Community Event celebrates Summer Solstice with Labyrinths at Richmond Beach June 20, 2024

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Photo courtesy Gathering Ground

Join a playful outdoor event celebrating the longest day of the year with an ancient practice to reflect and center. 

Gathering Ground offers their fifth annual Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk on Thursday, June 20, 2024 from 7pm - 9pm at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, 2021 NW 190th St, Shoreline, 98177

This family-friendly event features multiple labyrinths, a station for take-home labyrinth making, and a solstice bonfire. The event is open-house style: drop in when it works for you. Free to attend. Contributions welcomed.

Labyrinths are a simple reflection form that allows the walker to journey inward to their truth, then outward into the world. They are a powerful tool to process challenges and find intention, clarity, and joy.

This event is offered by Gathering Ground. Gathering Ground provides community for people of many beliefs – and on many journeys – to forge and share meaning, through observing earth holidays, sharing workshops, and growing together in relationship with the natural world.

This event is produced in partnership with the Western Washington Labyrinth Network.

For more information visit the event website or email GatherinGround.Seattle@gmail.com


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HomeTechHacker: Transforming Your Outdoor Spaces: Smart Technology for Gardens and Outdoor Living

Using a soil sensor
By Marlon Buchanan

Outdoor living spaces can enjoy the same convenience and control that smart technology has brought indoors. 

Imagine transforming your backyard into an easily managed sanctuary with just a few smart upgrades. 

From garden maintenance to entertainment, the right tech can make outdoor living more enjoyable and less laborious. 

Let’s look at some ways you can accomplish this.

Yard and Garden Maintenance

For those of us without a green thumb, maintaining a garden or even a well-manicured lawn can seem daunting. Enter smart gardening tools like soil sensors and robotic mowers. 

Soil sensors monitor conditions such as moisture, light, and nutrient levels, sending all this information straight to your smartphone. 

This means you'll know exactly when to water or fertilize, ensuring optimal plant health. Meanwhile, robotic lawn mowers can keep your grass cut to the perfect height, operating all on their own, freeing up your time for more relaxing activities.

Smart irrigation system
Irrigation

Smart irrigation systems can revolutionize the way you water your yard. 

These systems can be programmed to water your garden at the most effective times, often early in the morning or late in the evening to reduce evaporation losses. 

They can also adjust watering schedules based on real-time weather updates and information from soil sensors, ensuring that your plants receive just the right amount of water without wastage. 

Not only does this mean healthier plants and a lower water bill, but it's also a great step towards sustainable living.

My DIY smart irrigation system took some setup time, but now I don’t even think about it. There are many easy-to-use solutions on the market today.


Outdoor Lighting

Next, consider the impact of smart outdoor lighting. Whether it's for security, safety, or setting the mood, smart lighting systems can adjust the brightness based on the time of day or motion in the area. 

Imagine lights that automatically dim for a cozy evening gathering or brighten along walkways when guests arrive. Plus, with energy-efficient LEDs, these smart systems help reduce your energy bills while increasing your home's curb appeal.

I use outdoor LED lights with DIY controllers to create seasonal displays. There are also out-of-the-box solutions that can be installed in minutes.

Outdoor Entertainment

For those who love entertaining, integrating smart entertainment technology into your outdoor spaces is a game-changer. Weather-resistant smart speakers, outdoor projectors, and screens can withstand the elements, bringing high-quality audio and video to any outdoor setting. 

Host an outdoor movie night or stream a playlist at your next barbecue—all controlled through your smartphone or voice assistant. It’s the perfect way to personalize your entertainment experience and impress your guests.

Final thoughts

With these smart technologies, your outdoor space can become more than just a place to sit outside—it can be a vibrant extension of your home. Why not try out some of these ideas?

By embracing these technologies, you can enjoy a garden that almost takes care of itself, evenings bathed in perfect lighting, and outdoor parties with soundtracks tailored in real-time. Make the most of your home tech, outdoors!

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

You can contact Marlon through his website or X (Twitter) if you have questions or comments about this article. 

Previous articles are available here


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Lake Forest Park city council increases traffic camera fines

A new No Racing Zone sign greets drivers entering Lake Forest Park on 178th street where the speed limit drops from 30 to 25 mph - photo by Oliver Moffat

By Oliver Moffat

Lake Forest Park will increase traffic camera fines starting this summer after new state laws encourage cities to use cameras to improve safety. The city designated 178th a no-racing zone to allow the city to leave the cameras active all the time (not just during school hours) despite an equity analysis raising concerns about the traffic cameras.

