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VOLUME 36, NUMBER 8 • February 19, 2013

Forlenza falls in District 1, Byers prevails and Hughes eclipses Ayers in District 2 elections November election, collected 1,821 of the 5,692 District 1 primary votes, or 32 percent of ballots cast, leaving Friday Harbor businessman and council incumbent Marc Forlenza, at 19.5 percent, as odd-man-out in the three-way primary. As the top two votegetters, Jarman and Pratt will advance to the April 23 general election. “I feel I had a pretty good showing countywide,” Pratt said. “It really is a county-

By Scott Rasmussen Journal editor

With a convincing victory in the Feb. 12 primary, former Councilwoman Lovel Pratt emerged as front-runner in the race for the District 1 county council position, outpacing council incumbent Bob Jarman, who finished second in the three-way contest, by 937 votes. Jarman, who unseated Pratt three months ago in the

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wide campaign and I’m going to continue to do that.” Voter turnout totaled 52 percent for the countywide primary, with 50 ballots remaining to be counted, according to county election officials. Jarman, who trailed Pratt in nearly all of the 19 county voting precincts, knows there’s ground to make up in order to claim the reconfigured council post in April’s general election. Jarman campaign manager, wife Susan Jarman, said that the candidate, who two weeks ago had a heart valve replaced at Bellingham’s St. Joseph’s Hospital, expects to spend this week on the telephone, raising money and expanding the campaign, “especially on

Lopez, Shaw and Orcas.” “He’s happy with the results and looking forward to campaigning,” Susan Jarman said. “We will focus on mainstream islanders, middle-of-the-road voters.” The local electoral landscape is drastically different than it was just three months ago. The Feb. 12 primary election follows on the heels of November’s voter-approved changes to the county charter, which reduced the size of the county council from six elected officials to three, redrew the council legislative districts from six to three as well, and instituted countywide elections for each of the three newly created council posts. In addition, changes to the charter turned those

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From left to right: Candidates for county council Lisa Byers, Rick Hughes, Lovel Pratt and Bob Jarman. three council offices into fulltime positions, with responsibility for both county legislative duties and its day-to-day management. The three full-time council members will earn $75,000 a year, plus benefits. In the District 2 primary, which, like the District 1 race, also featured three candidates competing for two slots in the April election, affordable housing advocate Lisa Byers advanced easily into the next round, garnering 47 percent of ballots cast in the primary. Byers, director of Orcas Island-based Of People and Land, or OPAL, a permanent-

ly affordable housing group, and a first-time candidate for political office as well, drew 2,772 of the 5,850 ballots cast, outpacing her two opponents, Greg Ayers and Rick Hughes, by slightly more than 1,000 votes apiece. Byers believes local government has a role to play in promoting economic activity and, consequently, she said she has a “personal interest” in ensuring that government operates as efficiently, effectively and as equitably as possible. Elected to the council in November, as part of the See elections, page 6

Fire District 4 tax levy has passed Lopez Island Fire District 4 Commissioners authorized a Levy Lid Lift Request earlier this month. On Feb. 12, the levy was approved by 77.79 percent of voters. In November, San Juan County Fire Protection District 4 Commissioners approved Resolution Number 2012-07 to increase its regular property tax levy to 83 cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. “This is an expensive business, but we are conservative and we manage your money the best that we know how,” said Fire Chief Jim Ghiglione at a meeting with the Lopez community in January. The district provides emergency medical, rescue and fire protection services to Lopez Island. This proposition was passed by the commission to fund its 10-year strategic plan. The increased revenue will fund a third paramedic position, replace a 1994 ambulance and a 1976 water tender, add one brush firefighting vehicle and one paramedic response vehicle and update and replace training equipment and personal protective equipment. The revenue will also go toward maintaining and improving facilities with small remodeling projects. It will also help the district to seek grant opportunities to fund a small train-

ing facility for firefighter and emergency medical personnel. The commissioners’ last resolution to the voters to increase their property taxes was in 2004 – nine years between requests for additional funding for the fire district. The district will now be able collect $.83 per $,1,000 of assessed valuation in 2014. In subsequent years, absent further voter approval, the district would be limited to a 1 percent increase in property tax collections initially based on the amount levied for collection in 2014, subject to the $1 per $1,000 of assessed value maximum. The district’s board of commissioners said that establishing the levy rate at $.83 per $1,000 is necessary to maintain an effective level of services, fire fighter and emergency medical staffing, equipment and facilities in light of rising costs. The maximum tax per $100,000 assessed valuation will not exceed $83 each year or approximately $6.92 per month for fire protection and emergency medical services. For further information on the Levy Lid Lift or to request a copy of the Lopez Island Fire & EMS 2012-2022 Strategic Plan, contact Fire Chief Jim Ghiglione at 468-2991 or email him at

Community Calendar tues, feb 19

meeting: Literary Salon,

7 - 8:30 p.m., Lopez Island Library. Lopez Library offers a monthly Literary Salon, giving readers the opportunity to discuss and share

their favorite recent read. This is a “no-guilt” salon. Participants can show up without anything to share, drop-ins are welcome. For more info, visit catalog. lopez.bywatersolutions.

