Destinations: 2017 Northwest Flower & Garden Show Feb 22 - 26

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

   Flower Growers of Puget Sound “Blooming Abundance” Designed by Gail Payne (At the entrance to the show.) A road-side produce stand. A vine covered, rustic split rail fence spotlights products offered by the Flower Growers of Puget Sound in the early spring.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

2017 Northwest Flower and Garden Show Feb 22 - 26, Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101. Taste of Spring. Tickets. See below for shuttle information.

Text by Victoria Gilleland

It’s hard to imagine a more powerful antidote to the winter doldrums than a visit to the NW Flower and Garden Show! This year’s “Taste of Spring” theme celebrates growing and enjoying food outdoors with family and friends. You’ll see edibles cleverly worked into each of the 20 Display Gardens. The gardens are diverse, inspirational and full of take-home ideas for your garden. 

An Evening in the Mountains
Photo by Doug Gochanour 
While there were 20 outstanding gardens to consider, my favorite was “An Evening in the Mountains,” designed by Ryan Gaither of Choice Landscapes in Mount Vernon. The designer used color, texture and layout masterfully to create a warm and inviting mountain retreat. Boulders, a natural stone patio, and a pondless waterfall go beautifully with the plant material chosen for the garden. The rustic structures don’t detract from the beauty of the natural surroundings. A few carefully chosen décor items along with subtle lighting add to the ambience. Edibles included in this design are blueberry bushes, strawberries, salad greens and herbs. A most alluring scene!

Bugs Abode: Life Under the Lettuce Leaf
Photo by Doug Gochanour 

“Bugs Abode: Life Under the Lettuce Leaf” is a unique garden with a cartoon-like quality to it. This is Fancy Fronds Nursery’s fanciful creation by Judith Jones and Vanca Lumsden. Larger than life beneficial insects work the garden keeping it healthy and clean while they recycle organics and control pests. Bugs spend their time off at the Compost Café and nearby watering holes. Bright Insect hotels provide safe havens for all workers. What a good reminder that beneficial Insects should be encouraged in every garden!

The Fruits of Our Labor
Photo by Doug Gochanour 

The large contorted filbert is the focal point in this back yard filled with rock outcroppings. Elegantly and artistically pruned specimen trees of filbert and apple add beauty to the landscape as well as bearing fruit each year. With their garden “The Fruits of Our Labor” Elandan Gardens’ Dan and Will Robinson have created another design stunning in its simple beauty.

5. Nature Perfect Landscaping, “Good Times, Great Food.” Designed by Landen Moore
Guests won’t go hungry here, with piping hot pizza served from a wood-fired oven. The chef is just steps away from a selection of herbs. Complementing the oven and rustic outdoor fireplace is a heavy natural stone table, rough-hewn cedar arbors and a bubbly water feature.
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

We sometimes forget that there’s more to the Flower and Garden show than show gardens. For those in need, there’s ample opportunity for ‘Retail Therapy’ via the 350 vendors at the Garden Marketplace. Quality plants, bulbs and seeds, one of a kind art, clothing and accessories, garden tools and food products abound. There’s a Tasting Corner, which is new for the 2017 show, where you can sample wonderful specialty foods and beverages. There are tasty new and expanded food and beverage offerings throughout the show.

City Living vignettes by designers and local nurseries offer outdoor living ideas for those living in smaller spaces such as condos or apartments.

It's not a garden show without Ciscoe Morris
Display: Treeline Design
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

To get the latest advice on eco-friendly gardening sign up for one or more of the 110 Seminars presented by gardening experts from across North America. Some of your favorite local gardeners, including plantsman Dan Hinkley and radio and TV host Ciscoe Morris will be there to inspire and entertain.

Plan an early ‘Taste of Spring’ this year at the 2017 Northwest Flower and Garden Show! Visit 20 beautiful show gardens, get some take home ideas for your garden, enjoy a unique shopping destination, and learn about the latest gardening trends. A day well spent!

Steven H. Robinson reports

Convenient, comfortable shuttle services to the Washington State Convention Center.

In partnership with Starline Coaches, the show is introducing round-trip shuttle transportation services, with convenient pick-up locations in Shoreline, Kirkland, Issaquah and Federal Way to the Washington State Convention Center.

Round-trip tickets are $22 and can be purchased online through the show’s website or Starline Coaches. Reservations will be required at least 24 hours in advance); one-way tickets are also available for $11.

Pick-up and drop-off locations include Shoreline: Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133.


Book Review by Aarene Storms: Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Jack is twelve years old when his foster brother comes to live with the family on their little farm in Maine. Joseph Brook is fourteen years old, recently released from a facility called Stone Mountain. And he has a daughter named Jupiter, whom he loves deeply although he has never seen her.

The story is slowly revealed, in tiny, agonizing bits. Jack narrates with clear eyes and a farm boy's practicality: that you can tell all you need to know about someone from the way cows are around him. That leaving a guy to get beat up while you go find a teacher is not okay. And that being family means you've got somebody's back.

Just when things are looking brighter for Joseph, the end of the book comes crashing down.

What this book is: sweet. compelling. impossible to ignore.

What this book is not: easy.

