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Speaker: "The Rights of Nature & Community"

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Can the democratic rights of communities and the rights of nature survive the exploitation of corporate interests? This essential question, and the answer, “Yes!” is said to be at the heart of the film, “WE the People 2.0” which will be showing at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 22nd at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. and again on Orcas Island: 5:30-7:30 Feb 23 at Emmanuel Parish. A film and presentation by Kai Huschke will "explore the struggle for clear water, clean air, protected ecosystems in communities across our country, and the essential rights of the environment that are growing ever-more-critical around the world."

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Tucker Detours In FH Starts on 26th

The Town of Friday Harbor has sent out the following construction Update on "What to expect for the week(s) of February 26th through March 12th on Phase 2 of the Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project:
The Town of Friday Harbor truly appreciates everyone’s patience while we work through this project. A project manager/inspector will be available to any address concerns. Do not hesitate to contact the Project Inspector, Frank Baublits, at or (360) 461-2338. You may also contact Town Hall at (360) 378-2810 with questions or comments. Construction updates will be posted as often as possible.

Project task(s):

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OPALCO Elections Time


Board Nominations by Petition are open until February 23 Two candidates have been selected by the Elections and Governance Committee, Jeffery Struthers and Richard Christmas.

There is still time for members to declare their candidacy for the board election. Nominations by petition are due by 12 pm (PST) on February 23rd. Co-op members from District 2 may submit their candidacy by 1) collecting no fewer than 20 names and signatures of OPALCO members who live in their district on a petition; and 2) completing the nominations app at

New Sidewalks & A Roundabout For FH

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(Draft rendering of Roundabout)

Friday Harbor Town Administrator Duncan Wilson was an invited guest speaker Wednesday at the Rotary Club, and gave a general update on upcoming projects. The highlight was the announcement that, after many years of study and discussion, an at grade roundabout, and new and extended crosswalks will be placed at the intersection of Spring Street and Argyle Avenue.

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Jensen Youth Scholarship Applications Are Due By March 9

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OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors of OPALCO member households. Up to five scholars will receive a $1,000 scholarship from OPALCO and the family of Nourdine Jensen, as well as an all-expenses paid trip to the Youth Rally, a co-op leadership camp, at the College of Idaho.

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Imogen Cunningham: Through My Lens

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(Self portrait: Imogen -contributed photo)

Friday Harbor, WA: The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) will open an exhibition by world renown Pacific Northwest photographer Imogen Cunningham, courtesy of the Imogen Cunningham Trust and its director, San Juan Islands resident Meg Partridge, Cunningham’s grand daughter and an award winning documentary film maker.
Imogen Cunningham: Through My Lens will be on view from February 17 to May 7, 2018.

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Open Meetings Act Not Violated By Hospital Commissioners Edwards & Schwinge

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(SJCHB prior to appointment of new board member -IG photo)

At the last SJC Public Hospital District #1 Commissioners special meeting the commissioners were accused of violating the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) when two of the five member board commissioners (with two vacant chairs) had discussed district business by phone, including candidates, two of whom would be appointed by the commission to fill out the board. After the meeting Commission chair Michael Edwards told The Island Guardian that “the board will ask for a review of the actions by the appropriate parties to determine if they violated any procedures rules.”

Pamela Hutchins, Superintendent of the district reported on Monday (02-12-18) that “any two commissioners on our five-person board may discuss public business as they wish without violating the OPMA. This has been confirmed by the district’s legal counsel and by the attorneys at Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC), the authoritative source for these sorts of issues.”

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Public Comment Hearing On Comprehensive Plan Vision

At the February 16, 2018, Planning Commission meeting in the County Council hearing room, will take public comment and discuss proposed amendments to the SJC Comprehensive Plan Vision.

Proposed amendments were first discussed at the January 19, 2018 work session. At that work session, Community Development staff presented a summary of public input regarding the vision and obtained the Planning Commission’s guidance for drafting preliminary amendments.

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Orca Drone Protection Bill Passes House

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For thousands of Washingtonians with a new drone to try out, the ability to get some up close and personal footage of orca whales is tempting. But, under a bill sponsored by Representatives Lytton, Morris, Tarleton, Fitzgibbon, Springer, Gregerson, & Hudgins
passed out of the House this week, flying too close to orca whales could result in a fine.

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Appleton & Smith Appointed To SJC Public Hospital Board -& Some Controversy

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(L to R: Dr. Warren Appleton & Rebecca Smith -IG photo)

The San Juan County Public Hospital Board of Commissioners held a special meeting and work session Thursday night to complete interviews and then vote to appoint two of seven applicants to fill Position 5 and 3 of the commission -and of course that lead to controversy.

