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Chinook Fishery Open Again


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State Fish and Wildlife reopened the San Juan Island chinook fishery (March 25 through April 30 with a two salmon daily limit, and only one may be a hatchery-marked chinook (release all coho and wild chinook).

The San Juan Islands - known as Marine Catch Area 7 - was closed on Feb. 11 as anglers achieved 82 percent of the allowable guideline.

EPA Faults Navy’s Study Related To Growlers

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Coupeville, WA --- “The USEPA has identified disturbing inadequacies in their review of the Navy’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for an expanded EA-18G Growler training mission at NASWI“, stated Maryon Attwood, President of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve (COER). The EPA in a March 8th comment letter to the Navy gave the DEIS an EC-2 rating, or Environmental Concerns with insufficient information.”

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Meet OPALCO Candidates For Board of Directors

Spring is in the air and OPALCO Board election is coming up, so meet the candidates at one of the Candidate Forums:
March 28 - Lopez - 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm, Woodman Hall
March 29 - Friday Harbor - 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm, San Juan Island Grange
March 30 - Orcas - 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm, Orcas Island Senior Center
March 31 - Shaw - 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Shaw Island Community Building

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Know Your Island Walk Saturday March 25


March 25, 1-4 pm A million-mile walk: Join National Parks Education Specialist, Raena Parsons, on a journey millions of years in the past. We will investigate the geologic forces that shaped San Juan Island, demonstrate plate tectonics (with cookies--yum!), and discuss earthquakes and other geologic hazards in our region. Comfortable hiking shoes, warm layers, and a sense of adventure are recommended. Meet in the American Camp Visitor Center parking lot.

County Officials To Hold A Town Hall Meeting Next Tuesday

Council Member Bill Watson (District 1) invites islanders to attend a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, March 28 beginning at 5:15 PM. The meeting will be held at the San Juan Island Fire District #3 station at 1011 Mullis Street in Friday Harbor.

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Do You Need Flood Insurance

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Most of the waterfront home owners in the County went through the process of determining if flood insurance is a necessity for their property when they purchased or refinanced. As you may be aware, the majority of our waterfront properties are designated as being in the flood plain as determined by the current Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maps. What you may not realize is that a high percentage of the homes and other structures, when further analysis is done, may not actually require flood insurance.

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Kids and Canoes - A Place Based Curriculum

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(file photo: M. Wickey Facebook)

San Juan Island youth (grades 5-12) will work with one of the world’s top canoe builders from Lummi Nation, Dean Washington, to build 2 Coast Salish Canoes and their paddles in one week. These canoes will be part of a fleet of canoes to be used to explore our local waters.

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Dialogue & Donuts with Danna On Tuesday

In March, SJI School District Superintendent Danna Diaz will hold Dialogue and Donuts with Danna, at the schools and at the district office. The public is invited to drop in for a conversation, per the following schedule:

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Ship & Boat Noise Changes How Orca Hunt

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( Orca Relief FaceBook photo)

“See” and discuss how noise impacts Southern Resident Killer Whales with Dr. Chris Clark, on Orcas, and San Juan Island at two Public presentations:
San Juan Island: Friday March 31, 7-9 pm, Brickworks, 150 Nichols St. Friday Harbor
Orcas Island: Saturday April 1, 2-4 pm, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 242 Main St. Eastsound

The Orca Relief Citizens' Alliance is one of a number of groups that believes the Southern Resident whales are the on the brink of extinction, and the cause is due to several threats: shortage of Chinook salmon; pollution; oil spills; and noise and harassment from vessels. The threat least understood by the public is the impact of vessel noise, particularly from motorized whale watch activity.

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Washington's Wolf Population Grows

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Washington state's wolf population grew by 28 percent last year and added at least two new packs, according to an annual report released today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
By the end of 2016, the state was home to a minimum of 115 wolves, 20 packs, and 10 successful breeding pairs documented by WDFW field staff during surveys conducted late last year.

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Historic Barn Not Worth Saving?

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San Juan County Parks and the Fair department have received a health and safety grant from the WSDA to “deconstruct the existing horse barn and purchase mobile stalls for horse related events at the Fairgrounds.”

