Travels with Charlie - not on a hot day!

Monday, July 22, 2024

Too hot, Baby
Photo by Gordon Snyder
All these recent clear days of hot weather have sorta changed my buddy Charlies excited energy to get going on an afternoon walk. 

These hot afternoons he’s just comfortable snoozing in a favorite chair…

I don’t blame him. it’s hot out there and the pavement and paths soak up the heat. 

In the direct sun, it's bad for a dog's bare pads. 

I checked the temperature on the deck boards in the direct sun with an infrared thermometer… 138-140 degrees. Think about that. And it wasn’t even black pavement.

I wouldn’t step barefoot on anything hot like that. 

In the cool of the evening
Photo by Gordon Snyder
Neither should Charlie. He's is a smart guy, so sleeps thru the hot part and gets ready to go do something when evening cools things down.

Then we wandered around our neighborhood… Perfect timing.

Protect your Pet Buddies, Cheers,
Gordon Snyder



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Tooth sensitivity - a real pain in the mouth

Photo courtesy Delta Dental
By Kyle Dosch, DDS

Enjoying a cold drink or an ice cream cone are just a couple of ways we make ourselves comfortable on hot summer days.

For a sizable portion of the population, though, indulging in ice-cold foods and beverages, or hot drinks on a cold winter day, can lead to unbearable teeth pain. 

Teeth sensitivity affects nearly an eighth of all Americans and can cause pain when eating or drinking. 

Some of the other causes of tooth sensitivity include:
  • Over-enthusiastic brushing
  • Eating disorders
  • Consuming high-acid food and drink
  • Gum recession
  • Smokeless or snuff tobacco
These can lead to either a loss of enamel or exposing the roots of your teeth, which can cause problems when consuming hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and drinks. By working to fix this problem, you will make eating and drinking more enjoyable and comfortable.

Treating tooth sensitivity is important not only for immediate pain relief, but also for maintaining good oral health and preventing future dental problems. Sensitivity often indicates underlying dental issues such as enamel erosion, gum recession or tooth decay. 

Addressing the issue can help prevent further damage to the teeth and gums and promote better overall oral health.”

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent and treat sensitive teeth. Diagnosing tooth sensitivity starts with a visit to your dentist, who then will likely recommend trying some at-home treatment options for a month or so.

At-home treatment options include:
  • Desensitizing toothpastes which include potassium salts. You’ll want to use these with a minimal amount of water and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Mouthwashes which contain potassium nitrate and fluoride.
  • Waiting to brush your teeth at least an hour after consuming acidic food and drinks, including carbonated drinks, citrus fruits, alcoholic drinks, yogurt and dairy products.
To combat erosive agents inside of acidic food and drinks, dental professionals recommend drinking milk or water afterward or using a straw to avoid prolonged contact between the beverage and your teeth.

If these simple tips don’t rid you of tooth sensitivity, your dentist may suggest office therapies such as applying potassium nitrate gel or sodium fluoride to soothe and protect sensitive areas. 

These are short-term solutions, however. Longer term solutions may include at-home use of a topical remineralization therapy like Tooth Mousse, or in-office procedures like dental bonding or gum surgery.

For those with continued tooth sensitivity, you’ll want to schedule a follow-up visit with your dentist and continue to use at-home therapies to help keep the pain away. 

It’s also important to follow oral hygiene recommendations including flossing daily and brushing at least twice a day for two minutes with a soft bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste.

Kyle Dosch, DDS, is the Delta Dental of Washington’s dental director and a member dentist.


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Build-A-Birdhouse event at the Shoreline Farmers Market July 27, 2024

Build a bird house at the Shoreline Farmers Market Saturday
Photo courtesy IronsBC

Once again, Shoreline's Design + Build company Irons Brothers Construction will help kids build cedar birdhouses at the Kid’s Build-A-Birdhouse Event at the Shoreline Farmers Market Kid's Day on Saturday, July 27, 2024 from 10am - 2pm!

Bring the kiddos to our booth and we’ll provide the tools, materials, and skilled carpenters to help them build their own birdhouse – on us!

Since 2017, IronsBC has been building birdhouses with kids at various Shoreline community events. With help from our entire team and material donations from Dunn Lumber, we have built over 1300 birdhouses! 

