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Dam removal initiative finds footing in DC By Emily Greenberg Journal reporter

What started as a petition to be submitted to Washington state congressional representatives will soon find its way to the nation’s capital. Southern Resident Killer Whale Chinook Salmon Initiative, an organization formed recently by San Juan islanders, is petitioning for removal of the lower four Snake River dams. The group wants the dams removed to help recover the beleaguered southern resident orca population that rely heavily on Chinook salmon for food. The dams are located in southeast Washington. The population of the southern residents sits at 78 whales, a 30-year low. “The orcas are starving,” said Sharon Grace, organizer of Salmon Initiative. “Breaching the Snake River dams is the most effective means to provide food to the orcas.” The group’s petition for removal of the Snake River dams was launched on the petition platform Change. org in mid-December. As of Jan. 30, it’s been signed by more than 1,400 supporters. The petition has gained momentum quickly, which attracted the attention of two major organizations headed to Washington, D.C. to lobby for the same cause. To push for removal

of the Snake River dams, the local Salmon Initiative is now working with Save Our Wild Salmon, a coalition of conservation organizations and businesses, and Patagonia, the outdoor clothing company with a focus on conservation. The plight of the orcas, brought to the surface by Salmon Initiative’s petition, will be presented in D.C. by Save Our Wild Salmon and Patagonia alongside other critical information. The southern resident orca population was declared endangered in 2005, and the National Marine Fisheries Service lists lack of food as one of the major threats to orca survival. There were four orca deaths in 2014 including a pregnant female, J-32, and a newborn calf, L-120. According to the Center for Whale Research, upon necropsy of J-32’s carcass, her blubber was observed as thin and dry of oil, consistent with inadequate diet for an extended period. “Science has confirmed that the orcas rely heavily on Snake and Columbia Rivers’ salmon,” Save Our Wild Salmon Executive Director Joseph Bogaard said. “Salmon numbers have plummeted in the last decade. There’s a lot of reasons to take this seriously, and orcas are one more reason.” Linking orca survival to

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the troubled salmon populations could be the tipping point needed to initiate the dams’ removal. Treaty obligations to First Nation Tribes in the Columbia River Basin is another main component of why the coalition is pushing for dam removal. According to Bogaard, “spill” tactics applied during the salmon migratory season is proof that dam removal would improve salmon stocks. Spill sends water over the dams when the bulk of the fish migrate, mimicking the natural flow of the river. When implemented, more fish survive the migration, he said. The salmon coalition and Patagonia are sending representatives to Washington, D.C. in the last week of January to screen the film “Damnation” and lobby for removal of the Snake River dams. “Damnation” chronicles the removal of the Elwha River dam. The film, which was produced by Patagonia, features Jim Wadell, a civil engineer retired from the Army Corp of Engineers. Wadell will represent Patagonia in D.C. and present the facts in regard to the lower four Snake River dams no longer being economically viable. Samantha Mace will represent Save Our Wild Salmon and focus on the effects the dams have on salmon. In their testimonies, both will include

the perilous condition of the southern residents and present the petition put forth by Salmon Initiative. Mace and Wadell will meet with Congress and other federal organizations, including the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Wadell was a project manager for a dam study conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla, Wash., in 2000. The study would determine if the lower four Snake River dams should be removed for salmon population recovery. It was determined that the dams should be breached

in order to recover salmon, but there were gross overestimates for the cost of removal and underestimates in the cost of keeping and maintaining the dams, Wadell said. These factors have prevented the dams from being removed for the last 15 years. “I can’t believe they want to hang on to these dams when it’s costing this much money,” he said. “Save money, save salmon, save orcas. It’s implausible to think the state of Washington would allow these creatures to go extinct.” In the last year-and-ahalf Wadell has studied the economic effects of the lower four Snake River dams. What he found suggests that the original calculations were off, and the dams are operating at a deficit. He said removing the dams would encourage new enterprises and recreational opportunities, and ultimately benefit the economy by up to $150 million per year. If salmon populations

are not recovered and the southern resident orcas meet their demise due to lack of food, negative economic impacts of keeping the dams will trickle up to San Juan County. Grace is excited to have such strong organizations backing the same initiative, and hopeful that meetings in D.C. prove to be beneficial. For now the local Salmon Initiative is posting flyers around town directing people to the petition, and educating the public on the connection between the Snake River dams and orca survival. “Those dams will come down,” she said. “They’re old. They don’t make ecological sense. Whether or not they will come down in time for the orcas is the question.” For more information, visit the Salmon Initiative Facebook page at www. or email The petition is at mvazpbh.

