Don't call 911 for fireworks - do take care of your animals - fireworks shows on the 3rd and 4th of July

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Fireworks Photo by Nitish Meena on Unsplash
By Diane Hettrick

Every police department in the area, from Everett to Seattle, is putting out polite or not so polite notices not to call 911 for fireworks. Police rarely catch those annoying people in the act.

All you are accomplishing is to block the dispatch lines.

If something is on fire - if someone is injured - call 911 immediately.

Otherwise keep your fingers off the phone.

If you must do something:
  • Report fireworks violations in King county by calling 206-848-0800 or online at https://bit.ly/3a8g5Sp
  • If they are your next door neighbors in Shoreline, take a video of them in action and send it to See Click Fix
  • Complain on your favorite social media site
Take care of your pets. Cats tend to hide under the bed, but dogs are prone to bolting out the door and running. Do whatever works for your dogs - thunder shirts, drugs, your soothing presence, a leash when they go outside - but make sure they can't get off your property. If they run you'll get them back but it might be 4-5 days.

The 3rd of July fireworks shows

Mountlake Terrace has a big fireworks display on Sunday the 3rd of July - Ballinger Park, 23000 Lakeview Drive. Food trucks, live music, and games at 6pm and fireworks starting around 10pm details here  Parking is an issue.

Edmonds is joining MLT because Civic Field is under construction.

Gas Works Park - the big Amazon Seafair Summer Fourth event is back on this year
Monday, July 4 from 3 - 11pm

T-Mobile Space Needle fireworks
They will be happening this year in person Info here

KING TV5 Macy's fireworks show
On TV starting at 8pm

If you can find a vantage point over Lake Washington you might be able to see Bellevue fireworks. Private parties often have fireworks at Sheridan Beach or the Civic Club. Kenmore doesn't see to have a show this year, probably because Log Boom Park barefly reopened after major construction.



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Notes from Shoreline Council meeting June 27, 2022

Pam Cross, reporter
Shoreline City Council 
Regular Meeting
June 27, 2022

Notes by Pam Cross

Tonight’s Regular meeting was conducted in a hybrid manner with both in-person and virtual options to attend and participate.

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

Flag Salute and Roll Call

All Councilmembers were present. Councilmembers McConnell, Mork, and Roberts attended remotely.

Proclamation
I, Keith Scully, Mayor of the City of Shoreline, on behalf of the Shoreline City Council, do hereby proclaim do hereby proclaim the month of July 2022 as
  • PARKS, RECREATION AND CULTURAL SERVICES MONTH in the City of Shoreline.
This provides an opportunity to celebrate the value of Shoreline’s parks, recreation programs, and cultural services, and to honor the community partners and programs that enrich the lives of Shoreline residents in many ways.

The Mayor honored Shoreline resident Heidi Shepherd.
Shoreline Area News reported in the June 15, 2022 edition:
“King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski on Tuesday awarded Heidi Shepherd with the Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service, an award that recognizes individuals whose work has answered the question asked by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Approval of the Agenda
Agenda approved by unanimous consent.

Report of the City Manager, Debbie Tarry
Presented by John Norris, Assistant City Manager

A Reminder 

  • To report offenders call the police non-emergency number 206-296-3311
  • Only in the event of a fire or other emergency call 911.
Something for everyone with lunchtime and evening entertainment


Evening concerts start July 13
 

Shoreline Walks


Public Reminders

July 4th Holiday Schedule


Meetings


Council Reports

Deputy Mayor Robertson attended the Regional Transit Committee where they voted unanimously in favor of zero youth fares. The goal is to make this effective September 1.

Councilmember Ramsdell reported that City staff met with residents from Westminster Triangle to provide an update about the park in that area.

Mayor Scully announced that Representative Jayapal sponsored an appropriations request for financing of the non-motorized bridge across. She suggested $2.5M. $4M was approved.

Public Comment
Each speaker was allowed 3 minutes. Both in-person and remote attendees have an opportunity to speak. There were 78 written comments at the time this report was prepared, the majority referenced Action Item 8(a).

Neighborhood Meeting
  • Courtney Ewing, Shoreline
  • Tom McCormick, Shoreline
Tree Retention in MUR-70’ Action Item 8(a)
  • Rebecca Jones, Seattle
  • Nancy Morris, Shoreline
  • Kathleen Russell, Shoreline, Tree Preservation Code Team
  • Sarah Gangane, Shoreline
  • Derek Blackwell, Shoreline
Retain 2% fee for Parks 8(a)
  • Tom McCormick, Shoreline
Approval of the Consent Calendar.
The Consent Calendar was approved unanimously.

