Lake City Library to reopen Jan 2 after renovation

Friday, December 14, 2018

View from Central Point of Service
Newly renovated Lake City Library

The improved Lake City Library Branch, 12501 28th Ave NE, will reopen at 10am Wednesday, January 2, 2019, after being closed for renovations to make the library a more enjoyable space to read, study and collaborate.

Lake City is the closest Seattle Public Library branch on the east side (Broadway is the closest on the west side).

Community celebration 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019.

Questions? Speak with a staff member at any Library location, call the Library's Quick Information Center at 206-386-4636 or Ask Us.

The Library gives everyone the opportunity to learn and excel and we promised to protect the public’s investment in Library buildings as part of the 2012 voter-approved Library levy. The Lake City Branch improvements are part of our commitment to keep buildings well-maintained, clean and comfortable for patrons, and the renovated space supports the changing ways that patrons are using libraries.

--The Seattle Public Library


WeatherWatcher: First real windstorm of the season

City Light outage map at 10pm
City Light in total has 46,000 households without power

The high wind watch was upgraded to a high wind advisory by the National Weather Service in Seattle Friday morning. That advisory should have been a high wind warning after the storm hit.

Winds of 20-35mph were expected with gusts to 45mph. In actuality, we had winds of 25-40mph with gusts to 60mph throughout the entire area between Seattle and Everett. Easily strong enough to meet high wind warning criteria.

The Richmond Beach station lost power during the second half of the storm. Before it went offline, the peak wind gust at 6:23pm was 42.6mph. This is proving to be a very successful weather station for Shoreline. Central Market saw a gust of 34mph, a personal weather station near Parkwood saw 38mph. The Edmonds - Kingston Ferry recorded a wind gust of 60mph, as did both floating bridges on Lake Washington.

All the weather stations I could find that didn't lose power during this storm generally reached between 58 and 62mph around the region north and south of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. I think it's safe to assume we had winds just as strong as well.

Here's the current dashboard and graph from the Richmond Beach Station, last updated at 7:40pm (power went out a few minutes afterwards.)

Richmond Beach Station

Even the Northridge station, surrounded by mature Douglas fir trees, recorded a gust of 21mph at 6pm shortly before losing internet connection. Far as I can tell we still have power and battery backup on the Northridge station so when internet comes back we'll get to see how windy it got there.

North Ridge (Echo Lake Neighborhood) Station

Temperatures are another story as well, but I'll have to talk about that in my next weather report when we get data back from the local stations. We started the wind storm with temperatures 54-55 degrees. By the time the wind storm was over we dropped down to the low 40's.

One of the biggest challenges tonight with finding storm data is that many of the weather stations in Shoreline and throughout the region in general lost power and/or internet during the height of the storm. The National Weather Service office in Seattle also lost power. The Portland, Oregon National Weather Service office had to take over operations for the evening for the Seattle office until power is restored.

I'll have the forecast and full data report out Sunday morning. For current conditions and information you can visit


There goes Richmond Beach

City Light 6:40pm

So now all of Richmond Beach is in the dark. So far only Innis Arden has escaped power outages along the Sound.

All those outages in a nice straight line along N 165th are counted in with the Richmond Beach outages. Must be where the power line runs to supply Richmond Beach.

I suspect there will be more red on the map, although it's supposed to be electronic reporting. The next wind gust might bring down more branches. I still have power but my roof is being pelted with fir cones.



Power outages: branches and transformer

City Light 6:30pm

So the transformer took out the big area just east of I-5, don't know what's happening in The Highlands and the rest look like individual events due to branches or maybe a whole tree.

Left to right the number of households without power (not counting The Highlands) are 74, 6, 68,24, and 4.

Remember: when a traffic signal is out the intersection is to be treated as a 4-way stop.

Crews will be busy tonight.



Power out in The Highlands

City Light 6:20pm

The power is out in The Highlands. I don't think I've ever seen a power outage there before. They probably have underground wiring. 

I hope no one is trying to drive there - half of their roads run along ravines.

My lights keep flickering. That either means that my power will be going out -- or that someone downstead  has just lost power.

Stay tuned.



Power outage 6pm

City Light 6pm

It may be a long night.

Above is the power outage map from City Light.

However, a transformer on NE 205th very close to the freeway just blew - always loud and spectacular - and it's dark at the Nile golf course. I thought that power line led to Lake Forest Park - do you have lights down there? How about Ballinger Village?

Just before that our neighbor's tree dropped a couple of largish branches - I may not have to buy a Christmas tree. 

The wind didn't seem that strong here. My wind chimes were tinkling prettily - not banging against the house as they do in a strong wind.

I'll keep an eye on things - as long as I have power.



Photo: She needed to learn to let go

Photo copyright Gloria Z Nagler

Willona's friends were right: She needed to learn to let go! (Bewick's Wren in Gloria's LFP yard last week.)


Light rail to cross cloverleaf at NE 205th - hearing Dec 19

Hearing Examiner public hearing Wednesday, December 19, 6:00pm - 8:00pm in the Shoreline Council Chamber 17500 Midvale Ave N regarding Sound Transit’s proposal to construct a portion of the light rail elevated guideway in the McAleer Creek buffer.

As a part of the Lynnwood Link Extension project, Sound Transit proposes to construct a portion of the elevated guideway in the McAleer Creek buffer.

McAleer Creek runs through the bottom of the cloverleaf.

The rail line will be slightly above the level of the freeway, which itself is elevated to pass over SR 104 (NE 205th / Ballinger Way).

Any questions or comments prior to the hearing date should be addressed to the Hearing Examiner Clerk at


What Parents and Educators need to know about smart kids - Feb 4

Austina De Bonte
The Shoreline Hi Cap Advocacy Group, in partnership with the Shoreline PTA Council, is excited to welcome back Austina De Bonte, president of the Northwest Gifted Child Association (NWGCA), to Shoreline for her presentation, "What Parents and Educators Need to Know About Smart Kids."