LOPEZ LOBOS Varsity Basketball: 2/4 vs. Orcas Christian – Girls 4:00 p.m., Boys 5:30 p.m. ‘The Pack’

Community Calendar ONGOING

THRU MAY 26 GAMES: Pinochle card games, 7 p.m., Woodmen Hall. $2 per player. THURS, ONGOING EVENT: Thursday Tech Time, 6 - 7 p.m., Library Community Room, led by Library Director Lou Pray. Lou will be on-hand to help you learn how to use your Kindle, tablet or iPad. She will assist patrons in learning how to download free electronic movies, music and books on to their devices and computers. Lou will tutor patrons in setting up email, operat-

Lopez Island AA Meetings: Mondays - 7:30 p.m. at the Children’s Center Wednesdays - 4 p.m. Women’s meeting at the fellowship hall at Grace Episcopal Church Saturdays - noon at the Children’s Center Call 468-2809

ing a smartphone, dropping apps on their devices or designing a presentation. Patrons will be assisted in accessing software at their own speed with Microsoft IT Academy and Another interesting feature is that the opportunity is mobile! The library is available to come to groups or businesses.Thursday Tech Time is one of the offerings through May 2015 during the library’s Digital Outreach programming, which will also feature a roster of Digital Skills Classes. Pick up a brochure locally or visit lopezlibrary. org for info. Made possible

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TUES, FEB 3 CLASS: Excel Spreadsheets Coaching. Feb. 3 and March 3 by appointment at the Lopez Island Family Resource Center. Individual consults will address your specific spreadsheet needs – from beginners wanting to learn how to create spreadsheets and use formulas to those with higher level needs. Mac or PC users welcome. You will be contacted by LIFRC to set up an appointment time after you register. Ages 18 and up. $30 for each onehour session scheduled at least one week in advance, $35 thereafter. Preregistration required; THURS, FEB 5 EVENT: Open House, Homework Help Program, 3:30 to 6 p.m., Lopez Community Church Fellowship Hall. Parents of children in grades 5-12 come find out about this new program. SAT, FEB 7 EVENT: Opening reception of “Art from the Heart of

SUN, FEB 8 EVENT: Tenth Annual Soggy Bottom Golf Tournament Benefit for Hospice, Brunch by the Galley; raffle prizes, 10 a.m. sign-in; 11 a.m., tee-off.  Entry fee $35 ($25 for members of Golf Club). To register, contact Vaughan Williams at 468-2922 or vaughanewilliams@


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Correction to Schiessl comments

Saturdays - 9:30 a.m. at the Children’s Center, Lopez. Call 468-4703.

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Lopez Business Hours Galley Lopez Islander Southend Restaurant LUNCH DAILY Thursday-Saturday 12-8 Restaurant 11:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday Brunch 9-12 Open at 8 a.m. Beer-Wine-Great Food DINNER DAILY Full menu until Delicious Baked Goods 4:30-9:30 p.m. FRIDAY 8:30 p.m. every night 4:30-9 p.m. SATURDAY Daily Specials, Deli To Go Items 4:30-8 p.m. SUN. - THURS. Come Down to the South Short-list menu End  & See What’s Cookin’! after 8:30 p.m. COME IN AND ENJOY OUR Southend General Store Fresh, Local, Fantastic 468-2713

Winter,” 5 - 7 p.m. Chimera Gallery invites you to a group show. See what our members have been working on during these cold and rainy days. Show runs through March 13. Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Lopez Village Plaza. 468-3265. For info, visit CLASSES: Carve Your Own Stamps, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Lopez Library. We will use block printing carving tools and techniques to carve stamps out of soft carving blocks. All supplies will be provided and are yours to take home. Open to ages 12 and up. Fee: $3. Preregistration required; visit MUSIC: “The Heart of Winter” Lane Langford and Friends Concert, 7:30 p.m. Lopez Center.


