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“The Wizard of Oz” is coming to Lopez. See page 5 for more info.

Senior Spotlight

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Natural History

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An island-wide trail network. Earth academy. More clustered communities. Locally defined building codes. More crop and animal farming. More local food production. Local clean energy production. Rainwater catchment. An island free of genetically modified organisms. These were some ideas that emerged from the Lopez Sustainability Collaborative Potluck and Pizza Fest, Thursday, March 22 at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. The group of around a 100 Lopezians gathered to share food and had a discussion in an interactive process facilitated by Clive

Prout. The group considered some big questions: “What will Lopez be like in the year 2025? What changes would we want to see – in transportation, in electricity and heating for our homes and businesses, in agriculture and food, in our island’s water, and how we manage waste?” The event marked the culmination of four days of interviews and field research by 11 graduate students from the Monterey Institute of International Studies who visited Lopez as part of a semester-long class called “Thinking like an Island: Planning for sustainability on Lopez Island.” We have been teaching this class from Lopez via video-conference

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VOLUME 35, NUMBER 14 • April 3, 2012

‘Thinking like an island: Planning for sustainability’ By Chris and Chom Greacen


since February this year, with help from Faith Van De Putte who led a contingent of students while on the island. The student’s final class project is a paper exploring one or more scenarios of enhanced sustainability and resilience, as well as a grant proposal for exploring next steps. Research work comprises gathering baseline data, understanding Lopezians’ visions for the future, and articulating next steps. The students are interested in Lopez Island specifically because islands are recognized as crucibles of sustainable development. Globally, we are facing pressing scarcity of natural resources,


Thursday, April 5 7 pm @ Lopez Community Center

Lopez Artist & Author shares “moments” in nature from his recent book Puget Sound Through an Artist’s Eye & previews from the Gifts of the Crow available in June. SPONSORED BY:

Contributed photo/ Steve Horn

Participants in the Lopez Sustainability Collaborative met in small groups to brainstorm “desirable and practical” measures to reduce the environmental footprint on the island. From left to right: Chom Greacen, David Bill, Alexis Gordon, unknown, Kim Smithand Dylan Webber. including water, soil, and fossil fuels. Here on the island, the higher cost compared to the mainland prices for fuel, imported food, and just about everything else further raises the relative value of produc-

ing essentials locally and sustainably. The close-knit community and trust we share on Lopez also enables development of innovation in housing, agriculture, and energy and food that are inspirations

For more information call the Lopez Family Resource Center at 468-4117. All information is kept confidential.

see sustainability, page 6

Home stretch for solid waste issue Solid Waste Disposal District on the horizon The Port of Lopez and Solid Waste Alternatives Project have determined that a Solid Waste Disposal District for Lopez Island is the best option to provide comprehensive solid waste and recycle services for Lopez residents. This decision comes following a tre-

mendous amount of effort to research the solid waste system for Lopez Island and options for operations. At the February 13 port meeting, County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord stated that the port of Lopez does not have the required statutory authority to operate a transfer facil-

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ity and therefore the county cannot enter into agreement with the port to manage and operate the Lopez solid waste system. Gaylord’s statement and the port attorney’s agreement with that opinion, has caused us to seek an alternate solution. Gaylord, members of SWAP, the Port of Lopez and their attorney, Neil Hanson, and some members on the county council all agree, that a Solid Waste Disposal District for Lopez is the best solution. At their special meeting on March 27, the Port of Lopez made the official decision to withdraw from pursuing operation of the Lopez Solid Waste system. Instead, the port encourages Lopez residents to support the efforts of SWAP to create this disposal district. The county council has given Lopez until May 15 to meet some conditions before see SOLID WASTE, page 6

Community Calendar

thurs, april 5

art: Lopez Artist Guild’s bus

trek to Seattle Art Museum. Sign up now at Paper Scissors on the Rock. Cost is $35. Deadline March 23.

meeting: Talk by Tony Angell,

7-9 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. “Crossing the borders to nature.” Angell shares some of his “moments” in nature, many of which are featured in his recent book: “Puget Sound Through an Artist’s Eye.” The presentation will also include a preview of his forthcoming book with John Marzluff, “The Gifts of the Crow.” Sponsored by Islanders for a National Conservation Area. For more info, fri, april 6

church service: Good Friday

at Grace Episcopal Church,

10-11:30 a.m., meditation on the parable of the Prodigal Son.

Kristin Fernald, MA

Good Friday Liturgy followed by The Stations of the Cross. sun, april 8

easter service: Easter Service and easter Egg Hunt at Grace Episcopal Church, 10 a.m. weds, april 11

meeting: LAG quarterly mem-

bership meeting, 7 p.m., library

meeting room. Come and hear all about LAG’s sponsorship of the Newly organized Lopez Studio Tour. Also, Josh Ratza will be speaking. thurs, april 12

event: Brian Doyle - Author Of “Mink River,” 7 - 9 p.m.,

Woodmen Hall.This is a free event sponsored by the Friends

A letter to San Juan County Council

Jean Perry

We are writing to urge you to support Interior Secretary Salazar in his recommendation to the President that the BLM lands within our county receive permanent protection through the National Conservation Area/National Monument status by proclamation.

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goodies, meeting starts at 10 a.m.,Woodmen Hall. Danah Feldman, sometimes know as “The Tomato Queen,” will be the featured speaker at our April meeting. Her topic is “Growing Tomatoes on Lopez.” Danah has twenty-five years of experience and will be speaking on how to grow tomatoes you can actually eat. Her presentation will also include some discussion on how to process tomatoes. Sponsored by Lopez Island Garden Club.

meeting: Port of Lopez monthly meeting, 7 - 9 p.m., library meeting room. For more info, call 468-4116 or visit sat, april 14 art: Reception, 5-7 p.m., Chimera Gallery. Featured this month: Linda Rose, weaver of rugs, jackets, towels, and scarves; Ginny Neece, who paints with


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“Death is utterly acceptable to consciousness and life.” You’re invited to video presentations on Wed., April 18th at 1:30 & 7:30 PM at 265 Lopez Road, Ste. E. (next to the Chamber of Commerce) Call John Bent at 468-3023 for further info. Adi Da Samraj

to the Editor

The legislative NCA process sponsored by Senator Cantwell and Representative Larsen might take quite awhile given congressional gridlock. We should not wait. One way or the other, these lands currently owned by the people of the United States and federally administered, need protection beyond that which presently exists. NCA/National Monument status will protect these government lands from possible sale for development, mining permits, grazing leases, or energy production by future BLM managers. This is an incredible opportunity for local participation in

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pastels.This social event is what Lopez is all about, getting to know one another, enjoying each other’s company, learning more about our local talent, all surrounded by beautiful art.The show runs April 14 - May 11. For info, call 468-3265 or visit sun, april 15

outdoors: Audubon Field Trip on San Juan Island, 8:30 a.m.,

San Juan Community Theater parking lot. $15 Adult, $7 Student, $5 Rush, available at the door or at mon, april 16

meeting: Parkinson’s Support Group, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.,The Gathering Place, Lopez Village. weds, april 18

event: Theater Event by KLOI

Radio, 7:30 - 10 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. For more info, Runs until April 22. thurs, april 19

music: Home On The Grange

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event: Procession of the Species

Celebration, 4 - 7 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. For more info, visit www. tues, april 24

lecture: Invisible shoreline

video tour - at the Waters Edge Lecture Series, 7-9 p.m., Lopez

Center for Community and the Arts. For more info, visit www. fri, april 27

music: Rat City Brass Band,

7:30-10 p.m. , Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. For more info, visit sun, april 29

meeting: Talk by Madrona Murphy and field trip, 1-2:30 p.m.

the planning and implementation of the management plans for these properties. As volunteer caretakers of the property at Watmough Head on Lopez Island, we walk the trails and beach regularly. Because we all treasure these places, many others similarly help protect, keep clean, and educate the public through personal interactions. Visitors are drawn to San Juan County because of the natural beauty of the islands and the BLM lands are a critical element in bringing those tourists and their monetary contributions into our local economy. We often see cars with out of state license plates parked at the trail heads. Please join us, and many other islanders, in supporting the actions necessary to protect these stellar jewels in the BLM constellation of public land holdings.

