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Islanders push for GMO-free county Petition circulating to ban Genetically Modified Organisms grown in SJC by Cali Bagby Staff reporter

A petition seeking to make San Juan County free of genetically modified organisms has hit the streets. Initiative Measure No. 2012-4 needs 1,560 signatures of registered voters in the county, validated by June, in order to be on the November ballot. The county council could also choose to enact it as a law. The measure would make it unlawful to propagate, cultivate, raise or grow plants, animals and other organisms that have been genetically modified and provides for penalties and destruction of such organisms. “Given the San Juan Islands’ isolation from the mainland we are in an excellent position to truly be GMO-free,” said Ken Akopiantz of Horse Drawn Farms on Lopez Island. “In protecting our island from the genetic pollution of GMOs we would be supporting our local farmers.” Akopiantz is the sponsor of the petition, and said he has had the support of a broad spectrum of

community members, including teachers, farmers, health care professionals, scientists, food retailers, and other concerned citizens. Milene Henley, San Juan County auditor, said this is the first time she has heard of an initiative for a GMO-free county. Akopiantz said he has been opposed to GMOs for a long time, but when he heard Percy Schmiser tell his story at an event on Lopez Island in October, he said he knew something needed to be done on the islands. Schmiser, a Saskatchewan farmer, became an international spokesman against GMOs in the late 1990s, when he battled the giant Monsanto Company over the appearance of “Roundup Ready Canola” plants in his fields. Akopiantz said there are numerous reasons to be opposed to GMOs: when they are released into the environment they can’t be controlled, they are not sustainable, create chemically dependent farmers and promote energy intensive farming practices. “The adoption of GMOs consolidates the control of our food

Local land could become federally protected by Clare DeLong Special to the Sounder

Absent an executive order from President Obama, legislation to designate federally managed land in the San Juan Islands as a National Conservation Area will continue to meander its way through Congress, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell says. “We’re hoping we can move the legislation sometime in the next year,” Cantwell said at a

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The petition calls for a ban on growing anything genetically modified. supply as farmers are ever more dependent on the costly inputs of herbicides and fertilizers and they can no longer save their own seed,” Akopiantz said. “Producers of GMO seeds claim that GMOs are needed to meet the food needs of our ever growing population. The issues of hunger and disease are predominately ones of poverty, food distribution and inequality.”

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Senator Maria Cantwell during the meeting.

Feb. 18 town hall meeting in Anacortes, “but as you can see, back in Washington [DC] everything is not moving as quickly as we would like.” More than 100 citizens of San Juan and nearby counties turned out in torrential rain to participate in the meeting hosted by Sen. Cantwell and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, to discuss the proposal for turning

The most prevalent commercialized GMO crops in the U.S. are soy, cotton, canola, corn, Hawaiian papaya, alfalfa, zucchini, yellow squash and tobacco, per the Institute for Responsible Technology. According to The Center for Food Safety, GMOs have not

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roughly 1,000 acres designated to the Bureau of Land Management in San Juan County into a National Conservation Area. It is the second time Salazar has visited the area in the past year, and he expressed optimism that the land may be redesignated as part of an initiative to place permanent protections on BLM-managed public lands in areas where there is strong local support. The San Juans are among 18 areas across the nation identified by the Department of the Interior for permanent protection. Despite debate on the issue at the town hall, it appeared clear that attendees favored longterm protection for lands that, as State Senator Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas) noted, at present have none. Without a long-term management plan, the future of these areas is uncertain. Those supporting the measure cited Lopez Hill on Lopez Island, and Mitchell Hill on San Juan Island, which might have been sold to a developer by the Department of Natural Resources had local residents not intervened.


Gary Shawn Mobley of Eastsound surrendered to authorities last Tuesday after an extensive search for him following a hit and run the previous week. Mobley, 42, allegedly drove into the side of a 1995 Mitsubishi Montero heading east on Fowler’s Corner in the early morning hours of Feb. 16. The driver of the SUV, a 35-yearold man, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after an extensive extrication process by Orcas Fire and Rescue. He is currently in intensive care. His passenger sustained minor injuries. Mobley ran from the crash and was at large until Feb. 21. Tips from the community kept deputies busy throughout the weekend in an effort to locate him. He has been charged with Assault in the Second Degree, Vehicular Assault, Felony Hit and Run and Reckless Driving. Mobley was transported to Friday Harbor and lodged in jail pending a court appearance. His bail was set at $50,000.

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Orcas Islander Tina Brown Legion crowns winners wins prestigious award of annual fishing derby

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Tina Brown after she was inducted into the GWU athletic Hall of Fame. Orcas Island resident Tina Brown was inducted into the George Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 21. She was described as “one

of the most accomplished women’s rowers in the history of George Washington University.” The college is located in Washington, D.C.

In 1990 she won the university’s Lynn George Outstanding Female Athlete Award; she graduated that same year. Brown was instrumental in helping the GWU Varsity 4 to some of its best finishes in program history, including victories at the 1990 Dad Vail Regatta and consecutive secondplace finishes at Collegiate Nationals (1989-90). Brown is one of three female rowers from GWU to represent the United States at the national level when she competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Brown returned to the university in 1993 as an assistant coach and helped head coach Paul Wilkins guide the Colonials to an unprecedented run of success. She currently serves as head rowing coach at Orcas Island Rowing Association.

The American Legion Post 93 of Orcas Island concluded its 33rd Annual Salmon Derby with 71 participants. The proceeds from the event, Feb. 18-19, go to supporting programs sponsored by the American Legion, Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion and the Sons of the American Legion for Veterans and their families in need, high school scholarships, food bank, Mercy Flight, YMCA camp and children of the

island just to name a few. More than 50 door prizes were handed out for those entered in the derby. They were all donated by merchants in the community. Cash prizes were given on Feb. 19 to the following winners: • First prize: Ron Thorneycroft, $1,100, 17 pounds, 7 ounces. • Second prize: Shannon Franks, $500, 17 pounds, 6 ounces. • Third prize: Robert Kent, $400, 12 pounds, 8

Senate honors Kari Koski

Change of command ceremony for fire chief Current Orcas Fire Chief Mike Harris will pass his title on to Kevin O’Brien during a Change of Command on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Station. Harris has been the chief since 2008. The Orcas Fire Board of Commissioners announced their appointment of O’Brien on Feb. 9. O’Brien has more than 20 years of emer-


gency medical and fire/rescue experience with the Valley Regional Fire Authority in Auburn, Wash., where he rose to the rank of Battalion Chief. He graduated from Orcas Island High School in 1984 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Washington. In 2006, O’Brien returned to Orcas with wife Nancy and three sons.

ounces. • Fourth prize: Rick Doty, $150, 12 pounds, 4 ounces. • Fourth prize: John Cadden, $125, 12 pounds, 4 ounces. • Fifth prize: Derek Franks, $100, 11 pounds, 6.5 ounces. • Sixth prize: Alan Roitsch, $150, (blind draw weight), 10 pounds, 9 ounces. • Seventh prize: Michael Silves, $150 (blind draw weight), 10 pounds, 2 ounces.

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Kari Koski and senator Kevin Ranker.

The Washington State Senate passed a resolution honoring the career and lifelong dedication of Kari Koski, director of the Whale Museum’s Soundwatch Boater

Education Program for the past 18 years. Senate Resolution 8684, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, was read on the floor and approved by the Senate unanimously. “Kari’s dedication over the past two decades to the education of safe boating practices on whale-inhabited waters has proven invaluable to the San Juan community,” Ranker said. “Throughout her years of service promoting responsibility on the water, Kari has taught both visitors and residents the ideals of environmental stewardship and peaceful coexistence.” Koski said it was a “great honor” to be a guest of the Senate. “I wish the Legislature good luck as they grapple with ecological and public safety issues critical to the well-being of all Washingtonians. I would also like to thank the Senate for recognizing the importance of the education program and all those who continue to work so hard to protect the Salish Sea.”

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • The Islands’ Sounder

Former sheriff Ray Sheffer dies at age 87

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Former SJC Sheriff Ray Sheffer

Former San Juan County Sheriff Ray Sheffer died at his home, Wednesday, Feb. 22, following an extended illness. He was 87. Sheffer served as the county's top law enforcement official for eight years, 1978 to 1986, after his predecessor, Don Brown, retired because of medical reasons. Initially appointed to the position, Sheffer ran for sheriff and was elected to the office for a second four-year term. He was a man of adventure and of

achievement, according to his wife, Diana. They were married for 45 years. “He lived life to its absolute fullest,” she said. “He was the youngest 87 you'll ever know.” A World War II veteran and former chief of police in Las Vegas, Nev., Sheffer was a well-seasoned law enforcement professional when he and Diana moved to San Juan Island in the mid-1970s. He rose quickly through the ranks, starting as a dispatcher, and was promoted to deputy, undersheriff and then appointed to the position of sheriff in 1978. Before relocating to San Juan Island, Sheffer also ran his own private investigation agency in Las Vegas, served as chauffeur for the governor of Nevada and worked at one time as an executive for the enigmatic Howard Hughes. During his tenure as sheriff, Sheffer led the murder investigation of Lopez resident Rolf Neslund, perhaps San Juan County’s most famous murder case, which led to the conviction of Neslund’s wife, Ruth, for the crime. Ruth Neslund was convicted of murder even though her husband's body was never found. A memorial service is planned for March 17, 1 p.m., at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church.

