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Taylor Sentenced To 20yrs For Murder


San Juan residence Kevin P. Taylor was sentenced on Monday by Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock to 20 years in prison for the 2nd degree murder of his wife , Julie Taylor.

Details to be posted later.

Deadly Rabbit Disease On Orcas Island

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has confirmed a case of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2) in a domestic rabbit on Orcas Island. RHD is a viral disease that causes sudden death in rabbits and can be spread through contact with infected rabbits, their meat or their fur, or materials coming in contact with them.

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Statewide Efforts Restore Fish Passageways For Salmon Recovery

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(L to R: Rob Woeck & Mike Cotten, WSDOT NW Regional Administrator -Office of the Governor photo)

Every generation in Rob Woeck’s family shares fishing memories of the Pacific Northwest. The Washington State Department of Transportation employee said his family put down their initial roots in the Washington Territory during the 1880s. They grew up fishing commercially and recreationally, he grew up fishing, and each generation in between did as well.

It’s a part of their identity as much as fishing is part of the overall Pacific Northwest identity, and even more so for local tribes over thousands of years.

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Senator Murray Works To Curtail Warrantless Vehicle Checkpoint Stops

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Amid increasing scrutiny of immigration officials inhumane treatment of children and families, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) reintroduced legislation to strengthen privacy protections in Washington state and all other border states by limiting the unreasonably large “border zone.”

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San Juan Island National Historical Park 21st Annual Encampment

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Re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada will once again celebrate peace as they gather for the 21st annual Encampment schedule July 26-28 on the English Camp parade ground.

Encampment features recreations of mid-19th century soldier camp life, demonstrations of black powder firing, children’s croquette, music, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, along with the pageantry of period clothing.

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Public Invited to Submit Art to Highlight the Dangers of Releasing Pets and Plants into the Wild

Calling all artists! The Washington Invasive Species Council invites artists of all ages to participate in an art contest as part of its “Don’t Let it Loose” campaign.
The campaign teaches people about the dangers of releasing unwanted pets and plants into the wild and highlights other ways to rehome them.

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Head on over to The Village (543 Spring St) on Saturday, July 20th, 5:30-8:30 PM for some lip-smackin’, melt-in-your-mouth BBQ meat & trimmin’s; and the golden opportunity to lasso some original pieces from your favorite island artists - Darleen Nixon, Janet Williamson, Maria Michaelson, Eben Shay, Thaddeus Krol, Manya Pickard, Trish Morse, Margaret Thorsen, Jan Murphy, Janie & Terry Ogle, Marcia Walters, Cady Davies and more - or snag an amazing travel package, or walk (stagger?) home under the burden of a case of vintage wines.

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Whale Sanctuary Project Town Meetings July 21, 23, 24

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The Whale Sanctuary Project is holding a series of town meetings in Washington State to discuss the concept for a rehab/rescue facility for the endangered Southern Resident orcas, which can also serve as a retirement home for orcas retired from entertainment parks and aquariums.

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Fish Farms Finished In 2022

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( M. Ried photo)

Beginning in 2022, fish farms will no longer be allowed to raise non-native fish in Washington’s waters. Until then, updated permits from the Washington Department of Ecology require Atlantic salmon farms to step up their monitoring, inspections and reporting, and to have emergency response plans.

The permit updates follow the 2017 collapse of a net pen containing Atlantic salmon near Cypress Island in Skagit County.

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SJI Fire& Rescue Responds to Residential Fire

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(Contributed photo)

On Friday morning, July 12, 2019, San Juan Island Fire and Rescue crews responded to a 911 call reporting a residential fire in the area of Westcott Bay on San Juan Island.
Upon arrival, firefighters found the home to have smoke emanating from vents under the home. The owner of the home had evacuated with his pets and there were no injuries. The fire scene was sized up, evaluated and firefighters began extinguishing the fire.