Many people are surprised to learn that their bright child’s unique “quirks” are actually well-studied social and emotional behavior patterns that appear across large populations of highly intelligent children. 

Whether it’s refusing to wear shirts with buttons or tags, overreacting to the slightest criticism, gravitating towards adults and older children, forgetting to turn in their homework, trouble with handwriting, anxiety about trying something new, or preferring a book to a party, these and many other perplexing behaviors are common in this population. 

Learn what’s normal, what to expect as they grow, and why genuine challenge is vitally important for kids’ social and emotional development, as well as developing their academic talents, from the preschool and elementary years all the way to high school and beyond.

Speaker: Austina De Bonte of the Northwest Gifted Child Association

Monday, February 4, 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm. Business meeting at 6:30pm, speaker at 7pm.
Shorewood High School Theatre, 17300 Fremont Ave N, 98133

This is a free speaker event for parents and for anyone who is interested.


Xfinity / Comcast still installing new cable throughout Shoreline

New cable installation in Shoreline
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

During the installation of new cable to increase service the affected areas may be without Internet and phone service.

This means the VOIP telephone line will not be available for use to make calls, including 9-1-1.

The work is being done street by street and the outage can last for up to 8 hours in the specific neighborhoods while installation of new cable is made.

Comcast sends out letters and provides a telephone reminder the day before work is scheduled.


Jobs: WSDOT Shoreline

WSDOT Shoreline - Work Zone Traffic Engineer – Transportation Engineer 3

Opening Date: 12/13/2018
Closing Date: Open until filled

WSDOT is seeking an experienced Transportation Engineer to serve as a Construction Work Zone Traffic Engineer. Working on WSDOT Design-Bid-Build and Design-Build projects, this position provides technical expertise and guidance to design, construction, and maintenance departments leading to well implemented traffic control strategies and setups meeting FHWA, MUTCD, and WSDOT standards while minimizing congestion and work zone collisions.

Duties range from reviewing the development of traffic control plans and strategies in design to coordinating construction and maintenance closures. If you are energetic and enthusiastic, passionate about public/worker safety, appreciate solving difficult and complex issues, enjoy working behind a desk and in the field, possess strong communication skills, and work well both independently and in a team, you are encouraged to apply.

Initial resume review will take place on January 2, 2019.

To view the entire posting and apply, visit Work Zone Traffic Engineer -TE3


Shoreline Council Meeting Notes 12-10-18

2018 Shoreline City Council
Seated Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon, Mayor Will Hall
Standing from left:McConnell, Roberts, Scully, McGlashan, Chang

Shoreline Council Meeting Notes
December 10, 2018
By Pam Cross

A video of the meeting is available on the City’s website.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm by Mayor Hall.

Report of the City Manager, Debbie Tarry
  • Last Saturday was Breakfast with Santa. Both sessions were sold out.
  • The Police Department held their annual all-staff meeting and employee awards presentation. Matthew Metzger was named Professional Employee of the Year, Brandon Moen was Sergeant of the Year, Eric Soderstrom was named Detective of the Year, and Deputy of the year was Edgar Piña Sanchez.
  • The Christmas Ship will visit RB Saltwater Park Wednesday, Dec 12th 7:30-9:00pm.
  • Kruckeberg Botanic Garden has their sparkling lights winter Solstice Stroll Thursday through Saturday, December 13-15 and December 20-22 from 4:30 to 8:30pm. Admission is free although a $10 donation is encouraged. Parking is available at the RB Congregational Church with a free shuttle.
  • The City is accepting applications for City Council Position #6 to fill the seat occupied by Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon who is stepping down to serve in the State Senate.   Applications must be received by 5pm on January 3, 2019. The application is available on the City’s website.
Public Reminders:
  • Hearing Examiner public hearing Wednesday, December 19, 6:00pm - 8:00pm in Council Chamber regarding Sound Transit’s proposal to construct a portion of the light rail elevated guideway in the McAleer Creek buffer.
  • Planning Commission December 20 meeting has been cancelled.
  • The next City Council meeting will be Monday, January 7, 2019 after the winter recess.
  • Holiday Closures:
  • City Hall, Spartan Recreation Center and Shoreline Pool will be closed December 25 and January 1.
  • Spartan Rec Center and Shoreline Pool will close at noon on December 2 and December 31.
Mayor Hall presented a plaque to Deputy Mayor Salomon commemorating his six years on the City Council. The Mayor praised him for his work towards trimming the City budget and containing costs, for being a champion for the environment, working hard on clean water and on fish habitat, and for being the leading advocate for Shoreline’s up to 12-week paid leave for city employees who need to care for themselves or a family member with a medical condition.
Salomon thanked the Mayor and said he appreciates the kindness and compassion of the community. He said he is not leaving Shoreline, just representing the City in a different way.

Council Reports
  • Councilmembers McConnell and McGlashan attended the monthly SeaShore Transportation Forum. McConnell authored a letter to the Forum reiterating Shoreline’s needs for ST3. 
  • Councilmember Roberts attended last week’s Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board Meeting. The ST Lynnwood Link Station has been changed from “candidate” to “approved.”
  • Mayor Hall announced that North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA) awarded the Shoreline Council its President’s Award for its work to fund human services. (see article)
Public Comment. - There were 13 speakers.

Lance Young spoke on the agenda item Adoption of Ordinance No. 849 – Declaring an Emergency and Adding a New Section to SMC 20.30.420 - Changes to Approved Subdivision to Address Plat Alterations – as Interim Regulation.

He stated this appears to be a fairly complicated issue involving modification of plat notes or covenants. He was concerned that plats and covenants were the same thing but, having learned they are not, still feels the Council should follow the usual procedure of public comment before having interim change due to concern that neighborhoods have not been included in a discussion of their private property rights.

