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VOLUME 36, NUMBER 9 • February 26, 2013
Level 3 sex offender expected Parties square off over challenge to move to San Juan Island to county charter review changes By Scott Rasmussen Journal editor
Two years after his request to relocate to San Juan Island was denied by state corrections officials, a level 3 sex offender is expected to make the island his home sometime in the near future. Local authorities last week received a letter from David Franklin Stewart notifying them of his intent to relocate to San Juan Island, where he and his wife bought a home in the Bridle Trails Estates neighborhood in 2004. The 60-year-old, convicted a year earlier of first-degree rape of a child, is no longer under supervision of the state Department of Corrections and is free to come and go, and live, where he chooses, San Juan County Sheriff Rob Nou said. “He’s served his time, so to speak,” Nou said. “Two years ago we had two community meetings that were well-attended and we were very upfront at that time in saying that in 22 months he would no longer be under corrections’ supervision.”
As a registered sex offender, Nou said that Stewart must notify the Sheriff’s Department of his place of residency within three days after moving to a new location. Stewart, who, as a Level 3 sex offender, is considered at “high-risk” to re-offend, served seven and a half years in prison and two years of DOC-supervised probation following his conviction in 2003. He has lived in the Sultan area, located near the Monroe state penitentiary, following his release from prison. Nou said the letter from Stewart indicated that he could be relocating to his San Juan Island home as early as Monday, but that as of Tuesday, he had not been at the Sheriff’s Office to register his place of residency. According to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department sex-offender website, Stewart admitted to a 30-year history of sexually assaulting boys and girls as young as one to two years of age, as well as teens. He failed to complete a sex offender program while in prison for lack of progress. Stewart’s request in 2011 to relocate to San Juan Island prompted a series of protests on the courthouse lawn and a flurry of letters to DOC from local residents asking that his request to move to
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Ruling on merits of the case is expected before April By Steve Wehrly Journal reporter
What’s the problem? In 2012, that question was asked again and again by critics as the Charter Review Commission fashioned its amendments to the county charter. Now, ironically, that same question was posed in legal language by San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney Randy Gaylord in support of the charter amendments and against a legal challenge filed days after the amendments were approved in November by the voters. With Superior Court Judge John M. Meyer of Skagit County presiding -- San Juan County Superior Court Judge Don Eaton recused himself from the proceedings -- the case of Carlson, Gonce & Bossler v. San Juan County reached its climax Feb. 19
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before a packed courtroom inside the San Juan County Courthouse. Although numerous legal and procedural issues were raised, the focus of plaintiffs’ attorney Stephanie O’Day’s case was that “fundamental voting rights are affected” by residency districts of unequal population, even when, or perhaps especially when, all of the county’s voters are allowed to vote for all candidates. “Because fundamental voting rights are affected, the court must apply a ‘strict scrutiny’ test,” O’Day said. “Strict scrutiny” is the highest standard for determining the constitutionality of a statute, often a statute dealing with the Bill of Rights (the First through Tenth Amendments) or the Fourteenth Amendment. O’Day argued that because residency districts violate the “one-man, one-vote” requirements of both the Washington state and U.S. constitutions, the charter should be subject to strict scrutiny under Fourteenth Amendment principles of due process and equal protection of the law. She cited Washington and U.S. constitutions and constitutional cases as the basis for asking Judge Meyer to halt the election for the threeperson council, scheduled
