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VOLUME 36, NUMBER 27 • July 2, 2013

Stranded shark offers a rare look at life in the deep By Scott Rasmussen Journal editor

Teachable moments come along all the time for scientists conducting summer classes at University of

Lopez Center

Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs. But few like this. The Labs biological preserve at San Juan Island’s Argyle Lagoon became

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The Board and Staff of the Lopez Island Family Resource Center would like to thank everyone who helped make our 5th Annual Literary Fundraiser Event so successful. We’d especially like to thank our Inspired Bookend artisans, Tastes of Lopez chefs and our sponsors:  Blossom Grocery

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a makeshift laboratory Wednesday afternoon, June 26, after a call came in that a 12-foot-long sixgill shark had washed up on the beach. Students and instructors bundled up a batch of scientific equipment and exited the marine facility en masse, according to biologist Adam Summers, a shark specialist and associate director of the Labs comparative biome-

chanics department. “This was beyond a rare opportunity,” he said. “It’s just a very big animal to have washed up on the beach in this area, and one that had just died.” Jenny Atkinson can’t recall a single sixgill stranding incident in the San Juans during her tenure as director of the Friday Harbor Whale Museum, which operates

Lopez Center Wednesday, July 3, 7:30 pm

Abbey Road LIVE! Outdoors weather permitting Great dance band $15/adult $8/youth Lopez Bookshop, Blossom Grocery, Paper Scissors,

Lopez Center — Outdoor Pavilion After the parade 11:30 am — 2 pm Hamburgers and Veggie Burgers with all the fix’ns Chips, soda or juice $10 MC—Bill Johnson

Friends of the Library 4th of July Book Sale! Lopez Island Community Center THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Huge selection of used books, videos, and audiobooks! Shop at The Friends Corner Store New merchandise at great prices! All proceeds benefit the Lopez Island Library

the local Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Sixgills, also known as cow sharks, are deep-water creatures, at home in the outer ocean at depths as great as 3,000 feet. The name reflects its distinctive feature, as all other sharks have five gills. Slow-moving yet deadly, they prey on large fish and other sharks by methodically sidling up next to an intended target and then attacking with an enormous burst of speed. Lopez Island’s Gene Helfman, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology,

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said that because sixgills live at such great depths not a lot is known about their behaviors. However, he said the prevailing theory is that females venture into shallow and protected inland waters of Puget Sound to give birth. Helfman noted that a 14-foot-long female sixgill was carrying 80 embryos, or “pups,” as they’re called, when it washed up on a beach near Shelton in 2007. It died shortly after it stranded. Females can store sperm from multiple males and then give birth to a litter of pups that have a different genetic makeup from their siblings, he noted. Back at Argyle Lagoon, Summers said that the call the labs received suggested the massive female might See Shark, page 5

Lopez Lions July 4th

10K Run 5K Run & Walk 1 Mile Romp Pre-register Tues. & Wed. July 2nd & 3rd at the Market noon - 4 Save $5

Registration at Islanders Bank July 4 Adults $30 with T-Shirt, $20 without 12 and under $25 with T-Shirt, $15 without 7-8:10 am Start time 8:30 am sharp

will be presenting our fantastic 4th of July show soon! We are supported solely by your donations! When you see our donation cans at your local stores, please give generously & show your Lopezian spirit! Thank you for your support & enthusiasm.

See you there!

Tickets Required, available at the LIV Tasting Room or Paper-Scissors-Rock. $15 Suggested Donation • Dress Warmly. Bring a Blanket and a Chair • 724 Fisherman Bay Rd, Lopez Island WA

July 5-6, Door Opens 7 pm, Curtain at 8:15.

Community Calendar weds, july 3 music: The Overton Berry Trio with Eugenie Jones, Vocalist, Hawk Arps, 2 p.m., on the lawn at the Lopez Islander. For info, music: Abbey Road Live!, 7:30 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. Tickets in advance: Adult $15, Youth $8Available from: Community Center office,

and at thurs, july 4 books: Friends of the Lopez Island Library July 4 Book Sale, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lopez Center. The Book Sale features used books, videos, and audiobooks. Shop at the Friends Corner Store offering book bags, sweatshirts, T-shirts, hats and mugs. food: 4th of July BBQ,


to the Editor

Concerns over petcoke issue

Chom Graecian’s letter [Editor’s note: the guest column that appeared in the

Carol Weiss, MA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Adult and Senior Psychotherapy Parent Guidance

June 18 edition of the Weekly] on petcoke is the kind of pseudo-environmental alert that exaggerates a problem, makes inflated claims and raises concerns but provides no suggestions for solving the problem. First of all while petcoke may well be as toxic as claimed it is produced by all refineries not just those refining tar sands oil which is a different but distantly related

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11:30 a.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, Outdoor Pavilion. market: Extra Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lopez Island Farmer’s Market next to the Community Center. july 8 - 12 sports: British Soccer Camp, Lopez School, Space available for Half Day campers (ages 6-13); and Mini-Campers (ages 4-6). All participants receive T-shirts and soccer balls.  Pre-registration required thru LIFRC, 468-4117, or at july 9, 16 &23 sports: Sailing lessons, Learn to Sail, Islander’s

Dock, 5-7 p.m.  This three session course is open to ages 13 to adult, $75 fee. Pre-registration required thru LIFRC, 468-4117, or at weds, july 10 golf: Business Gold League, Build your own DREAM TEAM and play a 9-hole competition at Lopez Island Golf Course. Members: $5; Non-members $15. Registration 5 p.m. Tee off 5:30. Contact Esa Turunen for more info at 468-3603 or esa. food: Cooking class, 4 -6 p.m., Grace Church Hall, $30 fee. Pre-registration required. Call LIFRC at

468-4117 or visit www. fri, july 12 music: Pianist Dan Kennedy in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. For more info, visit july 12 -13 sports: Kayaking lessons, Educational day trip exploring dynamic water situations, navigation, pod travel and more to increase on the water safety preparedness. Some prior kayaking experience required. Friday pre-trip planning meeting 7-9 p.m. and paddle Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Some boats available or bring your own. $65 fee. Pre-

registration required. Call LIFRC at 468-4117or at sat, july 13 hike: Turtleback Mountain Hike, Orcas Island – Leader, Mike Moore. The south trailhead approach gives you immediate views to other San Juan Islands on the south. This is three to six miles, round trip depending. We will car pool from Lopez on an early morning ferry. Sign up with Mike at 468-3622 or Bob Walker at 4683397. Sat, ongoing market: Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Market is next to the Community Center. Runs until Sept. 14.

