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Transportation makes up more than one-quarter of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The average American household burns over 1,000 gallons of gasoline and emits 21,000 pounds of CO2 annually from its 1.85 vehicles, and spends nearly a fifth of its income doing so. These startling numbers were brought up in a lively discussion after the first showing of the Locavoreâ€™s film series, presented in November. The featured documentary â€œThe Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil,â€? is an invaluable look at the creative resilience of Cuba after the U.S. oil embargo forced it to make radical changes in every aspect of lifestyle and economy. The film inspired Lopezians to start talking and
then brainstorming about a more sustainable and energy efficient island. â€œIt was an inspiring film and discussion,â€? said Chom Greacon. â€œAnd we actually came away with concrete steps we could take to strengthen the community, conserve energy and reduce our carbon footprint.â€? Personal carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions you contribute to the environment. Your carbon footprint may be a size EEE Sasquatch, or if you have taken steps to reduce your energy use, and consequently your carbon emissions, your footprint may be closer to a size 3 ballet slipper. You can reduce your footprint by insulating your house, growing and eating local, organic food as well as changing your transporta-
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Catch a lift Lopez style By Scott Finley
tion habits. â€œLiving Well, Living Green,â€? the useful booklet produced by Transition Fidalgo and Friends, lists several ways to reduce the amount of energy we use transporting ourselves: combine errands in one trip, keep your car tuned and tires inflated, or leave the car at home â€“ hop on a bike, walk or share rides with others. Lopez Rocks, www.LopezRocks.org, has a link called â€œOff-Island Ride Shareâ€? which makes it very easy to pre-arrange a ride with others when leaving the Island or returning. A culture of ride sharing or hitchhiking has been in place on the islands for years. â€œWe used to hitch rides home from Lopez Elementary School all the time back in the 70â€™s,â€? Faith Van De Putte said. â€œWeâ€™d hope for a pickup truck so we could all ride together.â€? Ron Metcalf has recently
Contributed photo/ Robert S. Harrison
On a rainy and cold day, Ron Metcalf demonstrates how to hitch a ride on Lopez. started hitching rides, following up on a New Yearâ€™s resolution to do more walking and less driving, and has found it efficient and convenient. But Metcalf hasnâ€™t been doing much walking because he usually gets picked up by the first or second car passing by.
And he has discovered an additional benefit to hitchhiking. â€œThe best part of doing this is that I get to spend time with those I already know and meet those I donâ€™t,â€? said Metcalf. The after-film discussion group pounced on the idea
Happy New Year and thank you for all your encouragement and support.
Cuts put justice on the ropes Prosecutor and sheriff grapple with 2012 budget By Scott Rasmussen
The Lopez Liquor Store hopes to continue to serve you for many years to come. ~ Marc and Margie
Friends of Woodmen Hallâ€™s Annual Spaghetti Dinner Featuring Jim Ghinazziâ€™s Famous Spaghetti Sauce & the music of Lance Brittain & Friends!
Monday January 16, 4:30 pm & 6 pm Take out available starting 3:30 pm; seatings start 4:30 & 6 Vegetarian & Gluten-Free pasta available upon request
Tickets can be purchased at Paper, Scissors on the Rock, Lopez Senior Services & watch for sales at LVM $25 per couple / $15 single $4 children / 5-17 & children 5 and under are free! information: 468-2738
Editor of Journal of the San Juan Islands
Not all misdemeanors are created equal. And the prosecution of some misdemeanor charges might fall by the wayside beginning this year, as the San Juan County prosecuting attorneyâ€™s office shifts priorities in anticipation of a $30,600 cut in its 2012 budget. Thatâ€™s according to Prosecuting
Saturday, Jan. 14th 5-7 pm Show dates: Jan. 14th - Feb. 10th
Attorney Randy Gaylord, who, in a prepared statement released Dec. 20, said to offset that pending $30,600 cut he will be forced to reduce the hours of the attorney assigned to handle misdemeanor cases by half. Gaylord said the department will take the first two months of the year to trim down the District Court caseload, where most misdemeanors are prosecuted, and to implement new guidelines for
of reducing GHG emissions by ride sharing, and came up with a plan. They formed an impromptu committee calling itself Lopez Island Free Transit, or LIFT, committed to expanding island transportation options by facilitating our existing ride share sysSEE LIFT, PAGE 5
handling future misdemeanor cases. The cut is slated to take effect March 1. â€œWe will refocus on those cases that involve injuries to people, and especially domestic violence, driving under the influence, and other serious charges involving reckless and damaging conduct,â€? Gaylord said. â€œMy goal is to keep the community safe, but it is not practical to expect that offenders will be held accountable in the same way that we have been able to do in the past.â€? The prosecuting attorneyâ€™s office will begin 2012 with a budget of $954,783 and, according to Gaylord, a total of 8.5 SEE BUDGET CUTS, PAGE 6
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Community Calendar TUES, JAN 10
MEETING: Enchanted Quilters
Monthly Meeting, 9:30 -11:30 a.m.,Woodmen Hall. Kitty Sorgen will be presenting a power point program featuring photos of her Mission Work in Akutan, Alaska. She will discuss how she stores and uses her scraps. No host lunch at the Islander following the meeting. WEDS, JAN 11
CLASSES: Free senior tai chi, 9-10 a.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.
