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Lecture: Ocean Roar: Combating Noise From Commercial Ships

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The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Michael Jasny as part of the 2014 Summer Lecture Series. Michael will discuss “Ocean Roar: Combating Noise from Commercial Ships” on Tuesday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m.

The ocean is an acoustic world, and whales and many other species of marine life rely on sound for their survival.

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U.S., Canadian Coast Guard Conduct Joint Training

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(USCG MH-65 Dolphin helicopter makes approach to Canadian Coast Guard Ship Cape Naden -USCG photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

A mayday call comes over the radio. A mariner is in trouble in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the international maritime boundary between the western United States and Canada. U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian coast guard crews stand ready to respond; But which nation answers the call? In many cases, the solution may be both.

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"Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over"

Beginning today and continuing through September 1. 2014 a national DUII Emphasis Patrol will be in full swing, and that includes San Juan County.

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Sex Offender Arrested

On August 6. 2014 at approximately 11:30 AM a deputy in Friday Harbor received a complaint concerning a female and her child spending time in the company of a Registered Sex Offender (RSO). In cooperation with state Department Of Corrections the RSO was arrested.

Read other San Juan County Law Enforcement Calls (from 08/06 thru 08/12) below:

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New Animal Shelter For San Juan Island

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The Animal Protection Society-Friday Harbor is very pleased to announce the kickoff of a capital campaign to raise funds for a new animal shelter facility on San Juan Island. The project, “New Home - New Hope” was formally announced to the community at last Sunday’s ‘Wags to Riches’ event, and the initial response has been extremely positive.

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Lovell Pratt Contract With County Canceled

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(Correction 08-15-14, 03:00 PM: The story incorrectly stated Gibboney is "a member of the Friends of The San Juans Technical Committee," but should have stated she is a potential member if the Friends receive an applied for grant. We apologize for the misstatement -Ed) A $5000.00 contract between the County and former county council member Lovel Pratt has been canceled by SJC Manager Mike Thomas.

The contract was to complete an analysis of potential “opportunities for engagement on the drafting and adoption of state and federal legislation” related to oil spills in and near San Juan County.

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Town Changes 22 Spaces To 8 Hr Parking

In response to requests from the business community, the Town of Friday Harbor has temporarily re-designated 22 parking spaces in the downtown core from 2 hour to 8 hour parking.

With the busy visitor season upon us, it was becoming increasingly difficult for employees and owners of downtown businesses to find eight hour parking in close proximity to their job. The Town had agreed to investigate some alternatives to relieve the parking problems in the in Friday Harbor’s core.

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Get Your Wa State Boater's Ed. Card


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Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20 & 27, 7:00 -9:00 PM , at Skagit Valley College, F.H.. This is a Comprehensive Boating Information Manual & two ompanion CD's with Coastal Navigator Electronic Charting Materials: $45.00 Couples can share. 50% student discount. Presented by the Friday Harbor Power Squadron.
Register: 378-3288, Or: - Web Site:

Council Meeting With Rep Lytton, Morris & Sen. Ranker


The Council will hold a Special Meeting (Aug 14, 2014 - Thursday - 9:00 AM until 2:30 PM) with representatives Kristine Lytton & Jeff Morris and senator Kevin Ranker to discuss and plan 2015 & 2016 legislative priorities; followed by a visit to the San Juan County Fair with the Council.

American Legion Sues Town Over Mural

The American legion has filed legal action against the Town of Friday Harbor over a conditional use permit to “paint an artistic rendition of the American flag” on the back retaining wall of the American Legion building in Friday Harbor.

The suit simply asks for a judicial review of the Town’s denial that the “application requires a Conditional Use Permit as per the Town’s adopted sign regulations.”

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BLM National Monument Advisory Committee

Spokane, Wash. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pleased to announce the inaugural members of the new San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee to provide information and advice on the development of the San Juan Islands National Monument’s resource management plan, the Advisory Committee consists of individuals with diverse interests and backgrounds who were chosen for their expertise in natural resource and local community issues.

