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Town Will Continue Recycling

ig_PW_Recycling-1 (22k image)The Town of Friday Harbor has negotiated an agreement between Lautenbach and Recology of Seattle for the processing of comingled recyclable materials. As a result, curbside acceptance of comingle recyclable material will continued past the prior November deadline for the service.

Upon learning of the significant impact this decision would have on the Friday Harbor community and the recycling program, Recology reached out to the Town and Lautenbach with an offer to reopen their facility for receipt of the materials.

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Report Dead, Sick, Or Injured Swans

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has re-established a hotline to report dead, sick, or injured swans in three northwest Washington counties as part of its ongoing effort to assess the impact of lead poisoning on trumpeter and tundra swans.

State wildlife managers ask that people call (360) 466-4345, ext. 266 to report dead, sick, or injured swan. Callers should be prepared to leave a short detailed message including their name and phone number, along with the location and condition of the swans.

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Assessed Value And Levy Rates Sent Out

The assessor’s office mailed change of value notices on November 1 with 2017 values for 2018 tax calculations. Assessed values represent 100% of market value as best determined by current market data as of January 1, 2017. Many properties increased in value, which reflects a rising market in San Juan County, but higher assessed values do not necessarily mean an equivalent increase in taxes.

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Rotary Club Annual Gift Dictionaries To Students

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(Detail of photo by Ted Strutz -see full photo below)

The Rotary Club of San Juan Island recently visited the Friday Harbor Elementary School for its annual distribution of dictionaries to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Pictured are 4th grade students of Ms. Hull and Mrs. Raichlen.

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State May Euthanize 4 Habituated Deer

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State wildlife managers are evaluating the behavior of 11 young deer at a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center in Thurston County, where they euthanized if it is found the animals had become habituated to humans. The difference between this case and, say, the habituated deer in the county, is simply that the rehabilitation center is governed by state law, and are required to make sure released animals have not become the same as a pet. If they fail, the deer suffer the consequences.

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How Non-Profits and Service Clubs Help Us

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will be holding their membership meeting, which is open to the public, on November 13th at 12:30 in the community room at the San Juan Island Library.

Representatives from Rotary Club, Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Soroptimist, United Way of San Juan County, and the Community Foundation will present information on their programs and priorities, and will answer questions from the audience.

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The 11th Hour Of The 11th Day Of The 11th Month Of 1918

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Veterans Day is usually observed on November 11. However, 2017 Veterans Day falls on a Saturday, so Friday, the 10th of November is considered the federal holiday.

Veterans day marks the anniversary of the end of major hostilities of World War I: the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, and is intended to honor military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces.

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Time To License Your Dog

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Tucker, a beautiful 13-year old black lab with a distinctive skill, received the first dog license of 2018 at the Auditor’s Office, kicking off the 2018 dog licensing season. Dog tags will be available for all dogs starting November 15 at eight San Juan County locations.

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County Election Results


FH Mayor: Farhad Ghatan 235 , Matt W. Shildneck141
Port of FH: Barbara E. Marrett 980, Keith Carver 530
SJIC Hospital Commissioner: Anna Lisa Lindstrum 958, John T Manning 594
SJI School Board: Barbara Bevens 994, TJ Heller 410
SJI School Board: Sarah Werling-Sandwith 945, Ruth McKenna 511

Full Local Election Results HERE

“Sea Star Wasting Disease: What Is Happening Now?”

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Free lecture by Dr. Joe Gaydos of the SeaDoc Society, will be held Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00pm at the Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall, Eastsound WA. Since 2013 a devastating outbreak of sea star wasting disease has killed millions of sea stars from Mexico to Alaska. The ongoing epidemic is so huge that many consider it to be the largest disease outbreak ever documented in marine wildlife.

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Port Of FH Advisory Committee Wanted For Jensen Boat Yard Potential Purchase

The Port of Friday Harbor is seeking applicants for a Citizen’s Advisory Committee to assist the Port in the considering the purchase of Jensen’s Boat Yard and Marina. The Commission will appoint a panel of citizen volunteers to advise the commission as it investigates this potential purchase.

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Graham Black New FH Port Commissioner

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Port of Friday Harbor port commissioners voted on Friday afternoon to appoint Graham Black to the commission. Of the four applicants who applied for the position, only three remained after Jim Hooper withdrew his name from consideration.

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$8K In Grants Awarded To Non-Profits

The San Juan Island Women's Fund has announced the awarding of another $8,000 in grants to local non-profits. The Fund is a pooled donor-advised fund of the San Juan Island Community Foundation. For nearly 15 years, more than 100 local women have pooled their annual membership fee of $100 or more to fund local non-profit projects.