MEETING: Ferry Advisory
Meeting, 1:30 -3:30 p.m., library.
SPORTS: High School Basketball
Games, Home against Concrete, 5--8 p.m., Lopez High School. Girls Game at 5 p.m., Boys Game at 6:30 p.m. THURS, JAN 12
MEETING: Port of Lopez Monthly
Meeting, 7 p.m., library meeting
room. For more info, visit www. portoflopez.com.
MEETING: Garden Club Meeting, 10 a.m.,Woodman Hall, 4102 Fisherman Bay Road. Diane Dear of Lopez Island T & D Farms will be the featured speaker. Her topic is â€œLetâ€™s Get Started,â€?a talk about starting seeds at home for your garden. She will tell you everything you need to know for success. Sponsored by Lopez Island Garden Club. FRI, JAN 13
Games, Away against Lummi, 3:30
Meeting, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.,
--- 6 p.m., Lopez High School. Girls Game at 3:30 p.m., Boys Game at 5 p.m. SAT, JAN 14 MOVIE: Free Saturday Movie, 24 p.m., library.
library meeting room. For more info, call 468-4446.
MOVIE: Contra Dance, 7- 9 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.
ART: â€?Let the Rumpus Begin!,â€? 5- 7 p.m., Chimera Gallery.The first of Chimera Galleryâ€™s Group Shows that celebrates this cooperative galleryâ€™s 25th anniversary year.The shows will be honoring and commemorating our past and present members and the success of our gallery over these many years. If you are a past member of the gallery, please contact us at 468-3265 if you would like to show your work. For more info, visit www. ChimeraGallery.com. MON, JAN 16
MEETING: The Friends of Woodmen Hallâ€™s second annual Spaghetti Dinner, 4:30 p.m., Woodmen Hall.Tickets will be on sale after Christmas. WEDS, JAN 17
SPORTS: High School Basketball Games, Home, Against Highline 5 --- 8 p.m., Lopez High School. Girls Game at 5 p.m., Boys Game at 6:30 p.m. WEDS, JAN 18
CLASSES: Free senior tai chi, 9-10 a.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. FRI, JAN 20
MUSIC: Community Performance
--- 6 p.m., Lopez High School. Girls Game at 3:30 p.m., Boys Game at 5 p.m. SAT, JAN 21 MOVIE: Free Saturday Movie, 24 p.m., library.
REPORT: SalmonAtion, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. See below for more info. TUES, JAN 24 MEETING: Parent Night, 5:30 -7:30 p.m., Grace Church Fellowship Hall. For more info, contact Mikah Smith at 4682201 ext. 2109 or msmith@ lopez.k12.wa.us. FRI, JAN 27
OUTDOORS: The Fisherman Bay Marine Health Observatory Bird Survey, 2-4 p.m., Fisherman Bay
CLOSED: Library closed for Martin Luther King Day.
Night, 7-9 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. Performers include Run Deep â€” Psychedelic rock. Cafe style seating, no-host bar of beer, wine and juice. Popcorn and tea provided. This event is free to the public. Donations are accepted.
MEETING: Lopez Community
OUTDOORS: The Fisherman Bay
Changing the Way Kids Eat at School,â€? 4:30 p.m., Pt. Stanley
25 Tuatara Road.
Preserve parking area.
