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Orca Clingfish: Amazing power Earth quake calf wake found up call dead Killer whale baby identified as transient

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The baby orca that was found dead on the west side of Vancouver Island on Dec. 29 is not a member of the J-pod or L-pod, Michael Harris, executive director of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, confirmed Monday, Jan. 4. The whale was a female transient whale, not a member of the Southern resident population of orcas that frequent Puget Sound waters. “Nothing is absolute until we get the results of the DNA tests back,” Harris said. “And that will take months. But we are pretty confident that this calf was a transient.” He said they made comparisons of a photo of the dead calf to the group’s catalogue and found no shot that matched. He added that there are as many as 500 transient whales that swim up and down the coast. Although a determination of how the whale died won’t come until the DNA results do, Harris said there was no trauma to the whale. “Right now the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Canada believe it died due to an infection,” he said. “There was no trauma. It was not attacked and we can safely say it had nothing to do with any military activity in the area or ship strike.” Whale advocates worried that the dead calf might have been one of the eight new babies born over the last year to the J-Pod or L-pod group of killer whales in the Puget Sound waters. “Baby whales often die,” he said. “Their mortality rate is about 50 See ORCA, Page 4

By Heather Spaulding Journal reporter Northern clingfish don’t look like much at a glance: basic brownish coloring, dower mouth, typically growing no larger than a few inches, but it has an unbeatable knack for attachment. The suction disc located on its belly is so powerful its attachment forces ranges between 150-250 times its body weight. To put that in perspective, humans are only one or two times their body weight. The fact its suction disc is able to adhere so well to rough surfaces, or substrate, is part of what drew scientists attention. According to Friday Harbor Labs researcher Petra Ditsche, if their ability could be replicated, there could be countless benefits to technology. Surgeons, for example may be able to benefit from a device like this. A tool that could stick to human organs without damaging them could literally be a life saver. There are potentially countless uses for a super strength suction disc. A suction cup so powerful it could stick to the skin of marine mammals for an extended period of time, even during steep dives, could allow researchers to track say, an orca. One major issue researchers have in trying to understand marine mammals has been only being able to observe a small fraction of their life without being invasive. For these scientists, a water proof, durable suction cup could be invaluable. Once clingfish were analyzed under the microscope, it was possible to see why their disc was so effective. To aid with flexibility, the edge of the disc is made of hierarchical structures called papillae. Each papillae is lined with hair, or rods. This elabo-

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Northern clingfish are unique because of their powerful suction ability.

rate design helps the animal grasp on to the rocky substrate and prevents water from seeping underneath, ruining the suctions lower pressure.For the last two years Ditsche has been researching clingfish at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington. “I was impressed with their ability to stick to slippery surfaces, and their strength.” Ditsche said. By looking at the way that nature uses certain processes, humans can glean information for their own uses as well. “We look at nature, learn from nature and try to copy it. But biological systems are complicated, usually much more complicated than technical ones,” Ditsche said. “So the first step is we study the underlying mechanisms thoughtfully, but in the next step we usually have to simplify the design in order to make it technically doable. Usually nature is still better, but we can come closer. Nature’s solutions have often been proven over sometimes millions of years of evolution. Why not make use of that?” Ditsche and her research team molded sandpaper, the commercial kind from the hardware store, and they easily adhered to the surface. They then made rougher sandpaper by hand, gluing little pebbles to cardboard and making it steadily rougher. “The cardboard was incredibly rough before they started having trouble,” Ditsche said. “Its really quite amazing.” She began studying animal attachment in Germany, where she met Adam Summers, a professor from the See CLING, Page 4

It was cold, crisp night, just before midnight, and Scott Damon had settled down to watch a movie on his boat, docked at West Sound Marina on Orcas Island. He had turned on his TV with the volume up high when he felt his 85-foot boat start to shake violently. “I thought it was an explosion on the boat,” Damon said. “So I ran down to the engine room with a flashlight to find out, but there wasn’t anything there.” Confused, Damon returned to the galley to check out the rest of the boat. When he found everything untouched, he thought it must have been an explosion on Orcas Island, or an earthquake. Damon would later find out See QUAKE, Page 4

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Field Carrier Landing Practice operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field in Coupeville, Wash., on the evenings of Tuesday, Jan. 5 and Thursday, Jan. 7, and from early to mid-afternoon on Friday, Jan. 8. The practice tempo is driven by the Fleet Replacement Squadron student training curriculum and pre-deployment carrier EA-18G Growler squadron flight qualifications. It can also fluctuate due to weather, maintenance and operational requirements. NAS Whidbey Island remains open continuously to support flight operations and training. Flight schedules for OLF Coupeville will continue to be released

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The San Juan County Sheriff ’s Office responded to the following calls. Dec. 22 • A caller contacted the sheriff ’s office in reference to a theft of mail which occurred in the San Juan Island area. The package was delivered on Dec. 19 but was not in the mailbox for pickup by the caller. An investigation is ongoing. • A deputy in Friday Harbor received a report of a theft of some mail. Currently there are no suspects. • A Lopez Island woman reported vandalism to three




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San Juan County business – All public hospital commissioners sworn in Holman Land Surveying Andy Holman, shown right, a third-generation land surveyor, is pleased to announce the formation of his new business, Holman Land Surveying, Inc. Holman is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor in Washington and specializes in all aspects of land surveying, from initial research and field data collection to permitting and planning. “Holman Land Surveying, Inc. serves all islands in San

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Hospital Commissioners Monica Harrington and Bill Williams were sworn in Dec. 30 by Judge Donald E. Eaton in San Juan County Superior Court. Harrington and Williams were voted in on Nov. 3, and began their six year terms Jan. 1 as unpaid, nonpartisan commissioners on the board of the San Juan County Public Hospital District, positions #3 and #5, respectively. “I’m just looking forward to serving the community,” Harrington said about their work as commissioners. “I’m excited to dive in and get started.”

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A crowd of around 30 community members and supporters attended the swearing in ceremony. Barbara Sharp, commissioner position #2, was sworn in Dec. 2. Sharp will hold her position on the board for two years.