Lee Keim spoke in order to draw attention to 350 Seattle’s proposed ordinance to prohibit new fossil fuel infrastructure. The ordinance is scheduled to go before King County in January. Kine would like Shoreline to support the ordinance.

The remaining 11 speakers expressed their dissatisfaction with the current proposal for the new pool. They outlined the need for eight lanes in the lap pool with adequate depth for flip turns, a diving platform, and a large viewing area. Adequate depth is also necessary for water polo clubs. The reasons included adequacy for competitions, room for Shoreline’s growing population, desire to maintain swim/dive teams as a “no cut” sport. Swimming was presented as a healthy sport available to everyone including those who cannot compete in contact sports. It was suggested the outdoor green space could be reduced and the facility enlarged. Speakers included students and parents: Susie McDowell, Allison Jaquish, Raina Haltiner, Karl Lapham, Robbie Elerick, Isaac Poole, Kerri Hallgrimson, Charlie Miller, Timothy Sherry, Betsy Rand, and Aaron Franklin.

The Council approved the Agenda subject to moving item 7d from “consent” to “action.”
The Council approved the Consent Calendar unanimously.

Action Items

Action item 8a (formerly consent item 7d)
Adoption of Ordinance No. 849 – Declaring an Emergency and Adding a New Section to SMC 20.30.420 - Changes to Approved Subdivision to Address Plat Alterations – as Interim Regulation.

Margaret King, City Attorney did a quick presentation.
Ordinance 849 is to put into place an administrative procedure to process requests for plat alterations. There are notes that can be put on the face of a plat that further restrict such things as subdivision or other conditions located on a plat. The new process will follow RCW58.17.215 (see below)

There are covenants that can also be put on the face of a plat. Changing covenants that were filed with the plat requires the same provisions under RCW 58.17.215 (notice to all property owners, and approval by majority or all property owners, depending on what is being changed).

Ordinance 849 will be in effect for 6 months to allow the Council to establish temporary, interim regulations while the Planning Commission prepares a recommendation for permanent regulations. The interim regulations do not address private restrictive covenants.

From the Staff Report:
“The City’s Planning and Community Development Department has received numerous proposed developments that require an alteration of the recorded subdivision plat to remove restrictions, including density and use restrictions, in order to develop the property as allowed by the City’s current zoning. The recent spike in the need for plat alterations is due, in part, to the light rail station area rezones.

The number of plats requiring alterations, however, has revealed that the City’s existing subdivision regulations… does not adequately address the statutory requirements set out in state law in a streamlined manner.” (pac)

Council discussion:
Councilmember Scully requested the change from Consent to Action item because there were several questions from the public. Private restrictive covenants are not affected by Ordinance 849 and this would eliminate some of the red tape. He supports this ordinance.
Councilmember Chang had also received questions from the people concerned that changes were being made on how the plats could be modified. But the interim regulations still require consent of the property owners.

Ordinance 849 was adopted unanimously.

Action Item 8b
Adopting Ordinance No. 845 - 2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendments 8a-1
Steve Szafran, Senior Planner
When last discussed on Oct 29, 2018 there were changes proposed and discussed.
From Oct 29 meeting notes: “zoning, figures and other administrative type corrections, where later changes made the existing document inaccurate. Maps were updated with similar changes in property lines or zoning. For example, a zoning change made during the year needed to be updated so users could depend on its accuracy. Some amendments clarified ambiguities.” (pac)
Amendments 6 and 7 removed references to specific areas so these designations can be used for different areas. This will align with other land use policies.

Ordinance 845 was adopted unanimously.

Action item 8c
Adopting 2019 State Legislative Priorities 8b-1
Jim Hammond, Intergovernmental/CMO Program Manager
The legislative priorities were discussed during the Nov 26 Council meeting. There have been modifications made to reflect Shoreline’s interests and priorities.

Councilmember Roberts commented he especially liked the inclusion of environmental sustainability.

The 2019 State Legislative agenda was adopted unanimously.

Study Items

9(a) Discussing the Sound Cities Association Public Issues (PIC) Committee Policy Position on the Regional Affordable Housing Task Force Five Year Action Plan 9a-1
Jim Hammond, Alison Mendiola (Housing Coordinator, King Co Council), and Kelly Rider (Intergovernmental Affairs Manager, King Co Dept of Community and Human Services DCHS)

Councilmember Roberts brought this to Council because he, as a board member of PIC, is expected to vote on this at the PIC meeting this week.

The Task Force put together a Five Year Action Plan. Details are available by viewing the Council Meeting on the City Website.

The following is from the Council’s discussion:

Councilmembers Chang and McConnell have concerns with Goal 4 - Preserve access to affordable homes for renters by supporting tenant protections that will prevent homelessness. This includes preventing unnecessary evictions. As owners of rental homes, Chang and McConnell are aware of the already cumbersome and expensive eviction process and believe that a balance of landlord and tenants’ rights is necessary. Owners of one or two rentals rely on the steady income from rental units to meet their expenses and/or investment goals. Too many regulations on landlords will discourage people from investing in rental units.
Response: They are familiar with these concerns and discussions will continue.

Councilmember Scully suggested Goal 2 Increase construction and preservation of affordable homes for households earning less than 50% AMI (area median income). There is no affordable housing requirement that he could find (like we have in Shoreline) and there is only so much available state land and money. This isn’t going to happen without a more aggressive approach.
Response: Strategy (a) of Goal 3 incorporates affordable homes or mandatory affordable housing. The affordable housing requirement is in the area of 60-80% AMI. They want to include vouchers as well as affordable housing in order to get to 50% AMI.

Councilmember Roberts reminded Council that this is meant as a blueprint, not a mandate. He asked Staff if evictions are coming from landlords of fewer units, or larger property landlords?
Strategy (a) of Goal 4 talks about consistency of regulations. The Task Force is asking the legislature to adopt these policies because tenants aren’t necessarily aware of laws in different, even adjacent, jurisdictions. However he recognizes that the same rules may not apply to a large management company as well as the landlord with only a handful of rental properties.

