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Kiwanis Everyday Hero Award

 

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( L to R: Club president Doug Popham, Mike Hansen, Jan Hansen -contributed photo)


Jan Hansen recently received a Certificate of Appreciation and a $100 gift certificate as the FH Kiwanis nominee for the Everyday Hero award. In presenting the award, Kiwanis President Doug Popham stated "The Kiwanis Club of Friday Harbor has a history of honoring people who go above and beyond what is expected of them without thought of recognition or reward.




Lopez Hill Preserve Celebration

 

The Land Bank is kicking off a week-long celebration of Lopez Hill on Saturday, June 15, with a trail work party. Come lend a hand in tending the four miles of trails within the 400-acre Preserve.

Tuesday, June 18, join Amanda Wedow at 10:30am for a gently paced, family friendly hike.
Wednesday, June 19, pack a light picnic dinner and head for the “top of the hill” with Amanda to enjoy one of the longest days of the year with an evening hike. Hike begins at 6:30pm
Thursday, June 20, botanist, Madrona Murphy from Kwiáht, will lead a native plant walk. Learn about the trees and wildflowers you see along the trails! Guided walk begins at 2:00pm.




Firefighters Respond SJI Fire At White Pt


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June 11, 2019 San Juan Island Fire and Rescue crews responded to an early morning, fully engulfed residential fire in the area of White Point area on San Juan Island.

The fire was contained to a two-story residential structure that started around 2:15 a.m. The residents were able to quickly evacuate the home and call 911. San Juan Island Fire and Rescue responded to the call and requested, San Juan Island EMS for medical support.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the home to be fully engulfed, as well as several vehicles and trees behind the structure.

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Learn How To Be A Foster Parent


Consider attending a presentation by Fostering Together to learn more about becoming a foster parent on Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. at the San Juan Island Grange. If you cannot make it to San Juan Island for this event, please contact Juvenile Court Services Administrator Linnea Anderson at 360-370-7440 to connect you with resources and information.

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Smith Appointed To Region EMS & Trauma Care Council


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San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 (SJCPHD#1) has announced that board member Rebecca Smith was appointed on May 7, 2019, to the 5-county North Region EMS and Trauma Care Council. She fills the only elected official slot for San Juan County and will simultaneously serve on the county EMS council as well.

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Comment On County Land Capacity Analysis


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The public is asked to participate in the First Step of the Draft Land Capacity Analysis. A Gross Developable Lands Inventory (GDLI) web map is available for public comment until June 28, 2019. The GDLI map identifies the parcel type (residential, commercial, etc.) and category (fully developed, partially developed, etc.) of all County parcels.

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$3K To FH School Band


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Members of the One More Time Band of San Juan Island and of the Friday Harbor Friends of Music were recognized at the May 29, 2019 Friday Harbor High School Band Community Theater concert for their combined donation of $3,000 in scholarships to six graduating seniors. The recipients were: Julian Brown, Ava Hoffman, Joseph Kaden, Joely Loucks, Tori Polda and Lucy Urbach.

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Inslee & OPALCO Talk Broadband


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(OPALCO Foster Hildreth & Vince Dauciunas Governor Inslee -Contributed photo)


OPALCO and T-Mobile recently met with Governor Inslee to share the Rock Island Communications broadband success story in support of the Governor’s new statewide broadband office and initiatives. With its robust fiber and LTE foundation in place, OPALCO is excited to help move some of Governor Inslee’s key initiatives forward including Southern Resident Orcas Whale Survival, Clean Energy and Economic Development.

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Sentencing for Taylor Set For July 8


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(Kevin Taylor, center, hears verdict -Island Guardian photo)


(UPDATED 06-03-19) On Friday afternoon the jury in the Kevin P. Taylor murder trial returned a verdict of guilty of felony murder in the second degree, and guilty of arson in the second degree.

The prosecution and defense presentations to the jury were a contrast of how the case against Kevin Taylor could be viewed, and how each side believed the submitted evidence supported their view.