The Medical Teams International Dental Van is returning to the Mullis Center, on Friday, Jan. 22 and Saturday, Jan. 23. Fish For Teeth and the San Juan County Health Department are sponsoring this clinic to provide dental care for anyone who is financially unable to afford it. Applications can be picked up at: San Juan County Health Department The Family Resource Center The Mullis Center Or, they may be downloaded from and dropped off at the Health Department. Note that the application deadline is Monday, Jan. 11. Also, understand that the kind folks receiving your application have nothing to do with scheduling; scheduling will begin, according to severity and space, the week prior to the clinic.

Above: Hospital Commissioners Bill Williams, Barbara Sharp, Monica Harrington and Judge Donald E. Eaton. Below: Monica Harrington is sworn in.

“We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work,” Williams added. “I am looking forward to working with the all the public hospital district commissioners,” Sharp said in an email to the Journal. “We have a new year, a new EMS chief and important work ahead.”

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Elwha out of service By Anna V. Smith Journal reporter


The Elwha ferry, servicing routes from San Juan Island to Anacortes, was out of commission again this past week, causing route cancellations and delayed ferry times. The ferry had issues with propulsion controls on the morning of Dec. 28, and was replaced by the Hyak on Dec. 30 while repairs were under way. This is the fourth time this year the ferry has been out of service, including a four month absence over the summer from July to November while repairs were made to the drive motor. According to WSF spokesperson Brian Mannion, the last three times it went out of service was for the same problem, propulsion control, and WSF staff is now taking the issue up with the parts manufacturer. It was repaired the same day Nov. 15 and Nov. 18, and this time it’s expected to be out of service until at least Jan. 8 “The goal right now is to permanently resolve the issue,” Mannion said about the Elwha repairs. “There are no plans to replace it, we keep on top of service and repair to hit


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that 60 year service mark.” Mannion said the Elwha was made in 1967, and they usually expect to get about 60 years of use out of state ferries, which would put the Elwha’s retirement in 2027. It’s one of two vessels on the San Juan Island-Anacortes route that has the equipment required to do international service to Sidney B.C., required under the Safety of Life at Sea Conventions. Washington State Ferries staff announced Dec. 28 that they are beginning building the fourth new Olympic Class 144-car ferry in January 2016 to begin service in 2018. The yet-to-be-named ferry will cost $122 million and be built by Vigor Industrial in Washington state. It is the last of four new Olympic Class ferries built for various ferry routes in Washington state with a budget totalling $515.5 million. The second of those Olympic Class ferries was the Samish, that began construction in December 2012 and came into service for the San Juan Islands in June of this year. Chimicum, the third ferry, is scheduled for completion in early 2017.

Friday Harbor Laboratories. The two of them began to talk clingfish. Approximately 110 species of clingfish can be found, including one in Hawaii that can climb waterfalls reaching 300 feet. The northern clingfish are fairly common in the intertidal areas of the Pacific Northwest. Their favorite meal is limpets, according to “Attachment Challenging SubstratesFouling, Roughness and Limits of Adhesion in the Northern Clingfish (Gobiosox Maeanuricus)” written by Ditsche, along with coauthors Dylan Wainwright and Adam Summers. “They can hold on to smooth surfaces, but they

do even better on rough surfaces.” Ditsche said. This is because the clingfish need to be able to hold on to slimy algae covered rocks to keep from being washed away during currents, tide changes, or strong wave action. Ditsche gave an example of lotus and taro leaves that have the ability to self clean. Careful study of these plants led to the development of self cleaning paint. Ditsche teaches at the Friday Harbor Labs, and usually a few students are interested in the biomechanics of clingfish. It really isn’t surprising, her enthusiasm for these fish is contagious. Recently she started researching the capability of clingfish sticking to ice. They found dead fish were able to attach by the passive suction mechanisms, live fish however

five times over their lifespan. Harris said people can help with the survival rate of baby orca calves by continuing to work on salmon recovery. “We need to get these fish going again,” he said, mentioning chinook specifically. “In the years where the salmon numbers go up, the number of babies go up.” Harris said that an abundance of chinook salmon for the fish-eating orcas has been the key to the recent population boom. According to PWWA’s website, J54, the newest member of the J-Pod’s

baby boom, was first seen by whale watchers near San Juan Island and is the second offspring of 22-year-old J28. The association said the baby boomlet is the largest since nine calves were born in 1977. The southern resident orcas are listed as endangered but their population this year is now tallied at 84, he said. In December 2014, an orca from the Southern resident population was found dead near Comox, carrying a full-term female calf. Necropsy results determined she died due to complications from the preg-

nancy. San Juan County regularly receives funding for salmon recovery projects, and is currently looking for project proposals for the Salmon Recovery Funding Board 2016 grant funding cycles. Private citizens, nonprofit organizations, local, state, and tribal governments located in the San Juan Water Resources Inventory Area can apply for the grants, which covers the San Juan Islands and adjacent waters. In 2015, San Juan County received funding for multiple projects, including


Continued from page 1 percent. Sometimes it’s just not a viable calf.” Sometimes, too, calves get separated from their pods and encounter turbulent surf that can lead to their deaths. Harris said there were five calves born this year in the J-pod and three were born to the L-pod. On average it takes 14 years for a female whale to mature and produce her first calf. Females will give birth about four or