MEETING: Lopez Island Hospice And Home Support Annual
SPORTS: High School Basketball Games, Away, Against Tulalip, 3:30
School, with discussion to follow. Presented by the Lopez Locavores.
health of juvenile salmon summering at Watmough Bight. Find out how La Nina helped salmon find plenty of fish to eat ... how salmon compete with seabirds for food ... and what makes flies so appetizing to Kings. Join us for local wine, food, and music as we share what we have learned, celebrate salmon, and recognize the spirit of Lopez citizen-scientists. And buy local art to help finance supplies and equip-
ment for the 2012 field season.
Lopez Acupuncture & Integrated Health
Specialist and Medical Director of the Northwest Parkinsonâ€™s Foundation. She is a national leader in comprehensive patient-centered care for Parkinsonâ€™s and related movement disorders. Dr. Giroux has developed comprehensive care programs for people with Parkinsonâ€™s and focuses on positive wellness and attitude while living with this disease. It is a baffling and chronic disease, for which there is no known cure; however, with a combination of physical therapy, diet and control of stress in addition to medication, symptoms can be controlled to varying degrees. Regular exercise is absolutely essential! We have two Parkinsonâ€™s support groups in the islands. The Orcas group was recently started by Ted Grossman and usually meets the 3rd Tuesday at 1 p.m. The Lopez
Storytelling, 6:30 -7:30 p.m., Lopez Island library.Wear you pjs and bring your teddy bear for lullabies and storytelling with Rosie.Toddlers to six years.
OUTDOORS: The Fisherman Bay Marine Health Observatory Bird Survey, 2-4 p.m., Fisherman Bay
Preserve parking area.
SPORTS: High School Basketball
Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting, 4-6 p.m., LCLT office,
Marine Health Observatory Bird Survey, 2-4 p.m., Fisherman Bay
Preserve parking area. SAT, JAN 28
MOVIE: Free Saturday Movie, 24 p.m., library. SUN, JAN 29
MOVIE: â€œCafeteria Man â€“
NOTICE: Lopez Island Hospice
Lopez Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings: Mondays - 7:30 p.m. at the Childrenâ€™s Center Wednesdays - 4 p.m. Womenâ€™s meeting at the fellowship hall at Grace Episcopal Church Fridays - 7:30 p.m. at the Childrenâ€™s Center Saturdays - noon at the Childrenâ€™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 Childrenâ€™s Center, Lopez. Contact phone number 468-2510.
and Home Support sponsors a Caregiversâ€™ Support Group every other Thursday, 1pm, at the LIHHS office in the Gathering Place. All caregivers on the island are welcome. Call Mary Oâ€™Bryant for more information â€“ 4682421.
News Briefs Whatâ€™s happening with salmon? Lopez Islandâ€™s own intrepid volunteer researchers make their fourth annual report on the abundance, diet and
Alice Campbell, M.S Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Children & Adult Couples & Families
Honoring most insurance plans Accepting new clients
468-4094 Lopez Island
Come in for your FREE LUNCH! Galley Restaurant
Noted speaker at Parkinson meeting on Orcas We are fortunate to have Dr. Monique Giroux as our guest speaker at the Orcas Island Parkinsonâ€™s support group on Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Orcas senior center. Dr. Giroux is a Movement Disorder
Julienne Battalia LAc, LMP â€œWalk Inâ€? Clinic: Wednesdays, 2-5:30 pm $30/30 minutes
LOPEZ BUSINESS HOURS Galley Restaurant Open at 8 am Full menu until at least 8 pm every night Short-list menu after 8 p.m. Fresh, Local, Fantastic www.galleylopez.com 468-2713
ShowYour Business Hours
Lopez Islander Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am - 10:00 pm Sunday 8:30 am - 9:00 pm Monday thru Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Barbara Swahlen, DVM Compassionate Veterinary Care for your pets in your home. Community Animal Health 468-2553
group has met informally for about two years, but now usually meets at 4:30 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of the month. However, this month we are all going to Orcas to hear Dr. Giroux speak. We will be sharing rides to that meeting. Anyone interested in joining us can call Jackie Ashe at 468--2435. This meeting is open to anyone interested in Parkinsonâ€™s Disease.
