Kelly Park selected as Shoreline’s new Police Chief

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Capt. Kelly Park, new Chief of Police
for the City of Shoreline
City Manager Debbie Tarry has selected Kelly Park of the King County Sheriff’s Office to be the City’s new Police Chief. 

Park replaces Shawn Ledford who has been promoted to Chief of the Patrol Operations Division of the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Park has over 20 years of experience with the King County Sheriff’s Office. She is currently the Operations/Administration Captain for the Shoreline Police Department. 

Prior to her role in Shoreline, Park was the Internal Investigations Unit Commander for KCSO. She was responsible for leading the department that reviews accidents, use of force and pursuits, and all alleged misconduct by department personnel. 

Prior to that she served as the Operations Captain for the Southwest Precinct in Burien and then Sound Transit Police. 

The Operations Captain is responsible for the business finances, record keeping, and forward-facing customer service within the departments. They are also responsible for training and equipment needs of the departments. 

In addition to these roles, Park has also served KCSO as a Recruiter; Internal Investigations Detective Sergeant; and Patrol and RADAR Sergeant in Shoreline; the Advanced Training Unit Sergeant for the department, and for Court Protection at King County Courthouse. 

While at KCSO, Park has also served in different capacities, including Detective, Patrol Officer, and School Resource Officer, for the cities of Shoreline and Woodinville.

“Captain Park will be a great Police Chief for the City of Shoreline. I heard consistently from those that participated in the screening process, including community members, that they appreciated Kelly’s thoughtful approach to answering questions, her knowledge and breadth of experience, her confidence, her commitment to equity, and her understanding of the need to support our police staff” said Debbie Tarry, City Manager.

“I am honored and humbled in my acceptance of the Shoreline Police Chief position. I pledge my continued service in our community, treating everyone with the dignity, equity and respect we all deserve, and growing together,” said Park. “I am very proud to be a member of our police department and this team.”

The City’s Leadership Team along with two representatives from the Shoreline Police Department, a community panel made up of Shoreline residents and business owners, and the City Manager interviewed two candidates forwarded by the King County Sheriff’s Office. 

In addition, the City hosted a virtual public forum to allow the candidates to introduce themselves to the community and to answer questions.

Rather than administering its own police force, the City of Shoreline contracts with King County Sheriff’s Office for police services. Officers work for King County but are dedicated to Shoreline so they get to know the community. The police chief reports to the King County Sheriff and the Shoreline City Manager.

Park has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, Bothell. Her first day as Chief will be October 1, 2022.


Young otters at Ronald Bog

Photo by Martin DeGrazia

Photo by Martin DeGrazia

A couple of young otters were out at Ronald Bog Tuesday morning. Mom may have been nearby but she wasn't showing herself.

--Martin DeGrazia


HomeTechHacker: Jazz up your holiday displays with programmable LEDs

LED Strip
By Marlon Buchanan

After reading the title of this article some people are thinking that it is way too early to think about holiday lights. 

Others, on the other hand, are thinking it's never too early to get started! 

No matter where you sit on this spectrum, this article will give you some tips for jazzing up your holiday lights using LEDs.

Look for connected LEDs

You can find LED lights everywhere. Compared to older incandescent lights, they are more energy efficient, run cooler, and are capable of displaying many different colors. 

However, if you buy a plain set of lights, chances are it simply comes on and goes off when you plug it in and doesn’t change colors.

LED String
You can also find lights that have control boxes that will let you cycle through a few colors and/or patterns.

But, it would be better to get a set of lights you can control remotely, such as ones that are Bluetooth enabled or Wi-fi enabled. 

These lights are likely to have more patterns and features than other lights. And, you often don’t need a timer, as you can usually program them through an app. 

You may even be able to control them with your preferred voice assistant.

“Siri, turn on my holiday lights!”

Not to mention, many connected LEDs can integrate with each other to create coordinated light displays. You can potentially coordinate multiple light displays if the lights have multiple colors and patterns.

Addressable LED string
Look for individually addressable LED lights

The holy grail of LED lights are individually addressable LED strips and strings. 

Most LED lights can only be one or two different colors at a time. 

In contrast, individually addressable LED lights allow control of each individual light by itself, so your strip can be just about any combination of colors. 

This allows you to create impressive animated light displays.