Highly recommended for readers ages 14 to adult.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


Shoreline Fire calls 2-13 - 2-19

Meridian Park Co-op at Children's Safety Center
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire

The stats from 2/13 - 2/19 for Shoreline Fire are as follows...

Aid - 66
Aid Non Emergency - 14
MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 8
CMT (Community Medicine Team) - 13
Medic - 43
Cardiac Arrest - 2
AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm - 11
Flooding Minor - 1
Smoke in Multi Family - 1 (burnt food)
Smoke Smell/Area - 1 (controlled burn - Woodway)
Confirmed Fire Residential - 1
Structure Fire Unconfirmed - 1


Obituary: Erma “Pennie” Mitton

Painting by Chrystine Westphal
Erma “Pennie” Mitton 1924-2017

Our dear mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, co-conspirator and friend passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017 in Dover, New Hampshire.

Pennie was born April 28, 1924 in Spokane, Washington to Wilbur Hockett and Lilly Nelson. She was one of the first women to be accepted to Gonzaga University.

As a young woman she moved to Seattle where she worked for Boeing as a draftsperson during World War II. Pennie loved to tell stories about her Seattle days, especially about working downtown during the ‘49 earthquake.

She married Luverne Mitton in 1945. Together they embarked on many adventures; they had three children who they raised on three continents. The Mittons traveled the world, living in Japan and Germany.

In 1967 the family returned to Seattle to settle in Lake Forest Park where for many years Pennie hosted a neighborhood New Year’s Eve party. Later in life she had active careers in retail sales and real estate.

In 2011 she relocated to Berwick, Maine to be with her daughter. Pennie transcended generations, remaining independent and young at heart her entire life. She enjoyed driving fast, earning her the nickname “Grandma Leadfoot”. She loved to swim, paint, garden, complete crossword puzzles, visit with her many friends on the phone, and cook for loved ones.

In her memory, enjoy your family, be nice to cats, and be a good friend.

Preceded in death by her husband, mother, father and step-mother, she is survived by her son Robert (Mary Pat) Mountlake Terrace, Washington, daughters Marcie Handy (Mike) Kaysville, Utah and Marnie Ingalls (Rick) Berwick, Maine and six grandchildren Matthew and Brittany Handy, Jessie and Austin Ingalls, Katie and Abbey Mitton, three great grandchildren and brothers Bill Hockett, Bellevue, Washington and Norm Hockett, Fresno, California.


Shorecrest junior named WIAA Athlete of the Week in gymnastics

Julianne Oshiro
Photo by Susan Riley
Each week throughout the school year, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) recognizes twelve varsity athletes, a male and a female from each of the six classifications, who exhibited an outstanding performance for the previous week.

Julianne Oshiro, a Junior from Shorecrest High School, was nominated by a community member and selected by WIAA staff as one of the Athletes of the Week for achievements in Gymnastics.

Oshiro qualified last week for this weekend’s State Tournament, representing District 1 on vault and floor.

In recognition of their accomplishment, each Athlete of the Week winner receives a congratulatory letter from WIAA Executive Director, Mike Colbrese, a commemorative WIAA State Athlete of the Week t-shirt, and a certificate. Winners are also posted to the WIAA website


Electric bills causing sticker shock among residents

City Light customers are receiving their winter electric bills and many are reporting bills that are hundreds of dollars higher than the last billing cycle.

Scott Thomsen of Seattle City Light lists some reasons for the higher bills.
The bills people are receiving now are for December and January energy use. If you recall, we had several very cold stretches in there. 
Anyone using electricity for heat would see a significant increase, even in comparison with recent winters, which have been mild. 
We have a tiered rate structure that encourages energy conservation. Once you go beyond the base level block of energy use, you move into a higher tier of cost for each additional kilowatt-hour. Cold weather energy use for heating would almost certainly push a customer into that upper tier. 
If someone had an estimated read and our estimate was low, the next bill would be much bigger because it would be catching up for the previous underbilling. 
None of this has to do with advanced metering, which will not roll out for existing customers until this summer.

City Light does have some tools you can use to help reduce your electric bills.
And you can always hire a vendor to increase the insulation in your attics, side walls, and/or crawl spaces to keep all that heat in your house.


LFP City Council meeting Thursday

After the public hearing, public comments, approval of minutes and authorization of expenditures, the Lake Forest Park City Council will hold its regular council meeting.

Ordinances and Resolutions
  1. Ordinance 1150/Adopting Critical Areas Ordinance Update
  2. Ordinance 1152/Tree Regulations Update - introduction
Council Action or Discussion
  1. Administration-proposed Updates to Strategic Plan Projects
  2. Consideration of Updating Compassionate City Resolution
Council Committee Reports
Council/Mayor/City Administrator Reports
  1. Councilmember Reports
  2. Mayor’s Report
  3. City Administrator’s Report—February 23, 2017
Click here to link to detailed information and supporting materials for this agenda.

As allowed by law, the Council may add and take action on items not listed on the agenda.

Other Business
  1. Executive Session: (If needed), pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 Property Acquisition/Personnel Matters/Labor Relations/Litigation/Possible Action

Regular City Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park, 98155.


