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2019 Preliminary Budget Available Online

San Juan County’s Preliminary Budget for 2019 has been published. With a theme of “Finish What We’ve Started,” the 2019 budget focuses resources on projects and initiatives already underway within the County.
The Budget can be viewed at:

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New Negative Impacts For WSF & SJC

Starting Monday, October 22, through Sunday, November 4, WSF will only offer three-boats for the islands, and will cancel the Sidney run during the same period.

And, they will suspend the making of reservations -a first come, first served basis only- due to the fact the reservation system can not be changed to meet the new schedule for that two week period.

The Olympic Class Samish (144 cars) and Issaquah Class Chelan (124 cars) will be assigned to the Anacortes/Friday Harbor/Orcas/Lopez/Shaw runs, with the Evergreen State Class Tillikum (87 cars) on the interisland route.

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Blessing of the Animals Saturday

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The annual Blessing of the Animals will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10:00 a.m. on the lawn of St. Francis Church in Friday Harbor at 425 Price Street. The event is free, open to the pubic with all types of animals are welcome. The more fur, feathers and scales the merrier.

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Know Your Island Walks

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(photo by Zanzibar who forgot to write down names)

On September 22 seven brave folks, in spite of morning-long rains, met at Horsetrail Road for a tour of the Mitchell Hill area …led by a horse. The mare above is Zanzibar, a Tennessee Walker who did a fine job of leading the way and stopping to wait by her own command, if anyone got too far back.

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Community Workshops Start Oct. 10

San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) will hold Comprehensive Plan Community Workshops, starting October 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Fire Station #2, 45 Lavender Lane, Eastsound WA., followed by workshops on San Juan, Shaw and Waldron (Lopez was held September 27th)

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Praying Mantis Eat Hummingbirds?

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By Cynthia Brast

Lots of folks are commenting about seeing praying mantises on the island these past few weeks. Rumor has it they are an invasive species and they’re eating hummingbirds. While the part about them being non-native is true, I’m hoping to dispel some of the sensationalist hysteria about their presence on the island by offering an alternate perspective for you to consider.

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Hit & Run Constuction Flagger Arrested


At approximately 7:15am on Friday the 5th, a vehicle a vehicle being driven by a Friday Harbor woman struck a flagger on the Mike Carson Construction crew at the round-about in downtown Friday Harbor. After striking the flagger, the vehicle continued on, striking numerous other vehicles in the downtown core until driver was stopped and subdued by the construction crew.

The Sheriff’s arrived on scene shortly thereafter and took the female into custody. She was booked into the jail for vehicular assault and hit and run with injury. The flagger was transported to the Peace Island Medical Center for treatment.

On Saving The Moon Bears

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San Juan Island resident, Jan Murphy, will be on-hand at the San Juan Island Public Library Monday, October 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 to give a presentation on Bear Bile farming and other animal welfare issues in China and Vietnam.

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Concerns About Increase Of Growler Flights

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The Sound Defense Alliance had released the follow statement on their concerns on the Department of Defense expansion plans:

The Department of Defense released their Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Friday, September 28th proposing massive increases in geographic and operational activities across Puget Sound.

For decades, Northwest Washington State communities have partnered with the Military in protecting our national security. Now, our communities are collateral damage of the Growler Jet program because of the incredible noise, pollution, and economic impacts.

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Fish For Teeth Taco Time Friday

ig_SO_FishForTeeth_logo-03 (30k image)Fish Tacos, Friday,October 5- SJI Community Theater - 11am-2pm - (or until GONE) - $8.00 Suggested Donation sponsored by and with proceeds to Fish For Teeth. Fish donated from Matt’s Fresh FishTime to chomp down a taco to help fix teeth of those in need: Fish for Teeth Fish Taco Fundraiser this Friday, October 5, 11-1:30 at the SJI Community Theater.

Since 2012, Fish for Teeth has been fixing the teeth of those who cannot otherwise afford dental care. Fish for Teeth is self-funded by fish tacos and direct donations so we don't have income parameters, or the red tape. In other words, if your teeth hurt and you can't afford to fix them, Fish for Teeth is here to help you.

