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USCG $1 Million Drug Runner Bust

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Swordfish interdicted 24 kilograms of 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) near President’s Channel and detained a citizen of Taiwan from a boat near the San Juan Islands Thursday. The suspect, 24-year-old Wen-Xian Zhang, was transferred to federal authorities. He is charged with importation and possession of MDMA with intent to distribute.

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Meet A SJI Firefighter Training Officer

ig_Brad_Creesy-001 (8k image)After watching his next door neighbor’s house burn to the ground just days before their wedding, now Assistant Chief/Training Officer Brad Creesy wished that he had been able to help them. So along with the groom and several other neighbors, he joined Station 5 the Roche Harbor/ Yacht Haven fire station in the spring of 1983.

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Glenna Hall Leaves OPALCO Board

ig_Glenna_Hall-002small (14k image)OPALCO Board Member Glenna Hall has announced her resignation due to health issues. Hall represents District 1 (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Spieden islands).

The Board will appoint a new board member to fill the vacancy until Hall’s term is up in 2017, in accordance with our bylaws (Article III, Section 4).

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Harassing Orca With Drone Expensive

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( file photo of unrelated drone-orca encounter)

KIRO 7 & Fox News Q13 have reported that WFW (Washington Fish & Wildlife) have fined two for flying drones hear killer whales near San Juan island. Fox news reports that DFW officers on routine patrol “spotted a drone pilot flying a drone about 10 yards above the killer whales.”

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Domestic Violence, High Speed Pursuit, DWI, $250K Bail, In Jail

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A domestic violence assault escalated Monday night after a 911 call from a taxi cab driver reported he dropped off a woman near Kanaka Bay Road and Pile Point on San Juan Island, and when she “got of the cab…Ryan Yocum assaulted (her) striking her several times and choking her.”

Yocum was charged Tuesday (08-25-15) in District Court and Judge Stewart Andrew set bail at $250,000.00, which sent Yocum back to jail to await trial in the county, and Federal charges later on an outstanding warrant.

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BAT-tacular Full Moon Hike On Mt Grant Saturday

ig_E_Orcas_Bat_Walk (9k image)Biologist Rochelle Kelly returns with her thermal camera & acoustic detectors for an evening of bat observation on San Juan Island. Meet at the ridge top parking area (the road will be open for driving access to the top; Saturday, Aug 29, 2015, 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

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Watch Out For Harmful Algae Blooms

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Some ponds in San Juan County are experiencing more intense and widespread algae blooms this summer and scientists believe warm water due to the state’s drought is partly to blame.

The Washington Department of Ecology and other agencies are currently monitoring algae concentrations in fresh water lakes in some parts of the state, and marine waters.

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SJI Animal Shelter Wooftrax Partnership

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The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has partnered with Wooftrax, an organization that donates money to animal shelters and rescue groups nationwide, utilizing a smartphone application; a nearly effortless and free way for supporters to help raise money for homeless animals on San Juan Island..

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Lppez Grass Fire Controled


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Looking for evidence of fire season in the San Juans and you could see it on Lopez on Tuesday when the Lopez crews responded to a field fire. Eugene VanDePutte said he was flying back from Anacortes when he saw the smoke and was able to take the photo above.

Know Your island Walk: Webb Camp


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Know Your island Walk, Sat., Aug. 22, 2015, 1-4pm; Westcott Bay Trail; Meet Lee Taylor, Superintendent of San Juan Island National Historical Park, to learn about this lovely recent addition to the park. Meet and park at English Camp main parking lot. Distance; 3 mi. RT. Rating; moderate on wooded path. No Dogs. Plan to rest at the Westcott Bay house for refreshments and celebrating trails.

Three Home Trust B.C. Homes Arrived By Barge

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The San Juan Community Home Trust is in the process of moving three houses from Victoria B.C. to Phase 2 of Sun Rise at 473 Grover Street East in Friday Harbor. The houses were delivered by barge at the boat ramp at Jackson Beach on Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

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Staff Report For Eastsound Subarea Plan Online

The staff report for the proposed Eastsound Subarea plan update is now available. The public hearing with the Planning Commission to consider the proposed amendments to subarea plan is scheduled for Friday August 21, beginning at 10 am, at the Legion Post #93, 793 Crescent Beach Drive, Eastsound.

The staff report consists of:

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Example Of Community Service

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What happens when a 40’ tractor trailer rig breaks down at one of the main 4-way stop intersection in Friday Harbor? Well, yeah, everyone comes to a stop - for once- but then what? Neighbor helps neighbor is what.

