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The San Juans draw people in with pristine beaches, sparkling waters and fascinating animals like killer whales. But high in the tree tops and floating through the sky are hundreds of creatures that inspire wonder and awe. To encourage others to find out more about the many winged species in the islands, the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce is presenting the Birds and Wildlife Festival from April 10 to 12. BirdFest offers walks, talks, workshops, and activities are ideal for all ages and experience levels. “Birding is one of the best excuses to travel,” said biologist Kim Middleton. “You can bird anywhere and it’s truly an excuse to get out into nature.” According to Middleton the Puget Sound Basin has the best year-round birding locations because of the temperate climate. “I was blown away by the number of birds on the island,” said Festival Director Michell Marshall. There are about 200 common birds in the San Juans, split between the winter and the summer. For instance, waterfowl and raptors nest in the arctic in the summer and tropical birds come to our region for the warmer months. The swapping period for these two groups occurs in April, so it’s the perfect time to see arctic and early tropical migrant birds. The spring is also the time to see bald eagles, black oyster catchers, murres, aucklets and alcids. Specialty birds that will be gone by April are varied thrush and golden crown sparrows. For Middleton, it’s not just the birds, but also the birders that create a fascination. From a behaviorist and an animal trainer perspective, Middleton said the brain craves
random reinforcements. A great example of this type of reinforcement is bird watching because you never know when or where you are going to see a bird. “It’s also the challenge of identifying a species ... you never know what you are going to identify,” said Middleton about what draws people to birding. “It makes us want to work harder.”
BirdFest events BirdFest will kick off with an opening night dinner and reception on Thursday, April 10 at Rosario Resort. The featured speaker will be noted conservation biologist Thor Hanson. Author of the book “Feathers,” Hanson will share his knowledge of all things “wild” on Orcas Hanson’s topic is “Touchstones: Feathers, Seeds, and the Nature of Everyday.” There will also be a silent auction with lodging, dining and gifts. Festival events get underway on Friday and Saturday (April 11 and 12), and will include: bird/nature walks with local birding experts, including Middleton; kayak and boat trips; workshops on birding and wildlife painting and photography; and a community parade featuring bird and wildlife costumes. Friday and Saturday evening conservation lectures from prominent scientist and wildlife experts include: “Bluebird Reintroduction in the San Juan Islands” with Kathleen Foley of the San Juan Preservation Trust; “Salmon: A Keystone Species: Stories About Salmon, Eagles, Orcas and more” with Barbara Rosenkotter, San Juan County Salmon Recovery Coordinator; and “Raptor Research” with Bud Anderson of Falcon Research Group. Tickets for opening night dinner, and select other events are on sale now. Complete festival details can be found at www.OrcasIslandBirdFest. com.
The last thing Danika and Ariahna expected was to be shamed by their community. The two teens, who were the victims of rape, say the treatment they received after going public with their story ranged from verbal abuse to online name-calling – by both peers and adults. “For the past year, I have been spit on, threatened, called a whore, a slut, a liar, you name it,” said Ariahna. “People looked at me with disgust almost everywhere I went … I am so disappointed in the behavior that the majority of islanders have displayed that I no longer feel proud calling myself a resident of this beautiful island.” Peter John Anderson, a 22-year-old Kirkland man who grew up on Orcas, confessed to sexually assaulting Danika and Ariahna in Sept. 2012 at party on the island. He pleaded guilty this past November to two counts of third-degree rape. On Feb. 28, he was sentenced in San Juan County Superior Court to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $650 in fines and fees. The teens say that despite Anderson’s confession, many people blamed them because they were intoxicated at the time of the assault. “I was completely unable to speak, walk, stand up, let alone consent to sex with a man who I had never met beforehand and was much older than me,” Ariahna said. “Engaging in sexual intercourse with a minor who is completely incapacitated is wrong. I am astonished that I should have to spell it out, and even when I do, people still put the blame on me.” Both girls, in addition to being under the age of consent, were
incapacitated at the time Anderson raped the two, at separate times, hours apart, on the same night. At the time, Anderson, then 20, was four years older than both victims. It was not the first time he had been accused of a sex crime in the San Juans. In 2010, at age 18, Anderson was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl and prosecuted on a charge of second-degree rape. That case was dismissed after six months when the girl opted against testifying at trial. Danika says some of the worst comments were made on Facebook and news sites that reported on the case. She has since moved off the island because of the treatment she experienced. “We were bombarded with hate-mail on social media sites … calling us liars, saying that we should be ashamed for trying to send an innocent man to prison,” Danika said. “It didn’t matter that
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The OPALCO board has appointed Dr. Jerry Whitfield of Shaw Island to fill the board vacancy in District 4 (Shaw, Bell, Canoe and Crane Islands). Whitfield began his service to the co-op in March. Whitfield and his wife Carol live on Shaw Island and have been OPALCO
members since 1999. As a doctorate aerospace engineer, Whitfield has served with such companies as Rolls Royce Aero Engines, General Electric Company and The Boeing Company. An entrepreneur in the renewable energy field since the mid-1980s, Whitfield invented the wood pellet stove, built and led a successful manufacturing company and helped pioneer the wood pellet industry across North America. Lately, Whitfield invented a café coffee roaster, Sonofresco; he and his wife run the business in Burlington, Wash. Whitfield is also developing product ideas to simultaneously generate carbon negative energy and biochar from surplus biomass materials.
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Alexa Nigretto (third from right) graduated from Western Washington University on March 22 with honors with a degree in early childhood education.
Governor Inslee signed House Bill 1129 last week to update the state’s aging ferry fleet with a new ship. The addition will improve transportation, reduce costs of operation and sustain hundreds of shipyard jobs. “This is a win for the entire state,” said Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Mount Vernon), the sole sponsor of the legislation. “Ferries support tourism, transportation efficiency and commerce. This is a bill that benefits every taxpayer.” The state’s ferry fleet –
the largest in the nation – includes some boats that date back to the Eisenhower Administration. The state Department of Transportation has already contracted with Vigor Industrial to build two new 144-vehicle ferries at its Puget Sound shipyards. Morris’ bill will finance construction of a third boat, taking advantage of the workers’ skills, expertise and efficiency developed by Vigor and thereby saving millions in costs.
Orcas Open Arts joins the school The Orcas Island Education Foundation is thrilled to announce that the “artists in the schools” program, once run by Orcas Open Arts, is now a committee under OIEF. Orcas Open Arts is still around, but will no longer be focused on providing artists in the public schools. The new art program is called A-OK: “Arts for Orcas Kids,” and it will operate as a stand alone program under the umbrella of OIEF. A-OK provides local artists to classrooms in the elementary and the middle school to inspire students and help them bring the visual arts to life through age-appropriate projects. The work of the students and artists culminates in an art show in May. Here are some of the things A-OK is up to: • Elementary School Artists-InClassrooms. Each class will be working with an artist for a four-week session. A variety of media will be explored. • Middle School Visual Art
Exploratories. Artist Sarah Mikolowsky is finishing up the thirdquarter exploratory on April 3, and Shane Watson is lined up to lead the
final quarter with a focus on science fiction illustration. • The annual Student Art Exhibit at Orcas Center will have its grand opening on Friday, May 2 and continues through the month of May, which is National Arts Education Month. • The first A-OK Clay Cafe fundraising activity will be held on Sunday, May 4 in the school cafeteria. A-OK received a large donation of bisque ware, glazing supplies and a kiln, and they will set up a workshop for kids and adults who, for a donation, can paint and glaze pieces which we will fire for them. A-OK is looking ahead and planning to hold a “Lotta Art” fundraiser in the fall. They are also trying to stay current with the school’s renovation plans to ensure the presence of a functional art-making space in the school. To donate, go online to OIEF.org to make a Paypal donation (note that it is for A-OK), or you can send your check to: OIEF/AOK, POB 782, Eastsound, WA, 98245.
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Obituary Donald James Weston Donald James Weston, age 69, of Orcas Island, Wash., died on Saturday, March 22, 2014 while hiking down to the beach on his property. Don was born on March 26, 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio to Rita and John Weston. The older brother of Rosemary and John Jr., he grew up in Ohio and southern California, graduating from Simi Valley High School in 1962. In 1965 he received his bachelor of arts from California Western University and went on to work toward a
master’s degree in teaching from CSU Northridge before receiving a master’s of science in curriculum and supervision from the University of Oregon. He worked in public education over the years as a teacher and administrator, most notably in the Simi Valley Unified School
District, Canby High School, Washougal School District, Evergreen School District, and finally as a substitute teacher in the Orcas Island School District. He found that he loved and was proudest of his involvement with alternative educational programs serving at-risk children and teens. Interspersed through his career in education, Don owned and ran several businesses, including two restaurants and a computer business in the early days of personal computing. Throughout his adult life, he was involved in building and designing houses in various towns in Oregon and Washington. He was an avid fan of early rock and roll, collecting thousands of vinyl records. Vintage
automobiles were another hobby. He always had multiple projects going. Don loved animals of all types, especially his dogs. Don’s love of nature and trees – he was always saving seedlings – led him and his wife Carla to the beautiful forested property on Orcas Island where they designed and built their dream home, which includes a separate vacation rental that he managed. After retiring, Don spent his time caring for the property and providing support to Carla’s private practice by handling finances and upgrading her office. He was increasingly interested in health, nutrition and well-being. Don also enjoyed keeping up with friends and extended family
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around the country. A non-conformist, Don was known for his irreverence and wry sense of humor. Underneath his serious exterior, he had a warm heart and was glad to share advice and assistance whenever asked. He was caring and kind. Don is survived by his wife Carla Weston of Orcas Island; his sons with his first wife Eleanor (now deceased): Don Jr. of Portland, Ore.; John of Post Falls, Idaho; Bill of Ashland Ore.; his daughter with his second wife, Jan: Caroline of Astoria, Ore.; and step-
children Nathan Novak and Traci Novak, both of Vancouver, Wash. He and Carla were grandparents to eight beloved grandchildren: Deborah, Alexis, Jeffrey, Matthew, David, Sarah, Taylor and Aiden. Don is also survived by his sister Rosemary Keicher of Lake Oswego, Ore., and brother John of Ventura, Calif. A memorial is being planned for Vancouver, Wash. later in the year. Please contact DonWestonMemorial@ gmail.com for more information.