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Schiessl titled “Money not well spent at ferry terminal” questions the costs to implement the reservations program, pointing to a recently-awarded $199.5 million contract. Mr. Schiessl is correct that SR20 MP55.67 is the DOT milepost for the Anacortes terminal, but that has nothing to do with that particular contract. That was for one of the famous highway mega-projects, the western approach to the new 520 floating bridge, and has nothing to do with ferries. As mentioned, the costs for the reservations system do include some additional personnel at Anacortes, which frankly should have been added some time ago. And there is a project on the WSDOT books to widen the

Graphic Designers 360.378.5696 Scott Herning, ext. 4054 Kathryn Sherman, ext. 4050 Classified Advertising 800-388-2527 Mailing/Street Address PO Box 758, Eastsound, WA 98245 Phone: (360) 378-5696 Fax: (888) 562-8818 Classifieds: (800) 388-2527 CLASS: Warm Hands, Warm Hearts, 1 - 4 p.m., Lopez School Art Room. Upcycled sweater hand warmer making class. Keep your hands warm and cute this winter while doing something great for the planet! Ages 12 and up. Fee: $25, please register by Thursday, Feb. 5. Pre-registration required; visit

MON, FEB 9 MEETING: League of Women Voters of the San Juan will host Duncan Wilson, Friday Harbor Town Administrator, who will deliver his talk “Government 101,” noon - 2 p.m., SJI Library Conference Room. In addition to talking about Friday Harbor, he will discuss the structure of local government in general, relating it to federal and state systems. He will also talk about both town and county issues, revenue sources and expenditures, commissions and committees. TUES, FEB 10 MEETING: “What’s New In The World Of Quilting,” 9:30 a.m., coffee and goodies, 10 a.m., meeting at

Woodmen Hall. Roberta Tessen will demonstrate the Accuquilt fabric cutter. All in attendance will be invited to try their hand at cutting applique pieces and quilt blocks.

THURS, FEB 12 CLASSES: A Taste of Mexican Cuisine, 5 - 7 p.m., Grace Church. Make pozole, a traditional Mexican soup, and side salads alongside Spanish-speaking instructors. An interpreter will be present. Ages 18 and up. $25 if paid by Feb. 2, $30 thereafter. Pre-registration required; visit www.lifrc. org. MEETING: Lopez Island Garden Club, 9:30 a.m., Woodmen Hall. Eric Hall of Crowfoot Farm will discuss berries, farming and pruning. Everyone welcome. FEB 24-25 CLASSES: Adobe Photoshop Element, 5 - 8 p.m., Lopez Library.  Learn to make basic adjustments to photos and techniques to manipulate images for a variety of programs. Ages 14 and up. $45 if paid by Feb. 13, $55 thereafter. Pre-registration required; visit

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SR20 approach to the terminal, but not until 2017-2019. It is great to see folks keeping an eye on how the state spends our money, but we should all be careful to keep our facts straight. JIM CORENMAN Chaimanr, SJC Ferry Advisory Committee

Is OPALCO unfair Citizen Ludwig says OPALCO’s “Unfair”, no matter that I just received a check for 90 some dollars as a co-op member, which would have otherwise been delivered to a greedy capitalist shareholder. This fact alone should put the kibosh on his musings. But there are several other distortions in Ludwig’s economic thought.

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1)“Fair,” to him, means a system wherein the poor pay less than the rich for the same goods and services, e.g. the Federal Government. 2) The REA, under which our dam system was inaugurated, was part of FDR’s alphabet soup approach to combat unemployment, as much as an effort to stem the profits of greedy capitalists. The “Stamp Democracy” thought was also used: economies of scale obtained in urban settings are impossible in rural America, so city dwellers subsidize 98261 whether they like it or not. 3) “For Profit” organizations must buy plant and equipment (and/or borrow part thereof). SEE LETTERS, PAGE 8

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Spotlight on Lopezians By Gretchen Wing

Rex McNees, Lopez Island They call Rex McNees’s generation “The Greatest.” Hearing his stories, one appreciates the truth that World War II was won through the sacrifices of teenagers, thousands of them, who reached a swift adulthood on battlefields. Rex’s “field” of battle was the South Pacific, but it shaped his life no less. The youngest of seven in a Parma, Idaho farm family, Rex lost his mother at age four. His father, overwhelmed, left Rex “on my own a lot,” forging his independence. After fighting fires for the Forest Service, Rex planned a career in forestry. But, despite a “hardship scholarship” from the University of Idaho in Pocatello, Rex found himself unprepared for college math and chemistry. Discouraged, he dropped out, went home and signed up with the Navy. It was 1940, and Rex was ready to see the world. After basic training, Apprentice Seaman McNees shipped aboard the cruiser Salt Lake City, escorting ships to the Far East. The European war concerned him and his buddies not at all; they were “having the time of our lives.” On leave in Australia, they got called back to find their 585-foot ship stuck in the Brisbane River mud. The captain fired her up, but couldn’t get to deep enough water. “So he made his own river,” Rex says. “He got those propellers going, and

