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Container garden 101 By Cali Bagby Weekly editor

On a first date over the winter, he asked me, “So do you have any plants?” I said yes, and then he asked, “are they alive?” I wasn’t sure how to answer. Some of my plants appeared to be more brown than green while others had what some call a “wilted look.” I had two problems. I didn’t want to leave the heat on in my house, which was a hazard for the banana plant trying to survive in my living room. The other problem was that my deck, which housed my herbs and veggies, was not getting enough sun. So I told my date, “yes, my plants are alive.” But the conversation made me wonder, what do plants say about a person? Now that I live in an apartment located in a sunnier area, my once straggly looking plants in pots have truly blossomed, making me look like I may have a green thumb hidden somewhere way beneath the skin. So I thought I would reach out to Weekly readers and see what advice they would have on growing a potted garden. Lopez resident Becki Maxson lives in a condo in town with a small yard that has motivated her to “get creative.” She said going vertical can help to utilize a small space and railings on a deck can make a perfect opportunity

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for boxes to grow vegetables like lettuce that have short roots. She also has a row of white buckets with holes on the bottom that allow her plants to suck up water from a trough below. She fills the water below at least once a week. “Everything is an experiment,” she says as she gives me a tour of her garden. She also recommends Guerrilla gardening, meaning you find someone with property that has room and see if you can borrow some space. Other pointers for a container garden: A plus of having a potted garden, like mine, is that it keeps the soil nice and warm. Some of the plants that seem extra happy in containers are oregano, thyme, kale, spicy basil, swiss chard, chives, parsley, peas and tomatoes. You have to really watch your watering because soil in smaller containers dry out much more quickly. Make sure the container has drain holes on the bottom or is filled almost halfway with rocks to drain the excess water. You do have to start worrying about bringing pots indoors when winter comes around because they will freeze and crack. Throughout my gardening experiences I have also learned that you have to be creative, persistent and patient. So, if you’re looking for a long-lasting relationship, it turns out that asking about plants on a first date may make

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Scenes from Becki Maxson’s garden. perfect sense. For more info about gardening, visit the Master Gardeners’ Program’s Information Table set up from 10 a.m-12 p.m.  on Sept. 7 at Sunset Builders to answer your gardening questions. Bring samples in a sealed plastic bag of unknown plants, plant problems or pests for identification and recommendations.

Island Hospital spurns partnership By Steve Wehrly Journal reporter

At almost the same time on Thursday, August 29, Island Hospital backed away from affiliating with PeaceHealth medical system and the San Juan Hospital Commission parried questions and com-

ments from islanders concerned that Peace Island Hospital services were being circumscribed by Catholic moral strictures expressed in the Bishops’ Ethical and Religious Directives for Health Care Services. Just hours earlier,

PeaceHealth announced a reduction in force of 500 jobs as the three-state health care system struggled with revenue shortfalls of $130 million in its Washington operations. At a meeting in Mount Vernon, the commissioners of the public hospital

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district governing Island Hospital, which operates the Orcas Medical Center in Eastsound, voted not to join Skagit Regional Health Hospital and Cascade Valley Hospital in signing a “letter of intent” to affiliate with the PeaceHealth hospital system, which operates hospitals and clinics in Bellingham and Friday Harbor. Details of the letter of intent to negotiate a contract were not immediately available, nor was an explanation of the University of Washington health care system’s participation in the new alliance. UW Medicine and PeaceHealth are negotiating a proposed collaboration involving referrals between the two systems and provision of medical See PARTNERSHIP, page 4

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weds, sept 4 sports: Business League Golf, Build your own DREAM TEAM and play a fun 9-hole competition after work at Lopez Island Golf Course. Members: $5; Non-members $15. Registration 5 p.m. Tee off 5:30 p.m. Contact Esa Turunen for more information at 468-3603 or esa. fri, sept 6 art: Lopez Artist Guild Show Opening for Mary Bywater Cross, 5 - 7 p.m., The Hamlet in Lopez

Village. Mary Bywater Cross opens her show of fine woolen quilts, which will be on display until October 31.

sat, sept 7 info: The Master Gardeners’ Program Information Table, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Sunset Builders. Bring questions, samples in a sealed plastic bag of unknown plants, plant problems or pests for identification and recommendations.

