CORRECTION: Fall back - time change 2am Sunday

Monday, October 26, 2020

APOLOGIES from your calendrically-challenged Editor. You did not miss Daylight Savings Time. I just put the dates for the wrong weekend. Change your clocks this coming weekend: October 31 - November 1, 2020.

Corrected article:

This year is so strange already that a shift in the space time continuum won't make it any worse. I hardly know what day it is, let alone what time. Of course staying up all night and having no schedule and getting three hours of sleep might make a difference - what? did you say something?

Just turn your clocks back before you go to bed Saturday or at least before 2am Sunday. October 31 - November 1, 2020 in case you were wondering.

Oh and before you ask, yes we did vote to stay on daylight savings time all year. It's just that it has to be approved by congress. If we stayed on standard time all year we could just do it. Oregon and California are also waiting on congress.



NaNoWriMo - November is National Novel Writing Month

Write a novel in a month!

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, a nationwide initiative aimed at providing structure, community, and encouragement to would-be writers as they attempt to complete a 50,000-word novel in the month of November.

Shoreline Community College regularly hosts the Seattle-area’s official NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party as well as weekly Wednesday Write-Ins that provide community and inspiration throughout November.

This year, of course, is different.

But the college is still hosting events, with writers holding online writing workshops to inspire participants who are writing at home this year.

Mark your calendars!

Chamroeun Pen
Thursday November 5 at 5:00pm.
"Hope in the Darkness" a free NaNoWriMo fiction writing workshop for everyone. Click to join the livestream.

Chamroeun Pen wrote “Fulfilling A Promise” which captures Chamroeun's journey coming to America, what he has experienced, and what he has learned. He was blessed to gain knowledge, but it came with a cost. His message is to encourage children and young adults to stay in school. He believes that education is one of the answers to making the world a better place. His session will encourage writers who feel hopeless while engaging them with a hopeful outcome.

As an international student who attended both high school and college in the Seattle area, this author has a passion for what international students can do to change their communities. He plans to speak not only about his journey as a young author, but about his experience discovering a passion to help others in Cambodia where he grew up. International students may find this session particularly interesting!

Jennifer Caloyeras
Thursday November 12 at 5:00pm
"Story Beginnings" a free NaNoWriMo fiction writing workshop for everyone. Click to join the livestream

Jennifer Caloyeras will share a few short excerpts from the start of some of her stories and talk about the idea of “beginnings” to help new writers get started with their NaNoWriMo journeys. This will be an exciting session where writers will get a glimpse at the writing process and even get a chance to ask some questions!

Jennifer Caloyeras is a novelist and short fiction writer living in Los Angeles. Her debut short fiction collection, "Unruly Creatures" (October 2017), was published by West Virginia University Press and she is the author of two young adult novels, "Strays" and "Urban Falcon." In addition to running a podcast for booklovers (Books are My People), Caloyeras also teaches short fiction and young adult writing classes at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. 

Michael Overa
Thursday November 19 at 5:00pm.
"Inspiration During Traumatic Times" a free NaNoWriMo fiction writing workshop for everyone. Click to join the livestream

Finding the courage to write after a traumatic event is challenging in itself, but the world is experiencing ongoing trauma and we don’t yet have the option of feeling the relief of surviving the trauma. Writing can help people cope with their feelings during trauma. Sometimes interpreting trauma as fantasy, speculative fiction, or magical realism can help deal with trauma that feels too scary to face right now. Attend this livestream session to explore topics, try some exercises, and learn more about writing.

With a Bachelors in Creative Writing and a MFA in Creative Writing, Michael Overa has a solid academic background in fiction writing. His award winning work can be found in over 30 publications including two short story collections, "This Endless Road" and "The Filled In Spaces."


Driver ejected from vehicle after hitting the barrier on the 175th exit from I-5

Washington State Patrol reports that a driver southbound on I-5 late Sunday evening lost control of his vehicle at 175th in Shoreline and crashed. 

Jason B. Smith, age 30, of Monroe, was driving under the influence. He was southbound on I-5 approaching 175th St in lane 1 of 4. The vehicle drifted right towards the exit ramp, the driver overcorrected and lost control.

The vehicle struck the left barrier on the exit ramp, coming to rest in the grass median between southbound lane and exit ramp.

Smith, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle approximately 30-40 feet, coming to rest in the grass median. He was transported to Harborview and charged with DUI.

His 2004 Honda was totalled and removed by Gerber Towing.


My owner voted - did you?


Photo by GM Wiegand

Ms Wiegand's companion animal Gabriel reports that his owner voted and this is a reminder for you to turn in your ballot.