This hands-on experience exposes them to manual arts, working side-by-side with an IronsBC carpenter to build a custom home for our feathered friends.

IronsBC is committed to enriching the lives of our community through caring and craftsmanship. We encourage children to engage in the manual arts at an early age. Exposure to carpentry and building in a safe and supervised environment can be fun and educational.

To learn how to build your very own birdhouse at home, please visit our Education Page online for instructions and watch our how-to video!

Info on Shoreline Farmer's Market

Learn more about our Community / Industry Involvement & Impact here


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Friendship Adventures Arts and Crafts market at Friendship Academy in Shoreline July 27, 2024

Friendship Adventures is hosting our first Annual Arts and Craft market at the Friendship Academy in Shoreline!

This event assists in the continuation of affordable, socialization and recreational programs for our participants and families of Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.

As a local, small non-profit, for over 25 years, Friendship Adventures services have been maintained with the contributions of donations, volunteers, grants and fundraisers of many long time friends and family.

This year we would like to invite you to be part of the first Annual Arts and Craft Market.

We are seeking local artist to vendor. It is open to everyone! Neighbors, businesses, out of state vendors. There is a small donation request for an inside table of 6 feet and 2 chairs, but only while available. Request your spot today and support our arts and craft activities for Adults living with Intellectual Disabilities!

Mark your calendars! July 27, 2024! 1 pm– 3 pm at Friendship Academy 1206 N 185th St, Shoreline WA 98133.

Questions: contact Brandy Padua 425-343-9421


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Blood drive July 31 and August 29, 2024 at Fire Station 51 in Kenmore


Shoreline Fire is hosting a mobile blood drive with Bloodworks NW at Station 51 in Kenmore on Wednesday, July 31st and Thursday, August 29th between 9:00am – 3:00pm!

In addition to making a difference, if you make a donation between July 1st – August 31st you can enter for a chance to win Taylor Swift concert tickets.



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Your ballot has been mailed - and other useful information about the primary election

Important information about the primary election
  • Ballots were mailed to registered voters ahead of the 18-day voting period that began July 19.
  • If you do not receive your ballot within 5 days, call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE (8683).
To participate in the primary, you must be sure your ballot is postmarked or in a designated drop box by 8pm on August 6, 2024 - and not one minute later.

Local drop boxes:

Voters can register to vote online or by mail until July 29. After that, you can do so in person at a county election office up until 8pm on Election Day.

The top two vote-getters in primary races will advance to the November 5 general election.

The Washington State Standard published a Candidate questionnaire from Washington State Standard for all the major races.

The website Voting For Judges, which has been so very useful for past elections, is no longer in existence.

Sign up for King County Ballot Alerts to receive texts or emails as your ballot is processed and counted. This is very important to receive early notice if there is an issue with your signature.


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Crafty flower

Sunday, July 21, 2024

 
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

I know that this is a real flower, but it really looks like a craft project. 

Start with a slender stick, cut petals out of white crepe paper, shred some yellow paper and drip some ink on it for the center, and voilà!

Leave a few in someone's garden to make them a little crazy...

--Diane Hettrick


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Creative Phone Photography class at Shoreline Library July 24, 2024

Creative Phone Photography
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 from 6 - 8pm
Shoreline Library 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline WA 98155

Learn to use your phone to create compelling photos of your family and friends, everyday moments, and travels near and far.

Presented by professional photographers, John and Lisa Merrill.

Free class. Registration not required.


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Ben Borgida finishes in third place in the Washington State Men's Amateur Golf Championship

Photo courtesy Washington State University
Amid the offseason for the Washington State men's golf team, redshirt sophomore and 2022 Shorewood graduate Ben Borgida made a splash, finishing third place in the Washington State Men's Amateur Championship at The Links at Moses Pointe, in Moses Lake, Washington.

Over the course of the three-day tournament the Wazzu product shot 10-under. Borgida shot back-to-back 69s over the first two days and saw his lowest round of the tournament the final day, firing a 68 with six birdies.

"Overall, I feel great about my performance. I was able to use what I had to my advantage and made sure to stick to my game," Borgida explained post round.

The redshirt sophomore finished his first season seeing action with a round under par in the Cougars final tournament win at the 2024 National Golf Invitational, and the rising sophomore continues to build off that going into next season.

