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Big Boys Look At Vessel Noise Impacts On Whales - Negative Impacts Found

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(Joan Lopez photo)

AAL was founded in the Netherlands in 1995 and became a a global multipurpose operator that serves the breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargo industry; they also participated in a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority study on the impact of ship noise on the environment, namely the impact of ship noise on the southern resident killer whales (Related Story).

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SJC 2018 Preliminary Budget Published

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The 2018 Preliminary Budget for San Juan County has been published. With a theme of “Budgeting for Uncertain Times.” The 2018 budget is characterized as the most challenging to compile in years. Revenues are projected to be flat, while expenditures continue to increase.

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Public Welcome To BLM SJI National Monument Advisory Committee Meeting

ig_BLM_Logo-001 (57k image)The Bureau of Land Management announced it will hold a meeting of the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee, demonstrating that partnerships and inclusion are vital to managing sustainable, working public lands. The public is welcome to attend the meeting which will occur on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Friday Harbor Grange, 152 First St., Friday Harbor, Wash., from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Fall is Flu Clinic Time

ig_HD_Flu_Shot-001 (30k image)Flu season is here and it is time to get your flu shot. By appointment: Call 360-378-4474 to schedule.

San Juan Health & Community Services | 145 Rhone St, Friday Harbor San Juan County Health and Community Services is offering the following flu vaccine clinics:

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Orcas Drug Bust

Sheriff Ron Krebs has announced that Monday (10/09/2017) at approximately 7:45 pm, Sheriff’s Deputies made a traffic stop on Mt. Baker Road on Orcas resident Justin Langworthy. Langworthy was a suspect in a reported drug deal the day before. Langworthy has multiple felony drug warrants out of California as well as a suspended driver’s license. He was placed under arrest for the warrants and DWLS. Langworthy was then search and found to be in possession of illegal narcotics.

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Rotary Donates $18,850.00 To Local Groups

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LtoR: Jennifer Armstrong of Family Resource Center; John Lackey of Hospice of San Juan; Rotary District Gov. Lindagene Coyle, & Brian Moore Of Family Umbrella Group. -photo J. Cory)

the Rotary Club Of San Juan Island recently presented checks to the recipients of proceeds from their 11th annual Concours D’Elegance held on august 27th at the San Juan Vineyards. this event was co-sponsored with the Sports Car Club of San Juan islands.

John Lackey of Hospice San Juan, Jennifer Armstrong of Family Resource Center, and Brian Moore of Family Umbrella Group each received $5,950.

the Rotary Club will donate $1,000 to Polio-plus Fund Of Rotary International, dedicated to achieving a polio-free world in our lifetimes.

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Third Quarter Results For San Juan Island And The County

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The third quarter results for San Juan Island and the County were consistent with the market recovery we have enjoyed over the last few years. Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume on San Juan Island was $102,639,659 with a total of 198 transactions. This reflects a 21% increase in the dollar volume and an 18% increase in the number of transactions. For San Juan County, the total dollar volume was $202,326,283 with a total of 399 transactions. The County’s gain was 18.3% in dollar volume and 10% in the number of transactions.

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County Settles Four Lawsuits... So Far

So far this year the county has settled over $592.000.00 in lawsuits against the county, and yet at least one more case is headed to the Washington Supreme Court on a Public Records Lawsuit in November

The County’s insurer has negotiated settlements in four cases in the first half of 2017. In each of the four cases, the County denied liability and the settlement was paid by the insurer after the County paid a deductible of $10,000.

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Property Taxes Due October 31

San Juan County Treasurer, Rhonda Pederson would like to remind county property owners that the second installment of property taxes and personal property taxes are due October 31.

Mailed payments must be federally postmarked or brought to the treasurer’s office by Tuesday, October 31 to avoid penalty and interest charges.

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2017 SJI Safety Fair


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The San Juan Island 2017 Safety Fair was held Saturday, October 7th with a rescue demonstration showing how emergency workers operate at the scene of a motor vehicle accident, including a demonstration using the Jaws-of-Life to cut up a vehicle. Kids were able to sit in the fire engines, dress in firefighter gear and tour the fire station. The participating agencies: included SJI Fire; SJI EMS; SJC Sheriff’s Office; Firewise; American Red Cross; OPALCO, and MERT Major Emergency Response Team. Sponsors: Kings Market Friday; Harbor Drug; Sitos, and Toy Box.

More Atlantic Salmon Farming Allowed

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Gov. Jay Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz today responded to Cooke Aquaculture’s plan to transfer 1 million Atlantic salmon smolts from Rochester to an existing net pen in the Puget Sound.

