Keep Washington Green

Wednesday, January 20, 2021


Old mossback
Photo by Judith Muilenburg

My sidewalks are almost completely green. When it rains, they get a little squishy. But it is such a lovely glowing color!


Shoreline City council, planning commission, tree board to attend racial equity training

Shoreline City Hall
Shoreline City Councilmembers, along with members of the Planning Commission and Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services/Tree Board, are attending a 3-part racial equity training.

Content will include the history of race; implicit and explicit bias; definitions of individual, institutional, and structural racism; and discussion of the impacts and ways to take action.

Training sessions may include short exercises in breakout rooms that are not open to the public.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 7:00-8:30pm is the third of three sessions.


Just like the real thing: testing trains at the Northgate station

Sound Transit light rail at Northgate
Photo courtesy Sound Transit

Light rail vehicle testing begins on Northgate Link extension.
Starting this week, people will see light rail test trains operating on the new elevated light rail tracks in Northgate as crews prepare for the on-time and on-budget opening of passenger service to Northgate in September.

Seeing light rail vehicles on the Northgate extension really drives home how close we are getting to the start of revenue service," said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff. 
"Less than a year from now, Northgate Link will be offering passengers reliable, traffic-free travel to downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac airport."

Trains ran for the first time this morning to test the overhead electrical power system throughout the Northgate line. Testing will continue for several months, mostly during morning hours. 

While most of the line is underground, the trains at Northgate will be noticed by travelers on I-5 and in surrounding areas. The results of the testing will determine whether any adjustments are necessary to the system to improve performance. 

Construction on Northgate Link began in 2012 with a baseline budget of $1.9 billion and a projected opening date of 2021.

When finished, the 4.3 mile regional light rail extension will offer riders reliable, traffic-free travel between Northgate and downtown Seattle in just 14 minutes. 

Trains traveling in 3.5-mile twin tunnels north to and from the University of Washington Station at Husky Stadium will stop at underground stations in the U District and Roosevelt neighborhoods, exit the tunnels at First Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th and transition to a 0.8-mile elevated guideway to reach the station.

Sound Transit is simultaneously working to extend light rail north, south, east and west. Northgate Link will be followed in 2023 by the opening of service to Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond's Overlake community. 

Additional extensions to Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Kent/Des Moines, Federal Way and downtown Redmond are planned in 2024.


State Rep. Valdez emphasizing hate crimes, gun safety, justice, transportation in 2021 legislature

Rep. Javier Valdez D-46
By Evan Smith

State Rep. Javier Valdez is concentrating on justice, hate-crime and transportation issues in the legislative session that started Jan. 11.

Valdez is chairman of the committee on state government in the state House of Representatives and a member of the Transportation Committee and the committee on civil rights and the judiciary.

“As the new chair of the State Government and Tribal Relations Committee, I am looking forward to passing a bill to allow the restoration of felony voting rights,” he said last week. 
“In our justice system, people of color are disproportionately convicted of felonies. Restoring voting rights to felons is vital to an inclusive democracy and an unbiased criminal justice system.
“We have a lot to do to make Washington safe, just, and equitable for everyone who calls it home. Hate crimes have alarmingly risen in our country and in our state. Washington State ranks number three in the amount of reported hate crimes in the United States. That’s unacceptable. 
"Meanwhile, our federal administration has emboldened white supremacists over the last four years, and our state policies often ignore problems facing immigrants and communities of color. I am sponsoring House Bill 1071 that addresses hate crimes and makes Washington more inclusive.”

Valdez said that he is also sponsoring House Bill 1164 to limit the sale of high-capacity magazines, something that he said would protect communities from violent tragedies.

HB 1164 would prohibit the manufacture, possession, distribution, importation, sale, purchase or transfer of large capacity magazines.

He said that on the Transportation Committee, he is working on a proposal to help women- and minority-owned businesses get better opportunities with the state’s transportation projects.

“We conducted 90 listening sessions last year with transportation stakeholders, and we’re using what we heard to invest in projects that support frontline communities, enable economic recovery, and aggressively pursue carbon reduction,” he said.

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

Evan Smith can be reached at


Gloria's Birds: Mackenzie's been polishing her performance all week,

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

hoping to conduct the orchestra at Biden's and Harris's inauguration today…


Vaccines - a little more clarity today

The state would really like people in Tier 1 to get in and get their vaccines.
Tier B1 is now eligible for vaccines - if they can get an appointment

By Diane Hettrick

Just after yesterday's edition went out, I got more information about vaccine appointments, and there is a little more information today.