Action Item 8 (a) Action on Ordinance No. 968 – Amending Chapters 20.30, 20.40, and 20.50 of the Shoreline Municipal Code to Modify Regulations for Development Within the MUR-70’ Zoning District.

Presentation by Andrew Bauer, Planning Manager, Planning and Community Development

The City’s light rail station subarea plans for the 185th and 145th Station subareas were adopted in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The plans call for the subareas surrounding the future light rail stations to transform into compact transit-oriented communities with a range of housing types, open space, and services. The plans are generally performing as anticipated through the first 6+ years since adoption.

This was last discussed by the Council at the June 6, 2022 meeting. The Council has proposed the following Amendments in order to obtain maximum building height:

Proposed Council Amendment #1– SMC 20.30.297(C)(3) - Additional requirements for neighborhood meetings:
This amendment calls for signs announcing the meeting, online open house/website in addition to the in-person meeting, and a meeting summary posted on the City’s website. 
  • Staff is neutral regarding this amendment.

Proposed Council Amendment #2 - SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(b)(2) & SMC 20.50.250(C)
Additional requirement for exceeding the base height when not qualifying for other height bonus:
These proposed Council amendments would provide more clarity for the ground floor commercial requirement and would be similar to existing standards that already apply to the North City and Ridgecrest neighborhoods. 
  • Staff recommends approval of this amendment.

Proposed Council Amendment #3 - SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(c)
This proposed Council amendment would provide more clarity to the requirement for open spaces and would allow a portion of the already required Public Places and Multifamily Open Space be open and accessible to the public.
  • Staff recommends approval of this amendment.

Proposed Council Amendments #4a & #4b - SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(d)
These proposed Council amendments address the funding of parks, open space, art, or other recreational opportunities.
  • Staff does not recommend approval of 4(a) as it will add additional development costs for applicants as the 2% contribution was originally in place prior to the City’s Park Impact Fee program.
  • Staff recommends approval of 4(b) as it provides more clarity to the intent of the regulations related to ongoing maintenance and an in-cash equivalent contribution. “The contribution shall take the form of either on-site installation of exterior artwork or placemaking amenities, reviewed by the City, or an equivalent cash donation to the City’s one percent for Arts program. All on-site works must include a plan for future maintenance and cleaning schedule where appropriate.”
Proposed Council Amendment #5 – SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(e)
This proposed Council amendment would provide more certainty with regard to the extent, or value, of which an improvement would need to be. The amendment also takes into consideration a high contribution in an instance where all off-street parking is eliminated. 
  • Staff recommends the Council-proposed amendment be approved, with the exception that the reference to elimination of parking be removed. 
  • Staff does not recommend off street parking requirements be removed (see amendment #8 below).
Proposed Council Amendment #6 – SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(f)
This proposed Council amendment would require buildings above the base allowable height in the MUR-70’ zone to achieve green certification, matching Tier 3 of the City’s Deep Green Incentive Program (DGIP). 
  • Staff recommends approval.
Proposed Council Amendment #7 – SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(g)
This proposed Council amendment would retain the existing requirement to purchase transfer of development rights (TDR) credits as a condition of obtaining maximum height.
  • Staff does not recommend approval.
Proposed Council Amendments #8a & #8b - SMC 20.50.400.C
These proposed Council amendments would change incentives for reductions in parking.
  • Staff is neutral on #8a – “Parking reductions of up to 50 percent may be approved for new residential, mixed-use, and commercial development” in the MUR-70’ zone. 
  • Staff does not recommend approval of #8b – “Parking reductions of up to 100 percent may be approved for new residential, mixed-use, and commercial development in the MUR-70’ zone containing 100 dwelling units or more, or 10,000 gross square feet of commercial floor area or more.”

DISCUSSION

Motion and second to approve Ordinance 968 Main Motion

Note: the existing Code as shown in attachment A to the staff report:

(12) Base height in the MUR-70 zone may be increased up to 80 feet when at least 10 percent of the significant trees on site are retained and up to 90 feet when at least 20 percent of the significant trees on site are retained.

Have we seen any significant effects of 10-20% tree retention in terms of environmental impact?
  • Reply: Don’t think I can answer that. It’s a complex question. A lot has changed in the last couple of years - much more development activity. We’re continuing to monitor and assess environmental impacts.
We’ve seen many comments about the requirement of 10% for trees. Can you describe City’s position on this?
  • Reply: This incentive is not proposed to be changed in any substantive manner. We included this in the staff report in order to be transparent by listing existing incentives.

