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Whooping Cough Returns To San Juan County

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Three San Juan Island children have been diagnosed with Pertussis, or “whooping cough.” San Juan County Health & Community Services is currently working with the families of these children to investigate the pertussis cases. None of the children have been hospitalized.

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OPALCO Members Needed to Nominate Board Candidates

As proposed by Co-op members this fall, a new volunteer member committee has been created to nominate candidates to OPALCO’s Board of Directors. The Elections & Governance Committee is a year-round volunteer member committee charged with recruiting candidates for Board elections - and will also serve periodically as a member review committee for issues such as board compensation and bylaw updates.

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FH Awarded $1.2 Million For Sidewalks

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( Path of new sidewalks photo)

The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce that it has received two grant awards in the total amount of $1,200,000 from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board.

The Town will begin the engineering work for these projects in 2017 with construction expected in 2018.

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‘Growler’ Operations Draws Criticism

The Navy’s recently announced plans to increase ‘Growler’ jet training over Whidbey Island has
drawn fire from one citizen organization, led to the formation of another, and prompted the Town of Coupeville to hire their own noise experts to scrutinize the Navy’s plan.

The Navy did not begin its self-conducted environmental study until
after Growler operations began.

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Two Tiger Teams Win Big

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The Peewees (phot above) and the Freshman (photo below) are the two Tigers little league football teams that brought home the North Cascade Youth Football League division championship trophies and division titles from the playoffs/Superbowl.

The Peewees under the leadership of Kelly Martinez, Rob Ross & Steve Parker and the Freshman were coached by Casey Anderson & Shawn Kleine.

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FH Proposals For Park Bench Sculptures Wanted

The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals for a park bench wildlife sculpture project sponsored by the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). The artwork is to be located at, on, or in association with an existing park bench at one of three locations on Spring Street.

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First Dog License Issued For 2017

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Canaan, a five-year old border collie, received the first 2017 dog license of the season at the San Juan County Auditor’s Office. Canaan is a champion agility dog, and has won many awards along with his owner Bob Anderson. Dog tags will be sold beginning Monday, November 28.

All dogs, three months of age or older, are required to be licensed in San Juan County. License fees are :

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Anniversary Of Orcas Park Project

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By Dona Wuthnow

Ten years ago, a bit of magic happened on the Eastsound Village Green " the Stage on the Green was brought to life. A stirring synergy of community talent and creativity came together in a 20-person group that used a consensus-based process to develop an organic architectural design and a team of artists and craftsman who could construct the vision. The Stage on the Green Group (SOG) was inspired to create a truly unique performance space that reflected the community; an alternative to the prefab stage which was all that County Parks could afford on its own.

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Orcas Island Fire & Rescue In Moran State Park

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(Lt. Rich Harvey controls decent of basket, as team stabilizes the ride - OFR photo)

On Sunday, November 20, 2016, Orcas Island Fire & Rescue was dispatched at 1:15PM to rescue an injured mountain biker, “a few miles in on Power line trail in Moran State Park.”

The on-duty Battalion Chief, Paramedic, and the OIFR Technical Rescue Team located the best access route and began a long hike up the side of Mt. Constitution.

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FH Port Meeting On Employee Dismissal


While controversy continues to swirl around the recent termination of a popular Friday Harbor Port employee (Related), the port commissions will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, (11-21-16), at 6:00pm at the SJI Yacht Club, 271 Front Street, in FH to “consider approval of a Settlement and Release Agreement for former Port employee Joseph Wheeler.”

FROG Reservation Survey Report Available

The Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) final report of the Survey Panel, conducted in June 2016, with 5,414 surveys completed, has been published and is available HERE (.pdf 999\k file)

System-wide the 3,905 respondents made an average of 6.9 reservations in the last year.

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Sign Up For EMT Training

ig_EMS_LOGO-002 (34k image)San Juan Island EMS will be conducting an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course beginning January 4, 2017. Classes will be held each Wednesday night and all day Saturday through May 6, 2017. Interested full-time residents of San Juan Island are invited to investigate this opportunity at for detailed information and forms. Applications can be picked up at the EMS Building located at 1079 Spring Street. Applications must be completed and turned in by 5 PM on December 2, 2016. San Juan Island EMS is a service of the San Juan County PHD No. 1 and operates a nationally accredited 9-1-1 response and transport program.

