When NOT to "Rescue" a Wild Animal

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Leave Bambi alone - his mother will return
Photo courtesy WA Dept Fish and Wildlife

Many wild animals do not need to be "rescued" and there is almost NEVER a time when you should remove a baby wild animal from its natural environment – even if it appears abandoned.

More often than not, just leaving a young animal alone affords it the best chance for survival.

Every year hundreds of young wild animals such as fawns, baby seals, and baby birds are needlessly "rescued" and referred to wildlife rehabilitators.

This is extremely detrimental and harmful to the young animal, as well as disruptive and costly to wildlife rehabilitators when they most need to concentrate limited resources on truly orphaned or injured wildlife.

Young owl on ground in Shoreview Park
Photo by Nikki Chau
Unless the animal is showing obvious signs of illness or injury such as bleeding, vomiting, panting, shivering, lethargy, ruffled feathers or fur, attack by cat/dog, leave them there.

You can help by always consulting a licensed wildlife rehabilitator prior to collecting the animal, thereby preventing its handling.

Locally, consult PAWS in Lynnwood  425-412-4040 or Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Arlington 360-435-4817.

Why these babies do not need rescuing. Young animals are often left alone for hours while their parents gather food.

They are being tended by their parents in ways best for their survival and appropriate for that species, ensuring that they retain natural wild behaviors.

It is normal and typical for a deer fawn to be left alone hiding in a bed. It is also common for young birds to leave the nest before they are fully feathered or flight-ready.

Baby crows live on the ground
Photo by Peggy Bartleson
They will be fed on the ground for a day or two by the parents until they are able to fly.

Careful observation before distressing and collecting these animals should help you make a correct decision whether or not they are truly orphaned or injured and need help.

Yes, very young birds sometimes fall out of nests. If you can safely reach the nest, put it back.

The adults will NOT reject their young because "they smell like people." If the bird is older or you cannot find the nest, place it in a tree or shrub or on a shaded portion of a roof, out of the way of cats, dogs, and children.

Do not unnecessarily handle or move it from the general area where it was found. If a baby bird shows obvious signs of illness or injury, call a wildlife rehabilitator first and describe what you see.

This information also applies to marine mammals. Baby seals are often found on local beaches above the tide line. Their mothers park them there while they go hunt for food.


Jobs: Customers return to Teriyaki Plus - help wanted

Several weeks ago we published an article about Shoreline's Teriyaki Plus restaurant on Ballinger Way and its owner Sarah. (Social media comes to the rescue of widow)

A Facebook write-up about Sarah, her food and her life story went viral on Facebook (over 4,000 shares) and a GoFundMe Page was started to help Sarah hire help that has raised over $14,600 at this point. King 5 came and filmed a piece that aired on the evening news.

With all the increased publicity, Sarah desperately needs to hire someone now to help her keep up with all of the new and returning customers, but has not had any luck.

Wanted: Part-time help for busy Teriyaki Plus restaurant
Monday through Saturday from 4 -9 pm.

The job would require food prep and cooking. Interested parties should stop by the restaurant or call and talk to Sarah directly.

The restaurant’s address is:
19939 Ballinger Way NE, Suite B, Shoreline 98155
Phone: 206-361-9811


Scene on the Sound - an east coast cruise ship

The Constellation
Photo by Jan Hansen

By Jan Hansen

It was a bit overcast by Saturday afternoon, but sailing through the Shoreline Sea was a vessel scheduled to take passengers on cruises of the Eastern Seaboard.

The American Constellation, part of American Cruise Lines, was built in 2017, has five decks and carries 170 passengers in high style.

Her schedule of seven and ten night sailings begins on the fifth of May and continues through October, departing from Baltimore, Boston, Providence, and New York.

This ship has a long trip ahead to get to the East Coast.


Earth Day Every Day fair at Shoreline Place on Saturday

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

The Earth Day Every Day fair at "Shoreline Place" by Central Market Saturday was blessed with sunny skies and many exhibitors with information and giveaways. The event is sponsored by the City of Shoreline.

There was a choice of three giveaway packages
at the City of Shoreline booth

The City of Shoreline had a choice of three giveaway packages designed to reduce waste and prevent water pollution:
  • Sustainable Living Package: Liberty Bottleworks 24-oz recycled aluminum water bottle and a Simply Straws reusable glass straw kit,
  • Natural Yard Care Package: Walt’s Organic worm castings fertilizer in a 10-lb bag and a 2-oz jar of MicraCulture’s Plant Probiotics fertilizer,
  • Puget Hound Pet Care Package: LED Pet Collar light, an LED flashlight, and a bag dispenser tool with Bio-Buddy recycled-content pet waste bag refills.

Each one came in a reusable flexible plastic carrying bag with the logo "I used to be a water bottle." The pretty design on the sides was multi-colored water bottles.

City staff get a breather after the line goes down

The line was very long early in the morning, because supplies have run out in previous years. No one seemed to mind the wait. It started at 9am and the supplies lasted until 1pm.

You may not know the names of the culprits
but you may recognize them

King County had a booth full of photos of "noxious weeds" - plants they would like you root up and throw in the garbage.

Brian Peterka with vegetable starts

Diggin' Shoreline had vegetable starts for chard, kale, pak choi, lettuce, and beets.

Master Gardener volunteers ready to answer questions

The WSU Master Gardeners had gardening experts armed with reference material.