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Continued from page 1 the disturbance was a 4.8 magnitude earthquake that hit at 11:39 p.m., Dec. 29. The quake was 7.2 miles off the west coast of the San Juan Islands and 34 miles underground. “I went to sea for years for the Merchant Marine, and I’ve never experienced anything like that before, so that was a first for me,” Damon said. “It must have been a heck of an after shock.” The earthquake was felt by a number of islanders, and 301 people on San Juan Island reported feeling light shaking to the U.S. Geological Survey. 60 people reported to USGS on Lopez Island, and 108 people on Orcas Island reported feeling shaking. There have been no reports on the islands or elsewhere of damage to buildings or people. While USGS measured the quake at 4.8, its Canadian counterpart Natural Resources Canada measured it a 4.7. “For the islands, this is a notable event. It’s one of the biggest quakes on the islands in decades, and it’s not common,” said Brendan Cowan, direc-

tor of San Juan County Department of Emergency Management. “That being said, it’s not surprising in any way shape or form to seismologists and scientists.” In this case, no tsunami warnings went into affect. The depth of the earthquake hindered the tsunami threat, because it did not cause a vertical shift in the sea floor. Earthquakes either cause the land to move up and down or side-to-side. If land mass moves up and down, one side will be higher than the other. If this movement occurs underwater, water is displaced and creates a tsunami. The large earthquake due to hit the Pacific Northwest, often referred to as the “Big One,” is expected to be a 9.0 or higher, and could happen any time. The last one was Jan. 26, 1700, and the Cascadia subduction zone has regularly released pressure on a 300 year basis, meaning that the Pacific Northwest is nearly 16 years over due for it. “From my perspective this earthquake was perfect. It got a lot of people’s attention, there was no damage and no one got hurt, and it’s a good reminder to people that they need to be prepared for that,” Cowan said of

did not. “Theoretically were able to stick to ice, they just didn’t like it. Not that anyone could blame them,” Ditsche said. “As soon as we get closer to a proto-type, we will test it for different applications and under varying environmental conditions.” There has been a lot of talk about global warming and ocean acidification, but Ditsche is not aware of either one currently effecting the Northern clingfish. However, she warned, everything is interconnected, often times it is difficult to make those kinds of predictions. If its prey, most commonly the limpet, were effected, then obviously clingfish would be impacted. That is good news, since we have so much still to learn from these little fish.

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the Big One. After talking with a number of emergency response groups, Cowan said that many islanders called 911 to find out if an earthquake was occurring and to get more information. He said that while it’s natural to want to know what’s happening, the number of callers overwhelms the dispatchers and takes emergency responders away from dealing with actual emergencies. “In the big quake, we’re not going to have a clear picture of what happened, which is going to be uncomfortable to people. The best thing is just to sit tight and not plug up the phone lines,” Cowan said, and recommended tuning into a radio or checking the USGS websites if internet is still operational for more information. Damon was on Mercer Island in 1964 when the 9.2 magnitude earthquake ripped apart Anchorage Alaska, sending tremors down the west coast and causing tsunami waves in Oregon and California, causing multiple deaths. He remembers telephone poles leaning back and forth, and power lines whipping around above him. “It sure gives us pause to think about all the things that could happen, and what we should be ready for,” he said.

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Hospital board looks back at 2015, forward to 2016 By Anna V. Smith Journal reporter

The last San Juan County Public Hospital District Board meeting of the year looked back on issues from 2015, and forward to opportunities of 2016, with an update on the Civil Investigative Demand from the Attorney General’s office and welcoming two new commissioners including the new EMS Chief Jerry Martin. Larry Wall, director of critical care transport, told the board that there have been 316 flights this year, and he expects it to be more than 320 by the end of the year. He also noted that eight flights used the de-icing system, and praised its use for helping to get patients off island as quickly as possible during a medical emergency.

Fraud investigation continues

The Civil Investigative Demand was originally filed Sept. 25 by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, asking for billing documents, reimbursement claims, forms, as well as all communication between “Larry Wall, Jim Cole, Dr. Michael Edwards or Dr. Michael Sullivan, or the superintendent on Board of the San Juan Island Public Hospital District No. 1 regarding Medicaid billing, Medicaid reimbursement or air ambulance service.” It also specifically asks for the “entire personnel files

for former EMS Chief Jim Cole, Director of Critical Care Transport Larry Wall, Dr. J. Michael Edwards and Agency Medical Director Dr. Michael Sullivan.” Larry Wall, director of critical care transport, told the board that there are no significant updates in the process, and said that the office has received documents in a timely manner. Commissioner Barbara Sharp asked for a time line on when the document hand-over might be complete. “That’s a great question, I asked that as well. Unfortunately we don’t,” Wall said. “Once they’ve gotten all their documents, there is a lot to process. Not only patient records but policy and procedures, attachments, billing forms, and I think it will take them a while to go through it all.” The CID originally requested all the documentation by Oct. 30, giving EMS less than a month to comply. The amount of documents made that a difficult directive. “Number one, there is the possibility of the amount of information to be truncated by the AG’s office,” chairman Michael J. Edwards said. “And number two they have consented to a rolling time line. The original demand of responding in 30 days, the AG’s office has realized that’s just not realistic and has consented in letting us roll it out.”

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Bayuk and Rosanna O’Donnell, who received flowers and plaques for their service to the board. “This is a very emotional time,” Edwards said of Bayuk and O’Donnell’s departures. He commended them both for their steadfast support of the board and EMS, and noted Bayuk’s 12 year service, with includes eight and a half years as chairperson of the board. He said Bayuk was the longest serving member, just two weeks longer than board member Mike Taylor, who left his position #2 this month. It was also the last time that Cady Davies and Pam Hutchins presented for EMS in place of the EMS chief. New chief Jerry Martin will begin his position in January. Edwards praised Davies and Hutchins for stepping up when old EMS Chief Jim Cole left, calling it “nothing short of herculean effort,” and thanking them for their time and effort to EMS. The next public hospital meeting will take place Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. at the Legislative Hearing Room. An agenda has not yet been released for the meeting, but the latest meeting tabled a discussion on the PeaceHealth subsidy agreement to be reopened at the Jan. 27 meeting. Reach

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tions. If you know someone who deserves this award, please submit your nomination by Jan. 31. A total of four awards will be made. Nominations will be accepted in the following eight categories:  shoreline, farmland, woodland, village, business, individual, youth and educator stewardship. To see previous years’ winners, nomination forms

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Fire chief out on medical leave By Leslie Kelly

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San Juan Island Fire Chief Steve Marler has been hospitalized and is on medical leave from the department, it was announced Wednesday. In a statement to the fire commissioners and firefighters, Assistant Chief Brad Creesy said Marler was unable to report to duty at this time. “Our thoughts are with Steve and his family and we all hope for Steve’s speedy recovery,” Creesy said. He also said that while Marler is out, the department will continue to work with him and keep the public informed about his return. For the time being, Creesy will be the acting chief and take over Marler’s duties. Creesy declined to specify what Marler’s illness was

when reached by phone later on Dec. 30. “Right now we’re just rallying around his family,” Creesy said. “When the time is right, we will share more with folks.” Fire commissioners did not return telephone calls for comment at this time.