Another advantage of individually addressable lights is that you get a ton of color choices. Most lights are 24-bit, meaning that each LED can be 16.7 million different colors. You can also control how bright they are too.

If you want to have the ultimate control you can pair individually addressable lights with a separate controller, or even build your own controller!

LEDs on the fence

I got the addressable LED light bug a couple of years. In addition to augmenting my holiday displays, I use LED lights year-round for themed lighting, kitchen and bedroom accents, and more. You can see videos of these lights in action in this article where I describe the lighting at my home.

Where to find the right LED lights

If you're looking for LEDs that fit some of the criteria, you’re in luck! Here are my recommendations for LED lights and controllers. Here you can find connected and addressable lights that will fit your needs. I also have recommendations for DIY LED and ready-to-go LED kits in the HomeTechHacker Shop.

Best wishes with your holiday display!

Marlon Buchanan is a best-selling author, IT Director, and founder of, a website with free resources to help you make the most of your home technology.


Last market of the season Saturday for the Shoreline Farmers Market

September is almost gone and we're nearing the end of our market season. 

Join us this Saturday, October 1, 2022 for the last market of our summer season and a *bonus* PoP Kids Program day! 

Stock up on your favorites, try something new, enjoy the music (and sunshine), and take it all in before pumpkin spice latte season takes hold. 

See you Saturday, Shoreline!


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Tough Situation

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE


North City Water District: a 90 year history

2021 marked the 90th anniversary of the North City Water District. 

The district serves the east side of Shoreline and the west side of Lake Forest Park. Its headquarters, maintenance facility, and water tower are located in the North City Business District in Shoreline.

The remainder of Shoreline is served by the Seattle Public Utility District. Lake Forest Park has three other water districts: LFP Water, Northshore PUD, Seattle Public Utility District.

District Manager Diane Pottinger has run the district since 2011. For twelve years before that, she was the consulting engineer for both Ronald Wastewater and the North City Water District.

To mark the 90th year of the water district, she wrote its history by the decades.

It begins:
Imagine being one of those handful of individuals who got together and decided it was time to give our area their very own water utility. They had to have the foresight to look ahead, and the determination to plan a system that would meet the needs of both existing and future residents—an approach we’ve continued to uphold every year since then.

To view all 10 chapters, click here: 90th anniversary | North City Water District

We can't thank Victoria Stiles and Kenneth Doutt of the Shoreline Historical Museum enough for their kindness and invaluable assistance throughout this effort!


Shorecrest girls varsity volleyball vs Marysville Pilchuck 9-27-22

Shorecrest volleyball team 2022
Shorecrest girls varsity volleyball
9-27-22 at Shorecrest
Shorecrest 3 - Marysville Pilchuck 0
25-15, 26-24, 25-15

SC Stat Leaders
  • Kills : Violet Burchak 12, Ally Johnson, Grace Wagner and Lily Starr 4
  • Assists: Sydney Telling 13, Violet Burchak 12
  • Aces: Ally Johnson and Maria Alvarez 4
  • Digs: Ally Johnson 15, Maria Alvarez 14
  • Blocks: Lily Starr and Violet Burchak 3
MP Stat Leaders
  • Kills: Anna Dantes 5, Maya Velasquez and Zailey Tim Sing 4
  • Assists: Anna Dantes 6
  • Aces: Anna Dantes 2
  • Digs: Anna Dantes 12, Zailey Tim Sing 9
  • Blocks: Maya Velasquez 3
--Robyn Williams


Jobs: WSDOT Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Operations Engineer – Transportation Engineer 3

Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Operations Engineer – Transportation Engineer 3
Shoreline, WA – Northwest Region
$76,906 - $103,459 Annually

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Northwest Region Transportation Management Center (TMC) is very excited to present a great opportunity for a motivated Engineer who has strong leadership skills and a potentially exceptional aptitude for Region's Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) operations and improvement projects. 

The chosen candidate will become part of a nationally recognized team and will have a strong potential for upward mobility. Close mentoring and training will be provided.

This position is required to provide daily supervision to the TMC technical engineering staff. Decisions made by this position can affect the safety and the flow of traffic on the freeway and the adjacent arterial systems. 

The incumbent is expected to seek out more efficient and better ways to run the center and the regions roadways. This will coordinate and define innovative operational solutions to ITS design, construction, and implementation, which is critical to the success of the regions' ITS program.