"This finish gives me a lot of confidence leading into the season because I know my B-game is good enough to compete with the best amateurs in the state," Borgida added. "I'm going to continue to be grateful that I have the opportunity to play in the summer and get ready for my next season for the Cougs."
 
--Hayden Wysup (WSU Athletic Communications)


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Ferry Traffic Emphasis Patrols - July 26, 2024

Edmonds Police at ferry dock

Back by popular demand-- Washington State Patrol, Mukilteo Police Department and Edmonds Police will be watching for line cutting & other violations at docks in Edmonds and Mukilteo.

Just a reminder - Your parents and teachers probably taught you that it's not polite to cut in front of others. In this case, it will also cost you $145.

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Shoreline Public Schools Foundation donates $100K to Shoreline Schools for classroom enrichment projects

Mural created by Einstein students with "Engagement Grants"

The Shoreline Public Schools Foundation and the generous donors who contribute to help enrich our schools funded over $100K in 46 Engagement Grants submitted by teachers during the last school year.

At Einstein Middle School, grant funds were used for a visual arts project that involved more than 300 students who collaborated on a theme, drafted ideas and then each painted a tile. When combined, a mural was created and permanently installed.

If you are a Shoreline School District employee, grant applications for 2024-25 are now available here


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Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Dog Days

The "dog days" or "dog days of summer" are the hot, sultry days of summer. 

They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius, which Hellenistic astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck.

Date: Wed, Jul 3, 2024 – Sun, Aug 11, 2024
Event Length: 40 Days



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Puget Sound Energy issues ‘Request for Proposals’ as it seeks bid for new energy resources

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has issued a Voluntary All-Source RFP for energy from renewable and non-emitting resources and capacity resources that can meet all or part of its customer’s needs established in PSE’s 2023 Electric Progress Report.

The 2024 All-Source RFP continues the process to procure resources that meet customers’ energy and capacity needs by 2030. 

PSE customers have significant needs for energy from renewable and non-emitting resources in compliance with Washington’s Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) and for capacity resources to meet customer need. PSE will consider power purchase agreements, ownership or alternative agreements using any commercially proven technology.

“PSE is undergoing the most significant transformation in our history as we strive to meet Washington state’s clean energy laws—some of the most ambitious in the nation,” said Ron Roberts, PSE’s senior vice president of energy resources. 
“We need to make sure we can deliver on our customers’ expectations for energy that is clean as well as safe, reliable and affordable.”

PSE filed its Voluntary All-Source RFP with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission on July 1 and will pursue a resource procurement process that is accessible and fair for all bidders. 

PSE encourages all bidders able to meet the requirements of the RFP to participate, including bidders representing minorities, women, disabled and veteran‐owned businesses. PSE encourages bidders interested in partnering with PSE to support supplier diversity through inclusive, competitive procurement processes. Proposals from interested bidders are due by Sept. 16, 2024.

PSE is committed to working together to create a clean energy future for all while setting an aspirational goal to be a Beyond Net Zero Carbon company by 2045. PSE will target reducing its own carbon emissions to net zero and go beyond by helping other sectors to enable carbon reduction across the state of Washington.

More information about PSE’s RFPs is available here.


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Free concert at Kruckeberg on Wednesday July 24, 2024

Whateverly Brothers in concert at Kruckeberg on Wednesday

Join us for a FREE Concert in the garden, this COMING WEDNESDAY!

The Whateverly Brothers will be performing in the lower garden at Kruckeberg next week! 

Thank you ShoreLake Arts for putting on this fun concert series at Kruckeberg Botanic for the third year running!


Parking is very limited. 

Visitors are welcome to bring their own food, or pre-order meals from Vault 177 

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Ben & Jerry's van at Shoreline Place

Ben & Jerry's van at Shoreline Place
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

The famous Ben & Jerry's has an ice cream van at Shoreline Place. There is a rumor that it's there because they are considering a lease at the site.

However, Ben & Jerry's has a catering business with a location in Seattle, so it might be there for a local business.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

I contacted the media department at the main office but they were unresponsive. I asked our photographer to talk to the workers but the van was closed when he went there mid day on a weekday.

If anyone has information, please share.

--Diane Hettrick


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WSDOT: Help prevent brush fires and larger wildfires

The primary roadside fire risks include burning material, such as a discarded cigarette or a firework; a blown tire or other malfunction that causes sparks; and inadvertently dragging chains over the roadway. 


