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4th July

 

Rotary’s ROCK THE DOCK On The 4rh



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Today's Weather

Big Fireworks Display For Friday Harbor

 

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San Juan Island 4th of July Celebration is getting a boost this year after Valmark Inc. offering a Dollar-to-Dollar match for each dollar donated to pay for the fireworks display that is seen in the photo above coming into Friday Harbor.




Large Crowds For FH Parade


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A great parade and a great turnout, with great floats, the Community Marching Band; the University of Washington Marching Band; the Highlanders Bag Pipers; 30 + golden retrievers; kids, and Jerry Alhadeff as the grand marshal - well done San Juan Island!

Winners this year are:

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The Parade And The Flag


The parade in Friday Harbor kills off at 10:00 am andt promises to be larger and better than last year, then there is the Pig War Bar-B-Que and then the annual Rotary Rock The Dock at the Port parking lot.

Many readers have asked over the years about what the rules and traditions are in showing respect to the American flag when in passes in a parade. The tradition and the federal rule is simple: Stand up, take off your hat and put your right hand over your heart -veteran’s may salute. This is typically done for the first flag in a parade that is carried by government officials or by the military or by veteran’s groups.

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Goose Island Continues To Burn


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Goose Island is continuing to burn after it was set on fire by, yup, fire works. The small island (3.8 acres) is situated between the south east end of San Juan and the south west of Lopez, and is owned by the Nature Conservancy. The Conservancy and a host of state and county agencies have determined the best course of action is to let the fire burn out.

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Public Works Performing Roadwork

 

San Juan County Public Works will be performing roadwork in the following areas:

MacGinitie Rd from Bailor Hill to a point past Victoria Dr.
Mill St, entire length off of Cattle Point
Crestview Dr, entire length , off of Miller Rd.

The week of Jul 6 will be maintenance. The week of Jul 13 will be placing chip seal surfacing. Minor traffic delays will be encountered.

Call San Juan County Public Works at 360-370-0500 for additional information




New-Used EMS Ambulance


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Two years ago an ambulance search team formed to identify new ambulance specifications to replace the current 22 year ambulance. In April of this year, Ben Waldron - EMS Operations Director, was skimming a fire/ems industry online news source and noticed an ambulance listed by Woodinville Fire that fit the bill.

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17th Annual Illg Distinguished Lecturer


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University of Washington’s FH Laboratories has announced the 17th annual Illg Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. Stefan Bengtson, Professor emeritus of Palaezoology at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, Swedish. Dr. Bengston will present a free public lecture entitled “The Dawn of Visible Life" to Thursday evening July 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the SJ Community Theater.

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FH Fireworks Dollar-For-Dollar Match


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(Town Administrator Duncan Wilson & Verne Howard of Valmark accept a donation from Becki Day at Market Place -IG photo)


San Juan Island 4th of July Celebration is getting a boost this year with Valmark Inc. offering a Dollar-to-Dollar match for each dollar donated to pay for the fireworks display.

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Rock The Dock With Rotary -And Help Eradicate Polio Too!

 

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Bring your appetite and dancing shoes to Rotary Club’s 14th annual Rock the Dock street party at the Port of Friday Harbor. Local band, the J-Bots, will keep things lively from 6PM until fireworks begin at dusk. Food and drinks available. Tickets available at the gate. $10 for adults (no price increase in 10 years!) Kids 12 and under are FREE. This party is lots of fun AND supporting Rotary’s mission to eradicate Polio. Sponsored by Islanders Bank. Rotarian, Mike Close, was the force in creating this fabulous street party. Give him a hug (or handshake) of thanks!




County Releases Final Report On Wetlands “Whistle Blower” Complaint.


A memorandum on the results of an “ Investigation, Analysis And Conclusion” (.pdf 1873\k file) by San Juan County (i.e. Councilmen Stephens and Hughes) was sent on June 25, 2015 to Prosecuting Attorney Randall Gaylord, regarding a claim of “improper government action” that was filed by the San Juan County Enforcement Officer.

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Search On For Orcas Attacker


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Sheriff Ron Krebs is asking for help in identifying a “White Male in his late 30's to 40, 6'3" tall, skinny with short dark hair, and several days growth of beard. He had very short fingernails and a cut/scar on the top of his right hand. His teeth looked complete and normal, and he had dirt on his face. He was wearing a black hoodie with the hood up. The sweatshirt had a front pocket and a word that started with a large "W". He was wearing dark colored pants that were possibly a rip-stop type material.”

