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Children’s Festival Poster Contest Winners


Island Rec has announced the winners of the Annual Children’s Festival Poster Contest.

1st Place: Melinda Joy
2nd: Lyla Ovenell
3rd: Sam Herda
Honorable Mentions: Felicity Schubert and Sarah Schubert

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Teen Flashlight Easter SJI Egg Hunt

 

If you thought looking for Easter eggs was kid stuff, try finding one in the dark! Bring a flashlight and a basket and join us at this special egg hunt just for teens. Beach Bonfire after. Find a Golden egg and win a gift card! Friday April 19th from 8:30-9:30pm at Jackson Beach, for grades 6-12. Check out all of Island Rec’s events at www.islandrec.org




SJI Community Arts Theatre Society (CATS) Annual Fund Raiser

 

ig_sjct_CATS_ElegantEdibles_04-20-19-01 (53k image)The Elegant Edibles Easter Bake Sale will be held this year at the Mullis Center on Saturday, April 20. Doors open at 10 am and the sale ends at 1:00. Arrive early to select your favorite island baked treats.




SJC Waters Still Safe For Shellfish Harvest


The Washington State Department of Health’s annual water quality evaluation for commercial shellfish harvest areas will result in harvest restrictions in one area, and 18 additional areas will be listed as “threatened,” but San Juan County has once again stayed off the list. Shellfish harvest areas currently meeting water quality standards, but threatened with restrictions due to bacterial pollution include:

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Owner Closes Down Hardened Arms In FH


(UPDATED 12:20 AM, 04-17-19) Multiple sources reported The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms showed up at Hardened Arms in Friday Harbor on Tuesday, and closed them down, however Pat Merlino, the owner of Hardened Arms, states the reports are not true, and that he closed down the operation due to "declining sales;" a statement also verified by the production manager of Hardened Arms.

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Town Hosts Spring Cleanup April 22-26


The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to offer its residential refuse customers a one-time-only curbside pickup of items that are too large or too heavy for their refuse cans the week of April 22-26. “The Town saw an opportunity to encourage neighborhood cleanups and to assist our customers with their spring cleaning efforts,” said Town Administrator Duncan Wilson.

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Local Union Sues Their Union


A federal lawsuit was filed today in the U.S. District Court in Seattle against the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union, and its regional affiliate, Council 2, Washington State Council of County and City Employees (WSCCCE), AFSCME.

Two local unions organized under the AFSCME banner, Local 1849 of San Juan County and Local 114 of Bellingham, as well as Union members Colin Maycock, who is the President of Local 1849 and who also serves as a member of Council 2’s Executive Board, and Jael Komac, who likewise serves as President of Local 114, filed suit alleging Union officials have deliberately withheld critical financial information from the Union’s rank-and-file membership.

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Meetings on Oil Spill Responses


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The Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA) is hosting community meetings in April for those wanting to learn more about IOSA and explore opportunities for getting involved in local oil spill response efforts.
Any and all are invited!
• Tuesday April 16th from 5:30 - 6:30pm at the Orcas School Cafeteria
• Wednesday April 17th from 5:30 - 6:30pm at the Lopez Island Community Center
• Thursday April 18th from 5:30 - 6:30pm at the San Juan Island Grange

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Jobs Galore At FH "Job Fair"


ACE Hardware, Animal Inn, Browne’s Home Center, Friday Harbor Drugstore, King’s Market, Market Place Grocery, Mike Carlson Enterprises, Peace Health, Peter Schmidt Construction, San Juan Bistro, San Juan County Sheriff Dispatch…

These are some of the employers waiting to meet YOU at the JOB Fair on Sunday, April 14 at the Mullis Community Center.

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SJI Easter Basket Sale


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Peace Island Medical Center Volunteers' annual Easter Basket Sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2019 at the PIMC clinic lobby, 1117 Spring Street in Friday Harbor. These baskets are not just for children.

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SJ Singers & The Chameleons Fri & Sat


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The beat goes on, with more hit songs from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. For two nights only, April 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., the San Juan Singers take the stage with The Chameleons, a favorite local rock band at San Juan Community Theatre.

The lineup will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along. Favorites like “We Will Rock You”; “Africa”; “Heartache Tonight”; “Landslide”; “Fly Like an Eagle”; and so many more.

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Wells On The Shoreline In San Juan County


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

Even though I have been in this business for 24 years, on almost every transaction I learn something new. During 2018, I learned how difficult it is to develop a residential home on waterfront lot that is reliant upon a private water system.

