Shoreline police arrest resident with illegal gun and ammunition hoard

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Shoreline Fire breech the gun safe
Photo courtesy KCSO

Shoreline Police Department have been dealing with a male who lives in the 15700 block of Ashworth Ave N on a somewhat regular basis regarding firearm violations, domestic violence, and mental complaints.

Photo courtesy KCSO

The nature of these calls have become progressively worse, culminating in his arrest on March 29, 2020, after he fired off rounds from his backyard.

That evening, Detective Jones prepared and was granted a search warrant for the house and patrol was able to recover two firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Photo courtesy KCSO

The male is currently the respondent of a Domestic Violence Protection Order, prohibiting the possession of firearms. The suspect represented to the court and to law enforcement officers that he did not have any firearms.

Photo courtesy KCSO

Charges were filed against the male for multiple counts of UPFA (Unlawful Possession of a Firearm), providing false statements, and perjury.

The suspect is currently being held in jail on $115,000 dollars in bail.

Photo courtesy KCSO

On April 2, 2020 Shoreline detectives served another search warrant at the suspect's home and, with the assistance of Shoreline Fire, breached a large gun safe. Inside, they recovered three rifles, a handgun, and hundreds more rounds of ammunition.

Photo courtesy KCSO

Additional charges against the suspect relating to this new violation have been filed.


Inslee, leading nonprofits, launch fund for state’s food banks as supply levels drop

Gov. Jay Inslee joined key nonprofits and local philanthropies Tuesday to launch a coordinated, statewide food relief fund that will help reach those in need in every corner of Washington.

With increasingly high demand, supplies at the state’s food banks have dropped to dangerously low levels, with an estimated 1.6 million people — double the usual number — in Washington expected to depend on those supplies this week.

“Washingtonians are generous neighbors who rise to the occasion, and this is a moment for individuals to make a difference,” Inslee said. “By coming together and contributing to this fund, we can meet this demand across the state and help our neighbors and their families put a meal on the table.”

The relief effort, called WA Food Fund, is being managed by Philanthropy Northwest, a network of philanthropic organizations committed to helping communities across the Northwest. The effort will combine business and philanthropic dollars with individual fundraising to have the most effect.

“We call on all those who are able to contribute — whether that’s $5, $10 or more — to do so because that’s enough to provide one meal to a person in need,” said Philanthropy Northwest CEO Kiran Ahuja.

Donations will be directed to three organizations that deliver food to every food bank across Washington: Food Lifeline; Northwest Harvest; and Second Harvest.

“We know Washingtonians want to help, and this fund is the way to do that because every person and every dollar makes a difference,” said Food Lifeline CEO Linda Nageotte. “By joining forces across the state, we can get more food faster to people in need.”

WA Food Fund is focused solely on serving Washington residents and operates separately from the recently launched America’s Food Fund, which will spread its donations across the country to various organizations.

Contribute to the WA Food Fund, HERE


Snow covered Cascades

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Photo by Mike Remarcke

Do you ever stop to think how incredible it is that we have not one, but two beautiful, snow-capped mountain ranges? Plus Mount Rainier, Mount Baker and a deep Sound full of whales, orcas, ancient sharks, giant Pacific octopus.

As a bonus, streams full of otters, greenspaces with coyotes, raccoons, opossums, the occasional bobcat and bear, small family groups of deer.


Edible Book Festival Results

Edible Book Festival Results
Thank you to everyone who participated! 

The Edible Book Festival carried on this past weekend with some amazing virtual energy from our community and many others from out of state! Many thanks to all of you for getting creative in the kitchen and supporting this event's move to an online format.

There were 64 total submissions and over 500 people’s choice award votes! That’s a dynamite turnout. And thank you to everyone who made donations this year. The arts in our community truly appreciates it during this time of uncertainty. Thank you!

And the winners are…

Youth Entries

Most PUNderful:

 1 - Eleanor Shirts. Book Title: Little Women. Edible Book Entry Title: Griddle Women.

 2 - Eleanor Shirts. Book Title: The Iliad. Edible Book Entry Title: The Chiliad.

 3 - Thomas Scully. Book Title: Little House on the Prairie. Edible Book Entry Title: Brittle House on the Prairie.

Most Book-like

 1 - Penelope Wiese. Book Title: The Hunger Games. Edible Book Entry Title: The Hungry Games.

 2 - Sonia Sidhu. Book Title: The Thing About Jellyfish. Edible Book Entry Title: The Jelly Book.

 3 - Ady Berg. Book Title: Amulet. Edible Book Entry Title: Hamulet.

Most Visually Appealing

 1 - Elana Bronsther. Book Title: Alice Through the Looking Glass. Edible Book Entry Title: Alice Through the Cooking Class.

 2 - Mila Bair. Book Title: Frozen 2 (Frozen 5 minute stories). Edible Book Entry Title: Snow Queen on the Water.

 3 - Jasmine Harrick. Book Title: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Edible Book Entry Title: A Midsummer Ice Cream.

Judges Choice Award

 1 - Ayla Bronsther. Book Title: We Are in a Book. Edible Book Entry Title: We Are in a Cookbook.

 2 - Annemieke Windleharth. Book Title: Baker's Magic. Edible Book Entry Title: Baker the Cat's Magic.

 3 - Iris Cook. Book Title: Artemis Fowl. Edible Book Entry Title: Artemis Cow.

People’s Choice Award

1 - Penelope Wiese. Book Title: The Hunger Games. Edible Book Entry Title: The Hunger Games.

