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Rotary's Concours d'Elegance Saturday

 

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Time to put away your Fair ribbons and head to San Juan Vineyard, THIS Saturday, 11 AM - 3 PM, for the 13th annual Concours d'Elegance.

This year, the Concours will include the raffle of a Tesla (child's size) electric vehicle and silent auction of car memorabilia. Lunch will be served under the pavilion with musical entertainment by the Argyle St. Jazz Band. Beneficiaries: Family Resource Center, Family Umbrella Group, Hospice of San Juan, and PolioPlus of Rotary International. Car registration and further information at sanjuanconcours.org




Photographers: Salish Sea Exploration


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(Above: Cy Scammell’s Kelp Cathedral )


ig_A_SpiralingOctopus_bruce_kerwin-001 (14k image)Scientist and underwater photographer Bruce Kerwin says of his grand prize winning photo, Spiraling Octopus, “I am drawn to the free-flowing form of invertebrates beneath the Salish Sea.” For this shot, he had been shooting a Hooded Nudibranch toward the end of his dive day when a friend waved at him madly. A Giant Pacific Octopus was hunting just five feet away. Bruce got his impressive photo as the octopus coiled and uncoiled its arm.This is one of the many stories that the photographers in the DEEP DIVE exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) can tell. Area photographers who were 2018 winners in the SeaDoc’s Salish Sea In Focus contest are on display including the grand prizewinner and category winners.

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Coming Changes In Excise Tax Rates


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There will be a major change in real estate excise tax taking effect January 1, 2020 for the State of Washington. I have provided a link below to the Senate Bill which created this change to a graduated tax rate.

The Excise Tax adjustment will affect what the seller pays. In January 2019 the tax went up for the buyers in our County with the addition of the Affordable Housing Tax (Buyer pays 99% of the .5% tax).

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Predicting Changes In The Salish Sea


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The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has been working to study the sources of global change and variability, and their program of Climate Preparedness and Resilience the USACE has worked with other agencies, such as the Pacific Northwest National laboratory (PNNL) to develop science and engineering research on climate change to help to adapt to climate change impacts.

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Judge Rules Orca Initiative On Orcas & Boats Not Up To Local Voters

 

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NWNN (NW News Network) reports A Skagit County Judge ruled in favor of four whale watching companies who wanted 650-yard buffer between boats and orcas. The full report from NWNN can be read HERE




Nash, Caines, & Price Sts Traffic Disruption Mon Through Fri


Traffic will continue to be disrupted this Monday, August 19th through Friday, August 23rd from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. while Contractors prepare the cement treated sub-base for the roadway at the Caines and Nash Street Intersection, Nash Street and Price Street.

Preparation for the cement treated base is anticipated between August 19th-23rd.

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Baby Turtles Given As A Prize At Fair -What Were They Thinking?

 

ig_E_RedEarTurtle-001 (45k image)Near closing time on Thursday evening, County Fair staff received a report that small turtles were being distributed as a prize in one of Paradise Amusements carnival games and that some of the turtles were being mistreated by the recipients, with some being thrown off of carnival rides.

Friday morning, staff investigated the situation with the carnival manager and with SJC Sheriff's Office resulting in the Carnival discontinuing that program. The County will be working with Paradise Amusements to eliminate the use of live animals in their contracted activities with San Juan County Fair.




Gov & Citizen Ranker Asked To Oppose State In Upcoming Wolf Kill


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A Washington Judge has allowed the state to move forward on the killing of two Washington wolf packs, the OPT pack, and the entire Togo Pack.

Protect The Wolves has reached out to Governor Inslee, Senator John McCoy, and Kevin Ranker for this occasion to request their presence at this hearing, as well as their Press Conference for what is happening to Wolves, not only one of an invaluable Keystone Species,”but also Sacred to Traditional Native Americans” says Roger Dobson Director of Tribal Relations.

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Orcas StoryFest: Shadows, Secrets and Other Stories and Songs


The 8th Orcas StoryFest, which begins August 23rd, will culminate in a concert at the Orcas Center the evening of August 24th.

