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Illegal fires still spark concern By Cali Bagby
Finally the sky is blue, birds sing in blossoming trees, islanders trade pants for shorts and don sunglasses. It’s also the time of year when the risk of fire increases, and in about a month open burning season will be over.
Although he has yet to write a citation this year for illegal burnings, San Juan County Deputy Fire Marshal Paul Turner is growing concerned that it’s still occurring, but that islanders may not report the fires. He has See fires, page 4
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Broadband Intiative receives mixed reactions By Cali Bagby
The Orcas senior center was overflowing with islanders – some were men, others were women, several spoke out numerous times, while the rest quietly listened. What they had in common was their support for Orcas Power and Light Cooperative’s Broadband Initiative, which they showed by raising their hands. “What we’re really looking for is feedback,” said Suzanne Olson, communication specialist for OPALCO. “So far we’ve had a lot of positive feedback.” During similar meetings hosted by OPALCO and
the Economic Development Council on Lopez and San Juan Island, reactions to the initiative have been mixed. Three years ago, the San Juan County Economic Development Council and the San Juan Island Community Foundation took on the task of researching what improved broadband speeds could do for the economy and community. An OPALCO member survey in the fall of 2011 showed broad support, and detailed studies are under way to determine the feasibility and potential business models for expanding the service. OPALCO is currently cooperating with a
Musical Theatre Students ✧ present ✧
The Treasure Under The Stone An original musical play
Wednesday, May 23 7:30pm at Lopez Center
6TH ANNUAL AUCTION and YARD SALE Presented by The Friends of
Woodmen Hall Yard Sale & Food at 11 am Auction begins at 1 pm “Dinner on the Beach & Tour” for 8, from Jones Family Farms
Asian Wraps and Rolls Party for 8 - 10, from Mary Jenison
Energy Audit from Sage Building up to a $500 value, from Doug Poole
Beautiful set of Havilland Bavarian China almost complete!, Johann pattern
Zip Line Adventure for Two
from Zip San Juan Gift certiﬁcates & merchandise from many of our generous local merchants. Furniture, household items, tools and more...Something for everyone
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J. Foster Hildreth, OPALCO’s assistant general manager, at the Orcas meeting. county-wide effort to expand broadband access to members – reaching up to 90 percent of San Juan County with a minimum speed of 10 megabytes per second. The series of broadband – high-speed Internet and other communication services – meetings across the islands were held to discuss the ser vices to
be provided, the costs and the provider. While many of those answers are still under consideration, OPALCO’s staff had one question ready to answer: why broadband would benefit the islands. Broadband would provide electric system reliability and Smart See OPALCO, page 8
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Community Calendar tues, may 22
drop off: Woodmen Hall
Auction drop off day, 2-5:30
p.m., Woodmen Hall. Also May 24 & 25.
meeting: San Juan County
Council Meeting, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.,
Theater Production, 7:30 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. For more info, visit www.lopezcenter.org. thurs, may 24
event: FREE Lopez Kids
Fun Swim Day, Fidalgo Pool,
Birding, 10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m., library. For more info, visit www.lopezlibrary.org/. sat, may 26
market: Lopez Farmer’s Market, 10 a.m. -2 p.m., in
Lopez Village next to the Community Center, Mid May thru Sept.
library. Video Conference. Please park in the overflow parking lot located at the Community Church. The agenda includes Wireless Broadband. weds, may 23
elementary age students. More adult chaperones needed for small children. Sponsored by Friends of Lopez Island Pool. Contact Linda Barton to volunteer and get a free swim, 4684655. Contact Lopez School, 468-2201 for more information. fri, may 25
show: Lopez School’s Musical
Auction, 10 a.m., Woodmen Hall.
said she was taken into custody last week after detectives wrapped up an investigation into the recent drug case. Authorities claim that Rogers sold small quantities of marijuana and cocaine multiple times while she was out on bail on the pending drug trafficking offense. She is slated to be in court Friday for a preliminary hearing, and has been in Island County jail, held without bail, since her arrest. In Februar y, Rogers was ordered to serve nine months in custody, with a minimum of two in jail, after pleading guilty to attempting to purchase 1,000 tablets of Oxycodone, a prescription painkiller, from a supposed drug dealer who was a DEA informant working undercover to set up the transaction. Her brother, 24-year-old Jesse
Rogers, was also arrested and charged as an accomplice in the drug trafficking case, and pleaded guilty as well.
