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A Quarterly Review Of County finances

ig_Milene_Henley-06 (10k image)By Milene Henley

On a recent sunny afternoon, I saw a cart of purple and yellow flowers sitting next to the red, white and blue ballot drop box on the green lawn in front of the brick-red courthouse. The scene struck me, and for a moment I was seeing a place I see every day, in a way I had never seen it before.

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-- Guest Column --

About Those Rate Increases

By Alex MacLeod

There is growing unhappiness among many OPALCO member-customers following this year’s huge rate increase. OPALCO’s board raised the “facilities charge” to each customer by about 40% -- this is a base charge, absent the delivery of any electricity -- and raised electric rates by an average of 9%, about double the increase in its cost to OPALCO.

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2015 Memorial Day Remembrance


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ig_AL_MemorialDay_2015-MikeGallagher001a (58k image)Michael Gallagher was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Memorial Day remembrance in Friday Harbor, and he pointed out that Memorial Park in Friday Harbor was the “first such memorial park in the state of Washington -dedicated November 11,1921 The monument honors the 133 men and 2 women from the San Juan Islands who served in WWI, The casualty rate in this group was 3 times the national average.

He also noted that Memorial Day is to honor the fact that from the Revolutionary War until now over 1.3 million men and women have died in the service of our Country so that can live free.

In Honor Of Those Who Gave All


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On this Memorial Day, we honor the sacrifices of prior generations. We honor the sacrifices of the men and women next door who have served or continue to serve our country. And we pledge never to forget the true meaning of Memorial Day: to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Hughes' Effort in Olympia a Success

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On Monday, May 11, 2015, Gov. Jay Inslee signed engrossed house bill 1868 into law. The bill broadens the state statute defined list of expenditures (RCW 36.82.070) governing the county road fund to include “marine uses relating to navigation and moorage.”

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Barlow’s Story

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My name is Barlow. Some of you have probably met me walking around town with my owner, Lori Stokes or at the dog park. I’m what you might call a walking “happy ending story” - thanks to my friends at The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor and a lot of other nice folks I’ve met along the way.

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Document Shredding at Islanders Bank

Public is invited to the free Community Shred Event in the Friday Harbor Islanders Bank parking lot on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm or until shred truck is full.

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Dinosaur(s) In SJ Country?

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The Burke museum in Seattle has announced it has found evidence of a theropod dinosaur at the Sucia Island state park in San Juan County. “This is a very exciting discovery,” said Lisa Lantz, stewardship manager for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. “It underscores the importance of protecting natural places for the long-term benefit of the public-not only for recreation, but for important scientific research.”

The fossil is from the Late Cretaceous period and is approximately 80 million years old. Washington is now the 37th state where dinosaurs have been found.

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County High Schools Rank Near Top In U.S.

Out of nearly thirty thousand high schools in the country, three San Juan County high schools have been ranked by the yearly U.S. News & World Report as among the best public high schools in the nation, with Orcas & San Juan in the top 20 of the 458 high schools in the state.

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WDFW's 2015 'Citizen Awards' To Orcas Group

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) recognized the contributions of organizations and other top volunteers and landowners during its 2015 citizen awards ceremony today in Olympia.

Honored during this year's ceremony was the SeaDoc Society, headquartered on Orcas Island.

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SJC National Monument Committee Meetings

The MAC (SJC National Monument Advisory Committee) will meet on three separate dates in the next two months. The meetings on May 28 and June 5 are scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. at the San Juan Island Grange, June 9 is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. at Brickworks, Friday Harbor,

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Navy Aircraft To Participate At Memorial for Vietnam MIA

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The public is invited to attend a dedication (5-19-15 Tuesday, 11:45 American Legion) of an aviation artifact in memory of, Lieutenant Kelly Patterson, United States Navy, who (after 48 years) remains missing in action (MIA) somewhere in North Vietnam. A presentation will be made at the Friday Harbor American Legion on Tuesday, 19 May 2015, the 48th anniversary of Kelly’s being shot down and lost near Hanoi. As part of the memorial tribute Two Navy Growlers will fly over “Ernie’s Cafe” at the FH Airport at 1:15 p.m.

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Ferry Reservations Meeting Tuesday

The Ferry Advisory Committee and San Juan County Council invite the public to a Reservations "Town Hall" meeting on Lopez Island, Tuesday May 19 from 4pm to 6pm at the Lopez Community Center.

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Local Woman Amazon Bestselling Author

ig_Susan_Wingate-001 (3k image)Amazon bestselling author, Susan Wingate (photo left) wins award in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for inspirational novel, "The Deer Effect". For nearly 20 years Susan Wingate has been writing novels. She's won awards and has reached #1 Amazon bestseller ranking on several of her books.

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Friday Harbor Labs Open House

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, 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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Civic Pride Award For Jeri's Spring Street Center

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Sundries Court owners Penelope and Donald Torkington and previous owner Scott Boden continue to earn kudos for their extensive two story renovation of the former Jeri’s Spring Street Center -this time with formal recognition from the Town of Friday Harbor.