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Governor Appoints Loring As Judge

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointments of Kathryn (Katie) C. Loring to the San Juan County Superior Court.

Loring replaces Judge Donald Eaton, who is retiring. She is currently a partner at Goddu Langlie Sandstrom in Friday Harbor and has served as an associate attorney in the Law Offices of Christon Skinner in Friday Harbor and Oak Harbor. Loring previously worked as an associate at Perkins Coie in Seattle and served as judicial clerk to Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst.

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Who Will Be Appointed To FH Port Commission?

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(L to R: Jim Hooper; Robert Colman;, & Graham Black, Scott Boye -IG photo)

Friday Harbor Port Commissioners recently conducted public interviews with four candidates who would like to replace Mike Ahrenius, who recently resigned from the commission.

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Put Your Thoughts On The Map


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San Juan County has a new public comment tool that allows anyone to share an idea, suggestion, or an opinion by placing it on a map, of what the vision of the Comprehensive Plan for the county should be.

Good Counsel From Prosecutor's Office


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Not sure how this Halloween decoration over the entry to the San Juan County Prosecutor’s office came to be selected, but in general it seems like good advice, and in particular on a day when folks may party a tad too much.

Chasing Millions In Medicaid Dollars, Hospitals Buy Up Nursing Homes

By Phil Galewitz

Westminster Village North, a nursing home and retirement community in Indianapolis, recently added 25 beds and two kitchens to speed food delivery to residents. It also redesigned patient rooms to ease wheelchair use and added Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions. This fall, it’s opening a new assisted living unit.

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FH Athletic Assoc Fundraiser Friday

The Friday Harbor Athletic Association is doing their dessert auction and taco feed fundraiser Friday at the Masonic Lodge at 5:30.

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How To Make Wreaths & Kokedama Moss Balls

Glitter, ribbons, bobbles, bangles and greenery. Moss, cord, soil and more greenery. There will be instruction in the art of the Kokedama. Using fresh greens, bangles and glitter we provide plus ribbons galore. let your imagination run wild with all the possibilities.
Date: November 18, 2017
Location: Craft Room at the Mullis Community Center

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Homes For Islanders Plans

ig_HFI_LOGO-001 (40k image)Justin Roche, Executive Director of Homes for Islanders, a non-profit organization, announced Homes for Islanders has purchased 16 lots in Foxhall to secure them for self-help homebuilding by 16 very low to low income individuals and families on San Juan Island.

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1st Place In State Contest

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In June of 2017, Eric Sable represented Friday Harbor Grange #225 at the Washington State Grange Convention held at Ocean Shores, WA. Eric played a harmonica with a “beat box vibe.” Eric took first place at that June competition and was chosen to represent Washington State at the National Grange Convention.

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FH Drops Curbside Co-Mingled Recycle

The Town of Friday Harbor will be discontinuing curbside recycling pickup effective November 22nd, 2017. This will not affect customers of San Juan Sanitation in the County.

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Island Stage Left - Anapurna

ig_ISL_ANAPURNA_Daniel_Mayes_Krista_Strutz-01 (87k image)Opening Tonight, November 9th. Island Stage Left's production of Anapurna is a wild ride between laughter and the brink of tears, and back and back and back. Appropriately named after the most dangerous mountain in the world to climb, it is compelling theatre, unquestionably a tour de force for two outstanding actors. Runs Nov 9 - Dec 3; Thurs - Sat at 7:30, Sun at 4:00; No performance on Thanksgiving; Sat Nov 25th at 2:00 and 7:30

EDC Offers FREE Tax Workshop

In partnership with the Washington State Department of Revenue, the San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Monday, November 13, from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

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Day Park Volunteers Wanter

The San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair department is inviting community members to become day park volunteers (opportunities available on different islands; see below).

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Doe Bay Music Saturday

Seattle orchestral folk duo March to May just released their debut LP Through the Night via Northbound Records. They’re performing at the Doe Bay Resort on November 11th.

“Draws comparisons to The Civil Wars, Damien Rice, and the Lumineers, while possessing a shimmering radiance all its own. The perfect morning-after anecdote.” - Goldmine

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No Secret This Cat Needs Home

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Hello. Giselle, Super Secret Spy Cat here; working undercover at the animal shelter, where I arrived last week to undertake my super secret mission.

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2 Openings On FH Art Commission

The Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC) is seeking two new members to fill three-year appointments commencing January 1, 2018. Commissioners appointed to these unpaid, volunteer positions will 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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Jensen Retires As SJI Fire Commissioner

John Jensen has retired as a San Juan County Fire Commissioner.