The Recology Store, located in Shoreline, brought items for sale. The store is located at 15235 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133

Maryn Wynne adjusts the solar cooker

NW SolarFest's Maryn Wynne was there, with a solar cooker - and tea kettle at the ready. The water got to 165 degrees, even after the clouds came in.


Crime in Shoreline week ending 4-9-18 - burglaries, car prowls, & a flamethrower

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, week ending April 9, 2018

Suicidal individuals taken to hospital: 3 individuals at home, 1 male at Aurora Village, 1 high school student

03-31  Burglary 160 Interlake Ave N; forced entry through sliding door.
04-01  1:30am Traffic stop for lights violation; arrest for DUI.
04-01  Firearms stolen from locked storage locker at 12xx NW RB Rd.
04-01  Burglary 157xx Midvale; broke window to gain entry.
04-01  Thief broke vehicle window; stole purse and jacket at Echo Lake Apts.
04-02  Forced entry to garage at Echo Lake Apts.
04-02  Woman selling items on "Offer Up"; male "buyer" displayed a handgun.
04-02  House at 157xx Wallingford burglarized while resident was in shower.
04-02  K9 looking for burglar from 157xx Wallingford found a male not connected to burglary but in possession of meth and with an outstanding warrant.
04-03  153xx Interlake Ave N burglary; laptop stolen.
04-03  Bag containing narcotics left at Cash America pawn shop.
04-03  Thief broke window of vehicle to steal wallet on passenger seat. 201xx Ballinger Wy.
04-03  Handgun thrown down embankment and into yard on 15th NE.
04-03  Burglary interrupted at 145xx Interlake; used ladder to access and break bathroom window.
04-04  Person sleeping on street NE 150th and 15th NE arrested on outstanding warrant.
04-04  Jeep Wrangler hit a utility pole at 199xx Ballinger and fled the scene.
04-04  Just before midnight a group of guys were Trespassed from the field where the Aldercrest Learning Access was located. They had built a flamethrower and were testing it in the field.
04-05  Valero Grocery and Sultan Gyro Grill were broken into.
04-05  Hit and run at Ballinger Homes.
04-05  Burglary after basement window broken with rock. Nothing taken. 155xx Wallingford.
04-05  Ex-employee make threats to shoot up Toni and Guy hair academy.
04-05  Theft from unlocked vehicle in O'Reilly parking lot. Took DoD computer, credit card, electronic accessories, and personal items.
04-05  Victim made a sex tape over video chat with suspect. Suspect now threatening to post the video to all his social media contacts unless given $3000.
04-06  Suspect previously Trespassed from Shoreline Motel was found inside a dumpster there. Manager wanted him arrested. Search incident to arrest found cocaine.
04-06  Burglary 170xx 1st Ave; broke in through window and took laptop and prescription pills.
04-06  Burglary 170xx 1st Ave; kicked in front door but took nothing.
04-07  Hamlin Park restroom spray painted with graffiti.
04-07  Officer was picking up an individual at Home Depot who had an outstanding warrant, when another individual walked up and turned himself in for the same thing.
04-08  Resident of Lake House reported that a neighbor raped her.


Photo: Wood ducks at Twin Ponds

Photo by Dan Short

Dan Short discovered this beautiful wood duck at Twin Ponds park on Thursday.

Photo by Dan Short

He had a mate - so we may have wood ducks nesting in the area.


Scene on the Sound: the Fairweather

NOAA vessel Fairweather

Photo and text by Jan Hansen

Another beautiful NOAA vessel visited the Shoreline Sea Friday morning on her way to her homeport in Ketchikan, ETA 27 Apr. 09:00.

The Fairweather paused here for quite a few minutes before turning her engines up to 12kn as she headed toward Alaska.

The Fairweather is a hydrographic survey vessel. On board her officers, technicians, and scientists collect data that NOAA cartographers use to create and update the maps that support safe pleasure, commerce, and military navigation.


Shoreline City Council to meet with Sheriff then discuss the 2017 police report

Front row, from left: Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon, Mayor Will Hall
Back row, from left: Doris McConnell, Chris Roberts, Keith Scully, Keith McGlashan, Susan Chang

Shoreline City Council Meetings
City Hall 17500 Midvale Ave N

Monday, April 23, 2018 – Workshop Dinner Meeting 5:45pm
Discussion with King County Sheriff Johanknecht

Monday, April 23, 2018 – Regular Meeting 7:00pm
Agenda Highlights
  • Proclamation of Volunteer Week (Community Services Division)
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 814 – Amending Ordinance No. 812 for Uncompleted 2017 Operating and Capital Projects and Increasing Appropriations in the 2018 Budget (Administrative Services)
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 815 – 2018 Budget Amendment – Amending Ordinance No. 814 to Increase the Appropriations in Certain Funds (Administrative Services)
  • Adopting Ordinance No. 820 – Establishing a Park Impact Fees Fund and Housing Trust Fund (Administrative Services)
  • Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into an Interlocal Agreement for the Purpose of Data Sharing (Administrative Services)
  • Discussing the 2017 Annual Police Services Report (Police)
  • Discussing the Draft Sidewalk Prioritization Plan and Sidewalk and ADA Transition Plan Funding Recommendations (Public Works and Administrative Services Department)

Link to full Agenda to see staff reports for each agenda items

Comment on Agenda items


Jobs: LFP seeks project manager

Lake Forest Park seeks qualified Project Manager to manage surface water and park projects and implement environmental programs for the City.

