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18th Annual Encampment Candlelight Ball Saturday At English Camp


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Re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada are once again celebrateing peace as they gather for the 18th Annual Encampment. The three day weekend started July 18th, runs to July 30, and includs recreations of mid-19th century Royal Marine Light Infantry and U.S. Army camp life, demonstrations of music, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, sewing, cooperage and carpentry, along with the pageantry of period uniforms in scarlet and blue.

Saturday evening will be the Candlelight Ball, scheduled at 8:00 p.m., in the English Camp barracks. The public is invited to join in the dancing and refreshments that will include the traditional cake and punch.

Benefit For Hospice of San Juan

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Please join in for a fun and exciting evening as The Village at the Harbour, Saturday 22nd, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, transforms into a 1920's speakeasy complete with entertainment, signature cocktails and food, interactive photo booth and impersonators, silent auction, and much more to benefit Hospice of San Juan.

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Just In Time For A Summer Bummer: More Ferry Problems

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(File photo of Yakima being towed from Friday Harbor March of last year - Jim Corenman photo)

No new vehicle reservations accepted until another vessel is available.

Five ferries typically sail between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands during the busy summer months, but the route went down to four ferries when the Yakima's generator failed on Sunday, July 16. Washington State Ferries put an emergency schedule (160\k file) into place through the end of July to maintain service until another vessel is available.

Maintenance crews are working to get another ferry ready to step in as quickly as possible.

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47th Annual Shaw Island Classic Race

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(M. Forlenza photo)

Sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the 47th Annual Shaw Island Classic Sailboat Race will be held Saturday, August 12. All eligible boats and crews are invited to participate.

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Community Of Health Meeting

Representatives from the North Sound Accountable Community of Health will be visiting San Juan County on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, to host public informational sessions on state, regional and county-level efforts to improve health for people on Medicaid in Washington State.

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New Orcas WSF Terminal Open

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Almost in time for the busy summer season, Orcas Island has a new ferry terminal building. The public was invited to celebrate the opening of the new Orcas Island ferry terminal on Tuesday, July 11.

Washington State Ferries Assistant Secretary Amy Scarton and San Juan County Council Chair Rick Hughes spoke during the ceremony, which included tours of the new facility and refreshments.

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Be A Live-In Camp Host


Ever dreamed of waking up with the sound of the ocean right outside your window? Do you enjoy working with others? Then SJC Parks is looking for you.

San Juan County Parks is looking for a camp host with a small RV or trailer to be a presence in San Juan County Park for the summer season, located on the west side of San Juan Island. Duties include but are not limited to: Informational resource for park campers and day users, assisting SJC Park Staff, and monitoring. Park hosting experience and public relation skills are a plus. Position is currently open to fill. Please contact or 360-378-8420 for more information.

SJI Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Charge

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Jose Cruz Churape-Martinez of San Juan Island has been sentenced to 274 days in county jail for Assault 4 with Sexual Motivation. He was sentenced July 12 in San Juan County Superior court by Judge Donald Eaton.

Churape-Martinez, 26 years old, was originally charged with Rape of a Child in the Third Degree, with a local 15 year old girl. The crime was committed in November of 2014, but after an investigation by Detective Parker, the same detective who later resigned due to misconduct in an unrelated case, the case never left the Sherriff’s office, so Prosecuting Attorney Randy Gaylord was unaware of the crime.

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Orcas Quarry Fire Extinguished

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The lime quarry fire Orcas Island Fire & Rescue responded to Friday night fire at the base of Turtleback Mountain was fully extinguished at 4:50 pm Saturday, and all responders from Orcas Fire, Lopez Fire, San Juan Fire and Department of Natural Resources have been released from the scene. The coordinated effort of all four agencies resulted in both containment and rapid extinguishment.

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“Water Issues” Ed Kilduff Speaker At GOP Event

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The Hirst Decision allows government entities to block the drilling of wells if the well could conceivably impact local streams or rivers. On July 15th, 2 pm @ Earthbox conference room in F.H., the broadness and the chilling effect on rural development of this ruling is the topic of guest speaker Ed Kilduff.

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“Art As A Voice” SJI Talk On First Nation Art

ig_A_ArtBy_Rande_Cook-001 (38k image) Rande Cook is an innovating force in Pacific NW Coast First Nation art. Join the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) on Sunday, July 23 at 1:00 p.m. at Brickworks in Friday Harbor as he discusses his work and inspiration. Cook is guaranteed to surprise and delight the audience with his bold vision, insight and humor at “Breath of Life.”

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New Law On Use Of Cell Phones

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(Gov. Jay Inslee signs new law in June of this year)

SJC Sheriff Ron Krebs is reminding drivers than on July 23rd, 2017 the new Distracted Driving law goes into effect. The new law makes it illegal to use hand held electronic devices while you are driving. You must now be 100% hands free at all times.