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very two minutes, an American is sexually assaulted. Think that doesn’t happen here? You’re wrong. For some who are assaulted or raped, they never utter a word. For others, like Danika and Ariahna on Orcas, they bravely faced ridicule from peers and community members to tell the truth. To read their story, see page one. After reporting on the case’s progress in court, an online debate started up on our website. Tyler Jensen commented, “Wish people new the real story, little girls did a great job of ruining someone’s life rather than face their own problems. Then have the nerve to disrespect his family to sell their lie and what not. Shameful.” Danika and Ariahna say comments on personal Facebook pages were even more extreme. Other islanders defended the girls. Kathy Janssen wrote, “A lot of the parents are who supply these parties with drugs and 24-hour crisis lines for alcohol. I raised three kids sexual assault (not perfect by any means) on Orcas and they were honest • Orcas, 376-1234 (as much as I could take anyway). Many of the parents on • San Juan, 378-2345 the island do not care if their kids drink, drink and drive or • Lopez, 468-4567 do drugs (especially pot, it’s normal). Rape IS rape.... at any age. If she’s passed out it should be an unspoken ‘no.’” In addition to online bullying, the young victims experienced harassment from adults and peers. One student told a Sounder staff member that the girls were making it up and “liked to party.” The national news has covered two suicide cases in the last year involving girls who were allegedly raped by classmates and then faced months of ridicule. We are disgusted by the lack of support and compassion shown to these young women. To hear about our generally loving, accepting community hurling hateful words is completely unacceptable. We come together for many causes, why is this different? As victim advocate Sandra Burt said, “It takes tremendous courage and inner strength to take on a criminal prosecution. Adolescence is not a time of great emotional stability, and after a trauma, they need tremendous support. Being blamed and ostracized in their community is beyond overwhelming.” We think that rape prevention and sexual assault education must be part of the schools’ curriculum. Parents need to be aware of what can happen when you mix alcohol and older party-goers who can take advantage of teens. This is a community discussion that must be had. And it’s critical that we educate girls AND boys. For survivors to come forth and talk about sexual assault is one of the greatest difficulties women and men can face. We should be standing behind these young Orcas women and lifting them up in their hour of need – not punishing them.
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Thanks for helping Oso I want to congratulate the Orcas Island Booster Club, OIHS coaches and Orcas student athletes for the amazing work they did yesterday in raising money to help our league partners in Darrington. I also would like to thank the community of Orcas Island for coming out to show how one community can share their love with another. In two hours yesterday our athletes and coaches raised more than $5000 from our community to support the Red Cross in Snohomish County. Donations are still being accepted at the Booster Club’s website: www.orcasboosters.org Two jerseys are also being signed with personal messages and will be in the high school office until Friday when they will be delivered to the community of Darrington. Your love and messages are making a difference to the students, families, and community. Thank you for your amazing display of Viking Pride! Go Loggers! Kyle Freeman Orcas School Principal
Thank you from Moran A hardy thank you is due to our community and beyond, albeit somewhat tardy. Before the February rain shadow runners descended upon Moran State Park in awe of our forests and trails, even 12 hours later when they were tired but still in awe of our magnificent hills, valleys and views, there were the extraordinary efforts of volunteers. These volunteers were local, Paul Kamin, Michael Alley, and youthful, the Orcas Christian School. Some were even on the mainland like Mike Morris and his moving team at the University of Washington. Whittling away logistics, ferry schedules and an enormous task, a multifaceted group enabled not only the acquisition and transportation but as well, the assembly of 144 bunk beds for the Camp Moran vacation house, cabins and group retreat. Timing was everything. Friends of Moran along with park staff shall sincerely shout our thanks to all of you that made it happen-before
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those outdoor running enthusiasts arrived to relish in their 25 and 50K trail race at Moran State Park. Thank you to everyone who volunteered! You made a huge difference. Michel Vekved Friends of Moran
Brunch at senior center a big success Thank you so much to the 150+ people who attended the brunch at the Orcas Senior Center to support the Senior Nutrition Program and promote Meals on Wheels. It was a huge success. A special “thank you” goes out to the businesses and artists that helped us with donations for the silent auction and raffle baskets. They are: Sazio di Notte, Crow Valley, Jillery, Rosario, Orcas Village Store, Island Skillet, Madrona Bar and Grill, Island Hoppin Brewery, Janis and Bob Mattox, Pawki’s, Moon Glow, The Nest, Kathryn Taylor Chocolates, Gail Glass, Orcas Outfitters, Mary Greenwell, Julie Segault, Candelirious, Ginger Cecere, Dick Arnold, Siren Boutique and Chez Chloe. With more than 100 nonprofits on our island, these generous people didn’t hesitate to help the Senior Nutrition Program. We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help. Jane Heisinger Orcas Senior Center
A sad EMS call It is with great pride, respect and humility that I write this letter; and also with sadness that such a tragic event occurred. I know our entire department sends their thoughts and prayers. When a 911 call came in
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Saturday, March 22 for an island resident who fell about 150 feet from a cliff to a beach, members of Orcas Island Fire and Rescue came from all over the island. They dropped whatever they were doing to help, in a professional and coordinated way that can only be called amazing. Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien coordinated the incident from the Fire Station as we mounted multiple plans for gaining access, treating and transporting a trapped and critical member of our community. In all, 29 members of Orcas Fire Rescue were involved. Included were paramedics Bryce Hamilton, Patrick Shepler, Scott Williams and Dave Zoeller. Bryce was the medic actually “on-duty” and was completing an air transport of a patient when this call came in. As soon as possible Bryce completed the transfer and drove to Brandt’s Landing to meet Dmitri Stankevich with the Camp Orkila Boat. Paramedic Dave Zoeller provided coverage for any calls which might occur during the incident. Paramedic Scott Williams made his way to the patient from above by hiking down the cliff while Bryce, Rita Harvey and other OIFR volunteers responded by water to the scene. Additional EMTs and firefighters made their way down from above and brought ropes, a stokes basket and hauling and safety gear from our rescue division. Chief O’Brien had other assets responding, including the fire boat Confidence from Friday Harbor and Airlift Northwest from Olympia. Every EMS aircraft in the region was busy when this incident occurred as a result of multiple
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LETTERS FROM 4 transports from the mudslide disaster in Snohomish County. As two paramedics and multiple firefighters and EMTs gained access, by both water and the very steep climb down the cliff, O’Brien requested a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from Port Angeles. The expertise of the U.S. Coast Guard cannot be left out. The pilot skillfully placed their craft on a postage-stamp size of beach. Paramedic Bryce continued to care for the patient as our members loaded the patient safely into the orange chopper, hovering on two wheels the whole time. Care was continued in flight, straight to the landing pad at Harborview Trauma Center in Seattle. The Coast Guard crew later told Bryce that they could not believe we were primarily a volunteer department, and compared our team’s skills to those of a major urban rescue team. I am so sorry this tragedy occurred, and also humbled by our awesome team. Patrick Shepler Orcas Fire and Rescue
Vote no on levy When you vote no against the levy you are not voting against the fire department or the volunteers. The people of Orcas rejected two bond proposals for the school district because the majority felt that it was too much money but finally approved the third request. What we have now before the voters is pretty much the same amount of money that was requested 15 years ago and that levy was to build two new fire stations, purchase the West Sound station and update our vehicle fleet. So now we have a payroll and benefits of $1 million for 11 full-time employees, Lopez Island which has half the population operates with a part-time chief, part-time administrative assistant and three full-time firefighters/paramedics, their department is staffed with 39 volunteers. I have been attending the fire department meetings for 10 years now and I am very familiar with their budget and I feel that the department spending is too much. A few years ago we all objected to the position of assistant chief at the cost of $90,000 but that was forgotten last year and
that position was filled at a cost of $114,000 (including benefits). We spent $27,000 for six months for an off-island CPA, without even trying for a better solution. The bookkeeping should go back to the county for a lot less money just the way we used to do it. One position received a $9,200 raise this year, money for food, cards, chocolates, pencils, etc and the list goes on. When you have a lot of money available, it is often too easy to spend at will. Recently the policy on meals and travel expenses was updated but only after the department was questioned about their spending habits. The cost for our volunteers is approximately $250,000 and we are all grateful for their dedication. The commissioners should hold the taxpayers’ interests in high regard and show prudent and effective use of resources entrusted to them. There is enough money in the budget and reserve to continued to operate until they come to us with a better proposal. Let’s have clear goals, realistic expectations and accountability. I do not support the current levy proposal. Pierrette Guimond Orcas Island
Vote yes on levy Ours is not the fire department of 15 years ago when the voters approved the current levy. It can never be. In 2014, the much higher level of service that we all now enjoy, the regulatory environment and inflation of the past 15 years have made the costs what they are. There is no fat here. The proposed replacement levy is actually less than the expiring levy. The district must remain accountable. Thus, rather than proposing a permanent levy or even another 15-year levy, it has opted to propose a 10-year levy so that the voters can again evaluate the performance and stewardship of the dis-
trict – sooner than later. Anyone who objectively studies the Orcas Fire and Rescue budget, who knows the quality and extent of the services it provides, and who understands what is really required to support these services will conclude that it is a bargain. I am writing this letter as a voter, taxpayer and concerned citizen of our island. I am not endorsing it as a fire commissioner. We must approve the fire/ EMS levy. Jim Coffin Orcas Island One of the joys of living on Orcas Island is knowing that, in case of emergency, we have dedicated, hard working, experienced, community-minded, accountable OIFR! Considering some of the opposition to the levy, we’ve observed that like any fine piece of equipment, the purchase and ownership of the Fire Department’s equipment are only the beginning. Maintenance and service are the answer to prolonged value and those costs increase with passing time. Join us in supporting the OIFR for our mutual support. VOTE YES FOR THE LEVY! Frank and Jan Loudin Eastsound With my attention and prayers focused on our neighbors in Snohomish County’s Oso community, I am urged to ask you to vote yes in supporting the fire levy. As I see the devastation of the slide and listen to the response team leaders speak about the recovery process, I am grateful for the Incident Command System and how paramount it is when a community is hit with an unforeseen horrific disaster. As a public health nurse, I participate in ongoing training in this system and understand its effectiveness in providing the best outcome for as many people as possible in a dire situation. Law enforcement, public health, fire and rescue departments all must
