What does Peace mean to you? Contest for students and adults

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park’s Peacebuilders Contest: 
 “What Peace Means To Me” 

The Rotary Club invites you to enter their first PeaceBuilders contest by expressing what Peace means to you. 

You can express yourself in any of these forms: 
  • essay, poetry, haiku, short story, lyrics, 
  • artwork (drawing, painting, photograph, sculpture, collage) - send photos of artwork only, no videos will be accepted
Competition categories:
  • Kindergarten to 2nd grade
  • 3rd to 5th grade
  • 6th to 8th grade
  • 9th to 12 grade
  • All adults
The competitions are open now with an end date of Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2021. The winner in each category receives a $50 gift card to Third Place Books.

Email your submissions to: lfprotarypeacebuilders@gmail.com


Shoreline Schools seeks community input for Superintendent search

Shoreline Public Schools is starting the search for its next superintendent.

As part of the process, they are seeking input and candid feedback from families, staff, students and community members to ensure that all voices are included in helping find the best superintendent for the school district. 

You can help in this process by taking a moment to complete this Superintendent Search Feedback Survey by 11:59pm on Friday, January 29, 2021. 

All responses are completely anonymous.

Make your voice heard and help shape the future of Shoreline Public Schools by completing this important survey at: https://survey.k12insight.com/r/2021ShorelineSuperintendentSearch


Photo: After the windstorm

Found the Trail!
Photo by Seattle Poppy

This is why you don't walk in our parks during a windstorm.

There's a trail in here somewhere!
Photo by Seattle Poppy


Vaccinations - official and unofficial information

By Diane Hettrick

Following is the official press release from the Department of Health.

However, here's what I'm hearing from individuals. The website to verify your eligibility (phase finder) is crashing and malfunctioning. We live in a tech-rich state - give it a few days and they'll get it fixed.

The governor has just moved the eligibility age to 65 from 70.

The over -50 multigenerational eligibility is aimed at families where the oldest members are not known to any medical facility. This is where the Phase Finder will be very useful.

People who are calling doctors, clinics, offices to make an appointment for a vaccine are being told that appointments are not being made now.

They will call you. The only person I know who got a vaccine today was called by the hospital, made an appointment over the phone and went in for the shot.

If you have received an email or a letter from a medical provider, hospital system, or pharmacy you use, that means you are on someone's list. You might have thrown it away thinking it was junk mail. My husband got a letter from PacMed that was an entire page long and it basically said - we don't have the vaccine now but when we do, we'll call you.

Here's the communication from the DOH, slightly edited.

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced today that we are moving into Phase 1B tier 1, expanding access to COVID-19 vaccine to thousands more people per week. As of January 16, we’d given almost 294,386 doses of vaccine. That’s 42.3% of the 696,075 total doses of vaccine that have been delivered to Washington state. Last week, we were giving an average of 14,300 vaccines per day. With the actions announced today, we will make forward progress that we need on vaccines.

We are focusing on expanding the phases and providing more flexibility for providers giving out the vaccine. Our goal is to vaccinate 45,000 people a day, but since we do not have that amount of vaccine coming into our state just yet, in the meantime we are not waiting, but instead building our capacity. 

This depends on the close coordination of the state with our local partners including health departments, hospitals, pharmacies, clinics and providers – everyone who works together to get that lifesaving dose to you.

Phase changes
  • We’re changing the age restrictions from 70 and older – to 65 and older. This change means that now people 65 and older will be able to get a vaccine. This will align with the federal government announcement last week.
  • We will not be changing 1B tier 3 to just one underlying condition.
  • The state will allow providers flexibility for Phase 1B tier 2 through tier 4 eligible individuals to allow for easier administration of the vaccine in congregate settings and workplaces to help increase the throughput. For example, if a school district arranged for a clinic for phase B2-B4, all eligible workers could be vaccinated at the same time. 
  • Our hope is to get to phase 1B tiers 2, 3 and 4 in late winter or early spring. We’re going to get through 50% of tier 1 before we add in anyone else.

Phase Finder
If you want to know what phase you’re in, find your spot in line with Phase Finder. 

Here’s how it works:
  • Go to FindYourPhaseWA.org and fill out the questionnaire.
  • If you’re eligible, you will get a confirmation.
  • Phase Finder will show you locations where you can get the vaccine.
  • Call and schedule your appointment.
  • Take your Eligibility Confirmation (printed or a screenshot) with you.
  • If you aren’t eligible for the vaccine yet, you’ll be able to sign up to get an email or text alert when you are.

Multigenerational households

One of the things that we’re not changing is prioritizing people in multi-generational households. One of the strongest themes we have heard from communities is the unique risk that exists for older adults and elders in multigenerational households. 