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Right: Rex and Lois in 1995. Far right: Apprentice Seaman Rex McNees in 1940. he hit the Shell Oil dock.” The dock caved in, “but the captain kept going till he fought his way out.” Thereafter, “we had a terrible vibration at the back end, ‘cause he’d bent one of the propellers.” In December, 1941, the Salt Lake City was due to re-fuel at Pearl Harbor when it was delayed by a typhoon. The next day they learned of the attack on Pearl – where they would have been. Arriving on December 8, “We saw all the burning, the battleships tipped over… a terrible sight.” Everyone expected another attack. “A Pan American [civilian] plane almost got shot down, everybody was so nervous.” Rex’s captain stationed men with fire axes to chop the gas lines after fueling and take off as fast. Criss-crossing the Pacific, Rex’s crew “chased whales –we were so inexperienced, we thought they were Japanese submarines.” Along with hunting subs, they bombarded islands to prevent their use by Japanese planes. Rex manned the 55-caliber guns, but in between offensives, he worked on the ship’s observation planes, a skill that led to his civilian career. Soon, his own ship became a target. In fact, the Salt Lake City saw more battle than any U.S. ship. In one nighttime fight, “the ships were so close together, the shells were coming straight across the water… There was shrapnel all over the deck, large chunks of steel.” During that long

night, Rex relates, “a friend, I was right beside him, got hit…that was a weird feeling.” Next morning, several buddies were laid out on the deck. Rex’s crew “had to make burial bags, heavy canvas and we had to sew in these dead sailors, with a heavy weight by their feet. They lined ‘em up on the deck, about 20 bags. We were ordered to stand at attention. We were all pretty much in shell shock.” He goes on to describe his first mass sea “burial.” “They fell into the water and disappeared. One by one…To see those bodies, going down into the sea…so many of ‘em …” Rex was 19. By 1944, Rex’s crew had fought so much, the Navy excused them from further war duty. Rex was sent to Wichita, Kan., where he was thrilled to see “no salt water anywhere.” He celebrated V-J Day there – “People went crazy!”—before head-

ing back to Boise. There he married his girlfriend and started an airplane repair business. Rex and his first wife raised five children in Boise, and his business provided a decent living. But after a time, tired of repair work, Rex took a management job in Wichita with Beechcraft. His family followed and they lived awhile in Kansas. But when a climb up the management ladder took Rex to Denver, and a life replete with entertaining and alcohol, his marriage fell apart. Rex moved to Portland, where Beechcraft had another office. In Portland back on V-J Day, a girl named Lois McMahon had celebrated her 18th birthday. In 1970, now divorced and working two jobs to put her kids through college, Lois went out dancing with friends, and met the newly divorced Rex. Their first date: skiing on Mt. Hood.

Salmon fishing only on Fri., Sat., Sun. Recreational salmon fishing in Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) is now only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week. Fisher y managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife made the change after catch rates continued to be higher than anticipated in the San Juan Islands, said Ron Warren, policy lead for WDFW’s fish program. “Anglers have been very successful fishing in the San Juan Islands in recent months, prompting us to reduce the number of days each week this fishery is open,” Warren said. “This step will help us meet our overall conservation objectives for stocks of

concern throughout Puget Sound.” Earlier this month, WDFW reduced the catch limit in the San Juan Islands to one salmon per day, down from two, in an effort keep the fishery open as long as possible. The agency is evaluating catch rates and impacts to wild chinook stocks throughout Puget Sound to determine whether further action will be necessary in the coming weeks. As of Jan. 25, anglers had kept or released 15,625 chinook salmon since October in Puget Sound, not including Hood Canal and South Sound. The management guideline for chinook in Puget Sound is 31,813. Since Jan. 29, the area is closed

to salmon fishing Monday through Thursday each week. The catch limit will remain at one salmon daily. Anglers are required to release wild chinook. Anyone still hoping to fish for chinook salmon in nearby waters Monday through Thursday can head to marine areas 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 8-1 (Deception Pass), 8-2 (Port Susan) and 9 (Admiralty Inlet), which are scheduled to remain open into April. Anglers should check for updates on WDFW’s Fishing Hotline (360-902-2500) or the department’s website at .