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Support libraries on Library Giving Day Wednesday


The first-ever nationwide Library Giving Day takes place Wednesday, April 10, providing library users and other community members a unique opportunity to support these vital institutions through philanthropy.

The Washington State Library (WSL) and Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) are proudly participating in Library Giving Day. On a new donation a new donation web page for the State Library, contributions of any size can be made via credit card to help each institution provide resources and services for all Washington residents.

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Get Paid To Conduct 2020 Census

 

ig_G_F_2020_Census-001 (82k image)The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring supervisory and non-supervisory census takers for San Juan County, at $18.50 to $25.50 an hour. Applicants may apply on line at 2020census.gov/jobs.

The job is said to provide flexible hours, weekly pay, and the training for the job is also paid. For more information, call 855-562-2020.




Local "Earthquake Swarm” Over 4 Days

 

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(Pacific Northwest Seismic Network screenshot)


Of the 25 quakes that recently occurred in the San Juan areas, one of them below San Juan Island was the largest, with a magnitude recorded at 2.9.

In addition to numerous local reports of having felt the quakes, there was also one report in Victoria.




Washington's Wolf Population Increases For 10th Straight Year


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(WDFW photo of the male member of the new Diobsud Creek pack in Skagit County)


In 2018, for the first time, WDFW documented the presence of a pack west of the Cascade Crest. A single male wolf in Skagit County, captured in 2016 and fitted with a radio collar, has been traveling with a female wolf through the winter, thereby achieving pack status. Biologists chose the pack's name - Diobsud Creek.

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Chamber Concert SJC Community Theatre


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Melodious Notes Over the Harbor Concert, was held Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 pm in the Whittier Theatre. The concert included the favorite "Moonlight Sonata" by Beethoven, played by Kay Zavislak, part of the Chopin "Cello Sonata" with Sasha Von Dassow, and part of the Hummel "Bassoon Concerto" with Pat Nelson. The following musicians performed: Elizabeth Schaltenbrand, piano; Kay Zavislak, piano; Kim Breilein, flute; Sue Collado, clarinet; Pat Nelson, bassoon; Hannekke Klein Robbenhaar, violin and viola; and Sasha von Dassow, cello.

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SJI Park Seeks “Fox Brigade” Volunteers


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San Juan Island National Historical Park is seeking volunteers for a Fox Brigade to help protect the foxes and their spring kits in the American Camp prairie. This area has become a major destination site to see the newborn fox kits in recent years.

Individuals interested can stop by the American Camp Visitor Center for an open house meeting on Thursday, April 11th at 10:00 am for more information and to sign up.

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SJI Fire & SJC Hospital Boards Vote To Become One


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(Fire & Hospital District Commissioners on Tuesday -IG photo)


A year ago the boards of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 (SJCPHD #1), San Juan County Fire Protection District #3 (FD #3), and the Town of Friday Harbor (“Town”), appointed a Citizen’s Advisory Group (CAG) to study and make a recommendation as to the wisdom of combining the fire department and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Three days ago the two District Commissioners were presented with a 117 page comprehensive report, that made the following recommendation:

Within the next two years, the two Boards (S]CPHD #1 and FD #3) and the Town of Friday Harbor, with the support of the San Juan County Council, will integrate S]IEMS and FD #3 into one organization with a single leadership structure.

On Tuesday the two boards held a public meeting and voted to accept the recommendation in the report. The following is a short summary of the “CAG Report on Possible Integration of EMS and Fire:

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FHHS Band Wins Three Superior Ratings


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"Friday Harbor High School’s Band students earned three superior ratings at the San Juan Music Educator Association Large Group Band Festival at Western Washington University on March 28, 2019.

Sixty high school students from the school’s Jazz band, the “Zero hour” band, and the Concert band classes traveled to Bellingham for one of the two days of the festival. This annual regional festival includes schools from MT Vernon to the Canadian border.

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Statement From State On Vaccines


ig_John_Wiesman-001 (24k image)Statement by Dr. John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH

“Engrossed House Bill 1638 aims to remove the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine required for school and child care entry. The department supports this bill and all policies that remove the personal or philosophical belief exemption for the MMR vaccine and all required vaccines for child care and school entry.

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Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery Student Presentation Sunday


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Sunday, March 31st 6:00 p.m., The Whale Museum: Come join the Reardan FFA Agricultural Issues team as they perform their presentation titled “Is Washington Doing Enough to Save Puget Sound’s Southern Resident Killer Whales?”