The TMC supervisor is the team leader for the engineers, technicians, and interns working in the TMC. The supervisor and their staff are expected to make operational decisions on the fly, as well as leading operational and planning analysis of freeway and arterial operations. 

This position guides others using strong leadership skills and in-depth knowledge of TMC operations.

Job description and application


Jobs: IT Network and Telecommunications - Journey

IT Network and Telecommunications - Journey
Shoreline, WA – Headquarters
$80,060 – $107,667 Annually

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Information Technology Division (ITD) is currently seeking a network and telecommunication professional to serve as an IT Network and Telecommunications – Journey in Shoreline, WA. 

The position provides professional technical support for all telecommunications systems in the NW Region. This position ensures reliable voice communications for employees, partner agencies, and public customers when using various central telephone systems, desk phones, softphone app for PC, Android and iOS, and voice and data circuits in a 24 hour / 7 day environment. 

The position supports the critical need of employees to communicate while carrying out their mission of operating and improving the state’s transportation systems and ensuring the safety of the traveling public. Position is also responsible for public safety E911 roadway emergency phones and communication with state emergency services.

Job description and application


Wildfire activity picks up, forcing closure of US 2 at Skykomish

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Bolt Creek fire
photo courtesy WSDOT
Information current as of 7:31am September 27, 2022

SKYKOMISH - All lanes of US 2 in Skykomish between the Money Creek Tunnel and the ranger station, from milepost 46 to milepost 50 are closed due to the Bolt Creek Fire

There is an additional closure point at the 5th Street Bridge and US 2. 

For the safety of the traveling public, only emergency vehicles and wildfire responders are permitted to travel through this area until further notice.

After reopening the road on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 10am. the fire has burned across the steep slopes moving closer to the roadway. As a result, it is necessary to close US 2 through this area.

Washington State Department of Transportation crews will continue to partner with the incident command managing this wildfire. Road closure information is posted in the WSDOT real-time travel center and by @wsdot_traffic on Twitter and updates will be provided as available.

A possibility of some rain later in the week may help efforts to control the fire.


Bristol Ellington approved as Shoreline’s new City Manager

Bristol Ellington, new 
Shoreline City Manager
The Shoreline City Council voted to appoint Bristol Ellington as the City’s new City Manager. 

Ellington’s appointment is the culmination of a 13-week nationwide search for a new city manager after current City Manager Debbie Tarry announced her retirement in May.

“The City of Shoreline had an amazing range of very qualified applicants for this position,” stated Shoreline Mayor Keith Scully. 
“Bristol brings a combination of outside experience, commitment to Shoreline’s values, and leadership excellence that I’m confident will serve Shoreline well. 
"I’m looking forward to working with him as Shoreline’s next City Manager.”

Ellington currently serves as the Deputy City Manager / Chief Operating Officer for the City of Henderson, Nevada and has been in that position since 2018. 

Prior to that, Ellington served as the Assistant City Manager, the Director of Community Development, and the Assistant Director of Community Development for the City of Henderson.

 “The City Council and the Shoreline community have developed a bold vision for the future that will create a vibrant, welcoming city for everyone,” declared Ellington. 
“That is what drew me to this position. I am humbled and honored to be selected as the City of Shoreline’s next City Manager and I look forward to leading the organization and serving the community as we work to make that vision a reality.”

Since 1996, Ellington has worked for the City of Henderson in different leadership and managerial roles, helping to direct the fast-growing city of over 330,000 people. 

Prior to working for Henderson, Ellington served as a planner for the cities of Palm Beach, Florida and Gainesville, Florida, and the Town of Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Ellington has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin. 

He has also received the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. To receive the credential, an individual must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government and demonstrate a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development. Ellington is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Ellington’s first day with the City will be November 28, 2022.


Tipping the Pain Scale explores systemic failures of dealing with addiction and innovative and controversial solutions

Washington Recovery Alliance hosts a Community Screening and Panel Discussion with Feature Subjects of the new Award-Winning Feature Documentary Film, Tipping the Pain Scale, at The Egyptian Theatre, 805 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122 on Sunday, October 9, 2022. Doors open 11am. Film at 12n followed by the panel discussion.