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enhance the credibility of the writer or of the medium in which it appears. We certainly deserve better from serious environmentalists – and from the media. The original writer of this story (it has appeared in several other places) said it was based on “desk research” which seems to mean reviewing available printed material. Rather than “desk research” perhaps it should be called “armchair environmentalism.”

rity, not to mention entertainment, depends increasingly on Internet bandwidth with demand projected to increase many times over. OPALCO’s proposal would have given nearly all members fiber optic or high-speed wireless connections to take us into the next decades. Given our small market and difficult terrain, the private sector is not going to invest to build us such infrastructure. We will have to do it ourselves, and OPALCO is the only practical vehicle. Now, OPALCO will lease fiber to providers, over time adding fiber as it upgrades lines. Some will get more speed soon, but everyone will still depend on and be limited by copper for part of the connection; others will be left out altogether. Service will almost certainly be inadequate for the growing need for broadband, leaving us unable to keep up with economic and technological change. The future prosperity of these islands may depend on this decision, so everyone should have the fullest chance to weigh in.

problem. Petcoke, however, is an essential material for the aluminum industry as well as in the production of some titanium and some steel. The 6,000 tons shipped weekly from March Point to Kitmat are used in the production of aluminum, not burned. The concerns over the way the petcoke is shipped in open gondola cars has

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been corrected by agreement between the refinery, the Swinomish Tribe and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an agreement which is estimated to solve ninety percent of the problem. Petcoke is also shipped from the Port of Anacortes to buyers overseas and has been doing so for at least twenty years without serious problems. Since petcoke is produced not just by tar sands oil, and since there have been no reported problems with the shipment of petcoke from Anacortes there is no justification for saying “Petcoke is the coal hiding in [the] tar sands oil boom and is turning refineries into coal factories and our surrounding waters into dirty fossil fuel highway to Asia!” This kind of reporting certainly does nothing to

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Guest Columns

Army Corps of Engineers decision on the coal terminals By Michael Riordan

Recently coal-terminal advocates won an apparent victory when the Army Corps of Engineers told Congress it would not perform an area-wide review of the proposed projects’ environmental impacts. Instead it would only consider the projects on a case-by-case basis and focus narrowly upon their impacts on U.S. waterways, over which it has regulatory control. This unilateral decision leaves the door wide open to legal challenges, which are sure to occur. The Corps approach ignores the thousands of scoping comments submitted by Northwest citizens and groups concerned about coal dust, noise, diesel emissions and blocked crossings all along railways bringing the dirty mineral from mine to port. And what about the wider impacts of carbon-dioxide emissions, climate change and ocean acidification? As the lead federal agency on the review, the Corps bears a far broader responsibility than that specified by its narrow domain of legal authority, based upon the 1899 Rivers and Harbors Act and 1972 Clean Water Act. It cannot shirk this responsibility by claiming it lacks regulatory control beyond our waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency has suggested as much, asking that it also assess the projects’ area-wide and climate impacts. But the Corps has a history of being the dutiful handmaiden of water-project promoters, an entrenched redoubt of Congressmen and Senators who have controlled the cognizant appropriations subcommittees. They care much more about shipping coal and grain than about the quality

of our air and water. All is not lost, however. Concerned Northwesterners must now turn to the Washington state Department of Ecology, and parallel agencies in other states, to assess impacts on air quality, health and local economies. Under the State Environmental Policy Act, the scope of Ecology’s review need not dovetail with the national one. Nor should it. And we must insist that our state agencies do thorough reviews that address state concerns much more vigorously than the Corps and its Congressional overseers might prefer. Crucial reviews of local air-quality impacts, such as due to coal dust and diesel fumes, will be done by the Northwest Clean Air Agency headquartered in Mount Vernon and led by former Bellingham mayor Mark Asmundson. While its mandate includes Island, Skagit and Whatcom Counties, San Juan County is for some reason absent from the list. Perhaps our Councilors might take a close look at this oversight and try to rectify it. The impacts of coal dust and other toxic materials polluting Salish Sea Waters will probably be evaluated not only by Ecology but also by the Department of Natural Resources led by Peter Goldmark. For the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal piers would extend into the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve, which aims to enhance the dwindling herring population that spawns there every spring. Lying near the base of the marine food chain, these herring are important to the diet and health of Chinook salmon and southern resident orcas. Goldmark will face a difficult, highly politicized decision when the matter reaches his desk. He will need strong

citizen and state government support to be able to decide against the project. And since the Corps is responsible for navigable waterways, any marine impacts that affect the San Juan Islands are presumably under its purview. But I can imagine it will try to shirk them, too. Here we need to call upon our Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray — as well as Oregon’s Ron Wyden, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee — to hold the Corps’ feet to the fire and insist that it do its legally mandated job. Questions about the increased risk of oil spills due to coal carrier collisions and greater underwater noise pollution (which would affect the orcas especially) must be addressed in its environmental impact statement. Decisions about what social and environmental impacts get assessed and whether they can be mitigated will not be made in a political vacuum. Terminal advocates have been spending millions on advertising and publicity to trumpet the projects’ imagined jobs benefits. And plenty of lobbying must be going on behind the scenes. Terminal opponents must make every effort to ensure that the projects’ extensive adverse impacts and their attendant costs are also included in the assessments leading to the final decisions. — Michael Riordan, author of The Hunting of the Quark and coauthor of The Solar Home Book, writes about science, technology and public policy from his home in Eastsound.