The new committee members and their represented interests are:

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Island Rec Wants Your Photos


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Island Rec Wants Your Photos to celebrate 30 years of People, Parks, Programs, and Trails Island Rec will be displaying photos from previous programs, activities, and trails at their Sept. 6 anniversary PARTY during Movies in the Park. Bring them your best Island Rec photos from the last 30 years for all to enjoy and see. There will be a contest, for a variety of categories, including best faces, activities, historical photo, and ages. Bring mounted photo to the Island Rec office by Aug. 29.For details go to or call Island Rec at 378-4953 for more information.

Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride On SJI

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Again this year, the Wounded Warrior Project will visit Friday Harbor as part of Soldier Ride Seattle this Saturday, August 9th.

The cyclists will arrive in Friday Harbor on the 10:05 AM ferry and arrive at the Mullis Street Fire Station
at 10:30 AM.

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Volunteers Sought For Town Of FH Planning Commission & Historic Preservation Board

Are you interested in becoming more involved with the community and helping guide the Town’s future development? The Town of Friday Harbor is looking for a volunteer to fill a vacancy on the Town Planning Commission; and,If you are interested in preservation, local history, architecture, urban planning there is also a vacancy on the Historic Preservation Review Board.

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Huston Found Dead by Suicide In Oregon


(UPDATE 08-07-11; 7:30 A.M.) The Oregonian reports that "Newberg-Dundee police said Wednesday that Jennifer Huston died of suicide by hanged herself after parking her SUV along a rural Sheridan logging road. Police said detectives found a note inside her SUV, addressed to her family."

Mail On Line reports that "Jennifer Huston was found Tuesday morning near her SUV on a rural, remote road, police said. A landowner discovered her dark green Lexus around 10:30 a.m.." According to the report. Police said there were no signs of foul play and no evidence to suggest that the public was in any danger, though gave no indication of how she died."

There had been some hope that she had simply come to San Juan County, but sadly that was not the case (Related Story)

Billie J. Swalla "New" FH Labs Director

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Professor Billie J. Swalla has agreed to serve for a five-year term as Director of the Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL). Billie has served as Interim Director for the past year, and has been an active researcher and member of the FHL community since first coming to the Labs in 1999.

Billie brings 30 years of experience doing research and teaching at marine labs around the world, from tropical to temperate settings and is passionate about marine sciences.

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SJC Council Attending A Public Meeting

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SJC Council Attending A Public Meeting Notice: Wednesday (07-06-14; 8:30 AM) at Windermere Conference Room, Description: Council members may be attending the Energy Leadership Team meeting hosted by the SJC Conservation District. OPALCO awarded a matching grant to the San Juan Islands Conservation District for their leadership in promoting energy efficiency.

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Senators Press Obama Administration on Marijuana Policies

U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Mark Udall (D-CO), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Attorney General Eric Holder urging the Obama Administration to ensure consistent and uniform application of federal laws that could impact licensed marijuana businesses, dispensaries, and growers in Washington state and Colorado.

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Elwha Back In Service

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( Patty Knight & her dog -contributed photo)

Monday Update: Elwha is now back in service with 11:55 am Anacortes to Friday Harbor. Necessary repairs have been completed on the Elwha. Service will resume with the 11:55 am sailing from Anacortes to Friday Harbor.

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-- Guest Column --

OPALCO's Board's Chicanery

By Richard Fadem

Alex Macleod Of Shaw Has Had three letters detailing the OPALCO's board's chicanery

published by islands news outlets over the past couple of months. Every OPALCO member should read them in sequence. [re-published below -Ed] They first astonish, then prompt indignation and finally disgust. The third proves what he had conjectured in the first two.

