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Stillaguamish Tribe opens clinic BY KIRK BOXLEITNER

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ARLINGTON — Island Crossing Counseling Services is not a new service to the Island Crossing triangle owned by the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, but on Friday, May 31, the methadone clinic celebrated its official opening in its greatly expanded and improved facility. Stillaguamish Tribal Chair Shawn Yanity recounted the history of Island Crossing in his people’s fight for their rights, crediting elder members of his tribe with stopping the centennial wagon train there in 1976 to read the Point Elliott Treaty. “We’re still struggling, and one of our fights now is drug addiction,” Yanity said. “After a time, the original buildings for our first clinic here didn’t suit that

mission. There are people hurting from this fight, and they needed a place that was a little more healing. They needed lifting up. Trying to be clean is not an easy road.” Yanity warned that addiction exacts not only mental and physical tolls on those who are addicted, but also spiritual and cultural tolls on them and their loved ones alike. “This doesn’t solve the whole problem, but we’ve got to put our feet forward and do something,” Yanity said. “This is a nest for those who need comfort.” Jeremy Smith, facilities manager for the Stillaguamish Tribe, noted that the new facility boasts 10,000 square feet of space — including 20 offices, two examination rooms, two SEE CLINIC, PAGE 2

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Fred Owyen, with facilities support for the Lakewood School District, touts the value of purchasing cooperatives in securing lower construction bids, during the Lakewood School Board’s May 29 study session. 731036

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Lisa Sutherland, the lead nurse at Island Crossing Counseling Services, only dispenses doses of methadone to the clinic’s patients after they’ve passed a thumbprint scan.

ARLINGTON — The Lakewood School Board’s study session at the Arlington Airport on Wednesday, May 29, addressed the ways in which the Lakewood School District will strive to inform its constituents about issues such as its capital project and its planned bond. Lori Simpson and Kelly McPherson of Educational Service District 112 explained the importance of conducting research, paying attention to the voters’ feedback, branding the bond campaign, identifying effective communication tools

and being proactive with the media. “You need to figure out the voters’ concerns and priorities, so that you can increase their investment,” said McPherson, who noted that the Lakewood School District’s voter base of approximately 8,000 has a turnout of 55 percent, which increases to 68 percent among voters older than 45 years. “It’s not just about facilities,” Simpson said. “You can use online videos as testimonials. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It can even be student-produced.” Simpson added that the district should engage its stakeholders, and pledged that a

timeline of the bond process was in the works to help inform voters further. Fred Owyen, with facilities support for the Lakewood School District, provided the summer capital project update, and explained that the district is taking part in purchasing cooperatives that allow it to secure lower bids than it would be able to obtain independently. “These are top-tier companies and subcontractors who have reputations at stake, because they don’t want to jeopardize their national-level contracts,” Owyen said. “It’s a SEE BOND, PAGE 2

Arlington Times, June 05, 2013  

June 05, 2013 edition of the Arlington Times

Arlington Times, June 05, 2013  

June 05, 2013 edition of the Arlington Times