But further adventures delayed the romance. A buddy of Rex’s invited him to be chief mechanic aboard a surplus Navy ship he’d bought in Baltimore, to sail down the Intracoastal Water way, across the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal. In the Yucatan, they were forced ashore by the Mexican navy. Running short of rations, they sampled local fare – tortuga steaks: “delicious.” The resulting medical conditions, however, wore Rex out, and he “jumped ship” for the airport, where all his mechanic’s tools were stolen. Lois met him at the

Portland airport—“What a sight!” Rex remembers. Soon after, he proposed. Married 42 years, the McNeeses have lived fulltime since 1995 in the house they built after discovering Lopez on vacation. Between them, they have eight kids, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, who all visit. But none plans to move to Lopez, leaving Rex and Lois contemplating where to spend their remaining years. As this question arises in the conversation, an eagle wings across the yard – a fitting salute.

NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT Orcas Power & Light Cooperative is the recipient of Federal financial assistance from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the US Department of Agriculture, and is subject to the provision of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and the rules and regulations of the US Department of Agriculture. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at The person responsible for coordinating this organization’s nondiscrimination compliance efforts is Foster Hildreth, General Manager.

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Anti-discrimination Beware of IRS scams bill from Ranker during tax season State agencies must consider certain requirements before public works contractors can earn contracts to work on projects important to Washingtonians. Under a bill sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, those same contractors would also need to share taxpayer values in order to earn taxpayer dollars. Senate Bill 5462 would require agencies to make sure contractors are in compliance with state and federal anti-discrimination laws. If a bidder

is found to not be in compliance with these laws, agency directors will no longer consider them for these contracts for no more than three years. “Washington’s history of tolerance is a source of pride,” Ranker said. “We should hold those with whom our state does business and those whom we pay with taxpayer dollars to the same high standard. I hope this will encourage those who do not respect the rights of all Washingtonians to change their ways.”

Submitted by Sheriff Ron Krebs

Recently the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has received several phone calls regarding IRS phone scams. These scams are common during tax season and victims often lose thousands of dollars. They start with phone calls from someone claiming to be with the IRS. Victims are told they have

never demand immediate payment. If you have questions, contact the IRS directly at (800) 647-7706. If you think you’ve been a victim of a tax fraud, call the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office at 378-4151. For more information, visit the following website: Newsroom/IRS-Warns-ofPervasive-Telephone-Scam.

Weekly’s poll to rate Sheriff’s Department

Crossword Puzzle Across 1. Song of joy 6. Gorge 11. Dadaism founder 14. Old Roman port 15. Bob Marley fan 16. When it's broken, that's good 17. ___ Tower 18. English exam finale, often 19. "Walking on Thin Ice" singer 20. Chynna and Mackenzie Phillips, e.g. 22. Athletic supporter? 23. Surgeon's tool 24. "Beg pardon ..." 25. Champion 28. When repeated, like some shows 30. Dog with a blueblack tongue 31. Never again 36. ___ Master's Voice 37. Soft, bluish-white metal 39. Cal. col. 40. Able to produce eggs that hatch 42. Class of spirits 43. Food sticker 44. Variety of rummy 47. Stylish 49. Catch phrase 51. Precursor to AIDS 52. Characteristic of Latin 57. Mamie's man 58. Cousin of a raccoon 59. Wombs 60. Moray, e.g.

an outstanding debt that is due immediately or they will be subject to arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. The scam artist will demand payment by way of a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. Some things to remember if you receive a call: the IRS does not initiate tax collection via the telephone. They will never email you about a debt and they will

The Islands’ Sounder, Islands’ Weekly and the Journal of the San Juans are launching a poll to find out what you think about the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department. You can find the poll at and search for the word “poll.” Results of the poll will be posted online and in our print edition in late February. Stay tuned for more info, or email Cali Bagby at for questions.


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of the Year 11. Epitome 12. Hindu queen 13. Intro 21. ___ and outs 24. Store convenience, for Down short 1. Fancy-schmancy 25. Bounce back, in a 2. Fishing, perhaps way 3. And others, for 26. Gangster's blade short 27. In a good way 4. Motion of air 28. Romanian coin currents 29. Branch 5. Long Island county 32. Australian runner 6. Musical increase 33. Thickness 7. Dispatch 34. Bluster 8. Money in the bank, 35. "Empedocles on say ___" (Matthew 9. Antares, for one Arnold poem) 10. 1951 N.L. Rookie 37. Jail, slangily

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38. "___ we having fun yet?" 41. Photo 42. Building cleaner 45. ___ Khan 46. Character 47. Perry White, e.g. 48. One that hikes 49. Cons 50. Stringed instruments with fretted necks 52. Air Force heroes 53. Deep sleep 54. Kill, in a way 55. "Aeneid" figure 56. "Your majesty"