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Island Garden Club Hosting Excursion

The San Juan Island Garden Club is hosting an excursion to the WSU Display Gardens in Mt. Vernon; & also visit other nurseries and farm stands as time allows. Date: Sept. 20-Depart on the 8:05 ferry. Return on the 4:45 ferry. Cost: $30.00- Mainland Transportation. Additional costs- return ferry ticket and a stop at the Market in Anacortes will be made to acquire lunch.
Information go to:, or
Or contact: Theresa Hill- - 378-2447

Council Heads To Waldron

The County Council is off for a tour and a meeting Tuesday on Waldron Island. They have a discussion on Hazardous Waste; Deer Harbor Parking; Jack and Jill Road Closure for Chip Seal; Dock Repair; Status on Barge Landing Planning; New Waldron Projects; Patos Island Improvements; Stuart Island Road Improvement and Site Visit. There next meeting on San Juan Island is a special meeting to discuss the Cultivation and Processing Marijuana with respect to land use.

Stage Left's "Twelfth Night" Ends Sunday

You have just this weekend and next to catch Island Stage Left's "Twelfth Night" which has received glowing reviews from lots of audience members; read a few below:

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OPALCO Lineman Injured In Fall

OPALCO Substation Technician Bob Belcher was injured when he fell about six feet while working to restore power after a storm related outage on San Juan Island. He was transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth in Friday Harbor and then to Harborview Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment. He is in stable condition, good spirits and is expected home later this week.

John M. Nord

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John Nord, 82, of Friday Harbor, WA passed from this life August 6, 2014. There will be a private family service at which he will be buried on the island he loved. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of John, please sign the online guest register at

Orcas Children's Concert Wednesday

August 13 at 1:00: The musical story of Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf will be the centerpiece of this year's Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Family Concert, led by music educator Rachel Buchman.

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Public Works Open House Wednesday

There will be an Open House at the Spring Street Public Works Building, Friday Harbor, Aug 13, 2014 - Wednesday (4:00 PM until 6:00 PM). Members of the County Council may attend. The purpose of the meeting is to view and discuss changes in CATTLE POINT ROAD REALIGNMENT PROJECT. More information here:

Fair Art Boss Needs Help

Fine Art Superintendent Fred Hall volunteered to run the Fine Art Display at the SJ County Fair this year, and desperately needs volunteers to help with the Fine Art display. Here are where volunteer time is needed:

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Island Rec - FH 8.8K Loop Run

9:00am start at Wells Fargo Parking Lot. Be a part of this island tradition, 37 years running! A fun run or walk for people of all ages. Fee includes SJC Fair entrance and t-shirt. Race proceeds benefit the Children’s Scholarship Funs at Island Rec.

SJI Back-to-School “Kicks For Kids” Sneaker Drive

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The Realtors and Staff of Windermere San Juan Island are at it again helping to make a positive difference in our island community. In conjunction with Windermere Corporate the “Kicks for Kids” Sneaker Drive has been put into action.

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SJC Law Enforcement Calls

The following is a record of Law Enforcement Calls from 7/31/14 thru 8/5/14:

14-004601- On August 4th deputies responded to a "Suspicious Circumstance", the victim reported someone had taken a 12 gauge shotgun from his house. The deputy located the shotgun and as he picked it up the weapon discharged. The case remains open.

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Orcas Emergency Response Drill Thursday

In cooperation with the Port of Orcas, Orcas Island Fire & Rescue will be conducting an "all hazards" emergency response drill this Thursday, August 7 from 6:00 p.m. until approximately 8:00 p.m.

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Finale Music on the Lawn

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(L to R: Kate Schuman Tom & Tami Doenges -IR photo)

August 6 6:30-8:15pm, Island Rec’s Music on the Lawn FREE Summer Concert Series. 405 Price Street, San Juan Island Historical Museum. Rewind features popular local musicians Kate Schuman, Tami and Tom Doenges who will bring fun songs from the 60’s and 70’s, with an emphasis on strong vocal harmonies. Come out and unwind with Rewind for the final concert of the season.

