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How liquor initiative 1183 will affect Orcas and Lopez Will it also put islanders out of business? Or keep substance-abuse Stress Free Holiday counselors busier? Meredith Griffith Under 1183, owners of Shopping ByIslands’ Sounder staff contract stores can continue At Port Stanley School Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 10 AM-3 PM Featuring 12 Local Craftswomen

Carolyn Cameron Lopez Island Photography Cards & Puzzles

Debbie Collins Beaded Flatware (Her Only Lopez Holiday Showing)

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Fine Hand Crafted Jewelry

Debbie Hayward & Maxine Bronstein Textiles, Felted Whimsy & Fabulous Lopez Yarns

Jules McLeland Jewelry, Western Purses & Tin Art

Laura Morris

Functional & Decorative Ceramics

Diana O‛Daugherty Fun & Fanciful Custom Clothing & Hats

Terri Roush Fused Glass

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Copper Craft, Cards, Paintings & Sculptures

Linda Ann Vorobik Botanical Art: Watercolors, Prints, Notecards, Silk Scarves

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Recently passed liquor initiative 1183 will put the state out of the liquor business. Will it also put islanders out of business? Or keep substance-abuse counselors busier? It all depends on a myriad of factors.

Local businesses Existing liquor outlets on Orcas and Lopez include Eastsound Liquor Store, Russells at Orcas, and Lopez Liquor Store, all privately owned businesses that operate under the state’s license and are paid on commission by the state.

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to run their shops, provided they get a spirits retailer license — but every drop of their inventory is currently owned by the Washington State Liquor Control Board. When the state closes up shop this spring, these stores must buy that inventory in order to stay in business. At an average worth of $125,000. “It’s going to be an individual business decision for some of the contract liquor stores,� said Liquor Board Communications Director

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“We’re gonna give it a whirl,â€? said Marc Zener, owner of Lopez Liquor Store. “There are a lot of unknowns still. We’ll have to compete with Costco and Safeway ‌ We’re gonna try.â€?

SEE LIQUOR, PAGE 8

Spirit Award & Potluck

Friday December 10th, 2011 5:00 pm

SJPT rated top 2 percent By Colleen Smith Armstrong Islands’ Sounder Editor

Despite a recession, land

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preservation seems to be holding strong – at least in our neck of the woods.

Lopez Center Community Performance Night Friday December 9th, 2011 7:00 pm

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The National Land Trust Census, a report released this month by the Land Trust Alliance, shows that voluntarily protected land increased 27 percent between 2005 and 2010. Locally, the San Juan Preservation Trust worked with private land owners to permanently protect 3,681 acres in the San Juan Islands, a 36 percent increase since 2005. This places the Preservation Trust in the top 2 percent of more 1,700 land trusts currently operating in the United States. Orcas Islander Anne Hay is one of the many locals who made that ranking possible. She donated 16 acres near Camp Orkila to the trust as a conservation easement in the late 1990s. “It seemed the perfect spot to preserve, it’s a beautiful piece of land,â€? Hay said of the acreage. “I’ve had the property since 1958. It’s just a small piece, but it’s waterfront, and to the north there are other conservation easements ‌ there is also the state preserve, Pt. Dowdy, north of the property.â€? Founded in 1979, the San Juan Preservation Trust is a private, nonprofit and memSEE SJPT, PAGE 8


Community Calendar

WEDS, DEC 7 CLASSES: Free Nia Class, 10 a.m., Lopez Center.

CLASSES: Free Yoga, 11 a.m., Lopez Center. THURS, DEC 8

p.m., library. Hear from biologist and author Thor Hanson of “Feathers :The Evolution of a Miracle.�

ART: Community Performance

Night, dinner 5:30 p.m., music

Airport.

6:30 p.m., Galley Restaurant. Contact Jeff Nichols 468-2713 for reservations. For more info, visit www.livemusiconlopez.com.