No hand-held cell phone use while driving.
• Even when stopped in traffics or at traffic light
• Includes all electronic devices even tablets, laptops and video games
• No typing messages or accessing information
• No watching videos or using cameras

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Plane Damaged In A “Ground Loop”

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A private plane landing at the Friday Harbor airport Monday afternoon (07-10-17) suffered damage to wing and landing gear when it -for whatever reason- performed a ground loop, which has the result of the pilot fighting to keep the plane moving in a straight line.

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Address Markers Available On SJI

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(Karl Kuetzing With example post -IG photo)

San Juan Island EMS (Emergency Medical Services) are making available 30” tall residential markers with easy-to-read address numbers to assist Emergency Responders in locating addresses. Volunteers are available to install the posts if needed, but if a home owner decides to install them, they should “Call Before You Dig” by dialing “811” for a utility locate request, or to find out if they are exempt..

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Almost Everything You Want To Know About Septic Systems -And Then Some...

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As a Real Estate Agent, we are constantly learning and then sharing our knowledge with our clients. We must even expand our knowledge into some related industries that are not comfortable to discuss with a client, such as septic systems and their functions. The real estate industry isn’t just cars and contracts; it includes other really interesting stuff as well.

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Your Opinion On Ferry Fares? Speak Up Monday

Ferry customers and anyone with an interest in Washington State Ferry fares are being asked to weigh in on a new fare proposal that would take effect starting this October. Public hearing will take place in Friday Harbor: 6 - 8 p.m. Monday, July 10, in the San Juan County Administrative Office Building, Legislative Hearing Room, 55 Second St., Friday Harbor

The commission’s proposal includes two ferry fare increases over the next two years. The commission proposed these increases after considering input from Washington State Ferries and the Ferry Advisory Committee on Tariffs. A summary of the ferry fare proposal is as follows:

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Port Of Vancouver B.C. Addresses Ship & Boat Noise As A “Key Threat” To Whales

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Ship strikes, vessel disturbance, and underwater noise are key threats faced by whales, dolphins and porpoises off British Columbia and the Washington islands.

The Port of Vancouver has taken the proactive step of asked all commercial ships and recreational boats - regardless of size-, to not exceed 11 knots (12+ mph) from Aug. 7th to Oct. 6th ,while in Haro Strait and between Discovery and Henry islands. This amounts to asking ships and boats to go half as fast as is typically the norm.

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Look For The Orange Tag On Copper Rockfish

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Sport fishers are helping local scientists track the movements and estimate numbers of Copper Rockfish in the San Juan Islands by reporting the size and location of tagged fish hooked and released as bycatch of the Lingcod fishery.

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Volunteer at the Fair

As the largest event in the County gets closer---August 16th-19th--- the San Juan County Fair is looking for volunteers! Would like to be part of the Fair? Do you have a special interest? From “Department Superintendent” to “Gardener Extraordinaire”---Check out the many volunteer opportunities today at

SJI Island Walk Saturday

Roche Harbor Trails: Mike Buettell volunteer trail builder will lead a hike through the extensive trail system next to the Roche Harbor Resort. Mike and his group of volunteers are proud of the trail building and maintenance. Meet & park at the intersection of Roche Harbor/West Valley Road. Distance: 3.5 miles. Moderate gentle trails. Dogs on leashes welcome.

Shirley Dahl-Williams

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July 5, 2017 ~ July 7, 1924

Shirley Dahl-Williams, age 92, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at her home in Roseburg, OR. Shirley was born on July 7, 1924, in Calgary, Alberta.

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Park Street Chipsealing Scheduled

The Town’s Park Street Sewer & Water Main Replacement Project is nearly complete. Town has contracted with SJC Public Works to provide chipsealing services to restore the roadway surface next week. Important construction and road closure dates follow.

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Looking Good…and needy

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Oscar Wilde once said, “In matters of grave importance, Style, not sincerity is the vital thing.” My name is Andrew and I like to think I offer both style and sincerity.

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Fair Photo Booth Needs Helpers

Fair Photo Superintended Miles Crossen is asking for volunteers to help out in setting up the Photography Display at this year's San Juan County Fair. At least a dozen of volunteers are needed to help accept and display the hundreds of wonderful photographs being entered in this year's competition on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Shop & Benefit Animal Protection Society Of Friday Harbor

Looking for just the right furnishings for your home at a reasonable price? The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor invites you to visit “Treasure Hounds”, a retail/resale store offering quality, pre-owned furniture, fine art, and home decor.

