Flowers: something pretty to look at

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Pretty and cheerful.



Federal Trade Commission launches inquiry into infant formula crisis

The Federal Trade Commission staff has launched an inquiry into the ongoing shortage for infant formula that has caused hardship for countless American families. 

The inquiry seeks information about the nature and prevalence of any deceptive, fraudulent, or otherwise unfair business practices aimed at taking advantage of families during this shortage. 

It also aims to shed light on the factors that have led to concentration in the infant formula market and the fragility of the supply chains for these crucial products. FTC Chair Lina M. Khan released a statement in conjunction with the public inquiry committing to a series of actions to confront this crisis.

"We have been monitoring and will continue to monitor the ongoing infant formula shortage, which is causing enormous anxiety, fear, and financial burden for American families," said Chair Lina M. Khan in her statement. 
"The FTC is launching a public inquiry to identify the factors that contributed to the shortage or hampered our ability to respond to it. Learning from this experience can help determine how we can minimize the risk of similar shortages in the markets for other life-sustaining products."

The Request for Information seeks public input on whether the FTC itself or state or federal agencies may have inadvertently taken steps that contributed to fragile supply chains in the market for these crucial products for many American families. Comments should be submitted to and must be received no later than Friday, June 24, 2022 by 11:59pm ET.

More information here


Jobs: WSDOT Project Manager (TE3)

Project Manager (TE3)
Shoreline, WA. – Northwest Region
$70,938 - $95,432 Annually

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is eager to hire an experienced engineer to serve as Project Manager to direct activities that are necessary for the development of transportation safety, preservation, and improvement projects for WSDOT’s Northwest Region (NWR). 

As the Project Manager, the primary undertaking of this position is to deliver the assigned Design-Build and Design-Bid-Build projects within scope, schedule, and budget while developing the direct reports to become future leaders of WSDOT. 

The successful candidate appointed to the Project Manager position will have a high impact to WSDOT’s mission to provide and support safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation options to improve livable communities and economic vitality for people and businesses.

Job description and application


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Slow


Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE


Echo Lake Elementary student selected for 2022 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame

Adi Davidson, 2022 AAA School Safety Patrol
Hall of Fame
Bellevue, Wash. (May 24, 2022) – In recognition of their dedication to traffic safety, community stewardship and leadership, Adi Davidson, a 5th-grade student at Echo Lake Elementary in Shoreline, was recently chosen for induction into the 2022 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.

Echo Lake Elementary’s AAA School Safety Patrol advisor, Mark Owen, described Adi as a huge proponent of traffic safety awareness. In his nomination, 

Owen said he relies on Adi — a squad captain — to help train new patrollers for the job and make sure they continue using proper techniques.

“What I marvel at is how consistently and patiently Adi leads patrol members,” Owen said. 
“Adi treats them like an equal, like a part of the team, never demeaning in voice or showing impatience. You can tell from the tone in Adi’s voice and the look in their eyes that they genuinely care about the safety of others.”

Owen said Adi never shies away from speaking up for safety. For example, he observed Adi explaining the dangers of kicking a ball near the cars to a group of boys and kindly asking them to stop. When the request went ignored, Adi stood with the boys, holding the ball until their parents arrived for pickup. Those parents thanked Adi for stepping in to protect their children.

“It is kids like Adi that truly are the backbone of a strong patrol squad,” Owen added. “Adi’s positive, helpful, never condescending leadership makes our program a vital part of our Echo Lake School and community!”

As a long-standing tradition, a panel of judges from AAA Washington, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission chooses ten patrollers to induct into the AAA Washington School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame. 

Nominations require input from both the patroller and their advisor, including responses to a series of essay questions. This year’s inductees represent elementary schools from rural and urban communities across the state.


Gloria's Insects: Existential interlude...

Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

(This is likely a horntail wasp, a/k/a wood wasp. No stinger, so a harmless creature. She wandered around the top of a fence post for minutes, seemingly in a quandary as to what to do; then the abyss got her attention.)

