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County Ferry Cams-sponsored By Islanders Bank

(9:45 am Wed) Elwha vibration issues: out of service. 9:35am Anacortes to Lopez & 10:45am Lopez to Anacortes CANCELLED. Reservations holders priority loaded first come/first serve - will not be charged for no show.

1:00pm Update: Supplemental Sailings: Anacortes to Friday Harbor at 4 p.m., Anacortes to Friday Harbor at 6:45 p.m., Friday Harbor to Anacortes at 8:05 p.m. Note re the Fair: "WSF felt that there is a greater need to move traffic between Anacortes and the islands." i.e. The $

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Council Preempts A County Wide Vote On Enforcement Of Illegal Immigration Laws

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( Initiative supporters Eleanor Hoague & Sharon Arndt answer Council questions Tuesday - SJC Screen Grab )

The County Council held a public hearing on Tuesday to take public comments on a San Juan County Citizen’s Initiative that, in many respects, mirrors actions taken by some states and cities to not enforce, or cooperate with federal officials, on laws related to illegal immigration.

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Looking Toward 2036: Comp Plan Update Review


The preliminary drafts of the Housing Needs Assessment and the Capital Facilities and Utilities Inventories for the 2036 Comprehensive Plan update have been released for preliminary review.

These documents are posted on the County website: HERE under the tabs labeled "Housing" , "Capital Facilities" and "Utilities". Comments on these items can be sent by email to or by regular mail to SJC Department of Community Development, PO Box 947, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.

Exhibit Entry Day Coming Tuesday, August 15

ig_Fair_Poster_2017-001 (70k image)Have you been working on a piece of art, that perfect pie, or raising some beautiful animals? Share them with your fellow islanders by entering in the Fair! Exhibit Entry Day is this coming Tuesday, August 15th from 9am to 6pm at the Fairgrounds. Entry information is available online at or in the reference Premium Book copies provided at your local island library (Shaw, it’s at the Community Center!).

Each exhibitor must include one entry form per entry division (multiple entries for instance, multiple baked goods on one sheet for BAKING division) and one tag PER exhibit item.

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Lakedale Resort First Annual Music Festival

Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island has announced its first annual music festival, featuring renowned jazz guitarist Brian Nova. On September 2 - 3, attendees will enjoy performances on Lakedale’s lodge deck overlooking beautiful Neva Lake.

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Why Are There Only Men On SJC Planning Commission?

The San Juan Island Women’s Group, formed by the organizers of the Women’s March on Friday Harbor, have sent open letters to the local media asking “the Council to appoint women and other members of the community who represent our county’s demographics to the Planning Commission.”

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Coast Guard Finds Drugs During Vessel Boarding Near Anacortes

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(CG - photo)

A Coast Guard boarding team discovered amphetamines, prescription pills and cash on a recreational vessel during a routine safety boarding of a boat near Anacortes, Wednesday evening.

The Coast Guard Station Bellingham boarding team detained the two people on board and towed the 32-foot U.S.-flagged cabin cruiser to Anacortes where officers from the Skagit County Drug Task Force took custody of the drugs, cash and subjects.

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SJI Community Foundation County Fair Match

All Fairgoers are invited to visit the San Juan Island Community Foundation’s Fair booth next week in the main hall to learn about and boost support of nine special community projects. The Community Foundation is pleased to match 50 cents on every dollar raised until each project goal has been reached

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Ferry Routes Back To Normal


The Anacortes/San Juan Islands and Anacortes/Sidney ferry routes will resume their regular Summer 2017 schedule Wednesday morning with the Yakima rejoining the route.

The Yakima’s return means the route can return to its regular five-boat schedule. Passengers can resume making vehicle reservations

JAZZ AT THE LABS: August 12, 2017

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Jazz at the Labs is back this summer. Friday Harbor Laboratories will host the 17th annual Jazz at the Labs, with dinner and amazing music.

This event will include dinner served from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in FHL’s historic dining hall.

The San Juan Jazz Quintet (SJJQ) will have diners tapping their toes as they enjoy the fabulous food. Following dinner, SJJQ and Seattle’s Jazz Coalescence will perform jazz standards and originals, swing, bebop, and Latin jazz.

