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Apply Now: Soroptimist $4K Live Your Dream Award

If you are a woman currently enrolled in a vocational or undergraduate program, and are the primary wage earner in your family, you may qualify for the Live Your Dream Award.
The Live Your Dream Award is the signature project of Soroptimist International.

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State Suspends Killing Wolf Pack

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has suspended its pursuit of the remaining members of a wolf pack that preyed on cattle throughout the summer in northeast Washington.

WDFW Director Jim Unsworth today lifted his previous order authorizing staff to take lethal action to stop predation by the Profanity Peak wolf pack now that most livestock are being moved off federal grazing allotments in the Colville National Forest.

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Halloween litter pick-up on San Juan Island

On Saturday, October 29, simply go outside and take a little walk, armed with a trash bag, and pick up any litter that you see. That day, the transfer station is open 9 am to 4pm and will accept all collected litter for free.

So get some fresh air! Get some exercise! Have fun picking up litter with friends, family, and/or work colleagues!

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FH Animal Shelter Project Moving Forward

The APS Board of Directors and the New Home-New Hope Fundraising Committee have announced the Shelter Project has reached its’ groundbreaking goal by raising 80% of the funds necessary to build the new shelter.

Just over three years ago, The Animal Protection Society - Friday Harbor announced its’ kickoff of the New Home - New Hope Capital Campaign to build a much needed new animal shelter for San Juan Island. When APS began this campaign, they committed to the public they would not break ground a goal of 80% of the funds needed was reached, and they would only use qualified, local contractors during the construction phase.

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2017 Preliminary Budget Available

The 2017 Preliminary Budget for San Juan County has been published. The theme of the 2017 Budget Message is “Building for the Future.” With the effects of the Great Recession now largely behind the County, the goal for the 2017 budget is to look forward, positioning the County to serve its citizens for the next 20 years. The budget can see viewed at: .

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Local Dogs For Parkinson's Detection Project

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Dog trainer Lisa Holt, with a team of volunteers, recently completed a pilot study designed to determine whether dogs can be trained to detect Parkinson's Disease and in doing so contribute to early detection of a debilitating and costly disease. The answer seems to be a firm “yes”

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Workshop for Marine Naturalists on October 29,

You are invited to join The Whale Museum for two special programs in October: the “Gear Down” Workshop for marine naturalists on October 29 followed by The Whale Museum’s (TWM) Research Symposium on October 30. Both programs will be held at the San Juan Island Grange Hall in Friday Harbor. On Saturday, October 29, the “Gear Down” Workshop will focus on research and recovery efforts by our neighbors to the north; doors open at 9:30 a.m.

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Rotary Club Donates $13K To Local Charities


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(L to R: Mariluz Villa of Hospice, Jennifer Armstrong of Family Resource Center, Scott Dudley Rotary District Governor -IG Photo )

The San Juan Island Rotary Club recently presented checks to the recipients of proceeds from their annual Concurs d’Elegance held on August 28th at the San Juan Vineyard. Mariluz Villa of Hospice and Jennifer Armstrong of Family Resource Center each received $6300. Hospice will direct the funds to 2 of their programs: Medical Equipment Lending and Music & Memory program. Family Resource Center will continue providing valuable resources for island individuals and families.

The Rotary Club will donate $1,000 to PolioPlus Fund of Rotary International, dedicated to achieving a polio-free world in our lifetimes. Further information about these worthy organizations visit:, and Rotary Club of San Juan Island

STORM WARNING - Prepare For Power Outages

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(Location of storm Wednesday at 4 PM)

OPALCO is warning of the possibility of power outages resulting from a storm front that is said to be moving in beginning Thursday and continuing through the weekend. Now is the time to get your power outage supplies ready and batten down the hatches.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a series of very powerful storms is headed our way, starting with heavy rain on Wednesday night.

The NWS models forecast a 1 in 3 chance that this could be a “worst case scenario leading to a historical windstorm for nearly all of western Washington that would be long remembered".

