Photos: Rabbit invasion

Monday, May 22, 2017

Innis Arden
Photo by Bill Schnall

Lake Forest Park
Photo by Brad Lichetenstein

First there was a message on a social media site about a woman who found a "giant" rabbit in her front yard. She said the rabbit was not afraid of her at all.

A couple of days later, Bill Schnall found a large rabbit in Innis Arden. Then the next day Brad Lichtenstein found a rabbit in Lake Forest Park.

The rabbits have been in Hamlin Park for a long time. Now they are in Innis Arden in west Shoreline, and Lake Forest Park on the east side.

They breed like, well, rabbits. And they take over and eat everything in their path. Remember Farmer McGregor?

What I don't quite understand is why the coyotes, who are also all over the place, haven't wiped out the bunny population. 

I'm afraid it's because domestic cats are much easier prey. Maybe if we all kept our cats inside, the wild animals would stay in balance.



Ten Shorecrest students awarded scholarships at LFP Rotary breakfast

Shorecrest students awarded scholarships
Photo by Janette Lemme, Rotarian

On May 17, the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park awarded scholarships to ten Shorecrest students at the club's annual breakfast meeting.

The scholarship winners introduced their parents who were acknowledged and lauded by the scholarship committee as being the first and most important teachers and continued supporters of their students through their growing and school years.

The scholarship committee members, Marjorie Ando, Curtis Campbell, Karen Edwardsen, and Ed Pearson, chose the awardees based on excellent academic achievement during their four years at Shorecrest High School, including Honors and Advanced Placement courses; personal development in Community Services including: Interact Club, City Commissions, tutoring and other activities showing their growing leadership. They have also written essays on “What Service Above Self Means to Me”. 

They have all been accepted at four-year colleges: University of Washington, Western Washington University, Gonzaga University, Brigham Young University, Duke University, University of Vermont, and Elizabethtown College. PA.

The honorees, from left to right in the photo above:
  • Kate Wiper - Gonzaga/Human Physiology/Physical Therapy
  • Hannah Cheung -   UW/Biology
  • Than-Thao (Thao) Bui - UW/Nursing/Public Health
  • Abigail Knowles - BYU/Biology
  • Macauley (Mac) Franks - WWU/Environmental Science/Engineering
  • Evan Deiparine - UW/Mechanical Engineering
  • Teagan Wood - WWU/Writing and Graphic Design
  • Rhys Koehler -  Duke University/Psychology and Film
  • Evan Jean-  University of Vermont/ Environmental Sciences
  • Aiyana Tietz-Di Toro - ElizabethTown College /Occupational Therapy

--Marj Ando

Updated 5-22-17


Politics by Evan Smith: Shari Winstead withdraws bid for third term on Shoreline City Council

Evan Smith
By Evan Smith

Incumbent Shoreline City Councilwoman Shari Winstead withdrew late Friday as a candidate for re-election.

Winstead withdrew shortly after the Friday deadline for candidates to file for ballot position. While candidates had to file Friday by either 4pm online or 4:30pm in person, they can withdraw their names from the ballot through Monday at 4:30pm.

She said Sunday that the filing came late Friday because she had to wait until she returned home from work to complete, sign, and fax the required withdrawal form.

Winstead’s withdrawal leaves three candidates on the Aug. 1 primary-election ballot. One is Susan Chang, a member of the Shoreline Planning Commission. Another is Bergith Kayyali, a retired social worker for the state Department of Social and Health Services who primarily worked with abused and neglected children and their families and with Native American families. The third is Carolyn Ahlgreen, who did not list contact information when she filed.

Winstead said Saturday that she would endorse Chang.

This position and any other position with three or more candidates appears on the primary ballot, with the top two vote getters qualifying for the November 7 general-election ballot.

Other Shoreline council positions will appear only on the November ballot because they have only one or two candidates. Incumbent Councilman Keith McGlashan faces a challenge from Jin-Ah Kim, a Democratic precinct committee officer who is working during the legislative session as a photographer for the legislature. Council members Will Hall and Christopher Roberts both are unopposed.

Winstead said Sunday that she had planned to run but changed her mind because of increasing family responsibilities. She said that those responsibilities would not prevent her from serving the rest of her term, which expires at the end of the year but would prevent her from making a four-year commitment.

State Public Disclosure Commission records show that Winstead had reported raising $4,324 and spending $130, but she said Sunday that most of the money raised was left-over money from her 2013 campaign. She said she expected to return what she could and give the rest to charity. None of the the three active candidates has reported raising or spending any money for the campaign.

She said that she had waited to withdraw until she found another candidate that she could support. She added that she now would help with Chang’s campaign. She said that she doesn’t know the other two candidates.

