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NEW Letter On Renewal & Increase Of SJI EMS Levy




Today's Weather

NOAA Law Enforcement Begin Orca Patrols


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NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) will soon begin seasonal summer patrols in Haro Strait around Washington’s San Juan Islands. Officers will be enforcing special Federal regulations designed to protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales by keeping boat traffic at a safe distance from the whales.

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Will Hospital Board Place Levy (For Less?) On The November Ballot?


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( EMS Building in Friday Harbor -IG photo)


We are told by some, directly, and indirectly, that a vote against the August levy increase is a vote that will end EMS….in December.

That is true, but if, and only if, another levy is not placed on the November ballot. That November levy request must be filed on or before August the 2nd, which is, coincidentally, also the last day to vote for the current levy increase.

A November levy election would be a backup to extend the current levy that expires in December -but would only be necessary if the levy increase that is on the current ballot fails.

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FH Waterline Replacement


Waterline Replacement Wold Rd to SJV road: Construction activities will temporarily increase noise levels, dust and other disturbances. Traffic and parking will be hindered during heavy construction while working in these immediate areas.

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Find The Hidden Quarry On SJI

 

Saturday June 25, 1-4 pm Lime Kiln area: Trails Committee member Bill Severson will take us on a search for the “Hidden world” quarry. Meet at the Lime Kiln State Park parking lot, remember to bring your Discover Pass. This 3-mile walk has some significant ups and downs. Dogs on leashes okay.

For more information: info@sanjuanislandtrails.org




San Juan Island Community Foundation Awards $187,500 in College Scholarships for 2016/2017


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

Below are the names and awards:

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Wildfire At Shark Reef Sanctuary On Lopez


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Monday morning (06-20-16) on the start of the Summer Solstice 2016, an illegal campfire at Shark Reef Sanctuary spread beyond its loose rock ring. Luck in that a citizen across San Juan Channel spotted the smoke and called in the fire, and lucky the weather has been cool and moist in recent days, which reduce reducing the intensity of the fire.

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Firewise Communities Benefit From Grant, And So Can You


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The Firewise Communities program sponsored by San Juan Island Fire & Rescue has been awarded a grant by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) to assist with fuel reduction in organized communities.

The new grant from WA DNR will pay the Firewise Community’s share of the chipper rental making it free to a Firewise Community between now, June 21, 2016, and the end of July.

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Navy To Hold A Public Open House


Naval Air Station Whidbey Island will hold a Public Open House on Saturday, June 25, 2015 at Ault Field from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The public open house is an opportunity for the public to learn about past, current, and future operations at the Navy’s only air station in the Pacific Northwest and see the 2016 Navy Installation of the Year.

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Come Play Summer Bingo with Soroptimists


Bingo comes back to Friday Harbor. On both Saturday, June 25 and July 2 Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor again will hold Bingo at the Mullis Center. Doors open at 1:30 PM and play will begin at 2 PM. The games will be sponsored by Friday Harbor Electric and by Vacation Doorways.

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Ham Radio Operators Recognized By County Council


On Tuesday June 7th, the San Juan County Amateur Radio Society (SJCARS) was recognized by the County Council for their service to the island community. The recognition stated: “From phone outages, to regular drills, to preparing for catastrophic events, the amateur radio community is a tremendous resource. We gratefully acknowledge the important contribution to our community that your expertise, time, energy and enthusiasm provide to help meet a vital public need”.

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New Director For Port Of FH


ig_Port_Ted-Fitzgerald-001 (28k image)(Updated 8:00 pm, 6-16-16) The Port of Friday Harbor Commission has announced that Ted Fitzgerald of Brookings Oregon is the new Executive Director at the Port of Friday Harbor beginning July 1.

The Curry Coastal Pilot is one of the local news outlets for the Brooking Harbor area, and in a story announcing his sudden departure it was noted he had run into some headwinds from at least two of his former bosses at the Port, & some members of the public, as he worked to improve the port.

But they are also on trecord stating " that he has done an incredibly good job, and that "probably pisses people off. "

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O'Connor To Retire As Port Of FH Director


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Marilyn O’Connor will retire on June 30 from the Port of Friday Harbor. She has been with the Port for 31 years. Since November 2007 she has served as Executive Director. Before then, she held the positions of Port Auditor and Deputy Director.

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The “A Team” & Ballot Processing


By Milene Henley

If you’ve visited the Elections office around Election Day, you may have seen a group of people sitting around the table in the back room. There may have been cookies or candy on the table, and there were likely cups of coffee or tea around.

It might look like a coffee klatch, but it’s not.

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Roche Harbor Trail Declared A National Recreation Trail


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the Roche Harbor Resort Trails have been designated the honor of being a National Recreation Trail .

The Trails Committee of the San Juan Island Park and Recreation District stated in a press release that on June 3rd, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Director Jonathon B. Jarvis announced the Roche Harbor Trails were one of six trails nationally to join the National Recreation Trail .

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Geniuch Receives Open Government Award


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( LtoR: Toby Nixon President of Washington Coalition for Open Government presents Mr. Geniuch Award - photo)



John Geniuch, the former chief building official in San Juan County has been awarded the Washington Coalition for Open Government Key Award.

The award was given in response to his ultimately unsuccessful efforts to convince San Juan County officials that the County was using building permit fee revenues for services other than those required to process the permit, an apparent violation of state law.

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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.




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 fhpresbyterian@interisland.net .




