Photos: Fractal forms

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Photo by Frank Kleyn

I was going to tell you what this is - Frank actually sent a page of information.

But I'm going to make you guess.

Full disclosure - I would never have figured it out if Frank hadn't told me.



Yard debris drop off Saturday for LFP residents

Saturday, February 23, Republic Services will be at City Hall for a FREE Yard Debris Drop Off Event

Republic Services has announced a recovery plan for a yard waste clean-up event for Lake Forest Park customers. In partnership with the City of Lake Forest Park, temporary drop boxes will be placed at City Hall.

On Saturday, February 23rd Republic staff and containers will be onsite (see above map) from 8:30am to approximately 3:30pm (this is to allow the drivers to get back to the composting facility before it closes).

The large blue containers will allow residents to drop off residential yard waste that has accumulated over the past few weeks.

The service is free, but residents must bring a photo ID to prove residency. Each Republic Services customer will be limited to six, 32 gallon bags (approximately two times the volume for the largest bin offered to residential customers).

Items accepted include most Yard Debris, but is restricted to the following:
  • Branches 4 feet in length or less, bundled, no flocking or decorations;
  • Residential yard grass and small plants.

*Please note, dirt, rocks painted wood, shredded paper, and all plastics will be not be accepted for this special event.


The Gallery at Town Center presents Susan Brown and Maggie Rutherford

Susan Brown and Maggie Rutherford
February 19 - March 30, 2019

The Gallery at Town Center is exhibiting a selection of works by Photographer Susan Brown and Watercolor/Gouache Painter Maggie Rutherford. See these works and the creations of over 70 other local artists during Gallery at Town Center hours: Tuesday – Saturday, Noon to 5pm.

Hidden Beauty
Susan Brown
Susan Brown

Susan Brown is a photographer specializing in layered semi-abstract fine art images. Her work is inspired by the shapes, colors, and textures found in nature, particularly in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, where she has lived for more than 20 years. Using these organic components as a starting point, she layers images together to create pieces with movement and depth of color.

Susan wants her work to make people question what they’re seeing so that they look more deeply. She shoots primarily with a macro lens so that she can transform small peeks of a curling tendril or a reaching stem into larger abstract landscapes. Her goal is to create evocative works that ultimately give the viewer a deep sense of serenity.

After being a hobbyist photographer for many years, Susan recently completed the University of Washington Certificate in Photography. She lives in Seattle with her husband and 9-year-old son.

Maggie Rutherford

Born and raised in Bothell, WA, I have been passionate about art since I was a child. After exhausting all of the drawing, painting and photography classes offered at my junior high and high school, I attended the University of Washington, where I received my BFA in Painting + Drawing in 2009.

Over time, and particularly after buying a house in Lake Forest Park, I began to cultivate an additional creative passion: gardening. It was when I made the connection between my work in the garden and my work in the studio that I feel like I really settled into my current artistic practice.

Working primarily in watercolor and gouache, I create paintings that are inspired by an intimate view of nature and its seasonal cycles as seen through the lens of my wild woodland garden. 

Lush landscapes, birds, and animals of the Pacific Northwest region, and scenes from my flowerbeds all inspire and find their way into the pieces that I make. Highly detailed yet affectionately whimsical, I strive for my work to reflect the power and presence of the natural world around us all, celebrating not only nature’s grand moments but also its subtle and familiar details.

The Gallery at Town Center is a program of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and is located inside the Lake Forest Park Town Center on the lower level. 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.


How's your neighborhood?

Photo by Diane Hettrick

By Diane Hettrick

How's your neighborhood doing?

The photo shows my street at about 10pm on Tuesday night, February 19, 2019.

This was the first day that my street was free of snow and ice. The yards are showing some patches of grass (or moss, actually) and I can see some of the boards on my deck although most of it is still a couple inches deep in snow.

On Friday, the school bus got stuck a few blocks away and had to be dug out by neighbors. As of yesterday, some people had not received mail for a couple of weeks.

The garbage truck came through today, for the first time in three weeks. They showed up at 6pm, well after it was dark, and two hours later than they have ever been. The recycling truck didn't make it.

Trees belonging to neighbors on each side of me dropped branches that bounced off the roof. Branches were 4 inches in diameter and around six feet long. One branch took down a wire. I called Comcast, who showed up promptly the next working day and cheerfully told me it was a phone wire, not Comcast.

I contacted CenturyLink on chat (don't have to worry about understanding heavy accents over the phone) and a rep set up a ticket to have someone remove the wire (which is wrapped around the branch). She said "Is there anything else I can do?" and I said, "Would you like to have my address?"

Since I haven't been a CenturyLink customer for years, she tried valiantly to pull up and verify my address in an old database. Long story short, I was cut off three times and left with a robot that kept sending cheerful messages about how someone would be back with me in a couple of minutes. This went on for an hour until I disconnected chat.