thurs, sept 12 meeting: Lopez Garden Club meeting, Coffee and goodies at 9:30 a.m., meeting starts at 10 a.m. Madrona Murphy will be speaking on “Exploring the Mushrooms of Lopez Island - An exploration of the riotous diversity of mushrooms on Lopez, including information on mushroom ecology, their cultivation, mycoremediation, edible and toxic mushrooms, the use of mushroom dyes in fiber arts, and incorporating fungi into your garden.” sat, sept 14 Event: Home Tour, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. This year’s Home Tour will feature eight distinctly different homes. Tickets on sale now at the Farmer’s Market. Tickets

will also be available at the Center on the morning of the tour. Lunches for sale at the Center and selected homes on the day of the tour/$5. Tickets in advance: adult $30. Available from: Community Center office, and online. Tickets at Door: Adult $3. art: Chimera Gallery presents “Surrounded by Beauty,” 5 - 7 p.m., Chimera Gallery. Featured artists include Patie Savage (Menageria) and Summer Moon Scriver (Photography). Join us for an evening of photography, paintings & more at our opening reception from 5pm-7pm. Show runs September 14 – October 11, 2013.

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cocaine, a Class B felony, and to one count of attempted possession of cocaine, a Class C felony. Easterbrook was taken into custody at his Friday Harbor home in mid-February after a team of officers, armed with a search warrant, confronted the 26-year-old on the doorstep of his residence in Sunshine Alley, at about 11 p.m. Four people were inside the home, in addition

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

to Easterbrook, at the time. According to court documents, officers reportedly seized nearly a half-dozen electronic scales and 46 grams of cocaine - one-tenth of a pound, with an estimated “street value” of roughly $4,000. An island resident of about 10 years, Easterbrook became the target of an undercover investigation a year ago in early September after he reportedly sold several grams of cocaine on three separate occasions -- totaling $680 -- to an informant recruited by the Sheriff’s Department. A Class B felony, delivery of a controlled substance 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 12-20 months in prison. As a firsttime offender, Easterbrook qualified for a sentence below the state standard.

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weds, sept 25 music: Beppe Gambetta in Concert, 7 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. fri, sept 27 meeting: BLM Hosts San Juan Islands National Monument Public Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Woodmen Hall. Public discussion of the newly established San Juan Islands National Monument. sat, sept 28 hike: Yellow Aster Butte,

off Hwy 542 Mt. Baker – Leader, Chris Coiley. On the north side from Mt. Baker, just east of the town of Glacier, this hike has meadows, rock tarns, ponds, wild blueberries and mountain views galore. This is an all day event that is considered moderately strenuous with an eightmile round trip trail hike gaining 2,200 feet of elevation. For more information including car pool arrangements and sign up call Chris at 468-4090. Also, for more info about this very popular hike check mountain guide books or the web.

Sat, ongoing market: Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Market is next to the Community Center. Runs until Sept. 14.

PeaceHealth installs electronic record system PeaceHealth clinics are joining a growing list of hospitals and clinics using electronic health records to record, retrieve and store patient health care records. PeaceHealth’s Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor will transition to Epic, a widely-used system, beginning Sept. 1. “Timely information is critical to high quality patient care,” said Jim Barnhart, chief administrative officer for PIMC. “Our new EHR system is a more powerful tool to effectively help PeaceHealth clinicians better manage their patients’ care.” PeaceHealth points out in a press release that Epic EHR is used by many health care facilities across the Pacific Northwest and nationwide, including University of Washington Health Care, Group Health and Swedish Hospital. According to Barnhart, this makes it especially convenient for patients who travel and may need care outside of our community. Doctors from other health systems that use Epic EHR across the country can use Epic to easily look up notes from recent visits, as well as allergies, medications or other information for a patient who received care at PeaceHealth. “Epic EHR supports better overall patient assessment and treatment decisions,” said Barnhart.

Death Notice Ron Meng, founder and owner of Islands Marine Center on Lopez Island, passed away peacefully on Aug. 22 after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 59. Meng started IMC 40 years ago from the trunk of his car, servicing what was then a sizable fishing fleet on Lopez. Gradually, he and his wife Jennifer purchased waterfront property, developed a full service marina and shifted their emphasis to recreational boaters. IMC and Ocean Sport Boats will continue on into the future.

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Business owners seek assurances Port will rebuild Contibuted photo / Carole Sue Conran

Boats and blue water bob in the background of the charred remains of the Friday Harbor waterfront building destroyed by fire Saturday, Aug. 17.