The Agricultural Issues Forum is an FFA Leadership Development Event that requires students to research an agricultural or natural resources issue and equitably present both sides of the issue.

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Dining for Scholars: Thursday, March 28


No cooking needed on Thursday March 28th! Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at one of the participating restaurants for a great cause.
The annual SJI Service Scholarship event ‘Dining for Scholars asks the public to support the local restaurants that support local scholarships by dining out at one of the participating restaurants on Thursday March 28th. The more our community members dine out, the more funding for the SJI Service Scholarship recipients!

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Small Craft Advisory Issued For Wednesday

 

ig_G_NWS_SmallCraftWarning-001 (30k image)The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Small Craft Advisory...which is in effect from 5 AM to 2 PM PDT Wednesday.

* WIND AND WAVES...East winds 15 to 25 knots. Wind waves 2 to 4 feet. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A Small Craft Advisory means that wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.




Friday Harbor Man Killed In Auto/Tree Accident

 

At approximately 05:30 am the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Egg Lake Road and Three Meadows Road on a report of a vehicle versus tree accident. Upon arrival the driver, a local Friday Harbor man, was found deceased. It is unclear the exact cause of the accident and an investigation is underway.

The driver was the only occupant in the vehicle. His name is being withheld pending notification of his family. It is believed that speed played a major role in the accident.




SJI Fire & Rescue Come To Aid Of Kayaker

 

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When a kayaker off Dinner Island notified 911 that they were out of their boat and in the water, San Juan Island Fire and Rescue and San Juan Island EMS worked together to make a rescue. The teams on Fireboat 1 found the kayaker out of the water and safe on Dinner Island. The kayaker was taken to Jackson Beach where the individual was treated and released at the scene.




SJIMA Family Art Days


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Greeting Spring is the new program of Family Art Days (FAD) at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). The informal classes start on Saturday, April 6 at 540 Spring Street in Friday Harbor. The classes are held in the cozy upstairs workshop area from 1-5 on most Saturdays.

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Boyfriend Stabbed, Sheriff Looking For Girlfriend

 

Around 12:00 on March 21st, 2019 the Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in Friday Harbor on a reported stabbing. The victim, the boyfriend of the suspect, was taken to the hospital for his injuries. The suspect is Justy Jean Davidson of Friday Harbor. She is in her late 20's, 5’ 02”, 130 lbs with brown hair and hazel eyes. It is unknown where she went or who she is with at this time.


The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to immediately call 378-4151.




American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Centennial Tea Event


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The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help war-time veteran's organization. Also founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world's largest women's patriotic service organization. On March 23. RSVP by email to ALAuxsheila@gmail.com by March 21st.

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Friday Harbor Unit 163 is hosting a Centennial Tea Event honoring 100 years of volunteer service. You are cordially invited to attend this family friendly party on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 1pm-3pm at the American Legion Friday Harbor Post 163, 110 Spring St. South on the Sundeck level.

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Fish For Teeth Mobile Dental Clinic To Friday Harbor


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Islanders unable to afford dental care can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 at the Mullis Senior Center, at 589 Nash St., Friday Harbor.

Patients are seen by appointment only. Pick up applications at the San Juan Island Family Resource Center or the county health department, or download them at www.fishforteeth.com. Submit applications to the San Juan County health department on Rhone Street. Volunteers, not health department employees, determine scheduling based on severity and space. Usually, about 30 people are treated during a two-day clinic.

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Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses

 

The SJ County Department of Emergency Management and Economic Development Council will present a training on Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses. The class will provide basic information about the risks to the islands, and will offer some simple tools and approaches to help businesses prepare. Register online at: www.sanjuandem.net/2019BusinessPrep . Friday Harbor:Tuesday, March 26th, 8:30am - 10:30am at Heritage Bank, 535 Market Street. Eastsound: 1:30pm -3:30pm, Orcas Island Library, 500 Rose Street




New Policies On Shoreline Development


The Department of Community Development (DCD) has issued a new policy about the development of residential appurtenances in the shoreline jurisdiction and has addressed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about shoreline development in a new bulletin.

DCD developed these documents to help the public better understand the County’s code requirements for development proposed within 200 feet of the Ordinary High Water Mark.