Patients’ rights at the crossroads By Monica Harrington

In January 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that religious institutions have a “ministerial exception” that allows them to hire and fire without being subject to antidiscrimination laws. The decision was sweeping and applies to any worker who, in the eyes of a religious institution, is considered to be advancing its religious mission. In a case now before the Washington state Supreme Court, Franciscan Health, a subsidiary of PeaceHealth’s once-intended par tner, Catholic Health Initiatives, is arguing that a security guard is a “minister” under the law. According to Chief Justice John Rober ts’ writeup of last year’s decision, an animating principle behind the First Amendment’s religious liberty clauses was “to prohibit government interference in the internal affairs of religious groups.” The gover nment shouldn’t interfere in how religions conduct their affairs. But the government shouldn’t fund religion either. And that’s why Washington state policy makers must stay true to the language in our

Constitution that, “no public money shall….support any religious establishment.” Because too many people were previously lax in enforcing our Constitution, Washington state now has the highest percentage of Catholic healthcare system ownership and/or control of any state in the nation. Make no mistake: These institutions answer to the Catholic bishops. In a public meeting last year, PeaceHealth’s Sister Kathleen Pruitt said very clearly, “We will not disobey the bishop.” She was talking about Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, the cleric tasked by the Vatican with bringing Catholic nuns into line on issues like fighting contraception, same-sex marriage, and abortion under all circumstances. Part of Sartain’s mission is to ensure that the religious institutions founded and traditionally run by nuns adhere to all of the bishops’ Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care, which forbid, among other things, contraception, abortion under all circumstances – even when a mother’s life is at stake, any participation with Death with Dignity, and

any procedure or intervention that conflicts with Catholic doctrine. It was in this spirit that Sartain “requested” that PeaceHealth quit running lab tests for Planned Parenthood patients in Bellingham last year, a request that would have put patient lives at risk, especially in the event of an ectopic pregnancy. As Washington’s Catholic hospital systems pass from the nuns’ control to the control of highly compensated lay professionals, they are only going to become more rigid and doctrinal. A “feisty” nun could sometimes ignore the bishop; an executive whose milliondollar paycheck depends on the local bishop’s approval will not. In 2011, the Providence CEO who was in charge at the time the deal was struck to take over Swedish (a deal that almost certainly had to be approved by the bishop) made $6.3 million. Expanding the bishops’ sphere of control is big business. All of this is why issues of religious interference in health care are front and center now in Washington state. We’re currently awaiting the Attorney General’s opinion on the question

Kevin Ranker posed in early April. Last week a group of advocates, led by Planned Parenthood Votes, raised concerns about UW Medicines’ “groundbreakSee crosSroads, page 4

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Calling all Lopez Big payday for county parks Island Trashionistas By Steve Wehrly Journal reporter

SWAP’s highly anticipated 2013 Trashion-Fashion Show will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. Lopez “trashionistas” can pick up entry forms from Paper Scissors, Isabel’s Espresso, Déjà Vu, and Southend General Store, or online at The Trashion extravaganza, which debuted last year, raises funds to support the Lopez solid waste and recycling program and highlights the value of recycling and repurposing. A reception will follow the runway show.

San Juan County Parks are going to be getting some much needed TLC in the future. Parks bagged more than half of the Public Facilities Financing Assistance Program funds allocated for 2014 by the San Juan County Council. A stair access project for Agate Beach on Lopez was awarded $75,400 and renovation of the Otis Perkins Day Park, also on Lopez, was awarded $58,900. The rest of the $264,000 in available funds was allocated to the Port of Friday Harbor and the San Juan County Fairground. The airport visitors automobile turnaround received slightly less than $22,000 and a sidewalk project on Mullis Street near the airport was

awarded $33,000. The San Juan County Fairgrounds, was awarded $7,000 for the Horticulture Greenhouse Phase I project, $4,000 for an electrical project and $64,500 for a “double vault toilet” project. The PFFAP Advisor y Committee reviews applications and recommends awards, which are screened for legal compliance by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The committee consists of the chairman of the County Council, the county auditor, the county manager, and a representative of the Town of Friday Harbor and one from the port districts. Because applications for projects from the Town of Friday Harbor and the Eastsound Sewer and Water District were incomplete, the advisory committee rec-


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ommended not to consider those projects, instead suggesting reapplication next year. Funding for the local PFFAP is generated by a .09 percent sales and use tax passed by the Legislature years ago for the purpose of funding public facilities which promote economic development. By law, the funds must be used for a “public facility” listed on the county economic development plan, and the money must “foster economic development in the community,” but it cannot be used to assist private businesses. Perhaps reflecting an improved economy in the islands, the amount allocated for 2014 represents an increase of about $70,000 over the amount allocated for 2013.


ing strategic affiliation” with PeaceHealth. And on May 31, a group of patient rights’ advocates, led by the ACLU, asked Governor Inslee to postpone all hospital mergers for six months until the broader ramifications of these issues can be fully assessed. Many people also expect at least one of these merger cases to be tested soon on Constitutional grounds. Here on San Juan Island, it seems likely that the people who put together the hospital deal either had no

idea how aggressive and assertive the Catholic bishops intended to be when it comes to enforcing their “right” to interfere, or they didn’t care. In any event, now that we all know, it is time to insist that our state’s leaders enforce the Constitution so that patient rights and taxpayer rights are respected, and so that our scarce public resources can be applied to healthcare that operates free of religious interference. — Co-chairwoman of Washington Women for Choice, Monica Harrington is a part-time resident of San Juan Island.


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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 10. Sudoku and Crossword answers on page 12

Taking care of the islands’ veterans By Cali Bagby Weekly editor

Survivors of war have traveled between worlds – from conflict to peace. As they traverse these two planes of existence they struggle to understand the past and how to move forward. Sometimes this journey takes years, for others traversing the road from memory to reality is a life-long battle. “You don’t go through those experiences and not come back permanently changed,” said Michael Baker, a veteran who served in Vietnam. Baker is also the chairman of the Veterans Advisory Board, which provides emergency services to veterans in need, their children, widows, widowers and/ or orphans. In 2007, the advisory board was formed and became in charge of distributing money from the Veterans Assistance Fund, which comes from San Juan County property taxes. According to County

Auditor Milene Henley, the funds are an “earmarked levy,” which means that although the levy is not stated separately on property tax bills, it is required to come out of the general county levy. The amount is – 27 cents of $1,000 of assessed valuation. According to Baker, former County Commissioner Alan Lichter started the board because he felt that it could be effective in providing the funds to veterans. There are a total of 607,501 veterans living in Washington state, according to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs. According to a report by ABC news, 2,333,972 American military personnel had been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan or both, as of 2011. Of that total, 1,353, 627 have since left the military. According to the Defense Manpower Data Center, nearly half, or 977,542, of those who have served in Iraq or

Afghanistan have been deployed more than once. There are 2,500 veterans in the islands, according to the San Juan County website. Members of the Veterans Advisor y Board are required to be former military. The board members are Baker, Pat Ayers, Jack Cory, Bill Cummings, Steve Jehly, Shannon Plummer and Ted Whitley.

