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$2+ Million For 6 SJI Fire Engines

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(Steve Marler receives the first of six new fire engines from General Fire Apparatus -Sheila Harley photo)

SJI Fire Chief Steve Marler receives the first of six new fire engines from General Fire Apparatus. Each engine reportedly cost approximately $350,000.00, and will replace existing trucks that. while low in mileage, are 30 years old.

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Deputies Support Ron Krebs For Sheriff

ig_Ron_Krebs_Candidate_photo-002 (17k image)The San Juan County Deputy Sheriffs Guild, which represents all of the sworn Deputies, Detectives, Sergeants and professional Dispatch and Corrections staff, have voted to support Deputy Sheriff Ron Krebs (photo, left) to be the next Sheriff of San Juan County.

In a formal press release, the Guild issued the following statement: "We, the Guild, believe Ron Krebs will bring back community policing; citizen responsiveness; honesty and integrity, communication and morale into the San Juan County Sheriffs Office."

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San Juan Islands Endangered?

The San Juan Islands have been identified by Leave No Trace (and their sponsor Subaru) as "One of Its Eight Endangered ‘Hot Spots’ in the Nation." and following on the heels of a class on Branding and Marketing Your Community, they are coming to the county to host events to "help raise awareness about natural areas around the country facing the threat of irreversible environmental damage."

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team are partnering with the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau and the SJC Parks department to host community events and educational activities on September 25-29, 2014.

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OPALCO’s Response Continues Concerns

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By Alex MacLeod

You may have seen OPALCO’s recent paid advertisement about legal threats its Board made against a former board member and a sitting County Councilman, and publicly lying about the origins of those threats. The Board published the ad after approving it in yet another secret meeting.

The OPALCO statement is fundamentally dishonest and perpetuates behaviors that are crippling our co-op: holding closed meetings, silencing questions, being blatantly dishonest with member-owners and treating the membership with distain and arrogance.

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Common Sense Alliance Appeals To Higher Court

CSA ( Common Sense Alliance ) has voted to appeal the San Juan Superior Court’s decision on the County's Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) to the Washington State Court of Appeals.

Their attorney, Sandy Mackie, from Perkins Coie , Seattle, and Brian Hodges, attorney for the PLF (Pacific Legal Foundation), will appeal on the grounds that “issues raised by the County CAO, in setting large buffers over your properties without identifying a problem (no ‘nexus’ to a harm caused, no ‘proportionality’ in the size and extent of the restrictions), are unconstitutional”

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Sunday Drive Off Westside Road On SJI


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(South of Lime Kiln Park -IG photo)

A car on San Juan Island ended up down a steep slope on the Westside of the island when the driver, for reasons unknown, drove the car off the road. The accident was on a section that is a favorite for visitors looking for a view of an orca or two. First responders treated the occupants for minor issues, but the front of the car indicated some damage.

FH Program Wednesday On HONEY: Nature’s Floral Symphony


ig_I_BeeOnThistle-01 (24k image)September 17, 7pm, preceded by a 6pm potluck; at SJ Island Grange Hall: SJI Grange #966 is sponsoring Brady Ryan of San Juan Island Honey. He will discuss aspects of nature’s floral symphony; including at how honey is produced & harvested; focusing on bees; pollination; beekeeping throughout the year, and the interconnection of the floral landscape with the unique flavor of local honey.

Only 79 Southern Resident Orca Remain: Beginning Of Their Extinction?

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(Center for Whale Research photo)

The Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island released a photo of a new Orca spotted on the South side of San Juan Island.

On their Facebook page they stated: “they encountered a subgroup of Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW’s in official jargon) in the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Salmon Bank. Tucked between two adult females in L pod was a very small newborn killer whale that still had creases on its side due to “fetal folds”, indicating it was probably less than one week old.”

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FH Airport Receives From $268K Feds


Senator Patty Murray Chair of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement that the Airport will receive $268,000 in federal funding for the final phase of construction to improve drainage to handle stormwater runoff near the runway, and prevent ponding on the airfield.: "This is great news for Friday Harbor and the communities throughout the San Juan Islands” said Senator Murray. “This investment will help improve safety and efficiency at the Friday Harbor Airport, and help support the economy and transportation needs of Washington state.” .

