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Smith Column: Winter Yoga
County Ferry Cams-sponsored By Islanders Bank

2/18, the 87-car M/V Tillikum has replaced the 144-car M/V Yakima on the Anacortes/SJ Islands route until further notice. This is a 57-car reduction

Today's Weather

Man Shot On Orcas -No Information


The San County Sheriff's office has reported that at 9:19 am on Monday a male Orcas resident was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after he managed to drive to the fire station in Eastsound with a single gunshot wound to his chest. The shooting is under investigation and there is no further information be released at this time by the Sheriff's office.

Navy, Once Again Lends A Hand

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted Medical Evacuations (MEDEVAC) for two separate patients from Orcas Island February 12, 2019.

The SAR team were notified on the evening of February 12, 2019 that a three-year-old child with a broken femur on Orcas Island needed a MEDEVAC. Civilian airlift assets were unable to conduct the mission due to weather.

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Woverines Win

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(See large photo below - photo by John Simpson)

The Wolverines Boys Varsity defeated Seattle Lutheran to become Tri- District 2B Boys Basketball Champions for 2018-2019. The game was very close in score and went into overtime however the Wolverines held on and took the win 65-63 on Saturday Feb.16th.
Lady Wolverines had a very close contest also with the Lady Orcas Vikings, however the Wolverines came away with the 44-40 win!

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Superior Court Implements Drug Court

ig_Katie_Loring-011 (31k image)In response to interest from the legal community, in the winter of 2018, San Juan County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Loring convened a working group to investigate a Therapeutic/Drug Court for San Juan County. After working together for many months, and with the help of Drug Court representatives in neighboring Island and Skagit Counties, San Juan County law and justice participants committed to piloting a Drug Court for two years.

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WSU Forest Stewardship Course For Property Owners

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Dead and dying trees have proliferated throughout western Washington, highlighting the need for better forest stewardship and management. Washington State University Extension is offering its Forest Stewardship Coached Planning course, a forestry course specifically to help owners of wooded property care for their forests and prevent problems.

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Sheriff Krebs Hires Attorney & Gaylord Supports Suppressing Video Recording Of Courtroom

Judge Eaton heard arguments on Tuesday as to why he should not allow the public to see the court room recording that had panned and zoomed in on court room papers. That moving camera resulted in a ruling to dismissing charges in a recent jury trial due to the governmental misconduct. Related Story

In spite of snowy roads and delayed travel conditions, the court room was fall of spectators that listened to arguments by Prosecuting Attorney Randy Gaylord, and a Seattle attorney representing Sheriff Krebs, that argued allowing the public to see the recording would result in a loss of courtroom security if the public could see there were “blind” portions in the courtroom that could not be viewed by the camera.

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Roads Update

MONDAY 4:30PM UPDATE: As most islanders have probably noticed, it's snowing heavily across the islands. San Juan County Public Works and Town of Friday Harbor crews are working long shifts keeping Priority 1 Routes passable. Here are links to Snow Priority Routes for ORCAS, SAN JUAN, and LOPEZ Islands.

Current forecast is for up to 8 inches of snow to fall, with many parts of the islands receiving less, some possibly a bit more. Snow is predicted to taper off as we head into Tuesday morning, though there may be additional accumulations during the day tomorrow.

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Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, Pet Food Drive & 12th ‘Spay-Ghetti’ Dinner

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To celebrate Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and World Spay Day the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor will host two annual events to educate on the importance of altering and to encourage pet parents to have their pets sterilized. The first, Pet Pantry Community Pet Food Drive February 1st through 26th and on Tuesday, February 26th at the Mullis Senior Center, the 12th Annual ‘Spay-Ghetti’ Dinner.

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Don't Forget The Birds


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Free HVAC Basics Training By EDC

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning basics this March, sponsored by the Washington State Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund and by the Washington State Department of Commerce. The course will be taught at Friday Harbor High School by Kevin McCullough of San Juan Heating. The program is intended to benefit participating students as well as local companies in need of skilled employees.

