Whalen: Island Deer Numbers

By Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) state biologist estimates, Columbia Blacktail Deer populate the San Juan Islands at a level x10 the historic pre settlement population. At a recent presentation by our regional state deer biologist at the local library, islanders were provided a wealth of information about the health and numbers of our local deer population. The presentation included scientific reference to the impacts of overpopulated deer on trees, native plants, insects and birds. This presentation wasn't an opinion piece, or as written in a recent letter, a Cabelas rally. The biologist simply provided those in attendance with some real information to consider.

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Miller: Concerned about Growth Mgmt Civilian-Military Compatibility Guide

Washington State’s Department of Commerce has published a guide called the Growth Management Civilian-Military Compatibility Guide. The Guidebook is part of a master strategy laid out by the consulting group, the Spectrum Group, whose leadership is comprised of retired military, regarding Growth Management issues in WA State. In a Dec 2016 report to the Commerce Department, the Guidebook laid out what is needed to attract more military activity to WA state. The report and follow up work was funded, in part, by a grant from the Department of Defense Department of Economic Adjustment.

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Lance: Deer are not the problem

I attended a meeting at the library last night on deer population here on San Juan Island and what I walked away with is: KILL DEER! My take is different than pretty much everyone else’s point of view at what felt like a Cabela-sponsored rally. We humans seem to have a psychological need to blame any living thing other than ourselves for the ecological and economic mess we find ourselves in. Deer are not the problem - we are. If we truly cared about the native plants, birds and insects, we would take a hard look at ourselves and shape up. Human overpopulation is the driving force of the problem. Deer, cougar, wolf and bear were all native to San Juan. Along comes man and we eliminated all of the apex predators that kept the island’s fragile ecosystem in balance. The islands were gorgeous, flourishing with indigenous plants and animals. Fast forward today, The San Juans have been transformed, ecologically mutilated. Native wildlife have been sacrificed for the production of cattle pigs, chickens, sheep and llama. Our old-growth forests have been clearcut, plowed under and replaced with plantations, field crops, exotic flowers, grasses, alfalfa and hayfields.

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Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks: In memory of Ben White

It’s Thanksgiving week. It is the week that, in 1999, forever changed my life. My son, Colin, and I went to Ballard for our traditional Thanksgiving dinner with friends. On the way to their home we stopped at a small store to pick-up a few goodies. I mentioned to Colin that I might be coming back down to go to the WTO demonstrations the following week. The elderly Asian man who was behind the counter overheard me. His face broke into beam of joy, “You go, you go!” he pronounced with a big grin. Then he said, “You wait here.” And he dashed into the back room and came back with a big green sticker for the car that read: “If it doesn’t work for working families, it doesn’t work.”

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Horoscopes by Triana Elan November 12 - 18, 2018: Venus Comes Out of Retrograde in Libra, Mars Moves to Pisces on Thursday

This week the element in deficit is air; there is a balance between fire, water and earth and this points to a plethora of emotions and actions with no real consideration behind them in the big world. No matter your political or religious affiliation, know that this is a temporary and intense time on the world stage, necessary as a reality check and a dose of “What are we doing to ourselves?” kind of thinking. Times like this happen when a wave of simultaneous impacts hit cultures and societies and the synergetic effect of demanding change produces tangible results, for better or for worse. With the lack of mental energy coming from the heavens, we have to rely on our own more.

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Brandli: Congratulations and Thanks

My congratulations go to Carolyn Jewett for her election as our next District Court judge. She worked hard and ran a tenacious campaign, and the results prove that it was effective. I wish Ms. Jewett well on the bench. I also want to thank my many supporters in this election for their devotion of time, energy, ideas, and encouragement. Their letters and endorsements were, for me, very moving. These special people carried me through these last few months. For that, I am very grateful.

My biggest thank you goes to my wife, BJ. After 25 years with her, I continue to be blown away by her love and support. As my campaign manager, she poured her heart and soul into this campaign. I have no words to adequately express the depths of my gratitude for her.

Steve Brandli

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Horoscope By Triana J. Elan November 5 - 11, 2018 Mars in Aquarius Trine Venus, New Moon in Scorpio Wednesday, Jupiter Moves to Sagittarius

This week holds the key to some big changes due to Jupiter entering his own sign of Sagittarius on Thursday. Since Jupiter doubles as a Personal and Outer planet, his ability to expand what he touches is unique. Jupiter is happiest in Sagittarius and under this influence for the next year, look for breakthroughs in a focus on independence, justice and new ways to have fun. The other nice thing about Jupiter is that he only has a twelve year return to each sign, so think back to 2006 and what was going on. What were your goals? Were they attainable? Jupiter likes to aim high, but also he can make us lazy because of expectations of things being easy and coming to us. We have to make first contact, reach out to grab the brass ring and push the envelope to gain Jupiter’s rewards. Most importantly, we mustn’t get discouraged and give up. We can all take advantage of this placement because Jupiter is a forgiving planet and will bring another chance.

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