After the island feasts on stories of wisdom and wit, on spirit and wisdom, and family stories, islanders Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec will bring their newest piece Shadows & Secrets to the Orcas Center, in addition to their guest featured artists Susan O’Halloran, national storyteller from Evanston, Illinois, and Gary Lapow, singer/songwriter from Berkeley, California.

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Public Input Wanted On State Parks Long-Range Strategic Planning

 

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning the process to develop the agency’s Public Input Wanted On State Parks Long-Range Strategic Planning and would like the public’s input.

The Commission values the public’s comments and encourages the public to help develop direction for the next 10 years. Information and feedback gathered will be used to finalize the strategic plan over the next several months. Stakeholders may provide feedback On Line.




Blue Whales Off Washington Coast


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(Mike Johnson photo)


Cascadia Researchhas reported that on July 24, Cascadia members Kiirsten Flynn and John Calambokidis sighted two blue whales feeding 17 nautical miles NW of Grays Harbor.

Blue whales are considered the largest animals that ever lived and are commonly seen off California, but sightings off Washington are rare, with a few seen in the last five decades.

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Got Bad Bugs- And Other Critters?


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The Washington Invasive Species Council is asking residents to check trees and swimming pools in their yards for harmful critters as part of the national Tree Check Month in August.

August is the peak time of year to look for invasive bugs and report any species that seem out of place. Trees near home and in neighborhoods, the “urban forest,” are as just as susceptible as trees in rural and wild forests.

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49th Shaw Island Classic Race Results


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The currents were strong, the winds light and temperamental, for the 48 sailboats in the 499h annual running of the Shaw Island Classic. Hosted by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the race is a highlight of the summer boating season, drawing sailors from throughout the region to circumnavigate Shaw Island. Racers can circle the island in either direction factoring in shifting winds, variable currents, narrow rocky channels and ferry traffic.

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SJ Ag Guild Fundraiser Sunday


There will be an evening of celebration of San Juan County farming from past, present and future at the historic Straits View Farm on San Juan Island, Sunday (08-11-19). Join in for:

• Silent Auction Cocktail Party with local libations
• Harvest dinner hosted by local farmers and chefs from Market Chef and Duck Soup Restaurant
• Live Auction
• Barn Dance with music by River Rye Bluegrass

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Landowners Work To Recover Butterfly


ig_Island_Marble-03 (35k image)The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is announcing the start of open enrollment for San Juan and Lopez islands landowners who would like to participate in a voluntary program to help restore Island Marble Butterflies, a species that could soon be listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The Island Marble Butterfly is found nowhere except on San Juan Island. Thought to be extinct since 1908, the butterfly was re-discovered by biologists during a prairie survey in San Juan Island National Historical Park in 1998, and a few years later on Lopez Island - but not seen again on Lopez Island since 2006.

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Three More Orcas Missing

 

The Center For Whale Research has reported that three adult killer whales, J17, K25, L84 and K84, from the Southern Resident whale population are missing, and as of July 1 they are presumed dead.

29-year-old male, L84, has also been missing all summer in encounters conducted by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans along the west coast of Vancouver Island. L pod has not come into the Salish Sea yet this summer. L84 was the last of a matriline of eleven whales, ten of whom died previously. Also missing is 28-year-old, K25, an adult male in the prime of his life who was not in good body condition last winter. He is survived by two sisters and a brother, K20, K27, and K34, respectively.




Make Sure Your Child Is Allowed To Attend School Starting Day 1


WA state laws around immunization records have changed!!! Returning students no longer have a thirty-day period to prove compliance with immunization laws before they may be excluded from public school.

Additionally personal/philosophical/religious exemptions are no longer allowed for the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination (only religious membership exemptions will be allowed for this immunization requirement)

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Possible Drowning On Orcas

 

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office, along with Orcas Fire and EMS and the US Coast Guard are currently looking for an African American male, in his mid 30's, who fell off his paddleboard in Mountain Lake at Moran State Park.

At approximately 6:30 pm Monday night a call came into the Sheriff's Office of a male in the water. A second male unsuccessfully attempted a rescue. The US Coast Guard is responding with a helicopter and dive rescue team.

