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Impacts Of Large Greenhouses Under Review By Council

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A proposed moratorium on any new applications for marijuana grow operations will be discussed by the County Council Tuesday Morning.

Council members Bob Jarman and Jamie Stephens have expressed concerns on the size of the structures that are being built, noting that current county land use and building code regulations did not take into consideration the possible negative impacts of large industrial green house production of crops,

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October is Time to Savor Living In The Islands

The 7th Annual Savor the San Juans - a month-long medley of food, farms & art- is a month-long movable feast for the senses on all three main San Juan Islands - Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island. Savor the San Juans pulls together all the elements of a memorable post-summer celebration, including harvest festivals, art festival, music events and lodging specials at the island’s inns.

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“Coffee & Conversation” Friday At The Whale Museum

If you haven’t been to the Museum lately, this is a great time to come in and get to know the Museum better for “Coffee & Conversation” from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Friday, October 3. Enjoy light refreshments while learning more about Orca Adoptions. Hosted by executive director Jenny Atkinson .

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Do We Really Need Branding?

By Janice Peterson

I am concerned about the Town of Friday Harbor’s branding survey for reasons that call the survey’s validity into question.

1st, the questionnaire offers ample opportunity to complete it as many times as a reader likes and make things up along the way. I filled it out twice and assume I could keep at it ad infinitum. Since the survey is anonymous, I would probably lie about my age.

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Domestic Violence: It's Not Just a Woman's Issue; It's a Human Issue

Men and women play a critical role in ending the epidemic of domestic violence: it's not just a woman's issue; it's a human issue.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) Present a community forum and interactive learning event Tuesday, September 30 at the Brickworks, 6-8pm - Hors d’oeuvres, dessert and beverages served

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SJI School District Response to Supreme Court Ruling on K-12 Education Funding

(Press Release) On September 11, 2014 the Supreme Court of Washington found the state in contempt because the legislature has failed to submit a plan to fully fund basic education as required by McCleary vs. State of Washington. This means that the legislators’ “paramount duty” has not been fulfilled as required by the state constitution.

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Talk On "First Survey Of Islands"

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Join Boyd Pratt, Doug McCutchen and Mike Vouri for an evening of viewing 1890s images of the San Juan islands by the U.S. Coast Survey’s John Gilbert, scheduled 7 p.m., Friday September 26 in the San Juan Island Library.

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Bld Permits 5yrs Old & No Inspections?

San Juan County Department of Community Development is beginning the process of disposition of building permits over fives years old that have no record of inspections.

For the first phase, all permits that were applied for five or more years ago and have not had any recorded inspections will be reviewed, formally expired, and archived. For this round, no notification will be provided.

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Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Diver Near Patos Island

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(USCG photo by Fireman Haylee Averett.- )

Two Coast Guard crews medevaced an injured diver from San Juan County waters near Patos Island. The 22-year-old man was transferred to Virginia Mason Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle.

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Countywide Bat Study Reports First Results

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The best available scientific evidence is in, and it’s a fact: San Juan County is very batty, and the battiest island of all is …no, not Waldron, it is: Orcas Island.

Kwiaht director Russel Barsh has announced results of the first systematic survey of the county’s bats in 75 years.

The study included 105 nights of ultrasound recordings, visits to homes and barns where bats were reported roosting, and visual observations including dead or injured bats received by Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

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Free Fire Safety Inspections On Orcas

As a courtesy to the community of Orcas Island, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue (OIFR) will be providing a pilot program of complimentary fire safety inspections to island businesses at no charge. Fire safety inspections reduce fire risk and help to keep the community safe and “in business.”

Inspector R.J. Myers who is temporarily employed by OIFR, will make the rounds in Eastsound and other areas on Orcas offering fire safety inspections on a voluntary basis at no cost to businesses. To schedule an inspection, he will contact businesses by phone, email, or simply knock on your door. He will be happy to schedule a time that works best for you, or you can contact him at (360) 376-2331.

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FH Program Wednesday On HONEY: Nature’s Floral Symphony


ig_I_BeeOnThistle-01 (24k image)September 17, 7pm, preceded by a 6pm potluck; at SJ Island Grange Hall: SJI Grange #966 is sponsoring Brady Ryan of San Juan Island Honey. He will discuss aspects of nature’s floral symphony; including at how honey is produced & harvested; focusing on bees; pollination; beekeeping throughout the year, and the interconnection of the floral landscape with the unique flavor of local honey.

