Travels with Charlie: Alien landing in Horizon View Park

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Photo by Gordon Snyder

During today's cloudy, stormy weather, Charlie and I were wandering around Horizon View enjoying being outside.
 
We arrived back at the Horizon View Park entrance and I spotted this bright break in the clouds. I grabbed a photo of the unique hole in the sky.

The best part… My camera caught what might be a Cloud Alien in the playground. I’m sure it came from that hole in the clouds. Wink, wink.

There were no kids around at the time to verify this event.

--Gordon Snyder


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Honoring Christie True’s decades of achievements for environmental stewardship

Christie True and County Exec Dow Constantine
Photo courtesy King County

Current and former employees celebrated the achievements of Director Christie True, who recently completed her 39-year career at the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.

Executive Constantine led a celebration at Brightwater Treatment Plant where staff renamed the Environmental Education Center in her honor, recognizing her contributions to protecting and restoring King County’s natural environment and inspiring a new generation of environmental stewards.

In this photo, Christie True is center. 2nd from left is Gunars Sreibers, who oversaw construction of the Brightwater Tunnel from what is now Kayu Kayu Ac Park on Puget Sound along the length of Shoreline, through Lake Forest Park to Woodinville

The Education Center is located at 22505 WA-9, Woodinville, WA 98072.


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Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Infamous



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UW Med: Syphilis cases are at 74-year high in U.S.

Dr. Meena Ramchandani, infectious diseases
specialist at UW Medicine.
Syphilis cases are at 74-year high in U.S. -- An infectious-diseases specialist explains that these infections have seen a nearly 80% increase since 2018.

According to recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 207,000 cases of syphilis were detected in 2022 — the highest national case count since 1950 and a nearly 80% increase in incidence since 2018.

Syphilis transmission is most prominent among men who have sex with men, but women are contracting the infection with increasing frequency, says Dr. Meena Ramchandani, an infectious-diseases specialist at UW Medicine in Seattle.

“In Seattle and King County, and at Harborview Medical Center, we are seeing a great increase in the number of syphilis cases. In the last two years, we've seen an increase in women by 90% each year in the incidence of syphilis from 2020 to 2022,” she said. 
“With that increase in syphilis that we're seeing in women and in persons who can become pregnant, we have this increase in congenital syphilis cases, and that's a huge problem.”

Congenital syphilis occurs during pregnancy when a mother with syphilis passes the infection to her fetus. Risks from congenital syphilis include miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, brain and nerve problems or deformed bones. There were over 3,700 cases of congenital syphilis in the United States in 2022, the CDC reports.

“I think that there needs to be increased awareness and increased testing, because syphilis is affecting a lot of populations,” she said. 
As for treatment, “Penicillin is the drug of choice, and thankfully syphilis is still susceptible to penicillin. And so, formulas of penicillin can be used to treat and cure syphilis,” Ramchandani said.

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Shorewood High School Girls Golf Team begins practice on February 26, 2024

Shorewood girls are ready for the greens
Photo by Val Patrick

Shorewood High School Girls soon prepare for 'team golf & get ready to compete'!

Practices begin on February 26, 2024.

We typically think of golf as an 'individual sport', however, it's exciting to witness the energy & team spirit when rooting on a player to sink a putt for their team. No matter if you win or lose.

"Golf is many things, and it's also about the camaraderie of playing a sport they may play for a lifetime. 
We call that 'investing in youth sports" and 'growing the game'."

Golf teaches life skills: patience, confidence, honesty, perseverance, respect, courtesy and responsibility. Golf also offers: engagement with others, energizing them to learn something new, while exercising outdoors, and also - enriches their lives.

Shorewood HS has nine girls preparing for the team! It's going to be a fun spring!

Watch us bloom and grow!

-- Coach Val Patrick


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Pedestrian hit at 145th and Aurora Tuesday evening February 20, 2024

Scene where pedestrian was hit 
Photo by Bruce Miller

Just after 9pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Aurora and 145th.

Five police and fire departments responded.
Photo by Bruce Miller

The driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with police.

He was west bound on 145th, when, according to the driver, the male pedestrian was "jaywalking" (or maybe crossing against the light).

