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WSF Updates

 

NEW John Evans Column: Citizens Take On The County
Janice Peterson Column: Walk It Back
Wynn Column: Traces
Keeshan Column: Slogging
Things to do on Lopez - Orcas - San Juan

New Letter On Moratorium On Greenhouses & Cannabis
NEW Letter On FRIENDS & Mar Vista





Today's Weather

FH Citizens Donate To Food Bank


Town of Friday Harbor utility customers have certainly shown their holiday spirit by contributing to the Harbor Life Ring program to benefit the Friday Harbor Food Bank this year. The Town distributed a letter in the October utility billing statement informing customers that any donations they made this month would be contributed to the Food Bank.

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Moratorium Forum on Marijuana Production


San Juan Island Grange #966 is hosting an informational forum on The Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production, at 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the Grange Hall. The program will include presentations from differing perspectives and a moderated question and answer session. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Supreme Court Accepts Case On Open Government In SJC


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The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to accept the CAPR ( The Citizens Alliance For Property Rights appeal to the court that the past six member SJC Council held illegal meetings when they barred the press and the public from subcommittee meetings.

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'Excuse Me, But Why Is The Sign In The Middle Of The Sidewalk?'


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(Town Manager Wilson inspects sign placement with engineers -IG photo)


Town officials and citizens continue to be amazed and impressed by the complete reconstruction of the street, sidewalks, lighting, trees and overall details to make Blair Street In Friday Harbor attractive. But last week when it came time to look at the plans and locate street signs, engineering plans and common sense conflicts became evident to citizen observers -and to the crews doing the work.

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Lopez Meeting with Navy Scheduled


Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, announced today that the Navy will hold a public meeting on December 3 on Lopez Island to listen to citizens’ comments about EA-18G Growler operations at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI).

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Animal Lovers: a New Pet Could Mean Old Scammer Tricks


ig_SO_PetWeek-002 (19k image)Lots of people feel the urge to cuddle and care for a puppy or kitten especially one that doesn’t have a home and needs one. But if you see an online ad for a pet, be warned: that photo may just be a trick to steal your money; and more often then not, a better bet is your local animal shelter . The kitty featured in the photo is Emma, who arrived at the FH shelter in September and makes a great impression on everyone who meets her.

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Fatal Motorcycle Accident On Orcas

 

On November 15th, 2014 at approximately 0915 hours members of Orcas Island Fire and EMS along with deputies responded to a reported motorcycle collision on Deer Harbor Road near Channel Road. Upon arrival it appeared the collision was a single vehicle event and the operator was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the operator is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. The incident is being investigated by the SJC Coroner and in cooperation with the Sheriff's Office.




WSF Reservations Discussion-Q&A Saturday

 

WSF representatives will be at the San Juan Island Yacht Club Nov. 15 to talk about the vehicle reservations system coming to the San Juan Islands, followed by Q&A: 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Plan ahead for limited seating - those attending may sign up for a reservation account at the meeting. For more information visit www.takeaferry.com.




Family Carnival at Fairgrounds November 15


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From the popular “cake walk” to inflatable bouncy houses, the third annual FANS Carnival returns to the San Juan County Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Earthquake Preparedness for Islanders


Is Your Home or Building Quake Proof? Join local building officials and preparedness educators as they engage in a Q&A session designed to help islanders evaluate if their homes are vulnerable and how to fix any problems they find.

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IMA Opens December 5


The new San Juan Island Museum of Art building opens its doors for the first time on December 5 with the reception party for “Unveiling: the Best of IMA Artists’ Registry,” which runs December 6, 2014, thru January 25, 2015.

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Oops! Assessor Apologizes For Mistake


Last week Assessor Charles Zalmanek notified SJ Island Rec (San Juan Island Park and Recreation District) Commissioners that he had made an error in calculating Island Rec’s tax revenue.

The Board was unaware they have been receiving more money than they were entitled to. and were “shocked and disappointed by this news”.