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meeting: Caregiver Support Group, 1 - 3 p.m., Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support Office, 178 Weeks Road, kitty corner from the post office. The group is facilitated by Sr. Judy Tralnes and meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. For more information call 468-4446 or email admin@ fri, feb 22

art: LAG Art Opening, 5 -

7 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. The Lopez Artists’ Guild presents new work by Sylvia Chesley Smith. “Go Red for Women” is the theme for women’s heart health and for the show 10 percent of the profit from sales of red paintings will go the The American Heart Association. The exhibit runs through April 16.

meeting: Grief and Loss Support Group,10 a.m., Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support Office, 178

Weeks Road, kitty-corner from the post office.

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sun, march 3

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Series, 4:30 - 6 p.m., Lopez Library. “Sonatas of the Soil’ Part 2. These beautifully filmed and orchestrated shorter films continue the conversation from “Symphony of the Soil”: soil conservation, sustainable farming practices, and how we can support these processes by the food choices we make. Discussion following. Free admission. More

music: Joe Reilly in Concert,

4 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. For more info, visit www.

thurs, march 7

meeting: San Juan County

Community Meeting, 6 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. Offered by San Juan County For more info, visit www.

News briefs Blanchard’s appointment questioned

The San Juan County Council appointed Orcas Island’s Tim Blanchard to the county planning commission on Jan. 29.

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An attorney with Orcasbased Blanchard Manning, he has been an active voice before both the planning commission and the council on local planning-related issues. He is vice-president of the Common Sense Alliance, and a member of the group’s board of directors, which on Feb. 4 filed a Petition for Review with the state Growth Management Hearings Board contesting the revised and recently council-approved critical areas ordinance. In a 6-0 vote, the council backed Blanchard to fill a vacant position on the commission designated for an Orcas representative. Councilman Rich Peterson of North San Juan initiated

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Dehlendorf wrote, “I believe your appointment of Mr. Blanchard was negligent, irresponsible, unethical, and an insult to the citizens of our county. It may also have been illegal.” Prosecutor Attorney Randy Gaylord said he does not think that Blanchard’s service on the board of the Common Sense Alliance would disqualify him from the planning commission, but “the lawsuit brought by the CSA is more of an entanglement than I’ve researched in the past” and “if asked to advise the council on this matter, I will consider the issues.” When later informed that the appointment process required by ordinance appeared to be different from the process that was followed, Gaylord responded that he would look into it and advise the council if he determined the appointment to be invalid. The planning commission, a nine-person panel of volunteers, advises and makes recommendations to the county council on matters of land use and planning decisions. Created in accordance with state law,

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it conducts workshops and public hearings that are, according to the county website, a “public forum where public opinion and advice becomes part of the county’s records and decision making process.” Blanchard was the only applicant seeking to fill the vacant Orcas Island post. The Orcas Island position became vacant on Dec. 31, when Evelyn Fuchser’s term ended.

The OPALCO board recently approved a six to nine month program of community engagement to educate co-op members about the $34 million project. Plans call for all members to pay $15 per month to defray construction costs, and $75 per month to connect with the internet. OPALCO has already obtained a multi-million dollar loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help fund the project.

Lopez group seeks Jarman is recoverbroadband vote Lopezians want OPALCO ing from heart members to vote on wheth- surgery er the electricity provider should proceed with its $34 million broadband initiative. On Feb. 4, the Lopez Island chapter of Citizens for Safe Technology presented a “request for bylaw revision” to the local cooperative asking the OPALCO board of directors to allow members to vote on the broadband project and to impose restrictions on the number and location of Wi-Fi and cellphone towers if the project is implemented. The group collected almost double the 50 signatures required. OPALCO is reviewing the petition and, if legally sufficient, the board will address the petition at the annual co-op meeting on May 4. If adopted by the board, the bylaw amendment would require a vote on the proposal, restrict towers to existing sub-stations and require a vote of all property owners within 1,500 feet of any other tower location.

