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Wolf Hollow All Hallow’s Eve Charity Costume Ball


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Wolf Hollow is hosting an All Hallow’s Eve Charity Costume Ball at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor on Friday, October 31st, 7pm-10pm. Space is limited, tickets are $60 per person, they include nibbles by Market Chef, wine by San Juan Vineyards, cocktails by San Juan Distillery, there will be an auction, tricks and treats, and live music by Teddy Deane and The Julie Duke Band. All proceeds benefit Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Tickets are available at

Know Your Islanders Talks

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Know Your Islanders Talk, Monday, November 3rd, 6:30pm. Meet Bob Anderson, local expert outdoorsman and owner of Star Survey, Friday Harbor. Bob has twice surveyed Mt. Rainier in the National Park and is known internationally for his work.

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Free Training To Become Oiled Bird Responder

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Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA) is offering a free class in November for islanders who would like to be trained to help in the event of an oil spill affecting wildlife. IOSA is the only spill response group in the San Juan Islands and is a non-profit, community-based oil spill response organization that consists mainly of residents of the islands

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OIFR Rescues Cliff Stranded Dog

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On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Orcas Island Fire and Rescue was dispatched to Woodside Farm in the Obstruction Pass neighborhood of Orcas Island to rescue a 13 year old black lab stranded at the base of a cliff.

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Rotary Club Donates $10K To Local Groups & To Eradicate Polio

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(L to R: Rotary District Governor Lyle Ryan; Family Resource representative Jennifer Armstrong; Rotarian Tom Kirschner, & Club President Thomas Sandstrom -IG photo)

The San Juan Island Rotary Club raised $10,000 from the Concours d’ Elegance held at San Juan Vineyards on August 24th. The recipients of the funds were Family Resource Center ($4,500.00, The S. J. Historical Society & Museum ($4,500.00) and Rotary Polio Plus ($1000.00).

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Flying Squirrel Event At SJI Library

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If you see a small dark shape speed between the trees at night in San Juan County, chances are that it is a bat. But on much of San Juan Island, especially in winter, it’s more likely that you have encountered the county’s most charming and rarest small mammal: a Northern Flying Squirrel.

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All You Will Need Is Love, Ceasar Comes With All The Best Of All The Rest

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9-year old Ceasar is what the Animal Shelter calls a “Special Needs” dog. He’s a wonderful dog; loves to cuddle, chase sticks, ride in the car, go for walks and is basically a big teddy bear. He needs daily medication for arthritis and should be the only dog in a home due to the fact that he doesn’t get along well with cats and most dogs. He is also on a special, limited-ingredient diet - readily available at most pet food retailers. And now, the good news.

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SJ Island Real Estate Fall Summary

By Merri Ann Simonson

In reviewing the year-to-date volume for 2014, the real estate market volume on San Juan Island reflects an increase of 33% for the period of January through September as compared to the same period in 2013. As for the number of transactions, the gain over the 2013 January through September was 28%. This strong increase is a good sign of recovery in our market.

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LCLT $4000 Grant for New 2015 Homes

The Lopez Community Land Trust is the fortunate recipient of a $4,000 grant from Bike and Build. LCLT submitted an application into a highly competitive applicant pool. LCLT will use the funds to help build three more energy efficient homes in Lopez Village. The homes will be completed in late spring 2015.

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Possible Sex Predator on Orcas

Deputies on Orcas Island are asking for the public’s help in identifying a subject who approached two pre-teen girls at the Village Green offering them candy and money. The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon about 3:45 p.m.

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Orcas Candidate & Initiative Forum Friday

Eagle Forum of SJC is hosting an evening to get to hear what the candidates for local offices have to say. On Friday, October 17th, Sheriff candidates, Treasurer candidates and County Council candidates will appear, along with Jamie Lund from the Freedom Foundation, who will discuss the state education levy. The forum will be held at the Firestation in Eastsound at 5:00 pm

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State 125th Anniversary Capsule Keepers Sought

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When Washington celebrated its centennial in 1989 (Wa State photo above), the state recruited hundreds of 10-year-old Washington children to act as “Keepers” of the Centennial Time Capsule that was created that year, when the first of 16 capsules in the main vault was filled. Nominations for new Capsule Keepers end Oct. 21.

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CenturyLink Releases OPALCO Letter

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By Alex MacLeod

Much has been said by the OPALCO board about its “non-disclosure agreement” with CenturyLink.

When the board finally sought to justify threatening a former board member with legal action for publicly releasing his letter-of-resignation, it cited the non-disclosure agreement as its justification, saying the resignation letter “discussed matters specifically covered by confidentiality agreements.”

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Suit Filed Against Owner Operator Of Commercial Green Houses

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A law suit has been filed in San Juan County Superior Court against the owners of San Juan Sun Grown and Sweet Water Farm over the continued “willful and substantial use” of a private driveway.*

The 1,000+ foot long single lane gravel driveway is being used for the construction and operation of 27,000 square feet of commercial use greenhouses “with the knowledge that they [Sun Grown] do not have any easement rights” except for “access and utilities for single-family residences;” of which there are none.