Support for island veterans

Baker joined the board as one of the only formerly enlisted people. He was in an Army Aviation unit during the Vietnam War working as a technician that specialized in electronic equipment. Over the years, Baker has seen the treatment of those returning from war not change all that much. “We are treated better as individuals but needs are not any better met than during the Vietnam War,” Baker said. “We aren’t getting spit

on. Getting back from the [Vietnam] War as an individual wasn’t a popular thing. I didn’t tell anyone.” His wife was the only person whom Baker could talk to, which helps him to understand how hard it is for veterans to ask for help. In his current position he tries to support the vets that are making a good transition to civilian life. He said out of the 2,500 veterans who live on the island, the board may see 20 or 30 in a year. Baker describes that support as a broad range of services: everything from grocery money to rent to helping with a dental bill. Once a veteran’s widow came to the board to ask for help to pay for a funeral service. “If the problem is cash flow, we can offset those expenses,” Baker said. According to San Juan County documents the amount of money given to veterans each year varies. The average amount

of money dispersed from the fund to veterans since 2007 is $35,626. Many veterans who Baker works with come in once and he never sees them again. Others have longer term issues. “They [veterans] exist,” Baker said. “There are frustrations of not being able to offer a program that helps them more than just piecemeal.” For instance, he works with an 86-year-old vet whom the board has to reauthorize food for every three months. Ayers, who has been on the board for four years, said that when she looks at the applicants who need help she feels empathetic. “There are a lot of Vietnam, Gulf and Afghanistan veterans that when they got out they didn’t get the care they needed,” she said. “This is our fault.” Ayers served as a medic

in the Navy for 12 years and was stationed in Puerto Rico during the Grenada Crisis. For Baker, who has spent four years on the board and two years as chairman, he describes his role as just picking up the pieces of a broken system. Nationwide he is disappointed that there is so little support for veterans. “I know what war smells like and what it looks like and I’m awfully cynical,” Baker said.

Looking forward

Baker said lately he has seen vets emerging from the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan who are 30 years old or younger, but there are vets from the Korean War, the Vietnam War and even an 85-year-old who served in World War II. “We have quite a varied clientele,” he said. Baker said that there is a good chance that there are See veterans, page 12

Lopez Island School District


still be alive and that it may be carrying “pups.” Its body appeared to be completely intact. Although neither suggestion turned out to be true, he said that post-mortem twitching of nerves was the most likely cause for the movement of the shark that some early arrivals had noticed before the team of scientists and students arrived at the beach. Given the size of the shark, Summers estimates its age at anywhere between 25-50 years. The shark was examined, dissected and various parts were carted back to the labs for further study, but the cause of its death remains undetermined, Summers said. “There’s no sign of trauma or of area of a big parasitic condition,” he said. “It might just be a case of old age.”

is accepting written bids for a minimum of 800# of local grass fed USDA ground beef and 100# of roasts for the 2013-14 school year. Bid price should include cut and wrap costs, per pound for ground beef and roasts. Bids due to the District office by 4PM, July 10th. For information please contact Stephanie at 360.468.2202 ext. 2302. AA/EOE

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‘Where Else But On Lopez’ 4th of July Parade “Where Else But On Lopez” has been selected as the theme for the July 4th Lopez Parade. “We encourage everyone to participate in the Parade: families, organizations, individuals, groups,” said David Perera, co-chair of the Parade. “The more participation in the parade, the better it is. And there are many awards too!” The Lopez Lions Club has coordinated the parade and Fun Run/Walk for more than 30 years. “These events, along with the Fireworks, are major activities for the day’s celebration,” saidd Ron Hall, co-chair of the Parade. “We want people, locals and visitors alike, to have a fun time and good memories of time on Lopez.” Becky Smith has been chosen as the Grand Marshall for the Parade. Becky

moved to Lopez 29 years ago with her husband, Bob, and has been actively involved in a variety of organizations. She has been a driving force behind the Chamber’s Tour de Lopez since its inception. In 2000 she became a Lopez Fire Commissioner, a role in which she still serves. Currently she is a board member of the Lopez Chamber of Commerce and Lopez Island Historical Museum, and has served on the Catherine Washburn Medical Association Board and the Lopez School Board. The Parade will start on Fisherman Bay Road just south of The Lopez Islander Resort and Marina, going through the Village, past the Bank on Weeks Road to the Post Office and then around the corner to the Community Center. Parade registration will begin at 9 a.m. The Parade begins promptly at 11 a.m.

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This is the second year, due to overwhelming popular demand, that the Lopez Lions Club is having a one mile family romp for all ages. Run, and/or walk the new one mile event, or run either the 10 km (6.2 miles) or 5 km (3.1 miles) distances, or walk 5 km. All proceeds go to local nonprofits, which include Lopez School District programs and trips, vision assistance, Family Resource Center, the Cemetery Association and Prevention Coalition. All events will star t promptly at 8:30 a.m. on July 4 from Islander’s Bank in the village. Race day registration for the 34th annual event starts at 7 a.m. and ends

precisely at 8:10 a.m. at the Lopez community Center, a hop, skip and a jump away from the starting and finishing line at Islander’s Bank. Beat the crowds and register early for $5 less on Monday, July 2, or Tuesday, July 3, noon to 4 p.m. at the new Lopez Village Market. An emailed registration form may also be obtained by calling the Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce at 468-4664, or pick one up at the ferry landing, Lopez Village Market, Holly B’s, or at Islandale. A collector tee shirt (white sailboat image on red background) may be purchased for $10. Prizes will be awarded for the first three places in each

4th of July barbecue The 4th of July BBQ is Thursday, July 4, 11:30 a.m - 2 p.m.., Lopez Community Center Outdoor Pavilion. Tickets at door for $10. Directly after the parade, Lopez Center, along with volunteers, will be waiting to serve good old fashioned barbecue. You will have a choice of beef burgers or vegetarian burgers, chips and a soda or juice.

age division of the 5 km and 10 km events and for the overall first male and female one mile finishers. Bring family and friends to help surpass last year’s $4,500. This will allow the Lopez Lions Club to increase its awards to those great “Friendly Isle” causes and organizations. Questions? Email or ianlange@rockisland. com.