The very good news is that my power was only out for about three hours from 11pm to 2am one night. I was right in the middle of doing an edition. Not sure why it worked but I was able to get a message to Carl Dinse, who posted the power outage map (the one that showed Shoreline / LFP as solid red).

Otherwise not losing power was pretty amazing considering that my block (along with half a dozen blocks of LFP) is one of the few in the City Light system that lacks redundancy. If our power goes out, there's no other line to kick in and take over.

But it feels like life is returning to normal. And I'm willing to wait a really long time until the next snowstorm.


Service Employees International Union Leadership Council 14 to pay up to $250,000 plus fees to settle lawsuit from Attorney General's office

The Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday that the Service Employees International Union Leadership Council 14, also known as SEIU Washington State Council, will pay up to $250,000 to resolve the Office of the Attorney General’s campaign finance lawsuit.

The judgment, filed in Thurston County Superior Court, requires SEIU Council 14 to pay $233,205 in civil penalties with $104,942.25 suspended for four years contingent on no violations in that period, as well as $18,300.85 in costs and fees.

After receiving a Citizen Action Notice in April of 2017, the AGO determined Council 14 made significant campaign contributions but failed to register and report as a political committee in at least 2014 and 2016.

The AGO filed a complaint against the council in July of 2017.

Washington law requires registration of a political committee when a person has the expectation of receiving contributions or making expenditures to support or oppose candidates or ballot propositions. The law requires these committees to regularly report information to the Public Disclosure Commission about sources of contributions, starting with those over $25. Political committees must also regularly report information about their activities, including expenditures, debts and in-kind contributions.

While Council 14 has its own registered political committee, the council itself also acted as a political committee by devoting a majority of its annual expenditures to electoral political activity during 2014 and 2016.

The Council contributed directly to ballot proposition committees, in addition to contributing to its own political committee, SEIU Washington State Council PAC, which in turn contributed to committees that supported or opposed candidates. SEIU Washington State Council PAC reported the contributions from the council.

By failing to register and report as a political committee, Council 14 did not disclose its contributions or expenditures as required by law, nor did it report the sources of these contributions.

The Attorney General’s Office did not uncover evidence suggesting these violations were intentional.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson recused himself from the matter.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Linda Dalton and Assistant Attorney General Todd Sipe are handling the case.

The recoveries in this case will go into the state Public Disclosure Transparency Account as required by law. The Attorney General’s Office has recovered more than $650,000 for the Transparency Account since it was created by the Legislature last year.


Destinations: Local people exhibiting at the Seattle Home Show

Shoreline tile artist Paul Lewing will be in Booth 634 at the Seattle Home Show, Saturday February 23 through March 3, 2019. (See previous article about Paul)

Paul says, "I'll be showing my tile murals again in Booth #634. If you're planning on attending, go to the Home Show website, click on Get Tickets, click One Adult, and enter the promo code on the graphic above. It will get you 2-for-1 entry and $5 parking. I hope I'll see you there."

Shoreline businesses at the Home Show

  • All Seasons Sun Control
  • Carriage Houses Northwest
  • Paul Lewing Custom Tile

From backyard cottages to tiny homes, from smart home technology to landscaping and kitchen remodeling, Northwesterners will see all the latest for the home when the Seattle Home Show, the nation’s oldest and largest consumer home show, marks its 75th anniversary February 23 through March 3 at CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle 98134.

New products will abound at the 75th Seattle Home Show, including a “smart” induction burner, complete with its own smart pan and recipe app that guides you through every step, using Bluetooth technology not only to automatically control the burner’s temperature but send you alerts along the way until your dish is complete.

There’s also an outdoor lighting system, managed using your mobile device, letting you control all aspects of your lighting, as well as a “collapsible” tiny log cabin that lets you quickly assemble or disassemble it to move to another location.

“Seattle Home Show is the largest single gathering of the Northwest’s top building professionals open to the public,” said Mike Kalian, executive director. 
“At Seattle Home Show, consumers have a one-of-a-kind opportunity not only to meet with them and comparison shop under one roof, but to see the new products and services as well as attend seminars taught by industry experts.”

As the 75th anniversary of the oldest home show in the country takes place right in the Northwest’s own backyard, technology for the home is big, housing is robust and remodeling continues to thrive.

Many homeowners here are choosing to remodel and stay in place rather than deal with the high cost of buying a new home and first-time homebuyers are often purchasing homes “as is” with the expectation that they will be investing in home renovations.

For both groups, Seattle Home Show provides an ideal venue for one-stop shopping for their home’s interior and exterior needs, from the leading builders, designers, landscapers and other building professionals in the region.


Scene on the Sound: Bell M. Shimada spends this gray day working off the Shoreline coast

Bell M. Shimada works Puget Sound off Shoreline
Photo by Jan Hansen

Bell M. Shimada conducts both acoustic and trawl surveys. For acoustic surveys, the ship uses a multibeam echo sounder (MBES) that projects a fan-shaped beam of sound that bounces back to the ship. The ship’s MBES, one of only three systems of its type worldwide, acquires data from both the water column and the sea floor. Scientists can detect fish as the ship passes over them, measuring the signal reflected by the fish to estimate their size and numbers. The system can also map and characterize the sea floor.

