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Gaylord Welcomes New Guidance on Marijuana Laws

Randy_Gaylord-09 (28k image)Prosecuting Attorney Randall K. Gaylord has announced he is supportive of the recent Department of Justice memo (pdf 526\k file) stating the priorities for marijuana-related conduct in light of the recent initiatives in the states of Colorado and Washington which legalize some possession and use of marijuana by adults.

The new priorities will not preempt the new Washington law, provided the laws are implemented and enforced in a way that protects the public.

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Many Questions At SJI Hospital Meeting

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The Hospital District #1 Board Meeting on Wednesday was well attended and contentious, as both sides showed frustration as the Board and members of the public discussed the recent opinion (Related Story) by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (AG) that public hospitals -such as the Peace Island Medical Center on San Juan Island- cannot deny “services or information including contraceptive care, [and] voluntary termination of pregnancy care.”

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Larsen On SJI Wednesday

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Congressman Rick Larsen, will be on San Juan Island to review the Cattle Point Road project with the County Council, and later hold a roundtable discussion with veterans -including the County Veterans Advisory Board; All veterans are welcome.

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Grief Support Group Offered

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Hospice of San Juan Grief Support Services offers a professionally facilitated Grief Support Group. This is an opportunity for sharing experiences and providing tools and resources for coping with grief.

This service is offered free of charge to all participants, and will be facilitated by Lenore Bayuk, MN, ACNS: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm for 8 weeks, beginning September 10.

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FH Waterfront Memorial Benches Available

The Friday Harbor has a long history of providing benches for residents and visitors in the downtown core through its Memorial Bench Program. Many of these benches are the result of donations from individuals who wish to leave a lasting memorial for a friend or loved one, honor a mentor or mark a special occasion.

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In recognition of the thousands of public safety personnel that have been called to serve their city, state and country each and every day, Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed the week of August 25 - September 1, 2013 to be “Stand With Those Who Serve Week” in the state of Washington.

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Concours d'Elegance Sunday

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The Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of San Juan Island, will present the 7th annual Concours d'Elegance community fund raiser on Sunday August 25. All interesting cars and motorcycles are most welcome, and the featured marque for 2013 will be Ford performance cars, honoring the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40.

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State Weighs In On Reproductive Rights

ig_Bob_Ferguson-001 (40k image)Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson recently issue an opinion that state law does not allow public (but does allow private) hospitals to deny “services or information including contraceptive care, voluntary termination of pregnancy care, and other services;” and that includes “voluntary termination of pregnancy care, as required by RCW 9.02.160.”

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FH Fire Related Port Meeting Draws Crowd

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(Tenants Mike & Jan Close, & Downriggers owner Debbie Rishe show their frustration -IG photo)

The Port of Friday Harbor held a special meeting on Wednesday to start the process of rebuilding the fire destroyed Downriggers restaurant in Friday Harbor, that also displaced a number of downstairs commercial businesses.

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20 Grants To Restore Puget Sound & SJC shorelines

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has begun distributing $12 million in funding for 18 projects to protect and restore the natural shorelines in Puget Sound, and 2 projects in San Juan County.

The Friends of the San Juans will use $69,975.00 in grant funds for a Brown Island Feeder Bluff Bulkhead Removal project.

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Council Signs Transfer Station Contract With Orcas Recyling

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(Rick Hughes & Peter Moe sign, Bob Jarman waits his turn -Stan Matthews photos)

The San Juan Council unanimously approved a contract with Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) to provide solid waste and recycling handling services at the Orcas Island Transfer Station. ORS and San Juan County Public Works expect that ORS will begin operations in September.

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SJI On "All Things Considered"

Lime Kiln Point State Park and The Whale Museum will be featured in a story on KPLU Public Radio this Thursday, August 22. It's part of a series KPLU is running called "Tourist in Your Own Town."

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SJI Community Foundation Winner Is:

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At the conclusion of the 2013 San Juan County Fair, volunteer Zach Fincher reached into the glass jar that held names of all contributors at the San Juan Island Community Foundation’s booth - and drew out the name of Helen Sawyer!

That gave Helen the opportunity to select the nonprofit beneficiary of a bonus $1,001 from the Foundation.

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New Record System For PeaceHealth Clinic

FRIDAY HARBOR - To better serve patients by using newer health care technologies, PeaceHealth clinics are switching to a new electronic health record (EHR) known as Epic. The clinic at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center (PIMC) will transition to Epic on September 1.

“Timely information is critical to high quality patient care,” said Jim Barnhart, Chief Administrative Officer for PIMC. “Our new EHR system is a more powerful tool to effectively help PeaceHealth clinicians better manage their patients’ care.”

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After The Fire, Now What

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(All that remains of Downriggers-IG photo)

The Port of Friday Harbor and the displaced business owners will sit down on Monday (-8-19-13) to receive a status report from Port officials, the owner of the property and the Downriggers building that recently burned , and review some of their options.

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Larsen To Meet Vets Wednesday


ig_Rick_Larsen-3 (33k image)(DATE CHANGE TO 8-28-13)Congressman Rick Larsen, WA-02, will hold five roundtable discussions with veterans in the coming weeks, including one in Friday Harbor on Wednesday. All veterans are welcome.