The victim is believed to not be wearing a life vest. A search is currently underway.




Wolf Post-Recovery Plan Development


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has opened a public comment period to gather input on how the department will manage wolves in Washington post-recovery.

Public input and feedback is vital to this effort. The public scoping comment period is open now through Nov.1, 2019.

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19th Annual Jazz At The Labs


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The 19th annual Jazz at the Labs is coming August 24, at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, who will again host this popular event, with dinner and amazing music. $40 per person (dinner & music)

This event will include a delicious and hearty dinner, served from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in FHL’s historic dining hall. Vegetarian dinners are available.

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New Pumpout Facility Serves SJ Boaters


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(L to R: Owners Terri and Steve Mason and employees Nick Burne and Jonathan Hogue with new pumpout facilitl -contributed photo)


“I grew up on Orcas Island and raised my children here on Shaw Island,” said Terri Mason. “Over the last 15 years, we’ve witnessed the degradation of our marine environment. We want to do all we can to help protect water quality.” Mason says she hopes the new pumpout service will be a convenient amenity for the recreational boaters who stop by the store.

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FHHS Students World Champs At International Space Settlement Design Competition World Finals


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( L to R: Brandon Payne; Julian Brown; Dan Garner (Teacher); Evan Foley; Joely Loucks; Hank Erickson; Lucy Urbach; Sander Van Hamersfeld; Emmett Carrier; Jaden Jones; Darcy Ayers; Arlo Harold, & Emma Mughal -contributed photo)


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(On the ferry bringing home the gold -IG photo)


Last weekend, the Friday Harbor Aerospace Design Team, also known as Island Orbital Technologies (IOTech), became World Champions, at the 2019 International Space Settlement Design Competition World Finals. IOTech, alongside assigned teammates from four other schools that created one 60-person aerospace corporation, won this year’s world finals of the International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC) at the Kennedy Space Center, Center for Space Education.

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Cattle Pt Accident Driver Charged With Vehicular Assault

 

The Sheriff’s office has reported there was an injury accident this weekend on San Juan Island at cattle point road near Mill Street occurred at approximately 8:05am, when a Volkswagen Jetta traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Cattle Point Rd. struck the backend of a van traveling in the same direction. The passenger in the Jetta was trapped inside the car was extricated by the San Juan Fire Department. The passenger was then transported to the Peace Island Emergency Room where he was treated for his injuries. The driver was arrested for Vehicular Assault

According to witnesses after the fact, the vehicle ended up in a field and rolled. Two people stated on Facebook that the impact resulted in the engine of the car being torn out and separated from the vehicle. An investigation is currently underway.




Orcas Man Sentenced To 6.5 Years For Vehicular Homicide


Friday July 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm at the San Juan County Superior Court, Judge Kathryn Loring, Presiding, Mr. Tucker Abdon was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison for vehicle homicide when driving on September 5th of 2018, while under the influence of alcohol he left the road and hit a tree. Rachel B. Gibson, 32 was flown to Harborview, where she died as a result of her injuries on September the 7th.

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Singing On The Ferry Aug 1


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(Island Chordsmen Plus photo)


The Island Chordsmen Plus (mixed gender) barbershop chorus from San Juan Island is presenting two free FERRY SING gatherings this summer, with the first on the 1st of August. That’s a Thursday afternoon/evening.

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Trump Island House Burns Down

 

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A large home located on Trump Island -near Lopez island- has been totally destroyed by a fire. Photo was taken by pilot Rebecca Watson of San Juan Airlines.

The island is owned by Trump Island LLC, which is located in Anacortes. The County has -make that "had"-the home valued $2,963.080.

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Artist-in-Residence Exhibition


ig_Linda_Hyatt_Cancel-001 (24k image)The National Park Service and the San Juan Islands Museum of Art are presenting a special exhibition of the park’s Artist-in-Residence, Linda Hyatt Cancel (photo left).

The exhibition features 18 original pieces of work of American Camp and English Camp in commemorating the 160th anniversary of the “Pig War” boundary dispute between the United States and Britain in the summer of 1859.

