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Three pot stores allowed on islands By Steve Wehrly Journal reporter
SAVE the DATE
Saturday, September 14th
for the 10th Annual
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Visit 8 distinctive homes while benefiting the Lopez Center for Community & the Arts
his is your once-a-year chance to see parts of Lopez you never knew existed, including this Sears Roebuck kit bungalow, built in 1917, along with the iconic water tower that served for years as the Lopez Thrift Shop. Stops on this year’s tour are the Gauthier, LeBoutillier, Hoedemaker, Perry, Meurk and Kaynor/Libby homes, the Beach House and the Holm cabin. Whether nestled in the forest, surrounded by hay fields, or situated above the sea, each home is a reflection of the owner’s unique building, decorating and landscaping style. This self-guided tour begins at 11 AM and ends at 4 PM. Go it alone or car pool with friends. You may purchase a delicious Lopez Village Market-made $5 lunch for the event between 9:30 AM and noon at the Lopez Center and selected homes. Tour tickets are $30 and available at Lopez Center for the Community and the Arts, Saturday Farmers Market, Paper, Scissors on the Rock, Lopez Bookshop, and through www.lopezcenter.com. Home Tour income is vital for keeping Lopez Center event prices low so all Lopezians can enjoy the many and varied yearlong happenings. What a great way to spend a day while supporting Lopez Center.
Three marijuana retail stores will be permitted in San Juan County, one each on Orcas, San Juan and Lopez Islands, under regulations proposed Sept. 4 by the Washington State Liquor Control Board to implement Initiative 502, which legalizes marijuana production, processing and retailing. San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney Randall Gaylord said, “I think it is appropriate to make a limit of one retail store for the three major ferry served islands.” The regulations are being proposed under provi-
sions of I-502, approved in November by 54 percent of the state’s voters. San Juan County had the largest margin of county approval in the state, 68 percent; Waldron Island apparently had the largest precinct approval in the state, 85 percent. The proposed regulations are required to be in effect by Dec. 1, but the liquor board has not announced when marijuana stores can begin operations. The regulations can be found at lcb. app.box.com/proposedrules-9-4-13. The LCB proposes licensing 334 retail locations in the state, allocated on the basis of population per county and with some allowance
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for projected consumption. Under the LCB proposal, King County will have 61 stores, Snohomish County 35 stores, Skagit County 10 and Whatcom County 15. Neither growers nor processors are permitted to be licensed as marijuana retailers. If more than one applicant applies for a license in a given jurisdiction, licenses will be awarded on a lottery basis. Siting of retail locations, like the siting of liquor stores, will be subject to public comment and to a setback of 1,000 feet from a school, playground, public park, public transit center, or library. “I think when people map out the 1,000 foot setback from schools and parks, the areas where a retail store may go will be quite limited,” Gaylord said of the setback. “With few locations,
it will be easier to assure marijuana is not distributed to or used by minors.” Advertising and display of marijuana in retail locations is limited; on-premises consumption, or even opening of packages, will not be permitted. Retail packages will be limited to one ounce of “useable marijuana”, 16 ounces of solid marijuanainfused products or 72 ounces of marijuana-infused liquid. Combination public retail stores and medical marijuana stores will not be permitted. Non-residents will be permitted to purchase and use marijuana in the state, but export from Washington will be illegal. The state’s Office of Financial Management fiscal impact statement places a price estimate of a $3 per gram producer price, a $6 per gram processor price See Stores, page 4
Grants available for historic barns
The Washington State Department of Archaeology & Preservation is accepting applications for funding through the Heritage Barn Rehabilitation Grant Program. Part of the state’s Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative established in 2007, the grant program assists with rehabilitation projects designed to stabilize and preserve designated Heritage Barns across the state. Heritage Barn Grant funding has provided assistance to 46 Heritage Barns throughout Washington. “This program is made possible because of the tremendous dedication and passion owners have for their historic barns,” said Jerri Honeyford, Chair of the Barn Advisory Committee that oversees the initiative. “Washington’s agricultural heritage is a rich component of our state’s history and we applaud those who continue to serve as stewards of these remarkable structures.” Rehabilitation grants are awarded through a competitive application process. In See barns, page 8
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September 12 - 14 10 am – 4 pm Goode Gallery 95 Village Road
Community Calendar 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 their 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.