2 - Elana Bronsther. Book Title: Alice Through the Looking Glass. Edible Book Entry Title: Alice Through the Cooking Class.

3 - Emma Roberts. Book Title: Hunger Games Catching fire. Edible Book Entry Title: Hunger games Catching Fruit.

3 - Ady Berg. Book Title: Amulet. Edible Book Entry Title: Hamulet.

Adult Entries

Most PUNderful

 1 - Dan Suiter Book Title: The Jetsetters. Edible Book Entry Title: The Galettesetters

 2 - Liz Pyle. Book Title: A Million Little Pieces. Edible Book Entry Title: A Million Little Reese’s

 3 - Karen Kessinger. Book Title: Little House on the Prairie. Edible Book Entry Title: Little Horse on the Ferry

Most Book-like

 1 - Alli Curtis. The Catcher in the Rye, By J.D. Salinger. Edible Book Entry Title: The Snacker in the Rye, by J.D. Salader

 2 - Taryn Baacke. Book Title: Atlas of Human Anatomy. Edible Book Entry Title: Party Your Face Off!

 3 - Aerika Street Book Title: Anti-Inflammatory Eating For A Happy, Healthy Brain. Edible Book Entry Title: Happy Brain Food.

Most Visually Appealing

 1 - Torin Bracey. Book Title: The Tell-Tale Heart. Edible Book Entry Title: The Tell-Tale Tart.

 2 - Nancy Malek. Book Title: Stone Soup. Edible Book Entry Title: Stone Soup

 3 - Dan Suiter. Book Title: Horton Hatches the Egg.

Judges Choice Award

 1 - Whitney Whitworth. Book Title: James and the Giant Peach. Edible Book Entry Title: James and the Giant Peach and the Tiny Book

 2 - Anne Guthrie Book Title: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD. Edible Book Entry Title: FAR FROM THE WAVING NEIGHBORS.

 3 - Betsy Robertson. Book Title: Over the Moon. Edible Book Entry Title: Over the Moon Pie (cake).

People’s Choice Award

1 - Liz Pyle. Book Title: A Million Little Pieces. Edible Book Entry Title: A Million Little Reese’s

2 - Alli Curtis. The Catcher in the Rye, By J.D. Salinger. Edible Book Entry Title: The Snacker in the Rye, by J.D. Salader.

3 - Whitney Whitworth. Book Title: James and the Giant Peach. Edible Book Entry Title: James and the Giant Peach and the Tiny Book

You can view them all on our website

Thank you to the 2020 jurors: Bill the Chocolate Man, Susan Jones Davis, Julie Hiers, and Bobbie Bender. You all rock!

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor: Jack Malek of Windermere, Broker and Realtor (also a rockstar).

Thanks to our Sponsors: The City of Shoreline & the City of Lake Forest Park (incredibly supportive and artsy cities for the win).

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.


Financial relief for Ronald Wastewater District customers

City Hall Courtyard
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

According to the City of Shoreline, which handles payments for Ronald Wastewater District customers,

Ronald Wastewater District is waiving late fees and the credit card payment convenience fee. They are also deferring past due collection action at this time.

This is due to the economic hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The District, which is in a long process to transfer all operations to the City of Shoreline, is still operated and managed by an elected board.


Sound Transit suspends almost all construction amid COVID-19 response

Sound Transit construction site at exit to SR 104
Photo by Carl Dinse

Due to COVID-19 risks, Sound Transit is directing contractors to suspend almost all construction on its transit expansion projects across the region, starting Monday, April 6.

The very limited work that does continue will focus on tasks considered critical and/or necessary to ensure that all sites remain safe and secure and/or to avoid mobility, environmental or other impacts.

Examples are included below. This work will move forward only under appropriate safety measures including additional worker training and increased monitoring of updated safety plans.

Sound Transit will immediately shut down work in the event that contractors are unable to comply fully with safety plans, as it did on one construction project on March 31.

Sound Transit arrived at this decision after carefully evaluating what heightened measures would be necessary to ensure the safety of the construction workforce and whether contractors are prepared to take those measures.

Sound Transit will be boosting its oversight of those sites that remain open by reallocating safety inspection and construction management resources from those projects that have been closed down.

An example of the work that will continue is light rail construction on the Homer M. Hadley floating bridge. For safety reasons activities on the floating bridge are seasonally restricted. Crews will work to complete necessary work during April through October work window.

Contractors will continue to monitor security at worksites and to maintain the sites, including environmental protection measures.

Sound Transit expects that construction personnel who work on ongoing projects will continue to do so on a voluntary basis and not be compelled.

The period of suspension is currently set for April 6 to May 4.

Sound Transit has the discretion to extend or decrease this period. The agency will monitor the circumstances surrounding each project and continue to work closely with federal, state and local authorities and its labor and contractor partners to evaluate future actions.

Examples of critical work that will continue include:
  • Utility work that is already in progress at various locations will be completed
  • Work in streets of the Tacoma Stadium District that is highly disruptive to the public
  • Work on the I-90 floating bridge
  • Certain sidewalks, ramps and driveways on the Eastside, which are important for the safe passage of pedestrian and vehicular traffic
  • Demolition of buildings along the Federal Way alignment that would pose a public health or safety concern if left standing
  • Fire protection systems work in the I-90 Mount Baker Tunnel
  • Work at the Link Operations and Maintenance Facility East


WSDOT suspending construction work due to COVID-19 safety concerns

Court mandated fish passage culvert work
will continue in the state
Photo courtesy WSDOT

Following the state Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, WSDOT suspended most state construction work and secured construction jobsites March 26. 

