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SJC Home Trust Brings In More BC Houses

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(Contributed photos by John Simpson)

Nickel Bros. barged in two more houses Wednesday, March 21,to San Juan Island for the San Juan Community Home Trust. The two houses are described as “new” classic houses, shipped in from Victoria/Oak Bay area. They will join the other classic houses in the Sun Rise II neighborhood just off Grover Street. For those who were not able to attend this landing, they are more than welcome to stop by later, or call the Home Trust office -360-378-5541-to arrange for a tour.

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FH: Back To Drawing Board For Hotel

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(Applicant Carl Pirscher -Island Guardian photo)

A standing room only crowd was in attendance last Thursday in the Town of Friday Harbor council meeting room for a public hearing on a proposed three story high hotel to be constructed on east side of First Street that would border the west side of the Port of Friday Harbor parking lot (//See photo below//).

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“Mascricani” At SJI Museum Of Art

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(Contributed photo)

Are you wondering about the purpose of the large sheets suspended in the Atrium of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA)? Imagine the dry, sun bleached, peeling, concrete walls of the public space in an Egyptian village and follow the street into a private, personal space.

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“Out of the Cold”

United Way’s “Out of the Cold” Severe Weather Shelter program concluded its first year of operations on Tuesday with a wrap up meeting and recap of the Steering Committee and volunteers.

They stated “We enjoyed many successes and learned necessary lessons over the course of 16 weeks of operation, putting into action all the systems and practices necessary to safely and effectively offer severe weather shelter to anyone who needed it, including the following accomplishments:

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Friday: Lopez Ag Summit

The 6th Annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit will take place on beautiful Lopez Island on March 16-17, 2018. Grow your inspiration at this gathering of over 150 local farmers, food producers, businesses, and food advocates for two days of events, education and camaraderie in our local food community.
Schedule of Events:

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Buffum Rebuffed In Appeal Decision

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Judges and Hearing Examiners are typically fairly dry, and patience, with attorneys and witnesses, but sometimes even they can become exasperated when an attorney and their clients make claims they know, or should know, are not valid.

What appears to be a recent example of this is an appeal filed by the Friends (Friends of the San Juans) against permits that were approved by the county for a replacement of a 638 square foot residential structure owned by Dave and Nancy Honeywell on San Juan Island.

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Staff Will Give Briefing On Vision Statement

On March 16, 2018 Community Development Staff will brief the Planning Commission on the second draft of proposed Vision amendments. The meeting will take place in the County Council hearing room. The public will have the opportunity to provide comments on the second draft at this briefing.

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Changes To Vacation Rental Code Will Affect Some Existing Permits

A public hearing on a proposed vacation rental code amendment may very well affect some of the existing permits. The public hearing will be held in the Council Hearing Room at 55 Second Street, Friday Harbor, Washington on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 beginning at 9:15 AM.

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County Homeless Count Declines

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The 2018 San Juan County “Point-In Time” (PIT) Homeless Count identified 120 people who have no stable place to live, a decrease from the 2017 count of 154. The decrease can be attributed to success in placing families into housing by local service providers, as well as changing definitions of homelessness at the State level.

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March 12th Tucker Avenue Construction

The Town of Friday Harbor states the appreciate everyone’s patience while they we work through the project. A project manager/inspector will be available to any address concerns. Do not hesitate to contact the Project Inspector, Frank Baublits, at or (360) 461-2338. You may also contact Town Hall at (360) 378-2810 with questions or comments. Construction updates will be posted as often as possible. See below for more information

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Animal Shelter Will Be Temporarily Impacted By Tree Removal

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(Mike Finkelstein photo)

Due to the removal of trees on Port property south of the airport runway, the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor announces they will be open by-appointment-only during the period between Monday, March 12 and Monday, March 25. The shelter will not be able to accept surrendered pets during this time. If you find a stray pet, please call the shelter at 378-2158, 378-2159 (admin office) or the sheriff’s department at 378-4151.

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Winners In Rotary 13th Annual Spelling Bee

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( L to R: Meg Carrie, Marcia King -IG photo)

“Hydrogen” was the correct spelling for Marcia King, a 7th grader from the Friday Harbor Middle School, the first-place winner at the 13th Annual Rotary Spelling Bee on March 1.

Marcia received a trophy, a check for $100. Her 7th grade class, taught by Mr. McMain, was awarded $200, and her school received $300.

