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FH Island Lights Festival Dec 4th

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All islanders are invited! The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the upcoming Island Lights Festival on December 4th. This year the Chamber is partnering with Brickworks, the Whale Museum, Island Rec, Animal Protection Society and the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild.

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"San Juan Islands Made" Member Meeting

ig_EDC_MadeSJI_Logo-001 (62k image)The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) welcomes members of the San Juan Islands Made initiative and interested business owners to join in the EDC’s first semi-annual San Juan Islands Made member meeting. The meeting will be on Monday, November 30th from 10-11:30am, and will be held simultaneously on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands via videoconference.

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SJIF Intra-Squad Swim Meet Saturday


San Juan Island Fitness will hold their first intra-squad swim meet Saturday, November 28 at Noon. Come to the pool at 435 Argyle Avenue. Public invited to attend and cheer on our local swimmers as they compete against each other and race for personal best times. Due to the meet, the regularly scheduled family swim will be cancelled that day.

How's The County Doing Money Wise?

ig_Milene_Henley-006 (10k image)Second quarter 2015 review of County finances by County Auditor F. Milene Henley

A recent local political cartoon pictured a person, labeled “County Budget,” stuffing money into one pocket, labeled “Reserves,” while simultaneously shuffling money from that pocket to another pocket, labeled “spending,” and pulling money out of the “spending” pocket. The cartoon made me laugh, mostly because it suggested to me that somebody had actually read the very long 2016 Budget Message.

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Second House Fire On Orca

For the second time (see related story below) in less than twenty-four hours, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire, this time on Raccoon Point Road. The fire was located in a downstairs bedroom, extended out the window in to the decking as well as the room directly above the fire. At the same time as crews were responding to the fire on Raccoon Point; a second alarm sounded for a possible chimney fire in Bonnie Brae; which turned out to be an improperly functioning chimney flue.

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Orcas House Fire -Smoke Detectors Worked

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At approximately 11:10pm on Sunday, November 22, 2015, Orcas Island Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a structure fire on Apple Tree Lane. The occupants of the home had been able to escape prior to the arrival of Orcas Fire units.

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2016 Dog Tags Available

ig_Dog_MilenesMutt-1 (40k image)All dogs in San Juan County and the Town of Friday Harbor are required to be licensed annually.

The Auditor’s Office and several other vendors around the County will begin selling 2016 tags on Monday, November 23. This year’s tag is a red bone shape.

Each time a dog is licensed within the county, the shelter from that dog’s island receives $2.

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Free Reference Books To Students

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( Rotary member Cyndy Gilason and happy children! -Ted Strutz photo)

Rotary Club of San Juan Island continues its annual tradition of presenting dictionaries to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes at Friday Harbor Elementary.

“ Having a tangible and personal resource book has brought excitement to the classroom” according to Barbara Fagan, Literacy Chairman. Rotary believes that acquiring knowledge thru reading sparks imagination. Thesauruses were also presented to 4th and 5th graders. Rotary presents all 3rd grades county wide with dictionaries. Dictionaries were also presented to Paideia School students. Stillpoint forthcoming.

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IMA Islands Artists’ Registry Show

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( Three Dancers by Svetlana_Petrova)

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) welcomes the community to their fourth exhibition of works by more than 70 countywide Artists’ Registry members: November 21, 2015 - January 11, 2016 (Opening Reception: November 20, 5:00-8:00 p.m.)

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-- Guest Column --

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No Sanctuary, No Refuge, No Peace

By Allison Lance

It is a little before seven in the morning when i am jolted from my bed by gunfire: BAMBAMBAM BAM BAM. Once again, the annual assault begins on my feathered friends: the ducks and geese of San Juan Islan

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Winter Storm In, Power Out, Power Back On


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(UPDATED 11-18-15) OPALCO reports that on Monday wind took down a tree limb on Shaw, and the following day an outage on the mainland also took out the power on most of the islands. By 4:00 pm most of the county was back on the grid, with the exception of parts of Argyle and down Cattle Point, which crews worked on (photo above) until the last link was complete and all power was back up a little after 6:00 pm.

Not like the old days when we expected winter to bring power outages as just a part of living here.