Here’s a checklist to help you prepare for the season:

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Plans For Cattle Pass Lighthouse


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Join the SJC Council as they attend a public meeting. hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday, October 12 at the Grange, First Street, Friday Harbor at 4:00 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss planned improvements to the Cattle Point Lighthouse. The Lighthouse became part of San Juan Islands National Monument when BLM (Bureau of land Management) land in San Juan Islands County became part of the National Historic Park system (2013 Story).

Most of the DNR land in San Juan County, like this small piece one, is next to land that is private property.

2015 Certified Organic Survey Released

While Washington does not have the most certified organic farms (California and Wisconsin had the most at 2,637 and 1,205 respectively), the state's 598 farms had a sales value of $626,445 million, second only to California's $2.4 billion. In 2015, Washington had 71,781 acres of certified organic farmland. The organic reports provide acreage, production, and sales data for a variety of organic crop and livestock commodities as well as organic marketing and agricultural practices.

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Free Business Workshop

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE workshop on the topic of mindfulness in business, on Monday, October 17th from 1-2:00 p.m. on San Juan Island. Advance registration is required.

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1st Annual Salish Sea Festival

Celebrate the salty tastes and traditions of San Juan Island waters this fall. Savor engaging conversation, talks, tours and demonstrations as well as fresh oysters on-the-half-shell, and other sustainably harvested seafood, on October 15, 2016 at Rosario Resort

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By Milene Henley

Hey, Millennials! This one’s for you. Everything you ever wanted to know about elections is online, in an easy to use, mobile-friendly tool.

Want an early peek at the Voters’ Guide? How about the ballot itself? Have you ever wondered if your current ballot has been processed yet, or if the Elections Office received your ballot for a previous election?

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Things To Consider On Waterfront Parcels

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If you own a waterfront parcel in the County, or hope to purchase one, I have detailed below some items to take into consideration. Historically, waterfront parcels were the most coveted investment in the islands but due to ever changing regulations, they are now the most confusing parcels to develop. For REALTORs they can be a challenge to sell due to our inability to give buyers concrete answers to their questions while on site.

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Public Hearing On Transportation Improvement Program -Time To Submit Opinions

The San Juan County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the County’s Six Year Transportation Improvement Program at or after 8:45 a.m., Friday, October 21, in the Council Hearing Room, 55 Second Street, Friday Harbor. Interested parties are encouraged to attend and submit oral comments or to provide written comments at or prior to the hearing.

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Critical Areas Appeal Turned Down By The U.S. Supreme Court

“It’s really over now,” said Prosecuting Attorney Randall Gaylord in announcing the Common Sense Alliance v. San Juan County legal challenge to the 2012 critical areas ordinance ended on Monday October 3, 2016 when the United States Supreme Court denied the request of Common Sense Alliance to hear its appeal.

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Friday Harbor Man Killed In Tukwila


Komo News has reported that a yet to be identified man was killed Sunday night after being stabbed near a light rail station in the Tukwila area.

The 30 year old assailant was arrested after being identified by witnesses to the stabbing. According to the report the victim was treated at the scene, but later died at Harborview

Flea Market at Fairgrounds Today

Saturday, October 22nd, 9am to Noon in the Fairgrounds Main Building. Rain or shine, there will be shopping at the Fairgrounds tomorrow! Crafts and Flea Market items, even a bake sale -you don’t want to miss this market. Come find your new favorite treasure- whether it be home décor, kitchen items, furniture or a new piece of art for your wall!Doors open at 9:00am sharp (sorry, no early birds permitted

Take A Community Trail,

Saturday October 22, 1-4 pm, Joining Forces for a Community Trail, hike and learn about the creation of the trail connecting town and American Camp. We will walk the middle section of this 6 mile trail, and hear about its beginning and the community cooperation, both public and private that has it largely completed.