Skate nights for all by Cali Bagby Staff reporter

On Friday nights, parents sit on the bleachers of the Orcas Middle School Gym watching their children laugh as they glide across the floor. Some parents, like islander Marlace Hughes, remember putting skates on at the same gym years ago. “We want to carry on the tradition,” said Marlace’s husband Rick Hughes. The Hughes and other islanders volunteer to help run Skate Night every Friday night that school is in session. The PTSA offers rollerskating at the Orcas Middle School Gym from 6-9 p.m. The first hour is for beginners and younger kids and the cost, including skate rentals, is $3 for an hour or $5 for the whole night. No one is sure how long skate night has been running, but Rick estimates it’s been at least 30 years. This year, volunteers are hoping to raise funds for new skates. Rick said skate night has always been a popular event on the island, but volunteers have made some changes, including a disco ball, different lighting and not only playing cur-

rent music – but playing it loud.

Skating history Joseph Merlin, a Belgian inventor, introduced the first patented roller skate in 1760 by attending a party on skates and crashing into a mirror, according to the National Association Skate Museum. Within 20 years, roller skating speed and dance contests began to increase and “roller polo,” a hockey game, became a popular pastime. In the 1970s, the invention of plastic skate wheels provided smoother, easier and safer skating. Rinks started adding disco balls and modern tunes. Even the film industry got on board, with movies starting as early as 1916 with Charlie Chaplain’s “The Rink.” There are 22 skating rinks in Washington and the “skating rink” at the Orcas Island School is a venue where kids can get the same enjoyment other kids find across the country. Holly King, president of the PTSA, said skate night is an alternative to sitting at home and watching TV. Her

seven-year-old is just starting to skate on his own, but she still holds her 3-yearold’s hand as they go around the gym, making at least 20 laps. Rick and Marlace started volunteering at skate night because their 7-year-old son enjoyed it and because they wanted to support a community event. “It’s important to have safe and activities for kids and families on a Friday night,” Rick said.

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OPALCO to offer scholarships, youth rally What do college resume building, making new friends and screaming down an avalanche water slide all have in common? They are all aspects of OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program and Youth Rally. The OPALCO Board of Directors established a scholarship program in honor of Nourdine Jensen, a long-time board member and advocate for the Cooperative. The Scholarship Program will award three high-school sophomores/juniors with a $500 scholarship and allexpenses paid trip to the Youth Rally leadership camp at the College of Idaho this summer. The deadline to apply is March 23. “The Youth Rally was a fantastic experience,” says Susanne Mietzner, 2011 Scholarship winner. “I learned a lot about how the political process and coops work, made some great friends that I’m still in touch with – and we had a ton of fun together. I’m pretty shy but I was welcomed with open arms and made to feel I was a part of something amazing.” The three students from San Juan County (along with an OPALCO chaperone) will join with up to 100 peers from rural electric co-ops in Idaho, Alaska,

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2011 OPALCO Scholarship award winners: Susanne Mietzner, Connar Smith and Samantha Swanson. Oregon and Wyoming for a packed schedule of leadership building activities and fun social activities such as a visit to a water park, roller-skating, ice-cream social, bowling, dances and a talent show. The rally, established in 1986, is hosted by the Idaho Consumer Utilities Association who also sponsors additional scholarship awards and leadership opportunities to participating students who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities during the rally. All sophomores and juniors from OPALCO member households are eligible to apply. The competition guide book and application are available online at Scholarship winners will be

chosen based on a personal interview and will receive their awards at OPALCO’s 75th annual meeting on the ferry scheduled for Saturday, May 5. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23. The 2011 Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program recipients were Connar Smith of Friday Harbor High School (received $800 in scholarships and was elected by his peers to return to the Youth Rally in 2012 as a Youth Director); Samantha Swanson of Spring Street International School (received $1,000 in scholarships); and Susanne Mietzner of Orcas Island High School (received $1,000 in scholarships).

Girl Scout cookies for sale

Come support the Orcas Island Trailblazers as they sell Girl Scout cookies at Island Market. While supplies last, the girls will be on hand Friday, March 2 and 9 from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 3 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All proceeds from the sales go to support the Christmas Stocking project for local kids. If the above times do not work, call Lorena Stankevich at 376-7048.

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PUBLIC NOTICE The Orcas Highlands Association is soliciting bids on the reconstructions.ditching/chipsealing of Highlands Drive. Information on the project and the bid documents are available at Deadlines for receipt of bids is March 21, 2012. Submit bids to OHA, POB 474, Eastsound 98245.

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Pick up after your dog

Thank you for passing school levy


here are many reasons to pick up after your dog, but as we near tourist season, we’d like to remind islanders how important it is to keep Orcas Island clean. If we show pride in our pristine community, it’s more likely to be respected by visitors. Take a stroll through Eastsound and the island’s parks and trails. But if you do, watch where you walk – you might step in something unsavory. If wanting to keep your environment clean isn’t reason enough to carry waste bags with you on walks with your canine, here are some other factors to consider. Picking up and properly disposing of pet excrement: • Protects local water quality and local marine life • Protects children from disease • Helps monitor your dog’s health The preferred disposal method is scooping up the feces, bagging it and then putting it in the trash. Landfills can safely handle substances like dog waste. It just takes a moment to put a disposal bag in your pocket before heading out the door with fido. Please help keep our island clean.

Almanac TEMPERATURES, RAINFALL LOPEZ High Low Precip Feb. 20 47 39 .29 Feb. 21 47 42 .75 Feb. 22 49 38 — Feb. 23 48 36 — Feb. 24 46 38 .30 Feb. 25 45 34 .09 Feb. 26 39 28 .02 Precipitation in February: 3.23” Precip in 2012: 6.02” Reported by Jack Giard, Bakerview Rd. ORCAS Feb. 20 Feb. 21 Feb. 22

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Public meetings Wednesday, Feb. 29

• Sustainable Orcas Island, 5:30 p.m., library. • Emmanuel Episcopal Parish of Orcas Island will host a public forum addressing the Wetlands Section of the Critical Areas Ordinance, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, Eastsound. Moderated by Friends of the San Juans, the forum will explore how this section of the CAO might affect present and future

property development, agricultural practices, and the issue of non-conformance on Orcas Island. Call the Friends at 378-2319 or visit www. for more information. Thursday, March 1

• Eastsound Planning Review, 3 p.m., firehall. Saturday, March 3

• Charter Review Commission. 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Orcas Hotel.

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Thank you to the voters of the Orcas Island Community for passing the school levy! Our students are very fortunate to have the opportunity to be educated in such a supportive community. Barbara Kline Superintendent/Principal

Working folks in peril under new CAO rules The San Juan Builder’s Association supports good community planning. Our island’s environment, our quality of life, and our community social structure are exceptional. The San Juan Islands are a treasure. The County’s Vision Statement, (the preamble to the county’s GMA-approved Comprehensive Plan), the GMA’s 14 planning elements and the current SJC Shoreline Master Program are a reasonable combination of rules which are sustaining our island way of life. Experience shows that our citizens, working families, and small businesses generally do the best they can to follow the rules. Sometimes they may not understand the fine points of the ever-changing county requirements or may not be financially capable of dealing with the ever increasing county demands for various fees, “professional” studies, expensive permits and a blizzard of bureaucratic nonsense. The latest Orcas dust up over wetlands, permits, the Friends, and county officials is a good example. For their part, the Friends of the San Juans don’t seem to care what their aggressive agenda is doing to our island community. Originally the Friends was formed to advocate for a balanced comprehensive plan and our unique community vision; what happened? By embracing an activist agenda, bullying citizens, and through their behind the scenes lobbying, they have lost their way and they have lost community support. Just as the Friends has lost sight of their original purpose, the county has lost sight of its obligation to provide clear planning rules and basic permitting at affordable prices and most important, providing non-confrontational help to those Advertising Sales Cathi Brewer Circulation/ Gail Anderson-Toombs administrative gandersontoombs coordinator Marketing Artist Scott Herning Legals/Office Staff

who are having trouble navigating the county’s system. County officials with secure positions, good monthly salaries, and benefits seem to forget that in the private sector, many businesses and workers are struggling. Even professional contractors have a hard time keeping up with all the changes and new requirements. Now contractors, builders, those in the trades and suppliers have even bigger worries – what does the future hold if the council passes their new Critical Areas Ordinance? It appears that to the council and their planners, our businesses and employees are expendable. Terry Gillespie President, San Juan Builders Association