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Jared Towers on Minke Whales


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(-Jared Towers photo)


When you see a photo of a minke whale, you usually don't see much. A bit of curving back. A small dorsal fin. But there's a lot more going on beneath the surface. Jared Towers will present a free talk on Minke Whales, Tuesday, (11-11-14) at 7:00pm Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall, Eastsound,

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County Volunteers Needed


The County Council is still searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County's website at: http://sanjuanco.com/Council/AdvisoryCommittees.aspx

The following is a list of current and upcoming vacancies:

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FH Class On Local Government


The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer a free class entitled Local Government 101, on Wednesday, th at 11 a.m. in the Town of Friday Harbor Council chambers. Led by Town Administrator and attorney Duncan Wilson, the class will cover the systems of government, revenues, operations, commissions and more.

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Rotary Donates Reference Books


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(SJI Rotary Club photo)


The Rotary Club of San Juan Island recently presented Dictionaries to 3rd grade, Thesauruses to 4th grade, and Gazetteers to 5th grade students at Friday Harbor Elementary School.

Rotary has been giving personal dictionaries to Friday Harbor students since 2008, coordinated by Barbara Fagan, Rotary Literacy Chairperson.

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Arts & Social Media Workshops


The San Juan County Arts Council presents a new workshop using social media to promote your art, arts organization or arts facility, expand your audience, and enjoy doing it in less time than you thought possible.

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Ferry Reservation Presentation On Lopez On Saturday -Sign Ups Allowed

 

WSF (Washington State Ferry) staff on Saturday (11-08-14) will give four presentations about the reservation system. The meeting will be held at the Lopez Island School . It will be possible to create Save A Spot Accounts. The meetings will be held at the following times: 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm, and 5:00pm. Each presentation will last15 minute, then questions will be entertained for one hour.




Friday Orcas/SJI Students Hold Vet Appreciation Day


Both Orcas and Juan Island will honor veterans on Friday. On students on both islands have sent out an open invitation to all who have worn the uniform to stop by for a special Veterans Assembly.

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Flags On State Buildings At Half Staff On Saturday


All flags on State property are to be displayed at half staff Saturday in memory of State Representative Roger Freeman who passed away on October 29, 2014.




On Orcas Sat: Vehicle Reservations


Ana/SJs - Learn About Upcoming Vehicle Reservations on Nov. 22. WSF representatives will be at the Eastsound Fire Hall (45 Lavender Lane, Eastsound) on Saturday, Nov. 22. to talk about the vehicle reservations system presentations followed by a Q&A: 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. You also may sign up for a reservation account at the meeting.




WaterWorks Gallery Holiday Show


With the holiday season approaching, WaterWorks Gallery is pleased to announce THINK RED Holiday Show opening on Saturday, November 29th from 4.30 to 7.30. This show runs until Saturday, January 3, 2015

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Meet A SJI Firefighter


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Brien is a 2nd generation firefighter for San Juan Island Fire Rescue. He follows in the foot steps of his father,
Jim, who retired from the department this year. He is trained in structural and wildland firefighting and is also trained in rope rescue.

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Sheriff's Log 10/20/14-11/04/14


On 10/29 a San Juan deputy responded to a reported hit and run collision at the ferry landing. The deputy contacted the suspect and assisted in an exchange of information.

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SJC Hospital District Meeting


San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners Meeting is Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 5:00pm., at the Frank Wilson EMS Building. Full agenda below:

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Public Hearing On Budget


the SJC Council will conduct a public hearing in the Legislative Hearing Room, 55 Second Street, FH; Monday, November 17, 2014 beginning at 9:15 AM, to receive testimony on the 2015 Annual Capital Budget and the Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan. The public hearing will be held at .

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Earthquake Preparedness


San Juan Island Grange #966 continues its 2014 Fall Lecture Series with a program on Earthquake Preparedness for Islanders on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, San Juan Island Grange Hall, Program begins at 7pm, preceded by a 6pm potluck.