Your Editor dropped her ballot in the box by Lake Forest Park City Hall on Wednesday - and King county reported that it had been processed and counted by Friday! 

So now I have until next Tuesday to see if I regret any of my choices!



Free internet access for qualifying families

Washington’s K-12 Internet Access Program is now offering FREE internet service to families who qualify.

This statewide program is offered to qualifying families free of charge. 

Families that show they are low-income and eligible for free or reduced-price meals and did not have internet connectivity in their home prior to August 2020 qualify for this free service. 

You can learn more about this program and how to sign up HERE.


Faithless Electors - Chiafalo v. Washington and the battle to define the role of the Electoral College

Callie Castillo, former legal counsel
to the Washington Secretary of State.

Faithless Electors - Chiafalo v. Washington and the battle to define the role of the Electoral College

Thursday, October 29, 7-8pm

Register by October 28 at 9am with an email address

Every four years in November, voters across the United States cast their ballots for President and Vice President. 

But did you know until this year, it was unclear whether those votes actually meant anything because of the Electoral College? 

It took a legal challenge by four so-called “faithless electors” in Washington for the United States Supreme Court to decide the answer. 

In this webinar, Callie Castillo, former legal counsel to the Washington Secretary of State, will discuss the events leading up the historic decision, what it means for the November 2020 election, and the possible future of the Electoral College.

Register by October 28 at 9am with an email address. You will receive an email with a Zoom link to join the webinar on the day before the program.


One car rollover on I-5 on ramp at NE 205th

At 4:21pm Sunday, October 25, 2020 Shoreline Fire reported a one car motor vehicle rollover on the on ramp headed south at NE 205th St. As a precaution the driver was transported to Harborview. The ramp was closed during the clean up.


Trunk (tent!) or Treat event for Hillwood and surrounding neighborhoods

Calvin Presbyterian Church would like to extend an invitation to our Hillwood Neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods in Shoreline to join us for our special annual trick or treat in our church parking lot drive-thru style! 

Enjoy prepared treat bags assembled and handed out in accordance with the WA State's safety guidelines.

This year instead of car trunks, we are handing out treats from decorated tents arranged in a village drive-through style. Walk-ups are welcome and we will have volunteers to direct traffic and pedestrians to respect the 6ft social distancing guidelines.

Vehicles will enter the north entrance on 3rd Ave NW and drive through our parking lot through a village of tents and exit on the south entrance on 3rd Ave NW.

Trunk (Tent) or Treat 2020
Saturday October 31, 2020 - 6-8pm

Calvin Presbyterian Church
18826 3rd Ave NW, Shoreline


Case updates October 24, 2020

Case updates October 24, 2020

United States
  • cases 8,553,827 - 83,851 cases since yesterday
  • deaths 224,221 - 828 deaths since yesterday

Washington state - *DOH does not report deaths on the weekend
  • cases 102,913 - 649 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 8,280 - 22 since yesterday
  • deaths* 2,296 - 0 since last report

King county
  • cases 26,341 - 160 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 2,537 - 10 since yesterday
  • deaths 789 - 0 since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 663 - 7 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 109 - 1 new
  • deaths 63 - 0 new

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 76 - 2 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 4 - 1 new
  • deaths 1 - 0 new


Book review by Aarene Storms: Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut by Kelly Jones

Author Kelly Jones often makes me laugh -- in person (full disclosure, we worked together at the Richmond Beach Library some years ago) and most especially with her books.

Her new children's book Sauerkraut not only made me laugh, it also made me smile, nod, and read little bits of it out loud to other people. It even made me hungry (although we don't have any sauerkraut in the house, so I had pickled asparagus instead)!

This is the story of HD, his friend Eli, and the rest of his family and friends -- and most especially his great-great-grandmother, who is a ghost. Oma loves sauerkraut -- she loves to make it, to eat it, to share it, and to talk about it. If you read this book, maybe you'll love sauerkraut too!

The book features a diverse cast of delightful characters, including adults who act like real adults, friends who act like real friends, and a pesty little brother and a pair of goats who are just as annoying and delightful as you hope they might be. The illustrations by Paul Davey are lighthearted and perfectly suit the story.

Three cheers and an extra serving of pickled cabbage for this book -- highly recommended for kids and other people who like to laugh (and eat).

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


Charges filed in September fatality shooting at Boo Han market in on Hwy 99 in Edmonds

Boo Han Market crime scene
Photo courtesy Edmonds Police

Story republished from 
My Edmonds News

First-degree murder and assault charges were filed in Snohomish County Superior Court Friday against a 27-year-old Everett man who allegedly shot his estranged wife and two others at Edmonds’ Boo Han Market, located in the 22000 block of Highway 99, Sept. 230.

