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WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 VOL. 47, NO. 15 75¢ islandssounder.com
Candidates for OPALCO board by STEVE WEHRLY Journal reporter
Spring is here
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Seven-year-old Lucy Troxel poses with Norman during Salmonberry School's Spring Festival and Open House on April 6. The stars of the show by far were the visiting lambs, chicks and goats from Lum Farm.
A total of six candidates will be vying for two positions on the Orcas Power and Light Cooperative board of directors. The upcoming election promises to highlight contrasting views on what direction the co-op should take in upgrading its electrical distribution system, expanding its network of fiber-optic cable, and, ultimately, how the cost of those investments should be covered. The candidates seeking election to the two board positions, both representing the district that includes San Juan Island, are incumbents Vince Dauciunas and Glenna Hall, and challengers Bryan Hoyer, Steve Hudson, Douglas Rowan and John Sheehan. Don Galt, Sr. of San Juan was also in the running until he withdrew his candidacy on April 7. Dauciunas, noting that prior board elections have typically been decided by less than 10 percent of the co-op’s 12,000 members, said he would like to see a far greater turnout in the upcoming election, which culminates at the co-op’s annual meeting on May 3 (ballots will be in the mail beginning April 11). All members have the opportunity to vote for the San Juan Island district directors. The two candidates with the most votes will be elected.
Still waiting for marijuana licenses by STEVE WEHRLY Journal reporter
San Juan County residents and visitors can legally toke on a joint now, but you won't be legally able to buy it here (unless you have a medical marijuana prescription) until at least July of this year. The Washington State Liquor Control Board, which regulates all aspects of nonmedical marijuana production, processing and sales under Initiative 502, has yet to license any retail marijuana stores in San Juan County. At least one marijuana production license has been issued in Spokane to a medical marijuana
purveyor named Sam Greene, but no licenses of any kind have been issued here. Three marijuana retailer licenses have been allocated to San Juan County, one each for San Juan, Lopez and Orcas. Seventeen of those applications were from San Juan Island and two each from Lopez and Orcas. Producer/ grower applications and processor applications were not limited by regulation. The Lopez Island retailer applicants listed on the liquor board database (www.liq.wa.gov/ records/frequently-requested-lists) were Adonis Delgado at an address on Fisherman's Bay Road and a business called Orpheus, at a
different address on Fisherman's Bay Road. Retailer applications from Orcas Island businesses were from The Cannabis Shop on Lover's Lane and Token Herb on Crescent Beach Road. Marijuana processor license applications were filed by three Orcas Island businesses – Leslie's Magic Touch on Eastman Road, Mt. Woolard Farming at the same address on Eastman Road and NW Connoisseurs on Lagoon Road. No processor applications were filed from Lopez Island and nine processor applications were filed from San Juan Island.
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More info can be found at http://www.opalco.com/about/ annual-meeting-report/. Although fellow incumbent Glenna Hall is enthusiastic about standing for election after serving as an appointed director for less than a year. Hudson was nominated by a petition of 15 San Juan Island members. Hoyer, Rowan and Sheehan were selected by a nominating committee appointed by the OPALCO board. All seven are profiled at www.opalco.com/ about/board-of-directors. The nominating committee consisted of three San Juan residents: Victoria Compton, Economic Development Council director, Peter Kilpatrick of Ravenhill Construction and civic activist and technology executive Mark Madsen. Madsen, chairman of the committee, said the panel talked with about 30 potential nominees, all of whom were experienced in community service, business or “running something.” The chosen three are all well-qualified, he said. Madsen and Kilpatrick agree
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