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The 75¢ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Vol. 106 Issue 2

of the San Juan Islands

New council in the lead

Revitalized, cleared for takeoff Bald eagle nursed back to health at Wolf Hollow; injured during battle in flight By Scott Rasmussen Journal editor

Finances top the list of early priorities; council now includes three new legislators By Steve Wehrly Journal reporter

“Opening Day” is big in baseball and fishing – and for the San Juan County Council as well. A proposal by Interim County Manager Bob Jean for a series of “community conversations” about future budgets and taxes highlights the first day’s schedule, which also includes empanelment of the new council and consideration of how to pick a county manager to replace Pete Rose, the prior county administrator. After a formal swearing-in for Rick Hughes of Orcas Island and Bob Jarman and Marc Forlenza of San Juan Island, all of whom are announced candidates for the three-person council, the present council will elect a council chair. Tradition suggests Jaimie Stephens, the present vice chairman, will get the nod, leaving the vice chairman slot to Rich Peterson, the third holdover, along with Patty Miller, from the 2012 council. Stephens will also be nominated by the council on Tuesday See Priorities, Page 4

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Nursed back to health during a two-month stay at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabiliation Center, an adult bald eagle is released back into the wild, Jan. 5, at the south end of San Juan Island.

First baby of 2013: Lorraine DeLee Eastman

See EAGLE, Page 4

First baby of 2013, Lorraine Eastman, and family; parents Ed Eastman and Giovanna Drew, and stepbrothers (from left, Aiden, Issac and Zayden.

By Scott Rasmussen Journal editor

A day behind schedule, perhaps, but Lorraine DeLee Eastman easily claimed the distinction of being San Juan County’s first baby of 2013, just the same. Born Jan. 2, at 8:52 a.m. at Mount Vernon’s Skagit Valley Hospital, Lorraine is the daughter Friday Harbor’s Giovanna Drew and Ed Eastman, and she is the first girl born to either of her parents, whose “blended” modern family boasts three boys, Aiden, 11, Issac, 8, and Zayden, 5, as well.

With the sheet thrown back and cage door opened, a once-injured adult bald eagle needed only but a few seconds to clear its 6-foot wingspan from its temporary entrapment, gain its footing, and then, without even a hint of hesitation, off it soared. About a dozen well-wishers braved the icy winds of a chilly Saturday morning to cheer on and wave so long to the 12-pound female, which swiftly rose above a nearby parking lot and, riding on a steady surge of wind gusts, made a bee-line directly toward a tree-lined ridge on the south end of San Juan Island, not far from where it was recovered, severely injured, just two months earlier. “Being able to have had a part in the rescue was huge for me,” said Kathy Farron, a local realtor who just happened to be at the south end of the island, checking on a listing, when a



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Weighing in at eight pounds and one ounce at birth, Lorraine missed her Jan. 1 due date by about nine hours. She was 20.5 inches long when delivered. Drew said that Lorraine, named for a grandmother on her mother’s

side, a multi-generational islander, already shows signs in her first few days of life of the spirited type of personality for which she herself is well known. “She’s got my fiery attitude, that’s See First baby, Page 3

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