Councilman Bob Jarman and his wife Sue got a surprise when he visited his physician on Feb. 4 for routine tests, and discovered he had a faulty heart valve. He is now recovering from surgery with a new mechanical valve. “This new valve will give me another 50 years; not that I want to be part of the council that long,” Jarman said in a prepared statement. Jarman expects to be back attending council meetings within a week. Jarman is a two-term incumbent on San Juan Island Fire Department’s elected commission. He defeated firstterm incumbent Lovel Pratt by 90 votes to claim the South San Juan position in the November election. Read more about Jarman on page 1. “I’m putting my whole heart in the job of council and I needed a tune-up,” said Jarman after his surgery.

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Sheriff’s Log San Juan County Sheriff’s Department reported responding to these calls: Jan. 1: A misadventure on Main Street on the first day of the new year prompted the arrest of an Orcas Island man on alcohol-related charges. The 20-year-old reportedly was stumbling along a sidewalk and then tried without success to evade an encounter with an officer approaching from the opposite direction by darting behind a building. He was taken into custody shortly after midnight for being a minor in possession of alcohol. Jan. 14: A broken taillight prompted the arrest of a San Juan Island man for DUI following a late-night traffic stop near the intersection of Hillview Lane and Roche Harbor Road. The 28-year-old was taken into custody shortly before 1 a.m. Jan. 18: A muddy mishap led to the arrest of a Lopez Island man for DUI after he ran off the roadway in the early morning hours near the intersection of Bakerview and Port Stanley Roads. The 46-year-old, who was taken into custody shortly before 3 a.m., reportedly swerved to miss an animal and lost control of his pickup, which ended up stuck in a pool of mud. Jan. 22: Failure to obey a stop sign and to use a turn signal prompted the arrest of a San Juan Island woman for DUI, following a late-night traffic stop near the intersection of Carter Avenue and Guard Street. The 34-year-old, who was taken into custody shortly after 1 a.m., also faces charges of resisting arrest and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. Jan. 24: A traffic stop for speeding prompted the arrest of a San Juan Island man for DUI twice in less than three hours, following a late-night traffic stop in the 400 block of Tucker Avenue. His female passenger, a 33-year-old Shaw Island woman, was also arrested for DUI after driving the car in which the two were traveling into a nearby parking lot, as her 65-year-old chauffeur was being taken

into custody at about 11:30 p.m. The man reportedly vowed to take a taxi home as he left the Sheriff’s office, but walked several blocks to where his car was parked and drove away instead. He was pulled over for failing to use a turn signal and failing to obey a stop sign and arrested a second time for DUI, shortly before 2 a.m. Jan. 26: A single-car collision with two teens onboard led to the late-night arrest of a Friday Harbor boy for DUI in the wake of the crash on Lopez Island. The 17-year-old and his 16-year-old female passenger reportedly had left the scene of the crash, which occurred in the 1600 block of Richardson, when firefighters first arrived, followed shortly by an officer. The teens were tracked down and the boy taken into custody at about 11:30 p.m. Jan. 28: Failure to obey a stop sign prompted the arrest of a San Juan Island man following a late-night traffic stop in Friday Harbor. The 28-year-old, who was pulled over in the 600 block of Larsen Street, was taken into custody at about 11:30 p.m. — Several hundred dollars in cash disappeared in the wake of an apparent after-hours break-in and theft at a Friday Harbor restaurant. Authorities reportedly recovered a usable set of fingerprints from the cashbox in which the missing money was kept. The doors of the restaurant, located in the 200 block of A Street, were reportedly locked at the time of the break-in. Jan. 31: Several Lopez Island students have been threatened with violence by gang members, according to the author of an anonymous, handwritten letter that was discovered on the floor of the office of a high school athletic coach. The students were not identified, nor was any gang-related violence, in the letter. School officials vowed to talk with some students for information about the supposed threats. Feb. 2: A supposed suicide attempt by an ex-wife and an ill-timed rescue effort led to the arrest of a San Juan Island man for DUI. The 51-year-old, who notified authorities about the pos-