--Gloria Z Nagler


Patti Cole-Tindall confirmed as King County Sheriff

Patti Cole-Tindall confirmed as
King County Sheriff
The King County Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to confirm Patti Cole-Tindall as the new King County Sheriff.

Cole-Tindall was appointed Interim Sheriff on January 1, 2022 and Executive Dow Constantine announced her as his choice for Sheriff on May 3.

Prior to the interim appointment, Cole-Tindall had served as Undersheriff since 2020, and previously was the Chief of the Technical Services Division for almost five years. 

Before she joined the King County Sheriff’s Office, she was the director of the King County Office of Labor Relations for six years. 

She has also served in roles with the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, the county’s Community Corrections Division, and as interim director of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight.

King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski voted for Cole-Tindall and said “I look forward to working with Sheriff Cole-Tindall as she takes on this critical job at this critical time.”

Cole-Tindall is the first appointed sheriff since voters approved a change to the King County Charter in 2020 to change the position from an elected position to an appointed position.


Flags at half-staff: 5/24/22 (Tragedy in Uvalde, Texas) and 5/30/22 (Memorial Day)

Flags at half-staff: 5/24/22 (Tragedy in Uvalde, Texas) and 5/30/22 (Memorial Day)

Pursuant to the attached Presidential Proclamation, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, in honor and remembrance of the victims who tragically lost their lives on May 24, 2022, at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Saturday, May 28, 2022, or first thing Tuesday morning, May 31.

Governor Inslee also hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Monday, May 30, 2022, in recognition of Memorial Day. This federal holiday is in remembrance of those who lost their lives while serving in the country’s armed forces.

Flags should remain at half-staff until noon on Monday, May 30, 2022, or first thing Tuesday morning, May 31.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Please email if you have any questions about these flag lowerings.


Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s statement on devastating shooting in Texas elementary school

WA State Supt of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal

Statement from Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal

OLYMPIA—May 24, 2022—The tragic events in Texas today are heartbreaking, pathetically consistent, and deeply tragic. Today, another domestic terrorist took the lives of school-aged students and at least one educator with a firearm, and I offer my deepest condolences to the families, the community, and every American who is crushed once again by an all too familiar headline.

In Washington state, we have worked very hard to enhance physical safety in our schools. We have made substantial investments in threat-assessment protocols and interventions, comprehensive school safety plans and procedures in each school, large financial commitments to student mental and behavioral health interventions, required training for school safety and security staff, as well as in increasing the number of adults in our schools to support students. 

But, make no mistake, the Texas tragedy can still happen here.

To my fellow Washingtonians: Please understand that another round of news, opinion, outrage, and political spin will not change the research. America has one of the highest gun density rates in the world. It results in the highest rates of murder and deaths by suicide from firearms of any industrialized nation. 

Research study after research study continues to conclude that gun density per 100,000 population has the strongest correlation to homicides. The more guns in your community and in your home, the more likely you or a family member will die by gun violence. Murders, suicides, and firearms used in crimes are directly correlated to guns in the home, specifically unsecured firearms.

I will pray for the families who lost their children today, and I will pray that every parent, guardian, and grandparent in our nation will make the impactful decision to remove or secure deadly firearms within their home. There is simply no debate: Our homes are safer when there are no guns inside them.

There will be much debate by lawmakers, as there always is, about more gun safety laws, fewer people accessing guns, and the criminal consequences of using a gun to commit a crime. 

As a father, community member, and our state’s schools chief, I am making a personal appeal to you today to please reconsider gun possession in your home if you are a gun owner today. 

In America, the overwhelming data are clear that gun owners and their families are more likely to die by their own gun than they are to use them in self-defense or protection.

Please join me in considering the deeply personal choice of not keeping a firearm in your home. With our personal choices, we can save lives immediately.