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San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour


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( Detail of art work by Nancy & Lewis Spaulding; see full work here: www.sanjuanislandartists.com/nancy-and-lewis-spaulding )


Save the Date June 1-2, 2019, and be one of the hundreds who attend this year’s annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour. Explore over 20 studios in the 28th Annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour June 1-2. Maps available at sanjuanislandartists.com

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Gov Meets With FHHS Space Settlement Design Team

 

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


While in town yesterday to discuss broadband issues and progress, Gov. Inslee took time to congratulate the FHHS students who won the national International Space Settlement Design Competition and will be traveling to the Kennedy Space Center in July to compete in the World Finals. Gov. Inslee was generous with his time and asked a lot of engaging questions about the students’ proposal. They thoroughly enjoyed their meet and greet!




SJC Hospital District Donates $15K For Long-Term Care Study


The Board of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 has voted to give $15,000 for the feasibility study looking into long-term care in the county.

The money will go to the 501(c)(3) Inter Island Healthcare Foundation (www.interislandhealthcare.org), or IIHF, which is serving as the financial agent for the project. The donation will provide approximately half of the needed $50,000 to conduct the study.

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SJI "Bikefest" Saturday June 1st


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The upcoming Friday Harbor BIKEFEST on Saturday, June 1 is the third annual bike ride sponsored by the San Juan Lions Club. In the past, this event was known as the Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew.

This year’s event will coincide with the 30th annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour. There will be numerous ride options, a 12-mile ride, a 20-mile ride, and a metric century.

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Memorial Day Parade Monday In FH At 10 A.M.

 

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(Citizens & veterans at the 2018 parade -Island Guardian file photo)


The Friday Harbor American Legion will conduct a Memorial Day Parade and presentation at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, 2019 in Friday Harbor. Legion members will march from the American Legion post to Memorial Park. There will be a presentation, a firing squad firing a salute, taps, and the traditional firing of the cannon.




OPALCO Awarded $5.8M to Fund Energy Efficiency Projects!


OPALCO is now offering on-bill financing for members who want to Switch it Up! and install super-efficient ductless heat pumps, heat pump water heaters and electric vehicle chargers. These upgrades can cut energy spending in half for heating and transportation, compared to fossil fuels (propane, gasoline), saving thousands of dollars over the life of the project while reducing carbon emissions in our sensitive environment.

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FHHS Art Students Win State Art Competition


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(L to R: Andy Anderson, LucasChevalier, SomaAndrews -contributed photo)


Friday Harbor High School as announced that two art students, Soma Andrews and Lucas Chevalier are State Winners of the 46th Annual Superintendent's High School Art Show.

Soma Andrews (Junior) and Lucas Chevalier (Senior) attended a reception in the state capital with their Teacher, Andy Anderson, where they received their “Judges Choice” awards on Friday May 17th, 2019 at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction OSPI) located in the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.

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New Measles Cases In Washington


Washington State is experiencing a second measles outbreak within five months, with six new cases confirmed in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties since May 9. This is separate from the previous outbreak that happened earlier this year, which was largely contained to the Clark County/Vancouver Washington area.

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Update -sort of- On The SJI Bear


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Sheriff Ron Krebs reports that so far the bear has been roaming over every part of the island. If you see him please report it so we can track him. Here are some points to remember when it comes to the bear.

1) WDFW and SJSO are working cooperatively to monitor the situation.

2) The bear’s activities have been tracked since it left Camano Island a couple weeks ago. At no point has the bear been reported to be aggressive toward people or animals.

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Kiwanis Support Stand Up Men

 

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(Kiwanis President, & Larry Greene, of Stand Up Men -contributed photo)


Friday Harbor Kiwanis presents a check for $500 in support of Stand Up Men's recent fund-raising campaign. In accepting the award Larry Greene said "Stand Up Men appreciates Friday Harbor Kiwanis’ $500 contribution to support our campaign of raising $45,000 to fully fund SAFE San Juans' Domestic Violence/Sexual Abuse Prevention and Healthy Relationships programs in all schools and communities in the San Juans.” Friday Harbor Kiwanis meets the first and third Thursdays at noon each month at Friday Harbor House.




Mussel-sniffing Dog “Puddles” Joins Fight Against Invasive Species


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The newest member of the team that protects Washington’s waterways from invasive species has quite the ruff routine: Sniff, sit, play!

