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VOLUME 35, NUMBER 51 • December 18, 2012

San Juan Islands lose $1.7 billion in combined property value By Steve Wehrly Journal reporter

The assessed value of all properties in San Juan County dropped by a combined $1.7 billion for 2013, an average of 21.4 percent, according to initial reports released by the county assessor. Most property owners will see the assessed value of their property go down in 2013, but many assessments on Orcas Island went down even further- by more than 30 percent. “That’s due to the fact that those properties were last appraised in 2008 at the top of the market,” Assessor Charles Zalmanek said. The only properties in the county with an increased assessed value, Zalmanek adds, are “several large condominium boat slips at Capron’s Landing.” He went on to explain that extreme adjustments would be unlikely to occur

in the future because county appraisers will be reassessing the entire county every year, instead of every three years, using new statistical methods being implemented statewide by the Department of Revenue. “In addition, we’ll be doing on-site physical assessments on one-sixth of county properties every year,” Zalmanek said. The percentage drop in assessed values averages 18 percent on most of San Juan Island, but Friday Harbor properties saw a 21 percent drop. Because Lopez Island was recently assessed, the average reduction for most of that island was only 9 percent. Shaw Island assessments decreased by almost 22 percent. Property assessments for 2013 began arriving last week in the mail. The downward trend of assessments doesn’t mean your property tax bill

will be reduced, however. Under state law, the property tax levy rates are adjusted to produce a certain amount of revenue: if the assessed valuation goes down, the rate goes up to raise the same amount of money as in the previous year, plus a maximum of one percent as provided by state law. The converse is also true: if the assessed valuation rises, the rate (expressed as a “mil” so many cents per thousand dollars of valuation) should go down, but the amount of property tax will usually remain the same, absent tax increases or reductions provided by law. In fact, some properties may actually see their tax

See tax, page 2

County residents challenge Prop. 1, 2 , 3 By Scott Rasmussen Journal editor

Three islanders are challenging the legality of voter-approved changes to the county charter, as well as

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You’re invited to a traditional Christmas Eve Service at Center Church Pastor Anne Hall

Service at 11:00 p.m. Your Lopez friends at the Lutheran Church in the San Juans

bills rise in 2013 because of technical differences between countywide tax levies and local taxing districts covering only parts of counties. In addition, tax bills on Lopez Island will rise because Lopezians voted in favor of a property tax levy to fund operations of the new Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District. Do lower assessments mean that home prices will also go down? “No,” said Gary Franklin, managing partner at Windermere Real Estate in Friday Harbor.The terms appraised value and assessed value are frequently used interchangeably by home buyers and sellers but the differences make for an

Donations will be gratefully accepted to the Lopez Food Bank and the Grace Church Organ Fund.

state law, in a lawsuit filed last week in a Skagit County courtroom. The lawsuit was filed Dec. 4 by Friday Harbor Attorney Stephanie O’Day, on behalf of Jeffrey Bossler of Orcas Island, San Juan’s Michael Carlson and Jerrold Gonce of Lopez. The lawsuit contends that because the three legislative districts created by Proposition 1 are “grossly unequal” in population that voters and county council candidates residing in those districts will be treated unequally if countywide council elections, also ushered in by Prop. 1, become the norm. “The grossly unequal district sizes established by Proposition 1 result in disparate and unequal treatment of San Juan County voters,” the lawsuit asserts. “The change in county government caused by this measure results in differential treatment of citizens within each district of the county.” For example, the lawsuit See challenge, page 8

Community Calendar

tues, dec 18

meeting: Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District Board Meeting, 6 p.m., Roads Department Meeting Room. For more info, visit www. weds, dec 19

music: Music With Emily Metcalf, 11 a.m., Lopez

Island Family Resource Center. Music will be geared towards children infant to age 5, but all community members are welcome. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to meet other children and for parents and caregivers to also meet one another. Funded through a grant

from the United Way and Local Donations. For more information contact Tessa at 468-4117. fri, dec 21

music: Winter Solstice

Concert with Stanley Greenthal Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. sat, dec 22

music: Live Music with

Kurtis Dengler, 9 p.m., Lopez Islander Resort and Marina. sun, dec 23

music: Festival of Lessons

& Carols, 4- 5:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church.

News makers Erin Wilbur makes the dean’s list

Erin Wilbur of Lopez Island has been named to the Dean’s List at the Savannah College of Art and Design for

Lopez Acupuncture & Integrated Health Julienne Battalia LAc, LMP Most Insurance Accepted (360)468-3239

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fall quarter 2012. Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the Dean’s List.