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Winter Weather Ahead This Weekend

By Brendan Cowan

There's snow and more cold weather in the forecast. This weather pattern is setting up similarly to what the islands last saw in 2008: extended cold, possibility of multiple snow events, and intermittent high winds. This is just a forecast, so we might end up with no snow, we might end with more snow, and there will likely be a wide range of impacts across the San Juans.

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Brandli Will File A Motion To Make Video Of Trial Public


The latest fall out over the manipulation of a court room camera by Sheriff Krebs (see related story below) is a motion to be filed Thursday morning by attorney Stephen Brandli in opposition to the State’s (I.e. P.A. Randy Gaylord) motion to seal the security camera video that shows when and to what extent Krebs moved and zoomed the court camera. You can read the full Opposition To State’s Motion To Seal HERE.

Power Suggests Sheriff Be Investigated


Questions abound as to the extent of Sheriff Krebs’ responsibility and involvement in manipulation of the camera in the District Court room, and the attorney who argued the constitutional issues that required a dismissal of charges in the case has some advice for how, and what, San Juan County Prosecuting attorney Randy Gaylord should do about it.

Attorney Nick Power authored a public letter in which he suggests Gaylord should take three actions to address the problem. You can read the letter HERE


A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Friday Harbor February 4 during inclement weather conditions.

NAS Whidbey Island received notification at about 3 a.m. for a MEDEVAC from Friday Harbor for an 82-year old man who had suffered a significant head injury. Visibility during the entire mission was seriously degraded due to the winter storm, which forced the crew to return toward Friday Harbor at one point during the transit towards St. Joseph's Hospital in Bellingham.

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Order Now For Plant Sale

The Washington State University Master Gardener Foundation of San Juan County, in Cooperation with San Juan County WSU Extension, will host its annual Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 24, at the San Juan County Fairgrounds at 849 Argyle Ave. A variety of potted plants will be available on the day of the event.

Quantities Limited! Place your order by March 1, 2019! Orders are filled by date received.

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Free Demo On Acupressure For Animals

ig_A_AnimalAcupressure-001 (56k image)A demonstration of how animal acupressure works on our dogs, cats and horses will be given by Mariann Carrasco of Blue Island Animal Acupressure, LLC on Saturday February 16th from 1 to 4 pm at the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter.

Acupressure is just like Acupuncture only using touch instead of needles and is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The goal of practicing acupressure is to restore, replenish, and maintain the natural harmony and balance needed in animal and human bodies to create optimal health and well-being.

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Zooming Court Room Camera Violates Constitutional Rights, Judge Rules Government Misconduct…again

ig_DC_Camera-001 (20k image)Judge Donald E. Eaton may have had a sense of deja-vu last Friday (02-03-19) after he was informed a security camera in the District court room had zoomed in on the note pads and documents of the jury, the prosecutor and the defense council, and as a result he once again had to find governmental misconduct in a jury trial.

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Investigation Concludes Ranker Violated Senate Harassment Policies


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The investigation results of the charges made against former State Senator Kevin Ranker (Related Story) have found that while he had not engaged in retaliation actions against the former employee, he had violated the Senate’s policy “prohibiting harassment and discrimination based on gender” and “policies prohibiting harassment generally”

Read the report submitted to the Secretary of the Senate HERE (pdf 1162\k file).

Call For Mistrial After Security Camera Zooms In On Defense Notes

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A misdemeanor jury trial in San Juan County District Court came to a sudden delay on Thursday after Judge Pro Tem Don Eaton was informed a court room security camera was seen on the screen in the Court Clerks office to suddenly move and zoom in on the desk of one of the attorneys notes.

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New Attorney For The Friends Of SJ

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Friends of the San Juans is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Barcelos as incoming staff attorney and Director of Law and Policy.