Photo by Bruce Miller

These agencies responded: Shoreline Police, Shoreline Fire, WSP, Seattle Police, and Seattle Fire.

Driver stayed at the scene, victim transported to hospital.
Photo by Bruce Miller

The victim was transported by Seattle Medic Unit with what were thought to be serious but non-fatal injuries.

--Diane Hettrick


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Lakefront Park Project Community Workshop #2 - Virtual or at LFP City Hall Wednesday February 21, 2024

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Lakefront Park Project Community Workshop #2 - Wednesday, February 21, 5:30pm - 7:30pm at City Hall or virtually through a survey format!

The second Community Workshop for the Lakefront Improvements Project is available in both in-person and virtual formats.


In this workshop, you will preview alternate park design concepts and select your favorites. Concepts were developed from community and other input received in the earlier project stages.

The in-person meeting will take place Wednesday, February 21, 5:30pm - 7:30pm at City Hall. The meeting content is also offered in a digital online survey format. You can access the survey on the project website at lfplakefrontpark.com or  using this link

Please complete the survey as soon as possible! The survey will close at midnight on Wednesday, March 6, 2024.

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Travels with Charlie: A good day fishing

Photo by Gordon Snyder

Gordon and Charlie found themselves far from home today.

Ended up at Golden Gardens Park shoreline today while wandering with Charlie. Spotted this fishing boat heading into Shilshole Bay Marina.

Reminded me of that saying… A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work!


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Author Voices: Thulani Davis


Author Voices: Thulani Davis
Register here

Saturday, February 24, 2024 online and free 1-2pm

Join online for a discussion with Thulani Davis, librettist of “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X,” as she discusses her recent book “The Emancipation Circuit.” 

Honored with the 2023 Museum of African American History Stone Book Award, this book reveals how the political organizations and networks that slavery survivors formed during Reconstruction laid the foundation for the first mass Black political movement for equal citizenship in the United States.

Joining her in this conversation from Tagney Jones Hall: The Opera Center, will be Bianca Dang, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Washington.

Thulani Davis also wrote “My Confederate Kinfolk,” “1959,” “Maker of Saints” and “Playing the Changes.”

In partnership with the Seattle Opera.

Sponsored by the King County Library System Foundation.


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Jobs: WSDOT Utilities Accommodation & Project Engineer (TE3)

WSDOT
Utilities Accommodation & Project Engineer (TE3)
Shoreline, WA – Northwest Region
$62,596 - $102,475 Annually

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is seeking an innovative project manager who has a strong interest to fully utilize their analytical, negotiation, and communication skills. The Northwest Region Utilities Office is offering an excellent opportunity as a Utilities Accommodations & Project Engineer. This position plays an essential part in the successful delivery of WSDOT design-build and design-bid-build administered transportation projects.

This position will serve in a dual role capacity. In your role as the Utilities Accommodations Engineer, you will be responsible for researching, negotiating, and processing Utility Franchises and Permits for the installation and maintenance of utilities within the State right of way. In your role as the Utilities Project Delivery Engineer, you will be responsible for the coordination and support of negotiations between the NW Region engineering offices and utility companies to identify and resolve utility conflicts impacting transportation project design and construction. This role is essential in addressing risks to ensure that projects are delivered on time and within scope and budget.

To thrive in this position, the qualified individual will need to be a self-starter, embrace continuous process improvement, be adaptable in a collaborative work environment, an excellent communicator, and have a strong commitment to advancing the policy goals of WSDOT.

Job description and application


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Town Halls - virtual and in person for 1st LD electeds


You’re invited to two town halls for the 1st Legislative District - one virtual and one in person.

The first town hall is 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Thursday February 22, 2024 and it’s virtual so you can participate from your phone or computer.

  • WHERE: Online here
  • If you’d like to submit a question ahead of time, you can do that here.

The second town hall is in person, from 6pm to 7:30pm on April 30 at Mobius Hall, Cascadia College, Bothell.

The 1st Legislative District includes Bothell, Brier, Kirkland, Mountlake Terrace, Alderwood Manor, Cathcart, Clearview, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, and Maltby.

Added link to live meeting and to submit questions ahead of time.