mon, sept 16 meeting: LCLT Board Meeting, 4 - 6 p.m., LCLT office (25 Tuatara Road). meeting: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival debriefing meeting, 11 a.m., library meeting room. Bring lunch; beverages provided. For info, contact Micki Ryan, 468-4442. weds, sept 18 meeting: Scenic Byway Meeting, 10 a.m., Lopez Center. Discussion to
explore the possibility of adding a Lopez Island route to the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway.
Development in Central America. Becca Mohaly Renk will present a slideshow and provide info.
THURS, sept 19 meeting: OPALCO meeting, OPALCO Board of Directors regularly scheduled meeting at Woodmen Hall, 4102 Fisherman Bay Road, Lopez Island, 8:15 a.m. Members are welcome to attend. For info, call Bev Madan at 376-3549.
weds, sept 25 music: Beppe Gambetta in Concert, 7 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.
Sat, sept 21 party: Lopez Children’s Center celebrates 10 years, 12 - 3 p.m., 160 Village Road. Refreshments will be served. mon, sept 23 event: Nicaragua Slide Show and Craft Sale, 7 8:30 p.m., Grace Church meeting hall. Slideshow and crafts from the Center for
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 info including car pool arrangements and sign up call 468-4090. Also, for more info, 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 classes: After School Soccer for third - fifth graders, 1:45 - 3 p.m., Tues., 1:45 – 3 p.m. and Thurs. 3:05 – 4:20 p.m. Runs Sept. 12 - Oct. 24 at the school field near hoop houses, $30 fee. Taught by Chris Riddell. Call LIFRC at 468-4117 for more information.
‘Granny’s Clan’ children’s book wins awards “Granny’s Clan: A Tale of Wild Orcas,” a nonfiction children’s picture book about the endangered resident orcas who live in the Salish Sea, has received several national book awards. The local authors received the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award as Carol Weiss, MA a Finalist in the Children’s Non-Fiction Licensed Marriage and category, the 2013 Purple Dragonfly Family Therapist Children’s Book Award with First Place in the Children’s Picture Book category Adult and Senior and the Izaak Walton League 2013 Book Psychotherapy Parent Guidance Jungian Dreamwork Mindfulness Psychology 468-3571 35 years experience Zen meditation and mindfulness practitioner UW Geriatric Mental Health Certificate
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of the Year in the Children’s category. Written by Dr. Sally Hodson and illustrated by Ann Jones, “Granny’s Clan” takes young readers on a real-life adventure with two young orcas and Granny, the clan’s 100-year-old great-great-grandmother as they welcome a new baby, “see” with sounds, hunt for salmon, play, face dangers and encounter humans. Weaving science with story, “Granny’s Clan” celebrates the importance of family and friendship as children learn about the lives and behavior of killer whales and the dangers that threaten them. Dr. Sally Hodson is a K-12 educator and former Executive Director of The Whale Museum. Ann Jones is a pastel artist whose work is shown at the Orcas Island Artworks. The book is published by Dawn Publications (www.dawnpub.com). For more information, Contributed photo visit www.sallyhodson.com and www.annjon- Artist Ann Jones (left) and author Dr. Sally esstudio.com. Hodson with their award-winning book.
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
Odlin Park construction begins The county’s contractor, Matia Contractors Inc., began work on the new realigned campground entrance road and day use area renovation
Al-Anon: Saturdays - 9:30 a.m. at the Children’s Center, Lopez. Contact phone number 468-4703.