Starting this spring, Puddles, a 2-year-old Jack Russel terrier mix, will use her keen sense of smell to help detect quagga and zebra mussel larvae on boats traveling through mandatory watercraft-inspection stations run by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

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Island Sinfonia: Sunday


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The spring concert series by Island Sinfonia is upon us. On Sunday, May 19, Island Sinfonia will present their annual concert at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Friday Harbor at 3:00 pm. Admission is by donation and students are always free.

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FHHS Aerospace Team Headed To World Finals


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( L to R: Dan Garner; Arlo Harold; Luch Urbach; Joely Loucks, & Brandon Payne -FHHS photo)


The Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team has just received results from the qualifying round of the International Space Settlement Design Competition. Based on the judges' evaluation of our work, Friday Harbor produced one of the top four design proposals in North America and are now invited to the World Finals held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in late July.

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Your Rental Property Options


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San Juan County currently has several mechanisms for legally renting a home in the County.

The information below is meant for informational purposes only and does not incorporate all the rules and regulations. It will however provide those who want to learn more about residential renting of homes in the County an overview of at least some of the things they need to consider, and do, prior to listing property for rent.


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Alchemy Art Center Residence Program


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(Katy Collier -contributed photo)


This June, Alchemy Art Center is launching their new Artists in Residence program with printmaker Katy Collier and photographer Tess Malijenovsky! Katyand. Tess will be residing and working at Alchemy, as well as teaching weekly classes and weekend workshops.

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WSF Community Meetings Wednesday

 

WSF and local Ferry Advisory Committees are hosting upcoming community meeting, Wednesday, May 15, 5 p.m., Orcas Senior Center, 62 Henry Road, Eastsound. Topics include proposed changes to fares, implementation of the 2040 Long Range Plan and local projects specific to each route. Each meeting will include a brief presentation and an opportunity to ask questions and share comments.

Come learn about the future of ferries, proposed changes to fares, and local projects on your route.





EPA Change In Water Standards Opposed By State


Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s action on changing Washington’s Poptable water standards.

“The Environmental Protection Agency just announced they will change the water quality standards that protect human health in the state of Washington. By taking this unilateral action, the EPA will risk almost certain litigation and cause uncertainty for Washington’s businesses.

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BLM Seeks Nominations


he Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced it is seeking public nominations for four open positions on the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC). The nomination period is open until June 13, 2019. The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils (RACs), of which the MAC is one, help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands.

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Coast Guard Responds To B.C. Whale Watching Boat Rescue Of 45 People


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The Coast Guard has reported that around 12:30 pm a 60’ Catamaran, the “4ever Wild', out of Canada with 45 people aboard was taking on water and it had been purposely ran boat aground on Smith Island, just south of Lopez.

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"Deputy"Guss Joins Sheriffs Office


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San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs recently swore in the newest member of his team. Guss, an 18-month-old sable German shepherd, was welcomed to the Sheriff’s staff this week.

Guss’s handler, Jay Holt, has been a Deputy in the islands for the past year. Holt worked previously with the Burlington Police Department.

Sheriff Krebs indicated the main role for his new K-9 team will be drug detection.

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FH Laboratories Open House Saturday


On Saturday, May 11, 2019, the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) will hold its annual Open House. The Open House is a splendid opportunity for the community to meet scientists and students at the Labs. All are invited to check out the research and teaching facilities. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Handicapped Access At Jackson Beach


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You might have seen some changes down at Jacksons Beach lately. Wondering what’s going on? As part of FH High School’s Community Project class, Zach Crichton, Kenny Hallock and Kevin Soto, with a team of mentors and volunteers, have just finished making better wheelchair access at the beach. Zach is a wheelchair user and knew from personal experience how difficult it was to park, unload and traverse the path.

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2019 $ for Home Fund Program


San Juan County Health & Community Services has announced to all interested parties the County’s intention to release a Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) for a 2019 funding round for the Home Fund program. The County intends to release this NOFA on June 3, 2019 with responses being accepted through July 15, 2019.

Applications will be solicited in order to establish a list of projects for funding in 2019.