WSF Has A New Skipper

ig_Lynne_Griffith-001 (24k image)Lynne Griffith will officially begins her leadership as the new Assistant Secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division next month.

Lynn Peterson, Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation, announced the appointment of Lynne Griffith as Assistant Secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division, after conducting two national searches for a qualified candidate, eventually ending up in Pierce County Washington.

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“War of the Whales” Event & Book Signing Friday At The Whale Museum

The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Joel Reynolds of NRDC and Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research for a special event and “War of the Whales” book signing on Friday, September 12th; event will begin with a Meet and Greet at The Whale Museum at 6:00 p.m..

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9-11 Ceremony At FH Memorial Park

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Commemoration Of September 11th 2001 From The San Juan County Council

A day that will never be forgotten. A day that changed all of our lives.

We, in San Juan County, were far removed from the destruction and death that rained down on the people of New York, the Pentagon, and Flight 93.

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The Selling Of The San Juans

ig_Roger_Brooks (9k image)The Town of Friday Harbor invites the public to attend a presentation on “Branding and Marketing Your Community” by Roger Brooks International from 6pm to 8pm, Thursday, September 11 at the Grange Hall.

Roger Brooks was born in Seattle and grew up on San Juan Island, and graduated from Friday Harbor high school.

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Mystery On Orcas, Body Found In Tent

A body with Texas ID found dead in Moran State Park on Saturday, September 6, 2014. A fisherman found decomposed human remains with a wallet in a collapsed tent located off-trail in a secluded area of Moran State Park near the bridge over the Cascade Lake lagoon. The wallet contained a Texas driver’s license for a person from Plano, Texas.

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Community Advisory Committee For SJC Hospital District #1

The San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 (PHD is forming a Community Advisory Committee, and to that end are soliciting committee members from the district, which includes the Town of Friday Harbor; San Juan; Brown; Pearl; Henry; Spieden; Stuart and Johns island.


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Blair Sidewalks & Gutters Going In, But...

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(Blair Ave in Friday Harbor -IG photo)

Curbs and gutters in front of the FH High School are installed, but progress and the schedule to finish the Blair Avenue Improvements has been setback due to unpredictable surprises uncovered during construction resulting in a revision to the final paving schedule.

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DUI; Assaults; Threats; Vandalism; Drunk; Missing Persons, etc..

A busy August for law enforcement in San Juan County...not always such a "little piece of heaven" with the normal full range of issues for the deputies to respond to:

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-- Guest Column: Good Intentions Without Good Sense? --

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(Screen capture of a video web posting)

I don’t doubt the intentions of the FOSJ nor of individuals who wish to keep our water and air free of pollutants. Neither do I doubt the intentions of those in Homeland Security and NSA who seek to protect us from terrorist attacks. None of us that I know want to have polluted water, dirty air or a terrorist attack upon us or our loved ones.

Let’s put a bit of perspective on the topics.

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Stinkin’ Seaweed Supports Students

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( Wendel Raymond contemplates the enormity of a wrack pile on a coastal Washington beach. Annie Thomson-photo)

By Megan Dethier, Alex Lowe, David Duggins

This is a story about a wonderful synergy between college students, life at marine labs, and research opportunities. Students at many stages in their careers come from all over the world to UW's Friday Harbor Labs, to take courses, work as an assistant for a scientist, or take part in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

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Café Sought For Orcas Artworks Building

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(This was then-Island Guardian photo)

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(This is now: Artworks building restoration - progress of the cafe area as of August 12th)

Orcas Island suffered a tragic loss mid-2013 when the historic Strawberry Barreling Plant, popularly known as the Artworks Building, was severely damaged by a fire deemed to be at the hands of an arson. Owned by The Olga Strawberry Council (OSC), a non-profit 501(c)(3), the building housed the Artworks Co-Operative, the Hardman Gallery and Café Olga.

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Weigh In On Friday Harbor’s Future

The Town of Friday Harbor is asking for the public’s participation in a short survey intended to help identify the perceived image of the town and provide direction for marketing the town as a place to live, grow your business, start a new business, and vacation; that is, how best to " brand " the town

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Law Enforcement Calls

SJC Law Enforcement Calls from 09/10 thru 09/16 included:

Accident, Hit and Run- On September 13th a San Juan deputy responded to a reported hit and run accident in a commercial parking lot. The investigating deputy estimated the damage at $2000. No suspect information at this time.

