Saws stolen from fire department truck

Thursday, June 30, 2022


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


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


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



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



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Birds in the Backyard: Sitting on top of the jar




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

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


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



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Fire department saws stolen from truck

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

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

Our engine was parked right outside the address.

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

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

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



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Executive Constantine, Seattle Mayor Harrell appoint experienced leader as Director of Public Health

Dr. Faisal Khan, Director of Public Health
Seattle-King County
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell today appointed Dr. Faisal Khan, a 25-year leader in public health at global, state and local levels - as the Director of Public Health - Seattle-King County.

"Dr. Khan has the experience and expertise to lead Public Health into the next phase, and he brings a fresh perspective to serving the people of King County," said Executive Constantine. " 
We look forward to his leadership as our dedicated employees continue our national reputation for excellence in public health and health equity - making King County a community where every person can thrive."

"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Faisal Khan as our new director of public health," said Mayor Bruce Harrell. 

"From navigating through this stage of the pandemic to addressing public health crises like the disparate impacts of gun violence, Dr. Khan's decades of public health leadership will enhance the good work our strong team at Seattle-King County Public Health is doing to support vulnerable communities. 

"After several years of draining -- and critical -- emergency public health response, Dr. Khan has the experience and vision to lay a foundation as we refocus and rebuild for a healthy future of our region."

Dr. Khan said that “Public health is not just a career – it’s a calling in life. It’s a distinct honor and privilege to earn the trust of Executive Constantine and Mayor Harrell, and I look forward to earning the trust of the people of King County.”

“Having worked across the country, I know the esteem and respect that Public Health – Seattle & King County have from their peers, and I look forward to continuing that reputation. We have so much work ahead to continue our recovery through the pandemic, and I can’t wait to get started.”



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King County Auditor seeks community suggestions for future audits of county government

The King County Auditor’s Office is looking for input from the public as it plans its work for the next two years. To gather that input, the office launched a new website to gather community suggestions.

On the community input page, people can suggest agencies and activities to be audited, as well as make specific suggestions for improvement.

The King County Auditor’s Office conducts oversight of county government through independent audits, capital projects oversight, and other studies. In even numbered years, the King County Auditor’s Office puts together a work program of audit topics for approval by the King County Council.

Past audits have included reviewing Sheriff’s Office traffic stops, the county’s senior tax exemption program, Metro bus safety, pandemic planning, labor relations and much more.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit the community input page and share their ideas and suggestions. Ideas submitted before Aug. 15 will be considered for inclusion in the next work plan.



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Get your 4th of July spread at the Shoreline farmers market! 🍓


Get your 4th of July spread
at the Shoreline farmers market
We love reasons to gather and eat good food!
How to build a perfect picnic from vendors at the farmers market:
Sounds like a pretty good spread to me.....Have a safe and festive holiday weekend!

Check our website for vendor schedules and products



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Jobs: City of Shoreline Senior Planner (Transportation)

City of Shoreline
Senior Planner (Transportation)
SALARY: $84,906.00 - $107,605.00 Annually
CLOSING DATE: 7/17/2022

GENERAL SUMMARY

The vibrant city of Shoreline is going through an exciting period of growth and development that is supported by a progressive, expanding multi-modal transportation system. By 2025, the City’s strong transportation network will be enhanced by two new light rail stations, an extensive bike trail network, and a substantial bus system.

Within the City of Shoreline Public Works Department, the Transportation Planning Division has a critical role in developing a future multi-modal transportation system that continues to effectively support the City’s vibrant neighborhoods, thriving economy, and natural beauty. This Division’s responsibilities include developing citywide and subarea transportation plans, multi-modal corridor studies, urban design, and complete streets. The Transportation Planning Division is hiring a Senior Transportation Planner. This position has a key role in developing the City’s multi-modal transportation system.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

The position of Senior Transportation Planner will be filled by a “big picture” thinker, who can move with ease between the political, planning, and design/engineering realms of transportation project development. Position responsibilities include: 
  • Coordinating with transportation agencies in local and regional planning activities and committees;
  • Reviewing, coordinating, and assessing new development on behalf of the Division and participating in the City's development review process;
  • Updating and implementing the City's Transportation Master Plan;
  • Developing the City's annual six-year Transportation Improvement Plan;
  • Managing the initial development/cost estimates through pre-design/conceptual engineering of major capital projects as assigned by the Transportation Planning Manager;
  • Developing and coordinating grant funding strategies for capital projects;
  • Developing parking management policies and coordinating their implementation;
  • Updating and implementing the City's Commute Trip Reduction Plan;
  • Managing Federal compliance programs (e.g. ADA, Title VI); and
  • Provide highly responsible and complex administrative and technical support to the Transportation Planning Manager.
Job description and applications



