Curve of sunlight

Friday, June 30, 2023

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

If you look carefully, you can see the curve of the waning sun against the clear, blue sky.



Harborview preps for dozens of fireworks injuries

Entrance to Harborview emergency burn center

In recent years, Harborview Medical Center’s Emergency Department has seen an average of 65 patients with fireworks-caused injuries around the Fourth of July.
“We normally see, unfortunately, two types of injury patterns, and large numbers of them: Injuries to the face and to the eyes and, sadly, injuries to people's hands as well,” said Dr. Steve Mitchell, the department's medical director. Fireworks injuries span all age groups, including young children.
“Oftentimes, the young children that we see are really innocent bystanders,” Mitchell said. 
“They were participating in a party or a family gathering and a firework was set off by somebody else. And then it oftentimes will hit them in the face and affect their eyes or their face. It’s a significant problem.”

Mitchell says the best prevention against such injuries is to avoid lighting your own fireworks and instead celebrate the holiday by enjoying a public, professionally run fireworks show. People who do plan to use fireworks responsibly and legally should avoid mixing the activity with alcohol consumption, he urged.

“All of these injuries are very tragic. It really impacts that person directly as well as the people that they love, and their ability to participate in life and also really care for their family and themselves.”


Home Planet...(not Earth!) Mural Art Workshop at the Richmond Beach Library

You are now on another planet that is not Earth... 
Everything is different! Who lives here? 

Working with professional artist, Ann Blanch, use your imagination to create the beings of this mind blasting, alien planet. 

All kinds of wild materials will be provided for your creations that will populate the new library mural. After the display period, art will be returned to the participants.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Beach Library.
Ages 5 and older, tweens, teens and adults.

Please register everyone in your group, including adults and attend only one session, 11:30am or 12:15pm.


NW Seattle Gambian Association Summer BBQ July 8 - 9, 2023 at Shoreline Park and soccer fields

Saturday July 8 and Sunday July 9, 11am-10:30pm

Northwest Seattle Gambian Association (NWSGA), all-volunteer non-profit organization of the Gambian community, invites all community to enjoy summer celebration. 

Soccer and other fun family friendly activities and hamburgers, hotdogs, and drinks provided.


Jobs: WSDOT SnoKing Design Engineering Manager (WMS Band 3)

SnoKing Design Engineering Manager (WMS Band 3)
Shoreline, WA – Northwest Region
$113,112 - $145,020 Annually

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is currently seeking a Design Engineering Manager for the Snohomish/King County area located in the Northwest Region. The main purpose of this position is to ensure that the Northwest Region construction program is developed and delivered to meet local, State and Federal standards and laws within scope, schedule, and budget. 

This position is responsible for establishment and implementation of policies that ensure the most efficient management of large amounts of funds and workforce involved in the highway construction program.

Job description and application


Wildfires: Moran Creek Fire in Stevens County threatening homes, agriculture, and infrastructure

Stevens County – State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Moran Creek Fire located in Stevens County, near the town of Arden. 

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on June 29, 2023, at 6:00pm at the request of Fire Chief Joe Paccerelli, Stevens County Fire District 7.

The Moran Creek Fire started on June 29, 2023, at approximately 1:37pm. This fire is estimated at 40 acres and growing. It is burning in timber, brush and grass and is threatening homes, agriculture, and infrastructure. 

Level 2 and 3 evacuations are in effect at this time. The fire cause is currently under investigation.


Spiky clouds

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Photo by Lee Lageschulte
Looks like the clouds couldn't make up their minds about which direction they were going.


Shorecrest and Shorewood graduation ceremonies available for viewing online

If you couldn't make it to see your favorite Shorecrest and Shorewood graduates receive their diplomas or just want to relive the events, the video recordings of both graduation ceremonies are now posted!


LFP Police report for June 22, 2023

2020 LFP Police Department

City of Lake Forest Park
June 22, 2023

Police officers approached an individual who had established a tent in close proximity to the Starbucks Drive-Thru. The person in question was directed to seek assistance from the Mobile Crisis team, and Starbucks requested that the individual be removed from their property due to trespassing.

Police officers were sent to respond to a disturbance caused by a male individual at Rite Aid. The subject was observed aggressively confronting shoppers and shouting at them. Mall security requested the assistance of the police in issuing a trespass letter. Once the trespass letter was issued, the subject directed his anger towards the officers while leaving the premises, shouting at them.

