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Home Inspections and Real Estate Sales


IG-Merri_Ann_Simonson-3 (21k image)By Merri Ann Simonson

If you are a buyer or seller, I bet you thought just getting under contract was stressful for all parties but in reality, the home inspection and/or feasibility response and associated negotiations are often the more stressful event. Allowing a buyer to have a home inspection and hopefully a concurrent feasibility study is a very necessary part of the transaction.

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Political Election Sign Regulation Challenged


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Local attorney Nicholas Power filed a complaint in San Juan County Superior Court alleging that San Juan County is unconstitutionally infringing on his First Amendment rights by enforcing the regulation -SJCC 18.40.400(c)- that limits political signage to be posted only within 45 days of an election.

Judge Loring of San Juan County Superior Court ruled in favor of Nicholas Power and entered a temporary restraining order preventing San Juan County from enforcing San Juan County Code 18.40.400(c).

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The “Hill of Thrills” Soap Box Race Results


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The third running of the Hill of Thrills classic old-fashioned ‘gravity’ "soap box" race where people run their homemade non-motorized contraptions down Grover St. by the Friday Harbor elementary school, was the held Monday. The racing categories were for ages 5-8, 9-12, 13-15, 16-adult. The popular event has become a local classic not to be missed; with as many adult contestants as kids. The event is sponsored by San Juan Island Park and Recreation
Below are the results of the Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race, and a photo of the winner of the overall fastest time:

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Power To Run Against Gaylord For San Juan County Prosecutor


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Nicholas (Nick) Power has announced his candidacy for the position of San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney. Nick states he "hopes to provide voters with an opportunity to elect someone who is committed to honesty, transparency and accountability. Nick sees the position of Prosecuting Attorney as ultimately the citizens’ attorney - not simply the attorney for the County."

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Kulp To Be Charged With Murder

 

Eric Kulp has been returned to San Juan County, and will be charged in court at 9:00 am on Friday for the "crime of murder in the second degree: with intent to cause the death of another person, but without premeditation" in the death of Abigail Jane Finney. Bail has been set at $1,000,000.00 -Related Story .




Carbs For A Cause: PastaPalooza Dinner May 18


On Friday, May 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the PastaPalooza Dinner Event will be held at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor. The evening is a special carb-loading event to celebrate Orca Running’s first San Juan Island Half Marathon which takes place the next day. Proceeds raised directly support the education and research programs of The Whale Museum.

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Loring Files to Continue Serving as Superior Court Judge


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Kathryn (Katie) Loring has filed to stand for election to continue serving our community as San Juan County Superior Court Judge. Governor Jay Inslee appointed her to the court in November 2017, and she wants to carry on her work for access to justice for all members of the San Juan County community as judge.

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Public Hearing Friday On Flood Hazard Regulations


San Juan County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on proposed amendments to Chapter 15.12. SJCC and Section 18.80.140 (B) of the San Juan County Code. The proposed ordinance adopts new maps identifying the County’s areas of special flood hazard and updates the development regulations applicable to all new and substantially improved structures in special flood hazard areas.

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A Failure to Investigate


by Alex MacLeod

It has been a little over a month since Abigail Finney’s body was found in her husband’s vehicle parked behind the house they shared on Shaw Island. It turns out her body had been there for more than four months.

In those four-plus months, the sheriff’s department had done precious little to search for her after her family reported her missing Nov. 29. Nor had they made any attempt to question her husband, Eric Kulp, about her whereabouts.

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Town Honored For Pocket Park


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The Town of Friday Harbor has earned the 2018 Municipal Excellence Award for Small City Success for creating Breezeway Parkthe pocket park located at Spring and Second Streets. The Municipal Excellence Awards are sponsored by the Association of Washington Cities to recognize innovative city projects that significantly improve the quality of life for their communities.

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FH Turn-Around Arrows Pointed As Town Wanted

 

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(UPDATED with Town comments -05-09-18, 2:50 pm) The arrows indicating desired flow of traffic on the new turnaround in Friday Harbor point to a bank building, a sidewalk and to a gas station. According to the off-island contractor installing the arrows "some of the arrows are confusing, and some not so much, but that is the way they were drawn by the town." Town Administrator Duncan Wilson said the arrows were there as they wanted them, and no changes will be made. As can be seen in the town drawing the arrows envisioned point to the various lines of the desired projected circulation, and clearly are not intended to indicate a driver should make a hard right at 90 degrees directly into a side walk or into a gas station.