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Cathlamet Replaces Kaleetan

Beginning with the 4:15 a.m. departure from Anacortes on Friday, Sept. 19, the 124-vehicle Cathlamet will replace the 144-vehicle Kaleetan on the Anacortes/San Juan Island route. This vessel repositioning is in preparation for the fall sailing schedule which begins Sunday.

Ferry Reservations Meeting

The SJC Council will attend Ferry Reservations Partnership Meeting at the Yacht Club, Friday Harbor, 11:30 - 2:00, Thursday, September 18th.

Lopez Harvest Bike Tour

Sunday (9-21-14) Celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest. Bicycle to three working farms for a tour and a chance to meet & greet Lopez farmers. Learn about how conservation and agriculture can work together.

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Reservations About Reservations

By Greg Hertel

We seem to be moving inexorably towards a reservation system on San Juan Island but I still have some questions that nag me. I’ve raised these in the past with members of the committee studying the issue but every time I do, I keep getting told that it’s inevitable because the legislature gave the system its marching orders years ago and this is going to happen no matter what we want.

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County Looking For Fire Marshal

San Juan County is seeking qualified candidates for a contract position of San Juan County Fire Marshal (SJC FM). The SJC FM position will report directly to the Chief Building Official within the Department of Community Development.

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Celebrate The Life Of Al Sundstrom

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September 28, 1918 - September 10, 2014

Saturday, September 20th, 11:30 am Funeral Service at St. Francis Catholic Church. Burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. 1:30 pm Reception at San Juan Island Grange Hall; Come share your memories

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the San Juan Historical Society & Museum: PO Box 441 or San Juan Island Grange #966 Deck Project, PO Box 2013 - (a full obituary will be posted once available)

Sheriff Dispatach Temporarily By Phone Only

Beginning September 15, the 9-1-1 Center located in the Sheriff’s Office will be undergoing renovations including new radio consoles and a new E-9-1-1 phone system. As these vital upgrades are being installed, Dispatch will be temporarily relocated to the Emergency Operations Center.

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Island Rec CPR & First Aid Class

Get Certified for the Fall! Upon successful completion of First Aid and CPR you will walk away with life-saving skills and have a first aid certification from the American Heart Association and/or a CPR certification, which are valid for two years. Ideal class for parents, baby sitters, volunteer coaches and recreation leaders. First Aid is September 15, 5:30-9:30pm. CPR is September 17, 5:30-8:30pm at the Frank Wilson EMS building and are $27 each. Information or registration call 378-4953 or visit

Open Houses on Lopez, Orcas, SJ, On Stormwater Priorities

the Stormwater Utility is moving into the final phase of County wide stormwater management planning. Find out what it all means at upcoming open houses on the 15th to 18th. Read more below:

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Deputy Johanson Retires

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By SJC Deputy Sheriff's Guild

On July 26th 1984 the San Juan County Sheriff's Office grew by one. Sheriff Ray Sheffer hired Scott Depuity Johanson as a temporary deputy. After working a variety of odd jobs from California to Washington, Scott settled down in Friday Harbor.

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Eunice Maxine Sorensen

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September 3, 1918 ~ September 1, 2014

Eunice Maxine Sorensen passed away peacefully at The Life Care Center of the San Juans, just two days shy of her 96th birthday. Eunice was born to George and Cora Cope, in Burlington Kansas. She attended high school in Loveland, Colorado, where she met the love of her life, Verner F. Sorensen, on a blind date.

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OPALCO Youth Honored At Co-Op Leadership Camp

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1. ( OPALCO students receive top awards. From left: Gabi Carver-Hackett, Maya Burt-Kidwell, Willow Paige, William Coe, Peter Kamin and Chaperone Roger Sandwith -OPALCO photo)

Five Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholars selected by OPALCO attended the 2014 Idaho Consumer-Owned Utility Association (ICUA) Co-op Youth Rally at the College of Idaho this summer. Each made their mark on the regional youth leadership camp and each made the Co-op proud.

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Understanding The Real Estate Valuation Process

ig_R_ForSaleSoldSign-001 (10k image)By Merri Ann Simonson

The definition of “market value” is rather boring sounding, but it is a consideration of one of the highest value assets that a property owner may have, or the most expensive item that a buyer may purchase in their lifetime.