Mayor Hall said the upcoming vote is asking PIC to support the Task Force Five Year Action Plan. His question to Staff is: will this discussion be enough or should the City Council prepare a letter or something to make sure this message gets across.
Response: Ongoing there will be opportunity to address these issues.

The Mayor stated this is a great action to address the symptoms of the housing crisis, but it does nothing about the cause. Prices increase because supply has not kept up with demand.
The Task Force has been asked to base decisions on the assumption that we’re going to have 500,000 more people living in King County in the next 20 years. However our public policies around economic development determine how many people will live here. So this assumption is not some independent variable. One of the things that needs to be done is to interrupt the causes. The County and the region needs to decide if it remains socially desirable for us to have policies that to continue to drive population growth at its current rate. There will be growth. Are there things we can do to reduce the demand on our housing stock.

Councilmembers had no concerns with Roberts supporting the Task Force. There was no vote since this was not an action item.

Study Item (b) Discussing Ordinance No. 850 - Amending Development Code Sections 20.20, 20.30, 20.40, 20.50, 20.70, and 20.230 9b1
Steve Szafran, Senior Planner
Paul Cohen, Planning Manager

The types of amendments were divided into 15 administrative, 8 clarifications, and 12 policy amendments.
The policy amendments initiated by citizens include
#24 - exempt significant tree removal based on parcel size
#26 & 29 - increased fines and penalties for illegally moved trees
#2, 12 & 15 - homeless shelter - create a definition, add homeless shelters to the Use Table, criteria the homeless shelter would be required to meet in order to operate in the City

Councilmember McGlashan, under #2, why does it state “may” provide sanitation services. Shouldn’t this be required? At least toilets? Mayor Hall agrees. Councilmember Scully pointed out that this is the definition. The criteria amendment #15 would cover whether or not this is a requirement.
Response: it’s a building code requirement under a different section of the Code

Deputy Mayor Salomon, 15e says that parking spaces must be provided for any workers or volunteers. Volunteers may be there only an hour or two. This seems onerous and unnecessary in Shoreline.
Response: if it is located in a commercial area, there likely will be parking lots.
Salomon agrees but doesn’t think it needs to be a requirement. He would like this changed.

Councilmember Roberts agrees with Salomon. Prefers “the parking plan will be submitted and approved by the Director” which would allow for different types of shelters (24 hour vs 10 hour, for example).

Mayor Hall asked for feedback from the rest of Council. McGlashan, Chang, McConnell and Scully agree with the discretion of the Director. Scully did provide an example from Seattle where employee’ and volunteers’ parked cars for a homeless shelter use up all of the available street parking in front of adjacent businesses. McGlashan states the Director should be aware of this possibility.
The Mayor requests Staff work on changing this section.

#3 New definition of landscape structures, combining such things as trellis and arbor.
#18 Allows height exceptions for roof type structures for commercial structures as used in MUR zones
#21 Allows Administrative Design Review process for single family residences, attached and multifamily, to get the into the code the City’s desire to create attractive and innovative site and building design

Roberts questioned #18 and parallel #17, which talk about exceeding the base height for roof top structures. Is there a maximum number of roof structures than can exceed this height? Multiple 15’ rooftop structures could make the overall height of the building appear 15’ higher (elevator, stairs, antenna etc.).
Response: too many structures will trigger building code calling it an extra story, which will not be allowed

The Mayor asked Staff to look into what other cities are doing, or what can be done, to limit the structures to keep it from getting out of control. This can be done before the next set of technical amendments, since it has not been an issue so far.
Response: Staff also suggest possible distance from the edge of the building

#27 - Tree retention for public improvements
#28 - Tree replacement for public improvements
These except trees that have to be removed for a city required or a city improvement project, so they don’t have to replace those trees that the city makes them take out.

Councilmember Scully says this is the same as giving an OK to clearcut the area. Often these situations can be worked around. For example, a new sidewalk can jog around an established tree. Scully would prefer at Director’s discretion or when it’s impossible to construct or some other thing along these lines.

After significant discussion including Mayor Hall and Councilmembers Scully, Chang, and Roberts it was clear that no one was completely comfortable with the way this amendment was worded. It is referred back to Staff for additional study and clarifying language to make the intent of the amendment clear. Councilmember Salomon mentioned that #24 should be included in this discussion since it removes the cap on the maximum number of significant trees that can be removed. This is referred to Staff.

#26 to increase fees for tree violations. Salomon believes the penalties should be greater. Staff says this will come up in the next batch because they have to go through the planning commission first. It is possible that #26 will result in lower penalties than currently in the books. This will be ‘do not follow’, but put on 2019 batch.

#33 - delete frontage improvements requirements for single-family residence conversion to commercial use (new station area) e.g. converting house to coffee shop. Requiring frontage improvements could deter people from doing these conversions. McGlashan points out these conversions can maintain a lot of character in a neighborhood. He also says we need adequate threshold for when frontage improvements are required.
#34 - waivers for frontage improvements allow public works to waive some requirements.
Roberts thinks the provision is pretty broad (#3). Roberts says it would be better if limited to certain zones. Chang asked about fee in lieu of sidewalks on frontage. Mayor Hall would like to bring this back for a separate study item.

These amendments will be reviewed again at the January 7th meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:40pm.


School employees collect toys and donate cash to Fire toy drive

School district employees pack up donated toys
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

At their annual holiday luncheon on Thursday, Shoreline School District employees brought toys for the Holiday Baskets toy drive and collected cash, which was given to the Shoreline Firefighters to purchase toys and gift cards.

Lynn Franklin made a quilt which was auctioned off
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

The Firefighters hold a toy drive every year for the Shoreline PTA Council Holiday Baskets, toys, and teen gift card drive. This year, the firefighters added the children in Mary's Place shelter to their giving.