The Fourth of July holiday is coming soon and with it comes increased activities on the islands and on the water. In order to keep people safe throughout the long holiday weekend, the Sheriff’s Office will be fielding extra deputies to focus on problems associated with the consumption of alcohol. Emphasis patrols will be on the road to detect and arrest DUIs in conjunction with the Target Zero Campaign through the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission. Deputies will be on alert for dangerous driving behaviors in efforts to prevent crashes, said Sheriff Rob Nou in a recent press release. Underage drinking will also be an area of special attention, particularly dur-

ing and after the professional fireworks displays on San Juan at Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor, Orcas at both Eastsound and Deer Harbor and Lopez on Fisherman’s Bay. On the water, marine patrols will be out throughout the holiday weekend. Emphasis areas on the water will be BUI and lifejackets and providing information on new and changed boating laws, said Nou. Nou also wants to remind islanders that personal fireworks are prohibited. The only lawful fireworks in San Juan County are the professional pyrotechnic shows. Local fire departments will be assisting law enforce-

ment in reminding people that personal fireworks are not allowed. “Please enjoy the professional shows and avoid the potential hazards of fire and life safety associated with personal fireworks,” Nou said. “Enjoy the holiday and all that the islands offer in helping to enjoy and celebrate the birth of our nation. We will be working hard to keep things safe and prevent any tragedies.”

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Q&A with Abbey Road LIVE! By Cali Bagby Weekly editor

The music of the Beatles takes listeners through a journey of time, melding different genres from the late 50s to the early 70s. The Beatles shaped not only music but influenced an entire generation. Devoted fans wanted to be the Beatles mimicking everything from haircuts, clothing to philosophies. Their style and innovative music set the standard for future tunes. The group Abbey Road LIVE! is a Beatles-tribute act who focuses on the music instead of mimicking the famous foursome look. They bring to life the mature and complex tunes and leave the moptop haircuts and vintage Rickenbacker guitars out of the show. The band has expanded its scope to include more than 100 Beatles tunes, from all eras of the Fab Four’s career.

Abbey Road LIVE! is coming to Lopez Center for Community and the Arts on Wednesday, July 3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets in advance: adult $15, youth $8 and are available from the Community Center office, and at www. The Weekly talked with band member  Michael  Wegner, pictured right, to find out a little more about the life of a Beatles-tribute act. WEEKLY: What is the hardest part about playing music of the Beatles? MW: The vocal harmonies. There’s a pretty high standard to live up to with vocals by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison and we want to do the music justice. Also, many of the songs we play were never performed live by the Beatles, since they stopped touring in 1966. A lot of their recordings used funky studio tricks that can’t really be replicated live so one of the big challenges is


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how to adapt those songs to a live setting. WEEKLY: You have been playing together since 2002, what keeps a group together? MW: Musical diversity helps. If you do the same thing night after night, it will get old fast. Fortunately, Beatles’ music covers a lot of ground from pop, rock, country to psychedelic so that makes it fun. Plus there’s so much music. We have well over 100 Beatles songs in our repertoire, but there’s also at least 100 we’ve never played. So we’re never short on “new” material. We are all involved in other bands and original songwriting projects as well, so that keeps us all pretty balanced. WEEKLY: What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened at a show? MW: Probably the time a topless middle-aged woman jumped up on stage at a hippie festival in Oregon. We were playing “When I’m 64”

and she was just bopping around in nothing but a tiedye skirt with a big grin on her face. We just kept on playing and the audience didn’t seem to mind. It was a classic Oregon Country Fair moment. WEEKLY: What is most rewarding about keeping this music alive in a live setting, rather than people just listening to Beatles CDs or records? MW: It’s great to see all the different ages in our audience. It’s reassuring to see high school and college kids being so enthusiastic about Beatles music 50 years after the band first appeared on the baby-boomer scene. There’s nothing better than looking out at a group of people of all ages, arm in arm, singing together “All you need is love!” WEEKLY: How many times have you performed on the islands and why do you keep returning? MW: We have loved the San Juans ever since

our first visit to Lopez in 2008. The people are great, the land is beautiful and it makes a nice break from the Georgia heat [the band is based out of Athens, Ga.].

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Performance, and at the Aspen Music Festival. His first recording, Lantern (2007), produced by Windham Hill founder and Grammy Award winner Will Ackerman, launched him into the world of New Age music. He is regularly featured on Sirius XM Satellite (“Spa”). Selections from both albums can also be heard on his website at w w w. d a n k e n n e d y. c o m . Dan, who is the son of wellknown poet X.J. Kennedy, currently resides with his family in Amherst, Mass. Dana Wright, of says, “Dan Kennedy has crafted

a magnificent album with intuition. I highly recommend it to those who want a peaceful interlude that brings warmth to the soul.” Kathy Parsons, of MainlyPiano, writes, “Intuition should go a long way to bringing Dan Kennedy’s music the attention it deserves.” Dan’s summer 2013 tour includes performances in Montana, Washington, Oregon and California. He will be playing at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on July 12. Admission is by donation. Local teenage pianist, Lia Pryce, will also open the evening with a performance of “Graceful Ghost Rag” by William Bolcom.

Pianist Dan Kennedy in concert Dan Kennedy describes his music as “New Age steeled with jazz and rock.” Originally a classically trained composer, Dan, shown right, got his start in jazz playing evenings of improvised piano music while a student at Oberlin College. Dan’s current release, intuition, hit number eight on the ZMR Top 100 New Age Chart for the month of May. On July 12, Dan will bring his unique sound to Lopez Center stage for one performance only on his tour of western states. A commissioned composer, Dan’s music has been performed by the Cleveland

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It’s hard to miss the Fourth of July fireworks show. After all, each Independence Day at 10:30 p.m., the sky is ignited with thousands of fireworks, each one designed by a local crew of pyrotechnicians and showcased in a mind-blowing fireworks exhibition that spans a quarter of a mile and shows off the skill

of the crew to maximum effect. “You’ll be lucky to find a few, if any, like it in the nation,” says Nick Gislason, the head pyrotechnician, who masterminds the choreography and design of each year’s show. Part of the show’s singularity is the approach to the choreography. Every show is put together in the Japanese-style, with sets of

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Split apart and apply. Split apart and apply. Flashes of blue stickers cover the alcoholic beverages in the Lopez Village market, catching the eyes of passersby. On June 30, youth belonging to the Lopez School D.R.E.A.M Team, a local chapter of S.A.D.D., and the Youth Ambassadors participated in what is called sticker shock. Colorful stickers were placed on containers of alcoholic beverages to remind buyers that it is illegal to provide people under the age of 21 and may result in a fine of up to $5,000. The Lopez Island Prevention Coalition support the Lopez School D.R.E.A.M Team and Youth Ambassadors increase the awareness of destructive decisions in the world and promote smart and healthy choices. This will be the second year in a row that these youth have participated in this event. Sticker shock is part of a statewide campaign known as Let’s Draw the Line. Local youth leaders are participating in this event and invite community members to draw the line between youth and alcohol. Community and school youth have planned to increase awareness by sponsoring activities and events. For more information on how you can support youth in their prevention work, Please contact Della McCullough, adult advisor at 468-3770.