The heat from the bottom of a vehicle also can start a fire just by driving over dry grass.

Here’s how you can help prevent roadside fires:
  • Never throw a cigarette or any lit or flammable material from a vehicle.
  • Check the air pressure in your tires to help prevent a blowout.
  • Ensure chains are not dragging when towing a heavy load or an RV.
  • Use battery-operated lighted cones or reflective triangles if broken down instead of a lit flare.
These and other small actions can make a difference in preventing a roadside fire from starting in the first place.

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Shoreline recertified as a Salmon-Safe City

On June 21, 2024, Shoreline achieved recertification as a Salmon-Safe city. 

Shoreline is Washington’s first Salmon-Safe municipality, and only the second certified city in the nation after Portland, Oregon. The recertification process began in late 2023.

Salmon-Safe, the Oregon-based environmental certification nonprofit dedicated to restoring water quality in West Coast salmon watersheds, closely aligns with Shoreline’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

"Being recertified as a salmon-safe city is a big accomplishment for Shoreline,” stated Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts. 
“It is a testament to our community’s commitment to preserving Puget Sound and being good stewards of our natural environment. Salmon are representatives of the larger ecosystem. Without a healthy salmon population, we don’t have a healthy Puget Sound, and that impacts every one of us.”

For the citywide certification, staff worked with the Salmon-Safe Science Team for over eight months to develop the conditions for certification. This included the Salmon-Safe team evaluating City plans, programs, and procedures; interviewing city staff; and visiting city operations and sites across the city. 

The Science Team identified nine conditions the City must meet as part of the recertification.

“The third-party audit by our independent science team shows that the City of Shoreline is on the cutting edge of cities–of any size–in taking a holistic approach to its watershed,” said Ella Sandquist, Salmon-Safe Puget Sound Director. 
“Taken together, the city’s ongoing Salmon-Safe actions represent an integrated approach and meaningful commitment to the health of Puget Sound.”

The City will have five years to fulfill the nine conditions, which include developing specific GIS analysis for stormwater treatment; implementing a stream monitoring program; enhancing salmon-friendly habitat restoration efforts; and implementing bioretention projects along Aurora.

This is another example of Shoreline demonstrating regional leadership by contributing to the health of Puget Sound waterways and the salmon and orca that depend on them. It is the hope of the City and Salmon-Safe that other jurisdictions will soon follow suit.


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Sunset in the clouds

Saturday, July 20, 2024

 
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

A wide-spread sunset fills the skies



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Fire Chief Cowan sounds the alarm on Northshore’s “critical” budget imbalance


For the first time in over 20 years, the Northshore fire department will ask voters to approve a levy lid lift on the August 6th ballot. Rising labor and operational costs plus upcoming capital improvement projects are burning up Northshore’s budget but state laws limit how fast the department can raise rates to pump in more revenue.

This week, Fire Chief Matt Cowan warned the city councils of Lake Forest Park and Kenmore the department’s revenue has reached a “critical” imbalance.

“The reason we need to do a lid lift, is this slide,” Fire Chief Matt Cowan told the Lake Forest Park city council about a graph that shows revenues from the fire benefit charge increasing above 60% 

Most of Northshore’s revenue comes from two sources: the fire levy and the fire benefit charge. Under state law, the revenue collected from the fire benefit charge may not exceed 60% of the operating budget but state law allows fire departments to increase levy revenue by no more than 1% per year.

Expenses have been increasing at a much faster rate than 1% in recent years which means the share of revenue coming from the fire benefit charge now exceeds 60%.

“This has been known for at least over the last seven or eight years… previous administrations prior to Shoreline taking on the contract have known about this. Staff has made the recommendations to do a lid lift in previous years and it has not been done,” Cowan told the Kenmore council
“I’m not going to guess as to the different reasons but it has been deferred and deferred… to the point now where it's critical,” he said.

Screenshot from LFP City Council meeting
showing Chief Cowan addressing the council
Cowan told the Lake Forest Park council the lid lift should not result in major tax increases because any increases in the levy rate will be offset by decreases in the fire benefit charge.

“We may not need to increase the revenues much at all or very minimally. So this is not about getting more money… We're just trying to make it proportionate and diversified again,” said Cowan.