A customer of ARCO contacted the police department to report an employee who was allegedly yelling at an individual and exhibiting racist behavior. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the employee involved, who explained that he was indeed raising his voice at a transient individual who repeatedly urinates in the business closet instead of using the restroom. The person who made the report expressed dissatisfaction with the employee's behavior, but it appeared to stem from personal bias rather than the employee's actions. The officers advised the employee to notify the police if the subject returns, and they expressed willingness to issue a trespass order if desired.

Police officers were dispatched to a report of a male individual causing a disturbance and yelling outside of a Subway restaurant. Upon investigation, it was determined that this was the same person who had been repeatedly harassing firefighters at nearby fire stations. It was also noted that the individual is known to have mental health issues. However, by the time the police arrived at the scene, the subject had already left the area.

Police officers were sent to respond to a situation involving an individual on the property of the reporting party. The subject was observed lying on a blanket and using a small glass pipe to smoke an unidentified substance. The individual then covered themselves with a blue tarp and seemed to be preparing to sleep. Upon locating the subject, it became evident that they were visibly under the influence of narcotics. The officers instructed the subject to leave the property and return to Seattle, warning them that they would be arrested if they came back to the property.

Police officers were dispatched to respond to an incident involving a male individual who was using narcotics inside his vehicle in front of Mod Pizza. However, the subject had already departed in his vehicle prior to the arrival of the police.

Mall security approached three individuals who had filled three shopping carts with items while inside Ross. Upon being confronted by security and store employees, the subjects chose to leave the area either to purchase the items or to exit the premises.

An officer noticed an individual who was passed out in a bus stop shelter located at 153rd and SR522. The presence of evident drug paraphernalia was observed around the subject. At the individual's request, they were provided with a courtesy ride to Northgate Park and Ride.

Officers were dispatched to a “hound dog” excessively barking. Officers located said hound dog who refused to comply with orders to stop and fled into Kenmore, still barking. Officers later discovered the same “hound dog” running on the shoulder of SR522. Officers successfully took the “hound dog” into custody and returned him to his owner. “Hound dog” was warned for excessive barking during quiet hours (LFPMC).

A caller notified the police about a subject who was screaming and causing destruction in the bus shelter situated at 165th and SR522. However, despite their efforts, the officers were unable to locate the individual in question.


Shoreline City Council supports King County’s Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy

On June 26, 2023, the Shoreline City Council unanimously adopted Resolution No. 513 supporting King County Proposition 1 and encouraged Shoreline voters to approve it. King County Proposition 1 is the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy. It will appear on the August 1, 2023, primary election ballot.

The King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy has been approved by King County voters three times: in 2005, 2011, and most recently in 2017. Each of these levies has been for a six-year period. The current 2017 Levy expires at the end of this year.

The proposed replacement levy would continue to provide funding for regional health and human services throughout the county for veterans and servicemembers and their families; seniors and their caregivers; and resilient communities. 

Additionally, the new levy would establish funding for regional impact initiatives that provide or support responses to issues that affect all three of the levy’s specified populations and which regional health and human services can help address.

The proposed levy would have an initial levy rate of $0.10 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2024. This would be the same initial levy rate for the existing levy, which was $0.10 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2018. 

If approved by the voters, the 2024-2029 levy is projected to generate a total of approximately $581.5 million in revenues during the six-year levy period based on the revenue forecast from August 2022, compared to an estimated $365.7 million generated for the existing 2018-2023 levy.

Visit the King County Assessor’s Taxpayer Transparency Tool to see the impact of proposed taxes on your property.


Online help to learn Google Docs and Drive - Wednesdays in July

Register here:

Next session: Wednesday, July 12, 2-3pm

Use Google’s videos and work at your own pace, then attend class with questions. Join any week! Presented by Bridget of Gentle Tech Help.

This program will not be recorded. Notes will be emailed to registrants after the session.

Please register by 1pm on the day of the program. You will be emailed a link no later than one hour before the program start time. If you do not see an email, check your Junk or Spam folder.


Online genealogy help through King County Library

If you don't want to leave your home and computer to get help with your family history research, both the Eastside Genealogical Society and the South King County Genealogical Society offer free, one hour, one-on-one online sessions.

Reserve time with a volunteer at this link from the King County Library System. The sessions do fill up somewhat quickly but they are ongoing. You can sign up for one in the future or check back for additional sessions.


Anne Stadler: When my daughter comes to town...

Sue and Anne Stadler at The Local 104

…her first stop is The Local 104, in what used to be the 7/11 next to LFP Elementary at 35th and Ballinger Way in Lake Forest Park. 