At the Thursday, May 23 meeting the Lake Forest Park city council voted to raise traffic camera fines to the maximum allowed under Washington state’s recently expanded laws.

With the passage this year of House Bill 2384, cities in Washington can now increase automated traffic camera fines and Lake Forest Park is speeding ahead to raise fines from $130 to $145. Repeat offenders can have their fines doubled to as much as $290 under the new law that takes effect on June 6, 2024.

The change comes after the city recently added 178th to its list of designated no-racing zones, allowing the city to leave the traffic cameras on all-day throughout the year whereas before they could only be active during school hours when Brookside elementary was in session.

Speaking in support of the plan, Council Vice Chair Tracy Furutani, said “the fact is we are going to see increased traffic volumes as the Link Light Rail stations open. And my concern is that once September rolls around and the kids start coming back to school, especially along Brookside, that there will be significant potential interactions between traffic and the walking school children.”

A graph from Lake Forest Park, shows how fast vehicles are going east-bound on 178th 

The camera infraction recidivism rate is less than 90% which, according to the city, means that the cameras are effective in getting drivers to slow down. Data collected from the Washington State Patrol’s website shows there have been a total of 45 collisions on 178th over the last ten years with crashes on the rise from a low of two in 2020 to five in 2023.

“I know that this is going to be revenue generating for the city. But that’s not the principal reason that we are doing this. We are doing this because we are very concerned about pedestrian and multi-modal safety,” Furutani said.

The city pays an external company a flat monthly fee of $4750 to operate each of its fourteen current cameras (totaling $798,000 per year). That external company does not get a percentage of the fines or any kind of commission.

The previous state law required cities who adopted traffic cameras like Lake Forest Park to give 50% of the revenue back to the state to fund transportation safety projects. 

But to entice more cities across the state to install traffic cameras, the legislature changed that rule this year: now cities can keep all the ticket revenue for three years as long as they spend the funds on traffic safety improvements. After three years, the state will take a 25% cut to fund state-wide traffic safety projects.

According to the city’s budget, traffic fines will generate $3.84 million this year for the general fund. At 30% of the budget, the city’s largest line item at $11 million is the police department. The city spends $2.5 million a year on transportation - making up 7% of the city’s budget.

At an April 30 special meeting of the Lake Forest Park city council the council designated 178th a no-racing zone, allowing the city to keep the automated cameras at Brookside active year round, 24 hours a day. In 2022, state law allowed cities to use automated traffic cameras to enforce speed limits on streets designated “restricted racing zones” and a new state law took effect in 2024 which also makes “drifting" illegal.

A map from the Washington State Patrol website shows the locations of the six collisions in the past ten years attributed to street racing in Shoreline, Lake Forest Park and Kenmore 

A public records request filed with WSDOT returned a total of ten crashes attributed to street racing in Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Kenmore since 2010. A search on the Washington State Patrol’s website found six street racing crashes in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park in the past ten years. 

In comparison, there were 1,785 crashes in Lake Forest Park alone over the last ten years according to the Washington State Patrol’s website.

Recent changes to state law expanded where cities can deploy cameras and allows city employees to review tickets where previously a police officer needed to review each ticket.

State law requires cities to complete an equity analysis to prove traffic cameras will not disproportionately target historically over-policed people. The Lake Forest Park report raised concerns about the city’s traffic cameras. 

A graph from the city shows more than 90% of traffic camera tickets are received by people who don’t live in Lake Forest Park 

According to the police department, although less than 4% of Lake Forest Park residents are Black, 12% of people who received a traffic ticket in the city were Black. Only 8.5% of the traffic camera fines were issued to residents of Lake Forest Park - the majority of ticket recipients were from out of town.

Under the new state law, vehicle owners can dispute the ticket in court and (under the new state law) the fines must be cut in half if the owner of the vehicle is a recipient of a state public assistance program. But that requires fighting the ticket in the Lake Forest Park court.

Meanwhile in Shoreline: on June 10, the much anticipated (and overdue) Annual Traffic Report will be reviewed by the city council and traffic enforcement cameras will be discussed. While neighboring cities including Lynnwood, Lake Forest Park, and Seattle have long embraced the use of traffic cameras, the Shoreline city council has opposed their adoption in the past.


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58 years of parallel parking

Guides to help new drivers learn how to parallel park

Story and photo by Don Warrick

These parallel parking guides have been in the Shoreline Stadium parking lot forever! They helped me learn to parallel park back in 1966!  