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Truck Starts Small SJI Grass Fire

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( Rocky Corliss photo)

A hay truck got stuck in, of all things, a wet area on San Juan Island and it is believed the exhaust system made contact with dry grass resulting in grass fire, and while it was quickly put out by the San Juan County fire department, the truck was a total loss. Just another example of how easy it can be to start a fire this time of year.

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SJI Woman Pleads “Guilty,” Must Pay Back $68+k To Non-Profit SJC Community Theatre

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(Blevins awaits sentencing -Island Guardian photo

San Juan Island resident Mary K. Blevins plead guilty in Superior Court on Friday to theft in the first degree, and has to pay back of $68,073.97 she embezzled from the theatre.

However, the loss to the theatre exceeds the $68K, because so far they been unable to get back $14,000.00 Blevins was paid as part of a separation agreement, and an additional $7,000.00 in “vacation time;” both of which were paid prior to the board learning she had been stealing money from them for months; and that’s does not include the civil and criminal legal costs the board has incurred. The board started a civil suit to recover this loss, but it has yet to be resolved.

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Help Map Monarchs & Milkweed

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WDFW (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife) is asking for help to learn more about one of Washington's wildlife species of greatest conservation need and the plant it depends on for survival: The Monarch butterfly and the milkweed plant that it eats. The public can help by planting milkweed, and also by helping to map both the Monarch and the milkweed.

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Who Loves Pie? Calling All Pie Bakers

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Bake your favorite fruit pie! Not a baker? Help serve slices at the Fair!

The BRAND NEW FHES PTO Pie Booth debuts at the County Fair, August 16 - 19, and we need pies o’ plenty to sell and people to sell them! There are two ways you can help:

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B.C. Smoke & Heat Predicted To Increase


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( 1:46 PM - Aug 2, NASA Terra satellite image of the smoke 2017)

Canada is predicted the wildfire smoke haze contain “high concentrations of fine particulate matter and that things may get worse for the next few days. Oh, and the heat wave may also stay high, and maybe increase.

1 SJI School Board Race Too Close To Call

The race for San Juan Island School District’s Director #1 just got a lot closer.

The evening of Election Day, Tuesday, August 1, Sarah Werling-Sandwith had a commanding lead, with almost 48% of the vote. But it’s the top two vote-getters that go on to the general election in November, so second place matters.

Heather Christensen was in second place, with 19.94% of the votes. Ruth McKenna followed closely, with 18.82%. Fifteen votes divided Christensen and McKenna.

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Check Trees For Invasive Pests In August

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( Citrus longhorned beetle )

The Washington Invasive Species Council and a consortium of agencies and universities are asking residents to check trees and swimming pools in their yards for harmful bugs as part of the national Tree Check Month in August.

August is the peak time of year to find invasive bugs like citrus longhorned beetles, emerald ash borers and other aggressive wood-boring insects. Trees near your home and in your neighborhood, the “urban forest,” are as susceptible as trees in rural and wild forests.

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Sea Urchins In The AbsenceOf Predatory Sea Stars


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UC Berkley stock photo)

by Dara Yiu

Sea urchins (Figure 1) are an important component of nearshore marine food webs. As grazers, they prevent seaweeds from becoming overabundant. They provide an important energetic link between algae and other organisms by partially digesting kelp into fecal pellets that benthic scavengers and filter feeders can consume.

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Eastsound Fly-In & Antique Car Show

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The annual Old Fashioned Fly-In, August 4-6, is fun for the whole family! Each year 100-150 aircraft attend the Orcas Fly-In from around the country. Come enjoy the best of general aviation! Warbirds, experimental, old fashioned airplanes, local pilots and seaplanes, aircraft, plus flying demonstrations. There will be a pancake breakfast on the 5th and 6th at the Fire Hall from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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County Council Public Hearing On Should The County Sometimes Not Assist Federal Agents

Multiple national news outlets are reporting that an illegal immigrant arrested and deported 20 times was released in Portland last year because Portland, like Washington, had directed law enforcement to not hold someone in their custody long enough for the Feds to arrest him.