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Snowdrop Stroll at Dunn Gardens February 24, 2024


Snowdrop Stroll, February 24, 2024 from Noon - 3pm at Dunn Gardens 13533 Northshire Rd NW, Seattle, WA 98177

Cost: 
  • Members $5
  • Not-Yet-Members $10

When most of Seattle is celebrating the 50 shades of Seattle gray, Dunn Gardens is alive with color. 

Come walk the paths and discover the beauty of vibrant blooms hidden amongst a winter backdrop.

There will be live music by Third Harbour, our knowledgeable docents available to answer questions, beverages, a fire, and light snacks. Snowdrops and other plants will be for sale.

To ensure that everyone can enjoy themselves at the stroll, we will be conducting timed entries.


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Sen. Stanford re-elected as chair of Caseload Forecast Council

State Sen. Derek Stanford represents Legislative District 1

OLYMPIA – The members of the Washington State Caseload Forecast Council have re-elected Sen. Derek Stanford (D-Bothell) as chair.

“Planning for every new biennial budget begins with the work of the Caseload Forecast Council,” said Stanford, who has served as chair since 2015. “It’s crucial we do that work with the utmost thoroughness and attention to detail.”

The Caseload Forecast Council is charged with calculating the expected number of people receiving services or benefits from the State of Washington in the upcoming year. The Council meets several times a year to adopt official forecasts that are the basis of biennial budgets developed by the governor’s office and the Legislature.

“The people of Washington — whether they are students in classrooms, recipients of the Working Families’ Tax Credit, foster children, or college students on financial aid — depend on the smooth delivery of state services that accurate forecasts enable,” Stanford said.

Types of state entitlements analyzed by the Caseload Forecast Council include public school enrollments, state financial aid for college students, Working Connections Child Care, and the Working Families’ Tax Credit, among others.

The membership of the council consists of one legislator of each party in each chamber of the Legislature, the secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services, and the director of the Office of Financial Management. The council employs eleven professional forecasters with extensive experience in statistical modeling and mathematical forecasting.

Sen. Derek Stanford, D-Bothell, represents the 1st Legislative District, which includes Bothell, Brier, Kirkland, Mountlake Terrace, Alderwood Manor, Cathcart, Clearview, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, and Maltby.


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ELNA to host speakers on Tool Library and Firlands Way project


The Echo Lake Neighborhood Association (ELNA) for north-central Shoreline will hold its monthly meeting on Zoom tonight, Tuesday February 20, 2024 at 7pm

Featured speakers will talk about the new Shoreline Tool Library and a proposed project to create community space on Shoreline's historic "Main Street."
 
For more information, contact ELNABoard@gmail.com


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Four Shorecrest High School wrestlers competed at the WIAA 3A State Tournament

By Sean Rhodes

Four Shorecrest High School wrestlers competed at the WIAA 3A State Tournament at the Tacoma Dome last weekend.

Shorecrest Senior Peter Grimm. Photo by Matt Rapleje

Peter Grimm (SCHS Senior) started wrestling at age 5 for the Wrestling Rhinos Club and wrested the last match of his high school career last Friday. Unfortunately, Grimm had an injured shoulder and wasn't able to make it into the second day of the tournament. Grimm was a four year district/regional finalist and a three time state qualifier during his time wrestling for SCHS (the State Championships were cancelled in 2021 due to Covid protocol). This year Grimm was a WesCo South District champion and placed 3rd at regionals.

SC Junior Kenneth Adams. Photo by Matt Rapleje

Kenneth Adams (SCHS Junior) has been wrestling for Shorecrest since his Freshman year. This is the first year Adams has qualified for the state championships. He was a finalist at the WesCo South District Tournament (2nd place) and placed fourth at regionals. Adams has steadily improved year after year and is excited about being a team leader next year. 

SC Junior Carter Nichols. Photo by Matt Rapleje

Carter Nichols (SCHS Junior) started wrestling just last year as a sophomore, but has had meteoric success right out of the gates. Athletic and agile for the 190lb weight class, Nichols was a WesCo South District Champion and placed 4th at regionals this year. This was Nichols' first year competing at state. He had some close matches, but fell just short of moving into the second day of competition at the Dome this year. Carter is also a candidate for team captain next year.