of San Juan Island for his environmentally-friendly building practices and community leadership, Asha Lela of Lopez Island for her leadership in the Islanders for a National Conservation Area grassroots movement, business owner Michael Budnick of Northwest Concepts on Orcas Island for his thoughtful landscaping, Marta Branch of Orcas School District for her innovative science work with high school students, Sam and Carson Sprenger for their careful stewardship of Garr y oak woodlands on Waldron and the Cedar Rock Biological Preserve on Shaw Island and the San Juan Community Home Trust for their sustainable affordable-housing neighborhood on San Juan. Full profiles of these islanders (and previous years’ award winners) can be found at www.stewardshipsjc.org after May 31. The award winners’ stories will also be on display at the Sustainable San Juans Event, held at Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island on Sunday, May 27
therapy: Equine Facilitated
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lecture: Lopez Preparing for the Arrival of Marine Debris from the Tsunami in Japan, 6:30 p.m., Lopez
Center for Community and the Arts, free. For more info, visit www.lopezcenter.org. Offered by The Stewardship Network of the San Juans. Join Dr. Jan Newton in a discussion on ocean currents, storm patterns, marine debris and our inland waters. Learn what to do with items you may find along our shorelines that could have washed up from the tsunami
across the Pacific. sat, june 2 movie: Free Movie, 2-4 p.m., library.
dance: Contra Dance, 8-10 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, Tickets at Door: Adult $8, Youth $5. For more info, visit www.lopezcenter.org. thurs, june 14 meeting: Port of Lopez Monthly Meeting, 7-9
p.m., library meeting room. For more info, visit www.portoflopez.com.
News Briefs San Juan Island woman faces new round of drug charges A San Juan Island woman accused of selling cocaine and marijuana while out on bail in late October on an alleged drug trafficking offense was arrested May 2 by detectives of San Juan County Sheriff’s department. According to Undersheriff Jon Zerby, Chelsea Sue Rogers, 25, who pleaded guilty to attempted drug trafficking in February, was serving part of a nine-month sentence handed down for that felony offense at the time of the May 2 arrest. Zerby said that the incidents in which Rogers is accused of selling cocaine and marijuana date back to the period of time when she was awaiting trial on the felony drug offense. He
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‘Good Stewards’ receive recognition for island stewardship Six islanders and one local group have received awards for their environmental leadership from the Stewardship Network of the San Juans this past week. The Stewardship Network is a coalition of private and public organizations whose vision is a healthy, thriving ecosystem in the San Juan Archipelago from land to sea. For several years the Stewardship Network has honored special individuals, families, teachers and businesses that have demonstrated, through their actions, conservation ethics that benefit our entire island community. Many nominations for the Good Stewards award program were received. This years’ award winners are Pete Kilpatrick
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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
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Executive exchange: San Juan County, Lake Forest Park swap administrators Who says the San Juan County Council can’t move fast? Just one week after Administrator Pete Rose announced his resignation, the County Council selected veteran public administrator Bob Jean to manage the executive branch of the county on a temporary basis. And in a somewhat ironic twist, Jean is winding up a similar stint for the city of Lake Forest Park, which, if that name sounds familiar, it should. That’s where Rose will assume the Seattle-area city’s managerial reins following his departure from San Juan County. His last day is June 8. “We felt it was important to act quickly and important for staff to have that continuity,” council Chairwoman Patty Miller said of the swift decision. “There’s also a number of significant things we’re trying to accomplish this year.” Miller said the council
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considered several possibilities from within the county ranks and interviewed three “external” candidates before agreeing to offer the job to Jean, a University Place resident and its former city manager, 1995-2010. The three outside candidates were drawn from a pool of names of experienced public administrators who specialize in temporar y assignments. The county’s first-ever administrator, David Goldsmith, Rose’s predecessor, was drawn from that very pool and hired on an interim basis as well. Miller said the council, although not entirely aligned following the interviews, agreed without dissent to offer the position to Jean, after a discussion about each of the candidates and their respective qualities. “What I liked about Bob Jean is his approach to the interim position,” she said. “His presentation and responses in the interview were clear and succinct. He has very good communication skills.” In addition to Lake Forest Park, where Jean has served as interim city manager since November, the 63-year-old University of California, Santa Barbara, graduate has been interim manager for the city of Gillette, Wyo. He has a master’s degree in public administrator from the University of Puget Sound. Miller said she would have preferred someone with a bit more experience on the county level, but is confident that Jean will be up to the task. She said contract negotiations are under way, and that she anticipates the temporary assignment will last through the end of the year, and perhaps into the beginning of the next. “I expect to hear any day now if our offer is accepted or rejected,” she said.