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

present on the cultural landscapes and unusual alpine plants at Iceberg Point and then lead a field exploration of these landscapes and plants. For more info,

, library. “Ancient gardens and sunken mountains.” Murphy will

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San Juan County has been blessed with natural wonders. Positive action now will provide current and future generations of residents and visitors permanent protection for the historical, cultural, scenic, and scientific values of these 1,000 acres, forever. Let’s work together to make that happen. Corky and San Olson Volunteer BLM monitors Lopez Island

United Way says goodbye to a dear friend Carol Ellen Dockstader Marble passed peacefully in her home on the evening of March 18 having battled

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the debilitating lung disease Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. We at United Way of San Juan County are especially grateful to Carol as one of our founding members. Her vision has helped countless islanders over the years and she will truly be missed. Carol’s faith in God and her commitment to making a difference for people in need have been guiding forces in her life. Her positive spirit and joy for life was an inspiration for those she loved and touched in her community. Elli Gull Office Administrator United Way of San Juan County San Juan Island

GMO petition not laughable at all At least one islander apparently has negative concerns about genetically modified organisms initiative, but many of his concerns have nothing to do with this initiative and I urge people to read it before making their educated decision on whether to sign the petition to put this on the ballot in November. This initiative isn’t about taking away freedom and choice it’s about getting it back. Educating oneself about GMO foods is easy today with the internet and ignorance is by choice in my opinion, and research today doesn’t paint a pretty picture of “Happy Cows” or “Wholesome Milk.” Bovine Growth Hormone or rBGH is known to cause “Udder Mastitis” which might explain those” enormous bags” this person spoke highly of and is also See letters, page 18

Spotlight on Seniors by Gretchen Wing

Richard Fagen,

Lopez Island

Seafarers are usually portrayed as rugged individualists, but Richard Fagen sees himself more as a guide, infusing others with the deep joy of discovery through water. At age 14, he and a friend built a boat – largely with things stolen from the Great Lakes Naval Station, where his friend’s father worked – and tried to take it from Chicago to New Orleans during spring break in what he describes as “pure Huck Finn.” “We got six days into the trip, we still had a 1,000 miles to go to New Orleans, so we turned around and came home,” said Fagen. Still, that trip stayed with Richard for a lifetime. “It was an absolutely seminal experience for me, because it was the first time I got to act out the fantasy,” he said. How many people get to spend their latter years with their earliest love? Richard describes his discovery of Lopez as “a teenage love affair: you don’t think of the consequences – you’ve just fallen in love.”

Thrift Shop grant proposals due by April 30 Nonprofit community service organizations (501.c.3) on Lopez Island interested in receiving a grant from the Lopez Thrift Shop are invited to submit a written application. Forms are available at the Thrift Shop or the Lopez Library. The applications must provide information on the requesting organization’s charter/function(s) along with a written proposal regarding the specific use(s) of any grant money allocated. Application forms with grant proposals must be received no later than April 30, 2012. Applications should be mailed to: Lopez Thrift Shop P.O. Box 274 Lopez Island, WA 98261

Growing up in northern Illinois, he found the Lopez landscape evocative of those beloved woods, but even better: surrounded by water. Retiring here in 1993 after 35 years as a graduate student, then a professor – at Stanford, Richard was able to fulfill a “latent but lifelong dream” to live by the water. Only a year after landing on Lopez, Richard and his wife Deborah Bundy, also retired from her job at Stanford, embarked on a second career as cruise ship faculty. These were small-scale, high-end cruises, designed for the more adventurous, educated traveler who wants to get up close to exotic locations – think Antarctica – and learn as much as possible along the way. Since his travel lectures called on areas outside his expertise of Latin American political history, Richard would read books about the areas they were visiting, and “look for the story.” “Once I began to read about a subject, there would almost always be something that would pop up, sort of raise its hand and say, ‘Tell my story,’” he said. His lifelong love of the sea and of ships “was easy to transmute into a portfolio of stories about seaborne exploration.” During their travels, Richard and Deborah made 38 trips, three or four each winter, visiting every continent accessible by sea in those months. For 14 years, Richard found himself not only lecturing, but working as a “jack-ofall-trades,” doing everything from functioning as “human ballast” in a windblown Zodiac boat to keeping elderly travel-

Contributed photo

Fagen now on Lopez, shown above, and then in Puerto Rico in 1955 when he was in the army, shown left.

ers from “busting their a*@ on the ice.” After one miscommunication with Russian crew members resulted in Richard taking a dip in Antarctic waters, Richard and Deborah decided it was time for a less taxing and dangerous life, and they began to stay on Lopez year-round.

Hit hard by the sudden death of his friend Cam DeVore, who had a weekly KLOI radio program, Richard accepted the request of Carol Steckler to do his own radio show, filling Cam’s slot. So in 2009, Richard and

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was tougher work than lecturing on board ships, however, because without visual aids, “I had to create those pictures verbally.” As a landlubber, Richard said, “I had to find something to do with these hands.” The answer: build a boat! The “Emma” now functions as Richard and Deborah’s cozy, 27-foot “cabin on the water.” But Richard’s childhood love of the sea pushed him to get others on the water too. In 2006 Richard, along with Steven Brouwer, Dick Behan, and Greg Ewert, co-

founded the Lopez Seafaring and Voyaging Program. Sponsored by the Lopez Island Family Resource Center and implemented through both the LIFRC and the school, this program takes local kids on extended rowing and sailing trips through the San Juans in spring and summer. The inspiration for LOSVOP is rooted in the childhood adventures of Richard and his cohorts. “We deplored the fact that a kid can grow up on an island like this and never get out on the water, or they get out on the water in somebody’s forty-foot plastic monster,” he said. Of course what LOSVOP really aims for is “all that confidence and characterbuilding stuff” that comes with the compass-reading, chart-reading, sailing, rowing, and weather analysis. Even though he doesn’t accompany the kids on these trips, Richard is proud of his legacy. New adventures are yet in store, with a homemade camper named “R.I.P.,” model trains, and plans to self-publish a book of family stories for his and Deborah’s five children and their kids. These anecdotes may not all involve water, but it’s hard to imagine that Richard’s stories will be dry.

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The Yellow Brick Road leads to Lopez

working together to bring the performance to life. Janet Baltzer, a cast memIt’s an allegory of political, ecober and director of Lopez nomic and social events of the 1890s. Center, is thrilled both her It’s a tale of the soul’s path to illumichildren are in “their first real nation. It’s both political satire and play. It means so much to an archetypal journey for the female me to be sharing theatre with protagonist who discovers her own them and I’m excited for them power. to experience the thrill of an These are just a few answers to the audience,” she said. question: What is “The Wizard of Oz” “We’re very lucky to have about? The story itself comes from a our choreographer Thea children’s book written by L. Frank Huijen, pianist Kim Smith Baum, published in 1900. Though and vocal director Kristen many think the story has hidden Fernald, all gifted artists,” said meaning, its universal and timeless cast member Rosie Sumner, a appeal likely stems from self-doubts regular in most Lopez theater most of us feel: we think we don’t productions. “Everyone is givhave the power we really do. ing a lot. It’s hard work and a “Dorothy and her traveling comwhole lot of fun.” panions will meet the witches – good The production is being and bad – the munchkins, the jitdesigned to jump out of the terbugs, the citizens of Oz and, of illustrated pages of the chilcourse, the Wizard as they travel dren’s book, according to through time and the imaginations Steckler. of children young and old to discover “Some great set pieces are what we Lopezians discovered when being designed and constructwe made our own journey to this ed in several places on the island: ‘There’s no place like home,” Contributed photo/ Steve Horn island, and a costume shop said Director Carol Steckler, “Dorothy” is shocked as a citizen of Oz confronts the Cowardly Lion. Mary Wondra, Kate Czaja (playing Dorothy) and is humming in the village Now Lopez Community Theater is Cowardly Lion. with Gretchen Scherzinger, mounting a production to celebrate creator of special costumes this timeless tale with its own staged working with a team of other version right out of early illustrations then the Legion Hall. Other productions, now which represent her inner resources,” she costume volunteers,” she said. from children’s literature. Performances for memorialized in a series of framed production said. “She not only faces and overcomes her While originally written for children, “The “The Wizard” will be April 18 through the posters, featured such diverse productions fears, she learns she had everything she Wizard” is clearly intended for older chil22 at 7:30 p.m. at Lopez Center with a 2 p.m. as “The Crucible,” “Our Town,” “Santaland needed all along.” dren and adults, Steckler points out that matinee as well on Sunday. A cast of 25 will play 35 roles and a dance Diaries,” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Before Lopez Community Theater is an open, Lopez Center was built, productions were troupe of 12 will perform. And so far, there the production has several scary scenes that are abrupt, loud and frightening and not for all-volunteer entity historically used by any- mounted in the school multi-purpose room or 82 costumes. infants or toddlers. one producing and directing a staged the- the Legion Hall, now Woodmen Hall. “And even though we’re doing the simpler She suggests no one under eight attend ater production on Lopez. Until 2006 these This year’s production “The Wizard of Oz” story book version, it’s still extremely comunless parents think their younger children productions were funded out of someone’s was chosen because of audience demand for plicated,” Steckler said. ”This is the first time pocket or credit card and, if there were prof- a musical, said Steckler, and its resonating we’ve had a dance troupe in a theater perfor- “can handle it.” The whole hall will be used in the production so there will be no space for its, they were donated to various community theme. mance on a Lopez stage, and many of them children to sit on the floor. groups. The first underwritten production Kristen Fernald, vocal director, said the are doubling and tripling as dramatic actors.” Tickets are on sale now at Paper scissors, was “The Grapes of Wrath” in 2006 benefiting classical story depicts our life’s journey and Most of the music is from the movie, which Blossom Organic Grocery, Lopez Bookshop, the Children’s Center. Other beneficiaries that’s why it has power. turned 70 this year. Islandale/Southender, Lopez Center and since then have been Lopez Community Land Performers range in age from nine to “A young innocent girl dreams big; she online at Folks can pick up tickTrust, KLOI Radio and Lopez Center for knows there’s more to life and it calls to her. over 70-years-old. Dorothy is played by Kate ets for the April 18 “Pay What You Can” perCommunity and the Arts. Lopez Community She has lessons to learn and dangers to face Czaja, a 13-year-old Lopez high school stuTheater was launched in 1977 with a produc- but, instead of being rescued by a prince or dent. Twelve 2nd through 4th graders join the formance at any of the ticket outlets and pay at tion of “The Island of Zepol” at what was fairy godmother, she calls on her companions troupe as munchkins. Dozens of islanders are the door to assure they will have a seat.

