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MIRO QUARTET Special Chamber Music Festival event Page 11 MOTOR VEHICLE MISHAP Car plunges into Island Market, causing major damage Page 3 SOUNDER THE ISLANDS’ Serving Orcas, Lopez and San Juan County WEDNESDAY, January 15, 2014  VOL. 47, NO. 3  75¢ Efforts launched for the cutthroat WINNERS OF ESSAY CONTEST by STEVE WEHRLY Journal reporter by CALI BAGBY Staff reporter Long-time residents of Orcas recall days when coastal cutthroat fish were found in streams running through Eastsound. “In the 60s and 70s fly fishing was still good on the islands,” said local scientist Russel Barsh. “If you look at historical records, the 60s and 70s was a move from agricultural to residential county that correlates to the disappearance of fresh water fishing.” The cutthroat is known as a favorite among fishermen because it is an aggressive fish, guaranteed to bite most flies. There is little data about past cutthroat populations on the islands, but one indication of lower fish numbers is the decline of fly fishing. Some experts call cutthroat a “trouty salmon,” while others see it as a trout with salmon characteristics. In the San Juan Islands, some cutthroat go out to sea, while others live only in fresh water. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, coastal cutthroat trout differ from all other trout by their abundance of small- to medium-sized spots of irregular shape. Cutthroats are known for living in extreme conditions; juvenile cutthroats can live in small pools for up to four months after a stream bed has mostly dried up. They are only found in the coastal watersheds between southeast Alaska and northern California and experts are concerned that the fish is in decline. In 1999, a proposed rule SEE CUTTHROAT, PAGE 6 Council expresses coal project concerns Cali Bagby/Staff photo The Daughters of the American Revolution presented the “San Juan County American History Essay” awards to students at Orcas Elementary School on Friday, Jan. 10. The county winner was Izie Janecek, right, and Lindsey Simpson, left, took second place. Read more about the essay contest on page five. Orcas welcomes first baby of year by SCOTT RASMUSSEN Journal editor It is easy to understand why James and Nicole Coddington are increasingly comfortable with learning to expect the unexpected. After a dozen years together, the Orcas Island couple decided about a year ago that they would pass on having children of their own. Factors included: their age, both on the cusp of 40, Nicole's health concerns (she suffered a severe spinal injury at an early age), their financial resources and the number of people already living on the planet. They underscored that decision on Valentine's Day, agreeing that James would have a vasectomy. And he did. End of story? Not by a long shot. Evidently, the universe had something else in mind. On Jan. 2, at 7:16 p.m., Nicole gave birth to the couple's first and only child, Michael Victor Coddington, at University Hospital in Seattle. So much for family planning. “You could say it's mostly my fault,” James said. “I was supposed to have my sperm level checked but a couple of friends who’d had it done told me that it wasn’t really necessary, that you don't need to do it and that it would all be okay. So I didn't.” Weighing in at 7 pounds and 13 ounces, and 21 inches in length, Michael arrived in this world about a week past his due date (Christmas Day) and after an arduous 38 hours of labor for his mother, which was an unexpected adventure in itself. Doctors insisted on inducing labor because of the mother's age, Nicole said. “It was rough,” she said. “I'm just glad to be on the other side.” And the couple are way beyond glad that apparently forces other than themselves were at work in SEE BABY, PAGE 6 The San Juan County Council is “disturbed” that the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Gateway Pacific Terminal project apparently paid no attention to San Juan County. At its Jan. 7 meeting, the council approved a letter to the Corps of Engineers, the state Department of Ecology and Whatcom County – the three “co-lead agencies” that jointly will produce the EIS – asking for specific consideration of the impacts of the project on San Juan County. The impacts in question were detailed in a letter prepared and submitted by the council in 2012 during a months-long scoping process that included hearings in SEE COAL, PAGE 7 Sounder deadlines Display advertising: Friday at noon Classified advertising: Monday at noon Legal advertising: Thursday at noon Press releases, Letters: Friday at 3 p.m. How to reach us Office: 376-4500 Fax: 1-888-562-8818 Advertising: advertising@ Classified: 1-800-388-2527, classifieds@ Editor: editor@

Islands' Sounder, January 15, 2014

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