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Not-For-Profit Air Medical Transport To Serve San Juan County

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( A helicopter equipped to act as a mobile intensive care unit will be based on Whidbey Island )

Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States, is partnering with WhidbeyHealth Medical Center to open a new base in Island County, Washington. The base will be operational in late summer 2019. The 24/7 air medical helicopter, pilot and medical crew, will be based on location at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center, serving not only Coupeville and nearby communities, but also the broader Puget Sound Region including the San Juan Islands.

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SJI Community Foundation Partners to Finish Baseball Field

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Thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor, the baseball field at the John O. Linde Community Park will be completed in 2019. With the San Juan Island Community Foundation serving as the fund steward, Mike Carlson Enterprises broke ground in late June and will complete the baseball field, walking path and general use areas. Expected to be finished by late October, the grass in the newly-developed field will need time to establish roots and could be ready for play as soon as 2020.

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SJC Fire Dist 3 Passes State Audit

The Washington State Auditor recently released an Accountability Audit Report for San Juan County Fire Protection District #3, and found: “In those selected areas, District operations complied with applicable state laws, regulations, and its own policies, and provided adequate controls over the safeguarding of public resources.”

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SJI Women’s Fund Awards Grants

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(WF luncheon -contributed photo)

The SJI Women’s Fund members voted to award $5,000 to four local nonprofits during the most recent SJICF grant cycle. Compass Health Friday Harbor received support for therapy materials for families with special needs; the San Juan Island Family Resource Center received funds for two programs - Island Neighbors and College Mentoring; and the San Juan County Economic Development Council received funds for an electrical basics training course.

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Taylor Sentencing Continued

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(IG photo)

Keniv P. Taylor was to be sentenced Monday, July 8th, on his conviction of felony murder in the 2nd degree, but the defense requested, and was granted, a continuance after becoming aware the prosecution had introduced new facts as to the net worth of Taylor, who the defense has claimed is indigent.

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Army Divers To Remove Derelict Nets

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(US Army photo by Spc. 5 Adeline Witherspoon)

Washington state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Natural Resources Consultants and the U.S. Army's 569th Engineer Dive Detachment from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia start removing derelict fishing nets in San Juan County waters beginning Monday.

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Mullis Center Returns The Flag, & Allows The Pledge Of Allegiance

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(King-5 films protest at Mullis Center -IG photo)

[//updated 07-08-09, 10:45 am//] The removal of the American flag and forbidding the Pledge of Allegiance before lunch at the Mullis Community Senior Center (Center) resulted in controversy and division, not only among the members of the Center, but in the community at large.

The action by the Center was noted off island as well, and by last Friday King 5 News sent up a reported and camera crew to film a protest by those opposed to the ban at the Center.

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WSF Survey On Anacortes "Enhancements"

The Washington State Department of Transportation is partnering with the Port and city of Anacortes to explore innovative public-private partnerships to enhance the 35-acre ferry terminal site. This could include commercial opportunities such as retail stores, lodging and food options. WSDOT would like to hear from Anacortes and San Juan Islands residents, tribes and ferry passengers to ensure these opportunities meet your priorities.

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$3,987,448 State Grants To County

With the Legislature’s recent approval of the capital budget, grants are being distributed to cities, counties, state and federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations for projects in 37 of the state’s 39 counties.

The grants were awarded through seven different grant programs. Revenue comes from a mix of federal grants, the sale of state bonds, gas taxes and user fees.

Descriptions below of each of the grants:

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SJI Women’s Fund Honors Mariluz Villa, Remembers Joyce Sobel

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(L to R: Dr. Mariluz Villa receives Joyce L. Sobel Achievement Award from Dr. Carolyn Haugen, recipient of the first annual J. L. Sobel Award -contributed photo)

The Joyce L. Sobel Achievement Award was created by the Women’s Fund to honor Joyce’s legacy of service to the community. Joyce started many programs for those who had a need, most notably the SJI Family Resource Center, and she spent countless hours supporting children and families of the Island. It was a true loss to the island community when she passed away early last year.

