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Possible Sex Predator on Orcas

Deputies on Orcas Island are asking for the public’s help in identifying a subject who approached two pre-teen girls at the Village Green offering them candy and money. The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon about 3:45 p.m.

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Feral & Pet Cats Are Killing Machines

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(Debi Shearwater photo)

Well-fed cats kill because the hunting instinct is independent of the urge to eat. (In one study, six cats were presented with a live small rat while eating their preferred food. All six cats stopped eating the food, killed the rat, and then resumed eating the food.)

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-- Guest Column --

An Issue For All Of Us

By Susan Jarman

I was born and raised on San Juan. Land use, zoning, etc. etc. were never a part of the “early” days. However, as it became clear that it was necessary to protect areas of the island or lose them forever, land use regulations came into being.

Among those places deemed necessary to be protected was San Juan Valley.

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Deputy Receives Police Hall of Fame Silver Star For Bravery

ig_Doug_Maya-001 (9k image)At the Tuesday, October 21, 2014 meeting of the San Juan County Council, Sheriff Nou presented Deputy Doug Maya with the American Police Hall of Fame Silver Star For Bravery. The award was bestowed upon Deputy Maya for his actions on August 30, 2014 when he discovered an occupied, burning recreational vehicle in Friday Harbor and rescued two unresponsive men from inside.

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First Civic Pride Award For: Alley Makeover

ig_G_TFH_CWB-Award-001 (27k image)Voluntary efforts in Friday Harbor to improve the alleyway at the First Street entrance to the back of the building housing Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands, Inc. has been recognized with the Town of Friday Harbor’s first Civic Pride Award.

Curb appeal is typically reserved for the front of buildings, but businesses on Sunshine Alley are taking a critical look at their side and backyards.

Steve Buck and Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands, Inc. replaced the exterior staircase, redesigned the basement stairwell entrance, and screened off mechanical equipment.

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SJI Medicare Workshops

The San Juan Island Library, the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), Life Care of San Juan Islands, and San Juan Senior Services are working together to sponsor two community workshops in Friday Harbor presenting an overview of Medicare information for seniors and Medicare Part D, or the prescription drug insurance program.

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OPALCO Broadband $95/Month

At Thursday’s meeting of the OPALCO Board of Directors, a motion was unanimously approved that includes a $7.5 million acceleration of our efforts to provide member Internet connections to as many members as possible - and, eventually, serve the entire membership.

A new organization will be formed to deliver these services, separate in its finances and staffing. The detailed plan and presentation are available at

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One Bourbon, One Scotch And One Beer

By: Merri Ann Simonson

Unlike liquor, your water source in San Juan County is not guaranteed and must be acquired and cared for.

When you first consider purchasing an unimproved parcel of land you should condition your purchase upon a satisfactory water source. Due to the risk of closing before the water source is determined, the days of clients purchasing land without the source are long gone.

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Boat Near Sequim Sinks

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SEATTLE -" The Coast Guard rescued two people after their vessel began taking on water north of Dungeness Spit, Sequim, Friday. Pollution responders from Sector Puget Sound’s incident management division have been notified and are working with the owner of the vessel and the Washington State Department of Ecology to determine if the vessel can be salvaged from 180 feet of water.

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Orcas Candidate & Initiative Forum Friday

Eagle Forum of SJC is hosting an evening to get to hear what the candidates for local offices have to say. On Friday, October 17th, Sheriff candidates, Treasurer candidates and County Council candidates will appear, along with Jamie Lund from the Freedom Foundation, who will discuss the state education levy. The forum will be held at the Firestation in Eastsound at 5:00 pm

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State 125th Anniversary Capsule Keepers Sought

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When Washington celebrated its centennial in 1989 (Wa State photo above), the state recruited hundreds of 10-year-old Washington children to act as “Keepers” of the Centennial Time Capsule that was created that year, when the first of 16 capsules in the main vault was filled. Nominations for new Capsule Keepers end Oct. 21.

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CenturyLink Releases OPALCO Letter

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By Alex MacLeod

Much has been said by the OPALCO board about its “non-disclosure agreement” with CenturyLink.

When the board finally sought to justify threatening a former board member with legal action for publicly releasing his letter-of-resignation, it cited the non-disclosure agreement as its justification, saying the resignation letter “discussed matters specifically covered by confidentiality agreements.”