Betty Humphreys (left) and Janice Larson
deliver $2600 in cash and gift cards
to Shoreline Fire
The annual fire toy drive at Fred Meyer last Saturday did not garner the usual number of toys and the department has appealed to the community for toy and cash donations, to be delivered to any fire station in Shoreline by Friday, December 14, 2018.

One in four children in Shoreline Schools are considered homeless and/or food insecure.

For over 35 years the Shoreline PTA Council and the Shoreline Fire Department and their partners Hopelink, Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park, the City of Shoreline, and Dale Turner Family YMCA have come together to put on the Holiday Baskets drive.

Food and gifts will be distributed on Saturday, December 15, 2018 to families who are registered for the event.


Chain-up or pay up this winter on Snoqualmie Pass

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Photo courtesy WSDOT
Unfortunately, many drivers crossing snowy mountain passes either don’t carry chains despite it being required by law, or don’t put them on. 

For the past several years, more than half of the closures on I-90 Snoqualmie Pass have been due to vehicles ignoring a chain-up requirement and then getting into collisions and blocking lanes.

This winter WSDOT is working with the Washington State Patrol to enforce chain requirements during storms and inclement weather on Snoqualmie Pass. 

So if you’re headed over the pass, make sure you and your vehicle are prepared. Ignoring the chain requirements could cost you $500.

Here are a few reminders from WSDOT:


Shorewood - Getchell wrestling 12-13-18

Shorewood travelled north on Thursday to wrestle against the Marysville-Getchell Chargers. Starting at 106, the match was extremely close after junior Curt Tanaka returned to the varsity line-up and pinned his opponent in only 43 seconds at 132 pounds to make the team scores 18-12 Chargers.

After tough loses at 138 and 145 pounds the Thunderbirds got back-to-back pins from Devin Leach and Cole Becker to pull within three at 27-24. Shorewood would get no closer though as Getchell held on for a 45-36 victory.

Shorewood wrestles next this Saturday, 12/15, in the Barry Knott Classic at Nathan Hale High School. Wrestling begins at 10am.

Shorewood 36 - Marysville-Getchell 45
@ Marysville-Getchell 12-13-18
(Started at 106)

106: Omar Salcedo MG win by forfeit
113: Kai Layton SW pinned Jacob Steele 1:01
120: Cody Mitchell MG pinned Nick Lotz 5:08
126: Tim Doroshuk MG pinned Sujinda Pongsaphong 1:11
132: Curt Tanaka SW pinned Miguel Garcia-Ramirez 0:43
138: Trey Padgett MG dec. Kody Carpenter 10-3
145: Jesus Cabadas MG pinned Noah Bowerman
152: Devin Leach SW pinned Andrew Cantu 0:54
160: Cole Becker SW pinned John Allen 1:29
170: Chris Bonner MG win by forfeit
182: Max Null SW win by forfeit
195: Caleb Blonk MG pinned Tom Bert 3:17
220: Jonah Mercer SW pinned Vincent Tran 1:47
285: Erick Duenes MG win by forfeit

SW Record 0-4 Overall, 0-0 WesCo South

--Clark Norton


WeatherWatcher: High Wind Watch for Friday

National Weather Service in Seattle

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a High Wind Watch for Friday December 14, 2018 for the area that includes Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. The high wind advisory for Thursday December 13 was cancelled at 4:41am, with strong winds were no longer expected for Thursday. We had a maximum wind gust at the Richmond Beach station Thursday morning of 27mph shortly before 7am.

The high wind watch is in effect from Friday morning at 10am until Friday evening at 7pm. There is a lot of uncertainty with this storm, depending on where it makes landfall. Most models show the winds peaking around 1pm, with a second handful of models having the winds peak later in the evening around 5-7pm. Winds could gust as high as 60mph through the area if the storm makes landfall in just the right spot along Vancouver Island.

Updated Forecast: After our wind storm Friday things are expected to calm down a bit for Saturday as we have another break in the weather before the next storm system arrives. Showers are possible on Saturday, with temperatures in the low 50's.

Sunday our next storm comes in bringing breezy conditions and more rain. We have a forecast for rain at times through next Thursday, with highs in the low 50's, and lows in the mid 40's. With all of these storms we are getting a lot of mountain snow, so that should help our snowpack drought we were having in November.

For current weather conditions and updates visit


Photo: Not only the humans enjoy the lights

Gabriel checking the Christmas lights
Photo by GM Wiegand

My Service Dog likes to check out the neighborhood, first thing in the morning, before our first walk of the day. A great, peaceful way to start the day!

--GM Wiegand


Fire department low on toys for holiday baskets

One of the toy rooms in 2015
This year the stock of toys is very low


We distribute this Saturday, December 15, 2018 to families in Shoreline and LFP that are less fortunate!

Please donate cash or toys if you are able to any fire station in Shoreline before Friday afternoon!


Vehicle collision sends one to hospital

Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire
Vehicle collision Wednesday morning at 26th Ave NW and NW 196th St.

One patient taken to hospital for minor injuries.


Twin Ponds Park forest restoration site needs volunteers on Saturday

Volunteers have made a dramatic difference in the park
Photo by Sarah Fulton

Twin Ponds Park is the site of a work party this Saturday where volunteers will help with forest restoration and habitat development.

Our goal on December 15 is to tackle the few remaining small areas that we have not yet reached in our first section. Other nearby areas have been cleared of weeds and have been planted with native shrubs and trees over the past 18 months.

Getting down to dig out roots
Photo by Sarah Fulton
We will be removing the roots of the invasive vines which have prevented a natural habitat of mutually dependent plants and animals from surviving. Park visitors are enjoying the dramatic changes produced already and the work will help maintain the forest we have restored.