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going forward with this idea. Among the conditions are the following: 1) Petitions circulated and signed. The council asked for supporting evidence that Lopez residents want to be self-sufficient and operate the solid waste system through a SWDD. They ask that we collect somewhere between 15 -50 percent (210 - 700 signatures) of the number of registered Lopez voters in the last general election (about 1,400). The petition will ask that those who sign are willing to vote

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understand current resource flows and Lopezians’ visions and concerns for the future. Visits included half a dozen

SWAP will be coordinating this in favor of a Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District and collect a tax effort and gathering all informalevy of $100,000. This is based on tion and sending a packet includabout 8 cents per $1,000 of valua- ing signed petitions, to the council tion. A $500,000 property would on or before May 15. The SWDD was an option that pay about $40 annually. 2) The council will appoint the Take-Back-The-Dump group between three-five Lopez resi- first looked at. SWAP and the dents to serve on the SWDD Port of Lopez said they are entering the home stretch on this issue Board. If you are interested in hav- and are pleased to find a solution ing your name submitted to the that garners the support of a wide county council for consideration and diverse base of citizens. – Submitted by SWAP and the please send a letter to that effect. List your name, contact infor- Port of Lopez mation, short bio, your involvement to date and particular skill Contributed photo set. Address it to SWAP and send it to P.O. Box 113 Lopez or email Neil Hanson, shown left, making the Lopez Solid Waste system work to:

Lopez farms, Orcas Power and Light Co-op power cable landing, the Sewer District, grocery stores, the Lopez School, the Transfer Station, and Lopez Sand and Gravel. These visits turned up some interesting findings: • school buses travel 176

for everyone.

miles on Lopez each school day; • electricity usage in the average home at Common Ground, a sustainable net zero energy project, is about 400 kWh per month – about 40 percent of the average home on Lopez;

• essentially all electricity in San Juan County comes through two 6-inch cables that land on Lopez; • about 700 dump truck loads of branches and roots are open-burned at the pit at Lopez Sand and Gravel every year;


Since January 1, 2008 boaters 12 years and over in Washington State have been required to take or have taken a National Association of State Boating Law Administrator (NASBLA) and Washington State approved boating education course to operate any size boat with a motor over 15 horse power. As of January 1, 2012 this requirement applies to persons 40 years of age and younger. If you are in this age group you are required by law to attend an approved class to qualify for your Boater’s Education Card. Upon successful completion of this accredited course you will receive a certificate and application form to send to Washington State Parks along with a $10.00 application fee to receive your lifetime (non-expiring) Boater’s Education Card. “ADVENTURES IN BOATING WASHINGTON” is the NASBLA approved boating course being offered by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Unit. The approved course covers the general aspects of boating, Washington State law and boating safety. Topics include recommended/ required boating equipment, navigation, boat operations, emergency preparedness, trip planning, the marine environment, personal watercraft, and much more.

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Next Class being held on: Saturday April 28, 2012 from 9:00 am to 5:00pm. The Orcas Island Fire Station • 45 Lavender Lane, Eastsound, WA The class is free and includes materials. Contact Deputy Herb Crowe at (360)378-4151 or by email to register. Class size is limited to 20 persons. The Islands’ Weekly • • April 3, 2012 – Page 6

• Lopez has 6,000 acres of wooded land about three acres per person, enough to potentially meet all space and heating needs on the island if properly managed; • due to lack of composting facilities, human and food waste biosolids from the sewer district are trucked to the mainland two to four times a month for incineration; • during the summer over 500,000 gallons of treated water per month suitable for irrigation of all but root crops from the Fisherman Bay Sewer District are released



into the ocean. The students’ project will weave these – and many other baseline facts – into an analysis of current consumption patterns and an investigation into opportunities for more resiliency and sustainability. If you are interested in this project or seeing some photos and slideshow, visit the graduate students’ blog at, which chronicles the work of the students in developing the class project and will include opportunities in future weeks to comment on their emerging class project. The site also contains a link to an online survey less than 10 minutes with important questions to fill information gaps about our reliance on imported food, petroleum and more. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

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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. or email graCe episCopal ChurCh, welcomes you to worship with us on Sundays at 10:00 am. Fisherman Bay Road at Sunset Lane. 468-3477. Everyone welcome! lopez island Community ChurCh, 91 Lopez Road. Sunday School: pre-school through adult 9:30 am; Worship at 10:30 am. Pastor Jeff Smith 468-3877. lutheran ChurCh in the san juans, Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in Center Church on Davis Bay Road. Also in Friday Harbor at 9:15 a.m. in St. David’s and in Eastsound at 2:00 p.m. in Emmanual. Pastor Anne Hall, 468-3025. QuaKer Worship group Meetings will be Sundays at 10 am at the home of Ron Metcalf, 6363 Fisherman Bay Road. Children’s program. Everyone welcome. Phone 468-2129. Email: 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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Home Garden Spring 2012

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At last. Spring has sprung. It’s time to get outside and get ready for summer. Our Home & Garden section includes articles by local experts and a preview of upcoming events. We hope it will help you make the most out of the spring season.

• Ridding the home of hazardous waste — Helen Venada/Brian Radar, HG 2 • Master your garden — Jody Burns, HG 3 • Maintenance tips, for the home — David Mieland, HG 5 • Arbor Day & Edible trees — Roger Ellison/Shann Weston, HG 6 • Selling this spring? — Gary Franklin, HG 7

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Disposing of hazardous waste: 101

Hazardous waste roundup: one stop opportunity to get rid of all that really icky— and dangerous—stuff By Brian Rader, Helen Venada

What? The hazardous waste round-up collection event is our once-yearly opportunity to legally and responsibly dispose of poisonous, flammable, corrosive or other hazardous chemicals. Why? Taking responsibility for the waste you produce is the right thing to do. You don’t want this stuff sitting around your property. Proper disposal protects your health and the health of the workers that handle your waste. Proper disposal also keeps chemicals out of our drinking water and out of the environment. Where? At your island’s solid waste facility (aka, “the dump”). When? The schedule: San Juan Island: Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Orcas Island: Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lopez Island: Sunday, May 6, noon to 3 p.m. What can I bring? Pesticides and other poisons, gasoline and other waste fuels, wood preservatives, oil-based paints and stains, solvents, thinners, pool and photochemicals, resins, mothballs, polishes, degreasers, cleaning products, spent fluorescent light tubes. What not to bring? The following are not accepted at the round-up: Flares, explosives, ammunition, or radioactive material— deliver these to the Sheriff ’s Office. Antifreeze, motor oil, and vehicle batteries—recycle at your island’s solid

waste facility during regular business hours. Unbroken, spent Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)—deliver to your OPALCO office for free recycling. Latex paint – dry out (solidify) and dispose as regular solid waste. Children or pets? These are not hazardous waste and we want to keep them safe. How much will it cost? Households are charged a minimum fee of $12 for up to 200 pounds (about 25 gallons) of hazardous waste. Amounts over that will cost an additional $.06 per pound. Cash or check only. Businesses must preregister by calling 370-0503 and will be invoiced for their disposal costs. Please remember: what you pour on the ground or into your drain today, you may be drinking out of your faucet tomorrow. Please choose wisely, and contact us with questions. — Helen Venada, hazardous waste and waste reduction coordinator: 370-0503;; Brian Rader, pollution prevention specialist: 370-7581;

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Hazardous waste comes in many forms, from industrial to common household materials.