MEETING: Support Group, 1:30 -

MUSIC: Ocho Pies Quartet

MEETING: Port of Lopez Monthly

Meeting, 7 - 9 p.m., Lopez Island

3 p.m., library. For more info, call Bob Gerfy 468-4992.

CLASSES: Wordpress Workshop, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., library. Students must have basic familiarity with using a web browser. $35 fee. Pre-registration required with LIFRC 468-4117. FRI, DEC 9 LITERATURE: Author Event, 2 - 4

Fundraiser for Lopez School Music Advocacy, dinner 5:30

p.m., 6:30 p.m. music, Galley Restaurant. Contact Jeff Nichols at 468-2713 for reservations. For more info, visit www.livemusiconlopez.com. SAT, DEC 10 ART: Annual Holiday Show, 5 - 7 p.m., Chimera Gallery.Your last chance to bid for Silent Auction

Letters Alice Campbell, M.S Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Children & Adult Couples & Families

Lopez Island

Adi Da Samaraj for more info 360-468-3023

Lopez Island Community Church.Walk ins welcome. Donors with appointments have priority at registration. For information and to schedule an appointment contact Don at dlangrock@centurytel.net or 468-4404.

4 p.m., library.

WORK PARTY: LICC volunteer

SPORTS: Pickup Basketball,

MUSIC: CD Release Winter

work-party, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.,

Odlin Park. Contact Charlie and Amanda at l.i.c.c.team@gmail. com or 468-2915 for more info.

FUNDRAISER: Christmas Bake

Sale, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.,Woodmen Hall. Proceeds support the Senior Center at Woodmen Hall.

AWARD: Spirit Award Potluck for Lynn and Marlys Waller, 5 p.m., Lopez Center. SUN, DEC 11

SANTA SHIP: 61st Annual Arrival

of the Santa Ship, 3:15 - 4:30 p.m., Odlin Park., free. Open to adults and children alike. As

I remember one winter day as a child I built an amazing structure out of an old card deck. Hard work went into the intricate house of cards I constructed. Imagine my disappointment when, one by one, several significant cards were “stolen� by my friend for another project! It held for a while, but eventually the house of cards came crash-

Julienne Battalia LAc, LMP “Right Life is free participation in Unlimited Radiance.�

FILM: Locavores hosts “The

Club Blood Drive, 12 - 6 p.m.,

9 p.m., Center Church. SAT, DEC 17

MOVIE: Free Saturday Movie, 2 -

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participants wait for the ship to arrive, there will be a bonfire, hot chocolate and cookies served. Additional entertainment will feature clowns and pirates.

Greenhorns,� 4:30-5:30 p.m., Port Stanley School. Join the Locavores for their next film about young farmers. Cider and popcorn will be served; admission by donation.

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items and to purchase tickets for the Lopez High School Scholarship Raffle.Winners of Raffle and Silent Auction items will be awarded beginning about 6 p.m. Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday and Monday, 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am–3pm from Dec. 14-24. For more info, call 468-3265 or visitwww. ChimeraGallery.com.

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8:30 - 10 p.m., Lopez School Gymnasium. MON, DEC 12

MEETING: Lopez Community Center Annual Membership Meeting, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Lopez Center. All Lopezians are members and are encouraged to attend. Finger food will be served. THURS, DEC 15

MEETING: Village Planning - Sub area Plan, 4:15 - 5:30 p.m., library meeting room. FRI, DEC 16

MEETING: Lopez Island Lion’s ing down. I have been a Washington public educator for almost forty years, an enthusiastic part of the building of a structure that serves the highest moral endeavor of the land. I have watched as our state has built a public school system that effectively serves our young people. Card by card, we have built a system that not only serves young people well, but has also harbors the potential and hope for a positive future for us all. The recent crisis in school funding, manifested by the Governor’s recently released recommended budget, has the very real potential to dismantle our house of education. One card, one reduction at a time and our house will