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be skilled, well equipped, and thoroughly confident in this system to be able to work together as efficiently as possible, across agencies. Continued training, strong leadership, and practice are needed to keep these coordinated skills sharp. Orcas Island is more remote than the Oso community, and any major disaster recovery resources from outside our county, would take additional time to reach us. Our usual island mode of rolling up our sleeves to individually help our neighbors would quickly be outmatched and exhausted. Passing the EMS fire levy will ensure our island has resources and trained responders, ready to serve us. Please join me in voting yes for the fire levy. Tamara Joyner Orcas Island Please join me in voting yes for the levy as proposed by Orcas Fire District 2. I believe our island’s highest priority is to provide for the health, safety and welfare of its people and property. Our elected fire commissioners are doing a good working with the chief and staff with their remarkable citizen volunteers. We island folks should be thankful and proud that many of our neighbors give their time and energy for extensive training and availability, 24/7. Working with the fire district on the Deer Harbor Station, I had a good look at the district’s management and problem solving ability. I also witnessed our exhausted volunteers recovering in the aftermath of the Olga area fires last year. Our life saving “fraternity” of firefighters and EMTs need all the tender loving care we can give them. Considering island growth rate and increased costs over the next decade, we need to renew the levy as recommended. Vote yes! Bill Trogdon Orcas Island
and Rescue: its history, current practices, and future challenges. This effort, led by Art Lange, was thorough, objective, systematic. We found thoughtful, conscientious oversight by OIFR commissioners, and visionary leadership by Chief Kevin O’Brien. We found an agency committed to transparency, fiscal responsibility, and accountability. Most important, we found an organization whose members, from professional staff to self-sacrificing volunteers, literally save lives. Almost everyone on the island, it seems, has been touched directly or indirectly by OIFR’s prevention and education efforts, or by its firefighting or emergency medical services. We heard stories of islanders who, but for the rapid, skilled response of OIFR would have perished in a fire or succumbed to a life-threatening medical emergency. Others spoke of the agency’s enviable track record in saving property, and helping to protect and preserve our
beautiful and delicate environment. Evidence of the critical need for the upcoming levy lift may be found at www. supportoifr.com. Please join me in voting yes on Proposition One! Norm Stamper Eastsound We are proud to be part of the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue team. We represent the Orcas Island Volunteer Firefighter/ EMT Association, and the 64 community members who serve as EMTs and Firefighters. As volunteers, we rely on our professional staff to ensure we have the skills, equipment, and training needed to provide our community with the best possible outcome when there is an emergency. The staff is responsible for maintaining the organization and equipment in response ready mode, to care for the health and safety of the volunteers, and to maintain compliance with a multitude of Federal and State regulations. As volunteers,
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he plead guilty and admitted to his actions, it didn’t even matter when he was actually found guilty and sent to 15 months in prison. It just kept on going and it’s still happening to this day.” When the Islands’ Sounder posted a story online about Anderson’s sentence, a fierce debate began. Tyler Jensen commented, “Wish people new the real story, little girls did a great job of ruining someone’s life rather than face their own problems. Then have the nerve to disrespect his family to sell their lie and what not. Shameful.” Danika and Ariahna say comments on personal Facebook pages were even more extreme. Sandra Burt, a victim advocate for San Juan County, says this kind of behavior is common, particularly in small towns. “I have been working with victims of rape since 1985, and the story is old but still the norm,” she said. “Many describe the public blame and humiliation and isolation as more painful than the rape … Sexual assault is one crime where the shameful behavior of the perpetrator gets transferred to the victim. In a small community, there is no escape from the drama, gossip, and victim-blaming. We don’t want to believe our young people would hurt each other, so we seek comfort in blaming the victim rather than facing the danger of the perpetrator.” O rc as S cho ol Superintendent Barbara Kline says she was unaware of how the girls were treated on campus and online. “Sometimes things happen that we don’t know about,” Kline said. “If something occurs on Facebook or other electronic media, we try to track it down
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Resources to help • San Juan County’s Victim Services Program has two part-time advocates who are committed to including victims in every step of the criminal justice process. The program’s goal is to “hear what you want and need after the crime, help you and your loved ones stay safe, keep you informed about what is happening with the case, and be sure you get the help you need, whether that be counseling, a protection order, a chance to be heard in court, or fair repayment for your losses caused by the crime.” For more info, visit sanjuanco.com/prosecutor/victimservices.aspx or call 378-4101. • Locals can also receive help from Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of the San Juans. It is a private, nonprofit agency with trained advocates who assist victims through a 24-hour hotline. Victims can be served at DVSAS whether or not the criminal justice system is involved. The 24-hour crisis lines are as follows: Lopez, 468-4567; Orcas Island, 376-1234; San Juan Island, 378-2345. • If you have been victimized but are not ready to report the incident to law enforcement, you can go to the doctor and request a sexual assault nurse examination, which is covered by the Washington’s Crime Victims’ Compensation Program. The evidence is given to the Sheriff’s Office anonymously – that way evidence is gathered and available if you decide to report the assault later. • For info on rape and sexual assault, national hotlines and more, visit www.rainn.org. and take action. We have to protect kids from both electronic bullying and on campus … but we cannot take action when we do not know that bullying is happening. I didn’t know the details of this situation.” Over the years, the school has offered rape prevention programs through Planned Parenthood and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of the San Juans. Currently, the topic is touched on in “Human Sexuality” taught by Cindy Elliott. She says the most common question from students is about date rape drugs. Elliott also teaches self defense in physical education for those who are interested. In April, which is sexual assault awareness month, Island Reproductive Health Initiative and DVSAS have joined forces to present classroom sessions for juniors and seniors. It will be an opportunity to talk about “taking good care of themselves in sexual situations and relationships, avoiding risks, building caring relationships, knowing how to access helpful support,” say organizers.
National statistics According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, 60 percent of sexual assaults are never
officially reported and 97 percent of rapists will never spend a day in jail. Fortyfour percent of victims are under 18 and 80 percent are under age 30. Two-thirds of assaults are committed by those known to the victim; 38 percent of rapists are a friend or acquaintance. “In our community, we know that many rape victims go to DVSAS but never report,” Burt said. “They see many victims long after the sexual assault.” In Washington state, the age of sexual consent is 16 years old. There are three main considerations in judging whether or not a sexual act is consensual: Are the participants old enough to consent? Do both people have the capacity to consent? Did both participants agree to take part? To read more specifics about what consent means, see a guest column by DVSAS Director Anita Castle on page seven. In about eight out of 10 rapes, no weapon is used other than physical force. Anyone may be a victim – women, men or children, straight or gay. Acquaintance rape involves coercive sexual activities by a friend, date or acquaintance that occur against a person’s will by means of force, violence, duress or fear of bodily inju-
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ry. In the aftermath, victims often think an attack was provoked through suggestive dress or kissing; fear retaliation and harassment from family and friends of the person responsible for the assault; and are blamed by family and friends for what happened. Like other forms of sexual assault, acquaintance rape is motivated by a need to control, to humiliate and to harm. The stages are intrusion (attempt to violate the victim’s personal space); desensitization (when the victim feels comfortable with the offender and has come to regard intrusive actions as no longer threatening); and isolation (the offender uses the victim’s trust to isolate him or her from others). “Social norms put pressure on us to be polite and passive,” according to RAINN. “Relying on these norms, many victims of such assaults may suppress feelings of fear and discomfort in an attempt not to offend.” Victims of sexual assault are three times more likely to suffer from depression; six times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder; 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol; 26 times more likely to abuse drugs; and four time more likely to contemplate suicide. “I told the complete truth,” Ariahna said. “I will stand by that until the end. Although it’s hard not to crumble under the pressure that society puts on women to keep their mouths shut, it is so much more important to protect other people. I will never doubt that because of the way people treat me, but I understand why someone else might.”
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dedication of the 64 of us who volunteer provide Orcas with excellent island we contribute our time and wide emergency coverage effort to maintaining our 24/7. skills and responding to The Volunteer FF/EMT calls. Working together, we Association Board unanimake up a remarkable team. mously voted to endorse Like every winning team, this levy. As volunteers, we need quality leadership: we need your vote to carry leaders that are knowledge- this level of service forable, respectful, account- ward. Please vote yes and able, and dedicated. With mail your ballots in by April the current leadership in 22nd. place, our team is strong Brian Ehrmantraut because not only are the Orcas Island paid staff also responders, they work shoulder to With regard to the Orcas shoulder with the volunteer Island Fire and Rescue members, hauling a hose at and Emergency Medical a fire, jumping in to con- Services levy, for me it’s tinue CPR, or making sure simple. When I need help the rescue rig rolls as soon I want the response to be as the call goes out. Their with “No Holds Barred.” efforts combined with the
Please join me in supporting Proposition One. Bill Wulff Orcas Island
Private donors pay for levy campaign I would like to clarify that all expenses for the campaign for a “YES” vote on the Orcas Fire and Rescue levy renewal that will be on the April ballot are paid for by private donations and are managed by a committee of citizens supporting the passage of the levy. No departmental funds are being used for this purpose. Art Lange Orcas Island
Almanac TEMPERATURES, RAINFALL LOPEZ High Low Precip March 24 60 38 — March 25 52 46 .09 March 26 55 42 .02 March 27 52 42 — March 28 53 43 .06 March 29 53 43 .08 March 30 54 39 .11 Precip in March: 3.29” Precip in 2014: 9.92” Reported by Jack Giard, Bakerview Rd. ORCAS High Low Precip March 24 58 42 — March 25 55 49 .09 March 26 54 44 .14 March 27 55 44 .15 March 28 54 47 .13 March 29 51 46 .08 March 30 56 43 .13 Precip in March: 4.71”, Precip in 2014: 11.85” Reported by John Willis, Olga April 3 April 4 April 5 April 6 April 7 April 8
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What does sexual consent mean? by ANITA CASTLE
Executive Director, DVSAS
April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. As part of our work at DVSAS of the San Juan Islands, we understand we need to do more than just tell the community that sexual violence is a problem. We need to engage in meaningful conversations with the community, building skills regarding ways on how to participate or respond with proactive, positive behavior. As preventionists and advocates we know a beginning place is helping communities understand consent – legitimate consent. An accurate definition of sexual assault, within the context of consent, is a violation of the active process of freely and willingly choosing to participate in sex of any kind with another person. Consent involves a shared responsibility by each individual who engages in any kind of sexual interaction with another. It’s true that many people think once consent is given it means that consent is given to everything. As almost every woman knows, that’s wrong. Sex consists of an evolving series of actions and interactions with a partner. True consent is an enthusiastic event with a partner and requires that a participant is fully engaged and fully informed of what’s taking place. Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs provides some accurate and essential rules regarding consent. • Consent is about each individual involved in a sexual or possibly sexual interaction. • Consent can ALWAYS
be withdrawn. • Nothing makes consent either automatic or unnecessary. • In some situations, full, informed and free consent cannot be given or shared due to being intoxicated, being asleep, being unable to really understand what he/she is saying yes to, being under duress, etc. • A lack of consent means stop. • A lack of “no” does not mean “yes.” Our culture, social media and the Internet have created confusing roadblocks for young and vulnerable people around the issue of consent. For example, sexting is a huge issue that sets up potentially complex and damaging outcomes for many teens and for adults who have not progressed beyond their teens mentally.