It surprises and is actually pleasing to me that they have stood there over the years amidst all the other changes that have occurred.

I guess there's a chance that someone replaced them at some point, but, even then, they're still there and I still occasionally see drivers practicing their parallel parking.

I wonder if any other Shoreline Area News readers recognize and remember these!


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Haller Lake multi-generational home receives free wheelchair ramp on Mother’s Day weekend

Bean can now live in the house with her disabled father

This Mother’s Day weekend, one family received an incredibly special gift - a wheelchair ramp and walkway; designed, built, and installed at no-cost by Irons Brothers Construction, Shoreline’s local design-build firm celebrating it is 25th year in business.

Since 2006 Irons Brothers Construction, a longtime member of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBA), has participated in Rampathon. This year philanthropist and General Manager Joseph Irons captained his 18th ramp. 

Rampathon volunteers

Enlisting more than a dozen volunteers, including employees of Irons Brothers Construction, friends, family, and colleagues, this team worked all day until the ramp was complete for the Fairbanks family of Haller Lake.

A family affair, Joseph & Melissa Irons, local Shoreline residents themselves, engage not only their skilled employees in building the ramp, but they also encourage family members to participate. 

“It’s not just a gift we are giving, we gain so much in building for others too.” Melissa Irons recounts her experience in building ramps over the years. 
"Some of our current and past volunteers include local high school students from Shorewood and Shorecrest, and several other volunteers attend annually to help with these projects.
“Helping local neighbors regain freedom through Rampathon is truly amazing to be a part of!” Melissa shares proudly.

This was the existing entrance to the home

In April, Joseph and his team began designing, planning, and coordinating the Fairbanks family’s new barrier-free entry. 

“Building a new ramp and/or walkway during a one-day philanthropic project takes time and preparation to ensure a smooth build. When building an accessible ramp we must consider the user, the type of assistive device being used (wheelchair, powerchair, walker), the other home occupants, visitors, and caregivers, and of course safety. 

"From procuring materials, labor, and equipment, to set-up and clean-up, even with several years of experience, each project has its own unique challenges. Our team of volunteers thrive at being creative and working together to create solutions each year to help families during Rampathon,” shared Joseph.

Volunteers had to break up and remove the existing walkway

On May 11, 2024, a dozen volunteers gathered to excavate, dig, and remove the existing unsafe paver and multi-level concrete walkway. They framed, formed, and poured a new, safe, and accessible, barrier-free entry and walkway with concrete.
 
Pouring concrete for the new ramp

By eliminating the current step down to the entry door and installing a graded concrete broom-finish walkway, the Fairbanks family and their guests will be able to easily navigate in and out of their home.

This year’s ramp recipient, Mr. Fairbanks is a 90-year-old disabled Veteran who uses a walker or a wheelchair. He is suffering from Prostate cancer and has heart disease and a cognitive disorder. 

His daughter, who is also in a wheelchair, has multiple conditions limiting her abilities, including Traumatic Brain Injury. With the current entrance and multiple levels to access the home, his daughter cannot live with him. Having a wheelchair ramp will allow her to move into the home and have an accessible place to live.

Smoothing the concrete

The Fairbanks' new ramp was built by removing two portions of the uneven walkway and one stair at the entry. Without stairs to maneuver, his daughter Bean will have safe access and newfound independence. This project was constructed out of easy to maintain and eye-pleasing concrete materials.

Irons Brothers Construction maintains the highest commitment to philanthropy and giving back to our local communities where we live and work. At the end of the day, the reward is when the Fairbanks family safely use their walkway and ramp to be outdoors.

The new ramp is ready for use

Since 1993, Master Builders members have contributed more than 500+ ramps to members of our King and Snohomish County communities. Thanks to the Master Builders Association and the generous donors listed below, this ramp was built at no cost to the recipient. 

We believe our neighbors in need deserve the same freedoms we have. Wheelchair access ramps are their link to our beautiful community we all share.

With two decades of involvement with Rampathon, as well as other philanthropic events sponsored by the Master Builders Association, Irons Brothers Construction is a prime example of generous builders giving back to the neighborhoods they serve.

Special recognition to donors for the 2024 ramp include:
  • Irons Brothers Construction, Inc. for volunteer labor, tools, and materials
  • Green Latrine for their sani-can donation
  • Junkzilla for hauling away the debris
Learn more about Rampathon here

Irons Brothers Construction is celebrating 25 years of business in 2024 with their Design + Build Center. 

They specialize in universal design, aging in place remodeling, and the highest construction practices. 

