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Overdose Awareness Day Information

International Overdose Awareness Day is next Wednesday, August 31st. Please join the effort to raise awareness about overdoses.

An informational event will be held in Friday Harbor from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at San Juan Island Public Library.

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Concours d’Elegance Sunday On SJ Island

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The Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands and the Rotary Club of San Juan Island invite everyone to attend the tenth annual Concours d’Elegance at the San Juan Vineyards on Sunday, August 28 from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

The Concours is a charitable event with this years’ net proceeds going to Hospice of San Juan, the San Juan Island Family Resource Center, and Rotary’s PolioPlus Project.

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Close Call For Pilot & Passengers

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A San Juan Airlines plane with six passengers could have had a horrible ending when the cabin began to fill with smoke as the plane was in the process of taking off Monday morning at the Friday Harbor airport,

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Dogs Rescued From Hot Cars At Fair

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The Sheriff’s office was able to responded in a more effective way to a number of citizen’s reports of pets left in locked cars parked in the sun at the fair last week due to a new law. (Related Letter to the Editor ).

A bill introduced by State Senator Joe Fain’s was recently signed into law, so that “animal protection officers and prosecutors will have additional tools to rescue animals in danger and seek more appropriate charges for animal abusers.:

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State Advisory Measures On Nov Ballot

Nonbinding tax advisory votes Advisory Vote No. 14 and Advisory Vote No. 15 will be on the fall ballot for Washingtonians to express their support or opposition to revenue measures approved earlier this year by the Legislature.

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Workshops On Board Practices Offered

The San Juan County Economic Development Council EDC and the San Juan Island Community Foundation have partnered with Washington Nonprofits and the Washington Secretary of State to offer workshops on excellent board practices. The workshops will be held on Lopez and San Juan Islands on September 15th and October 5th (details below). Advance registration and payment required.

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OPALCO Installed 22k Lb Of Cable


On July 12th, a huge spool carrying a 22,000 lb cable arrived by ferry on Lopez Island and was installed from the submarine cable terminal to a vault near the shorelline at Otis Perkins Park. This is the land section of the cable, which will connect to a section of submarine cable installed last year when contractors bored under the shoreline. With this installation, the major construction effort on the Lopez end of the new cable crossing is complete. See the Video

Preliminary Flood Insurance Study & Maps Available For Review And Comment


FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency has released the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for community review until September 12, 2016.

Materials are available at . Comments may be sent to:
STARR II Region 10 Service Center
20700 44th Ave West Suite 110
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Please review materials HERE

Coast Salish Dedications during National Park Service Founder’s Day Event

The park invites community members and visitors to participate in San Juan Island National Historical Park, from August 15-19, 2016 process, with hands-on learning and instruction and stories about the importance of the canoe in Coast Salish culture from Mr. Washington from 10 am to 4 pm, daily.

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A High Tide Lifts All Boats

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(L to R: Jim Wallace, Kathryn Lewis and Kathy Alhadeff - IG photo)

When going paddleboarding it is always wise to leave behind things that should not get wet or lost; for example a car key fob.

And that is exactly what Jim Wallace and Kathryn Lewis of San Francisco did before paddling off from Jackson Beach.

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43 Boats Finish Shaw Island Race

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( Nigel Oswald on Makiki - Waxman photo)

By Peg Gerlock

The rare combination of being an “either way” race with sun and wind made the 46th Annual Shaw Island Classic one to remember. Hosted by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the race starts and finishes in Friday Harbor and circumnavigates scenic Shaw Island in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction.

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How Are We Doing $ Wise?

By Milene enley:

I miss the recession. Oh, not the layoffs. Or the stock crashes. Or the gripping financial fear. But there are things I miss.

For one thing, everybody agreed there was a problem. Today, with construction picking up, tourism flourishing, and jobs returning, it’s hard to wrap your head about the idea that local government revenue is not keeping up with local government expenditures. In such a good economy, how can that be?