Following a nationwide search for a transformative leader, Jennifer Barcelos has joined our team as Director of Law and Policy. In her new role, Jennifer will be responsible for protecting the islands and waters of the Salish Sea to ensure they remain healthy for future generations.

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County Artists Exhibit at SJIMA

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Talent and imagination describe the art in the Sixth Annual Artists’ Registry Show at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). The show in Friday Harbor proudly exhibits artists’ work from all our islands. More than 70 artists present their best pieces for the exhibition featuring painting, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, photography, glass, pastels, ceramics, prints and multi-media and more.

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New State Testing Methods For Water

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The Washington Department of Ecology is using new methods to more accurately test for waterborne disease in state waters. The methods will better protect people while they are swimming, boating, or enjoying other recreational activities.

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Dem’s May Get Clever With Ranker Appointment

The process of making an appointment to fill the Senate seat vacated by Kevin Ranker gives the Democratic Party some room to move player around, if they wish.

One possible example would be to move an currently elected official into the Senate seat, thereby creating a new vacant seat in some other position that can then also be filled. And they could conceivably do that more than one time.

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Questions Remain On Replacing Ranker

Last week the Washington State Party Parliamentarian for the Democratic Party ruled that any sitting member of a county commission or council would have to resign to be nominated to fill Kevin Ranker’s vacated seat; and that includes Lopez Council member Jamie Stephens.

Now the WSAC (Washington State Association of Counties), a non-profit association formed in 1906 to provide services to the 39 counties of Washington, decided to take a look at the question (pdf 94\k file) of who could be nominated to be the new state senator, and hired the Pacifica Law Group to review the law.

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Small Uptick In SJI Sales


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In reviewing the year-end results for 2018, the sales dollar volume for the real estate market in San Juan County per the Northwest Multiple Listing Service was $305,674,278 which reflects a tiny increase in volume of 1.5% over 2017 when the volume was $300,622,909. Read the full report HERE (.pdf 176\k file)

Dems Move Forward On Replacing Ranker


The Democrats will caucus Saturday, February 2 in Fairhaven, at the Firehouse Arts & Events Center. San Juan County Commissioner Jamie Stephens reportedly had his eye on the seat, but the state Democratic Party ruled sitting members of county councils cannot be appointed, since the county commissioners of San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom will vote on a list of candidates provided by the state party.

OPALCO Election - Nominate By Feb 13

There is still time for members to declare their candidacy for the OPALCO board election. Nominations by petition are due on February 13, 2018 at 12:00 PT (noon). Co-op members from Districts 3 or 4 may submit their candidacy by 1) collecting no fewer than 20 names and signatures of bonafide OPALCO members who live in their district on a petition; and 2) completing the nominations app at

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Grand Opening of Alchemy Art Center Photo and Print Studio

Alchemy Art Center is introducing it’s brand new printmaking studio and photography darkroom with an open house on Sunday, January 27th, from 2:00-5:00 PM. Alchemy Art Center, founded by Maria Michaelson and Eben Shay in 2017, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing specialized art equipment for San Juan Islanders in a shared studio setting.

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FH Free Plumbing Basics Training

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in plumbing basics this January, sponsored by the Washington State Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund and by the Washington State Department of Commerce.

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Orca Considered In Salmon Fishing Season Policies

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has signaled its support for state fishery managers' plans to consider the dietary needs of endangered orcas when they set this year's salmon-fishing seasons.

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Report Shows Salmon Still Declining

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Despite two decades of efforts to recover them, wild salmon are still declining -and a report released today by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office stresses that adequate funding is needed to turn the tide on the iconic species’ future.

In the past 10 years, regional recovery organizations received only a fraction -16 percent- of the $4.7 billion documented funding needed for critical salmon recovery projects, the report sites.

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DOE Monitoring Air Quality In FH

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According to the DOE (WA Department of Ecology) air quality monitoring station in Friday Harbor, the air is clean; but of course it is winter, which means what with rain and wind and not much going on with trees and plants growing, it is not expected we would have a problem, but as spring blooms, things may change.