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Jobs: City of Shoreline Extra Help – Permitting Assistant

City of Shoreline
Extra Help – Permitting Assistant
SALARY: $22.93 - $27.63 Hourly
CLOSING DATE: 7/13/2022

GENERAL SUMMARY

Shoreline is an inclusive City that endeavors to build a work culture which embraces diversity, encourages participation, and promotes equity.

This position has been reposted to expand the pool of candidates. If you have already applied, we have your application and there is no need to reapply.

The Permitting Assistant performs general administrative, customer service and permit related tasks in support of the City's Permitting function.

This is a part time <20 hours a week position. Schedule is flexible during regular business hours.

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LFP Mayor: The Economics of City Finances

Property tax allocation for Lake Forest Park
From Mayor Jeff Johnson

With soaring inflation and home values, I often hear from residents that the city must be flush with additional revenue due to the increased property tax collected on those ever-increasing home values. 

Well, nothing could be further from the truth. 

By state law, the city has two options every year: 
  • one, collect the same amount of property tax revenue as the previous year, regardless of home values; or 
  • realize a one percent increase in that revenue by a vote of the council. Any increase beyond the maximum one percent set by the state requires a vote of the residents. 
As you can imagine, with annual inflation since the incorporation of Lake Forest Park in 1961 averaging 3.73%, and revenues increasing by a mere one percent it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain levels of service.

Every year, cities across the State of Washington struggle to keep providing consistent levels of service, let alone provide the new programs, parks and pedestrian pathways I hear are priorities for many of our residents, as well as your Mayor and Council.

The Administration and City Council have done an excellent job over the years of keeping this city financially stable while working to provide the services and amenities the community desires and deserves, considering the growing disparity between revenue and costs. 

We know what we want as a community, now we need to discuss how and how quickly we achieve those goals. As I work with the Council over the coming months to adopt the 2023-2024 city budget, I encourage your involvement and feedback as we look to continue moving this city forward.



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Free organ recital by Janet Yieh July 8, 11am at St. Dunstan's followed by chat with the organ's builder

Organist Janet Yieh at St. Dunstan's July 8
Janet Yieh will bring the new Ortloff organ to life on Friday, July 8, presenting a recital.

She will highlight female composers, including Florence Price, Amy Beach, Germaine Tailleferre, Nadia Boulanger, and others. 

Janet is the newly appointed Director of Music at Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City. 

An innovative concert recitalist and sacred music specialist, Janet was named one of the '20 under 30' promising artist by The Diapason magazine in 2017. 

Following Janet's recital, the organ's builder, Jonathan Ortloff, will be available to chat and answer any questions.

Friday, July 8, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church
722 N 145th St.
Shoreline WA 98133


This concert is free for all to attend.



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Candidate Forum Series for Primary Election Races in Snohomish County

Nine candidate forums available for viewing

This year, we elect Washington State Legislators, Congressional Representatives, and others, within newly created voting-districts. The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County will hold nine candidate forums, asking questions of candidates in these primary races:

Pre-recorded forums:
  • Legislative District 21 – Position 2 (Recording date: 6/14)
  • Legislative District 32 – Senator (Recording date: 6/16) (includes Shoreline)
  • Legislative District 38 – Positions 1, 2 and Senator (Recording dates: 6/20, 6/22, 6/28)
  • Legislative District 39 – Positions 1 and 2 (Recording dates: 7/5, 7/6)
  • PUD Commissioner, District 3 (Recording Date 6/30)
Live-Streamed Forum:
  • Congressional District 1: Friday, July 8, 6:30 – 7:30pm (includes Kenmore) 
How to watch: Join us on our YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/lwvsnohomishcounty

Video and podcasts of all forums will be available after the recording date and can be accessed on the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County website, and on the League’s YouTube Channel.

Recordings of the forums will also air on our local community radio station, KSER 90.7 FM/KXIR 89.9 FM.