for April 23. Gaylord countered with statutory and constitutional law citations of his own, asserting that because voting under the charter amendments is county-wide and because “all voters vote for all candidates,” the charter was “not an infringement of anybody’s fundamental right to vote.” The action of the CRC, according to Gaylord, is therefore “not a constitutional decision, but instead is a political decision,” that should be judged by the lesser standard of “rational basis” rather than strict scrutiny. Since the contentious CRC meetings of a year ago, local voters have approved the three charter amendments replacing the sixperson council with a threeperson council, elected (by district) three members to the six-member council, and picked candidates countywide to campaign for the three-member council in the upcoming April election. Gaylord said the plaintiffs have failed to show that the county-wide voting scheme, which was used by the county prior to enactment of the charter in 2005, had stopped or even diluted one voter’s vote. Residency districts apply to where a candidate lives, not to who may vote for See charter, page 3
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event: Fun And Games, 10 a.m., Woodmen Hall. Islanders play Uno, Mexican Trains, Cribbage, Balderdash, and you’re welcome to bring another game and teach how to play it. Coffee, tea, and cookies are served. They play from 10 a.m. until everybody leaves. lecture: Growing Fruit On Lopez Q&A, 7-8:30 p.m., Lopez Library. Eric Hall of Crowfoot Farm will host an evening of questions and answers about growing fruit on Lopez Island. This will be an informal sharing of
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knowledge. Bring your questions. Event is free. weds, feb 27
event: Procession of the
Species - Planning Session, 5 - 6:30 p.m., library meeting room. Lopez Island Conservation Corps is looking for more individuals and organizations to collaborate with to make this community event grow. For more information or if you want to get involved but can’t make it to the meeting contact Charlie Behnke and Amanda Wedow at 4682951 or l.i.c.c.team@gmail. com, or check out lopezconservationcorps.org.
sun, march 3
music: Joe Reilly in Concert, 4 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. For more info, visit www. lopezcenter.org. weds, march 6
class: A Taste of Mexican
Cuisine, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rita O’Boyle’s home, $25. Make tamales alongside Spanish-speaking instructors who will teach you about ingredients, preparation and cooking techniques. There will be time to gather, eat, and share stories, with an
Letters Campaign thanks First I want to congratulate Rick Hughes, Bob Jarman, Lovel Pratt and Lisa Byers for their strong showing,
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Crash Course Refreshers, 7 8:30 p.m., Lopez Library. Join Eric Hall of Crowfoot Farm for a crash course in how to prune your fruit trees. Eric will give reminders on how to prune and encourage participants to go out and prune your trees! Bring questions.
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clearing the primary and going on to the general election. Second is that I want to thank my team, and the voters that put their trust in me with their vote. And to my contributors, I thank you
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
interpreter on hand. This is also a great opportunity to practice some Spanish. Instructors are Adriana Tepec and Maria Teresa Munoz. 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. lopezcenter.org. fri, march 8
film: Screening of “Who
Bombed Judi Bari?” 7:30 p.m., Port Stanley Schoolhouse. Suggested donation is $10. The screening is sponsored by KnowledgeShare and Home on the Grange. For more info, visit whobombedjudibari.com. fri, march 15
music: John Reischman in Concert, 7:30 - 9:30
for the assistance and confidence. I cannot thank you all enough. Many have already asked what I will do next. First I will focus all my time and energy to getting Rick and Bob elected after their primary wins. I have not had the chance to speak with Bob personally to determine how I can help, but I hope to connect with him when he is up and about. Rick and I have spoken about me playing a role in his campaign, helping out as I can with strategy and marketing. As far as other activities I am considering how to help out with county activities related to the
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Workshop, 2 - 5 p.m., library. A formal introduction to Excel. Participants will learn to create and format spreadsheets, work with formulas, and use templates. Students should have basic familiarity with accessing programs on the computer and using the Internet. Class will consist of two threehour sessions. Use of a PC laptop with Excel 2010 installed is required. (Some laptops available thru LIFRC – bring a USB flash drive). Instructor is Susan Young. Fee is $40 if paid by 3/11
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p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. Legendary mandolin player John Reischman will be joined Eli West (Guitar, Bouzouki), Trent Freeman (Fiddle) and Patrick Metzger (Bass). Tickets are $15 (youth $10) at the door.