Just because a vulnerable person texts a nude picture, doesn’t mean he or she has the capacity to consent to sex. I would like to recommend a valuable resource for teens and young adults using their language: “S.E.X.” by Heather Corrnina. Our teens know about sex and they need access to objective information about what’s healthy, safe and how to navigate relationships. This resource will help both males and females to achieve that goal. I want to speak directly to young people. Consent does not exist if: you or a partner are too intoxicated to give consent; your partner is asleep or passed out; you hope your partner will say nothing and go with the flow; or you have already formed an intent to have sex by any means necessary.
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Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, encourages the community to take a proactive role to start and engage in meaningful conversations and discussions about “contextualizing consent.” More information can be found at the following links: www.wcsap.org; www.nsvrc. org; www.rainn.org; www. dvsassanjuans.org
Thursday, April 3
Eastsound Planning Review Committee, 3 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station.
Tuesday, April 8 • Orcas Island Public Library Board, 8:30 a.m., public library.
• Eastsound Sewer and Water District, 4:30 p.m., east side of Airport, at end of Cessna Lane. • Orcas Fire District Commissioners, 5:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Hall.
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Celebrating Birds and Wildlife on Orcas Island Speakers, Workshops, Activities & More Walks, talks, workshops, wildlife marine tours, and activities for everyone April 10 - 12, 2014
Opening for the season on Wednesday, April 2
April 10 • Kickoff Dinner with guest speaker, Thor Hanson April 11 & 12 • Festival Events will include, but will not be limited to:
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• A community parade featuring bird and wildlife costumes
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• Bird / nature walks with local birding experts, including Kim Middleton • Kayak and boat trips to explore the coastal environment or the marine habitat • Kids’ activities, including bird mask making and storytelling • Workshops on birding and wildlife painting and photography
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IT’S ELECTRIFYING! OPALCO HEARS FROM MEMBERS AT TOWN HALL MEETINGS: A RECAP Thank you to the members who joined us at a series of Town Hall meetings in March. A total of 83 members attended the meetings (San Juan: 43, Orcas: 23, Lopez: 17). A Town Hall meeting on Shaw Island is scheduled for May (date TBD). We had very positive and productive conversations; board members, staff and members all benefited from the opportunity to talk face to face. Board President Chris Thomerson gave a presentation covering Energy, Energy Savings and Broadband (slides available at opalco.com/about/news/) and then opened the meetings up for questions and conversation. For those who couldn’t make the Town Hall meetings, here is a recap with links to our website for further reading. Energy: OPALCO’s Core Business. Over the past three years, energy (purchase of power, operation of the electrical distribution system) represents 94% of OPALCO’s budget. In discussing energy, the Board emphasized safety as the top priority and discussed the lineman injury in 2013. The changing power supply landscape was also discussed. Thomerson said, “While maintaining relations with Bonneville Power Adminstration (BPA), leadership is exploring alternate power suppliers to counter Tier 2 (market) rates—and to anticipate our generation sources post 2028 when our current contract with BPA ends.” Members wanted to know if new sources of generation would be renewable. General Manger Randy J. Cornelius answered, “We will look to serve the membership with the cleanest, low-cost power we can find. Renewables are very attractive to us, but we will have to purchase whatever resources are available to meet the needs of our members.” Foster Hildreth, Assistant General Manager explained that we are working with regional cooperative utility groups such as the Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative and Northwest Rural Utlities to explore joint acquisition ventures that give us greater access to resources as the end of BPA contract approaches. Power Grid Control Backbone. To date, OPALCO has $3.45 million invested in our grid control backbone ($3.3 million in Utility Plant plus $120K in BPA submarine cable fiber leases) on the balance sheet (opalco.com/about/finances/). These costs are allocated to the entire membership—just like a submarine that connects the system between two islands is covered by all—and every member benefits from cost efficiencies and greater risk mitigation that the system provides. Previously, we would send two linemen in a boat to an outer island to investigate and resolve an outage—often in the dark of night during dangerous storm conditions. Today, through our grid control (or communications) backbone, a lineman or engineer can most often diagnose the fault, reroute and/or restore power from the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) display from a safe distance. OPALCO continues to expand our backbone to improve safety and connect electric field devices and plans to expend another $7.5 million over the next four years to meet system, safety and evolving needs on the electric side. Thomerson clarified that the Co-op continues to pursue the purchase of a wireless (700MHz) licensed spectrum for our network, but is still in negotiations. The spectrum would “become another powerful tool in our grid control backbone toolbox,” said Hildreth “and help us to solve critical gaps in field communication and safety for first responders county-wide.” Co-op Finances. The Board answered questions from the membership Co-op finances. Thomerson said, “We run a tight ship. OPALCO consistently ranks in the very top of our industry in rigorous audits and independent reviews.” He explained the checks and balances process for the review of the Co-op’s financial health, operations and maintenance, capital projects, acccounting and controls through Moss Adams and the USDA-Rural Utilities Services. The Co-op’s financial statements are available online (opalco.com/about/finances/), and are published quarterly in board packets. The upcoming annual report will publish the 2012-2013 Combined Balance Sheets and Statements of Operations. Energy Savings. Thomerson showed charts (opalco.com/about/news/) that demonstrate how OPALCO values energy savings (energy efficiency and conservation) and local distributed (renewable) power as resources for meeting our energy needs now and in the future. General Manager Randy J. Cornelius talked about the Co-op’s partnership with non-profit organizations, led by the San Juan Islands Conservation District, to increase outreach, education and member participation in these areas. This partnership will also promote and manage OPALCO’s community solar initiative, giving members an opportunity to own a share of a local solar generator, which will be located on Co-op property. Learn more at opalco.com/energy-services and also sanjuanislandscd.org/energy/ and stay tuned for upcoming Energy Fairs this May and June. Island Network: Broadband. Many in attendance at the Town Hall meetings were most interested in broadband, and how OPALCO will make our memberowned backbone available to the membership. Thomerson gave the history of Island Network, a division of OPALCO formed in 2004 to share our co-op infrastructure with members—and introduced John Graminski, the new Manager of Information Services. Island Network has $426,272 on the balance sheet, listed as “Non-Utility Property” (opalco.com/about/finances/). There are currently 28 members in 54 locations connected to our backbone through Island Network including three Internet Service Providers (ISPs), NoaNet (schools, libraries, etc.), public safety agencies and local businesses. A local ISP complained that Island Network costs were too high. Every Island Network connection pays for itself; costs will come down as more members connect. Graminski is conducting a cost of service study to create updated pricing and a business plan for all Island Network members, including ISPs. Per the Board directive in November (opalco.com/about/finances/), the moratorium on new connections has been lifted and a handful of new services are being connected in population centers (Eastsound, Lopez Village, Friday Harbor) where capacity and fiber connection points are currently available. New connections are made just like the electric side: members pay the cost to bring the infrastructure to their location, and then a monthly subscription fee. New connections will be based on member demand; this is a ‘pull’ not a ‘push’ situation. We expect to transition to a new business plan in early 2015; members who want to connect now can request new service through our website (www.opalco.com/island-network). Island Network staff will respond with an estimate for cost of connection, if service is available in your area; or, if not, a timeline for when to expect it. Maps of the preliminary plans for expansion are included on the website (www.opalco.com/island-network). Members on Lopez asked if wireless technologies will be deployed through Island Network. Thomerson answered, “If we are successful in purchasing the licensed spectrum as a platform for safety and field communications, we will make that ‘tool’ available as a wireless connection through Island Network— which will greatly expand the reach and bring costs down, compared to fiber.” Board member Vince Dauciunas explained that his neighborhood is already organizing to share the cost of bringing an Island Network connection to their remote Roche Harbor area homes. It is challenging to get the attention of our 11,000 members. We encourage you to engage with us throughout the year: read the bill inserts and e-bill messages, attend our annual meeting on Saturday, May 3rd, read the annual report (online in mid-April), subscribe to our email newsletter, the Co-op Connector and our Energy Savings blog, Sharing the Load, visit us at the County Fair and attend informational meetings on your island as they are offered.
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Awareness about autism A night of stories by TESS WHITE
Infant/Toddler Special Educator
“Oh, you’ve got yourself a little rain girl. You know, cause she’s autistic.” That is what a friend of mine said to me when my now almost 13-year-old daughter, Erin, was little and had recently been diagnosed with autism. Perhaps well-intentioned, but her words so easily put my daughter into a box, defining her essence and mapping out her future like a carefully drawn outline at a crime scene. As empty as those outlines are they define moments and time, and produce meaning. A body laid here, not a person with a name. Just last week, I noticed a road sign on Whidbey Island that read “Autistic Child Area” (pictured above). My mouth fell open. I gawked at the sign like an unexpected slap of the face. In reflection I know the sign was thought up and written down with what may have been the best of intentions. Somehow raising awareness of our children in a way that parallels the informational signs at a zoo. We forget sometimes, but our
words define moments and produce meaning as well. We speak them, we write them down, and we say them again. And each time they etch paths for others to follow. As a mother of a child with autism, and a professional who works with children who have various developmental delays, I want to help build a new path. Erin is not autistic. Erin is girl who has autism. When you look down and see that chalk outline so carefully drawn around her, I want you to erase it. I want you to put her personhood first. It is not a question of whether or not Erin has autism. She does. It is part of her identity and she should be proud of it. But I want you to see all the parts
of her that do not so neatly fit into what you or others may believe every child with autism is like. As individual as you and me, children with autism are individuals as well, each with unique personalities, desires, and ideas. In honor of Autism Awareness month, I want to challenge you to think about the ways in which you and others use language about people with autism. Consider how your words or your friend’s words influence the ways we as a society think about people who have autism. Person-first language acknowledges the meanings that are developed and perpetuated from our words. “He’s autistic” is fundamentally different than “He has autism.” Person-first language reminds us to truly put the person first. It challenges us to let go of our stereotypes and see people for all the things they are and want to be. Erin is a preteen. She is a chef. She is a dreamer. She is a daughter and a sister. She is beautiful. And she happens to have autism.