SAN JUAN COUNTY PUBLIC NOTICE Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Lottery The San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) is currently accepting applications for detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Permits for 2016, until 4:30 pm February 8, 2016. The ADU Lottery Application form must be used and submitted along with the fee of $245. This form is available at www. or can be provided by DCD. Completed application forms can be filed in person at the DCD office during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm (except holidays), at 135 Rhone Street, Friday Harbor, Washington, or by mail at P.O. Box 947. Applications received after the deadline will be ineligible for the lottery, but will be added to a waitlist. There are 7 permits for the construction of new ADUs and 2 permits for the conversion of existing accessory structures, which have legally existed for five years. The lottery will take place on March 9, 2016 and is open to the public; the time and place will be noted on the DCD website at ten days prior to the drawing. Questions? (360) 378-2354 or email

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Write to us: The Journal of the San Juan Islands welcomes letters from its readers.

Letters should be typewritten and not exceed 350 words. Preference is given to local writers and topics. They must be signed and include a daytime phone. Send to carmstrong@ or 640 Mullis St., West Wing, Friday Harbor 98250. Letters may be edited.

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Letters to the Editor Don’t get cocky

While the recent survey by the Washington Department of Health found that “San Juan County ranked number one regarding quality of life,” we still have a long way to go before we can be smitten with ourselves. The fact that 21 percent of our residents are considered “excessive drinkers,” 18 percent of our

Almanac TEMPERATURES, RAINFALL LOPEZ High Low Precip Dec. 28 41 36 .03 Dec. 29 42 30 — Dec. 30 37 26 — Dec. 31 36 24 — Jan. 1 37 26 — Jan. 2 38 26 — Jan. 3 39 26 .02 Precipitation in December: 5.38” Precipitation in January: 0.2” Precipitation in 2015: 28.19” Reported by Jack Giard Bakerview Rd. ORCAS High Low Precip Dec. 28 42 38 — Dec. 29 31 37 — Dec. 30 36 29 — Dec. 31 35 27 — Jan. 1 37 27 — Jan. 2 36 28 — Jan. 3 37 28 — Precipitation in December: 6.20” Precipitation in January: 0.0” Precipitation in 2015: 31.52” Reported by John Willis, Olga SAN JUAN High Low Precip Dec. 28 41 35 .02 Dec. 29 42 33 — Dec. 30 39 26 — Dec. 31 39 27 — Jan. 1 39 27 — Jan. 2 41 28 — Jan. 3 41 30 .01 Precipitation in December: 1.85” Precipitation in January: 0.0” Precipitation in 2015: 18.90” Reported by Weather Underground Roche Harbor Water Systems SUNRISE, SUNSET Jan. 6 Jan. 7 Jan. 8 Jan. 9 Jan. 10 Jan. 11 Jan. 12

Sunrise Sunset 8:02 a.m. 4:33 p.m. 8:02 a.m. 4:34 p.m. 8:02 a.m. 4:35 p.m. 8:01 a.m. 4:37 p.m. 8:01 a.m. 4:38 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 4:39 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 4:41 p.m.

children live in poverty, 13 percent of adults still smoke, and only 83 percent of our kids graduate from high school, and way fewer are fully immunized are causes for concern. Throwing money at these issues won’t solve them. It’s going to take all of us, working cooperatively, whether volunteering, helping a neighbor in need, putting in the time on our children, or just taking a good reflective look at our own behavior to make a difference. I’m optimistic for 2016. Let’s all work together, as islanders, to make this the best year ever. MIKE BUETTELL San Juan Island

Vote for the school levy

The San Juan Island School District is seeking voter approval on Feb. 9 in a special election for reauthorization of the capital and technology levy for the

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years 2017-2020. Basic education funding provided by the state of Washington is no longer sufficient to fully fund school district capital facility improvements and technology. The district’s general fund, which is comprised of state basic education dollars and the local maintenance and operations levy, pays for daily operating expenses and minor repairs of our facilities. The expiring levy rate is $0.340 per $1,000 assessed value. The district is asking voters to approve a four-year levy of $0.455 per $1,000 assessed value. This equates to an approximate annual cost of $227 for a home assessed at $500,000. Approval of this levy provides for the continuing excellence of our school facilities. Please join me in supporting our local schools by voting yes. NANCY YOUNG San Juan Island

Kwiaht lab says 2015 was worst year for salmon – Submitted by Kwiaht staff

The response of juvenile Chinook salmon to this year’s unusually warm El Niño is a preview of the longer-term impacts of climate change on Salish Sea salmon. That is the message Kwiaht’s community salmon team brings to its seventh annual SalmonAtion celebration on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Lopez Center, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m..

According to Kwiaht director Russel Barsh, “it’s a good thing we began collecting data years earlier, since what we are seeing now is nothing like what we observed previously and considered normal.” Compared to Kwiaht’s 2009-2014 baseline years, outbound juvenile Chinook this past summer were far fewer, smaller, and eating less fish. As a result, their

PUBLIC MEETINGS n Ferry Advisory Committee Meeting, Jan. 6, 12:30 - 3 p.m., Orcas Ferry Landing County Meeting Room. n Noxious Weed Control Board Meeting, Jan. 11, 8:30 a.m. WSU Extension, Skagit Campus. n San Juan Island Library Board of Trustees, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. at the library. n Housing Bank Commission Meeting, Jan. 13, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Health & Community Services Conference Room, 145 Rhone St., Friday Harbor