As a result, he was release last year even though ICE (US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) asked he be held until they could pick him up.

On Monday, (07-24-17) he committed a robbery, kidnapping, burglary and sexual attack on two victims, including rape of a 65 year old woman.

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August FH Fly-In: “Wings & Wheels

Come to the Friday Harbor Airport Fly-In for a celebration of Wings and Wheels, Saturday, August 26, from 10 to 3 pm! Get up close and personal with vintage and experimental aircraft, motorcycles and more. Enjoy a fly by or two. Exhibits, open hangars, demos and food will keep the family entertained for the day. Brought to you in part by Kenmore Air and Kenmore Aero Services, you’ll be able to get inside a 9 passenger Cessna Caravan, meet Kenmore pilots and enter a drawing to win Seattle Scenic Seaplane Tour for two.

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Learning To Farm Program Expands

An effort to bring small farms in Washington together with people who want to learn farming is expanding to 20 counties across the state.

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Want To Be A SJC Fire Commissioner?

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San Juan County Fire District #3 is seeking someone to fill a vacancy on the 3-member board of Fire Commissioners, starting as early as September 2017. This person will fill the unexpired position # 2 vacated by Commissioner Robert Low.

Commissioner Low is retiring before the end of his term, so the Board is accepting applications for an interim Commissioner.

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“Who’s A Good Dog”?

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Zippy here, reporting from the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor. I’m wondering if anyone out there can help me answer a question - one that I am continually asked. “Who’s a good dog”?

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Ride Your Horse In The Fair

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(Ted Strutz photo)

Thinking about riding your horse in the Fair? The answer is yes. Many classes to choose from, including the always-entertaining Western Games.

Visit the Fair website ( to learn more about scheduling, class descriptions and registration today.

Registration deadline is August 10th. For general questions call the Fair Office 360-378-4310 or email

Mt. Baker Delays & Detours

The Mount Baker Road Reconstruction project continues through Thursday 8/17/17. Expect long delays during daytime working hours. Detour routes will be set up at the intersection with North Beach Road and at the intersection with Terrill Beach Road. Local access will be accommodated. The roadway will be open to traffic at night.

SJI School District Final Vote Monday

The San Juan County Canvassing Board will convene Monday, August 14, at 8:30 a.m. for the purpose of canvassing challenged ballots cast in the August 1 primary.

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SJI Women's Fund awards $8,000

The San Juan Island Women's Fund is a pooled donor-advised fund managed by the San Juan Island Community Foundation. Together, the members are making a difference for local nonprofits by awarding grants to support critical projects that enrich our island community.

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SJI Valley Road Reclamation Project

San Juan Valley Road Reclamation Project: Tuesday 8/8 - Wednesday 8/9; San Juan Valley Road from Valley Farms Road to Hidden Meadows Lane; expect lengthy delays; detour routes are set up to route traffic around the project using Douglas Road, No. 2 Schoolhouse Road, Beaverton Valley Road, Boyce Road, Bailer Hill Road and Wold Road; local access will be accommodated using flaggers on either end of the project.

Ah, Amelia, My Calico!

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What do you mean, your husband won’t let you have a cat? Did I miss something here? Is it 1954 all over again? Are women supposed to be happy with a new ironing board once in a while and an occasional trip to Connie’s Cut-n-Curl?

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Ferry Delays On Orcas Cause Hundreds Of Cars Stuck In Area

5:15pm - August 6, 2017 - Orcas Island Fire and Rescue are providing mutual aid to the San Juan County Sheriffs Department for extreme congestion and crowd control near the Orcas Ferry Terminal. The ferry delays have resulted in hundreds of vehicles stuck in the ferry area. This is creating a road and pedestrian hazard. Please avoid the Orcas Ferry holding area and surrounding roads if at all possible.

Orcas Chamber Music Festival

August 9 and 10, the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival will feature Schubert’s Trout Quintet. The program will also feature the return of flutist Lorna McGhee. Cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Andrew Staupe will captivate all in the passionate Cello Sonata of Rachmaninoff.

FH Tap Closed For Water Haulers

The Town of Friday Harbor has announced that it has temporarily suspended water sales to outside water haulers from the Public Works yard due to a temporary capacity shortage.