The Washington State Department of Ecology recently installed a mobile air quality monitoring station near the County Administration building that will monitor for PM2.5 (particulate matter less than 2.5 microns).

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SJC Shoreline Program Approved By State

On January 8, 2019, the State Growth Management Hearings Board found that San Juan County’s Shoreline Master Program including its shoreline management regulations comply with the State’s Shoreline Management Act.

San Juan County adopted Ordinance 21 - 2018 that addressed areas of noncompliance in Case No. 17-2-0009. It may be viewed at:

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Firefighters Honored for Service in 2018

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(L. to R. Fire Commissioners Frank Cardinale, Bob Jarman, Lt. Michael Henderson & Commissioner Albert Olson -Photo by Chuck Dalldorf)

By Carolyn Hudson

Lieutenant Michael Henderson received San Juan Island Fire and Rescue’s highest award Saturday night when the District celebrated the 2018 contributions of its members at Downriggers Restaurant.

The firefighters and support members were honored for their dedicated service in 2018 at the annual awards banquet, which was attended by nearly 100 people including guests.

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Some Good News: A New Orca Calf

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The Center for Whale Research reports that On January 11th L pod was sighed with a new calf that appeared to be about 3 weeks old and was bouncing around between L25, L41, L77 L85, and L119.

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Your New Elected Officials For 2019


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The recently elected San Juan County officials were swore in Friday by Judge Stewart R. Andrew.

Ranker Resigns, What Happens Next?


Facing serious charges in the ongoing investigation of allegations of sexual and workplace harassment, Kevin Ranker has resigned as Washington State Senator of the 40th District. As to why now, after stating he expected to “be exonerated from these allegation," it may be related to a report in Northwest News Network that Ranker was presented with copies of statements made by witnesses to some of the allegations made against him.

It is now up to the Democratic Parties of the three counties that make up the 40th District, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom, to decide who should replace, however if they cannot decide on a replacement, then the governor will appoint someone from a presented list, who will serve until the voters choose a final replacement in the November 2019 General Election.

Kevin Ranker has sent out the following press release:

Dear Friends,

I first came to the Washington State Senate ten years ago because I strongly believed in our collective ability to change the world. I’ve held that belief since I was a child, fostered by my wonderful dads and my remarkable mom. A decade later, I remain totally dedicated to making people’s lives better, our communities better and the environment better.

I have informed the Governor that I am resigning from the Washington State Senate. As you may have read, an employee of mine from ten years ago, Ann Larson, reported that she felt mistreated by me. I am deeply sorry for any stress I caused her and I sincerely apologize. I wish her peace.

When I was informed of these allegations, I immediately told the Secretary of the Senate that I would fully cooperate with any investigation, and I insisted that an impartial investigation must take place. I have done so.

Representing each of you in the Washington State Senate has been one of the single greatest honors of my life. Each of you, my constituents, friends, and neighbors have graciously trusted me in this work to represent your core values. Together we passed full marriage equality, worked to protect our orca whales and the Salish Sea, advanced powerful climate policies, and championed women’s reproductive rights and justice. You have empowered and inspired me, and I am forever thankful.


Senator Kevin Ranker

OPALCO -That's Us Folks- Wants New Electirc Ferries For SJC First

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(OPALCO Press Release) The current WS Ferries Long range plan for deploying electric ferries puts the San Juan routes last on the list. Why lose decades in our efforts to protect the Salish Sea - and all of the species who depend on it? OPALCO is calling for WSF to prioritize getting the new, cleaner, quieter and super-efficient electric ferries to the San Juan Islands route FIRST.

Carbon pollution impacts our sensitive marine environment through acidification, warming air and water temperatures and changes to shoreline health and levels. Ferries make up 63% of the carbon emissions from the Washington State Transportation Fleet.