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$303K For Five SJC County Projects

The Orcas Island Library; San Juan Island Parks & Recreation District; Port of Lopez; San Juan County Parks and Fair Department, and Orcas Recycling Services will share $303,225 this year through the Public Facilities Financing Assistance Program (PFFAP) process.

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Watch & Learn Cedar Canoe Construction

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( Matt Wickey gofundme photo)

The public will be able to watch and learn from Lummi elder/master carver Dean Washington of the Lummi Nation as he builds a cedar-strip 6-seat canoe at English Camp (Aug 15-19, 10-4 daily), on San Juan Island

Mr. Washington will offer hands-on learning and stories about the importance of the canoe in Coast Salish culture.

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Medical Supply Drops By Drones In SJ County

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(Zipline photo)

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has announced that a pilot program will allow drones to “improve health access in hard-to-reach areas” with medical supplies, and it has been reported that one of these areas is San Juan County.

How did San Juan County get picked for one of the test areas?

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SJI Firefighter Of Month

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Joan Byrne was a member of the first combined Town and District Structural Firefighter recruit class held in 2001. She was an active firefighter for ten years until she developed arthritis in her hands and felt that she was a safety hazard to her fellow fighters.

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Wednesday: Public Meeting On Deer Harbor Hamlet

San Juan County Department of Community Development will host a public meeting on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Deer Harbor Community Club, 4319 Deer Harbor Road, Orcas Island, to present and take comments on the proposed update of the Deer Harbor Hamlet Plan.

SJ Island Walk Saturday

Creatures from the three Lagoons: Join Bill Severson, member of the Trails Committee, on a walk between American Camp's three lagoons: Old Town, Jakle's and Third Lagoon. Explore these fascinating ecosystems and the flora, fauna and history that make them unique. Meet at the Jakle's Lagoon parking lot just past the South Beach Rd intersection in American Camp. This will be an easy two mile walk and dogs on a leash are welcome.

Lunch at the FH Mullis Center

There are ongoing biweekly lunches at Mullis Center, 589 Nash Street: Lunches every Monday and Thursday from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm - 60 years of age and older - $5.00 donation suggested, Under 60 years of age - $6.00 per person/ Contact at Mullis: Bonnie Sliger, 378-2677,

Public Input Will Be Accepted on Odlin South Planning

A special open house is planned for 10:40am-11:30am in the Odlin Park picnic shelter on Lopez Island. Information from the Odlin South Ecological Assessment will be available and residents are encouraged to share their desires, concerns, and stories about the property.

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SJC Fire Marshal Robert Low has declared an EXTREME fire hazard level for all of San Juan County, resulting in a total ban on all fires, including recreational fires. The extreme level results from the heat and low fuel moisture levels.

Get Your State Boater's Ed. Card

Friday Harbor Power Squadron is offering a comprehensive boating course for free; however a. Boating Information Manual is required,-at a cost of $45.00 (Couples can share) and there is a 50% student discount

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Mary Louise Doerflein

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March 22, 1930 ~ August 10, 2016

Mary L. Doerflein, 86, of Friday Harbor, WA, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands in Friday Harbor.

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Hand-washing Techniques Fair

Think you know how to wash your hands? Visit the PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center booth at the San Juan County Fair Aug. 17 - 20 to put yourself to the test.

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Artwork For Animal Benefit

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is accepting donations of artwork for their upcoming Wine Tasting and Art Auction, which will take place Friday, September 16.

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Arguments Against Tax Measures Wanted

Two local taxing districts have submitted resolutions to the San Juan County Auditor to place tax measures on the November ballot. The Orcas Island Library District is proposing to increase its regular tax levy from 30.34 to 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District is proposing a one-year levy for 2017 in the amount of $80,000. The levy for 2016 was $115,000.

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SJI Community Treasures To Close

The Penwell Trust is terminating Community Treasures' (CT) lease on the property that CT operates its activities. Frank Penwell has announce the property is to be sold. CT will have to either move to a new location, or go out of business. Penwell stated the decision to move or cease operation is up to the CT Board of Directors.