sible intentional overdose and then left his own home to help, was taken into custody at about 10:30 p.m. near the intersection of Marguerite Place and Park Street. He reportedly had pulled over to wait for officers seeking information about the woman’s location. Feb. 3: Someone reportedly cut up and carted off wood from the beach, stole three “Mutt Mitt” dispensers and damaged an entrance sign in an apparent episode of recurring vandalism at a day-use park on the northeast side of San Juan Island. Several other acts of unidentified vandalism reportedly occurred over the past several weeks at Reuben Tarte Memorial Park. — An Orcas Island woman was airlifted to a mainland hospital with back and leg injuries following an early evening single-car rollover near the intersection of Buckhorn and Raccoon Point roads. After veering off the roadway, the 36-year-old plunged downhill and through a clump of bushes and trees before crashing into a pump house, where her vehicle rolled onto its side and came to a stop. The woman reportedly crawled out of the wreckage and used a cell-phone to call for help. Feb. 4: An assortment of household belongings valued at $700 disappeared following a break-in and theft of a home at the north end of San Juan Island. Located in the 200 block of Afterglow Drive, the home, reportedly unoccupied at the time, sustained $600 in damage as a result of the break-in. — A burned-out headlight led to the arrest of an Orcas Island motorist for driving without a license following a early evening traffic stop near the intersection of Madrona Street and School Road. The 48-year-old, reportedly driving without identification as well, was pulled over shortly after 7 p.m. Feb. 5: The lack of an illuminated license plate prompted arrest of a San Juan Island woman for DUI following a late-night traffic stop near the intersection of Guard Street and Tucker Avenue. The 31-year-old was pulled over shortly before midnight and taken into custody in the Friday Harbor High School parking lot.

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Spike in DUI arrests — total of 16 incidents reported in January By Scott Rasmussen Journal editor

At this pace, drivers in San Juan County are headed toward an all-time high, inglorious though it may be. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office made 16 DUI arrests in the month of January. If that rate were to hold, the number of DUI arrests would hit 180 over the course of the year. That’s nearly double the 93 of 2011, one of the highest totals in recent years. The spike has not gone unnoticed at Sheriff’s Department headquarters. “That’s probably one of the bigger volume months we’ve had in recent years,” Sheriff Rob Nou said. “Perhaps the numbers in January might give people pause to think about some of those behaviors and about some of the consequences.” Regrettably, the islands are not alone when it comes to DUIs. Nou said driving under the influence is the nation’s most frequently committed crime, and that it can prove costly too. A gross misdemeanor, driving under the influence carries maximum penalties of 365 days in jail, a $5,000

fine, or both. However, Nou added that recent studies reveal that a DUI arrest, and subsequent conviction, can cost as much as $25,000, or more, when all the other related costs, such as lost wages, towing costs, attorney fees, insurances increases, are added in. “It can be a significant hit,” he said. Those arrested ran the spectrum, demographically; men and women, and in age as well, from 65 to 17. And only a small percentage of January’s DUI total came as a result of a collision, with no serious injuries reported. The bulk of the arrests followed in the wake of what might be called routine traffic stops, such as for speeding, failing to obey a stop sign, or for driving with a broken taillight. Nou said that getting an impaired driver off the road because of a moving violation is preferable than having to deal with an alcohol-related crash in which people are seriously injured. He added that alcohol is involved in 33-50 percent of all fatal crashes. “It’s a serious issue,” he said.


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The mystery of the blackmouth salmon Researchers are asking for help from local fishermen By Madrona Murphy

Kwiaht’s Botanist and genetic technician

Every summer, hundreds of thousands of juvenile chinook salmon visit San Juan County on their way to the ocean, feasting on the islands’ herring, sand lance, larval crabs and insects. Why do some of these fish remain in the islands and become blackmouth salmon, a critical resource for recreational anglers? Although it is Washington state policy to use hatcheries to increase the supply of blackmouth for anglers, and most

of the blackmouth caught today began life in a hatchery, there is no simple genetic basis for this lifestyle choice by individual salmon. Some clues have been discovered by a long-term salmon food-web study by the Lopezbased conservation laboratory Kwiáht, which just issued a report summarizing five years of research sampling over two thousand juvenile chinook in the islands’ nearshore waters. On the whole, says Director Russel Barsh, juvenile chinook prefer to eat oily herring or sand lance, but about one in six juvenile chinook prefers insects and other invertebrates even when baitfish are plentiful. Both wild and

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Contributed photo hatchery chinook exhibit A juvenile chinook salmon this behavior. Biologists call this a “portfolio strategy” and believe that it makes efficient use of all available resources. The Kwiáht team has discovered that juvenile chinook leave the islands quickly after a few calorie-rich meals of herring or sand lance, but stay in the islands for weeks or months if they are eating crustaceans or insects. “Fishy years should produce very few blackmouth,” Barsh says, “but there will always be at least some blackmouth because of individual food preferences at this stage in chinook life histories.” Barsh adds that there is some evidence for a genetic basis for food preferences in salmon, but preferences may also be learned. Kwiáht scientists need the help of local anglers to learn more about the biology of the islands’ blackmouth. If you catch and keep a blackmouth this winter, set aside a tail fin clipping the size of a dime and freeze it in a plastic sandwich bag. If possible save the gut contents as well in a separate plastic bag, place it inside the bag with the fin clip, and freeze them all together. Frozen fin clips and gut contents can be dropped off at the Indian Island Marine Health Observatory office in Eastsound (in the Post building) and the Kwiaht office on Lopez (#9 Lopez Plaza). The DNA in the fin clip can be compared with DNA from the thousands of fish already sampled as juveniles by Kwiáht scientists and volunteers, and the gut contents of course will identify the resources that blackmouth rely on as adults. The blackmouth study is co-sponsored by the Wild Fish Conservancy and Long Live the Kings. For further information contact:


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Kids clean-up Lopez Island for school trip fundraiser

Do you ever wish that someone would stop and pick up loose garbage when you see it on the beach or the side of the road? Lopez Elementary students might be able to make this wish come true. Lopez School fourth and fifth graders are offering the service of beach or neighborhood clean up to raise funds for their annual study trip to Islandwood. Islandwood is an outdoor learning center, located on Bainbridge Island, designed to provide learning experiences that inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship. “Students will be immersed in Islandwood’s magical, natural 255-acre outdoor classroom for four days. Lopez Elementary students, in their fourth and fifth years, have been offered this wonderful educational opportunity, and I’m very excited to be leading our great group of students from Lopez this year,” said Lorri Swanson, the Lopez Elementary science/social studies teacher. In the past, students and parents have come up with different fundraising ideas to help make the trip more affordable to all. When parents came up with the idea of beach or neighborhood clean up, Swanson was thrilled because it combines being outdoors with environmental stewardship and community service. Swanson and the 25 fourth and fifth graders along with their parents, have already raised $900 from Spaghetti

Lopez Island School fourth and fifth grade students. Dinner Night with homemade pies in the fall. Their goals is to raise another $2,000 from the community to bring the cost of the Islandwood trip down to $50 per student. The trip is scheduled for April 15-18 this year. The students, along with volunteer parent chaperones, are planning to go to various roadsides and beaches to pick up objects that do not belong there. For contributions of $125 or more, the group is willing to offer its clean-up service in a neighborhood or area of the contributors choosing. You may also donate any amount or sponsor one student for a $25 pledge. Any contribution is appreciated. “It will be fun to work with friends on beach cleanup. And I can’t wait to go to Islandwood. I heard from older friends who have gone that it was the best field trip by far and they learned so much,” said Tyler, a Lopez School student. To contribute or pledge your support, clip out the donation form accessible on our website, . Mail donation to Lopez Island School District Attn: Lorri Swanson 86 School Rd., Lopez Island, WA 98261. If you have any questions, contact Swanson at 468-2202 ext. 2107 or email

Maddie Ovenell – new face of the Fair San Juan County’s newly appointed fairgrounds and events manager has a clear challenge ahead. That’s according to her new boss, Parks and Fair Director Dona Wuthnow, who hired Maddie Ovenell of Lake Oswego, Ore., to fill the position formerly held by Rev Shannon, who stepped down in September. Ovenell, who began her tenure as manager of the San Juan County fairgrounds Jan. 7, most recently spent five years as community events specialist with Lake Oswego, where she managed the city’s farmers’ market and coordinated a variety of events, including a Fourth of July parade, sum-

mer concert series, harvest festival and an assortment of holiday events. “The top priority is making both the fair and the fairgrounds sustainable as long term community assets,” Wuthnow said of the primary task ahead for Ovenell. A former Central Washington University event and facility coordinator, Ovenell has a Master’s of Science in recreation administration, nine years of experience managing events in both the public and non-profit sector, and is no stranger to the San Juans. She spent two years at Orcas Island’s Camp Orkila, owned and operated by the Seattle YMCA, as

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director of the camp’s environmental education and leadership programs. She relocated to the islands with two young daughters and a husband in tow. “We can’t imagine a more perfect place to raise our children and become active in the community,” Ovenell said in a press release. “I truly enjoy the logistical steps and partnerships that go into coordinating events and creating something that the community can be truly proud to call their own.” In other Parks and Fair personnel moves, Jennifer Allen, a six-year department assistant, was promoted to program coordinator, and is expected to work closely

with Ovenell in producing events and programs at the fairgrounds, as well as at other park facilities. “Jennifer brings a lot of experience and talent that complements Maddie’s background,” Wuthnow said.

