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Preservation Trust’s New Executive Director

ig_Angela_Anderson-001 (50k image)Friday Harbor, Washington (December 12, 2017) the board of trustees of the San Juan Preservation Trust, has hired Angela Anderson as its new executive director, effective February 12, 2018. Ms. Anderson will lead the land trust’s activities in conserving significant lands in the San Juan Island archipelago.

Ms. Anderson comes to the Preservation Trust with more than 20 years of work and study in the conservation field, most recently as the Kauai Island Director of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT). An attorney, she also maintained her own private law practice, specializing in real estate transactions, estate planning, mediation, and environmental law.

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Insights From The State Prevention Summit

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( SJI & Lopez Island Prevention Coalitions in Yakima )

by Debbi Fincher

The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition, (SJIPC) helps support youth leadership training opportunities for local teens, with an ask to give back to their community with their new skills. The WA. State Prevention Summit in Yakima, draws over 400 youth.

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Brand New Ambulance For SJI EMS

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San Juan Island EMS has just brought home a 2017 gasoline ambulance. You may have seen her making her island rounds gaining new engine miles. This is a huge accomplishment and could not have happened if it were not for a generous donation from long time islander Dodi Gann. A matching gift from the San Juan EMT Association made the purchase possible.

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San Juan Singers Seven Joys Of Christmas

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The magic of live music during the holidays comes alive at the San Juan Singers winter concert at San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Directed by Angel Michaels, the community chorus presents “The Seven Joys of Christmas,” a program of carols and winter songs, many with instrumental accompaniment, including a small chamber orchestra.

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Volunteer Severe Weather Shelter Training Offered Saturday

Winnie Brumsickle, Coordinator for United Way reports that many volunteers and many moving parts are very close to coming together so that it appears possible a Severe Weather Shelter in Friday Harbor may be close at hand; and you, the public, can help

She reports that three things must align in order to activate a shelter at the onset of severe weather: Cold, volunteers, and a site.

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Odlin Park Gets State land

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(Wa Natural Resources map)

At its recent monthly meeting the state Board of Natural Resources gave the go-ahead to sell 103 acres of state land to San Juan County. The county plans to add the parcel, located on the north end of Lopez Island, to its current Odlin County Park.

The county has leased the property since 2011 when the state legislature paid the Wash - those proceeds were used to fund public school construction statewide.

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Master Gardeners Clean Town Rain Garden

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( L to R: Megan Jones, Sarena Schumacher - Matt Pranger photo)

Town employees and volunteer WSU Master Gardeners recently completed Phase One of the rejuvenation of the Spring Street rain garden located at the northeast corner of Spring and First Streets. Phase One involved removing 25 five-gallon buckets of silt, removing and cleaning river rock, pulling weeds and unhealthy plants, and cleaning out the catch basin. Phase Two will include replanting the garden this spring.

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Retirement Celebration Honoring Judge Donald E. Eaton


ig_Don_Eaton-02 (32k image)The public is invited to a retirement celebration honoring Judge Eaton on Friday, December 15, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The pen house reception includes light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, and a San Juan County Bar Association Special Presentation at 3:00 p.m.

Gather in the Superior Courtroom & Jury Room of the San Juan County Courthouse in Friday Harbor

SJC Kayak Trip Helps Convict Montana Postal Worker Of Workers Comp Fraud

ig_Boat_Kayak-002 (35k image)When Montana resident Deborah Joy Durand learned she had won a “free kayaking trip” in the San Juan Islands she had no idea it would be the final evidence in an ongoing case against her by the United States Attorney’s Office, a case that would lead to her being convicted of False Statements to Obtain Federal Employees’ Compensation Benefits, Wire Fraud, False Claims Relating to Workers’ Compensation Benefits of nearly $700,000.00, and Theft of Government Property.

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FH Port Public Meeting Monday On Budget & Harbor Improvements


The Friday Harbor Port Commission will hold a public hearing on at Spring Street Landing (Suite #105 under Downriggers restaurant) Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5pm to hold a Public Hearing on the 2018 Capital and Operating Budget & Amend Scheme of Harbor Improvements. They will also take action to approve a Resolution on property tax.

Changes May Be Coming On “Recreational” Marijuana Home Growers

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In 2017 the Legislature enacted and Gov. Inslee signed, ESSB 5131. Section 24 of the bill directed the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) to study regulatory options for recreational marijuana home grows and provide findings and recommendations to “the appropriate committe

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I-5 -One Of Most Dangerous Highways

According to a study published on Geotab, the busiest highway in our state is I-5, and it has had 245 crashes and 258 fatalities in the last ten years. That should be seen in the context that in round numbers 73 million vehicles travel the road a year, or 200 thousand a day.