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SJI School District Seeks Public Comment Regarding Online Odysseyware Program

San Juan Island School District is interested in public comment regarding a proposed curriculum platform called Odysseyware. The program can be found online at For individuals who cannot access the program online, a district computer will be available at the district office, 285 Blair Avenue, Friday Harbor, WA between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

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Public Hearing On Eastsound Subarea Plan

Notice of Public Hearing for an Eastsound Subarea Plan Update will begin at or after 10 am, August 21, 2015, in the American Legion Post #93, 793 Crescent Beach Drive, Eastsound, WA. Interested parties are encouraged to attend and provide comment. To allow for distribution to Planning Commissioners, written comments submitted prior to the hearing should be received by 1:00 p.m. August 17, 2015. Written comments submitted at the hearing should include a minimum of 10 copies.

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Position Open On FH Arts Commission

The Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC) has an immediate opening for one adult position to complete a term ending December 31, 2015, and Mayor Carrie Lacher is also seeking one student for appointment as the youth representative to the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). The student will join seven other commissioners as an unpaid, volunteer position to represent the interests of the Town, community and local artists as they advise the Town Council on the cultivation, selection, acquisition and placement of public art.

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Real EstateSelf Directed Retirement Accounts

By Merri Ann Simonson

Did you realize that you may use all or a portion of your retirement funds to invest in real estate? Retirement accounts are basically Trust accounts for your benefit when you retire. In the 1970s, the IRS approved Real Estate as an investment option. You can purchase with your IRA or a 401 (K).

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OPALCO Rates & Funding Survey

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As OPALCO leadership prepare for the 2016 budget and rate discussions, members are encouraged to give their feedback on rates and funding priorities through an online survey at The survey is open until September 15th.

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SHARK REEF Summer Edition Up

Three Lopez visual artists and one Lopez poet are featured in the Summer 2015 edition of Lopez Island-based SHARK REEF Literary Magazine. Michael Sato’s poem, “Continue Playing,” evokes the nostalgia of late afternoons in childhood summers, while art and photos by Jenny Natapow, Ginny Neece and Amanda McCauley take viewers to other places

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Comment On State Wildlife Plan

State wildlife managers are seeking public comments on updates to the State Wildlife Action Plan, which identifies 268 fish and wildlife species with the greatest conservation needs in Washington state.

The draft plan is available on the department's website at , along with instructions for submitting comments.

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Mapping the San Juans Redux

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the San Juan Island Grange

Join Boyd Pratt, Doug McCutchen, and Mike Vouri for a reprise and update of their evening of viewing 1890s images of the San Juan Islands by the U.S. Coast Survey’s John Gilbert, contrasted with photographs taken from the same perspective today.

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Concours d'Elegance Sunday

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The Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of San Juan Island will hold its Ninth Annual Concours d’Elegance at the San Juan Vineyards on Sunday, August 30, 2015 from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

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$32,000 Is CF Matched 50%

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(Atziry pulls a winning ticket -contributed photo)

The Community Foundation of SJ was once again gratified by the amazing generosity of islanders last week at the SJC Fair when $32K was raised in four days for eight projects featured in the matching program.

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APS-FH Volunteer Recognized

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)The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced Alexandra Ferrente as August Volunteer of the month. Alex is here in Friday Harbor as a seasonal naturalist, which keeps her very busy - and yet she still finds time to volunteer at the animal shelter several times a week.

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SJC Fair & Orcas 4-H

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By D. N. Kinsey

More than 6 million young people across the United States are in 4-H clubs. Orcas Island has over 50 members enrolled in 4-H with most of them demonstrating a years worth of work at the San Juan County Fair last week.

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Low Income Housing Grants, Loans Due Sept. 30

San Juan County will award grants and loans totaling up to $20,000 in 2015 for projects that help make housing available to local residents of very low income.

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21 & 22: SJI Book Sale

The Friends of the San Juan Island Library’s annual summer book sale will be held at the San Juan Island Library, 1010 Guard Street. Opening night on Friday, August 21, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, is limited to Friends of Library members.

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“Man about Town” Ready To Settle Down

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By Higgins

Higgins, your “Man about Town” here. Reporting from the animal shelter where I am currently working on my memoirs, “Cat Tales From Cattle Point”.

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BAC Meets On Orcas Thur

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The BAC (SJC Building Advisory Council) will meeting Thursday, August 20th. at the Orcas Landing office at 1:00 p.m. (The building is circled in green above). If you are traveling by ferry it is recommended that you walk on, as there is no parking available at this location. Agenda below:

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Jan Osborn

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May 17, 1946 ~ August 15, 2015

Jan Osborn, 69, of Friday Harbor, Washington, died August 15, 2015 in the ICU at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham, Washington. Her niece, Deanna Osborn of Friday Harbor, was at her side. Jan had been flown off San Juan Island after experiencing breathing difficulties and a major coronary event.