We recognize that many people who live in these households may live with an essential worker who is bringing potential work exposure home. 

We also know that our BIPOC, refugee and immigrant communities are more likely to live in multi-generational households, are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and older adults in these communities are less likely to be reached in long term care facilities.

Prioritizing older adults and elders in these households is our way of ensuring protection for these high-risk individuals who weren't reached through long term care facilities in Phase 1A.

For clarity, a multigenerational household is a home where individuals from 2 or more generations reside – such as an elder or grandchild.

Here’s an example of someone in a multigenerational household who is eligible: Think of a person over 50 who cannot live independently and receives long-term care from a caregiver, lives with someone who works outside the home, or lives with and cares for a grandchild.


With all this talk about prioritization, we also want to emphasize: Waste is the last thing we want. We don’t want any provider to think they should throw it in the trash instead of giving it to someone. These have to get to the people of Washington and they have to get out now. If there are extra vaccine doses that are at risk of going to waste, providers may give them to the next right person. Moving into Phase 1B represents a big step forward – but we must be vigilant in preventing waste whenever and wherever we can.

Next steps

The vaccine rollout plan is expansive, and the governor’s office is announcing even more exciting changes. You can read about them here.

If you have questions, you can get help over the phone from State COVID-19 Assistance Hotline: Dial 1-800-525-0127, then press #. Phone interpretation is available.


Missing Shoreline man found Monday morning

Unc is safely back home
David "Unc" Williams went missing on Saturday, January 16, 2021 around 3pm from his home near N 145th and 3rd Ave NE.

His family was distraught. David has Prader Willi genetic syndrome with diabetes and requires daily medical attention.

He is very small, 4'11", 58 years old.

He has gone missing at least twice before but is usually found within a few hours in a nearby park or grocery store.

This time he was gone for two days.

His family reports that he is well and they are very happy to have him home.


Northwest African American Museum - Virtual King Day Experience

Monday, January 18, 2021

Monday January 18, 2021 from 11am – 7pm. 

See webpage for complete schedule.

Virtual festivities include an inspirational lineup of community leaders reading civil rights books virtually to children and family-based trivia.

The keynote program will feature music of the movement, messages for the moment, and meaningful virtual community connections.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr., Morehouse College alumnus, nationally-renowned public intellectual figure seen on MSNBC and Meet the Press, and Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Princeton University.


LFP Rotary Masquerade Party and Auction Feb 6


Lake Forest Park Rotary is going virtual with a Masquerade Party and Auction on Friday February 6, 2021

Join us as we come together to support all the projects the Lake Forest Park Rotary Charitable Foundation contributes to locally and around the world.

More information: LakeForestParkRotary.com


Case updates January 16, 2021

Case updates January 16, 2021

United States
  • cases 23,653,919 - 213,145 new cases since yesterday
  • deaths 394,495- 3,557 new deaths since yesterday

Washington state
  • cases 289,939 - 3969 since last report
  • hospitalizations 16,558 - 188 since last report
  • deaths 3,903 - 0 since last report

*1-17-21: On Sunday, January 17, 2021 the WA State Department of Health notified local health jurisdictions that they resolved a duplication issue that removed 950 duplicate records for positive cases from their data system. This correction resulted in decreased counts of positives, hospitalizations, and deaths reflected on today's dashboard for King county and its cities.

King county*
  • cases 71,982 - -292 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 4,593 - -72 since yesterday
  • deaths 1,179 - -9 since yesterday

Seattle* - population 744,995 (2018)
  • cases 18,044 - -340 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 1,088 - -54 since yesterday
  • deaths 298 - -7 since yesterday

Shoreline* - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 1,792 - -1 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 167 - 1 since yesterday
  • deaths 82 - 0 since yesterday

Lake Forest Park* - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 229 - 2 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 18 - 0 since yesterday
  • deaths 4 - 0 since yesterday


Council seeks volunteers for voters’ pamphlet pro and con committees for potential Shoreline Proposition 1: General Obligation Bonds Parks Improvements and Park Land Acquisition

Hillwood Park

At their January 11, 2021 meeting, the Shoreline City Council indicated they intend to move forward with placing a bond measure for parks improvements and park land acquisition on the April 27, 2021, special election ballot.

The measure could include money for parks improvements and park land acquisitions. Council is scheduled to make a final decision at their January 25 meeting.

Accompanying the April ballots will be the King County Voters’ Pamphlet. 

The pamphlet will include an explanatory statement from the City that states the effect of a bond measure if approved. 

In response will be statements in support and opposition to the ballot measure. 