Company owners, Joseph & Melissa Irons, and their team, have their Certified Aging in Place Specialist designations (CAPS) thru the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Certified Living in Place Professional certifications (CLIPP) thru the Living in Place Institute. In each remodel they incorporate these principles when possible. 

Photos courtesy of: Irons Brothers Construction


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Police and fire call off search of Echo Lake

Rescue unit searching Echo Lake
Photo by Tammy Hjort
After a small kayak was discovered floating upside down in the middle of Echo Lake on Sunday, May 18, 2024 and a caller to 911 reported seeing a man in the kayak two hours earlier, Shoreline Fire rescue swimmers and King County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit searched for five days without recovering a body.

Fire and KCSO Marine Unit do not have another lake search planned at this time. 

As for potential outcomes of this incident, the Marine Unit is following their protocols for water recovery. 

After conducting their initial searches, they would expect a drowning victim (if present) to surface within weeks in this body of water. 

Photo by Michael Wansley
However, KCSO still has no known or suspected Missing Person reports that would match this particular scenario. 
We therefore do not know for certain at this time if a drowning has occurred. 
We would encourage lakeside residents and visitors to report any unusual objects observed in the lake.   

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Memorial Day programs in Edmonds

Photo courtesy FindAGrave.com
Edmonds Cemetery

Members of the Edmonds Cemetery and Columbarium Board invite the public to attend the annual Memorial Day Observance at 11am Monday, May 27, 2024 at the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium 820 15th St SW, Edmonds, WA 98020

This year's speaker is Greg Copeland, King 5 News anchor. 

He will be sharing the story of his grandfather, WWII Naval Officer, Rear Admiral Robert W. Copeland. Click HERE to view the story aired on King 5 News.

The Edmonds Memorial Cemetery was placed on the Washington State Register of Historic Places in 1972 and has 625 veterans interred. In honor of Memorial Day graves of all veterans will be marked with a white cross and a miniature US flag.

Edmonds Veterans Plaza
Photo courtesy City of Edmonds
Edmonds Veterans Plaza

2024 Edmonds 
Memorial Day Program 1:30pm 
Monday May 27, 2024
Edmonds Veterans Plaza
250 Fifth Ave N, Edmonds WA 98020

Remarks: Michael Reagan

Gold Star Families Bench Dedication

Adjourn to American Legion Post 66, 117 6th Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020


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Rob Oxford: "Oh Thank Heaven"

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Rob Oxford (not Hulk Hogan) and his bandmates in Whiskey River Skynyrd Tribute.

By Rob Oxford

I was in line at my local convenience store this afternoon and started to feel the presence of someone standing rather closely behind me.

Maybe just a little too close.

As uncomfortable as it was, I didn’t feel the need to acknowledge the situation. I was only there for a “Bellywash”, a soda pop as my Brother Stan would call them and there were only two customers in front of me, so I knew my time in line would be brief.

Nor was there any reason to exchange pleasantries with anyone. Yes, you grew up in Texas where everyone waves and says Hi to everyone else, but just sit this one out. Keep your head down, your mouth closed and you’ll be out of here and on your way home in no time.

This is not the time to be an extrovert. It’s Memorial Day Friday and you’ve got places to be. I wish I’d remembered my earbuds. You can always pretend not to hear while wearing your earbuds.

As the line started to move, I heard someone talking but wasn’t sure exactly where it was coming from? Turning around, the young man behind me asked if what I was holding was “the only thing you’re gonna get?” Puzzled, I answered that indeed it was.

At first I thought he may have been in a hurry and wanted to jump the line, to which I would have been amenable. But I had a single item and he was holding nothing?

He appeared to be in his mid 20’s, but sadly looked much, much older. I would soon find out why.

Still contemplating as to why he would ask if I was only purchasing the Bellywash, he then said, “my sponsor wants me to do one nice thing for one person every day, and I’d like to buy that for you…and because you look like Hulk Hogan.” (Certainly not the first time I’ve heard that one)

Chuckling and now even more unsure as to whether or not I was being “played”, I again politely said no thank you.

But then it hit me, Was I preventing someone from fulfilling a commitment to their sobriety?

He mentioned once again that I looked like Hulk Hogan to which I responded, “It’s my biceps and pectorals right?”

Both of us laughed and he asked if I was sure he couldn’t pay for my item? Had it not been an overpriced soft drink, packed with caffeine and sugar, certain to keep me up long after my bedtime and cause cavities at $2.49 a bottle, I might have said yes.

