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FH Free Plumbing Basics Training


The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in plumbing basics this January, sponsored by the Washington State Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund and by the Washington State Department of Commerce.

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Orca Considered In Salmon Fishing Season Policies


The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has signaled its support for state fishery managers' plans to consider the dietary needs of endangered orcas when they set this year's salmon-fishing seasons.

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Report Shows Salmon Still Declining


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Despite two decades of efforts to recover them, wild salmon are still declining -and a report released today by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office stresses that adequate funding is needed to turn the tide on the iconic species’ future.

In the past 10 years, regional recovery organizations received only a fraction -16 percent- of the $4.7 billion documented funding needed for critical salmon recovery projects, the report sites.

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DOE Monitoring Air Quality In FH


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According to the DOE (WA Department of Ecology) air quality monitoring station in Friday Harbor, the air is clean; but of course it is winter, which means what with rain and wind and not much going on with trees and plants growing, it is not expected we would have a problem, but as spring blooms, things may change.

The Washington State Department of Ecology recently installed a mobile air quality monitoring station near the County Administration building that will monitor for PM2.5 (particulate matter less than 2.5 microns).

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SJC Shoreline Program Approved By State


On January 8, 2019, the State Growth Management Hearings Board found that San Juan County’s Shoreline Master Program including its shoreline management regulations comply with the State’s Shoreline Management Act.

San Juan County adopted Ordinance 21 - 2018 that addressed areas of noncompliance in Case No. 17-2-0009. It may be viewed at:

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Firefighters Honored for Service in 2018


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(L. to R. Fire Commissioners Frank Cardinale, Bob Jarman, Lt. Michael Henderson & Commissioner Albert Olson -Photo by Chuck Dalldorf)


By Carolyn Hudson

Lieutenant Michael Henderson received San Juan Island Fire and Rescue’s highest award Saturday night when the District celebrated the 2018 contributions of its members at Downriggers Restaurant.

The firefighters and support members were honored for their dedicated service in 2018 at the annual awards banquet, which was attended by nearly 100 people including guests.

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Some Good News: A New Orca Calf


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The Center for Whale Research reports that On January 11th L pod was sighed with a new calf that appeared to be about 3 weeks old and was bouncing around between L25, L41, L77 L85, and L119.

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Your New Elected Officials For 2019

 

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The recently elected San Juan County officials were swore in Friday by Judge Stewart R. Andrew.




Ranker Resigns, What Happens Next?


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Facing serious charges in the ongoing investigation of allegations of sexual and workplace harassment, Kevin Ranker has resigned as Washington State Senator of the 40th District. As to why now, after stating he expected to “be exonerated from these allegation," it may be related to a report in Northwest News Network that Ranker was presented with copies of statements made by witnesses to some of the allegations made against him.

It is now up to the Democratic Parties of the three counties that make up the 40th District, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom, to decide who should replace, however if they cannot decide on a replacement, then the governor will appoint someone from a presented list, who will serve until the voters choose a final replacement in the November 2019 General Election.

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OPALCO -That's Us Folks- Wants New Electirc Ferries For SJC First


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(OPALCO Press Release) The current WS Ferries Long range plan for deploying electric ferries puts the San Juan routes last on the list. Why lose decades in our efforts to protect the Salish Sea - and all of the species who depend on it? OPALCO is calling for WSF to prioritize getting the new, cleaner, quieter and super-efficient electric ferries to the San Juan Islands route FIRST.

Carbon pollution impacts our sensitive marine environment through acidification, warming air and water temperatures and changes to shoreline health and levels. Ferries make up 63% of the carbon emissions from the Washington State Transportation Fleet.

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Swearing-In Of Elected Officials Friday

 

The public is invited to attend swearing-in ceremonies -and receptions- for the newly elected San Juan officials on January 11.

The ceremony will begin at noon in the District Court courtroom of the county courthouse, at 350 Court Street, Friday Harbor when Judge Elect Carolyn Jewett will be sworn in by Superior Court Judge Kathryn Loring. An open house reception will follow from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at the San Juan Island Grange Hall, just across the street at 152 First Street N. Light refreshments will be served at that reception. Then at 4 pm in the lobby of the court house the other elected officials will be given the Oath of Office by out going Stewart R. Andrew, and that event will be followed by a reception with light refreshments




Problems Due To 911 Outage? Attorney General Wants To Hear From You


Attorney General Bob Ferguson appears not pleased with the service provided by CenturyLink, and wants to hear from anyone who was impacted by the recent statewide 911 outage.