State law requires the City Council to appoint two committees to draft the pro and con statements. 

The committees can have no more than three members each; however, the committees may seek advice from any person or persons. The committees will also have an opportunity to write a rebuttal statement to the other side’s statement.

Individuals interested in applying for one of the committee positions can fill out an online application. Applications are due by February 4 at 10:00am. 

The City Council will review the applications and appoint the committee members at its February 8 business meeting.

To learn more about the requirements for the voter’s pamphlet and the duties of the pro and con committees, review the 2021 Jurisdiction Manual at King County Elections.


Volunteers needed to serve on the Shoreline Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services/Tree Board

Hamlin Park
Photo by Hitomi Dames

The City of Shoreline is now accepting applications for four volunteers to serve on the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services/Tree (PRCS/Tree) Board

Board Members must live, work, or own property in Shoreline and are appointed by the City Council to serve four-year terms.

The PRCS/Tree Board advises the City Council and City staff on a variety of parks, recreation, public art, and environmental issues including trees on public property; park operation and design; programs and events; property acquisition; arts opportunities; and development of rules and regulations.

The Board consists of seven adult members and two non-voting youth members and meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from January through October and the first Thursday in December from 7:00 to 9:00pm. 

The Board is currently meeting via Zoom, though this will be revisited when restrictions are lifted hopefully later this year.

Those interested in being considered must complete a Shoreline Community Services Application

Completed applications must be received by the City Clerk’s office no later than 5:00pm on February 5, 2021.

For more information visit the website: Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services/Tree Board | City of Shoreline or contact Colleen Kelly, 206-801-2251 or ckelly@shorelinewa.gov


42 overdose deaths in King county in a two-week period - the highest ever documented

It is important to have naloxone available.
Public Health – Seattle and King County is alerting our community about a sharp rise in fatal overdoses over the past two weeks. 

In the period from Dec. 27, 2020 to Jan. 9, 2021, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified 42 suspected or confirmed overdose deaths.
Sadly, this two-week period is the highest number of overdoses in a two-week period ever documented in King County.

After an increase in overdose deaths in late spring and summer, overdose deaths declined in the fall. 

These last two weeks mark a sharp increase — double the average number of weekly fatal overdoses throughout much of 2020.

The overdoses were geographically dispersed across King County and fall into similar age distributions often seen with drug overdoses. 

Half of decedents were between the ages of 36 and 55. In this two-week period, 45% of the fatal overdoses were among females, which is higher than usual.

More information here


Washington youth -- Design solutions to the state's big issues

Gov. Jay Inslee, Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, the STEM Education and Innovation Alliance, Career Connect Washington and community partners including 4-H Washington, announce the launch of the State of Innovation Challenge — a virtual, career-connected problem solving challenge that invites Washington youth to design and share their own solutions to some of the biggest issues Washington’s employers and communities are facing in 2020 and 2021.

From COVID-19 testing, to mental healthcare for social distancing teens, to keeping our food supply chain robust, to creating more sustainable schools, towns, and manufacturing centers for our post-COVID-19 future, the last 12 months have had no shortage of complex issues. 

Through the Challenge, students can explore these issues in depth, consider how they impact their communities, and work with teachers or other adult advisers to share with state leaders through the Challenge website.

As they design their Challenge solutions, youth will have opportunities to interact with industry leaders from fields like healthcare, manufacturing, technology, agriculture and hospitality to learn how these industries are addressing 2020’s challenges while also exploring their own future career path. 

Educators, youth-serving program leaders and youth can sign up for more information at www.innovationwa.org.

"Washington has always been a state of dreamers, doers and innovators,” Inslee said. “This year, as we face some of the biggest challenges our state has ever faced, we want to invite the next generation of problem solvers to help us find the way forward.”

Created with the input of teachers and youth program leaders, the Challenge is designed to support educators working with youth in the virtual environment. They can share lesson and activity plans with peers, and use the provided videos, research and industry engagement sessions to further engage students.

"Our educators are doing incredible work engaging students in a new digital environment," Reykdal said. “The Challenge provides ways for them to share that work with peers across the state, to collaborate and to connect classroom topics to the real-world problems that young people are focused on right now.”

Youth can also learn about pathways to postsecondary education and training like Career Launch programs, Washington College Grant and the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship.

“We want to create pathways to opportunity for young people, especially those who face systemic barriers to opportunity,” said James Dorsey, STEM Alliance co-chair and CEO of the College Success Foundation. “We want to empower youth to take on today’s problems, and also help them find the pathway to the future they envision for themselves.”