Why is Freedom Foundation meddling? Practically the very last thing the citizens of San Juan County need is the Freedom Foundation and the Citizens Action Network, both of Olympia, Wash., exposing the evils of Community Development and Planning and Friends of the San Juans. Just possibly, without their help, the Dalton case on Orcas would have been resolved a year ago at a much lower cost to the landowner and our community. Do San Juan Islanders really need organizations like the Freedom Foundation and its wealthy supporters, including, according to SourceWatch, organizations and individuals associated with the Koch Brothers, the Mellon Scaife family, the Walton family, and the Heritage Foundation, to intrude into our community, police our public and private institutions, and help us protect our environment from environmentalists? Most people are unaware that Mailing/Street Address P.O. Box 758, 217 Main Street, Eastsound, WA 98245 Office (360) 376-4500 Classifieds (800) 388-2527 Fax (360) 376-4501

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the Freedom Foundation and its supporters have much bigger fish to fry. They are normally busy protecting our entire state from teachers, labor unions, gay rights legislation and so forth. When they aren’t working on state issues, their network of supporters is protecting the entire country from anyone not signing the Grover Norquist anti-tax pledge, campaign finance reform, women’s health and reproductive rights, increased regulation of Wall Street, Sharia law, and Hilary Clinton. So it is interesting to note that they are prepared to devote some of their unlimited financial resources to reforming our county, the smallest in the state. And it is worth pondering just why the local supporters of the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights and the Common Sense Alliance have brought such an outfit as the Freedom Foundation into our community! Jon Christoffersen Shaw Island

Orcas Center is offering extraordinary events Dear friends and neighbors: have you noticed how much the Orcas Center is doing to make a huge variety of cultural events available to our community at a nominal fee? The art exhibits, which change monthly, are simply extraordinary. The current one put up by the Orcas Island Historical Museum is fascinating, but no less so than those that have preceded it for the last year. The plays have been varied and meaningful, and have involved a broad cross-section of our community, including many children.

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LETTERS FROM 4 Through the wonderfully diverse medium of drama our young folks are learning and practicing a great many skills that will serve them well as they mature (showing up and being patient at rehearsals, memorizing, following a schedule, speaking loudly and clearly, learning about history, racism, life and death – etc., etc., etc.). A corps of volunteers has supported the directors and participants in these events with grace, imagination, and relevance. Most recently, high density digital equipment has been installed, allowing people to see opera productions, plays from Broadway and the London stage, major urban art exhibits, and other cultural events of world significance. The admission fees are $9-$15. Individual memberships start at $10 a year. Small businesses can advertise in the Playbill for a reasonable fee, showing their support for the center and gaining more visibility. It is also the home of our choral society, band, and the brilliantly successful Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. And, and, and … yes, there’s much more. But come and experience it for yourselves, if you haven’t already. It is an inspiring reflection of the creativity within our community, and now that we have the highdensity digital broadcasts, the broader world as well. And it is ours. We islanders created it and we islanders keep it going. We are grateful to all those whose truly generous financial support has helped much of this to happen in the first place, but we are equally grateful to everyone who has had any part in both the creation and appreciation of events, to say nothing of all the behind-the-scenes detail work, most of it volunteer, that makes it all possible. Antoinette Botsford & Vance Stephens Orcas Island

Prime rib dinner a success Orcas Angels would like to thank the community for yet another successful Prime Rib Dinner! This dinner would not have been possible without our supporters and attendees, vol-

unteers, FIRE, The Lower Tavern, The American Legion, Pepsi and Country Corner. This dinner was so successful that we plan to have another one this coming September and we hope to make it a bi-annual event! All proceeds are used to benefit those in our community who qualify as recipients for our Extended Support Fund or our Crisis Fund. We cannot Thank You enough for the support that you have given Orcas Angels since the beginning ~ If we all work together to take care of those in need, the world is a much better place. For more information on Orcas Angels, upcoming events, how to volunteer, how to donate, or if you need assistance, please visit, join us on Facebook or call 800420-4542. Orcas Angels

Center benefits from streaming video ticket sales Those who enjoyed last Sunday’s streaming video at the Orcas Center on the works of Leonardo Da Vinci and those who did not enjoy this same video should all rest easy that money donated to the center in the form of membership fees did not go to the providers of said video. The service providers of this video and of the plays and operas also streamed to the center are paid half of the money collected for each ticket at each performance with the other half of the money collected for each ticket going to the center. The Orcas Center thus offers a free market in art, opera, and, stage plays. The merits of every event can be discussed calmly or with wild abandon without putting Orcas Center funds at stake. Consensus art, appealing to the least common denominator would be boring and art chosen by an elite would be boring and chilling. In other words you buy your ticket and you take your chances as in the real world. Don’t forget con trooov ersy (as one Brit twit pronounced it) keeps the blood circulating. Terrel Kaplan Orcas Island

da Vinci video did not deliver The recent showing of “Leonardo Live” at the Orcas Center was an experience; an experience in disappointment, frustration, and sometimes outright anger at the U.K.’s National Gallery for misrepresenting what most of the viewers thought was going to be an enlightened experience of da Vinci’s genius. Instead, we got a cocktail reception hosted by two obnoxious talking heads and their unqualified talking head guests who (with the exception of two, the conservator and the artist Michael Craig) asked the guests questions and then without stopping proceeded to answer their own questions, contributed no credible comments, and took up valuable time that could have focused on da Vinci’s work (especially his rarely seen drawings). Only a practicing artist can give truly qualified information on how a work of art is put together. Art historians and museum curators are those who discuss the historical relevance of artwork but don’t actually know what it takes to execute a visual illusion. I won’t pretend to lecture anyone on creative writing, or music, because I am not a practitioner of those mediums. So what were the two hosts, Timothy Marlow and Ms. Marbles-in-her-mouth, trying to pass on to us? Something about the “hip” London art event scene perhaps? Beats me, and I’ve been a practicing artist, and eventually a full professor, for most of my adult life. No comments were made on da Vinci’s use of weighted line and tonality in his drawings to connote light direction, and his work is all about light ... whether it be on the human form or an ermine. His work is a classic example of how shape (two dimensional) becomes form (three dimensional) via the use of light. No mention of his technical illusion of space between the foregrounds and backgrounds. These are all formal elements that the uninitiated viewers would have benefited and learned from. Also, no mention of his unbelievable perseverance at analyzing the human anatomy via

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his illegal use of cadavers from gravesites and monastery morgues. Instead, we got to see a frame maker whittling on a faux frame (could have been seeing a da Vinci drawing with that wasted film footage), and we got to see the assistants moving artwork, and we got to see both egotistical hosts with their faces in the camera (when we could have been seeing da Vinci’s paintings close up). The Orcas Center is to be commended for bringing us this much heralded event and to enrich us with the wonders of this remarkable genius. Too bad the U.K.’s National Gallery didn’t deliver. Terry Johnson Orcas Island

Coal terminals in our backyard? Arch Coal and Peabody, along with Australianbased Ambre Energy are proposing large coal export terminals to ship coal to Asia. The terminals would be located on the coasts of Oregon and in Washington at Cherry Point (north of Bellingham), Longview, and Grays Harbor. If approved, the terminals will cause great harm to our environment, health, economy and quality of life. The proposed site at Cherry Point would span 1,200 acres, fill 131 acres of wetlands and sit directly on herring grounds, which is a primary food source for chinook salmon. Strip-mined in Wyoming and Montana, then moved by rail through Washington and Oregon, coal is loaded on the world’s largest ships to Asia destroying rangeland, habitat, polluting the water, and worsening the climate crisis along the way. Five hundred pounds of coal dust can be lost from each rail car, which can cause serious health problems like lung and heart disease and

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cancer. Communities could see 20+ coal trains through town every day. Toxic and heavy metals (mercury) would pollute our air and water. There will be an additional 400+ ships per year, taking 48 million tons of coal to Asia and burning tons of diesel adding to the air pollution of the coal dust. The ships would clog the Straits of San Juan de Fuca and Georgia. Several ships require that their ballast water be exchanged which will be discharged into our waters. Carried in this water are plants, animals, bacteria, and pathogens. These organisms have the potential to become aquatic nuisance species (ANS) which may displace native species, degrade native habitats, spread disease, and disrupt human social and economic activities that depend on water resources. Coal is a dirty fuel which will poison our air, water, fish and food supply! I don’t want coal in our backyard, much less anywhere in our world, do you? You may as well kiss fishing goodbye, let alone being able to live and breathe. For more information and to sign the petition for “No More Coal,” please go to Toni Bailey Friday Harbor

Lost dogs are home Yea! Our two dogs are home after being lost for 9 nights in the woods! We would like to thank everyone for their hard work, positive thoughts, and help in finding them. Special thanks to Bruce and Becky Harvey, Wanda Evans, Toni, Carol Jo, Raenya, and everyone on the East side who kept their ears and eyes open until they were found. Experiences like this make us appreciate our island community and support even more. Thank you Orcas for bringing our lost

four-legged children back home. James and Anne Ford McGrath Orcas Island

Time Bank’s name It is my pleasure to announce the results of our informal and fun ballot process for the name and motto of our county-wide time bank exchange program. Of the five choices offered, two were the most popular and vied for the final votes until midnight on Feb. 15. SJTimeTraders. org came in second, leaving as the winner by a slim margin. The winning motto reflects the purpose of what our new Time Exchange program is all about: “Serving the San Juan Islands: Meeting Needs and Resources, One Hour at a Time.” A huge thank you goes to the volunteers and the voters who participated. I well remember the delight I felt in 2003 when my family arrived here and I observed such consistent devotion to volunteer time and services, primarily through the dedicated people working within the nonprofits in our midst. Connecting our diverse island communities, as an affiliate of TimeBanks USA, means we can supplement the predictable and unpredictable commerce of means by which we help each other daily. Giving works best when it goes full circle. In this period of rapid change and economic challenge, we can build an emerging, complimentary currency through this program. Our meeting schedule, new website, and blog announcements will be posted to the usual community calendars shortly. To enroll, visit www.VisionOnOrcas. com/Programs or contact me at 376-9213. Morgan L. Meadows Eastsound

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GMo FROM 1 undergone longterm independent health or safety

testing and they pose serious health risks, including the introduction of new toxins and dangerous food allergies.