Motion and second to modify Amendment #1 - Neighborhood meeting to add noticing and public comment requirements for proposed developments in the MUR-70’ zone seeking the maximum 140’ height.

I think transparency is really important and for the neighbors to have reasonable access to know what is going on in their area. I don’t think the current rules provide that. I also think the report from that meeting should be easily and readily available for the public to see.

Motion and second to amend the Modify Notification to residents within 1,000’ instead of 500’.

These large developments affect more than just immediate neighbors.

There is no distance mentioned in the Amendment to the Neighborhood Meeting.
  • Reply Miss Ainsworth-Taylor, Acting City Attorney: The distance is mentioned within Title 20 in the section about public noticing. It would be in 20.30.120(C)1.
Staff has modified the motion to include a reference to this.

VOTE.
Passes unanimously
.

VOTE on motion to amend neighborhood meeting (as amended)
Passes unanimously



Motion and second to approve Council Amendment #2. Ground floor commercial

At one point we removed the requirement for ground floor commercial thinking it would happen anyway. But it didn’t work out. The down side is we end up with vacant storefront spaces. But as the neighborhood develops, the owners will lower the rent for the spaces until they attract businesses. And then the neighborhood will develop as we envisioned.

VOTE
Passes unanimously


Motion and second to approve Council Amendment #3. Open space

Current proposal does not have a percentage of open space. This amendment adds it.

VOTE
Passes unanimously


Motion and second to approve Council Amendment #4B Funding Parks

This provides clarity on how contributions for the arts are made and also allows for and requires a maintenance plan.

I’m not in support. We are far short of the standard for open space. We need more parks.

I’m confused. Are these ideas (4A and 4B) mutually exclusive?
  • Reply: Yes, they are. 4A maintains 2% contribution; 4B reduces it to 1%.
  • We are discussing 4B now. So if you support 4A, you would have to oppose 4B. Or make a substitute motion.

Motion and second to modify the Planning Commission’s recommendation for SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(d) by deleting it in its entirety and replacing it with a new SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(d) as shown on Page 10 of tonight’s Staff Report. (This replaces 4B with 4A)

Community well-being and the availability of parks has been studied and there is a correlation between the community sense of well-being and the quantity, quality and proximity of neighborhood public parks. The most significant variable was quantity.

What is our expectation of developers? What and why should they make additional contributions for additional height? What is the goal? We need more housing but if we add too many additional costs, we’re not going to get development here. So I am opposed. But I do support parks and open space and agree with their significance.

Motion to amend the substitute motion to include 4B.
Is there a second?


Could you clarify what this is doing? (Several Councilmembers state that they are confused.)

  • Reply by Mayor Scully: the original motion was 4B. The next motion was to replace 4B with 4A. This motion is to add 4B to replace portions of the language on 4A.
Motion is withdrawn.

This motion requests that we maintain current regulations. Not add an additional fee. And not a reduction from 2% to 1%.

Over the past 3 years, have we been collecting both park impact fees and an additional 2% from developers?
  • Reply: Yes. There is an important distinction The park impact fees apply to all residential development in MUR-70’. The 2% has not yet been collected because it applies only to those projects subject to the development agreement and we haven’t had any in the MUR-70’ zone.

Then I will be voting for 4A and opposed to 4B because I agree we’ve been asking too much from the developers. I agree because parks help prevent heat islands.

These fees are for new parks and new park structures for the additional residents added to our City. Not for maintenance or improvements to existing parks. When going from 100’ to 140’, that is 14 more floors of residential which will put people right next to light rail, so we’re not building out in the suburbs or the forests. But it only works if the City is livable and without more parks, we won’t be able to keep it livable.

VOTE
Passes 4-3.

DM Robertson, CM Roberts and CM McConnell opposed.

That last vote was essentially replacing 4A with 4B. This motion is the exact same thing, voting for or against 4B.

No additional discussion.

VOTE
Passes 4-3.

DM Robertson, CM Roberts and CM McConnell opposed.

OK. We are now back to our main motion. Any additional discussion?

Motion and second to strike Council Amendment #5 – SMC 20.50.020(A)(11)(e) Subarea improvements

I think we have expanded on what we had in our development agreements. I want to strike “the development shall provide subarea improvements such as utility infrastructure system improvements, off-site frontage improvements…or installation of amenities such as transit stop shelters, lighting, or way-finding signage”

In the development agreement, they got to choose 2 out of 6 options. Under the new code we are already requiring 2 items with only slight modifications, and adding more.