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Suit Filed Against Owner Operator Of Commercial Green Houses

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(Driveway leading to Sun Grown Farm green houses-IG photo)

A law suit has been filed in San Juan County Superior Court against the owners of San Juan Sun Grown and Sweet Water Farm over the continued “willful and substantial use” of a private driveway.*

The 1,000+ foot long single lane gravel driveway is being used for the construction and operation of 27,000 square feet of commercial use greenhouses “with the knowledge that they [Sun Grown] do not have any easement rights” except for “access and utilities for single-family residences;” of which there are none.

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-- Guest Column --

What I-594 Means To You

By Scott Brennan

I have been with your Sheriff’s Department for over 26 years. As the person who will have to enforce I-594 I have read it very carefully. Here is what it will mean to you. If passed, I-594 covers ALL gun sales and transfers.

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NAVY Medically Evacuates 2 More From Orcas

Search and Rescue (SAR) teams from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted two separate Medical Evacuations (MEDEVACs) from Orcas Island on Friday, Oct. 10, -this in following the single one on Tuesday (see story below).

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Exploring Mushrooms With Taylor Lockwood

ig_Talor_Lockwood-02 (13k image)Friday, 7:00 p.m., at the SJI library, Taylor Lockwood, photographer and author of The Good, the Bad and the Deadly
, among other titles, will present a program of photos and a talk on the incredible diversity of mushrooms from all over the world. Taylor's thirty year career in mushroom photography has given him stories from most parts of the globe, and some of the most alluring images of mushrooms ever taken.

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Navy Search and Rescue Helps Orcas Mann

//NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND// - A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island was called Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 for a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) flight of a 63-year-old man in cardiac infarction.

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WSF Lines End, Reservations Begin Jan 5

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Reservations are coming soon. Attend a Washington State Ferries community event to sign up for a reservation account and learn more about the reservation system.

The WSF outreach team will begin this weekend on San Juan and Shaw, then next weekend on Lopez and Orcas. Schedule and location follows:

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Lopezians Recognized For Lifesaving Efforts

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( Terry Marshall; Tim Savage; Kevin &Isabelle Zoerb; Foster Hildreth; Marty Clark; Jim Ghiglione and Mitchell Barr -OPALCOphoto)

On October 3, 2014, more than 50 people gathered at OPALCO’s Lopez Crew Station to celebrate Journeyman Lineman Kevin Zoerb’s return to work and to recognize the community members who helped save his life.

On September 20, 2013 Co-op’s Journeyman Lineman Kevin Zoerb was working on the south end of Lopez Island when he came in contact with a high voltage line. He was airlifted to Harborview and admitted to the burn unit in critical condition.

injured when he came into contact with a high voltage line.

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Building Codes Toolkit Class

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Attend a one-day class, endorsed by San Juan County Building Advisory Council, that will help you put the new 2012 IRC building codes into practice in San Juan County.

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Town Improves Evergreen Park

The Friday Harbor Town Council welcomes the public to enjoy the new walking path, picnic area and greenery recently added to Evergreen Park; and they also invite the public to suggest additional enhancements. The park is one of five parks within the Town, and is located off of Spruce Street on Green Way in the Greenway neighborhood.

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RED" - Back By Popular Demand!

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SJ County Fairgrounds, Marie Boe Building, Oct 24 - Nov 16; Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 and 4:00 Sundays (We open on Friday Oct 24th

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Brett Alan Corbin

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May 13, 1963 ~ October 7, 2014

After a long battle with leukemia, Brett Corbin passed on while in the University of Washington Medical Center.

Brett was born in Port Angeles, Washington, and spent most of his younger life in Forks.

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Tour SJI Public Works Projects

Know Your Island Walk, Sat. Oct. 25, 2014, 1-4pm. Meet Rachel Dietzman and members of the San Juan County Public Works Department to tour and learn about public works projects.

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SJI Museum of Art May Received Funding

The Washington State Building for the Arts advisory committee has selected the San Juans Islands Museum of Art (IMA) as one of 14 non-profit organizations from a field of 50 applicants.

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SavorThe San Juans

Friday Harbor, WA … On Sunday, October 26, the passionate and talented chefs, farmers, fishers, winemakers, distillers and brewers of the San Juan Islands will create a unique tasting event-the Bite of the San Juan Islands

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Oregon Woman On Lopez Hit When Weapon In Bag Discharges

On Saturday, October 18, 2014 about 6:55 p.m. 911 Dispatch received a call about an accidental gunshot wound on Lopez Island.