“For the second time, CenturyLink has fallen short of its obligation to provide reliable 911 services for Washingtonians,” Ferguson said. “If you called for help during this outage, only to be met with a busy signal, please share your story with my office. We want to know exactly how CenturyLink’s failure impacted the people of our state.”

Ferguson asks Washingtonians impacted by the outage to share their stories by emailing them to 911outage@atg.wa.gov.

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SJIM Winter Family Arts Days Begin


ig_SJIMA_FamilyArtDays-001 (67k image)Family Art Days are a fun time for families of all ages. Everyone is inspired by imaginative topics such as: Flora, Fauna and Fungi: Drawing from Nature, inspired by Maria Sibylla Merian’s work or Creating Natural Images on Sunprint paper. The first class is From Birds to Flying Machines, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci designs.

Classes start this Saturday at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) from 1-5 at the 540 Spring Street workshop. All workshops are free for families and children ages 12 and under.

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2019 ADU Eligibility Lottery Open


Eligibility is limited for the ADUs (Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit) Lottery. The number of detached ADU eligibility slots allowed in any year cannot exceed twelve percent of the total number of building permits issues in the previous year for new principal residences outside of activity centers and urban growth areas.

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Time For Review Of Old Bulk Fuel Site


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In 2002 almost 4,000 tons of petroleum-contaminated soil, and 6,000 gallons impacted groundwater were removed from property owned by the Port of Friday Harbor.

Now it is time for a five year periodic review -and public comment- on the review of the former Unocal Friday Harbor Bulk Plant, located just below the American Legion building, and part of Front Street, owned by the Town.

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Building, Buying, Selling: Costs Increase


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Cost of construction, selling and buying real estate in the islands has continued to increase based the requirements to meet the current regulations and overall material and service cost increases. One could say that it costs more and takes longer to comply with the various regulations that govern the real estate and related construction industries.

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Fish for Teeth Free Mobile Dental Clinic


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( Fish for Teeth sponsors a mobile dental van for dental clinics on San Juan Island, three times a year )


Islanders unable to afford dental care can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth on Thursday, Jan. 10; Friday, Jan.11; and Saturday, Jan. 12. A mobile dental van will be parked in the Mullis Street parking lot shared by the Orca Inn and Heritage Bank.

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Sign Up For Ag Summit

 

This year San Juan Island will host the annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit on February 2-3, 2019. Gather with more than 150 local farmers, food producers, businesses, and advocates for a weekend filled with education, inspiration and community. Dr. Heidi Roop, of the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group . This year's Keynote Speaker is Dr. Roop, a climate scientist with a passion for science, communication, and community co-production of knowledge. She is looking forward to connecting with the San Juan Islands agricultural community, and share research concerning climate impacts in the Puget Sound region.




Comment On Fairgrounds Master Plan


The Fairgrounds Master Plan Draft is now available for review online at: //www.sanjuanco.com/1552/Fair-Master-Plan-Update. A printed reference copy is also available at the Parks & Fair Administrative Office for in-house review.

The draft document is a collaboration of the research, site visits and public input from stakeholder meetings, surveys, the Fair and the pop-up information booths on the 3 ferry serviced islands done in Spring 2018.

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Ranker May Resign From Senate


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In the face of a charge of sexual harassment and creating a hostile workplace, and with eroding support from the progressive left that has counted on Ranker sponsoring their bills, Ranker is reportedly considering his options, and according to a report in CW (Cascadia West), he “will spend the coming days reassessing his future and may very well -indeed perhaps likely- resign from the Senate.”

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Crack Down On Bogus "Service Animals"

 

ig_G_ServiceAnimalsOnlySign-001 (35k image)There has been a growing misrepresentation of service animals, with people bringing animals into grocery stores and restaurants a, and other public places where they would otherwise be forbidden to enter, and as a result a change in the law regarding them will now potential allow $25 to $1000.00 fines for doing so. RCW RCW 7.80.040 allows investigation and enforcement and issuing a civil infraction.




