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OPALCO Awarded $5.8M to Fund Energy Efficiency Projects!

OPALCO is now offering on-bill financing for members who want to Switch it Up! and install super-efficient ductless heat pumps, heat pump water heaters and electric vehicle chargers. These upgrades can cut energy spending in half for heating and transportation, compared to fossil fuels (propane, gasoline), saving thousands of dollars over the life of the project while reducing carbon emissions in our sensitive environment.

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FHHS Art Students Win State Art Competition

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(L to R: Andy Anderson, LucasChevalier, SomaAndrews -contributed photo)

Friday Harbor High School as announced that two art students, Soma Andrews and Lucas Chevalier are State Winners of the 46th Annual Superintendent's High School Art Show.

Soma Andrews (Junior) and Lucas Chevalier (Senior) attended a reception in the state capital with their Teacher, Andy Anderson, where they received their “Judges Choice” awards on Friday May 17th, 2019 at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction OSPI) located in the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.

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New Measles Cases In Washington

Washington State is experiencing a second measles outbreak within five months, with six new cases confirmed in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties since May 9. This is separate from the previous outbreak that happened earlier this year, which was largely contained to the Clark County/Vancouver Washington area.

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Update -sort of- On The SJI Bear

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Sheriff Ron Krebs reports that so far the bear has been roaming over every part of the island. If you see him please report it so we can track him. Here are some points to remember when it comes to the bear.

1) WDFW and SJSO are working cooperatively to monitor the situation.

2) The bear’s activities have been tracked since it left Camano Island a couple weeks ago. At no point has the bear been reported to be aggressive toward people or animals.

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Kiwanis Support Stand Up Men


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(Kiwanis President, & Larry Greene, of Stand Up Men -contributed photo)

Friday Harbor Kiwanis presents a check for $500 in support of Stand Up Men's recent fund-raising campaign. In accepting the award Larry Greene said "Stand Up Men appreciates Friday Harbor Kiwanis’ $500 contribution to support our campaign of raising $45,000 to fully fund SAFE San Juans' Domestic Violence/Sexual Abuse Prevention and Healthy Relationships programs in all schools and communities in the San Juans.” Friday Harbor Kiwanis meets the first and third Thursdays at noon each month at Friday Harbor House.

Mussel-sniffing Dog “Puddles” Joins Fight Against Invasive Species

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The newest member of the team that protects Washington’s waterways from invasive species has quite the ruff routine: Sniff, sit, play!

Starting this spring, Puddles, a 2-year-old Jack Russel terrier mix, will use her keen sense of smell to help detect quagga and zebra mussel larvae on boats traveling through mandatory watercraft-inspection stations run by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

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Island Sinfonia: Sunday

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The spring concert series by Island Sinfonia is upon us. On Sunday, May 19, Island Sinfonia will present their annual concert at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Friday Harbor at 3:00 pm. Admission is by donation and students are always free.

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FHHS Aerospace Team Headed To World Finals

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( L to R: Dan Garner; Arlo Harold; Luch Urbach; Joely Loucks, & Brandon Payne -FHHS photo)

The Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team has just received results from the qualifying round of the International Space Settlement Design Competition. Based on the judges' evaluation of our work, Friday Harbor produced one of the top four design proposals in North America and are now invited to the World Finals held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in late July.

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Your Rental Property Options

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San Juan County currently has several mechanisms for legally renting a home in the County.

The information below is meant for informational purposes only and does not incorporate all the rules and regulations. It will however provide those who want to learn more about residential renting of homes in the County an overview of at least some of the things they need to consider, and do, prior to listing property for rent.

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Alchemy Art Center Residence Program

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This June, Alchemy Art Center is launching their new Artists in Residence program with printmaker Katy Collier and photographer Tess Malijenovsky! Katyand. Tess will be residing and working at Alchemy, as well as teaching weekly classes and weekend workshops.

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WSF Community Meetings Wednesday


WSF and local Ferry Advisory Committees are hosting upcoming community meeting, Wednesday, May 15, 5 p.m., Orcas Senior Center, 62 Henry Road, Eastsound. Topics include proposed changes to fares, implementation of the 2040 Long Range Plan and local projects specific to each route. Each meeting will include a brief presentation and an opportunity to ask questions and share comments.

Come learn about the future of ferries, proposed changes to fares, and local projects on your route.