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There are anti-GMO efforts in states across the country, including California, Arizona, Maine, Vermont and Colorado. Washington was the first state to ban the cultivation of genetically modified fish and has GMO-free brassica zones, for the protection of vegetables like broccoli and cabbages. While 30 countries, like Australia, Japan, and Europe, have significant restrictions and labeling requirements or outright bans on the production of GMOs, there are presently no U.S. laws requiring GMO labeling. In November, the Committee for the Right to Know coalition submitted the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act to the

State Attorney General for title and summary. The petition for a GMOfree San Juan County can be found on Lopez at Blossom, Vortex, Isabel’s Coffee and Vita’s, on Orcas at Homegrown Market, Island Hardware and The Coffelt’s Farm Stand, on Shaw at The Shaw General Store, and on San Juan Island at Synergy and Heritage Farm Stands and The Market Chef. There are also islanders on the streets gathering signatures. “My work in the community enables me to reach a lot of people,” said Learner Limbach, director of Food Masters and FEAST, two local organizations dedicated to sustainable agriculture. “I am helping get petitions out there and collecting signatures because

Calling all science enthusiasts The 11th Annual Funhouse Commons Science Fair will be held Saturday, March 24, from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Commons. All school-age children are welcome to participate and The Funhouse Commons has a library full of science books and willing staff to help find the perfect project. “Science is a Blast” is this year’s theme. For the sixth year in a row The Funhouse is awarding $2,000 in scholarships to the top three high school or middle school student entries. Awards and science prizes will also be given to all participants, including the prized “Ritchie Moore Rocket Ship of Wonder” best-of-show award. For downloadable rules and sign-up forms, visit the Funhouse website at

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I believe people have the right to protect their access to clean healthy food.” For more info on Orcas call Learner Limbach at 376-

4048 or email foodmasters. and on Lopez call Ken Akopiantz at 468-3486 or email

CONSERVATION FROM 1 Legislation introduced by Cantwell and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen last year (S. 1559 and H.R. 2912) is currently stalled in Congress, but citizens were told they could support the effort by writing letters to Congress or to the office of Secretary Salazar. Officials said the president could use his power under the Antiquities Act to mandate the San Juan lands – deemed among the “crown jewels” of BLM managed public lands –

a National Monument. Without support, the land would continue to be managed as it is now by cooperation between the BLM and the local community. Some at the meeting, whose property abuts BLM land, said they were concerned about the potential effects of increased visitors to newly protected public lands. To read this story in its entirety, visit


San Juan County Sheriff’s Department reported responding to these calls:

Feb. 3: An Orcas Island man was arrested for DUI following a late-night singlecar collision on Olga Road. The 63-year-old was taken into custody at the scene at about 11:30 p.m. He reportedly missed a bend in the road near the intersection of Shadow Lane and then lost control of his SUV. Feb. 16: An Orcas Island man claims that a couple who had been living in a cabin on the same Deer Harbor property where he lives stole his dog and left the island unexpectedly. The 46-yearold believes the couple, who lived in the cabin for about a month, are en route to California with six dogs in

their van, including “Buck,” described as a short-haired black and brown mixed breed, with a mangled ear and teeth missing. The couple’s van reportedly has Nevada plates. Feb. 21: A Lopez Island man was arrested for DUI following a single-car collision in which his 1991 Oldsmobile caught fire and was destroyed by flames. The 23-year-old, who got out of the car before it went ablaze, was treated for minor injuries at the scene. The man was traveling by himself when he reportedly lost control of the vehicle in the 700 block of Lopez Sound Road shortly after 4 p.m.

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Sponsors are signing up, excitement is mounting, recipes are being formulated and the deadline of March 5 is drawing ever so near for the third annual Student Chef Competition. Students and school district employees matched up for the afternoon grades 7-12 competition and K-6 students looking to compete in the morning are urged to get their entry information to Chef Zach in the school cafeteria no later than the deadline date of Monday, March 5. The event is on Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the public school home economics room. To download competition guidelines, go to and click on the Student Chef Competition tab. For more info, call Madie Murray at 376-3064.

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Guest column

Quarterly review of county finances

Michael Allen Hinton Mike was a good friend and a devoted father. Anyone who spent time with him knows that he was an exceptional man with a heart of gold. For most of his life he worked as a lineman and was an avid sports fan. He is survived by mother Kathleen Hinton, father Stan Hinton, son Troy Hinton, daughter Amy Hinton, son Brent Hinton, brother Joe Hinton, his wife Shona Hinton and their children Lee, Catlin, and Josh Hinton. On Monday Feb. 20, 2012 Mike was found after passing away peacefully in his

home in Klamath Falls, Ore. Born July 30, 1962 in Hobbs, N.M. he would have been celebrating his 50th birthday later this year. His infectious laugh and bear hugs will be missed. A private cremation was held. For more information please contact Troy Hinton at 376-2831. Submitted by the Hinton family.

Lawsuit settled with former county employee Former County Information Services Manager George Johnson and the Washington Counties Risk Pool have reached settlement terms on Johnson’s lawsuit alleging that his Aug. 23 dismissal from the county was retaliatory. Johnson will receive in $105,000 and his attorney, Jack Sheridan of Seattle, will receive $145,000 in legal fees. “We wanted to take this to court,” said County Administrator Pete Rose. “We have ample evidence that Mr. Johnson’s dismissal was based solely on his performance and on budget considerations. Our information services department continues to perform well with fewer people.” Rose said the county did not regard Mr. Johnson as a whistle blower. He said the retaliation claim was based on a purchasing issue that Johnson never brought to the attention of his supervisor or the county administrator. The county filed documents with the court showing that it was in the process of terminating Johnson prior to the time it became aware of that issue. The purchasing issue was brought to the administrator’s attention by another department. It was turned over to the county prosecutor who, with the administrator’s encouragement, also contacted the State Auditor’s Office. “This settlement was

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made by the Risk Pool (an insurance consortium that represents counties) strictly for economic reasons. We had no option, short of hiring our own attorneys and spending potentially hundreds of thousands of the taxpayers’ dollars on legal fees,” Rose said. The Risk Pool amassed more than $180,000 in legal costs. San Juan County’s share of the costs is $20,000. The settlement is paid by the Risk Pool.

by F. Milene Henley County Auditor

I breathe a big sigh of relief at the end of each fiscal year. The struggles to meet last year’s budget are over; the wrangling over next year’s budget has been (largely) resolved; and the new year seems full of promise. It’s a good time to step back and take stock of how we’re doing. The year 2011 ended on a good note. We collected just over our targeted sales tax revenue, and came within half a percent of achieving total general fund revenue projections for the year. On the expenditure side, we ended the year about 1.5 percent below budgeted general fund expenditures. Thinking beyond the current year, I would also say that the general fiscal health of San Juan County is pretty good. To the council’s credit, we have responded quickly and on an ongoing basis to changing economic conditions. The result has been both staff and service reductions in each of the last three years, but those reductions have kept us on an even keel. The voters also did their part, by approving the 2009 levy lid lift which saved several valued, but non-

mandated, programs. The unions have also contributed, by accepting furloughs, years with no COLAs, and a significant change in the county’s medical benefits. The other crucial element in the county’s current financial success is its reserve policy. A government’s fiscal health is measured largely by its bank account. Ending cash balance in the county’s general fund dropped sharply after its high point in 2007. September 2009 cash was so low we deferred paying part of our liability insurance until the next month, in order to avoid running out of cash. County-wide cash looks even worse. Five funds ended 2009 in the red, which resulted in an audit finding for that year. Although general fund cash is recovering, county-wide cash continues to fall. A large part of the drop has been in the Land Bank, as real estate transactions and the resulting Land

Bank tax have dried up. In 2008 the Land Bank held almost 60 percent of the county’s cash; today it has barely 1/3. Spurred by falling cash, the council adopted in 2009 a reserve policy that addressed operating cash, rainy day funds, and capital reserves. As a result, San Juan County’s cash position is in relatively good shape. Many counties have so little cash that they routinely borrow money to cover uneven revenue and expenditure flows. Grays Harbor County — which may be only the first of many — for 2010 received an audit finding for a declining “financial position”. The audit report cited declining tax revenues, decreasing cash, and expenditures exceeding revenues. The

county’s response included a goal “to replenish cash reserves”— a step San Juan County has already taken. Unfortunately, reserves are a tempting target. Some would use cash reserves to fund operating expenses, and would modify the policy to make it harder to reserve rainy day funds. Although the county is in relatively good shape now, it still faces an uncertain future as expenditures continue to outpace revenues. The council is focusing this year on trying to achieve a truly sustainable budget. That effort, plus a firm resolve to continue reserving, will keep San Juan County at the forefront of fiscal health among Washington counties.