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Judge Rules Court Room Video Will Be Released Either In Part Or Whole

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Judge Eaton ruled on Tuesday that one way or another, the security camera video recording of the proceedings of the jury trial on January 31 will not be made available to the public, although it may or may not have some redactions if found to be required to protect (future security concerns , as argued by both San Juan County prosecutor Randy Gaylord and Sheriff Ron Krebs.

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Electronic Recycle Tue SJI

At open lot next to Mullis Fire Station. Recycle Desktops; Laptops; Tablets; Monitors; Printers; Televisions (LCD OR CRD); DVD Players and DVR's; Computer cables no keyboards or mice. Items must be checked through attendants, NO UNATTENDED DROP-OFFS. More info: (360) 815 2200 and for in town pickup of greater than 6 systems contact: Computer San Juans (360) 317 5772

Open To Discussion

ig_SO_PetWeek-Arlo-001 (48k image)Hello, it’s me, Arlo. No, not Guthrie. The other one. I’m the other, better looking, more-sophisticated Arlo. As an older, dignified sort of fellow, I’m looking forward to finding a quiet home where I can pursue my interests, which include but are not limited to rare coin collecting, writing haiku poetry, reading the New York Times and listening to the cool jazz radio station. I also enjoy the odd game of parcheesi from time to time. Kindly let me know if you are interested in meeting to discuss options. I’m here at the animal shelter.

Looking For Work?

If you are fortunate enough to live in San Juan County and looking for a job, there are employers in San Juan County eager to talk to you.

For those of you who are looking for a work, mark your calendars and dust off your resume.

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Collage Workshop with Thrinley DiMarco at Alchemy Art Center

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Alchemy Art Center is hosting a two-day Collage Workshop with accomplished local artist Thrinley DiMarco, Saturday March 23rd and Sunday March 24th. This class will explore the creative process through the medium of collage, and participants will learn new ways of seeing and connecting with the world.

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Americorps Team To Assist Camp Orkila

ig_SO_AmeriCorps-001 (46k image)An Americorps National Community Civilian Corps (NCCC) team, Green 4, is assisting Camp Orkila with forest maintenance on the camp grounds as part of a two month engagement ending March 7th.

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WSF Call Center Closed

Spring vehicle reservations will open at 7 a.m. tomorrow, Feb. 12. The spring schedule begins on March 31 and goes through June 22. Customers can make reservations online at or by calling customer service center at 206-464-6400.

WSF’s customer service call center is closed today due to winter weather conditions. The center’s normal hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day. We will send out additional updates if the call center’s hours are further affected by the snow. Customers looking to make vehicle reservations or find schedule and route information can visit our website at

Be My Valentine

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Hello. I’m Jordan and I’m currently residing at the animal shelter while taking applications for my prospective Valentine. If you’re interested in being my Valentine you must:

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SJICF Remembers Eric Parsons

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December 6, 1948~ January 9, 2019

Eric Parsons, beloved leader and friend of the San Juan Island Community Foundation staff and board, passed away on January 9, 2019, in Portland.

Eric was recruited to join the board of SJICF in January 2016. His fellow board members and the SJICF staff quickly realized Eric was the type of leader who could help the Foundation evolve and grow. He was elected Board Chairman in July 2017.

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Reserve A Singing Valentine

ig_IC_plus_ValentineDay_03 (24k image)Come the see the Island Chordsmen Plus at the Market Place on Saturday the 9th and Tuesday the 12th for a chance to make a reservation with a Chordsman personally singing valentine (and a rose) for that certain someone…or, choose from a list of shut-ins, or the families of deployed military.
Make a reservation at 360 370-5544 or 360 298-4682

Anacortes Council Member Liz Lovelett Will Replace Ranker

ig_Liz_Lovelett-001 (36k image)Anacortes Council Member Liz Lovelett has been selected by a joint session of elected council and board officials from San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

Lovelett beat out former Rep, Kris Lytton and Trevor Smith, a labor organizer. If she wishes to continue as a Senator she will have to stand for election in November of 2020.