explosions that showcase each effect individually. The ideology behind this is relatively simple: “If there’s too many things

going on at once, the details and the subtleties get lost... we believe that so much work has gone into these effects that each effect should be appreciated individually,” says Gislason. The fireworks are not only displayed by the crew members, but a fair amount are also made by them. “the team is composed of firework builders, not just operators,” Gislason says. The crew itself is made up entirely of volunteers, many of whom take off work to prepare the show. However, even without a paid crew of builders and operators, the show is expensive – costing around $36,000 annually

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part of the volunteers, and typically, by this time of year, the crew is already looking towards next year’s show, with the choreography for each exhibition being prepared fifteen to sixteen months in advance. All that time and energy has been worth it however, as Lopez Community Fireworks has won dozens of awards over the years, often for unique, never-before-seen effects that were essentially invented for the Lopez fireworks display. However, even without the recognition, the crew members would still want to create the show. “We’re really into it for the’s this passion for making something beautiful that people take pleasure in,” says Gislason.

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Fund set up for Taylor family Damian and Dalton Taylor (age 15) have recently received open heart surgery to repair defected heart valves. To help with costs related to these extensive medical procedures an account has been set up in their name at Islanders Bank.

(a show of similar quality would cost around $150,000 dollars if it were put on by a commercial for-profit company). All of that cost is covered by the community, by way of small, individual donations, as, unlike most other fireworks displays, the show does not have a corporate sponsor. Similar to many other island efforts, this show is entirely grass roots, and with the help of consistent community support, has evolved into what many call “one of the biggest, most artistic shows on the west coast” over the course of the last thirty years. In addition to funds, the fireworks display also requires a colossal amount of time and effort on the

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Judith Jean Orcutt


Judy Orcutt, long-time resident of Lopez Island and most recently of Bellingham, Wash., passed away on June 14 at Kindred Hospital, First Hill, Seattle, Wash., with her family at her side. Judy was born on April 1, 1939 in Bellingham,. Judy, who was married to her dear husband Jerry until his passing in 2007, will be remembered for being a devoted and loving

wife and mother to their six children, always putting their needs before her own. Judy loved spending time with her family, taking quiet walks with her husband after dinner in the woods behind their home, usually with kids, dogs and even a cat following behind. Over the years Judy provided day care for many of her grandchildren and wouldn’t have traded that


special time with them for anything in the world. Judy was an excellent cook who enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. She also enjoyed road trips, going to the beach, boating, playing games on the computer, playing cards and board games, going to Reno or Las Vegas with her sister every year and simply visiting with friends over coffee. Judy is survived by her

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children, Teri (David) Huynh of Burlington, Debby Hartley of Bellingham, David (Joyce) Laddusire of Mt. Vernon, Steve Orcutt (Leslie MacDonald) of Lopez Island, Lori Orcutt of Ferndale and Julie (Kevin) Williams of Bellingham; grandchildren, Cory, David, Kelsi, Jordan, Kyle, Kara, Elizabeth, Janin, Kaitlin and Maggie; and 4 great grandchildren; her sister and brother-in-law, Joan (Pete) Petersen of

Hayward, CA; sisters-in-law, Virginia Anderson of New Castle, Wash., and Victoria Barberio of Ashland, Ore.; and numerous nieces, and nephews. Her husband Jerry; her parents Harold Anderson and Evelyn Alford; stepfather, Ralph Alford; and her brothers, Robert Anderson and Steven Ruby, preceded Judy in death. Family and Friends are invited to attend a potluck luncheon and celebration of

Judy’s life at the home of her son and daughter-in-law David and Joyce Laddusire, 17479 Bennett Road, Mt. Vernon, Wash., 98273, on Saturday, July 13, at 1 p.m.

They’re cuddly and cute, but abandoned? Perhaps not A healthy pup on the beach, waiting for its mother’s return, will be very alert, make We are officially heading into summer vocalizing noises, and have a plump appearand the start of the harbor seal pupping sea- ance. Please do not approach these pups. son in the San Juan Islands. Once it begins, Give them their space, and keep pets, boats seal pups are sometimes encountered on or any other nuisances away from them. the beach and there are some important When a pup is actually stranded and things to remember. not waiting for its mother’s return, it will The first point to keep in mind is the nor- appear lethargic and thin from lack of mal behavior of a mother seal and its pup. It nutrition. These stranded pups have often is not unusual for the harbor seal mother to been separated from their mothers prior to leave its young on the beach as she returns being weaned. This separation can occur to the ocean to forage for the food she needs in a number of ways including: inexperito produce enough high-fat milk to support ence of a first-time mother, boat activity, her pup. human interference/disturbance, injury In the early stages of its life, the young or illness. pup does not have the insulation or the Unfortunately many of these pups proper swimming proficiency to keep up will not survive; however, this is Mother with its mother. It takes 3-6 weeks for the Nature’s way of keeping the population in pup to triple its weight, drinking the moth- check and maintaining the healthiest anier’s milk that is made up of 40-50 percent mals possible. fat, before it is weaned and able to forage Harbor seals are protected under the on its own. Marine Mammal Protection Act. Picking up a stranded harbor seal is prohibited by law. If you come Worship Services in the Islands across a seal pup without its mother, please report it to LOPEZ IsLand the marine mammal strandChrist the King Community ChurCh, There’s ing hotline at 1-800-562-8832. Always a Place for You! CTK gathers at 10 a.m. in the The San Juan County school multi-purpose room at 86 School Road. Come Marine Mammal Stranding as you are! More info at Email: Network is a program with Phone: 888-421- 4CTK ext. 819. the Friday Harbor Whale Museum and has trained graCe episCopal ChurCh, welcomes volunteers authorized to you to worship with us on Sundays at 10:00 respond to marine mammal a.m. Fisherman Bay Road at Sunset Lane. strandings within the coun468-3477. Everyone welcome! ty of San Juan. Last year alone, the stranding network lopez island Community ChurCh, 91 Lopez received over 110 calls conRoad. Sunday School: pre-school through adult 9:30 a.m.; cerning harbor seals and Worship at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Jeff Smith 468-3877. more than 140 total stranded marine mammal calls. lutheran ChurCh in the san juans. Join us Data collected on strandSundays at 9:00 a.m. in Center Church on Davis Bay Road. ed harbor seals can teach Also in Friday Harbor at 11:00 a.m. in St. David’s and in us a lot about the health Eastsound at 1:15 p.m. in Emmanuel. Pastor Anne Hall, and status of seal popula468-3025. tions and provides us with valuable information about QuaKer Worship group Meetings will be Sundays diseases that can impact at 10 a.m. at the home of Ron Metcalf, 6363 Fisherman not only harbor seals, but Bay Road. Children’s program. Everyone welcome. Phone also sea lions, porpoises, 468-2129. Email: orcas and even humans. Under certain circumstancst. FranCis CatholiC ChurCh Come worship es, the Stranding Network with us at Center Church on Davis Bay Rd. We welcome is authorized to transfer Submitted by Liz Anderson, Kay Wicinas of SeaDoc Society

