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A4 o:o The Arlington Times OPiNiON www. arlingtontimes.com Wednesday, May 20, 2009 THE MARYSVILLE GLOBE THE ARLINGTON TIMES To INFORM, EDUCATE, EDIFY7 ILLUMINATE ~z ENLIGHTEN TELEPHONE/FAXJEMAILJWEBSITE THE MARYSVILLE GLOBE 360-659-1300 360-658-0350 FAX mglobe@marysvilleglobe.com THE ARLINGTON TAMES 360-659-1300 360-658-0350 FAX arltimes@arlingtontimes.com VoiceMail is available through the main telephone numbers HOURS: Mon.-Fri.. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. WEB SITES" www.marysvilleglobe.com www.arlingtontimes.com SUBSCRIPTION RATES 1 year - $29s5 2 years - $4500 Mailed or Delivery* * Limited zip codes apply. 20% of each subscription will be donated to our local school systems. EDA TEODORO 360-659-1300EXT. 6050 ereoooro@marysvilleg~be.com Imvemsm SUSAN BONASERA 360"659-1300EXT. 3054 sOonasera@arlingtontimes.com JoHHSTUBB 360-659-1300EXT. 3052 ~tubb@marysvilleglobe.com MANNYRABEL 360-659-1300EX'r. 1550 mmbel@marysvilleg~be.com ADVERTISING DEADLINES )tSPLAY: FrL 10 a.m. for following Wed. 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COLUMNS -:o READINGS Al:'ll g. 1 I:tx Trip, " AUTO IWI)llSTg,Y, IM Trust is the key to better fisheries management EDITORIAL .,_ ... , birds GUEST EDITORIAL by Scott Whippo was watching the birds in my back yard the other day. l like to watch birds, its wonderful how many dif- ferent species we have in our area. robins seem to be the most common. But I also see Stellar Jays, finches, and some- times at altitude I see hawks or eagles soaring above my house. I've always loved watching birds and their activities. When I was younger, I wished I were a bird and could fly whenever or wherever I choose. Sometimes I still wish for that experience. When I was in high school. I even took fly- ing lessons at Payne Field. While I was watching those birds in my backyard the other day, I had a sudden epiphany. Someone once told me, "Mother Nature is not kind. Mother Nature kills everything." Although I understood what he told me. it didn't really sink in until the other day when I was closely watch- ing the robins in my backyard. They have territories that they protect. They have to be on constant alert to make sure no one encroaches on their location. It's not a matter of territory for the sake of terri- tory. It's about food and water and shelter. These are the basics of life and the animal kingdom is struggling day to day to make sure they last until tomorrow. Half of the epiphany came when I realized that I would hate to live in that world. The other half came when I real- ized that we humans are at the opposite end of the spectrum from the rest of the animal kingdom. Not in our civilized manners, we still fight for territory, but in our control of each other. We have built a civilization with social restrictions and laws that have fettered us in our pursuits of life. liberty and happiness. We have made the simplest task a major hurtle. We have developed a tool called gov- ernment. That tool helps us do things that we cannot do as individu als. It also ensures that our world is not "as wild as the rest of the animal kingdom. The government consists of our friends and neighbors that are responsible to us for providing those things that we determine must be accomplished on a larger scale. Our neighbors and friends who hold these positions within the government are try- ing to make our lives better and safer. The problem is that government is growing and there is very little sign of it stopping any time soon. At some point in time. things got out of control and some of our friends and neighbors decided that instead of asking us what we needed or wanted they were going to tell us, what we needed and how we were going to support these well-intended efforts. Marysville and Arlington seem to be responsive to our input, but as you climb the stairs to the state and national level the Jugger- naut has grown with very little restraint. At higher levels of government, they seem to have stopped listening altogether. If we don't get involved, we can expect more of the same. Speak up and be heard by your friends in government. Govern- ment is not the enemy but sometimes its efforts are misguided. Think about going to the council meetings. Sit in on one of the Planning Commission meetings. Write letters to your local officials and state representatives' about your stance on laws and over regulation. Arlington is thinking about putting a camera at the intersection of 172nd and Smokey Point Boulevard. Let the govern- ment know what you think of cameras in public locations. There are many oppor- tunities to give input to your friends, neighbors and relatives that occupy gov- ernment positions but you must make an effort. We will never be as free as the birds in my backyard. However, we can do things to reverse some of the dam- age we have inflicted on ourselves by too many laws and over regulation. We need freedoms and restrictions in our lives but it is not kind to be at either end of the spectrum. Remember; life. liberty and the pursuit of happiness are inversely pro- portionate to the amount of control others exert on you without your permission. To remain silent is to agree. Comments may be addressed to When opportunity knocked, Forks answered EDITORIAL by Don C. Brunell n this troubled economy, it's more important than ever to respond quickly when opportunities arise. That's precisely what the people of Forks did when author Stephenie Meyer chose this rural town on the Olympic Pen- insula for her best-selling book about teen- age love and vampires, Published in 2005. "Twilight" is a romance novel about a handsome young vampire, Edward, and his teenage soul mate, Bella. Meyer wanted a drizzly and moody backdrop for her novel, and Forks, said to be the rainiest place in the U.S., was an ideal setting. The rest. as they say, is history. The book reached No. 5 on The New York Times Best Seller list for young adults and has been translated into 20 lan- guages. As the book's fame grew. so did interest in the town of Forks. The Cham- ber of Commerce realized that this book about vampires provided an opportunity to breathe new life into their town. Forks has been struggling to regain its economic footing since the downturn in the forest industry in the1980s. Timber said Jeannie Barresi, who started a harvests in the Pacific