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Visitors from Japan to find respite on Orcas An offer by local resident singer and songwriter Susan Osborn to raise funds for tsunami relief has led to a visit to Orcas Island by a diverse group of 20 citizens from Japan on March 4-9. The travelers range in age from 20 to 60, all are non-English speakers, and they are from all over Japan. They will be traveling with two interpreters. Trip organizers Yuko Gower and her husband David of San Francisco, friends of Susan Osborn, visited Orcas last summer. Yuko decided that Orcas, the Outlook Inn and the many restaurants and beautiful parks would provide a perfect environment for healing and rejuvenation for citizens living under the

daily strains of the aftermath of the March 2011 tsunami. “I think many Japanese people are looking for tranquility and the tools to heal and energize themselves during this difficult time in Japan,” Yuko said. The guests will be staying at the Outlook Inn with daily yoga sessions, “Silence and Song” sessions with Osborn and nature hikes organized by islanders. The New Leaf Cafe, Ships Bay, Allium and Chimayo are all providing special evening meals for the guests. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Orcas Island to do what it does best which is care for those in need of rest and rejuvenation,” said Outlook Inn

Paper airplane contest The 17th annual Kiwanis paper airplane contest will be on March 3 at the high school gym. It is open to all ages and airplane building begins at 1 p.m. with paper supplied at no cost. Prizes will be given in each of the three age groups for the longest distance flight, closest to a spot, and longest air time. Single prizes will be awarded regardless of age to the “Most beautiful paper airplane” and a special grand prize to anyone who can fly an airplane into a basket in the middle of the gym floor. You can build an airplane at home to enter the “Most beautiful paper airplane” contest.

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owners Sara and Adam Farish. In addition to greeting the guests around town, locals are invited to two free events at the Outlook Inn. On Monday, March 5, from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be a woven, organic, hemp and cotton trunk show of clothes made by a collective organized by Usaburo Sato from Japan. On Wednesday March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Outlook Inn’s Victorian Room, the local singers, The Bhajan’s, will join all guests for a sharing of sacred chants. “Our travelers are coming straight to Orcas Island from Japan,” Yuko said. “I hope they can find beautiful America and wonderful people through this trip.”

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The Orcas Island Council of Churches is again hosting a series of Lenten services and soup suppers. All are welcome. Feb. 29: 5 p.m. service and soup supper hosted by St. Francis March 7: 5 p.m. service and soup supper hosted by Orcas Island Community Church March 14: 5 p.m. service and soup supper at West Sound Community Center hosted by Universalist Unitarian congregation March 21: 5 p.m. service and soup supper hosted by Seventh Day Adventist Church March 28: 5 p.m. service and soup supper at Emmanuel Parish hosted by Episcopal and Lutheran congregations.

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sland performers are coming together under one roof for a shared cause: keeping music in the schools. The Music Advocacy Group’s annual “School Music Program Benefit Concert” will feature the Orcas Choral Society, Orcas Island Community Band and Island Sinfonia as well as the High School Strings, the Middle School Band and the Orcas Youth Orchestra. “If this tradition of musical excellence on Orcas is to continue, we need to have young musicians who enjoy it as much as us older folks,” said Craig Canine, a trumpet player in the Orcas Community Band. “The school programs seem to be on a roll in the last few years. There is a wonderful string ensemble and the bands are starting to take off as well. Teachers Pam Wright and Martin Lund are lighting a fire under the kids.” This is MAG’s 15th annual concert to benefit the public school. Entitled “Music, Music, Music” it will be on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. in the K-8 gym. Dimitri Stankevich will lead the concert as MC. Admission is by donation at the door and gifts are tax-deductible. Last year, the event raised $7,868, the highest in the concert’s history. “We hope to exceed that amount for our 15th anniversary,” said MAG president Catherine Pederson.

CALENDAR Thurs., March 1 PLAY ON SCREEN: National

Theatre Live presents “The Comedy of Errors” 7:30 p.m., On Screen at Orcas Center.

March 2-4 When Bullfrogs Sing Opera:

Orcas Island Grange, 7:30 p.m., $10. Comedy for all ages.

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event at The Funhouse Commons: a workshop on cooperative businesses or co-ops. Professional Co-op developers from the Northwest Cooperative Development Center in Olympia will lead the event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes catered lunch. RSVP for food. Call 376-7177. Academy Chamber Orchestra:

Youth chamber orchestra from the Northwest, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center.

Mon., March 5 TRUNK SHOW: Outlook Inn,

4 to 6 p.m. There will be a woven, organic, hemp

The Community Band will perform several pieces, including a Karl King march called the “Big Cage” and Henry Mancini classics such as “Moon River” and the “Pink Panther” theme. All of the groups will join together at the concert’s finale for a rousing rendition of “God Bless America.” “It never fails to impress me what a great collection of talent we have here on the island,” said Canine, who played the trumpet in school, put it away for 30 years, and picked it up five years ago after being inspired by the wealth of musicians on Orcas. He also plays in Orcas Horns and in a brass quintet. “Almost all of us got our musical beginnings in the public school, so we are all very interested in seeing music program be available to kids growing up,” said MAG volunteer and singer Joyce Burghardt. “Some of the fellas in the Community Band played football in high school – and they were also in band. Now, 50 years later, they aren’t playing sports but they are still playing their instruments. Music puts joy in your life.” and cotton trunk show of clothes made by a collective organized by Usaburo Sato from Japan. Funds raised go to tsunami relief.

Weds., March 7 SACRED CHANTS: Local sing-

ers, The Bhajan’s, will join guests for a sharing of sacred chants, 7 p.m. in the Outlook Inn’s Victorian Room.

Orcas Meet-up Group: 11:30

a.m. to 1 p.m., Waterfront Park on Main Street. To share updates on the larger Occupy Movement; to provide social support for local change. OPEN MIC, PIZZA NIGHT: Doe Bay will be donating $1 from each pizza sold during February’s pizza nights to Camp Orkila, 5 to 10 p.m. Open Mic at 7:30 p.m.

Thurs. – ongoing Sat. – ongoing AL-ANON: Old Emmanuel Parish Hall, 5:30 p.m. Toddler Playgroup:

Birth-five, 10-11:30 p.m., Funhouse Commons.

The People’s Cafe: 4 to 6

p.m. at the Eastsound fire hall. Local citizens engaging in a “World Cafe” style.


In 1997, MAG started a music fund with a $10,000 donation. The fund has been increased by private gifts and the annual concert. MAG maintains an Endowment Fund at the Orcas Island Community Foundation that provides interest income for the music program. Money is administered through grants requested by the school’s music teachers. MAG has contributed $33,000 in music program grants over the past 15 years and $18,000 several years ago to save a music position from drastic program cuts. “The audience can expect a great show and a lot of fun,” Burghardt said. “Now that the school music program has developed to such an extent, we always give a fourth of the program to selected school music groups that are ready to perform on a level with the adults. They are up there with the big kids.” contributed photo

Above: Music teacher Pam Wright with the High School Strings group at a previous MAG concert. BIRTH WORKS Class: Free for

pregnant women and partners. Every first Monday, 6 p.m. potluck, presentation 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Children’s House. AL-ANON: Old Emmanuel Parish Hall, 7 p.m.


Open mic: Lower Tavern open mic night at 5:30 p.m. Kiwanis Club: Meets at 12:30 p.m., upstairs at Orcas Homegrown. Different speaker each week. Food bank: 12:30 to 2 p.m., food bank building next to

Community Church. Also on Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. CAMERA CLUB: First Tuesday of the month, Orcas Senior Center, 7 to 9 p.m.


Lions Club: Weekly lunch and meeting, 11:45 a.m., Legion. DVSAS: Domestic abuse support group for women, 6-7:30 p.m. Free and confidential. Free childcare. Call for all details: 376-5979. INDRALAYA LIBRARY:

Theosophical study group, 7:30 p.m. Library open thru May, 1-4 p.m. on Weds.

