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BREAKING NEWS: Teacher Strike Still Possible


( UPDATE 08-31-14, 9:00 PM) - San Juan Island School District Superintendent Rick Thompson sent out a notice stating the teacher’s union and the Districkt met Sunday to work on a new collective bargaining agreement to replace the agreement that is to expire, but while both sides shared proposals and exchanged ideas, no agreement was reached as of Sunday evening. The District will update the community on bargaining on Monday September 1, 2014.

SJ Community Home Trust Receives $40K

A $40,000 grant has been awarded to the San Juan Community Home Trust by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). The Trust states they will use the money for operating costs, travel to meeting in Montana, and planning.

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Will SJI Teachers Strike?

Multiple sources report as of Wednesday night the San Juan Island School District and the teachers union have reached an impasse on compensation, and if the two sides cannot reach an agreement today (Thursday) or over the -Labor Day- weekend holiday the teachers will be without a contract come Tuesday, and if the union votes to go on strike, the District may be without teachers.

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Early Learning Lab Coming To SJ Island

Thursday, Sept. 11 from 10 AM-2 PM, Thrive by Five Washington’s Early Learning Lab is coming to San Juan Island in partnership with the San Juan Island Library and the San Juan Island Family Resource Center.

The Lab will be available to explore at the Family Resource Center, 476 Market Street, across from Marketplace and next to the Food Bank.

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County Vacates Portion Of Cattle Point Road, To Be Restored To Natural

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(L to R: Engineers Shannon Wilbur and Rachel Dietzman -Screen capture photo)

It has been talked about and studied for years, but on Tuesday (08-26-14) the County signed away the rights to a portion of Cattle Point Road that is threaten by tidal erosion , and will now be able to build a replacement road on an easement north and above the existing road.

The new road (shown in blue below) will begin on federal land and join the existing road on 24.77 acres (outlined below in green) owned by the State of Washington Parks & Recreation Department, and is, of course, public property.

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Tour Patos Island & The 1893 Lighthouse

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(photo courtesy of Keepers of the Patos Light)

Join in for a full day trip (Saturday, September 13, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) to Patos Island and the opportunity to tour the historic 1893 lighthouse. Docents from the Keepers of the Patos Light will be on hand to provide information where you will learn the history of the lighthouse along with the legends and lore of the island.

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Public Hearing On Vacating Portion Of Cattle Point Road

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(Red line portion to be vacated, blue proposed new road -IG Illustration)

The County Council will hold a hearing Tuesday (08-26-14) "for the purpose of receiving testimony on a proposed Resolution to Vacate and Abandon a portion of opened County Road right-of-way, Cattle Point Road Number 18.

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AirLift Northwest Joint Meeting Monday With Council & Board Of Health


Noon, Monday (08-25-14) JOINT MEETING OF COUNTY COUNCIL & BOARD OF HEALTH: Airlift Northwest Presentation; Public Comment and Other New Business.
Click for Airlift Northwest Presentation (pdf (2634\k file)

Slow Down: School Begins Soon

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(Blair Street in front of FHHS -IG photo)

Summer is winding down, so that means school will soon begin, and at FH High, work continues on Blair street.

SJI School Distinct requests parents "plan ahead to accommodate construction challenges with the Blair Street project. Please allow for extra travel time to and from Friday Harbor Middle School, Friday Harbor High School and the District office. Also please slow down while driving to respect the construction workers. Thank you for your patience and cooperation."

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Ride The RoundTowner

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(L to R: Rider Sherie Carlson & Round Towner Manager Bob Reilly-IG photo)

The “RoundTowner” black Honda has been operating as a pilot, non-profit transit vehicle for the past year. In July 2014, The San Juan Islands Shuttle System received its confirmation from the IRS of tax-deductible status as of the date of incorporation.

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Sunday: 2014 SJI Concours d’Elegance

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(Illustration detail by Ary Hobbel

The Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands in conjunction with the Rotary Club of San Juan Island will hold its eighth Annual Concours d’Elegance at the San Juan Vineyards (3136 Roche Harbor Road, Friday Harbor, WA) on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

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Guatemalan Cooking On Lopez

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(Pat Tropie photo)

By Barbara Keller

For years I have been excited about a wonderful community development program on the shores of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. This week ten lucky Lopezians had a chance to sample the culture of their "sister" community in Guatemala over food.

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General George Pickett Swan Song Thursday

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( Vouri and Cohen during a benefit performance last fall- )

Help make history and see the final San Juan Island performance of "The Life and Times of General George Pickett” scheduled 7:30 p.m., Thursday, August 21 in the Gubelman Theatre of the San Juan Community Theater.

"I know, we said we were done once before," Vouri said. "Then the performance for Darlene was so successful that Merritt Olsen (then theater executive director) urged us to bring it back…so we did, and it worked again for a while.”

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CenturyLink May Face Penalties For Last Years Phone, DSL And 911 Service Outage

It took almost a year, but at long last at least the UTC (Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission) staff has issued the results of their investigation into the CenturyLink response to the cable break last year. In the report, state regulatory staff recommendation to the commission is order more than $170,000 in penalties against the company. Now we wait to see what the UTC Commission has to say. Government moves slowly.

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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) Troy Fitzgerald Niebling. In cooperation with state Department Of Corrections the Niebling 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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Coffee & Conversation At Whale Museum

Come to The Whale Museum for “Coffee & Conversation”September 5th ( Friday 9 a.m. to 10 a.m) , this is a great time to come in and enjoy light refreshments while getting to know the Museum better.

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Two Car Crash On SJI

On Wednesday afternoon at 4:55 p.m. a two vehicle collision occurred on Bailer Hill Rd north of Kanaka Bay Rd resulting in minor injuries to a Friday Harbor woman.

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SJI Dinner To Support Multiple Sclerosis Society

ig_SO_MSAA-Logo-001 (8k image)Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM, Charis Pruitt is putting on a Spaghetti Dinner to support Multiple Sclerosis Society. Cost: $10 per person; at the SJI American Legion Downstairs.

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Request For Service Projects

The first semester FHHS Community Service-Learning Class will begin August 28th. This class utilizes committed adult mentors who will guide students through the completion of a service project related to community improvement - both locally and globally.

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Caring & Giving At The Fair

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( Gabby Baisch draws a "winning" name -SJICF photo)

The Community Foundation was gratified by the amazing generosity of islanders last week at the 2014 San Juan County Fair when over $31,000 was donated to eight different projects featured in the matching program. This amount was raised in just the four days of the Fair!

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Dog Rushes Deputies, Dog Tasered

On August 13, 2014 deputies responded to the area of the fairgrounds in Friday Harbor on a reported dog bite and aggressive dogs. Deputies had to deploy a Taser at the dog as he rushed toward the deputy. The animal was not injured.
Read additional law enforcement calls from 08/13/14 thru 08/19/14

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Free Sailboat Ride

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COME SAILING in the San Juan Islands on a classic wood sailboat (free). Qwner can take 1 or 2 crew at a time. It's important that one of the crew has considerable experience. Why is a crew needed?

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Victor Prescott

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1922 ~ 2014

Born in Los Angeles on Dec. 4, 1922, Victor spent his 91 years full of curiosity about the world around him. He shared his excitement about science, math, history and ideas with his children, Viki, Rick, Larry and Colleen, and he instilled in each a dedication to learning throughout life.

[Mr. Prescott's obituary -and three columns and photos by Mary Kalbert on his military service- are posted below]

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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.
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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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