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Bigg’s Killer Whales Sightings Up


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(Dave Ellifrit -NOAA- photo)


There are multiple reports of large numbers of the transient mammal eating Bigg’s Killer Whales cruising near Vancouver and San Juan Islands.

Chek News in Canada reports at least 50 of the orcas have been seen, and experts state they are here not for the salmon -which is what the Southern Residents orcas eat- but prefer other mammals, specifically porpoises, dolphins, sea lions and even young whales if they find one.

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Presentation On Marjorie Walker

 

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MarjorieWalker a wealthy New Yorker by birth, sailed through the Salish Sea when she was seventeen and vowed to return. That promise was realized twenty-six years later. Marjorie returned in 1949 after establishing herself in the East as a landscape artist and animal portraitist. Remembered as San Juan Island's first academically-trained professional artist, Marjorie shared her art and studio with generations of island children and adults.

A presentation by Sandy Strehlou at the SJI library will be held Monday (05-06-19) to discuss her life before and after she discovered San Juan Island.




Friday Harbor Fireworks Information


Do you remember how great the fireworks were last year? The Chamber needs your help in raising some fireworks funds!

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Folklife Festival On SJI, Lopez & Orcas


ig_Terrence_Enyeart-001 (93k image)The Folklife Festival will hold three gigs in the San Juan Islands - June 14 at the Alchemy Arts Center on San Juan Island, June 15 at the Lopez (Island) Grange and June 16 at the Lower Tavern on Orcas Island.




Kiwanis 4th of July Pig War Picnic


ig_SO_K_PigWarPicnic2019-001 (90k image)almost time for San Juan Island’s Annual Fourth of July Pig War Picnic! You’re not going to want to miss this year’s Pig War Picnic. Live Music, Kids Games, Beer Garden and much much more. If you were there last year, you joined hundreds of island families who brought their kids, friends, and relatives to our one-of-a-kind community picnic.

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Looking For Members "Monument Advisory"


his Thursday is the deadline for the current round of MAC applications.
The BLM is accepting applications for five seats on our Monument Advisory Committee. The deadline for application is this Thursday, June 13.

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Renew Your Energy Assist Credit


OPALCO offers monthly bill credits for members from low-income households through the Energy Assist program. Energy Assist gives qualified members a credit of $30-$60/month (depending on household size) and the same amount can be applied to a Rock Island bill for internet services

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FH Garden Tour June 8th


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June 2-8 is Garden Club Week in the Town of Friday Harbor. The San Juan Island Garden Club holds its Annual Garden Tour June 8, 2019; 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $15.00 available at Ace Hardware, Browne’s Garden Center, & Griffin Bay Books

FH Mayor signed the following proclamation.

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Calling all Artists, Crafters, Growers, Makers & Keepers


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Annual Grange Arts & Crafts Show accepting entries starting June 7 (4-8pm drop off), for the June 8th show (9am - 4pm).
Bring your creations to the Grange Hall to display in our Annual Arts & Crafts Show. Professionals and all ages are welcome; think a smaller version of the County Fair.

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FHHS Aerospace Design Team Community Presentation


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(AeroDesignTeam -Contributed photo)


On Monday, June 10 from 5-6:00pm the Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team will hold a community presentation where they will explain the program and proposal work that earned them a spot at the world finals for the International Space Settlement Design Competition.

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Burning Season Is Closed


The 2018/19 burning season has come to a close. All permits issued this year and last fall are now expired. Commercial and Residential burning is over for the season. Check back to the San Juan County Fire Marshal's Office for the latest in burning info including Fire Risk and Burn Ban Status.

Campfires remain allowed at this time and do not require permits. Please be very careful with campfires and barbecues. It is very dry outside and although at this time burn risk is LOW it is not expected to remain so for long. For those with Vacation Rentals, note the burn risk status to your guests so that they too may have a safe and fire-free summer here in San Juan County. Any questions please email: firemarshal@sanjuanco.com




Basball Field Completion At John O. Linde Park Discussion Monday


At the Monday, June 3, 2019, at 5:00 p, the SJI School District Board of Directors will hold a Special School Board Meeting at the School District Office to discuss a "Proposal to Facilitate the Completion of Baseball Field at the John O. Linde Park."