Tar Sands Meet the Salish Sea By Chom Greacen
What do you think about the tar sands industry exporting its crude oil to the world through the Salish Sea instead of Keystone XL pipeline? A sticky tar-like form of crude oil mixed with sand and clay, tar sands of Alberta, Canada – also called oil sands – are one of the largest remaining deposits of oil in the world. The combined carbon in tar sands is more than all the carbon emitted from oil use in the world history thus far. Extracting the tar sands by strip mining, solvents, and steam has created the biggest and “most destructive” project in the world, according to Natural Resources Defense Council and Greenpeace. Despite the high energy and environmental costs to extract, tar sands are rising in prominence as a major source of oil. The U.S. main and growing source of oil imports is from Canada, surpassing the Middle East and Mexico1. And more than half of the Canadian oil production in 2010 is from tar sands. Already very large, the tar sands crude production is expected to grow 150 percent by 20252. According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the Canadian oil industry is in an “oversupply” situation and looking for an “outlet.”3 President Obama halted (at least for now) the Keystone XL pipeline project to export tar sands oil to the Gulf. Now our Salish Sea and the Strait of Juan de Fuca are seen by the tar sand industry as an attractive gateway to export this excess oil to Asia. In fact, it’s already been happening. The existing “Trans-Mountain” oil pipeline from Edmonton, Alberta to Vancouver, B.C. and with a spur pipeline to Anacortes provides the only access for Canadian oil to reach the West Coast. In 2007, over 3.4 million barrels of crude oil were shipped to China from Vancouver.4 And that’s just the beginning. Houston-based Kinder Morgan, one of North America’s largest oil pipeline companies, is planning for a major increase in the quantities of crude oil shipped through its Trans-Mountain pipeline and Westridge dock east of Vancouver. Already, oil tanker traffic has tripled between 2005 and 2010, and is planned to triple again by 20165. Pipeline expansion will increase crude oil deliveries from 300,000 to 850,000 barrels per day by 2017. KM announced last month it planned to double the capacity by January next year, hoping to beat other competitors to get oil to the coast6. About 450,000 bpd would be exported while the remaining are for B.C., Washington refineries and some shippers. KM also plans to dredge the Burrard Inlet allowing for larger tankers (160,000 deadweight-ton “Suezmax”) to reach the terminal.7 These massive oil tankers will skirt the west side of San Juan Island on their way out to the Pacific. Though the ships will likely stay within the Canadian border, devastating impacts from a spill accident will not.
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Canadian and U.S. oil pipelines: existing and proposed. The planned expansion from Edmonton to Vancouver (lower dotted line) is primarily to export crude oil from tar sands to Asia via Salish Sea. Unlike the case of Keystone XL, we do not have a direct say in this. Well, not yet anyway, unless we act. Both the Washington and B.C. governments and citizens must be involved in the dialogue of whether KM should be permitted to expand the pipeline and whether increased traffic of tankers carrying toxic crude should be allowed in our shared waters. KM has yet to file an application with the Canadian National Energy Board to expand the pipeline. There is still a window of opportunity to make our voice heard. Write Governor Christine Gregoire. Talk to your neighbors. Mobilize. Drive less. Hopefully, tar sands crude will not meet the Salish Sea, not directly or indirectly. Nor will the coal trains.
4 Statement by Chris Badger, chief operating officer of Port Metro Vancouver http://www.notanks.dreamhosters.com/misinformation-given-to-vancouver-citycouncil/#more-45 5 http://wikimapia.org/1698796/Kinder-Morgan-Westridge-Marine-Terminal 6 http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-04-12/kinder-morgan-increases-plannedtrans-mountain-expansion 7 http://wikimapia.org/1698796/Kinder-Morgan-Westridge-Marine-Terminal
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1 ftp://ftp.eia.doe.gov/pub/oil_gas/petroleum/data_publications/company_level_ imports/current/import.html
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2 CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF PETROLEUM PRODUCERS, Crude Oil: Forecast, Markets & Pipelines, June 2011.