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All Clear On Elwa Bomb Threat

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(King County Bomb squad arrives -SJCS photo)

On 07/01/2019 at 1:32pm a call came into dispatch from a WSF worker aboard the ferry Elwa, of a note found inside one of the women’s bathrooms that talked about a bomb. The US Coast Guard determined the vessel should be tied up to the dock and all ferry personnel evacuated. The vessel was empty of all passengers and vehicles at the time the staff disembarked.

M/V Elwha has been cleared to sail after it was determined a note left in a bathroom stating there was bomb on the ferry was a hoax. Normal operations will resume as soon as possible. Supplemental sailings will be added to help accommodate passengers going to Friday Harbor and returning to Anacortes. Updates will be provided on the additional sailings once the information becomes available.

Standby space is full for the remainder of the day departing Anacortes to/from Friday Harbor. Only reservation holders will be honored at these terminals.

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Car Accident On SJI


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(IG photo)

A car accident on West Valley Road closed one lane early Friday morning as SJI Fire & Rescue waited for the damage car to be removed. It is believed there were no injuries, and that no other vehicles were involved.

New Principal & A Special Services Director

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San Juan Island School District has announced the selection of two new administrators for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.

The new Friday Harbor Elementary School Principal is Caspar van Haalen, who will be moving to the island from the Tukwila School District where he served as an elementary interim principal. Previously, Mr.van Haalen was a principal in Forks, WA. Mr. van Haalen was selected after a rigorous process that included interviews, a demonstrated understanding of pedagogy, and a meet and greet with elementary school staff.

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SJICF Awards $177k in Scholarships, Academic Awards

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Another end of the school year signals a new scholarship awards season at the San Juan Island Community Foundation! Over the last few months, SJICF has awarded $177,000 in college scholarships and awards to 39 local students for the 2019-2020 school year. 9 graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High School and 3 from Spring Street International School were awarded new scholarships from funds held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation. 25 previous recipients were also awarded one-year renewals and new scholarships.

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Writers Wanted


The wheel is turning, and time rushes on…time for all you Island Writers to cultivate your roots by preparing your entries for the 2019 “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots” San Juan County Fair!

But, you say, the Fair is months away (August 14-17). True, but the deadline for the Written Word entries is July 19th -only weeks away! So, cultivate those writings -Prose, Poetry, Writing for Children- from the last two years, and postmark them to Island Writers, SJC Fair, POB 1094, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 or email them to by July 19th. Check out the premium book: Island Writers (Z - as in whiZZing by) is on pages 35-36. Questions? 360-378-4310.

New Friday Harbor Soroptimist Board


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(L to R: Necia Quast; Ann VanBuskirk; Denise Urell; Diana Sibert (President); Marcy Hahn; Mary Campanella; Carol Capps; Traci Wilson; Patty Brightman, and Kathleen Doehring)

June 23rd the Soroptimist of Friday Harbor held their annual installation dinner and ceremony at Vinny’s Ristorante. The board of directors for 2019/2020 shown above.

Lion’s $1000.00 Grant For New Signs


IG_so_l_PhotoBoards_2019-001 (119k image) The San Juan Island Lions Club has given a grant of $1,000 to Lion Stacy Smith to produce multiple weather retardant aluminum photo boards. The boards provide information relating to the plastic pick up on beaches and the affect that plastic on the beaches and the oceans have on land animals and marine mammals .The boards will be posted at the new Interpretive Center that will be going in at Jackson Beach this summer.

FH Rotary 16th Installation Dinner

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Rotary Club of San Juan Island held their 16th annual Installation Dinner on Monday, June 17th at Vinny’s where District Governor Brad Whittaker (Chilliwack) presided at the Installation Ceremony with Area Governor Connie Milliken (LaConner).

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Medevac Flights and Kaiser Denials.

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The recent denials of many medevac flights by Kaiser Permanente, followed by its withdrawal as the only option for health insurance in San Juan County starting in 2020, poses a serious crisis to all residents of the San Juan islands that is not yet resolved. Repeated requests by Dr. Michael Sullivan, San Juan County EMS Medical Program Director, to meet with his physician counterpart at Kaiser have been unsuccessful in clarifying the reasons and process for these denials.