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2017 Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting

The Northwest Washington Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, a one-day conference for food and farming businesses of all kinds to connect, network, and learn, will be held February 21, 2017.

The Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting is one of the leading food and farming businesses conferences held in our region, generating approximately $500,000 in new business to business sales each year.

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Family Caregiver Support Offered


PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, in conjunction with San Juan County Department of Health & Community Services, Mullis Community Senior Center and Peace Island Volunteers, invites family caregivers to participate in a Fireside Chat on Monday, Nov. 21, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the main lobby at 1117 Spring St. in Friday Harbor. Discussion will focus on self-care in the midst of caring for others, as available resources. The gathering also will provide an opportunity to interact with others who also are family caregivers. Refreshments will be served.

Save by Riding The RoundTowner

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(L to R: Rider Sherie Carlson & Round Towner Manager Bob Reilly-IG file photo)

While our county has no public transportation, the non-profit RoundTowner has been providing low-cost ($3) shuttle rides in Friday Harbor since 2013.

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Changes To OPALCO Election Process Approved

At the October meeting, the OPALCO Board approved a number of the changes to the election process that were proposed by a volunteer Member Review Committee. Beginning in 2017, all voting will be by electronic (online) or mail-in ballot.

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Sam Buck’s Books

Sam R. Buck II, who recently passed away, lived almost all of his 89 years on San Juan Island and wrote a trilogy of books which give a unique perspective of life in the islands from the 1920s to today.

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Change in Vehicle and Vessel Licensing

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Washington State residents with vehicle and vessel transactions due in December are urged to complete them by Friday, December 9. On Monday, December 12, the Washington State Department of Licensing will implement, statewide, a new state-of-the-art computer system for vehicle and vessel title and registration transactions.

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OPALCO Board Hosts Tea Talk At SJ Library

OPALCO Board members Vince Dauciunas, Mark Madsen and Winnie Adams are hosting a Tea Talk event on Tuesday, December 6th at the San Juan Island Library. Bring your questions and enjoy tea and conversation -not a formal presentation, but Board members will answer questions and provide information on OPALCO topics.

Stage Left's Production "Omnium Gatherum"

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Join a warm, cozy venue for a celebration of the season in what has become known as an island tradition!
Performances at the Marie Boe Building, SJC Fairgrounds
Free admission. Donations appreciated.

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2017 Children’s Festival Organizers Needed

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(2016 committee: Maddie Ovenell, Morgan Johnston, Kim Fitts, & Angela Carlson -SJI Rec photo)

Plans are just beginning for the San Juan Island Children’s Festival scheduled for May 6, 2017 and people willing to work as a team, committed to creating this fun filled festival dedicated to celebrating children are needed.

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Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew In September

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Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew! The San Juan Lions Foundation in Friday Harbor is pleased to announce their next annual fundraising event will be the Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew, taking place on Saturday September 23, 2017.

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Fireside Chats On Holidays Feelings & Emotions

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center’s fall series of Fireside Chats continues on Thursday, Dec. 8, with the topic “The holidays are crazy:

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‘Tis The Season With The SJ Island Carolers

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The SJ Island Carolers have shined up their jingle bells, found some new tunes, polished up some old ones and put together a fun collection of Christmas holiday songs for you this year -just give them a call at the number below.

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SJI Lions LEOs Donate To Art Program

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(L to R: BJ Brandli; John Bostrom; Suzanne Mozzarella, and Griffin Cuomo)

San Juan High school LEOs (Leadership, Equality, Opportunity) Club have presented San Juan Schools Foundation with a $500 check towards the school arts program. The LEOs Club of San Juan Island is a Lion’s program for young people, whose members work all year to earn money to give to worthy community causes.

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Wait! Before you buy a turkey pot pie and a candy bar, consider this, YOU are invited to join the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Mullis Center. It’s Thanksgiving dinner with the extended SJI family, a big giant community family. Enjoy a full Thanksgiving dinner menu plus connect with old friends and make new friends at the dinner. If you really want to feel like family you can also volunteer to help.