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‘Shaketh Thy Booty’ Wooden ‘Inked’ ‘The Bach boat author to Family’ concert images read The island’s premier funky soul band, the Orcas Horns, is throwing a Renaissance-themed dance party on the eve of April Fool’s Day, March 31, at “Ye Old” Oddfellows Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. The band is partnering with the Orcas Chamber of Commerce and the Orcas Island Education Foundation to debut its inaugural “Spring ShakeDown” dance party in conjunction with the first annual Orcas Island Shakespeare Festival. In keeping with the spirit of the festival, attendees are encouraged to make merry dressed as characters from

jolly old England, around the time of Shakespeare. Traditional beverages such as mead, cider and ale will be sold by the OIEF, with all proceeds going towards their Farm to Cafeteria Program. The Kitchen will prepare locally grown organic food for the feast with proceeds donated to Haiti relief. Come prepared to “shaketh thy booty” all night long while the Orcas Horns crank out the funky dance grooves. Tickets are $12 in advance at Darvill’s Bookstore or $15 on the night of the event.

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Sailor, photographer and storyteller Peter Fromm will tell stories and show slides of wooden boats and the people who love them, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m. at the Orcas Senior Center Peter. Fromm is a third-generation photographer who has been taking pictures for more than 50 years. He is based out of his 30-foot yawl “Uwila” and 43-foot floating photo gallery in Deer Harbor. The event is a fundraiser for the Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands.

The Artsmith Salon Series is returning to FIRE Smokehouse and Grill on first Mondays beginning March 5. Starting at 7 p.m., each evening will feature a writer from off-island and an open mic session. March 5 will feature Renda Belle Dodge, the author of “Inked,” a novel about a woman struggling through her twenties with undiagnosed Borderline Personality Disorder. She documents her shifting identity through colorful tattoos covering her body. The salon is free, and the open mic session welcomes writers of all experience.


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The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents “The Bach Family” with Harpsichordist Jan Weinhold of Lübeck, Germany and Baroque Flutist Jeffrey Cohan, Monday, March 5, 7 p.m. at the Madrona Room in Orcas Center in Eastsound, Orcas Island. The two musicians will play pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, and his sons Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. The program will include sonatas for flute and harpsichord. The suggested donation is $15 to $20. Youth 18 and under are free. For more info, visit

Workshop on co-ops A workshop on cooperative businesses, what they are and how they work is on March 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Funhouse Commons. This is the first Island Enterprise Labsponsored event, which will be led by professional co-op developers from the Northwest Cooperative Development Center in Olympia. Island Enterprise Lab held its first meeting Jan. 17, where more than 35 individuals representing nearly 30 small businesses or business startups met at the Funhouse Commons. To attend the workshop’s catered lunch, which requires a reservation, call 376-7177.

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Something new at OIEF benefit The following was submitted by the Orcas Island Education Foundation. Usually around this time, you would be reading a call to artists to come make something out of a fish, or a box, or an egg for the Orcas Island Education Foundation’s annual event. This year we are doing something a little different. Actually, we’re doing a lot different! For one thing – our “artists” this year will be students and classrooms at our public schools. Our theme this year is:  the ocean.  This seemed quite fitting as we are surrounded by water.  We also consider our public schools an ocean of imagination and learning.  And, quite frankly, our schools are trying to stay afloat – and the donations at Food For Thought will go a long way to helping fund programs next year. While we hope many of our students will participate in making an art project inspired by the ocean – we are sending out a call to our island artists for help.  If you

are an artist, and would like to work in a classroom creating an ocean-inspired art piece, please contact Janet Brownell at The second change for the event this year is the day we will be holding it. Usually it is held on a Thursday – but this year we will be hosting the event on Saturday, May 26. That is the Saturday of Memorial Weekend.  Lastly, we will be changing venue locations.  The event will take place at Four Winds Camp in Deer Harbor.  And, inspired by the Memorial Weekend timing, it will be a barbecue!  A barbecue, an auction, and a great time for all.  Childcare will be available. So, please mark your calendars for May 26. This will be the Education Foundation’s most important fundraiser of the year. Our public schools will most certainly need extra funding next year, and this will go a long way to helping fill that need.

Cancer support group covers a wide range of topics by Sue Lewis

Special to the Sounder

The topic of the benefits of exercise for those who are in or recovering from cancer treatment was presented by Scott Heisinger D.P.T. of Orcas Island Physical Therapy to the Cancer Support Group earlier this month. Many people, when hit by catastrophic or life-threatening illness, want to close down and simply follow an old adage to rest and reduce their physical activity. But current research is showing that exercise is safe and possible during cancer treatment by improving the physical function and quality of the individual’s life. Too much rest may lead to loss of function, muscle weakness, and reduced range of motion in the person with a chronic illness. Exercise helps older adults become

stronger and better able to move about without falling. It also reduces depression and anxiety, improving psychological wellbeing. This is only one of a range of topics discussed at the Cancer Support Group in order to provide as much helpful information as possible to those who need it. The group schedules a guest speaker several times a year. Past presenters include Dr. David Russell, who spoke

on the benefits of Vitamin D therapy, and Dr. Kate Jewell N.D., a nutrition and lifestyle coach who spoke on nutrition. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month in the Fireside Room of Orcas Island Community Church at 5 p.m. This is a no cost, confidential support group for anyone touched by cancer. The next meeting is Thursday, March 8. Call 376-4198 for more info.

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Academy Chamber Orchestra in concert

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Academy Chamber Orchestra features some of the country’s most talented young musicians. The premier youth chamber orchestra from the Northwest, Academy Chamber Orchestra, returns to Orcas Center with some of the most gifted young musicians in the nation. The group will be on stage at Orcas Center on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. This performance features violinist Amelia Sie who recently appeared on TV and radio in “From the Top” broadcasts, national champion flutist Candy Chang, cellist extraordinaire Timothy Pizzichemi, the Flower Duet from Lakme sung by Academy Chamber Orchestra musicians, and a performance of Mr. Futterman’s Japanese

Vignettes. Academy Chamber Orchestra musicians heard last year at the Orcas Center are now attending Juilliard, the Curtis Institute of Music and Harvard University. “If you have not heard

them before, don’t miss this chance to see the future of chamber music,” say organizers. Tickets are $15 and $11 for students at or by calling 3762281 ext. 1.

360-507-5443 or 360-376-8000

Church Services EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL Parish of Orcas Island Eastsound (by the water) Bishop Craig B. Anderson, Rector Baptisms & Weddings SUNDAYS: Holy Eucharist 1st Sunday in month - 10:00 a.m. Other Sundays - 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. Church School & Nursery THURSDAYS: 12 noon Rector’s Forum & Holy Eucharist 376-2352


10:00 a.m. Sunday 7:00 p.m. Testimony Meeting First Wed. of the month Orcas Elementary School Library 376-5873


ORCAS LOPEZ ISLAND St. Francis Church in Center Church Eastsound Mass 4:30 p.m. Saturday Mass 1:00 p.m. Sunday


Sundays Sundays Sundays 9:15 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 2:15 p.m. St. David’s Church Center Church Emmanuel Church 760 Park St. 312 Davis Bay Rd. 242 Main St. Friday Harbor Lopez Island Eastsound Pastor Anne Hall 468-3025 •

ORCAS ISLAND UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP 2nd and 4th Sundays at 11:00 am West Sound Community Hall All are welcome!

ORCAS ISLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH Madrona Street, Eastsound Sunday Worship Services 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m., with a Nursery & Sunday School Pastor Dick Staub Pastor Scott Harris Pastor Grant Myles-Era 376-OICC

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Math, art, science ‘Women’s Wellness come together Weekend’ at Orkila

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The next Women’s Wellness Weekend at YMCA Camp Orkila will take place March 2-4. Some of the activities on the schedule include drawing, faux book boxes, jewelry making, yoga, Zumba, belly dance, hula hooping, Nia, kayaking, zipline, giant swing, archery, nutrition workshops, QiGong, and more. This is an alcohol-free and tobaccofree event. Meals and accommodations are provided. Local participants also have the option of coming Friday evening and just for the day on Saturday, for $58, including meals and activities (no overnight accommodations). While the fall event is for adult women only, the March WWW is also open to chaperoned girls in 10th grade or older. For more information, go to, click on “Retreats.” To register, call 206-382-5009. Preregistration is required.

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“Extended spiral side view” by Bradford Hansen-Smith. Bradford Hansen-Smith, founder of Wholemovement. com, will present a workshop on folding circles for information in the realm of math, art and science for teachers, home-schoolers, artists, and the general public. It be held on Saturday, March 24, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Orcas Island Community church hall. Hansen-Smith is a student and teacher of geometry and math. He has worked in schools and universities both in the U.S. and internationally for more than

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20 years. The workshop will cover basic concepts of math and art revealed in folding, reforming and joining paper plate circles. His work can be viewed at www. Advance registration is recommended. The cost is $25. There is room for 60, registration accepted at the door as space is available. For reservations, call 2982009 or e-mail: vicki@3deo. org. Teachers can also receive credit hours for this workshop.