This community screening event will be hosted by the Washington Recovery Alliance (WRA) and will feature a panel discussion with subjects from the film, including Lauren Davis, Washington State Representative (D-32nd District), as well as Ricky Garcia (of Ricky’s Law), and community representatives.

Tipping The Pain Scale follows individuals grappling with the current systemic failures of how we have dealt with addiction in communities and their journey to develop and employ new, innovative, and often controversial solutions to the problem. 

It is a quasi-anthology, weaving characters through their own stories as they connect to the issues plaguing all communities and the country in an urgent fight to save lives. It is a positive and uplifting, yet gritty and real, story of redemption and hope in cinema verité style.

“Solving the complex addiction crisis in communities requires diverse sectors of society to come together including public health and faith,” said Greg Williams. 
“The film team is so excited to collaborate with the Washington Recovery Alliance on this event and conversation that won’t spend a lot of time talking about the problem, but where do go from here and what can we all do to play a role in turning the tide on this often-forgotten pandemic impacting more than 40 million Americans and their families directly.”

Rep. Lauren Davis, D-32 is
featured in the film
The film features Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, NFL Pro Bowl Player Darren Waller, Spoken Word Artist and Educator Joseph Green, Washington State Representative Lauren Davis, Community Outreach Volunteer Roz Pichardo, Boston Police Officer Josh De La Rosa, and an original score from Grammy award-winner, Brendan Berry, as well as featuring music from Sia.

“When we provide people with rapid access to quality treatment within their window of willingness, recovery is not only possible but probable. Recovery is not the exception, it’s the rule,” said Rep. Lauren Davis (D-32nd District), and Strategy Director, WRA.

“This film demonstrates the power of story, outreach, compassion, and the true impacts of stigma. So, let's come together as a community to experience these outstanding stories that keep the recovery movement strong to ensure that recovery is a reality for all,” said Ely Hernandez, Executive Director of the WRA.

The screening will be held at Seattle’s historic Egyptian Theater in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, close to many restaurants, coffee shops, bus lines, and the light rail.

The event will include community resource tables, local dignitaries (Rep. Lauren Davis, Ricky Garcia and Ricky’s mother, from Ricky’s Law) who are featured in the film joining us for a Panel Discussion/Q/A directly following the screening, and the opportunity to connect with your recovery community.

Doors open: 11:00am
Film screens: 12:00pm
Panel Discussion directly following the film.

Masks must be worn while indoors except while in your seat. For more information see and

The Washington Recovery Alliance (WRA) is a recovery advocacy nonprofit that engages people across Washington state to build a community that celebrates and advocates for recovery.

"Together, we advance mental health and substance use recovery by changing public understanding and shaping pro-recovery public policy."


Make a Big Mouth Foam Puppet

Make a Big Mouth Foam Puppet
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 
from 3 - 4:15pm
Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th St
Ages 6 and older; ages 6 to 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Make a new friend — a big mouth foam puppet with Cheryl Hadley! 

Learn how to create a puppet and design a costume to give it a unique personality. 

Discover techniques to manipulate and move your puppet.

All supplies provided.

Please register. Participation is limited to 19 children. Accompanying adults do not need to register. In-person event. Safety guidelines and current protocols followed.


Bolt Creek fire update

Photo courtesy WSDOT

Here is a visual of the #BoltCreekFire late Monday night edging closer to the roadway. 

Fire teams and WSDOT crews are closing US 2 between NE Old Cascade Highway and #Skykomish (MP 46 to MP 49) overnight. 

Evacuation levels have not changed and the closure will be reassessed Tuesday morning.

According to the Western Chiefs Fire Map, The Bolt Creek Fire remains at 7% contained. It has burnt 11,355 acres and increased by 78 acres in the past 24 hour period.


Jobs: WSDOT Acquisition and Relocation Agent (PAS4) - multiple positions

Acquisition and Relocation Agent (PAS4)
Shoreline, WA. – Northwest Region
$61,639 - $82,845 Annually

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is eager to hire multiple real estate professionals to directly support WSDOT’s mission through our fish passage program to provide an integrated, multimodal transportation system. 

As the Acquisition and Relocation Agent, the primary undertaking of this position is to, in compliance with the Uniform Relocation Act, investigate, negotiate, and conclude complex transactions with landowners concerning purchase, lease, rental, or use of real property and property rights. 

The successful candidate appointed to this position will also aid in the coordination of acquisitions and relocations performed by internal staff and/or consultants.

