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SJI School Dist. & SJI Rec Partner On Funding Athletic Programs

For the last five years San Juan Island Park and Recreation District (Island Rec) and the San Juan Island School District have maintained an effective partnership to fully fund the high school sports program. Under this partnership there has been no financial impact on basic education or school levy funds.

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Another One! That Makes 3 In 2 Months


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(Candice Emmons, NOAA Fisheries - photo)

NOAA Fisheries has reported a new orca, the third one in the last two months after no successful births for the last three years.

Why so long, not known, but NOAA is tracking the L-Pod and the latest addition, L94, swimming along with mom as they head our way.

SJ Superintendent Offered & Will Accept Job At Chimacum School District

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After coming out on top over two finalists, San Juan Island School District Superintendent Rick Thompson, 51, has received, and stated he will accept, an offer for the top job at the Chimacum School District in Jefferson County.

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Controversy Continues Within CD&P

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It’s hard to keep track, but the directorship of San Juan County’s CD&P (Community Development & Planning) must be on at least it’s 15th planning director, and with only few exceptions (only four come to mind) each of them have been able to steer the department into the shoals of disapproval, and been relieved of command either by dismissal or resignation.

The latest issue to surface is the placing of John Geniuch, the popular head of the building department, on indeterminate administrative leave. The action was taken by current CD&P Director Sam Gibboney.

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2nd Anniversary For SJC National Monument -Input Wanted

San Juan Islands National Monument Manager Marcia deChadenèdes report the Resource Management Plan process is now looking for “personal insight and support” from the public to help write the plan “that will be the foundation for management decisions for the next 15-20 years.”

deChandenedes reports that to date they have completed the following:

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SJIPH District Meeting

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners meeting to be held on February 25, 2015 at 5:00 p.m, and two hot subjects are on the agenda.

The Commissioners will consider initiating video streaming of commissioner meetings, and also on the agenda is "Joint Survey Update between PIMC and SJCPHD#1." The Joint Survey which dealt with the perceived needs of the community has come under criticism for knowingly excluding controversial subjects. (Related Guest Editorial).

The full agenda follows:

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Get Your WA State Boater’s Education Card

Comprehensive basic boating safety course for Power, Sail & Paddle boats, held 6 Thursday evenings 7-9:00 PM at Skagit Valley College in Friday Harbor, starting March 12th. The instructional manual and 2 CD’s are $45.00 and can be shared by a couple. Instruction is FREE. Current Middle & High School students receive a 50% discount.

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SJ Island Rec -" Starry Night

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(SJI Rec contributed photo photo)

Back by popular demand, the Seattle Museum of Flight is returning with their traveling planetarium for a night of stellar space exploration. An event for the whole family, ages 5 and older, there are 5 show times for the 40 minute planetarium presentation, the first starting at 5:45pm and the last starting at 9:00pm on Friday, February 27 at the elementary school.

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Becky Takes The Helm

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The Chamber of Commerce has selected Becky Day as their new Executive Director. She will officially take over the position from Tom Kirshner on March 1 as he heads off on a fabulous retirement adventure.

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OPACO & Local Service Net Provider Join Up For Internet Service For The County

Rock Island has announce it is joining OPALCO "deliver Internet services to San Juan County." Rock Island posted a notice on their webpage, as follows:

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Oil Spill Preparedness & Response Workshop Sign-up Time

Residents of the San Juan Islands who are concerned about oil spills along the coastline are invited to a community workshop on oil spill response and readiness sponsored by the Northwest Straits Foundation and the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee.

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He Ran From The Law, But The Law Won

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( David D. Thompson confers with Lawrence Curt Delay -IG photo)

An Orcas man who jumped bail while awaiting sentencing has been apprehended, and will now reside in jail until his new sentencing date.

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SJI EMS Awards

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(Ben Waldro; Steve Brumsickle; Jody Voge;, Deanna Banr;, DougHarmon,Noah Waldron -contributed photo)

San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services and Medevac completed another successful year serving the community with 1399 emergency calls. In recognition of this community’s medical responders,

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-- Guest Column --

Needs Assessment Omissions

By Jim Skoog

The recently released, and federally mandated, Community Health Needs Assessment (.pdf 811\k file) undertaken by Peace Health/PIMC does not accurately reflect the needs of this San Juan Island community.

The report has unconscionably ignored, and therefore omitted, three topics that were not only of considerable discussion during the process but are being held up to serious scrutiny by the ACLU and legislators in Olympia.

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(Center for Whale Research photo by David Ellifrit)

The Center for Whale Research has reported another new baby in J pod

After spending the past two weeks near the west entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, J pod finally came back into the interior Salish Sea waters and showed off another brand new baby whale to the few observers that braved the mist and light rain and watched the whales swim by from land and from vessels at respectful distance.

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Soroptimists Win Knowledge Bowl

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( IG photo)

The 21st annual Knowledge Bowl winner for 2015 was the local Soroptimist service club, who beat out not only the tough challengers from the three student teams (FHMS 8th graders, FHHS freshmen/sophomores and FHHS juniors/seniors), but also pulled ahead of the Lions, the Kiwanis, and the venerable granddaddy of all service clubs, Rotary.

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Salmon Fishing Closes February 15

The recreational fishery in Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will close to salmon fishing at the end of the day Feb. 15.
Fishery managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) made the decision after evaluating catch rates for the area, said Ron Warren, policy lead for WDFW's fish program.

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Coast Guard Detains Oil Tanker Enroute To Anacortes

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(Oil Tanker Overseas-Jademar )

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound officers inspecting an oil tanker in the Strait of Juan de Fuca discovered several significant safety violations, including non-functioning distress signaling electronic position indicating radio beacon, an essential piece of distress equipment that notifies authorities of the crew's location in the event of an emergency; which could result in the dispatch of a rescue tug to prevent a grounding.