The State of Innovation Challenge invites youth to create solutions to one of three cases:
  • “The Food Chain”: How can we ensure that every Washingtonian can have access to healthy, affordable, and environmentally sustainable food during the pandemic, especially low-income households?
  • “Responding to COVID-19”: How can we support the mental health of teens and elders while practicing social distancing? How can we ensure all Washington residents have accurate, actionable, accessible information about COVID-19, while respecting their individual privacy?
  • “Our Communities after COVID-19”: How can we help Washington build back from the pandemic in a healthier, more resilient, more sustainable way? How should we change our approach to housing, education, urban design or manufacturing so that we can have healthy, connected, sustainable communities?

Youth in middle school, high school, alternative education programs and out of school youth programs—including WIOA-eligible youth and youth in re-engagement programs — are eligible to participate.

In addition to working directly with educators, the STEM Education Innovation Alliance is partnering with Career Connect Washington, 4-H Washington, Junior Achievement and other education and youth focused community partners across the state.

The State of Innovation Challenge builds on Career Connect Washington’s CareerConnect@Home program, which brought daily livestreamed conversations with Washington State employers to youth in Spring 2020.

About: The State of Innovation Challenge is an initiative of the STEM Education and Innovation Alliance, in partnership with Career Connect Washington, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Office of the Governor, Employment Security Department, Washington Student Achievement Council, and 4-H Washington.


Happy photo

Greyhounds in Love
Photo by T. Benny

When things get stressful - look at this!


FBI asks for public help to identify rioters who assaulted Capitol police officer

The FBI is asking the public to help identify individuals involved in the assault of Metropolitan Police Department Officer Mike Fanone on January 6, 2021 during the invasion of congress.

Call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or visit http://fbi.gov/USCapitol if you have a tip.

More information here


Street racing in Richmond Beach Saturday

Photo by Brian Dunphy

Richmond Beach resident Brian Dunphy sent the photo and said, 

This was Richmond Beach Rd and 3rd Ave NW about 10:30pm Saturday night January 16, 2021. Some kind of pretty well attended street race...

The street racers, or drifters, communicate locations on Instagram. When police show up, they leave and move on to the next location.

The last time they were in Shoreline, (see previous article) there were many more cars. It is possible that this smaller group are the same ones who race at Kellogg.

--Diane Hettrick


MLK Jr. Day of Service with Mountains to Sound Greenway

MLK Jr. DAY - Monday, January 18, 2021

Although not hosting a formal volunteer opportunity this upcoming MLK Jr. Day (Monday, January 18, 2021), The Mountains to Sound Greenway are encouraging those who want to give back, to go out in your local communities and pick up trash. 

Not sure where to start? You can check out this page with more trash cleaning resources. Tag us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with your trash haul pics so we can share them! Not on social? You can send photos to Katy Yeh at katy.yeh@mtsgreenway.org


Free take-away meals from Hunger Intervention Program

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Free Take-away Meals available from Hunger Intervention Program Monday - Wednesday - Friday from 11:30am-12:30pm at Spartan Rec Center 202 NE 185th St.

Contact Hunger Intervention Program for more info. 206-538-6567.


Sail away in the air


Photo by Mike Remarcke

You may have to enlarge the photo - but those dots in the sky are hot air balloons. This photo is from the fall, I think the winds are seasonal for ballooning - so kids don't try this at home.

But it seems like a good day to go floating over the Cascades.



Sno-King School Retirees Association accepting applications for scholarships

Photo by Joyful on Unsplash

Our local unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association (WSSRA) has announced our scholarship applications available to any senior graduating in June of 2021 from a public high school in Edmonds, Northshore, or Shoreline School Districts. 

Applicants must be planning a career in a school related field. 

We are offering four scholarships of $2000 each. These scholarships may be renewed for three more years with proof that they are still progressing to a degree in a school related career.

Application forms are available from scholarship chairs and school counselors in each high school. They are also available on line at the SKSR website of www.SKSR.org
All complete applications must be mailed by the deadline of March 11, 2021. Further information can be obtained from Linda Fitzgerald at fitzdl@aol.com 


BECU Foundation accepting scholarship applications

Photo by Joyful on Unsplash
It’s that time of year again – the BECU Foundation is currently accepting applications from student members for its annual scholarship program! 

This year, the BECU Foundation is recognizing and awarding $2,500 scholarships to full-time high school seniors and undergraduates currently enrolled in an accredited two-year, four-year or technical college or university who play an active role in giving back to their community.

Other facts include:

Each awarded scholarship is renewable for two years ($5,000 total). With the help of our business partners, member donations and fundraising activities, we award a minimum of 25 scholarships each year.

Students pursuing a degree in healthcare, STEM or trade fields may qualify for a Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, which supports Washington residents on their path to high-demand careers. Applications are due by Thursday, February 11, 2021.