With the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order now extended through May 4, WSDOT will likewise continue the construction suspension and limiting maintenance work to all but essential duties through May 4.

WSDOT has been working closely with our contractor, labor and industry partners to develop COVID-19 response plans that would protect all of the people working on our projects by meeting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. 

Unfortunately, despite these efforts, it is not possible to meet the guidelines while maintaining construction. 
There have also been difficulties sustaining sufficient staff levels. In some cases, between 25% and 40% of a given crew was not available to work on WSDOT construction projects.

These are important projects to Washington, and we remain committed to restarting them when safe to do so to ensure the transportation system continues to support our statewide economy and economic recovery.

While most state projects will halt, work to complete fish passage culvert work will continue in order to make progress on the federal court injunction deadlines and to comply with time-sensitive fish windows for in-water work. 

Work on the design portion of design-build projects will continue although fieldwork to support design will be suspended. Some details on that work are evolving in this rapidly changing situation and WSDOT will share more details when they are available.


Wipes in Pipes

Wipes and paper towels removed at treatment plant
Photo courtesy King County Wastewater Treatment Division

You already know that you are not supposed to put wipes and paper towels down the toilet. But lots and lots of you are doing it anyway.

King County Wastewater Treatment Division WTD sent out this photo.

This is a fraction of the wipes, paper towels, and other non-TP products we take out at our treatment plants on a normal day.  
Much of this doesn’t make it to us because it clogs people’s house sewer line first.


Op-Ed: A heartfelt thank you to the City of Shoreline from the Senior Center

City of Shoreline Emergency Community Response Fund 
Grants $50,000 to Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and Shoreline seniors, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the City of Shoreline for financial assistance in the sum of $50,000 through the City of Shoreline Emergency Community Response Fund.

Your generosity will allow us to continue the Essential Services that we have been providing during this challenging time. Seniors are being firmly guided to stay at home and have adhered to this guidance. In doing so, they’ve encountered serious challenges which we quickly recognized and chose to address. 

We’ve been able to continue to provide daily hot nutritious meals delivered to their homes, provide a week’s worth of frozen meals at a time, provide a bag of groceries weekly, as well as assist with errands such as pharmaceutical pickups.

Confining oneself to their home when living alone not only develops feelings of isolation, but can foster fear and anxiety.

Your funding will allow us to continue our Mental Health Services in which seniors can telecommunicate with a mental health counselor, resourcing tips on coping with isolation. Our staff and a select group of skilled volunteers, make hundreds of telephone calls per week, just to say hello and see if individuals have any needs.

During a crisis such as COVID-19, added costs rise, overhead expenses remain the same and revenue halts for a 501(c)3 non-profit organization such as Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center. 

The City of Shoreline foresaw the needs of our community, quickly creating an emergency fund to ensure that critical services such as ours would have some resources to continue the much needed work that each of us performs.

We are very grateful for a council and city administration that has been very proactive in all phases of Emergency Management. We deeply appreciate your support of our work and the welfare of the seniors of Shoreline.


Theresa LaCroix, Director
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center


Amazon donates 8,200 laptops to Seattle Public Schools families

Photo courtesy Amazon

Amazon is donating 8,200 laptops to Seattle Public Schools (SPS) families to help all students within the state's largest school district gain access to a device so they can continue their education at home. 

Amazon's permanent, direct to student donation, valued over $2 million, meets the estimated need for elementary students and will help toward the goal of providing all SPS students with access to a device while at home so they can participate in those parts of continuous learning that call for online access. 

SPS will prioritize distribution of laptops to elementary students who do not have access to a device at home.

"Amazon's gift comes at a crucial time for our students," said Denise Juneau, Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools. 
"We've never lost sight of the need to continue our students' education—even during this unprecedented time—and our community partner Amazon now makes it easier to keep moving forward with the critical work of teaching and learning."

SPS closed schools on March 12 and immediately focused on providing students and families with core needs — meal distribution at 26 sites, as well as an overall approach to remote learning. As the breadth of the challenge for continuous learning came into focus, SPS and the Alliance for Education worked together on finding solutions to support all students and families.

Amazon's donation also kick starts a new fund, the Education Equity Fund, stewarded by the school district's nonprofit partner, the Alliance for Education. This new fund will support students furthest from educational justice in accessing the technology, technical support and additional learning resources required to continue to learn during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Businesses, community groups, and individuals interested in contributing support for students can get started here.


Inslee extends school closures for the rest of the 2019-20 school year

Gov. Inslee at podium and SPI Reykdal standing bay

Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal today announced the extension of school closures for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The order keeps both public and private schools closed in accordance with the governor's original order on March 13.

The governor's proclamation prohibits in-person instruction through June 19, with exceptions for students with disabilities and English language learners for whom distance learning would present challenges. 

Facilities remain accessible for limited use, including providing child care and packing take-home meals for students' families to pick up. All activities must follow Department of Health social distancing guidelines.

"This closure is guided by science and is our greatest opportunity to keep our kids, educators and communities safe," Inslee said at a news conference Monday afternoon. 
"If there is any opportunity to bring students back for a few days, including graduation ceremonies for our seniors, we will continue to explore that option. That opportunity will be guided by our collective behavior and the success we can achieve with the choices we make today."

Inslee said students' grades will not suffer as a result of the closure and encouraged them to take advantage of remaining learning opportunities. The governor also asked teachers and administrators to work together on the best path forward for the remainder of the school year.