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Whale Museum: Easter Island

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Wednesday, August 6, 7 p.m.: Candace Gossen, PhD -The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Candaceas part of the 2014 Summer Lecture Series. Candace will discuss “Easter Island: 15,000 Years of Discoveries”. Candace is an environmental archaeologist, architect, plant medicine teacher and just a girl that likes to dig in the dirt and climb trees. Recently returned from the island, she has new and exciting information to share.

Free Annual Barbershop Ferry Sing

Get on board for the free annual Ferry Sing hosted by Island Chordsmen Plus on Thursday, August 7. Along with a ferryload of islanders, visitors, and the Sound Vibrations, SJI’s women’s barbershop/jazz group, the barbershoppers will sing their way from Friday Harbor to Orcas aboard the interisland ferry and sing their way back to Friday Harbor.

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County Seeks Volunteers

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County's website at:

Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council Office at: (360) 378-2898

The following is a list of current and upcoming vacancies:

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SHARK REEF Literary Magazine Now Online

SHARK REEF Summer Edition has peen posted. “Elizabeth Grace Roland prayed every night to wake up with cancer.” This is the first line of a short story by Katja Zurcher in the Summer 2014 edition of Lopez Island-based SHARK REEF Literary Magazine

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Levy Lid Lift To Voters

The County Council held a Special Meeting on Thursday to take comments on a resolution that would replace the existing levy lid lift with a similar -but new one that essentially will serve to replace the lift passed by the voters in 2009. The Resolution may be read by clicking HERE 2).pdf (186\k file)

Sign-up Now For SJC Fair Trashion Fashion Show

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The County Fair’s popular Trashion Fashion Show is alive and well; it will be held this year on the last night of the Fair, Saturday, August 16, at 6 pm, on the Main Stage.

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Whale Museum “Coffee & Conversation”

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Come to The Whale Museum for “Coffee & Conversation” from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 7. Hosted by executive director Jenny Atkinson, participants will be invited to enjoy light refreshments while getting to know the Museum better.

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SJC Hospital District Meeting

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners’ Meeting will hold their regualr scheduled public meeting on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 5:00 pm. -Frank Wilson EMS Building. Agenda below:

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Young Naturalists Classes

Environmental educator and artist Alice Hibberd is offering classes at the Sculpture Park, Roche Harbor from, 10 a.m. to 12 noon on August 3 and 23. The course is designed for young learners 5-8 years old and costs $20 per child per class, or $ 30 for both classes.

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SJ County Fair Ag Corner

The SJC Fair Agriculture Exhibit (a.k.a. the Ag Corner) is the place to be to learn all about San Juan County Agriculture: Demonstrations; Cooking With Local Foods; Exhibits, & Grains & Forage Department.

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Get Ready For Shaw Island Classic Saiilboat Race

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The San Juan Island Yacht Club proudly announces the 44th Annual Shaw Island Classic Sailboat Race to be held Saturday, August 9, and invites all eligible boats and crews to participate. Registration is online at

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A Summer Dividend: Know Your Island Walk August 3

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3RD, 2014, 2-5PM! This special walk is to celebrate trails and walk with National Park Superintendent, Lee Taylor, on the Westcott Bay Trail, stopping to meet new owners of the Westcott Bay Shellfish Company, Andrea and Erik Anderson.

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Fair Photo Booth Help Needed

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Volunteers are needed to help out "manning the photo booth," and possibly assisting with setting up on Tuesday including accepting photographs for display, etc., & cleaning up on Sunday. A minimum of one person in the department between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. beginning Wednesday and ending Saturday. During peak times two would be better. Email to offer help &/or for more information.

SJI Hospital District Community Advisory Committee?

A small group recently met to discuss forming a Community Advisory Committee to hopefully benefit Public Hospital District #1 residents. If formed it would be modeled after similar advisory groups successfully implemented in other areas of Washington State.

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