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Mary Ann Ragsdale

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November 1, 1945 ~ October 18, 2016

Mary Ann Ragsdale of San Juan Island, born November 1, 1945 in Quincy, Massachusetts, died October 18, 2016 at St Joseph's hospital in Bellingham surrounded by her family. She was in no pain.

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Silent Witness Campaign Vigil Friday

You may have already noticed the Silent Witness silhouettes on the lawn of the legislative building, across from the courthouse to honor those who died from domestic violence in 2015. Write your thoughts in the journal provided on site. SAFE San Juans will be hosting a vigil in honor of these victims at the site on October 21st at 12noon.

Winter Crab Fishing Open

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced San Juan County reopened for recreational crab fishing in October 15th.

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Ballots Will Be Mailed Oct 18

Ballots for the 2017 General Election, which includes the Presidential election, are on their way. Ballots are being mailed on Tuesday, October 18. Most ballots should be in mailboxes by Friday, October 21. If you have not received your ballot by Tuesday, October 25, please let the Elections Office know, at (360) 378-3357.

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Ron Vincellette

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Ronald Lee Vincellette died of natural causes in the early morning of Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at his home in Friday Harbor, WA. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Phyllis, known as “Sam” to friends, and his son Mark, daughter Kim, stepdaughter Lisa and extended family.

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FHHS Holiday Wreath Sale

The Friday Harbor High School Senior Class of 2017/PTSA is now taking orders for their annual Holiday Wreath sale. Get your beautiful, aromatic, long-lasting, 24” Northwest Noble Fir wreath with pinecones, berries, and a handmade bow in the color of your choice for only $25.00.

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FREE Cyber Security Seminar

Islanders Bank is pleased to offer a FREE Community Seminar on Cyber Security; Friday Harbor, October 28th, 2016 | 1:00 2:00 PM in the Gubelman Room, SJI Community Theatre. Topics covered will include:
* Cyber Threats
* Cyber Security
* Securing your computer and mobile devices
* Safe internet browsing and social media use
* Tips for parents & kids

Where’s Wally?

ig_SO_PetWeek-Wally-001 (53k image)We know where Wally is, and that’s the problem. He is at a animal shelter in FH. Wally should be in a loving home. Here is why, in his own words: “This, my friends, is the face of an honest dog. Yes siree. I may occasionally stretch the truth or exaggerate a little, but I will never lie to you.

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Open Enrollment Time For Medicare

FREE: Learn about Medicare basics, Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Plans. Come to the Mullis Center, October 26, 2016: 2:00pm, for help on how to compare plans and options for 2017. Info or an appointment call 360-370-5188. Hosted by: Island Hospital, The Village at Friday Harbour, and San Juan Senior Services.

Minimum Wage Increase

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced today that the state’s minimum wage will increase 6 cents in 2017. The wage will rise to $9.53 an hour on Jan. 1.

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Sherrie Willows

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February 4, 1941 ~ July 31, 2016

Sherrie Willows, 75, of Manchester, Washington, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Malvern, Pennsylvania on February 4, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Shirley and Richard Stratton of Deland, Florida.

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OPALCO Open House Tuesday On Orcas

OPALCO Open House meetins in October; where they will gather member feedback on the election changes proposed by a Member Review Committee, and sharing updates on Rock Island and all things OPALCO. The next meeting is: Tuesday, October 11: Orcas Senior Center 5"6:30pm

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Candidates Forum

Candidates for major public office showed up Thursday (10-6-16) at the Grange Hall. In attendance wad: U.S. Representative candidates: Marc Henneman (Rick Larsen was absent)- State Senator candidates: Kevin Ranker and Daniel Miller - San Juan County Council District 1 candidates: Bob Jarman and Bill Watson, and San Juan County Council District 2 candidates:Rick Hughes and Michael Durland/ Nothing really new was presented, but there was a good crowd, with only a few empty seats available.

Free Windshield Chip Repair Saturday

Saturday, 08 October, 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM: Safe Harbor Insurance is teaming up with On Site Glass Solutions to repair chipped windshield for free! You do not have to be a Safe Harbor client - anyone and everyone is invited! Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are welcome.