This has upset some, who feel the barn simply needs to have maintenance and repair, not destroyed, or in the words of a FaceBook GoPetition (Save the SJC Fair Horse Barn) page: “We believe that further study and discussion may result in a plan to make the barn safe for continued use.”

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New Taxes &/or Fees To Pay For Affordable Housing?

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(Mark Tompkins presents plan to LOWV meeting - full photo below)

San Juan County has been complaining and discussing the lack of affordable housing for low and middle class wage earners for decades, with community meetings, study groups and draft plans, and now there is a new draft Plan (StrategicActionPlanDraft-AppendixA.docx (35\k file))
that is being discussed, and is posed to start moving forward through required hearings and comment periods.

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Pocket Park Update

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(Island Guardian photo)

“The Pocket Park is now beginning to take shape, and contractor Mike Carlson writes in that "Most of the underground work has been completed. This week, the bases for the paver borders, benches and sculptures will be formed and poured.

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Jump Start That Four-Year Degree

“Working on my Associate in Arts degree while finishing my high school requirements at Skagit Valley College was one of the best choices I've made,” says Alex Hayes. Alex, a current junior at Western Washington University, took advantage of the Running Start program offered at Skagit Valley College’s San Juan Center.

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Vets Groups Honor Senator Murray

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has been honored to receive national recognition from two leading groups for her work to ensure veterans with service-connected injuries have access to assisted reproductive technology, including IVF.

Last December, President Obama signed legislation into law that gave the Department of Veterans Affairs the authority to cover the costs of assisted reproductive technology for the first time since the early 1990s.

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Workshop On Retirement Planning For Business Owners

Small business owners have many considerations when running their businesses, but often don’t have time to consider future financial requirements. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a FREE workshop on retirement planning for small business owners, entitled Put your Retirement Plan to Work, on February 22nd from 10-11 a.m. on San Juan Island, sponsored by Jonathan Piff of Edward Jones. Advance registration is required.

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Help Fund Safe & Sane SJI Graduate Night Celebrations

Approximately 65 students will graduate Friday Harbor High School on June 10th, 2017, and it has become a tradition on San Juan Island to honor the graduates with a safe, sane, and sober all-night celebration. It has become a tradition on San Juan Island to honor the graduates with a safe, sane, and sober all-night celebration.

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Free Business Feasibility Workshop For Entrepreneurs

All entrepreneurs wonder if there is a market for their business ideas, or if they will make money from them. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a FREE workshop to learn more about Business Feasibility, on March 20th from 12:30-2 p.m. on San Juan Island, sponsored by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Advance registration is required.

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-- Guest Column --

It Has Been Lawson Ridge For Generations

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Since my family moved to San Juan in 1999 the options for hiking have grown in a big way. Many of the trails were there well before my time, but the acquisitions (and labor) of the National Parks, the Land Bank, and volunteer trails committees have created a wonderful, cohesive network of well marked and maintained trails.

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OPALCO Trimming Trees

You may see Right of Way OPALCO crews in your area trimming trees away from power lines and equipment. This regular maintenance is a critical to maintaining safe and reliable service. Please keep your landscaping and shrubs away from OPALCO equipment, and advise them about potential hazard trees near the lines.

Hospice training

Hospice of San Juans is one of only a few all-volunteer hospices in the
country, Hospice of San Juan focus on the needs of those trying to cope
with the reality of life limiting conditions.

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A Bonded Pair Needs A Home

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The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor needs your help in finding a special home for two very special boys. Coal and Barnaby, pictured here, lost their home several months ago, through no fault of their own. They are a bonded pair who have been together 15 years; all of their lives.

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SJI Hospital Commissioners Meeting

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners Meeting
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm. regular - Regular Meeting, in Legislative Hearing Room, 55 Second Street. Agenda is following:

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April Is Volunteer Month

Spend a day or more giving back to the natural places we all love during April and May - in the San Juan Islands. Work with locals to maintain trails in beautiful Moran State Park on Orcas Island, clean up a beach on San Juan, Orcas, or Lopez Islands, ride your bike in the Tour de Lopez, and then enjoy the All-Species Parade in Lopez Village.