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SJI Book Sale Satuday

The Friends of the San Juan Island Library's summer book sale is Saturday, August 5th, from 10am to 4pm at the San Juan Island Library.

San Juan Summer Art Festival

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The San Juan Summer Arts Festival features all things local. Over 25 booths will showcase local art vendors, farmers, chefs, breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Join for a Free fun festival showcasing the talented artisans from throughout the San Juan Islands. This family-friendly event is said to offer something for everyone. August 4, 11, 18 & 25 at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor

Wanted: Writers of Arguments "Against" Ballot Measures

By Milene Henley

You’re flipping through your Voters’ Pamphlet for the upcoming October election, eager to read about the local measures you see on the ballot, and, “What! Why are there arguments FOR all the measures, and no arguments AGAINST?”

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Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Rendezvous & Boat Race

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September 4 - 6, Get ready now for The Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands, welcomes boaters of all kinds to join them as the Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Rendezvous and Boat Race. While the Rendezvous is a low key celebration of wooden boats, kayaks, rowboats, motor launches, day-sailers, cruising sailboats and historic tall ships are all welcome!

70 is Too Hot For Pet In Car

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Sheriff Ron Krebs is reminding everyone that with the upcoming weather forecast predicting higher than normal temperatures in the Puget Sound area to remember to not to leave your pets in your cars. On a warm, sunny day try turning your car off, cracking your windows and sitting there. It will only be a few short minutes before it becomes unbearable. Imagine how your helpless pet will feel.

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The Glory And Majesty

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Trevor here. You know, the great Nora Desmond once said, “All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.” I can identify! I’ve been here at the animal shelter for quite a while now, and so far, nobody has noticed me. I am ready for my close-up! Take a good look, because you don’t see cats as good-looking as me every day.

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Fair Announces Music & Entertainment!

The San Juan County Fair is beginning to release its 2017 entertainment line-up! Music headliners are Kuinka (Formerly Rabbit Wilde), local favorites The Fabulous Rhythmatics, The Olson Bros Band (country rock from Olympia), and Seattle’s own ecstatic ensemble Industrial Revelation!

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Real Estate Market Improves

IG-Merri_Ann_Simonson-3 (21k image)By Merri Ann Simonson
Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands

The second quarter results which complete the first half of the year for San Juan Island were very
exciting. Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume on San Juan Island was $71,595,607 with a total of 130
transactions. We enjoyed a 25% increase in transaction number and a 42.5% increase in dollar
volume as compared to the same period in 2016.
Read full report HERE ( pdf 146\k file)

SJC Hospital Commissioner Meeting

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1, Board of Commissioners Meeting, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 5:00 pm. Regular Meeting, SJC Commissioners Legislative Hearing Room, 55 Second Street.
See full agenda below:

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SJI Library Presents Afternoon Family Performance Wednesday

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A Free Wednesday Afternoon Family Performance with Joe Black, Master Magician, July 26 at 1:30 PM, Friday Harbor Elementary School Outdoor Pavilion. Joe has more than 20 years experience entertaining and amazing audiences.

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SJISD School Board Meeting Tuesday

On Tuesday July 25, 2017, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a regular school board meeting at 5:00 pm at the high school library. This is an open public meeting.

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Volunteer at the Fair

As the largest event in the County gets closer---August 16th-19th--- the San Juan County Fair is looking for volunteers! Would like to be part of the Fair? Do you have a special interest? From “Department Superintendent” to “Gardener Extraordinaire”---Check out the many volunteer opportunities today at

SJI Island Walk Saturday

Roche Harbor Trails: Mike Buettell volunteer trail builder will lead a hike through the extensive trail system next to the Roche Harbor Resort. Mike and his group of volunteers are proud of the trail building and maintenance. Meet & park at the intersection of Roche Harbor/West Valley Road. Distance: 3.5 miles. Moderate gentle trails. Dogs on leashes welcome.

Shirley Dahl-Williams

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July 5, 2017 ~ July 7, 1924

Shirley Dahl-Williams, age 92, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at her home in Roseburg, OR. Shirley was born on July 7, 1924, in Calgary, Alberta.

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