Lopez Ferry Terminal OPEN

Lopez terminal is back in service. Anacortes will load Lopez-bound traffic on the 9:05 pm all-stops sailing. The M/V Hyak will take Lopez traffic on their final eastbound sailing, departing Friday Harbor at 11:15 pm, and will make an unscheduled stop on Lopez before arriving in Anacortes.

Vendors Wanted For SJC Fair

Have you or your business ever considered participating in the San Juan County Fair? Reach residents from all over San Juan County and tourists at the largest event in the County---become a vendor!

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New Years Resolution Fail

ig_SO_PetWeek-Eleanor-001 (43k image)Well, if you must know, my new year’s diet has failed. I shall now concentrate on growing taller. Please don’t suggest exercise. I’m not in any way interested in “feeling the burn”. My favorite exercise is a cross between a lunge and a crunch. It’s called, “Lunch”. If you are of a like mind, we should meet. My name is Eleanor, and I’m relaxing here at the animal shelter, waiting to meet you.

Salish Sea in Focus

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, head out to the Sea View Theatre on Orcas Island, where SeaDoc Society Science Director Joe Gaydos will take the audience on a multimedia journey through the incredible Salish Sea ecosystem.

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Snuggle Up To A Schnauzer!

ig_SO_PetWeek-Schatzy-001 (73k image)Hey! Look at me…. I’m a bonafide Schnauzer! I’m straight up legit! When I arrived here at your animal shelter last week I looked more like a Sasquatch-Rastafarian mix.

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An Evening Of Flamenco

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Seattle-based Flamenco dancer, Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show, Luz, an evening of Flamenco, to the San Juan Islands February 27th and 28th. Savannah will be joined by two exceptional Spanish Flamenco artists; acclaimed Spanish-Romani guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer/percussionist/dancer Jose Moreno.

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Playground-on-the Green Designs Open House

Bring your kids and come to one of two public meetings -Monday, Feb. 11, from 2:30-4:00 p.m. or 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Station - at which Ben Johnson of GreenWorks will present draft designs and receive questions and comments related to the proposed playground on the Village Green.

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Get Your Wa State Boater's Ed.Card

Comprehensive Boating Information Manual: Materials: 45.00 Couples can share. 50% student discount Instruction: FREE by America’s Boating Club of the San Juan Islands.

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San Juan Pickathon Soroptimits Fundraiser

ig_E_SJPickathon-001 (37k image)Celebrate an evening of collaboration, community & charity at the San Juan Pickathon! Join Stephen Dyer, of The Rocky Bay Band, along with other local musicians on Saturday, January 26th 6:30-9:30pm in the Fairgrounds Marie Boe Building.

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SJIFD Firefighters Of The Month

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( L to R: Jerry Sears, Chief Norvin Collins,Dennis Sears -SJIFD photo)

The San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Department is proud to announce the January 2019 Firefighter of the Month. In this instance, we actually mean, Firefighters of the month. Please join us in congratulating Firefighters Jerry and Dennis Sears for their consistent and humble service to our community and the Fire Department.

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Another Side Of The Vietnam War

“MY WAR: Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans” presents a visually arresting and powerful first-person history of pictures taken from the inside looking out.

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) presents “MY WAR: Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans” from April 5 - June 3, 2019.

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Learn With Musicians-in-Residence

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Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker will be joining the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival on Orcas and Shaw for three action-packed days of musical education and fun: January 28th, 29th, and 30th

Aloysia and Jackie will jump into teaching first thing Monday morning.

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Screening Of The If Project

On January 24, Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor will provide a free screening of The If Project documentary at 7pm at the San Juan Community Theater. Women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population, increasing at nearly double the rate of men since 1985.

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Knowledge Workers Invited To An Informal "Meet-Up"

The EDC is working to create a knowledge worker network for islanders who work with code, data, graphics or words. Knowledge worker jobs include computer programming, editing, web design, engineering/scientific consulting, and others that primarily involve creating, manipulating, or analyzing information.