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Backhoe campaign hits target School’s in session; Orcas teachers sign contract down to the wire By Colleen Armstrong Islands’ Sounder Publisher
Submitted by SWAP
The red line on the “Buy the Backhoe!” fundraising thermometer shot to the top over Labor Day Weekend as contributors deposited the last of the needed $10,000 into collection tills at the Farmers’ Market and Lopez Dump kiosk. Solid Waste Alternatives Program, initiated the campaign to buy a backhoe for the Lopez Dump in June. The response came swiftly, surprising even the SWAP board of directors. “We expected our generous Lopez public to respond to the need,” said SWAP treasurer Glen Maxson, “but we never dreamed we would collect all of the funding in just three months.” The donations came from near and far – regular patrons, full time and part time residents, friends of friends, and total strangers. “We’re humbled, and
grateful for the support people show for our Dump,” he added. The backhoe in question, a 1994 John Deere 310D on loan from San Juan County, sports several key features, including all-rubber tires and an extension arm used to compact garbage and some recyclables to reduce shipping costs. The funds will be passed on to the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District to purchase the backhoe from the County, a deal that needs to be concluded before the end of the fiscal year. SWAP planned a “Backhoe Hoedown” and chili feed for September 29 at Lopez Center to raise funds to conclude the campaign. Instead the Hoedown will be a thank you party. “We’ll still be fundraising for the Dump – that’s what we do,” said board member Kate Scott. “But now the Hoedown can be a real cel-
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Above: Thermometer for backhoe campaign hits the $10,000 target over Labor Day Weekend. Left: A smiling Neil Hanson, site manager for the Lopez Dump, gives two thumbs-up at the news that the backhoe funding campaign reached the $10,000 target.
Orcas students will start their first day of school tomorrow as planned. Public school teachers have been protesting a “lack of contract” and advocating for “fair pay and fair contracts.” Their primary concerns were salaries and the new evaluation criteria the board approved in July. A huge group of teachStaff photo / Cali Bagby ers gathered in front of the Some of the teachers protesting on Sept. 3. school this morning and marched through town. After four days of what was described as “intense” negotiations, the Orcas Island Education Association and the school district tentatively agreed to a contract on the evening of Sept. 3. “This is the roughest thing for us,” said board member Tony Ghazel during the meeting. “We’ve never seen our teachers strike – it would have been one of those days the kids would never forget. We’re happy the teachers accepted this. It showed enormous courage; I am sure they wanted more.” The last time Orcas educators protested their contract was five years ago. That time around, negotiations went on several months into the school year. The particulars of the contract will not be made public until everyone involved has signed on the dotted line. The teachers’ current contract will be in effect until the new one becomes official.
ebration. We’re delighted to help Neil get the backhoe of his dreams. He deserves it.Thank you, Lopez.” Donations to support the Dump will continue to be accepted at the pay kiosk to build up a reserve for repairs and longer-term capital purchases.
National Weather Service training Do you want to help the National Weather Service with observations and data collection? Check out the free training on Lopez Island, Saturday, October 5, 12:30 – 3 p.m. at the Lopez Island Library. There is also a training on Shaw Island, Saturday October 5, 4:30 – 7 p.m., Shaw Community Building RSVP to the San Juan County Department of Emergency Management by calling 370-7612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. National Weather Service meteororologists will train new and veteran spotters on how to look for and report significant event-driven weather events. Training includes video demonstrations. Ideal spotters will already own basic weather instrumentation, especially an anemometer, or will be
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Julienne Battalia LAc, LMP “Walk In” Clinic: Wednesdays, 3pm-6pm, $30
interested in buying one soon. RSVP so an appropriate number of handout materials can be on hand. “We look forward to seeing you at this or other Spotter
training sessions, and receiving your hazardous weather reports,” say organizers. For more info, visit www. wrh.noaa.gov/sew/spotter. php.