Sophomore Avi Wylen placed 4th at State
Photo by Matt Rapleje

Avi Wylen (SCHS Sophomore) has been a long time member of Seattle Wrestling Club and started wrestling for Shorecrest High last year. Wylen was injured at Districts last year as a freshman and wasn't able to compete at regionals. 

Determined to make up for that this year, Wylen placed 3rd at WesCo South Districts and 3rd at Regionals. Typically, unless you are a top seed (regional champion or a runner up), you don't make it into the second day of the state championships as a middle weight sophomore. 

However, Wylen proved the skeptics wrong and not only made it into day two, but pushed all the way into the placing rounds! Wylen is the second sophomore in Shorecrest High School Wrestling history to place 4th at state.

With a solid core of state seasoned wrestlers returning to the program next year and some promising young talent entering the room from Kellogg Middle School, Coach Bryan Officer reports that the future looks bright for Shorecrest Wrestling.


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For the Birds: The spiderwebs were deliberate

Monday, February 19, 2024

Hard to get the spider web from toes to nest.
Photo by Jan Hansen

By Diane Hettrick

Remember the charming photos of a hummingbird picking spiderwebs out of her toes?

We thought she had accidentally flown through a web.

Offended hummingbird. Photo by Jan Hansen

She was a little offended at the assumption. 

According to For the Birds columnist Christine Southwick this is a female Anna's Hummingbird, who is in the process of building her nest!

Anna’s Hummingbirds nest starting as early as late December, although as cold as it was I suspect most waited until about now.

The females build a nest for their two small eggs using spider webbing to bind it together and to allow the nest to expand as the nestlings grow.

The whole nest is only about 1 1/2  inches across. 
 
Keep your feeders clean and active and you should see some juveniles in about a month.

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Registration for Chilly Hilly ride closes Thursday February 22, 2024

Chilly Hilly presented by REI Co-op takes place on February 25, 2024, 8am to 3pm. Registration closes February 22.

Well known to local bicyclists, the annual ride, organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club, circles Bainbridge Island.

Riders begin at Colman Dock on Alaskan Way, where they fill the car deck of a ferry. There are scheduled stops along the way, including a winery. 

The ride is a fundraiser for the club. Registration and details here. Any bicyclist is welcome to participate.


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Original play to debut at Shoreline Community College Theatre in April

What if John Lennon survived the gunshots inflicted upon him by Mark Chapman on that cold December night in Manhattan in 1980?

"Dream # 9" is a musical play, with a cross-cultural fantasy theme, that explores this question – with some twists and turns. It is the story of the first few months following that night; of Lennon's recovery with the help of the loving and strong woman by his side, of where he finds himself at the end of his recovery (and where the world wants him to be), and of the power of dreams.

The play itself was inspired by a dream, but really came about as the convergence of a real-life story of survival, a mythological tale of perseverance and intelligence borne of love, from India (the story of Savitri and Satyavan), and the fierce fantasy that many of us share of having John Lennon amongst us still.

"Dream # 9" is produced by Ayesha and Vik Patnaik, and written and directed by Vik. Ayesha is an adjunct faculty member in the Communication Arts Dept. at Shoreline Community College, while Vik is an independent consultant in clean energy technologies and international management. 

Production was originally scheduled for the Frederick Theatre at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse (where they lived for 23 years, before moving to the PNW), the weekend of May 23, 2020. However, due to COVID, the project had to be shelved. 

We are grateful to have been able to discover the vibrant theatre scene in the Greater Seattle area and revive this project in our new settings. We are especially thankful for the excellent cast we have from the local community.

Production is now scheduled for the first weekend in April 2024:
  • Friday, April 5, 7pm
  • Saturday, April 6, 7pm
  • Sunday, April 7, 3pm
at the Shoreline Community College Theatre, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133.
 
Doors open 45 minutes before Curtain on each day.

Tickets: $15 ($10 student); purchase through Brown Paper Tickets


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Holidays by Whitney Potter: Presidents' Day

In Washington state, the third Monday in February honors President Lincoln and President Washington.