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school’s Farm to Cafeteria Program and Farm to Classroom lessons. This is a many-phased process with the first being the setting the posts and enclosing the area. On March 3, we hope to set approximately 30 cedar fence posts and, if there’s time and enough people helping, wrap the whole area with new metal fencing. We will also be forming new raised beds, spreading wood chips for paths and, if you like to dig, there is still more grass to be removed – virtually something for everyone! To keep you nourished and invigorated, we will be making sure food and water will be there, too. And we are so pleased to announce that Food Masters and the FEAST Program will be helping to maintain the expanded garden area over the long term. For that, we are very grateful. If you would like to help with this project, just show up and dig right in! The following tools would be helpful if you can bring them: post hole digger, long steel tamping bar, forks, hoes, mattocks, flat digging spades, shovels, bark forks (for woodchips), wheelbarrows, and extra work gloves.


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For Sale By Owner: 1999 Silvercrest manufactured home with water view in upscale park on San Juan Island. 1732 sq ft 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom with heated shop and carport. Lot rent $336. per month. Asking $199,000, will consider offers. Call Barb at (360)378-5798.

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ARIZONA HOME FOR sale in Verrado community. Bill Pulte design, “Magnolia� Model home. Brick & Stucco single story, 2200 SqFt home. 3 bedroom with large closets, 2 full baths. Beautiful cherrywood and black granite throughout kitchen with cherrywood center island, all new GE appliances, breakfast nook and creative work station. Formal dining room. 3 car garage. Private courtyard, small back yard. Safe, secure community with Olympic size pool and gym, 18 hole golf course, restaurant and pro shop. Short walk to all conveniences. $250,000. (206)5670600 Real Estate for Sale Income Investments

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Island Beach House with furnished guest house option. Walk out your door to community beach and nearby national park. Main home with 3 BR, 1.75 BA, wood floors & vaulted ceilings, and optional 2 bedroom guest house all with great water views! 2-car garage w/workshop & woodshed. Community beach, seasonal swimming pool with picnic area. D/W, F/L/S, N/S. $1250. Guest house available with main house for $1600/month. Friday Harbor Home with beautiful harbor views. 2 BR, 2 BA with one great open floor plan. Finished daylight basement. Enjoy three decks; two facing harbor. D/W, N/S, pets negot. F/L/S. $950 Call Susan Barkshire (360) 378-8600 or email EASTSOUND/ORCAS IS.

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FURNISHED In Town Condo. 2 BR, 1.75 BA. Kitchen, living/ dining rooms. Washer, dryer & fireplace. No pets/ smoke $950/ mo $950/ dep Call 360-378-4864 after 5pm. Orcas Island

3 BEDROOM, 2 bath home, 1 mile to town, near north beach. Includes appliances, water and garbage. Has central electric heating. $1100 plus deposit. No smoking, pets negotiable. (360)376-3335 Orcas Island

1 BEDROOM condo. Just a couple minutes from town! $650 month plus security deposit. Call 360-376-2544

IN TOWN, Newly Built, Bright and clean 3 bedroom, 2 bath townhome with attached garage, propane fireplace, beautiful kitchen, Jacuzzi tub, full laundry room with W/D. Fenced backyard. Excellent location, walk to shops, schools and ferry. $1250/mo, first and deposit required. Year lease, garbage included. Pet must interview and pet fee required. Available Now. 360-378-3167 or or for photos

FURNISHED, Remodeled 1 bedroom, 28’ trailer. Cozy, quiet and private. Internet, washer, dryer. No smoking, pets negotiable. $450 month. Orcas area. 360-3766725

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2 BEDROOM Singlewide trailer near school. Woodstove, fenced yard, W/D. New carpet and flooring. $575 plus utilities. Call: 360-3176004

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Home in Town – 2 BR, 2 BA home with fireplace, D/W, W/D, large deck. F/L/S, N/S $950 Cannery Village Condo Two BR, 2 BA with a view of the Port. Fireplace, W/D, D/W, N/S, N/P, F/L/S. Includes sewer, water, garbage. $1100 In-Town Condo – Two BR, 2 BA, ground floor unit with deck and views of the harbor. W/D, D/W, N/S F/L/S. $950 Home in Town 2 BR, 1 BA home on large lot with fruit trees and garden area. N/S, F/L/S $800 Convenient Location – One BR, 1 BA condo in town with weight room, seasonal pool, and laundry facilities on site. TOFH included. F/L/S, N/S $550 Call Susan Barkshire (360) 378-8600 or email



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Must be attentive to detail, willing to follow direction and have a pleasant personality. Pay DOE. Call Charles or Valerie, (360)376-3199

The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau seeks a full time Communications Manager with emphasis on media relations, to begin May 14th. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills & three to five plus years experience. Social media & island stewardship principles knowledge a plus. Must be able to travel & work occasional nights and weekends. Full job description & application process at: Position open until filled, interviews begin mid March. No phone calls please. Employment Media

REPORTER The Journal of the San Juans in the beautiful San Juan islands of Washington State is seeking a general assignment reporter with writing experience and photography skills. Knowledge of Indesign and social media a plus but not required. Applicants must be able to work in a team-oriented deadline driven environment, display excellent writing skills, have a knowledge of community news and be able to compose articles on multiple topics. This is a 32 hour-per-week position that includes excellent benefits; medical, dental, 401K, paid vacation and holidays. Please send resume with cover letter, 3 or more non-returnable clips in PDF or Text format and references to or mail to: GAREP/HR Sound Publishing, Inc. 19351 8th Ave. NE, Suite 106 Poulsbo, WA 98370 EOE

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Rose’s Bakery seeks Apprentice Artisan Bread Baker Part time, 4am shift. Bring resume, make appointment for interview. 360-376-5527

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DRIVER -- $0 Tuition CDL (A) Training & a job! Top Industry Pay, Quality Training, Stability & Miles. Short employment commitment required. 800-326-2778 DRIVER- Inexperienced/ experienced. Unbeatable career opportunities. Trainee. Company Driver. Lease Operator. Earn up to $51K. Lease Trainers earn up to $80K. (877) 369-7105 Schools & Training

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DIVORCE $135. $165 with children. No court appearances. Complete preparation. Includes, custody, support, property division and bills. BBB member. (503) 772-5295. www.paralegalalter

Now under construction. Free nursing assistant certification class Become an NAC for free (a $600 value). Classes begin in March, and upon course completion, employment opportunities may be available. Please call 360.378.2117, or stop by our facility to apply. Space is limited!



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4’X10’ BURIAL PLOT At Maple Leaf Cemetery. Lovely, well kept grounds & year round maintenance included. As seasons change the picturesque view is gorgeous! Friendly, helpful staff. Asking below cemetery price at only $800, cash only. Interested please call Mary Ann 360-675-3074.

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1963 BALDWIN PIANO; Acrosonic Spinet with bench. Smaller size, fits well in small spaces. Perfect for beginner or advaced player. Medium color, solid wood. Great condition! $700 obo. Can email more information. Please contact Martha at 360-341-5158 or 425-418-0091. Clinton, Whidbey Island.

FIREWOOD: 14� Split, Seasoned Fir, Pine or Alder. From $50 for 1/4 Cord Picked Up. (360)376-2719

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GRAND PIANO, K.Kawai GS-50 6’9�. Approx 25 years old. One adult owner/pianist. Glossy black, well maintained with regular tunings, voicings/regulation. GS = Grand Supreme, the highend Kawai model of the time. And the GS-50 was a a favorite with beautiful bass and well balanced tone. $12,745/obo. Steve, (360)697-6453 or 206450-4581 Tools

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(2) AKC COCKER Spaniel boys offered by Prarie Colors Farm. One Buff, one Tough! Buff would be happiest in a cuddly home centered placement, Tough (looks like the pup in the old suntan ad - tan & white parti) will be your partner on all adventures! Exceptionally well raised, will have all their puppy shots, crate & Kong trained, good overnight and using the doggy door! $600. Health guarrantee. Free puppy play classes, ongoing support. Email for complete info and pictures: 360-672-8024 5 PUREBRED Miniature American Eskimo puppies for sale. $650 each. Great with kids, family raised. Mom on-site. Ready for their forever home. If interested, please email: or call 360-675-6117 AKC AUSTRALIAN Shepherd puppies, pure bred. Born 12/28/11. Parents on site. Shots, worming & vet checked. Happy go lucky temperments! Black Tri Colors: one girl and two boys. $400 ea. San Juan Island. Call Bruce 360378-9451 or please leave message.