Tree takes out power pole and lines in Lake Forest Park - road closure and power outage

Tree and pole over roadway in 4900 block of NE 193rd in Lake Forest Park.
Photo courtesy Lake Forest Park Police Department

At 3:45pm on Tuesday May 24, 2022 Lake Forest Park Police Department sent out a notice of an Emergency Road Closure.

In the 4900 block of NE 193rd St there are trees, power poles and power lines down. The roadway will be shut down for at least several hours while Seattle City Light and Public Works crews clear the roadway. Please avoid the area and use alternate routes. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Power outage as a result of the tree taking down the pole and lines.

The photo shows the damage to pole and lines. At midnight, power had not been restored to the area.

At 12:30am Wednesday, power had been restored to all but six households. No information was available about why the tree fell.


CORRECTION: HIP has not finalized summer lunch locations

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Photo courtesy OSPI
For those of you who saw the original version of the story about Shoreline School District announces locations for free summer lunches for children and teens 18 and under, I have been advised that the Hunger Intervention Program has not yet finalized its locations.

They will be published at a later time, along with the other organizations that provide summer food as they announce their schedules.


Correction: Shoreline Farmers Market opens Saturday June 4

The Shoreline Farmers Market opens Saturday, June 4, 2022 at its new location at 192nd and Aurora.

After many wonderful years in Aurora Square (Shoreline Place), the Shoreline Farmers Market is excited to be moving north to the Park n Ride at 192nd St and Aurora Ave N.

With plenty of parking, you can drive, bike, walk, or hop on the bus: RapidRide E Line.

Coming back is the popular Kids PoP Program. Starting opening day, the program will return every other market date this season.

Visit our website to check out our exciting list of vendors. From freshly harvested vegetables to local honey to handcrafted greeting cards, there will be a huge variety of goods for everyone.

Each market will be hosting 4-6 prepared food vendors including a food truck. --Savory tamales, Ethiopian dishes, good 'ol BBQ, plenty of baked goods, and more!

Live music! Each market will feature two local musicians for your listening entertainment. Find the schedule on the website and updates on Facebook.


Lake Forest Park Water District annual plant exchange now through September

Monday, May 23, 2022

The Lake Forest Park Water District first held their plant exchange in 2019 and it continues to be a great success. 

It is in operation now and running through SEPTEMBER. Consider taking part in this exchange as you tend your garden, and divide plants. 

Come down and peruse the plants at their office, at 4029 NE 178th St, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155, near the entrance gate.

The District has ‘seeded’ the project this year with native plant starts of: 
  • Beargrass – Xerophyllum tenax
  • Red Twig Dogwood – Cornus sericea
  • Salal – Gaultheria shallon
  • Tall Oregon Grape – Mahonia aquifoliu
  • Pacific Crabapple – Malus fusca

The list of guidelines is short, please continue to:
  1. Identify your donations as best you can with tags.
  2. Bring your plants in pots. (We have 1 gallon pots available if you need them
  3. Leave as many plants as you take.
  4. Please don’t bring invasive or noxious weed species (see more below) 

Noxious weeds: Please help control noxious weeds – King County has information and identification guides to help you. Use the QR to visit our website for more information and links.

The community of LFP is legendary for its gardens and generosity! 
Thank you to the many participants and the variety of their contributions!


Jobs: City of Shoreline Extra Help - Grounds Maintenance Seasonal Laborer

City of Shoreline
Extra Help - Grounds Maintenance Seasonal Laborer
SALARY: $23.71 - $28.79 Hourly
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled


Shoreline is an inclusive City that endeavors to build a work culture which embraces diversity, encourages participation, and promotes equity.

One 40-hr per week seasonal positions in the Public Works Grounds Maintenance Division available.

This recruitment is open until filled.

This is a seasonal 40-hour per week position. The work schedule is typically Monday through Friday with an occasional evening or weekend assignment. Schedule details will be worked out with selected applicant. Seasonal Laborers may work up to six months (1040 hours) during the vegetation growing season performing landscape maintenance for parks, streets and surface water facilities beginning March through September. Work is completed in all weather conditions.