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SJI Trail Closed


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The trail through the Friday Harbor Airport is temporarily closed between Shelter Road and Store More Way because a large tree which has fallen in two pieces in the gully. the tree has not fallen all the way down and presents a potential danger to walkers. Area can be advoided by walking out to Cattle Point Road. Stuart Hansen, the airport operations manager, is working to arrange removal of the tree.

New Animal Shelter Volunteer Program

ig_ATF-Dog_in_HelpRing-001 (4k image)If you’ve always wanted to become a part of the life-saving volunteer program at the animal shelter - now is a great time to get involved.

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced an all-new and very-much improved volunteer program and is looking for people 18 and older to become a part of the team.

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1660, Winds Of The Renaissance


WEDNESDAY on Lopez: The Salish Sea Early Music Festival's first spring performance will feature three musicians performing music of the Renaissance era with period instruments. Grace Episcopal Church (70 Sunset Lane off of Fisherman Bay Road).

EDC Annual Economics Luncheon

Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for the 6th Annual EDC Economics Luncheon June 17 - Tickets are $20 and space is limited. Tickets are available at

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New Call-Before-You-Dig Law:

Utilities, excavators and the public are all affected by a new call-before-you-dig law that includes more rigorous enforcement, mandatory damage reporting and higher penalties. Bottom line: Always call 811 (i.e.: 225-5811) before you dig

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Meet Your SJI Firefighter

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Harry See is one of the oldest fire fighters in the San Juan Island Fire Rescue organization. He joined the District about 20 years ago and at age 65, he is still going strong

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SJC Hospital District Board Meeting

Below is the agenda for the upcoming San Juan County Public Hospital District#1 Board of Commissioners' Meeting on May 27, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Legislative Building Council Meeting Room Link to Live Streaming by clicking HERE.

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What Does It Mean?

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At the recent ceremony in Friday Harbor honoring Lieutenant Kelly Patterson, United States Navy (related TV report) , who (after 48 years) remains missing in action (MIA) somewhere in North Vietnam, a son of another Naval officer, who’s father was MIA for years until some of his remains were found, reminded those in attendance why we fly the MIA flag. We do so not only to keep in our minds the plight of those who are MIA, and still alive, but also as a reminder that at least some form of closure can be reached only if the remains of the MIA are located and brought home. An endeavor that is continually ongoing, successful. An that is one of the reasons one sees the MIA flag flow below the symbol they served under.

Campaign To Buy Mount Grant

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The San Juan Preservation Trust and San Juan County Land Bank invite the entire island community to join in celebrating the kick-off of the Campaign on May 30th, from noon to 4 pm. to help raise a $2.0 million seller-financed loan to purchase Lawson land called “Mount Grant.”

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Meet The Artist

Artist Talk on Saturday at 1 PM with Anelecia Hannah Brooks​. ​Anelecia's work is said to be " contemporary realism painted with depth and emotive qualities that remind us of our place in the world." Anelecia, grown and raised in the Pacific Northwest, paints meditative and reflective paintings about our relationship with objects. Seating is limited. Refreshments served.

Know Your Island -FH Walk Saturday

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Sat. May 23, 2015, 1-4pm. National Historic Preservation Month! Meet architectural historian, Boyd Pratt, to tour the Nichols Neighborhood and Sunshine Alley.

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Presentation By Rare Plant Experts

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Thursday, SJI Library, 7:00 pm: Rare Plant Botanist Joe Arnett & Ecologist Dr. Peter Dunwiddie will share their knowledge about the golden paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta), one of Washington states rarest plants that is found in San Juan county. Native to Washington but listed in both the federal Endangered Species Act and on the “endangered” state list. Learn about golden paintbrush ecology, why the plant is rare, and restoration plans (pdf 308\k file).

Feedback To OPALCO Online

54 members of the 337 who attended OPALCO’s 78th Annual Meeting submitted questions and comments for staff to respond to. Those comments, questions and the request answers are now posted on the ORCAS website page: Recently Asked Questions

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Theatre Games Workshop

The San Juan County Arts Council presents Theatre Games, a two-hour workshop to be led by long-time theatre folks Bob and Sean O’Connell.

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Still Time To Run For Office

There are 7 open races on Orcas and 2 on San Juan. A void in candidacy happens when no one files for an open elected position. When a void in candidacy occurs after the regular filing week, there is a special three-day filing period for those offices.

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Orcas & San Juan Boat Safety Fair & Marine Swap Meet

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The Second Annual Boat Safely Fair will be held on San Juan Island and Orcas Island in conjunction with National Safe Boating Week.

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Friday Taco Time

ig_SO_FishForTeeth_Tacos-002 (14k image)Fish Tacos Friday May 15, at Friday Harbor Ace Hardware, 11-2 pm. $7 suggested donation. Fish For Teeth is still going strong, and is once again bringing the Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Van to Friday Harbor.