I’m concerned about the level of confusion that’s happening in today’s discussion. I propose we postpone further action on Ordinance 968 until the implications of the votes that have already been taken can be analyzed by staff with responding recommendations to Council on how to proceed.

  • Reply: We are probably talking about a meeting in August or potentially September
  • Reply John Norris: There is some space in the agenda planner in early August. This will take some time. August 8 or 15.
Motion and second to postpone to a August 8. pending a recommendation from staff

Please clarify what this does to what we’ve already discussed.
  • Reply Mayor Scully, with concurrence by the City Clerk Jessica Simulcik Smith: All previous votes remain effective, and we come back with no vote on the Main Motion, and the ability to move future amendments including Amendment 5 Subarea Improvements that was just proposed. So we will not take a vote on Amendment 5, but it will be the first item of business on August 8.
This has been a very dense meeting but I’m reluctant to put this off because this is our job. I think we can do this.

VOTE
Passes 4-3

Mayor Scully, CM Mork and CM Ramsdell dissenting.


Study Item 9(a) Discussion of Resolution No. 492 – Providing for the Submission to the Qualified Electors of the City of Shoreline at an Election to be Held on November 8, 2022, a Proposition Authorizing the City to Increase its Regular Property Tax Levy Above the Limit Established in RCW 84.55.010 to Fund Public Safety and Community Services

Presentation by Christina Arcidy, Management Analyst, City Manager’s Office

Council last reviewed this topic on June 13, 2022. At that time, the Council directed staff to bring forward a proposal in July for consideration of replacement of the levy lid lift on the November 8, 2022, general election. The current one expires December 31, 2022.

If Council votes to not put this on the ballot, or if the voters do not support it in November (50% + 1 for approval) projection:


The City is required to operate a balanced budget so the shortfall would have to be made up by service reductions and/or use of the General Fund reserves.

Council had expressed interest in options 1 and 2:





DISCUSSION

I support Option 2. Although I like Option 1, there are other considerations such as the Parks Bond that passed, increased water rates and other impacts to residents that are yet to come. Option 1 would be wonderful and I hope we can find ways in the future to fund the things it could have provided.

I agree. We have the School District and the Fire Department and other organizations that are supported by residents’ property taxes.

What about increased values from the property assessors office?
  • Reply: I can’t really answer that. Historically the levy has been about 10% of the individual’s tax bill. The School District is around 20%.
  • Reply Sarah Lane: It is a complex issue. If property evaluations end up coming in higher than we anticipated in coming up with these figures, we could set our rate lower than the maximum rate. We target the amount we seek to collect, and that total amount is distributed to the taxpayers based on property valuation.
I think voters will be surprised when they receive their tax bills. Because our charts show $293 but that is only a fraction of the total property tax they will be seeing.

I understand that the applications for exemption or deferral of taxes available to some seniors and the disabled are backed up months and months.
  • Reply: Yes, but they will be backdating the effective date of the exemptions/deferrals.

The Levy Lid Lift funds basic operations. If we do zero, we start laying people off and start cutting programs. That’s because we increase at the cost of inflation. Since inflation makes the cost go up, revenue has to keep up.

MEETING ADJOURNED



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New Mural at Compass Ronald Commons

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Artist Sydney Simmons with her Ronald Commons mural - photo by Karoline Simmons

Article and photo by Kathy Plant

A colorful new mural is now brightening the playground/garden area of Compass Ronald Commons thanks to the design and painting work of college student Sydney Simmons. 

Sydney and her family are members of Shoreline Covenant Church so when Corinne McKisson, Program Manager, expressed a desire for a mural, the church's Serve Locally Committee knew exactly who within their congregation could meet that need. 

Sydney came up with an engaging design and quickly created the mural.

Ronald Commons is an affordable housing development in Shoreline at 178th St between Aurora Ave N and Linden Ave N. Approximately 50 children reside in the development but they will not be the only ones appreciating her cheerful mural. 

Thanks Sydney for using your talents to benefit our community.

Correction: the photo is by Karoline Simmons

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Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Boston 1773


 Boston 1773



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Shorecrest graduate to compete at the North American Irish Dance nationals

Lyla Higgins to compete in Montreal in the North American
Irish Dance Nationals.

2022 Shorecrest graduate Lyla Higgins is representing our region and city of Edmonds at the North American Irish Dance Nationals in Montreal, Canada this July 2nd weekend. 