Duy Phuong Nguyen of Everett has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 20-year-old Mountlake Terrace woman. 

Nguyen also faces charges of first-degree domestic violence assault in the shooting of his 24-year-old estranged wife, also a Mountlake Terrace resident, and a first-degree assault in the shooting of a 23-year-old Redmond man.

The 20-year-old woman was a friend of Nguyen’s wife; and the Redmond man was the 20-year-old woman’s boyfriend.

According to documents filed with the court, Nguyen was recorded entering the Boo Han Market three separate times on video surveillance cameras — and these recordings clearly showed him shooting the three victims. Both women were employees of the Boo Han Market.

Law enforcement officers dispatched to the shooting found the three victims with gunshot wounds. The women were transported to Harborview Medical Center, the man to Providence Medical Center in Everett. The 20-year-old woman later died of her wounds.

Nguyen initially fled the scene but later that day turned himself in at the Everett Police Department South Precinct. He was arrested and remains in custody in the Snohomish County Jail.

Arraignment is scheduled for Monday at 3pm.

The market is located at 22618 Hwy 99, Edmonds, WA 98026


Social Worker Hero Stanley Machokoto of Lake City Partners Ending Homelessness

Standing with a group of 8 men and women, Stanley jubilantly holds their certificate over his head while they all laugh and smile at him
With much enthusiasm, Stanley accepts the 2019 North Human Services Alliance (NUHSA) Community Service Award on behalf of Lake City Partners

We have many heroes in our community; the police officer, the firefighter, the veteran, and the school teacher. The social worker belongs in that category of hero, too.

Stanley Machokoto is a Shoreline social worker who is a Housing Outreach Specialist with Lake City Partners to End Homelessness, and fondly known to the community as “Stanley.” To make a sustainable living due to our area’s high cost, he works two other jobs. 

Stanley will work sixteen hours a day because it’s hard to say no to someone who calls him at two in the morning in crisis. The teachings and wisdom of the great Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela inspire him.

His mission is “to help end the inhumane practices faced by the marginalized and disabled poor people.” Each long workday he helps fellow human beings who need extra support from the cruel reality of becoming homeless, and especially during COVID-19, it’s been a heartbreaking time.

A bearded man in winter clothes holds a rolled up sleeping bag. He is sitting in a bus shelter and the snow is visible on the ground behind him.
Stanley reaches out to one of his clients during
 a winter storm. Photo by Stanley Machokoto.

Stanley knows too well what human suffering means. He was a victim of Apartheid while growing up in Tegwani’s most impoverished tribe in South Africa.

This was a racist system that “translates to separateness in the Afrikaans language, and it made Africans of color aliens in their homeland. Millions were forced to live in impoverished townships, and they were denied the most basic human rights.
"Apartheid, under the white minority rule, held power over the entire population, imprisoned those who resisted the system; this made many South African blacks remain prisoners in their land for decades or even life,” said Stanley. 
The British ruled like this for 352 years. He grew-up where discrimination was the law.

At the age of fifteen, he said things had gotten so out of control that children were kidnapped, and gun violence killed others. It sounds like a hunt against Africans with innocent humans targeted like animals. Stanley says that growing up in South Africa, he lived in fear but could not show it, “it was a difficult experience which even wild animals could not endure.” During one of the most tragic and shameful racial segregation periods in all world history, he grew up.

In South Africa, he had access to American television and watched series such as Daniel Boone, Dallas, and Dynasty. His image of America was taken from these shows. (Here’s why some people think America is the “Golden Land” of opportunity.) He recalls when he received political asylum in the U.S. and landed in New York and San Diego in 1990. 

 “I was blown away, and everything impressed me, such as the shopping malls, movies, and concrete pools filled with blue water. I grew up in a village where thick bushes surrounded me; mosquitoes infected swamps, and muddy dirt roads were everywhere.”

A person in a wheelchair sits outside a 7-11
As a Housing Outreach Specialist, Stanley sees
needs everywhere. Photo by Stanley Machokoto

After three weeks in San Diego, Stanley was very depressed over the culture shock and language and communication difficulties. For those weeks, no one could understand what he was saying; it was extremely frustrating. But compared to his life in South Africa, he knew he wanted to stay. 

He found an entry-level job and saved several thousand dollars; he thought he was rich. Stanley came here at the age of twenty-eight but said his emotional intelligence was that of an eighteen-year-old. His upbringing, his culture and his childhood were stolen after witnessing the horrors in South Africa.

The cost of living took that money quickly, and he became homeless for a short time, and drank alcohol to ease his pain; he became addicted. 

