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NEW Greg Hertel Column: Clueless in Seattle
Smith Column: Smell The Roses

Things to do on Lopez - Orcas - San Juan
Link to County Ferry Cams -sponsored By Islanders Bank

Letters On Renewal & Increase Of SJI EMS Levy

Today's Weather

Passport to San Juan Islands History

ig_SHIHM_Passport-01 (35k image)Whether you are a visitor or longtime islander, be sure to include some island history time travel in your adventures this year.

Each of the historical museums on San Juan Island, Lopez Island and Orcas Island have combined to offer an opportunity for you to do some island hopping and enter for a chance to win a prize package. Prize packages include overnight lodging, gift cards for a meal and an activity for two. The lucky winner will have the choice to redeem the prize package on either Lopez, Orcas or San Juan.

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Council Will Attend WSF Local Pubic Meetings

The San Juan County Council will be attending a series of local Public Meetings on Lopez; Orcas; San Juan. and Shaw, scheduled to be held from August 9 -11 hosted by the office of Washington State Ferries. The purpose of the meetings are to discuss topics of interest regarding the Washington State Ferry system with WSF Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith.

Locations, dates and times are as follows:

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Stream & Salmon Habitat Protected

The San Juan County Land Bank recently acquired 24 acres on the lower reaches of Cascade Creek near Olga on Orcas Island. Washington State Salmon Recovery Funds made the purchase possible, ensuring the preservation of a unique 2,100’ stretch of riparian corridor with adjacent upland forest.

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Access Voters’ Guide for August Election

This year’s primary is long and confusing, with many candidates for several of the state-wide elections. Election information is available online as an “Online Voters’ Guide.” The guide is available for viewing in three different formats. The most generic guide is available from the County Elections page: CLICK HERE This has all federal, state and local candidate information, as well as information about measures. Click on the boxes to open up more information at each page.

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46th Annual Shaw Island Classic Race\ Aug 5th

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( Shaw Island Classic file photo -Janice Peterson)

Sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the 46th Annual Shaw Island Classic Sailboat Race will be held Saturday, August 6. All eligible boats and crews are invited to participate.

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Federal Protection For Puget Sound Sought

The Department of Ecology, with support from other state agencies, today formally requested that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protect Puget Sound by making it a no-discharge zone for large vessel sewage (Smaller boats -without treatment or holding tanks- are already prohibited from discharging sewage within three miles of shore). The move would prohibit commercial and recreational vessels from releasing sewage into Puget Sound.

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RH SJI Island Walk Saturday

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(Contributed photo)

The Roche Harbor Trails are now part of the National Recreation Trail system. Join the Roche Harbor stewards and trail builders for a hike starting at the parking lot at the "Y" intersection of Roche Harbor Road and West Valley Road. The hike will be in woodlands and meadows.

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Public Comment On Shoreline Master Program Starts July 22

WA Dept. of Ecology seeks public comment on updates to San Juan County’s Shoreline Master Program. Authority for this update is based on Washington’s Shoreline Management Act (Ch. 90.58 RCW) and related rules.

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Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center - Bald Eagle Release

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After two months of intensive care at the Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Friday Harbor, a female Bald Eagle 9photo above) is flying free again. She was first spotted in May by residents of the False Bay area of San Juan Island dragging a heavy steel leg hold trap on one of her talons.

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Undervotes, Overvotes, and Write-ins

By Milene Henley

Let’s face it: sometimes you don’t know who to vote for. Maybe it’s a judge, or maybe it’s a state position you’re not familiar with. For whatever reason, voters sometimes leave races blank. That’s called an undervote.

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Rental Property Options

IG-Merri_Ann_Simonson-3 (21k image)By Merri Ann Simonson

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 of 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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UWFH Presents Award Winning Film:

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On July 20, at 7 p.m. in the San Juan Community Theater, Drew Harvell will talk about her new book from the University of California Press: A Sea Of Glass, and show the award winning film Fragile Legacy

Drew is the curator of Cornell’s Blaschka Collection, delicate models made in the 1860s by the father-son team Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka.

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Author Talk & Book Signing: Sea Otter Conservation

The Whale Museum welcomes their new Research Curator Shawn Larson as part of the 2016 Summer Lecture Series on Wednesday, July 13th at 6:30 p.m. Shawn will present her book Sea Otter Conservation, discussing the sea otters unique biology and ecology and highlight its fascinating history with people.

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Farm and Habitat Improvements on San Juan Island False Bay Creek Preserve

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(Land Bank photo)

From July 18 - 29, drivers on Bailer Hill Road may notice crews and machinery at work in the valley on the Land Bank’s False Bay Creek Preserve, located across from the junction with False Bay Drive.
This is the second and final phase of a project designed to improve water quality and stream habitat on False Bay Creek Preserve.

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How They Do It In Italy

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(-Island Guardian photos)

Shoppers in Friday Harbor were surprised -and quite upset- early Sunday Morning when they discovered a large RV with California plates parked in front of Kings Market, with the problem of an oversized vehicle protruding into the street solved by parking the front of the RV on the sidewalk.

