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Today's Weather

Boat Beached On South Beach, SJI

 

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(Rebecca Hughes photo)


The captain of a boat taking part in a race to Alaska was forced onto San Juan Islands South Beach due to heavy winds; and not being able to use an engine because race rules did not allow an engine on the boat, did not help. The captain is fine, the boat is fine, and according to Rebecca Hughes who took the photo above, the captain intends to re-float the boat Tuesday night when the high tides return.




SJI Music On The Lawn Summer Concert Series


Island Rec announceD the 2018 Music on the Lawn Summer Concert Series. This long-standing concert series is on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:15, located at the San Juan Historical Museum, which is at 405 Price Street. It is a perfect time to grab a blanket or bring a chair and have a picnic. Get ready to get up and dance as well as this year we have an exceptionally dancer friendly groups of musicians lined up.

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Chicken Pox Health Alert


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Three cases of Varicella, or “chicken pox,” have been confirmed in the Orcas Island community. Two of the cases were in children attending schools on Orcas Island. San Juan County Health & Community Services has alerted medical providers, and is working closely with the Orcas School District, preschools and families to investigate the varicella cases

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Residential Burn Permits Expired June 15th

 

Residential burning is now closed until fall, all permits issued are expired. Residential burn permits are issued for the burning of brush and limbs in areas of the islands that are not within Urban Growth Areas (UGAs). Campfires will continue to be allowed in contained fire pits that are no larger than 2’ by 2’ in size, burning fire wood only, not yard waste.




Friday Harbor Fireworks Set For 4th


A generous matching grant from Kings Market and lodging tax funds from the Town of Friday Harbor, the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce has once again commissioned local talent and pyrotechnical director, Nick Gislason, a 5th generation San Juan Islander, with the Lopez Community Fireworks, to design, setup, and fire the 2018 Friday Harbor 4th of July Fireworks Display.

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SJI EMS EMTs Of The Month


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San Juan EMS previously recognized one EMT each month as an “EMT of the month.” The lieutenants who help mentor and manage our volunteers felt it was important to honor an EMT from each team that has been organized to help fill a 24/7 schedule. There are three teams of about 11 EMTs that rotate between a week of days, a week of nights and a week off. These teams are called, Bravo, Delta and Foxtrot.

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Crab Season For SJC Starts July


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced Puget Sound summer crab-fishing season for Marine Area 7 South (San Juan Islands/Bellingham): Opens July 14 through Sept. 30.

The daily limit throughout Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. Fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across.

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Enter The 4th of July Parade: Theme "Music of America"


The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce has announced that applications are available for the 2018 4th of July Parade in downtown Friday Harbor. Participants are encouraged to sign up early due to limited parade space and time considerations. The Chamber of Commerce is expecting a full field. Completed applications along with your $50 entry fee are due no later than Monday, June 25th. There will be no day of parade entries allowed.

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SJI School District Hires Interim Superintendent


ig_Kari_McVeigh-001 (28k image)Ms. Kari McVeigh has been hired as interim superintendent while the school board continues to look for a full time replacement of Danna Diaz, who resigned to take a position in eastern Washington.

According to a school press release Ms. McVeigh has extensive experience as an educator starting with eleven years in the classroom followed by work as a principal and superintendent in a wide variety of school settings.

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SJI Hospital/SJI Fire Appoint (sort of) A Citizens’ Advisory Group

 

The San Juan County Public Hospital District now has an advisory group that was formed by the District to explore and advise, both the SJCPHD and Fire Department, on the pros and cons of a merger of Fire and EMS services for the community.

They have been tasked to meet, and have a deadline of October to report to and advise both boards. Firs to be appointed was George Johnson, then in May the Town of Friday Harbor selected Chuck Dalldorf while Fire Dept. #3 picked Dan Paulson. These three members then met on May 31st, and selected the last two members, Rick Frazer and Mark Tompkins; Brendan Cowan is an alternate.