EPA Change In Water Standards Opposed By State

Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s action on changing Washington’s Poptable water standards.

“The Environmental Protection Agency just announced they will change the water quality standards that protect human health in the state of Washington. By taking this unilateral action, the EPA will risk almost certain litigation and cause uncertainty for Washington’s businesses.

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BLM Seeks Nominations

he Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced it is seeking public nominations for four open positions on the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC). The nomination period is open until June 13, 2019. The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils (RACs), of which the MAC is one, help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands.

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Coast Guard Responds To B.C. Whale Watching Boat Rescue Of 45 People

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The Coast Guard has reported that around 12:30 pm a 60’ Catamaran, the “4ever Wild', out of Canada with 45 people aboard was taking on water and it had been purposely ran boat aground on Smith Island, just south of Lopez.

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"Deputy"Guss Joins Sheriffs Office

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San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs recently swore in the newest member of his team. Guss, an 18-month-old sable German shepherd, was welcomed to the Sheriff’s staff this week.

Guss’s handler, Jay Holt, has been a Deputy in the islands for the past year. Holt worked previously with the Burlington Police Department.

Sheriff Krebs indicated the main role for his new K-9 team will be drug detection.

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FH Laboratories Open House Saturday

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) will hold its annual Open House. The Open House is a splendid opportunity for the community to meet scientists and students at the Labs. All are invited to check out the research and teaching facilities. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Handicapped Access At Jackson Beach

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You might have seen some changes down at Jacksons Beach lately. Wondering what’s going on? As part of FH High School’s Community Project class, Zach Crichton, Kenny Hallock and Kevin Soto, with a team of mentors and volunteers, have just finished making better wheelchair access at the beach. Zach is a wheelchair user and knew from personal experience how difficult it was to park, unload and traverse the path.

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2019 $ for Home Fund Program

San Juan County Health & Community Services has announced to all interested parties the County’s intention to release a Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) for a 2019 funding round for the Home Fund program. The County intends to release this NOFA on June 3, 2019 with responses being accepted through July 15, 2019.

Applications will be solicited in order to establish a list of projects for funding in 2019.

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Bigg’s Killer Whales Sightings Up

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There are multiple reports of large numbers of the transient mammal eating Bigg’s Killer Whales cruising near Vancouver and San Juan Islands.

Chek News in Canada reports at least 50 of the orcas have been seen, and experts state they are here not for the salmon -which is what the Southern Residents orcas eat- but prefer other mammals, specifically porpoises, dolphins, sea lions and even young whales if they find one.

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Presentation On Marjorie Walker


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MarjorieWalker a wealthy New Yorker by birth, sailed through the Salish Sea when she was seventeen and vowed to return. That promise was realized twenty-six years later. Marjorie returned in 1949 after establishing herself in the East as a landscape artist and animal portraitist. Remembered as San Juan Island's first academically-trained professional artist, Marjorie shared her art and studio with generations of island children and adults.

A presentation by Sandy Strehlou at the SJI library will be held Monday (05-06-19) to discuss her life before and after she discovered San Juan Island.

Boyce Scholarship Fundraiser Saturday

ig_Bob_Boyce-1_medium (50k image) The 11th Annual Bobby Boyce

sports and academic scholarship fundraiser will be held Saturday at the American Legion Post 163 in Friday Harbor.

Founded in honor of Bobby Boyce, a noted island sports enthusiast, the scholarship is awarded annually to athletes who have made a significant contribution to high school sports and is open to all local graduates.

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EDC invites SJC Knowledge Workers To 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. We hope this network will help local knowledge workers find clients and share ideas, and help local businesses find local talent.

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Opening Day Boat Parade & Open House Sunday May 5

ig_SHIYC_OpeningDay_2019-001 (88k image)All are invited to the Friday Harbor waterfront at 2:15pm on Sunday, May 5th, for the island’s annual Opening Day Boat Parade - visualize a 4th of July parade on the water. The parade can best be viewed from Spring Street Landing and adjoining waterfront locations.

Starting at 5:00pm, after the parade, the Yacht Club is hosting a Community Open House & Dinner with a Cinco de Mayo theme. All are welcome, as the club’s guests, to learn about the island’s most popular club while enjoying a Pig Roast and taco feast on an infinity deck overlooking the harbor. Tickets are available at or at the door.