Shoreline Parks has six sites where our citizens are restoring urban forests and developing wildlife habitat in a project sponsored by the Washington Native Plant Society and the Department of Parks. 

All the work is done by volunteers including high school students, Boy Scouts and neighbors. Master Restoration Stewards trained by the Society lead the work. Please come help out.

Students needing service hours for graduation are welcome.

A golden day in South Twin Ponds Park
Photo by Sarah Fulton
Our work site is located next to a small, busy parking lot on First Ave NE one block north of NE 149th St where 150th St would be if it existed. It is across from Áegis Assisted Living and near the community garden. Street parking can be found on 149th St. Avoid the lot on 155th St. which can be confused with the correct lot.

Please come prepared for a rainy or cold day as we work in all weather. Warm layers, rain gear, hats and sturdy shoes or boots are advised.

We supply work gloves and tools plus a large container of water and snack bars. Please feel free to bring your own items, especially a reusable water bottle.

Please contact: to indicate you are coming or for any questions. This will allow us to contact you if unforeseen circumstances arise.


King County calling for photos, artwork or essays on Martin Luther King, Jr.

He is America’s foremost human rights leader, a man whose image King County is proud to have as its logo.

As King County prepares for its annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., county officials are inviting the public to become part of the event by putting into words or pictures the ideas and ideals for America and the world that King gave his life for.

The county is looking for the public’s interpretation, in either a photo, a work of art, or an essay, of the theme for the 2019 celebration:

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”------Martin Luther King, Jr. 

“I encourage all who are interested, especially young people, to submit their creative reflections on Dr. King’s principles and teachings and what they mean for Martin Luther King County in 2019,” said County Executive Dow Constantine. “Whether through music, poetry, painting or creative writing, this is a great opportunity to honor and celebrate Dr. King’s enduring legacy.”

“This is an opportunity for the public to be part of our annual celebration and honor our County’s namesake vision of just, equitable communities,” said King County Council Chair Joe McDermott.

Please submit your work via email at, or send them to:

King County Office of Equity and Social Justice
401 5th Ave. Suite 800
Seattle, WA 98104

Submissions must be received by Monday, December 31, 2018

A selection of the submissions will be on display at locations throughout King County and available for viewing and reading by the public at the annual King County Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration on January 10, 2019. A selection of the submissions will also be available on the celebration website.

For more information, contact Al Sanders at 206-477-1016 or

Learn more about the 2019 King County Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration HERE


December Dreams is a concert for dreamers

Seattle Chorale Company
Plan to join the Seattle Choral Company for December Dreams: a program of beautiful and serene holiday music that will bring the peace of the season to you and yours. Treat superb arrangements of holiday carols and new Christmas works by living composers that you will want to hear again and again. Tickets are going fast!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Festival seating. Arrive early!
Pre-concert talk with Freddie Coleman at 7:00pm
Carol sing-along with the Flentrop organ at 7:30pm
Concert starts at 8:00pm

FREE parking nearby.

Hear past performances of the Seattle Choral Company on the air this week! 

Wednesday, December 12 at 9:48 pm
Bern Herbolsheimer's O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Thursday, December 13 at 9:27 pm
Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria in D Major
Friday, December 14 at 9:00 pm
Entire Baltic Centennial concert from March, 2018

Tune in to 98.1 FM or listen online worldwide


Holiday Farmers Market and Crafts Fair at Third Place Commons on Sunday, 12/16

You won’t find better holiday shopping than this Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 10-3 at Third Place Commons’ annual indoor Holiday Farmers Market and Crafts Fair.

Yes, ‘tis the season of gift giving and there will be delightful, unique, and handmade gifts for all at the Holiday Crafts Fair. Whether you’re shopping for some cashmere comfort, a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, some festive holiday décor, a finely crafted pen or clock, or the fun and challenge of “an escape room in a box,” there will truly be something special for everyone.

Offerings will include handcrafted jewelry, pens, woodwork, home décor, toys, clothing, and holiday novelties with many of your favorite crafts fair vendors returning, plus a bevy of fabulous new discoveries! Whatever you need, from stocking stuffers to wowzer grand finale gifts, this the place to find it.

Meanwhile, you know that the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market can always be counted on to have the freshest and best in Washington grown and produced fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, wines, baked goods, and more. And this Sunday’s indoor market will be no exception.

Many of your favorite regular season vendors will be there to help you stock up for your feasts with friends and family over the holidays. Expected vendors include:


Caruso Farm - veggies
Garden Treasures - organic veggies
Hidden River - pork
RP Guerrero Farm - organic fruit
Well Fed Farm - organic veggies, chickens, eggs


The Beekeepers Secret
Blue Cottage Jams
Bonnie B's Peppers
Doll House Baked Goods
FireFlower Sauces
Greenwood Cider
JonBoy Caramels
Lopez Island Vineyards
Lupine Vineyards
Middle Fork Roasters
Seafire Sauces
Shen Zen Tea
Wilson Fish

Both events take place at the Town Center of Lake Forest Park. The LFP Fall Farmers Market will be upstairs at Third Place Commons, while you will find the Holiday Crafts Fair in the lower level of the mall.

The LFP Farmers Market and Holiday Craft Fair are presented by Third Place Commons, a community-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering real community in real space. Third Place Commons is located in the Town Center at Lake Forest Park at 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, Washington 98155.


VFW delivers Christmas Cards for Compass Housing in Shoreline

VFW Quartermaster Thom Fermstad
delivers gift cards for veterans to case manager
Ray Morales at the Compass Veterans Center
Quartermaster Thom Fermstad delivered Christmas cards enclosed with $50 gift cards to Ray Morales, case manager for the residents of Compass Veterans Housing on N 200th in Shoreline. 

All residents are veterans.

VFW Post 3348 donates to many veterans programs throughout the year, including USO at Sea-Tac Airport, VFW National Home for Children, the Washington Veterans Home in Port Orchard, the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting, and to our very own Joint Service Team, which helps veterans with VA claims and deals with veterans suffering from PTSD.