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2019 SJ Center Skagit Valley College Graduates

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The San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College has announced six local graduates have received specific college degrees and certificates at the June 19th commencement held at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor.

The graduates honored this year were:

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49th Annual Shaw Island Classic Race


Sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the 49th Annual Shaw Island Classic Sailboat Race will be held Saturday, August 10. The race starts from Friday Harbor and circumnavigates scenic Shaw Island in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction, arriving back in Friday Harbor for lasagna dinner served by First Mates at the clubhouse and the awards presentation.

Race details and registration information can be found at the Club’s website:

Coast Guard Assists Kayakers

The Coast Guard assisted 11 kayakers from the YMCA Camp Orkila near the San Juan Islands Tuesday night.

A 45-foot motor lifeboat crew, from Coast Guard Station Bellingham pulled in the stranded group of camp counselors and transferred them back to a boat from the YMCA camp.

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Another Senior Banned From Senior Center

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(Minnie Knych presented with Notice of Trespass By Deputy Peters)

The ongoing debate over the removal of the American flag and forbidding the Pledge of Allegiance before lunch at the Mullis Community Senior Center has so far resulted in the banning of those who say the pledge, or in the case of Minnie Knych, from wearing and providing stickers to those that want one, that states “I Stand For The Pledge;” which according to the center is “political solicitation” in violation of Mullis Center policy.

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Mullis Center Flag Has Disappeared

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The Mullis Center was conceived as a gift to the community. A gathering place. A chance for the board formed of those at least 60 years old, to create an atmosphere where old and younger can share and dine amid the diversity found best in this best of all places-Friday Harbor. But madness has descended like a fog on the ferry making it difficult to see the scenery and arrive unscathed in this safe harbor.

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OPALCO Manager Paid Over $33,000.00 A MONTH

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It may come as a bit of a surprise that we OPALCO ratepayers forked over nearly $400,000 in compensation two years ago to Foster Hildreth, our general manager.

What we’re paying him today isn’t known because OPALCO doesn’t say. The only time it becomes public is when an IRS form it must file as a tax-exempt organization is released, and the most recent one is more than a year old.

What makes Foster’s pay so shocking is that it exceeds what the head of Seattle City Light - the highest paid Seattle city employee - is paid. Her pay is $340,000, this year, and she heads the 10th largest public utility in the country with nearly a half-million customers, several dams and almost 2,000 employees.

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Kiwanis Everyday Hero Award


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( L to R: Club president Doug Popham, Mike Hansen, Jan Hansen -contributed photo)

Jan Hansen recently received a Certificate of Appreciation and a $100 gift certificate as the FH Kiwanis nominee for the Everyday Hero award. In presenting the award, Kiwanis President Doug Popham stated "The Kiwanis Club of Friday Harbor has a history of honoring people who go above and beyond what is expected of them without thought of recognition or reward.

Lopez Hill Preserve Celebration


The Land Bank is kicking off a week-long celebration of Lopez Hill on Saturday, June 15, with a trail work party. Come lend a hand in tending the four miles of trails within the 400-acre Preserve.

Tuesday, June 18, join Amanda Wedow at 10:30am for a gently paced, family friendly hike.
Wednesday, June 19, pack a light picnic dinner and head for the “top of the hill” with Amanda to enjoy one of the longest days of the year with an evening hike. Hike begins at 6:30pm
Thursday, June 20, botanist, Madrona Murphy from Kwiáht, will lead a native plant walk. Learn about the trees and wildflowers you see along the trails! Guided walk begins at 2:00pm.

Firefighters Respond SJI Fire At White Pt

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( - SJI Fire and Rescue photo)

June 11, 2019 San Juan Island Fire and Rescue crews responded to an early morning, fully engulfed residential fire in the area of White Point area on San Juan Island.

The fire was contained to a two-story residential structure that started around 2:15 a.m. The residents were able to quickly evacuate the home and call 911. San Juan Island Fire and Rescue responded to the call and requested, San Juan Island EMS for medical support.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the home to be fully engulfed, as well as several vehicles and trees behind the structure.