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-- Guest Column --

What I-594 Means To You

By Scott Brennan

I have been with your Sheriff’s Department for over 26 years. As the person who will have to enforce I-594 I have read it very carefully. Here is what it will mean to you. If passed, I-594 covers ALL gun sales and transfers.

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NAVY Medically Evacuates 2 More From Orcas

Search and Rescue (SAR) teams from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted two separate Medical Evacuations (MEDEVACs) from Orcas Island on Friday, Oct. 10, -this in following the single one on Tuesday (see story below).

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Exploring Mushrooms With Taylor Lockwood

ig_Talor_Lockwood-02 (13k image)Friday, 7:00 p.m., at the SJI library, Taylor Lockwood, photographer and author of The Good, the Bad and the Deadly
, among other titles, will present a program of photos and a talk on the incredible diversity of mushrooms from all over the world. Taylor's thirty year career in mushroom photography has given him stories from most parts of the globe, and some of the most alluring images of mushrooms ever taken.

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Navy Search and Rescue Helps Orcas Mann

//NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND// - A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island was called Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 for a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) flight of a 63-year-old man in cardiac infarction.

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WSF Lines End, Reservations Begin Jan 5

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Reservations are coming soon. Attend a Washington State Ferries community event to sign up for a reservation account and learn more about the reservation system.

The WSF outreach team will begin this weekend on San Juan and Shaw, then next weekend on Lopez and Orcas. Schedule and location follows:

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Lopezians Recognized For Lifesaving Efforts

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( Terry Marshall; Tim Savage; Kevin &Isabelle Zoerb; Foster Hildreth; Marty Clark; Jim Ghiglione and Mitchell Barr -OPALCOphoto)

On October 3, 2014, more than 50 people gathered at OPALCO’s Lopez Crew Station to celebrate Journeyman Lineman Kevin Zoerb’s return to work and to recognize the community members who helped save his life.

On September 20, 2013 Co-op’s Journeyman Lineman Kevin Zoerb was working on the south end of Lopez Island when he came in contact with a high voltage line. He was airlifted to Harborview and admitted to the burn unit in critical condition.

injured when he came into contact with a high voltage line.

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Building Codes Toolkit Class

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Attend a one-day class, endorsed by San Juan County Building Advisory Council, that will help you put the new 2012 IRC building codes into practice in San Juan County.

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Town Improves Evergreen Park

The Friday Harbor Town Council welcomes the public to enjoy the new walking path, picnic area and greenery recently added to Evergreen Park; and they also invite the public to suggest additional enhancements. The park is one of five parks within the Town, and is located off of Spruce Street on Green Way in the Greenway neighborhood.

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Rick Larsen On Lopez For EA18-G Growler Noise Issues


U.S. Representative Rick Larsen listened to the Lopez community and San Juan County concerns about EA18-G Growler noise at the Lopez Center in Lopez village on Tuesday. Councilman Jamie Stephens is hosting this meeting and has scheduled it to coincide with the ferry so other islands can participate.

Fall "To Do" List For Your Wildlife “Family

You may be making fall outdoor chore lists, as daylight hours shrink, temperatures drop, and the urge grows to "batten down the hatches" in the yard and garden, and is another "to do" list from your local wildlife "family" that you may find easy to check off:

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FH School Parade Friday

Friday Harbor Elementary School Halloween Parade is at a different time this year due to a half day of school on October 31st. Students will leave the elementary school promptly at 9:30 a.m.

FHHS Girls & Boys Soccer Are Academic State Champs

Friday Harbor High School’s boys and girls soccer teams have each won the academic state championship for the 2B classification.

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IMA Membership Drive

IMA (SJI Museum of Art) is now offering a comprehensive membership program. Anyone joining before IMA’s Grand Opening February 15, 2015, automatically becomes a charter member. By joining IMA, you will be ensuring the continuation of IMA’s goals:

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Presentation On Affordable Care Act

The public is invited to a presentation on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 29 at Skagit Valley Community College in Friday Harbor. Entitled “Four Years and Counting -What Has Been the Impact of the Affordable Care Act?”, the event is hosted by the San Juan County Democrats.

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Planning The landscape

Colleen Howe-Gregory, of Mitchell Bay Farms, will be the featured speaker at the San Juan Island Garden Club on November 4, 2014. She will present a visual program that will highlight pollinator issues and the use of color in the landscape environment.

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Two Scoping Meetings For Growler

n response to requests from elected officials, the Navy will hold two additional scoping meetings for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing EA-18G Growler operations at NAS Whidbey Island

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RED" - Back By Popular Demand!

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SJ County Fairgrounds, Marie Boe Building, Oct 24 - Nov 16; Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 and 4:00 Sundays (We open on Friday Oct 24th

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Brett Alan Corbin

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May 13, 1963 ~ October 7, 2014

After a long battle with leukemia, Brett Corbin passed on while in the University of Washington Medical Center.

