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Wolverines net first win with late-game rally page 9

Island Scene

Holiday season in stride with back-to-back celebrations page 11

Guest Column

Teetering on the edge of the fiscal cliff, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen calls for a ‘balanced approach’ on deficit reduction

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The 75¢ Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Vol. 105 Issue 49

of the San Juan Islands

Critics push for delay in CAO

Get ready to pay more for recycling Per can fee of $3 would replace $5 per cubic yard

Election results weigh heavily with CAO in final stage

By Steve Wehrly Journal reporter

By Steve Wehrly Journal reporter

Elections have consequences. That realization has both sides of the critical areas ordinance update scrambling to influence whether the county council will be able to, or want to, take final action on the ordinances this month, before three new council members are sworn into office in early January. In early January, Howie Rosenfeld, Lovel Pratt and Richard Fralick relinquish their council offices to Marc Forlenza, Bob Jarman and Rick Hughes. Jarman and Forlenza were critical of the CAO process during their campaign, and both appeared at the Nov. 27 public hearing on the CAO update as the county council started the push toward final passage of the contentious and long-delayed update of the county’s comprehensive development plans and regulations. Marc Forlenza testified first, saying the ordinances as proposed placed a burden on the local economy, especially to development of property important to the livelihood of county residents. “The voters have spoken loudly and clearly,” said Forlenza, who urged the council to “seriously reconSee CAO, Page 4

Contributed photo / San Juan Community Theatre

Santa Claus, holiday gift bag in hand, is surrounded on stage by CATS members at the third annual Holiday Festival, San Juan Community Theatre’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

One for the record books

‘Holiday Fest’ sparks season of giving, $112K raised at fundraiser

Auctions, raffles, donations, sponsorships and a fun-filled evening of music, song and dance, it all added up into a record night for San Juan Community Theatre and its biggest fundraiser of the year. Roughly $112,000 was raised at the theatre’s third annual Holiday Festival, “Just Imagine”, which featured the return of celebrity auctioneer John Curley, host of Seattle’s Morning News, broadcast on KIRO-FM, and former front-man of King 5’s “Evening Magazine. “We do think it is a record,” Jan BollwinkelSmith, theatre promotions coordinator, said of the evening’s proceeds. “I just got the feeling, even though there’s that fiscal cliff, that people were ready to spend and donate a little more this year than maybe they were the last.” The third annual Holiday Festival, which super-

seded the theatre’s former wintertime fundraiser, the Festival of Trees, also featured a wealth of local entertainment: music and dancing by island rockers, The Chameleons, musical performances by the theatre’s Susan Williams, accompanied by Keith Busha, as well as music by Lopez Island’s Hawk Arps, a vibes player, and the Lisa Duke Dancers, and a stage performance by Jill and Andy Urbach. One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Holiday Festival will be the theatre’s children’s drama programs. Included in proceeds generated by the fundraiser is $26,000 earmarked for the theatre’s summer children’s program, a newly forged collaboration with Seattle Children’s Theatre that will bring drama instructors to the island to lead educational programs, training and workshops geared both for adults and for children in the dramatic arts. With funding for the workshops in place, Bollwinkel-Smith said that the theatre expects that drama instructors from the Seattle theatre will be leading programs on the island sometime this summer.

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The cost of recycling at the San Juan Island and Orcas Island drop-boxes could be going up, to $3 per can, if the County Council accepts a recommendation by the Department of Public Works. If approved, the new fee would replace the current charge of $5 per cubic yard, which equals up to See recycling, Page 3 IN YOUR COMMUNITY SHOP SAN JUAN ISLAND FOR THE HOLIDAYS!



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December 05, 2012 edition of the Journal of the San Juans