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1951 STUDEBAKER Business Coupe. Blue with white interior. 3 speed on column with overdrive. Flat head six with dual carburators. Split manifold with custom dual exhaust and disc brakes. Custom pleat and roll white interior including head liner. Built in stereo speakers and electric locks. $9,500 obo. Clinton, Whidbey. 785-577-6397. Pickup Trucks Chevrolet

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1974 CHEVY Cheyenne Pickup. Good Canopy, Rebuilt 350 and Transmission. Good Tires. Runs Good. Body is a 5. Automatic. Trailer Hitch. $1,950.

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PIANO, YAMAHA Baby Grand. Black Satin Finish, Excellent Condition with Bright Tone and Quick Action. 2 Benches Included. $3500 OBO. Roche Harbor. Contact Dave: 360-2980213 Spas/Hot Tubs Supplies

FOR SALE OR TRADE: 8X16 Heated “Endless� Swimming Pool. Originally cost nearly $25,000. Sell the pool outright for $7,500 delivered. The pool can also be installed outdoors as its heated and has a cover. WILL TRADE for a 12’x26’ wooden floor installed over an existing concrete floor in our home. Call 360-7202564 Oak Harbor

AKC POMERANIAN Puppies for sale! 3 males and 2 females Available early to mid August to approved homes! Colors thrown are: Blue Merle, Orange/ Cream, Cream/ White, and Blue/ White Partis! The puppies will come with their first 2 shots and an AKC registration form. I am taking deposits if you want a guarantee hold on your puppy. Prices ranging from $600 to $1,500. 940585-9472.

AKC POODLE PUPS Standard size 7 month old male & female puppies. Beautiful dark brown coloring. Healthy, happy, outgoing & playful! Begining training started, shots & wormed. Parents hips, elbows & eyes are good! $1200 ea. Call Roberta: 360443-2447 or 360-8656102. AUSTRALIAN SHEPARD Puppies for sale. Blue Merle’s, Tri’s and Black Bi’s. First shots, wormed, tails docked and dewclaws removed. Ready for approved forever homes on July 9th. $600. Call: 206-3007296 or email:


206-371-6315 19’ SILVERLINE Nantucket, 1980. One owner. Kept Garaged Since New. Inboard/ Outboard with Cuddy Cabin. 352 Ford Engine. New Steering System, Newly Serviced Outdrive. Great Gel Coat and Full Canvas, with Boat Cover. Well equipped. Comes with Trailer. $4,500 obo.

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2002 HONDA Shadow, American Classic Edition. 750cc, Blue, Saddle Bags, Windshield, Rear Seat with Rack Behind. Includes Leathers and Helmut. Only 11,000 miles! $4,200. Call: 360376-2710 Olga, Orcas Island.

26’ OF FUN! PILOT House Dory by Clipper Craft!! 1996 factory built wooden character tug. Needs paint & tune-up. Only 110 hours on Volvo I/O. Electronics including GPS, Radar and more. Priced to sell at $5,500. Please bring offers. Orcas Isl. 360-376-6166. RARE 1991 BOSTON Whaler 16SL. Dual console, 90 HP: 2 stroke Mercury, 8 HP Mercury Kicker, EZ Steer, dual down riggers, water-ski pylon, depth finder, canvas cover, anchor with rode, anchor buddy, & EZ Loader Trailer. Safety equipment including fire extinguisher, throw cushion & more. One owner! Professionally maintained! Located in La Connor. $9,500. 206726-1535. Marine Sail

WOODEN BOAT FANS! Sailboat in excellent condition built by Master Craftsman, Glen L Design Bobcat, 12’ 3� x 6’ Marconi sail, electric outboard included. $2400. (360)678-6684


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HAPPY 4th OF JULY LOTS Aleck Bay lot w/ water, power, telephone to lot line. Path to common beach. #29150298 Buildable lot below AV in established neighborhood near Fisherman Bay. #390186 Partly cleared 2.12 AC lot w/ well on Mud Bay Rd. Near the South End store. #112689 4 AC of wooded land on Pavey Hill. $37,000 below AV. May be dividable. #497422 Bldg. opportunity on Pavey 1.2 AC. 4 gpm well, septic, power, phone in. #494936 Near Hummel Lake & Land Bank reserve. Good water & septic permit. #476739 Cross Road private near 5 AC includes water share in Cross Rd. Water Assoc. #369680 Pavey Hill near 5 AC may be dividable into 4 or 5 lots. Build/ invest here. #493891 Partial view over Lopez Sound to Spencer Spit from 1.67 AC on the eastside. #260245 North end heavily wooded shy 5 AC w/ 21 gpm well. Potential water view. #472956 Sunsets! 1.19 water view AC above Fish Bay. Power, telephone, water to lot. #325519 Sunny 1.26 parcel on Mariner Hill w/ 3 BR septic & San Juan Channel views. #233371 Sweeping views from 1.3 Ac w/end of the road privacy on quiet Mariner Hill. #29111217 Top of the line development w/ protected views & CCR’s has 1 AC lot available #399016 Great views across Fish Bay from 2.2 AC in development with strong CCR’s #343986

WATERFRONT LAND $325,000 1.3 AC with 200’ WF on the south end w/ expansive views of Shoal Bight. #189090 $325,000 1.6 AC generous south end lot w/ 204’ high bank WF. Adjacent WF parcel avail #189121 $375,000 Views to Spencer Spit & beyond from 1.27 Acres. Adjoining lot & cabin for sale #260251 $ 395,000 End of the road on the south end. Private 10.83 AC WF lot w/ shared well. #419757 $ 495,000 Enjoy attractive wetlands fronting this private south end 6.07 AC parcel. #419752 $495,000 Westside 5 AC with 160’WF, septic & water installed. Trail to sand beach. #433595 $555,000 Park like & secluded 1.8 WF AC on Aleck Bay. SE exp. w/ Whidbey Island views #479983 $3,000,000 Lopez at it’s finest. Private 55 AC offers the setting and views of a lifetime. #215812 $165,000 $165,000