In 2020, the BECU Foundation awarded 64 student members either $2,500 or $3,500 scholarships each to use toward their postsecondary programs.

Since 1995, the BECU Foundation has awarded more than $3.3 million in scholarships to 1,246 student members. Volunteer activities have included mentoring elementary students, providing food to homeless shelters and assisting at local community centers, among others.

For more information on eligibility and to access the online application form, please visit www.becu.org/members-matter/community-involvement/scholarships 

Note that BECU Foundation applications are due by 11:59pm PST on Friday, February 26, 2021.


Case updates January 15, 2021

Case updates January 15, 2021

United States
  • cases 23,440,774 - 247,071 new cases since yesterday
  • deaths 390,938 - 3,683 new deaths since yesterday

Washington state - no updates today
  • cases 285,970 - since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 16,370 - since yesterday
  • deaths 3,903 - since yesterday

King county
  • cases 72,274 - 1043 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 4,665 - 99 since yesterday
  • deaths 1,188 - 8 since yesterday

Seattle - population 744,995 (2018)
  • cases 18,384 - 563 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 1,142 - 63 since yesterday
  • deaths 305 - 6 since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 1,793 - 9 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 168 - 1 since yesterday
  • deaths 82 - 0 since yesterday

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 231 - 2 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 18 - 0 since yesterday
  • deaths 4 - 0 since yesterday


Gloria's Birds: Photog prefers her ducks in a row...

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

(and nictitating eyelids to boot!)
Green-winged Teals on Lake Washington in November.

--Gloria Z Nagler


AG Ferguson to host public meeting Tuesday re the Fed's plan to sell Seattle's National Archives building and move the records to Missouri and California

Seattle branch of the National Archives on Sand Point Way
Photo courtesy Archives.gov

Attorney General Bob Ferguson will host a remote public meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, so the public can share their comments on plans by the federal government to sell Seattle’s National Archives building and move the records thousands of miles away.

The federal government did not hold any meetings of its own in the Pacific Northwest, and did not consult with state, local, or tribal leaders in the region prior to announcing its decision to sell the Archives facility.

One member of the Public Buildings Reform Board (PBRB) recently said the sale would allow the Archives building to “become a part of the community, as opposed to what it is today.”

The office will record the public comments and forward them to the PBRB. Ferguson will also formally invite the PBRB members to attend the remote public hearing. The public meeting will be held via Zoom from 3:30pm to 5:30pm on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Zoom link:https://atg-wa.zoom.us/j/83852186385?pwd=amIvSHA4MHJJdzRVcDgzRSthQjdpQT09
Meeting ID: 838 5218 6385
Passcode: 426894
Phone: 253-215-8782, 838-521-863-85#
Find your local number:https://atg-wa.zoom.us/u/kBnoJrmI5
Individuals with questions about the meeting or looking to provide assistance with the case should use this form.
Cabinets are full of microfilm and microfiche records

On December 4, 2020 Ferguson announced that his office recently uncovered a dramatic change in the plan for the proposed sale of the National Archives building buried in a 74-page meeting minutes document from October. During the October meeting, the PBRB disclosed that it would move to immediately sell the Archives facility, along with a “portfolio” of other federal properties, in early 2021. It had planned on selling the properties individually over the next year.

Ferguson’s legal team is finalizing a lawsuit to stop the federal government from proceeding with an expedited sale of the National Archives facility in Seattle.

Additionally, Ferguson’s office already filed four lawsuits seeking access to public records about the PBRB’s decision. Judge Robert S. Lasnik of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington will preside over the four cases. On Dec. 10, Ferguson filed a motion for summary judgment in the records case against the PBRB.
In January, OMB approved a recommendation from the PBRB to sell the building on Sand Point Way in Seattle. 

The board’s recommendation included removing the contents of the Seattle archives and relocating them to facilities in Kansas City, Mo., and Riverside, Calif.
The Seattle archives contain many records essential to memorializing Washington’s history, including tens of thousands of records related to the Chinese Exclusion Act, records of the internment of Japanese Americans, and tribal and treaty records of federally recognized tribes throughout the Northwest.

Researchers, historians, genealogists and students routinely use these records.


State Rep. Pollet stresses fighting COVID-19 as legislature completes first week of 2021 session

Rep. Gerry Pollet D-46
By Evan Smith 

State Rep. Gerry Pollet has stressed the fight against COVID-19 as the legislature has completed the first week of its 2021 session.