A Larsen press release said the meeting will be an opportunity “to come to learn about Rick’s work for veterans in Congress and services for veterans available through his Everett and Bellingham offices;” and “Rick also wants to hear from you about your thoughts and concerns about veterans’ issues. The Friday Harbor meeting on Wednesday, (08-28-13) will be held from 3:00 4:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 163, 110 1st Street.

Council Heads For Mon Orcas Meeting

the San Juan County Council will conduct a public hearing at the Eastsound Fire Station, Orcas on Monday, (08-19-13) at 10:15 AM. To hear public comments on the proposed SJC Solid Waste Systems Operations and Service Agreement (Orcas Solid Waste Facility) between the County & Orcas Recycling Services.

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Downriggers Restaurant Burns

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(Contributed photo)

(UPDATED 12:05 pm) San Juan Island Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a fully involved structure fire at 10 Front Street, a building with several businesses including Downriggers Restaurant at 2:40 a.m. Saturday.

A scheduled BBQ at the county fair at 4:30 on Saturday will now be a fund raiser for the employes who have found themselves without a job as a result of the fire. The dinner was originally planned as a fund raiser for the Purple and Gold donation fund.

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Orcas Fire & Rescue Report & 2014 Budget Hearing Sep 10

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue will begin the 2014 Budget process with a public hearing at the September 10, BOFC (Board of Fire Commissioners) meeting.

The OIFR Board of Fire Commissioners is currently in the process of evaluating the draft 2013-2018 Strategic Plan crafted by 15 stakeholder members of the community and OIFR.

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It's County Fair Time

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(What's a fair without a watermelon eating contest -IG photos)

More new photos below

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Tetra Brazil Soccer Camp

ig_IR_TetraBrazil-001 (41k image)SJI Island Rec - TetraBrazil brings the flair and passion of Brazilian soccer to Friday Harbor; August 19-23. TetraBrazil Soccer Camps provide players with the opportunity to experience first-hand the kind of soccer training that has made Brazil the most successful soccer nation in the world.

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SJI Community Foundation County Fair Match

The San Juan Island Community Foundation invites all Fairgoers to visit its Fair booth in the main hall this week to learn about eight critical community projects. This is far more than information sharing - it’s an opportunity for every dollar raised during the four days of the Fair to be matched 50% by the Community Foundation. The eight community projects to be featured at this year’s Fair are:

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“Harbor Life Ring” Launched By Town & Family Resource Center

ig_frc_Life_Ring-001 (32k image)The Town of Friday Harbor (Town)and the Family Resource Center (FRC) are proud to announce their updated joint project Harbor Life Ring, to assist members of the community that are experiencing financial hardship. “We hope this new name and effort will strengthen the program, now that we are seeing more people in need” said FRC Director Joyce Sobel.

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Want To Run A Shipyard?

The Port of Friday Harbor is soliciting proposals from qualified parties to lease and operate a shipyard in part or whole. For more information please view the full RFP on the Port of Friday Harbor’s website at

Winter Means Potential Outages

OPALCO asks "Are you Ready for Outages?". Their suggestion is to take small steps now to ensure your safety and comfort. OPALCO's system is ready for wind, rain and cold temperatures. Their linemen are ready to respond at all hours to restore power.

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911 Still Works W/Out 360

Just to make sure you know: With the new area code and 10 digit dialing, 911 does NOT require an area code to get to the correct PSAP. 911 works without an area code.

Summer Forever For You

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YOU try being five months old and keeping the schedule I keep. You’d be exhausted too! Being a kitten is hard work and here at the animal shelter there is so much to do.

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FHHS Holiday Wreath Sale

ig_FHHS_WreathSale-03 (46k image)The Friday Harbor High School Senior Class of 2018/PTSA is now taking orders for their annual Holiday Wreath sale. Get your beautiful, aromatic, long-lasting, 24” Northwest Noble Fir wreath with pinecones, berries, and a handmade bow in the color of your choice for only $25.00.

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Linda Ann Felthous

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December 15, 1948 ~ August 19, 2017

Linda Ann Felthous, 68, died of natural causation in Bothell, Washington on August 19, 2017. Linda was born on December 15, 1948 in Yakima, Washington, daughter of Robert A. Felthous and Agnetta W. Felthous. She graduated from Selah High School in the class of 1967.

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FH Meet Rick Larson Sunday: Vet Forum

Sunday, October 15, 201, Friday Harbor - from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the American Legion Post 163, 110 1st Street and Court Street, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will host six Veterans Forums in San Juan, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. The forums, which begin on October 15th, are opportunities for veterans to receive updates on legislation affecting them.

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Sign Up Now For Window Sills In Winter

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Brighten your winter home with your favorite herbs, Jonny Jump Ups, or maybe succulents, in whimsical window sill planters. You will be provided with a selection of containers, plants and seeds. Expert guidance, proper potting medium and a warm beverage complete this SJI Garden Club class.

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October is National Co-op Month

Co-ops in the San Juan Islands are teaming up to celebrate National Co-op month.

