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Orcas & San Juan Students Learn First Aid

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When spring arrives in the San Juan Islands, so too do young campers, camp staff, youth leaders, and outdoor enthusiasts. Before their arrival, San Juan Island EMS (SJIEMS) receives many requests from organizations desiring wilderness first aid courses. First aid responders need training tailored to the challenges of primitive settings.

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Free Screening & Discussion: Men’s Rights

ig_Cassie_Jaye-001 (88k image)When feminist filmmaker Cassie Jaye sets out to document the mysterious and polarizing world of the Men’s Rights Movement, she begins to question her own beliefs. Jaye will be at the Brickworks, 3pm, June 24.

Jaye had only heard about the Men’s Rights Movement as being a misogynist hate-group aiming to turn back the clock on women’s rights, but when she spends a year filming the leaders and followers within the movement, she learns the various ways men are disadvantaged and discriminated against.

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Friday Harbor Chamber Music Festival

ig_Cellist_Sasha_von_Dassow-001 (36k image)Cellist Sasha von Dassow (photo left)- a former member of the Florida Orchestra and music director and conductor of the North Port Symphony -brings his Friday Harbor Chamber Music Festival back to the San Juan Community Theatre, Whittier, for its third year. June 23, June 25, July 21 & July 23, 2017.

Featuring NW professional musicians and a variety of chamber and unique pieces, the festival offers classical summer charms.

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Navy Transports Lopez Woman To Hospital

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team of five from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island once again conducted a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Lopez Island Airport on Sunday, June 18, 2017, to Island Hospital in Anacortes, Wash.

The SAR alert crew received an urgent call for help from the Lopez Island medical clinic for a 53-year-old female patient with a dislocated hip.

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Port Pirate Festival 23rd -25th


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Join the Port’s Pirate Festival June 23rd-25th, an entire weekend of fun and excitement on the water. The historic Tall Ships Lady Washington and her sister ship Hawaiian Chieftain will be dockside for tours, plus they will offer day sails for a fee. The two mighty ships will perform mock sea battles in the harbor, including cannon blasting. Prizes can be won for best Pirate Costume and Treasure Hunt. The festival is free, except tours and rides on the Tall Ships.

Direct Flights To Portland

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The only scheduled direct service between Portland and San Juan Island begins Friday. AlbionAir , the only direct scheduled flight between the Portland area and San Juan Island, is scheduled to begin service Friday, June 16.

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Feds To Show Up For Homes for Islanders


The USDA-Rural Development representatives from the Mount Vernon office, the State office in Olympia, and the National office will be visiting Friday Harbor on Thursday to celebrate Homeownership Month.
They will be helping with home construction at Homes for Islanders’ current neighborhood at the end of Malcom Street (Gerard Lane) for the better part of the day.

Builder’s Alliance will also be present for a lunchtime BBQ for the families and volunteers.

SJI Community Foundation Awards $164,000 in College Scholarships for 2017/2018

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( L to R: Isabella Brown, Nayaleah Tucker-Belt, Andrew Stromberg, Hayden Mayer, Alexa Mora, Beatrice Grauman-Boss & Corbin Williams)

Twelve graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High School and one graduating senior from Spring Street International School were awarded scholarships for the 2017/2018 academic year from two different funds held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation.

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Become A SJ Historical Society & Museum Volunteer

Become a part of the growing volunteer community by attending one of the June volunteer orientations at the Etta Egeland Resource Center, 323 Price Street:

Saturday, June 17 - 9 am - 11 am
Tuesday, June 20 -" 4 pm - 6 pm
Thursday, June 22 - 10 am - noon

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Locally Foods for WIC & Seniors

San Juan County Health and Community Services has partnered with Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, Orcas Island Community Foundation, the Lopez Locavores, and the Honeywell Foundation, to offer Market Bucks at Farmers Markets on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Islands.

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A Banner Day for Island Families

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( The Group Leaders L to R: Giana Moalli, Grace Eltinge, Maggie Zehner, Ava Martin, Katie Ryan, Milo Martin )

On a bright spring-like day, youth leader Ava Martin,11, and friends set a bouncy pace out to Briggs Lake in the Roche Harbor Highlands. Roche Harbor, as most are aware, allow hiking, riding of bikes and horses and all around good times outdoors in nature on their open space.