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Status of Salmon Recovery

Salmon recovery efforts in Washington are making a difference - more salmon are returning home in some areas, although significant work remains- according to a new report released by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office.

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Stormwater & Gardens

San Juan Island Garden Club meeting Tuesday, (03-03-15 at 1:00 pm) at the Mullis Community Center will feature a presentation titled “Some Things to Know about Stormwater."

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Annual SJI Spayghetti Dinner held

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Animal Protection Society's 7th Annual Spayghetti Dinner was heldTuesday (02-24-15) at Mullis Center with a delectable dinner, desserts, live entertainment & araffle. All the proceeds from the annual event benefit the APS-FH Spay/Neuter Program on San Juan Island.

Breast Self-Exam Kits Available

San Juan County ranks second highest on the State Cancer Profiles list in incidences of breast cancer, and the trend is rising.

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Cold Water Corals Lecture

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Professor Alexander Gagnon of the Department of Oceanography, UW, will introduce cold water corals in a talk for the fourth 2015 Arthur Whiteley lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday (02-26-15), in The Commons, FH Labs.

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6 New Trucks For SJI Fire Fighters

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( Contributed photo)

San Juan Island Fire Rescue purchased six new engines from General Fire Equipment in Spokane, in a manner that kept much of the sales tax in the county, but even so the cost -in round numbers- was $350,000.00 per engine.

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Work Parties For SJI Trails

Two more work parties on SJI are available this week to do work constructing a small footbridge and doing the last trimming and cleanup on the trail it serves.

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School Superintendent Search Moving Foward

San Juan Island School District Board of Directors Chair Jack McKenna today provided an update on the process for hiring a new superintendent of schools.

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FH Household Essentials Program

The San Juan Island Family Resource Center has received funding from theCommunity Foundation of San Juan Island for a pilot project

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Help Feed The Pets

By David Bentley

The Animal Protection Society's Community Pet Food Drive runs from February 9 to the -24th.. This annual event works with the Friday Harbor Food Bank to help families in need keep their pets fed. Their goal is to collect 4,000 pounds of pet food. They are accepting donations of pet food, cash, or checks.

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How's The WSF Reservation System Working Out For You?

Washington State Ferries has sent out notices to those using the reservation system that they may take an on-line survey; but if you received a request to take the survey, it is time do so, since it ends February 18.

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Get Ready For St. Pats

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 14 when Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor holds its 17th annual, ever popular, St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza at the SJI Yacht Club. Tickets are on sale now at Spa d Bune and The Toy Box for the $30.00 dinner auction, as well as raffle tickets you will not want to miss!

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Be A "Handy-Woman"

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor (SIFRI) offers a free fair that empowers women to make simple repairs and home improvements.

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Friday Harbor Arts Commission

Friday Harbor now has advisory Arts Commission (FHAC) to assist the Town Council with the cultivation, acquisition and placement of public art.

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Gov. Inslee's Clean Fuel Discussion

Ecology has prepared a Clean Fuel Standard Discussion Document (pdf 646\k file) and is soliciting comments. The Discussion Document is Ecology’s preliminary thinking on a clean fuel standard.

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Air Standards Fot Wood Heaters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing standards to limit the amount of pollution that wood heaters, which will be manufactured and sold in the future, can emit.

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Offering Support: Hospice of San Juan

Hospice of San Juan is again offering its Grief Support Group to anyone in the community who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

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Labor & Industries Free L&I Workshop

Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) and the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries for a FREE workshop on “Everything About Your L&I Account”, on Wednesday, March 4 from 9-11 a.m. Advance registration is required; please call 360-378-2906 to reserve your space, or email:

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SJI Trails Committee Public Meeting Tuesday

The San Juan Island Trails Committee will meet tomorrow, Feb. 3, at noon in the meeting room at Whidbey Island (Heritage) Bank next door to FH Marketplace. The agenda will include:

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Speed Limit Change On Section Of Roche Harbor Road

The County Council will meet Monday to approve a resolution to revise the maximum lawful speed limit for Roche Harbor Road, Number 3, Milepost 0.500 to Milepost 0.757 from 35 Miles Per Hour to 25 Miles Per Hour, and will introduce and discuss the Annual Road Program and Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan (RIP) Revisions (1st touch introduction)

Fund Raiser For Dog In Need

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(Contributed photo)

Island resident and animal lover, Suzanne Bryner, was traveling through California during the holidays when she came across little Bunny wandering near the railroad tracks; cold, emaciated and frightened.

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Medical Fund For Niki

A medical fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank for Niki Truesdale, to help defray costs associated with her treatment for Stage 4 Lung Cancer. Niki has worked at the elementary school for thirteen years and helps students with reading and math.

Contributions can be made to the “Niki Truesdale Medical Fund” at any Wells Fargo branch.

Lecture On Shipwrecks As Artificial Habitats

Arthur Whiteley Lecture presents Derek Smith Shipwrecks: artificial habitats for marine communities, 7:00 pm, Thursday (01-29-15) at the FH Labs at 620 University Road.

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Literature Class Offered

Wandering among mountains and river: landscape in East Asian literature. Join class leader, Catherine Barnhart, in this six week community education course exploring the theme of landscape in the literature of China, Japan and Korea and drawing connections with the mountain landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

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Volunteer Labor Needed For Trails

The Land Bank is partnering with the SJI Trails Committee on the development of the American Camp trail - a path linking Friday Harbor with American Camp National Park.

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