Great pizza! Great oysters! Great service!


Cantwell, Murray announce $33.5 Million for Clean Energy Bus Grants to King county Metro Transit

King County has been transitioning the Metro fleet to all-electric, a few buses at a time as they receive funding. 2022 Photo of Rod Dembowski with electric buses.
Photo courtesy King County.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Patty Murray (D-WA) Chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, announced $59,027,499 in clean-energy-related grants for transit authorities in King, Skagit, Island, Grays Harbor, Grant, and Whatcom Counties.

The funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities and Low and No-Emission (Low-No) Vehicle programs. The Cantwell-Murray supported Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) provides over $7.5 billion for these competitive grant programs through Fiscal Year 2026.

“These smart investments in bus facilities and low or no emissions buses across the State of Washington will provide cleaner and more reliable transportation services,” said Sen. Cantwell. “It’s important that we invest in clean transit services to help reduce traffic, keep residents moving to where they need to go, and make progress towards our climate goals.“

Senator Murray said:
“Investing in clean buses and other low- and no-emissions transportation options means cleaner air for families, communities, and our planet—not to mention cost savings for local transit agencies.”

“The federal dollars I fought to secure for these grant programs in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is already helping our nation take big steps forward in shifting towards a clean energy economy, which benefits everyone. This is going to make a real difference in lowering costs and creating jobs.”

King County Metro Transit – $33.5 million

King County Metro Transit received $33,552,634 in Low-No Vehicle grants. The funding will be used to buy battery-electric buses to replace 30 old hybrid-diesel buses, purchase charging equipment, and train workers to maintain the new electric fleet. 

The new battery-electric fleet will serve 27 bus routes that run in low-income areas and will expand the King County Metro apprenticeship program and promote transit careers for residents in underserved communities.

“As the nation’s seventh largest bus transit agency, King County Metro plays a critical role in providing clean, safe, and reliable transportation to a growing, diversifying population,” said Sen. Cantwell. 
“This grant will help accelerate King County Metro’s 2035 goal of operating a 100% zero-emission fleet by replacing 30 old hybrid-diesel buses with 30 new battery electric buses."


Court keeps protective order in place for 32nd District lawmaker Rep. Lauren Davis

By Jerry Cornfield, Washington State Standard

A domestic violence restraining order obtained by a 32nd District state lawmaker against her lobbyist ex-boyfriend will remain in effect under an appellate court ruling issued Monday.

Rep. Lauren Davis, a Democrat from Shoreline, obtained a five-year protection order in King County against lobbyist Cody Arledge in May 2022, citing what she said was an escalating pattern of obsessive and threatening behavior after she ended their relationship the prior year.

As a 32nd District lawmaker, Davis represents portions of Edmonds and Lynnwood, as well as Woodway and Mountlake Terrace.

Under terms of the no-contact order, Arledge cannot go within 1,000 feet of Davis’ home or her workplace, defined as the state Capitol and adjacent John L. O’Brien Building that houses state representatives’ offices, unless she is not at the Capitol.

In addition, he was required for one year to wear an ankle bracelet with GPS monitoring alerting authorities and Davis via a phone app if he violated those conditions. Last month, the requirement was renewed for a second year because he had violated the order.

Arledge sued, arguing a trial court abused its discretion in issuing the protective order and violated his constitutional rights in requiring around-the-clock electronic GPS monitoring. A three-member Division I Court of Appeals panel disagreed on both points.

“I have a deep sense of relief after an arduous, nearly two-year legal battle,” Davis said. 
“More than anything, I am incredibly heartened by what this decision means for other survivors. The act of seeking a protection order is so frequently a precursor to domestic homicide that it has a name – ‘retaliation violence’.”

David Donnan, Arledge’s attorney, said, “Obviously we are disappointed in the result.”

A decision on whether to appeal Monday’s decision hasn’t been made, he said, noting he is still reviewing the ruling’s detailed analysis.

A two-year legal fight

Davis represents the 32nd Legislative District which includes Shoreline, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. Arledge, a lobbyist, owns The Arledge Group.

Davis and Arledge met through work in 2018 and began a romantic relationship in 2019. She said she tried ending the relationship in 2020 and 2021, but due to a “pattern of control and manipulation,” she “return[ed] to the relationship,” according to court documents.

On Nov. 10, 2021, Davis petitioned for a protection order, alleging that she feared Arledge because his “stalking behavior has escalated substantially,” and he has “made threats of suicide in the past, has a severe substance use disorder, and has a number of firearms,” the ruling said.