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themes of my campaign. Of course I will also continue on as an Eastsound Sewer and Water Commissioner for the remaining three years of my term. And my campaign manager, Kate – she has discovered a whole new realm of possibility through this experience and will likely find ways to remain involved with county activities as well. I cannot thank her enough for her supreme efforts on making the campaign run smoothly. I also thank my niece Alina who worked with Kate on the graphics, creating island friendly signs, ads, etc. Lastly, I thank my wife Pat, for her patience during the past two months where we saw each other rarely. She is currently in “Hotbed Hotel” at the Grange; I might suggest taking in a performance this weekend or the subsequenttwo weekends. My heartfelt thanks again to all the voters and the Ayers2013 team! Greg Ayers Orcas Island
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Hughes says thanks for election Congratulations to Lisa Byers, Lovell Pratt and Bob Jarman for their recent primary victories. I look forward to seeing each of you over the next few months on the campaign trail. I would like to thank supporters and friends who stepped up and voted for me in the primary. It is an honor to serve you on the current county council and I look forward to the opportunity to continue this service for the next four years. It’s been my great privilege to meet many amazing people of this county over the past weeks and months and am eager to meet many more in the near future. If you see me at the market or the pharmacy or at my council office in the senior center, please stop and say hello, I really want to meet you and have a conversation. Thank you again for your support. Rick Hughes San Juan County Council District #4 Orcas West/Waldron See letterS, page 4
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Lopez Island School bond on April ballot By Bill Evans
Lopez School Superintendent
At a special board meeting on Feb.13, the Lopez Island School Board voted unanimously to place a bond measure for a major school renovation project on the April 23 ballot for voter consideration. If approved by the required 60 percent of Lopez voters, the campus-wide renovation will be a major commitment by the community in support of its schools. The proposed $15.5 million project represents an increase of $68/$1,000 dollar of assessed property valuation, or $272 per year for a median priced house on Lopez. The proposed renovations will bring the Lopez and Decatur campuses up to modern standards and will eliminate the need for the district to seek further capital improvement bonds for the next 25-30 years. The bond measure would bring local school taxes to a total of approximately $644 per year for a median Lopez home owner, which is in the lower half of total local school taxes for average priced houses in Washington. A team of engineers and architects, led by Tacoma based TCF Architects, worked with the district to develop a detailed analysis of current campus needs, from which they then developed recommendations for the most cost effective and sustainable solutions. Based on a facility assessment conducted two years ago, the school infrastructure alone has a need for more than $6 million in replacements, repairs, and upgrades. The elementary program is growing and an increase in enrollment is projected. There is a need to upgrade classroom and other spaces to better sup-
port the elementary and secondary programs, as well as to support indoor elementary physical education, technology, the district’s farm-to-school program (including renovation of the kitchen to possibly rent out as a commercial kitchen off-hours), it’s fine and performing arts programs, and it’s athletics program. The school board also sought opportunities to be better stewards of the environment by utilizing rain catchment for irrigation, and conserving energy (over 30 years save over $750,000 in energy bills). The installation of solar panels and LED lighting will further enhance energy savings. Life safety systems will be improved by installing fire suppression sprinklers in the gym and science wing, bringing the electrical systems up to code, integrating communication and fire alarm systems campus-wide, and adding appropriate and sensible security upgrades. The recommendations from the architects and engineers, in concert with the school board’s analysis, pointed to campus-wide renovation as the most prudent approach, and was deemed more economically viable than building an entirely new school ($35 million) or simply fixing basic infrastructure ($6.7 million). It is projected that the lives of the existing buildings will be extended for an additional 25-30 years. “To be able to validate and build upon the rich historical foundations of the Lopez School is compelling,” said Board Chairman John Helding. In determining to seek voter approval in April, the board considered today’s historically low interest rates, currently 2.3 percent, as well as a projected excellent construction bidding climate and other factors.