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Cooke Pays The $332K Penalty Over Salmon Release

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Cooke Aquaculture will pay the full $332,000 penalty to the Washington Department of Ecology for the collapse of its floating pen near Cypress Island that released 250,000 non-native fish into Puget Sound.

Initially, Cooke Aquaculture appealed the penalty to the Pollution Control Hearings Board, but in a legal settlement with Ecology, agreed to pay the full penalty. The collapse in August 2017 led to a multi-agency investigation, and ultimately to the state Legislature passing a bill to phase out non-native fish farming.

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Brian Moore Appointed To SJI School Board

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Last Wednesday evening, April 24, 2019, the Board of Directors of San Juan Island School District swore in appointee Brian Moore, Vice President of the San Juan Public Schools Foundation , to fill the position #5 unexpired term vacated by Jack McKenna until the election in November, 2019.

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Dennis Willows Chosen For Port of FH Airport Honor Wall

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The Port of Friday Harbor and the San Juan Pilots Association are pleased to recognize our 2019 aviation honoree. This joint effort features a different pilot every year. The Honor Wall at the Port of Friday Harbor Airport commemorates the history of aviation in the San Juan Islands since the early post World War II years when Roy Franklin first established scheduled air service linking San Juan Island with the mainland.

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Bat With White-Nose Syndrome In Wa

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White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that affects hibernating bats, has been confirmed for the first time in a western long-eared bat (Myotis evotis) in King County, Washington. This brings the total number of bat species confirmed with the deadly fungal disease in North America to 12.

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Want A Thankless Job? Candidate Filing Week - May 13-17

If you have ever wanted to be an elected official, now is your chance. Candidate filing for positions open for election in 2019 is about to begin.

During filing week, candidates may submit their filings online, by email, by fax, or in person at the San Juan County Elections Office at 55 Second Street Ste. A, Friday Harbor. Online candidate filing will be available Monday, May 13 at 9 a.m. through Friday, May 17 at 4 p.m. In-person, emailed and faxed filings will be accepted Monday, May 13 at 8 a.m. through Friday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m. Mail-in filings will be accepted no earlier than Monday, April 29 and will be processed on May 13.

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Want To Be A SJC Hospital Commissioner?

Want to make a difference? San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 (SJCPHD#1) has four of its five commissioner seats open for election this fall. This is almost unprecedented. Prospective candidates must file between May 13-17 and community leaders are needed to provide a new generation of strong leadership. • Meet and Greet: April 24, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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Book Talk - Earth Day


Drew Harvell will discuss her book, Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease. At the Brickworks, Friday Harbor, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. All are invited. There is no charge for this event. Drew’s presentation will include updates on Sea Star Wasting Disease and salmon health in our Puget Sound waters.

Drew is a local author and resident scientist at Friday Harbor Laboratories. A book signing and reception will follow the presentation. Hosted by Friday Harbor Labs and Griffin Bay Books.

Children’s Festival Poster Contest Winners

Island Rec has announced the winners of the Annual Children’s Festival Poster Contest.

1st Place: Melinda Joy
2nd: Lyla Ovenell
3rd: Sam Herda
Honorable Mentions: Felicity Schubert and Sarah Schubert

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Teen Flashlight Easter SJI Egg Hunt


If you thought looking for Easter eggs was kid stuff, try finding one in the dark! Bring a flashlight and a basket and join us at this special egg hunt just for teens. Beach Bonfire after. Find a Golden egg and win a gift card! Friday April 19th from 8:30-9:30pm at Jackson Beach, for grades 6-12. Check out all of Island Rec’s events at

SJI Community Arts Theatre Society (CATS) Annual Fund Raiser


ig_sjct_CATS_ElegantEdibles_04-20-19-01 (53k image)The Elegant Edibles Easter Bake Sale will be held this year at the Mullis Center on Saturday, April 20. Doors open at 10 am and the sale ends at 1:00. Arrive early to select your favorite island baked treats.