Marijuana Initiative? Sponsors of a marijuana initiative delivered what they say are roughly 341,000 signatures to the elections office Olympia on Dec. 29. The initiative campaign plans to bring in 10,000 more signatures by Friday â€” the deadline. Initiative to the Legislature 502 would authorize the state Liquor Control Board to regulate and tax marijuana for those 21 and older. The legislature would decriminal-
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ize production, possession, delivery, distribution and sale of marijuana. Sponsors say it would generate at least $215 million a year in tax revenue, roughly $80 million for the state treasury, and the rest for research, health care and related purposes. If I-502 is certified with more than 241,153 valid signatures, it will be submitted to the legislature in the upcoming session. There it will be passed into law; ignored or rejected, sent into the fall 2012 statewide ballot; or it will be sent into a legislative alternative to the statewide ballot next fall.
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Above, a pie chart from Energy Star showing typical household energy use. Below left, a low investment requires replacing your older thermostat with a newer model to ensure a higher degree of temperature accuracy and keep the heat more even in the house.
Happy home heating Some eco-friendly steps to keep warm in these colder months simply swap out that old furnace (source) without sealing Happy New Year from the your ductwork (distribution), or you will just keep sending Energy Matters crew. With the holidays behind expensive heat into the crawlus and winter in full swing, space through all the duct we thought it would be a leaks (dollars). Letâ€™s play with some numgood time to talk a little about bers. If you connect a new home heating. The steps to saving energy 90 percent efficient furnace are often small and incre- to an old duct system that is only delivermental, so letâ€™s look at how Reducing the energy ing 70 percent of its heat, the we can ratchet effective effiused for home down heating ciency of your energy one heating is the single new system is click at a time. 64 perReducing your most effective way only cent. homeâ€™s energy Also, make to save money and sure use for heatyour ing can save installer calcuease your homeâ€™ s you money, lates the size impr ove contribution to of the system health, and even increase global environmental properly, so that the outyour homeâ€™s put matches concerns. comfort. the heat loss According of your home. to the Department of Energy, An oversized heating system heating is the biggest piece of the home energy pie and does not optimize efficiency, accounts for around 45 per- and if undersized you will not cent of our total energy con- stay comfortable. And donâ€™t forget to take sumption. steps in reducing heat loss Reducing the energy used for home heating is the single by air sealing and insulating most effective way to save floors, walls and ceiling. If youâ€™re interested in a low money and ease your homeâ€™s contribution to global envi- investment with a quality benefit, consider replacing your ronmental concerns. There are many benefits to older thermostat (control). keeping your home warm in Newer thermostats ensure the winter, beyond your obvi- a higher degree of temperature accuracy and keep the ous comfort. When outdoor tempera- heat more even in the house. Programmable units will tures drop, our homes need to be kept warm to prevent allow you to set lower temmold and mildew growth. peratures in your absence or Cold indoor temperatures at night. An 8 degrees Fahrenheit can more easily reach dew decrease from your typipoint, creating unhealthy cal setting can save energy condensation. To keep the air healthy, and money. There are even indoor temperatures in the â€œsmartâ€? new controls that will winter should range between learn your habits and antici65-70 degrees Fahrenheit pate your heating adjustand humidity levels 30-60 ments for you. Kinda creepy, but cool. percent. A significant energy reducHow can we reduce our heating bills while effectively ing step can be found by utimaintaining health and com- lizing Heat Pump technology. A heat pump works just like fort? We have two options: a refrigerator, but in reverse. An air-source heat pump can repair or replace. There are three aspects deliver 1.5 to 3 times more to any heating system that heat energy to a home than can be fixed or changed out: the electrical energy it consource, distribution, or con- sumes. This magic is possible trols. It is important to focus because a heat pump moves on the big picture. Donâ€™t heat rather than converting
By Doug Poole
Below, right, a look at a disconnected duct, which is sending hot air â€” and essentially your money â€” into the crawl space rather then into your house.
Member of the Islandsâ€™ Energy Coalition
it from a fuel. Air-source heat pumps are ideal for our climate. A heat pump is a good choice when replacing your existing ducted furnace. Or if your current system does not have ducts, such as baseboards or wood heat, a ductless mini-split heat pump provides a very efficient alternative or addition. While heat pumps are a significant investment, in many cases OPALCO offers rebates to help offset the cost. As an added perk, on the five days in the year we could benefit from cooling our homes, you can run it backwards as an air conditioner. Keep in mind that your most cost effective mea-
sures might be found in adding insulation and air or duct sealing, and that many heating systems require regular servicing in order to maintain maximum efficiency. For guidance with your specific system, begin with the professional advice available from a $25 OPALCO snapshot or a licensed professional. You can find great tips on saving energy at energystar.gov or feel free to call me at 298-1313. However you choose to improve upon your current heating system, remember you will be living more comfortably and consuming less energy. Happy heating.