Program Manager Shree Vigil said "Thank you so much for delivering the cards to our veterans here at Shoreline. 

"I already heard words of appreciation this morning. I wish I could have been here, but the picture brought a smile to my face."

The gift cards are purchased with the donations from the Buddy Poppy event on Veterans' Day weekend.


Paul Dorpat at the Bothell Library Sunday

Paul Dorpat and the Seattle skyline
Did you miss seeing Paul Dorpat when he presented his new book at Third Place Books?

You have another opportunity - you'll just have to drive just a little further.

Paull will be at the Bothell Library, 18215 98th Avenue NE, Bothell 98011, Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 2:00pm – 3:15pm.

Presented in partnership with the Bothell Historical Museum.

Meet local Seattle historical photo icon Paul Dorpat and learn about his new book, Now and Then: The Historic Hundred. This new and inspiring anthology celebrates a lifetime of documenting the city's heritage.

The coffee-table compilation showcases the most compelling and essential of the more than 1,800 "Seattle Now and Then" photo-history columns Dorpat has produced for the Sunday Pacific magazine of The Seattle Times for the more than 36 years.

"More than anyone else, Paul has nurtured locals' deep appreciation for Seattle heritage," says Jean Sherrard, Dorpat's "now" photographer for the past dozen years. 
"We know of no other city in the United States that has experienced the enduring impact of such a weekly 'now and then' newspaper column."

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


Classifieds: Fire commissioners special meeting notice


As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the Board of Commissioners of Shoreline Fire Department will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. for a joint Board meeting with the North City Water District.

The Special Meeting will be held at the North City Water District located at 1519 NE 177th St, Shoreline, Washington.

Notice posted by: Beatriz Goldsmith
Executive Assistant
December 12, 2018


WeatherWatcher UPDATE: High Wind Advisory issued for Wednesday night with bigger storm Friday

The National Weather Service in Seattle issued a high wind advisory for the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park areas at 3:06PM PST Wednesday. The wind advisory is in effect until noon Thursday. We are expecting 20-35mph winds from the south with gusts up to 50mph.

Winds are expected to pick up Wednesday evening with the strongest winds early Thursday morning. Local power outages are possible as well as downed tree limbs.

A wind advisory means winds of 35mph are expected.

Updated Wednesday at 10:25PM:
A much more serious storm is expected on Friday as of Wednesday evening's special forecast update. A deepening low pressure system is expected to approach southern Vancouver Island early Friday morning.

Winds are expected to increase shortly after midnight Friday morning, gusting to 40mph. By late Friday morning southeast winds of 25-40mph are expected with gusts up to 55mph. Winds are expected to gradually decrease in the afternoon and evening hours of Friday. Winds this strong can cause numerous power outages, fallen tree limbs, and fallen trees.

At this time there has not been a high wind watch, advisory or warning issued for Friday. I anticipate that the National Weather Service will have some kind of advisory or warning issued by Thursday afternoon or evening for Friday. Check back here or at my website for updates on watches, warnings or advisories.

For current weather conditions and particularly wind speeds, visit and check out the winds from the Richmond Beach station under the "Details" tab.


Christmas ship at Log Boom Park in Kenmore on Monday night

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Come enjoy the festive lights and caroling of the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship as it arrives at Log Boom Park’s luminaria-lit pier, Monday, December 17 at 7:50pm.

Warm up with hot cocoa and cider from Diva Espresso between 7:30pm - 8:30pm.

The Christmas Ship Festival has been a Pacific Northwest tradition since 1949. People from near and far come together to sail on the Christmas Ship with the choir, join the flotilla on their own boat, or enjoy the choir performances from shore.

The ship, featuring the Pacific Sound Chorus, will depart from Kirkland City Dock and make their first stop at Log Boom Park, 17415 61st Ave NE, from 7:50pm to 8:10pm, then visit Juanita Beach Park at 8:50pm.

More information about the Argosy Christmas Ship Festival HERE


Shoreline Peace Dance Friday - come as you are

Shoreline Peace Dance
Friday, December 14, 2018; 7:30-9:30pm

The Evergreen Building
18021 15th Ave NE, Suite 101
Shoreline 98155

Ample Parking

Simple movement in a Circle to live music and short (and often ancient) phrases, supports us in recognizing the underlying Unity that is easy to miss in our busy lives.

Come explore the wealth of the world's diverse wisdom traditions... experientially.

Each Dance is taught, no need to bring a partner, no experience necessary. Varied movement abilities incorporated.

Come as you are or dress elegantly. Comfortable shoes or bare feet recommended. A water bottle can be handy.

Suggested donation $5-15

All are Welcome, regardless of funds or abilities For more information contact Ginger Hayra, 206 546-6092.  Namaste Yoga Studio is a beautiful and inspiring place to meet! ADA accessible


Stretch your brain -- play Bridge

"Ten Weeks to Basic Bridge" starts Wednesday, January 9, 2019. 

In this lesson series, you'll learn Bridge from the ground up using Standard American bidding. 

This fast-paced series appeals to those with no previous cardplaying experience, as well as players who want to get back into the game using modern methods.

When you complete this series, you will be ready to play Bridge in social games and in introductory Duplicate games. Seattle Bridge Center offers a Rookie Duplicate game on Tuesday evenings.

No partner needed -- you'll meet several new players along the way.

Lesson fees are collected on a pay-as-you-go basis. You can stop or return at any time. The cost is $10 per person per week, with discounts for players age 25 and under.

Classes are held at Seattle Bridge Center, 1539 NE 145th St, Seattle 98125. We are a half-mile east of Interstate 5 at Exit 175 for NE 145th Street and share a parking lot with the QFC supermarket and Dollar Tree store on the southeast corner of 15th Ave NE and NE 145th St. If you are facing the entrance to the Dollar Tree store, turn to your right and you will be facing our front door. We have plenty of free parking.