Job description and application


NUHSA seeking nominations for 2022 Human Services Awards

The North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA) is seeking nominations for its 2022 Human Services Awards in three categories: 
  • Human Services Champion of the Year
  • Outstanding Human Services Program
  • Youth Human Services Leadership Award
Fill out the Nomination Form here!

During these extraordinary times, it is more important than ever to recognize those who have gone above and beyond to serve others.

Do you know of an individual, organization or business in North King County (Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Bothell, Kenmore and Woodinville) that has made a significant contribution to the health and welfare of our community?

Have they in some way supported or advocated for strong and accessible health and human services and strengthened our community through their initiative and leadership? Have they helped build the capacity of our community to address our most pressing challenges?

If so, please give the recognition these individuals and organizations deserve!

Nominations are due November 1, 2022. For more information, see here.

Nominees and winners will be honored at NUHSA’s 2022 Human Services Awards celebration on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 5:30pm. For more information or to RSVP for this community event, email


Now is the time to start or restart your genealogy

Heritage Park in Lynnwood
Have you been away from researching your family history or maybe just now have time to do this? 

Sno-Isle Genealogical Society is here to help with this important and fun research. Free in-person as well as zoom sessions are now being offered. 

There is a Monday morning workshop on Zoom, an evening Zoom workshop on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, and a Saturday Zoom workshop. 

Check out the SIGS website for times and links to sessions. Also, help is available at the Research Library located at 19827 Poplar Way, Heritage Park, Lynnwood on Thursday and Saturday 11am - 3pm, 425-775-6267. 


Shoreline native Chris Terpstra awarded COVID-19 Pandemic Civilian Service Medal

Monday, September 26, 2022

Chris Terpstra awarded
Pandemic Civilian Service Medal
Shoreline native Chris Terpstra received the COVID-19 Pandemic Civilian Service Medal for exemplary service to the nation as part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) during the federal medical response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mr. Terpstra serves as a member of an NDMS Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT).

NDMS is a federal program that can support communities with medical care, veterinary care, and mortuary assistance during disasters or public health emergencies at the request of states.

NDMS is among the resources made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

Mr. Terpstra received the medal during the recent National Disaster Medical System Training Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

The medal was awarded to approximately 1,400 NDMS responders under the authority of the U.S. Surgeon General who may authorize the issuance of the COVID-19 Pandemic Civilian Service Medal to civilians who deployed for 30 consecutive or 60 cumulative days to provide medical care to state, territory, tribal, and local partners.

“The COVID-19 pandemic strained our country’s health care system and medical personnel for almost three years,” said NDMS Director Michael Smith. 
“Mr. Terpstra and his NDMS colleagues served as a lifeline to hundreds of hospitals and long-term care facilities by providing temporary relief to staff, adding bed capacity, and improving outcomes for COVID-19 patients. This medal is reflective of [his/her] self-less commitment to the public health and medical needs of our residents.”

COVID-19 Pandemic Civilian Service Medal
awarded to Chris Terpstra
Since the start of the pandemic, NDMS has conducted more than 1,800 support missions and deployed thousands of medical, logistical, and command and control personnel from NDMS to help nearly 50 states, territories, and jurisdictions respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Today, NDMS teams stand ready to provide medical surge support should a resurgence of COVID-19 occur this fall or winter. NDMS teams also remain on call to deploy after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado, or wildfire.

Chris attended Echo Lake Elementary, Einstein Middle School, and graduated from Shorewood High School in 1992. He is the son of Dennis and Gidget Terpstra of Shoreline. His wife Kristin Terpstra is an Engineer in Shoreline's Public Works department.