Winstead first won election in 2009, when she defeated then-incumbent Councilwoman Cindy Ryu, now a Democratic state representative. She won re-election unanimously in 2013.

She presided over the council as mayor in 2014 and 2015. She has been deputy mayor in 2016 and 2017.


Jill Brady announces for Shoreline School Board, Position 2

Jill Brady, candidate for
Shoreline School Board Pos 2
Community leader Jill Brady has announced her candidacy for Shoreline School Board, Position 2.

Brady, who has lived in Lake Forest Park for 22 years, has a business degree from the University of Washington and has volunteered in the Shoreline School District and in her children’s schools for over fifteen years.

She has served as Trustee and Co-President of the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation Board and as a community representative on numerous district committees.

As a longtime PTA officer and member, she has held leadership roles in elementary, middle, and high schools and has served on multiple successful school bond/levy campaigns.

Through her years of involvement in the Shoreline School District, she has gained insight and connection to nearly all aspects of the district, partnering with administrative staff, students, teachers and community members to ensure a high-quality education for all Shoreline students.

Jill said, “I am ready to use my knowledge and experience for our community’s children and families. We must work together to ensure the best educational outcomes for every student, nurturing their strengths while also meeting the needs and opportunities of our changing world. 
"As our district prepares to build new schools and grow in numbers, I am prepared to engage in our community, provide exceptional financial stewardship, and prioritize continued accessibility and transparency.” 

Jill and her husband have two children, a sophomore and a senior at Shorecrest High School.

Debi Ehrlichman, who is retiring after three terms on the Shoreline School Board, has endorsed Jill noting, 

“Jill has an outstanding record of dedication and involvement in the Shoreline School District. With her deep roots in the community, and her extensive experience and knowledge, she will be an informed and effective school board member.”

More information at and the Facebook page Jill Brady for Shoreline School Board.


Shorewood graduate on book tour at Third Place Books

Authors at Third Place Books this week include a Shoreline native, Jill Filipovic. A graduate of Shorewood, she is now published in Cosmopolitan, the New York Times, the Guardian, and her book, The H-Spot is being reviewed nationally.

Jill Filipovic
The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness (Nation Books)
Tuesday, May 23 at 7pm

The main obstacle standing in-between women and the freedom to pursue happiness is a rigged system. In The H-Spot, Filipovic illustrates this argument by asking women across America what it is they need, and from it she provides an outline for a feminist movement we all need: one that provides a blueprint for how policy, laws and society can deliver on the promise of the pursuit of happiness for all.

Daniela Lais
Vegan on the Go (Dorling Kindersley)
Thursday, May 25 at 7pm

Create delicious vegan meals quickly with this handy on-the-go recipe book that makes eating away from home fun and easy. With over 100 nutritious recipes and healthy lunch ideas, your desk lunch will never be sad again. Eat vegan snacks, soups, salads, sandwiches, hearty mains, and desserts, with simple instructions and brilliant, clear photographs.

Erin Pringle
The Whole World at Once (West Virginia University Press)
Saturday, May 27 at 6:30pm

Set against a backdrop of hard-working small towns in middle America, The Whole World at Once is an intense collection of stories about the experience of loss. It follows the lives of people grappling with what it means to live in a world with death. All of Pringle's stories are dark, strange beauties "that twist and shimmer" (Kirkus Reviews).


Progressive Political Forum: Winning Back The Working Class

Progressive Political Forum: Winning Back The Working Class
Hosted By: North Lake Aggressive Progressives
Thursday, May 25, 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th, Shoreline 98155,

In the last presidential election, many working class voters (including many who previously voted for Barack Obama) shifted party allegiances and voted for Donald Trump. But this shift started well before the 2016 election as the House, Senate, state houses, and governorships across the country turned from blue to red. Today, Republicans dominate the political landscape.

In this forum, we'll explore this phenomenon: What caused the working class shift from left to right? What are the solutions?

Two special guests will help get the conversation started:

Jody Grage has been a part of the Green Party since the mid-eighties and was on the Green Party of the United States Steering Committee for six years, four of them as Treasurer. She has also been on the Coordinating Councils of the Green Party of Washington State and the Green Party of Seattle. Jody is a native Seattleite, a retired Special Ed teacher, organizer of the Nonviolent Peacekeeper Pool, founding member of Sustainable Seattle, active with the Ballard District Council, an authority on Norwegian folk costumes, and an avid knitter.

Andrej Markovčič helped reestablish the Seattle chapter of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) in the spring of 2016. Since then Seattle DSA has grown from about 50 members to nearly 450. After serving as Acting Chair, he was formally elected the chapter’s first chair in 2017. Born and mostly raised in Seattle, he studied history at the University of Washington and is an avid climber.