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A Message From Our Sheriff

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As I sit here in my office, I am listening to the news reports of the Dallas shootings. I sit here stunned by what I am hearing and seeing. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the friends, families and loved ones of ALL of those who have lost their lives these past few weeks, on both sides of the line.

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Get Ready For The Fair

The San Juan County Fair this year starts August 17th and runs through the 20th (Wednesday-Saturday).

This year’s Fair theme is “Barn and Raised in the Islands”, and thanks again to a very generous anonymous donor, all youth exhibitors, age 5 through 16, will get a free season pass if they enter something in the fair.

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Washington State Governor Candidate Bill Bryant (R) To Visit Friday Harbor

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Washington State Governor Candidate Bill Bryant(R) will be visiting Friday Harbor Tues July 12th. Mr. Bryant is familiar with San Juan Island from many previous visits. As Seattle Port Commissioner he will appreciate our island’s busy season as our local ports are providing peak service.

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Hear Orcas Festival On Classical KING FM


Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival's live recording of Franz Schubert's String Quintet in C, Op.163, D.956, will grace the airwaves on Thursday, July 7, during announcer Sean MacLean's weekday evening show, NW Focus, which begins at 8:00 pm. Click for the Classical KING FM 98.1 website.

Wags To Riches Luau Satuday

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This year’s Wags To Riches event for the San Juan Island Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is gearing up to be possibly the best one yet. Tickets for this event go on sale June 25th. Ticket price is $100 per person. Location of the event is 33 Bullfrog Lane, just off the Hannah Rd. The event will begin at 4pm

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Would Love To Meet You

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C’mon in! The water is just fine! I’m Bear and I’m a new arrival here at the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter. I’m about ¾ Golden Retriever, so that explains my good looks. My favorite pastimes include, but are not limited to, playing fetch, swimming, playing fetch, and swimming, playing fetch, swimming and the occasional game of fetch. I also like to swim. I’m a big fan of fine dining and therapeutic belly rubs, too. We should meet. Stop by the animal shelter soon and ask for me. Bring a tennis ball and some snacks, please.

Cap’n Arrr Wed At FH School

The SJIsland Library Presents: Wednesday Afternoon Performance with Cap’n Arrr
Come see The Misadventures of Cap’n Arrr, held Wednesday, July 27 on the grounds of Friday Harbor Elementary School.
Showtime begins at 1:30 PM.

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Proposals For FH Park Bench Sculptures Sought

The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals for a park bench sculpture project sponsored by the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). The artwork is to be located at, on, or in association with an existing park bench at one of three locations on Spring Street.

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Vacancies On County Boards & Commissions

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County's website at:

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LunchS At FH Mullis

Ongoing biweekly lunches at Mullis Center, 589 Nash Street: Lunches every Monday and Thursday from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm. 60 years of age and older - $5.00 donation suggested. Under 60 years of age - $6.00 per person. Contact at Mullis: Bonnie Sliger, 378-2677

Orcas Cider & Mead Festival Saturday

6th annual Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival benefiting the Farm to Cafeteria Program: July 23, 2016 at the Village Green, in Eastsound. A variety of hard cider and mead producers from California to Canada will be pouring samples and selling bottles to take home. There will be music and fermentation demos at the festival and food pairings at local restaurants and bars.

Islanders Bank Customer Appreciation and FREE Shred Event

Friday, July 22nd Friday Harbor Branch Islanders Bank Customer Appreciation and FREE Shred Event. Enjoy a hot dog, chips and water while you're waiting for your documents to be shredded. Time: 11:00AM - 3:00PM or until shred truck is full. Hot dogs available: 11:30AM - 1:30PM

Up For Fun & Companionship

ig_SO_PetWeek-Max-001 (33k image)Ahhh, pardon me good sirs and madams….would you care to engage in a delightful pastime in which you toss a round object and I run off and fetch it and return it to you….. for recreation and merriment? If so, please contact me here at the Animal Shelter in Friday Harbor. I think we’ll have a cracking good time. My name is Max and I patiently await your arrival. Cheerio.

SI Island Historical Scavenger Hunt

Here’s a fun way to explore San Juan Island this summer, and perhaps win a cool prize for your family at the same time! San Juan Historical Society and Museum, in partnership with Ernie’s Café, is sponsoring a Historical Scavenger Hunt, with the prize winners being drawn on October 1, 2016.

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SJ Island Real Estate Market Summary

ig_R_ForSaleSoldSign-001 (10k image)By Merri Ann Simonson

The second quarter results which complete the first half of the year for San Juan Island were very similar to 2015 as the real estate dollar volume reflected a decrease of 1% over the same period. The first half volume for 2016 was $56,700,175 as compared to $57,435,820 in 2015.

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Comments Wanted On Protective Status Of 5 Wildlife Species

State wildlife managers are seeking public input on their recommendations to change the listing status for five protected wildlife species in Washington.

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Home Trust: 4th annual Fiesta

The San Juan Community Home Trust invites you to joint the Brickworks for the 4th annual Fiesta San Juan, Sunday, July 17th from 5pm to 9pm.