LFP Public Hearing on Critical Areas Ordinance Update and Tree Regulations Ordinance Update

At its regular meeting at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 23, 2017, the Lake Forest Park City Council is holding a continued public hearing regarding the Critical Areas Ordinance Update, and a public hearing on the Tree Regulations Ordinance Update.

Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting and share comments with the Council regarding these two topics. Regular City Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park, 98155.

Visit this link to view the agenda and associated documents.


County Council remembers 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066

Members of the Japanese-American community join the Metropolitan King County Council after Councilmembers recognized the 75th Anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. The Executive Order was responsible for the incarceration of more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry during World War II

The Metropolitan King County Council held a ceremony Tuesday to recognize it has been 75 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. The order authorized the United States military to carry out the unconstitutional forced removal and incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast.

This included 9,600 Japanese-American residents of King County.

“We must never forget the events leading up to this travesty, the irreparable harm inflicted, and the patriotism and courage of those who spoke out against the violations of their civil liberties,” said Council Vice Chair Rod Dembowski. 
“Linking this history to contemporary issues, we must ensure we do not repeat past atrocities.”

 Under Executive Order 9066 the United States was authorized to exclude whomever it saw fit under the guise of “military necessity” in response to racially inflected wartime hysteria following Pearl Harbor.

Japanese-Americans responded to their incarceration in several ways – some joined the military, others refused to go to the camps, some were draft resisters, and there were those who refused to sign the loyalty questionnaires required of those in the camps.

Ultimately more than 12,000 joined segregated military units, many as members of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

The 442nd was the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of American warfare, with its members receiving over 9,400 Purple Hearts as well as 21 Medals of Honor.

“As one of the 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry who were uprooted and removed from the West Coast as a result of Executive Order 9066 and the widow of a 442nd Regimental Combat Team veteran, I thank the members of the King County Council for their expression of remembrance of the 75th Anniversary of the Executive Order signed in 1942,” said Louise Kashino, Nisei Veterans Committee member. 
“Today’s recognition is especially meaningful to us Japanese Americans who went through a similar experience of what is happening to immigrants today.”

“The 75th anniversary of the Executive Order ordering the forcible removal of community members of Japanese ancestry from their homes, businesses, and lives, both here and across the country, is a sobering reminder for us all to remain vigilant in supporting and protecting all members of our community – especially in the most trying of times,” said Council Chair Joe McDermott.

“We’ve learned a terrible lesson at the expense of the human and civil rights of our neighbors, friends, and family about the harm that we create when fear guides our actions. I hope we all can acknowledge this anniversary as a stark reminder to never repeat these mistakes again.”

In 1982, the Congressional Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians found "no military or security reason for the internment" of persons of Japanese ancestry, but determined the cause of the forced removal as "race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.”

In 1988, President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which acknowledged the fundamental injustice of the evacuation, relocation, and incarceration of Japanese Americans and granted reparations to those citizens who had been imprisoned by their own government.

“As the son and grandson of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II, I founded Densho to preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated before their memories are extinguished,” said Tom Ikeda, Executive Director of Densho: the Japanese American Legacy Project. 
“I thank the King County Council for hosting today’s important ceremony. The first step toward ensuring that we aren’t doomed to repeat these tragic actions is to acknowledge them.”


UW Bothell's 3rd Annual Equity & Inclusion Conference Friday, Feb 24

The University of Washington Bothell expects more than 350 participants from campus, the community and local industry at its third annual Equity and Inclusion conference in partnership with T-Mobile.

The day of relevant interactive workshops and networking will be held on Friday, February 24, 8:30am to 5pm at the UW Bothell campus Activities and Recreation Center 18220 Campus Way NE, Bothell 98011. Free parking in south garage for conference attendees.

More information here

Registration here

Keynote speaker is Ron Sims, chair of the Washington Health Benefits Exchange Board, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Served 13 years as King County executive.

  • Combating Islamophobia: Aneelah Afzali, founder and executive director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN)
  • Empowering Women in Tech (facilitated by T-Mobile): Lauri Bingham, Shelly Washington-Woodruff, Jerri Roberts, Evangeline White
  • Indigenous Resistance: From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: Colleen Echo-Hawk, executive director, Chief Seattle Club and Abigail Echo-Hawk, director, Urban Indian Health Institute
  • Building Transformational Diversity (facilitated by UW Bothell Digital Future Lab): Jason Pace, Aina Braxton
  • Creating Community and Resiliency through Art and Storytelling: Kimberly Michelle Correa, Naima Shaltu

Special Session: Islamophobia Viral Video – UW Bothell faculty and students will present the mannequin challenge video that has gone viral worldwide and discuss the importance behind the message in this current climate.

The conference also will feature the Create the Change student contest sponsored by T-Mobile.

For additional information contact Lisa Hall at 425-352-5461 


Mayor Proclaims Unity Weekend in Shoreline

February 25 and 26, 2017, has been proclaimed by Mayor Chris Roberts as a Weekend of Unity in the City of Shoreline.