To learn more about HHS’ response to COVID-19, visit For more information about ASPR and NDMS, visit


Shorecrest boys varsity tennis vs Archbishop-Murphy 9-26-22

Ashton Johnson hitting forehand. Jamie Moore at net
Photo by Rob Mann

Shorecrest boys varsity tennis
9/26/2022 At Kellogg M.S.
Archbishop-Murphy 6  Shorecrest 1

  1. Cole Balen (A)-Indigo Vining 6-1, 6-0;
  2. Sean Balen (A) def. Sohum Vohra - 6-0, 6-0;
  3. Sam Mulliken (A) def. Peyton Caskey 6-0, 6-1;
  4. Zach Cuda (A) def. Spencer Berry 4-6, 6-4, 10-7. 
  1. Ethan Welter-Patrick Kenny (A) def.Parker Mina - Aaron Chen 3-6, 7-5, 10-4;
  2. Josh Navaluna-Lachlan Shevlin (A) def. Jake Whitaker - Drew Bladek 6-2,6-2; 
  3. Jaime Moore-Ashton Johnson (S) def. Henry Beyer-Owen Russel 7-5, 6-2

--Coach Rob Mann


Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office helicopter rescues occupants after plane crash near Lake Cavanaugh

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Around 9pm Sunday, September 25, 2022 the Sno County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) unit was notified of a missing single-engine aircraft with one pilot and one passenger on board. 

The plane left Concrete airport Sunday around 2pm and was expected to arrive in Snohomish later that afternoon. 

The plane never arrived and was last seen by another pilot near Sedro Woolley.
WSDOT Aviation Emergency Services flew a Cessna over the area Sunday evening and late into the night attempting to locate a signal from the plane. 

Around midnight, WSDOT picked up a locator beacon signal near Lake Cavanaugh. The Sheriff’s Office SAR team was requested for additional resources to help conduct a more thorough search at daylight. Wildfire smoke in the area prevented a low-level night search.

At 7:30am Monday, the Sheriff’s Office rescue helicopter, SnoHawk10, departed Taylor’s Landing and flew towards Lake Cavanaugh. Shortly after, WSDOT Aviation Emergency Services fixed wing located the crash site of the plane in a heavily wooded area.

Around 8am the two occupants heard the rescue helicopter and called “mayday” on their handheld radio. Aircrews in the search aircraft heard their call and continued searching the area for the occupants.

The pilot and the passenger, 78-year-old and 79-year-old brothers, had walked nearly one mile along a creek bed that night, to a clearing in the woods. 

They saw SnoHawk10 flying overhead and directed the helicopter rescue team to their location via radio. SnoHawk10 located the occupants and hoist-extracted them. 

Both men were exhausted, but neither appeared to have any serious injuries as a result of the plane crash.
SnoHawk10 transported them to Taylor’s Landing where they were evaluated by Medics from Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue, and greeted by their family members.

The cause of the crash will be investigated by the NTSB.


Jobs: WSDOT Highway Maintenance Worker (HMW2)

Highway Maintenance Worker (HMW2)
Shoreline, WA. – Northwest Region
$56,814 - $69,179 Annually

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is looking for career-minded individuals to join our maintenance team in Shoreline, WA to help keeps highways safe. 

This opportunity is perfect for someone who loves working outdoors, performing manual labor, and operating a variety of equipment to complete tasks. As part of our maintenance team, you will assist with repairing and rebuilding of state highways, and adjacent right of ways to assure they remain in a condition that promotes the movement of traffic, and safety to the motoring public. 

We encourage you to apply if you are dependable and looking for a career with growth potential! Working in the maintenance area will require responsible, safety-minded individuals. These positions require a quick response time to job sites. Highway maintenance crews are ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week. By taking on this role, you are serving a key and vital function to the State of Washington.

Job description and application


Gloria's Birds: Darn, said Jules, I was sure I put my phone right here in this pocket!

Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

(Proving that Steller's Jays don't have stellar memories:)

--Gloria Z. Nagler


Outdoor story time continues through October at the Shoreline Library

Outdoor Family Story Time at the Shoreline Library

Tuesday, September 27 and October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 12:30pm

Join Miss Laurie for stories and songs outside at the front entrance of the Shoreline Library! This is under the roof but still outdoors. Please dress for the weather and bring a blanket or mat to sit on.

In-person event. Safety guidelines and current protocols followed.

The library is located at 345 NE 175th St at the corner of 5th NE and NE 175th in Shoreline.


Shoreline council to study waste reduction, resident satisfaction survey, and North King County crisis triage facility

There are three study items on the agenda for the Shoreline City Council on Monday, September 26, 2022 at 7pm.