Instead, I gave my new acquaintance a fist bump and asked him how long he’d been sober?

“May 8th of this month.”

…16 days!

His smile upon reporting this amazing accomplishment to me was beyond description. Although I could see his teeth were in desperate need of care, he had no problem showing them all to me with his ear-to-ear grin. He was 16 days sober and he was very proud.

After exchanging another fist bump and hug, I explained to my new friend that by merely asking to purchase my item, by making that attempt, I felt he had fulfilled his commitment to his program. He looked at me intently and I felt that in my words, he found comfort.

I’m certainly not qualified to give substance abuse counseling and I'm not Hulk Hogan, but thankfully I'm able to have compassion and empathy for those struggling with addiction. I also know that $2.49 is way too much to pay for a soft drink.

I wish for my new friend continued and long-lasting success on his road to recovery.

If you or someone you know has an addiction problem? Please find valuable assistance in this guide to addiction services in the Shoreline area.

A Guide to the Addiction Resources Found in Shoreline, Washington (northpointrecovery.com)


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How Middle Housing HB 1110 will affect the City of Shoreline

By Pam Cross

On May 14, 2024 NUHSA hosted a very successful Affordable Housing 101 Lunch & Learn in recognition of Affordable Housing Week 2024. The event featured a presentation by the Housing Development Consortium on the regional landscape for housing, as well as updates from each of the five North King County cities.

As part of the event, NUHSA introduced its Housing and Homelessness Glossary as a resource for facilitating community conversations. The event hosted nearly 90 participants and ended with community Q/A.

The recording of this event and the glossary are now available to community members for circulation HERE.


In 2023 the Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 1110, known as the Middle Housing bill.

On May 16, 2024 the Planning Commission discussed  what this bill might mean for Shoreline and its Comprehensive Plan. Because it is a new bill and will require broad changes statewide, the Commission outlined a “high-level preview of code updates to come.” This was not intended to be a comprehensive analysis.

Initial Code Updates

Our current zoning for residential properties is defined on density of housing units. The R-6 zone allows 6 units per acre, for example. The proposed rezoning will move away from density-based development to “form-based” development. Housing regulations will be based on building form, site design, housing type, lot coverage, as well as landscaping/open space and tree retention. This will require the Development code to be updated to the new language.


(Note: since the new Neighborhood Zones are conversions from density based zones, density does not disappear as a consideration. Only the name has changed. However, going forward the City will undoubtedly redefine the NR zones to bring the new housing regulations for “form-based” development.)

(Note: R-6 can be converted to either Neighborhood Residential 1 or 2, as shown above. This is important to know because allowable density in NR1 is twice the density of NR2. R-6 represents the greatest number of zoning lots in Shoreline as seen below.)

(Source: zoneomics.com)

HB 1110 Middle housing requirements



HB 1110 Middle housing requirements for cities are based on city population and cities are assigned to a tier.

Shoreline’s population of approximately 61,120 designates it as Tier 2. However it is possible to move to a Tier 1 designation in order to avoid have to change everything as our city continues to grow. Should Shoreline adopt Tier 1 status now?

Staff recommends staying with Tier 2 for a variety of reasons including anticipated time to reach Tier 1 status (estimated 12 years), allowing more time to scale up, as necessary, public works, fire department and utilities, and infrastructure..

HB1110 - Standard or Alternative Compliance?

In addition to the new base requirement for middle housing, Alternative Compliance options are available. 

The City is taking a close look at the multiple Compliance options as it works to draft a middle housing code. The alternative options consider:
  • Risk of Displacement utilizing sociodemographic assessment (equity),
  • Redevelopment Attractors from Amenity Factors (access to parks, schools, transit, business locations)
  • Physical displacement (evictions, foreclosures, tenant relocation assistance applications),
  • Critical Areas (wetlands, areas with critical recharging effect on aquifers used for potable water)
  • Fish and wildlife habitat
  • Geological hazardous areas
As you can see, much more study is needed and future legislation is coming.

HB 1337 ADUs

Another newly passed bill HB 1337 addresses ADUs. This does not really work well with HB 1110, since ADUs are not “starter houses” purchased by first time homebuyers, but rentals existing on a homeowner’s property. Coordination of these two bills adds another dimension.

Newly built multiple homes on one lot will not result in Middle Housing (“starter homes”) if developers maintain ownership and use them as rented multifamily homes.

Implementation of these new state bills will greatly change Shoreline as the population grows over the next 20 years. And once changes to the Comprehensive Plan are adopted, it is time consuming and difficult to amend them.