Open until filled; first review of applications Friday, May 11, 2018.

This position performs technical and engineering support work related primarily to public works surface water projects and parks development (75%) and manages the environmental programs for the City (25%).

The purpose of the position is to monitor the progress and assist in the execution of public works capital projects including, planning, scheduling, coordinating, tracking and administration; administer project from inception to completion including design, review, public input and meetings, bidding, contract management and project completion; and administration of the capital improvement plan (CIP). 

This position reports to the City Engineer and supervises the Community/Environmental Services Coordinator.

For more information about this position, see the full job description here.


Informed Delivery - know what's coming in the mail

Are you worried about mail theft?

If you are concerned that your mail is being interfered with, you may want to sign up for a free service from the post office.

The USPS has a free service that sends you photos of your incoming mail for that day.

The program lets users view images of letter-sized mailpieces and real time delivery information on packages.

Although, remember that the best deterrent against mail theft is a locking mailbox.

More information or sign up at Informed Delivery It is available for Shoreline / LFP ZIP codes.


LFP Council committee of the whole meets Monday

The City of Lake Forest Park Council committee of the whole meets Monday, April 23, 2018, 6pm at City Hall 17425 Ballinger Way NE.

On the agenda:

Confirmation Review for the openings on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Olivia Baetz, position 1, term expiring 4/30/19 
  • Tony Auriemma, position 7, term expiring 4/30/21 
Discuss Conservation Cluster Housing

Review and Discuss Draft Town Center Vision Report


Trade in your old car seat at Target Apr 22 to May 5

Friday, April 20, 2018

Have an old car seat you’re ready to toss? Or maybe your growing kid needs an upgrade to a new size or style of seat? Now’s the perfect time— Target’s making it easy to recycle your old car seats and save big bucks on a new one.

In honor of Earth Month, they have brought back their popular car seat trade-in event.

Here’s how it works:

April 22 through May 5, bring any unwanted car seats to your local Target store and receive a coupon for 20 percent off a new car seat, booster seat, car seat base, travel system or stroller from our stores or full online assortment.

When you get to the store, bring your used car seat to the drop-off box located near Guest Services, and the team member there will give you your coupon. Guests can get one coupon per seat dropped off, and the coupon is eligible through May 19, 2018.

The old car seats go to our partners at Waste Management, who will recycle the parts to create new things like grocery carts, plastic buckets and construction materials.

Events like these are part of Target’s commitment to taking care of the planet and designing solutions across our business to make our products and services as sustainable and circular as possible.


Rugby in Seattle

Seattle has a new professional sports team - the Seattle Seawolves - and the sport is rugby.

Rugby union (there are two different codes for rugby) has been popular in England since it started in 1839. It has been described as "football without the helmet and pads." Players run with the football-shaped ball. They cannot be blocked but are tackled. The ball can only be passed laterally or backwards. Wikipedia has an article on the sport which includes the rules.

Games will be broadcast locally and nationally. (See schedule)

The ownership group is led by Seattle-based entrepreneurs Adrian Balfour and Shane Skinner. The club was formed in 2017 and is a founding member of Major League Rugby (MLR). The inaugural season kicks off Sunday, April 22, 2018 and the team’s home games will be played at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington.

The Sunday game against the San Diego Legion has already sold out its 3,500 seats. The 1,800 season tickets have also sold out.

Besides Seattle and San Diego, the other MLR teams are from Austin, Houston, New Orleans, Glendale, Colorado, and Utah. A New York team is planning to join next year.


Snohomish County Planning dept recommends denial of permit for Point Wells development

2011 BSRE Urban Center concept

From Tom McCormick

Snohomish County’s Department of Planning and Development Services has sent its 93-page Staff Recommendation to the hearing examiner, recommending denial of BSRE’s applications to develop Point Wells as an urban center. Here is an excerpt from page 2 of the Staff Recommendation:

"Recommendation: Denial for the following reasons:
  • Failure to Document Feasibility and Code Compliance of Second Access Road;
  • Failure to Provide Acceptable Traffic Report and Assumptions, Resulting in Noncompliance with Concurrency Requirements and Failure to Mitigate Traffic Impacts;
  • Failure to Provide Appropriate Building Setbacks for Tall Buildings from Lower Density Zones and Failure to Document Evidence for Access to High Capacity Transit for Building Heights Over 90 Feet;
  • Failure to Satisfy Access to Public Transportation and Transit Compatibility;
  • Failure to Furnish Information on Contamination Necessary to Determine Approvability of Drainage Proposal and Compliance with Critical Areas Regulations;
  • Failure to Provide Adequate Parking;
  • Failure to Address Shoreline Management Regulations;
  • Failure to Comply with Code Provisions Regarding Critical Areas, Including Geologically Hazardous Areas, Wetlands and Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas, and Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas.”
The 93-page Staff Recommendation can be accessed here.

According to the hearing examiner's scheduling order, the hearing is scheduled to begin May 16, and continue through May 31. Public comments can be made on May 17 (starting 1:30pm), and on May 18 (starting 9am). The hearing examiner’s scheduling order can be accessed here

4-21-2018 Corrected image caption


Earth Day Celebration in Twin Ponds Park

Volunteers work at Twin Ponds park
Photo by Yoshiko Saheki

Join Parkwood residents and the Stewards of Twin Ponds Park at a planting party to celebrate Earth Day.