The ship conducts trawl sampling with a standardized, three-bridle, four-seam bottom survey net equipped with a rock-hopper sweep. The trawls sample the biomass of fish in a given survey area. This helps scientists learn what species are in observed fish schools and gather other biological data.

The ship’s wet lab allows scientists to sort, weigh, measure and examine fish. The data is entered directly into the ship’s scientific computer network. Bell M. Shimada’s marine mammal and bird observation stations are equipped with sensors to aid researchers in identifying and tracking protected species.


Do you need a free wheelchair ramp? Open call for Rampathon applications

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Professional construction workers volunteer to build ramps
during Rampathon.

Do you know someone in need of a free wheelchair ramp?

The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties would like to help.

For 25 years, local residential builders have built free wheelchair ramps in King and Snohomish Counties for our neighbors in need through Rampathon.

If someone you know needs help with access to their home, visit and complete an application or call 425-460-8232.

Since 1993, our members have constructed more than 500 ramps. These ramps provide a much-needed benefit for individuals and families who struggle to get themselves or their loved ones safely in and out of their homes.

Applications are being accepted now through March 8, 2019.

Founded in 1909, the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties has grown to become the largest residential homebuilders association in the United States. With nearly 3,000 member companies, the association is dedicated to membership value, housing advocacy, community service, and financial stewardship throughout the Puget Sound region.


Arsenic and Old Waste: The Economic Poisoning of United States Agriculture

UW Bothell Pub Night Talk at McMenamins —  “Arsenic and Old Waste: The Economic Poisoning of United States Agriculture.” with Adam Romero, assistant professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Adam Romero, speaker
Pub Night Talks is a free monthly lecture series featuring the work of experts from the University of Washington and the local community, cosponsored by UW Bothell and McMenamins. Topics have ranged from black holes and butterflies to ecological resilience and storytelling through engineering. 

7-8:30pm Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Doors open at 6pm. 
Hayne’s Hall, McMenamins Anderson School, 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell. 

Romero tells how arsenic, a waste product of copper smelting, was used historically as a common pesticide in agriculture, spreading poison across the United States.  

Free and open to the public. All ages welcome. Seating: first come, first served.  Talk followed by Q/A.


Workshop Wednesday evening Native Plant Landscaping for Yards and Streamsides

King Conservation District will host a workshop on Native Plant Landscaping for Yards and Streamsides at the Shoreline Library Wednesday February 20, 2019, 6:30pm - 8pm, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline 98155.

Join King Conservation District in a FREE evening of all things native plants! 

Learn about the MANY benefits of incorporating native plants in your yard or along your stream. 

Explore how to make the right decisions for your landscape and reduce plant mortality, save money, and improve your landscape’s aesthetic and wildlife habitat.

Participants will receive a 10% discount code to use for native plants at KCD’s Native Plant Sale.

We're excited to see you all Wednesday for the Native Plant Landscaping workshop! If you're planning on coming, please RSVP through Facebook so we can get a head count.


Celebrate Anne Stadler at the Third Place Commons Breakfast on March 7th

Anne Stadler being honored with
Friends of the Community award
Third Place Commons invites you to their annual community breakfast for a fun-filled annual celebration of our shared community, which this year just happens to honor a very special neighbor indeed!

This year’s event, which takes place on Thursday, March 7th, invokes our sense of connectedness and community through a simple and open invitation, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

One of the highlights of this annual event is the presentation of the Friends of the Community Award, which will be presented this year to none other than community activist and friend to all she meets, Anne Stadler.

Anne has spent decades doing good work both professionally and as a volunteer to seek solutions to world issues through nonviolence and alternative methods of conflict resolution, all in service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of the Beloved Community.

According to the King Center, the Beloved Community is one where “poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it... international disputes will be resolved by peaceful conflict-resolution and reconciliation of adversaries, instead of military power. Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred.Peace with justice will prevail over war and military conflict.”

Anne worked as an award winning producer for King-5 TV for 17 years focusing on socially minded content and issues through a coalition known as People Power. Since then, she has continued to work as a consultant and coach in community organizing, peace-building, and inspired leadership around the world including in India, Australia, Canada, the U.K., and the former USSR.

And as if all that weren’t enough, Anne was also the original catalyst for, and a founding board member of, the nonprofit organization Friends of Third Place Commons that runs the Commons space and programming today!

Anne’s commitment to community is unparalleled. And given this year’s focus on the bonds that connect us as neighbors, there could be no better recipient of this year’s award than Anne, who marks her 60th year as a Lake Forest Park resident and neighbor this year.

Past recipients of the award have included the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park, the Friends of the Lake Forest Park Library, Shorecrest High School arts leaders, LFP Youth Council and Shorecrest Interact Club, and last year’s honoree, Shoreline Area News editor Diane Hettrick.