Sign up for eBill and OPALCO’s new email newsletter The Co-op Connector at www.opalco.com Going paperless saves our Co-op
upcoming 2013 events
septemBeR 4-8 ~ Quilt Show 13-15 ~ Blues, Brews, and BBQ 21 ~ Salmon Festival 27-28 ~ Summer Framed 27-29 ~ Autumn Leaf Festival octoBeR 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 ~ Oktoberfest
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United Way day of caring Submitted by United Way
Day of Caring is an annual event sponsored by United Way to further the spirit of volunteerism and to demonstrate what people working together for the community’s good can accomplish. Day of Caring is also the kick-off event for United Way of San Juan County’s annual campaign. Volunteer activities are scheduled on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands. Past participants have called Day of Caring “your way to show commitment to the community – without having to write a check or dig into your pockets.” Others have said, “The broad range of things the United Way helps support on all the islands is simply amazing.” The day’s events include service projects designed to aid community members and programs that could benefit from a day’s work. In the past volunteers have given seniors and disabled community members assistance on home projects, attended to
nonprofit community buildings, and weeded and groomed the school gardens along with numerous other accomplishments on local projects. This year, on Lopez, they will do landscaping at the Hamlet senior housing community and at the Family Resource Center / Lopez Children’s Center. On San Juan Island, volunteers will paint the exterior of the bathrooms across from the Brickworks / Farmer’s Market, and will do landscaping at Mullis Center. On Orcas, volunteers will work at the Elementary School garden. United Way is a local, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping islanders most in need. They focus on programs for our children, families, the elderly, and disabled neighbors. Supporting United Way of San Juan County means helping over 5,000 local residents through 28 local no-profit agencies. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Prescribed burn in store at American Camp, Mount Young Submitted by the National Park Service
National Park Service fire crews plan to conduct two prescribed fires on the American camp prairie and another on the southwest slope of Young Hill between Sept. 11 and mid-October, weather permitting. The American Camp fires will target a half acre north of the Redoubt Road and 4.5 acres on the south slope and immediately below the Redoubt. They will restore habitat for two rare prairie species: the island marble butterfly (Euchloe ausonides insulanus), a federal species of concern; and golden paint-
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National Parks Service fire crews oversee a prescribed burn on American Camp prairie. brush (Castilleja levisecta), also a threatened species. The park successfully cultivated golden paintbrush last winter. The Young Hill fires are slated for the unit running from south of the English Camp cemetery to the Sandwith orchard along West Valley Road. Prescribed fires in several units over the last decade have been especially beneficial to the Garry oak
woodlands on the southwest slope, according to the Parks Service. “The island marble butterfly population is dwindling and American Camp is their final stronghold,” Parks Superintendent Lee Taylor said. “We have to take steps now to improve and expand habitat for these creatures or they will not survive.” Fire creates the right
of retail sales. The County Council put the matter on their agenda for discussion with the prosecutor and sheriff at 2 p.m. on Sept. 24. Gaylord would not say whether local governments could ban placement of stores in San Juan County by ordinance, but did say, “I will be closely following what is happening in other communities.”