The meeting is hybrid - in the Shoreline Council Chamber and on Zoom. The council chamber is part of City Hall at 17500 Midvale Ave N. The zoom link is

Full agenda and instructions for making public comment HERE


Jobs: WSDOT Maintenance Mechanic (MM2)

Maintenance Mechanic (MM2)
Shoreline, WA. – Northwest Region
$55,755 - $64,713 Annually

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is eager to hire a building maintenance professional to serve as Maintenance Mechanic working out of our Northwest Region (NWR) Headquarters in Shoreline, a few minutes north of Seattle. 

The primary undertaking of this position is to install, maintain, troubleshoot, repair, and perform preventive maintenance on a variety of building systems including electrical, structural, exterior, and especially heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. The successful candidate appointed to this position is expected to consider personal, co-worker, and public safety as first and foremost objectives during the planning and performance of all activities in connection with work tasks and assignments.

Job description and application


North City Bistro has new owners

Lee Oskar and Friends playing at The Bistro

Sharon and Ray Bloom have signed papers to sell the North City Bistro and Wine Shop to Taylor and Leah Park.

The Parks are currently in the labor-intensive process of obtaining a license from the State Liquor Control Board.

Ray says, "Taylor is a Very well known Chef with a Ton of experience, and Leah is a Pastry chef, so we are quite certain they will elevate our already delicious food."

Ray and Sharon Bloom
Ray and Sharon will continue to work with them for some weeks,

"until they are up to speed on our processes, including hosting live music, which they have committed to doing. 
"That may change eventually, but if you all continue to support them and the live music, that will truly help insure that music will still flow from NCB!"

"Sharon and I can't express how peaceful and pleasant the whole negotiation process has been, and we feel our beloved Bistro is going to the Perfect people!! 
"We hope you continue to support them as you have us over the past (nearly) 9 years!"

The Blooms are retiring to the south of France.


King County COVID-19 reporting has been completely revamped

King county hospitalizations

By Diane Hettrick

King county has completely revised how it reports COVID-19 information.

They do provide what seems to be a great deal of information and I invite you to check it out.

If there is someone who loves numbers and statistics and would like to go through the data and provide local information, please email me at
This map includes Shoreline
This map includes Lake Forest Park

The current community level in King county is LOW.


Shorenorth Cooperative Preschool open house Saturday, October 1, 2022

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Shorenorth Cooperative Preschool is excited to invite new families to learn more about our community and school at our Fall Fest Open House this Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 9:30-11:30am at our preschool located at 17839 Aurora Ave N.

The 2022-23 Enrollment deadline has been extended. Spots are still available in Baby N' Me (0-1 yrs), Movers (3-4 yrs) and Groovers (4-5 yrs).

Bring your kids to play in our new outdoor playscape, create art and explore with a scavenger hunt.

Offering tours and an info booth to answer any questions you have about our school.

**Shorenorth is a COVID-19 vaccinated campus**


Update for #boltcreekfire effective at 5pm Sunday

Update for #boltcreekfire (Twitter) effective at 5pm on Sunday, September 25, 2022. 

Skykomish and community along Old Cascade Hwy west and east of town are being issued a Level 2 (set*) evacuation notice. 

To residents in the Level 2 area: If you have not already, you should make preparations to evacuate.Hwy 2 is currently open both east and westbound.

*levels are: 1 Ready / 2 Set / 3 GO

Notices about the Bolt Creek Fire have been shifting day by day. Now it appears that the fire is spreading. 552 acres in 24 hours. Weather is predicted to be hot and dry Monday and Tuesday.

The Facebook page appears to have the most up to date information.

Smoke is expected in Puget Sound on Monday.

--Diane Hettrick


Online Voters' Guide

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No injuries in Brier house fire

Photo courtesy South County Fire

South County Fire reported no injuries in this house fire in Brier.

Firefighters kept the fire contained to the garage, but there was smoke and heat damage in the adjacent living areas. No word yet on a cause.

Roads were closed at the intersection of 228th Street SW and Brier Road as crews worked at the scene.


Birds in the Backyard: Courting couple

Northern flickers
Photo by John Wolfe

The Northern Flickers are noisily courting. Their rat-a-tat-tats ring through the neighborhood.


Cottage Housing virtual open house October 5, 2022

Cottage housing photo by Sightline Institute
Cottage Housing Virtual Open House, Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Online Offering from the City of Shoreline

You are invited to a virtual open house Zoom meeting to learn about cottage housing in Shoreline.

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

If you are unable to make it, the presentation will be recorded and posted on the City’s Cottage Housing website.

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