Answers to today's puzzle on page 8

Fill in the blank cells using numbers 1 to 9. Each number can appear only once in each row, column, and 3x3 block. Use logic and process of elimination to solve the puzzle. The difficulty ranges from 1-5 (easy) 6-10 (moderate) and 11-15 (hard). Today’s puzzle is level 8. Sudoku and Crossword answers on page 8

Annual Native Plant Sale By Master Gardener Jane Wentworth Special to the Weekly

It’s time to think about what to plant in late winter and early spring as we pore over plant and seed catalogs. The San Juan County Master Gardener Foundation and the Conservation District can help with your planning because it’s time for the Annual Native Plant Sale. The sale is scheduled for March 21, from 9 a.m. – noon on San Juan, Lopez and Orcas Islands. Native plants are beautiful in the garden and landscape are beneficial for wildlife, and improve habitat and plant diversity. This year we are offering 17 species of evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs, including favorites like Western Red Cedar, Vine Maple and Red Flowering Currant, and some new and noteworthy additions. For the first time we are offering pollinator and rain garden kits. Each kit contains two plants of five different shrubs carefully selected to attract and benefit pollinators, or to serve as rain gardens. New and noteworthy

additions include: Bitter cherry (Prunus emarginata) – A deciduous small tree or shrub, often multi-trunked and varying in height up to 30 feet. White to pinkish blossoms appear from mid-spring to early summer. Small fruits or drupes are red to almost black when ripe. The leaves turn yellow in autumn. Birds relish the cherries. This is a pretty tree or shrub for open places in a woodland garden setting. Golden currant (Ribes aureum) – A thornless, deciduous shrub with golden yellow, sometimes fragrant, tubular flowers that bloom in mid to late spring. The flowers turn orange as they age. Red to purplish berries follow the flowers. More common east of the Cascades, this shrub will also do well on the west side. It’s a fine choice for a hedgerow or wildlife garden, hummingbirds like the flowers and fruit-eating birds will enjoy the berries. Twinberr y (Lonicera involucrata) – An upright, deciduous, fast-growing shrub up to about 9 feet. Yellow, tubular flowers

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Right: Golden Currant (Ribes aureum). Below: Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata). appear in pairs in midspring to late summer, followed by a pair of shiny black berries in shallow cups that are formed by the bracts.The flowers of this handsome shrub are excellent for hummingbirds, and the berries. While inedible to humans, they are relished by fruiteating birds, such as cedar waxwings. Save the date for a Native Plant Workshop on March 7 at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor. This free workshop is open to everyone and is co-sponsored by the San Juan Conservation District and the San Juan Master Gardener Foundation. Come learn about native plants and how to use them in gardens, landscapes and rain gardens. Stay tuned for more details! March 21, from 9 a.m. - noon, is the day of the sale on San Juan Island at the Fairgrounds in Friday Harbor, the Orcas Island Grange and at Sunset

Builders on Lopez. A limited number of plants will be available for sale that day on San Juan and Orcas Islands and all are invited to visit our Native Plant and Gardening Expo. Quantities are limited, so order now. The deadline for pre-orders is March 12. For more infomration, to see the list of plants, print an order form or order online, go to For additional information, give us a call – WSU Extension at 378-4414.

Ferries renamed after the Seahawks; Valentine’s Day Washington senators make wager Special with Massachusetts senators

Passengers traveling on the Washington State Ferries Sunday, Feb. 1, will be boarding the “M/V Russell Wilson” or crossing Puget Sound on the “M/V Marshawn Lynch” as Gov. Jay Inslee has directed the vessels be named in honor of the Seattle Seahawks. “For the second year in a row, we are proud to honor our Seahawks as they represent Washington in the Super Bowl,” said Gov. Inslee. “This honorary name change is just one way we will show our support as they take on the Patriots on Sunday.” “Last year, the fans appreciated seeing our ferries temporarily renamed after Seahawks players, and the team went on to win the Super Bowl,” said Lynne Griffith, assistant secretary of transportation, Ferries Division. “We’re excited to repeat the symbolic renaming of the fleet.” The Washington State Department of Transportation recognizes the Seahawks achieved success this season by working as a team. WSDOT has 24 vessels in its fleet and has named each one after a Seahawks team member. The agency wishes the entire team good luck in their quest for a second Super Bowl win.