Jensen stated, “I want to thank the taxpayers of Fire District 3 for allowing me to serve as Fire Commissioner for 18 years. It was an honor and a privilege to work with great Commissioners, a fantastic staff, and wonderful firefighters. We have the best small fire department in the state!”

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Know Your Islanders Talk: Denny Kaill

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In a reading co-sponsored by Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Trails Committee, Denny Kaill will talk about Dodging Iguanas: Some Motorcycle Tales, Some Not-All True. Monday, November 6th at 7:00 pm at the San Juan Island Library, free

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Artists Talk

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("Thumbs" Behnke tea ceremony still as wood)

SJIMA Presents: An Artists Talk with Printmaker/Sculptor Jean Behnke & Wood Sculptor Michael Peterson; Date: Sat Nov 4, Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm at the SJIMA/San Juan Island Museum of Art; 540 Spring St.
Friday Harbor WA

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Port Of FH Commission Interviews

Friday Harbor Port Commission will interview applicants for the open Port Commission seat, Tuesday, October 31 at 4:00pm at a Special Meeting at Spring Street Landing, 10 Front Street, Suite #105. A second set of interviews will take place on November 1, and an appointment is expected at a November 3rd meeting.
Citizen comments/requests: Citizens can make a brief comment or may ask the Commission to schedule a topic for further discussion at a future meeting.

A Lady With Lovely Manners

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What’s that you say? You’re looking for a tall, leggy brunette for long walks on the beach and quiet nights by the fire? Well, look no further! I am Selena and I believe I may be just what you’ve been waiting for.

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OPALCO Board Opening

OPALCO Board Member Jim Lett has announced his retirement in order to spend more time with his “crowd of grandchildren.” Lett will retire on January 31, 2018 and the member Election & Governance Committee is seeking applications from candidates from District 3 (Lopez, Decatur, Center and Charles islands) interested in filling the vacancy. Applications are due November 20, 2017.

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Park Habitat Restoration By Herbicide

San Juan Island National Historical Park has announced that ten new test plots at American Camp will be treated with herbicide, weather permitting, in support of Island Marble Butterfly habitat restoration sometime between October 31 and November 3, 2017.

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Free Construction Basics Training

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in construction basics this winter, funded by the Orcas Island Community Foundation, Orcas Kiwanis, Islanders Bank, the San Juan County Builders’ Association, Orcas Excavators and Island Excavating.

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Shaw Students Win Quake Contest

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The middle school students from the Shaw Island School won a statewide earthquake preparedness video contest. So inspiring the way their entire school community has embraced emergency preparedness. Here's the link to their video: Great ShakeOut. More than 1,300 islanders participated in last week's ShakeOut earthquake exercise- the most ever. That includes school districts, government departments, businesses, non-profits, and families and individuals. For more info on how to get ready for quakes and other emergencies, go to

Orcas Park and Ride Grand Opening

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San Juan County will hold a grand opening at 1:00 pm Tuesday, October 31st 2017 for the Orcas Village Park and Ride. The opening will be on site, located at 105 Orcas Hill Road.

The Orcas Village Park and Ride will be open to the public, free of charge, the day after the grand opening event.

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Updates From SJC GIS

The GIS team at San Juan County has been working on several new projects lately, adding a map of road elevations; vacation rental permit locations, and Land Capacity Analysis.

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SJI Community Dinner

It’s finally here! The first Community Dinner of the school year will be on Wednesday, October 25th from 5:30 - 7:30 in the High School Commons. See menu below:

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Tuesday Is World Polio Day

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World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.

The San Juan Island Rotary Club has donated over $70,000 to polio eradication. Please consider a donation today to Rotary Foundation PolioPlus Fund. Your gift will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary invites the public to support the polio eradication initiative by visiting We are very close to its eradication in our lifetimes.

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Dept Commerce Works On Affordable Housing

Relief in sight for local governments seeking standards, guidance on land-use planning to meet community housing needs. The Department of Commerce announced today that John Smith Consulting will develop guidance for local governments to help address insufficient supplies of affordable housing.

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Pet of the Week

ig_SO_PetWeek-Obie-001 (84k image)Well hello there. I’m Obie, with some advice for these troubled times:

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SJI Eat Island Grown Sun

ig_Ag_EAT_ISLAND_GROWN-Logo-001 (28k image)Tickets start at $2.00 for "The best tastes of the San Juan Islands showcasing chefs, and the farmers that make that food possible." Proceeds benefit programs of the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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New Shoreline Regulations

New updated shoreline regulations become effective Monday, October 30th. After this date, a pre-application meeting is required prior to submittal of Shoreline Substantial Development Permits, Shoreline Conditional Use Permits and Shoreline Variances. Information about the pre-application process may be found here:

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