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Whidbey Xtra! WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2016 | Vol. 1, No. 39 | WWW.WHIDBEYNEWSTIMES.COM | FREE
Deception Pass welcomed 2.6 million visitors in 2015 By RON NEWBERRY
Jack Hartt and his staff at Deception Pass State Park will remember 2015 as another busy year bustling with visitors and projects. If that wasn’t enough to handle, more than a dozen resident beavers kept them on their toes too, toppling willow trees over roadways along Cranberry Lake. “They’re just doing their thing,” said Hartt, the park manager. “I wish they weren’t so much work.” Deception Pass State Park experienced about 2.6 million visitors in 2015. That estimate is about 100,000 fewer visitors than in 2014 yet still ranks as one of the best years in recent park history, according to Hartt. The park generated about $2.2 million in revenue, similar to last year’s total, with the net amount going back into the state parks system. “It’s been just a very positive, successful year,” said Hartt, who recently celebrated his 12th anniversary at the park. “I’m proud to have a staff that works here who are dedicated professionals who serve customers day in and day out 365 days a year and keep the place going for
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Jack Hartt, park manager at Deception Pass State Park, says he is proud of the beach restoration work that has taken place at Bowman Bay in recent months. It was one of two beach restorations done at the park, which drew 2.6 million visitors in 2015. future generations.” The numbers reflect attendance and revenue figures through October and estimates for the slow months of November and December. Not only was Washington’s most visited state park busy with people in 2015, it was heavily
engaged in park improvement projects. Significant work has been done to restore naturally sloping beaches at Bowman Bay and Cornet Bay, Hartt said. Two cabins at the Cornet Bay Retreat Centre have been refurbished and made available to rent
on a nightly basis. Restrooms were remodeled and several Civilian Conservation Corps buildings have been reroofed with authentic-style shakes. The Bowman Bay project was completed in November. It involved removing a stone and
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boulder bulkhead, re-grading the beach with sand and gravel and planting native vegetation. The intent was to re-create a spawning habitat for surf smelt and increasing the food supply for juvenile salmon and marine birds. Washington State Parks completed the project in partnership with the Northwest Strait Foundation and the Skagit County Marine Resource Committee. “The project is the one I’m most proud of right now,” Hartt said. “It’s something I look forward to for decades.” The ongoing building projects by the beavers is another story, though it draws a smile from Hartt. He was late for a meeting after finding a tree across the road in the park one morning. At last check, longtime park ranger Rick Blank counted nine willows gnawed down by beavers. He said the beavers’ precision in dropping a tree where they want has been fascinating to him. “It’s been exciting the last two months watching the logging operation by the beavers,” Blank said.
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Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Jan. 20 and 24, in the Whidbey General Hospital conference room. Contact Tim M. at timmondk@hotmail. com or 360-320-8936 for more information.
Thursday Jan. 21
House of Hope NarAnon Meeting, 7-8 p.m., every Thursday beginning Jan. 7 at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, 1253 NW 2nd St., Oak Harbor. The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. All that is required for membership is that there be a problem of addiction with a relative or friend. karol@ whidbey.com Preschool storytime,
9:30 a.m., Jan. 21, Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Playtime or craft may follow. For ages 3-5 years. Caregiver required. 360-675-5115. Geology Underfoot: Whidbey Island and Western Washington, 3 p.m., Jan. 21, Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Did you know that Whidbey Island has been covered by ice many times during its geologic history? Author and geoscientist Dave Tucker will
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AUDITIONS: “Lost in Yonkers” auditions, 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at Whidbey Playhouse. Needed are two men, two teen boys, three women (one older woman). A semi-autobiographical play set in Yonkers in 1942. Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. The boys are left to contend with grandma and their mentally challenged aunt and her brother Louie in a strange new world.