After some minor infractions with the law, he said drug court was the best thing that happened. That process introduced him to church work through the required community service, and the pastor noticed him.

Stanley is a motivated, enthusiastic, kind man with a witty and beautiful sense of humor. The pastor offered him a job, and he said “yes” immediately, never asking what the salary was. Stanley was so thankful to be offered a job in a safe environment.

Stanley and Pastor Pam in their church robes.
Stanley is a lay leader at Prince of Peace Lutheran
Church assisting Pastor Pam Russell. He has a desk
at the church where he can meet with clients in need.
Photo courtesy Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

And when the pastor handed him keys to the church and the office, he felt like he was so trusted, which raised his self-esteem; and help send him on a healthy path leading him to today’s critical social work. 

He decided to look to education to get out of poverty and received a bachelor’s degree and has finished one class towards a master’s in social work. 

He chooses social work because all his firsthand experiences allow him to empathize with those he serves. The trauma of human suffering stays with you forever, but Stanley never lives with regret or self-pity. 

He knows there is always someone worse off than him. One day he attended an addiction support meeting and was feeling upset about some pain in his legs, and then he saw a veteran who had lost both his feet in a war, and it humbled him immediately.

Stanley understands the many subtleties of cultural differences that can make a tremendous difference in relating well to other people. He says, “you have to understand and accept that others will think differently than you.” 
For instance, he says that having a thin body is desirable in American culture, but in Africa, people will think you are sickly and hungry if you are thin.

You cannot judge someone by their looks, which means nothing compared to who they are -and what cultural and social norms they are accustomed to - or hardships they have endured in their lives. It’s essential to understand the whole person in social work, and that appears to take a keen eye, a generous heart, and a massive amount of patience.

In his job as a Shoreline Housing Outreach Specialist with Lake City Partners, he gets referrals from various places including, city staff, the police, and fire departments. Someone may see a person living on the street and take a picture and send it to him, or a person sleeping somewhere gets reported to officials.

a smiling couple sit on the lawn
A moment of community enjoyment at a summer BBQ
 for those that are homeless. Photo courtesy of Lake City
Partners Ending Homelessness

Stanley’s work is to follow-up to discover how he can help someone exit homelessness or avoid a police confrontation that evening. 

He may have to let that person know where they can park their vehicle legally to sleep in it for the night safely. One woman recently served has physical disabilities and mental health disorders which are challenging cases to help. 

He has to build trust with that person first to assist her properly.

He has lots of support tools to assist him; to help people find shelter or housing, but he still finds he has to regularly make trips in his car because people in distress sometimes need hand-holding.

That is one reason he supports an enhanced shelter idea. He could be more efficient with his time and handle servicing more people in a day with the convenience of being together in one building. The job of any social worker is a very difficult one, but rewards come when success happens.

Stanley sees the injustices each day, and he’ll always remember his roots. After growing up in the turmoil of human injustices and oppression in Africa, and experiencing the prejudices in the U.S. too, at times he has sadly felt “that being Black is the worst thing that can happen to you.”

But he believes that “when the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned everywhere and replaced by basic human rights which will be equally guaranteed to all, then peace will prevail.”


Flying high and loving it

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Photo copyright Marc Weinberg

When the wind is blowing branches on your roof, you can bet that the wind surfers will be out at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park.


How the Heck Do I Buy a Used Car? - this session will answer that question

Chaya of Mechanic Shop Femme

How the Heck Do I Buy a Used Car?
Thursday, October 29, 5:30-7pm
Register with an email address before 7pm October 28

Maybe you have a car and it’s on its last leg, or maybe you took a break from driving and now you want to buy a car? Or you are a first-time car buyer all together! You’re searching the web and are overwhelmed with the options, price tags and just the whole process.

Join Chaya of Mechanic Shop Femme to learn about the process from budgeting to negotiating so you end up with the car you want for a fair price and avoid buying a lemon.

Chaya Milchtein is an automotive educator, writer,and speaker and founder of Mechanic Shop Femme

Her work has appeared in publications ranging from the Chicago Tribune to Shondaland. With seven years in the auto industry under her belt and three years of virtual courses, you're sure to find her class engaging and her information easy to understand. 

You can find her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Register with an email address before 7pm on October 28. You will receive an email with a Zoom link the day before the event. This is part of a series. 

Please register for each program:
*Before Your First Car: A Virtual Car Class for Teens and Young Adults, November 24, 5:30-7pm:

*The Fundamentals of Car Insurance, December 16, 5:30-7pm:


Free Scam Prevention webinar on November 10th

Free Scam Prevention Webinar
November 10, 2020 from 1 - 2:30pm
To register, email

Many seniors are spending extra time alone since the onset of this pandemic. Without a weekly bridge club, grandchildren’s birthdays to look forward to, or other social activity, the highlight of someone’s day may be when their phone rings. Unfortunately, on the other end of that phone might be a scammer.