County Back In Court...Again


Tim White of San Juan Island and Alan Rosato of Orcas Island contend that barcodes represent a serial number, and that make the ballots “not uniform,” which potential could result in the loss of secrecy of the voter. The took their concern to court, and on Monday, June 4, the Court of Appeals in Seattle listened to oral arguments in the case over the use of barcodes on ballots.

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3.3 Earthquake Near San Juan County

 

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According to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network a magnitude 3.3 earthquake occurred near the San Juan Islands late Friday morning (10:09 a.m.) about 21 miles northwest of Friday Harbor, as shown on the map above. There have been a series of small quakes off Shaw Island in recent weeks. magnitude 3.3 earthquake, but this quake was the strongest and most recent quake.




-- Guest Column --


How Much is Enough?


By Denny Kaill

Some time ago I made a visit of my own at the Visitor’s Bureau in Friday Harbor. I learned it is mandatory that all proceeds from the lodging tax go into tourist promotion in one form or another: ads online, in print, radio and TV. And it’s really working; how many times so far this spring have you seen this on the WSF website:

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Settle This Fight On Your Own Dime


By Alex MacLeod

A couple of weeks ago the county’s Superior Court judge, Kathryn Loring, ruled that the county’s law limiting how long before election day political signs could be posted was most likely unconstitutional and she temporarily barred its enforcement.

Her ruling came in response to a law suit brought by a Friday Harbor lawyer, Nick Power, who not coincidentally is running to replace Prosecuting Attorney Randy Gaylord this fall. Her ruling also came as no surprise to anyone paying attention since the Washington State Supreme Court ruled such limits unconstitutional five years before the county enacted its law in 1998.

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Gaylord & Power Views On Political Sign Case Now Headed To Federal Court


On Monday June 4, 2018, County Prosecuting Attorney Randall Gaylord removed a case in San Juan County Superior Court on political signs to a federal court in Seattle, because attorney Nick Power, who is running against Gaylord to be Prosecuting Attorney, has now named the County and Auditor Milene Henley as defendants after SJC Auditor Milene Henley sent out a press release that Superior Court Judge Loring said “undermined the court’s ruling.”

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Boat Fire On Orcas


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Tusday at the approximately 7:30am, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue received a report of a boat on fire in Judd Cove. Response was immediately requested from the United States Coast Guard, San Juan County Sheriff’s Department, and San Juan Fire Department for response on the Sentinal patrol boat. At 9:30am the vessel sank and is currently resting in a shallow area of Judd Cove.

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Political Sign Case Headed To Federal Court…What?


Local attorney Nick Power, who is running against County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord, was informed on Monday that Gaylord has filed for removal of the political sign case (Related Story) currently in SJC Superior Court to a Federal Court in Seattle.

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Auditor Comments On law Suit, Now May Face Judge


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(Nick Power)
A current case in San Juan County Superior Court involving a first amendment case on free speech took an unexpected turn last week after SJC Auditor Milene Henley decided to send out a press release/opinion, on her official county letterhead, in which she commented on the case. That may now require her to appear before the judge to answer some questions as to the appropriateness of her action.

Local attorney Nick Power, a candidate for San Juan County Prosecutor, filed the case, which is related to a county regulation the County has continued to retain since 1998 that limits when, and for how long, political signs may be posted; even thought the county and county prosecutor Randy Gaylord -who signs off on all county codes- know it is unconstitutional.

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Lodging Tax Funds To Promote Tourism


The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is now accepting applications for grants to fund tourism promotion of events and activities taking place within the town in 2019. Preference will be given to those operations and activities that encourage tourists to visit during the off-season.

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Comp. Plan Vision Discussion 6-11-18


The San Juan County Council will discuss the Planning Commission's recommended amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Vision on June 11, 2018.

The County Council and Planning Commission held a joint public hearing regarding the proposed amendments on May 18, 2018. Following the public hearing, the Planning Commission considered public comments and arrived at a recommendation to the County Council.

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Sheriff Ron Krebs Letter To Community


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I was elected Sheriff of San Juan County three years ago and I am excited to announce that I’ll be running for re-election this November.

