in the criminal justice system. Accepting these recommendations is the vital next step in that shift. We must give youth the tools they need to succeed if we’re serious about our goal of zero youth detention.”

Voters approved the construction of the CFJC in 2012. As the County shifted its focus toward achieving zero youth detention Dr. Trupin, a professor at the University of Washington and Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, reviewed several aspects of the new facility with an emphasis on:
  • The impact of trauma on youth and the need to incorporate best practices into facility design,
  • Staff training and interactions with youth in detention to better understand our current and future facility needs regarding a therapeutic environment for youth, including services and spaces in the facility,
  • Existing services in juvenile detention and how they could be better aligned with our community alternatives to detention and Safe Spaces proposal.

Trupin’s report made several recommendations in how the CFJC can be used to help the county in its transition into a zero detention future:
  • A continuing focus on alternatives to incarceration,
  • Prioritizing expansion or development of programs to eliminate racial disparities,
  • Incorporating trauma-informed care to all parts of the juvenile justice system,
  • Increasing collaboration with community and faith-based organizations to improve outcomes for youthful offenders. 

The legislation approved by the Council Monday makes the recommendations in Trupin’s report a framework for implementation and calls on the County Executive to work in partnership with our Courts, Prosecutor and Public Defender to deliver on our juvenile justice reform policies and goals.


Crime in Shoreline week ending Dec 5 - busy, busy, busy

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, week ending December 5, 2017

11-25  Almost a dozen windows broken out from courtyard area at Ronald Methodist Church. Possible suspect information.
11-25  Panhandler removed from Ballinger Thriftway.
11-25  Man who shoplifted alcohol from Central Market gave false name.
11-27  Male stopped for jaywalking was booked on a Dept of Corrections felony warrant.
11-27  Male arrested on a warrant was in possession of multiple gift cards and IDs.
11-27  Male who was kicked out of the house by his father was found at the end of the driveway at a "narcotics" house at 16xx N 180th. He reportedly deals heroin and has been admitted to rehab seven times.
11-27  Homeless woman was Trespassed from Paramount House after she was found in the recreation room cooking food.
11-27  Reported rape of a ten year old boy which occurred at Westminster Daycare in 2008.
11-27  Someone broke into Taco Bell at 15010 Aurora and tried to open the safe. Settled for helping themselves to food and drink.
11-27  Male arrested at N 175th and Aurora on a drug warrant. Was in possession of Suboxone, heroin, and meth.
11-27  Male attempted suicide by jumping from a second story window. Taken to Harborview for involuntary commitment.
11-27  Residential burglary through unsecured kitchen window at 147xx 22nd Ave NE.
11-27  Husband and wife in an argument. Husband hit his head on the car, denting the car.
11-27  Roommate refuses to give mail to his roommate. Charged with mail theft.
11-27  Residential burglary 17xx NE 147th, forced entry through bathroom window.
11-27  Bicycle violation at N 155th and Aurora - bicyclist arrested on outstanding warrant.
11-28  Mom volunteering at son's school falls asleep; principal suspects drug use. Referred to CPS.
11-28  Stolen mail dumped on road at 158xx Corliss.
11-29  Bicyclist followed a vehicle through locked gate at Artiste Apartments, stole a purse from a vehicle. Then tried to use credit card at nearby store, but it was declined.
11-30  Person stopped for pedestrian violation, then arrested on theft warrant.
11-30  Lover's Package store burglarized.
11-30  Mailbox stolen from post outside residence 200xx 12th NE.
11-30  Resident loses $3000 in fraud scheme by someone pretending to be an Apple employee.
11-30  Male who says he is Jesus Christ was Trespassed again from Days Inn, where he is fixated on room 209 (currently vacant).
11-30  Pressure washer stolen from side of house 147xx 12th NE.
12-01  Shooting in parking lot of Super China Buffet in Aurora Square. Victim shot in chest and stomach and taken to Harborview.
12-01  Residential burglary 20xx NE 147th.
12-01  Package theft 158xx 11th NE.
12-02  Man in tree arrested on felony warrant; in possession of meth. Taken to King County jail where he was declined on medical reasons. Taken to Harborview and released.
12-02  Couple get in fight in their front yard. Both booked on domestic violence charges.
12-03  Graffiti in Hamlin Park.
12-04  Male claimed his female fiancee assaulted him. Unable to find her at time of call.