The fire levy is based on the assessed value of a property while the fire benefit charge is based on square footage of buildings - which means some property owners with relatively small homes and homes with relatively high assessed values might see increases in their property taxes.

Northshore voters first approved the fire benefit charge in 1989 and voters re-authorize the fee every six years - meaning it will need to be re-authorized for the sixth time next year.

In 2022, Northshore signed a contract to pay the Shoreline Fire Department to provide administrative, operational, and support services; all employees work for the Shoreline Fire Department but the two fire departments have separate levies and fire benefit charges.

The Shoreline and Northshore Fire Departments plan to place a measure on next February’s ballot to seek approval to merge the departments together into a Regional Fire Authority (RFA). If approved, the levy rate would be adjusted again to be the same across the RFA service area.

Information on how to attend future fire commissioner meetings and provide comments is available on the department’s website.


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Learn about heat pumps at Energize Shoreline workshop July 25, 2024


Stay cool. Get a heat pump.

Heat pumps are 2-in-1 appliances that heat AND cool your home. 

Learn more about heat pumps and how to save up to $1,000 on one at our Energize Shoreline workshop and vendor fair on July 24, 2024 from 6-8 pm.

Join us online via Zoom or in person at City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133

Register today at ShorelineWA.gov/GoElectric


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Raven statue stolen from 145th trailhead


The Emissary Raven sculpture has been stolen from its pedestal located at the 145th Street Interurban trailhead. 

Donated to the City by the Shoreline Rotary in 2005, the sculpture was created by artist Tony Angell and was conceived as a welcoming form for travelers moving along the Interurban Trail into Shoreline.

If you have any information about the theft of the art or its current location, please contact Shoreline Police Sergeant Scott Fitchett at 206-801-2756 or email scott.fitchett@kingcounty.gov. Reference case number C24023871. You can remain anonymous.

We will accept the return of the sculpture with no questions asked. Please contact Public Art Coordinator Mylinda Sneed at 206-801-2661 or msneed@shorelinewa.gov to coordinate its return.


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Dorothy G. Loftman 1939-2024

Dorothy G. Loftman
Dorothy G. Loftman, 84, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2024 at Evergreen Health Hospice Center in Kirkland, WA after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.

Dorothy (Dottie) was born in Washington, DC on October 4, 1939 to Dorothy M. & Larry D. Winstead, and grew up in the surrounding area. She began her secretarial career with the federal government in 1957, working for the Naval Department and the GAO until 1971 when her family moved to Bothell, Washington. 

After enjoying time as a full-time Mom where she perfected her homemaking skills, including sewing, cooking and crafting, she began working at North Seattle Community College, where she worked for 25 years before retiring in 2004.

She is survived by her husband Allan of Mill Creek, WA; children: Gregory Averill (Cheryl), Shari Winstead (Stan), Bill Hanson (Myrna), stepdaughters Tana Boy (Walter), Tiffiny Sandquist (Mark), and Terra Loftman, sister Betty Meeks (Bill) of FL, grandson Daniel Hawkins (Shawna), and great-grandsons Cameron and Carson, as well as many nieces, nephews and treasured friends.

Dottie was known for her love of family, sense of style, zest for life and love of dancing, especially the Jitterbug! She enjoyed bowling and always had great fun, especially when making new friends. 

After retirement, she and Allan became snowbirds and spent their winter months at their second home in Bullhead City, AZ, where they made many new and lifelong friends. Dorothy will be truly missed by her loving family and her many adoring friends.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2024, 2pm at Northshore Church, 10301 NE 145th St., Kirkland, Washington.


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Register your National Night Out events in Lake Forest Park

2021 Night Out in Lake Forest Park
Photo courtesy City of LFP

National Night Out is just around the corner, Tuesday, August 6, 2024 from 6:00 - 9:00pm.

This special evening aims to strengthen community bonds by encouraging everyone to step outside and connect with their neighbors for a delightful gathering filled with fun, food, and a strong sense of togetherness.

National Night Out presents an excellent opportunity to familiarize yourself with those living nearby, as well as the dedicated first responders who serve our city.

Throughout the event, city staff, NEMCo volunteers, police officers, and firefighters will be visiting as many neighborhood parties as possible.

Invite a Lake Forest Park Police officer to come by and say hello. Email Lt. Diego Zanella for more information.