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Navy Takes Environmental Stewardship Seriously

By Admiral Christopher Gray

Recent allegations challenging the Navy’s operation of the Growler EA-18G aircraft have created a great deal of public interest in the Navy’s operations in the Pacific Northwest, and I would like to discuss a few key facts regarding the Navy’s mission and environmental stewardship on Whidbey Island in particular.

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Doctors Training In Rural Emergency Medicine At Peace Health

This summer marks the fifth year of a unique collaborative Rural Emergency Medicine Clinical Experience between Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Washington, and the Emergency Medicine Physician Specialty Residency of the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.

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Orcas Rotary Pickleball Fund Raiser

ig_S_Pickleball-001 (19k image) The Orcas Rotary Pickleball Tournament is right around the corner on July 27th. Have you registered yet?

If you haven't registered and would like to, registration is now here: You can also register as a Tournament Sponsor through the online system.

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Student Filmmaker Award Entries Open

Friday Harbor Film Festival is seeking entries into the 2019 competition for the László Pal Emerging Filmmaker Award. Recognizing young talent in filmmaking, it will be presented to the creator of the best student short film during the Festival to be held October 25-27.

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Concerns On Cybersecurity Threats To Election

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is reminding lawmakers of emerging cybersecurity threats in an open letter to legislators and county election officials sent today. The state’s top election official underscored why modernizing technology this year is imperative.

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Last Call For Writers

The wheel is turning ever closer, and all you Island Writers should be cultivating your entries for the 2019 “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots” San Juan County Fair!
But wait, it’s not too late!

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Old Military Road Trail Committee Formed

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(Old Military Road near Zylstra Lake -contributed photo)

On June 13, a group of San Juan Islanders met with the Board of San Juan Island Park and Recreation District (Island Rec) seeking to be recognized as an official committee of Island Rec to explore the feasibility of creating a new trail connecting the two camps of San Juan Island National Historical Park - English Camp and American Camp.

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Rotary Donates To FOLKS

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( photo by Carla Wright)

Erin Corra (right in photo), Founder/Director of Friends of Lime Kiln Society (FOLKS) received a check for $200 from Rotary Club President, Tom Sibert and Barb Fagan, baker extraordinaire of 200 cookies sold to benefit FOLKS during the Lime Kiln Lighthouse Centennial Celebration held on June 30th.

Real Estate Sales Down 26%

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The second quarter results which complete the first half of the year for San Juan Island were similar to the first quarter. Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume on San Juan Island was $54,508,838 with a total of 81 transactions. The numbers reflect a 4% decrease in dollar volume and a 26% decrease in the number of transactions as compared to the same period in 2018.

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"Space Lady” to Perform at Alchemy Art Center

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Alchemy Art Center will host living outsider music legend, Susan Dietrich, known by most as The Space Lady, for an unforgettable performance on Tuesday, July 16th at 8pm.

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Two Beers & SeaDoc Team Up

ig_C_two-beers-seadoc-ipa-001 (58k image)Two Beers Brewing Co. has announced a partnership with SeaDoc Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystems through science and education.

SeaDoc Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystems through science and education. While the Southern Resident Killer Whale IPA focuses on the dire situation of the of this population of orcas, SeaDoc Society takes a multi-species approach, striving to find science-based solutions for marine wildlife in the Salish Sea.

Fair Superintendents Needed

Do you have a passion for Fine Arts, Food Preservation or Sheep? The San Juan County Fair is still seeking open class department superintendents for the Fine Arts, Food Preservation (Co-Superintendent) & Sheep. Open class department superintendents oversee the organization of volunteers during fair, may assist in finding department judges, and help with department layout, intake on entry day, Tuesday, August 13th & pickup on Sunday, August 18th

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New Orca Is Female

ig_CFOR_Orca_babyJ56-MomJ31_001 (61k image)J & K pods made an appearance in inland waters off San Juan Island for the first time in more than two months. A large crowd of people awaited their arrival at Lime Kiln State Park to get a glimpse of the new baby whale that was first reported on the British Columbia coast near Tofino on 30 May by a local whale watch company

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Come Shake Paws With Me

ig_SO_Ally-001 (89k image)My name is Ally and I am running for “Pet of the Week”. If you vote for me I promise to deliver: joy filled days of unconditional love, snuggles and hugs, glorious walks in all kinds of weather, and a faithful companion to lift you when you get down.