Scams are on the rise, and many are looking to target older adults. “According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), there are prominent scams targeting seniors currently that have cost some billions of dollars” in 2019. Seniors, especially living alone, may not have anyone to ask if the person on the phone is sincere.

Educating yourself and the seniors in your life is an important step to take to prevent them from being caught up in a scam where someone will take advantage of them. As scams evolve and continue to get craftier, continue to stay educated.

There are several resources available to help you and the seniors in your life stay one step ahead of the scammers. Locally, Aegis Living is partnering with the Office of Consumer Protection and the WA Office of the Attorney General to present a FREE Webinar on Identity Theft and Scam Prevention.

On Tuesday November 10th from 1:00 – 2:30pm speakers Elena Huizar and Monserrat Jauregui from the Office of Consumer Protection and the WA Office of the Attorney General will discuss current fraud and scammer tactics and how to spot red flags. They will also cover what to do if you or a loved one have been targeted. 

To register, email

For more resources visit


Chamber to hear presentation on funding available at College for workforce training

Shoreline Chamber of Commerce Good Morning Shoreline 

Tuesday, October 27, 7:30am-8:30am

Register Online for Zoom link

Shoreline Chamber of Commerce will host Jenna Durney Schlein, Shoreline Community College Workforce program, who will talk about funding available at Shoreline Community College for people who want to upskill and retrain for new careers and how to access funding.

“Good Morning Shoreline” events are networking opportunities sponsored by the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce to build relationships in the Shoreline business community.

Contact with questions.


Case updates Oct 23, 2020; Inslee updates guidance for religious and faith based organizations

Gov. Jay Inslee has announced updated guidance for religious and faith based organizations as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan. 

The religious and faith-based guidance is updated to:
  • Clarify that physical distancing between non-household members must be 6 feet in all directions; and
  • Permit brief physical contact among up to five individuals, excluding religious leaders, if the brief contact is a critical component to the organization’s religious service, so long as masks are worn and hands are sanitized immediately before and after the contact.
Read the full guidance document here.

Case updates October 23, 2020

United States
  • cases 8,469,976 - 82,929 cases since yesterday
  • deaths 223,393 - 946 deaths since yesterday

Washington state - *DOH does not report deaths on the weekend
  • cases 102,264 - 919 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 8,258 - 24 since yesterday
  • deaths* 2,296 - 7 since last report

King county
  • cases 26,181 - 212 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 2,527 - 2 since yesterday
  • deaths 789 - 0 since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 656 - 2 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 108 - 0 new
  • deaths 63 - 0 new

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 76 - 2 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 3 - 0 new
  • deaths 1 - 0 new


Drive-thru spaghetti dinner at the Senior Center Friday

Are you looking for a new event on your Trick or Treat route this year?
Come join us at the Shoreline Senior Center Friday October 30, 2020 from 5-6:30pm for our First Annual Trick or Treat Spaghetti Dinner. 

This is a drive through and pick up event. $10, cash or check only, includes spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread. 

All kids will get a Trick or Treat Bag of candy. We are hoping that everyone wears their costumes, especially the kids and maybe we can snap some photos for our website and Facebook page. 

We will be having social distancing procedures in place.. It will be on a first come, first serve basis and we will only be accepting Cash or Checks.

18560 1st Ave NE - entrance on NE 185th


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: BOOOOO ! !


Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE


Shoreline Schools Weekly Equity Spotlight: What is Black Voices?

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the guest at
a Black Voices Nov 17 youth panel
Black Voices is the brainchild of Kellogg Assistant Principal Melyssa Stone and supported by the Shoreline Schools Collectively Organizing for Racial Equity (CORE) Team.

This program seeks to center Black voices, as well as celebrate and affirm our Black students and their families.

Our community partnerships emphasize that our commitment to families must extend beyond the walls of our schools. 

We recognize that when the lights go off in our buildings, or the laptop lids close, we still live, work and socialize together throughout our community.

We learn best when we learn alongside one another, and recognize the wealth of knowledge those within our communities offer. 

As a community, we must affirm our commitment to learn from and look out for our neighbors, including those whose voices have been underrepresented in our current systems. We are committed to fostering those opportunities.

This year, Black Voices will host monthly opportunities to engage in learning and community-building events. On November, 17, 2020 they will host a youth panel with Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes about her book “Black Brother, Black Brother.”