Fishers released in North Cascades


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State, federal, and partner biologists released six fishers today in the Skagit River watershed of Ross Lake National Recreation Area, a unit of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex, as part of an effort to restore the species to Washington state. This is the first release in the North Cascades.

Fishers are about the size of a house cat and are members of the weasel family. They were eliminated from Washington by the mid-1900s through over-trapping and habitat loss. Fishers are currently listed as an endangered species by the state, and are being reviewed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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Free Days To Enter "Public" Parks


The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering two free days in January, when visitors to state parks will not need a Discover Pass for day-use visits.
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The first free day is Tuesday, Jan. 1, which gives visitors the opportunity to take part in a First Day Hike, a nationwide initiative that aims to get people outdoors on New Year’s Day. More than 30 Washington state parks are hosting First Day Hikes events.

The second free day is Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of the holiday celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.

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FANS Thanks Donors for Donations to Island Rec


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This December, FANS’ (Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec) generous donors helped the group contribute $10,000 to Island Rec, for a 2018 total of $15,000. These funds bolster Island Rec’s capacity to provide scholarships for programs like swimming lessons and teen adventure camps, and to bring the community activities like Music on the Lawn and Movies in the Park and amenities like Eddie and Friends dog park and island trails.

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New Information On Sen. Ranker's Sexual Harassment & Threats Allegations

 

The Seattle Times has posted New Details on the sexual harassment charges against Sen. Kevin Ranker, that were first reported by the Associated Press.

Seattle Time's reporter Mike Baker relates that Ann Larson said that even after she took a new job to get away from Ranker, he "continued to make advances while also treating her with disdain, threatening to cut the department’s budget, looking up her salary, telling her she was overpaid, examining what state authorizations allowed her job in the first place and threatening to cut programs important to her."

Austin Jenkins of NW News Network reports that "Former Fish and Wildlife director Phil Anderson said that he was aware at the time that Larson was having difficulties with Ranker. "I did know that and we talked about how to manage that."

Reached Tuesday, another former legislative assistant who worked for Ranker between 2011 and 2015 said it was clear to her that Ranker and Larson had "previous personal drama." Kendall Farley said her impression was that Ranker harbored some resentment toward Larson because she left his office in the middle of a protracted 2010 legislative session that spawned two special sessions."

Jenkins also reports that "Ranker denies any wrongdoing and said he expects to 'be exonerated from these allegations'."




Cold Weather, OPALCO Raises Rates


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Pending board approval at the December 20th board meeting, OPALCO members will see a rate increase when they open their bills in January. 2019 budget includes a 5.2% revenue increase. Members bills will be on average $9.50 higher.

OPALCO states the increase is "a necessary part of providing power to our 20-island archipelago."

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Ranker Accused Of Sexual Harassment


The Seattle Times has posted an Associated Press story by Rachel La Corte that former San Juan County Commissioner Clerk Ann Larson has charged Sen. Kevin Ranker with sexual-harassment and creating a hostile-workplace

Larson admits to having had consensual sexual relations with Ranker, who was married at the time, and before he became a senator, but after he asked her to leave her San Juan position and work for him in his district office in 2009 she wanted to have only a professional relationship with him.

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6.2 Million Chinook Salmon Fry Killed By State Generator Failure


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As many as 6.2 million chinook salmon fry died last weekend when a windstorm cut power to the Minter Creek Hatchery in Pierce County and the facility's backup generator failed.

The fry were in incubators at the Minter Creek Hatchery operated by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

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New Recreation Specialist For SJI


ig_Lili_Lyne-001 (53\k image)Island Rec has announced that Lili Lyne is their new Recreation Specialist. Lili will primarily be organizing Sports and Fitness programs and events.

Lili is a recent graduate from Western Washington University where she studied Therapeutic Recreation. Over the years she has developed an expertise in adaptive sports, from soccer to wheelchair rugby she has worked with folks with disabilities to feel empowered.

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Calling All Couch Potatoes


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(Elizabeth Farr -contributed photo)


Calling all couch potatoes! Did you know that Friday Harbor’s new animal shelter has an "Enrichment Room"? This is a magical room where volunteers, staff and prospective adopters can spend time in a cozy, home-like setting with an adoptable dog or cat.