Registration Forms are available at the Police Department or online:
NNO Coordinator: Casey Krzyminski, Lake Forest Park Police Department, 206-364-8216 x 523, 
Email


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Plan ahead for a busy weekend filled with Seattle-area events, construction and maintenance


This busy summer weekend will be C-O-N-G-E-S-T-E-D for the Seattle area, with the Bite of Seattle, Capitol Hill Block Party, NHRA Northwest Nationals, Chinatown Seafair Parade and Vashon Island Strawberry Festival

There are lots of other events and construction to be aware of, so please give yourself plenty of time to get around. Consider transit, carpooling, Ferries or Amtrak Cascades. 

Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen, water and sunglasses.

--WSDOT  


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Overnight closures on NE 175th for Sound Transit construction




Sound Transit will perform major work overnight on 175th from Sunday to Thursday.

Full closure of NE 175th St, northbound I-5 on- and off-ramps, and King County Metro on-ramp

Starting Sunday, July 21, 2024 Sound Transit will close both directions of NE 175th St from 5th Ave NE to the I-5 underpass, including the northbound I-5 on- and off-ramps at NE 175th St.

Sunday, July 21, through Thursday, July 25, from 11pm to 5am the following mornings.

These closures are part of the Lynnwood Link Extension.

Contact information:
Traffic will need to detour to the next freeway entrance / exit and east-west surface streets such as 155th, 185th, and 205th and north south routes on 5th and 15th.


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Learn how to skate with Tilted Thunder Roller Derby


Learn how to skate with Tilted Thunder Roller Derby (TTRD) in this 6-week training program from July 31st to September 7, 2024. 

This camp is intended for beginner to intermediate level skaters and no experience is necessary. We will train you on stops and falls, agility and maneuvering, and basic blocking and jamming skills. 

Have no idea what that means? It's okay, we'll teach you everything! 

This training camp will culminate in a learning scrimmage (positional blocking only) with TTRD skaters to help guide you through, and all campers are allowed to bring onr guest to the scrimmage. 

During this program we will train your skills within the context of the RDCL rule set which is the rule set used for banked track roller derby (though this camp will take place on a flat surface).

Requirements:
  • Women and non-binary
  • 18+
  • Insurance required
  • Full derby gear required
  • BIPOC scholarships available

$100 for 12 sessions to be held at the Roller Derby Brats Warehouse behind the Sprouts Farmers Market 13024 Stone Ave N. Seattle WA 98133

Questions? Info@tiltedthunder.org


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Come join your neighbors at Midvale Gardens this weekend between 11 and 2

Friday, July 19, 2024

Midvale Gardens Update
(N 192nd St. and the Interurban Trail, Shoreline)
July 20-21 weekend work party 11am - 2pm


Pile of mulch at Midvale Gardens waiting for willing volunteeers
Photo by Derek Creisler

Come join your neighbors at Midvale Gardens this weekend between 11am and 2pm.

We have been gifted with free wood chips from the Shoreline Parks Department and we still have several piles to distribute

Your volunteer help is requested. We have 5 gallon buckets and cardboard (we can always use more).

Dress for uneven ground - no sandals.

Photo by Kristine Tsujikawa
Following this weekend we will break for the summer and make plans to once again rent the Earthcraft Services goatherd in September.

They'll make short work of any remaining invasive brush.

Thanks for your support and hopefully you, your family, and friends can stop by and continue the process of turning this once overgrown Seattle City Light parcel into a shady summertime community asset.

Derek Creisler
Midvalegardens@gmail.com


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Voting begins Friday for Washington's August 6 Primary Election

King County Elections (KCE) has mailed nearly 1.4 million ballots for the August 6, 2024 Primary Election. KCE is projecting 40% turnout for this election.

Voters’ pamphlets, featuring statements from each candidate and about each measure, will also arrive in mail boxes this week. Voters can access a personalized voters’ guide on My Voter Information.

Voters will receive their ballots in the coming days and should have them by the Monday, July 22 mail delivery. 

Voters who have not received their ballots by Monday can call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE (8683).

For the first time since moving to vote-by-mail fifteen years ago, KCE is sending I Voted stickers directly to each voter right inside their ballot packet.

Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, August 6, or returned to one of the 81 official drop box locations across the county. Drop boxes are open 24-hours, seven days a week, until 8pm sharp on Election Day.