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Sewage operation and Stinging nettle rope class maintenance workshops San Juan County Health and Community Services is once again providing on-site sewage system operation and maintenance workshops for homeowners. The workshops are scheduled throughout 2013 on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands (see class schedule). The workshops provide training to homeowners that certify them to complete inspections of on-site sewage systems (septic systems) and a way to save money. The workshop also presents information



on how a septic system functions and how to properly operate and maintain it, so even if the homeowner does not want to or is physically unable to complete the inspection themselves, they obtain knowledge that hopefully will assist them in extending the longevity of their system, further saving them money and protecting the value of their property. Homeowners in San Juan County have been required since 2007 to have their septic system inspected on a regular basis – every three years for gravity systems and annually for all other systems and any system located in a designated sensitive area. The training program has been immensely popular with more than 2600 homeowners certified since 2008. The 2013 class schedule is available online at Information is also available by phone from the San Juan County Health and Community Services Department at 360-378-4472.



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Christ the King Community ChurCh, There’s Always a Place for You! CTK gathers at 10 a.m. in the school multi-purpose room at 86 School Road. Come as you are! More info at Email: Phone: 888-421- 4CTK ext. 819. graCe episCopal ChurCh, welcomes you to worship with us on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. 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 a.m.; Worship at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Jeff Smith 468-3877.

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length of rope. This method of making rope requires it to be rolled on bare skin (thighs) so bring or wear a skirt or shorts. Tea will be provided — feel free to bring a snack. Pre-registration is required (15 student max) so please call Milla at 468-2274 or Callie at 317-8179 to reserve your spot.

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In late August of 2012, KnowledgeShare held a class with Andre Entermann on tanning buckskin using natural materials. The two-day workshop gave students a unique opportunity to learn a skill that has been widely forgotten in modern society. Andre is back again to teach another class, this time on learning to make rope using fibers from fall harvested nettle stalks. The stinging nettle (urtica dioica) is a native plant of the San Juan Islands. Growing along roadsides and in forests and back yards, islanders of the past and present have used nettles medicinally and as a delicious wild-crafted food source (think nettle pesto). Nettle fibers have been used to make clothes since prehistoric times. The fibers are finer than those of hemp and are considered by many to be a superior and even softer fiber than cotton. Now you will get the chance to learn how to roll nettle fibers to make a remarkably durable and sustainable rope. The class will be held at Sunny Field Farm on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 1-4 p.m. The class fee is sliding scale of $5-15 and each student will go home with their own



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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 a.m. 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 1:15 p.m. on Saturday. Call 3782910 for Mass times on San Juan and Orcas Islands.

outdistanced Ayers by a narrow margin, with a total of 100 votes separating the two, to finish as runner-up in the District 2 primary. Hughes will advance to the general election as well. He expects to spend more time and resources in the headto-head campaign against Byers than he had in the primary. “I think we did pretty well with the amount of time and money we spent on the campaign,” said Hughes, who expects the state of the local economy to remain a hot topic in the general election campaign. “It’s definitely about jobs. We need to find a way to create more jobs for people.” The primary’s top two vote-getters, Byers and Pratt, each got a sizable boost from District 3 voters. Pratt collected 747 of the 1,109 votes cast in District 3, and Byers garnered 716 votes, or 65 percent of her total. Meanwhile, political newcomer Brian McClerren and council incumbent Jamie Stephens are competing in the race for the District 3 county council position. To read more about these candidates visit and click on the news tab.




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COLFAX RIVERFRONT. 9 acres was $75,000 now only $39,500. Lender Repo sale. Beautiful valley views, quiet country road with electric. Excellent financing provided. Call UTR 1-888-3269048.

CASH NOW for Good Notes, Top Dollar from Private investor. Yes, Bajillions Available for quality Contracts, Mortgages, Annuities, Inheritance. Receiving Payments? Call Skip Foss 1-800-637-3677

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3 BEDROOM, 3 BATH Beautiful Rosario waterfront home. Craftsman style. Almost new! Open floor plan with washer & dryer. 2 car garage and deck. Walk to the Resort. No smoking. $1,700 month. One year lease. Call 360-3175795.

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Views on Whiskey Hill 3 BR, 2 BA home with water views & 2 car garage. $1200/mo. Fisherman Bay 2 BR, 1 BA waterfront cabin. Beaches nearby, pets negot. $850/mo. Carol, (360)468-3177 see more at:

ISLAND PETS lost/ found. On Lopez call Jane 360-468-2591; Joyce, 360-468-2258; Sheriff’s Office 360-3784151. Lopez Animal Protection Society, PO Box 474, Lopez, WA 98261. On Orcas call 3603766777. On San Juan call the Animal Shelter 360-378-2158