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19 Cent Gas Tax Coming


By Todd Myers

Last November, voters rejected Initiative 1631 by a wide margin, 57-43. It centered around a carbon tax that would have added 13 cents to a gallon of gas. However, the Senate Transportation Committee adopted a carbon and gas tax package that would, instead, increase the cost of a gallon by 19 cents.

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Grumbling Over 36 More Growlers


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Sound Defense Alliance has released the following press release:

Coupeville, WA. In an unprecedented move and over the objections of thousands of citizens and local, state and federal officials, the Navy formalized its decision to add 36 EA-18G “Growlers” to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and to quadruple flight operations at Outlying Field Coupeville.

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Hill of Thrills Build-a-Racer Workshop


ig_IR_SoapBox_2018-01 (71k image)This year Island Rec is offering a how-to workshop on building your car for the Hill of Thrills race, led by STEM veteran Cecil Dent. Utilize tools and workshop space at the FH High School's STEM building. Get ideas and hands-on assistance to craft and assemble alongside Cecil.

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Master Gardener 2019 Interns


ig_MG_Class_2019-001 (94k image)Congratulations to the 28 community members who completed 60 hours of classroom and online training on vegetable and fruit gardening, use of native plants, forestry, ornamental and landscape gardening, composting, plant problem diagnosis, pest control and integrated pest management, soils and more to become WSU Master Gardener Interns.

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Get Ready: FH Soap Box Race


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The fourth running of the now famous Island Rec Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race on Sunday, May 19. This is a classic old-fashioned ‘gravity’ race where people run their homemade non-motorized contraptions down Grover St. by the elementary school.

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Property Taxes Due April 30 Plan Ahead Mail Early


San Juan County Treasurer, Rhonda Pederson would like to remind county property owners that the first installment of property taxes and personal property taxes are due April 30.
If you mail, MAIL EARLY - all San Juan County mail goes to Seattle for processing.

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Say Goodbye To Dating


ig_SO_PetWeek-Arlo-002 (56k image)Ladies, are you tired of one-night stands and awkward blind dates?
Look no further. . . I’m Arlo, your knight in shining armor waiting for you at the APS-FH.
I’m a true gentleman that doesn’t kiss and tell and promise I always put the toilet seat down.
To make it a date, visit me at our gorgeous new pad located at 938 Cattle Point Road Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Or call my staff at 360.378.2159 - See You Soon!




Call For SJI Trail Volunteers


The SJI Trails committee will have a work party next Tuesday, April 16th, from 4-6pm on San Juan Island. Meet at the golf course parking lot at the south trailhead of the 1/4 mile Minnie Mae trail. (This is a section of the American Camp Trail).

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Possible Changes To Clean Water Rule


The Washington Department of Ecology is notifying the public that it appears the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to reverse the clean water rule in Washington state. EPA’s 30-day comment period began April 8, 2019, without notification to Ecology, tribes, or the public.

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SJI Fire Training Sunday Mullis & Argyle


an Juan Island Fire and Rescue is conducting a live fire training in the wooded area east of the District’s main station, 1011 Mullis Street in Friday Harbor, Sunday, April 14, 2019.
The live fire training is scheduled between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. During that time residents will see smoke in the area around Mullis Street and Friday Harbor Airport.

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WiFi Hotspots Available On SJI


San Juan Island Library announced today that it is making available WiFi hotspots. People over the age of 18 can check out a hotspot device for three weeks to receive internet service via a cell tower. The program is free of charge, and is partially supported by a San Juan Island Community Foundation grant.

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Time To Vote In OPACO Election


The 2019 OPALCO Board of Directors Election is open now through April 10, 2019, 10:00 AM.

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Table Tennis Tournament Winners


Congratulations to first place Marcus Lum of Mount Vernon, second place Joe Kantor of Anacortes, and third place San Juan Island local Roger Paul for being big winners in the 8th Annual Table Tennis Tournament this weekend in SJ Island Rec Singles bracket.

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SJI Park Looking For "Teacher Ranger Teacher Program


ig_G_NP_TeacherRanger-001 (36k image)San Juan Island National Historical Park announces that it is accepting applications for the 2019 Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT) program. Teacher Ranger Teacher is a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend the summer acquiring new skills in experiential learning through a program provided by a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and the University of Colorado-Denver (CUD).

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APSFH Volunteer Of The Month


ig_SO_StorrieArnold-001 (45k image)The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced that Storrie Arnold is the Volunteer of the Month for April.