This position performs a variety of semi-skilled maintenance and repair duties under the supervisory direction of the Grounds Maintenance Supervisor, Senior Grounds Maintenance Worker, or other full-time maintenance staff.

Job description and application


Jobs: Assistant Region Traffic Engineer – Area Operations (WMS03)

Assistant Region Traffic Engineer – Area Operations (WMS03)
Shoreline, WA. – Northwest Region
$105,537 - $135,298 Annually

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is eager to hire an experienced traffic engineer looking to advance their career into a leadership role and serve as our Assistant Region Traffic Engineer – Area Operations for WSDOT’s Northwest Region (NWR). 

The primary purpose of this position is to guide, manage, and direct professional traffic engineering and operations services within Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, and Island counties. The successful candidate hired into this position will have the authority and responsibility for approving traffic design features and the implementation of operational actions. 

As the Assistant Region Traffic Engineer, this position is relied upon to lead innovative actions and projects that are sustainable and cost-effective. The Assistant Region Traffic Engineer will play a vital role in WSDOT's successful delivery of WSDOT projects, maintaining public confidence, and ensuring a safe and efficient transportation system.

Job description and application


Shooting at graduation party in Shoreline early Sunday morning sends three to hospital

The American Legion Hall, Post 227
By Diane Hettrick

Three people were injured in a shooting at a graduation party at the American Legion Hall in Shoreline early Sunday morning.

The Legion has been renting their building for private events for the past two years. They are solidly booked on the weekends.

Very little is known about what happened because people at the party and the shooting victims are declining to speak to police.

The hall was rented for a graduation party from 5pm Saturday to 2am Sunday.

What is known is that at 2:08am Sunday morning, 911 calls started coming in reporting multiple shots fired at the Legion Hall, which is located in a very quiet neighborhood at 14521 17th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155.

Police and Shoreline Fire responded and found two people with gunshot wounds. Original reports suggested that the victims were shot in the face and neck, but these were not accurate, at least for the two victims treated at the scene by Shoreline Fire.

It is possible, but not confirmed, that the shots came from people in one or two vehicles outside of the hall.

Shoreline Fire medics immediately transported the victims to Harborview. They were in stable condition. A third victim was transported in a private vehicle before first responders arrived.

The victims are not providing information to police. Partygoers scattered and those that remained also declined to provide information.

The scene was chaotic. Partygoers, major police and fire response. Neighbors for three blocks around were awakened by the shots and gathered on the streets. Seattle PD came in to assist with crowd control.

Police says that this is an open case, under investigation, but difficult to pursue when no one will talk to them.


New Little Free Pantry dedicated at LFP Presbyterian in Lake Forest Park

Pantry in the Park photo by David Walton

Sunday, May 22, 2022,  Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church dedicated a newly constructed food pantry. on the church grounds. 

The church deacons dedicated the pantry
Photo by David Walton
The Deacons of the church finished construction of The Pantry in the Park and it is now installed and open.

All are invited to bring food and/or toiletries to help stock the pantry. Place your donations in the “Pantry in the Park.” 

For those in need, the pantry is free and meant to provide blessings from the church.

--David Walton


Superfortress will fly over again Monday morning after 11am

Watch for Doc Monday
Photo by Jan Hansen
"Doc" is a Boeing B-29 Superfortress. It is one of two that are currently flying in the world, the other B-29 being "FIFI." 

It is owned by Doc's Friends, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Wichita, Kansas, United States.

Doc attends various air shows and offers rides when one pays for the ticket.

Doc is scheduled to fly again Monday at about 11am from Boeing field; then will leave our area.

--Jan Hansen


Shoreline School District announces locations for free summer lunches for children and teens 18 and under

Photo courtesy OSPI
Shoreline Schools are offering free lunches to children and teens ages 18 or under this summer.