As Sheriff, I’ve worked hard to promote and encourage a safer community. I’ve implemented the core beliefs of protect and serve, set higher standards of achievement throughout the department and I am proud of the way my staff embraces these beliefs and the impact they are having throughout the county. This new culture has greatly improved employee satisfaction and morale.

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Regarding Political Signs


By Milene Henley

It’s election time, and with that comes the annual crop of political signs, popping up like pesky dandelions across the countryside. We’ve been fortunate in San Juan County. A well-meaning ordinance - now de-toothed by a recent court action - combined with strong local sentiment has kept our sign infection at a minimum.

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Improvements To Local Spill Response Capacity


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As part of ongoing efforts to enhance local capacity to respond to oil and hazardous materials spills, three San Juan County organizations participated in the 2018 Washington State Department of Ecology Spill Response Grant Program. This program helps local communities that are at risk for oil and hazardous materials spills secure equipment and training to effectively respond to incidents.

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Bay Mussels Show Traces Of Oxycodone


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By Jeff Rice

The opioid epidemic has now hit the waters of Puget Sound. State agencies tracking pollution levels in Puget Sound have discovered traces of oxycodone in the tissues of native bay mussels (Mytilus trossulus) from Seattle and Bremerton area harbors.

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County Leave No Trace Workshops


How do we keep the San Juan Islands stunning? By leaving only footprints. National Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will show us how June 5-7, 2018. Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be visiting Orcas, San Juan, and Lopez Islands for three days of Leave No Trace training for hiking, camping, and kayaking. Join us as we raise awareness about minimizing our impact on wild places.

Individuals, business owners and their staffs with a professional or personal connection to the islands' waters and public lands, are invited to participate in these free Leave No Trace workshops:

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Memorial Day, Friday Harbor


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2018 Memorial Day, Friday Harbor, Veterans representing military branches stand in honor of the fallen.

In 2000 the Congress passed an Act and President Clinton signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act, that found:

"it is essential to remember and renew the legacy of Memorial Day, which was established in 1868 to pay tribute to individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States and their families; and to that end "Congress called on the people of the United States, in a symbolic act of unity, to observe a National Moment of Remembrance to honor the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace"

Photos below:

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Wanted: Argument Against Lopez School Levy


The Lopez Island School District has placed on the August primary ballot a levy to support educational expenses and operations support of the District. The District has appointed a committee to write an argument supporting the proposal. Because the District was unable to find persons willing to write an argument opposing the measure, County Auditor Milene Henley is seeking someone to do so.

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Produce Safety Training Available


You may have heard about a new federal regulation, the Food Safety Modernization Act, impacting produce farms that is focusing on food safety. If you have questions, you’re not alone.

Join WSU Produce Safety Extension Specialist Faith Critzer to find out what is the Produce Safety Rule and what does it mean for farmers.

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Home Inspections and Real Estate Sales


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If you are a buyer or seller, I bet you thought just getting under contract was stressful for all parties but in reality, the home inspection and/or feasibility response and associated negotiations are often the more stressful event. Allowing a buyer to have a home inspection and hopefully a concurrent feasibility study is a very necessary part of the transaction.

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Political Election Sign Regulation Challenged


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Local attorney Nicholas Power filed a complaint in San Juan County Superior Court alleging that San Juan County is unconstitutionally infringing on his First Amendment rights by enforcing the regulation -SJCC 18.40.400(c)- that limits political signage to be posted only within 45 days of an election.

Judge Loring of San Juan County Superior Court ruled in favor of Nicholas Power and entered a temporary restraining order preventing San Juan County from enforcing San Juan County Code 18.40.400(c).

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The “Hill of Thrills” Soap Box Race Results


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The third running of the Hill of Thrills classic old-fashioned ‘gravity’ "soap box" race where people run their homemade non-motorized contraptions down Grover St. by the Friday Harbor elementary school, was the held Monday. The racing categories were for ages 5-8, 9-12, 13-15, 16-adult. The popular event has become a local classic not to be missed; with as many adult contestants as kids. The event is sponsored by San Juan Island Park and Recreation
Below are the results of the Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race, and a photo of the winner of the overall fastest time:

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Power To Run Against Gaylord For San Juan County Prosecutor


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Nicholas (Nick) Power has announced his candidacy for the position of San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney. Nick states he "hopes to provide voters with an opportunity to elect someone who is committed to honesty, transparency and accountability. Nick sees the position of Prosecuting Attorney as ultimately the citizens’ attorney - not simply the attorney for the County."