OPALCO, San Juan Island Food Co-op and Orcas Food Co-op are all hosting member appreciation events this month to celebrate the benefits of co-ops.

As member-owned and member-controlled businesses, cooperatives commit to meeting the needs of their members and building stronger communities. Cooperatives strengthen the local economy, generate local jobs, and are committed to giving back to our island communities.

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Free Facebook Marketing Workshop

Social media is revolutionizing the way we use the internet, and its low- or no-cost tools can be used by small businesses to achieve remarkable results. Join the EDC to learn more about Facebook marketing at a FREE workshop on Wednesday, October 25th on San Juan Island.

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SJI County Conservation District Voluntary Stewardship Program All Islands

SJI County Conservation District Voluntary Stewardship Program All Islands:
* Monday, October 9th, Lopez Island; 5:30-6:30 PM, Lopez Library
* Tuesday, October 10th, Orcas Island; 5:30-6:30 PM, Orcas Food Co-op
* Wednesday, October 11th, San Juan Island; 5:30-6:30 PM, CD Office, 530 Guard St.
For more information, please contact the San Juan Islands Conservation District at 360-378-6621 or

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SJC Earthquake Drill On The 19th

So far, nearly 1100 people in the islands are involved for a so-called Shakeout Drill., including two school districts, a daycare, county government, local businesses, and household participants. You can become a part of it signing up at

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County Adopts Shoreline Plan

San Juan County updated its SMP in accordance with the state Shoreline Management Act with the overall goal of preventing inherent harm during development of the state’s shorelines.

On September 19, 2017, County Council held a public hearing, deliberated on public comments and adopted Ordinance 11-2017.

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Orcas Hiker Rescued On Summit Trail

October 4, 2017. 530pm. Crews from Orcas Island Fire and Rescue units have been on scene since approximately 10:00am for a stranded hiker in the Northwest corner of Mountain Lake.

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FH Port To Purchase Jensen Shipyard For $2M+/-??

(Updated 10:30am 10-04-17) The Friday Harbor Port Commission will hold a special Meeting at Spring Street Landing, 10 Front Street, Suite #105, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 4:15pm, and an agenda item is the discussion of a timeline and process of due diligence needed before entering into a Memorandum of Understanding:

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Land Bank Seeks Input

The Land Bank is seeking public comment -Friday, October 13, 5:30 at the Brick Works- on the DRAFT Westside Conservation Corridor Stewardship and Management Plan , an updated and combined plan for the Limekiln, Deadman Bay, and Westside Preserves.

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SJI EMT Of The Month -And Saves A Woman’s Life Too

ig_Robin_DeLazerda_emt-001 (49k image)San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services Emergency Medical Technician Robin DelaZerda was named EMT of the month for September 2017. In addition to being a volunteer EMT, she's a county dispatcher in the Sheriff's Office, a volunteer EMT Association Treasurer and a mother.
In September, Robin saved the life of a 72-year-old woman dining at a local Friday Harbor restaurant.

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Orcas Montessori School Awarded Grant

San Juan County and the Orcas Montessori School are pleased to announce the award of a Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block grant in the amount of $436,000. This grant will fund the expansion project at the Orcas Montessori School.

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SJ IIsland Rec - Step into Health

Looking for a new lunch time routine? Step into a weekly serious of one-hour walks throughout Friday Harbor. This free drop-in program sponsored by Peacehealth - Peace Island Medical Center, is six Wednesdays, October 4 - November 8 from Noon-1pm.

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APSFH Volunteer of the Month

ig_Jan_Sowder-001 (64k image)The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor announced Jan Sowder as the Volunteer of the Month for September. Jan started volunteering at the animal shelter during the summer and has been a familiar face ever since. She spends time cuddling, walking, petting and brushing the animals and is indispensable when it comes to cleaning kennels, washing dishes, cleaning cat boxes and helping with adoptions. Congratulations Jan and thanks for all your help.

Yup, I'm The Pet Of The Week

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Holy Cow. I’m Batman. I also go by the name of “Max”. You know, in ancient times, big ears were thought of as a sign of royalty and higher intelligence. OK. I made that up. To be honest, I’m really not sure if my ears are big or my head is small….I can’t decide.

If you like big ears on a fellow, you should stop by the animal shelter and meet me. My ears would love a good rubbing…

Meeting On Life Care Center

A public meeting to hold a general discussion on the upcoming closing of the Life Care Center in Friday Harbor is scheduled for Monday (09-25-17)5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, at the Mullis Center.

Mitchell Hill Hike

Saturday September 23rd, 1:00 to 4:00 pm: Join David Harsh, retired from the National Park Service, and SJI Trails members on a beautiful deep-forest walk at Mitchell Hill.

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APSFH Volunteer of the Month

ig_Kim_Grotle-001 (50k image)The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced Kim Grotle a Volunteer of the Month. Kim has been a volunteer for the shelter for almost two years and this is the second time she has been named Volunteer of the Month. Not only does Kim help out around the shelter by walking dogs, cuddling cats and doing odd jobs, she also is invaluable at APS fundraising events. The board of directors and staff wish to extend a hearty thank-you to Kim for everything she does to help the animals.

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