Do-it-yourself septic inspection: classes available In the past three years, more than 2,600 homeowners have attended San Juan County’s free on-site sewage system operation and maintenance workshops and have been certified to inspect their septic systems. Workshops are scheduled for Lopez, Orcas and San Juan islands through September of this year. The workshops provide homeowners an opportunity to become certified to inspect their septic systems and avoid the expense of hiring an inspector. Participants learn how septic systems function, how

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Garden: be the master

By Jody Burns

Is your step a little lighter? Are you singing in the rain? Whistling while you work? It’s spring and we all feel better. At my house we know it’s spring when we open the doors to the unheated enclosed porch from which we can see Yellow Island and the inter-island ferry traffic as we eat breakfast and lunch. Yesterday, we opened the doors. It’s officially spring at our house. I hope it is at your house too—and in your garden. We had some lovely weather the week before last. We’re not out of the woods yet as far as rain goes, but mornings are no longer bracingly cold and sunset doesn’t send us running for our down jackets. The plants know it too. Daffodils, crocus, scilla, forsythia, and quince are blooming. Tree buds are swelling. Red flowering quince and tall Oregon grape

are bursting into bloom. And of course, the deer are back. Time to get busy in the garden. But what exactly should you be doing in the garden in spring? Lots of answers will be found at the Master Gardeners Spring Gardening Workshop, Saturday, April 21; a full day of practical workshops designed to improve your gardening skills. Graham Kerr, of Galloping Gourmet fame, is the keynote speaker. Workshops range from year-round vegetable gardening to water catchment systems, to flower arranging. to ( Go mastergardeners/ for the full schedule and on-line registration forms; registration forms are also at several shops around town.)

In the meantime, it’s clean-up and weeding time—again. Cleaning up winter debris in your garden eliminates inviting environments for both disease and pests (think slugs!). Add compost to your vegetable gardens. Plant those bare root plants you got at the Native Plant Sale. Plant perennials that you fall in love with in garden centers and nurseries. Get your soil tested. Soil is the life-blood of your garden. You should know what’s in it before you add anything to it. The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass. does standard testing fast

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and inexpensively. They’ll email you the results with a detailed list of suggested improvements. Here’s the link: htm Spring is a prime time to build garden structures. Think about building a raised bed. Soil in a raised bed warms more quickly than the flat ground around it. Warm soil temperature is important for plant growth in our climate. I have a friend who created raised beds from two utility tubs she found at the thrift store. You know those tubs that were in everyone’s basement years ago? They have a drainage hole and they raise the planting bed to waist height. No more bending over. Feeling pinched and don’t want to spend money on materials? Get the shovel and pile up your soil in 4-by-4 flat-topped foot-high piles. Feeling flush and want to make it beautiful? Build it out of cedar with mitered picture frame trim on the top. Raised beds should be only as wide as you can reach. You don’t want to step in them to do the weeding. There are books galore with building instructions. Ask at the library or browse the gardening section at the local bookstores. If you are planting vegetable seeds, there are several cool weather crops you can plant now. Outside, plant peas, arugula, kale, and mustards. I love snap peas. You eat the pod and the pea, what could be more efficient? Super Sugar Snap or Cascadia are favorite

varieties. Snow peas have the same advantage. Try Oregon Sugar Pod. I grow shelling peas too; though if you have only room for one pea, choose snap peas. Plant them one inch deep and if the birds are a problem, cover them with Remay. Peas need to grow up a trellis, but you can make one inexpensively from material at hand. Arugula grows best in cool weather. Keep it picked and you’ll have it all summer. If seedlings are your choice, you can plant mustards, kale, chard, as well as peas. Remember that although our average last frost is mid-March, the safe planting date is April 15. If your garden is a cool one, cover your seedlings with a low tunnel of Remay, that will protect plants from a light frost. It’s water and sunlight permeable. The best part of spring is the new life in the garden. If you want to believe once again in the will to live just look around. Take your time, really look. In the rock pile, honeysuckle vines are beginning to peek out, on a nurse stump a tree seedling is putting out new growth, in the dirt, barely visible, is the first growth of a peony, and in the far corner of the vegetable garden is a mustard seedling the gift of last year’s crop you let go to seed. Outside new life is all around you bringing with it the hope of one more year of bountiful harvests, beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs full of birds—and deer who won’t eat the flowers. Enjoy! As always, the Master Gardeners are here to answer your questions and help. Call us at WSU Extension, 378-4414.

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Above, scenes from San Juan Island’s 2011 Garden Tour.

San Juan Island’s 2012 Garden Tour is June 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the San Juan Horticultural Society and WSU Master Gardeners, the Garden Tour features four unique island gardens, with a docent to answer questions and lead walks at each. Tickets for the tour ($15 last year) will be available the week before the tour, at Browne’s Garden Center, Robin’s Nest and Griffin Bay Bookstore. Tickets will also be available the day of the tour. Tour proceeds benefit the Mullis Senior Community Demonstration Garden (maintained by WSU Master Gardeners), awards for the Flower Hall at the San Juan County Fair, and the “greening” of the gravel pit.

Hard to imagine that, in just two months, the storms of March and April will have receded and left us with our first harvests of vegetables and flower gardens in full bloom. The fever of spring is budding, bidding, bountiful and abiding. Please mark your calendars for the Orcas Island Garden Club’s Homestead Tour, a tour of five farms and gardens on the east side of the island whose emphasis is not only beauty, but the sustainable horticulture of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Three of the homesteads—the Doe Bay Garden (managed by Heather Watts) and George Orser’s Orcas Farm in Doe

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cultural methods, such as seed saving, composting, and crop rotation. As well, Eastside eateries—Café Olga and the Doe Bay Café—will offer box lunches to pre-order for tour-goers who would like to picnic at the sites. The Orcas Island Garden Club is excited about this

“themed” tour into island history and horticulture. Please mark your calendars for “The Homestead Tour,” Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, and watch for ticket information in the Islands’ Sounder, and at and other venues.

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Spring: tips for the home

By David Meiland

Winter is over, and along with spring cleaning, this is a good time for home maintenance tasks. Modern homes have many parts that need regular inspection and service. Unfortunately, these are sometimes neglected, leading to expensive problems when they fail unexpectedly. Here are some of the more important items, in no particular order: If you have a wood-burning chimney, have it inspected and serviced by a certified chimney technician. Do it now and you’ll be ready for the next heating season. Get a flashlight and take a look inside your dryer vent pipe. Chances are good that lint has built up inside the pipe and should be removed. A shop-vac works well for this. Test your smoke detectors and replace the batteries, or even the entire detector, if necessary. Check your attic and crawl space for signs of water leaks, condensation, missing insulation, or pests. A thorough annual inspection of both spaces is recommended. Turn off your water heater and drain it to remove sediment build-up in the tank. This is especially important if you are on a well. Inspect the various flexible water connectors in your home, like those at sinks, toilets, the dishwasher, and the washing machine. These have a limited service life and should be replaced with new, highquality connectors periodically. Test the GFCI receptacles in your kitchen,

bathrooms, garage, and exterior. These can fail, and you are depending on them to protect you. It only takes a few minutes to test all of them in the home. Inspect your roof, gutters, and downspouts. If you can’t safely get on your roof, have a roofer or home inspector check your shingles and flashings for signs of trouble. Make sure that gutters are clean and downspouts are moving rainwater away from your foundation. Have your heating system serviced. Modern systems with heat pumps, boilers, and other complex parts need regular inspection by a heating technician to ensure that they are running correctly and efficiently. And of course, change your furnace filter regularly. Clean the grease filter in your range hood. If it won’t fit into the dishwasher, take it to the car wash next time you go. Trim trees and shrubs away from the house and roof, and make sure there’s plenty of room between the soil and your wood siding. Last but not least, have your septic system inspected periodically. Every three years is a good interval. Many of these tasks you can safely and effectively perform yourself. Others require a skilled person such as a contractor, plumber, or home inspector. Be sure to hire the right person for the job. A little attention now could prevent a big hassle later. — David Meiland is the owner of Bailer Hill Construction, Friday Harbor.