Don’t miss your chance to connect with 200+ fellow community leaders for this popular annual event, which provides vital support for Third Place Commons and the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market.

Third Place Commons – a vibrant and welcoming community gathering spot for neighbors from throughout North King County – is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that creates real community in real space by hosting over 900 free events each year and presenting the LFP Farmers Market from May to October.

​In addition to the award presentation, the event will feature speaker Mónica Guzmán, founder of The Evergrey and former writer/columnist for The Seattle Times, GeekWire, and The Daily Beast.

A fast-paced auction, live music from the Milner Family Fiddles, and a delicious breakfast courtesy of Honey Bear Bakery will fill out the morning.

Please join your Commons community (which Anne helped create!) on March 7th to celebrate Anne’s enormous contributions to our shared community!

Visit the event page to learn more or get your tickets now for the big event!


Meridian Park Chinese New Year potluck dinner Tuesday evening

The Meridian Park Neighborhood Association Chinese New Year Potluck which was postponed because of the snow, will be held Tuesday evening, February 19, 2019 from 6-8pm in room 301 of Shoreline City Hall, 175th and Midvale.

Please bring a dish to share.
Red clothing (for good luck) encouraged
but not required!


Shoreline siblings break state Powerlifting records

Sayuri and Sakima Minnix broke state powerlifting records

10 and 12-year-old Shoreline locals take home gold and break records competing at the 2019 USA Powerlifting Washington State Championship held February 16th and 17th in Puyallup, WA.

Sayuri Minnix is in 5th grade at Ridgecrest Elementary and her brother Sakijima “Sakima” Minnix is in 7th grade at Kellogg Middle School.
Sayuri Minnix competed in Raw Youth 2, 35kg weight class
  • Squat 40kg – New Washington State Record
  • Bench 15.1kg
  • Deadlift 50kg – New Washington State Record
  • Raw Youth 2 total 105.1 – New Washington State Record

Sakima Minnix competed in Raw Youth 3, 44kg weight class
  • Squat 52.5kg – New Washington State Record
  • Bench 32.5kg – New Washington State Record
  • Deadlift 77.5kg – New Washington State Record
  • Raw Youth 3 total 162.5 – New Washington State Record


Suspense, football, and fantasy at Third Place Books this week

A CIA spy novel, an inspirational sports story by a local celebrity, and a quirky fantasy finish the week with authors at Third Place Books. (I want to read them all!)

The fantasy novel requires a signing line ticket which is included with early purchase of the book from Third Place Books. (206) 366-3333

The bookstore is on the upper level of Town Center LFP on the corner of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE.

Tuesday, February 19 at 7pm
Mark Greaney
Mission Critical: A Gray Man Novel

Court Gentry's flight on a CIA transport plane is interrupted when a security team brings a hooded man aboard. The mystery man is being transported to England, where a joint CIA/MI6 team will interrogate him about a mole in Langley. When they land in an isolated airbase in the U.K., they are attacked by a hostile force who kidnaps the prisoner. His handlers send him after the attackers, but what can one operative do against a trained team of assassins? A lot, when that operative is the Gray Man.

Thursday, February 21 at 7pm
Mike Gastinau

Mr. Townsend and the Polish Prince: An American Story of Race, Redemption, and Football

In November of 1980, Delaware State College lost a football game to Portland State University by the outrageous score of 105 to 0. In the aftermath, school administration turned to an unlikely new coach – Joe Purzycki. This is a story about two men who took a huge chance together. It’s a story of intolerance becoming tolerant. It’s a story of something unacceptable becoming accepted. It’s a story about losing that became a story about a winning. It’s a story of how sometimes something that begins at rock bottom can end up on the mountain top.

Sunday, February 24 at 6pm
Jasper Fforde

Early Riser

Every Winter, the human population hibernates. During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, devoid of human activity. Well, not quite. Your name is Charlie Worthing and it's your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses. You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artefact borne of the sleeping mind. But teasing truth from the Winter is never easy: You have to avoid the Villains and their penchant for murder, kidnapping, and stamp collecting, ensure you aren't eaten by Nightwalkers, whose thirst for human flesh can only be satisfied by comfort food, and sidestep the increasingly less-than-mythical WinterVolk. 

Presentation free; Signing Line Tickets available with Pre-Purchase of Early Riser from Third Place Books. (206) 366-3333.


FREE Summer Camp and After School Activities Resource Fair Mar 4


Attend the Shoreline PTA Council’s FREE Summer Camp and After School Activities Resource Fair on Monday, March 4, 2019 from 7-9pm to learn about local summer camp and after-school programs. 

Browse tables from 30 exhibitors (complete list HERE) offering programs for preschool through high-school. Free childcare provided by the Dale Turner YMCA.

The Resource Fair is a free community event and a great way to learn about child and family-focused summer camps, after-school programs (in-school and offsite), clubs and more that are available in Shoreline and surrounding areas.