The Proclamation for a Weekend of Unity was initiated by the Bahá'ís of Shoreline, and acknowledges the City Council’s unanimous approval of Resolution 401. This resolution, approved on January 23, 2017, declares the City of Shoreline to be a safe place for all. The Mayoral Proclamation affirms the underlying unity of the human family, regardless of skin color, language, religion, culture, or any other apparent difference, and the importance of unity in promoting a more peaceful world.

The Bahá’í Faith is a worldwide religion whose basic principles include:
  1. The independent search after truth
  2. The oneness of the entire human race, the pivotal principle of the Bahá’í Faith
  3. The abolition of all forms of prejudice
  4. The harmony that must exist between religion and science
  5. The equality of men and women, the two wings on which the bird of humankind is able to soar
  6. The introduction of compulsory education
  7. The adoption of a universal auxiliary language
  8. The abolition of the extremes of wealth and poverty
  9. The institution of a world tribunal for the adjudication of disputes between nations
  10. The confirmation of justice as the ruling principle in human affairs. 

Bahá’ís do not view these principles as mere statements of vague aspiration — they are understood as matters of immediate and practical concern for individuals, communities, and institutions alike.

The Bahá’í Writings explain that the reality of God is beyond the understanding of any mortal mind, though we may find expressions of God’s attributes in every created thing. Baha’is recognize that throughout the ages, God has sent a succession of Divine Messengers, known as Manifestations of God, to educate and guide humanity, awakening in whole populations capacities to contribute to the advancement of civilization to an extent never before possible.

For more information on the Bahá’í Faith contact Bahá'ís of Shoreline.


Shoreline Dusk to Dawn: Central Market

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Photos and text by Wayne Pridemore

A great number of Shoreline residents indicated that Central Market is their favorite supermarket.

On the store's Facebook site many post the reason; vast depth of selection of seafood, produce, meat, cheeses, baked goods, wine, beer, and ethnic food.

The fresh baked in store tortillas are a special favorite as are the chicken pot pies.

While most of the people shop during daylight hours and on weekends you will find those who visit the market later in the evening hours.


Mumps continue to spread in King County: Know the symptoms

By Hilary N. Karasz, Public Health

There have been 196 cases of mumps reported in King County since the beginning of the outbreak in late November, with the vast majority of cases in the Auburn area. The number of mumps cases across the state has risen to 469 cases in ten counties.

This week, a student at the University of Washington tested positive for mumps, the first reported case at a post-secondary school in King County. There have been no other reported cases at UW. While this case has not been linked to any specific cases in South King County, it is likely part of the larger outbreak across the county and state. Over 100 cases have been reported in seven school districts in the county.

With the rising number of cases around the state, there’s greater possibility that anyone could be exposed to the mumps while out and about in the community. That’s why it’s important for everyone to know the signs and symptoms of mumps, and to take steps to reduce the risk of becoming infected. Even if you are vaccinated, you can still get mumps so all people should be diligent about symptoms and stay home if ill.

What is mumps and what are the symptoms?

Mumps is an illness caused by a virus that can cause fever, headache, and swelling of the cheeks and jaw. In rare cases, mumps can lead to more serious complications that may require hospitalization. Up to 30% of people with mumps infection will have no symptoms.

How is mumps spread?

A person with mumps can spread the virus by coughing, sneezing, or spraying saliva while talking. It can also be spread by sharing cups, forks or other utensils, and by touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.

Who is at higher risk of getting mumps*?

  • Babies less than a year old 
  • Children over 1 year of age who have not received at least 1 dose of mumps vaccine (MMR) 
  • Adults born in or after 1957 who have not been vaccinated or had mumps before 
  • If you are unsure of your vaccination status please contact your health care provider. 
* Note: Anyone born before 1957 probably had mumps as children and are usually considered immune.

How can you prevent mumps?
  • Get mumps vaccine (included in the MMR vaccine) if you have not already had two doses. 
  • Stay away from anyone who has mumps. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. 
  • Don’t share cups, spoons, forks, and other utensils. 

What to do if you think you have mumps
  • Call your doctor if you have the signs of mumps: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen cheeks or jaw. 
  • Stay home and away from other people until you can see a doctor. Do not go to school or work for five days after your cheeks or jaw become swollen. This includes staying away from people in your household as much as possible so they don’t get sick. 

For more information about why vaccinated people have acquired the mumps, read the blog post by our health officer, Dr. Jeff Duchin, “Mumps Outbreaks: Why do we care and is the vaccine working?"


Shoreline Parks and Tree Board meeting Thursday

Kayu Kayu Ac Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services / Tree Board Regular Meeting
Thursday, February 23, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
City Hall Room 303

Agenda Highlights
  • Ronald Bog Park Wetland Enhancement Proposal (Discussion)
  • Capital Improvement Projects/Priorities (Action)
  • Light Rail Subarea Plan - Final Review (Action) 

Link to the Community Calendar for the full agenda

Comment on Agenda Items:

Link to the Park Board webpage


Fostering Futures: Foster Care, Adoption & Advocacy Forum at St. Luke School

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 7-9pm, St. Luke Parish Auditorium, 322 N 175th St, Shoreline, 98133.

There is an increase in the number of foster children yet a decrease in the number of foster homes in Washington State.