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Miró Quartet Today On Orcas

the Miró Quartet is back, they're having a pre-release party of an incredible double disc set (Blu-ray DVD/CD) of Schubert's Great G Major String Quartet.

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Adah Geraldine (Jeri) Lawson

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Jan. 8, 1924 ~ Aug. 2, 2015

Adah Geraldine (Jeri) Lawson passed away peacefully Aug. 2, 2015 after a short stay at Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham, Wash. Jeri was born Jan. 8, 1924, in Friday Harbor, Wash. to Gunder and Adah Halvorsen.

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Orcas Artists’ Studio Tour

Over 30 premier Orcas Island artists and craftspeople will welcome the public into their working studios for the Orcas Artists’ Three Day Studio Tour , Friday August 14, Saturday August 15, and Sunday August 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Town Twice-Monthly Recycling

The Town of Friday Harbor is increasing service to those residential customers who take advantage of curbside recycling and yard waste pickup.

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SJ Community Foundation County Fair Match

The San Juan Island Community Foundation invites all Fairgoers to visit its Fair booth in the main hall this week to learn about and support eight special community projects.

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No Pie At Fair, Oh No!?

The FHES (Friday Harbor Elementary School) PTA "regretfully announced that the FHES PTA will not be sponsoring a pie booth this year. " (Related Story) This because they only had 10 people offer to bake pies (needed 230) and no volunteers to man the pie booth. There was insufficient support this year.

Navy Responds To SJI

A Sunday call to Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island resulted in the SAR assisting the medical team on the San Juan Islands with a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) of a 50-year-old female in critical condition.

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IMA Presents Spineless: Art & Music - Free Admission

IMA (Island Museum of Art) and The Archipelago Collective will present Spineless Augt 12, 7:30 p.m. 540 Spring Street, an evening of music inspired by the photographs of Susan Middleton with works by Bohuslav Martinu, Gabriel Faure and Arvo Part. Sophie Baird-Daniel, harp; Elina Lev, violin, and Rory McLeod, viola. Free admission RSVP to or call 360-370-5050.

FH Port District Meeting

The F H Port District Commission will meet at the San Juan Island Yacht Club, Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 4pm. Full agenda below,

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Community Support For Mike Speece

By Kevan Rayne

Many of you know Mike Speece as a musician, mechanic, all around great guy, and true friend. About two weeks ago, Mike was a passenger in an ATV involved in a rollover accident resulting in a severe injury.

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All Day Kindergarten Tt FHES

FHES (Friday Harbor Elementary School) Principal Diane Ball stated that “Thanks to an increase in state funding, we are hiring two new teachers this year to support our new free Full-Day Kindergarten offering and low class size initiative.”

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Beer/Wine At Fair Expanded

The beer and wine contest and exhibit at the fair this year has assembled a great team of experts to judge at the San Juan County Fair Beer/Wine Department. Read below about, and who, the judges will be. If you are a home brewer of beer, wine, hard OR soft cider, you can enter your brews at the County Fair on Tuesday, August 11.

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Recycle Those Old Glasses

In case you didn't know the San Juan Lions Club collects old eye glasses at two locations in Friday Harbor. There is a blue drop box inside Friday Harbor Drug, in the pharmacy and one attached to the Bulletin Board next to the Post Office.

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Be Or Become Supporter Of CT

Please Join the CT Evolution this Tuesday at the Mullis Senior Center. Supporters of Community Treasures are invited to dinner at the Mullis Senior Center on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 6:15. RSVP for your complimentary dinner to 370-5562 or 378-6473.

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Lecture On Drought & Water Conservation

The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Linda Lyshall as part of the 2015 Summer Lecture Series on Friday, August 7th at 6:30 p.m. The lecture will focus on Drought & Water Conservation in the San Juan Islands.

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"Cymbeline” at Roche Harbor

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This is the last week of “Cymbeline” at Roche Harbor (Thurs - Sun at 8:00). Next week they open at 1062 Wold Rd (8:00 Fri - Sun)

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Bake A Pie For The PTA

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Amidst all the off-island food vendors at the SJC Fair (Aug 12 -15) the local American Legion hamburgers stand out, and do NOT miss the home made pies in the FHES Friday Harbor Elementary School) Pie Booth.. If fact, fresh baked pies are needed to continue the long standing tradition of the FHES Pie Booth -one of the PTA's largest fund raisers.

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