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and a pre-tax $12 per gram average retail purchase price. Estimates of state revenue generation from all sources, including 25 percent excise taxes at the production, processing and retail levels, range up to $2 billion in the first five years
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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 13. Sudoku and Crossword answers on page 8
Fall into fall with plenty to see and do By Cali Bagby Weekly editor
Summer is winding down, nights are cooling off and the days are shorter. As fall starts to sneak in, here are a few events to keep you busy during the transition. Starting this week, a seed librarian will be at the Seed Library at the Lopez Community Land Trust Office at 25 Tuatara Road. The librarian will be available on Friday, Sept. 13, 1-3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, 1-3 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 27, 1-3 p.m. There will be an opportunity for orientation, seed donations, assistance with seed cleaning, or simply to discuss seedymatters. For more info, visit www.lopezclt.org/seedsecurity-initiative-and-seed-library. If you want to get outdoors to enjoy the last days of summer sunshine, then head to the Lopez Island Tennis Courts. Tennis is open to ladies every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon; just show
up and have a good time. Chris Coiley is also giving islanders a chance to get in touch with sun and sky. On Sept. 28, Coiley will lead a hike to Yellow Aster Butte off Highway 542. On the north side of 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 Coiley at 468-4090. Also, for more info about this very popular hike check mountain guide books or the web. If you’d rather stay on island, the Lopez Artist Guild has an art show and opening reception scheduled Sept. 20. Check in at the www.lopezcenter. org to see what artists will be showing their work. Another great art opportunity is at
the “Surrounded by Beauty” Reception at Chimera on Sept. 14 from 5 – 7 p.m. Chimera is featuring a show of new photography by Summer Moon Scriver and paintings and more by Patie Savage. If you are looking for a little music to brighten up your nights, Beppe Gambetta in Concert is Wednesday, Sep. 25, 7 p.m. at Lopez Center. The “Backhoe Hoedown” is a chance to celebrate the Solid Waste Alternatives Program successful campaign to buy a backhoe for the Lopez Dump. Read more on page 3. There is also the Nicaragua Slide Show and Crafts on Sept. 23, 7 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church Meeting Hall. The slide show will be presented by Becca Mohally Renk showing the work of the Center for Development in Central America, a nonprofit, which has hosted the Lopez School Spanish class students for over ten years, allowing them to work and learn alongside the local community.
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Beppe Gambetta in Concert is Wednesday, Sep. 25, 7 p.m. at Lopez Center.
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The San Juan County Land Bank invites the public to view the Tharald Historic Homestead on Shaw Island on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Meet Boyd Pratt, architectural historian, at 1 p.m. at the Shaw Island School parking area, for a guided tour of the homestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is protected by an Historic Preservation Easement held by the San Juan County Land Bank. The privately owned Tharald Homestead is a pioneer farm on the west side of Shaw Island. It serves as a significant example of early Scandinavian settlement and “Nordic” style architecture within Washington State. It’s one of the best and oldest examples of its kind to survive in San Juan County. For more information on the property tour and driving directions call Boyd Pratt at 378-7172 or email mulnocove@gmail. com.
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Tharald Historic Homestead Shaw Island Viewing and Historical Talk Saturday, September 14, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. The Tharald Homestead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and protected by an Historic Preservation Easement held by the San Juan County Land Bank. For more information & to register, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Boyd Pratt 378-7172 The Islands’ Weekly • www.islandsweekly.com • September 10, 2013 – Page 5
Ruckelhaus Center weighs in on tug-of-war over public records By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald
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buildings. But there are those throughout the public sector convinced some of these Washingtonians are abusing the Public Records Act. An alliance of government forces — whose members often are the targets of the records — tried unsuccessfully earlier this year to rewrite the act to make it easier to repel requesters whose motives they
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law, he said, but officials understanding of it. Many do not realize what tools are already available to them when someone submits one of those so-called burdensome requests. He suggested lawmakers asked the wrong question with the budget proviso. Leaders in local governments say hefty requests can chew up staff time and taxpayer dollars but there’s no data on how much time and money is wasted to back up their claims, he said. Getting the answer would really inform the discussion, he said. Sounds like something a public records request, or two, could clear up. Political reporter Jerry Cornfield’s blog, The Petri Dish, is at www.heraldnet. com. Contact him at 360352-8623 or firstname.lastname@example.org. — Editor’s note: Coverage of the state capitol by political reporter Jerry Cornfield is provided courtesy of the Everett Herald, a sister paper of the Journal, and part of the Sound Publishing media group.
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three funding rounds, the Barn Advisory Committee has reviewed nearly 240 grant applications. Criteria for funding include the historical significance of the barn, urgency of needed repairs, and provision for long-term preser vation. Priority is given to barns that remain in agricultural use. “The Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative has achieved the objectives of saving historic barns while raising awareness and educating the public about the
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