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6th Annual Friends of Woodmen Hall Auction
A scene from last year’s Woodmen Hall Auction.
The goal of the 6th Annual Friends of Woodmen Hall Auction is to raise money for insulating the historic building. This year’s auction will be held on Sunday, May 27. A yard sale, food service and auction preview will start the festivities at 11 a.m. with the auction beginning at 1 p.m. Kelli Nopson and Norma Brimmer will be preparing a delicious variety of sandwiches with all the fixings as well as a gluten free lunch option. Apple pies from Angie Clothier and key lime pies from Nancy Edwards will tempt your sweet tooth. Previous auctions have helped to provide many of
the upgrades to the hall. Renovations to the building have included new bathrooms, kitchen improvements, stage, sound system, lighting and upgrades to the water system. Woodmen Hall is the home to the Lopez Senior Services and The Friends work with the seniors to provide a safe, comfortable building for their needs as well as providing the entire community access to this beloved building. This year we have had the good fortune to have had an energy audit by Doug Poole of Sage Building Solutions. “The combination of insulation and air-sealing in
buildings is the best way to maintain comfort and efficiency. It’s like wearing a wind breaker over a sweater in the winter; they work together to keep the heat in and the cold out,” he said. “This combination will offer more ‘bang for the buck’ over measures like window replacement or bigger heating systems, and will result in Woodmen being more comfortable and less expensive to operate.” The Friends and the seniors are hoping for volunteer help with some of these upcoming projects. Other items for this year will be exterior paint, re-covering the chairs and upgrading
the outside area. Again this year, there will be a wide variety of items at the yard sale and auction like household items, furniture and tools. There will be wonderful gift certificates and merchandise from local merchants, an incredible “Dinner on the Beach” for eight from Jones Family Farms, a very special “Asian Wraps and Rolls” party for eight to 10 people from Mary Jenison as well as an Energy Evaluation from Doug Poole of Sage Building Solutions, up to $500 value. Join in on the fun, get a bargain or two while helping improve Woodmen Hall.
personnel sent to put out the blaze. “You can burn only natural vegetation,” CONTINUED FROM 1 Turner said. “Milled lumber — like the boat, asphalt and a whole other list of things two theories – either they are not aware that are unauthorized materials.” they can contact Turner on the weekend Basically, if it doesn’t grow in the ground, or they fear repercussion from the people it can’t be burned. It’s a rule that Turner starting the fires. strictly enforces. “We are available 24 hours a day seven According to the Washington Clean Air days a week. If someone is burning illegally Act of 1970, only natural vegetation may call 911,” Turner said. “And the names of be burned. The following materials are not those who report are not disclosed.” allowed: garbage, dead animals, petroleum Last year, Turner responded to cases products, paints, plastics, paper (other than countywide of residents burning without a what is necessary to start a fire), cardpermit and in some instances, setting fire to board, treated wood, construction/demoligarbage, fiberglass items, and paper products. tion debris, metal, or any substance that On Lopez, one resident illegally lit a releases toxic emissions, dense smoke, or 42-foot grounded boat on fire. The indi- obnoxious odors when burned. vidual responsible was given a ticket for The maximum fine for burning without burning unauthorized materials, plus a fine a permit is $250 on all three islands and of around $2,900 — the cost of suppression, the maximum fine for burning unapproved which included three engines and about 16 materials is $500. Both require a court appearance. Turner recalled another fire last year where a man was burning fiberglass, car Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist seats and other garbage “he was burnPsychotherapy & Consultation –ingbasically everything under the kitchen sink.” for Adults & Seniors As long as dump fees remain high, Turner said UW Geriatric Mental Health Specialist people will revolt by either 468-357 hauling trash to the mainland, burying it in a deep carolweissmft.com hole or lighting a match and WA Lic 00001454 watching it burn.
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In early October, Lopez Fire responded to an illegal burning of a 42-foot grounded boat. What and when you can burn Unless there is a burn ban, the fire marshal allows recreational fires of two feet in diameter during any time of the year. Barbecues and fireplaces are not affected by the end of the burn permit season. The open burning season is Oct. 1 through June 30. For residential burn piles, which are 10 by 10 feet or less, a $15 permit is required. Anyone living within an Urban Growth Area cannot have a residential burn pile. Commercial permits are needed for larger burns (40 by 40 feet); they are $225 and valid for 30 days. Heavy equipment – such as an excavator – is required to be on
scene. And how dangerous can fires be – illegal or not? Turner said, garbage can release harmful chemicals into the air. As far as the danger of the fire spreading, he said it depends; a five-foot pile of leaves could easily get out of control if a water source or shovel is not available for suppression. “Fire is dangerous, but it can be managed,” he said. “Fire is a concern for us every day. That is one reason why we shut off that burning in June.” Permits can be obtained online at www. sjcfiremarshal.org or at any of the island fire departments.
