[Tweeters] more viti rocks map trivia

Dick Porter dick at dkporter.net
Sat Aug 27 22:21:27 PDT 2011


John, and others,

This might be a good time to apply some logical standard to several of the
arbitrary survey lines around Whatcom County. Kind of like the Professional
Sports teams, maybe there could be a three-way trade.

a. Fix the county line at the South end of Lummi Island - Skagit County
would cede Viti Rocks and the South end of Lummi Island to Whatcom County.

b. Fix the country line between Boundary Bay and Georgia Strait - Whatcom
County would cede Point Roberts to British Columbia. (Then the Canadians
could get cheap gas without having to go through Immigration/Customs!)

c. Make some sense out of the Upper Skagit region - Whatcom County would
cede Diablo, Newhalem and all the populated area around the City Light Dams
to Skagit County. (Wouldn't those folks rather have a Skagit County
commissioner watching out for them?)

d. Balance out this real estate transfer by granting all birders perpetual
access to the area 2 miles on either side of the entire length of the Skagit
River - Fir Island to Manning Park.

Whadaya think?

Dick



-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Stark, John
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 3:53 PM
To: jbroadus at seanet.com; Guy McWethy; Tweeters; EDWARD SWAN
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] more viti rocks map trivia

I think we should ask the candidates for Whatcom County Council and
Executive what they are prepared to do to defend Whatcom County's
territory from Skagitonian encroachment.


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-----Original Message-----
From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu
[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of
jbroadus at seanet.com
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 1:36 PM
To: Guy McWethy; Tweeters; EDWARD SWAN
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] more viti rocks map trivia

I would think the state statutes (which form the basis for the USGS)
maps, would be more reliable and more "primary" than county tax
assessment records (which form the basis for county "ownership"
records). Let's see what John Stark comes up with. I think we are having
far to much fun with this to leave it to mere chain of authority. How
about naming the rocks as their own entity? Surely neither county
government really cares.

From: EDWARD SWAN <twoswans9 at msn.com>
To: "Guy McWethy" <lguy_mcw at yahoo.com>, "Tweeters"
<tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] more viti rocks map trivia
Date sent: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 12:44:28 -0700
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> Gury McWethy said, "So, do we list by map, or by county records ???"

>

> County records are a primary source and maps are secondary sources as

> they are supposed to conform to the government records. So you go by

> the primary source the county records. Ed Swan Olympia

>

>

> From: Guy McWethy

> Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 12:02 PM

> To: Tweeters

> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] more viti rocks map trivia

>

>

> Hey Tweets,

> Just to throw this out there ...

> The DeLorme map I just consulted showed both the south end of Lummi

> Island (Carter Point) , and about the lower 1/3 of Eliza Rock, as

> being in Skagit county.

>

> However, I just checked the county ownership data set from each

> county. Skagit does not have an official ownership record for either.

> And the records exist in the Whatcom county data. The parcel on Lummi



> Island is listed as USFS, National Forest. The lower tip of Eliza

> Rock is listed as US Lighthouse Reserve. All the land north of the

> Lighthouse is listed as private ownership of residential parcels ....

>

> Looks like they are listed officially (at least by the county offices)



> as Whatcom County ....

>

> So, do we list by map, or by county records ???

>

> Boy, am I glad I never have seen a bird there !!! ;)

>

> Guy McWethy

> Renton, WA

> mailto: lguy_mcw at yahoo.com

>

> From: "jbroadus at seanet.com" <jbroadus at seanet.com>

> To: tweeters at u.washington.edu

> Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 11:16 AM

> Subject: [Tweeters] more viti rocks map trivia

>

> Just checked the 7.5 minute quad map named "Eliza Island", updated in

> 1995. It shows the Skagit Whatcom boundary as a straight east-west

> line, with the very southern tip of Lummi Island in Skagit County, and



> of course therefore puts Viti Rocks in Skagit County. So that must be



> the word from USGS. Also, however, checked the property tax assessor's



> info in both counties-- all of Lummi Island is assessed by Whatcom

> County. Since the south end of Lummi is a mountain, and since Viti

> Rocks are part of the national wildlife refuge, I suspect that Skagit

> County was perfectly happy to cede them both to Whatcom County-- at

> least for jurisdictional purposes. Still don't know if its

> "official," or just for convenience.

>

> Maybe we should just start having Island lists? Rock lists? Section

> lists?Clarice Clark Puyallup, WA. 98371 mailto:jbroadus at seanet.com

>




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