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probability of survival at sea is poor, and there may be a substantial decrease in adult Chinook returning to spawn in Salish Sea streams four to six years from now. The impact of warmer waters was greater on juvenile Chinook from Puget Sound than those that had reared in British Columbia before migrating through the San Juan Islands. With seven years data from Lopez and Watmough study sites, Kwiaht researchers have found that good years and bad years for juvenile Chinook migrants can be predicted from the Multivariate ENSO Index, a measure of temperature

trends in the North Pacific Ocean used by NOAA for long-term forecasting of weather conditions at sea. Pacific Ocean weather oscillations also explain much of the variation in “forage fish” consumption by young Chinook, Barsh says. “During the coolest part of the cycle, a few years ago, each small Chinook was eating twice as many herring and sandlance as we saw in 2015.” The abundance of young herring and sandlance in island waters actually grew in 2014-2015, judging from Kwiaht seine data, but juvenile Chinook did not benefit from the increase: “perhaps because


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they were smaller, and less active due to heat stress” Barsh suggests. Barsh says that of the thousands of small fish identified in stomachs of Chinook in the course of the study since 2009, fully 98 percent have been herring or sandlance. Other fish occasionally seen in gut contents range from larval flatfish and sculpins to tubesnouts and greenlings. San Juan County continues to spend most of its salmon recovery funding on smelt-spawning beaches, however, despite the overwhelming absence of evidence that juvenile Chinook target smelt as they migrate through the islands each summer. “There is a critical need to re-vise our salmon recovery strategy,” Barsh said. Write to kwiaht@gmail. com for more information.

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Guest column

In a galaxy far, far Renew the school’s Capital away... Projects and Technology Levy By Dennis Box Guest editor


noticed one of the top 10 stories from 2015 was the discovery of a dinosaur bone on Sucia Island. The Burke Museum, where the bone is currently lounging, noted in a release it is the left thigh bone from a theropod, a two legged, meat eating ruffian like Tyrannosaurus rex. Otherwise, this was no vegan hoofer. The museum also pointed out the bone was about 80 million years old. I was all zippy to read that, finally the science guys found something older than me. The story did fire a few synapses, which kind of hurt. I imagined one day in a far off galaxy a scrubbed paleontologists with multiple ears will be examining a bag of twisted bones in his laboratory. The ear guy will likely have found the bones while visiting Earth and strolling on Loony Island. After a bunch of months looking through itty-bitty reading glasses, the many ear-lobes guy will come out and authoritatively tell a room of other guys with lots of ears, “These are the bones of a newspaper editor.” Beings with spiky-pink hair and horn-rims will look at each other and ask, “A what? Is it human?” “Probably not,” the scientist with excellent posture will tell them. “Although we are not sure what he really was. It appears from his thumb and forefinger he was an incessant whiner with no hair.” (This planet has bad science). One of the spiky-pinks will ask, “What did he do for fun?” “As far as we can tell nothing. He apparently drank large amounts of a buttermilk. No one is sure what the stuff is or why anyone would consume it. We theorize he used it to try to grow head hair. (These scientists will also have crazy theorems that can’t be right, like our scientists spinning stories about evolution or global warming… hmmfff). Mr. Ears continues, “Amazingly this buttermilk stuff apparently preserved this near humanoid for some 80 million years. Maybe it was used to preserve him for the study of devolved goofballs. We suspect he squinted at something a lot, maybe one of those things known as computer screens. Computers were very common at that time. Humans actually believed they worked. We are not sure why. “We cannot really find much use for this editor other than aggravating real humans. He apparently spent time observing political races, which we think may have caused his extinction, or he was run over by a iceberg.” I think I will take a trip to Burke Museum and check out the dinosaur and spend some time wondering what the heck he was doing on Sucia Island. Probably looking for a snack, or a nice cool glass of buttermilk.

By June Arnold

Chairperson of the San Juan Island School Board

This Feb. 9, our school district will ask the voters to renew a Capital Projects and Technology Levy. This levy will ensure ongoing maintenance and repair of our school buildings (which we the taxpayers own), as well as provide our students and teaching staff with the classroom space and technology infrastructure required to be productive citizens in this digital age. School funding has been in the news a lot lately and it’s probably worth a quick discussion of how Washington schools are funded. There are four tax-based sources intended for education: state, federal, local maintenance and operations, and capital and technology. State funding normally referred to as basic education funding is provided on a per student basis. Approximately 80 percent of these dollars are dedicated to paying teachers and support position salaries. The remainder pays for operations of the schools; utility bills, insurance and limited classroom supplies. Next is federal funding, and you may have recently read the about the Every

Student Succeeds Act. This replaces No Child Left Behind and did not provide any new funding, just different reporting requirements. Federal monies make up a small portion of funding and are targeted at special programs supporting at-risk students. Locally we have a Maintenance and Operations and a Capital and Technology Levy. These run every two years, and span four year cycles like the Summer-Winter Olympic Games. The Maintenance and Operations Levy makes up the difference between what the state and federal government formulas fund. It gives us our small class sizes at the elementary school and advanced placement classes at the secondary level. The Capital and Technology Levy is super simple – it funds the physical things you can see and touch – roofs, walls, windows, furniture, computers and some of the staff associated with maintaining this stuff. The state provides little or no money for all this stuff and the overwhelming support for these two local levies speak volumes of how we value education and those who provide it in our community. Finally, you may have heard about the McCleary Decision in the news. The short version is our State Supreme

Court ruled the State of Washington is failing to fund basic education as defined by our state constitution. What the ruling actually recognizes is that without local levies, there is not enough money to run schools adequately. In some districts across the state, when local levies fail - teachers are laid off, leaky roofs are not repaired and students do not receive basic education services. This year the state stepped up and funded minimum COLA raises for teachers and all-day kindergarten in some districts. At some point the state will be required to meet all the terms of the McCleary Decision, but until that happens a significant portion of the responsibility of providing a quality education lies within each community. I encourage you to support public education and ensure the right to a quality education is not a privilege of the wealthy or lucky, but the right of every child living on this island by voting yes. School funding is messy and complicated, but I am pretty sure we can all agree we would not want to live in a world that did not value the education of our youth. For more information, visit www.