By Steve Wehrly Journal reporter

Business owners ousted from the now-charred waterfront building that housed Downriggers restaurant asked for assurances at a special meeting of the Friday Harbor Port Commission that they will be permitted to reopen in the same location, whether in a rebuilt or completely new building. Debbie Rishel, owner of Downriggers, and her longtime manager Mary Ann Ragsdale were both direct. Rishel said she thought the commissioners should say now that Downriggers can reopen, while Ragsdale reminded them and Port Director Marilyn O’Connor what Downriggers means to Friday Harbor and how much it has done for the community. A dozen frequent customers voiced support for Rishel, one of them saying he hoped Downriggers could reopen before his mother’s 93rd birthday dinner, “next April.” The crowd murmured and nodded agreement with one speaker who said, “We don’t want Anthony’s in Friday Harbor.” Four businesses were displaced after fire swept through Downriggers restaurant in the early morning hours of Aug. 17, leaving a summertime crew of roughly 50 restaurant

workers without a job, and three businesses based on the ground floor of the port-owned building, Friday Harbor Marine, San Juan Excursions and San Juan Safaris, without a home. Albert Hall reminded the crowd that the bulkhead along the whole waterfront was failing and probably in violation of Shoreline Management Act rules. The Port is already in the early planning stages for rebuilding the bulkhead and putting a boardwalk along the waterside. Both the bulkhead and the possibility of oil contamination in the area from former storage tanks will have to be addressed before construction permits can be issued. Por t commissioners Barbara Marrett and Mike Arhenius were sympathetic but non-committal in their responses to the business owners and an overflow crowd of about 100 people that packed San Juan Island Yacht Club on Wednesday, Aug. 21. “We’re doing everything we can to help the businesses, but it’s just too soon to say what we’ll do or when it will be done,” Ahrenius said. “We know how important the location is to the town and to all of you here and we will move on this as fast as possible.” Marrett was even more forthcoming. “I have a definite bias in your favor,” she

said. “My heart is with you. The port’s policy favors local businesses and local people.” Friday Harbor Town Administrator Duncan Wilson assured everyone that the town would continue doing “everything possible” to expedite studies and permits necessary to begin rebuilding, but urged that business owners and citizens “be patient” so that the complex task could be completed “in the right way.” “The town will not be an impediment to getting things done, but we have to follow the law,” he said. Wilson confirmed that the state Department of Ecology would have to be satisfied that the site was compliant with shoreline development rules before building permits could be issued.


After the meeting, some of the departing crowd walked in front of the burned-out restaurant, where five forensic fire investigators and engineers, their faces shielded by double-sided filter masks, were engaged in what one of them termed “a layer-by-layer archaeological dig” in accordance with NFPA 921, the forensic fire investigator’s “bible”. By Friday noon, investigators had finished their work, characterized as a “normal investigation” with “no surprises” by several people familiar with the investigation. These sources, who were not investigators, independently confirmed that a preliminary report was expected to be released on Monday. The most sobering conclusion was offered by Mike Close, owner of Friday Harbor Marine, as he left the room. Close said that he of course wants to get back into full operation as soon as possible, “but, realistically, were talking about a twoyear timetable.”

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Department of Justice issues priorities about marijuana The Department of Justice announced its priorities on Aug. 29 for marijuana-related conduct in light of the recent initiatives in the states of Colorado and Washington that legalize some possession and use of marijuana by adults. The new priorities will not preempt the new Washington law, provided the laws are implemented and enforced in a way that protects the public. “I share the priorities announced by the Department of Justice and these will also be my priorities when making decisions about marijuana cases in San Juan County,” said Prosecuting Attorney Randall K. Gaylord. “I am pleased that the policy statement recognizes the role of local police and prosecutors in helping achieving these policies.” The Department of Justice policies include preventing the promotion or distribution of marijuana to minors

under age 21, preventing revenue from the sale of marijuana to fund criminal enterprises or gang activities, preventing the smuggling or importation of marijuana to other states, and using marijuana as a front for trafficking in other drugs. “These priorities recognize the need for a strong partnership between local and federal authorities,” Gaylord said. “Citizens must remember, only some marijuana activities have been legalized. It remains illegal for minors to possess or consume marijuana and for adults to provide marijuana to minors. In addition, it remains illegal to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of any drug.” Gaylord said a big challenge for the Washington State Liquor Control Board will be to come up with a strong and effective regulatory and enforcement system.