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No Evidence Of Death At Jackson Beach On San Juan Island

A number of rumors state “someone died at Jackson Beach” on SJI; specifically that there was a suicide. It is known a report of a man entering the water, swimming, and then was not seen again, was called in from a concerned witness. The sheriff’s dive team responded, and after an approximately three hour search of the beach and the water no evidence was found to support the report. Sheriff Ron Krebs said no missing persons have been reported, so at this point there is no reason to believe someone is missing or deceased.

Sign-Up For Orcas Port Commissioner

The Elections Office is opening a special three-day filing period for the Port of Orcas Port Commissioner #1 office.
Candidate filings can be made in person from 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 28. Online filings will be accepted from 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, through 4 p.m. on Friday, July 28

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Terminal Grand Opening Tuesday

You’re invited to the Orcas Island Terminal Grand Opening! Tuesday, July 11 from 1 - 2 p.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours of the new facility and refreshments.

I Am Indigo

ig_SO_PetWeek-Indigo-001 (55k image)Hello, Dahlinks. I am Indigo. Just because I am a Russian Blue cat does not necessarily mean I am a spy. I’ll admit, I do enjoy listening in on you, especially when I hear the sound of a can opening. That always gets my attention.

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Mary Szymanski

(12/9/1916 ~ 7/1/2017)

Mary Szymanski, 100+, of Friday Harbor passed away on Saturday afternoon, July 1, 2017 peacefully at her home in The Village at the Harbour. She was born December 9, 1916, in Warsaw, Poland. She had one brother who perished in a concentration camp along with her father. Mary and her mother survived the camp and Mary came to the US in 1949 with her husband, Roman Szymanski.

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SJI School Board Candidates Forum

A Voter Forum will be held at the Grange on Thursday, July 13 from 6-8 p.m. This is provided to meet and hear the seven candidates in the primary election for two San Juan Island School Board Director seats.

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FANS Donate $5,000 to Island Rec

The Board of FANS (Families and Neighbors Support Island Red) is happy to announce a gift of $5,000 to Island Rec for summer programs. This contribution was made possible by the generous support of individuals and businesses on San Juan Island.

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Calling All County Writers

Hear the buzz? That should be all you busy-bee Island Writers preparing for the San Juan County Fair! But, you say, the Fair is months away! True, it's August 16-19, but the deadline for submitting is only weeks away: July 17th.

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I'm Just A Puppy!

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Hi! My name is Bobby. Yes, I actually do know where your blanket went. And …. I believe you know where the dog treats are kept. Maybe we can make a deal?

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BC Man Found Floating Near Dock

Prominent businessman and philanthropist Tom Harris died, but it is believed he may have falling off a friend’s boat at Roche Harbor.

The Times Colonist reported Harris had been staying on his friend’s 70-foot yacht at Roche Harbor. An early morning passerby spotted the body and called 911. There were no apparent signs of trauma, and Coroner took control of the body

PeaceHealth FH Receives National Quality Award

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Wash. was recognized with a Premier, Inc. QUEST® High-value Citation of Merit for 2017 at Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition on June 27, 2017.

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Immigration Workshop Offered

Northwest Immigration Rights Project (NWIRP) will provide training, Friday, June 30, 2017 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at FH Middle School in the Commons, regarding immigration for students, teachers, parents and community members. The sessions will answer ques-tions that community members may have about the immigration system, immigration enforcement. Training includes an overview of the immigration system and immigration status, & resources available.

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A free 10 week course at the Mullis Community Senior Center sponsored by SJCy, and taught by Washington Vocation Services, will be offered Tuesdays, June 27 - August 29 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at the Mullis Center.

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FHL Free Lecture

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2017 Illg Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Lauren Mullineaux, will be giving a free lecture at the San Juan Community Theater on Monday, June 26 at 7 pm followed by refreshments. Her talk is titled, “Are deep-sea hydrothermal vent communities resilient to disturbance?”

Lauren earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Masters of Science, Earth Sciences, summa cum laude, University of California, San Diego, and a Bachelor's degree, Biology, summa cum laude, from Pomona College.

Know Your Island

Know Your Island Walk Saturday June 24, 1-4 pm Friday is the UW Friday Harbor Labs. Walk will be about 3 miles, could be some muddy spots. FHL is a preserve so no dogs.Meet at the Labs Administration parking, the first parking lot to the right when you drive in.

Whidbey Navy Station Open House

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island will hold it’s fourth annual Public Open House on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Ault Field from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the base’s establishment. The base’s official commissioning was announced on Sept. 21, 1942, at the Seaplane Base by Commanding Officer Capt. Cyril T. Simard.

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Do You Believe?

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That’s me, Cookie, on the left. I’ll be direct. Do you believe in reincarnation? I’m not 100% certain, but I think there is a strong likelihood that I may be Bea Arthur, reincarnated.

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Lopez Student Appointed To Naval Academy.

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), today announced that nine Washington students he nominated to U.S. Service Academies have accepted offers for the Class of 2021.

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