The Department of Health warns that if you are eligible for a COVID vaccine:
  • Please do not show up at a vaccine location without an appointment. 
  • Please be patient, it may take many weeks before a vaccine or appointment is available in your area.
  • Call us with questions at 1-800-525-0127 (press #).
King County and Washington state are running on slightly different tracks with an ever so slightly disjoint process.

If you have a relationship with an MD, that doctor will be affiliated with one of the big hospital systems. Some of them started scheduling patients for vaccines on Monday.

They will eventually get around to calling you, but you can jump the line by checking your online account. If you don't have one, now would be a very good time to set one up. They are online electronic records individual to you. You can find your chart notes, and lab results, and ask your medical provider questions - and get fast answers.

I love mine. Sometimes the doctor answers, sometimes a P.A. or nurse answers. I don't care as long as I get the answer. You can schedule appointments on your "echart". Most importantly, you can schedule vaccinations of all types online - or find out that your facility isn't ready yet to administer COVID vaccine.

At 5am yesterday, a night owl friend told me she had just scheduled her vaccination with UW Medicine. My doctor, at Northwest, is now part of the UW system, so I started poking around my "ecare" account. Sure enough, they were scheduling and I now have an appointment for February 4. Another friend keeps more regular hours, so she scheduled when she got up at 10am and ended up with an appointment on Feb 22.

My husband has PacMed. His "MyChart" account has no mention of COVID vaccines.

So who's eligible right now? Anyone over 65. Anyone over 50 in a multigenerational household. The essential workers in the first tier continue to be eligible. 

Virginia Mason is calling their patients and making appointments. If you go to their website "MyNavigator", you can put your name on a waiting list to be called but you can't schedule yourself.

Evergreen Health doesn't want to see you or hear from you. They'll put information on their webpage and contact you when they are ready to schedule.

The state has a list of places where vaccines are being given, but it's still buggy. It crashed and the information is not entirely accurate. I did see several Safeway pharmacies on the list but wasn't able to check local stores. If you are in a Safeway, see if they have information signs at the pharmacies. If you are in Costco, meander by their pharmacy to see if they have notices about scheduling for vaccines.

There are hitches, but at least we are moving forward.


Case updates January 18, 2021

Memorial for COVID-19 victims.
Each light represents 1000 deaths.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Case updates January 18, 2021
There were no updates yesterday because of the holiday.

United States
  • cases 23,839,868 - 185,949 new cases in two days
  • deaths 396,442- 1,947 new deaths in two days

Washington state
  • cases 291,989 - 2,050 in two days
  • hospitalizations 16,642 - 84 in two days
  • deaths 3,940 - 37 in two days

King county
  • cases 72,600 - 618 in two days
  • hospitalizations 4,617 - 24 in two days
  • deaths 1,185 - 6 in two days

Seattle - population 744,995 (2018)
  • cases 18,152 - 108 in two days
  • hospitalizations 1,096 - 8 in two days
  • deaths 300 - 2 in two days

Shoreline - population 56,752 (2018)
  • cases 1,801 - 9 in two days
  • hospitalizations 167 - 0 in two days
  • deaths 82 - 0 in two days

Lake Forest Park - 13,569 (2018)
  • cases 229 - 0 in two days
  • hospitalizations 18 - 0 in two days
  • deaths 4 - 0 in two days


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Dinner

Cartoon by Whitney Potter

Previous cartoons can be seen here



Regarding Nationwide Safety and Security for Inauguration Day

Jeffrey A. Rosen
Acting Atty General, USA

Statement of Acting Attorney General of the U.S.A. Jeffrey A. Rosen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday, the Nation and the world will witness an orderly and peaceful transfer of power in the United States, as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court swears in President-Elect Biden.  

Throughout our Nation’s proud history, this ceremony has served as a beacon of democracy and a testament to the enduring strength of our Constitution.

By contrast, the violence we witnessed at the Capitol two weeks ago was an intolerable travesty, which is why the Justice Department has now brought charges against more than one-hundred individuals and has investigations of many others underway.