We invite voters to explore these forums - and to vote in the August 2nd election.

The League thanks the members of our 2022 Forum Partnership Coalition: AAUW, C3 Coalition, Edmonds College, The Daily Herald, KSER/KXIR, NAACP – Snohomish County, Sno-Isle Libraries and Sultan School District. 
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The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920, the same year women won the vote. For 100 years, we have been a nonpartisan, activist, grassroots organization that believes voters should play a critical role in democracy. In 1976, the League sponsored the first televised presidential debates, winning an Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement in Broadcast Journalism. 

We sponsored televised Presidential debates throughout the 80’s, focusing on nonpartisan issues with a main goal of informing voters. The LWVSC has been upholding that tradition right here in Snohomish County by sponsoring debates and forums for local and state offices. Since our organization neither supports nor opposes candidates or political parties, we can provide a thoughtful environment that allows voters to make their own informed choices.



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Multi-vehicle collision at 141st and Aurora Tuesday

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

All photos by Chris Read
The aftermath of a dramatic multi-vehicle collision that tied up traffic on Aurora on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 was captured in photos by Seattle resident Chris Read.

Collision Aurora Ave N and N 141, about 430am, June 28, 2022. Three vehicles were involved. The Silver car hit the yellow car and a tow truck with a vehicle in tow. 

The Seattle Fire Department had to cut the driver out of the yellow car.

No information on condition of drivers or how many were taken to Harborview.



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40 - 50 children a year end up in Harborview after falling from a window

A stick on plastic device will keep the window
 from opening far enough for a toddler.
Harborview Medical Center treated a child recently from a window fall who died. 

Every year, 40 to 50 children are admitted to Harborview after falling from an open window, says Dr. Brian Johnston, the hospital's chief of pediatrics.

Harborview’s Injury Prevention and Research Center estimates that over 85% percent of children who fall through windows first fall through a screen.

Insect screens are designed to keep bugs out, but not to keep children in, says Johnston, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Simple window stops can provide a safe solution.

“When we're using windows stop, an important number to remember is 4 inches. We want to allow a window to open up to 4 inches for ventilation, but windows that are more than 4 inches open allow a toddler or another child to pass through.”

Simple window stops can be purchased at hardware stores and online.



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U.S. Supreme Court releases two decisions related to public education

Chris Reykdal, Supt of Public Instruction
U.S. Supreme Court released two decisions related to public education

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Carson v. Makin that the state of Maine violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment when it refused to make public funding available for students to attend private schools that provide religious instruction. 

Today, the Court ruled in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District that public school employees may engage in voluntary prayer during school activities so long as they do not require or coerce students to participate.

Carson v. Makin

This case challenged the constitutionality of a school voucher program in Maine that pays the tuition for some students to attend private schools when their own school district – often in rural areas – does not operate a public high school. In its ruling, the Court decided that if Maine provides publicly-funded tuition vouchers for students to attend private nonsectarian schools, they must also provide the same vouchers for students to attend private sectarian schools that provide religious instruction.

This ruling will not impact Washington state in any way. Each and every young person in our state has the opportunity to attend our public schools for their K–12 education.

Washington has a long and proud history of supporting and strengthening our public schools, and our students, educators, communities, and our economy continue to benefit from those investments. Our public schools are governed by school board directors who are elected locally, and they are accountable to the public.

“Washington does not have a K–12 voucher program, and this ruling will not impact our state’s long-held value of keeping public taxpayer money focused on public institutions,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. 
“I will not support voucher programs or other privatization efforts in Washington state. They have proven to be discriminatory, segregating in nature, and inconsistent with the laws of the State of Washington.”

Kennedy v. Bremerton School District

This case challenged a directive by the Bremerton School District that suspended a high school football coach for conducting prayers on the football field after high school football games. In its ruling, the Court affirmed that public school employees have a legal right to engage in individual prayer during school activities so long as it is not part of the employee’s official responsibilities and there is not an explicit or implied expectation that students or other staff join the prayer.

It remains illegal and unethical for public school employees to coerce, pressure, persuade, or force students, players, staff, or other participants to engage in any religious practice as a condition of playing, employment, belonging, or participation. 

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and local school districts will continue to investigate complaints of any public school official who attempts to use their positional authority or taxpayer resources to compel anybody associated with the school, including students, to participate in religious expression of any form.