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Arbor Day: a timely tribute to our trees

Did you know some species are edible? Here are the Top 5 on our list By Roger Ellison/Shann Weston

“We inspire people to plant nurture and Shann Weston celebrate trees.” That is the mission of the Arbor Day Foundation. To that end, the Foundation celebrates Arbor Day all over the nation and provides many educational resources about trees. Trees can reduce the erosion of topsoil, cut heating and cooling costs, remove dust and carbon dioxide from the air, produce life-giving oxygen, provide habitat for wildlife, beautify our community, and feed our families. In the words of Arbor Day founder, Sterling Morton, “all the people strive on Arbor Day to plant many, many trees, both forest and fruit. May the day and the observance thereof be cherished in every household, and its name and fruits become as a shower of blessing to the long lines of generations who shall succeed us.” Forest trees of Cascadia provide the well-known evergreen coniferous character of our region. The Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is the state tree of Oregon. The Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) is the provincial tree of British Columbia. The Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) was chosen as Washington’s state tree in 1947. Rain shadow trees, such

as the Garry Oak (Quercus garryana) and spectacular coastal trees such as the Pacific Madrone (Arbutus menziesii) add to island character. Edible trees give us the same benefits as their purely ornamental cousins, plus the added benefit of fruits, nuts and salad greens. Producing more of our food from trees and shrubs preserves our soil, protects our streams, and gives us beautifully Roger Ellison productive landscapes. Besides the usual apples, pears, plums and peaches, there are several tasty and nutritious trees that we can choose to plant on Arbor Day. The following Top Five “Unusual Edible Trees” have been given the highest rating of Five Apples for edibility on the Plants for a Future web site ( All of them would grow well on our islands. Top Five Unusual Edible Trees: n Sweet chestnuts (Castanea sativa) for nuts n Hawthorns (Crateagus arnoldiana, C. pensylvanica, C. schraderiana and others) for fruit n Lime trees (Tillia cordata, T. platyphyllos, T. x Europaea) for flowers and leaves n Japanese Dogwood (Cornus kousa, C. kousa chinensis) for fruit n Hazels and Filberts (Corylus avellana and C. maxima) for nuts San Juan Island Grange will celebrate Arbor Day, Friday, April 27, 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor. National Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care.

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The National Arbor Day Foundation has plenty of ideas on how schools, groups and civic organizations can celebrate Arbor Day. But you’ll also find a few suggestions on its Website of ways to celebrate Arbor Day simply on your own. Here’s a few: n Plant a tree yourself. It is an act of optimism and kindness, a labor of love and a commitment to stewardship. n Read a book about trees. Learn to identify trees in your yard and neighborhood. n Enjoy the outdoors. Visit a local park or take a nature hike. n Attend a class on tree and plant care. n Volunteer with a local tree-planting organization. You’ll meet new people and make a difference in your community. For more ideas, visit the National Arbor Day Foundation at,

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Selling a home this spring?

By Gary Franklin

When you’re getting ready to sell your property, you want to be able to get the best price possible for your home. Remember when you took your trade-in to the car dealership? Didn’t you clean it up beforehand? Depending on how long you have lived at your current residence, you may want to invest a little time and money into a few simple improvements. Many sellers may become wary of taking the necessary time to help spruce up their home’s appearance

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Simple improvements will boost appeal; bathroom, kitchen are key due to the cost associated with upgrades. Yet, even simple improvements to a property can make a big difference and won’t always cost thousands of dollars to accomplish. So let’s look at some great ways to increase value and make the most impact: Improve curb appeal: You can achieve this in several ways. First, you can fill in empty spaces and add a few plants or shrubs to your landscaping. Additionally, some flowers or potted plants near the front entrance can make a great first impression. Adding a tree for additional shade and patching up a worn out lawn can work miracles to draw buyers in. Space and cleanliness: There is nothing worse to a buyer than a cluttered or unclean home. Take the time to remove unnecessary items from your closets, clean out the garage or carport, remove clutter or toys from the living areas, and make your floors shine. Your home needs to be staged in such a way that your buyers can visualize themselves living there. The way you decorate your walls and ceilings will also affect how your buyers perceive open space. Aim for an earthy appearance: Many buyers appreciate materials and paint colors that tend to have more of an earthy appeal. Each room will be different, so be sure to choose wisely. Also, consider using ceramic tiles or wood flooring instead of carpets or linoleum. Tiles in both the bathroom and kitchen could also make a huge difference. Change outdated items: This can be as simple as replacing old light and sink fixtures, doors, handles, or

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even windows. These items can greatly impact the price of a home and don’t always require huge amounts of investment. Additionally, maybe a new coat of paint or trim is all you need to fix up an otherwise “old” appearance. Ask an expert: Whether you need advice on decorating, how to improve energy efficiency, or would like to find some items that could use a little “TLC”, it could be worth a small one-time investment to get another opinion. This is a way to proactively make changes before you even consider listing your home. And you may be able to avoid bigger problems that could arise down the road. Bathrooms and kitchen: Finally, if you are able to make the extra investment, two areas that have the biggest impact on price are the bathroom and kitchen. Whether this requires replacing the floors, sinks, tubs, fixtures or appliances, there are many ways that you can astronomically boost your home’s appeal by making improvements to these two key areas. We hope these tips prove helpful when the time comes to sell your home. If you would like an expert opinion from an experienced realtor on how you can command top dollar for your property, be sure to contact us today. — Gary Franklin is an agent/broker with Windermere San Juan Island;

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Tips to grow an island veggie patch By Cali Bagby

Taking on the task of growing food in your backyard may seem daunting, but Marlyn Myers, former Orcas Garden Club president and avid gardener, has a few tips to get you started on an island veggie patch of your own. Step 1: Soil The pH in your soil measures its acidity or alkalinity. Most vegetable gardens require less acidity, said Myers. We have two types of soil on Orcas - waterfront with no nutrients and inland soil, which is much better. If you have waterfront soil, you will need to add nutrients like your compost or fertilizer. You can purchase a pH soil testing kit from any garden supply store or call the Washington State University at 3784414 for a list of testing labs. Step 2: Sun… and heat Myers said you absolutely need to have sun for your vegetables to grow, so make sure you start your garden in a spot with plenty of rays. Many plants need the soil temperature to be 60 degrees, so until the earth warms up it’s good to start growing plants in a greenhouse. Other options to heat your soil are: - Raised beds, think a garden in a

sandbox, which puts soil higher than surrounding soil - Grow covers, which are basically above the ground tunnels with plastic wrap for insulation - Cold frames, which are wooden enclosures with glass windows on the top. When it’s cold you close the glass and when it’s warm you open it Step 3: Water Water is vital from the moment seeds are sown through sprouting to the end of the growing season, but be careful not to drown your plants because veggies can rot if they get too much water in cool island weather. Step 4: Plants Myers said there are a variety of cool season crops that are an ideal fit for Orcas gardens, but that it’s also important to pick plants that you and your

family will enjoy eating. Here are Myers recommendations: Peas, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, carrots, parsnips, beets and radishes. Be adventurous and try plants like artichokes if you have a lot of sun in your garden, said Myers. She also suggests people plant flowers like nasturtiums and marigolds around the edge of the garden, which will help keep pests away. And mixing in some seaweed with your soil wards off slugs. Herbs grow well in pots and are an easy way to jump start your green thumb. Chives, oregano and parsley are low maintenance because they grow back every year. Step 5: Enjoy it Gardening keeps your body in shape and you have the benefit of knowing exactly where your food comes from, said Myers. For Myers, gardening is a peaceful feeling that gives her a sense of independence and stress relief. Start small or you’ll get overwhelmed and give up, Myers said. But once you get into it, it’s a joyous thing. For more info about the Orcas Garden Club visit

5 steps to compost

By Cali Bagby

1. The Outside: Compost bins can cost anywhere between a few bucks to $300. They came in various shapes from round to square to wire to cedar to plastic. Buy wire for a 10-feet by 36-inch compost. Get creative with an old or new trash can and cut holes in the top and sides to let air in and cut a square out in the bottom so you can let the water out and get easy access to composted soil. If you want an aesthetically pleasing bin for less hassle you can spend a pretty penny on bins that roll or have cranks to sift through your contents. You can also just heap your compost in the yard, but you may get unwanted visitors like rats or raccoons. 2. The Inside: Keep a container by your kitchen sink and collect egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peels, even pet hair, lint, newspaper, jell-o, pickles and other discarded material. The more you shred these items down the faster they will compost. Most kitchen leftovers can be composted, but beware of meat products like fats and white bread, which are like neon fast food signs for rodents. 3. Move it and shake it: Mix up the contents of your compost, with a turning crank inside your compost bin or stick a pitchfork inside and toss materials around. Strategically place your items to allow oxygen to break down items. Too much is sometimes too much - mix equal amounts green and brown items, think of a dirt and garbage parfait. 4. Let in the light: Place your bin in a spot where it will get sun and a little bit of shade. 5. Keep it moist: Moist is good, soggy and slimy is bad, so add more green items, like yard waste.