Darvill’s Bookstore, in partnership with Doe Bay Resort and “Write. A Doe Bay Workshop” will present two book signings on Wednesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. In “The Rules of Inheritance,” Claire Bidwell Smith, an only child, is just 14 years old when both of her charismatic parents are diagnosed with cancer. What follows is a comingof-age story that is both heartbreaking and exhilarating. As Claire hurtles towards loss she throws herself at anything she thinks might help her cope with the weight of this harsh reality: boys, alcohol, traveling, and the anonymity of cities like New York and Los Angeles. By the time she is twenty-five years old they are both gone and Claire is very much alone in the world. “Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected” is a memoir that celebrates the beauty found in the unexpected, the strength of a mother’s love, and, ultimately, the amazing power of
perspective. The author of the popular blog “Enjoying the Small Things,” Kelle Hampton interweaves lyrical prose and stunning fourcolor photography as she recounts the unforgettable
Above: Claire Bidwell Smith. Left: Kelle Hampton. story of the first year in the life of her daughter Nella, who has down syndrome.
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Oddfellows Hall to Jimi Mudd shaves, become coal depot reveals he is Elvis by DAVID MOORE ORLESSE
The Oddfellows announce they have signed a preliminary deal with the Peabody Coal Company to construct a coal export depot at the end of Eastsound. “Coal is finally coming to Orcas and as prominent waterfront owners in Eastsound we are proud to be bringing it to your doorstep” says Noble Grand Robin Potluck. “Jobs, jobs, jobs,” adds coal enthusiast George Most. “It is all about jobs.” It is estimated that bringing the new coal terminal here will add 6,000 new jobs. An exaggeration? “Not when you factor in the mining on Mt. Constitution,” adds Most. How so? According to new environmental standards to protect and preserve Moran State Park, no heavy equipment will be used in the mining operation and the mountain will be hollowed out from the north side using only hand tools. “We’re going to make that mountain into a mole hill,” Most said. There are also plans for the Burton & Burton Railroad to be extended to carry coal cars from the mountain to the water-
front. The Peabody Company refused our calls but sent a statement, “Coal is the fuel of the future and we are excited to partner with the Orcas Island community in bringing the finest sulfur coal to the emerging world economies.” Won’t this affect tourism and property values? The Sounder asked real estate consultant Wallace Cudgel, who said: “Are you kidding? Six thousand pockets full of disposable income? I see only an upside for commercial real-estate.” A similar upbeat note was struck by hotelier Adam Gofish. “This is bound to draw protesters and coal supporters alike for years and years, both sides, and they have to eat and sleep somewhere, and hey, they’re stuck on an island,” he said. Gofish may soon get his way. A procoal rally is scheduled for April 1 at noon on Main Street. That is sure to attract a gaggle of wealthy protestors. It is hoped this will not conflict with the popular annual Oddfellow April Fool’s parade; that would be a black eye for coal it can ill afford.
by CALI BABY After a visit to the barber, the world finally knew that Jimi Mudd was not who he said he was. “At first I was all shook up,” said Sharon Mudd after finding – under the beard – that her brother-in-law was actually Elvis. “But now I just can’t help but believing, he is alive. He’s my brother-inlaw.” Presley rose to fame in the last 1950s. He sold over one billion records and starred in 33 films. It was reported he died on August 16, 1977 due to a drug overdose. What is not widely known is that Presley was an informant for the FBI. Many believe his work with the FBI lead to his death. So the Sounder asked Jimi Mudd, aka Presley, now 79, what really happened that night.
“It’s really not as glamorous as people think,” said Presley. ‘But basically I told them, ‘We’re going to do it my way.’” Knowing that the mafia was going to strike hard and fast after finding out about the warrant, Presley demanded to be placed in witness protection under the alias Jimi Mudd, resident of Orcas Island. Johnny Mudd, Presley’s
Nessie is new mayor by COOLEEN SMITHWICK ARMSTRANGE
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With a platform built on marriage equality and shoreline protection, Nessie has been elected mayor of Eastsound. Boston Terrier Fargo, whose term is not up until July, stepped down from his position after a scandal involving biscuits and a late night rendezvous with a mature feline in his neighborhood. “I am honored to lead
this special island town,” said Nessie. “After my long journey from Scotland, I was enchanted by everyone’s hospitality and am happy to step in after the unfortunate incident with your canine leader.” Nessie has promised to increase tourism from Europe and act as an ambassador with the mainland. Her long-time partner Yeti will join Nessie during the cold winter months and then head to Antarctica.
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soon to be twin, was already living on the island, so Presley said it was like just extending onto someone else’s life. “Johnny was already there so no one really noticed when all of a sudden there was two of us,” he said. “I mean people are really adaptable they see what they want to see. Only a few out there have what you call suspicious minds.” So when once there had just been Johnny Mudd, all of a sudden there were two Mudd brothers. “The hair and beard really helped me to assimilate,” he said. So will Presley be giving any concerts on the Village Green? “Oh no, those days are over,” he said. “I just want to be with the ones I love. They were always on my mind and always will be.”
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Pest? Oh no! I’m Squirrel Nutkin. Well behaved, clean up my acorn casings, hide the nuts carefully in a tree by the Orcus Animated Shelter.Come visit me, any day, all day. If I’m not to be found, knock three times on the Big Maple, and call. I’ll share my stash of nuts.
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Student writes powerful essay on race
At left: Author Melanie Flint. Above: Peter Flint (left) talks to John Howard Griffin in 1964.
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t the beginning of the year in American literature class at Orcas High School, students were given the option of an extra credit assignment. It involved submitting a letter to a favorite author as part of a state-wide contest. Junior Melanie Flint chose to write about a topic that is interwoven into her family history. Out of high schools all over Washington, her letter was selected and placed in the top 46. “It didn’t win, but that wasn’t the point,” Flint said. “I wrote it for me ... and the extra credit.” The essay in its entirety can be read below. Dear John Howard Griffin, Your book, “Black Like Me” is a compelling book about what it was like to walk in a black man’s shoes in the deep south. Like many others, the Civil Rights movement was a crucial event in my family history. I live in the far northwest of the country, but my family roots and history derive from places like Los Angeles, California in the 1960s, where blacks were determined to be as prominent as whites and where equal rights were a dream. This era in history defined my family and it’s values so much I can’t begin to explain, but I’ll do my best and try.
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You were strongly committed to the topic of racial justice – and much like my grandfather – shocked at the extent of prejudice, oppression, hardship that was found during this era. Peter Flint wouldn’t be a name heard or spoken often in history, but certainly in our family’s history. My grandfather, Peter, died when I was 13. He was a crazy old guy, but he told the most amazing stories about his life in the 1960s. Standing on the sidewalk during a march in 1964, he proudly proclaimed that blacks should be equal to whites, and he was nearly beaten to death. My grandfather wasn’t black, but reading “Black Like Me” helped me to understand the opinions of white men that supported the movement as well as the severity of events in this time, I thought that – at a much younger age than 13 – the most severe thing to happen to people was that they were arrested and thrown in jail. It wasn’t until I read this book in eighth grade that I actually understood what my grandfather went through. Because he associated himself with black people, people saw him as such. He went through similar treatment as other black people had: having his home vandalized, his children tortured and called names, cross burnings in his neighborhood ... all things that no one should ever go through. My grandfather arranged for you, Mr. Griffin, to come and speak at colleges and talk about your
SATURDAY, APRIL 5 MONTESSORI OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Orcas Montessori School. The school is now accepting applications for fall enrollment for children aged two to six. BATTLEFIELD BAND: Orcas Center, b7:30 p.m. Burgers and Brew from the Lower Tavern at 6 p.m. before the show. Tickets are $15 at the door. There will also be a workshop on Saturday, April 5 at 4 p.m. on Center Stage of Orcas Center.
MONDAY, APRIL 7 POETRY READING: Celebrate Poetry
Month with poets Marjorie
Manwaring and Kelsea Habecker at the Artsmith Salon Series at Darvill’s Bookstore, 6 pm. The reading will feature hors d’oeuvres.
SUN. – ONGOING ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 5:30
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book. I still have all of his letters from you as well as his “We Shall Overcome” pin with “Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee” circling the perimeter. Peter Flint was a very spirited activist. From listening to old stories and reading the letters, I got the idea that my grandfather and you were more than just acquaintances; you were actually quite good friends. You spent countless hours, weeks, maybe even months together planning demonstrations and talks, and simultaneously developing a friendship. Family history is important to people, especially when it helps to understand the development of values over time. The way my father was raised through this era was very crucial to his views as a growing teen and adult. His neighbors would see him and his sisters playing with other little black boys from across the street and call them the “N word.” Because of “Black Like Me,” I understood more about the history of my family and why they supported the things they did – they were white folk living in the middle of the Watts Riots and MLK’s marches. They all spent countless hours marching and singing for the rights of black men and women. They, like you, Mr. Griffin, had seen the unjust side of the white race and were ashamed of what their own race was capable of. When you’re exposed to things like this as a child, they are defining moments that shape who you are as a person. Because my father was raised the way he was, I have the values that I do now. I have a strong sense of person and character and skin color has never been an issue to me, and given the opportunity I would stand up to people and advocate for what is right, expressing a simple value: equal rights. My history is who I am. After reading this book I finally understood all the stories my grandpa cleaned up for me. It was a harsh realization, but it was clear. My family fought for rights that they never were required to fight for, they did it because it was the right thing to do. So you see, this book isn’t just a book to me, it’s a part of my family history. So thank you for documenting such a crucial piece of history. I didn’t think that reading a book like this could help me grow closer to my grandfather, even after his death, but it did.
Emmanuel Church. AL-ANON: 7 p.m., 197 Main Street, Benson Hall, Emmanuel Church.
TUES. – ONGOING AA FOR WOMEN: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Benson Hall, Emmanuel Church. AA FOR MEN: 7-8 p.m. Benson Hall, Emmanuel Church. KIWANIS: Tuesdays, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Community Church Family Center.
WEDS. – ONGOING ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Benson Hall, Emmanuel Church.
LIONS CLUB: Weekly lunch, 11:45 a.m., Legion. ANSWERS IN THE HEART: An S.L.A.A. 12 step recovery group, Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m., Benson Hall, Episcopal Church, Eastsound. Open meeting. Info: email@example.com.
