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Election Moments Recalled

By Milene Henley

The twelfth in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County.
The votes are counted, and the results certified. It is my hope that those of you who have read along with me this year understand the election process a little better than you did a year ago, and that you trust that the election process is secure.

To complete the year, here’s a random selection of moments which warm the hearts of Elections workers, and keep us coming back for more.

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FH Port Commissioners Explain Changes

We, the port commissioners, recognize the difficulty experienced by some community members in understanding recent staffing changes and structure at the Port of Friday Harbor. In a community as small as ours, these things are all the more challenging. It is a situation we do not take lightly.

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More Than Meets The Eye

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John Heric Retrospective Exhibition will open at the San Juan Island Museum of Art, on Saturday, Dec. 10. To Feb. 18.
John F Heric (1942 - 2011) was a Professor of Art, accomplished musician and resident of San Juan Island.

His creative imagination, skillful mastery of materials, and unique sense of humor are evident in this entertaining but powerful, retrospective exhibition. Using familiar forms and a play on words, he changed commonly accepted ideas and assumptions into poignant, figurative groupings with understated, dry humor.

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Skagit Valley College Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is going on now for Winter Quarter! Classes begin January 4th.
Step into a new career or upgrade your job skills! Our High demand areas include:
• Culinary
• Environmental Conservation
• Manufacturing
• Sustainable Agriculture
• Fire Protection

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SJI Critter’s Christmas Friday

Take a break Friday (12-09-16, 05 to 08:00 PM) from your hectic holiday planning and join Wolf Hollow Staff and Board members for a Critter's Christmas at the Mullis Community Senior Center for a hot drink and Christmas cookies, to learn more about the wild animals they care for and share your favorite local wildlife story.

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Tucker Avenue Ribbon Cutting Thursday

The Mayor, council members and Town staff invite you to join them as they celebrate the official completion of the Tucker Avenue Phase One improvement project on Thursday, December 8 at 11:15 a.m. “We appreciate the community’s patience throughout this project,” said Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator. “While the detours were inconvenient, the final result was certainly worth it.”

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SJ Singers “Christmas Reflections”

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(2015 singers -see large photo below)

San Juan Singers have been serenading our community for nearly forty years; it isn’t just a concert anymore….it has become part of Island traditions. This year it begins on December 10th at 7:30pm and/or 11th at 2:0 0pm at the San Juan Community Theatre.

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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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(Contributed photos - photo)

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.”

Aquifer Contamination

The discovery of toxic chemicals in the aquifer beneath the Navy’s Outlying Field (OLF) on Whidbey Island has led to renewed calls for its closure and raised concerns about adequacy and the timing of Navy’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

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SJI Library Book Sale Saturday

The Friends of the San Juan Island Library will hold their annual Holiday ook and Gift Sale at the Library Saturday, December 10th, 10a.m.- 4p.m.

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Free Tax Workshop Contractors

Washington State Department of Revenue, Friday, December 9, 2016 from 9:00 to Noon, at Islanders Bank Administration Building ((behind the branch).

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Nutcracker Tea Party December 17-18

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Salish Sea Ballet is proud to present the 2016 Nutcracker Tea Party! This interactive, family friendly event will immerse audiences into the magical winter classic and become a family tradition. The Nutcracker Tea Party features new, original ballet choreography that celebrates San Juan Island and its local culture while remaining true to The Nutcracker’s classical ballet roots.

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Urban Stormwater: Salmon Killer

On Tuesday, December 13th come enjoy a free dinner and free lecture about how urban stormwater is killing coho salmon before they can even make it far enough up the stream to spawn.

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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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(Contributed photo)

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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