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Fire, EMS & Town Discuss Merger Study


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(L to R: SJI Fire Chair Bob Jarman & Hosp Chair Michael Edwards -IG photo)


A report on the feasibility of combining San Juan Island fire District 3 and hospital District 1 is expected to be ready for public review by the end of March 2019.

The CAG (Citizen’s Advisory Group) has yet to complete the report they have been charged with producing, but at a special joint meeting on Wednesday -including both boards and the Town of Friday Harbor administrator- they reported that while their work is open to possibilities, one of their goals is to find the best solution to serving the community with the most realistic level of service that is affordable.

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New Vacation Rental Webpage Available

 

ig_B_ForRentSign-001 (142k image)New rules for both new and existing vacation rental permit compliance is due December 31, and the County has posted a new webpage with the most requested information regarding vacation rental permits and compliance with the new regulations. It includes information about how to apply for permit, have an existing permit and want to know what to do to comply with the new rules, or need to find your permit number.




SJI Meeting On Hospital & Fire Consolidation

 

San Juan County Public Hospital District #1, Fire Department #3, and the Town of Friday Harbor are meeting with the Citizen’s Advisory Group (CAG) on this Wednesday December 12, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. (Fire District Bld, 1011 Mullis Street) to discuss the CAG’s progress & their interim report.




$277K For County Salmon Recovery


The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board today announced the award of nearly $18 million in grants for projects to restore salmon habitat in an effort to bring the iconic fish back from the brink of extinction; including $277,742 to San Juan County. An estimated 75 percent of 18M is intended to fund projects to benefit Chinook salmon, which make up a large part of the southern resident orca whale diet.

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Learn With Musicians-in-Residence


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Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker will be joining the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival on Orcas and Shaw for three action-packed days of musical education and fun: January 28th, 29th, and 30th

Aloysia and Jackie will jump into teaching first thing Monday morning.

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Screening Of The If Project


On January 24, Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor will provide a free screening of The If Project documentary at 7pm at the San Juan Community Theater. Women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population, increasing at nearly double the rate of men since 1985.

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Knowledge Workers Invited To An Informal "Meet-Up"


The EDC is working to create a knowledge worker network for islanders who work with code, data, graphics or words. Knowledge worker jobs include computer programming, editing, web design, engineering/scientific consulting, and others that primarily involve creating, manipulating, or analyzing information.

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SJC Council To Hold Retreat Friday


The San Juan County Council will conduct a Special Meeting on Friday, January 18, 2019 in the Parks & Fair Conference Room, 849 Argyle Avenue, Friday Harbor, beginning at 9:00 AM. This a public meeting, but it is not a public hearing, so public comment may or may not be allowed -to be determined by the Chair.

The Special Meeting is a Council Retreat for 2019 Planning purposes and will include the following agenda items for discussion: levy lid lift renewal; capital budget; road fund; facilities update; solid waste fund; parks and fairground planning; personnel issues; biennial budgeting and a variety of attendant issues.




Claudia Jo (Carter) Piff


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January 19, 1954 ~ January 4, 2019


Claudia Jo Piff was a youthful and energetic 65 years old, still working hard and very much involved in the life of her family and community, when, in the late fall of 2018, she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. The cancer was aggressive, and Claudia’s health swiftly declined in a matter of weeks. She passed on peacefully at her home on San Juan Island, in the company of close friends and family.

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Be A Fish For Teeth Volunteer


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If you would like to support Fish For Teeth as a volunteer on Team Tooth or Team Taco, a little extra help is always needed. Many hands makes light work, so if you're willing to help, a task will be found. The upcoming Taco-rama is pretty well staffed, with the exception of clean-up and dishwashing, if anyone wants to pitch in this Friday, 11-1:30 at Ace Hardware in FH. Please send an email to fishforteeth@rockisland.com and a Fish for Teeth volunteer will get back to you.

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Temperance & Good Citizenship Day


Public schools throughout Washington will observe Temperance and Good Citizenship Day Jan. 16. This annual commemoration unique to Washington was created in 1923 to teach the qualities of civic leadership.

Temperance and Good Citizenship Day is one of several civic observances for which state law provides specific instructions for schools.

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Sunday Beaches & Birding


Sunday, Jan 20, 2019, 10:30am to Noon, Third Lagoon Preserve, San Juan Island. Does your family want some time outside this winter, time that includes scavenger-hunt-like fun and multisensory exploration?