Monday, March 4, 7-9pm
Shoreline Room @ the Shoreline Center (18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155). The Shoreline Room is at the north end of the campus.


Rod Dembowski and Pramila Jayapal to hold town halls in Seattle this week

Member of Congress
Pramila Jayapal
Our congressional representative Pramila Jayapal will be holding her first 2019 town hall on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 6:30pm - 8pm at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle in the First Hill neighborhood.

Town halls are an opportunity for constituents to raise concerns, learn what actions I'm taking in Congress and discuss the path ahead as we continue the fight for justice.

Come ask questions and hear how I’m fighting for Washington's 7th District — RSVP HERE!

Shoreline and Lake Forest Park are fully within the 7th congressional district.

County Councilmember
Rod Dembowski
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle on Phinney Ridge, County Councilmembers Rod Dembowski and Jeanne Kohl-Wells will co-host a town hall meeting.

“Bring your questions and suggestions for how King County can help achieve our community’s shared goals for affordable housing, transit, our environment, criminal justice, and human services" said Dembowski. "We look forward to seeing you.”

The Town Hall, which will be moderated by North Seattle College President Dr. Warren Brown, will feature representatives of county agencies who will discuss and answer questions about their areas of expertise:

Housing, Homelessness and Human Services
  • Leo Flor, Director, King County Department of Community and Human Services,
  • Sheila Capestany, Director of Child, Youth and Families Division, King County Department of Community and Human Services,
  • Kelly Rider, Government Relations Officer, King County Department of Community and Human Services.
Parks, Wastewater Treatment, and Environment
  • Christie True, Director, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.
Transit and Transportation
  • Terry White, Deputy General Manager, King County Metro Operations.
Arts and Culture
  • Brian Carter, Executive Director, 4Culture.
For more information, contact Councilmember Dembowski or 206-477-1001.

Shoreline and Lake Forest Park are wholly within Dembowski's council territory.


Shorecrest varsity hip hop team to compete at Districts on Mar 2

Monday, February 18, 2019

Shorecrest varsity hip hop team to compete
at district level Mar 2
The Shoreline varsity hip hop dance team has earned a spot at the District competition on March 2nd.

Come out and support these SCOTS as we make our bid for State!

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11am, Kamiak High School
10801 Harbour Pointe Blvd
Mukilteo, WA


LFP Citizen's Commission meets Tuesday

The next meeting of the Lake Forest Park Citizen's Commission, is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2019, from 7 - 9pm in the Stadler Room, of the Third Place Commons, located in the Town Center at Lake Forest Park, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way NE.

"Working Together to Effect / Affect Change”

On the Agenda for review and discussion:
  • Transportation Spoke's Proposed Work Plan (available at meeting)
  • Two new King County Metro Community Connections: 
    • Community Van and 
    • Community Ride options.
  • Washington State Legislative Affordable Housing, GMA (Growth Management Act), and Impact Fee related Bills in the 2019 Washington Legislative Session.
  • Waterfront Access for All Spoke:
    • Planning "Lake Haven" Acquisition Plan.
    • (Potential New Future LFP City / King County Active Park)

This event is free and open to the public. Eating and drinking during the meeting is acceptable, and we encourage the public to support the local vendors.

About the LFP Citizens' Commission: A group of Lake Forest Park residents formed a volunteer Citizens' Commission to “meet and deliberate issues and interests, to work on civic projects, and help make Lake Forest Park an exceptional place to live, work and visit."


Ridgecrest Pub on Evening Magazine Monday

Ridgecrest Public House
The Evening Magazine segment filmed at the Ridgecrest Public House aired at 7:30pm Monday evening (tonight) on KING TV 5.

The segment is already on their webpage HERE.

The Ridgecrest Pub is located at the small business district at 5th NE and NE 165th.

(Apologies: the original publication said Tuesday. It actually aired on Monday night)


Photos: Flight out of town

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

After the second snow, Wayne Pridemore saw these geese (I think) heading out. We all still thought snow was pretty at that point, so we stayed... 

Who has the bird brain?

On the other hand, we got off easy compared to the rest of the world.



Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Presidents' Day

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


Who clears the sidewalks?

Cleared, partially cleared
not cleared
Photo by Lee Lageschulte
By Diane Hettrick

If, like most of Shoreline and nearly all of Lake Forest Park, there is no sidewalk by your property, you can stop reading this article now.

However, if your home - or business - in Shoreline has a sidewalk along your property line, the person you are waiting for to clean off your sidewalk ... is you.

Shoreline property owners are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks along their property lines. That includes clearing snow and ice, sweeping leaves, and keeping the "amenity zone" mowed.

City regulations also state that property owners are responsible for maintaining the sidewalk itself - a gift from one of the first city councils - but fortunately for us, that provision has never been enforced.

I saw more than one person out Sunday with a snow shovel, clearing off their sidewalk. I don't know if they know the regulation or if they are just tidy.

I also had to swerve around a jogger on the street who was avoiding the ice covered sidewalk.