SJC Waters Still Safe For Shellfish Harvest

The Washington State Department of Health’s annual water quality evaluation for commercial shellfish harvest areas will result in harvest restrictions in one area, and 18 additional areas will be listed as “threatened,” but San Juan County has once again stayed off the list. Shellfish harvest areas currently meeting water quality standards, but threatened with restrictions due to bacterial pollution include:

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Owner Closes Down Hardened Arms In FH

(UPDATED 12:20 AM, 04-29-19) Multiple sources reported ATF (The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms) showed up at Hardened Arms in Friday Harbor on Tuesday, and closed them down, however ATF states they were not involved, and Pat Merlino, the owner of Hardened Arms, states the reports are not true, and that he closed down the operation due to "declining sales;" a statement also verified by the production manager of Hardened Arms. Harden Arms employed approximately 20 plus local employees and made after-market parts for the AR-15 and other types of non-military rifles.

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Town Hosts Spring Cleanup April 22-26

The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to offer its residential refuse customers a one-time-only curbside pickup of items that are too large or too heavy for their refuse cans the week of April 22-26. “The Town saw an opportunity to encourage neighborhood cleanups and to assist our customers with their spring cleaning efforts,” said Town Administrator Duncan Wilson.

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LEO Club Community Gifts

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the FHHS LEO Club held it’s 12th Annual Golf Scramble at the San Juan Golf and Tennis Club. This yearly fundraiser is supported by the San Juan Golf & Tennis Club, local golfers, local merchants, and the San Juan Lions Club.

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FH Military Museum Open To Public Saturday

AL-Sign-001 (66k image)American Legion Post 163, Friday Harbor will be open to the public on Saturday, May 25th This is a rare opportunity to visit the Club and Military Museum for non-members. The American Legion is a U.S. war veterans' organization. It was chartered September 16, 1919, by the U.S. Congress.

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Free Tie Dying: Farmer’s Market

Feel like putting a little free spirit in your summer? Saturday, June 1st for Tie Dying at the Farmer’s Market! Island Rec staff will be stationed at the Brickworks Building, 150 Nichols Street, from 9:30 am to 1 pm. Shirts will be available for purchase or bring your very own, “plain white tee” for FREE! Mark your calendars, this is a groovy community event not to be missed!

State Recognizes Orcas & SJI Schools

Over the past year, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Board of Education, and Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee created a new system of recognizing and celebrating schools’ achievement on the Washington School Improvement Framework (WSIF) measures. The 2017 to 2018 results are in, and both Orcas and San Juan Island high schools have made the list.

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SJI Hospital Board Today

an Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be having a Regular Board Meeting on Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. to be held at the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building (1079 Spring Street). The District can be found on Facebook:

Caution! Wet Paint In Friday Harbor

Town streets are being restriped with fresh paint on the week of May 20, 2019. Work will include centerlines, lane/edge lines and curb markings.

The goal is to complete restriping of most major streets, as well as some of the secondary streets. The work schedule is weather dependent.

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Tourism Survey of Residents & Businesses

Recent studies /font> reported visitors’ opinions toward tourism issues and possible solutions. Many people requested similar surveys of residents and businesses.

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June Is Family Reunification

Washington has proclaimed June Family Reunification Month, to commemorate parents who have worked hard to successfully reunify their families after significant struggles. On June 4, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., the San Juan County Council will declare June Family Reunification Month in San Juan County.

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PastaPalooza Dinner May 17

Join The Whale Museum on Friday, May 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the PastaPalooza Dinner Event at the San Juan Island Grange in Friday Harbor. The dinner is a special carb-loading event to celebrate Orca Running’s second annual San Juan Island Half Marathon which takes place the next day. Help welcome and cheer on the participants! All are invited to the dinner which is catered by Downriggers.

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Are You Ready To Enter In The Fair?

Spring has sprung, flowers are blooming, gardens are growing, the sun is shining and birds are chirping! This year’s Fair theme “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots” reminds us of the cyclical nature of the seasons and the cycles of life. Now is the perfect time to start planning your fair entry to ensure you are blue-ribbon ready for entry day on Tuesday, August 13th.

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My Name Is Chef Chutney

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Hello there! My Name Is Chef Chutney and I just found a lovely recipe for an Indian dish. Maybe you could join me for an early dinner, I like to eat at 3:00. I picked up some fresh naan at the bakery, maybe you could bring a mango or two?

I will be hungry and waiting for you at the animal shelter.

Wa Best State In U.S.

Washington is the best state in the country, according to the third annual 2019 Best States rankings from U.S. News & World Report. The publication evaluated all 50 states across a range of criteria, including education, health care, infrastructure and the economy. The report emphasized Washington’s thriving technology sector as well as the state’s aggressive efforts to promote clean, affordable energy.