To the New Year – thoughts on mental health, sorrow and addiction By Eleanor Burke

Special to the Journal

With the new year here, it is good to reflect on the past year. The word “reflect” is rooted in Latin and Old French, showing up around the 15th century, and means to “turn or bend back.” When we turn or bend back to 2015 what do we find? From school shootings, to the Alberta Tar Sands, lack of affordable housing here and across other communities, centuries old racism rearing its head in Baltimore Md., and Charleston, S.C., to the largest species extinction rates since the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, deaths of loved ones, fear and heartbreak are ever present. Many wonder, “What world we are leaving our children?” Sorrow and anger can take root and grow into apathy and depression, two conditions which hinder our ability to act and experience joy and peace. Sorrow and anger are not conditions to be solved; they are companions on the road. Winter months with short days and lack of sunlight can be hard. Without proper tools of self-care, many turn to alcohol and marijuana to cope. In the short term the sedating, depressing actions of alcohol on the nervous system, and the dopamine (“feel good” chemical) elicited when smoking marijuana, are quick ways to de-stress, calm down, relax. In lieu of extended family/friends and meaningful community engagement, people get their social needs met at the bar, and enable addiction. What is an old time word for liquor? Spirits! And yes, when used with respect and moderation alcohol brings us spirit, but using these powerful substances on a

daily basis sets us up for a life time of depression and addiction - devastating lives, keeping us from being engaged citizens. Current rhetoric around addiction centers on morality, i.e. the addict makes a “choice” to use. Mental health and addiction must be understood from a physiological standpoint. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, has been quoted as saying, “All health begins in the gut!” When was the last time your care provider asked about your diet, stress level and gut health? In my decade of study on herbal medicine, psychology, and nutrition, I have found that gut health, i.e. content of healthy bacteria, is directly related to mental health, and thus, to overall health. For example, alcohol converts to sugar in the body, feeding Candida, a naturally occurring yeast in the gastrointestinal tract which, when overgrown, can cause yeast infections and chronic inflammation and can also affect mental functioning. There really is no separation between body and mind. Writer and teacher Martin Prechtel says many drink because they do not weep. Do not let the drink become a substitute for your tears. There is much to be wept for this day and age. We weep because we care. This is a sign of life! Let this dark time of year remind us to draw close all we love - friends, family, animals, nature, music, books, good food. Weep with a friend. You may find the want for the drink or drug lessens. Eleanor Burke lives on Lopez Island. She studies herbal medicine with Dr. Aviva Romm, and grief and redemption with Stephen Jenkinson of Orphan Wisdom School.

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Breaking voice barriers

Above, left to right: Gary Grunde and Ethelyn Friend.

Contributed photos

By Heather Spaulding Journal reporter

As part of the San Juan Community Theater’s ongoing series “Off the Rock,” Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m., “The Beauty of Dared Expression” brings a menagerie of interactive lecture and demonstration as well as a concert by actor singer, writer and teacher Ethelyn Friend and pianist/composer Gary Grunde. This concert will include wide variety of music genres all done using 8 octave voice. During the lecture and demonstration audience goers will learn the history of extended or “eight octive” voice. This type of vocalizing originated from the Roy Hart Theater in England, and was spread throughout France during the 60s and 70s. This form of expression changed the face of the performance world. The goal was to expand the potential of the human body and break the barriers of the human voice. In other words, the labels of bass an soprano were thrown out the window. In eight octive voice, everyone could use their full range. The Roy Heart Troop became known for their wild practices, which, Friend said, included screaming, even breaking things. And they invite audience participation at every show. The troop tours to this day, which is an unusual length of time for performer’s to remain together. “I want everyone to feel comfortable to come, no matter if you feel you can sing or not. Singing and making sounds is a human birthright,” Friend said. Tickets for this event are $15 for adults, $8 for students and can be purchased at On Jan. 17 and 18 from 12 to 6 p.m. a follow up workshop will be held in the Gubelman room. Tickets for the workshop are $60, scholarships are available. There is only space for 14 people, and those 14 will learn how to practice two songs, and a have at least one on one coaching session with Friend and Grunde. For more info, visit

Calendar Wednesday, January 6 San Juan Island Drone Pilots Meeting, San Juan Island Library, 7 p.m., free. Informational meeting and discussion on rules and requirements pertaining to operating an Unmanned Aircraft drone. Badminton and Ping Pong, Adult Drop-in, 8-10 p.m., Turnbull Gym. Join fellow islanders for adult drop-in badminton or ping pong games. $3 punch tickets available.

Thursday, January 7 Island Rec Basketball Adult Drop-in 8 - 10 p.m., Hall Gym. Join fellow island­ ers for adult drop-in basket­ ball games. Smiles, laughter and friendly competition are in abundance. $3 punch tickets available. Indoor soccer, 6:30-8:30 p.m., fair building. Drop-in program for soccer enthu­ siasts and beginners alike. Ages 16 and over, $5 drop-in fee.

Friday, January 8 National Theatre Live: “Jane Eyre,” San Juan Community Theatre, 7 p.m. Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine

faces life’s obstacles head-on $20 Adults; $18 member; $10 Student Reserved.

Saturday, January 9 Open Mic for Writers, San Juan Island Library, 7 p.m., free. Held on the second Saturday of the month, Open Mic Night is for anyone interested in writing. Don’t be shy, come read what you’ve got or just listen. You’ll be inspired to write more. Contact Pam Herber for information at pjherber@ Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Island Rec Scooter ’n Trike and Open Skate, no skate night Dec. 26. 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Island artist awarded ‘best pastel’ painting