It is important to read the Planning Commission report available and/or listen to the Planning Commission 5/16 meeting available to get a rudimentary understanding of the changes. We are going to hear a lot more about this over the next months and years.

Get a good start so you have at least a basic understanding so you can follow along with this journey into the future.


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53rd Annual Folklife Festival Saturday - Monday at Seattle Center

Folklife 2024 Cultural Focus is Meraki.

Meraki marks the 3rd chapter of our 5-year Cultural Focus storyline. Meraki derives from the Greek language and means doing something with passion, soul, and love. In 2022, our first in-person festival out of the pandemic, Metamorphosis asked that we accept and welcome change and transformation as a natural part of our everyday folk lives. 

In 2023, Lagom compelled us to accept change as part of a journey towards finding a new balance within ourselves, our communities, and our larger ecosystem. 

From that place of balance, Meraki urges us to seek that which gives us joy, so that whatever we put our minds to can be approached and accomplished with a sense of pride, soulfulness, and discipline. 


Hours
  • Saturday 11AM - 10PM
  • Sunday 11AM - 10PM
  • Monday 11AM - 9PM

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Memorial Day Weekend is challenging for travel but rich in events

The WSDOT Paint Map shows major events, construction, and other happenings around the region.

We've got holiday weekend travel ahead with sporting events, concerts and festivals happening across Washington and the Puget Sound region. Plan ahead, be patient, pack snacks and give yourself some extra time to get where you're going.

And while most construction projects will be paused for the holiday weekend, we have several long-term work zones you’ll need to be ready for, so please slow down and use caution.

If you plan to be on Interstate 5, I-90, US 2 this weekend, expect congestion and more traffic than usual. State ferries also will be busier than normal. You can check our rider alerts to get the latest details.

Lastly, our real-time travel map is a great resource to see what traffic looks like before you leave home.


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Westbound NE 175th St lane restriction for signal pole foundation work


As early as Tuesday, May 28, 2024 Sound Transit will continue performing nighttime lane restrictions on westbound NE 175th St. These lanes will be restricted for curb and sidewalk restoration on the northeast corner of the northbound I-5 on- and off-ramp intersection. 

Crews perform this work at night due to the restricted hours for westbound lane closures of NE 175th St.

Tuesday, May 28, through Thursday, May 30, from 8pm. to 5am the following mornings.
  • Lane restrictions of westbound NE 175th St from 3rd Ave NE to the northbound I-5 on- and off-ramp intersection (see map).
  • The lane restrictions will occur during working hours and re-open during non-work hours.
  • Residents should expect construction noise from equipment being operated at night such as an excavator, a concrete breaker, a haul truck, a concrete truck, a concrete vibrator, a concrete demo saw, crew trucks, light plants, and various hand tools.
  • Some bus routes may be affected. Please check the King County Metro website for details.
Outreach specialist: c-jaybee.ragudo@soundtransit.org or 206-701-1469


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Alexander Hardisty Trespassed from all Shoreline Public Schools

Alexander Hardisty Trespassed from all Shoreline Schools

Alexander Hardisty, twice arrested by Edmonds Police for following and touching little girls in ballet classes and a school, was released when Snohomish County prosecutors reduced the charges to misdemeanors and released him.

He has been seen around at least three Shoreline Schools - Brookside, Ridgecrest, and Kellogg. 

As a result, he has been formally Trespassed from all Shoreline Schools. Schools and community have been advised to call 911 if he is seen.

A flyer with his photos has been posted in every school and the school community has been reminded not to let anyone come in the door with them when they are buzzed into a school.

Note that he looks very different in the two photos.


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Memorial Day at Evergreen Washelli in North Seattle

WWI Doughboy statue at Evergreen Washelli
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Memorial Day
Monday, May 27, 2024 
Evergreen Washelli -Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 

10 AM Flag Placement at Veterans Memorial Cemetery

11 AM Memorial Day Service to be held at the WWI Doughboy Statue


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Acacia Memorial Day service Monday May 27, 2024

Memorial Day, May 27, 2024 at 11:00am PDT

Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home

Please join us this Memorial Day Monday for our annual service at 11:00 AM on the grounds of Acacia Memorial Park. It is good that we gather as community to remember, honor, and celebrate those who gave their all in service to our country along with those whom we love who are no longer with us in this physical realm. 

For more information call 206-362-5525


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Highland Terrace PTA recycling plastic film with Ridwell

Highland Terrace Elementary in Shoreline is a King County Green School.