Ronald Bog Park and the right lane on eastbound NE 175th to close two weeks for Sound Transit trail work

Ronald Bog park
Photo by Steven H Robinson
Ronald Bog Park closure and right lane closure on eastbound NE 175th between Interstate-5 and Meridian Ave N

On Monday, October 26th, Sound Transit will close the entrance and parking lot for Ronald Bog Park and the right lane on eastbound NE 175th between Meridian and I-5 to work on the trail for the park.

Trucks will be entering and leaving Ronald Bog Park. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic and assist pedestrians throughout the closure.

Work is scheduled to begin as early as Monday, October 26, 2020 and will last for approximately two weeks.

Lane closures will occur during work hours, from 9:00am to 5:00pm but will be open outside of work hours.


Monday deadline to register online or by mail to vote in November election

Photo by Alan Charnley
Monday, October 26, 2020 is the deadline to register on line or by mail to vote in the November 3 general election or for previously registered Washington voters to file a change of address.

New Washington voters can register through Election Day, but after Monday, October 26, they must register in person at either the King County elections office in Renton or the County Voters Registration Annex in downtown Seattle.

Voters can register on line or update existing registrations at either

Mail registration forms are available at the elections office, at local libraries and at some other government offices. Forms also are available online at
Voters who register by mail need to send their forms in time to get an October 26 postmark. That means that people mailing registration material Monday need to be aware of mailbox pick up times.

In-person registration is at the King County Elections office at 919 SW Grady Way, Renton and the Voter Registration Annex, 500 4th Ave, Room 440, Seattle.

The King County elections office in Renton is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
The county Voters Registration Annex in downtown Seattle is open from 8:30am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4:30pm.

--Evan Smith


WeatherWatcher: Frost Advisory issued signaling the end of the growing season

Saturday, October 24, 2020


frost covered Chair-boil BBQ lid.
Frost covered Char-Boil, December 2018.
Photo by Carl Dinse

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a frost advisory in effect from 2am until 10am Sunday morning. Gusty northeast winds are blowing a significant cold snap (for this time of year) into the area. The cold air moving in is bringing overnight temperatures into the low 30's, and some areas might drop into the upper 20's.

For Sunday afternoon through Tuesday we are expecting mostly sunny skies and clear nights. Frost is possible in areas in the overnight and early morning hours. We are looking at low temperatures in the low - mid 30's and highs in the upper 40's to low 50's.

Tuesday through next weekend temperatures moderate with a series of weak systems moving through the area bringing us a slight chance of showers and mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures look to return to the upper 50's to near 60 for a high, with lows in the mid-upper 40's.

For current weather conditions visit


Saturday's activities wrapped up the Richmond Beach Community Associations’ annual Halloween Carnival

Richmond Beach Community Association's annual Halloween Carnival wrapped up on Saturday, October 24, 2020 with an evening of fun including selfie stations, prizes, and a haunted homes tour map.

Selfie Stations - 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

A harvest theme station was located in front of the Children’s Fire Safety Center located at 1847 NW 195th Street, and a haunted themed station was on display in the parking lot of Vault 177/Spin Alley located at 1430 NW Richmond Beach Road. Participants brought their “cell-bones,” and snapped fun family pictures at two selfie tents.
Prize Night for the Scavenger Hunt– 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Participants made their way over to Syre Elementary School located at 19545 12th Avenue NW to show the carnival volunteers their scavenger hunt passport and receive a free Richmond Beach flashlight.

Haunted Homes Tour – October 24 from 4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Discover some of the most haunted (decorated) homes in the community. Print out a haunted homes tour map from the website at, or just drive around and enjoy the neighborhood. It is a fun activity for the Halloween season!


Shorecrest and Shorewood students combine to hold a food drive for Hopelink on Oct 31

Shorewood and Shorecrest high school students are working together on a food drive to support our local HOPELINK branch on Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 11am - 2pm at the Shoreline Center.

Focus items:
  • peanut butter
  • tuna
  • mac and cheese
  • chili/canned meals
  • canned fruit
  • oatmeal / cereal
  • socks

Students will be at the Shoreline Center - 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline parking lot on 1st Ave from 11:00am to 2:00pm to accept your donations.

Get decked out in your favorite school spirit gear or costume and come by to support those experiencing food insecurity in our community.