“As your Representative for the 46th District and as a faculty member in the UW School of Public Health, my top priorities are to protect our families and communities from COVID-19” Pollet said Wednesday. 
“I've been working with other public health experts to improve our State's vaccination rate and contact tracing programs. We need to protect our seniors, long-term-care and assisted-living residents, health-care workers and teachers with much more rapid vaccinations.”

Much of what Pollet does is related to his interest in public health.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us exactly how important public health is to our nation, our state, and our communities,” he said. 
“Whether we are talking about a global pandemic, lead in water, or the effects of vaping, public health emergencies make our families sick and hurt our economy. That is why I am sponsoring several bills to prevent public-health crises and mitigate the damage the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our local governments.”

Pollet is chairman of the Local Government Committee in the State House of Representatives.

He has introduced a bill to protect local governments that have lost revenue during the pandemic.

“Our local governments such as Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Shoreline and Seattle are all struggling to provide essential services to residents after losing large amounts of their revenues because of the effects of the Pandemic,” he said. 
“Funding is threatened for the very services our communities depend on. That is why I have worked with our local governments to introduce House Bill 1069 to give local governments flexibility with their revenues to help them provide the services our friends and family need and to help them keep our small businesses open.”

The bill allows revenue from criminal justice sales taxes, the criminal justice assistance account, and certain King County property tax levies to supplant existing funds through 2023; it removes exemption for motor vehicle sales and leases in voter-approved criminal justice sales tax; it broadens the allowed use of funds from criminal justice sales taxes, lodging taxes, and real estate excise taxes through 2023; and it increases the amount of time a water and electricity or sewage lien can be applied after the declaration of an emergency by the Governor that prevents collection.

Pollet also said that he had been engaged in moving the state toward safely reopening schools “so our children and teachers are protected while we try to undo the serious harm done from a year without being in the classroom,” adding, “This is especially true for children with disabilities, who have lost a year of therapy or services. 
“I have always fought to ensure our kids can learn in a safe and nurturing environment. Unfortunately, a huge proportion of our children’s schools have unsafe levels of lead in their drinking water,” he said. 
“When our children return to school, we should be ensuring that they are not exposed to levels of lead in the water that lower their IQ and cause serious behavioral and health effects.”

Pollet has introduced House Bill 1139, which, he said, will make sure that public schools’ drinking water is safe and that dangerous faucets are replaced.

“Public health affects everything we do, and our kids need to understand why,” he said. 
“I’ve introduced House Bill 1149 to make public health a part of the high school curriculum. 
"And, I will be taking on the e-cigarette/vaping industry and big tobacco to stop them from continuing to addict our teens and young adults to nicotine. Last year, about 30 percent of our high school seniors were ‘vaping.' 
"Many are unaware that they have been addicted to nicotine. Youth who use e-cigarettes or vape are eight times more likely to also start smoking cigarettes.”

Pollet is a Democrat representing the 46th Legislative District, including Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and northeast Seattle neighborhoods, including Lake City.

In addition to being chairman of the Local Government Committee, Pollet is a member of the Appropriations Committee and the College and Workforce Development Committee.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com


Nighttime travelers should prepare for lane closures on freeways and ramps for repairs and construction

Lynnwood Link elevated rail section along I-5

If you travel anywhere at night on local freeways you need to be prepared for ramp and street closures because of Sound Transit construction for the Lynnwood Link.

There are a couple of new closures this month for maintenance. All are at night. Here's a list.
  1. Close southbound I-5 one night under Washington State Convention Center
  2. Reduce northbound I-5 two nights during an in-depth inspection of the tunnel life-safety systems.
    1. 11pm Friday, Jan. 22 to 5am Saturday, Jan. 23: Southbound I-5 will fully close at Stewart St. Mercer and Yale Street on-ramps to southbound I-5 will be closed during this time. 
    2. 11pm Thursday, Jan. 28 to 4am Friday, Jan. 29: A single lane of northbound I-5 will remain open between I-90 and University Street. The I-5 collector-distributor will remain open. The University Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close during this time. 
    3. 11pm Friday, Jan. 29, to 5am Saturday, Jan. 30: A single lane of northbound I-5 will remain open between I-90 and University Street. The I-5 collector-distributor will remain open. The Cherry Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close during this time. 
  3. The I-5 express lanes will remain open in the direction of each night’s closure to help move traffic through the area.

Other work in the greater Seattle area
  1. Crews working for Sound Transit will conduct nightly closures of northbound I-5 in Mountlake Terrace with a signed detour from Jan. 22, to the morning of Jan. 25.
  2. From 11pm Friday, Jan. 29 to 5am Monday, Feb. 1, crews will fully close eastbound SR 520 between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and 92nd Avenue Northeast in Clyde Hill.