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SJI Fall Farm Parade

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San Juan Island Grange will hold their 8th annual Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade on Saturday, October 6th. The parade will stage from 1:30 to 2:30 at the Fairgrounds, and start onto Argyle Avenue at 2:30, heading down Spring Street turning onto First Street and finally turning onto Court Street to finish near the Grange Hall.

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Crucial Letters Raise Many Questions

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When Randy Gaylord talked to the county council in January 2017 about Detective Stephen Parker’s sexual relationship with the victim in the Orcas teacher-student sex case, he introduced the council to something called a “Brady” letter.

A Brady letter, he explained, must be written by a prosecutor when significant new information is learned that could affect a defendant’s right to a fair trial. He described it as law enforcement’s duty, in particular, to let a defendant know if a prosecution witness has said or done something in the past that raises a question about her or his credibility.

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New Ferry Schedule & New Fares

The public is advised that several fare changes for Washington State Ferries (WSF) begin October 1, 2018:

On Monday, October 1, single vehicle fares will return to their non-peak rates. Passenger fares and multi-ride products are not affected by the peak season changes.

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Man Wanted For Child Rape Is Apprehended


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Sheriff Ron Krebs reports that Sean Michael Hunter (A.K.A. Sunshine) has been arrested. Hunter was wanted on a warrant for the rape of a twelve year old. Sheriff Krebs states Hunter was picked up Thursday night in Medford Oregon at approximately 9:00 pm.

He will be transported to San Juan County where he will be held pending an appearance in court.

OPALCO Pole Replacement For Orcas Road Re-Alignment

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OPALCO is relocating a line of transmission poles along Orcas Road as part of the County’s road re-alignment project. The new poles will be strung with larger transmission wire which follows current standards and will increase efficiency and load carrying capacity.

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Island Rapes Spark Anger, Questions

By Alex MacLeod

An arrest warrant was issue late last Friday for a homeless man living this summer in Friday Harbor, charging him with child rape for an alleged sexual assault on a 12-year-old Friday Harbor girl.

The sheriff issued a press release about the warrant and charge against Sean (Sunny) Hunter, 24, asking for the public’s help locating him. His physical description is notable for his bright-red “afro” and the five blue tattooed dots running down the bridge of his nose.

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Report On Actions To Recover Orcas Ready For Comment

Governor Inslee’s Southern Resident Orca Task Force has received a draft report of potential recommendations (.pdf 773\k file) for actions to recover southern resident orcas. The draft recommendations were generated by the three Working Groups that advise the Task Force and focus on the following topics:

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About That Long Range WSF Plan

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Washington State Ferries recently released the draft for their Long Range Plan looking out the next two decades to 2040. This has been a long time in the making, including meetings over the last year and public outreach by WSF this spring. The draft plan is now open for comment, and the final draft will be complete and presented to the state legislature in January. The next month is the time to for serious attention.

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Power Off 12:30 AM Tuesday


There is a planned outage necessary for BPA to replace a section of one of the two main power lines that feeds the San Juan Islands from Fidalgo Island. These maintenance outages happen overnight. The first one was on Tuesday, September 25th at 12:30 am, and the next one will be on Tuesday October 23rd at 12:30 am. Some folks will be unplugging things that can be damaged when the power comes back on, like, for example, refrigerators (When you open the door in the morning and the light does come on, that will remind you to turn it back on) and computers and other like things.

Sheriff Asked About Facebook Usage

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There are lots of ways to measure a sheriff’s performance in office. One I never expected to encounter was how much time he spends on Facebook.

According to the Facebook measure, our sheriff, Ron Krebs, is remarkable.

In 57 work days this summer, Krebs logged 309 hours on Facebook. That’s about half of every workday, if he worked 10 hour days. It represents 60% of the Internet traffic on his computer during that period.