In response, Arledge denied his conduct amounted to domestic violence. Arledge also contended the electronic monitoring violated his right to privacy as spelled out in the state and federal constitutions.

Justice Bill Bowman, who wrote Monday’s opinion, concluded that the monitoring imposed by the lower court did not tread on Arledge’s constitutional “right to privacy and the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.”

“The electronic monitoring device passively records his location,” he wrote. “So, any intrusion into Arledge’s privacy is not permanent, and the degree of the intrusion is limited.”

A new law, authored by Davis, aims to strengthen Washington’s safety net for victims in domestic violence cases.

It contains provisions for crafting a model policy for the use of electronic monitoring, with victim notification technology, and establishing a research center at the University of Washington to identify the most effective strategies for preventing violence among intimate partners.

Davis said she hoped Monday’s decision “paves the way for the broader use of electronic monitoring in civil protection order cases.”

“This common-sense technology is life-saving for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking,” she said. “It has given me my life back and I am eternally grateful.”

Washington State Standard is part of States Newsroom, a network of news bureaus supported by grants and a coalition of donors as a 501c(3) public charity. Washington State Standard maintains editorial independence. Contact Editor Bill Lucia for questions: Follow Washington State Standard on Facebook and Twitter.


Jobs: WSDOT Transportation Engineer 2

Transportation Engineer 2
Shoreline, WA – Northwest Region
$69,035 - $92,837 Annually

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is currently seeking multiple Transportation Engineer 2’s in Shoreline, WA. These position’s support the organization’s mission by making the highways safer for the traveling public. 

These positions perform specialized traffic reviews relating to highway signing, speed limit changes, striping, and safety reviews. These engineering positions coordinate the implementation of traffic counts and traffic studies for the region, including scheduling, prioritizing, and keeping equipment up to date and in working order. 

In addition, these positions will apply standard engineering procedures and techniques in performing reviews and drafting recommendations which may include signing, object markers, channelization, speed limit changes, calendar actions and review comments.

Job description and application


Tracy Clinch retires from Shoreline Fire after a 23 year career

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Paramedic Tracy Clinch
Photo by Fire Dog Photos

Wednesday, June 28, 2023, Firefighter/Paramedic Tracy Clinch worked her last shift of an over 23-year career with the Shoreline Fire Department. 

In 1998, Tracy began her career as a firefighter with the City of Mountlake Terrace. 

She was hired as a lateral firefighter with Shoreline Fire Department in April 2000. 

Five years later, Tracy was selected to attend the University of Washington’s Paramedic Training Program where she graduated from Class #32 in August 2006 to serve as a Paramedic Firefighter with Shoreline’s Medic One Program. 

During her career, Tracy has served as an EMS instructor, peer fitness trainer, and in 2020 was the recipient of the Chief’s Company Award for EMS.

Thank you for your service to our community and department. We wish you the best of luck with your retirement, Paramedic Clinch.


What is this flower?

Photo by Mike Remarcke
Mike Remarcke has no idea what this gorgeous flower is - and neither do I. Intrepid readers, it's up to you. 

--Diane Hettrick


Edmonds Driftwood Players announce 65th Season

Edmonds, WA – June 27, 2023 – Edmonds Driftwood Players has announced their upcoming 2023-2024 Season 65, which will include four mainstage productions. 
We feel incredibly grateful to be headed into our 65th Season of theatre in Edmonds and look forward to celebrating with the community!

Season subscriptions go on sale for return subscribers on July 10 and for new subscribers on July 24. Tickets for individual shows go on sale August 1.

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.

In addition to mainstage productions, they produce an annual Festival of Shorts, which consists of eight short plays centered around a different theme each year. The finalists are selected from hundreds of playwright submissions from around the world by volunteer reading groups who were given blind copies for rating. Past winners have later been developed into full-length award-winning plays!

EDP also has an education program which includes camps for students to learn the ins and outs of putting on a production as well as classes and workshops. 

Additionally, Take a Kid to the Theatre is our outreach program that allows us to share the joy and wonder of live theatre with families in shelters and transitional housing. We also provide scholarships for students interested in pursuing theatre arts.

2023-2024 Season 65 Mainstage Productions

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, adapted by Ken Ludwig (September 15-October 8, 2023)

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed eight times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (November 24-December 17, 2023)

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory... or suffer the consequences.

Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson (March 1-17, 2024)

As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soulmate Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge— a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.

The Savannah Sipping Society by Jones, Hope, Wooten (May 3-19, 2024)

In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends.