For information leading to the recovery of a missing Bandit Industries Model 1590 Chipper. License plate 5840TI. The Chipper is all Black and very similar to the picture, with the Diamond Plate boxes on the tongue. Missing since November 19th from the parking lot of Orcas Excavators. Please contact me 360346-0307 or the Sheriff’s Department at 360-3784151. &INDü)Tü"UYü)Tü3ELLü)T ,OOKINGüFORüTHEüRIDE OFüYOURüLIFE WWWNW ADSCOM üHOURSüAüDAY

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Finance Manager OPAL Community Land Trust

Supervise the budget process, financial accounting, financial systems, internal controls, cash management and reporting for a complex nonprofit organization working in real estate development. OPAL’s annual budget ranges from $1.5 to $2.5 million dollars and the organization has $13.5 million in assets, with $2.9 million in short-term and longterm liabilities. Requires: masters degree in accounting or similar field, or bachelor’s degree with commensurate experience. 40 hours per month on average. A full job description is posted at: Review of Applications begins February 25, 2013. Open until filled. Contact: Beth Holmes, 360-376-3191 LOPEZ ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT Seeks qualified applicants. CO-PRINCIPAL/ EDUCATIONAL LEADER FOR K-12



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Puget Sound Energy is accepting applications for future Pathway to Apprentice #27358 openings at locations throughout the Puget Sound area! Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED and 1 full year of high school level algebra with a grade of “C� or better or college equivalent. Applications must be submitted by 3/4/2013. PSE is an Equal Opportunity employer. We encourage persons of diverse backgrounds to apply. Visit to apply.

Caretaker Couple, Decatur Island, San Juan Islands, WA Need full time Caretakers with developed skills to maintain property, cabins, office, run boat for Decatur Head Beach Assoc. Work with members, Board, islanders, vendors (organization & communication skills critical). Physical fitness needed to maintain & steward land, buildings. Couple must team well, be self-motivated, personable, responsible, active in outdoors, boating. Beautiful, pristine island. Salary, pd time off, modern cabin, more provided. Move in May, 2013. Send Intro. Letter: DecaturCaretakers@

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SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER for Public Engagement Effort OPALCO is seeking a seasoned project manager to lead a year-long public engagement effort in the San Juan Islands. Duties include designing and managing the strategy, tools and timeline for an effective twoway communications and engagement program and then working in collaboration with OPALCO staff to successfully implement it. Applicant must have: at least four years experience managing complex communication projects from inception to successful outcome; excellent communication and negotiation skills; ability to present effectively to diverse audiences; proven skills at cultivating strong working relationships and driving collaboration across multiple teams; strong analytical and creative problem solving skills. Bachelor’s degree required; MBA strongly preferred. This is an Eastsound based, full-time, oneyear contract position. Salary and benefits are competitive. Applicants may obtain a detailed job description and employment application online at Please submit your cover letter, professional resume, employment application and references to Suzanne Olson at Position is open until filled.

DRIVER --Qualify for any portion of $0.03 quarterly bonus: $0.01 Safety, $0.01 Production, $0.01 MPG. Two raises in first years. 3 months recent experience. 800-414-9569 DRIVERS -- Inexperienced/Experienced. Unbeatable career Opportunities. Trainee, Company Driver, Lease Operator, Lease Trainers. (877) 369-7105 w w w. c e n t r a l d r i v i n g DRIVERS -- Looking for Job Security? Haney Truck Line, seeks CDLA, hazmat, doubles required. Offering Paid Dock bumps, Benefits and Paid Vacation! 1888-414-4467.

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CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands in Friday Harbor

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The San Juan Islands Conservation District (SJICD) is seeking qualified applicants to fill the position of DISTRICT MANAGER This position requires a high degree of administrative leadership and a solid background in natural resources conservation, grants and finance management, education and outreach, personnel management, program planning and project management, and communications. View the full job description, application form and instructions at: Applications must be received at the SJICD office by 4:30PM, March 8, 2013.

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1971 JAGUAR XKE 2+2. V-12, 5 speed transmission. A real head turner!! Totally restored to concourse condition! Silver with Black interior. AM/ FM/ CD Stereo. Many upgrades! $58,500. 360-378-9486 San Juan Isl. Photos available jimwendyfrancis@

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CLASSIC CADILLAC 1991 silver Brougham with leather interior, all power and sunroof. Good tires, original rims and only 66,680 miles. Original owner maintained. Spacious cruiser! They don’t make them like this anymore! Includes records. Wonderful condition! $3,600 obo. San Juan Island Interior and exterior photos available via email. 360-378-3186. Utility Trailers

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HEAVY DUTY 5’ X 8’ Flatbed Trailer. 5.30 X 12� Tires. Length 136�, Width 76�, Payload 1,715 Lbs, LED Tail Lights, $600. 360-3763128 Vans & Mini Vans Toyota

BICHON FRISE puppies. AKC Registered. Taking deposits. For companion only! Will be vet checked and have first shots and be dewormed. Call for information: 360-874-7771, 360-471-8621 or go to website to see our adorable puppies! www.bichonfrise

GOLDENDOODLE Puppies For Sale. Ready for their new homes March 7th. 7 Puppies left. 2 males, 5 females. Males, $700. Females, $800. Shots, wormed and dew claws removed. Approx weight when grown around 55 lbs. If interested, email: debbie_1819 or call Debbie at 360-540-2545.