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American Legion & Wine Bar Burglarized - Person Of Interest, But Not Much To Go On


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(The Person Of Interest -SJC Sheriff photo)

Someone broke into the American Legion Post and the Wine Bar in Friday Harbor last Monday night, and made off with cash. The thief was able to locate and break into a locked area that contained approximately $3,000.00 of money the Legion had allocated for their yearly scholarships.

There is a photo of "a person of interest" but no suspects have been identified at this point.

First Winter Family Art Days at SJIMA

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) invites children and their parents and family members to create take-home art projects and gifts in celebration on the winter season. Attendance is free, and all art supplies are provided.

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OPALCO Capital Credit Checks Coming - Plus A Little Extra

In December, capital credit checks will be sent out to members who were active in 1992, which is OPALCO’s usual 25-year cycle for capital credit distributions. Based on a larger than projected margin, the Board decided to include an additional amount, about 45% of 1993 margins. Some of the longest standing members will get a little extra this year.

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OPALCO Linemen Work Dark-to-Dark To Return The Light

Sunday, November 26th was a long day for OPALCO linemen, engineers and staff members. A big wind storm knocked down transmission poles on Shaw at around 3:15 am cutting off power to Shaw, Orcas, Crane and Blakely for more than 20 hours and all of San Juan County was affected for about two hours. A crew of nine linemen worked steadily to rebuild a span of seven transmission poles and power was restored by 11:15 pm. A limb through the line at the BPA substation on Lopez shut down power to Lopez and San Juan islands during the midday, but all were restored by about 1:30pm. OPALCO thanks the membership for their patience.

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“Out of the Cold” Friday Harbor Severe Weather Shelter Program

Together with United Way of SJC and other supporters, “Out of the Cold” Friday Harbor Severe Weather Shelter will undertake this year to provide overnight shelter to vulnerable people in Friday Harbor during periods of extreme cold weather. The community urged to attend a one-time training session December 9th, from 9am-Noon.

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Severe Winds Predicted -Ferry Delays Expected


The National Weather Service is predicting severe winds in our region, November 26. This storm system is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to Western Washington. In the event of extremely severe weather WSF state customers can expect WSF to take precautions that will affect the sailing schedule: Anacortes/San Juan Islands can expect delays while the ferries move at slower speeds and take alternate storm routes. Boats may be “shortloaded”- not loaded to full capacity- to stabilize the vessels and keep more weight on the boat’s stern.

Lytton To Receive Award In FH

Wednesday, December 13th at 4 pm, the Honorable Kristine Lytton, 40th Legislative District Representative, will receive Association of Washington Cities Legislative Champion Award.

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FH Port Progress On Jensen Shipyard

At the Wednesday (12-13-17) port meeting the commission will swear in re-elected Barbara Marrett and then approve a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Jensen Shipyard related to the possible purchase of the property. Full agenda follows below:

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Discussion On Rhinoceros Auklet Mortality & Beach Bird Surveys Tuesday

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(Rich Lindie photo)

Fledge your nest on Tuesday, December 12th and come enjoy a free dinner while learning about Rhinoceros auklets, one of the most common but peculiar-looking birds in the Salish Sea.

The SeaDoc Society & YMCA Camp Orkila on Orcas Island present: marine science lecture series Tuesday 12 December 2017 - 6pm dinner - 7pm lecture, Camp Orkila at the Larry Norman Lodge

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Tractatus Felinus-Philosophicus

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My name is Bentley and I think you’ll find me interesting company and a wonderful bridge partner. I’m a deep thinker and an existentialist at heart. In a world of moral ambiguity, I like to spend my days in quiet contemplation of philosophical topics like “What is the meaning of life?” and “What is my greater purpose?”

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State Teen Video Challenge Open

Budding teenage videographers across Washington are invited to participate in the 2018 Teen Video Challenge, a Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) sponsored competition, hosted by the Washington State Library.

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Legal Immigrant Needs A Home

ig_SO_PetWeek-Tommy-001 (55k image)Usually the dogs and cats speak for themselves in this column, but Tommy is a bit on the shy side and needs help.

A golden lab mix, Tommy is about 18 months old and extremely handsome. He was rescued in Chapala Mexico, where he lived with his mother and sister in a foster home until he was given the opportunity to fly to Seattle in October to have a chance at a forever home.

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Walter Rodney "Rod" Wiese

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February 28, 1937 ~ November 20, 2017

Rod was born February 28, 1937 in San Gabriel, California and attended San Marino Elementary School. He graduated from South Pasadena High School and attended Oregon State University where he was a member of Sigma Chi. He then attended the University of Oklahoma and finished his degree in Business and Technology at California State University at Los Angeles.