Showtimes are Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm.

SEASON 65 SUBSCRIPTIONS: $106 General Adult (19-59); $96 Junior/Senior/Military. Season subscriptions are on sale for return subscribers on JULY 10, 2023, and for new subscribers on JULY 24, 2023. Available by phone at 425-774-9600, email, or online at The last day to purchase season 65 subscriptions is October 4, 2023.

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: $28 General Adult (19-59); $25 Junior/Senior/Military. Available online starting AUGUST 1, 2023, at or by phone at 425-774-9600. Discounted tickets for groups of 10+ people are also available.

Plays are performed at the Wade James Theatre at 950 Main Street, Edmonds WA


July author events at Third Place Books

2017 author event at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park
July 2023 Schedule
Please note: all times below are Pacific Time.
Both virtual and in-person events require registration in advance. Unless ticketed, events are free and open to the public. See for details.
() – denotes ticketed event
() – denotes event for children or middle grade readers
Wednesday, July 5 at 7pm [NEW DATE!] (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Darin Shuler
Dog and Hat and the Lunar Eclipse Picnic: Book No. 2
Frog and Toad meet Elephant and Piggie meet Bill and Ted in this wonderfully strange and funny book about best friends on a cosmic adventure. In Shuler’s second Dog and Hat book, the titular characters search for some dreamy moon magic.
Thursday, July 6 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
David Williams
The William E. Boeing Story: A Gift of Flight
The first ever full-length biography of William E. Boeing, the father of commercial aviation, with unprecedented access to the Boeing family archives which contain thousands of never- before-seen photos, diaries and personal letters.
Wednesday, July 12 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Rachel Lynn Solomon with Rachel Runya Katz
Business or Pleasure
Staff-favorite romance author Rachel Lynn Solomon returns to Lake Forest Park! In this steamy romantic comedy, a ghostwriter and a struggling actor help each other on the page (and in the bedroom).
Monday, July 17 at 6:30pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Local Author Open Mic
Calling all local writers and poets! Come share your work and develop your craft with other local authors on the third Monday of every month. For consignment requests, see for details.
Tuesday, July 18 at 5:30pm PDT (Virtual)
Andrew Lipstein
The Vegan
in partnership with Book Passage
The author of the staff-favorite novel Last Resort discusses his new novel, “A meaty comedy with a bleeding heart, highly recommended for all animals who read.” (Joshua Cohen). The Vegan challenges our morality with a tale of guilt, greed, and how far we’ll go to be good.
Wednesday, July 19 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Emily Lynn Paulson with Kristi Coulter
Hey, Hun: Sales, Sisterhood, Supremacy, and the Other Lies Behind Multilevel Marketing
An eye-opening, funny, and dangerous personal story about rising to the top of the pyramid in the multilevel marketing (MLM) world, only to recognize that its culture and business practices went beyond a trendy marketing scheme and into the heart of white supremacy in America.
Tuesday, July 25 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
LFP READS: Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe
Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk

Co-sponsored by the City of Lake Forest Park’s Library Advisory Committee and Friends of the Shoreline, Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries

Our annual community reads event returns for its 18th year! Winner of the 2023 Pacific Northwest Book Awards, Red Paint is about an artist who blends the aesthetics of punk rock with the traditional spiritual practices of the women in her lineage in this bold, contemporary journey to reclaim her heritage and unleash her power and voice while searching for a permanent home. No registration required.
Wednesday, July 26 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Chuck Tingle with Nicola Griffith
Camp Damascus
From the beloved internet icon comes a horror debut about the demons the queer community faces in America, the price of keeping secrets, and finding the courage to burn it all down. “A genuinely terrifying nightmare—but it ain’t the monsters you gotta be afraid of. Chuck Tingle is absolutely the best guide through this level of Hell.” (N.K. Jemisin)
Thursday, July 27 at 7pm (Third Place Books Lake Forest Park)
Alex Pappademas and Joan LeMay with Megan Seling
Quantum Criminals: Ramblers, Wild Gamblers, and Other Sole Survivors from the Songs of Steely Dan
A literary and visual exploration of the songs of Steely Dan, Rolling Stone calls Quantum Criminals “one of the sharpest, funniest, and best books ever about any rock artist.” Megan Seling, arts editor at The Stranger, joins in conversation.
Friday, July 28 at 7:30pm (Town Hall Seattle)
Colson Whitehead with Robert Sindelar
Crook Manifesto: A Novel 
The two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author continues his Harlem saga in a powerful and hugely-entertaining novel that summons 1970s New York in all its seedy glory. Crook Manifesto blends dark elements with humor to feature the gritty realities in New York City’s complex history. Robert Sindelar, Managing Partner of Third Place Books, joins in conversation. Tickets required. See for details.