SJI NHP Tourism Creates $19.3 million


A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 255 thousand visitors to San Juan Island National Historical Park in 2018 spent $15.1 million dollars in communities near the park.

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FH Has Grant Money To Promote 2020 Tourism


The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is now accepting applications for grants to fund tourism promotion of events and activities taking place within the town in 2020. Preference will be given to those operations and activities that encourage tourists to visit during the shoulder and winter seasons.

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$5.8M to OPALCO For Energy Efficiency Projects


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( Ductless Heat Pump Unit -OPALCO photo)


OPALCO is now offering on-bill financing for members who want to Switch it Up! and install super-efficient ductless heat pumps, heat pump water heaters and electric vehicle chargers. These upgrades can cut energy spending in half for heating and transportation, compared to fossil fuels (propane, gasoline), saving thousands of dollars over the life of the project while reducing carbon emissions in our sensitive environment.

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LEO Club Community Gifts


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(Gift to FHHS Aerospace Class -contributed photo)


the FHHS LEO Club held it’s 12th Annual Golf Scramble at the San Juan Golf and Tennis Club. This yearly fundraiser is supported by the San Juan Golf & Tennis Club, local golfers, local merchants, and the San Juan Lions Club.

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FH Military Museum Open To Public Saturday


AL-Sign-001 (66k image)American Legion Post 163, Friday Harbor will be open to the public on Saturday, May 25th This is a rare opportunity to visit the Club and Military Museum for non-members. The American Legion is a U.S. war veterans' organization. It was chartered September 16, 1919, by the U.S. Congress.

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Free Tie Dying: Farmer’s Market


Feel like putting a little free spirit in your summer? Saturday, June 1st for Tie Dying at the Farmer’s Market! Island Rec staff will be stationed at the Brickworks Building, 150 Nichols Street, from 9:30 am to 1 pm. Shirts will be available for purchase or bring your very own, “plain white tee” for FREE! Mark your calendars, this is a groovy community event not to be missed!




State Recognizes Orcas & SJI Schools


Over the past year, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Board of Education, and Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee created a new system of recognizing and celebrating schools’ achievement on the Washington School Improvement Framework (WSIF) measures. The 2017 to 2018 results are in, and both Orcas and San Juan Island high schools have made the list.

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SJI Hospital Board Today


an Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be having a Regular Board Meeting on Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. to be held at the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building (1079 Spring Street). The District can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sjcphd1/




Caution! Wet Paint In Friday Harbor



Town streets are being restriped with fresh paint on the week of May 20, 2019. Work will include centerlines, lane/edge lines and curb markings.

The goal is to complete restriping of most major streets, as well as some of the secondary streets. The work schedule is weather dependent.

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Tourism Survey of Residents & Businesses


Recent studies /font> reported visitors’ opinions toward tourism issues and possible solutions. Many people requested similar surveys of residents and businesses.

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June Is Family Reunification


Washington has proclaimed June Family Reunification Month, to commemorate parents who have worked hard to successfully reunify their families after significant struggles. On June 4, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., the San Juan County Council will declare June Family Reunification Month in San Juan County.

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PastaPalooza Dinner May 17


Join The Whale Museum on Friday, May 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the PastaPalooza Dinner Event at the San Juan Island Grange in Friday Harbor. The dinner is a special carb-loading event to celebrate Orca Running’s second annual San Juan Island Half Marathon which takes place the next day. Help welcome and cheer on the participants! All are invited to the dinner which is catered by Downriggers.

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Are You Ready To Enter In The Fair?


Spring has sprung, flowers are blooming, gardens are growing, the sun is shining and birds are chirping! This year’s Fair theme “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots” reminds us of the cyclical nature of the seasons and the cycles of life. Now is the perfect time to start planning your fair entry to ensure you are blue-ribbon ready for entry day on Tuesday, August 13th.

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My Name Is Chef Chutney


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Hello there! My Name Is Chef Chutney and I just found a lovely recipe for an Indian dish. Maybe you could join me for an early dinner, I like to eat at 3:00. I picked up some fresh naan at the bakery, maybe you could bring a mango or two?