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Farmers Market Grants

USDA is accepting applications for grants from the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products

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Young Filmmakers Project

the Young Filmmakers Project deadline is June 1, 2017. Films may be submitted as: Documentary or Docu-Drama (Dramatization of real life events) Eligibility: The Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers Project is open to all students ranging in age from grade 7 to their first year of University or College.

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$1000 Offer Matching Funds to Hospice San Juan

The Town of Friday Harbor is encouraging their utility customers to donate funds to Hospice of San Juan through the Town’s Harbor Life Ring Program in April. All donations included with customers’ April utility payments will be matched by the Town up to a total of $1000.

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Robert Michael Browne

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November 22, 1948 ~ February 4, 2017

To our dear family and friends, it is with great sadness that we share this news with you. Our beloved Rob, devoted husband, father and friend passed away after nearly a three-year, valiantly fought battle with cancer, at the UWMC.

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Fiber Construction On Cattle Pt Rd

Construction begins on March 20th to install fiber optic cables along Cattle Point Road from Eagle Cove Drive all the way through San Juan National Historical Park to the major road re-alignment project south of Jackle’s Beach Lagoon.

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Benjamin Lewis White III

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October 14, 1989 ~ March 8th, 2017

Benjamin Lewis White III passed away in Seattle, WA on March 8th, 2017 with family by his side. He was born on October 14, 1989 in Virginia where he lived for a short time before moving to San Juan Island. Ben's life was marked by his amazing sense of humor, endless rants, and genuine love and care for all around him. Everyone adored Ben.

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Livestock Guard Dogs

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What is a Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD)? How do they differ from other dog breeds? Do they make good family pets? What do they eat? How do you train them? How effective are they at predator control?

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Dave Hall

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Dave Hall passed Tuesday morning, March 7, 2017 with his wife Nadine at his side. A Celebration of Life is tentatively set for Saturday, April 22. A formal obituary with details will follow soon. Cards can be sent to P O Box 815, Friday Harbor.

New Programming for Memory Care Tuesday, March 21

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San Juan Island Library has announced a new program called Memory Café for people with memory issues and their care partners. The first Memory Café Open House will take place at the San Juan Island Library meeting room on Tuesday, March 21 at 2:00 pm.

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The Housing Puzzle: A Solution?

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans (LWVSJ) will host an affordable housing panel presentation and public discussion on Monday, March 13 from 12 to 2 pm.

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-- Guest Column --

Authoritarianism vs. Democracy

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By Kathleen Bartholomew

The San Juan County Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners held their regular meeting on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. One of the agenda items is of special note, as the Commissioners voted 3 to 2 to retain Bill Williams as Chair of the Board.

This vote was taken without discussion in spite of the nomination of Michael Edwards, which was supported by a petition signed by 24 of the 31 currently serving EMTs at San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services (SJIEMS) and its Supervising Physician.

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New Exhibits At SJI Museum Of Art

Woodworkers, artists, carvers, fishermen, book lovers, hikers, naturalists, scientists, conservationist-something to intrigue everyone can be found in three new exhibitions opening March 4 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art truly are for everyone who loves working with wood, painters, bookworms, collectors of odd objects in the forest, and those who care about forest destruction and erosion.

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2016 SJI EMS Award Recipients

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(L to R: Humberto Orozco, Margaret Longley, Kati English- photo)

San Juan Island EMS held their annual awards banquet January 28th, and the following awards were made:

Humberto Orozco - San Juan County Medical Program Director's Award & Officer of the Year
Margaret Longley - EMT of the Year
Kati English - Rookie EMT of the Year
Steve Alluise (not pictured) - Chief's Award of the Year

Rebecca Smith and Dr. Loren Johnson were also recognized and awarded for their hard work on passing the SJI EMS Levy. We thank them all for their hard work and dedication.

Boater Education Card Course

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Boating Program urges boaters to make sure they are prepared for the upcoming season by taking -and passing- a boater education course.

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Free Hospice Training

We all experience grief and emotional loss, but that does not make it any easier. Registration is open for Hospice of San Juan’s 2017 Grief Support Group

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