In other local Seahawks news, Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Washington state Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell announced a friendly wager between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. Senators Warren and Markey have offered up a lobster clambake from Woodman’s of Essex and beer from Samuel Adams. Senators Murray and Cantwell have offered oysters from Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton and beer from The Pike Brewing Company in Seattle. “We hope the Seahawks enjoy their last few days as defending champs, because the Patriots are on to Seattle and will do their job delivering a fourth Lombardi Trophy to New England. Go Pats!” said Senators Warren and Markey. “We’re ready for an exciting Super Bowl matchup, but Tom Brady and the Patriots won’t have an answer for the Seahawks and the 12th Man. We look forward to celebrating a second Lombardi trophy over some lobster and Sam Adams, courtesy of our friends from Massachusetts,” said Senators Murray and Cantwell.


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OPALCO rate increase explained | At a Glance expenses and covering the cost of upcoming submarine cable replacements over the next 30 years – which boils down to our ability to make loan payments. A Cost of Service Study was conducted in 2014 to make sure each member pays their fair share. All member classes are affected by the rate

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increase, as shown right. What co-op members can expect to pay in 2015 (based on average usage): This new rate structure also changes how we meet the co-op’s fixed operational costs. Currently, a large percentage of our revenue requirements are met through energy (kWh)



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usage. Bonneville Power Administration charges us for the kilowatt hours of energy used.  This will stay relatively stable.   However, over the next five years, the facility costs at OPALCO are going up incrementally and will make up a larger share of our fixed costs.   Therefore, this shift in rate structure provides more revenue stability and predictability. Please go to www.opalco. com/finances to read the detailed 2015 Budget and Rate Report.  The full tariffs are also posted on our web site. Warmer temperatures impacted energy sales last year. A $1.4 million revenue shortfall in 2014 was minimized by belt-tightening throughout the year as the number of “Heating Degree Days” were tracked and revenue reductions predicted. Hiring scheduled for 2014 was delayed, as well as some projects that were not critical to maintaining service levels. “OPALCO’s budgeting is based not only on projected system growth, but also on how average monthly ambient temperatures will affect usage,” explained System

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CHRIST THE KING COMMUNITY CHURCH, There’s Always a Place for You! CTK gathers at 10:00 a.m. in the school multi-purpose room at 86 School Road. Come as you are! More info at Email: Phone: 888-421-4CTK ext. 819. COMMUNITY CHURCH, Please join us Sun. mornings. Adult Bible study, 9:30. Worship Service, 10:30. Nursery (birth3 yrs) and Jr. Church (4-12 yrs) provided during worship service. Small groups meet throughout the week. 91 Lopez Rd., in the village. Pastor Jeff Smith 468-3877. GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, welcomes you to worship with us on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Fisherman Bay Road at Sunset Lane. 468-3477. Everyone welcome! LOPEZ QUAKER WORSHIP GROUP Please join us Sunday mornings, 10 a.m., at Sunnyfield Farm, 6363 Fisherman Bay Road. Children’s program. Everyone welcome. Phone 468-2406. Email: Lopezfriends@gmail. com. LUTHERAN CHURCH IN THE SAN JUANS (ELCA) Please join us for worship and children’s Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. in Center Church on Davis Bay Road. Also in Friday Harbor at 11:00 a.m. in St. David’s and in Eastsound at 1:15 p.m. in Emmanuel. Pastor Beth Purdum, 370-0023. ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC CHURCH Come worship with us at Center Church on Davis Bay Rd. We welcome you to join us for Mass at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday starting January 3. Call 378-2910 for Mass times on San Juan and Orcas Islands.

deflects typical fall, winter and spring storms.” Weather projections for 2015 follow this same pattern, and revenue expectations have been adjusted to reflect the trend. A trueup mechanism is currently in development to allow weather-related rate adjustments throughout the year to create greater revenue stability. Following back-to-back “100-year storms” in 1989 and 1990, the board instituted the storm abatement program to get our electric distribution lines buried underground. For five years, all members paid a surcharge of 25 cents per kilowatt hour to fund the necessary infrastructure improvement. The General Manager at the time, Doug Bechtel, wrote: “These storms have changed the way OPALCO does business. We are going to fix this system so that it does not happen again.” “The way we do business is changing again,” said General Manager Foster Hildreth. “We must replace aging submarine cables in order to maintain our quality of service, and we must adjust our business model – including rates – to adapt to evolving patterns and increase revenue predictability. Our team is working hard to manage the obstacles ahead.”