THURS. – ONGOING AL-ANON: 5:30 p.m., Benson Hall, Emmanuel Church. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: 5:30 p.m., Orcas Longhouse, 236 Prune Aly, Eastsound. LIBRARY STORY TIMES: 11 a.m., Library children’s room, for ages
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • The Islands’ Sounder
Baseball, softball start season
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The Viking boys had a rough baseball season opener against the Concrete Lions with a 10-0 thumping on March 21. “Miles Harlow pitched a pretty good game, but we gave up five unearned runs with some fielding errors,” said Coach Jim Passer. “We did not hit the ball, not because of a strong Concrete pitcher, but early season jitters. We were not
ready to play.” On the positive, Passer was very pleased with eighth grade players who played up making the 2014 baseball team a reality. The Viking boys played a double header against the Lopez Lobos and rebounded with two wins, both 13-1, on March 29. “Miles pitched a little erratic but when the ball was over the plate Lopez couldn’t hit it,” Passer said. “He only gave up one run
and a hit and he kept their hitters off balance the whole game. Also, we hit the ball much better.” In the second game, Passer said Pasha Bullock pitched very well and only gave up two hits. Again, Passer was pleased with the eighth graders. “The kids are working really hard and I am really enjoying them, they are a great group of boys,” Passer said. The Viking girls opened the season with a close loss 13-10 against the Concrete Lions. First year head coach Jason Nichols had his hands full with a young team, including eighth graders playing up. “We still have a couple starts out because they don’t have the required practices, so we had to shuffle players to positions they don't have a lot of experience,” he said.
Despite the lineup changes, Nichols said the team still hit well, nearly keeping pace with the Lions. Nichols was pleased that his seniors Bella Nigretto, Shelbi Rogers and Alicia Susol all had extra base hits while the eighth graders playing up gained the experience they will need for the team to improve. The Vikings girls dropped their second game of the season to Forest Ridge, 16-13, on March 28. Nichols saw improvement in his young team despite the loss. “We played pretty well. We still had our pitching and fielding give up some runs, but overall I see signs of improvement,” he said. “I still have players in unfamiliar positions but by the next game our missing starters will have all their required practices.”
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This is the first in a series of short ecology-related articles written by members of the Orcas High School Environmental Club in preparation for Earth Day 2014. This year’s Earth Day Parade will be held at noon on Tuesday, April 22. The theme is “Endangered Animals.” Not many people are aware of the true extent of the damage done to wildlife by humans. The list of endangered species in Washington State alone is daunting; the list of all endangered species in the North America, or around
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the world, is downright shocking and upsetting. Our ignorance is why so many animals are on these lists. It is time for us to open our eyes. Among the many species of concern in our backyard is the beautiful Columbian white-tailed deer. Named for the Columbia River, herds of these deer tend to congregate near this river in the states of Washington and
Oregon. The Columbian white-tailed deer was federally listed as an endangered species in Washington and Oregon in 1967. Thanks to immense effort by conservationists, the Douglas County, Oregon population of deer was removed from the Endangered Species Act in 2003. However, only the population of Columbian white-tailed deer in Douglas County has been removed from the Act. The deer in this one region are considered more or less safe, but the species overall is still considered endangered and has not been removed from the Act. While other white-tailed deer subspecies are able to breed at six months of age, the Columbian white-
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tailed deer does not breed until it is about 18 months of age. Though it is not a huge difference, this longer waiting period for breeding is arguably part of the reason this animal is in danger; the Columbian whitetailed deer reproduces at a slightly slower rate than other deer. Furthermore, for over twenty years, the Columbian white-tail has been off-limits when hunting season rolls around. In 2005, however, tags were made available. Currently, there is an opportunity to hunt these still endangered animals at the Umpqua River. This is an animal that needs to be protected. We helped it to barely get back up on its feet, and only in one region, and as soon as the Columbian white-tailed deer population in Oregon starts to look a little healthier we allow it to be hunted again. While we go about our busy lives, we rarely stop to think about what affect our actions have on the world around us. Ignorance is bliss, yes; but knowledge is power. If we educate ourselves about the world around us and fight for creatures that cannot speak for themselves, then maybe endangered species like the Columbian whitetailed deer will have a better chance of surviving.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • The Islands’ Sounder
Vote no on the fire levy by BOB PHALAN
As most people do, I too appreciate Orcas Fire and admire the volunteers. I dedicated 17 years of my life to it and them. I do not believe this entitles the administration to a blank check. It is with amazement that I have read the district’s proposal to renew the levy at the same level (over $2 million/year for 10 years) that it took to build two new fire stations, buy a third, replace seven engines, a rescue truck, a brush truck, two tenders and two ambulances with money provided by the "temporary" lid lift in 1999. The district has no such huge capital expenditures on the horizon. A healthy dose of skepticism is in order. It has been very disheartening to witness the culture of entitlement that has become the order of the day by this administration. Orcas Fire has clearly forgotten exactly whose money they are spending. When you vote "NO" you are not voting against the fire department or the volunteers. You are voting FOR fiscal responsibility. A "NO" vote will not compromise emergency responses for you or your family. The threat that the district will have to cut services if this initial levy request fails is simply untrue. The present levy fully funds the district through the end of 2014. The most disturbing detail is the ivory tower that has been built in just the past few years. Wages and benefits for the paid staff have increased by over $400K to nearly one
million dollars. The top two positions alone are costing tax payers a quarter of a million dollars per year. As president of the Firefighters Association I lobbied in favor of the "temporary" lid lift to be approved by voters in 1999. The money was well spent until the bond was paid off in 2012. Today, the district is in need of some serious belt tightening, seeking alternative funding methods and reducing the administrative positions. The Fire Commissioners have refused to reign in spending so it is clearly time for the voters to do so. You are the last line of defense. Most importantly, it is critical for us all to remember that Orcas has many families who are struggling financially. There are long lines at the food bank every week. Please consider the fact that this levy forces our neighbors to pay for bloated salaries at the top that they simply cannot afford. Please talk to some of these people. You will find they will welcome the much needed reduction in their taxes. Insist the district do some serious soul searching, slash administration costs and resubmit this levy in the fall. I am asking that you join me in voting no on Proposition One. Bob Phalan was a volunteer EMT with Orcas Fire from 1997 to 2013.
Safety seminar for pilots At the Eastsound Fire Station on Friday, April 11, Jim Higginson, a longtime aviator in the San Juan Islands, will present his FAA Safety Seminar covering how to fly the island airports in a variety of conditions. This seminar is
geared towards pilots, but is open to the public. Higginson, a local pilot for 51 years and certified flight instructor, flew the postal route here in the islands many years ago, as he was beginning his aviation career. He has invalu-
A San Juan Island adult has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of measles. The dates this person was contagious are from March 21, 2014 to March 29, 2014. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory viral disease that spreads easily when the infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. You can catch measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been. Symptoms are high fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and a rash of tiny, red spots that starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. The best protection against measles is the MMR vaccine, usually administered to children at 12-15 months old and at 4-6 years old. To be considered immune, a person should have two documented doses of the MMR vaccine. You may have been exposed to measles if you were at the following locations: Cask and Schooner on: March 21 from 3:45 p.m. until midnight, March 22 from 3:45 p.m. to 1:15 a.m., March 23 from 4 p.m. to midnight, March 24 from 2:45 p.m. to midnight. China Pearl (upstairs bar only) on: March 22 from 11:30 p.m. until 3 a.m. King’s Market on: March 24 from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. For more info, contact your health care provider or the San Juan County Health Department at 378-4474.
able information as to how to approach the islands under a variety of weather and wind conditions, and this will be the essence of his talk, accompanied by a video he shot himself. The seminar and video touch on 15 local airports. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. If you plan on attending, send airport manager Tony Simpson a short email at orcasairport@rockisland. com.
Vote yes on the fire levy by SENATOR KEVIN RANKER
I’ve had my doubts about the spending practices of our fire department. In fact, until recently, I was quite vocal with my questions and concerns. Then I did my homework. I have taken time to look at the current situation as opposed to the past. I have found that the fiscal accountability and leadership has improved significantly over the last two years. I now fully support the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue levy. I am impressed with the recent actions of the commission and chief. Historically, spending was not controlled well. In direct response to this, OIFR has taken great strides to improve fiscal accountability and efficiency. Examples of this include improved purchasing systems with strict approval thresholds, financial policy reform, and internal personnel restructuring to improve service. I do not believe any of us question the incredible effort OIFR provide for us. We also understand that the emergency services business is 24-7. Often staff and volunteers stay late into the evening to accomplish training and
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emergency incidents can happen anytime. On occasion, it is important to feed the people who are working or volunteering to maintain the continuity of operations. This is an acceptable use of our tax dollars. Training dozens of volunteers and several professional staff involves bringing in instructors or sending our people off island and there are legitimate travel expenses associated with this. In direct response to concerns being raised about potential abuses of these expenses, at the March meeting, the commissioners adopted a much stricter travel, meal and reimbursement policy. I believe expenses will be appropriate and strictly scrutinized going forward. I believe salaries and benefits of our staff are also appropriate and are comparable to similar sized programs. For example, the San Juan EMS Chief, with no fire duties, makes more than our chief and they have a separate fire chief making slightly less than our chief. We have both of these functions in one. I have also heard questions regarding the amount of the levy itself and if it is necessary, as we do not have
the larger capital expenses we had in 1999 when a levy of the same size was passed. I believe it is. Since 1999, the cost of living has risen. More importantly however, the cost of maintaining our services has risen. Protective equipment that cost $1,100 per person in 1999, now costs $4,000, costs of fuel and other constants have also risen dramatically and mandated requirements for operations, safety, and fiscal practices have grown. Finally, the amount of work has grown as the number of calls has risen 119 percent since 1999. In the end, the levy renewal will not raise taxes and proposes a budget that is responsible and meets the needs of our community for years to come. Combined with the leadership of Chief O’Brien, we are presented with a proposal that is sensible and deserves our support. The department has the right mix of career staff and volunteers, who rally to help people and save lives. Now it is time for us to rally for them and support the levy.
Center, noon. Also 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Benson Hall, Emmanuel Church.
Saturday of the month, AA potluck, Parish Hall, 5:30 p.m. LIBRARY STORY TIMES: 11 a.m., Library children’s room. For more info, visit www.orcaslibrary.org.
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Community briefs Art show opening Paint meets glass meets poetry and sound in a collaborative multimedia exhibition at Orcas Center this April called “Nature Unbalanced.” It will open April 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Exhibition dates are April 4 through April 30. This exhibition brings together abstract acrylic and paper collage by Ann Vandervelde, glass sculpture by Lin McJunkin, and poems written and
recorded by Anne McDuffie that can be heard in the gallery by scanning a QR code with any smartphone. The work in “Nature Unbalanced” reflects three artists’ ongoing engagement with the state of our natural world, its patterns and rhythms, and the disquieting evidence of climate change. This exhibit celebrates the tremendous beauty and power of places we treasure, and embodies our collective hopes and fears for the future.