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MUSIC: Susan Osborn’s 22nd

Annual Christmas Concert, 7:30 -

Solstice Concert with Stanley Greenthal Ensemble, 7:30 - 9

p.m., Lopez Center. For more info, www.lopezcenter.org. SUN, DEC 18

SPORTS: Pickup Basketball, 8:30 - 10 p.m., Lopez School Gymnasium. FRI, DEC 30

ART: Winter Storytelling & Music, 7-8 p.m., library. Join Kip, Stanley, Rosie, & Alie for holiday stories. SAT, DEC 31

MUSIC: Tiempo de Lopez New Year’s Concert, 8 p.m., Lopez

likely begin to crumble. We owe our children, and our future, more! The recommendations include a reduction of four school days, the elimination of important programs such as Readiness to Learn and CTE start-up funding, a revised attendance reporting procedure that will potentially reduce funding, a reduction to small high school funding, salary reductions for all educational employees, a reduction in health coverage for educational employees, and other cuts. Also on the list is the elimination of, and/ or significant reduction to levy equalization funding, of great significance to many districts with low tax bases. The Governor’s reductions

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Lopez Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings: Mondays - 7:30 p.m. at the Children’s Center Wednesdays - 4 p.m. Women’s meeting at the fellowship hall at Grace Episcopal Church Fridays - 7:30 p.m. at the Children’s Center Saturdays - noon at the Children’s Center Contact phone number 468-2809

Al-Anon: Fridays - 9:00 a.m. at the Grace Church Hall, Lopez Saturdays - 9:30 a.m. at the Children’s Center, Lopez. Contact phone number 468-2510.

Center.

MOVIE: Free Saturday Movie, 2 4 p.m., library.

are estimated to be well over $100,000 to Lopez School, with similar damages to other school districts in the San Juans. The recommendations will be considered by the legislature in a special session, beginning November 28. Let us hope that the legislature will find a way to avoid the draconian budget reductions recommended by the Governor and others. We must preserve our house of education, for your children and mine, for our future!

BILL EVANS Lopez Island

Against bad choices, not alcohol

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Art in View Artist Profile:

By Stephen E. Adams

The first words she says are “Don’t call me a damned artist.� Myrtle “Dovie� Ulmer’s second words are “If the music’s too loud for you, too bad.� The album, with which the interviewer is familiar, seems incongruous in Ulmer’s workplace — she eschews using “studio� because of the pretentious trappings the word implies for her. It’s NWA’s “Straight Out of Compton� and it is rattling the numerous paintings and on the walls and small sculptures on the shelves. “One reason I’ve never been on the Studio Tour is this isn’t a studio to me. It’s just my home, my workshop.� Everything from the steaming kettle on the woodstove to the untidy stacks of poetry and art books on any flat surface not already covered with her work reinforces Ulmer’s words. A long time “off and on� resident of Lopez, as Ulmer characterizes it, she admits that she doesn’t get out much, doesn’t like people, and avoids meeting anyone new if she can help it. It is quite clear that this interview represents a barely tolerable intrusion for her. “I work at what I do. I don’t have time to talk about it.� She refuses to divulge her birthplace or anything about her career as an artist except to say that she prefers showing her work in cafes and bars to galleries. “People look at things in bars,� she says. “They might stare at a painting for hours when they’re eating or getting drunk. In a gallery, they pay about as much attention as a chicken on roller skates would.� Yet her work deserves the kind of scrutiny she claims is found among those dining or imbibing. It is richly complex and startlingly weird at the same time. Ulmer, who obviously lived long enough in the southeastern United States at one time to be comfortable using the term “y’all,� has a strong theme of the Pacific Northwest running through her creations. Tall Douglas Firs morph into rich sword ferns and she can capture

Myrtle “Dovie� Ulmer

the omnipresent gray of a November sky in a swatch of color huddled in the corner of a canvas. A jar filled with the carapaces of crustaceans gath-

chimpanzee, as well, so it is safe, with Ulmer’s art, to say that anything goes. “I just try to capture what I

Contributed photo/ Adrienne Adams

A look at Ulmer’s art, which features everything from crustaceans to chimpanzees.