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TFH Harbor Planning Commission Positions Open

Are you interested in becoming more involved with the community and helping guide the Town’s future development? The Town of Friday Harbor is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the Town Planning Commission.

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Geology, Geography, & Geo-travel In The American West

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7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4 at the San Juan Island Library: Neil Mathison winner of the 2016 Monandnock Essay Collection Prize and available now from Bauhan Publishing will appear that the San Juan Island Library to discuss
Volcano: an A to Z and Other Essays about Geology, Geography, & Geo-travel In The American West.

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Educational/Training Awards For Women

The Soroptimists of Friday Harbor are currently accepting applications for their “Educational Opportunity” and “Fellowship” awards. Eligible women who are residents of San Juan County are encouraged to apply

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Dr. David Gimlett In Memoriam

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By Dr. John Geyman

Dr. David Gimlett, a dedicated family physician for over 40 years passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017 in Tacoma, WA. Born in Salt Lake City, David wanted to be a physician from age five on.

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Fairgrounds Craft & Flea Market Saturday

The San Juan County Fairgrounds will host its annual Winter Flea and Craft Market this Saturday, December 2nd from 9am until 1pm. Over 35 booths with Holiday gifts, local crafts, vintage finds, and special bargains (it is a Flea Market after all) are sure to entice shoppers of all ages.

Orcas Annual Festival Of Trees

Christmas trees return to light up the Moran Mansion at Rosario Resort and Spa during the month of December, decorated by ten local non-profit organizations. Sponsored by the resort, the Festival of Trees is designed to be a fundraiser during this holiday season for participating organizations. This year’s trees will be decorated by:

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“Getting Through The Holidays”

PeaceHealth is hosting a free event, “Getting through the holidays,” on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, 1117 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, Wash. The event will be held in the conference room on the first floor. Explore the topics of dealing with stress, grief and loss, family relations and holiday expectations at this informal gathering with PeaceHealth social workers A light lunch will be provided, or attendees are welcome to bring their own. Information, call 360-378-1788.

Registration Open At Skagit Valley College

Open Registration is going on now for Winter Quarter at Skagit Valley College. Classes begin January 3rd. Trending programs include:

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Sculptures Wanted

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San Juan Islands Sculpture Park invites sculptors to submit entries for its ongoing juried sculpture review. There is no longer any “call period” . They will happily receive a submission at any time.

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FREE Business Law Workshop

Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to gain a better understanding of how law impacts a business in a free workshop entitled Business Law 101, led by Duncan Wilson, and presented by the San Juan County Economic Development Council on Wednesday, November 29, from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

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"I Am Aurora"

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Hello there. I’m Aurora, and this is the face I make when I hear gossip that I’ve already heard - like three weeks ago! Let me tell you - there is plenty of gossip going around here in Kamp Kitty. Just yesterday I heard that Peanut and Debbie have made up after their tiff over a certain catnip mouse.

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Disaster Preparedness Discussion

Join experts in the field Tuesday, November 28th, at the San Juan Island Grange for an interactive evening focusing on personal and community preparation for disasters most likely to hit the San Juans.

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FH Port Commissioner Mike Ahrenius Honored

ig_Mike_Ahrenius-01 (37k image)The Washington Public Ports Association awarded Life Membership to Mike Ahrenius at their Annual Meeting in Seattle on November 17th. The plaque

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FH Athletic Assoc Fundraiser Friday

The Friday Harbor Athletic Association is doing their dessert auction and taco feed fundraiser Friday at the Masonic Lodge at 5:30.

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How To Make Wreaths & Kokedama Moss Balls

Glitter, ribbons, bobbles, bangles and greenery. Moss, cord, soil and more greenery. There will be instruction in the art of the Kokedama. Using fresh greens, bangles and glitter we provide plus ribbons galore. let your imagination run wild with all the possibilities.
Date: November 18, 2017
Location: Craft Room at the Mullis Community Center

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Homes For Islanders Plans

ig_HFI_LOGO-001 (40k image)Justin Roche, Executive Director of Homes for Islanders, a non-profit organization, announced Homes for Islanders has purchased 16 lots in Foxhall to secure them for self-help homebuilding by 16 very low to low income individuals and families on San Juan Island.

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1st Place In State Contest

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In June of 2017, Eric Sable represented Friday Harbor Grange #225 at the Washington State Grange Convention held at Ocean Shores, WA. Eric played a harmonica with a “beat box vibe.” Eric took first place at that June competition and was chosen to represent Washington State at the National Grange Convention.

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FH Drops Curbside Co-Mingled Recycle

The Town of Friday Harbor will be discontinuing curbside recycling pickup effective November 22nd, 2017. This will not affect customers of San Juan Sanitation in the County.

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