Lyla Higgins is a champion-level competitive Irish dancer from the Carroll-Henderson School of Irish Dancing in Edmonds, WA, and she qualified for the prestigious National competition this year. In Montreal, she will compete against more than 100 dancers her age.

“Lyla is a stylish dancer with immense natural talent. She has excelled competitively and also artistically - recently choreographing her own dance for our end-of-year recitals called Metamorphosis,” notes founder and head teacher, Lauren Carroll-Bolger.

Apart from being a skilled dancer, she teaches the next generation of dancers and is a dedicated student. Her academic achievement outside of Irish dancing secured her a place at the University of Washington next year. 

Carroll-Bolger notes that “her time management and detail-orientation help her excel as a dancer and a student, and I enjoy every moment teaching her.”

Irish dancing has been a mainstay of Irish culture since the earliest days of the celts. The traditional music and dance scene were deeply entwined, as throughout the generations, locals would gather to play music and dance. The dance form evolved from its most traditional roots when the Gaelic League was founded in 1893 that promoted Irish language and culture which included dance.

Any budding dancer can explore this dance form and develop their artistry at the Carroll-Henderson School of Irish Dancing. Summer classes and camps are available in Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace, and fall registration is already open for budding Irish dancers.

Come experience this living tradition at our Washington summer classes and camps!

Summer Classes:
  • Dates and Time: Thursdays, July 7-August 11th, 5-6pm
  • Location: Edmonds Masonic Lodge, 515 Dayton Street, Edmonds, WA 98020
  • Cost: $120
Mountlake Terrace Summer Camp:
  • Dates and Time: July 12-14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • Location: Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion, 5303 228th St SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
  • Cost: $170-$187
Edmonds Summer Camp:
  • Dates and Time: August 1-3, 5-7pm
  • Location: Edmonds Masonic Lodge, 515 Dayton Street, Edmonds, WA 98020
  • Cost: $150
Register online at https://www.chirishdance.com/summer-camp.

Contact Lauren Carroll-Bolger at carrollhendersonsid@gmail.com for more information.

Carroll-Henderson School, an Irish dancing school focusing on traditional, artistic, and competitive Irish dancing in Washington and Montana for all dancers ages 3-18 is open for fall registration now. See our website, www.chirishdance.com for more details.



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Rollover crash on Ridgecrest street Friday sends four to hospitals

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

A Ridgecrest resident was making a left turn to NE 174th on Friday evening July 1, 2022 when a southbound Ford Escort hit the northbound turning car.  

The southbound car flipped upside down and landed across the sidewalk. The driver of the southbound vehicle was taken by the Shoreline Medic unit to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition. 

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The passenger in the same car had to be extricated from the vehicle and was taken to a local hospital by medics.

Two people in the Ridgecrest vehicle were taken by aid car to a local hospital.

Photo by Seattle Poppy
The street was blocked for some time during the accident investigation



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Homicide investigation in Richmond Beach with suspect in custody

On Wednesday June 29, 2022, King County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a welfare check at a residence around NW Richmond Beach Rd and 20th Ave NW.

Deputies subsequently arrested a 29-year-old male for investigation of homicide. The victim is a 70-year-old female.

The investigation is still active and ongoing. 



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Local acupuncturist charged with unprofessional conduct

In May 2022 the Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Program charged acupuncturist Adam Lee Gardner, Sr. (AC60756013) with unprofessional conduct. Gardner allegedly touched a patient’s genitals, breasts, and pulled the patient’s blanket and underwear down without consent.

The Washington Department of Health presents this information as a service to the public. The provider has a period of time to respond to the charges, after which the Program will make its enforcement decision.

The provider's credential to practice is active while enforcement is pending.



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Burglar found hiding in Shoreline home

On Saturday, June 25, 2022, Shoreline PD responded to a burglary in progress with an unknown man inside the house.

The R/P found the backdoor to the attached garage was broken into and he could hear noise coming from the basement storage room just off the garage. He called 911 after he opened the basement door and found an unknown subject hiding deep inside.

When officers arrived on scene they found the suspect in the far corner of the basement area where the ceiling was low. The suspect was completely covered under everything he could find in the basement to conceal himself.

Officers had to move items in order to get to the suspect. The suspect was placed into custody without incident. It is unknown how long the suspect had been hiding in the basement and when he actually broke into the garage. The suspect was arrested for Residential Burglary

The location of the incident was not disclosed.