King County burn ban lifted at 2pm Monday

The burn ban for King and Snohomish County is lifted effective at 2 pm today, December 11th. The State 1 Burn Ban for Greater Pierce County continues.


In The Garden Now…..Winter Gold

‘Zebrina Extra Gold’ Western Arborvitae
Text and photo by Victoria Gilleland

The holiday lights and color are wonderful this time of year, but the garden could most certainly use a color boost as winter draws closer and daylight hours become shorter.

One of my favorite ways to add light to the winter garden is to use shrubs and trees with a hint of gold, or a lot of it, in their foliage.

Gold splashed foliage plays well with green foliage plants, reflects the light of the sun and any artificial light in the area, as well as providing a contrast to the bare branches of nearby trees and shrubs.

Zebrina Extra Gold is a fast growing variety of Western Red Cedar with striking golden variegation.

This tree is a close relative of ‘Emerald Green’ Arborvitae which is a very popular screening plant with solid green foliage. The lively variegated foliage of this plant lights up the garden. While some trees and shrubs become leggy in the shade, Zebrina stays compact and colorful.

‘Zebrina Extra Gold’ Western Arborvitae
In 10 years Zebrina may reach 10 or more feet high and 4 feet wide. It will grow in full sun to shade and can be grown in a container for several years.

It could be used as a screen or windbreak at the back of the border or pruned to keep it more compact in a mixed border. Cut branches make great additions to wreaths, swags or table decorations for the holiday season.

If you haven’t gotten your “Holiday Bush” yet how about choosing Zebrina or another tree or shrub with gold foliage? It’s a great way to bring a spot of gold into your world.

Botanical name: Thuja plicata ‘Zebrina Extra Gold’

Victoria Gilleland is the owner of Cottage Garden Designs, a Garden Design company specializing in Redesign of Residential Gardens, Garden Consultation and Coaching.

She has been designing gardens in the northwest for over 20 years.


Augmented Nature exhibition explores nature, art, and technology in Shoreline Parks

Big Brother plays a video at night
Photo by David Francis

Update 12-11-17: Wait a few days to see the exhibit. They are experiencing technical difficulties with the projector, which quit working after two days. They are installing a larger solar panel and expect to have it functioning within a few days. Videos will be displayed at the reception Thursday.

Augmented Nature exhibition explores nature, art, and technology in Shoreline Parks.

This temporary outdoor art exhibition, located in several public parks in Shoreline, explores the boundary between nature, art, and technology.

As a means of celebrating the years of planning and fundraising that went into the project, City of Shoreline will host an artists’ reception at City Hall Shoreline on Thursday, December 14, 2017, from 6:30 – 8:30pm, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline, 98133, E-line bus or free parking in the City garage.

Funded in part by a grant from 4Culture, the project features the work of five artists working in collaboration on a variety of installations. Images and videos from the installations will be displayed on monitors in the lobby along with light refreshments.

Big Brother at night
Photo by David Francis
Big Brother, an experimental, solar-powered video projection installed at Shoreview Park, 700 NW Innis Arden Way, 98177, by Alan Fulle and Workshop 3d with daily screenings at 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00pm through May 30, 2018

Faux-Forest Service Signs, three wooden signs on posts made by Joel Kennedy that when viewed with a downloadable app provides additional augmented reality content (Workshop 3d), including a sweeping historical panorama called Known Unknowns by Ken Winnick; through May 30, 2018 at Shoreview Park, 700 NW Innis Arden Way, 98177.  

Known Unknowns
Known Unknowns uses a combination of historical and contemporary photographs to create a synthetic panorama that tells a hyperlocal story of the area around Shoreview Park.

Many Colors of Green: Shoreline, an ongoing project by City Meditation Crew that crowdsources iPhone imagery with meditative walking (Hamlin, Ronald Bog, South Woods Parks); additional support from Michigan Technical University.

There are actually at least three distinct displays at the park,
1) The movie in the trees,
2) "known unknowns" synth pano
3) Ice age AR, down in the woods.