Jobs in Lake Forest Park

The following jobs are open for the City of Lake Forest Park

Court Clerk - Full Time (40 hours per week) Closes June 16, 2017 5:00 PM

JOB SUMMARY: This is a full time, technical position. Experienced, qualified applicants must have strong clerical skills and communication skills in support of court... Full Description  Apply Online

Part-time Passport Agent – 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Monday/Thursday/Friday and occasional Saturdays   Closes June 24, 2017 5:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE: A City of Lake Forest Park Employment Application is required for this position. Failure to complete an application may disqualify you from consideration for this... Full Description Apply Online

Seasonal Maintenance Worker - Several Openings - 3 - 6 months

SALARY RANGE: $11.00/HOUR - $14.50/HOUR ... Full Description


Shari Winstead withdraws from Shoreline City Council race

Shari Winstead, Deputy Mayor
City of Shoreline
Shari Winstead announced her official withdrawal from the Shoreline City Council race for position 5. Shari was elected in 2009, and has served as a Councilmember for two terms, including two years as Mayor, and will continue to serve as Deputy Mayor until the end of her current term, December 31, 2017.

"It's been an honor to serve the citizens of Shoreline over the past eight years. Shoreline is a wonderful community and I am proud of the accomplishments of our Council. 
"There comes a time in everyone's life when it is necessary to re-prioritize where we spend our time and energy. 
"I'm blessed with a wonderful family and circle of friends and I look forward to spending more time with them, a well as focusing on my professional full-time job at Davis Wright Tremaine.
"I was fortunate to have a very qualified candidate step forward, freeing me to resign at the end of my term, knowing that our City will be in good hands. 
"I hope you will join me in endorsing Susan Chang as your next City Councilmember. Susan will be a wonderful asset to our City Council. 
"In the meantime, I look forward to finishing my term in a productive and engaged manner, and look forward to staying involved in our community as a citizen."


North Seattle music school hosts Jazz in the Beer Garden in Ballard

Centerpiece Jazz Band will entertain

Music Center of the Northwest is a non-profit community music school located in North Seattle.

They are hosting Jazz in the Beer Garden on Monday, June 19, from 5:30 - 8:30pm at Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1550 NW 49th St, Seattle 98107, as a fundraiser for their organization.

Come on out for a summer evening of friends, music, and great beer to support Music Center of the Northwest! Tickets are just $10 and Lagunitas is donating their tap room for the event. That means all proceeds from tickets go back to Music Center! Even better than that? Lagunitas is donating beer sale proceeds to Music Center too! Music provided by Centerpiece Jazz Band and Music Center's Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Jazz in the Beer Garden is a 21+ event.

Music Center believes in the transformative power of music in the lives of people and our community. With a commitment to music education and live performance, Music Center provides access to exceptional musical experiences for people of all ages and abilities.


On the Mayor's Mind: Assessing and prioritizing assets

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mayor Chris Roberts, Shoreline
By Chris Roberts, Mayor of Shoreline

The National League of Cities recognized May 15-19 as Infrastructure Week. “Infrastructure Week is a national week of education and advocacy that brings together American businesses, workers, elected leaders, and everyday citizens around one message: It’s #TimeToBuild.”

Across the nation, the American Society of Civil Engineers rated American’s infrastructure a D+, based on the physical condition and needed investment. They rated 16 categories of infrastructure, from aviation to ports and from public parks to wastewater systems. They concluded that the nation has a $2.0 trillion investment gap.

In Washington, ASCE rated our state better than the national average. Among their recommendations for the state was to identify sustainable sources of funding to maintain our infrastructure and to identify and implement maintenance to the extent possible.

The Shoreline City Council is doing its job of assessing and prioritizing its assets. On Monday, May 22, the Council is scheduled to adopt its annual Transportation Improvement Plan. The TIP identifies over $360 million of transportation projects (both funded and unfunded projects) that would make our streets safer for all users.

On May 15, the Council began its review of policies surrounding updates to the City’s surface water master plan. Over the past few years the City undertook basin planning efforts to assess the condition of the surface water system and identify priorities for maintenance to prevent flooding after storm events.

The Parks Board and the Council are also in the final stages of developing its six-year master plan for Shoreline’s parks system. The draft plan is now available and open for comment. The draft plan was developed through surveys, community meetings, open houses, and comment cards, about what Shoreline residents and park users wanted in our parks and recreation and cultural service offerings.

I am hopeful that the state and federal government will remain partners with Shoreline to help address the infrastructure needs in our city. I am a strong advocate for the state’s Public Works Assistance Account, which provides low interest loans to cities and other districts to maintain our infrastructure. We have also been appreciative of the federal grants we received to complete improvements to our section of Aurora Avenue.