If you are physically able, I'd suggest you clear your sidewalk.


Burke Gilman closed at 91st in Bothell

Riders on the Burke Gilman Trail
Photo courtesy KC Parks
Alert: Burke-Gilman Trail closure due to downed tree
Closure near 91st Ave NE in Bothell

If you were planning a nice bike ride north on the Burke Gilman trail Monday, please note that a large tree fell across the Trail near 91st Ave NE in Bothell, requiring crews to close the trail until further notice.

King County Parks is hoping to get the necessary equipment to the location by Tuesday.


Sen. Salomon: protecting habitat of wild salmon and resident orcas

Sen. Jesse Salomon
From Sen. Jesse Salomon, D-32 (Shoreline, SW Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway, NW Seattle)

As vice chair of the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources and Parks Committee, I am working on a bill to implement the recommendations from the Orca Task Force to increase the amount of chinook salmon that our hatcheries produce and to increase their chances of survival by rehabilitating the juvenile salmon habitat along the Puget Sound shoreline.

This week we heard public testimony on a bill I’m sponsoring that would ban commercial gill nets, which threaten salmon and resident orca populations by harvesting over 50,000 wild salmon, some of which come from runs that are supposed to be protected by the Endangered Species Act. Gill nets are a concern because they catch hatchery and wild salmon alike.

The bill would establish a buyout program of existing commercial gill net licenses to compensate commercial fishers and allow them to transition to safer fishing methods. I will work to make sure the remaining hatchery salmon are fairly divided between commercial, tribal and sport fishers after giving the Orcas a chance to eat them.



Volunteer opportunities at Twin Ponds forest restoration site Saturday Feb 23

Ivy and mulch are on the agenda for Saturday
at Twin Ponds South Park
Twin Ponds Park South 
forest restoration
February 23, 2019, 
10am to 1pm

This Saturday will be the 18th time that volunteers have gathered at Twin Ponds Park, in the southern end, to restore a badly degraded area of our urban forest. 

It is heavily used by strollers out to experience nature, dog walkers, joggers, families with young children, nearby soccer and tennis players, community gardeners and pedestrians along First Avenue.

With help from volunteers like yourself, it is becoming a serene and restorative environment. Animals and plants that are mutually dependent can thrive now that vast amounts of invasive weeds are gone.

Thornton Creek is now visible.

Laying down mulch
in Twin Ponds South Park
This week we have mulch to lay down, some Salmonberry and Cedars to plant and some English Ivy to dig up. The weather is promising to improve by then and our previous plantings should be unburdened of the snow that protected them from the twenty degree weather.

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.

Our work site is located next to a small, busy parking lot on First Ave one block north of 149th St where 150th St would be if it existed. It is across from Aegis 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.

Thornton Creek is now visible
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 refillable water bottle which saves on plastic cups.

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


Shoreline Schools closed all week

All Shoreline Schools and District Office will be closed on Monday, February 18 for Presidents’ Day.

Schools will remain closed the rest of the week for Mid-Winter Break. The District Office will be open normal hours February 19-22, 2019.


Fashion Soulstice 2019 annual Gala for Justice and Soul Foundation - Mar 23

Sunday, February 17, 2019

FASHION SOULSTICE 2019, the annual Gala for Justice and Soul Foundation is almost here!!! Don't miss this amazing event bringing together salons, stylists, and designers all in the name of doing good!

Fashion SOULstice will take place on March 23, 2019 at Bell Harbor in downtown Seattle.

It will be an incredible evening complete with a runway show featuring 17 local hair salons that will demonstrate how the beauty industry is full of passion and caring.

The event will also include a cocktail reception, a mystery wine grab, selfie booth, vacation raffle, and an enticing silent auction featuring a wide variety of items. See you there!

Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 6:30pm – 11pm

Bell Harbor International Conference Center
2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle 98121


Justice and Soul is headquartered in Shoreline where co-founder Matthew Fairfax owens the James Alan Salon. Matthew personally directs the Kate Korpi salon in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where victims of sex trafficking are taught cosmetology.


Tree pulls out of ground by Brookside Elementary

Photo by Cynthia Sheridan

The danger from falling trees and branches is not over, as Cynthia Sheridan discovered at Brookside Elementary at NE 178th and Brookside Blvd.

Photo by Cynthia Sheridan

When the tree went over, the root ball broke the concrete sidewalk. The tree was in a planting strip, away from buildings, so no other damage occurred.

Photo by Cynthia Sheridan

Many readers are reporting large branches that fell on their roof and cable / phone lines. 


Recology trucks running in Shoreline

Collection routes are up and running in Shoreline. 

Our crew is working diligently to collect all customers. 

The collection schedule for the remainder of the week will run as normally scheduled. 

We will collect as many customers as we can safely access.

Monday and Tuesday customers will be picked up on the next scheduled service day, February 18th and 19th.