“There is no question about it: Our educators and school staff are absolutely dedicated to continuing to provide supports for students and their learning,” Reykdal said. 
“We have already seen districts step up to provide meals for students in need and child care for the children of essential workers. Over the past three weeks, they have prepared for and begun providing continuous learning for students – and this will only get better and more sophisticated over time. We will continue serving our students and we will persevere through this.”

Read the proclamation here.


Public Health Seattle and King county case updates April 6, 2020

Go to the Dashboard for more data on each day

Public Health – Seattle and King County is reporting the following confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19 through 11:59pm on 4/5/20.

  • 3331 confirmed positive cases (up 164* from yesterday)
  • 222 confirmed deaths (up 14 from yesterday)

* The “new confirmed positive cases” figure we publish each day represents all new confirmed cases reported to us through 11:59pm the night prior. 

Some of these test results were processed on days prior but were delayed in being reported to us.

Ed.note: And of course there were people who got sick and recovered without ever being tested or getting into the statistics, particularly early on in the year.

Detailed information about demographics of those who died from COVID-19 is available on the data dashboard 

  • 159 have positive results,
  • 18 have died due to illness
Lake Forest Park: 
  • 15 have positive results
  • 0 have died due to illness
  • 8384 have positive results
  • 372 have died

Forty-eight people are currently staying in King County isolation and quarantine facilities.


Louie likes to ride on the scooter

Monday, April 6, 2020

Photo by Mary Igl

Mary Igl says that her dog Louie, like to ride on the scooter.

In his shades and snappy traveling outfit, Louie would be "one cool cat' if he weren't a dog.


Rob Oxford: There'll Be Another Season

Not Rob but a similar team
Photo by Mathieu Manchin on Unsplash
By Rob Oxford

Mariners opening day has come and gone and at this point in the season the team should still be in first place. Lol! True Seattle fans should understand the reference.

Little League practices should be underway. We should be hearing the crack of the bat and smelling glove leather. 

We should also be laughing hysterically as the horsehide rolls through our T-ballers legs and they turn to give chase.

Instead we are left wondering if there will be another season. I can assure you there will. Maybe not this year, but baseball will return. So will life as we’ve come to know it. That I firmly believe.

I’d like to share a story about baseball (softball actually) that I hope will bring a smile to your face. Something that may remind you of your days at the park or watching your own children play America's Favorite Pastime.

I'd never hit a homerun before in my life, at least not in a league sanctioned game. Oh sure, I'd poked a few out while playing for the radio station against listeners, but those weren't "real" athletes, they were fans and we were disc jockey's playing on a short field.

However, this day in particular would be different and it would mean everything.

I was invited to play for a softball team that had been comprised of the same players for years, a great bunch of guys! Sponsored by Goldie’s on 45th, these guys took softball seriously. They also took their post-game beer drinking at Goldie’s seriously as well.

I don’t recall the actual name of the division in which we were competing, but it was more than just a recreational type of situation. These guys always tried to win, and they didn’t like to lose.

On a summer day in July my father was in town from Phoenix and it'd been a while since we'd seen each other. We had developed a tight bond since my mother passed away and I was excited to see him. I knew he was coming to the game but didn't know what time and as usual he was casually late.

I was playing shortstop or 3rd base and finding it hard to concentrate. I kept looking over my shoulder for his van to pull up. Finally, it did and I could now give the game my undivided attention.

It is important to take a step back and tell you that my father didn't make a lot of my high school football or baseball games. Though he was retired, my Mom was an executive still working full time and putting in long days. My Dad felt it was his obligation to be at home when she arrived after work, dinner in the oven with a glass of wine on the table. I understand all that now but didn't at 16 and 17 years of age. So, him coming to this game was a thrill for me.

He settled into the stands and commenced to flirting with the wives of my teammates, his specialty. Every so often after throwing a runner our at first I would hear these familiar words emanating from the bleachers..."atta boy Bubba"! It was a little embarrassing I guess, being called "Bubba", but he was very proud of me and not afraid to let anyone know.

Finally, it was my turn to bat and the stage was set. It was literally like something from a Hollywood movie. There were 2 outs and we were down by a couple runs. Now you must understand that although I have always been 6’ and in the 200lb. (plus) range, I was the “little guy” on the team and I was a singles hitter, maybe a double every once in a while, but definitely not a slugger.

So, I'm in the on-deck circle about to make my way to the plate, the hitter in front of me just got on base and what do I hear from the stands? "Come on Bubba, hit a homerun". Ugh!, the ultimate kiss of death. Hit a homerun? I hadn't hit a homerun all year. However, something totally magical was about to take place.

I stepped into the batter’s box, dug myself in and waited for that first pitch. From there, things get a little fuzzy. I don't know if it was the second pitch, third, fourth, heck I barely remember hitting the ball....but I did. Man, did I hit that ball. I couldn't believe it. It cleared the center field fence. I was in total shock but trying to act like it was no big deal. But it was a big deal, a very big deal! I'd just knocked in the tying run.

Did I mention it cleared the "centerfield" fence?

I rounded first and was making my way to second when the infield umpire approached me and pointed back to first. I was confused. Didn't I just go yard? It was then that he quietly explained to me that prior to the game I had not been designated as a "homerun hitter". In this league, teams were only allowed two designated home run hitters and I was not one. A ball hit out by any other player would only count as a single. However, anyone on base would score. So, although I knocked in the tying run, was myself driven home by another teammate and we eventually won the game, my monster shot was not considered a homerun.