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Native Plant Sale Sunday 1 to 3


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Come on out to the Salish Seeds Project nursery at Red Mill Farm, where you'll find camas bulbs, wildflowers, Garry oak seedlings, and seed packets of other native plants for sale. Limited quantities on hand. Directions to The San Juan Preservation Trust's Red Mill Farm Nursery: From Friday Harbor, take San Juan Valley Road for about two miles. Turn left (south) onto Valley Farms Road. Take the first driveway on the right at 1/4 mile. Parking will be near nursery, on left.

Please call Tanja Williamson at 360-378-4402 or visit for more information.

Wanted For Rape Of A Child

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Sean Michael Hunter (A.K.A. Sunshine) was last seen leaving Friday Harbor going to Anacortes, but Sheriff Ron Krebs states “He has a dog at the shelter in Friday Harbor so he may be back. We do have a warrant for his arrest so he will be coming back one way or another.”

Hunter is 24 years old, 6’00”, 180 lbs. Brown/red hair, blue eyes, five dots tattooed down the bridge of nose.

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New Sidewalks For Roundabout


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Mike Carlson Enterprises worked late Thursday to tear out existing sidewalks at the roundabout on Spring Street in Friday Harbor to improve access. Motorists are asked to pay special attention to the ongoing street construction in Friday Harbor.

County-Wide Planned Power Outages

All of San Juan County will be affected by a series of two planned outages necessary for BPA to replace a section of one of the two main power lines that feeds the San Juan Islands from Fidalgo Island.

These maintenance outages will happen on overnight , Tuesday, September 25th at 12:30 am & Tuesday October 23rd at 12:30 am to minimize impact to OPALCO consumers.

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Know Your Island Walk Saturday September 22,1-4 pm:


The horse trails on Mitchel Hill, follow Theresa Simendinger and her horse Zanzibar on a walk along her favorite trail. She will make stops along the way and tell us about building trails for horses, how to share the trail, what it is like to take care of a horse and here love for the outdoors. Terrain will be gentle paths, distance is about 3 miles. Please leave the dogs a home for this hike. Meet at Horse Trail Rd Entrance on West Valley Road just north of Mitchell Bay Road.

Kulp Gets 16 yrs, Minus-Time Served


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44 year old Eric A. Kulp was back in court on Monday (09-17-18) to be sentenced on his guilty plea to the murder in the second degree of his wife, Abigail Finney, 38, on Shaw Island, and then hiding her body in a van on the property at their home (Original Report).

Kulp had entered into a plea agreement with the prosecution attorney which resulted in the dropping of a charge of unlawful imprisonment. While the remaining charge had the potential of Kulp being sentence to a life sentence of imprisonment without the possibility of parole, that did not happen, as he was sentenced to a total of 16 years, and granted for time served since his arrest.

Fall is Flu Clinic Time... Again

Flu season is here and it is time to get your flu shot! San Juan County Health and Community Services will be offering the following flu vaccine clinics on Lopez; Orcas, Shaw, and San Juan. See below for place and time:

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“The Integrity Of The Justice System”

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Given known facts, it is curious the lengths to which prosecuting attorney Randy Gaylord has gone to cover up his failure to check out a tip that might have kept the county from hiring a sheriff’s detective whose subsequent behavior blew up one sex case and compromised several others.

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Future Sidewalk For Pear Point?

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Public Works is in the planning stages of a proposed widening of the shoulder on Pear Point Road, leading from Argyle Avenue, terminating at the Jackson Beach Road.

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No Pass Needed For State Parks Saturday

No Discover Pass needed Sept. 22in -for day visits- in honor of National Public Lands Day. Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day. Washington State Parks invites the public to visit a state park for free on this day.

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Large Crowd At NOAA Meeting On Orcas

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NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) Fisheries held a meeting in Friday Harbor on Saturday night to take public input on “what people in the region think” about the actions and plans NOAA has been considering to address the continuing decline of the Southern Resident Killer Whales. Watch meeting HERE

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Rescuers Search For J50

Coast Guard personnel are assisting members of NOAA's Fisheries Service in the search for the missing Southern Resident killer whale, J50.

An intense search effort was launched Thursday in which a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles, several NOAA researchers in separate boats and multiple whale watching vessels and organizations searched for the 31/2-year-old whale.