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and educational services by UW Medicine. “Our board of commissioners has worked very hard to make the best decision for this community to retain and grow quality health-care services for our patients,” said Vince Oliver, Island Hospital CEO. The press release did not elaborate any reasons the hospital district commissioners and hospital executives decided not to join the affiliation negotiations. On San Juan Island, meanwhile, hospital district commissioners responded cautiously to the recent opinion of the Washington Attorney General on provision of reproductive services by public hospital districts. None of the five commissioners would say what they thought the AG opinion requires of hospital districts in general or Peace Island Hospital specifically. Commissioner Rosanna O’Donnell said the issue “comes down to interpretation” of the opinion, concluding later that “I need to be told by our attorney what to do.” Chairwoman Lenore Bayuk said that attorney Bradley Berg, who had represented the district in the negotiations creating Peace Island Hospital, was preparing an analysis of the opinion for the hospital district association which the San Juan County commission

would be guided by. Commissioner Michael Edwards insisted he and the hospital district would hold Peace Island accountable for the services required by state law. “When we obtain an opinion, we will act,” he said. Under the fifty-year contract between the hospital district and the PeaceHealth system, about $1 million dollars in property tax revenues are provided to Peace Island Medical Center for health care services to islanders. A standing-room-only group of islanders urged the commission to advocate for the islanders who elect the commissioners and pay the taxes. Charles Richardson told the commission, “I need you to represent me with Peace Health.” Monica Harrington told the commission that the opinion, state law and the state constitution were clear that religious directives from the Catholic bishops “must not restrict access to health care services.” Susan Dehlendorf (“Be open to doing something different”), Barbara Cox (“The death with dignity option must be available here”), Gay Wilmerding and a half-dozen other islanders expressed concern with the hospital commission’s policies and actions. All agreed with Harrington, who said “this is a bigger issue than women’s reproductive services. We need to be assertive about patient rights.”

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45. Cap 48. Modus operandi 50. Autobiography 52. About 53. "That's a ___!" 54. "Aquarius" musical 55. Taro's edible root 56. On the safe side, at sea 58. ___ line (major axis of an elliptical orbit) 59. Remaining after all deductions (var. spelling) 60. "___ quam videri" (North Carolina's motto) 62. "The Three Faces of ___" 63. Ozone enemy (abbrev.) Answers to today's puzzle on page 8

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Sand dollars versus eelgrass Contributed photo / Tawm Perkowski

A live sand dollar.

By Cali Bagby

Islands’ Weekly editor

From red octopus to giant clam worms to bay ghost shrimp the waters around our islands are home to fascinating creatures. For Amy K. Henry, a doctoral candidate from the University of Chicago, these salty waters have enticed her to study two well-known – yet mysterious – species. Over the summer, she has been looking at how eel grass and sand dollars compete for space and influence the ecosystem of Crescent Beach. This is her first time working with Friday Harbor Labs and conducting research in East Sound. “It has been so great to work here,” she said during a talk on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Orcas Library, organized by the Indian Island Marine Health Observatory. Eel grass and sand dollars are part of Henry’s desire to delve into the world of ecosystem engineers, which are animals that modify the environment by making it more beneficial to themselves or for other species. Beavers are known as great engineers because they reduce forests and increase ponds. In East Sound, eel grass and sand dollars are the perfect subject for Henry’s research because they both drastically change their surroundings.


Eelgrass is not an algae, but a grass that has re-evolved to live in salt water, says Henry. This makes it a unique species, as this does not occur in nature often. The grass is found worldwide, prevents erosion, creates habitat for sea life and creates a safe nursery for baby rock-

fish and crabs. The grass is not a food item for sea life in this region. But manatee and other herbivores eat eelgrass in warmer waters. “Very few species eat the eelgrass,” said Henry. “It’s not very tasty.” There is also an invasive Japanese eelgrass in East Sound that looks similar to the native sea grass, but is quite smaller. Henry said that the Japanese eelgrass was possibly introduced in the 1930s during oyster importing. Sand dollars are basically flattened out sea urchins, said Henry. They can feed on particles in the sand or floating through the water. They oxygenate the sediment, but not much diversity of sea life is found around a group of sand dollars. The good news about sand dollars is there is an abundant population stretching out on coastlines from Baja, Calif., to Alaska. “I’ve found up to 600 sand dollars at Crescent Beach,” she said. The population may be growing in Puget Sound, said Henry, East Sound is the only area where a large population of sand dollars exists in the San Juan Island Archipelago. Local researchers have said that other areas in the San Juans were known for sand dollars in the 60s. Henry said it’s unclear why East Sound is currently the only home to sand dollars. It is possible that the heat and stress from low tides may cause sickness and there is data to show that sea urchin are susceptible to disease when found in large numbers. Gulls and crabs, which eat sand dollars, may have contributed to the loss of the species in certain areas.