Storrie became a volunteer at the animal shelter at the beginning of the year and has been a wonderful addition to the organization. She visits the shelter each week to walk and socialize with the dogs and cats. She is also very helpful with cleaning and does not mind washing windows! Storrie is super sweet and a real joy to be around.




Just In Time For Summer


ig_SO_PetWeek-Sister-001 (59k image)YES, IT’S TRUE - Swimsuit season is right around the corner and I am ready to hit the beach! If you would like to hang out with me in the sun, maybe share a glass of lemonade, come on over to the animal shelter. My name is Sister, I will be the one wearing a yellow tankini.




Wolf Hollow Open House Saturday


ig_WH_Logo-002 (40k image)Have you ever wondered where seal pups housed, or what enclosures are needed to rehabilitate eagles?

Saturday, 11 AM to 3 PM is an opportunity to find out.

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SJ Writer Demuth On Orcas Lit Fest Panel


San Juan Island writer Cere Demuth will be featured at the Orcas Island Lit Fest (OILF) as a panelist on Saturday, April 6. She will join Heart Berries memoirist Terese Marie Mailhot, Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know, and Kickflip Boys author Neal Thompson on the Orcas Center Main Stage at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday.

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Safe On The Rocks


April 6th is the SAFE San Juans’ third annual Safe on the Rocks 5k race. Orcas is April 13, and Lopez on April 20. This is in honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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Larsen To View A War Never Ends At SJIMA


ig_IMA-TheWarThatNeverEnds-001 (75k image)The San Juan County Council will be attending a community event with Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) to visit the opening of A War Never Ends presented by the San Juan County Vietnam veterans and American Legions at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 3:15 pm. Following the exhibition tour on Saturday, April 6 at 3:15 pm, Larsen will talk informally with veterans, their families and visitors.

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April 4th is Arbor Day in Friday Harbor


The Town of Friday Harbor will celebrate its second annual Arbor Day this Thursday, April 4, 2019. The public is invited to join in recognizing the event.

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Citizen’s Advisory Group Final Report Tuesday


San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be holding a Special Board Meeting jointly with San Juan County Fire Protection District No. 3 on April 2, 2019, 5:00 p.m., to be held at the Fire District offices located at 1011 Mullis Street. The Town of Friday Harbor is also sending a representative. The purpose of this meeting will be to hear the final report of the Citizen’s Advisory Group.

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Open Positions On FH Arts Commission.


The Town is accepting applications for two open positions on the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). Commissioners are unpaid volunteers who represent the interests of the Town, community, and local artists in advising the Town Council on the cultivation, selection, acquisition, and placement of public art.

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Hearing on the Draft Lopez Village Subarea Plan


Amendments and the addition of new development regulations to San Juan County Code Title 18, and new standard plans and an implementation plan are proposed. Amendments and additions to the SJC Comprehensive Plan are also included in the proposed ordinance. See the proposed ordinance at www.sanjuanco.com/909/Lopez-Village-Subarea-Plan

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SJI Safe On The Rocks 5k


ig_SO_SafeSJs_LOGO-001 (22k image)April 6th is set for the SAFE San Juans’ third annual Safe on the Rocks 5k. This is in honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This well-lit fun run and walk will feature glow sticks, glow paint and a post-race event with music, snacks, and more. SAFE on the Rocks will have something fun for everyone.

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Fairgrounds Flea & Craft Market


Mark your calendars, our Spring Flea & Craft Market will be on Saturday, April 20th from 9:00am until 1:00pm in the main building at the San Juan County Fairgrounds! Booth space for Flea & Craft Market vendors is $27, which includes one 8’x 30” table & two chairs.

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Dental Van To FH & Lopez


The SmileMobile, a three chair mobile dental van which travels the state offering dental services to children, teens and pregnant women who might not otherwise have access to dental care, will be in Friday Harbor the week of April 8 - 12, 2019 and on Lopez Island the week of April 15-19, 2019.

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$1,000 + Youth Leadership Camp


ig_B_OPALCO_YouthLeaderCamp-001 (55k image)OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors of OPALCO member households.

Applications are available online at www.opalco.com and are due by 4:30 pm on Friday, April 12th.

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Orcas Island Lit Fest


The Orcas Island Lit Fest (OILF), an annual celebration of literature and community is continuing its commitment to children and families by offering its second annual Kids’ Fest featuring an open mic for kids and teens during the Lit Walk on Friday, April 5, 5-6 p.m. at Emmanuel Parish Hall. Kids of all ages can read an original poem, an essay or an excerpt from their own fiction or nonfiction work. To reserve a spot at the open mic, e send your proposed reading and contact details to info@oilf.org by Monday, March 25

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SJI Park & Rec Commission Vacancy


San Juan Island Park and Recreation District, a junior taxing district on San Juan Island seeks to appoint a new person to its board to fill the position vacated by Commissioner Jacquelyn Reiff’s resignation. The appointment to the Board will run until the November 2019 election.