Conifers and native shrubs provided by City of Shoreline in this project will reforest an area of the park. Remember, trees create oxygen that we all need and absorb excess water runoff. They also support birds and other native wildlife. Let’s do this for Mother Earth!

10am to noon, Sunday, April 22, 2018
Meet on the Meridian side (across from Evergreen School in the 15200 block), by wood chip pile
Bring gloves for you to wear! A trowel will be handy if you have one.

Questions? Email for answers


For the Birds: The mating call of the red-breasted sapsucker

Male Red-breasted Sapsucker pounds out his matting call
Photo by Elaine Chuang
This Red-breasted Sapsucker is pounding out his territory and calling all the “ladies” in his area.

Note the bare “white” space on the green road sign.

He pounds in the same place, year after year.

Presumably he, or perhaps another male sapsucker, has another calling/ pounding sign, with also a small bare space, one block down and two blocks east -- about a block as the sapsucker flies.

He first started sending out his telegraphed message Monday, April 16th.

Christine Southwick
For the Birds Columnist


King’s Elementary School teacher to be honored as King County Earth Hero

Jody Coulston
King's Elementary School, Shoreline
The environmental work of students, teachers, and other members of the school community in King County will be honored at King County’s Earth Heroes at School ceremony in May.

Students as well as educators and other school employees will be honored for their environmental stewardship at the King County Earth Heroes at School awards ceremony, May 3 at Maplewood Greens in Renton.

Earth Heroes inspire others to create their own projects that conserve resources, protect the environment, and educate others about how simple, everyday actions can contribute to a healthier planet.

Solid Waste Division Director Pat McLaughlin will be joined by several King County Councilmembers to present the awards. Jourdan Imani Keith, director of Urban Wilderness Project, will be the keynote speaker.

The honorees represent all areas of King County and include one student, three student environmental clubs, six school staff, five teachers, and two school districts. Examples of the work these Earth Heroes have done include:
  • Creating an initiative to encourage schools to commit to reducing carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Saving energy across a school district by installing energy-efficient lighting.
  • Reusing materials to make art and art-related supplies.
  • Reducing food waste in lunchrooms by establishing share tables for unopened packaged food.
  • Collecting food waste in the lunchroom for composting.

The ceremony is set for 4:30pm at Maplewood Greens, 4050 Maple Valley Hwy., Renton. For more information about the Earth Heroes at School Program, contact Donna Miscolta at donna.miscolta@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-5282.


Among those being honored is:

Jody Coulston, King’s Elementary School, Shoreline

Local artist and K-6 art teacher Jody Coulston reuses paper and plastic materials, such as coffee filters, scrap paper, and plastic bottles, for student art projects. She uses old plastic containers for paintbrush washing and used wood pallets to make assignment boxes. She also uses a type of clay that requires only one hour in the kiln rather than overnight, which conserves significant amounts of energy.

Others being honored:
  • Veronica Knight, Lake Washington Environmental and Adventure School, Kirkland
  • Student Green Team, Tesla STEM High School, Redmond
  • Jonathan Stine and Renton School District, Renton
  • Mary Ward, Tiffany Park Elementary School, Renton
  • Steve Wojciechowski and the Star Lake Elementary Green Team, Kent
  • Paul Bowler and Stephanie Lecovin, Peter Kirk Elementary School, Kirkland
  • Carol Barker and Auburn School District Child Nutrition Services, Auburn
  • Laura Sanders, Westwood Elementary School, Enumclaw
  • Shoshanna Cohen, White Center Heights Elementary School, White Center
  • Carol Mendoza, St. Bernadette Parish School, Burien
  • Thomas Ho, Marci Klinkenberg, and the student Green Team, Lake Youngs Elementary School, Kent
  • Jane Watkins, Maywood Middle School, Renton
  • Andrea Wolfe, Apollo Elementary School, Renton
  • Kelsey Webb, Enumclaw High School, Enumclaw



WSDOT in Shoreline always has openings. Here are some selected positions.

Office Assistant 3
Closing date May 2, 2018
The Northwest Region Headquarters office is seeking a full-time, outgoing receptionist to join our team. The Northwest Region employs more than 1,400 people and covers a geographic area from South King County to the Canadian border.

Assistant Landscape Architect
This position is open until filled. The first review of applications will take place on May 3, 2018.

The Assistant Landscape Architect will focus on strategically managing Puget Sound Area roadside policies, issues, programs, and services to promote transportation safety and efficiency, to preserve and restore the natural and cultural environment, and to affect the visual harmony and compatibility of functions for sustainable roadsides.

Job description and application

Executive Transportation Leader of Northwest Region
Closing date May 13, 2018

WSDOT is actively seeking a dynamic transportation executive with exceptional, proven leadership skills to serve as the next Northwest Regional Administrator based in Shoreline, WA. With a population of well over three million people, one-half of the state’s population live within the boundaries of the Northwest Region, which includes King, Snohomish, Whatcom, San Juan, Island, Skagit and portions of Pierce counties. Connecting with ferry terminals, international borders, and mountain passes, the region’s impressive infrastructure includes highway tunnels, floating bridges, movable bridges, an extensive HOV system, express toll lanes, and one of the largest intelligent transportation systems in the country.

Internally, this position is responsible for the day-to-day management of the region’s 1,100 employees, systematically fostering a work environment that promotes the agency’s mission and strategic direction, while encouraging innovative performance, quality, to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain the transportation system. Externally, the incumbent must be an effective ambassador and spokesperson for the department on transportation matters, establish strong relationships with stakeholders to build coalitions, create constituent support, and influence public opinion on issues of vital importance locally and to the State of Washington.