The number of foster children in Washington State is higher than the number of all children enrolled in the Shoreline Public School District K-12 (10,000 foster children compared to approximately 8,000 registered students in Shoreline).

There are 1,300-1,500 foster children waiting for a foster home in King County alone.

St. Luke Catholic Parish in Shoreline is hosting an information session sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle to inform the public about how to help foster children in our community through volunteer opportunities, temporary and long term foster parenting, and adoption.

The event is free and open to the public. We welcome people from any religious background.

Register for the information session


Letter to the Editor: Building Smarter

Monday, February 20, 2017

To the Editor:

In response to Ronald Commons article.

Let me preface that I strongly believe it’s every person's duty to help others in need, especially children. Truth be told, there are major issues regarding this project and I only hope we can learn from this and be rational moving forward.

Three main objections are location, price and community effect

Before the project, there were 23 evergreen trees on the last green space in this area. Walking the Aurora corridor nearby, you will notice empty lots and an abandoned building. The city council however, changed city rules to allow the church to sell and clear-cut this space. It was unnecessary and many neighbors simply said, “right idea, wrong spot.”

18 million of mostly public funds, to help 60 families, came to $300,000 per apartment. Simply paying for rent or better yet, incentivizing neighbors in Shoreline to build cottage homes (ADUs) would’ve cost a fraction the amount. The savings could've enabled Shoreline to help many more families. This latter strategy would’ve also infused families within the neighborhood without dramatically changing it.

Half a block down this two lane street (with a non-continuous sidewalk in a busy school zone) is an existing apartment complex. Currently, about 25 elementary school kids use the bus stop that is next to this building. The kids who live here have nowhere to play except for their parking lot. The city could have bought the church's land and created a micro park for those kids who have no safe place to play. According to Shoreline Currents, 69% of residents want small neighborhood parks but apparently nothing is being done.

The city should have done a better job authorizing this project. Moving forward, we need to build smarter and be cost-effective to better maximize public funds so we can help the highest number of families possible.

Michael Bachety


Aggressive Progressives meet Thursday at Shoreline Library

Teresa Mosqueda, AFL-CIO
will speak on Thursday
The Aggressive Progressives will meet on Thursday, February 23, 7-9pm at the Shoreline Library small meeting room, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155.

Organized labor has been under attack, particularly over the last 25 years and from both sides of the aisle. President Trump is likely to accelerate these attacks. What is labor's plan?

Guest Speaker Teresa Mosqueda is the Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO Political and Strategic Campaign Director. In our meetup Teresa will present labor's approach to, and answer questions about, challenges facing workers in Washington state and across the country, including:

  • Wages 
  • Healthcare 
  • Naturalization 
  • Globalization 
  • Trade deals 
  • Collective bargaining

In her current role, Teresa advances the council’s work developing shared agendas, strategic organizing campaigns and recruiting, training and electing political champions for working people.

Read more about Teresa here


WeatherWatcher: Not the S word but a very rainy February

Not the S word: Snow has once again graced our forecasts this week. This is another marginal, uncertain chance of possible snow. We have some slightly colder air moving in Wednesday evening and Thursday but snow levels are expected to hold out at around 500 feet and above. At this time, this looks like the same type of event we had New Years Eve where some wet snow fell from the sky and gave us a dusting to a trace in places after a night of rainfall.

Forecast is calling for rain showers Tuesday - Friday night with some snow mixing in Wednesday night and Thursday. At this time it's expected to return to all rain Thursday night with no accumulation expected. One model has a dusting, but the ground may be too wet and warm for it to really stick.

Longer range shows a trend of cooler than normal temperatures once again but also clearing, with little moisture to cause any snow right now. This cooler weather is expected to last into possibly the second week of March.

February has been very wet. We haven't broken any records at Sea-Tac yet but it's pretty close. My Shoreline station has picked up a bit less rain than Sea-Tac has due to being near the edge of the Olympic Mountain rain shadow at times with the storm tracks.

My station's wettest February in the last 9 years before this year was February 2012 (Also the last winter we had a significant snow event). The rain total here in 2012 was 4.80 inches for the month. This month so far as of the 19th we have recorded 5.62 inches of rain, making it so far the wettest February I've recorded.

Precipitation for February 2017 from

Temperatures have either been below average or about average so far this month, continuing the cooler than normal winter season we've been having.

Daily High and Low temperatures from

Bottom line: Snow and rain mixed is possible this week but accumulations are not likely. March might have a couple more shots left in winter for us but for now I think we are safe from any significant snow.

We are running much colder than normal and much wetter than normal this winter. This trend is typically what's expected with a La Niña winter season, though it's important to note despite our excessive rainfall, we've also been below freezing a lot more than normal even for a La Niña winter. Despite all the precipitation and freezing temperatures, nature has managed to keep the two separated enough to limit any serious snow accumulation.


Washington Wild 19U team in free exhibition match at Everett Xfinity Arena

Washington Wild 19U to play in free
exhibition matches in Everett

The Western Washington Female Hockey Association's Washington Wild 19U Rep AA team from Shoreline meets Williams Lake of B.C. in three exhibition games at Everett’s Xfinity Arena February 24 - 26 -- a rare occurrence in the local area. Admission is free.