Only 79 Southern Resident Orca Remain: Beginning Of Their Extinction?

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(Center for Whale Research photo)

The Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island released a photo of a new Orca spotted on the South side of San Juan Island.

On their Facebook page they stated: “they encountered a subgroup of Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW’s in official jargon) in the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Salmon Bank. Tucked between two adult females in L pod was a very small newborn killer whale that still had creases on its side due to “fetal folds”, indicating it was probably less than one week old.”

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FH Airport Receives From $268K Feds


Senator Patty Murray Chair of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement that the Airport will receive $268,000 in federal funding for the final phase of construction to improve drainage to handle stormwater runoff near the runway, and prevent ponding on the airfield.: "This is great news for Friday Harbor and the communities throughout the San Juan Islands” said Senator Murray. “This investment will help improve safety and efficiency at the Friday Harbor Airport, and help support the economy and transportation needs of Washington state.” .

WSF Has A New Skipper

ig_Lynne_Griffith-001 (24k image)Lynne Griffith will officially begins her leadership as the new Assistant Secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division next month.

Lynn Peterson, Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation, announced the appointment of Lynne Griffith as Assistant Secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division, after conducting two national searches for a qualified candidate, eventually ending up in Pierce County Washington.

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“War of the Whales” Event & Book Signing Friday At The Whale Museum

The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Joel Reynolds of NRDC and Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research for a special event and “War of the Whales” book signing on Friday, September 12th; event will begin with a Meet and Greet at The Whale Museum at 6:00 p.m..

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9-11 Ceremony At FH Memorial Park

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Commemoration Of September 11th 2001 From The San Juan County Council

A day that will never be forgotten. A day that changed all of our lives.

We, in San Juan County, were far removed from the destruction and death that rained down on the people of New York, the Pentagon, and Flight 93.

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The Selling Of The San Juans

ig_Roger_Brooks (9k image)The Town of Friday Harbor invites the public to attend a presentation on “Branding and Marketing Your Community” by Roger Brooks International from 6pm to 8pm, Thursday, September 11 at the Grange Hall.

Roger Brooks was born in Seattle and grew up on San Juan Island, and graduated from Friday Harbor high school.

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Mystery On Orcas, Body Found In Tent

A body with Texas ID found dead in Moran State Park on Saturday, September 6, 2014. A fisherman found decomposed human remains with a wallet in a collapsed tent located off-trail in a secluded area of Moran State Park near the bridge over the Cascade Lake lagoon. The wallet contained a Texas driver’s license for a person from Plano, Texas.

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Community Advisory Committee For SJC Hospital District #1

The San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 (PHD is forming a Community Advisory Committee, and to that end are soliciting committee members from the district, which includes the Town of Friday Harbor; San Juan; Brown; Pearl; Henry; Spieden; Stuart and Johns island.


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Blair Sidewalks & Gutters Going In, But...

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(Blair Ave in Friday Harbor -IG photo)

Curbs and gutters in front of the FH High School are installed, but progress and the schedule to finish the Blair Avenue Improvements has been setback due to unpredictable surprises uncovered during construction resulting in a revision to the final paving schedule.

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DUI; Assaults; Threats; Vandalism; Drunk; Missing Persons, etc..

A busy August for law enforcement in San Juan County...not always such a "little piece of heaven" with the normal full range of issues for the deputies to respond to:

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-- Guest Column: Good Intentions Without Good Sense? --

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(Screen capture of a video web posting)

I don’t doubt the intentions of the FOSJ nor of individuals who wish to keep our water and air free of pollutants. Neither do I doubt the intentions of those in Homeland Security and NSA who seek to protect us from terrorist attacks. None of us that I know want to have polluted water, dirty air or a terrorist attack upon us or our loved ones.

Let’s put a bit of perspective on the topics.

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Navy Transports Orcas Man

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island flew an emergency medical evacuation early Saturday afternoon on Sept. 27, 2014 for a 76-year-old man from Orcas Island.

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Bids Request For Deer Harbor Bridge

The Coast Guard 13th District received an application from San Juan County, Washington, Sept. 23, proposing the construction of a highway bridge over Deer Harbor at Orcas Island.