In Shoreline
  1. Night closure at Northeast 185th and 5th Ave NE overpass
    1. As early as, January 21st commuters can expect delays at the NE 185th Street from 5th overpass near Shoreline Stadium. Sound Transit will be setting girders for the guideway for the future link light rail project.
    2. The temporary traffic signal will be back on NE 185th overcrossing after work hours
  1. Closure of I-5 Northbound for night work.
    1. As early as Friday, January 22, Sound Transit’s contractor will close the I-5 Northbound lanes at Exit 177, SR 104, where traffic will be detoured to SR 99.
    2.  Southbound I-5 will remain open in this area. This work will support the trackway that will cross over I-5. Work performed will be along the northbound shoulder as well as in the center median of I-5 near the Mountlake Terrace Freeway station.
      1. Friday, January 22, through Saturday, January 23, 11:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.
      2. Saturday, January 23, through Sunday, January 24, 11:00 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.
      3. Sunday, January 24, through Monday, January 25, 11:00 p.m. - 4:30 a.m.
  1. Northbound I-5 off-ramp to Westbound SR 104.
      1. Thursday, January 28, 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
      2. Night Closure/detours: Thursday, 9:00 p.m. - Friday, 4:00 a.m.


Check out the Sound Transit U District Station

Photo courtesy Sound Transit

The Sound Transit station in the University District is nearing completion.

Here's the article

Scroll in to the details in the photos (from October 2020) and use your mouse to click and drag each photo around 360ยบ.

U District, Roosevelt and Northgate Stations are all three opening September 2021.


Spring in January

Saturday, January 16, 2021


Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Daffodils in January? This is just wrong.


Paramount School Park Environmental Mural

Environmental art work at Paramount School Park
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

The bathroom at Paramount School Park got an upgrade in 2020!

An environmental themed mural was recently installed on the west wall at the restroom. This project utilized funds from the City of Shoreline Environmental mini grant.

Local neighbor Jenna McInnis worked with Urban Artworks, an art non-profit to find artists and install the artwork. The Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association supported the project. Three designs were commissioned, and neighborhood votes were collected. The final design selected was created by artist Sarah Robbins.

The art wraps around the corner of the building
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline
Robbins created a piece reflective of the need to protect our Northwest environment, saying 
“The text is paired with native plants and insects, illustrating the importance of pollinator support and protection. 
"The teal line work reflects rivers, lakes and streams in the Puget Sound area and beyond, and acts as a reminder that our waterways are also habitats that need our attention and conservation. 
"The goal of the piece is to not only educate and appeal to people of all ages, but also to exist as a loud, unmissable message that is screaming to be seen.” 

The piece is visible now at Paramount School Park, 15300 8th AVE NE.

The City is now accepting applications for 2021 Environmental Mini Grant projects. The deadline for applications has been extended to Monday, February 8, 2021. For more information and to apply, visit www.shorelinewa.gov/environmentalminigrant


Backyard birds: Pileated woodpecker

Same bird - both sides now
Photos by Steve Schneider

Steve says that the Pileated Woodpecker visited his yard for about 1/2 hour on Thursday.

We hear him all the time. And see him fly over our house now and then. Yesterday was the first day he stopped by in about a year. We live above Lower Paramount Park.


Case updates January 14, 2021

Case updates January 14, 2021

United States
  • cases 23,193,703 - 227,746 new cases since yesterday
  • deaths 387,255 - 3,904 new deaths since yesterday

Washington state
  • cases 285,970 - 2,193 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 16,370 - 296 since yesterday
  • deaths 3,903 - 27 since yesterday

King county
  • cases 71,231 - 684 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 4,566 - 71 since yesterday
  • deaths 1,180 - 15 since yesterday

Seattle - population 744,995 (2018)
  • cases 17,821 - 181 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 1,079 - 15 since yesterday
  • deaths 299 - 4 since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 1,784 - 21 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 167 - -1 since yesterday
  • deaths 82 - 1 since yesterday

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 229 - 1 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 18 - 1 since yesterday
  • deaths 4 - 0 since yesterday


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: It’s Been Breezy!!


See previous cartoons by Whitney Potter here


Local residents named to President's List at Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University

The following local residents have earned placement on the Gonzaga University President's List for fall semester 2020. Students must earn a 3.85 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.