Anacortes angler lands 15-plus pounder, snags Resurrection Derby’s early lead

Mark Shinman of Anacortes landed a 15.68pound chinook salmon, Friday, Dec. 7, Day 1 of the 3rd Annual Resurrection Derby, to take the early lead in the two-day fishing competition in Friday Harbor. Shinman’s derby-leading

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catch was among the 100 fish hooked, reeled in and weighed in the first day of the tournament, which features a $10,000 cash prize for the biggest fish. Anglers braved hail, sleet and strong winds on Day 1 of the derby, according to Kevin Klein of Puget Sound Anglers Friday Harbor Chapter, sponsor of the event. Event proceeds benefit PSA salmon restoration and enhancement projects. Kris Maudslin of Burien snagged a 15-pounder to grab second on the leader board on Day 1, and Jim Aggergaard’s crew leads in the total boat weight category with a firstday catch of more than 47 pounds.


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reading: Adult Winter Reading Program Starts, 10 a.m., Lopez Island Library. Join us for the third annual Adult Winter Reading Program. Win prizes by


apples and oranges type of comparison, Franklin said. “Tax assessments have only a small effect on the market value of a home,” he said, noting that the real driver of home sales prices are current market conditions, which are relatively stable right now. Franklin expects local market prices won’t see significant increases for 12 to 18 months. The same holds true for refinancing, according to Tony Fyrqvist of Islanders Bank, Friday Harbor branch. “We’re getting lots of refinancing applications because of low interest rates,” Fyrqvist

writing short reviews of books you read or films you view. Reviews will be posted on the library’s web page. fri, jan 4

meeting: Inspired Living

Earth Institute Charrette Offered by Lopez Community Land Trust, 1:30 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. Dinner will be soup and bread and coffee and tea will be provided. Other contributions are welcome, as well as your tableware. There is a recommended $5 registration fee. For more info, visit

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

Al-Anon: Fridays - 9:00 a.m. at the Grace Church Hall, Lopez Saturdays - 9:30 a.m. at the Children’s Center, Lopez. Contact phone number 468-2510.

said. But lenders base loan amounts not on tax assessments, he explains, but on appraisal reports by certified appraisers, who look at “comparable sales” supported by “thorough on-site inspections and sometimes income potential for rental properties.” Zalmanek said assessed values would be adjusted after Dec. 31 to take into account end-of-year information, after which individual tax bills would be calculated and sent to island property owners early next year. So what will be the dollar effect on property tax bills? Apparently not much. Zalmanek points out with some pride that “San Juan County has absolutely the lowest combined levy rate in

the state – and second place is not even close.” San Juan County’s combined levy rate is 5.35 percent. Second place is Kittitas County, at 7.76 percent. The average for all counties in the state, according to the Department of Revenue, is 11.14 percent. Zalmanek also invites property owners to explore their assessments (and their neighbors’ assessments) using the county’s new online property search system. To search for property tax information, go to sanjuanco. com/assessor/parcelSearch. aspx.

After many summers camping on Lopez Island, and hiking throughout many of the mountainous parts of the world, Carol and Jon retired from teaching, built their dream home, and have been permanent Lopez residents over the past thirteen years. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Contributions in Carol’s memory may be made to the Catherine Washburn Medical Association and/or the San Juan Preservation Trust Stewardship Fund. Carol was active in both of these philanthropic organizations as well as

the Lopez Lions Club, the Lopez Golf Club, and the Lopez Lions-sponsored 4th of July Fun Run. The Avents have also taken many service trips around the world to help people in other countries.

Carol Avent

Carol Avent was released from the travails of life on Earth on Dec. 6, 2012, and her soul has begun its journey through the infinity of Space and Time. Carol was born in Cambridge, Mass., on Dec. 16, 1940, graduated from New England School of Nursing, in 1962, moved west, and worked in the medical field in Denver, Colo. She attended the University of Colorado where she obtained a graduate degree in 1965. In 1966, Carol migrated farther west and became a faculty member in the Department of Nursing at


The Traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols will once again be presented at Grace Episcopal Church under the direction of Karen Gerarden. A choir of over two dozen community members will be joined by soloist Neil Jordan. Guest instrumentalists are Roger Sherman, organist, Celia Rosenberger, strings and Ingrid Gerarden, cellist.