Even with these plans, we know there is ongoing work to maintain our community assets. If you spot a pothole, or see standing water on the road, please report it. The City uses SeeClickFix as a mobile tool that any resident can use to report issues in your neighborhood.


University offers affordable alternative for health care needs in Shoreline

Bastyr students Jean-Roberto Don and Yaditza Narvaez practice a structural alignment
 before clinic doors open to patients. Photo by Troy Atkinson. 

By Troy Atkinson

When the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center teamed with Bastyr University to offer a weekly one-day naturopathic clinic, there were some people who wondered whether anyone would show up.

That was 12 years ago.

Now, the program contributes to the senior center’s $385,000 yearly operation budget, says senior center director Bob Lohmeyer.

“It is considered a primary program now, but at first we did not know how it would do,” Lohmeyer said. “The response to the program is phenomenal.”

The idea of alternative medicine being an unpopular health care option is dispelled by a 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that found Americans spend $30 billion annually on visits to alternative practitioners and on natural product supplements.

The figure is comparable to the out-of-pocket spending on conventional physicians and prescription drugs, according to the report.

Donna Myhre, 80, of Lake Forest Park, heard about the clinic through friends 10 years ago and continues to attend. She has even convinced friends and family members to attend, she said.

“I went because I have never wanted to take pills and that’s all the doctors give you,” Myhre said. “I just believe that’s the way to cure yourself. Your body heals itself if you let it.”

Myhre found dietary solutions to thyroid problems at the naturopathic clinic, she said. The level of care and instruction she receives keeps her coming back.

The goal of naturopathic medicine is to identify the root of the illness and treat it by removing obstacles so the body can self-heal, according to the Bastyr’s information page.

There are 11 Bastyr sites in the Seattle area.

“The centers are open to anyone who would like to experience naturopathic medicine, cannot afford it, or would like alternative feedback to an ongoing health concern,” said Bastyr external site coordinator Dr. Jennifer Bennett.

Low-income families have the hardest time accessing alternative care due to out of pocket costs averaging $100 per visit, according to the CDC report. The study found that as family income increased so did the use of alternative health services.

The clinic also curbs costs by providing Non-prescription, herbal, and homeopathic medications for patients who need financial assistance, without cost from a dispensary on site.

Aside from providing primary care alternatives to Seattle communities the clinics serve as a practical training ground for final-year students at Bastyr University.

The cost to Bastyr naturopathic clinic patients is relatively low due to the school supplying all medical materials. A $15 administrative fee per visit goes to the senior center for the cost of hosting.

Every Monday the “Crafts Room” at the senior center is transformed into four exam stations by draped partitions and examination tables with their white paper runner. From 8:30am to 4:00pm, final year students visit with patients under the guidance of a licensed naturopathic physician from Bastyr.

“The students will see the patient on their own, get basic information and then the supervisor will come in and talk with them about treatment and moving forward,” Bennett said.

Dr. John Hibbs prepares for the day’s appointments before patients arrive.
He also helps the senior center by offering home grown dahlias for donations to raise funds.
Photo by Troy Atkinson

Dr. John Hibbs, supervisor for the Shoreline - Lake Forest Senior Center clinic, says that about 60 percent of the patients seen there are senior citizens, although appointments are not restricted by age.

“The students get to work with older people who have longer lists of more advanced health problems, with longer lists of medications,” Hibbs said. “Understanding those complexities is a great value.”

Hibbs moves from station to station throughout the day to oversee examinations and consultations as they are carried out by teams of students and is responsible for all final decisions.

Bastyr also provides free blood pressure and blood sugar services during clinic hours at the center on Mondays. The center offers various health, dining, and recreational services throughout the week.

The clinic, along with other programs the nonprofit senior center hosts, helps fight the isolation of the senior center and its patrons.

“I think it is really neat that the senior center invites patients all ages,” Hibbs said. “It is really important for senior centers to constantly practice being part of the community around them.”

Appointments can be scheduled for patients of all ages by calling the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center at 206-365-1536


Photo: Saturday morning poppy

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Look what Wayne Pridemore found in his backyard Saturday morning! Must be all the sun making the poppies suddenly bloom. Whatever the reason, they are gorgeous.

Ok, one more.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore


Edmonds mother regains freedom with a wheel chair ramp

Kathleen Wheeler holds the jackhammer as the
crew pauses from breaking up concrete for a photo op
Photo courtesy Irons Brothers

Ramp captain Joseph Irons, President of Irons Brothers Construction, and his team designed and constructed a FREE wheelchair access ramp for Kathleen Wheeler of Edmonds for the Master Builders Association annual Rampathon® event.