ered from Lopez beaches rests beneath a scarlet lid capped with a hideous plastic arachnid. One perusing her work might also see Bigfoot or a

see, whether I see it with my eyes or in my head. Doesn’t make any difference to me how I see it.� She ignores most of the questions put to her, speak-

ing more as a stream of consciousness monologist. “Whatever’s around me or inside me or on the other side of those trees there and the water on the other side, it’s mine to do with what I want so long as I’m here to do it.� Speaking, she gestures toward a collage she recently created, one that depicts a beautiful child in a lamplit room pulling a simian-looking head out of a basket. “What do you think that is?� she asks. Not waiting for a response, she continues. “I’ll tell you what it is. It’s all the things we find when we look inside.� (At some point the soundtrack has switched from late-eighties gangsta rap to Debussy being rendered on a flute.) “This,� she says, tapping the interviewer in the middle

of his forehead, “This is like the junk drawer in someone’s kitchen. It ought to be filled with things that have nothing more in common than the fact that they’ve ended up in the same place at the same time.� “That’s why I create what I create. Doesn’t matter what it is, it’s all ended up in what I think of as my own private junk drawer.� Myrtle “Dovie� Ulmer won’t say where those so inclined may view her works, beyond encouraging them

to study the walls of “bars and diners from Anacortes to Twisp to Forks to Grass Pants� (which is what she call Grants Pass, Oregon). Her work is well worth the search. — Writer’s Note: This is my final column for the “Islands’ Weekly.� I have been privileged to write the Artist Profile for almost three years, during which time I have interviewed at least 28 artists. Thank you all for your thoughtful comments and your many kindnesses.

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Winter sports preview A look at what’s in store for this season’s girls and boys basketball teams By Cali Bagby

Larry Berg had one day to rest in between putting down his football coaching hat and picking up his basketball coaching hat. After a four year break from coaching girls basketball, Berg is back in the game. Not that he’s unseasoned — Berg has been coaching since 1983. “I’m excited to be doing it,� Berg said. “I look forward to a great season and watching the relationships the girls form with each other. Of course we’re aim-

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Back Row L to R; Brianne Swanson, Andrea Rendon, Sarah Reeve, Autumn Gruenwald, Marina Steinbrueck, Eryn Dye, Breton Carter, Alexa Ogden, Shelby Prewitt. Front Row L to R: Patience Taylor, Sarah Stanley. Not pictured: Kate Czaja, Kiana Oya

ing high and going back to state is a goal.� Last season, the Girls Basketball Team ended with a 11-8 record, earned the title of Northwest B League Champs, placed second at Tri Districts, participated at state and received the District 1 Sportsmanship Award. Their coach, at the time, Debbie Buffum attributed

the win to teamwork. “That’s where Lopez kids have had success,� said Buffum. “If they are ahead in those ways; if they have superior emotional, physical and team strength.� Berg said that sportsmanship is also a top priority. The Lobos have won the sportsmanship title in previous years, which Berg said is not surprising. “Our main goal is to make better people, learn life lessons and represent our community and ourselves,� he said. “We do what we do, and we do it well� This season, the team is starting from scratch, working on the fundamentals and “getting used to a new coach, and a new system, most of the girls know me from class,� Berg said. “But they are getting used to my style.� He also relies on the upperclassmen to help younger girls develop their skills. SEE SPORTS, PAGE 8

Girls Basketball schedule Home games only

Date

Opponent

12/3 12/9 12/17 1/3 1/11 1/17 1/24 1/27

Bush Grace Academy Lummi Nation Tulalip Heritage Concrete Highland Christian Grace Academy Neah Bay