Lopez Island artist Steve Hill has just speaking. I try to keep my painting style been awarded “Best Overall Pastel” in loose, fast and free.” Plein Air Magazine’s 5th Annual Juried In 2015, Hill participated in four Art Salon Competition for a pastel national plein air festivals and one painting titled “Sol international jurDuc Morning.” It’s ied competition by now a semi-finalNorth Light Books ist for the annual “Strokes of Genius 8, awards, which total Expressive Texture” $21,000 in cash where his unique prizes, in the Salon landscape drawCompetitions finals, ing “Kittitas Valley,” in Tucson, Ariz., done with a ball next April. (There point pen on a full are six rounds of sheet of watercolor semi-finals, each paper, will be pubjuried by museum lished in November curators and major 2016. His list of contemporary art major awards and gallery owners). honors has grown It was painted to 36 in the past 11 on-site (en plein years. air) at the Sol Duc Hill’s work shows River and also won in the islands at a top award durCrow Valley Gallery ing a week-long in Eastsound and event “Paint the Windswept Fine Art Peninsula” last Gallery on Lopez, as September. well as galleries in Hill’s painting will Carmel, California, be reproduced in Springdale, Utah the February/March and Vancouver, issue of Plein Air Wash. magazine, which He also teaches has just become the Steve Hill’s “Sol Duc Morning.” pastel painting best-selling repreworkshops around sentational art magthe U.S. and Europe azine at Barnes & Noble, nationwide. and will teach a workshop at Islands’ “I feel lucky to have made one of the Museum of Art in Friday Harbor, Jan. bi-monthly award rounds, as it is very 16-18. difficult to even get a piece accepted For complete information, go to with hundreds of artists from all over the world entering their best work,” For more information on the art Hill said. “It definitely raises the bar for magazine, visit www.pleinaairmagame and sharpens my focus, figuratively scooter/trike and 7-8:30 p.m. open skate, fairgrounds building. Bicycles with train­ ing wheels allowed during scooter/trike times. Drop-in fee $2/$3 respectively, with family discounts and scholar­ ships available.

Monday, January 11 Free Contra Dance, San Juan Island Grange, 7:30 p.m., free. All dances taught. Singles or couples, you’ll dance with everybody to live old time music. New band members welcome. Island Rec Roller Hockey, fair building. There are three age groupings for roller hockey - ages 5-8 from 5:30

- 6:30 p.m.; ages 9-15 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; adults 16+ from 7:30 - 9 p.m. Volunteer coaches provide instruction for the younger groups! There is a $4 drop-in fee or $45 for season pass for youth and $6 drop in fee for adults. Conscientious Projector with Rob SimpsonGasland 2, San Juan Island Library, 7 p.m. free. See Gasland 2. In this follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film Gasland, filmmaker Josh Fox takes a deeper, broader look at the dangers of fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a glob­ al level. Refreshments are

courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Opinions expressed represent the viewpoint of the filmmakers and not nec­ essarily the opinions of the Library.

Thursday, January 14 Get Familiar with your Android Smartphone, San Juan Island Library, 3 p.m., Get basic instruction in using an Android operating system smartphone. Learn how to save contacts for easier phoning. Learn how to use built-in apps like the camera and how to connect to the WiFi, find websites, and download apps. Bring your smartphone and its password.

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Screening of Jane Eyre at theatre COMMUNITY

– Submitted by San Juan Community Theatre National Theatre Live’s acclaimed London production of Jane Eyre will be screened at San Juan Community Theatre on Friday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. This re-imagining of Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic in 2014, when the story was performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson brought the celebrated production to the National Theatre Live, presented as a


Scooter & Trike Night

Join the gang for a night of scooter and trike fun. Bicycles with training wheels or ‘push’ bikes permitted. New heated parent corner!

5:30pm San Juan County Fairground

JAN. 9

ISLAND REC OPEN SKATE NIGHT Drop in for an evening of music, friends and freewheeling fun & exercise. You bring the wheels and we’ll bring the tunes.

7pm County Juan San Fairgrounds



Held on the second Saturday the month, Open Mic Night is for anyone interested in writing. Don’t be shy, come read what you’ve got or just listen. You’ll be inspired to write more. Contact Pam Herb…

7pm San Juan Island Library, 1010 Guard Street Your

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This bulletin board space, donated by Friday Harbor Drug Co. & The Journal of the San Juan Isla nds available to nonprofit com , is munity ser vice clubs, churches & organizations at no charge. To reser ve space, call Cherie Sarrett 8 days prior to publication at The JOURNAL: 378-5696.

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Crossword Puzzle Across 1. Costa del ___ 4. Book of maps 9. Adult 14. "The Three Faces of ___" 15. Allotment 16. Give the third degree 17. Hard throw, in baseball 18. Absurd 19. OK, in a way 20. 3-sided polygon 22. Clairvoyants 23. Beside 24. Heavy loads 26. Boston suburb 27. Man with a mission 30. “Sesame Street” watcher 31. Park, for one 33. Easy mark 35. Office Furniture (2 wds) 38. Dentist's direction 39. Hidden 40. "A jealous mistress": Emerson 41. Oblivion 42. "O, gie me the ___ that has acres o' charms": Burns 46. French for Herbarium 49. Military wear 50. Electron tube 51. Pool chemical 54. Scalawag 55. Pizazz

single, exhilarating performance on Dec. 8. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfillment on her own terms. From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine (played by Madeleine Worrell) faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart. London’s Daily Mail called the production: “Enchanting. Magnificent. Theatre at its most imaginative.” Tickets for Jane Eyre are $20 for adults, $18 for theater members and $10 for student reserved. Due to a financial agreement with the Met, no theater coupons are accepted for these productions. Tickets are available at or at the SJCT Box Office: 378-3210.


56. Fed. Construction overseer 57. Complimentary close 58. Postal scale unit 59. Coal carrier 60. “You ___ kidding!” 61. Counseled 62. “Don't give up!” Down 1. Relating to thin wall between nostrils 2. Too 3. Host 4. Imitating 5. Bell sound 6. Loyal

7. Clearasil target 8. "Comprende?" 9. An onlooker, starer 10. Let go 11. A spray of feathers 12. Soviet open policy 13. Addition 21. Chronicles 22. "So ___ me!" 24. Inhale 25. Chester White's home 27. Ballpoint, e.g. 28. Fisherman 29. Old gold coin 32. Compete 33. A.T.M. need 34. Elk mantelpiece 35. Emergency exit

(2 wds) 36. Curiosity or interest 37. Drone, e.g. 38. "Go team!" 41. "Malcolm X" director 43. In order 44. Electric eye, e.g. 45. Unfaltering 47. Stream 48. Clarification lead-in 49. Blasé 51. Hint 52. Full house, e.g. 53. Vermin 54. Scandinavian shag rug 55. In favor of Answers to today's puzzle on page 8

Hi, I’m Bear, a pretty good specimen of a Siamese, if I do say so myself! My sister, Maggie and I are in our retirement years, and would so love to go to a good home where there are laps to curl up on. Come see us soon, any day 2-5 p.m. You can see more photos on You can contact the animal shelter at 378-2158 or in person at 111 Shelter Road, Friday Harbor to see animals on San Juan.