Honoring Veterans In Friday Harbor

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( 22 year old Sgt. Jim Knych (upper left) taken days before he was wounded in battle. )

In honor of all veterans, but in particular those who served during the Viet Nam war, where American soldiers were serving and dying in the 60’s, the National Grange patriots program encouraged local granges to present their local veterans with a “Certificate of Honor” in formal presentations that recognized their “patriotism, courage and service to Country above self during the time of the Vietnam War.”

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More Barged Homes For Home Trust

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Two more homes from Victorian B. C. are coming Wednesday by barge for Phase 2 of Sun Rise, the new neighborhood of permanently affordable homes being developed by San Juan Community Home Trust.

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We’re The Government & We Are Here To Help You…well, some of you anyway..

By Ted Blaszak

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During the final budget conferences of the 2015 legislative session, behind closed doors, Representative Schmick (9th Colfax) placed into the capitol budget a proviso that took 135 miles of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail , 6,000 acres of park land, and gave it away, at no cost, to 200 adjacent property owners. It was a land grab done without any public announcement or input.

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Nurse Ppractitioner Joins PeaceHealth

ig_Mallory_Brown-001 (26k image)Mallory Brown, ARNP, recently joined the Family Medicine Department at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, where she provides comprehensive care to men, women and children of all ages.

Before coming to PeaceHealth Peace Island, Brown was a clinical instructor for first-year nursing students at Western New Mexico University. She has also worked as an endoscopy, oncology, home health and hospice nurse in New Mexico and Kentucky.

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A Word From Olympia…

ig_Kristine_Lytton-03 (62k image)40th Legislative District Representative Kris Lytton will be the speaker at the upcoming membership meeting (Noon to 2:00 pm 11-16-15) of the League of Women Voters of the San Juans.

Lytton will talk about education and the mandate resulting from the McCleary decision of 2012, in which the State Supreme Court ruled that the state was to properly fund K-12 education by 2018 and show measurable progress to that end in the intervening years. Currently the Legislature is being fined $100,000 per day for its failure to live up to that mandate.

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Holiday Show at Waterworks Gallery

Opening Reception, Saturday November 28th 4.30 -7.30 p.m.; Show features a compendium of works from the gallery's artists - Open Monday, Wednesday thru Saturday 10.00 to 5.00, and for your Holiday shopping, open on Tuesdays, December 15 & 22

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Lopez Cemetery Wreath Sale

Wreaths, swags and Christmas ornaments and gifts will be available at the cemetery from November 27th through December 5th. Wreaths sell out every year so pre-order yours at 468-3032. Order swags for graves at the same number. Orders can be taken immediately.

Frederick Garnet Popham

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December. 23, 1918 ~ November 14, 2015

Frederick Garnet Popham, 96, of Friday Harbor died at home on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Fred was born December. 23, 1918 in Victoria, B.C. He moved with his parents Ruth and Henry Popham, to Los Angeles, CA in 1921.

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Community Thanksgiving Dinner

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If you were looking for a special way to celebrate and give thanks on Thanksgiving, going to the Mullis Community Center for a good old-fashioned community Thanksgiving dinner was just the -free- ticket to enjoy a turkey feast.

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WSF Mobile App Easier To Use

Wa State Ferries (WSDOT) has made changes to the ferry schedule feature in their mobile app to make it easier to use.

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$2,000 Ed Award Available

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor (SIFRI) is offering a $2,000.00 “Educational Opportunity Award" for women.

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3rd Saturday Grange Dance

3rd Saturday Grange Dance, SJI Grange Hall, 7-9pm. From Seattle, Tom & Amy Wimmer calling with the Bellingham band The Alphabeats - Cylde and Susan Curley on fiddle and piano, Mike Haberman on mandolin and Kris Parker on bass. No partners or experience needed. $10 donation. Info.378-3836, on facebook @ sanjuanislandscontradance.

Elwha Out For Repair

The 5:30am sailing from Anacortes to Orcas and Shaw has been cancelled due to necessary repairs on the Elwha. This will also cancel the 6:45am eastbound sailing from Orcas to Shaw, Lopez, and Anacortes. The next sailing to Orcas will be 7:30am on the Yakima.