Shop with a Cop

KCSO Shop with a Cop
Photo courtesy KCSO

On Saturday December 9, 2017, 90+ members of the King County Sheriff's office as well as members of multiple local, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies participated in the annual Shop with a Cop event.

Every December, this event is held at the Covington Wal-Mart. This year's event was hosted by the Maple Valley and Covington Rotary Clubs, The Soup Ladies, Black Diamond Kiwanis, InterAct THS, Black Diamond Eagles, as well as donations by many local businesses.

This year, over 600 kids ranging in age from 6 months to 15 years old, who may not otherwise have gotten many presents, were given a chance to meet Santa and get their picture taken with him before they were given their own personal police escort through the store and the opportunity to spend $50 on presents for themselves, a sibling, parent, grandparent, whomever they chose.

They included every child living in a Mary's Place shelter.

It also gave the kids and the officers a chance to interact in a non-traditional, fun, and positive way.

Other sponsors and donors include: Wal-Mart, Tahoma Athletic Club, BECU, Burien Chevrolet, Clements General Construction INC, IMT, visilink, Lacey O’Malley, The Tamara Paul Group, Rein Fire Ranch, Covington Copy it. Mail it, Solid Surface solutions.

Shoreline and Kenmore police are contracted from the King County Sheriff's Office.


Home sales in Lake Forest Park during November

The following is a sampling of homes at each price point that sold in Lake Forest Park during the month of November 2017 from data compiled for the Shoreline Area News by the Shoreline Windermere office.


Scene on the Sound: The Nimitz

Sunday, December 10, 2017

USS Nimitz
Photo by Jan Hansen

The Nimitz sailed through the Shoreline Sea Sunday morning. Nothing showed this time on the Marine Traffic app, but Jan Hansen, with her eyes on the Sound, got photos for us. 

With her 3100 sailors, the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) will remain stationed at a maintenance facility in Bremerton through fiscal year 2019.

The Nimitz has been at sea for over six months, sailing the Pacific and Indian oceans.

The pilot boat is barely visible
Photo by Jan Hansen

Its aircraft flew more than 1,300 combat missions in Iraq and Syria, dropping more than 900 pieces of ordinance.

In November, the Nimitz was involved in an exercise involving three aircraft carrier strike groups.

The Nimitz is named after World War II United States Pacific Fleet commander Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, the U.S. Navy's last fleet admiral.

According to information in Wikipedia, "With an overall length of 1,092 ft (333 m) and full-load displacement of over 100,000 long tons, [the Nimitz-class supercarriers] have been the largest warships built and in service."


Shoreline City Council meets with Council of Neighborhoods, honors Deputy Mayor, and votes on $20 license fee

2017 City Council
Back row from left: Keith McGlashan, Jesse Salomon, Doris McConnell, Keith Scully, Will Hall
From row: Mayor Chris Roberts, Deputy Mayor Shari Winstead

It's a busy night for the Shoreline City Council on Monday, December 11, 2017.

At 5pm the Council is holding a dinner meeting with representatives from the Council of Neighborhoods.

At 6pm there is a reception to honor retiring councilmember, Deputy Mayor Shari Winstead.

The regular council meeting begins at 7pm.

There is a long consent agenda. However, consent agendas are items that have already been studied, discussed, and lack controversy. The entire agenda is passed in one motion.

The only action item on the agenda is the vote on whether to impose a $20 fee on license tabs. The money would provide a stable source of funding for the "Transportation Infrastructure of the City of Shoreline, Including Funding for Sidewalk Repairs and Retrofits."

The one page staff report is here. Existing sidewalks would be repaired and brought to ADA (Americans with Disabilities) standards.

The meeting will end with a discussion about Verizon's request to install fibre optic cable in Shoreline.

Verizon seeks to provide competitive local exchange (voice and data) services, internet access, private line services, and cell network front- and backhaul services to an existing cell phone tower.

Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, 98133. Meetings can be watched live online, or from an archived copy after the meeting. Information here. Councilmembers can be contacted by email.