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Kulp To Be Charged With Murder

 

Eric Kulp has been returned to San Juan County, and will be charged in court at 9:00 am on Friday for the "crime of murder in the second degree: with intent to cause the death of another person, but without premeditation" in the death of Abigail Jane Finney. Bail has been set at $1,000,000.00 -Related Story .




Carbs For A Cause: PastaPalooza Dinner May 18


On Friday, May 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the PastaPalooza Dinner Event will be held at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor. The evening is a special carb-loading event to celebrate Orca Running’s first San Juan Island Half Marathon which takes place the next day. Proceeds raised directly support the education and research programs of The Whale Museum.

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Loring Files to Continue Serving as Superior Court Judge


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Kathryn (Katie) Loring has filed to stand for election to continue serving our community as San Juan County Superior Court Judge. Governor Jay Inslee appointed her to the court in November 2017, and she wants to carry on her work for access to justice for all members of the San Juan County community as judge.

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Public Hearing Friday On Flood Hazard Regulations


San Juan County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on proposed amendments to Chapter 15.12. SJCC and Section 18.80.140 (B) of the San Juan County Code. The proposed ordinance adopts new maps identifying the County’s areas of special flood hazard and updates the development regulations applicable to all new and substantially improved structures in special flood hazard areas.

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A Failure to Investigate


by Alex MacLeod

It has been a little over a month since Abigail Finney’s body was found in her husband’s vehicle parked behind the house they shared on Shaw Island. It turns out her body had been there for more than four months.

In those four-plus months, the sheriff’s department had done precious little to search for her after her family reported her missing Nov. 29. Nor had they made any attempt to question her husband, Eric Kulp, about her whereabouts.

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Shoreline Master Program Upheld Against Friends Request To Invalidate


The Growth Management Hearings Board (Board) has ruled in favor of the County on The Friends of the San Juans (Friends) latest challenge of county regulations.

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Get The Dirt On Cookie


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Dirt? What dirt? I may have recently taken part in some soil testing, but I don’t know anything about dirt. My name is “Cookie” and I’ve just arrived here, hoping to find my forever sofa…. er, that is, “HOME”. I’m just two years old and folks tell me I have lovely manners. Why don’t you come meet me and see for yourself?




SJI Community Foundation Awards $176,700 In College Scholarships


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Ten graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High School and two graduating seniors from Spring Street International School were awarded new scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year from two different funds held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation. Previous recipients of the following scholarships have also been awarded one year renewals.

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Funders Promote Locally Grown Food


San Juan County Health and Community Services is partnering again with Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, Orcas Island Community Foundation, and the Honeywell Foundation, to offer Market Bucks at Farmers Markets on Orcas and San Juan Islands.

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Web, “A” & Nichols St Closed


The contractor is schedule to close the Web St & Argyle St intersection for approximately two hours. The intersection closure is scheduled for Monday Jun 18th commencing at 9:30 AM and ending at 11:30 AM.

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SJIYC August Shaw Island Classic


Sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the 48th Annual Shaw Island Classic Sailboat Race will be held Saturday, August 11. The race starts from Friday Harbor and circumnavigates scenic Shaw Island in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction, arriving back in Friday Harbor for lasagna dinner served by First Mates at the clubhouse and the awards presentation. Race details and registration information can be found at the Club’s website: www.sjiyc.com




Conversations With Gee’s Bend


Considered to be the most important African-American cultural contribution to the history of art in the US, the Quilts of Gee’s Bend are “Moving, Powerful and Abstract Masterpieces.”

Several artists across many mediums have been invited to express their own dialogue with the women and work of Gee’s Bend in the summer exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA), Conversations With Gee’s Bend.