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Local Media Association (formerly Suburban Newspapers of America). Gloria is married with two sons, ages 14 and 17, and she and her family are excited about the move to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. She will take up her new position in April and will be relocating her family over the summer. “I’m honored to join Sound Publishing and Black Press,” Fletcher said. “I’m anxious to be on-site to learn about the area, the plethora of print and digital news products and really get to know the many talented people who produce them. My family and I are very excited to get there.” Fletcher’s appointment was announced March 26 by Rick O’Connor, Chief

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Gloria Fletcher Operating Officer of Black Press of Victoria, B.C., Sound Publishing’s parent company, and company owner David Black. “David and I are excited

about the quality of leadership that Gloria brings to her new position and we hope to build on the new acquisitions we announced in the fall of last year,” O’Connor said. O’Connor thanked both Josh O’Connor and Lori Maxim, Vice Presidents of Sound Publishing, for their leadership and guidance of Sound over the past two years. He also thanked executives Mark Warner and Don Kendall for their work in bringing both the Port Angeles and Sequim newspapers into the Sound group over the past few months. “Gloria is inheriting a group of publishing titles and websites that I think is poised for strong growth given the quality of assets, the health of the marketplace and talented

Seattle land-use attorney joins CSA’s experts can be found Common Sense at www.perAlliance is pleased to announce the amackie/. addition of Sandy CSA’s mission Mackie, a leading is to educate land use attorney Islanders, as of the Perkins well as the San Coie Law Offices, Juan County Seattle, to its team Council, staff, of professionals: and Planning including practicContributed photo Commission on ing attorneys, civil the law and proengineers, licensed Gloria Fletcher cess regarding and certified updates to the hydrologists, geologists, and business leaders. CAO and SMP. As a part of CSA looks forward to having this mission CSA considers it Mackie’s guidance and assis- critical for all to consider the tance in resolving the criti- social, economic and envical legal issues as proposed ronmental impacts of Sandy in the draft Critical Areas Mackier rural way of living, Ordinances and Shoreline and to evaluate and balance Management Program pre- those competing interests pared by San Juan County. as common sense advises Mackie’s curriculum vitae and the law requires. Such

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employees,” O’Connor said. Based in Poulsbo and Bellevue, Wash., Sound Publishing, Inc., owns and operates 38 community newspapers and 14 Little Nickel publications in the greater Puget Sound area. In fall of 2011, Sound Publishing added the Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles), Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum to

their community newspaper holdings. Collectively, Sound Publishing has circulation of 773,126. Sound Publishing’s broad household distribution blankets the greater Puget Sound region, extending northward from Seattle to Canada, south to Salem, Ore., and westward to the Pacific Ocean.

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Natural History with Russel Barsh and Madrona Murphy succulence” makes the cells allows its shallow root to die, and is then fed A grass that sheds tears, swell and when you bite into a and watered entirely by its host. orange parasitic plants, You may also find a plant in our salt marshpiece of pickleweed, which you weeds from south Africa, can eat, the bags burst, making es that is very far from home: the daisy-like and Coast Salish “sweet potathe whole plant taste like it has brass buttons (Cotula coronopifolia) from toes,” where on Lopez can been soaked in brine. Unbitten, south Africa. Brass buttons grows in areas you find all these things? Our the rest of the cell is less salty frequently flooded with salt water and though salt marshes! than the surrounding water, not native, it has not been a significant pest Saltgrass (Distichlis spiand pickleweed is an attractive on Lopez. Salt marshes are very productive cata) is found at the marsh’s host to goldenthread (Cuscuta despite the need for highly adapted species. edge, and has a unique This productivity was enhanced and exploitpacifica). adaptation to its salty enviThe parasitic goldenthread ed by First Nations in coastal British Columbia ronment: tiny glands on its looks like a tangle of bailing and Alaska, who cultivated edible roots and leaves and stems that cry twine or the aftermath of a Silly bulbs in carefully tended estuarine gardens. briny tears. Like sea turtle String fight. It starts life normal- These gardens included Pacific cinquefoil tears, the weeping of the ly, sprouting from a seed on the (Potentilla anserina), which is abundant in saltgrass allows it to imbibe ground, but as soon as it emerg- both salt and freshwater marshes on Lopez seawater. es things take an unusual turn, and reproduces by sending out strawberryBeyond the fringe of literally. The tiny golden sprout like runners. It stores energy in starchy roots, saltgrass you will find yourrotates counterclockwise until which have been compared to tiny sweet potaself in a meadow of fleshy Madrona Murphy photo it encounters a host or runs out toes or parsnips, and were also eaten by Coast green pickleweed stems of stored energy and withers Salish families on Lopez. that appear completely leaf- Pacific cinquefoil. away. It sinks its haustoria - the less. Unlike saltgrass, pickplant equivalent leweed (Salicornia virginica or Sarcocornia perennis) cannot cry, instead it concentrates salts in a storage sack called of fangs- into the pickleweed, Join us for Easter Brunch, Sunday April 8th a vacuole at the center of its cells. This “salt • 10 am to 2 pm tions and become compromised by genetic modification; ■ With less time. The average American family spends 31 minutes preparing, eating, and cleaning up for every meal. How to fit in time to grow the food? However, each of these problems carries within the seed of its own solution. After the sudden loss of their main supply of petroleum when the Soviet Union fell in the early 1990’s, Cuba proved that moving away from a mechanized system of farming and

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WHY GROW YOUR OWN? As we barrel head-long into spring, out come the pickaxes, hoes, and shovels. Seed packets are inventoried and orders placed. Garden plans are adjusted. Perennials are already rearing their tender heads. Roger Doiron, head of Kitchen Gardeners International, calls his ex-lawn, now vegetable garden, his subversive plot. Encouraging people to take power over their own food, health, and pocketbook, he believes, can radically alter the balance of power on the planet. And, unlike most other subversive activity, it doesn’t require taking power away from others; in fact, it works best if it is shared with as many people as possible. Paralleling an obesity epidemic spreading outward from the U.S. to the rest of the developed world, global hunger is also on the rise. World food prices and population continue to skyrocket. As of 2007, this planet went from being primarily rural to urban, eliminating many potential sources of food. “To keep up with population growth,” says Doiron, “more food will have to be produced worldwide over the next fifty years than has been during the past 10,000 years combined.” Food will have to be grown: ■ With less oil now that we have reached peak oil production according to many indusBarbara Swahlen, try sources. Currently, 10 calories of fossil fuel energy DVM are used to produce one calorie of food energy; Compassionate ■ With less water due to Veterinary Care the increasing drought condifor your pets tions world-wide; ■ With less farmland due in your home. to the desertification of the global south and suburban Community sprawl in the north; Animal ■ With less climate stabilHealth ity; ■ With less genetic diversity 468-2553 as seed systems are increasingly controlled by corpora-




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Former SPD chief stumps for change By Steve Wehrly Journal reporter

On the Saturday after the Seattle World Trade Organization riots in late 1999, Norm Stamper resigned as Seattle’s Chief of Police. “I was terribly sorry I did what I thought was right,” he told an audience of 50, March 25 at Skagit Valley Community College in Friday Harbor. For six years, he continued to think he was right to clear 6th and Union St. with tear gas and trun-

cheons, even as he admitted that mistakes in judgment were made and people hurt by police misconduct. His book, “Breaking Rank,” published in 2005, recognized some of those mistakes, but it took a year of book tours, a year of “listening with my heart and my head,” and a year of WTO protesters telling him, “I don’t respect you for what you did that day”, before he admitted that, “I was wrong. It was the cop in me that made that decision, not the chief.”


other examples, he recollected that San Diego was fortunate to have a well-trained police SWAT to stop the 1984 “McDonald’s Massacre,” after 21 deaths and 19 injuries. “There is a need for SWAT teams and military equipment and tactics,” Stamper said. “If you need these tools, you must have training, training and more training.” Still, Stamper argues that two wars — the War on Drugs and the War on Terror — “are turning cops into soldiers.” He views both “wars” as insufficient reason for the federal government to massively fund the militarization of law enforcement in “even the tiniest communities.” “We have carried homeland security to an extreme,” he said.