You can't roll a wheelchair over this
Photo courtesy Irons Bros.
For many years, Kathleen has struggled with severe Osteo-Arthritis (OA), Fibromyalgia and Diabetes, which makes mobility difficult and walking extremely painful.

For many of us, exiting our home without an obstacle is something we take for granted. For Kathleen, it’s almost impossible. With the new wheelchair ramp, Kathleen and her family are looking forward to a whole new perspective on life.

As her son Chris stated, “Having a ramp will enable her wheelchair to move into and out of her home, giving her the freedom she so deeply desires and desperately needs.”

Getting started
Photo courtesy Irons Brothers

The ramp site construction began early on the 20th, waking the neighborhood at around 8am. Over a dozen volunteers, including Irons Brothers Construction’s staff, colleagues, friends, family, along with the owner and team from 3 Guys Construction gathered for the construction.

They completed the build on Saturday and a crew will be back on Monday to pour the concrete.

The reward for the crew is when Kathleen can safely wheel herself down the new ramp. Irons Brothers Construction maintains the highest commitment to philanthropy and giving back to the local community is at the heart of who we are. 

Michell Filleau-Maas, Community Stewardship Manager Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, said,

"Joseph and Melissa Irons and their team are true gifts to our community. Their decade-long involvement in Rampathon®, as well as other events sponsored by the Master Builders Association, is a wonderful example of dedication to giving back to the areas they serve. 
Each year, volunteering their time and talent, they have changed the lives of individuals who are home-bound or limited in their ability to leave their homes. That’s what Rampathon® is all about.”

If the ramp means freedom for Kathleen and others
then these are the freedom fighters
Photo courtesy Irons Brothers

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, Kathleen Wheeler, along with over 40 other families throughout King and Snohomish Counties were the recipients of a free wheel chair ramps built as part of the Master Builders Association’s Rampathon® Event.

This year, Irons Brothers Construction, based in Shoreline, will participate in their 13th Rampathon®

Thanks to the Master Builders Association and the generous donors listed below, this ramp was built at no cost to the recipient.

We believe our neighbors in need deserve the same freedoms we have. Wheelchair access ramps are their link to our beautiful community we all share.

Special recognition to donors for the Kathleen Wheeler ramp:

  • Irons Brothers Construction, Inc. for volunteer labor and materials
  • 3 Guys Construction for volunteer labor and materials
  • Dunn Lumber for lumber material donation

Photo courtesy Irons Brothers Construction
Irons Brothers Construction is celebrating 18 years of business in 2017 and has a Design + Build Center showroom located at 1510 NE 170th St., Shoreline 98155. 

Here they showcase universal design, aging in place remodeling, and best construction practices. Company owner, Joseph Irons and team, have their Certified Aging in Place Specialist designations (CAPS) thru the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Certified Living in Place Professional certifications (CLIPP) thru the Living in Place Institute.

In each remodel they incorporate universal design principles and practices when possible.


War Stories: Shoreline Pastor recalls Coast Guard battle in Vietnam

Chaplain Larry Fischer presents a Certificate of Appreciation
to Pastor Stephen Ulmer
Photo by Jerry Pickard
By Jerry Pickard

On Tuesday May 2, 2017 American Legion Post 227 was honored to hear Pastor Stephen Ulmer relate his experiences as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in Vietnam.

Steve grew up in Miami, Florida. As a kid he watched the TV show "Victory At Sea", a series about the U.S. Navy's battles in WWII.

He decided to serve his country on a ship at sea.

When he was of age, he applied to the U.S. Naval Academy, but was not accepted. However, he applied to and was offered a full scholarship to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, graduating with honors in 1963 with the rank of Ensign.

WHEC USCG Ingham  © Dennis R. Szeba
His first assignment was aboard the High Endurance Cutter Ingham (WHEC-35). There he qualified as a Deck Officer and also served as the gunnery officer and later as the communications officer.

Point Gammon
Photo from Stephen Ulmer
In 1965 he was deployed to Vietnam as the Executive Officer on Point Gammon (WPB-82328), a Coast Guard Division 12 boat based in Danang. He spent eight months aboard Point Gammon and then four months as the Operations Officer with Division 12.

In 1966 he volunteered to extend his deployment to become an officer in charge of his own WPB; and in June he took command of Point League (WPB-82304) operating out of Cat Lo (Vung Tau), patrolling the coast and rivers in that area around the Delta region.

Point League had been in Vietnam for four months without seeing much action. That changed when Lieutenant Ulmer took command.

On June 20th at 2:45am a North Vietnamese Trawler was picked up on ship’s radar. It was traveling at 10 knots and headed for the mouth of the Co Chien river.