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No injuries from crash on Westminster Way Wednesday

file photo
Residents near Westminster Way and N 148th were alarmed by a loud crash Wednesday night June 29, 2022 just after midnight.

Multiple fire and police vehicles responded to the 911 calls.

It was a one-car crash into a fence. The four occupants had no need for treatment.



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Beavers return to Lake Forest Park - learn about them at free Nature Walks on July 7 and August 9


From Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that beavers are back -- and this time, they found a perfect place to settle in the ponds at Grace Cole Nature Park.

After observing the pond level rising at Grace Cole Nature Park, our volunteers used a wildlife camera to confirm the presence of at least one beaver.

From the LFPSF wildlife camera at Grace Cole Nature Park showing one of the
actual beavers living there - we now have verified there are 2.

The last time beavers were in the news here it was a story of conflict, when "Beatrix" the Beaver began building a dam on Hillside Creek (a tributary to Brookside Creek). Unfortunately, her work threatened to flood the entrance to Brookside Elementary school's parking lot and the playfield.

The neighbors and the Foundation brought in BeaversNW, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help humans coexist with beavers. There was little to be done in that case except relocate "Beatrix" to better habitat, and she is now happily living in the upper Skagit valley.

The same type of beaver lives at Grace Cole. 
From the Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) "Living with Beavers"

Grace Cole Nature Park, however, is seemingly ideal beaver habitat. We invited Elyssa Kerr from Beavers NW to see the site and she agreed we can just let them be. Usually, beaver ponds reach an equilibrium level, and don't need any further interventions. If the pond levels get too high, we have BeaversNW standing by to help with "pond leveling" devices.

Since beavers are mostly nocturnal, you probably won't see the beavers, but you can see their handiwork from the boardwalk viewing platform. The dam extends to the left across the outlet of the pond. The lodge is harder to see, but is a large dome of sticks across on the west shore.

Register with the QR code in the flyer or with these links:

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Shoreline City Council seeks volunteers for voters’ pamphlet pro and con committees

Friday, July 1, 2022

Previous voters' pamphlet
Shoreline City Council seeks volunteers for voters’ pamphlet pro and con committees for Shoreline Proposition 1: Maintenance and Operations Levy for Public Safety and Community Services

At its June 28 meeting, the Shoreline City Council indicated that they intend to move forward with placing a maintenance and operations levy for public safety and community services on the November 8, 2022, general election ballot. This levy would replace the 2016 maintenance and operations levy that expires at the end of this year.

Accompanying the ballots will be the King County Voters' Pamphlet. The pamphlet will include an explanatory statement from the City that states the effect of the levy 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 should submit a community service application no later than Thursday, July 21 at 10:00am. 

Applications can be found online  If you would like a paper copy of the applications, contact the City Clerk’s Office at clk@shorelinewa.gov or 206-801-2230. 

The City Council will review applications and appoint the committee members at its July 25 business meeting.

To learn more about the requirements for the voters' pamphlet and the duties of the pro and con committees, you can review the 2022 Jurisdiction Manual at King County Elections.



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Local student earns degree at St. Cloud State University

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (June 29, 2022) - St. Cloud State University graduated more than 1,132 students during spring semester 2022.

HOMETOWN, STATE; NAME, DEGREE, MAJOR, HONORS

Seattle, WA

Tyler Flaten, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Software Engineering, Summa Cum Laude


St. Cloud State University is Minnesota's second-largest university, with more than 11,000 students from our regional communities, area states, and 90 different nations. Students choose from more than 60 graduate study programs and more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs that hold nearly every available national accreditation. The 100-acre campus is located about an hour northwest of Minneapolis along the banks of the Mississippi River.



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For the Birds: Baby Birds are still a Happen’ Thing

American Robin. by Elaine Chuang --
notice the gape (colored area at base of bill)
newly fledged - still begging for food
By Christine Southwick

Three Dark-eyed Juncos just hatched in my hanging fuchsia plant just a week ago. Oh, Happy Day!

Many local birds have second broods. This year because of the cool wet spring which made bugs and caterpillars scarce, many of our birds are trying again if their first brood didn’t make it, or not all the nestlings survived.

Chestnut-backed Chickadee by Craig Kerns
gape still showing--first bath?
Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadees routinely have second broods. 

So do our local birds like juncos, Song Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, and Red-breasted Nuthatches. 

Our native woodpeckers, and raptors do not.

When birds leave their nest, they are the full size of their parents, unlike ducks and waterfowl. 

Indeed, most fledglings appear a little larger because their fresh feathers are fluffy, whereas their harried, overworked parents are somewhat bedraggled.