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"Searching for Mysterious Stellar Eclipses in the Milky Way" lecture at the UW Planetarium Wednesday February 21, 2024


Join the Seattle Astronomical Society at the UW Planetarium Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

The speaker this month is Anastasios "Andy" Tzanidakis, who will be giving a special talk on "Searching for Mysterious Stellar Eclipses in the Milky Way".

RSVP here or on the website *Zoom link is available on the website link.

About Andy's Talk: The advent of modern all-sky observatories and surveys has led to a revolution in the way we classify different types of variables in the Milky Way. 
Andy will discuss the discovery of Gaia17bpp, an unusual star that currently holds the record for the longest recorded stellar eclipse. He will also be sharing some exciting research that is being conducted at DiRAC Institute to search for other anomalous stars.

Directions & Parking: Located at the corner of 15th Ave NE and NE Pacific Hwy, in the University District. The planetarium is on the second floor of the Physics/Astronomy Auditorium in room A220 at the far end of the hall.

The closest parking to the planetarium is the West Gatehouse. After 4pm, parking costs a flat rate of $6.50. The closest drop-off locations near the planetarium are the 30 minute load/unload zones located on W Stevens Way NE. 

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Congresswoman Jayapal announces a new student debt reduction initiative

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-7th congressional district
From Rep. Pramila Jayapal

My Congressional Progressive Caucus colleagues and I have made student debt cancellation a priority. 

I cheered when President Biden announced his plan to cancel up to $20k in student loan debt for 43 million people and, after the Supreme Court struck it down, was quick to call for the President to use all other powers he has to get Washington's 7th district the relief our neighbors desperately need.

The President has continually taken those actions — including just canceling $5 billion in loans for teachers, nurses, and firefighters — and recently announced a major new initiative.

Starting this month, if you took out less than $12,000 in loans and have been in repayment for 10 years, ALL of your debt will be canceled.

That’s right — your loan balance could go down to zero. For many others, monthly payments will be drastically reduced.

To get that relief and other ways to bring down your monthly loan payments, you need to be enrolled in the Saving on A Valuable Education (SAVE) Plan. 

This is the same plan that ensures no borrower who makes less than $15 an hour will have to make any student loan payments. It will also make sure that interest doesn't pile up and increase your debt amount, and that your spouse's income can't be used to drive up your payment amount.

Sign up for the SAVE Plan today so you get this relief before your next payment is due.

Rep. Jayapal represents the 7th Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Contact her offices here. The district encompasses most of Seattle and surrounding areas including Shoreline, Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, and parts of Burien and Normandy Park.


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Shorewood Girls Wrestling finishes in Top 10 at State with three girls in top 5

State Medalists. L-R Abi Chishungu, Finley Houck, Libby Norton
Photo by Jeremy Tantrum

By Tricia Norton

Shorewood Girls Wrestling continued their winning ways at Mat Classic XXXV this weekend as three girls finished in the top 5. The Stormray girls finished in 9th place overall. Sophomores Finley Houck and Abi Chishungu placed 3rd at 110 and 190 lbs respectively. Junior Libby Norton placed 5th at 105 lbs.

After losing to the returning state champion and the regional champion, Libby Norton came back to take 5th place overall. Photo by Jeremy Tantrum.

The path to the podium included a match with the eventual champion for each wrestler. Norton faced 2x defending state champion Libby Roberts in the semi-finals. The loss forced Norton into the consolation bracket where she dropped a match against her regional finals opponent Rebecca Serrati, but came back in her medal match to take 5th place over Born of Curtis.

Finley Houck lost to the returning state champion, then won four in a row to place 3rd. Photo by Jeremy Tantrum

Houck’s first challenging match came in the quarterfinal where she faced returning state champion, undefeated Ashley Naranjo of Moses Lake. Houck successfully fended off a pin and even scored on Naranjo, losing in a major decision 11-2. Houck then stormed back winning 4 in a row to take 3rd place. Houck improved her finish over last year’s Mat Classic, where she placed 5th.

Abi Chishungu lost to the 1st place winner, then won her next two matches to finish 3rd.
Photo by Jeremy Tantrum

Abi Chishungu won her first two matches and then faced off with Tru Willis of Silas. Chishungu battled hard but was eventually pinned in the 3rd period by Willis, who ended the night in 1st place. Chishungu then won her next two matches to finish in 3rd place. Chishungu’s improvement over this season was clear as she jumped from a 7th place last year.