Lake Forest Park

Scott Doquilo
Carson Duling
Tessa Farnam
Schuyler Peters


Alicia Bianchetto
Sean Essad
Jonathan Hayes
Keegan Hilt
Maliko Madden
Peyton McKenny
Anna Smith
Hannah Wist


Hailey Belfie
Julia Brajcich
Abigail Chen
Lindsey Ernst
Preston Ernst
Tessa Foley
Rachel Hansen
Samantha Lee
Julia Leon
Morgan McCurdy
Maxine Andrea Reyes
Sophia Rice
Garett Schultz
Jessica Wymer

Gonzaga University is a humanistic, private Catholic University providing a Jesuit education to more than 7,500 students. Situated along the Spokane River near downtown Spokane, Wash., Gonzaga is routinely recognized among the West's best comprehensive regional universities. Gonzaga offers 75 fields of study, 23 master's degrees, four doctoral degrees in one college and six schools.


WSDOT seeks comments on State Active Transportation Plan

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has announced an opportunity for people who are interested in the future of active transportation in Washington to comment on a draft of the new State Active Transportation Plan, 2020 and Beyond

The plan serves as the needs assessment for accessible pedestrian and bicyclist facilities, so that Washingtonians of all ages and abilities will be able to walk, bike, or roll to get where they want to go, the same way that people driving have a complete network that was built over time.

The deadline for comments is Monday, February 15, 2021, 5:00pm.

Check out the online open house, where you will have an opportunity to provide your comments and feedback.

WSDOT will also be hosting virtual events to learn more about the safety, mobility, and accessibility issues the plan is intended to address. Register at the links below. Please note Webinar 1 was held on January 13 and is no longer available.

Webinar 2: Noon to 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 21, 2021

Webinar 3: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 22, 2021


Free Weekly Meal Box program open to all children

L-R Launita Salvage and Tsutae Marcinkowski prepare meal boxes for that week's distribution
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Families of any youth 18 and younger can order pick up meal boxes full of healthy meals for their children

Thanks to changes made by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in response to the pandemic and school closures, Shoreline Public Schools has been able to offer free meals to youth through a weekly meal box program.

The program is open through the end of the school year and participants do not need to be enrolled in Shoreline Schools to receive free meals. In fact, all children 18 and younger are eligible.

Meal box orders are to be placed by families on Monday-Wednesday each week. They are then available for pick up on Wednesday of the following week at a number of locations throughout the district. Ordering information is available at http://bit.ly/MealBoxOrder

Each meal box contains a week's worth of healthy and nutritious meals
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

Each meal box, which families place orders for each week, contain a week's worth of breakfasts and lunches. Staff are intentional about planning and preparing the meals that are easy to warm up in microwaves. Each meal is well-balanced and meets or exceeds USDA nutrition guidelines.

Susie Piper-Sack prepares breakfast sandwiches to go in meal boxes
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

“Students can’t learn if they’re hungry and youth need healthy meals to support proper growth and development,” said Food and Nutrition Services Director Jessica Finger. "This is a great program to support those needs… we hope people will continue to take advantage of it.”

Finger notes that they’ve had great participation so far. From September through December, they have made and distributed more than 142,000 meals.

Learn more and place an order at: http://bit.ly/MealBoxOrder


United Way panel discussion: Philanthropy and Racial Equity

In Celebration of the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
United Way of King County Hosts a Panel Discussion:
Philanthropy and Racial Equity

As part of the celebrations of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., United Way of King County will host a panel discussion on advancing racial equity. Gordon McHenry, Jr., United Way of King County president and CEO, will lead the discussion.

He will be joined by Edgar Villanueva, author of “Decolonizing Wealth,” panelists Zamzam Mohamed, CEO of Voices of Tomorrow, and Andrea Caupain Sanderson, CEO of Byrd Barr Place.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 21, from 6pm to 7:30pm

WHERE: Zoom Webinar: https://zoom.us/j/94285304530

Meeting ID: 942 8530 4530

Villanueva is an award-winning expert on social justice philanthropy. He draws from Native traditions to prescribe the medicine necessary to heal our social divisions. His book offers hopeful and compelling alternatives to the dynamics of colonization in the philanthropic and social finance sectors.

Voices of Tomorrow works closely with community partners to eliminate racial inequities in the early learning system, which deeply affect immigrant and refugee children’s growth, development and academic performances. Mohamed has presented both locally and nationally on policies and regulation changes to minimize further existing disparities for immigrant and refugee children, families and communities.

Byrd Barr Place is a community-based organization that provides safety-net services—food, shelter, warmth and financial tools — to Seattle residents in need. Caupain Sanderson and three other Black women also formed the Black Future Co-op Fund, a new philanthropic vehicle to support the Black community in Washington state. It was launched in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder.

As we reflect on the ideals of equality and justice that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. espoused, we must remember the hard work that lies ahead. United Way is hopeful this discussion with Villanueva will shed new light on how our organization and our partners can further racial equity.

United Way of King County is building a community where people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable.

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