Dates: July 5 - July 28, 2022 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Locations and times:

Shorewood High School
17300 Fremont Ave. N, Shoreline, WA 98133
Lunch time: 11:00-11:15 am

Meridian Park Elementary
17077 Meridian Ave. N, Shoreline, WA 98133
Lunch time: 11:20-11:35 am

No registration or application is required. Meals must be eaten on site. 

Children do not need to be enrolled in Shoreline Schools to receive meals.

To locate more summer meal sites in our area, call 1-866-348-6479 or visit the summer meal finder.

Update: Hunger Intervention sites will be published at a later time.


Book review by Aarene Storms: Tell No Tales : pirates of the southern seas

Tell No Tales : pirates of the southern seas by Sam Maggs and Kendra Wells (graphic novel)

Anne Bonny is the fiery captain of La Sirene, a pirate ship crewed by a motley bunch of marauders. The night before a battle, Anne dreams of an unsettling monster, and soon her crew must pursue the truth of her dream.

Many members of this gender/race diverse crew are based on actual historical people, including Anne Bonny herself. 

However, real history gets left far a-stern as the swashbucklers weigh anchor in search of adventure and treasure. 

Read it for the great illustrations and fun narrative, not for the history...although, if you like history, be sure to cruise through the author's endnote and bibliography at the back of the book to learn more about the real people and their lives..

Recommended for readers and pirates ages 10 to adult. Some scribbley bloodshed, some comic cussing, some cartoon canoodling.

Aarene Storms is a librarian who reads and reviews books for all ages.  She can be reached at


I-5, SR 104 lanes and ramps to close overnight for light rail work this week

I-5 SR 104 interchange to
236th SW
There will be several overnight lane ramp closures on SR 104 and I-5 next week as Sound Transit contractor crews continue work on the Lynnwood Light Rail extension

The ramps will close nightly from Monday, May 23 to morning of Friday, May 27. 

Please plan ahead for the following closures:
  • The two right lanes of northbound I-5 will close nightly at 10pm and reopen the following morning at 4:30am.
  • The westbound and eastbound on-ramps to northbound I-5 will close nightly from 9pm to 4:30am.
  • The northbound I-5 off-ramp to 236th Street will close nightly from 9pm to 4:30am.
  • The northbound and southbound I-5 HOV direct access ramps will close nightly from 10pm to 5am.


CORRECTION: Shoreline Farmers Market opens on June 4, 2022 with vendors, prepared lunch, and music

The Shoreline Farmers Market opens Saturday, June 4, 2022 at its new location at 192nd and Aurora.

It's true - we're only 2 short weeks away from OPENING DAY ON JUNE 4!

We hope you're just as excited as we are for our new location. After many wonderful years in Aurora Square (Shoreline Place), the Shoreline Farmers Market is excited to be moving north to the Park n Ride at 192nd St and Aurora Ave N. 

With plenty of parking, you can drive, bike, walk, or hop on the bus: RapidRide E Line, 301, 303, 304, 342.

This season we're bringing back our popular Kids PoP Program. Starting opening day, the program will return to every other market date this season. 

Can't make it to the market? Watch fun and educational kids videos through our website.

Excited for old and new vendors? Visit our website to check out our exciting list of vendors. From freshly harvested vegetables to local honey to handcrafted greeting cards, we have a huge variety of goods for everyone. 

And of course we know that nothing completes a farmers market outing like a freshly prepared lunch to top it off. Each market will be hosting 4-6 prepared food vendors including a food truck. 

We'll have savory tamales, Ethiopian dishes, good 'ol BBQ, plenty of baked goods, and more! 

And what goes best with lunch? Live music! Each market will feature two local musicians for your listening entertainment. Find the schedule on our website and updates on Facebook.


Birds in the Backyard: Black-headed grosbeaks returning north for the summer

Photo by Jan Hansen

Jan Hansen reported that "This is my first sighting of a black-headed grosbeak. They migrate in from Mexico and are usually high up in our forests, but here he is on my deck!"

Photo by Jan Hansen

This is the second grosbeak sighting in Shoreline - so watch for them while the weather remains cool. 