California State University in Fresno, California. At CSUF Carol met her future husband, Jon Avent, a professor of Geology. After numerous skiing, hiking, camping and bicycle trips together, Carol and Jon were married in 1969. It was during a bicycle trip to Acadia National Park in Maine in 1975 that Carol and Jon decided to visit the San Juan Islands to look for a place to call home. On their visit to Lopez Island by bicycle, Carol declared, “This is the place!” whereupon the Avents purchased land overlooking Swift Bay.

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The mystery of the coal ship collision By Chom Greacen Special to the Weekly

Around 1 a.m. Dec. 7, a Capesize bulk carrier Cape Apricot slammed into the trestle (flying bridge) at Westshore Terminals in Roberts Bank, just north of the U.S. border, destroying 400 feet of the coal conveyor system, disabling one of the two biggest coal export berths in North America. This is what we know so far: The 948-foot coal ship, Japanese owned but flying a Panamanian flag, sustained minimal damage to its bulbous nose. The severed conveyor system spilled about 30 tons of coal into the Georgia Strait. Coal contains toxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heavy metals. Physically it can also cause clogging of respiratory and feeding organs of marine wildlife. And what still remains a mystery as of six and half days after the accident: Why did the ship with a pilot on board ram into the trestle instead of turning into the berth? What actions, if any, have been taken to clean up the coal spill? My calls to Port Metro of Vancouver, the lead agency in cleanup, were not returned.

Why was Cape Apricot already released to deliver coal to Asia while information on the cause of collision was not? In a phone conversation with Transportation Safety Board of Canada, I learned that a team has been investigating the case since Dec 7. But the board will only reveal next week if they will do a full investigation. If not, they will not reveal any details. The delay or lack of information about the case raises questions about the safety of the coal export business. What if the bad steering happened while the ship moved at full speed instead of docking speed? What if the single-hulled ship crashed into shallow sharp rocks or a tanker instead of the flying bridge? What is the chance of accidents like this or worse happening again, especially in light of the planned coal and tar sands oil export expansions? Do relevant government agencies have sufficient resources to deal with ship emergencies and major coal/oil spills? While this is a timely wake-up call for what is to come for us, the accident created an added pressure by the coal industry to accelerate port expansion. Coal is the largest export of British Columbia, generating $5.2 billion revenues last year. Over a quarter of total B.C. coal exports were moved through the causeway which is now damaged and will take months to repair. In B.C. alone, plans to build/expand coal ports would add 20 million tons/year of capacity to the existing 49 million tons/ year. There are also six new coal ports proposed in Washington and Oregon, including the one at Cherry Point, which would add a total of 150 million tons of capacity if all were built. Are you ready to live with more than a tripling of coal export traffic from Pacific Northwest, not to mention tar sands oil traffic? If this is not something you accept, write a scoping comment on the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point. The scoping period is one clear window of opportunity you have to make a difference and it is open only until Jan. 21, 2013. Make sure you ask that the project is considered as part of the overall plans to move massive amounts of coal and tar sands through Pacific Northwest to Asia. Visit for project facts, impact list, writing guides and samples to help you get started.

Changes in store for the Lopez Dump Submitted by Sarah Eppenbach of the Solid Waste Alternatives Project

Customers at the Lopez Island Dump will be greeted by some big changes on Jan. 2, the first day the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District will be operating the facility. First and foremost will be the new hours. Beginning Jan. 2, the facility will open at noon per usual but close at 3 instead of 4 p.m. On May 15 the hours will be extended, and the facility will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening days remain the same, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The new schedule is designed to even out the seasonal demands for service, allowing more hours during the busy summer months. Then there’s the new fee structure. Garbage disposal will cost $8 per 32-gallon can (down from $9.50 per can with a $12 minimum). The most significant price change will come in recycling. Source-separated recyclables will be accepted at no charge. Commingled recyclables, though, will cost $5 per can – up from the current $5 for up to six cans – although a grocery bagful will be allowed at

no charge. “That’s our way of providing an incentive for people to separate their recyclables,” says LWSDD board member Page Read. “We only get value from recyclables when the materials receive the best treatment. We need that economic return that only source-separation can provide.” What materials can be recycled and in what form will be different as well. Plastics, for example, will be separated by shape rather than by hard-to-read esoteric number as in prior years. A detailed list of items that can be recycled will be handed out at the Dump kiosk in the near future and published on the district’s website, www. There will be plenty of new signage created by Facilities Manager Neil Hanson, and volunteers will be on hand to help direct items into the proper bins. Eventually, the LSWDD plans some reorganization at the Take-It-Or-Leave-It as well. The remainder of December will bring a flurry of behind-the-scenes activities as the LSWDD prepares to assume responsibility. Patrons will likely see two people in the kiosk as