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State Says Stay Away From The Orcas


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WDFW (Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife), and wildlife managers are asking anglers and boaters to avoid an area, a quarter to a half mile away, along the west side of San Juan Island, where killer whales frequently forage and socialize. This action is needed to provide the whales with a quiet area to feed.

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State of Education in the State of Washington


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Residents of the San Juan Islands are invited to a free forum on the “State of Education in the State of Washington.

The event is sponsored by the newly formed San Juan Citizens for Civic Awareness. Liv Finne, Director of the Center for Education at the Washington Policy Center will discuss topics such as:

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37 Boats In Opening Day In Friday Harbor


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The Opening Day Boat Parade in Friday Harbor on Sunday, sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club and Port of Friday Harbor, had a record number of boats in the parade (37) and an enthusiastic set of spectators on Spring Street Landing.

14 prizes were awarded overall and the two top prizes went to:

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FH Roundabout Installation May 7th


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The public is advised that the intersection of Spring Street and Argyle Avenue will be closed to all traffic day and night for four days beginning May 7th for the installation of an intersection roundabout. This closure will include Spring Street from Second Street to Argyle Avenue. There may be times when access to Nichols Street and the Wells Fargo parking lot may be restricted.

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Children’s Festival Fun For All

 

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The 28th Annual Children’s Festival Saturday was one of the best yet, with kids picking up a "passport" that was stamped at each display/event.

ig_G_IR_CF_002 (55k image)Once completed by making the rounds, they had a chance of winning a free bike

And the winners are!
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Dozens of community organizations provided hands-on activities. This year the Flight Museum's traveling planetarium was also set up, and there was a bungee run, and many booths to stop by. Island Bicycles donated the Bikes.




Another Successful Town Spring Cleanup


The Town of Friday Harbor helped its customers jump start their spring cleaning with free pickup of oversized refuse the week of April 23-27. This is the second year the Town has offered a Spring Cleanup service to its refuse customers. Public Works employees Dave Smith and James Henrie picked up a total of 15.1 tons (30,200 pounds) of oversized junk too large to fit in standard garbage cans.

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Washington State, Norway Compare Notes On Electric Ferries


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The rumble of the engine room is a familiar sound aboard a Washington state ferry, but that sound - and the carbon emissions that go with it  -  may soon become a thing of the past.

A member of the state’s Jumbo Mark II ferry fleet -  the Tacoma, the Wenatchee or the Puyallup - will soon likely have two of its four diesel engines replaced with batteries.

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Summer Family Arts Days At SJIMA


ig_SJIMA_ParentToddlerSmiling (41k image)Children and families create fun-tastic works with local artists at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art. Family Arts Days are a summertime island tradition, where local artists teach island crafts in a fresh outdoor setting.

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Friday Harbor House Summer Kickoff Party Thursday


The new deck (and a kitchen) remodel is complete the public is invited Friday Harbor House’s Summer Kickoff Party on Thursday, May 24 from 4pm-7pm. The party will celebrate the completion of Friday Harbor House’s new outdoor space, complete with two expansive decks and five firepits, as well as mark the unofficial start of summer.

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San Juan Islander Rita Latsinova to Run for Court of Appeals


ig_P_Rita_Latsinova-003small (25k image)Rita Latsinova of Friday Harbor is running for the open seat on the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 3 (Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties). The vacancy was created when Judge Mary Kay Becker of Bellingham - one of two women judges out of 10 in Division 1 - announced her retirement after 24 years of distinguished service.

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What Is A County Fair?


If searching for County Fair in Wikipedia, one is redirected to “Agricultural Show.” We always think of the County Fair as a local event where we go to meet our friends, to see the animals, ride the rides and eat Fair food.

The first two parts, meeting friends and seeing animals hold true to the original definition and stem back to 1768 in England and has since evolved into much more.

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Meetings On SJI Library's Future


There will be a presentation and community open house at the San Juan Island Grange. There will be three meetings:
Sunday, May 20th, 3-5 pm & 7-9 pm & Monday, May 21st, 1-3 pm. The public is asked to participate to give their input on the future of the Library building. Prizes and refreshments throughout the events. For more information about the process so far, please Click Here.

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National Safe Boating Week


SEATTLE - The Coast Guard kicks off National Safe Boating Week, an annual observance to promote safe and responsible boating and the value of voluntary, consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters, Saturday.