Lt. Steve Ulmer 1966
Lt. Ulmer notified the Vung Tau Coastal Surveillance Center of the contact, and closed on the ship. When they got in visual range Lt. Ulmer challenged the ship with his signal light. He made four attempts but was ignored by the ship.

He closed to 600 yards and illuminated the ship with his roof mounted search light, revealing a 99 foot steel hulled trawler, momentarily stopped, with a 40 foot junk alongside. The junk was probably delivering a river pilot to steer clear of the shoals at the river’s mouth.

Lt. Ulmer ordered Gunner’s Mate 2nd class A.J. Wright to fire warning shots across the bow of the trawler with their .50 caliber machine gun.

The trawler picked up speed and headed for the mouth of the Co Chien river. Gunner’s Mate Wright fired two more bursts across the bow of the trawler. The trawler then fired on Point League with 12.7mm armor piercing, incendiary rounds.

They were firing at the search light two feet above Lt. Ulmer's head. Some of the rounds were hitting the wheelhouse. Executive Officer Ens. Neil Markle was hit in the head with shrapnel knocking him down. Gunner's Mate Wright was hit in his ankle.

Lt. JG Ulmer and Ensign Tung Tran, the Vietnamese
liaison officer, in the Point League wheelhouse 1966
Lt. Ulmer was temporarily blinded by flashes of rounds from incendiary bullets hitting Point League in the pilot house.

He handed his radio mic to his Vietnamese Liaison Officer, Ensign Tung Tran.

He told Ensign Tung to tell Coastal Surveillance that they were engaged in a firefight and would report details after things calmed down.

When Coastal Surveillance attempted to get more information, Ensign Tung replied (while they were engaging the trawler), "Sorry, we are very busy. We will call back later."

Tung, who is all of five foot two inches tall, was unable to reach the mic bracket near the ceiling, so he placed the mic upside down in an empty coffee cup on the console of the pilot house. This depressed the transmit button on the mic, giving everyone on that frequency a blow by blow account of the firefight for the next forty-five minutes.

The trawler and Point League exchanged fire as the trawler ran for the river entrance. But the trawler was forced aground 100 yards from shore, unable to get into the river. Point League fired illumination rounds and then made three gunnery passes firing .50 caliber and high explosive mortar rounds. The firefight continued in the dark until helicopter gunships and other support elements arrived.

At daylight, when Lt. Ulmer decided to move Point League in closer to check the trawler's condition, they came under heavy fire from the shore.

"They were firing from behind every sand dune," reported Lt. Ulmer, who had his gunners return fire until their guns were silenced and Point League was out of their range.

A pair of F-100 Super Sabre jets arrived and soon cleared the beach with each plane's eight 20 mm cannons. The trawler was hit several times; and an explosion followed by several fires started around 6:15am. It took until 1:15pm to bring the fires under control with the help of several other naval units.

The grounded trawler is burning, and the Point League is about to move in
to put it out. 

ARVN troops moved in on shore, and several ships attempted to pull the trawler off the sand unsuccessfully with a retreating tide. A small fleet of Vietnamese and U.S. Navy ships stayed on station overnight protecting the trawler and its contents. The sea was lit up with ships’ lights.

The next day a VNN ship finally pulled the trawler off the sandbar and towed it to Saigon. Salvage teams recovered over a hundred tons of arms and ammunition from the trawler, all destined for the enemy.

When Lt. Ulmer returned to the support ship, USS Tortuga, he off-loaded his two wounded crewmen and then was rewarded with ice cream for himself and the rest of his crew. Lt. Ulmer finally had time to write his after-action report at 2am on the 21st of June. The next thing he remembered was being evacuated to Vung Tau. He had passed out from exhaustion. After being checked out and after rest he was returned to duty.

The Coast Guard later awarded him a Silver Star Medal for the trawler intercept, and Vietnamese Head of State, Nguyen Van Thieu, personally conferred him the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.  This was only one of two arms-carrying vessels that were captured intact during the entire war.

Tung and Ulmer reunite after 50 years
Photo by Jerry Pickard
After his tour of Duty in Vietnam was complete, Lt. Ulmer became the commanding officer of Coast Guard Base, Mayport, Florida.

Within a year he resigned his commission and attended Dallas Theological Seminary.

Upon graduation he became a Baptist Minister for the rest of his career. He was the pastor of Richmond Highlands Baptist Church in Shoreline for 25 years.

Tran Thanh Tung, his liaison officer, escaped Vietnam with many others in 1975, and landed in Washington state, settling in North Seattle.

The two men reconnected last year after a 50-year separation and discovered that they had been living 30 minutes apart all those years.