Brett was born in Port Angeles, Washington, and spent most of his younger life in Forks.

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Tour SJI Public Works Projects

Know Your Island Walk, Sat. Oct. 25, 2014, 1-4pm. Meet Rachel Dietzman and members of the San Juan County Public Works Department to tour and learn about public works projects.

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SJI Museum of Art May Received Funding

The Washington State Building for the Arts advisory committee has selected the San Juans Islands Museum of Art (IMA) as one of 14 non-profit organizations from a field of 50 applicants.

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SavorThe San Juans

Friday Harbor, WA … On Sunday, October 26, the passionate and talented chefs, farmers, fishers, winemakers, distillers and brewers of the San Juan Islands will create a unique tasting event-the Bite of the San Juan Islands

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Oregon Woman On Lopez Hit When Weapon In Bag Discharges

On Saturday, October 18, 2014 about 6:55 p.m. 911 Dispatch received a call about an accidental gunshot wound on Lopez Island.

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Albin Evans Sundstrom

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September 28, 1918 ~ September 10, 2014

Island Patriarch Passes - and so does the end of an era

Al Sundstrom passed away peacefully at his San Juan Valley farm early on September 10, 2014, on the Harvest Moon - fitting for this life-long farmer. Born and raised in San Juan Valley, he was the third of seven children born to John and Josie (Madden) Sundstrom on September 28, 1918.

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Sheriff’s Log Oct 1 through 7

• October 1 A San Juan Island man reported vandalism to his well and pumphouse.

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Info Online About Toxics In Products

OLYMPIA - Lab results revealing levels of toxic chemicals in consumer products sold in Washington are now available through an online database.

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Planning Commission Meeting Friday

Planning Commission Meeting Oct 17, 2014 - Friday - 8:30 AM at Council Hearing Room in Friday Harbor

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Orcas Pre-Commercial Thinning Workshop and Field Tour

Northwest Certified Forestry, a program of Northwest Natural Resource Group, will be hosting the third and final workshop in a series of events focused on forest health on the San Juan Islands; including “pre-commercial thinning", when only the smallest diameter, lowest quality and non-merchantable trees are removed.

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VA Mobile Vet Center To SJC

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San Juan County, with the largest number of veterans per-capita in the state, will now have improved access to counseling services and referrals for VA benefits and community resources. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Tacoma Vet Center will deploy a Mobile Outreach Team beginning Wednesday, November 5th, to the San Juan Islands. The mobile team will be at the following locations for dates and times shown:

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FH: Blair Avenue Update

Carlson Enterprises finished the second and final lift of asphalt on the southern portion of Blair Avenue, and the sidewalk area should be open for access to all business along the south side of Blair..

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National Wildlife Refuge Week

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites America to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 12-18, 2014) with a visit to a national wildlife refuge.

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Sheriff’s Log: Sept 24 to 30

• Sept 25 Deputies were called to a Friday Harbor apartment complex about a child custody dispute. No crime had been committed and the parties separated.

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Blair Avenue Update

On Friday, October 10th, project contractor Mike Carlson Enterprises finished the second and final lift of asphalt on the southern portion of Blair Avenue. The sidewalks in this area will be poured during the week of October 20th.

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Sunday Gathering For Ted Middleton

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A gathering for Ted Middleton's friends and family will be held on Sunday, October 12, from 3 - 6 at Brickworks, in Friday Harbor. Edward Anderson Middleton, Jr. (Ted) died unexpectedly April 28, 2014 while on a trip to California.

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League of Women Voters Candidates Forum Thursday On Lopez

Once again, the League of Women Voters of the San Juans will sponsor forums where candidates and speakers on ballot issues will address the public, and take questions: Thursday, Oct. 9 on Lopez Island at 5 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church.

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Sailing Club Gifts Sailing Foundation

Friday Harbor Sailing Club’s ( FHSC) Commodore recently presented a check for $500.00 from the Club to the San Juan Sailing Foundation.

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Jeanne McFarland Joins Coldwell Banker SJI

ig_Jeanen_McFarland-001 (9k image)Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands, Inc. is proud to welcome Jeanne McFarland to their office. Merri Ann Simonson, Managing Broker, said “we are very excited to have a new Broker with Jeanne’s qualifications, education and enthusiasm. We believe her technology skills and accounting background plus her island history will enhance her real estate career;” Adding, “Be sure to stop by our office and meet her or say hello. “

Young To Old, Are You Ready For Flu? Flu Shots Offered

Getting a flu vaccine is easy, and it is the single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu. Get vaccinated early and stay protected throughout the flu season; see below:.

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Dave Hall Benefit Saturday

ig_Dave_Hall-004 (81k image)Dave is known by many as the “glass guy” and local owner of Island Glass which services the San Juan Islands. Dave has inoperable stage 4 Prostate Cancer. We are happy to report he is responding positively to the creative treatments from specialists at University of Washington Medical Center and Cancer Care Alliance. His amazing team is helping him be "In It to Win It" as sports minded Dave likes to say.

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