NEWS BRIEFS Nov. 21, 2001, issue

Shelton chairs board in 2002

By a unanimous vote conducted during an Island County Commissioners regular staff meeting on Monday, District 1 Commissioner Mike Shelton was appointed next year’s presiding chairman of the board.

Shelton will replace Commissioner Bill Thorn at that position beginning January 1, 2002. The chairmanship is a yearly rotating gig, which Shelton has held several times in the past. He said that he looks forward to being the board’s spokesperson next year.

“It’s extra work, but I certainly enjoy it,” said Shelton, who added that he appreciates the level of interaction with officials and the public that the position entails.

“The thing that you always need to be careful of is that you’re speaking for what the entire board feels and not just what you feel,” he said.

Lions Club trees mean Christmas

Oak Harbor residents know Christmas is near when they see the Lions Club Christmas Tree Sale is in progress.

The annual harbinger of the holiday begins Saturday, Nov. 24, when the Lions Club begins tree sales in a new location, on Highway 20 adjacent to Jiffy Lube. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until the trees are sold out.

“The profits from this sale support many local causes,” said Lion Ed Siegel, citing such examples as Help House, youth soccer, Special Olympics, Jr. Joggers, eye exams, glasses, summer camps, scholarships and many other charitable endeavors.

Troopers active during holiday

Washington State Patrol troopers on Whidbey Island will be participating in a nationwide law enforcement emphasis, Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend beginning Wednesday, Nov. 21 and concluding at midnight Sunday, Nov. 25.

According to a State Patrol news release, troopers will be out in full force during this time focusing on drivers and passengers exceeding the posted speed limit and alcohol-impaired drivers. Special emphasis will also be placed on motorists not utilizing safety restraint devices and child restraints.

CADA perfect in performance

An Oak Harbor non-profit agency that helps victims of sexual assault and domestic violence received a perfect score recently on its job performance.

Citizens Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse received a rating of 100 percent from the Washington State Office of Crime Victims Advocacy. Agencies are required to undergo a state review once every two years, and a passing grade is required for each agency to continue to receive state funding, said Valerie Stafford, executive director of CADA.

More than 60 areas of operational standards are examined by the state agency. Some are pass/fail, others are scored on a scale of one, two or three, with one being a perfect score.

“We got all ones,” Stafford said. “It says that we are trained, that we have excellent financial control, and that management is in place to ensure high quality,” Stafford said.

CADA’s business office can be reached at 675-7781. A 24-hour crisis line is available at 675-CADA.

Learn what’s up with fish in Sound

What’s happening to our fish? Is the “Inland Sea” becoming a dead sea? What can we do to bring back these fish?

The public is invited to learn more at the Wednesday, Nov. 28, Island County Marine Resource Commission meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland from 4 to 6 p.m.

People For Puget Sound and Outpost Productions will present “The Inland Sea: A Puget Sound Fish Story,” a first-ever special to explore the Inland Sea underwater, with never-before-seen images of some of the rarest creatures in these waters, from wolf eels to vermilion rockfish to 100-year-old bottomfish.

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