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Bye-Bye Bear


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The Orcas Bear has finally been caught. He was found inside the culvert trap they had set at an address off of Olga Road sometime Thursday night.

Sheriff Krebs stated “Both WDFW and I feel the best for the bear was to remove him so that he was not harmed by someone in the community by either self-defense or being hit by a car.”

Young Mountain Bicyclist Injured On Orcas

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On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a bicyclist injured in an accident at Moran State Park. They responded to find a 14 year old female who had been riding trails with her class when she attempted to pass someone stopped on the narrow trail.

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Coast Guard Assist Injured Man South Of Lopez

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Coast Guard, locals and emergency response personnel assisted an injured man aboard a 35-foot sailing vessel off Lopez Island, Thursday.

Responders aboard the Sentinel, 38-foot public safety boat from the San Juan Island County Sheriff’s Department, transported the 58-year-old man to Cattle Point Marina for further medical treatment

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SJC of Skagit Valley College Commencement 2017

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The San Juan Center invites our island communities to attend the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College Commencement on June 14, at 1:00pm at the Brickworks (150 Nichols Street) in Friday Harbor. This year the San Juan Center will have the honor of celebrating the achievement of one academic degree graduate, Ms. Autumn Hallock, and 20 Marine Technology students.

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On the Trail of Two Rare Species

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The SJPT (San Juan Preservation Trust) held their 38th Annual Meeting in Friday Harbor last month, and after meeting members went on a guided hike to look for the Western Bluebird and the Island Marble Butterfly.

The bluebirds are currently being re-introduced and the existence of the butterfly was “discovered” some years ago to still be here, and now may be slowly making some headway in increasing its numbers.

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73rd anniversary of D-Day


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About 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to fight Nazi soldiers on June 6, 1944. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory”.

More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by the end of the day, the troops gained a foot- hold in Normandy. Thousands of soldiers lost their lives, but thousands more trekked across Europe to end the war. The invasion is one of history’s most significant military attacks.

Know Your Island

Know Your Island Walk Saturday June 24, 1-4 pm Friday is the UW Friday Harbor Labs. Walk will be about 3 miles, could be some muddy spots. FHL is a preserve so no dogs.Meet at the Labs Administration parking, the first parking lot to the right when you drive in.

Whidbey Navy Station Open House

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island will hold it’s fourth annual Public Open House on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Ault Field from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the base’s establishment. The base’s official commissioning was announced on Sept. 21, 1942, at the Seaplane Base by Commanding Officer Capt. Cyril T. Simard.

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Do You Believe?

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That’s me, Cookie, on the left. I’ll be direct. Do you believe in reincarnation? I’m not 100% certain, but I think there is a strong likelihood that I may be Bea Arthur, reincarnated.

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Lopez Student Appointed To Naval Academy.

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), today announced that nine Washington students he nominated to U.S. Service Academies have accepted offers for the Class of 2021.

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Fly To Victoria

The shortest scheduled international flight -in America- will soon be carrying passenger on a 20 minute daily flight from Friday Harbor to Victoria, Canada when Northstar begins flights.

San Juan Fiesta July 16 Tickets Available Soon

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At the Brickworks in July: Margaritas, food, music and dancing for some fun and exercise, and Live and “Chance” Auction items, Sunday, July 16th from 4:30pm to 9pm, as the SJ Community Home Trust provides adventure, whether athletic, gastronomic, artistic or utilitarian.

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Oh My Clementine!

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O.K. That does it. I’ve been enchanting visitors at the animal shelter for months now with my adorable antics and exceptionally wonderful personality. Still no takers.

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The Wonder Of Spring Time

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Jackie Scherer posted Keith Van Cleve’s photo of “a small June visitor to our house - washing its face to make a good impression.”

SJI Garden Tour Saturday

Saturday June 10th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets, at $15 for adults 17 and over, on sale at Ace Hardware, Browne’s Garden Center, Griffin Bay Books and Roche Harbor Market. ticket givesn directions on where the gardens are located.