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Summertime is summer workshop time on Lopez Contributed photo
Store, Grace Church and a number of individuals, program fees are kept low and confidential scholarships are available. Brochures detailing this year’s program offerings are available at locations around the village. You can also check www.lifrc.org for the class schedule, registration form, and a list of classes that are full or nearly full. Call 468-
Run by the Lopez Island Family Resource Center, Lopez Summer Workshops encompass a wide variety of classes, including performing arts, kayaking, sailing, sports, creative arts and technology. ity to pay. Because of donations from United Way of San Juan County, the Lopez Lions Club, Lopez Thrift
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Not too long ago, Lopez parents may have had difficulty finding safe, engaging and affordable summer activities for their children. But since the establishment of the Lopez Summer Workshops program 16 years ago, kids and adults alike have had plenty of summertime opportunities at their fingertips. Run by the Lopez Island Family Resource Center, Lopez Summer Workshops encompass a wide variety of classes, including performing arts, kayaking, sailing, sports, creative arts and technology. As always, this year’s program is a mixture of tried-and-true staples and exciting new options. Berta Vaughn will once again teach swimming, including the popular Toddler and Me class introduced last year. British Soccer Camp is back, bringing dynamic British coaches to work with soccer players ages 4-13. LIFRC Program Director Patsy Haber is particularly excited by the return of Missoula Children’s Theatre, a unique program that will allow youth grades K-12 to star in a full-scale musical production of “Cinderella.” Two instructors will arrive on island with a set, lights, costumes, props, make-up, and everything else needed to put on a play – except the cast. At the beginning of the week, the team will hold an open audition, casting up to 60 kids and selecting two assistant directors. A week of rehearsals will culminate
in two performances open to the community. Haber said she enjoys expanding the program’s horizons with off-island instructors, but always strives to harness the creativity of locals as well. Many classes taught by local instructors still have openings, including a lavender workshop for young children and parents with Susie Teague, a summer memories collage class with Sue Roundy, beaded bracelets with Peggy Means and a wilderness backpack trip for girls ages 13-17 with Susan Wilson and Faith
VanDePutte. Participation has steadily increased each year since the program’s inception, with 432 participants last year. This year’s enrollment may break that record. “We have significantly more people signed up and more classes filled than last year at this time, so we encourage people to sign up as soon as possible to get the classes they want,” said Celia Marquis, LIFRC’s director. Marquis wants to make sure people know that no Lopez child has ever been turned away for lack of abil-
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Obscene phone calls: annoying or dangerous? By Cali Bagby
The phone ringing at midnight often conjures up worstcase scenarios, like death or a family emergency. Lately, San Juan and Orcas Island residents have had a sinister experience waiting on the other line when the lights go out. Since the end of April, the San Juan County Sheriffâ€™s Office has taken 20 calls reporting sexually explicit telephone calls in the middle of the night by a man from a restricted or private number, who speaks to his female victims by their name. â€œThat is really scary,â€? said Anita Castle, director of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of the San Juan Islands. â€œYou feel like someone is watching you and it instills fear.â€? Frequent phone calls can be one of many methods stalkers use to harass their victim, and according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, one out of four victims report being stalked through the use of technology, including email or instant messaging. Castle said video cameras and GPS systems are also used sometimes to track a victim. But San Juan County Sheriff Rob Nou said the recent rash of obscene phone calls is not characteristic of stalking because the same woman has not been contacted repeatedly. He declined to comment further on the specifics of the case because it is an open investigation. In general, reports of stalkings on the islands arenâ€™t common, said Nou, and are usually tied to a domestic issue such as a breakup, when â€œone party canâ€™t let it go.â€? According to Bureau of Justice Statistics, three in four stalking victims are stalked by someone they know, and 30 percent are stalked by a current or former intimate partner. But stalkings on the islands could be more frequent than that those reported to the police. 59 percent of stalking victims do not report the harassment, according to Bureau of Justice Statistics. One of the reasons stalkings go unreported may be a misunderstanding by the public.