There were seven applicants: Dr. Warren Appleton; Dr. David Balmer; John Manning; David Meiland; Barbara Sharp; C. Mitchell Shlosser, and Rebecca Smith. Keri Talbott had put her name forward, but then withdrew.

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Land Bank Expands “Mt. Grant” Land Area

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(Land Bank map)

On the heels of the Zylstra Lake property acquisition, the San Juan County Land Bank was able to secure and additional 60+ acres adjacent to Mount Grant Preserve.
“Mount Grant is one of the most fascinating projects I have worked on since becoming a land bank commissioner,” said commissioner Amanda Azous.

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SJI Schools Big Winners in Knowledge Bowl

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The 24th annual Knowledge Bowl was held Monday, (02-05-2018) at the San Juan Community Theatre. Sponsored by the San Juan Public Schools Foundation, the family fun began with the Friday Harbor High School Jazz Band, and the battle of knowledge began as moderator Brent Snow read the questions for the team members to try and come up with the correct answers -it ended with the Soroptimist Club just bumping out the rest of the participants, and the evening concluded with the presentation of a check from the sponsoring foundation for $127,4040.00 to the SJI School District.

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San Juan School Superintendent Looking For New Job In Ellensburg

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As seems to be the norm, San Juan Island School District Superintendent Danna Diaz has decided after three years it is time to move on; and it may be to the Ellensburg school district, a larger school district -and presumably a larger contract-with an enrollment of just over three thousand students.

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Cooke Aquaculture Lease Revoked

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Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands, announced the termination of Cooke Aquaculture’s lease for its Cypress Island facility. Cooke Aquaculture (Cooke) raises Atlantic salmon at the site and leases the aquatic lands from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

On Tuesday, state investigators released their finding that Cooke’s failure to properly clean and maintain its facility was the primary cause of the August 19 net pen collapse at Cypress Island.

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Big Bucks Awarded To SJC Projects

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board this week announced the award of State Awards $3,768,745.00 in Grants for SJC Outdoor Recreation/Conservation Projects that build and maintain outdoor recreation facilities and conserve wildlife habitat.

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OPALCO Election Candidates Named - Nominations By Petition May Also Be Submitted By 2/23

There are two ways to be nominated for the Board of Directors. Any qualified member (i.e. live in the district & be a member of OPALCO) may submit their nomination through a “nominations portal”. However, the Elections & Governance Committee has already recommended Richard (Rick) Christmas and Jeffrey L. Struthers as the slate of candidates for Board approval. Nevertheless, other candidates may submit a petition to be a candidate.

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FH Animal Protection Society Volunteer of the Month

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Pam Fry is the animal shelter’s “Volunteer of the Month” for February. Pam is a frequent visitor to the shelter, where she does energy balancing treatments on animals in need of help. The treatments help to clear stress and trauma and promote socializing and calmness. The treatments are tremendously helpful for animals who have recently arrived at the shelter as well as those that have a difficult time adapting to life in an animal shelter.

SJIs Visitor Study Updates

Local, state, and federal agencies that manage lands or recreation facilities in the San Juan Islands sponsored a study in 2017 to collect better information about use, impacts, visitors, and preferences for management. The study addresses several questions related to San Juan Islands tourism, public lands, and recreation areas.

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Explore Draft Lopez Village Subarea Plan

Lopez Village Subarea Plan Pop-Up Studio

Friday, February 23, 2018, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Lopez Village Market

Find out more about the Lopez Village Subarea plan February 23, 2018, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Lopez Village Market
. Lopez Village Planning and Review Committee seeks your input on the draft plan being created by Lopezians.

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SJI Chordsmen Will Sing For You; Or Whoever

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Singing Valentines fundraiser for Island Chordsmen Plus! Valentines are not just for sweethearts; they are a caring gesture for anyone you cherish. And to help you express your affections, our entire chorus will arrive at your home, business or at your dinner date in our snappy costumes, with a fresh rose and a couple of special songs to serenade one, two or multitudes.

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Affordable Housing Discussion Tuesday

Tuesday (02-013-18) Mark Tompkins, Director of Health & Community Services & Ryan Page, the Affordable Housing Coordinator, will resent an Affordable Housing Report from the Housing Bank Commission for Council review and request input from the Council on the Draft Proposed 2018 Real Estate Excise Tax Administrative and Financial Plan, and if appropriate schedule a public hearing regarding the proposed funding measure.