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Bat Talk At Lime Kiln Preserve

Rochelle Kelly, University of Washington Ph.D. graduate student, will be leading a discussion regarding bats this evening at our Lime Kiln Preserve on San Juan Island, starting at 8pm. We'll meet at the Westside Parking Lot. Bring a headlamp or flashlight if you happen to have one.

SJI Island Rec - Bocce Free Day

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(Kim Fitts, learning the game -contributed photo)

Maybe you’re a Bocce Enthusiast, or someone who just plays for fun, or maybe you are the type that can’t pronounce the name, but still has some interest in the game.

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Saturday SJI Chamber Music

Saturday (09-06-14) 7:30 pm Chamber Music San Juans (CMSJ) artistic director and clarinetist Patricia Kostek says the group’s next concert “just might be the most diverse and delightfully appealing program” in CMSJ’s long history of performances

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Second Annual Pioneer Festival Saturday In FH

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(It's the building...the building is old. -IG file photo)

the Second Annual Pioneer Festival at the San Juan Historical Museum. It will take place on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 10 AM to 4 PM. The San Juan County Pioneer Festival features living history events from day of yore.

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Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis

By Becky Mudd Bell

Head injury is finally being recognized as a major issue affecting our kids. While most attention has been paid to contact sports like football, soccer, basketball, rugby, and lacrosse, even more children suffer head trauma while bicycling and in auto accidents.

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Final Garage Sale to Benefit Friday Harbor Animal Shelter

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The Animal Protection Society of FH will hold its final rummage sale Saturday, September 13 at 994 Cattlepoint Rd, featuring items not sold at the first sale plus lots of new donations at rock-bottom prices. Everything must go! If you’d like to donate items for the sale, call 378-2158 to make an appointment for drop-off.

Public Works Director Resigns

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When Frank Mulcahy was selected over 36 other candidate in September of 2011 to take charge of Public Works, he had just concluded a career of more than 20 years with the U.S. Navy -and his most recent assignment was as Public Works Director of the Navy’s submarine base in New London, Connecticut- and now, in September of 2014, he will be leaving his post for “family and career reasons.”

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Island Cup Friday

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(iIG file photo)
Friday (09-05-14), at 6:30: The Island Cup football game between Friday Harbor and Orcas Island at Friday Harbor High School. Come out & support your team in the opener between these island rivals. The weather should be great for football and tailgating. hamburgers and hotdogs available before kick-off. Game tickets sold at gate.

Coffee & Conversation At Whale Museum

Come to The Whale Museum for “Coffee & Conversation”September 5th ( Friday 9 a.m. to 10 a.m) , this is a great time to come in and enjoy light refreshments while getting to know the Museum better.

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Two Car Crash On SJI

On Wednesday afternoon at 4:55 p.m. a two vehicle collision occurred on Bailer Hill Rd north of Kanaka Bay Rd resulting in minor injuries to a Friday Harbor woman.

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SJI Dinner To Support Multiple Sclerosis Society

ig_SO_MSAA-Logo-001 (8k image)Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM, Charis Pruitt is putting on a Spaghetti Dinner to support Multiple Sclerosis Society. Cost: $10 per person; at the SJI American Legion Downstairs.

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Request For Service Projects

The first semester FHHS Community Service-Learning Class will begin August 28th. This class utilizes committed adult mentors who will guide students through the completion of a service project related to community improvement - both locally and globally.

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Caring & Giving At The Fair

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( Gabby Baisch draws a "winning" name -SJICF photo)

The Community Foundation was gratified by the amazing generosity of islanders last week at the 2014 San Juan County Fair when over $31,000 was donated to eight different projects featured in the matching program. This amount was raised in just the four days of the Fair!

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Dog Rushes Deputies, Dog Tasered

On August 13, 2014 deputies responded to the area of the fairgrounds in Friday Harbor on a reported dog bite and aggressive dogs. Deputies had to deploy a Taser at the dog as he rushed toward the deputy. The animal was not injured.
Read additional law enforcement calls from 08/13/14 thru 08/19/14

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Free Sailboat Ride

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Sail in the San Juan Islands on a classic wood sailboat (free). Qwner can take 1 or 2 crew at a time. It's important that one of the crew has considerable experience. Why is a crew needed?

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