District bond consultants estimate that a 1 percent increase in interest rates would cost taxpayers an additional $2.4 million, and they advised that interest rates may begin to climb in the next few months. The board determined there was a need to address the identified needs as soon as possible. The district is seeking opportunities to offset projected costs of the proposed project by applying for grants. It has currently applied for over $1 million of assistance. The district conducted an intensive selection process to select TCF Architects. They are well-known in school construction and have earned very high respect for their work and their proven ability to complete projects well, on time, and on budget. The district and TCF are using one of the foremost estimating firms in the state (The Robinson Company) to provide realistic and conservative cost estimates, including contingencies for the unexpected items that often surface in renovation projects. The district expressed confidence that they have selected the right team. “The board and school deeply appreciate the level of support our community has provided the school, and are grateful in this moment for everyone’s attention to and consideration of this major investment in the future of the school and Lopez as a whole,” said Helding. There will be several public forums to present information and answer questions, including a public meeting on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lopez Center. Community members may stop by or call the district at 468-2202, or email Bill Evans email@example.com. wa.us, or John Helding at jhelding@ lopez.k12.wa.us with any questions or comments.
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How can we improve our economy through arts? San Juan County Arts Council is presenting free workshops in March to explore the impact and potential of the arts on the local economy. The Arts Commission of Washington State recently awarded a grant to the San Juan County Arts Council as one of eight pilot projects across the state to support community collaborations
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that candidate, said Gaylord. The all-day hearing reviewed other allegations such as voter confusion and “more than one subject,” and featured brief statements from current and former county council members, whom Judge Meyer had earlier “joined” to the case as necessary parties. All current council members, with the
that use a data collection system called the Creative Vitality Index to better understand local creative economies. The workshops will be held March 21 at the Lopez Library from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. “We have plenty of data on a nationwide level to prove that the arts are a sig-
exception of Bob Jarman, who is recovering from recent heart surgery, were in the courtroom, along with former council members Richard Fralick and Lovel Pratt. All except Fralick, who did not run for re-election, were also invited to submit written statements to the judge by Feb. 25. Meyer said that he probably has enough information to decide the case, and that he expects to do so well before the April 23 final elections, but that an additional hearing in which evidence and
nificant driver to economic vitality,” said Kris Tucker, Executive Director of Arts WA. “This project helps us document at the local level just how important the arts are to community wellbeing.” For more information about the CVI see: www. westaf.org/publications_ and_research/cvi.
testimony would be provided remains a possibility. In closing, Meyer noted that trial court judges rarely face the kind of complex constitutional issues found in this case, and he commended the attorneys for both sides. Supporters of both sides should be satisfied that they had been well and competently represented, he said. “It’s a case for the legal history books,” one observer said as she walked away from the courtroom. The Islands’ Weekly • www.islandsweekly.com • February 26, 2013 – Page 3
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San Juan Island be denied. Officers based in Corrections Oak Harbor headquarters made successive visits to the Bridle Trails Estates neighborhood at that time and recommended to their superiors in Olympia that the request should be denied. Nou said the Sheriff’s Department intends to notify the public of Stewart’s plans to relocate to San Juan Island, and that the department would make quarterly checks about his residency in the