share geologic tales, covering sites from Western Washington’s low-lying shorelines to its rugged mountaintops. Presented by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. 360-6755115. Free. Book signing and reading, 6-7 p.m., Jan. 21, Best Western Plus Harbor Plaza and Convention Center, 33175 State Highway 20, Oak Harbor. Gail Rognan will share her raw, candid account and experiences of how she dealt with breast cancer. Through her story, Rognan shares how our mind, body and spirit intersect to help us heal ourselves; how alternative treatments can be combined with traditional health treatments; how to listen to ourselves and avoid illness; and how illness can teach us about who we really are. www. renewal-of-spirit.com
Friday Jan. 22
Bingo for Kids, 1 p.m., Jan. 22 in the Coupeville Elementary School multipurpose room. Bring the whole family for an hour of fun. For school-age children and their caregivers. Supported by the Friends of the Coupeville Library. Tied-Dyed Tote Bags, 1 p.m., Jan. 22, at Coupeville Library. Teens and tweens are invited to create unique designs by tie-dyeing with Sharpies! Tote bags and art supplies provided. Limit of 20, please register in advance. Supported by Friends of the Coupeville Library.
Saturday Jan. 23
Family nature film, 2 p.m, Jan. 23, Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Mark Linfield’s nature documentary follows the struggles of a young monkey mother to care for and raise her new baby in the wilds of southern Asia. Author: Perry Seibert. Call the library for more detail. Film is rated G and is 81 minutes in length. Supported by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. Refreshments provided. 360-675-5115. Free.
Monday Jan. 25
Advanced Planning Overview and Advanced Care Directive Class, 9 a.m.noon, Jan. 25, Coupeville Library. The first hour of this class explores ways to talk to your doctor and family about end-of-life choices. Preregister online or by phone. Supported by Compassion and Choices of Washington and Friends of the Coupeville Library. Free. 360-678-4911. Toddler storytime, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jan. 25, Oak Harbor Library. Playtime or craft may follow. For ages 2-3 years. Caregiver required. Free. 360-675-5115.
Tuesday Jan. 26
Raising of America – Film and Discussion, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jan. 26, Oak Harbor Library. The Raising of America: Early
Childhood and the Future of Our Nation is a media/ public engagement project that aims to reframe the way Americans look at early child health and development. Hosted by Northwest Early Learning, the program will include a 30-minute excerpt from the PBS documentary series “Raising of America.” Free. 360-6755115.
Wednesday Jan. 27
Western Movie Series: “The Searchers,” 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jan. 27, Coupeville Library. Directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. Popcorn provided by Friends of the Coupeville Library. Free.
Thursday Jan. 28
Mystery Lovers Book Group: James Runcie, 3-4 p.m., Jan. 28, Oak Harbor Library. Share your love of mysteries. Choose any of the Sidney Chambers mysteries by James Runcie and join the discussion. Books available for checkout at the library. 360-675-5115. House of Hope NarAnon Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Jan. 28, Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, 1253 NW 2nd St., Oak Harbor. The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. All that is required for membership is that there be a problem of addiction with a relative or friend. karol@ whidbey.com
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Oak Harbor Book Group: “The Bully Pulpit,” 11 a.m.-noon, Jan. 29, Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Share your love of reading. Check out a copy of “The Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Goodwin and join the discussion in the library’s Center for
Sunday Jan. 31
Meet the artist, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Jan. 31, Penn Cove Gallery, Coupeville. Visit with photographer Kelly Kellogg. Kellogg uses a variety of camera formats and photographic techniques to obtain results ranging from real-
istic, impressionistic and, even, surreal. His goal is to capture the essence of a scene as he sees it and share his image with others. www.penncovegallery. com
Monday Feb. 1
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teen boys, three women (one older woman). A semi-autobiographical play set in Yonkers in 1942. Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. The boys are left to contend with grandma and their mentally challenged aunt and her brother Louie in a strange new world. AARP Tax Aide, 1-7:40 p.m., Feb. 1, Oak Harbor Library. 1000 SE Regatta
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Baby and Me Storytime, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Oak Harbor Library. For newborns through 24 months. Caregiver required.
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