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2015 Dog Tags Available Monday


Protect your pooches! Starting Monday November 17, 2015 San Juan County dog tags will be available to purchase. This year you can protect your dog with an orange bell.

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Town Council Forms Arts Commission


The Town Council expressed their commitment to promoting and fostering visual, performing, and literary arts in the community with last week’s creation of a Friday Harbor Arts Commission.

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Medical Center Open House


PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center (PIMC), at 1117 Spring St. in Friday Harbor, will host a free, community Health Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15.

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Internet Service Issues In SJC


By Merri Ann Simoson

I have never thought of San Juan County as being as remote as a Third World Country although many of my friends tell me they are leaving for “America” when they go off island.

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EDC Business Café on Lopez


Business entrepreneurs are invited to a San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) Business Café on Thursday, November 13th, from 5:15 until 7 p.m. at the Lopez Island Public Library.

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Pre-Loaded Digital Audio Books SJI Library


San Juan Island Library is hosting a reception on Wednesday, November 12 at 5 pm to launch its new collection of Playaway audiobooks for adults. The Playaway is the first self-playing digital audio book.

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Polly Patricia White


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September 21, 1928 ~ November 4, 2014


Our beloved mom, Polly Patricia White passed away peacefully November 4th in Kirkland, WA surrounded by her family. She was born in Ellensburg WA 9/21/1928 and was preceded in death in 1994 by her husband J. Douglas White.

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Solar Education & More Project


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(Making solar ovens -contributed photo)


Elementary school children on Orcas Island learned about solar power is and why it matters after Orcas Power & Light Cooperative delivered a check for $15,000 to support their solar energy project at the Funhouse Commons. The Funhouse Commons is in the process of becoming OPALCO’s 170th local renewable energy generator, for a total production to 1 megawatt capacity of locally produced power.

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Flea Market Saturday & 1 In Dec


The second Flea Market at the SJC Fairgrounds is Saturday (11-8-14). Sift through treasures and crafts from 9AM - Noon. After this weekend, mark your calendars for December 6th for the final Fair Flea Market of 2014.




Carla Wright On A Slow Boat To China


ig_Carla_Wright-001 (8k image)Wednesday (11-05-14) 07:00 PM, at the SHI Library: Hear about islander Carla Wright's trip to China. Wanting to experience container ship travel, Carla Wright of San Juan Island left Southampton, UK and travelled to Shanghai, China. A journey of 55 days as the only female on board.




Community Dinner Wednesday


Local Harvest Menu with participating local farms. 5:30-7:30 in the FHHS High School Commons Suggested Donation of $12 for adults, and $6 for kids under 12

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FHHS Holiday Wreath sale.


The Friday Harbor High School Senior Class of 2015/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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FH School Parade Friday


Friday Harbor Elementary School Halloween Parade is at a different time this year due to a half day of school on October 31st. Students will leave the elementary school promptly at 9:30 a.m.




FHHS Girls & Boys Soccer Are Academic State Champs


Friday Harbor High School’s boys and girls soccer teams have each won the academic state championship for the 2B classification.

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IMA Membership Drive


IMA (SJI Museum of Art) is now offering a comprehensive membership program. Anyone joining before IMA’s Grand Opening February 15, 2015, automatically becomes a charter member. By joining IMA, you will be ensuring the continuation of IMA’s goals:

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Presentation On Affordable Care Act


The public is invited to a presentation on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 29 at Skagit Valley Community College in Friday Harbor. Entitled “Four Years and Counting -What Has Been the Impact of the Affordable Care Act?”, the event is hosted by the San Juan County Democrats.

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Planning The landscape


Colleen Howe-Gregory, of Mitchell Bay Farms, will be the featured speaker at the San Juan Island Garden Club on November 4, 2014. She will present a visual program that will highlight pollinator issues and the use of color in the landscape environment.

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Two Scoping Meetings For Growler


n response to requests from elected officials, the Navy will hold two additional scoping meetings for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing EA-18G Growler operations at NAS Whidbey Island

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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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