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Student Art at SJIMA Amazes Visitors


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The students of the Spring Street International School (SSIS) are exhibiting selected works in their show// Creative Diversity// at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) during January.

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First Meeting Of 2019 For SJC Political Parties


The San Juan County Democrats and Republicans will hold elections for new leadership on Saturday, January 12th. The Democrats will convene in the community meeting room at Skagit Valley College in Friday Harbor from 11:45 until 2:30, while the Republicans will meet at 11:30 upstairs at the China Pearl.




Planning Department Will Close For A Week


The SJC Department of Community Development Office. -i.e. the building & planning department- will be closed from January 14th to the 18th as staff is trained on new permitting software. However, building inspections will be continue during the week. The state they apologize for the inconvenience.




SJC Hospital Dist Meeting Thursday On EMS Chief Issues


San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be having a Special Board Meeting on Thursday 1/10/2019. It will begin at 1:00 p.m. rather than the usual time, but will be at the usual place - the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building. The purpose of this meeting is to potentially appoint an Interim EMS Chief and hold interviews, discuss the notice of complaints from DOH, and review the commissioner job duties document.




Campsite Reservations Open For Residents


San Juan County Parks & Fair is offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year-round! Choose from San Juan County Park, San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only), Odlin County Park, and Shaw County Park for any dates in 2019.

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Winter Schedule Begins Sunday


Washington State Ferries’ winter schedule begins this Sunday, Jan. 6, and runs through March 30, 2019. Service out of Anacortes to Sidney, B.C. will be suspended for the winter.

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Judge Andrew Retirement Party


ig_Andrew-001 (43k image) The public was invited to join in celebrating Judge Andrew’s retirement on Friday, January 4, 2019. He was first elected in 1998 and was most recently re-elected by voters in 2014. The following quote hangs in the courtroom:

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New Hrs For Animal Protection Society Of FH


The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor will extend its hours effective Wednesday, January 2. The new visiting hours will be 11:00 to 4:00 Tuesday through Sunday, closed Mondays. Pet surrenders are by appointment only.




Here's To A New Year!


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Look at me. I’m a flower child! I reject conventional society and choose peace, love, beauty and lots of belly rubs. Do you dig, man? My name is Storm and I’m a lover not a fighter. If you love flowers in your hair, the music of Joni Mitchell, love beads, beat poetry and have a loving heart and a kind soul, we should meet. I’ll be here at the animal shelter. Meditating. Peace, man.




Knowledge Workers To Informal "Meet-Up"


The EDC is working to create a knowledge worker network for islanders who work with code, data, graphics or words. Knowledge worker jobs include computer programming, editing, web design, engineering/scientific consulting, and others that primarily involve creating, manipulating, or analyzing information.

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2.5M Replacement Fry For Hatchery


Up to 2.75 million fall chinook fry are headed to the Minter Creek Hatchery in Pierce County in an effort to replace salmon lost during a Dec. 14 power outage at the facility.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) received approval Friday from NOAA Fisheries - the agency that oversees federally listed salmon - to use excess chinook from six other hatcheries for release from Minter Creek and Tumwater Falls next May and June.

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The public is invited to join in celebrating Judge Andrew’s retirement on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 2:30 to 5:00 in the District Courtroom located at 350 Court St., Friday Harbor. He was first elected in 1998 and was most recently re-elected by voters in 2014. The following quote hangs in the courtroom:

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Vacation Rental Compliance Report Due By 30th


New rules for both new and existing vacation rental permit compliance is due December 31, and the County has posted a new webpage with the most requested information regarding vacation rental permits and compliance with the new regulations. It includes information about how to apply for permit, have an existing permit and want to know what to do to comply with the new rules, or need to find your permit number.




Minimum Wage $12 In 2019


The minimum wage in Washington will increase to $12 per hour starting Jan. 1, 2019, for workers age 16 and older.
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) enforces the state's wage-and-hour laws, which includes the minimum wage. The state minimum wage applies to most jobs, including those in agriculture.

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SJC Council To Meet Rep. Lekanoff


San Juan County Council are meeting with State Representative-Elect Debra Lekanoff (40th District) on Thursday, December 20 at approximately 12:30 at the County Legislative Office, 55 Second Street, Friday Harbor. The purpose of the meeting is to welcome Rep. Lekanoff and discuss issues affecting San Juan County.