Being in his late 70’s, my Dad was a little perplexed. In fact, he was downright upset and starting to draw attention to himself. Something for which Oxfords are quite recognized. That’s when I decided it would be best if one of my teammates on the bench went into the stands to explain the rules to my father.

Undeterred, he insisted it was a load of horse manure. After all, he'd never heard of such a thing and if he’d never heard of such a thing…well then, it was flat out wrong.

After 20 years of marriage, having heard it numerous times, my wife can tell this story as well as I can. It's a memory I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Right along with my youngest hitting his first base clearing round tripper (I still have the ball) and my eldest conducting an unassisted triple play. Proud Dad (and Mom) moments for sure.

Our children need healthy activities and for those who love the game, we need baseball. We also need memories. All of which will return, but until they do: Be Positive and Stay Negative.


Local blood supply in danger because of cancellation of school and employer blood drives

Physical Distancing directives have meant the cancellation of the school and employer blood drives that maintain the local blood supply, putting our local blood supply in danger of collapse. 

While inventories are now holding steady as faithful donors and first-time donors respond to the urgent need, continued help is needed as social distancing continues.

Blood donation is exempt from Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. Blood donation is a controlled activity conducted using strict sanitation measures. Routine blood donor screening methods are expected to reliably protect the blood supply, and there have been no reported cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus.

Stay Home. Stay Healthy. Give Blood.

New donors are needed now to step-up and save a life, and for donors to make this a generous and consistent habit. All types of blood are needed for cancer treatment, trauma cases, and many other situations. The process only takes an hour and actual donation time is about 10 minutes.

Bloodworks Northwest has more information on coronavirus, who is eligible to donate blood, and donation locations HERE 

There is a location at Northgate: 

The contact center team remains open Monday – Saturday, however, they are experiencing higher than normal call and email volume, so wait times and reply times are longer than usual. 

If you’re able, leave a message at

Bloodworks is accepting donations by appointment-only in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. You can make an appointment for donation by visiting the website or by calling 800-398-7888.


We're going on a bear hunt

Bears look out the windows of the Segars home.
Photo by Heather McGuire Segars

One effect of the COVID-19 quarantine is that families are getting out of their homes to take walks around the neighborhood.

This is particularly important for children who are used to going to school and seeing friends.

It's not certain where the Bear Hunt started - some say New Zealand - but with a third of the world quarantined, the practice of putting bears in windows has gone viral.

This bear is looking out the window of the Segars' home in the Echo Lake Neighborhood.

Families go for walks and look for the bears in their neighborhood.


Bill sponsored by Rep. Valdez is signed into law

Rep. Javier Valdez D-46
On Friday, Gov. Inslee signed a bill to increase punishments for false emergency reporting. 

Known as swatting, this practice sends heavily armed law enforcement to the homes of innocent people under the belief that there is a life-threatening situation.

The proposal, House Bill 2632, was sponsored by Rep. Javier Valdez (D-46) in the House. 

It identifies the different outcomes and intents of a false report, establishing corresponding punishments depending on the seriousness of the offense. 

This could result in a class B felony and 10 years in prison if a swatting call directly leads to someone’s death.

Recently, Seattle prosecutors charged four members of a neo-Nazi group, including two Washingtonians, with threatening and harassing journalists. One member was charged with using swatting calls to target an investigative journalist.

“The rise in swatting has disproportionately targeted communities of color, the LGBTQ community, and religious communities,” said Valdez. “Swatting has caused needless trauma and death, which becomes even more tragic when done as a reckless prank or act of hate.”

House Bill 2632 passed unanimously in both the House and Senate before arriving at Governor Inslee’s desk. The new law takes effect in June this year.

Rep. Valdez represents the 46th LD which includes Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, and Lake City.


Scene on the Sound: Physical distancing

Photo by Barbara Twaddell

Barges on Puget Sound practice appropriate Physical Distancing Sunday.


Gov. Inslee returns 400 ventilators to the federal stockpile

Gov. Jay Inslee returned 400
ventilators to federal stockpile

Gov. Jay Inslee, recognizing the dire situation in other states, announced the state of Washington will return more than 400 ventilators received from the Strategic National Stockpile to the SNS inventory to help states facing higher numbers of COVID-19 cases.

"These ventilators are going to New York and others states hardest hit by this virus," Inslee said. 
"I’ve said many times over the last few weeks, we are in this together. This should guide all of our actions at an individual and state level in the coming days and weeks."

Washington state continues to prepare for increased hospitalizations and the necessary treatment of serious cases of COVID-19. The state recently purchased more than 750 ventilators, which are expected to arrive over the next several weeks when Washington may need them most.

“I spoke with the governor after conferring with the Washington State Hospital Association to determine what help Washington could offer other states,” said Vice Admiral (ret.) Raquel Bono, M.D., Director, Washington State COVID-19 Health System Response Management. 
“Thanks to the mitigation efforts the governor has put in place and the cooperation of Washingtonians, we have seen fewer infections in our communities than anticipated. Our current status allows us to help others who have a more immediate need.”

It is important that Washingtonians continue to stay home, wash hands and maintain physical distancing. 

The data shows that current community mitigation strategies are working to slow the spread of COVID-19, and must be sustained to ensure Washington’s continued success.

“We are especially concerned that physical distancing outside the Puget Sound needs to improve to sustain our gains as more cases are diagnosed across the state. 
"Please do your part and remember that we are all in this together,” Inslee said.