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Sunday 11:00 am St. David’s Chuch 760 Park St., Friday Harbor Sunday 9:00 am Center Church 312 Davis Bay Rd., Lopez Island Pastor Anne Hall Sunday 1:15 pm Emmanuel Church 242 Main St., Eastsound 468-3025 • firstname.lastname@example.org
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC CHURCH Orcas - St Francis Church in Eastsound Mass 1:00 pm Sundays Lopez - Center Chuch Mass 10:30 pm Saturdays
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP Second and fourth Sundays at 11:30 am at Benson Hall (Emmanuel Episcopal Church) Call Suzanne Olson 376-8007
roads.org or at the door. Some complimentary tickets are available in advance at the senior center. The Orcas Crossroads Lecture Series is supported by the Crossroads Associates Circle, the Daniel and Margaret Carper Foundation, and Individual Contributors.
Orcas Crossroads Lecture Series will host Reed College Political Science Professor Paul Gronke, who will present “Is Congress a ‘Broken Branch’ or is America a ‘Broken Polity?’” on Sunday, April 13 at 4 p.m. at the Orcas Center. Gronke will reflect on Congress and the electorate, drawing on his 30 years as an observer of both, uncovering the warts but also suggesting tough but effective medicine for curing the woes of the American political system. At Reed, Gronke teaches courses on political behavior, political institutions, and social science research methods. Come with your questions for the question and answer session after the lecture, and join the group for a reception following the presentation. Tickets are $10 and available at Darvill’s Bookstore, online at www.orcascross-
Battlefield Band is back on Orcas Battlefield Band back on Center Stage on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Burgers and Brew from the Lower Tavern at 6 p.m. before the show. Tickets are $15 at the door. There will also be a workshop on Saturday, April 5 at 4 p.m. on Center Stage of Orcas Center. The workshop is a lecture/demo on The Elements and History of Celtic Music. Free with a ticket purchase to the evening concert or $10 at the door. Tickets are $25, $19 Orcas Center members, $11 for students and may be purchased at www.orcascenter.org.
Community zip line day at Orkila YMCA Camp Orkila invites the community to come out and take a ride on its 1000-ft Zip Line. The byappointment “Community
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Zip Days” on Sunday, April 13 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. If interested, call camp at 376-2678 to sign-up for a time assignment. Maximum weight capacity for a single rider is 285 lbs (subject to change depending on conditions) and children must be entering third grade or older to participate. Plan to arrive at camp 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time.
American Legion scholarships Each year, at this time, the American Legion reaches out to the community (businesses and individuals) requesting a contribution of $25 for the continued funding of the scholarships. They will post an 8” x 10” poster, acknowledging each individual contributor and an 8” x 10” ad for each business contributor that supports the graduates. These acknowledgements remain posted for one year and are seen by all who visit the post home throughout the year. The legion has four scholarships that are supported by this fund. They award the Sally Hart Memorial Scholarship (established in 1964), the Mid Flaherty Memorial Scholarship (established in 1981), the Lar Vern Key Memorial Scholarship (established in 1991), and the American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship (established in 2007). “The community has been very supportive of our scholarship fundraising in the past and it is our hope that continues in 2014,” say organizers. Make your checks payable to the American Legion Auxiliary and send to the attention of Judi Resch/Eloise Monson, American Legion Post #93, 793 Crescent Beach Dr., Eastsound WA 98245. You may also bring your donations to the post; it is open at 4 p.m. daily.
The legion would like to have all posters and acknowledgements printed and on display before Memorial Day weekend. If you are a new business contributor or an existing business contributor with a new business card please enclose the business card(s) with your donation. These will be enlarged to the 8” x 10” ad. If you have any questions, contact Judi Resch at 3764069 or Eloise Monson at 376-4510.
Spaghetti dinner at school The 35th annual Orcas Island Middle School Spaghetti Dinner is on Friday, April 4 in the school cafeteria. It is hosted by the students and staff of Orcas Island Middle School and generously sponsored by Island Market. Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under. Obtain your tickets from any middle school student or at the door. The first seating is from 5 to 6 p.m. and the second seating is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The meal will include spaghetti (meat or vegetarian), salad, and ice cream. This year’s fundraiser will feature the added treat of live music from the middle school band and the high school strings.
Taco dinner for farm program Chef Zach will be preparing a taco dinner with all the fixings at Orcas School on Wednesday, April 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is a fundraiser to support curriculum development and classroom/garden activities in the K-6 Farm to Classroom program. Donations only; everyone is welcome.
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Ciscoe will speak at the April Garden Club Meeting in the theater at Orcas Center, 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The topic will be “Creating a Wildlife Sanctuary Garden.” Ciscoe’s appearance is sponsored by the Orcas Island Garden Club, the Orcas Library and Friends of the Library. Everyone is welcome at this meeting. For more information, see www.orcasislandgardenclub.org.
New Day Northwest with Margaret Larson. His book, ‘Ask Ciscoe’, was among the top selling garden books nationwide. In addition, he co‐authored books on roses and perennials, and he also writes a weekly garden column in the Thursday edition of the Seattle Times. Ciscoe is crazy about dogs and gardening, and he can often be found working with his pooches, Fred and Ruby, in his Seattle garden which has been featured in several publications. Islanders have many things in common with Ciscoe and are very enthusiastic about his visits.
Spring is officially here, even if the weather doesn’t know it. Orcas is coming to life again-plant-wise. And it is appropriate that Ciscoe Morris is coming to the island to help rev us up and get the season going. Ciscoe is well known in the media around the Northwest. KING5 TV airs his popular gardening segments with Meeghan Black as well as his weekly show “Gardening with Ciscoe.” His Friday night Q & A show, “Gardening with Ciscoe Live” is broadcast on Northwest Cable News. Every other Monday morning, he appears on KING5’s
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at the 2013 Friday Harbor Film Festival. (2013, 74 minutes). Indralaya is located at 360 Indralaya Rd. Follow Indralaya Road for about a quarter mile until you see the entrance to Indralaya. There are signs to the library. Call 376-4526 or visit www.indralaya.org.
The Orcas High School Strings played at the noon gathering of The Music Performance Group on March 25 at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. They previewed three selections that they have been preparing for a regional music contest at Western Washington University. Directed by Pamela Wright, but playing without a conductor, the High School Strings performed Habanera from “Carmen” by Georges Bizet, Sospiri by Edward Elgar, and Scherzo from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” Members of the High School Strings include: Emilia Carter, Lisa Carter, Michael Chesher, Brigid Ehrmantraut, Michael Harlow, Anthony Kaskurs, Wylie Kau, Enzo Thixton, Emily Toombs, Zach Waage, and Paris Wilson. The Music Performance Group meets every two months from September through May at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 27, at noon. The Music Performance Group has an open policy for artistic form. “Music of all genres, dance and any mix is encouraged,” say the organizers.
“Strangers in Good Company.” In this award-winning film, eight (seven of them elderly) women become stranded in a beautiful but remote Canadian setting when their bus breaks down. Aside from the beautiful cinematography, viewers see how the arts sustain the women in their everyday lives as well as in their present situation. Sketching, dancing, conversation and creative cooking all find their place in this timeless film. (1990, 105 minutes). Sunday, April 27, 7 p.m. “Shining Light: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen.” National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen writes much of his music from his cabin on Waldron Island. His inspiring, spiritual works have been sung by local and international singers. This film won the Audience Choice Award
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Indralaya is hosting a “What Defines Art?” Film Festival in April. Art has probably been defined and studied as long as human beings have been drawn to its creation. Many local residents are touched by countless forms of art, as creators, patrons or both. Providing the opportunity to explore this eternal topic by highlighting some unusual approaches to art, Indralaya will host a small, free, Sunday evening film festival entitled “What Defines Art?” Each film will begin at 7 p.m. on Sundays during the month of April. A discussion will follow. There is no charge and it is open to the public. The films will be shown in the Indralaya library with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The schedule is as follows: Sunday, April 6, 7 p.m. Andy Goldsworthy, “Working with Time: Rivers and Tides.” Goldsworthy creates through the transformation of natural objects in harmony with his intense connection with the immediate environment. His unique approach has been an inspiration to many since his work was introduced to the world. (2001, 90 minutes). Sunday, April 13, 7 p.m. “Wild Wheels.” Directed by Harrod Blank (art car creator himself), highlights the people who tackle the transformation of their everyday vehicles into participants in a moving art gallery. Miniature cities, lights, jewels, horses, and grass are just some of the mediums featured on what are known as “art cars”. (1992, 64 minutes). Sunday, April 20, 7 p.m.
elementary age children, and an unforgettable spring journey walk, where the kids will listen to poems and receive gifts from the spring fairies. And of course there will be baby farm animals galore: lambs, goat kids, chicks and more. Salmonberry teachers and staff will be on hand to lead activities and offer tours of the school. They will answer any and all questions and tell you about the programs they offer to children ages three to 12.