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Thank An Army Diver Thursday For Removing Derelict Fishing Nets

 

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Some of the soldiers of the 569th Engineer Dive Detachment will be heading over to the San Juan Island Brewing Company on Thursday (07-27-19) to sample the offerings, and be recognized for their work on the west side of San Juan Island removing derelict fishing nets . Stop on by and say “Hi!” and thank you (maybe they will come back and get more of the nets?).




Taylor Sentenced To 20yrs For Murder


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(Taylor shacked after sentencing -IG photo)


San Juan residence Kevin P. Taylor was sentenced on Monday by Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock to 20 years in prison for the 2nd degree murder of his wife, Julie Taylor. (Related Story).

Prior to sentencing, Teresa Barnett, prosecuting attorney for San Juan County, stated in response to a sentencing memorandum from the Taylor’s defense team, that:

“Fueled by alcohol and rage, the defendant committed a brutal murder of his wife, Julie Taylor. There was no love or affection for her as he beat her with the barrel a firearm, as she lay helpless, unable to defend herself. The defendant acted intentionally and with full knowledge and purpose that night. It is just that he is held accountable and sentenced to 304 months as a standard range sentence with a firearm enhancement.”

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Deadly Rabbit Disease On Orcas Island


OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has confirmed a case of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2) in a domestic rabbit on Orcas Island. RHD is a viral disease that causes sudden death in rabbits and can be spread through contact with infected rabbits, their meat or their fur, or materials coming in contact with them.

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Senator Murray Works To Curtail Warrantless Vehicle Checkpoint Stops


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Amid increasing scrutiny of immigration officials inhumane treatment of children and families, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) reintroduced legislation to strengthen privacy protections in Washington state and all other border states by limiting the unreasonably large “border zone.”

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San Juan Island National Historical Park 21st Annual Encampment


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Re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada will once again celebrate peace as they gather for the 21st annual Encampment schedule July 26-28 on the English Camp parade ground.

Encampment features recreations of mid-19th century soldier camp life, demonstrations of black powder firing, children’s croquette, music, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, along with the pageantry of period clothing.

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Public Invited to Submit Art to Highlight the Dangers of Releasing Pets and Plants into the Wild


Calling all artists! The Washington Invasive Species Council invites artists of all ages to participate in an art contest as part of its “Don’t Let it Loose” campaign.
The campaign teaches people about the dangers of releasing unwanted pets and plants into the wild and highlights other ways to rehome them.

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Head on over to The Village (543 Spring St) on Saturday, July 20th, 5:30-8:30 PM for some lip-smackin’, melt-in-your-mouth BBQ meat & trimmin’s; and the golden opportunity to lasso some original pieces from your favorite island artists - Darleen Nixon, Janet Williamson, Maria Michaelson, Eben Shay, Thaddeus Krol, Manya Pickard, Trish Morse, Margaret Thorsen, Jan Murphy, Janie & Terry Ogle, Marcia Walters, Cady Davies and more - or snag an amazing travel package, or walk (stagger?) home under the burden of a case of vintage wines.

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Native Plant Sale In September


Don’t miss this rare opportunity to purchase locally grown wildflowers native to San Juan County. The Land Bank is hosting three sales in September featuring native plants produced by the Salish Seeds Project. Nursery gates will open to the public September 8th on San Juan Island, with pop-up sales Sept. 21 on Lopez and Sept. 28 on Orcas.

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SJISD Griffin Bay School Open Doors Program


San Juan Island School District announces the opening of the “Open Doors Program”. This student re-engagement program will begin on Tuesday September 9, 2019.

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Rotary's Concours d'Elegance Saturday


Time to put away your Fair ribbons and head to San Juan Vineyard, THIS Saturday, 11 AM - 3 PM, for the 13th annual Concours d'Elegance.