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J50 Presumed Dead

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Ken Balcomb, founder of the Center for Whale Research states "J50 is missing and now presume dead. Balcomb rlease the following statement:

"The message brought by J50, and by J35 and her dead calf a few weeks ago, is that the SRKW are running out of reproductive capacity and extinction of this population is looming, while the humans convene task forces and conference calls that result in nothing, or worse than nothing, diverting attention and resources from solving the underlying ecological problems that will ultimately make this once-productive region unlivable for all."

The last sighting of J50 was by NOAA, SeaDoc, and other whale observers, on Friday, September 7th.

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Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew Saturday


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It’s this Saturday, September 15th & tickets are on sale now. Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew offers a choice of three bike routes exploring the back roads of San Juan Island:

· The Mount Grant Grinder, for those who like a serious challenge in altitude gain
· The Metric Century for a roughly 62-mile ride (100 kilometers- yes, 100!)
· The Scenic Loop for families and cruisers.

Before the ride, eat breakfast at 9am at the starting area (SJC Fairgrounds) with the Cutthroat Pirates. Tt 4pm, enjoy samples of island-crafted microbrews while sharing your biking stories with fellow riders at the finish line (Marie Boe Building) at the Fairgrounds. Delicious food from local vendors will also be available.

NOAA Public Input Meeting In FH On Saving J50

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( lost body condition revealing a very thin profile, and noticeable loss of fat behind the head creating a “peanut head” appearance. Images obtained with an unmanned drone, piloted non-invasively >NOAA photos taken under NMFS research permit #19091. )

NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) Fisheries are exploring and taking action to save J50, and are even considering a plan to capture her as a last attempt to save her.

The public has a stake in the J50 response and the recovery of Southern Resident killer whales and NOAA wants to know what people in the region think about this effort, and the potential steps that can be taken. NOAA will hold a public meeting Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in Friday Harbor at Friday Harbor High School to hear the public’s views.

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Plane Accident On Takeoff -Roche Harbor


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An airplane departing from Roche Harbor crashed Wednesday morning (09-12-18) right after it took off. Unconfirmed early reports state there were no serious injuries. A possible cause of the crash may be related to a pilot seat malfunction that allowed the seat to slide to the rear of the airplane as the nose of the plane rose during takeoff, causing the pilot being unable to access the controls. The accident will be investigated and more information made available as it comes in.

Washington State Ferries Long Range Plan

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Washington State Ferries (WSF) will release the Draft Long Range Plan for a 45-day public comment period and hold a second round of community Open House (pdf 718.04 kb)meetings, one on Lopez, and one on San Juan Island.

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Become a First Detector Of Invasive Species

To help combat the $1.3 billion threat invasive species pose to Washington’s economy every year, the Washington Invasive Species Council is inviting the public to the frontlines of its work by detecting invasive species and reporting them on its newly improved WA Invasives app.

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Don’t Worry, We’re Going To Do Something..

On September 11, 2001, while on board United Airlines Flight 93, Burnett sat next to passenger Mark Bingham. Burnett called his wife, Deena, after hijackers took control of the plane. He made several phone calls to her beginning at 09:30:32 from rows 24 and 25, though he was assigned a seat in row four.[11][12] Burnett explained that the plane had been hijacked by men claiming to have a bomb.

Transcript of Tom's Last Calls to Deena

6:27 a.m.( pacific time) First cell phone call from Tom to Deena

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SJ Island Rec - Messy Me

ig_IR_PaintWithMarbles-001 (80k image)Messy Me returns this year with even more sense-engaging fun! Kids can play around in the elementary school gym with different ‘sensory bins’ filled with mediums such as water and sand while searching for dinosaur molds and model fish. Painting with marbles will be a new, exciting activity this time around, as well as balloons filled cornstarch for a squishy, tactile experience that’s sure to entertain. Held October 19th from 2:30 to 4pm, this activity is free and is meant for children ages 2 to 5 and their chaperones.

Knowledge Workers Invited To “Meetup”

The EDC is working to create a knowledge worker network for islanders who work with code, data, graphics or words, and they invite knowledge workers and those who work with them to attend an informal meetup on October 24th from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library. Refreshments will be served.