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$50,000 Matching Grant To SJI Family Resource Center & To Honor Joyce Sobel

The Community Foundation is honored to announce an anonymous matching grant in the amount of $50,000 to go toward the San Juan Island Family Resource Center’s Building Expansion Project.

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EDC Free Electrical Basics Training

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in electrical basics this spring for those considering a career in the electrical trades, or simply exploring career options.

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SJ Island Rec - Father Daughter Dance

Tickets are on sale for Island Rec’s 13th Annual Father Daughter Dance - a special occasion for girls of all ages to get dressed up and spend quality time with their dads, granddads, or other male role-models. Treat your darling daughters to a special night out with music from DJ Doug, dancing, and delicious appetizers & desserts! Girls receive a free charm and a keepsake photo.

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Y’all Can Come Pay Me A Visit

ig_SO_Sam-001 (59k image)“Hey Sam”, they said. “Get on the bus and go on a road trip with us”, they said. “It’ll be fun.”, they said. So, I got on the bus. In Texas.

That road trip took over four days! I tell you what, all the way from Texas to Friday Harbor is down the road a fur piece. I did NOT cotton to it one bit.

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Apply For Appointment To SJC Hospital Board

The San Juan County Public Hospital District 1 is soliciting applications for positions 3 and 5 through Feb. 7. Submit letters of interest and CVs to the district’s superintendent, Pamela Hutchins, at Call 360-378-2857 for additional information.

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Dog Lic -Happiness for $15

A San Juan County resident traveled to Los Angeles with her dog. A mishap occurred, and the dog ran off. A Los Angeles resident found the dog and called the Auditor’s office, because the dog was wearing a San Juan County dog license. Auditor staff were able to reach the dog owner using the cell phone number on the dog licensing record. Dog and owner were re-united, from 1200 miles away.

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WSF Spring Reservations Open Thursday

Vehicle reservations for spring travel on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney B.C., and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes will be released Thursday, February 1 at 7:00 a.m. PT. The Washington State Ferries Spring 2018 schedule runs from April 1, 2018 through June 23, 2018.

Reservations can be made online at or by calling 511 and speaking with an Information Agent.

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State Adopts Washington’s First Reclaimed Water Rule

Even in rainy Washington, water is a precious commodity. Agriculture, industry and our communities all depend on sufficient, stable supplies of water. As our state’s population and economy grows, finding ways to conserve water is becoming more important. A new rule from the Washington Department of Ecology will streamline the process for reclaiming water.

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6 Years? That's Way Too Long!

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I am Jem. If you’ve visited the animal shelter at any time over the last six years you may have already met me. I spent three years at the shelter waiting for my forever person. When she showed up, I fell head over heels in love with her and we spent a wonderful year together, before she passed away.

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Mentor SJI Students Community Service Projects

The second semester FHHS Community Service-Learning Class will begin January 29th. This class utilizes committed adult mentors who will guide students through the completion of a service project related to community improvement - both locally and globally.

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Will SJI EMS & Fire District Merge Like Orcas?

The Friday Harbor fire department merged with the county fire district, now the SJC Hospital District Commissioners meeting at the EMS Bld on Wednesday will hold a discussion on a possible merger of the SJI Fire district and the SJI EMS department.
Full agenda below:

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Ah! 2018 Tax Bills Due

Rhonda Pederson, San Juan County Treasurer, has competed the 2018 tax roll. All real and personal property taxes and assessments are due and payable to the San Juan County Treasurer on or before April 30, 2018.

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Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Results

ig_RH_RH_SalmonDerby-2018-results_001 (65k image)Record early SELL-OUT ~ on October 6, 2017, with a 100 Boat Limit ~ the 15th Annual Derby kicked off on Thursday January 18th registering a total of 357 Anglers. Weather was wet, cool & winds that kept us honest when the cannon went off Friday Morning to start day one of fishing. Friday total fish weighed in was 102 in spite of the challenging weather for our hearty Anglers!

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Free Healthy Desk workshop

Working an office job can be hard on healthy bodies; learn how business owners and employees can use “Healthy Desk” techniques to improve comfort - and even productivity - in an office setting.

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Women’s March Returns To FH

The San Juan County Women's March will be held in Friday Harbor, starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Friday Harbor Courthouse on First Street.

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Wind Advisory In Effect

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 10 AM to 5 PM PST Wednesday. * WIND...Southeast 20 to 35 mph, with gusts near 45 mph.

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