Junior Izzy Crave logged five team points for the Stormrays, winning two and losing two, ending a great season one win short of the medal rounds.

King's student Mak Kanzler, in blue, wrestles with Shorewood
Photo by Jeremy Tantrum

Senior Mak Kanzler, who attends King’s High School, qualified for his second state tournament as a second year wrestler. Mak won 3 matches, but lost his second just shy of the medal rounds.

“I am super proud of my wrestlers. I am very grateful to be coaching such a resilient and fun group of kids. I look forward to next season. We want to be in that trophy hunt for a top 4 team finish,” said Stormray head coach Derek Norton.

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Travels with Charlie: A raft of coots

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Story and photos by Gordon Snyder

Valentine's Day looked like a typical grey cloudy dull-looking day when I took Charlie for a for a walk. Seemed like nothing going on. Boring. All this happened in five minutes.

Then a huge raft of Coots caught my attention. They were moving like a black blob just offshore of the North Lake Washington shore by the beach along the Burke Gilman Trail.

There must have been thousands as they swam and fluttered to get closer together.

What the heck?


Looking around for a minute or two, I spotted why…

A Bald Eagle was cruising above and making them crazy. (upper left above the raft)

Safety in Numbers!

As the eagle flew over them they formed a tighter line formation.

The Eagle landed in a tree and just watched them frantically move their raft away.

All of the Coots stayed tight and moved away even without a leader.

All they wanted was to get outa there.

The eagle finally just resumed the soaring flight…

No Coots were harmed in this story.


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Shoreline Council funds $393M for Bus, Bike and Sidewalk projects with new development fees

New TIF funds could pay for sidewalks and bike lanes on this high-traffic and pedestrian section of 10th Ave NE in North City. Photo by Oliver Moffat

By Oliver Moffat

Sidewalks are expensive.

Until recently the city wasn’t allowed to pay for sidewalk improvements using its top funding source for roads: Transportation Impact Fees (TIF). 

But, in 2023, Washington State passed legislation (SB 5452) allowing cities to spend impact fee revenue to fund bicycle and pedestrian improvements. And now, for the first time, Shoreline will be using TIF revenue to fund improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders.

Project map

At the Monday, February 12, meeting the Shoreline city council unanimously voted to use TIF revenue to fund improvements specifically for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders for the first time. 

The city’s Transportation Impact Fee Rate Study identified nineteen potential projects that could get the green light with the new revenue. But it is difficult for the city to predict how much revenue will be generated by the new fees because the city collects TIF revenue when new development is permitted. 

As previously reported, high interest rates, inflation, worker shortages, and rising vacancy rates are making it hard for developers to secure financing. So although there has been a recent surge in new development, it is possible there could be a slowdown coming. Or not.
  
Amongst the proposed projects the city would spend the TIF revenue on include: 
  • Funding for the 148th non-motorized bridge crossing of Interstate 5
  • Fund the 175th corridor improvement project including sidewalks and bike lanes
  • Improve the Dayton & Carlyle Hall intersection near Shoreline College
  • Install a roundabout at 1st & 155th by Twin Ponds park and at 25th & 150th near Shorecrest
  • Build a shared use mobility hub at Aurora & 185th
  • And miles of bus, bike and sidewalk improvements on 200th, 185th, Richmond Beach Rd, 15th Ave NE, 10th Ave NE, Ashworth, Fremont and Linden Aves

Designated high activity areas in Shoreline

The new TIF rates provide a 15% discount to encourage new development in neighborhoods the city calls “High Activity Areas” (HAA). These HAA neighborhoods are expected to have more walking, biking and transit use with fewer people driving cars alone.

The HAA includes the 145th and 185th station subareas, the Aurora corridor and parts of the North City business district.

According to a map from the city, the HAA does not include high density, mixed use areas in the northeast Ballinger neighborhood or the southeast Briarcrest neighborhood. Also not included in the HAA is the high density, mixed use area along Richmond Beach Road know as the 4-Corners neighborhood.

The council received no comments from Shoreline residents. But developers had something to say.