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Island Haven Animal Sanctuary

ig_A_Dog_Homeless-001 (42k image)Wednesday, November 18, from 5:30-7:30.Island Haven Sanctuary for animals will host a Happy Hour Benefit at Mike’s Café and Wine Bar, 132 - 2nd Street.

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Naturalist Workshop Nov 21

The Whale Museum will hold their annual Marine Naturalist ‘Gear-Down’ Workshop on November 21st.

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Mike Chadwick

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1932 ~ 2015

Mike Chadwick died peacefully at home November 4, 2015, after waging a three year battle with cancer. He lived a quiet life of devotion to his work, honor to his country, and love for his family and friends.

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Animal Shelter Rummage Sale

ig_ATF-Dog_in_HelpRing-001 (4k image)IFor her Community Project, FHarbor High School student, Yesenia Salas-Trujillo is hosting a Rummage Sale to help the animal shelter this Saturday, November 14 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm in the high school cafeteria. Call Jan at the animal shelter w questions or to help: 378-2158.

Island Stage Left:: Shining City

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Starting Friday at SJC Fairgrounds: Do not miss this haunting and finely honed piece of contemporary theatrical magic presented by Island Stage Left; . It is truly exceptional.

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SJI Skate & Scooter Swap Meet

Nov 14, 11:00-2:00pm, Fair Bldg, ime to pull your skates from the closet. Island Rec will have a booth at the FANS Carnival & skate or scooter for a swap meet. Sell, trade or GIVE your skates to the next kid in line.

For questions please contact For more information call 378-4953 or visit

Family Carnival at Fairgrounds November 14

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FANtastic carnival fun returns to the San Juan County Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Veterans Day

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The U.S. has 21.8 million veterans, and San Juan County has over 1,500 veterans, the largest number of veterans per capital in Washington State. What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?

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Senator Murray: We Owe This to Our Veterans

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U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of both the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, announced new resources to help homeless veterans secure stable housing.

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Island Haven Animal Sanctuary

ig_A_Dog_Homeless-001 (42k image)Island Haven Sanctuary for animals will host a Happy Hour Benefit at Mike’s Café and Wine Bar, 132 - 2nd Street, Wednesday, November 18, from 5:30-7:30.

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Sally Knox Winton Bryan

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July 15, 1920 - October 25, 2015

In her own words

Sally Bryan was born in New Orleans and raised in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Illinois before going to Mt. Holyoke to college. Marrying, she bore children in California, Boston, New York, and Chattanooga before her husband, a metallurgical engineer, moved to Seattle with Boeing.

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Grad Night Holiday Wreath Sale

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Friday Harbor High School seniors are now taking orders for the annual Grad Night Holiday Wreath sale.

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Gordon Nevins Steele

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May 1st, 1919 ~ November 3rd, 2015

Gordon Nevins Steele was born May 1, 1919, in Santa Monica, California. His parents were William Nevins Steele and Ethel Bernice Kenner Steele. He passed away on November 3, 2015, at his home in Friday Harbor, Washington.

Gordon was proud to be the grandson of John Corbet Steele, a founder of Santa Monica who arrived there in 1878. John was a blacksmith by trade. With only a sixth grade education he acquired a hotel, grocery store, and invested in prime real estate. He served as postmaster and later became the third mayor of the city. Gordon was proud to have large blacksmith hands like his grandfather.

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Donate To Food Bank On FH Utility Bills

The Town of Friday Harbor is once again making it easy for residents and business owners to support the local food bank during the holiday season. At the bottom of their utility bill they can fill in a donation amount where it states “Harbor Life Ring Donation.”

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APSFH Volunteer of the Month

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Many islanders know Jennifer Rigg as the woman behind so many wonderful t-shirt designs for local businesses and the county fair. Did you also know she donates a great deal of her time, creativity and resources to The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor?

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Noble Starr Obituary

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September 6, 1938 ~ October 23, 2015

Noble W. Starr went to be with the Lord on October 23, 2015, following a period of declining health. He lived at the Village at the Harbor in Friday Harbor where he was lovingly cared for since 2011.

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Know Your Islanders

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Monday (11-02-15), 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM, SJI Library: Darryl Swenson, just back from a flight to the Desert Southwest with a brand new collection of aerial photos for his presentation "Flying Low over the High Desert."

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