These notes come to us via Paul Davis, Editor; Paul Revere, Horse Rider; and (of course) Brown Betty, Horse. Lummi Island Community Association (LICA).
The two Pauls and Betty can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lummis would like to get some idea of how many will come, so if you plan to attend the dinner, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to Terry at email@example.com The dinner and discussion is next Monday, March 28, 7 to 9 PM at the Wex li em Community Building, 2100 Lummi View Drive (located to the left on he road leading up to the Lummi Nation School). All Lummi Island residents are invited – but please RSVP
We have conflicting reports about whether the Dinner is a potluck. It boils down to this: They have said it is not a potluck dinner – just come with an appetite and some questions. Another report says if you prefer to bring something – like a pie for example – it would be appreciated –but not expected.
The ferry capacity getting folks to the dinner is limited, so car pooling with cars full of passengers is recommended. If you are driving over and have space for passenger(s), please hang a piece of white paper outside the driver side window of your car. Hold the paper by a corner and put the window up to hold the paper sheet fluttering outside – or just hold it in your hand. Then a pedestrian will know that you have space and can ask for a ride. And, drivers, please bring the same number of passengers back with you.
You can also go as pedestrians – Wendell Terry and Chris Immer will be using their vans to shuttle foot passengers between the Gooseberry ferry dock and the dinner.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and please include the number of folks in your group. Carpooling is highly suggested. If you have room in your car as you sit in the ferry line put your hand out the window with the number of additional passengers your car will hold.
This will be a good experience for school children, but please do not bring very small children
who would be a distraction.
See you all there.
I have contacted the Lummi Council office to ask if we could bring pie to the dinner. There was a warm, “that would be very nice” response. So I would like to extend the invitation to everyone who will be attending the dinner and discussion to help “set the table.” I will be bringing two berry pies, and I understand that we can take them to the kitchen upon arrival. Also, the
invitation says the gathering would be from 7-9. I let the council office know that the ferry arrives on Gooseberry Point at 6:40 and 7:20 so that islanders may be either early or late.
1. U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen spoke at Bellingham City Club on Wednesday. In a Q&A from the club moderator, Larsen spoke about the ferry negotiations. We have it on video, linked from our site to this You Tube posting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9rGnx6NWQw
In face time afterward, he said that he had written to the BIA, and that he couldn’t quantify his talks with County and LIBC officials but that they were going back to the table with a commitment to get a settlement and to use creative means of doing so. (In the Bellingham Herald’s Wed edition, County Council Chair Sam Crawford referred to some possible quick-fix solutions discussed in a closed-door meeting Tuesday. Last week in an interview w/ PLIC, County Executive Pete Kremen said he ran a few specific “what-if” situations past LIBC Chair Cliff Cultee when they met in Washington, D.C. That interview is posted on www.plicferry.org and
One of Larsen’s aides said that PLIC’s delivery of about 2,500 signatures on petitions was both impressive and influential in Larsen’s posturing with both parties. He spoke of how he’d written to the BIA for clarification of its role, and had personally met with Kremen and Cultee in D.C.
He said he expected the all-day negotiating session that takes place today (Thur, 3/24) to last past 5 o’clock.
2. The PLIC Blog (http://plicferry.org/category/blogging/) describes some tips about attending the Monday dinner hosted by Lummi Nation. Two sources — one representative of the Lummis, one Islander — said not to take food or gifts. Another Islander said she spoke to the Lummi Council office and was encouraged to take pies that she offered, and suggested that others consider doing so, too.
Lummi Nation asked that participants RSVP by writing to email@example.com. A representative said that questions would be welcome from Islanders, to be written on note cards upon arrival, and that Lummi Nation has a ferry task force that would give a report.
Carl Hanson, secretary of Lummi Island Community Assn, suggested at LICA’s meeting Wednesday night that, based on a large number of phone calls he received from folks planning to attend, that everybody consider car-pooling wherever possible because of potential ferry overload.
3. PLIC Board members will be meeting in Seattle today with top aides of Sen. Maria Cantwell.
4. We rearranged the top of the home page of www.plicferry.org so that you can dig into all correspondence of the last 2 weeks in sequential order, starting with County Executive Kremen’s interview and County Attorney Dan Gibson’s commentary prepared by him and Kremen as counterpoints to some information in a chronology of ferry history distributed widely by LIBC on March 11.
Stay active. We’re still gathering petition signatures for submission to Congressional delegates and their aides, BIA, Dept of Interior, and the POTUSA.
And let’s hope for a productive day at the negotiating table today…
Thanks for all you do to help,
Mike McKenzie for PLIC Board of Directors