LSWDD tests a new pointof-sale system in tandem with the county’s. Something that won’t be changing? The familiar faces of Neil Hanson and Bob Chonka greeting customers at the booth and directing traffic at the dumpsters. A Grand Opening Celebration will be held

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Long-time Lopez songwriter and instrumentalist Stanley Greenthal returns to the Lopez Center for the Community and the Arts on Friday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of songs, poetry, and music to celebrate the winter solstice. With an exciting ensemble of musicians, he will be joined by his wife, Kip Greenthal, Celtic violinist Jamie Laval and Greek multi-instrumentalist and singer Christos Govetas, performing spirited instrumentals with traditional and original songs of the season. Greenthal moved to Lopez as a young man over 40 years ago.

tals I’ve written over time,” Greenthal says. Once in the early 1970’s, during the dark days of winter on Lopez, Greenthal was standing in the kitchen of his 12 by 16 – foot home, beside the wood cook stove, while the wind howled up over the bedrock hill, rattling the panes in the old sash windows. When the dark outContributed photo/ Steve Horn side seemed impenKip and Stanley Greenthal etrable, he remembers hearing in his head the “I came here searching for first few lines of his something. It was during a song “Winter Hymn,” and turbulent time when many of quickly sat down to capture us were seeking an alterna- them on paper before they tive way of life,” he says with disappeared. Since then, he a laugh. “The decision to live has sung “Winter Hymn” at on Lopez came suddenly – a each winter concert. kind of illumination, really.” Since those early years on Greenthal soon met an Lopez, Greenthal has been array of islanders, some from families who had lived on Lopez since its pioneer days, and young newcomers like himself. “The learning and friendships that have come to me here are my foundation, and source of inspiration for many of the songs and instrumen-

writing songs and exploring world folk music cultures, traveling widely through England, Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Greece. The traditional players and singers from these rich Celtic and Balkan musical heritages have profoundly influenced his music. Over the last twenty-five years, he has released five critically acclaimed recordings, including his most recent one, First Song (2011). This past year, Greenthal’s musical experiences have been further enriched. “In April of 2012, I was invited to perform in

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The spirit of the Lopez Liquor Store By Cali Bagby Weekly editor

The store is busy. Customers come in and out buying everything from two-ounce bottles of Smirnoff vodka to $200 bottles of fine liquor purchased for a retirement gift. They leave the store with smiles and phrases like “Sorry to see you go,” and “We’ll miss you.” Behind the counter, Margie Zener places libations in paper bags, thanks each person and talks about the business that she and her husband Marc have run for 13 years. It was started in 1968 and is the first



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The decision to close the store does not come from a lack of business, but rather from the Zeners’ desire to retire and relocate to Arizona. Once an offer was made on their house in October, they decided it was time to start a new chapter in their lives. The couple is excited about moving to a warmer climate and a chance to play more golf. Their two sons say that they can’t wait to visit them in the Southwest. But the move was not an easy decision. Throughout the years, Margie and Marc have not only sold liquor, but became a part of the lives of their customers, and it has not always been simple. Much like running a bar, they have had to turn down customers who were intoxicated and on several occasions they actually drove people home. “We have been doing this for so long,” Margie said. “It’s hard to say goodbye.”

tures brought Greenthal and Kip together with uniquely talented musicians and created opportunities for them to learn new songs and instrumentals, some of which are featured in the concert.

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the prices on orders were changed as the product was delivered. The Zeners stuck it out because they had to make a living and because they had a service that they needed to provide to the community. They also got involved in volunteering at the Thrift Store, the Lopez Island Historical Society and Museum, the Catherine Washburn Medical Association, Fisherman Bay Water Association and the Lopez Island Golf Course. They loved Lopez and the sense of community, but they also had dreams of retiring. In November of 2011, Initiative 1183, which essentially kicked the state out of the liquor business and allowed private retailers to sell spirits instead, was passed by voters with nearly 60 percent approval. Lopez was the only island in the county to reject 1183. “We didn’t know what was going to happen … our sales went down but we had enough to keep holding on,” said Margie. “Lopez is a great community for supporting each other. We want customers to know how much we appreciate them.” She added that she appreciates Aaron Dye’s decision to not sell alcohol at the Lopez Village Market until they officially closed their shop. “We could not have survived if the grocery store had started selling right after the initiative passed,” said Margie.