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SJC Council To Hold Retreat Friday

The San Juan County Council will conduct a Special Meeting on Friday, January 18, 2019 in the Parks & Fair Conference Room, 849 Argyle Avenue, Friday Harbor, beginning at 9:00 AM. This a public meeting, but it is not a public hearing, so public comment may or may not be allowed -to be determined by the Chair.

The Special Meeting is a Council Retreat for 2019 Planning purposes and will include the following agenda items for discussion: levy lid lift renewal; capital budget; road fund; facilities update; solid waste fund; parks and fairground planning; personnel issues; biennial budgeting and a variety of attendant issues.

Claudia Jo (Carter) Piff

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January 19, 1954 ~ January 4, 2019

Claudia Jo Piff was a youthful and energetic 65 years old, still working hard and very much involved in the life of her family and community, when, in the late fall of 2018, she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. The cancer was aggressive, and Claudia’s health swiftly declined in a matter of weeks. She passed on peacefully at her home on San Juan Island, in the company of close friends and family.

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Be A Fish For Teeth Volunteer

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If you would like to support Fish For Teeth as a volunteer on Team Tooth or Team Taco, a little extra help is always needed. Many hands makes light work, so if you're willing to help, a task will be found. The upcoming Taco-rama is pretty well staffed, with the exception of clean-up and dishwashing, if anyone wants to pitch in this Friday, 11-1:30 at Ace Hardware in FH. Please send an email to and a Fish for Teeth volunteer will get back to you.

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Temperance & Good Citizenship Day

Public schools throughout Washington will observe Temperance and Good Citizenship Day Jan. 16. This annual commemoration unique to Washington was created in 1923 to teach the qualities of civic leadership.

Temperance and Good Citizenship Day is one of several civic observances for which state law provides specific instructions for schools.

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Sunday Beaches & Birding

Sunday, Jan 20, 2019, 10:30am to Noon, Third Lagoon Preserve, San Juan Island. Does your family want some time outside this winter, time that includes scavenger-hunt-like fun and multisensory exploration?

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Student Art at SJIMA Amazes Visitors

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The students of the Spring Street International School (SSIS) are exhibiting selected works in their show// Creative Diversity// at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) during January.

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First Meeting Of 2019 For SJC Political Parties

The San Juan County Democrats and Republicans will hold elections for new leadership on Saturday, January 12th. The Democrats will convene in the community meeting room at Skagit Valley College in Friday Harbor from 11:45 until 2:30, while the Republicans will meet at 11:30 upstairs at the China Pearl.

Planning Department Will Close For A Week

The SJC Department of Community Development Office. -i.e. the building & planning department- will be closed from January 14th to the 18th as staff is trained on new permitting software. However, building inspections will be continue during the week. The state they apologize for the inconvenience.

SJC Hospital Dist Meeting Thursday On EMS Chief Issues

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be having a Special Board Meeting on Thursday 1/10/2019. It will begin at 1:00 p.m. rather than the usual time, but will be at the usual place - the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building. The purpose of this meeting is to potentially appoint an Interim EMS Chief and hold interviews, discuss the notice of complaints from DOH, and review the commissioner job duties document.

Campsite Reservations Open For Residents

San Juan County Parks & Fair is offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year-round! Choose from San Juan County Park, San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only), Odlin County Park, and Shaw County Park for any dates in 2019.

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Winter Schedule Begins Sunday

Washington State Ferries’ winter schedule begins this Sunday, Jan. 6, and runs through March 30, 2019. Service out of Anacortes to Sidney, B.C. will be suspended for the winter.

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Judge Andrew Retirement Party

ig_Andrew-001 (43k image) The public was invited to join in celebrating Judge Andrew’s retirement on Friday, January 4, 2019. He was first elected in 1998 and was most recently re-elected by voters in 2014. The following quote hangs in the courtroom:

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