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These “fixed charges” are then amortized and depreciated over years at a fixed rate and profit is any amount left over after paying fixed charges, labor and inventory costs. But all this money is paid out to other greedy capitalists, like themselves, so no harm is done. The fixed charges for

cables, cable laying, plant construction, etc., must be paid to wretched greedy capitalists through competitive bidding, just because there is no other source. The proportion between the amount allocated to fixed charges versus the amount allocated to labor and inventory may have a small variable proportion. But in no case can the sum be less than what the customer is charged the without incurring a loss.


Ludwig is demanding, simply, a steeper progressive rate, designed for his pocketbook, in which he would pay less and everybody else would pay more. Bottom line (of above and Growlers), is my wish that my fellow Islandalers would heed a variant of JFK’s suggestion: ask not what their country (co-op) can do for them, but rather what they can do for Humanity. JM Schultz Lopez Island

Inspired by talk at library On Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the Lopez Library, Kai Sanburn from Lopez, Liz Lafferty from California and Kim Foley from Iowa spoke about their remarkable commitment to walk from LA to DC in a call for action on Climate Change. There were only about 25 persons on the journey but they interacted with many persons of all walks of life during this crossing. Liz and Kim walked the whole distance, and Kai joined in twice for significant periods of time. In their pre-

sentation they focused on the Oil Fracking Industry’s impact on the integrity of the Earth and on the health of humans. Kai framed the impact of the fracking industry with the apt metaphor of the effect and consequences of an addiction. I find this metaphor so very valuable for us all to keep in heart and mind as we face challenges here on the Salish Sea regarding the transport of coal and in the sky about with the increasing impact of the Navy’s Growlers. The use of the term “addiction” to describe motivations behind the destructive acts of humans on the earth is familiar in the field of “eco-psychology,” classical and allopathic medical models in the illustration of how the illusive acts of self-violation, or in this case Earth violations, manifest, occur, or otherwise are the desperate responses of humans to desperate circumstances. Addictions are profoundly complex and difficult to turn round because often in the root of the addiction lies the emotion of fear. Sadly, much of

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our society and world community in the present eon is influenced, if not dictated by the emotion of fear. In the case of coal crossing the Salish Sea and the Navy’s professed need to fly the Growler, the fear is two-fold: 1) Fear of scarcity, not having enough energy (in the case of coal) and 2) fear of attack, in the name of war, terrorism, (in the case of the Navy). Why write all this? I write to encourage a stance of balanced, compassionate, strong and firm action on the issues which may disturb your sleep at night. Look at both sides, know to the best of your ability what you are dealing with, then act to save, heal, protect, enliven whatever has meaning for you. And know that even if all your did is to be still and listen to nature, in the magnificent place we live, that very act of listening and stillness is profound and has profound ramifications…think “Butterfly Effect.” AURORE MAREN Lopez Island

Concerns about coal I support the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) to be located in the Cherry Point area of Whatcom County. I believe in sound environment principles, but firmly feel this can be built in an environmentally compatible manner. GPT has committed to complying with all required laws and regulations and modified their proposal to further improve compliance. I note they are also willing to work with Lummi Nation to address concerns (though the Nation declined to do so).



geared specifically toward those who know little about birding, but have always wanted to learn. Basics such as what to look for when identifying a bird, how to use a bird guide and binoculars, and other keys to help you become a better birder will be discussed. To register call 370-7655.


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As a resident of the San Juans, I am aware of citizen concerns over the safetyrelated issues of increased shipping in Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. No one wants a shipping accident or an unwanted fuel oil spill. I have encourage groups to invite representatives from the Coast Guard, the respective Pilots Associations and the Puget Sound Vessel Traffic Service to visit our communities and discuss the accurate impacts of increased marine traffic as a result of GPT. This would be a constructive step to place the issue in a more balanced perspective. Thus far, these entities have not been invited. If GPT is not approved, the coal shipments will travel to export terminals in British Columbia. This means Washington will have little, if any, control over the process and lose any benefits, like jobs, tax revenues and economic growth. The same ships that could operate out of Cherry Point will pass through our Salish Sea waters from B.C. Is this what we truly want? Also keep in mind that this terminal is designed for multiple commodities, such as grain or potash. I urge people to allow the EIS review to proceed through the process without unreasonable demands. I support a fair and balanced discussion and review of this proposal. Gordon Jonasson Lopez Island

Islands' Weekly, February 03, 2015  

February 03, 2015 edition of the Islands' Weekly

Islands' Weekly, February 03, 2015  

February 03, 2015 edition of the Islands' Weekly