Photo by Jan Hansen

The "large beaks" are pretty unmistakable, as are the distinctive markings.

--Diane Hettrick


Progress on restrooms for Einstein and Hillwood Park

New restroom at Hillwood Park. The area is still surrounded with construction fencing.
Photo by Pam Cross

It has been a long time with no restrooms available for Hillwood Park, but now construction appears close to completion.

During Shoreline School District’s construction of the new Einstein Middle School, the City and School District agreed to a temporary construction easement that allowed for materials storage and construction staging in Hillwood Park. In consideration for the School District’s use of the park, the district agreed to rebuild the park’s restroom facility.

Construction of the new restrooms began on February 22 2022 with demolition of the old structure. The new restroom structure is modular and arrived fully assembled for installation and utility hook up. 

Construction was expected to be fully completed by the end of April, but was delayed slightly. 

City of Shoreline owns the land and will maintain the restroom, as it’s part of Hillwood park. Shoreline Schools is paying for the restroom itself and its installation, as part of the agreement to use some of their land while Einstein Middle School was being built.

--Diane Hettrick


Tickets on sale for Edmonds Summer Wine Walks

June 25th and August 6th - get your tickets now before they sell out!

Your favorite shops in downtown Edmonds will be featuring wine tastings from select Washington boutique wineries. Meet the local winemakers who will be pouring tastes of their hand-crafted wines. Sip local wines, shop small, socialize with good friends, and support the Arts in Edmonds all on a gorgeous summer evening.

A ticket gets you 10 tokens for one-ounce pours. Additional tasting tokens will be available for purchase at the event.

Purchase bottles of wines from the featured wineries directly at the Sip Stops, or at the Pop-up Wine Shop at Coldwell Banker Bain tax-free the evening of the event.

This event is a collaboration between Seattle Uncorked and Art Walk Edmonds. Proceeds benefit Art Walk Edmonds, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Arts in Edmonds - including bringing new murals to Edmonds!

Click here for info and tickets to the Edmonds Summer Wine Walks!


Sunset: Evening sun over the Cascades

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Photo copyright Mike Remarcke

Evening sun over the Cascades Friday night.


Executive Constantine announces plan to rapidly accelerate protection of the last, best 65,000 acres of forests, trails, rivers, farmland, and greenspace

King county executive Dow Constantine
King County Executive Dow Constantine has announced a proposal for the November ballot that would rapidly accelerate the county’s capacity to protect open spaces, including forests, trails, river corridors, farmland, and urban greenspace.

The proposal – which would cost the owner of a median-value home less than $2 more per month – would fully restore the local Conservation Futures Program to its original rate in 2023. 

It would accelerate the Land Conservation Initiative, a regional partnership of communities, cities, farmers, businesses, and environmental leaders to protect 65,000 acres of the highest conservation-value open space.

If approved by the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee, the County Council will vote this summer on whether to put the proposal on the November ballot.

"This is our generation’s moment to protect the last, best places - forests, trails, rivers, farmland, and greenspace - before they are lost forever,” said Executive Constantine. 
“By accelerating land conservation throughout King County, we will confront climate change by protecting mature forests, improve habitat for native salmon, strengthen our local food economy, provide more recreational opportunities, and ensure more equitable access to the outdoors.”
More information here


Development on Linden: ModeraShoreline - report from community meeting

Architect's drawing for planned ModeraShoreline
By Shaun Kerins

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 was a second community meeting for Mill Creek Residential (MCR) North building.

The first attempt had technical issues so MCR scheduled another meeting at the request of the neighborhood.

The presenter was Matt Quigley, Development Associate for MCR, with Cara Lee, Sr. Planner for Shoreline’s Planning and Community Development. 

Mr. Quigley reviewed the current plans for a 7-story, 399 apartment, and 450 parking stalls replacing the current Garden Park Apartments along Linden. 

After the development and timeline presentation, the majority of the meeting was public comment about the proposed development at 17802 Linden Ave N.