Recently, the PTA worked with Ridwell and collected plastic film from families to be recycled.

Ridwell has said if we get 10 families to sign up they will give Highland Terrace FREE plastic film recycling for the full ‘24-‘25 school year. 

We have 3 families signed up and need 7 more to meet the goal!


Sign up here to support Highland Terrace PTA


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Lynnwood man sentenced for assaulting law enforcement and other charges during Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

Friday, May 24, 2024

A Washington state man was sentenced to prison today after pleading guilty to two felony charges related to his conduct during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the 2020 presidential election.

Photo courtesy Sedition Hunters

Tucker Weston, 35, of Lynnwood, Washington
, was sentenced to 24 months in prison, 36 months of supervised release, and ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton. Weston previously pleaded guilty to two felony charges of civil disorder and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers on July 31, 2023.

According to court documents, Weston traveled from Seattle to Washington, D.C., to attend the “Stop the Steal” rally at the Ellipse and protest the results of the 2020 presidential election. 

On the morning of Jan. 6, 2021, Weston attended the rally and, afterward, marched with other protestors toward the U.S. Capitol. Near the Capitol, Weston participated in removing a metal barricade on the Capitol grounds, enabling rioters to advance closer to the building.

A few moments later, Weston shoved officers who were trying to prevent the rioters from progressing any closer to the Capitol building. As Weston shoved an officer, other USCP officers sprayed the crowd with oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray. Around 1:13 p.m., Weston moved to the south side of the West Plaza as MPD officers arrived on the scene to assist USCP in guarding the Capitol building. Upon arrival, MPD used bike racks to reestablish the police line and to create a barrier between the Capitol building and the rioters. Weston approached this police line as another rioter began yelling at the police. That rioter assaulted an MPD officer, and Weston shoved other officers attempting to subdue that rioter.

Tucker Weston, of Lynnwood, sentenced
for assaults during January 6 Insurrection
After assaulting the officer, Weston adopted an aggressive stance with his fist clenched toward the police, protecting their line from the rioters. Weston was sprayed with OC spray but did not heed commands to back away from the line. 

Later, Weston made his way to the north side of the Plaza. Once there, Weston joined with a group of rioters in using a bike rack to push against law enforcement. 

During his two hours on the West Plaza, one of the most violent areas of the Capitol on January 6th, Weston witnessed other rioters push, punch, and use pepper spray against officers. 

At multiple points, Weston yelled at law enforcement to “Come on” and “F— you.” For two hours, Weston yelled and screamed as part of the large and violent mob.

Weston then left this area, moved up the northwest stairs to the Upper West Terrace, and entered the Capitol building through a broken window next to the Senate Wing Door. He remained in the building only briefly before exiting back through the Senate Wing Door and making his way to the North Portico.

Court documents say that law enforcement officers removed Weston and others from the North Portico, and Weston then left the area and traveled to the northeast corner of the Capitol grounds, where he found a group of rioters vandalizing media equipment. 

Weston and other rioters then kicked and smashed the equipment. After kicking the equipment, Weston received a bag of stolen media equipment from another rioter and walked away.

The FBI arrested Weston on Oct. 19, 2022, in Lynnwood.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division's Counterterrorism Section prosecuted this case. The U.S. Attorney's Offices for the Western District of Washington provided valuable assistance.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Seattle and Washington Field Offices, which identified Weston as BOLO AFO (Be on the Lookout Assault on Federal Officer) #437 on its seeking information photos. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.

In the 40 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 1,424 individuals have been charged in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 500 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement, a felony. The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.


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Loud Sunset

Photo by John Wolfe.

Yesterday we published Lee Lageschulte’s “Quiet Sunset” photo from Edmonds.

Today we have a Sunset photo taken from a home above Richmond Beach Wednesday evening. It could be called a “Loud Sunset” as there was nothing quiet about it.


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Flags at half-staff Monday May 27, 2024 for Memorial Day

Flag Lowering - 5/27/24 (Memorial Day)

Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Monday, May 27, 2024, in recognition of Memorial Day. 

This federal holiday is in remembrance of those who lost their lives while serving in the country’s armed forces.

Governor Inslee has no objection to agencies lowering the flags at the close of business on Friday, May 24, 2024. Flags should remain at half-staff until noon on Monday, May 27, 2024, or first thing Tuesday morning, May 28, 2024.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Please email FlagRequests@gov.wa.gov if you have any questions about this flag lowering.