Job description and application


Letter to the Editor: Where is the voice of the Shoreline School Board on gun violence prevention?

To the Editor:

In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, FL, multiple school districts in the Seattle Metropolitan area have publicly declared support for actively pursuing gun violence prevention measures to help ensure the safety of students, teachers, and staff.

The Shoreline School District Board is not among this group.

These elected leaders have been asked repeatedly by students, parents, and community members to speak. There has been nothing but resounding silence.

I get it. Guns are controversial. Violence is complicated. These things should NOT be, really, the purview of a school board member. But here we are.

Yes, a statement of intent regarding gun violence prevention from the school board merits careful consideration. It should not be taken lightly, and it must be purposeful.

However, I propose that there is an urgency here that outweighs other considerations. Why? Because if the school board does not explicitly speak, the default will be to focus on the easy fix: “hardening” our schools.

That would be a mistake. We will be teaching our children that fear, paranoia, and distrust drive the agenda. We will be instructing them that the most appropriate response to violence is the daily reminder of that violence. We will be telling them that it is “normal” that their educational environment is more like an armed camp than a campus.

You have a voice and we need to hear it, Shoreline School Board. Otherwise, we have a vote and we know how to use it.

Sue Whitcomb
Lake Forest Park


Make the most of summer with the Art Council’s unique Arts and Jazz Camps

Jazz Camp performance
Photo courtesy SLFPAC

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is pleased to present another summer of great camp programming.

Summer is one of our favorite times of year here at the Arts Council and we have a long-standing tradition of offering camps that are unique in focus, with jazz and theater options, as well as diverse visual arts classes. We pride ourselves on offering meaningful arts experiences to our campers!

*Aftercare and scholarships available!

For more camp details, including class descriptions and to register, visit our website

Art4Teens Camp: July 23 - 27
9am - 4pm  |  Ronald United Methodist Church  |  $300
We’ve designed our camps to give kids and teens the opportunity to experience a fun and engaging, artful program, filled with visual arts, theater and music, taught by inspiring local professionals who are seasoned teachers of teens. Designed for rising 7th - 12th graders.

August Arts Camp: July 30 - August 3
9am - 4pm  |  Ronald United Methodist Church  |  $300  | Aftercare Available
Classes are tailored for each population and age-appropriate with fun-filled exploration in the art process, led by local professionals, in painting, sculpting, printmaking, drawing, theater arts, African drumming and more! Designed for rising 3rd - 6th graders.

Shoreline Jazz Camp: August 6-10
9am - 3pm  |  Shorecrest High School  |  $350
The Mission of the Shoreline Jazz Camp is to provide young musicians the opportunity to learn and play with some of the region’s most accomplished teachers and performers. Our program creates a safe and structured learning environment, in which students of varying skill levels are able to share in the joy of playing jazz. The camp includes instruction in large and small ensembles and a series of master classes that are designed to refine the individual’s skills and understanding of jazz. Designed for rising 7th - 12th graders.

Camp Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available for all three camps. Additional details are listed on the Arts Council’s website.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.


Mountlake Terrace woman attacked in her home by intruder


Charging papers reveal brutal details about the Monday assault of a Mountlake Terrace woman in the 22400 block of 59th Pl W. (The border with Shoreline is 244th St W)

According to court documents, responding officers found the unresponsive victim, a 32-year-old Mountlake Terrace woman, on the living room floor of a residence with a badly beaten face.

She was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where she remains in critical condition. (Friends have set up a Go Fund Me page benefiting the victim’s family at this link.) Her 3-year-old daughter was inside the residence at the time of the incident.

Officers contacted 29-year-old Arlington resident Christopher Yacono, who was outside the residence. He told officers he “kicked the front door down and discovered” the victim, according to court documents. He was taken to the Mountlake Terrace police station.

Charging papers allege Yacono became “agitated” and was “yelling and wailing” while at the police department. He later told officers he went to his girlfriend’s house, which is near the victim’s house, to pick up his cell phone. He was sitting in his vehicle outside the victim’s house when “something told him to go into the house” so he knocked on the door. No one answered, so he kicked the door in.

“Yacono said that once in the house, he saw (the victim) in the living room and she screamed,” charging documents say. “Yacono said she began to ‘resist’ and he slammed her head into the wall. She fell to the floor and he slammed her head onto the hardwood floor twice.”

At that point, the victim was unconscious, Yacono said. He told police that he then took a beer from her refrigerator and threw it at her, and then took a cooking pot and hit her again.

Court documents say Yacono told officers he is schizophrenic and said he didn’t know why he did this. He had not been taking his medication.

On Sunday, the day before the incident, Yacono was also the subject of a disturbance call in Arlington at 10:50 p.m. Police records say he was threatening to attack the owner of a property in the 9800 block of Moran Road. The incident is listed as “settled by contact.” A disturbance was also reported at that address in Arlington around 12:30 p.m. Monday, when a man was yelling and kicking his car. He was no longer at the residence when Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived.


Obituary: Ronald Wastewater Commissioner George Robert Webster

Thursday, April 19, 2018

George Robert Webster
George Robert Webster, born January 5, 1937, passed away peacefully at his home in Shoreline on April 2, 2018, after a courageous struggle against pancreatic cancer.