This is a great opportunity to see the highest level of girls’ hockey in Washington State. Come cheer for the Wild as they prepare for the USA Hockey Pacific District Championship Tournament, which will be held in Anaheim, CA March 2 – 5.

Exhibition Schedule:
Fri. Feb 247:30pm - community rink
Sat. Feb 2512:30pm - main rink
Sun. Feb 2611:15am - main rink

More information about the Washington Wild here or follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @WWFHA


14th Annual Earth Smart Green Fair Saturday, March 11

Learn to save the planet at Lake Forest Park’s 14th Annual Earth Smart Green Fair. All are welcome and invited to attend – and it’s free.

The fair is hosted at Third Place Commons on the upper level of Town Center in Lake Forest Park from 10:00am to 2:00pm Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Almost 20 local organization and groups will be there to answer your questions regarding composting, recycling, reducing waste, natural yard care, water conservation, environmentally-safe products, for free! 

Are you interested in container gardening, or have small garden spaces? The Garden Hotline will hold a special presentation in the Stadler Room of Third Place Commons from 11:30am to 12:00noon.

Topics include:
  • How to choose pots and soil 
  • Creative ideas to grow plants in 
  • Help with growing edibles, herbs, flowers and more 
  • Pesticide reduction 
  • Water conservation 

Town Center is located at the intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way in Lake Forest Park.


Cartoon: Presidents' Day

Sunday, February 19, 2017

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


For the Birds: Wanted - 99-year Leases for Rest Stops

Trees provide food and shelter to raise young Western Wood-Peewee
Photo by Elaine Chuang

By Christine Southwick

You are driving from your “snowbird” condo, to your summer abode. Your gas tank is almost empty. The station you always use is out of gas. You have enough to get to the next station, but when you get there, the land has changed, and development fills that space. Now what?

If you were a bird with this scenario, you would probably fall to the ground, too exhausted and too hungry to travel on.

Black-necked Stilts stopping at the Potholes in Eastern WA
Photo by Elaine Chuang

If you were lucky, you might find enough water, food, and shelter to recover and travel to your breeding or wintering grounds. If not, you, and possibly your whole flock, would die, never to fly again.

This is frequently happening throughout the US. Many migrating birds are finding familiar rest stops and watering holes on their bi-yearly flyways being poisoned by pesticides and fertilizers, drained and plowed for crops, or made into half-filled strip malls.

Habitat loss is the number one cause of bird deaths.

There are fewer and fewer places for birds to rest, feed, raise their young, and find good water.

Distances between resting and refueling stops are often becoming so great that many birds traveling thousand-year-old migration routes will die from exhaustion, not being able to reach the next safe stop-over.

Snags, used first by woodpeckers, provide places for nesting, resting, storing food
Photo by Elaine Chuang

How can you help?

Have a sick tree, or one you fear in your yard?

Make a snag out of the bottom fifteen-twenty feet. Snags are safe, and dead trees shelter local birds from winter storms, offer nesting sites, and provide food. Besides, snags make excellent backdrops to watch the birds that use them.

Trees are the lungs of the earth, so plant a tree or fruiting bush to replace any you take away. (Note: 71% of Shoreline’s tree canopy is in private yards)

Weeds, including dandelions are eaten by many birds Am. Goldfinches
Phoro by Terry Dunning

Don’t make your gardens so clean that they become sterile for wildlife.

Gardens that don’t have bugs, can’t feed birds, salamanders, frogs, or any other wildlife. Make a small brush pile for birds to hide, escape, and find shelter from winter cold. Leaves and weeds are loved by many birds.

If you clear a wild area, don’t do it between March and August. Wait until Labor Day, by then the young have left their ground nests.

If you must cover a ditch, offer water and shelter to replace that which you have eliminated.

When you change the landscape to suit your tastes, ask yourself who and what you are depriving of water, food, and the shelter needed to raise their young.


Shorecrest, Moses Lake, and Cascade High Schools crowned WSBPA High School Varsity Bowling Champions Division 2

Division 2 Champions Boys Varsity Bowling
Coach Veronica Cook

Shorecrest, Moses Lake, and Cascade High Schools emerged victorious after two days of competition at 52nd Annual Washington State Bowling Proprietors’ Association (WSBPA), State High School Varsity Bowling Championships at Lilac Lanes in Spokane (1112 E. Magnesium, Spokane, WA).

24 five-person teams laced up their shoes competing in three divisions along with 46 bowlers competing in a singles event.
  • Collins Davis and Kasey Shibayama made all-state Team 1 for Division 2.
  • Sam Cox made all-state Team 2 for Division 2.
  • Collins Davis was named Division 2 most inspirational.

Coach Veronica Cook was inducted into the WSBPA coaches Hall of Fame.

More than 1,000 student athletes statewide participated during the bowling season. Now in its 52nd year, this is the 2nd longest running High School Bowling Championship in America, following only New York.

The Washington State Bowling Proprietors’ Association is a State Chapter of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America based in Arlington, Texas.