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Fireworks Sets Goose Island Ablaze


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Smoked filled the air at Cape San Juan as some time just before 6 PM on Friday evening, June 26, neighbors of Cape San Juan heard a "boom" from the direction of Goose Island, then saw flames coming from the Lopez side of the island. Dispatch was notified and the Fire Boat Sentinal was dispatched.

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Coming to Henry Island


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While we are not sure where it is to be delivered, or for whom, we are told it is headed to Henry island. It was spotted in the Anacortes ferry line early Friday morning. See full photo below.

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Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates


MarineInvertebrate_susan_middleton-001 (13k image)San Juan Community Theatre, (7:30 p.m. 06-30-15)Wildlife photographer and author Susan Middleton shares anecdotes about her field work and the process of creating the stunning images now on display at the IMA exhibition Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life, from her acclaimed book of the same name.

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Utility Poles For Wireless & Public Safety


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OPALCO and Rock Island are making progress on our promise to improve wireless communications in the field for our line crews and for all first responders. The first five poles have been installed throughout the county, and the remainder (about 38 total) will be completed over the next 12-18 months.

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All Day Kindergarten At FHES?


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“All-day kindergarten will provide a more relaxed pace to explore as our youngest students begin to unfold the wonders of reading, writing, math, and science. Additional time in the school day will also allow for more integration of art, drama, and creative play.” According to FHES (Friday Harbor Elementary School) Principal Diane Ball

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Small Brush Fire on Turtleback Mountain


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On Sunday afternoon, June21, 2015, the Orcas Island Fire Department responded to an isolated brush fire on the north side of the Land Bank’s Turtleback Mountain Preserve. The fire, which was started by an illegal campfire, charred approximately 150’ x 100’ area of brush and trees before being extinguished.

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FH Airport To Receive $135K Grant

 

U.S. Senator Patty Murray applauded the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement that seven airports across Washington state will receive over $3 million in federal grants via the Airport Improvement Program. Friday Harbor Airport will receive $135,000 to begin design on rehabilitating taxiways and an existing apron. Senator Murray, a senior member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee




Fireworks Illegal Without Permit


The Town of Friday Harbor would like to remind residents and visitors that it is illegal to possess, sell, offer to sell, use, transfer, discharge or explode fireworks anywhere in San Juan County without a permit (SJC Code 9.20).

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OPALCO Board Sets Temporary Revenue Recovery Add-On


OPALCO has announced members will be charged a monthly add-on to recover under-charged bill amounts.

“Members have not been paying their full share,” explained Foster Hildreth, General Manager. “They’ve been undercharged because our rates have not collected the true cost of service.”

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Cartoonist Creates Videos To Answer Questions

 

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The San Juan Preservation Trust and the San Juan County Land Bank have commissioned a graphic (above) and videos to answer the question What does protecting land have to do with salmon?

You can read their full report and watch their videos HERE.




FANS Donates $5,000 to Island Rec


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( Front L-R: Jan Bollwinkel-Smith; Kyle Loring; Cathy Kromer. Back : Marc Islamt; Maddie Ovenell; Sally Thomsen; Todd Kromer; Shannon Rishel. -contributed photo )


From helping to ensure Music on the Lawn starts up each July to making it easy to pick up after dogs at Island Rec parks, the donors to Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec are keeping the programs thriving.

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Historic Barns of the San Juan Islands


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San Juan Island Grange #966 presents a summer evening program on Historic Barns of the San Juan Islands on Wednesday June 24, 2015 at the Grange Hall. The program begins at 7pm, preceded by a potluck at 6pm -all are welcome and encouraged to attend

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“Farm Pond” & Small Wetlands Exempt As “Unregulated,” But Can Still Be A Problem If Complaint Filed With State


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If you have a small pond on your property that is exempt because it is a “farm pond,” or an unregulated pond due to size, or even a man-made pond not in a wetland area, you can still end up having the County and the State poking around if anyone files a complaint.