Daffodils with proper Physical Distance

Photo by Mike Remarcke

Mike Remarcke said that he and Terry had to get out of the house, so they drove up to Mt. Vernon Sunday.

"No tulips of course, but a few daffodils and 1.99 cash gas prices! A wonderful trip, never got out of the car but for a photo or two!"

Daffodils bloom first, then the tulips start blooming.


Fire calls don't stop for a pandemic

Essential construction: work continues on the North City fire station
Photo by Mike Remarcke

Even in the middle of a pandemic, fire departments and medics are still doing regular business. They are just dressed a little differently and ask questions about the health of the household before coming in - so they can dress appropriately.

Here are the stats for Shoreline Fire for the 1st Quarter - January through March 2020

  • Aid - 1045
  • Aid Non Emergency - 196
  • Motor Vehicle Collision Aid (MVA) - 51
  • MVA Medic - 8
    • +6 w/ M142 and M157 in Bothell, Kirkland, Northshore and Woodinville
  • MVA Rescue - 4 w/M157 and M142
  • Medic - 466
    • +575 w/ M142 and M157 in Bothell, Kirkland, Northshore and Woodinville
  • Cardiac Arrest - 23 
    • +38 w/M142 and M157 in Bothell, Kirkland, Northshore and Woodinville
  • Automatic Fire Alarm (AFA) - 91
  • Appliance Fire - 2
  • Bark Fire - 2
  • Dumpster Fire - 2
  • Electrical Odor - 4
  • Extinguished Fire - 1
  • Flooding Minor - 8
  • Gas Spill/Absorbent - 3
  • Haz - 21 CO alarms
  • Haz Aid - 2
  • Natural Gas Minor - 2
  • Natural Odor - 5
  • Smoke/Burn Complaint - 18
  • Smoke Commercial/Multi-Family/Residence - 13
  • Smoke Smell/Haze in the Area - 1
  • Service Call - 31
  • Structure Fire Commercial - 1 w/M157
  • Working Fire Residential - 6
    • +3 w/M142 and M157 in Bothell, Kirkland, Northshore and Woodinville
  • Structure Fire Unconfirmed - 7
  • Vehicle Fire - 7


Public Health Seattle and King county case update April 5, 2020

4-5-2020. Rate of infection is high among all adult age groups. The stark difference
is that far more of the oldest among us die, while the others recover.

Public Health—Seattle and King County is reporting the following confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19 through 11:59pm on 4/4/20.
  • 3167 confirmed positive cases (up 269* from yesterday)
  • 208 confirmed deaths (up 8 from yesterday)

*Many of the new cases being reported today were diagnosed in days prior and do not necessarily represent a spike in new cases. The “new confirmed positive cases” figure published each day represents all new confirmed cases reported to us through 11:59 the night prior. Some of these test results were processed on days prior but were delayed in being reported.


Thirty-nine people are currently staying in King County isolation and quarantine facilities.

  • 159 have positive results
  • 17 have died due to illness
Lake Forest Park:
  • 16 have positive results
  • 1 has died due to illness
  • 49 have positive results
  • 3 have died due to illness
  • 7,984 have positive results
  • 338 have died


WeatherWatcher: Dry weather and a little warmer this week

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park under partly sunny skies
Photo by Carl Dinse on April 4, 2020.

Forecast: Warming up and drying out is the trend in store for us this week. Partly sunny to sunny skies are expected all week until Friday evening. Lows through the entire week are expected to be right around 40°F. Warmest days expected are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Daily high temperatures expected by The National Weather Service for Shoreline:

  • Monday: 57°F
  • Tuesday: 54°F
  • Wednesday: 56°F
  • Thursday: 60°F
  • Friday: 58°F
  • Saturday and Sunday: 54°F

Clouds and the chance of rain expected to return by Friday evening and will likely last through the weekend.

For current weather conditions visit


A squirrel's reach should exceed her grasp, thought Lydia (and Robert Browning:)

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

Good thing I took that yoga class.


Have you completed the Census?

Election Day is not the only day in 2020 that will decide our future. 

The Census is a chance to make a real difference in our communities. 

When we fill out the census form and make sure that all of us are counted, we can help our communities get the schools, hospitals, roads, and representation we need. 

If we don’t get counted, we don’t count

And we’ll miss out for the next 10 years.

Complete the Census today from the couch, from your bed, from the kitchen table - the Census is online and so easy to fill out. 

Make your voice heard today and for the next decade. Here is a toolkit with the simple steps to help get you started.

Complete the Census Today

You should have received your census postcard in the mail with a 12 digit code to fill out your census online at If not, don't worry - just put in your address to start.


32 LD Democrats will meet April 8 on Zoom

32nd LD Chair Alan Charnley says "I hope you all are weathering this crisis and that we all come out safe and alive. 

"Once again we are canceling our in person General Meeting."
The meeting will be on Snohomish County Zoom on April 8th from 7:00-8:30pm

Here are the details:

Zoom link to the meeting:
Meeting ID: 327 111 268
Password: 059972

If you don't have zoom please download it in advance of the meeting. 

Keep in mind this new so we have many bugs to work out. We will be holding NO VOTES but seeing if Zoom is a way for us to meet for the time being. Also if you want to be a delegate moving forward here is the information. 

If you have questions about zoom email us and we will do the best to respond as quickly as possible. 