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All Safe From Canoe Tip Over

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By Paul Sheridan

Every summer, 25-foot wood and canvas war canoes, built by Old Town Canoe Company in the 1920s and 1930s, take Four Winds * Westward Ho campers on multi-day trips throughout the San Juan Islands. These are not standard canoes, but much larger, and take 6-10 people to paddle.

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Got Bugs? Check Your Trees Please

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Four state agencies and a university are asking residents to check trees in their yards for harmful bugs as part of the national Tree Check Month in August.

August is the peak time of year to find invasive bugs like Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer and other aggressive wood-boring insects.

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SJIMA's Presents "A River of Migration"

The community is invited to observe, Gu Xiong, artist, install "A River of Migration" in the Atrium Gallery at SJIMA. The exhibit is open to the public for viewing from Saturday, August 6 to Monday, November 28, 2016.

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Pies Need For School Funsraiser

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Bake your favorite fruit pie; not a baker? Help serve slices at the Fair. The FHES PTO Pie Booth is open for business at the Fair this year August 17 - 20th & volunteers are needed: There are two ways you can help: bake pies at home to donate or serve pie in the Pie Booth (or BOTH!)

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Help Needed For fair Baking Booth

There’s no tastier place to be than the Baking Department at the upcoming San Juan County Fair. Superintendent Kris Brown has made it easier to lend a hand (or your tastebuds) by keeping shifts short, the responsibilities to a minimum and putting sign up on-line. Judges are still needed for Tuesday, August 16th as well as volunteers to keep the entries organized and accessible during the four days of the fair. Sign up at

Bat Chat by Moonlight

ig_E_Bat_LongEaredMyotis-001 (26k image)An evening field trip, Sunday, August 14, 2016, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Zylstra Lake, San Juan Island, will be led by UW PhD Candidate biologist Rochelle Kelly, to learn about the island’s local bat species and how they fit into the ecology

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New State Clean WaterRule

Following extensive outreach, the Department of Ecology today adopted a water quality rule that safeguards the health of Washington’s people and its economy.

The fish consumption rule, as it is widely known, updates Washington’s water quality standards for toxics, establishing how clean our lakes, rivers and marine waters need to be.

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"Romeo and Juliet"

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It’s the final three weeks of the "Romeo and Juliet" production as Island Stage Left returns to its Wold Road home, next weekend, the 5th August through the 21st, Fridays through Sundays (after a fabulous tour of four other islands and a wonderfully successful run at Roche Harbor).

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Volunteers Needed For Fair Photography Display/Contest

It’s almost time for the San Juan County Fair. And if anyone out there would like to volunteer to help out with the Photography Department display, your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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Wags To Riches Luau Satuday

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This year’s Wags To Riches event for the San Juan Island Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is gearing up to be possibly the best one yet. Tickets for this event go on sale June 25th. Ticket price is $100 per person. Location of the event is 33 Bullfrog Lane, just off the Hannah Rd. The event will begin at 4pm

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Would Love To Meet You

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C’mon in! The water is just fine! I’m Bear and I’m a new arrival here at the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter. I’m about ¾ Golden Retriever, so that explains my good looks. My favorite pastimes include, but are not limited to, playing fetch, swimming, playing fetch, and swimming, playing fetch, swimming and the occasional game of fetch. I also like to swim. I’m a big fan of fine dining and therapeutic belly rubs, too. We should meet. Stop by the animal shelter soon and ask for me. Bring a tennis ball and some snacks, please.

Cap’n Arrr Wed At FH School

The SJIsland Library Presents: Wednesday Afternoon Performance with Cap’n Arrr
Come see The Misadventures of Cap’n Arrr, held Wednesday, July 27 on the grounds of Friday Harbor Elementary School.
Showtime begins at 1:30 PM.

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Proposals For FH Park Bench Sculptures Sought

The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals for a park bench sculpture project sponsored by the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). The artwork is to be located at, on, or in association with an existing park bench at one of three locations on Spring Street.

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