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Spaghetti, music, friends and more For the second year, the Friends of Woodmen Hall are sponsoring an evening of good food, music and the opportunity to enjoy one of Lopezâ€™s great traditions, a community gathering at Woodmen Hall, Jan. 16. Again this year, Jim Ghinazzi will prepare his famous traditional Italian spaghetti sauce and Lance Brittian and Friends will provide the music. The menu will include spaghetti, bread, salad, dessert, and coffee or
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juice. Beer and wine can be purchased. Glutton free pasta will be available. Over the years, The Friends have sponsored several fundraisers helping to provide a commercial kitchen, bathrooms, a well, stage improvements, and electrical updates. Future projects include more gravel, cleanup of the upstairs, and improved energy efficiency of the building as well as some outdoor seating and dining areas. The hall has been a part of island life for over 100 years now. In 1898, it was built by The Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal and an insurance organization. It was then sold to the Lopez Island Commercial Club. After World War II, it was purchased by the Hoey-
Kjargaard American Legion Post 185. In 2004, the building was purchased by the San Juan County Senior Services Council and today the Lopez Senior Services are housed there providing twice weekly lunches and many other services for our local seniors. Woodmen Hall is also a meeting place for several organizations such as The Garden Club, Lopez Quilters, and The Birthday Club. In addition, the hall is also available for rental. It has housed wedding receptions, birthday parties, baby showers, memorials, music events, book signings and much more. For rental info, contact Gordon Eustis at 468-3537 or Lopez Senior Services at 468-2421.
Sudoku Fill in the blank cells using numbers 1 to 9. Each number can appear only once in each row, column, and 3x3 block. Use logic and process of elimination to solve the puzzle. The difficulty ranges from 1-10 (easy) 11-15 (moderate) and 1620 (hard). Todayâ€™s puzzle is level 13. Sudoku and Crossword answers on page 8
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Seboâ€™s Hardware & Rental Center 1102 Commercial Ave. Anacortes 360-293-4575 For more info visit: www.sebos.com
The Friends invite you to join them on Monday night, Jan. 16, to enjoy this island treasure, and to have a fabulous dinner. Tickets are $25 per couple, $15 for a single adult and $4 for youth, 5 to 17 years. They are available at Paper Scissors on the Rock and at Woodmen Hall during Senior Services business hours. We will also be selling tickets at Lopez Village Market the week before the dinner. There will be two settings available, 4:30 and 6 p.m. Take out dinners will be ready for pick up between
Friends of Woodmen Hallâ€™s Annual spaghetti dinner on Jan. 16 helps raise money for Woodmen Hall
3:30 and 4:30 p.m. For more info, call Virginia Palmer at 468-2738 or Connie
School bond on February ballot The Lopez Island School District will have a measure on the Feb. 14 Special Election ballot. The district is seeking voter approval to issue bonds for the purpose of repayment of a $1 million line of credit obtained in October 2009 to address two critical facility issues. In the fall of 2009 the district established a line of credit with Cashmere Valley Bank to fund the emergency replacement of a failed fire suppressant sprinkler system at Lopez Elementary School and to continue work on the upgrade of the heating and ventilation (HVAC) system. The fire sprinkler system is required to keep the school
open. The districtâ€™s insurance carrier denied coverage for the costs of replacing the fire sprinkler system, and other alternative funding sources explored by the district required repayment from district funding categories that would have potentially undermined funding for services to students and for district operations. The repayment of this credit is due Dec. 2012. School districts are permitted by state law to incur nonvoted debt in instances such as this, and repayment of that debt by the issuance of voterapproved bonds is acceptable and frequently utilized. The annual individual cost
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. Davidâ€™s and in Eastsound at 2:00 p.m. in Emmanual. Pastor Anne Hall, 468-3025. QUAKER WORSHIP GROUP Meetings will be Sundays at 10 am at the home of Ron Metcalf, 6363 Fisherman Bay Road. Childrenâ€™s program. Everyone welcome. Phone 468-2129. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Kyser at 468-3275 or visit www.friendsofwoodmenhall. org.