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FHHS Thea Seitz "Young Investigator" At FH Labs


Friday Harbor High School junior Thea Seitz will be this year’s Friday Harbor Lab’s “Young Investigator”. working in a paid internship with Director Billie Swalla doing genetic research. FHHS junior Joseph Kaden will be working with KWIAHT Director Russel Barsh doing environmental research this summer.

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Monday Panel On County Future


The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will present a panel discussion on the present situation and future outlook for the county from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Monday, June 11 at the San Juan Island Library meeting room.

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Breakfast of Champions, Again


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(L to R: Carrie Unpingco, Helen Machin-Smith, Director & Co-Founder of Island Stage- photo)


At the invitation of the Community Foundation, directors and board members from thirty-five different organizations recently gathered to enjoy a delicious breakfast and to cultivate organizational and personal connections.

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SJI Zylstra Lake Preserve Open House Saturday


Saturday, June 9: 10am to 4pm: National Get Outdoors Day is a great reason to check out what’s happening at Zylstra Lake Preserve.

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Equal Pay Opportunity Act In Effect today


Starting today (06-07-18) in Washington, employees are legally required to receive equal pay and career advancement opportunities, regardless of gender. The changes are a result of the Equal Pay Opportunity Act, sponsored by Rep. Tana Senn and signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee in March. The new regulations update Washington’s equal pay law, which was established in 1943.

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Conversations With Gee’s Bend


Considered to be the most important African-American cultural contribution to the history of art in the US, the Quilts of Gee’s Bend are “Moving, Powerful and Abstract Masterpieces.”

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Salish Canoe Journeys, Wed. SJI Library


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June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, SJI Library: Sam Barr, Lopezian, Samish tribal member, and canoe skipper for Stillaguamish tribe, will share information on Tribal Canoe Journeys with perspectives on historical and contemporary practice. He will discuss the importance of canoes as a vessel of cultural revitalization within Coast Salish communities.




Orcas Woman Killed In Mainland Auto Accident


Orcas resident Kathryn M. Jensen, 95, was killed Monday afternoon in an auto accident in Skagit County.

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Entertainment Set For Fair


The Fair entertainment this year includes a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee - Alan White of YES and John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band fame performing with the 20+ piece Seattle Rock Orchestra, int Jimi Hendrix tribute guitarist-Randy Hansen, locally based international folk duo Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer, and an evening of dance with DJ Supa Sam - official Seahawks DJ, and Comedy with Andrew Rivers will round out the line-up.

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I’m Lucas, Don’t Be Late Adopting Me


ig_SO_PetWeek-Lucas-001 (39k image)Listen. We did not get out of bed this morning to be mediocre. We got up to face the world head on, with a smile on our faces and a zest for life! I, for one, think you’ll find life “zestier” with a true friend by your side. Plus, let me remind you; a good friend is much cheaper than a therapist.

My name is Lucas and I’m here at the animal shelter waiting for you. What time will you be by to pick me up?




Burning Extented To June 15


residential burn permits will expire at noon on June 15th. Residential burning will be closing two weeks later than the scheduled date of May 31st. Residential burn permits are issued for the burning of brush and limbs in areas of the islands that are not within Urban Growth Areas (UGA.)

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Annual Registration Renewals Misleading Letter


Secretary of State Kim Wyman is cautioning Washington business owners to be aware of a misleading and potentially fraudulent mailing that purports to be an official bill related to business registration requirements.

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“Yes for Homes” Coalition Pushs New Tax On Sale Of Real Estate


//(Press release)// Local housing activists are hailing the passage of a San Juan County ordinance meant to tackle the County’s growing affordable housing crisis.
On Tuesday, the San Juan County Council unanimously approved Ordinance 11-2018. The Ordinance authorizes the County to collect a one-half of one percent (0.5%) real estate excise tax (REET) on the sale of real property.

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Helen’s View


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Darlings, I am of the opinion that people who do not like cats will come back in their next life as mice. If you concur, please get in touch. My name is Helen and I am currently waiting to meet my new admirers at the animal shelter.