Interisland Vessel Out of Service

Friday, July 15, 2016 03:05 PM
Ana/SJs - Lopez 6:15pm to Anacortes canceled, 7/15
The 6:15 pm eastbound sailing from Lopez to Anacortes is canceled to allow the Yakima to provide additional inter-island service to fill in for the Klahowya. Ana/SJI's - Klahowya - Interisland Vessel Out of Service - Extra stops
WSF has discovered a problem with an emergency shutdown device on the M/V Klahowya’s engine, and all inter-island sailings have been cancelled until further notice. Crews have dispatched to repair the vessel, but inter-island travel will be extremely limited for the remainder of the service day.

Conservation Corps to fill 300 Jobs

Recruitment begins today for 300 jobs to help restore and enhance the environment. These full-time positions offer environmental career experience for young adults and veterans through the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC). Successful applicants get the opportunity to work on restoration projects, environmental education, and disaster response in communities statewide.

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Durland Breaks Silence On Why Silent

Michael Durland, a County Council Candidate for District 2 Orcas, has stated he is "withholding my campaign until after the Primary Ballot August 2nd."

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SJI School District DACA/DAPA Update

The San Juan Island School District and planning committee members have planned a DACA/DAPA ( Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals/ Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents). The purpose of this meeting is for participants to learn the decision of the Supreme Court and how it impacts students, families and our island community.

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Meet Bill Bryant Tuesday In FH

Bill Bryant, a Republican candidate for Washington State Governor will be visiting Friday Harbor Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Supporters say he is attracting support from Republicans and Democrats as seen at his recent “Kick Off Rally” in Tacoma. A public “Meet and Greet” will be scheduled at 2 p.m. at the Cannery Landing near San Juan Coffee

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Insect Safari At SJI Library

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Come see Don Ehlen’s Insect Safari, held Wednesday, July 13 on the grounds of Friday Harbor Elementary School. Showtime begins at 1:30 PM.

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“Lovie” -That’s Me

ig_SO_PetWeek-Lovie-003 (42k image)Ladies and Gentlemen, what you see before you is the world’s smallest German Shepherd. That’s Me - “Lovie”! I only weigh about five pounds, but when it comes to cuteness, loyalty and fun - I’m a very big dog indeed! I’m only 8 years old and spunky as all get out! I’d love to meet you….Stop by the Animal Protection Society of Frida Harbor soon and introduce yourself!

Tea & Talk With OPALCO

Public is invited for some tea and decaf, and with time to talk about OPALCO and Rock Island with OPALCO Board Members Vince Dauciunas, Mark Madsen, &Winnie Adams. Tues, July 12th, SJI Grange from 5:30 to 7:00.

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Meet New FH Port Director

Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at 4:00pm come to a meeting at the SJ Island Yacht Club for a public reception for the new Port Director, Ted Fitzgerald. The Regular Port Commission meeting scheduled for July 13th is cancelled.

-- Guest Column --

Nothing But Scare Tactics

By Leslie Brennan

I was an original member of the EMS Levy Committee and was very hopeful that I could support the new EMS Levy. Unfortunately, after time it became clear that how they intended to get this levy to pass was unacceptable. No needed cuts since the first and second failed levy attempts in February and November of 2014 have been made and EMS has not shown that they really need our tax money.

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Voters Election Forum Wednesday On SJI

the League of Women Voters holding forum for the public July 6, 11:30 a.m. at the Grange in Friday Harbor.

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It's Salmon Fishing Time

Season open for salmon fishing July 1, 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), and area 7 (San Juan Islands).

FH Grade Honored At WWU

Western Washington University recently announced its Outstanding Graduates for the year, and they include Megan Goudie, a Friday Harbor HS graduate. Goudie graduated in March with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation and as the Outstanding Graduate in Recreation.

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Special Meeting On EMS Budget

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 has called a special meeting for Thursday (06-30-16, 5 pm) at the EMS building (1079 Spring St) to “Review and Approval of San Juan Island EMS Expected Case 2017 Budget.” Note: This is billed as a public meeting, not a public hearing on the budget. Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building 1079 Spring Street

Open Discussion Wed On EMS Levy

Public Hospital District commissioners, EMS Chief Jerry Martin, and the levy committee, will present their case for an August EMS levy increase on Wednesday (06-29-16 at 7 p.m, SJI library) at a “Town Meeting,” and answer questions about the August election. The event is sponsored by the "Vote Yes for SJI EMS 2016 Levy" Committee

Preschool Openings At Saint David’s Day School

The Morning Preschool program at Saint David’s Day School still has a few openings for children from 3-5 years of age in their 2016-2017 term.

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Seating On 4th For Those Who Need It

Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church will have seating available for folks who need it and their companions to watch the 4th of July parade. To reserve your seat please call the Church at 378-4544 or email at .

Tucker Reconstruction Update

Project task(s):
The Contractor finished constructing the water main alignment up to the Guard Street intersection.

One crew will begin construction of fire hydrant and water service connection lines.

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