2001 TOYOTA SIENNA Minivan 130,000 miles. Well maintained! Good condition! Nice family car; some minor scratches and interior wear. New tires last June. $5,600. Langley, Whidbey Isl. 360-321-5715. Motorcycles

2006 SUZUKI Boulevard with less than 1600 miles. Almost brand new, super clean, parked in garage, engine ran at least once a week. Asking $5000. You can’t pass on a deal like this! Spring is around the corner. Will throw in some free gear. (360)720-9264 Whidbey Island Need extra cash? Place your classiďŹ ed ad today! Call 1-800-388-2527 or Go online 24 hours a day




Lane Langford’s benefit concert on Feb. 9, at the Lopez Center raised over $2,000 for the Lopez Island Family Resource Center and the Children’s Center. “I love what both organizations do for the community,” said Langford. “Having children is having the biggest sign of hope. We have to take care of them.” Performers at the benefit concert included Byl Leonard on vocals and guitar, James Leonard running sound, Nick and Susie Teague on vocals, John Seibold on harmonica, Colin Doherty on bass, Becky Johnson on piano, Todd Goldsmith on drums, Geoff Heard on pedal steel, Sand Dalton on oboe and Bill Johnson will work the lights. This is the second benefit concert that Langford has brought to the Lopez Center stage.

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Home & Garden April 2013 Providing a full schedule of activites and events plus, informative feature stories. This special section of The Journal, The Sounder, & The Weekly will be distributed to over 7500 readers throughout San Juan County and also online in our new Green Editions!

The Orcas Exchange burns to the ground

Copy & Sales Deadline: Monday, April 8, 2013, 12 pm Publication Dates: Week of April 16, 2013 For more information call Dubi at the Islands’ Weekly 376-4500

Hunter Education Firearms Safety Course Next Class: March 18 & 19 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Community Church March 23 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students must complete the online study course, classroom course and rifle range course to receive Hunter Safety Certification. To register: go to and click on Washington State. Students must provide a print out on March 18 showing completion of the online course. Questions: Liz Scranton 468-4383, Brian Matalon 468-2037 or George Meilak 468-3663 - Certified Instructors. Sponsored by the Lopez Lions

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Left, Firefighter Doug Maya (left) and assistant chief Mik Preysz at the fire.

By Cali Bagby Weekly editor

Smoke billowed into the sky. Fire trucks sped down Orcas Road with lights flashing. At the Exchange, island-

ers watched on in disbelief and shock as they watched the building burned to the ground. On Saturday, Feb. 9, at 4:48 p.m., Orcas Island Fire and


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Rescue Captain Bob Nutt was driving by the Orcas Transfer Station in a tanker truck and noticed smoke and flames coming from the Exchange complex. Nutt immediately called for additional help and began firefighting operations. He said there was “significant fire involvement in the heart of the Exchange complex with flames extending to the trees in the area.” Forty-five OIFR members and ten units responded to the incident that lasted over five hours. Water for the fire was transported from a pond located about one half mile away from the fire. There were no injuries reported. “It is presumed that someone took a burning object and put it in a trash can,” said Turner about how the fire was started. The fire comes after the

Exchange, a popular re-use facility, made headlines with its grassroots movement to take local control of solid waste on the island. Orcas Recycling Services, which runs the Exchange, received a unanimous vote from the San Juan County Council in November to be the sole operator of the Orcas Island transfer, recycling and reuse facility starting March 31. After the fire, islanders have expressed their reaction to the fire at the Exchange with words like – “historic tragedy,” “very sad,” and “the Orcas community will mourn this passing and stand to support the metamorphosis of the spirit of the Exchange.” Members of the Orcas community are already discussing a fundraising drive. The Exchange Board of Directors say they are working on a recovery strategy. “Just know that we will rise from the ashes into an even better Exchange.” wrote the Exchange Board of Directors on their Facebook page.

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February 19, 2013 edition of the Islands' Weekly