Now is the time to be watching for nests in tall weeds, young birds with extra color at the base of their beaks, and fledglings that have awkward flying, especially after taking their first couple of baths.

Dark-eyed Junco feeding fledgling
photo by Christine Southwick
It is so fun to watch the newly fledged babies following their parent, fluttering their wings, and loudly begging for food.

That only happens for the first few days. Then the parents start teaching their young how to feed themselves, often bringing their young to feeders, and suet.

Northern Flickers, Downy, and Hairy and Pileated Woodpeckers will bring their offspring to my suet feeders. 

The parents start out hanging on the suet, getting a bill-full and flying over to the waiting youngsters, sticking the suet into their mouths. 

This is repeated until the parent thinks that they have had enough instruction, where upon they wait for the youngsters to come get their own suet. As with most youngsters, some “get it” sooner than others.

What are these birds? Juvenile junco on left,
juvie Spotted Towhee on right
Photo by Christine Southwick
The three leading causes of bird demises are:
  1. Loss of Habitat; Keep tall trees, plant native shrubs, trees and flowers-native plants support the bus that our birds need.
  2. Death by cats; Keep your cats inside, or build/buy them an indoor-outdoor run. Ground nesters, like Juncos, Towhees and Song Sparrows nest in tall grass, bases of ferns, or weeds until early August.
  3. Window collisions and other objects; Position your feeders either within three feet of your windows, or more than ten feet away. If you have a window that gets hit, put up window cling-designs, visual distractors, anything to break up the reflection of an inviting habitat.
See previous For the Birds columns here



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Harborview braces for annual wave of fireworks injuries

Harborview Medical Center trauma specialists recently treated a patient who lost a hand to a fireworks injury. 

The hospital's Emergency Department is braced for the annual influx of those injuries, which number 40 to 50 per year.

“I remember many really tragic patients who lost body parts, hands, other things because of misadventures with fireworks,” said Dr. Michael Sayre, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. 
“The best strategy is not to get injured in the first place. So don't play with fireworks. Don't hold them in your hands, don't use them around children, and then you won't get hurt.”

Fireworks in the hands of young children make for especially perilous situations, Sayre said. Teens and adults also can fail to anticipate what can go wrong and misjudge their own vulnerability.



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Local student on Dean's List at Wichita State University

WICHITA, Kan. (June 30, 2022) - Wichita State University has announced the names of 3,178 students who were on the WSU Dean's Honor Roll for spring 2022.

To be included on the honor roll, a student must be enrolled full time (at least 12 credit hours) and earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

HOMETOWN, STATE; NAME

Seattle, WA

Tanisha L Alexander

Wichita State University serves as the Kansas urban-based research university, enrolling more than 16,000 students from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. Wichita State and WSU Tech are recognized for being student centered and innovation driven.

Wichita State University provides uniquely distinctive and innovative pathways of applied learning, applied research and career opportunities for all of our students.

Facebook www.facebook.com/wichita.state.



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First woman named as Washington State Archivist

Heather Hirotaka, State Archivist
OLYMPIA — Secretary of State Steve Hobbs has appointed Heather Hirotaka, a longtime public servant, as the next Washington State Archivist, effective July 5, 2022.

Hirotaka will oversee Washington State Archives, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State (OSOS) that collects and preserves the state’s historical records and makes them available to the public, including researchers, historians, educators, students, journalists, and government agencies.

With branches in Bellevue, Bellingham, Cheney, Ellensburg, and Olympia, the State Archives offers local, dedicated research and customer service, and records-management education and training.

“Heather’s unique experience and expertise make her the ideal leader to enhance Washington State Archives’ culture of service and further our commitment to preserve and share Washington’s history,” said Secretary Hobbs.

Hirotaka is the first woman to serve as Washington State Archivist. She joined the OSOS in 2017, and in 2018 was named Director of Community Programs, overseeing Legacy Washington, the Combined Fund Drive, and the Address Confidentiality Program. Prior to joining the OSOS, she worked at the Thurston County Auditor’s office where, as Licensing and Recording Manager, she oversaw the public permanent archival records.

“Every day has a story and becomes part of our legacy; how we preserve it matters,” Hirotaka said. “Washington State Archives works to ensure that our unique and diverse history is captured and accessible for generations to come. I look forward to sharing my passion for our state’s archives and history with our amazing employees and the people we are privileged to serve every day.”

Hirotaka replaces Steve Excell, who retired in December 2021. Terry Badger was named State Archives’ Acting Director after Excell’s retirement; he will resume his previous role as Deputy Director.