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New atrium installation at IMA

Portland artist brings multi-media installation informed by loss of place – Submitted by IMA

The community is invited to watch Dana Lynn Louis create her installation “As Above, So Below” in the glass Atrium Space of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art from Jan. 4 to Jan. 15. The museum presents “As Above, So Below,” a site-specific installation by Portland-based artist Dana Lynn Louis, recipient of the 2016 Contemporary Northwest Art Award. This installation, like many of her previous works, references social and political

concerns. For over a decade, Louis worked in West Africa helping to create the Ko-falen Cultural Center in Bamako, Mali. That work had to end in 2012 due to the Mali Civil War. Since then, her work, including her upcoming installation, has been deeply informed by the loss of place. The site-specific response to the San Juan Islands re-places the self within this specific environment, an act in which she invites viewers to participate.

B onnie L aingMalcolmson, Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum states, “Creating spaces with intimate and large-scale drawings, light projections, and sculptural objects, [Louis] uses glass, light, and shadow to achieve a glitteringly magical environment.” “As Above, So Below” includes four components: a floor-to-ceiling drawing on the glass of the museum’s Atrium Space; suspended glass and mixed-media sculptures; etched mir-

rors installed on the floor; and video projections. Experiential and multidisciplinary, the installation engages time and light, the changing shadows and reflections constructing a conversation with the materials of the Atrium Space and the environment of the region. The show opens along with Ai Weiwei: Fault Line and Sleep of Reason: Selected Prints by Francisco Goya on Jan. 23. For more information go to www.

Contributed photo/SJIMA

Dana Lynn Louis works on “As Above, So Below” in the atrium.

Rare chamber music coming from Germany to San Juan Johann Sebastian Bach walked for days to hear the organist at the Marienkirche in Lubeck, Germany. Islanders need travel only to Brickworks to hear Hans-Jürgen Schnoor (Buxtehude’s successor at the Marienkirche during 2016) as well as German harpsichordist Bernward Lohr and German baroque violinist Anne Röhrig from Hannover and Nuremburg, baroque violinist Ingrid Matthews and many others from around the country and the Pacific Northwest in six exciting 2016 Salish Sea Early Music Festival performances from January

through June. Fifty-four concerts comprise the festival in 2016 alone, from Vancouver to Tacoma. We may be the largest presenter of early music, or chamber music of any kind for that matter in terms of number of events, in the Pacific Northwest and have no administrative expenses whatsoever. The Salish Sea Early Music Festival is a nonprofit organization in Washington State established in accordance with 501(c)3 regulations, and donations are fully tax deductible.

Should you be able to offer an additional donation it would be of great help to us, either by mailing a check to Salish Sea Early Music Festival, 20614 Maupin Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 or through the PayPal link on our website.

Concert schedule Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.

A Beethoven Band: Trios for Russian Guitar, Flute and

Viola: Oleg Timofeyev on Russian 7-string guitar, Stephen Creswell on viola, and Jeffrey Cohan on 8-keyed flute. March 4 at 7 p.m. Baroque Trio Sonatas: B ernward Lohr (Germany) on the harpsichord, Anne Röhrig (Germany) on baroque violin, and Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute.

April 9 at 7 p.m. Fortepiano and Flute: Henry Lebedinsky on fortepiano, Jeffrey Cohan on late 18th and early 19thcentury flutes April 21 at 7 p.m. A Musical Offering: Hans-Jürgen Schnoor on harpsichord, Ingrid Matthews on baroque violin and Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute May 12 at 7 p.m.

1700: Versailles: John Lenti on theorbo and baroque guitar, Joanna Blendulf on viola da gamba and Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute June 9 at 7 p.m. 1800: Virtuoso Guitar and Flute: John Schneiderman on early 19th-century guitar and Jeffrey Cohan on 8-keyed flute (made in London in 1820).

Coast Guard preps for crabbing season Contributed photo/Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read

An aircrew aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane, from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, flies over the Washington and Oregon crab fishing fleet Jan. 1, 2016.

– Submitted by the U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard assisted representatives of the Washington and Oregon Departments of Fish and Wildlife patrol the waters of the Pacific Northwest during the pre-soak period of the commercial Dungeness crab season, which opened Jan. 4. The Dungeness crab season begins Monday from the California/Oregon border north to Destruction Island, Wash. including Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. The Northern Washington to U.S./Canada border Dungeness crab sea-

son will begin at a date to be announced later, but no sooner than Jan. 15. There are an estimated 225 Washington permitted vessels expected to participate in crabbing and an estimated 425 Oregon permitted vessels and there are 75 vessels that are permitted in both Oregon and Washington. Although the Dungeness crab season will remain open through the summer of 2016, historically up to 50 percent of the annual catch may be landed in the first two weeks of the season, with 80 to 90 percent harvested during the first

two to three months. Due to the one month delay to the season start, if catch rates are successful activity may remain moderate to heavy through early March. Crabbing is a state regulated fishery, so the Coast Guard assists its partner agencies when called upon with personnel or assets to patrol the fishing grounds. The Coast Guard’s primary concern is the safety of the fishing fleet. This is accomplished through both preventative measures, such as mandatory dockside safety examination requirements and voluntary training programs, and rapidly respond-

ing to marine casualties if and when they occur to save lives and property. “Dungeness crab season coincides with some of the most dangerous sea conditions we encounter on the Pacific Northwest Coast and every year the Coast Guard responds to numerous cases of vessels in distress,” said Capt. Dan Travers, Commander Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. “Having the proper safety and survival equipment up to date and installed properly could be the difference between life and death.” The Coast Guard will be on high alert for increased search-and-rescue concerns that is associated with this fishery, and will also enforce applicable laws and safety regulations.

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Journal of the San Juans, January 06, 2016  

January 06, 2016 edition of the Journal of the San Juans

Journal of the San Juans, January 06, 2016  

January 06, 2016 edition of the Journal of the San Juans