INLAND ACREAGE Partially cleared 5 AC w/ potential WF view on dead end road near Village #460197 Sweet Brier Lane 5 + Ac with views over farmland and protected wetlands. #238518

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INLAND HOMES Top floor, 2BA/1BR condo. Weekend retreat/easy island living. Close to marinas. #499352 Manufactured 2BR home on 5 AC close to Fish Bay includes pond & garden area. #404873 2BR/2BA cabin + out bldg on dead end, w/ community beach access to Aleck Bay. #478861 Sunrise & Lopez Sound views from refurbished 2BR modular home. Beach access. #460196 Ironwood deck surrounds sweet 1 BR+ home. Dappled sun/partial water view. #493801 2BR/2BA w/ daylight basement, deck & patio on Whiskey Hill. Comm. boat dock! #478403 Lopez Farm. 3BR/ 1.75 BA on Center Road. Barn, outbuildings & grazing pastures. #498576 19 Acre Lopez farm w/ 1925 home. Value is in the land. Minutes from the ferry. #243479 Energy Star 2BR/1.75 BA manufactured home w/detached 2 car garage on Pavey. #439493 Pavey new 3BR built in 2011 has fine details incl. a cozy eating nook & kitchen. #434977 4BR/2BA home w/ 5 AC of park like grounds & pond. Farmhouse kitchen, garage. #457690 Panabode cabin w/ 3BR/1.5 BA set on 5 AC. Mt. Baker view & private beach access. #388217 Central location. 2BR/1.5BA home on 10 AC. Barn, ponds, orchard & pasture. #487517 2BR Rambler on sunny 19 AC near village. 2 historic barns, pond & fenced garden. #445625 Water view 3BR/2BA above marinas. Double sided fireplace, huge 2 car garage. #500976 3BR/3BA home w/daylight bsmt., studio, garage on 15 AC of woods and fields. #412889 Sizable 4BR/2.5 BA home w/ large studio. Sunny site w/ large Lopez Sound views. #465386 Swift & Shoal Bay views from 3 BR/2 BA home w/sun porch. Deeded beach access. #476993 Traditional & sizable home w/ gold plate & marble FP on 16+ AC. Olympic views. #453677 Olympics view home. Immaculate barns, wood shop, greenhouse & fenced fields. #492366 COMMERCIAL- Lopez Farm Cottages 5 cabins-3 camp sites+house+ expansion. #484250

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WATERFRONT HOMES Waterfront cabin w/ 120’ of rocky WR on Lopez Sound. Owner financing. #397940 2BR cabin with Lopez Sound views. Trail to 251‘of beach. Adj. lots available. #260835 West facing 2BR/2BA on high bank WF. Addt’l. 2 BR/1.75 cottage for overflow. #498865 Popular Vacation Rental. 2BR/1BA on rocky bluff steps away from ferry landing. #496336 3BR/1.75BA home w/194’ of beach. Incl. bunkhouse, hot tub, detached garage. #472729 Light filled 2BR home w/ 100’ east facing WF. Garden, exercise room, garage. #477242 Old cedars surround 3BR/2.5BA WF home w/ large deck & stairs to rock outcrops. #499939 Humphrey Head 3BR/3BA. Deck above rolling shoreline w/ adj pocket beach. #239632 2.3 eastside AC. 162’ WF. 2 BR/1.75 BA main + guest. Garden, greenhouse, studio + lap pool. Historic 2BR home w/ 100’ WF the village includes Water Tower great for guests. #477572 Enjoy Mud Bay & Mt. Baker views from 3BR/2BA home w/ 156’ low bank frontage. #471952 Custom, near circular 3 BR home with180 degree views on Humphrey Head. #366018 Views!! 3BR/3.75 BA & more w/100’ sandy no-bank on protected MacKaye Harbor. #477033 Humphrey Head high bank WF. Designer 2 BR home w/ water & woodland views. #466242

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stranding hotline, interns and volunteers respond to assess the situation. Live pups receive two tags, one small red tag with an identification number on their hind flipper, and one “hat” tag with a letter/ number combination ID on top of their head. If you see an animal (live or dead, stranded or swimming) that has any of these tags and you can read them, please jot down the number and include it in your message to the stranding network hotline at 1-800-562-8832. Harbor seals are charismatic mammals, but please give them plenty of space


stranded harbor seal pups to Wolf HollowWildlife Rehabilitation Center, where they are rehabilitated and released. Network representatives will make this decision on a case-by-case basis. The SeaDoc Society of Orcas Island also conducts research on these animals in collaboration with the Stranding Network. When an animal is reported on the


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veterans on the island who are 30 years old or younger, but there are vets from the Korean War, the Vietnam War and even an 85-year-old who ser ved in World War II.“We have quite a varied clientele,” he said.Baker said that there is a good chance that there are veterans on the island who are too proud to ask for help. The board is still figuring out how they can reach veterans in the community. “Word of mouth seems the most effective,” he said. If someone is struggling outside of the financial sec-

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tor, the board members will connect vets with the senior centers’ social service program.Applications for the Veterans Assistance Fund can be picked up at the senior center, the library and police station. Baker urges vets in need to talk to someone at the American Legion or talk to any of the board members. “We are a group of veterans who are helping their fellow veterans,” Ayers said. There are currently two spaces available on the board. Ayers hopes that some younger vets may step up to the challenge. For more info, visit Committees/Veterans/ Default.aspx.


as you appreciate them and other marine wildlife. Be mindful that these animals can carry diseases that can be passed to humans or pets. If you encounter a live or deceased harbor seal pup or stranded marine mammal, please do not approach it. You can help by calling the stranding hotline to report it at 1-800-562-8832. — Editor’s note: Kay Wicinas and Liz Anderson are 3rd-year veterinary students at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. They are summer interns with The Whale Museum and SeaDoc Society, studying marine mammal health and ecology.

Puzzle Answers Woodmen Hall rental info; 468-3092 Lopez Island

178’ WATERFRONT $220,000 West facing 2.75 acres of mature forest, with drive way, water, power, phone and septic. Small cabin.


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July 02, 2013 edition of the Islands' Weekly