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Free Boat Handling Simulator


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May 4 & 5, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, receive free instruction and practice boat handling in virtual reality on a boat simulator -without getting wet or running into anything- at the Port of Friday Harbor (under the Yacht Club). Free instruction offered by the Friday Harbor Power Squadron.

SJC National Monument Advisory Committee Members Wanted

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public nominations for eight open positions on the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC). The nomination period is open until June 4, 2018.

Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) provide advice and recommendations for the BLM to consider on a range of resource and land management issues.

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Workshop for Marine Naturalists

The public is invited to join The Whale Museum for two special programs in April: the “Gear Up” Workshop for marine naturalists on April 21 followed by an Earth Day Workshop in partnership with the National Park Service on April 22. On Saturday, April 21, the “Gear Up” Workshop will be held at the San Juan Island Grange Hall in Friday Harbor from 10 am to 4 pm. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for registration.

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Reminder - Property taxes due April 30

San Juan County Treasurer, Rhonda Pederson would like to remind county property owners that the first installment of property taxes and personal property taxes are due April 30.

Property tax payments must be federally post marked by April 30, or may be paid in person at the Treasurer's Office in the San Juan County Courthouse, 350 Court Street, 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday or placed in our drop box at the Treasurer’s Office, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Vicki Thalacker & the SJ Eagles: Honoring Vicki As Featured Pilot This Sunday

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A reception will be held at the Brickworks Community Hall, 150 Nichols St, Friday Harbor on Sunday, April 22th at 2:00 p.m. to honor the Featured Pilots for 2018: Vicki Thalacker and the San Juan Eagles . Islanders are invited to celebrate the occasion of this annual update of the San Juan Aviation Museum. This project, started in 2008, is jointly sponsored by the San Juan Pilots Association and the Port of Friday Harbor.

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Why Kulp Was Arrested As A Suspect For The Murder Of Abigail Finney

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Information on the investigation that lead up to the charging and arrest warrants of Eric A. Kulp (aka as “Tubbs”), for unlawful imprisonment and murder in the 2nd degree, indicates a history of unreported domestic abuse not reported to authorities.

It is now known that in November of 2017 Abigail failed to show up at her family’s home for Thanksgiving, and the family asked the SJC Sheriff’s office to conduct a welfare check on Finney, who lived on Shaw island with her husband Eric Kulp.

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Salmon Fishing Season Set - But No Restocking For Cooke.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Judge John Skinder has ruled there will be no restocking the net pen of Atlantic salmon by Cooke. According to a report by the Seattle Times, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz stated the decision “is a win for the people and waters of Washington.”

In the meantime WDFW (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife) has set the 2018-19 salmon fishing season, developed by WDFW and treaty tribal co-managers, during the Pacific Fishery Management Council's meeting in Portland, Ore.

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Puget Sound officially designated No Discharge Zone

It’s official, Puget Sound is now off limits to vessel sewage.

Washington State Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon signed into law the Puget Sound No Discharge Zone on Monday, April 9.

“This is a historic day for the protection and restoration of Puget Sound,” said Director Bellon.

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Free Job Fair At Skagit Valley College

Are you unemployed? Looking for a summer job? Want to start a career? Whatever you are looking for, the Job Fair on Saturday, April 28 is the place to find that opportunity.

Port of Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor Marine, Ace Hardware, Peace Island Medical Center, Animal Inn, Friday Harbor Drugs, Browne’s Home Center, Frontline Call Center, U.W. Labs, King’s Market, Friday Harbor House, Peter Schmidt Construction, San Juan County Fairgrounds

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Waiting For Coroner's Report....


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On 04/13/2018 at approximately 4:15pm Eric Kulp was taken into custody in the Marblemount area of Skagit County by the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office with the help of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office after a brief standoff. Kulp is was transported to the hospital for treatment. One unconfirmed report states Kulp has multiple self-inflicted stab wound to the abdomen. It is expected he will be charged for second-degree murder, but Coroner Randall Gaylord said a determination of the cause of death will await the completion of the autopsy report in a couple of weeks.

Eric Arthur Kulp, known as "Tubbs". was wanted in connection with a the death investigation of Abigail Finney, 38, of Shaw Island, who was found dead on the property on Blind Bay Road, Shaw Island, where she lived with her husband Eric K. Krup, formerly known as Eric Tubbs.