Hirotaka earned her bachelor’s degree in law and justice from Central Washington University. She is a recent graduate of Leadership Thurston County, a Thurston County Chamber Foundation program that develops informed, skilled, and committed community leaders.

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Washington’s Office of the Secretary of State oversees a number of areas within state government, including managing state elections, registering corporations and charities, and governing the use of the state flag and state seal. 

The office also manages the State Archives and the State Library, documents extraordinary stories in Washington’s history through Legacy Washington, oversees the Combined Fund Drive for charitable giving by state employees, and administers the state’s Address Confidentiality Program to help protect survivors of crime.




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Candidate forum July 8: Lake Forest Park is in a different state Legislative District

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Lake Forest Park has been redistricted into the 1st Legislative District (state). The 1st district includes Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell, Kirkland.

It is in both King and Snohomish counties. Lake Forest Park remains in the 7th Congressional district (congress).

The change will take effect after the November elections. The legislature will go into session in January 2023. 

The current 1st LD Washington state representatives are Davina Duerr and Shelley Kloba, both of whom are running again for state legislature. They will be on the primary ballot. Senator Derek Stanford's current term is not up, so is not on the ballot this year.

The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County is hosting a virtual candidate forum.

Date: Friday, July 8, 6:30 - 7:30pm

How to watch: Join us on our YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/lwvsnohomishcounty

In addition to the 1st LD (Legislative District) representatives, the US Senate, Congressional district 7 and the Secretary of State will be on the ballot.

The primary ballots should be arriving in your mailbox around July 15. Your completed ballot should be returned by August 2, 2022. You can drop your completed ballot in the mail or in a ballot box such as the one which will be at LFP City Hall.



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North City Cleaners is closing its doors

North City Cleaners closed permanently on Thursday June 30, 2022.

Thank you to all our many loyal customers. It has been our pleasure to serve you!

They will be having a Rummage Sale on July 1, 2, 5, 6.

If you need to contact them for any reason, call Eric at 206-362-3907 or email at eric@northcitycleaners.com

They are located at 17721 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155



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I-5, SR 104 ramps to close overnight for light rail work next week

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

236th SW and I-5
Plan ahead for the following closures:
  • All lanes of SR 104 at the I-5 interchange will close between 12:30am and 5am nightly beginning Tuesday, July 5 through Thursday, July 7, 2022.
  • The northbound I-5 off-ramp to westbound SR 104 will close nightly from 9pm to 5am the following morning beginning Tuesday, July 5 through the morning of Friday, July 8.
  • The eastbound SR 104 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close nightly 9pm to 5am the following morning beginning Tuesday, July 5 through the morning of Friday, July 8.
  • The 236th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close nightly at 12:30am and reopen at 5am Tuesday, July 5 through Thursday, July 7.
  • The northbound I-5 off-ramp to eastbound SR 104 will close nightly from 8pm to 11:59pm Tuesday, July 5 through Thursday, July 7.
  • The westbound SR 104 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close nightly from 8pm to 11:59pm Tuesday, July 5 through Thursday, July 7.
  • The HOV direct access ramps to connecting SR 104 and I-5 will close nightly at 10pm and reopen the following morning at 5am beginning Tuesday, July 5 through the morning of Friday, July 8.


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Saws stolen from fire department truck


Two chainsaws, a cut-off saw and two sawzalls with their batteries were stolen from a fire department truck parked in front of a home Tuesday evening where fire was responding to a medical cal.


They should have the fire logo and SFD etched. Or, missing paint where our logo was.


Call 911 if you see a variety of saws being sold on local sites or in pawn shops.



Photos of items similar to those stolen are courtesy Shoreline Fire.



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Birds in the Backyard: Sitting on top of the jar




I'm sitting on top of the jar,
Just rolling along, just rolling along.

I'm quitting the blues of the world,
Just singing a song, just singing a song.


--Submitted by Wayne Pridemore
--All photos by Wayne Pridemore



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Fire department saws stolen from truck

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

PLEASE be on the lookout! Yesterday early evening while we were taking care of a patient on a medical call, someone decided they needed our very expensive and necessary fire equipment more than us.

Our engine was parked right outside the address.

We have taken security steps to decrease the chance of this happening again.

Please call 911 if you see a variety of saws being sold on local sites or in pawn shops.

It was two chainsaws, a cut-off saw and two sawzalls with their batteries. They should have our logo and SFD etched. Or, missing paint where our logo was!



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