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Candidate Forums "Too Expensive" So OPALCO Will Only Have One -On Orcas

OPALCO sent out the following notice: There are two open positions in this year’s OPALCO election and only two candidates. Because this is an uncontested election, OPALCO has scaled back the candidate forums; there will only be one forum: Thursday, March 15 at Oddfellows Hall on Orcas Island at 6 pm. The cost savings are significant.
All members from any island can still participate by:
• Submitting questions for the candidates before March 15 (send to
• Watch the forum on Facebook Live
• Watch the Orcas forum on video (available by March 29th online)
• Watch video statements of each candidates (available by March 29th online)

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CG Medevacs Navy Sailor in Straits of SJ

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(Helo lands on the bow of the U.S.S Kidd -USCG photo)

The Coast Guard conducted a medical evacuation of a sick Navy sailor aboard the U.S.S. Kidd, which was transiting the Straits of Juan de Fuca, Sunday afternoon.

The sailor was picked up by an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles and flown to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island where they were met by emergency medical services and transported to Island General Hospital for further care.

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Free Hospice Training

Sign up now: Hospice of San Juan offers free training for new volunteers and paid caregivers on the first three Saturdays of October (the 6th, 13th and 20th).

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Friday Harbor Talent Contest

Do you have a talent you want to practice in public, and maybe win a prize? Friday Harbor Grange #225 and Community Treasures are sponsoring a Talent contest at the Friday Harbor Middle School on April 5th at 6:30 pm.

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SJ Island Walk Saturday

English Camp walk. Get to know our National Park Superintendent Elexis Fredy as she leads us along the Bell Point and Westcott trails. Elexis will tell us about the new totem pole, our tribal partners, forest health and the new group campsite. Terrain is moderate, distance is 4 miles and dogs on lease are welcome. Meet at the English Camp parking lot.

FH Port Meeting: Future Plans

FRIDAY HARBOR PORT DISTRICT Port Commission Special Meeting at 271 Front Street (Port meeting room, under San Juan Yacht Club) Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 4pm
Meeting Agenda
1. Commission retreat for a 6 month informal review of the Executive Director and develop a 5, 10, 20 year vision for the Port The Commissioners and Executive Director will hold a retreat to include a 6 month informal review of the Executive Director, and develop a 5, 10, and 20 year vision for the Port.

Register Now At Skagit Valley College

Registration is going on now for Spring Quarter at Skagit Valley College. Classes begin April 3rd. Trending programs include:

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Fed Options For Salmon Fisheries

Salmon managers have developed options for ocean salmon fisheries that reflect concerns over poor projected returns of coho and chinook salmon this year.

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Joan Petersen White

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August 25, 1941 ~ March 10, 2018

Joan Petersen White, age 76, died on March 10, 2018 in her home with friends by her side. Joan was born on August 25, 1941 in Watsonville, California to Jeanne Sambuck Petersen and Allan Edwin Petersen.

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2018 Firewise Fuel Reduction Program

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(File photo)

The San Juan Island Fire Department is proud to announce the 2018 Firewise Communities fuel reduction program. The 2018 program, which runs from April 1 through May 31, is open to existing and newly formed Firewise Communities.

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Women’s Fund Awards $6,000

Local nonprofits got a boost in funding for their projects after the most recent San Juan Island Community Foundation grant cycle. The Women’s Fund, a donor advised fund of the Foundation, awarded $6,000 to support the following 4 community programs:

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SJI Easter Basket Sale

The annual Peace Island Volunteers Easter Basket Sale will be held this year (9 am to 1 pm Friday, 03-23-18) at the Peace Island Medical Center Clinic Lobby, 1117 Spring Street in Friday Harbor. Volunteers have over 80 baskets for sale, priced from $5 to $50 each.

State Semifinalist at Stillpoint School

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Congratulations to Nylah Pieples, a 5th grade student at Stillpoint School who was selected as a State Semifinalist in the 2018 Letters About Literature contest.

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Bear (David) Johnson

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Sept. 5, 1936 ~ Feb. 10, 2018

With a lifelong passion for skiing and sailing, fine rum and propagating exquisite roses, the Bear (David) moved to San Juan Island, Washington, in 1982 from the ski slopes of Vail, where Bear's Bowl Patrol gained fame.

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Entertainment & Housing Sponsorship Opportunities For The Fair

Have you ever wondered about alternative ways to support the Fair? Maybe you would have liked to volunteer but have never had the time. Consider supporting the Fair by becoming a sponsor. If you consider sponsoring, your support earns you Fair sponsorship benefits (complimentary tickets and more!) and is tax deductible.