Shorewood boys varsity bowling team takes 2nd in state competition

Shorewood bowling team and coaches
Shorewood took 2nd in Division 1 Boys
Jaiden Kellum made All State Team One

Shorewood Bowling Team took second place in Division One at the state tournament this weekend in Spokane. Shorewood finished with the high game scoring 1063, and senior Jaiden Kellum had the high scratch game with 268, making the All State Team One Team with an average of 197.

The team Seniors Jaiden Kellum and Andrei Primitivo, juniors Thomas Harpring, Cameron Hozjan and Anders Rogers and Sophomore Malcolm Jacobson, ended day one in second place, 19-16. Day two, they fought against the best teams in the state, finishing with a record of 40-30 and top pin count overall.

Hall of Fame Coach Tammy Ceesay, and assistant coach Ed Wada both report that they are extremely pleased with this years State run. 

"This is a great group of young men, they came in this year in the last spot in Division One, worked hard and took second place. We are very proud of these fellas" said Ceesay.


Dealing with Zoning is topic at Tuesday MPNA meeting

All are invited to join Meridian Park Neighborhood Association on Tuesday evening in Room 303 at City Hall for an evening focusing on strategies to cope with zoning changes.

The evening's presenters will feature Henry Goss, local realtor and certified appraiser, speaking on the social engineering behind the upzones, and how to make the best of the situation should you choose to stay or leave.

Topics will include dealing with construction, developers, and more. Dale Lydin, civil engineer, will offer resources on property boundaries - where to find yours, and why they matter.

MPNA monthly meetings start at 7pm and usually last for an hour and a half. Light refreshments will be served.

City Hall is located at 17500 Midvale Ave N in Shoreline. For more information or questions, please contact Cynthia Knox at 206-218-3302.

Meridian Park Neighborhood


On the Mayor's Mind: Lobbying for Shoreline

Shoreline City Council
in Olympia
From Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts

Local control is the mantra of the Association of Washington Cities. The organization of cities formed in 1933 to advocate for the cities in Washington State.

This past week, I went to Olympia, with many of my colleagues on the Council, to advocate for Shoreline's legislative priorities and other cities across the State.

Legislators in Washington and other states frequently introduce measures preempting city officials from passing legislation that reflects the values of their residents.

Most notably, the North Carolina legislature passed HB2 in 2016, preventing cities from passing non-discrimination ordinances. Other states passed legislation preventing cities from raising their local minimum wage.

In Washington, several pieces of proposed legislation would limit the ability of Shoreline to regulate homeless encampments, safe injection sites, or site small cell phone facilities.

While in Olympia, we talked with our legislators about these bills, and the need for the legislature to pass legislation dealing with the affordable housing issues we face in the region.

One of the ideas we advocated for was the elimination on the sunset on the document recording fee. This fee supports activities related to creating and implementing state and local plans to end homelessness and is currently scheduled to expire in 2019.

Our legislators also told us about their priorities for the session.

Senator Maralyn Chase talked about her support for the creation of a state bank. She said the creation of a state bank would allow local governments to save money and return profits to the state.

Representative Cindy Ryu talked about her proposal that would implement the recommendations of the Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing. The legislation would provide for independent investigations of deadly force incidents and require the collection of data on uses of deadly force in the state.

During our meeting with Representative Ruth Kagi, we talked about her proposal to create the Department of Children, Youth and Families. This proposal came out of a blue ribbon commission recommendation to improve service delivery and outcomes for children, youth, and families.

Our legislators told us to expect a long session as they try to reach agreement of how to fund public education in the state.

Next month, we will meet with our federal delegation about the need to invest in infrastructure funding in our country and in our city.


Authors at Third Place talk about romance, kidnapping, and fantasy

Adventure, romance, imaginary history, and epic heroes await you in Lake Forest Park with this week's selection of authors discussing their books. If you buy their book, the author will sign it for you!

Third Place Books, upper level, Town Center - intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way, Lake Forest Park.

Elinor Lipman
On Turpentine Lane (Houghton)
Monday, February 20 at 7pm (date to be verified - look for updates)

An endearing romantic comedy from the beloved best-selling author of The Family Man and The View from Penthouse B Elinor Lipman may well have invented the screwball romantic comedy for our era, and here she is at her sharpest and best. On Turpentine Lane is funny, poignant, and a little bit outrageous.

KJ Howe in-conversation with Robert Dugoni
The Freedom Broker (Houghton)
Tuesday, February 21 at 7pm (date to be verified - look for updates)

"Unrelentingly entertaining and impossible to put down, The Freedom Broker boasts the ferociously savvy, serious as hell Thea Paris, who brilliantly plots and fearlessly fights to rescue her kidnapped father from the clutches of expert, deadly opponents." Karin Slaughter, Internationally Bestselling Author of The Kept Woman.

Martyn Burke
Music for Love or War (Tyrus)
Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm

"Music for Love or War is slash-and-burn funny, but also unexpectedly touching and wise. Few writers can take you in one breath from the hills of Afghanistan to the gates of the Playboy Mansion and make you believe every crazy word. Martyn Burke has that special talent." -- Carl Hiaasen, author of the New York Times bestselling novel Bad Monkey.