A representative from the developers building an assisted living facility on Richmond Beach Road in the 4-Corners neighborhood provided written comments in support of lowering transportation impact fees for senior housing. 

According to written comments from Áegis Living, Assisted Living contributes very little to traffic because residents rarely own cars and therefore traffic impact fees should be calculated based on traffic from staff and visitors not the number of residents. 

In written comments, a representative from the developers building the 1,358-unit Shoreline Place said they support lowering fees for senior housing as long as the costs don’t increase fees for multifamily developments.

The council rejected an amendment from Councilmember John Ramsdell that would have exempted small Adult Family homes from transportation fees. 

Ramsdell noted there are 150 adult family homes in Shoreline that typically have fewer than six residents and he would like to see transportation impact fees waived when a single family home is converted to an Adult Family home. 

Ramsdell has proposed the exemption at previous council meetings and the council voted the amendment down then too. However, the council directed city staff to study the proposal and come back with a formal amendment for the council to review and vote on at a later time.

The city collects Transportation Impact Fees (TIF) when new development occurs and is the primary source of revenue for transportation projects. Rates are set based on the impact new development is expected to have. For example, a new 24-hour convenience store will have a higher transportation impact than a new Nursing Home and therefore will pay a higher TIF rate.

The new TIF rates will take effect March 15, 2024.

Correction: the original article named a specific amount of money expected from TIF. As stated in the revision, the city collects TIF revenue when new development is permitted. 


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Shoreline Police and K9 Quinn credited in two major drug busts

K9 Quinn and confiscated drugs and money

On Wednesday, February 7, 2024 King County Sheriff's Office Precinct 4 Special Emphasis Team (SET) wrapped up a narcotics operation aimed at an associate of the Sinaloa Cartel. 

This person was distributing fentanyl and methamphetamine in Index, Shoreline, and several other areas in north King County and Snohomish County.

The operation resulted in 36,900 M-3 Fentanyl pills, 9 pounds Fentanyl power, 6 pounds of methamphetamine, 1.8 pounds of heroin, 2060 MDMA pills, $8,960 cash seized and 1 car seized

One suspect was booked on charges of Investigation VUCSA-WI and VUCSA Conspiracy.

This operation covered a vast geographical area and required hours of surveillance and multiple search warrants. 

We couldn’t have done it without the assistance of multiple KCSO deputies around King County, Shoreline Police Department SET, SeaTac SET, our King County Sheriff's Office Communications Center, and Lake Stevens Police Department.

K9 Quinn poses with drugs and money confiscated in an operation completed in August 2023
Photo courtesy King County Police

Previously, in a successful operation reported by County Executive Dow Constantine on August 9, 2023, Shoreline Police and the King County Sheriff’s Office seized more than $1.2 million in drugs, including 290,000 fentanyl pills and over 9 pounds of fentanyl powder, cocaine, heroin, cash, and stolen firearms.

"Amidst significant staffing shortages and various hurdles, Shoreline Police Department has remained committed to keeping our investigative teams intact," said Shoreline Police Chief Kelly Park. 
"In this particular case, our dedicated detectives worked swiftly and efficiently to gather essential information. Their collaboration with KCSO's SW Precinct detectives proved invaluable, facilitating the prompt and secure retrieval of these deadly narcotics and firearms. 
The diligent efforts of our investigators seamlessly align with the City of Shoreline Council's goals to promote community safety and foster healthy neighborhoods."

One suspect was booked into King County Jail on a firearms violation and multiple counts of violating the Uniformed Controlled Substances Act – Possession with intent.


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Walking around the neighborhood: Cat Crossing

Photo by Lee Wolfe
I spotted this sign on a recent walk in the Richmond Beach neighborhood. I was not aware that there are enough cats in the area to warrant it. The human crossing is about 20 feet further. Apparently cats prefer to have their own crossing.

---Lee Wolfe


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Concert at St. Dunstan's: Reflection, Celebration and Rebirth

Concert at St. Dunstan's Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 3pm

Reflection, Celebration and Rebirth

Michelle Huang and Erin Wight, a Seattle-based piano and viola duo, will present a special concert for a time of transition, as we move out of Winter and into the promise of Spring.