The Department of Justice is committed, together with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, to ensuring a safe and peaceful Inauguration – one that reflects our Nation’s enduring highest values.
As I have repeatedly said over the last two weeks, the Justice Department will have no tolerance for anyone who attempts to mar the day with violence or other criminal conduct. Anyone who does that will be caught, and they will be prosecuted.
Indeed, over the past two weeks, we have seen friends, family members, co-workers, and others reporting information to us about those who were involved in the breach of the Capitol on January 6th. The FBI has received nearly 200,000 digital tips from the public. 

The American people have demonstrated that they will not allow mob violence to go unanswered.  Violence and senseless criminal conduct are not the right way to resolve differences or promote change in our country.

So, rest assured that every level of law enforcement and the National Guard are working around the clock here in Washington, D.C., to provide safety and security for Inauguration Day, and that federal, state, and local law enforcement all around the country are doing the same in our state capitols and government buildings across all fifty states.

As Americans, we all should seek to have a safe and peaceful Inauguration Day, and if we hold fast to our country’s Constitution and traditions, we will.


Jobs: Northwest Neighbors Network (NNN)

Northwest Neighbors Network (NNN)
Consultant - 10 month period
Closing date: January 29, 2021

Northwest Neighbors Network (NNN), a nonprofit based in Shoreline, is hiring a consultant to help with outreach in our community. NNN's mission is to help seniors age well in their own homes by providing volunteer services and events. NNN serves residents of north King County and south Snohomish County – including the communities of Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds, Brier, Woodway, Lynnwood, and Mountlake Terrace.

Northwest Neighbors Network was formally established in early 2019 as a 501c3 nonprofit. Since its inception, NNN has been run entirely by volunteer leadership.

The Board of Directors is seeking to hire a consultant for a 10-month period to support them with several tasks, including implementation of the 2021 strategic plan, volunteer recruitment, leading a fundraising campaign, and helping NNN expand its reach through marketing and partnerships, with a particular focus on reaching underserved seniors in North King County.


King Conservation District candidate filing deadline for 2021 Board Election

King Conservation District (KCD) will be holding its annual board election to fill an open Board of Supervisors seat in March. 

The filing deadline to run for the elected open board position is February 2, 2021 at 5:00pm. 

Those interested in running for this elected position can learn more at

KCD is a natural resources assistance agency authorized by Washington State and guided by the Washington State Conservation Commission (WSCC). 

KCD has no regulatory or enforcement authority and only works with those who choose to work with KCD.

An all-volunteer, five-member Board of Supervisors is responsible for overseeing all KCD programs and activities. Three of the supervisors are elected while two are appointed by the WSCC, which assists and guides conservation district activities in Washington state.

Each supervisor serves a three-year term and oversees the operations of KCD. Supervisors contribute local perspectives on important natural resource management and conservation issues, seek feedback about conservation programs from district residents, set KCD policy, and direct KCD’s work plan and budget.

One of KCD’s WSCC-appointed board positions is also up for appointment in 2021. The filing deadline for consideration to the appointed supervisor opening is March 31, 2021. Appointed positions go through a different process than elected positions. Those interested can also learn more by going to 

To learn more about KCD and its work, visit


Richmond Beach Rite-Aid robbed Monday evening

Rite Aid on Richmond Beach Road
Google maps

Rite-Aid on Richmond Beach Road at 4-Corners was robbed just before 7pm on Monday, January 18, 2021. 

The crime is being investigated by the Major Crimes unit of the King County Sheriff's Office and they have little to report right now.

Were any of you in the store when it happened?


If you're up early on Wednesday - Being Wise to Whales in the Salish Sea

If you are up early, the Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park has another interesting speaker for their weekly club meeting.

Lake Forest Park Rotary Zoom Meeting
Coffee Klatch at 7:45a and Meeting from 8a to 9a

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 225 797 7384

Topic for Wednesday, January 20, 2021: 
Being Wise to Whales in the Salish Sea 

Dr. Frances Robertson is the Marine Programs Coordinator for San Juan County, where she leads the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee (MRC), a voluntary citizens advisory group to County Government, established in 1996. 

It is her responsibility to execute their mission to protect and restore the marine waters, habitats and species of the Salish Sea to achieve ecosystem health and sustainable resource use.

The San Juan County is actively engaged in Southern Resident killer whale recovery efforts. These efforts including engaging with the local community, working with scientists, and coordinating with federal, tribal, and state partners in whale recovery initiatives at the local level.

The County is also actively engaged in the Washington State Governor's Orca Task Force. 