The deadline to register to vote online is July 29. Voters can register and vote through 8 p.m. on Election Day at any of KCE’s Vote Center locations.

All voters are encouraged to track their ballot to make sure their voice heard. Voters can also sign up for ballot alerts to receive text and email notifications about their ballot status from when it’s mailed to when it’s verified and counted by King County Elections. Simply opt in online through KCE’s ballot tracker.


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Letters to the Editor: Orange ribbons are gone from trees on 175th

Photo by Kean Engle
To The Editor:

Help!

In early May, volunteers from Save Shoreline Trees tied orange ribbons around most of the 274 trees that the City of Shoreline intends to cut down for the upcoming 175th St Project: from I-5 to Stone Ave. 

Forty-eight of those trees are on private land, so those trees were not tied unless with permission.

Similar, but yellow, ribbons indicated trees that the City would try to save, but that might be too impacted to make their survival possible.

We removed our signs after the June 3rd City Council meeting where these issues were discussed, since the signs were in the way of maintenance workers, but the City said we could leave the ribbons.

Ribbons are expensive, but worth it to us to help folks visualize what “cutting down 274 trees” really means), and to better understand the impact that this will have on shade, temperature control, pollution control, our water table, and surface water management.

Save Shoreline Trees is a local non-profit hoping to protect our mature trees which provide so many benefits to us all. Of course we are also for safe sidewalks and bike lanes for everyone, young and old, and we agree with the goal of getting people out of their cars and walking, riding, rolling as much as possible instead. .

Save Shoreline Trees is not about saving EVERY tree; that’s not practical or even desirable, but we also are convinced that this community does not need 13 foot sidewalks (as planned for 175th), nor should bikers go up and down a major and dangerously busy hilly street when alternatives pathways to the north are readily available at less cost and at a significant increase of safety for both bikers and walkers. If the City incorporated these sensible changes to their current plan, many of those big trees could be saved.

Sometime last Friday, July 12th, every ribbon tied around every tree on 175th St disappeared, including the ones that we had to scramble up the rockeries to tie. Vanished.

I would like folks to know that the City of Shoreline has assured us that they, like us, have no idea who took the trouble and considerable time to remove every ribbon without a trace.

In fact, the City took the time to check with all relevant Departments to make sure that they were not involved, which we appreciate.

If any one has any idea who did remove those ribbons on 175th trees, and why, we would love to know.

Thank you,

Trish Woollcott
Shoreline


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Crafts Day Sunday at Lake Forest Park Farmers Market


Join us from 10am to 2pm for our highly anticipated annual Crafts Day at the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market!

This special event is one of the best shopping days of the year, showcasing a truly impressive array of creative and high-quality items from local artists, artisans, and crafters – all handmade right here in Washington state!

Whether you're seeking beautiful jewelry, luxurious skincare products, enchanting candles and diffusers, stylish home décor, trendy clothing and textiles, or stunning handbags, you'll find it all here.

Each piece is a testament to the creativity and skill of our local artisans, and there's something for every age and style. You’ll even find unique and gorgeous artwork in nearly every medium and handmade greeting cards for every occasion! 

And for our furry friends, shop for original pet beds, dog carriers, catnip toys, and adorable pet accessories like bow ties and bandanas.

This year's lineup features many of your favorite vendors along with some fresh new faces, bringing you an even broader selection of high-quality, hand-crafted goods. It's the perfect opportunity to discover new treasures and support local talent.

Don't miss out on this vibrant celebration of craftsmanship! Mark your calendar now and get ready for the best shopping experience of the summer.


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Gerbil rescue

Kind-hearted citizens in Northcrest Park. Photo by Seattle Poppy

Roving photographer Seattle Poppy came across this scene in Northcrest Park in Shoreline.

People were walking in the park when their dogs discovered a box holding 10 gerbils. The gerbils were rescued and delivered to an animal rescue group.


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Bothell council votes to donate downtown lot for affordable housing

By Oliver Moffat

At the July 16 meeting, the Bothell City Council voted 5 to 2 in favor of donating a downtown lot to Bothell United Methodist Church for affordable housing.



Bothell spent roughly $20.6 million starting in 2009 to buy 18 acres in downtown from the Northshore School District. Since then, the city has sold eight properties for more than $28.8 million. The city still owns a number of lots downtown including the 1.67 acre lot known as P-South a block from Pop Keeney Stadium.