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SJI Real Estate Sales Slumps

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The third quarter results for San Juan Island and the County were consistent with the first and second quarter results. Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume year-to-date on San Juan Island was $99,156,746 with a total of 181 transactions. This reflects a 12.5% decrease in the dollar volume and a 21.5% decrease in the number of transactions. Read full report (.pdf 217\k file) HERE

Chicken Pox Hits Lopez

A case of varicella, or “chicken pox,” has been confirmed in a school-aged child in the Lopez Island community. San Juan County Health & Community Services has alerted medical providers, and is working closely with the Lopez School District, preschools and families to investigate the varicella case, and identify others who may have been exposed.

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Customer Service 101

Business owners and managers are invited to join the SJC Economic Development Council (EDC) for a free workshop entitled Customer Service 101, led by noted islander and business process improvement consultant, Jim Hooper, on Wednesday, October 24th, from 10-11a at KeyBank in Friday Harbor.

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Love Belly Rubs & Walks

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Hello. My name is Micky and I LOVE to party. And by party, I mean go for long walks and have my belly rubbed. Let me offer you some free advice. Never - and I mean NEVER, wake a sleeping cat. Trust me. You do not want to release the inner ninja in one of those guys….Don’t ask me how I know. I just do. If you are looking for a trusted companion and best friend, we should meet. I’m here at the animal shelter waiting for my next belly rub.

Reopening Crab Fishing

Crab fishing in marine area 7-South and North are open, everyday Oct 6 to Dec 31. The daily catch limit is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches.

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Matt Shildneck

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May 28, 1956 - July 18, 2018

Matt Wynn Shildneck passed away July 18, 2018. Matt was born May 28, 1956 in Pasadena CA to Wray Schildneck and Adelia Schildneck (now Stewart) where they lived two years until returning to their native New Mexico.

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WSF Adds Anac To Orcas Sailings

Washington State Ferries has added extra sailings of the Anacortes 1:55 pm to Orcas for Thursday, October 4 and Saturday, October 6, to accommodate heavier early fall traffic. These extra sailings are available to reserve by visiting

FEMA Emergency Alert Test Wednesday

At approximately 11:20am PST on Wednesday October 3rd, FEMA will conduct the first ever NATIONWIDE test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS).

This means that all cell phones that are turned on, within range of a tower, and whose carrier participates in WEA will make a loud buzz and tone and receive a test message.

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Cat of Distinction

ig_SO_PetWeek-Piedmont-001 (56k image)My friends, I am Piedmont, Cat of Distinction. I find myself temporarily without a place to call home. I’m hoping you were able to attend the grand opening of our brand-new animal shelter Saturday. That way, you’ll know where to find me when I move into my new suite very soon. If you are looking for a gentleman friend of good taste and exquisite manners, you will find me the perfect fit! Come meet me before or after the move -I’ll be waiting for you.

Zylstra Lake Open House

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Zylstra Lake Preserve held an Open House onSunday, Sept 30, 12:00 to 4:00. The Land Bank & SJ Preservation Trust are hosted a fall open house at Zylstra Lake for the public to learn about the project, walk the preserve, and share theirr visions.

EMT Applications Open

San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services (SJIEMS) will soon add a new generation of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) when the next formal training commences in January 2019. Applications are available now thru October 15th, 2018.

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Opinion On Future Of Fairgrounds?

Attention youth 13-21: The Fairgrounds wants to hear what you think! San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair is updating the Fairgrounds Master Plan and wants to hear from local residents ages 13 to 21

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Burning Opens On October 1

Burn season is right around the corner and the San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Office and the San Juan County Fire Chiefs Association would like to remind you of a few things to improve the safety of your burning this season.

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Everything You Want To Know About Septic Systems

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As a Real Estate Agent, we are constantly learning and then sharing our knowledge with our clients. We must even expand our knowledge into some related industries that are not comfortable to discuss with a client, such as septic systems and their functions.