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Islanders Bank Free Paper Shredding

Watch as your paper documents are shredded for FREE by their secure vendors: Friday Harbor: Friday, May 22, from 11:00 am �" 3:00 pm

Town Seeks A Video & Needs A New Logo

The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals to design a new Town logo and to create an informational video.
According to Administrator Duncan Wilson, the Town is seeking an updated logo design that better reflects the creative and vital personality of the community & to serve as a marketing tool.

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Thanks To Some, Others Are Helped

Madeline Danielson

20 years ago, Project PAL was started by Beth Anderson of OPALCO and a few community volunteers so Co-op members could give each other a hand up with electric bills in tough times. This gets done by rounding up the power bills to the next whole dollar amount and donating the difference.

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Yellow Island Wooden Boat Race Saturday

Join the Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands for the fourth annual Yellow Island Wooden Boat Race, to be held Saturday, May 16, 2015, with a start in Deer Harbor on Orcas Island.

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Advance Directives For Health Care Free Program

ig_Ross_Fewing-001 (11k image) Ross Fewing, director of the Center for Mission at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, will discuss “Advance Directives for End-of-Life Care” on Wednesday, May 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in a free, public community education program

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Help FHHS’s athletic programs

The high school’s weight room is in need of new machines and repairs to old ones. In order to fix this issue students Jafet Soto and Nick Armstrong are hosting a charity auction at the Roche Harbor Pavilion on Thursday, May 14th at 6:30 p.m.

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WA Candidate Filing Week May 11-15

Campaign season in Washington soon will become official when candidates for public office file with election officials during the week of May 11-15.

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APSFH Volunteer of the Month

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The Animal Protection Society (APSFH ) of Friday Harbor has named Ed Sawyer, “Volunteer of the Month” for May.

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Relay For Life dinner

Relay For Life fundraiser dinner on May 19, 2015 to raise money for cancer research and victims. Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Brickworks. Enjoy homestyle lasagna, fresh salad and soda (or beer & wine for an xtra fee). Live fun band. Silent auction $10 to $2000 items from gift baskets to private boat charter for 30 guests! All are welcome. Family friendly. $20 pp.

Hazardous Waste Collection

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The 2015 HHW Roundup at each of the three island solid waste sites will be: San Juan Island - Saturday, May 9, from 10 am to 2 pm
Orcas Island - Saturday, June 27, from 10 am to 2 pm
Lopez Island - Sunday, June 28, from 11 am to 2 pm

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Waterworks Gallery Artist's Reception:

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Saturday, May 6 Reception 4.30 to 7.30 meet the artist. Anelecia Hannah Brooks - Contemporary realism painted with depth and emotive qualities that remind us of our place in the world.

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Spring Plant Sale Saturday

San Juan Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale - home grown vegetable starts from your local master gardeners--tomatoes, peppers, squashes, cucumbers, brassicas, herbs.

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Gallery Bienvenu Reception

A Reception for Seattle painter Paul Young will be held Saturday May 9th 5-7pm. Gallery Bienvenu, one of the newest additions to the Friday Harbor art scene, is having a reception for acclaimed Seattle painter, Paul Young on Saturday May 9th from 5pm-7pm.

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A SJI Prom for Grown-Ups

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A Night in Paris this Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7pm to 10pm, is a “A Prom for Grown-Ups. At the Brickworks in Friday Harbor, featuring The Chameleons

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Meet A SJI Firefighter

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She was raised in Sequim, went to high school there then received her degree in Early Childhood Education from Peninsula College and General Science for Elementary School from Western Washington University.

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SJI Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale

Again this year--home grown vegetable starts from your local master gardeners--tomatoes, peppers, squashes, cucumbers, brassicas, herbs. Come fill your garden from this large selection of varieties that will thrive in our climate.

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Hey, Volunteers Are Needed!

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions.

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Bld Permit Inspections Limited May 4th

Building permit inspection services offered by the San Juan County Department of Community Development will be limited during the week of May 4th during a staff training program designed to improve service and increase efficiency.

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EMS Chief Resigns

ig_jim_Cole-001 (5k image)After more than ten years of service as EMS Chief of San Juan Island EMS/Island Air Ambulance, Jim Cole resigns to take the position of EMS Coordinator in the PeaceHealth Oregon West Network. His last day will be June 5, 2015.

“I am honored to have served this community alongside the professional volunteers and staff of San Juan Island EMS,” said Cole.

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Children’s Festival Saturday

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SJI’s 25th Annual Children’s Festival is Saturday, May 2th, 10am-2pm at the Fairgrounds. the theme is “Aloha! Escape to Paradise.” The Children’s Festival is an annual island-wide FREE event where over 30 community groups gather to celebrate children by providing entertaining, creative, interactive, educational and playful activities.

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