“Individuals have always held express rights to exercise their own faith within reasonable limits in public spaces,” Reykdal said. “ 
This ruling affirms that right, but it also retains the long-held understanding that church and state (public entities) are separate. Schools will not embrace a particular faith or compel any individual to participate or recognize any faith or religious practice.”

“Washington state’s long history of civil rights and religious freedom will not be altered by this ruling,” Reykdal continued. “Students and staff will remain free of any sanctioned religious beliefs or practices in the course of their public education.”

--OSPI



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Gloria's Birds: Wazzat, photog? What am I doing, you ask?

 
Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

 Lurking! I'm a predator! Jeez, photog, get hip to the jive.

(Barred Owl lurking in our yard last week:)

--Gloria Z. Nagler



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Jobs: North City Water District (NCWD) Utility Office Person I

North City Water District (NCWD) is accepting applications for a Utility Office Person I. 

Starting pay is $33.13 per hour or $68,914 annually. Deliver a completed application, cover letter and resume to: 

North City Water District 
Attn: Paulyne
1519 NE 177th St
Shoreline WA 98155 

or by fax to 206-361-0629. 

Open until filled; first review of resumes is scheduled on Friday July 10, 2022. 

The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintain policies for a drug-free and smoke free work environment.




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Senior Center Holiday Bazaar accepting vendor applications


Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center is now accepting applications from makers of handmade goods to become a vendor at the Holiday Bazaar.

The Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center will be held Friday, October 21st and Saturday, October 22nd, 2022; 10:00am to 4:00pm both days.

This event is a Shoreline community tradition that delights people wanting to get an early start on unique gifts for their holiday shopping. 

In addition to the vendors, the Bazaar features a Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Raffle and Santa’s Shop.

Potential vendors must meet certain criteria in order for consideration:
  • All items must be handcrafted by the applicant and of good quality.
  • No commercial crafts or imports accepted.
  • A photo of your craft/work must accompany your table rental application if you have not been part of previous Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center Holiday Bazaar events.
  • All items must be new.
  • Applications must be received by July 31, 2022.
Additional details are on the application form.

For application or questions, contact Theresa at the Center 206-365-1536, Monday to Thursday from 9:00am to 3:00pm and on Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

The Bazaar is held at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, #1 Shoreline 98155.



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Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Again?

 
Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE



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Portion of NE 193rd St in LFP closed on Wednesday, June 29, for tree removal

Same block in late May 2022
Photo courtesy LFP PD

On Wednesday, June 29, 2022 the Lake Forest Park Public Works Department will close a portion of NE 193rd St in the 4900 Block to remove a dead tree. 

The closure is scheduled to begin at 9:00am and end at approximately 1:00pm.

Traffic will not be allowed through the work zone during the closure, as large equipment will be in the roadway.

A different tree on this block fell in late May, blocking the road and taking out power lines. See previous article.



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Letter to the Editor: Check out the Shoreline Farmers Market Saturday

To the Editor:

This past Saturday I stopped by the Shoreline Farmers Market in its new location at the Shoreline Park and Ride (192nd and Aurora). There was plenty of parking and access from Aurora and the neighborhood streets. And the Market is easily accessed from the Interurban Trail just across Aurora.

There were friendly vendors with fresh strawberries, cherries, vegetables, and a local wine. There were sweets and baked goods and the best fresh ravioli! I was there just before noon and one booth had already sold out of their organic meats. Next week I’ll go earlier.  There were booths featuring local artists and information booths for local groups including Save Shoreline Trees.

I spoke with a Medicare broker for several minutes. I admit, I was first attracted by the free gifts. He provided some friendly advice regarding the cost of prescriptions and never attempted to sell me anything. He did not take my information so I won’t be getting emails or any other type of follow up. I may contact him when my Advantage Plan renews closer to year end.

I stopped to listen to a musician playing guitar and singing. Unfortunately, I arrived just as the musician was taking a brief break. He had a bubble-making machine behind him and a young boy was absolutely delirious with excitement as he ran after the bubbles trying to catch them. His smile was HUGE!  

For the COVID-conscious (like me) there was plenty of room to walk at a safe distance from others and many folks were wearing masks. 

I saw people walking home from the Farmers Market, and I noticed they were all carrying bags of purchases.