National Safe Boating Week runs from May 19-25, is the launch of the 2018 North American Safe Boating Campaign, and is endorsed and promoted by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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State Denies Permit For 800k Atlantic Salmon Pens


Citing the risk of fish disease transmission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has denied permission for Cooke Aquaculture to transport 800,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon from its hatchery near Rochester to net pens at Rich Passage in Kitsap County.

In late April, Cooke applied for permission to move juvenile non-native salmon from its hatchery into pens in Kitsap County to replace adult fish that were recently harvested. Washington lawmakers enacted a bill earlier this year that will phase out Atlantic salmon aquaculture by 2022, but Cooke plans to continue to operate until then.

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SJI School Board Vacancy


San Juan Island School Board Director Ralph Hahn announced his resignation from the school board on April 30, 2018. The school board accepted his resignation at the May 16, 2018 special board meeting. San Juan Island School District is currently seeking persons interested in public education to fill this unexpired term as a board member.

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NEW: Anacortes to Orcas on Thursdays


Beginning Thursday, May 17, there will be a 1:55 p.m. departure from Anacortes to Orcas Island on Thursdays for the remainder of the spring schedule. The 1:55 p.m. sailing was previously only available Fridays and SUNDAYS. We encourage passengers to make reservations for travel, and these additional sailings have been added to the reservation system. www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/TakeaFerry/




Skagit Valley College Registration Open


Registration for returning students is going on now for Summer AND Fall at all Skagit Valley College locations. Open Enrollment begins May 30th. Summer classes start July 2nd and Fall classes start September 25th.

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Fish For Teeth Taco Time Today


ig_SO_FishForTeeth_logo-03 (30k image)Fish Tacos, Friday, May 18 - SJI Community Theater - 11am-2pm - (or until GONE) - $8.00 Suggested Donation sponsored by and with proceeds to Fish For Teeth. Fish donated from Matt’s Fresh Fish

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"The Full Contact Activism Tour" In FH


Political activists and involved citizens Glen Morgan and Tim Eyman have teamed up on a riveting road show to bring “The Full Contact Activism Tour” that came to San Juan County May 15th to Friday Harbor at the Golf and Country Club in Friday Harbor.

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Janice Elizabeth Peterson


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June 14, 1943 ~ May 7, 2018


Janice Peterson never shied away from a lively debate or an opportunity to prove her comprehensive command of language, art, politics, philosophy, and communication. She loved her family and friends fiercely and proved it every day of her life. She died May 7, after a long and brave battle against lung cancer.

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David F. Jones


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January 30, 1940 ~ May 6, 2018


David F. Jones passed away peacefully in Seattle on May 6, 2018 at the age of 78 after an 18 year struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born and raised in Norristown, Pennsylvania and graduated from the United State Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Subsequently, he underwent training as a nuclear engineer and submariner, serving five years on the U.S.S. Patrick Henry, a Polaris submarine.

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Salish Seeds Project Nursery Tour Saturday


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Treat mom a day early with a tour (2:00pm to 3:30pm) of the Salish Seeds Project native plant nursery at Red Mill Farm. The Land Bank’s Eliza Habegger will guide you through the nursery, exploring the challenges and rewards of growing our local wildflowers in habitats ranging from a pot on the deck, to a restoration project.

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Start Building For The “Hill of Thrills” Soap Box Race


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Island Rec is very exciting to announce the third running of the now famous Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race on Sunday, May 20.

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Soroptimists Receive Community Leadership Award


The San Juan Island School District nominated Soroptimists International of Friday Harbor for the WASA 108 Community Leadership Award for Spring, 2018. WASA, Washington Association of School Administrators, Region 108, annually accepts nominations for Community Leadership Awards to recognize and honor individuals and organizations who support public education.

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FH Labs OPEN HOUSE Saturday


On Saturday, May 12, 2018, 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 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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Celebrate Mother’s Day At Art for Fun


ig_A_Flowers-001 (80k image)Celebrate Mother’s Day with family and friends on May 9 at an “Art for Fun” painting class at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) from 5:45pm-8:00pm.
Artist and instructor, Kristen Abramson will guide folks through the process of creating a simple painting of a vase of flowers, titled “Picasso’s Bouquet.”

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Tell Me My Favorite Story


ig_SO_Jem-001 (41k image)Hi. It’s me, Jem. Can you please tell me my favorite story again? You know, the one about the dog who goes for a ride in the car and ends up at the vet? That one really tickles my funny bone. Geez, dogs are dumb.