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One Bourbon, Scotch And A Beer

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Unlike liquor, your water source in San Juan County is not guaranteed and must be acquired and cared for.

When you first consider purchasing an unimproved parcel of land you should condition your purchase upon a satisfactory water source. The days of clients purchasing land without the water source determined are long gone.

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Dale S. Kaufman

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May 9th 2017 ~ April 13, 1946

Dale Kaufman 71 and a resident of Friday Harbor, WA for 17 years, passed away in Mount Vernon, WA on May 9th 2017, after battling bladder cancer. He was born in Vancouver, WA on April 13, 1946, to Pete and Frances Kaufman.

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Get Ready For “Trashion Fashion”

It’s time to start thinking about your fabulous Fair Fashion--that’s Trashion Fashion to be exact. All entrants or models of the entry must attend the Walk-Through Rehearsal, Monday, August 14th, 6:00pm at the Main Stage, by the Main entrance on Argyle Ave. You must attend the rehearsal.

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Burn Permit Extended

Burn Permit holders can expect burning to remain open for the duration of the month of June for residential permits and permits to be available again in the Fall.

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Gold Standard Designation SJI National Monument

The federal lands within San Juan County that are now part of the San Juan Islands National Monument Gold Standard Designation; joining ten other areas across the country to be recognized as an exemplary outdoor area, for its successful demonstration of 'Leave No Trace' ethics and commitment to preserving the outdoors.

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Tap Into Sun Power

Some OPALCO co-op members generate renewable energy - mostly through solar - at their own homes and use the grid to store and share excess power. However, not everyone has the right location for solar at home; not everyone can afford to install an entire system.

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"Side Show People" A Play By SSIS

The American Civil War, in Side Show People in Shenandoah "A Civil War Circus.

35 performers have built a musical play out of an actual telegram sent from Winchester Virginia to the New York Times, ​o​n October 14th, 1863, at 7:00 AM:

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Meet & Greet: Soundwatch Coordinator & Team

A special “Soundwatch Meet & Greet” will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31 at The Whale Museum. Please join us to meet our new Soundwatch Coordinator Sadie Youngstrom and the 2017 Team.

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Power Out For 6,000+

Big winds hit the islands on Tuesday, May 23rd leading to a number of power outages in the islands. The largest outage occurred on San Juan Island when a tree was blown into the transmission lines near the Pear Point substation where OPALCO’s power comes ashore from the submarine cable that delivers power from the mainland.

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Retirement Party For Nancy

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The San Juan Community Home Trust is hosting a retirement party for Nancy DeVaux at the San Juan Island Grange Hall on Thursday (05-25-17), 5pm to 7:00pm,. To celebrate Nancy’s 12 years of success in developing permanently affordable homes on SJ island. The event is a potluck.

What's the buzz? SJ IStage Left opens Humble Boy Thursday

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SJ County It's early summer and the Humble family is dealing with the loss of their patriarch - an unassuming science teacher with a penchant for bees: at the Fairgrounds for the next four weeks - opening Thursday May 25 and then at the Wold Rd stage for three weeks. Set in an English garden, the script is full of gardening references, with hints of Hamlet and a bit of astrophysics thrown in. This lovely play will keep you laughing a lot and perhaps crying a little. The perfect play for early summer.

Washington at War (WWI)

Wednesday, 24 May, 2017, at 7:pm the San Juan Island Public Library presents historian Lorraine McConaghy, who will present a program about what occurred one-hundred years ago in 1917, a war that American entered to fight alongside our European allies. But Washington's homefront experience began long before the country entered the war, and continued afterward.

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SJCPHD#1 Meets Wednesday

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners Meeting Wednesday, May 24, 2017 for a 5:00 pm. - Regular Meeting, at the Legislative Hearing Room located at 55 Second Street. Full agenda follows below:

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Family Nature Club

A free monthly outdoor exploration club for families will meet rain or shine for a National Trails Day Hike/ Participants will meet in the parking lot on the corner of West Valley Rd and Roche Harbor Rd at 1pm.

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