These are not empty promises just to get your vote. Come shake paws with me at the shelter, look deeply into my big brown eyes and you will see how sincere I am.

Herbert Eugene Meyer

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Herbert Eugene Meyer, aged 73, died June 23 in Seattle nine months after a bicycle accident near his home on San Juan Island. Historian Steven Hayward described Herb as “one of the genuine heroes of the Cold War.”

Herb’s first career was journalism with a focus on the Soviet Union. In 1982, Director of Central Intelligence William J. Casey invited him to join the CIA as his special assistant. In his time there he was the first analyst to predict the collapse of the Soviet Union. For this, he was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 1985, the agency’s highest civilian award at that time.

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Additional Ferry Service This Week

There will be unscheduled supplemental service through the San Juan Islands this week to help with what will be a busy Fourth of July holiday.

Wednesday, July 3: Extra 6:45 p.m. sailing from Anacortes to Lopez.
Wednesday, July 3: Additional 7:35 p.m. sailing from Lopez to Anacortes.
Friday, July 5: Extra 10:30 p.m. sailing from Orcas to Anacortes.

All customers should be prepared for longer waits at the terminal due to increased traffic and should consider giving themselves extra travel time to get to the terminal and through the tollbooth. Please remember that all illegal fireworks are not allowed on any ferry. This includes missile-type rockets, bottle rockets, M-80s, firecrackers, tennis ball bombs and any homemade or altered fireworks.

SJIMA New Board Member-Darleen Nixon

ig_Darleen_Nixon-001 (83k image)Darleen Nixon, a woman of many talents recently joined the board of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). She says of SJIMA, “I’m proud to be a part of our art museum which provides a beautiful venue for our local artists, as well as bringing world-renown artists to our residents, students and visitors.”

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Donate Food At The FH 4th Parade

ig_SO_Parade_FoodBank-001 (66k image)Coming to the Parade? A new tradition is starting this year: helping your neighbors in need while having fun celebrating on July 4th. It’s easy, just bring along a non-perishable food item (such as peanut butter, soup, tuna fish, or canned veggies) for the Food Bank, or a personal item (such as soap, shampoo, or a toothbrush and toothpaste) for the Family Resource Center. Then keep an eye out during the parade for Elvis, the leader of a group of starry-eyed islanders who like to dress up like super stars, pushing charitable chariots (i.e. grocery carts) for collecting what you bring.

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WSF Wants Feedback On Fare Increases

The Washington State Transportation Commission is looking for feedback on proposed fare increases for the next two years that will take effect in October. You can learn more about the fare changes and provide comments via the Transportation Commission’s at: You can also submit feedback by emailing the commission at Put “Ferry Fares” in subject line. The final hearing on the fare proposal Aug. 6.

SJC Hospital Meets

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be holding its June Regular Board Meeting on Thursday June 27, 2019 (it has been rescheduled from the 26th due to a scheduling conflict). It will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building (1079 Spring Street) and is open to the public. See AGENDA below:

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Herbert E. Meyer

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San Juan Island resident Herbert E. Meyer passed away June 24, 2019. Mr. Meyer had received a brain injury while riding a bicycle near his home at the south end of San Juan Island. He was hospitalized for some months while in a coma. A full obituary will be posted later

Summer Sailing Schedule Started

June 23, the summer sailing schedule goes into effect. Drivers and passengers should note the San Juan Islands will now be served by five vessels with two daily round-trips to Sidney, BC. Drivers can make reservations online at or by calling 1-888-808-7977 (WA & BC) or 206-464-6400 (Seattle) to speak with an Information Agent. Please check the online schedule or pick up a red schedule, No. 252, at the terminals or on the vessels.