Time

12:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

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Front row left to right Mike Hobi, Matt Haber, Michael Reeve, Tak Peralta, Joe O’Bryant, Chase Schober, Fletcher Moore. Back row left to right Jaise Poole, Derekk Buffum, Keldon Jardine, Risto Turunen, Erik Jenasson, Chris Henninger, Daniel Jenison, Rande Gruenwald. With good outside shooters and team speed from players who compete in at least two to three sports yearround, Coach MR Buffum said the Lobos may have a chance to place first in league and go on to state. “We’ve got some pretty strong guys,� said Buffum. “Our goal is to get a trophy.� Two years ago, the Lobos were second in the league, and last year they placed third — their goal this year is to come out on top. Lummi is the hardest to beat, notoriously tough team — they have won the league four or five times, Buffum estimates. And Lummi has a high turn out rate of 35 players this season. This year, the Lopez Lobos have had a turnout of 17 players, with four seniors, seven juniors, five sophomores and one freshman with a mix of

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on court experiences. Buffum has coached for 21 years with various sports and ages. He’s coached some of his seniors since they were in sixth grade. Buffum has about seven players that “know the drills better than he does.� During training he separates the players to let the more experienced guys do their training and work on fundamentals with the new guys. The coach wishes there was a Junior Varsity team to have less experienced players get more time on the court when it comes to game time. This season’s team also has some pretty big sneakers to fill. Last year’s senior William Caron was named Northwest 1B League Most Valuable Player. Buffum said they are not replacing Carson with one guy, but with multiple players he has watched grow over his years coaching, “The seniors are really strong and really getting better,� he said. “They all have pretty good attitudes.�

Boys Basketball schedule Home games only Date 12/3 12/9

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Opponent

Bush Grace Academy 12/17 Lummi Nation 1/3 Tulalip Heritage 1/11 Concrete 1/17 Highland Christian 1/24 Grace Academy 1/27 Neah Bay

Time 2:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.


The Ocho Pies Quartet returns

Woodman Hall’s 2012 calendar

Playing at Lopez School and the Galley

The Friends of Woodmen Hall are selling a 2012 calendar as a fundraiser. The calendar features 21 activities, groups, and fundraiser photos from Woodmen Hall from April through July 2011. The cover shows Woodmen Hall now and when it was brand new. It will be available at the Senior Cookie Sale, Dec. 10, and at the Lopez Village Market through the end of the year, and by calling Virginia Palmer at 4682738. Delores Foss took the pictures, Linda Rose put each monthly page together, and the calendar is dedicated to Dave Stratton, a bingo caller, an

By Dean Jacobsen

On Friday, Dec. 9 our K-12 students will participate in presentations, clinics and cross curriculum music learning with The Ocho Pies Quartet. The quartet’s specialty is blending dance and folkloric music of the Caribbean, North and South America, Haiti, Africa with Contributed photo original composiOcho Pies Quartet comes to Lopez tions. Island on Friday, Dec. 9 and help eduThe quartet returns this week from their cate and raise funds for “Lopez School ninth annual teaching Music Advocacy Foundation.� trip to the prestigious Guillermo Tomas School of Music in tet. Guanabacoa, Cuba. They will Ocho Pies Quartet ends share those experiences with their visit with a 5:30 p.m. dinour classes such as American ner show at the Galley, with History, Contemporary a portion of the proceeds World Problems, World helping support the ongoCultures, Spanish, Middle ing “Lopez School Music School Social Studies and all Advocacy Foundation� effort music students. to enhance music and the They sing in five languag- arts at Lopez School. es while playing an array of instruments. The school day ends with a performance for all at 2 p.m. in the gym. We will ask students to join that performance with the quarWWW.ISLANDSWEEKLY.COM