Samantha Michael at: Email: ; Phone: (360)378-2949 - Website: Click to Visit

So, Go For A Walk?

ig_SO_PetWeek-Sassy-001 (50k image)Say there. You. Yes you…the one with the t.v. remote control in your hand and the empty bag of Cheetos. I see you there on the couch in your sweat pants. I’m wondering what you might think about going for a walk.

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OPALCO Open House Events: Election Changes, Rock Island Report + Q&A

Thursday, October 6: Lopez Woodmen Hall 5- 6:30pm is the first OPALCO Open House meetins in October; where they will gather member feedback on the election changes proposed by a Member Review Committee, and sharing updates on Rock Island and all things OPALCO. The other island meetings are listed below:

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and SAFE San Juans (formerly DVSAS) has created several great opportunities to come together as a community, actively create conversation, honor those who have suffered from such violence

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Housing Grant For Orcas

Year-round “affordable” rental housing on Orcas Island is one step closer to reality. OPAL Community Land Trust and San Juan County were recently awarded a HUD Community Development Block Grant of $562,672.

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Pet Changed Your Life? - APS-FH Chance For $100K Grant

Adopters are invited to share how their adopted pet changed their life for a chance to win a $100,000 grant award for the animal welfare group they adopted from and a $1,000 Petco gift card for themselves!

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2016 Annual Gardening Workshop

Come learn more from local experts about the different ways you can reduce your homes energy and water demand. Learn about different green technologies and service organizations designed to help you reduce your energy bills and carbon footprint.

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Meet A SJI Firefighter

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Gilbert Venegas is one of the newest members of San Juan Island Fire & Rescue, but not really.
He originally joined San Juan Island Fire & Rescue in 2010; moved off-island for a few years and as of February 2016, he is back to the department for good.

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SJI Teacher Heads For Under-Ice Antarctic Research

Local educator joins polar research team to enliven science education by connecting researchers, teachers, students, and the public around the globe.

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Dear Crazy Cat Lady

ig_SO_PetWeek-Moose-001 (38k image)I know you are out there but have just been busy. Too busy to stop by the animal shelter to meet me, obviously. Now that summer is over and you have some spare time, I think you’ll want to make arrangements to get over here pretty soon.

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San Juan Island Farm Tour Today

The San Juan Island Farm Tour is a unique opportunity to visit farms on the island! Sunday, September 25th 11am-4:30pm.

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Vote Counting Equip Test Oct 6

A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County for the November 8, 2016 General Election is scheduled for October 6 at 11 a.m.

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SJI Community Treasures Meeting Tonight

Tonight, September 22nd, 2016, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, at the Mullis Senior Center, is the Community Treasures public meeting/discussion. There will be a review history, go over some of the CT Board discussions, review the issues, and take input.

Williamson Elected Chairman Of Community Bankers Of Wa

ig_Brad_Williamson-001 (22k image)Brad Williamson, President and CEO of Islanders Bank was elected Chairman of the Board of the Community Bankers of Washington (CBW) during the group’s annual meeting held September 16th in Vancouver Washington.

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Reading/Signing At Darrell's Bookstore On Orcas

At 6:00 pm on September 22nd, Billy Sparrow, the author of Tranquility: A Memoir of an American Sailor, and Darvill's bookstore in Eastsound, will host a discussion and reading/signing event for this gripping memoir.

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Odlin Park Free Camping Sept. 24

Join San Juan County Parks for a night of FREE CAMPING on September 24 and commemorate the 90th anniversary of Odlin County Park. An Act of Congress granted the land to the County for "recreational and public park purposes" in 1926.

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Anonymous Women in the Bible

A four-week class on “Harlots, Widows, and Barren Women” explores some of the nameless women whom biblical history has forgotten. Led by Dr. Rebecca Moore, the course will look at the ways in which narratives about these unnamed women contribute to the theologies that appear in the Christian Old and New Testaments.

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