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Ahh spring! The mud is dissipating, the cherry trees are in full blossom and the
nettles are stinging. It’s time to celebrate. Salmonberry School would like to welcome all families and the entire Orcas Island community to join them in welcoming in the season on Sunday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a potluck lunch so bring your own plates, utensils and something to share. There will be many outdoor games for children, face painting, flower wreaths, all kinds of spring crafts for preschool and
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IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR SKAGIT COUNTY In Re: The Estate Of HAZEL IDELL WEST, Deceased. NO. 14-4-05022-2 NONPROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.42.030 The notice agent named below has elected to give notice to creditors of the above-named decedent. As of the date of the filing of a copy of this notice with the court, the notice agent has no knowledge of any other person acting as notice agent or of the appointment of a personal representative of the decedent’s estate in the state of Washington. According to the records of the court as are available on the date of the filing of this notice with the court, a cause number regarding the decedent has not been issued to any other notice agent and a personal representative of the decedent’s estate has not been appointed. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.42.070 by serving on or mailing to the notice agent or the notice agent’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the notice agent’s declaration and oath were filed. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the notice agent served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.42.020 (2)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.42.050 and 11.42.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. Date of First Publication: April 2, 2014. The notice agent declares under penalty of perjury under the laws of the state of Washington on March 27, 2014, at Eastsound, Washington, that the foregoing is true and correct. /s/Janet Lee Booth Signature of Notice Agent Notice Agent:Janet Lee Booth Attorney for the Notice Agent: Derek Mann Address for Mailing: P.O. Box 399, Eastsound, WA 98245 Address for Personal Service: 296 A Street, Eastsound, WA 98245 Agent’s oath and declaration filed in Skagit County Superior Court Cause No. 14-4-05022-2 LEGAL NO. S553002 Published: The Islands’ Sounder. April 2, 9, 16, 2014. TS No.: WA-13-561975-SH APN No.: 251911010000 Title Order No.: 130108616-WA-MSO Grantor(s): CARL E MCPADDEN Grantee(s): MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC Deed of Trust Instrument/Reference No.: 2007 0529007 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S
SALE Pursuant to the Revised Code of Washington 61.24, et. seq. I. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington, the undersigned Trustee, will on 4/11/2014, at 10:00 AM At the main entrance to the Superior Courthouse, 350 Court Street #7, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder, payable in the form of credit bid or cash bid in the form of cashier’s check or certified checks from federally or State chartered banks, at the time of sale the following described real property, situated in the County of San Juan, State of Washington, to wit: A PORTION OF GOVERNMENT LOT 6 IN SECTION 19, TOWNSHIP 35 NORTH, RANGE 2 WEST OF THE WILLAMETTE MERIDIAN DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT A POINT WHICH IS SOUTH 378.6 FEET AND WEST 324.75 FEET OF THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 19, SAID POINT BEING THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE OTLEY TRACT AS DESCRIBED IN INSTRUMENT RECORDED UNDER AUDITOR’S FILE NO. 49764, RECORDS OF SAN JUAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON; THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG THE SOUTH MARGIN OF THE COUNTY ROAD, 118 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE OTLEY TRACT; THENCE CONTINUING ALONG THE SOUTH MARGIN OF THE COUNTY ROAD, SOUTH 67º30’ WEST 163.2 FEET TO A POINT MARKED BY A 1” IRON PIPE WHICH IS 150.0 FEET WEST OF THE OTLEY WEST LINE AND THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE DUFFY TRACT: THENCE CONTINUING ALONG THE SAID SOUTH MARGIN, SOUTH 67º30’ WEST 108.6 FEET TO A POINT AND THE TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PARCEL OF LAND; THENCE LEAVING SAID MARGIN, SOUTH 9º30’ EAST 79.2 FEET TO A POINT MARKED BY A 1” IRON PIPE ON THE BANK ABOVE THE BEACH; THENCE CONTINUING SOUTH 9º30’ EAST 60 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO THE LINE OF ORDINARY HIGH TIDE; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY ALONG THE LINE OF THE ORDINARY HIGH TIDE TO A POINT WHICH IS SOUTH 3º58’40” EAST OF THE SAID TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE NORTH 3º58’40” WEST 130 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO THE SAID TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING. More commonly known as: 3051 PEAR POINT RD , FRIDAY HARBOR, WA 98250 which is subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated 5/23/2007, recorded 05/29/2007, under 2007 0529007 records of San Juan County, Washington, from CARL E MCPADDEN, A MARRIED MAN, AS HIS SEPARATE ESTATE, as Grantor(s), to LS TITLE OF WASHINGTON, as Trustee, to secure an obligation in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC, as Beneficiary, the beneficial interest in which was assigned by MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS,
INC., AS NOMINEE FOR COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, IN C (or by its successors-in-interest and/or assigns, if any), to Bank of New York Mellon, f/k/a Bank of New York, as Trustee, in trust for the registered holders of CHL Mortgage Pass-Through Trust 2007-19, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-19, and various mortgagors II. No action commenced by the Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust is now pending to seek satisfaction of the obligation in any Court by reason of the Borrower’s or Grantor’s default on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust/Mortgage. III. The default(s) for which this foreclosure is made is/are as follows: Failure to pay when due the following amounts which are now in arrears: $238,040.85 IV. The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust is: The principal sum of $708,077.26, together with interest as provided in the Note from the 1/1/2010, and such other costs and fees as are provided by statute. V. The above-described real property will be sold to satisfy the expense of sale and the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust as provided by statute. Said sale will be made without warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances on 4/11/2014. The defaults referred to in Paragraph III must be cured by 3/31/2014 (11 days before the sale date) to cause a discontinuance of the sale. The sale will be discontinued and terminated if at any time before 3/31/2014 (11 days before the sale) the default as set forth in Paragraph III is cured and the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. Payment must be in cash or with cashiers or certified checks from a State or federally chartered bank. The sale may be terminated any time after the 3/31/2014 (11 days before the sale date) and before the sale, by the Borrower or Grantor or the holder of any recorded junior lien or encumbrance by paying the principal and interest, plus costs, fees and advances, if any, made pursuant to the terms of the obligation and/or Deed of Trust, and curing all other defaults. VI. A written Notice of Default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the Borrower and Grantor at the following address(es): NAME CARL E MCPADDEN, A MARRIED MAN, AS HIS SEPARATE ESTATE ADDRESS 3051 PEAR POINT RD , FRIDAY HARBOR, WA 98250 by both first class and certified mail, proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and the Borrower and Grantor were personally served, if applicable, with said written Notice of Default or the written Notice of Default was posted in a conspicuous place on the real property described in Paragraph I above, and the Trustee has possession of proof of such service or posting. These requirements were completed as of 7/15/2013. VII. The Trustee whose name and address are set forth below will provide in writing to anyone requesting it, a statement of all costs and fees due at any time prior to the sale. VIII. The effect of the sale will be to deprive the Grantor and all those who hold by, through or under the Grantor of all their interest in the above-described property. IX. Any-
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one having any objections to this sale on any grounds whatsoever will be afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the sale pursuant to RCW 61.24.130. Failure to bring such a lawsuit may result in a waiver of any proper grounds for invalidating the Trustee’s sale. NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS OR TENANTS - The purchaser at the Trustee’s Sale is entitled to possession of the property on the 20th day following the sale, as against the Grantor under the deed of trust (the owner) and anyone having an interest junior to the deed of trust, including occupants who are not tenants. After the 20th day following the sale the purchaser has the right to evict occupants who are not tenants by summary proceedings under Chapter 59.12 RCW. For tenant-occupied property, the purchaser shall provide a tenant with written notice in accordance with RCW 61.24.060. THIS NOTICE IS THE FINAL STEP BEFORE THE FORECLOSURE SALE OF YOUR HOME. You have only 20 DAYS from the recording date of this notice to pursue mediation. DO NOT DELAY. CONTACT A HOUSING COUNSELOR OR AN ATTORNEY LICENSED IN WASHINGTON NOW to assess your situation and refer you to mediation if you are eligible and it may help you save your home. See below for safe sources of help. SEEKING ASSISTANCE Housing counselors and legal assistance may be available at little or no cost to you. If you would like assistance in determining your rights and opportunities to keep your house, you may contact the following: The statewide foreclosure hotline for assistance and referral to housing counselors recommended by the Housing Finance Commission: Toll-free: 1-877-894-HOME (1-877-894-4663) or Web site: http://www.dfi.wa.gov/consumers/hom e o w n e r ship/post_purchase_counselors_foreclosure.htm. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development: Toll-free: 1-800-569-4287 or National Web Site: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD or for Local counseling agencies in Washington: http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/fc/index.cfm?webListAction=search&searchstate=WA&filterSvc=dfc The statewide civil legal aid hotline for assistance and referrals to other housing counselors and attorneys: Telephone: 1-800-606-4819 or Web site: http://nwjustice.org/what-clear. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. THIS OFFICE IS ATTEMPTING TO
COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. Dated: 12/9/2013 Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington, as Trustee By: Michael Dowell, Assistant Secretary Trustee’s Mailing Address: Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington C/O Quality Loan Service Corp. 2141 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (866) 645-7711 Trustee’s Physical Address: Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington 19735 10th Avenue NE, Suite N-200 Poulsbo, WA 98370 (866) 645-7711 Sale Line: 714-573-1965 Or Login to: http://wa.qualityloan.com TS No.: WA-13-561975-SH P1072976 3/12, 04/02/2014 LEGAL NO. S547595 Published: The Islands’ Sounder. March 12 and April 2, 2014. PUBLIC NOTICE INVITATION TO BID ESWD Project Name: Blanchard Road Sewer Main Extension Bid Date: 4:30 p.m., May 2nd, 2014 NOTICE TO BIDDERS: Sealed bids will be received by Mr. Roy Light, District Superintendent, Eastsound Sewer & Water District, P.O. Box 640, Eastsound, Washington 98245, until 4:30 pm, May 2nd, 2014, for the construction of approximately 3100 feet of 4” sewer main. The said bids will then and there be opened and read aloud. Bidders and other properly interested parties are invited to be present at the bid opening. Bids received after the time fixed for opening cannot be considered. The Contract Documents may be examined and obtained from Eastsound Sewer and Water District, P.O. Box 640, Eastsound, WA 98245. A bid bond in the amount of 5% of the greatest amount bid must be submitted with the bid proposal. There will be a pre-bid, on-site walk through meeting with the District Superintendent and the engineer on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:00 am. Meet at the intersection of Blanchard Road and Michael Lane, Eastsound, Washington. The District will reject any bid not accompanied by bid security or data required by the bid documents. Factors considered in award of the contract will include the Contractor’s experience and performance on previous contracts. Contact Roy Light, 376-2720 for information concerning the project. The District is an equal opportunity employer. Small, minority- and women-owned businesses are encouraged to submit bids. The contractor shall pay prevailing wages as required and shall comply with RCW 39.12 and RCW 49.28. LEGAL NO. SJ552533 Published: The Journal of the San Juan Islands, The Islands’ Sounder. April 2, 9, 2014. SOLD IT? FOUND IT? Let us know by calling 1-800-388-2527 so we can cancel your ad.
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IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF SAN JUAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON SHERIFFâ€™S PUBLIC NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY Revocable Living Trust of Richard J Kardack and Ken D. Andrus as Trustee, Plaintiff, Vs. Michael D. Patrick and Samantha J. Rainey aka Samantha J. Patrick, Defendants. The Superior Court of San Juan County has directed the undersigned Sheriff of San Juan County to sell the property described below to satisfy a judgment in the above entitled action. If developed the property address is: 257 Tennis Ave., Lopez Island, WA 98261 The sale of the above described property is to take place: Time: 10:00 am Date: Friday, April 18th, 2014 Place: Inside Main Entrance, San Juan County Courthouse, 96 Second St. N., Friday Harbor, WA The judgment debtor can avoid the sale by paying the judgment amount of $20,679.88 together with interest, costs, and fees before the sale date.
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