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Hey Lopezians! We got local control of our dump (Thank you!). We passed the NO GMO proposition (Thank you!). Now it’s time to take control of our airwaves! Two hundred-plus Lopezians signed a petition last summer asking OPALCO to work with us in designing their Broadband Initiative project. Now, 7
months later, they still have not made any significant effort to find out what the citizens of Lopez Island want and need. Our three islands are very different. What will work for one might not work for another. This is a $34 million project (actually more like $100 million when all is said and done) and as a co-op we will go into debt together for 25 years. Citizens for Safe Technology Lopez thinks that OPALCO should take the time do it right. We propose that each island be given the right to decide their own commu-
Crossword Puzzle Across 1. Emergency vehicle 10. Eyeball benders (2 wds) 15. Those with sound judgment 16. Optician's rouge 17. Those who are confined in wartime 18. Lingo 19. Directly 20. "How ___!" 21. W African storytellers 22. Bent 23. Protein particles responsible for degenerative diseases of the nervous system 24. ___ and Hardy 27. Amalgam 28. Buenos ___ 29. Small tart tree fruit 33. "I had no ___!" 34. Be bombastic 35. Hip bones 36. Discuss an issue from a different point of view 38. Considers 39. Daughter of Saturn 40. Take back 41. Vascular inner layer of skin 43. Supergarb 44. Pranksters 45. Kill, in a way 46. Long-jawed fish 49. Old World plants, such as cuckoopint 50. Condiment on lamb (2 wds) 52. Lure 53. Person who attacks another
nication destiny, whether it be the hybrid system that OPALCO proposes, no system at all, or a fully cabled fiber optic system. We can find a solution: maybe add an additional tax for the extra cost for cable, or maybe we tax ourselves with a communication tax levy for Lopez Island, as we did for the dump? Solutions will arise if OPALCO will let us work with them, if they hear our call to be heard. Some of us are desperate for faster internet, some don’t even own a computer. Many people don’t feel the effect of wireless radiation, but others do, and it makes them sick. Lopezians, it is time to come together to co- create and determine what our own fate shall be. Come get informed and educated.
This spring we will be hosting a town meeting, and a series of Sunday night educational movies/discussions at the library. These will take place 3/17, 4/7, and 4/21, at 7 p.m. Let’s take the reins and determine our own future! We need you! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ann Marie Fischer Lopez Island
Thank you, voters Thank you to everyone who voted in the primary election and to all the candidates who participated. I look forward to a positive and civil general election campaign and vigorous discussions about the issues that matter most to islanders. Lovel Pratt Candidate for council
Lopez Thrift Shop Grant applications start March 1 Nonprofit, 501(c) (3), organizations on Lopez Island interested in receiving a grant from Lopez Thrift Shop are invited to submit an application. The application packets will be available at the Lopez Thrift Shop and Lopez Library starting March 1 and must be submitted by March 31. Mail application to: Lopez Thrift Shop PO Box 274 Lopez Island, WA 98261
12. About 1% of the atmosphere 13. Laugh-a-minute Down folks 1. Bone-dry 14. Makes lace 2. Restaurant 21. Cousin of a loon options 22. Hansel and 3. Diminish Gretel's trail 4. "It's no ___!" marks (2 wds) 5. Large motor 23. Braids vehicles with flat 24. Animal house platforms 25. Assistant 6. Yearly 26. Carbamide 7. Demands 27. Chutzpah 8. Algonquian Indian 29. Algonquin 9. Cousin of -trix Indians 10. Egg-shaped 30. "Guilty," e.g. instrument 31. Describe 11. Object valued 32. "___ of Eden" for evoking a 34. Gold braid historical time (2 37. 1919 world wds) heavyweight
54. Flip, in a way 55. Came in again
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champion 38. Sediment 40. Wicker material 41. Egyptian corn 42. Small ornamental ladies' bags 43. Perfume 44. Street fleet 45. Workbench attachment 46. ___ gum, used as thickening agent in food 47. Bad marks 48. Abbr. after many a general's name 50. Fold, spindle or mutilate 51. A pint, maybe Answers to today's puzzle on page 8
Fill in the blank cells using numbers 1 to 9. Each number can appear only once in each row, column, and 3x3 block. Use logic and process of elimination to solve the puzzle. The difficulty ranges from 1-10 (easy) 11-15 (moderate) and 1620 (hard). Today’s puzzle is level 17. Sudoku and Crossword answers on page 8
