By Scott RasmussenJournal editor
Periodic trips to the Sheriffs office had been one of my many tasks for the bet-ter part of the past 14 years.
There, I would pull up a chair and hunker down in the back room and sift through the stack of incident reports.
I would jot down relevant information of those that I determined to be newswor-thy and head back to the Journal to piece together the next installment of the San Juan County Sheriffs Log.
I got to chit-chat with many of our dispatchers and depu-ties, and gain a better under-
standing, to a degree, of the departments inner-workings along the way. Readers may recall a log entry would go something like this:
July 27: A San Juan Island man claims the driver of a Dodge Durango threatened him with a knife during a con-frontation over an exit-only sign at a Friday Harbor home remodel center. The 33-year-old, working security outside the centers parking lot at the time, claims the driver entered the parking lot via its exit, pulled out a knife when confronted, exited through the entrance, and then sped away.
From fender-benders to
felony assault, that stack of reports worked as a window into some of the less attrac-tive, more unsettling and sometimes bizarre occur-rences that take place in this paradise. It chronicled everything from dog bites, DUIs, shoplifting, runaways, welfare checks, trespassing, suspicious activity, discov-ery of human remains and a whole lot more.
Its no surprise that the sheriffs log, long before I inherited it, had been one of the newspapers most popu-lar features. It proved to be so on the Journal, Sounder and Weekly websites as well.
But theres no real payoff in such trips to the sheriffs office any longer.
The department is well on its way to going paper-less with its incident reports. That electronic format does not convert into something decipherable for the purpose of publication, even if a report is printed out. Much of the detail I relied on has been lost in translation.
To its credit, the depart-ment does send out the
occasional press release, the sheriff and undersheriff do field reporters questions and provide answers within the boundaries they believe apply to any given case, and Undersheriff Bruce Distler has recently floated several suggestions in an attempt to make available the kind of information that had previ-ously been right at ones fin-gertips.
The sheriffs log offered a unique, ground floor look at what our local law enforce-ment and public safety offi-cials encounter day-in and day-out. It provided a sense of commonality as well as it cataloged incidents from all across the county. And, perhaps most importantly, it was a reminder that trouble can arise even in paradise, and that things can go amiss.
It would seem that the sheriffs log is now a relic of a bygone era, like the Pony Express, a casualty of prog-ress, rendered obsolete, or, in this case, dislodged and displaced by the sought-after efficiencies of the digital age.
Thats a shame.
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VOLUME 37, NUMBER 22 JUNE 3, 2014
By Colleen Smith ArmstrongEditor/Publisher
Do you love animals but dont have the time or funds for a full-time pet? If so, fos-tering may be for you.
Crowded shelters on the mainland are always in need of foster parents, and the islands facilities are no dif-ferent.
If folks feel like they cant adopt a dog or cat because they travel frequently or are only part-time residents, then fostering can be a great solution, said Orcas Animal Shelter Director Marsha Waunch. They can enjoy a pet for the time they have available.
Shelters can be high stress environments for animals strangers coming to visit and
being in a kennel can cause anxiety. One solution is plac-ing the cat or dog in a tempo-rary home until a permanent adopter comes forward.
We have a foster mother who is really into helping out the old dogs, said Friday Harbor Animal Shelter Director Leslie Byron. She keeps them all the way until the end if she can.
The local shelters provide food and medical care for pets placed in foster fami-lies. If a potential adopter is interested in seeing the ani-mal, they can either visit the home or make an arrange-ment to meet at the shelter.
Some foster families end up keeping the dog or cat, Byron said. They become part of the family.
In Friday Harbor, there is
a particular need for people willing to care for new born kittens, which means bottle feeding them until they are ready to live full-time at the shelter.
The Lopez Animal Protection Society, which doesnt have a facility, relies entirely on foster volun-teers. The non-profit seldom receives dogs but has a high number of cat surrenders.
We have a need not as great as the other islands but we do need foster homes, said Director Joyce Myhr.
Edith Edwards purchased a farm on Lopez Island after her retirement and has taken in a host of unwanted animals including a horse, a pony, three sheep, a rooster, hens, cats and dogs.
Fostering is wonderful
if one has the space the animals have a safe place, even if its temporarily, Edwards said. It is so need-ed because on Lopez we dont have a facility. I hope more people both foster and adopt there are so many animals in need.
She said the most reward-ing part of her rescue farm is watching the transforma-tion of her critters.
Many of them were afraid of people but over time they become so lov-ing, Edwards said. Its a healing and beautiful thing. Its very special.
The Orcas shelter has three cats in foster situa-tions. One is permanent but the other two will be return-ing soon.
We have several cats right now that would really
benefit from a foster family, Waunch said.
The Orcas shelter also has a senior mastiff mix named Bubba who hasnt had any interest from poten-tial adopters. Waunch says he is an ideal candidate for a foster family. He doesnt require much exercise and is happy to just lay in the sun but cant be in a home with cats or very small chil-dren. There are two addi-tional senior dogs who need foster homes but havent yet been surrendered to the shelter.
According to www.pet-finder.com, to be a success-ful foster parent, you need a compassionate nature, the cooperation of your fam-ily or roommates, flexibility and some knowledge of ani-mal behavior. The length of
time a foster pet may stay in your home varies with the animals situation.