Time for a laugh: Everyone already has your data

Photo by Jason Sung on Unsplash
Used to be ordering a pizza just meant a challenge to get the right toppings, right crust, and no onions. It's a brave new world.

Is this Gordon's Pizza?

No sir, it's Google Pizza.

I must have dialed a wrong number.  Sorry.

No sir, Google bought Gordon’s Pizza last month.

OK.  I would like to order a pizza.

Do you want your usual, sir?

My usual? You know me?

According to our caller ID data sheet, the last 12 times you called you ordered an extra-large pizza with three cheeses, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and meatballs on a thick crust.

OK! That’s what I want ...

May I suggest that this time you order a pizza with ricotta, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes and olives on a whole wheat gluten-free thin crust?

What? I detest vegetables!

Your cholesterol is not good, sir.

How the hell do you know!

Well, we cross-referenced your home phone number with your medical records.  We have the result of your blood tests for the last 7 years.

Okay, but I do not want your rotten vegetable pizza! I already take medication for my cholesterol.

Excuse me sir, but you have not taken your medication regularly. According to our database, you purchased only a box of 30 cholesterol tablets once, at Drug RX Network, 4 months ago.

I bought more from another drugstore.

That doesn’t show on your credit card statement.

I paid in cash.

But you did not withdraw enough cash according to your bank statement.

I have other sources of cash.

That doesn’t show on your last tax return unless you bought them using an undeclared income source, which is against the law.


I'm sorry, sir, we use such information only with the sole intention of helping you.

Enough already!  I'm sick to death of Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and all the others. I'm going to an island without internet, cable TV, where there is no cell phone service and no one to watch me or spy on me.

I understand sir, but you need to renew your passport first. It expired 6 weeks ago...

-Thanks to Marc W for sending this in


Students create virtual art show to replace the cancelled in-person showing

Last train home
Artist Emily Chen

During these challenging times, it’s important that arts and culture remain accessible to people. As Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan’s acknowledged on the same day that Gov. Inslee extended the stay-home order until early May, our residents rely on “…musicians and artists (to) ensur(e) (that) our…incredible culture continues to be accessible to all” (Durkan Digest, April 2, 2020). 

This is especially true for young artists whose imagination will shape our future.

Remember the cancelled student-organized art show called “Coming Home”? (See previous article).

The show is still mounted at City Hall but inaccessible while the quarantine is in place.

The students have created a virtual tour of the artwork by creating a webpage with 96 images of art by Shorewood students.

Shoreline Public Art Coordinator David Francis says, "Great job under difficult circumstances by Taylor Wang, George Segress, Kaitlin Tang, Alice Mao, Adam Yu; with support from Seattle Artist League. Hoping the world will eventually get a chance to share and celebrate this accomplishment!"

Here is a statement prepared by the students:

The central theme of the most recent Student Art Spaces exhibition Coming Home challenges young artists to reflect on what home means to them and display these ideas through visual art. For some artists, the idea of “home” is represented by a literal country or physical location which becomes the subject of a piece, whereas for others, a piece can kindle unique emotions that embody their individual experiences with “home.”
With the current stressful state of political division, global pandemics, and individual struggles in school, it is vital that art offers an escape and community for teens to return to, in other words, a metaphorical home. Exclusive to local teen artists, the Coming Home exhibition offers a creative opportunity to display how the state of Washington has become a home to them and what that means to each of them individually.

There will be an actual opening reception in May or June when the quarantine is lifted. 

In the meantime, King County’s arts and culture organization 4culture is now offering artists emergency relief funds (apply by May 15).


Sunday's flowers: Skagit Valley tulips

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Since the tulip farms are closed to visitors and the Tulip Festival is cancelled - here's your tulip fix from a previous year.


Gov. Inslee signs Rep.Davis' bill removing insurance barriers to treatment for substance abuse

Rep. Lauren Davis D-32

Friday, April 3: Governor Inslee signed HB 2642, removing health coverage barriers to accessing substance use disorder treatment services. The bill signing was covered by TVW, and can be viewed live here.

House Bill 2642 was sponsored by Rep. Lauren Davis (D-Shoreline).

The legislation prohibits health insurance plans offered to public employees, Medicaid enrollees, or those on the commercial market from requiring prior authorization for admission to residential substance use disorder treatment or withdrawal management (detox) services.

It also directs the Health Care Authority to develop an action plan to improve the transition of clients between levels of care, allowing clients to move directly from hospitalization or incarceration to treatment.

“This represents a seismic shift in our substance use disorder system of care. It is imperative that we take advantage of the window of willingness when a person in active addiction makes the courageous decision to choose treatment. If we fail to provide these individuals with access to care within that window, we may never have a second chance,” said Rep. Davis.
“Families pray for the day when their loved one in active addiction finally asks for help. Then, they’re told to wait weeks or months for an assessment, insurance pre-authorization and a bed date. People are dying of preventable overdose from a treatable brain disease because we fail to provide them access to care when they need it most. When we provide rapid access to addiction treatment, recovery happens,” she continued.

The legislation is supported by the Association of Alcoholism and Addiction Programs of Washington State and four of the state’s managed care organizations that provide health coverage for Medicaid recipients, including Amerigroup, Coordinated Care, UnitedHealthcare, and Community Health Plan of Washington.

The House and Senate health care committees heard heart-wrenching testimony from parents whose children died when they were not able to get the help they needed during their window of willingness.

View the public testimony here:
Jan 29, 2020 House Health Care and Wellness Committee
Feb 21, 2020 Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health and Long Term Care Committee

The bill passed with a unanimous final House vote following unanimous passage by the state Senate. The House initially approved the legislation with a near unanimous vote of 94-4.