FH Port Holds Hearing & Purchases Jensen Shipyard, But Few Show Up

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On Wednesday the Port of Friday Harbor agreed to purchase Jensen Shipyard for $2 and quarter million, and will now finalize a contract with an off island company to manage the shipyard.

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Public Hearing On Port's Purchase of Jensen's Shipyard


The Port of Friday Harbor Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 5 pm on the purchase of Jensen's Shipyard, following an executive session at 4 pm, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Skagit Valley College San Juan Center's community room, 221 Weber Way on San Juan Island.

Historical Preservation Proposals Wanted

The San Juan County Council has discretionary funds, generated by recording fees intended to promote historical preservation or historical programs, which may include preservation of historic documents. The Council is currently seeking proposals for projects to use $5,733 in funds to be awarded in 2018.

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Shaw Resident Found Dead, Questions Remain


On Thursday April 5, 2018, the body of Abigail Finney, 38, of Shaw Island was found dead on the property on Blind Bay Road, Shaw Island, where she lived with her husband Eric K. Krup, formerly known as Eric Tubbs.

Sheriff Ron Krebs said he wants to talk to her husband, Eric K. Kulp. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should contact the San Juan County Sheriff Officer at 360-378-4151.

Coroner Randall Gaylord said a determination of the cause of death will await the completion of the autopsy report in a couple of weeks. Mr. Gaylord agreed with Sheriff Krebs that talking to Mr. Krup is important to the determinations that need to be made by the Coroner.

National Library Week Is April 8-14

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the United States , this year.
In 1954 a nonprofit National Book Committee was established between the ALA and the American Book Publishers.

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Slow Start For SJI Real Estate

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The first quarter results for San Juan Island were a puzzle to me and required extra analysis. San Juan Island’s dollar volume for the quarter reflected a decrease of 28% as compared to the same quarter in 2017. In 2017 the dollar volume was a 31% increase over 2016 which was a 20% decrease from 2015. Similar to a roller-coaster for San Juan.

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Ferry Down

M/V Yakima is out of service until further notice due to a bent prop. The following temporary schedule is in effect for April 23. Sailing times have been adjusted to prioritize domestic travel in the San Juan Islands, canceling the international sailing to and from Sidney, British Columbia.

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Check Your Schedule

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My favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut, once said, “I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different.” I couldn’t agree more. I’m Tucker, and I wouldn’t mind finding a companion to fart around with. Check your schedule - if you’re free, I’m waiting here at the animal shelter for you.

FH Re-striping Roads Mon & Tu

Road crews will be repainting center stripes and curbs throughout the town on Monday and Tuesday, April 23 and 24. Drivers are advised to use extreme caution to avoid driving over any newly painted areas. Questions regarding this road improvement may be directed to Public Works Director Wayne Haefele at (360) 378-2154 or

Year of the Bird Poetry Trail

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The Land Bank and San Juan Island National Historical Park, along with students from Stillpoint School and Spring Street International School, celebrate the “Year of the Bird” for National Poetry Month, continuing through April 30. The Land Bank’s Westside Lake trail loop at Limekiln Preserve will feature bird-inspired poems written by students ages 5-13. Westside Lake at Limekiln Preserve, San Juan Island

Wild San Juan Lecture Series

The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Shona Aitken, Wolf Hollow’s Education Curator, back as part of a free, collaborative 2018 Spring and Summer Lecture Series, from April to September. The lecture Tuesday, April 24: Living with Wildlife on the San Juans focuses on living in harmony with wildlife. Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Sponsored By: The Whale Museum Website://

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SJI School Community Budget Workshop

A SJI School Community Budget Workshop will be held Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm at the Friday Harbor High School library. The discussion is open to the public and is expected to touch on budget implications of legislative changes to school funding, projected revenues and expenditures for the next three years, and short and long term challenges facing the district. The goal for the workshop is have a better community understanding of the district’s financial landscape, and to present information on the new Operations Levy (formerly the M&O levy), which will be voted on by the citizens.

SJI Superintendent Diaz Takes Job In Fairview Oregon

The Reynolds School District Board have selected Dr. Danna Diaz as the finalist in their search for a new Superintendent position. The Board states Dr. Diaz is expected to start July 1, 2018. She is currently the Superintendent of Schools for San Juan Island School District

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No Discover Pass Needed April 14, 22

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate Spring and Earth Day with two free days at state parks in April. On free days, visitors don’t need a Discover Pass for day-use visits by vehicle.