to district tax payers for this bond measure will be approximately seven cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, or approximately $21 per year on a $300,000 home and $35.00 on a $500,000 home. The bond repayment period is projected to be approximately 15 years. The district has received recommendations from its financial consultants that this is a very good time for this measure, due to historically low interest rates. The districtâ€™s excellent bond rating will allow the district to secure bonds at these very low interest rates to further reduce the tax burden to its taxpayers. The district is also faced with facility and educational needs and will likely seek further voter-approved bond funding in the near future to address those needs. Voter approval of the February bond is sought separately from future requests because of the current favorable interest rates and because the district needs more time to fully investigate and develop its capital and educational needs and the estimated cost of meeting those needs. The district is also separating these requests out of a strong ongoing commitment to the community to be very clear and straightforward about its financial needs and requests. â€œWe want to be very clear and straight-up with our voters and get this line of credit dealt with, without the potential confusion of multiple projectsâ€? said Superintendent Bill Evans. â€œOur community is so supportive of its schools and we want to respect that support by being clear and succinct in our requests for additional financial support.â€?
â€˜Stone Soup Storiesâ€™ celebrates volunteerism on Lopez By Julie Summers Special to the Islandsâ€™ Weekly
In September, the Lopez Island Prevention Coalition hosted its annual Stone Soup Supper. â€œIt was our goal to bring the community together to celebrate the amazing amount of volunteer work being done around our island,â€? said LIPC Executive Coordinator Georgeana Cook. Out of that event emerged questions from locals about what exactly the coalition does and why it is interested in recognizing volunteers. Cook hopes to answer both those questions with the coalitionâ€™s latest endeavor, a quarterly newsletter entitled â€œStone Soup Stories.â€? LIPCâ€™s mission is to build community collaboration as a way to reduce substance use and abuse by youth. Promoting and celebrating volunteerism in the Lopez community is a significant strategy for reaching that goal, said Cook. She cites a recent study from the University of Missouri that found that adolescents in rural areas who engage in pro-social behav-
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tem. San Juan Ride Share is a county-wide program has established a series of stop sites â€” signs at locations similar to bus stops where people who need a ride can safely wait, and drivers can safely pull over to offer rides. The program currently has four such sites in Friday Harbor and one on Lopez Island, in front of Grace Church. LIFT is exploring an expansion of stop sites, which they are calling â€œthumb stops,â€? to include additional
iors, like volunteering, are less likely to use substances as young adults. â€œWe believe prevention is a holistic endeavor, ideally one in which the entire community is invested,â€? she said. Stone Soup Stories takes its name from a well-known folk story in which each member of a village contributes a single ingredient, resulting in a bountiful stew. Cook believes the story of stone soup encapsulates the spirit of the Lopez community. â€œOn Lopez, the way things get accomplished is by everyone contributing a little bit. Itâ€™s the same with prevention. Whether they realize it or not, anyone involved in volunteering in this community is helping create a positive, service-oriented community culture, which is a protective factor against substance use.â€? Each edition of Stone Soup Stories will tell stories of Lopezian volunteers, highlight current volunteer opportunities, and promote community-wide events related to volunteerism. The first edition of Stone Soup Stories features an
article about the Lopez Island Family Resource Centerâ€™s Mentor Program to coincide with National Mentoring Month. The newsletter also highlights the Lopez Libraryâ€™s current need for new volunteers. Cook said one criticism she has heard about the LIPCâ€™s volunteer appreciation efforts is that Lopezians do not
Debbie Collins and Alyssa Gallagher, a mentor/mentee match with the LIFRCâ€™s Mentor Program. The LIFRCâ€™s Mentor Program is featured in the first edition of Stone Soup Stories.
want or need recognition for their volunteer efforts. â€œWe understand and appreciate that,â€? she said. â€œOur intention is not to place anyone on a pedestal, but to affirm the importance of service and the power of sharing our stories with each other.â€? Copies of â€œStone Soup Storiesâ€? are available at locations around the village, at the LIPC, and online at lopezislandpreventioncoalition.com.
strategic locations, such as the Village, Hummel Lake, school, ferry terminal and Islandale store. Additional ideas from LIFT include making available static windshield stickers to indicate a driverâ€™s participation in the program. Another proposal is to sponsor a kickoff event in the Village, which islanders would be encouraged to hitchhike to and from. LIFT encourages people to save fuel and reduce emissions â€” if you are on the road, look for fellow travelers and be ready to pick them up. Or next time you have an errand to run, stick out your thumb and catch a LIFT.