Third Place Books is located on the upper level of Town Center at the intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way in Lake Forest Park.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Brief


Marissa Aho named as King County Climate Director

Marissa Aho appointed as 
King County Climate Director
King County Executive Dow Constantine has appointed Marissa Aho – a highly experienced leader in climate action and resilience planning – to serve as Climate Director, overseeing King County’s work to address climate change and advance its Strategic Climate Action Plan.

“Marissa has an exceptional background to lead King County’s Executive Climate Office, bringing with her nearly a decade of expertise in strategy and policy planning around climate action, environmental justice, resilience, and sustainability,” said Executive Constantine. 
“We look forward to her leadership as King County continues investing in solutions and taking bold action against the looming climate crisis.”

Aho (pronounced AH-ho) grew up in Washington state and joins King County after two years as the Policy Director and Chief Resilience Officer for the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 

In that role, she developed and implemented agency plans and policies focused on climate action, equity and environmental justice, and tribal relations and partnerships.


Shoreline resident earns Master's degree from Northern Illinois University

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

DeKALB, Ill. (June 27, 2023) - Over 2,200 students received their degrees from Northern Illinois University in May.

Included among the graduates was Maren Fraser of Shoreline who earned a Master of Public Health in Public Health - Health Promotion.

Northern Illinois University is a student-centered, nationally recognized public research university. 

Through its main campus in DeKalb, Illinois, and education centers for students and working professionals in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Oregon and Rockford, NIU offers more than 100 courses of study. For more information, visit


Drop-in mental health support for middlle and high-school students at Shoreline Teen Center on Thursdays

Did you know that the City of Shoreline has drop-in mental health support for middle and high school students? 

Every Thursday this summer, from 2:30 - 6pm, teens and tweens can visit a licensed mental health therapist free of charge at the Teen Center!  16554 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133

This program is provided in partnership with the Center for Human Services.

For more information contact Drissa at

Thursdays you can also meet the Val with Youth Care.


Wildfires: Methow Fire in Chelan County near Wenatchee

Chelan County – State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Methow Fire located in Chelan County, near the city of Wenatchee. 

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on June 27, 2023, at 2:15pm at the request of Fire Chief Brian Brett, Wenatchee Valley Fire Department.

The Methow Fire started on June 27, 2023, at approximately 1:25pm. This fire is estimated at 50 acres and growing. It is burning in shrub-steppe and is threatening homes and natural resources. 

Level 2 evacuations are in effect at this time. The fire cause is currently under investigation.


City of Edmonds: Potential city acquisition of Highway 99 Landmark site

At a press conference held on Thursday, June 22, 2023 Mayor Mike Nelson and Council President Neil Tibbott of Edmonds shared an opportunity to expand city services to a new area of the city.

The City of Edmonds has the opportunity to enter into an option purchase 10+ acres on the southern corridor of Highway 99. 

This option to purchase gives the City the ability to “hold” the property (preliminarily called Highway 99 Landmark Site) while a community vision is developed for it and determine if we wish to go through with the sale. 

This property gives the community a number of exciting options to address issues in the area brought up over several years by residents, staff, and elected officials including housing, open space, retail, and city services.

The property site is just north of Shoreline
The first small step of the option to purchase is putting $100,000 toward this hold on the property so the city can develop the community’s vision for the property through resident engagement. 

It also allows time to investigate the possibility of funding options and partnerships. The Option to Purchase has two parts – the first 6 months in which $100,000 of funds used for the hold are refundable, and then the next 12 months will be spent in planning for the site and due diligence. 

During this 18-month time period the owner cannot sell the property to any other party and the city has time to work on the above mentioned.

Council will discuss and determine if moving forward with this opportunity is something for the city to pursue. 


Lieutenant Steve Loutsis retires after 36 years with Northshore and Shoreline Fire

Lieutenant Steve Loutsis
Tuesday morning, June 27, 2023 Lieutenant Steve Loutsis will finish his last shift after a nearly 36 year career with the Northshore and Shoreline Fire Departments. 

Steve worked his first shift on November 10, 1987. In July 1998, Steve was promoted to Lieutenant, describing it as the “best position in the fire service, having the greatest impact on an incident, and helping others learn that role”.