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Well Mannered Three Yr Old

ig_SO_PetWeek-Sandy-001 (67k image)Well. It isn’t going to throw itself. I know, because I’ve been watching it for a long time, and it hasn’t moved a bit. I’m pretty sure it’s afraid of me. If you wouldn’t mind stopping by and throwing it about one thousand times, I’d be most grateful. I promise to bring it back promptly, almost every time!

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SJ Wireless Verizon Dealer To Close

San Juan Wireless, Inc., the local Verizon Wireless and DirecTV indirect dealer, will officially close their doors March 31, 2018, after being in business for 20 Years.

Beginning on March 8, 2018, all merchandise in the store will be discounted 40%. Everything must go including fixtures such as tables, chairs, copiers, fax machine, display fixtures, cabinets and file cabinets. San Juan Wireless will be open on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25 from 10 - 2:00 for final fixture sale opportunity.

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2018 Reagan Dinner Sign-Up

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Dust off your Stetson and shine your cowboy boots! You're invited to the 2018 Reagan Dinner at the San Juan Island Golf Club! featuring a Rancho del Cielo theme, honoring the Reagan Ranch, features a western style buffet, country music, raffle, and dessert auction

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Little Chelan Replaces Elwha "Until Further Notice"

On Sunday the 124-car Chelan replaced the 144-car Elwha due to a vessel maintenance period. This results in a vessel capacity reduction of 20 vehicles per sailing. The Chelan will operate as the #2 vessel on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route until further notice. Full galley service will be available beginning March 5.

OIFR Welcomes Baby Elliott -At 4:51am

ig_Elliot_Richard_Wooding-001 (45k image) Paramedic Nick Kiniski received an early morning wake up call early Thursday morning, March 1st. At approximately 2:00am, he received a call from an expectant father; mom was in labor and they may need to get off island before the first ferry. After some discussion, the family was made aware of options and Nick hung up the phone. He stated, “I couldn’t go back to sleep though. I knew I was probably going to get called again. So I took the opportunity to review our delivery protocols and make sure I had everything together just in case.”
At 4:19am, dispatch paged out a call. “En route to station 21. Woman in Active Labor.”

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Children’s Festival 2018 Theme & Poster Contest

Island Rec needs your help to design the poster for this year’s Children’s Festival. Kids of all ages are invited to submit poster designs that incorporate this year’s festival theme:

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Apply For Summer Internship With Preservation Trust

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(SJIPT file: 2017 interns photo)

The San Juan Island Preservation Trust is now accepting applications for the 2018 Fred E. Ellis Summer Internship; a six-week paid office based position in Friday Harbor. This internship program is designed to expose the Intern to the entire range of activities performed by a conservation land trust, while providing the Preservation Trust with needed assistance in reaching its goals. HERE (pdf(106\k file)

SJI Superintendent Explains Why She Is Looking Elsewhere For Work

As, San Juan Island School District Superintendent Danna Diaz previously reported San Juan Island School District Superintendent Danna Diaz has plans to move on, but has sent out a letter explaining her reasons, and also set out a list of the progress that the District has made during the last three years since she accepted an appointment SJISC Superintendent:

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SJC Hospital Board Work Session On Governance

The San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, February 26, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. to approx. 2:00 p.m. at the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building located at 1079 Spring Street for a presentation to the board on Governance Education. Richard Davis of Chmelik, Sitkin, and Davis, P.S. Attorneys at Law, will present to the commissioners at the meeting.

Islands Visitor Study Presentations

Highlights from the study will be presented at four public events as listed below. The presentations will run about 1.25 hours, integrated with about 45 minutes of discussion. Local, state, and federal agencies that manage lands or recreation facilities in the San Juan Islands sponsored a study in 2017 to collect better information about use, impacts, visitors, and preferences for management.

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Island Walk: SJI Airport Trail

Saturday, February 24th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Meet at Skagit Valley College.
Todd Nicholson, Executive Director of the Port of Friday Harbor will lead a walk on the airport trail. Todd will share details about the upcoming tree removal required by the FAA and plans to replant a sustainable native forest and other trail improvements. Terrain is moderate, distance is 3 miles and dogs on leash are welcome.

Hyak Returns, & So Does Food

Hyak joins the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route as the #1 vessel. M/V Elwha will sail as the #2 vessel. Food service will be available on the upper decks, but all other upper deck access and seating will remain closed due to Coast Guard regulations for "Super" class vessels.

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Live Near Fire Station? Collect Info To Share On Emergencies

The San Juan Island Fire Department’s Major Emergency Response Team (MERT) is looking for volunteers to assist in our island’s welfare by collecting and coordinating the exchange of information during major emergencies, such as earthquakes

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