George was born at Providence Hospital in Everett, Washington on January 5, 1937. He grew up in Snohomish, WA, son of Clyde Robert Webster and Letha Hope (Eckert) Webster. George graduated from Snohomish High School and went on to the University of Washington, graduating in 1960 with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering.

George met his wife of 57 years, Velma M. (Romine) Webster on a blind date during his senior year of college and they married at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Snohomish, WA on February 4, 1961. 

After college, George worked for Scott Paper Mill in Everett, WA where he developed several environmental patents. George was next employed by the Public Health Service who sent him back to the University of Washington to get his Masters degree in Sanitary Engineering. Upon completing his masters’ studies, George loaded his young family into his 1953 Ford and drove to Washington DC taking a job with the EPA.

His experiences there included two years as Technical Representative to OECD in Paris, France, while working ten years as a GS-15 Senior Environmental Engineer.

Honors included being a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers with expertise in Water and Wastewater. After a brief employment with Marsh McLennan in Bloomfield, Michigan, George and his family were able to move back to “God’s country”, the Pacific Northwest, where he started his first company, Ekistics, and later Webster’s Inc., specializing in asbestos inspections and abatement management for WSU, UW and ten local school districts, and leaking underground storage tank clean-up.

George was a licensed Professional Engineer with over 45 years experience and loved every minute of it. He continued as a consultant to local environmental firms up until the time of his death.

George was most proud of his elected position as Commissioner on the Ronald Wastewater District for which he served the Shoreline community for almost five years, until his illness required him to retire.

George was an experienced traveler, having traveled extensively throughout the United States and internationally including Sweden, Denmark, France, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and Thailand. 

George will be remembered for his love of card and board games, especially hearts, and his uncanny ability to “shoot the moon”, and his love for all things Lord of the Rings, inspiring his nickname Gandalf the White and his car Shadowfax.

George was a gold enthusiast and loved to go mining for nuggets. George had a wacky sense of humor which had him loving Stewart, the one eyed minion, and other quirky gag gifts.

George is survived by his wife Velma, son Robert George Webster; daughter Robin Kay (Webster) Rayfield; son-in- law Brian M. Rayfield and grandchildren, Allison K. Webster, Christopher R. Webster, Phillip J. Webster, Grant A. Rayfield and Jacqueline G. Rayfield.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 19th at 1pm at Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155.

A graveside service will be held prior for immediate family only on Sunday, April 13th at 11am at Holyrood Cemetery. Please visit Barton Funeral Home to leave comments for the family.

Thank you to all who have offered condolences during this sad time. George will be greatly missed.


Register by May 1 to guarantee a race t-shirt for the Get Up and Go! Fun Run

It’s time to get ready to Get Up and Go!

Join the Sheridan Guild on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Lake Forest Park to participate in a family-friendly 5K with 1K option.

Wear your pajamas, walk or run, then eat pancakes!

All proceeds benefit uncompensated care and research at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Register for $40 (Kids 10 and under are free). Register by May 1 to guarantee a race t-shirt!


Party like a rock star at the Shoreline High School Class of 1973 reunion

Shoreline High School Class of 1973 Reunion
22 September 2018, Saturday, 4:00 - 10:00 pm
Innis Arden Club House 

The event will be catered with appetizers, drinks and a dinner!

Please mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details as they develop, by visiting the reunion website where you can sign up and purchase tickets.

Visit the reunion Facebook page

The campaign is on in trying to find classmates, as well as retired Shoreline faculty, to attend this reunion. Classmates are urged to provide their contact information at the reunion website. Also, if you have any questions just submit them online at the reunion website.

Hope to see you there! Party like a rock star! Chaperones may be needed! Cheers!


Shoreline Fire calls Apr 9-15

Firefighters training at vacant building
owned by North City Water
Shoreline Fire calls for April 9 - 15, 2018
  • Aid - 65
  • Aid Non Emergency - 11
  • MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 7
  • Medic - 49
    • +39 in Bothell, Northshore some Woodinville including M65, M47
  • Cardiac Arrest - 2
    • 3+ in Northshore and Bothell w/M47 and M65
  • AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 7
  • Brush Fire - 1 (cancelled, Seattle side and they were on scene)
  • Haz - 1 CO alarm sounding 
  • Natural Gas in the Area - 1
  • Rescue Surface Water - 1 (Kayaker stranded out in water at Saltwater Park)


Poem:Photo - the Osprey

2016 Hamlin Park nest
Photo by Steve Schneider

I am an OSPREY you can see
I like to nest up high
I have to live near water
Now I will tell you why

My food of choice why it is Fish
I’m called a bird of Prey
Well FISH HAWK is what I am called
The fish can’t get away

I hover up above them
Then plunge so swiftly down
My long sharp talons grasp the fish
I do not make a sound

I feed them to my babies
I usually have three
Their colors all are brown and white
Well HEY they look like me

I like to live on tops of trees
On telephone poles and such
And now I’m on your playfield light
I thank you very much

Jean Monce Bryant


Property taxes due for first half of 2018

Did you get your income tax filed?
Good, now it's time to pay your property taxes.

If your taxes are part of your mortgage payment, you will have heard from that mortgage company about whether you have enough in reserve and how much your monthly payment is increasing.

However, if you pay your own taxes in King county, you have until Monday, April 30 to pay the first half of your 2018 property taxes. After that date, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill.