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Law Enforcement: 09/17 thru 09/23

Animal Problem- On September 19th an Orcas deputy responded to a report chicken killed by a dog. There was no direct evidence of what dog made the attack. Case closed

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Soroptimist Offer $4K For “Live Your Dream Award”

Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families, and seek financial assistance to continue their education or receive training, can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (formerly the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards).

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Know Your Island

Know Your Iisland Walk; Sat. (09-27-14), 1-4pm. Meet Sarah Hanson, SJIConservation Corps leader and Program Manager, plus student participants, at the Jakal's Lagoon parking area, walk and learn about their summer 2014 projects. Observe what our youth do for our parks. Walk up Mt. Finlayson to see the work and hear about developments. Rating is moderate. Dogs on leashes okay. Rain or shine. Information:

SJC Citizens' Salary Commission Meets Thursday

The Commission will take the matter of "Cost of Living Adjustments and Base Pay for Elected Officials." The meeting begins at noon at the County Council Hearing Room in FH.

SJNI Celebrates Twenty Years Of Natural History Education

San Juan Nature Institute is celebrating 20 years of natural history education at a dinner at the Mullis Senior Center in Friday Harbor at 5:30 on Saturday September 27th 2014.

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About That Septic System...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold its second annual SepticSmart Week September 22-26. SepticSmart Week outreach activities encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems

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Weigh In On Friday Harbor’s Future

The Town of Friday Harbor is asking for the public’s participation in a short survey intended to help identify the perceived image of the town and provide direction for marketing the town as a place to live, grow your business, start a new business, and vacation; that is, how best to " brand " the town

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Law Enforcement Calls

SJC Law Enforcement Calls from 09/10 thru 09/16 included:

Accident, Hit and Run- On September 13th a San Juan deputy responded to a reported hit and run accident in a commercial parking lot. The investigating deputy estimated the damage at $2000. No suspect information at this time.

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Islanders Bank Customer Appreciation Day

Islanders Bank is hosting their 4th Annual Customer Appreciation Day, September 23rd at Friday Harbor, Eastsound & Lopez Branches; Time: 11:00am " 3:00pm

Ferry Reservations Meeting

The SJC Council will attend Ferry Reservations Partnership Meeting at the Yacht Club, Friday Harbor, 11:30 = 2:00, Thursday, September 18th.

Lopez Harvest Bike Tour

Sunday (9-21-14) Celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest. Bicycle to three working farms for a tour and a chance to meet & greet Lopez farmers. Learn about how conservation and agriculture can work together.

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Reservations About Reservations

By Greg Hertel

We seem to be moving inexorably towards a reservation system on San Juan Island but I still have some questions that nag me. I’ve raised these in the past with members of the committee studying the issue but every time I do, I keep getting told that it’s inevitable because the legislature gave the system its marching orders years ago and this is going to happen no matter what we want.

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County Looking For Fire Marshal

San Juan County is seeking qualified candidates for a contract position of San Juan County Fire Marshal (SJC FM). The SJC FM position will report directly to the Chief Building Official within the Department of Community Development.

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Celebrate The Life Of Al Sundstrom

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September 28, 1918 - September 10, 2014

Saturday, September 20th, 11:30 am Funeral Service at St. Francis Catholic Church. Burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. 1:30 pm Reception at San Juan Island Grange Hall; Come share your memories

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the San Juan Historical Society & Museum: PO Box 441 or San Juan Island Grange #966 Deck Project, PO Box 2013 - (a full obituary will be posted once available)

Sheriff Dispatach Temporarily By Phone Only

Beginning September 15, the 9-1-1 Center located in the Sheriff’s Office will be undergoing renovations including new radio consoles and a new E-9-1-1 phone system. As these vital upgrades are being installed, Dispatch will be temporarily relocated to the Emergency Operations Center.