Updated 5/21/17 Replace photo of the Point Gammon


Cartoon by Whitney Potter

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


Shoreline proclaims June 2 Gun Violence Awareness Day

Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts, left and members of
Moms Demand Action
Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts presents a proclamation declaring June 2nd Gun Violence Awareness Day in Shoreline to members of the Shoreline Group of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

The proclamation honors “the 93 Americans whose lives are cut short and the countless survivors injured every day”.

It encourages “all citizens to support their local communities’ efforts to prevent the tragic effects of gun violence and to honor and value human lives.”

Shoreline Moms will mark the occasion on Saturday, June 3rd with an event at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park.

We will assemble as a visible demonstration of the daily toll taken by gun violence in the US: an average of 93 lives are lost to firearms every day.
Please come and help us bear quiet witness to this shocking and shameful statistic. RSVP here for details and more information.


3A District track meet - days 2 & 3

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Shoreline - Mukilteo meet 2017
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
The 3A District track meet was held at Shoreline Stadium from Wednesday - Friday, May 17-19. 2017.

The following high schools sent athletes to compete:

Oak Harbor

Results from Day 1

Results for Day 2 and Day 3


Crime in Shoreline week ending May 8

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Selected items from the Shoreline Police Blotter, week ending May 8

  • Multiple vehicle prowls with purse thefts
  • Graffiti on Kellogg Middle School, Paramount School Park, Briarcrest Elementary
  • Shoplifters at Goodwill, Safeway, Marshalls,
  • Numerous traffic stops ending in arrest of driver or passenger on warrants
  • Several juvenile with marijuana incidents
  • License plates stolen, stolen plates left behind
  • Assaults - roommates, son-mother, cousins, 
  • Miscellany - couple of stolen packages, forged checks, counterfeit money 

04-30  Vehicle hit utility pole on 15th NE. Car stolen, driver left the scene. see previous story
05-01  Person waving around a large combat knife was scaring patrons of America's Best Value Inn. BHI unit called in. (Behavioral Health Unit)
05-01  Commercial burglary at Hair Masters on Ballinger.
05-01  Purse stolen from locker at Y and debit card used immediately.
05-01  Female gave bank info and money to a guy on Tinder.
05-01  Anonymous caller reported seeing a male bleeding from the head walk into nearby residence, but no person was found, or evidence that the incident occurred.
05-02  Teenaged boy with multiple mental issues broke a glass at school, then climbed on the roof. BHI responded and managed the situation until the boy's father arrived.
05-02  Marshalls shoplift went sideways when shoplifter told security he had a gun and would use it.
05-03  Home invasion robbery with gun implied. Victim was known to robbers. 189xx 8th NW.
05-03  Resident with mental issues reports multiple burglaries that didn't happen.
05-04  Garage window shattered for residential burglary 5xx NE 174th.
05-05  Vehicle on 15th NE was stopped for straying out of lane; driver arrested for DUI.
05-06  Person contacted and Trespassed from North City Lounge returned later and was very uncooperative with officers. Booked.
05-06  Driver on N 175th stopped for speeding, arrested for DUI.
05-06  Person at Aurora Village Transit Center transported for alcohol detox.


Public Art City of Shoreline #12: Blue Bridges

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

City of Shoreline Public Art Collection
155th Ave N at Aurora Ave N and Aurora Ave N at 160th
City of Shoreline 1% for Art Program 2007

Interurban Trail Bridges  Vicki Scuri, artist. Concrete, steel, glass, light and greening

These pedestrian bridges mark the south entry to the City of Shoreline. The gateway bridge over Aurora features a celebratory arch with trolley-inspired, windowed blue glass. The 155th Street bridge marks the historic Interurban Trolley Line and includes mesh screening as well as the blue glass window patterns.

Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Together they form a vital community link in a regional trail system. Other elements inspired by the rail line and community history, and collaborative envisioned and implemented by the artist and design team, include LED light sculptures marking the bridge ends, rail-shore ramp patterning with sea creatures and wave forms, a reference to former orchards in the park-like area connecting the bridges and water harvesting and swales in the landscape amenities.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

--Text courtesy City of Shoreline


Northwest Church, formerly in Shoreline, has grand opening in Lynnwood

Northwest Church is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of its Lynnwood Campus - the
Community Life Center.

The Grand Opening will be held on Sunday, May 21 at 9:45am between our two worship Services. The short program will include various guest speakers, a ribbon cutting and an opportunity to tour our new facility.

Northwest Church was located in Shoreline for many years, but decided that they needed different facilities to fulfill their mission. They sold their church at 15555 15th Avenue NE in Shoreline to the North City Water District and purchased property in Lynnwood.

Sunday, May 21 Schedule
8:45 Worship
9:45 Grand Opening Celebration
10:45 Worship
12:00 BBQ Lunch

Our Campus is located at 19820 Scriber Lake Road.