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WSF Open House: Lopez & SJI

WSF is hosting two open houses in the San Juan Islands next week to share the Draft Long Range Plan:
Lopez Island: 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts (204 Village Rd)
Friday Harbor: 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Brickworks (150 Nichols St)

Drop by anytime to learn more about the plan, meet the project team, and comment on the draft plan. You can also view the Draft Plan and provide feedback at an online open house until October 25 at

FH Artists At The Grange

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(Teresa Smith painting)

Eight San Juan Island artists, including Patti Barker, Shannon Borg, Alison Engle, Gail Garrett, Maria Michaelson, Jan Murphy, Mary Sly, and Teresa Smith exhibited their paintings; fiber art; sculpture; works on paper and mixed-media creations, last Saturday, September 22 & 23, at the Grange in Friday Harbor.

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Shelter Grand Opening: 9-29-18

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The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor announces it will hold a Grand Opening Celebration for its new shelter facility, Saturday September 29 from 2:00-4:00 in the afternoon.
Members of the community of all ages are invited to attend and tour the new animal shelter and enjoy light refreshments. Parking will be limited, so carpooling is suggested. For more information, please call (360) 378-2158.

New Chief For SJIFD

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San Juan Island Fire Department commissioners have picked Chief Novin Collins as their new leader. Commissioner Chair Bob Jarman said that after the one-on-one interviews it was obvious that Chief Collins was a good fit for the department.

Collins was one of five candidates for the job.

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SJI & Lopez Free Dental Clinic

ig_SO_FishForTeeth_logo-04 (30k image)Islanders unable to afford dental care can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth from Thursday, Oct. 4-Saturday, Oct. 6. On Thursday, the van will be located at the Lopez Center for Community and Arts and on Friday and Saturday, it will be parked at the Mullis Community Senior Center on San Juan.

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SJI Fire Dept To Pick New Chief

The San Juan Island Fire Commissioners will hold a public meeting on Tuesday (0918-18) to receive citizens's comments, then enter into Executive session to discuss "personnel," and are expected to return to public session, and then enter into discussion prior to a vote to select a new fire chief.

State To Kill More Wolves

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind today authorized department staff to lethally remove wolves from a new pack that has repeatedly preyed on cattle on federal grazing lands in the Kettle River Range of Ferry County.

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Pet Of The Week

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There are so many things in this world I haven’t figured out yet. The long green snake that spits water is just one of them.

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Family Art Days: Food!

For the fall Family Art Days at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) food inspires the art classes. Imagine waving fields of grain, cattle grazing in fields, printing with potatoes and eating your still life model

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See The Cyclops At FHL

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UW Friday Harbor Laboratories is partnering with SeaDoc and the OceanGate Foundation to conduct research in the Salish Sea this week in Cyclops I. Stop by the Labs Thursday from 6-7 to see the sub and meet the scientists to hear about their research

Navy SAR MEDEVAC Transports Patient

On Monday morning a Navy Search and Rescue (SAR) team flew to Lopez Island and picked up a 70-year-old male patient suffering from a possible stroke. He was flown to higher care at Harborview Medical Center.

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FH Gospel Jazz Reprise

Nine years ago, gospel and jazz lovers attended a pair of concerts at Saint David's Episcopal Church which both sold out. Apparently they didn't get enough, because it is going to be done again on Saturday, Sept. 15th, and Sunday, Sept. 16th, starting at 4 pm each day.

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SJC Council To Meet With PSP

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The San Juan County Council will be attending a Puget Sound Partnership meeting at Brickworks, 150 Nichols Street Friday Harbor, WA 98250 Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 13 in Friday Harbor beginning at 9:00 AM

FH Port Wants 250K Salmon Allocated For Southern Resident Killer Whales

The Port of Friday Harbor Port Commission have sent an official letter to Pacific Fishery Management Council requesting an increase in the allocation of Chinook salmon. Read the full letter below:

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Candidates For SJI Fire Chief

After over 35 years with the department, San Juan Island Fire Chief Brad Creesy is retiring at the end of October. The community is invited to an evening reception to meet the five finalists being considered for the position. This informal meet and greet opportunity will be Sunday, September 16th from 5-7 P.M. at the Friday Harbor Suites, 680 Spring Street.