I encourage everyone to stop by and support our City and our local farmers, artists, and the food trucks. The vendors vary from week to week so there's always something new to enjoy. And the Shoreline Market is one of the few that still welcomes dogs.

Pam Cross
Shoreline 



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Edmonds Driftwood Players announces 2022-2023 Season 64


Edmonds Driftwood Players is excited to announce our upcoming 2022-2023 Season 64, which will include four mainstage productions. 

Season subscriptions are on sale now, and are a great way to support local community theatre. Individual tickets go on sale for our upcoming season’s shows in July. 

Edmonds Driftwood Players is a volunteer-based, non-profit community theatre with the mission to produce live theatre that entertains, enriches and engages the community. Established in 1958, it is one of the oldest continually operating community theatres in Washington State.

The Mousetrap – September 16-October 2, 2022 (Directed by Adam Othman)

The world’s longest-running play! After a local woman is murdered, the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. It soon becomes clear that the killer is among them, and the seven strangers grow increasingly suspicious of one another. A police detective, arriving on skis, interrogates the suspects: the newlyweds running the house; a spinster with a curious background; an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef; a retired Army major; a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift; and a jurist who makes like miserable for everyone. When a second murder takes place, tensions and fears escalate. This record-breaking murder mystery features a brilliant surprise finish from Dame Agatha Christie, the foremost mystery writer of her time.

Elf, The Musical – November 18-December 18, 2022 (Directed by Craig Schieber)

A title known the world over, Elf the Musical is a must-see holiday musical, based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making availabilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

The Spitfire Grill – March 17-April 9, 2023 (Directed by Diane Johnston)

Based on the hit 1996 film, The Spitfire Grill is a heartwarming and inspirational musical tale of redemption, perseverance and family. A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. The Grill is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy convinces Hannah to raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the Grill wins. Soon, mail arrives by the wheelbarrow and things really start cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill.

Unnecessary Farce – May 26-June 11, 2023 (Directed by David Alan Morrison)

Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hitman, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes.

WHEN: Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm.

SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS: $98 General Adult (19-59); $88 Junior/Senior/Military. Available NOW by phone at 425-774-9600, email office@edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org, or online at www.edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org. The last day to purchase season subscriptions is SEPTEMBER 28, 2022.

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: $28 General Adult (19-59); $25 Junior/Senior/Military. Available online starting JULY 20, 2022 at www.edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org or by phone at 425-774-9600. Discounted tickets for groups of 10+ people are also available.

Performances at Wade James Theatre, 950 Main Street, Edmonds.




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Shoreline Fire honors employees



Shoreline Fire recently honored five individuals for Employees of the Year for 2021

  • Jerett Rumph - Firefighter of the Year
  • Scott Kim - Paramedic of the Year
  • Joyce Brown - Administrator of the Year
  • Heath Miller - Driver/Engineer of the Year
  • Cameron Stewart (not shown) - Officer of the Year



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Seattle Waterfront construction

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Photo courtesy Waterfront Seattle
The viaduct is long gone, the concrete is flowing, and the project to rebuild the Seattle Waterfront is possibly one of the biggest public works projects in Seattle since Pioneer Square was raised.

Waterfront Seattle will rebuild Alaskan Way from S King to Pike streets, and build a new street, known as Elliott Way, from Pike to Bell streets. The new surface street will span a total of 17 blocks from Pioneer Square to Belltown, with two lanes of traffic in either direction for the majority of the street.

The southern section will include dedicated lanes for transit in and out of downtown, as well as lanes for ferry queuing onto Colman Dock. Intersections and sidewalks have been carefully designed to support pedestrian accessibility. The new park promenade and two-way bike path will run along the west side of Alaskan Way.



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Edmonds School Board confirms Rebecca Miner as interim superintendent for coming school year

Edmonds School Board photo courtesy MyEdmondsNews.com

The Edmonds School District Board of Directors at its Tuesday, June 14, 2022 meeting unanimously approved the contract for the district’s new interim superintendent Dr. Rebecca Miner.

Rebecca Miner
The school board announced in late April it was extending an offer to Miner, who previously served as superintendent for the Shoreline School District. 

Her appointment gives the district time to find a permanent replacement for current Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas, who is leaving for a job with the Beaverton School District.

Miner will serve as interim superintendent for the 2022-23 school year, beginning July 1, 2022.