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Albin Evans Sundstrom

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September 28, 1918 ~ September 10, 2014

Island Patriarch Passes - and so does the end of an era

Al Sundstrom passed away peacefully at his San Juan Valley farm early on September 10, 2014, on the Harvest Moon - fitting for this life-long farmer. Born and raised in San Juan Valley, he was the third of seven children born to John and Josie (Madden) Sundstrom on September 28, 1918.

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Sheriff’s Log Oct 1 through 7

• October 1 A San Juan Island man reported vandalism to his well and pumphouse.

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Info Online About Toxics In Products

OLYMPIA - Lab results revealing levels of toxic chemicals in consumer products sold in Washington are now available through an online database.

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Planning Commission Meeting Friday

Planning Commission Meeting Oct 17, 2014 - Friday - 8:30 AM at Council Hearing Room in Friday Harbor

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Orcas Pre-Commercial Thinning Workshop and Field Tour

Northwest Certified Forestry, a program of Northwest Natural Resource Group, will be hosting the third and final workshop in a series of events focused on forest health on the San Juan Islands; including “pre-commercial thinning", when only the smallest diameter, lowest quality and non-merchantable trees are removed.

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VA Mobile Vet Center To SJC

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San Juan County, with the largest number of veterans per-capita in the state, will now have improved access to counseling services and referrals for VA benefits and community resources. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Tacoma Vet Center will deploy a Mobile Outreach Team beginning Wednesday, November 5th, to the San Juan Islands. The mobile team will be at the following locations for dates and times shown:

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FH: Blair Avenue Update

Carlson Enterprises finished the second and final lift of asphalt on the southern portion of Blair Avenue, and the sidewalk area should be open for access to all business along the south side of Blair..

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National Wildlife Refuge Week

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites America to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 12-18, 2014) with a visit to a national wildlife refuge.

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Sheriff’s Log: Sept 24 to 30

• Sept 25 Deputies were called to a Friday Harbor apartment complex about a child custody dispute. No crime had been committed and the parties separated.

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Blair Avenue Update

On Friday, October 10th, project contractor Mike Carlson Enterprises finished the second and final lift of asphalt on the southern portion of Blair Avenue. The sidewalks in this area will be poured during the week of October 20th.

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Sunday Gathering For Ted Middleton

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A gathering for Ted Middleton's friends and family will be held on Sunday, October 12, from 3 - 6 at Brickworks, in Friday Harbor. Edward Anderson Middleton, Jr. (Ted) died unexpectedly April 28, 2014 while on a trip to California.

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League of Women Voters Candidates Forum Thursday On Lopez

Once again, the League of Women Voters of the San Juans will sponsor forums where candidates and speakers on ballot issues will address the public, and take questions: Thursday, Oct. 9 on Lopez Island at 5 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church.

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Sailing Club Gifts Sailing Foundation

Friday Harbor Sailing Club’s ( FHSC) Commodore recently presented a check for $500.00 from the Club to the San Juan Sailing Foundation.

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Jeanne McFarland Joins Coldwell Banker SJI

ig_Jeanen_McFarland-001 (9k image)Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands, Inc. is proud to welcome Jeanne McFarland to their office. Merri Ann Simonson, Managing Broker, said “we are very excited to have a new Broker with Jeanne’s qualifications, education and enthusiasm. We believe her technology skills and accounting background plus her island history will enhance her real estate career;” Adding, “Be sure to stop by our office and meet her or say hello. “

Young To Old, Are You Ready For Flu? Flu Shots Offered

Getting a flu vaccine is easy, and it is the single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu. Get vaccinated early and stay protected throughout the flu season; see below:.

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Dave Hall Benefit Saturday

ig_Dave_Hall-004 (81k image)Dave is known by many as the “glass guy” and local owner of Island Glass which services the San Juan Islands. Dave has inoperable stage 4 Prostate Cancer. We are happy to report he is responding positively to the creative treatments from specialists at University of Washington Medical Center and Cancer Care Alliance. His amazing team is helping him be "In It to Win It" as sports minded Dave likes to say.

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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.

Nick Power
John Evans
Mary Kalbert
Ron Keeshan
Gordy Petersen
Janice Peterson
Bruce Sallan
Terra Tamai
Amy Wynn
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