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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FH’S 4TH Of July Parade


“America the Beautiful…100 Years of National Parks,” is the theme of the 2016 4th of July parade in Friday Harbor

The SJI Chamber of Commerce is once again organizing the parade, and this year the the Grand Marshals will be Mike Vouri, representing the Parks Past and History, and newly appointed National Park Superintendent Elexis Fredy, representing the Park’s future.

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Paul Illg Distinguished Lectureship - Monday, July 11


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The Paul Illg Distinguished Lectureship will present another outstanding speaker in 2016; Monday, July 11 at 7:30 pm at the San Juan Community Theater: Dr. Todd Oakley will present a talk entitled, “Taking the fork in the road: Adventures in the origins of biodiversity.”

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Want To Attend Heifetz Matinee, Now Is Last Chance


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The show sold out two months in advance! Tickets for the August 15th Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival event “An Evening with Heifetz” are all gone, so the Festival has added a second show the following afternoon, Tuesday, August 16, at 2:30.

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Growler Noise Study Debunked?


U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer was able to add a $2 million amendment to the 2017 Department of Defense’s $582.7 billion Appropriations Bill for "research that would help lower engine noise on Super Hornets and Growler aircraft that are used in current military operations."

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Artists Invited To Display At SJI Library


From 10-Noon on Saturday, June 25 at the SJI Library works of artists will be displayed, so it is time for artist to bring your lithographs, woodcuts, linocuts, etchings, monotypes, screen prints or transfers. Let us see your work or work from your home. Everyone is invited to participate.




The Blue Thunder Drumline Will Be In SJI 4th July Parade


Parade applications due Tuesday, June 28th: available at the SJId Chamber of Commerce (135 Spring Street) or may be downloaded: HERE.

The SJI Chamber is proud to announce the return of ever popular Seattle Seahawk mascot Blitz who will be joined by the driving energy of the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline.

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Orcas Film Festival’s Winners


The Orcas Island Film Festival announces three winning scripts to be produced this summer, exploring the San Juan Archipelago and using it as a canvas to create short films that entertain and inspire.

Three films featuring the San Juan Islands will be screened at the
3rd annual Orcas Island Film Festival, October 7th - 10th

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Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutritional Program


A program of “Market Bucks” can be used at Farmers Markets on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Islands.

The Market Bucks Program provides additional dollars for (WIC) Nutritional Program, and women Nutritional Program, and women participating in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (San Juan Island only), to spend at the Farmers Market this summer.

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Annual Hazardous Waste Roundup


Once-yearly opportunity to legally and responsibly dispose of poisonous, flammable, corrosive or other hazardous chemicals.San Juan Island -No charge for home owners, but Businesses are charged & should have already registered 10 days prior to Friday, June 17th, 1 pm to 3 pm ( required -: 370-0534; markh@sanjuanco.com)

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7th Annual Economics Luncheon


Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for the 7th Annual EDC Economics Luncheon, held at Brickworks on Friday, June 17th from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The EDC’s annual economics luncheon explores recent data on trends in the economy, and potential opportunities and threats that face our businesses.

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Navy To Hold Open House


Naval Air Station Whidbey Island will hold a Public Open House on Saturday, June 25, 2015 at Ault Field from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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2016 Team Trivia Champions


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( Front: Jeff Kendrick, Allison Dragon, Ed Wilson Back: Craig Jordan, Callie McKay contributed photo)


On Tuesday, June 6, team Clever Onez clenched the title of Team Trivia Champions for the 2016 season of monthly trivia games at Post 163. The other five teams congratulated the new champions who were awarded the coveted "Post 163 Trivia Champion" caps as well as a large batch of homemade brownies for their just desserts. The next next season of monthly Team Trivia Games will begin after the summer hiatus starting Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 6:00PM in the American Legion Post 163.




Rosario Music Concert & Historical Narrative


Saturday, June 11, 2016 | 4:00pm Enjoy a presentation of music and photography that walks guests through the history of the Moran family and the Rosario estate with Christopher Peacock. Highlights of the presentation include the historic Moran Photograph Collection,

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Free Fishing Weekend


Some of Washington's most popular fishing opportunities are open to anglers this month, including chinook salmon in the Columbia River, crab in portions of Puget Sound and trout in rivers throughout the state.

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Cats Are Cool…


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Hello everyone. I’m Milo. I just overheard someone at the animal shelter saying that black dogs are always the last to be adopted. Whaat?

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Ferry Advisory Committee Wednesday


The San Juan Islands’ Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC) will meet on Wednesday, June 8, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Lopez Library.

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Salmon Seasons Set for Puget Sound


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State and tribal leaders have reached an agreement on Puget Sound fisheries that is expected to pave the way toward opening summer salmon seasons and waters recently closed to recreational fishing.

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Chipseal Schedule for: Orcas and San Juan


Orcas Island:
Fogsealing will commence June 6, 2016 on Orcas Island with the Gravel Road conversions and Olga Rd (anticipate 6/6 & 6/7).
San Juan Island:
Chipseal began on May 18, 2016 on San Juan Island and will continue until anticipated project completion of June 24, 2016.

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Sales Processes for Profitability Workshop


Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for their upcoming FREE workshop, Sales Processes for Profitability on Tuesday, June 7th from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Orcas Island.

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“Myths And Monsters” At FH Elementary School June 8th


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Award winning producer, underwater photographer, author, and environmental speaker, Annie Crawley will be sharing her amazing images and stories about “myths and monsters” of the sea during an all school assembly on June 8th from 8:30-9:30.

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25th SJI Artists’ Studio Tour


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June 3, 4, 5 25th Anniversary San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour Friday 4pm to 7pm, Sat. and Sunday 10am to 5pm daily

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