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lutheran ChurCh in the san juans, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in Center Church on Davis Bay Road. Also in Friday Harbor at 11:00 a.m. in St. David’s and in Eastsound at 1:15 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 10:30 am on Saturday. Call 3782910 for Mass times on San Juan and Orcas Islands.

Greenthal has become known for stretching musical borders. He sings and plays guitar, bouzouki, laouto and lavta (Greek and Turkish lutes), and he has enticed Kip to add harmony vocals and percussion. In addition to songs and poetry for this unique winter concert, Jamie Laval’s fiery violin playing and Christos Govetas’s hypnotic clarinet and oud will enliven Scottish pipe marches, Breton round dances, and Cretan syrtos to celebrate the longest night of the year. Tickets are $15 adults, $6 youths 6 to 17, kids 5 and under free, and may be purchased at the Lopez Community Center office, Paper Scissors on the Rock, Blossom Organic Grocery and Lopez Book Shop. For more info visit

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Island and surrounding smaller islands. Rick Hughes, Lisa Byers and Greg Ayers filed for District 2, which includes Orcas Island, Waldron Island, Blakely Island, and surrounding smaller islands. For more info on the candidates, visit Positions for which more than two candidates file will be narrowed to two candidates in a county-wide

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notes that the odds of being elected to the county council for anyone residing in the Lopez/Shaw district, with a population of 2,753, are three times greater than they are for anyone who resides in the district that compromises San Juan Island and its outer islands, with a population of 7,662. In addition, the suit contends that the combination of unequally sized districts and county-wide elections violates a citizen’s constitutional right to equal representation by “diluting” the number of votes cast for a council candidate running from their respective districts. Though unequal in size, Prosecuting Attorney Randy Gaylord counters that the legislative districts established


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years.” He added that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on a number of occasions that county-wide, or “at-large” elections, are consistent with the constitutional guarantee of “one-person, one-vote.” Backed by the Charter Review Commission and approved by voters Nov. 6, Prop. 1, 2 and 3 took effect following certification on Nov. 27 of local election results. In addition to seeking to have each proposition declared invalid and overturned, the lawsuit asks for a temporary injunction that would put on hold any proposition-related changes or proceedings, such as the upcoming three-day filing period – Dec. 12-14 – for county council candidates. Along with changes brought by Prop. 1, which replaces the six-person council with three full-time legislators, Prop. 2 handed authority of day-to-day county operations to the council, and replaced the position of county administrator with a manager whose duties will be determined by the three-person council. Prop. 3 ensures that all council

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meetings are publicized and open to the public, except for those meeting criteria of a “closed session.” The lawsuit also maintains, among its seven allegations, or “cause of action,” that each of the three charter amendments ran afoul of state law because all three addressed more than a single topic. It also contends that Prop. 1 violates state law because three entirely new council members could take office at the same time, and because not all those positions are slated for a full four-year term. Gaylord doubts those claims will carry enough weight for any of the propositions to be overturned. “The charter review commission was charged with looking at big topics and with smaller ones, and they were very careful in how they went about it,” he said. “That’s why there were three amendments, not just one, that people voted on.

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by Prop. 1, or re-established, are authorized by state law under an exception and a statue tailored in Olympia primarily for San Juan County that dates back to 1982. The districts mirror those that were in place before voters approved the Home Rule charter in 2005, and carved those three districts into six to accommodate a six-person council, he adds. Gaylord points to a state attorney general opinion, issued in the early 1990s, that backs that state statue, which allows for legislative districts of unequal populations in a county made up entirely of islands and with a population of under 35,000. “An attorney general opinion carries a great deal of weight in the legal realm,” he said. “One of the prime arguments in the case is that they’re trying to invalidate a state statue that’s been in effect for more than 30


The special filing period for candidates for three new council positions was held last week from Dec. 12 to 14. The Special Election will be held to fill the three new San

Juan County Council positions created as a result of the passage of Proposition 1. At the time this paper went to press, seven candidates had filed. Brian McClerren and Jamie Stephens filed for candidacy for District 3 encompassing Lopez Island, Shaw Island, Decatur Island, and surrounding smaller islands. Lovel Pratt and Bob Jarman filed for District 1 including San Juan



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December 18, 2012 edition of the Islands' Weekly

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