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Free Basic Boater Education Class


ig_CG_Aux_BoatingClass-001 (41k image) The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary San Juan Islands Detachment is offering a free Washington State Basic Boater Education Course on San Juan Island, April 4 and April 11, 2019 at Skagit Valley College, SJC. The classes will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required and the class is free.

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Low Voltage/Fiber Optic Training


he San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) is partnering with Rock Island to offer free training in low voltage wiring and fiber optic installation at Friday Harbor High School this April. This latest class in the EDC’s Trades Education Initiative is sponsored by the Washington State Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund, the Washington State Department of Commerce, Rock Island, and the San Juan Island School District.

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FHES Breakfast Fund Raiser


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Come out and support the Friday Harbor Elementary PTO and 5th grade science Saturday March 23 8:00-11:30a in the FH Elementary cafeteria. Tickets are available at the Scholastic Book Fair being held at the Elementary School March 19-22, at Marketplace March 12th & 16th, and in the ES office. $8.00 individual & $25.00 family OR $10.00 each at the door.




Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses


The San Juan County Department of Emergency Management and Economic Development Council are teaming up to present a training on Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses. This concise class will provide basic information about the risks to the islands, and will offer some simple tools and approaches to help businesses prepare.

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New Attorney In Town


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( L to R: Mary Stone, Robert Bullock -contributed photo)


Local long-time attorney Mary Stone has announced her firm is expanding with the addition of her new law partner, Robert Bulloch. The firm will now be known as Stone & Bulloch, P.S. “Bob brings over 20 years of legal experience as a litigator and trial attorney along with extensive experience serving clients in estate planning, probate, real estate and elder law”, says Stone

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Volunteers Wanted For New County Disability Advisory Committee


Are you looking for a way to serve your community? San Juan County Elections is looking for persons with disabilities, and providers of services to persons with disabilities, to serve on the Disability Advisory Committee.

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Spring SJI Community Dinner BBQ Wednesday


It’s still too cold to eat outside, so join the FHHS Commons on March 13th from 5:30 -7:30.
The BBQ menu includes BBQ Chicken - oven-roasted chicken legs and thighs served in housemade BBQ sauce & Pulled Pork Slider - smoky shredded pork shoulder served with a housemade roll; and more:


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5 Stars For Lopez Community Land Trust


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Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) teamed up with SAGE Building Solutions, Vandervort Architects and Balderston Associates to build three new homes that have received Certification under Built Green 5 Star, ENERGY STAR Homes, Indoor Air Plus, and DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes programs. (https://www.builtgreen.net).

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Looking For Work?


If you are fortunate enough to live in San Juan County and looking for a job, there are employers in San Juan County eager to talk to you.

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Navy, Once Again, Lends A Hand


A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Lopez Island, Wash., Friday, March 8, 2019.

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Children’s Festival Contest


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SJI’s 29th Annual Children’s Festival is happening Saturday, May 4th, 2019. I am Super is this years theme, & Island Rec needs help to design the poster for this year’s Festival. Kids of all ages are invited to submit poster designs that incorporate this year’s festival theme.

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Add Your Farm To A Tour?


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As we begin the transition back to the warmer months, there are preparations underway to organize the 2019 San Juan County Farm Tours. These annual tours are an important (and fun!) way of showcasing the agricultural heritage of our beautiful islands, providing a valuable source of marketing and visibility both to tourists and fulltime island resident and strengthening connections with our local food systems.

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Grants For Farms & Forests


The state Recreation and Conservation Office is accepting grant applications now in three different programs: 1) to conserve working farms; 2) to conserve working forests; and 3) to build facilities for large boats.

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State Senator Liz Lovelett Coming To FH


ig_Liz_Lovelett-002 (24k image)Liz Lovelett of Anacortes was appointed last month as a new state senator, replacing Kevin Ranker . She will be appearing at the San Juan County Democrats meeting Saturday, March 9, in the community room of Skagit Valley College at 11:45 in Friday Harbor. This will be a regular business meeting, but she will have some time to introduce herself and answer questions to the members of the Party.




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