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New Financial Skills Course

The Joyce L. Sobel (San Juan Island) Family Resource Center and the Economic Development Council are working with Abby Anderson, AmeriCorps VISTA, to offer a five-week financial skills course. This course will guide participants through financial topics such as spending habits, creating a budget, saving for assets, emergency planning, credit and debt, preparing for retirement, and much more.

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Open Nutcracker Auditions

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Salish Sea Ballet announces open auditions for the 2018 Friday Harbor Nutcracker. Auditions will be held at the Salish Sea Ballet studio (689 Airport Center, Friday Harbor) on Sunday, September 9th. Auditions are open to everyone age 3 and up. No dance experience is necessary!

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County Partners With Orcas For Back To School Clinic

San Juan County Health & Community Services will be providing FREE immunizations for Orcas Island School students at the Orcas Island School District’s Back to School Kickoff/BBQ on Tuesday September 4th.

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SJCT Presents Incongruent Muse

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(Art by Jan Murphy)

The San Juan Community Theatre will host three San Juan Island Artists for a month-long show, entitled, “Incongruent Muse” from September 1-30.

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Campfires/ Barbecues Burn Ban Lifted For San Juan County

As of noon today, August 29, 2018, the burn ban for campfires and charcoal barbeques is lifted in San Juan County. Recent humidity levels, rising fuel moisture, and precipitation in the county have warranted a lift on the burn ban enacted last week. Residential & commercial burning, with a permit, will resume in October.

SJC Crabbing Remains Open

The only two areas of the Sound that will remain open to crab fishing after Labor Day are marine areas 7-North and 7-South near the San Juan Islands. These two areas will remain open Thursdays through Mondays each week through Sept. 30. Sport fishers who crab in those two areas after Sept. 3 must record their catch on winter catch record cards, which are available at sporting goods stores and other license vendors across the state.

Know Your Community Foundation

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(L to R: Jeanne Peihl, Carrie Unpingco, Amy Saxe-Eyler -contributed photo)

What nonprofit projects are happening now? What resources are available to get a project off the ground? How can I best support the most pressing needs in our community? If you’ve been asking yourself these questions, the San Juan Island Community Foundation is a great place to start.

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Wake Me When You Come By

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Hello again. It’s just me, Vegas, reporting from the animal shelter, where I continue to wait to be discovered. I’ve been asked to leave Kamp Kitty for certain “transgressions” against the other feline residents. Apparently not all cats enjoy my Jean-Claude Van Damme imitation. Go figure. They gave me a promotion and now I’m in charge of lobby security. I even have my own office. Stop by and meet me. Call first to get my nap schedule, please.

Business Plan Competition Open

Entrepreneurs can bring their business ideas to the next level in the third annual EDC Launch San Juan Islands business plan competition, created by the San Juan County Economic Development Council and sponsored by local businesses.

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Fair Matching Program Grants $56k To Nonprofits

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The San Juan Island Community Foundation once again featured 8 local nonprofit projects at this year’s San Juan County Fair as part of the 6th annual matching grant campaign. 139 donations were made by generous community members for a grand total of nearly $40,000 during the 4 days of the Fair!

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The Land Bank Says Thank You!

Islanders, thank you from the Land Bank for “Getting Outdoors” and joining the Land Bank at the Zylstra Lake Preserve Open House last weekend. The response was incredible, with almost 200 visitors over the six-hour event, and on a busy June Saturday to boot.

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County Wide Burn Ban

A Burn Ban will begin Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at noon. Elevated temperatures for extended periods and our lack of precipitation has created a high fire danger in San Juan County, and across the region. San Juan County will be prohibiting all outdoor burning with the exception of propane barbecues.

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In The Spirit of Gee’s Bend

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(L to R: Julie Weaver, Barbara Ellis, Beth Phillips, Ebie Currey, and Krispi Staude.

In anticipation of the Conversation With Gee Bend exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) in Friday Harbor, WA two inventive women proposed two projects.

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