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Island Rec CPR & First Aid Class

Get Certified for the Fall! Upon successful completion of First Aid and CPR you will walk away with life-saving skills and have a first aid certification from the American Heart Association and/or a CPR certification, which are valid for two years. Ideal class for parents, baby sitters, volunteer coaches and recreation leaders. First Aid is September 15, 5:30-9:30pm. CPR is September 17, 5:30-8:30pm at the Frank Wilson EMS building and are $27 each. Information or registration call 378-4953 or visit

Open Houses on Lopez, Orcas, SJ, On Stormwater Priorities

the Stormwater Utility is moving into the final phase of County wide stormwater management planning. Find out what it all means at upcoming open houses on the 15th to 18th. Read more below:

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Deputy Johanson Retires

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By SJC Deputy Sheriff's Guild

On July 26th 1984 the San Juan County Sheriff's Office grew by one. Sheriff Ray Sheffer hired Scott Depuity Johanson as a temporary deputy. After working a variety of odd jobs from California to Washington, Scott settled down in Friday Harbor.

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Eunice Maxine Sorensen

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September 3, 1918 ~ September 1, 2014

Eunice Maxine Sorensen passed away peacefully at The Life Care Center of the San Juans, just two days shy of her 96th birthday. Eunice was born to George and Cora Cope, in Burlington Kansas. She attended high school in Loveland, Colorado, where she met the love of her life, Verner F. Sorensen, on a blind date.

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OPALCO Youth Honored At Co-Op Leadership Camp

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1. ( OPALCO students receive top awards. From left: Gabi Carver-Hackett, Maya Burt-Kidwell, Willow Paige, William Coe, Peter Kamin and Chaperone Roger Sandwith -OPALCO photo)

Five Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholars selected by OPALCO attended the 2014 Idaho Consumer-Owned Utility Association (ICUA) Co-op Youth Rally at the College of Idaho this summer. Each made their mark on the regional youth leadership camp and each made the Co-op proud.

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Understanding The Real Estate Valuation Process

ig_R_ForSaleSoldSign-001 (10k image)By Merri Ann Simonson

The definition of “market value” is rather boring sounding, but it is a consideration of one of the highest value assets that a property owner may have, or the most expensive item that a buyer may purchase in their lifetime.

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Bat Talk At Lime Kiln Preserve

Rochelle Kelly, University of Washington Ph.D. graduate student, will be leading a discussion regarding bats this evening at our Lime Kiln Preserve on San Juan Island, starting at 8pm. We'll meet at the Westside Parking Lot. Bring a headlamp or flashlight if you happen to have one.

SJI Island Rec - Bocce Free Day

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(Kim Fitts, learning the game -contributed photo)

Maybe you’re a Bocce Enthusiast, or someone who just plays for fun, or maybe you are the type that can’t pronounce the name, but still has some interest in the game.

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Saturday SJI Chamber Music

Saturday (09-06-14) 7:30 pm Chamber Music San Juans (CMSJ) artistic director and clarinetist Patricia Kostek says the group’s next concert “just might be the most diverse and delightfully appealing program” in CMSJ’s long history of performances

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Second Annual Pioneer Festival Saturday In FH

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(It's the building...the building is old. -IG file photo)

the Second Annual Pioneer Festival at the San Juan Historical Museum. It will take place on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 10 AM to 4 PM. The San Juan County Pioneer Festival features living history events from day of yore.

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Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis

By Becky Mudd Bell

Head injury is finally being recognized as a major issue affecting our kids. While most attention has been paid to contact sports like football, soccer, basketball, rugby, and lacrosse, even more children suffer head trauma while bicycling and in auto accidents.

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Final Garage Sale to Benefit Friday Harbor Animal Shelter

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The Animal Protection Society of FH will hold its final rummage sale Saturday, September 13 at 994 Cattlepoint Rd, featuring items not sold at the first sale plus lots of new donations at rock-bottom prices. Everything must go! If you’d like to donate items for the sale, call 378-2158 to make an appointment for drop-off.

Public Works Director Resigns

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When Frank Mulcahy was selected over 36 other candidate in September of 2011 to take charge of Public Works, he had just concluded a career of more than 20 years with the U.S. Navy -and his most recent assignment was as Public Works Director of the Navy’s submarine base in New London, Connecticut- and now, in September of 2014, he will be leaving his post for “family and career reasons.”

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Island Cup Friday

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Friday (09-05-14), at 6:30: The Island Cup football game between Friday Harbor and Orcas Island at Friday Harbor High School. Come out & support your team in the opener between these island rivals. The weather should be great for football and tailgating. hamburgers and hotdogs available before kick-off. Game tickets sold at gate.

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