Joe Reilly and his guitar return to Lopez Island By Lorrie Harrison
Special to the Islands’ Weekly
For the seventh time in seven years, Joe Reilly will pack his guitar, leave Michigan and head for Lopez. Many islanders have been counting the days. Local musician Jaime Cordova is one. “Its a real pleasure to play with Joe,” he said. “We want to fill Lopez with music.” Joe’s playful, engaging, beautiful music has earned him a loyal following. “Joe Reilly’s songs are simply joyful. I look forward to his concerts for months,” says one fan. Accompanied each year by Jaime Cordova on the congas, bongo or cajon, Joe usually plays small venues: Isabel’s porch, library concerts for kids and their families, house concerts, and last year, a cozy community concert at the Hamlet’s Gathering Place. This year, that’s all going to change. His first community-wide concert will be held at Lopez Center this Sunday, March 3, 4 - 6 p.m.,$10 suggested donation for adults, $25 for the whole family. In addition to Jaime on the drums, Allison Radell (also from Michigan) will be joining Joe on vocals and piano for the first half of the show. A second set will feature a Lopez group, Los Hermanos: Jaime on hand drums, Hawk Arps on vibes and Colin Doherty on bass guitar. Other musicians may be on stage, too. “We used to call ourselves Los Tres Hermanos, but friends started sitting in,” says Jaime. “So you might be seeing Donnie Poole on percussion or Lark Dalton on trumpet as well.” Los Hermanos describe their music as Latin jazz – everything from soft and soothing to hot and spicy. “In a way, this is my thank you to Lopez,” says Joe. “I’ve been embraced and held by the loving support of this community, the people and the sacred place, from the beginning. Lopez helped me grow my music and my career. I hope this concert will be a reflection of that gratitude.”
“We set the concert time at 4 o’clock,” adds Jaime. “That way folks can have time in the garden, come enjoy the music, and still have time to get home to make dinner. We encourage you to bring the family! Joe’s music inspires everyone. There will be a dance floor and a section for concert seating.” Joe’s seven CDs all feature his trademark environmental tunes. At the center of his heartfelt music is the invitation to heal relationships with ourselves, each other and the earth. His newest release is “Hello Ocean,” a five-song EP (extended play). “Greyhound Bus Tour” comes out in May.
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Hummingbird at a feeder on Orcas Island.
By Mindy Kayl
Soon you will notice pink blossoms, filling the branches of spindly shrubs commonly called red flowering currant or Ribes sanguinium. These pink blossoms are the first native flower we see in the San Juan Islands. Their presence announces - spring is on the way. The
humble shrub’s blossoms develop into a dripping cascade of many flowers all growing from the same stem. Not only beautiful, these nectar producing flowers are an important food source for returning hummingbirds. The hummingbirds we see in the San Juan’s are migratory, flying to southern climates in winter (there
are some instances of individual birds staying through the winter). The male birds arrive first, and flowering currant nectar is an important part of their diet. This natural food source is a more healthy option than sugar water and is much easier to maintain than a feeder. The pink flowers turn into very dark purple berries that are also an important food source for a variety of wildlife. Though the fruit is edible for humans, it does not taste as good as other wild berries. Red flowering currants grow in dry open woods, sometimes adjacent to wetlands and tolerate partial shade. They can be grown as part of a formal landscape or added to the edges of woods. The plants are easy to find for purchase at a local nursery, and at the WSU Master Gardner’s bare root plant sale. They are taking orders now, so call 378-4414 to order a variety of native
plants. It is important to plant red flowering currant in the appropriate soil and light conditions, so that your newly purchased plant will flourish. There is an entire palate of native plants that can provide a natural food source for hummingbirds, and pretty flowers for our human enjoyment. Planting a variety of native shrubs will provide fruits and flowers in your yard from February through November. These native plants are often deer resistant and tolerate our natural water availability, making them a low maintenance landscape feature. For info about Kayl, visit www.mindykayl.com.