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ships they didn’t have. And year by year they are also helping to grow the next generation of kitchen gardeners. Ultimately, all solutions start at home. Those of us who are avid vegetable garden converts can inspire our families, friends, and neighbors through conversation and example. Here on Lopez, you can attend a Garden Club meeting, contact the Washington State University Master Gardeners (http://, or ask any one of the hundreds of people who garden here on island if you have questions. Ana Malinoff of Greenheart Gardens offers her local seeds direct ( or through Blossom Natural Foods. Be a Locavore. Just plant one vegetable this summer and we promise, forever after, you will only want to grow your own.

known to speed up the growth of Breast Cancer, Prostrate Cancer and Childhood Leukemia by increasing the hormone IGF-1, a cancer stimulator. You talked about that GMO sweet corn with most likely GMO butter melting on it making your mouth water for its goodness, but when research done by the International Journal of Biological Science has said this corn can lead to organ failure in mammals and the same company that developed “Agent Orange” redesigned it into “Round Up” and later redesigned it into the corn you say is so good I would like the same freedom to choose to eat it as you Sunrise Service seem to enjoy, but right now Sunday, April 8th 7:00 a.m. without labeling that right Spencer Spit is limited, but again that is a different initiative and hopefully that one will pass too so that the 95 percent of our citizens who want labelSunday Celebration Service 10:00 AM ing can have what most of Lopez Elementary School the other countries already Multipurpose Room have. Educate yourselves At Christ the King Community Church you’ll find a refreshing blend of... before you call something Relevant Teaching “laughable” because there Contemporary Worship Music are many of us who take this A Casual Atmosphere initiative very seriously and We especially welcome people who worthwhile. have given up on church in the past

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DEPUTY PROSECUTOR San Juan County, WA San Juan County seeks an attorney to handle District Court matters in Friday Harbor. Responsible for the investigation, charging, trial and post-trial aspects of all cases filed in District Court. Duties include occasionally supporting and covering for the Superior Court Prosecutor and may include assisting with Coroner calls occasionally. WSBA membership, strong sense of ethics, and commitment to government service required. For detailed information and application visit Or Call 360-370-7402. Open until filled. EOE. REPORTER The Bainbridge Island Review, a weekly community newspaper located in western Washington state, is accepting applications for a parttime general assignment Reporter. The ideal candidate will have solid reporting and writing skills, have up-to-date knowledge of the AP Stylebook, be able to shoot photos and video, be able to use InDesign, and contribute to staff blogs and Web updates. We offer vacation and sick leave, and paid holidays. If you have a passion for community news reporting and a desire to work in an ambitious, dynamic newsroom, we want to hear from you. E.O.E. Email your resume, cover letter and up to 5 non-returnable writing, photo and video samples to Or mail to BIRREP/HR Dept., Sound Publishing, 19351 8th Ave. NE, Suite 106, Poulsbo, WA 98370.

REPORTER Reporter sought for staff opening with the Peninsula Daily News, a sixday newspaper on Washington’s beautiful North Olympic Peninsula that includes the cities of Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend and Forks (yes, the “Twilightâ€? Forks, but no vampires or werewolves). Bring your experience from a weekly or small daily -from the first day, you’ll be able to show off the writing and photography skills you’ve already acquired while sharpening your talent with the help of veteran newsroom leaders. This is a general assignment reporting position in our Port Angeles office in which being a self-starter must be demonstrated through professional experience. Port Angeles-based Peninsula Daily News, circulation 16,000 daily and 15,000 Sunday (plus a website getting up to one million hits a month), publishes separate editions for Clallam and Jefferson counties. Check out the PDN at w w w. p e n i n s u l a d a i l y and the beauty and recreational oppor tunities at In-person visit and tryout are required, so Washington/Northwest applicants given preference. Send cover letter, resume and five best writing and photography clips to Leah Leach, managing editor/news, P.O. Box 1330, 305 W. First St., Port Angeles, WA 98362, or email ClassiďŹ eds. We’ve got you covered. 800-388-2527 Employment Restaurant

The Bluff Restaurant at Friday Harbor House is currently seeking a Breakfast Cook and Server and Front Desk Agent to join their team. If interested, please apply online at:

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DRIVERS -- New Freight lanes in your area. Annual Salary $45K to $60K. Flexible hometime. Modern Fleet of Trucks. CDL-A, 3 months current OTR experience. 800-414-9569 ClassiďŹ eds. We’ve got you covered. 800-388-2527 Business Opportunities

INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL Exchange Representative: Earn supplemental income placing and supervising high school exchange students. Volunteer host families also needed. Promote world peace! NATIONAL NUTRITION Company seeking local reps for placement of Immune Health Newspapers in high traffic locations. Excellent income potential with residuals. Call today (800) 8085767 &INDĂĽ)TĂĽ"UYĂĽ)TĂĽ3ELLĂĽ)T ,OOKINGĂĽFORĂĽTHEĂĽRIDE OFĂĽYOURĂĽLIFE WWWNW ADSCOM ĂĽHOURSĂĽAĂĽDAY Schools & Training

ATTEND COLLEGE online from home. *Medical *Business *Criminal Justice. *Hospitality. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 866-483-4499. Professional Services Legal Services

DIVORCE $135. $165 with children. No court appearances. Complete preparation. Includes, custody, support, property division and bills. BBB member. (503) 772-5295. www.paralegalalter P E LV I C / T R A N S VAG I NAL Mesh? Did you undergo transvaginal placement of mesh for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence between 2005 and present time? If the patch required removal due to complications, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Johnson Law and speak with female staff members. 1-800-535-5727

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Home Furnishings

BEDROOM SET: Solid Oak, 6 years old. Queen size bed with Serta mattress, box spring, frame, headboard (also flannel sheets). Double dresser, mirror and two night stands. High quality wood, (not veneer), solid construction. Made in the U.S.A. Moving, can’t take with me. $975. Delivery possible with additional fee. (360)2862144 Musical Instruments

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. 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 Dogs

(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

GERMAN SHORT Hair Puppies. 4 males, $400 each. 5 females, $450 each. A large yard is mandatory. hunters and great family dogs. Interested? Call 360-8291232 for an appointment. Ask for Mark or Patty. Puppies are available March 24th but will be previewed beginning March 17th. Mother is also onsite. Bring your own collar and $100 non-refundable deposit. Remainder will be due on day of pickup. Tails are cropped, de-clawed, wormed and first shots.

ADORABLE BICH-APOO puppies. Super smart crossbreed. Will be 9-12 pounds mature. First shots, worm negative, 1 year genetic health guarantee. Excellent with children, elderly and for apartment living. Picture doesn’t do them justice! $425. Call: 360697-9091 Poulsbo

AKC German Shepherd DDR Puppies!! Excellent Schutzhund pedigrees. Tracking, obedience and protection. Champions Bloodlines. Social with loving playful temperaments! Shots, wormed, vet checked. Health guarantee. Puppy book includes info on lines, health & more! 2 Males. 2 Females. $800 each. Call Jodi 360-761-7273.