VE Schwab
A Conjuring of Light : Shades of Magic #3 (MPS)
Thursday, February 23 at 7pm

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees the newly minted New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab reach a thrilling conclusion concerning the fate of beloved protagonists -- and old foes.

Leonide Martin
The Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik'nal of Palenque
Saturday, February 25 at 6:30pm

The Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik'nal of Palenque is historical fiction set in the ancient Maya city of Palenque in the sixth century. From these misty tropical jungles, a royal Mayan girl with visionary powers becomes the first woman ruler of her city.

Update 2-20-2017: date correction for VE Schwab to Thursday.


Crime in Shoreline week ending 2-13-2017

Selected items from Shoreline Police Blotter week ending 2-13-2017

Trending this week: mental issues, DUI, Trespasses, welfare checks and natural deaths.
Six domestic violence cases where male violated no-contact order to enter female's home. In two cases he assaulted her.

02-04  Chronic anxiety patient believed he had been poisoned by an envelope. Envelope disposed of.
02-04  Purse, passport, and drug paraphernalia in Deseret donation bin.
02-04  Resident seeing 'exotic animals' and 'dead huskies' in his mom's attic, that 'went on forever.'
02-05  Credit and debit cards stolen from YMCA locker used at Fred Meyer.
02-05  Gang tags on Echo Lake Park restroom. Tags on Hamlin Park bathroom.
02-06  Power tools stolen from vacant home at 195xx 7th NE.
02-06  DUI crash into a King County Sheriff's vehicle.
02-07  Wire stolen from construction site on Ballinger Way.
02-07  Unknown individual pried open locked mailboxes on 3rd NE.
02-07  Someone ripped Bose sound system off wall at Cafe Aroma.
02-08  Graffiti on Westlake Dance Center. Tagger arrested - see story.
02-08  Traffic stop for defective equipment led to arrest of driver on felony warrant.
02-08  Burglary and attempted burglary on 165xx block of 21st and 22nd NE
02-09  Cable, security, and internet wires to house on 10th NE were cut, possibly in neighbor dispute.
02-09  Thieves used keys stolen from YMCA locker to steal victim's car.
02-09  Burglar entered three homes in central Shoreline by throwing a rock through the window.
02-11  Naked man in back yard was taken for involuntary mental evaluation.
02-11  Burglary - suspect that son and his wife stole X-Box 1 and controller.


No more of DOSE - prolific tagger arrested in Lake Forest Park

Prolific tagger caught in the act and
arrested in Lake Forest Park
Tagger arrested! Over the last few months “DOSE” has been tagging both public and private property throughout North Seattle, Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

Last Sunday night LFP Officers found a suspicious person sitting in a car and investigated. Paint covered clothes, gloves, paint and other tools of the trade led to the identification of “DOSE” who was subsequently arrested.

More than 25 graffiti cases in Lake Forest Park and about another 50 from surrounding agencies can be tied to this one individual.

Charges are forthcoming.


Is someone speeding on your Shoreline street? Here's how to complain

Shoreline Police want you to know...

If you have a Traffic or Speeding Complaint in the City of Shoreline you can report your concerns online.

Complaints can also be completed by phone via the non-emergency number 206-296-3311.

Emergency or in progress situations needing immediate attention should be reported to 911. Police log and track traffic complaints and you have the option of being contacted by offices regarding a filed complaint.

Be aware that any correspondence submitted to the City of Shoreline may be subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act, Chapter 42.56, unless a claim of privilege is established by the private party.


Books to Prisoners book drive at SCC

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Make a book donation to the Books to Prisoners Book Drive today!

Books to Prisoners is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization whose mission it is to foster a love of reading behind bars, encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-empowerment, and break the cycle of recidivism.

The most popular requests are dictionaries, thesauruses, African American history, and fiction.

Books to Prisoners relies on books donated by community members to answer these requests, so please make a book donation this quarter to help a few of the thousands of individuals who request books each year.

Book drop-offs are located in the Shoreline Community College Library 4000 Building (near the main entrance) and the PUB 9000 Building (across from the front entrance). Campus is at 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133 (campus maps). There's a small fee for parking during the daytime, until 4pm.

Donations are being accepted now through March 20.


Jet City bout next Saturday at the Rat's Nest on Aurora

SEASON 10, Bout 4
February 25, 2017
Camaro Harem vs. Geritol Mafia
Pink Pistols vs. CarnEvil

The Jet City Rollergirls are excited to bring you our 10th season of hard-hitting, fast-paced flat track derby action. Bouts are held at the Rat's Nest, 19022 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133, and feature a food truck, a beer garden, and a 50/50 raffle.

Get your tickets now before prices increase at the door! 

Tickets will be available at the door Bout Day starting at 5pm. Adults $18, Children 6-12 $13, 5 and under free.
Tickets are available online now.

Lobby doors open at 5pm. Track doors open at 5:30pm. Bouting action starts at 6:00pm.

There is no longer a need to bring your own chairs.

Anyone who is not on the media list that comes in with a professional camera (anything with a detachable lens) will be asked to take it back to the car.

Registered service animals only please.


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