Case updates October 22, 2020

Case updates October 22, 2020

United States
  • cases 8,387,047 - 74,380 cases since yesterday
  • deaths 222,447 - 1,009 deaths since yesterday

Washington state - *DOH does not report deaths on the weekend
  • cases 101,345 - 820 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 8,231 - 48 since yesterday
  • deaths* 2,296 - 7 since last report

King county
  • cases 25,969 - 229 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 2,525 - 7 since yesterday
  • deaths 789 - 2 since yesterday

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 654 - 4 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 108 - 1 new
  • deaths 63 - 0 new

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 74 - 0 since yesterday
  • hospitalizations 3 - -1 correction
  • deaths 1 - 0 new


The other day at Lake Washington, Connie Cormorant asked me

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

to document and then post this quick online course she put together for young cormorants. Subject is how to achieve blastoff:

First and foremost, you gotta poop, which Connie nicely demonstrates. 

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

Then move into a pre-flight crouch, wings up,

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

followed quickly by liftoff!

--Gloria Z Nagler


King county Metro retires the last diesel bus

King county Executive Dow Constantine celebrates the retirement of the last diesel bus in the Metro fleet. Photo courtesy King county.

On Friday, October 23, 2020 King county Metro retired the last of their diesel only coaches, a step toward reducing our GHG emissions and continuing transition to a zero-emission future, one of the goals set in Executive Constantine's Strategic Climate Action Plan.

After 21 years of service to the residents of King County, King County Metro is celebrating the “retirement” of the last diesel-only coaches in its fleet, continuing the agency’s commitment to a zero-emission future.

After the first “1100” model coaches joined Metro in 1999, the fleet had 1,100 diesel-only coaches. Today, that number is zero. All Metro coaches are now either fully-hybrid (diesel-electric) or zero-emission coaches (electric trolleys and battery-electric coaches). Metro proudly joins only a handful of large transit agencies in the U.S. that have a fleet that does not include fully-diesel coaches.

However, the “1100” model coaches long served as the workhorse of Metro’s fleet, leaving behind a legacy of providing a safe, reliable alternative to single-occupancy vehicles, logging more than 62 million miles, and carrying hundreds of thousands of passengers.

Five years after the “1100” model coaches’ introduction, Metro purchased the first of its hybrid (diesel-electric) coaches and the transition to more environmentally-friendly coaches began. Then, in 2015 and again in 2020, Metro committed to help meet the goals of King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP).

Prior to the pandemic, public transportation in King County helped take an estimated 190,000 cars off the road each weekday across King County. Transitioning from diesel-only buses to hybrid buses made an already green system even greener by generating 17% fewer greenhouse gases and 97% fewer particulate air pollution emissions per bus.

Additionally, Metro’s entire fleet will be comprised of zero-emission vehicles powered by renewable energy by 2040 or sooner, as technology and capital projects allow. Moving to an entirely zero-emission fleet powered by renewable energy allows for the elimination of all emissions while keeping our county moving forward. Once this transition is complete fleetwide, it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking another 30,000 cars off the road.

In spring 2021, 40 new battery-electric coaches will roll off Metro bases and onto the streets of King County. These New Flyer vehicles are the next generation of coaches and, by 2028, Metro will add 260 more battery-electric buses to the fleet along with the accompanying charging infrastructure. This transition supports Metro’s “Mobility Framework”—the agency’s blueprint for centering equity and sustainability in our policies—recommendation in meeting the county’s climate goals by electrifying Metro’s fleet and promoting climate justice.


All food purchases at Lake Forest Bar and Grill Saturday support Rotary End Polio campaign

Lake Forest Bar and Grill will donate 20% of sales Saturday to the Rotary End Polio Now project

Join LFP Rotarians in supporting our fundraiser at the 

17535 Ballinger Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
Open Saturday 9am to 9pm

Rotary END POLIO NOW efforts will be rewarded with a 20% kickback for each gift card OR takeout order that you purchase today, Saturday October 24, 2020 ... all day!

But you MUST mention that you are buying to support the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park.

And thank you for sharing this information with your family and friends who can stop by and help this amazing cause.


Update: Arrest in Shoreline murder

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
On Thursday night, October 22, 2020 King County Major Crimes Detectives arrested a 31 year old female in Auburn for the murder of 25 year old victim Azhane Mitchell, as identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The suspect was booked Thursday night into the King County jail on investigation of murder.

On Monday, October 19, 2020 at 9pm Shoreline Police were dispatched to a female found lying unresponsive in the parking lot near the 15300 block of Aurora Ave N, Shoreline.

She was injured and unresponsive. Shoreline Police began CPR on the female and Medics continued life saving measures. Unfortunately, the victim died at the scene. King County Major Crimes Detectives responded to the scene to investigate.

The name of the suspect will not be released until she has been charged.