During his career, Steve has been a dedicated and influential member of the Department. Some of Steve’s contributions include being a member of the Technical Rescue Team, the Eastside Hazmat Team, a CBT, CPR, and first aid instructor, as well as a long-standing EMS Instructor with King County EMS teaching new generations how to be an EMT.

During his tenure, Steve has mentored countless firefighters as a Shift Officer. 

LT Loutsis’s passion and commitment to our department will be missed! Best of luck Steve and thank you for your service to our community and Department.


Obituary: Stephanie Vasiliki Deliganis 1980-2023

Stephanie Vasiliki Deliganis
Stephanie Vasiliki Deliganis was born on May 24, 1980. The beloved youngest of four daughters born to Sam and Vicki Deliganis, Stephanie had a happy childhood. She loved playing outdoors with her sisters and the family’s large dogs at their home in Richmond Beach. 

She also enjoyed celebrating the holidays with family, board games, debating politics, and summer vacations on the shores of Lake Chelan.

Always an excellent student, Stephanie graduated from Shorewood High School in 1998 and entered the honors program at the University of Puget Sound. 

She graduated in 2002 with High Honors, earning a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and began a graduate program in Sociology at the University of California at Davis. 

After receiving her master’s degree Stephanie continued at UC Davis in pursuit of her doctorate. It was then, at the age of 25, that she began experiencing debilitating health problems with no clear diagnosis. 

After efforts to address these problems failed, she was forced to abandon her studies and return home to Washington state.

As Stephanie’s suffering worsened, she sought the care of numerous medical providers, with no resolution. The primary diagnosis, among several she received, was chronic fatigue syndrome. 

Despite her daily challenges she became interested in early childhood education, working in preschools and with young children whenever her health allowed. Stephanie also dedicated herself to her parish at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, serving for many years as a Sunday School teacher, in the bookstore, and, at the end of her life, re-establishing and directing the Church choir.

Although her own life was on hold due to illness, Stephanie invested significantly in the lives of her four nieces and eight nephews, who all lived nearby. She provided crafts, learning games, and a multitude of other positive experiences for the children on a regular basis. Over years of care, Thia Stephanie became a significant force in the lives of all her sisters’ children, including her godchildren Christian and Victoria.

In August 2021 Stephanie rushed to the aid of her sister Chryssa and brother-in-law Steve who, along with their four children, were involved in a catastrophic car accident. Stephanie was selfless in providing extensive in-home care to the entire family of six for several months and became a critical part of their survival and recovery. 

During this time her own health worsened, and in October of 2021 the true nature of her suffering was discovered. She was diagnosed with extremely advanced appendiceal cancer, an exceptionally rare and devastating condition.

Despite her daunting diagnosis Stephanie embarked on treatment with great courage and tenacity. She was very grateful for the wonderful care she received at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. 

She also re-dedicated herself to the Church and worked hard to re-establish the choir. Stephanie cherished the time with her fellow choir members, and appreciated the many kindnesses shown by them and other St. Demetrios parishioners during the last year of her life.

Stephanie touched the lives of many individuals during her time with us. While caring deeply, she freely offered information and perspective. She had the most contagious laugh and everyone around her knew her delight and couldn’t help but share in it. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Stephanie is survived by her parents, Sam and Vicki Deliganis, by her sisters Zoe (Joe), Anna (George), and Chryssa (Steve), their children: Joseph, Victoria, James, and John Facilla, Spyridon, Aristides, Christian, and Callista Webb, and Nicholas, Sophia, Alexia, and Christopher Calandrillo.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 27 at 11am at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church with Makaria and Internment to follow at Evergreen Washelli in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made to the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund or to Fred Hutch Cancer Center. May her memory be eternal!

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
2100 Boyer Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112


June 27, 2023
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Bleeding control kits to be distributed across the region

More than 1,700 bleeding control kits will be distributed to community locations across the Puget Sound region. These kits, along with simple training, help the public provide basic life-saving assistance to stop bleeding before first responders can get there.

King County Office of Emergency Management is coordinating the purchase and distribution of the kits in King County, and to its partner emergency management agencies in the cities of Seattle and Bellevue, and Snohomish and Pierce counties.

Bleeding control kit
These “Stop the Bleed” kits will be distributed as part of a multi-year initiative. Along with the placement of the kits, the community locations receiving the kits commit to providing training on the use of the kits, either in-person or online. Funding for the bleeding control kits comes from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants that promote community resiliency.

The purpose of the bleeding control kits is to encourage the general public to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

“We have seen time and time again that if initial bleeding from a severe injury can be stopped quickly, the likelihood of a better outcome increases,” said King County Medic One Chief Andrea Coulson.