This year, the Concours will include the raffle of a Tesla (child's size) electric vehicle and silent auction of car memorabilia. Lunch will be served under the pavilion with musical entertainment by the Argyle St. Jazz Band. Beneficiaries: Family Resource Center, Family Umbrella Group, Hospice of San Juan, and PolioPlus of Rotary International. Car registration and further information at sanjuanconcours.org




Mullis Center Parking Lot Sale Saturday


Don’t miss out on the Mullis Center’s Annual Parking Lot Sale, Saturday 08-24-19. Much more than a mega “garage” sale, there will also be collectables and crafts inside the building. A few items worth mention include: commercial kitchen equipment, furniture, flat screen TVs, toys, games, books, a vintage Mahjong set, plus antiques, art, decorating items, plus much more. 9:00 am - 2:00 pm August 24.




4 SJC Sewer Treatment Plants Found To Be “Outstanding”


2018 Outstanding Performance Wastewater Treatment Plant Award Recipients in San Juan County are Eastsound Wastewater Treatment Plant; the Orcas Village Wastewater Treatment Plant; Fisherman Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant, & the Roche Harbor Resort Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Looking For Ballot Arguments


Do you love a good argument? Then your County needs you!
Looking For Ballot Arguments
This November, there will be seven local measures on the general election ballot. Those measures are:

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New Building For Friday Harbor


Skagit Valley College Skagit/Islands Head Start (SIHS) has announced that they have received a notice of award from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start and will receive a grant totaling $7,817,445 for Early Head Start and Head Start, and will also provide money for the purchase of a new modular building to replace the current older modular in Friday Harbor.




Hearing 8-19 On Lopez Village Plan


San Juan County Council will continue their July 8, 2019, public hearing to consider adoption of an ordinance regarding the creation of a new Lopez Village Subarea Plan, new development regulations for the Lopez Village urban growth area.

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Virtual Reality At SJI Library


During the past summer San Juan Island Library has been offering opportunities to explore Virtual Reality, courtesy of the Washington State Library and Oculus Inc. This has been very popular and has appealed to people of all ages (although restricted to people over 13 years old).

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Bruce Hansen


ig_O_Bruce_Hansen (51k image)Bruce Hansen passed away on July 5, 2019. He would want everyone to:

- honor your commitments;
- pay your bills on time;
- practice random acts of kindness*; and
- remember what Thumper Rabbit’s mother said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”

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SJI Health Survey Coming


Long-term care needs in our community continue to be studied and the Inter Island Healthcare Foundation (IIHF) has sponsored a feasibility study to plan for present and future needs.

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“Islands Heartbeats SJI” On Sat


ig_Julie_Corey-001 (42k image)(press release) “Islands Heartbeats” is an unforgettable photographic journey through the natural wonders of San Juan Island, Washington. Written and photographed by Julie McIntire Corey.

This is the must-have book of the summer, Islands Heartbeats is 272 pages with 300 spectacular photographs and stories that will make your heartbeat.

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$22,500 Matching Grants At Fair


Once again you’ll have a chance to support your favorite local nonprofits at the San Juan Community Foundation fair booth. Every year, SJICF offers a special matching grant opportunity during the 4 days of the fair. 50 cents on every dollar raised at the booth between August 14th and 17th will be matched by SJICF until each of the 9 featured projects meet their $5,000 fundraising goals.
This year’s featured San Juan Island nonprofits include:

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Attorney Higginson Elected State Bar Assn Governor


ig-Carla_J_Higginson-001 (37k image)Long-time Friday Harbor attorney Carla J. Higginson has been elected as the first San Juan County member of the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors in the 86-year history of the Association. Her district includes San Juan, Island, Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish Counties.

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Have A Fun Time Supporting Wildlife


Join a fun evening in the lavender fields of Pelindaba August 9th, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm to enjoy delicious appetizers, drinks, music, unique silent auction items and special visitors, like Madrona, Wolf Hollow Rehabilitation Center's Red Tailed Hawk. All for the love of wildlife that need your help. Click HERE to purchase a ticket.

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Happy Birthday Coast Guard


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(25' Response Boat -USCG file photo)


Created by Congress on 4 August 1790 at the request of Alexander Hamilton as the Revenue-Marine, it is the oldest continuous seagoing service of the United States. As Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton headed the Revenue-Marine, whose original purpose was collecting customs duties in the nation's seaports.