Briarcrest and Ridgecrest residents to meet with police about neighborhood crime

Residents of the Ridgecrest and Briarcrest neighborhoods are invited to come to a meeting on Thursday with Shoreline Police.

Learn what is happening in your neighborhoods and how you can make your homes as safe as possible.

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 7pm at the Shorecrest High School Library, 15343 25th Ave NE, 98155.


Help count birds for science during Audubon’s Annual Christmas Bird Count

Do you live inside the circle?

Do you live in north/east Shoreline, north Lake Forest Park, or Kenmore?

The National Audubon Society invites birdwatchers and people with backyard bird feeders to participate in the longest-running citizen science survey - the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC).

On Saturday, December 16, birders and nature enthusiasts will take part in this century long project.

“Pilchuck Audubon is making a special effort to count birds visiting yard bird feeders. Counting the birds at your feeders for as little as 30 minutes can contribute to science.” says Rick Taylor, a volunteer with Pilchuck Audubon. 
“Recent research has highlighted the importance of suburban habitats and the surprising diversity of bird species that make use of our suburban yards and greenbelts.”

Birders of all ages are welcome to contribute to this fun, nationwide citizen science project, which provides ornithologists with a crucial snapshot of our native bird populations during the winter months.

The Edmonds / South Snohomish County CBC is performed in a count circle with a diameter of 15 miles that is centered near Martha Lake in Lynnwood.

This circle covers South Everett, Mukilteo, Mill Creek, Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Kenmore, parts of north/east Shoreline, north Lake Forest Park, Maltby and much of Bothell.

In last year’s CBC, people watched their feeders at 59 locations in South Snohomish County and Northern King County. They reported the only White-throated Sparrows in the circle, and accounted for 64% of the Townsend’s Warblers, and 43% of the Anna’s Hummingbirds observed.

Collectively, they observed 48 species and 1,880 individual birds. Complete results of last year’s Edmonds CBC can be found on the Pilchuck Audubon Website here.

If it's not obvious by the map (above), confirm that you live within the Edmonds count circle by using this map. Click on the link and when the map is displayed, enter your address in the search box at the top of the page. Then zoom out until you see the whole circle. Verify that your home is located within it.

You will also need to follow specific counting directions which, along with additional general information about the Edmonds CBC, can be found on Pilchuck Audubon’s website at: Detailed Instructions for Home Counters. You can also contact Rick Taylor, 425-214-2764 or Bob Schmidt, 425-273-1579.

Each year, the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count mobilizes over 72,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,500 locations across the Western Hemisphere. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count utilizes the power of volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that scientists could never accomplish alone.

Data compiled in South Snohomish and Northern King County area will record every individual bird and bird species seen in a specified area, contributing to a vast citizen science network that continues a tradition stretching back more than 100 years.
To date, over 200 peer-reviewed articles have resulted from analysis done with Christmas Bird Count data. Bird related citizen science efforts are also critical to understanding how birds are responding to a changing climate.

This documentation is what enabled Audubon scientists to discover that 314 species of North American birds are threatened by global warming as reported in Audubon’s groundbreaking Birds and Climate Change Study.

The tradition of counting birds combined with modern technology and mapping is enabling researchers to make discoveries that were not possible in earlier decades.

Review local birds by browsing Christine Southwick's columns here.


Stage 1 burn ban for King county

Due to sustained stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is calling a Stage 1 burn ban for King County.

This ban is in effect until further notice.

Air quality continues to deteriorate across the Puget Sound region. A high pressure system remains over Western Washington, causing cold and calm weather conditions and preventing wind from blowing away air pollution.

The high pressure system is expected to stay in place for the next couple of days, causing similar weather conditions, and potentially deteriorating air quality, through early next week.

The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution that is creating unhealthy air usually due to excessive wood smoke. The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the situation.

During a Stage 1 burn ban:

  • No burning is allowed in wood-burning fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.
  • The only exception is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ exemption from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
  • No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.
  • Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

The Washington State Department of Health recommends that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors, especially when exercising.

Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing, and make lung and heart problems worse. Air pollution is especially harmful to people with lung and heart problems, people with diabetes, children, and older adults (over age 65).

You can check the current burn ban status here.

The ban is also in effect for Pierce and Snohomish counties.


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