That is exactly what happen to Christopher J. & Jenise Hughes on their 1.45 platted lot in the Portland Fair Estates on San Juan when a neighbor decided last year to anonymously file a complaint to the state DOE (Washington State Department of Ecology).

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New Railroad on San Juan Island -Volunteers May Apply :-)


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The residents of the Life Care Center on Spring Street in Friday Harbor are building a scale model garden railroad. The LC & Pacific RR, operating since August of last year, has approximately 200 feet of tract, four engines, passenger and freight cars and the Red Ball Trolley.

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SJI Community Foundation Awards $189,500


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Sixteen graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High School’s Class of 2015 were awarded scholarships for the 2015/2016 academic year from three different funds held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation.

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Edith Virginia Dickinson


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January 31, 1927 ~ June 29, 2015


Edith Virginia Dickinson passed away on June 29, 2015 at Ashley Gardens of Mount Vernon. Edith was born on the farm in Welcome, Minnesota to Temple and Eloise Goetz on January 31, 1927. After finishing high school, she attended Hamline University where she earned her teaching degree.

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SJI Home Trust Fundraiser


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3rd Annual “Fiesta San Juan” July 5th Get ready to party, with a delicious Mexican dinner, margaritas, an auction and concert with dancing! Coming from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for the third year in a row are Los Bambinos.

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AMSFH Volunteer of the Month: Traci Walter


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The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is happy to announce The Volunteer of the Month for June is Traci Walter. Traci is the official photographer for the animal shelter and can always be relied upon to come to the shelter when new pets arrive to photograph them for the APS-FH website, Petfinder and Pet-of-the-Week announcements.

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This Little Piggy Went To Market


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Guests are invited to come for a locally sourced dinner, root around at the Friday Art Market and celebrate the arrival of PIG - a new long-term resident of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. July 3, 2015, 5 - 7pm. Dinner Tickets $15 at the door

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High Speed Internet Coming To Your Neighborhood?


BY Merri Ann Simoson

Congratulations to Mineral Heights, Mineral Point and The Highlands at Mineral Point for moving forward with the installation of fiber to their neighborhood. Many subdivisions and neighborhoods are in the process of considering the installation and are interested in the process.

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Wenatchee Gets Help From SJI


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On Sunday evening, June 28, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue was again asked by the "Statewide Fire Mobilization", along with Skagit and Whatcom counties, to assist with a fast moving wildland fire near Wenatchee.

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Burning Ban Imposed


ig_FD_FireMarshalBadge-001 (7k image)OPEN BURNING SEASON SUSPENDED IMMEDIATELY. San Juan County Fire Marshal Bob Low has suspended all residential and commercial burn permitsbecause of the unusually dry weather.

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Town Asks Public To Use Recycling Cans Properly


ig_PW_NORecycling-001 (6k image)When any liquid, grease, food remnants or other unrecyclable items are added to a recycling can, the entire can become contaminated and may need to be disposed of as garbage.

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Free Introduction To Shooting


Orcas Island Sportsman's Club invites all interested youths aged 10 or older (parent or legal guardian required) to a free introduction to shooting trap (shotgun) and targets (.22 rifle) on Sat. June 27th from 10am until 1pm . Range Safety Officers will teach safety. Free shooting of clay pigeons & targets. 1906 Enchanted Forest Rd. on Orcas Island (app. 2 miles from Eastsound). information call John Davidson at 375-6115 or Bruce Hansen 378-2731."




Workings of a Watershed


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Know Your Island Walk; Sat. June 27, 2015, 1-4pm. From Trees to Tap: The Workings of a Watershed.

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Attention SJI Musicians


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Dust off your instrument and join the Community Fourth of July Parade Marching Band. Rehearsals are at 7pm June 24th, 26th, 29th, July 1st, and 3rd. Friday Harbor High School Band Room. Any questions and to pick up music, call: Chris Bevens 378-5023. Once again sponsored by King’s Market




SJ Valley Roadwork Under Way


Work to repair a portion of San Juan Valley Road will continue the week of Jun 22-26.

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Mary Carlene Larsen FitzGerald


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1930 ~ 2015


Carlene FitzGerald, 85, of Friday Harbor joined her deceased beloved husband, Gerry FitzGerald, on May 6, 2015. During her peaceful passing, she was surrounded by family.