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AKC REGISTERED Lab Puppies. Over 30+ titled dogs in the last 5 generations. Sire is a Master Hunter and Certified Pointing Lab. OFA Hip and Elbows, Dews Removed, First Shots, Deworming. 5 Males (4 Black, 1 Yellow), 5 Females (3 Yellow, 2 Black). $700 each. Call Mike, 360-547-9393 COLLIE PUPPIES AKC 10 wks. Beautiful Champion sired. Rough Collie Puppies. Lassie like, tricolor & sable. Pet & Show. Born 12/15/11 See pictures & info at:

Call: 425- 445-5277 STANDARD Poodles, purebred, black and cream. $350 for males, $450 for females. 9 weeks old, home raised, shots and wormed. Located in Port Ludlow. Call: (360)774-0375

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Pickup Trucks Ford

Marine Miscellaneous

2 KAYAK TRAILER for sale in great condition! Perfect for canoes or kayaks ~ Just in time for summer!! Newer tires and taillight package included. $750 obo. Call Pat 360-221-8294. Langley, South Whidbey. Marine Power

2002 FORD RANGER. $6300. Runs great!! 102,000 miles. V-6, stepside, 4 door extended cab. 2WD, automatic, power steering, Edge package on this truck includes: Air conditioning, cloth/ vinyl slit bench seat, power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry. Security alarm. Extra tint on the windows (looks great with the color). Easy clean vinyl floor interior. 206-498-7433 Pickup Trucks Toyota

13’ ZODIAC YL380 DLX, 2004. Like new. Suzuki 40 HP 4 Stroke Outboard incredibly silent with less than 10 hours. This Zodiac is loaded. Always garaged, never left in water, VHF radio, Depth Sounder, Keelguard Protection Kit, Spotlights, Compass, GPS, Footwell Lights, Running Lights, Automatic Bildge, EZ-Loader Trailer, Full Highest Quality Custom Cover. $14,500. 360-298-0415 or 360-378-6118. Friday Harbor 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! $10,500 OBO. Call Troy, 360-544-2217. Email for photo: 28’ BAYLINER 2855 Ciera, 1991. 7.4 litre Mercury Cruiser, Bravo II Stern Drive. Engine hours: 850. Shore power, depth sounder, GPS. Good Condition. Fish or Cruise - It’s Ready for The Water! $12,000. Call for More Info: 509264-8260 or 509-6635723. Moored in LaConner. Automobiles Honda

2003 HONDA CIVIC EX 49,000 miles, great mileage and very clean!! Vin Report 90 (average is 30-50). $9,100. Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. 360-370-5908.

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 Utility Trailers

DUAL AXLE Trailer; Flatbed steel frame, 8’x16’ foot bed, 2 spare tires and heavy duty torsion bars included. Excellent condition! $1,500 cash. Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands. 360298-0213. Motorcycles

2008 HARLEY Davidson XL 883 Custom. Spring is Here, Time to Ride! Excellent condition. 6,000 miles. Lots and Lots of Extras. Had Heart Surgery in August, Doctor Says Don’t Ride. Dang It! Always kept under cover and in carport. $6,500 OBO. (360)6201114 Reach more than a million potential buyers every day. Place your ad at


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Vendovi Island – getting spruced up for public use ECRWSS POSTAL CUSTOMER

Imagine being dropped off on an uninhabited island for a week. Instead of palm trees, white sands and turquoise water, the sky is grey, the wind howls and the rain pours. Despite the weather, you are in awe of your surroundings and you enjoy working up to seven hours a day, building and reforming trails with your bare hands. This scenario has been the reality for 12 volunteers, who recently spent a week on Vendovi Island. “It’s really an amazing island,” said Mark Hoffmaan, one the volunteers. “Trees have been growing here for years, they are absolutely massive, and the canopy is high, and the undergrowth is rich. Plants have really


wildlife nesting areas, thrived here.” wildflowers and native And when they need grassland. a hot shower or if the “It is incredibly weather becomes too rare to preserve an harsh, they have access island in its entirety, to the one house on and particularly an the property, but other island as untouched than that it’s just them as Vendovi,” said Tim and the island. Seifert, director of the The volunteers are San Juan Preservation from the Washington Trust. “We are very Trails Association, fortunate to have the which has formed a opportunity to do so, partnership with The and if successful with San Juan Preservation our fundraising, we Trust to help preserve will be able to ensure Vendovi. permanent protection SJPT recently purand to provide access chased the 217-acre to all the natural won- aside landscapes adorned island, seven miles Contributed photo ders of Vendovi’s 217 with blooming camas and north of Anacortes, paintbrush flowers and huge WTA volunteers spend a week on Vendovi Island restoring trails. acres.” for $6.4 million. It was Last week, from patches of thick spongy made possible by an funding or “loan” for $3.4 tions of private owners. The March 24 to 31, WTA green moss. Bogarrds said anonymous benefacthere is about two to three tor, who provided a $3 mil- million. The seller was the trust intends to strike a bal- volunteers explored and miles of trails that appear to lion outright gift and bridge Fluke family from Seattle. Its ance between conserva- worked on the island, which patriarch, the late high-tech tion and opening the island has six beaches and a harbor have been built by four-wheel pioneer John Fluke, bought for education, scientific protected by a rock breakwa- quads to access different ¢ Vendovi in 1966. The island research and public access. ter. The volunteers range in beaches. The crew has been turnis only accessible by personal Improvements to the exist- age from 22 to 80 years, and ing those rugged paths into ing trail system will enhance mainly hail from Washington watercraft. hiking trails by clipping back Access to Vendovi Island visitor experience and safety, state. was prohibited by genera- and protect fragile areas with “WTA has a consistent brush in some areas and and loyal volunteer base and removing some organic matter. One of the paths is too San Juan County thousands of miles of experi- steep for walking, so they ence building and maintaining trails in Washington,” had to reroute it and turn it said Kathleen Foley, the into a series of switchbacks. In otherWA. areas98250 the paths were 135 Rhone Street, P.O. Box 947,director. Friday trust’s program “WeHarbor, reframed to protect areas are excited to work along(360) 378-2354 | (360) 378-2116 | Fax (360) 378-3922 side to develop this new with fragile plant life. | WTA 10% off through April Hoffmaan, from British island trail system, and we Columbia, has had numerare appreciative of the volunous trail building experiences Storm Cleanup  Wood Chipper teers who will give a whole in the Pacific Northwest, but week to help us improve the Lawn Mowing  Excavation this is his first time with WTA visitor experience on Vendovi – and his first time working Maintenance Island.” Date: Driveway March 29, 2012 on an island. Volunteer crew leader Washing for Decks To:Pressure The Journal and the Sounder He said it’s similar to any Arlen Bogaards described backcountry experience, View Clearing  Tree Work the island as mainly “an idylwhether hiking into the th lic island and habitat, pristine as 4 in both the Journal  on Home Property Please publish once April 3,Services 2012 in the Islands Weekly once on April and Mount St. Helens wilderness it would have been if no one the Sounder. or visiting an island, since had ever been on the island.” Call Reggie at 468-3215 and visit The volunteers worked they are all remote. He said for more info the difference about Vendovi is that there aren’t any other hikers passing through and because of its size you SAN JUAN COUNTY PUBLIC NOTICE become intimate with each Comments Requested on the revised SMP Update Inventory and trail, bluff and beach. Characterization Report, Deadline Extended! Bogaards hopes that the trails will enhance visitors’ The SMP Shoreline Inventory and Characterization Report is a vital element of the experiences and maybe County’s SMP update process. The report splits the County’s inspire them to hike or work 440+ miles of shoreline into management areas and then on other trail systems in the state. subdivides these based on the presence of different Have you noticed how much paper “It’s a unique place, not environments, land use patterns, or ecosystem processes. everyone will be able to get accumulates over time? Reduce your The Inventory and Characterization Report is here, but it’s a unique snapintended to set the baseline for the County’s shoreline paper piles by signing up for shot of what an island could ecological functions and values. It is this baseline that ‘no net loss’ calculations will be Electronic Statements! look like if not touched by based on and therefore determine the level, if any, of protection needed for a specific the hands of man, like what Dust off the computer and go to resource. it would have been 100-plus The County will now collect comments, criticisms, and corrections from the years ago,” Bogaards said. public until 1 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2012. Click on E-docs or chat with a banker For more info on WTA, The Inventory and Characterization Report is approximately 340 pages long visit For more to enroll in secure & convenient and is accompanied by 110 different maps. The report and maps are available online at: info on the trust, visit http:// online statements today., Electronic copies are available on CD, free of charge, from the Community Development and Planning Office (CD&P) at 135 Rhone Street in Friday Harbor. Friday Harbor Orcas Lopez Please send your corrections, comments, or criticisms to Colin Maycock, AICP 378-2265 376-2265 468-2295 at, or mail to SJC CD&P at P.O. Box 947, Friday Harbor, WA, 98250. If you have any questions, please call Colin Maycock, AICP at 360-370-7573.

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