Rep. Davis represents the 32nd LD which includes Shoreline, NW Seattle, south Edmonds, Woodway, most of Lynnwood, a few blocks of Mountlake Terrace


Department of Health now recommends wearing cloth masks in public to protect other people from your possible infection

Masks and photo courtesy Sara Betnel

Washington state is currently experiencing significant community-based transmission of COVID-19. 

Recent information suggests that a significant portion of persons with COVID-19 may not have any symptoms, and even those who do have symptoms can transmit the infection before showing signs of illness.

The Washington State Department of Health now recommends that people wear cloth face coverings when they are in public settings where they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from others.

This recommendation is not a substitute for existing guidance to maintain 6-feet of physical distance from non-household members and performing frequent hand hygiene with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

Wearing cloth face coverings will not prevent spread of COVID-19 without these other protective measures.

This is not a mandate that you must wear a face covering. It is considered an additional layer of protection.


Nintendo donates 9,500 N95 masks to Eastside Fire and Rescue

Nintendo office in Redmond WA
Photo courtesy Nintendo
Nintendo of America, headquartered in Redmond, Washington, donated of 9,500 N95 masks to Eastside Fire and Rescue.

North Bend is home to the North American production facility of the world’s largest video gaming company, Nintendo.

Two weeks ago, Nintendo representative Jerry Danson contacted Eastside Fire and Rescue to donate over 9,500 N95 Particulate Respirator masks.

Danson stated the masks were originally purchased for emergency preparedness planning; however, amidst the COVID-19 crisis, knew they were needed elsewhere. Eastside Fire and Rescue staff will distribute the masks throughout the region to address immediate needs, including the City of North Bend.

This crisis is unprecedented. The safety and security of community members is paramount in our daily mission. The east King county communities served by City of North Bend and Eastside Fire and Rescue deeply appreciate the generous donation from Nintendo.


Public Health Seattle and King county case update April 4, 2020

Public Health—Seattle and King County is reporting the following confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19 through 11:59pm on 4/3/20.
  • 2898 confirmed positive cases (up 111 from yesterday)
  • 200 confirmed deaths (up 14 from yesterday)

Dashboard HERE. Be sure to click the button to filter by “positive results only” to see age and gender of deaths.

Thirty-eight people are currently staying in King County isolation and quarantine facilities.

  • 143  have positive results
  • 15 have died due to illness
Lake Forest Park:
  • 16 have positive results
  • 1 has died due to illness
State Number
  • 7591 (+625 from yesterday) confirmed cases in the state
  • 310 have died due to illness


Edible Book Festival - Vote Now

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Edible Book Festival - Vote Now

Vote for the People’s Choice Award until 4pm Sunday

The Edible Book Festival has opened up its online voting for the People’s Choice Award for both adult and youth entries. This year there were a total of 65 edible book submissions! Many thanks to all of you for getting creative in the kitchen and supporting this event's move to an online format. Afterall, you can’t quarantine creativity!

All of the culinary creations have been inspired by a book, or a pun on a book title, and made out of edible ingredients (some exceptions) —sweet or savory. It may look like a book, tablet, or scroll... or be completely unique.

We need YOUR vote for the People's Choice Awards - voting will be open online from 8am Saturday, April 4th, to 4pm, Sunday, April 5th. 

We will announce the winners via a live stream Sunday, April 5 on Facebook live at 5pm PST (winners will be posted immediately afterwards).

Our jurors will rate all the submissions over the weekend. Categories include, Most PUNderful, Most Book-like, Most Visually Appealing, Judges Choice Award, and People’s Choice Award.

2020 jurors include Bill the Chocolate Man, Susan Jones Davis, Julie Hiers, and Bobbie Bender.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor: Jack Malek, Broker and Realtor

Thanks to our Sponsors: The City of Shoreline and the City of Lake Forest Park

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.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Visualize

Just need to try a little harder...


Kruckeberg has online resources for kids and adults

Activities to do at home
Check out Kruckeberg Botanic Garden's Kid's Only page to access free online learning resources for students and their families! 

Created by local organizations, these self-guided activities, worksheets, and videos can help you and your students take advantage of the unique learning opportunities found in our homes, backyards, and other outdoor spaces.

Are you an adult looking for learning opportunities? Check out our adult learning resource page for online courses, videos, and community science projects.


State Patrol loans equipment to UW to help increase COVID-19 testing

ThermoFisher 7500 testing units
were loaned to the UW from WSP

On Friday, March 27, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) Crime Laboratory Division provided the University of Washington (UW) Medical Center with critical equipment to increase COVID-19 testing.

The UW Virology department currently processes about two to three-thousand COVID-19 clinical samples a day. 

With this number expected to increase, the department was in need of additional ThermoFisher ‘7500’ testing units. 

Due to high demand for the units, the company is experiencing an inability to fill requests for them.

After being contacted by ThermoFisher, The WSP’s Vancouver Crime Lab DNA Section identified two units as available and loaned those to the UW. 

These were new units slated for the WSP High-Throughput Laboratory, but they are not scheduled to be placed in service until June, so there will be no impact to current operations at the lab.

“It is important that WSP helped to enhance the public health of our citizens during this time of crisis,” said WSP Chief John Batiste. 
“Our Crime Laboratory teams are committed to making a difference every day for the health and safety of all Washingtonians, and this partnership is a great example of their dedication.”

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