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But... What About That Pig?


Examine that signal event of the Pig War from a porcine point of view...

What breed was the boar and what was he doing running loose? Why did Lyman Cutlar have a potato patch, there in a Hudson's Bay Company "prime sheep run"? Boyd roots around for answers and spreads the dirt on the Pig War. Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Library and the San Juan Island Trails Committee. Monday, May 7th at 7:00 pm at the San Juan Island Library, free.





Community Services Van Coming To Orcas


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Rural households who find the trip to their local CSO (Washington State Community Service Office) too far to travel, will only have to travel to Eastsound on the 15th & the 16th at the Community Church, 176 Madrona St, for services in a 40-foot truck that is transformed into functioning offices.

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Proposals For Lopez Affordable Housing Sought


Following a public hearing on April 24, 2018, San Juan County officially released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to purchase .8083 acres of land situated in Lopez Village for the development of affordable housing rental units.

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Children’s Festival Saturday: Starry Starry Night


The 28th Annual Children’s Festival is this Saturday May 5, 2018. Dozens of community organizations will provide hands-on activities. This year the Flight Museum's traveling planetarium will be in place. The Argyle Street Jazz band is coming to perform, Island Rec is providing inflatable fun including a bungee run, Island Bicycles has donated some kids Bikes to be raffled off to some lucky kiddos, and FANS has been diligently practicing their balloon animal technique. Come join in for free family fun at the Fair Building




Shrimp Fishery Opens May 5


Recreational shrimp fishing will open May 5 in Puget Sound under seasons set by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
This year's Puget Sound shrimp fishing seasons are generally similar to those in 2017, said Mark O'Toole, a shellfish biologist for WDFW, noting that he expects a strong turnout by shrimp fishers - especially on opening day.

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SJ History: First Nations, Farmers, and Fruit


The history of the San Juan Islands shaped Washington - literally. If history had taken a slightly different turn during the “Pig War” standoff from 1859 - 1872, we’d be writing this missive from Canada, not the United States. Discover this and other colorful stories during History Lives Here - National Historic Preservation Month (www.visitsanjuans.com/history-lives-here) in the San Juan Islands.

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Ferry "Surcharge" May 1st


Beginning Tuesday, May 1, 2018, through September 30, 2018, the peak season surcharge will go into effect for single vehicle and driver fares. Multi-ride products and passenger fares are not affected by this seasonal increase. For details, visit: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/fares/ To see the fares brochure visit:
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FH Open Houses During History Lives Month


As part of "History Lives Here" month, during the month of May and in preparation for the summer visitor season, the San Juan Historical Society and Museum will have two Open Houses to welcome the community and interested visitors to this popular attraction in Friday Harbor.

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Glenn Hendrick New Camp Eagle Rock Director


ig_Glenn_Hendrick-001 (48k image)Island Rec hires new Camp Eagle Rock Director, Glenn Hendrick,who will be responsible for coordinating the popular summer program Camp Eagle Rock. She comes with a diverse background in camp programs, art, farming and community organizing. Camp Eagle Rock offers a safe, affordable and enriching recreation experience for school age children for seven weeks each summer.

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1-4 pm Lime Kiln Park Walk


Know Your Island Walk Saturday April 28, 1-4 pm Lime Kiln Park: Erin Corra with Friends of Lime Kiln Society will lead a tour of the light house, a hike around the Lime Kiln Park and Preserve. She will talk about the splendid work the volunteers are doing in the park. Then up the hill we go to explore a new section of trail. Terrain is moderate, distance is 3 miles and dogs on lease are welcome. Meet at the Lime Kiln State Part visitors center, remember to bring your Discover Pass.




Town Spring Cleanup Success


The Town of Friday Harbor helped its customers jump start their spring cleaning with free pickup of oversized refuse the week of April 23-27. This is the second year the Town has offered a Spring Cleanup service to its refuse customers. Public Works employees Dave Smith and James Henrie picked up a total of 15.1 tons (30,200 pounds) of oversized junk too large to fit in standard garbage cans.

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Help Build A Fence On Mt. Grant


Land Bank is asking for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (April 30, May 2-3), constructing split rail cedar fence at Mount Grant Preserve. This fence will be post and rail style. They will have equipment rented from Harbor Rental to aid in augering post holes.

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