2017 Teen Video Challenge

The Washington State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program have launched the 2017 Teen Video Challenge, a national video competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program.

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Fraudulent Posting Of letter Spurs Investigation Request

A public interest organization opposing Naval warfare training activities on Whidbey Island and over the Olympic National Forest has called for an investigation into a fraudulent and libelous letter published in the Seattle Times.

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Turkey Walk-not-Trot Trail Event

3rd Annual Turkey Walk-not-Trot Trail Event, Friday, November 25, 10:00 am - Noon, Mount Grant Preserve, San Juan Island Opt outside for a leisurely morning stroll to the summit of Mount Grant Preserve, then savor some cider and 360-degree views before heading back down.

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Christmas Wreaths Sale Saturday

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Friday Harbor Seniors will be outside Lowe Construction - across the street from Brickworks during The Farmers Market-- Saturday November 19th from 10-1 selling . Don’t miss out!! The proceeds support Grad Night, so come out and get your wreath and support a good cause.

FANS Carnival at Fairgrounds Saturday

Family fun thrills return to the San Juan County Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The fifth annual FANS Carnival (Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec) features some two dozen activity/game booths, the popular “cake walk,” and inflatable experiences (the 18-foot-tall “Monster Truck Slide” and 35-foot-tall “Pirate’s Revenge Obstacle Course”).

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"Good dog!"

ig_SO_PetWeek-Reo-001 (29k image)Hello There. I’m a good dog. At least that’s what I’m told. Actually, I’m told I’m a perfect dog, but I don’t like to brag. My name is Rio. I’m an international man of mystery, so I can’t tell you my last name. That would be indiscreet.

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SJC Datapalooza! - a statistics and demographics

Need more data and information to make knowledgeable decisions about your business or as a community legislator or leader? Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for their first-ever Datapalooza! event, two hours of in-depth data and analysis of our economy and demographics, plus lunch and conversation, on Friday, December 2nd, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Orcas Island.

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State 2017 Teen Video Challenge

The Washington State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program have launched the 2017 Teen Video Challenge, a national video competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program.

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3-D printer Coming To SJI Library

In a world where doctors are printing new organs and prosthetics, the impact that 3-D printers are already having in our day-to-day lives is far-reaching.

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Women's Fund Donates $14K

The Women's Fund is a Pooled-Donor Advised Fund held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation. Together, they are able to award grants to local nonprofit organizations. To date the Fund has donated $14,000 to various grant projects in our community.

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Navy Growler EIS Available

The Navy will publish a notice of availability in the Federal Register tomorrow (Nov. 10) announcing the release of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for EA-18G Growler airfield operations at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Draft EIS will be available for review tomorrow on the project website ( Hard copies will also be available at area public libraries. The Navy will host an open-house meeting on Lopez (Wed, Dec 7, 2016 - Lopez Center for Community) to provide members of the public the opportunity to ask questions of Navy representatives and submit comments on the Draft EIS analysis. The meeting will consist of information stations staffed by Navy representatives.

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Annual Orcas Turkey Shoot

The Orcas Island Sportsmen Club invites the public to come and win their Thanksgiving
Turkey at the 65th annual fall Turkey-Time Family Fun Shooting Contests; and before the letters of outrage begin, know that no turkeys are shot, targets are shot to win frozen turkeys.

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Home Trust Annual Meeting

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Home Trust held their Annual October 27th at the Grange in Friday Harbor. Members, supporters and interested islanders gathered for music, food, an update on the last year of activity, and the election of new board members.

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Show Your Art Work

Library Art Show FAMILY TIME is November 12, from 10-noon. San Juan Island Public LibraryThe community is ready to enjoy your ready-to-hang art. Let us see your work or work from your home on the theme of FAMILY TIME.

Mullis Center Pancake Breakfast Sunday

9:00 am - Noon Pancake Breakfast with eggs, bacon, and pancakes. Fresh homemade cinnamon buns. At the Mullis Center.

John Evans
Greg Hertel
Mary Kalbert
Ron Keeshan
Gordy Petersen
Janice Peterson
Bruce Sallan
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