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Worship Services in the Islands LOPEZ ISLAND CHRIST THE KING COMMUNITY CHURCH, Now meeting at 10:00 AM at the Lopez Elementary School in the multi-purpose room. Find us on the web: www. CTKonline.com/lopez or email lopez@CTKonline.com GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, welcomes you to worship with us on Sundays at 10:30 am. Fisherman Bay Road at Sunset Lane. 468-3477. Everyone welcome! LOPEZ ISLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH, 91 Lopez Road. Sunday School: pre-school through adult 9:30 am; Worship at 10:30 am. Pastor Jeff Smith 468-3877. LUTHERAN CHURCH IN THE SAN JUANS, Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in Center Church on Davis Bay Road. Also in Friday Harbor at 9:15 a.m. in St. David’s and in Eastsound at 2:00 p.m. in Emmanual. Pastor Anne Hall, 378-6310. QUAKER WORSHIP GROUP Meetings will be Sundays at 10 am at the home of Ron Metcalf, 6363 Fisherman Bay Road. Children’s program. Everyone welcome. Phone 468-2129. Email: lopezfriends@gmail.com ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC CHURCH Come worship with us at Center Church on Davis Bay Rd. We welcome you to join us for Mass at 10:45 am on Saturday. Call 3782910 for Mass times on San Juan and Orcas Islands.

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Lopez’s four star library a library’s return on investment. Use of the library is well above the mean and dollars invested are returning a high level of community value. Another way to think about the star rating is to consider it as a measure of library use. In the hardship of this economy when wondering where to invest scant resources to make the greatest difference, patron demand is demonstrating the need for and effectiveness of our library. A library is a good investment because it is a resource for everyone,

Lopez Island Library has received a star-rating from the Library Journal for the third consecutive year. The Journal compared nation-wide library circulation, visits, public Internet use and program attendance and found that Lopez Island Library was well above the average in these categories for similar-sized libraries across the country. In other words — did we make good use of our community library and its services? Yes, they did. What does a four-star rating mean? Think of it as a measure of

whatever your interests or need. When we invest in libraries, we invest in the community, now and in the years to come. To see America’s Star Libraries, 2011: Top-Rated Libraries visit features. librar yjour nal.com/starlibraries/class-of-2011/americas-star-libraries-2011-toprated-libraries.

Lonely abalone on San Juan? Abalone. They found that the best habitat was kelp beds with abundant encrusting coralline algae. SeaDoc, a non-profit research and conservation society based on Orcas Island, says on its website that in 1979 a similar study was undertaken in San Juan Channel. On those dives,

SeaDoc-suppor ted research about Northern Abalone was recently published in the journal, “Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.� Study authors L. RogersBennett and collaborators did dive surveys in 2005 to determine the best habitats for restoration of Northern

researchers found 224 abalone, compared to just 17 found in 2005 — and they found the abalone in less time. “In 1979 it took an average of two minutes and eight-seconds to find each abalone,� the website explains. “In 2005, it was 40 minutes and 49 seconds per abalone.�

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Island Prevention Coalition, I am aware that there is a lack of understanding regarding the work of the Coalition. A common assumption is that we’re against alcohol; that’s not true. We are against unhealthy, irresponsible choices that put our youth and community at risk. We support the legal, safe consumption of alcohol, which by definition excludes teen drinking. As a recipient of federal grant funds, the Coalition does not lobby for or against legislation. Part of our role in the community is to educate and advocate for decisions made on federal, state, and local levels that reduce the availability and use of drugs and alcohol among youth. In looking at this issue it may help to consider a couple of facts concerning our youth and alcohol. The 2010 Healthy Youth Survey revealed that 35% of San Juan County 10th graders who report drinking got their alcohol from “shoulder tapping� – having someone of legal age buy them alcohol – and 6% purchased it themselves at a store. The survey

also indicated a decreased perception that parents disapprove of teen substance use. These findings highlight the importance of carefully considering decisions that affect alcohol regulation and availability, and being aware of what messages we as adults are sending to our youth. Not all ramifications of 1183 will be readily visible on Lopez; in the Sounder article, Lopez Liquor Store owner Marc Zener stated that he will continue in operation, and Lopez Village Market owner Aaron Dye said he won’t sell liquor as long as