Burn Ban Begins June


Burn season is currently open until the end of May. However, depending on fuel conditions and weather forecasts, San Juan County may extend the burn season into June for residential burn permits only.

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Summer Family Arts Days At SJIMA


ig_SJIMA_ParentToddlerSmiling (41k image)Children and families create fun-tastic works with local artists at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art. Family Arts Days are a summertime island tradition, where local artists teach island crafts in a fresh outdoor setting.

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Friday Harbor House Summer Kickoff Party Thursday


The new deck (and a kitchen) remodel is complete the public is invited Friday Harbor House’s Summer Kickoff Party on Thursday, May 24 from 4pm-7pm. The party will celebrate the completion of Friday Harbor House’s new outdoor space, complete with two expansive decks and five firepits, as well as mark the unofficial start of summer.

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San Juan Islander Rita Latsinova to Run for Court of Appeals


ig_P_Rita_Latsinova-003small (25k image)Rita Latsinova of Friday Harbor is running for the open seat on the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 3 (Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties). The vacancy was created when Judge Mary Kay Becker of Bellingham - one of two women judges out of 10 in Division 1 - announced her retirement after 24 years of distinguished service.

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What Is A County Fair?


If searching for County Fair in Wikipedia, one is redirected to “Agricultural Show.” We always think of the County Fair as a local event where we go to meet our friends, to see the animals, ride the rides and eat Fair food.

The first two parts, meeting friends and seeing animals hold true to the original definition and stem back to 1768 in England and has since evolved into much more.

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Meetings On SJI Library's Future


There will be a presentation and community open house at the San Juan Island Grange. There will be three meetings:
Sunday, May 20th, 3-5 pm & 7-9 pm & Monday, May 21st, 1-3 pm. The public is asked to participate to give their input on the future of the Library building. Prizes and refreshments throughout the events. For more information about the process so far, please Click Here.

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National Safe Boating Week


SEATTLE - The Coast Guard kicks off National Safe Boating Week, an annual observance to promote safe and responsible boating and the value of voluntary, consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters, Saturday.

National Safe Boating Week runs from May 19-25, is the launch of the 2018 North American Safe Boating Campaign, and is endorsed and promoted by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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State Denies Permit For 800k Atlantic Salmon Pens


Citing the risk of fish disease transmission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has denied permission for Cooke Aquaculture to transport 800,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon from its hatchery near Rochester to net pens at Rich Passage in Kitsap County.

In late April, Cooke applied for permission to move juvenile non-native salmon from its hatchery into pens in Kitsap County to replace adult fish that were recently harvested. Washington lawmakers enacted a bill earlier this year that will phase out Atlantic salmon aquaculture by 2022, but Cooke plans to continue to operate until then.

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SJI School Board Vacancy


San Juan Island School Board Director Ralph Hahn announced his resignation from the school board on April 30, 2018. The school board accepted his resignation at the May 16, 2018 special board meeting. San Juan Island School District is currently seeking persons interested in public education to fill this unexpired term as a board member.

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NEW: Anacortes to Orcas on Thursdays


Beginning Thursday, May 17, there will be a 1:55 p.m. departure from Anacortes to Orcas Island on Thursdays for the remainder of the spring schedule. The 1:55 p.m. sailing was previously only available Fridays and SUNDAYS. We encourage passengers to make reservations for travel, and these additional sailings have been added to the reservation system. www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/TakeaFerry/




Skagit Valley College Registration Open


Registration for returning students is going on now for Summer AND Fall at all Skagit Valley College locations. Open Enrollment begins May 30th. Summer classes start July 2nd and Fall classes start September 25th.

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Fish For Teeth Taco Time Today


ig_SO_FishForTeeth_logo-03 (30k image)Fish Tacos, Friday, May 18 - SJI Community Theater - 11am-2pm - (or until GONE) - $8.00 Suggested Donation sponsored by and with proceeds to Fish For Teeth. Fish donated from Matt’s Fresh Fish

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"The Full Contact Activism Tour" In FH


Political activists and involved citizens Glen Morgan and Tim Eyman have teamed up on a riveting road show to bring “The Full Contact Activism Tour” that came to San Juan County May 15th to Friday Harbor at the Golf and Country Club in Friday Harbor.