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At a high density, eelgrass will prevent sand dollars moving into an area because they will not easily be able to move through the sea floor. On the other hand sand dollars have the potential ability to uproot the sea grass. Henry is currently setting up areas at Crescent Beach to observe which sea creature will prevail. In some areas she has removed the sand dollars and put in grass. In other areas she has transplanted the sea urchins where eel grass once lived. Over the next few years Henry plans to visit the eight different plots and check on the two species. “Basically we’ll see who will reclaim its turf,” she said.

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United Way helps to beautify the islands Why does United Way of San Juan County fund Lopez Island Conservation Corps? Our local United Way’s focus is to help meet vital needs in San Juan County, and one of the most important issues facing children and youth is how to build positive life skills, avoid risky behaviors, and find positive role models and growth experiences in our community. Molly Kohring, age 17, talks about her expe-


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riences with the Lopez Island Conservation Corps. “At the end of the summer I feel so proud of the work I have done. I learned so much from the LICC. I learned all about trail building, using tools, and all the secrets to sustainable trails. I learned tons about Washington’s native plants and about the non-native ones too!” “Most importantly though, I became a leader in my




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The first phase of the cprogram saw significant use by its participants over its first nine months; every month averaged 160 taxi rides, 35-45 ferry fares, and repairing and making safer six to eight vehicles. It served more than 180 of the community’s most transpor-

Worship Services in the Islands LOPEZ IsLand Christ the King Community ChurCh, There’s Always a Place for You! CTK gathers at 10 a.m. in the school multi-purpose room at 86 School Road. Come as you are! More info at Email: Phone: 888-421- 4CTK ext. 819.



graCe episCopal ChurCh, welcomes you to worship with us on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Fisherman Bay Road at Sunset Lane. 468-3477. Everyone welcome!


lopez island Community ChurCh, 91 Lopez Road. Sunday School: pre-school through adult 9:30 a.m.; Worship at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Jeff Smith 468-3877.

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the field of youth development and public land stewardship, and has provided local youth with education and skills they need for college, work and successful lives. Programs like SJICC need and deserve our support. United Way invests in LICC and 27 other vital programs countywide, with the focus of meeting vital needs in our community to provide the building blocks of a good life. Funded programs provide resources for children and youth, education and prevention programs, resources for families, and services for elderly and disabled residents.  Every donation to United Way of San Juan County makes a huge difference to these small programs. 98% of donated funds stay local. For a full list of all 28 United Way of San Juan

lutheran ChurCh in the san juans. Join us 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 Emmanuel. Pastor Anne Hall, 468-3025. QuaKer Worship group Meetings will be Sundays at 10 a.m. at the home of Ron Metcalf, 6363 Fisherman Bay Road. Children’s program. Everyone welcome. Phone 468-2129. Email: st. FranCis CatholiC ChurCh Come worship with us at Center Church on Davis Bay Rd. We welcome you to join us for Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Call 378-2910 for Mass times on San Juan and Orcas Islands.

tation-vulnerable residents, equal to about 1.5 percent of the county’s population. The program represents a unique public-private partnership of transportation providers, and local social services to provide community access for participants. It offers taxi service and ferry fare assistance on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez and auto repair and parts services on Orcas and San Juan. Ferry fares are acquired through partnership with the Family Resource Centers. Applications are available online at http:// w w w. s a n j u a n c o . c o m / PublicTransport/ CTPrograms.aspx or through local senior and family resource centers. Applications and additional information are also available through San Juan County’s Mobility Coordinator Christopher Aiken at 370-7512 or

Elizabeth Landrum, PhD Licensed Clinical Psychologist Individual Counseling & Psychotherapy 30 years experience Specializing in grief & loss, life transitions, living with illness. 317-5178 Office in Lopez Village Saturday hours Sliding fee scale available.