--My Edmonds News.com



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State crews begin helping people transition out of unsafe encampments along state highways

Workers cleaning up after homeless camps removed
Photo courtesy State of Washington
State crews worked this week to help residents move out of a dangerous encampment along I-5 in Seattle. 

This was the first such occurrence under a new initiative to address safety issues along public highways and rights-of-way. 

The Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Department of Commerce and the Washington State Patrol are partnering with local nonprofits and governments to ensure suitable shelter options are available for residents.

“I believe we have a moral obligation to get people out of unsafe conditions,” said Gov. Jay Inslee at a press conference in May where he provided an update on state efforts to build more shelters and supportive housing options.

The state’s efforts are bolstered by additional funding for support services and a new rapid-acquisition capital program. The program helps local communities build supportive shelters and housing or purchase and convert hotels or apartment buildings within months instead of years.



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John Green to serve as an interim assistant principal at Kellogg Middle School

John Green, Interim Assistant Principal
Kellogg Middle School
John Green has been selected to serve as an interim assistant principal at Kellogg Middle School for the 2022-23 school year, Superintendent Susana Reyes announced. He will succeed Melyssa Stone, who has been selected as an assistant principal at Shorewood High School.

Joining Kellogg after a year as interim assistant principal at Einstein Middle School, John brings a lengthy history of serving within Shoreline Schools. John has previously served as Shorewood High School Principal and worked in administrative roles at Shorecrest High School and Kellogg. John has also worked as a teacher or principal in the Vashon Island and Everett school districts.

John graduated from the University of Washington, where he studied Education and Earth Science. He has a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Central Washington University. Outside of work, John enjoys cooking and learning about the natural history of the Puget Sound region.

“We are so appreciative of John’s service to the Shoreline Schools community and look forward to his work at Kellogg this coming year,” says Superintendent Reyes. “His deep knowledge of school administration and his commitment to authentic connection with every student aligns well with the values and vision of our district.”



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Birders needed for local monitoring project

Northern flicker in Lake Forest Park
Photo by Lynne Hakim
By Douglas Wacker

Attention birders! The Lake Forest Community Bird Project https://www.lfpbirds.org/ needs your help. 

This long-term monitoring project, coordinated by Dr. Doug Wacker of the University of Washington Bothell in collaboration with the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation, aims to better understand human impacts on the species diversity and behavior of birds that frequent our local parks and green spaces. 

Researchers are finishing their second year of seasonal surveys at 24 sites throughout the Puget Sound region, many in Lake Forest Park, WA, and are initiating a citizen scientist component of their project.

Specifically, bird watchers are needed to walk the survey sites, use Cornell’s eBird app to submit the birds they see and hear on their smartphone, and fill out a short webform letting the researchers know which areas they visited https://lfp-birding-project.webflow.io/get-involved/how-to-help-with-surveys 

The researchers will then aggregate those data and see how their surveys match up with those conducted by local residents. It is particularly important to get surveys from some of the parks that are not normally visited by bird watchers. 

If you’re up for a challenge, you can visit all of the sites. There are 11 in Lake Forest Park, 4 in Seattle, 6 in Eastern King County, and 3 in Snoqualmie Ridge. 

You can find a list of the locations here, https://www.lfpbirds.org/get-involved/survey-locations 

If you’re staying local, only Grace Cole, Horizon View, Whispering Willow, and Lyon Creek Waterfront Parks are currently considered birding hotspots on eBird. 

It would be great to get more observations from the other sites, too! As species distributions change over the year, the researchers would be happy to receive surveys from all seasons.

If you're new to birding and want to help out, start here, https://www.lfpbirds.org/get-involved/new-to-birding



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MLT Garden Club looking for volunteers

Photo courtesy City of Mountlake Terrace

The Mountlake Terrace Garden Club does weeding and planting throughout the city. They often focus on community entryways and public spaces.

The club is looking for more volunteers. 

Interested? Contact Parks Superintendent Ken Courtmanch at kcourtmanch@mltwa.gov or 425-776-1811.



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Gloria's Insects: FYI, if I'm ever presented with the opportunity to have antennae,

Photo copyright Gloria Z. Nagler

these are the ones I want!

(Consulted several guides but can't i.d. her... maybe a kind of Borer? Saw her on a fence post the other day.)