This series begins Wednesday, January 9, 2019 and meets on 10 Wednesday evenings through March 20, 2019. There is no class on February 27. Each class begins at 7pm and runs until 9:30pm. We start right at 7pm to make the best use of your time. Our doors are usually open no later than 6:45pm. Light snacks are provided.

Let them know if you are planning to attend, so they can be sure to prepare enough copies of the lesson materials. Send an email to to sign up for the lesson series.

If you'd like to watch a game of Duplicate Bridge live and in person, please join us Tuesday evenings for Rookie Duplicate, where spectators are always welcome. The game starts at 7pm; please arrive 10 minutes ahead of game time to get settled in.

The complete and current schedule for Rookie Duplicate games and the beginner lessons can be found by visiting the Seattle Bridge webpage -- then follow the link for "Schedule and Results."

Questions? Send an email to or leave a message for David at 206-336-3428.


Home sales in Shoreline during November 2018

The following are properties that sold in Shoreline during the month of November 2018. Data compiled for the Shoreline Area News by the Shoreline Windermere office.

Current market status: We are continuing to see a balancing real estate market. Buyers have more properties to choose from, they are taking their time, and even making offers below list price. While there are more homes for sale, the inventory is at historically low levels, and it is still a Seller's Market.


In time for New Year's Resolutions - Rakasafit starts in Ballinger Village

Suzanna Davis, founder, instructor
RakasaFit dance and exercise classes are now being offered throughout King County and in Kitsap County, with trained and certified instructors. Locations include Renton, Lacey, Ellensburg and Bremerton, and more on the horizon. 

In Shoreline, classes will be offered at Alive Juice Bar in Ballinger Village 20120 Ballinger Way NE

Belly dance professional and fitness devotee, Suzanna Davis, founded RakasaFit - a fun and challenging workout to invigorating Middle Eastern remixes, engaging the deep core fitness that naturally exists in belly dance.

The name "RakasaFit" is inspired by the Arabic word for "dancer" and combined with fitness. RakasaFit classes provide a complete workout, with warm-up, strength-based cardio, and a deep cool-down stretch.

Each combination drills one essential belly dance shape (a circle, figure eight, or wave, for example) that is reinforced with core conditioning exercises.This flowing structure allows participants to think less about choreography and simply focus on movement quality. In-person classes are supported with deeper breakdown and online instruction at

As a movement practice, belly dance is unique for its focus on torso and core fluidity, and known to bring physical, emotional, mental, and social wellbeing.

Shoreline classes will be held on Sundays, Noon-1:00pm and Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30pm
Alive Juice in Shoreline's Ballinger Village, 20120 Ballinger Way NE

Register here, or purchase with cash at the door.
You have six weeks to use the package, so there is flexibility if you need to miss a class or two.

RakasaFit director Suzanna Davis brings decades of experience in Middle Eastern and African dance, jazz, ballet, theater, and fitness to this unique training. Through RakasaFit, she shares the health and healing benefits of belly dance as a movement practice.


State capitol building has a deep cleaning

The dome cleaning project is done ... just in time for the holidays. Here's a before (bottom) and after shot (top). Photo courtesy of the LSS Video Department and LSS Supply and Facilities.

I've been to Olympia several times and it never occured to me that the state capitol building was anything but sedate gray marble. 

They cleaned it a couple of weeks ago - and - who knew? - it's white!

Come visit the clean Capitol Building over the holidays or in January. 


Winter Wonderland of Song Friday at Nazarene Church

Winter Wonderland of Song December 14, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
With Orchestra!

A holiday concert with classical stylings of contemporary and traditional arrangements.

Purchase tickets at the door or online - $17

Aurora Community Nazarene Church, 1900 N 175th St, Shoreline 98133.



WSDOT has openings in Shoreline

TMC Transportation Technician 3 In-Training
Opening Date: 12/11/2018
Closing Date: 1/10/2019 11:59pm

The Northwest Region Transportation Management Center (TMC) has outstanding entry and experienced level opportunities in our new state-of-the-art facility. Candidates should have a passion for computers, real-time traffic management, and serving the public. Successful incumbents will provide daily traffic management activities in the TMC consisting of operating traffic management systems, tunnel control systems, and radio communications. The goal of these positions is to manage daily traffic, accidents, construction, and maintenance closures in the greater Seattle area, Canadian border, and Island County. Decisions made by this position directly affect the safety and traffic flow on the freeway and the adjacent arterial system.

This is an in-training position that offers a career path and on-the-job training. This position allows you to progress through the Transportation Technician field, and achieve the goal class of a Transportation Technician 3. Candidates will be considered a Transportation Technician 1, Transportation Technician 2 or Transportation Technician 3, depending on qualifications.

To view the entire posting and apply, visit: TMC Technician 3 In-Training

TMC Transportation Engineer 2 In-Training
Opening Date: 12/11/2018
Closing Date: 1/2/2019 11:59pm

WSDOT Northwest Region Traffic Management Center (TMC) has a unique engineering opportunity to provide daily traffic management activities as the TMC Engineer. In this position you will guide operations and make decisions on a daily basis that impact driver safety and traffic flow. Duties and responsibilities include operating the Region's Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), guiding and assisting staff on the use of these systems, and coordinating system activation around major events that impact WSDOT roadways. The candidate selected for this position will also work to support traffic analysis and data requests for the region Traffic Office and assists in producing engineering studies and reports for others as needed. The successful candidate will possess the ability to be available to work a variety of shifts to include day, swing, night, weekends, and holidays, sometimes with little notice to assist in the 24/7 operations of the TMC.

Note: These in-training positions offer a career path and on-the-job training, and allow you to progress through the Transportation Engineer field, achieving the goal class of a Transportation Engineer 2.

To view the entire posting and apply, visit: TMC TE 2 In-Training


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