â€œMany donâ€™t think of stalking as abuse,â€? Castle said. â€œMany look at abuse as such a black and white issue. Itâ€™s not the direct type of abuse we know.â€? Stalking can lead to more dangerous activity beyond unwanted calls, but when it comes to the recent incidents Nou said itâ€™s hard to say whether or not this behavior would escalate. â€œIt depends on the context of the situation,â€? he said. If other behaviors of harassment accompany the phone calls it could be cause for alarm, but Nou said itâ€™s unlikely that the caller would resort to harassing victims at any other level. Castle said that these types of situations can be dangerous, but agrees it does depend on the victim, their history and the specifics of the phone calls. She added that people who make obscene phone calls or other forms of harassment like flashing or public masturbation often never escalate their behavior to physical assault. She said the information released about the phone calls describes a random act of perversion, where the perpetrator is excited by scaring women behind the â€œcloakâ€? of a telephone â€“ rather than a stalker or crank call. But that doesnâ€™t mean the phone calls arenâ€™t cause for alarm. â€œIf you have a history of abuse it can escalate your fears,â€? Castle said. â€œIf you have PTSD [Post-traumatic stress disorder] because of sexual assault, phone calls can set off that PTSD. Itâ€™s very stressful.â€? And even if you donâ€™t have abuse in your past, just watching scary movies like â€œScreamâ€? and â€œThe Ring,â€? which both involve a phone evoking terror that often leads to the victimâ€™s death, can cause anxiety. Years ago, Castle had her own experience with disturbing phone calls. Someone repeatedly called her and breathed
on the line and then would hang up and call again. Every time the phone rang she wondered who was on the other end of the line. Eventually she changed her number. For Castle, the phone calls are part of a bigger issue of gender inequality still pervasive in this country. â€œWe live in a society where women are objectified in the media, in movies and in video games,â€? she said, describing graphic rape scenes in these mediums. â€œWe live in a society where we donâ€™t feel safe.â€? Castle urges anyone who is experiencing anxiety or wants to talk about these phone calls, stalking or any other kind of abuse to call DVSAS on Orcas Island at 376-1234, on San Juan Island at 378-2345 and on Lopez Island at 468-4567.
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SWAP member Sandy Bishop with transfer station manager Neil Hanson at the “Party at the Dump,” celebrating the gathering of 1,455 signatures to get the initiative on the November ballot to take control of thewaste management facility.
fore their costs. It would also improve public safety communication, education and economic development. Infrastructure is projected to cost $16 to 18 million assuming OPALCO can secure a low interest loan for co-ops from the government. All OPALCO members would be charged $5 to 10 a month, whether they use the ser vice or not. Subscribers would also pay an additional monthly fee comparable to the cost of existing broadband service from current Internet service providers and possibly $40 to $50 for a subscription. “We want to be very transparent about our costs,” said J. Foster Hildreth, OPALCO’s assistant general manager. “We’re very sensitive to island aesthet-
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nications in areas that are currently “radio blind spots” is crucial. Randy Lindsey, owner of Windjammer Communications, which provides cable and satellite Internet services, said he is concerned about the future of local internet service providers. “We have been in business for 28 years,” Lindsey said. “This plan will surely put us and other local ISPs [providers of email and webhosting services] under.” On San Juan Island, supporters outnumbered skeptics, but Rick Boucher of Orcas Online might have been speaking for both sides when he said, “There are just so many unknowns that need to be resolved.” Hildreth and Dauciunas answered that much more information would be forthcoming, and many more meetings would be held as the initiative moves forward. There are still a few important items they must checked off their lists before the initiative comes close to becoming a reality: securing the FCC licensed frequency spectrum, confirming the county permitting process and completing technical and business due diligence, according to Hildreth. “I think we can achieve this vision,” Hildreth said. “We can do this and benefit the community. It’s consistent with OPALCO’s mission.” The final decision will be left up to OPALCO’s board of directors. As San Juan Islanders filed out of their meeting, Boucher of Orcas Online expressed misgivings about OPALCO’s motivations, but confidence in his own company’s future. “We’ll make lemonade out of these lemons,” he said. – Chom Greacen, freelancer for the Weekly, and Steve Wehrly, reporter for the Journal.