SJC. Attorneys Annual Lunch & Recognitions


During the San Juan County Bar Assn annual holiday lunch in Friday Harbor, members Barnaby Zall and Carla Higginson were recognized with Certificates of Appreciation for their work in 2017 and 2018 in behalf of the San Juan Co. Bar Assn and the Washington State Bar Assn.

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Town Installation Features Artist Marjorie Walker


The Town of Friday Harbor has installed a new outdoor public art history installation in the Sunshine Alley breezeway. The exhibit honors late artist and San Juan Island resident Marjorie Walker (1906-1992) and will be displayed through 2019.

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Looking for Love?


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Me: Youngish Tabby Girl. Love Fancy Feast, bird-watching, designer handbags, banana cream pie and books on tape. Adore Hallmark Christmas Movies and a good cuddle on the sofa with someone who shares my opinion that dogs are inferior to cats.
You: Discerning individual with exquisite taste in friends, a generous heart and comfortable furniture.
We should meet. My name is Hazel and I’m waiting for you at the animal shelter.




OPALCO Checks Time


In December, capital credit checks will be sent out to members who were active in 1993, plus some from 1994 as OPALCO continues to smooth its 25-year cycle for capital credit distributions.

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SJI Benefit Christmas Concert


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It’s time for this year’s December 15th benefit Christmas concert at St. David’s Episcopal Church: An American Village Christmas. The concert will be sung unaccompanied by a 25-voice choir directed by Richard Lind. A couple of instrumental pieces on piano and saxophone will be interspersed among the choral works.

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Sherrif's Tips On Boat Safety


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The following is a winter boating safety tips and suggestions from the San Juan County sherrif's office: " It is recommended that you build a float plan with a family member prior to the voyage, to include when you are departing, where you are going, what route you are taking and what time you expect to return.

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SJI Foundation Awards Grants


The San Juan Island Community Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $20,546 to local nonprofits in their third and final grant cycle of the year. The Foundation awarded $4,648 from its Healthy Community Fund, while generous donors and the SJICF Women’s Fund contributed a combined $15,898. The following local projects were funded:

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“Friday Harbor Nutcracker Ballet” Dec 15 &16


Salish Sea Youth Ballet presents the Friday Harbor Nutcracker on December 15th & 16th. San Juan Island dancers will perform excerpts from the classic Nutcracker ballet in an intimate tea party setting at Brickworks.

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Want To Be A Candidate For OPALCO Board?


There are two ways to be nominated for a board position: 1) by the member Elections & Governance Committee (EGC) or 2) by petition.

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Drop In Worker's Comp


The price of workers’ compensation insurance in Washington will take the largest drop in more than 10 years on January 1.
The state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced a 5 percent decrease in the average amount employers pay for the coverage.

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Sign-up To Sell At SJI Grange


Saturday, December 8, 10:00am - 4:00pm: The SJI Granges, (152 First St. in Friday Harbor) is offering table space just in time for sellers to set up to allowChristmas shoppers to find that special gift, or for the sellers or to make some extra money for the holidays. So far 8 vendors have been booked, selling handbags, an audiophile record turntable, electric guitar with amp, and other used items, biochar, jewelry... Tables are still available at $10 each. No commission.




New SJCFD Commissioner?


The San Juan County Fire Protection District #2 Board of Fire Commissioners will meet in a special meeting to interview and appoint a new fire Commissioner. The meeting will be Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 5:30pm. The candidates are Rick Christmas, Gulliver Rankin, and Dave Zoeller.




Beneath the Salish Sea


ig_Harbor_Seal_david_hicks_01 (44k image)The next Ocean Night event will be on Wednesday December 5th. It's a free screening of Beneath the Salish Sea, a fantastic documentary by acclaimed dive videographer Florian Graner. He'll be in attendance to take questions. A press release is attached along with a few of Florian's stills. Let me know if you have questions,
Here's the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/898918437163117/




Buddy Wrote A Ditty


ig_SO_PetWeek-Buddy-001 (51k image)I see you when you’re eating…. I know when you’ve got treats… I know how to jump in your lap…. so, you’d better share snacks for goodness sake! I’m Buddy and I wrote that little ditty.

And that’s just one of the many talents I have to offer.

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