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Social consequences The liquor board website claims state liquor stores have one of the highest “no-saleto-minors compliance rates� in the nation, at more than 94 percent – compared with a private sector compliance rate of just 77 percent. Stateowned stores had a compliance rate of 95 percent; while contract stores’ compliance rate was 92.3 percent. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research says the negative impacts of excessive alcohol consumption can be reduced by increasing alcohol excise taxes; reducing alcohol outlet density; and reducing the days and hours of alcohol sales. New liquor costs are hard to predict, since they depend on private distributor markups. It’s likely that selection will also increase, as the free market determines what stocks the shelves instead of the state. The number of liquor retail outlets is expected to mushroom from 328 to 1,428. See more of this story on islandsweekly.com

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Background Of Washington state’s current 328 liquor stores, the state actually owns 166. These stores are staffed by state employees and will be closing. The other 162 are contract liquor stores, run by small business owners who contract with the state. If a business chooses not to continue operation in its location, the right to sell liquor at that location will be sold at public auction. Smith expects liquor distributor and retail licenses to be available by January. The state liquor board will begin divestment after the holiday season, and be out of business by June 2012. Of the liquor board’s 1,400 employees, he said 900 to 1,000 will lose their jobs.

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“Let’s say you have a liquor store in a big area – you might as well lock the doors,� said Rebman. Lopez Village Market owner Aaron Dye said he will apply for a license, but is not planning on selling liquor unless Zener closes his shop sometime in the future. “I don’t want to hurt his business,� Dye said. “We’re just going to apply for it; the process is so long that we want to get ahead of it.�

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Brian Smith. “I’ve heard that some of them won’t be going on.â€? Some owners may be able to whittle down their inventory before then, decreasing the price tag, while others may remortgage their homes or take other drastic financial measures. These businesses’ continued right to sell is also attached to their existing location, which could be problematic if they are renting. In spite of this, all three existing liquor outlets here say they plan to continue in operation. “We’re gonna give it a whirl,â€? said Marc Zener, owner of Lopez Liquor Store. “There are a lot of unknowns still. We’ll have to compete with Costco and Safeway‌ We’re gonna try.â€? “It’s going to be an interesting ride,â€? said Trina Olson, of Eastsound Liquor Store. “We’re one of the few who are able to stay open; everyone else has Costco and Safeway right down the street.â€? Other local businesses may be newly eligible for

a liquor license, but it’s not clear which ones. Eastsound’s Island Market and Lopez Village Market are the only stores on Orcas and Lopez large enough to qualify unequivocally. Stores less than 10,000 square feet can apply for a license only if there are no other liquor retailers within that “trade area,� a term the liquor board has yet to define. Island Market manager Jason Linnes said the store plans to apply for a license. Orcas Village Store coowner Ron Rebman said Orcas Village Store may apply if it qualifies. It’s possible Country Corner could also qualify, depending on the definition of trade area. “[1183] was written by big business for big business and it does nothing to help small grocery stores,� said Kyle Ater, owner of Eastsound’s 3,200-square-foot Orcas Homegrown Market and Gourmet Delicatessen. “It’s just the same pie cut into smaller pieces.� With state pricing controls out of the picture, volume buyers will surely be able to find bulk purchasing discounts.

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keeping it in their possession. Landowners place restrictions on how the land is used, both now and in the future. They then donate (or sell) that easement to a conservation organization such as the San Juan Preservation Trust, which agrees to enforce the restrictions forever. The goal of an easement is to protect special features of the land like wildlife habitats, scenic vistas, agricultural land, wetlands and forests. See more of this story on islandsweekly.com

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ages with three seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and five freshman “The older girls are working extremely hard on their leadership abilities,� said Berg. “As far as the team — their strength is that they are so willing to learn and work hard.�

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porter. The Friends of Woodmen Hall is dedicated to the preservation of the building and the community use of the building, which is open for use through Senior Services. The sound system is now up and running, the basic lighting for the stage is complete, new gravel has been laid and there are more improvements coming. The Friends next fundraiser is a Spaghetti Dinner on Monday, Jan. 16, featuring Jim Ghinazzi’s now famous sauces. There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options. Look for info after the first of the year.


Islands' Weekly, December 06, 2011