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Island Air Ambulance Accreditation

Island Air Ambulance was recently awarded full reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS) and joins an elite group of medical transport services that have achieved this recognition. CAMTS is an independent, non-profit organization that audits and accredits medical transport services worldwide.

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PastaPalooza Dinner May 17

Join The Whale Museum on Friday, May 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the PastaPalooza Dinner Event at the San Juan Island Grange in Friday Harbor. The dinner is a special carb-loading event to celebrate Orca Running’s second annual San Juan Island Half Marathon which takes place the next day. Help welcome and cheer on the participants! All are invited to the dinner which is catered by Downriggers.

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FHL Open House MAY 11, 2019 11 am - 4 pm

As you find your way across our beautiful FHL campus, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at our facilities and learn about the exciting research being done here. No need to RSVP to this family-friendly event that’s open to all ages!

On your self-guided tour you can:

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Fish for Teeth Taco Fundraiser

Fish for Teeth is continuing its tooth-fixing mission with another Fish Taco Fundraiser on Friday, May 10, 11-1:30, this time at a new location, on the lawn across from the Sheriff’s Office (on Second Street). An $8.00 suggested donation lands you a full-on burrito-sized “taco,” filled with sustainably-harvested Washington Coastal Rockfish, Pablito’s salsa, Tillamook cheese, zesty greens, and a squeeze of lime. Absolutely delicious.

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SJI Fire District Commissioners Meeting

The next regular meeting for the Board of Commissioners for San Juan County Fire District #3 will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 1011 Mullis St., the Mullis Street Fire Station.

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Eastsound Income Survey in May

The County is surveying Eastsound households in May to determine the median income. This survey data is required for the County to apply for Community Development General Purpose Block Grants administered by Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Burning Closures In May

ig_FD_SlashBurn-02 (86k image) Burning Season is coming to a close in San Juan County. All Commercial Permits will be closing on May 15th at sundown. Residential permits will close on May 31st at midnight. Recreational fires remain open -for the time being.

Children’s Festival Saturday

The 29th Annual Children’s Festival is this Saturday May 4th, 2019. Community organizations will provide creative and hands-on activities. Children will have the opportunity to unleash their inner super hero with crafted masks, capes, and arm bands.

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Fair Calls For Local Performers

San Juan County Fair calls for local performer applications for the 2019 San Juan County Fair, applications are being accepted online. Performers from San Juan County and surrounding areas are encouraged to apply.

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Town’s Business License Now Online With The State

Starting this week, the Town of Friday Harbor is online with the Washington Business Licensing Service’s (BLS) to administer its business licensing program.

Businesses that are currently not licensed and doing business in Friday Harbor or expecting to renew their existing licenses will need to apply through the state BLS portal at

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Property Taxes Due April 30

The first installment of property taxes and personal property taxes are due April 30. If not paid by June 1,an additional 3% penalty on the entire 2019 amount will accrue - again by State statute. These charges cannot be waived.

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"Friends of the Library" Annual Meeting

The community is cordially invited to a celebration at the Library to celebrate "Friends of the Library" with an annual meeting AND celebrating the wonderful volunteers (board of trustees, library volunteers in their many jobs and the Friends of the Library volunteers.) Sunday, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

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Fill Up the Fund

On Friday (tomorrow) IPS in Friday Harbor will donate 50 cents per gallon gas sold on to San Juan Service Scholarship (similar to Dollars for Scholars). The Rotart Interact Club will host a hot dog and drinks stand at IPS from 11:30 - 1 PM. All proceeds raised will provide needed scholarship funds to graduating seniors who successfully complete a minimum of 80 hours of volunteer hours for nonprofit organization on San Juan Island.

Extra Ferry Stop At Lopez Sat

itTourDeLopez-002 (66k image)This Saturday, April 27, WSF will make one extra stop at Lopez Island to accommodate participants in the annual Tour De Lopez, the largest bicycle event in the San Juan Islands, which is expected to draw large groups of riders. The extra stop will occur Saturday morning on the 7:30 am sailing departing Anacortes (8:20 am arrival at Lopez).

Island Rec - Messy Me

Messy Me returns for even more sensory-engaging fun! We’ll play around in the elementary school gym with different sensory bins filled with mediums such as water, kinetic sand, and slime! Meet us April 26th from 2:30-4pm, this activity is free and is meant for children ages 2 to 5 and their chaperones.