Northwest dropped "Twilight" tour for her Colorado travel by 80 percent because of the controversy company. "The international market is over logging old-growth timber and the coming." listing of the northern spotted owl as a Seattle's Conventionr and Visitors threatened species. Bureau, Washington State Tourism and When "Twilight" came along, the Port of Seattle are teaming up to Chamber officials seized the opportunity tout "Twilight" trips in Germany, Japan, to market their town to the book's legions France and the United Kingdom. of fans around the world. Forks has not been able to capital- The city energetically promotes its ize on all facets of the "Twilight" craze. ties to the wildly popular book and the A "Twilight" movie was released in 2008 Chamber dedicates a major section of its and another is underway, but apparently Web site to the "Twilight" phenomenon Forks is too remote to accommodate Hol- even creating a map of the real locations lywood film crews who need to be near used in the fictional tale. sound studios and film processing facili- Marcia Bingham of the Forks Cham- ties. The first film was shot near Portland. ber says the effort has greatly increased Ore. and the second is being filmed out- tourism. "Normally, we have 150 people side Vancouver, B.C. a month at our Visitor's Center. In April, While Washington lost out on the we had 4,800." "Twilight" movies, state lawmakers in Bingham says that, while hard num- January greatly expanded our state's abil- bers are difficult to come by, the "Twi- ity to attract future film productions. Gov. light" series four books in all has Gregoire recently signed a new law that been a shot in the arm for small business rebates 30 percent of what a film company owners in Forks. "One new store deals spends in the state during filming. solely in 'Twilight' souvenirs, other stores The new incentive is working, accord- have added related merchandise, and we ing to Amy Dee of Washington Film work with several tour companies to bring Works, a not-for-profit group that offers fans to our area." funding assistance to commercials. In fact, Forks is one of the few commu- television and feature films shooting in nities in the entire state to report a steady Washington state. "It will make us just increase in tax revenues. Last year sales as competitive as Oregon," says Dee. "In tax collections increased 7.46 percent, fact. we just approved an application for a The Chamber is now working to entice feature film to be shot in Seattle called. more of the thousands of "Twilight" fans "The Details." to stay in the city's motels, which would There is no question that the cur- provide a much needed revenue boost rent economic downturn is taking a toll through the 2 percent hotel/motel tax. on communities across the nation. But According to a recent article in the the people of Forks are proving that, even Puget Sound Business Journal, Forks' in the worst of times, you can still find fame is now going global. "'Twilight' is opportunities. just getting to be a big thing overseas," Street Address: 1085 Cedar Ave. Marysvltle, WA 98270-4232 Mailing Address: Vol. 120, No. 43 :o Wednesday, May 20, 2009 PLO. Box 67 ........ - " AtlfiagtOn, WA 98223 2009, SOUND ~UBL|SH[NG, INC. Serving our community f360) 659-1300 since 1888 by Billy Frank Jr. ooperative natural resources co-management at its best was displayed during this year's North of Falcon process for setting Indian and non-Indian salmon fishing seasons in western Washington. The results were protection of weak wild stocks and more fishing opportunity for everyone. We were able to once again fairly share the burden of conserving weak stocks while "also sharing harvest opportunity where it exists. Tribes modified their fishing schedules to provide more saltwater mark selective sport salmon fishing opportunities for adipose fin-clipped hatchery chinook throughout Puget Sound. Additional freshwater angling for coho in the Nooksack River, chi- nook in the Skagit and Nisqually riv- ers, and pink salmon in the Green River were also made available by the tribes. Meantime, the Stillaguamish Tribe will conduct a small ceremonial and subsistence fishery for chinook --- the first in about 20 years. It's important to remember that tribal and state salmon co-manage- ment isn't optional. We have to work together. It's the law under U.S.v. Washington (the Boldt Decision). One of the ways we are able to cooperate successfully is that the state of Washington has empowered its representatives in the Department of Fish and Wildlife to negotiate and develop joint fishing plans with the tribes. That kind of effort requires a professional staff- experts in fish- eries management -- that has been given the legal authority to work with the treaty tribes. That's one of the reasons why with the state's budget in shambles we worked with WDFW to modify its monitoring program for this year's expanded mark selective fisheries. Many anglers are calling this a water- shed year in the expansion of mark selective sport fisheries for adipose fin-clipped hatchery salmon. We were able to expand monitor- ing of these fisheries, while control- ling costs and ensuring that reliable estimates of mark selective fishery impacts are timely. These estimates are critical to helping us plan for next year's fisheries. We believe mark selective sport fishing is a management tool that can, under the right circumstances, be used provide additional sport fish- ing opportunity. More than half of all sport fish- eries in Puget Sound are mark selec- tive, in which anglers must release non-clipped wild salmon, some of which die after being hooked, played and released. Mortality estimates can range upwards of 20 percent depend- ing on the location of the fishery, weather and wave conditions, the age of the fish and other factors. Mark selective sport fishing is still a new harvest method in this region and as such. needs to be closely monitored to gauge impacts on weak wild salmon stocks. We were able to work with the state more effectively this year because our trust and con- fidence has grown along with the state's increased monitoring of these fisheries. Trust is hard to earn and easy to lose. but it is the key to successful cooperative salmon co-management. North of Falcon is proving just that. Billy Frank Jr. is the chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Com- mission.