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Thumbs up on hitchhiking? VOTE ON
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Snowies confirmed on islands By Cali Bagby
It was Saturday afternoon and Steve Anderson was bored with just hanging out at his house. So he grabbed his camera and headed to South Beach at the San Juan Island National Historical Park. When he parked near Redoubt Road, he spotted one owl perched on a fence post. It was white, and its body was practically covered with black streaks. It wasnâ€™t until he got home and researched the bird he had seen that Anderson realized he had documented a juvenile snowy owl on San Juan Island â€” a raptor that rarely stops on the islands. John Jensen a master birder, confirmed the bird in the
photo as a snowy owl. â€œI was shocked,â€? said Anderson, who has been photographing wildlife for the last five years. â€œEveryone Iâ€™ve shown the picture to is really surprised â€Ś it was a treat.â€? Anderson took multiple photos by crawling along the beach and â€œmaking himself as small as possibleâ€? to not threaten or disturb the bird. Andersonâ€™s photos were taken Dec. 3 right around the time of the snowy owl irruption occurring cross the country. Barbara Jensen, President of the San Juan Audobon Society, recently confirmed a separate juvenile snowy owl sighting on Lopez that also
occurred in early December. According to Jensen, one or two snowy owls usually show up on San Juan in November during an irruption year, which refers to an abnormally large number of birds. But Jensen doesnâ€™t see the islands as an ideal place for snowies â€” the birds prefer wide open spaces and even pastures in the San Juans donâ€™t harbor many rodents, while other areas are too marsh-like. â€œThey just donâ€™t stay here for long,â€? said Jensen. Read more about the irruption in â€œSnowy owls on the San Juan Islands?â€? at www. islandsweekly.com.
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The snowy owl confirmed on South Beach at the San Juan Island National Historical Park. of any priority shifts by the prosecutor. â€œIt isnâ€™t really going to change the way we do business,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™re still going to investigate crimes, do our reports and make arrests like we always have. Weâ€™re going to do our level best to hold people accountable for their behaviors as best we can.â€? Though it may take some time, Nou believes the department will be able to restore itself to full strength in the future. â€œThe ground keeps moving under our feet constantly,â€? he said of budget woes that plague the state and the county. â€œI donâ€™t expect the revenue problems the county faces right now to be permanent. I expect to fill those positions when we can.â€? Gaylord anticipates many lower level misdemeanors will be â€œdismissed outrightâ€?
or resolved with pre-filing diversion. He said those cases receiving the lowest priority will be: animal cases that do not involve injuries to people, commercial and recreational hunting or fishing violations, killer whale or boating offenses, criminal code-enforcement offenses, public nuisance and so-called â€œstatusâ€? offenses, such as public intoxication, possession of small amounts of marijuana and driving with a suspended license. In addition, he said cases of misdemeanor theft, shoplifting and mischief will be referred back to the reporting party along with a referral to small claims court as a means of recovering whatever loss a business or property owner may suffer. Gaylord said although it may be unusual to announce what crimes will be considered a low priority, that â€œpub-
lic safety may require some exceptions,â€? and, â€œcitizens deserve to know what a budget cut means.â€? He added that what it will mean is that the criminal justice system will be â€œunbalancedâ€? as more cases are sent to the prosecutor than can be handled. â€œThis is a sad day for San Juan County criminal justice,â€? Gaylord said. â€œAn unbalanced system with an overloaded deputy prosecutor will lead to inequality, unfairness, and a lot of unhappy people.â€? San Juan Countyâ€™s 2012 budget, which totals $51.2 million across all funds, and includes a $10.4 million road fund, was approved by the County Council Nov. 29. Read more about these issues online at www.islandsweekly.com.
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Ringing in the new year with photography and music As the band Tiempo de Lopez set up their instruments on stage, photographers set up their work in the lobby of the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. The photography show â€œThe world through my eyes,â€? from 6-8 p.m. on New Yearâ€™s Eve featured the images of more than ten local Lopez photographers. Tiempo de Lopez, who plays â€œHot Caribbeanâ€? dance music, performed at 8:30 p.m. to an enthusiastic crowd who shook their hips right into 2012. Hereâ€™s a look at the events ....
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