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Locals Appointed To Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program


Lopez Island residents, Carol Noyes and Gabe Strand, have been selected for the Washington State Heritage Apprenticeship Arts Program, a statewide program celebrating and supporting traditional arts.

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42nd Annual 8.8K Loop Run


42 Years Running: Island Rec and Xtreme Fitness invite you to take part in the 42nd Annual Friday Harbor 8.8k Loop Run/Walk scheduled for a 9:00am start on Saturday, 2019. People of all ages enjoy running or walking in this race.

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FOL Annual Book Sale Saturday


The Friends of the Library will hold their annual book sale on Saturday August 3 2019 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is the 40th anniversary book sale for the Friends

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African Music Duo at FHPC


ig_Lasana_Kanneh-001 (78k image) Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church invites you to attend a visiting gospel concert, IJenNeh, to be held Sunday, August, 4th, at 4pm in the sanctuary, featuring Lasana Kanneh as lead. All are welcome, bring your family and friends. He will also worship at the normal 10:00 a.m. service.

IJenNeh (which means “Heaven” and is pronounced “eye-gin-nay”) began as “Echoes of the Blind.”

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Dog Rescued From Water


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An older boxer/poodle somehow jumped off a boat between Vancouver Island and San Juan Island but according to a report in the Vancouver Courier was spotted by another boat and rescued.

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Washington’s 2019 Primary Election


Ballots began arriving in mailboxes across the state this week for the 2019 Primary Election and voters may notice some changes. As counties implement the new voter registration laws to expand voter convenience, election officials are also increasing ballot security with technology.

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Thank You For Lemonade Sales


ig_SO_LemonaidFundRaiser-001 (29k image)The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor sends warm thanks to Bella, the granddaughter of APS-FH supporter and animal lover Daryl Grazia, for her hard-earned June gift.

Bella, while visiting San Juan Island for a couple weeks this summer engaged in entrepreneurial activity; opening a lemonade stand to raise funds for the APS-FH.

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No Bunnies At Fair This Year Due To Concerns Of Disease


ig_Rabbit-001 (30k image)Due to the news that there has been a confirmed case of the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHDV2) on Orcas Island (Related Story), and is fatal and extremely contagious, Jennifer Rigg, the Open Rabbit/Cavy superintendent for the fair states she as been advised by the Washington State Veterinarian (WSDA), Amber Itle, that the rabbit show at the San Juan County Fair should be canceled for this year. However, the Open Division Cavy show will be held.




Orcas Cider & Mead Festival


On Saturday (07-27-19) cider and mead producers from the Pacific Northwest will flock to beautiful Orcas Island, to the Eastsound Village Green from 11 AM-4 PM, not only to taste a stunning array of ciders and meads, but will be supporting Orcas Island Children’s House. Read all about it HERE.




Navy Takes Environmental Stewardship Seriously


By Admiral Christopher Gray

Recent allegations challenging the Navy’s operation of the Growler EA-18G aircraft have created a great deal of public interest in the Navy’s operations in the Pacific Northwest, and I would like to discuss a few key facts regarding the Navy’s mission and environmental stewardship on Whidbey Island in particular.

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Doctors Training In Rural Emergency Medicine At Peace Health


This summer marks the fifth year of a unique collaborative Rural Emergency Medicine Clinical Experience between Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Washington, and the Emergency Medicine Physician Specialty Residency of the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.

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Orcas Rotary Pickleball Fund Raiser


ig_S_Pickleball-001 (19k image) The Orcas Rotary Pickleball Tournament is right around the corner on July 27th. Have you registered yet?

If you haven't registered and would like to, registration is now here: www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-orcas-rotary-pickleball-tournament-registration-64762315830. You can also register as a Tournament Sponsor through the online system.

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Student Filmmaker Award Entries Open


Friday Harbor Film Festival is seeking entries into the 2019 competition for the László Pal Emerging Filmmaker Award. Recognizing young talent in filmmaking, it will be presented to the creator of the best student short film during the Festival to be held October 25-27.