--Gloria Z. Nagler




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The Garden Guy: Managing Heat Stress in Your Summer Garden

By Bruce Bennett

Climate Prediction Center - Coming off last summer’s record-setting temperatures in western Washington, the Summer of 2022 is not predicted to be quite as hot. Still, it could be hot enough to repeat some of the plant damage from last year and continue the problems with most types of needle- and broad-leaf evergreens through next summer. 

Now that our gardening neighborhood is forewarned, what actions can be taken to stop, or at least reduce, this summer’s heat-initiated damage to our favorite garden pollinators and people?

Overwatering – Heat is not the same as drought. When temperatures reach the 90’s, some plants will begin to wilt or burn regardless of how well the soil is already irrigated. Avoid the temptation to over water. Too much water can lead to fungal diseases. Also, refresh mulch if needed. A 2” – 4” layer is ideal. A well-cared-for plant will perk back up as the cooler temperatures of evening come on.

Leaf and Fruit Drop – Some plants, like peppers and tomatoes, may stop flowering and fruiting in really hot weather. They may simply drop their leaves, flowers and baby fruit because the plants can’t take up enough water fast enough to support itself until the weather cools down a bit. 

If you have had this problem more than a couple of times over the past few years, it is time to spend part of your winter seed catalog reading and choosing new varieties which are better adapted at handling hot weather. Remember that this is a good time to make the most of this summer’s problem by planning for next summer’s garden. Start looking for next year’s crop now.

Sunburn/Sun scorch - Yes, plants and fruit, even the dark leaved ones, can get sunburned. We discussed this problem in greater depth after last summer’s heat waves. Sun scorch can happen to newly installed plants or established ones that experience more sun exposure or heat than they can accommodate. With smaller plants, temporary shading, with sun sails, shade cloth, or taller, sun-loving plants, could be provided. For larger shrubs and trees, all you can do is keep up with irrigation. Your evergreens may not show any sun damage until next spring.

Blossom End Rot – Plants like cucumbers, peppers, squash and tomatoes are more likely to develop black spots on their bottoms in hot weather. This is more the result of a calcium deficiency in the soil than it is by heat and is usually caused by inconsistent watering. 

The best response is to water less often but more deeply. This will break the wet/dry cycle that is the leading cause of blossom end rot. It would probably be a good idea to do a soil test on your veggie beds if you haven’t done one in a few years. 

King Conservation District can offer you good, free, soil tests. Go to: kingcd.org for information concerning the testing process.

While the gardener has the luxury of moving throughout the landscape, there are still physical needs which should be addressed while being in the garden; actions you can take to protect yourself……..

Avoid gardening during the hottest part of the day. Work outdoors during first or last few hours of the day without the hot sun. Think about morning with a cup of coffee and afternoon with a glass of iced tea. Speaking of which ……

Stay hydrated – Your body can’t perspire and cool you if you are short on fluids. Start by drinking a tall glass of water before you go out and ‘top-up’ with a glass or so every hour.

Clothing is a good thing
– Growing-up a natural redhead, my later years have seen my share of bits and pieces removed from my body because of carcinomas and melanomas. 

So, from the horse’s mouth, long sleeve shirts, long pants and a broad-brimmed hats to protect ears and neck should be the go-to clothing-of-the-day. 

If you can’t stand clothes, use an SPF 30+ (and tall fences). You’ll thank me in 20 years (and your neighbors will thank you now).

Take breaks. Remember those glasses of iced tea I mentioned earlier? Continue to enjoy them every hour or so with, at least, a ten-minute break in the shade each hour. Allow your body to cool down a bit and allow your muscles to recover their energy and your joints to stop complaining of over-abuse. These breaks are more important as you sneak-up on and then surpass the age of 50.

Know the signs - of heat stress (dizziness, headache, muscle cramps, nausea, profuse sweating) and Heat Stroke (throbbing headache, dizziness, hot, dry skin, confusion and disorientation). If you are showing such symptoms, it’s time to call 911, your neighbor and move to a cool, shady location.

The key to working in a summer garden is managing heat issues to minimize heat stress on both your plants and yourself. Keep both well-watered according to their respective norms. Use mulch or SPF 30+ to protect the tender parts of both. And, every now and again, relax in the shade. In the words of Hill Street Blues’ Sgt. Phil Esterhaus, “Let’s be careful out there.” 

Happy gardening all!