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Lopez man, 19, faces felony charges in aftermath of high-speed September crash By Scott Rasmussen Journal editor
A 19-year-old former Lopez Island man accused of causing a high-speed crash on San Juan Island in September, in which a Friday Harbor teen suffered a broken pelvis and was pinned in the wreckage for hours, will
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House Democrats rolled out a $10 billion 10-year transportation-revenue package Wednesday calling for, among other revenue sources, a ten-cent increase in the gas tax. House Transportation
Committee Chair Rep. Judy Clibborn (D- 41st District, Mercer Island) and fellow Democrat legislators introduced what they call the Connecting Washington plan, which is intended to relieve congestion on roadways, help with maintenance costs, manage storm water and connect Washington businesses
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A third teen, traveling in the front passenger seat, was trapped inside the wreckage, pinned against the dashboard. Emergency responders reportedly worked for two hours before they were able to extricate the 18-year-old, whose injuries included a broken pelvis, from the car. He was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with what appeared at the time to be life-threatening injuries. The driver and the other passenger were treated at the medical center in Friday Harbor, where the passenger was released and the driver later flown to St. Joseph’s hospital in Bellingham for further treatment, and from where he was released a short time later. A Class B felony, vehicular assault carries maximum penalties of 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine, or both; however, the standard range of sentencing set by the state is typically 3-9 months in jail. Yip has no prior criminal history.
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orders and without bail, Yip is slated to stand trial beginning May 13. According to court documents, prosecutors claim Yip was intoxicated and driving recklessly as he sped away from a parking area on False Bay Road on the evening of Sept. 7, with two Friday Harbor teens in tow. He reportedly lost control of his Honda sedan on a straightway and, after swerving back and forth across the gravel roadway several times, slammed into a tree at a high-rate of speed, shortly before 10 p.m. Authorities claim the sedan was traveling at about 65 miles per hour -- in a 25 mph zone -- moments before it crashed into the tree. The driver of the sedan was bleeding from the head and stumbling around in a dazed state, while one of the two passengers was laying on the ground with injured leg, according to a woman who happened to drive by the crash site shortly before emergency personnel arrived at the scene.
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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. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
to local, national and global markets. “Improving our transportation system is critical to Washington’s economy,” said President of the Washington Roundtable Steve Mullin. “This will be the start of a robust conversation in Olympia about how to address an estimated $50 billion in transportation needs.” But some are opposed to increasing taxes at a time when Washingtonian families are still struggling economically. One, Rep. Ed Orcutt (R-20th District, Kalama) said the Legislature shouldn’t be exploring how to raise taxes to fund new projects but should be considering reforms to reduce project costs and efficiently spend taxpayer dollars. “We need to see how we can make our tax dollars go further before we reach further into taxpayers’ pockets,” See projects, page 8
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he said. The package includes seven sources of revenue to fund a variety of projects,
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!
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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 www.hunter-ed.com/ 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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On Jan. 25, Leadership San Juan Islands, shown right, welcomed Cohort IX to Orcas Island for a two-day retreat session. Heartwood, the Center for Inspired Living in Eastsound, hosted the Use of Self Retreat, and Smuggler’s Inn hosted the overnight guests. The curriculum is built upon the concept that effective leadership and facilitation emerge from an understanding of the self in relation to others. Participants were immersed in a variety of techniques to develop clarity and confidence in their abilities to work together as steward-leaders. Curriculum leads over the two days included Tara Dalton, Liz Illg, Gretchen Krampf, Jim Hooper, and Linda Lyshall. Support staff-alumni were Michael Greenburg, Morgan Meadows and Kim Skarda.
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Puzzle Answers including • $1 billion to the Puget Sound Gateway project (SR 167/SR509), • $675 million for the widening of I-405 and connecting the express toll lanes to existing HOT lanes on I-405 and • $450 million to the Columbia River Crossing project, the maximum amount of funding needed from the state on the CRC. More than $2.1 billion dollars would help fund further development of current infrastructure, such as the aging fleet of the Washington Ferry System, transit agencies and freight mobility improvements. In total, the package explicitly funds 11 projects and provides local governments with $675 million for infrastructure spending. A total of $2.5 billion is expected to be raised by the gas tax. As the package stands now, there would be a two-cent gas tax increase each year for five years, making the tax slightly less than 48 cents per gallon. In combination with state and federal gas taxes, a total of 66 cents per gallon would be charged at the pump.