Flu Vaccine now available for uninsured adults for no cost at Aurora Safeway pharmacy

Aurora Safeway offers free flu shots to uninsured adults
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The Department of Health is collaborating with Safeway Inc. and Albertsons Companies LLC to offer no-cost influenza (flu) vaccination for uninsured adults over the age of 18 to help prevent flu illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health officials are concerned that the presence of both viruses could put more people in the hospital and strain Washington’s health care system.

Twenty-three Albertsons and Safeway pharmacies across the state will offer flu vaccine free of charge through June 2021 to uninsured adults. 

The pharmacies will not charge an administration fee, and no proof of residency or immigration status will be required.

Locally, one store is participating in this program:

Safeway Pharmacy (Store #3213)
Shoreline, WA 98133
(206) 539-5500

Everyone 6 months and older needs a new flu vaccine every year. Young children, pregnant women, people with underlying health conditions, and those aged 65 and older are at high risk of complications from flu illness. 

Flu is a highly contagious disease that can cause mild to severe illness, can lead to hospitalization, and can even be fatal – even in healthy young adults. Getting a flu vaccine reduces your chances of getting the flu but does not prevent other respiratory infections.

Adults who have insurance should also get vaccinated now. Flu vaccine for those age 19 and older is covered by most insurance companies and by Medicare and Apple Health (Medicaid). Washington also provides flu vaccine, and all recommended vaccines, at no cost to everyone under the age of 19.

The effort is a collaboration between Safeway, Albertsons and the Department of Health.

For help finding a healthcare provider or vaccine location, and to learn more about flu, visit


Carter Subaru Loves Pets - with Pasado's Safe Haven - Saturday 1 - 3pm

The annual Carter Subaru Loves Pets Event will be held Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 1 – 3pm at the Carter Subaru Shoreline location 17225 Aurora Ave N.

Damon is up for adoption
Photo courtesy Pasado
The event is in support of and in collaboration with Pasado’s Safe Haven.

The first 10 visitors / households will receive a certificate for a free adoption of any dog or cat at Pasado's Safe Haven. Damon, a beautiful Husky, will be on site and available for adoption!

Donate pet food as part of the Pet Donation Food Drive.

Free microchipping for your pet.

Visitors will be able to tour the Pasado’s Mobile Spay Station which is sporting its new wrap donated by Carter Subaru.

This vehicle is a mobile wellness clinic for pets from generally lower income communities that can’t afford general wellness visits for their pets. 

We’re excited to share it with the community!
Carter Subaru donated the wrap for the Pasado van
Photo courtesy Pasado Safe Haven

Pasado’s will be collecting donations for their Pet Homelessness Prevention programs at the event.

Pasado's Safe Haven has an 85 acre sanctuary in Monroe which is home to over 200 animals – most of whom have been rescued as victims of cruelty or neglect.


Dramatic truck fire in North City Friday

Photo by Kevin Nelson

Kevin Nelson of North City said that he had just started walking his dog around 5:45pm on Friday, October 23, 2020 when he heard a car horn going non-stop.

They rounded a curve and came upon a truck, completely engulfed in flames.

The truck was on 25th Ave NE at NE 184th. 

Another neighbor reported that the driver knocked on her door to ask for a fire extinguisher but the fire quickly grew beyond that stage.

The fire department arrived was able to put the flames out quickly.

Correction: the time was 5:45pm


Shoreline Art Cottage Artist in Residence Abigail Maxey presents Sculptural Weaving Installation Saturday October 24

Friday, October 23, 2020

An open work tube of red basketweaving snakes through the branches of a small tree
Abigail Maxey: work in progress

Abigail Maxey: Sculptural Weaving (Artist Residency at Saltwater Park’s Art Cottage)

Inviting Spectators for Social-Distance-Observing of Art Installation at Richmond Beach 
Saturday October 24, 2020 from 10am – 2pm

[Seeking volunteers for install at 8am; masks and gloves required]

Abigail Maxey: work in progress

Abigail Maxey, Artist in Residence at Shoreline Art Cottage (August 27 – October 27) , will present a temporary sculptural installation of her large-scale abstract basketry forms on the beach to coincide and interact with the tidal exchange.

The installation begins at 8am, with the public invited to observe and ask question anytime between 10am and 2pm. Rain or shine.

A tall thin humanoid figure of open basketweave stands very straight on brown grass.
Abigail Maxey: The Historian 2018
2021 NW 190th St, Shoreline
, (Richmond Beach Saltwater Park), the beach in front of the Welcoming Figure public art sculpture.

The event is free. Social distancing with masks is required. Photography is permitted. 

The artist will present results from the experiment along with her artworks produced during the residency on the following day, Sunday October 26, 10am-11am, online, in a virtual presentation event with the zoom link available on Shoreline Public Art Facebook: 

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