Community members can learn bleeding control skills at any time.

“Unfortunately, we have all been seeing an increase in the frequency of incidents across the country,” said King County Emergency Management Director Brendan McCluskey. “We hope these kits are never needed, but if they are, we want them in places where they can be most useful in saving lives, much like AEDs in public places have improved the chances of survival for heart attack victims.”

King County is expecting to purchase more bleeding control kits in the coming grant cycles. The hope is that these kits will provide the impetus for more community and other high-occupancy facility owners to learn about and purchase their own kits. 

Each bleeding control kit contains a tourniquet, gauze, and other medical supplies. The kits have an easy-to-follow guide on how to stop immediate bleeding, and a QR code that takes the user to a quick video training.

The “Stop the Bleed” program is administered by the American Colleges of Surgeons. According to its website, the campaign “was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup. The purpose of the campaign is to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life-threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made and natural disasters.”

FEMA’s Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) assists high-threat, high-density Urban Area efforts to build, sustain, and deliver the capabilities necessary to prevent, prepare for, protect against, and respond to acts of terrorism. The Seattle region has been designated one of those areas since 2003.


Shoreline resident and acclaimed artist celebrates 103rd birthday

An apple pie bake-off showcased the community's culinary prowess for Colette Laico's 103rd birthday
Photo courtesy Aegis Living Shoreline

Colette Laico has shown her art in galleries from New York City to Seattle and beyond, and this past week, the Shoreline resident embarked on another remarkable milestone – turning 103 years old.

Friends came to share the celebration. Photo courtesy Aegis Living

On Friday, June 23, 2023 the community at Aegis Living Shoreline gathered to honor Colette and her life of artistic achievements and cherished memories.

Colette's expertise in papermaking has garnered international recognition, with her work gracing the pages of prestigious publications like The New York Times. 

It was a joyous day. Photo courtesy Aegis Shoreline.

Her talents have taken her around the globe, including a role as an esteemed panelist at the 1978 World Craft Council conference in Japan. She remains a member of the Women Painters of Washington and has a file of her work in the Arts and Artists Files in the Smithsonian Libraries Collection

A person of many talents, Colette is also a quilter and hat maker. She has made hats for Eleanor Roosevelt, Norma Shearer, Helen Hayes, and more.

Originally born in New York City, Colette relocated to Washington to be close to her daughter Anette who lives in Shoreline. She has a son Frank who currently resides in Florida. If you ask Colette what her secret for a long life is, she will always tell you “Just be happy. I lived such a happy life!”

Just be happy, she says. I lived such a happy life.
Photo courtesy Aegis Living

Birthday festivities kicked off on Friday afternoon with a lively performance by the Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band, whose members include Colette's dear friend Edith Farrar, who happens to be the world's only sedentary majorette. The band's infectious melodies set the tone for the afternoon filled with laughter, music, and heartfelt memories.

Colette received official recognition from Shoreline's Mayor Keith Scully. Scott Ciraulo of the Shoreline Fire Department and members of the North King County Mobile Integrated Health team presented the mayor’s certificate to Colette, along with a bouquet of flowers and an abundance of well wishes.

No birthday celebration is complete without a feast and Colette's special day was no exception! A classic Italian lunch was served including spaghetti and meatballs and to the delight of Colette’s sweet tooth – there was an apple pie bake-off showcasing the community's culinary prowess.

Colette judged Jaimisa Gourley's pie as best tasting and signed a
certificate of baking achievement for her. Photo courtesy Aegis Living

Colette served as the esteemed judge and the competition was fierce as bakers vied for the top spot. Aegis’ Jaimisa Gourley took home the prize for best tasting pie, receiving a certificate of baking achievement signed by Colette.

Aegis Living Shoreline General Manager Ashley Besmehn bravely took a pie to the face.
Photo courtesy Aegis Living

As the day progressed, anticipation built for the grand finale — an activity that promised both excitement and amusement. Aegis Living Shoreline General Manager Ashley Besmehn bravely took a pie to the face to close out the delightful event.

“Today was all about honoring Colette’s remarkable journey of resilience, wisdom, and longevity,” noted Besmehn.” “Our hope was to foster a sense of community, love, and appreciation, reminding us all to honor and uplift the remarkable individuals who have graced our lives. This is why we do what we do at Aegis Living Shoreline!”

Colette’s 103 years of life are a testament to the power of art, friendship, and community.

--Nandi Butcher

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