Update: More flowers in January - cyclamen

Tuesday, January 19, 2021


Photo by Lee Lageschulte

I have absolutely no idea what this flower is - but it's January and it's blooming. Have I missed my window of opportunity to have my fruit trees pruned?


So no one but me had any difficulty identifying these pretties. They are cyclamen. They come in indoor varieties that can live outside until the temperature drops toward freezing. Then there is a hardy variety that is perfectly happy outside and requires no special care.

Readers were divided on which variety this one is.

The hardy variety is sold at nurseries - Sky would certainly have it - and it makes good ground cover as well as having a blooming season.

Thanks to everyone who sent the identification and information.



Teen Center sponsoring scavenger hunt for Shorewood - Shorecrest students

The Shoreline Teen Center is hosting an event on January 30, 2021 at noon.

It's going to be a scavenger hunt - a competition between Shorewood and Shorecrest High Schools.

Students will compete in teams of two for prizes. There will be free pizza for those who come!


Echo Lake Neighborhood Association meets Tuesday on Zoom

The Echo Lake Neighborhood Association (ELNA) has moved its monthly meetings to Zoom for the duration of the pandemic - or until neighbors are all vaccinated!

The January meeting is called the Round Table. Participants may wish to talk about what's happening in their specific area, and share thoughts about what kind of programs they would like for future meetings.

There will be a photo presentation of all the activities we didn't get to do last year but are planning to do again in the future!

If you live or work in the Echo Lake Neighborhood and did not receive an email with the Zoom link for the meeting, send us an email with your name, address, phone, and email address. 

No problem with more than one email address per household.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
7 - 9pm
virtual meeting on zoom


Hot coffee under gray skies


Photo by Cynthia Sheridan

Customers lined up around the block on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, to buy their coffee and show their support for Shoreline business Black Coffee Northwest.

The coffee shop, which is Black owned and managed, was the victim of racially motivated vandalism before they opened, when two people who appear to be teenagers, attempted to break the windows and set the building on fire. More recently, someone has scratched swastikas on the small metal signs affixed to their outer wall.

The community has responded and the business is thriving.

Black Coffee Northwest is located at 16743 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133.


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

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

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

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

Email your submissions to:


Shoreline Schools seeks community input for Superintendent search

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

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

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

All responses are completely anonymous.

Make your voice heard and help shape the future of Shoreline Public Schools by completing this important survey at:


Photo: After the windstorm

Found the Trail!
Photo by Seattle Poppy

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

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


Vaccinations - official and unofficial information

By Diane Hettrick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Multigenerational households

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Next steps

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

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


Missing Shoreline man found Monday morning

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

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

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

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

This time he was gone for two days.

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


Northwest African American Museum - Virtual King Day Experience

Monday, January 18, 2021

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

See webpage for complete schedule.

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

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

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


LFP Rotary Masquerade Party and Auction Feb 6


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

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

More information:


Case updates January 16, 2021

Case updates January 16, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Hillwood Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Hamlin Park
Photo by Hitomi Dames

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information here


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

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

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

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

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

Educators, youth-serving program leaders and youth can sign up for more information at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Happy photo

Greyhounds in Love
Photo by T. Benny

When things get stressful - look at this!


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

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

Call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or visit if you have a tip.

More information here


Street racing in Richmond Beach Saturday

Photo by Brian Dunphy

Richmond Beach resident Brian Dunphy sent the photo and said, 

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

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

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

--Diane Hettrick


MLK Jr. Day of Service with Mountains to Sound Greenway

MLK Jr. DAY - Monday, January 18, 2021

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

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


Free take-away meals from Hunger Intervention Program

Sunday, January 17, 2021

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

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


Sail away in the air


Photo by Mike Remarcke

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

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



Sno-King School Retirees Association accepting applications for scholarships

Photo by Joyful on Unsplash

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

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

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

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


BECU Foundation accepting scholarship applications

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

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

Other facts include:

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

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

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

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

For more information on eligibility and to access the online application form, please visit 

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


Case updates January 15, 2021

Case updates January 15, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

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

--Gloria Z Nagler


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

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

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

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

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

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

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 838 5218 6385
Passcode: 426894
Phone: 253-215-8782, 838-521-863-85#
Find your local number:
Individuals with questions about the meeting or looking to provide assistance with the case should use this form.
Cabinets are full of microfilm and microfiche records

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

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

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

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

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

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