As previously reported, instead of selling P-South for a profit, the city intends to donate the land to Bothell United Methodist Church (BUMC) to be developed into affordable housing.

According to the plan, BUMC will lease the land to BRIDGE Housing (the developers building affordable housing at the Northgate Transit Station). The building will have 200 units of affordable housing, human services, job training, and community space.

Mayor Mason Thompson spoke in support of the project. 

“Over 99 years, 200 units: this will help thousands of people with one of the biggest needs we have in our community… And it will make Bothell a more welcoming city, a more vibrant city,” he said. 
“I’m really excited to see this project in the ground because I think this is the kind of impact that's worth us investing in. Especially when it's with a local partner that has been around since before Bothell was Bothell,” said Thompson.

Council member Jeanne Zornes opposed the donation. “We've been told that there is interest in buying this property for $10 million. This is a generous give from the city and I have heard no gratitude, no ‘thank yous,’” she said.

Council member Benjamin Mahnkey also voted against the proposal over concerns the project would take too long or fail. “A five year timeline for shovels to hit the ground does concern me a lot. It's going to be an empty vacant property in its current state during this time. There's no guarantee that funding will be obtained.”



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Continuing Education: Introduction to Mosaic Art


Introduction to Mosaic Art

This class offers a comprehensive introduction to mosaic techniques, guiding students through the process of creating their own unique mosaic pieces, whether it be a decorative wall hanging, coaster, candleholder or a vase for the garden. 

Through hands-on practice and expert guidance, participants will unleash their creativity and learn to transform ordinary materials into extraordinary works of art. Supplies included but students can also bring their own tiles upon approval of the instructor. 15+

Offered through the Continuing Education department of Shoreline Community College there are three different classes ranging in time from 2-5 hours.

7/21 - Make a Mandala
8/4 - Make a Terra Cotta Garden Pot
8/4 - Mosaic Coasters 

Classes are held at the college at 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133

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Jobs: WSDOT Traffic Analyst Engineer (TE3)

WSDOT
Traffic Analyst Engineer (TE3)

Shoreline, WA – Northwest Region
$78,460 - $105,550 Annually

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is actively seeking an engineer with exceptional problem solving and leadership skills to deliver near-term, small-scale transportation improvement projects and to be a traffic resource for local agencies, developers, and WSDOT project teams. As the Traffic Analysis Engineer, this position is responsible for ensuring projects are implementing WSDOT best practices for all modes of transportation, collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to plan and design strategies for efficient and safe travel, and to model and analyze targeted roadways to inform alternative analysis.

Engineers in King County Area Traffic will make an impact on one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. Successful candidates will influence the next generation of transportation in Seattle and King County and help maintain safety and mobility not only in the growing suburban and rural areas but also on major corridors like I-405, SR 520, and I-5.

Job description and application


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Ballyhoo Theatre production at Edmonds Black Box Theatre: Urinetown

Harper Flynt as Hope and Peter Wujek as Bobby.
Photo by Gabriel Corey
Urinetown, a musical-comedy satire by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, has played to critical and popular success for over a decade. 

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, environmental collapse, privatization of natural resources, bureaucracy, municipal politics, and musical theatre itself! 

Funny and honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America's greatest art forms.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. 
The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. 
Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Urinetown is directed by Shileah Corey and choreographed by Jordan King. Performances will be held at the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds College in Lynnwood, July19-28, 2024. For accessible sliding-scale ticketing and more information, go to ballyhootheatre.org.


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Jobs: WSDOT Surplus Land Disposal Specialist (PAS4)

WSDOT
Surplus Land Disposal Specialist (PAS4)
Shoreline, WA – Northwest Region
$67,608 – $90,854 Annually

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is currently seeking a Surplus Land Disposal Specialist (Property & Acquisition Specialist 4) to play a vital role in facilitating the disposal of surplus properties and easements in alignment with state and federal laws. 

This position operates with autonomy, coordinating with various stakeholders throughout the entire disposal process, from initiation to conclusion. Responsibilities include negotiating sales, estimating property values, and resolving complex real estate issues while upholding WSDOT’s mission of providing safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation options. With a focus on innovation, project investment, and organizational strength, this role contributes to WSDOT’s vision and values while fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Job description and application


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