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Concerns On Cybersecurity Threats To Election


Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is reminding lawmakers of emerging cybersecurity threats in an open letter to legislators and county election officials sent today. The state’s top election official underscored why modernizing technology this year is imperative.

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Last Call For Writers


The wheel is turning ever closer, and all you Island Writers should be cultivating your entries for the 2019 “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots” San Juan County Fair!
But wait, it’s not too late!

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Old Military Road Trail Committee Formed


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(Old Military Road near Zylstra Lake -contributed photo)


On June 13, a group of San Juan Islanders met with the Board of San Juan Island Park and Recreation District (Island Rec) seeking to be recognized as an official committee of Island Rec to explore the feasibility of creating a new trail connecting the two camps of San Juan Island National Historical Park - English Camp and American Camp.

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Rotary Donates To FOLKS


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( photo by Carla Wright)


Erin Corra (right in photo), Founder/Director of Friends of Lime Kiln Society (FOLKS) received a check for $200 from Rotary Club President, Tom Sibert and Barb Fagan, baker extraordinaire of 200 cookies sold to benefit FOLKS during the Lime Kiln Lighthouse Centennial Celebration held on June 30th.




Real Estate Sales Down 26%


IG-Merri_Ann_Simonson-3 (21k image)By Merri Ann Simonson

The second quarter results which complete the first half of the year for San Juan Island were similar to the first quarter. Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume on San Juan Island was $54,508,838 with a total of 81 transactions. The numbers reflect a 4% decrease in dollar volume and a 26% decrease in the number of transactions as compared to the same period in 2018.

Read full report HERE (.pdf 135\k file)




"Space Lady” to Perform at Alchemy Art Center


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Alchemy Art Center will host living outsider music legend, Susan Dietrich, known by most as The Space Lady, for an unforgettable performance on Tuesday, July 16th at 8pm.

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Two Beers & SeaDoc Team Up


ig_C_two-beers-seadoc-ipa-001 (58k image)Two Beers Brewing Co. has announced a partnership with SeaDoc Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystems through science and education.

SeaDoc Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystems through science and education. While the Southern Resident Killer Whale IPA focuses on the dire situation of the of this population of orcas, SeaDoc Society takes a multi-species approach, striving to find science-based solutions for marine wildlife in the Salish Sea.




Fair Superintendents Needed


Do you have a passion for Fine Arts, Food Preservation or Sheep? The San Juan County Fair is still seeking open class department superintendents for the Fine Arts, Food Preservation (Co-Superintendent) & Sheep. Open class department superintendents oversee the organization of volunteers during fair, may assist in finding department judges, and help with department layout, intake on entry day, Tuesday, August 13th & pickup on Sunday, August 18th

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New Orca Is Female


ig_CFOR_Orca_babyJ56-MomJ31_001 (61k image)J & K pods made an appearance in inland waters off San Juan Island for the first time in more than two months. A large crowd of people awaited their arrival at Lime Kiln State Park to get a glimpse of the new baby whale that was first reported on the British Columbia coast near Tofino on 30 May by a local whale watch company

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Come Shake Paws With Me


ig_SO_Ally-001 (89k image)My name is Ally and I am running for “Pet of the Week”. If you vote for me I promise to deliver: joy filled days of unconditional love, snuggles and hugs, glorious walks in all kinds of weather, and a faithful companion to lift you when you get down.

These are not empty promises just to get your vote. Come shake paws with me at the shelter, look deeply into my big brown eyes and you will see how sincere I am.




Herbert Eugene Meyer


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Herbert Eugene Meyer, aged 73, died June 23 in Seattle nine months after a bicycle accident near his home on San Juan Island. Historian Steven Hayward described Herb as “one of the genuine heroes of the Cold War.”

Herb’s first career was journalism with a focus on the Soviet Union. In 1982, Director of Central Intelligence William J. Casey invited him to join the CIA as his special assistant. In his time there he was the first analyst to predict the collapse of the Soviet Union. For this, he was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 1985, the agency’s highest civilian award at that time.

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