To make the process easier, King County provides several ways for taxpayers to pay their taxes quickly and conveniently. Tax payments can be made:
  • Online using King County's convenient, secure online eCommerce system. Taxpayers may pay accounts with a credit card or an electronic debit from a checking account.
  • By mail if postmarked no later than April 30, 2018. Taxpayers should include their tax statement and write the property tax account number on their check or money order. Cash should not be sent through the mail.
  • At King County Community Service Centers if paid by check for the exact amount due. Taxpayers can find the address, phone number, and operating hours of the center in their area by visiting kingcounty.gov/CSC.
    • Shoreline Community Service Center (inside the Shoreline District Court building) 18050 Meridian Ave. N. Shoreline, WA 98133 206-477-2723, Fridays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Service is suspended for 15 minutes at 10:15 a.m. and 3 p.m., and for one hour at noon for mandated employee breaks.
  • In person at Treasury Operations, sixth floor of the King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave. in Seattle. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Friday, April 27, and Monday, April 30, Treasury Operations will be open until 5 p.m.
  • The online option provides immediate payment confirmation for current year or delinquent year(s) property tax bills. To pay online or view property tax information, taxpayers can visit kingcounty.gov/propertytax
  • Note that you will be charged a hefty service fee for using the online options.

For questions about missing tax statements or other tax payment information, visit kingcounty.gov/propertytax, contact King County Treasury Operations by email or contact a customer service specialist at 206-263-2890.

Information on senior citizen exemption and deferral programs can be obtained by emailing the King County Assessor's Office at 206-296-3920.


Found Dan Short 4-19-2018

Photo by Dan Short
If you have a child who attended Meridian Park Elementary, you probably remembered this sundial.

This sundial sculpture is located at the north end of the schoolyard at Meridian Park Elementary School.

The street that you see in the background is N. 175th St. and the sculpture is visible from the street. The picture was taken March 22, 2017.

Did you get it right? If not - better luck next week!


UW Bothell Pub Night Talk at McMenamins: “Palestine and Palestinians”

Karam Dana
“Palestine and Palestinians: Exploring Public Opinion Two Decades after the Oslo Accords,” a Pub Night Talk cosponsored by the University of Washington Bothell and McMenamins.

 7 - 8:30pm Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Doors open at 6pm. Hayne’s Hall, McMenamins Anderson School, 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell. Free. All ages welcome.

Karam Dana, assistant professor of Middle East politics in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and director of the American Muslim Research Institute at the University of Washington Bothell is the featured speaker.

Dana analyzes U.S. foreign policy in relation to Palestine, Israel and the peace process. Dana discusses daily life for Palestinians and how to guarantee their rights. Followed by Q/A. 


Health of the Sound: Pollution forces shellfish harvest limits in four counties

Razor clams
The Washington State Department of Health’s annual water quality evaluation identified high bacteria levels in four of Washington’s 106 commercial shellfish areas, prompting harvest restrictions.

An additional 19 areas are threatened with closure due to bacterial pollution. 

Portions of Grays Harbor near the Elk River (Grays Harbor County), Chico Bay in Dyes Inlet (Kitsap County), Burley Lagoon (Pierce County), and Henderson Inlet (Thurston County) do not meet public health standards and shellfish harvesting in these areas will be restricted.

State health officials are working with county partners, shellfish growers and tribal governments to implement plans to find and fix pollution problems in these areas.

“It’s been shown that clean water requires both prevention and pollution identification,” said Rick Porso, director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. “Clean water is the result of everyone doing their part.”

Since 2011, DOH has invested about $25 million from the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program. The grants support pollution identification and correction projects, onsite septic system management programs, research, and shellfish protection districts.

People can do their part by maintaining septic systems, picking up after pets, using pump out stations for boats and recreational vehicles, and managing animal waste from large and small farms.

Current commercial classification information can be viewed at the Commercial Shellfish Map. Recreational harvesters can get up-to-date sport harvest information on the Shellfish Safety Map.


Head of King County Democrats steps down amid allegations

By Diane Hettrick

Just ahead of a scheduled meeting of all King County Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs), the chair of the King County Democrats has resigned his position as chair.

A contingent of members had filed formal complaints against the chair, Bailey Strober, 29, claiming financial overspending and creating a hostile work environment for employees.

Strober vigorously denied the charges.

The Board appointed an independent investigator, who reported that the complaints had validity.

Strober, who has been in the job for 16 months, scheduled a series of open meetings around the county to share his side of the story.

The King County Democratic Central Committee scheduled a meeting of PCOs to consider removing the chair. The meeting was scheduled for Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Chair Stober tendered his resignation effective at noon on Saturday, April 14th, and the KCDCC Executive Board accepted it by vote. All the meetings on the topic were cancelled.

Sharon Mast was appointed as King County interim chair. She will be leading the Sunday, April 22nd King County Democrats 2018 Convention.

Doors open at Noon, starts at 1pm at the IAM Machinists Hall in South Park, 9125 15th Place S, Seattle, WA 98108.


Planning commission to study options for community residential facilities

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Shoreline Planning Commission
Thursday, April 19, 2018 – 7 p.m.
Regular Meeting

Agenda Highlights
- Development Code Amendment - Community Residential Facilities

Link to full Agenda

Link to full Packet

Comment on Agenda items


Art Walk Edmonds Thursday

Gary Berg creates sculpture from
found objects
The skies may be gray, but the artwork is bright at Art Walk Edmonds!
Thursday, April 19th, from 5-8pm, map

The gray skies are no match for the vibrant array of artwork and activities at this month's Art Walk Edmonds. Come out and see!