Republic Services suspends all routes in LFP for Monday, Feb 18

No collection on Monday, Feb 18
As of February 15, 2019 at 4:30pm, we must regretfully announce — as a result of the continuing challenges on secondary and residential roads -- Republic Services must suspend all routes for Monday, February 18, 2019.
We continue to follow the weather and road conditions and will keep Lake Forest Park apprised of any further developments.

Our next update will be issued Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Customers will be able to place out doubles at no extra charge on their next scheduled collection day.

While some of the main thoroughfares are clear of snow and ice, many of the residential side streets remain challenging for our large trucks. In addition, while a car or SUV may be able to traverse the residential roads, travel for the trucks that service many neighborhoods still face challenges.

Moreover, Republic Services places a high priority on the safety of our drivers and the general public. A stark reminder was given to our crews when a driver involved accident occurred on a steep icy and snow covered road in Kenmore on February 14. The event keeps us mindful to err on the side of caution as we make service decisions during inclement weather events.

--Republic Services


KING TV 5 to film at Ridgecrest Pub - come to the after party at noon

Dojo Togo will serve lunch at the Ridgecrest Pub
on Monday at noon.

Post-filming party with Ridgecrest Pub and Dojo Togo food truck

On Monday, February 18, 2019 from 10am to noon, King 5 Evening is filming the hosting segment of one of their upcoming shows at Ridgecrest Public House, with Dojo Togo of Edmonds at the curb.

Please steer clear of the pub until noon. There will be people in the pub pretending to eat, drink, and talk, but they are all actors. Shhhhhhh! Silence on the set! And don't pull any stunts in the windows to try to make us laugh!

Ridgecrest Public House will open to the public at noon onwards, and Dojo Togo will serve lunch from noon to 2pm.

Dojo Tojo is also available for to-go orders as usual.

Join us for lunch to celebrate our fifteen minutes of fame!

Ridgecrest Public House is located in Ridgecrest on NE 165th near 5th Ave NE.


Bowling tournament results after Day One of West competition

The Cascade/Mariner High School Varsity bowling team from Everett, coached by Brittany Ralston and Marysville Pilchuck High School team coached by Janet Dills emerged as the top two seeded teams entering tomorrow’s grand finale of the 54th Annual Washington State Bowling Proprietors’ Association (WSBPA), State High School Varsity Western Washington Bowling Championships taking place at Paradise Entertainment Center in Tacoma.

In singles, Payton Edwards from Curtis H.S., Jaimi Robertson from Lake Stevens H.S. are in 1st place in their respective divisions after 4 games of qualifications.

11 five-person teams laced up their shoes competing in two divisions along with 19 bowlers competing in a singles division. Teams and singles championships will be crowned Sunday, February 17th as the competition resumes at 9:00am.

Statewide snow conditions and mountain pass closures forced the tournament to be split into two events, one in Tacoma and a 2nd in Spokane for the safety of all the student athletes and parents.

More than 1,000 student athletes statewide participated during the bowling season. Now in its 54th year, this is the 2nd longest running High School Bowling Championship in America, following only New York.

Team - Coach - Points - Pinfall

Division I

Cascade/Mariner Brittany Ralston 30 3084
Bellarmine Prep Bryon Chow 24.5 3034
Fife Kevin Gonsalves 18 2718
R.A. Long Robert Nugent 16 2626
Shorecrest Veronica Cook 12.5  2647
Shorewood #1 Ed Wada  8  4414

Cowlitz Larry Nugent 6 4181
Blind Team – Bye 5

Division II

Marysville-Pilchuck Janet Dills 22 2444
Marysville-Getchell Kevin Gallos 19 2304
Meadowdale Bill Zappone 15 2224
Shorewood #2 Tammy Ceesay 4 2087

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


Edmonds Sons of Norway hosts Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale on March 2nd

The Edmonds Sons of Norway is hosting a Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale on March 2, 2019, 7:30am - 12:00pm at the Edmonds Masonic Center, 515 Dayton St, Edmonds.

Breakfasts are a hearty portion of Norwegian pancakes with strawberries and syrup, ham, juice, coffee, tea, and milk and cost $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids 6-10 (under 5 are free).

Enjoy live music and after you eat, visit the craft and bake sale tables. Kids can participate in free folk dancing lessons between 10am - noon.

The breakfasts are one of the largest fundraisers for the lodge. Proceeds support the Edmonds Food Bank, Ski for Light outings for mobility and sight impaired skiers, scholarships and the Sons of Norway Foundation. Eat great food while supporting lodge programs and local organizations!

The Sons of Norway is the largest Norwegian organization outside of Norway with a mission of preserving and promoting Norwegian heritage and tradition through cultural and social activities offered at local and district lodges.

For more information about the Edmonds Chapter of the Sons of Norway (Norwegian ancestry NOT required) contact 2019 Lodge President Norma Jean Sands 206-524-6020 or visit the website.


Sound Transit open house in Shoreline Feb 26 - construction begins in spring

The Lynnwood Link Extension project is breaking ground with construction is on track to start in spring 2019 in Seattle and Shoreline.