Summer 2019 Schedule online:

Mullis Center Needs To Rethink Their Ban

By John Evans

The Mullis Center is a public facility. It originated and exists with government funding. In Congress and all levels of government the Pledge of Allegiance and the flag’s “stars and stripes” are a part of the recognition of our heritage, The same honor should be part of any public participation and protocol.

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Awesome Sweetness Be I

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Hello! My name is Berry and I am two and a half years old. But don’t let the name mislead you. I’m actually a lady cat with the given name of ‘Strawberry.’ Who would name a classy cat like me after a fruit, you might ask?

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Skagit Valley College Commencement

Wednesday, June 19th, at 1:30PM is the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College Commencement. The Commencement is being held at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor.

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Plan/BuildClosed 19 & 26th

The SJC Department of Community Development office will be closed on Wednesday June 19th and 26th for staff training on the new permit software and expediting permit application review.

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Council Budget Retreat Scheduled

SJC Council will hold a 2020 “Budget Retreat” on Lopez, June 25 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, at the Lopez Island Library (2225 Fisherman Bay Road).

Friday Harbor Fireworks Information

Do you remember how great the fireworks were last year? The Chamber needs your help in raising some fireworks funds!

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Folklife Festival On SJI, Lopez & Orcas

ig_Terrence_Enyeart-001 (93k image)The Folklife Festival will hold three gigs in the San Juan Islands - June 14 at the Alchemy Arts Center on San Juan Island, June 15 at the Lopez (Island) Grange and June 16 at the Lower Tavern on Orcas Island.

Kiwanis 4th of July Pig War Picnic

ig_SO_K_PigWarPicnic2019-001 (90k image)almost time for San Juan Island’s Annual Fourth of July Pig War Picnic! You’re not going to want to miss this year’s Pig War Picnic. Live Music, Kids Games, Beer Garden and much much more. If you were there last year, you joined hundreds of island families who brought their kids, friends, and relatives to our one-of-a-kind community picnic.

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Looking For Members "Monument Advisory"

his Thursday is the deadline for the current round of MAC applications.
The BLM is accepting applications for five seats on our Monument Advisory Committee. The deadline for application is this Thursday, June 13.

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Renew Your Energy Assist Credit

OPALCO offers monthly bill credits for members from low-income households through the Energy Assist program. Energy Assist gives qualified members a credit of $30-$60/month (depending on household size) and the same amount can be applied to a Rock Island bill for internet services

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FH Garden Tour June 8th

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June 2-8 is Garden Club Week in the Town of Friday Harbor. The San Juan Island Garden Club holds its Annual Garden Tour June 8, 2019; 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $15.00 available at Ace Hardware, Browne’s Garden Center, & Griffin Bay Books

FH Mayor signed the following proclamation.

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Calling all Artists, Crafters, Growers, Makers & Keepers

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Annual Grange Arts & Crafts Show accepting entries starting June 7 (4-8pm drop off), for the June 8th show (9am - 4pm).
Bring your creations to the Grange Hall to display in our Annual Arts & Crafts Show. Professionals and all ages are welcome; think a smaller version of the County Fair.

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FHHS Aerospace Design Team Community Presentation

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On Monday, June 10 from 5-6:00pm the Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team will hold a community presentation where they will explain the program and proposal work that earned them a spot at the world finals for the International Space Settlement Design Competition.

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Burning Season Is Closed

The 2018/19 burning season has come to a close. All permits issued this year and last fall are now expired. Commercial and Residential burning is over for the season. Check back to the San Juan County Fire Marshal's Office for the latest in burning info including Fire Risk and Burn Ban Status.

Campfires remain allowed at this time and do not require permits. Please be very careful with campfires and barbecues. It is very dry outside and although at this time burn risk is LOW it is not expected to remain so for long. For those with Vacation Rentals, note the burn risk status to your guests so that they too may have a safe and fire-free summer here in San Juan County. Any questions please email:

John Evans
Greg Hertel
Mary Kalbert
Ron Keeshan
Gordy Petersen
Janice Peterson
Bruce Sallan
Teresa Smith
Terra Tamai
Amy Wynn
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