Other revenue would come from Motor Vehicle Excise Tax (about $2.1 billion), bonds ($3 billion), hazardous substance tax to help in storm water management ($897 million), vehicle licensing fee ($196 million), commercial gross weight fee ($102 million) and a bicycle sales fee of $25 on bicycles costing more than $500 ($1 million). Since the package only compensates for new projects, matters such as the more than $1 billion budgeting shortfall of the SR 520 toll-bridge project are not addressed in the revenue proposal. Opponents of the plan said a revenue package shouldn’t even be on the table. Instead, lawmakers should be looking to address policies and practices that increase public works costs. Trent England of the Freedom Foundation found the Democrats’ proposal to be outrageous considering the trend of rising gas prices. “It shows how out of touch Olympia is when gas is at record highs and Washington families are feeling the pinch of that and you have urban politicians
SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR OPALCO BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The Nominating Committees for OPALCO Districts 3 (Lopez, Center, Charles, and Decatur) and District 4 (Shaw, Crane, Canoe and Bell) are seeking candidates for two seats in District 3 and one seat in District 4. Eligible candidates are active members in good standing and residents of the district in which they will run. If interested, please submit a resume and contact information to District 3 Nominating Committee Ron Mayo 468-2693, Jerry Hancock 468-3871 or Rebecca Smith 468-2345 OR District 4 Nominating Committee Chair Jan Chamberlin, PO Box 453 Shaw Island, WA 98286. If you have questions, please contact Bev Madan at OPALCO 376-3549.
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that want to impose a huge gas-tax increase on the entire state,” he said. But Clibborn said she doesn’t worry about the gas tax adversely affecting Washingtonians. With gas prices themselves fluctuating so much, she said people won’t really notice the added tax. According to her, the state would be better off with revenue collected from the tax. “I think maybe a little gas tax spent on getting these people out of their cars and getting them to work quicker wouldn’t be a bad investment,” she said. Another concern raised was the cost the mandatory apprenticeship program wages on state projects. For example, the State Auditor’s office recently presented its audit on ferry-vessel procurements by Washington State Ferries, citing the apprenticeship program as one of the costdrivers. The apprenticeship program requires that 15 percent of the labor for public works projects be accomplished by those enrolled in state-approved apprenticeship programs. According to Dave Myers of State Building Trades, the apprenticeship program is actually used to deviate from the prevailing rate on public projects. While Orcutt does not take issue with the intention of the of the apprenticeship act, he said the mandatory provision needs to be removed from the law. “Right now, if you’re required to use apprenticeship labor, then a journeyman has to stay at home. And that’s not fair to the journeyman,” he asserted. Orcutt said the apprenticeship requirement is just a small piece of the vast swath of issues that need to be addressed in transportation reform, such as
the costs of environmental mitigation and the amount of time Washington bonds on projects. The revenue plan is also anticipated to create and sustain about 56,000 jobs during its 10-year run, including construction jobs and positions in ancillary industries. “It’s not just about hard hats. It’s also a great package for those jobs that show up tomorrow because we will have connected the rest of the state,” said Clibborn. England said that justifying an increase in taxes for the benefit of job creation is just special-interest politics at work. “The point of government spending on infrastructure is to create infrastructure, not to create jobs,” he said. “The idea that we should tax the people of Washington state more in order to create jobs or enhance the wages of a few people…that’s classic, special-interest politics. It’s not good policy.” Following a press conference about the revenue package Wednesday, Clibborn filed HB 1954, the Connecting Washington revenue package. The bill awaits assignment to committee for consideration