After almost two years of remodeling work, the old Bally’s / LA Fitness has been transformed into the Community Life Center, the home of the Northwest Church. Everyone is invited join us for worship, to tour our campus or just see the transformation of the facility.

The Northwest Church’s focus is leading people into an authentic, life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Our desire is to impact people to make a difference in our community and world.

We are about transforming lives and community as we connect, equip, partner and worship. Started in 1902, over the years the Northwest Church has been involved with helping orphans in Africa, building homes in Mexico, medical care for those in need, and other things in addition to supporting various community events.


May 20th - Winning on Race - Saturday Morning
10:00am Panel on Race features Eric Wilson and more


Senior Jamboree May 20 - all things Senior

  Shoreline Senior Jamboree
Seniors get the answers they need! Meet with expert representatives from all areas that are important to seniors.

  • Do you need help with your smart phone or computer?
  • Are you interested in getting a Captioned Telephone?
  • Do you need extra a new Beauty regime?
  • Find out how to prevent Identity Theft.
  • We have the answers!!

Do you need help with Final Resting Place arrangements? How about Senior Dentistry? Where do you go to buy or rent wheelchairs or walkers? Do you need to get organized? Do you need a hearing aid that actually works? We have the answers!!!

Do you need help selling your house? Ever wonder what a reflexologist can do for you? Are you having a hard time finding an Elder Law Attorney? Do you have questions regarding Long Term Care Insurance? We have the answers!!

Join us on Saturday, May 20th from 12-3. 

We will have games, fun, food and prizes

14900 First Avenue NE, Shoreline, WA 206-367-6700


Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement: Keeping Families Alive

As Washingtonians prepare for upcoming summer travel, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission emphasizes the simplest step in keeping families safe: buckle up.

The national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign will take place May 22 through June 4, concurrent with Memorial Day, one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year.

“It’s more than just putting your own seat belt on in the car; it means making sure everyone else in your car is properly restrained, especially children,” said Cesi Velez, Project Manager of Washington’s Child Passenger Safety Program.

During the Click It or Ticket campaign in King County, the Algona, Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Burien, Clyde Hill, Covington, Des Moines, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Lake Forest Park, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Pacific, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, SeaTac, Seattle, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, and Tukwila Police Departments, and the Washington State Patrol will be placing special emphasis on seat belt and proper child restraint use.

Motor vehicle crashes continue to be a leading cause of unintentional death among children. From 2011-2015, almost half (48 percent) of child fatalities caused by a vehicular collision had unknown or no restraint use.

15 percent of those were under 13 years of age and illegally riding in the front seat; and 21 percent were riding without a booster – restrained only by a lap/shoulder seat belt

The majority of these tragedies likely could have been avoided had these children been properly restrained. Unfortunately, Washington’s current child passenger safety law can be difficult to interpret.

Washington’s child passenger safety law (RCW 46.61.687) says:
  • Vehicle occupants of any age must be “properly” restrained
  • Under the age of 8 or 4’9” tall - must ride in an appropriate car safety seat. It must be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Age 8 or taller than 4’9” - must use the seat belt correctly or continue use of a child safety seat.
  • Under the age of 13 - must ride in the back seat “where it is practical to do so.”

Safety advocates strongly encourage a child remain rear-facing in their child restraint until at least age 2; this provides them with the best protection of their spine, neck and head.


Volunteer interpreters needed for LFP Forum

The City of LFP passed a Welcoming City Resolution last month that ensures every person that lives in and travels through LFP is treated equally, respectfully, and with no interest in their nationality, nor their immigration status.

Last month, the City sponsored an Immigration Forum, for the Mexican Consulate and Immigration Attorneys to have an open dialog with  the Hispanic / Latino Community in our area.

Another Forum is currently being planned which will be held in English; however it is the goal to have interpreters for attendees other than Spanish.

If you have the ability to speak another language and are willing to volunteer your time at a Forum next month, email 


Refugee Resettlement Panel May 25

The City of Shoreline will host a panel to provide an overview of the refugee resettlement process. 

Panel members will include:
  • Ann Strandoo, former director of Catholic Refugee and Immigrant Service's resettlement program in Seattle and founder of Olympic Migration Network will present an overview of overseas refugee resettlement operations.
  • Jennifer Malloy, Program Manager for the Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (ORIA) for Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, will talk about the role of Washington State in refugee resettlement.
  • Paul Tan, Foster Home Recruiter with Lutheran Community Services Northwest’s Refugee and Immigrant Children's Program will share about the Unaccompanied Minors Program. 
  • Lama Chikh and Adham Smadi, Shoreline residents will share their family’s experience leaving Syria.

RSVP to Suni Tolton, City of Shoreline Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator or 206-801-2256.


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