Mr. Quigley presented::
  • Proposed Timeline
    • Permit to Shoreline, January 2023
    • Construction Start, 1st Quarter 2023
    • Completed, 3rd Quarter 2025
  • Current design building specifications. Described building as three sections (South, Middle, North):
    • South has a 6-floor Linden side going up to 7-floors - section is a straight rise on Linden.
Architect's rendering of proposed South building

    • Middle– 7-floors on Linden - straight rise from street
Architect's drawing of Middle building

    • North within R4 /R6 housing codes on Linden - stepped design to 7-stories - requires greater setbacks from Linden
North building design

Matt Quigley stated MCR will submit proposed development plans in June, along with required SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act). The SEPA checklist will be submitted at the same time as the building permits. 

This requires a notice of application to all property owners within 500 feet of the site, a property notice sign, and a notice in the Seattle Times. The building permit AND SEPA will be posted on the City’s Land Use Notices webpage and SEPA Register webpage. There will be a 14-day public comment period.

MCR supplied recordings of both meetings: April 6th (a partial) and May 10th (entirety).

The portal for leaving comments opened March 21st and remains open.


Birds in the Backyard: Evening grobeaks

Photo copyright Steve Schneider

We have two pair of Evening Grosbeak visiting for a few days. 

Photo copyright Steve Schneider

It's been hard to get a shot of them in the trees. 
They seem to fly in and eat and then fly out. 

Photo copyright Steve Schneider

Luckily, I caught them resting in the tree. A very pretty bird.

--Steve Schneider


School board hybrid meeting Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - agenda, documents, and meeting link

Shoreline School Board, Superintendents, Finance

The Shoreline School Board will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held in person at 6:00pm in the Shoreline Room, Shoreline Center (18560 1st Ave. NE) and streamed via Zoom. The links to join by Zoom and to see the full meeting agenda are below.

  • 2021-2022 Academic and Student Well-Being Recovery Plan – Grades 6-12 Data Review
  • First Reading: Proposal for the Expansion of Student Voice
  • March and April Monthly Financial Report and April and May Enrollment Update
  • First Reading: Revisions to Policy 5333, Holidays
  • Superintendent Entry Plan: Review and Highlights
Action Item:Adoption of Resolution 2022-4, Shoreline School Board Director Area Redistricting (Final Draft Map)

If you would like to provide written public comment for the regular board meeting, you can do so by filling out this online form by 12:00pm on Tuesday, May 24, and it will be provided to the Board. There will also be a live public comment period during the meeting for those who attend in person or via Zoom.

Link to meeting:
Webinar ID: 856 8335 0564
Passcode: 986988

Dial-In Phone Numbers: 1-253-215-8782 or 1-669-900-6833

Full meeting agenda (download to your computer / device)


Northshore Fire commissioners honor four officers at badge pinning ceremony

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Photo courtesy Northshore Fire

A formal badge pinning ceremony took place at our Northshore Fire Commissioner meeting last night. Joined by Interim Fire Chief Mike Morris and family members - we honored Battalion Chief John Burrow, Battalion Chief Anders Hansson, Lieutenant Travis Ross and not present - Lieutenant Joe Heilman. 

--Northshore Fire


Shoreline Police capture burglary suspect

Graphic courtesy Shoreline Police

On 4/26/22 at approximately 0235hrs Shoreline Officers responded to a burglary that had just occurred at an apartment building in the 15100 blk Stone Ln N.

The Apartment Manager had reported that a white male in his thirties wearing black clothing, and who was holding both a black crowbar and a red duffel bag, had broken into and then broken a door inside of the rental office. A K9 track was attempted but the suspect was not located.