Eric Kinne, manager of WDFW's hatchery division, said the transport permit is not related to the company's Cypress Island net-pen facility near the San Juan Islands, where one of Cooke's pens collapsed on Aug. 19 and released tens of thousands of Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound and nearby waters.

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Three Who Would Be Judge

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(L to R: Jon Cain, Katie Loring & Ria Latsinova)

Judge Eaton has come up against a mandatory retirement age, and so will be stepping down on the last day of December of this year as the San Juan County Superior Court Judge. As a result of the timing, the governor is charged with appointing a new judge for the county.

There are now three applicants for the job, Jonathan Cain, Katie Loring and Margarita Latsinova.

Both Loring and Cain are well known in San Juan County, but Latsinova is from Seattle, and plans to move here with her family, and hopes to be the new judge when she arrives.

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New Fiber Optics & Cable By 2018

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A future problem with an existing submarine cable was detected in 2011, and by 2014 budgeting and planning allowed the permitting process begin -no small thing that.

A year later a contract was signed for the cable purchase, and construction on the related landward components followed and completed. By 2017 things were close to completion of the laying of the submarine cable.

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New License Plate Honoring SJC?

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( Winning design: Evening Passage by Nancy Spaulding)

If the Terrestrial Managers Group and the Madrona Institute have their way the winning design for a proposed new Washington State license plate will be approve by the state legislature, but before that can happen 3,500 state residents have to agree it is a good idea, and the legislature have vote on it. One may safely assume San Juan County alone will be able to generate that many in short order.

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SJC Council Attending Public CompPlan “Vision Element”


The San Juan Council will be attending Community Workshops scheduled as follows:

San Juan Island - Monday, October 2 at Brickworks, 150 Nichols St., Friday Harbor, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
Orcas Island - Tuesday, October 3 at Orcas High School, 715 School Road, Eastsound, 6:00 PM -" 8:00 PM.
Lopez Island -" Wednesday, October 4 at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, 2014 Village Road, Lopez Village, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday Is World Polio Day

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World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.

The San Juan Island Rotary Club has donated over $70,000 to polio eradication. Please consider a donation today to Rotary Foundation PolioPlus Fund. Your gift will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary invites the public to support the polio eradication initiative by visiting We are very close to its eradication in our lifetimes.

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Dept Commerce Works On Affordable Housing

Relief in sight for local governments seeking standards, guidance on land-use planning to meet community housing needs. The Department of Commerce announced today that John Smith Consulting will develop guidance for local governments to help address insufficient supplies of affordable housing.

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Pet of the Week

ig_SO_PetWeek-Obie-001 (84k image)Well hello there. I’m Obie, with some advice for these troubled times:

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SJI Eat Island Grown Sun

ig_Ag_EAT_ISLAND_GROWN-Logo-001 (28k image)Tickets start at $2.00 for "The best tastes of the San Juan Islands showcasing chefs, and the farmers that make that food possible." Proceeds benefit programs of the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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New Shoreline Regulations

New updated shoreline regulations become effective Monday, October 30th. After this date, a pre-application meeting is required prior to submittal of Shoreline Substantial Development Permits, Shoreline Conditional Use Permits and Shoreline Variances. Information about the pre-application process may be found here:

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Recycling Restrictions Imposed

Lautenbach Industries, the contractor managing the San Juan Transfer Station for San Juan County, will no longer be able to accept commingled (mixed) recyclables at the transfer station.

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Want To Run A Shipyard?

The Port of Friday Harbor is soliciting proposals from qualified parties to lease and operate a shipyard in part or whole. For more information please view the full RFP on the Port of Friday Harbor’s website at

Winter Means Potential Outages

OPALCO asks "Are you Ready for Outages?". Their suggestion is to take small steps now to ensure your safety and comfort. OPALCO's system is ready for wind, rain and cold temperatures. Their linemen are ready to respond at all hours to restore power.

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911 Still Works W/Out 360

Just to make sure you know: With the new area code and 10 digit dialing, 911 does NOT require an area code to get to the correct PSAP. 911 works without an area code.

Summer Forever For You

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YOU try being five months old and keeping the schedule I keep. You’d be exhausted too! Being a kitten is hard work and here at the animal shelter there is so much to do.