Born on March 22, 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah, she was raised by her great-aunt, Garnet Pearson, and her great-grandmother Mary Attridge Brown. She graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in sociology and had planned to teach; however, she was drawn to the sky.

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Salish Sea Jewel of the Pacific Northwest


On Wednesday, June 24, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., Joseph K. Gaydos will be featured at The Whale Museum for an “Author Talk.” Joe will also be available that evening to sign copies of his new book The Salish Sea Jewel of the Pacific Northwest.

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Legislative Budgetary Impasse Impacts Schools


The San Juan Island School Board met last Wednesday night to review options as the impasse in Olympia continues to prevent critical planning for the start of the school year.

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All State Allie Galt


ig_S_WesternAllState_GirlsBaskeball_2015_002 (8k image) Allie Galt (middle 44) played in the All State 2B Girls basketball game In Spokane, Wa June 20th, 2015.

6-0 tall Allie Galt was one of the 13 ladies chosen to represent the West side of Washington State.

See team photo below

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I Could Be Your Pet


ig_SO_PetWeek-Angelo-004 (6k image) Allow me to introduce myself. I am Angelo. I’m what the ladies here at the animal shelter call, “Eye Candy”, because I’m so handsome. I feel it only fair to warn you - I also have a certain amount of charm and dignity, in addition to my good looks.

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Orca Sing Event At Lime Kiln


Orca Sing is an annual event where people gather for an evening of music at Lime Kiln Point State Park to honor the Southern Resident orcas.

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Islanders Honored For Environmental Stewardship


Eight “Good Steward” awards will be presented at the Orcas Solstice Celebration on Saturday, June 20 to islanders and local organizations in recognition of exceptional environmental stewardship.

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WSF Survey Results In


The results of the FROG 2015 WSF Winter Performance survey are now available, and we are sending it your way so you can see the results. Just click on the link below to get the report.

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Town Seeks Proposals To Promote Tourism With Lodging Tax Funds


The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is accepting applications for grants to fund tourism promotion.

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Islands Energy Fair on Lopez


ig_SJICD_EnergyFair-001-1 (8k image)The 2nd Annual Energy Fair at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts takes place 06/27/15 10am-3pm at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts .

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In Mutual Assistance


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San Juan Island Fire Rescue has sent it's brand new Brush 332 engine to assist the Getchell Fire Department's Brush 68, and others, to help suppress the wildlands fire raging near Brewster, Washington known as the Cold Springs Fire.

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Welcome Kelly Ann Schoultz


ig_Kelly_Ann_Schoultz-001 (57k image)Vera and Olsen Schoultz are excited to announce the birth of their little sister, Kelly Ann.

Kelly was born at Island Hospital on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 4:22 pm. She weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21.1 inches long.

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Reservation Sytem Technical Difficulties


WSF reports the Vehicle Reservation Sytem is experiencing technical difficulties, and will post updates will occur when more information becomes available at: www.wsdot.com/Ferries/Schedule/Bulletin.aspx#15319




2015 SJ Island Garden Tour


By Fiona Norris and Linda Thompson

Two gardens on the shoreline, one vintage home set in an oak grove, one whimsical house and garden, and a garden literally on the rocks. These are the treats in store in the 2015 Garden Tour, coordinated by the San Juan Island Garden Consortium, Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

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Town FH Online Billing Option


he Town of Friday Harbor is offering online billing and payment options! Customers wishing to view or pay bills online may choose from any of the following services:

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“The Sea Floor Around Us”


On Thursday, June 11, at the Orcas Arts Center, 5:30PM Marine geologist Gary Greene will treat islanders to an absorbing visual tour of the hidden subsea world around the San Juan Archipelago, showing the strikingly beautiful sonar images he has been recording for the past 20 years.

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Family Art Days Return


Family Art Days are Back! And now they’re in town, in the orchard beside the new IMA building.

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Ruth Beebe Hill


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April 26, 1913 - May 28, 2015


Ruth Beebe Hill, age 102, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015 at her home on San Juan Island, Wash.

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Volunteer for SJI Triathlon & Marathon


As beneficiary of the San Juan Island Triathlon and Marathon, Purple and
Gold of Friday Harbor High School is organizing volunteers for the events
June 20 and 21st.

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