Contributing columnist, Bruce Bennett, is a WSU Master Gardener, lecturer and garden designer. If you have questions concerning this column, have a question to ask or want to suggest a topic for a future column, contact him at gardenguy4u@gmail.com

You can also talk to Bruce when he volunteers for the Master Garden Clinic at Lake Forest Park’s Western Ace Hardware on Sundays, June 12, July 10, August 14 and September 25, 10:00am – 2:00pm. 

You may also find him walking the aisles of the LFP Farmers Market and chatting with shoppers. Stop by, say “Hi!” and ask a question or two. Then, enjoy yourself at the Market!



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Western states coalition will work to solidify access and support for abortion providers and patients

Monday, June 27, 2022


The governors of California, Oregon and Washington issued a Multi-State Commitment to defend access to reproductive health care, including abortion and contraceptives, and committed to protecting patients and doctors against efforts by other states to export their abortion bans to our states.

This Multi-State Commitment affirms the governors’ commitment in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s unprecedented decision to strip away a constitutional right that has been in place for half a century, leaving abortion regulation to the states.

The sweeping decision means that for patients in more than half the country, home to 33.6 million women, abortion care is illegal or inaccessible.

In a video message the governors share a powerful message that the West Coast will remain a place where reproductive health care will be accessible and protected.

Washington state actions will solidify access and support for abortion providers and patients

On June 25, 2022 Gov. Jay Inslee and state legislators held a press conference to discuss some of the policies they are working on to strengthen access and support for abortion providers and patients. Inslee said Democratic leaders are united in making Washington a sanctuary state for all patients seeking abortion care.

Some of the measures the governor and legislators discussed include:
  • Pursuing a constitutional amendment that solidifies the right of choice in Washington.
  • An executive order that directs the Washington State Patrol to refuse cooperation with investigatory requests related to abortion that come from agencies in states that don’t allow abortion.
  • $1 million in emergency funds to better ensure reproductive care clinics in Washington state can provide care to every patient who walks through their doors.
  • Ensuring hospital mergers don’t result in erosion of access to abortion care, particularly in rural areas.
  • Increased protection and safeguards involving patient data.
Footage of the press conference is available on TVW.


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COVID-19 Local Case Numbers as of Friday, June 24, 2022

KING COUNTY

COVID-19 Local Case Numbers as of Friday, June 24, 2022

Safeway pharmacy has vaccines in stock for kids 3-4. Call your local store for appointments.

King county cases

Cases in past 7 days - 6,633
Average daily cases - 1,101

King county hospitalizations

Hospitalizations in past 7 days - 100
Average daily hospitalizations - 14

King county deaths

Deaths in past 14 days - 28
Daily average deaths - 2


Seattle Cases

Cases in past 7 days - 2,600
Average daily cases - 384

Seattle Hospitalizations

Hospitalizations in past 7 days - 24
Average daily hospitalizations - 3

Seattle Deaths

Deaths in 14 days - 5
Average daily deaths - <1


Shoreline cases

Cases in past 7 days - 225
Average daily cases - 34

Shoreline Hospitalizations

Hospitalizations in past 7 days - 2
Average daily hospitalizations - <1

Shoreline Deaths

Total deaths - 140
Deaths in 14 days - 1
Average daily deaths - <1


Lake Forest Park cases

Cases in past 7 days - 44
Average daily cases - 6

Lake Forest Park Hospitalizations

Total hospitalizations - 39
Hospitalizations in past 7 days - 1
Average daily hospitalizations - <1

Lake Forest Park Deaths

Total deaths - 6
Deaths in 14 days - 0
Average daily deaths - 0



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Sound Transit day work on 5th NE and NE 148th for up to three weeks


As early as June 28th, Sound Transit’s contractors will continue work on 5th Ave NE and NE 148th Street for utility work as part of the future link light rail.

What
  • Drivers can expect traffic delays.
  • Sidewalks will be closed for demo work. Pedestrian detour route will be in place. (See map).
  • Residents can expect vibration from compaction and fill work after utility installation is completed.
  • Bus stops will be impacted. For route updates, check www.kingcounty.gov
When
  • Tuesday, June 28th, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Work will feature intermittent closure and workdays for a duration of three weeks.
  • There will be no work on holidays or days before and after the holiday weekend.
Where
  • 5th Ave NE and NE 148th Street
  • Local access will be maintained


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