It can also be very dif-ficult to let go once you have become emotion-ally attached to an animal, according to the website. Be prepared for tears and heartache when the day comes that you must bring your first foster pet back to the shelter. But remem-ber, he or she is now much more likely to find a loving, permanent home because of the care you gave them.
Contact the shelters:Orcas Animal Protection:
www.orcaspets.org, 376-6777Friday Harbor Animal
Shelter: www.apsfh.com, 378-2158
Lopez Animal Protection: lopezanimals.org, 468-2258
Help to foster animals in need
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Guide! THANK YOUThe Jones Family would like to thank all those near
and far who have supported us in the past weeks as we recover from our re. We are so appreciative for all of the donations, offers of help and thoughts & prayers. Thanks to you all, we are now on our way to recovery.
~ Nick & Sara
Goodbye to the Sheriffs Log?
THURS, JUNE 5EVENT: Child Find, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Lopez Elementary School. What is a Child Find Screening? Screening is a free check of your childs development includ-ing: large muscle develop-
ment, eye-hand coordina-tion (fine motor skills), communication, personal -social skills, self-help skills.
FRI, JUNE 6ART: Opening reception for Mike Rust, 5- 7 p.m., The
Gathering Place at The Hamlet, Lopez Village.
SAT, JUNE 7EVENT: National Trails Day, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lopez Farmers Market. The fol-lowing groups will be at a booth at the Farmers Market with informa-tion about trails and National Trails Day: Bureau of Land Management, Lopez Community Trails Network, Land Bank, Preservation Trust, Lopez Island Conservation Corps, Friends of Lopez Hill,
San Juan County Parks Department and WA State Parks. Please stop by and visit. There will be infor-mation about all these organizations as well as maps, punch and trail mix.
MARKET: Farmers Market, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lopez Village.
SAT, JUNE 14ART: Opening reception of All Mixed Up, 5- 7 p.m., Chimera Gallery. Lydia Lukahnvovich will show monotypes and pottery and Patie Savage will show sculpture, paintings, and
glass. Show ends July 11.
INFO: Lopez Master Gardeners Information Table, 10 - 12 p.m., Sunset Builders Nursery Area. Bring a gardening ques-tion. If you have a plant or insect you would like to have identified, bring in a plastic bag.
FRI, JUNE 20ART: San Juan County Economic Development Council Nonprofit Board Workshop, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., location TBA.This all-day symposium on
nonprofit organization gov-ernance will feature educa-tors from the Washington Secretary of States office, the Department of Revenue, and a noted nonprofit attorney from Perkins Coie. The work-shop will help nonprofit boards and their members to better understand gov-ernance, and to improve board effectiveness. The workshop is open to all nonprofit organization board members, members, and staff serving with any nonprofit in San Juan. For info: www.sanjuansedc.org.
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Deep gratitudeWe would like to express
our deepest gratitude to everyone who has offered help of all kinds, brought
us meals and household goods, donated to our fund and held us in thought and prayer these past five weeks since the fire.
We lost our home, office, shop and barn. But our family is intact, our busi-ness has continued with little interruption, and we have been overwhelmed
with offers of help and expressions of concern and care.
We would like to offer special thanks to the follow-ing people and businesses, beginning with the Lopez Fire Department and chief Jim Ghiglione and his crew. To Stuart Post, who took it on himself to save a comput-er hard drive containing 12
years of business records. We are deeply indebted
to the OPALCO crew Steve Dengler and Brian Swanson for responding the night of the fire and making sure we had power to our remaining buildings.
Karen Gilbert and Marty Clark took us in and have done so much to help us recover, Lopez Community Church and Tom and Joyce Lyster who have done so much to help us and hold us up for clarity and guid-ance.
The entire Islanders Bank crew has been won-
derful, helping us recover while we wait for insurance money, especially Becky Lehman and Mike Taylor. We could not navigate the pitfalls of insurance with-out the help of Islanders Insurance, especially Gigi Zakula and Kerwin Johnson.
The staff at the Lopez School who made sure Ellery and Jake were sup-ported and resupplied.
The cards from the school were particularly touching. Dirk Ellings and Jeff Hein made sure our utilities were functional and safe. Buffum Brothers, as usual, went above and beyond helping with cleanup and adjust-ment.
We would also like to single out Tommer Roush, Rick Hughes, JC and Suzi Marean for special thanks as well.
Additionally, our suppli-ers and business partners near and far have been ter-rific. Thanks to our tremen-
dous crew and wonderful customers.
Going through an experi-ence like this illustrates for us that family, business and community are more than a facility or possessions. The events of the last five weeks have strengthened the con-nections and relationships that are the basis of our continued existence and success here.
In the years to come we look forward to returning, with interest, all the kind-ness, generosity and bless-ings you have bestowed on us, for not just these past five weeks, but for all our years on Lopez Island.
This has been and con-tinues to be a major disrup-tion for us personally and for our business. Recovery will be slow, but for us, the blessings we have received vastly outweigh the nega-tives. This fire could have been a true disaster on so many levels. It was not, and we again, from the bottom of our hearts, thank all of you who helped.
NICK & SARA JONES & FAMILY
Thank you LopezThank you to the Lopez