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FHHS Holiday Wreath Sale

ig_FHHS_WreathSale-03 (46k image)The Friday Harbor High School Senior Class of 2018/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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Linda Ann Felthous

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December 15, 1948 ~ August 19, 2017

Linda Ann Felthous, 68, died of natural causation in Bothell, Washington on August 19, 2017. Linda was born on December 15, 1948 in Yakima, Washington, daughter of Robert A. Felthous and Agnetta W. Felthous. She graduated from Selah High School in the class of 1967.

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FH Meet Rick Larson Sunday: Vet Forum

Sunday, October 15, 201, Friday Harbor - from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the American Legion Post 163, 110 1st Street and Court Street, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will host six Veterans Forums in San Juan, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. The forums, which begin on October 15th, are opportunities for veterans to receive updates on legislation affecting them.

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Sign Up Now For Window Sills In Winter

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Brighten your winter home with your favorite herbs, Jonny Jump Ups, or maybe succulents, in whimsical window sill planters. You will be provided with a selection of containers, plants and seeds. Expert guidance, proper potting medium and a warm beverage complete this SJI Garden Club class.

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October is National Co-op Month

Co-ops in the San Juan Islands are teaming up to celebrate National Co-op month.

OPALCO, San Juan Island Food Co-op and Orcas Food Co-op are all hosting member appreciation events this month to celebrate the benefits of co-ops.

As member-owned and member-controlled businesses, cooperatives commit to meeting the needs of their members and building stronger communities. Cooperatives strengthen the local economy, generate local jobs, and are committed to giving back to our island communities.

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Free Facebook Marketing Workshop

Social media is revolutionizing the way we use the internet, and its low- or no-cost tools can be used by small businesses to achieve remarkable results. Join the EDC to learn more about Facebook marketing at a FREE workshop on Wednesday, October 25th on San Juan Island.

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SJI County Conservation District Voluntary Stewardship Program All Islands

SJI County Conservation District Voluntary Stewardship Program All Islands:
* Monday, October 9th, Lopez Island; 5:30-6:30 PM, Lopez Library
* Tuesday, October 10th, Orcas Island; 5:30-6:30 PM, Orcas Food Co-op
* Wednesday, October 11th, San Juan Island; 5:30-6:30 PM, CD Office, 530 Guard St.
For more information, please contact the San Juan Islands Conservation District at 360-378-6621 or

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SJC Earthquake Drill On The 19th

So far, nearly 1100 people in the islands are involved for a so-called Shakeout Drill., including two school districts, a daycare, county government, local businesses, and household participants. You can become a part of it signing up at

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County Adopts Shoreline Plan

San Juan County updated its SMP in accordance with the state Shoreline Management Act with the overall goal of preventing inherent harm during development of the state’s shorelines.

On September 19, 2017, County Council held a public hearing, deliberated on public comments and adopted Ordinance 11-2017.

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Orcas Hiker Rescued On Summit Trail

October 4, 2017. 530pm. Crews from Orcas Island Fire and Rescue units have been on scene since approximately 10:00am for a stranded hiker in the Northwest corner of Mountain Lake.

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FH Port To Purchase Jensen Shipyard For $2M+/-??

(Updated 10:30am 10-04-17) The Friday Harbor Port Commission will hold a special Meeting at Spring Street Landing, 10 Front Street, Suite #105, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 4:15pm, and an agenda item is the discussion of a timeline and process of due diligence needed before entering into a Memorandum of Understanding:

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Land Bank Seeks Input

The Land Bank is seeking public comment -Friday, October 13, 5:30 at the Brick Works- on the DRAFT Westside Conservation Corridor Stewardship and Management Plan , an updated and combined plan for the Limekiln, Deadman Bay, and Westside Preserves.

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SJI EMT Of The Month -And Saves A Woman’s Life Too

ig_Robin_DeLazerda_emt-001 (49k image)San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services Emergency Medical Technician Robin DelaZerda was named EMT of the month for September 2017. In addition to being a volunteer EMT, she's a county dispatcher in the Sheriff's Office, a volunteer EMT Association Treasurer and a mother.
In September, Robin saved the life of a 72-year-old woman dining at a local Friday Harbor restaurant.

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Orcas Montessori School Awarded Grant

San Juan County and the Orcas Montessori School are pleased to announce the award of a Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block grant in the amount of $436,000. This grant will fund the expansion project at the Orcas Montessori School.

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SJ IIsland Rec - Step into Health

Looking for a new lunch time routine? Step into a weekly serious of one-hour walks throughout Friday Harbor. This free drop-in program sponsored by Peacehealth - Peace Island Medical Center, is six Wednesdays, October 4 - November 8 from Noon-1pm.

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