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Janice Elizabeth Peterson


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June 14, 1943 ~ May 7, 2018


Janice Peterson never shied away from a lively debate or an opportunity to prove her comprehensive command of language, art, politics, philosophy, and communication. She loved her family and friends fiercely and proved it every day of her life. She died May 7, after a long and brave battle against lung cancer.

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David F. Jones


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January 30, 1940 ~ May 6, 2018


David F. Jones passed away peacefully in Seattle on May 6, 2018 at the age of 78 after an 18 year struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born and raised in Norristown, Pennsylvania and graduated from the United State Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Subsequently, he underwent training as a nuclear engineer and submariner, serving five years on the U.S.S. Patrick Henry, a Polaris submarine.

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Salish Seeds Project Nursery Tour Saturday


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Treat mom a day early with a tour (2:00pm to 3:30pm) of the Salish Seeds Project native plant nursery at Red Mill Farm. The Land Bank’s Eliza Habegger will guide you through the nursery, exploring the challenges and rewards of growing our local wildflowers in habitats ranging from a pot on the deck, to a restoration project.

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Start Building For The “Hill of Thrills” Soap Box Race


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Island Rec is very exciting to announce the third running of the now famous Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race on Sunday, May 20.

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Soroptimists Receive Community Leadership Award


The San Juan Island School District nominated Soroptimists International of Friday Harbor for the WASA 108 Community Leadership Award for Spring, 2018. WASA, Washington Association of School Administrators, Region 108, annually accepts nominations for Community Leadership Awards to recognize and honor individuals and organizations who support public education.

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FH Labs OPEN HOUSE Saturday


On Saturday, May 12, 2018, 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories will hold its annual Open House. This event offers a splendid opportunity to meet scientists and students at the Labs and check out the research and teaching facilities.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day At Art for Fun


ig_A_Flowers-001 (80k image)Celebrate Mother’s Day with family and friends on May 9 at an “Art for Fun” painting class at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) from 5:45pm-8:00pm.
Artist and instructor, Kristen Abramson will guide folks through the process of creating a simple painting of a vase of flowers, titled “Picasso’s Bouquet.”

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Tell Me My Favorite Story


ig_SO_Jem-001 (41k image)Hi. It’s me, Jem. Can you please tell me my favorite story again? You know, the one about the dog who goes for a ride in the car and ends up at the vet? That one really tickles my funny bone. Geez, dogs are dumb.

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But... What About That Pig?


Examine that signal event of the Pig War from a porcine point of view...

What breed was the boar and what was he doing running loose? Why did Lyman Cutlar have a potato patch, there in a Hudson's Bay Company "prime sheep run"? Boyd roots around for answers and spreads the dirt on the Pig War. Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Library and the San Juan Island Trails Committee. Monday, May 7th at 7:00 pm at the San Juan Island Library, free.





Community Services Van Coming To Orcas


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Rural households who find the trip to their local CSO (Washington State Community Service Office) too far to travel, will only have to travel to Eastsound on the 15th & the 16th at the Community Church, 176 Madrona St, for services in a 40-foot truck that is transformed into functioning offices.

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Proposals For Lopez Affordable Housing Sought


Following a public hearing on April 24, 2018, San Juan County officially released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to purchase .8083 acres of land situated in Lopez Village for the development of affordable housing rental units.

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Children’s Festival Saturday: Starry Starry Night


The 28th Annual Children’s Festival is this Saturday May 5, 2018. Dozens of community organizations will provide hands-on activities. This year the Flight Museum's traveling planetarium will be in place. The Argyle Street Jazz band is coming to perform, Island Rec is providing inflatable fun including a bungee run, Island Bicycles has donated some kids Bikes to be raffled off to some lucky kiddos, and FANS has been diligently practicing their balloon animal technique. Come join in for free family fun at the Fair Building




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