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OWNERS! We want your rentals! Property management & lease services avail. Great rates. Shawn (360)378-8600 PANABODES DUPLEXES For Sale To Be Moved. Nickel Bros. has 3 Panabode Duplexes for sale on San Juan Island. The 3 units are roughly 600 SF each with 2 completely separate living spaces per unit. Each living space has a 3 piece bathroom and a small galley style kitchen with a large open room. They would make a great guest cottage or summer retreat. Call our Everett office for details: 1-425-257-2067 or toll free at: 1-866-920BROS. Call soon! For more selection, go to Find what you need 24 hours a day.


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SEEKING TO ADOPT Loving couple seeks to ADOPT an infant. We can offer your baby a lifetime of love, opportunity, and financial security. We will provide a happy home, sharing our interests in the outdoors, travel, music, and sports. Let us help support you with your adoption plan. Contact us at 206-920-1376, 877290-0543 or AndrewCorley@ or our attorney at 206-728-5858, ask for Joan file #0376. Find your perfect pet in the ClassiďŹ eds. Found

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CREATIVE ARTIST The Bainbridge Island Review, a weekly community newspaper located on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA, has an immediate opening for a full-time Creative Artist. Duties include ad design, designing promotional materials and providing excellent internal and external customer service. Requires excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a fast paced deadline-oriented environment. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat strongly preferred, as is newspaper or other media experience. Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team. We offer a great work environment, health benefits, 401k, paid holidays, vacation and sick time. Please email your resume, cover letter, and a few samples of your work to: or mail to: BIRCA/HR Department Sound Publishing, Inc. 19351 8th Avenue, Suite 106, Poulsbo, WA, 98370. Sound Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workplace. Visit our website at to learn more about us!

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Notice to Contractors Washington State Law (RCW 18.27.100) requires that all advertisements for construction related services include the contractor’s current department of Labor and Industries registration number in the advertisement. Failure to obtain a certificate of registration from L&I or show the registration number in all advertising will result in a fine up to $5000 against the unregistered contractor. For more information, call Labor and Industries Specialty Compliance Services Division at 1-800-647-0982 or check L&Is internet site at

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$1500 ENGLISH Mastiff pups! AKC giant security show dogs! Once in a lifetime opportunity for Mastiff lovers! World Winners are these pups family tradition! The greatest genes avail in English Mastiff history! Rare Zorba stock. Born 4/27. Whidbey Island. $2500 full breeding rights 253-347-1835.

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20’ CAL Sailboat. Newer mainsail. Could use a little TLC. On buoy in Mitchell Bay, San Juan Island. $1,200 or trade. 425-356-7625 Automobiles Honda


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26’ OF FUN! Pilot House Dory by Clipper Craft!! 1986 factory built wooden character tug. Fresh paint & varnish on top side. Low hours on Volvo Penta I/O. Electronics including GPS, Radar and more. Priced to sell at $5,500. Orcas Island. 360-376-6166.

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For more information contact Gary Berg at Lopez Island Realty 360-468-2291 • Toll free 866-632-1100 Website Contributed photo

Rodolfo Alonso took this shot of an owl while heading to the Lopez ferry terminal.


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Tansy ragwort in bloom. A smaller plant setting up for next years bloom.


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is easily recognized by its bright yellow flower heads, with each flower bearing about 13 petals (ray florets), and by its soft, deeply lobed leaves. It is easy to spot when it is in bloom around this time of year. You can also see smaller plants setting up for next year’s bloom. Tansy is toxic to horses and cattle whether fresh or dry, causing irreversible liver damage. It spreads

aggressively and seeds prolifically with seeds remaining viable in the soil for 10 years. Also, bees collect the pollen from tansy flowers. The honey that is made from these flowers can have an off taste. Milk collected from tansy-browsing-cows can also have an off flavor. When dealing with the plant, be sure to wear protective gloves and consider a face mask if you are sensitive to tansy ragwort’s allergens. Small patches or isolated plants can be hand-pulled or dug with a shovel. Before bloom they can be discarded in the trash or left on the ground to decom-

pose. However, if plant is in bloom, the flowers and seed heads need to be bagged and taken to the solid waste facility for no charge. Mowing is not recommended, as plants will just re-flower at a height shorter than the mower blade. In addition, cut plants will resprout in the following season with even more vigorous and multiple stalks. For large infestations, selective herbicides can be effective. Contact the County Noxious Weed Program for specific herbicide information at 3763499.

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September 03, 2013 edition of the Islands' Weekly