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Children’s Festival Starry Starry Night

Island Rec is pleased to announce that the 28th Annual Children’s Festival is Saturday May 5, 2018! Dozens of community organizations will be providing all kinds of hands-on activities, create your own passport with Rotary, Solar System exploration with Lighthouse Preschool and many more.

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Committee Wanted On Fire/EMS Merger

The elected Boards of Commissioners of the SJI Fire & EMS, working with Friday Harbor, seek to appoint a five member advisory group to continue an evaluation of some type of consolidation of the two agencies. Related Story

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Rock Island Helps Firefighters Save Kitten Up A Tree

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Rock Island responded to a call from Orcas Island Fire on Saturday morning, April 7, 2018, to assist in rescuing a cat. "Bea," an 8-month-old kitten, had been stuck in a tree for three days. By Saturday morning, he had climbed nearly 70 feet up the tree, and out of the reach of OIFR ground ladders.
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Just Ask For Nelson

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Take if from me, Baby Face Nelson, Life isn’t about the moments that take your breath away. That’s asthma. You’re thinking of asthma. Life, my friends, is all about finding joy in simple things. Things like chasing a fake bird on a string, or the sound of a can opener.

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Council To Head To Lopez

The San Juan County Council will conduct a Regular Meeting away from the County seat at Grace Church, 70 Sunset Lane, Lopez Island, Tuesday, April 10 beginning at 10:30 AM.

The agenda and related materials may be obtained 3 days prior at the County website at

Redistricting & Electoral College Presentation

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will hold its next public membership meeting on April 9 at the SJI Library 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The subjects of the meeting will be redistricting and the Electoral College.
The League released the following press release:

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Water Main Hit On Tucker

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A Friday Harbor water main was broken Wednesday afternoon as construction crews continue infrastructure work in preparation for the resurfacing of a portion of Tucker avenue. The good news was that thanks to all of the equipment on site, and a quick response by Town crews, things were quickly under control and repairs made.

CC Chair To Meets With FD

Council Chair Bill Watson will be holding a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, April 5th at the San Juan Island Fire Department, 1011 Mullis Street, Friday Harbor at 5:30 PM.

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Joint meeting SJI Hospital, SJI Fire District, & Town Of FH

Continued discussions on merging the hospital board and fire district board services will be held at the Fire District Headquarters meeting room at 1011 Mullis St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250 April 4, 2018; 3 p.m

Agenda below:

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San Juan Singers Spring Concert

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Buy your tickets now for the San Juan Singers Spring Concert; Whittier Theatre, April 6 - 7. SJI’s community chorus wants islanders to leave those “Rainy Days and Mondays” behind and “Let the Sunshine In” by “Feelin’ Groovy” at their spring concert.

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$200K To SJ Home Trust From State

San Juan Community Home Trust has been awarded $200,000 by the Washington State Housing Trust Fund to partially fund the building of four affordable homes. The Washington State Department of Commerce announced the list of awardees March 22

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Ferry Spring Schedule In Effect

Spring 2018 schedule startsn April 1. The Anacortes/SJIs/Sidney B.C. returns to Spring/Fall service levels, including four-boat service and one round-trip between Anacortes, Friday Harbor and Sidney B.C.

Regarding Student Safety

The following is an open letter to the students, staff, parents and community members, from Danna Diaz, Superintendent of the SJI School District [-Ed]:

When we hear news of school-related tragedies, we, as a school district, become ever more resolved in our commitment to student safety. San Juan Island School District principals and school staff have been working hard to create a safer environment for our students.

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Skagit Valley College Earns National Honors

Skagit Valley College (SVC) has received national recognition as one of the best community colleges in the nation. Washington Monthly magazine published its ranking of the Top 100 Best Two-Year Colleges for Adult Learners and SVC was named #61.

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“Smudge” Understands How It Works

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Someone very wise once said, “Women and cats will do as they please. Men and Dogs should just get used to the idea.” My name is Smudge, and I wholeheartedly agree. If you are looking for a friend to join you in doing as you please, we should meet. I’ll be at the animal shelter waiting for you.

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