This is a major milestone to bringing light rail to north Seattle, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood by 2024!
Sound Transit is committed to being a good neighbor and keeping you informed throughout construction.

The online and in-person open houses happening ahead of construction starting are meant to provide information on how Sound Transit builds light rail, what type of work you can expect to see in your community this year, who to contact with construction related questions and more.

The upcoming open house in Shoreline will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 6 – 8pm at Shorewood High School, 17300 Fremont Ave N.

The online information is at LynnwoodLink.Participate.Online. The link has a lot of information about the project, of the type which will also be on display at the Open House.


Shoreline man shot

According to the King County Sheriff's Office, a Shoreline man was shot inside his home in the 15500 block of 15th Ave NE after 1am on Saturday.

The victim was taken to Harborview and the shooter escaped on foot. It is unclear at this point if they knew each other.


Lake Sammamish Kokanee Salmon project update

Dave Kyle, Lake Sammamish Kokanee Recovery project manager for Trout Unlimited,
carefully laid kokanee eggs in the incubator.
Photo by Jeff Jensen

By Jim Halliday

On Friday, January 25th, Dr. Jeff Jensen and I took part in placing kokanee salmon eggs in a remote site incubator (RSI) on Zackuse Creek, a small tributary of Lake Sammamish. Like many other small streams entering Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, Zackuse Creek was once home to a thriving population of kokanee. Many decades of environmental damage, including poor culvert design, had eliminated kokanee from this stream.

Issaquah hatchery biologist Travis Burnett holds
a mature male kokanee collected for hatchery spawning
by Roger Tabor, US Fish and Wildlife Service,
and Jeff Jensen, UW, Bothell. Photo by Jeff Jensen
The return of kokanee to Zackuse Creek is the culmination of a many-year collaborative effort by private landowners, the City of Sammamish, the Snoqualmie Tribe, King County, Trout Unlimited, and other participants of the Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group (KWG).

In the last six months, a blocking culvert was replaced, appropriate spawning habitat was restored, and native streamside vegetation was planted. 

The adult kokanee returning from today’s egg planting will find Zackuse Creek in much better condition than it has been for many decades.

Visiting dignitaries participating in placing the salmon eggs included Christie Malchow, Mayor of the City of Sammamish; and several of her staff; as well as Snoqualmie Tribal Elder, Lois Sweet Dorman; Tribal Council Member, Don Willoughby; and Tribal Member, McKenna Sweet Dorman. 

The small, black dots are their eyes
Photo by Jim Halliday
The fertilized eggs used in the remote site incubator come from spawning adults collected in Lake Sammamish streams and were nurtured in the Issaquah hatchery facility. 

After emerging from the gravel, the young salmon will immediately leave the incubator and migrate down Zackuse Creek to Lake Sammamish. 

Hopefully, they will grow into healthy adults and return to spawn in three or four years.

The jurisdictions, agencies, and nonprofit groups mentioned above have worked together to enhance the kokanee population in Lake Sammamish. 

Dr Jensen was an active participant and I was there to learn more about this project because it is pretty much what Dr Jensen envisions for our Lake Forest Park creeks (McAleer and Lyon). 

Dr. Jensen is Director of the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation’s (LFPSF) Return Kokanee Salmon to Our Streams Project. 

The foundation has received funding to begin such a program through King County Council Member Rod Dembowski’s office and Elizabeth Loudon of the King County Wastewater Grant Program.

Everyone participated in placing the kokanee salmon eggs, which had earlier been ceremonially blessed by Tribal Elder Lois Sweet Dorman and by the best wishes of all attendees.


Snow and ice remain on neighborhood streets

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Delivery trucks and school buses beware
Photo by Cynthia Sheridan

A big rig attempted to deliver a load of shingles to a home in North City by backing down a steep side street and wound up sliding into a jackknifed position.

A tow truck driver with a lot of patience and a very strong winch eventually teased the big rig up the hill to safety. Two neighbor women pitched in with snow shovels to help save the rig, which came close to capsizing.

With great patience the tow truck driver was able to
tease the big rig up the icy, steep street
Photo by Cynthia Sheridan

In the Northridge neighborhood of Echo Lake, a school bus got stuck when the driver moved into banked ice and snow to avoid another stuck school bus. Streets in the neighborhood are not wide enough to allow two vehicles to pass if vehicles are parked on the street.

Everyone drives down the middle of the streets, which essentially become one-lane roads, lined with short walls of ice chunks.

Neighbors came to the rescue there, too, with an entire crew of people with shovels digging the bus out.

USP was sending out deliveries in semi-trucks. Republic Services decided that Lake Forest Park streets were too dangerous for their drivers to attempt.

The rain and warm temperatures melted some of the packed snow on Friday. We have the weekend to catch our breath and hope that the snow goes away from streets and driveways.

Turns out my jonquils knew what they were doing. The snow covering them has gone. They are a little flattened but look perfectly healthy.

--Diane Hettrick

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