I will be hungry and waiting for you at the animal shelter.




Wa Best State In U.S.


Washington is the best state in the country, according to the third annual 2019 Best States rankings from U.S. News & World Report. The publication evaluated all 50 states across a range of criteria, including education, health care, infrastructure and the economy. The report emphasized Washington’s thriving technology sector as well as the state’s aggressive efforts to promote clean, affordable energy.

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Island Air Ambulance Accreditation


Island Air Ambulance was recently awarded full reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS) and joins an elite group of medical transport services that have achieved this recognition. CAMTS is an independent, non-profit organization that audits and accredits medical transport services worldwide.

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PastaPalooza Dinner May 17


Join The Whale Museum on Friday, May 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the PastaPalooza Dinner Event at the San Juan Island Grange in Friday Harbor. The dinner is a special carb-loading event to celebrate Orca Running’s second annual San Juan Island Half Marathon which takes place the next day. Help welcome and cheer on the participants! All are invited to the dinner which is catered by Downriggers.

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FHL Open House MAY 11, 2019 11 am - 4 pm


As you find your way across our beautiful FHL campus, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at our facilities and learn about the exciting research being done here. No need to RSVP to this family-friendly event that’s open to all ages!

On your self-guided tour you can:

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Fish for Teeth Taco Fundraiser


Fish for Teeth is continuing its tooth-fixing mission with another Fish Taco Fundraiser on Friday, May 10, 11-1:30, this time at a new location, on the lawn across from the Sheriff’s Office (on Second Street). An $8.00 suggested donation lands you a full-on burrito-sized “taco,” filled with sustainably-harvested Washington Coastal Rockfish, Pablito’s salsa, Tillamook cheese, zesty greens, and a squeeze of lime. Absolutely delicious.

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SJI Fire District Commissioners Meeting


The next regular meeting for the Board of Commissioners for San Juan County Fire District #3 will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 1011 Mullis St., the Mullis Street Fire Station.

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Eastsound Income Survey in May


The County is surveying Eastsound households in May to determine the median income. This survey data is required for the County to apply for Community Development General Purpose Block Grants administered by Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Burning Closures In May


ig_FD_SlashBurn-02 (86k image) Burning Season is coming to a close in San Juan County. All Commercial Permits will be closing on May 15th at sundown. Residential permits will close on May 31st at midnight. Recreational fires remain open -for the time being. www.sanjuanco.com/1088/Fire-Marshal




Children’s Festival Saturday


The 29th Annual Children’s Festival is this Saturday May 4th, 2019. Community organizations will provide creative and hands-on activities. Children will have the opportunity to unleash their inner super hero with crafted masks, capes, and arm bands.

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Fair Calls For Local Performers


San Juan County Fair calls for local performer applications for the 2019 San Juan County Fair, applications are being accepted online. Performers from San Juan County and surrounding areas are encouraged to apply.

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Town’s Business License Now Online With The State


Starting this week, the Town of Friday Harbor is online with the Washington Business Licensing Service’s (BLS) to administer its business licensing program.

Businesses that are currently not licensed and doing business in Friday Harbor or expecting to renew their existing licenses will need to apply through the state BLS portal at bls.dor.wa.gov/citycounty.aspx.

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Property Taxes Due April 30


The first installment of property taxes and personal property taxes are due April 30. If not paid by June 1,an additional 3% penalty on the entire 2019 amount will accrue - again by State statute. These charges cannot be waived.

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"Friends of the Library" Annual Meeting


The community is cordially invited to a celebration at the Library to celebrate "Friends of the Library" with an annual meeting AND celebrating the wonderful volunteers (board of trustees, library volunteers in their many jobs and the Friends of the Library volunteers.) Sunday, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

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Fill Up the Fund


On Friday (tomorrow) IPS in Friday Harbor will donate 50 cents per gallon gas sold on to San Juan Service Scholarship (similar to Dollars for Scholars). The Rotart Interact Club will host a hot dog and drinks stand at IPS from 11:30 - 1 PM. All proceeds raised will provide needed scholarship funds to graduating seniors who successfully complete a minimum of 80 hours of volunteer hours for nonprofit organization on San Juan Island.




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