Featuring a musical collaboration with organist Susanna Valleau, they will weave together perspectives and traditions from around the world, including works of Liszt, Gabriela Lena Frank, Adolphus Hailstork, and Ming-Hsiu Yen.

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church 722 N. 145th St. Shoreline, WA 98133.

Suggested donation $20 adults, $5 students. Ortloff pipe organ.

More information and RSVP at Concert Series – St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church (sdchp.org)


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HomeTechHacker: Unraveling the Differences in Internet Connection Types

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Unraveling the Differences in Internet Connection Types

The choice of an internet connection is pivotal. This article delves into the differences among popular internet connection types, shedding light on their distinct features, advantages, and considerations.

The most popular broadband internet connections
Broadband internet, synonymous with high-speed connectivity, reigns supreme in most households and businesses. Offering fast and consistent speeds, broadband is delivered through various technologies, each with its unique characteristics.

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line):
Digital Subscriber Line, commonly known as DSL, utilizes existing telephone lines to transmit internet data. With moderate speeds and widespread availability, DSL is an affordable option for many. However, its speed can diminish with distance from the provider's central hub.

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Cable Internet:

Cable internet, delivered through the same coaxial cables used for cable TV, provides faster speeds than DSL. It is widely available in urban areas, but bandwidth is shared among users in a neighborhood, potentially leading to reduced speeds during peak hours.

Fiber Optic:
Fiber optic internet is the gold standard for speed and reliability. Transmitting data through thin glass fibers using light signals, fiber optic internet offers unparalleled speed and is less susceptible to interference. While not as widespread as DSL or cable, its availability is growing, especially in urban areas.

DSL vs. Cable vs. Fiber
When deciding between DSL, cable, and fiber optic internet, several factors come into play:

1. Speed:
- DSL: Moderate speeds, typically ranging from 1 to 100 Mbps.
- Cable: Faster than DSL, with speeds ranging from 20 to 1,000 Mbps.
- Fiber Optic: The fastest, with speeds reaching up to 10 Gbps.

2. Reliability:
- DSL: Can be affected by the distance from the provider's hub.
- Cable: Shared bandwidth might result in decreased speeds during peak usage.
- Fiber Optic: Highly reliable with consistent speeds and minimal interference.

3. Availability:
- DSL: Widely available, especially in rural areas.
- Cable: Common in urban and suburban areas.
- Fiber Optic: Limited availability but expanding, primarily in urban centers.

4. Price:
- DSL: Generally more affordable than cable and fiber.
- Cable: Offers a balance between speed and cost.
- Fiber Optic: Higher cost but delivers unmatched speed and reliability.

Most people focus on download speeds, and rightfully so. But if you are looking for higher upload speeds, Fiber tends to beat cable and DSL by a lot.

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Satellite: Bridging the Rural Divide


For those residing in remote or rural areas where traditional broadband options may be limited, satellite internet emerges as a viable alternative. 

Operating through communication satellites in Earth's orbit, satellite internet provides a connection virtually anywhere. 

While it offers more accessibility, satellite internet is known for higher latency and data usage restrictions.

Mobile Broadband

In the age of smartphones and tablets, mobile broadband has become integral to staying connected on the move. Utilizing cellular networks, mobile broadband offers convenience but may have limitations in terms of speed and data allowances.
These days cellular providers offer cellular routers and hotspots that can be used for home service without many of the data restrictions that some plans meant for phones have.

Choosing the Right Connection

Selecting the ideal internet connection involves considering factors such as speed requirements, budget constraints, and geographic location. While broadband options like DSL, cable, and fiber dominate urban landscapes, satellite, and mobile broadband bridge connectivity gaps in more remote areas. The choice ultimately boils down to individual needs and priorities.

Marlon Buchanan is a best-selling author, IT Director, and founder of HomeTechHacker.com, a website with free resources to help you make the most of your home technology. 

If you have questions or comments about this article you can contact Marlon through his website or X (Twitter).

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Are you out of research ideas to find an elusive ancestor? 

Sno-Isle Genealogy Society is offering researchers another opportunity to get help with their "brick wall" problems on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at its Research Library, 19827 Poplar Way, Heritage Park, Lynnwood. 

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