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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Orcas Island tries to protect immigrant

Benjamin Nuñez-Marquez, an undocumented immigrant facing deportation, sharpens each of the 40 teeth on the antique 56-inch blade he runs at West Sound Lumber on Orcas Island. His work ethic and specialty skills have led his bosses, two senators and two representatives to ask he be allowed to stay. Pete Helsell, the lumber company manager, says he's "absolutely critical to the operation."

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