On 05/06/2022 at about 2007 hrs, Shoreline Officers Hunt, Cullen and Oliver were dispatched to a call at 1200 blk of N 175th St for an unrelated call.
Once the officers had completed the call, Officer Hunt drove through the parking lot and noticed a male walking towards the street away from where the patrol cars were parked.
Officer Hunt immediately recognized him as a burglary suspect from multiple prior incidents including the one that occurred on 04/26/2022.
The male was wearing a black jacket with a white logo on the shoulder, green pants, and a purple backpack. This matches the exact same clothing the male was wearing in the footage from these prior incidents.
Officer Hunt detained the subject and compared the recent security footage from Apartment Burglaries and confirmed that it was in fact the same person. The subject was placed under arrest.
A search of the subject’s backpack incident to arrest found several burglary tools including a foldable crowbar with a red handle that matched the one used by the suspect in the burglary.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for two counts of Burglary in the second degree (RCW 9A.52.030).
Great work Officer Hunt!!

--Shoreline Police Department


Scene over the Sound: Armed Forces Day flyover

Photo by Jan Hansen

It is Armed Forces Day, and this morning there was a flyover. I think it is B-29 Superfortress bomber. 
From Wikipedia: The Boeing B-29 Superfortress is an American four-engined propeller-driven heavy bomber designed by Boeing and flown primarily by the United States during World War II, and the Korean War. Named in allusion to its predecessor, the B-17 Flying Fortress, the Superfortress was designed for high-altitude strategic bombing, but also excelled in low-altitude night incendiary bombing, and in dropping naval mines to blockade Japan. B-29s dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and became the only aircraft that has ever used nuclear weapons in combat.
--Jan Hansen


Bicycle activities and outdoor movie in Kenmore Saturday evening

Movie at Town Square Kenmore Saturday, May 21 at 6:30pm
Town Square 6728 NE 181st St, Kenmore, WA 98028

Free admission

Bring a low chair or blanket for seating in Town Square
Bring your bikes to participate in the bike decorating stations, bike rodeo and bike parade

  • 6:30pm: Event begins: bike decorating station, vendor booths- bike demos, bike rodeo, Target Zero booth, City booth
  • 7:00pm- 7:10pm: Parade on 181st
  • 7:10pm- 8:00pm: bike decorating station, vendor booths- bike demos, bike rodeo, Target Zero booth, City booth
  • 8:10pm: Speeches begin in Town Square
  • 8:30pm: Screening begins in Town Square
  • ~10:00pm: Movie ends
  • City Hall parking garage will be open for event parking and surrounding streets
  • NE 181st St between 67th Ave NE and 68th Ave NE will be blocked off for the event
  • There are 3 ADA parking spaces in the Town Square parking lot and 3 ADA parking spaces in the City Hall parking garage
  • There will be extra bike racks at Town Square for this event 
  • Remember to bring your bike locks


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Homework


Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE


Northbound I-5 lanes closed overnight in Mountlake Terrace Friday through Sunday

Crews working on the Lynnwood Link Extension closed the northbound lanes of I-5 between SR 104 and 220th Ave SW in Mountlake Terrace (MLT) overnight Friday, May 20, 2022.

They will be closed again on Saturday 11pm to 6:30am.

On Sunday, the northbound lanes will close as early as 11pm and will reopen at 4am the following morning.

For all three nights, the SR 104 eastbound and westbound on-ramps will close at 9pm. Traffic will be detoured and will rejoin I-5 at 220th Street SW. The MLT Flyover south and north ramps will remain closed all weekend.

To minimize impacts to drivers, northbound I-5 traffic will need to follow designated detour routes. 

Southbound traffic lanes will remain open.

The closure is necessary for the removal of falsework for span supports. The falsework, which was erected in the fall of 2020, is a temporary steel column system between and outside of the girders used to support the construction of the concrete deck on top of which the light rail trains will travel.

Lynnwood Link will extend light rail into Snohomish County, serving four stations, Shoreline South/148th, Shoreline North/185th, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood City Center. 

Upon its opening, riders will enjoy fast, frequent and reliable service between south Snohomish County and the University of Washington, downtown Seattle, the Eastside, Sea-Tac Airport and more. For more information, please visit

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