Community Forum: Emergency Care & Air-Ambulance

Thursday April 25, 6:30-8:00 pm - Mullis Senior Center - 589 Nash Street, Friday Harbor,

Health Insurance Coverage for Emergency Care and Air-Ambulance Transfer in San Juan County forum, Sponsored by San Juan County Public Hospital District #1

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A Very Chic "Cowboy"

ig_SO_PetWeek-Cowboy-002 (59k image)Bon Jour…..Est-ce que tu parles francais?
I didn’t know I could speak French either until just now.
Who wouldn’t be interested in a bilingual dog who is a mignonne as me?
I have so much to offer that you really should just come in and meet me at the animal shelter.
We can go for a walk and work on our French accents…..Oui Oui or French kissing….. your choice!
Merci beaucoup -COWBOY

Pink Is The New Orange

On April 10, the state House of Representatives passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill (ESSB) 5148, a bill expanding orange clothing requirements for hunters to include fluorescent pink.

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Town Hosts Spring Cleanup April 22-26

The Town of Friday Harbor residential refuse one-time-only curbside pickup of items that are too large or too heavy for their refuse cans the week of April 22-26. items must fit in a standard pickup truck bed and weigh no more than 60 pounds. This pickup is for non-hazardous, non-liquid items such as large toys and scrap metal, mattresses, carpet, and unusable furniture.

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Master Gardener 2019 Interns

ig_MG_Class_2019-001 (94k image)Congratulations to the 28 community members who completed 60 hours of classroom and online training on vegetable and fruit gardening, use of native plants, forestry, ornamental and landscape gardening, composting, plant problem diagnosis, pest control and integrated pest management, soils and more to become WSU Master Gardener Interns.

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Get Ready: FH Soap Box Race

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The fourth running of the now famous Island Rec Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race on Sunday, May 19. This is a classic old-fashioned ‘gravity’ race where people run their homemade non-motorized contraptions down Grover St. by the elementary school.

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Property Taxes Due April 30 Plan Ahead Mail Early

San Juan County Treasurer, Rhonda Pederson would like to remind county property owners that the first installment of property taxes and personal property taxes are due April 30.
If you mail, MAIL EARLY - all San Juan County mail goes to Seattle for processing.

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Say Goodbye To Dating

ig_SO_PetWeek-Arlo-002 (56k image)Ladies, are you tired of one-night stands and awkward blind dates?
Look no further. . . I’m Arlo, your knight in shining armor waiting for you at the APS-FH.
I’m a true gentleman that doesn’t kiss and tell and promise I always put the toilet seat down.
To make it a date, visit me at our gorgeous new pad located at 938 Cattle Point Road Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Or call my staff at 360.378.2159 - See You Soon!

Call For SJI Trail Volunteers

The SJI Trails committee will have a work party next Tuesday, April 16th, from 4-6pm on San Juan Island. Meet at the golf course parking lot at the south trailhead of the 1/4 mile Minnie Mae trail. (This is a section of the American Camp Trail).

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Possible Changes To Clean Water Rule

The Washington Department of Ecology is notifying the public that it appears the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to reverse the clean water rule in Washington state. EPA’s 30-day comment period began April 8, 2019, without notification to Ecology, tribes, or the public.

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SJI Fire Training Sunday Mullis & Argyle

an Juan Island Fire and Rescue is conducting a live fire training in the wooded area east of the District’s main station, 1011 Mullis Street in Friday Harbor, Sunday, April 14, 2019.
The live fire training is scheduled between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. During that time residents will see smoke in the area around Mullis Street and Friday Harbor Airport.

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WiFi Hotspots Available On SJI

San Juan Island Library announced today that it is making available WiFi hotspots. People over the age of 18 can check out a hotspot device for three weeks to receive internet service via a cell tower. The program is free of charge, and is partially supported by a San Juan Island Community Foundation grant.

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Time To Vote In OPACO Election

The 2019 OPALCO Board of Directors Election is open now through April 10, 2019, 10:00 AM.

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Table Tennis Tournament Winners

Congratulations to first place Marcus Lum of Mount Vernon, second place Joe Kantor of Anacortes, and third place San Juan Island local Roger Paul for being big winners in the 8th Annual Table Tennis Tournament this weekend in SJ Island Rec Singles bracket.

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