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Memorial Day services at Garden of Remembrance at Benaroya Hall

The Garden of Remembrance at Benaroya Hall
Photo courtesy Seattle Symphony

The Garden of Remembrance, located at Benaroya Hall on Second Avenue between Union and University streets in the heart of downtown Seattle, will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27, 2024, at 10am. 

The ceremony honors the Washington State fallen heroes who have died while in service to their country. 

The overarching theme for this year’s commemoration is “Where Heroes Live Forever.” The distinguished keynote speakers will be Gold Star Parents, Brian and Shellie Starr, the parents of LCpl. Jeffrey Starr, who was killed in action in Iraq on Memorial Day, May 30, 2005. Additionally, the ceremony will honor and remember the 20th Anniversary of the Battle of Fallujah, Iraq, Operation Vigilant Resolve and the battle Operation Iraqi Freedom, which all happened during the Iraq War.

The observance will include a presentation of wreaths following the tolling of the bell, a performance by the Mountlake Terrace Brass Ensemble, and the performance of “Taps” by Seattle Symphony Trumpet Michael Myers. 

The ceremony is sponsored by the Garden of Remembrance Advisory Board, Benaroya Hall, the City of Seattle, the Gold Star Families of Washington and the Northwest Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. This event is ADA accessible, and there will be free parking in the Benaroya Hall Garage accessible on Union Street and Second Avenue. For additional information please contact: Facilities@benaroyahall.org.

GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE
The Garden of Remembrance is an official state memorial dedicated to the more than 8,000 Washington State citizens who have given their lives in the service of our country since 1941, including those who served in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War and post-9/11 conflicts. 

Every year on Memorial Day, families are invited together at the garden to honor their fallen loved ones. Some bring photos and other mementos to leave at the wall. The Garden of Remembrance is a half-acre, L-shaped space designed by landscape architect Robert Murase (1938–2005), and it lies along the south and west sides of Benaroya Hall. 

Memorial walls of granite, lined by slender reflecting pools, are oriented so that the names face the western sun. In addition to the walls, excerpts from poems honor veterans who died in our nation’s wars, while lines from letters remind us of the personal connections with home that each name represents. 

The reflecting pools honor those missing in action, and a waterfall honors those who died in peacetime and other national service. The golden oak tree that centers the garden symbolizes remembrance of the cycle of life and honors the fallen and their families. The garden was dedicated on July 4, 1998.


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Memorial Day Service Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills in Lynnwood

Floral Hills Veterans' Memorial
photo courtesy Purdy and Walters

Memorial Day Service
Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills

  • Monday, May 27, 2024, at 11:00am, veterans, their families, and the public will gather for a Service of Remembrance at our Veterans Memorial site located in the cemetery at 409 Filbert Rd. Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Saturday, May 25 at 10:00am, volunteers will place flags on the graves of veterans. This provides great photo opportunities and a chance to hear compelling stories.
  • Monday, May 27 at 10:30am, the Service of Remembrance begins with a band concert performed by the Eagles and Letter Carriers Band. Our guest speaker this year is Dennis Gibb, Army (Retired).

Members of the Sno-King Chapter #423 Vietnam Veterans of America, and Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills present the program.

This event is open to the public.

For additional information, contact Brenda McCoy


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Attorney General and U.S. Dept of Justice filing antitrust lawsuit against Ticketmaster

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today he is partnering with the U.S. Department of Justice and a bipartisan group of 29 other attorneys general in an antitrust lawsuit aimed at breaking up Live Nation and Ticketmaster’s monopoly over the live entertainment industry.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, asserts the companies used their dominance over concert tickets to undermine competition for the ticketing of live events, driving up ticket costs for individuals. 

The lawsuit asserts Live Nation and its subsidiary, Ticketmaster, violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by eliminating rivals and increasing barriers for other companies, creating an unlawful monopoly over the live entertainment industry. Live Nation merged with Ticketmaster in 2010.

Ticketmaster’s own internal documents claim it accounts for 70% to 80% of primary concert tickets in North America.

Live Nation owns, operates or has significant influence over more than 250 venues in North America, including more than 60 of the top 100 amphitheaters in the United States.

It also has controlling interests in popular festivals around the country like Austin City Limits, Bonaroo and Lollapalooza. 

In Washington, Live Nation manages the Gorge Amphitheater in George, RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater in Ridgefield and White River Amphitheater in Auburn. Live Nation generated more than $22 billion in revenue in 2023.

Because these companies have developed such a stranglehold over the live entertainment industry, the justice department and states seek to unwind their merger and separate the companies.

More information here


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