Abstract and colorful seems to be the buzzwords for many of the Art Walk stops this month. New-to-Art Walk stop Liminal Space (100 2nd Ave S) will be featuring the abstract art of Scott Gibson. Right across the street at Edmonds Realty (111 Main St) you can ooh and ahh at the vibrant abstracts from Crystal Low.

If you like demos, we've got 'em! Cythia Mosser will be painting encaustics with beeswax at Hunni Co. (186 Sunset Ave), and Jeff Galbraith will be adorning photography with encaustics at ARTspot (408 Main St). Of course, Art Walk favorite and institution Joan Archer will be demoing her watercolor technique at Aria Studio Gallery (535 Main St).

Speaking of watercolors: they abound this month! Lori Anton's gorgeous watercolors at Pelindaba Lavender (102 5th Ave N) will transport you. Luscious watercolors by Joan Reeves are in store at Interiors of Edmonds (326 Main St). Lynnea Mattson's realistic animal watercolors are waiting to meet you at Windermere Real Estate (210 5th Ave S).

A must-see this month is our Featured Art Show and newest gallery in town, Gary Berg Sculpture (610 5th Ave S). Gary Berg's contemporary sculptures are created from reclaimed wood, concrete and found items. Make sure to stop in and welcome him to Edmonds!

There is so much more: an artist's reception at the Annual Sculptor's Workshop at the Frances Anderson Center, a poetry reading at Edmonds Bookshop in honor of National Poetry Month, Cole Gallery's Anniversary Show... we can't wait to have you come to downtown Edmonds this Thursday and do something AWEsome with us!


Sen. Chase to hold five town hall sessions

Sen. Maralyn Chase D-32
Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, will host five town hall meetings to report on the Legislature’s work, and accomplishments, during the 2018 session, and issues that are important to the 32nd District.

Each town hall will focus on a different subject.

Residents of the 32nd Legislative District want to know what the Legislature really did about gun safety taxes, single payer healthcare, climate change and education.

Let’s talk about these issues and whatever else is on your mind:
  • April 25: Legislative Report and discussion of gun safety
    • Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Location: Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave. NW, Shoreline, 98177 
  • May 2: Legislative Report and discussion of taxes 
    • Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Location: Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W, Lynnwood, 98036 
  • May 3: Legislative Report and discussion of transit and housing
    • Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Location: Spartan Recreation Center 202 NE 185th Street Shoreline 98155 
  • May 8: Legislative Report and discussion of healthcare
    • Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Location: Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave. NW, Shoreline, 98177 
  • May 10: Legislative Report and discussion of the environment
    • Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    • Location: Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W, Lynnwood, 98036


Letter to the Editor: I predict a traffic disaster

To the Editor:

As a decades-long traveler on Richmond Beach Road, I predict a traffic disaster after the City's revision. Today's flow of traffic is swift and efficient, but in the future twice daily rush hours will be intolerably congested. We'll likely also see back-ups in the "mini rush hours" at lunchtime and after school. Buses will block single thru lanes. Drivers seeking relief will divert to residential streets not intended for heavy traffic. Yes, left turns will be better and the occasional biker might be safer, but the cost of these small improvements will be overwhelming. One need only drive the streets already altered in Shoreline and Seattle to see how flawed this street revision policy really is.

More disturbing is the intransigence of our City Council and City staff. When hundreds of citizens who use this thoroughfare on a daily basis call out "ERROR!" wouldn't it be wise for City leaders to listen?

Our City prides itself as a Green City. Is this a "Green" solution?

Robert Hauck
Shoreline (Richmond Beach)


Dale Turner Family YMCA Annual Healthy Kids Day® Saturday

Dale Turner Family YMCA Annual Healthy Kids Day®

On Saturday, April 21, the Dale Turner Family YMCA in Shoreline is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.

Healthy Kids Day is an opportunity to ignite children’s imaginations so that they can imagine what they’ll accomplish this summer. The day-long event features activities such as: healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, fun games, free cycle helmet with fittings (for the first 100 kids) and program demonstration to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home throughout the summer months.

Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,500 Ys across the country by over 1.2 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long. 

When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows that without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year.

As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y wants families to focus on helping children imagine what they can accomplish over the summer.

“When a child is healthy, happy, and supported they can make great things happen,” says Paul Lwali, Executive Director, Dale Turner Family YMCA. 
“We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves. A child’s development is never on vacation and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer.”

Keeping Kids Healthy All Summer Long

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits this summer that can have a lifetime effect:
  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month. 
  • Read Together – The summer is a great time to enjoy books with summer program participants—and 30 minutes a day goes a long way! Take trips to the local library or create a family reading challenge to see who can log the most minutes of reading. Encourage youth to create their own stories as well. 
  • Get Moving! – Activities that require movement also help kids flex their mental muscle. Use materials in unique ways: ask youth to build models, manipulate tools or develop their own theatrical scenes. 
  • Play Together – Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. By putting more play into your family’s day, you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong. 
  • Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions. 

The Dale Turner Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at 19290 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline from 10am -1pm and features fun, active play and educational activities.

Healthy Kids Day encourages youth and families to awaken summer imagination and this cannot be done without proper nutrition. Walmart Foundation is proud to sponsor Healthy Kids Day to raise awareness about the importance of food security and nutrition for youth and families.


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