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Island Scene

Bounty of summer on tap; Great Island Grown Fest page 13


Keepers of the ‘Cup’: Wolverines on a roll page 9

The votes are in!


Chief juror of Neslund murder trial lived life to the fullest, and on terms of her own page 7


The 75¢ Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Vol. 106 Issue 39

of the San Juan Islands

County OK’s Penwell Permit

Voltage victim in critical condition

New CUP allows for drop-off at RH Road recycling center

Staff report

By Steve Wehrly Journal reporter

Persistence paid off for Frank Penwell and Consignment Treasures. After nearly 15 years of wrangling over local land-use regulations, the Roche Harbor Road recycle and resale operation has a new permit and is ready to roll, or, more to the point, ready to build. On Sept. 4, the county hearings examiner issued a decision approving a new conditional-use permit for the property. Frank Penwell is pleased, but his neighbor Mark Larsen isn’t. “He just wanted to wipe the slate clean, be forgiven, and then go back and continue to operate the way he has in the past,” said Larsen. “I’m not bitter or angry about it, just disappointed because nothing will change. My only hope is that he runs the recycling business into the ground.” Another neighbor who opposed Penwell’s operation, Ross McCallum, also attended the hearing. He couldn’t be reached for comment about the latest developments. In 2012, the San Juan County Council amended the development code with a footnote that

Contributed photo / Tom Reeve

One of many colorful features of San Juan Islands National Monument, the historic Turn Point Lighthouse remains a landmark site on the northwest shore of Stuart Island, looking out over Haro Strait.

Monument in spotlight BLM to host ‘listening sessions’; seeks input, ideas on monument By Scott Rasmussen Journal editor

In the words of Marcia de Chadenedes, acting director of San Juan Islands National Monument, the process of developing a plan for newly created monument promises to be “lengthy,” even ponderous perhaps. Maybe that’s to be expected when one takes into account that it consists of roughly 1,100 acres of non-contiguous land scattered throughout an archipelago of islands, and that those lands either together or individually are home to an assortment of historic, cultural and recreational sites, as well as a great deal of pristine natural habitat, or take into consideration that the Bureau of Land Management, entrusted now with creating a plan for one of the nation’s newest monuments,

has developed a regimen for management of monument like the one in the San Juans only once before. The California Coastal National Monument spans 1,100 miles, from Mexico to Oregon, and consists largely of islands, rocks, reefs and beaches. It just happens de Chadenedes worked on development of its management plan for threeplus years. Challenges notwithstanding, the BLM will take its first steps in creating a plan for the San Juan Islands National Monument by hosting a series of public meetings: Thursday on Orcas, 6-8 p.m., at the senior center: Friday on Lopez, 6-8 p.m., at Woodmen Hall; and Friday on San Juan, 10 a.m to noon, at the Grange Hall. De Chadenedes describes the meetings as “listening sessions”, wherein islanders, supporters as well as critics, can weigh in and have what they like to see happen with the monument included in the public record. “It’s everybody’s monument,” she says.

See Permit, Page 4

2011 Special Award; Second Place: General Excellence from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association

An Orcas Power & Light Cooperative lineman critically injured after coming into contact with a high-voltage line on Lopez Island on the morning of Sept. 20, Kevin Zoerb, regained consciousness Sunday evening. He remains in critical condition in the burn unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, but is breathing on his own and taking nourishment, according to OPALCO. On Sept. 20, at about 9:30 a.m., he was nearly electrocuted while working at the south end of Lopez. See Critical, Page 4

The votes are in! Check out who won what in our 2nd annual Best of San Juan Island contest. Full list of winners on page 12.

Journal of the San Juans, September 25, 2013  

September 25, 2013 edition of the Journal of the San Juans

Journal of the San Juans, September 25, 2013  

September 25, 2013 edition of the Journal of the San Juans