AKC GERMAN Shepherd puppies, bred for sound temperament and train ability. All German bloodlines. Parents onsite and family raised. Males / females. $700. 360-456-0362

AKC POODLE Puppies. Brown Standard. 9 wks old on February 1st. First shots and wormed. Very beautiful, intelligent loving. Parents have had pre-breeding & genetic testing, also good hips, elbows & eyes. Home raised with with loving care. 7 females, 2 males. $1200/each. See puppies online: Call Roberta 360-2866845. TOY POODLE, 8 weeks old. Male, black with white paws, chin and neckline. CKC Registered. Tail bobbed, dew claws clipped, puppy shots and partially potty trained. $450. (307)2592307 Port Orchard. Email for pictures:

BOSTON TERRIER Puppies. Purebred, born December 4th. Excellent markings & conformation! 2 males & female. Paper trained with first shots. Family raised! Super friendly dispositions! Only $800 each. Harriet 360-929-0495 or 360679-2500 Whidbey Island.

Reach thousands of readers by advertising your service in the Service Directory of the ClassiďŹ eds. Get 4 weeks of advertising in your local community newspapers and on the web for one low price. Call: 1-800-388-2527 Go online: or Email: classiďŹ ed@ GIANT SCHNAUZER puppies. Black, 16 weeks. Both parents onsite. Champion bloodlines. This athletic dog requires an active family. Puppies will mature in the 80-100 pound range. If you are firm, positive, active and disciplined, this dog is a joy to own! 2 females, 5 males. 3 show quality, $2000. 4 pet quality, $1500. 206851-6308, 360-649-4713

GOLDEN DOODLE Puppies, ready March 3rd. Small, medium and large size. Blacks, Reds and Blondes. F1B’s, 3/4 Poodle. Hip, eye, elbow clearances. Dew claws removed, wormed and 1st shots. Hypoallergenic, non-shedding, smart, calm and really cool. $900-$1600. Email me for more pictures and information: or call 360-420-2277


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1981 24.5’ TANZER. Shoal keel, main, jib, spinner. Two burner alcohol Stove, Sink, Ice box. Drop down table. forward “V� berth, Portapotty, 8 HP 4 cycle Honda outboard. PFDs, extra fuel tank. New seat covers. Inflatable raft. Very stable boat under sail. Easy to handle! $4,000. Oak Harbor. John 360-240-8332;




2003 VW Jetta Wagon TDI Diesel. 149,000 miles. Averages 45 MPG! Baltic Green, black interior and Thule sport rack optional. Very good condition! Only owners. New tires, just a month ago. Maintenance records from dealership. $6,200. Eastsound, San Juan Islands. Call for appt Thursdays in Anacortes. 360-376-4490.

2005 17’ DC Tracker. Deep V Aluminum boat. 2005 4 Stroke Merc, 115 HP. 2005 4 Stroke Merc 9.9 HP, 50 HP electric trolling motor. Hummingbird GPS, Chart Plotter, Fish Finder, Stereo, 1 Downrigger, Bimini Top. Ready to fish! Call Troy, 360-5442217. Email for photo:

2011 CADILLAC DTS, only 2,200 miles! Red, 4 door, sunroof. Standard Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance includes scheduled oil changes, tire rotations, replacement of engine and cabin air filters and multipoint vehicle inspections for 4yrs or 50,000 miles. OnStar with improved voice recognition capabilities. Fully loaded. Absolutely stunning. $32,000. 360-299-3842, 360-220-5350

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2000 DODGE Dakota Sport Extended Cab, 2 door 4x4 pickup. Red, V-8, 210,000 miles. $3500 OBO. (360)6109188, leave message




&INDüIT ü"UYüIT ü3ELLüIT NW ADSCOM AKC GREAT DANE Puppies. Now offering Full-Euro’s, Half-Euro’s & Standard Great Danes. Males & females. Every color but Fawns, $500 & up. Health guarantee. Licensed since 2002. Dreyersdanes is Oregon state’s largest breeder of Great Danes. Also; selling Standard Poodles. Call 503-556-4190.

1997 21’ DUCKWORTH Silverwing Semi Hardtop. “The #1 Custom Welded Aluminum Boatâ€?. V Hull. Shock absorber captains chairs, bench seats and fish seats. Pole holders. Stereo. Dual batteries and more. 2001 Honda 130 Outboard and Merc 15 HP kicker. Priced to sell at $19,995. More Info Available. 360-472-0895 Friday Harbor 3ELLĂĽITĂĽFORĂĽFREEĂĽINĂĽTHEĂĽ&,%! THEFLEA SOUNDPUBLISHINGCOM

1995 CHEVY Impala SS. Original owner; only 49,000 miles; Corvette 350 engine; factory upgraded brake system; dark green/grey metallic paint, grey leather interior; Pioneer 12 CD system with remote; electric windows, seats, door locks; original wheels; regular maintenance. Comfortably seats 4 adults perfect for those who like to get out and drive. $13,499. Call: (360)509-5851

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2007 TOYOTA Tundra Crew Max. Only 23,900 miles! V-8, 5.7L, 6 Speed Automatic. 4WD, TRD Off-Road Package, Stability Control, ABS, A/C, Power Everything, Cruise Control, Tilt Wheel, MP3 Multi Disc Premium Sound Package, Bluetooth Wireless, Parking Sensors, Backup Camera, Dual Air Bags, Dual Power Seats, Sliding/Tilt Sun Roof, Running Boards, Hard Tonneau Cover, Bed Liner, Towing Package, Alloy Wheels, Upgraded Exhaust and Air Breather. Kelley Blue Book Value: $37,940. Asking $35,000. 360632-4385

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SAN JUAN COUNTY PUBLIC NOTICES San Juan County, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in the provision of services, in programs or activities or employment opportunities and benefits. Direct inquiries to Administrative Services at (360) 378-3870. TTD relay at 1-800-833-6388.

PUBLIC NOTICE Request for Proposals for the San Juan County 2013 Lodging Tax Facilities Grant Program

San Juan County has established a tourism facilities program, funded by a portion of the revenue collected under the state Lodging Tax excise statutes and is seeking proposals from qualified entities interested in 1) funding single project proposals concerned with acquiring, improving or developing facilities for enhancing the tourism experience; and/or 2) matching grants for operating tourism facilities that enhance the tourism experience; and/or 3) matching grants for events that draw tourists; and/or 4) projects that carry out the goals of the San Juan County LTAC Tourism Master Plan. The contract year will begin on January 1, 2013. The expected outcome of the funded activities is to increase economic activity in San Juan County in 2013 and beyond through the overnight lodging of tourists, through tourism-

related expenditures, and construction of tourism-related facilities. Program categories are: Emphasis on Tourism facilities capital program: Construction Improvement Renovation Matching grants for Tourism Events and Festivals designed to attract tourists Matching Grants for operation of existing eligible tourism facilities that meet the criteria of this RFP and the long-range tourism plan (including, but not limited to historic museums, performing arts, visual arts) Special Investments that help to accomplish objectives of the LTAC Master Plan (more details are available online at: Proposals are due no later than Monday, March 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm. For information and an application packet, visit the LTAC website: or contact Debbie Emery at the office of County Administration (360) 370-7401. Packets may be picked up and applications dropped

off at 55 Second Street, Suite 202, Friday Harbor, WA. Requests and or submissions by mail should be sent to: San Juan County Lodging Tax Facilities Grant Program 350 Court Street #5 Friday Harbor, WA 98250. LEGAL NO. SJ4274 Published: The Journal of the San Juan Islands, The Islands’ Sounder. February 22, 29, 2012.

PUBLIC NOTICE Notice of SEPA Determination on the County’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Review. An Environmental Checklist for the San Juan County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan was reviewed, and it was determined that adoption of the plan will not have a significant adverse impact on the environment, and an environmental impact statement is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). Under WAC

197-11-340(2) a Determination of Non-Significance was issued on February 29, 2012. Comments on this determination must be submitted by March 14, 2012. Following a final decision this determination may be appealed with the underlying action to Superior Court as provided in RCW 36.32.330. For appeals to Superior Court, the appeal period is 20 days after the final approval by the County Council in accordance with RCW 70.95. Copies of the Plan, SEPA checklist, SEPA Determination and associated documents are available from the San Juan County Community Development & Planning Department or will be mailed on request. For copies, more information or to submit comments contact Lee McEnery, San Juan County CD&P, PO Box 947, Friday Harbor, WA, 98250, (360) 370-7589, or LEGAL NO. SJ4276 Published: The Journal of the San Juan Islands, The Islands’ Sounder. February 29, 2012.

PUBLIC NOTICE MEETING NOTICE Citizens’ Salary Commission The Citizens’ Salary Commission will meet to discuss compensation of elected officials on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 9:00 a.m., at the first floor Hearing Room of the Legislative Building, 55 Second St., in Friday Harbor. The public is invited to attend. Written submissions and agenda items for the Commission must be received by 3/15/12 to be considered. Send to CSC, 350 Court Street, #5, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. A draft meeting agenda will be available at least one week prior on the County website at . LEGAL NO. J4277 Published: The Journal of the San Juan Islands, The Islands’ Sounder February 29, March 14, 2012

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